Psychic medium shares gift with live shows, new book
In one word psychic medium Shawn Leonard sums up why he does what he does — and essentially why people seek him out. Connecting with spirits on the other side may seem like a spooky career path to many, but for Leonard it is the most natural thing in the world to help grieving people connect with loved ones who have passed on.
The Dartmouth-based Aboriginal medium is known Canadawide and since embracing his path full-time four years ago, his life is a non-stop whirlwind of private readings, sold-out live shows, online teaching, filming a potential TV pilot and even recently publishing a book — The Language of Spirit (Balboa Press). Leonard has a sold-out show in Chezzetcook on Nov. 10, and a nearly sold-out show in Wolfville on Dec. 7.
Leonard’s path to becoming a medium and helping people connect with spirits was a winding road, which he outlines in his book. After his father passed as a teenager, he came to Leonard in a dream, kickstarting a life that has been interwoven with spirits ever since — but one that was not easy as he tried to navigate what having these gifts meant.
“Everybody has a journey, when you are following your path, it’s like following the bread crumbs, things just line up,” says Leonard. “Sometimes even when things are going wrong, they are going right. Not all roadblocks are roadblocks, they are giving you a nudge in the right direction.”
The bulk of Leonard’s work has always come from his personal readings with people. Word of mouth spread over the last 20 years, since he did his first reading in Calgary.
“I never set a goal and said OK I’m going to be a psychic medium, it’s something that happened to me. I was skeptical in the beginning, seeing and hearing things. I thought I was going a little crazy,” says Leonard.
In his book, Leonard outlines the series of events in page-turning detail, which led him to realize he had a the capability to talk to the other side. He realized through this process that he was learning what seemed like a whole new language, a language of energy that brings him knowledge through seeing, hearing and feeling things from spirits. This is where the name for his book came from.
Leonard uses this language to hear from people’s loved ones and he is known for picking up on information that no other living being could know, essentially validating to his clients that it is truly their loved ones coming through.
“By what people tell me, the validation helps them let go of the fear of being disconnected from those people that they love.”
There are numerous stories in his book describing instances with clients that capture the imagination. Over the years, Leonard has been asked how this gift works and if he is accosted by spirits in his regular everyday activities, much like people have seen on TLC’S TV show, Long Island Medium with Theresa Caputo. He says for the most part he is able to keep the spirit world out of his everyday, mundane tasks.
“Does it slip through sometimes? Yes. Do I run around chasing people at Walmart? No,” he laughs.
He adds that many people are connecting with the spirits of their loved ones all the time, signs and symbols may come through to them. In his own life he says the spirit of his father is shown to him through bluejays and their feathers, coming across them in all sorts of scenarios and unusual places. He says he hears this from many of his clients as well.
For more information on upcoming shows, private readings or his book, visit shawn-leonard.com.
Dartmouth-based psychic medium, Shawn Leonard, will connect with a sold- out audience in Chezzetcook on Nov. 10, following up with another live show in Wolfville on Dec. 7.