Psychic Medium Cathy Towle ‘Cleanses’ Spirits Out Of Haunted Houses In Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn, NY. – At first, the leaky water pipes at the Sterling Place home appeared to be a plumbing problem, but after assessing the situation, medium Cathy Towle realized that it was something completely different- it was actually a soldier from the Revolutionary Way that had been buried there and whose spirit was still living there.
Towle communicated with the restless soldier and was able to placate him by giving him a splash of Glenfiddich whiskey and blessing him. She then asked him if there was anything else she could do from him and the spirit answered her that yes, he would like something sweet. The medium went over to a popular bakery on Fifth Avenue and bought him a cookie.
And that was the end of another typical day of work for the medium and shamanic practitioner. Towle performs ghost cleansings and home blessings all over the city of Brooklyn. Her blessings push negative energy out of homes in need and replace them with happy vibes. She also offers treatments that help houses for sale get sold; in fact, two of her regular clients are real estate agents with a very popular real estate firm.
Not every house that she visits needs a deep spirit cleanse, but when it does she addresses remaining issues with past residents who stay in the property as spirits. For smaller apartments, her work can take as little as an hour and several hours for whole houses with bigger issues. She charges anywhere from $350 to $750 for her services.
“The next day, the house felt like a new house,” said one of Towle’s very satisfied customers who wished to remain anonymous. She lives in an 1890 Carlton Avenue brownstone that had a dark, heavy feeling to it before Towle’s visit. The homeowner said that the staircase especially felt that way.
Towle’s visit determined that the spirit of a woman who lost her children to disease and was forever mourning them was living in the stairs. Towle performed a cleansing and sent the spirit on her way.
The homeowner’s husband was a skeptic and laughed and Towle’s services, but that didn’t bother the client one bit. She told DNAinfo New York that she recommended Towle to a friend of hers in Yonkers because she was so impressed with the change in her house’s atmosphere. She is planning on renovating the old house soon and said that she is definitely having Towle come back when she does so.
“I’m not a hippy dippy person. I don’t do yoga. But I can pick up on people’s energies,” said the client. “I totally believe in what she does.”
Even though Towle is very open about what she does now, she wasn’t always “out of the closet” about her unique abilities.
“It’s not something in our culture that we recognize that often,” she states. Aside from her house cleansings, Towle also serves on an NGO committee that promotes spirituality at the United Nations.
She states that her strong connection with the other side began as a little girl as she was growing up across the street from a cemetery. She chose to keep it to herself out of fear of ridicule though.
She went on with her life and began a career in the advertising industry as a graphic designer but that fizzled out when her clients were dealt a hard blow after 9/11. She attended a women’s business fair afterwards in the hopes of finding something new to do. It was there that a counselor asked her if there was anything else she was good at besides graphic designing and Towle told her that the only other thing she could do was read astrological charts. The counselor then replied, “That’s what you should do. People need guidance right now, there’s so much fear.”
Towle decided to get certified as a medium by the Forever Family Foundation and began working professionally as a medium shortly after. She would connect people with their deceased loved ones and could tell that this was a form of healing for most. Her work led her to get involved in a paranormal investigation at the Merchant’s House Museum and she became fascinated with the spiritual histories attached to specific properties.
Most people imagine a certain look when they hear of a paranormal practitioner but Towle does not fit that mold. She is a mother of two who is married, has a swath of silvery blonde hair and a calming voice. She carries her supplies around with her in a reusable wine bottle Whole Foods tote bag.
She does not drink but likes the bag because it is compartmentalized and perfect for transporting her herbs, oils and potions that she uses when fixing the spiritual balance of a house.
Towle says that she rarely sees spirits in a physical manner. Instead, they generally come to her as a voice in her mind. She also gets a warmth around her heart and a tingly feeling at the back of her head when she communicates with spirits. To a homeowner, spirits usually reside in spots where accidents happen more often and as minor disturbances, such as a light turning itself on in a closet on it’s own or a hanging pot falling off a kitchen wall when no one is in there.
Towle states that Park Slope in particular is overflowing with spirit life and she believes it is because they are connected to the Battle of Brooklyn. She says that some are spirits that used to live in brownstones that have since been divided into several different apartments and are upset because things are not as they used to be or where they once were, such as the stove for example.
The medium has worked on houses where murders have taken place before, but says that genuinely scary, evil spirits like they show in movies are actually very rare.
“Mostly it’s spirits trying to get the attention of people because they haven’t been dealt with properly,” says Towle. “I try to give them what they need, which is closure and appreciation.”
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