One of the perks of hosting this blog is the opportunity to communicate with people worldwide. Hardly a day goes by when I do not receive a photo of a “potential orb” from someone, somewhere in the world and I am grateful for these opportunities to expand my research. In this post I will share some of the more interesting photos of what I consider to be authentic orbs and the stories behind them.

Orb at Stourhead Estate, photographed by Sherri Matthews www.sherrimatthewsblog.com

Orb at Stourhead Estate, photographed by Sherri Matthews http://www.sherrimatthewsblog.com

The photo of this orb (visible at the left of the cross) was taken by Sherri Matthews at Stourhead estate near Mere, Wiltshire, England.

Lady Alda Hoare of Stourhead with her husband and son.

Lady Alda Hoare of Stourhead with her husband and son.

The Hoare family, who owned and lived on the Stourhead Estate in the 1770s, is buried there. Sherri and her husband often visit Stourhead Lake and gardens, and on this grey and rainy afternoon when the photo was taken, were the only two at the graveyard. They were quite surprised to learn they had captured an orb with their camera. If you zoom in on the orb and look closely, you might see two men who look remarkably similar to the husband and son of Lady Alda Hoare shown in the photo!

Photo of Gerry Gendron published with his permission

(Photo of Gerry Gendron published with his permission)

Can you see three orbs in this photo of Gerry Gendron? Gerry believes they contain the spirits of his mother who died in 1999, his grandmother (1994) and great aunt (2001). “The one with the face [in the orb] is my grandmother, she was the most strong-willed,” Gerry says. “I think they are telling me there is life after death and not to worry, that they will meet me on the other side.”

In 2010-1011, Gerry almost died with stage 4 lymphoma. He also had kidney cancer— hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma, type 1, and consequently had half of his left kidney removed in 2013. The doctors believe the cancer has now returned to his right kidney and are keeping an eye on the tumor as it slowly grows. Nothing can be done to stop the cancer or slow it down as neither Chemotherapy nor radiation works.

Once during an EVP session (Electronic Voice Phenomena used to record sounds made by spirits), Gerry received knocks from all three deceased relatives  in response to questions he asked. He was able to determine which one was knocking he says “because the loudest was my grandmother and the softest was my great aunt (she was a quiet person in life), and the first knock was my mother.” Gerry has a positive attitude about his cancer that is admirable because he believes his role on the other side will be to welcome new souls. That and the loving family he knows are waiting to greet him.

orb photographed by Marcella, www.mysecretloveforyou.wordpress.com

orb photographed by Marcella, http://www.mysecretloveforyou.wordpress.com

Marcella took the photo of this beautiful orb on April 26, the day of her wedding anniversary. She had this to say. “After my mom passed, I have seen a very special orb on important celebrations, I can’t say it is my mom, but definitely some great energy make her presence now in my house. I called for my mom that day, I took pictures and I didn’t see the Orb right away until late that night when I sat with my computer and I saw it. What a great joy!” Orbs tend to be plentiful inside and outside Marcella’s home as you will see in her gallery of orb photos at www.mysecretloveforyou.wordpress.com (El Closet de Los Recuerdos)

 

Mary Ellen ball orbI have received a number of photos similar to this one, of children with orbs close to their body or head. These photos were sent to me by Mary Ellen. While taking pictures over Christmas 2013, Mary Ellen noticed what appeared to be a floating ball so she kept snapping away and captured an orb with a woman’s face. (Zoom in for a closer look). Mary Ellen says “My mother passed away in 1997 and for years I was asking her to please send me a sign that you are okay.”

Mary Ellen orbA couple of years ago while taking pictures of a family by the lake, Mary Ellen was surprised to discover a rainbow around the little girl in the photo. Towards the middle of the girl’s head, on the right side, the face appears in the orb again.

Orbs are thought to be spiritual messengers or to contain the spirits of deceased loved ones. It certainly appears from these photos that orbs may, in fact, be vehicles for transporting spirits to our world and to other realms. Anything is possible. And who knows, they may be a form of transportation for our planet in the future.

Have you ever seen an orb with your naked eye or captured one on camera? Thanks to all of you who sent photos of orbs and allowed me to share them. You can send your orb photos to byoung@myhighspeed.ca Please do not send videos.

It may surprise you to learn that in many countries Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is a time to remember and celebrate the dead, including saints, martyrs, and dearly departed loved ones. Traditionally the focus of All Hallows’ Eve was to use humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. Hence the idea of dressing up in costumes became an important part of the celebration.

Just where Halloween got its roots and how it grew over the years into a yearly event that people celebrate worldwide is an interesting story. The name ‘Halloween’ comes from the Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, meaning hallowed evening or holy evening. While some scholars argue that All Hallows’ Eve has solely Christian roots, others believe it was influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots.

The more popular belief is that Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. The Celts also believed that the transition between the two seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. In Ireland, Scotland, Mann and Wales, the festival included mummers and guisers—people going house-to-house in disguise, reciting verses or songs in exchange for food. F. Marion McNeill, the Scottish folklorist, suggests that in ancient time people dressed in costume to represent the spirits and blackened their faces with ashes taken from a sacred bonfire.

'Holy Bones' image courtesy of www.en.wikinoticia.com

‘Holy Bones’ image courtesy of http://www.en.wikinoticia.com

Halloween traditions vary from culture to culture. In France for example, some Christian families prayed beside the graves of their loved ones and set out dishes of milk for them. In Italy, before departing for church, families left a complete meal out for the spirits of their deceased relatives. A Halloween tradition in Spain, which continues to this day, is to bake special pastries known as “bones of the holy” (Huesos de Santo) and leave them on the graves of relatives. Their Christian priests toll the church bells as a reminder to honor the dead on All Hallows’ Eve.

In Poland, believers pray out loud as they walk through the forests to bring comfort to the souls of the dead. While in Ireland, and among immigrants in Canada, some Christians abstain from eating meats and instead serve pancakes or Callcannon.  Mexican children make an altar to invite angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit.

Singapore traditionally celebrates their “Hungry Ghost Festival” in August or September, a celebration similar to Halloween. Families place food and water in front of photographs of deceased relatives and burn bonfires or lanterns to light the paths of spirits who travel the earth on that night. Worshippers in Buddhist temples make paper boats and burn them in the evening hours to remember the dead and to free the spirits of the “pretas” – those who died by accident or drowning and whose bodies were never recovered for burial, so they might ascend to heaven.(Our Western Halloween traditions are slowly filtering into the Chinese culture, specifically influenced by children who study in North America.)

Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore

Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore

An influx of Irish and Scottish immigrants during the 19th century greatly influenced the rise of Halloween celebrations in Canada and the United States. In Cajun areas, an evening Mass was given in cemeteries on Halloween night, and candles that were blessed were placed on graves. It was common for some families to spend the entire night at the graveside. By the first decade of the 20th century, the concept of Halloween had assimilated into mainstream society and was celebrated throughout North America by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds. Halloween is now celebrated throughout the world.

Farrah Dance Works, Halloween Fundraiser, Photo courtesy of Hannah Kentfield

Farrah Dance Works, Halloween Fundraiser,
Photo courtesy of Hannah Kentfield

While the history and meaning behind Halloween may vary from culture to culture, the way in which people celebrate the occasion has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual into a day of fun, costumes, parades and trick or treating. Happy ghost haunting to all of you around the world! And don’t forget to burn a candle for the souls of your departed loved ones.

How do you celebrate Halloween?

A few years ago I came across a speech delivered by Prince Charles and the content blew me away. I knew that Prince Charles was an environmentalist, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that his spiritual grounding also ran deep. His words filled me with hope for the future of our planet because either he or his son is destined to rule one day, and you know how the saying goes…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Here is a condensed version of his speech.

Photo courtesy of www.news.bbc.co.uk

Photo courtesy of http://www.news.bbc.co.uk

“Although it seems to have become deeply unfashionable to talk about the spiritual dimension of our existence, that is what I propose to do. The idea that there is a sacred trust between mankind and our Creator, under which we accept a duty of stewardship for the earth, has been an important feature of most religious and spiritual thought throughout the ages.

I believe that if we are to achieve genuinely sustainable development, we will first have to rediscover a sense of the sacred in our dealings with the natural world and with each other. If nothing is held sacred any more because it is considered synonymous with superstition, what is there to prevent us from treating our entire world as some great laboratory of life, with potentially disastrous long-term consequences?

Fundamentally, an understanding of the sacred helps us to acknowledge that there are bounds of balance, order, and harmony in the natural world which set limits to our ambitions and define the parameters of sustainable development. It seems that when we do have scientific evidence that we are damaging our environment, we aren’t doing enough to put things right. And when we don’t have that evidence, we are prone to do nothing at all, regardless of the risks. Part of the problem is the prevailing approach that seeks to reduce the natural world, including ourselves, to the level of nothing more than a mechanical process.

In this technology-driven age, it is all too easy for us to forget that mankind is a part of nature, and not apart from it. This is why we should seek to work with the grain of nature in everything we do. For the natural world is, as economist Herman Daly puts it, “the envelope that contains, sustains, and provisions the economy” – not the other way round.

image courtesy of www.photobucket.com

image courtesy of http://www.photobucket.com

We need to rediscover a reverence for the natural world, to become more aware in Philip Sherrard’s words of the “relationship of interdependence, interpenetration and reciprocity between God, Man and Creation.” Above all, we should show greater respect for the genius of nature’s designs—rigorously tested and refined over millions of years. This means being careful to use science to understand how nature works, not to change what nature is with genetic manipulation. In an age when we are told that science has all the answers, what chance is there for working with the grain of nature?

Buried deep within each and every one of us, there is an instinctive, heartfelt awareness that provides the most reliable guide as to whether or not our actions are really in the long-term interests of our planet and all the life it supports. This awareness, this wisdom of the heart, may be no more than a faint memory of a distant harmony rustling like a breeze through the leaves, yet sufficient to remind us that the earth is unique and that we have a duty to care for it.

Wisdom, empathy, and compassion have no place in the empirical world, yet traditional wisdoms ask, “Without them, are we truly human?” I believe that we need to restore the balance between the heartfelt reason of instinctive wisdom and the rational insights of scientific analysis. Only by employing both the intuitive and the rational halves of our own nature—our hearts and our minds—that we will live up to the sacred trust place in us by our Creator.

Our descendants will have scientific and technological expertise beyond our imagining, but will they have the insight or the self-control to use this wisely? They won’t, I believe, unless there are increased efforts to develop an approach to education which balances the rational with the intuitive. Without this, truly sustainable development is doomed. Surely we need a greater balance in the way we educate people so that the practical and intuitive wisdom of the past blend with the appropriate technology of the present to produce practitioners who are acutely aware of both the visible and invisible worlds of the Cosmos.

Above all, I don’t want to see the day when our grandchildren ask accusingly why we didn’t listen more carefully to the wisdom of our hearts as well as to the rational analysis of our minds.”

In support of Prince Charles’ speech, I would add that as enlightened spiritual beings we have a commitment to not only look out for one another, but also to treat Mother Earth with the same reverence. What are your thoughts on this speech…did it change your opinion of Prince Charles? As future King, and/or father of a future King, do you think Charles or his son will one day have a major influence in the world? (Keep in mind that William was also influenced by a very compassionate mother in his formative years.)

It may surprise you to know that every person considers suicide at least once in their life. Every 40 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person chooses death over life. Sadly 80% of those suicides come from the youth population. This post is dedicated to the memory of Alex who ended his life at the age of 18, and to all the family members, loved ones, and friends of suicides in the world who struggle to make sense of it.

What pushes some people to the edge and others over the edge? Psychologist Dan Reidenberg (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)) describes it as “intolerable, unbearable anguish that can’t go away. No matter what people have tried—treatment, medication—it doesn’t help. Logic becomes unreal. Attention and focus fall apart. The brain is just an organ and at some point it says, ‘I can’t take the pain anymore. I must take myself out.’

There’s a strange kind of deal-making that can go on before a decision to die is actually reached.  “If someone smiles at me today I’m not going to do it”…”I’m going to have my last meal and if that goes well, I won’t do it.’” Robin Williams seemed to understand the shaky ground on which potential suicides exist, when he made a comment in relation to his struggle with alcoholism, “You’re standing at a precipice and you look down, there’s a voice and it’s a little quiet voice that goes, ‘Jump.’”

meeting with Spirit Guide, image courtesy of www.in5d.com

meeting with Spirit Guide, image courtesy of http://www.in5d.com

From a spiritual perspective, there is no judgment when a soul chooses to end his or her life. There are instances where souls are extremely unhappy with their earth life and pray to be taken home. This is a more subtle form of suicide because what often happens is the person will manifest their death through a fatal illness or accident. The more difficult suicides to understand and accept are those souls who voluntarily end their life when they appear to have a lot going for them—a loving spouse and family, a respected place in the community, a bright future to look forward to, even fame and fortune.

We cannot know what burdens a soul carries with them from previous lives, or what karma they are here to balance out in this life. Their struggle is a personal one that even they might not fully understand. When a soul voluntarily ends his or her life, this often happens to souls who incarnated before they were ready.  Perhaps they did not take the time to heal properly from the karmic burdens of a previous life, or they chose to incarnate to deal with their karma and it was too much for them to handle. You might ask why in this situation, their Spirit Guide did not step in and rescue them.

In fact, it is highly likely the person considering suicide did already meet with his or her guides on a soul level, during sleep. When a soul strays too far from their path and appears doomed to fail, their guides step in to determine whether or not to recall that soul. Guides do what they can to help, however their role as Spirit Guides is to advise and assist, not to interfere with free will, which is part of the human experience. Souls rarely remember these meetings—except for occasional flashes they attribute to dreaming—but the decision was made jointly, to either live out his or her life on earth, or to terminate life and return to the Spirit World.

My own feeble attempt at suicide as a young woman fortunately failed. But there is a stigma attached to suicide that causes people to remain quiet and swallow their pain rather than talk about suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately even today many people continue to look at suicide as “an easy way out”. Choosing death over life is never an “easy” decision. No one can possibly understand the depth of another person’s pain until they walk in their shoes.

Author: Julia Fraser

Author: Julia Fraser

At a community meeting on suicide and suicide prevention, Alex’s father had this to say: I can bring the shadow of suicide in to the light of love. Together we can hold each other up, support one another and become healing light workers to others struggling with their own shadow. Let us all truly believe we are our brother’s keeper. To read Alex’s story, visit his parent’s website at http://www.mysoulawakened.org Alex’s mother, Julia Fraser has written a book about her son’s suicide titled My Soul Awakened…by Tragedy. 

Did you ever have suicidal thoughts or lose someone close to you through suicide? Please share your thoughts in the comment section. You just might help to save someone’s life!

Sean Monaghan was twelve when he had his first paranormal experience. He saw a shadow person in the hallway and it terrified him, but it also sparked an interest in the paranormal. Fast forward to the year 2011, to an adult Sean with a wife and child, and a rented house straight out of Amityville Horror! At the time he first visited the house for rent in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Sean was well aware of his sensitivity to spirits—he could sense them and feel their presence—consequently when he checked out the basement, he immediately sensed a dark and evil presence lurking about the non-functional well.

Image of demon courtesy of www.trashyourstress.com

Image of demon courtesy of http://www.trashyourstress.com

Wells tend to be a portal for entities of all kinds, and Sean knew this, but despite the “bad feeling” he mentioned to his wife, it didn’t stop them from renting the house. One evening while the couple was experimenting with an Ouija board, a spirit came through and identified himself as “Nelmond”. (Note the word “demon” within the name). Shortly after this initial contact was made, the stomping began. Footsteps were heard on the basement stairs late at night and heavy stomping in the attic above their heads.

Sean consulted a friend, a “religious” type about the noises in the house and invited him to check it out for himself. Somewhat reluctantly, his friend agreed, partly because of the fear in Sean’s voice, and also to confirm his own disbelief. Soon after Sean and his friend went into the attic, the stomping began, and only then did the friend understand Sean’s fear. He suggested inviting a pastor friend to the house to pray and get rid of the entity. When that failed to work, Sean invited a few like-minded friends to the house for an intervention with the demon.

Ouija Board image courtesy of www.treasuryosychicability.com

Ouija Board image courtesy of http://www.treasuryosychicability.com

The average house spirits will often leave a house when the occupants let them know they aren’t welcome, or it is time to go to the light. Negative energies are a different breed altogether. They tend to feed off the energy of their prey, and in serious cases, will attempt to take possession of the person. During the intervention, the group experienced a considerable shift in the atmosphere as the room temperature got colder and the lights dimmed on their own. When the entity spelled out on the Ouija board that it wanted to possess “Sean M”, Sean refused to participate any further and gave the board to his friends when they left. The paranormal activity got worse.

Items were thrown from the top of the fridge at a friend who was visiting. While Sean was at work one day, his wife heard a voice that sounded like his calling to her in the kitchen. A telephone call to Sean confirmed that he was indeed at work and he advised his wife to stay in the living room with their son and he would be home soon. When Sean arrived home, his wife went into the basement for something and seconds later came running up the stairs screaming that something had growled at her.

Sean realized the entity was trying to get to him through his family, so he sent his son to stay with his parents. Meanwhile, Sean was suffering from mental and physical exhaustion, an attempt on the demon’s part, he believed, to weaken him. Sean decided it was time to face down his fear. He would confront the demon in its own territory, in the basement in the pitch black, with the lights off! Sean sat down on a chair and said “I’m here!” He challenged the demon to make its presence known or get out, said it had no power here, and forbade it from being in his home. Sean felt the air change and become tense, and a weight descended on him that was completely exhausting. He decided to reach out for help.

Evil face courtesy of www.demonimages.net

Evil face courtesy of http://www.demonimages.net

Sean spoke to a team of paranormal investigators in New Jersey who advised him to stop any further investigation as it would make him more vulnerable. Sean didn’t listen and went ahead and purchased investigative equipment. He made certain his family was safe and confronted the entity again, demanding signs, gathering information, and learning what he could. He decided to consult a well-known paranormal psychic in the UK by telephone and when Sean explained the readings he was getting from the equipment, the psychic told him it was not a spirit he was dealing with but something more, and at that moment Sean was standing directly in front of it. She said it was a powerful force that could launch Sean across the room if it really wanted to hurt him.

Sean’s wife noticed personality changes in him. When he drank, his eyes changed color and he was acting different, becoming more aggressive in his confrontations with the entity. Meanwhile Sean captured an EVP (Electronic voice phenomena) recording of a child calling for help in the basement and a growl, similar to what his wife heard. At night both Sean and his wife heard a little boy talking and whispering. At times, Sean felt breathing on his neck and felt cold spots in the room. He recorded shadows being manipulated without any rational explanation. And on a visit to the house, Sean’s mother heard the baby gate get slammed down hard onto the floor as though someone had picked it up and hurled it.

Sean’s father was initially skeptical but soon realized something in the house was trying to harm his son and family. He did something uncharacteristic and called on the spirits of his parents “to come and do battle with whatever evil spirit was there and get it out of the house!” According to Sean, the air changed, “something was different, like a weight had been lifted, and for a while it made a difference.” Sean continued to sage the house, his son returned home, and the family tried to restore things to normal. But eventually the entity returned.

Image of Hell courtesy of www.mr-jack.deviant.com

Image of Hell courtesy of http://www.mr-jack.deviant.com

The incident that finally drove the family from the house happened one evening when Sean and his wife were going through photos on the computer. When the photos of the basement came up, the images began to change to show “evil faces and arms and things of that nature…if you’ve seen a picture of hell and torture, it looked like that. My wife pointed at the living room and in the middle of the wall was an evil looking face, staring right at me. I saw something materialize out of the air, energy begin to gather and transform into something, like the faint discoloration you see in the air from gasoline when it lights on fire—that hazy kind of translucent—and then the manifestation of a face.  I said “In the name of God I command you to get out of this house, you are not welcome here! it simply stared me down, didn’t move, didn’t react. I told my wife we were getting our son and getting out of there!”

They left that very night to stay with Sean’s parents. When Sean researched the history of the property, he discovered it fell into a triangular piece of land that one time housed a facility for executing criminals. Sean found a photo of the facility in a book of haunted places in Pennsylvania. I want to thank Sean for allowing me to share his story. For the average person who has not experienced negative entities, it is a difficult story to fathom. Having seen entities myself, and captured their images on camera, I can confirm with certainty they do exist. There is more to Sean’s story. Click here to read the complete version on his blog:  http://smonaghan119.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/paranormal-theories-and-observations/

Your comments and stories are welcome! In fact they are a vital part of this blog!

 

Having just returned from a visit to Lily Dale, I have to say my spirits are still soaring! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this community near Buffalo, New York, it happens to be the world’s largest center for the religion of spiritualism. Forty registered mediums reside in Lily Dale among a small population of 210 residents, each in their own uniquely styled home, some of which can only be described as artistic masterpieces. My niece and I went there for our own specific reasons and came away with more than we anticipated!

Lily Dale entrance, courtesy of www.rayspage.homestead.com

Lily Dale entrance, courtesy of http://www.rayspage.homestead.com

When you drive through the entrance gate to Lily Dale, you immediately sense a change of energy, as though you are entering sacred grounds. We stopped by the Healing Temple and left a message on the tree outside, and visited the museum where the curator happily shared stories of the Fox sisters, genuine mediums credited with bringing modern spiritualism to the world in 1848.

It was Katie Fox who changed the world of spiritualism forever when she responded to mysterious raps in the house her family had recently moved into. (The Fox cottage was moved from its original site in Hydesville, New York to the Lily Dale site in 1915. Tragically the cottage was destroyed by fire in 1955).

One night after listening to these strange raps, Katie snapped her fingers and called out “Here Mr. Split-foot, do as I do.” Immediately the raps came back to match the number of times she snapped her fingers. Katie motioned in the air a few times without making a sound and again the raps matched the sequence. It was then Katie uttered the fateful words “Look mother, it can see as well as hear.” She had proven beyond a doubt that the soul is immortal – that life after death is a fact and spirits can communicate with the living.

We saw this demonstrated again and again when we visited Inspiration Stump at a clearing in the woods where mediums take turns giving messages from spirit to the audience. There are three categories of mediums who participate in these public messages: registered mediums who reside in Lily Dale, visiting mediums from outside the area, and student mediums taking courses in Lily Dale. One of the visiting mediums brought a message to my niece from a departed loved one and gave convincing evidence.

Inspiration Stump, photograph property of www.ghosttalkblog.com

Inspiration Stump, photograph property of http://www.ghosttalkblog.com

I read in one of the pamphlets that “It is not unusual to become more aware of the spiritual energies while in this open and receptive state at the stump.” During one of our visits to Inspiration Stump we experienced the intoxicating fragrance of roses for a few moments, though there were no rose bushes on the premises. Interestingly, the rose fragrance is believed to signify the presence of healing angels. Earlier on our drive in to Lily Dale, we spotted another form of angel in a wisp of cloud off to our right. It was the third sign—this one painted on a rock “Angels gather here”—that convinced me I was on track with my soon-to-be-released book which bears a similar title and happens to be about the Spirit World.

Message Tree outside the Healing Temple, photo by www.ghosttalkblog.com

Message Tree outside the Healing Temple, photo by http://www.ghosttalkblog.com

Lily Dale is a harmonious, peaceful place to relax and restore the soul. It is also a place to connect with loved ones in spirit and to chat with people from around the world who share a spiritual path and a fondness for spiritualism generally. We did not book ahead for one of the courses offered on site, or make an appointment with one of the registered mediums for a reading. We were content to soak up the spiritual energy and just be in the moment. We did agree to return next year and to plan our visit well in advance. (We missed seeing and hearing guest speakers James Van Praagh and Dr. Eben Alexander!) I also promised on my next visit to stay in the lovely “Angel House” on the premises.

Have you been to Lily Dale? I would love to hear about your experience! If you want to learn more about Lily Dale, click here: http://www.lilydaleassembly.com/ or click below to watch this great documentary/video “No One Dies In Lily Dale” : 

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/50356/No-One-Dies-in-Lily-Dale 

You wake up at 1:11 AM several nights in a row. Your eyes are drawn to the digital clock at exactly 11:11. You see these numbers everywhere—on license plates, addresses, telephone numbers—until you feel the number 11 is stalking you! Is it coincidence, or is the Universe trying to get your attention?

If you are a spiritually awakened soul, you know that “coincidences” are obsolete, and to see something repeatedly is a message of some kind. In the case of numbers, the more you see in the sequence, especially if you see them repeatedly, the stronger the message! When you see number sequences repeatedly, stop and meditate on the number. What comes to mind?

It is not uncommon to see one sequence of numbers for a while, and then shift to another sequence. This indicates a shift in energy to another significant area of your life that requires your attention to. Double digit numbers are considered Master numbers, so you might be working on mastering a specific level in your spiritual development or being called to your mission or purpose in life.

1:11/11:11 – The energy of ‘1’ resonates with change – the kind of life changing events, so look to new beginnings, an upcoming change or shift. A double one is also a double creative number, so perhaps you are being called to put your creative talents to good use. The number ‘1’ also resonates with ambition, independence, motivation, adaptability, self-development, and oneness with life. Seeing ‘1’ sequences can bring miracles into your life, also synchronicities which may lead you closer to your purpose in life. Look at each area and decide whether there is work to be done, or whether you need to take a risk, a leap forward. It is pointless to resist change because change will inevitably happen, with or without your cooperation. However it is always best to not resist change, but to “go with the flow” as nature intended.

2:22 – The energy of ‘2’ resonates with Divine Purpose/Your Calling/Mission in Life
I once lived at 222 Riverview Lane and I loved the energy of ‘2’ in that house. It’s where I did most of my past life review work, studied tarot and the sacred truths, completed my Path of Service studies, volunteered as a distant healer, wrote a book…in other words, I was Divinely inspired under the influence of ‘2’. The influence of ‘2’ indicates things are coming together; it resonates with cooperation and balance, service and duty, balance and harmony, gentleness and kindness, faith and trust, intuition, selflessness, flexibility, partnership and cooperation. How open are you to receiving guidance from the Universe? Ask the Universe for guidance then follow that path no matter where it leads, for the Universe knows your heart and soul and your deepest desires better than you!

3:33 – The energy of ‘3’ resonates with Manifesting Your Desires
When you see this number sequence, it is especially important to pause and focus on what you desire to manifest in your life. Be specific. The number ‘3’ also resonates with growth, expansion, kindness, compassion, speech and communication, sociability, friendliness, optimism, joy, inspiration. Under the influence of the ‘3’ energy, you may find yourself working with the ascended Masters to complete a project for a good cause. To use the energy of ‘3’ to manifest your deepest desires in life, you need to be able to communicate those desires clearly. Write them down on paper first to organize your thoughts, then say them aloud several times to fix them in your mind, and finally communicate your desires through prayer or mediation. Know your intended desires, speak your desires, believe in them, and have faith!

4:44 – The energy of ‘4’ resonates with Inner Wisdom
Under the influence of ‘4’ you may be examining your own morals and values up close. Inner wisdom causes you to take a closer look at all that you value in your life – are your values realistic in terms of your higher, authentic self, or do they support the needs of your ego? Or you could be mastering self-control, or serving others by taking on more responsibility for their well-being. ‘4’ also resonates with patience, devotion, system and order, passion and drive, loyalty and conscientiousness. This could be a turning point for how you see yourself and others – a time when you let go of that which is no longer meaningful in your life, including relationships. You may be called to share your wisdom with others.

5:55 – The energy of ‘5’ resonates with Personal Freedom
Think of an athlete who is totally focused on training to get the end result s/he desires. The process requires dedication, hard work, focus and most importantly, intention. The end result of this process brings success and also more choices in life – to go bigger, to ride the current success wave, or to cash out and reap the rewards of success. The number ‘5’ also resonates with adaptability, versatility, pleasure seeking, competitiveness, release and surrender, mercy and kindness. ‘5’ also brings opportunities to learn life lessons. The deeper meaning of Personal Freedom is detachment; if you are without expectations, then there are no disappointments. This is Mastery.

66/666 – The energy of ‘6’ resonates with Unconditional Love
The number ‘6’ can present difficulties depending on where you are with your spiritual development, because the energy of Unconditional Love brings many tests to the Initiate in the area of home and family, spousal relationships, and romantic partners. ‘6’ also resonates with balance and harmony, empathy and sympathy, nurturing, protectiveness, and firmness. Under this influence, you may develop musical talents, or an interest in agriculture, or healing and teaching. You may be required to take on additional responsibility for the care of elderly family members or step-family members. Those who persevere through the influence of this energy, come out of it stronger, with more compassion, love, tolerance, and understanding for why this is the most difficult, yet personally rewarding challenge of all.

77/777 – The energy of ‘7’ resonates with the Law of Karma
The number ‘7’ is a mystical number associated with psychic abilities, the metaphysical, and intuition. Under the influence of ‘7’ you may be attracting opportunities to balance out the Karma you carry with you. It can therefore bring people and events from your past into the present, as well as unexpected, unusual sequences of events (synchronicities). You may reap the rewards of good deeds, or suffer the consequences of misdeeds. This is a time to be accountable for your actions, deeds, and thoughts and how they affect others. The number ‘7’ also resonates with enlightenment, inner wisdom, philosophy and spiritual awareness.

88/888 – The energy of ‘8’ resonates with Abundance and Prosperity
The number ‘8’ is associated with the power to create abundance and prosperity in your life. ‘8’ also resonates with self-confidence, inner strength, the ego, and self discipline. In order to work with the influence of ‘8’ to its greatest potential, you need to understand the deeper meaning of personal power and how to use it for a greater cause. The energy of ‘8’ attracts abundance in all areas of your life when used properly. Under this influence, you may have a desire for peace and a love for humanity, which could result in a higher calling to serve humanity in these two areas. When you choose to serve a higher purpose, the power of ‘8’ will attract wealth and success. This influence can also bring wealth and success to those who use this power to serve themselves, however the wealth and success will not bring with it the same feeling of fulfillment and contentment.

99/999 – The energy of ‘9’ resonates with the Universal Spiritual Laws
Under the influence of ‘9’ the Initiate may be called to serve his/her soul purpose and mission in life. The number ‘9’ resonates with integrity and higher wisdom, Divine wisdom, and inner wisdom. Under this influence, the Initiate is a lightworker, influencing others by the way s/he lives as a positive example to others. The number ‘9’ also resonates with learning to say “no”, and living a life of “right action”, “right thought”, “right deed”. Under this influence, you may be struggling to find focus in your life; learn to listen to your intuition, believe in yourself, and have faith that the Universe will help you find your way. Your higher calling could lead you to study and practice law, or to serve as a mediator or judge, or in the field of human rights.

10:10 – The energy of ‘10’ resonates with Inner Gifts
Under the energy of ‘10’ you have inner gifts and creative abilities to guide you towards your purpose in life. When you to tap into your Higher creative source, which is Divinely inspired, you have the ability to become a great artist – painter, poet, writer, dancer, musician. Whatever field you choose, you will use your own creative expression to leave a distinctive and unique mark. There is no end to what you can create under the influence of ‘10’. The number ‘10’ also resonates with leadership, independence, originality, determination, creative powers, and adaptability.

(Thank you Sharon for suggesting I write a post on 11:11!!)

Most of us at one time or another look for a purpose in life, something that makes our existence meaningful. The fortunate ones are called early in life and know exactly what their mission or purpose is while the rest of the population struggles through life, existing, but not living life fully. Something seems to be missing.

Moses is called. Image compliments of www.decapolis.com

Moses is called. Image compliments of http://www.decapolis.com 

I found this quote by Pablo Picasso on my blogging friend Krishna’s site at http://www.grabyourmind.com “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” I think Pablo likely meant to share that gift with the world, rather than “give it away” for he became a wealthy man from his paintings. He certainly changed the world of art with his unique style and was multi-talented (sculptor, poet, playwright, printmaker, stage designer). There is no doubt that he was gifted and passionate about his artistry. The question is: was Pablo Picasso’s calling to be an artist?

Spiritual Gift, image compliments of www.consecratedtohim.com

Spiritual Gift, image compliments of http://www.consecratedtohim.com

A “calling” is quite different from having a gift or talent, although the two may be combined. When a person is “called” it usually involves serving a higher purpose – serving others or doing something to uplift and inspire people, or to make the world a better place. The bearer of a gifted talent may get caught up in the fame and fortune early on and later turn that gift into a calling depending on their wisdom or level of spiritual enlightenment. Three famous people who come to mind who use/used their talents and influence to serve a higher cause are John Lennon (Love and Peace), Princess Diana (AIDS, minefields, charities) and Angelina Jolie (humanitarian causes, refugees).

A calling can occur at any stage of life, from one of the following sources:

Through self-discovery

A Near Death Experience (NDE)

A spiritual awakening

A Kundalini experience

Direct communication from a Higher Being

In dreams

Child prodigy

If you have not yet discovered your calling, you might ask yourself these questions: (You may see some similarities!)

A calling can occur at any  time. Image courtesy of www.vishaltomarphotography.wordpress.com

A calling can occur at any time. Image courtesy of http://www.vishaltomarphotography.wordpress.com

Did you have any special interests as a child?

What are you passionate about?

What makes your heart sing?

When do you feel happiest?

What skills/talents come naturally to you?

What is your heart’s deepest desire?

What do people continuously compliment you on?

Do you love your current job? If not, what would you rather do?

You might not know it, but you are probably being prepared for your calling, if you haven’t already been called. The more items you identify with farther down the list, the closer you are to being called:

A feeling of dissatisfaction with your current life

A feeling of not belonging, of not fitting in

A change in your habits – losing interest in what used to be important to you

An interest in knowing who you are through self-discovery (suggest you read my post on the Initiations – the one that applies to you: Earth-Air-Fire-Water)

A consuming need to connect with your higher power

A heartfelt desire to know your purpose in life/your mission/your calling

A feeling that you have been called to serve a greater purpose

An inner voice keeps urging you to do something bigger, better, or different

Your purpose is revealed to you through a sudden spiritual experience (NDE, Kundalini)

A willingness to turn over your will to God or your higher power

A willingness to make sacrifices to serve your calling

A willingness to accept your mission – it’s not always what you expect!

In the meantime, life continues with its ups and downs, challenges and achievements. I refer to this as the “preparation stage” for one must be prepared physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to be called. The Universe will test you by throwing challenges at you to see how you handle situations and how much you are able to take. Look at the negatives in your life and try to rise above them…be an inspiration to others and set an example in how you live your life. Above all, recognize the valuable lessons to be learned in life’s challenges. Be thankful for them, for they have made you wiser, stronger, and more resilient.

Picasso's "Girl in the Mirror"

Picasso’s “Girl in the Mirror”

The Universe will reward you for your efforts and for your intentions…and yes, it’s okay to earn money from your calling…in fact, when you are called, the money usually follows, because the Universe wants you to put your energy into your mission and not have to worry about where the money will come from to support yourself.

If you feel you are ready to serve a greater purpose—you know what your purpose is and you have completed the necessary work on your “self”—put out a heartfelt prayer to the Universe and ask to be called. This will set the wheels in motion for you to finish up the preparation process. Be patient, for the timing has to be right. For those of you who have not yet discovered your purpose and need a little nudge in this direction, leave your birth date and year in the comment box and I will give you some tips to help you along.

Now, getting back to Picasso – what do you think – was art his calling?

A few weeks ago I posted a story about my brother-in-law Ken’s passing and how he had contacted his wife from the other side. Ken continues to contact family members. His daughter Wendy was in hospital for a very serious surgery when Ken was admitted to hospital as a terminally ill patient, however, the news of his condition was kept from her until she was safely through surgery and home recovering. Despite her post-op condition, Wendy managed to visit her Dad in a wheelchair to say her final goodbye. After his death, Wendy was delighted that her Dad continued to contact her Mom, but in her heart she wanted to receive her own sign or contact from him.

The telephone rang one morning and when Wendy picked up the receiver and said “Hello” there was no response on the other end. She checked call display and saw that the call had come from Ken V….. (Her Dad’s name). Wendy knew that her mom was scheduled for a hair appointment that morning and so she worried that her mother was ill and calling for help. Strangely, when Wendy picked up the receiver to call her mom back, the connection from the previous call was still open. Now she was really worried.

Wendy lives in the same town as her mom and so she got in the car and drove by the house. Her mother’s car was gone. No one was at home and there are no pets in the house to blame for an accidental “redial” so who had made the phone call? Wendy worried that someone had broken into the house but it seemed unlikely that a robber would care to alert a family member. Wendy puzzled over this mysterious phone call and even had her fiancé check her call display for the date and time. Sure enough a call had come in that morning from Ken V…

When her mother arrived home later and called Wendy, it was during their conversation that it suddenly dawned on Wendy that her Dad had indeed contacted her from the spirit world. He had heard her emotional request to hear from him, and being the caring, loving father that he was, Ken found a way to let Wendy know that he was still there for her.

It’s never easy to accept the death of a loved one, and no one understands this better than the deceased. They feel our grief and hear our prayers, and the determined ones find creative ways to try and ease our burden. As I write this post I see Ken smiling. He got through to his family and now he can rest in peace.

 

Many dimensions and spiritual planes exist in the Universe, with each one reflecting a level of higher consciousness. Which plane we go to between lives depends on how far we’ve progressed in our level of understanding and awareness.

While channeling one of the Masters during a past life regression, a patient of Dr. Brian Weiss, (author of Many Lives, Many Masters) said that in order to progress on “We must share our knowledge with other people. We all have abilities far beyond what we use. Some of us find this out sooner than others. You should check your vices before you come to this point. If you do not, you carry them over with you to another life. Only we can rid ourselves of bad habits we accumulate in the physical state. The Masters cannot do this for us. 

We must learn not to just go to those people whose vibrations are the same as ours. It is normal to feel drawn to somebody who is on the same level that you are. But this is wrong. You must also go to those people whose vibrations are wrong with yours. This is important in helping people.

We are given intuitive powers we should follow and not try to resist. We are not sent back from each plane with equal powers. Some of us possess powers greater than others because they have been accrued from other times. Eventually we will reach a point where we will all be equal. 

We must have faith in the Masters…that they will guide us throughout. We continue to ask for rewards…the reward is in doing, but doing without expecting anything…doing unselfishly. 

Gloria Chadwick (Discovering Your Past Lives) said “The energy of your soul flows within and through every level of your awareness during your present incarnation. The energy layers of your chakras are represented by the energies of the seven colors of the rainbow. As you progress upward through the colors, your awareness increases.

chakra rainbowRed vibrates to physical energies and forms your perception of your reality.

Orange vibrates to emotional energies.

Yellow vibrates to mental energies and thoughts…the beginning level of your inner knowledge.

Green vibrates to spiritual energies and growth…and is a higher expression of your feelings.

Blue vibrates to astral energies and is your knowledge in motion.

Indigo vibrates to etheric energies and is your awareness in a higher spiritual framework of wisdom and understanding.

Violet vibrates to the energies of your soul and forms your spiritual awareness.

There is a definite relationship between the lives we lived previously and our spiritual awareness in this life. Perhaps in another life you went on a spiritual quest for the truth, and in this lifetime you are called to be a spiritual leader or to share your knowledge with the world. Getting to know our previous selves doesn’t have to be a complicated process. There are signs and hints of past lives all around us, some of which we may or may not recognize. For example:

You meet someone for the first time and feel an immediate connection as though you have known him or her for years. Likely you two connected on a deep level in a past life and have come together in this lifetime because you are part of the same soul family, or you have unfinished business to take care of in this lifetime.

If you feel drawn to a particular culture or era, chances are you lived a previous life in that culture or time period. Or you may feel a strong connection to antiques from a certain period or admire or even wear fashions from an era in which you lived a past life.

When gifts/talents are revealed at a young age, the talent was likely developed in a previous life and carried in the “blueprint” of the soul into this lifetime. The ability or skill comes easily and naturally to the child, whether it is singing, acting, carpentry skills, or solving complicated mathematical problems.

A feeling of déjà vu overcomes you when you visit a place for the first time. Perhaps you have always longed to visit another country, or you visit another country and feel immediately at home. You likely lived in that country in another lifetime. Patients have been known to speak other languages they wouldn’t normally understand while being regressed!

If you have a deep-rooted fear in this lifetime (e.g. water, fire, flying, snakes, heights), and there is no reasonable explanation for it in this lifetime, then the fear likely developed from an experience in a past life. The root of the fear may be discovered with past life regression.

When you experience recurring dreams in which you visit other places and meet people that you don’t recognize in this lifetime, you are likely remembering a past life, or even soul traveling to that time period.

Can you relate to any of the signs of past lives mentioned above? If you want to share your past life experiences, we would love to hear them!

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