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06-22-2004, 07:45 AM
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the recent small group seminar on 6/17, this past Thursday. I was hoping that perhaps there would be some others on the board here, who also attended, so that you would not have to rely on my account alone!
I have been fortunate enough to have seen JE live a few times in the past. I believe I manage to get to one seminar a year, and was also at his workshop last November.
I have never been read.
Without going into too much detail, I must preface my story with the fact that my interest is not in JE, but in what he does. Even though I (to my knowledge) have no control over MY psychic ability whatsoever, I believe that it exists, and somehow, my life has become this “mission” I’ll call it, to discover what truths I can. I am a voracious reader, and actually had been reading about ADC’s, NDE’s and other topics, years before JE was around.
Until recently, I had no “vested” interest in JE, but merely went to seminars and such, to satisfy my own curiosity. After seeing him live, I was at least convinced that HE, anyway, was the real deal. I was fascinated, and energized, by the thought. I never really left the seminars disappointed, since I was not really going to “contact” anyone. We had not had any deaths in the family since I was a young child (I’m 36 now). So, I was seeking a reading, not to contact my dead relatives, nor to soothe any grief, but for me it is a spiritual quest. Just wanting to know there was/is more to life than this earthly existence. If somehow, someone could “validate” things for me, I would at least know that this “other” realm existed. I believe I am lacking……FAITH. I want the PROOF. Basically, that is what it boils down to, for me.
This time, I managed to round up a group of 5 friends of mine to attend this seminar. Usually, hubby is in tow, kicking and screaming……no, really, he has been a good sport ;) I am not a note taker at seminars, and this time was no different. However, my friend who DID get read, took notes the whole time. They are completely scribbled over 4 sheets of paper, so I will use them and do my best to recount the “highlights” of the night.
I am a “lurker” here on the board, and basically in life I am the same, so I did not do any mingling at the seminar…….so if there were other “friends” there, I did not get a chance to meet up with anyone.
The seminar was awesome. John was about 20 minutes late due to traffic, but he made up his time at the end. He began by saying the usual….that he is seeing the same faces over and over at these seminars, and that HE and MEDIUMSHIP are not the cure for grief. He also said that at a recent seminar he had to throw someone out. He said he was as shocked as they were. He did not elaborate on the what, where or how of it, but he said that he takes his work very seriously, and he will not tolerate anyone who is disrespectful of his work.
(to be continued)..........
06-22-2004, 08:00 AM
He jumped into readings pretty quickly. He did not take questions until the end, and there was no group meditation. As far as the questions went, they were all questions he has answered before, with the exception of someone asking him about burnout…..to which he replied that he gets sick when he pushes himself too much…..like when he was ill the other week, and had to cancel a seminar…..a first time in the 20 years that he had to cancel an event.
The first reading was slow in getting started, due to (in my opinion) the lady being slow to validate the info coming through. John was noticeably frustrated, and the woman was also frustrated, and appeared to have a little bit of an “attitude”, if you know what I mean. Finally, John said to her “you are involved with someone who is married…do you understand THAT??” And she got quiet and said “yes”. After that, all of the rest of her reading was validated.
In another reading, John hesitated, and said there is no way anyone was going to claim this…..he was seeing a dominatrix (whips, chains, etc.). Johns face was bright red….he was visibly embarrassed. This lady in the front row raised her hand, and proceeded to tell us how on her way to the seminar, she lied and told the cab driver that she was going to a conference on sex toys (like she figured THAT was better than telling the truth about going to see a psychic). Anyway, she tells us this whole story, and then John is like “uh, yeah, that’s not it, but THANKS FOR SHARING!” We were all dying with laughter. Believe it or not, a lady behind the cab lady fessed up and owned the dominatrix info, and John proceeded to give her an incredible, much needed reading. No wonder, despite being embarrassed, he persisted.
Another amazing reading was for a lady at the end of my row, who John said had ties to the Titanic….not the movie, but the ship. She said her father was on the boat (the Carpathia?) that picked up the survivors. He also named her grandson , Brandon, and said he was hearing something “French” like fufufififi. She said they had a dog named FiFi (passed). He also told her of a pet raccoon, which she validated. It was amazing.
Finally, John ended up in our section. My friends and I occupied the last two seats in the first row, and the first 4 seats in the second row. He spent about 45 minutes of the last hour of the seminar reading people all around me, literally. He read almost every person in the first two rows of our section, and read the person to my left and to my right, and skipped right over me. I’d be lying if I said I was not disappointed. I felt like monkey in the middle.
So, after reading some people in the front row, John said “I’m going all the way to the end of the row, to the hairdresser.” At this point, I almost fell out of my chair, as he was talking to and pointing at Tina, a girl in my group. He said “are you the hairdresser?”, and she said “yes!” He said “I’m seeing Big Ro/Little Ro….like who is Shorty/Little one?” With that, Tina turned her head around and looked at my other friend, Sheila, who was sitting on my left. At this point I know my mouth fell open in amazement. Sheila is 4’10” tall…..her father (passed) used to call her mother Shorty, and we (Sheila’s friends) call her, “Little One”. I could not believe that John actually came up with both of their nick names. It was amazing. Then John said he was seeing something about a shooting, but it was funny. He said nobody got shot, and this is funny. Sheila proceeded to describe a funny photo she had of her dad…..the same photo we had actually discussed on our way to the seminar. In the photo her dad is dressed as a police officer, and is pointing a gun at his best buddy……the photo was, of course, a joke…..and was sent home during the war to prove to his family that both of them were ok. She did not have the picture with her, but we had, just hours before, discussed it.
I must also put out there that as my friends were being read, I managed to go completely brain-dead, and totally forgot that I had a pen and paper sitting at my feet. I did not take one note down. I just remember staring at Sheila with my mouth hanging open…..what a bonehead. Its no wonder I didn’t get read. John probably saw the blank look that surrounded me and said to himself….”I’m not even gonna go THERE!” Then, as quickly as John had come to my friends, he moved on to the last readings of the night, and finished up with questions.
This seminar was special to me in many ways. You see, in February, I lost my father to a long battle with cancer. This time, I felt the after-effects….the big disappointment when it was all over (John calls it the molasses effect). I was not consumed by the feeling…..but I felt sadness and joy at the same time if that makes sense. I was truly thrilled to be able to witness a verifiable validation, as Sheila’s father came through to say “hi”. I did, however, get my own little validation.
As John was reading the people behind us, several times he spoke of seeing “mining”….specifically, he thought, coal mining. My ears perked up, but the family he was reading said “no.” He mentioned it several times, and as he described the little bucket trucks, carrying coal up the mountain. Since the family said no to this, I raised my hand sheepishly, and John said “I think I’m still with them.” They never claimed the coal validation, and ironically, the next people that were read were sitting right in front of me, and they never claimed it either. It became, a validation that just went to the wayside that night. No one else in the room claimed the mining reference either. You see, both of my grandfathers were coal miners, and the one’s cause of death was actually “black lung.” 100ft out my grandmothers back door was the coal mountain, where as a child, I watched the bucket trucks go up and down the mountain. I could almost visualize my dad, lining up in spirit to get through to John…..jumping up and down in the background, yelling out “coal!”…….”mining!!!” I guess we Pollack’s are just not as pushy as those Italians. Oh well.
This past Saturday after the seminar, my friend Sheila had a picnic that I went to. As I sat in my lawn chair, I watched her 4 year old son as he tossed his toy “man and parachute” up into the air. He yelled out loud “Pop Pop, pleeaasse make the wind blow!!” And I felt tears sting my eyes…..Sheila was read because she had the faith…..the faith she had obviously passed onto her son…..faith that kept her dad alive in spirit, even though her son had never known his Pop pop in life. I marveled at his childhood innocence, and found myself wondering why it was so much harder for us as adults, to believe…….
As John becomes more accessible, I hope they focus more on these small group events. They are much less chaotic, and even without getting read, it was just a pleasure to partake in the event. Thanks John.
06-22-2004, 08:55 AM
Sounds like you may have had a "cameo appearance" with the coal mining story. I know how you feel. I attended a few seminars hoping and wishing to hear from my dad. John says " when you are ready you will hear from them" One seminar a guy asked john that question saying that he came from Florida and had traveled quite a ways to see John and to get read. Johns reply was not to follow him there is no quarantee he will be read. I told hubby I wanted to attend seminars until I was read. I attended about 5 or so seminars. Each one was a learning experience. I learned to look at my surroundings. My last was march 23 and was fortunate enough to get a reading. My dad has been gone for over 30 years and I had been wondering "when was I ready ? :hmm: " I guess dad figured out it was time. And now I know he is with me. Especially when John said "who is having thyroid surgery ?" I had only been to the Dr. the day before and was to have a biopsy done. ( no appt was made yet ) . Just little things you notice they will let you know you around. A penny on the floor, a song on the radio, a bird at your window. Sorry about the rambling.
06-22-2004, 09:13 AM
I too think you got a coal mining cameo. :jumper: If Dad was the quiet type like you, that may be all he wanted to do - pop in and say hi.
Thanks for sharing your experience. It is awesome that your friends got read, even if it is disappointing that you didn't.
06-22-2004, 11:42 AM
You did a wonderful job explaining the small gallery seminars. I know that they are so much easier on John and I am thinking that is the way to go for him for a while.
I loved your take on the readings. The readings were amazing. I got quite a charge out of the two ladies and the 'leather' stuff. Isn't it amazing what someone will own when being read.
I did not get read but I had several 'me too's'. One for sure I thought was for me but it was not to be. That is why I emerged feeling very comfortable. I know full well my family is all round me.
We went on a Thursday evening and all that week I had 'hello's' from names in email to a fantastic dream about my grandfather. I loved it, truly loved it. They all said hello in their own way.
Thank you so very much for sharing your experience.
Love to you,
06-22-2004, 12:36 PM
Thanks for the notes on the seminar - I love hearing the stories.
Maybe it's me but it seems like John is getting more serious about having people at seminars who really need to be there and just not going to see him for the "entertainment" aspect of it. Now that CO is over, I guess he feels a bit more at easy to get serious with people who try to debunk his work at seminar's. He can tell them off or "throw them out" as he said and not really have to worry about the repercussions in reguards to the show and the big wigs at the networks.
Just my opinion. :D
06-22-2004, 05:39 PM
(((AnneMarie))) For not taking notes, I'd say you did a "darn good" job :jumper: Thanks for the details (I do believe you had a "me too") :thumbsup:
06-23-2004, 06:35 AM
I'm glad everyone enjoyed reading about the seminar. I'm sorry I can't decipher a whole lot more from Sheila's notes. I am usually pretty good at "multi-tasking", but at the seminars, I find I really have to concentrate on what is going on. I guess its because alot of the time you can't actually "see" who is being read, and its often hard to hear if they are not holding the mic just right. So, I just sit there and do my best to take it all in!
I hope I didn't sound whiny in my post. It was just the first time I experienced feeling some sadness after a seminar, and I had to work through that. The good in it far outweighed my disappointment. I truly feel blessed to have been able to WITNESS my friends father come through. Actually, in my pre-travel prayers, I asked dad to at least help someone to come through, even if he himself was not ready to show up. So, truly, I believe my prayer was answered.....It just wasn't the answer I wanted to hear. ;)
If anything, this has fueled my spiritual search even more.
It is time I get to meditating, and working on connecting on my own.
As always, thanks for giving me this safe haven to be able to share my thoughts without judgement or criticism. :love:
06-23-2004, 06:50 AM
Just a few additions I salvaged out of the notes....
John also brought through a 9/11 victim. This guy was not a fire-fighter, but a paramedic. Their reading was short, but much needed.
He also brought through a son, who was claiming responsibilty for an accident in which he was hit by a tractor trailer. John mentioned the car flipped....and someone named Chris.....who was the sons friend.
In another reading, John was trying to come up with an unusual BV name....the family had someone named BELVA! :surprise: I guess it just amazes me how good he is at getting names.
John also took the (dominatrix) lady on a tour of her home, as he often does. They ended up looking at a wall in her hallway, and John asked what was on the wall??
She said a big mirror.
John says.....they want to know why you didn't use it in the home-video! (this was just a John joke) :laff:
Annemarie, thanks so much for sharing your account of the evening! For someone who didn't take her own notes, you did an amazing job -- I felt like I was right there with you! :thumbsup:
Congratulations to Sheila on her reading, but also to you -- it certainly seems like your Dad made an appearance!
...Actually, in my pre-travel prayers, I asked dad to at least help someone to come through, even if he himself was not ready to show up. So, truly, I believe my prayer was answered.....
...If anything, this has fueled my spiritual search even more...
I think you're right. It was just enough to let you know that he's around and that he heard your prayers. Perhaps fueling your spiritual search was his intention, after all. :love:
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