During the interviews, I always received the same question… how did you realize you could read minds?
For years, I was embarrassed to talk about why I became the mentalist, and I would avoid the question or make up some “feel good” story. I never wanted to discuss it, because the answer had to do with me being sexually abused as a 15 year child.
But eventually, I realized what happen to me was NOT my fault. I started telling people the true story, that when I was 15 years old, I was sexually abused by 3 different trusted men in my life.
As a child, I wanted to figure out how, I could see this coming before it happened AGAIN, I wanted to know what a person was thinking, before they acted on their inappropriate sexual desires. So I started to study how to read minds.
I noticed that telling my story had a strange effect on people. It gave THEM the courage to open up to me, and tell me their own horror stories. Secrets they kept locked away for years, finally saw the light of day. And immediately after telling me their story, I noticed a sense of relief would come over them. It was like a weight was finally lifted off their shoulders.
I realized my story had the ability to help others. It helped them by giving them the strength and courage to seek help. And after seeing those reactions, I knew my story had to be shared. So on October 31, 2014 I released my first book titled Making The Mentalist.
And soon after, the emails started to pour in. I gave people who read the book, the inspiration to open up to me, or more importantly, to their partners. I was blessed with ability to motivate others to start the healing process.
A few times I made public appearances in book stores, and read a few chapters from the book to the audience in attendance. I also give key note speeches on the topic. And when people visually see me reading the book, and talking about my experience, and they see my emotions come out, they felt even more connected to me and my story.
I wanted to figure out a way to allow others, who could not attend a book reading in person, to share that experience, and that is why I set up this little studio in my house, and I decided to read my entire book on social media.
I will be posting videos on a regular basis. Each video will be me reading one chapter of the book. If you just want to listen to the videos while you are sitting at your desk or while you are driving, it will be like an audio book for you.
But if you decide to watch the videos, it will be like I am reading my story to you. You will see my expressions and my emotions come out. I may show you additional photos that do not appear in the book while I read the story. Plus I may stop reading and add my personal comments from time to time.
All of the chapters in my book will be available to anyone who wants to listen to my story, and possibly gain strength from my story…. for free. To me, the message in the book is more important then the money I make from selling the book.
If I can help just one person improve the quality of their life, or if I can prevent just one child from having to go through what I went through, all this will have been worth it!!