This is a true story. It happened to me on Independence Day a long time ago. I hope you find this true July 4th holiday tale fascinating...
Many years ago, there was an organization here called the Beverly Hills
Society for Psychical Research. I had a growing interest in matters of the mind
and spirit, including parapsychology and psychic phenomena such as
telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition. I was also expressing quite a bit of
psychic ability myself at the time and wanted to explore it
I was already familiar with the famous experiments of Dr. J. B. Rhine,
called the "Father of Modern Parapsychology," and his wife, Dr. Louisa Rhine,
who headed the Rhine Research Center for parapsychological studies at Duke
University in Durham, North Carolina. It was Dr. Rhine who created the term
"ESP" (extrasensory perception) to describe the ability of some people to
acquire information without the use of the five senses. He also coined the term
"parapsychology" to distinguish it from mainstream
At the Society for Psychical Research, I had heard about a very
talented psychic medium in Los Angeles named Dorothy Vallas. I contacted her agent
and booked an appointment for a 'reading' at her home.
For these readings, Dorothy would be seated, turn on her tape recorder,
take deep breaths, go into a trance with her eyes closed, and begin to speak. I
recall that she always stroked her legs and knees in a circular motion while in
trance - I thought perhaps this was a "grounding" technique that would enhance
her receptivity and sensitivity to the information she was receiving. (At the
end of this article, I will tell you about the movie narrated by actor
Raymond Burr, where you can see Dorothy in action while in
This first appointment I had with Dorothy was around March of that year.
She was a very pleasant woman and her apartment in West Hollywood was very
comfortable. She turned on the tape recorder, went into trance and spoke to me
in short sentences. She spoke with conviction and certainty. Here are some of
her words I remember clearly:
"It's the hot, hot days of summer.
"I see an American Flag nearby.
"He was in another country, speaks several languages, but he's an
"He's a 'man's man.'
"He's just what the doctor ordered.
"He will know you instantly. And he will ask you to marry him on the
"The symbol is the red rose.
"His last name begins with
It was intriguing. I took the cassette tape home with me, stored it
away, but managed to completely forget about the tape and Dorothy's reading
during the following months.
"Hot, Hot Days of Summer..."
At the time, I was dating Randy, a young Beverly Hills attorney. Although
we spent time together and he was a great person, I began to think of him more
as a close friend.
months after Dorothy's reading, Randy asked me to attend a gathering
with him on the 4th of July - friends of his were having a house
party and invited couples they knew. He said we would stop by his
friends' house for a little while in the afternoon, but he made
reservations for us to have dinner elsewhere.
It was really hot that July 4th. The hosts' home was
in the Valley - the "Valley" is an area of Los Angeles that gets really hot in the summer. We arrived
at the home and the first thing we noticed was the huge American Flag in the front yard.
After introductions, Randy circulated to socialize and I sat and
relaxed on a sofa in a cool area. A few minutes later, a man approached, pulled
over a chair and began a conversation with me. Originally from Virginia, he had
recently returned to the States from Thailand. He had been married there but his
wife had died of leukemia. He came alone to the house party.
It wasn't long after he and I began to speak that Randy came bursting
into the room and abruptly whisked me away for our dinner reservations. We
thanked the hosts and left.
The following day, Randy called and said, "Remember the guy you were
talking to yesterday? Well, he's trying to find you." The host had called Randy and
asked him to find out if it would be all right for their friend to call
I said, "Sure. Did you get his name?" Randy replied, "Jim
I think it was at that point that Dorothy's predictions surfaced in my
memory. The last name beginning with "SW" was a trigger and too precise to
Jim called and we met for a date. He handed me a beautiful red rose. Then
we drove to a Thai restaurant in the Marina (Marina del Rey). At the restaurant,
the Thai waiters were utterly amazed to find an American (with a Virginia accent
no less) who could speak fluent Thai. They kept bringing us more and more food
and dessert beyond what we ordered. Then Jim took me to see his boat which was
docked nearby. The first thing I noticed was a large beach towel with the words, "Just What the Doctor
That night Jim told me that I probably wouldn't understand this, but he
just knew that I would be his wife.
Was he a "man's man?" Well, all I could say is that when he and I would
get together with Randy, the two of them were really a hoot and kept me
laughing. Jim had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He loved
people. He was very down to earth and yes, I think he would be considered a
Guest of Honor
day Jim and I had an idea. We would have a party in celebration of our
meeting and we would ask Dorothy Vallas to be our "guest of honor."
Dorothy graciously accepted the invitation. Picture this: at
our party at Jim's apartment, this mature psychic medium was
sprawled out on the living room floor, propped up by her elbow, giving readings to dozens of our
During the next couple of years, I ran into a few of the guests who
told me that Dorothy's predictions had come true. One man told me that at the
party, Dorothy had drawn a picture of "arches" and said it was related to his
business. McDonald's later became one of his clients!
I know you're wondering...did I marry Jim? Jim was a great guy. But no,
I didn't marry him. Deep down I knew that he wasn't the man I would spend the
rest of my life with. I had been married before, but looking back, I also believe that it was
my deep-seated desire and part of my soul's journey to find success on my own and
not be dependent on a man for security. I wanted to prove that I could make it on my own (think Emerson on Self-Reliance). I realize now how important that kind of
independence was for my personal spiritual growth. How appropriate that I am
sharing this story on Independence
But it was certainly one of those special moments in time - the fact that our
relationship was predicted certainly adds another dimension. It also brings up
these questions: Is there really a destiny involved in our personal
relationships? Are there people we are meant to be with, perhaps to learn
certain lessons or help in our growth?
the other hand, I also believe we have to be cautious with
psychic predictions from others. After all, the power of suggestion is
very strong. I recommend that we develop our own manifesting powers to
create or be guided to our highest good. But I know that Dorothy's
predictions for me were not merely suggestions that lodged in my
mind - I didn't create such precise results through
attraction laws. I believe her reading was truly precognitive.
And what overall lesson do you suppose we can get from this
Perhaps the lesson is that we must learn to develop our own intuitive
resources, follow our inner guidance, learn to understand the creative laws of
mind, claim our own spiritual independence...and be our own psychic. Dorothy was
amazing with detail, but ultimately I chose my own path and my own guidance.
Maybe those with psychic gifts can inspire the rest of us to explore our
own abilities that lie beyond the known senses. Decades ago, I decided to reach
beyond the psychic "mental" realm and instead focus on developing "intuitive guidance" -
information from a greater spiritual Intelligence that can direct me in life - and which I
now use to mentor and direct others.
There is one thing that I know for certain. There is a great deal that we don't know.
Ready for Her Close Up
But if this story still has you intrigued with psychic phenomena, I'll
take you a step further. Dorothy Vallas invited me to attend a film shoot at her
home. Raymond Burr, the renowned film and television actor (remember Perry Mason?), was narrating a
movie about psychic phenomena and Dorothy was going to be filmed while in
trance. Dorothy amazed the guests when she appeared to contact departed
relatives/friends of some of the guests and was 'spot on.'
Another amazing thing happened off the record. After the film
crew shot Dorothy's segment, they wrapped it up and stopped the cameras. But
Dorothy was still in trance and continued speaking. Suddenly the director of the
movie yelled out, "Oh my God, that's my grandmother!" Dorothy was speaking in
the voice of the director's deceased grandmother.
Last year, I found the entire film, The Amazing world of Psychic Phenomena,
free to view on google, but I see it has since been removed. However,
there are video clips from the film on YouTube, and I'm sure the DVD
can be rented. This film is a classic for anyone interested in psychic
phenomena and research.
So...have I given you something to think about this holiday week? Fun
P.S. I know some of you will wonder if Dorothy is still around and
giving readings. I had several readings from her back then, but many years later she
was no longer listed and I'm sure she passed on.
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Like all my holiday articles, it brings out the deeper, more universal interpretation of the holiday as it
relates to prosperity laws, prosperity consciousness, and our higher spiritual
YOUR Declaration of Independence