I See Dead People in Puerto Vallarta

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Are you into spirituality?

Curious about communicating with a loved one that's passed?

Want to improve your life?

Read on.

nothing is random

Three days before 9/11, my plane landed at JFK International Airport. I still remember the cab ride with my now ex-husband to our new home on Manhattan’s East Side, 49th Street. I would be attending the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre starting on November 13th. An eerie and surreal timing (and a story for another day).

One month later I walked into a NYC Barnes and Noble and headed to the spiritual/self help section to randomly select a book.

The book I selected was "Trust Your Vibes" by Sonia Choquette. Sonia's been an intuitive guide and spiritual teacher for 40 years and has written over 27 New York Times or International Best Sellers, and teaches online and in-person workshops. She's a Psychic, which is probably still taboo to many; however she's much more than that - she instructs others how to tap into their guides and spirit.

this was the beginning of my spiritual journey

I've always been fascinated with spirit, psychics, mediums, ghosts; you name it. In fact, it was because of ghosts that I ended up moving to NYC to attend acting school (oh yes, another good story to tell at another time). Though I was never ready before to learn more about spirituality, my guides, my angels - it felt too woo woo - and none of my friends or family were into that sort of thing.

Since the 80s I started watching my girl Oprah's show and learned from all kinds of amazing teachers. I grew from a very very scared young girl to a confident woman, thanks to my mentor Oprah (though she doesn't know it).

Recently I came to this conclusion about life...


the workshop that changed my life

I moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December 2016. In the spring of 2019, I was running an errand in a neighborhood called Old Town. While walking on an unfamiliar cobble-stoned street, I saw a flyer, “Illuminate Workshop: strengthen your intuition, psychic connections, and open the door to spirit communication.” WHAT!? SERIOUSLY! DUH... yas yas yassss!

I was currently studying Choquette’s online course about spirit guides, so I figured this local workshop would be a great compliment.

Before taking the class in PV, I scheduled a reading with the instructor, Kennedy Morgan, who is a Spirit Medium (have you ever seen the hit TV Show, Long Island Medium? Kennedy is the Vallarta Medium)! I was hoping to learn more about my master Spirit Guide... and swear to God, the first thing that came out of Kennedy's mouth was 'I see your master guide and he looks like a warrior'! My mind instantly pictured a man wearing a suit of armor. Later in the reading, Kennedy mentioned that when he saw my Spirit Guide, he wasn't a warrior like an American Indian... he was wearing a suit of armor!

It was then that I knew that Kennedy's Illuminate Workshop was going to be life-changing.

rocket ship to spirituality

Butterflies swarmed my stomach during my first Illuminate Workshop class. Several of the students were experienced tarot readers, psychics, or had years of experience speaking to spirit. It was beyond intimidating.

By the second class I was speaking to spirits! Kennedy taught us that anyone can do this. It's like a muscle you build to get stronger and stronger - some people may be more naturally talented at it than others, just like some people are naturally more talented at sumo wrestling or playing soccer than others.

This workshop knocked my socks off! It came along at the right time in this magical place that I now call home. The workshop exceeded my expectations. I’m now confident to: protect my energy, raise my vibration, meditate with intention, clear energy in physical places, communicate with spirits in various ways, and talk to dead people… no biggie - haha!

The gems I learned from the class go on and on. Not to mention I met an incredible group of like-minded people. Kennedy was no-nonsense and he expected you to learn and learn fast - loved that!

Suddenly, I found myself reflecting on my previous major life decisions. A strong intuition and thoughts of spirits guiding me toward those decisions were always there, but that connection wasn’t a daily presence.

NOW, I ABSO-FRICKEN-LUTELY KNOW there are spirit guides and angels helping each of us - every day, ALL DAY. All we have to do is ask. I'm eternally grateful to Kennedy Morgan. You meet people in your life for a reason.

being in tune to spirit changes your life

Our spirit guides and angels are here to help us and are eager to do so. From finding a parking space to finding your keys... asking for help doesn't have to be for big decisions or assistance only. That's a huge misconception I was previously trapped in... I thought I could only ask for help from God/the universe with big decisions - and I didn't think God or the universe wanted to be bothered with anything else from little ole me!

Recently my dear dog Kai passed away. Words can't describe what a comfort it is that I can speak to his spirit. I speak to my grandmother. And you won't believe what celebrities want to speak to me almost every day... Prince, Alan Rickman, and Edgar Cayce (anyone in the spirit world knows him, he's also my husband's grandfather's cousin).

This may all sound cuckoo to some of you, to others, it will sound perfectly normal. I never imagined that I'd be able to speak to spirits before the Spring of 2019. I never imagined that some day I would be living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico either.


I still have a lot to learn about spirituality and am excited to continue on this path. I continue to have occasional readings with Kennedy. There’s always others whose knowledge is incredibly helpful and insightful, and Kennedy’s sessions on the spirit world has enhanced mine. His Illuminate Workshop is for anyone who wishes to strengthen their intuition and improve their life... the goal is not just so you can talk to those that have passed.

once you honor who you are, love yourself, are yourself - this makes a positive difference in the world. I said it earlier, I believe we're here to serve, by giving that special gift that only you have

vallarta keeps on giving

I met another amazing spiritual teacher in Vallarta - Deirdre Morgan (Deirdre and Kennedy have the same last name? Yes, interesting). She's been an intuitive coach and counselor for more than 30 years and is also a numerologist/psychic extraordinaire. Deirdre's specialty is zeroing in on behavior patterns that create blocks to feeling good. Besides our interest in spirituality, we have a few more things in common: she's lived in San Diego and she owned an ice cream shop on a beach years ago. She has an individual Empowerment Program that I signed up for in which she helps you become EMPOWERED WITH WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU'RE HERE TO DO. There's no better description!

While I’ve tremendously grown throughout the years, I was drawn to the program because I felt there was still some force blocking my full potential. Many mornings I'd awake with a sinking sense of dread and was unsure where it came from. Was that normal? Well, my husband wakes up and feels good, so it doesn't have to be normal. I want to wake up and feel hopeful about the day too.

And yes, I did ask my spirit guides for assistance with this. They sent me to Deirdre.

Deirdre's Empowerment Program is a WOW. I no longer awaken most mornings with that sense of dread. It's been replaced with a positive shift in my life - in how I view myself, relationships, how I view my power, other's power. It was an intense deeply profound program and quite amazing..

I know how fortunate I am to have met and worked with both Deirdre and Kennedy in person. You can partake in their magic even if you don't live in PV. Spiritual and intuitive coaches, psychics, mediums... they can all work with you just as effectively via phone or video chats.

I've listed my most favorite 'living' spiritual teachers and psychics in the FREE STUFF tab, including Deirdre and Kennedy's information.

does my character larleen think spirituality is cuckoo?

It may not be in your path to learn more about spirituality like it was for me. It IS in your path to honor yourself and be you, totally and unapologetically you. Would love to hear your experiences or recommendations below in regard to this topic.

xo Kathleen