“Heavenly” Cigarette Smoke

“Everyone is psychic to some degree, and really successful paranormal investigators even if they do not realize it are using their own psychic ability to sense the environment.”

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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Stuart James-Foy (left) Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Josie Varga and Dean James-Foy

Trust is vital to all relationships. In fact, without trust there can be no relationship. Trust is the basis from which all relationships begin. This includes our relationship with spirit and our ability to communicate with the other side.

Recently, I was invited to participate in a spirit circle with Stuart and Dean James-Foy, two accomplished mediums from England. The event was hosted by leading paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley and psychic medium Karl Petry.

Spirit circles are basically small open or gallery type readings. The psychic medium draws on the collective energy of the group and there is no telling what can happen as I later found out. At the start, we were told to focus on someone we wanted to come through. My mind immediately went to my brother-in-law John.

On September 5, 2017, John passed from lung cancer. He smoked cigarettes and cigars for many years. My sister is really having a tough time and I hoped to bring her a message of comfort from her husband. Suddenly, I began to hear the tune to My Girl by the Temptations in my head.

My brother-in-law loved Motown music and this song always reminds me of him. Once when we were at my brother’s house, John began singing and dancing to My Girl. So while he was on his deathbed, I sang part of the lyrics to him as my sister-in-law joined in. Another time when I was alone with him in the hospital, I hummed the song to him. So it’s easy to see why this song is so significant.

However, as I heard the song in my head that night, I began to doubt what I was hearing. Trust involves believing in something you can’t see and with that often comes uncertainty.

Shortly after this, Stuart and Dean led us through a meditation exercise. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t think I would get anything. However, almost immediately I saw my brother in law. He was sitting on a large rock fishing as I sat next to him. He looked younger, thinner and content. We chatted as he fished always looking straight ahead. He never turned towards me so I never saw his face.

I felt like I was with John a long time but in reality, it could not have been more than a few minutes. When I snapped out of my meditative state, I noticed my husband John looking at me with this odd look on his face. “What happened?” he asked. I looked at him and whispered, “John. John is here.”

At that very same time, Stuart stood up in front of the crowd and asked if anyone had an experience that they wanted to share. The woman sitting directly behind me whom I never met before immediately raised her hand. “I don’t know why,” she told the crowd, “I smell cigarette smoke.”

I let out a loud gasp as the look of complete shock covered my face. My husband stared at me in disbelief. Noticing my reaction, Stuart asked me to tell everyone what was going on.

The week after my brother-in-law passed, I was bringing groceries into the kitchen and clearly sensed cigarette smoke. There were no windows opened as I had the air conditioning on. Also, no one in my household smokes cigarettes.

Clairscent is the ability to smell something associated with your deceased loved one. It can be anything that is associated with them. For instance, you may smell a certain perfume or flower. You can smell a food associated with them or even cigar or cigarette smoke.

I quickly yelled for my daughter Lia to come down the stairs. But by the time she did, the smell was gone. I told Lia, however, about the smell and explained that I felt this was a sign from her Uncle John.

A few days later, Lia told me that she was in the bathroom when the room suddenly filled with the smell of cigarettes. She told me she instantly knew it was her uncle.

Last month, my daughter participated in a parish fundraiser for the homeless. On this night, she slept on the sidewalk outside of our church with her sleeping bag.

The following morning, everyone partook in a mass inside the church. Lia went up to receive Holy Communion and then went back to her pew. She knelt down and closed her eyes as she prayed. As part of her prayers that morning, she spoke to my brother-in-law privately telling him how much she loved and missed him.

As she was talking to her uncle, her friend Meghan (kneeling next to her) tapped her on the shoulder interrupting her thoughts. “Lia,” she said, “Do you smell that? It smells like cigarette smoke.” Of course, there was no one smoking cigarettes inside the church.

Lia smiled knowing her Uncle John was with her and acknowledged his presence. Keep in mind that her friend Meghan did not know about our previous experiences with the scent of cigarette smoke. So why did Meghan smell the cigarette smoke at the exact time that Lia was telepathically speaking to her uncle? Going through Meghan, someone who had no knowledge of what happened, serves as a validation that it was really him.

Getting back to the spirit circle, this marked the fourth time my brother-in-lawpresented himself in this way. Once our loved ones know that we recognize and associate a sign as being from them, they will most often repeat it. As I shared my story that night, the crowd was equally stunned as we all witnessed yet another incredible validation from the spirit world.

My husband later told me that he knew something was going on as he watched me sitting with my eyes closed meditating that night. He said I was making minor movements with my body and would make slight sounds.

Keep in mind that I am not a psychic medium but I have received many incredible signs or what I like to call visits from heaven over the years. But I have to admit that this experience is in my top 10. So can anyone communicate with departed loved ones? Yes, we can. It comes easier to some than others but everyone is born with some level of intuitive ability. Some people develop or fine tune these capabilities and others don’t. However, the opportunity to part the veil is available to everyone.

The spirit world communicates in many ways. Most often they are not as pronounced as the experience I mentioned above but rather subtle. It’s important that we learn to trust what we are given. In Parting the Veil: How to Communicate with the Spirit World, (Visionary Living, Inc./2017) Stuart and Dean James-Foy talk about how all mediums naturally go through a doubting phrase. “You may think, ‘That’s not right,’ or, ‘No, it can’t be’ or ‘Is my mind making this up’? Messages are given for a reason. Trusting them builds trust with spirit.” The book highlights a variety of useful exercises to help people connect with spirit.

Trusting is not always easy, however. Your ego will often be there telling you something different. In my case, for example, I thought hearing My Girl was just wishful thinking. Even though intuitively I knew it was my brother in law, my ego got in the way.

Knowing the difference between the voice of your ego and the voice of your spirit takes practice and trust. But if you’re willing to take the time to listen, I promise you spirit will not disappoint.

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HOW DO YOU KNOW THERE IS AN AFTERLIFE?

“Endings are not always bad. Most times they’re just beginnings in disguise.”

Kim Harrison, Something Deadly This Way Comes

How do you know there is life after death? I’ve done several interviews over the past few weeks promoting my newest book, A Call from Heaven: Personal Accounts of Deathbed Visits, Angelic Visions, and Crossings to the Other Side. During these interviews, I’ve been surprised by the many times I am asked this question.

I’ve been researchinCallfromHeavenCoverg the afterlife for over 10 years now and I’ve just completed a book about deathbed phenomena. So how do I know there is life after death? I know not because of my books or the countless spiritual experiences that I have come across; I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is an afterlife because of my own personal experiences.

The epilogue of my first book, Footprints in the Sand: A Disabled Woman’s Inspiring Journey to Happiness, contains an inspiring e-mail written by my husband’s friend and former boss, Rich, who died during the World Trade Center attacks on September 11.   In it, Rich talks about the passing of his father but more so about the importance of living life to its fullest.  After the completion of the book, Rich came to me in a vivid, lucid dream that would not only forever change my view of the afterlife but would also strengthen my faith in God.

In the dream, I went down this long hallway. I had no idea where I was yet there seemed to be a force pushing me forward as I eventually made my way through a doorway at the end. I walked into this room and looked around seeing a bunch of desks and windows. Although I say, “walked,” it was more like I glided as I do not remember my feet ever touching the ground.  I should also mention here that I actually felt myself moving.  It was as though my soul was out wandering while my body remained in a deep sleep.   All of a sudden, Rich appeared before me.  He was wearing glasses and smiled reassuringly at me as he telepathically communicated, “Josie, thank you for mentioning me in your book.”

It is important to note that I had never met Rich in person when he was alive on this Earth. I had only spoken to him on the phone and knew him through pictures yet I had no doubt that this was my husband’s friend standing before me.  I looked up at him seemingly squinting because it was hard to look straight at him.  The only reason I can give for this is there seemed to be a density or fog about us.  To this day, I don’t know why I said this but I looked at him and said, “Rich, you have to give me proof that this is really you?”  He looked at me with a comforting glance and walked over to a desk picking up a cell phone.  On the cell phone was a picture of him, his wife and his son.

He then spoke to me again saying, “Boston is O.K.” I had no idea what this meant but I understood intuitively that this was a message he wanted me to get to his wife. The next thing I knew I was going through a window and found myself on what seemed like a street.  Rich appeared to be in the bed of this pickup standing behind his wife and son.  He looked at me motioning for me to go and give his family the message. I don’t remember anything much after that except for waking up panting and sweating in a sitting position feeling like something had just hit me in my chest.

I must admit I was scared and confused. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before. Though I could not understand what just happened; I was certain that I had to get this message to his wife.  I was certain that what I had just experienced was real.  It was about 8:00 a.m. and my husband was already at work.  I quickly rushed to call John and told him what had just happened.  His response was nothing that I didn’t expect.  “You’ve got to be kidding me!” he yelled.  “You want me to call Rich’s wife who just lost her husband and tell her that he said, ‘Boston is O.K.’” He was convinced that I had lost my senses.

I persisted telling him that I was certain the experience had been real and not a dream. It was unlike anything that I had ever experienced.  As I would later find out, I had just experienced a form of O.B.E. (out of body experience) known as astral travel. When this occurs, the soul leaves the physical body to travel in its astral body to other dimensions or realms of reality.  My husband listened reluctantly but finally agreed to forward an e-mail written by me explaining what had occurred to Rich’s sister-in-law.  He would ask her to forward the e-mail to Rich’s wife only if she felt it was appropriate.

Shortly after, we were on vacation when my husband received a response from Rich’s sister-in-law on his BlackBerry. In short, she explained that they had a brother in Boston and Rich’s wife was considering moving there.  But having purchased their home just before her husband’s untimely death, she felt guilty.  My husband read this message to himself but did not grasp what the message meant until he read the e-mail aloud to me.

We both looked at each other in complete shock. I never even met his wife let alone knew that she had a brother in Boston.  Now, it all made perfect sense to me.  His words, “Boston is O.K.” was meant to let his wife know that she need not feel guilty about moving.  He was telling her that it was alright with him.

At first, I honestly did not know what to think. So a deceased friend had given me a message in my dreams that had actually been validated.  What next?  What did this mean?  I had no doubt that I had visited with Rich’s spirit and that he was alive and well, but I had difficulty processing this information.   After all I reasoned, if Rich is dead and if he did, in fact, communicate with me, then not only is it confirmation of the existence of an afterlife, but it is also possible for the those on the other side to communicate with the living.

I did not realize it then but this would ultimately lead me on a spiritual quest which would later result in my research followed by my books which highlight various spiritual phenomena including deathbed visits, near-death experiences, angelic encounters and evidential afterlife communication. The more books that I write and the more I delve into these spiritual phenomena, the more I realize that we are so much more than the physical body.  As Edgar Cayce once said, “Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual. Death in the physical is birth in the spiritual.”

So, again, how do I know? I know because a man who was killed in the World Trade Center Attacks of 9/11 came to me with a message for his wife.  The message was later validated by his family shaking me to the core and leading me on my spiritual journey. I have also had many other spiritual experiences since then.

What about those of us who have never had such experiences? This is another question that I’ve discussed on several radio shows in recent weeks.  For those of us who have had such experiences, no proof is necessary.  For those of us who haven’t perhaps no proof will ever be enough.

Skeptics often argue that evidence pertaining to the metaphysical is largely anecdotal or based on personal experience. For this reason, many claim that such evidence is worthless and irrelevant.  As I write in my book, yes, most supernatural evidence is based on personal experience or eyewitness testimony but they are not worthless by any means.  They are, in fact, very noteworthy and significant.

As Albert Einstein once said, “Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world. All knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.”  In other words, all knowledge starts with personal experience.  How can we know that something needs to be studied if we don’t first experience it?

Recently, I received a note from a reader named Kim who had just finished my book, A Call from Heaven. She wrote, “I just finished it! Thank you so much for validating the visits from heaven that I have experienced over the past two years since my husband passed. After reading numerous stories, I would end the chapter saying out loud to myself, ‘It’s all really true!’ Thank you for the peace I am feeling tonight!”

Thank you very much, Kim. Yes, it’s all really true.

A Heavenly Thank You

 “Those who love never truly leave us, Harry.  There are things that death cannot touch.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter

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Figure 1: Josie Varga, Dean Foy, Stuart James & Holly Seeger

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a séance with two English mediums, Stuart James and Dean Foy.  The event was co-sponsored by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert in the paranormal and the author of several best-selling books.

James and Foy went around the room doing gallery-type readings and then a séance followed.  The highlight of the evening for me is what happened at the end.  Rosemary came up to me and told me that Stuart wanted a word with me.

I walked over to him and we found a somewhat private area to chat.  He began the conversation by telling me that he had a personal message for me.  “I have a man who passed on 9/11 with a message for you.  Do you understand this?”

Honestly, I was stunned and thought maybe I had misunderstood so I asked him to repeat himself.  Again, he said, “I have man here who passed on 9/11.  Do you understand this?”

For those of you who may not know, my career writing about spiritual phenomena and my book, Visits from Heaven, began because of a lucid dream I had in which my husband’s friend who passed on 9/11 came to me with a message for his wife.  I had never met Rich or his family yet I knew it was him and the message was later validated by his family.  The experience shook me to the core and changed my life leading me to write my books.

So as Stuart was saying this to me last week I could hardly believe what I was hearing.  I told him, however, that I did understand.  He went on to tell me that this man wanted to thank me and let me know how proud he was of me and everything that I am doing.  “He wants me to remind you that you have been led to do what you are doing.  And he said he is excited about the show.”

I was dumbfounded as I listened.  Truthfully, my encounter with Rich can be found in my books and online.  So the story is public knowledge.  However, these mediums are from England and were not given the names of anyone in attendance prior to the event.

Suddenly, Stuart looked at me and told me to wait there because he had something to show me.  He went over to retrieve his IPad out of his bag and came back over to me as he pulled up a screen.  “Here, look at this,” he told me.    He explained that two weeks prior to the event he had meditated and asked any spirit who had a message for someone who would be in attendance to come forward. He showed me his notes from that day.  His notes read something like, “Man from 9/11 wishes to say thank you.”

I stared at his notes speechless for a few seconds.  He went on to explain that as the other medium (Dean Foy) was speaking, Rich came to him and said, “Don’t forget to tell her that I said thank you.”  Stuart said that Rich then pointed me out to him in the group.  This is how he knew exactly who I was and was able to have Rosemary approach me at the end.

Another highlight of the evening was a message that I received from Dean Foy.  He walked up to about three people seated in a circle and said, “I have a private message for you, you and you.  Please see me afterwards.”  I was one of the three.

Dean told me that he had a message from my spirit guide or angel.  He said, “I’m being told that in July you are going to be faced with a big decision.  You are going to have an opportunity.  I getting the first two weeks of July.  Don’t rush and say, yes; give it some thought first.”

Having heard this, I wondered if this meant that it was not a good thing.  Dean, however, told me that all was good.  He said perhaps I was going to receive a better offer and that’s why I was being told not to rush into things.  He told me that the opportunity would affect me both on a personal and professional level.  He thought it might have something to do with the Visits from Heaven show.

Over the past few years, I have been working with Producer Holly Seeger on a television pilot based on my book, Visits from Heaven.  It has been a long journey but things are finally coming to completion.  So, obviously, I was very happy to hear both Stuart and Dean reference the show.

One interesting thing thseance42at I’d like to mention here is that I wasn’t sure if I could attend the event.  My oldest daughter plays volleyball and this was playoff season.

By the time, I told Rosemary that I could attend, the event had already been sold out.

Figure 2: Joe Redmiles, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Josie Varga & Holly Seeger 

Rosemary, however, graciously called the host for me and my husband and I were able to attend.  So while I might not have been sure if I was going to be able to attend last week, Rich already knew that I would be there.

WHEN DO THEY MOST OFTEN COMMUNICATE?

It takes a great deal of energy for our deceased loved ones to get messages to us in the physical realm.  It is easiest for them to contact us when we are not easily distracted which is one of the reasons why they most often come to us in our dream state.

They also communicate with us during both happy and difficult times.  When they were here on this Earth, they would be there for us.  It is no different now.  They still want to wish us a Happy Birthday or acknowledge a special occasion.  And they still want to be there for us during hard times.   And much like Rich did last week, they will reach out to us with specific messages.

People are always asking me if their loved ones can see them in the shower or having sex.  Can our loved ones see us in the shower?  Yes, they can.  Can our loved ones see us having sex?  Yes, of course, they can.  But they don’t care about those things the way that they did when they were in the flesh.  And they won’t want to or care to violate our privacy.   And if they do happen to see us in the shower, they don’t judge us. It’s just normal human behavior and they understand that.

The thing to remember here is that our deceased loved ones are still very much a part of our lives.  As this surprise message from Rich clearly shows, our deceased loved ones are aware of everything going on in our lives.  And when that day comes when we too shall pass, we will meet again, our love unbroken, as though nothing has changed.

This is not the first time that my husband’s friend Rich has come through to thank me.  While I deeply appreciate his gratitude, I must be honest.  I’m the one who owes him all of my thanks and gratitude.  If it weren’t for his initial visit from heaven, I would certainly not be where I am today.  I have no doubt—as Rich reminded me—that I was led to do what I do.  Truthfully, I don’t know if my work will ever be done but, for now, at least I know it’s started.

WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED A SIGN?

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.  Death cannot kill what never dies.”  William Penn

VisitsHeaven-HROur loved ones are very eager to let us know that they are around after they pass. People always ask me why they haven’t received any signs. But, truthfully, it’s more likely than not that you are receiving visits from heaven or signs and just not noticing them.

Very often, the signs are so subtle that they are overlooked. Oftentimes we are so immersed in grief that we shrug things off as mere coincidence. Let’s be honest, not all signs or dreams are visits from heaven. But if you are not open and alert, you’ll miss them when they really do occur.

So the number one rule is to make sure you pay attention. For example, you hear your loved one’s name three times in one day. You see her name on signs, etc. If you are not paying attention, you may not even notice. Keep a record of anything unusual that happens. Have you been noticing more coins around the house? Have you been smelling a familiar scent?

And if you’re in doubt of whether or not something was a sign, ask your loved one to send you another sign. Talk to them. Ask them.

Also, pay attention to the thoughts that seem to just pop into your head. Since those on the Other Side are in spirit, they communicate telepathically (mind to mind).

Our loved ones are very much aware of what is going on in our lives. They are still with us and want us to know they are around. Often you may just have a feeling that someone is with you. It’s similar to walking down the street and getting that feeling that someone is following you.

Again, our loved ones are very eager to let us know they are around. But if we are immersed in grief and negative emotions, it is often harder for their messages to come through to us.

Try focusing on a positive memory before you go to sleep, for example. Then ask your loved one to come to you in your dreams. In fact, dreams are one of the most common ways that our loved ones come through to us.

My book, Visits from Heaven, is packed with numerous examples of these signs. In fact, every story is backed up by some sort of proof. So try not to doubt what you already know in your heart. Love never dies.

For more information, please visit http://www.josievarga.com.

 

Was Nikola Tesla a Mystic?

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Nikola Tesla

teslaphotoI can remember learning about Thomas Edison when I was in grade school.  At that time, he was heralded as the greatest inventor that ever lived. Now as an adult, I can’t say I still believe that. Croatian-born Nikola Tesla’s accomplishments dwarf even those of Edison.

In 1943, the Supreme Court granted full rights to Tesla for the invention of the radio.  Sadly, it was too late for he died earlier that same year and never received the recognition he so deserved.  He also built the first working alternating current generator.  As a result of his genius, we are today able to take advantage of all the modern conveniences of A.C. (alternating current) electric power, and many others.

Tesla also invented how light can be distributed.  What many don’t realize is that it was Tesla who first used fluorescent bulbs in his lab.  Other inventions include:

*Robotics

*X-rays

*Remote Control

*First Hydroelectric Power Plant

*The Electric Motor

*Wireless Communications

*Laser Technology

*Wireless Free Energy

Yes, that’s right….FREE energy.  At the 1893 World fair in Chicago, Tesla showed how it is possible to wirelessly transmit electricity over long distances.  He claimed that he had discovered a limitless source of energy that could be transmitted without the use of wires.  He built the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, Long Island, as a wireless telecommunications facility and planned to broadcast electrical power.  J.P. Morgan, his financier pulled his funding, however, when he learned he was working on transmitting free energy.  Major businesses stood to lose a lot of money and therefore did not support the idea of providing free power to people.

The US Patent Office has hundreds of patents registered to Nikola Tesla and it is also said that he is responsible for creating many, many more inventions which were never patented.   How is it possible that one man can create so much in just one lifetime (1856-1943)?

Unlike most inventors, Tesla was able to conceive of the entire invention in his mind without any need for experimentation or trial and error testing.  The ideas just came to him as flashes of insight.  When he was young, he worried that he was going crazy.  He went to see several doctors but no one could explain what was happening to him.

Only later did he come to realize that he had a gift that was the basis of all of his inventions.  Below he explains this in an article titled “Making Your Imagination Work for You”:

“During my boyhood I had suffered from a peculiar affliction due to the appearance of images, which were often accompanied by strong flashes of light…. Then I began to take mental excursions beyond the small world of my actual knowledge. Day and night, in imagination, I went on journeys—saw new places, cities, countries, and all the time I tried hard to make these imaginary things very sharp and clear in my mind.

“This I did constantly until I was 17, when my thoughts turned seriously to invention. Then, to my delight, I found I could visualize with the greatest facility. I needed no models, drawings, or experiments. I could picture them all in my head.”

These visions were so real that he sometimes had difficulty distinguishing between what was factual or imaginary. He claimed that he was able to see these visions in holographic detail to the point where he could rotate them and take them apart piece by piece.

These visions were far ahead of his time.  In 1909, for example, Tesla envisioned the modern-day smart phone.  In 2007, researchers were able to transmit power wirelessly seven feet across the room.  Tesla was able to do the same for several miles decades earlier.  To this day, several rumors abound as to how he was able to receive such clear flashes of creativity and intuition.  Some said that he was receiving information from extraterrestrial sources while others believed he was psychic.

Did Tesla receive information from extraterrestrial beings?  Truthfully, no one knows for sure.  We do know, however, that he was one of the first to experiment with electronic voice phenomena (EVP).  In fact, Thomas Edison believed that Tesla had managed to find the correct frequency to allow communication with the spirit world.

Was Tesla psychic or intuitive?  I believe he was.  We are all born with innate intuitive abilities.  Some are able to use this gift better than others.

Tesla was also said to be fascinated with numerology and was especially interested in the number three.  This is considered the number of the divine and elicits wisdom and understanding.  It is considered sacred in various religions.

Perhaps his interest in mysticism stemmed from his near-death experience.  As a young boy, he was swimming in a river and wanted to impress his friends.  His plan was to swim under water and emerge some distance away where his friends could no longer see him.  He swam until he thought he was clear of the dock but hit his head on a beam as he came up to the surface.

As a result, he swam further down but ended up hitting his head once more.  Tired and breathless, he then had an out-of-body experience in which he could see gaps between the boards and realized he could find pockets of air that way.  Luckily, he survived.

Sometime later, he contracted cholera and was bedridden and very weak for nine months.  He later wrote that this was the second time he found himself at death’s door.  Speaking of this experience, he wrote, “What I experienced during the period of that illness surpasses all belief. My sight and hearing were always extraordinary. I could clearly discern objects in the distance when others saw no trace of them. Several times in my boyhood I saved the houses of our neighbors from fire by hearing the faint crackling sounds which did not disturb their sleep, and calling for help.”  (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/tesla/esp_tesla_16a.htm)

Tesla was a visionary far ahead of his time and as a result many of his ideas were not accepted.  He refused to be bitter and commented instead, “The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of a planter—for the future. His duty is to lay foundation of those who are to come and point the way.”

Shortly after his death in 1943, much of his intellectual papers were seized by the U.S. government.  This led to conspiracy theories which still continue to this day.  Some believe his papers contained information about extraterrestrial contact while others say they contained information on advanced weaponry.  Still others believe they contained valuable revelations about Eastern mysticism.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain.  He did not deserve to die broke and alone.  His inventions advanced not only the United States but the entire world into the present day technological era.  We would not be where we are today had it not been for his genius.

Mysterious Voice Was a Visit From Heaven

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Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck and her daughter, Lily.

Yesterday, people across the globe were talking about a young Utah woman who died in a car accident sometime Friday night.  Nothing unusual; unfortunately fatal collisions happen all the time.  However, this one was different.

The mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, was found dead in her car nearly 14 hours later upside down in frigid water. Her 18-month daughter Lily was found unconscious but alive strapped in her car seat.  The fact that the baby was found alive is nothing short of miraculous but the story doesn’t end there.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they say they heard a distinct voice coming from the car. They all heard it and say it did not sound like a child’s voice.  In fact, they said they heard a distinct woman’s voice calling for help.  They even responded back telling the “woman” to hang in there and that they were coming.

However, when they finally managed to turn the car around and get to the woman, they were shocked to find that she was dead. How is this possible?  The media is calling this voice a mystery and unexplainable.  But is it really unexplainable?

This incident is what I refer to as a visit from heaven. These are metaphysical experiences that occur when someone is either contacted directly or indirectly through a third party by someone who is deceased.  I coined the term when writing my book, “Visits from Heaven,” which contains experiences from around the world.  All of the experiences in the book are backed up by some sort of proof.

To give you some background, I wrote the book after my husband’s former boss, Rich, who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, came to me in a vivid dream. I had never met Rich or his family, yet I knew it was him.  Rich came to me with a message for his wife which was later validated.

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Josie Varga, Author of Visits from Heaven & Divine Visits

The entire story is told in my book but to explain it briefly, Rich wanted me to tell his wife that “Boston is OK.” I had no idea what this meant but I was convinced that what I had experienced was real and that I needed to get this message to her.  When I did, I found out that his wife had a brother in Boston and was considering moving there.  But because her home was purchased with her husband before his untimely death, she felt guilty about selling the house and moving.

The message, “Boston is OK,” now made perfect sense. His message was meant to let his wife know that she need not feel guilty about moving as it was alright with him.  I did not realize it at the time but this experience would ultimately lead me on a spiritual quest which would later result in my book, Visits from Heaven, and others.

Having explained this, many people have been asking about my opinion regarding the recent incident in Utah. My opinion is that what happened is not as mysterious or explainable as some might think.  As I have explained many times, our loved ones can and do help us from the Other Side.

My experience with Rich was life-changing and proved to me that communication with the Other Side is beyond a doubt very real. Yes, there is physical death as we don’t have our bodies anymore when we cross over.  However, we are alive in spirit, which is our true essence.  As the great mystic Edgar Cayce once said, “”Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual. Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual.”  In other words, when we die, we go back to the spiritual.

Our deceased loved ones communicate in several ways. For example:

 1. Through vivid dreams. This is the most common form of contact as it is easier for our loved ones to communicate when we are in a relaxed state.

2. Telepathic communication. This means mind to mind communication. We may have a thought suddenly pop into our mind or we may hear a voice. This voice can be heard with our inner ear or outer ear.

As in the case with Groesbeck, the officers and fire fighters heard a voice seemingly coming from the vehicle (outer ear). However, often the voice appears to come from within (inner ear).

3. Physical: These signs occur in a variety of ways. We may witness lights or televisions flickering on and off. We may find pennies and see actual apparitions. Other physical signs include butterflies and dragonflies.

4. Touch and Sensation: We may sense a presence in the room or actually feel a touch.

5. Music: A song may come on a radio. For example, you are thinking of your deceased husband and ask for a sign. Suddenly, your wedding song comes on the radio.

6. Photographic: Often the spirit of our loved ones appear as orbs in photographs. (These orbs are also sometime seen with the naked eye).

7. Synchronicity: These are what many call “Godincidences.” You are thinking of a loved one and all of a sudden you notice that the car in front of you has a license plate with his name on it. Many times what seems like a coincidence is actually a visit from heaven.

8. Third Party Signs: These are signs from a third party, for example, a psychic medium, etc. My experience with Rich, for instance, was a third party sign.

9. Smell: You may smell the cologne that your deceased husband used or if your friend was a smoker, you may suddenly smell cigarettes.

10. Interventions: As in the case with Jennifer Groesbeck, our loved ones often intervene to help us here on Earth.

According to a report by ABC News Reporter Susanna Kim, Spanish Fork Police officer Lt. Matt Johnson said the police don’t believe the voice came from Groesbeck. The report also noted that Johnson told ABC News, “Due to the trauma she sustained, we suspect she was deceased upon impact. I don’t believe she survived the impact of the car crash. There was massive trauma.”

In other words, they don’t believe the voice could have come from Lily’s mother because she was deceased and that is “not” possible. Only it is possible. Our loved ones do and can communicate with us from beyond. My book, Visits from Heaven, and many other books contain validated accounts proving just that. I also have a popular group on Facebook (Visits from Heaven) in which thousands have shared their experiences.

Again, this event is not as unexplainable as some may think. This was a visit from heaven or afterlife communication in which a deceased mother was able to help her daughter.  When we die, we merely change form and are very much alive.  As Edgar Cayce once said, “Death is only passing through God’s other door.”

My heart-felt condolences go out to the family and friends of Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck. May they find comfort in the knowledge that love never dies.  In fact, nothing is stronger than love, not even death.

For more information about Josie Varga or to contact the author, please visit www.josievarga.com.

1111: What Does It All Mean?

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“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are a great deal of numerical synchronicities taking place in the universe these days.  In particular, people across the globe are becoming more and more aware of the 11:11 phenomenon.  Considered one the most powerful numbers in the universe, this is said to signify that you are being reminded of your soul’s purpose and our connection to the Divine or our higher self.

I have heard many explanations for this over the years and have written about it myself on many occasions. It is said that when we see this number repeatedly our angels and spirit guides are trying to connect with us.  It is a reminder to trust our intuition and the signs that we are given.

Over the past three months, I have repeatedly noticed 11:11 or 1:11.  In fact, as if that weren’t enough, my family and friends are noticing it as well.  Recently, my husband John told me he kept glancing at the clock at 11:11 or 1:11 and couldn’t figure out what was going on.  Then shortly before Christmas of last year, John was in the checkout line in the cafeteria at work waiting to pay for his coffee.  He has bought coffee there numerous times and the cost is $1.12.  Yet on this day, the sales clerk rang up the coffee wrong.  She entered in 11:11.  She apologized to my husband and went to re-ring the coffee up but she couldn’t.

Her register tape ran out and she had to add new paper to the machine.  The whole time my husband is staring at the numbers 11:11 on the register thinking, “OH MY GOD!”  He told me that he wanted to take a picture of it but didn’t.

It hasn’t stopped.  My two daughters frequently yell out, “Hey Mom, it is 11:11 p.m.”  My good friend Vanessa started noticing that either she would receive a text from me or she would happen to send me a text and notice that it read 11:11 or 1:11.  She often takes screen shots of her phone and sends them to me as a confirmation.  The photo above with this blog is just one example.

As I write this, we are in the midst of a snow storm so my husband is currently working from home.  Earlier today I walked over to him to tell him something.  He happened to glance at his watch.  Yet again, it was 11:11 a.m.

John just looked at me smiling saying, “There you go again.”  But the truth is I didn’t do anything.  It wasn’t me at all.  Our angels and spirit guides are always with us helping us and nudging us to make sure we are following our life’s purpose.

I know that many of you who are reading this may be thinking this is all just a matter of coincidence.  But is it?  One night my daughter Lia fell asleep on the sofa while we were watching television.  Suddenly she startled me when she woke up from a seemingly sound sleep pointing at the clock on the DVD player and saying, “Hey Mom, Look.  11:11, Mom!  11:11.” She then closed her eyes and went back to sleep.

I was so stunned by her words.  I mean there she was sleeping and then the first words out of her mouth when she woke up were, “Hey Mom, Look. 11:11?” Where did that come from?  The very next day, I received a hang up on my answering machine.  The time?  You guessed it: 11:11 a.m.

So what does all this all mean?  There are so many different explanations and interpretations out there.  For example:

*11:11 is a gateway to our higher awareness.  It is said to be a doorway to another dimension or an awakening code.

*The number 1 signifies that new beginnings and adventures are about to take form.

*It is a reminder to be aware of your thoughts as they are manifesting around you.

*It is a message not to fear and doubt what is happening in your life.

*You are being told to trust your intuition or that little voice within and to have faith in the Divine.

*It is a reminder of our connection to the universe and Oneness.  We are being called to remember that we a spiritual beings having a human experience.

*Some say it is a message from the angels and your guides letting you know that you are exactly where you need to be and that everything is in perfect alignment.

Which is it?  Truthfully, all are correct.  We need to pay attention to what is going on in our lives at the time that we receive these angelic messages.  Listen to that inner voice and follow the guidance that you are given. It’s meant for you so only you can know the true meaning.

I know this is not always easy. Personally, I think my intuition is telling me to trust more.  You see every night as part of my prayers, I say, “Help me to do what I am meant to be doing.”  Yet there is always a minute part of me that doubts what I’m doing, that wonders if I’m really where I need to be in life.  I’m wondering if I’m doing enough.

On a soul level, I have no doubt that I was meant to write my books.  I have received so many validations showing me that I was guided to do so.  I don’t doubt this at all.  Yet, I have been so impatient lately.  I have been so overwhelmed.  I get so many letters and emails from people asking for my help or my advice and sometimes I feel like I just can’t do it all.

But just maybe I’m not supposed to try and help the entire world.  Maybe I’m supposed to help as many people as I can.  Maybe, just maybe, that’s enough.  Personally, I believe I’m being reminded to trust the signs that I’m being given.  I’m being reminded to have faith in both God and myself.  I’m being told that I’m on the right path.

What does 11:11 mean to you?  Matthew 7 states, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   Ask and trust what you are given.