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(UBC) Day 27: Book Review: AfterLife: Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death

By Lisa Wechtenhiser

As promised yesterday, here’s a review I did for the spring edition of Pathways Magazine. I love reading books about what goes on after we leave our physical body and this one definitely gave me lots to think about.

afterlife book coverI’ve reviewed a few books that have to do with life after death, a topic I find fascinating. Most authors usually find their way toward that subject through personal experience of having lost a loved one.

“Afterlife: Uncovering the secrets of life after death” is no exception. Losing his wife of just four years to a heart and lung condition, Eaton was devastated and sought to find a way to re-connect with her on the other side.

“My earlier fear of death now turned into a desperate need to be with Judy. If I could have walked through a door and joined her I would gladly have done so, but it wasn’t to be. Little did I realize that Judy’s death was to be the re-awakening of my connection with the world of spirit.”

Clearly, he’s not a novice at working with spirit and this book digs deep into the questions many of us would like to know. For example, there’s a whole chapter on whether or not sex (as we know it) exists in the afterworld. (Short answer: yes. Longer answer: not quite the same way we experience it here in the physical – it’s called “melding” over there and according to what Eaton’s learned, it’s pretty damn spectacular.)

Perhaps you want to know other answers such as whether suicide is punished or if we’re being watched from afar or what it’s like inside “the healing centre” (where souls go to reflect on the events in their physical life before they move on to the next plane of existence) – all answered in a way that satiates curiosity and begins deeper, inner work.

In the chapter on Soul families and Soul mates, I found this interesting gem:

“We do not incarnate with our full spirit energy, which may surprise a lot of people. We are able to choose how much of our energy we wish to take into each life. This means there is always a small but significant part of ourselves remaining in the spirit world. This is often referred to as ‘the higher self’. So when we are reunited with our soul family, there will be those who are there in full energy, while some will be there at a much lower energetic level. However, in effect, we do recommend with the entire group.”

Isn’t that fascinating? Eaton says that a small part of our soul remains with our soul group and we have the ability (when working with and through the higher self) to bring through the wisdom that is available at that level. Why would you NOT want to have access to that?

In this book I found things I already knew (and his words validated that knowing), things I didn’t know (so I added it to my mental storehouse of nifty stuff about the afterlife) and things I have to ponder on to see if they truly resonate with me. To my ever-curious mind, books with that much meat are priceless. This is one to savor, bit by bit and really check in with yourself and see what it stirs up. It could very well be the start of a whole new path for you!

Barry Eaton is an Australian radio and television personality and currently hosts an internet program called “RadioOutThere.com

Podcast #23: Who is YOUR mirror? Why we sometimes react so strongly to others

If you’ve had a strong emotional reaction to something that’s hella out of proportion to whatever it is, you can bet cash money that it’s pinging something inside you that needs to surface.

We are all mirrors for each other – for better or worse. Mostly, it’s all just lessons. (I know! Isn’t every dag thing a lesson???)

Today’s podcast sheds some light on those mirrors and what to do about it when they show you a side you don’t like.

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Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain

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Am I your mirror? Are you mine?

Hi everyone and welcome to the weekly Practically Intuitive podcast. This is Lisa and this is my podcast about matters intuitive, spiritual and whatever rolls around in my head. If there’s a topic you’d like to know more about, please let me know either by email or leave a comment on this post over at PracticallyIntuitive.com. I’d love to answer your questions!

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So, what are we talking about today?

I am the metaphysical book reviewer for Pathways Magazine and I get sent a lot of books for possible review. It’s almost like a dream come true for me! More books and free ones at that! I recently received a 25th anniversary edition of “Living in the Light” by Shakti Gawain. Have you heard of it? I remember buying it many years ago but don’t recall reading it. (I think my addiction is to buying books and not always reading said books. But I digress.)

Anyway, I paged through it to get a feel for whether it’s something I want to review for the next edition and found a lot of good, relevant information on living intuitively. The more I read it, the more it resonated with me. It’s a really good book with lots of practical exercises and grounded information. I highly recommed it!

What piqued my interest and what I’m talking about today is something from that very book. Learning to view the world as your mirror. Think of everything you like and enjoy about your life right now. You created these things. They are your mirrors.

Other people in your life? Also your mirrors. Gawain says this: “If you are emotionally triggered by something a person does, the two of you are probably mirrors for each other. It may appear that you have opposing viewpoints, but internally you are probably similar. One of you is acting out one side of the internal conflict while the other plays out the other side.”

You just know I have a true-life example of this don’t you?? Ah, you all know me too well.

Once upon a time, I worked in an office next to a really nice woman. Usually, we got along fine. But she had this really deferential thing going on around the men in our office. As if they were always the authority figure or something even when they weren’t her direct supervisor. She’d go into subservient mode around them. I half expected to see her bowing and scraping as they walked by! And this was someone who knew the business inside and out and could dance circles around them knowledge-wise. It drove me nuts to see her do this.

Even before reading Shakti’s book, I knew that this was all about me and not so much about her. I mean, really, what does it matter to me in the scheme of things if she wanted to be so deferential? How was that impacting my life? It wasn’t.

So, it really must be about what it’s stirring up for me. Where in my life was I giving away my power? To whom was I being deferential? Was there room for me to make some changes?

I really did some soul-searching about it and made some small steps toward standing in my own power wherever it was needed. That was a good look in the mirror for me.

Another example of this concept was a co-worker who came and went all day as she pleased without consequence. I managed to work myself up into such a frenzy about it that I had to leave work early one day, I was just that angry.

Again, her doing that had little or no impact on me so why the full-blown meltdown? It was all a reflection of how I was feeling so imprisoned in my job and was angry about having to be there and be the one who cannot come and go at will.

When you experience an emotional reaction that feels really out of balance to what is happening, it’s almost a sure bet that it’s your shadow side poking at you, screaming to be heard. My shadow side reacts loudly to loss of power (in the first case) and being tied down (in the second) and let me know it. Big time.

By looking at these things as a reflection of what was being pinged inside me, I was able to bring them to the surface and get them out. The one where I felt like I was in prison? That was a lot of work unearthing and releasing. It was pretty deep and actually from previous lifetimes. Since it came screaming to the surface, I was ready to acknowledge and release it. So, I did.

Now? She still comes and goes and every now and again it pokes me but not like it did before. And when it does, I try to do something that makes me feel freer and not so tied down. I pay attention to those kinds of mirrors and know that it’s all about what’s going on inside me.

Are there situations in your life where the emotional response is out of balance to what’s really going on? I would invite you to write about it (or talk into a recorder if writing isn’t your thing) so that you can process and release it. If it’s showing up in a big way, it’s time to look at it and work through the ick so you can move forward. What’s that saying “What you resist, persists?” – so true. Until you pay attention and process what’s being shown to you, it will keep coming back like a cosmic 2 x 4 in bigger and bigger ways.

I’ll close this week’s podcast with the exercise from the book “Living in the Light” by Shakti Gawain:


Thanks, as always, for listening. This is Lisa from PracticallyIntuitive.com – have a wonderful “looking in the mirror” filled week! Bye for now!

Psychic Awakening- Reviewing Anna Sayce’s Course

Psychic But Sane” – that’s an attention-grabbing website name, isn’t it? I’m sure there are lots of people out there who wonder if psychics are sane. After all, when someone just “knows something” but can’t always tell you specifically how they know that thing, it’s normal to wonder what’s going on.

Regular readers of Practically Intuitive know that sanity is not in short supply here (it’s not, right?) and that’s also the case over at Anna Conlan’s site “Psychic But Sane”. What you’ll find there is a wealth of information, ideas and suggestions on how to develop your psychic ability. Anna believes, as I do, that we all have this skill. It’s just a matter of tuning in and listening.

I mention this as an introduction to my review of Anna’s course called “Psychic Awakening”. Anna and I share a few teachers so I wasn’t at all surprised to find her work resonates strongly with mine. And knowing that we share similar philosophies, I thought it might be fun to give my readers a look into her course.

As a natural researcher and a life-long student, I have an unquenchable thirst for knowing all about things that pique my interest. So when I say I’ve read a lot of material on learning how to work with your intuitive and psychic skills, Guides in Spirit and higher self, you know I’ve done my homework.

The Verdict

Psychic Awakening”, a course that aspires to teach you how to wake up your psychic abilities is a gem.

Truly, it is.

And here’s why:

Anna has the rare ability to teach on several different levels so no matter what your skill set or training, your time is well spent.

Have you ever been in a class where the teacher presents the material on just one level and either it’s way over your head or you are bored to tears? It’s a very unusual talent to be able to write and teach in a way so that all who listen feel that they learned something. That’s how I felt with this course. I wasn’t bored with it even though it’s information I’ve read in many other places. That’s when you know you’ve run into a great teacher.

This is a course that grows with you – wherever it is you are starting from. I learned some really cool exercises to strengthen my skills and practiced them with exceptional results. The entire course is very readable, well-structured and organized which assists in building confidence in the new found skills.

The Details

The course consists of a well-organized PDF document, broken down into three distinct sections:

** First: laying the groundwork for connecting with your higher self and spirit guides.

** Next: techniques to communicate with your spirit guides and higher self

** Finally: practicing these techniques to gain confidence

In addition to the written materials, Anna provides 13 MP3 tracks that reflect the written material adding things here and there such as meditations. (BTW, she has the most lovely accent and it’s easy to float along listening to her voice and the high vibration.) Each chapter consists of information, often a bit of Anna’s personal experience with it and exercises for you to integrate what you’ve just learned. While there’s a lot of information, it’s not overwhelming. I read a chapter at a time and let it digest a bit before moving to the exercises. There’s a nice, peaceful flow to the material.

Who would benefit from this course

While I’d like to say that just about anyone would benefit from Anna’s course, I am reminded of my husband who would consider it torture to learn about this. (He’s happy in his fantasy football league world.) So, I’d narrow down the list to those who are just learning about psychic abilities and wondering what theirs might be as well as those who have a sincere desire to take their present skills to another level. As I said earlier, it’s a course that grows with you. Here I am, with over ten years in the intuitive skills arena and a practitioner myself and I learned some new techniques from it.

If you’re at all intrigued by this course, pop on over to Psychic But Sane and read more about it. She’s put a lot of work into this and it shows. (And really, it’s amazingly priced so just about anyone can afford it. It’s an immediate download of PDF and MP3s so you can get to work right away.)

Anna’s tagline for the course is: “The Most Complete Course You’ll Find on the Internet for Developing Your Psychic Abilities” and I agree 100%.