An Interview with Medium Lisa Williams

 

                   

Medium & Clairvoyant Lisa Williams will make an appearance at Club Nokia Friday, February 27, 2009

LifetimeTV's own Medium / Clairvoyant Lisa Williams talks LA Splash journalist Robert Petrrca about her family, her show and the special gift she is taking on the road with her 2009 Tour. Next stop, Club Nokia in Los Angeles. 

RP: Thank you for taking the time, I know you’re a busy person, for having this interview with LA Splash.  We are more than excited to have you with us.

RP: Thank you for taking the time, I know you’re a busy person, for having this interview with LA Splash.  We are more than excited to have you with us.

LW:   No, thank you honestly.  It’s an absolute pleasure to speak to you.

RP:  So I guess, we’ll get right to it.  I actually know a bit about you.  I’m a big fan.  I’ve seen your show on Lifetime.

LW:  Oh, excellent!

 

 

RP:  So I already know a bit about you.  For people out there who don’t, if you could just tell us a little about who you are, what you do?

LW:  Well, I basically am a medium.  I communicate with those who are no longer with us.  So I have this extraordinary gift of helping people find some sort of closure, understanding, you know.  It helps people to move on in their life when someone very close to them has passed away.

RP:  I assume there are many misconceptions between, clairvoyant and mediums. Can you tell us the difference between all three of them?

LW:  Well I believe that we all have that psychic edge to us.   We’re all psychic.  We all have that feeling when we know someone is going to call or when something bad is going to happen or when something good is coming our way.  We all have that gut feeling. I’ve just developed it more and more and more strongly to actually communicate with the other side.  So a medium basically is where we communicate with the other side.  We’re the middle person.  Being psychic is obviously being able to know what is going to happen in life.  Being clairvoyant is where you see things clearly.  I actually have the ability to see a lot of spirits clearly and a lot of visions very clearly, which is the reason why people often refer to me as clairvoyant too. 

 

RP:  What’s it like?  Do you see energy?

LW:  Well for me, I’ve done it for so long it’s hard to put that into words, but it’s really like all your senses are on fire because I use all of my senses so I see things, I hear things, I feel things, you know, they may touch me, I taste things, I smell things, so really I’m using all of my senses.  It’s like all of a sudden I’ve become super-sensitive.  The only way I can explain, I suppose if I’m putting into normal terms:  Imagine a super hero with all of these senses alive and how it would feel, it’s almost electrifying really.  I’m not a superhero by any means of the word, but it’s like…electrifying.

RP:  Do you feel this with most people?  All people?  Is it something you can sort of turn on or turn off?   I think I remember something about the hat in Lifetime.

LW:  Yeah, I can turn it off.  There are times that I do actually wear a hat.  And what that does is it really just shuts my aura down.  But I also wear, I make sure I wear something that grounds me and often I find that my watch grounds me, a hat, anything really over the top of my head, maybe a hairband.  It really just completely grounds me and it does switch them off.  I mean of course there’s times that I’ll be walking along and you know I may have a hat on, but suddenly I’ll just feel that I need to give a message out and I do, because that is the case.  But most of the time I can switch it on and off. 

RP:  Going back, you’ve said you’ve been doing this for a long time.  How long have you been doing this and tell us a bit about your first experience when you knew there was something more to what you were feeling.

 

 

 

 

LW:  Well my first experience happened when I was about three years old.  And at that point in your life you think everything you experience is normal and what actually happened is that I used to see this man and to me he was very physical but I actually realized that now he wasn’t, he was a spirit.  And he used to follow me from my bedroom to the dining room, down this long stretch of the hall and I used to say to my mom “who is that man, mommy?  He keeps following me.”  Anyway, she just put it down to an overactive imagination but he used to stand over me and tell me not to eat my peas.  If you know anything about English people, we all are brought up eating little round green vegetables…peas.  Anyway, he told me not to eat my peas because I would die.  I am now thirty-five years old and still have a pea phobia.  It’s crazy, I have this pea phobia. 

And what actually happened, was I later found out through my husband who was saying go for my father and that man happened to be my father’s great uncle who died three years before I was born chocking on peas. We sort of masked that all together and put it all together really in the past few years.  It was incredible. 

When I first did my first reading, that was about ten years ago and that was so bizarre.  I sat down and I thought I don’t know what I am doing here.  A friend of mine had basically told me that I should do readings and I kind of held onto someone’s jewelry and went “oh I think you’re father is here and he is this and that” and started to give her all sorts of information that personally I thought was really wishy-washy and very general.  And she said, “no it’s incredible, you’ve got everything right”.   So, yeah it was weird.  Very weird. 

RP:  The experience with your great grandfather with the peas, did that scare or you or were you excited?  Was there ever a fear about what it was that you were experiencing?

LW:  Well for me, you know, I just knew it was normal.  And my mum used to say “oh it’s just your imagination”.  And so I started calling the spirits the imaginary friends.   And so really for me it was very normal.  I have an imaginary friend.  I have an imaginary world.  A really good friend of mine, I opened up to her in the end.  And she was like, “wow this is fascinating”.  So that was really good.  But it was very bizarre.  Very, very bizarre.

RP: Thank you for taking the time, I know you’re a busy person, for having this interview with LA Splash.  We are more than excited to have you with us.

LW:  No, thank you honestly.  It’s an absolute pleasure to speak to you.

RP:  So I guess, we’ll get right to it.  I actually know a bit about you.  I’m a big fan.  I’ve seen your show on Lifetime.

LW:  Oh, excellent!

RP:  So I already know a bit about you.  For people out there who don’t, if you could just tell us a little about who you are, what you do?

LW:  Well, I basically am a medium.  I communicate with those who are no longer with us.  So I have this extraordinary gift of helping people find some sort of closure, understanding, you know.  It helps people to move on in their life when someone very close to them has passed away.

RP:  I assume there are many misconceptions between, clairvoyant and mediums. Can you tell us the difference between all three of them?

LW:  Well I believe that we all have that psychic edge to us.   We’re all psychic.  We all have that feeling when we know someone is going to call or when something bad is going to happen or when something good is coming our way.  We all have that gut feeling. I’ve just developed it more and more and more strongly to actually communicate with the other side.  So a medium basically is where we communicate with the other side.  We’re the middle person.  Being psychic is obviously being able to know what is going to happen in life.  Being clairvoyant is where you see things clearly.  I actually have the ability to see a lot of spirits clearly and a lot of visions very clearly, which is the reason why people often refer to me as clairvoyant too. 

RP:  What’s it like?  Do you see energy?

LW:  Well for me, I’ve done it for so long it’s hard to put that into words, but it’s really like all your senses are on fire because I use all of my senses so I see things, I hear things, I feel things, you know, they may touch me, I taste things, I smell things, so really I’m using all of my senses.  It’s like all of a sudden I’ve become super-sensitive.  The only way I can explain, I suppose if I’m putting into normal terms:  Imagine a super hero with all of these senses alive and how it would feel, it’s almost electrifying really.  I’m not a superhero by any means of the word, but it’s like…electrifying.

RP:  Do you feel this with most people?  All people?  Is it something you can sort of turn on or turn off?   I think I remember something about the hat in Lifetime.

LW:  Yeah, I can turn it off.  There are times that I do actually wear a hat.  And what that does is it really just shuts my aura down.  But I also wear, I make sure I wear something that grounds me and often I find that my watch grounds me, a hat, anything really over the top of my head, maybe a hairband.  It really just completely grounds me and it does switch them off.  I mean of course there’s times that I’ll be walking along and you know I may have a hat on, but suddenly I’ll just feel that I need to give a message out and I do, because that is the case.  But most of the time I can switch it on and off. 

RP:  Going back, you’ve said you’ve been doing this for a long time.  How long have you been doing this and tell us a bit about your first experience when you knew there was something more to what you were feeling.

LW:  Well my first experience happened when I was about three years old.  And at that point in your life you think everything you experience is normal and what actually happened is that I used to see this man and to me he was very physical but I actually realized that now he wasn’t, he was a spirit.  And he used to follow me from my bedroom to the dining room, down this long stretch of the hall and I used to say to my mom “who is that man, mommy?  He keeps following me.”  Anyway, she just put it down to an overactive imagination but he used to stand over me and tell me not to eat my peas.  If you know anything about English people, we all are brought up eating little round green vegetables…peas.  Anyway, he told me not to eat my peas because I would die.  I am now thirty-five years old and still have a pea phobia.  It’s crazy, I have this pea phobia. 

And what actually happened, was I later found out through my husband who was saying go for my father and that man happened to be my father’s great uncle who died three years before I was born chocking on peas.  So that was really my __ experience but we only sort of masked that all together and put it all together really in the past few years.  It was incredible. 

When I first did my first reading, that was about ten years ago and that was so bizarre.  I sat down and I thought I don’t know what I am doing here.  A friend of mine had basically told me that I should do readings and I kind of held onto someone’s jewelry and went “oh I think you’re father is here and he is this and that” and started to give her all sorts of information that personally I thought was really wishy-washy and very general.  And she said, “no it’s incredible, you’ve got everything right”.   So, yeah it was weird.  Very weird. 

RP:  The experience with your great grandfather with the peas, did that scare or you or were you excited?  Was there ever a fear about what it was that you were experiencing?

LW:  Well for me, you know, I just knew it was normal.  And my mum used to say “oh it’s just your imagination”.  And so I started calling the spirits the imaginary friends.   And so really for me it was very normal.  I have an imaginary friend.  I have an imaginary world.  A really good friend of mine, I opened up to her in the end.  And she was like, “wow this is fascinating”.  So that was really good.  But it was very bizarre.  Very, very bizarre.

RP:  You say you have a husband and a son.  Do any of them have any extra senses like yours and how do they respond to you doing this?

LW:  Well first of all, my husband really embraced it and, in fact, he was the one who encouraged me to start doing this work in a full time capacity and give up my day job as such and do something in a full time capacity.  And really the more he’s lived with me and the more he’s been around my life the more psychic he’s become.  Which is incredible.  See that’s what happens.  And Charlie, he’s eight years old, he’ll come down the stairs and say, “Mommy, there is a spirit in my bedroom, will you get rid of it please.”  So he senses things too.

RP:  Is it something that you have to tell people?  With your husband, was there a point in the relationship before you got married, that you had to explain to him this sort of sixth sense?  And with other people as well, is there a moment where you have to explain, you know, “there’s just something else to me that perhaps you should know”?

LW:  Yeah, I mean, it’s funny because with my husband it was really bizarre.  We met under different circumstances.  We didn’t just meet on the curb or anything like that.  We met through a mutual friend of ours.  And we went out one night, there was a group of us and we became friends, Kev and I, which is my husband.  And literally over one night I started spurting out some information about his life and he’s like, “woah yeah that’s true.”  So it was very easy for me to actually say to him, this is what I do.  But it’s funny because a lot of people, if they don’t know what I do, or if they’ve never seen the show they’ll say, “so what do you do?” and I’m like “oh, um...yeah, ok so do you believe…” and I kind of know who I can and can’t tell.  And there are times that some people I just don’t even go there with.  I’m just like, “You know what, I’m a lifestyle consultant and I help people move on in their life”, which covers everything.

 

 

 

 

RP:  Do you ever have anyone who has any sort of negative reactions or any people with misconceptions about what you do?

LW:  Oh, completely!  And actually my father is actually one of the biggest skeptics going.  Which is really bizarre, because he’s lived with me, you know, all his life.  Except for obviously the past eight years.  It’s like, yeah, he’s really, really very much a skeptic and it was little under a year ago that he came to see one of my shows and beforehand he completely had nothing to do with it.  He didn’t want to know.  But he came to see it and he saw me in a teaching capacity initially.  And then he saw me on stage doing what I do and he just thought that I was hilarious because I do make my readings, my work, very funny.  Because I think humor can help people move on and deal with things so much easier.  And so really he said, “Lisa you should do standup.  You should go off and do standup”.  And it is really, really funny what I do and I do not make light of…yeah, I do…I suppose I make light of a serious situation in the right context.  I think really his way is wow you’re funny. 

I’m not out there to change peoples’view points.  But I’ve had protestors outside of the theatre before now when it’s come to do my live shows in a very, you know, religious area.  And really at the end of the day I’m like, “you know what, you have your beliefs and I have my beliefs.  Let’s just have a belief that we understand each other.”  I’ve never had any major negativity. 

RP:  Is there anyone else in your family who has these sort of abilities?

LW:  My grandmother had it and my mum’s mum.  She had it before she passed away.  So really, it has followed in the family.

RP:  Moving on to a different topic. Is there anything that stands out or if you could tell us anything specifically of and experience that really was beyond anything that you could have expected? 

LW:  Well, it’s funny because I was talking about this with the camera guy last night.  And certainly on Life Among the Dead, I think the one reading that stood out for us, for all of us, was the reading where I read for the widow of the marine.  The marine soldier who died in Iraq.  And it was really a turning point for a lot of the crew on the show.  They had been working with me for probably a week at that point and that was the strongest reading ever where there was so much information.  So much strong energy from the spirit that came through.  It was just incredible.  And to see the lady sit there and me give all this information through and then suddenly see her heal almost instantly was incredible.  So really, the “Johanna Reading” was a big, big reading on the first episode of the first season of Life Among the Dead.  So that just blew me away.  And of course there are other readings that, you know, blow me away but I always like to go back to that one because I think it had so much impact on so many people. It was the one that really just stands out.

RP:  So I imagine sometimes in situations like that or maybe other readings, is it hard for you to ever separate or to deal with that information once you move beyond that reading.  Is it something that sticks with you or is always a part of you?

LW:  No, I mean, every reading tends to resonate with me after the actual event.  But, you know, this is all about where learning to separate your work life and your personal life.  Because if I took every reading on board, I really don’t think I would be here myself at the moment, you know?  So you have to learn to detach.  And whilst it stands very cold and very hard and very brutal, you have to become very detached from that person.  It’s like a doctor, they can’t become emotionally involved with their patients.  And, sadly, I can’t become emotionally involved with their stories.  I go home, I speak to my son, I go and take my makeup off, I get into bed, I sit at the computer and I answer e-mails and life goes on for me.  So I can’t become wrapped up in their stories, sadly. 

RP:  That was actually one of the questions I had.  When people come to you, they have very particular expectations, needs, desires, things they want to get past.  I was going to ask, how do you handle so many expectations and needs in your personal life and I guess that pretty much answers that.

LW:  Yeah, I mean, literally I have to get back to normal.  I really do switch back to normal.  I find my son, I find my husband.  I answer the e-mails, I blog, I do some work, and then I switch the tv on and then I go to sleep.

RP:  All those human activities.

LW:  Yeah!  Absolutely, just normal stuff. 

RP:  Just the regular routine.  In Life Among the Dead, they would always show a little snip bit of like you in the morning with breakfast and it’s like oh yeah, she has a family and she’s a real person.

LW:  Yeah, and that’s thing.  I am a real person.  And I think that’s what shocks so many people is that I am very normal.  People who come and see me and see the show, I meet everybody afterward.  They’re just so sweet, and they come up and they’re like, “you know what, you’re very approachable, we like you.”  And so that really, really is the most important thing for me. 

RP:  So along a similar line, is there anyone for you that you go to when you have some kind of closure that you need?  Are you frequently around people with any kind of abilities similar to yours?

LW:  Sadly, no.  No, sadly, no.  I just have to trust in my own self and trust that they are going to come through for me.  Although my family members don’t always like to come through for me, you know?  But, no sadly I don’t.  When I go back to England, I go to spiritual churches.  Which they have a medium standing up and I am the one that sits in the audience hoping to have a message.  But, no I don’t actually go and see anybody.  Sometimes I’ll go and have a psychic reading just for the hell of it, you know, because my friends want to go and do it.  And then I sit and laugh sometimes and what they tell me or I’ll sit and say, “Oh yeah! That was really good”.  But no, I don’t tend to seek them out.

RP:  Oh, well that’s really sad.

LW:  I know!

RP:   Well, I’ll see if I can find somebody for you.

LW:  Ok, great!

RP:  When you meet people, you say your senses become on fire.  Is it the same for everybody or are there people that you experience a stronger connect to or doe information flow rapidly from some people and not so rapidly from others?

LW:  That’s exactly it.  Some people it comes in so quick.  Other people it’s like pulling teeth.  And it’s just because you’re dealing with the personality through spirits.  You know, if someone in life who had passed away and I’m communicating with was very drawn out and not everything was easy and trying to get information out of them was a nightmare, I would have the same problem.  Or if someone was very vivacious, very open, very charming, very witty, very bubbly and would lay their whole life on the plate for you in the first five minutes, then they’re the ones I really love because all of a sudden I have all of the information coming quickly.  So, you’re dealing with personalities.  You must have it as an interviewer where some people you can talk to and some people you can’t.  And that’s exactly how it is with me with spirits.

 

 

 

RP:  So how did your show on Lifetime come about?  What’s the story of how you got into that?

LW:  (laughs) Okay, so this is, this is really a twist of fate.  I read for someone who basically said to us, “Why don’t you come out to LA?  You’ll love it.”  So we said, “ok, well why not?”  So we came out to LA for literally three months.  What should have been three months.  And in that period of time people at work got around that I was doing readings and this lady called me up and she said, “I’d like to have a reading.”  Anyway, in that period of time in LA I became severely ill and UCLA basically said to me ‘if we don’t operate before you actually fly home. So we advise that you actually extend your stay here by an extra ten days to have the operation and to, you know, recover.’  So this lady called me up toward the end of the stay and asked me if I could do a reading for her.  I said, “well why do you do it in my recovery time.  I’ve extended my visa by an extra ten days so why don’t you come then?”  So she came along.  And bear it mind, if I was well and fit, I should have been back in England at this point. 

And she came for a reading and she said, “I think I know just the person who would love to see you.”  So I got a phone call from her and she said, “Oh, Merv Griffin would love to see you tomorrow,” and I said, “Okay” and she said, “You have no idea who Merv Griffin is, do you?” and I went, “No, who’s Merv?” and (she) says, “You don’t know who Merv is?!”  It was almost like horrifying in her voice, it was really weird.  And she said, “Just Google him.”  So of course I Googled him and went, “Oh, oh okay.” 

I turned up at his office, literally the following day.  He was a wonderful guy.  I was there for two and half hours.  I didn’t read for him.  I met with all his staff.  And he said, “Lisa, I would love you to be involved in a pilot I’m putting together about the paranormal and people who have, you know, extraordinary abilities.  So he basically called me back in September to do a pilot and he hated the pilot and he said, “I want to do something around you.”  And so he created Life Among the Dead.  And it was incredible because if I hadn’t have been ill, I really wouldn’t be sitting here on the phone with you because you know, it was in that extended period of time that I meant the man that changed my life. 

And it was incredible because my grandmother, who was also obviously a medium, she said to me, oh my God, I think I was nineteen twenty, and she said to me, “Lisa, you’ll meet an older man who will change your life and take you to America.”  And at the time I thought it was my husband because he was, you know, he was eleven years older than me and I said, “Oh that’s my older man!”  Little did I realize it was going to be Merv Griffin.  (laughs)  He was like fifty years older than me.  It was incredible.  Absolutely incredible. 

RP:  What a fantastic twist of fate.  And we’re happy that it led you to hear.

LW:  Yeah, absolutely!

 

 

 

RP:  Alright tell us a little bit about the scheduling.  Where are you going?  And the format of the tour?

LW:  Really there’s so much going on with my tour.  I did fifty dates in the US last year and I think I’m on target to do probably another fifty dates in the US this year.  I’m trying to target every place, every state in the US, but I want to go to different places where people don’t always go.  Because I believe they’re really the people who watch my show.  So it’s like small towns, like Charlottesville.  I mean, I spoke to someone today and she said, “I don’t think anybody of your kind, or anybody who does what you do, has ever been to this theatre.”  So I’m trying to go to different places so people have the opportunity.  They don’t necessarily need to live in a big city to actually go and see somebody perform.  We can go to the smaller theatres.  Which I think is great.  And it’s so much more intimate.  And also I’m looking to go to Australia later on the year as well.

RP:  I imagine that everyone has a very particular reason for being there and the energy in the room must be extraordinary.

LW:  Oh, it’s incredible!  Absolutely incredible!  Yeah, it’s like electrifying, it really is.

RP:  So I’ll just wrap it up with one last question. Out of all you do, what do you think is the most rewarding part of your life as a medium, clairvoyant?

LW:  For me, the most rewarding part of the job that I do is actually watching people walk in with the weight of the world on their shoulders and then having gone through the reading, or maybe it’s just a five minute reading through a live audience, seeing their energy totally lift and helping them understand why that person left the earth or the world.  And making them realize that actually our loved ones are still there.  And for me, that is the most amazing and beautiful experience that I could ever, ever imagine.  And I’m just so grateful that I can actually give that to people.

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