Everybody is afraid of death.
Before the popularization of Mediumship, the majority of people believed that once we die, we disappear forever.
In past times, before the science of Clinical Medicine was not developed enough, death was very common, at an early age. Epidemics and pandemics were responsible for millions of deaths around the world; The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, the Black Plague, or simply the Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351. Survival, in human species, was difficult. Also during the war, death had become a banality. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was around 40 million. There were 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 10 million civilians. In World War II, an estimated total 70 – 85 million people perished (according to Wikipedia).
Although, apparently, humans enjoy killing each other, everyone is still afraid of dying. Difficult diseases like Cancer, heart disease, Tuberculosis or AIDS, besides the prospect of taking one’s life, come also with the prognosis of pain and suffering. But besides the suffering, it is death that scares the most. It is death that serves as an attraction for Hollywood scary movies like “Friday the 13th”, “The Chainsaw Massacre”, “Nightmare on Elm Street” of for Stephen Kings’ books.
If we are so afraid of dying, why do we go and watch movies like this? It is the mystery and curiosity that moves humans and the movies reassure the public that the drama is just a fantasy. But it is really?
As we all know, the world wars were real, crime is rampant and terminal diseases still exist. So, is that by watching crime/war movies that we are going to get used to the idea of dying? Is it making our reality more violent and death scarier?
Dr Raymond Moody
Fortunately, since 1965, Dr Raymond Moody, a psychologist, has been researching patients who had been dead for some minutes and came back. He put all together in a book called “Life after Life” in 1975. After the success of his first book, he launched a second book with more accounts of death: “Reflections on Life after Life”. In these books, people who do not know each other relate their experience after they died. It is interesting to note that the experiences are similar in many details like there is a presence of a very loving being, white light, tunnel feeling, etc… There is neither suffering nor sadness.
Attempts to communicate with the dead and other living human beings, aka spirits, have been documented back to early human history. The story of the Witch of Endor tells of one who raised the spirit of the deceased prophet Samuel to allow the Hebrew king Saul to question his former mentor about an upcoming battle, as related in the Books of Samuel in the Jewish Tanakh (the basis of the Old Testament).
Mediumship became quite popular in the 19th-century United States and the United Kingdom after the rise of Spiritualism as a religious movement. Modern Spiritualism is said to date from practices and lectures of the Fox sisters in New York State in 1848. The trance mediums Paschal Beverly Randolph and Emma Hardinge Britten were among the most celebrated lecturers and authors on the subject in the mid-19th century. Allan Kardec coined the term Spiritism around 1860. Kardec claimed that conversations with spirits by selected mediums were the basis of his The Spirits’ Book and later, his five-book collection, Spiritist Codification.
Some scientists of the period who investigated spiritualism also became converts. They included chemist Robert Hare, physicist William Crookes (1832–1919) and evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913). Nobel laureate Pierre Curie took a very serious scientific interest in the work of medium Eusapia Palladino. Other prominent adherents included journalist and pacifist William T. Stead (1849–1912) and physician and author Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930).
Many mediums have already communicated with the dead, just to find out about reincarnation (supported also by many religions and antique philosophies) and life after death. Australian medium Barry Eaton starts his book with Kahlil Gibran’s (Lebanese-American writer) quote: “When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life”. In his book “no Goodbyes” he shares with us the conversations with many spirits of people he knew or not.
As usual, humans ask humans for clarification. Penelope Smith was the first Animal Communicator to start speaking to Animals in spirit(animals who are dead).
“Communicating with animals telepathically throughout her life, Penelope Smith discovered in 1971 that animals could be relieved of emotional traumas and other problems through the same counseling techniques that helped humans. The training and experience that have contributed to her success are her educational background, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the social sciences; years of training and experience in human counseling, nutrition, and holistic body energy balancing methods; research into animal nutrition, anatomy, behavior, and care; plus the firsthand education from the thousands of animals she has contacted.” Says her website, animal talk.net.
In 1991, she made an audio recording called: “Animal Death: A spiritual journey”, years later, she published her book: “Animals in Spirit” in which she explained the unique view animals have in dying/passing , their greater capacity of ESP and remembering past lives, like some children do.
Penelope and my teacher Anna Breytenbach know and explain to their students that: humans in tribal societies, who live inside of nature and revere the earth and its cycles usually, accept death as part of the life. Animals and plants also accept death as part of their lives.
One of the great joys of Animal Communication is being able to re-establish a communication with a passed beloved animal. Animals come into our lives for a specific reason; their mission in life is linked to us. I think the biggest example of that, was what happened to JoAnn, from the USA. She related her beautiful story about her two dogs that had passed, Blue (passed in 2011) and Maizey (passed in 2008). Her story happens on the 22nd of October 2013. I will let her tell her story:
It’s 12:21am and I’m reading in bed.
Blue comes bouncing into my room, with Maizey waddling behind her. Blue was very excited; insistent that I get up and go into the other room. I reached down to pet her. I was so excited to see them. As I got up, I knew…it was about Smiley. (My cockatiel he was 2 months old when the dogs were puppies. They all grew up together)
It was night time and I didn’t want to scare Smiley.
I got up anyway. I just knew.
I went to the foyer and quietly peeked around the doorframe of the study.
He wasn’t on the perch he had been sitting on for the last two days. I quietly walked up to his cage.
He was lying by the door on the bottom of the cage.
I thought he was already gone.
I turned on the small lamp. He was awake and slowly breathing. So, I went and got a towel, picked him up and wrapped him in it for warmth.
For the next hour, we sat together as he slowly died.
I petted his head and told him to go find Blue. She was waiting for him. That it was okay.
He seemed to like me softly stroking his head.
It seemed to comfort him.
Towards the end of the hour,
He opened his eyes and looked at me,
made a little peeping sound, and left.
As much as it hurt to see him go,
It was what I wanted for him…to not be alone, to feel warmth and love in his last moments. To know that I was there with him.
If the girls hadn’t come to get me, he would have died alone on the floor of his cage in the dark.
Instead, I was able to spend Smiley’s last hour on earth loving him and bringing him the calm comfort he had given me so many times before.
I have never experienced anything like this. It has changed my view of “death” dramatically.
I know with every fiber of my being that my girls came back for their little friend – so he wasn’t alone & to let me hold him in his final moments, the way I held them.”
Animals teach us many things, animals teach us everything.
Thank you JoAnn L. , for your beautiful story and marvelous way to tell it.
Thank you Katalin E. C. for the photos of Rosie visiting Crosby
“Life after life” Raymond A. Moody, Jr, M.D.
“No Goodbyes” Barry Eaton
“Animals in spirit” Penelope Smith