CATHERINE, A BLOG READERS, ASKED ME THE OTHER DAY IF I HAD EXPERIENCES OF SPIRITS AND THE SPIRIT WORLD. I SAID I HAD.
The one closest to my heart concerns my mother Jo.
She died on the 3rd August 2006.
On the 3rd August 2007, a year later, and her annisvery I had 4 friends in the house for dinner. They were musicians and we were finished our meal, having a few drinks and they were playing their instruments.
None of the 4 had ever met my mother.
At 10.40 pm one of them looked out the window and said to me: “Pat, theres a woman at the door looking for you:. The door security light had come on. I looked out the window and firstly thought it was my sister who looks quite like my Mum. Them I realised it was my mother.
When we got to the door she had moved back from the door and was standing beside a Chinese Lantern tree in the garden. She was dressed as she was in the above photo. She smiled and waved at me and then was gone.
At 11.20, 40 minutes later the very same sequence of events happened.
Of course I was taken aback but realised she had come to me on her anniversary to let me know she was happy. All my four friends, who as I said had never met her witnessed this.
I still feel her presence in the house and occasionally I get a whiff of one of her two favourite perfumes.
I believe that the”real” and the spirit world are wrapped around each other and divided as if by a flimsy lace curtain.
Sometimes, for some reason, a little breeze blows and we get a glimpse of the spirit world.
I have had other such experiences some very positive, some very negative and some just neutral.
O God, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O God, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever You cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O God, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go astray after this. O God, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound and forgive him, honor his rest and ease his entrance; wash him with water and snow and hail, and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. O God, give him a home better than his home and a family better than his family. O God, admit him to Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of Hell-fire; make his grave spacious and fill it with light.”