01. February 2016 · Comments Off on Love on the Other Side: Heavenly Help for Love and Life – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife

COVER-LOTOS-40It has been said that “love never dies.” I take that to mean that love also transcends death. Have you ever wondered what happens when a loved one dies? This could apply to a spouse, lover, child, parent or best friend. “Have you ever wondered what happens when your heart is torn in two… When half of a soulmate couple makes a transition to the ‘other side?’” If so, this book might be for you! Just because a loved one dies does not mean we are totally separated from them. If there was love between you, then that love can become a spiritual connection that transcends the gap between the physical and heavenly realms.
I came across this book recently while listening to my favorite radio show, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. I was already familiar with his guest, Arielle Ford, that evening because she is well-known in metaphysical circles as a publicist for such famous authors as Neale Donald Walsch, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukav, Louise Hay and also for her sister, Debi Ford. Arielle also happens to be an author in her own right and likes to focus on the issues and concepts of Soulmates.Arielle-Ford-40
Her book, Love on the Other Side shares true stories which she has gathered and explains:

• How soulmate love continues after one partner dies, and how knowing this can erase grief and create heartfelt ease.
• All the ways you can receive communication from your beloved…And even request help with the issues troubling you.
• How your heavenly soulmate can send you a “new” earthly soulmate, if you just ask (and release this specific block).
• What if you never had a soulmate, is it possible to find one in heaven?
• Why your deceased family & friends want to help you have a great life and make great decisions…And how to ask for their help.

While I was familiar with most of these concepts I found it most interesting that she discovered that once a loved partner, friend or family member transcends their Earth existence, that if you find yourself alone and grieving, that the “deceased” partner, in most cases actually desires for you to attract a new partner and to go on living a normal life. This idea may shock many people who have pledged to love their partner “until death do we part,” but somehow these same people feel an awful binding loyalty to remain single for the balance of their days, even though their deceased partner wishes for them to be happy with someone new and will even try to help them meet that new person!
A great example is Arielle’s mother-in-law, Peggy. At age 75 she lost her husband of fifty-five years. Then at age 80 she desired to have a new mate! She asked, “How does a gal go about manifesting a soulmate?” Arielle was taken aback at this, but agreed to help. So she shared her Soulmate Secret with her and suggested that she sign up for Match.com and within a few weeks Peggy had manifested a dapper widower named John as her new partner!
As Arielle says in her book, “Your loved ones on the other side want to participate in your life. They want you to be happy, satisfied and content, and it is my understanding that they won’t make things happen or interfere with your life unless you ask.” You have to ASK! Ask for assistance if you find yourself lonely and in need of a new partner! And in the book she provides a few tips on how to go about doing this. She says,

“There are many ways to reach out to them:
• Simply speak out loud to them.
• Write them a letter and put it under your pillow or insert the letter into a red or pink helium balloon and literally release it to heaven.
• Say daily prayers of gratitude and affirmation thanking them for their assistance.”

Arielle-Brian-33As we grow older, some of us may wonder how long we will be able to have a relationship. Every day we read about and hear of examples of someone losing their long-time mate and of course for most of us, it is inevitable that one or the other in the relationship will pass before the other. And that usually brings up fearful thoughts of trying to live alone. By reading this book, which is an easy read by the way, you will be able to gain additional confidence and faith that love is the binding force in the Universe and in our daily lives as well. Arielle has tons of experience in this arena and has provided some solid advice for those who need a little reassurance and guidance in these matters. I highly recommend it and if you click this link, (http://www.loveontheotherside.com) you can get the book as a free download! A great gift to yourself or a friend in need!
Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. Her stellar career includes years as a prominent book publicist, author, literary agent, TV lifestyle reporter, television producer, radio host, publishing consultant, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post. http://www.arielleford.com
Arielle believes that finding true love is possible for anyone, at any age, and she points to herself as living proof. Married for the first time at age 44, she expanded on the set of skills that she used to launch her highly successful Public Relations firm, The Ford Group, and applied them to her love life. Arielle is the creator of The Soulmate Secret 7-week Interactive Online Course, which has supported many thousands of people around the globe in manifesting the love of their life. She is the author of eight books including the international bestselling The Soulmate Secret: How To Manifest The Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction and Wabi Sabi Love. Arielle lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband, Brian Hilliard and their feline friends.


01. January 2016 · Comments Off on Liberating Jesus – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Hypnotherapy, mediumship, mental medium, Uncategorized

Liberating-Jesus---CoverWith all the terrorist threats, bombings, random shootings, and religious wars going on these days, isn’t it about time humanity began reflecting on the REAL teachings of the Great Master Jesus once again? I feel that the book, “Liberating Jesus,” which I am reviewing here, is extremely timely! And this is coming from someone (myself) who does not practice any religion at all. And so if you read this book you will realize that all religions have done is to obscure the true teachings of God / Jesus! So I feel, along with the author, that it is high time for a Reset!

The purpose of the book “Liberating Jesus” by Roberta Grimes is to extricate the teachings of Jesus from the dogma of Christianity. The time for this book is NOW! Roberta Grimes’ story and how she came to write this book is intriguing. She had previously written two books about the Afterlife: “The Fun of Dying” and The Fun of Staying in Touch. If you’ve followed my writings over the past several years, you’ll know that the study of The Afterlife has been a primary interest of mine and I have read hundreds of books on the subject. And so when I discovered that Roberta Grimes had written a ‘channeled’ book from Jesus, I was intrigued. Normally I would avoid any book that had seemingly religious overtones, but somehow this one stood out and I am glad that I looked deeper.

Here are a few accolades from Amazon: “WOW – What a revelation! This book will open your eyes to what we should be R-Grimesfocusing on – Jesus and his message of love and forgiveness. We should be listening to His message, not what religious dogma tells us.” “Liberating Jesus” will make even an ATHEIST believe because…IT MAKES SENSE! Love is all there ever was and ever will be! You do not have to be a Christian to be moved by this book. It transcends religion.” “Liberating! Perfect title for this book, because it frees you from the limitations that Christianity has placed on us.” “Grimes’ book makes an important contribution to understanding the New Revelation by showing that the teachings of Jesus are consistent with what has been revealed by mediums, afterlife researchers, and quantum theorists.” “And that message pertains to the end of materialism, the end of organized religion as we know it, and development of a personal spirituality.”

The story of just how Roberta Grimes became a channel for Jesus is told in one appendix of the book and would take up space than I have room for here, but it certainly provides a great foundation and credibility for how the book came to be. She had always been very religious and even gained a degree in religious studies in college. After her extensive research into the Afterlife and the publishing of two books on the Afterlife she began to realize that her fundamentalist Christian beliefs could not hold up to what she had learned about life from high level beings on the Otherside.
There were just too many cross-correspondences that proved that the spiritual truths she was learning seemed to outline a far greater truth over what mainstream religion had been teaching for centuries. At that moment I guess you could say that she had a ‘spiritual crises.’ This crises culminated in early 2015 when she had a reading from a well-known medium so she could speak to her dead mother. And it was during that reading that she was put in contact with her primary spiritual guide, Thomas Jefferson.

T-JeffersonShe had always had an affinity for Thomas Jefferson and many people know that Thomas Jefferson was famous for assembling his own version of a “Red Letter Bible” which was designed to highlight just the words and philosophy of Jesus and nothing else. According to smithsonianmag.com “Jefferson was devoted to the teachings of Jesus Christ. But he didn’t always agree with how they were interpreted by biblical sources, including the writers of the four Gospels, whom he considered to be untrustworthy correspondents. So Jefferson created his own gospel by taking a sharp instrument, perhaps a penknife, to existing copies of the New Testament and pasting up his own account of Christ’s philosophy, distinguishing it from what he called “the corruption of schismatizing followers.”

So to make a long story short, soon after making contact with her guide, Thomas Jefferson, she began having her own early morning automatic writing sessions with Jefferson and then also with Jesus as well. And so this was how Liberating Jesus was written. In effect, Roberta grimes had become a modern day prophet or channel. The objective was to provide a modern day revelation concerning the clearest possible message coming from God/Jesus for humankind today.

According to grimes, (We are basically discussing the four Gospels of the New Testament here.) we can dispense with most of the Old Testament which is confusing and fear-based. Jesus came to teach us Love and Forgiveness. Period. The Churches have distorted and confused the Bible and the teachings of Jesus to gain control of the masses. And so far it has worked. However, all we have to do is look at the state of our world today to witness the results of that teaching.

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Jesus and his philosophy was never meant to be ‘owned’ by any religion. The current crop of Christian churches (so-called) claim to preach the un-erring gospel of God and His representative on Earth, Jesus. At last count there were over 4,000 divisions of Christianity. Can they all be right? (No) The problem is that most all of them grossly distort the truth based upon a fear-based egoic point of view for use as a control mechanism of the masses and this book, Liberating Jesus sets out to show us the Truth of what Jesus was really trying to communicate 2,000 some years ago.

I leave you with a quote from Roberta’s book: “The Gospel teachings of Jesus are our surest route to rapid spiritual growth. Until we actually begin to live by the philosophy that Jesus taught, humankind will continue to flounder. More generations will be born and die while making too little spiritual progress, and we will spiral toward the religious war that was predicted long ago in a madman’s ravings. God’s Kingdom on earth still is possible! But it requires that we leave religious dogmas behind as the spiritual crutch that they are so we can work together to elevate humankind toward God’s level of awareness. Jesus is calling upon Christians now to spread His teachings to the modern world. And if you have read this far, then perhaps He is in particular calling to you.”

If you want to be part of the solution for the problems of the world, hit the Reset button now and get this book, read it and practice what it says!
“Liberating Jesus” can be purchased at any decent bookstore or on Amazon. Book Link

01. December 2015 · Comments Off on The Wanderings of a Spiritualist – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

conan_doyleI read a lot of old and obscure books and recently I read The Wanderings of a Spiritualist by Arthur Conan Doyle. YES, he is also the noted author of the series of the famous Sherlock-Holmes stories. I found this book interesting for many reasons. First of all it is by one of the world’s most famous fiction writers, famous for his immensely popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, the first of which was published in 1887.

Secondly, it is a journal (read ‘blog’) of his lecture tour in Australia and New Zealand in the early 1920s. The content is concerned with Conan Doyle’s experiences on his travels rather than the details of his lectures. In between descriptions of the places he visits and the people he meets, he provides occasional substantiation for the validity of his spiritualist beliefs, which by then were quite strong. Reading this book opened my mind to further research of the Spiritualist side of Sir Arthur.

Sir Arthur’s introduction to the occult took place while he was still a practicing physician in Southsea, UK. During the yearsACD+Book 1885 to 1888, he was invited to participate in table turning sittings at the home of one of his patients, General Drayson, a teacher at the Greenwich Naval College. The medium was a railway signalman, and some amazing phenomena and apportations (physical manifestations) took place. His interest became aroused as a result. Here’s what he had to say about it at that time, “I was so impressed that I wrote an account of it to Light, the psychic weekly paper, and so in the year I actually put myself on the public record as a student of these matters.”

Sir Arthur became even more convinced of the certainty of the Afterlife as early as 1886 after reading books written by the New York Supreme Court judge, John Worth Edmonds (1816-1874), one of the most influential early American Spiritualists, who claimed that after the death of his wife he had been able to communicate with her. He was the author of: Letters and Tracts on Spiritualism; Spiritualism, Volume I (1853); and Spiritualism, Volume II (1855).

In 1893, Sir Arthur joined the SPR, (British Society for Psychical Research), a society formed in Cambridge one year earlier in order to scientifically investigate the claims of Spiritualism and other paranormal phenomena. Other members of the Society included the future Prime Minister Arthur Balfour, philosopher William James, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, scientists Williams Crookes and Sir Oliver Lodge, philosopher – economist Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900) and poet and philologist F. W. H. Meyers (1843-1901). As far as death survival and mediumship were concerned, in 1902, when he first met Sir Oliver Lodge, he had not yet arrived at any definite conclusions. However, Myers’ classic book, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death, made a deep impression on him.

Sir Arthur continued his studies and investigations. After the death of his son in the First World War in 1917 at the peak of his literary career, at age 58, he took a decisive step and wrote The New Revelation and The Vital Message. In these two books, he firmly associated himself with the cause of Modern Spiritualism. The New Revelation is a non-fiction account of Sir Arthur’s philosophical look at religion. He spent many years of his life lecturing about spiritualism and even wrote many pamphlets and essays about the matter. In The New Revelation, he expounds on his thoughts about ESP, psychic phenomena, and communication with the dead through mediums.

ACD_MelbournTownHallAfter a lecture tour of the UK, in 1920 he accepted an invitation to make a four month lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand on the subject of Spiritualism. He and his wife and children arrived in Adelaide in September 1920. This brings me full-circle. I found the most interesting articles were regarding his thoughts and reactions of the public to his lectures. Evidently this tour was a major event and he drew crowds of many thousands wherever he spoke. But what renders the book so engaging is his descriptions of the many side trips he took into the outback or to meet with notable mediums, séances, etc.

I also found interesting, parts of the book which were dedicated to his thoughts on subjects such as the future re-emergence of Germany as a world power, the consequences of colonialism and the merits of limited alcohol prohibition. At a distance of 95 years, the author’s views on these subjects make for interesting historical reading.
In 1922 and 1923, Sir Arthur toured the United States with lectures on Spiritualism. Early in 1928, he visited South Africa, and in the autumn, he toured several European countries. In 1925, he was nominated Honorary President at the International Spiritualist Congress in Paris.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an untiring promoter of Spiritualism, who vigorously championed the cause of life-after-death. It ACD_Familyis interesting to note that twenty of Sir Arthur’s over sixty books are about Spiritualism! In his later years he often expressed a wish that he should be remembered for his psychic work rather than for his novels. His faith in the possibility of communication with departed souls was strong and he cared little whether others agreed with him or not.
I am sure that many rationalists wonder how a scientific man like Sir Arthur, a trained doctor and the creator of a super-rational detective, could have developed as a steadfast spiritualist? The best answer I can offer is that he spent so much time investigating and seeking evidential proof that he was eventually convinced of the legitimacy of life after death based on the sheer volume of evidence.

In conclusion, Victorian Spiritualism exerted an indirect influence on the emergence of the esoteric movements of modern Theosophy and the more recent New Age Movement. It also had an impact on psychoanalysis (the notion of the subconscious), and last but not least, the modernist artists and writers, such as William Butler Yeats, James Joyce (the concept of epiphany), Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot.

In my humble opinion whether you’re a Spiritualist or not, we owe a great debt to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the indefatigable world-wide promoter of Spiritualism! You can find the book for free here or on Amazon here.

01. November 2015 · Comments Off on Out on a Limb? · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

OutOnALimb-BookBack in 1986 I remember being fascinated with Shirley MacLaine’s third autobiography “Out on a Limb.” In it she began writing about her past lives and other paranormal experiences. These ideas shocked a lot of people but at the same time seeded a new public awareness and began a discussion about reincarnation and the meaning of life. Shortly thereafter I was able to meet Shirley in person when I visited her on the set of the Oprah Winfrey Show!

A couple of years later in 1988 Brian Weiss released his famous blockbuster, Many Lives, Many Masters: Brian-Weiss-MD,BWThe True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, which further opened the door to discussion on this important topic.

In the mid-1990s I began to hear about the regression hypnotherapy work of Dolores Cannon. At the time she was learning to employ somnambulistic subjects to get in touch with long “dead” individuals such as Nostradamus. Her work actually started in the late 1960’s when she and her husband who was a trained hypnotherapist, began working with a woman who asked them to take her back into her own past lives. They had never donEdgar-Caycee this sort of thing, but gave it a try and the result was a mass of detailed past-life material that eventually became her book, Five Lives Remembered! This is not well known but makes for an excellent and very convincing read!

In the 1930s Edgar Cayce briefly delved into the topic of prior lives during some of the readings he gave while in a deep trance state. What makes what he revealed in some cases even more credible is the fact that as a devout Sunday School teacher and a Christian, in his waking consciousness, he would never have believed in reincarnation on a bet! So we know he was not making anything up!

In 1956 the famous book, The Search for Bridey Murphy, by Morey Bernstein was published. It created a sensation and Morey-Bernsteinmost likely was the biggest catalyst to ignite widespread discussion about reincarnation.

While Cayce, Bernstein, Cannon and Weiss can be considered modern day publicists of regression hypnotherapy, my vote goes to A.R. Martin, who is almost unknown today. George Schwimmer, a noted regressionist, had this to say about Mr. Martin, “Although past-life regression is considered by many to be a fairly recent technique, A.R. Martin began conducting past-life regressions sixty-five years ago, the first person known to do so in the United States. His ground-breaking research, book, and conclusions are important in understanding that the core of life is spiritual, that we come to Earth repeatedly to learn needed lessons, and that the purpose of past-life recall is to help us to grow spiritually.”

AR-MARTIN-CUA.R. Martin conducted his pioneering work into regression hypnotherapy back in the early 1930s. He was self-taught and conducted something like 500 regressions, most of which were recorded by his steno-graphically trained daughters, as they did not have a convenient means of sound recording back then. I own a copy of his one and only book, Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond, of which only 1,000 copies were published.
In Shirley MacLaine’s book she told of a woman who was afraid of bearing a child. When the woman went to Cayce about her fear, he informed her that in an earlier life she’d been a frontier wife in the American West whose children had been killed in an Indian raid. This information enabled the woman to bear children without undue anxiety.
She offered another example. Cayce, she said, once was asked about Judas Iscariot. Sparrow said Cayce revealed that the soul of Judas, the betrayer of Christ, was at that moment inhabiting the body of a man then alive. “But he said the man (with Judas’ soul) was leading a constructive life, and it would have been devastating for him to learn who he once had been.”DenaOller copy

In my own more recent experience, we were able to interview Dena Oller, (YouTube Video Interview Link) one of Dolores Cannon’s certified regression hypnotherapists, which they call the QHHT (Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique). Here is her report of a recent healing session.

Third Eye Healing
“Regression therapy is an amazing healing tool. Clients come to have sessions for various reasons. Some are just seekers to fulfill a curiosity while others for a healing. Whatever the reason, the journey through the process is magical. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. I know that sounds cliché but it’s true! Before a session I ask my clients to bring a list of ten questions they want answers to.

A few weeks ago a client came to me for a session, she brought her ten questions. One of the questions was about her third eye. She wanted to know if something had happened in a past-life that affected her psychic ability to “see.” She participates in shamanic journeying and wanted to have the same exciting experiences as the other people in the group were having.

During our session I asked her to go to the root cause of the issue she was having with her third eye, the pineal gland. I ask the client to go to the root cause because through cellular memory these experiences can follow us up through other lifetimes. She went to a lifetime where she was flying and the craft she was flying crashed and damaged the third eye.

A few weeks passed since her session when I received a call from her. She was almost too excited to get the words out! Over the weekend she went to a shamanic journey circle and her experience was like nothing she had experienced before. She could see and with great detail and color! She expressed her gratitude for the experience and the healing. Because of experiences like this and the impact this therapy has on someone’s life, past-life regression is an invaluable healing tool with endless possibilities.”

While her client’s experience may seem kind of “out there,” in my opinion, it is not “out on a limb,” it’s the type of experience which is starting to become more commonplace for many souls ‘having a human experience’ not only on planet Earth, but in other galaxies and planets as well!

18. September 2015 · Comments Off on Do ‘Bad Boys’ Go To Hell? · Categories: Afterlife, automatic writing, Death, mediumship, NDE, OBE, Uncategorized

Most people raised in the Christian Culture believe that if you are a bad person you will end up in hell when you die. I am not convinced that this is so. And in addition to all the afterlife research I have conducted I have the evidence I have gathered from two recent books depicting the Afterlife experiences of two essentially ‘bad boys’ who died and then were able to relate their stories to close family billy-fingers-25members. And what stories they have to tell!

I read the first book back in 2013. The title is: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death by his younger sister, Annie Kagan.

The second book is titled, My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side by his mother, Elisa Medhus, M.D. Doctor Medhus also maintains a very active website and on-going blog and archive called “ChannelingErik.com.” It contains hundreds of amazing communications from My-Son-Afterlife-Book-20her son, Erik.

Elisa Medhus tragically lost her son to suicide in 2009 due to a bipolar disorder. I found this book especially interesting because she comes from a scientific background with atheist parents, and chronicles her journey to discovering spirituality and the afterlife in a very authentic way.

She began communicating with her son via mediums, and decided to chronicle those experiences in her book and also on her blog. I found Erik’s voice (through the medium) extremely amusing. He uses very colorful language – sailor-like – which is very true to how he was in real life. And together, the two of them take on any and all of the heavy subjects such as the Afterlife, the meaning of life, God, reincarnation, etc. with an inspirational down to earth style, which makes it all seem extremely believable.

In a recent session Erik had this to say about Hell. “Yes, the definition of Hell is the true absence of God or God Source, but God is an omnipresent omnibeing—all the Omni’s. It’s everywhere. Energy is everywhere, so you can’t pull away from it. God is All There Is, so Hell can’t be some separate thing. …The closest I can describe it is being on Earth in a human body—how we come into our bodies and choose to give up everything we’ve known before that…. We come into our bodies lacking information, so this is the closest to what people describe Hell as being. I can vouch for that!”

So… what Erik is saying is that if there is a Hell, then Hell is on Earth because most humans feel separated from God! And indeed, I am sure that many of us have felt that! He goes on to say that if you fervently believe in hellfire and brimstone, then when you die you may experience that illusion because at that level, we tend to create whatever we believe. Let us remember that most religions caution us not to commit suicide because they believe it is a shortcut to hell. Not so in Erik Medhus’ case!

Now I will extract the essential afterlife experience of Billy Fingers from the book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan. This is a dialogue between deceased Billy and his younger sister, Annie Kagan. In this case there is no intermediary required such as a medium or channel. Essentially Billy comes to her in a series of apparitions or feelings; sometimes in bed or while driving, or walking on the beach.

To summarize the Earthly life of William Cohen, aka, Billy Fingers; to most people he would appear to be a drug addict, vagabond or a ne’er-do-well. At age 62 he died while in a drug-induced haze while crossing a road. He was hit by a car and died instantly.

Then three weeks after his death, it was Annie’s birthday. Just before sunrise, as she was waking up, she heard someone calling her name from above. “Annie! Annie! It’s me! It’s me! It’s Billy! It was Billy’s unmistakable deep, mellow voice. She was startled, but not at all afraid. In fact, she felt comforted. “Billy?” she said, half asleep. “You can’t be here. You’re dead. I must be dreaming.” “You’re not dreaming. It’s me! Get up and get the red notebook.” She then grabbed a pen and wrote what he was saying in the red notebook.

The first thing that happens is bliss; at least it was like that in my case. I don’t know if it’s that way for everyone who dies. As the car hit me, this energy came and sucked me right out of my body into a higher realm. I say “higher” since I had the feeling of rising up and suddenly all my pain was gone.

I don’t remember hovering over my body or looking down on it or anything like that. I guess I was pretty anxious to get out of there. I knew right away I was dead, and went with it, more than ready for whatever was waiting.

I wasn’t aware of traveling at any particular speed. I just felt light and unburdened as the sucking motion drew me up inside a chamber of thick silvery blue lights. People who have near-death experiences sometimes say they went through a tunnel. I’m using the word “chamber” because a tunnel has sides, but no matter what direction I looked, there was nothing but light for as far as I could see. Maybe the difference is I had a one-way ticket and theirs was a round-trip.

And even though I didn’t have my body anymore, it felt like I did and that it was being healed. The lights in the chamber penetrated me and made me feel better and better as they pulled me up. It wasn’t just the wounds from my car accident that were being healed. In the first nanosecond that the lights touched me, they erased any harm I suffered during my lifetime: physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise.

Soon, Daddy appeared right there beside me, young and smiling and handsome as ever. He was making jokes and asking, “What took you so long?” It was so great, seeing Daddy, but I’m guessing he was there to be a familiar landmark in foreign territory. I’m saying that because he was only with me for part of the ride and Daddy definitely wasn’t the main event.

The main event was the silvery lights and their party atmosphere. Those healing lights had a festive feeling, like they were cheering me on, saying, “Welcome home, Son.”

I can’t say how long I was floating up the healing chamber, because I no longer have a sense of time. But I can say that chamber was some kind of cosmic birthing canal that delivered me into this new life.

I want you to know, darling, there’s nothing hard or cruel for me anymore. I glided from the chamber right out into the glorious Universe. I’m drifting weightlessly through space with these gorgeous stars and moons and galaxies twinkling all around me. The whole atmosphere is filled with a soothing hum, like hundreds of thousands of voices are singing to me, but they’re so far away I can just barely hear them.

And although I can’t exactly say anyone was here to greet me, as soon as I came out of the chamber I felt a Divine Presence; a kind, loving, beneficent presence, and really, that was enough.

And so, I think it is abundantly evident from this description of Billy’s entrance into the Afterlife that he certainly was not headed for Hell! Quite the opposite! And as the book develops, he provides increasingly lavish details all the way to the final chapters in which he meets his Goddess, Shvara Lohana which is the Sanskrit name for the highest Goddess of all. This description of ‘heaven’ was beyond anything I have ever read about before! And what happens there in that chapter alone, is worth buying the book just for!

So even though it may seem natural to criticize, we should not be so quick to judge the life experiences of others based upon what seem to be their ‘less than perfect’ lives. The evidence provided in these two extraordinary books reveals that everyone is here on Earth gaining experiences to take back Home, to add to the Totality of All That Is.

Link to Billy Fingers Video Intro


12. July 2015 · Comments Off on Voyages into the Unknown – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Astral Travel, Death, OBE, OBE, Out of Body Experience

Voyages-into-the-Unknown-BoVoyages into the Unknown is the first of several books by OBE researcher Bruce Moen. I decided to purchase this book because I have long been a fan of Robert Monroe’s pioneering work into Consciousness via the Out of Body State, and Bruce Moen was a student of Robert Monroe. This book is based upon Mr. Moen’s experiences which he chronicled in a personal journal. It was published in 1997.

If you’re not familiar with Robert Monroe, he is the founder of The Monroe Institute. In 1956, Monroe started to study the effects of various sound patterns on human consciousness. In 1958, while using himself as a test subject, Monroe began to experience states of consciousness in which he felt himself separating from his physical body—what he described as an “out of body experience.” Wanting to learn more about these and other unusual experiences, Monroe began experimenting with expanded states of consciousness, eventually chronicled his experiences in the book trilogy, Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys, and Ultimate Journey.

I had already read all of Robert Monroe’s books and had even purchased and listened to a number of his pioneering audio meditation CDs he calls “Hemi-Sync® audio guidance technology,” albeit, the results, for me so far, had not been all that successful at producing the coveted OBE state. So I decided that perhaps it was time to investigate the experiences of one of his successful students. Enter, Bruce Moen!MoenPic-CR2

I liked knowing that even a so-called ‘successful’ OBEer such as Bruce Moen had his trials, doubts, false starts and tribulations in making progress towards this elusive goal! And even more reassuringly, Mr. Moen paid fairly large amounts of money to attend week-long, in-person, immersive workshops at The Monroe Institute headquarters in Faber, Virginia. And he did this at least two or three times before he started to get the hang of it! However, once he found the ‘holy grail’ of how to successfully enter the OBE state, he decided to specialize in something Robert Monroe also specialized in – Soul Rescue Work. This is an official program of the Monroe Institute they call the “Lifeline Program.”

Here’s how they describe the Lifeline Program. “It is a first-of-its-kind program that can empower you with the extraordinary ability to journey into the afterlife state and be of service to others. In this incredible program, you will have the unique opportunity to explore: Contacting people who have departed, Performing “rescues and retrievals” on souls unable to move on, Visiting “The Park,” an afterlife reception center, Connecting with new guides and/or systems of guides, Reuniting with friends and relatives who have transitioned, Sending healing energy to those still embodied, Retrieving lost parts or fragments of oneself.”

Indeed, Mr. Moen was able to do many of these things after he learned the mechanics of the Out of Body State! He was lucky in that he was able to work with a woman friend he met at the Institute and then later also after returning home. They would meet in the OB state, have experiences together, write in a journal what they remember and then call each other later to compare notes. Most of the time their notes synchronized and this provided Bruce with much desired ‘evidence’ or proof that what he was experiencing was indeed real.

The Monroe System labels various areas of Non-physical Consciousness with non-biased terms such as Focus 10, Focus 12, Focus 15, etc. These are designated as lighter brainwave states. Focus 23 is the area souls go after they die when they either don’t know they are dead or cannot release their attachments to the Earth life experience. Focus 24, 25, 26 are what Monroe describes as the “Belief System Territories.” In other Spiritual Systems, these areas might be called The Bardo or Purgatory, etc. Human Souls that have taken up residence here are held captive in a realm described by their major beliefs. This includes people with major religious beliefs of all stripes; Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Muslims, Atheists, etc. Additionally, he mentions that he encountered souls who held a belief in hell in Focus 25!

Focus 27 is the area most human souls go to after they die. It is best described as “The Reception Center, or Park.” It can appear to be in any configuration that would be comforting to the individual who is making their transition. Most decent people will find themselves in The Park when they die. There they will find volunteers of all kinds – whatever they may need, be it a doctor, a nurse, guides, etc. After a period of rest and recuperation souls will eventually either take up residence in the Park or maybe ascend to a higher level, decide to reincarnate, etc.; whatever is the perfect next step for them.

They whole reason that Robert Monroe decided to explore all of these higher Focus levels was that at the time, his wife was ill and he wanted to be assured as to where she would go after her transition. He called in “Death Insurance!”

Back to our author, Bruce Moen. Mr. Moen was extremely attracted to learning how to conduct stuck people from the lower Focus Levels or Astral Planes up to Focus 27 – The Park Reception Center. Evidently there is quite a large need for actual humans who are still living in Earth Bodies to become intermediaries in this work! And the reason for this is that humans living in the Earthly realm are vibrationally closer to the souls still stuck in these areas and so we have a better opportunity to reach them and somehow convince them to move on up than Beings residing in the Higher Dimensions.

So if you are interested in becoming an Angel of sorts, I suggest reading this book as well as those of Robert Monroe. Bruce Moen has gone on to write several other books beyond Voyages Into The Unknown. You can find all of his books on his Amazon author page. He also has a website called http://www.afterlife-knowledge.com/ where you can get up to date information on his activities and workshops.

06. July 2015 · Comments Off on Multidimensional Man – Book Overview · Categories: Uncategorized

Cover, Multidimensional ManIf you’re at all interested in a preview of what it might be like when you pass out of this world and into the higher dimensions, then Multidimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe is a book for you!

Multidimensional Man is a detailed 40 year record which takes OBEs (out-of-body experiences) and lucid dreaming to another level while remaining divorced from dogma and the confines of any belief systems; especially religious belief systems. Jurgen makes it very clear that this book is an accurate unbiased record of his experiences out of body starting back in the 1970s which began as a result of intense and disciplined regular meditation. Think of Jurgen as a reporter who ventures into unknown territories and then reports as accurately as he can, what he saw and experienced. Additionally, since he is an experienced technically trained animation artist, he has the ability to re-create extremely detailed visual renderings of what he saw in both 2D as well as 3D art!

Unlike other OBE authors, in the beginning Jurgen Ziewe (he’s German), wasn’t even trying to induce Jurgen ZieweOBEs; they were simply a bi-product of his meditations. You get the feeling that, for him, the OBEs were a let-down because he was after much loftier goals like experiencing God, Nirvana.
The author makes it clear that these were very conscious experiences. In most cases what he experienced was what he describes as “hyper-conscious or super-conscious; his awareness was brighter and he was more alert than in waking life.” In fact these are at times so realistic that he actually questions whether he’s in-the-body and then he has to do some gravity-defying feat like jumping 100 feet in the air while doing summer-salts to prove to himself that it’s an OBE and not Earthly waking life!

Heaven-4It has been pointed out that most OBE’ers are usually confined to explorations of the lower Astral Dimensions. This is where most people first go when they die as well. Jurgen theorizes that for most people who have rigid belief systems or perhaps no concept at all of what ‘heaven’ or the Afterlife might be like, most of them will experience a world very similar to what their life was like on Earth before they died. However, if they were depressed or had negative views, then they were more likely to get stuck on a lower astral dimension in a sort of ‘hell’ of their own making. I always think of that scene in the movie, What Dreams May Come, where Robin Williams’ wife commits suicide and gets stuck in some forlorn depressing place which obviously matched her state of mind when she crossed over.) Jurgen cites the case of his own mother who was extremely depressed when she died due to the mental and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her second husband. So for a few years he was not able to contact her. Then about three years later he was able to meet her in a very pleasant environment that would be akin to heaven (as most of us might picture it).

Heaven-2However, it was always Jurgen’s goal to go as high as he could; to attain true Nirvana. Along the way he encountered many potential traps and pitfalls, but that is part of what makes the book so engaging; it is a true adventure in consciousness! And since consciousness is all we ultimately have, in my opinion we owe it to ourselves to start to do our own experiments so that when that day arrives – the day when we cross over – we will be prepared as best we are able, to continue the journey starting on the ‘highest note’ possible. Now would be a good time to start expanding our awareness, whether through meditation or some other form of concentration or expansive activity.

Heaven-1Multidimensional Man is a very down-to-earth exploration that will inspire you whether you’re an atheist or skeptic or someone with an interest in psychology or metaphysics to explore the realms accessible through altered states of awareness. Another book reviewer, Bob Peterson, summed it up perfectly: “If this book had been written two thousand years ago, religion would have changed. People would have a completely different picture of heaven and the afterlife. Oh, people were having OBEs back then, and their descriptions live on in texts like the book of Revelation (of John), but the thing is, they were interpreted through a relatively primitive understanding of reality. I’d say Ziewe’s book is no less important than those religious texts.”

Heaven-3If you’re interested in pursuing OBE consciousness Jurgen has offered a free audio titled “OM Meditation”, which is a thirty minute deep meditation soundtrack to shift you into a higher dimension using Beta-Alpha-Theta Binaural Sounds and Trance-inducing Rhythms. This meditation aid was designed and composed using Beta-Alpha-Theta progressions of Binaural Beats. A “shamanic drumbeat” with subtle sound textures and an OM Mantra chant / chorus were added. At two points during the exercise a high cymbal sound was introduced to induce lucidity. The main carrier throughout is the brainwave entrainment sound, which modulates through beta, alpha and theta waveforms for ten minutes each and finishes on the pure sound.

I also suggest exploring Mr. Ziewe’s website and view some of his video talks which will further educate you into the worlds he has experienced.
Audio Meditation Link
Multidimensional Man Website Link

27. May 2015 · Comments Off on Heal the Soil, Heal Ourselves! · Categories: Uncategorized

BD-Shabari-Bird-LovelRecently, I have been digitizing some of my old radio shows (I had a radio interview show on and off for about ten years), most of which were recorded and archived in the 1990s on cassette tapes. One of the shows was an interview with Shabari Bird who at the time in 1999 was the recent widow of Christopher Bird, author, along with Peter Tompkins, of the now classic books, The Secrets of the Soil and The Secret Life of Plants. In that interview we discuss ideas from his books, and Biodynamic Agriculture. In this age, ruled by Monsanto and GMOs, I feel this is a Natural Science that sorely needs to be re-discovered, taken seriously and developed further if we are to survive and thrive as a species.BD_Rudolf-Steiner Listen to that Show HERE,

Biodynamic Agriculture was first made known by Rudolf Steiner, (B. 1861 – D. 1925) an Austrian born natural scientist, philosopher and spiritual clairvoyant. Biodynamic agriculture was initiated by Rudolph Steiner in a series of (channelled) lectures to farmers in Poland in 1924. (Steiner also initiated the concept that developed into Waldorf Schools.)

Those Polish farmers had noticed that the quality of their produce was declining and they wanted to understand what was happening and what they could do to reverse the decline. Steiner’s basic message was that the world was becoming materialistic and needed a spiritual impulse to restore balance. He recommended certain preparations to help activate the soil communities again. If he was concerned about that problem way back then, then shouldn’t we be even more concerned now?

BD_Agriculture-BookWhat is Biodynamic Agriculture? Biodynamic farming works with the forces of nature—the moon, the stars and the sun. Farmers work to build a complex and living soil and to develop a living connection between Heaven and Earth. In this environment, plants grow exceptionally well without any sort of chemicals: the food is tasty, nutritious and very satisfying. The soil itself is the key in this type of agriculture, because it is ultimately the topsoil upon which all life on earth depends.

Humus-rich topsoil has taken thousands of years to get to its present state of intense microbiological activity. These micro-organisms work full-time producing the organic matter that plants need for development. It is clear, then, that we need to take care of them. Unfortunately, conventional farming has destroyed the majority of these microscopic populations with fungicides, insecticides and herbicides to the point that it is now necessary to do an urgent about-face, before we fully devastate the earth, our food supply and our own health, everywhere!

Bio-Dynamic Agriculture offers a potential remedy for our foolish farming ways ! But it would mean that our farmers begin to embrace an entirely new way of being and doing farming. In a dozen or so years, it is possible to bring damaged soil back to a happy, healthy, productive state without the use of harmful chemicals or GMOs. While this may seem a long spell from today’s perspective, it is a relatively short period in the span of the earth.

Cosmiculture to the Rescue! In Secrets of the Soil, the authors have introduced hundreds of thousands of farmers worldwide to the primal mysteries of the soil. In it is a chapter on Cosmiculture! What exactly is “Cosmiculture?” Simple! It is the channeling of cosmic energy into the ground for the benefit of plants. But how is this accomplished?

BD_Radionic_FieldBroadcasteFieldbroadcasters! On a practical level, this Steinerian ideal is accomplished with what is called “Fieldbroadcasters” or “cosmic pipes,” which are 6 – 7 foot high plastic tubes, three inches in diameter, their bases inserted thirty inches into the ground. Atop each pipe is a copper electrode designed to absorb the mysterious cosmic energy. In some models there are cups into which various nourishing substances are placed and radionically broadcast to the crops. The theory is thus: “All around us is a great sea of energy, cosmic energy, solar energy, lunar energy, planetary energy, and the energy of the earth itself. But, unlike the chemicals sold in commerce, this energy is free, and it isn’t toxic; it’s highly beneficial. All we have to do is tap it.” – Galen Hieronymus

Radionics is also used to monitor plants as well as animals, as in the following examples.

• Example 1: An orchardist monitors her trees radionically to find evidence of fungal diseases. Because she does not detect any disease problems until midway through the season, early sprays are not applied. This saves money and reduces impact on the environment.

• Example 2: A horse breeder has a valuable animal with health problems, and the usual spectrum of testing reveals nothing. Radionic analysis suggests that the problem is a relatively rare amoebic infection.

BD_ApprenticesA specific conventional test confirms this and the proper treatment is given.
Unfortunately, today Biodynamic Agriculture is still in its infancy and only practiced by a relative handful of farmers. In my research, I found a couple of websites which listed participating farmers and there I found only a handful. However, Biodynamic Agriculture is considered the cream of the crop of Organic Farming, so it is a goal we should be encouraging all farmers to try to emulate even in the smallest degree because we need to do everything we can to move away from the insidious encroachment of the Monsanto-based, GMO-style poisonous methods that are slowly poisoning us! GMO farming offers short-sighted gains, but is deleterious to all of us in the long run.

Just as a healthy gut is critical to the health of humans, a healthy soil, rich with multitudes of biological species, is critical to the health of what we grow in it! Therefor we cannot separate our human health from the health of the food we consume; and that food must be grown and nurtured by a healthy soil!
NOTE: Today, in 2015, Shabari Bird is married to Hugh Lovel, who is considered one of the world’s top experts in Biodynamic Farming. His book, A Biodynamic Farm has served as a good introduction to many. It is available through Acres USA, www.acresusa.com. Their comprehensive website is: http://www.quantumagriculture.com.
If you’d like to listen to my interview with Shabari Bird Lovel, here’s a link to my Commercial Free! Timeless Topic Radio Shows

27. April 2015 · Comments Off on Direct Connect To God, Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Astral Travel, Healing, mediumship, NDE, OBE, Out of Body Experience, spiritual healing, Uncategorized

Direct Connect To God, True Stories of Hope, Healing & Miracles;
Seeing Visions, Voicing and Hearing Words Far Beyond Human Insight
By Debra Martin and Sheri Getten


Debra-SheriOn April 9th, 2015 I was listening to my favorite radio program, Coast to Coast AM, when they had Debra Martin and Sheri Getten as guests. They are healers that say they connect directly to God when they conduct their healing work. Now maybe all healers connect to God in some fashion, but when you read and understand how they work and read the history of how they got started, you begin to think that perhaps they really do have a direct connection to God or at least a very powerful and wise aspect of God, when they do their healing work.

DCTG Book CoverFirst of all they come off as being very sincere. Secondly they have a lot of healing miracles that demonstrate that whatever they have connected with certainly does have some sort of super-powerful healing ability in many of the cases they have transcribed in this book.

To make a long story short, they both came to their work together via a series of serious car accidents which provided some ‘Angelic Guidance’ as well as brief experiences on “The Other Side,” and then later an ‘opportunity’ to heal Debra when she was in a serious Near Death health condition. *

The two work as a pair when doing their healing work. Debra Martin is a medium and is certified ‘Level 5’ by Dr. Gary Schwartz through his VERITAS Research Program at the Human Energy Systems Laboratory (HESL) in Tucson, Arizona.

Sheri Getten is the ‘hands on healer’ of the duo. After her NDE experiences she was drawn to Eric Pearl for her early training and has completed all 3 levels of his training possible. If you haven’t heard of Eric Pearl, you can find his amazing story through his book, The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, and his website. He has now trained thousands of people world-wide in his healing modality.

The way Sheri and Debra work is interesting. The client lies on a typical massage type table and while Sheri is doing her hands-on healing on the client, Debra lies under the table and makes an intuitive connection with God and becomes “the Voice of God.” She is then able to “direct the show” and even take the client on a spiritual journey which is sort of what some people experience during a past-life hypnosis session. They might go to a past-life that needs healing or to some other spiritual level to gain wisdom or knowledge pertinent to their disease, or to meet with a deceased relative, or whatever else may be needed to effect a healing.

Many times the client experiences an out and out miracle healing from a life threatening condition. For instance, chapter 5 describes the miracle healing of Dr. James Veney – A True Miracle from God, dated January 17, 2014. Dr. Veney was a retired professor of public health in the department of health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And as such Dr. Veney was a true skeptic. In February of 2013 he noticed that his energy level was declining. It turned out he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He then began a treatment regimen of chemotherapy that laid him low. In his own words, “Most days I could hardly move from my chair. Any kind of physical activity was impossible.” Chemotherapy causes collateral damage, and in his case it was peripheral neuropathy that included tingling in his hands and numbness in his feet. He stated, “Watching me struggle with my symptoms, my daughter arranged a healing for me with Debra Martin and Sheri Getten. I am typically skeptical of anything that doesn’t have a proven scientific basis, having spent my entire career doing research on effectiveness in the health field. But I knew it was important to both my daughters and my wife that I do this.”

He and his family and met with Debra and Sheri on a Friday morning. He said, “I had no idea what to expect, and even now don’t know exactly what happened. What I do know is that I lay on my back on a table in a darkened room at The Logos Center. Debra seemed to take on my thoughts and feelings and was able to sense my affliction, while Sheri assisted with the energy work, waving her hands over me. During the session, Debra talked about my pain; it seemed that she really could feel it. At the end of the session, my wife and daughters came into the room and we all said the Lord’s Prayer. Truthfully, I didn’t really feel any different than when I went in.

Three days later he had an appointment with a lymphoma specialist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Arizona. Based on previous tests, he had already concluded that he had lymphoma in his central nervous system and proceeded to outline two treatment options. One included surgery to remove the cancer in his brain, chemotherapy injected into his spine, and radiation treatment, etc. None of the treatment choices appealed to him, and the doctor said that the prognosis was only two to ten percent. He also indicated the need for another spinal tap to pinpoint the type of lymphoma that needed to be treated.

In his words, “We returned to the cancer center two days later for the spinal tap and chemotherapy injection. Based on the gloomy predictions from the neurologist and oncologist, my wife and I were bracing ourselves for the worst. The oncologist had said he would call with the test results at the end of the week. The outcome: There was no evidence of lymphoma in my spinal fluid. MD Anderson is renowned for cancer diagnosis and treatment, so I am confident in the result of that test. I do not have cancer in my spinal column or in my brain. What I know is that I went to the healing and my symptoms disappeared. The cancer was completely gone within one week of my healing session. That is enough for me to be truly grateful for the help Debra and Sheri gave me. I feel I have a second chance!”

As stated by the publisher, “Debra Martin and Sheri Getten have developed a healing technique of their own which is not being done anywhere else in the world. They have brought a piece of heaven here for you to read in this book. They are bringing you a direct connection with God. While reading this book, you are connecting to God’s frequency and vibration. Through these words from God, allow yourself to open your heart and feel His love, see His visions, and take a spiritual journey to places that most people think are unattainable.”

If you want evidence that healing miracles are possible, I highly recommend reading this book! It contains over 20 chapters and most of them are direct transcriptions of actual cases. There is sure to be at least one that relates to you! And the book demonstrates that God can still perform miracles in our day and age! It’s available from Direct Connect to God from Amazon in print or if you can’t wait for it to be shipped, get it immediately in Kindle version as I did! They also have a page on Facebook.


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.