34 I HEAR DEAD PEOPLE
JOHN Edward may communicate with the dead many times a day, if not constantly, but he says we all have the same capacity.
“Spirits talk to all of us,” Edward said. “They make their presence known and we miss it. One of my goals is to get people to know.”
Signs include a dream, a feather appearing or a song suddenly playing on the radio that had meaning to the person who has died. Sometimes you can just feel the presence of the person or even smell them through a strong, distinctive odour. There may even be symbols that appear that have meaning to you.
“Their presence is felt more strongly when you need them because they are more connected then,” he said.
“Most people don’t recognise them as much during good times as they should.
“They are just as present then because they want to make their presence felt in positive times such as family occasions.
“You know you have 1000 people in your phone book. You have their numbers. You know how to connect with them. It’s just the same for spirits. They have our GPS code on a spirit level and they connect with us via that.
“It’s about recognising the subtleties.”
He recalls a time when he was driving down a highway in the US in the middle of a snowstorm when the scent of freshly cut roses filled the entire car.
“It was mixed with Tea Rose perfume, which my grandmother used to wear, so that was very powerful,” he said.
While spirits may remain close to people on Earth they were strongly connected to, Edward said it was impossible to interfere with their spiritual journey.
Interference can happen while they are still living but once a person has died, it is their choice to remain nearby.
“We have access to spirits 24/7 and can call them but I don’t think we can hold them back once they have transitioned because our energy isn’t powerful enough,” he said. “We can hold them back while they’re transitioning though, if they’re ill or sick. We have to prepare them to go and allow ourselves to be a conduit. You can’t drop your kid off at school and stand at the window crying. Once they make that transition, we can’t hold them back.
“It’s my belief we go where the bonds of love are and I believe we will all connect again — pets included.” EVOLVE with JOHN EDWARD, Hamer Hall, Nov 4-5. artscentremelbourne .com.au SEVERAL months after Aussie rocker Jim Keays died in 2014, widow Karin cleaned up the yard. It was a sad, reflective process. She stopped to gaze at the sunset, as she does most days, and saw something small float towards her from the roof of her house. I It was a feather, sh shaded grey, with y yellow and o orange on the t tip. “It was a partic ticularly beautiful feather and it wafted straight into my hands,” Ms Keays said. “I found it comforting and have actually kept the feather in a box. I look at it often.”
She also doesn’t believe in coincidence when one of “their” songs comes on the radio during a low mood or when she has a big decision.
It is often Led Zeppelin’s Rock ‘n Roll, which Keays used to cover and she loved hearing.
“Whenever he talked about taking it out of his set I said he couldn’t because it was a firm favourite of mine,” she said.
Dreams are the other meth- od of contact — she feels sure her husband visits her at night.
“Most of the time I don’t remember my dreams, but sometimes I feel I’ve been visited — it’s so real,” she said.
“It’s not unpleasant. It’s like he just comes into the house and sits there with a message of love or guidance.”
The day Ms Keays was invited to speak for this article was the 29th anniversary of her first meeting with her husband.
“I always used to forget our meeting anniversary, but he never did and would always buy me roses or acknowledge it in some way, so I believe that was also synchronicity,” she said.
Spirit whisperer John Edward got the scent of his dead grandmother in a snowstorm.