Clairvoyant Tyler Henry talks discovering his intuitive gift, helping his family and his new Netflix series, Life After Death.
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“The idea that the bonds we create in this world don’t die when we do is important. Love lives on, and, ultimately, we can save ourselves a lot of regret if we communicate in the here and now with those we love.”– TYLER HENRY
How did you first discover that you were a clairvoyant medium?
When I was 10 years old, I woke up one night with a distinct knowingness that my beloved grandmother was going to die. It felt like a memory that hadn’t happened yet, and when I went to tell my mom, we were interrupted by her phone ringing. Upon picking it up, she was told by my dad that my grandmother had just died.
You were first introduced to fans as the star of E!’s Hollywood Medium and now you have your own Netflix series. What led you to bring your gift to Hollywood?
I come from a rural town in central California, so I would’ve never imagined as a kid that I’d go on to Hollywood. At 16, I set my sights on graduating high school early with the goal of becoming a hospice nurse. I did readings privately through word of mouth, and before I knew it, public figures from Southern California had heard about my readings and got in touch. Sarah Paulson was my first celebrity client.
In your new Netflix series, Life After Death, you get personal. Why was it important for you to use your gifts to help your family?
I did my best to use my intuition in pursuit of our own answers. However, it was all just too close to home to connect with as clearly as I would for a stranger. I found myself understanding how clients feel, in seeking clarity and closure.
How has your work changed your perspective on life?
A belief in a higher power and a continuation of consciousness has made life more enriching. I see how fickle life can be, how fragile it is, and it gives me a deeper appreciation for every day that I wake up.
Why is it important for a wider audience to see what you do, through your live shows and Netflix series?
I think validation is everything, and the live show readings and those depicted on the show all emphasize that. The idea that the bonds we create in this world don’t die when we do is important. Love lives on, and, ultimately, we can save ourselves a lot of regret if we communicate in the here and now with those we love. Tell them how you feel, validate them in the moment, and you’ll lessen your chances of regret for that which went unsaid or undone.