Lynn ‘Magikcraft’ Swain was four years old when she discovered she was a medium.
Now working out of her three metaphysical supply stores in the Triangle area, Swain is one of many local mediums who work in the local community. Though the specifics of their practices, beliefs and approaches vary, all use their services to help their clientele heal and grow as people.
Since she realized her abilities, Swain has read thousands of people, including extensive international clientele. She currently runs Quantum Soul in Chapel Hill and two other metaphysical supply stores in Hillsborough and Durham.
Swain’s work involves elevating her clients spiritually and helping them connect with their souls and with the universe — something she said expands far beyond the three-dimensional world most think about and perceive.
Swain said that 80 percent of the work she does in sessions with clients involves medium work, often communicating with the dead, or what she calls the "transitioned."
Melissa Peil, a long-distance psychic medium who travels to Rochester, N.Y., Boston, Seattle and Raleigh, said she perceives spiritual energy through images that play like a movie in her mind.
“It's interesting because there's so many labels for the same thing,” she said. “And, essentially, if we want to go into the science about it, which most people understand, it's really, essentially physics, because energy cannot be created nor destroyed, and it's all around us. We cannot see oxygen, but it's there. We just know it. We can feel it, we live on it.”
Peil started her business, Mystical Awakenings, in 2006. For years prior, she did medium work on the side, but when her clientele started to expand, Peil quit her job to work full time as a medium.
She said her job is to heal people in the community by reconnecting with their past loved ones and helping them realize their best path forward to live a better life.