A new series examining aspects of spiritual life you may not have considered before.
Part Two: You Are Not A Fixed Point in Time and Space
A curious opening statement from the viewpoint of a seemingly material existence – but not so strange when one considers that the physical manifestation so many of us suppose to be the totality and encapsulation of ourselves is only a small part of what we, in greater reality, actually are.
In the course of my experiences over forty-plus years spent working as a medium I have been made aware on numerous occasions of the fact that our human form – this seemingly finite and confined assembly of flesh and blood we consider to be ‘ourselves’ – is simply a convenient, temporary housing for the spirit being we really are, and that that spirit is not as inextricably tied into our physicality as we might think it is. Allow me to present a little evidence to support this claim by way of just a few examples taken from my personal history and that of my spiritual mentor, Joan…
One: Many years ago, while in the neophyte stage of my spiritual development, I attended a ‘closed circle’ meeting every Tuesday evening which was led by a medium friend of mine – Bruce – and which comprised of a group of six people that included myself and Joan, my spiritual teacher. I have to admit that this event, for reasons too complex to explain here (but which I intend to cover at some point in the future as they, too, offer valuable insights regarding spiritual progress and awareness), could be quite a hit and miss affair, and on the occasions when, at best, nothing in particular appeared to be happening, Joan and myself would take ourselves off into a deep meditation with the intention of putting our hour spent in the circle to some constructive use. A couple of days after one such session had taken place Joan went to visit a friend who was hospitalised at that time. The lady in question seemed quite surprised to see her but said she was happy that she had come to visit her again so soon.
‘So soon?’ queried Joan.
‘Yes,’ said the lady. ‘You visited me just the other night, after all… Tuesday, I believe.’
‘I can’t have done,’ Joan replied gently. ‘I have an appointment every Tuesday evening.’
‘Oh, yes, I’m quite sure of the day,’ said the lady. ‘And you brought a friend with you. That nice young man with the black curly hair and the beard.’
I remember having ‘blanked out’ during the circle that week whilst meditating, and during that ‘gap’ in my everyday consciousness Joan and myself had gone ‘walkabout’ in our astral bodies and decided to visit Joan’s friend in hospital, a lady who had never met me physically yet subsequently described me in detail, placing our visit at the exact time we had been meditating in the circle.
Two: I was having a haircut. The young lady snipping my curls (Where on earth did they subsequently disappear to?) seemed distant and troubled, so I initially remained silent, refraining from the usual light banter one traditionally indulges in on such occasions. Suddenly I became aware of a young man – seemingly a discarnate spirit – standing next to her and wishing to speak to me. He explained that he was in a hospital bed, showed me the room where that bed was located, then went on to explain that my hairdresser regularly visited him there. He told me she held his hand and talked to him in a specific way whenever she visited him, informed me of his preference in music, and also said he was able to travel at times and had seen and spoken to his departed grandfather, who had told him it was not yet time for him to pass over.
The young man was quite insistent that I pass on everything he had said to the young lady attempting to make me look respectable… and I eventually bit the bullet and did so. She looked shocked, explaining that her boyfriend had recently been in a motorcycle accident and was currently in a coma at a local hospital, with her regularly visiting him. She confirmed his tastes in music, the special way she held his hand when visiting him… in fact, all that he had told me about himself and his situation.
Checking in a few weeks later I discovered that the young man had made a complete recovery since my last visit. It was not, as his grandfather had advised, his time to leave the earth, but his spirit had been able to leave his body, visit his girlfriend unseen, talk to me and also interact with spirits from higher vibrations of reality while his physical body lay unmoving and in a coma in a hospital bed.
Three: We are able to travel at night during our sleep time… around the world and to higher dimensions as the spirits we really are, freed temporarily from our bodies – if, that is, we haven’t locked ourselves into those bodies as a result of excesses: too much food, too much drink, too much work, too much worry… or as a consequence of ill health. We don’t always remember having done so but travel we do.
On many occasions in the past I have been called upon to assist in ‘rescue work’ – working alongside my spiritual mentor Joan to accompany, and/or talk to some departed soul or souls with a view to persuading them to move onwards into the spiritual realms and to leave their deceased physicality behind – something which, for a variety of reasons, they are often reluctant to do. Sometimes I would return to my sleep and experience a total recall of the events of the previous night upon waking (verified, when talking to Joan, by her recalling exactly the same events). Sometimes I would simply discover there was a ‘hole’ in my memory of the night before – a ‘gap’ indicating that my consciousness had been elsewhere for a portion of the night. On one particular occasion Jane physically witnessed my return from such an ‘outing’, seeing me as a solid, physical being enter the bedroom, cross the floor and get into bed beside her, despite my earthly body already lying next to her in bed asleep at the time.
Then there was the occasion when I was staying with my grandparents as a child, sleeping in a big bed next to my grandfather at night. One night I witnessed him, in his astral form, against the backdrop of a blaze of white light, float in through the door, move towards the bed and reach out for me, realising, as I cried out in shock at this super-real vision, that he was already in bed in physical form next to me.
Let’s end this handful of examples with an amusing tale concerning Joan, who, as a naturally curious and inquisitive person, would often take herself off in astral form during spiritualist services, particularly if she felt the medium holding the service was ’below par’. On one particular afternoon she moved out through the wall of the church she was visiting and found herself in the house next door, first examining ornaments on the mantlepiece in the living room, then turning to discover she was standing next to an elderly gentleman who was soaking himself in a tin bath in front of the fire. Sensing, but not seeing, her presence he shivered involuntarily as though someone had ‘walked over his grave’, and at that point the Big Indian, a key member of Joseph’s soul group, who was a guiding influence in Joan’s life as he continues to be in mine, stood in front of her, folded his arms and looked at her with the sternest of expressions. Embarrassed, she moved back through the wall and into her physical body, suitably chastened for having gone where she really shouldn’t have.
The point of the above recollections… and of this article?
To convey to you the fact that you are not the fixed and locked-in point in time and space you probably consider yourself to be.
That there is far more to you.
That your experience on earth is a fragment of a much bigger picture, and that ‘time’ and ‘space’ are not the confining, rigid concepts they appear to be.
Certainly, your physical body and mind represent ‘You Central’ on earth, but every second you are here, connected to that physical and mental manifestation of yourself, you remain a spiritual being. As such you are capable of – at times when the clamour of this world has been sidestepped or quietened by you, such as when you are asleep or in a suitable peaceful state of contemplation – tuning into your greater consciousness… that more complete expression of you capable of accessing knowledge and guidance that can and will help you to successfully and constructively navigate your journey through this life (and understand your true reasons for being here).
Should you wish to further examine the concepts offered by this article, safe connection to your greater consciousness, and to the Divine guidance within you, is humbly offered via my free Higher Consciousness Living (thejosephhub.com), all modules and videos of which can be found on The Joseph Hub – Your Online Resource For Spiritual Guidance & Development.
I’ll be delighted if you decide to join me, via the course, for the unfolding journey of self-discovery, personal freedom and limitless possibilities we can take together.