To my friends who worry that this is the work of the devil, be assured it is not. God/Divine/Source is ALL over this work.
May I open my mind to receive wisdom from higher powers & allow their guidance to lead me to peace & tranquility all the days of my life.
That’s really what we want right? Peace and tranquility. Oh, and maybe a little information. And to answer the question, do mediums really communicate with the afterlife?
So when 10 of us gathered in my living room the other night for a two-hour session with a medium, anything–or nothing–could happen. Are mediums real? I believe they are. But some days readings are just off. That was my fear. The truth is, when this medium was at my house last year, my friends got amazing readings, but my own was just ok. That’s the way it is sometimes. You get what you get. I hoped for something more fulsome this time.
I knew enough to set my intention for the session–that worked well when I was at the Afterlife Conference in Portland last month. Since I hadn’t heard from my mother in a long time, I asked that she come forward at the Afterlife Conference, and she did. In a big way.
This time, though I wanted to hear from my guides. Guides are a relatively new concept for me and only one had identified herself to me. What about my others? Who were they? What were they helping me with? I asked that my guides come forward and mentioned my intention to M.
This stuff is not incompatible with traditional religious belief. It is, however, a more expansive view of spirituality than organized religions have.
Hollister began by looking right at me:
“You’ve been asking for guides and guidance, haven’t you? Because a lot of guides are showing up around you.”
I got chills and looked over at M. His eyes widened. He’s never been a big believer and I think the spirits were showing off a little for him. As in Ok, let’s give him a big validation.
She went on. “You may be moving into something new, drawing the metaphysical into it. Afterlife may have a part in it, your interest in it and your sensitivity to it. So, do you teach?”
All my friends started laughing. Yes, I teach. College. Workshops. Yes. I’m a teacher.
“Because it feels as though there might be a teaching element to what you decide to do next, maybe consciousness teaching. Your guides just put a whole lot of books at your feet, indicating that this is a time of study. If you are not already reading these books, you will be.”
Those books have been arriving for months and yes, I’m reading them.
“I see the hands of Reiki over your head and that tells me that you are working with or trying to understand the energy of the universe, almost scientifically trying to understand it. Does that make sense?”
Boy, does it. Reiki and cranial-sacral work played big roles in my recovery from a compression injury and shamanism–the subject of a weekend workshop I just took– is energy healing, too. As my sister-from-another-mother who is my Reiki practioner –and who has my same new age interests–said with a little disbelief, when I told her that part: “Get outta here!” That’s New Jersey talk for “You’re kidding me!”
Cover to journal I was drawn to at the Afterlife Conference.
“Your guides are on board for all of this, because this is the time for everything to mainstream. No longer woo-woo, strange, peculiar, where there is science to back it up. So you have scientific guides and metaphysical guides both with you.”
Bing! Right on the money. I’ve been seeing the shift to mainstream and have spent countless hours discussing these concepts and the science behind them with my scientist-nephew. Seeking the science was a huge part of what interested me from the start and especially at the Portland conference. Remember my encounter with Dr. Gary Schwartz at 6am in my nightshirt? He’s a researcher.
“You know, in the Renaissance, very often those who studied the heavens had a metaphysical side to them. They were creating cosmology, how the heavens were created, so I feel there could be a cosmology element to what you’re doing.”
Did you read the caption on the photo above? Let’s take a closer at that journal I was drawn to:
I didn’t even know what cosmology was last month but I kept looking at this blank journal in the makeshift bookstore at the conference. I bought the last one for my nephew and they offered to bring me another from their Portland store so I could buy one also for myself. This one’s mine. Cosmology. No, there are no coincidences.
“You have new guides coming in–scientific guides and metaphysicians are working with you: Pythagoras, Galileo, Nostradamus-and you may be drawn to certain scientists working today. You might be looking at the old stuff and seeing how the new stuff will inform that.”
Again, right on the money. Raymond Moody, MD, Phd and Stafford Betty, PhD both covered some of the old stuff and I found it hard going, but fascinating.
“Science and metaphysics are showing up together–be encouraged! This is exciting! What started as an interest may inform a career for you. How interesting is that?
I’ve been looking at how science melds with the spiritual world for a very long time. So, quite cool that this is happening. And then, the question that brought down the house:
“So, were you also thinking about doing some writing of your own? All of a sudden all these words showed up around your head. I feel as though you’ll be inspired to do some writing that might start as a blog but will end up as a book.”
Laughter in the room.
“Huge applause for you from the spirit world–when I hear that it means someone is where they are supposed to be. You are on the right track.”
Those were the broad strokes of what happened for me. It was more than I’d hoped for and better than I could have dreamed. There’s no question that I’ve felt the shift in my life and it’s ramped up in the past year. But, what will I do with it?
I’m resurrecting an idea I had six years ago for a weekend workshop. At the time, I didn’t carry it further–it was the wrong time and I had the wrong partner. A little market research is necessary first, to see if it has legs. I may not do that. But I will do something new and different.
Finally, I do know that some of you feel that this work is not of God. I honor your belief and your concern. I want you to know that my own belief is that this work is very much of God and from God. It’s got the hand of the Divine all over it. I’ve never felt so spiritually fulfilled as I do at this stage of my life and have never felt the hand of God so strongly. My belief is that there are many paths all leading to the same place. You don’t have to believe as I do to get there. God speaks to each of us in the voice we understand. This is the voice that I understand.
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