Cookie will tell you that all children have psychic abilities until about the age of 7 and then they ‘close’. The difference between Cookie and the vast majority of us is she never ‘closed’. She now uses this ability to provide guidance to others and to communicate with the other side.
Here is a bit of her story.
When did you know you had psychic abilities?
I didn’t come from a psychic family, but a lot of times at a young age I just knew certain things would happen. I never paid much attention to it when I was young because I didn’t understand it.
After my dad died and I was going through a divorce a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to take classes with her at The Metaphysical Society in Berkley, Michigan. When I started taking the classes it was for my own inner journey. I had no idea it would turn into this. They say in the metaphysical world, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’ One day a teacher at the school asked me if I wanted to do readings for people. I was terrified. She had more faith in my abilities than I did. I was scared to death. It is basically how my psychic business came to be.
Why do people come talk to you?
When people go to psychics they want to know about their love life, they want to know where their career is going. A lot of times they are not in a great place in their life. I really try to help people. I give people messages from the other side.
Do you tell people the bad things as well?
I really try to never tell anyone anything bad. I never tell them to take medicine or not to take medicine. I tell a lot of people they have health issues they never knew they had.
Can you give an example of health issues you have helped people identify?
The first one was a long time ago where I spoke with this woman and I felt a lot in her stomach area, in her female area and I told her she really needed to go to the doctor. She went to the doctor and she had very serious cysts. She told her doctor that the only reason she was there was because a psychic told her to. The doctor said, ‘I don’t know if I totally believe in psychics, but she probably saved your life.’ That was a very scary thing for me. At first my head swelled, as it does with human nature and then I got really scared and decided I was not doing this anymore because I am not God. How did I know that? But the phone kept ringing. I kept telling people I was busy, but the phone kept ringing, so I figured this was what God wanted me to do.
There was another time I told a woman that her husband was very sick — that there was something in his throat. She looked at me like I was crazy as most people do. He went to the doctor and found out he had cancer of the esophagus. He worked at the airport. His office was right next to where they de-iced the planes and that is how he got cancer.
When you say you feel these sicknesses, do you physically feel them?
Tell me about talking to the spirits.
I don’t talk to them. They don’t talk to me. It is not talking. I don’t hear voices. They put it in my mind. I don’t know how they do it. They contact me. I can reach anyone [on the other side].
Is the equivalent of how the spirits put something in your head kind of like how it feels when I suddenly remember that I forgot to do something?
No, they just put it in my head. It is the best way I can explain it. Everybody gets a glimpse of the other side, but most people are afraid of it. I am very comfortable with it. It does not scare me. I don’t know why I am not. It is a part of my life and I am very comfortable with that part of my life. It is always with me. I have learned to tune it out if I am not working. It is very energy draining.
What would it be like if you did not learn to turn it off?
I would always look at people and think things about them. It took a long time until I learned to turn it off. They are with me wherever I go. I cannot shut it off. It is not like a light. I just learn to tune it out when I am not working.
Do you see spirits?
I do see spirits in their true natural form. Spirits look like a reverse negative. Remember when you would hold the negative you got with your pictures up to the light? That is what a spirit looks like, but I never see a full body. Most of the time I can tell if it is a male or a female, but sometimes I get it confused. Sometimes I can even give you a name.
What is the difference between a spirit and a ghost?
I am not quite sure myself. I think a ghost is somebody that hangs around that doesn’t know they are dead. I don’t know a lot about ghosts. One experience I had was when I went to a party in a beautiful old home and this woman walks past me. She was an older woman. You could tell she was from the 1940s. Her hair was up in a bun and she had one of those old fashioned aprons on and I am standing there looking at her not really believing what I was seeing. I wasn’t scared. She wasn’t trying to scare me. I said to the woman who lived there, ‘There is a ghost in the house,’ and she knew. Apparently during World War II the woman that lived in the house at the time had a son that died during the war and she was just wandering that house very, very sad.
The ghost that you saw in the house how is that different from how a spirit looks?
A spirit looks like a reverse negative and a ghost is full bodied person.
How did you know that was a ghost you saw and not an actual person?
It is not that I could see through her. It was just the way she was dressed. It was a person, but it wasn’t a person. She did not look at me. She did not acknowledge me. She had a different agenda. She was just walking the house. It was a totally different type of feel than a human being.
There was another time I did a party at a house years ago. It was a very old house. I went upstairs to use the bathroom and you know how some steps have that landing and then two more steps, I looked down and I knew somebody died on that landing. When I asked the lady she said that before she lived there somebody was murdered there.
I can walk into people’s homes and tell them where their grandmother hangs around.
When you say that you know where somebody’s grandmother hangs out, what does that mean?
They come to visit you.
How do you know when a spirit has come to visit you?
When a spirit comes to visit they usually leave a coin or a feather to let you know they have come for a visit.
What about Ouija boards?
I tell people not to fool around with Ouija boards and that is because just as there is good and evil in this frame of existence, there is good and evil in their frame of existence and they are always looking for a portal to come here and invade somebody’s body. I tell people they are not toys. Do not buy them for their children. I have heard horror stories of what these things do to people.
The Ouija board opens you up to spirits?
Yes, it opens a portal for somebody to come through and they do nasty horrible things and sometimes they do invade a person’s body. That is why you don’t do any kind of channeling by yourself. You always need to have somebody with you that is very well trained in channeling. Channeling means you let your soul leave and another soul come in for a period of time and you never do that alone. You need to have someone very experienced with you because sometimes that spirit does not want to leave to let your spirit back in.
Where are the spirits?
If you talk to different people you will hear different stories. I don’t like Sylvia Brown’s theory that everybody is 30 when they go back to the spiritual world. There is no time. There is no age. There is only now.
I have read a lot over the last 20 years. They say your spirit goes to the plane of existence your soul requires. They say you do take in nourishment, you do rest and you do learn. You just don’t learn in your human body. When you shed your body you go home, you go back to your true home and you reincarnate. You choose the situations you re-incarnate into even if you think, ‘Why in the hell would I choose this life?’
Sometimes I say, ‘If that is the case, why am I not a Kennedy or a Rockefeller?’ But I guess that is not what my soul needed to experience. We are constantly learning and if we don’t learn everything we are supposed to we will come back in the next life and learn it again. Everybody you are involved with whether you like them or dislike them you have been with them before. Everybody has had that experience where you meet someone and you feel like you have known someone your whole life — well, you have. Soul always knows soul. It is a different face, different body, a different sex even, but soul always knows soul.
Does that mean I chose everyone to re-incarnate with? Like the guy across the street working at the store, him and I knew each other in a past life?
It depends on your involvement with people. People you have been involved with or when you meet somebody and they become your best friend and you feel like you have known them forever — you have.
Do the spirits gather together?
Yes. They say we re-incarnate in pods, in groups of spirits.
Is it how we imagine? My dad is with his father and sister?
Sometimes, yes. But, don’t think there are just five or so different spirits you continually reincarnate with. There are 100s and 1000s of spirits you reincarnate with over the centuries. And like your dad, you reincarnated with him in this lifetime, but you may not reincarnate with him in the next lifetime. It might take four or five lifetimes because there are other souls you will reincarnate with. When people talk about their soul mate, they talk about it in a romantic context, but a soul mate is not a romantic thing. A soul mate simply means that when you are back in your spiritual body you agree to reincarnate with each other in another lifetime. That is what a soul mate means. That is the true meaning of a soul mate.
What are some of the ways of knowing if a spirit is around you?
You said your dad passed away?
Do you ever feel him around you?
Let’s say he smoked and you don’t and all of the sudden you smell tobacco or he wore a certain cologne and you suddenly smell it. When they come to visit it doesn’t mean they come to visit like they do in the movies where the pictures fall off the walls. It is more subtle. If you have a bad spirit living in your house and they want to get rid of you, they will get rid of you. Trust me. You have some that have senses of humor. They hide your car keys. They hide kid’s shoes. Some stories are funny. Some are not so funny.
Is there any way to know if a person that has passed on is peaceful and happy?
Sometimes they are. Sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes I give people messages that somebody [that has passed away] is very upset because someone stole money or somebody is going against the wishes of the person who has passed away.
Do we all have the ability to communicate with spirits?
Yes, I think so. The difference between you and I is that my 6th sense never closed. Everybody will get a glimpse of the other side at some different times in their life, but it usually scares them. There are people who are very intuitive, but they don’t use it because they are scared of it. They are scared of what they can’t see and can’t touch or if they can’t see it and they can’t touch it, it doesn’t exist or if it does exist, how the hell does it exist? With me I don’t run away from it because I am comfortable with it.
When you say, ‘a glimpse from the other side’ what does that mean?
Maybe you have felt your dad contacting you, but it is not a solid substance so maybe you think you are seeing things or you think that did not really happen or you think, ‘I didn’t just see something out of the corner of my eye,’ or you turn around because you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up because you feel somebody behind you. Well there was somebody behind you, but most people either chalk it up to it being only in their mind or it not really happening. Most people are afraid of it. With some people if they can’t touch it or they can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.
What about when people dream of people who have passed away? Do you believe that is a way people from the other side try to communicate with us?
They say if you dream and you are in the dream, let’s say you are with your dad, if you are in the dream then it is not a dream. They [those who have passed away] know if you woke up and you saw your dad at the foot of your bed it is going to scare the hell out of you. So the way they come to you is, in you thinking it is a dream. If you are in the dream with that dead person it is not a dream. If you dream that you are watching it like you are watching a movie, then it is a dream, but if you are in the dream, it is not a dream.
Is there any form of hierarchy in the spirit world?
Yes. Not as far as spirits as you and I, but definitely with the Ascended Masters, the Angels, the Archangels, the Matriarchs, the Patriarchs. They have ascended to higher planes of existence than you and I will.
What do you say to your naysayers?
I have made believers out of a lot of people who have come to me and tried to prove I am a fake. Usually it is with people who come to me for the mini readings in the restaurants, when I tell them things they could never possibly know they get awed by me [and say], ‘How could you possibly know,’ or they get scared. Most of the people that come to me do not come for entertainment. They really have valid things they want to know about. They do not come to me for a good laugh. I do not consider myself good entertainment and my client’s do not consider me good entertainment.
Somebody on the other side sends you a lot of love. I don’t think it is your father. I think it is a female.
Maybe my grandma.
It is not your dad. It is a female.
What about the idea that aches and pains go away when someone has passed away, is that true?
Yes. The body you are in is temporary. Your body is not your true home. Your soul is your true home. Your soul never dies. When you leave, you don’t need your body anymore and you have either fulfilled what you needed to do in this lifetime or it isn’t happening and God calls you back home. Your body is nothing more than your soul’s house so when you leave it you are pain free.
Do you believe people who have passed on are protective over us, watching over us or trying to send us signs?
I do believe they try to send us signs. I do not know if it is them that try to protect us, but there are many, many documented cases of angels that have stepped in and took care of somebody [in a case] where it could have been a real disaster.
Who is running the show on the other side?
God is the one that runs the show and trust me he has a very big book and nobody gets anything for free. If you steal, you will be stolen from. If you murder, you will be murdered. Whatever deeds [you do] negative or positive will come back to you. The old saying that what comes around goes around is true. It doesn’t mean that it will happen when or how you would like it to happen, but it will happen. It always does.
What if someone does not want to get contacted? Let’s say Aunt Hilda doesn’t want to be contacted?
I have never experienced that. Anybody that someone wanted to contact has come through. I have never had a spirit come through me and say, ‘Don’t bother me I am sleeping or I don’t like that person.’
Do you get the sense that the other side wants to talk to this side?
Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely.
Should people talk to the spirits when they feel them? If I feel my dad or I feel my grandma, should I talk to them?
Absolutely and look for the coins and the feathers.
Cookie does appointments over the phone, in person and answers questions over email. If you would like to talk to Cookie you can find her contact information at:http://www.psychicreadingsbycookie.com/
Also, if you are in the Detroit area she does readings at local area restaurants.