‘The Other Side’ is the true story of a young boy who sees ghosts.
With foreword by Ricky Tomlinson, this autobiographical work examines the life of a child who interacts with the dead on a daily basis, and how the ability to see them affects his family and ultimately his adult life.
David was born with the gifts most mediums spend a lifetime developing. His story begins in the smog of the West Midlands, with his mother struggling to bring up her four children alone. When her son sees family members who died years before he was born, including the sister he never knew he had, she takes him to a psychiatrist. The boy gives the ashen doctor a message from his dead wife and is promptly discharged.
The teenage David struggles to understand why he is different, and is expelled from school at fifteen. His adult life takes us on a journey encompassing poltergeists, bombs and startling revelations.
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When you pass over to spirit, your whole life his analysed; everything you ever said and all you have done. You will also be shown how the things you said and did affected other people.
Symbolically, all your good, unselfish deed that helped others, will give you a balloon to to help you rise up and progress spiritually, but every selfish of thoughtless deed will give you a brick that will drag you down. Most deeds, good or bad, are easily identified as such, but others may not be so clear.
As your life on earth is being analysed, you will feel yourself, at times, moving upwards, and at other periods of your life, going down. You will be shown scenes from your life, and you will be asked, “Why did you do that?” or “Why did you say that?” You will be required to explain yourself. If you reply, “Because she told me to do it,” you will get bricks.
When you are asked, remember two very important words. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for all your actions. You can’t blame anyone else for what you did. Each time you do not accept personal responsibility by trying to to shift blame onto someone else, bricks will weigh you down.
When you are the one giving the advice, you must be very careful. Never tell anyone what to do.
You have a neighbour, Anna; a young single mum with a three year old boy. She is chatting to you one day, and tells you she has the opportunity to go away on a two day course that could help her get back to work, but she is unsure if it is possible to attend.
You say, “Right, you must go. I’ll look after the little one so you have no excuse. You must go on this course.” This will give you nothing but bricks. You have decided what she should do. It may puzzle you, because you thought you were being helpful, but what if this is the wrong thing for her to do? Then you have persuaded her to do the wrong thing, and you will share in her bricks. You should have said, “Have a think about it, and if you decide you want to go on the course, I will help you with childcare.”
There is a big difference. Anna decides for herself what she is going to do, and you are offering help if she would like it.
At times, it may be better to keep your advice or opinion to yourself. Here is another example;
The son of a friend tells you he is thinking of joining the army. You say, “Oh no. Don’t do that. You could get hurt.” The young man reflects on your words and decides against it. Because of your words, he drifts from one dead-end job to another, before experimenting with drugs and turning to crime. He didn’t ask for your advice, but you gave it anyway. His life is a disaster because of you.
Words are very important. Learn when to speak and when to stay silent. Do not feel the need to blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind. Do not believe that your opinion is important. Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Better to stay silent than talk nonsense.
When you pass over to spirit, your whole life is analysed; everything you ever said and all you have done. You will also be shown how the things you said and did affected other people.
Symbolically, all your good, unselfish deeds that helped others, will give you a balloon to help you rise up and progress spiritually, but every selfish or thoughtless deed will give you a brick that will drag you down. Most deeds, good or bad, are easily identified as such, but others may not be so clear.
As your life on Earth is being analysed, you will feel yourself at times moving upwards, and at other periods of your life, going down. You will be shown scenes from your life, and you will be asked, “Why did you do that?” or “Why did you say that?” You will be required to explain yourself.
When you do, remember two very important words; PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for all your actions. You can’t blame anyone else for what you do or say. When you are asked, “Why did you do this?” and you reply, “Because she told me to do it.” or, “He said it was the best thing to do.” you will feel yourself going further and further down. Each time you do not accept personal responsibility by trying to shift the blame onto someone else, you will receive bricks.
You have a neighbour, Anna; a young single mum with a three year old boy. She is chatting to you one day and tells you that she has the opportunity to go away on a two day course that could help her back to work, but she is unsure if it is possible to attend.
You say, “Right! You must go. I’ll look after the little one, so you have no excuse. You must go on this course.” This will give you nothing but bricks. It may puzzle you because you thought you were being helpful, but you have taken away Anna’s personal responsibility. You have decided what she should do. You should have said, “Have a think about it, and if you decide you want to go on the course, then if it would help, I don’t mind looking after your little boy, if you would like me to.”
There is a big difference. Anna decides what she wants to do, and you are offering to help if that is her choice.
There are times when you don’t have to give your opinion or advice. Here is another example;
The son of a friend (a strapping lad of eighteen) tells you that he is thinking about joining the army. “Oh no!” you say, “Don’t do that.” The young man reflects on your words and decides against joining. Years later, when you are in the spirit world, you see what your words were responsible for. Had he joined up, he would have had a long distinguished career and been happy, successful and responsible. However, because of your words he drifted from one dead end job to another before experimenting with drugs, turning to crime and making a disaster of his life. He did not even ask for your advice, but you gave it anyway and your words influenced his decision.
Words are very important. Know when to speak and when to stay silent. Being a good listener can be more important than feeling the need to talk. When out in company, do not speak just for the sake of something to say, and if you do speak, be careful with your words. Remember, people do not know what is in your head or what you mean to say. They only hear your words, so think about what you wish to say before you do so. If people say they don’t understand what you mean, and you reply with, “What I meant to say was..” then you should have made yourself clear in the first place.
If someone wanted my advice or opinion about a problem with their car or the wiring in their house, I would have to tell them I haven’t got a clue. Don’t even try to advise people about things you are not sure of. Do not be afraid to say those words which some people find so difficult, “I don’t know.”
When someone asks for your advice, you can either say, “I don’t know.” Or tell them, “Let me go away and think about it and get back to you.” Do not feel the need to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Teaching or giving advice is a huge responsibility. If you pass on the wrong advice it will only give you bricks.
There are many people drifting aimlessly in the cold, dark, grey pits of spirit. Those on the lowest of the lower spiritual planes, often do not understand where they went wrong, mostly because they thought they knew best or believed their opinion counted. They decided to teach people when they did not know the answers themselves. Better to stay silent than talk nonsense.
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This may well be a testing period for us all. What will our response be?
Will we strip supermarket shelves with no thought for others? Will we go out unnecessarily, endangering others?
The world has always been a battleground between good and evil. Evil influences want us to be selfish. The good in us should ensure we are considerate and thoughtful.
Think about your actions in these difficult times, as one day you will be called upon to account for them.
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To mark world book day 2020, ‘The Other Side; A Psychic’s Story’ by David Drew, will be free to download from amazon between 2nd and 6th March.
Spread the word and enjoy your free read.
My wife, Jane Drew, is writing a book about what life is like being married to a Psychic Medium.
For those awaiting its arrival, here is a taster of things to come.
Books about psychics, like fleas on dogs, are indisputably plentiful, but that does not mean it is easy to find one you would want to take home with you. The Mind-Body-Spirit section of any reputable book store is sure to have more than a few on its shelves, but have you ever stopped to think about what life is like for those who share their lives with a psychic medium? What do you imagine your life would be like if your spouse was in regular contact with dead people, and knew perhaps just a little more about your day than you were comfortable with? It is a little documented viewpoint, making this fly-on-the-wall insight is a real third-eye opener.
My husband, David Drew, is one of those mediums whose books you may have perused. As the wife of an internationally renowned medium and author, I have spent many a long hour making cappuccinos for, chatting to and answering the questions of, an eclectic selection of eager eyed personalities, all waiting to see my exhausted, caffeine fuelled other-half. This regular cacophony of (often very similar) questions, led me to realise that living with a psychic, while unremarkable to me, is a source of fascination to ‘normal’ people.
From, “Does he tell you your future?”, “Can he sense what you are thinking?” and “Does he see dead people all the time?”, to “Aren’t you scared?” and, “Are ghosts watching me when I’m on the toilet?”, over the years the questions have been playing on a loop.
My favourite question was, ‘Is he any good?’ It always made me smile. It put me in mind of that other famous inquiry to which there is no correct response, – ‘Hands up if you have stopped beating your wife!’ When I reply that he is the best medium living today, I am greeted with a smirking, “Ah, but you would say that,” leaving me to wonder what response they were expecting. I am often tempted to tell them he is crap, just to watch their faces, but I doubt people would have appreciated, or indeed deserve the sarcasm. I confess, my reply is often preceded by an inadvertent eye roll, which is probably more than a little unfair.
So here it is, the first-hand perspective on the life of a psychic medium, as viewed by his wife, who is happy to be almost as invisible as the spirits which surround him. You may have heard the saying, ‘love me, love my dog,’ – with David it has always been more of a, ‘love me, love my spooks’ situation.
Princess Diana once famously said, “There were three of us in this marriage”. I can tell you now without a flicker of fancy, there are a darn site more than three in ours!
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In the spirit world, there are many planes of existence, and the manner in which you have lived your life on Earth determines which of these spiritual planes will be your home.
The higher the plane, the more pleasant the environment. If you have lived a truly spiritual life, then you will go to a higher spiritual plane than if you had been wicked, but no-matter which plane you find yourself on, you can, by learning and understanding, earn the opportunity to progress to higher levels.
At this point, I would like to clarify that when I speak of high or low spiritual planes, I do not mean to say that these places are up in the sky or down in the ground. I use these words merely for ease of understanding. The various planes are dimensions apart, on different vibrations, like radio channels. When you are tuned into one station you can’t hear the others. People often have difficulty in relating to this, and so I try to use simple terms which people will understand.
Your initial destination will be no man’s land. From here you will travel in an instant to your new home in spirit – a place where you deserve to be. Each level higher than the Earth is a better, more spiritual place. The next plane up from the Earth is sometimes referred to as the astral plane. Here, the minds of people still tend toward the material, rather than a spiritual level. For this reason, they may well live in houses and wear clothing, much the same as they did on the Earth. These things are created by the very real power of thought.
Animals also have an afterlife, and if it is your wish that a long since departed pet be with you, it may be so.
As you progress from here to the high spirit planes, you find that things are rather different. People have a much greater understanding and are far more spiritual. They no longer feel the need for material possessions such as houses, and rather than clothing as we know it, they are adorned in robes of various bright colours, which upon inspection are found to be hazes of glowing, radiant light rather than any physical material.
There is no language barrier here because there is no speech as we know it. People on these planes communicate using telepathy, or thought transference.
It would be impossible for me to describe in earthly words the beauty of these lands. You could not imagine such wonders. This place is like nothing you have ever seen on Earth. In a finite mind, it is hard to understand that there is no time or space as we know it in the spirit world. Time and distance are very different here, and you can travel what we would consider to be great distances in an instant, all with the power of thought.
All things, however, must have an opposite. How could you appreciate light unless you had known dark? How would you appreciate vast unless you had seen tiny? How could you know what was good if there was no bad? All things have an opposite, and if you can be promoted from the Earth to higher, brighter planes, so then you can be demoted, down to what I describe as the dark, grey pits! This level is lower than the Earth plane, and you may be surprised to learn just how many people fall through that ‘trap door’, straight down to this dark, grey, miserable realm. Here you see those who have not lived spiritual lives, wandering around, heads bowed low, reaping the effects of their sinful lives. If only people on Earth could take a glimpse into this cesspit, I know they would change their lifestyles. Would you believe that the number of people who go down to the ‘pits’ upon passing is far greater than those who float up to the high spirit realms?
There are, of course, some people who perhaps prefer to dwell here, like a burglar prefers the dark. Robbers are afraid of the light for fear of being caught. These people have all their selfish, sinful lives hanging around them, dragging them further and further down. Only those who have inhabited the high spirit realms are allowed to travel down to visit these dismal areas because those from on high are protected. No harm can come to them. However, if those on the astral plane were allowed to venture down, it could happen that they would be influenced and themselves get dragged down into this bottomless pit.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that in these dark grey areas there are only murderers and evil people as such. There are people down there who you may not expect! There are people from history who you perhaps think did not lead such a bad life, but be sure your sins will find you out. Apart from what you do, you are also judged on what you didn’t do. When anyone passes over to spirit, there is no hiding place. All your thoughts, words and the actions you took on the Earth plane are revealed for all to see. Everyone can see you for what you are, and people who have perhaps not been found out during their Earthly life will certainly be found out when they pass to spirit!
There are souls who are filled with the torture of remorse, more bitter than anything you can imagine. They wander around aimlessly in the mist. They wear dark, drab, hooded cloaks, with their heads bowed in shame. If people could only visit these places and see the areas that I am trying to describe, they would most certainly change their ways.
Some of those in these dark realms repent and regret their actions. As I have said, progression is open to everyone, not least these poor unfortunate souls. The only way to help them out of this pit of darkness and despair is for them to earn the right to another life on the Earth plane. Then they are given a chance to try again. However, there are those who ‘yo-yo’ up and down. They come from the dark pit, they are reincarnated and have a life on the Earth plane, where they do not learn and go straight back down again. Up and down I have seen these people go because they are having difficulties in grasping simple lessons and basic spiritual truths.
Listen to these words from spirit and there is every chance that fewer people will be leaving the Earth plane to suffer this dark, grey, dismal existence.
The Earth is in darkness when compared to the high spirit planes, but it is brilliant when contrasted with the ‘pits’. There are people down there, who are filled with torture and remorse, and they must work towards their personal salvation, but the beauty is that progression is open to everyone.
Those on higher spirit planes do travel down to visit and help those on lower planes, but those on the lower planes cannot go up to visit. They must earn their progression by learning and understanding. Rather like the slide in a children’s playground, it is hard to climb the ladder, but easy to slide down. When those from the high spirit realms travel down to visit the different planes, they must speak to the people at their own level. They communicate with those on the Earth plane in very simple terms so that they may understand and not become confused. The more these beings speak, however, the more questions are raised, and it is always their fear that worldly minds will not comprehend what they are saying. Valuable words, like seeds, can fall on stony ground.
The Earth plane is the only dimension where people share the same abode despite being on different spiritual levels, and this is the only place where people have come from, and will move on to a variety of levels.
For example, if we number the major planes above the Earth and call the astral number one, the next one two, and so on, those on number one are working towards progressing to number two. From number two, they work towards and can be promoted to number three, and so on. In other words, they may steadily progress upwards, one plane at a time.
Those from the pits must also come up to the next plane, the Earth plane, before they can further progress. That is to say, they must be reincarnated and have another life here.
On Earth however, people do not know what they are working towards. They may leave this plane and go to the astral or the pits, but it is also possible for them to go directly to number six or number seven without touching the others.
This Earth is also unique in that we share it with people who have chosen to come here from many different planes. There are those here whose previous existence was in the pits, those who have come from the astral, and those who were relatively high in the spirit world, maybe on plane number six or even seven.
To recap, those from higher planes can travel down through the lower planes to visit, but those on low planes cannot move upwards without first earning their progression.
Therefore, if your husband, who has led a spiritual life, dies before you, he will learn and progress even further in the spirit world. When the time comes for you to pass over, if your life has not been so spiritual, you may find yourself on a plane lower than his. He may come down to greet you upon your passing, and he can make the journey downwards to visit you from time to time, but not until you have progressed to his level will you be together on the same plane.
It is true to say, however, that it is possible for the husband, in such a case, to voluntarily postpone any further progression to wait for his wife to join him. Then they may progress together.
When two people have been very close, and one passes over to spirit, it can happen that the remaining partner grieves too much for too long and in so doing inadvertently holds their loved one back from progression. Grieving acts rather like a magnet, and makes the person in spirit reluctant to advance. If the deceased could only realise that the further they can progress, the easier it is to come back and visit their loved ones. Grief is, of course, a natural reaction upon losing someone close, but prolonged grief can be detrimental to all concerned.
By living a spiritual and unselfish earthly life, and by gaining spiritual knowledge while here on Earth, we can all work towards happiness in a bright new world to come. Everyone lives on after death. Life is eternal for all, but just what kind of a place you will go to is entirely in your hands.
When all of your earthly life is analysed, every mistake, careless deed, misplaced word and selfish thought will act rather like a brick around your neck, weighing you down. Each selfless action to help others will act like a balloon to help raise you up. Think on this for a moment. When your time comes, will you be surrounded by bricks or balloons?
Taken from ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by David Drew
Available from amazon, audible and itunes
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Statistics for January 2019 show that one in ten book lovers prefer audio books. With the easy accessibility of companies like Audible and itunes, we can enjoy a good read while we commute, do the ironing or mend the car.
Stairway to Heaven and The Other Side; A Psychic’s Story are both now available in audiobook format from Audible and itunes.
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Spiritual and Psychic books have always been considered by publishers as a ‘niche’ market. Shelf space is not always prime for this category, but the topic is growing in popularity and the times they are a changing!
At the recent 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, they included for the first time, an audio book conference, with speakers declaring the audio book scene to be the only current growth sector in the consumer book business.
There are some great spiritual and spooky ‘reads’ in this format, and ‘The Other Side: A Psychic’s Story’ is now out there on audible and apple ibooks.
Follow the link to buy or for a free sample.
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