Thursday, 4 May 2017

Questions and Answers

Dear Wendy: Can you translate this distressing dream for me please? My father is elderly and in poor health. I had a dream that he wanted me to take him to work in my car. We were in the car park and unable to leave due to an exit barrier. Though it was difficult, I lifted the barrier and eventually managed to take him to work, even though it made me late for work myself. Later, I could not find where I had parked the car. KP



Dear KP: This dream expresses your loving devotion towards your father. You have helped him to function and keep independent, even though it has been inconvenient at times. As his dependency increases, it will become more difficult for you to find ways to continue to get somewhere with him. Do not be confused or upset but find some extra assistance for yourself. You might need to put some aspects of your life on hold. This is a decision only you can make.
Meditate on his gratitude for your efforts to ensure his wellbeing and welfare.

Use the affirmation: There is an answer to every problem.



Dear Wendy: Can you provide a reading for me please? I’m taking a gap year from Uni and will be doing voluntary work in Guatemala with a youth organisation. I am a 23 year old Gemini. L





Dear L: You will need your Gemini twin energy to provide more than you usually need in the way of compassion, practicality, versatility and enterprise. If this great journey of discovery can be mastered by anyone in your group, there is no-one better to undertake the challenge than yourself. Make sure you do your homework and learn first aid, some of the language, make sure you are reliable and clear about your helping role. Your flair for innovation and your willpower will help you get through what will sometimes be a tough time when you will need to draw on resources you never knew you had. Try to maintain your sense of humour. This is not the time for romance. Best wishes for an amazing journey of discovery and enlightenment.



Dear Wendy: Can you explain to me the theory behind the energies in colour? PK



Dear PK: The dynasties of Egypt painted the floors and walls of their temples in bright colours. The Greeks, Romans, Asians, Orientals and the Aboriginal peoples of Australia have always loved colour and used it in their pictorial language to create effects that were both pleasing and powerful. The colours of the clothes that people wore in ancient times reflected the natural dyes of their country and some were highly sought after and extremely expensive, such as the purple dye made from molluscs and worn by Roman emperors. Cleopatra was said to have loved the colour purple. Temples, churches and mosques have always been places of colour, with stained glass, mosaic tiles, paintings and embroidered cloth. In Spiritualist centres today, colour is used to create a feeling of calmness and harmony.

Healing energies and knowledge of colour is relevant because it affects mood. Prisons are decorated with pink as this reduces violence. Hospitals, especially operating theatres, are decorated with pale green to induce the idea of being surrounded with nature and therefore this colour helps with relaxation and health. Yellow is thought to reduce depression and is used for psychiatric wards, though babies do not like it. Weightlifters lift best in blue rooms. Red tends to stimulate and motivates action. It can raise the respiration and pulse rate. A restaurant with red décor will send a message that it is not vegetarian, yet comfortable and luxurious. Colour associations in art are quite traditional. For instance, the Mother of Jesus, Mary, usually appears in royal blue to denote sadness. Colour is very cultural. Yellow for Westerners signifies Springtime and energy whereas to those from Indonesia, it is associated with funerals. Therefore it is the opposite of what we would expect. In the West, we wear white to weddings and black to funerals. This shows that the healing nature of colour is cultural, although the general meaning of white throughout the world is a sign of purity and innocence.

Preferences in colour are not only cultural but can also be very individual. A colour associated with healing might produce stress in a certain individual depending on their associations and their level of health and vitality. It is best always to consult with a person and learn what their individual preferences and association are.



I am considering starting a home group in my village to meet for spiritual work as we have six people already interested. Can you suggest something suitable? Karrie



Dear Karrie: I have written a book which explains how to facilitate a circle for channelling, healing and divination. It explains how to prepare a meeting programme, how to establish confidentiality, group policies, deal with conflict and avoid problems by grounding and closing properly. The book is titled “The Lightworkers Circle Guide – A Workbook for Spiritual Groups’. 




Wendy: Where are the mediums who produce ectoplasm? JD

Dear JD, The production of the gauze-like substance known as ectoplasm comes from the orifices of the physical body of a trance medium. Materialisations require the production of ectoplasm through a process called Physical Mediumship. Lights, sounds, table tipping, apports, transfiguration (when the face of the medium changes in appearance) etc., are related to this phenomenon and Helen Duncan and Gordon Higginson were well known Physical Mediums. This ability requires great dedication for the medium and also for the sitters. Delivering messages from the spirit world, called ‘mental mediumship’, by comparison, is easier to conduct and is not so dangerous for the medium. For this reason, in our time, mental mediumship is preferred. However, the major mediumship training centres in the UK, Arthur Findlay College, the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain and the College of Psychic Studies occasionally have training and/or demonstrations. http://www.arthurfindlaycollege.org/

http://www.spiritualistassociation.org.uk/

http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/



Dear Wendy: Do you believe in UFOs? Quite a few mediums I’ve spoken to say they have seen them? S



Dear S: I have not made any study of Unknown Flying Objects so feel unable to make a judgment. When I was interpreting dreams for The Sunday Mirror Magazine, I had many very concerned people write to me about being abducted at night by aliens. I gave this matter some considerable thought as I needed to reply in some helpful way. Just recently, I have made a small study of spirit orbs that I thought might be spirits who have left this life and are in the Afterlife. I asked for one to appear on a photo on my digital camera, and it did! Then I asked for more communication and the very next day I saw a beautiful sighting of two UFOs flying high and fast on a clear early morning sky, catching the light of the sunrise, appearing as intense pink dots, one flying closely in front and the other flying perfectly in the first’s trajectory. I was quite astounded - but what they are is another matter. Maybe they could be people from the future who have a time machine or people from another planet wanting to make contact. The jury is out!   



Dear Wendy: I have recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and my brother-in-law told me it was a karmic debt and I was being punished for something bad I did in a previous life. What is this? JD



Dear JD: The Hindu religion is very hierarchical and their primitive ideas date back thousands of years. Their philosophy of karma is based on a belief in reincarnation and that, if we commit a bad deed in one life, we will be punished in the next life. This really is a most abusive and manipulative philosophy. On one occasion, I heard of a desperately ill person in a wheel-chair who was told they had committed a terrible sin in a previous life and were being punished in this life. If you go to India, you will find high status Brahmins parading around like Kings with people falling at their feet, and the poorest, 'untouchable' class, waiting all day for someone to stop sneering and fill a can at a water pipe because the lowest class is not allowed to touch the handle of the tap themselves due to their 'genetically unclean' status. This belief is not a spiritual one and no person with any level of integrity or caring should condone it. Such appalling innuendo that is designed to uphold subservience and discharge responsibility must be challenged. Unfortunately, bad things happen to good people and visa versa. The lion must kill antelopes to survive and it's an unjust world. However, we have been given intelligence and we can, if we choose, make this world a better place. This is the reason we are here in this life, to help others, our neighbours, friends, co-workers, our country, those in far off lands who are not as wealthy as we are, other species and our planet. This is the meaning of life, not making people feel guilty for something they have not done!



Dear Wendy: Will we meet our spirit guides for real when we pass over into the spirit world?

H

Dear H: With every certainty they will be at the Pearly Gates to welcome us through and ensure we meet with the correct healers and trainers for our further duties in the spirit realms. There are many people who have not had loving parents or a caring family and, at the end of life, when there might need a requirement for a great deal of support for the transition, spirit guides are the ones to oversee this process. Throughout our life, we usually have a contingent of spirit guides, one or two are long term and several are recruited for specific occasions. If you were to train to become clairvoyant, you would be allowed to see the spirit guides that have worked alongside you to guide, protect and advise.





Dear Wendy: I am interested in remote viewing. Can you explain how to do it? Harry



Dear Harry: Remote viewing is the ability to project the awareness of the mind to visit a location and gain information about it. The Stanford Research Institute in California conducted many experiments and a New York psychic, Inigo Swann, scored highly in their tests. He was able to supply accurate details of passwords to a top secret military base!  If you would like to test your remote viewing skills, take a pack of playing cards and shuffle them. Remove three cards from the pack and without looking at them, place them face up on a high shelf space. Now sit down on a chair and close your eyes and relax. Take your perception to high within the room where you have a vantage point above the cards. Look down at the cards. Which three cards are they? Now check whether you guessed the cards correctly. If you guess them right, let Spirit Messenger know. Your abilities might get you a mention on our pages.   



Dear Wendy: Can you suggest a book about angels. I think I have seen one when I had a baby and almost died and one came into my hospital room and moved something on my drip. K



Dear K: True Contemporary Accounts of Hundreds of Angelic Experiences by Emma Heathcote-James is a paperback( £6.99) and published by John Blake Publishing ISBN: 904034 15 2. Emma Heathcote-James took her first degree in Theology from Birmingham University in 1997 and was continuing her research for a doctorate when she noticed that angels were a fashionable and popular talking point. She advertised for personal testimonials from people in the UK who had experienced an encounter with an angel and she received hundreds of replies, many of which are reported in this book. The author had an experience herself of what could be described as an angel encounter, though she remains neutral throughout the book, reporting as a good researcher should, without prejudice. She hints that religions based on revelation, such as Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as having been inspired by angels. In historical and religious literature, angels acted as intermediaries between God and humankind, giving warnings and answering prayers. Some, appeared as ordinary people, others appeared with wings. Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila, each described angel encounters as being accompanied by a beautiful scent. Angels of all kinds are described, including the angel of death. It’s all you ever wanted to know about angels – and more!   

Chrissie writes ‘Dear Wendy, how to I find people who might like to join my home circle? I am especially interested in healing and mediumship. ‘



First decide what you will do during your meetings and where the meetings will take place. In the first instance, it is best to meet in a public place. You needn’t spend money on this, a café at a quiet time is suitable or, if the weather is reliably dry, it is possible to arrange to meet out of doors. You can interview prospective members and find out what group they are looking for and they can ask you any questions that they might be wanting to ask you. There are exclusions, such as those taking psycho-active medication (as it interrupts psychic work), those who are recently bereaved (because they are very open to Spirit and find it difficult sometimes to close down once opened), and those whose beliefs are not supportive of the work of Spirit, such as those who want to chat, sell something or are bored and lonely (there are more suitable places for them to get their needs met, such as a discussion group or business meeting). You need to be clear about what you are offering and what sort of person you want to have in your circle.



I usually suggest a Spiritualist church or quiet community hall is suitable for 2 hour meetings. The circle facilitator should prepare a meeting programme (for instance, 30minutes of meditation, 30 minutes of sharing experience of the meditation, 30 minutes of healing, 30 minutes of dowsing). Everyone should arrive on time and be prepared to start working immediately and after the meeting programme, food and drink and a chat helps with grounding.  



I usually suggest that after about 6 or 10 meetings that the circle disbands and new members are sought. Each group is very different and the old members can start their own group, leading to interlocking circles, all working in an individual and creative way.   



Wendy, Would it help me spiritually if I were to become vegetarian? Keith

Hi Keith: Yes, it does help. When we avoid eating meat in order to avoid hurting animals, we deepen our compassion and sensitivity, making us also more aware of living a life which causes as little hurt as possible. We have large choices in the affluent West, and have no need to eat other animals. Butchers do the slaughtering for us and supermarkets do the packaging, so it is easy to avoid thinking that we have caused the death of an animal. Bear also in mind, the fact that animals are fed genetically modified foods and they are injected with antibiotics, inoculations and steroids and we do not know what we are consuming. It is far more efficient to eat vegetables and fruits because to rear animals requires food crops for their food, only part of which is converted into eatable meat. The Amazon rainforest is being cut down to raise crops to feed cows, rather than maintained to provide quality air for the entire world. These are important reasons to avoid eating animal meat.  



Dear Wendy:I am especially interested in the wartime medium, Helen Duncan who was the last medium to go to prison under the Witchcraft Act. Is there any material based on her life that you can recommend. JB



Yes, JB, I recommend a CD recording of Helen’s voice in a séance conducted in December 1937 at the Edinburgh Psychic College. It is the only known recording of her amazing voice. The sitters can be heard speaking to ‘Albert’, Helen Duncan’s spirit guide. Albert is heard giving messages. There were materialisations at this meeting, one, a spirit child, is heard singing a nursery rhyme. Included is a marvellous explanation of Spiritualism by Ernest Oaten, recorded by the BBC in 1934 and a statement of healing practise by Harry Edwards. If you would like the CD it is called ‘Mrs Miller’s Gift’ and it includes a 24 page booklet: available from:  cargillohara@talk21.com.





Dear Wendy: I’ve heard we have spirit guides helping us from the spirit realms but I was surprised to hear we have ‘door keepers’ too. Please can you explain what these are? N



Dear N: Each of us has a large entourage of spirits who guide, inspire and influence us. Some stay with us throughout our life, others are appointed for short durations. As we learn and develop, so many of our spirit guides change to facilitate our needs, similar to when a school pupil goes up a year into a new class and receives a more advanced teacher. Our principal guide is like the head of school who appoints spirit teachers to mentor us through specific tasks and projects. Door-keepers are like school security personnel. They are given the responsibility to ensure that only reputable teachers are allowed on site, and therefore the most qualified spirit contacts can be made and valuable messages received.




Dear Wendy: I have recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and my brother-in-law told me it was a karmic debt and I was being punished for something bad I did in a previous life. What is this? JD



Dear JD: The Hindu religion is very hierarchical and their primitive ideas date back thousands of years. Their philosophy of karma is based on a belief in reincarnation and that, if we commit a bad deed in one life, we will be punished in the next life. This really is a most abusive and manipulative philosophy. On one occasion, I heard of a desperately ill person in a wheel-chair who was told they had committed a terrible sin in a previous life and were being punished in this life. If you go to India, you will find high status Brahmins parading around like Kings with people falling at their feet, and the poorest, 'untouchable' class, waiting all day for someone to stop sneering and fill a can at a water pipe because they are not allowed to touch the handle of the tap themselves due to their 'genetically unclean' status. This belief is not a spiritual one and no person with any level of integrity or caring should condone it. Such appalling innuendo that is designed to uphold subservience and discharge responsibility must be challenged. Unfortunately, bad things happen to good people and visa versa. The lion must kill antelopes to survive and it's an unjust world. However, we have been given intelligence and we can, if we choose, make this world a better place. This is the reason we are here in this life, to help others, our neighbours, friends, co-workers, our country, those in far off lands who are not as wealthy as we are, other species and our planet. This is the meaning of life, not making people feel guilty for something they have not done!




Dear Wendy:I have been receiving herbal remedies from a Chinese doctor and am recovering from eczema after years of difficulties but a medium told me to stop taking the remedy so I am troubled now. What should I do? S B



Dear S B: Many Chinese ‘herbal’ remedies are not exclusively plant extracts and some contain a mixture of animal products. Because there is no label on the bottle, these herbal remedies can contain strong chemicals and/or animal products and I have even heard of them containing strong prescription medicines without the necessary information that is required for side effects and contra-indications. I have heard of some herbal practitioners calling themselves ‘doctor’, having gained a qualification in China that is not recognized here. Please be aware that the Chinese keep bears for their gall bladder juices, some species of which are on the endangered list. These bears are kept in crush cages for 25 years and their wounds become infected and their minds disturbed. Find out from your Chinese doctor the name of the substance that is helping you to recover and get it elsewhere. I think the medium might have seen something related to the medicine that you are taking and has warned you that there are many recorded toxic adverse reactions to herbal remedies, due to unknown sources.




Dear Wendy:I cannot understand why there is so much evil in our world. Did God create all this disease, suffering and hardship? SR



Dear SR: We live in a world where all living things must suffer and die, that is how it was designed since the dawn of creation. The elderly ox collapses and dies in the heat of the midday sun and the lion must ruthlessly kill the antelope in order to feed its young. Because animals die, there is space for birth, because two species are usually needed for procreation, we have huge variety in nature, we are all absolutely unique, no-one has the same fingerprints as you have, for instance. We also have natural calamities, tsunamis, volcanos, storms, earthquakes and harsh weather and we have disease, all of which cause suffering and hardship for many. However, God, whatever name you wish to give to him – or her – also made us with intelligence and ingenuity in order that we use our resources to relieve suffering wherever it is experienced in this world. This is our true spiritual path - to end suffering at every opportunity. Evil occurs only when pain is not relieved, or worse, when it is caused unnecessarily, such as in crime and war.



Dear Wendy: Can you explain to me the theory behind the energies in colour? PK.



Dear PK: The dynasties of Egypt painted the floors and walls of their temples in bright colours. The Greeks, Romans, Asians, Orientals and the Aboriginal peoples of Australia have always loved colour and used it in their pictorial language to create effects that were both pleasing and powerful. The colours of the clothes that people wore in ancient times reflected the natural dyes of their country and some were highly sought after and extremely expensive, such as the purple dye made from molluscs and worn by Roman emperors. Cleopatra was said to have loved the colour purple. Temples, churches and mosques have always been places of colour, with stained glass, mosaic tiles, paintings and embroidered cloth. In Spiritualist centres today, colour is used to create a feeling of calmness and harmony.

Healing energies and knowledge of colour is relevant because it affects mood. Prisons are decorated with pink as this reduces violence. Hospitals, especially operating theatres, are decorated with pale green to induce the idea of being surrounded with nature and therefore this colour helps with relaxation and health. Yellow is thought to reduce depression and is used for psychiatric wards, though babies do not like it. Weightlifters lift best in blue rooms. Red tends to stimulate and motivates action. It can raise the respiration and pulse rate. A restaurant with red décor will send a message that it is not vegetarian, yet comfortable and luxurious. Colour associations in art are quite traditional. For instance, the Mother of Jesus, Mary, usually appears in royal blue to denote sadness. Colour is very cultural. Yellow for Westerners signifies Springtime and energy whereas to those from Indonesia, it is associated with funerals. Therefore it is the opposite of what we would expect. In the West, we wear white to weddings and black to funerals. This shows that the healing nature of colour is cultural, although the general meaning of white throughout the world is a sign of purity and innocence.

Preferences in colour are not only cultural but can also be very individual. A colour associated with healing might produce stress in a certain individual depending on their associations and their level of health and vitality. It is best always to consult with a person and learn what their individual preferences and association are.



Hi Wendy: If reincarnation is true, can we chose not to reincarnate? I would miss my family if we were not together in heaven. Do we have to come back here to learn lessons, or is it a choice? P



Dear P: I’m a believer in reincarnation but there are many schools of thought on this subject, many of which are quite controversial. One belief explains that reincarnation is a karmic principle that describes the constant return to earthly life for learning lessons. One of these schools describes poor, suffering, traumatized and dejected people are being punished for some sin in a previous life. We must never blame those who are struggling as it is not always their fault they are in difficulty. I think it is the will of angels, saints and guardians who suggest to us that we return to earthly life to be given an opportunity to help or heal someone in need and we accept this or not as we choose. Despite wanting to spend eternity with our loved ones, when we are in heaven, our overriding agenda will be to improve the lives of people still here. Our own needs and desires will be insignificant and we will incarnate to do some good in this world.     



Dear Wendy: What is shamanism? Just recently I have met several people who are interested in this subject. LD

Dear LD: Shamanism is the oldest religion throughout the world and it is still practiced by indigenous people in isolated areas where ancient spiritual traditions have managed to survive. The word “shaman” is a Siberian word for a medium who accesses wisdom, advice, knowledge and healing for their tribe. Trees, stones, mountains, animals, and all natural products are thought to possess their own living spirit and honored. Shamans travel the spirit realms often with the use of a drum, they fast and pray and receive inner wisdom and maturity that helps them to contribute to their community.  

During the 1960s, an American university graduate wrote a number of books under the name of Carlos Casteneda based on the life of a native shaman of the Yaqui tribe of North America. This revived a world interest in shamanism. 

If you are interested in exploring shamanism, be very wary of going abroad with a group to a place where hallucinogenic substances are imbibed. You might have a reaction and be far from a good hospital. (Fly agaric mushroom and peyote are just two of the toxic substances used in South America to produce visions of the spirit world.) I can suggest you visit Outer Mongolia where drugs are not used and you can study with selected animal whisperers, herbalists, magicians, witch doctors, overtone chanters, sacred clowns, bone setters and other natural healers.




Dear Wendy: What happens to those who commit suicide? I was told as a child that they went to a place called ‘limbo’. Beth



Dear Beth: In the past, established Christian Churches were very condemnatory of those who took their own life. In the past, those who committed suicide were not buried in consecrated ground. The Christian Church has reconsidered its teaching on this matter to now take a more compassionate and understanding attitude towards those who, from despair, distress and depression cannot foresee any hope for their future and end the immense suffering they are experiencing. Spiritualists have always recognised, and of course been told by spirit guides, that those who take their own life should be pitied for the unhappiness they have endured in this life. Normally, their spirit goes over the rainbow bridge and they are met by loving family, pets and friends established throughout their life here on earth. There will also be specialist spirits chosen to meet and greet those who have entered the spirit realms through their own actions. Suicides are welcomed and taken to a place where their mental, emotional and physical wounds are healed. They then enter a process of education where they are taught to care for themselves and to honour the Creator’s work.




Dear Wendy: Will we meet our spirit guides for real when we pass over into the spirit world?H

Dear H: With every certainty they will be at the Pearly Gates to welcome us through and ensure we meet with the correct healers and trainers for our further duties in the spirit realms. There are many people who have not had loving parents or a caring family and, at the end of life, when there might need a requirement for a great deal of support for the transition, spirit guides are the ones to oversee this process. Throughout our life, we usually have a contingent of spirit guides, one or two are long term and several are recruited for specific occasions. If you were to train to become clairvoyant, you would be allowed to see the spirit guides that have worked alongside you to guide, protect and advise.




Dear Wendy: I am interested in remote viewing. Can you explain how to do it? H



Dear H: Remote viewing is the ability to project the awareness of the mind to visit a location and gain information about it. The Stanford Research Institute in California conducted many experiments and a New York psychic, Inigo Swann, scored highly in their tests. He was able to supply accurate details of passwords to a top secret military base!  If you would like to test your remote viewing skills, take a pack of playing cards and shuffle them. Remove three cards from the pack and without looking at them, place them face up on a high shelf space. Now sit down on a chair and close your eyes and relax. Take your perception to high within the room where you have a vantage point above the cards. Look down at the cards. Which three cards are they? Now check whether you guessed the cards correctly. If you guess them right, let Spirit Messenger know. Your abilities might get you a mention on our pages.   



Dear Wendy: Can you suggest a book about angels. When I was in hospital having a baby, I almost died. I think an angel came into my hospital room and moved something on my drip. No-one believes me. K



Dear K: I would like to recommend a book which might help you to understand your experience. It’s all you ever wanted to know about angels – and more!   

 ‘True Contemporary Accounts of Hundreds of Angelic Experiences’ by Emma Heathcote-James is a paperback( £6.99) and published by John Blake Publishing ISBN: 904034 15 2. Emma Heathcote-James is an academic who took her first degree in Theology from Birmingham University in 1997 and continued her research for a doctorate when she noticed that angels were a fashionable and popular talking point. She advertised for personal testimonials from people in the UK who had experienced an encounter with an angel and she received hundreds of replies, many of which are reported in her book. Emma had an experience herself of what could be described as an angel encounter, though she remains neutral throughout the book. She suggests that religions based on revelation, such as Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, were inspired by angels. In historical and religious literature, angels acted as intermediaries between God and humankind, giving warnings and answering prayers. Some, appeared as ordinary people, others appeared with wings. Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila, each described angel encounters as being accompanied by a beautiful scent.



Oracle Deck reading:



I offer this reading to Spirit Messenger readers for this month: From Melanie Eclare’s Flower Spirit Cards: Primrose – A Message of Awakening. After a time of spiritual hibernation, a reminder to reawaken to the opportunities that life offers. Be true to yourself and throw yourself into new experiences. From Victoria Sofia Lewis’ Tree Affirmation Cards: Gratitude – Magnolia. Imagine the opening bud of the magnolia blossom as your willingness to experience thankfulness for the simple pleasures in your life. From Doreen Virtue’s Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle Cards: Sobriety. A sober lifestyle improves health and happiness. Raphael is here to heal addictions and boost self-esteem, energy and good relationships. Avoid chemicals that contribute to pollution and poor health. From Louise L Hay You Can Heal Your Life Affirmation Kit Cards: Every Though I Think is Creating MY Future, and from Jamie Sams and David Carson’s Medicine Cards: Spider – Weaving. There is an ancient story that the spider showed humankind how to write by forming letters in its web. The spider shows us how to create, by tirelessly working and building. The symbol requests that we honour the male and female aspects of our personality.  By expressing the spider energy, we prevent our creativity from turning into destructive behaviour.  


Dear Wendy: Can you translate this distressing dream for me please? My father is elderly and in poor health. I had a dream that he wanted me to take him to work in my car. We were in the car park and unable to leave due to an exit barrier. Though it was difficult, I lifted the barrier and eventually managed to take him to work, even though it made me late for work myself. Later, I could not find where I had parked the car. KP



Dear KP: This dream expresses your loving devotion towards your father. You have helped him to function and keep independent, even though it has been inconvenient at times. As his dependency increases, it will become more difficult for you to find ways to continue to get somewhere with him. Do not be confused or upset but find some extra assistance for yourself. You might need to put some aspects of your life on hold. This is a decision only you can make.

Meditate on his gratitude for your efforts to ensure his wellbeing and welfare.

Use the affirmation: There is an answer to every problem.





Dear S: Spirit Guides are often aboriginal people: those who honoured the earth, knowing the powers of the moon and sun, the winds and rain, and the ways of the animals and plants, and their uses for health and spirituality. Red Cloud, Silver Birch, White Eagle, Silver Star, and others have been teaching us how to live in accordance with nature. Perhaps many native guides, such as these, have chosen to work through mediums because the seas, soil and skies are becoming so polluted and species are declining at unprecedented rates. These indigenous spirits influence our lives in untold ways as they show us majestic mountains, lakes, coastal areas and forests, or by educating us in the magnificence of species that are on the verge of extinction. They will also highlight aspects of injustice, as I believe many native guides have selected people intentionally to increase awareness of issues of injustice that the native people have suffered in many countries around the planet, such as the confiscation of their lands and the loss of their ancient culture and traditions. Animals feature prominently in many aspects of the lives of native peoples. They loved and honoured many species, some were regarded as totems and some as spirit guides in their own right. Certainly, Earth Day is of especial significance to Spiritualists. So, perhaps you can consider Earth Day 2012 – 22nd April – as a day to take your spirit guide to somewhere where they can enjoy nature and teach you more about bird song, clouds and weather systems, your own personal rhythms of heart-beat, breathing and walking pace, perhaps the scent of herbs and the colour of flowers, the renewal of Springtime. If you would like to join in, visit the labyrinth on the Common in Saffron Walden at mid-day on Earth Day (wear green if possible). Enjoy this special day devoted to honouring the planet and what it provides.  


Dear Wendy: Do we choose our present circumstances before we are born? F

Dear F: There are a variety of opinions on this question depending on whether you are a believer in reincarnation, the Judeo-Christian faith or Spiritualism. In Hindu reincarnation theory, we choose our circumstances in this life. In some way they are dictated in response to our spiritual accomplishments (or lack of them) in previous lives - the good are rewarded with privileges - and the bad are given a gruellingly hard life! As many of those who suffer most in this world also have been granted the least education, they are unable to defend themselves and contest that they have committed some dastardly deed in a previous life that has justified their suffering in this life. The supposition that those born into an extremely poor family with little opportunities to improve their life are being punished for self-centred actions committed in a previous life is disingenuous. A person of privilege should not applaud themselves and judge others who are less well off.

The Judeo-Christian theory is that our soul enters life at conception. This seems to be random, not chosen in any way. It is purely good or bad luck whether we have access to education, health, work, justice, good parenting, a just society and other important benefits that help us to attain a comfortable and healthy life. However, we are informed that we must be caring and honest and seek justice for all if we are to be rewarded in the Afterlife.

Spiritualists do generally not believe that we choose our future life (though Spiritualism is a broad church and there are some within it that do believe in reincarnation and the Hindu philosophy of reward and punishment). Silver Birch and other spirit guides explain that we exercise choice in our present life and their teaching is related to how we must live our life in the here and now.

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Dear Wendy: I am especially interested in the wartime medium, Helen Duncan who was the last medium to go to prison under the Witchcraft Act. Is there any material based on her life that you can recommend. JB



Yes, JB, I recommend a CD recording of Helen’s voice in a séance conducted in December 1937 at the Edinburgh Psychic College. It is the only known recording of her amazing voice. The sitters can be heard speaking to ‘Albert’, Helen Duncan’s spirit guide. Albert is heard giving messages. There were materialisations at this meeting, one, a spirit child, is heard singing a nursery rhyme. Included is a marvellous explanation of Spiritualism by Ernest Oaten, recorded by the BBC in 1934 and a statement of healing practise by Harry Edwards. If you would like the CD it is called ‘Mrs Miller’s Gift’ and it includes a 24 page booklet: available from:  cargillohara@talk21.com.





Dear Wendy: I’ve heard we have spirit guides helping us from the spirit realms but I was surprised to hear we have ‘door keepers’ too. Please can you explain what these are? N



Dear N: Each of us has a large entourage of spirits who guide, inspire and influence us. Some stay with us throughout our life, others are appointed for short durations. As we learn and develop, so many of our spirit guides change to facilitate our needs, similar to when a school pupil goes up a year into a new class and receives a more advanced teacher. Our principal guide is like the head of school who appoints spirit teachers to mentor us through specific tasks and projects. Door-keepers are like school security personnel. They are given the responsibility to ensure that only reputable teachers are allowed on site, and therefore the most qualified spirit contacts can be made and valuable messages received.




Dear Wendy: I cannot understand why there is so much evil in our world. Did God create all this disease, suffering and hardship? SR



Dear SR: We live in a world where all living things must suffer and die, that is how it was designed since the dawn of creation. The elderly ox collapses and dies in the heat of the midday sun and the lion must ruthlessly kill the antelope in order to feed its young. Because animals die, there is space for birth, because two species are usually needed for procreation, we have huge variety in nature, we are all absolutely unique, no-one has the same fingerprints as you have, for instance. We also have natural calamities, tsunamis, volcanos, storms, earthquakes and harsh weather and we have disease, all of which cause suffering and hardship for many. However, God, whatever name you wish to give to him – or her – also made us with intelligence and ingenuity in order that we use our resources to relieve suffering wherever it is experienced in this world. This is our true spiritual path - to end suffering at every opportunity. Evil occurs only when pain is not relieved, or worse, when it is caused unnecessarily, such as in crime and war.




Dear Wendy: What is shamanism? Just recently I have met several people who are interested in this subject. LD

Dear LD: Shamanism is the oldest religion throughout the world and it is still practiced by indigenous people in isolated areas where ancient spiritual traditions have managed to survive. The word “shaman” is a Siberian word for a medium who accesses wisdom, advice, knowledge and healing for their tribe. Trees, stones, mountains, animals, and all natural products are thought to possess their own living spirit and honored. Shamans travel the spirit realms often with the use of a drum, they fast and pray and receive inner wisdom and maturity that helps them to contribute to their community.  

During the 1960s, an American university graduate wrote a number of books under the name of Carlos Casteneda based on the life of a native shaman of the Yaqui tribe of North America. This revived a world interest in shamanism. 

If you are interested in exploring shamanism, be very wary of going abroad with a group to a place where hallucinogenic substances are imbibed. You might have a reaction and be far from a good hospital. (Fly agaric mushroom and peyote are just two of the toxic substances used in South America to produce visions of the spirit world.) I can suggest you visit Outer Mongolia where drugs are not used and you can study with selected animal whisperers, herbalists, magicians, witch doctors, overtone chanters, sacred clowns, bone setters and other natural healers.





Oracle Deck reading:



I offer this reading to Wendy Stokes Blog readers for this month: From Melanie Eclare’s Flower Spirit Cards: Primrose – A Message of Awakening. After a time of spiritual hibernation, a reminder to reawaken to the opportunities that life offers. Be true to yourself and throw yourself into new experiences. From Victoria Sofia Lewis’ Tree Affirmation Cards: Gratitude – Magnolia. Imagine the opening bud of the magnolia blossom as your willingness to experience thankfulness for the simple pleasures in your life. From Doreen Virtue’s Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle Cards: Sobriety. A sober lifestyle improves health and happiness. Raphael is here to heal addictions and boost self-esteem, energy and good relationships. Avoid chemicals that contribute to pollution and poor health. From Louise L Hay You Can Heal Your Life Affirmation Kit Cards: Every Though I Think is Creating MY Future, and from Jamie Sams and David Carson’s Medicine Cards: Spider – Weaving. There is an ancient story that the spider showed humankind how to write by forming letters in its web. The spider shows us how to create, by tirelessly working and building. The symbol requests that we honour the male and female aspects of our personality.  By expressing the spider energy, we prevent our creativity from turning into destructive behaviour.  

Wendy is the author of The Lightworkers Circle Guide – A Workbook for Spiritual Groups. Visit: www.wendystokes.co.uk







Dear Wendy: Can you translate this distressing dream for me please? My father is elderly and in poor health. I had a dream that he wanted me to take him to work in my car. We were in the car park and unable to leave due to an exit barrier. Though it was difficult, I lifted the barrier and eventually managed to take him to work, even though it made me late for work myself. Later, I could not find where I had parked the car. KP



Dear KP: This dream expresses your loving devotion towards your father. You have helped him to function and keep independent, even though it has been inconvenient at times. As his dependency increases, it will become more difficult for you to find ways to continue to get somewhere with him. Do not be confused or upset but find some extra assistance for yourself. You might need to put some aspects of your life on hold. This is a decision only you can make.

Meditate on his gratitude for your efforts to ensure his wellbeing and welfare.

Use the affirmation: There is an answer to every problem.


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