Mother and daughter psychics say they see the past and future
Four years ago, Susan Anderson saw a vision of her brother lying dead in a casket. A voice came to her and repeated a question she had heard before. “‘Can you ignore this now?' the voice asked. And I kept thinking ‘Yes, I can.'” The vision kept coming, making the soft-spoken East Harriet grandmother wonder about her sanity. “I called my daughter, and my daughter came over and I said, ‘I think I'm going crazy. I keep seeing this.'
“Three weeks later, he died.”
As Anderson tells the story in a Southwest coffeeshop, her daughter Christine Anderson sits next to her, listening to the familiar tale with head down.
Susan remembers asking her mother what color casket her brother would be buried in and was told it would have a natural wood finish.
“I thought, ‘Oh, good ‘cause I saw silvery blue. So I'm OK, right?' Walk into the wake and guess what color his casket is.”
A little smile comes over Christine's face as she supplies the answer, “Silvery blue.”
Soon after the funeral, Susan stopped ignoring the various visions she's had since childhood and began to pursue a life as a psychic, teaming up with her daughter.
While you might not recognize their names, the pair are known to fans of the Atom and Maria morning show on KRBE 104 FM in Houston, Tex. Listeners call in to hear live on-air readings of their pasts and futures by the mother-daughter psychics.
Susan tells people about their pasts; about loved ones who have died, for instance. Christine tells people about things to come.
Susan says that after her brother's funeral, she called Florida psychic Susan Anastasi on the phone, wondering if her visions could be stopped.
“Can you teach me not to see?” she asked Anastasi. “I said, ‘I'm not a psychic. I just see dead people.' She said, ‘Honey, if you see dead people, you're a psychic. Not all psychics see dead people.'”
She relates these sorts of stories with a level gaze, no hint of irony in her voice. No intimation that she knows she's echoing Haley Joel Osment in “The Sixth Sense.”
Answering the call
There's no sense of irony in the voices of callers in Houston, either. (KRBE has archived some of the calls on its website at www.104krbe.com.)
Each caller is greeted with a simple question by either Susan or Christine: “Business, personal or who's around you?” (The latter is to find out about dead people.)
Caller Tabitha says she wants to hear about business changes coming in her life.
Christine begins by offering generalities that could be applied to almost anyone's life, such as: “Finances are just about to take a change.” “You gotta use your intuition before you spend money business-wise.” “Stop listening to what other people are telling you.” “I feel like there's some sort of change coming for you, about mid-April. I want to say about April 15th.”
Susan jumps in and asks who the four people are in Tabitha's office who “create a little bit of havoc for you.” Tabitha doesn't know at first, but then says she works for four attorneys.
“You're kind of the main force, aren't you?”
Tabitha doesn't bite on a question a lot of people would answer in the affirmative whether it was true or not.
“Who's the female that you hang around with there that gives you a little bit of trouble?” Susan asks.
“I don't have one,” Tabitha says. “I really don't.”
She says she gets along with everybody at the office, but Susan presses on.
“You've been working really hard to stay out of the emotional side of anything with anybody, correct? Because of the drama?”
“Mmmmm, no,” says Tabitha.
“Yup,” Susan insists.
“There's not really any drama at work,” Tabitha replies.
When another caller, Karen, asks for information about who's around her in the afterlife, Susan says she's picking up information from a woman who had two children and also “had cancer in the chest.”
Karen doesn't know who that might be.
“You'll figure it out,” Susan replies.
Karen says all she really wants to know is whether or not her dead grandfather is happy.
“I don't feel that people on the other side are unhappy when they come through,” Susan reassures her.
When Susan says Karen's grandfather worked hard for all he had, you can hear Karen catch her breath. It clearly rings true.
“His death was a slow death or very difficult, correct?” Susan asks.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Karen's “yes!” is choked with emotion.
Susan and Christine both claim that their psychic powers aren't extraordinary. Everyone has them, they say. It's simply a matter of getting out of the way of the spiritual guides and visions.
“If you want to be a really, really great psychic, you need to get yourself out of the way,” Christine says rapidly, her words tumbling over one another.
“The only way to get yourself out of the way is to get your ego in check. And to get your ego in check means you've got to get your life in check,” she says before pausing for breath.
“If you can get yourself out of the way, the information is amazingly accurate. You're not questioning.”
They say they teach people a bit of how to get out of their own way at their “Bridging Two Worlds” events staged around the country. The mother and daughter duo get up in front of between 250 to 400 people, each of whom pays about $30 admission, and do readings, billets (the answering of questions sealed in envelopes), describe auras and carry out psychometry (reading energy imprinted on objects).
The pair launched their psychic careers four years ago after Susan saw her brother's impending death. But Christine has some very personal reasons for joining her mother on the supernatural path.
Her three sons are 10, 7 and 4 years old. All three have exhibited psychic powers, she says.
“My oldest has had many encounters prior to me doing this,” she says.
Her husband's dead father has been visiting the boy for about the past two years.
“It was just like one of those things,” she says. “You knew it, you could feel it, you understood it, but you really didn't.”
She says the boy's visions began to interfere with his schoolwork, apparently after he told a teacher about a vision he'd had.
“For two days, he got kicked out [of class] because, well, you go it alone at a Catholic school when you bring in the teacher's [dead] father. That just didn't go over well. They said, ‘he needs to be on medication, he's ADHD, he's too much, I can't deal with this.'”
She laughs, saying that he's had these sorts of visions for years.
Spirits in the material world
The world she and her children inhabit is filled with supernatural visitors and visions. Her youngest son, Jack, began to have trouble sleeping back when he still spent nights in a crib.
“Every time I would go in there, I knew someone had been in there,” she says of his bedroom. “I'd go in and clear it and whatnot, and then I'd go back and he'd be OK. He could settle down. Then he'd start crying again and I'd go in there and you could tell someone was in there. But I wouldn't catch it.”
Finally, her oldest son told her there was a ghost in the house.
“Do you want me to take care of it?” he asked.
She laughs as she adds that he did, indeed, calm the spirit.
Says Susan, “We've never said, ‘No, you're wrong' or ‘No, it's your imagination.'”
She notes that the children are “great at remote viewing.”
Remote viewing is when a psychic “sees” what another person sees at a separate physical location. So when their grandmother travels, the kids get calls with questions about what she's looking at. They'll tell her the colors of things in front of her (such as signs at the airport).
Susan and Christine say they're using their abilities to see things from distances in their efforts to help solve a murder in Texas. Because it's pending, they say they can't discuss the case in detail.
“It's an open case, so we can't say too much, except that it's with a police department in a suburb of Houston and everything we saw, they validated. And right now they're trying to catch the suspect. They know who it is,” Susan says.
They'll be going there in May to do volunteer work with the department on the case for a day.
They also say they're documenting their work on the homicide for the Court TV show “Psychic Detectives,” but that they don't know yet whether they will be featured or not on the program in the upcoming fall season.
While that particular aspect of the future might be unclear, the Andersons say that other facets of it are visible to them when they choose. Christine says, for example, that she could win the lottery if she chose to.
“In a lot of ways, I don't want to win the lottery,” she says. Someone else needs the life lessons the money would bring more than she does.
For now, she and her mother will continue doing their “Bridging Two Worlds” shows around the country, as well as local individual readings (cost: $125 per hour).
Susan and Catherine Anderson's website is at www.bridgingtwoworlds.net.