The film The Sixth Sense scared the heck out of movie-goers a few years ago. This so-called horror story dramatizes the eerie life of a young boy who sees, hears and feels spirits. Dead people invade his bedroom at night and blow in at school confusing and frightening the boy. Psychic/medium Joe Power knows the story well – he lived it!
“My boyhood was a nightmare,” Power says. “Just like in The Sixth Sense, spirits raided my life starting at a young age.” He remembers the first time he saw a dead person. He was three years old lying on his back in the soft grass of his stepfather’s magical garden. As he stared lazily at the sky an image appeared. It was hazy and fleeting yet Joe saw the image of a face.
An old, rusting car was parked in the middle of the garden and Joe often played inside pretending to drive to faraway places. Many times he felt a presence beside him riding along on his imaginary adventure. Young Joe sensed it was a man and was comforted by his company.
When Joe was five, this mystery man visited Joe in a dream. “My father was deathly ill in the hospital after a botched surgery for an ulcer,” Power says. “I had a vivid dream and met a stocky guy with a jolly sense of humor. He told me he was my mums Uncle Tom and that dad would be okay.” Family pictures proved this dead visitor was indeed Uncle Tom and Joe’s dad did survive. His spirit uncle has stuck with Joe ever since, guiding him through many journeys and eventually appeared as a normal human.
Uncle Tom was just the beginning of a virtual army of spirit invaders. “As I walked with my friends in the school yard, we were surrounded by strange people who looked totally real to me,” Power says. “Yet I noticed the other boys did not react to them, so I learned to keep my mouth shut.”
Joe was scared out of his mind when the spirits infested his home, sweeping through the living room like haunting ghosts and worst of all, invading his room at night. “I slept on the top bunk and my two little brothers slept together beneath me. I woke up and saw these strangers and it freaked me out.”
One woman in particular visited often. “Her blonde hair and creepy blue eyes frightened me out of my mind,” Power says. “A cigarette dangled out of her mouth and she reeked of smoke.”
To temper his terror, Joe told his little brothers about the night invaders. “My mother punished me for frightening my brothers.” Joe was often reprimanded or disciplined for reacting to the dead people that cluttered his life.
Now Joe is 43 and has lived among dead people all his life. It took years of excruciating psychic experiences for Joe to understand his innate gifts for spirit communication. But not before his life sunk into a hell of gangs, prison and alcohol that Joe desperately used in hopes of stopping the insanity.
The turning point came when Joe’s younger brother Denny died under suspicious circumstances. During sleep, a man and woman came to Joe and told him they were taking him to a sacred place only for people who have passed over.
“I had a strong knowing it was not my time to die, but these people were giving me a huge insight into the afterlife.” Joe swept out of his body and found himself in an old marketplace that seemed very earthly with people ambling about doing normal shopping.
“I heard a familiar male voice,” Joe says. “He said he was fine and safe. A warm, loving energy blanketed me and I felt peaceful and content. I never felt this quality of comfort before. It was Denny. He wasn’t dead’he was very much alive in this other realm.”
Joe was so intrigued by this experience, he began to study metaphysics to figure out what plagued and scared him all his life. He worked with psychic/mediums in spiritual churches where he honed and practiced his extraordinary skills.
Power is blessed with every level of psychic/medium talent including clairvoyance which is psychic seeing, clairaudience or hearing, and clairessence which means psychic feeling. “Skeptics don’t believe me, but that would mean my entire life is a lie. I tried everything to bury this ability. I didn’t want it and was afraid all the time,” Joe explains. “But, now I embrace it and know I brought it to the earth to use it to help others.”
Joe uses the ability daily doing private readings, stage shows where he reads for audience members and his passion is helping police solve difficult murder mysteries. “Murder victims started coming to me and asked me to help solve their murders. Every case is a new learning experience for me. I continue to evolve every day.”
Joes astonishing life story is now a book. The Man Who Sees Dead People, published by Penguin, was released in May.