The Other Side
THE OTHERSIDE - Enfield Connecticut Psychic Medium Angelina Diana is the Real Thing
Note from Editor Alistair Highet of CT Slant Magazine -
"We've wanted to write about Enfield psychic [Medium] Angelina Diana ever since we came up with the idea of this magazine. No matter what your feeling is about these matters, it seems to me indisputable that some people are more attuned than others, in a way that allows them to feel and know things that most of us are unaware of. Do departed friends from the "other side" speak through Diana, or is it more a matter of profound intuition? Our publisher Janet Reynolds bravely volunteered to be the guinea pig in our experiment and went for a reading. The experience was profound for her and I think you'll find it amazing to read about."
Enfield Psychic Angelina Diana is the Real Thing
By Janet Reynolds | Photography by Nick Lacy
The first thing Enfield psychic Angelina Diana describes
is how my mother died. “I feel as if I have to cough,”
she says, sitting in a chair across from me, patting her
chest repeatedly. “I feel as if my lungs are filling
up with fluid.” Eight years ago, my mother died
four hours after being taken off a ventilator after she
developed pneumonia. More to the point, I hadn’t
said a thing about my mother, not even that she was dead.
And that was just the beginning. In the course of the
hour-or-so reading, my mother, through Diana, describes
some very specific things about my childhood family —
physical attributes shared by me and my father, for instance,
family trips in a Winnebago, and my mother’s alcoholism.
These details are offered, Diana says, as validations,
or proof, that this spirit really is my mother.
My father also “arrives” early in this reading.
He’s dressed in a military uniform — my father
was in the army.
“I see a man flipping dimes here on a bed,”
Diana says. “I’m getting opposites with him.
He looks like a general but he has heart and sympathy
too. He’s a down-to-earth man. He’s making
me hear names. Does Frederick mean anything to you?”
It was my father’s middle name and his father’s
Throughout the reading, Diana, who is a medium as well
as a psychic, discusses traits and events about me that
she perceives, filling in at various points with comments
from my parents. She describes, fairly accurately I might
add, where I am in my life right now and what she thinks
the future holds. My parents, she says, are here to reassure
me — my father to offer advice about work and my
mother to remind me of her love.
“Did your mother used to bring you flowers or drop
off food for you?” Diana asks. I nod yes. “She
has that mommy touch. She wants to remind you of that.
She’s tying up the loose ends of your relationship.
“I sense you are a leader,” Diana continues.
“You’re being challenged to change your management
style. You’re being tested. Your father says, ‘Finesse
it. Don’t use your words. Use your silence.’
Saying less is better. Grace under pressure is your nickname.”
It is all a little startling, in a comforting rather than
alarming way. Listening to Diana is like listening to
a good friend. Of medium height with long brown hair,
Diana has a warm, firm handshake and sparkling clear eyes.
We sit down for the reading in her living room, I on the
sofa, she on a chair across from me. Flowers and candles
adorn the table. Add a cup of tea and this would look
like two good friends gossiping.
Diana didn’t begin her work life as a psychic. She
worked 10 years as a radio broadcaster before being drawn
into the world of psychics and mediums after booking psychics
for the radio show. Now she’s the one being booked
— she appears regularly on KISS 95.7 FM with Courtney
in the Morning — as she does readings and workshops
full-time, helping people to discover their sixth sense.
“I help people unlock their own intuition and be
guided by it,” she says.
So is Diana just lucky? Someone who’s really good
at reading body language? An expert Googler who discovered
details of my life that I can’t find on the web?
Or is she really able to communicate with the afterlife
and intuit things that many people can’t?
Scientists offer a simple response. Psychic phenomena
is unable to be proved through scientific experiments,
therefore it does not exist. End of story. It’s
a cut-and-dried approach that obviously doesn’t
work for everyone, however, because people have turned
to psychics, tarot cards, palm readers, tea leaves, whatever,
for centuries in an attempt to find meaning or comfort
in a random world.
The volley between psychic perceptions and spirit involvement
is common to Diana’s readings. While not all psychics
are also mediums, ie. able to communicate with the afterlife,
all mediums are psychics, according to Diana. Typically
she begins a session by telling a sitter she will use
both for her reading.
First and foremost, Diana sees herself as a teacher. “We
all have the ability to connect to people we love and
miss, ” she says. It’s just a question of
being open to the energy and letting go of any fears you
might have to be open to the other side. “They open
it up for me,” she says, “because you bring
your loved ones with you.”
Early in the meeting, Diana warns a sitter not to say
anything personal. Sitters are instructed to simply answer
yes or no to any question she might ask. True psychics,
Diana says, do not pry or try to lead a sitter into revealing
information that they can then use to act as if they are
reading the future.
Diana closes each session by asking a sitter if there
are any additional questions. “I don’t want
you to leave with any questions,” she says. “My
hope is that whatever we talk about, you can walk away
with completion or the beginning of a journey.”
Diana uses all the senses during a reading. Sometimes she sees something in a daydream form or maybe an image
that flashes near a sitter’s body. Other times she
literally feels something, as with my mother, or she tastes
something. “We are antennaes,” she says. “I
have to trust the spirit and the energy that comes through.
My hope is we can go on this journey together.”