Even as a little girl, Laurie Gilman knew she was different than others. As an adult reflecting on her childhood, she realizes there were signs all around her showing she was gifted. She realized she was an empath and psychic medium able to feel the mental and emotional state of others.
“People didn’t understand me, and I didn’t even quite understand myself,” says Gilman. “I didn’t grow up knowing what I could do. It has been challenging because no one teaches you what to do. Sometimes I took on another person’s pain and feelings like a sponge, and I’d be so scared.” She recalls being a young girl and seeing a spirit floating above their landlord’s body as she was lying on a stretcher and carried away by medics.
“It looked like a big man looming over her,” she says. “Everyone was so busy, and I saw her go away, and now I know that hovering man was an angel.” At 47, the spirit medium came to accept her gifts and opened an office called Eagle Wind Readings. However, it wasn’t always like that. Gilman spent years trying to subdue her ability to speak with those on the other side, and she became a certified holistic health counselor.
Later, it felt natural for her to open up and embrace her otherworldly talents. Gilman now fully embraces her abilities and has the support of her friends and family, including her three children. In April, she opened her office in Essex, but a spirit told her to stop going to Essex five months later. That same day she located an office, the one she’s currently in, on East Main Street.
Gilman Fully Embraces Her Gifts Now
Gilman says that now that she’s utterly confident in her abilities and has a solid client base, she can bring truth, love, and healing to anyone who needs it. Her clients come to her for different reasons. Some come for help and guidance, and others come to hear from loved ones who are no longer with them.
“Sometimes the spirit is here before the client even walks in the door,” she says. “I feel it like a hand on my shoulder. It’s like they’re saying ‘listen, pay attention, I’m here.’” One of her clients, Sharon O’Rourke, has seen Gilman’s gifts firsthand. O’Rourke talked with her mother, who passed away in September, during her most recent reading with Gilman.
“She’s been able to give me messages from my mother that she definitely couldn’t make up,” she says. “It still hurts that my mother isn’t here, but through Laurie, I’ve found a lot of healing. If more people were open to this, I truly think it would be a better world.” Teri Parish is another of Gilman’s clients, and she’s been receiving messages through Gilman from her deceased brother. “I never told her his name or that both our initials and nicknames had always been TP,” she says.
“When I was with her, she kept saying he was showing her a Native American Teepee and couldn’t understand why. Through her, I heard some really nice things from him that were very comforting.” Gilman gets a lot of people who come to her because they weren’t able to say something or make amends to loved ones before they passed away. To those clients, she tells them that death is not an end but a transition.
What Are The Spirits Like?
In Gilman’s experience, spirits keep their earthly personality in the afterlife. “If they’re tough as nails here, they’ll be that way when they return to me,” she says. “Sometimes they’re really funny and make me laugh. Sometimes a symbol will come in like a snow shovel or something that might not mean anything to me, everything to a client.”
Being an empath means Gilman can feel people’s emotions and sense when they aren’t doing well physically or have recently lost a loved one. “There are times when I can feel really intense, tangible things. Like the time I was with a man whose father had passed away in a fire, and I felt like I was choking and couldn’t breath,” says Gilman. “I shook his hand and felt the presence of his father’s spirit.”
Like counselors, therapists, and doctors, Gilman keeps every session confidential. She states she’ll never betray anyone’s trust, but clients can bring someone or record the session. “What happens here stays here,” she says. “Some of these people come to me and are hurting and in such vulnerable places. There’s often lots of tears.” Gilman says she’s had skeptics ask her why she doesn’t tell the future or play the lottery, but she understands the skepticism and looks past it.
She stands firmly by her gifts and abilities. “This work is sacred. People might roll their eyes, but I know I’m bringing the light of God, truth, and healing into the world. I’m not a fortune-teller. People have struggled to put words to this stuff for a long time. We walk around in a mundane world, but when spiritual guidance comes in, it can heal people, which is game-changing.”