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It’s happened a couple of times before and resulted in interesting changes in my life.
What am I talking about? Well, a few nights ago I was sleeping peacefully. when I was woken up. Not an unusual event. But I lay in bed for a few minutes trying to get settled. It didn’t happen and I found myself in a semi awake state sitting up in bed. Some more moments later I visited the rest-room and then as I walked back towards my bed, I said to myself…”the bed is in the wrong place.”
The words just popped into my mind and before I could even seriously acknowledge them I was pushing the bed towards the far side of the room.
That was how it started. After shifting the bed I move on to other bits of furniture. Even puffing and panting with a massive wardrobe.
I don’t know how long it took me but when I awoke the room had had several transformations and gave me a start for a moment when I first looked around. Where the heck am I?
Presuming that I had acted on some energetic impulse (intuition) I dug out my dowsing rods and began to investigate…
- Was there a reason as to why I had moved the furnishings? YES
- Was I being informed by some external agency? NO
- Was it my intuition? YES
- Was the change due to external factors? YES.
- Was it because we were moving into Spring/Summer? YES
- I felt that there was something more than this so I asked whether it was to do with me too? YES
- I asked whether there was any benefit to the room being in this new configuration? YES
- What was it? Alas a futile question for dowsing rods. So I wondered whether the room was in now in alignment with my energies? NO
- That was a surprise. I would have thought, if anything, that the energies would now be aligned to me. It made me sit and think about it some more.
- If not aligned to me, them maybe helping me align to something else? Was that it? Was the energy of the room being a template for me to align to? YES
- Aha…interesting. And where the energies in the room aligned to this time of the year? YES
- I was on to a winner here…So, was I being aligned to the energies of this time of the year? YES.
Jackpot! Of course we are left with the why’s and wherefores but it seems that my inner being has plans for me. Or is it my energetic double? The thought occurred to me just as I had dropped the rods. I grabbed them again and queried…
- Was the nudge to change my environment from my Energy Double? NO.
Again another surprise. Definitely something worth thinking about…From whence had the nudge come?
This is one of those headlines that lead you to think “Is that really talking about what I think it is?” What’s Spirit got to do with the sound barrier? It’s not what you think. What I’m talking about is a magical incident that occurred while I was at Psychic Mike’s house recently.
I was sat with a group of psychics, discussing the world and its ways, when suddenly I because aware of what can only be described as a “whoosh” – something travelling quickly through the bottom of my eye line, and then it “bumped” against a wooden cabinet before disappearing out of a joint between two windows.
I say “disappear” but actually I didn’t see anything at all – no physical form. I only sensed something moving quickly, and then heard a corresponding thump as it touched the wooden cabinet.
I was sitting opposite one of the assembled psychics, and saw that out of the corner of my eye she had also been following the movement of this energy at the same time as I was. As it disappeared she looked at me and asked, “Did you see that too? And did you hear it?” I confirmed that I heard the bump, but she qualified her question, “No, I meant the chatter that went on before that?“. I had to confess I hadn’t heard that, but we compared notes about what we had seen and everything tallied, including the exact point where the energy had exited.
Nothing more was said until much later when there was only Mike and myself left in the house. As we were sat eating at his table I was “pulled” to look at the corner exit point where the energy had departed. Something felt “wrong” about it. Like there was a gap there. An emptiness. The spirit or energy, whatever it was, had exited the house through the subtle energy field that Mike has within his home. By doing so it has left a hole, a gap, in the otherwise sound barrier of energy, leaving it “unsound”!
I asked Mike to concentrate his attention on that point and “see” if he could detect anything. “A void” he said, “There’s a void or a vacuum there.” Well, that confirmed things. “I’d like to sort that out,” he said, “because you never know what might come in to replace that void.”
He stepped into the kitchen and I inspected the invisible gap in the invisible energy field. As I could “see” what the gap looked like and felt I had the energy to sort it out I did some “knitting”. I gathered opposite poles of male and female energies in either hand and then knitted the energy back together using my new energy threads. Once the knitting was finished I used both hands to smooth out the joins so that it was all back in one smooth wall of energy, as it must have originally been. The former gap throbbed and pulsed like a newly-healed wound. I sat back down.
Mike returned from the kitchen and looked over at the corner. “Oh! You’ve fixed it!” he said. There’s no fooling him, and I confessed that I had been working on it. “Well,” he continued, “You’ve got some amazing healing energies in there and the colours are spectacular!” He’s one step beyond my ‘sight’ – I couldn’t see any colours, but I was intrigued that he could detect the weave of luminous threads, which he described as though they were iridescent. We sat down and continued our conversation but Mike began to get distracted. “I’m sorry, ” he said when I spotted his eyes drifting away, “But there’s some sort of angelic being in the corner, attracted by the colours of that energy you made.”
Now, how does one react to information like that? At first I was irked. If there was some sort of angelic being in the upper corner of the room behind me then surely I would sense it? I switched on my dowsing senses and felt for anything nearby. Sure enough I got a warm feeling in the direction he had indicated, but I wasn’t prepared to say anything like “angelic” at this stage.
Three things could have happened, I thought:-
- There was nothing there, but when Mike suggested there was I created something in my imagination through his suggestive powers
- I didn’t have sufficient powers to detect energy forms of this kind without being directed towards them, or
- Such energy forms have the ability to avoid detection unless they decide they want to be seen
Yet, when I tried to move my eyes towards it – I couldn’t! It was like I didn’t have enough….courage, or purity, or something…..to be able to look at it. Like the stories of old I was averting my gaze from it! In the very edges of my perception I felt wings unfolding, but that could have been my imagination. I looked at Mike and noticed that he wasn’t looking directly at the energy form either, but there was a gentle curiosity and a slight expression of awe in his face.
Just then a car pulled up outside and Mike jumped up. It was a young psychic friend of ours whose natural talents were a constant surprise to both us and him. He came in and began a mundane conversation about his day’s travel, completely unaware of our very recent encounter with something special. The feeling beside and above me was receding, but while it was still present Mike asked the young lad to turn his attention to that corner of the room in question.
- What did he see where the windows met? “A fountain” Made of what? “Light.”
- What did he see if he cast his mind back into the recent past at that spot? “A well.”
- And what about in the upper corner of the room? “There’s a being there.”
His rustic matter-of-fact responses were done with an air of one who delivers such information routinely. His answers directly corresponded to our recent experiences, and all without any form of introduction to that situation! He’s a natural. We explained what had happened and then all agreed that something mysterious and magical had occurred. I don’t know what to make of the “angelic” appearance, but I intend to do more experimentation with this healing energy that I’m producing! Let’s see if it ever attracts such beings again!
Judy Hall – one of the foremost active authors on crystal working, has a new book out: Life-Changing Crystals. I was interested enough to consider whether the information that she was giving out in her book had general relevance – could anyone and everyone find the same uses for these crystals?
I dowsed each of the crystals she presents in the pages that can be viewed in Amazon’s preview, where she described the type of crystal and its properties. I asked the question “Would the stated energetic qualities of this crystal work for me?“. In every single case with one exception the answer was “No”. The one exception was Malachite, which apparently I can use for “stepping into my power”, whatever that means, I guess I’d have to buy the book to find out.
Given that the other crystals had no correspondence with me I am not going to buy that book (although I did buy her book about crystal working at sacred sites – it was too enticing not to!).
So, what is the principle at work here? It’s not that crystals generally have properties and energetic uses that everyone can agree upon. It’s much more the case that crystals have properties that resonate with individual energy fields in very personal ways. You have to find out for yourself which crystals you can work with, and to what purposes they can be put. How do you do this? Who am I, Judy Hall?
I have a couple of methods. They are:-
- I shop for crystals in places where the energy feels good generally, and I feel like the crystals are powerful. Then I ask to be shown a crystal that I can use for a specific purpose. I am usually led to see or feel one that I can use.
- I buy crystals that feel powerful and energetic. If I can dowse them I will. Then when I want to use crystals for a specific purpose I use my dowsing rods to dowse for suitable ones. I dowse for which type, how many I need, and sometimes even a configuration that I should lay them out in which best suits that purpose.
These methods have been continually proven to work for me. I have crystals whose uses have even changed over time as my energy has changed. So, even though some books may say “X crystal does Y” – does it always? Well, there may be some general guidance to be found from these ‘universal’ descriptions – they may lead you to consider what crystals can be used for. However, I have never found these general ‘uses’ the be useful for me.
I recommend picking crystals for yourself, for your own current purpose, and using them on a more personal basis than these guide books can every really inform you of. All such books are useful for is to suggest possibilities of uses generally. It’s then up to you to find or collect the types of crystals that you can make use of.
Often my wife has to work away from home. She gets to visit places the length and breadth of these islands, which has broadened her own horizons considerably. As a lone traveller, though, apart from the solitary travel there is also the feeling of being in a new place on your own – it’s not always a liberating experience. Of course we stay in touch as all modern couples do, but sometimes there’s an extra touch required.
Now, usually I keep my work separate from my ‘ordinary’ life. Occasionally the opportunity arises for the two worlds to cross over, and I am now happy for that to happen because it is sometimes less profitable to keep them apart. After all, this is the year that I am being more authentic, so I need to begin to practise the skills I have been taught.
Which brings me to this incident. If you stay in hotel rooms a lot you will have come across this phenomenon for sure. The feeling that there’s something in the room with you. That somebody perhaps left something of themselves in the room. In older hotels and boutique places that use old artefacts to create ambience, sometimes the items in the room carry the energetic attachments of previous owners.
M called me to have our usual evening chat from her hotel in Swansea, South Wales. Did she have a nice night’s stay in her posh room, I asked? No, terrible, she responded. I was surprised because I thought that the hotel was away from the usual city-centre hubbub and that there weren’t many guests at this time of year anyway. What had disturbed her – air conditioning, radiator pipes, televisions blaring, or the sirens of ambulances and police cars? None of the above. Instead she told me of crazy strong dreams, turbulent thoughts that she didn’t feel were her own, and a feeling of a presence in certain places around the room.
I offered to help her out. This was a good chance to get to know my new spirit guide better.I asked M to send me photos of the places that she felt were “wrong” and I would see what I could glean from the pictures, and then decide what to do remotely from then on. Minutes later three photos came though in separate e-mails. I examined each one in turn.
Given that we have almost four years of posts on Hedge Druid I often forget the truly amazing amount of material and experience we have covered. With that in mind you might be surprised to learn that I often peruse the blog in search of nostalgia, missed exploration paths (there are so many) and just to nudge my intuition. The other day I was on such a wander through its pages and came across a few articles that made me think. The first of these was from a house dowse that I did a couple of years. In that investigation I had found an energy centre in a home that was on top of a table in a living room. Questioning the owners revealed that until recently that position was occupied by a picture of the home owners much loved mother.
An Energy Artefact then is an unusual item that is giving off an energetic signature or spiral of energy. For instance, a plant, though it gives of energy spirals, isn’t an artefact. Gwas’s staff also isn’t one. A stone, that is part of a sacred site isn’t one either. But the image of a loved one might be, a bracelet or necklace might be too. On one occasion I was staying in a motel in Michigan, USA and found that the room had an amazingly bad energy resonance. I had dowsed for wat could help me in cleasing the room and the rods took me to my baggage and eventually to a postcard with the image of Lakshmi on it. Here is a link to that nightmare room experience. Since that time I have come across many other Energy Artefacts such as the photograph of a ladies mother, hanging on a wall and on another occasion on a small table. These were rather good energy producing artefacts. I have encountered a few bad ones too. Stories for another day.
My point in beginning this conversation is that Energy Artefacts don’t have to be sacred stones in some distant vale. They can and do exist in the most ordinary of places. I’ll continue on this conversation after I’ve spent some time learning more about object de energetic.
Kal Malik – exploring the unknown
I have a new set of oracular divination cards. I call them this because they’re not really tarot cards in the usual sense. They describe themselves as an Oracle card set and I will go with this description. Especially given that I am going to Delphi soon to see THE Oracle. Seems appropriate that I should “gem up” on this ovatic tradition.
The set was devised by that eminent Celtic mythology scholar and druidical wise one – John Matthews. Of course, he got Will Worthington to do the artwork for the cards. Any sensible person in this field would do. I have several other sets of tarot cards featuring his excellent artwork (e.g. The Wildwood Tarot, The Druidcraft Tarot) and I highly recommend them for anyone in the field of druidic divination.
As you know, though, my work has been taking on an Arthurian bent over the past few years. Since 2010, when I encountered Merlin as a tutor and guide along my spiritual path, I have found that I have been working through Arthurian archetypes each year. This year seems like no exception to that, but trying to find information about Galahad/Gwalchaved is very difficult. Hence, I felt I needed a meditation tool that would allow me to get into “the spirit” of this archetype. When I saw the Camelot Oracle, and that it was written by John Matthews, then I needed only a split second to decide to buy it.
I have only read the manual about them – I haven’t tried using them yet. This being The Quiet Time I’m not wanting to stir things up just yet. I will get acquainted with the set first, for the next few weeks, and then when it comes to that all-important Imbolc or Spring Equinox moment when the year begins in earnest I will do my first draw with these cards and then report back on their efficacy for me.
As the set uses the Arthurian Archetypes I fully expect that I will be aligned to their output. I need first to confirm that my “champion” for this year is what I expect it to be. Once this is done I’m off – full flow – and let’s see where it takes me this year.
This post is a continuation of the previous post called “Poltergeist Pet“. In this second part I will be describing the investigations that Kal and I did to discover and eradicate a disturbing spirit that was plaguing three teenage girls in a quiet suburban house.
Having discovered that the energetic remnants of a pet was causing some of the more mundane disturbances, we were left with a set of reported symptoms that were much more sinister and threatening. Psychologically the symptoms sounded like the phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis, yet the rest of the reported symptoms did not match that! There was something else going on here.
Indeed, when I had remotely dowsed the house to ensure I was going into a hell hole, the one question that I was invited to answer from my checklist – the one deemed most important – was the one that asked how long it would be until the energy disturbance became life or mind-threatening. The answers was just over two weeks from the initial contact. We had to act fast! Now we were on site and prepared, so I set about investigating the second set of symptoms.
The Feeling at the Top of the Stairs
The first patch of ‘heaviness’ was to be found at the top of the stairs, on the landing. This was where the girls had described a large proportion of the disturbance as emanating from. They were right. I could feel the energy in the air and it set my arm hairs tingling and my stomach cramping. Definitely a subtle energy spot there – the air positively bristled with it.
Still in search of the source of the sinister energy the rods began to take me on a tour of the bedrooms, turning at various key points, then leading me into the bathroom, but ending at the pillow on the bed of one of the girls. This was the end point for the energy trail – the location of the entity itself. I made a note to get Kal to check that later.
I went back to look at the heavy presence in the other girls’ shared bedroom too.