Wednesday, February 23, 2011

After the ADC

How personal After Death Communication experiences have changed my life

"I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death,
this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live.
Eternity does not start with death.
We are in eternity now."

~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

I’ve had the blessing of being on the receiving end of after death communications several times in my life, and like over 100 others all across the globe, had the honor of contributing my most profound experiences in Chassie West’s newest book, No Reason For Goodbyes - Messages From Beyond Life. Chassie has invited me to contribute to this blog in order to share how my life has been impacted by these experiences since they took place.

While I don’t feel that we should walk around convinced that every penny on the pavement is a sign from Aunt Lucille, I do believe that we all have contact with our loved ones on the other side far more than many of us realize…we tend to brush things off as mere coincidence too much of the time. From the song that plays on the radio at just the right moment, to the unexplainable scent of their cologne or cigar smoke in a closed room, our loved ones make their presence known in so many ways if only we are open to receive them.

When a loved one reaches out from beyond the veil, everything changes from that moment on. How can it not? For me, getting these confirmations from my father and mother-in-law personally and directly was incredibly validating and told me beyond any doubt that not only were they “okay”, but they could see and follow along with us as we continued this journey here in the physical world.

Life has changed in many ways since then. I became inspired to work toward developing my intuitive abilities, taught myself to read the Tarot (and now teach others as well) and eventually began my work as an intuitive consultant. Nearly 2 years ago, my good friend Laura Wooster and I launched Walking the Path, a radio program centered on ‘the great journey’ and I'm very proud of what it has become - a supportive resource for people who, like us, seek to learn and grow on a spiritual level.

Within my personal life, I feel that these profound experiences have shaped me into a different person than I used to be. Not just believing but knowing that my loved ones are just a breath away, still available to talk to and offer guidance on some level, is incredibly reassuring. It gives me a sense of peace and hope that I don’t think was as strong before. I no longer focus on the grief of these losses, as I know that, aside from the obvious physical absence, they are not losses but transformations in the way we interact. I cherish each moment more; I try to recognize the divinity within everyone and do what I can to help others out, whether they are family, friends or a stranger in need of a smile.

~Dawn Jones

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome to No Reasons for Goodbyes Blog!

Here begins a new adventure, if not for you, most certainly for me, since I've resisted joining the blogging population for years. Before No Reasons for Goodbye, I wrote mysteries.  When I typed The End at the completion of a manuscript, that's precisely what it was: the end.  I felt I had nothing further to say.  I assumed that even though No Reasons was an entirely different kind of book from any I'd done before, once I'd completed it, that would be it and again, I'd have nothing further to say.  A question from one of my brothers changed my thinking on the subject. To quote him: What motivated you to breech this topic?  I responded, reluctantly, I'll admit, and in the process was hit over the head with a reminder of the reason I tackled the book to begin with: to bust – or burst – out of the metaphysical/paranormal closet, that's why!
My husband, Bob West, left this life in April 1998.  He had taught Communication at a local university for years.  Did it ever occur to me that after his departure it would be the most logical thing in the world for him to "reach out and touch?"  Heck, no!  Dead was dead, kaput, "so long, it's been good to know you."  So when he did try to make contact, I was not prepared for it, in fact, didn't even realize that's what was happening.  He made several attempts using methods I learned later are typical of after death communication (ADC), but to me they were anomalies, electronic and electrical snafus.  It wasn't until he took a more direct approach that I finally got it.  (It's in the book.)  Even then, he had to do it a second and third time before I came to terms with what was happening. 
My initial reaction was typical.  I thought I was going Fruit Loops.  I came up with all the logical explanations I could think of, rationalized, wrestled with it, determined to beat it to the ground and kill it.  But there comes a point when one has to face facts.  Bob West still existed somewhere and was determined to let me know it.  A part of me rejoiced.  I considered myself on the receiving end of a miracle.  Did I tell anyone?  You jest.  Then, thanks to an on-line group I stumbled upon, the FriendsCommunities, I discovered I was not alone in what I was experiencing.  There were a lot of us out there.  And did we talk about it?  Among ourselves, sure.  But with others?  Spouses?  Occasionally.  But best buds?  Co-workers?  Not on our lives. 
When I learned that a fellow writer and friend, someone I'd known for a good decade, had actually seen her father a couple of days after his death, and heard him speak, yet had never talked about it, I was enraged.  Why should we have felt so constrained?  We'd been silent behind gags we'd tied around our mouths because we were afraid of how people would react.  To miracles!!  It was time that stopped.  No Reason for Goodbyes – Messages from Beyond Life is the result.  I and the sixty-plus friends and correspondents who sent me their experiences are officially out of the closet.  And it took brother Bill's question to remind me that the gag is off.  Time to talk the talk and walk the walk.  Ergo this blog spot.
I'll not be alone in posting and I hope you'll check in with us every now and again.  There will be others who'll share their thoughts, experiences and knowledge.  After death communication is far more common than you think.  All it takes is being open to the possibility.  You might be in for a surprise. 
The bottom line?  If there was ever a time for a paradigm shift about the way we view death, that time is now.  Join us in moving the shift along. 
Chassie West