I had the pleasure to chat with Teen Psychic, Ross Bartlett this week, and believe me I was blown away. The nineteen year old from Southern England is the most calm, relaxed, spiritually centred, western-world teenager I have ever spoken with. Well, grilled.
To ease gently into my 2 page A4, margin removed, half line spaced, size 8 font “quiz sheet” I asked Ross about his tattoos. Well there is no getting away from them really. Each one, Ross explains, has a specific spiritual meaning. His right arm, decorated in painted stars, in varying sizes and colours, denote the connection to the spirit world. His left trailed and swirled with leaves and vine, symbolises the connection to the earth. On his back are a beautiful pair of angel wings, expertly applied by the ink toting craftsman. The angels are of course messengers, which Ross says is his specific duty; to deliver messages from the Spirit World.
Interesting; earth, angel, spirit… I ponder the symbolic reference, on a conscious level, and I seem to get it, not sure, what IT is but it’s like a knowing without knowing and no words can describe the resonance? Weird!
Anyway, the Teen Psychic, and qualified hypnotherapist, explained the tattoos are a significant reminder, to him, to drive forward in his personal knowledge and development. His tattoos also reveal Ross accepts philosophies from many different cultures and beliefs, with Hindu, Egyptian, Pagan and Christian symbols all present in his bodily art collection.
I asked the nineteen-year-old Psychic what he believes it is to be Spiritual. He paused for a brief moment, remarking he had never been asked the question before. Nevertheless, his response was clear, and in a nutshell warm and honourable. The teetotal, non-smoking, zero chemical using vegetarian wholeheartedly believes in only good thoughts, – as negative thoughts only lead to temptation – respecting and looking after both himself and others. Ross explained that being spiritual was about “understanding and compassion towards others…understanding yourself…and interior growth”
In other words, he believes that you need to look within, work on, and respect yourself. This young psychic, surprisingly, holds the same ethos as rock legend, Meatloaf: That you must work on yourself, making a concerted effort to look at “the man in the mirror”.
Moving on now to growing up – and developing as a Medium.
At the tender and, some might say, highly significant age of fourteenth, Ross began meditation classes at his local Spiritualist Church. Soon the church offered him a place in a closed (private) development circle. The circle taught him to open up to the Spirit World, strengthen his links and communication skills, and hone his clear seeing. They continued with the meditation, practising visualisation techniques and more importantly trained him to close himself down, so spirit could not pop in as and when they felt like it.
But what about life at school?
Ross explained his school was “very rough” but his life was not made difficult. Many of the kids found out about Ross’ psychic abilities through their parents, who had seen the Teen Psychic demonstrating his skill at the Spiritualist Church. The ones who knew he was clairvoyant were accepting and understanding, which I believe to be a rarity, given the non-spiritual setting. I also believe the support he received from his Mum, (who introduced Ross to the Spiritualist Church) his close friends and of course the church undoubtedly helped him greatly during, what can be, highly difficult and confusing years.
Through his website, I learned Ross was interested in Quantum Mechanics, so I asked him to explain his understanding of the subject – and how it relates to his work. The enthusiasm emanating from this young man was electric, exciting and made me want to time travel back to my science lessons, to actually pay a smidge more attention!
Ross described how Quantum Theory could provide explanations, on the different dimensions we live in and how we link with the Spirit World, through consciousness. “Science cannot connect science with consciousness” said Ross, “Thought and consciousness are the building blocks to our reality…,(and) without consciousness nothing else could exist.”
He explained the feeling of De Ja Vu as an actual memory. He believes that even before we come into this life, our consciousness had already made all the decisions on what we experience in this life. Ross continues, “There are an infinite amount of parallel universes, all with different choices and decisions.”
The picture I envisage from Ross’ theory is this; Imagine there are infinite number of straight vertical, never-ending lines. All the lines are dotted with markers – a bit like the London Underground Station “circles”. If you are currently on a particular path, but then choose a different path, you hop over to a maker on another line. However, it seems there is a catch to this theory, as we are not in fact flitting through life on some random joy ride, as our consciousness has already pre-destined the outcomes.
Ross, thankfully, injects a Star Wars analogy: Anakin Skywalker has a vision that his girlfriend dies, so he does everything he possibly can to change the outcome, by changing his decisions. However it did not make one jot of difference as the death was already preordained and would have happened regardless, because the decisions he believed he changed led to her eventually death anyway.
This young scientific, yet extrasensory, mind offers more theories and little gems of wonderment to ponder.””God” is energy, is all-powerful, is everything and knows everything…(God) is not governed, or restricted, by time. Energy cannot be created or destroyed because it is everything.”
“The act of looking for something will create something for us to find” is Ross’ brief theory on the Law of Attraction, whereby your thoughts create your reality. However, he warns, what is proven now may not indeed be truth in years to come. He explains that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was way beyond its time, at that time. However now that same theory, which has been spoon-fed into the mouths of (willing, I might add) science students for years has been proven to be wrong. He asks the question (which I joyfully label as a prediction) “What’s to say there will not be a radio connecting every home to the Spirit World in years to come?”
My vision? Ross Bartlett and Professor Brian Cox locked in a room for 24 hours (feed and watered occasionally of course) with white boards, marker pens, sticky notes and a laptop; just to see what mind-boggling theories and scientific equations they come up with!
Turning back to his work, Ross has appeared on BBC 3, demonstrating his Mediumship skills on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here star, Joe Swash. The Teen Psychic said he definitely enjoyed the experience adding; “It was something different, something new.” He states he is very open to the media, and indeed welcomes it, in order to reach those “who would not generally step foot inside a Spiritualist Church.” Nevertheless, he is selective in what he does, and comments, “It needs to feel right.”
For a recent psychic weekend event in Coventry, UK, Ross was described as “one of the country’s top four mediums.” In the event, he appeared alongside Colin Fry, Derek Acorah and Ralph Keeton. I asked Ross if he ever felt patronised by, what I described as, the “Old School” mediums. He replied, “No. They respect me as I have gone out there and done my thing.” Although he added “Mediums don’t generally get on with other mediums, (as there) is a lot of competition, ego and jealousy” He adds there is a lot of “massaging the ego, with autographs, people wanting to take your picture, people coming up to you wanting to speak to you.”
Over the next year, Ross will continue with his public demonstrations, in halls, theatres, pubs and clubs. The Teen Psychic will also be taking his work to Norway and Sweden, where he reports Clairvoyance is becoming very popular. He has travelled to the USA for private one to one readings. In addition, Ross has just completed the first stage of his autobiography, publication for which will be January 2013.
With his popularity increasing daily and demands for his clairvoyance coming in thick and fast, Ross still believes charging “over the top is out of the question” for what he does. As a full-time medium, he does of course need to charge in order to survive, but states financial rewards (or rather gain) “should be avoided.”
I asked Ross if he had any advice for the budding “young” medium out there. He replied:
“Be who you are – Reflect your own personality – Take one-step at a time – Practice, practice, practice – Remember why you started”
Ross made it clear that his last point related to the intention; if you develop to help people then you really should continue with that ethic.
In conclusion, for me, referring to Ross Bartlett as anything but a young man would be disrespectful, although the label “Teen Psychic” has really catapulted him into the fray. He is polite, kind, conscious of his own responsibility to the work he carries out, highly inquisitive, knowledgeable, forward thinking and, in my eyes, oozes humility.