Meeting of the minds at psychic fair

Author: Bryan Rourke
Publication Date: June 11, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – On Sunday, for the first time in her life, Cheryl Dextradeur checked her vibrational life records.

“I did it on a fluke,” Dextradeur said.

The Cumberland woman attended a psychic fair.

The First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island, which believes in many things psychic, celebrated its first anniversary. The Rev. Susan Bergheimer, the church’s founder, invited all kinds of supernatural practitioners, of which she’s one.

“I like to say I’m a medium,” Bergheimer said. “But I know I’m an extra-large.”

The two-day event drew readers of angel cards, tarot cards, tea leaves and candle wax, among other mediums through which, psychics say, spirits communicate with us.

“It’s almost like we have a team on our side we can turn to,” Bergheimer said. “We may feel something, but we have angels and guides that can confirm what we know.”

Karen DiIorio, of Warwick, attended the fair. She said she grew up in a family receptive to the psychic world. The supernatural, she said, is natural.

“But society says it’s not normal,” DiIorio said.

Consider animal communication. Karen Daly, of Somerset, who said she’s been communicating with animals since she was a child, considers it normal.

“I’m an antenna for what information comes,” Daly said.

The information from animals, Daly said, can come in English; or it can come in the form of feelings.

“They’re like people,” Daly said. “Some animals are funny. Some are serious.”

Patrick Moise, of Cranston, was seriously skeptical until he attended his first psychic event a few years ago.

“You experience something that speaks to you,” he said. “It takes you in another direction.”

Here’s another psychic direction: aura photography. It uses electric sensors on a person’s hands while a photo is taken of them showing their exuded cloud of energy.

“It is more science than psychic,” said Bennu Allen Anpial, of Marion, Mass., who calls herself “the ‘auric’ muse.” “But there is an intuitive component to the readings.”

Most psychic providers talked about being born with their psychic gift. But Matthew Fraser, of Boston, and formerly of Cranston, gave a talk about developing a gift: intuition.

“It’s a feeling,” he said. “You can feel your loved one is around you. It’s the start of your spirit journey.”

Fraser, 20, said his job as a medium is to “help people move on with their grief.” He said he’s a third-generation psychic. His mother, Angela Fraser, of Boston, also attended the fair, giving psychic readings from tarot cards, but also from tea leaves and candle wax.

Essentially, she looks at shapes within leaves and wax, interpreting them like Rorschach tests.

“They’re just symbols to me,” she said. “But they mean something to the people I’m with.”

Dorice Meau, of East Wareham, Mass., attended the fair as a reader of akashic records, which she said are “vibrational recordings of everybody’s lives. With the permission of a person, I can go into their records.”

The records can be future, present, past and distant past.

“If you believe in past lives,” Meau said, “it’s all of them.”

Dextradeur was familiar with akashic records, having previously bought a book on the topic, which she said she hasn’t read yet. That’s why she said it was on “a fluke” that she gave it a go at the fair, and gave Meau permission to access her psychic life records.

“There were a lot of things that made sense to me because of the path I’m on,” Dextradeur said. “It was validating, for me anyway.”