Name: Cara Gilman
City: Sunderland, Maryland
Main Hustle: Intellectual Property Specialist
Side Hustle: Spiritual Medium and Reiki Master
How did you get started?: I have been a medium my entire life, but I didn’t start putting the puzzle pieces together until I met my mother-in-law. The first conversation she had with me was about spirituality, and she told me about her friend Laine who is a medium. From there I met Laine and ventured down a path of self-discovery. I started taking workshops and attending development circles for a few years before I started my spiritual business. Mediumship led me to Reiki, and the whole process changed my life.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I work in the evenings after my 9-5 job, Tuesday through Friday after 7 PM. I have more flexibility on the weekends between 9 AM and 2 PM. I can do readings online or in person, from my house, or I can travel within a 40-mile radius. I can send distant Reiki without someone needing to be present at all, and I also offer in-person sessions at my house or at a designated location.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Right now the challenge is time. I wish I could dedicate more time. Another challenge is that what I do isn’t conventional, so many people do not understand it. Also grief is such a delicate subject and something that a person coming to a medium is going though, so a challenge (but a necessity) is making sure that their grief process is honored in the best way possible.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The rewards are that I am able to use my gifts to help people who are going through a tough time, I’m able to provide a spiritual modality of healing, and simply I’m able to offer advice from a spiritual perspective.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband is my greatest supporter. He never doubted me for a second, and he pushes me to keep going even when things get difficult.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My greatest source of inspiration is spirit. I was called to do this work for a reason—the reason being bigger than I am. Spirit has always been there and is the reason for the healings that take place. There are great mediums, such as my teachers Lou Ann Beecher and Lillian Suarez, and the lives of great mediums of the past, such as Gordon Higginson, Estelle Roberts, and Helen Hughes, who not only set the standard pretty high, but who live(d) lives of service and exemplified faith in such a strong way.
Have you received recognition for your work?: I am a certified medium and spiritual advisor under Lou Ann Beecher and Lillian Suarez. The certification shows that I took their beginner courses through to advanced and that they monitored readings I have given for overall integrity.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?:
My dream is simply to be able to use my gifts in a way to serve the greater good.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
My advice is to just keep going, even when there is adversity, and use the adversity as a platform to support others.