Drunk called Russel reincarnated as medium named Charmaine
WHILE she is rated on the website hubpages.com as one of the top 10 psychic mediums in the world, Charmaine Wilson is quick to distance herself from the word 'psychic'.
"I don't tell people their future, I'm a medium," she said.
Ms Wilson said she bridges the gap between people who have passed and those who are still grieving, in order to help heal the living so that they can get on with their lives.
"It's not that I'm not psychic, I just don't see the point in telling people what to do with their lives," she said.
"I think people place far too much power in other people's hands.
"You should be responsible for your own choices and not leave it to the psychic."
It's not that I'm not psychic, I just don't see the point in telling people what to do with their lives
While she opts not to predict peoples' futures, Ms Wilson is aware that many people remain sceptical of her approach.
"They've got good reason for being the way they are, I'm a bit of a sceptic myself when it comes to most people that claim they are mediums and psychics," she said.
"What I do seems to bring people a lot of peace and if someone can come to a show and I can help them carry on and have a happy life, what does that matter to the sceptics, how does that affect them?"
Ms Wilson didn't discover her abilities until she was 38 after "falling over" a number of times.
Her brother died when he was 20 and her daughter was killed in a drink-driving incident.
By the time she was 23, Ms Wilson had lost some key figures in her life and subsequently developed drug and alcohol issues.
"I fell down after my daughter died in my 20s and I fell down in my 30s," she said.
Ms Wilson said it was then that her vocation became clear, revealing she heard a voice asking her if she wanted a job. She replied that she did.
Ms Wilson said the voice told her to call the Amberley Air Force base and ask for Steve. Steve was surprised, asking her how she knew about the job as it had only been available for half an hour.
The job was driving the smoko van and the lines got longer and longer as people got their snacks and soul food in one.
Since then she has appeared on television, written two books and developed a growing fan base.
When asked if she believes in reincarnation, Ms Wilson said that she had a past life regression hypnotherapy session and found out she was a drunk called Russel in a previous life.
Her candour is nothing if not entertaining and the key to her touring success seems to be her hard work.
"I just work hard. I don't stop working. Just because I got a television series it didn't mean I could stop working and that's the message; People get out there and live your life," she said.
Charmaine Wilson's Mystical Messages tour is coming to the Ballina RSL on Tuesday, August 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $40.