Joyous Expansion Podcast Transcript – Deena Janel – Trusting Your Gifts To Live A Joyful Authentic Successful Life

Brett Dupree:

Hello Deena and welcome to my podcast.

Deena Janel:

Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here and I’m honored. Thank you so much.

Brett Dupree:

You’re very welcome. Excited to have you on. Says here that you are a natural clairvoyant.

Deena Janel:

Yeah, I am. Pretty cool, right?

Brett Dupree:

Yeah. That’s pretty interesting. How did you discover your gifts?

Deena Janel:

So I had really ever since I was born, as I grew up, I would always remember seeing things and then they would happen, or I would tell my mom, like, you know, the phone’s going to ring or this would happen. You know, I kind of suppressed them for a while as I went through, like my teenage years, even though I was always really interested in the metaphysical realms. But then as I got older and I started working my full-time job, they really started to explode. It was my full-time job. And my dad passed. Then they became stronger and stronger than being able to find things that I didn’t think that I would find at my full-time job and really started diving more into my intuition and started seeing more and hearing more amongst other things.

Brett Dupree:

What was so frightening about them? How did they show up?

Deena Janel:

I actually remember still being a young child. I’m going to say under the age of seven, I remember a very vivid dream that I had. I still remember that to this day and I actually thought it was real. It was so vibrant. I remember that. And I just remember just things like that throughout my life. And as I got older, after my dad passed, I saw my father after he had passed with my eyes open. I remember seeing him in the corner of my house with his wings. And he was in his tuxedo that he got married and to my mom, you look just like that. And I remember seeing him, like I said, with his wings and he was just telling me he was okay. It was amazing to me to see him would the way I did it took me back. But it was really awesome, to be honest with you.

Brett Dupree:

So are you afraid of being judged by your friends? When I came to this,

Deena Janel:

I was afraid of being judged by everybody. I have this huge fear and I was scared of what my family would think. I thought that they would think that I was crazy. I was scared of what my friends would think, even though they’ve always accepted me for who I am. Like I said before, I was always into the metaphysical stuff. They kind of had an idea, but it was still scared because it’s, you’re coming out saying yo I’m different. And some people don’t believe in this because it goes against religion or they just are very closed-minded and don’t like it. And that’s okay. Like there’s no judgment from me from that. But I was also very scared of work. One of my biggest fears, more than my family and my friends that terrified me,

Brett Dupree:

That people were learning. You’d lose your job.

Deena Janel:

Not that I would lose my job. I didn’t think I would lose my job for this. But what I thought was that one, they could send me for a psych eval. Two, I know I would get made fun of, and I did because it’s different. I have other full time job, I work in a very male-dominated profession who is very left minded thinking, not very open-minded at all. So it is almost irrational for this to be, even though they’ve used some mediums before, they just it’s different and different. Isn’t okay. In some rooms

Brett Dupree:

You kept on mentioning that you are afraid that people will think you’re crazy. How did you know that you weren’t?

Deena Janel:

I began to trust it more because I wasn’t hearing when they speak to me, they’re not telling me anything bad. They’re not telling me to harm anybody, anything to do anything harmful. They’re telling me good things. They’re telling me uplifting. They’re telling me things of hope. They’re giving me messages to help heal people, to help find things, to help solve problems. And they’re also showing me evidence of that because I am an evidential medium. Like when I had souls come through from the other side that has passed, they would give me things that they had given somebody or that they had said to somebody or that they showed me how they looked like. So how can you deny that? I knew I wasn’t crazy. I knew that there was nothing wrong with me in that aspect.

Brett Dupree:

So how’d you gone about deciding to embrace your gifts?

Deena Janel:

Well, I always knew it was a part of me, but that fear always held me back because of what would other people think? Because it’s different. It’s something that people don’t talk about because of fear of judgment of society. In some sense, even though it’s, I think it’s becoming more of a norm. Now, those things still held me back, you know? Cause you do want people to accept you. I had to push it all aside and I just had to move forward. So I had to do it.

Brett Dupree:

How’d you do that?

Deena Janel:

So what I did was I started to, I always read books on these topics. Then I started to take a class on how to develop my gifts. And I developed my gifts quickly. Spirit only gives you what you can handle and when it’s at the right time, apparently, it was the right time because I just developed incredibly quickly.

Deena Janel:

I learned to trust it and what they were giving me. I would meditate all the time. That’s something that I always do and try to do. Every day is to meditate. I practiced constantly every day I would practice.

Brett Dupree:

What did you do to practice your gifts?

Deena Janel:

I would practice with people. I would go online, go to different sites where you can practice. You can learn there are groups all over Facebook and just different domains. You can go to where people talk about anything that physical, we can practice here and their strict rules and were practiced with my friends. They had a friend that I would practice with and I would also do it at my full-time job, but I would keep it to myself. It’s not something that I would say to other people. So if I was going somewhere doing something, I might try to see or ask what was going to happen when I got there. And then let things roll out. As they may

Brett Dupree:

How’d it feel actually coming out and turning this into a business?

Deena Janel:

First thing was, it felt like it was the right thing for me to do. I know it was the direction I was supposed to go in. Actually thinking back. I remember as a child being like, I wanted to be a medium, I wanted to have my own business doing this. And I thought it would be really cool as I began to develop. I’m like, yeah, well, this is the goal. This is where I want to go. So to be able to push through it, I knew it was right because it just flowed the pieces coming together were easy for me. But there were still times that were very hard for me as well to go through it because the more I went into developing it as a business, the more I had to come out to other people. And this is where my fear came in.

Deena Janel:

I was worried about judgment from others. And I did receive that, but I had to push past it in order to get where I wanted to be for this to be a full-time business for me to live my purpose. And that’s the part that made it all worth. It was to push past everything that I was fearful of to be able to be where I’m supposed to be, where I’m able to serve the spirit, to serve people, and help them heal. So starting it to be able to do that felt good. It felt right. It’s where I’m supposed to be. But going through the process also was very hard emotionally because of the judgment from others, the fear of failure, the fear of I’m not gonna make the grades. You were worried that you’re not going to be good enough. Do you know? Well, I did anyway, or that you would hurt somebody or ruin her life. That’s not what I’m here to do. That’s not serving spirit or anybody. So it was twofold if you will.

Brett Dupree:

So you said that you, when you first started out, if you’re practicing on people, how did you move from practicing on people to accepting payments?

Deena Janel:

What I did was when I started to practice or when I was still in, when I was training, I guess you could say, when I was done that, then I have friends that obviously know about what it was and what I did. And they started, they’re like, Hey, we have, I have a group of people that want you to read for them with, do you want to do a party here or do a party there? And I’m like, sure, absolutely. So I would go and start doing house parties. And then from there came the private bookings and it just expanded like that a little bit over time. So it wasn’t like I didn’t go to zero to a hundred at all. I literally had to take every step, but that’s really how it started was my friends saying, Hey, read here. You know, I got somebody who wants to party. And I went from there.

Brett Dupree:

Cool. It’s nice being surrounded by supportive people.

Deena Janel:

Absolutely. I have to say, I’m incredibly grateful that the support my friends have given me, like none of my friends have turned their back on me from it nor has my family. They embrace it. They’ve helped push me and they’ve helped get me off my feet. They really have.

Brett Dupree:

I know a lot of people who are in spirit almost feels guilty for taking money. I’ve had that conversation before. How’d you feel about that aspect?

Deena Janel:

I don’t have a problem with it. I feel that it is an energy exchange as well. I don’t do everything for money though. There’s a lot of times I do things for charity. There are times that I will read people without getting paid for it because it’s what I feel like I’m compelled to do. Also during my full-time job, when I’m talking with the spirit or they’re showing me things, I’m not getting paid for that either I’m using it for the goodness of humanity to help people maybe to get to a means to their end or to help them. So something doesn’t happen to them or to help them solve a problem. So I don’t always get paid, but when I do, it’s an energy exchange.

Brett Dupree:

How do you connect with your spirit guides?

Deena Janel:

I say a little prayer before every reading that I do, or if I do like a gallery style or a big group type of reading, I say a prayer that tells them that I’m ready to start reading. I also grabbed myself beforehand and I really pretty much say the same prayer every time. And then I just begin and they just start saying things and showing me things. It’s like the light switch turned on after I say the prayer and ground myself.

Brett Dupree:

So what do you like most about being a medium?

Deena Janel:

I like that it enables people to heal and it helps to heal. I like that. It helps people to connect to the loved ones that they don’t physically see anymore in their physical bodies where they know that their loved ones are still watching them, hearing them a part of their life, which is incredibly important all the way around. It’s important for just the healing aspect of it is tremendous to me, it’s huge because I’ve been there myself with my father when he passed, I had a reading myself. I know how much it helped me just to process the emotions of him not being there anymore and for the healing aspect. And that really helped me with that. And to be able to give that to other people, I know what type of change it can create in one’s life. And that’s really important to me to be able to do that to people, to be able to help them with that. And the incredibly grateful spirit is able to, or I should say spirit gave me the gift to help serve them, to help that purpose.

Brett Dupree:

So in your information, you sent me, you told me you, you said, you said you were a no-nonsense reader. What does that mean?

Deena Janel:

So I give it to you how I’m being given the info. So that means that you might not like everything that I’m telling you, but I’m not going to sugar coat things. I try to say it as nice as possible, but I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’m not there to hurt anybody’s feelings. It’s not what I’m doing, but I’m giving you the information that spirit is giving me for the person’s highest. Good. Might tell you things. You might not want to hear

Brett Dupree:

That can’t always be easy.

Deena Janel:

Absolutely not a hundred percent. It’s not now I do not ask for bad things and readings. I have people sometimes who come to me who are very nervous if it’s their first reading or maybe their first reading with me and they don’t know how I were, it’s something they might be fearful of. Is, are you going to tell me death? Like, I’ll hear, like, I don’t want to hear death. I don’t want to know death. Or maybe some people might want to know death or if they’ll die or when they’re dying or if somebody in their family’s dying. Well, I don’t get that information. That’s not for me to have spirit. Doesn’t give me that info. It’s not for me to know. So you’re not going to hear that from me. That, to me, that’s something that is, I would not want to hear in reading myself. So I don’t give you bad or yeah, I would say like bad info like that. I’m not going to tell you that I’m not being told that. So that’s something that’s gets asked. A lot of me

Brett Dupree:

Curious. What makes somebody your ideal person to read

Deena Janel:

The ideal client? See, that’s hard to say, because I wouldn’t say that there is an ideal client, but because you get people from all walks of life. But I would say the person that would be ready to be read by a medium would be somebody who is open to receive whatever spirit has to give them who is able to listen without judgment and continue with the info to process it later. I think those are the best qualities or things that should be in place when somebody comes or goes to a medium for reading would be to have those things in place or be ready for that. If that makes sense.

Brett Dupree:

Fantastic. If somebody who’s listening is in their teens and they’re discovering their psychic gifts, what advice would you give them

Deena Janel:

First? If you’re in your teens? I would say if you’re interested in something like that, maybe read a book on it. Maybe look at joining teen groups about expanding your gifts, obviously with permission from a parent, of course. And I would also say to not go around and read people because you got to know ethics in this. When it comes to this, you got to be able to be mature with these types of things. And the situations that spirit might tell you and spirits not to be fooled or played with, really, you can, you don’t want to hurt anybody or hurt anybody’s life. So there’s a great responsibility for being given these types of gifts. So I definitely would not go around just reading people at all. It’s nothing to be played with, but you can explore it with the permission of a parent or reading books or joining groups. If that makes sense.

Brett Dupree:

No, that does. So what does it look like to work with you?

Deena Janel:

How does the reading go? Right. Okay. So when my clients come to me, I read in a multitude of ways. So I do email readings. I do phone readings. I do video readings as well as in person. My favorite way to read would be email or phone any way that I would say phone video, and in-person readings are all gonna run the same. First. What happens is I explained to my client how I work, how I receive info from spirit. I can usually tell if a client has a bunch of questions they want to be answered. If they want to go straight to the point with that, or they like to usually work my way, which is usually how it goes. So what I like to do is to, for the first half of my client’s session, I’d like to ask spirit, what would they have for the client without the client asking me any, this will be called it like a cold reading style.

Deena Janel:

So I just start talking and giving the information from spirits to my client without any questions. The only thing I really ask is, does this make sense? The client tells me yes or no. If no one wants to start to elaborate more of Spirit’s got more for me. I ask them just to help somebody understand what they’re saying now, after the first half, usually during the first half spirit answers the questions for my client, what they want to know. So usually I would say three quarters if not, all of their questions are answered. And then the second half, then I go into their questions that weren’t answered. If there are any or people on the other side that they want to connect to, if they don’t pop in, in the first half,

Brett Dupree:

Do you have any stories where you really helped someone or some success story that you’d like to share?

Deena Janel:

I’ll give you an example of one. It’s not the actual thing that actual happened. I’m just going to change a few variables in it, just because they don’t have a client’s permission. And I don’t put out people’s and felt like that. So of course, and this has happened a few times as an example like this. If I do a reading for somebody and let’s say they connect with their mother on the other side, and during the reading, their mom gave them a peacock feather and the person like a peacock feather. I don’t know why my mom would give me a peacock feather, like, well, it could be, she’s telling you you’re beautiful. Like, and looking up like the shamanic meanings of peacock, and that’s a message from her could very well be that could very well be something that you might see in the future. And you know that it’s from your mom. The client’s like, okay after that client goes home and walks into her bedroom and finds a peacock, feather on her bed sends me a text. Oh my God, you’ll never believe this. There’s a peacock feather on my bed. And that is just validation from her mom. That, yes, it was me talking today to you. If that makes sense.

Brett Dupree:

That’s really cool.

Deena Janel:

So things like that happen a lot, which I think is awesome. It’s just a validation of, yeah, it was me and yes, it’s true.

Brett Dupree:

We’re coming to the end of our time together. And one thing I like to ask my guests to give one minute of motivation. You can imagine this as if you are going back in time to your eight-year-old self, and you want to tell you everything, you need to be happy and joy-filled life, but unfortunately, you’ll have a minute until your plopped back into the future. Or you can think of it as condensing your life’s mission purpose into one minute, are you ready?

Deena Janel:

Follow your heart and your soul’s calling for. Then you will find your utmost joy and happiness as you will really step into your power and your purpose. When you follow your heart and soul, it pushes you to be true to yourself, your authentic, beautiful self. As you follow this, remember to never dull your shine or your one of a kind qualities for anyone or anything because of fear of rejection or not fitting in, believe it or not, more people will also embrace you for your rare qualities and believe in you and what you were doing in your life. And in your service. You are a change-maker, a leader, and a healer who help other aspects of themselves that they feel too vulnerable to unfold or reveal to the world. At the present moment, you are doing this simply by your actions alone, the ones that need you will watch and observe, but not always be vocal about how you have helped to inspire them to live their best life.

Brett Dupree:

Awesome. Thank you so much for being on my podcast. I’ve very much enjoyed listening to your story on how a first you were afraid of your gifts, or then you embraced them. And how very important it is to surround yourself with the support of people who can help you. Because when you do that, it just makes things in life easier and embracing your gifts to help other people through what they’re going through and to just live their best lives. So thank you so much for being on my podcast and thank you so much for everything you do for this world.

Deena Janel:

Oh, thank you. It was my pleasure. Very grateful for this. Thank you.

Brett Dupree:

May your day be special.

Inspirational Life Coach Brett Dupree (260 Posts)

Internationally certified life coach through inviteCHANGE, Brett Dupree envisions a powerful future in which people live in pure joy. He believes that there is a great transformation just around the corner and he coaches people on how to use passion and inspiration to ride the powerful wave of awakening that is sweeping this world. Brett has dedicated his life to the study of personal empowerment. He believes that real lasting change comes from changing from the inside out. Working with you one-on-one, Brett helps you listen to your inner voice to reach your goals with passion, inspiration and ease . He creates a sacred space that allows you clients to bask in the joy of creation. He will help you find peace and balance in their lives so you can transform yourself into a self leader. Using the power of intentions, the Law of Attraction and his deep loving powerful heart he helps his clients gain miraculous results.


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