Spiritual medium and advocate, Bonnie Vent uses channeling, an ancient form of spirit communication in her work with spirits. Learn more about it in this intriguing exclusive interview.
Meet Bonnie Vent, Spirit Advocate
A clairvoyant is often called a medium; someone who can communicate with the spirits of those who've died. Spiritual medium Bonnie Vent says that as a child, " I used to stare into a candle flame. I had no idea what I was doing, but it put me into a peaceful state. I used to ask the candle flame yes or no questions."
It wasn't until 1987 that her talent for channeling began to develop. Bonnie explains, "It started with automatic writing in the form of drawings. That used to frustrate me because I had no idea what the drawing meant. One day I said, 'If you can make pictures, you can write words.' After that I received entire paragraphs of channeled information."
Bonnie first heard the information before the writing was finished, and then she began having visual communications. She says, "It is much like watching a movie playing in your head."
Interview: Spiritual Medium and Advocate, Bonnie Vent
LTK: The term "spirit advocate" is a very apt one. Can you explain how you became one and what you see as your responsibilities?
Bonnie: Actually, my mother gave me that title. Most mediums do readings for the living to connect them with their loved ones on the "other side". In my case, the spirit person contacts me with messages to be delivered to the living or tasks to be accomplished on their behalf. I do not have the recipient of the message sitting in front of me. This, of course, makes delivering the messages very difficult as times.
LTK: What do you find to be the most common misconceptions about "ghosts" or spirits?
Bonnie: I intentionally refer to them as spirit people or a spirit person. The biggest misconception is that they are not like us. In fact, they are us. The spirit people that contact me are not demons or entities; they are people just like us, usually with some sort of issue that they would like to have resolved.
Investigating Historical Hauntings
LTK: Your website refers to the San Diego and Los Angeles projects. What can visitors to your site discover about these two projects?
Bonnie: I am doing research at many famous haunted spots in San Diego. The most well-known would be Whaley House, Villa Montezuma and, of course, the Hotel Del Coronado. I will be heading to the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles in the next few weeks.
LTK: That sounds very exciting, Bonnie. You've investigated some very high-profile historical hauntings. Have there been many surprises?
Bonnie: I am always amazed with the information I receive via mediumship and how it checks out historically. Validation is a large part of the work and very important to me, personally. I never expect anyone to take my word for anything. The most surprising, to date, has been the case of the Beautiful Stranger at the Hotel Del Coronado. She wanted to make it very clear that she was not Kate Morgan. My research partner did some very deep research and found that she is actually Mrs. Lottie Barnard. She was registered by the front desk clerk as Mrs. Lottie Bernard. One letter was misspelled in her last name. The legend is completely wrong. She is exactly who she claims to be.
LTK: That had to be a moment of great validation for you. The Beautiful Stranger has long been one of those mysterious hauntings that seemed to become more elaborate in the retelling over the past decades. Out of all of the haunted historical sites you've investigated, which one impressed you the most?
Bonnie: I would have to say the Hotel Del Coronado. There are many spirit people there for assorted reasons. We still have not fully completed Lottie's story either. She was not a suicide, so we still have to determine who killed her. We have even had a spirit person who was a witness to her death come forward with information. Stay tuned on this one.
LTK: That's a very exciting discovery. LTK readers will want to visit your site for updates.
Advice About Developing Your Abilities
LTK: Many people have latent talents or are just beginning to explore clairvoyant or psychic abilities. What advice would you give to someone about developing her or his intuitive talents?
Bonnie: Stay in contact with your own guides and "inner voice". They will teach you what you need to know. Just stay open and available. We get so busy in our day to day lives that we forget to just open up and listen.
LTK: That's wonderful advice. Are there any do's and don'ts when it comes to the work you and others do?
Bonnie: I can only speak for myself. I need to be true to the spirit person. My job is to convey the messages as accurately as possible and to do my best to get them delivered where the spirit person wants them to go. Validation is important to me as a researcher, but my first priority is the spirit person and his or her well being.
Working with Celebrity Spirits
LTK: On your site, it states that you've been channeling Michael Jackson since his passing. Can you share something with the readers that surprised you about this celebrity or the message he had?Bonnie: It would be more accurate to say I have been channeling a spirit person who claims to be Michael Jackson. More validation is needed, although I must say the anecdotal evidence is mounting up. A distant family member has told me that she thinks that it is Michael Jackson. I have also had many fans say the same thing. His fans are fiercely loyal and know his public persona very well.
I have had other celebrities contact me shortly after their deaths, and I work with living celebrities as part of my business. It was actually the death of John Ritter and trying to deliver messages for him that caused me to venture over into the entertainment industry.
Just a Messenger
LTK: What an interesting and poetic way to branch out into a different sector. Do people ever come to you for help? Do you find some people have unreal expectations? Do you always connect with the person they want to contact?
Bonnie: Although I have the ability to do this type of work, it has a stigma associated with it that causes me to decline these types of requests. The usual pushback is that the medium is taking advantage of people who are grieving and taking their money. The messages that I deliver are from the spirit person. Money is never involved since they have none.
I would prefer to make money doing production of a completely real television show that helps the masses with life after death questions. Now that would be a dream job.
LTK: Well, you never know what the spirit world might bring to you. You have expanded your research to a national level. What took you to New Jersey, and what intrigued you about the Texas projects?Bonnie: Actually, going national came to me. I was brought into the New Jersey and Texas projects as a consultant. The house in the Houston area had a great deal of activity. It was owned by a Houston police officer and his wife. I affectionately refer to this house as the "Poltergeist House". It is very much like the movie including being built on a cemetery. There was a pilot made for a television show on what is now TruTV. It was called Phenomena Police. This show featured real active duty police officers investigating the paranormal. I helped establish protocols that worked both for paranormal research and regular police evidence gathering.
LTK: That's very exciting and not something you'd run across every day. In addition, you've appeared in numerous television paranormal investigations and documentaries. What does this media bring to your work, and how do you feel it helps people understand the other side of life?
Bonnie: I think the public is ready for this kind of information. The media is very hesitant to cover this topic. Many have done television work and been ridiculed. We need to get past that point. Most of the shows currently on the paranormal are largely designed to scare the audience. Horror has always been a big seller. Television is a business. There is nothing wrong with that, but I worry about the people who take it too seriously. Most production companies tell me a real show won't sell because people will not watch it. I think we can handle the truth, and hopefully your readers will too.
LTK: Do keep us posted Bonnie, and let us know when it materializes so we can come back and talk with you about it.