Throughout the course of your life you may have had unusual or powerful dreams, visions, or fantasies of a mysterious person.
There may be an unusual synchronicity or event that surround the initial meeting between first flames. The relationship is immediate, as though no time had been lost since you were last together.
Signs of the TwinFlame and Twin Soul Relationship DynamicMore in depth descriptions of each common and also unusual signs of a twin soul as well as the unique energy and characteristics of a twinflame connection. My name is Liz and I am not any spiritual teacher on the topic of soulmate but just an ordinary soul who got a nudge to pursue researching on soulmate signs and twin flame. About MeMy name is Liz and I am not any spiritual teacher on the topic of soulmate but just an ordinary soul who got a nudge to pursue researching on soulmate signs and twin flame. Teaching about soulmates, soul group connections, and karma, is a key part of my life purpose.
Another reason people can get stuck and catatonic after losing a soulmate—or the promise and hope of a soulmate union—is that they have a self-limiting belief that they lost their only chance at true love and happiness, and they may either deny themselves that opportunity again—or they may settle for a relationship that they know is not anywhere near as good as it could be. It feels important to write something about this now as I know only too well how many people are searching for a profound soulmate connection in this life. As with any relationship, coming together romantically—and staying together—requires two people to each want the relationship, and each want the relationship to work. At this time in human evolution, there are a lot of souls working out karma with each other. Our soulmates are those souls in our soul group or soul family—they are the ones we primarily hang out with on the other side, when we are in our natural state as spirit beings.
But many of us know whether or not we were planning on finding and meeting a soulmate for a romantic partnership in this life—the deep desire and drive is very, very strong. The one I met a few years ago is the big one for me—and my spirit guide helped me to find her. What I understand now is the closeness between this soulmate and myself—our shared desire for the ultimate soulmate union (actually our twin flame reunion) before we incarnated in this life—and some of the history we have together. My twin flame soulmate and I met under very challenging circumstances, but we each recognised each other at a deep level. I had more of an understanding about what was happening at the time that we met than my soulmate did—although I was still blown away and rendered speechless in the moment. So, here’s the thing about close soulmates—when you recognise a soulmate, they trigger stuff you need to work on at a very deep level. And knowing that I truly love someone unconditionally gives me a certain fortitude and contentedness in this life—even though I have not been able to express my love for this person in all the ways that I had hoped to.
When I wrote this blog two years ago I was only just starting to understand that this soulmate, whom I had first met three years earlier, was in fact my twin flame. Thus, the twin flame journey is the ultimate healing journey for both twin flame partners as they must become healed and whole and aligned with each other before they can reunite their soul energy harmoniously. Cassady Cayne’s short YouTube video succinctly illustrates the powerful soul connection and recognition versus human conundrum of twin flames, as they experience all their issues coming up to the surface for healing and releasing once they have encountered each other.
Have you met someone you know is a soulmate with romantic potential, but with whom the relationship has not yet been realised? I would also recommend reading some credible resources about Twin Flames but be discerning about what information you read.
As is evident from the general flavour of tweets, when people hear the word ‘psychic’ they think con-artist, tricksters, frauds and deception.
Unfortunately, as is often the case in sensation-seeking broadcasting (and Tweeters!), this is only addressing one stereotype from what is actually a very broad church. But the programme decided to sidestep that more mundane aspect of everyday faith and belief, and leap right into the world of flamboyant psychics on the entertainment circuit. The fact that people are abandoning God and finding solace (and entertainment) in mediums is an interesting feature of a complex and changing religious landscape.
The programme, like so many, made the mistake of equating Spiritualism with people who identify as professional psychic mediums.
After all, is it any weirder to believe in a man with a big white beard in the sky than it is to believe people who have actually lived can continue to exist in some way? If there is any secrecy around this world, it is purely because nobody has bothered to ask what it actually means for those who claim Spiritualism as their religion. So let the trolls and self-styled cynics have their fun, because Channel 4 really did hand it to them on a plate; but they should realise that by tweeting accusations that all mediums are delusional, ‘mentally ill’, robbing liars they are mistaking one small expression as representative of a much wider religion (not to mention being rude to the many thousands living with serious mental health issues).
And in modern Britain we are meant to be more tolerant towards all religions (and mental health). It is with some trepidation that I am looking forward to taking part in a Twitter Q&A session tomorrow, hosted by the Open University and based on our research project ‘Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent’. The OU run these things with their academics frequently and, as usual, advertised the forthcoming session amongst their followers earlier this week. However, Spiritualism also attracts an incredibly negative – often hostile – response from some people. In some ways the comment was perfect for us in terms of highlighting the need for this research in the first place – because it summarised so succinctly some of the widespread misunderstandings and prejudices that surround this long-established faith. It was also interesting that he mentioned healing – because healing is a key part of Spiritualist philosophy, and indeed spiritual healing is now widely provided in the NHS as a beneficial therapeutic intervention for people living with chronic long-term health problems.
Thankfully there have been only positive responses elsewhere to our exhibition and the research project as a whole; but Twitter is seems promises to be a very different beast. I found myself wondering if my colleagues in Religious Studies conducting research into Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and various Indigenous peoples’ religions from around the world get the same criticisms levelled at them.
So for those of you who have already ripped the project apart, criticising the OU and the research team for conducting this project, I wonder if you might be able to set aside your fears, and challenge yourself to learn something informed about this unique part of Britain’s history which continues to play a growing role in society today. Anyone who has ever looked after a small child will be familiar with the natural human instinct of laying on of hands to soothe an injury. But is there something else going on at a deeper subconscious level behind this natural human act?
The idea that the human touch can heal is something which stretches right back in time, from Bible stories about Jesus to modern day evangelical faith healing.
Across the UK a number of NHS hospitals now offer ‘spiritual healing’ to alleviate pain and symptoms for chronically ill patients. The popularity of spiritual healing (and other hands on therapies such as Reiki or crystal healing), not only amongst spiritually minded people but the wider population as well, is testament to the fact that such therapies often involve more time, care and attention being given to the individual than with standard medical appointments.
Stoke-on-Trent has three very active Spiritualist churches, in Burslem, Fenton and Longton. Healing can benefit anyone because it is peaceful and non-invasive and demands nothing more of you than sitting comfortably and relaxing.
According to the 2011 Census, 59% of the population of England and Wales describe themselves as Christian, a decline of about 11% since 2001. The first Spiritualist church in the UK opened in 1853 in Keighley, Yorkshire, and the first national conference of Spiritualists was held in Manchester in 1890.
The longest serving President of the Spiritualists National Union was Gordon Higginson, and he was born in 1918 in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Stoke-on-Trent, famous for its Victorian pottery industry, and making the world’s finest bone china, lives in the shadow of its past glories. Despite Bennett describing Stoke-on-Trent as having an ‘enchanted air’, this is a city that is dominated by its intractable struggle to reverse industrial and economic decline. This image of Stoke, however, and the almost exclusive emphasis on its pot-based past overlooks another important and continuing aspect of its cultural heritage, namely Spiritualism. The earliest written evidence of Spiritualism in Stoke-on-Trent is from a newspaper article in the Staffordshire Daily Sentinel in 1873. Sir Oliver Lodge, born in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, had several seances in the area, one of which was with medium Annie Brittain in Hanley shortly after his son Raymond died at the front on 14 September 1915. It was also Annie Brittain who told medium Fanny Higginson from Longton that she would have a son who would become a famous platform medium; and we already know about what her son Gordon went on to achieve! With this rich history, is it any wonder that even Stoke-on-Trent’s very own Robbie Williams once said if he hadn’t made his career in music he might have been a Spiritualist medium instead (the angels would have loved that, Robbie!).
You can find out more about the history and present day role of Spiritualism in Stoke-on-Trent by visiting ‘Talking With The Dead’ at Gladstone, Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. Here you will be able to listen to stories about what it’s like to live with spirit in everyday life, you can wander around a Spiritualist’s living room, and you can pick up a copy of our ‘Spirit Trail’ that maps all the sites that have been registered for Spiritualist worship and services across the city between 1870 and 2015. The first time I ever sat in a Spiritualist church and listened to the medium at the front I found myself wondering what the world of spirit looked and felt like to her. The reason I was asking these questions wasn’t actually because of a particular desire to know what the spirit world might look like (although that in itself is an interesting question!); but it was because being a geographer by training I always find myself wondering what it looks and feels like to be in the world from other people’s perspectives.
We are very lucky as part of the series of events linked to our exhibition at Gladstone, to have internationally renowned Spirit artist Ann Bridge Davies doing two demonstrations of mediumship through Spirit art for us. If you’re interested in finding out more about how the artist-medium works – and maybe even receiving your own message – why not come along to one of Ann’s demonstrations at Gladstone Pottery Museum? The sessions are free but you are advised to book your place in advance through the museum. From the Victorian era, the possibility of spirit communication and psychic phenomena attracted the attention of scientists and intellectuals, and during World War I Spiritualism reached a new height of popularity across Britain. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also visited Annie Brittain, particularly after the death of his son Kingsley at the Somme in 1917, and again following the death of his younger brother Innes in February 1919, who had served as a brigadier general in World War 1. It was also Annie Brittain who told Longton medium Fanny Higginson that she would have a son who would grow up to be a famous platform medium. With such a rich history, is it any wonder that even Stoke-on-Trent’s very own Robbie Williams once said if he hadn’t made his career in music he might have been a Spiritualist medium instead? Find out more at ‘Talking With The Dead’ an exhibition on Spiritualism in Stoke-on-Trent at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, 1 September to 31 October. SpELS dispels some myths: Spiritualism, stigma and prejudice in an age of political correctness. As a result I had a huge gap in knowledge about what religion actually meant in the everyday lives of people to whom it mattered. We live in an age when the headlines are full of national conflicts and terrorist attacks, driven by religious clashes and intolerance.
We also live at a time when diversity and respect for difference have become central motifs in our society. SpELS is a resarch project exploring what is, according to the 2011 Census, the country’s fastest growing religion: Spiritualism. Recently we’ve been wandering the streets of Stoke-on-Trent looking at the location of premises previously registered for Spiritualist worship. I guess partly the lack of awareness and reticence to show interest in Spiritualism is down to the way its adherents are represented in popular culture. Invariably, people who talk with the dead are seen as ‘different’, ‘outsiders’, not quite at home in our modern world.
So in a world of contradictory tolerance and intolerance, religion continues to divide and judge in very visible, sometimes violent ways.
Meanwhile, quietly, in a street near where you live, people are gathering together not to preach the truth, but to find it; with a bit of help from a comforting energy they call ‘Spirit’ that will not possess them or punish them or con money out of them. If the census results are anything to go by, there’s more and more people who are doing so.
Perhaps the real fear of Spiritualism lies in its apparently comfortable relationship with death. While mediumship can be perceived as the cornerstone of Spiritualism, I have been very interested in another, perhaps lesser known aspect of Spiritualism: healing.
If mediumship focuses on demonstrating communication with the spirit world, I am gradually thinking that healing could be seen as highlighting the ‘caring’ aspect of Spiritualism. As an ethnographer, at first, I wanted to observe healing: what happens to patients when they receive healing? In ‘The Man With Two Brains’ brain surgeon Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) falls in love with a brain in a glass jar. To be spiritual is to be aware of what lies beyond the physical world we can touch, see, hear, smell and taste.
Spiritually minded people are often very sensitive to their responsibility to others in their actions.
But I read an article today which got me thinking about what is probably actually the most unique thing about having a human experience (‘Embodied Spirituality’ by Cat Chapin-Bishop). Many people have reported out-of-body experiences when their physical body has temporarily died but they experience consciousness as continuing.
So Cat Chapin-Bishop’s article made me think about the relationship between the spiritual and embodiment. What does it feel like to be a human in a body who occasionally has out-of-body spiritual experiences? What does it feel like to simply be a collection of cells with an unruly consciousness which sometimes ignores the known physical limits of existence and takes it upon itself to step outside the confines of the body it’s meant to be housed within? Whatever our take on the human experience is, we often forget how essential our bodies really are to that experience. Soul lovers:A someone you love, and would do anything for, and someone who loves you, and would do anything for you. Divine complement:A A new colloquialism for a 'match made in heaven', a twin soul, who holds inborn potentials that match and complement one's own and who is linked eternally through a signature in the heart at the dimension of the spirit. In modern usage, Jewish singles will say that they are looking for their bashert, meaning they are looking for that person who will complement them perfectly, and whom they will complement perfectly.

Many ancient Celtic philosophies or perspectives passed into the Irish Christian Celtic tradition and in spite of many attempts in the past to 'Romanize' Irish Christianity, these remnants remain.
However, the danger lies in approaching the tradition as another fashionable and exotic spiritual programme. Only Love is Real: A story of soulmates Reunited A psychiatrist traces how he helped two of his patients discover that they have been lovers over the centuries. Eyes of an AngelA is an amazing, true account of Soul Travel, Angels, Spirit Guides, Soul Mates, and the Reality of Love.
You get a particular feeling and the energy of the individual feels familiar, as if it is someone you have already met in the past or someone you will meet in some unknown future. Often you have a feeling or 'knowing' of something that you just can't quite put into words. Often there is something that prevents the twinflames from being physically together in the beginning. To properly understand how our Soulmates effect us, we must first understand the types of “soulmates” that we will encounter in our journey as Soul. Partners in Hate: Believe it or not, those that you hate with all the intensity of your being are one group of your soulmates.
Partners in Love: Those we love in even the smallest degree are another group of our soulmates.
The One and Only: When people commonly yearn for their Soulmate, what they are really yearning for is “the one and only” person who can make them complete. I know only too well the longing for a soulmate companion—and I also know the excruciating heartache and heartbreak that a seemingly ‘failed’ soulmate relationship can cause.
Either scenario can result from feelings of guilt, shame, and self-punishment—a feeling of not being worthy of another chance to experience true love.
What I didn’t mention in those blogs—largely out of respect for the other parties involved, and partly because the story is still unfolding—is that we did not get together romantically. And I also understand—from first-hand experience—the crushing devastation that can occur when you meet someone that you know you were destined to meet, but it doesn’t work out the way you might have hoped. And this is true of soulmates—no matter how profound and deep the connection—it still takes two to tango, as the saying goes!
Many of us—myself included—have incarnated at this time with a plan to meet up with some of our close soulmates with the desire to resolve and heal karma together—to free ourselves from repeating old patterns, and to elevate our soul growth and enhance our life experience. They are also the primary ones we incarnate with and play out different roles with in order to learn and grow through a range of experiences. I had a deep knowing that I was searching for my soulmate long before I really understood what a soulmate actually was—when I just thought it’s someone you have a strong attraction to and share a deep connection with. I received some signs in the years before we met—signs which I only later recalled after knowing who she was. We have shared other lifetimes on Earth—and at least some of those have been as lovers and partners. We experienced flashes from the light in each other’s eyes (the light of soul recognition through the eyes is also mentioned in Michael Newton’s Journey of Souls, and referred to in my blog “Do you Believe in Love at First Sight?”). I trusted that with a connection so deep, so profound, so beautiful, and acknowledged by our souls—we would embark on getting to know each other.
My soulmate was freaked out by the intensity of our connection—and no doubt also because she sensed that I knew something more. I can’t even begin to express in words the devastation and loss of potential that I felt—utter heartbreak. In this Cranton explains that those of us meeting our twin flames in this life typically have our hearts shattered by other karmic relationships and are in a place where we have given up on true love being achievable when we first meet our twin flame in the physical. Cranton continues, “If life had been easy prior to meeting the twin flame and the twins had received lots of love and everything had been lovely, then the challenge would be too easy with the twin flame and very little expansion would occur. In reunion, their soul energy multiples in expansion and enables them to fulfil their shared purpose and mission of spreading more love and light in the world, helping others to heal their own hearts. This excellent little video also highlights the mission that twin flames share in spreading more love across the world. For those of us meeting our Twin Flame it is typically a hugely significant and life-changing experience. And yes, I use the word ‘church’ deliberately, because Spiritualism as a religion has churches and centres up and down the UK in most towns and cities from Edinburgh to the East End, from Leicester to Lochgelly, Maidstone to Manchester. The programmers claimed to want to understand why mediums are more popular than ever, but their approach was like trying to understand feminism in British society by following the Spice Girls around for a day. Yes, there are Spiritualists who earn money as ‘professional mediums’, but this is just a small handful of the thousands of people up and down the country who identify with Spiritualism as a religion. But Channel 4 did nobody any favours by equating it with a handful of people who resembled more closely the characters in Hilary Mantel’s ‘Beyond Black’ than the very normal people you might find sitting in a Spiritualist Church in a Sunday divine service. Through our research project we’ve learnt that Spiritualism is not an evangelising religion, so they won’t come knocking on your door bringing deceased Aunt Ethel with you. I can’t imagine the same people would tweet so confidently accusing all Muslims of being terrorists, for example, but perhaps they would? Sometimes they get a lot of people taking part, sometimes very few; but the aim is always to open a conversation about areas of research that are ongoing amongst the research community at the university. Nonetheless, it has been a part of the religious landscape of Britain since the 1850s, and for its community of followers it has brought comfort, faith, friendship and laughter through good times and bad. This person clearly felt very strongly but appeared to be basing his criticisms on a very outdated and limited understanding of what Spiritualism actually is. Whether it’s the distraction of a cool or warm hand placed on the hurting site, or the powerful placebo of love and attention, it’s usually a calming thing to do which has some beneficial impact. It is part and parcel of a progressive approach to managing longterm chronic conditions in an overburdened NHS (healers usually give their services for free!). The basic features of personal time, individual attention and a genuine sense of being cared for in themselves have beneficial therapeutic impacts. All these churches offer healing, but it doesn’t stop at the church door; healing can occur at any time and in any place, so we are bringing healing to the wider community in Stoke-on-Trent by offering free healing sessions at Gladstone Pottery Museum.
You don’t need to have any particular faith or belief system to benefit from it, and you don’t even have to be ‘ill’ or in need of a ‘cure’.
On the other hand, although the numbers remain small, those choosing to register themselves as Spiritualist showed an increase of about 21%.
As well as having dedicated buildings, early Spiritualist groups met in school halls, working men’s clubs and medium’s own houses. His mother, Fanny, was already an established medium at Longton Church and, like her, he went on to serve there until his death. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Potteries’, this area is now most famous for its post-Pottery decline and for being the most working class city in the UK (Edensor 2000) – and, of course, the birthplace of Robbie Williams! In recent years Stoke City Council has tried to reinvigorate the region and its popular image both by drawing on the city’s industrial heritage and by redesigning Stoke as a city of culture.
In the 1960s, whilst the number of potbanks was declining daily, there were twelve very active Spiritualist churches. Since then the city has enjoyed a rich and vibrant Spiritualist history with some well-known faces. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also visited Annie Brittain, particularly after the death of his son Kingsley at the Somme in 1917, and the death of his younger brother Innes in February 1919, a brigadier general in World War 1. Longton Spiritualist Church is off Normacott Road (at the back of Gladstone Pottery Museum), while Fenton Spiritualist Church can be found on King Street (corner of Royal). You may be surprised at what a magical and enchanted history this seemingly very prosaic city hides! I wanted to know what she actually saw, how she saw it, and how she interacted with this strange unseen world. Sitting in the audience of the Spiritualist church that evening I realised this lady had a complexity I’d never even thought about; and as a geographer I was fascinated. The earliest written evidence of local Spiritualism is from a newspaper article in the Staffordshire Daily Sentinel in 1873. With so many young men failing to return from the front, many sought mediums to obtain some closure. Sir Oliver Lodge attended several seances, one of which was with medium Annie Brittain in Stoke-on-Trent, shortly after his son Raymond died at the front on 14 September 1915. Gordon Higginson was born in 1918 and went on to become the longest serving president of the Spiritualists’ National Union for 23 years. No doubt any one of the three Spiritualist churches still very active in Stoke-on-Trent (Burslem, Fenton and Longton) would welcome him into their congregations with open arms! My dad had been raised a strict Catholic, but after enduring a childhood of corporal punishment inflicted by monks, he chose to leave Catholicism behind when he became a father in his 30s. Perhaps not surprisingly, therefore, religion is a touchy subject and many, like my dad, would be quite happy to do away with all of it. Although a relatively young religion (with its modern roots in the mid-19th century), it nonetheless has a visible presence in almost every town and city from Glasgow and Alness to Bodmin and Dagenham. This has taken us to a wide range of places from full blown church buildings, to rooms above high street shops, to the site of residential terraces long ago demolished.
A common attitude seems to be that people think we are dabbling in the occult or something. In sum, the main thing that Spiritualism is known for – talking with the dead – is ripped out of the context of the religion and community it sits within and placed uncomfortably into a world which doesn’t want to take the time to understand it or adjust any preconceptions about what it might entail. You won’t find Spiritualists knocking on doors for recruits; and although you quite possibly work alongside someone who has some interest in Spiritualism, and has perhaps visited a Spiritualist church, chances are they won’t talk to you about it unless it crops up in conversation. Different religious persuasions remain locked in the fight for supremacy, and their right to claim ‘the truth’.
Becoming aware or attuned to The Other Side is often associated with developing mediumistic capabilities in a circle. Due to personal obligations, I have been traveling to Stoke on Mondays and I have therefore tried to attend the Fenton Spiritualist Church’s healing services that occur on Monday evenings. Each one of them is different and as I have been told, I would have my own preferred healers (which I do).
I can’t quite explain why, but as the last healer told me, perhaps I just need a little down time. Maybe it has to do with the presence of a healer – of another person’s body in proximity – creating a sense of calm, of energies flowing from one body to another. Of course, what he’s actually fallen in love with is the spirit of the person once attached to a body in which that brain was living.
It’s not necessarily our relationships with others, for those are understood to continue far beyond our earthbound existence. Whilst others deliberately pursue such an experience through meditation and astral projection.
It may be during periods of physical illness or injury, or when our body’s limitations frustrate us. Remember how to be a body and how to live in that body, as fully and completely as you can.
And in that love, nothing is required for either person, because everything is already given. Since it considered to have been foreordained by God whom one will marry, one's spouse is considered to be one's bashert by definition, independent of whether the couple's marital life works out well or not.
The Celtic understanding did not set limits of time and space on the soul nor was there any split between the sacred and the mundane. You have a vague feeling that this person is real even if you can not see a face or invent their physical appearance in your mind. Twinflames often encounter each other for the first time (whether in person or online) in an unusual way. This is usually because there is much energetic work to be done on the mental and emotional levels before the physical meeting can occur. Sometimes conversation seem to last forever and there is not much that twinflames are not willing to talk about. Each twinflame is still an individual and is not 'the other half of your soul' as if you are a complete soul now that you have found them. Those we hate are our soulmates in the sense that they continually cross our soul’s path life after life. When you understand, and have personally experienced the profound and deep connection with a close soulmate, you can more easily understand why it is that some people get stuck in grief and loss, or swear never to allow themself to truly love or feel deeply again—they are afraid that another experience might completely break them, as the previous one nearly did.
There is also an element of Divine Timing at work, not only in how and when we meet our soulmates—but also in the preparation that each person needs to undertake in order to be ready for a soulmate union. Many of us also came in with a desire to no longer create karma for ourselves—to exit the cycle of karma that has dominated the human experience for many thousands of years. I have contact with another soulmate in spirit, whom I did not know in this life before she passed over—she is one of my spirit guides.
On realising who she was I had a deep inner knowing that we could heal each other—that we each held the keys for healing each other’s hearts. We have loved and lost each other over the centuries—and sometimes we didn’t recover from the grief of the loss in that lifetime. Our souls communicated telepathically—explicitly acknowledging the recognition of each other. And while I completely understood, and to some extent anticipated, her freaking out—it seemed I was powerless to stop it from happening. These wounds can run so deep, no-one else may even notice that they are there—but a close soulmate can ‘see’ them.

But what they failed to do completely was to explore what that meant in terms of the changing spiritual landscape of the UK. A great book, by the way, but one which was written for entertainment rather than cultural or theological accuracy.
Actually, people like Derek Acorah and Psychic Sally have been highly visible for many years, so there is no secrecy around this high profile side of entertainment mediumship. And whilst the seriousness of the accusation is admittedly on a very different scale, the reasoning and logic behind it is just as narrow-minded and ill-informed. The experience for many thousands of British people is very different, and his description is not one which its practitioners would recognise.
Things which were once the mainstay of medical care as well, before it moved to a focus on cure (and more recently an overwhelming emphasis on cost!). Most Spiritualist Churches will have dedicated healing rooms where you can receive healing for free or for a small donation towards the healer’s travel expenses (usually a pound). Today the Spiritualists’ National Union has about 350 registered Spiritualist churches and centres throughout the UK.
This, together with it being the home of Fanny and Gordon Higginson, made Stoke-on-Trent the national hub of a thriving Spiritualist movement. In the Victorian era, the possibility of spirit communication and psychic phenomena attracted the attention of scientists and intellectuals. We also all have other layers on top of that physical landscape of ‘things’ and ‘places’; we have memories and attachments, we have relationships and rules, we have expectations and habits. I have since learnt that what she was doing was ‘Spirit art’ – a form of mediumship where the medium draws the messages they are receiving. The result, as often seems to happen with those who walk away from a strict religious upbringing, is that religion became a no-go area; we never discussed it, and the silence told us that all religion was seen as an evil cultural construction which caused nothing but war and misery. Nonetheless, religion also continues to play an important community building role in modern society. Despite its geographical spread and growing popularity, however, there is a lack of wider understanding about what Spiritualism actually is.
Perhaps not surprisingly, we’ve met a lot of people along the path of our travels who ask us why we’re wandering around in the rain with ancient OS maps, pointing cameras at piles of rubbish or unattractive shop-fronts. They literally back off – physically recoiling from us – as we explain that we’re looking at the history of Spiritualism. From the eccentric Madame Arcati in ‘Blithe Spirit’, to con-artist Oda Mae Brown in ‘Ghost’, portrayals of people who talk with the dead routinely play on the slightly mad and slightly comical older lady (yes, usually a lady) as a pitiful character who is easy to ridicule and dismiss. Is it indeed because I was less aware of it and feel as though I have uncovered a more hidden aspect of Spiritualism? But I had not previously appreciated the extent to which healers are as important as mediums. Then, I became curious to experience healing and find out whether it would affect me in some way. From a patient point of view, I suppose that some personalities have an easier time to let go, but I am one of these people that finds it quite hard. The healer shut the door and asked me to sit in a chair that was placed in the middle of the room. Without giving away any spoilers, it’s safe to say the film is a sweet parody reminding us that beauty is on the inside rather than the outside. This is understood as a spirit that will go on to live in other forms when that body can no longer serve it; and had a presence even before that body came into existence. They might have a particular interest in caring for the future of the planet, recognising that their spirit in this particular body will one day no longer need that physical environment, but believing nonetheless that they have a responsibility to leave the world in the best shape possible for future generations. It probably isn’t even the experience of living in a physical world, because any living being can experience that, not just humans.
Increasingly scientific observations are also suggesting that consciousness can in fact be disembodied.
Or it might be when others judge us by our physical appearance, or by what we do or don’t do with our bodies. That spirit or consciousness might exist independently in other ways we are yet to fully understand, but without the body the human experience of simply ‘being’ is lost. Because it won’t always be at your disposal; regardless of what you believe happens once it has gone. It can also be used to express the seeming fate or destiny of an auspicious or important event, friendship, or happening. The concept derives from an ancient Celtic tradition and is still a popular practice in many spiritual traditions in Ireland today. For example: One could see another person they have never met in this lifetime and instantly hate or love them because of previous interaction(s) with the other in one or more previous lifetimes. You have a feeling as if this person is 'out there somewhere' and may even know who you are on the same level. The twinflame comes into our life in an unexpected way out of the blue and usually there are synchonicities and strange occurances or major shifts in energy the same week of the initial meeting.
It's as if you could share your entire life with this person and there is a level of openness and understanding between you that brings a comfortable yet intruiguing sense of familiarity. For it is the hatred for one another that sticks you together like glue until you can understand and release the hate that binds you. Our partners in love – and hate – most often come to us as parents, siblings, spouses, and children. But karma and karmic ties are huge topics, and I’ll write about these in more detail in another blog. I didn’t understand at that time how this was possible, and I didn’t feel worthy or capable at a human level, but I just knew it inside—I knew it in my soul. Soulmates who have incarnated with a plan to heal together—especially those who planned to do so through a romantic union—will stir up uncomfortable stuff in each other because of the very nature of who they are. When two souls are ready for this, the highest individual and union potential can be reached.
So my best advice to you is to listen to your heart and trust yourself as you navigate your life now with an awareness of who your Twin Flame is. It’s about a personal belief and faith which – like any religion for anybody – underpins their everyday life experiences, but hinges on some things which those without that particular religious frame of reference might find difficult to countenance. Channel 4 simply reinforced a few more stereotypes and hammered the nails a little deeper into the coffin of Spiritualism for the trolls to delight in. Social science can play a key role in trying to understand how and why that arises, and how we might be able to overcome it. This legacy, together with the active life of the city’s remaining Spiritualist churches today, represents a hidden enchanted, whilst simultaneously ordinary, heritage for those who have, as Arnold Bennett puts it, ‘an eye to perceive it’.
In the 1980s, the construction of the A50 affected Fenton and Longton Spiritualist churches. Away from all the wars and disputes, a sense of religious belonging enhances wellbeing in the everyday lives of many people. At the other end of the spectrum there are darker, more sinister portrayals like Alison Mundy in ‘Afterlife’ where the medium is possessed or haunted by spirits which roam battered and bruised around the earthly plain awaiting justice. For Spiritualists believe that Spirit will come to the person when they are ready, and it’s up to each individual to make the choice to listen or not. Healers also develop in circles, and their gift is as valued and necessary as that of mediums.
That said, I also wondered whether I could challenge myself: could I actually be still and relax for twenty minutes in a strange environment? It’s not that I can’t relax; I simply have always found it difficult to do it with other people.
True love, so the story goes, occurs between unaccountably attracted soulmates not just from the magnetism of physical bodies.
For me, I think the most profound thing about being human is that – whether we do it as embodied spirits or as a random collection of cells governed partly by something we don’t really understand called consciousness – we do it from ‘inside’ or ‘as’ a body.
At times like that some people have an overwhelming urge to disown their body or to try and change it. Creating a soulmate could be seen as a spiritual reward that we give ourselves, after pursuing many soul contracts rife with discord. The anam chara acted as mentor, teacher, companion and spiritual guide.A The emphasis was on spiritual companionship and direction as opposed to today's romantic notion of the 'soul-mate'. The most popular use of this concept is in applying it to those who were loved intimately in other lifetimes which were then found in this one. If you have found your twinflame it does not mean that the relationship will necessarily be free from issues or personal conflict.
They serve to remind us about those aspects of our character that we should love and cherish.
The point I want to make here is that soulmates have a profound soul connection with each other—yes—but they also have karma to heal, and facing our karma can be scary!
And our souls exchanged some energetic healing as our bodies were perfectly aligned—the energy exchanged was pure, unconditional love.
I couldn’t (and can’t) stop her from feeling the connection between us—regardless of whether she acknowledges it or not. They are like mirrors for each other—they reflect back to each other what needs working on, and what needs changing in order to really heal and become whole. But if one or more soulmate is not ready, the relationship may either not get off the ground—or be a complete disaster if tried on for size before they are both ready to do the necessary soul healing and growth work together. It was as if my lifeline had been cut and I’d be cast out to sea all alone, bobbing around in a little dinghy—but then I’d seen the tantalising promise of land in the distance, and I’d gotten so close to the shore that comfort and safety seemed to be within my reach… but then the tide had turned strongly against me, and mercilessly taken me further away from comfort and safety than I was before knowing that the land had existed. And with this knowing came understanding—and with this understanding many wonderful things have transpired and transformed my life.
Social science plays a key role in understanding the way society works, how people live together in peace, and how we can help to forge a better future. Regardless of the reasons, I have been going to healing more and more, and to my surprise (because I can’t quite understand why), I very much enjoy it.
After healing, I join healers and patients in the common area of the church and we sip tea and chat about how we’ve been. It’s about a spiritual connection our physical selves do not necessarily have total control over. From cosmetic surgery and dieting, to self-harm and suicide, us humans have developed a huge range of ways in which to articulate our frustration with our embodied existence. You even feel an attraction to the sound of their voice and it may even sound familiar to you. Those we hate actually help us to embrace those aspects of our character that we find it hard to love. For it is all too easy to “eliminate the positive, and accentuate the negative” while we are here on Earth. So when we speak of how “our soulmates can help us”, we are referring to how our “Bashert” can help us grow as Soul. The Twin Flame journey is the ultimate healing journey, and because our soul energy is always connected with our twin’s, what we do to heal ourselves ultimately has a positive impact on them too. And part of that is to understand the role of religion and spiritual belief in all its guises. In other words, would I be open enough to receive healing, and if so, would I feel anything?
However, I always feel on edge somehow when I am supposed to let go with, basically, a stranger. This is why I am always surprised when every once in a while, there is a story in the press that surfaces condemning complementary medicine, such as this recent article in The Guardian. This familiarity, this sense of community and feeling of ‘care’ are just as important as the 20-minute healing session.
We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves.
If you have looked into the eyes of a soulmate—you have literally experienced your own soul looking back at you. But perhaps most important and amazing of all, meeting my soulmate enabled me to not only experience the magnificent wonder of unconditional love upon our first meeting—the experience of the last few years has tested and challenged me in so many ways, and yet my unconditional love for her endures. As I closed my eyes and felt her presence close to me, I was immediately aware of a deep sense of calm. I think this is worth considering – even though I have no data to prove that I am better, I sure do feel better.
My rational mind couldn’t quite explain it, but I decided then and there to trust her… and I let myself be in the moment. As my mind became accustomed to the music, I imagined drifting away – not to a place, but to an emptiness. If you want to attract a life partner as your soul mate, there are several illusions you will need to relinquish. Time has nothing to do with the quality of your connection and its importance in your life. I started Quoteszilla in 2013 to create beautiful picture quotes, as written quotes do inspire us but my goal is to make it more interesting and engaging by adding quotes on images.

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