Monday, 17 December 2012

December Snow and a Timely Message

December Snow, written by Justin Hayward, from The Moody Blues. Justin sings his heart out about the loss of someone dear to him. How wonderful it all was in September but by the snow fall of December, he has a broken heart. October then November filled with reminiscent memories of times gone by with the person he loves but now she is gone. He sings, with an ache in his voice, "Time, take this sadness from me, Time, bring my heart back safely to me..." 
These feelings are like so many who mourn the loss of a loved one.  Either through breaking up, loss of relationship or death. Time.  Time comes as a healer, as a comforter but the loss is always there, felt. 

The Winter of our Heart is there within us, it is the time to incubate the feelings of loss, the feelings of broken dreams, the sense that nothing and no one can help us. We feel grief, bereft, lost, broken as if the whole world is as cold as December Snow. How can we ever be the same again? How can we ever heal? Be whole?
"TIME...take this sadness from me"... Justin Hayward's poignant lyrics say it all. "TIME bring my heart back safely." Where did his heart go? To the beloved, of course. Or To God, to help heal it. To the Angels who carry it's energy until the person can handle the pain.  Back to his soul group and his Higher Self who also tend to it's pain.  To the Shamans who do Soul Retrieval*, they know this all too well. Trained in understanding and healing bits of us, from our Soul that can leave from such shock, despair and pain. Where do those parts go? They can enter what the Shamans call, " the Middle World", or the Astral World and so many other places where we can stay/linger/hide for decades. The Psycho-pomp, (a person who can tune in and bring messages between other worlds) can help and even bring the part that is broken, left, scarred, traumatized back home to its body, soul, heart, mind, being. 

We are multidimensional beings, so it makes sense we can allow (unconsciously) a part that is too broken to cope to be held within us. If the Soul chooses or unknowingly splits from fear, shock or trauma, there are ways to heal again and to call this part of us back to us.  Our journey here in this life at this TIME is to heal...all of us. No one is exempt from such healing. No one is without the tools to heal, but you must know where to look. 

I am a Psychic Medium. My work is to be that "Psycho Pomp", like Mercury/Hermes was to Demeter/Ceres to find her daughter Persephony/Persophina in the Greek myths, when she was kidnapped by Hades/Pluto and taken to the "Under World."  It is a journey of travelling between worlds. It is the tuning in to the Multi-Verse to attend to the needs of those who mourn. This is because I ,too, have been awakened by losing someone I loved, not once but twice. My training began when my boyfriend passed in 1979, my training advanced when another beloved I loved passed in 2004. The first allowed me to find the Psychic I was, the second allowed me to find the Medium I was. These experiences and much training have given me the way to show the world, who ever mourns, there is Life After Death and Love After Death, too. 

The way of the mourner is the way to opening our hearts. Christmas/ Hanukkah Holiday seasons are the worst time for many who mourn. They need to know that  a loved one who has passed is o.k. They miss them so. Life is not the same. How can they go on?  This is why I am offering  FREE Mediumship Readings on a 2 hour radio show live at Blog Talk Radio, called "The Right Side of Things", hosted by Rick Fiorio, on SUNDAY, December 23rd at 2:30pm ( Eastern Standard Time) and 7:30pm London, England (GMT) time. If you love someone who has passed on, if your heart is in pain, if you just want a Christmas message from them to know they are "ok"...please come to:    
This is your invitation to allow me to make the connection for you! Hear from them and know yourself, love and life goes on. 

By relaying messages from the Spirit World to the loved ones left behind, I have experienced the joy of so many finding healing, relief from the pain of loss and a new belief in Life After Death. Love never dies...we are energy and energy only transforms. The spirit continues, they are still the same person, their jokes, their quirks, their personality all come through along with their memories of you and them together.  If your heart is heavy this Holiday Season, please be my guest and come along, mark your calenders and listen to the show. It is free and if you have Skype (which is also free and can be downloaded here : ).   You can call in for free as well. There are many lines so you will not be on hold long. I aim to get through as many people as I can, in a two hour show, to bring messages of love, comfort, joy and humour to you all for a very special Christmas edition of The Right Side of Things, hosted by Rick Fiori, with special guest, Psychic Medium Shawn M. Cohen!  (click above link to take you there). 

 Heal, find some hope, joy and chat along with others in the chat room. You can also sign into Blog Talk Radio with your Facebook account. All free. This is my gift to all who long to hear from their beloveds in Heaven, including your much loved pets. TIME will reunite you again but until then, let me bring a smile to you in this Holiday Season. 

Until TIME takes the sadness away and TIME heals you, it is my desire to offer the magic and meaning of this special season, that love truly never dies and that our loved ones and our pets who have passed on are always near us. It is a truth that you will know, when you have had this experience. 

Especially for the Holidays they want to communicate with you, as much as you do with them. So please know they are there, waiting to show you a sign or have you acknowledge them. This gives them great joy and closure too. 

May you find the courage to see the Bigger Picture of why, that your heart will go on and heal and this life, this journey's meaning becomes clearer along the way. Till then, from my heart to yours, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

 Mayan Predictions being what they may, we will still be here in 2013, maybe a bit more conscious, a bit more aware of the Bigger wouldn't that be nice?  

Shelter From The Storm, a Metaphysical Blog 
By, Shawn M. Cohen
Dec. 16, 2012 
(C) Shawn M. Cohen 2012

* Book on Soul Retrieval: "Soul Retrieval" by, Sandra Ingerman  this is one of the best books on this and here is Sandra's website: 

No copyright infringement is intended. The Moody Blue's song, December Snow, by Justin Hayward, all rights belong to the artist, composer. Video posted on You Tube. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions. By, Shawn M. Cohen

Pitfalls, Problems, Wrong Turns, Bad Advice, Ego Laden Gurus/Therapists/Teachers, Nonsense Psycho Babble, Dangling Carrots, Backstabbing Bitches and the Road to Hell.

It seems so easy, doesn't it? Meditate and become enlightened. Read the right books and get the answers. Tune in to the Higher Self, Higher Spheres, Angels, Masters and Disciples, analyse it all and find the * PATH*  (I have to laugh)
 (You WISH!)
If only it was that simple! No, no, truth seekers, first you must prove that you are worthy. This means that you will be tested, the very essence of your souls shaken, your heart will break again and again, you will think you have gone mad, you will be brought down to your knees asking yourself or *GOD* or anyone and anything out there that you hope is listening this one question, "Why ME???" and maybe, just maybe, you might, if you are lucky,  find some hope to keep going. Notice I did not say, "the answer". No, that comes much, much, much later when you have sought the truth in such earnest, left behind all you held dear, been ridiculed, fired from your jobs, had long standing best friends tell you that they do not want to know you any more, lovers betray you and leave and soul mates die, and of course, had your very own family disown you! YES. That is what I am talking about. STILL want to know more? Got the balls for this? Think you are brave, conscious, aware, awake, uplifting, a Light Worker, person of integrity, a healer , a person of service who came to make the world a better place??? Think AGAIN. You are under the illusion you are special. No, you are not. Human, fallible, ignorant, scared, curious and naive, more likely. 

Too harsh for you? I am being cruel to be kind, my friends,  for the Road of Good intentions is Paved with Hell! It is sad but true and if you are not willing, honestly, don't bother! If being a sheep;  sleep walking through life, is fine by you, then by all means, stay that way. Some of us rare souls, who come here to the planet asking more of life, who actually want to know more, become more, achieve more on a Spiritual Dimension/Understanding and are willing to put our money, time, all we hold dear where our hearts and mouth are...then this is the truth seeker on the true path. In essence, it is NOT for the faint hearted. Have I scared you off of it yet? No, good, yes, good-bye, then! Have a "nice" life!

How can I tell you, who wants to know, what it is like to have your best friend say, "You want to learn Metaphysics?? That is just too weird! I can't be friends with you then!" Like a slap in the face, it was....but I kept my goals and chose the Metaphysics. How can I tell you that the Dean of my own Metaphysics school forced me (with blackmail) to take her Nursing program because she needed more students (and my money!) by saying to me, "Shawn, you will never make any money being a Metaphysician, so I want you to go to my Nursing school." I was shocked as this was what I loved and longed to do and was in the final year of my BSc. in Metaphysics. I argued that I would make it my career and it would be fine. She argued back that unless I did sign up for the Nursing Program ( a whole year long, full time intensive course  and  the cost was over $3,500. back in 1982, which sounds not a lot when you think of today but back then, it was a lot.) I would not be allowed to finish my degree!  This was really blackmail. I told her that my waitressing work did not pay enough for me to pay for this course. She said she would finance it for me...her rate of interest? A huge, whopping...26%! Yep, even the so called good go bad along this road! Not wanting to have left without my degree and wasted 3 years already of my life, I signed up, actually crying when I signed on the dotted line, to take the Nursing course. There were times I had such little money, friends were sharing their lunches with me and I even slept in my car in between apartments just so I could carry on paying her. That is blind faith and it was also blind naivety. I was using my psychic gifts with my years of waitressing so I knew how to "serve" the public and that part of me which wanted to learn how to eradicate pain, give comfort and healing so I became good at Nursing. My patients, unbeknownst to me, wrote to the school and told the Dean about how wonderful I was. I was shocked when my Dean called me into her office. I thought maybe I had killed someone at the hospital, by accident! She poured out a huge amount of letters onto her desk from a post bag. They were all from my patients I had attended to in the hospital, she told me, who had taken the time to write a letter to her, expressing their gratitude and how great I was as a student nurse and  their thanks for me. I was really awe struck!

 And so, as graduation from both Nursing school and the Metaphysics school loomed near, I ended up being honoured for being the best student nurse for my "clinical rotations". I was so excited to be getting this. It was such an achievement for me. The poverty and hardship I endured just to get through this, to finish, finally, all my education was now beginning to pay off. I attended my ceremony without any of my family or friends there. Most of which had long ago decided what I was doing was "crazy" or  did not think it (I) was important enough to be there. Alone but proud and in a crisp, white Nurse's uniform, I sat with my classmates at my graduation. She, the Dean, pulled me aside before the ceremony of graduation began, to inform me that she had decided to give my "recognition award for achievement" to an older  student nurse who had a husband that was an alcoholic and problem to her,  stating to me this; "She is older and needs this more than you, after all you are only 28 and will probably win lots of awards in your career."  Crushed and so disappointed, I went up when they called my name, took my Nursing Certificate and sat back down. They called Mary Pat and gave her the award that was suppose to be mine. I congratulated her when it was over, for what more could I do? I was young, true and it was not her fault that she got what should have been mine and what I worked so hard for. Did I ever receive any real award for my work.?  No, actually, there is no award for best psychic, medium, Metaphysician, Past Life Regressionist, Astrologer...  so No, that did not happen. I have had in my 30 year career, much press, TV  my own radio show and so on but no, not an official award. But then I also know, the results are in my clients and the work I do with them..this is the true reward. But if I was looking for some sort of formal acknowledgement...I would be one sad bunny, my ego all inflamed with that need! That is the road to hell. Back then, though, I was tormented and clearly thrown, once again, back on the road to hell. Why did it happen like this, you may ask? Well, there is a reason but you've got to know the ins and outs of that road first to educate you, cause it is also ends up being the road to Heaven.

  See what I mean, crazy huh? The road to Heaven is achieved by first going down the road to hell???  Oh the stories I could write...the ways and means of what I learned on the road to hell. I know hell inside out and back to front. I know it so well that it is the reason I can do what I can with my clients, who are coming to me to help them..some are on that road, some about to step or fall into it and some have made it their second home! If I did not walk it myself, live it, breathe it, make all the mistakes, partake in the heartbreaks, the insults and injuries along this path, the wayward turns and tricks of the ego, the mountainous climbs only to be shoved back to the bottom again and again how would I ever know and I mean know how to help another to find the way up and out?
There is so much time, time to be distracted, time to make huge mistakes, time to endlessly search for the answers but it all adds up to this: Know Yourself.   Disappointment is a given, seeing your little dreams fall apart at the seems also expected, making more affirmations and visualization than any Life Coach, Guru or New Age Teacher and still not seeing the desired result "manifested"! That is the road to hell, too....but along it, without you even realizing it, without you even suspecting it, comes a form of enlightenment so subtle you could even miss it if you did not awaken to it and that is "discernment". 

Oh how I love that word, discernment. It is like the Holy Grail of words! It taught me to see where I was blind. It taught me to hear that still small voice inside, some would call "intuition" and some would call, "the voice of your soul". It kicked me in the butt so many times when I got it wrong. Especially hard lessons were in my love life, so many upsets, heartbreaks and men masquerading as holding love for me when all it really turned out to be was either lust, illusion or projection. It was a cruel task master along the path but, I must admit, a worthy one. And 3 decades later, I can honestly say, it is still one of my greatest teachers.
Friends, family, lovers, pets, even God (or what you deem to be God) can not give it to you...only the pain of making the mistakes when you do not use it and then, at last, the freedom and truth which happens when you finally do learn how to use it. It is the greatest lesson on the path and you will find it being taught all along the road to hell.  Is there a Hell? No, this has been made up by religion to scare and control people. Most know this by now but the hell I am speaking about is always from your own making and it is one heck of a teacher! Look back in your own life and see if that road you took, that wayward turn, that heartbreak and serious disappointment didn't eventually lead you to something better, even if it was to know what NOT to do again. This is enlightenment, too. 

See you next time, when I hope to talk about my other favourite buddy along the path, distractions! Till then, may you find a light upon that road and may it lead you to the inner sanctuary of illumination. 

Shawn M. Cohen
BSc. Metaphysics, L.V.N.
London, U.K.
(c) 2012 
No copyright infringement meant on any artist's songs which I use from You Tube. "The Road to Hell" (c) Chris Rhea all rights reserved. No copyright infringement intended. Nor on the You Tube video creator. 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

New Horizons

Welcome back to Shelter From The Storm, a Metaphysical blog which offer to serve the Seeker on the Path, as well as examines the various ways to seek. I asked last time, do you bother? If yes is your answer and the great desire to "KNOW" is there it may well be a reaction to something painful, an event of some sort or injury, illness, grief or anything which makes you wonder. The myriad of complexities that must arise to confuse, stimulate, incur pain and even grief make rich soil for the Seeker to finally declare, "I must find out WHY?" Therefore seeking answers becomes the quest, the reason for, the objective carrot dangling in the wind; somewhere, somehow, the mystery offering an opportunity. Who so ever quests to retrieve  (that dangling carrot, that answer to their conundrum, the reason why they went through so much pain..etc.) may well be rewarded with an answer. Each quest is different as each answer is to the inner workings of the individual Self. Our journey therefore is always personal even if it is a Universal experience. Many have walked this path before but each has a different reason.
Who dares to challenge the status quo? Who dares to speak the words of "I don't get it and I want to get it!" Who is brave enough to lay down the "normal" and seek the untold, the mysteries of humanity? Who else but The Seeker. He/She knows it will never be acceptable, the status quo will never satisfy, nor the usual answer. In their quest for Why, there comes a journey and that journey begins with New Horizons. They suspect it is outside the norm, but there is no road map for them, but what they seek is actually buried deep in the subconscious mind. Maybe our dreams will allow a few clues in, so we ask within.  Eventually, a Dream comes, amazingly, but it is vague. We look into the symbolism of it, we read a book on dreams and are rightfully told (though there are many Universal symbols), it is what it means to us. We think about it and can not figure it out. We decide it is not important and let it go. In letting it go, something magical happens. One day, as any other day, we get in our car, turn on the radio and on comes a song. Chills run down our spine as we feel compelled to listen and our ears perk up! In the words of the song, we find an answer. How it is possible? Who gave us this? How did that happen?
Psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung, coined the term "synchronicity" for this very reason.  He also had these so called "coincidences" occurring over and over again and more importantly, so did his patients. In an effort to understand them, he surmised that the "Collective Unconscious" allowed these clues into the person's path to give them a clue or to wake them up. This was the signal from the Universe or their own Higher Self that the person was, indeed, on the right Path.

Now the journey begins in earnest and this becomes one way to find the way forward, as dreams also provide a very personal way. Our heart awakens to these mysteries by asking even more of us: pain. Pain becomes the impetus for what we discover, for without it, there is no reason or point to seek more. What we know is that if we do not take up the Gauntlet to Seek the Meaning to it all, the pain, the path, the way and the why...we are left in the abyss or the material world with no inner compass to Guide us home. Where is home? It is within, of course, as any truth seeker will tell you. Meditation then becomes the next tool. But first we must get awakened to the need. So our dreams and the world around us are a constant reminder that there is more to know, more to seek, more meaning to be had. A life worth living is well examined. A life of being here with no inner awareness can be mindless, empty, superficial and meaningless. It is the richness of meaning we seek. Purpose comes next, so one asks, "What is my purpose?"  Each and every one of us have one. Do you know what yours is?
 Music, poetry, art, beauty, romance have also been ways to help us, inspire us, lead us to the salvation/inner knowing of the Self.  One of my own personal ways has been music, although I have used all of the tools already mentioned.

 I close this blog with a suggestion. The Progressive Rock band, The Moody Blues, have been going strong now for more than 4 decades but it was their early original works which started me, at the tender age of 14, on the Seeker's Path. I first heard their music and attended  a concert in 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pa., where I grew up. Listening to their music, with full orchestration, was so beautiful and then their mystical, profound lyrics was how I "heard the Word". The times were emotive and turbulent which also meant many were seeking, including the bands of the time.  The Moody Blue's song "New Horizon" is at the top of this entry. Each one of their albums has Metaphysical meaning and profound messages from journeying within. Their songs and lyrics seek to ask and answer many questions so I would encourage anyone to listen to them. The link to their current website is:  If you seek wisdom within words, go listen to their music or see them on tour, as they are out there now touring through the USA and the UK. Do catch them, if you have a chance.

  How has music, art, poetry, a song or a dream inspired you to seek something more, given you meaning or allowed you to seek answers to the bigger questions? Please share your experiences. Till next week, be inspired!
Shawn M.Cohen
October 20, 2012

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Welcome to my New Metaphysical Blog

Welcome to a place of Sanctuary in a Sea of Confusion! At least, it is my intention to provide this here. I am a Metaphysician. I have been on the Path since I first started asking the question, "Why?" That was 4 decades ago, so I might have learned a thing or two by now. I would like to share some of what I have learned and open up space for others to share here. It is such a crazy world right now, I felt compelled to offer some sanity and solace and maybe some enlightenment. Can I? How do I know? Many clients come to me for just this kind of help. Working in the field of Metaphysics since 1983, I believe I can help. Hence forth my blog. Let's say it is a calling and I have answered it, yet again! Meta is the Greek word for "above" and Physical well, you know, the earth plane 5 senses reality. So we are going above the physical to the Metaphysical

What is a Metaphysical Blog?  It is my attempt to allow anyone who seeks to ask the big questions, share the answers and analyse how it all works. This Universe and how it all spins out, plays out and our place here in this life on Planet Earth. I will incorporate my observations, experiences with my own journey, some of the many clients, students and friends, teachers along the path I have met, helped, taught  and was educated by and with this comes Gnosis= Knowledge, Wisdom, Truth Revealed and so many wondrous things! The word Enlightenment...was does it mean? It is the question of the Ages. I hope to show some answers of what it is, how to "get there" and why we should bother. 

I remembered the times, so many times, I was thrown onto the path, yes, thrown! Seeking answers, looking everywhere, reading anything I could get my hands on which might explain, and all the while asking the questions no one I knew was asking. I had these incredible experiences which no one else I knew had. I was young, innocent, not aware of words like "Karma", "Consciousness", Past Lives" etc., etc. but these experiences kept coming and making me ask and seek the answers to.." Who am I really? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why did this happen to me and what does it mean?" I was no more then 19 years old at the time.
Eventually and quite by chance (later learning there is nothing by "chance", ever!) I sought and found a school of Metaphysics, The American National Institute for Psychical Research and Development in Westlake, California in 1980 and spent 4 years learning the ways of the Mystic/ Metaphysician. In essence, it led to even more learning and discovery of which you could say I am still doing. Having graduated with a BSc. Metaphysics and trained in Nursing with an emphasis on Holistic Medicine in 1983, I was previously intent on becoming a Psychologist, so all my previous studies were in Psychology. I went to many institutes for Higher Learning before and after my degree. What I learned was this: Astrology, Tarot, Past Life Regression, Numerology, Symbology, Dream Analysis, Archetypes, Healing, Laying on of Hands, Energy Work, Chakra Balancing, Meta. 1 (beginning) and Meta. 2 (advanced), Kabbalah, Crystals and Gems and what they can do and how they Heal, Seeing and Analysing Auras, Seeing into the Soul,  Messages from the Great Beyond, Guides, Angels, Archangels, and Passed On Loved Ones and so much more! All of this came to me, as I sought the answers to "Why?" 

It is a very good question, don't you think? Why? So simple and yet so profound. I invite you to ask this question and see where it takes you. I also invite you to enjoy sharing your own path with me or, if you choose, jump on board the Path. What is the Path? It is the Path that leads within, that leads to your Heart, your Soul, your Higher Mind, your inner Self, your Divine Self. Therein lies all your truth, your own reasons for incarnating in this lifetime. Your purpose, your destiny and divinity  all the answers to your many selves...your Multi-Dimensional Self. There are many tools which help, of course, as I mentioned them above. All the "ologies" work very well and I would suggest using them or finding someone to help you who knows well how to use them for Guidance and Insight.
The time of Dec. 21st, 2012 is near. What does this really mean? It is my belief from all I have seen and studied that we are on a wave of enlightenment. Why not catch that wave? Learn this and be made aware or be out there in a Storm of confusion. 
I invite you to, "Come in", she, said," I'll give you Shelter from the Storm." words by Bob Dylan.
Here is Bob Dylan's beautiful song which really demonstrates the Seeker  (individual) who is out there in the storm,(life, ego raging, unconscious, trying to survive, unaware as to what to do or how, finds himself in constant trouble, dramas ensuing) ...he finds comfort in a single act of kindness from a woman with silver bangles and flowers in her hair (the Divine Feminine, The Mystic) who creates a place of safety and comfort for him. My silver bracelets still jangle but the flowers in my hair are long gone with my teens...but were there in the 1970's! The Inner work very much intact, the reasons all answered, so do come in and seek some Shelter from the Storm. Click on the video, look at the words, Dylan's masterpiece of poetry, mood and music created by a man who knows, lived it and enjoy! 

Your comments and experiences  are welcome!  
How has this journey of seeking the inner self and truth been for you? Do you even bother? Is there more then what we see with our 5 senses? Are you a Light Worker, Healer, Therapist, Seeker of Truth? What works for you?

 Peace, love, enlightenment,
 Shawn M. Cohen, London, U.K.      October 13, 2012