I’m always excited and honoured to be invited to teach a workshop or do an event – but I draw the line at going somewhere where people get shot at. Case in point: Recently, I was contacted by a television producer to participate in a reality show called “International Psychic Challenge.” I was flattered to be asked and I was intrigued to represent Canada on an international stage. Then, I was horrified to see that the program would be filmed in Kiev, Ukraine.
Yikes! Isn’t that the place where there’s a little trouble involving tanks and bazookas?
Still, my curiosity was piqued. The email was from a woman who worked as an interpreter at the Ukrainian TV station STB. At first, I thought the email was a piece of spam baloney, like a message from CRA saying I had a $500 refund coming if only I’d send in my bank account number. Yeah, right. But I looked up STB, and the place does exist. Check it out for yourselves: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STB_(TV_channel).
In the words of Wikipedia: Today, the coverage area of the network is 85% of Ukraine's territory. It is broadcast in all oblast centers and all Ukrainian cities with a population greater than 50,000. It occupies the 1st place in the list of the leading TV networks in Ukraine.
Pretty impressive. At this point, I have no clients from Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan, but things could change…
The show’s producer wrote:
Mediums, psychics, clairvoyants, shamans come to participate in this show from all over the world. On season 14 we have participants from the USA, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, Australia, Guadeloupe and, of course, Ukraine. If you follow this link you will be able to see [the] 12 best participants of the 14th season: http://bitva.stb.ua/uchastniki/ (Unfortunately it's only in Ukrainian). The main aim of this show is to prove that people with supernatural abilities exist and, of course, to help other people.
Whoa, what a gallery! How could I possibly compete against Sergei Kobzar, who claims to have the ability to “cause rain and stop hurricanes”? (By the way, depending on which Internet program host you have, you can translate the Ukrainian descriptions into English. Unfortunately, some of the word-for-word translations come out as gobbledygook.)
I read on:
All participants come here for 7-10 days and go through three challenges, so that only [the] 12 best are chosen among all (it is pretty much like a casting). Among those 12, three participants are eliminated every month. Only [the] three best participants will stay in Ukraine for approximately six months, but of course there will be a short break for them to go home.
At the moment we are shooting season 14, but already [we will] start looking for people who would be ready to participate in the 15th. We are inviting all those willing to come here in July, 2015. We cover the airfare, accommodation and provide the food.
I admit, I was intrigued. And it would be a feather in my fascinator to be able to write in my bio “competed fiercely against mediums from far-flung places like Outer Mongolia and Bongo Congo in the International Psychic Challenge.”
But then I went back to Wikipedia’s description of station STB and read further:
There are more entertaining programs on the air, such as National Striptease Championship of Ukraine, reality-shows "The House" and "Starving," and the scandalous talk show "Restricted Zone".
Oh, lovely. I could just picture myself appearing on TV somewhere between a striptease competition, a show about starving people and a scandalous Ukrainian version of Jerry Springer.
In all fairness, Wikipedia notes that the direction of STB changed in 2005, and three of its most popular shows are now the Psychic Challenge, "Tantsuyut Vsi" (So You Think You Can Dance) and "Ukraina maye Talant" (Ukraine's Got Talent).
I could be a triple threat – after giving messages, I could put on a slinky dress and tango with Vladimir Putin, then play my clarinet on the new talent hour.
In the end, I decided I’d rather click my heels three times and say, “There’s no place like home.” I’m quite happy and motivated to stick around Ontario and be invited to give workshops and spirit-inspired message events in Markham, Mississauga, Belfountain and at Lily Dale. Please love for “Coming Up” on my home page to see the line up!
Then again, I bet I could get some killer cabbage rolls and borscht in Kiev…
If you have any questions or comments on this subject or on any other spiritual matter, feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please visit me again!