James Van Praagh is considered to be one of the leading mediums in the world. Born on August 23, 1958, at Bayside, New York, into a Roman Catholic family, he entered a seminary at the age of 14. At a very young age he is said to have experienced spiritual phenomenon, which took him away from the traditional religious practices. He majored in Broadcasting and Communication from San Francisco State University, and after graduating moved to Los Angeles and discovered his interest in metaphysics and psychic phenomena and began working as a medium and a psychic.
While doing psychic readings for friends, he started receiving messages from the ‘other’ side. He began to realize that he could reach beyond the plane of normal existence.
James Van Praagh began appearing on the NBC talk show – The Other Side – which concentrated on issues of the paranormal. Soon he became a favorite guest on the show, and the resident expert on phenomenon such as life after death. This was the beginning of his public popularity, and none other than the distinguished television critic of the Los Angeles Times – Howard Rosenberg, hailed him as ‘spectacular’.
He appeared on other popular television shows, such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Maury Povich, 20/20, and 48 Hours, among others. Such appearances have touched many people. Banking on his paranormal experiences of the past two decades and more, he has written many best selling books, created meditation programs, development videos, taught mediumship classes, conducted seminars, and produced successful television projects.
‘Beyond With James Van Praagh’ was a syndicated daytime talk show he hosted between September 2002 and September 2003. This show is still in syndication in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America. Later, in partnership with CBS, he produced many TV movies, and mini series based on his best selling books, which included books, such as ‘Living With the Dead’ and ‘The Dead Will Tell’ among others.
Currently, he is the Co-Executive Producer of Ghost Whisperer – a television series on CBS. His other best-selling books are ‘Talking to Heaven,’ ‘Reaching to Heaven,’ ‘Healing Grief,’ ‘Heaven and Earth: Making the Psychic Connection,’ and ‘Looking Beyond: A Teen’s Guide to the Spiritual World.’
James Van Praagh styles himself as a ‘survival evidence’ medium, which means that he has the ability to bridge the gap between the two planes – that of the living and the dead. He has the ability to provide evidential proof of life after death by providing detailed messages from the other side. This medium with a natural easygoing style is a clairvoyant, as well as a clairsentient. A clairvoyant is a person who has the psychic ability to see objects not normally visible to normal people, whereas clairsentience is a form of extra sensory perception (ESP), where the clairsentient gains psychic knowledge through a sense of feeling.
According to Praagh, the spirits communicate by their emotions. He adds that there are no words in existence in English, or any other language, to express or describe the intense emotions and sensations.
Praagh travels all over the world conducting seminars that are sold out, teaching mediumship development classes, and hosting cruises to spiritual destinations.