Interview with Contemplative Medium, August Goforth

Interview with Contemplative Medium, August Goforth

The Risen

This is an interview with August Goforth, Author of “The Risen.”

I’m delighted to host August Goforth on Powered by Intuition. I read his book and found it fascinating and informative. If you are interested in going deeper in your understanding of the afterlife I highly recommend reading it.

It’s apropos that I publish his interview this week with Valentine’s Day just around the corner as “The Risen” is also in part a love story that continues after the physical death of Timothy Gray, August’s former life partner.

1.       August tell us about your background?

I was born and raised in a remote area of the northern Appalachian Mountains. It’s still mostly near-impenetrable primitive forest, because the land is government-protected and will never be developed: It’s exceptionally beautiful and even dangerous in places. My father’s family, along with two others—each a particular small informal sect of what’s more formally called Amish—built the first church, a one-roomed log cabin there almost 200 years ago.

When my grandfather married an Irish Catholic, everything changed—I was taught by nuns and was the church organist from the age of 12 until 19. The sisters were good people but all of the superstitious nonsense they professed went right over my head, and instead I went into my own private trances whenever in the church—which was often—and probably how I developed as a contemplative medium. My father’s mother was known for being deeply religious and quietly known for what we would today call “automatic writing.” I was told that she would “get very still” (i.e., trance) and sit at the kitchen table and stare out the window while she wrote “inspirational poetry”—nobody was allowed to talk to her when she did this. She was a devout Irish Roman Catholic and transitioned when I was two. I often heard her referred to as “a healing saint” by many of the older villagers as I grew up.

My maternal grandfather’s family is said to be directly related to Victor Hugo—who was a medium himself—and my grandfather was the village dowser. They came from Germany, where Victor had expatriated himself. In spite of such a grand connection, they were quite unsophisticated and barely educated laborers. My grandmother was extremely high-strung and distrusted her strong psychic abilities—she was known for causing glass objects to explode or fall off shelves upon entering a room. She had many sisters, all who knew how to cast spells for healing and controlling certain weather aspects.

My special memories are of clearly seeing “spirit people” at family functions, especially when we had dinner at her house. While we ate at the huge table, they sat on the extra chairs along the walls. They were always wearing coats and hats, whatever the weather, and never spoke but always watched me intently and sometimes smiled and winked at me. I began insisting that the chairs be brought to the table so they could sit with me, and sometimes the grownups would actually do this for me. I never felt they were humoring me, but just somehow they felt it was the right thing to do. Or maybe they were afraid not to.

I lived with my parents in a large Victorian house that was already 75 years old when we moved into it. My grandmother would often manifest to me when I was alone in my bedroom, somehow fitting into a tiny rocking chair meant for children, silently watching me play, never speaking. I was a very solitary child for a few years until siblings began to show up, but never lonely. My best memories are of being in the huge brass bed at night, listening to independent voices talking and singing to me in the dark. After I learned to read at an early age my Risen companions began manifesting books which floated and glowed in the darkness above me, which I would read aloud with them as I lay with my head on the pillow, looking up. I can’t recall what the books were about, but there were colored pictures that moved. My guides tell me now that they were lessons about kindness, sharing, humility, and things to make me laugh. The voices eventually stopped as I got older, and I miss them.

Both families were very quiet, reserved, and quite unexpressive about “odd” things. But looking back, I see there really was a very strong shared psychic connection between many of them, which allowed them to experientially know what was going on, and so there was no need to discuss things—just lots of knowing looks but not a lot of smiles. I never heard the word “medium” until I got out into the world years later, and even then didn’t identify with it for a long time—not until Tim manifested when I was almost 40 years old.

Much of my childhood might sound idyllic and some of it was, but if I’m to be completely honest there was a great deal of unnecessary cruelty and suffering in too much of my life then. If not for the Risen people who intervened to teach and comfort me, I doubt I would have made it past the age of 17. I never fit in where I grew up, and on the rare times when I took college friends there they would wonder aloud how someone like me came from a place like that. When I didn’t answer, they would silently mouth to each other, “UFO.”

My immense love of knowledge and reading, combined with an insatiable, courageous curiosity about everything has led me on many wild and wonderful steeple chases over my life, which have rewarded me with several academic degrees and certifications, including art history, painting, journalism, music, herbalism, clinical social work, clinical psychology and shamanism, eventually resulting in finally hearing and answering my present calling as a psychotherapist.

2.       What is contemplative mediumship? How does it differ from mental mediumship or channeling?

I’m so glad you ask a question like this. I’ve done much research to try to understand the mediumistic experiences of others, and I’ve amassed a library of several hundred books on the subject, many over 100 years old. Far too many of the books by research scientists treat mediums as some kind of lab rat, or even an object, like one of those robotic gypsy fortune teller machines sometimes seen at carnivals—meaning mediums were never considered to be real people, but instruments to be used by others, including scientists, and in especially insensitive and even cruel ways. Nobody seemed to care to ask mediums what their internal experience was like, about their feelings, worries, hopes and fears. This is what I want to know when I read such books. It can be quite difficult to give exact explanations about what one’s own mediumship is like, so this may partially explain the lack of material on many medium’s personal experience and insights, but still, researchers seemed to care more about their data and less about the person—although finally this is changing for the better.

I ask that anyone reading this remind themselves that words and labels are not the things in themselves, and so my definitions are not the final word about anything—the authority with which I use them is wholly my own. My experience of spiritual contemplation emerged during my childhood, when I spent so much time in the hushed stillness of the deepest forests and in the quiet echoes of the many churches nestled there in the mountains, which were often empty and became important as refuges of nourishment. I found validating solace in the writings of certain Christian contemplatives—although I didn’t and don’t identify with any particular religion—but these were the writings I had access to at that time. I’d like to quote from our book:

“It is out of …(the) ever-flowing fountain of contemplation that my intuitive and mediumistic senses have evolved—the innate knowing that arises from my soul’s connection with the earth’s spirit, as well as that which has its eyes and ears ever attentive on Original Creator Source. These connective perceptions of a contemplative self neither need nor seek worldly recognition. The only seeking involved is that of an attentive awareness that is open to serving others. This expression of openness is what attracts the higher light-filled vibrations of the Risen…”

I also refer to my experience as a type of intuitive mediumship. One of my personal definitions of intuition is that it’s a form of communication with Authentic Self—a metaphysical and mystical experience. I see it as a kind of prayer-without-words, where information from the Risen and from those beyond Risen dimensions reaches me through spiritual inspiration. Awareness of such intercommunications depends upon the degree of one’s receptivity. Intuitive experiences may be brief and fleeting, but we can learn how to extend them to be in prayerful thought and communication for greater lengths of time.

So contemplation is the entering of the doorway within, and then following the trail of some inspirational phrase or idea; “for thinking makes it so,” to follow Shakespeare’s musing. This trajectory eventually trails off into places where words cease to exist and another mental way of being in the universe replaces brain thinking. I find myself at a final doorway—someone in a Risen realm has sensed me coming and now stands on the other side of the door. I often hear a gentle knocking, asking permission to join me. The Risen always ask—the  knowing of this is be a kind of test about who or what is there—but if we are not aware of this aspect, or not listening for and to their knocking—whatever form that may take—the door will not open. And it should never be forced.

Beyond the door is like entering a cavern of enormous space—infinite, actually, where the openness is one’s spirit heart, eyes, and ears, and the feeling is one of relief of coming Home. The silence then becomes the background against which the Risen and other non-embodied entities can project light and sound, which manifest as feelings and images. When felt, these feelings cause something within me—or maybe it’s just all me—to vibrate back in resonance. This is felt by the Risen, who respond with still more feeling. I often use the word “commune” instead of “communicate” because the experience is much more than just having a conversation with someone. It’s a sharing and merging of presence, of mind and spirit in an integrative way that goes far beyond a mere dialogue of words. Because there is no time and space in this shared communication—or “communion”—there is no conceivable limit to the amount of information that can be shared—which I refer to as “info-spheres.” (At the end of these questions is a detailed definition of info-sphere.)

But still, there are no words or mental thinking—yet.  Resting in this immensely quiet state of mind also stills the chattering ego-mind, which otherwise tends to cause all kinds of interference and confusion with its fearful and judgmental comments. Eventually, maybe quickly, actual words or phrases from beyond the ego-mind begin tricking up, like bubbles in an underground pool.  I initially respond to them best with mostly feelings, and then my calmed brain begins to be able to accept the information coming through the right brain without left-brain interference. Dialogue between me and someone Risen has begun.

Because this is primarily the state from which I received the transmissions from Tim and others for the material, it can be seen that the book is contemplative in nature, and therefore the best way to read it is by slowly letting it lead you as you read and savor each phrase. This will be very hard to do is you have your own expectations and agenda to begin with. In truth, the entire book was constructed—quite literally—so that each and every page, paragraph, sentence, and word is positioned in such ways as to stimulate very particular vibrations in the reader. There were strict rules that I had to follow about how to place words, end a sentence or a paragraph, and where to put a page break so that even if the reader is not thinking about the words, their eyes and then brain still perceive a spiritual shape or pattern. The pattern is the shape of the first door in.

One clairvoyant reader noticed something unusual as well, which might be called the book’s “landscape of resonance.” The peculiar aspect centered on a particular paragraph—although there were many others—which seemed to literally and physically project out from the page surface, as if three-dimensional. I had also noticed this phenomenon which reminded me of a raised relief topographical map, such as geologists use—but then I know how to look, having been so intimately involved with the material from the beginning.  It was clea, that we were seeing this “landscape” from some kind of spiritual sensing perspective, perhaps clairvoyantly. Because this was a first for this reader, it might be surmised that the book stimulated the emergence of this ability.

[Incidentally, this exquisitely careful construction of the book is why I encourage anyone who wants to obtain it to get the printed copy rather than the e-book, and they will see why we call it a splendiferous looking thing. The entire book, including the cover, the design, the different typefaces, were all chosen specifically by the Risen to stimulate existing and latent spiritual senses of each reader. Many people have reported back that this actually happens. The least expensive print copy can be found at a link at our website. ]

The contemplative way of being is actually a prayerful way of being, and so, among many other things, the book is a book of prayer as well. Most people are not inclined in this way due to their own beliefs or unbeliefs and thus find it difficult to relate to, or resist relating to the book’s material. One of the main backbones of the book is the element of dialogue—as its title says—which is a conversation. There are many conversations in the book—and not just between Tim and me, but many others. The book actually becomes like another person present there with the reader, and a dialogue begins between them. Where it goes is up to the reader, for the book was also designed to change as the reader changes. Tim says it is primarily meant for the future, and so it seems to me that those who do find some kind of significant connection with the book are probably ahead of their time.

This aspect of contemplation further defines the differences between communing and channeling—the former is primarily a 2-way passageway, and the latter is predominantly only 1-way. Many mediums these days can be described as “mental mediums” because the communications they receive take place primarily on mental levels. Mental forms from the Risen draw near or enter the mediums’ minds, which their physical brains then try to interpret into spoken or written words. Because many varying factors are often impossible to control or predict, transmitted mental messages can be quite difficult to interpret. The Risen must lower their higher vibration in some way in order to make sense on a human level, while mediums must raise their own vibration. Because many mental mediums are also gifted intuitively, they can access and comprehend messages on the deeper levels of the subtlest of feelings. These feelings carry much information in multi-leveled ways. Having a rich life experience and being knowledgeable about many different things is also very useful for mental-intuitive mediums in their work.

Another useful term appropriate to all mediumship is discernment, where the medium utilizes mental faculties, hand-in-hand with intuition, in order to arrive at a place of penetrative insight. Discernment takes interpretative aspects to higher, fuller levels of intuitional knowledge. At these levels the medium’s insight into spirit realities can be most penetrating, indeed.

I also have tendencies toward physical mediumship, something much rarer in modern times, although there is evidence of it increasing again as the twenty-first century unfolds. This is where actual physical manifestations of Risen energies materialize, usually in the physical presence of the medium. Certain Risen Ones are able to make themselves known in more direct material ways, from appearing on the earth plane in a visible, tangible body to other materialistic phenomenon involving energy in the forms of light, sound, and other physical elements. Tim and I have been involved in several Risen experiments concerning physical manifestations.

Many mental mediums are greatly gifted and can sense on various levels those who have recently transitioned and are still rather close to our earthly plane. Frustratingly, it appears that I am less able to do this. My physical, etheric, and astral bodies apparently vibrate at a particularly higher-than-average level. Not really much more than normal, but appreciatively enough so that my perceptions are expanded beyond the closer earth planes. I can often sense but not always clearly understand those in Spirit who are still relatively close to the earth. They actually have more luck by joining me on the astral planes during sleep and sometimes during trance where we can communicate more easily. This heightened sensitivity enables me to commune with those who have passed on to astral planes far beyond our earthly realm of existence, and even beyond Risen geographies.

When I initially realized my strange limitation, my first thought was that I should immediately begin to work to correct it. When I asked for help from Spirit in this, the wiser beings watching over me advised, “There is no need to move toward a place from which others are striving to move away.” So I was not to think of myself as limited at all—instead, I was already able to travel about less burdened in the higher areas of the Risen. Yet I still find myself frustrated at not being able to easily sense or connect with the newly-transitioned who are still closest to Earth.

Mental mediumship very often starts almost instantly with direct attempts as using brain thinking to start the dialogue, or at least to respond to beginning communication from Spirit. Often there is the idea that the Risen think as we do, so all we have to do is think at each other in order to communicate. Perhaps that is possible, but it is more difficult for me—although I can sometimes do it—but a lot of information either gets “contaminated” by the judgments of the interfering ego-mind, or “lost in translation” because of the many languages we carry in our head from moment to moment. For me, personally, such experiences feel like using a hammer to carve a delicate ice sculpture. I’d rather let go and float. The Risen do not use language or thought as we do, and it is very difficult for them to return to dealing with our primitive brain-waves and equally primitive feeling tones. If a Risen person is using human language and doing it well, this means they must be exceptionally gifted and even trained to do so. I am increasingly in a contemplative state much of the time, and I must note that it does not seem to be conducive to giving on-the-spot readings that are so typical of mental mediumship.

Mental mediumship and channeling seem to be more often compared than contrasted, and I do not formally consider myself a channeler in the way it seems to be meant these days. Here is how channeling is defined in our book:

“Channelers are individuals who, for various and often unapparent reasons, are utilized by other consciousnesses usually outside three-dimensional awareness, primarily for teaching and inspirational purposes. The channeling entities are usually from higher levels of evolved intelligence and compassion. Because they’re without material bodies, they’re primarily interested in temporarily utilizing someone else’s body, by borrowing their brain and voice, thus enabling them to speak to embodied beings. The channeling entity is almost always seeking to impart spiritual information, and often has never been human, in the sense of having lived on Planet Earth. Of course nothing is written in stone about this and any and all possibilities are endless. While in an altered state of consciousness—or trance—channelers may be completely unaware of the experience as it’s happening, while others are more or less aware of what’s going on through their physical and spiritual senses.”

3.       Briefly tell readers what “The Risen” is about and who, aside from you, are its authors?

I fully embrace the belief that life is meant to be easy, so will answer using some extracts from the handy description at our website and the book itself.  Many find the book’s density difficult and frustrating, but we ask that they think of the story of someone sitting outside the imposing door of a monastery waiting to be let in, and how that works out. For others we recommend, as suggested in Alcoholics Anonymous, “Easy does it” and “Take what you need and leave the rest.”

The Book. There are many extreme differences between the Risen and the non-Risen, and this book was manifested to attempt to introduce ideas, ways and means to understand and even change some of those differences … to become more (quantum) entangled with the Risen, and to realize how entangled one might already be.

The book is also about grief and loss … (The Authors) know that one can be led to personally experience that grief can be transformed into joy, which is also a transition to a new life and way of living. This book is for those who have not yet fully shut down, but still open to change for the better.

Many of the primary differences between the Risen and non-Risen are psychological, or more precisely, psychospiritual in nature. This book could be seen as a kind of “psycho/spiritual/logical” textbook and guide that introduces perhaps very alien Risen behavioral and developmental concepts about what a human being is, and the mental and emotional aspects that are interfering with being psychologically free enough to dispense with fear, in order to then spiritually connect with previously hidden or unsensed realities and other aware, alive, conscious beings in those realities.

It took August nearly 8 years of almost-daily endeavor to help the Risen group bring this book into this world, and he also has had to struggle with new concepts while letting go of old ones. Putting it into comprehensible written language was probably the greatest challenge of all, as the Risen do not use words as we do, if they ever use them at all.

The Authorship. The Risen Collective, which has been the primary force behind the orchestration of this book, is composed of over 1,500 non-terrestrial beings, plus inestimable terrestrial devas of various ranges of intelligence, status, self-awareness, and time-spans. All are colleagues in a cooperative of higher-vibrating multidisciplinary groups, which reside in spiritual geographies outside the normal range of terrestrial psychic access. This collective includes educators, scientists, healers, philosophers, and artists from multicultural and multi-temporal backgrounds of Earth and of other dimensional systems, and who have an intensely committed interest in the advancement of communicative relationships with those still embodied on Earth and in other dimensional systems. In turn, they are contributing this service under the direction and auspices of an even higher-vibrating gathering, The Risen Assembly.

4.       Explain why you say that “all of existence is a spiraling adventure that is open-ended, never finished, and undying?” (p.20, 39)

People seem to instinctually view life as history, and history as an adventurous series of cycles, with the same themes occurring over and over but presented in different forms manifested by the cultural and socio-psychological dynamics of that particular era. This is really a mental misperception and the sensed—and even feared—aspect of “return” gives us a sensation of a circular movement, or of “There is nothing new under the sun.” One metaphaphysical meaning of this saying from the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes hints that our human brain will project and perceive in limited ways while we’re on this planet and under its sun, which goes around and around and around, never deviating—unless we rise in some way above the usual way of seeing and experiencing life on the planet. Doing the same thing over and over, however seemingly novel, no longer feels like an adventure and so tends to get tiring and boring, like going around and around on a carousel 24/7. This is a mentally 2-dimensional perceptual experience of space and time, and most likely comes not from true higher-dimensional intuition, but from the instinctual mental limitations of a human brain, which cannot always see the forest for the trees nor the galaxy for the stars. Here, “instinct” is meant as a mentally unconscious physical reaction that arises from the nerve system of the body—which includes the mental mechanisms of the brain. “Intuition,” however, is meant as a spiritual response that includes instinct but also information from fields of awareness beyond the consciousness of the body. Intuition can also be conscious but is typically not as such in modern man, and is now primarily and unfortunately a latent ability awaiting to be awakened. Some refer to this process as kundalini, the awakening of the sleeping serpent or the Orobouros.

 In his book Tertium Organum, P.D. Ouspensky, the Russian esotericist who studied and expanded on the perplexing teachings of Gurdjieff during the early 20th century, presents an amazing little diagram on what is really happening when this circling is seen from a higher (or risen) dimensional perspective. We commented on this in one of our blog postings from 2006, Everything There Is To Be Known:

“The Ouroborus of cyclicality, the serpent devouring itself by its tail, the constant re-manifesting of self (not Self), is the seemingly eternal return, and perceived as cycles that begin as soon as they end—nascentes morimur—”from the moment we are born, we die.” Ouroborous is an archetype—an idealized model—a belief—of patterns, copies, emulations. That is, we return to the familiar, known and assumed, while attempting to resist or flee the unknown and the unassumed.

“At this point, the fact of time—briefly, however, unfortunately, a bit densely—must be brought in to impress this discussion in such a way that the two-dimensional aspect is carried through the third and into the fourth dimension. Brought into relief like a repoussé design, it will still be deficient as only an impression.

“…  because of the complexity of any conversation about dimensions and time, and self-imposed limitations of my own space and time, see the original chapter VI, page 59, in Tertium Organum.

“To simplify this and to incorporate the idea of Ouroboros, keep foremost in mind the image of a coiled serpent—which is a spiral—and which is also a key symbol by which the collective Risen authors intended to codify their book, The Risen. Above is an illustration used by Ouspensky to show the motion of a being, living a two-dimensional, cyclical (circular) existence through time, while the dimensions of three and four continue on around the being, who is in total unawareness of the other dimensions in which it moves and has its being. The being is actually a point on the line of its existence, and this line is generated as it moves through space. The drawing shows how the line becomes a spiral as the point moves through time.”

Confused yet? That’s good! For confusion is often the first sensation in waking up into a larger dimension, like coming out of deep sleep into a light-filled room. Paraphrasing The Risen, the spiral, like the moving circle through time, is the actual experience of Life—that all movement is, in fact, Life. There is evidence of this spiral everywhere in our physical existence— in pinecones, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, water spinning in a whirlpool, the shell of a snail, the winds circling the earth, the movement of blood through our body, the shape of DNA, the dancing of galaxies and people. So Life is a spiral—a relationship of matter, time, and space that leads to a continual transcendence of them. Life means change, which is transition. Our greatly slowed-down existence on Earth often seems to be a maze, wherein a human being seemingly struggles alone along an unknown path, while trying to discover one’s center. Yet it only takes a change in perception to realize we are never far from “the spiraling adventure that is open-ended, never finished, and undying.”

Very early on in the book, the Risen call attention to the spiral as a way of helping us begin to understand that we need not fear or struggle against transition:

“We will each begin this transition in our own unique way, and then we will awaken as a Risen One into a new world. Instead of continuing to manifest as a seemingly isolated island encircled by a sea of unforgiving loneliness, a new life-spiral and a new way of being will emerge. As these new beings, we will rejoin all whom we have ever loved and who have loved us, including many old and new friends and lovers. We will emerge as an integral part of an infinitely spiraling community of like-minded others, to dwell in ever-present joy, learning, service, and love.” (p. 7)

5.       In “The Risen” you recorded your actual conversations with Tim. Can you share the process for how this information comes to you word for word? (p.46, 53)

There is so seldom the experience of “word for word” in the way that you and I would communicate that I will venture to say that it’s not immediately possible in the way our limited thinking might wish. Much of what I shared about the contemplative process conveys the idea, which in my case was often prolonged and sometimes agonizingly slow when the information was being transmitted first by the Assembly, then to the Collective, then to Tim and his colleagues, and then to me. When information was coming just from Tim it was much easier. But as a talented writer and book editor on Earth, and a gifted word-smith, he was not about to let me get away with just any old word. Like many who are in love our relationship was often one without words, and still is and even more so. Earlier I noted that the Risen do not use thinking or words in the way we do—in fact, they don’t use words at all. So we had to develop ourselves individually and then together in order to learn how transform non-words into words, a process I dubbed “communing” and “discernment.”

Tim is one of only three others in Spirit that I will allow to enter and share my astral-etheric form in the manner that true channeling takes place, which enables me to produce words in a way similar to how an entranced medium’s vocal organs are used by Spirit. However, I insist that it must in a way that I can consciously participate, so it is like being in a deep trance but on a consciously aware level. Many years ago a very successful professional hypnotist who entertained on stage became a good friend, and came to the conclusion that either I’m in a consciously aware but deep trance state even when awake, or in some other heightened state that was beyond his experience and outside the influences of hypnosis.

So I actually hear and feel the vibrating energy we humans call words which begins on the most subtle, higher vibrating levels, which then stimulate the next lower-vibrating levels until they reach the physical molecular level of my body. Then neurons across the entire bodily nervous system—meaning the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as the endocrine system—become activated and produce some kind of light energy that carries information. The science currently termed “the new biology where mind and matter meet” has been able to verify and demonstrate the existence of these “biophotons” that are emitted and absorbed by our molecular systems and result in cellular intercommunication. Because of the brain’s neuroplasticity, if these processes are repeated enough new neuro connections grow, increasing brain density and thus achieving what we call transmutational connections between Risen and non-Risen. As in any learning process the activity must continue to maintain regular communication, or else the new neurocellular material will atrophy and cease to function.

And so my physical brain—which as a problem-solving organ is also a tuning and transmitting instrument—interprets the original Risen-emitted light signals that are now traveling through my embodied nervous system. The “field of Mind” which is individually mine and overlays my brain then discerns the interpretation and searches through the nonlocal library which is my memory for as near-exact a match for concept and language (nonlocal as is meant in quantum mechanics.) My mind then impresses the language areas of the brain with its conclusions. By the way, it is here where the problems caused by the interference of and undisciplined ego-mind begin. The ego-mind was designed and/or evolved to be a kind of filter for picking and choosing amongst the overwhelming amount of information incoming to the body. If we are letting it make such judgments without our awareness, all kinds of fiendish mischief will occur. Because Tim and I can merge our fields of mind, and have learned to quiet the ego-mind’s chatter, the resulting experience is rather like our hearing and saying the same words at the same time. Our simultaneous dialogue merges into a loving soliloquy, woven of many images, sounds and feelings.

6.       You mention that “there are many more finely-defined bodily experiences than just the three [mental, emotional and astral/etheric bodies] –they’re actually infinite in number.” Can you tell us more about that? (p.27)

A main function of the book is to stimulate the reader to ask questions such as these, but without providing ready-made answers that would prevent them from “the spiraling adventure” it wishes to promote. More than a few readers already know that I will answer their emailed questions by directing them to try what the Risen suggest—which is to go within, get quiet, ask, and wait. This is not some kind of hasty evasion on my part but rather an unswerving response that directly acknowledges the fact of infinity, meaning that the further in you go, the bigger it gets, and everything you need is there. What I can initially offer here is to ask you to conceive of expansion, rather than confinement. In our book, a “body” is simply defined as any form through which the individualized self moves and functions on some level (p. 21). Many us who study such things are probably aware that the countless traditions and belief systems categorize the embodied experience according to their cultural belief systems. Some cite there are three or more bodies interpenetrating one another, while others focus more on hierarchal layers or planes of bodily existence, such as the oft-mentioned seven levels of the afterlife. These are not facts but effects, or manifested ideas based on the primal law of causation and effect—what one believes, will be. Some people are apparently able to sense and identify many more bodies than just those dictated by a culture or tradition—and not just in people, but in minerals, plants, animals, music, art, anything. The shapes and forms cannot be limited in an unlimited universe of unlimited physics.

When there is an interpenetration of body forms, where does one layer end and the next begin? Upon the closest of observation it will be seen that there are no hard or even soft edges but rather only merging—and so there is no beginning and no end. Here we have a startlingly clear and direct revelation of the Great Truth which has been expressed as “that which is without beginning or end” and which is also the very living existence of each and every one of us, or “Thou Art That.”

7.       Different authors mention levels or planes that risen souls go to. You speak of “geographies” and maintain that they “share the same space with everything else.” Can you clarify the concept of “geographies” and give readers an understanding of where these planes are located?

Following directly on the heels of the last question, we will continue to keep the immense idea of interpenetration in mind while referring to what the book has to say on this concept. As noted before, labels like “planes” tend to be restrictive in definition, which is perhaps the intention in using such labels to begin with. They promote some kind of model of judgment that results in inclusion or exclusion according to some hierarchal plan. The Risen people that Tim and I have interacted with definitely acknowledge the existence of such separatist realms, with the understanding that they are not always necessary or permanent and serve some purpose to those who manifest them. The Risen Collective prompted Tim to share that “geography” is usually described on earth as an experience of Space-Time. Space appears to stand still while events are perceived to change by passing through it in a linear, timely way, manifesting impressions of past, present and future. Conversely, the Risen geography could be said to be an experience of Time-Space. Time appears to stand still, while space appears to change as one moves through it. Tim also used “geography” interchangeably with the notions of landscape, environment, and field (as in dimensional fields, or fields of resonance.) He demonstrated this in one of many information-packed phrases such as this: “This landscape is also the place I’m continuously waking up into. It’s a coming together, an assembling of the environment—or the ‘geography’ as you’ve put it. This continually manifesting environment reflects my awakening mind’s conscious awareness. This is the same as saying the environment is me, and I am the environment. My mind is my environment.” So time is one way in the geography where Tim is, and different in the time-space where he and I merge and commune.

Our book uses the idea of geography as a sort of umbrella term to denote an area of space that is identified by boundaries of any kind. Boundaries enable individuation to arise from the ground of un-individuated Source, and can be physical, mental, emotional, psychological, astral, etheric, luminous, shared, and so on. The concept of “many mansions” seems to be another umbrella term although one of stricter boundaries, if we are interpreting the word mansions as metaphysically intended.

8.       “Just as there are Risen Healers waiting for a call for help, there are embodied Authentic Selves ready for service. All are seemingly invisible until one makes an inner request for help.” Who are the “Authentic Selves? How does one reach them? (p.87)

Did you ever find yourself in some kind of trouble, and instead of trying to fix it by controlling the situation, just gave up, accepted your helplessness and cried out to the Universe, “HELP ME!!” And then some angel in human form just happens to be there or show up a minute later and rescue you in some way? Did you ever turn out to sometimes be the angel?

Whether or not you were consciously aware of the divine response to your human problem or even of your own godly powers, such events are Real. They are not contrived, cannot be duplicated, are neither delusional nor induced, but “authentic.” Authentic Self is typically undescribed by the Risen and left to stand on its own. The only way one can understand it (i.e., “stand under”) is to consciously feel one’s own personal, self-authored reality of being. I’ve attempted to provide some insight about Authentic Self using some of the material from The Risen in the Definitions at the end of these questions.

9.       Do the Risen eventually forget us and their human lifetime?

Some do not, while most do forget their old life on Earth—if not completely, certainly partially or imperfectly. It’s very much like when we don’t stay in touch with someone, eventually they fade out of our minds and then often out of our lives. It’s not much different for the Risen. Sometimes this is intentional because not everyone is necessarily interested in contacting those left behind on the terrestrial plane after their transition to a Risen geography. It’s noted in the book how the heightened reality of the Risen experience is so intense that many individuals quickly lose interest in earth and even forget they ever had a life there. Tim and others have told me that there are Risen who believe that their earth experience was all a dream—or a nightmare—from which they simply woke up. There are groups of Risen, including those who were once scientists on the earth, who maintain adamant skepticism that such a place as earth ever existed. When compared with their present reality, it simply doesn’t make sense to them and so they challenge others there to prove the existence of such a crazy-sounding place as “Earth.”

We see much evidence of this “amnesia” when discorporate people finally find a way to get in touch with us on Earth, primarily through mental mediumpship. They act very odd and unsure, unable to remember dates and places correctly—even their own name. It’s important to remember that unless they’ve been highly trained, as was Tim, lowering their newly-heightened vibration will be like someone’s first deep-sea dive. This experience has been reported by them as very uncomfortable, like “sinking into thick, muddy water,” or “being in a smoke-filled, airless room,” or as “a dimming and dampening of all light and sound.” The mental medium may also experience these same sensations by association, so their brain can become muddled and find it difficult to receive and respond. Further, Tim has shared that the Risen—at least those with whom he has interacted—do not need or use names to identify other individuals. And not only names of people, places and things, but many of the more abstract things we on Earth also take for granted, such as paid employment, insurance, money, disease and other fear-based “needs”—all which imply lack. Among many other things, the Risen eventually awaken to realize that there is no such thing as lack, and this, perhaps, along with the very different way they experience time,  may be explain why they often can seem rather insensitive to our very real earthly worries and disabilities.

If Tim and I do not consciously work at maintaining contact with one another, we drift apart, the signal fades, the picture gets fuzzy. It’s very difficult for the Risen and yet-to-Rise to make contact, and then to sustain it—if it was easier, a lot more people would be experiencing it.

10.   You don’t support the theory that we reincarnate. Why? What is your theory of how we progress and grow as souls if we do not incarnate again?

I don’t support it because I don’t need or want to. Tim knew I had no interest in even including it in the book, but The Risen Assembly did, and so he took on the assignment of researching and manifesting the final chapter, “The Pastime of Reincarnation” which turned out to be the culmination of all the previous chapters. (Shows just how much I was paying attention!) Because I do not feel that I could ever do it justice in my own words, I’ve made the entire chapter freely available online as a pdf document for any and all to read or download and save, and which can be accessed here.

But I will very briefly comment about progress and growth: They cannot be achieved backwards.

Tim also boiled it all down to three suggestions: 1) One’s reality is defined by three I’s: Individuality, Intensity, and Infinity. 2) Only one individual can claim that individual’s life experience. 3) When Original Creator Source gifts us with individuality, It always gets it entirely right the first time.

11.   You have participated in several “liberation dramas” or what we might call “leading earthbound spirits to the light.” Can you explain why some Risen become earthbound and how you receive the call to “liberate” the? (p.195)

The phrase “liberation drama” is used to indicate an inventive psychological strategy which is often used when a person becomes so trapped in their transition that they can no longer think or respond in free-flowing ways because they’ve become a victim of their own fear and ignorance. The intervention involves “staging the scene”—i.e., a drama—in ways that will capture the victim’s attention and redirect their behavior in productive ways that will liberate them. The rescuers assume roles as if characters in a play, and also assign a role to the victim, who will more or less accept it and so will follow the “plot” as scripted by the highly skilled and resourceful interventionists. The entire production is aimed at freeing the imprisoned person from their current situation and moving them onto the next “stage” of their journey. Although the situation is fictionalized, the stage, props and characters used will most likely reflect aspects of the victim’s life on earth, so as to seem familiar and logical and non-threatening.

Fear of “death” and ignorance or denial about life after the event are the main causes of interference of a person’s transition from a terrestrial to a Risen geography, thus ending up “earthbound”. Any intensely sustained, deep, fear-based emotion, especially rage—but not anger, which is usually not strong enough—or intentions to harm through hatred will effectively: a) bind a non-corporeal person to the earthly target; b) act as an anchor to hold onto while refusing to surrender to the absence of terrestrial gravity; c) render the person blind, deaf and numb to the reality of their situation, and to many outside attempts to intercept them.

Until fear is lessened and they can begin to gain an empowered sense of their new reality, they will be trapped in a self-imposed limbo. They might even refuse assistance, most often because they are afraid and misinterpret the well-meant intentions of healers. Strong negative emotions branching out from fear will form barriers, creating a force of repulsion that prevents healers and Risen loved ones from being felt, seen, heard, or sensed in any way.

Many of us on the earth receive the call to assist in reaching the earthbound, although we may not be aware of it because it happens while our body is asleep, and thus will probably not remember it upon awakening. I often receive such requests while asleep, but sometimes can awaken while still asleep and attain a conscious awareness of what’s happening, and then retain a fair amount of memory of it upon returning to the awakened body. If I or anyone receives such a request from higher-vibrating healers for assistance, it is because we possess some special relationship to the subject, and so they might not fear or resist us, or due to some particular spiritual talent. My mediumistic abilities as well as my training in psychotherapy and shamanism are such abilities.

As some of my close friends know, this past summer I received such a request in the middle of the day while standing in my kitchen. My 15 year-old nephew had just been “ejected” from his body due to a freak shooting accident, and some Risen family relatives had been summoned to greet and escort him to his new geography. As the drama unfolded, they discovered at once that he had never given any thought to the possibility of survival, nor had any beliefs about it, and so was quickly decompensating from fear and confusion as he stood over his lifeless body while his best friend and parents were freaking out, unable to see or hear him. Further, because our relatives had all transitioned long before he had even been born, he had no sense of their presence and wouldn’t have recognized nor understood them if he had. One of my Risen aunts, a very spiritual and no-nonsense kind of person, was in charge of the situation which now had turned into a rescue dilemma—i.e. a drama.  She called on me immediately for help, assigning me an intermediary role. There is more to the story, especially the exciting part where there were near-simultaneous validated spirit responses picked up by a mental medium and an EVP specialist, both on opposite sides of the globe—the details of which will be found in Isabelle Chauffeton Saavedra’s recently published book, God Consciousness. Synchronistically, her book’s forward was written by Dr. Melvin Morse, who also contributed the marvelous forward for The Risen.

12.   Can you give readers an idea of what goes on behind the scenes in order for us (human beings) to have a physical encounter with a the spirit of deceased loved one or in order for them to manipulate something such as a telephone answering machine?

I don’t see how it’s possible, although I’ve seen it quite clearly with my own clairvoyance. But what I see has no “fit” within our dimensional geography—there are no words in our language to describe what I’m seeing. Sometimes I’m reminded of computer graphic animation that seeks to demonstrate what goes on inside a human cell—it doesn’t look like that, but the shapes and movements are so alien in appearance that it’s the feeling of “shock and awe” that’s so overwhelming. Tim tried to describe some of the “Risen technology” in the book in ways that I would comprehend, and which seemed very science-fiction like but not too hard to imagine. But later he admitted that the imagery is really symbolic, abstract and even metaphorical, in ways my brain can conceptualize and perceive. His actual direct experience was entirely different and outside my realm of comprehension.

I felt quite validated at a physical séance—one of several—that I attended a few months ago with Kai Mugge, when Hans Bender, the Risen scientist who controls the medium and the séance, remarked quite clearly that we should not even try to strain our minds to understand what’s going on “behind the scenes” because there is simply no way to “dumb it down” for us. Further surprising validation came when he commented that the physical manifestations that we were seeing—the lights, sounds, even the ectoplasm—were actually “side effects” of what the Risen chemist-technicians were doing behind the scene—something we actually mention in our book (p. 150). This suggests that the real results the Risen techs were achieving in their experiments vibrated at such a level that they could never manifest at our level of vibration. My full report of those séances—which is quite lengthy and detailed, along with Shannon Taggart’s historical photographs—can be found online here. The next report that Shannon and I will be working on is about some mind-blowing apports that had been coming through on a regular basis with a physical mediumship circle that met for a few years in upstate NY until it disbanded not too long ago. Hint: Michael Jackson and Thomas Jefferson.

13.   What one thing or lesson stands out most in your mind as being an important take away from the book?

“Fear not, for Thou art forever free.”

14.   Will there be a sequel and/or what are you working on now?

The book, The Risen, is meant to last all the way through one’s lifetime on Earth. It is a living text and will continue to reveal information as the reader evolves and is progressively able to understand more. It also simultaneously exists on at least two higher vibrating levels, which I guess could be called “astral” —meaning that the printed book can be a window or door to these higher levels. I don’t know about the e-book, although a few readers have reported that their kindles and nooks have acted up after downloading the book. So there is no sequel.

However, there is another book in progress, one that focuses specifically on the transformation of grief and is meant for the grieving. It is much less in length but still rather intense with info-spheres. I don’t know when it will be finished. There also appears to be yet a second book in transmission, which is very weird even to me, and seems to be some kind of mystical manual for achieving certain Risen sensibilities while still on the Earth plane. I don’t know what will happen with this manuscript yet.

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August Goforth, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, is also an intuitive-mental and psychophysical spirit medium. Timothy Gray was a writer, editor, and photographer in New York City until he made his transition to his present Risen existence in the early 1990s. With two spirit teams known to them as “The Risen Collective & The Risen Assembly” they assisted in writing and manifesting a book, called: “The Risen: Dialogues of Love, Grief, & Survival Beyond Death—21st Century Reports from the Afterlife Through Contemplative, Intuitive, & Physical Mediumship.”

www.TheRisenbooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/august.goforth

DEFINITIONS (extracts from The Risen)

Authentic Self. Authentic Self is beyond language and increasingly revealed as it is “uncovered.” This self-revelation happens as we regain control of the ego-mind and its simulate selves. “Know Thyself” is the open-ended answer to the question, an answer that appears only as truth reveals itself through our individualized Self of Authorship and its various states of emerging awareness. The core Authentic Self will inevitably recognize the feeling of its truth in its various states, thereby recognizing itself as an immortal individualization as it moves inwardly from any felt point, ever onward. Stilling the incessant criticism of the ego-mind will eventually result in an awakening to the Hidden Observer, who is already very awake but just seems hidden, simply because it is much quieter than the ego-mind. When no longer hidden from us, it becomes clear that this Observer is Authentic Self. It is a direct channel to Original Creator Source, from which all individualities arise. It is a direct channel to Original Creator Source, from which all individualities arise. What are the qualities of Authentic Self? If such labels could be found and described here, the ego-mind would attempt to simulate them into personality traits, which the unaware reader would then pretend to have.

Ego-Mind The ego-mind is an obsessively opinionated, decision-making psychological component of the earthly mind-body. When the feeling of Authentic Self has awakened, all thoughts can be observed, accepted, shelved, or dissolved from a consciously aware stance. But until then, the ego-mind is in complete control of any rising thoughts. The language of a malfunctioning ego-mind is tribal and therefore fear-based. It subscribes to judgmental concepts that use words and phrases such as “exclusive,” “special,” “restricted,” “fashionable,” “better than/less than,” “best/worst,” “superior/inferior,” “evolved/degenerate,” “elite/common,” “chosen/damned,” and “new and improved.” Gossip, complaint, and criticism are its food and drink. It is motivated by fame and recognition, and fueled by envy and competition. Insatiably seeking entertainment, “gleeful” and “gloating” best describe its sense of humor, which is delivered with jealousy, sarcasm, and resentment. The ego-mind loves competitive contests. It enjoys attracting and manifesting disasters. The ego-mind is future-oriented—it cannot wait, and it worries. It worries about worry. Its language, couched in suggestions, generates anxiety attacks. The ego-mind will seize upon the body’s minor aches and escalate them into mental terrors and fantasies about disease and death. The ego-mind prefers to begin speaking with “I think” and “I believe.” It developed the ritualized practices of “say please and thank you” and “I told you so.” Co-conspiring ego-minds are responsible for the inventions of money, business, politics, capitalism, socialism, spectator sports, organized religion and other forms of war games; journalism, art criticism, bumper stickers, body dysmorphia, racism, sexism, homophobia, genderphobia; so-called “reality” shows and other Nazi-like experiments; as well as the destruction of the rain forests. The Internet has been co-opted almost entirely by simulate selves.

Awakened Authentic Self, while outwardly aware of these insane aspects of the simulated world around it, remains inwardly undisturbed and at peace.

Simulate Self.  Who are we communicating with when we are not communicating with our Authentic Self or with other Authentic or Risen Authentic Selves? For most of us, this would be the simulate self. This is the personality construct—or an artificial intelligence, so to speak—meant to be regulated by the ego-mind. These personalities are what we usually present to others while on the earth. We give them great value, and much energy is spent into making them appear as powerful and attractive to others as possible, which further increases a sense of separation. Trying to maintain a youthful appearance in spite of the aging process is one such example. “Clothes (car/house/job) make the person” is a typical expression of a belief in the power of a simulate self-concept that exists apart from others. In spite of the pain it causes, such separation is still believed to be highly desirable by most of our society.

Info-Sphere. Perhaps we can begin by reflecting Robert Monroe’s concept of a Related Organized Thought Energy, or ROTE, a kind of “thought ball of energy.” All the concepts encapsulated in this compacted energy form can be passed in one action from one entity to another or more. The information can be experienced and absorbed all in an instant, or stored for later access—a little at a time or all at once. It also possesses an organic, intelligent quality, absorbing new energy and changing from what it absorbs, producing more information. I sometimes see ROTEs clairvoyantly as balls of light, so I call them “light-information spheres” or info-spheres, if I have to call them anything. (For example)—Tim gave me a compacted, very complex, multi-sensory laden and layered educational recording with which I interacted. In an instant I experienced what Tim had experienced, and I now have a personalized, working knowledge of what Tim meant when he said he had looked into my astral-etheric experience. Info-sphere are a form of conscious intelligence, and learn and grow as they interact with other forms of sentience. They release more information based on needs, desires, requests and other aspects of evolution. It could be said that The Risen book is an info-sphere that is a collection of info-spheres.

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Mediumship: From Grief to Healing Relief

Mediumship: From Grief to Healing Relief

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Mediumship: From Grief to Healing Relief

(A Personal Story)

By Vicki C.

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One beautiful Monday morning in late summer, I woke with a start.  

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Something was off, Michael had not come to bed.  

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He often fell asleep on the couch and preferred to stay there until he woke up and came to bed.  This didn’t really fit my picture of how “things should be”, but I learned to let him do it his way and I also learned that I could spread way out in bed and fall asleep easily. But this morning he wasn’t there and it was very quiet in our home even though he was usually the first one up making coffee.

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I felt scared and I knew something was wrong.  

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He hadn’t been feeling very well the last few days and his back was in spasm which caused him a lot of pain.  Because of that pain he had increased his meds and showed signs of that.  Many times I had said to him when I saw the little mound of pills in his palm before bedtime, “Michael, I wish you wouldn’t take so many, one of these days I’m not going to be able to wake you up!”

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Of course he played macho with me and said he knew what he was doing, but I didn’t think he did.  He took pills for too many different things.  Pills for post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, physical pain in his back and joints, nightmares from Vietnam and pills to stop the itching because he had psoriatic arthritis. There were also muscle relaxers and pills for a tremor in his hand.

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He was not a happy man and hadn’t been for years.  His burden was too heavy and he no longer felt like the ‘real man’ that he once had been. I knew he was unhappy and wanted to “go HOME” but he didn’t believe in suicide and didn’t want to hurt me and his three adult children so he kept on going.  He listened to a lot of music because he was a musician, a drummer in his youth, and he was smart and witty but rarely smiled or laughed anymore like he used to.

When I went to bed on Sunday night I covered him with a sheet so the fan wouldn’t give him a chill. He was on his back and snoring quietly. I had no idea that was the last time I would see him alive.  

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We had planned a trip to Cancun, Mexico and we were both excited, although I was doubting that it would be as wonderful as I wanted it to be. He was just not in good shape.  The veteran’s hospital had pulled his teeth months earlier but it wasn’t until the week before he died that they finally gave him his dentures. He could barely eat with them and the all inclusive resort we were going to had eleven restaurants.  

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I felt very troubled about this disconnect from his reality but we had booked the trip and planned on going.  We both desperately needed the relaxation and the fun. Still, I felt off all weekend and so was he, something just didn’t feel right at all.

I got up out of bed, trying to ignore my growing dread and headed for the bathroom. I could see him laying on the couch from there and I looked at his belly to see that it was moving in and out.  It didn’t look like it was.  I was filled with horror but I went into the bathroom hoping I was wrong.  I just had to be wrong.  We had been together for 21 years and he was my life.  

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It wasn’t easy but we were there for each other and I somehow felt safer in the world with him by my side.

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I finished and came right out, walked slowly toward him and I could feel the emptiness in the room. He was on his side, his legs over the side of the sofa and both arms hanging down. A little sofa pillow pressed into his nose and mouth, as if he had rolled into it. There was no life there. I could feel it, there was no Michael there.

“Oh no honey, no” I whispered.  

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My insides turned to ice, he was cold and his color was drained. When I moved the pillow from his face his nose was distorted and the area around his mouth discolored. My God, what happened I thought, and yet I knew; he took one too many pills that night and his poor body just couldn’t take it anymore. When he had rolled into that pillow he didn’t have the strength to take another breath. I went into immediate shock and didn’t know what to do, this had never happened to me before.  

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This was my fear coming true right there now, now, now… My apartment manager, my friend Judy, she would be at work, she would know what to do, she could think for me because I sure wasn’t able to do it.  I called her on the phone, barely speaking, I told her, “Michael is dead!”  She made me repeat it as she couldn’t believe what I was saying. They always gave each other a ribbing in fun, both German through and through and both right about everything.  “Please come up, please come…”

“I’m coming!”, and she did, just as fast as her short legs could carry her.  She came in the door, hugged me then looked at Michael and called 911. She sat by me and held my hand and talked to me a bit, asked me a few questions, it’s all a blur except she was there and I wasn’t all alone with my departed loved one.

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Then she had me call his daughter and his son. The hardest calls I ever made. In their shock they said they would be there as soon as possible. By then there were six or seven officers in the room, police and fire officers I believe. They had lots of questions but were very gentle and respectful of my state of mind. In between I made calls to my own family who were also in complete shock. I told them we would talk later.

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At one point everyone left the apartment for a few minutes and I was left alone with Michael. I was able to hug his cold body and kiss his face and tell him goodbye. I don’t remember the words but I am so glad I had those few minutes to tell him I loved him and that I knew he was just passing on to a better place and he wouldn’t be in pain anymore.  

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Then the Coroner’s Office came and they wanted to remove his body. They asked us to step into another room to spare us the shock of seeing him lifted up and removed. I’m so glad they asked us to do that. I would hate to remember that scene over and over in my mind.


When the Coroner was gone and all of the officers, Michael’s daughter suggested we go over to her house so we could get our minds around what had happened. She also had to call her sister from out of state because she knew she would want to drive back with her four children to be with the family. We all left quickly, just wanting to walk away from the pain.


Later I called my friends and one of those friends was Angela. She met Michael once years ago and was shocked to learn that he had died. She offered a reading if I needed one when I was ready. 

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I was ready and so excited about us possibly make contact with him and finding out, hopefully, what had happened during the night. So we set a date for the reading.

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Little did Angela know that it wouldn’t be just me, but my three grown step-children also. I asked her if this would be alright with her and she said yes. As we all sat around my apartment size living room, with the phone on speaker on the coffee table you could feel the excitement in the room. It had been a very painful and confusing time for all of us.


And so we began, Angela went into her “space” and immediately Michael was there. In her mind she clearly saw him and told us where he was standing in the apartment, even though she had never been here before. He looked young and healthy again. She had told us that if he showed up he would place pictures, thoughts and words into her mind which she would most likely not understand. She would share these scenes, words and feelings with us and we would interpret what she told us.  

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Well, he came through with immediate “Michael” humor, and we all knew it was him. He stood by the patio door smiling and said, “So this is how I get your attention?”  He was referring to his adult children who didn’t conform to his expectations of staying regularly in touch with him or returning his phone calls.


From there the reading continued and again and again personal information came through that we understood and that validated that it was Michael. He made us laugh, he made us cry, he told us that he rose off the couch in the middle of the night and saw a man laying on the couch. He didn’t recognize him and he came into the bedroom to tell me about it. He couldn’t wake me and then he realized, in true shock, that he had taken too much of his medication and he had passed. He went back to the body on the couch and saw that the body was indeed him.  

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He passed and his mother was there to meet him.  He described how happy he felt, a bit dazed, but wonderful. His spirit hugged each one of us, he also bent over to show us how he could now touch his toes again and that his skin was clear.

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He had suffered with terrible back pain for years and had a severe case of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis all of which restricted his movement. He also suffered from post traumatic stress disorder from the his sniper days in the Vietnam War. Michael was and is a wonderful man but was a very injured soul.  

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We all felt so happy to know that his pain was gone, but as his eldest daughter said, in tears, “We are so happy he is well and feels wonderful we only wish we could have shared that with him here.”


He had much to say to us, as he had in life, and he told us we had all been blessings in his life and that nothing but love matters, and to have no guilt or worries because love is the only thing that you take with you. He told us he wished he could have seen all the blessings in his in life from behind his darkness and that he had a lot to work on. Then his mother came through behaving and looking much as she had in life, and took his hand and told him it was time to go, there was much to do.

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It was an incredible session. Each of us lightened up by leaps and bounds. Our hearts were happy for him and for understanding what had happened.  

His oldest daughter had been in terrible anxiety from the guilt of not having called him for three weeks. After the reading she was ecstatic with joy after he expressed his love for her. The pain had lifted and has never returned.

We all felt sad and shocked by his not being with us anymore, but that reading was a miracle for us. The reading gave us all such a gift, a way to let go and accept his passing. We knew, without a doubt that he is in a better place and free from this world of physical and emotional pain.  

We love you Michael, you were our blessing too!

If  you are grieving the loss of a loved one know that they can and will communicate with you when you are ready. Has communicating with a departed loved one helped you heal from grief? Share your experience with us in the comments.

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Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

AfterLife: A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife

Today I am excited to share a  fascinating interview with Victor Zammit author of, “A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife,” (published by White Crow Books) a book I cannot recommend highly enough.

It is a must read if you are interested in the proof that exists for the continuation of life after death. This is my second interview with Victor and I am delighted to welcome him back to Powered by Intuition.

Victor has collected mountains of evidence to support that our consciousness survives physical death which he sets forth just as he would a case before a judge and jury in a court of law. The evidence truly does speak for itself. Thank you Victor for your years of research and what must have been a massive effort to compile it all into this incredible book.

1. Victor what factors in your life led you to become so passionate about investigating the afterlife?

One morning in August 1990 my ‘psychic alarm clock’ went off! Without wanting to be involved in the paranormal, I began to experience aspects of psychic phenomena – e.g. some telepathy, knowing when the phone was going to ring. In one particular instance I remember, two of my clients turned white in the face when they came to my office and I told them where they had just been, who they talked to, and what they talked about. 

At that time I was regularly going to the Humanists’ weekly meetings. The Humanists were materialist skeptics who completely reject anything paranormal. When I tried to share my experiences with them, they would not believe me! So I was motivated to prepare the evidence for psychic phenomena as I would prepare a legal case.  Inevitably, an investigation of psychic phenomena led to the evidence for the afterlife.  It took me some six months to prepare my case.

Then the Humanists asked me to address their members. Of course, they could not cope with my detailed preparation. It was such a devastating delivery citing some twenty areas of afterlife evidence – they were just stunned. During question time there was an old-time Humanist who came out with a real classic, “Victor, I would not believe in the afterlife even if you could prove it to me.” That, I told them, says it all and replied “maybe another two lifetimes and you will catch up.”

2. After reading your book “A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife” I was astounded at the vast amount of evidence to support the theory that we survive physical death. With so much evidence why do you think the majority of the public remains unaware of it?

One the one hand in Christian countries there is a deep prejudice against the practice of mediumship and a fear of the paranormal as being demonic.  From 1272 until the nineteenth century the Church had a world wide war against mediums and the paranormal. The Inquisition became a business where Inquisitors took over the property and wealth of the victims. This kind of fear of being thought to be involved in anything paranormal became embedded in the culture and people were afraid to talk about their experiences of spirit contact. One can understand perhaps that people with deeply entrenched anti-paranormal beliefs will not be too receptive to ‘empirical proof of the paranormal and the afterlife evidence’.

Another big problem is the materialist media which are against the paranormal and the afterlife evidence. I quite accept that the owners of the media know that the more spiritual people become, the less those people will be involved in materialism. I, for one, do not read the papers anymore, hardly watch television except primarily documentaries – and hardly ever listen to the radio. I became vegetarian, do not smoke and don’t drink alcohol.  The third big problem is the education system, particularly at university level, which is geared toward scientific materialism and against acceptance of any form of the paranormal. But notwithstanding this we have made huge progress these last twenty five years – and it appears we will continue to make progress.

3. There are only a handful of scientists who are open minded enough to investigate anything related to the “paranormal.” And much of their findings are statistically significant yet, the scientific community still scoffs. What will it take for the greater scientific community to start to accept their findings?

This question has to do not so much with the proof of the paranormal-afterlife but with allocation of funding for jobs for scientists. Science follows the money as scientists need career paths. Big companies are usually the ones which allocate funding for research at universities and elsewhere. And this means that scientists have to toe their line. At the moment if a scientist wants to work in science, the scientist cannot go public about paranormal research, as we have seen in the recent controversy about the banning of the video of Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s talk from the TED talks main site.

It is changing slowly, particularly as the implications of findings in the area of quantum physics start to filter through to scientists working in other areas. The development of multi-disciplinary conferences on consciousness have been an excellent start as has been the public support for the work of the Windbridge Institute, Prof. Gary Schwartz’ research group in Arizona, the Family Forever Foundation, and The Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia. But what has been the real game changer is the internet. Now people are feeling empowered to share their experiences and discover that they are not alone. Dr.Charles Tart even created a website for scientists to anonymously share their transformative experiences.

And as more and more individual scientists have personal experiences they will start to influence others. I had scientists who contacted me stating that they agree wholeheartedly with what I state on my website and in my weekly reports. One of them is a very senior government scientist was sent to Russia to help clean the nuclear mess some years ago. After his wife died he began to have direct contact experiences with her which totally transformed his beliefs.

Hopefully as afterlife science develops, particularly when Instrumental Trans-Communication is perfected, future science will have no alternative but to accept the evidence for the afterlife.  

 4. Victor your book covers evidence of the afterlife from near death experiences, death bed visions, out of body experiences, to past life regression and past life memories in children and so much more.  Are there one or two areas of evidence that really stand out that you can share with us?

As a retired attorney, I find the objective and repeatable evidence of materialization mediumship most stunning. In every session our medium goes into trance, he exudes ectoplasm and soon after an extra human being – as solid as you and me – appears in the closed and locked room.  He calls himself ‘William’ and confirms he is a resident from the afterlife. I have been conversing with William (the medium’s guide) for seven years. You could not get more solid proof than that!  Then the spirit team brings through the loved ones of those present for reunions. When you have people who died years ago materializing, walking around the room and talking in their own voices to their loved ones and sharing specific memories, that is spectacular evidence.

I have been attending sessions with David Thompson for seven years. The evidence is absolutely stunning – it fulfils all scientific criteria: the formula is repeated over time and space, keeping variables constant and yielding the same results. That is science. My expertise in the admissibility of evidence shows that this kind of evidence would be very highly persuasive to any scientist, any academic, any brilliant man or woman who has an open mind. I know from experience closed minded skeptics are a dead loss – they do not have the skills, ability and the competence to perceive the paranormal with empirical equanimity. The critical thing is that the experiment is repeatable. After seven years I cannot fault it – even though for years I used formal scientific method, where security was impeccably tight and intervening variables strictly controlled. 

The other area of evidence that really impresses me is mental mediumship. I came across some really gifted mental mediums – and they are just brilliant.  When helping the police, some of them are able to come up with the gender and the race of a victim – and even the name and description of the killer. They can tell how and when the victim died – even to the day, month and year sometimes 20 years before. I discovered that the very best of these gifted mental mediums had passed the most stringent tests by scientists.

5. Why is physical mediumship important to afterlife investigation and how does it provide more evidence for the afterlife then mental mediumship?

As I stated above in question 4, materialization mediumship (the most developed form of physical mediumship) is to me even more evidential that mental mediumship.  In mental mediumship there is always the question of whether the medium is picking up the information psychically. But when you have a living breathing solid human being walking around the room, answering questions and exhibiting memories and emotions separate from the medium, it is very difficult not to accept that the afterlife exists. My own sister came through, my partner’s father came through, with his very broad Australian accent. They talk about things known only to the person they came to see. They speak with the same voices they had when they lived on earth and retain the same characteristics. One young man confirmed that when he felt his grandfather’s hand it was missing the finger he had lost while alive.

6. Most physical mediums operate in complete darkness. Why is this so and how can a sitter at a séance know that what they experienced in the “dark” was real? Can you give a potential sitter some pointers?

It is very important for a potential sitter is to do a lot of reading about physical mediumship and materializations. You need to listen to some of the sessions of the direct voice medium Leslie Flint (available online)- many of them talk about the complexities of physical mediumship. You should read about the great physical mediums of the past.  Being prepared is very important. The experience is so out of the ordinary that the mind goes into overdrive. You need to pay close attention to the briefing before the sitting and observe closely all the precautions being taken to convince the sitters that the medium cannot possibly be moving around the room.

In materialization medium David Thompson’s sessions two independent checkers are appointed. They check the séance room and all the equipment thoroughly to make sure that there are no trap-doors, hidden equipment etc. They watch closely as everyone including the medium is searched and checked with a metal detector before entering the room. They watch closely as the medium is strapped into a chair and the straps secured with one-way plastic cable ties and then gagged so that he cannot speak.  Then during the séance everyone holds hands so that it is impossible for anyone to move without being detected.

After the séance try to talk to one or two of the people who have experienced reunions with their loved ones. Ask them if anyone else present was aware of the details that were discussed. And finally when you get home see how difficult it is to move around in a pitch dark room without falling over anything.

7. What conditions are necessary for a physical medium to operate in red light?

It depends on a number of factors. Firstly there is the development of the medium; most physical mediums spend years developing in total darkness. Then it depends on the energy level of the medium at the time, the residual energy in the room, and the energy of the sitters. The critical factor appears to be relaxation and harmony. Any negativity, animosity or doubt among the sitters would lower the level of energy required for the red light operation to take place. But always it is up to the spirit scientists- they are the ones who make the decision if red light can be used.

I have seen ectoplasm in red light a number of times. No one on earth can say that ectoplasm is not real – it just exudes from the medium’s nose, side of the mouth and even from his ears sometimes. Hundreds of people in the U.K., in Europe, Australia and the U.S have witnessed this ectoplasm – like thick smoke – crawling down on to the mediums legs’ and onto the floor. Red light has given us the authenticity that ectoplasm is real. Those skeptical loonies in the skeptic-camp still deny ectoplasm is real – claiming it is cheesecloth!!

8. Why do so many famous individuals who are now in spirit visit séances? Do they have purpose for showing up so frequently? And, is this the norm for physical circles around the world?

Most of the ‘famous’ individuals who show up in physical séances appear to have been people with  a strong interest in physical mediumship- people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Helen Duncan, Leslie Flint, Gordon Higginson.  You don’t normally get ‘celebrities’ dropping in unless there is a close personal connection with one of the sitters or unless an issue is raised which concerns them. Some circles may attract the support of one or two regulars who want to use the fact that they are well known to prove the continuity of life. In David Thompson’s circle Louis Armstrong usually comes through and sings. Former stand-up British comic Quentin Crisp says that his purpose in coming through is to reassure gay people that there is no discrimination in the afterlife.

9. What do you think the next twenty years will bring in afterlife research? Do you envision a day when we no longer question the afterlife?

The next twenty years could be really enlightening about afterlife research. Whilst my particular preference is materialization, so much depends on so many people to get science to accept it. Materialization is ahead of its time – but one day when people understand more about the afterlife, more and more people will automatically accept it – because the evidence is so sensational. Having said that, I see huge potential for a truly revolutionary acceptance of the afterlife in Instrumental Trans-communication ITC – and Electronic Voice Phenomena, EVP. To-day a few people in Brazil, U.S. and Germany are getting reasonably good ITC. When it is perfected in the future, it will cause a sensation because loved ones would be able to appear on a television monitor and talk to us for a short period. If this can be done to a few people now, our best hope is that it can be done to a larger number of people in the future.

10. What’s next and what are you working on now?  

Wendy and I see our role as getting the information out to as many people as possible though our new book, A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife which is available though all the online bookshops and through our weekly Friday Afterlife Report. We are putting together a number of new websites and plan to make the information available in different languages. We are also expanding our work with social media.

I would like to continue researching what happens to us after we cross over- especially getting to know the circumstances in each realm.

What questions do you have about the evidence for the afterlife? Have you had an evidential experience that you would care to share? Please feel free to leave a comment for Victor.

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Victor Zammit is a retired attorney, author and publisher of The Weekly Afterlife Report. You can find his new book, A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife on Amazon. Connect to Victor on FB  and subscribe to his weekly newsletter.

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5 Encounters with Spirits: PbI Readers Share Their Stories

5 Encounters with Spirits: PbI Readers Share Their Stories

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” –John Taylor

Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna of Russia in Mourning
Today I am pleased to share 5 stories of encounters with the spirit of a loved one from Powered by Intuition readers.
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Nothing touches us more than losing someone we love especially when it is a parent or grandparent. The grief can be unbearable.
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The painful loss leaves a hole in our soul that cannot be filled. But sometimes we are lucky enough to be “visited” by the one we miss and this changes everything.
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Suddenly upon being visited we are “healed” of our intense grief. We continue to miss them but we instantly feel so much better.
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While they are not back for good we know that they aren’t gone forever either and that they continue to exist, and this gives us great hope and healing.
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It was a foggy Wednesday morning around  2 am when I awoke from a deep sleep to see the most beautiful image of a woman at the end of my bed. She wore a long sleeved white gown  with a square neckline her dark wavy hair fell to her shoulders.
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She looked down at my daughter lying next to me sleeping, her pale face  glowed  with a most beautiful and serene smile. I knew at once it was my mum. She had said she would come back to one of us when she passed. I’m so pleased she chose me.
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She left as quick as she came leaving the room smothered in a loving energy.
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–Annette Bullivant
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Since I was very young, I could sense spiritual presences.  The fact that our family moved several times during my childhood and that every house we lived in had at one time someone who passed away in it provided a lot of interesting little experiences, both good and bad. I’ve heard them talk, felt them tap my shoulder, and seen them carry things around the house in mischief.

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My beloved father passed away just over 5 years ago.  Shortly after the day he passed, I saw faint images of him wherever I went.  I told a few family members, but they dismissed it as my imagination and grief.  But it didn’t feel like that at all.  And wherever I saw him, it was fleeting, and he was smiling–clearly, he was happy in the state he was now in, and despite being heartbroken, I accepted that.  I wanted him to know absolute happiness.  If anyone deserved it, he did.  After his burial, I didn’t see him anymore.
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Although I wasn’t able to fully grieve his passing as I feel I needed to–I had young children to care for–I was still very down for a few years.  I ached to see him, to talk to him, to in some way know the essence of him was still around somehow.  As much as I wanted that, I think, in hindsight, I was simply too down to sense it.  It was not until two years ago when something sort of impressed itself upon me that it was time to get up and live life again that I began sensing his energy.  
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It started when one of my daughter’s toys–a play telephone–was left alone in the living room and said, “Hello?  Is anybody there?” and we’d never heard it say that before, nor ever again.  We wondered if it was him.  
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Then, one day I was working on my truck (that used to be his) and encountered a problem I couldn’t seem to figure out.  I just said, “Dad, I sure could use your help.”  A short time later, the difficulty seemed to disappear and the answer came simply to me, almost out of the blue, without my thinking about it.  
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Since then, whenever I get stuck on something or have to find something, I just ask him for help, and whatever it is I can’t find turns up within minutes.  I’m led directly to a spot that I would never think of looking, and sure enough, whatever it is, is there.  
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It started to be sort of a humorous thing, because it was a little out of character for him, and of all the ways we could communicate, I wouldn’t have guessed this was going to be it.  But it happens without fail.  Sometimes I think he’s still being “The Dad” and coming to the rescue of his daughter.  
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I was somewhat skeptical at first, but once I relaxed and let myself believe, it started to happen more often. I find myself talking to him more and more now, and for that matter, other elders I love dearly who physically left this world.  Despite what happens in my daily life, opening up that door has brought me much peace and insight and inspired me to do more than just exist.  
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My papa passed back in 1998. I was blessed to be with him at his passing over. He and I still have a strong connection.
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Just about every time I work outside in the yard, he is sitting on my porch and just grinning from ear to ear wearing his orange shaded glasses and shaking his head in disbelief at how much I am loving my “country Life.” He marvels at how much I am doing in my “country life style” such as filling 12 bird feeders, sawing logs for the fire pit, growing herbs and such. doing more and more organically all the time…
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I can feel how much joy he has seeing all of this.
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I was “visited” by my maternal grandmother at the time of her death in 1985.  I was sleeping in my dorm room, freshman year in college in Wisconsin, a great distance away from my grandmother’s home in Washington where she passed after a several-year struggle with cancer.  I knew she was ill, but was not sure when she would die. 

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I was woken from a deep sleep to find my grandmother at my bedside.  I remember feeling very comforted by her presence.  She appeared as a 3D being, not a dream.  I felt the softness of her skin as she placed her long-fingered hand on my forehead and told me “It’s okay.  Everything will be all right.  Good bye.”  She proceeded to sort of disappear through the wall near my bed.

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I glanced at my digital clock that read 5:30 a.m. and for a moment felt confused about what she was doing there so far from home.  I decided it was a dream and went back to sleep.  At 6:30 a.m. I woke again to knocking on my door, being told there was a phone call for me on the public hall phone.  I put on my robe, took the call, and it was my dad telling me my grandmother had died during the night.

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The day before my mother passed over I became unwell and was unable to be with her..

While I was resting I had a vision in my minds eye of my mother.
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She passed over that night and I know that Spirit sent me a message to let me know that she was going.
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I saw her very clearly.
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She is still with me and often sends me a message through a medium when i go for a reading.
She recently told me that I should contact my brother because he was going through a rough patch.
When I called him he told me that he had throat cancer and was going for treatment this week
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–Jeanette Lawrence
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I hope you enjoyed these stories of encounters with the spirit of a loved one from Powered by Intuition readers. If you have a story of your own please do feel free submit it to me.
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Readers’ Stories of Encountering the Spirit of a Loved One

Readers’ Stories of Encountering the Spirit of a Loved One

Life after death evidence

Life after death

Today, I’m excited to share submissions from Powered by Intuition readers about encountering the spirit of a deceased loved one.

These stories illustrate what I believe: We’re all connected in spirit and naturally intuitive.  Each of these readers is a mediumistic in their own right. Communication with the spirit of a loved happens spontaneously and requires no preparation such as, the need to study psychic development or mediumship..

Their stories prove that the love that connects us to one another survives physical death and is all we need to receive a communication from the spirit world. Your loved ones want to let you know they are okay. They want to let you know they still love you and will always be with you. All you need to do is stay open to receiving their message.

These four personal encounters are great examples of the variety of ways your loved ones communicate their presence to you.

Seeing a spirit

When I was a young girl approximately 8 or 9 years old my favorite uncle passed away from a heart attack. I was devastated by his death, he was always the one who was there for my brother, sister and I. Our favorite ritual if you will, was heading down back to the lower part of our property to build a camp fire for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. My uncle Bill would tell us stories, make us laugh and couldn’t get enough of those roasted marshmallows. Ha.
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On the morning of the funeral, we all went to say our goodbyes to a great man. Upon walking up to the casket and looking at my uncle, I knew he was no longer there. The only thing I saw was an empty body, I knew his spirit had moved on. The hardest part was knowing I would never see him again, not in this life anyway. I went home and cried myself to sleep that night.
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The following morning I awoke and sat up on the edge of the bed, when I looked up my uncle Bill was standing in the doorway looking down at me. There he was in his black pin stripe suit that he loved so well. I knew he came back to let me know that everything was alright and that his spirit would always be near.
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I wasn’t able to tell my parents about this experience because I knew in my heart they would never believe me. We were taught that there are no such things as spirits or ghosts and of course would have been punished had we ever spoke of such things. I pray that parents of today will be more open and receptive of things their children see and hear. I can tell you from personal experience that there is a spirit world and it isn’t something to be feared.
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–Susan Reese

Clairaudience – Hearing from the spirit world

A few years ago I was living in Florida and my aunt, who lived in Detroit area, was very ill and in the hospital.  I was very close to her and my sister called to say she was dying.  I immediately made a plane reservation to return to Detroit before she passed.

While on the plane I suddenly heard, “It’s all over now.”

Don’t know who said it to me but, it did not sound like her.  When I landed my sister said she died and gave me the time 8:50 p.m. which was the exact time I had received the message.

While babysitting for my grandchild and doing my nails I heard my aunt, whom had passed say, “Bow, what in the world is going on?”   I explained to her that she had passed and was now in the spirit world.  She didn’t reply but, did not return to visit me again.

–Clara Sifers

Smelling the presence of a spirit

My eldest son passed away 3 years ago.
It was my father`s 70th birthday recently.
We live 16,000 km apart on different continents & hemispheres.
They live in a mountainous area and don`t often have satellite reception.
I just sent a text message birthday wish.
Later that evening, in a specific area, I `smelled` my son’s scent.
A couple of days later it happened again.
I`m not sure, maybe it`s him making his presence known & acknowledging
this special time for his grandfather.

–Xanele Talbot

Spirit Visitation in a Dream

When my father died, I was very shocked, and there was one thing I was really sorry about. I felt I mistreated him in one way, on a specific occasion, and I really felt sorry for hurting him (emotionally).
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It was maybe about a year after he had passed, that I had this dream:
I was in a graveyard of some kind, or larger field, other ‘people’ helpers were there (maybe angels), and then a floor door (or a door on the ground) opened, and out came my father, he came up the steps. I was so happy to see him, we hugged and embraced, and I told him, that I was so sorry about what happened, and that I didn’t want to hurt him. He told me, that all is fine, and that he had no hard feelings, and he completely understood, and didn’t take it personally. That all is well.
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I was so relieved and so happy, and then we had to say goodbyes , and he had to go down those steps again and retreat under ground.
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I wasn’t sad seeing  him leave, it was all right.
I know he was fine and that all is well.
This very vivid dream helped me tremendously
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I really believe he came and visited me from the other side…
–Caroline Cameron
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I want to thank these wonderful Powered by Intuition readers for sharing their private stories with us. The more openly we share the more educated we all become on the topic of life after death and the survival of consciousness after physical death.
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Encounters with the spirit world are not scary or spooky or unnatural. It’s just love doing what love does….reaching out and saying, “I miss you, I love you, I’m okay – just wanted you to know.”
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When we die we leave our body behind but, not our intelligence nor ingenuity.
Do you see how these four spirits used different means of communicating with their loved ones? Have you ever encountered the spirit of a loved one? What happened. Share your story in the comments.
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13 Signs You May Be a Medium

13 Signs You May Be a Medium

Have you ever wondered if you might be a medium?Signs you might be a medium

Read this article to learn the 13 signs of mediumistic abilities and see if you are a budding medium.

There are two types of mediums

A natural born medium and latent medium – one who develops their abilities later in life. Being a natural born medium means that your abilities presented themselves from childhood. A latent medium has the abilities but, they do not present themselves until later in life.

Developing psychic mediumship later in life is usually due to an inner transformation that triggers a spiritual awakening and search for more meaning in life.

Differences between intuition, psychic ability and mediumship

Every person is intuitive to a degree. Intuition is your own inner wisdom. It is a higher form of “instinct” and it is programmed into humans in order to avoid danger and so our species will survive.

Psychic ability is going outside of oneself and retrieving information.

A psychic can tap into the future or the past and has abilities such as “clairvoyance” which is seeing what cannot be seen with the physical eyes; “clairaudience” which is the ability to hear within the mind what cannot be heard with the physical ears; “clairsentience” which is the ability to experience other people’s emotions and physical ailments; “claircognizance” which is clearly knowing something without knowing how you know.

All mediums are psychic but, not all psychics are mediums

A medium will have all of the previous abilities but, in addition, they will also have highly developed telepathic abilities that allow them to receive “mind to mind” communication from a deceased individual. They will be able to “see” and describe the deceased, “hear” words, names, phrases and sometimes complete sentences and, “feel” the presence or experience the feelings or pains/illnesses of the deceased individual and will describe all of this to you as it is given to them by the discarnate.

Here are some signs that you may be a medium. The sign applies to you whether it appeared in childhood or at a more mature age. You don’t have to have had all these things happen to you to be mediumistic:

1. As a child did you have a fear of the dark? Did you hear your name being called or see faces or shadows moving about your room? Did you need a nightlight in the room in order to sleep undisturbed and peacefully?

2. Were you aware of “feeling different” or not fitting in as a child and while growing up? Were you a bit of a loner and not a joiner? Did you feel mature or like “old soul” compared to your playmates? Did adults constantly remark on how “mature” you were? Do you recall knowing things but, not knowing how you knew?

3. Were you drawn at an early age to explore metaphysics, spirituality and religion? Were you always searching for answers to the “big” questions in life such as, “why are here?” and “what is the point of our lives?”

4. Were you or are you now visited by discarnate beings? Do you “see” spirits? Keep in mind that most of the time mediums “see” within the mind’s eye not with the physical eye although, this does occur.

5. You may not have been afraid of the dark but, were aware of spirits (or people – you may not have realized they were deceased) at a very young age. Did you have what your parents called an “imaginary friend? Did you tell them you “saw grandma?”

6. Are you sensitive to energy? Can you sense when someone walks into the room without turning around? Being aware of “presences” and sensing the “energy” change in your environment. Have you ever been “touched” or tapped on the shoulder by a spirit? Some mediums do not “see” or “hear” as much as they get much their information “clairsentiently” or “claircognizantly.”

7. Have you always had vivid dreams that you recall upon waking? Were the dreams sometimes precognitive – meaning they predicted some future event that came to pass? Were you visited by deceased relatives in these dreams? When you woke up did you feel as if they had really been there?

8. When you close your eyes did or do you see colors, faces and landscapes? Did you sometimes “see” in your mind’s eye that you are flying over changing landscapes or seascapes? Can you close your eyes and “see” what someone is wearing or doing? Can you “see” what their house looks like?

9. Have you had spontaneous out of body experiences? Were you able to look back and see your “body?” Did you hurdle through the blackness of space and pass by stars at incredible speeds? Did you encounter discarnate entities while out of your body?

10. Did you or do you sometimes blurt things out that you “heard” in your mind that you had no way of knowing that turn out to be true? Are you aware of “knocks, “raps,” or “hearing” whispers or people talking that you can’t make out, or can you recall hearing directives such as, “NO” or “STOP” or “DON’T GO THERE” throughout the course of your life, or a ringing in your ears quite often?

11. Did you or do you “see” symbols or colors around people? “Seeing”  this way usually takes place within the mind’s eye not the physical eyes. Do you “see” for example, a hospital bed and then learn the next day this person was rushed to the hospital? Or, do you see colors in certain places on a person that you “understand” to mean certain things about them? You are seeing the person’s energy signature – their aura.

12. Have you ever been aware of how others felt emotionally or the pain they were experiencing in their body? Do your moods change when you are around others? Are you susceptible to picking up other people’s moods? If someone is angry are you agitated by their energy?

13. Have you ever held an object belonging to another person and gotten a strong sense about that person? Were you able to describe their personality or something they were going through? Reading objects is called “psychometry.” You have the ability to interpret the residual energy accumulated within or attached to an object from its owner.

If you regularly experience six, seven or more of these signs you are mediumistic and could develop your abilities further if you desire.

Have you experienced any of these signs? Which ones – what happened? Are you interested in learning more about mediumship?

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