How Spirituality Can Change Your Brain by Elvira Barucija

How can spirituality change the way your brain works? Your whole body is connected and there is a strong connection between your brain and your health, both physical and mental.

It’s not only that your brain can have an impact on your thoughts, but your thoughts can have a strong impact on your brain. Spirituality can change the chemistry of your brain.

When we talk about spirituality, we are referring to any religion or pure connection with the world and the universe. Whatever your relationship might be with God, spirituality can be a part of your life in a great way if you are not religious.

Spirituality and Your Brain

Spirituality lights up certain parts of the brain. According to a study published in the journal of Social Neuroscience, spiritual and religious experiences can activate your brain in the same way as food, love, drugs, music, sex or gambling can be rewarding for some or everyone. There is a separate field dedicated to only researching the connection between religion and the brain called neurotheology. Here the subject of examination is religion not spirituality as a whole.

When it comes to mental health, many studies have proved that spirituality can boost serotonin levels which is a feel-good neurotransmitter that can stabilize mood. A recent study found that those who had a stroke but were spiritual had a higher psychological quality of life compared to those who had a stroke but were not spiritual.

Spirituality and Your Brain

When someone has a sense of meaning in life, that can significantly improve your motivation and positive overlook on the future. Religion and spirituality can be a source of comfort when someone is dealing with chronic illness or consistent stress. Generally, spirituality is associated with positive mental health. When someone is spiritual, they might deal less with negative and self-destructive thoughts. A spiritual person is more likely to know and apply the good in life. They are more likely to eat healthily and be positive about life and it is mostly due to their religious or spiritual beliefs.

Additionally, spirituality has an impact on physical health as well. Those who are spiritual usually promote healthy living and healthy behaviors which overall have a positive impact on mental health.

Spirituality is Powerful

Spirituality is truly powerful, and it has many health benefits. Before you tap into spirituality, you must have a clear vision of what is spirituality for you. Usually, spirituality is believing in something greater than yourself. For some that might be God and for others that might be nature and the universe as a whole.

Usually, spiritual people completely surrender to a higher power. Spirituality helps you sit with heavy and difficult emotions. Something like meditation can help you connect with greater force. Or a prayer at a Church or other place where you worship.

If you pray or meditate for 20 minutes you will feel easier and you will deal with stress better. People who are religious deal better with death when they believe in life after death. Religious people often feel like a part of a tribe and they might have stronger social relationships compared to those who are not religious. Regardless if you are religious or not, or if you are only spiritual, you can experience the health benefits of believing in a higher purpose and a meaningful life.

If you haven’t already, find a regime that works for you. With spirituality, you will embrace uncertainty and we all have some of that in our lives. We all know that life is not this peaceful and joyful place. There are a lot of anxieties, uncertainties, and fears. That can’t be avoided.


There is a science between spirituality and mental health. It can change your brain circuits and how you think and feel in life. There are many ways to get in touch with your spirituality and reap health benefits. We often find ourselves thinking why we have to go through certain things or what’s the meaning of this and that, and why are we doing this? Spiritual people are more likely to find answers to these questions. The feeling of not having meaning can be difficult for many. Spiritual people usually don’t have that problem.

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New Side Gig by Calleen Wilder

Over the next few weeks most of you (or at least those who visit this website) will notice some pretty significant changes taking place.

I am finally working on the manifestation &/or completion of a project I’ve been mulling over for about two years. I am SO excited about it. I can’t wait to share all of the details with you soon.

However, since everything’s not yet entirely concreted in, I know it’s best I don’t say a thing. I realize I have to at least try to stay semi-flexible (hard at my age) for any last minute adjustments.

I will, of course, still be offering readings, so no worries there. They can still be arranged either via this website or by calling me.

I really do believe this next phase involves my shooting straight at my “life purpose”. It feels like something I’ve been heading towards forever… albeit resisting it vehemently at times. I felt I had other things I wanted to accomplish first, so I always back-burnered this.

PLUS, I am a Virgo. As such, I need all of my little damaged ducklings swimming in what some might call a “slightly chaotic synchronized arrangement”. Meaning, I’m OCD and terribly detail determined.

In the next few weeks I hope to have all of this up and running. Yet, there is still lots of work to be done, some of which is slightly out of my control. That part is driving me slightly bat-s-crazy. So no definite timing just yet.

But I wanted to let all of you know when you visit this page over the coming weeks, you’ll definitely notice things being rearranged and redone. Yet, I’m still here. I still do what I’ve always done. I’m simply adding something so super cool to the mix. I hope you’ll love it too… or at least benefit from it.

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

Until then,

Is There an Angel of Death in the Bible? By Lesli White

An angel of death isn’t mentioned anywhere in Scripture.

I found this article somewhat interesting, so thought I’d share. I have been asked this question before and feel this is a very interesting take on it. Calleen

When we hear “Angel of Death,” we often think of the Grim Reaper, a figure that has been pushed in popular culture. Yet, contrary to popular belief, the concept of an angel of death is not taught in Scripture. The big idea around an angel of death is the idea that this angel comes to a person right before they die to take their soul. Some believe this angel oversees death, or simply present when a person passes away. There is not a specific passage in the Bible that reinforces this belief.

Some religions do have specific angels equated with death. Judaism connects this role to Azrael, who is recognized as an angel of destruction. In Islam, this figure is known as “Malak Almawt.” In Christianity, some believe the Archangel Michael plays a role in death.

According to the Testament of Abraham, archangel Michel told Abraham he had to die. At this time, Abraham asked God if he could see the wonders of the world so that he could die without any regrets. Michael took Abraham on a tour of the inhabited world. After this, he took Abraham to prepare for his death. While Michael appears to guide departed souls, he doesn’t take on a grim reaper role. In the Bible, Michael is associated with fighting spiritual battles and carrying out the commands of God. The name “Azrael” also never appears in the Bile.

Some people may equate Second Kings 19:35 with angels of death. The verse says, “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies.” This verse describes an angel putting to death 185,000 Assyrians who invaded Israel. Some equate chapter 12 of the Book of Exodus with angels of death. This is the passage that references the death of the firstborn of Egypt, seeing it like an angel’s work. Scripture does not link the death of the firstborn to any angel. While the Bible may mention angels causing death at the Lord’s command, it does not teach that there is a special angel of death.

In the Book of Revelation, God gives one of the angels the power to cause death. In Scripture, we see that the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse has the power to wipe out one-fourth of the earth’s population. Revelation 6:8 says, “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” While some believe the Four Horseman are angels of death, they represent rulers and authorities on earth more so.

It wasn’t God’s original purpose for us to die. We know from Genesis that God made man to live forever on earth. Our Heavenly Father placed the first human couple in paradise, blessed them to perfect health. He wanted good for them. Scripture tells us, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Ultimately, God created us with a desire to live forever. While it may be hard to understand when you’re only looking at our time on earth, God has opened a way for that desire to be achieved.

The concept of death can be frightening, even for believers. One of the big reasons is because there are so many unknowns around death. Yet, we know that we don’t have anything to fear when it comes to death through our belief in Christ. We actually have a lot to look forward to. In Philippians, Paul declares, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain, I am torn between the two: I desire to depart to be with Christ, which is better by far.”

God is the only one who knows the timing of our death and is sovereign over it. No angel or demon can intercede or cause death before God has willed it. Only God knows the date and time of our passing. Many people, including believers, think that death can come in the form of an angel or demon, but the Bible does not teach this anywhere. We know from Scripture that death is the separation of our soul-spirit from our body. While we may no longer be attached to our physical bodies, believers recognize that there is life after death.

Ultimately, angels can be responsible for death, and may be engaged in what occurs after death, but there is nothing in the Bible that speaks to a specific angel of death. It simply doesn’t exist. The Bible provides us with the assurance of life after death. God tells us that we will return through the resurrection of the death. Through this, we know that we will receive the gift of eternal life. While our bodies may be temporary, we will eventually decay and turn to dust. God has bigger plans for us than death. One of the wonderful things we have to look forward to is the Kingdom of Heaven when we die. At this time, the struggle over sin will finally be over. We don’t have to worry about a grim reaper visiting us before we pass away. We can rest assured that God will be right there with us. He was at the beginning of our life on earth, and He will be there in our final moments on earth and beyond. We have nothing to fear with God.

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Weekly Proof of the Afterlife by Calleen Wilder

I have lived what many would label “a very paranormal life” for all of my life. As a result, I often overlook, or fail to share, the miracles I encounter nearly daily. Miracles in the fact that they are often either far too coincidental or far too impossible for mere science to explain. AND… I get to experience this nearly daily.

As a result, I’ve decided to begin sharing here, on this blog, at least one such story about some of these crazy cool events per week. Reason being, if I don’t document them somewhere I completely forget. People are always saying to me, “Don’t you remember you said… or you experienced… or you predicted, etc…?” And my answer is almost always unequivocally “no”. It has escaped me even though at the time I knew it was so great. Yet great things happen so often that I’ve found one often replaces the other.

SO…. THIS IS MY FIRST WEEK of doing a bit of an on-going paranormal/miracles diary here.

My first story involves a woman I’ve read for only a couple of times. Her scenario, from what she reminded me when she called to update me on her progress, went like this:

During our reading I had been told (by Spirit) she needed to go back for more schooling in order to advance her career. I shared with her I felt she was currently in the medical field, but there was a specific focus or niche they wanted her to pursue that required more training/schooling.

I also helped her connect with her brother during that reading. A brother who she was terribly close with, but who had passed unexpectedly not long ago. She was in another state at the time of his illness/passing and wasn’t present when he passed. She had great remorse and a tinge of guilt about that.

He, obviously, assured her he knew she loved him and he wanted her to heal that. He also assured her he would help her throughout the rest of her life.

OUTCOME: She called me the other day to update me…. something I LOVE when my clients do. It helps me verify I heard spirit correctly during the reading.

Anyway, as it turns out she does work in the medical field and had been considering going into a specialty. She went on, prompted by the reading, to apply to two different colleges in order to pursue this suggestion.

The first school/college she applied to wasn’t going to be able to correctly apply credits she had already earned and get her enrolled until the fall of 2021.

The second school/college accepted her immediately. She relayed to me that she was going to be able to start her schooling at the end of this month, on November 30, to be exact.

WHICH…. just so happens to be her brother’s birthday.


Miracles. They’re everywhere. Spirit is always trying to let us know they are still in contact with us… and still able to help us if needed.

I SO LOVE this story. Hope you do too.

What is Karma Really? By Calleen Wilder

As far as Karma goes, based on the frequent karma rash I’ve experienced, is self-inflicted… in my opinion anyway.

Karma is NOT something the Universe, God, Spirit Guides, or anyone else in a higher authority target us with. Instead, karma is what we know we deserve… but on a soul level.

In other words, if you lied, cheated, stole, or really did anything you know better than to do, something similar, or worse, comes back around to you pretty swiftly.

TRICK IS… it doesn’t come back as punishment. It comes back to equalize our books. To balance-out your good and yes, your bad. I believe it does this in order that we don’t die, looking forward to some peace finally, only to be faced with a set of ongoing consequences.

I mean really… that would make heaven anything but heavenly. Thus, we handle most of it here, while we’re still in this dense earth plane. A place where there’s copious amounts of mud, thieves, cheaters, liars, and all things harsh. Let’s face it, karma is far easier, and likely far more effective, to experience here than when we find ourselves amongst the clouds, music, peace, and love. So yeah, usually it’s here.

KNOW TOO… I believe the further along you are in your spiritual growth and understanding of integrity, the quicker your books will get balanced.

In other words, let’s say I absent-mindedly walk out of a store and forget to pay for something in my cart, or hand, or yes, pocket if you’re that kind of absent-minded, I’ll either lose what it was I absconded with, or I’ll come into an unexpected “amount due” somewhere that more than makes up for my neglect. Particularly true if any of what I did was intentional. Intention is everything where karma is concerned.

THE GOOD THING is, if we elect to balance our books here (and yes, there are some situations where we get to choose how quickly we get smacked back. Unless, of course, we opted for the “blanket” karma package before we entered this lifetime), we get the music, love, and grooviness of the “perfect there” when we pass.

However, since none of us can keep track of every single wrong we’ve ever done, there’s always a tad of carry-over and explaining to do once we reach the proverbial pearly gates. Explaining to our soul though. Not spinning some yarn or stupidly trying to run any game on some entity, being, or God. Nope… we’ll be talking to ourselves… or maybe thinking to ourselves… or maybe apologizing to ourselves. Not sure.

I ONLY KNOW we’ll feel horrible, particularly if we caused anyone any ramifications. Those we’ll have to watch, feel, and experience as if we had intentionally hurt puppies or killed the planet, all on our own. Too sad.

WE MAY EVEN decide we need to come back and enter into a new life here, with the debt still owed. If so, sometime during our next life the balance must be restored… one way or another.

PERSONALLY, I’d like to take maybe a hundred or so lifetimes worth of years off. Maybe find myself sitting by some aqua colored water while sipping something frothy once I reach over there. Meaning, I guess I’d rather pay my dues here anyway, rather than carry them over there.

In Summary: It’s my understanding that karma is self-inflicted on us by our soul. The soul, which by the way, is always with us, watching, recording, and totally in-tune with how aware we were of the offense we committed. Consequently, there really is no escaping karma.

You may ask why some who do horrible things don’t seem to have karma. Trust me, they do. They may have far less guilt over their offenses, and thus are given far more chances than most to rectify/make-up for their straight badness. This makes it appear as if they’re skating. They’re not. It’s being counted, compiled, and dunked in harsh karma sludge. They simply often get more chances over a very spread-out timeframe. STILL, it’s frustrating to watch. I so get that.

Based on this information, I guess my advice is to do the least wrong possible. Maybe too, be open to the swift rebounds you get when you neglect to do the things your soul knows is right. In the end, it’s all about balance, yin and yang, an eye for an eye (not literally… usually), and holding ourselves accountable.

So that’s my take on Karma. You most certainly don’t have to agree with me. BUT, this makes sense to me. And judging on my own “pay back” rate and level of intensity, I think I’m, at the very least, onto something pretty big here.

Enjoy! Be good. Or if you have to be bad, make sure you have enough fun it’s worth your own revenge. Scary thought, right?

Near Death Experience: Man ‘reviewed life’ telepathically with God in heaven – claim by Sean Martin

A MAN who temporarily died believes he has seen the afterlife – where he claims he spoke to a telepathic being who he says is God.

“I love this story… it shows that even after we die we still have some amount of influence on whether we stay there or we come back… I know I did in my NDE. The validation that it happens for others as well was nice.” Calleen

Following a stroke, a man named Nigel had a near death experience (NDE), where he believes he met God. Nigel believes the pair reviewed his life in the telepathic conversation, and God told him what to do to become a better person. Nigel also said that God was in an assembly of souls, who told him he would be returning back to the afterlife at some point – but they would not tell him when.

Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Nigel said: “I knew I was dying and it did not seem to be of any importance to me.

“As I was preparing to leave my body, my life was ‘rolled out’ for me to view.

“I was disappointed at how little I had accomplished.

“Then I became aware of a presence who said telepathically, ‘You have done enough; you can come over.’


Near Death Experience: Man ‘reviewed life’ telepathically with God in heaven – claim (Image: GETTY)


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“I became aware of a feeling of comfort, calm and a beautiful peace within a soft yellow/gold backdrop.

“I had no feeling for any of my children, family or friends because I realised how short in cosmic terms that life is and that we would all be together in a moment.

“As we discussed my life, I felt guilt that I had not provided security for my wife and could not leave her without addressing her future security.

“I told ‘God’ that I had to return even if I had now fulfilled whatever it was I was meant to have done.

“I had the insight that we are all here to allow souls to experience ‘life,’ however painful or rewarding, bland or stunning the soul’s existence.


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“The existence was so perfect as to be meaningless without feeling Life through others. I now knew what peace really is.

“I was told that I could go back and fulfil my job, cause or mission.

“However, I would be returning back to the souls at some point in the future and without warning.”

Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.


“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them” (Image: GETTY)

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5 True Stories of Heavenly Visitors by Lesli White

Do you believe in angels?

Purple Lit Angel

Are angels real? Are they truly around us? We often don’t hear about angels and when we do, the stories are often secularized or commercialized. The truth is, angels still walk among us and each story of a true encounter with one is quite unique and amazing. Angels are spiritual beings with a much different frequency compared to humans. Increasing your present awareness of angels is one of the best ways to start noticing their presence. On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways and airplane cockpits are just a few of the places where ordinary people have felt the real presence of God’s angels at work in their lives. Angel signs are all around us and can come in a variety of ways depending on your current challenges, next steps or the questions you’ve asked. Here are six true stories of heavenly visitors.

Angels at Crash Site 


Lillie Leonardi’s story may seem unbelievable to some, but the former FBI officer, who retired after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder linked to her role in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks is adamant about what she witnessed. Leonardi said she saw legions of angels guarding the Pennsylvania site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. When she arrived at the site just three hours after the crash, she was struck by numerous elements. She was so startled, she kept it to herself out of fear that her co-workers would think she lost her mind.

“I started seeing shimmery lights…and it was kind of misty and that’s when I first saw angels there,” Leonardi said. “And I didn’t say anything to the guys because you can imagine if I would have said, ‘I just saw angels on the crash site,’ they’d have called the office and they’d have said, ‘She lost her mind and tell her to go home.’”

They were dressed as if they were in warrior garb like a Roman centurion, she said. There were so many of them, you couldn’t see their faces. She continued to see flickers of light, each angel guarding the crash site. Her hope in sharing her story is that people would know that God was present on 9/11.

Angelic Encounter During Car Accident


Pastor John Boston was driving down the road when another car crossed the center line and came barreling toward him. The pastor swerved to miss the vehicle and struck a utility pole, sending a live transformer crashing onto his car. Immediately the metal and glass began to buckle on the intense heat from thousands of volts of electricity. His 4-year-old daughter, who was with him, was trapped inside the burning car. The seat belt was stuck and the door wouldn’t open. That’s when a scruffy looking stranger came out of nowhere and easily opened the smashed door. The man removed him from the car and walked him 20 feet away from the vehicle to safety before the car exploded in flames.

“He said my name is Johnny, the police are almost here and I can’t be here when they get here but you’re gonna be okay,” said Pastor Boston. “And then the man was gone.”

He said that people who tried to rationalize the situation thought the circuit breaker simply tripped and Johnny fled because of a sketchy past. However, firefighters say there are some aspects of what happened that defy logic, reason and science. Pastor Boston is convinced he encountered an angel that day.

Angel in Choir

Margaret Jones from Lancashire, U.K., claims she has had a very specific experiences with angels – one of which purportedly unfolded at her church 20 years ago while she was singing in a choir. She felt the pressure of what seemed like a human hand touching her own hand. As she was standing on the edge of the choir, she assumed that the lady, Deborah, who had been playing the organ, had come over to join them; so she thought nothing of it. The hand then left hers and a few moments later she opened her eyes and was surprised to see that Deborah was still sitting at the organ, and wasn’t beside her. It was after the service that a fellow congregant told Jones that an angel was next to her and touched her hand.

In the Hands of an Angel

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He was just seven years old when his 5-year-old cousin, Chetty was sick with cancer and later passed away. At the time, his family didn’t want to talk about the death. They told him to keep quiet, despite the situation devastating him. Whenever his family went to Chetty’s home for visits, he’d always ask to play on the swing with him.

After Chetty died, he went to his house for a visit. In his loneliness, he decided to go outside and sit on the swing they had always played on. As he sat there thinking about how things used to be, Chetty walked up to him and an angel was holding his hand. The angel had beautiful blonde hair and was dressed in a long white gown, never saying a word, just smiling. Chetty looked at him and said, “I’m not in pain no more.” He and the angel turned and walked until they simply faded away.

Girl Meets Angel After Falling 30 Feet


Annabel Beam was only nine years old when she miraculously survived a 30-foot fall. While she was playing with her sisters outside their Texas home, she plummeted inside a hollowed out cottonwood tree. An emergency helicopter rushed her to a hospital in Forth Word, where brain and spinal injury teams prepped for Annabel’s arrival but astonishingly, Annabel was unscathed.

After the accident, Annabel began describing religious visions she had while she was unconscious. She says that she met a guardian angel during the incident.

“I started to wake up in the tree and I could hear the fireman’s voices. And I saw an angel that looked very small, like a fairy.”

The angel then winked and he told her, “I’m going to leave you now and everything is going to be okay.”

The angel stayed with her the entire time, shining a light so she could see until she was

Encounters with angels leave us infinite possibility to not only learn more about them, but also provide infinite possibility for growth and transformation. Most times, encounters are completely unexpected. The key to encountering an angel is to be present, aware and look around for the signs. With these things you can tune into, experience and act upon the signs you receive from angels.

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Life after death: Man opens up about going to hell – ‘They were screaming and bleeding’ by Sebastian Kettley

A MAN who claims to have died and gone to hell has shared his terrifying memories of his brief experience of life after death.

Life after death: Man's soul in hell

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The man who said his name is Michael believes his soul went to hell after suffering from pancreatitis and sepsis nine years ago. During the incident, Michael said he was clinically dead as his heart stopped beating and his organs were failing. As drifted away from life, he told the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) he believes he was transported to hell.

Michael said: “I had pancreatitis that went sepsis and shut down my kidneys and liver, and my heart stopped.

“I went into deep fib. My body swelled and my son said that my eye was almost poking out of my head.

“I went, I believe to hell. There were giant red dragons. The landscape was dark and eerie.

“There were people trapped in what looked like circus carts where they transport lions. They were screaming and bleeding.”

Life after death: Body in a morgue

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Michael was then chased by the red dragons he saw when he first entered hell.

A gold dragon and rider then swooped down towards him and took him away.

Michael said: “Then I was in a room, sitting, talking to my dad who had died in August the same year.

“He told me to let go of the past and move on with my life.

“Then I was at an airport in the winter with snow blowing.

“There was a tram with my children inside but it was covered in ice and I could not get in to talk to them.

“A grape drink was flowing in a fountain inside the tram for them to drink.”

The bizarre visions then ended and Michael remembers waking up in an intensive care unit.

Michael believes he pulled through his near-fatal illness with prayers from his friends and relatives.

Life after death: Doorway to hell

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Life after death: Funeral pallbearers

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In the aftermath of the incident, Michael said God definitely exists and so does the afterlife.

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6 Ways to Connect to a Lost Loved One by Megan Bailey

You can reconnect with your loved ones that have passed on.

Do you long to connect with a loved one that has passed on? It’s a common desire for many who have lost someone close to them, whether it be a parents, spouse, friend or other close family member. Losing someone you love is never easy and seeking out ways to reconnect with them can help.

People have been speaking with the deceased for thousands of years using a variety of different methods. You don’t have to go see professionals to communicate with spirits, and instead you might already have some trying to connect with you. Once you have a basic understanding of the tools, knowledge and information available to you then it will become clear that you can reunite with your loved ones. Here are some great methods and techniques to get you started.

Pay Attention to Signs

One tragic occurrence is when a loved one is trying to communicate with the living, but they are left unheard because the living didn’t notice the signs. In order to identify a sign from a loved one, you should begin to learn the types of signs they will use.

Some of the most common signs involve the senses. Feeling their presence around you, feeling their touch, smelling their fragrance, and hearing their whispers are a few well-documented ways. In addition, they might use technology to get your attention. Weird electrical activity and strange phone calls might be signs. Some spirits also like to leave small gifts, such as feathers, coins or stones, to communicate.

There is a vast array of types of signs your loved ones might use to get in touch with you. It might take some work to figure out which method your loved one will use to communicate with you. Spirits will usually try to use the methods that are most readily available to those they are trying to communicate with, but be open to all options.

Hold an Object of Theirs

Many psychics and mediums recommend holding a personal item that belonged to your loved one that has passed, because it’s believed that objects can absorb and retain energy. The energy that is left behind will give you a stronger line of communication.

In conjunction with some of these other steps, holding an object of your departed loved one is a way of enhancing your connection to them. Try holding their objects and praying to them or lighting a candle. The spirit will then have a more direct line of reaching you.

Focus on Your Dreams

Dreams are the most common way to be visited by those who have passed on. In most visitation dreams, a deceased loved one often enters the dream and is surrounded by some sort of light. In the dream, they typically will offer you some sort of message or give you comfort to let you know that they are OK.

Many people don’t remember their dreams, quickly dismiss them, or forget them in the minutes upon waking. In order to make sure those issues don’t ruin your chances of speaking with spirits, begin doing dream work. This means keeping a journal next to your bed and writing down your dreams each morning, so you won’t forget important themes or images. Study what your dreams are telling you, and begin to analyze common themes. With time and practice, you will have a better hold of your dream state which will allow your deceased loved ones to come in and visit you. Don’t get discouraged if this takes time.

See a Medium

Sometimes it’s necessary to enlist outside help if you aren’t able to connect with one of your loved ones. Mediums are well versed in connecting with spirits of the dead. They will be able to work with you one on one to create a “bridge” from the living world to the spirit world. Mediums have a special ability where they can sense the spirits of the dead much easier than the normal person.

Be wary about the medium you choose to go to. Even those who are not skeptical about the practice of speaking to the dead will usually be willing to acknowledge that not every medium is legitimate. As with anything else, there are scam artists out there. Research a medium before scheduling an appointment with him or her and try to verify that he or she is the real deal. When you meet for your appointment, take note of whether or not the medium is leading you on with questions and having you provide the answers they claim to be offering.

Pay Close Attention to Special Days

Knowing when to expect a visit really helps to narrow down the time you spend looking for signs. There are a few common visitation times, but they are much more likely to happen when you’re alone, sleeping and dreaming, during a difficult time in your life, or during family events. These include dates that are special to you and your loved one, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and other major life events. Pay close attention for signs on these days.

Ask Them to Visit

Spirits can become specific and deliver notes, radio songs, messages to you, words and much more to make sure you know it is who you think it is when communicating with you. All you have to do is ask! Once you’ve learned the type of signs your loved one can send, you can ask them for something more specific.

Many spirits will not contact the living unless they are told specifically that they can do so. It could be scary, traumatizing, or upsetting for many to be contacted if they are not ready for it. Spirits want to be invited back in to someone’s life and will wait for permission. In addition, some spirits may feel they have been forgotten and like they are not wanted back into the person’s life. Asking clearly that you want a sign from a loved one, and stating that you miss them deeply and desire a connection with them will help bridge this gap.

When you learn how spirits communicate and what signs they use, it becomes easier to be able to contact those who have passed on. Do a little bit of work and keep an open mind, before you know it you will have a sign from a loved one from the other side.

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Life after death: Woman passed through tunnel to a ‘mystical realm’ in NDE account by Sebastian Kettley

A WOMAN who claims to have suffered a clinical death during surgery and passed into a “mystical realm”, believes life after death is probably real.

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The woman, who introduced herself as Rebecca, shared her bizarre experience with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF). According to Rebecca’s detailed account, her heart stopped on the operating table 2003. Under the influence of general anaesthesia, Rebecca said she remembers going through a dark tunnel.

She said: “Whatever I experienced after this didn’t happen straight away. I remember being in total darkness.

“The best way I can describe is it’s like closing your eyes but there is no light or sound.”

When she flew through the tunnel, she felt content and weightless.

Once she exited, Rebecca said she was floating over a “pearly-grey, cloudy place” she described as a “clearly mystical or unearthly realm”.

Life after death: Womn passing through a tunnel

Life after death: A woman claims to have visited some form of the afterlife during surgery (Image: GETTY)

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She said: “Gradually, I floated down to solid ground but it didn’t look solid.

“Then out of nowhere, this person stepped out from behind a veil of sorts.

“I couldn’t really see the face but they were tall and I would say it was a man wearing a robe.

“Looking back, I didn’t know this person. But at the time, I looked at the person and it was like I had known them my whole life.”

Rebecca also claims to have seen a woman in Victorian or Edwardian clothing.

However, she was soon told she had to go back and she flew backwards towards her body.

Rebecca said: “My mum told me later that my appendix had ruptured and that I had peritonitis.”

What I love most about this article is that when I had my own NDE I too didn’t experience anything but a warm and comforting darkness. I saw no lights. I heard nothing. If you’ve already read my book Life After Death you already know all of this, so I won’t go into it here. Still, this was my experience. AND… it was perfect. Too, having experienced it myself, I know it’s real. I also know that for some of us the darkness, the “perfect” darkness, is as far as we get. Love it! Calleen

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