Although Bonni McCliss prefers to be called a medium versus a “psychic”, she’s still ok with the latter.
McCliss, who lives in Dickson, Tennessee, is already a speaker and an author but she is about to embark into the crazy world that is television. A reality show based on her life is under wraps and is being produced by “big name” producers, whom cannot be named at this time. McCliss has clients from all over the world, coming to her from Houston, Texas all the way to Istanbul, Turkey.
She started communicating with spirits at the young age of four. When her family learned of what she was doing, they took her to the doctor out of concern and the doctors just thought she was hearing things, and they did not find anything out of the ordinary except for the fact that they found her to be extremely intuitively gifted.
33-year-old McCliss says that the word “psychic” makes her feel like they are giving her too much credit so she prefers “medium” because that doesn’t imply that she can foresee the future.
“ I am really about helping people, so I am not geared towards throwing it n people’s face or making them uncomfortable; that is the exact opposite of what I do. Once they get to know me they could care less if you say psychic,” she says.
One might wonder how all of this works, right?
The medium says that it is very simple- she utilizes her revved-up intuition to receive information from “the other side” about her clients and that information allows her to better understand their lives, and therefore she is able to help them. She refers to those she receives information from as either “spirit guides” or “angels”. McCliss has been asked throughout her life to assist in missing children cases and she always does those free of charge.
“When I teach classes on spirit guides, I say that everyone has got them, spirit guides, angels, all of that. People seem to be more OK with angels giving them messages,” says McCliss.
She believes more in the outcome of those messages than what name you give the ones relaying those messages for you.
“ I am very much an evidential psychic,” she says. “What that means is, basically validating it your own life; don’t take my word for it. Watch it show up in your life. Watch these signs come to you,” she adds.
She tells us that although she cannot give us the names for understandable reasons, a portion of her clients are actually big name celebrities, who of course require her to sign a waiver stating that she will not name them.
McCliss has done a lot of work in New Orleans, which as you may have heard is well known for its “spirited” buildings, and she has also worked as a “ghost buster” at Printer’s Alley in Nashville.
Although it is not a place you would normally consider “spooky”, she recently set up at a Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on Highway 46 in Nashville because of the history that it holds. She also set up recently in a place that makes more sense.
“ The jail in Charlotte is extremely haunted,” says McCliss. “So, the mayor has let some paranormal people in there, but what happens is that if people don’t handle the situation correctly or gently or politically, it burns the bridges.”
The medium, whose husband, Jeff McCliss, works for the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, believes that most people have these gifts, but that we just need to learn how to “get out of the way”.
“ The kicker is, everybody has this ability. There are things that you can do to train your mind,” she says. “ A lot of it comes through mental training and meditation. They are here; it’s how much are we listening or how much are we picking up? A good psychic just learns how to get out of the way.”
McCliss is also a certified hypnotist and she feels blessed that she is able to- at the request of the client- combine her psychic abilities into the hypnosis session.
According to the medium, the reality show is going to be based on her meeting people “where they are at” in their lives.
“So, if you have spirits in your house or maybe children who are afraid or maybe you want to connect with your mother or maybe you are lost and don’t know what to do with your life,” she says.
McCliss hesitates when asked about what it feels like to make contact with the other side. She feels like there is no way for her to answer this question without sounding a little absurd. The most transparent way she can think of to describe is it referring to it as “tapping in and out of heaven.”
“ When I tune in to do a psychic reading, I feel this kind of lightheadedness, and then it feels like something pulling right in the middle of my forehead. Then I will start getting images, words and feelings. I feel like I have just slipped out of this reality, but I have to stay grounded enough to talk to you,” she says.
She has been asked to visit several properties that hold a lot of historic significance, a lot of which are located in New Orleans. Some of them are in her hometown of Dickson too though, such as the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, which is very active.
In between conducting workshops, retreats, and writing, McCliss is available for medium readings, spiritual life coaching, and development and training. She also works over the phone, through Skype, and in her office in Nashville to provide group sessions.
Be on the lookout for Bonni’s new show on television!