PHILIP Solomon is a man who could justifiably call himself a celebrity medium, but to my knowledge he never has.
When I interviewed him for WraithScape, I found him to be rather self-effacing. He pauses thoughtfully before giving answers, and only seems to want to say good things about others. It's hard not to like Philip Solomon.
Solomon has been described as "one of the finest spiritualist mediums in the world", and has given consultations to many household names over the years.
"My writing and broadcasting keeps me really busy, too", he told me. "I feel very privileged to be able to work as I do".
Again, Philip paused before adding: "I've met some wonderful, spiritual people … I've been blessed".
Like all good mediums, Philip has come in for some criticism from rabid sceptics.
He seems to just take it all in his stride.
Philip has written a column for Psychic News for years now and, as well as being upbeat, his writings betray a great deal of insight.
He has a good sense of humour, and even when recalling psychic incidents from his childhood, which obviously moved him deeply, he finds himself able to interject a dose of wry humour.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so they say.
Philip Solomon can certainly talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? I was about to find out.
I happened to mention to Philip that I had been suffering from an ailment that was starting to wear me down and I was getting pretty fed up with it.
"Would you like me to help with that?"
Never one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, I accepted his offer in a New York minute – even though I wasn't sure exactly what he had in mind.
It also crossed my mind that there couldn't be a better way of assessing someone's abilities than by personal experience.
"When we've finished the conversation, I want you to sit in a quiet place and meditate for a few minutes. Let's see what happens".
Well, the conversation ended and I did as Philip asked. I sat quietly, meditating for about 10 minutes, and the results were as startling as they were instantaneous.
The symptoms disappeared completely, and I'd find it difficult to believe that there wasn't a connection between what Philip Solomon did and the effect which followed immediately thereafter.
If we're to judge by results, Philip Solomon will certainly get my vote.
Philip's latest book, Guided by the Light, is an intriguing mixture of personal memoirs, the philosophy of spiritualism and positive thinking.
He claims to be just an ordinary guy who is blessed with a very special gift, but I think I'd have to take issue with that.
Later in the day, several hours after I'd interviewed Philip, I was conversing with a group of people in a spiritual development circle when one said, "Wow, who have you been talking with today?"
A strange question, you'd have to agree, but a telling one. "Why do you ask?"
"I don't know … I just get the feeling that you've been talking to someone with an incredible psychic aura."
Well, that did it. Philip Solomon? Approved!
Guided by the Light: The Autobiography of a Born Medium, is published by Apex Publishing at 7.99. ISBN: 1-906358-03-6