Boo Hoo

I felt awful because I’d missed Charlotte’s leaving of her body, as if, had I been there, I would have done enough for her, or been complete with her somehow. I desperately wanted to apologize.

I’m not a reliable medium under the best of circumstances — sometimes ‘dead’ folks come through very clearly, and sometimes not at all. And this was definitely not the best of circumstances. What to do on a Sunday night? I called my friend, Kat, with whom I trade readings and NLP work regularly, and asked, “How are you as a medium?”

“Pretty good right now,” she replied.

So we got into it. And actually, she had had one phone conversation with Charlotte, several months back, when Charlotte wanted a reference on a healer with whom Kat had trained. So perhaps that made it easier.

I knew she ‘had’ Charlotte, because when I asked Charlotte (through Kat) if she’d seen Boo (Charlotte’s cat, whom I loved, who’d crossed over about 6 months before Charlotte, eaten by a coyote — and that never happens in Mill Valley), she replied in a very flat tone, “Boohoo”. This was the title of an email Charlotte had sent me announcing Boo’s crossing, which I’d thought was wonderfully funny, even as I missed Boo. And it was something I’d remarked to Charlotte about more than once.

So I apologized to Charlotte for not being there when she left her body — and she told me she hadn’t wanted me to be there! At which point I realized a few things:

** Grief over someone’s death has a few separate components:

  1. Missing the person, which is partly your own habit body, and partly cords dissolving
    • Your habit body likes things to stay the same. Maybe this is your neurology, which can’t handle paying attention to too many things at the same time, or perhaps its the etheric body. It’s the part of you that likes to know if you call a certain phone number, you’ll hear a certain voice.
    • We all have energetic cords between our chakras, and the chakras of those we are close to. These cords dissolve when a relationship ends (e.g. a romantic relationship) or when someone dies. That’s not fun, because we still have the ends of the cords to deal with, like an umbilical cord which is cut but not tied or clamped off — the ends are just left raw and open.
  2. Feeling badly that you hadn’t done right by the person. But you really can’t judge what was “doing right by” someone else, at least not on this plane, because you can’t know what his or her soul actually wanted. All you can do is live the best you can up to your own standards, and give yourself the benefit of the doubt, when you do something uncharacteristically forgetful, or even nasty, to someone else — perhaps you were doing something his or her soul needed you to do.

Charlotte was apparently showing Kat some other plane of existence. Charlotte kept saying it was “so vast” and beautiful beyond description, and that it was cold, that she was cold. It was “not like there (on earth)” and Kat had the impression that Charlotte was fine, but a little lost. So I asked Charlotte, through Kat, what I could do to help, feeling sheepish at the offer, because I didn’t think there was anything I could do. But Charlotte said, “send angels — angels can help.”

“Let me see what I can do”, I answered, and then silently asked all the folks (some would call them archangels, but I’m not personally clear on their titles) who assist me in readings to help Charlotte. Almost instantly, Charlotte said, “I’m warm” and Kat said she could literally feel her own body get warmer. For me, this was verification that the folks do indeed hear me, and do respond. Way cool! (Or I suppose that Charlotte ‘heard’ my intention from whatever plane she was in.) But somehow, I did do something. That felt pretty amazing, and Charlotte told me that she wanted me to know how powerful I am, even on one of my worst days.

Thank you, Charlotte, for your kindness and our concern, even after you’ve left Earth. I’m glad you made a compassionate choice for yourself, and wish you well on your way. Come see me when I cross over (hopefully a long time from now.) And than you, Kat, for you assistance.

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (, who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.