Ask Erik is a spiritual advice column from the eternally twenty-year-old spirit guide, Erik Medhus. Through gifted medium/spirit translator, Kim Babcock, he directly answers readers’ questions on death, the afterlife, spirituality, the human experience, and more with the insight and wisdom he’s gained since his passing.
Hi Elisa and Erik,
I appreciate your blog so much and look forward to it daily. Thank you for all that you do. So. I’m not very good at expressing myself. I am not even sure I know exactly what I want to ask or really how I should ask it. Maybe I am suffering from postpartum depression or just depression or maybe neither of those. I don’t know how I feel. I just know I should be feeling differently. I might be just a bit lost, and, in that case, I would so appreciate some direction from Erik. Anything, please. I want to change. I want to understand why. I just don’t know where to start.
Thank you so much,
Christina, thank you for opening your heart to me for guidance. I first want to direct you into your heart, into the space that you feel uncomfortable. Listen to it without trying to fix it. Learn from it by understanding your feelings. Remember your feelings and emotions can be deeply subconscious, but as soon as you take responsibility for the feelings you embody, you can also realize that only you have the power to change how you’re feeling by the way you’re thinking. Christina, you continually give your power away by convincing yourself, through illusions of the ego, that you don’t know how to change or what to change. You look at others and long for their happiness. Through that longing, you give your personal power away. It’s simple. It’s a choice, but only you can make the choice. To bring in new awareness, listen to the heart, through the heart. Also, ground yourself through the root chakra. Check out different ways to do that by searching iTunes or YouTube.
Thank you for asking for Ask Erik column questions. Here is one, if you would like to use it: How does an empath remain unaffected by the negative energy and actions of those around them and in the world today and remain balanced and true to self?
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes,
Hello, M&M!! This is simple. Everyone is an empath, sensitive to their environment. We’re all connected within the same universal pool of energy, so at times, you can’t help but to experience your surroundings deeply. But remember, to not be affected by something or someone, you simply choose not to react. If you react, if you host the poison, you become it.
What is the reason for my having mental health problems? What spiritual mission stands behind those and can I ever get rid of them in this lifetime?
Magda, 32 years old from Poland.
Magda, mental illness is due to lack of consciousness and living in the illusions that follow. Work on being present with yourself and not with your fears and worries. The more connection you make and allow in the present moment, the less mental stress and anxiety you’ll experience. It is a choice of being in the Now so you don’t struggle from everything outside of the Now. You have the capacity to make the change.
Here’s my question for the Ask Erik column: I live in a building with many other families. Almost all families are reporting a ghostly presence in the building in day as well as night. They have reported seeing and feeling a shadow presence. This shadow presence makes people hear loud sounds of various kinds, and many people have fallen ill in the past. A few have lost their mental balance. But personally I have never experienced any of it. Is this ghostly presence real? If yes, then what can we do about it? Should we move out of this building and shift to another place to live? Can Erik please remove this ghostly presence from the building ?
Please, please get this question answered as it is of vital importance to me.
Hi Manoj! Listen, there is a lot to address here. First, do I need to remove the spirit? No. What you need to focus on is your conscious awareness. The individuals that fall ill do so because they struggle through their fear. Fear is a low vibration that easily hosts illness. Fear is reactive to situations. You don’t have to react in fear. Also, these individuals are falling victim to their own psyche. They are attached to the idea that a shadow is bad or negative. It’s not. They react negatively and manifest negative experiences that follow. Do you get my drift? I hope this helps you to become empowered through your experiences. There is nothing to worry about and no need to move. It might help the others if you smudge the building with burning sage.
Hi Elisa, Erik,
When Erik talks about light therapy, what kind is he talking about since there are several like bright light therapy for SAD (seasonal affective disorder), infrared for pain and color light therapy that is based on the different energy of colors?
Hey Candi, what’s up?! There are many kinds of light therapy. No matter what you’re going through, light therapy in the form of colors will helps. Colors hold different vibrations that resonate at various places in the body. Color light therapy enhances and heightens your vibration on many levels.
My question is: Which of my past lives was instrumental in me choosing the chaotic and difficult one that I am now living? Who was I in my past life? I’m asking because it must’ve been a dang, cushy one to make me choose my current life because I still had a whole heck of a lot to learn!
Hi Kathryn. A few things I want you to think about. Every other incarnation is relative to what you’re currently experiencing. This incarnation is providing polarity against other incarnations and experiences. In this life though, in the present moment, you choose what your experiencing. The chaos and difficulty? It’s your choice to react, engage and even host that energy. Practice holding space in your heart for grace and patience. The feeling of experiences of chaos will dissolve.”
Dear Dr. Medhus,
My question for Erik: Is it possible for an ascended being, i.e. Jesus, to experience sadness? Thank you for this opportunity and all the work that you do. You and Erik have played a crucial role in opening up spirituality for me.
Much love and appreciation,
Hello there, Madeleine. Jesus and other high vibrational beings have full awareness of sadness but do not need to host it to understand it. They are aware of it and can relate through compassion but do not need to reduce to the lower vibration to understand it.’
Here’s my question: Shortly after my sister passed away, an owl appeared in a tree in our backyard for three straight days. We had never seen one before nor since. What was that all about?
You don’t need me to answer this one. You already know. This is your sister letting you know she has found you and is at peace.
Hello Dr. Medhus and Happy Holidays! It has been awhile since I emailed you. I have been a blog member for 3 years already, and I haven’t sent any questions for Erik all this time. The main reason is I only have the Internet for 15 minutes in the morning, and what I do is load as many blog entries on tabs as I can. Well, here is my Erik column question: I see these points of light or shimmers of light rather frequently (mainly at my home). So Erik, what are these shimmers of light, and who or what is “making” them? Thank you so much for your time.
Casey (Sheldon) Coffman
Hey Casey! These shimmers of light are beings of light, beings that no longer have physical form but are high vibrational spirits. Loved ones and angels will make their presence known this way. Don’t be afraid to engage and ask who it is. Open up to let information flow in. Give gratitude too, and you’ll continue to experience them! You have a gift.
Erik Medhus is an eternal twenty-year-old young man who passed away on October 6, 2009. From his new place in Heaven, Erik’s main occupation is as a spirit guide who helps those who struggle with their human experience, and he is the inspiration and contributor to the Channeling Erik blog and community. With candor, sincerity, and humor, Erik shares his own full story, My Life After Death, A Memoir from Heaven (September, 2015).
An internist in Houston for over thirty years, since her son’s suicide in 2009, Dr. Elisa Medhus retired her practice and has written a book about her continuing relationship with him, My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side (October 2013) and has created a blog, channelingerik.com, that has over 30,000 subscribers and over 250,000 hits per month. Read the blog daily to catch the next call out for questions for the Ask Erik column.
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Psychic medium Kim Babcock has been developing her spirituality for the past ten years. Kim’s spiritual path led her to become an ordained minister and founder of Serenity- Mind Body Spirit LLC in mid-eastern Ohio, where Kim currently practices her psychic medium services and level II Reiki. She also leads meditation classes and spiritual development workshops. Learn more at www.kimbabcock.net.