Book Review by Dana Taylor
About three weeks after my Dad died, strange things began to happen. The door bell went haywire, going off by itself with mangled noises. Twice, my husband and I heard something crashing in another room and ran to investigate. Nothing. One night we heard a definite knock, knock, knock on the back window. No one there. We began laughing about it. Seemed like Dad was letting us know he was still around. We lived in his house for a couple more years and I felt him guiding me through home repairs. His visits in my life receded after I sold the house.
My husband died in a car accident in 2013, but made his presence known through psychic friends with several messages. He said a final goodbye to me in one early morning visitation that I recalled in the post Grace in Grief: Six Months After My Husband’s Passing.
I’ve learned through personal experience that loved ones continue living in another dimension. Many times they find ways to communicate with people left behind. Psychic medium Laura Lynne Jackson explores various methods of those communications. From the annals of her case histories, she weaves together compelling narratives in her latest book, SIGNS: THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF THE UNIVERSE.
Jackson told her personal story in her first book The Light Between Us. (See my review here.) She comes across as a credible, caring person using her gift to help alleviate pain and confusion of grieving people. Her spot-on readings have made her a popular guest on television shows and workshop panels.
Each chapter in SIGNS relates an individual story of how a crossed over person finds a way to keep in touch. People find coins, receive messages on cell phones, have animal encounters, see rainbows, hear songs on the radio, the list goes on. From the book overview:
There’s the lost child who appears to his mother as a deer that approaches her unhesitatingly at a highway rest stop; the name written on a dollar bill that lets a terrified wife know her husband will be okay; the Elvis Presley song that arrives at the exact moment of Jackson’s own father’s passing.”
The point of the signs is to offer and comfort. They are a way of saying, “I’m still around. I’m fine. I love you.” Sometimes they are a mean, “I’m sorry,” “I forgive you,” or “Move on with your life.” Certainly, a major takeaway from the book is the realization that death is a passage, not a tragedy.
Jackson also refers to everyone’s Team of Light. It isn’t just loved ones leaving signs, but guardian angels and guides. A sign may also be an idea that came from “nowhere” or a dream. I found Chapter 29: Surrender the most compelling. In it Jackson relates the details of daughter’s mysterious illness over a three year period. Ultimately, information and prods from her Team of Light guide her to the right doctors and treatments. It’s certainly a cautionary tale about the vaccine Gardasil.
In this era when so many people are crossing over, SIGNS is a comforting reminder that death is only a transition and love never ends.
Moon madness and a meddling ghost bring together reluctant lovers in this tale of madcap magical realism. DEVIL MOON by Dana Taylor
Father Nathan Castle, O.P., has unusual dreams. Over the course of the past twenty years, he’s often dreamed of a stranger’s violent, sudden death. Does he awaken in a cold sweat, fear clawing at his throat? By all indications, the answer is no. Father Nathan sits up and captures the dream on a notepad before its memory fades. He knows another Night Visitor has come a-calling.
Nathan Castle became a Dominican priest in 1979. He earned his doctoral degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and has spent almost thirty years in campus ministries at both Stanford and Arizona State universities.
He is also a very gifted spirit communicator and has a special ministry to souls who have gotten “stuck” in their afterlife journey.
In AFTERLIFE INTERRUPTED: HELPING STUCK SOULS CROSS OVER, Father Nathan shares thirteen stories from his notes and memories of the over 250 souls who have reached out to him. Over the years, he has developed a routine. He receives a Night Visitor’s dream and later meets with a prayer partner to contact the Visitor and engage in a conversation. Beginning with a prayer of protection from an array of saints, Father Nathan invites the Night Visitor to enter his mind and use his body to communicate about the situation. While the words “channel” and “medium” are mostly avoided in the text due to the occultish baggage associated with them, those are precisely the right words for what transpires. Father Nathan, or his prayer partner, often Laura Dunham, channels the spirit to get to the heart of the matter. They initiate a counseling session for the dead.
AFTERLIFE INTERRUPTED is not your usual celebrity medium tell-all tale. Father Nathan doesn’t have his own reality show or fill Las Vegas lounges with curiosity seekers hoping to get a message from their departed Aunt Fanny. Instead, we hear a man of with deep and life-long Catholic Christian faith giving us a glimpse of his multidimensional world. Souls are brought to Father Nathan by their celestial guides when they are ready to move from a “stuck” place, to a higher level in the Afterlife.
Each chapter begins with the dream, a sudden unexpected death. A teenager drives his car off a bridge, drowning himself and three friends; a girl sneaks to the beach on the fateful day of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami; a young mother and her friend perish in a plane crash; a freak explosion maims and kills a young husband. And so the stories go. All of these people reject afterlife guides who come to escort them to the other side at the moment of death. They become stuck in a great Nowhere. Sometimes they are trapped in a recurring loop of the event.
By the time they enter Father Nathan’s dreams, they are ready to move on, but do not know how. Often the hindrance is lingering anger or guilt over their manner of death. Father Nathan or the prayer partner offers the Visitor another point of view. They facilitate release from negative emotions that snare souls in the Nowhere. From there, they ask a guide to come for them and take them to the Afterlife. The guide is often a friend or relative, but not necessarily. The most intriguing guide mentioned was President Dwight Eisenhower who showed up for a young man named after him.
This book gives tantalizing glimpses of a whole Afterlife society. After writing up the chosen stories, Father Nathan revisits each participant to get their permission to publish their stories. Therein lies the most fascinating sections of the book. Laura Dunham will ask, “How is your life going? What have you been doing since we last spoke?” Everyone is living and growing in their new realms.
I highly recommend purchasing the Audible version to actually hear Father Nathan, Laura Denham, and the other prayer partners performing the narration. What you will find is an insightful, authentic presentation of a multidimensional world. Humans live in this physical world and they continue living in a non-physical world. Communication between the dimensions is getting increasingly common.
What makes this book rise above the other mediumship books is the man himself, Father Nathan Castle. His foundation of faith and a life devoted to ministry is inspiring and encouraging in this chaotic world. Thank you, Father Nathan for sharing your gift with us.
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by Dana Taylor
Mediumship, also known as Spirit Communication, is growing in popularity and acceptance. Celebrity mediums such as Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium) and James Van Praagh, and Tyler Henry (Hollywood Medium) have big fan followings. In my world, several of my friends have mediumship talents. Though I have never visited a medium for a reading, nonetheless, my relatives have popped in with messages when I have been in some meditation sessions–or simply driving down the road with my multidimensional friends. The idea that my loved ones have simply moved from “physical” to “non-physical” has become part of my world view.
I’ve recently read two books by mediums that shed light on spirit communication. We have moved into an era when the frequency between planes of existence appears to be getting closer–the “veil” is thinning. Reports of spontaneous encounters with spiritual entities are on the rise.
The Light Between Us by Laura Lynne Jackson is a well-written account of Jackson’s journey into mediumship. She uses her personal story of childhood encounters, rejection of her gifts, and growing acceptance and development to weave together stories of her spirit communication. She led a double life–one as wife, mother, and teacher. The other as a weekend and evening medium. For many years she was able to keep her lives separate, but ultimately was able to reconcile both areas of her life.
She shares many touching stories of clients trapped in the throes of grief able to move on with their lives after she is able to communicate with loved ones on the other side. She has been certified as a psychic medium by the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential and has allowed scientists to scan her brain, which reveals physical anomalies.
The book’s subtitle is Stories from Heaven, Lessons for the Living, which pretty much says it all. She chooses key stories of clients to illustrate how spirit communication can enhance human life. Grieving parents connecting with their children, mysterious deaths resolved, guilt-laden survivors released, even animal visits make for an interesting and engaging narrative.
Laura Lynne Jackson comes across as a normal person with an extraordinary ability. She shares it with the world to offer peace and comfort. If you’re looking for a book on mediumship, this is a good choice.
Hay House author, John Holland, is a popular speaker on matters of spirit communication and the workings of the spirit world. Having already told his personal story in earlier books, Bridging Two Realms is chock full of information on techniques of mediumship and general psychic development. It’s a sort of do-it-yourself manual for the would-be medium.
My friends who are students of mediumship have attended Holland’s workshops and speak highly of his coaching abilities. The book offers an overview of the spirit world and multidimensional living. He maps out the planes of existence, the human energy field, catalogs spiritual encounters and even offers a brief history of spiritualism.
I listened to the audio version of the book which is read by John Holland himself. It’s pretty much like attending one of his conferences for only ten bucks. He speaks with a gentle East coast accent, a regular American guy. He makes mediumship sound very “normal,” something any willing student can learn and develop.
Bridging Two Realms packs a broad range of information into one book and makes the spiritual realms seem highly accessible. A good resource for students of spiritual development.
The ebook version of Bridging Two Realms is currently on sale for $1.99.
Spirit communication helps us know at a fundamental level that life really does go on. The Other Side is simply a change of address.
Learn more about spiritual development in Supernal Adventures: Exploring the New Normal of Multidimensional Living
My book, Supernal Adventures, explores the “new normal” of multidimensional living. This post is about a “normal” man who had a most startling “new normal” experience.
“Bob” (name changed) is a mainstream, semi-retired business man. A very “normal” guy. He plays golf, enjoys the culture of the American South, has good buddies. His wife, Kate, is a writer and became a cyber friend of mine over ten years ago. About two years ago, she contacted me after being told by a psychic that she is an empath and possibly a healer. She reached out to me for information about things like Reiki and metaphysics. As our relationship grew, we Skyped and I eventually gave her a first level Reiki attunement. She began practicing on Bob, a willing participant. Many of his ailments improved. As it turned out, Bob is sensitive to the healing energies and even receives mental images himself. But, Bob is far from embracing the New Age or embarking on a spiritual quest. And yet, Kate appears to have opened a door for Bob….
I received an e-mail from Kate this week entitled:
Bob’s Metaphysical Experience
Bob was on his way to Morrow, GA yesterday to see a customer when this happened: Questions he was asked are italicized.
Bob ~ Leaving garage, I backed out and set destination on GPS. Got on I-20 and it started getting cold. Temperature kept dropping and I didn’t think anything about it until it was so cold I was uncomfortable and thought something was broken. I started fiddling with heat controls and noticed it was set on auto at 72. Temperature felt like it was sub-60. What’s wrong? Everything seemed to be in place with system. Thought I’d lost the thermostat. I shut off air just to make it bearable and opened driver’s side window to warm up. That helped a little until I closed it and it was just as cold inside.
Driving and thinking, “What’s going on?” The radio was on but NO SOUND! Then, strange questions starting coming into my mind.
What is this TV screen? It’s a navigation screen.
What is it? Navigation system. What do you mean? GPS.
(Bob, that’s stupid. You know what it is!)
What is GPS? Global Positioning Satellite.
What’s it do? I’m going to my customer and it’s showing me how to get there.(Lull)
Do you mean it knows where you’re at? Yeah, it’s like radar. It knows where I am (this is crazy!) That’s that little arrow on the screen. (This is crazy!) We’re the arrow and we’re going to that black flag. That means it’s our destination.
GPS then says, “Traffic Congestion in 15 miles.” You mean it can tell traffic? It’s telling me there’s a traffic jam. (Why am I expounding on something I already know?) Then it was pretty quiet.
Brief case was still on the passenger seat. Nothing was physically different but it stayed cold. Air was very, very cold.
We get to traffic jam. GPS says, “Take next exit to avoid traffic.” Yeah, you’re going to avoid the traffic, right? The line then turns different on the GPS screen. The line’s different? Yeah, that’s the detour.
Since I was running late because of the detour, I needed to call the customer. I told Blue Tooth to “call Phil on his mobile.” Phil answers and we have our conversation and I hang up.
Was that a telephone call? Yeah, I called him on his cell. Cell? Yeah, cellular mobile phone.
Drive to location and GPS says, “You’ve reached your destination and navigation system is turning off.”
We’re here? Yes, we’re here.
Car still cool, then temperature quickly rises, and the car gets stuffy. I open windows to get some air.
After leaving my appointment, I decided I didn’t want to come back on the Interstate. Set guidance and wasn’t told where to turn. I heard no guidance. I turned right and it took me back and in and around. I turned right, again. Now I don’t know which cross intersection to turn at. I go into settings and open voice prompt. The volume was off. Two lines navigation prompt and radio volume and voice prompt were off. I punched up voice volume and radio. Voice prompt volume was off and I never touched the controls to turn it off. I had to figure out how to turn it back on since I’d never seen this screen before.
Kate ~ When he left, I had asked his guardian angels to be with him on this journey and to watch over him. He called me after he got there to tell me about his experience. He was so shaken, he wasn’t sure whether he’d be able to make sense to his customer. I suggested he ground himself. So he got out of the car and walked over to some trees, took a couple of deep breaths and imagined his feet going deep into the ground. Since he was visible through the company windows, he pretended he was talking on his cell so they wouldn’t think he was nuts! Ha!
Since I had the experience with the medium a couple of months ago when his dad came through, he believes the spirit with him was his dad. Bob has often thought when he was in the car, “Dad would be amazed at all this technology.” The “conversations” went on for almost an hour!
Btw, the temperature yesterday was in the high 70’s!
Dana ~ Congratulations, Bob, you’ve had an awesome Supernal Adventure! This is just one more incident of living in the post-Shift era. My interpretation of Bob’s experience comes from the teachings of Gregg Braden, Kryon/Lee Caroll and others. Planet earth is a new cosmic quadrant in the milky way. It’s a gradual turn–a 25,000 year era–and we are at the very beginning. The frequencies and magnetic fields are all changing. Communication through the “veil” is becoming easier. Loved ones who have passed on are keeping in touch and making their presence known. It appears their ability to influence our technology is getting easier for them. Or perhaps our technology is getting more sensitive to them–thus the malfunctioning of Bob’s GPS system and radio.
These experiences are becoming more common and we’ll have to learn how to evaluate them. The first reaction is generally, like Bob, “this is crazy!” As a society, we’re going to have to get beyond “this is crazy,” study these emerging realities and incorporate them into our world view.
Welcome to the New Normal.
Thanks to the Internet, I’ve become cyberfriends with spiritually mindful people around the world. Many of them reside in Australia. I’ve had the good fortune to discover healer and channeler, Janice Hunneybell. She has published two books of channeled material from the unlikely source of the American singer, John Denver. Things That I Believe In and All You Need is Love are delightful, filled with inspirational insights written with a strong John Denver voice, especially the first book.
I interviewed Jan via Skype to gain better insight into how her channeling talents evolved. Jan was born in post-World War II England. While she didn’t have the happiest of childhoods, she didn’t have the worst. She married and had children. She was “normal.”
Of course, like many of us, “normal” had its ups and downs. She enjoyed a fair amount of “women’s intuition,” but wouldn’t have put herself in a psychic category. Moving to Australia with her husband and children in 1989 sent her into an emotional tailspin. She missed England and struggled to find her footing in her new home. After wallowing in despair for several months, one day she was thinking about how unhappy she was when she heard a male voice in her mind, asking, Are you going to be miserable for the rest of your life or are you going to do something about it?
This was a new experience but she somehow knew this ‘voice’ cared and was challenging her to think differently, so she made a choice for change. Jan returned to study and later joined groups at a local healing center.
One early morning in 1996 she awoke at 4:30 and heard a voice say, you can heal with these hands. Reiki soon came into her life – she didn’t know what it was, but knew she had to do it. After receiving treatments, she signed up for a Reiki I class and received the level one attunement.
Jan recalled, “During the night after the Reiki I attunement I woke and had the sense of being surrounded by many people, including one bigger, more powerful being. I felt a surge of energy and went back to sleep. When I woke again I wondered what had happened to me and heard the words ‘integration of self.’ A few days later, in meditation, I felt myself growing, a little like Alice in Wonderland. I expanded into the clouds, yet felt the earth was still beneath my feet. I was surrounded by guides and angels. Jesus was there, which surprised me because I wasn’t a follower, although I believed in him. He spoke with me and at the end, two angels, one pink and one blue, stood either side of me. They shrank before my eyes and went into my ears! I heard them say, we are with you always.”
She became clairaudient. Poems poured into her mind. She worked with healing energy, studied healing modalities, attended classes, and followed her Higher Self inner wisdom. By 1997 she felt she needed to open herself to channeling.
She received an energy treatment from her Reiki Master. “I felt like I was going through a birth canal,” she said.
During an afternoon with her spiritual teacher, her first guide, Arthur, came through. He helped her calm the chatter of mind talk to be an effective channel. Arthur exemplified unconditional love. He shared his philosophy and became a treasured teacher. Later, on a trip to England she visited Glastonbury, the ancient home and burial grounds of the fabled King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Walking the gardens she became overwhelmed with emotion and heard, I am Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon. Was her guide, Arthur, the spirit of the Arthurian legends?
Jan smiles wistfully, “It can’t be proven, but I like to think so.”
At any rate, the door to channeling opened in her mind. She received messages from many nonphysical beings, including some historical figures such as Mother Mary and St. Francis. In September of that year a medium told her to expect an American connection and saw a crashed biplane.
On Sunday the 12th of October 1997 John Denver died when his two-seater plane crashed into the ocean off the coast of California. It was Monday the 13th in Australia. Six days later, Jan felt a spike of emotion, a huge smile spread across her face and she heard, good afternoon, it’s lovely to be here. John Denver became a regular visitor, often giving her beautiful lyrics to songs.
By September of 2001, she knew she would be writing a book, but didn’t know what it would be. She had grown in her ability to focus and channel for significant periods of time. She agreed to devote two hours a day to the project. JD began to dictate. The book came through over the course of one month, with very little editing needed. Things That I Believe In communicated the words and wisdom of John Denver, a passionate man who loved music, life, and the planet. Even in the nonphysical state, he still wanted to make a positive impact on the world. The book’s description says:
Through the mediumship of Janice Hunneybell, John, a singer, songwriter and environmentalist, communicates from beyond with the message that human consciousness continues after physical death. He shares his thoughts on life’s deepest questions – what happens when we die and why we are here – and talks about forgiveness, gratitude, fear and many other subjects in an informal but informative way, illustrating his message with personal examples. With the wisdom of hindsight, having looked back on the lessons of his own life and also having learned a great deal since his dramatic exit from the physical world, John gives his opinion on how to make the most of the life we have.
Getting the book from a raw manuscript to publication was a learning journey. Much like A Course In Miracles that began merely being copied on copy machines and passed around, Things That I Believe In was first read by members of the Spiritualist Church in Melbourne in a similar manner. People began encouraging Jan to have it published and available to the mass market. With the rise of digital publishing, both books of JD’s words of wisdom and love are finding a global audience.
All You Need is Love came through later with more pure information and less of the John Denver personality. When asked why much of the information came as voiceless words rather than in John’s voice, Spirit told her it took less energy to transmit the information that way. When she re-read the manuscript, John’s presence and voice was with her once more, adding additional insights as she reviewed what had been written – and reassuring her that these were his words.
Both books offer inspiration and encouragement from beyond the veil for people to make the most of their time on earth.
Jan continues her spiritual journey. JD appears to have moved on, but she has a growing healing and mediumship practice. Visit her Facebook site Janice Hunneybell — Inspired Thoughts to glimpse inside the mind of a gifted medium channel.