John Edward: A Life Dedicated to Helping Others
Mar 03, 2012 04:22PM
By Linda Sechrist
As a well-known medium and author, John Edward relies on more than his five senses for gathering information. His sixth sense, highly developed extra-sensory perception (ESP)—a term coined by Duke University researcher J.B. Rhine—affords him the ability to acquire information by paranormal means independent of any known physical sense or deduction from previous experience. Edward’s personal mission as a medium enables him to bring comfort and hope to people by reuniting them with those who they loved, lost, and crossed over. On his internationally syndicated talk shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, his deeply compelling and occasionally humorous approach has earned him a loyal following.
The increasing popularity of TV shows like The Medium, in which actress Patricia Arquette played the role of real-life medium Allison Dubois, and the Ghost Whisperer, has made the life of a medium appear a little more normal. All the challenges—family relationships, marriage, career, children, and maintaining health, as well as balancing the many obligations and responsibilities of every day life with personal growth and the fulfillment of dreams—largely constitute a part of any medium’s life. The major exception: seeing or sensing the deceased, and delivering their messages to the living.
To be a professional medium requires the obvious— a well-developed intuitive capacity—as well as essential but less obvious aptitudes that many of us would find nearly impossible: unquestionable trust in an invisible world; the capability to suspend judgment and the need for control, healthy self-esteem; solid grounding; a lack of fear about death; a deep sense of compassion; a willingness to be open to multiple possibilities without choosing one; acceptance of and comfort with the unknown; and an ability to see the bigger picture. What would motivate anyone to master these capabilities? Edward’s motivation is a deeply rooted sense of empathy and compassion that can only be satiated by helping others who are in the grips of deep emotional pain over the loss of a loved one.
A TV producer, who once asked Edward to do a reality show, had his idea quickly rejected. “It would be boring to watch me eat, sleep, write, play with my kids and dogs, and hang out with my wife,” quips Edwards who, like many millions of individuals, has wrestled with bad eating habits and weight gain.
Queried about his transition to lifestyle changes, that now support wellness, Edward speaks reflectively about his early programming. “I have rich family memories from my childhood, where food was a big part of our Italian household. I was a finicky eater and didn’t like foods that my mom, grandma, and aunts prepared,” says Edward. Because his family was concerned that he was too lean, they fattened him up with the foods he loved—white bread, devil dogs, Hostess cupcakes, and Pepsi in his milk. “It was the only way I would drink it,” notes Edward who sees his early eating habits as the reason that he can still enjoy the taste of food that isn’t good for him. “I rarely eat those foods now,” he remarks.
Until the age of 25, when a friend told Edward that he couldn’t continue his bad eating habits forever, he never thought about the consequences of weight gain. “My friend was right. A year later 10 extra pounds were deposited in my fat bank,” he recalls. Although the Atkins high-protein diet and regular trips to the gym worked, unfortunately Edward didn’t change his old programming or throw out his old wardrobe. “As a result, my weight yo-yoed until I was 40. The weight-loss tricks quit working, my metabolism slowed down and weight crept up faster than ever before,” explains Edward, who recalls a nurturing nudge from another friend who suggested that he needed to take better care of his energy body.
“My friends and family could see my dilemma and dared me to do Weight Watchers. I accepted the challenge just so I could show them that it wouldn’t work,” says Edward with a laugh in his voice. Losing 25 pounds made Edward realize that the program worked because it made him aware and accountable for his choices. “When I lecture now and people tell me that I got skinny, I respond: No, I got smart, accountable, and aware of what I put into my body. If you don’t drop the fork and join the gym, your fat, like energetic clutter, takes up space in your energy field.”
In 2010, Edward had a blood chemistry workup and an Electro Dermal Screening (EDS), which measures the electrical resistance on the skin’s surface for the purpose of detecting energy imbalances along the body’s meridian lines. The EDS technician, who managed to make Edward more aware of his energetic health, grabbed his attention when she told him that he was experiencing oral dental stress. “The machine was registering excessive mercury in my body because just weeks earlier I had the mercury fillings removed,” clarifies Edward. One of the technician’s questions—do you drink a lot of diet soda—stunned Edward, who answered yes. “The diet soda damaged my hypothalamus, which I am now healing with supplements,” advises Edward, who notes that the experience brought back his friend’s words: you need to take better care of your energy body.
Today, when Edward travels, instead of raiding the hotel mini-bar before he does readings, he makes healthier choices—a weight watcher brownie and a stevia cola—instead of his old faithful—a Hershey bar and a diet soda—which once provided his secret energy boost before taping a show. “For the first two weeks my healthy choices didn’t taste good but then my taste buds changed. Now that I eat better, I can feel the difference,” enthuses Edward, who explains that although the lifestyle changes aren’t reflected in his ability to do readings, they have made a noticeable difference in his physical body. “It’s the instrument that has to stay in tune for the energy to come through it,” says Edward.
American mythology professor Joseph Campbell [1904-1987], collaborated with his friend, George Lucas, on the Star Wars Trilogy, and helped awaken millions of people to the fact that there is an entire aspect of our consciousness, a part of our being, that most of us have rarely, if ever, touched. Though he spoke of this consciousness in terms of the hero’s journey, it is really the journey to individuation, to the reclamation of all our aspects, even the unseen ones that Edward is so comfortable with.