Common Denominator Between All Things
At the tender age of ten, a young boy’s life changed forever. He had a premonition of his grandmother’s passing, which was the first indicator that he had a vulnerability or connection to the spirit world. He found the courage to tell his mother what he experienced.
Tyler Henry (born Tyler Henry Koelewyn) grew up in Hanford, California, a small rural city near Fresno. At 19, he landed a hit television show on E!, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, and became the go-to clairvoyant for celebrities. His parents have been such a strong support system, but his father grew up very conservative and religious. Henry felt his gift was from God but did not know if his father would see it that way. “My dad ended up being incredibly supportive. I demonstrated my ability for him on a yearbook he had,” he recalls. “I identified some classmates of his that had died from that yearbook. That was really kind of our first breakthrough moment where he finally got an understanding of how I could do what I do.”
Clairvoyance is the primary facet of his ability along with medical intuition, both of which, he says, are two distinct practices, but require him to connect with his deeper intuition. These various facets of his ability have evolved in strength over time. “A medium is really just an individual who has the ability to connect to individuals who have passed away, whereas the medical intuitive can get intuitive feelings about what’s going on with a living person, their well-being, and their health,” he explains, adding that his sixth sense uses the other five senses to communicate messages during a reading. He might get a smell, hear a noise, see something, or might physically feel something as if it corresponds with how someone died. He is ultimately attributing words to what he is feeling and seeing. “I just kind of get inundated with impressions. I basically have to be so intimate with myself to really notice any changes that go on – not only in my mind but in my body so information can be delivered,” he elaborates.
It is gratifying for Henry to have a gift that is helping others heal and improve their lives; his goal is to maintain the integrity of messages and not skew it with his own emotions or feelings. He wants to give people something they can take home with themselves and use throughout their lives. “Sometimes, people need to hear difficult news to be able to make a better change in their [lives]. I do find that, sometimes, I have to deliver health information or information about a person’s relationship they might not want to hear, but they need to hear it,” says Henry, who also published a memoir in 2016 – Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side. Although he claims to not fully understand the afterlife or the other side, he believes there is more to reality than what we can see. He says there is some kind of multidimensional element to what he does and has tried to ask spirits if they can explain where exactly they are. “How it gets explained to me from their perspective and where they are, it would be like trying to explain arithmetic to a cockroach. If you were trying to explain math to a bug, the bug does not have the cognitive reasoning to be able to understand that,” he describes. “We think of ourselves as the top of the food chain intellectually, but I think, from a universal perspective, the universe is so vast and large. I think consciousness can be even more evolved than our current state.”
Writer: Dylan Worcel
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