THE mere thought of paranormal activity is enough to frighten some.
But for Heather Paterson, hearing, seeing and sensing the dead is all part of everyday life.
A former registered nurse turned full-time psychic and clairvoyant, Heather said she had been "blessed" with the ability to communicate with the spirit world.
"There are different ways in which I communicate with spirit," the mother of two says on her website.
"I am clairvoyant (I see spirit), clairsentient (I sense spirit) and am clairaudient (I hear spirit)."
People from across the Coast and Australia contact her for psychic readings, where the medium passes on messages from an individual's spirit guides and uses her unique gift to help others, heal, connect with dead loved ones, solve unanswered questions and offer guidance.
"There are a lot of reasons why people come to me," she said.
"Some want to get in touch with someone who has died.
"Or after a traumatic event, they want to know if there is life after death.
"Other people have lost direction in their life and come in because they want guidance.
"Some people come in because they just want to know what it's like to have a reading."
Each individual reading was different, she said, adding, "It's wonderful because I never know what I'm going to see."
Born in Scotland, the psychic said she knew early that she possessed a "special gift", one which she shared with her mother and grandfather.
Her earliest psychic encounter occurred when she was about seven years old.
Heather said her grandmother had been sent to hospital with a broken hip but during the night, her grandmother's spirit visited to say, "... time was up, she was going home and wanted to say goodbye".
"The next day, my aunt came and told me that my grandmother had a turn for the worst and had passed away during the night. But, of course, I already knew that she had gone," Heather said.
After conducting readings for about 20 years, the psychic believes there is no such thing as death.
"When people die, they simply move into another dimension or place," Heather said.
And she believes everybody holds the power to "tune-in" to the spirit world.
They just need to rid themselves of fear and self-doubt.
The medium said that through a number of "self-development" and psychic courses, she had been able to hone her own skills and over the years, her abilities had "grown stronger and stronger".
A Sunshine Coast resident, who recently visited Heather for an impromptu reading, said she had been shocked by the psychic's accuracy.
"She is very intuitive," the client said.
"She doesn't use cards or anything. She was sitting there by herself.
"There was no way she could have known the things she was telling me."
While sceptics are quick to criticise the profession of psychics, the client said her visit to the medium had been enlightening and had helped her "healing procedure".
Heather Paterson holds regular meditation group/psychic readings at Cooroy Library every Thursday at 6.15pm.
The groups have become widely popular and through word of mouth, she has gained a significant following.
The group is open to all members of the community and all ages are welcome.
To book a psychic reading or inquire about the sessions, contact Heather on 0420 924 194 or 5471 0172 or visit: www.heatherpaterson.com.au.
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