Wanna catch the spirit? A Bethlehem woman can help.
First, everyone has to take off their watches because the crystal sometimes hinders the other side. So do pesky cell phones.
Michaels says meditation is the most important part of the connection. You must close your eyes and clear your mind.
"Your loved ones and your angels cannot get in to talk to you if your mind is full of clutter," Michaels tells the group. "'What am I going to eat?' 'What am I going to wear?' Not be harsh, but your loved ones don't care about that anymore."
Michaels says when a spirit enters your space you usually feel either warmer or colder. And as you drift into twilight, you can hear the spirit world. The doorbell may ring. There may be static on the phone. Lights may flicker on and off. Or you may feel pressure on your shoulder, like the weight of someone's hand.
Maryann Wardle, 34, has come to talk to her father, George, who died almost seven years ago after a long battle with diabetes.
After a brief exercise, Michaels guides the group into meditation, through a field of tall grass and to a bench overlooking the water. Once there, everyone sits and waits for someone to come through the mist.
In her mind, Wardle turns and sees her father sitting next to her on the bench.
He doesn't say anything. He just hugs Wardle, giving her what she describes as a warm, happy feeling inside.
After the mediations, everyone sits with their eyes closed while Michaels slides her chair up to each person to talk about the experience.
Michaels asks Wardle if there's something she feels guilty about, and Wardle starts to sob. When her father was in the hospital, she says, the family decided to terminate life support. It was a decision Wardle never made peace with.
Michaels says her father told her it wasn't her fault and that she shouldn't be upset about it because it was what he wanted.
Michaels then asks if there was something about her smile or her cheeks, but Wardle doesn't remember.
Did she have a dog? No, she never had a dog growing up because her mom was allergic. Then Wardle remembers seeing pictures of her father with a dog when he was little. Michaels says the dog was there with him, which gave Wardle some long-sought comfort.
"I don't know how much of it is what I want to believe or what I want to hope is true," says Wardle, "but there's just some things that there's just no way anybody else would know. I think if you believe in it and it's a positive thing for you, then it's good."
Mattos always worried that her husband was in pain during his coma, but Michaels let her know he wasn't. His head was thrashing about in his hospital bed because his deceased mother came to get him and he was confused by the visit.
"It gave me great comfort to know he wasn't in pain," says Mattos. "Once I realized he was at peace it solidified my belief that there's life after death."
Through meditation, Mattos says she can maintain some semblance of a relationship with her deceased loved ones.
These days she communicates mostly with her mother, though her husband and father are always there.
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