Signs from the Other Side & Astral Projection – An Interview with Erin Pavlina

This month feels very significant for me personally because it is the 10th anniversary of becoming a professional intuitive, and as I reflect back on the last 10 years or so, I am drawn to one memory in particular – a time that kicked it all off for me.

It was early 2007 and I was living in France and working as an English teacher at the University of Burgundy. During the University holidays, I went to stay with a friend in the UK and while I was there, I was booked in to have a reading with a psychic called Erin Pavlina who was based in Las Vegas. I remember picking up the phone at my friend’s apartment when Erin rang me, and being so nervous. Near the beginning of the reading, she said to me “You want to be doing what I do. And you can do it.”

AND there it was – confirmation.

I had been interested in metaphysics and intuitive development since I was in my early teens, but I had never consciously dared think that I could do what she did. She brought that dream and that desire out of the shadows of my unconscious mind and laid it out in front of me.

It was thrilling. And scary.

That’s what a good reading does – it takes what we already know inside (maybe our ill-defined, secret dreams) and it brings them out into the open, giving them a little more shape and showing us how to actually get from where we are now, to where we want to be.

So I am happy that this month, on the 10th anniversary of doing this work, I get to interview Erin Pavlina about her own path  – Erin has been sharing her vast knowledge and experiences of the spirit world for over 10 years at her popular website, and judging from the feedback on her site, she has helped many people find the right path for them over the last decade, as she did for me.

So welcome, Erin. Thanks so much for doing this interview!

Erin: Hi Anna – my pleasure!

Anna: So, how would you describe your abilities? Have you always been aware of them, or was it a more recent development in your life?

Erin: I can recall that as early as age 4 I started having premonitions about things that were about to happen in the world and I would tell my mother and she would be shocked later when they came true. As I got older, I used to have dreams where my deceased relatives would come to me and tell me about things that were also about to happen. In my teenage years, I got really interested in the paranormal and studied it every chance I got. But it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I realized I could tune in to and speak with the Spirit Guides of other people. Once I determined I could do that, I became a professional intuitive so I could help other people receive wisdom, insight and advice from their Spirit Guides.

Anna: What made you decide to become a professional intuitive? Was that a scary decision to make?

Erin: It was both scary and incredibly exciting to put myself out there as a professional intuitive. I absolutely loved connecting with people’s guides and getting information to help people on their paths. It was extremely rewarding to be able to assist people with their life problems in a way that made their lives much better. But it was scary going public that I was a psychic medium because there is so much stigma about psychics in general and I didn’t want to be lumped in with the frauds, charlatans and con artists. Over time that fear faded away.

Anna: Can you tell us the most difficult parts about being an intuitive reader/medium? How do you deal with those challenges?

Erin: For me, it’s difficult knowing that I cannot read for every person who wants a reading from me. My audience is in the millions and there is no physical way for me to read for every person who wants a reading. Another challenge that comes up periodically is reading for someone who is heading down an extremely difficult path but who either will not or is not ready to heed the advice of their guides. I can see they are going to be hurting for awhile and my empathy kicks in.

Anna: Do you do anything special to enhance your intuition and your ability to give readings? Or is it just a natural gift you were born with?

Erin: I believe I was born with a natural proclivity towards being intuitive, but I spent years studying, learning, practicing, and working at getting better and better. Intuition is like a muscle, and if you work it out, it gets bigger and better.

Anna: What’s your best tip for those who would like to become a professional intuitive like you?

Erin: You must trust in your abilities. You must trust and believe the information you are getting is accurate. And the way you do that is to practice stepping out of your own ego and allowing the information to flow through you and not from you. The best intuitives are simply relays between those on the other side and the humans here on Earth. And you must care about people. You must care about providing insight and wisdom to your clients and letting it be their path, not yours.

Anna: Do you think that if we ask for contact from our own loved ones, we’re likely to get it? What kinds of manifestations should we look for?

Erin: Yes, our deceased loved ones love to send us energy and comforting thoughts. One of the easiest ways to communicate is through dreams, and especially lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming. Astral projection is another great method for communication.  But if a person is unable to reach out to their deceased loved ones, they can look for signs such as a certain song playing on the radio, a picture falling off the wall, a scent associated with the loved one, and things of that nature.

Anna: What’s the most memorable sign or contact you’ve ever received from a deceased person?

Erin: I did a reading for a gal whose husband had died and his name was AL. She told me during the reading that he liked seeing the number 11:11. The next day I was out to breakfast with my family and the car I parked next to had a license plate of AL1111. I was stunned and stood there gaping at the license plate for several minutes. In my own life, the most memorable sign I’ve received was when I was pregnant with my first child and my deceased grandfather came to me in a dream and told me the baby was not viable and I was going to have a miscarriage because the timing was not right, but not to be distressed because she would come back in a future pregnancy. This turned out to be true. I did have a miscarriage a couple of weeks later and my child did come back at a later time.

Anna: Wow, those are pretty amazing examples.

In one of your articles you mentioned having a special Spirit Guide who helps you find clients who will benefit most from your style of intuitive counseling. Who are these clients who most benefit from a session?

Erin: My ideal clients are people who are open to receiving the wisdom and insight from their guides and are not resistant to making some changes in their path. Most people don’t come to me because they are happy and having a great life – they come to me when they have a huge decision to make or they want to figure out how to make their lives better and more fulfilling. My approach is different from a lot of psychics out there. I receive information about possible outcomes and I tell my clients what happens on each path and then they get to choose which path they want to take. A lot of psychics make predictions, robbing their clients of free will and personal power. I hand my clients a map, ask them where they want to go, and tell them the best way to get there. From that perspective, I help my clients get the life they want.

Anna: You write a lot on your blog about astral travel, which sounds exciting but a little scary too. What got you into doing that, and do you think it’s something that would be possible for most people? What’s the easiest way to get started?

Erin: I started astral projecting when I was 15 and it was frankly terrifying at first. Then I realized it was also a really powerful tool, so I got control of my fear and started projecting on purpose. This opened up whole new experiences for me, allowing me to visit other eras in history, other planes of existence, connect to my deceased relatives more easily, get wisdom from celestial beings, assist those having trouble crossing over and letting go of their current lives, and so much more – it was thrilling and powerful. The best way to get started, in my opinion, is to master lucid dreaming because it gives you experience being extremely conscious while your body is asleep. I detail how to astral project in my book The Astral Projection Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Astral Travel

Anna: I understand that in your spare time you conduct paranormal investigations too. What was your most interesting experience in that line of work?

Erin: Yes, I have a paranormal investigation team called A-Team Paranormal and we help families in the Las Vegas area who are having paranormal problems or trouble with entities. My team and I have dealt with some really interesting and intense cases, many of them so unique I could never have predicted that these situations would exist. We’ve dealt with entities that were very destructive and cruel, and entities that were powerful and ancient.  But so far, in every case, we have been able to correct the situation for the families, and that’s very rewarding.

Anna: Thank you so much, Erin, for joining me on this interview.

Erin Pavlina is a world renowned intuitive counselor who uses her psychic abilities to help her clients achieve what they desire in the realm of career, relationships, finances, health, spirituality, and more. To date she has read for thousands of clients worldwide. She has written more than 800 articles you can read for free on her blog. Her book on Astral Projection has been read by thousands of people, and she offers other products for sale online.

In her spare time, Erin volunteers with Red Rock Search and Rescue, and does paranormal investigations for clients in Las Vegas. She is the mother of two really awesome kids.

Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. Donna

    I have always experienced some kinda of intuitive ability at a young age, but never realized what it was. Also connected with spirits. After we moved in the house we are in now it got really strong. There was a lot of activity, but it never scared me. My husband passed almost two years ago and he has been a constant connection, some days the connections are really strong and some days we have telepathic conversations which I really cherish. I have found out so much more about him, he would not talk to about the feelings in his life. We were together for 41 years be fore he passed. Now I know more about him now than I ever did. For that I am thankful.

  2. Nitesh

    I read her blogs regularly.

    I really love it, very insightful & full of knowledge of other side.

    Thank you ☺

  3. William Page

    Just a silly coincidence… Erin mentioned that Al’s special # was 11:11. I know where Al got it… If you could play digital clock poker, that would be the highest possible hand. (4 aces). My late sister (passed this year) and I used that number to sign our e-mails. We would lie in bed watching the clock for 11:11… Good luck. Didn’t work for her. I almost sent a question to Erin asking her to get the special number from my dead sister. Never did… I think I was afraid she would get the wrong number and then the stuff she found about my wife would be meaningless. (also: takes 2 lights for each 1. There is a “PM” light. Two dots between the 11s. Counting dots = 11. Silly stuff…

  4. Anna Karmio

    Hi, I am happy grandma and have had many dreams and met my relatives from other side. My husband passed two years ago suddenly in his sleep and I knew that he did not want to go, so he told me that in the dream and was promised that he can visit us any time and my 3 adult sons have seen him many times in their dreams. At night time I can hear music, singing and people talking and I am not insane! My grandson lives with me and he is very dear to me and he supports me in my believing to connecting other side, but not many people do, so you cannot talk about it too much. I am totally open minded for this area in my life.

  5. Melanie Hays

    I had an email reading with Erin having asked her what it is my guides would want me to know and she basically told me to get into a deep state of meditation and listen. Bummer. I reached out to her for help as I had just been through a very traumatic situation. What am I missing in this answer from her? Thank you

  6. Jennifer

    Melanie, that is very frustrating. Literally everyone tells you to just meditate and listen!

  7. Donna

    love Erin, she is very into what she’s doing. The information that comes from her is so insightful and love reading her blog. Also I read many things on your blog, this world of being able to connect to the afterlife is so amazing. Keep up all the good that the both of you are doing. love it!

  8. Sarah

    Hi Melanie, your guides want you to sit and practice getting into a deep state of meditation and and to listen. This is what they want you to know. This is what will help with your traumatic situation. If you make some time to do this every day. Then you will know why they told you this. Try it and you will see !

    Yes Jennifer I wonder why everyone tells you to just meditate and listen….. It is like when a beggar asks for some food and you teach him to fish. He wonders why. It is not what he is expecting. He may even not be happy. But wow just try it for a while and your life will be changed.

  9. Marie

    Melanie, from what understand it is within the paths of certain people that sometimes their guides want them to be able to do a particular thing (such as listen about something) themselves. Just because it is within their own power to do so and/or important for them to do it themselves for some reason, even to the point of preventing someone else doing it for them. Not necessarily the case, especially if its what everyone says, but it is sometimes a possibility in my experience

  10. Anna Sayce

    Melanie Hays – the problem with giving readings is that you can only pass on what the person’s guides have to say. It sounds like Erin tuned in, and you were told to tune in for yourself? Frustrating – for you and sometimes for the reader too, who would want to give more detail. I wonder if you can work on your intuitive development and that is the key to what your guides think you need to do now. Maybe it will lead you to a good place. See what resonates with you.

  11. Anna Sayce

    Donna – thank you!

  12. Jennifer

    I’ll put it this way: if listening and meditating for myself had been working (which I would be trying first before going to someone else), I wouldn’t be considering consulting someone else for assistance on the problem. So if I got “listen and meditate” only as a result from the consultation, I would not be happy with that answer. It’d be like if you’ve tried dosing yourself with OTC medication, nothing’s working to get rid of your 2 week long cold, and you cave in and go to the doctor and he just says “Did you try NyQuil? That’s all I have for you.” So I feel that frustration on Melanie’s behalf there.

    Also, if you’ve been through something traumatic, your own radar may be on the fritz so “do it for yourself” isn’t that easy. But…whatever.

  13. William Page

    Jennifer, you are correct… I’ve been there and you need much more than, “do it yourself”!

  14. Melanie Hays

    Jennifer, that’s exactly where I was standing and absolutely fritzed due to the trauma. My feelings when I received my reading was, well, I’ve been had. by Erin Pavlina? She supposed to be legit. Was she just tired? Does this happen to others? Then I think, maybe this just sucks, that even though I asked for help, not great at meditating, I’m still alone without any help. $$ down the drain, that’s the message. So I tried to be open to it and nice about it. I wrote her back but the reply to sender is disabled. I appreciate you seeing and acknowledging my disappointment Jennifer.

  15. Anna Sayce

    Melanie – Sorry you had a bad experience. I have been on the other end of this, too. As a reader, you can’t come up with a different answer because the person doesn’t like what you got. But hopefully you can receive more detail along the lines you already have channelled, to help them.

    If you’ve been through a trauma, I recommend investing the money in psychotherapy or a modality that specialises in healing trauma such as EMDR or Somatic Experiencing Therapy. or even cord cutting therapy if the trauma was caused by another person.

    A psychic would not be my first recommendation for help recovering from trauma.

    PS. That is odd. You should be able to pass on feedback about your reading. I had a reading in the last 18 months and I was able to hit reply and send feedback. I am wondering how you sent your info for your reading in the first place if incoming emails are disabled

  16. Donna

    I have found in my own experiences , when my husband passed I wanted so hard to connect with him, that it didn’t happen. I also was angry that he left, we were fixing to retire, had plans to travel and spend some needed time together. So needless to say I was angry, He passed because of lung cancer, when we first married I tried to get him to quit smoking,he wouldn’t have any part of that. I just had a deep feeling inside of me that this come to haunt him later in life, he just wouldn’t take care of his self. Well what I am saying you can block that connection by being angry and trying to hard to connect. forgive let go of the anger and it will flow so easy. now me and my husband in spirit have a strong connection and don’t take that blessing for granted. love, light and peace. Relax and let it flow!

  17. Levigh bozentka

    Melanie, I’m sorry you feel you had a bad experience with your reading but I can tell you from my experience erin is the real deal! Not only have I been helped by her readings but her paranormal team also helped me with a very difficult situation. I’ve had no problems sending her update emails after readings but I don’t hit reply to sender I actually put the email address in. Maybe a phone reading will give you more answers that you need. This gives you a more well rounded reading in my opinion. I don’t usually “promote” anyone or reply to comments anywhere but I felt compelled to tell you the wonderful experiences I have had. If not for her I don’t know if I would’ve gotten through some of the things I had to go through. I just don’t want you to sell yourself short by closing this door. Of course you have to do what you think is best for you but I personally prefer phone readings and it may make a difference in your situation. Her answers come directly from your guides. Don’t give up on their advice and keep trying ???? You won’t be sorry. There are a lot of phonies out there so sometimes it’s hard to trust so I definitely understand your frustration but again I’m speaking from experience with her that she is a very gifted intuitive. I hope you find the answers you’re looking for.

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