William talks to us from Oregon, USA.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself!
I have always had a fascination with history and the metaphysical. At 8 years of age, I saw my first ghost. It was another boy about my age that looked real. When I asked about him, I was told that he was dead. My friends and I kept on playing.
I went on to get my bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in public administration. These disciplines further developed my ability to verify sources, critical thinking skills and further my interest and understanding of history.
My parents were schoolteachers. All during my junior high and high school years we traveled the country in an 8.5-foot camper. These are among my favorite memories of my childhood.
Dad was a history teacher, so we explored all of the major, and many off the beaten path historical locations in the Continental United States. Seeing locations in person with someone well versed in the history helped bring history alive to me. Later I found that as a medium and psychic I have other ways to see “living history”!
I think all of these experiences as a child helped to develop my love of travel, with particular emphasis on ancient historic sites. The more ancient the better for me!
My beliefs in the field and understanding come from my personal, direct, and physical experiences.
2) How did you first get into writing?
Since I was a young child, I have enjoyed stories, and storytelling. Writing just came naturally as part of it. In junior high and high school I had several English teachers that encouraged me to write.
I am one of the strange ones that really enjoyed writing research papers in school and university. It’s always been a joy and something I’ve been good at.
3) Please tell us how you came to work as a psychic?
I have been working with my psychic abilities since I was a teenager. I as I got older and gained confidence, I did more work in locations and for people. Many people told me I should become professional and charge for my readings and teachings. These people included my therapist. The event that really confirmed to myself that I was more than ready to go professional was a trip to the biggest avalanche train disaster in the country. Included in the party was a woman who had extensively studied the site from a historical perspective and had written a book on the location. Others in our group had extensively researched the paranormal.
As I walked around the gravel parking lot, all the buildings were gone. But I told the others just what sort of things happened each place I stopped, and what the buildings looked right. I was right every time. We then climbed down to where the trains had come to rest. I gave names, ages, occupations and descriptions of many of those who had perished in the tragedy. In each case I was correct.
I also picked up on all of the paranormal experiences the investigators had had, and what the beings looked like.
4) Your book is In The Footsteps Of My Forebears: A Psychic’s Journey Through Time, which is a unique take on family history and spirits – how did it come into being?
I grew up with my grandma telling me about the old country, her family, and life there. I had always wanted to go the see and experience her village and the places my family helped settle. A historical society working with the descendants of the area started giving tours of the villages. Several of my cousins and I were able to make sure we went to Grandma’s village, so we went on the tour. I wanted to document the stories, history and what I had picked up as a medium in the places and make it a more complete experience to draw people into the story. I had already published a book on other locations so this was a natural follow up.
5) What does being psychic enable you to bring to books that makes them stand out from other books on the paranormal and spirituality?
The psychic and history combination allows me to give a much fuller experience of a location to the reader. I help them go to not just the physical or just the spiritual and combine the two. It’s something I enjoy doing for myself!
6) When not working as a writer and psychic, what do you enjoy reading?
I usually read history, social justice, economics, and science. However, I also have a favorite locked room mystery author, and there’s a good deal of literature and ancient literature I really love. I’m a bit eclectic in my reading, just as I am in life.
7) What’s next for William Becker?
I am working on my next trip abroad. I have some truly ancient locations I want to explore, and I think I’m finding ways to do so.
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