Written by Chené Murphy | Updated On November 26, 2022

Overcoming Obstacles with Jayme O’Donnell

Overcoming Obstacles with Jayme O’Donnell
Jayme O’Donnell is a Psychic Medium who first started communicating with angels as a child and through her development in her spiritual journey discovered she had an affinity for connecting people to their deceased loved ones.  Jayme has trained extensively at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Sciences (located in the UK), as well as other courses with renowned mediumship teachers around the US in addition to becoming a Reiki Master.

When did your passion for helping others begin and what inspired you to guide people in their life challenges?

I have always wanted to help other people, in any way that I could.  It is just a part of who I am.  I remember as a little girl putting other people’s needs ahead of my own.  I always had sympathy and empathy for other people in my life and in my community.

I wasn’t always a medium though, but I was intuitive.  I remember talking to my angels as a child, but have no clear memories of seeing spirit people.  I would know things about the people around me, without knowing how I knew the information.  I just thought everyone did that.  I started on my own psychic/mediumship journey when I was led to books and classes about these topics.  I had an excellent teacher who happened to be a medium.  I had no intention of talking to dead people.  It turns out that the spirit world had plans for me, whether I was ready or not.

I started reading for friends and relatives.  Then my husband bought me a table at a psychic fair (I was too scared), and the rest is history.  Helping other people have their aha moments is amazing.  Guiding them and helping them to find the answers inside themselves is very rewarding to me.

We’ve heard that all mediums are psychics but not all psychics are mediums. Could you share what the difference is between a medium and a psychic reading?

In a mediumship reading, the evidential medium will connect to the deceased loved one (now in spirit form) for the person who came for a reading (the sitter).  The medium will give information to the sitter that proves to them that it is their loved one in spirit who is communicating with them.  There are usually some very healing messages that come through, showing the continuity of life and love.  There are no tools needed for this type of reading, it is all about the mind and the energy of the medium and the spirit world.

In a psychic reading, the psychic will tune into the sitter’s own energy field, the aura.  The aura has everything about the person; their past, present and potential future.  In this type of reading the sitter’s spirit guides and guardian angels may also come through to bring messages for the person in need.  Tools may be used by the psychic to help clarify information for the sitter.  Cards, crystals, pendulums, just to name a few, can be used.  The messages and guidance for the sitter can also be very healing and reassuring.

Every physical sense has a psychic sense to go with it.  Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting and knowing are some of the ways that a psychic medium will receive information.  It is these psychic senses that a psychic will use to tune into the energy of the person that they are reading.  A medium will also use these senses to receive information from the spirit world.  The difference is that the medium must raise their vibration and the spirit communicator must lower theirs, and they meet somewhere in the middle.  This is a very conscious way to use the psychic senses to connect with the spirit world, and it takes practice and training to become a quality medium.

How do you find a good psychic or medium?

The best way to find a psychic or medium is by word of mouth.  See if a friend or relative sees a psychic or medium that they trust and can recommend to you.  You may not feel comfortable asking someone this question though and that’s okay.  It’s not for everyone, and you may not want to put yourself out there like that.  In some communities there are psychic fairs that are available.  You can try different readers there and get an idea of what works for you.  You can also look online for someone that resonates with you.  This is where your own intuition comes in handy.  Let yourself “feel” which one is right for you.  Let yourself be guided to the right psychic or medium.  You will “know” which one is the best for you.

Many of us have websites that you can visit to get an idea of what we are all about.  The websites that you visit will have testimonials from other people who have gotten readings from that particular psychic or medium.  They may also have ratings through their booking system or even on google.  You may want the reader that you choose to have certain abilities or characteristics.  Keep those in mind while you are looking for the right psychic or medium for you.

Prices can vary greatly, and that is something that is also an individual preference.  More costly does not always mean better.  Look for someone you feel is honest and has integrity.  It breaks my heart when I find out that a psychic or medium has done more harm than good.  You do not have to believe every word that they say.  Feel with your heart if the information is right for you or not.  When the information resonates with you, then you know that you may have found the reader for you.

Is there a certain area that you specialize in or feel most comfortable with?

I really enjoy doing evidential mediumship readings.  I love connecting people to their deceased loved ones and helping them to realize that their loved ones are right there with them.  I love being a part of the miracle of speaking for those in the spirit world.  The miracle is being able to be a part of the love, the laughter and the healing that takes place.  I am in awe of the creativity and the intelligence of the spirit world every day.

My passion is teaching others how to use their own psychic and mediumship abilities.  Many people need help in understanding that they are not crazy, and that they really are getting information from outside of themselves.  I help people to control and set boundaries for their abilities, while helping their abilities to grow and expand.

What can people do to get the most out of spiritual guidance and healing?

To get the most out of a psychic reading it’s okay to have some questions that you want answered.  They could be about anything.  Just sit back, relax, and let the energy flow, allowing the psychic to connect with your energy.  There are many specialties out there, past life readings, chakra readings, guide and angel readings, go with what feels right for you and what you need.  Let it be fun for you.  When you hear the guidance being given, listen and feel with your heart if it makes sense for you.  When you do this, you are allowing the healing to begin.

When getting an evidential mediumship reading, let your loved ones in spirit know that you are going to get a reading with a medium.  Be open minded when it comes to the evidence that the medium brings through.  There may be other spirits that come to the reading that want to say hi, so don’t limit yourself to only being focused on one spirit.  Let the medium get the information from the spirit.  Don’t give the medium too much information.  Let the intelligence of the spirit communicator shine.  You will be surprised with the information that they will give the medium.

In your experience in working with people, what would you say is the one thing that holds most people back from living the fulfilling life they would like to live?

I find that most people hold themselves back from living their dream life.  Self-doubts and fearful thoughts can get them into a negative head space.  Unfortunately, that is part of being human.  It is also why many people decide to go to a psychic or a medium.  They are looking for answers from outside of themselves and are not trusting their own intuition.  They need reassurance that they are on the right path, and that is where having a good reading with a psychic comes in.

We have our own built-in guidance system.  It is our higher self, or our soul self.  When we connect with ourselves deep inside, we have all the answers that we need.  We are all born with this inner guidance, that soft, quiet voice encouraging us to do the things that make our heart sing.  It is our human mind (the ego) that makes us doubt ourselves and question why we are really here.

We also have a team of spirit helpers, our own spirit team.  On this team we have angels and guides who love us unconditionally and want the best for us.  All we have to do is ask.  We can ask for guidance, help with a situation, help with seeing the situation from a different angle… and many other ways that they can guide us in this lifetime.

Going to a psychic for a reading can help validate some of the feelings and the guidance that they are receiving from their own soul and their spirit team.  It helps to reassure people that they are on the right or wrong path for them.  There is often a sense of relief or knowing that the psychic is giving them the same information that they have gotten intuitively.  Having a reading with a psychic or a medium also brings hope for the future.  Reassuring the person getting the reading that the negative thoughts in their heads are just that, negative thoughts, and not reality which is full of love and acceptance.

Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers in overcoming obstacles in their lives?

In today’s world, there seems to be obstacles everywhere.  They also seem to be never ending.  We could all use a little bit (or a lot) of wisdom and clarity, right?  Everyone struggles with this, even psychics and mediums, so know that you are not alone.

There are a few things that may help in small ways.  I use different things depending on what the situation is and where I am in life mentally, physically, and emotionally.

  • Stand back and look at the situation in a different way. It may not be as big as it seems when looked at by itself and not lumped in with all of the other things that are going on in your life.
  • Make small changes where you can, to alleviate some of the stress that you are feeling.
  • Is this obstacle even yours to carry? Sometimes it is just life taking place for others that you love, and there is nothing that you can so to remove it for them.  Just hold them in your heart and be there for them when they need you.
  • Self-love is very important. Taking care of yourself… getting enough sleep, eating right, treating your mind and body as the beautiful things that they are.  Being your own cheerleader when the negative thoughts come crashing in.  These things are actually choices that you can make on a daily basis.
  • Check your thoughts. You can choose to let them live in your head, or you can change the narrative to a more positive way of seeing yourself and the world around you.
  • Connect with your own inner spirit. There you can get the reassurance that you need to move forward and through this situation.
  • Ask for guidance from your angels and spirit guides. They are here to help you through the tough times.
  • Deep and focused breathing through a stressful time is also very helpful.
  • Having a meditation/visualization practice can also help relax your mind and body.

Remind yourself that this is not all there is in life.  Things happen.  Things change.  But these changes can be for the good also.  Look for the silver lining.  It is hard, but worth it when all is said and done.  Remind yourself that you are not just a human body, you are also a spirit being.  We are spirit beings choosing to have these human experiences, even though they are not always fun to have.  Connect to your own inner knowing and feel that everything will be all right with you and those around you.


About the author
Chené Murphy is a spiritual enthusiast with a passion for natural wellness and fascinated by the mysteries of this world. Residing in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, South Africa, her interests include being active in the outdoors and spending quality time with friends and family.