by Jo O’Connor
Have you ever wondered what happens when we die (or “crossover”)? Maybe you’ve felt the hair on the back of your neck stand up because of a feeling. Or maybe you’ve experienced the odd sensation that someone is watching you, though you know you are alone. These feelings and senses are the things that Melissa Boyd knows a great deal about. Boyd is at once a psychic, spiritual medium, Reiki Master, yoga instructor and humanitarian. After all, that ability to tap into her senses has made her quite famous in Maine and beyond. Her story is a fascinating one. Boyd grew up in Peru, Massachusetts, with a brother and parents who believed in and supported her gift. “I knew from a very young age that I was sent messages that needed to be relayed,” said Boyd. By age nine, she really started channeling, and has since helped thousands of people globally. Boyd would “know” things before they happened. “One time, I told my mother she needed to drive me to Stop & Shop, because I needed to give a message to a lady in a red hat. We went and sure enough, there was such a woman there. I needed to let her know her mother Maria loved her. This is just who I am and what I do,” said Boyd. These types of occurrences happened time after time. And while her parents advised her not to suppress her messages, they coached her how to judiciously approach people. From a young age, she and her family would journey to southern Maine, and Boyd fell in love with the area. “Maine just called me. I could sleep here. I was very relaxed here.” She even decided to go to college in Maine. And that came with a vision, too. During her junior year in high school, she ripped a picture of house out of a magazine. When she decided to visit University of Southern Maine (USM), her mother asked her how she would pay for it. As they drove past a Gorham bakery, Boyd said, “Stop the car.” She went up to the bakery to inquire about a job. They said they hadn’t even posted the opening yet, but hired her on the spot. Then, she looked across the street and there stood the house in the magazine picture she had carried around for over a year. After earning a communications degree from USM, Boyd graduated from the Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, with a Master’s in Public Policy and Management and entered politics. She has used her education and intuition to advance organizations and world issues over the past 25 years, including working with retired General Colin Powell to address children’s issues and provide insight on local and national nonprofit and governmental initiatives. “In politics – I could make a difference. I knew I could affect change. I could tell a congressman that he really needed to talk to a constituent, schedule a meeting or even not go to a meeting. Because I ‘knew’ things, the politicians would lean on my advice,” said Boyd. With her success in the political sector, she was appointed as Commissioner of the Maine Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism under former Maine governors John Baldacci and Angus King. However, her life has not been without challenges as she battled poverty, dysPaddle • Boards • Bikes RENTALS • GUIDED TOURS Season Passes Gift Certificates Available www.coastalmainekayak.com Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike 8 Western Avenue Kennebunk, ME 04046 207-967-6065 Coastal Maine Scooters 51 Western Avenue Kennebunk, ME 04046 207-204-0734 See Kennebunk with fun & easy transportation! Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike Kennebunk Lower Village Kennebunk Lower Village Pool Lobster Company in scenic Biddeford Pool Full Take-Out Menu • Grilled & Fried Seafood Fresh Lobsters, Steamers, Mussels ~ Live or cooked to order ~ Great Selection of Wines and Beer 3 Lester B. 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These masters have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, best-selling author James Van Praagh, and noted author and speaker Deepak Chopra. Boyd had to learn to trust the “signs” as she started her new business as well. “For a few weeks, and with only two clients, I trusted the signs. Then, the Hive, an art gallery and café formerly in Kennebunk, approached me to do some readings. I volunteered and was given an office in the back. In 2010, I was in business with two folding chairs and a cardboard sign. Within six months, I was completely booked and channeling people around the world – all by word of mouth,” said Boyd. Today, her pleasant Kennebunk office space is embellished with frequency background noise, stones underfoot, served tea and demonstrated dowsing rods. Confident, not boastful, thoughtful and smart, Boyd’s main message is helping others reach their best by teaching energy first. “I want to help people use their energy,” said Boyd. S i n c e 2010, Boyd h a s d o n e t h o u s a n d s of individual and group r e a d i n g s and is now finishing a book. That will be followed by a book tour in 2020. Her approachable style is furthered by knowing that she is a passionate cook, loves writing poetry and belly dancing. And yes, she does watch all the TV medium shows and particularly likes The Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. Boyd offers a monthly Meditate and Donate event at River Tree Arts (RTA) in Kennebunk for aide-based non-profits. The next free session is on July 11 at 7 PM; donations are welcome, not required. The evening involves mediation, breathing and chanting, followed by some open readings. Space is limited; reservations required through RTA. You can also join on Facebook Live at facebook.com/MelissaVibrationalMedium/. Today, Boyd trusts her higher guidance and with her business, Grow Your Knowing. She offers services including personal readings, business-coaching sessions and intuition-building workshops. Clients across the globe keep coming back for her down-to-earth energy, strategic visions and real-world credibility. Interested in hearing more about her senses and the unseen world? Schedule some time with her – but don’t expect to get in until October – as that’s how far out she is booked. Oh yeah, it’s worth the wait. FYI: Melissaboyd.net/11 York Street, Kennebunk Writer’s note: I never met Melissa before the interview, but long knew of her gift. A week before the interview, I told three gal pals and my son that I thought my dearly departed Dad would come through. I was told not to expect that. Well, at the very least, it had me thinking about Dad leading up to my interview. With tempered expectations, in the middle of my interview, she asked if she could read me because something was coming through. Of course, I said. Who is JJ? That’s me, JoJo (my Dad’s pet nickname for me); she said, he was there and very strong (yep, nailed it) and he knew that I missed him as we were very close and that he was proud of me. Then: she said, he wants to tell you about when you were very young: “Encyclopedia Britannica.” Melissa could not know this. As a young child, I would read the red-bound junior Encyclopedia Britannica set we had, sit on Dad’s lap and point out the cool items to him. That personal message hasn’t been discussed in more than 50 years. Borrowing from the Monkees 1966 song title: “I’m a Believer,” the truth is I always was. Namaste.