Psychic Says Gift
Runs In Family

By Alonzo Weston
St. Joseph News-Press - Missouri

Some babies are born with a thin, filmy membrane of skin that covers their faces and heads. Surely doctors have their name for it. But since ancient times, lay people have recognized it as a spiritual caul or veil.
It's not really considered a birth defect, just a hindrance. It takes a little more of the doctor's time to remove the membrane. Once he cuts it off, he just throws it away. The face bears no visible scars.
But nothing happens without leaving some trace. There's a spiritual scar or reminder for those born with a caul.
Folklore says that babies born with these facial coverings possess psychic powers. Supposedly they are not only able to sense spirits, but are also highly intuitive. Some are even supposed to be able to foretell the future.
The doctor knew Joyce Morgan was gifted as soon as he brought her into the world 67 years ago.
Years later, Mrs. Morgan would find out that she was Dr. Kilburn's 1,000th delivery. It took place in an old nine-room farmhouse east of Kingston, Mo.
But something besides a number was special about Emerson and Opal Otto's fourth child. There was a thin, filmy membrane covering the head and shoulders of the couple's baby girl.
Dr. Kilburn knew that was special, too.
"As soon as I came through the birth channel, (the doctor) told my mother: 'Opal, you've given birth to a psychic child, a gifted child,'" Mrs. Morgan said.
Actually, the gift was a family trait. Psychic ability ran in the family - on both sides.
"My grandmother's mother had been psychic, she (my grandmother) was psychic, my mother was psychic and I was the fourth generation," Mrs. Morgan said. "I'm the middle child of seven. I'm the only one that let's say, uses it."
That gifted child grew into a gifted adult who now uses her powers to help people. For more than 20 years Joyce Morgan has used her psychic gifts to help police solve murder cases throughout the country. She helps find missing persons. And she helps clear homes of ghostly activities.
Mrs. Morgan has appeared on several TV shows including, "Sightings" and "Scariest Places on Earth." She's also had her own spots on local radio and TV shows.
Sometimes her abilities amaze even her, she said.
"It's just there," she said. "I don't know where it comes from and I don't think science will ever be able to figure out where it comes from."
No one has ever figured out what a person who can see ghosts looks like, either. Nothing eerily special stands out about Mrs. Morgan.
Her bright blue eyes are grandmotherly friendly. She smiles often and calls everyone "honey." And she's been married to John Morgan for 50 years.
Their split-level home in Kingston, Mo., has a few dogs and cats and lots of family pictures on the refrigerator. The kitchen smells like coffee.
John Morgan doesn't share his wife's spiritual gifts, but he believes in them.
"A ghost could hit me over the head with a hammer and I wouldn't know it was there," he laughed. "After she started using her abilities I was real proud of her. I still am."
Mrs. Morgan not only works with law-enforcement investigations. For the past few years she has worked with a ghost-investigating group from Harrisonville, Mo., called Miller's Paranormal Research.
The group averages about two ghostly investigations a month, she said. And not every paranormal inspection turns up a ghost.
"Not every house is haunted, but spirits can come and go as they wish," she said. "They're not dead. Life after life is what this is about."
Mrs. Morgan said there are a lot of misconceptions about both her work and the spirit world. One big misunderstanding is that ghosts are harmful. In all her investigations, Mrs. Morgan said she has never heard of a ghost or spirit harming anyone.
"They don't hurt you. Ever hear of a spirit hurting anybody?" she said.
And ghosts and spirits are not the same thing, either, she added.
Mrs. Morgan described ghosts as people who have died from trauma who haven't yet gone on to heaven. They are earthbound wanderers who will usually be dressed the same way they were when they died.
A spirit, on the other hand, has been to heaven or the other side, she said. When they come back to Earth, they're dressed in white and they glow, she said.
"They just glow all the way around them. They've been in the Christ light," she said. "There is a barrier there somewhere. I don't know where the barrier is."
Mrs. Morgan said that she suspects there's a good reason why ghosts don't go to heaven and become spirits.
"They may remain here because they have some unfinished business. Some will remain here because they're afraid of the judgment on the other side," she said.
Mrs. Morgan said another ghostly misconception is that animals don't have souls. Dogs do go to heaven and they can come back to earth in spirit form, she said.
"They're living, aren't they?" she asked rhetorically. "It's God's creation. My gosh, I've seen spirit dogs, spirit cats, spirit birds "
Mrs. Morgan said she considers herself a spiritual and God-fearing person. She said she always uses her spiritual gifts for good.
She uses prayer a lot when she clears homes of ghosts or helps find missing persons.
"What is stronger than the power of prayer? Nothing," she said.
Yet, passages in the Bible forbid believers from consorting with psychics, soothsayers and fortune tellers.
For that reason, Mrs. Morgan said she was kicked out of a church once.
"You can hurt someone physically, you can hurt someone mentally, but if you hurt someone spiritually, that's painful, very painful," she said.
"I've been religious all my life and yet churches will condemn me. How can they condemn someone who can help with a murder case? I always tell them you might need somebody like me someday."
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