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Sad girllAlthough we all shall one day cross into the “great beyond”, it is one of the hardest things for us to deal with in life. Despite knowing the soul lives on, the pain of physical loss is difficult to bear. It is especially hard when they are young. People are supposed to live to be ripe old senior citizens. They are supposed to have a long, well-lived life and die peacefully in their sleep. In a perfect world, that’s how it would be. But we don’t live in a perfect world do we?

My recent, devastating loss was a nephew. He was 27 and it seemed to all who knew him that he had much to live for. He was healthy, he was doing all the things he loved to do…fish, hunt, work outdoors. He was a hard worker but he took time to play. He was a good person and loved by all who knew him. He wasn’t perfect, but then who is? There’s not a living soul on this earth who is perfect. When we reach perfection, we don’t come “here”. But I digress.

Not only was my nephew loved by his family, his friends and his associates but he left a great impression on all those he came into contact with, no matter how brief that contact might be. But (and why does there always have to be a “but”?) behind all those smiles and that big heart was a troubled young man. We knew, of course, that he wanted a family, a home of his own and all that went with it, but he had time to get those things. Or so we thought. We knew his financial responsibilities were great but that’s because he was trying so very hard to be successful. He was one of the hardest working people I have ever known.

Despite all he had going for him, his sadness was great. We didn’t know and for that we are troubled. For that we feel guilty. For that we find it hard to forgive ourselves. If only…if only…if only. Those are a constant with all of us. They beat us up as we try to find peace and torment us with the question of “Why?”

I tell myself all the things that should give me comfort…he is not truly GONE, he is TRANSFORMED, his BODY is dead, HE is not, we are sad and filled with grief, HE is finally happy and at peace. We MISS him and yet he is WITH us. But it still hurts.

Sad as I am, guilty as I feel for not showing him more love the last few times I saw him, it is the sadness of my family that digs at my heart. Parents and grandparents should not outlive their children. In the perfect order of things…that’s not how it should work out. But again and I have to repeat it…we do not live in a perfect world.

The question of “Why?” is constantly asked. The desire to understand a nagging, unfulfilled need. Yet I know…I KNOW, that if he was to suddenly appear and give us the answers…we would NOT find satisfaction and peace from it. There’s no good reason, not a single one, for losing someone you love in the manner that we lost my nephew. But (there it is again), for HIM it was enough. He chose to do what he did that terrible, lonely night. WE did not. The one thing he did do that I am most grateful for, is tell us in his final message that although he was not happy with certain aspects of his life, he was not disappointed or upset with his family and friends. Even so, we are sad that we were not enough. We are not to blame for this and yet we feel guilty anyway. Truth is, this terrible tragedy has no one to blame but the demons of negative thinking and the untreated affects of depression.

THINK about this for a moment. Our thoughts CAN be our worst enemy if we allow their abuse to beat us down. BUT (finally a good reason for one of those buggers!) they can also be our BEST champion, our most supportive cheerleader and a tireless, amazing motivator. My nephew’s thoughts took him down and led him into spirit. And now it is OUR thoughts that must lift us up and help us come to terms with it.

There are a few good things to come out of this terrible tragedy, aside from the major one of having our family come together. One, I am making more of a conscious effort to ensure I remember to tell all those I love that I love them. We forget sometimes when we’re caught up in life and I don’t want to forget that anymore. Second, I am motivated to be more aware of what is going on with those I love. Not in a snoopy, “I want to be all up in your business” sort of aware, but in a genuine “I really care about what is happening with you” sort of way. Third, I want to do better about keeping my spiritual connections a priority in my life. My beliefs have developed through the experiences of my soul and I don’t want all that experience going to waste!

Beliefs aside, grief is going to be part of our lives from time to time. Our capacity to love will make it impossible to avoid. We all must go through it in our own way and at our own pace. With love and support, from your self and from others, you’ll get there. We are, after all, spiritual beings living in a physical world and our spiritual connections will help heal the wounded heart.

Once the physical loss isn’t so overwhelming, the shock of it no longer holding us frozen in disbelief, we’ll figure out a way to let go of what can no longer be. We’ll adjust. We’ll go on until we are reunited. Just remember, though, that when you reunite with loved ones “over there” you have grieving loved ones dealing with their loss of you “over here”. It’s a pretty sad cycle isn’t it? Or a joyous one…depending on how you look at it.

In the days since my nephew has passed, there have been signs that he’s still among us. His best friend went to the spot where they last fished together and it had been raining all morning. After having a “talk” with his departed friend, he said “If you can hear me, make it stop raining.” Yes indeed…that rain stopped long enough for it to matter. Long enough to help a grieving friend heal just a little bit. In another instance, a song came on suddenly that was one of his favorites. A song he sang along with the last time they listened to it. And one of my favorite signs was when he gave someone the urge to stop and buy flowers for his brokenhearted grandmother. The florist, it turned out, knew my nephew well and was sad to learn of his passing. She put together the same bouquet she always made when he stopped to buy his grandmother flowers.

One of the things those “over there” often express when in communication with someone “over here” is the frustration they feel on getting messages through to us. They give signs in all the ways they can think of and sometimes we notice, sometimes we don’t and often we explain it away. We label it a COINCIDENCE. Well let me tell you something about coincidences…they are SPIRIT IN ACTION. God’s doing, all.

When we cross into spirit…we BECOME spirit and since it is spirit (God) that makes all things…we become part of ALL that IS. To those of us “here” that means our transformed loved ones can use the sun, the wind, the water, the animals, the flowers…everything and anything to show us their love! They can stop the rain or play a song on the radio, they can urge you to buy flowers or make a heart out of clouds. They can dance around in butterfly wings or use a dog’s nose to nuzzle you. When something happens that makes you think of someone you love who is “over there”…that’s your SIGN they are with you HERE!

I have to share that my grandparents often use billboard signs and license plates to show me they are near. Whenever I am thinking of them quite strongly, I’ll suddenly see their names on license plates or other signage. It fills me with joy for I know it’s them letting me know they are with me still. I KNOW it and I feel loved, connected, when it happens.

I’m sad that my nephew thought his best move was to pass into spirit but now it’s done and we can’t change it. Much as we’d like to. Much as we beat ourselves up in all the ways we could have stopped him…if only we’d known. The thing is…if my nephew had wanted to be stopped from crossing over, then he would have been stopped. What happened, happened because he willed it. And it is that right there that’s troubling us so very much…our feelings of guilt that we weren’t enough reason to live, that we didn’t do enough to help him realize that. It makes no sense why we take the actions of others and make them our responsibility but we do it quite often. Why is that? Unless you murder someone with your own hands, you are NOT responsible for the death of another. No matter what their reasons are. Our actions, reactions and responses are our own. WE are the sole proprietor of our body, our emotions and our thoughts. My nephew was in charge of his life that night he decided to end it. I pray that this has shown all who have been touched by this event to seek help if depression and bad thoughts plague them. If they do not and take drastic measures, the mental and emotional pain will transfer to every single person they love. It is not, I am sure, what my nephew intended to have happen.

I pray that those who are finding it hardest to deal with this tragedy find peace soon. I pray we all move on with our lives and get our joy back. As for my nephew, well he’ll be with us from here on out, sharing our joy and comforting us in times of sorrow. It’s what we do with those we love…whether we reside in the physical world or the spiritual realm.

I pray that peace be with you. For all who are suffering grief in some way…I pray you find comfort in knowing that now they are in spirit, they are CLOSER than ever. Even so, you will miss them. That you must live with. And LIVE you must do because if you are still here, there’s a darn good reason for it! Say your goodbye, grieve, then move on. Focus on love. Peace will come and so will joy.

Blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In my Tess Schafer-Medium series, the main character, Tess, is just what the series’ title claims…a medium, BUT she also has regular communications with her Spirit Guide Sheila. This aspect of Tess’s character is an integral part of who she is. Although speaking to “the dead” is her special ability, it’s her regular communications with Sheila that are more indicative as to her spiritual openness.

We all have Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels. Every single one of us. In fact, we have more than one. How many Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels are assigned to us, I can’t say and wouldn’t even try to guess. The number varies for each of us. Regardless of how many there are, only one is considered the “leader” of each team and that is the one you would interact with the most. If, that is, you choose to do that.

Guardian Angels do as their name implies…they watch over you and are there for you when you need them. They will also greet you when you “cross over” into spirit. Sometimes they might make contact with you but typically it is your Spirit Guide that is your main point of contact when communicating with spirit.

One point I want to make about Guardian Angels is that you MUST ASK for their help if you want it. This is important to know because they cannot intervene or assist you without your permission.

Spirit Guides are actually assigned to you before you are even born. In fact, you worked closely with your Spirit Guides before you entered into this life existence. You had goals and experiences you wanted to encounter here in the physical world and your Spirit Guides do their best to help keep you on track with those goals. Other things like Numerology, Palmistry, Astrology, Tarot cards and the like are tools given to us to help achieve those goals. Sadly, many of us ignore these tools. If we’d pay more attention to them, our life path would move along much more smoothly.

In my book series, whenever Tess wants to talk to Sheila, she just starts talking (usually she runs a dialogue in her head but as we are wont to do, sometimes she talks out loud). Whenever she is in communications with Sheila, she never has to wait for a reply. Now, it’s true that they aren’t usually the answers she WANTS but our Spirit Guides aren’t here to do all the work for us. How are we to learn anything if they just give us all the answers? What they are is our support team, our cheering section if you will. They also help us to see all sides of an issue so there is that!

I can tell you this…they do not and will not tell us what to do. We have FREE WILL for a reason. This is OUR life to live and we are master of our OWN destiny. However, since they know our soul’s aspirations, our purpose for living, they are great sounding boards and are asolutely the best ones to turn to when working through a problem or concern!

Although my book series is fiction, I wanted to show through story-telling what it is like to be a medium and I wanted to expose readers to other spiritual related things…like symbolism, spirit contact and the various divining tools we can all use to help us navigate through the mystery, the drama and the frustrations of life.

In this post, I wanted to give some pointers on how you can communicate with your Spirit Guide. Why? Because no one will be more helpful in getting you to your life goals or through a difficult situation. Another grand thing is your Spirit Guide will love you no matter what. Your Spirit Guide will not be disappointed with your decisions and choices and mistakes. Your Spirit Guide will ALWAYS be your personal, devoted champion.

So how do you communicate? It’s so darn easy it’s ridiculous. Practically unbelievable. But true.

  1. It must be clear in your mind that you are opening up communications between you and your guide. INTENT determines so many things for us!
  2. Start a conversation, directing the question or comment to your guide.
  3. The response will be so quick you’ll think it’s just you talking to yourself. Fine. So what? Go with it! Your Spirit Guide speaks to you through your own thought processes and that’s how it feels, like you are talking to yourself…only you’ll notice a subtle difference to your internal voice. Another thing you’ll notice is their responses are never critical, discouraging or disappointing. It’s ALWAYS a positive experience communicating with your guide. Always. No exceptions. If you are getting responses that make you feel bad or fearful or down then it isn’t your Spirit Guide talking to you, it’s your Ego. We all have an Ego, it’s an essential part of who we are as a human personality. The Ego’s job is to keep us grounded in the reality of this world! Honestly, without an Ego we’d all be wanting to go back to spirit and we’d have said goodbye to this hard life long ago!
  4. If your Ego intervenes, give it something to focus on…music, a candle’s flickering flame, an object, whatever you can find, then try again. Mostly you just have to trust that you’ll hear from your guide, and if you hear any criticism over it, ignore it and wait for the loving voice to start talking! Once you hear that, you’ll be so focused on it that your Ego will be silent.

Now, there are many others who go through rituals to do this. That’s fine for them. If you need a ritual to help prepare you and authenticate the experience then do a search on how others do it. This is how I do it. I’ve tried many other ways and finally figured out (with the help of my guide) that I didn’t need to complicate the process. Thank goodness because sometimes I don’t have a lot of time to go through rituals…I need to talk and talk NOW!

Spiritual interaction is seriously that easy. It’s so easy we find it hard to believe and accept. And that right there is why so many people miss out on developing a close, open relationship with their guides.

Tess shows the process quite well in her stories and I love writing those scenes. I even love that Tess rejected her Spirit Guide for a while when things in her life went horribly bad (in her first book Be Still, My Love). That’s what many of us “humans” do…we get discouraged and we reject the things we thought should have made it better. But the thing is…her Spirit Guide didn’t get upset with her over the rejection and years of silence…because they don’t feel negative emotions. WE do. They do not. The more I write the Tess Schafer-Medium books, the more I am learning about the spirit world and how it all works. This, I think, is spirit’s gift to me! (smile)

So that’s it! Hope it helps! Let me know if it worked for you or share what does work for you…maybe it will help another reader!! We should all be helping each other in some way or another, right?

Just so you know…I plan on writing more posts explaining different aspects of the spiritual processes brought up in my books, just as I did with this one! So if you are interested, be sure to follow my blog. Also, if you are interested in getting a newsletter from me once in a while, please mention it in the comments and I’ll be sure to let you know how to sign up for it when I get it ready!

Until next time…Onward and Upward! May many blessings be showered upon you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two New Books!


Tangled Up Hearts (eBook) 7-26-15Hello again! I promise to keep this post short and sweet!

As many of you know, I write books that involve the spirit world…cozy paranormal mysteries is what I like to call them! My Tess Schafer-Medium series (all found on my author page on Amazon) includes many of the things that I’ve learned and encountered over the years. They also include things that others have experienced and shared with me! Mostly, though, my imagination is let loose and they pretty much write themselves.  Honestly, it’s how I feel when I’m working on a book…I’m just the typist, taking dictation and wondering what is going to happen next! I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again because it’s worth repeating…our IMAGINATION is the way IN to the spirit world! It also opens the door to spirit coming IN to ours!

My recent book Tangled Up Hearts has nothing to do with the paranormal. It’s a straight up, contemporary romance … my first one to be published!

In this story I wanted to show how a lack of communication and bad assumptions can really mess up a relationship! AND, I wanted to show how those things can be overcome, cleared up and forgiven, bringing happily-ever-after (with continued hard work!) to the lucky couple!

I have to tell you…if I am reading a romance and it doesn’t have a Happily-Ever-After ending…I will NEVER read that author again and I will feel very cheated! (expectations can make or break us, they really can!)

Okay, back to my book. But first, how the story idea came to be. When I was in the military (I served in the Air Force for twenty years, five months and seventeen days) I worked in a career field that consisted of about 90 percent men! In some places (I moved around a LOT), I was the ONLY female on a particular crew! As I went up in rank, I started attending meetings and I can’t even tell you how many of them I went to where I was the only woman present. Talk about feeling invisible! (it often seemed to be the general feeling that I didn’t know anything because I was JUST a girl). Although many of the men in those meetings didn’t give a hoot what I had to say, I made a point of speaking up anyway. Not that it mattered much because I was a female and my opinion wasn’t worth their notice! I did, however, get a great deal of satisfaction out of saying “I told you so” when things went as I HAD EXPECTED and EXPRESSED!

Um, ya, I’m getting off point. That happens when I start talking about my military days. Old resentments and all that…let me shake them off!

Okay, I’m ready to move on!

Aside from fighting for a smidgen of equality, there were a few perks for my situation as well. Working with that many men gave me the opportunity to hear THEIR side of the relationship sob stories (whether I wanted to hear them or not!) Also, being the only female, they expected me to explain to them the mysteries of women! Why do women this and why do women that…why, why, why! They (the majority of the men I worked with) seriously didn’t have a clue most of the time! Honestly, ladies, you have to spell it out to them (if those guys I worked with are a good representation of the rest of the male population). Expecting them to just KNOW is asking for disappointment. The good news? They really do WANT to know! So tell them. Again and again and again if necessary (and yes, it will be necessary!)

Honestly, during those twenty years, five months and seventeen days, I felt like a walking advice column sometimes! Either that or I was fodder for the work-center tabloids! (sigh) Men, I’ll have you know, gossip just as bad if not worse than women! So anyway…I discovered that most of the time, the problem with relationships going sour was all the ASSUMING going on. All the EXPECTATIONS that can’t possibly be met (not ALL of them anyway!) and all the perceptions made that were WAY off point!

I wanted to write a story where all those things were involved. Of course there had to be physical attraction too! Next I had to give them (the feuding couple) HISTORY and a past that wasn’t all bad. We do like to cling to our memories don’t we?

So, once I got the basics out of the way, I allowed the story to commence. Holy cow did those two get on each others nerves! But where sparks fly there’s more than meets the eye (hey! A poet and didn’t know it!) (Smile)

I love books where the couples bicker and fight their attraction and yet, despite everything, they fall in love. So that’s how Tangled Up Hearts came to be!

Moments in the Moonlight - (eBook)Now, the story to follow MOMENTS IN THE MOONLIGHT…which will be released on New Year’s Day and is available for pre-order…does get back to my paranormal roots! That one was a lot of fun to write because it included romance and paranormal phenomena!

The girl lead in this book showed up briefly in Tangled Up Hearts but this is NOT a continuation of that story.

In Moments in the Moonlight, I wanted the focus of the story to be the romance but I couldn’t resist having the story take place in a haunted inn! I thought having a ghost involved would make it a little more interesting! Also, I let my characters from the Tess Schafer-Medium books put in an appearance! Tess, being a medium, was a perfect fit for the story and I totally enjoyed meeting her through a stranger’s eyes!

Okay, that’s it! I just wanted to get the word out about the two books. I’m so darned excited about them! I feel like blushing when I think about my mom and other family members reading them but I don’t care. I’ll just deal! (smile)

As for future posts to this blog, I’ve decided to cover each of the Tess Schafer-Medium books and the paranormal phenomena that pops up in each story. Where did I get the ideas? What DO I believe? Is any of that real? Does “the light” REALLY keep you safe? HOW do I know that what I’m saying is true? All those questions, I shall strive to answer. So if you are curious about it…spirit contact of various forms, hauntings, ghosts, the after-life, spiritual symbols and messages, well then you might want to visit back…or better yet, FOLLOW this blog!

Thank you for reading! I do pray for continued blessings to shower upon each and every one of you during the new year ahead!!

 

Spirit Blessings!


Hello dear friends! I hope the holidays were special for all of you! This is a time when you are either over-flowing with happiness or going through a rough time. It is especially hard to experience a holiday without ones we love! BUT…you must know what’s coming…they are NOT GONE! Spiritually they are more connected to you than ever. In fact, they are CLOSER to you than ever because they don’t have physical boundaries!

Thinking strongly of a loved one in spirit will immediately bring them near you! So, you see…they are not gone! I do understand, though, about wishing for their PHYSICAL presence. Sure I do! We are in a physical world and are physical beings. However, since it is what it is…then KNOW that your spiritual connection is just as important…MORE so in fact!

I get so many people writing in asking about their loved ones in spirit. Honestly, crossing over is a very peaceful experience…regardless how one’s body dies! Once the soul lets go of the body, the entire experience becomes spiritual and whatever horror the body might be going through…the soul is not experiencing it! So, be at peace on that issue! One of the things none of us want for those we love (or even don’t love) is for anyone to suffer. Our soul steps in once the decision is made to let go of the body and cross over and then wondrous things begin to happen!!

I see how sad people are for losing a loved one…and I’ve gone through it a few times this year myself!…and I have to remind myself that the one who has crossed over is HAPPY. We are supposed to find comfort in the words “They are in a better place” and maybe to some extent we do find some peace over that, BUT we still must go through the grieving process of letting go!

The two most traumatic losses for me was my grandparents. My Nana and Grampy. I was especially close to them and I loved them so much it was a physical pain, a real hurt in my heart to lose them! My grieving process took years. I still miss them and it’s been over 30 years since they passed! BUT, I am close once again with them. Now that my grieving pain is over, I allowed our spiritual connection to become known to me! They give me signs of their presence ALL THE TIME!

When we cross over, we truly do meet up with all those we loved and lost…to include our animals! I’m looking forward to it but I’m in no hurry. I’ve got a lot to love right here (in the physical world) as well!

So anyway, just wanted to pass on that quick message, especially since my own losses have been on my mind recently.

Wishing you all continued blessings throughout the new year ahead of us! Peace and Joy to all!

A Spooky Book Sale!


Be Still, My Love

Be Still, My Love

Hello everyone! I promise the next post will not be about my books but I wanted to send out a quick word that I’ve put two of my books Be Still, My Love and No Matter What up for FREE through Sunday, November 1st. The promotion will end at midnight so if you want to check out the first book in the Tess Schafer-Medium series “Be Still, My Love” now’s the chance to do it at ZERO cost to you! (sorry, kindle readers only). And if you don’t have a Kindle, the Kindle APP is FREE to download on ANY Devise!! I NEVER thought I’d be reading books on my phone and yet I do it all the time! Who would have guessed? Not me.

Be Still, My Love is about Tess Schafer, a very gifted medium who suffers a terrible tragedy and loses her special ability. As if that isn’t bad enough, her faith suffers too. BUT, a trip to the coast of Maine…and to a HAUNTED RESORT no less, helps to put her on the road to recovery. When one heals from hurt and moves on, amazing things happen! Not only does Tess help solve a haunting mystery but she finds her heart is not forever broken after all. Yay!

When I wrote Be Still, My Love, I wanted to explore our interaction with the spirit world. I also wanted to incorporate into the story the many things I’ve learned over the years about the paranormal. And though I’d like to take all the credit for it, I can’t really do that because I felt at times like I was nothing more than the person taking dictation! It’s not uncommon for writers to say as much. I hear it often that the CHARACTERS tell THEIR stories and the writer is just the means to get them told! It’s pretty much how it works for quite a few of us!

I never thought that book would turn into a series but Tess has so much to learn and share and experience and I thought…why not go on that ride with her! So, six books later…I’ve done that and plan to keep it going a little while longer. After all, we need to find out who the “Tomb Lady” is!

No Matter What (9-17-12)No Matter What is a story based on reincarnation. I wondered…what IF someone died, like a young girl, and her spirit got stuck in this world (meaning she is now a ghost!) and so she is REBORN in order to help herself get UNSTUCK from this world? Interesting concept. THEN I thought…what IF the people who took part in her death are reborn too? How would that affect everyone? And No Matter What
came into the world.

As I said earlier, BOTH of those books are FREE through November 1st. It’s not much time, I know, but hey…I worked hard on them and yes, as much as I want people to read them and enjoy them, I just can’t work for free for very long. Much as I WISH that I could!!

Hidden Voices (1562x2500)The other books in the Tess Schafer Medium Series HIDDEN VOICES, VANQUISHING GHOSTS, GHOST TROUBLE and HAUNTING GROUND will all be reduced to 99 cents on November 1st and they will gradually increase to their full list price of $2.99 on November 2nd. ROSEMARY’S GHOSTS had a little blip in the promotion and so it will be 99 cents on November 3rd, increasing gradually to full list price on November 4th.

Again I’d like to stress that I pull from personal experience and from the experiences of others when creating these stories. And again I must confess that they pretty much write themselves! It amazes me every single time when the stories come to an awesome end. Sometimes I don’t know how they are going to end until they end! Truly!

Vanquishing Ghosts (Amazon)People write to this blog asking me how to get rid of ghosts or they ask how to talk to them or how to protect themselves…well, all the answers to those questions are within the pages of my stories. The best way to teach and share knowledge is through story-telling and fortunately for me, I LOVE to tell stories! (smile)

So, if you like fiction and are interested in the paranormal, give them a try and PLEASE, if you feel inclined, let me know what you thought! AND if you feel even more inclined, I would absolutely LOVE a review on Amazon!! Reviews are very important to us writers and in order for me to keep going, I need reviews to get Amazon to help me with book promotion. If you aren’t comfortable with it, I totally understand. The NUMBER ONE thing I want for those who read my books is that they ENJOY them and maybe get something MEANINGFUL out of them as well!

Rosemary's Ghosts (angel) 10-19-13So that’s it for self-promotion! Hope you all had a GREAT HALLOWEEN!! Mine was pretty freaking awesome!

By the way, if you click on the book titles, they are linked to my Amazon book page!

Okay, ONE MORE thing. I have TWO more books coming out next month (November 2015)…Tangled Up Hearts and Moments in the Moonlight. They aren’t in the paranormal genre, they are romances, but those stories were rattling around in my head DEMANDING to be told and I confess, I had a LOT of fun writing them!! (smile) If those might interest you, then please subscribe to my blog because I’ll be sending out a future post to let everyone know when they are available. Or you can “Like” my Facebook page (which would be pretty awesome for us to connect!) and visit it once in a while to check for a post announcing their publication dates! As to my Facebook page, feel free to leave me questions or comments or observations or whatever! I LOVE talking about the paranormal, writing, OTHER books. Whatever you want to chat about.

Okay, now I’m done! Until next time…Blessings to all and Peace Out!

Ghost Trouble (ebook) 5-7-14Haunting Ground

 


Ghostly imageIt’s been a long time since my last blog post and I sincerely apologize for that! Life just keeps getting in the way and it leaves me to wonder if it will EVER slow down! I’m thinking not. It seems to me that the older we get, the busier life becomes! I think it might be that way because time speeds up as we age. It really does. Or so it seems.

This year has been a challenging one. I’ve had to deal with deaths in the family and despite my beliefs, the fact that we pass into spirit and abide there quite happily, it doesn’t lessen the pain of physical separation. I KNOW they are fine. I KNOW they are having an amazing experience in the spirit world, but (there’s always a “but” isn’t there?) I miss their physical presence.

When people ask me how I’ve come to KNOW what I know, well it’s an answer based on faith and personal experience. I gauge my convictions (what I have come to accept as truth) on my “gut feelings”…which I believe is my soul communicating with me. When MY truth is not accepted by others…well I’m fine with that. After all, everyone must live THEIR truth. That’s all any of us can do. We must each live our OWN TRUTH and what YOU have come to KNOW, is YOUR truth.

The people who visit my blog and ask me questions are spiritually inspired to do that and I am spiritually inspired to answer them when I can! Not always do answers come to me and I’m not going to make them up just to have something to say. If someone asks a question that baffles me, I will ponder it, wait for an answer to come and if it doesn’t, then I am not ready for that particular truth.

Nothing in life is by happenstance. Nothing is circumstantial. Nothing is a coincidence. Nothing is by luck. All things that occur…EVERY SINGLE THING that happens…is by spiritual design.

So given that understanding, it is our God-given RIGHT to question the things that happen. It’s RIGHT to ask WHY. We are intelligent beings and we have this inherent need to understand. That’s why we are here, living in this crazy world, going through all this crap and all the joys that life brings our way. We are seeking to learn, to understand and to KNOW the truth of it all. Understand this, my friends…the truth is a layered thing. When you uncover ONE truth, there lies another beneath it. The more you dig, the more you seek, the more you learn, the more truth you uncover.

Death is about the worst thing we must all eventually deal with. As emotionally painful as it is for those of us left behind, it is the opposite for those crossing into spirit. Death for them is a new glorious beginning. For most people anyway. There are some…like those who lived their lives inflicting pain and mayhem on others…who won’t find the afterlife quite so glorious. That’s because they will end up feeling even MORE emotional pain than what they caused! They will NOT rejoice in what they’ve done. They will want to make amends. They will want forgiveness…not just from their victims but from themselves.

When a spirit crosses over…it is the MOST peaceful experience they’ll ever know as a physical being. Those who die in horrific ways are seen to by other spiritual beings before they even cross over! The horror they experienced will become like a fading dream to them. They will eventually remember what happened, for our whole life (and any others we lived!) will become fully known to us, but we will have no attachment to any of the drama.

When a person first crosses into spirit and they realize the truth of it, the fact that it REALLY WAS PEACEFUL and easy and natural and wonderful, the first thing they want to do is comfort those still in physical life who now mourn for them! They want to reassure their loved ones that they are fine! They want to share the good news, the fact they are more alive than they’ve ever felt in this limited experience of three-dimensional life.

The fact is, many of them find ways to get a message through. BUT the signs they make are often ignored, dismissed, or misinterpreted.

Since I get asked quite often on how to know if their loved ones have tried to contact them, I wanted to write this post with the most common ways that I KNOW of. Either from my experience or from those of countless others. If you know of other ways in which a loved one came through, please share it with us! We all want to know so we can look for the signs as well!

  1. We see our loved on in a dream. The dream state is when we are closest to our spiritual state and so it is a common means for them to visit with us!
  2. When just drifting off to sleep or just waking up, we see our loved one standing (or sitting) near us! This is very common! I can’t even tell you how many people have shared stories with me about this happening to them! It seems to happen when death is imminent or soon after a loved one has crossed over.  BUT, others have had this experience even years after their loved one passed, so time doesn’t really matter. This sort of thing occurs when our conscious mind is relaxed…as it is when we are about to fall asleep or when we are just waking up. Our watchful Ego hasn’t put the filter in place to keep the two worlds “apart” and so a “sighting” occurs! As for your Ego keeping things at bay, well, don’t get too upset about it…that’s it’s job.
  3. When we suddenly smell something that makes you think of a loved one in spirit. If there is a smell that you associate with a loved one who has passed…they are close by! The sense of smell seems to be one of the easier ways for them to come through to us. I’m not sure why and I won’t worry about the reasons for it. I just KNOW this to be true!
  4. When a loved one who has passed suddenly pops into your mind…though you weren’t thinking about them or doing anything to make you think about them…then you are indeed experiencing a visit from their spiritual self! They especially come to us when we are anxious or worried or feeling down for they want to offer their spiritual support.
  5. When their picture suddenly falls from the wall or pops up in a place it shouldn’t be…or maybe an item that belonged to them is discovered out of place (not where it should be!)…rest assured, it is your loved one letting you know they are with you!
  6. When you suddenly see their name…or maybe a phrase or word that you associate with them…on a license plate, a bill board, whatever, wherever…and you immediately think of someone who has passed. A sure bet that person is paying you a spiritual visit!
  7. When something unusual occurs while talking about someone in spirit…it’s them saying “I’m here!”  In other words, if something happens that makes you think…now why did that just happen? Then that is your dear, departed loved one letting you know he or she is with you!
  8. If something from nature suddenly comes around you…be it a bird, a butterfly, an insect, an animal…SOMETHING that makes you stop and wonder about it, that is most definitely someone from spirit trying to come through!
  9. When a song suddenly comes on the radio or is played from some other media that makes you think of a loved one who has passed…that is your loved one letting you know they are with you!
  10. Honestly, ANYTHING that happens that makes you think of a loved one in spirit…that IS your loved one in spirit letting you know they are with you!

So, when any of these things happen to you and you are suddenly thinking about someone who is residing in spirit, then they are indeed with you and they will understand you when you speak to them. Their soul mingles with yours and WORDS are not necessary. Not to them. Words are, however, necessary to us so go ahead and TALK! Tell them what you want to tell them. Laugh. Cry. Rejoice. Mourn. Let your feelings go and be in the moment. LET THEM IN to your thoughts! I tell you this, whatever suddenly filters through your mind, words or feelings that seem to be coming from them…it is not your imagination making it all up. They are truly talking to you, putting those thoughts there and they are sharing their feelings with you! These experiences are always positive. If they are not…then stop the communication. LOVED ones in spirit will do NOTHING to make you feel bad. ALL interaction with them is LOVING and GOOD and POSITIVE. This I know because I have experienced it myself. This I know because so many, many people have told me of their experiences. This I know because I KNOW and I do not question what IS. This, my dear friends, is MY truth and it can be YOURS as well!

I hope this helps! Let me know your experiences! Share with us!! Most of all…be in peace!

2015-04-28 15.14.51Just a quick note for fiction readers! All of my books include the things I’ve learned about the spirit world into their stories. I believe each of them are spiritually inspired. If you find “ghost” stories interesting, then you might like them! If you’d like to check them out, just click on the picture and it will take you to my author page on Amazon. Thanks! Blessings!


2015-04-28 15.14.51Hello dear friends! I know not everyone who visits my blog is interested in my fictional books, but for those who are, I just wanted to give a quick update on what’s going on!

I’ve published six books so far in the Tess Schafer-Medium series: BE STILL, MY LOVE (Book 1), HIDDEN VOICES (Book 2), VANQUISHING GHOSTS (Book 3), ROSEMARY’S GHOSTS (Book 4), GHOST TROUBLE (Book 5) and HAUNTING GROUND (Book 6). My character, Tess, is getting better with her medium abilities and that makes it more challenging to write her story! As she grows, so do I and so should our written journey!

One of my main goals in creating this series was to incorporate the things I’ve learned about the spirit world (as well as other tidbits of information I find useful or interesting) into a story that is told through a character who reflects this knowledge. Not only that, but she also explores the things that I often speculate on and believe in. Heck, she even looks into things I DON’T believe in! Tess performs this task quite well. Beyond my expectations actually. When I’m writing as her…I feel like I am HER and what comes out in the story is as much a surprise to me as someone reading the story for the first time! In fact, Tess has me constantly learning things for I am endlessly researching stuff. For instance, she’ll mention the metaphysical properties of something and there I go, off on the internet to look it up and learn more about it!

Since the Tess series is told through my character, I do find it interesting when reviews take me to task on not using proper terminology for things. For instance, a bunch of crows is called a “murder of crows” and Tess called them a cackle or some such thing. But the fact is, Tess is writing these books and though I wish she knew everything there is to know…she doesn’t. She gets things wrong. As she should, because she isn’t a know it all (though I sort of wish she was…because then that would mean that I know it all and that would be rather cool).

Fact is, Tess has her beliefs and opinions and assumptions and I let her go with them…give her full reign…even when they might clash with my own! She’s a strong character. Even when I wish for things to go MY way, she does exactly what she wants. If I try to override her (or should I say “overwrite”?)…the story becomes “off”. That’s when I sigh, berate myself for trying to write her story instead of letting her tell it, and I change it to how she wants it to go. It’s an interesting process. It really is! Seriously, it’s like I have other people in my head, all wanting to tell their part of the story and my sole job is to write down what they tell me to write!

When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be strictly a romance writer but the Tess books came to me so fast and so persistently that I HAD to write her stories! Happily, Tess has her own romance going on so I’m getting my “romance” fix as well! I love Tess and Kade. They are a great compliment to each other.

As for my writing other stories besides the Tess series, I have written the paranormal drama NO MATTER WHAT. It’s based on the premise of reincarnation, which I do believe in and am totally intrigued with! Also, I have completed two stories which I would categorize in the genre of contemporary romance. I am hoping to have both published in the near future. Their titles are TANGLED UP HEARTS and MOMENTS IN THE MOONLIGHT. There’s a character in “Tangled” that gets her own story in “Moments” and would you believe Tess showed up in that story too? She surprises me like that but then it’s one of the many things I love about her. She has a lot to share…so why restrict her?

Stories should have a point, a reason for being, a MEANING. When you get done with a story, don’t you want to feel like you’ve completed some sort of journey? Don’t you want to be amazed at how it all came together? Not all stories are like that. There have been some that I’ve became engaged in (because I kept thinking it was all going to come together somehow in the end) and then when it was done, I was like … “What the freaking hell was the point of that?” And I feel cheated. I feel like my precious time has been WASTED. Time is very precious…I hate wasting any of it!

I don’t have to BELIEVE in the premise of the story to read it or watch it, but I do want it all to make some sort of sense. Whatever world the author has created, it needs to be a cohesive one. Now, as for my books, some people might think they are senseless because they are about the spirit world, the afterlife, the dead speaking to the living…ghosts. Well, I don’t write for those people…I write for me and for those who do like stories involving those things. You don’t have to believe in ghosts to like ghost stories. Heck, I don’t believe in vampires but I like to read about them or watch shows involving them! For that matter, I don’t believe in the existence of zombies, but I love The Walking Dead. There are, however, some inconsistencies with the Walking Dead world but the show is character driven and it’s their stories that keep me riveted. That’s as it should be. That’s good story telling!

Once I get my two romances published (not sure I will do more…I mean, this is what I’m thinking as I’m writing the love scenes: my MOTHER is going to read this! Maybe even my DAUGHTER!). So I really worked hard at trying to make them sound good without warranting a phone call from my mother asking me what the heck was I doing writing that stuff! (smile)

Speaking of romances…I think most of us who read them want a “happily ever after” in the end. I know if I don’t get that, oh boy do I get upset! It’s why I committed to the story in the first place…I EXPECT the two characters to work it all out and get together. Also, the whole story needs to be leading toward that climax! I want to go through the trials and tribulations of the relationship. I want to feel happy and relieved when the characters find a way to overcome all the adversity they had to go through to get together. For me anyway, if there is no adversity, no conflict to excite the story, then it’s a BORING read…or watch if it’s a movie. I do hope that people who read my two romances don’t get to the end feeling it was all pointless or senseless. Also, I especially don’t want them to be BORED! Not that we can please everyone because we can’t. Those who like reading erotica, for instance, would probably find my books boring (smile). What I do try to convey, at least in my romance stories, is that love is worth everything a person has to go through to get it. THAT, my friends, is the point of romance books. At least to my way of thinking!

As for Tess, I’ve started another one of her stories but I only have one chapter done. Although I’ve been working on “Tangled” and “Moments”, Tess had something to say so I sat down and wrote it. When the chapter was done, I thought to myself…”Hmm, this is pretty good. We need to see where it takes us.”…then I went back to work on my other books. I’m thinking by summer’s end Tess will have another story to share! That’s exciting, I’m always eager to see what she’s going to experience next…what new thing we are going to learn.

So that’s where I am with my writing and specifically The Tess Schafer-Medium series. For those of you who’ve read one or more of them…THANK YOU! Also, I appreciate all your comments and reviews!! Good or bad…I learn something!

At the end of this post I am including a link to a book trailer of sorts that I put together using a cool app called Animoto. It’s a pretty decent app you might like if you want to put short movies together using your pictures! I think the result was rather neat (and yes, amateurish but still!)

If you have any questions about the Tess books or anything else I might help you with, please feel free to ask! Either she or I will be happy to answer them.

Blessings to all and peace out!


Haunting GroundHi everyone! Wow, two posts in as many weeks! I’m on a roll (smile). My next one is going to cover some of the more common questions I receive on this blog concerning ghost problems and contacting loved ones in spirit, I promise, but this post is to announce the release of my newest book in the Tess Schafer-Medium series Haunting Ground! This is book 6 of the series though each book is a “stand alone”…meaning you don’t have to read them in order. BUT doing does help with understanding the characters’ development and what they’ve gone through. I’m actually finding it quite challenging to write a series in which I don’t give away much of the plot from other books!

The Tess Schafer-Medium series, as I’ve mentioned before, is my way of telling stories that incorporate the things I’ve learned over the years concerning the paranormal. They are the kinds of stories that I like to read! Honestly, is there anything more fascinating than talking to departed loved ones and dealing with spirit guides, angels and the like? Since I’ve done those things, it just seems right and natural for me to write stories including them!

The FarmhouseMy seven years in a haunted house (pictured on the left of this sentence with an awesome ORB!) incited my interest in paranormal matters and I’ve been fascinated ever since. The more I learn, the more I WANT to learn! As for that spooky old farmhouse…well, it’s gone now. But the spirits that inhabited it…no, I don’t think they are gone. Maybe someday I’ll explore THAT in a book!

Now, as for my main character, Tess, she is not ME (many people write in to ask that very question!)….she’s way more talented and patient than I am! BUT, there’s certainly a lot of me in her. Even so, she’s developing all on her own and now when I sit down to write her stories, I feel I am merely taking dictation! Half the time I have no idea what’s going on. Then when I do figure it out, I’m like…Whoa! No way! (smile) Just like Tess.

64033_327215633993497_2023270865_nEver since the first book Be Still, My Love, I’ve been wondering about the man who killed Tess’s husband. Now, this series began because I wanted a tragedy to mark my character’s life and send it off into a whole new direction. Besides, I was curious as to how a medium handles death. Also, like Tess, I was mad at my spirit guide! Though my dissatisfaction was because my guide did not protect one of my cats when I specifically asked her to do so! I’m over it, for the most part, though I am still bummed that Milo is gone…and now more recently my cats Odd and Sassy. So anyway, Tess’s husband Mike was killed by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. He ran a red light and crashed his car into Mike’s, killing them both. Also killed in that crash was Tess’s dog Tootsie.

Hidden Voices (1562x2500)So, in Be Still, My Love, it’s been two years since the accident and Tess is still grieving. She’s still mad. Her psychiatrist and her friends suggest she go on a vacation, get out of her house of memories. And she does…to a haunted resort on the coast of Maine! Since I grew up in Maine and I think its a beautiful and intriguing state, I couldn’t think of a better setting for the story. I had no plans to make a series. But while writing that story, Tess learns of another supernatural mystery shadowing the town of Bucksport, Maine (my hometown!). The town’s founder, she learns, has a graveside monument that is marked by a witch. As to that, Bucksport really exists and there really is a monument on Jonathan Buck’s grave with markings supposedly made by a witch’s curse! Well…I wanted to explore that story with Tess and so we did in book two Hidden Voices. Tess found her OWN STORY about that monument and a series was born!

Vanquishing Ghosts (Amazon)In the third book, Vanquishing Ghosts, Tess has decided to make Bucksport her home. There are lots of ghosts there needing her help (the town is absolutely RICH with history!), so how can she walk away from them? The problem, of course, is that the house she’s just bought is seriously haunted! By a bad spirit no less! In this story I was definitely exploring a bit of the dark side! So anyway, she and her boyfriend Kade (yes, she’s moving on!) investigate the situation and go through a lot of interesting paranormal situations. They do manage to vanquish the ghosts but her house will NEVER be free of them! Why? Well, I guess I’ll have to keep writing to find out and people will have to keep reading if they too want to know! (smile)

Rosemary's Ghosts (angel) 10-19-13Book four, Rosemary’s Ghosts, came to me in a flash of inspiration. I was riding with my husband on a business trip and it just plopped into my brain and I couldn’t wait to start writing! Despite knowing MOST of the plot, however, I still discovered some surprises along the way. This book was really an experiment for me as I took Tess way outside her normal reality. It was quite a bizarre situation she found herself in and yet it did a lot to help build her character! Besides, I don’t think that’s all done. Not yet. Seems to me that some things from that book are going to pop up in later stories. We’ll see.

Ghost Trouble (ebook) 5-7-14Book five, Ghost Trouble, is Kade’s story. I wanted to write a ghost story involving someone who isn’t a sort of “expert” in the field. With Tess around all the time, he pretty much has nothing more than a supportive role when figuring out what the paranormal hijinks are all about. But with her out of the picture…what will he do? Also, he had some issues needing closure. Kade was in the Marine and had to separate after sixteen years of service because of injuries sustained in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. Everyone in the Humvee he was traveling in died except for him. That’s a lot to deal with! So we dealt with it.

And so now I’ve written Haunting Ground. Tess has gone back to where her story began and she’s finally going to learn “the rest of the story.” There’s always another side to every situation. Tess knew her side…but what was HIS…the man who killed her husband and dog…what’s HIS story? As usual nothing goes smoothly and she’s as confused as ever when the paranormal activity commences. Dealing with death truly is one of the hardest things we have to endure in life and Tess’s gift of speaking to those who have crossed over really does help to bring about healing. In this story that rings true more so than any of the others.

So, anyway, I wanted to write a quick post about what’s going on with my books! So today, Sunday the 25th of January 2015, Haunting Ground will be available for Kindle readers. In celebration of that fact, Be Still, My Love will be FREE for two days (the 25th and 26th of January)! Book two, Hidden Voices and book three, Vanquishing Ghosts will be reduced to 99 cents at 8 am on Sunday the 25th and will slowly increase in increments back to it’s original price of 2.99 by 8 pm on Monday the 26th of January. I know I announced this in my last blog post but I just wanted to give a bit more of an explanation of the series and refresh memories of those who are reading them! I promise future posts won’t all be about my books. Since these are so dear to me, however, I wanted to share my excitement with you all!

ghostsAs for future posts, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about and then it hit me. The many, many comments I receive on this blog are quite similar, many of them sharing a common problem or request. This gave me the idea of tackling the more common concerns in future posts. Stuff like how to KNOW when a loved one is around, how to get rid of a pesky ghost, how to talk to spirits…on and on. This is why most people come to this blog and so that is what I’ll focus on…answers to questions that most of you drop by to ask!

Before I close out, I want to wish all of you a very blessed 2015! I hope this year brings wondrous, glorious things your way! May peace and loving light be with you all!


Haunting Ground Well it’s been awhile since my last post…again! I never intend to let things go so long but then time flies by and suddenly I realize that I need to write another post or people might think I’ve joined the land of the spirits! (smile) The holiday season always keeps me busy thanks to my very large family so it’s what I offer for a poor excuse! Aside from that, I came down with shingles of all things! I don’t even like the word “shingles”! I mean, it sounds like a roofing problem. In any case, it’s very painful and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone … well, except for maybe those doing evil in the world…let them deal with this crap. But it doesn’t quite work that way does it? (sigh)

So anyway, I have also been working on my latest book, Haunting Ground, which is number 6 in the Tess Schafer-Medium series. It took me longer to write than I thought it would but my gosh, there was a LOT to deal with. It’s not surprising that I would come up with this story during the Christmas season (though the story takes place in April and has nothing to do with Christmas!). I’ve long known that it’s during this time of year more so than any other when many people get really depressed. While some are running around buying gifts and spending time with friends and family, others are missing those who have passed on into spirit. They are sad and alone. There’s no worse time to be missing someone than during the holidays. Although, in truth, there’s NEVER a good time to be missing anyone! But your “aloneness” seems more pronounced when everyone else is running around singing Christmas carols, wearing weird hats on their heads and watching sappy Christmas romances on the Hallmark channel!

I’ve received a lot of comments on this blog and most of them share a similar desire or concern…they are being frightened by ghosts or they want to contact someone they’ve lost. I will admit that my books are quite influenced by the many comments I get because they put me in a certain frame of mind while writing. When I decided to do Haunting Ground, my influence was the things my character Tess Schafer initially ran away from. She lost a husband and dog in book 1 Be Still, My Love and her grief over that loss cast her into depression. It even stalled her medium ability for awhile. I believe if our spirit is bogged down with grief and depression, those negative emotions are bound to inhibit spiritual abilities! So Tess gets away from her home in New York, goes to the coast of Maine…to a haunted resort of all places!…and finally begins to heal. Sometimes that’s what you need to do…get away from the place that keeps you sad and upset. Tess faced the memories of her husband and dog every day in her home. She couldn’t get a break from it and so the negative feelings continued. Getting away from that was the best thing she could have done and I believe that as well for real situations. If you are grieving over the loss of a loved one and yet are staying in the very place that is constantly reminding you of what you lost…how are you going to get yourself out of such a depression? How are you going to get over it, or get passed it? (not that you ever do completely) You CAN heal enough to move on with your life, but it will be HARD. Some people, of course, find comfort in being in the place where their lost loved one used to live. But the fact is, they are concentrating on the LOSS and thus, that keeps the grief fresh. Time DOES heal, but it takes time!

The Tess Schafer-Medium series has been quite a spiritual, paranormal journey for me. I try to incorporate into my stories the things that might help people deal with real paranormal issues. In Haunting Ground my character goes back to her old home town and finally meets up with the family of the man who killed her husband. It’s a fictional story, but I try to make it a believable one. Tess must confront her own feelings on the issue as well as those of the family still grieving. I think what motivated this story was the idea that no matter what we may believe about a situation…there’s always a story for the OTHER side as well. Tess was angry with Stuart Duncan for driving while under the influence of alcohol and subsequently killing her husband and dog. To her, there is NO EXCUSE for his part in that tragedy. BUT, sometimes, getting the REST of the story can help with the healing process. Why? Because knowing the whole picture helps deal with the small part of it that affects you! Tess has a lot to discover about that accident that killed her husband but in addition, she really does come to care for the family he left behind.

As Tess believes (and so do I), whenever something occurs that we label a “coincidence”, what we are really encountering is a situation that is part of an intricately woven divine plan. The world operates in perfect synchronicity and coincidences are proof of it! Whenever you start encountering a situation that makes you think “Wow, what a coincidence” then you can KNOW that you are on the right path! Whatever is to come, it will end up being for the BEST because God will not conduct the orchestration of life in any other way.

Losing a loved one is one of the worst of things we must deal with in life. The hole left behind cannot be filled. We can’t fill it with drugs or alcohol or wild behavior. We can’t fill it with someone else. In the end, those things will only make it worse. All we can do is learn to live with the hole and turn our focus onto things that don’t make us feel so sad.  Of course we’ll never forget and neither should we, but we can at least accept what is gone and focus on what we still have. Besides, those who pass into spirit ARE NOT GONE! Living in a physical world, we want the physical body and only that can satisfy us…BUT, we can’t have that forever now can we? Not here anyway. In the afterlife certainly!

The situations Tess encounters in Haunting Ground are situations that happen a lot actually. People cross over into spirit and from there they must deal with how their loved ones are handling things back “here”. The worst part part for them to deal with is getting a message to us. Most of us ignore their subtle messages, writing them off as “weird” but unexplainable. Or we don’t believe what we suspect. People write in to me all the time saying they lost someone to spirit and now they are experiencing things that make them think that their loved one is trying to contact them. Those people are usually asking for verification on whether the spirit they sense is, in fact, the loved one they THINK it is! I say YES! If something unusual occurs and you think it’s a spirit and then you also believe the spirit is someone you know…it most likely is! That’s why they came to mind right away. Their soul connects with our soul and our soul then sends a thought to us that makes us think “I wonder if it’s gramma” (or whoever). Of course, then our ego kicks in and convinces us that it’s just wishful thinking or the imagination playing around with us. So what if it is those things? Wishful thinking is a DESIRE for something and when it includes another person, they get it…they KNOW you are thinking about them and they come. Always. Every time. No exception. As far as the imagination is concerned…how do you think we gain access into the spirit world? Our imagination is our way IN to spirit. Our wishful thinking about a loved one in spirit is our “call” to them.

I often find myself answering the many questions I get on this blog in pretty much the same way but there’s no other way to answer the questions that all share a common core. I don’t want this blog to be a long one because who has time to read long blogs? Not me. Though I WISH that I did! So anyway, I want to close it with this: If you are missing someone in spirit and something happens that makes you think of them right away…it’s them. They are with you. Take the time to enjoy their presence! It’s pretty amazing. I promise you! If you want to make contact with someone in spirit, THINK about them. FOCUS on them. IMAGINE you are talking to them! The thoughts popping into your head is not random stuff from the imagination…it’s your loved one USING YOUR IMAGINATION to talk to you!

Before I close out, I do want to say that in celebration of Haunting Ground‘s release on the 25th of January 2015 (you can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking on the book title), I am putting Be Still, My Love up for FREE for two days…the 25th and 26th of January. If you are curious about my books, here’s a way to check one out without it costing you anything! I do want to clarify though that the issues Tess struggles with throughout that book…they aren’t much of an issue in the ones following! And yes, Tess’s beliefs about God are interspersed throughout her stories. If I have to call her anything as far as religious thinking goes, I’d have to say she is most closely aligned with the Spiritualist faith (just so you know!)

To further celebrate, I am reducing the prices of book 2 Hidden Voices and book 3 Vanquishing Ghosts for two days. They will both drop to 99 cents on the 25th of January, then slowly creep back up to their full list price of 2.99 by 8 pm on the 26th of January. This way, if anyone is interested in checking out the series, seeing how the stories progress, they can do so with minimal investment!

So that’s it for this post. I need to get back to answering some of the many comments waiting for replies! I’m thinking that future posts will focus on some of the more common questions I get on this blog and addressing them. Since so many people often share the same concern, why not address those concerns all in one place? So, if you have something you want me to blog about, please leave a comment and let me know!

I send blessings out to all of you! Until next time, Peace Out!


beeIt’s been a while since my last post and that’s because things have been busy, busy in my life! When I was younger I thought we young folks had more problems to deal with than the older generation. Now I realize the opposite is true! The drama never ceases does it? I know we came into physical life to experience all manner of things, good and bad, but it sure seems to me that it’s the bad stuff we must contend with more often.

As to our being here to experience all manner of things…well I’m talking about our spiritual self, or as some call it … our “higher self”. Since our spiritual self does not live under the many restrictions we endure in the physical world, I can only surmise that we are here on a quest to learn how to overcome adversity … negativity in all its forms. Now why we need to learn that, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s because even when we are in spirit we limit ourselves. So to help us break free of those limitations…we come into physical life. I mean really, if we can figure out how to overcome all the crap that happens to us here and do it without the benefit of our spiritual knowledge (thanks to our ego’s making us forget about where we come from and who we really are) well, we can overcome anything! Right?

I’ve been dealing with negative stuff my whole life … in one way or another. If I’m not mistaken, I’m going to say that most of us have. Life is hard. Aside from acts of nature, which certainly do contribute to our pains and sorrows, the majority of the unpleasantness in our lives comes from humans. The fact is, and I don’t see how it can be argued, we each have the ability to make the lives of others (and ourselves!) either pleasant or unpleasant. Given that…why do people choose the latter? Is there truly any joy in making other people sad, upset and angry? It seems to me that we are moving into a direction where people are all about pleasing themselves without giving any consideration as to how that might affect anyone else. I don’t get it. But then, that’s why I’m here isn’t it? To “get it”…to figure it out…and break FREE!

Although I would say the last twenty-five years of my life have been pretty good for the most part, they have also been some of the most challenging. I’ve had to deal with and overcome one unpleasant situation after another…and have done so! I always remind myself of that when things go sour. “Deb,” I say, “You’ve been dealt crap before and you got through it just fine, you’ll get through this as well!” Yeah, I’m my own cheerleader! In fact, we ALL should be our own best champion! Fact is, you must like you and be rooting for you before you can do the same for anyone else!

When I started the Tess Schafer-Medium paranormal mystery series, I wanted to write stories that explored the realms of spirituality and the supernatural. I wanted a character who was strongly connected to the spiritual world. As story after story unfolded, I learned along with Tess about the possible encounters with the paranormal and what to do about them. As a result, I grew in understanding of things that were there inside me but never really expressed. My character deals with things that are on a much larger scale than anything I have had to deal with and through HER experiences, I am learning how to deal with mine.

I am as fallible as every other human on this planet. Although I wish otherwise, I’m quite guilty of the fact that I get upset, angry, hurt and pissy. I can be riled to the point of wanting to strike back with the same venom that’s coming at me. fireThankfully, I don’t stay locked into those nasty emotional states for very long. I’ve learned to pull myself rather quickly out of the quagmire those situations create. We are a reactionary lot, we humans. Many of us will react in kind to whatever is happening to us. When reacting to positive situations, well, everything is just hunky dory isn’t it? But when reacting to the negative stuff…oh boy, things can go from bad to worse in mere seconds! Luckily, although I often have a negative initial response to bad situations, I soon calm down enough to listen to that “small voice in the back of my head” (which is our soul speaking to us by the way!). Another “voice of reason” is my conscience (another means for our soul to speak to us!). After I react to a negative situation in a similar manner and things escalate…because that’s what happens when you fight fire with fire…you get a BIGGER fire, I withdraw from the siege and get myself back under control. Once I’ve accomplished that, I activate that light of mine and move into a more positive vibration. Although I wish I did this BEFORE things got worse, it’s hard sometimes to reign in charged negative emotions! When someone attacks us, that “flight or fight” instinct really kicks in! Now sometimes if you fire back bigger and better than what is lobbied at you, the other party will back off, but the fact is this: the situation is not resolved. It’s merely gone into “stew” mode. It’s brewing and getting worse. Eventually it will break out into yet another fire. Who wants to go through life dealing with all those dang, unpleasant, annoying and hurtful fires? Not me!

heartloveSeriously, the ONLY thing that conquers negative energy is love. That’s it. Nothing else. Now I know you can’t go around hugging your enemies but you can do this…you can use your spiritual power to calm the negativity between you! In my paranormal series, my main character Tess is constantly telling the other characters that they can use their spiritual energy by imagining a light within them. It is one of the most effective forms of protection you can ever use!

How you might ask? Well, here’s another thing I am learning to understand through my stories…our imagination is our way IN to the spiritual world! It honestly, truly is! INTENTION is how we direct our spiritual power! FOCUS is how we connect with it. Now, I’ve put it in action time and time again, I know it works. And yet I still will often react negatively to negative emotions and actions directed either at me or to someone I care about. Luckily, once I realize what I’m doing, I back off, regroup, and put some light on the situation. No matter how combative I can become, I really do just want to live in PEACE! I want to be in HARMONY with others and with my own self! I want to be happy and I want everyone around me to be happy too! I’m sure many of you feel the same way! But we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t fall short of those ideals every now and then. And if we do, there’s no darn reason why we can’t withdraw from the negativity and bring ourselves back into a peaceful state. Until the next time. It’s an endless cycle. ENDLESS! (sigh)

So, here’s how to deal with negative energy. Here’s my “secret”. First, though, you must understand that we are all spiritual beings having an experience in the physical world. Our body is the vessel in which we go through the earthly experience. We are born into physical existence with an ego. Our ego helps keep us here (for otherwise, we’d want to go right back “home”!). Our ego makes us want to live as long as possible, to fight death, to fear it even. Our ego is what makes us react in kind to negative energy…it’s programmed to fight back so don’t feel bad about having those feelings! Our ego kicks in on a constant basis to help us ward off attacks by others and to keep us grounded in the physical world. Given that, our ego will accept only what it knows or strongly believes. I’m sure many of you have figured out that GETTING it to know and believe anything is NOT easy! The ego has a lot of defenses in place, but again, that’s to help us live in this crazy world! You see, our ego has put a wall of forgetfulness around the fact that we are spiritual beings with spiritual power! Some of us, however, have managed to get past the ego’s defenses (at least for temporary moments of time) and when we do, we can utilize our spiritual power! Meditation and Yoga is one way around the ego. Hypnosis is another. So is sleep! Our ego is connected to our CONSCIOUS mind so when we go inward to our subconsciousness (where we are operating from within our spiritual self) the ego has no effect there! Sometimes we can get our ego to accept things we learn during meditation or spirit contact but not always. It’s just another battle we must overcome…our ego and its blindness to spiritual truths.

imaginationOne way to get past the ego’s defenses is by use of our imagination! Our ego thinks…oh, that’s just pretend stuff, all in the head, it’s not REAL…and so it doesn’t interfere! But understand this…the spirit world DOES exist, we ARE part of it, and our imagination allows us to connect and interact with all that’s “there”. I put quotes around that last word because in actuality there is no “there”. We have only HERE. Our third dimensional mindset, though, can only comprehend things spatially and linearly. Meaning we have “here” and “there” as far as space and distance are concerned, and when it comes to time we think in terms of “now” and “then” or “later”. However, in the spirit world, there is only NOW. But that’s for another discussion and not this one.

Let’s get back to protecting ourselves from negative energy. So, although we are in a physical body which is ruled by the ego, that doesn’t mean we cannot interact with our spiritual self. We need only to become AWARE of it! So, given that, we can tap into our spiritual power whenever we focus inward. If you can’t BELIEVE that, then fine, PRETEND it! (the “fake it till you make it” mentality at work!).

this-little-lightSo, imagine this: within your physical body, you have your spiritual center…your spirit body if you will…and when you are not putting any focus on it, then it is dormant and lets us experience the dramas of life however our ego plays them out and reacts to them. BUT, if we consciously focus on it…BOOM! Our spiritual power is accessible to us! Now here’s something important to remember…when your intention is based on LOVE, the energy is positive and great things will come of it, but if you access your spiritual power with negative intentions, well, things are only going to get super worse, super quick! Spiritual energy is driven by intention, as I mentioned earlier.

Okay, now that you are imagining this “ball of energy” (for lack of a better way to explain it) within you, picture it growing bigger and brighter until it is filling your entire body. Once you have this image clear in your mind, imagine that light is glowing outwardly all around you. This spiritual light protects you from negative energy. However far you expand it out around you, that’s how far from you the negative energy will withdraw. If this energy is coming from a person (and it usually is), then surround them maninlightwith light too. Now, you can’t overcome another person’s will and make them feel or do things BUT you can dissipate the negative energy between you and they will back off. You see, it’s THEIR choice if they want to continue with their negativity but its YOUR choice not to let it affect you. Their bad energy cannot affect yours if you are “powered up”. Our spiritual energy brings calm to us. It protects us from receiving more harm. Others can’t launch attacks at those who are encased within the protective shield of their spiritual light! They just can’t do it!

If you are in a place where bad energy is going on then quickly imagine your inner light growing bigger, brighter and surrounding you. Once you’ve got that vision in place, expand it out into the space around you and watch the negative energy withdraw! Your spiritual light is REAL despite the fact that you are using your imagination to access it! By FOCUSING on it, you bring it into your conscious awareness, and when you place the INTENTION of protection upon it, then that is exactly what it will do! Intention, as I said…and it’s worth repeating…drives the spiritual force within you! Just understand this: you can’t control others with your light, you can only ensure their negative energy can no longer affect you. Although the chances are they won’t understand why, they’ll take their negative selves and beat a hasty retreat!

Now, this works when negative spirit energy (such as a ghost) is around you as well. Many people write in to tell me that spirits are bothering them and they are scared and want to know what they should do. Well, the first thing they need to do is protect themselves. They need to focus on their inner light and put it to work! The negative entity will retreat from their vicinity and the more they expand their light, the further away it must go! That’s how you stay safe. I know, it sounds too easy. It sounds too simple. But whoever said it had to be hard? Oh yes…that ego of ours! (smile)

After a recent incident where negative energy was lobbied at me and my family, I came to understand that I need to be more aware of myself in the spiritual sense, especially when situations like that occur! I need to remember to work with my “light” instead of trying to return the negative energy with more of the same. This recent experience really opened my eyes to the fact that I have a lot of work to do in this area of my personal development. I’m determined to do better about not getting sucked in to the negativity of others. As soon as I sense it going on…I’m activating that light of mine and dealing with it in a POSITIVE manner. At least, that’s what I am going to strive to do! I know my ego is going to interfere as often as possible but I’m going to keep working at it until I have it mastered! Besides, there’s too many great things happening to give focus to the bad stuff.

My motto is this: All things work out in the end, so if it hasn’t “worked out” then it’s not the end.

To make that motto really work for me, I need to use my light a lot more!

So with that, I’ll end this post. PEACE be with you all! And here’s to that light of yours…let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!sunset

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