Shannon Walbran brings angelic messages from Spirit Guides to people around the world. Due to her many appearances on TV and radio, she is known as 'South Africa's top psychic'.
1) Tell me about those titles!
I am a spiritual mentor to high-vibration women, with a program called Seeker Sisters. I am also called a Spirit Guide interpreter.
Inside of all these titles, I am a translator. I bring answers from people's angels and spirit guides in order to solve tough life problems. Sometimes I think of myself as Angel Google!
2) What lead you to your current profession?
Since childhood I was fascinated by foreign languages, so I trained in English and French and then went on to become a Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages. I was lucky enough to study and work abroad in a few interesting countries (Italy, Slovakia, Brazil, Bolivia) and I loved living through the veil of "thinking in another language."
Later I worked with an international organization called Ashoka that sent me to many more countries, as a case study writer, documenting social entrepreneurs and their programs. That was amazing! I got to see both the worst problems in the world and some of the best solutions in the world, all at once.
After Ashoka, I was still in the non-profit space when I went on a trip to Egypt with a group called Pioneers of Change. We were meditating in the Sinai one morning when I heard an "external locution," meaning a voice from outside myself. The voice, loud and booming, said, "NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE."
So that's how I started with my psychic abilities.
3) What did you expect to be doing as a profession?
I loved writing, so I thought I might write children's books. I did write one book, called "Guided!" which is a mix of case studies about clients in my psychic practice plus a partial spiritual autobiography.
4) What made you keep going when things got tough or challenging, what motivated you to continue?
One big challenge I've had is that my clients love what I do, but I've never had a romantic partner who "got" me. So I've been married twice and I've had long-term relationships, but my vocation always seems to be an issue! It's at the top of my criteria now for a new partner: do you understand and actually *like* the fact that I'm a psychic, or does it freak you out?
So that means I've been independent, and on my own, for a good deal of my adult life. That was tough, but it's made me stronger and more confident. I can do anything now!
5) What motivates you now?
What motivates me is building communities around people who are drawn to lead lives that are aligned with the divine. I'm joining and forming more circles, collective work, in which we collaborate to create awesome lives together. This tends to be with women.
6) What do you do for fun, which is not directly connected to your work?
About once every three months, I go to the cinema with a big bucket of popcorn. I always choose a stimulating, thought-provoking movie, nothing scary or gory.
Once a month, I'll go to a dance class, like a Five Rhythms session, and let everything go through my body.
I also love going on art / architecture / culture walking tours. Johannesburg is undergoing a big revival, and there are several local organizations that lead amazing tours.
7) What ONE question would you like to know the answer to?
What is the balance among surrender to the divine will, co-creation with the divine, and personal freedom / free will?
8) Do you have a favourite place in the world?
Hanoi, Vietnam, where I took myself for my birthday last year. It was the perfect mix of warm, delicious, safe, and fascinating!
9) Without hesitation, describe yourself in five words:
Funny, good, warm, real, and wandering.
10) What ONE piece of advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
Stop being such a hopeless romantic about a specific man and start saying yes to every travel opportunity being given to you!
11) Do you wish to add anything else?
I truly believe we are guided, and I wish everyone could feel the strange sense of serenity that comes with that belief.
You can find out more about Shannon at www.ShannonWalbran.com where you'll find links to her Seeker Sisters group, a 21-day eCourse for getting your own answers through muscle testing, and upcoming radio shows, which are always free to call into.