James Van PraaghJames Van Praagh is one of the world’s most celebrated and respected spiritual mediums working today and has been a pioneer in bringing the subject of “communication with the dead” into the public psyche. He is known as a “survival evidence medium,” meaning that he provides evidential proof of life after death via detailed messages.
Van Praagh’s popularity began in the early nineties, on the NBC morning talk show The Other Side. The show concentrated on paranormal issues, and Van Praagh became the favorite guest and resident expert on the subject of life after death. Even Howard Rosenberg, the Los Angeles Times distinguished television critic, dubbed Van Praagh "spectacular."
Through the years, his message of hope has touched an abundant number of people due to his numerous guest appearances on such shows as Oprah, Larry King Live, 20/20, 48 Hours, and Biography. His unique paranormal experiences during the past twenty-five years have seen him author best-selling books, create meditation-intuitive programming, build a successful state-of-the-art Website, conduct seminars for sold-out audiences, and produce successful television projects. Van Praagh's unique paranormal experiences during the past twenty-five years have been recorded in his New York Times best-selling books Talking To Heaven, Reaching To Heaven, Healing Grief, Heaven and Earth, Looking Beyond, Meditations, Ghosts Among Us, and his most recent bestseller Unfinished Business.
Van Praagh was born in Bayside, New York, and is the youngest of four children. As an average child, he remembers having a tremendous fascination with death. He was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy, entering the seminary at the age of fourteen. It was there that his interest in Catholicism ended and his sense of spirituality began. There are no schools or training that could prepare Van Praagh for his unusual vocation. Indeed, his ability to communicate with the dead arose out of his . . . well . . . life. This belief was affirmed by an astonishing encounter that he had when he was only eight years old. The young boy was praying for God to reveal Himself to him when an open hand appeared through the ceiling of Van Praagh's room emitting radiant beams of light. Incredibly, he recounts, "I wasn't scared. It was actually very peaceful." Graduating from public high school, he continued to pursue his studies and later graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcasting and Communications. You could say that he ended up working in Communications, just in a different capacity. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he became involved in metaphysics and psychic phenomena. At 24, the promise of that outstretched palm so many years before was fulfilled.