Love is the vital core of the soul. And of all you see, only love is infinite.” Rumi
Celine Dion lost her husband Rene Angelil to cancer in January 2016. Since then, she has publicly stated that she can still feel his presence, still talks to him and can even hear him at times. I recently read an article which noted that her remarks often prompted ridicule and referred to these experiences as bereavement hallucinations.
It went on to explain that between 30 and 60 percent of the grieving experience such hallucinations. While I agree that the grieving have such experiences, they are not hallucinatory. These visits from heaven or afterlife experiences are real. The first year of death, it is reported that the bereaved are 75 percent more likely to receive a sign from their loved one. In fact, another recent study reported that 80 percent believe in the afterlife or heaven.
I would love the opportunity to sit down and talk to Celine Dion because I would certainly tell her that she is not hallucinating. It is possible to hear those on the other side and what’s more, they can hear us.
Just last night I spoke to my sister’s friend who lost her husband 18 years ago. The subject turned to my books and I asked her if she believed in spiritual phenomena. She went on to tell me that she has often sensed her husband’s presence and will never forget one night in particular.
“After my husband passed,” she told me, “I would often pray for protection since I was living alone. One night I was sleeping and clearly heard in my head, ‘Get up. Turn on the lights.’ I was startled at first but just stayed in bed and brushed it off. I then heard it again, ‘Get up.’ At that point, I wondered what was going on but still did not get out of bed.
“Then suddenly, I heard very loudly in my head, ‘GET UP. TURN ON THE LIGHTS.’ I then quickly jumped out of bed and started turning on all of the lights in the house.”
She went on to tell me that nothing happened after that but she hadn’t sensed that it was her husband. We spent some time talking about the experience and I reminded her that she had said that she prayed for protection around the house. As she told me the story, I sensed that the source of the voice was an angel or spirit guide. There had to be a reason for this sudden warning. Since she explained to me that her home is in a secluded area, I told her that there may have been someone on her property and turning on the lights scared them away. Of course, there is no way to know for sure.
Many have come to me with their experiences over the years. In one case, a woman had recently lost her husband and was sleeping. She suddenly clearly heard her deceased husband’s voice telling her to close the garage door.
She had no idea what to make of it at first because in her mind her garage door was already closed. Feeling her husband’s presence, however, and certain that she had heard his voice, she got out of bed to investigate. Lo and behold, the garage door was wide open. An intruder could have walked right into the house.
So, again, these so-called bereavement hallucinations are not illusions or fantasies. While I cannot say that every afterlife experience is real, I will say that many if not most are. The two experiences I mentioned above are known as clairaudience (clear hearing) which basically means the ability to hear spirit, intuitive information or those in the higher realms, such as your loved ones.
I have received many messages in this way over the years which I have always found so fascinating. As many of you already know, I have had bilateral hearing loss since birth. Recently I paid a visit to an audiologist who fitted me with digital hearing aids. When I put them in my ears, I was completely confused because I was hearing sounds I had never heard before. Even the sound of my own voice was different.
Having said this, can you imagine what it’s like for me to get messages from spirit clairaudiently and have no doubt whatsoever in what I am hearing? Whenever I receive messages from spirit, I hear it so clearly despite my hearing impairment.
The question that I often get is what exactly does this sound like? Most of the time it sounds like your own voice. In other words, you hear it internally as if you’re thinking to yourself. This is also known as telepathic communicating and is most often soft and subtle. Our loved ones and others in spirit form do not want scare us. However, in the case of warnings like those mentioned, it can be strong and blatant.
Although hearing with your inner ear is more common, it is also possible to hear a loved one’s actual voice with our outer ear. For example, I was once told a story about a woman who lost her husband. A few hours after his death, she heard her husband’s voice as though he was standing right next to her telling her to check his coat pocket. The voice was very clear and she did as she was told.
She soon discovered that there was money in her husband’s coat pocket. Apparently, he had gone to the bank that morning to withdraw cash and wanted to make sure his wife knew where the money was. Again, she heard his actual voice.
If you are anxious to hear from your loved one, put the intention out there. Talk to them and let them know that you want a sign from them. Keep in mind, however, that you will not hear anything if you are not truly listening. I’ve found, for example, that I am most apt to hear spirit when I am more relaxed and not trying to do a million things at once. Remember, three simple steps:
*Ask/Set the Intention
*Quiet Your Mind
*Be Open and Listen
Last night as we were discussing my research and my books, I told my sister’s friend how difficult it was for me in the beginning. I explained that I was often ridiculed by my family, friends and colleagues. In response, she looked at me and asked, “How were able to get passed all of that and still do what you do?”
I wasted no time with my response, “Because I know what I experienced was real.”