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Coffee and conversation: with the dead
Angel therapist providing readings, communication with deceased loved ones at Cannon Mine
By Doug Pike Colorado Hometown Weekly
Posted: 11/15/2011 03:42:47 PM MST
Angel therapy practitioner Laura Powers is hosting Monday night sessions at Cannon Mine Coffee in Lafayette through the holidays. (Doug Pike/Colorado Hometown Weekly)
As a young girl, Lafayette resident Laura Powers had a lot of imaginary -- or at least invisible -- friends.
It wasn't until she reached her 20s that she realized there might be other people who would like to speak with them.
Powers, a certified angel therapy practitioner, recently began hosting Monday night sessions at Cannon Mine Coffee on Public Road where interested residents can receive general readings, gain insight into questions in their lives, or be connected through Powers with a deceased friend or loved one.
Angel Therapy is a non-denominational spiritual healing method that involves working with a person's guardian angels and archangels, to heal and harmonize every aspect of life.
"Ever since I was a young girl I've been very sensitive, I guess you could say," Powers said. "I've seen ghosts and spirits. But I didn't know how to handle it or what to do. For a while it was really hard."
During her childhood, Powers said she never talked to anyone, including her parents, about what she saw. She assumed she was just imagining things and didn't want to face the disbelief or ridicule she expected if she revealed her secret.
"When I was in college at CU, there was a particular ghost in the place where I was living. Finally, one day, someone else described the ghost; he talked about it in details that confirmed that it wasn't just me seeing it," she said."
Powers attended Lafayette Elementary School, Angevine Middle School and Centaurus High School in Lafayette and still lives in Old Town. She was a theater major at the University of Colorado and went on to get her masters degree in political science at CU Denver.
Now an actress at Lumber Baron Mansion in Denver, Powers meets with clients on the side as an angel therapist. She was certified in Hawaii by renowned angel therapist Doreen Virtue.
Much of Powers' clairvoyance comes from what she refers to as her third eye. To access it during sessions, Powers rolls her eyes subtly back in her head, fluttering her eyelashes rapidly until they come to a rest and her eyes close. While she has mastered the ability to use this "energetic eye," Powers said it took a lot of practice to trust what she was sensing.
"We're our own toughest critics. We're always the first ones to think, 'I'm just imagining this,'" Powers said. "It takes that affirmation from other people."
During her Cannon Mine sessions, Powers said she doesn't expect to delve too deeply into personal situations because most people don't feel comfortable with that in a public setting. But she is willing to put clients in contact with loved ones who have crossed over.
"A lot of times clients are just worried about loved ones who have crossed over, they wonder 'Are they in pain?'" Powers said. "Once there's an avenue created, they often have messages or questions that just keep coming. And it's very common for the loved one who crossed over to want to leave a message that, 'I'm fine.' For instance, if someone died of a heart attack, often they'll show me an image of a heart that's whole, healthy."
The messages she relays from loved ones are almost exclusively positive, Powers said. When someone has crossed over, they're generally happy and at peace, she said.
"In situations when they're not fine, it's typically when they appear as a ghost or earthbound spirit," Powers said. "Sometimes I'll speak to them, not usually in sessions but I try to help them resolve whatever it is that is preventing them from fully crossing over."
Powers, who avoids using the term "psychic" because of the disbelief it often triggers, makes a concerted effort to keep the messages she delivers and the experience of her clients positive.
Instead of Tarot cards that often produce dark imagery, in general readings Powers uses angel cards that deliver a more positive message.
"It can be fun," Powers said. "It doesn't have to be scary. I'm only going to look at something they want to look at."
Powers said she uses her ability for practical purposes in her own life, including finding love, lost items, even located a parking space. And she said most people have the ability to use their own ability in a similar fashion, once they learn how.
"We all have our own guardian angels," Powers said.
Powers will host sessions at Cannon Mine Coffee from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through the holidays, but also welcomes clients to visit her in her home office in Old Town.
For more information, call 303-800-4478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.