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Is there life after death? If so, what does that mean for how we should live life today? We explore these questions and more in this revealing interview
At Best Self, we’re always questioning: How can we live more fully? Are we living with purpose? Is there meaning to our journey beyond our physical existence? So when we learned of Susan Grau’s work as an intuitive medium and her gifts culled from near-death experiences (hers and her clients’), we had to have a conversation! I hope this exchange will spark your curiosity, answer a few of your own existential questions, and inspire you to further align yourself in mind, body & spirit.
Susan Grau is an internationally celebrated celebrity intuitive medium, author, soul healer, and speaker. In addition to working as a professional medium and life path intuitive, Susan’s diverse range of certifications include: Reiki Master, Sai Maa Diksha Practitioner, Karuna Practitioner, and Certified CADC II – Addiction Specialist. Additionally, she is a licensed hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression, a respected professional teacher of the metaphysical arts and an honorary member of the Healing Touch Professional Association (HTPA). Susan specializes in grief therapy, guiding people to healing and recovery. Susan’s upcoming book Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons (releasing on July 16, 2024) published by Hay House, is a deep dive into the soul’s journey, offering insights into healing from grief and the afterlife and is now available to preorder on her website and a variety of retailers in the US. Learn more at susangrau.com
Q: The topic of near-death experiences always piques our Best Self interest; after all, as we work in this lifetime to live consciously and grow and learn…is there a further path or greater purpose for us beyond?
My perspective on near-death experiences (NDEs) and their significance in our spiritual journey is deeply informed by both personal experiences and my work with others. I believe that these experiences, along with our intuitive connections, play a crucial role in understanding the greater purpose of our lives.
From my own near-death experience and the insights I’ve gained through my work, I’ve come to see that there is indeed a path and a greater purpose beyond our physical existence. This understanding is not just about acknowledging an afterlife but also about realizing the profound impact our current lives have on our soul’s journey.
Every experience, challenge, and interaction we encounter is an opportunity for growth, learning, and soul expansion.
NDEs often act as a catalyst for this understanding, offering a glimpse into the profound continuity of our consciousness beyond physical life. They can lead to a deeper awareness of our true essence and a greater connection to the Spirit World. However, one does not need to have an NDE to realize this truth. Through intuition, mindfulness, and spiritual practice, we can all tap into this greater understanding and align our lives with a higher purpose.
Ultimately, our journey in this lifetime is about more than just our physical experiences. It’s about the evolution of our soul, the deepening of our understanding, and the expansion of our consciousness. Each of us has a unique path to walk, and through embracing our experiences and learning from them, we can uncover the greater purpose that awaits us beyond.
Q: What have been your own near-death experiences, and how have these and your clients’ experiences shaped your views regarding life after death — and, importantly, how we should live our lives as we know them now?
My near-death experience, which occurred when I was 4 ½ years old, tipping on 5, has been a life-altering point in my journey. My connection with the spirit world offered me a glimpse of the vibrational difference between this world and the afterlife which changed my soul. Later in life I found my calling through my childhood experience; my interactions with clients deeply shaped my views on life after death and the true meaning of our life journey.
The near-death experience opened my eyes to a reality beyond the physical world. It was a powerful event that connected me more deeply with the spiritual realm. This connection wasn’t something new; rather, it enhanced and accelerated the intuitive abilities I was born with. It made me acutely aware of the continuity of our souls and the existence of a realm beyond our physical lives.
Working with clients who have had similar experiences or who are seeking to connect with loved ones who have passed has reinforced this understanding. These experiences underscore the reality that our physical existence is just one aspect of a much larger, more intricate spiritual journey. They remind us that our souls persist beyond physical death and that there’s an interconnectedness between the physical and spiritual realms.
This understanding influences how I believe we should live our lives now. It emphasizes the importance of living with purpose, compassion, and a deeper sense of connection to others and the world around us. It’s about understanding that our actions, thoughts, and emotions have far-reaching implications beyond our immediate perception.
Life is a journey of growth, learning, and soul expansion. Our lessons, both joyful and challenging, are opportunities for us to evolve spiritually. It’s essential to approach life with an open heart and mind, to learn from our negative and positives, and to grow in wisdom and love. The knowledge of life after death brings a sense of peace and purpose, guiding us to live our lives with greater awareness and intention.
Q: What role can energy cleansing and spirituality play in our modern world — how can these ideas help us better understand ourselves an improve our life experience?
In today’s fast-paced and often tumultuous world, the role of energy cleansing and spirituality is more crucial than ever. These practices offer a pathway to deeper self-understanding, inner peace, and a more harmonious life experience.
Energy cleansing, at its core, is about clearing away the mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter that can accumulate in our lives. Just as we regularly clean our physical spaces, it’s equally important to cleanse our inner spaces. This can involve various practices, such as meditation, mindfulness, or even simple deep-breathing exercises. The goal is to release negative energies, thoughts, and emotions that can obstruct our clarity and well-being. In doing so, we create space for positive energy and experiences to flow into our lives.
Spirituality, on the other hand, provides a broader framework for understanding our place in the world. It’s about connecting with something greater than ourselves, whether we define that as a higher power, the universe, or our higher selves. This connection offers guidance, comfort, and a sense of belonging. It encourages us to look beyond the material and superficial aspects of life and to explore the deeper questions of purpose, meaning, and consciousness.
Incorporating energy cleansing and spirituality into our lives can have several tangible benefits. Firstly, it can help reduce stress and anxiety, which are prevalent in our society. By focusing on the present moment and releasing negative energies, we can achieve a state of calm and balance. Secondly, these practices can enhance our self-awareness, leading to better decision-making and more authentic relationships. When we are in tune with our inner selves, we are better equipped to navigate the challenges of life.
Moreover, energy cleansing and spirituality can foster a sense of gratitude and positivity. By focusing on the present and acknowledging the blessings in our lives, we can cultivate a more optimistic outlook. This shift in perspective can lead to improved mental and emotional health, and a greater overall sense of well-being.
Finally, these practices encourage us to live more consciously and intentionally. In a world that often values material success and external achievements, spirituality reminds us of the importance of inner growth and fulfillment. It encourages us to live in alignment with our values and to contribute positively to the world around us.
Q: Please tell us about your ‘Claire Senses’ and how they serve you and your work as a medium…
An essential part of my work as an evidential intuitive medium is called “Claire senses;” it is a term to describe intuitive abilities. These senses are extensions of the regular five senses, allowing me to receive spiritual and intuitive information in various ways.
Firstly, clairvoyance, or “clear seeing,” is a key aspect of my work. It involves the ability to see images or visions, often in my mind’s eye, which convey messages from the spirit world. These visions can be symbolic or literal and might include scenes from the past, present, or potential future events. They provide valuable insights and evidence for those seeking to connect with loved ones who have passed on.
Clairaudience, or “clear hearing,” is another crucial sense. This involves hearing words, phrases, or sounds in a way that’s beyond the physical hearing. These auditory messages can come in the form of a distinct voice or a subtle whisper, often conveying specific information or guidance that I can share with my clients.
Clairsentience, or “clear feeling,” is about feeling the emotions or physical sensations from spirits or from the spiritual realm. This empathic ability helps me sense the personality, emotions, or physical conditions of spirits, providing a deeper understanding of their messages and affirming their presence to their loved ones.
Claircognizance, or “clear knowing,” is where I receive information or knowledge spontaneously, without any logical explanation. It’s as if certain facts or truths are suddenly impressed upon my mind, offering clarity and insight into a situation or a person’s life.
Lastly, clairalience and clairgustance involve smelling or tasting something that isn’t physically present. While less common, these senses can provide specific and often powerful evidence of a spirit’s identity or past experiences. To put the senses in the simplest of terms: I see, I hear, I feel, I know, I smell, and I taste.
These “Claire senses” enable me to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds, providing comfort, closure, and guidance to those who are seeking answers. They are tools that allow me to validate the continuity of life after death and offer healing to those who are grieving. In my practice, I aim to use these senses with integrity and compassion, ensuring that the messages I convey are respectful, accurate, and beneficial to those who seek my guidance. My goal is to help people find peace in the knowledge that their loved ones are still connected to them in spirit, offering support and love from the other side.
Q: You have a new book, Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons; what’s it all about?
My upcoming self-help book Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons: Wisdom from the spirit world on living, dying and the in-between, is for those who seek to understand the spirit world, healing, and gain a deeper understanding of what awaits us all. This book stands as a unique guide to the souls’ wisdom, blending personal narratives, reflective guidance, and practical exercises. It is designed to assist readers in identifying their fears, navigate through personal challenges, and discover their life’s and soul’s purpose.
This book speaks to the deeper questions: How do I survive life’s challenges? What happens after we leave this existence? Is there a world beyond? Where are my loved ones now and will I see them again? And the deepest knowledge of all, we don’t die.
The content of Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons is deeply enriched by my decades of spiritual wisdom as an Intuitive Medium, Soul Healer and Near-Death Experiencer. My own personal struggles with loss and grief add a layer of depth and authenticity to the book. These aspects of my life have not only shaped my journey but also allow me to connect deeply with the experiences of the thousands of clients I have helped heal over the years.
The book’s powerful narrative uniquely addresses the often-misunderstood aspects of the spirit world, providing readers with comfort, understanding, and practical tools for connecting with departed loved ones.
Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons is more than just a book; it’s a compassionate and insightful guide into the afterlife. It’s tailored for individuals grappling with the loss of a loved one, those curious about life’s greater mysteries, individuals interested in near-death experiences, or anyone looking to deepen their spiritual awareness. The book aims to provide clarity, wisdom, and solace to assist readers on their spiritual journey, helping them to find healing and understanding in the process. It’s a testament to the belief that our experiences in this life and our connections to the spiritual realm are deeply intertwined and meaningful, offering lessons and growth opportunities at every turn.
Q: Lastly, what advice would you impart to the mortal beings among us who fear death?
It’s important to acknowledge that fear of death is a natural part of the human experience. It’s often rooted in the unknown — what happens after we die, the thought of being separated from our loved ones, and the fear of what we can’t control. However, my experiences in the afterlife and work as a medium have shown me that death is not an end, but a transition to a different form of existence.
After spending time in the afterlife with the angels, guides and loved ones, I gained a true understanding that our souls continue beyond physical death. This experience was transformative, not just in how I view death, but also in how I approach life. It’s crucial to understand that we are eternal beings on a journey that extends beyond our physical lives. Our time here is just one chapter in a much larger story.
One of the most comforting realizations from my work and life journey is that our connections with loved ones go beyond physical boundaries. The bonds of love and shared experiences are not severed by death.
This understanding can bring a sense of peace and reduce the fear associated with losing those we care about. It helps to know that our loved ones are only a heartbeat away.
Once we gain a clearer understanding that love never dies, fear of death will no longer hold us back from truly living. By accepting that death is a natural part of the cycle of life, we can free ourselves so as to cherish each moment, and make meaningful connections with those around us.
Learning to utilize spiritual practices and intuition can also provide a clearer understanding of the existence beyond. Whether through meditation, prayer, or other forms of spiritual exploration, connecting with our inner selves and the greater consciousness can offer insights and peace regarding the nature of life and death.
In essence, my advice is to view life and death as part of a continuous journey. Embrace the present, cherish your connections, and open your heart to the deeper understanding that we are all part of something much larger than our limiting beliefs. This perspective can transform fear into a sense of peace and purpose.
Q: Thank you for this conversation; please let readers know how they can learn more.
To learn more, I invite you to visit my website, susangrau.com. Here, you can find detailed information about my work, my book, upcoming events, and the various services I offer.
Additionally, Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons is available for pre-order and is set for release on July 16th, 2024. For the latest updates, insights, and engaging content, you can also follow my social media pages at @susangrauofficial. On my platforms, I share personal stories, reflective guidance, answer Q&A’s and provide practical exercises to support your spiritual journey; helping you connect with the spirit world, and achieve a clearer direction of life’s deeper meaning and purpose.
You may also enjoy reading Dying Every Day: Exploring Life and the Near-Death Experience with Reincarnate Buddhist Lama Mingyur Rinpoche, by Peter Occhiogrosso.