Lisa Rahilly is the owner of Mindful Inspirations. Lisa is a Psychic Medium. She also has a small retail space in Burdette with all your metaphysical needs: jewelry, crystals and essential oils.
How long have you been in business?
Mindful Inspirations is one year old.
What has been the evolution of you as a business owner?
I started out as a baker and created Dessert Shack, a custom order bakery business – cakes, cupcakes, bagels etc.. I was a “Baking Medium”. I recently closed that business to focus my attention on Mindful Inspirations.
I have always had spiritual experiences since I was a child but brushed them aside. Two years ago I was introduced to Reiki by a friend which triggered a deep opening of my gift. This ultimately led me to mediumship. It is a journey that involves a lot of education, self-reflection and fine tuning one’s spiritual side.
When you were introduced to Reiki, how did that come about?
The person who trained me in Reiki used to come in to my bakery in Montour Falls. We began talking and I was intrigued with the idea of Reiki. I worked with her to achieve the different levels of Reiki and obtain attunements. It has been one thing after the next from there.
Tell me more about being a Medium.
Being a medium is about validating that there is life after death. It is about bringing messages of hope; bringing peace and healing to those who have crossed over and to those that are here. Being a medium should always be about serving others for their greatest and highest good.
Do you go anywhere to develop your psychic mediumship abilities?
I have studied/certified under James Van Praague, a nationally known medium. I have had some local teachers and have been self-taught. I have taken classes at Omega Institute, Lillydale, Kripalu and various seminars. This is an ongoing, constant learning adventure. It is a huge commitment with a lot of responsibility. You are connecting with and affecting people’s emotions and their life.
What is your background?
I spent the last 22 years working with my husband. We built a construction business together. I have been self-employed almost my entire life. I love the challenge of it.
I am also an LPN. I love taking care of people and thought that was the direction I wanted to go once I left construction. After graduating, getting my license and working for a little bit, I realized that was not quite where I needed to be.
The baking led me to the mediumship. In that respect I get to feed the soul in both ways.
Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?
There are always misconceptions about anything having to do with the spiritual world. Without bringing religion in to it at all you always have misconceptions. I believe it is due to lack of education. It has to do with the belief systems people have been raised with and been ingrained with their whole entire lives.
However, in the last 20 years James Van Praague and John Edwards are my heroes in a sense they were the pioneers for opening this world up publicly with their TV shows. I believe people’s minds are much more open. They are looking for hope and to know that there is life after death. This is not the end. That is what mediumship is all about – validating that there is life after death.
What are your greatest achievements?
Bringing my 3 sons into this world.
My ability to develop a gift that allows me to serve humanity.
Have you had any stumbling blocks?
There are always stumbling blocks. I would say my biggest one is fear. Fear of failure – of putting yourself out there. Fear of judgement.
If you could have a ‘Do-Over’, what would it be?
I believe people have a time for things in their lives, but I would have liked to begin this work a lot sooner. I would be a medium at 20. Some mediums are meant to start at a young age and some are not. My time is now.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the spring of 2018 I will be transforming Mindful Inspirations into a full service health and wellness shop – teaching and educating in a practical manner. I want people to walk out the door with practical tools they can use and work with every single day. I like to be spontaneous and go with whatever opens up.