Brandi Van Psychic

Interview with Psychic Mentor Brandi Van

Episode # 77

Show Notes:

Brandi Van is a medium who helps people discover their unique psychic gifts so that they can experience an abundance of peace, find their higher purpose, and intentions with interactions and listening to their intuition while they are here on Earth.



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This podcast is about entrepreneurship, spirituality, and self-care. My name is Lourdes, and I am the host of this show. Thank you for listening today!

In this podcast, I have a guest, Brandi, who is a medium and a psychic. Let me tell you about her! So Brandi Van is a medium who helps people discover their unique psychic gifts so that they can experience an abundance of peace, find their higher purpose, and intentions with interactions and listening to their intuition while they are here on Earth. And her mission is to help others discover their abilities so that they can fulfill their higher purpose.

Brandi also has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science degree in Communication and Journalism. Her ancestral line is full of psychics and mediums. She’s had psychic abilities since she was a very young child and has been doing psychic mediumship readings for several years. And Brandi lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband of 10 years, where they enjoy life with their 3 dogs.

Lourdes: So Brandi, thank you so much for joining me today! How are you?

Brandi: Yes, thanks so much for having me! I’m doing very well, thank you. How are you doing today?

Lourdes: Pretty good. I mean, it’s the middle of the week so it’s kind of cool, I’m happy about that.

Brandi: Yeah, right? We’re almost there!

Lourdes: Almost there, yeah! So tell me Brandi, how did you get started in the mediumship and psychic world?

Brandi: So I had spirits coming to me at a very young age, I was like 10 or 12 years old. But I didn’t know what they wanted, I didn’t know who the messages were for. And I felt a little crazy honestly, because I was seeing things and hearing things that other people weren’t. And it wasn’t until probably a decade later that my grandma was passing away, and my family members were in hospice. We were all surrounding her on her deathbed, holding hands, everybody’s crying as she took her last breath. And as she did, I felt this – I describe it as like a magnet in my stomach pulling me to look up above the bed, and in that moment I realized I was actually feeling her spirit raise above the bed.

And then when I looked up, it was like a kaleidoscope of the most magnificent brilliant colors you’d ever seen, and they were forming a star that was pulsing in and out like a heartbeat. And I realized oh my gosh, I know that those are her angels, I know that she is being welcomed to the spirit world, she’s at peace. And in that moment, everything changed. Anything else I had ever experienced was not that strong or I was able to ignore other things. But this was just like, I can’t ignore this, this is amazing, and that brought me on my beautiful spiritual journey. So ever since then I really just got on my journey because it was like, clearly I have something here and I want to share it with the world and I want to find out as much as I can possible about it. So that’s when it all started, I was about 20 or 21 at that time.

Lourdes: So when you’re describing this transformation of tunnels and colors, wow! I can just imagine the beauty of that. I wish I was an artist and I would ask you to describe stuff, but yeah, that sounds so awesome. So did you speak to your grandmother, or when you saw the angels coming to get her, did you witness that at all?

Brandi: So I didn’t actually see – You know how in human form we would see an angel with the wings and everything?

Lourdes: Yes.

Brandi: It was a feeling, it wasn’t that I was actually seeing them. But I was 100% sure of what I was feeling.

Lourdes: I get it. I was in hospice with my dad, and I felt the angels coming. It’s like a peaceful, super loving feeling out of the blue.

Brandi: Yes, it was amazing.

Lourdes: So when you first started, when you were about 10, were you scared? It just came out of the blue when you were 10?

Brandi: I think I always had something, but I was so young that I didn’t know what was going on. And then it started to make more sense to me when I was 10 or 12. But there wasn’t really anybody to talk to. I was scared to tell my friends because I didn’t want them to think I was crazy. And I didn’t really confide in anyone, so for years I just kept it in and didn’t tell anybody what was going on. Even when I experienced that with my grandma, I didn’t tell anyone for 10 or 20 years that that’s what I experienced. Same thing, I was afraid that people thought I was making it up or wouldn’t believe what I was saying. It’s sad how not a lot of people talk about these things, but a lot of people are experiencing it.

Lourdes: It is weird, right? I agree with you. The more I talk to people about mediumship and psychic stuff, it’s like a big risk for me to open my mouth at first, because you don’t know who you’re talking to you. It could be somebody who’s the total opposite of that. I was raised Catholic and some of my past knowledge of that is “they think this is terrible work” or whatever, it’s kind of crazy isn’t it?

Brandi: I think that’s the misconception. Like a lot of people think it’s dark magic. And especially with movies and stuff, so they think it’s exorcism and poltergeists. But they don’t realize it’s actually this beautiful way of living. It gets you to cultivate gratitude, it gets you to look at things differently. Like I don’t have a fear of death anymore because I know we’re going on to a better place. It’s just sad how it’s so misconstrued and people don’t understand what it’s really about.

Lourdes: Yeah, totally agree. So going back in your 20s when you had this other experience with your grandmother and realizing that you had this gift, what did you do? How did you start to develop this part, or did you just accept it? What did you do?

Brandi: So of course, I started reading books. Because there’s no class, there’s nobody to talk to. So I started to look online, I was reading a lot of books, and I was watching a lot of TV shows with the famous psychic mediums. And nothing was changing! So I was doing all of this what I’ve considered research, but nothing was happening. I still couldn’t control when       came to me, I couldn’t control it on demand, I didn’t know what the messages were. And it took me years to find a mentor, and once I found my mentor I would say within 6 or 8 months, my abilities skyrocketed. And now I was about to set boundaries with spirits, I was able to control the ability, I was able to call them on demand.

So that’s really my life’s passion now. I am a medium, I still do mediumship readings, but I now want to be that person for somebody else that’s feeling lost and feeling like “Where do I go with this?” And so I have started the mentorship program so that I can now mentor people who are going through this just like I was at the beginning, so that they have someone to talk to and someone that can really say A-Z this is how you develop your abilities. Cause there’s like nobody out there! There’s really no one to hold your hand and get you through this process.

Lourdes: Yeah, it’s hard to find a mentor that can help you go through this process. So, what did you first learn when you hired this mentor about how these spirits were coming to you? What did you first learn from that?

Brandi: So the very first thing I learned is that you really have to do a lot of self-introspection. You have to do a lot of inner child work, you have to figure out if you’re self-sabotaging, if you need to forgive yourself for things. So a lot of it is a lot of deep emotional work that you have to look back at. And I was journaling like crazy, and because you have to know yourself so well, because the better you know yourself, the better you’ll be able to communicate with spirits and your spirit guides will be able to communicate with you. That’s actually what I had to do to break that barrier so that I was about to set the boundaries. But my spirits, she said, were coming in, a lot of them were ancestors that I’d never even met, they were deceased loved ones who I did know, and everyone was basically rooting me on. So we have all these spirits that realize that human life is hard, we have a lot of challenges and struggles, and they’re all there to help guide us and support us and to push us in the right direction. And I didn’t realize that, I didn’t know what their messages were. So that was my very first class with my mentor.

Lourdes: So when these spirits, back then before you had your mentor, you said these spirits were coming at you, you didn’t know what to do, you didn’t know boundaries and all that, what type of spirits were coming at you? Were they mean, were they just ancestors trying to help you?

Brandi: So I didn’t feel anyone was mean. I only had one negative entity my entire life, and that was before the experience with my grandma. That was the first one that was very real and very negative. But ever since then, I’ve never had a negative spirit. So they’re basically just strangers that were coming. So they looked just like a human, but they were a little bit shadowy, and I didn’t know who they were and I didn’t know how to communicate to say “who are you?” or “who is this message for?” So I was just seeing them, and a lot of times I was also hearing them. But again, I didn’t know what to do with any of that. But I would just describe them as seeing a stranger coming up to you, and I didn’t know how to say anything to them yet.

Lourdes: So was this happening 24/7? So if you’re walking down the street, you see this shadowy spirit, or are you sitting in your living room and out of the corner of your eye you see someone in the kitchen? I mean, I would be freaking out!

Brandi: Yeah, exactly! Especially when I was hearing them, because when I was hearing them it was my own voice, but not my thought. And so I’d think like wait a minute, that was my voice but I did not just think that. So that was a big thing, like oh my gosh am I crazy, right? But it was a lot of exactly what you said. Out of the peripheral vision of my eye, a lot of it was coming in my dreams or right before I fell asleep or right before I woke up in the morning. And that still happens to this day, but at least now I know how to handle it.

Lourdes: Yeah, oh my gosh. So did you talk back to them when you heard the voice?

Brandi: No, I just kinda went on with my day. Like, I’m just lost, I don’t know how to talk to them. Basically just like ignorance, I was just gonna ignore them and hope that they went away.

Lourdes: I can’t imagine being at work or shopping or maybe more like being at work in the office or whatever, and there’s this spirit or two or three. How many is the most you’ve ever seen at once before you were able to control all of them?

Brandi: I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than like 2 together. So thank goodness, right?

Lourdes: Yeah. Did they ever appear any scary? Do you remember watching Ghost Whisperer and stuff like that, and some of them are like oh really? They don’t really come in like that, like they had blood all over their face or anything like that.

Brandi: No. The only time was – And I didn’t see it, so I was doing psychometry, which is whenever you hold an object so you feel that energy, and that was during my mentorship, and I was seeing it in my mind’s eye, it wasn’t like it was right there in front of me. But I was seeing basically a war go on around me, I was tasting blood in my mouth. I was holding my friend’s knife that was from his great-grandfather that was in one of the World Wars. And he didn’t tell me what I was holding, I just knew I was holding a knife, and that’s what I started to experience. I felt like my cheek had either a hole in it and all this blood was gushing through, so that was a crazy experience.

Lourdes: Oh my gosh! So to get into this psychometry do you have to be in a meditative state to get yourself prepared and then you’re gonna do psychometry?

Brandi: Yes, so I always meditate even now before my mediumship readings because I’ve set the boundary with spirits that unless I’m in a meditative state that they aren’t allowed to bother me. So I don’t want them bothering me while I’m at work, or eating dinner, or cooking, so I need to be in a meditative state for them to be able to communicate with me and I’ve set that intention with them so that they know that that’s the only time they can communicate.

Lourdes: Okay. So now talking about business, did you start your business doing readings first, or did you just right away jump into helping other people who experience the same thing that you had and had nobody to help you?

Brandi: So I was doing mediumship readings for about 4 years. And although I love doing mediumship readings because you’re connecting someone with a deceased loved one and they’re having this beautiful moment of healing and comfort and some closure, and I do love doing that and I still do it, but I did that for about 4 years and I never marketed it. It was really just a matter of telling people, friends and family, that I was doing that and then it just blew up through word of mouth. So I was doing that a lot, and that’s when I realized I could be doing more. I could be creating other people that could do these types of things, and then that’s where my intention really sparked and that’s when I realized what I wanted to do. So even though I still do them, I really feel like the mentorship is my real calling.

Lourdes: And even though you do mediumship stuff, which do you do? Platform gallery style or do you do 1-on-1 readings for mediums?

Brandi: I do 1-on-1. And I also do a group, but never more than 4 or 5 people.

Lourdes: So it’s like watching Theresa Caputo or something like that. A group of people and you’re just, are you doing like a platform style or are you going to one person at a time?

Brandi: So it is one person at a time unless they want a group with them. Because I always say if you have 4 or 5 people that are all trying to connect with the same deceased loved one, then that person would come through. So if everyone’s on the same page of who they want to talk to, I don’t mind doing a group. But mainly I’ve been doing just 1-on-1s.

Lourdes: What is the most touching mediumship work you’ve ever experienced with a sitter and a spirit? Do you have any specific one that comes to mind?

Brandi: I would say my own experience with my grandma was the most touching because that was a personal one. When I do mediumship readings, I actually don’t remember them. I did one last night and I remember it because it’s fresh in my mind, but I would say by this weekend I won’t remember it. My consciousness is turned off during a reading, so all the messages coming through I’m in this meditative state with my calm mind and all the messages aren’t from my brain, so I don’t remember them. I even saw someone this past weekend that was like “Oh remember when you did my reading and you said this and that?” And I’m like, I don’t remember any of it. I don’t really remember them.

Lourdes: So are there any clients that you cannot help?

Brandi: So far, no. Thank goodness!

Lourdes: And then, are there any clients that you cannot work with?

Brandi: The only ones I would say, and it hasn’t happened yet, but if somebody wants to work with dark magic, that’s not for me. So anyone who’s trying to conjure up something negative or has that negative connotation, that’s definitely not somebody I would want to work with. Mine is all about positivity and spirituality and so I wouldn’t want to work with someone who wants to work with a pagan belief or something like that.

Lourdes: And, who are the three most influential people that helped you with building your business as a medium, psychic, mentor?

Brandi: So my medium, her name was Toni, and she was absolutely the one that got me on my journey. And then another one is Erica Carrico, because I took her business coaching program so that she could teach me how to offer this to people, and so I can market myself and figured out how to really make the program. And then the third one is someone I’ve never met, but I would say Chip Coffey, who is a famous medium. I’ve watched a lot of his work, I’ve read his books, and just through watching him I feel like I’ve learned a lot. Like, I can watch his shows and I’m taking notes on what I can learn from him, so I think he’s a very talented medium. And I definitely feel like, even though I’ve never met him, he’s a very influential person to me.

Lourdes: I’ve never watched his shows, but I know of Chip Coffey. So, can you tell the audience the difference between a psychic and a mediumship reading?

Brandi: Sure. So, all mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. So a medium is someone that can talk to a deceased loved one, but if you’re psychic and not medium then you can’t talk to the deceased loved one. So a psychic might be a telepath, so they might be able to talk to spirit guides or archangels, guardian angels. They could be an empath where they feel other people’s energies. They could be a spiritual healer and be able to heal people through their mind or through Reiki and physical healing. So there’s many types of psychics, but a medium specifically would be able to talk to a dead person, a deceased loved one.

Lourdes: Okay, that’s perfect. So, what do you teach, knowing that now?

Brandi: So, I actually teach the very base of “this is how you become psychic,” and then by the end of the program we’re gonna figure out what they are. And a great example is I’ve had a client who became an angelic healer. And I’m not an angelic healer, and he was telling me his experiences and I’m like “I have no idea what ability this guy has.” So I’m researching it and finding it, and so I was actually able, just through my basic program of this is how you become psychic, figure out what he was able to do. And like I said, it’s not something I can do, but just by going through these basic principles he was able to get there. So that was awesome too, because I was like “oh my gosh I didn’t even know this was a thing” and he’s able to do it.

Lourdes: So he’s able to be psychic, is that what you’re saying? After your program.

Brandi: He is an angelic healer. So he’s able to heal people through giving praise to the archangels and he channels them through his body and he heals them from prayer. His validation rate is crazy! It’s like 80-90%, he’s helped people who were in a coma for like two months, and then he prays for them for two days and they’re out of the coma. Or like they were in hospice and they’ve been in there and two weeks later they’re out and they’re still alive. It’s crazy, and I didn’t even know that was a thing! And now he’s able to do that just from going through my program, so now that’s what his ability is.

Lourdes: Wow, that’s crazy! And then, do you have psychics that come to you looking for a class to become mediums? And can they become a medium?

Brandi: They can certainly practice. So, if you go through the program I’m gonna teach them how to do everything, how to be an empath, how to be a healer, and we’ll see which one works for them. I believe you can work at it, but if a spirit doesn’t connect in that way with you, then I can’t say that you’d be able to become a medium.

Lourdes: Okay. So there’s no guarantee that they can become a medium, because like you said not everyone can be mediums, right?

Brandi: Exactly.

Lourdes: And how long is your program?

Brandi: The program is 90 days, and I offer it 1-on-1 and also in a group so that they have a community of like-minded individuals. It’s full of videos for them to watch and content for them to read. And they have this content for their lifetime so they always have these exercises to work out their psychic muscle. Because that’s how you’re really gonna become psychic. As I’ve learned, you can’t just read books, it’s not gonna work. You actually have to do these exercises in your mind.

Lourdes: I agree. And wow, that sounds like you have a lot of stuff going on in your classes. How long did that take you to put together?

Brandi: I would say 5 months, and I’m still adding to it all the time. I’m always adding more to it, because if I find something I’m like I wanna share this with them. So I think it’s gonna be a never-ending project that I’m just gonna keep adding to.

Lourdes: And are you adding up yourself, or do you have a team that helps you?

Brandi: No, right now I’m doing it all on my own. I just started it in January, so it’s brand new. I’m doing everything on my own, but hopefully it’ll grow and then I will need to hire someone. But I love it, so as of right now I’m cool with it.

Lourdes: So then, how do you market yourself?

Brandi: So, well obviously I do podcasts. And in school I was also a writer and a journalism major, so I’m also writing articles for online magazines to get word out that way. And I also hold local workshops. So the workshop is about an hour and a half long, and I’m in Philadelphia so I’m doing them all around the local region to teach people about psychic abilities and invite them in my program if they’re looking for a mentor.

Lourdes: That’s so cool that you have a nice community that has this type of interest. Because there’s so many towns out there – I don’t know if you’re in the big city of Philadelphia or if you’re outside?

Brandi: I’m right in center city.

Lourdes: Oh, you are, okay. Cause I was gonna say bigger cities have these open communities for like-minded people, and it just seems like wow, it’s easy to find somebody like you. Whereas in smaller towns like outside of Philadelphia, small towns like let’s say less than 30,000 people, they’re kinda more afraid of voodoo stuff.

Brandi: Yeah, that is true!

Lourdes: So these local workshops, do you hold them somewhere like at a library, where do you normally hold these?

Brandi: So normally I hold them at yoga studios. Those seem to be the people that’re interested are the yogis. And I’ve also held them at an acupuncture center, I did one at a meditation center. I think that’s basically it. A lot of the yoga studios are the ones that seem open to it.

Lourdes: So are you a member of that yoga studio?

Brandi: No, I’m not.

Lourdes: So you just go in there brave and confident?

Brandi: Yup, I just reach out to people. I’m always looking to see who I can work with, and I just ask them like “Hey I see on your website that you do workshops, can I host one?” And some of them say “I don’t think this is a good fit for my community, I don’t know if they’re interested in psychic abilities.” So you gotta find the right ones that people would actually be interested, but it’s been going well. I think since March I’ve been doing about 3 a month, so it’s going pretty well.

Lourdes: Wow, that’s really good! And is it just for your local area right now, or do you travel to other places to do this?

Brandi: No, right now I’ve just been doing local, but now you’ve given me that idea. Not a bad idea!

Lourdes: Yeah! Like smaller towns, or what’s the next biggest city closest to you?

Brandi: I guess probably New York or D.C. There’s some pretty big ones near me. That sounds a little bit more challenging for me.

Lourdes: What about hotels?

Brandi: I never thought about that, yeah. You mean to get the tours?

Lourdes: Like, you know how they have metaphysical fairs? I’m sure you’ve gone to those.

Brandi: Oh, yeah.

Lourdes: So some of those people that have the organization to do the metaphysical fairs, sometimes a couple of those psychics or mediums have gone to hotels and asked the hotels if they’re interested to do a platform for a gallery reading or something like that, or even teaching a class for a psychic. But that’s another avenue, why not, right? Cause I’m sure they will come!

Brandi: That’s cool, thank you!

Lourdes: I think they will come. Because do you note that this year or in the past couple of years, maybe 5 years, that there’s big spiritual acceptableness in this world lately? Which I find so cool. Did you feel that too?

Brandi: Yeah, absolutely.

Lourdes: So we just need to convince people, how do you convince them that this is not dark stuff?

Brandi: Yeah, exactly.

Lourdes: And how do you introduce it? And I like the way that you introduce it on your website, what you’ve gone through and your experiences and you were looking for a mentor, and now you’re one because of how you were experiencing that yourself. I think that’s pretty cool. So Brandi, what else are you working on?

Brandi: That’s pretty much my main thing. And it’s funny, because just in the last couple weeks that a lot of spirit guides are talking to me, so I’ve now added spirit guide readings to my website as well. Which I was only doing mediumship, but I dunno all of a sudden it seems like now I can talk to spirit guides. So it’s funny how all of a sudden things just happen and the spirit wants you to go a certain way, so I’m offering those now.

Lourdes: So what is the difference between that and mediumship, is there a difference?

Brandi: Mediumship is your deceased loved one, where your spirit guide has been with you since birth and they want to give you the best support and guidance. And you can ask them for signs so that you know you’re on your best path. As someone might be looking to change their career or should they stay in their relationship, so it’s those types of questions that you can ask your spirit guide and they’ll give you the answers that you need to get on your highest path.

Lourdes: Got it. So when you have a client in front of you, do you tap into their spirit guide or is it your spirit guide that’s telling you what to advise this client?

Brandi: So I tap into my spirit guide and their spirit guide, and then I have my spirit guide and their spirit guides communicate, and they give me the answers through that. So I’m also connecting both spirit guides and that’s how I’m getting the messages.

Lourdes: Cool, that is different. I love it! So now we get to the part of my interview where I ask you – I don’t know if I told you, but I ask a surprise question on the end.

Brandi: Oh boy, okay.

Lourdes: So here it goes. If you could use magic to do one mundane task for the rest of your life, what would it be. And if you want for a bonus, you can name that spell.

Brandi: I guess, I don’t know if it’s mundane, and this is gonna sound so greedy and selfish, but if I just had an unlimited amount of money so that I could travel and do this everywhere I wanted without having to worry about the financial part, that would be amazing.

Lourdes: So what would you call it as the spell?

Brandi: I would call it the Moneymaker Spell.

Lourdes: I love it! That’s good! Can you tell our listeners how to find you and connect with you?

Brandi: Sure. So my website is and that’s Brandi with an I, and then my last name is just V-A-N. And for listening today, they can sign up for my email newsletter list and they’ll receive a free e-book. It’s called Discover Your Unique Psychic Abilities and it’s basically a fun little quiz of showing people that we all have psychic abilities. And you’ll go through it and make a check mark and see how many you have in each category to figure out what type of psychic you are.

Lourdes: Wow! That sounds so exciting! I might have to sign up for that myself, that sounds really cool. Well, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me. I’ve had so much fun learning about your abilities and your experience with spirit mediumship and spirit guides.

Brandi: Thanks so much for having me, I really appreciate it!

Lourdes: Alright Brandi, thank you!

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