A retired U.S. Navy commanding officer who was skeptical of the paranormal until science proved everything is energy. Now living in The Villages and working as an evidence-based medium, she strives to bring the message that life and love are eternal.
“I used to be a goal-setter and now I am really content to just be in the moment and watch life unfold. I feel a sense of peace I never had until I discovered this greater reality, and the peace is within all of us. People go looking for it, but wait a minute, look inside. I teach people to find that peace, to find the love that we are, and what a beautiful way to live. It totally changed my outlook on life,” says Suzanne Giesemann. “I don’t get rattled by things that used to rattle me, and I really hope other people find that too.”
The best way to tap into inner peace, she says, is to carve 10 minutes a day to just sit quietly, breathe slowly, and try to empty your mind…when you find yourself reacting more peacefully to things that used to upset you, then you find your intuition is increasing.”
As the author of 11 books, the latest being “Messages of Hope,” Suzanne, 55, travels six months a year around the country teaching workshops and classes, providing audiences evidence of life after death and messages of love, comfort, and healing.
She has been doing this for five years.
“Suzanne is among the most gifted and among the most credible of any genuine medium I have had the privilege to meet and work with over the past 15 years,” says afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, PhD, and the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, a best-selling author, also endorsed her last book: “I have had sessions with Suzanne and I genuinely respect and admire her skills. She will touch you from a God-realized place, so pay close attention.”
“To do this work is such a different world—it’s life-changing,” says Suzanne, who has a master’s degree in national security affairs and taught political science at the United States Naval Academy.
“I jokingly say they would have yanked my security clearance if I discussed talking to the spirit world.”
She followed everything by the book during her 20 years in the military. As aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Suzanne flew on Air Force One with President George W. Bush, met kings and queens on world travels, and was in top secret hearings on Capitol Hill.
“I knew that it was going to be the coolest job in the world…my first week as aide was President Bush’s first week as president,” says the West Chester, Pennsylvania, native. “It was the greatest honor ever.”
She was also on the last plane in U.S. airspace on 9-11.
“Those of us on that aircraft were the only ones to see the Twin Towers and the Pentagon burning with our own eyes the same day,” Suzanne says. “It was something you never forget and just so shocking.”
They had an escort from Andrews Air Force Base back to the Pentagon.
“There was no traffic. It was just deserted, just our cavalcade going down the highway,” she says, recalling the Pentagon was still on fire and the hallways were dark and smoky.
“When we went outside to look at the attack site, I remember stepping over jet engine pieces in the grass,” she says. “To work in the building as it burned for three days was definitely life changing.”
A fellow Navy commander, who was one week shy of retirement, was killed in the attack.
“And that’s when I said to my husband, ‘Life’s too short not to live your dreams while you can.’ We had always dreamed of sailing our boat and leaving it all behind.”
Soon after, they sold their house and cars, and Suzanne and Ty sailed their 46-foot sloop Liberty across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Mediterranean for more than four years.
However, their lives were dramatically altered again by a family tragedy in 2007 when Suzanne’s pregnant stepdaughter Susan and her unborn child were killed in a lightning strike.
The day before they heard of her death, Susan appeared in a dream to Suzanne giving her the message: “I’m right here. I’m OK and my baby and I are fine.”
After this happened, Suzanne began meditating every day and reading books about the afterlife. She didn’t agree with what she read, but she felt compelled to learn all she could followed by spending two years writing a book about a medium and attending the woman’s class.
“[The medium] surprised me by calling me to the front of the room and said, ‘you can do this, too. There is a spirit standing here. What do you sense?’” Suzanne said. “I was able to sense a whole list of very accurate information about [the spirit] that there was no way I could have known, including his nickname, ‘Twinkle toes.”
She couldn’t imagine why that name came to her.
“Where it came from, in fact, was that I had been meditating for two years, and when she said there is someone here, I was able to instantly quiet the chatter in my brain and sense stuff that I had no idea was there,” she says. “I would not do this work if I were not able to bring forth things I possibly couldn’t know or guess. It’s wonderful—it has been a tremendous responsibility, but it’s an honor.”
Many people have told her she saved their lives. One grief-stricken mother whose son died recently reported finally being able to sleep through the night after her session with Suzanne.
“That happens all the time,” she says, especially after sharing messages from the other side from loved ones revealing things only the receiver would know.
During one session with her departed stepdaughter, Suzanne asked, ‘Show me something with your dad, your mom, or sister that I don’t know. Tell me something going on with your dad.’ Susan says ‘Well, he has a sore tooth.’ I turned to Ty who had no idea I had been talking to his daughter and I said, ‘You have a toothache?” He said, ‘Yeah, it started this morning but I didn’t tell you about it. And I said, ‘Well, your daughter knows’…I tell people to ask for signs, ask for evidence, and they will give it to you.”
She believes the paranormal is slowly becoming accepted.
“Science is proving that everything is energy, and really what I am tuning into is different frequencies. Each of us has our own frequency and I call it our ringtone so it’s not scary, it’s not woo-woo. It’s science, but yet there is a spiritual side to it in showing we are all connected, which is where the oneness comes in,” she says. “People have different belief systems and have been told what to believe by others, but I really loved when people can really go into the science and have their own personal experience, and that’s what transforms new life.”
Suzanne’s focus is to show there are more dimensions of higher consciousness.
“This life is not all there is. We do not need to fear death because it really is just a transition to another chapter in our ongoing existence, and those we think we have lost are not lost at all, they are right here,” she says touching her heart.
Suzanne notes evidence-based mediums, like herself, tell people how loved ones died, how old they were, what kind of work they did, their favorite pastimes, their favorite phrases.
“There is so much evidence [those who’ve passed] can show you that the medium couldn’t know. The beauty of evidence is that I don’t have to waste time trying to convince people who don’t believe. The evidence is there. I get physical symptoms in my own body when I ask [the departed] to show me how the person died. I’m like a human pin cushion, and I have pain in my abdomen, pain in the chest.”
Those on the other side are so surrounded by love, she says, based on what she feels and understands.
“Suddenly they see the big picture and they know their loved ones will be fine,” she says. “They know it’s only a blink of an eye until they are together again, so for them it’s peace. I know [the departed] feel their loved one’s pain and wish they could say, ‘I am right here. I see you,’ but it’s a peace that they know everything will be OK.”
She shares numerous stories in her workshops around the country.