Spirit Story: Part 1

 

As promised, here’s a spirit story from our past year. There are many, so I’m going to start with the first one.

(Some context: Dudley had already had the small stroke with no aftereffects in July 2016, but had not yet had the severe stroke, which happened in October.)

One night in September 2016, I had a strong feeling that Leon wanted to communicate with Dudley. (I’ve never had this impression before, even though Dudley and Leon respect one another and Dudley did see Leon once, right after we started going out.)

Dudley was on his way to bed but I convinced him to sit down in the living room with me while I lit a candle and let Leon know we were listening. After about 10 minutes of waiting, we heard nothing (thought I felt Leon’s presence) so I thanked Leon for his help with the house and Dudley went up to bed.

The next morning, Dudley, who always got up before me, came upstairs as soon as I got out of bed. He asked if I had heard anything the night before. I told him I had not. He said that his mom, who had passed away a year or two earlier, had called his name in the night, and that her voice had the strength and volume that it did when she was young. Her voice was so clear and strong that he sat up in bed, fully expecting to see his mom in the hallway. But he saw nothing.

The other really cool aspect of the experience was that for the first time in many years, Dudley woke up with no aches and pains. We hoped that the healing effect was permanent ~ it wasn’t ~ but it did last for several days after his mom’s visit.

Later that day, we realized that it was either his mom’s birthday or his sister’s birthday. (Their birthdays are one day apart.) I wrote a note to myself about the visit, but didn’t write the date ~ I wish I had done so, but maybe it doesn’t matter, as the help and support we’ve gotten over the past year from both Dudley’s mom and his sister ~ foreshadowed in dreams and confirmed in spirit visits ~ have been invaluable.

I’ll continue this story in another post.

(Posted October 2018.)

Unexpected Turn in the Path

I have been absent from this blog and most of social media since mid-October when the path of my life took an unexpected turn ~ my love and mate Dudley suffered a stroke that nearly ended his life. Dudley and I (and our tribe of family and friends) have spent the past three months focusing on his well-being and healing.

I had alluded in a Facebook post last August 14 to a health crisis that Dudley experienced that we considered a gift ~ because it made us aware of how precious our time together was. It also inspired us to re-commit to slowing down, savoring life, and enjoying one another’s company.

Out of respect for Dudley’s privacy, I didn’t share the details of last summer’s health crisis. Now, it seems fitting to do so, as the impact of both strokes on our lives is significant. Dudley had a small stroke last July. He had just passed the critical 90-day mark from the July stroke, complete with scans and tests and a thumbs-up from his neurologist, the day before he had the really severe stroke in October. He has been in hospitals and rehab centers ever since, working on regaining strength and mobility. He is not yet back home, but that is the next milestone that we’re working on.

An unexpected and powerful gift of this experience has been the incredible outpouring of love, support, and practical help from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers ~ people with whom I’ve dealt to take care of Dudley’s many business concerns. The kindness and goodness of people has added a transformative element to an otherwise hard experience.

I have decided to take a sabbatical in 2017 from offering events, tours, and investigations in order to focus on Dudley and his healing. 

I hope and expect to be back with a full schedule of Annie Wilder’s Haunted Tea Parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events in 2018.

This was a difficult decision to make in many ways, as I love hosting events and I am proud of both my haunted tea parties and the Spirited Schoolhouse events.  (And, want to say, it feels really good to be connecting energetically with friends of my blog and Facebook page again.) 

I decided last year to close the door on Inkswiggler, my editing and publishing consulting business, and am happy to refer all editing and ghostwriting inquiries to my mega-talented friend Sally McGraw.

I am keeping the Annie Wilder Literary Agency in place.

And, I am continuing to work on my next book, a follow-up to House of Spirit and Whispers.

And in case you’re wondering about the spirits ~ I alluded earlier to the kindness of people in our lives. The spirits gathered round, too, after Dudley’s stroke; I felt their presence nearly constantly in the first weeks especially, when Dudley’s health was most precarious. Dudley came to see me in a dream on his first night in the ICU. We both remember this. (He was not often conscious for more than a few moments at a time in the first few weeks in ICU.) Dudley’s energy or spirit also visited our house in the first week or after the stroke to offer some familiar help. I will write about these experiences and other powerful and comforting mystical experiences that occurred during Dudley’s recovery in another post.

Watch for new posts around the time of the new moon each month, as a theme for our household this year is renewal and hope.

(Posted January 2017)

Report From A Crystal Ball Reading

 

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A belated but sincere huge thank you to psychic intuitive Eric Moen and all my guests at the Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination event last week. WOW.

I had the feeling it was going to be an interesting night, and it was. Eric did a fantastic job of providing in-depth and accurate readings to everyone present. It was really fun to see Eric peering into the crystal ball and describing images that he then interpreted. The readings went much deeper than I had expected and Eric was a generous and unhurried reader ~ very focused and direct. My guests were almost all haunted tea party and schoolhouse friends who have come to many spirited events in the past. (It was good to see you all again!)

Two guests approached me afterward to tell their readings were “spot on.” And I did see people nodding vigorously while their friend or family member was getting a reading. A few times tarot card images came through, which gave Eric specific insights into the response, since he reads tarot cards.

The night started with Eric sharing the story of how he acquired his crystal ball and how he established a working relationship with it. Eric introduced the crystal ball, whose name is Thurston, a grand and masculine old-fashioned name that suits its energy. (The ball is named after the great magician Howard Thurston, who lived from 1869 to 1936.)

Eric said his goal was to provide information that could be used in a positive and empowering way. He said divination revealed possibilities and patterns, but that each of us has free will and can use the information gleaned from a reading to make choices that empower our lives.

Guests were asked if they wanted a general reading or had specific questions. Eric described what he saw, even while images were forming, and included all of us in his processing of the visual information. For example, when the first image that appeared for one guest kept morphing but never completely manifested into a solid image, he described what he was seeing, then asked her if she was in a state of transition. (She was.)

For my friend Steve, one of the first images Eric described was one eye, looking up. Eric told Steve that the image represented him somehow. It didn’t occur to Steve till the end of the night that the unusual image represented his love of astronomy and hobby of backyard stargazing with a telescope.

Just one more example: My guest Diane, wanting to clear her mind, decided to think about my cats. Right away, Eric told her he saw a big cat. First we all laughed, as Diane’s tee shirt had a large cat on it! Eric didn’t miss a beat and said something like, “Not that one.” That’s when Diane told us she had been thinking about my cats in order to not focus on anything from her life.

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I highly recommend contacting Eric for private or group readings. (PM me for his number if interested.) Eric Moen and Thurston will definitely be part of future Spirited Schoolhouse events!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Annie Wilder’s Spirited Schoolhouse Event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson

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I’m very pleased to announce a new Annie Wlder’s Spirited Schoolhouse event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson.

The event is coming up quickly, on Saturday, July 16, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 PM, and we already have people signed up, so please register right away if you’d like to be part of this. (Sign up by emailing me: annie@anniewilder.com.)

Chanda offered a past-life regression for me and several members of my family earlier this year and it was amazing ~ very positive and powerful. Many of you have seen my dab my eyes while listening to the very moving messages at the spirit message circles. At this event, I literally cried as I recalled a life as a young orphan boy in Europe (sometime in the 1700s – 1800s, I believe). 

My clothes were caked with dirt and grime and were literally stiff from never being washed. I slept on hay in a horse barn and had only survived after my mother died because the cook, whose face I can still clearly see, saw to it that I was fed. My impression was that my mother in that lifetime had been a household servant and had died when I was a few years old. When I was a young teenager, I was sold to a man to work on his farm. I can also still see myself leaving with the man on a dirt road and turning back to look at the cook, who was watching me leave with tears running down her face. I ran away from the man’s farm a few years later because he was so cruel. I found work on a ship, shoveling coal into a furnace or stove. I died in that lifetime when the ship sank, but my main thought as I died was that I was glad I had run away and experienced freedom. Chanda asked us what the message was from that life life to ourselves in this life, and my message as the young man to myself today was, “Don’t give up.”

Everyone at the event had an entirely different and very detailed story or narrative, with the exception of one guest who takes quite strong medication. Non of us had known what to expect going in and we all agreed it was vivid and illuminating.

I do recommend that guests come with a friend, due to the emotional intensity of the experience.

More details on the event “Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson” here.

 

Report From a Haunted Tea Party

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I love all the haunted tea parties, but this one was extra special.

We had not only three guests that are highly skilled psychics, (sisters Suzanne Worthley, Lisa Eckman, and Suzanne’s daughter Phoebe) but three guests whose great grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle lived in my house from the 1920s through the 1960s. (Sisters Barb and Kathy and their cousin Bill.) Between the stories that Barb, Kathy and Bill shared about their memories of Leon and the house, and Suzanne and Lisa’s impressions of the spirits and residual energies, we had a fascinating time!

To share just a few of the things I learned at the tea: I found out that Leon and his wife used to sit on the side porch, while the upstairs tenants had use of the front porch. It was Barb and Kathy’s grandmother Liz, not their aunt Gertude, who used to sit at the upstairs window and watch to make sure kids didn’t leave church early ~ and who called their parents if they did!

Suzanne took a look at pictures of both Liz and Gertrude and said that although they were sisters, their energy was very different. Suzanne picked up on Liz’s sharp intellect and serious nature and on Gertude’s warmth, kindness and sense of whimsey ~ she said Gertrude had a love of flowers and fairies. Gertrude used a conch shell as a doorstop in the parlor, a practice I followed after I heard the story from Barb a few years ago.

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Suzanne also said that Leon and Liz had a deep friendship, based on mutual respect. (There was a period of time when Liz and her husband were renting from Leon and his wife.) I found this interesting, because I have heard from more than one psychic that Leon has a female companion in the spirit world who is not his wife but was a good friend of his during their physical lives. I had figured that it must have been a family member, since friendships between men and women who were married to other people seemed to have been pretty unusual in Leon’s time. Suzanne said Leon respected Liz’s intellect, which resonated with me as a characteristic that Leon, who was very traditional, would value. (Leon once told psychic Echo Bodine that she “came across like a man,” meaning she was very direct. I got the impression that although Leon didn’t think of directness as feminine, he did respect it.)

Last, two things: Bill gave me a photograph of Gertrude and her husband Ted, which I am very happy to have. (I will share it after I make sure it’s all right to post.) And, after Barb told me a few years back that the guest room closet (with a big window) was her grandmas’ sewing room and happy place, I said I was going to put my sewing machine in there. (I do already have an antique sewing table in the closet.) On Monday this week, I came home and found the sleek and beautiful, steampunk-ian  Franklin sewing machine pictured here on my back porch, with a note from Barb, saying it belonged to her grandma Liz and she wanted me to have it. I am thrilled and honored, of course.

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I was intrigued by the Egyptian symbolism on the sewing machine ~ my son told me that it was probably from the 1920s, as that was when King Tut’s tomb was discovered and there was kind of a worldwide craze about it. I looked online and found the Franklin sewing machine and it IS from the 1920s. That would explain the unexpected drama of ancient magical symbols on an important, but common, household machine.

I called Barb and let her know that I will take good care of her grandma’s beautiful sewing machine and that I see it as a permanent part of my house and its story.

 

 

Tea Parties, Crystal Ball Readings & Paranormal Investigations, Oh My!

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Tea parties and crystal ball readings and paranormal investigations, oh my! Not to mention three radio/podcast interviews….

This June is filled with spirited events and appearances for me ~ hope you can be part of them, as a guest or listener! Getting ready today for the season’s first haunted tea tomorrow, June 4 ~ and what a tea party it will be!!

Guests include my friends Suzanne Worthley and Lisa Eckman, sisters who are both highly skilled intuitives and energy workers. Also present will be my friends Kathy and Barb (another set of sisters) and their cousin Bill, whose great-grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle all lived in my house over the course of nearly 40 years, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Kathy, Barb and Bill’s family overlapped slightly with Leon’s time here. (He bought the house in 1963.) They have shared stories of their family’s time in the house that are now part of my tea parties stories and will be included in my next book.

My friend Steve R. is bringing his team in for a paranormal investigation on June 10. Steve can be seen in a video on my website from 2010 when he was with a different paranormal group (which has since disbanded).

I will be interviewed by Paranormal Talk Show on June 14, and by my friend Kevin Hale and crew from the Shooting from the Lip on July 1. Still working out a date for the third radio appearance, which will be on Spaced Out Radio. (Will post time and other details for these appearances closer to the date, plus the info will be on my website later today.)

Wrapping up the month will be the brand-new Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination with psychic intuitive Eric Moen on June 30. I’m really excited about this event and we have some very cool guests signed up already. There are still seats available, but please sign up soon if you’d like a spot!

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Will post reports on all June’s spirited events and happenings.

As a side note, it seems that the house spirits are interested in all the activity ~ at least, I am aware of their presence and sense their positive and curious attention. I’m really hoping that Kathy, Barb, and Bill’s family spirits drop by for tea tomorrow!

Cover Reveal: Loyd Auerbach’s Psychic Dreaming

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In Annie Wilder Literary Agency news: Check out this gorgeous cover for Psychic Dreaming, a revised and updated edition of famed parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach’s classic title. My friend Kevin Brown designed the cover, which is perfect for the book.

SO excited about this! This will be the first book released by one of my literary agency clients and I couldn’t be more pleased. If you’re into the paranormal at all, you’ve probably read Loyd’s books, articles, and interviews, and seen him on dozens of TV shows.

I’ve been a fan of  Loyd’s since his days as a columnist for FATE magazine and am happy to be working with him on reissuing his classic titles as well as pitching some new books.

Psychic Dreaming will be released in April of 2017. I’ll post more details about the book and an interview with Loyd closer to the release date.

My thanks to Llewellyn, Kevin Brown, and acquisitions editor Amy Glaser!

Christopher Moon, Paulette “Momma” Moon, and the Ghost Box in the Parlor

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Had a lovely visit last week with my Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients (now friends) psychic medium team Chris Moon and his mom Paulette. They came up from Colorado to wrap up edits on their forthcoming book (more on that in a moment) and be filmed for the 2016 Halloween episode of Life to the Max.

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Chris was the first person to work with the infamous “Frank’s Box” also known as a Ghost Box or Thomas Edison’s Telephone to the Dead. (Yes, THAT Thomas Edison!) Frank’s Box was the precursor to what are now standard tools of the trade for paranormal investigators, the Schack Hack and the Ovilus.

Both Chris and Paulette are extremely gifted mediums ~ in fact, before they even turned on the Ghost Box, they were picking up names of spirits who lived and died in this house. I have never written about three of the spirits they named and the fourth, if I mentioned him at all in my books, had a pen name. They also shed some light on a longstanding mystery that followed almost exactly the narrative provided by another psychic friend of mine (also never written about and rarely spoken about to anyone but a few of my family members). If I am able to verify the information in some way, it will be included in my next book.

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And speaking of books, I am pleased to announce that Chris and Paulette have written a book describing  their fascinating encounters with a variety of spirits and inter-dimensional beings using the Ghost Box. The book’s final title has not yet been decided, but it will be published by Llewellyn sometime in 2017. Will definitely keep you posted on this project!

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Will also let everyone know the date and time when the Life to the Max episode will air this fall. The reporter for the night was WCCO’s award-winning journalist Liz Collin, which was really an honor. We had quite a bit of spirit activity during the shoot, and it was during the filming that two of the previous owner’s names came though. (First and last names.) If the clip stays in the final piece, you’ll see how shocked I was when I realized what had been said.

Also, for those of you familiar with EMF meters, ALL the lights were lit up for approximately 10 ~ 15 minutes. (For those unfamiliar with EMF meters, I am told this almost never happens, even for just a minute.) Another paranormal team that came to my house had a similar experience with their EMF meter. The video from that night that is on my website, “Ghost Busters: The TIPS Crew Investigates Annie Wilder’s House” ~ Life to the Max Show, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Spirit Message Circle with Intuitive Medium Linda Cora

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In Spirit Message Circle News, my friend, intuitive medium Linda Cora, did an amazing job of delivering messages from guides and loved ones in spirit for the Mother’s Day Circle.

I’ve hosted spirited events for about a decade, and I’ve found that each event has its own energy and lessons or illuminations. As usual, the spirit sisters let us know they were present by turning the light off and on a few times. There were encouraging and even humorous messages of love, support, and encouragement. (For example, two or three friends/family members in spirit advised guests to pursue their dreams/current business ideas and to believe in themselves.)

I got an absolutely spot-on message from our sweet dog Cherry, who crossed over to the spirit side of life two years ago. Linda announced that Cherry let her know that she was happy, she no longer had arthritis and could run and play—and that Dudley (my husband) had a new girlfriend! I laughed and let everyone know that Dudley DOES have a new girlfriend—our youngest cat Sylvie, who we refer to as Dudley’s girlfriend because she so obviously adores him. I assured Cherry that she is still in our hearts and we miss her every day.

Linda also delivered healing messages to two guests in the midst of difficult situations ~ one of which involved losing a family member to suicide.

Linda took a bit of time to talk with this guest, who was obviously in a great deal of pain. She also followed up after the event with a detailed and thoughtful email on the topic to all the guests that had shared their email address with her. While Linda was working with the guest who had lost a family member in this terribly sad and difficult way, I could feel the supportive energy of the other guests in the circle. As happens so often at my haunted tea events, I was filled with tremendous respect and appreciation for the wonderful, smart, and caring people that are my guests. We ended the evening with some prayers/positive thoughts for those in need and by burning sage.

My thanks to everyone who attended the Mother’s Day Spirit Message Circle.

Mother’s Day, 2016

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who shares her creativity and caregiving skills with the world, whether her love is directed toward children, those in need, animal companions, or the natural world and planet.

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My thanks to the all the guests who were part of our Mothers’ Day Spirit Message Circle on Thursday, and special thanks to intuitive Linda Cora, who did an incredible job, as always.

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I’ll post the highlights of the Spirit Message Circle event tomorrow, but wanted to thank my talented friends Linda Cora, Diana Stinocher, and Kathy Johns for the lovely and thoughtful gifts, pictured in this post.

Thank you, too, to my friend Lisa Faribault for taking the fantastic pictures of my house!