Edgar Allan Poe

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Our favourite time of year, Halloween, is approaching, and we decided to treat ourselves and connect with the master of all things dark and beautiful, Edgar Allan Poe. Although it’s embarrassing to admit, neither Alison nor Mimi knew too much about him, but when you’re a medium, that’s actually a plus! Edgar was very poised and had a calm, immensely polite energy to him, but surprised us at times with his sense of humour. In this interview, Edgar discusses his life purpose, life’s contrasts and dualities, his drug use, The Raven, and gives us a clue about his death (which we didn’t know at the time of this interview was still unresolved) and a hidden manuscript. Oh and yeah, Jim Morrison also hung out.

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Alison: Hello Edgar, how are you?

Edgar Allan Poe: Very good madam.

Alison: Oh, I like the “madam” that’s very respectful, thank you.

Edgar Allan Poe: Thank you.

Alison: I’m very grateful to him for coming, that’s very good of him.

Mimi: He’s very honored, he says.

Alison: Please describe what your personality was like in one word?

Edgar Allan Poe: Loving. Polite.

Mimi: That’s two words, Edgar! [Laughs]

Alison: What was he accessing when he wrote his poetry? Loving on the outside, but there must have been an inner layer that wasn’t shown in every day life, because his work is so emotionally deep.

Mimi: He says that was him though, that’s what he was about.

Edgar Allan Poe: It was important for me to be loving, to be kind. I could not have the same energy as I did in my writings. That would make me a psychopath.

Alison: [Laughs] I guess that’s what I was getting at!

Mimi: He’s funny!

Alison: It’s like a complete flip from what he was writing, his personality.

Mimi: He says it’s seeing poetry in darkness, in darker forms of energy.

Edgar Allan Poe: You understand this as well, it is similar to what you [Psychic Punx] are doing now. Finding beauty in things that people don’t normally find beautiful. You must have love within you in order to find and express this beauty.

Alison: Fantastic. What was your greatest challenge in your life as Edgar Allan Poe?


Mimi: He’s talking about smoking, I don’t know if he was a smoker…and I’m thinking about opium. So it sounds like he had a bit of substance issues.

Alison: Quite common, though, wasn’t it, for artistic people to smoke those types of drugs.

Mimi: He says it helped calm his nerves and at some point it just overwhelmed him, it’s something he felt he needed more and more. I don’t want to say he was addicted to it, but it was something he found challenging to not use. He loved it very much.

Alison: What was your greatest quality?

Edgar Allan Poe: Destroying stereotypes.

Alison: Oh, he certainly did that! I’m kind of intuiting his personality as well, as you’re channeling him, and I can actually see him sitting in a chair in my third eye.
Ok, so what were you here to learn?

Edgar Allan Poe: To find brightness in the darkness. I was to find it first, and then I was to share it.

Mimi: He’s very poetic – obviously! – but I love the imagery that his words have, it’s nice.

Alison: What was your life purpose? Did you have a specific contract or calling?

Mimi: He just did this [makes hand coming out of mouth gesture]

Alison: To communicate?

Mimi: I’m assuming that’s what it meant. Words. He calls it beauty. “Share beauty.”

Alison: In a verbal way, then?

Mimi: Yes, he says through words.

Edgar Allan Poe: That was my life purpose entirely. And I’ve achieved it.

Alison: Yes, he certainly did! And I really appreciated the beauty of what he did, what he expressed. So is that something he’s most proud of then, of having achieved that?

Mimi: He’s talking about beauty again…so I’m trying to…I want him to talk about something else! [Laughs]

Edgar Allan Poe: Well, that is what I am most proud of.

Mimi: He’s showing me paintings. I don’t know if he actually painted – I’m getting this is more symbolic – but being able to paint beautiful pictures. So it’s his work, basically. He’s showing me a black rose. So that’s really what he was about, was the contrasts: the dark vs. the light. He’s very proud of that because it has kind of an underground feeling to it, he says, that also scares people.

Alison: I think that’s what I was trying to get at before, where the inspiration came from to reach so deeply into his emotions, cause it’s not easy to get to that place without having depression or one of those types of things. Did he have a touch of depression?

Edgar Allan Poe: Oh yes, I did.

Mimi: He’s saying he didn’t internalize these things too much, he enjoyed it and he embraced it. He says in those days they didn’t call it “depression” it was a lot worse than that. You were considered a low-life and could have … I’m getting the feeling of imprisonment but I don’t think that’s what he means…like incarcerated?

Alison: Yeah. Mental health was tied up with religious disorders, the devil and all that sort of thing.

Mimi: He enjoyed that, he liked the darker side of life – the opium, the drugs – because he found that it was an escape into another world. And he found beauty in that. But he’s saying he wasn’t clinically depressed. He just enjoyed opening the door to that world.

Alison: Right. So he was possibly channeling?

Edgar Allan Poe: If you had asked me such a question at the time, I would have found it profoundly insulting, but I understand the depth of your question now. Everything is divinely inspired.

Alison: Very good. All right so his life review then, given what he’s already told us. Did he enjoy his life review? Was it as good as it could’ve been or not as good?

Mimi: I’m getting that he didn’t enjoy it, no. And I feel like I just want to crawl out of my skin right now.

Alison: Right.

Mimi: It was painstaking.

Alison: Reliving what you didn’t want to relive, perhaps?

Mimi: Exactly. There was a lot of darkness in his life, and he enjoyed it and found comfort in that. But to relive that and to see how others saw him, and how others felt about the things that he did or said, it was very difficult for him to go through that. He doesn’t regret anything, though.

Alison: What were his opinions about God and spirituality?

Mimi: None. Specifically, he seems to think we are asking about what was his opinion about this [mediumship]. To him, this seemed silly.

Alison: Did he have a religious belief or was that out of order as well?

Mimi: No, he just loved life, the contrasts of life – beauty and darkness – he liked them both.

Edgar Allan Poe: My religion was myself.

Alison: So he enjoyed duality. Something that was big on his agenda, by the sounds of it.

Mimi: Yes. He didn’t understand religion, and didn’t understand people who feared things as much as they did. He’s showing me the darker stuff like the devil, hell…to him, there’s beauty in that, again. [Laughs]

Alison: Were they more conceptual ideas rather than solid ideas for him, like others would rather believe they were real, but to him they were just concepts to explore on an intellectual level?

Mimi: Oh yes. He was fascinated by those things, but not in a religious way, not in the same way others were. He wanted to experience a lot of things; he wanted to experience fear, things that people considered sinful. He wanted to consider everything that life had to offer, and so he loved life. He understands now that that means he loved God. The word God to him, in those days was a word that came with a lot of negativity, he associated it with control, he’s saying.

Alison: I understand. His time period would’ve been quite religious, I expect. What is his opinion now that he’s passed?

Edgar Allan Poe: It’s all one glorious world. And I was right: there IS beauty in everything!

Mimi: [Laughs] He’s really hammering that point down.

Alison: So there are no shades of grey for Edgar, it’s all light or dark, the dualism.

Edgar Allan Poe: I eased my way through it. Don’t think of it as two extremes. It’s all about bringing them together as one.

Alison: Has he got a favorite memory he’d like to share?

Mimi: He’s talking about a stroll. It sounds like he liked to be alone. He’s showing me walking, taking daily walks. I’m seeing cobblestones; he’s got a cane.

Alison: I can actually see this too; he’s showing me the same image.

Mimi: Ok. He’s got a black coat on.

Alison: Yep.

Mimi: It was a time with himself.

Edgar Allan Poe: What you call “meditation.”

Alison: Yeah! I get it, yeah [Laughs]

Edgar Allan Poe: It was time for myself, time to think. [Takes a deep breath] Soak up life.

Mimi: He’s showing me that he was creating in his mind during that time as well, that’s when he mostly created, when he was on his walks. It feels like afternoon.

Alison: Yeah, afternoon stroll. I can also see…I don’t know where he’s from but I’m picking up New England?

Mimi: Yeah…I’m hearing Boston?

Alison: Yeah!

Mimi: It’s embarrassing, we should know these things!

Alison: [Laughs] I think it’s better this way. Ok, so…

Mimi: Ok sorry, but Jim Morrison is here now.

Alison: Oh awesome, I love Jim! Hi Jim! Ok so does Edgar have a passed life that influenced this one?

Mimi: Something to do with speech. Cause he’s showing me the contrast – he’s big on contrasts! – of how his life as Edgar Allan Poe was about expression, and how this other one, his speech is restrained; he’s not able to talk much.

Mimi pauses as Jim Morrison tries to grab her attention.

Mimi: I keep seeing Jim Morrison! He’s totally crashing this interview! [Laughs] Edgar Allan Poe was his idol. He’s just here to hang out and watch the interview. But he says Edgar Allan Poe – he’s calling himself a “fan boy” – Edgar Allan Poe was the first spirit he actively sought out after he transitioned, he wanted to meet him.

Alison: And I can totally understand why.

Mimi: Yeah, I can see that. But what was your question again? Sorry!

Alison: That’s ok! The past life.

Mimi: Ok, the speech! Yeah, let me go back to that. Go away Jim! [Laughs] So he’s showing me tape on his mouth.

Alison: Gagged.

Mimi: Yeah, he’s on a chair, he’s a hostage somewhere. Can’t move, can’t speak.

Alison: That’s terrible.

Mimi: Spanish Inquisition.

Alison: Oh my goodness, that would have been horrendous. Did they do something to his head? All of a sudden my head is pounding.

Mimi: Yeah…he’s actually saying he’s not going to go into graphic details, it sounds very disgusting.

Alison: Torture.

Mimi: Yes. That’s part of where the darker, tormented side was from. But he wanted to come back and shift our perception of darkness to something beautiful. And also be able to express himself.

Edgar Allan Poe: It is a privilege to speak. And I know of it because that privilege was once taken away from me. I wanted to be free to be who I was and express that.

Alison: So in that life, I guess he was someone who was trying to break away from religion, the church?

Edgar Allan Poe: Very clever, madam. Yes.

Mimi: Jim Morrison is laughing, I don’t know why.

Alison: Is he? I can feel him here, just watching, and I’m sort of nervous with him watching [Laughs]

Mimi: He’s holding up a sign that says “10”, you know like sports judges?

Alison: [Laughs] Yeah, bless him. Does Edgar have a message? What advice would he give to us, over here?

Edgar Allan Poe: There is beauty in everything. You need to find it and trust that it’s there. And if you can’t find it, create it.

Alison: So living in the moment, basically.

Edgar Allan Poe: Yes, Madam.

Alison: [Laughs] Thank you. The poem “The Raven”, the lady in the poem, Eleanor, can he tell us what that was about?

Edgar Allan Poe: She was my love. Someone I loved very much.

Mimi: There’s some pain involved in that.

Alison: I would imagine a lot.

Mimi: It’s like a secret love or someone he could not fully express his love to. Inspired by real events and real people, he says. I’m feeling melancholy from him now.

Edgar Allan Poe: Everything I wrote was inspired by real experiences.

Mimi: He’s saying he experimented with substances in order to get himself to experience these things.

Alison: So he’s the Jim Morrison of the old world then basically. [Laughs] Was there anything you wanted to ask him?

Mimi: Do we know how he passed?

Alison: No, I’ve never looked into that. Was it his heart?

Mimi: I don’t know…I’m getting a needle.

Alison: Right. The image I’ve got is of a scientist in a basement. They’ve got all sorts of chemicals going through pipes and I can see him drinking something, like a green liquid, and there’s froth coming off it, so…

Mimi: Absinth.

Alison: Oh gosh yeah. Was he an absinth drinker? Yeah, possibly.

Edgar Allan Poe: You are both right. That was my “challenge.”

Mimi and Alison laugh.

Mimi: It’s like he had one final party and overdosed, is what I’m getting. I feel it was on purpose as well.

Alison: Does he have any regrets?

Mimi: Drugs. That’s interesting, since he liked them so much. He understands that he could have experienced these things without them. He could have searched for what he was looking for within.

Alison: Ok, well thank you, Edgar that was wonderful! I really enjoyed meeting you and talking to you.

Edgar Allan Poe: Thank you very much ladies. I love your work.

Mimi and Alison scream with laughter.

Mimi: Oh my gosh, that is hilarious!

Edgar Allan Poe: I knew you would enjoy hearing me say that.

Mimi: He just told me there’s a hidden manuscript. There’s a manuscript of his that hasn’t been found yet.

Alison: Can he tell us where it is? That should be worth a nice fortune! [Laughs]

Mimi: It’s like down in the ground. He’s talking about a time capsule, but I think he means in the sense that it’s in some sort of metallic box in the ground somewhere. And he says he put it there. He’s calling it “trash.”

Alison: So instead of destroying it, he buried it. That’s very interesting.  He couldn’t let it go.

Edgar Allan Poe: You cannot destroy words. They were offered to the earth.

Mimi [Laughing]: He said he was high when he did that!

Alison: It kind of has a ceremonial feel to it!

Edgar Allan Poe: Jim made me say that.

Mimi: It’s like Laurel and Hardy over here.

Mimi and Alison laugh.

Mimi: But he says he actually was under some form of influence. I’m feeling opium again. He would write things compulsively while he was under these influences and just release stuff that he [later] thought was terrible. But he’s agreeing with you, there was something about that that he didn’t want to let go. So he hid them underground.

Alison: That’s interesting. Well, I hope they’re still there!

Mimi: Yes, they’re in some metal box or something.

Edgar Allan Poe: It will be found. People will rejoice, and so will I.

Mimi: I keep seeing him in a basement. It’s very cold and damp. Feels like it’s his home.

Alison: Well, hopefully people won’t go in his basement to start digging now! [Laughs]

Mimi: So that’s one last thing he wanted to tell us.

Alison: Well thank you so much Edgar! You’re such a hard spirit to let go of, I just want to hang on to you! I could sit here and chat for hours and hours!

Edgar Allan Poe: Please call on me anytime and I will gladly talk to you.

Alison: Well maybe he can be a guest on The Shiny Show.

Edgar Allan Poe: I would be honored. And you may call on me for inspiration.

Alison: Ok good, thank you. I used to write a lot of poetry, and that’s why I was curious as to where his inspiration came from.

Edgar Allan Poe: You do not feel that this question was properly answered.

Alison: [Laughs] Yeah, I think I’m looking for the magic bullet!

Mimi: Oh that was awesome. He showed me a little demon stepping out of his stomach.

Edgar Allan Poe: We all have a dark side. I simply channeled that. I embraced it and I looked for it. But you must be careful to not succumb to it. To not let it take your power. And that’s where I was successful, I did not let it do that. I was able to turn it into a work of art. But in my personal life, I did not always succeed. I did not always succeed at finding poetry in the darkness. At times, darkness did come over me.

Mimi: So there’s a real pushing and pulling feeling with him.

Edgar Allan Poe: I am very proud of the work that I did, because all that remains now IS the beauty. And that’s what I was meant to do. And I understand now that I was meant to live through all of this darkness in order to create these things.

Mimi: He’s very…

Alison: [Teary eyed] Passionate. I can feel his passion. Emotionally, I’m getting a little overwhelmed. The feelings he’s giving me about his work; how much of him – his soul, his fiber – went into it. It’s a snapshot of him in that moment in time.

Mimi: Yes, and he keeps pointing out to me that he enjoyed the darkness in that life as Edgar Allan Poe. He enjoyed the opium, he enjoyed the absinth, he enjoyed the depression, even. But there came a point where he no longer enjoyed that. The darkness succeeded to take over his life, and when he reached that point, it was a point of no return, he says. It felt like he was misunderstood, too. Not like an outcast…people saw him as…what’s the word Edgar…someone who lived in sin, that’s how people perceived him…a deviant. Thank you.

Alison: His work perhaps created fear in the religious spheres, I would imagine.

Mimi: Oh, he says everybody. He was considered a dark soul.

Edgar Allan Poe: And I was.

Mimi: But the thing with that and what he wants us to understand is that he embraced all that.

Alison: And I’m so glad that he did, because he created a beautiful body of work.

Edgar Allan Poe: [Bows head] Thank you.

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