As a child in France, Melissa Mills often heard voices in her head and says she always seemed to ‘know about things’.
Melissa moved to Howick with her family at the age of nine and attended local schools.
As a teenager she often performed at the Harlequin Theatre and even sang at a Miss Howick pageant.
She later trained as a primary school teacher but, in 2012, after several years of psychic training and development of her gift, Melissa embraced her new direction as a psychic medium.
She now works globally and her next public event in Howick is on March 15 at the Monterey Theatre.
As we understand it all mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums – what is the difference?
Yes, very different. A psychic gives guidance about any aspect of a person’s life using their past, present and future.
This could include a person’s purpose, blocks that need to be released and anything to help keep that person in alignment with their path in life.
A medium is someone who communicates with the afterlife to pass on evidential information that only the recipients would know.
It’s a chance to talk with them [passed loved ones] and pass on messages about what they are doing in the spirit world. I am a psychic medium, which means I do both.
In astrological circles, there are many types of psychic gifts and readings – tarot and angel cards, numerology, clairvoyance, channelling, palmistry, scrying and more. In which areas are you most gifted and how did you discover your gifts?
Discovering and understanding my abilities was an on/off process for a few years, but first I attended a psychic development workshop and practiced with my angel cards.
I was then fortunate to be accepted into courses that propelled my development quickly.
One of my strongest abilities is as a clairaudient which means I hear spirits. My favourite part of my job is when I connect to loved ones in the afterlife through my mediumship.
What do most people hope to find through your psychic ability?
Hope and reassurance. I honestly believe that most people just exist rather than fully living their lives.
Many get caught up in the limiting beliefs they have put on themselves or that others have placed on them.
In a reading, I’m able to open up that person to the possibilities available to them.
When one thinks of psychics the stereotypical image is of a gypsy fortune teller in a tent with a crystal ball. How representative is that in today’s world?
I laugh because that’s what people expect and I am so far away from that stereotypical image.
I’m nearly 30, which, in itself, often shocks people (they expect someone much older). But, times are changing and I’m all about being a modern psychic medium.
What’s more, it’s now quite acceptable to visit a psychic medium and, as a result, there are many more young people using their psychic gifts.
In public, psychics are largely indistinguishable from anyone else walking down the street but I believe you can still find people like that [gypsy style] in markets and fairs, and that’s cool too.
Are crystal balls still used? Are they effective tools or merely props?
I believe they are still used. I would say this is more a form of scrying which is using the surface of something to help gain a visual about information needing to be passed to a recipient. I personally don’t have one, but for someone who is very clairvoyant (whose main ability is ‘seeing’) I would imagine this would be very effective.
Do people fear ‘bad luck’ predictions? How difficult is it to deliver bad news?
I don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘bad luck’; I believe everything we create in our lives is because of the thoughts and feelings we project into the world.
I believe my readings have to be honest and a clear representation of life; challenges and difficult times are part of that. I try to keep readings as positive as possible as I believe a reading should empower my clients.
Do you predict life changing events such as lottery wins, death, wedding bells, accidents?
Yes, of course. The only thing I don’t do is predict death; I don’t open myself to that. I don’t feel that’s something one really needs to know and it’s not a usual reason for people wanting a reading. I may touch on someone getting a life-threatening illness, or some other incident, but free will can alter that too.
I don’t give specific dates, more a time-frame for when certain life events will happen. I’ve had many clients send me wedding and baby photos from the guidance they received from a reading. It’s really up to the spirit world as to what guidance is passed to me.
We don’t know everything, nor should we.
There is a lot of scepticism surrounding psychic abilities. While some simply don’t believe, what would you say (in brief) to prove such gifts are genuine?
My job is not to change anyone’s opinion as I believe everyone has the right to their own belief system. Everyone has free will and it’s important to respect that. I’ve been doing this long enough now that I don’t feel I have to prove anything to anyone.
If anything, I’d say come and see me at my show, ‘Whispers from Above’ and see what you think at the end of the evening.
Do most clients call you because they want to contact people who have passed to the other side or are they there to ask your predictions/advice?
It varies; most of the time I do both in my readings although some clients strictly want psychic or mediumship. Some aren’t sure why they booked except that they had a feeling they should come, so I allow for the natural flow of the reading to occur.
I feel it’s nice to experience both. You never know what you’re going to learn about yourself or loved ones in spirit.
What are the top five subjects people want to know about in regards to their future? On most occasions it goes: love, life purpose (career), health, family and adventures (travel, hobbies etc)
Have you developed your own intuitive abilities or are they simply a natural gift which can’t be developed further?
There has to be some form of natural ability which is then developed through training or with mentors. I’ve taken on that training journey with Lisa Williams and Tony Stockwell, who I hold in high regard.
I travelled overseas to train and become accredited in my work as a psychic medium. I continue to do so every year. I also use what I have learnt to teach others to develop their ability and my mission is to eventually have my own spiritual academy where I certify others and help raise industry standards.
I was a primary school teacher, so being a spiritual educator is an important part of the next chapter of my spiritual journey.
Do clients prefer face to face meetings or do more use the telephone or skype when drawing on your skills? Has the industry changed due to technology?
It comes down to personal preference. Most clients come and see me in person, however, technology has meant that I am now accessible to clients worldwide.
There is absolutely no difference in the quality of a reading if it is done via phone or skype as I am working with a person’s energy. They don’t actually need to be sitting in front of me; the sound of a person’s voice is enough to build the connection. I love having the variety of readings and meeting people from across the globe.
How competitive is the industry?
I personally don’t believe in competition; there is enough business for everyone. This industry is about being of service, not about being the best or most popular.
However, I can’t speak for others who may look at it differently. I do believe the industry needs to have a set standard and that certified training should be a requirement of practitioners.
I have heard some horror stories about psychic readings and that’s why I take my personal training, and the training of others, very seriously.
Do you watch the TV show Sensing Murder? If so, why aren’t more cases being cracked as a result of the show?
Sensing Murder is a fantastic show, I’m a big fan. Forensic mediumship is a whole other level of mediumship and takes a very skilled medium to be involved.
The information passed down can be very hard to hear and feel, and also at times dangerous depending as to who is involved in the crime. I would say more cases aren’t being solved because the police need tangible evidence.
Evidence from mediums is not classified as tangible evidence even though they may provide leads and detailed information about cases. It can’t be used in a court of law either although
I hope that will change.
If you were Prime Minister for a day, what would you do first and why?
I’d probably pass a law to ensure all animals used for meat produce were raised in a free-range manner. My heart goes out to the inhumane way some animals are raised and treated due to their sole purpose being for meat production.
It’s important to take care of all living creatures on our planet, so I’d probably look into more ways we could help endangered species and the conservation of our beautiful landscape.
If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why?
Marilyn Monroe, because she was such an influential icon for both men and women and defied so much adversity; Michael Jackson because his music was such an influence on me growing up and I really resonate with his message of universal love; Chrissy Teigen because I love her authenticity.
She has so much sass and keeps things real; we could talk about everything from fashion to motherhood.