Every once in a while during my spiritual journey, something big happens that I will never forget. These experiences are actually quite a few and far between, however, one of those very moments happened just last week, on 5thNovember, my 38thbirthday.
That night, I had a very vivid dream (to protect the identity of all those involved, I have changed the name below):
I was getting ready to meet someone and had dressed as if I was going for a job interview. I remember feeling nervous and was in a very large building, like in the City. I entered the foyer and approached the front desk, where a receptionist was waiting for me.
“Who am I here to meet?” I asked. “Nathan Davies” she replied and quickly scribbled the name on a post-it note and held it up to me, I could clearly see the spelling of the name. “Nathan Davies” I repeated and turned to see a young man, around twenty or twenty-one who had his brown dog with him. I remember his eyes and fair wavy hair.
When I awoke, I kept repeating the name in my head “Nathan Davies”. I have connected with a spirit via dreams in the past but never have I been given an accurate name before. I knew it was significant.
I asked my colleague if she knew anyone by that name and she confirmed she didn’t. I decided that perhaps it may be some message for me so I googled the name but came up with nothing really out of the ordinary. I then decided to pop the name into a Facebook search. Instantly I was drawn to a page called “Remembering Nathan Davies”.
When I clicked on the page and saw the photograph of the young man, exactly as I had in my dream, holding the dog on his lap, my mouth hit the floor. It was him, Nathan. I had a look at some of the posts on the page and I could work out that he must have died some years ago, however his mother was still badly grieving, she had only posted something on the page two days previously, detailing the agonising pain she was going through and still not being able to come to terms with her son’s loss. It was then that I realised what I had to do, Nathan had come to me for a reason, he wanted to get a reading to his mum, I felt compelled to connect with him again and provide her with a reading.
I have to stress, I would never ever normally conduct a reading for someone without their permission. This is ethically unacceptable. However, the extraordinary circumstances of this event in the way that Nathan connected to me, was telling me this case was different.
I looked on the mum’s facebook profile and could see she lived in Australia so knew that this would not be an easy task but I prayed that my reading would be received with the kind wishes intended, the last thing I wanted was for her or the family to think I was some fake psychic trying to pray on a grieving family.
I took the plunge and sat down to start my reading and recorded it on an App via my mobile phone.
After I had finished, I just wasn’t sure if there was enough evidence there and wondered what the hell I should do. But I told myself that I had to trust in this so I plucked up the courage and sent a message to Nathan’s mum via Facebook messenger.
After a day, I didn’t hear anything. I then figured that this lady may be older and not very computer savvy so I decided to try and find a sibling, which I did, on the remembrance page, a sister. I messaged her and prayed she would receive it.
A day or so later, the sister messaged me back. Initially, a little bit cautious (completely understandable) she decided to receive the reading and I sent it across to her. I must admit, I felt sick at this point. My main worry was that they would think I was a charlatan but all I wanted to do was get Nathan’s love across to this mum. It turns out that I need not of worried because Nathan’s sister kindly gave me some feedback, which I will detail below (bringing out the key pieces of evidence):
Feedback: The description of his personality was correct
Feedback: Nathan went to a bird breeding auction and ended up getting a dog before he asked the permission of his parents, he was 16 at the time.
Feedback: Nathan’s sister moved out 2 months before he passed.
Feedback: Barry was Nathan’s tutor
Feedback: Nathan’s sister confirmed that her brother died of something very rare
Feedback: This piece of evidence helped Nathan’s sister the most. The week that he died, they were meant to be going to a concert which would have been on the night he passed. They had decided earlier on in the week not to go.
Feedback: The smoke causing the illness has affected both Nathans parents.
Feedback: Nathan paid for some of his sister’s university textbooks.
Feedback: The house that Nathan lived in with his family was 10 metres from the lake.
As you can read, I was so blown away by the feedback but mostly by the intelligence and power of spirits that are living another life from this one. It is clear to me that Nathan wants to help his mother and family, however, he can’t get the message across. So he is using any medium that will listen, it just so happens that I connect very well in my dream state to a spirit, it also happens that I will always follow up a dream and a sign, which I did without fail and it lead me straight to Nathan’s family.
I don’t know if I will ever have anything happen like this again, but I hope that I do as in my opinion, it’s a fantastic way for a spirit to reach out to a loved one and another way for mediums to validate that life continues after we die.
Until next time,
I recently read an author describe anything to do with mediumship, paranormal, psychic studies & the occult as an “Underground Movement”, this is probably because when he started to have out of body experiences as he slept, in those days, the 1950’s, it was very much an underground group of people that he needed to speak to in order to research more about what was going on with him. However, I have to say that sometimes it still feels a little like that now.
When I realised that a lot of the odd things that have happened to me are not generally happening to everyone else, I decided that I needed to find some like-minded individuals that I could spend time with to explore what the hell was going on.
So how do you penetrate this underground movement? The first thing I thought of was to join a circle, but this is harder than you may think. However, once you have a connection to mediums, psychics and spiritual healers, developing from there on in is so much easier because someone knows someone who knows someone that runs a course of whatever it is you are looking to study. But getting in there is what can take the effort and finding the right teacher, is even harder.
Home circles started in the 1800s, mainly for the development of one individual and for others to come and sit and listen to the medium practice and demonstrate the existence of life after death through the work of their spirit guides. Typically, people would sit in a circle formation, hence the name.
Circles are still around these days, they can be open (where anyone can drop in and out each week) or closed (an agreed group of people that should attend on the same day and time each week).
Home circles are generally seen as the best setting, as it’s comfortable and the energy can build up quickly to allow people to feel at ease and a place of safety to develop their skills. However, the downside is that you get to know people quickly and with a lack of new faces, it can make your mediumship complacent.
On occasion, if I happen to mention that I am part of a circle, I can get looked at strangely whilst the person I’m talking to is probably imagining me joining hands with a group of strangers and summoning up spirits from the dead or planning when we are going to run off to Stonehenge and knock back some Cool Aid.
It couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s uplifting to be around others that have the same abilities as you and know what it is you are seeing, hearing and feeling. I have had so many wonderful experiences in the circle, I have been astounded at the evidence I have received from others and been gobsmacked and at times, almost euphoric when I have managed to break through the barrier of mind versus spirit communication and given evidence that has shocked me to the core.
There are conflicting schools of thought as to where the spiritualist church originated from, so for the sake of argument lets go with Wiki and say the United States in the 1840s. England also has a rich history of spiritualism dating back hundreds of years and some of the best and well-known mediums to date have come from our shores.
The churches are still around today and open to all that wish to go along to listen to the medium demonstrate evidence of the afterlife up on the platform.
I personally find the Sunday Service (Divine Service) a little too church-like / religious undertones, even though I must stress it is not affiliated with any religion other than the religion of spiritualism. But whether spiritualism is a religion in itself is open for debate, in my opinion, I think there is a difference between “spirituality” and “spiritualism” per se.
Anyhow, going to a church to see a (good and well respected) medium is an experience in itself and one I would encourage anyone to do if they are interested in this subject.
Schools & Affiliated Bodies
There are a number of psychic schools worldwide and proudly one of the best is only twenty minutes from where I live, The Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, Essex (www.arthurfindlaycollege.org). This college offers residential courses and workshops of all of the topics you can think of when it comes to mediumship and your psychic development, they have some of the best teachers from all over the world. The building itself, which was built in 1871 was gifted to the Spiritualists National Union (SNU) by James Arthur Findlay and started as a college in 1945. It’s worth taking a visit to its beautiful architecture and history alone.
If you are really serious about your spiritualist studies, you can take an exam, called the SNU Qualification which allows you to learn about the religion, philosophy and practice of spiritualism and will certify that you actually know what you are talking about!
Forums & Social Media Groups
Some Facebook groups have been such a good source of information for me, especially those on out of body experiences and near death experiences. What I started to do was read lots of books around these subjects and then follow the authors on social media and I have made so many good connections from doing this. When you see those other people, from all over the globe are having the same experience as you, putting it into their own words, but the same theme is presented over and over again, that’s a really good thing and is incredibly powerful when people like myself can be up against some very strong-minded individuals….which brings me onto my next point…..
Opinions, Views & Beliefs
Many of the most enlightening books I have read have been of true stories of medical doctors and scientists that have changed their belief system after having a personal experience with the afterlife. This kind of stuff really excites me, especially as I have always had my feet firmly in both camps (for example I believe humans descended from monkeys and evolved over thousands of years, however, I also believe that when we die we have a rebirth in another state of consciousness).
I used to get really defensive about my belief system and dare I say it, even angry at the non-believer. That doesn’t happen anymore. I would be a bit radical if that was how I behaved with someone who didn’t think the way I did.
I have come to realise that life isn’t about what you believe, it’s about how good your heart is. It’s about what you do, not how you think.
I still tread carefully when I tell people about my abilities, especially whilst still learning, as there is always room for error.
I have an example from just yesterday of when, sometimes, it’s good to speak up about things that I see and hear.
I was massaging a lovely female client when I looked up and felt like someone was watching me (not someone alive!). I sort of saw shadows and like something was trying to form, the reality was changing. I decided to tune into whoever this spirit was and this is what I got (clairvoyantly):
It was a man, who told me that he was connected to my client’s husband, an old friend, that was part of the bird watching group. He died unexpectedly, of a heart attack. He kept drawing my attention to a large framed photograph of a landscape on the wall like it held particular significance and I should mention it. He said the reason why he had come to visit is that he wanted to thank both my client and her husband for the trip they were about to take, some sort of memorial in his name and that he would be with them.
After I had finished the treatment, I asked my client if she would be happy to receive and validate something I just got from a spirit as I wanted to pass the message on. To my relief, she was happy and interested to hear this. After I had explained everything, she told me this:
One of her husband’s good, long-term friends had died of a heart attack a couple of years ago, on a plane back from Goa, India. He was coming back from a bird watching trip, they travelled all over to enjoy their hobby. My client and her husband are going on a memorial trip, to India in a few weeks’ time. The framed photo on the wall is one that he took, so it has sentimental connections to the dear friend they lost.
If I hadn’t have spoken up, my lovely client would never have got her message and the spirit would have wasted so much of his own energy.
When it works and communication is received, understood and delivered correctly, it truly is an amazing thing (if only it worked that well all the time!).
Until next time,
I have had many dream predictions over the years, in fact, it was the dreams that made me understand that I have psychic & mediumship abilities later on in life.
Most of them have been quite uneventful, like dreaming of a person I haven’t seen in ages and seeing them the next day, or some are helpful like dreaming that the window cleaner will be visiting (he doesn’t have a set schedule he just turns up) so that I can go and get some cash out to pay him – and he does turn up on that exact day.
I’ve had personal warnings as well, for example, I used to work for a big organisation in London City and there were a group of quite nasty women who enjoyed bullying people who also worked there. Myself and my colleague were a target for these women and due to the nature of our jobs, we had to interact with them a lot and they made our lives terrible at work.
One night I dreamt that these women would literally corner me on a subject and try to catch me on the hop so to speak as my colleague was away from the office and I would be on my own. My dream was telling me that I must be prepared.
So I got in that morning and got all the paperwork together on what I thought they would come to see me about and low and behold, the “leader” of the gang approached my desk and summoned me to a meeting. In hindsight, I should never have gone but I did and I was prepared and they tried to intimidate me however because I knew it was coming I was ready and it made it pointless on their part.
This is small stuff really, as I’ve also had dream predictions on bigger stuff, namely terrorist attacks. I dreamt of 9/11 (my first dream prediction) and I’ve had loads since the most vivid being the Paris attacks a few years back.
However, the most shocking for me was a dream I had in June 2017. I had the dream on a Friday night. In the dream, I was running from a terrorist who followed me up onto a bridge, where I could see people jumping off into the water.
Here is the problem: sometimes I dream things and they come true. Other times I have fear based symbolic dreams and they come out because I have an inner fear of being caught up in a terror attack. So, I don’t know if something is real or not until it happens.
When I woke up on a Saturday morning, I had a feeling of dread that I just could not shake. I had never experienced anything like it before. I have had anxiety in the past however this was different. It was deeper. I KNEW something bad was going to happen that day. I thought about my dream but I got confused and wasn’t sure that because I felt it so strongly that in fact was it my husband and daughter who were at risk? I was due to go into work in my therapy room as I had a list full of clients that day. My husband and little girl were going to spend the day together. I can’t remember where they were going but I remember pleading with him not to go and I even said I was going to cancel my days work planned.
My husband told me to stop being so silly and just go to work. So I did and I was on edge the whole day. I kept looking at my phone. I kept thinking about it and then it came to me, that dream last night, I just knew, there would be a terrorist attack, I just knew it!
I had just finished a massage on a regular client and before he left he asked me if I was ok. I said to him “I know this is weird, but I have an awful feeling that there will be a terrorist attack today”. He looked at me like I was bonkers and paid and left!
But that evening, there was an attack in London Borough Market and on the London Bridge. The feeling of dread only lifted when I turned on the news to see what had happened. My husband did acknowledge that I had been restless and worried all day and I came to the conclusion that the reason I had it so strong is because where the attack happened and the pubs that they stormed into are the places and exact pub he drinks in regularly in London.
I sent a message to my client’s wife as I felt compelled too, the fact I had told someone my prediction surely made it more viable? “Yes he motioned it to me, but he said, must just be a coincidence……………………….”. Story of my life, eh?
Until next time,
In the summer of 2016, I downloaded a book written by Cyrus Kirkpatrick called Understanding Life After Death. To say that I couldn’t put the book down is an understatement, in fact, I believe I read it in a couple of days (which is good going for me!). As well as having a life-long exploration of afterlife topics, Cyrus has experienced out of body experiences (OBE’s) and has been able to visit different planes that exist in the afterlife/spirit world. This being the basis of his book, as you can imagine, it was a truly fascinating read and so very informative for someone who enjoys researching on these topics.
As well as writing extensively on this subject, Cyrus is an explorer who has enjoyed visiting many countries as well as producing a documentary in North Korea. If you would like to find out more, here is a link to Cyrus’ website: www.cyruskirkpatrick.com
Cyrus has kindly taken the time to answer ten questions about the subject of OBE’s. You can download a copy of Understanding Life After Death from Amazon at this link.
An out of body experience is the perception of leaving your body and appearing in a duplicate of your own body. This may occur before or immediately after falling asleep, upon meditation or other factors. This can include moving up and out of your body and appearing (sometimes floating) in your bedroom.
Astral projection is a state of being in this out of body condition within a parallel dimension. This may include a great number of styles and environments. A distinctive quality is the perception of real (not dream-like) people.
The difference is that astral projection may not be preceded by the OBE phenomenon which occurs separately. Astral projection may happen during normal sleep and dreams, whereupon a lucid dream becomes an “astral” experience. However, the phenomenon of being in such a dimension may also begin with consciously leaving the body first. It all depends.
To understand this more completely, consider the concept that we are living parallel lives in another dimension, simultaneously to our own lives on Earth. Our brains pick up this life as a “signal” similar to a radio. When we sleep, we are in a subjective state created by the subconscious, and this is a particular station on the radio. However, as we sleep, we may experience a scrambled signal of real experiences coming from this other realm. This is why some dreams have a mixture of “junk” from our own minds and unexplainable situations in unfamiliar environments with unfamiliar people.
Astral projection is literally just the state of the radio being focused temporarily with complete clarity. Suddenly, the mind and body of your dual-life in another plane are linked with the mind of your Earth body. This is accomplished through focused intention during a lucid dream state – to remove the dream “interference” and see what’s really occurring on another realm.
Understand that your astral life contains distinct memories (an entire life) that is separate from your Earth life. When you astral project, it’s almost like you are “possessing” your other body, hijacking it with your Earth-thoughts and memories. To the outsider’s perspective, perhaps it’s like you’ve briefly gone kooky or are suddenly suffering amnesia. From your perspective, you’ve landed in an unknown environment, with unknown people. Although, sometimes your astral memories carry over slightly but dissipate once you “wake up, e.g.: you may have a great familiarity with where you are and how you got there – but find it hard to remember the details when it ends.
Original OBEs included sensations of electrical tingling in my body as I lay on my bed. This led to the sensation of moving up out of my body and observing my “duplicate” limbs rising up out of my “physical” arms. These happened for a while until I had my first “astral projection” trip where I felt myself being taken from the OOB state into a new environment – and discovering myself in a kind of temple in nature. More about that first experience I recount in my book.
These experiences were all the result of practice and a sudden onset of increased occurrences around 2014. I never had a true OBE prior to early 2014.
Yes, everyone is equipped with the mental abilities to shift consciousness between planes, but for some people, it’s harder. If a person is unable to dream, for instance, this is a sign it may be a much longer, harder process. I’d even hypothesize such a person may not be connected so well to an astral parallel life. I notice those people with a tendency to lucid dream are more likely to gain the clarity needed to consciously leave the body or become aware of an astral environment.
First, achieve lucid dream states. This can be done by habituating a phrase like “Am I dreaming?” until you, by habit, ask this out loud during a dream. This can kick your consciousness back into full-gear, putting you in control of a dream. Repeat this phrase 10-12 times a day until you begin repeating it during a dream state.
It’s then possible, while your body is asleep and paralyzed, to move your astral limbs out of the physical body, or look around the bedroom with your parallel eyes open (and physical eyes closed). You may also experience tingling or electrical sensations – and these must be fought past as it can be intimidating (it’s an energetic shift occurring as sensation and awareness shifts to your second body).
It’s also possible to gain awareness during dreams, creating lucid dreams. From that point, the “radio interference” will clear and you’ll discover you’re in a real parallel world. This is also an OBE / astral projection, just achieved in a different way.
I’m not. But I’ve been told I have a built-in clairaudient mediumistic ability that is extremely powerful, yet hasn’t been unearthed – interesting.
Do they allow us or do we just practice natural law? I think spirit people can facilitate their experiences. My best experiences were facilitated by other beings when I am gently tugged out of my body. They’re excited when an Earth person makes that connection happen . . . because it’s rare.
Wise folk say there are innumerable levels and conditions in the universe. For me personally, the majority of experiences occur in an astral realm I call the Second Earth. This is where many people who cross over end up. It’s essentially the same planet we’re on right now, but existing on the astral spectrum. It has all the same geographic territories, but is also very different, with its own unique version of cities and places – populated by an entirely alternate civilization. If you’re wondering where you will end up when you die, I would put my money on the Second Earth. But there are countless other possibilities depending on the soul.
No, but I’ve seen people dreaming in their bedrooms, out of their bodies and hallucinating. They couldn’t become aware of me.
Yes, just corroborations. I spied on my roommate before meditating cross-legged in his bathrobe one morning (a practice I did not know he did until I questioned him that morning). I also encountered a young man in an astral state once whom I questioned. I learned about his life on Earth and he gave me his full name. I looked him up on Facebook and immediately found his memorial page.
Until next time,