We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Grisey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
The major issue within the psychic industry is the misconception that all psychics are fortune tellers. That we should immediately understand your whole life story and that you have no control over your choices. That fate and destiny trumps free will. These are all myths that need to be debunked.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My story is an interesting one. My childhood home was very haunted and set the stage for the work I am doing now as an artist and psychic medium. I grew up seeing, feeling and hearing spirits and it terrified me. Not all the spirits were negative, but when they were I had no idea how to protect myself from that energy. Because of this I did everything in my power to block out these abilities. As a teenager I bought my first deck of Tarot cards and casually read for my friends. Tarot felt like a “safe bridge” to connect with the spirit realm because it seemed as though the cards were a mediator. Holding the belief that I could not make a living off of my spiritual practice, I decided to major in art in college because it was the closest modality to connect with my spirituality and intuition. As time went by I figured out that my art practice bridged the connection between the physical and the metaphysical. My psychic downloads were a direct inspiration for my art work leading me to understand that I was actually channeling Spirit when I was creating art. Most of my art works are textile installations that explore ideas of past lives, ancient civilizations, the human condition and the exploration of the soul’s survival after bodily death. In my psychic work, I offer one-on-one readings with clients where I channel their loved ones, higher self, soul contracts, agreements and timelines. I would say the biggest challenge I was faced with was creating a career for myself that felt like the highest expression of my joy and soul path. For about 15 years I have struggled between the push and pull of my psychic and artistic path and which profession I had to “choose”. The moment I was able to surrender to this reality that I am both an artist and psychic, I was able to merge these two abilities and flow more successfully into my path. Along the way I have learned that the greatest things we manifest in our lives are what we are most excited about. We cannot limit ourselves to what the outside world thinks we should do – no one will understand your truth but you. We all have this ability to tap into our intuition; to feel how we may be best of service to our world that is completely unique to our life path. Currently my work consists of one-on-one psychic readings, workshops, mentorships and (most recently) channeled art. The channeled art offering combines a psychic reading and a handwoven adornment or talisman. I am continuing to develop psychic development workshops for students and new textile work based on my expanding relationship with the spirit world. Oh, and I am writing my first book that will hopefully be out in the next year or two.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love hiking up Echo Mountain in Altadena. When you make it to the top of the mountain, you scream into the canyon and the echoes heard are totally amazing. My favorite places to eat are Amara Kitchen and Night & Market Song, and to drink: Good Housekeeping Bar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to The Scarlet Sage in San Francisco and Otherwild in Los Angeles for holding space for my readings and workshops so that I could expand my psychic practice into the community. Also, to my mentor Eileen Davies for your brilliant wisdom in the Spirit realm. And lastly, to my soul mate David Wagner for your continuous support and encouragement.
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