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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spooky-driveway1When I was a child, we lived in a haunted house. It even looked haunted, with a long driveway lined by tall trees, which kept it in perpetual shadow.

I did my piano practice in the unoccupied cottage. Everything in there was covered with white dustsheets. All the time I was practicing, it felt like someone was watching me from behind. As long as I kept on playing, I felt safe. When it was time to go, I’d suddenly slam the piano shut, grab my music sheets and rush out as fast as I could.

One night I felt a thump right next to me on my pillow. It felt like a small creature then trotted down the bed and jumped off the end. With a sigh, I figured a cat had come in the window and I’d have to put it out.

I got up, put on the light, and started looking for the cat. It was nowhere to be found. Finally, I looked behind the curtains – and saw that the windows had been closed all the time. No physical animal could have got in…


eyesGardens as well as houses can be haunted. At another house when I was about five, the wild area behind the vegetable garden always felt eerie. In the garden of a friend’s house, some downright sinister events once took place.  

“My daughter had a friend to stay, and they wanted to sleep in the caravan in the garden,” she said. “During the night, they heard a thump on top of the caravan. Then there was scratching at the door. It got louder and then started tapping. When they went outside to look, nothing was there.

 At that time, I found a bird drowned in the pond, which felt like a bad omen. And there was a tree that used to shake as if somebody was climbing in it, when no one was there. So we decided to start having lots of jolly barbecues in the garden, to change the atmosphere. That seemed to drive away whatever it was.”


Another friend told me how her daughter, Vicki, was able to see ghosts. On a visit to Kings College Hospital in London she said, “We were walking down the corridor and Vicki said she could see ghosts everywhere. They were lying on stretchers, sitting on chairs, walking along – the place was full of them. She was so frightened she was clutching onto me. I tried to get her to wait for me with the lady in charge of the flower shop, but she refused to let me go.

3D render depicting an overgrown neglected cemetaryin misty twilight.

At another time, we were on a drive with my partner. We stopped at a church in the middle of nowhere. Vicki went with him to look at the churchyard – but came rushing out straight away and jumped back into the car, very frightened. She said she could see strange things over the graves.

One day when we were visiting friends, she said there was a little old lady sitting in a chair. For us, the chair was empty of course. We got her to describe what the old lady looked like, and what she was wearing. When they went through the family album, they found a photo of a great grandmother who was dressed exactly as Vicki had described.

One of the men did an experiment – he slowly tipped the chair forward and asked Vicki what she saw then. She said the old lady looked left and right, and then disappeared. That happened every time he tipped the chair forward.”


astral1Ghosts are not always the spirits of dead people. They can also be astral projections from the living. A few years ago, a male friend and I were drifting apart because we had little in common. In the small hours one night, I went into the kitchen for some water. There was enough moonlight, so I didn’t bother to put the light on.

I nearly dropped my glass when I saw this man’s face hovering in the air outside the window. I must have been half-asleep at the time, which was why I could see an astral form. When the fright fully woke me up, the image disappeared.

Although most people don’t see the astral plane when in full waking consciousness, there are many other ways to sense astral projections and psychic connections. For example, when we see someone clearly in our mind’s eye, it’s often a sign they’re thinking about us. It’s also worth bearing in mind that negative feelings we think are our own may in fact be coming from someone else.   

pd_arl_010_astral_travelFor many children, especially when still very young, the astral world can be as real as the physical. Sarah told me of an experience she had when she was about five years old. 

“One night, I got up from bed and went into the kitchen where the adults were. But nobody took any notice of me. I couldn’t stand it! So I decided to go and annoy my sister, thinking that’ll get me some attention. She hated being poked. So I went to poke her – and my hand went right through her! That really frightened me. I went back to bed as fast as I could!”


Strange experiences can also occur in broad daylight, with normal looking people. This account was first published in my book Magic Past Lives. An acupuncturist who is now passed on told me about this strange incident that he saw on a train.

A man in a business suit was sitting diagonally opposite an equally conventionally dressed woman. There was an unheard exchange between them. The man then started reading his newspaper, holding it up like a barrier.

31-les-allies-dans-la-magieThe woman became angry, and started flicking aggressively at his paper. When that didn’t work, she rolled up her newspaper and began to slap it loudly on the palm of her hand. The man continued to ignore her. It then looked like she was trying to beam bad vibes at him with strange and vehement hand gestures. He steadfastly continued reading his paper.

At the next stop, she got off the train. The others in the carriage gave a round of applause to him for withstanding what was clearly a psychic attack. My friend suggested to him that it might be a good idea to see an exorcist now. To which the man calmly replied, “I am an exorcist”.


The following account from one of my readers is also about a daytime experience with paranormal undertones – but this time with a very different vibration.

“A few years ago on a dark winter afternoon I was working at a community center. Three of us were standing around the reception desk. We were the only people there at that late hour. We were talking about how strange it was that that particular date was a traumatic anniversary for all of us.

In different years, but on exactly that date, one of us had been diagnosed with cancer, and the other two had bad car accidents. Now the day had come round again and we were all three together, talking about it. We couldn’t help wondering if another awful thing was destined to happen to us on that day. 

All of a sudden, a nun in full habit – the only time I’ve seen a nun in full habit in that town – came rushing in, asking directions to a nearby highway. We told her how to get there and she rushed out.

mary-medalThen a few seconds later, she came rushing in again. She pulled out a large plastic bag full of Virgin Mary medals, gave one to each of us and said, ‘These will protect you’.

We’d stopped talking as soon as she came into the building, so she couldn’t have heard our conversation. No further bad things happened to any of us on that day.

There’s no way of knowing if that was because of the talisman the nun gave us – but I still have it, and I carry it with me all the time. The three of us still talk about the day a nun came in and gave us protection against the bad luck of that date.”


Protection from the spirit world can take many strange forms. A friend of mine, Peter, once had a small factory. It had an attic that was hardly used – a few things were stored up there, but it was mostly an open wooden floor. 

“We learned that whenever we heard ghostly footsteps walking up there, it was a warning from the other side,” said Peter. “When it sounded like a woman walking briskly along in high-heel shoes, it was about something wrong on the financial side of the business. Maybe someone was trying to pay us with a bouncy cheque – that sort of thing.

Then there was the slower and heavier footfall of a man. Whenever we heard this, it meant problems or dangers on the factory floor. We always checked our systems whenever we heard these footsteps. And they always turned out to be valid warnings.”


proxyMany paranormal experiences come to us with the intent to help or comfort. This is especially true when the spirits of those who have recently passed over appear to loved ones to reassure them that all is well. They want their grieving families or friends to know that they are still alive, just living in another realm.

One of my readers e-mailed me with the following account:

“When I was a small child, I had a favorite uncle who passed over. I was at his funeral and felt such a loss knowing I would miss him in the future. Even though I saw him lying in the casket I knew in my heart that he was no longer there – that was just the shell of his body.

The following morning, as I was getting up for school, I saw him standing in the doorway in his favorite blue pinstriped suit. He just looked at me for a moment as though to let me know everything was going to be all right. Then he was gone.

I couldn’t tell anyone because we weren’t allowed to talk about such things back when I was a child. I know in my heart he came back to give me peace of mind. To let me know he would always be watching over me, even though no words were spoken.”

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What are angels? In the Bible, the word ‘angel’ simply means a messenger. But over the centuries, it has come to mean much more than that. These days we think of angels as heavenly beings with higher powers which they use in kind and benevolent ways.angel

This beautiful view of angels may have come from people’s personal experiences.

Many people have special memories of what felt like divine intervention in their own or someone else’s life.

A well-educated, elderly woman once told me about her own strange experience. It happened when she was doing voluntary care work. That mostly consisted of taking house-bound people out in her car.

One day she went to pick up a frail old man. As he opened the front door, he began to have a minor heart attack, and started toppling forward onto her. She wasn’t strong enough to support him. They were on the brink of a dangerous tumble down the stone steps which led up to the front door.

Just then a young girl appeared. Stronger than she looked, she swiftly caught the man and gently laid him down to recover. Then, before she could even be thanked, she disappeared as suddenly as she’d arrived.

“Because of the way the place was laid out, it was impossible for her to have suddenly appeared where she did,” said my friend. “Where could she have come from? She didn’t look like an angel. She was wearing a brown dress with yellow flowers on it. But what she did was truly angelic.”

higher beings freespiritPerhaps she was an angel who’d taken on temporary human form. Or she might have been a human who was suddenly able to perform a small miracle.

There are many angels disguised as ordinary people in our world. They incarnate here from the angelic realms partly to follow their own spiritual path – but also to do whatever good work they can along the way.

This work is done without fanfares or publicity. But from the accounts that do come out, it looks like they achieve a lot in their quiet way.

Another woman I know is still baffled by a strange encounter she had with someone she feels must have been an angel in disguise.

“I was stranded in France,” she said. “I’d lost my purse, with all my money and my ferry ticket in it. I didn’t know what to do. I was sitting on the beach, just staring out to sea. Dusk was falling. The place was deserted – except for a gang of bikers. They started eyeing me up and sniggering.

To get away from them, I moved back up to the road, and sat on the little wall there. At that moment, an expensive looking car drew up in front of me. An older, well-heeled looking man asked me if I would like a lift.

I thought this might be out of the frying pan and into the fire. But I decided to take my chances, and accepted his offer. And he turned out to be a perfect gentleman. When he heard of my predicament, he bought me a ferry ticket, and saw me safely onto the boat with enough cash to get home afterwards.

I wrote down his address so that I could thank him, and repay his money. Ben Goossen's photo montageBut although I was sure I’d put it somewhere safely, when I got home I couldn’t find that piece of paper anywhere. That was odd enough – but what’s always puzzled me is how he suddenly appeared at exactly the right moment. I think he must have been an angel in human form.”

Just as angels can become people, people can also become angels. For example, one important job that angels do is to give people messages from the higher realms. According to the countless reports on record, it seems that humans are just as good at doing this.

When they finally leave this life, people often appear in spirit to loved ones who may be far away, to give them a fond message of farewell.

“I thought Uncle Harry had somehow traveled all the way from Florida without telling me,” said one woman. “He looked completely physical, just suddenly standing there in my kitchen. I started to ask how he’d got here, but he said ‘I’ve come to say good-bye sweetheart. I’m all right now. Everything’s going to be fine. I’ll see you again one day.’ And then he just faded away.

A couple of hours later the phone rang. It was my aunt. Uncle Harry had passed away that morning – at exactly the same time I saw him in spirit. We always got on well, so I think he really did come to say good-bye.”

Departed spirits can also drop in later on to provide even more reassurance that although no longer physical, they are alive and well in the higher realms. A friend of mine used to be very close to her grandmother, and was desolate when she died. Then one day a few months later, she noticed the scent of her Gran’s cologne in the room.

“I dismissed it as just a sign of my grieving. And the scent went away,” she said. “But a few weeks later, it came back again. I was worrying about a recent problem – and could smell her cologne in the room again. I felt a strong need to close my eyes. When I did, I saw her vividly with my mind’s eye, as if standing right in front of me. She then gave me exactly the advice I needed. So now whenever I smell her cologne I sit back and wait for her message. And it’s always a good one.”

Although these beautiful messages came from people who’d moved on to the next world, physically living people can also visit others in spirit form, bringing important communications.surprise visit

Author Colin Wilson described a famous case in which the American wife of an 18th century sea-captain was so worried about not hearing from him that she went to a clairvoyant about it. The psychic went into a trance state, during which his spirit left his body in search of the woman’s husband. He found him in a London coffee house, and was able to talk to him. The captain explained why it was difficult to write letters, and said he’d soon be home.

True to his word, he did return soon – and was amazed to hear from his wife that the apparently real person he’d spoken to in the coffee shop had in fact been a spiritual messenger. He was even more amazed when he met the clairvoyant, immediately recognising him as the same person he’d encountered on that day.

Although, like this clairvoyant, some people are better at astral projection than others, it’s actually latent in everyone. We use it on a small scale all the time.

Whenever you find yourself thinking of someone – especially if it’s easy to visualise them – it’s often because they’re thinking of you. Whenever we think of others for more than a moment or two, we automatically send them a etheric thought form.

The next step is to use this potentially angelic power in more conscious and benign ways. If you close your eyes and focus your thoughts on someone, visualising them as clearly as you can, a part of your spirit will always be with them. They may even be aware of you in some way.

With practice, you can then become a powerful sender of positive and uplifting messages. As you do, you’ll be stepping into true angelic work here on earth.

Humans come equipped with all kinds of higher potentials that few bother to realise – but when they do, it’s hard to tell the difference between humans and angels. Pictures of angels usually show them with halos, giant wings and long white robes. But these accessories may be more symbolic than literal – artistic codes for inner light and the ability to fly beyond the physical world. These attributes are just as available to humans. We may not have feathered wings on our backs – but at night, flying to mooneveryone flies free of the body in the dream-time.

Even if they don’t remember it, incarnate earth angels do important work on the astral planes during the night.

I know a few who are, in their different ways, intuitively aware of when someone is approaching their final crossing, and somehow ‘hold the bridge steady’ to make it easier for them. This can include one of the most important jobs that angels do – helping departing spirits make their final move to the higher realms.

Those who’ve had near death experiences often talk about being met by loved ones from the other side. Less well known is that it also happens on this side of the veil. Physically incarnate people are able to leave their bodies to escort departing loved ones part of the way into the next world.

Author Raymond Moody has made a special study of this in his book ‘Glimpses of Eternity’. His case studies describe how, when a loved one dies, the room may fill with a beautiful mystical light, and even seem to change shape.

At those times, it’s as if the veil between this world and the next becomes thinner, in readiness for the person about to make the crossing. A number of people have seen these effects at the same time, so this experience has been corroborated and validated.

One woman said it made her realise that “Most of the stuff that happens in the world happens behind the scenes and all we see is the surface.”

When the spirit of the dying one finally rises up out of their body, someone who’s especially close to them may also leave their body to keep them company.

“I felt myself lift out of my body and join my brother in mid-air!” said one woman. Together they may watch a panorama of scenes from the life now being left behind. Then a passage opens up as a portal to the next world.

A woman who accompanied her husband said they moved through that very quickly. They then found themselves in a beautiful parkland, where the plants glowed with their own inner light.

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Walking hand-in-hand, they presently came to a stream that had to be crossed. As it wasn’t her time to leave earthly life, that was the dividing line she could not step over. At that point she had to say au revoir to her husband, and return to the physical world.

Despite the sadness of the occasion, these experiences have a trans-formative effect on anyone who’s touched by them. The first-hand knowledge of what really happens after death brings a deep sense of joy and peace.

The poet Rumi said, “My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

With the help of regression, many people can now glimpse the angelic worlds they originally came from.

One of my clients described it as follows: “I’m barefoot, and wearing a long white dress. I’m going towards a beautiful white building. The gate is like the gate to a palace. I go inside. It has very big windows, with beautiful views. I can float a bit.

I go upstairs. There are doors here that I don’t open. I feel that it’s not the time for me to do so. I look outside and see people in the garden. They’re more like angels than humans. I go down to be with them in the garden. We join hands and dance and sing in a circle. It’s a beautiful healing ritual. I can feel it doing me so much good.

I have a very big book that I’m studying while here. It contains higher book of chakrasknowledge in the form of complicated symbols. I remember now that I saw some of those symbols when I was three years old. They came like lights in the sky.

Now I have to cross a bridge. It means taking a physical life. There’s mist everywhere. It feels a bit frightening. I can’t take the book with me. I have to leave it on that side of the bridge. An angel is giving me guidance before I leave. He says I must remember to trust in the angels more – they will always be with me.”

We have all come here from our true home in the higher realms. We return there, not only at the end of each life, but on our many spiritual excursions while still here.

Just like angels, whether in a physical body or not, people can be heavenly messengers, perform divine interventions, and escort departing spirits to the other side. Moreover, everyone has the ‘ordinary’ power to help and bless others’ lives in a myriad different ways.

Anyone who wishes to can be an angel in disguise – and if you wish to, then you probably already are.

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Far from being the end of life, death is simply the transition to a new phase in our ongoing soul journey. And we never need to make that journey alone. Help is always there, both on this side and on the other side of the veil.

rising soulOur own higher self prepares us through dreams, often quite a long way ahead of time. An elderly woman I knew many years ago had cancer. Her life was slowly and peacefully winding down. During this time, she told me of a vivid dream she’d had. She saw a candle alight on a windowsill. It suddenly went out – but then was immediately alight again on the other side of the window. The dream was a beautifully simple way to show her that she had nothing to fear. Her life would continue on the ‘other side’ just as the candle had done.


Some cultures prepare their people for death in more detail than others. The Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead are full of advice on what to expect after the soul has left the body. For most people, the symbols and references in these books feel too strange and archaic to relate to. We need a more modern book of guidance to the other side – and it looks like that is exactly what is now emerging.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a compilation of many different writings put together over hundreds of years. I think we’ve begun a similar process – except our writings are more about real experience than religious theory. from Egtn Bk dd

Many people have had near death experiences and returned to say what happened. This often takes place in a hospital operating theatre.Afterwards the medical staff have been amazed to hear what the patient accurately saw and heard while floating above them in their spirit body.This kind of validation is an important part of our modern Guide to Crossing to the Other Side.


More attention is now given to understanding the processes that people go through in the pre-death stages. Some hospices provide training courses for soul midwives to help people through this important time. One of the best books I’ve ever read on this subject is ‘Perfect Endings’ by Robert Sachs, who was a hospice social worker.

He said that days or even weeks before they depart, the dying can see spirit guides, departed loved ones and even animals coming from the other side to help prepare them for their crossing. In their last days, they are hovering between this world and the next.

The whole experience of ‘dying’ is not sudden – it’s a process that goes through different stages, depending on each individual.spirit guides Countless people have reported that shortly after a loved one departed this world, they came back to them in a vivid dream, to reassure them that there is nothing to fear about death, and to thank them for everything.

Raymond Moody’s book ‘Glimpses of Eternity’ is about shared death experiences, and how surprisingly common they are. He discovered that when someone dies, the person closest to them might also leave their body and accompany them for a short way. People who have returned from this kind of journey say they travelled through amazingly beautiful natural looking surroundings.

After a while they reach a boundary, which is often a stream or a gate. This is the point when they must say their farewells until next time. The departed soul then crosses the boundary and moves on; their companion must return to the physical world. The shared experience is helpful and comforting, both for the bereaved and the departing soul.

oobIn Robert Monroe’s books on his out of body experiences, he says that many people hang around their old haunts because they don’t understand that they’ve passed over. They feel just the same, and their spirit body looks like their physical one did. So they can’t understand why people don’t see or hear them; or why someone else may now be occupying their old home.

Monroe found that once he knew how to leave his body at will, a lot of his work was devoted to helping these confused people to let go of their old life, and move on to the higher realms. He wanted to guide them all to the highest light, but said they always went to the area in the astral plains that was closest to their inner beliefs and spiritual vibration. While hospices train soul midwives to help people on this side of the veil, there are also those who have the gift of helping from the other side, as Robert Monroe did.

Jill Escott is one of those special people. She grew up with many strong signs that she had a past life as a Native American. It’s likely that was when she had some training and experience in this kind of work. In her own words, here is her story of how she came to take up this mission again:


“A clairvoyant channeled a spirit being called Asmundi who suggested that if I chose to do this kind of work, I’d help a lot of souls who were prevented from passing over through fear and confusion.

That night I went into meditation and found that I slipped easily to a place that I have now come to think of as magic tea party“The Transitional Road.” It is always dark and lit by lampposts whenever I visit. It is very bleak and gives the impression that it is in the middle of nowhere but looks like an ordinary, wide road nevertheless. I found myself standing there wondering what was going to happen.

Suddenly I thought that I would like to be more comfortable. No sooner had I thought this than a pair of big comfy armchairs appeared along with a little table complete with a teapot, cups and saucers. This was a very clear example of the power of thought to create what we desire in Spirit realms! I added a tall light to create a beacon and sat down to wait and see what would happen next.

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She was just lying, perfectly contented, by the edge of the road when I tuned in – a sweet little baby girl about 8 months old as far as I could tell. She was dressed in a frock of darkish green cotton faced with deep red. She was wearing a very unusual bonnet to match with a huge brim with three deep scallops. She was totally unconcerned and kicked out her legs when she saw me and seemed to be asking to be picked up. I felt she was being held by her mother’s grief.

I picked her up. “Hello sweet baby. Who are you then?” I looked across the road and saw that a Door had opened and that a late middle-aged woman was holding her arms out for her. This woman was quite thin with sandy, curly hair and an anxious look on her face. She was wearing an old-fashioned cotton pinafore over a dark blue crimpelene dress and slippers with pom-poms on the toes. She looked pale and wore no make-up. I handed the baby to her. She smiled and the Door closed.

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After the baby “went over”, I noticed a toddler, about 18 months old, dressed in an all-in-one sleep suit. It was white with some pale design on it. He appeared to be quite distressed and was screaming “Mummy! Mummy! ”

Again, I felt he was held by the grief of his mother. I held out my arms to him, but he did not want to come to me. He was entirely focused on some point to the side of the road. I sat down quietly in my armchair and waited. After some minutes, he toddled over to me and laid his head on my lap. He was much calmer now and was just sniffing quietly.

I looked over and saw a Door had opened and arms were stretching out for him. I could not see the face of the person, but I knew it was a woman by her arms. “Come on, let’s see if Mummy is over here.” I took him by his hand, led him over the Road and delivered him to the awaiting arms. He was, by now, perfectly calm. The Door closed.door to other world


Jack was the third passing I witnessed on The Transitional Road. In Goth fashion, Jack was dressed in black skinny-leg jeans, with a black shirt tucked into a wide belt covered in silver studs. These were arranged in about four or five rows and were shaped like flattop pyramids. He was wearing black boots – pointed, I think. He was lounging against the bonnet of a car with his arms folded across his chest and his legs crossed at the knee. He was looking down and I saw his hair was cut short at the back and fell into a long floppy side fringe – it was very black and shiny. He was of a very slim build and looked to be in his late teens.

I do not know the make of the car. It appeared to be an older “retro” style car of a dark colour, but not black. “Hi – you OK?” “Yeah, I’m waiting for my Dad” He seemed to be anxious and did not appear to want to talk anymore, so I left things there. I tuned in the next afternoon and he was still there, stood in the same attitude. “Hi, again. Still here? What’s your name?” “John – Jack” “Right, Jack.”

I glanced into the car and was shown that Jack had died at the wheel. I addressed him as gently as I could. “Jack, your Dad’s not coming. You’re dead Jack. He can’t come here.” Jack became very angry at this point and began to shout and gesticulate wildly. “I’M NOT DEAD!!! MY DAD IS COMING!” Jack then returned to his usual stance against the car bonnet and refused to communicate further. I withdrew.

Later that night I tuned in again and this time Jack looked up as I approached. He had large brown eyes set into a thin, pale face. He looked sad, resigned and anxious. He spoke in a very subdued manner. “He’s not coming is he? I am dead aren’t I?” “Yes, Jack.” “What happens now?”

Immediately a Door opened to a wild, noisy party. I could hear loud voices and laughing and the chink of bottles. A young man appeared at the Doorway. He was laughing and smiling and held a bottle of beer up in the air. His face was very round, his head shaved and he looked as if he was having a great time. He saw Jack and, still laughing, said, “Jack you silly bastard! Get your ass over here!” Jack’s face lit up in recognition. He rushed towards the Door and went in. The Door closed.

Strange Woman

During my first encounter with Jack, a woman came stumbling along the Road towards me. She was early twenties with blond wavy hair cut to just above her chin. She was wearing a dark biker’s jacket, possibly black, a black knee-length, tight skirt with black high heels. She wore fish net tights that were torn into a hole below the knee of her left leg. She carried a black, shiny handbag. She was quite plump and about average height. She appeared to be in a state of shock and I felt that she had passed as a result of a sex attack.

She tottered towards me in some confusion. She did not appear to see Jack, but addressed me directly. “Can I use your phone?” I looked over the Road to see a Door had opened. I was not aware of any noise or of anyone standing in the Doorway. “I’m sorry I don’t have one, but maybe someone has one over there.” “Thanks.”

She tottered over to the Door, went in and the Door closed. Note: At no point did she seem to be aware of Jack, or Jack aware of me talking to her. The two experiences for this woman and for Jack seemed to be carrying on independently of one another.

Joanne Bethwell

After asking my guides and helpers to link with me, we expanded our energy field to take up station on the same stretch of Road where I’d found Jack. I settled down in my armchair to see if anyone happened along. Something whizzed by, a motor bike I think, and then was gone, so I decided to enjoy my pot of tea and a book.

After a quite a short time I think (though it is difficult to judge time in Transitional realms), I looked up and was suddenly aware of a beautiful chestnut horse walking towards me in a very subdued fashion. I was aware of its lovely eyes, so liquid and brown. I also felt it was a little confused. It was a beautiful horse of the hunter standard. It came and stood quietly by me, looking very lost.

Shortly after this, a little girl of about 9 years or so came limping along the road. She was of slim build, very fresh-faced and had a pale complexion. She was dressed in a navy jacket with a red lining, cream jodhpurs and carrying a small, black hard hat. Her hair was pale blonde, quite thick and fashioned into a loose single plait down her back, not quite reaching her shoulder blades. She saw her horse and seemed quite relieved to have found him.

She approached me. “Hello, could I use your mobile phone please? I seem to have had a bit of an accident.” “Well, you could if I had one with me, but I think you’ll find that you won’t be able to get a signal here unfortunately. It’s a bit out of the way. Would you like a cup of tea?” “Yes please – thanks awfully.” She sat down and commenced to rub her left leg.

“What’s the matter with your leg? Have you hurt it? What happened?” “Well, I don’t really know. Sirius (his real name is Cirrus, you know, after the clouds, but I call him Sirius) was startled by a rabbit I think. He began to gallop and then tried to jump this really high hedge. Then he stumbled when he landed and I sort of found myself here somehow.” I was shown that Jo and Cirrus both broken their necks in a fall.

“I see. What’s your name?” “Jo….Joanna, (Joanne?) Beth” I became confused at this point and was wondering if I was receiving correctly, when Jo removed her jacket and I saw Jo……Bethwell sewn on an embroidered name tag. I could not read her full name because a fold in her jacket obscured it. She was wearing a navy blue ‘Fred Perry’ type tee shirt with white piping on the collar. “I say, isn’t it awfully dangerous to sit in the middle of the road like this?”

“Oh, it’s OK. People who travel this way are used to me being here.” At this point, I looked across the Road and saw that a Door had opened. A forge had appeared, filled with a very welcoming, golden light. A blacksmith was busy working in the Doorway and I could see hay deeper within the room. “Look Jo, there’s a forge. Why don’t you go and get your horse seen to – he looks pretty tired and maybe they have a phone there?” tibetan6.gif“I say, what luck to find a forge in the middle of nowhere!

Yes, I’ll do that. Bye, thanks for the tea.” With that she picked up the reins of her horse and walked towards the forge, went in, and the Door closed.

Note: At no point did Jo seem to be frightened – just a little confused about where she was and what had happened to her. I am sure that it was very calming for her that her horse made the transition with her.” ~ Jill Escott.

Jill said she’d love to hear from anyone who recognises any of the people she has described. You can contact her through me by sending a message from the Contacts page on my website, or by leaving a comment to this article.


Have you ever felt that you might do this kind of work? Here are four signs to look out for:

* You feel attracted to the idea of helping people to make their crossing.

* You have a feeling you might have already helped someone in this way.

* You have dreams that seem to be about this.

* You get signs and synchronicities pointing to this possibility.

Even if you haven’t noticed any particular signs, if you’d like to help people make their crossing easier, simply put out to the Universe that this is your wish. If it’s meant to be, the right path for you will open up.

P.S. Have a look at the comments to this article for more fascinating accounts of how soul midwives work. And please add your own if you feel inspired!


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I’m delighted to present this guest blog by Faith, about an amazing healing experience that took her completely by surprise.gate 2 by Thomas Kincade

A friend had to drag her along to an evening of clairvoyance, because she’s always been skeptical about that kind of thing. But after her mind-blowing experience there, she now has no doubt that loved ones who’ve passed to the other side really can – and do – give us accurate, helpful and loving messages with the power to heal old wounds of fear and doubt. And now read on….


When I moved to Glastonbury, I was warned to expect emotional ‘stuff’ to come up, that I would be obliged to address it and challenged to heal. Eek! But I had moved here inviting growth. Still, I’ve been astonished by one way that healing has happened.

For decades I had carried pain and anger about feeling abandoned by my beloved mother, who died when I was ten. Her loss seemed to have defined my life.

On the anniversary of her death this year, a friend asked me to go along to a clairvoyance meeting in Glastonbury – my first. I had always been skeptical and resistant, but as I heard loving messages being given to others, I relaxed and silently invited contact.

The next message was for me, said the medium, from my rather hesitant and tentative mother, who just wanted to say ‘I’m very proud of my girl.’ Through him, she referred to events and names from my childhood and a car accident of some thirty years ago with a  warning not to drive so fast – and not to be so driven in my life.

“Thermother and babye’s always tomorrow, relax and let life feel good, like on our holidays in Devon.” She also said she had been healing a recent problem with my leg.

I went home, found a photo of her as a smiling young woman and put it on display. Every time I look at it, I feel joy and peace, an exchange of her proud caring and my forgiveness and gratitude. She is with me now – clearly always has been – and my heart feels light. I have my mother back.

A month later I went again to the clairvoyance evening and a different medium approached me. She talked without asking me a single question. “There’s a lovely man here bringing a bunch of roses for you, his wife. He’s a proud and normally very private man, but he’s bathing you in so much love.”

My husband Al passed away with cancer seven years ago. From diagnosis to death had been a loving but dramatic and emotional journey for us both, as we tried to cope in our own different ways. His loss was devastating.

“He says that going to the spirit world was a big shock at first” continued the medium, “ because he had been skeptical about life after death and was surprised that souls in spirit can communicate with people in body.

“He wants to thank you for your care and complete devotion to him during his illness. Never be in any doubt that you did everything you could in an exemplary way. You couldn’t have done any more.

“He’s sorry for making everything so much harder for you than it needed to be. He should have taken more responsibility for his health, gone to the doctor when he first knew something was wrong. He knew for a few months that his death was likely and says he should have spoken out and made some arrangements.

“He watches over you and knows that when he died a large part of you died too. But he had to go, it was right for him. He wants you to walk out of here feeling lighter and more free.”

soul matesThe message had included specific dates, times and references that no medium could have guessed and I could feel my husband close. Finally I released the final vestiges of uncertainty and guilt and I am indeed light and free.

Both burdens of loss have now slid from my shoulders and I’m left with the certain reassurance that love between souls never dies, it just transforms into a different mode of togetherness.

~ Faith ~


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