lavender candlesA friend who’s done Spiritual Healing for decades told me about the different levels of training he had. He first had to sense problems through feeling heat in his hands when they hovered over an afflicted area. Next was to see the issues clairvoyantly, with images that came into his mind. Then came learning to feel others’ pains in his own body.

For him, the final step was the toughest: learning to sense people’s problems through a direct inner knowing. He found it so hard to trust that in himself, he nearly gave up altogether. Then came the following experience:

“One evening, when things were a bit slow at the healing sanctuary, I sat next to a man who had been sitting at the edge of the room for most of the evening. He ignored me and carried on inspecting his fingernails.

‘Have you come for healing?’ I asked, thinking that perhaps he was too embarrassed to come forward.

‘Me?’ he laughed, ‘No way. I’m with the missus. She’s come for some. I don’t need it. I think you’re all a load of charlatans. I wouldn’t waste my time with you.’

So I began to chat with him about football. He relaxed, and started discussing the local team. As he talked, I became convinced that he did have a serious physical problem. I said, ‘I know you said there’s nothing wrong with you, but I have a strong feeling that there is.’

He shrugged, ‘Oh, it’s nothing really. I just have no feeling in my right knee.’  He pinched it hard. ‘See, it’s dead. Don’t feel a thing. Not felt anything there for ages.’

hands3‘Okay’, I said, ‘I’ll tell you what I’ll do, but just say so if you object. I’ll put my fingers together like this.’ I showed him my fingers formed into a small circle, the tips touching each other. ‘I’ll put them close to your knee. I won’t even touch you, and we’ll carry on talking about football.’

 After we’d carried on chatting for a few minutes, I suddenly had a clear realisation.

‘You know, the problem you have is not with your knee. It originates in your hip. So I’m just going to shift my hand up to your hip.’

‘That’s funny,’ he said, ‘I went to the hospital today and they said just that. The problem is in the hip.’

I didn’t say so, but I also knew that the problem came from stress he’d been through about his son.

Shortly after this, his wife returned to him, ready to leave. He pinched his knee again and said, ‘See. It’s still dead. You’re all charlatans.’  He took his wife by the hand and marched out.

I thought that would be the last we’d hear of him – but next morning he phoned us. ‘This morning, when I woke, I pinched my knee and, for the first time for years, it hurt! I’ve got feeling back in my knee!’

This was not only a turning point for the skeptical man – it was also a big moment for my friend. It gave him the confirmation he needed that his healing skills were real, and he was on the right path.  

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This article was first published in my ‘Tales From the Other Side’ column in Glastonbury’s Oracle magazine.


depiction-of-the-Green-Children-of-WoolpitIn the Suffolk village of Woolpit in the 1300s, farm workers found two weird children in a deep hole the villagers had dug to trap wolves – hence the village name ‘Woolpit’. A boy and a girl, their skin was green, and they spoke an unknown language.

Sir Richard De Calne took them in. They refused all food till they discovered green broad beans, which was all they’d eat for a while. The boy soon became depressed, sickened and died. The girl survived once she started eating other foods. Over time, she learned enough English to talk a bit about her home world.

She said her people all had a green skin like her own. They lived in a place of permanent twilight, with no sun. One day she and the boy heard lovely bells coming from a cavern. They explored it for a long way, and emerged into our world.

The heat and brightness of our sun immediately overwhelmed them, and they collapsed. Later, the noise of the harvesters frightened them. In a panic, they tried to go back where they’d come from, but got lost and fell into the wolf pit.       

As the girl grew up, the villagers noticed that she was rather ‘loose and wanton’. However, she adjusted to her new world enough to marry a man from King’s Lynn.

Two green children also appeared in a cave in Banjos, Spain in August 1887. They too said they came from a place of twilight, and refused all food at first. The boy died quite soon and the girl survived for only five years.  

Theories about the Woolpit children say they might have been confused Flemish immigrants, a folk tale, ETs, or normal children with arsenic poisoning. The most common idea is that they came from an underground world.


Tales have long been told of huge systems of underground tunnels lacing their way through the planet. Legends about secret underworlds come from Crete, Egypt, Tibet, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Himalayas, the Gobi Desert and Turkey.

Apache folklore says their tribe came from Canada, and before that, the inner earth. Sacred sites in the Andes are rumoured to be access points to vast underground cities.

Teotihuacan_Pyramid_of_the_Moon-580x210In 2003, Mexican archaeologist Segio Gomez discovered a hidden tunnel under the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent in Teotihuacan. Years earlier, the Jesuit chronicler Agnelio Oliva said an old Incan told him the real Tiahuanaco was a subterranean city, much vaster than the one above ground.

Legends of the Macuzi Indians from the Amazonian jungle maintain that they are peru_inca3the guardians of the inner earth. They know its secret entrances, and guard them from strangers. Now and then, intrepid British explorers sometimes set off to find out more about that – and are never seen again.


Scientist Edmund Halley (1656 – 1742) said the earth’s magnetic field has anomalies that could only be caused by a hollow sphere within the earth.

In 2011, a German archaeologist, Dr.Heinrich Kusch, published a book about his discovery of a massive network of Neolithic tunnels running between Turkey and Scotland. Ancient writings say these tunnels were the gateway to the underworld. Early Christian chapels blocked many of those entrances.

Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground CityBoth here and in Europe, archaeologists have found cave paintings of animals in caves so deep that primitive people could never have got there. The experts have yet to find any signs of ancient settlements near those paintings.     

Like many strange things we hear, tales about green children and the inner earth can sound absurd until we look at the evidence. While the jury is still out about these things, in the meantime a bit of digging can unearth all kinds of unexpected findings.    

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This is a longer version of the article from my regular column ‘Tales from the Other Side’ for Glastonbury’s Oracle magazine.

One dark, autumnal evening, a friend and I were walking home after a meeting in town. We lived in a shared house at the top of Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury.     

As we reached the top of the hill, a glowing green sphere of light flew over our greenorbheads from behind us. About the size of a football, it hovered in front of us at eye level about ten feet away. It gave out a friendly, happy feeling, as if it was playfully saying ‘hello!’ After a few moments, it vanished with a slight pop.

We turned to each other wide eyed and gasping, ‘did you see that?!’ Once indoors, we were bubbling over about it. Someone suggested we go into separate rooms and write a detailed account of what we saw. That made it clear we’d both seen exactly the same thing. But for us, no proof was necessary. We knew it was real.

In his Earth Lights books, Paul Devereux theorises that orbs of light may come from natural geographic and atmospheric effects. However, he does also say that they “often appear to possess minds of their own, and respond to human thought in an almost playful manner.”


Long ago, English people called orbs of light will-o-the-wisps or fairy lights. Legends about them come from all over the world. Most cultures think they could be fae beings, witches or spirits of the dead. Some folklore said they showed people the way to hidden treasure. More often, they were feared as dangerous tricksters. Following them could mean death by drowning in a swamp or getting lost in the forest.

These days more positive stories about orbs are emerging. When Sue (not her real name) moved to Glastonbury, she enjoyed the therapies, talks and workshops here. Then a high-flying friend from her earlier life came to visit. While chatting in the garden, she poured cold water over Sue’s new joys. Glumly, Sue began to agree with her. Just then, mysterious little white lights floated out of a tall tree. They were both spellbound, and the cynicism crept quietly away.

When crop circles started appearing, researchers sat up all night watching the fields in the hope of catching a formation being made. Those vigils were notoriously unsuccessful, except for one effect – the appearance of orbs of light.

In his book The Circle Makers, Andrew Collins says, ‘Many earth lights, shining spheres and blatant UFOs have been reported either during or after the formation of crop circles, some in broad daylight’.

a_avebury-sunset-bannerPeople also saw orbs around Avebury and Silbury Hill well before the first crop formations appeared. In Avebury in 1978, Heather Peak-Garland took her dog for a walk at 10.00 pm. When she reached the ancient stones, she saw a huge yellow ball of light. At first, she thought it was the full moon. Then she realised it was much closer than that, and was drifting gently along. Once inside the stone circle, it stopped. Then, just like the green one that I saw, it blinked out.

The crop circle connection is strong, however. In 1990, photographer Steve Alexander was taking pictures from a helicopter of two new formations near Milk Hill in Wiltshire. Then he noticed a shiny ball of light flitting around a nearby field. Wondering what it could be, he followed it with his video camera. He noticed that a tractor working in that field stopped when the orb got near it.  

crop-circle-mayan-1The tractor driver later told Steve he’d seen a sphere of light as big as a beach ball floating overhead. As it passed over him, his engine cut out. He’d had no idea that Steve was filming him. When he told his boss and friends about this experience, they just laughed at him.

A full account and video of this event is at this link: http://temporarytemples.co.uk/what-are-crop-circles/the-milk-hill-ufo-footage

In 1996, the plot thickened when a large crop circle appeared near the iron-age hill fort called Oliver’s Castle, near Devizes. Next day, a young man called John Wheyleigh pitched up at the social mecca of the croppie world – the Barge Inn, near Alton Barnes. He announced that he’d just filmed two orbs of light making that formation. You can see his film at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcLcnrpxmUg 

John let everyone take copies of his film to circulate freely among the The-Barge-Inn-on-the-Canalcommunity. Technicians analysed the film and declared it free of fakery. No one in the croppie world had ever got anything as good as this. They decided it was too good to be true, and had to be a fake.  

John Wheyleigh then disappeared. A year later, someone calling himself John Wabe appeared on the scene. He said he was the real John Wheyleigh, and that he’d faked the whole thing. However, after some careful investigation, his claim turned out to be nonsense. By then, the croppie world was rife with rumours and speculation about what was really going on.  

Blithely unaffected by any of that, the orbs continue to float around us in ever-increasing numbers. Many people are now seeing them in their homes and gardens. They seem happy to be around us. Perhaps they are here simply to lighten us up – and have some fun creating mysteries along the way.

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One of our biggest questions is, ‘what is the purpose of my life?’ Just asking that can labyrinthhelp – but the answers may not arrive in a neat little package. If we’re destined to move onto a particular path, it usually unfolds in its own way and at the right time in our lives. However, that way may be unexpected, and sometimes even difficult.

This is because the purpose we choose before incarnating is never solely about helping others or the world in some way. It will also involve healing or overcoming whatever personal issue we’ve chosen to sort out in this life. That is why answers to the question ‘what is my purpose’ sometimes only become clear after emerging from a life-changing experience. 

The famous mystical author Dion Fortune went through a gruelling initiation onto her destined path. Still under her birth name of Violet Firth, she began her working life as a teacher in a small school that was dominated by the headmistress from hell.

This person’s unjust and arrogant ways enraged the young woman. Those who knew the danger warned her to avoid confrontation, and instead to just quietly leave the school. Ignoring this, she marched into the head’s office and spoke her mind about everything that had been going on.

B_DionShe had unwittingly walked straight into a trap. The head teacher hypnotically brainwashed her for hours with monotonously repeated statements about how inadequate and inferior she was. The attack was successful. Violet’s spirit was crushed, and it took her a few years to recover.

In the process, however, she began to study psychology and the occult powers of the mind. Under her new name of Dion Fortune, she spent the rest of her life teaching those subjects, and became the renowned author we know today.  

Dr.Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy and the Steiner schools, began life in a poor Austrian family. One day in his childhood, he was sitting in a station waiting room. A woman came in who looked a bit like his parents. She stood in the middle of the room, made some strange gestures, and said, “try to help me if you can – now and later on”. Then she walked through the ancient stove and disappeared.

Little Rudolf didn’t tell his parents about this because they were Catholic, and he RS bookfeared their reaction. Over the next few days, however, he noticed that his father seemed sad. He later found out that a female relative had committed suicide at exactly the time her spirit contacted him in the waiting room.

That was how Dr.Steiner’s spiritual path began. In his lectures, he often mentioned this incident, saying from that time on a soul life began to develop in him. It was the start of his future role as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the early twentieth century.

In the 1970s, Dr.Helen Wambach did groundbreaking research work that contributed hugely to the understanding of past lives. Her discoveries, statistics and analyses proved reincarnation as near as possible outside a laboratory. Those achievements may never have happened without the following strange experience, which took place before she had any idea of past lives.

Browsing through the library of a Quaker memorial, she felt drawn to one of the books. She had a strong feeling that it was ‘hers’ in some way. As she paged through it, a vivid past life memory came up. She was male, riding a mule in the countryside. The day was hot, and his rough clothes were uncomfortable – but his whole attention was focused on the book propped up on his saddle. It was about a priest describing the other worlds he’d gone to while in a coma.

olde bookeAs she turned the pages of the book in her hand in the present, she had the strange experience of knowing exactly what was on each following page before she’d reached it. She realised she was having a vivid past-life flashback. After that – and for the rest of her life – she immersed herself in past-life studies, publishing books and becoming an important influence in that field.   

In more recent times, the American therapist Denise Linn had a tough initiation to push her onto her path. When she was 17, a motorist knocked her off her scooter, shot her and left her for dead. While in a coma with horrific injuries, she had a near-death experience. Her guides said this was not her time to die as she still had work to do.

Before that experience, she had no interest in any kind of spirituality. In the years that followed, she blossomed into an internationally successful healer, author and past life therapist.  

A friend told me about the watershed experience that set him on his path as a spiritual healer. In 1963, his wife had a minor accident in their car. Worried about the cost of the repairs, he went to the garage to ask for extra time to pay. Here is his account of what then happened.

“Eric, the garage manager, brushed aside my concerns and said, ‘I want to talk to you about spiritual healing.’ I sat down uncomfortably, not knowing how to react. I didn’t know whether he was joking, taking the mickey or playing a cruel game, talking to me about something I’d never heard of and had no interest in. ‘Blah, blah, blah, spiritual blah, blah, love of God blah, blah, spirit doctors blah, blah.’ He was using words and concepts I had never heard before.x healing the world

I was wondering how long this could go on when he said, ‘don’t worry, for the moment, about paying. I know I can trust you. I will be seeing you soon, I know.’

That might have been that – except my wife had a rare blood disease. Complications after the car accident got worse, and she went into a coma. The hospital said they didn’t expect her to last the weekend. In desperation, I went back to the garage to ask about spiritual healing. Eric told me to contact Harry Edwards, as he was the top distance spiritual healer.   

That evening in desperation, I wrote to him about my wife. I posted the letter on the Saturday morning and spent the weekend in an agony of despair.

On Monday morning when I went in to see her, she was still in her coma. But of course, Harry Edwards had only received my letter that morning. I found out later reiki energythat he didn’t start working on her until the Monday evening.

On Tuesday morning, as I approached the ward where my wife was, I saw the specialist in the corridor.

‘I can’t understand it,’ he said to me, ‘she’s sitting up, having soup, laughing and telling jokes.’ He walked away shaking his head.         

From then on, she began a long slow period of recovery. It was clear to me that spiritual healing was the only thing that had saved her. That was the start of my future path as a spiritual healer.”

Fortunately, not everyone has to go through such difficult initiations. Sometimes just reading one book can turn a life around. For many people, the path unfolds magical path booksslowly, like a flower opening one petal at a time. Over the years, there may be several big turning points, and many more minor epiphanies. That’s how it was for me, and still is.

If you’re ever in doubt about which way to go, your enthusiasms are your best guide. When a subject, course or activity feels exciting, it’s like a big signpost saying, “This is it!” That’s what Joseph Campbell meant when he said, “Follow your bliss, and doors will open to you”.

Goethe said, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it”. If a path doesn’t seem to be opening up for you, look at your deepest passions and find your purpose there. Life will then meet you half way. That’s when all the wonderful synchronicities and opportunities will really start to happen.    

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(A shorter version of this article was first published in my ‘Tales from the Other Side’ column in Glastonbury’s Oracle Magazine, October 2017)

Surrounding and permeating the world we can see is a greater reality that is looking_for_magical_wonders_by_jerry8448usually invisible to us. However, most people get a sense of the realms beyond the veil at least once in their lives.

Ghost sightings are especially common. There are so many reports, and of so many different kinds, that this article is about one type only – haunted roadways near where I live in Glastonbury, in the South West of England.

Ghosts of the road are usually about emotionally charged events that happened at those places. The drama seems to leave an imprint on the atmosphere, so the peak moment keeps replaying on an endless time-loop. This can go on for hundreds of years before eventually fading away.  

coach horsesA good example of this type is the phantom coach and horses of Bath’s Royal Crescent. It continually re-enacts the drama of the playwright Richard Sheridan eloping with Elizabeth Linley. He’d already fought two duels over her honour, so their flight was electric with excitement and danger.


Tales of ghost hitchhikers abound all over the world. On the Frome to Nunney road, motorists sometimes see a hitchhiker in a flannel shirt standing in the middle of the road. He then appears briefly in the back of the car before vanishing. Perhaps a car killed him on that spot. Suddenly catapulted out of his body, he may not have realised what happened at first. His spirit entered the car as if he’d been given a lift – and has continued replaying that experience ever since.

highwayman ghostPhantom highwaymen haunt many British roads. Hundreds of years ago, Pocock the highwayman died of wounds after a fight near what is now the A39, between Street and Bridgwater. People see him on his horse, which is always rather oddly galloping on the spot. The shock of this sight has apparently caused several road accidents there.

On the Brockley Road, a coach and four horses sometimes charges at oncoming traffic, creating predictable havoc and inevitable collisions. At midnight on moonless nights, a ghostly horseman also appears on this road.

Another crash-causing apparition sometimes manifests in the middle of a little road in the ancient village of North Petherton. It’s a coffin with a spectral man sitting on it. This not only startles motorists, for some strange reason it also gives cars mechanical problems. 


ghost trainGhosts are not always silent. In 1857, two steam engines collided on the old Kentsford railway line. Several people died and many were badly injured. People still hear that crash and sometimes see a ghostly train go by.

On the road between Bridgwater and Western Zoyland, several people have heard the doleful hymns the Duke of Monmouth’s rebel band of men sang as they went home after the king’s army defeated them at the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685.

This type of haunting is like a recorded hologram from the past. It doesn’t interact with us.  However, there are many different kinds of ghosts, and some are more aware than others are.


The ghost of Molly the tea lady still haunts Yeovil Train Station. Although she died on the platform in the 1960s, she continues to potter around, turning things on and off, and moving cutlery around. If anyone asks her to stop that, she does.

Molly sounds like an earth-bound spirit. This type of ghost is more conscious than the holograms. In limited ways, they can interact with us and our world. They haunt places because they don’t realise that they have passed on. This is why they behave as if they are still in their physical life.

When earth-bound spirits realise they have passed on, they are then able to see the guides or loved ones who have been trying to get their attention all that time. Usually with great emotion, they are then able to accept that help and move on to the spirit world.


On the A39 between Street and the M5 is a deeply wooded area where a strange white light sometimes follows cars. As soon as anyone turns round to look at it, it vanishes. Maybe it’s something that lives in the woods, which is curious about people, but shy of making contact.

Countless numbers of strange mysteries are out there – many that we’ve heard about, and probably scores more that we haven’t. As Hamlet said, “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy”.


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When natural disasters occur, everyone’s main concern is understandably with the survivors. Those who are able to help at the time certainly do invaluable rescue work.

Naturally, no thought ever goes to the people who have just died. Those who believe women-rising1in life after death assume they’re fine now, and on their way to a better world. And many of them are.

However, through different branches of research, a new understanding has been emerging about what really happens just after death. When the body dies, the spirit leaves it – but it is still in a body that feels very similar.

That etheric body looks like the old physical body, but is made of finer stuff. It can be adjusted and changed according to the person’s wishes and beliefs. This is why when loved ones who’ve passed on come back to visit us in dreams, visions or meditation, they usually look young again.

When people die suddenly and unexpectedly – as in natural disasters – they often don’t realise that their lifetime has just ended. This is because they still feel alive and conscious. Their etheric bodies seem like their physical ones. Therefore, they think they’re still physically alive. However, they are in a lost and confused state – and potentially trapped there.

Like everyone else who’s just died, they will have guides, loved ones, and even past pets coming from the other side to take them to the spirit worlds. But when a newly angel doulaspassed over person thinks they’re still physically alive, they either can’t see their guides, or they dismiss them as hallucinations.

These souls may remain in the earth-bound state for a long time. Many attach themselves to the auras of living people as a kind of refuge. Without meaning any harm, and usually not understanding the situation, they infuse their unaware ‘host’ with their personal issues, and even their old physical problems.

So how can earth-bound souls be helped? Spirit Release Therapy works well in individual cases. In greatly simplified form, it goes like this: the two big steps are first to gently convince the earth-bound spirit that it has physically died. Once it light-beings-2realises that, with some encouragement it will then start to see the guides and loved ones who have been trying to contact it all the time. After that, it’s plain sailing – often with great emotion, the person then leaves for the spirit worlds.

Highly developed psychics may be able to work in this way with people at a distance who’ve died in a disaster. Even so, it still takes training to learn about the various pitfalls that may come up in this kind of work. It’s essential to have psychic protection and to call in the help of source energy / higher guides / guardian angels.

This is because there are all kinds of earth-bound spirits floating around. Some of them are quite dark and full of nasty tricks. For example, they can pretend to be whoever will impress you. If they worm their way into your psyche it’s like a poisonous weed that will try to take over your garden. So nobody should even think about doing this kind of work without proper training.  

However, there is a safe way in which all of us can help the fatal victims of natural disasters. It’s the creation of Rainbow Bridges for the newly passed-over to take to the spirit worlds.

Thoughts are more powerful than people realise. Images are the strongest of all. Our imaginations create reality. On the physical plane, that happens in slow, and usually unseen, ways. But on the astral planes, it’s much quicker and easier.

To create an astral rainbow bridge, first ask for the help of source energy / guardian angels / guides of the light. Then put psychic protection around yourself. Feeling strong and positive within yourself always provides a lot of protection. You can reinforce that by imagining your aura as a sphere of golden light radiating from --heavenly-angels-ascended-mastersyour centre and completely surrounding you, while affirming ‘my aura is strong and clear’.

Then close your eyes and imagine the disaster area. See a very wide and strong rainbow bridge coming down to it from the higher realms. See the beings of light waiting to help the ‘dead’ as they come towards the bridge.

You could imagine one of those light beings doing a mental broadcast that will go out to all the newly passed-over and earth-bound spirits in that area. The message would be along the lines of: ‘The rainbow bridge is in place. This is for anyone who can see this rainbow bridge or hear this message. All are welcome to cross the rainbow bridge. All will receive help and healing and recovery on the other side.’ Imagine that going out repeatedly like a megaphone broadcast to all earth-bound spirits in the vicinity.    

Rainbow-Bridge-BifrostYou can send rainbow bridges to previous disaster areas as well – it doesn’t have to be on the same day. Many other places would also benefit from this, such as war zones, hospitals and graveyards. The more people create rainbow bridges, the stronger they will become.

Doing this will help many earth-bound spirits move from darkness and confusion to a place where they can flourish and progress. It will reduce the numbers of spirit attachments that interfere in negative ways with the living. And, as the astral planes become clearer, the earth itself will start to feel lighter.

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The Faeries and Death

Fascinating and well-researched article which I thought worth sharing and reblogging.


“Many poets, and all mystic and occult writers, in all ages and countries, have declared that behind the visible are chains on chains of conscious beings, who are not of heaven but of the earth, who have no inherent form, but change according to their whim, or the mind that sees them. You cannot lift your hand without influencing and being influenced by hordes. The visible world is merely their skin. In dreams we go amongst them, and play with them, and combat with them. They are, perhaps, human souls in the crucible — these creatures of whim.” WB Yeats, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (1918)

11172645_800In the 1997 film Photographing Fairies, the faeries were portrayed as small, amorphous humanoids, only rendered visible after the consumption of a white-petalled flower, which brings about the altered state of consciousness necessary to interact with them. The whole film is concerned with…

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