We had the good fortune of connecting with Bill Philipps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bill, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My situation is a little more unique than most. I never grew up thinking I wanted to be a psychic medium. It’s not really a profession you choose just because you want to. I dealt with a lot of instability and trauma during my childhood, which I think taught me to rely on myself from an early age. I think that’s really where my independence comes from. It wasn’t until my mom’s death, when I was 14 years old, that I realized something different was going on with me. Fortunately, I was able to say goodbye to her on her deathbed, after we had spent nearly six years apart on opposite sides of the country. Two days after my mom had died her spirit appeared to me in the middle of the night. She had come to reassure to me that I was going to be OK. Afterward, I had a lot of mixed feelings about what I had experienced– seeing her in spirit form– and I kept it to myself for years. For a long time I was fearful of coming out of the “psychic medium closet,” so to speak, so I tried to hide from it and pursue a different kind of career. I attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the intent of having a career as an opera singer. What I learned while attending the conservatory was that being a psychic medium was not a path that I could choose or choose not to do, but rather a path that chose me. I couldn’t hide from who I was anymore. I would give readings here or there for people while I was still in school. In a short amount of time it spread by word of mouth what I was able to do and I was inundated with requests for readings. And by the time I graduated from school the path I was meant to go down was crystal clear. I was supposed to trust Spirit so I could help others heal and I would do so by sharing my gift with others. Was it a scary decision to make? Absolutely! But by the time I came out of the “spiritual closet,” and made myself known in this field of work, it was very liberating and freeing to be my authentic self. That for me was really the intention. To be honest with myself and to live a life of service to others. When those two ingredients are in alignment the path becomes clear.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, the thing I am post proud of is what I do on a daily basis, connecting with people who seek answers about life and death. When I hear someone tell me that they were a skeptic, before their reading with me, and then by the end of their session they are a believer, that means a lot to me. I have had people tell me that they did not believe in an afterlife before they had a reading with me, but that they now feel a sense of peace that there is something more. If I can help even one person to process their grief by validating that their loved one is on the other side, to help them feel a sense of hope that this is not all there is to our existence, to empower them to find their own connection with the other side, then that is the biggest reward I could ask for. I’m a simple person, who found the blessings in life through growing out of childhood trauma. I always want people to know that they are not alone in this world, with their life challenges. I really feel like people have more in common than they do differences. If they see that someone can understand them then I think they can find hope that things will get better. I think my biggest challenge is disconnecting from the grief that others experience. I feel what they feel and sometimes that can be heavy on my heart, because I honestly do care about them. But as I mentioned before, for me the reward is in their aha moment, that they see that this life is not the end for any of us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite spots in San Diego is the Hotel del Coronado. The grounds are just beautiful, it’s right on the beach for that southern California vibe, and it’s famously haunted, which of course I love. I have to say my favorite eatery is in Old Town San Diego, also one of my favorite all time spots, in The Cosmopolitan Hotel. You just feel like you’ve walked back in time at this hotel. Dining outside on their patio is a really fun experience. The food is so fresh and delicious. The atmosphere outside is really charming, very rustic but comfortable. It’s a great spot on a warm evening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a great question, and an important one, because I don’t believe we find success in this world in isolation, or by stomping our way to the top. We are as good as the people who can speak on our behalf. I believe if you are honest, dependable, and have integrity then your actions speak for themselves. Many people have contributed to my success. I have had friends and family over the years that have really been my champion, who taught me to have confidence in my ability. Some I’ve lost touch with over the years, but I will always be grateful to them for believing in me. When I was first discovering my psychic abilities, I had a friend, that was like a mother figure to me and she was a huge supporter of my gift. She spread the word to countless people, people that she knew needed to receive a healing message. My cousin Jessica has also been a huge influence in my success. When I moved back to to southern CA after college she told everyone about my gift and was a big supporter of me continuing on this path. I also accredit much of my success to a dear friend of mine, Michelle, who I have always looked up to. She has been a model to me of how to live a spiritually pure life, a life of service to others. I have another friend, Carolina, who I’ve known since I was 19, who has helped spread the word of my ability to countless people. She’s a hair stylist so she meets a lot people in her line work. That’s the incredible thing about my journey so much of my success is due in large part to people who have told a friend, a co-worker, a family member, about me. I am honored and blessed to have had such supportive people in my life over the years. Of course, I can’t forget to give credit the most important person of all in my journey, my mom. Her time in this world was brief but she guides me every day from the other side.
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