The Haunted Ruins of Barnsley Gardens

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rose crossRecently, I was gifted with an overnight stay at the Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. I did no research prior to my stay, so I was unaware of its haunted history. However, I did wear a rose cross I purchased at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, and brought my Tibetan bells, just in case.

Despite the cold, rainy weather, my husband and I decided to venture out of our warm hotel room at the resort to explore the nearby Barnsley Ruins, which were decorated with holiday lights for the Christmas season.

Rarely do I get the “heebie-jeebies” when visiting a historic place. However, I can honestly say the Barnsley Ruins spooked me.


Was That a Ghost?

Did I see ghosts? Absolutely. I saw glimpses of them walking between the main house and the kitchen and the old China Fir tree, which was as old as the house. Did I hear words spoken? I did. Although what I heard was more of a whisper. Did I experience a range of feelings in this place? I felt joy, sadness, a little fear and nausea. Sadness and some fear in the ruins of the house as well as a feeling of dismay concerning the new additions around it. I felt joy in the boxwood garden, which was beautiful. The nausea dissipated after I left, thank goodness.


A Tale of Love, Destruction, Murder and Ruin

In the 1840s, Godfrey Barnsley, an Englishman and cotton baron, bought 4,000 acres to build an Italian villa for his beloved wife, Julia, a shipping heiress from Savannah, Georgia.  Prior to construction of “The Woodlands,” Godfrey befriended an old Cherokee man and told him of his plans to build a 24-room mansion. Godfrey was told by the Cherokee not to do it as the land was considered sacred. The Cherokee man’s advice was ignored.

During the building’s construction, Julia died. Heartbroken, Godfrey suspended construction of the home only to be visited at the fountain by his now deceased wife Julia, who encouraged him to continue building the house for himself and their children.

The house was completed in 1848 and remained undisturbed until the Civil War. During the Civil War, 29,000 Union troops reportedly camped out on the land. A friend, Col. Richard Earle, tried to warn Barnsley of the approaching army; he was shot and killed outside the door by a Union sharpshooter. After the Union Army set up camp, Union General James McPherson saw how beautiful the property was and wanted it to be spared and protected during General Sherman’s destructive March to the Sea.

That was not to be.

After McPherson left, the house was NOT burned to the ground; however, Union troops ransacked the home and removed $150,000 worth of items, leaving little of value behind. Godfrey’s daughter Julia reportedly took the people that lived at the Woodlands to the woods where she showed them how to dig out roots and other edibles to eat and survive. Supposedly Julia was the inspiration for the character Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.

The story doesn’t end there. In 1906, a tornado blew the roof off of the house, and in 1935, Godfrey’s great grandsons, Preston and Harry, argued over control of the property. Preston chased Harry through the house and shot him, and Harry died in his mother’s arms. In 1942, the property was auctioned off to people outside of the family, and today it’s a resort.

Residual Energy versus a Ghostly Presence

Sometimes objects and places will store the energy of the past – much like an antique can hold the energy of its previous owner. A friend asked me if I thought it was residual energy I was seeing versus ghosts on the property, so I did some research. Residual energy can linger on and around an object or building. Residual energy may also be referred to as residual energy imprint hauntings or a memory imprint. If it’s a spirit, you can see a presence and movement or feel energy that is denser as well as a temperature drop. If it’s residual energy, the energy will stay in one spot.


“Most buildings will contain some kind of residual energy. Empaths pick up on these vibes rather like first impressions.”  “The energy of a spirit is often recognized when you feel a presence, or denser energy, at the same time as a dramatic temperature drop.” – CrystalWind


I think the ruins at Barnsley Gardens Resort are a combination of a ghostly presence and residual energy. I believe the place is occupied by residents from its past that continue to roam the house and grounds, but I believe that the old building holds residual energy too.


Psychometry and the Energy in Things

One of the tools I use as a psychic is psychometry, which refers to the ability to feel energy in a physical object. I may hold a ring or a watch to gain a better understanding of a client I’ve just met, or I may be able to interpret information about someone from the past who owned the object. I also use the skill to go antique hunting.

Everyone leaves a little bit of energy behind, particularly in items that are cherished.



Clearing Residual Energy

After visiting Barnsley Gardens Resort, I needed to clear the energy from myself, my husband and my car. I clear energy in a number of ways, but the two techniques I use most are burning sage in a shell while using a feather to distribute the smoke around me and the area, or I use Tibetan Meditation Tingsha Cymbal Bells.

Clearing energy from a space or from things is always a good idea. You should consider cleansing gemstones and crystals after purchasing them (overnight salt soak and placed in moonlight), clearing a space after you’ve had an argument, anxious dreams, after readings or communicating with ancestors. Other ways to clear energy include the use of water, music, salt, smoke, chanting, essential oils, fire, wind chimes, earth and centering through breathwork.

The Thinning of the Veil Between Worlds

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Happy Celtic New Year! Did you get to celebrate Halloween, Samhain or All Hallows’ Eve over the past week?

I’ve always enjoyed dressing up for Halloween. This year I dressed as Minnie Mouse, and instead of children knocking on my door, I set up a table at the end of the driveway to distribute candy in a “pandemic-safe” manner. The children are so cute in their costumes, and it seems even the adults have fun!

The origin of the Halloween tradition, with its jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, bonfires and ghost stories, stems from the Gaelic/Celtic celebration of Samhain.

Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter in the Gaelic tradition. Ancient Druids and witches recognize the overnight period from October 31 to November 1 as the end of harvest and the beginning of a new year. To celebrate Samhain, practitioners invite family and friends over and place food at the table, even setting aside a plate of food for a loved one that has passed away.  People celebrate Samhain by taking a nature walk, conducting a ceremonial meal, or creating an altar that could contain a cornucopia or other items representing fall such as pumpkins, squash, cider or wine. Samhain is considered a somber and private event.

It’s believed that All Hallows’ Eve was established as a secular (religious) holy version of Samhain, which preceded All Saints Day on November 1. Beginning in the mid-19th Century, Irish immigrants brought their customs to the U.S., which included festivals and costumes marking the end of the fall harvest, and Halloween celebrations began to take root.

Depending on your perspective, Halloween may be a time for fun, a time to acknowledge those loved ones who have passed on, or a time of celebration for the beginning of a new season.

I believe the veils between worlds are thinner this time of year, making it possible for people of all beliefs to connect with loved ones who have crossed over. On October 30 (the day before Halloween), I dreamed of my dad, who passed away in 2011, as well as my cat, Pretty Girl, who died in 2019. I am pleased to report that both are happy.


A Full Blue Moon Shines During Retrograde

I am not an astrologer; however, I have discovered the astrological importance of knowing when Mercury goes into Retrograde. Mercury travels in and out of Retrograde three times each year. When Mercury is in Retrograde, it looks like planets are “moving backward in the sky.” This planetary action can result in technology failures, delays, miscommunications and other issues. The best approach is a slow and measured one. Take your time reviewing important documents, make certain your communications are clear, and realize that setbacks occur. As it happens, Mercury went direct today, so expect life to pick up its pace once again!

The Halloween Blue Moon is significant because of its proximity to Uranus, which is a planet representing revolutionary change. Although Mercury has gone direct, you can expect personal relationships to be pretty intense over the next few weeks, according to the Astrology King.


Signs from the Angels

During this mixed-up planetary time, something truly significant happened while visiting a friend in North Georgia.

On Halloween night my guides told me to look up at the sky. The next night, which was the first night of the Celtic New Year, I remembered what they said and scanned the skies again. That’s when I saw my first moonbow.

A moonbow is literally a rainbow around the moon. Quite a few factors need to be present for the phenomenon to occur: the moon is full or almost full and low in the sky, the sky is clear, there is no light pollution, and a water fall or water element must be present to create a mist to refract the light.

Some believe that seeing a moonbow is a sign of encouragement from the angels that you are on the right path. For psychics, it’s also means increased energy, which is great!

Seeing the moonbow was not my only sign of good things to come. Today, a beautiful yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterfly fluttered around me in the front yard. Tiger swallowtail represents “intuition, inspiration, consciousness,” and can symbolize metamorphosis and happiness in life.


The Heaviness is Beginning to Lift

Both of these inspiring visions offered a greater meaning to me: joy and light are available not just for me but for other people too. I believe my grandmother sent the butterfly as a message of hope. The heaviness and darkness we have experienced will begin to lift soon. Now is a time of releasing. Make an effort to keep things positive in the coming months. Consider ridding yourself of clutter and negativity, and place more focus on the things that matter – such as the comforts of home and the love of friends and family. Light a path of kindness for others to follow. Now is the time to make a positive shift in the right direction.

How to Know When It’s Time to Grow

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Have you ever wondered why some friends just drift away? Or why some situations end through no fault of your own?


Time to Go

In 2004, my guides suggested a move back to Atlanta was needed. In response, I ignored my guides.

Three years later, my job and relationship ended abruptly. It was time to leave the mountains I dearly loved and return to the city, so I rented a U-Haul, packed up my animals and worldly possessions, gave my boat to my ex and headed south.

I hadn’t lived in Atlanta for many years. How would I make it there after living in the mountains for so long?

As I was driving that big U-Haul towards Atlanta, I asked myself: “What do you want to do?” I answered: “Fiber optics are cool. I’d like to get into the field of fiber optic technology.”

The wish was a far cry from my life experience up to that point. However, I didn’t tell myself it was unrealistic; I just threw my wish out to the universe and didn’t think about it again.

A year later I received a phone call: “Could you come in for an interview? We are looking for someone with (your) background to join our team.” I knew in that moment that my wish had been answered.

“Use the talents you possess; for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the very best.” – My Grandmother, Cleo Delaney

My point with this story is the universe guides us to a path of new opportunities that we can ignore or embrace. In fact, the universe will give us signs to literally push us in the right direction, says Meghan Olsgard, author of

“The universe gives us signs through people, events and circumstances without us even realizing that we are asking.” – Meghan Olsgard

So how do you determine if it’s time to make a move?

Is your inner voice telling you to check out a specific place? Are you tired of the weather and want something better? Are you trapped in nostalgia or have bad memories associated with where you are living now? Have your goals changed?

The signs are there if you are willing to listen. For more tips on the subject of moving visit:


Why Did My Relationship Have to End?

Oftentimes my clients ask about relationships. My guides usually indicate whether the relationship is over or salvageable. If it is salvageable, my guides will offer tips on how to get the relationship off of life support and onto firmer footing.

But why do relationships have to end?

There are many answers. Essentially, people grow and change at different rates. One person may change in a relationship and the other person may remain the same. The relationship may fade away or end abruptly as a result. You may try to resurrect the relationship, but things seem to keep getting in the way. So how do you know when it’s time to move on once you’ve initially parted ways? If you can answer in the affirmative to the following, it’s time to let the relationship go, according to

  • You don’t miss them.
  • They drain your energy.
  • They hold you back.
  • You make up reasons to avoid them.
  • You have nothing in common.
  • You disagree on a fundamental level.
  • You’re always looking for new friends.
  • You wouldn’t be friends if you met now.
  • You are holding a grudge.
  • It’s become one-sided.
  • You find them negative.
  • You only hang out together in groups of people.


There is Still Hope Once You Let Go

While no one wants to be alone because a relationship or other situation you’ve enjoyed has ended, all hope is not lost. Jack Canfield, motivational speaker and co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, says sometimes you have to go through hard situations to be where you are supposed to be.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” … “When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence.” – Jack Canfield, speaker and author


Your Higher Guides are With You Always

Whether you call on God, your angels, or seek spiritual help in another way, your guidance is always a manifestation of the Divine in you, says Aletheia Luna and Mateo Sol, authors of

“Even obstacles and roadblocks can be sacred signs from the universe and gifts in disguise, helping us to realign with our true-life paths.” – Aletheia Luna and Mateo Sol

Your guides may step in – not to harm you – but to gently guide you onto the right path. If you are stubborn like me, you may be told to stop what you are doing in a number of ways including losing things, experiencing delays or feeling sick or anxious. Instead of getting frustrated, consider asking the question: Am I on the right path? Then check in on the physical level. How do you FEEL? Thank the universe for the heads up, try laughing at the roadblocks, and meditate on the situation.


Making a Change

So how do you shift from feeling sad, lonely or frustrated to feeling more optimistic about a situation that has ended? Express gratitude for the positive things in your life, find something to laugh about, listen to something that motivates you, or take a walk.

I find that listening to uplifting meditative music is always helpful, such as Positive Aura Cleanse – Music for Body and Spirit. Above all, be patient with yourself. It’s OK to be sad when something has ended. Change isn’t easy, but change we must.

The Power of Qi and Your Health

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact and change the way we work, live and socialize with others. As we cannot return to our old way of life, perhaps it’s time to accept and adapt to a new way of living. Fostering a stronger mind-body-spirit connection is a great place to start.


Listening to Our Bodies

The human body generally knows what it needs to feel better. Sometimes it’s sunshine, other times it’s rest. Or we may just be hungry. While sweets and snacks can ease immediate hunger pangs, they don’t do much to improve overall health and longevity.


The Godfather of Fitness

Around the turn of the century, a young teenager named Jack LaLanne was eating himself sick. His mom realized she had to do something quick, so she took him to a lecture by Paul Bragg, who was an advocate for healthy food and fitness. Jack LaLanne said a prayer the night after the lecture and asked God to give him the strength to stay away from junk food, as he believed it was killing him.

That prayer was a turning point. LaLanne studied the human body and became a fitness buff. In time, he became an Olympic athlete, started a fitness studio, became a chiropractor, invented equipment to exercise specific muscles of the body, and ultimately had a national TV show which encouraged people to “Get off your seat and on to your feet.”

He was the first to comprehend the value of juicing together raw fruits and vegetables and considered it to be a “fountain of youth.” Powered by a combination of healthy food and exercise, Jack LaLanne performed amazing athletic feats for many years and lived to the ripe old age of 96.


Going Back to the Farm

Farmers have always understood the importance of eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Meat, too, was procured from animals on the farm.

Diets were much less complex than they are now. Today, many of us eat processed foods that don’t provide the nutrients we need to be healthy.

“If you can’t pronounce the names of the ingredients (in food), don’t eat it.”  – J. Michael Zenn, “The Self Health Revolution”

Eating a lot of fresh greens, especially vegetables and fruit, is a great way to improve overall health. I started juicing together fruits, nuts, vegetables and herbs in June. I can honestly say I feel better: my eyesight has improved; I have more stamina, and I feel stronger than I did a few short months ago.

Eating the right food is important, but it’s only part of the good health equation. Exercising outdoors offers benefits too, as does meditation, deep breathing, and energy activation.


Life Force Energy

Every living being has “life force” energy. In Chinese culture that energy is called qi or chi (pronounced chee). By keeping our qi balanced, we can maintain good health, which makes it harder for sickness to take root.


Qi Activation

The easiest way to understand what qi feels like is to create an energy ball between your hands. Place your hands in front of you at the sternum level with palms facing each other but not touching. Slowly pull your hands apart while inhaling. Slowly push your hands together while exhaling. After a short while you should feel energy moving back and forth between your hands as your hands get closer together. For a video demonstration check out Qi Gong Energy Ball Training for Beginners.

There are other ways to experience qi energy activation as well. Acupuncture is one way to release qi and clear energy flow blockages, as energy blockages are believed to be a contributing factor to illness. Another method of moving energy is through a process I call “waking up the body.” Still another method is learning how to recognize and control qi energy through Qigong, which is a form of meditative practice.

“Developing your chi can be a way to heal your body – both physically and mentally – as well as a path to reaching your full potential.” –


Rebalancing the Yin and Yang Flow Through Acupuncture and Other Practices

Acupuncture practitioners, according to the Mayo Clinic, are able to re-balance energy flow (qi) by inserting needles along specific pathways (meridians), which unblocks the qi so it can move again. There are more than 2,000 acupuncture points connecting these pathways. When the energy is balanced and flowing, we experience a marked improvement in overall health.

For those who don’t like needles, there is a more direct approach to activating qi energy. By tapping the body in a pattern you can create and encourage energy flow. Qigong Tapping for Beginners, is a great video that offers a step-by-step method to energize the body.

Another video, Qi Gong by Ksney, offers easy-to-follow instructions combining body tapping and breath work to activate qi energy.


Moving Qi to Address Pain

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to attend to a body ache but you were not in a place to do so (such as a church or meeting room)? By learning to work with qi energy in your body, you can address pain points without moving at all.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in seated QiGong meditation practice weekly over the course of a year. While it is challenging to stay seated in a specific position without moving for one hour, we learned how much influence the mind has over the body. Through micro-movements of the body, we were able to address the pain of holding the position, without actually moving at all. Additionally, we learned how to move qi around the body, which was as fascinating as it was helpful. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the audio QiGong meditation I have, please contact me by email, and I will make it available to you.

Life may never be the same as it once was. And while the impact of the virus should fade over time, our best defense is to be as healthy as we can be to fight off the potential for infection. By incorporating healthy eating habits, getting outside for a good dose of sunshine, activating our qi and exercising to the extent we can, we can feel better and make it more difficult for illness to get a head start.


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