I first learned of Kim Russo when I happened upon a recent episode of The Haunting of… and I was absolutely dumbfounded. I could not believe the accuracy of the information that Kim Russo received from the spirit world about her client, comedian Tom Green. If you are unfamiliar with LMN’s Saturday night series The Haunting of…, world-renowned psychic-medium, Kim Russo, revisits locations where famous celebrities have had paranormal experiences. Kim attempts to explain the unexplained experience and often unveils surprising personal details as she connects with the celebrities’ loved ones who have passed over. It is absolutely riveting television.
I immediately set out on a mission to speak with this amazing woman and was excited to learn that in addition to her duties on LMN’s The Haunting of…, Kim has a new show called Psychic Intervention that premieres Nov. 22 on LMN.
Kim, why do you call yourself “The Happy Medium”?
Kim Russo: It’s not because I’m happy all of the time. That’s not the case. (Laughs) The Happy Medium is a slogan that I live by. I believe in balance. If you keep a balance in anything, you can get through it. There’s a balance between the living world and the spirit world. I like to maintain a balance in everything between body, mind and spirit. It kind of has a lot of meanings, but not because I’m happy all of the time.
One time in conversation, a friend was saying, “Wow, I guess you can’t find the happy medium, huh?” and I said, “You can find the happy medium!” So it stuck, and it was good.
Are you able to turn off your connection with the spirit world so you can have time for yourself?
I wasn’t always able to do that. It took me some time to learn how to set boundaries. I am able to do that most of the time. And when there is a spirit who wants to and is so determined to get a message through, I will honor that message because I know the amount of energy for that spirit to get my attention when I’m not listening. So I honor it. For the most part, it’s just like anything else; you choose to listen to what you want to listen to at the moment. There is a time and a place, when I start and I set aside time to listen to the spirit world. Just like if you wanted to listen to the radio, you turn on the dial. It’s the same idea for me.
Is that how spiritual communication manifests for you, like a radio?
It’s a frequency; it’s a vibration that I have trained my ear to hear and my body to raise into. So a medium raises her vibration into that frequency. We tap in, just like cellphones have frequencies. I am the receiver and the spirit world is the frequency signal. So yeah, I’ve trained myself. When a medium does this work, all we’re really doing is raising out vibration to connect to the signals that are out there in the universe. And they’re all around us.
When did you realize you had this ability?
I’ve always been sensitive. As a child, I saw spirits in my bedroom nightly. I was really young but a vision I had at age 9 is the earliest memory that I have where I can talk about the physical description of what I saw.
During my childbearing years, everything was very different for me. I didn’t have random visions. I was just normal. I lived a normal life. After my third child was born, it was like someone turned on a water faucet, and the spirit world came to me as if to say, “Okay, you had to have your children and that’s what you signed up for, but now you also signed on to be one of our voices.” They came to me and showed me that this was my path.
I struggled with it because of my religion, so it wasn’t an immediate acceptance. I really had to do my research, and I had to learn about this world, and this gift, and this ability, and I had to know that this is really not about religion at all. It’s more about energy, which is more scientific than anything.
How did you start doing readings?
The first vision that I had after I had my children, was of a young girl standing in the doorway of my bedroom. I was making my bed, and I saw her. She turned her head and I saw that she had a burned face. Mentally, I heard her say, “I died in a fire and I’m from New Jersey. Could you please contact my parents?” She took me by surprise, and I dropped all of my pillows.
When I told a friend what I had seen and that I was getting all these visions, my friend thought it would be really interesting if I would do a reading for a friend hers.
At the time I wasn’t doing readings and I’d never done a reading. I didn’t know the friend and I tried it, kind of on a dare, or a curiosity. I gave the girl the reading, and I just started to get vibes. I really thought the girl was lying to me when she kept telling me that everything I was picking up was accurate. I thought she was just humoring me, but it wasn’t the case. The next day, that girl’s brother called me and asked if I’d do a reading for him. He had lost a close friend and he wanted me to connect with that friend. So it all started as an experiment and that experiment hasn’t stopped. It’s really incredible.
Where did the learning and the training come from?
The learning came from the spirit world. Every reading that I did, I learned a little more about how the spirit world communicates and how I can translate it. We were forming our own language. They started showing me symbols and signs and each reading I did, I learned a new sign. Every time I saw blood in my vision, it taught me that they died of a blood disease and now I translate that as diabetes, leukemia or AIDS. I’m self-taught from the spirit world.
And after that, I did readings for an entire year without charging anyone so I could learn the language. I looked at it as a spiritual internship and I felt that I shouldn’t charge because I wasn’t an expert yet. That way, if my clients didn’t get what they were looking for; it wasn’t any skin off of their nose. All they would be wasting was their time, and I would be wasting my time. So for an entire year, I did my internship — reading people at night, when I’d put my children to sleep.
I still learn. I’m still learning every time the spirit world communicates with me. Each spirit has a different frame of reference. But at this point, I’m definitely fluent in their language, and I can definitely hold my own in a conversant and understand what they have to say.
I can imagine that when spirits feel how receptive you are to their world, they get pretty excited. Do they clamor for your attention?
Yes! It’s like when you go to another country and you see another American who speaks your language, you gravitate to that person. You’re like, “They understand me, and they understand what I’m trying to say!” That’s how it is with the spirit world. They see an opening in me; they can tell that they can get through to me.
From what I’m told from the spirit world, there is a light that emanates from the top of my head. And now I can recognize it when I meet another medium. It’s a funnel-shaped light that emanates from the top of the person’s head and the funnel shape comes from a point at the top of their head and it flares out into a funnel and it’s made up of light. And I can tell that someone is a medium when I see that light. I was told that it’s the same as how the spirit world sees us from the other side. They can see the funnel of light coming out of our heads. And that means that person is a natural channel that they can filter messages through them.
When did your communication with the spirit world start to feel real to you?
It wasn’t real for me for a long time. I’m a true, born skeptic. I’m from New York and you have to prove to me that what you’re telling me is real. I just kept pushing it and pushing it and really challenging the spirit world when I was first developing. I’d say, “If this is real, show me this,” or “Show me that.” That’s just my nature. I’m sure the spirit world and my spirit guides were probably so upset with me! They must have thought, “What is it going to take for this woman to believe us?!?”
I’m a Gemini, and Gemini’s always want to know the “why” of everything. That’s a Gemini, and that’s me. Even as a kid, “Why mommy, why?” I have to know why in order to understand something.
Now, I’ve been doing this for so long, and with so much proof, they prove themselves over and over and over. At this point, I just accept it.
I’ve one so much research on it and my own spirit guides tell me things. Now that I know how to understand the language, it’s like a little whisper in my ear that I hear it and it’s a thought that’s not my own. It’s pretty incredible that you can tune into to this.
The Haunting of… airs Saturdays at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT on LMN
Psychic Intervention premieres Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT on LMN