Spirituality to flow at psychic fair in West Mifflin

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

People often come to Carole Obley with questions about their careers, relationships and finances.

She can offer them more than advice. Obley, 55, owner of SoulVisions LLC in Murrysville, is a trained medium who says she was born with the ability to channel souls of people who have passed on.

“I can hear spirits in my mind,” she said. “I can feel their personality.”

Obley will be featured as guest medium at the monthly Mystical Psychic Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the West Mifflin No. 3 Fire Hall, 3722 Rodeo Drive. The event will include psychic readers, Reiki energy healing, massage therapy, spiritual response therapy and more. Cost is $5 at the door. Readings cost extra.

The first fair was held in January and attracted more than 60 people, organizers say.

Obley, who has been practicing her craft for two decades, will deliver messages from loved ones in small group circles of no more than 15 people from 1 to 2:15 p.m. She's the author of several books and has conducted more than 7,000 readings.

“Spirituality is exceedingly important to me, as is compassion,” she said.

Obley likens her ability to someone showing her a painting covered with a cloth, then revealing the artwork and asking for her first impressions.

“I feel this gut reaction,” she said. “That's how it comes to me.”

David Troutman, a Reiki master from Herminie, said his appearance at the January event drew a good deal of interest. He offers 30-minute energy-healing sessions.

Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen life-force energy flows through all people. If that energy is low, they are more likely to get sick or feel stressed. If it's high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy.

“It takes away stress,” Troutman said of the Japanese technique he's practiced for at least a dozen years.

Reiki healers use their hands to flow positive energy through people, either by touching or by hovering their hands just above the affected area.

Troutman, 61, runs the Yellow Lotus Spiritual Center in Herminie.

“If I can help one person feel happy and complete inside, that flows like a river,” he said. “That person will be nice to someone else, and so on.”

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

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