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Shaman John Coughlin – An Interview on Shamanism, Psychic Kids and Healing

Posted Dec 14 2010 7:21am

I have known Shaman John for about two years now and he and his family are friends in my community.  Shaman John is knowledgeable about SO many things regarding healing and I always learn when I am around him.  John is a very gifted healer, shaman, psychic and more.  I could ask John a million questions but wanted my readers to get a quick feel for some of his work so they could also have the opportunity to learn from him in whatever way resonated. Whether it is Shamanism, healing, working with psychic kids or paranormal activities – John has a lot to share!  It is my pleasure to bring you this interview with him.

JENNY:  Can you describe Shamanism in its simplest form to people who don’t understand what it is and how it relates to healing?

SHAMAN JOHN:  I like to describe Shamanism simply as a connection. Not only are we connected to all energetics, the planes of upper-middle-and lower but we also are connected to our tribe to protect and heal. The tribe can be our family, our town and as far as everyone on the planet. Connecting to the energetics like we do, we have a vast array of things we can use. I use crystals, herbs, journeying, energy work like Reiki and more. Every treatment is directed to the individual and sets us on their path and where they are and where they are going helping them get past the blocks they may not realize that exist in their lives.

JENNY:  Thanks John that is a beautiful definition.  I know you certainly do have a LOT of tools in your toolbox! :-)   I could ask you MANY questions about Shamanism and hope to learn more about it from you.  But for now I wanted to give a broad view of the things you are working with and on.  You do a lot of work now with Psychic Kids and their families and time researching Paranormal Activities.  How does talking with psychic kids and parents of psychic kids help them to heal and come to terms with what is going on?  Can you give my readers an example of a story?

SHAMAN JOHN:     Wow, great question! The biggest thing with working with the kids and parents is getting the door of communication open and getting them to work together. Some of  the cases are simple while others are really complex. Just letting the kids know they are not alone and letting the parents know there is help is my goal. Here is one story I’d like to share.

I got a call one night from a family that had been searching for months to find help for their daughter who just came to them and told them there was nothing wrong with her medically, she could see ghosts all the time. She did not want to go to doctors  anymore!

After a long search and little help they were able to . I was able to talk to them and their daughter McKenzie to try to figure out what she was going through. McKenzie was being poked while sleeping quite regularly, had spirits around her all the time. She went as far as covering her mirrors, hiding in her room, not wanting to be in school and more. In a nut shell she went through hell on a daily basis.

After going to see her we got her to take control of her own space and becoming comfortable in her surroundings. It was not something that happened over night it took time for her just to be able to go out for dinner let alone go to a friend’s home. It’s a process – it takes time – it takes trial and error but in the end to have parents that can once again feel like they are not failing, and getting a child to open their eyes and be comfortable with life and have fun is worth every second my team and I put into it. Acceptance is the healer, realization becomes the comfort.

How is McKenzie now? She is a amazing 14 year old normal girl who is a fantastic medium and is out helping other kids just like her and people in her community.

JENNY: Thanks John for sharing that.  I can easily see how having these gifts could be very scary to a child and not believed by adults.  You are doing more than making the child comfortable – you are often healing the relationship and trust between the parents and child – and THAT is also MAJOR.  I am so grateful to know you and excited and happy that you are doing this work.  Your own daughter is an empath and medium and you have helped me with my own daughter start to come to terms with some of her experiences.  If you could give parents that notice their kids have “abilities” a few words of advice – what would they be?

SHAMAN JOHN: I have one word I can give for parents who think they may have a child with abilities, “listen.” If your child comes to you and you tell them its not real, then you just closed and locked a door in which TRUST is written on it. No matter how far fetched it may sound, they came to you instead of someone you may not even trust! Listen and work together to find some answers.

JENNY: It is so important for parents to listen to their children in all cases.  It takes bravery for a child to come to a parent and tell them they are experiencing things that most say are “unreal” or that they know the parents have not experienced themselves.  Again, I see such a great service in the work you are doing.  I want to ask now about healing a bit.  John, you have many psychic and many healing gifts.  It has been a joy being friends with you and I know I have a LOT to continue to learn from you.  If you could give any advice to my readers who want to learn more about shamanism, healing or shamanic healing what would be the first steps?

SHAMAN JOHN:  The first thing I would do is remind them they are a part of everything and everything has a spirit – meditate that. Shamanism is not really a sought after path but it has much to teach. There are a lot of great books out there and some great websites, take the time to read different ones and see what feels right for, and with you. Find somewhere that teaches, has drumming, or even journeying. To start, one must start the journey within and let go. When you have nothing left to hang on to everything is within your grasp.

JENNY: Beautiful again John!  Thank you. :-)   We both know stress causes so many illnesses and how hard it is to keep present when the 3D world seems “challenging” sometimes.  Can you offer some advice on staying in the present or clearing your mind and relaxing?

SHAMAN JOHN:  Make time for, “your time.” Find a place that you can just take even five minutes  with no phones, television, kids etc. Think of your intent for the day to come and put it out there before you begin it. Enjoy a bowl of ice cream, read, breathe, listen to your heat beat and be. Remember your loved and you are a part of that love; smile.

JENNY:  SUCH important advice. In the world of cell phones, ipods, tv and noise galore I also think this is the number one thing we need to do to connect (and stay sane). ;-)    Onto Jennifer :-) … You also have an amazing woman in your life who is a gifted psychic/medium.  Can you tell us a little about the site you have with her and some of the activities you run?

SHAMAN JOHN:  Jennifer and I have a site where we try to keep everything we are doing up to date. Twice a year in Oneonta NY, we have a Holistic Health and Psychic Fair  held at the Holiday Inn. Our February event will have Psychic/Mediums from around the local area as well as from other states. There will be a lot of vendors, healers and even our local paranormal team. I will be there with Now What Paranormal Research and will have a few psychic kids there to answer questions and show some of the equipment. Jennifer will have just gotten back from the Ukraine after shooting the worlds best psychic medium challenge and will be doing readings. And all the information is on and

Also I am helping put together the children and parents events at the biggest gathering in what we hope will the largest the world has seen yet. I will also be speaking and doing work shops at this event. Check it out it will and is going to be amazing!  . There will be music and some of the top speakers all week!

Jennifer will be traveling the states with Psychic/Medium Doyle Ward doing all kinds of events when she gets back to the states. (I may sneak to a few)

JENNY: Jennifer is an amazing woman and I am so happy you two have found each other. :-) I am excited she will be back soon and am thrilled she had the opportunity of being on the TV show.  The Festival of Enlightenment looks AMAZING – thanks for sharing.   I have enjoyed being on one of your radio shows and know you have a couple and discuss many different topics. Can you tell us a little about topics that are covered and the different shows you feature?

SHAMAN JOHN: Well I am a DJ on two shows. You can find me on where I interview well respected guest about the in’s and out’s of the paranomal.

Also my personal show can be found on – search shaman john. My show is called, “See Where Spirit Leads.” I cover many topics and only do the shows when Spirit directs me. If you search shaman john other shows I have been a guest on will also come up so just look for my smiling face or listen to a interview! At this time I have nothing scheduled but if you ever want to be on email me and we will see where spirit leads us!

JENNY:  Thanks John – as I said I really enjoyed being on your show.  The listeners were great and very involved which made it even more fun.  Onto exciting news … You recently got 2 books on amazon – congratulations – can you tell us about these?

SHAMAN JOHN:  The two books Amazon is publishing for me in January are “Bayberry and the Daisy” and “Parents Guide to Gifted Children”.

Bayberry is a story of a fairy that is a healer and the adventures within the forest and the friends she makes along the way. I wrote these for my own children as bedtime stories to teach them about the magic of energy and helping others, they all wanted their own copies so it lead me to publishing them. With the first book I put in three stories and then  blank pages after each so kids can write or draw like my children did after the story.

The parents guide I wrote to give parents information on having a gifted child and what they can do. Everything in the guide is things I have done working with the kids and have worked for them. Sometimes we need tools for them to get to where we need them to be whether it is just getting control of there surroundings or using crystals for protection, I gave a lot of helpful information and testimonies to get the parents on the right path.
Right now the books and my meditation CD’s can be found on,
The digital downloads of the books are on this site only. The amazon publications will have the new covers. (the lulu publication of Bayberry has the nature spirit we took a picture of on the cover in the ferns).

JENNY: John, you are so inspirational with all you do and I am blessed to call you a friend. We have quite an amazing healing community around us and I only see it growing stronger. Thank you so much for answering my questions.  You are doing so many different things right now – all of them helping to heal people and situations.  Can you give my readers a way to connect with you and find out more about your work?


Here are my sites – My personal
– Parents With Gifted Children
– Jennifer’s and my combined
– Now What Paranormal Research Team
– Radio Show

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