Spirit on Earth
We live in
a world that places great value on the physical, material
things that we can see and touch and explain, rather than
the invisible, mysterious things of the spirit that we have
more difficulty in sensing and understanding, yet that we
are nonetheless able to experience.
When our physical
body dies, our consciousness lives on. Yet many people find
this hard to believe.
Most of us
think we’re pretty rational, sensible, down to earth
people. Our logical minds think they know all there is to
know. But they don’t. There are many experiences that
we can’t explain. Our logical minds don’t have
all the answers.
This is actually
very good news, because whatever our minds keep telling us
- that this is all there is, or that there’s no great
purpose beyond ourselves - inside, in our quiet moments when
our minds are still, when we allow ourselves to truly feel,
we know that secretly we wish there was more. Being honest,
we know we’re missing something.
We only have
to find it. There is a part of us, separate from our physical
body, which is meaningful and alive. This is our spiritual
essence, if you like. We can’t necessarily sense it
through our physical senses. We can’t necessarily explain
or understand it using the reason and logic of our rational
minds. Yet it is there.
thing is that while we’re living in our physical bodies,
now, here on earth, we’re also, all of us, already spiritual
beings. We all have a spirit within.
just that we treat it a bit like a poor relation. We don’t
take much notice of it, we’re not that interested in
what it has to say, we don’t like our friends to see
We quite like
our bodies; they make us feel good, we can wear nice clothes,
people comment on how we look. Our minds are okay too, they
learn and remember, they win arguments, and we can use them
in all sorts of clever ways to impress people.
But our spirit
is the life force that makes us alive. It is the powerful
energy that gives us passion and enthusiasm and the will to
achieve our purpose and make our dreams reality. It’s
the gentle, soothing energy that allows us to forgive our
mistakes and weaknesses, to view others with compassion, and
to heal our pain. And it’s the beautiful, joyful energy
that enables us to love, and to know that we are not alone.
All of us have,
at some time in our lives, felt moments of despair, when,
forgetting that we are spirit, we are overwhelmed with a sense
of loneliness and longing.
When we lose
our sense of our own spirit, we feel as if we have lost our
very centre. Everything becomes a struggle; we experience
pain and yet we don’t know what to do about it; we feel
isolated, as if no one in the world can reach into what we’re
experiencing, and we can’t reach out of ourselves to
find any source of comfort or help.
is our consciousness; it drives us to question, to learn,
to find meaning in our experiences. It is the place where
everything comes together, where everything makes sense, where
we are not separate and alone but together, connected and
purposefully intertwined. Becoming aware of our own spirit,
we feel that we are loved, that our lives have purpose, that
we are part of a forgiving world.
Often it is
fear that stops us from recognising our own spirituality.
We don’t ask questions because we fear the answers.
We don’t give ourselves enough quiet time in which to
come to understand who we really are and what we are capable
of. In fact, the problem is that we don’t really trust
ourselves. Fear constantly limits our possibilities. Then,
worst of all, because we’re afraid of the spiritual
dimensions within ourselves, we say they don’t exist.
We deny the fact that there is spiritual life within life
So, just for
a moment, we need to suspend fear. We can trust ourselves,
for we already have all the answers within us. At some level,
we already know much more than we give ourselves credit for.
The first message
of this book is simply that we are all spiritual beings. Our
spirit is the life force that exists at the centre of our
very being. It is the God force, which brings us love and
healing, joy and compassion; the divine spark that creates
our whole being and connects us to every other living thing
in this immense and beautiful universe.
message is that we need have no fear of death. The truth is
that when we leave our physical body, we are still alive.
often preclude us from hearing these messages. Many people
are sceptical, they simply say, ‘I don’t believe
in an afterlife.’ But then, just fifty years ago most
people believed it was impossible to send a man to the moon.
As has occurred in so many endeavours throughout history,
a few people challenged the old beliefs and pursued their
vision - with spectacular results.
Today, at a
global level, communication systems, technology and science
are advancing so rapidly that old beliefs are being redefined
all the time. At an individual level, we’re constantly
reviewing and renewing our beliefs in the light of new knowledge
So we needn’t
worry too much about beliefs just at this point, because we
never know when they’re going to change. What we do
know is that we can choose what we believe. It’s as
simple as that. Believing that something is possible, it becomes
possible, and as our beliefs change, so too does our reality.
true also that our belief system can change instantly without
any thought at all. Something happens - like watching a startling
sunset, or listening to beautiful music, seeing a newborn
baby, drifting out of body in meditation, or falling in love
for the first time. Our whole world suddenly seems to expand.
shifts are awesome, and tend to be unnerving. We’re
likely to find ourselves, as Douglas Adams so beautifully
says, ‘as stunned as a man might be who, having believed
himself to be totally blind for five years, suddenly discovers
that he had merely been wearing too large a hat.’(1)
Just for a
moment, we glimpse the vastness of the universe, the beauty
of creation, the joy of our own spirit. We feel as if we’ve
been touched by the gods. And we probably have.
of course, things go at a slower rate. With the legacy of
fear and doubt and distrust that many of us carry, we plod
along for years feeling as if we’re not really getting
anywhere. We can want things to change, yet we can’t
seem to make anything happen. Or we simply don’t feel
when we could do with a bit of help. So why not ask?
world around us is always at our service. There are those
in spirit who dearly want to help mankind. It’s just
that they operate at a higher vibration than we do, so we’re
not always convinced that we’re receiving the energy
and thoughts that they send to us. Often, with the denser,
heavier energy associated with our physical body, we’re
not at the right frequency to receive them. We’re so
stressed out by the distractions of the external world, or
so tied up in the repetitive worries of our conscious minds,
that we can’t hear anything else.
But it is possible
for us, here on earth, to free our consciousness and become
more closely attuned to our spiritual essence. Then we’re
far more likely to be able to tune in to the energy frequency
of those in the spirit world.
There are many
different ways of raising our own vibration to achieve this.
By meditating, we switch off to the distractions of the outside
world and the distracting thoughts of our own minds, and become
aware of ourselves simply as energy. By praying from the heart,
or by connecting to healing energy, we can raise our vibration.
Sometimes it happens spontaneously when we go into a trance-like
state, daydreaming, when our conscious minds are tied up in
mundane things and our unconscious minds are open and receptive
to energies outside of us.
of those who have passed into the other world, the world where
the physical body no longer exists, is lighter, finer, of
a higher frequency, so it’s easier for these spirit
beings to channel healing energies and connect to other minds
within the spirit world. And, when our minds are in a meditative,
dreamy, trance-like state, it’s easier for them to connect
to us. Mind to mind, or spirit to spirit, connection is always
possible, it’s just that most of the time most of us
here on earth are not in that state long enough or often enough
for that communication to get through.
But we have
all experienced it. Even just in fleeting moments, there are
times when we have a sense of something touching us in some
way. We feel, not through our senses but with our sixth sense,
that there is something there. We experience a hunch, a gut
feeling, that we cannot explain. Or a moment of inspiration,
when a thought or image comes to our minds that we know did
not originate within ourselves. Without thinking, an insight
just pops into our mind and we suddenly understand something
with greater clarity than ever before.
why we are more creative when our unconscious minds are open
and receptive to energies, ideas and images outside our normal
range of conscious awareness.
has worked creatively will be aware of these moments of sudden
inspiration or understanding, moments when, through our intuition,
we receive knowledge or insight from outside of ourselves.
Many poets, artists, musicians and philosophers have described
this throughout history. It is as if a greater force is acting
through them. They’re not doing it on their own.
It seems that
a hierarchy, an evolutionary or guidal chain, exists through
which higher energies, greater wisdom, and a deeper understanding
of love pass downward.
The point is,
we all have the capability to experience the spirit world
in one or other of its facets.
We just have
to be in the right frame of mind. We have to do the groundwork,
the preparation, which really means the work on ourselves.
As with any creative act we must learn the basic techniques,
whether of art or music, writing or meditation. We prepare
the ground by learning and practising till we master the craft.
We clear our minds of distracting thoughts and worries, and
trust in our unconscious or intuitive mind, which can then
reach into itself to discover something new and beautiful,
and also reach out from itself to connect with the knowledge
that exists in the universe around us, the energies and ideas
and wisdom of all those who have gone before us. In this way
we are part of this guidal chain, part of this spiritual consciousness.
And this too
is what happens when a medium is contacting the spirit world.
By entering into an altered state of consciousness, or trance,
and, if an audience is present, by also using some of the
group energy to raise his or her rate of vibration, s/he becomes
open to direct communication from spirit.