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Friday, 27 April 2012

PREDICTIONS WHY ARE THEY NOT ACCURATE?


The subject of predictions comes up time and time again a lot on forums about psychics or on rating sites, so I feel its time to enlighten people about psychics and predictions.

Often I see comments, referring to predictions psychics have made and the client is unhappy it's not come to pass on July 1st or whenever so they start a tirade saying they have wasted money. I cannot speak for other psychic/mediums I can only speak for myself, however predictions are notoriously difficult so let me explain why this is.

Firstly its impossible to predict the future because there is so much that can influence it, this does not mean there never was any kind of planned destiny, far from it, we all have a planned destiny for we plan our lives before we incarnate on earth and psychics are able to tap into this plan for we hold this plan in our Aura. Your Aura holds a record of your past, your present and your planned destiny. Now if this is the case how come psychics get it so wrong? Who says they are wrong? After all maybe they are right. Your Aura doesn't lie, so whats gone wrong? The problem lies with the client i.e. ourselves and those people who interact with us and this problem is called 'FREE WILL'. It is free will that compromises predictions.

You see we all plan our destinies right down to every detail with other souls from our soul groups. Trouble is some of which we plan for ourselves won't be very nice, life isn't meant to be easy or nice all the time for we are all incarnated on Earth to learn and grow from these experiences. If we knew what was ahead of us, we may not go through with it, so our memory from previous lives including time in spirit is wiped so we have no recollection. There is a latent memory there though and we do have it deep in our subconscious and also in our Auras and of course the psychic can tap into this to give predictions.

So how can these predictions be so wrong? its because of 'FREE WILL' and we all have free will, so all those from our soul groups who interact with us are all able to use free will and thus compromise our destiny. Because some of these experiences we plan won't be so pleasant God wants us to willingly go through with them for although they are not pleasant to go through, those experiences will enable us to learn and grow and we will learn a lot from doing so. We are subconsciously trying to stick to the plan, though sometimes we wander off the plan and if everyone else who we interact with in our time here, wanders off the plan too can you see how difficult it is to predict accurately, it cannot be done with accuracy its impossible.

For example. A psychic has predicted Jane will meet a new boyfriend in July his name is Martin. Now Jane and Martin are part of the same soul group, so both have planned to meet up in July 2012, the psychic can see this from Jane's Aura. Jane is happy she is going to meet a new guy. July comes and goes and no new guy turns up, so she leaves a bad rating for the psychic, saying her predictions are rubbish. The psychic clearly saw there was a meeting in July so what went wrong? Well Martin had planned on going to the same bar Jane was going to on the 25th July, however Martin changed his mind he had been looking to meet someone new, but he hadn't in a while and thought it would be pointless going out after all it was raining. Martin used his 'FREE WILL'.

Now Jane goes to another psychic the psychic tells you will meet someone with the initial M in November, November comes along it so happens Martin has gone to Jane's favourite bar, Jane was planning on going out but decided to watch TV instead. So Jane complains psychics are useless and gives her a bad rating. Jane used her 'FREE WILL'.

Jane has another reading from a different psychic, this psychic tells her she will meet someone in February. Martin isn't sure about going out but a friend tells him he won't meet anyone staying at home. Meanwhile Jane is also undecided about going out but her friend persuades her too. So on a Friday evening in February Jane and Martin meet and immediately they click as its as if they've known one another before. Jane now thinks this psychic is great and the others previously were terrible. They haven't been, they stated what they saw, Jane would meet a guy called Martin, but because it didn't happen when they saw it was supposed to Jane thought them as useless.

Now that was just a simple example of how 'FREE WILL' complicates predictions.

So before you go complaining that predictions haven't happened when the psychic said they would remember it might not be the psychic's fault, it could have been you or another person in the equation who exercised 'FREE WILL'

Myself I don't claim to offer accurate predictions. I'm not a fortune teller, I'm a Medium and my job is to provide survival evidence that life exists after physical death and to pass on messages from loved ones in the Spirit Realms. Occasionally   I will give the odd prediction but timing cannot be accurate because of free will and I will say this.  If I feel strongly that something is going to happen, its like those other psychics I have picked something up from the client's Aura but like all other psychics, nothing is written in stone because of 'FREE WILL'

If you want to read more on this subject about predictions and free will you can in my book "THE JOURNEY TO SPIRIT" which is available in paperback and on Kindle




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HELP STAVE OFF MENTAL DECLINE

Article from the Daily Mail and again evidence that eating red and purple fruits which are rich in flavonoids are beneficial to our health. These fruits are also rich in anti oxidants, which fight free radicals, free radicals cause ageing not just in looks but in every cell in the body, so it stands to reason this has to be beneficial to blood vessels and nerve cells in the brain. Strawberries as well as tasting lovely have a high Vitamin C content, one of the anti oxidant vitamins.

As we are all growing older more Dementia cases are going to come to light so anything that helps stave off the onset of this disease has to be good.



How to live to a ripe old age: Regularly eating strawberries and blueberries can stave off mental decline by more than two years


Berry good: Scientists said women could easily up the amount of strawberries and blueberries they ate
Berry good: Scientists said women could easily up the amount of strawberries and blueberries they ate
Eating blueberries and strawberries may stave off mental decline in later life, claim researchers.
They found brain ageing could be delayed by up to two and a half years in elderly women regularly eating high amounts of the berries.
The findings come from an ongoing study of nurses which involves only women, but may also apply to men.
Experts believe the benefits are derived from the high content of flavonoids in berry fruits, antioxidant compounds found in plants which can protect against a wide range of diseases.
The US research team used data from the Nurses’ Health Study, involving 121,700 female, registered nurses between the ages of 30 and 55 who completed health and lifestyle questionnaires beginning in 1976.
Since 1980 participants were surveyed every four years regarding their frequency of food consumption.
Between 1995 and 2001, cognitive function was measured in 16,010 women over the age of 70 years, at 2-year intervals, says a report in the Annals of Neurology journal. 
The findings suggest increased consumption of blueberries and strawberries slows cognitive decline in older women.
Those who had higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years.
The authors warn they cannot rule out the possibility that women who eat more berries also have other healthy habits, such as exercising more, which may play a part in the overall findings.
However, they found a greater intake of anthocyanidins and total flavonoids was also associated with less cognitive deterioration.
Experts believe that stress and inflammation contribute to cognitive impairment and that increasing consumption of flavonoids could mitigate the harmful effects.
Brain cells are particularly sensitive to free radicals, destructive groups of atoms made as a by-product of metabolism that can damage cell membranes and DNA.
Experts said the study strengthens evidence that eating berries can stave off dementia
Experts said the study strengthens evidence that eating berries can stave off dementia
Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals, Dr Elizabeth Devore with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, said ‘Our study examined whether greater intake of berries could slow rates of cognitive decline.
‘We provide the first epidemiologic evidence that berries may slow progression of cognitive decline in elderly women.
‘Our findings have significant public health implications as increasing berry intake is a fairly simple dietary modification to test cognition protection in older adults.’ 
Derek Hill, CEO of IXICO and Professor of Medical Imaging Sciences, University College London, said: ‘Later this year, two major drug trials targeting the proteins in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s Disease will announce their results. Many experts fear these drugs will be added to the long list of potential dementia treatments that fail to demonstrate conclusively that they slow cognitive decline.
‘This latest research suggesting that a diet high on berries can slow cognitive decline in the elderly population is therefore especially welcome.
‘It is a large and well-designed study that significantly strengthens the evidence that changes to diet may be able to delay onset of dementia symptoms.
‘This suggests that we can take further steps to tackling the scourge of dementia in society while we await the arrival of effective new medicines.’ 
Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘Population studies like this can provide useful clues about the effects of lifestyle and diet on cognition, but we must be sensible when interpreting the results. The study suggests a link between eating berries and slower cognitive decline, but there could be many factors at play.
‘It is not possible to say whether the increased consumption of berries resulted in an increased, beneficial level of flavonoid antioxidants in the brain.
‘Further research will be needed to conclude whether antioxidants in berries are beneficial in the brain and we can’t assume that simply eating berries could protect against cognitive aging or dementia.
‘Previous evidence has shown that eating fruit as part of a healthy diet in midlife could help to reduce our risk of dementia and so eating a healthy balanced diet is something we should all be thinking about.
‘With 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia, there is an urgent need to understand more about how to reduce the risk.’ 
Carol Brayne, Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Cambridge, said: ‘Broccoli, blueberries, Mediterranean diet, Sudoku.....it is very difficult indeed to be sure that this is not residual confounding as these kinds of dietary patterns are associated with many other positive attributes, which themselves are associated with healthier ageing.
‘Blueberries have been of interest for many years and it’s certainly worth further investigation, but for definitive evidence we have to await well designed trials as this is another observational study.’ 
The range of consumption in the study was women eating less than one serving of blueberries a month, between one and 3 servings a month and more than one serving a week, and from less than one serving of strawberries a week to more than two a week.



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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

PSYCHIC COMPANIES FEEDBACK

This is something that has really ruffled my feathers. 

It is no secret I work on The Circle and have had years of experience both as a reader and as a client. of all the psychic companies offering readings I have to say The Circle is the best. It has been from the beginning from the early days when it was set up for I was a client in those days, and like many other psychic mediums I am unable to read for myself. I love working at The Circle and I wholeheartedly recommend using The Circle for readings all readers are throughly tested and vetted. And no I am not flogging myself but I vouch for all readers


One of the great things about The Circle is the complete transparency of the company, clients are urged to give feedback, readers are NOT allowed to remove or adapt any of the comments. In fact the comments stay regardless if they are negative or positive so you can be absolutely sure all feedback is genuine from clients and not made up.

So what has ruffled my feathers, this is NOT the case with some other psychic sites, it has come to my attention there is at least one company (I won't name them) who claims to offer the same transparency  this is NOT the case, if a reader is rated anything less than 3 stars, they remove the rating and comment. So in effect you are NOT getting a true reflection of the readers ability, why what have they got to fear?

I will round this blog off by saying I wholeheartedly recommend the readers at The Circle as a highly ethical and honest service who genuinely have their clients' interests at heart.


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HOW COCAINE ROTS YOUR BRAIN

I felt I should post this article from the Daily Mail as you know my blog here is all about well being and health and taking care of ourselves completely inside and out. Another reason if it helps dissuade someone not to take it then its worthwhile posting on here.

As the population in general are living longer there is a growing number of dementia cases, why accelerate the process further by taking drugs? In years to come I fear such cases will be found in much younger patients, so sad really as this could be prevented.


How cocaine rots your brain: Using Class A drug doubles the speed you lose your grey matter

  • Drug use had biggest impact on the prefrontal and temporal cortex, which are associated with attention, decision making and self regulation 

People who are dependent on cocaine are putting their grey matter at risk, say scientists.
A study from the University of Cambridge has found abusing the Class A drug accelerates the brain ageing process.
Previous studies have shown that cocaine can affect the reward pathways in the brain and put strain on the heart. However, this is the first to link grey matter loss with the addiction.
Cocaine is a stimulant. Chronic use can cause uncontrolled aggression, insomnia and psychiatric problems
Cocaine is a stimulant that can cause a powerful high followed by a comedown. Chronic use can cause uncontrolled aggression, insomnia and paranoia
Research leader Dr Karen Ersche said: 'As we age, we all lose grey matter. However, what we have seen is that chronic cocaine users lose grey matter at a significantly faster rate, which could be a sign of premature ageing. 
'Our findings therefore provide new insight into why the cognitive deficits typically seen in old age have frequently been observed in middle aged chronic users of cocaine.'
For the study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, researchers scanned the brains of 120 people with similar age, gender and verbal IQ.
Half of the individuals had a dependence on cocaine while the other 60 had no history of substance abuse disorders.
The researchers found that cocaine users lost about 3.08 ml brain volume per year, which is almost twice the rate of healthy volunteers (who only lost about 1.69 ml per year). 
The accelerated age-related decline in brain volume was most prominent in the prefrontal and temporal cortex, important regions of the brain which are associated with attention, decision-making, and self-regulation as well as memory.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that cocaine is used by up to 21 million people around the world. More than one million people are believed to take the Class A drug in the UK - the highest rate in Europe.
Dr Ersche said: 'Our findings clearly highlight the need for preventative strategies to address the risk of premature ageing associated with cocaine abuse. 
'Young people taking cocaine today need to be educated about the long-term risk of ageing prematurely.'
The concern of accelerated ageing is not limited to young people but also affects older adults who have been abusing drugs such as cocaine since early adulthood.
Dr Ersche added: 'Our findings shed light on the largely neglected problem of the growing number of older drug users, whose needs are not so well catered for in drug treatment services. It is timely for heath care providers to understand and recognise the needs of older drug users in order to design and administer age-appropriate treatments.'


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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

THE HEALING POWER OF HERBS

The Story below is from the Daily Mail. Sadly people have forgotten what treasures we have all around us and many are for free. Modern medicines have their "roots", excuse the pun! in herbal medicine. The ones below in the article are only a tiny tip of the iceberg of what we can use. Common plants, such as Dandelion, The roasted root makes an excellent coffee substitute, is an extremely high source of potassium and is also a diuretic. Feverfew, which many gardeners view as a weed can alleviate Migraine, though I have to say the leaves are very bitter and you need lashes of dressing to make them palatable. Chamomile is often used in soothing skin remedies and the infused flowers enhance blonde hair, I have tried this myself and used it on my blonde daughter to enhance golden highlights. Pot Marigold (Calendula) and NOT the French Marigold (Tagetes) is extremely soothing especially for stinging nettles, and other skin conditions, I'd say better than the common Dock leaf.  And even the common stinging nettle can be made into a soup or infusion and be used as a tonic as it too is rich in iron. All of these can be obtained in their purified state at a herbalist and are generally very inexpensive and the list is vast.

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Basil reduces blood pressure, while coriander prevents food poisoning... the healing power of herbs

Thyme may ease the misery of acne, according to a study published last month. So which other herbs and spices can benefit your body? 

BEST FOR... ANAEMIA 

ROSEMARY: Rosemary leaves are high in iron — a lack of this mineral can cause fatigue and anaemia. The herb also contains carnosic, which can shield the brain from damaging free radicals. This lowers the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, says a study in the Journal Of Neurochemistry.
Herbal remedies: Basil, left, can lower blood pressure while oregano can cure thrush
Herbal remedies: Basil, left, can lower blood pressure while oregano can cure thrush
Herbal remedies: Basil, left, can lower blood pressure while oregano, right, can cure thrush

BEST FOR... BLOOD PRESSURE

BASIL: A study at Xinjiang Medical University found an extract of the herb reduced blood pressure in a similar way to medication. It’s thought it affects levels of endothelins, proteins which constrict blood vessels.

BEST FOR... DIABETICS 

FENUGREEK: A daily extract of its seeds improves diabetics’ blood sugar control and decreases insulin resistance, say researchers at the Jaipur Diabetes and Research Centre in India. 
It may also increase inadequate breast milk supply, nursing mothers have reported. But as the spice is also a traditional remedy to induce childbirth, the seeds shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy. 

BEST FOR... THRUSH 

OREGANO: This contains the powerful antifungal agents thymol and carvacrol. A study at Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington showed that carvacrol inhibited the growth of the fungus Candida albicans (which causes thrush) better than a common antifungal medication. 

BEST FOR... PREVENTING FOOD POISONING

CORIANDER: Coriander oil has been shown to fight against food poisoning bacteria campylobacter, according to research published in the Journal Of Medical Microbiology. 
Chicken and red meat (particularly mince) can carry campylobacter, which may cause illness if food is undercooked. You could add ground coriander seeds (which provide the essential oil component) to your burgers and chicken dishes.  

BEST FOR... MOOD AND MEMORY

Sage advice: The herb can improve your memory
Sage advice: The herb can improve your memory
SAGE: Healthy young volunteers who were given capsules with high doses of sage essential oil in a study at Northumbria University said their mood was consistently enhanced.
In older people, Australian research found extract of sage improved memory and attention. The herb is thought to inhibit breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical associated with attention span and sharp memory. 

BEST FOR... STOMACH ULCERS 

CARDAMOM: If you’ve had a stomach ulcer, or are prone to them, try adding cardamom to spicy dishes or rice pudding. Indian researchers found its oil extracts protected the stomach lining and helped guard against ulcers induced by alcohol and aspirin. The active ingredient is thought to be nootkatone, obtained from ground pods.




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Sunday, 15 April 2012

CHEMICALS IN COSMETICS LINKED TO OBESITY?

Story below is from the Daily Mail.

I honestly don't know where they get these stories 
FACT: Cosmetics, ie. make-up, fake tan CANNOT pass through the skin it's impossible if this was the case they would no longer be licensed as cosmetics but would have to be licensed as medication.
FACT: Only medications, e.g. topical steroids, patch delivered such as HRT etc. and essential oils can permeate the skin.
FACT: Obesity is caused by taking in too much fuel i.e. food and not expending it as energy i.e. exercise
X = Food Y = Exercise Z = Obesity N = Normal Healthy weight
X + Y = N
X - Y = Z
It's as simple as that.

CHEMICALS IN COSMETICS LINKED TO OBESITY I DON'T THINK SO



Chemical in fake tan and make-up is linked to obesity and diabetes

  • Phthalates are widely used in a range of cosmetics
  • Study finds link to weight gain and insulin resistance

A study found that a chemical commonly used in cosmetics can increase the risk of obesity
A study found that a chemical commonly used in cosmetics can increase the risk of obesity
A chemical used in make-up and self tanning lotions has been linked to obesity.
Scientists found that those who were exposed to phthalates, colourless man-made substances included in a variety of common consumer products, were more prone to weight gain.
And subjects with even 'modest' levels of the substance in their bloodstream were twice as likely to develop diabetes.
One billion tons of phthalates are produced worldwide each year and they have been widely used as gelling agents in cosmetics, cleaning products and to make plastic bottles for more than half a century.
But now mounting evidence suggests they could have a negative health impact, promptingthe body to store more belly fat and become resistant to insulin as they disrupt the hormone balance.
Lead researcher Monica Lind, associate professor of environmental medicine at Uppsala University in Sweden, said: 'Those pollutants containing phthalates are making people obese and now we find they could get diabetes. These products need to be tested.
'Many are used in body products, like face creams, fake tan, make up and perfumes. Not only does the packaging contain them, but they are absorbed into the body and bloodstream through the skin.
'In perfume, we inhale the phthalates that are used to delay the scent and increase the lifetime of the perfume.'
Data from 1,000 people aged over 70 was looked at during the study and in total 119 had diabetes while 88 of them had a history of the condition.
After taking into account factors that are known to cause type 2 diabetes, including obesity, smoking and high cholesterol, they found people with higher levels of phthalates in their blood were more likely to develop insulin resistance. 
It is thought that in men phthalates have an anti-testosterone capacity linked to weigh gain, while in women they disrupt the hormone balance similar to those that might occur during the menopause or at puberty.
Phthalates crept into widespread use over the last several decades because of their beneficial chemical properties (picture shows the general chemical structure)
Phthalates crept into widespread use over the last several decades because of their beneficial chemical properties (picture shows the general chemical structure)
It is unclear which products contain the chemicals, as in many countries don't require them to be listed as ingredients, but it is known that perfumes and hair products, such as hairspray and mousse, are the worst offenders.
A spokesperson from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said: 'Phthalates are found in about 70 per cent of fragrance containing personal care products (that's everything from perfume and cologne to fragrance-containing shampoos and deodorants). 
'They are not listed on labels because fragrance is considered a trade secret so companies don't have to disclose what's in it.'
Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton, author of Stop the 21st Century Killing You and a researcher on human metabolism who has studied the connection between chemicals and obesity at the University of Stirling, is convinced that the abundance of chemical calories in our lives is the reason why so many people are getting fatter despite dieting and exercising more.
‘It’s a theory that was poo-pooed a decade ago but which has become a new field of medicine in itself,’ says Dr Baillie-Hamilton. 

WHAT ARE PHTHALATES AND WHAT COSMETICS CAN YOU FIND IT IN?

  • They are a synthetic chemicals which disrupt hormones in the body
  • They have been shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in animal studies, and increase the risk of obesity
  • They can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled
  • Cosmetic manufacturers use phthalates because they cling to the skin and nails to give perfumes, hair gels and nail polishes more staying power
  • The Not Too Pretty report in 2002  was released by the non-profit environmental body The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics consumer to raise awareness about the dangers of phthalates 
  • It is unclear which products contain phthalates because they are not labelled on packaging but 70 per cent of fragrance cosmetics such as soaps and perfumes contain high levels 
  • Many countries don't require the chemicals to be listed under ingredients
In 2003 the European Union passed legislation banning some phthalates in cosmetics and has kept three phthalates out of toys since 1999.
Johanna Congleton, a senior scientist  from the Environmental Working Group, a U.S. environmental organisation, said the study gives further reason for the cosmetics industry to ban the use of phthalates completely.
She said; 'The implications of this study enforce the notion that environmental chemicals can act as 'obesogens' and alter biological functions involved in fat metabolism, which can influence body weight.
'Avoiding exposure is a good precautionary measure, and consumer product manufacturers should phase out the use of these compounds.' 
However Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK raised concerns over the recent study and the sample selected.
He said: 'This paper attempts to link the presence of phthalates in the bloodstream and the presence of Type 2 diabetes in an elderly population.
'It is a difficult area to research and this study was based on a relatively small number of white adults over 70 years old. 
'It shows an association between some metabolites, which are breakdown products, and the presence of Type 2 diabetes, but does not show that their presence causes Type 2 diabetes.
'We would be concerned if the reporting of this study diluted the very simple and evidence-based message that limiting the amount of calories in your diet and being regularly physically active is the best way of maintaining a healthy weight and so reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes.'
Following the publication of the findings in the journal Diabetes Care, Prof Lind added:'Although our results need to be confirmed in more studies, they do support the hypothesis that certain environmental chemicals can contribute to the development of diabetes.
'Consumers should ask for labelling. As it is now It's impossible know which products contain the chemical. We should also ask for better regulation.
'There's lots of also lots of other health problems (asthma, allergy, obesity, reproduction problem etc) which has been shown to be linked to the phthalates. 
'We now know enough to regulate these chemicals. In general all chemicals should be tested for safety before they go on the market not afterwards.'



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EXCERPTS OF MY PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT BOOK






THE JOURNEY TO SPIRIT
A GUIDE TO
PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT 
AND
SPIRITUAL AND INSPIRATIONAL PHILOSOPHY


Copyright © 2012 Astrid Brown
All rights reserved.
ISBN-13: 978-1475128789 

ISBN-10: 1475128789 

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer, who may quote short excerpts in a review.
FOREWORD 

I decided to write this book as everyone has a psychic ability. We are all born with it but so seldom do we use it to its best ability. It originated as part of our survival mechanism to help keep us safe and out of danger, but through the centuries that have gone by most of us have allowed this great resource to lie latent. Animals still use theirs to their best ability, they've had no one to tell them not to use it. It's not fearful, nor creepy but another sense bestowed upon us we've allowed to lie dormant. I also want to dispel the myths and misconceptions about Psychics and Mediums.

Basically when I link with spirit, it's just like having a three way chat, only difference is that, the client, can't see or hear who I am speaking to, this does not mean I will make up a reading, far from it I will first of all obtain 'survival evidence' i.e. proof this person did exist on earth and I look for names, dates, the cause of death and their character and relation to you. I will also look for pieces of unique information only known to the client as evidence their spirit was around i.e giving me details of what the client has been doing recently etc.

Normally I begin looking for a way to connect with the client, I can use a mantic tool, such as cards, crystals or a palm, for without that connection I cannot proceed. Every reading should be viewed as an experiment, sometimes it doesn't work, sometimes this is the client who is inadvertently blocking the psychic, all that might be needed is to unfold the arms or uncross the legs sometimes the client is unconsciously  closing down their mind. Psychics do need the client's permission to read for them.

Nor are we mind readers. I often get calls asking me, "Can you tell me what my boyfriend/girlfriend or whoever is thinking about me?" The short answer is NO I can't, nor can any psychic medium tell you this. Everybody's thoughts are private, so there is no point in asking, and any psychic medium who tells you they can read minds I'm afraid is making this up. However what we can do is this: we can connect to the boy friend's etc spirit guide and they can tell us how they are feeling and of course the spirit guide will only tell us what they have permission to tell us. Mind reading is a misconception and myth I'm afraid.

Another fallacy is NO ONE can predict the future accurately, in spite of what you have been led to believe. Psychic medium's are not fortune tellers anybody who thinks or says this is misinformed. It may surprise you to know this but you already know your future, no one else does, for YOU and all of us for that matter, alone planned it, you planned what experiences and challenges YOU wished to go through before you incarnated on earth. However what psychic medium's can do is this: we can tap into your auric field for the vibrations of your past, present and future are there but its down to how good a connection we have. The other fly in the ointment to this process is what's known as 'FREE WILL' Free will is whether we wish to go through with what we alone have planned and of course since everyone has Free will can you now see how practically impossible it is to predict the future accurately? However what I can do is link with Spirit, whether it is loved ones that have passed over or a Spirit Guide and they can more accurately  give me some more information as to likely outcomes. They WILL NOT tell me what is coming if there is a spiritual challenge coming up as this is a teaching experience and something that should not be avoided, and if I was party to this information you might try and avoid it.

The Universe works on a whole set of Universal laws that influence outcomes too and more on Universal laws can be found later in this book

Neither I nor any other psychic medium want a client to go away feeling disappointed but you need to allow us to form a link with you either within your aura or with your spirit guides to gleam information. The vast majority of us work to extremely high ethical standards and we can only tell you, the client what information we receive, nor can we influence Tom, Dick or Harry to be attracted to you or make them like you, we cannot make things up to let you hear what you want to hear. Sometimes you will get information you won't like, this is not the psychic medium's fault, we are only the messenger. However what we can do is this: we can let you know you are loved and supported and guided by spirit, that you are never alone in your darkest hour and are given strength to cope with whatever the Universe throws at us all. Not only that WE CAN PROVE THIS, by giving you survival evidence and by giving us a little time to connect we can hopefully uplift you and that you go away feeling better to having talked with us.

I hope this book not only helps you on your spiritual journey but takes the fear and mystery of how all of this works, To enable you to understand how we progress and how all experiences in life the good and the bad enable us to learn and grow. To me I find if you explain how the Universe and Spirit works it helps the developing students understand why its necessary to practise meditation etc. It also enables the student to understand divine timing and why patience is necessary.

Some of you will read this book who wish to develop into Mediums and as you read through these pages you will know if this applies to you. Others will be content working on a psychic level and some of you will just want information and insight into the world of psychics and mediums and to how we work

Above all I hope this book addresses these doubts and encourages others to use such a marvellous gift.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE 'THE BASICS'
CHAPTER TWO 'PSYCHIC PROTECTION THE BASICS'
CHAPTER THREE 'PHILOSOPHY AND INSPIRATION'
CHAPTER FOUR 'MEDIUMSHIP'
CHAPTER FIVE 'WHAT IS SPIRITUALISM'
CHAPTER SIX 'TECHNIQUES AND MANTIC TOOLS'
CHAPTER SEVEN 'CONCENTRATED THOUGHTS'


INTRODUCTION
Many come into a psychic development group as they have had various experiences such as seeing spirit, odd happenings such as a sensation of being watched. Rarely do people come forward with no experiences or simply they have a desire to be a psychic. We all have a capability to develop psychically if we desire to, but generally there has been some catalyst to trigger this desire off. Certain experiences act as a trigger, such as choosing to take up Reiki as how Reiki works, it works within the subtle bodies of our Aura. Similarly taking up Holistic Therapies often act as a catalyst also. It is possible to develop psychically without the need to join a development group but at some point you will need to seek some guidance from an experienced psychic/medium as its not an easy path.

In order to understand what psychic is, you need some background knowledge as to how it all works. Everything in the Universe has a vibration, humans do, animals do and plants do. Surprisingly so do crystals and before you dismiss crystals think of your watch and your computer, what powers your watch? What enables your computer to function? Crystals of course, you may have seen quartz on the face of your watch and you've heard of silicon valley relating to computer chips, both are crystals. This vibration creates an energy field in other words an Aura. 

Of course there will be problems in Life. Earth is a place where you are presented with difficulties, frustrations, obstacles and handicaps. The whole purpose of earthly existence is to meet conditions that are a challenge to the evolving spirit so that it can have the chance to express some of its latent qualities that can be called on in times of crisis. You cannot achieve spiritual mastery   without conquering the problems that you encounter; but none is so insuperable that you cannot overcome it. You will have to be patient and pray for guidance that at the right time the door will open and the way will be shown. I always tell my friends in very simple language never to bang against a closed door.
ABOVE IS A QUOTE FROM 'LIGHT FROM SILVER BIRCH

The following excerpts I have picked from various chapters in the book
PSYCHIC PROTECTION
There is often a problem at night for those who are beginning their psychic development journey. You see when you initially open up to the world of the Spirit realms, there are those spirits, who basically think they can have some fun. These spirits inhabit the Astral plane, this is the lowest of the several spiritual realms and its is on this realm that inhabit earth bound spirits, i.e. those who feel they are trapped in a period of limbo, it could possibly be something traumatic that is holding them there, but often or not it is spirit who are denying the light and unwilling to accept good or it is the mischievous 'Lower Elementals' nature spirits. Lower Elementals are purely Earth Spirits i.e nymphs, fairies, elves etc who like nothing better but to have some wicked fun. Sometimes and again following the laws of the Universe there are lower entities from the dark side. These often take the form of flying creatures and what I can best describe as resembling gargoyles, these entities feed on negativity, so the best way to avoid them is by keeping a positive mind set.

What is important to remember, NOTHING CAN HARM YOU. OK they may give you a good fright but that is all they can do, no spirit, good, bad or indifferent can possess you in anyway, contrary to what folklore would have you believe.

The Universe does operate on a series of laws i.e. 'The law of attraction' where like attracts like and it is this law that is in operation that can cause a few problems. You have to remember we as humans are 'Spirit' in a physical body whilst we are on Earth and we all develop spiritually at different rates. The whole concept of being on Earth is to help us develop spiritually, with each incarnation we grow more spiritually and the older the soul the more experienced and spiritual we become.

To explain we understand more about compassion, empathy and understanding and we become more positive and pure of heart. However for those beginning on their Psychic development journey, those experiences are not as strong and they have not developed so spiritually and more prone to negative thinking coupled with the fact their 'mind discipline' is not so astute and controlled as someone who is more experienced psychically. Therein lies the problem which leads me back to the problem lower elementals and earth bound spirits. Now whilst we are awake we are firmly on earth, earth after all is our classroom, whereby we interact with others to enrich our experiences and learn, compassion, empathy etc. but whilst we are asleep, our spirits travel the Astral Planes, in effect we are allowed home at night to interact with the world of spirit, where we may communicate with our loved ones in spirit etc. It is when we are fully relaxed and asleep our protection is at its weakest for the inexperienced developing psychic so they may become the victim of the mischievous lower elementals and earth bound spirits. Now couple this with the 'Law of attraction' and you attract your current type of energy, i.e. if you are a negative thinker, you will attract this type of spirit and likewise if you are a positive thinker you will attract a positive energy form.

So what can be done to get rid of these nightly problems? We firstly remember NOTHING CAN HARM YOU NOR POSSESS YOU and they will only frighten you if you allow them to do so. Easier said than done but the key here is MIND DISCIPLINE and we do this in development class through visualization and meditation, so we develop a strong mind and will power, this is the basis of Psychic Protection ~ the strength of will.

You have a choice, we all do for remember no matter for whatever reason we came to earth to experience we also have free will. So we can choose to develop our experiences and many latent Mediums start off in this way, some don't progress this far but do develop their psychic abilities, or we can suppress and ignore these abilities, we all have free will. If you wish to develop your ability, then its best to find a good development group and many of these groups can be found in Spiritualist Churches, many others can be found under the guidance of an experienced Medium. If you do not want to take this ability any further that is fine also, but if you do not want these experiences and disturbances, then you need to refrain from reading and dabbling in psychic subjects and if you do get disturbed you have to show no fear when these experiences happen. If this doesn't work then simple table salt sprinkled in the corners of rooms, should be enough to chase them away.

Supposing you wish to follow the development path, well remember Universal Laws,there is good and bad, there is a continual balancing of the Universe and Like attracts like, the more spiritual you become the less likely you are to be bothered in this way, if you have good and pure thoughts and don't dwell on the lower side of life, you wont attract this type of energy. At some point all developing Mediums will be shown the dark side, it's a right of passage and I defy any Medium to say they haven't experienced this. In order to understand good, you need to understand the bad, so you can deal with it. How do we deal with the negative and bad we do this through strength of mind for to chase away the bad we need to do so with conviction. We develop strength of mind through the art of Meditation. You will find the better we become in meditating the stronger our minds become, so we are able to turn on and off psychic and mediumistic abilities. We need to be able to do this so we can deal with these entities and communicate more effectively with the world of spirit and also it's very exhausting being tuned in all the time, it uses a great deal of energy up. We also need to learn to protect ourselves from negative energy as this can be terribly exhausting too and you don't need to be a psychic or medium to benefit from this. How many of you have a friend or associate who comes and tells you all their troubles, they make you feel low and tired, of course they go away feeling great, they've off loaded all their negativity onto you. Simple exercises, simply by using visualization can make the world of a difference when dealing with these negative people and protect us when entering negative surroundings.

One of the easiest exercises is to surround yourself in a sealed golden bubble of light, this is done through visualization and it can be found on my blog here another is asking the Angels to come forward to surround and protect you, but these visualizations have to be focused and concentrated when doing so, practise like most things makes perfect. Really if whatever energy it is all you need do is to say go to the light but you must say it with conviction so it knows you mean it and you don't have to shout it out loud either, simply say it in your mind. If all else fails then their is the salt method and this requires you to put a pinch of salt in every corner of the room and a light sprinkling across the door threshold and window sill, the energy wont cross this as salt is protective. The key to any type or variation of psychic protection is to mean and believe it and those nightly visitations will disappear.

The whole basis of psychic development is to be able to turn it off and on when YOU WANT IT and not when the spirit realms want it.
WORRY
"Worry is a negative prayer. It is telling the Universe how frightened you may be feeling. It also reinforces your ‘fear’ vibration and may bring about exactly what you fear".

In other words if you are negative you attract further negativity towards you. No matter how you are feeling there is no sense in worrying, it is not practical and it achieves nothing, that does not mean you should be over confident, what it does mean however is you trust spirit and the Universe to give you what you need and so it will be done.
DIVINE TIMING~NOT A COP OUT FOR IMPATIENCE

 DIVINE TIMING
Time and time I hear from clients, when will it happen? can you give me a time? Sometimes I am lucky and I am given dates and timings but more often that not I am just told Divine Timing. It's not a cop out to give to the impatient but firstly there are no clocks nor is there a sense of time as we know it in the spirit realms and secondly it takes time to manifest the optimal times for the best result.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT A READING WITH A MEDIUM IS LIKE?
I feel many people sometimes feel its creepy or scary or touches on the dark side of the occult. Well it's about love and light and I can guarantee anyone who has visited a Spiritualist medium for a reading will come away the better for having done so.

Spiritualism, is very similar in lots of ways to Christianity, we believe in God and we believe in the Hierarchy of Angels and indeed this alone is one of the seven Principals we follow and the foundation of our religion. Many of us have a favorite, mine is number six: "Retribution and compensation for all souls", which basically means, what you give out in life you will get back tenfold. We also believe as well as God, we believe in Spirit, for not only can we pray or ask God for advice, we can ask advice from Spirit Guides. These are souls, who are highly developed and lived many life times, who have evolved and become truer in spirit. They aim is to guide us, help us, follow our spiritual path, and show us how to become better people. Like Christianity we believe we live on after physical death, but we go on to seek proof of survival, evidence to prove to someone who has come for a reading, that their loved ones are still alive and well albeit not in the physical sense.

Medium's use a variety of means to connect with Spirit, and all of use have had this ability since birth. You cannot learn to become a Medium, it is a gift, it can be developed and tuned, but it is God given. Please do not confuse us with Psychics, for this is where we differ. All Mediums possess a psychic ability, but not all psychics are Mediums, we work on different planes. The Psychic works by connecting to the Auric field i.e. the electromagnetic energy field that surrounds all living things. This can give the psychic details of out past and present, future, well that is never written in stone, for we all have free will. The Medium will often begin a reading tapping into this to begin with as this often gives an indication of the nature as to why they were consulted and some will use a Mantic tool, such as Crystals, Tarot etc. guides (yes we all have them) will know what the problem is and may well bring someone who has

At some point and generally its near the beginning of a reading with me, I will connect with Spirit. Now no Medium can summon a Spirit to order, it doesn't work that way, but generally when someone comes for a reading it's because they have something troubling them and their own Spirit passed away recently (if they have suffered a bereavement) or a relative, be it a father, mother etc. who wishes to pass on comfort or advice or simply pass on just love.

A reading is no way creepy or frightening what so ever, sometimes I see spirit in the physical sense but as I have developed my skills as a Medium, more often than not I see spirit in my minds eye, this is termed 'Mental Mediumship'. I have never known anyone to come away frightened but every person who has visited a genuine Medium, will seek to find evidence and tell the person who they are doing the reading for, some sort of proof, only they would know. This is very comforting to them to know their loved ones live on and are watching over them. All will go away uplifted. We don't sit in the dark, with candles lit, not do we wear big gold hooped earrings and colorful scarfs on our heads. We just look normal and we are, but we have this ability to be sensitive albeit like radio picks up sound waves, to pick up communication from beyond the grave.








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IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO FORECAST THE FUTURE AND OTHER QUESTIONS?

I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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