In honor of Halloween, I wanted to dive deeper into metaphysics and the supernatural – a topic many people are interested in, especially during this time of year. After listening to the latest episode on my sisters’ podcast, The Vogel Twins, I knew I had to meet Rita Schmidt and learn more.
Growing up with a father who was clairvoyant and clairaudient, Rita became aware of her psychic gifts at a young age. Her home in Brooklyn was also filled with spiritual activity and so, in her family “the paranormal was, in fact, very normal,” Rita said.
To develop her abilities, Rita studied the Tarot and received certification in Advanced Tarot Studies from the Tarot School in New York City. Through her exploration of the Tarot, she was able to tap into her medium abilities and started seeing the spirits of clients’ deceased friends and family during sessions. When this ability began to manifest, Rita studied with Janet Nohavec, internationally known evidential medium, to hone her skills. Most recently she has become a certified Crystal Therapist, under the tutelage of famed energy healer Victoria Vives Khuong.
The Difference Between Psychics and Mediums
“All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums,” Rita explained.
This is an important distinction. Mediums use psychic ability to connect with spirits, but psychics use their intuition to tune into a person’s energy. Along with their intuition, they can use tools such as the Tarot, numerology or astrology charts to receive additional information about someone’s past, present and future.
While psychics rely primarily on their intuition, mediums take it one step further. Along with using their intuitive abilities to see the past, present and future, they also tune into the surrounding spirit energy. They can deliver messages from the other side and pass on information that’s relevant to the person they’re reading.
Readings are meant to offer guidance, inspiration and a fresh perspective. Whether you are looking to speak with a psychic or medium, “the purpose of a reading is not to dictate how you live your life. It’s a tool; it’s a guide.”
How to Develop Your Intuition
You know that sneaking suspicion when something doesn’t feel right, but you can’t explain why? That’s your intuition. It’s an inner knowing separate from logic and reasoning. When you learn to recognize and trust that feeling, it can guide you in the right direction and help you make important life decisions.
“Everyone is born with psychic intuitiveness. It’s just whether or not you decide to go there.”
In order to develop your intuition, you have a gain a greater level of self-awareness. This can be achieved through journaling, meditation and other tools.
Passionate about helping others tap into their intuitive potential, Rita offers classes and workshops covering a variety of metaphysical topics.
Auras Readings and Energy Healing
The moment I sat down to talk to Rita, she told me I had an orange and red aura. I was immediately intrigued, and asked her to elaborate. Orange auras are associated with creativity, high energy and optimism. Red auras are tied to people who are strong-spirited and competitive. As she talked, I nodded and laughed, “Yes, that sounds like me.”
What is an Aura?
An aura is an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds the body. Auras are made up of seven layers which are linked to different parts of your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Each layer is represented by a different color, and the way these colors interact shows the type of person you are. Also, your aura color can change, depending on your state of being.
Aura Color Meanings
Red – passionate, competitive
Orange – creative, optimistic, energetic
Yellow – intellectual, joyful
Green – healer, enjoys being surrounded by nature
Turquoise – organized, dynamic personality
Blue – calm, sensitive
Purple – intuitive, artistic
White – Pure, balanced
While auras are not an exact science, it’s beneficial to learn about your energy, how it affects you and the people around you.
Energy Healing with Crystals
When it comes to energy healing, Rita turns to crystals. This ancient healing art involves applying various stones around the body to facilitate physical, emotional and spiritual balance.
The benefits of crystal therapy include:
- Relaxing the mind and body
- Regulating emotions
- Balancing hormones
- Relieving physical and mental pain
At the end of my reading, Rita handed me an amethyst crystal to take home. Having powerful healing properties, she told me it’s known for calming the mind and boosting creativity. (Confession: I had it next to me as I wrote this article).
Rita’s guidance was both empowering and enlightening, and I highly recommend her. If you’re interested in scheduling a reading with Rita, she offers readings at home, over the phone or video chat.
*Please note Rita is currently taking a break from doing mediumship and focusing on tarot, crystal healing sessions and teaching.*