BERLIN - Jennifer Shackford said she first started seeing spirits when she was a baby in a crib, growing up in Wallingford.
Her father thought she was just seeing “monsters” and made nothing of it, so she went through life not thinking she was any different.
After getting married at 23 and having her first child at 25 in 2006, she said she became sad at her corporate job.
“I was just a mom with too much on my plate” she said.
So every three months, she participated in Reiki healing - a Japanese method of stress reduction.
And then started meditating with the “Blessed Mother,” even though it went against the Roman Catholic faith she was brought up with at St. Paul Catholic High School in town.
Through the mediation, she says she learned to turn her connection with angels on and off, she said.
“It’s always been something I’ve battled with because I’ve seen things differently than what I’ve been taught,” said Shackford. “I still respect my Catholic faith and now I just use it in a different way.”
Shackford held a ribbon cutting for her Faith in Angels Healing Center at 314 New Britain Road at the end of March.
She actually started the business in 2013 after leaving her corporate job in 2012. It began with night and weekend classes, in various places throughout Central Connecticut, as she looked to to help others spiritually.
“It’s a one-stop-shop place, like a spiritual spa,” said Shackford.
Faith in Angels was on Farmington Avenue until she connected with Tracy McLeary of CT Realty Pros, who found her the larger, new location.
Several healers rent space to provide Reiki healing, massages, spiritual counseling, marriage therapy and nutritional counseling from a holistic nurse.
Shackford said she is a medium, and provides angel and aura readings.
“We all are dedicated to just giving love and healing, and being utilized in any way to help anybody else if they’re guided to come to us,” said Shackford, who added that she is ordained by the Universal Light Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Shackford said she’ll also hold classes and workshops for 15 to 30 people to teach them how to find “self-love.”
“I get a lot of people that come to me and say ‘I don’t know why, I’ve been in therapy for years. I can’t move. I feel stuck,’ ” she said. “And then I sort of hypnotize them. I talk to their soul. I’ll just help them. From there it’s crazy. It’s like the fog is lifted. It’s such a great thing to see.”
Shackford will also collect donations for the food pantry and hold fundraisers for various charities, like Good Cause Gifts in town, and donate all the proceeds to them.
“I truly believe if you come from a place of passion in anything with your life, it’s going to be successful,” she said of her business. “If people can just see your authenticity that’s what’s going to help somebody else perhaps find their passion or their drive in life.”
More information on Faith in Angels can be found online at faithinangels.com.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.