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S is for ‘Synchronicity’: The Weird Feeling That It’s Just Meant To Be.

S is for ‘Synchronicity’ audio transmission (From Angels to Zen).

There are so many great words that begin with S: Spirit. Saviour. Sexy. Sensual. Steady. Sincere. Simple. Sublime. I settled on ‘synchronicity’ because it incorporates all of those things.

For my twenty-fourth birthday, my mother offered to take me to the Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Studies. At this point, I was ten years into my deliberate intuitive development. I had trusted Spirit, been guided by my feelings, studied books and listened to feedback but I hadn’t received much in the way of ‘official’ tuition. I had heard of the Arthur Findlay College and I was aware of its reputation as the best school in the world for developing psychics and mediums.

I was desperate to go.

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Arthur Findlay College a.k.a Stansted Hall circa. 2009.

I picked a week-long course and my mother gave me a book to read: Looking Back by James Arthur Findlay.

It was a huge tome, about the life and times of the man who had left his stately home in Stansted, England to the advancement of psychical research. After his passing in 1964, his home became the Arthur Findlay College. I settled down on my sofa bed in my one bedroom flat, to spend some time getting to know Mr. Findlay before visiting Stansted Hall. I had been engrossed in his story of religion, scepticism, evidence, mediumship and belief, for several hours. My hungry reading was brought to a standstill, however, by a page that featured a letter sent to Mr. Findlay. I stared at it for a long moment, immobilized, enveloped, filled up, by the pure soft fabric of synchronicity…

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It reads ‘J. Arthur Findlay, Woodside House, Beith’.

The letter was addressed to Mr Findlay at Woodside House, Beith. Beith is a tiny town in the west of Scotland. Beith is 310 miles away from Stansted Hall in England. Beith is my home – it’s where I grew up. Beith is where I went to school. As a child, I played in the grounds of Woodside House, where Mr Findlay once lived.

I got synchro-chills all over. I experienced a strong awareness that Mr Findlay’s life and mine were inextricably linked – that he, I, this book and this town were somehow in it together and that, without knowing, we were very, very important to each other. I felt a deeply comforting sense that something very personal and Universal, important and natural, grand and yet careful was going on. For a moment I felt that his spirit was my spirit was all our spirits. I could picture him smiling; guiding me on the path that was uncannily like his own, having a good laugh at my bewilderment at the connection – the discovery – I’d just made.

That feeling is wonderful. That feeling of being guided. Being expansive. Being on purpose. That feeling of ‘I’m meant to be’, that feeling that perhaps what life has in store for me without my interference, is better than what I’m capable of choosing for myself. That feeling of ‘thank you’ I see you. The feeling that the Universe has invested deeply and fully in me. That feeling of, ‘ok, that was weird’. The thrill of feeling so lovingly connected over space and time. The comfort of knowing there is a flow, and the relief at receiving permission to stop struggling and just get in it. To me, synchronicity is that permission. It’s the Universe saying ‘we’ve got this, let go.’

I can honestly say that every significant, wonderful, fulfilling thing that’s ever happened in my life has come to be through odds-defying synchronicity. Not planning, not trying, not worrying, not aiming. Just being, recognizing and appreciating.

Try it. Stop. Breathe. Let go. You are already being guided.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the subject of synchronicity. Have you ever experienced a strange ‘coincidence’ that changed the course of your life? Have you felt the synchro-chills? Why do we have synchronicity? What’s your theory? Deposit your wisdom here…

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This post is dedicated to James Arthur Findlay who returned to the Spirit world on 24th July 1964, and whose life and work has inspired me so much.

Next week on From Angels To Zen, I interview Robin and Sandra Foy, two quarters of The Scole Experiment who, in the 1990s, achieved some of the best evidence for life after death ever recorded. Twenty years on, we talk physical mediumship, interdimensional communication, the philosophy of energy and effective techniques for experimenting with Spirit. I hope you’ll join us, this is not to be missed!

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P is for ‘Psychic’: 6 Tips for Improving your Intuitive Abilities.

 

Everyone is psychic. If you are a conscious being, then you are a transmitter of conscious energy, and the energy that you transmit can be perceived and interpreted by others, just as you can perceive and interpret the transmissions of others. This is the foundation of psychic connectivity, and is essential to your understanding of other people and the world around you.

Whether you are experienced at perceiving the world on a psychic level; or your psychic capabilities have lain relatively dormant, these five tried and tested tips are guaranteed to sharpen and enhance your intuitive abilities…

1. Meditate, meditate, meditate.

Meditation is the first and most important step in developing your psychic abilities. Meditation allows you to know yourself on a deeper level, and that is essential if you want to know others on the psychic level. When you meditate, you connect to different frequencies of reality in which psychic knowledge can be made available to you. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. What’s important is that you feel relaxed and comfortable, so that your mind can move out of the beta state (the everyday brain state that copes with stress, rush and anxiety) to alpha, theta and delta states which allow the flow of psychic information to come to the fore. Meditate every day, even if it is just for 5 minutes, and you will notice a difference in your psychic capabilities. Check out this video for a demonstration of how your brainwaves change when you meditate…

2. Work with someone you trust, with a view to helping each other develop.

The perfect partner is someone who is interested in developing their own psychic abilities; who you don’t know very well, but you know him or her well enough that you are comfortable with him or her, and who is willing to commit to your mutual growth. Take turns at being the ‘reader’ and the ‘recipient’. Having a guinea pig to work with is so useful because it allows you to apply what you have learned from your meditations in a safe, supportive environment. It’s like having someone spot you at the gym…only, for the soul! There are many different experiments you can try together to enhance your psychic connectivity. A good one is for the recipient to transmit a colour, emotion or memory, and for the ‘reader’ to receive the transmission and relay what he or she felt. Another good activity is for the reader to scan the recipient’s aura with his or her mind, and attune to one issue in the recipient’s life, for example, his or her career, and give information about that particular aspect. This is good practise for giving a well-controlled, well-rounded reading that addresses a number of concerns that the recipient might have. When you spend a lot of time connecting with someone in this way, a lovely friendship usually blossoms as well.

3. Practice, practice, practice!

Honing your intuitive abilities is like getting good at any other skill. It takes practice! When you feel ready, get friends and family involved. Do A LOT of experimental readings and as you do, remain very aware of occasions when the reading went well, and times when your readings went not so well. Ask yourself why one reading seemed easier than another. It may be something you can improve upon. Getting to know the feeling that accompanies an accurate message will help you to know the difference between a true psychic piece of information, and your own internal noise. This valuable knowledge only comes through practise and experience, working with many different people who each have their own unique energy. You should aim to get feedback from your recipients. Ask them which pieces of information rang true, which pieces of information gave them the greatest benefit, and which pieces of information they could have done without. This will give you an idea of the sorts of things people want to know about.

4. Feel the love.

Connecting with someone psychically is a very special experience. Both of you are acknowledging that there is some energy that connects both of you, and connects us all. As a reader, your recipient is trusting you with his or her emotions, history, hopes and fears. That is to be respected and cherished. Before each reading, I say ‘thank you for your trust’ in my mind and I really mean it. Do not forget the gravity of seeing so intimately into someone’s life. Three good rules are: If you wouldn’t like to hear it, then don’t say it. If you are about to talk about something sensitive, ask the recipient’s permission. Ask yourself, will this piece of information hurt or heal? Please note: No piece of information delivered with love will ever hurt your recipient.

Feeling the love also means looking after yourself. It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet and good self-esteem will do for your psychic abilities. Respecting yourself and your role as a transmitter and interpreter of loving energy will improve your psychic abilities greatly.

5. Practise scrying with different tools and methods.

There are a variety of methods you can use to focus your psychic abilities. Over the years I have used angel cards, tarot cards, tea leaves, fire, ice, mirrors, palms, dreams, flowers, ribbons and a crystal ball (to name a few!). Using a divination tool has its good points and bad points. The negative side is that it puts something physically between you and your recipient, which leaves room for interference in your connection. The good points are that it can help with building your confidence because you can see symbols and shapes and attribute meaning to them that you wouldn’t have had access to without your scrying tool. You can often see the details of a situation more clearly as it is ‘laid out’ in front of you, and if you find it uncomfortable to work with a person’s energy directly, using a scrying tool can take the pressure off a bit. It’s important to note, however, that your psychic abilities depend upon the energy of the recipient. That is where the information and inspiration comes from – a divination tool just helps you to see it! Ideally, you want to work towards reading a person’s energy in its pure form, soul to soul.

6. Keep a journal that details your progress.

The purpose of this is twofold. The first reason to keep a journal is that you can reference it to see if there are any patterns that could give you insight about your strengths in terms of your psychic development. For example, you may look back over the months and see that you always get information about yourjournal recipient’s family situation exactly right. It can also help you to see if there are patterns in the information you struggle with. This can help you see the areas you need to work on moving forward. It also helps you to see where you could make your messages more specific, going forward, for example, you could use your meditation time to align yourself to receiving names, addresses and dates in future readings. The second reason for keeping a journal is that it wards off doubt. If you keep a journal, then you are documenting evidence that you have experienced psychic connectivity. If you get 7 out of 10 pieces of general information correct, that is statistically significant. If you do that 20 times over with different people, under a variety of conditions, then it is excellent evidence that you are utilizing your psychic abilities deliberately and intentionally to obtain the information. If you document 100 readings where you got names, dates and private inner thoughts of your recipient correct, then the odds of you guessing are infinitesimal! This will do wonders for your confidence and self belief which are essential for supporting your wonderful abilities.

Do you have a great tip for developing your psychic abilities? Have you tried any of the suggestions listed above? Please join in the discussion with your questions and comments!

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G is for ‘Ghosts’. Do Ghosts Exist? An Interview with author and parapsychologist Callum E. Cooper.

Have you ever seen a ghost? Do you believe that ghosts really exist?…and if so, what exactly do we mean by a ‘ghost’?

In an interview with author and parapsychologist Callum E. Cooper, we explore what it is to believe, doubt, and personally experience the presence of ghosts and related paranormal phenomena from both ends of the spectrum of belief. Our interview is almost an hour long, so get yourself a cup of something hot and get comfy if you’re in it for the long haul!

Callum E. Cooper is currently based at the University of Northampton as a PhD researcher

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and lecturer of psychology. He is a member of the Society for Psychical Research, an Academic Member of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies and a Student Member of the Parapsychological Association. His fields of interest include parapsychology, the psychology of death, human beliefs, psychological research methods and Egyptology. Cooper holds the 2009 Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship (Parapsychology Foundation Inc) and was awarded the Alex Tanous Scholarship Award (Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research) twice over, first in 2011 and then again in 2012.

 

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B is for ‘Books’: Spiritual Books that I Love!

These recommended books have made it on to my list for a variety of reasons. On this list you will find the amazing, the enlightening, and the downright life-changing! Love to read but not sure what to pick up next? If you passionately peruse the ‘mind, body & spirit’ section of your local bookstore then read on! These 20 books Magic Bookchanged my life and massively impacted my spiritual development and understanding in their own special way. It is with love and gratitude that I share them with you. Each of the titles are active links, click on them to find out more about these wonderful authors. Have you read a spiritual/self-help book that rocked your world? Let us know by clicking the comment bubble!

1. You Can Heal Your Life- Louise L. Hay.

Anything that I can say about this book will fall short of its true power. This is the seminal self help text. Louise’s work is the standard of love, giving, compassion and honesty that many of we writers in the genre aspire to. This book came to me when I was 21. I really needed some guidance as to how to be happy with myself and my life. I was in a place of fear and self-doubt and Louise’s guidance in You Can Heal Your Life snapped me out of it miraculously! I was delighted and honoured to finally meet Louise at I Can Do It- Glasgow in 2012. Over the years I have purchased 5 copies of this book, for various people in my life in their time of need. This book has united and re-united me with significant people in my life and most of all, has re-connected me with myself. Thank you Louise, you, your words and you philosophies are a game changer. Great for: Absolutely Everyone!

2. Seven Experiments That Could Change the World- Dr. Rupert Sheldrake.

My goodness, this book blew my mind. I feel such a sense of excitement when I come across a book that elegantly fuses spirituality and science. Dr Sheldrake does this effortlessly, intelligently and with feeling. Some of the highlights involve pigeons, dogs and telepathy. This book is a manifesto of the new and intuitively correct way of thinking that science and spirituality are co-creative friends and not enemies. He offers experiments with a ‘go ahead and try it, see for yourself!’ attitude, which is irresistible! Read it, it’s brilliant. Great for: Spiritual Scientists.

3. How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body- Dr David R. Hamilton.

Dr. Hamilton is my hero. He is a fellow Scot who has given me amazing advice (and has previously worked at my University!). This book is phenomenal. You will say ‘wow’ at some point when reading. His research into the placebo effect and the power of intention and visualization is fresh, evocative and exciting and the application of it has the potential to change the way we ‘think’ about wellness and treat dis-ease. Is your mind the most powerful medicine to ensure your wellness? Dr Hamilton and I think YES! and he expresses it beautifully. Great for: Anyone who wants to feel more empowered about their health.

4. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway- Susan Jeffers.

Susuan Jeffers’ most well known work is so simple and effective. It explains fear and how to move forward from it, through questions. Questions which cause the book to become a mirror in which the readers is reflected in all his or her glory. It is a wonderful technique. Read this book and know yourself better. Great for: Anyone about to take a leap!

5. Many Lives, Many Masters- Dr Brian Weiss.

The most compelling thing about this book is that it is written by a man who you cannot help but trust and believe. He is so intelligent and sincere. Dr. Weiss was having difficulty treating one of his patients who was suffering from debilitating fear. He tried hypnosis as a last desperate attempt to understand his patient- you will be shocked and inspired by what happens next. Let me put it like this, if you have never believed in life after death or reincarnation, prepare to think differently! Great for: Anyone who has experienced deja-vu.

6. The Prophet- Khalil Gibran.

I think Khalil Gibran channeled the words of this book/poem. The resonance of the words are so high that they seem to be of Spirit. I won’t spoil it for you. Run a bath, light some candles and read it. Put it away for a day, then get it out and read it again. You’ll be moved. Great for: Lovers of Philosophy and Poetry.

7. The Road Less Travelled- M. Scott Peck.

An extremely interesting look into the human psyche, outlooks and behaviours. With anecdotes, brave comments and case studies. Although it is never expressed directly, this book has a very strong spiritual and loving vein running through it. This book is an excellent read which makes psychology and psychiatry an artform. Great for: Armchair Psychiartists.

8. Teen Witch- Silver RavenWolf.

I got this book when I was 15. When I decided to include it in this list, I had to search for it online to remind myself of the cover art. As soon as I saw the cover design, it was like looking into a box of photos and memories from my childhood: many emotions and feelings came rushing back. Teen Witch was the first book about spirituality that I ever read! This book is an introduction to magick for young people. It focuses significantly on nature, the earth and empowerment and that’s why I love it. This book really got me started on a spiritual path and I highly recommend it to any young person who has an interest in wicca or spirituality. Great for: Young Wiccans and Mother Earth lovers.

9. Ask and It Is Given- Esther & Jerry (Abraham) Hicks.

Want to know what is at the core of the Law of Attraction? Get this book. Esther Hicks channels the wisdom of Abraham to explain how Attraction works on a vibrational and energetic level. This book is not an easy read but stick with it, when you get familiar with the ideas, it will have a profound and empowering impact on you. Great for: The Law of Attraction.

10. A Course in Miracles- Dr. Helen Schucman

I am about half way through reading this book, at the time of writing this. Every sentence in ‘A Course in Miracles’ gives me the chills because it is so true, so inspiring and resonates so deeply. Great for: Remembering your God connection. (What could be greater?).

11. The Young Person’s Happiness Handbook- by Me!

I still cannot quite believe that my first book is due out in April! The process of devising and writing this book has been such an amazing experience for me that it had to go on the list! This book is a smart and savvy self-help guide for young people. The focus is on navigating the challenges and achievements of a young adult life with love, awareness, spirituality and humour. I have written the book that I wish someone had written for me when I was 18! Stay tuned for launch date confirmation and your chance to win a free copy! Great for: The young in body and young in spirit!

12. The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

A wonderful parable and beautiful story. This book has two personalities: The Alchemist before you know the ending, and The Alchemist the second time around! Great for: All you dreamers and mystics!

13. Eat Pray Love- Elizabeth Gilbert.

I laughed, cried and rejoiced along with Liz in this beautiful travel/docu/novel. Liz’s literal and spiritual journey is a whirlwind of beauty, bravery and feeling that many readers will relate to. She writes candidly and insightfully. Julia Roberts plays Liz in the movie adaptation, which I enjoyed, but the book is really something special. Great for: Anyone who has experienced heartbreak.

14. The Lightworker’s Way- Dr. Doreen Virtue.

This is one of Dr Virtue’s earliest works which utilizes a mix of her life experiences, spiritual philosophies and good old love and support to reach out to the ‘Lightworker’ in every reader. Want to see yourself in a more powerful and loving way? You will when you discover the Lightworker within with the help of Dr. Virtue. Great for: Improving low self esteem.

15. Tao Te Ching- Lao Tzu (interpretation by Dr. Wayne Dyer).

One of the oldest books in the world (not my exact copy, it was printed in 2012!) but the messages contained within are timeless. There are some famous phrases in the Tao Te Ching that really stop a racing mind in its tracks and gives it something nutritious to eat. Read it slowly and mull it over. Great for: The deeply philosophical.

16. The Shack- William P. Young.

This is a wonderful and (true?) story about a man who receives an explanation from God about the ‘why’ behind his personal suffering. Get the tissues at the ready and read from the heart. Great for: Opening the mind and heart.

17. Freedom From the Known- Jiddu Krishnamurti.

A clear thinker and wonderfully insightful, spiritual being gives insight about releasing fear and embracing love and self-knowledge. Think you know about love, passion, knowledge, violence and change? This book will enrich your thinking, and if you allow it, your way of living. Great for: Anyone who desires a new or deeper spiritual understanding.

18. Intuitive Studies- Gordon Smith.

I have read A LOT of books about developing mediumship. This book is the most recent I have read, and the best. Gordon Smith is wise, caring and fearless in his explanation and direction for anyone who wants to improve their connection to God and the Spirit world. I have been a medium for 10 years, and I learned so much from this book. Whether you are brand new to mediumship or are looking to approach your mediumship from a fresh, real and enlightened place, read this book, it’s brilliant. Great for: Mediums old and new!

19. Paradise Lost- John Milton.

It may surprise you that Paradise Lost has made it on to this list! It is a formidable force of a poem, and apart from its religious content, you may not think of it as being a very spiritual book. I approached this poem through my University degree, but I had been certificated as an Angel Therapy Practitioner for 3 years already! Having the opportunity to meet the Archangels in a completely different context really helped me to understand them better, it helped me to understand how other people might think about the Angels, and it allowed me to appreciate how the Archangels can assist us in ways that I hadn’t considered before! Paradise Lost is not an easy read, but it is well worth it. The descriptions of the layers of spiritual realms is really insightful and the Angel imagery featured I definitely feel manifested in Milton’s imagination from the Angels themselves. Read it and see. Great for: Those who enjoy a challenging read.

20. Looking Back- Arthur Findlay.

I have a very special place in my heart for J. Arthur Findlay. He is considered one of the most influential men in Spiritualism, and he lived in my hometown, a tiny town in Scotland. Arthur Findlay is best known for donating his absolutely beautiful stately home in Stansted, England, to the study, discovery, development and proving of psychic and mediumistic phenomena. His home is now known as ‘Arthur Findlay College’, where I spent a very happy week obtaining advanced training in mediumship. ‘Looking Back’ is Arthur Findlay’s autobiography which charts his remarkable journey from layman to Spiritualist, through the words of a clever, sceptical and scientific mind. Looking Back is a great read. It is a big thick book, but it’s exciting and interesting so you’ll get through it in no time! Great for: The open-minded sceptic.

I am sure that you will enjoy these recommendations. Read any of these books? Loved them? Didn’t love them? Got recommendations of your own for Spiritual readers? Please share your knowledge in a comment!

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