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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.

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