Part Four – Connection!
(Taken – abridged – from the introduction to Joseph’s first book: Revelation).
Joan looked sad and troubled.
For seven years I had been lucky enough to learn from this remarkable woman who had become my spiritual teacher. We met each week throughout that time and she helped me to develop my mediumistic gifts and prepare for the demonstrations, workshops and lectures that were destined to become part of my life.
Those seven years were, by this particular evening, a distant memory. As I chatted with her around her cosy fireside I had already worked professionally as a medium, nationally and internationally (via postal readings requested from all over the world), for a number of years. I regarded Joan as one of my closest friends, closer even than family, a member of my soul group, and a dedicated guide and teacher who had always been there for me in challenging times. On this evening, however, it was she who seemed troubled as she recalled a series of events that obviously still caused her pain and which, despite having discussed all aspects of her past with me, she had never once mentioned until now.
Joan had had a close friend, now departed, with whom she had sat for spirit trance communication privately over a considerable period of time. Betty had conscientiously written down the communications that Joan brought through during these sessions long hand, with Joan remembering little or nothing of what she had said once they were over, relying totally on Betty to record communications she hoped would one day be made available to a much wider audience. Whilst Joan was in trance a spirit guide, a soul who appeared to her dressed in a red robe, would speak through her and give the ladies information of vital importance to humankind – concerning who and what we really are and why we are here; information that answered the spiritual questions each of us asks at some stage during our lives.
It therefore came as a severe blow when Betty died suddenly. She had lost one of her closest friends and there could not, of course, be any further trance sessions. Thank God Betty had written down the words of the ‘Man In Red’ with such diligence! She might have moved on, but her legacy was still here – a precious record that needed to be preserved and made available at all costs.
Following the service on the day of Betty’s funeral Joan asked her friend’s daughter if she might have the volume she had produced in conjunction with her mother as it was of considerable importance to her. Betty’s daughter, a zealous member of a religious group, replied that she had read her mother’s book, that it was the work of the devil, and that she had flung it into the back of the fire where it belonged, happy to have delivered an appropriate fate to such an evil object.
Joan had grieved over the loss of the book and the information it contained ever since that day. As she told me her story for the first time, an idea slowly formed in my mind and I began to wonder whether the information the book contained was truly lost. I was an experienced medium, after all, and it had always been my wish to provide mankind with something other than clairvoyant messages from family members; something lasting that could be accessed by future generations, which is why I had insisted on incorporating workshops and lectures into a work quota that had for many years heavily featured the intimate clairvoyant readings and public ‘message’ demonstrations people inevitably wished me to provide.
What if I could sit to re-contact and record communications from ‘The Man In Red’? …Why not? I wasn’t a trance medium at that time (that ability would develop later, and would play a major part in the transmission of further books in the series) but I saw no reason why the communications could not be accessed clairvoyantly, with me listening to what the spirit had to say and passing on his message to someone else whilst in conscious control. It was as though someone was prompting me to consider this at that moment, and there and then I suggested to Joan that I was willing to put in the time to see if I could make it happen. Joan was most enthusiastic and said we should begin sitting together soon. I, however, had a definite feeling that instead of working with her on this project, as I would usually have done without question, I should this time sit with close friend and fellow spiritual seeker David, who had expressed a desire to join me in a meaningful spiritual endeavour for some time.
David was as enthusiastic about the possibility of bringing through something of real worth to people as I was and, despite our hectic individual work schedules at that time, schedules which would become ever more demanding as the months and years went by, we set aside an initial afternoon to see what would happen.
At the time David worked from an attic room. We climbed the little ladder into the roof space, set up a cassette tape recorder (how times have changed!), switched off the lights and withdrew from this world into the peace of a meditation. I instantly became aware of someone drawing very close to me from the spiritual dimensions, a gentleman surrounded by a glowing aura of red energy who wished to speak, and so, having first prayed that all communication that might come to us that afternoon would arrive via Divine will and approval, I surrendered my senses to this spirit as much as I was able to and began to bring through a stream of information.
Twenty minutes later, exhausted, disorientated, but also exhilarated, I slowly returned my senses to this physical world and David and I found we had successfully taped a first short ‘bulletin from beyond’, which David immediately copied to his computer, also burning it onto a couple of CDs so that we each had a copy. No way would the information be lost or destroyed this time around!
…Continued in Part Five.