19. March 2015 · Comments Off on The Angel in My Pocket – Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Healing, mediumship, spiritual healing

The-Angel-in-My-Pocket-COVEThe Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death is a ‘grief memoir’ by Sukey Forbes which I stumbled upon at our local library. It was marked as a ‘new’ book. What attracted me initially was that she obviously came from the famous Forbes family lineage and more interestingly to me was the fact that her Great Great Great Grandfather was the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson – essayist, author and leading exponent of Transcendentalism. This was interesting to me because of these two factors as well to discover what she meant by the phrase, “Angel in My Pocket.” Of course one would have to read the entire book in order to discover what she meant by that! And so I was suckered in! And being an avid researcher of the Afterlife I wanted to find out how her modern day beliefs meshed with that of her famous relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sukey_ForbesIn much of the first half of the book she goes into great detail about the beliefs of her family lineage which goes back to the early days of this country. Her great great great great grandfather was a famous sea captain who made his fortune trading with China back in the early 1800s. And she descended from the Saltonstall family which also goes way back. The Saltonstalls came over on the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. One was asked to sit as a judge in the Salem Witch Trials and refused (to their credit). Another was eaten by cannibals off the coast of Africa. Others went in to politics and many went into academia.

GGG_Forbes-CaptionThe Forbes were relative newcomers in the mid 1700s. Most of the family money was made trading opium and furs during the China Trade and by investing in American Railroads and Telephone afterwards, the ‘high tech boom’ of their era!

John Murray Forbes (her Great Great Great Grandfather) was a close confidante to several US Presidents. He spent time advising Lincoln, Stanton, and Grant during the Civil War and, along with Emerson, was a fervent abolitionist. While living in Washington DC for a year his son Malcolm (my Great Great Uncle) attended the theatre the night Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. She has a family letter that details that evening and the following days as they unfolded.

Much of the book describes her primarily WASP background and how that has created her inability to express her emotions after the loss of her 7 year old child. She goes into great detail about this problem as she sees it. There is also a lot of description of her life on the East Coast growing up on Naushon Island which is part of the Elizabeth Islands, is seven miles long, just off Cape Cod, N.W. of Martha’s Vineyard. The island has been in the Forbes family since the mid-1800s.

We get multiple descriptions of her childhood years and beyond while visiting the Mansion House there. In her adult life Sukey gets married to a V.C. ( Venture Capitalist) and lives for a few years near Silicon Valley on a 40 acre ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz. She is raising three children and after her husband cashes out of one company he was involved with they decide to move back to the East Coast near Naushon Island so that their kids can sample some of the idylic life that she had had growing up in that area. However, soon after the move her Charlotte is stricken with a rare genetic disease which suddenly takes her life. It is at this point that the books takes a turn from family history to involved descriptions of her pain and suffering as she tries to reconcile her WASP belief system with the reality of the death of her cherished child.

Ultimately, she finds comfort in the beliefs and experience of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet and essayist who founded the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century and who also lost a child from a high fever at the same age as Charlotte. The Transcendentalists believed God could be found in contemplation amid nature, “that the use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history,” she writes. It’s there — amid the meadows, paths, waters and family ghosts of Naushon — that she finally looked “deeply enough into Charlotte’s death to somehow find the gift of the loss.”

So as not to spoil the meaning of the title of the book, I will only say that she receives hope and a sort of redemption after meeting with a Spritualist medium. And this point; the final reason I decided to read this book, was that as a researcher into mediumship, I wanted to know about her personal experience before and after meeting the medium. And this is the third and final motivation which lured me into reading this book! I can recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child or a family member.

01. March 2015 · Comments Off on BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers – A Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Out of Body Experience, spiritual healing

BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers
A Book Review

Backwards Book Cover

Backwards Book Cover

I have read so many books people have written about their own NDEs that I find it difficult to find the time or the motivation to write about most of them. This one, however, titled“BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers,” by lawyer, Nanci L. Danison, is an exception. Most people have what I would call limited NDEs in that they do not go very far into the higher dimensions before returning to their everyday Earth life. And so it was, on that fateful day of March 14, 1994 that Nanci was undergoing a fairly routine medical

Nanci Danison

Nanci Danison

procedure designed to show her surgeon where to cut to remove three potentially cancerous lesions in her breast. The procedure had taken much longer than expected, and had to be repeated in order to get the wire marker deep enough into the breast tissue. It was painful, and emotionally traumatic for her body. She stated later, “I was alone when I died, because the radiologist and radiology technician both left me to perform other tasks, including getting their eighth set of mammography films developed.”
She was sitting alone in a room in a chair when it happened. The early stages of the NDE were fairly standard: She left her body, went into the Light, experienced overwhelming unconditional love, peace, joy, and acceptance, met Beings of Light, and had a life review. She stated. “What was dramatically different about my NDE was what I learned during these stages, as well as what happened to me during and after the life review.”
I particularly love the revelations she had after being in the light for a while: “Chief among them was the realization that I am not a human being; that what I had been calling my soul is in fact who I really am. And who I really am is not human, but rather a separately existing spiritual being who only inhabited a human animal’s body. Moreover, the human animal I had inhabited has her own life, thoughts, emotions, and personality, and is perfectly capable of living out the rest of her lifetime without me inside.”
What has stuck with me is the idea that we are Souls inhabiting or should I say co-existing within an ‘Animal Body!’ Many New Age philosophers simply say that we are Souls inhabiting a Body, but Nanci feels that it is more like we are co-habitating within the Animal Body which, without us, would still have a life of it’s own. And so that brings up the question of what we are doing here. Are we here to evolve not just our Soul, but also the Human Species as well?
This idea is not so far-fetched as it may first seem. I have come across this same idea expressed in the writings of LBL researcher Dr. Michael Newton as well. Dr. Newton is the author of three best-selling books, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives (1994), Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives (2000), and Life Between Lives: Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression (2004). Dr. Newton has an international reputation as a spiritual regressionist who has mapped out much of our life between lives experience which helps to explain our immortal life in the spirit world.
You must realize that Dr. Newton was as straight as an arrow before he was almost literally forced into the world of past-life and in between life regression therapy. In other words, he was a SKEPTIC! But after conducting literally over 7,000 regression sessions, he got over being skeptical as he began to note various patterns that emerged. One such pattern that I observed was that in some of his regressions, some individuals would talk about how they, as Soul, when first merging with the developing fetus, would actually sort of ‘negotiate’ with it’s consciousness! And as a side note, most Souls do not choose to merge until sometime after the fifth month or even after the birth.
So, what conclusion(s) can be drawn from this observation? First off; We are Soul having an experience in a Human Animal Body. Why? For the purpose of our own as well as that of the Animal Body’s evolution and experience. In other words, we both benefit from this merger. Some philosophies would say that there is this on-going battle between the Consiousness of the Soul and that of the Ego, which would represent that of the Body. Makes perfect sense to me especially when I see this idea expressed by highly intelligent yet skeptical people who do not know each other!
This realization is just one of many that you may have if you choose to read Nanci Danison’s book. Her NDE experience evolves to the point where she has this higher realization: “… the whole of our universe transpires exclusively within the mind of Source. There is only one being in our universe—Source. All things that we perceive as physical reality are really thoughts manifested by Source within its own Energy field. And, most importantly, none of it ever leaves the Source. So, I intimately experienced the “knowing” that I am literally part of Source’s thoughts, and the illusion that I am separate from it is a gift from Source to itself in order that Source might fully explore its own personality and creativity.”
You can order her book online at Amazon or if you are low on funds and time, you can read a summary of it here at www.NDERF.org – http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/Books/nanci_danison_book.htm
I would suggest this very short video for starters, called What God Expects of Me.

And here is a series of short talks: Nanci Danison’s Afterlife Experience Part 1