Ghost buster weaves magic in Byron
By PATRIZIA REIMER
AMANDA TABER knows how to send ghosts packing.
Armed with a wad of sage for 'smudging' away unwanted spirits and energies, the Gold Coast-based medium was ghost-busting in Byron Bay on Friday.
Amanda was called to new-age emporium Bay Kaz-Bah to refresh the building's energy.
But when she arrived at the Shirley Street business, she felt the heavy air of an unhappy male presence who did not want to leave the place.
"Every place has residual energy and most places have spirits that come in and out," Amanda said. "And when people are coming and going they leave an imprint. Most of the time it's negative."
Bay Kaz-Bah is the latest incarnation for the 50-year-old building in Shirley Street, on the outskirts of Byron Bay. Over the years it has housed a car rental business, surf shop and kid's activities centre.
Karen Lindsay co-owns Bay Kaz-Bah with her husband Rob and long-time friend Karen Andrews.
The owners had not felt any heavy spiritual presence in the building, but were merely keen to refresh the energy.
So when Amanda called them on the shop's first anniversary of opening, they saw it as a sign to go ahead with the cleansing.
"And besides, I thought it would be fun," Mrs Lindsay said.
The process involved Amanda 'smudging' the store.
After a period of intense concentration, she said the weight of the spirit had been lifted.
"Can you feel that?" she asked the owners. "It's lighter now. He's gone, he went into the light, he's 100 per cent gone and that feels lighter now."
Amanda said she became aware of her ability to feel spirits when she was about 10.
"I just remember feeling people about me, it was always crowded in my bedroom at night," she said.
"Sometimes I see them physically, but mostly it is in my third eye. I treat it as normal and it is not scary. They cannot hurt you, that's just Hollywood's version."
Amanda said she had long since given up worrying about people who thought she was a crackpot or charlatan.
"I don't care if people don't believe me, I know what I see," she said. "The people who get me in are those who feel a presence and need someone to turn to, or are believers and want to clear a vibe."
Amanda charges $150 for a house call, but she said her fee varied, depending on the work required to cleanse a place.