Mention the name Rebecca Rosen, and gasps are audible.
In Metro Detroit — where she will appear at the Berman Oct. 21-22 —and nationally, she has helped make conversations about communicating with lost loved ones believable to many who might never have believed.
It’s a well-earned reputation.
Those who have met Rosen in person are struck by her openness, often injected with an earthy sense of humor, particularly about her choice of career, which involves dramatically accurate and detailed readings.
Her strong and direct demeanor is likely fueled by the wisdom-beyond-her-39-years that comes with a whole lot of her own soul searching before becoming an enormously “successful” psychic medium — successful in that she has helped heal countless lives that have experienced loss, as well as ordinary people who need guidance in living a balanced life.
Since the Omaha, Neb., native appeared (as Rebecca Perelman, her maiden name) on the cover of the Jewish News in 2001, when she was doing readings out of a West Bloomfield coffee shop, the Denver-based Rosen has penned two internationally bestselling books (with co-author Samantha Rose), Spirit and Awaken the Spirit Within. She’s appeared on countless TV shows, including the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil and Nightline. She’s been married, had kids, divorced and is now engaged.
And most recently, she wrapped up a year of filming The Last Goodbye, which aired last month on the Lifetime Movie Network. The 12-episode documentary-reality TV series followed Rosen as she helped bring people together with the spirits they’ve lost and to resolve unanswered questions.
“They all had a story and a need for resolution,” Rosen says. “It was about me getting out of the way and allowing spirit to use me. Whenever I let that happen, it always comes together.
“[The producers] were so mindful of not exploiting me,” Rosen adds. “They allowed me to focus on the work and the healing, not the mediumship.” She is currently waiting to see if the series will be renewed for a second season. “I’m feeling hopeful,” she says, “but it’s in God’s hands.”
In the meantime, she continues working toward her goal of empowering people to take charge of their own lives and happiness. Calling herself an ambassador between the spirit world and our day-to-day world, Rosen “relays wisdom and insight from angels, guides and those who have passed on to people seeking answers in the here and now,” she says.
Racking up a waiting list for individual readings that reached eight years, Rosen has come up with alternative methods to reach as many people as possible. While making good on all scheduled appointments, she now travels the country doing group readings.
In addition to the large group readings for which she’s become renowned, she says. “I’ve created small group readings, with 8 to 12 people, and everyone in the group gets a reading. It’s not devoted to you, like a private reading, but you are guaranteed a reading, which you are not in a large group. These small groups give parallel connections and messages, too.
“I didn’t want to compromise the quality of the work, but I wanted to be able to reach people,” she says. “I’ve truly been guided to do this.”
After offering four small group readings in Michigan this summer, she says she will return soon for more.
She also has launched the Insider’s Club on rebeccarosen.com, a membership site “inner circle where people can go for resources and tools to help people connect to their own intuition, navigate through life and connect to their spirit guides and loved ones,” Rosen says.
“I had this dream of a place where people can go, like-minded people also on the path of ‘waking up.’ Everything I’m doing now comes back to that same intention. It’s a community for ‘lightworkers’ — people seeking to go higher and deeper in their own spiritual journey.
“Every person is born with a sixth sense, or intuition,” she says. “This is for anyone who is in a human body, who wants to further develop that intuition and connection to spirit.”
Helping people, she says, is always her goal. “My job is to empower people to have a sense of authentic faith. That’s why I did the show, that’s why I wrote the books,” Rosen says. “I think it inspires people to trust themselves more, to look within. I want to teach people to stop giving power away and start living a more balanced life.
“I was an everyday person,” she adds. “I found this gift when I was 20. But I feel that everyone has this ability, and it’s my job to help them find it.”
Also toward that end, Rosen is currently meeting with publishers in New York City to discuss her third book, which she hopes will be published by late 2016.
“It’s going to be like a day in the life with Rebecca,” she says. “I’m a normal person, with everyday responsibilities. I’m a mom, daughter, friend, fiancee. People always ask, how do you do that and not sweat the small stuff? Human beings have to deal with life, juggle earthly responsibilities, and it can be overwhelming and easy to lose the purpose of why we’re here.
“I want to help people to stay aligned in a spiritually aware place — to live life fully.”
By Lynne Konstantin, Arts & Life Editor
Rebecca Rosen appears for two large audience events, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 21-22, at the Berman Center for Performing Arts at the West Bloomfield JCC. $43-$68. (248) 661-1900; theberman.org.