A random request, but I accepted.
It was being held at a local spiritualist church. I've never been to one so I had no idea what to expect. All I knew (or thought I knew) was that these churches trained people to communicate with the deceased.
They were like bootcamps for psychics.
With only minutes to spare, I walked into the small church, had a pee in the gents and made my way to the main hall where I saw my acquaintance sat in a circle made up of nine people; all of which were over fifty-five. She smiled and stood up to greet me and thanked me for coming.
'I've no idea what to expect,' I whispered.
'Me neither,' she said. 'You might get some healing though.'
'I'm cool with a bit of healing.'
She told me to fill in a 'Patient form'. It asked for basic details like name, address and why I was there. For that section I simply wrote, 'moral support'. I couldn't think of anything that needed healing. I looked up from writing and noticed a small grey-haired shih tzu walking around the place. It walked over to me and I gave a it a little stroke. It sniffed at my leg for a while before making itself comfy in it's little basket at the front of the hall.
Psychic dog? I thought. I've heard about those.
I joined the group and sat down. Everybody stared, like when you walk into a local pub when you're not a local.
In the centre of the circle was a tall table with a lit candle and a book of names.
A thin lady with short grey hair stood up and said we were to begin. It was time for the introductory prayer. We were told to shut our eyes and lower our heads.
A song started from the sound system. Soothing vocals and harmonies. It had a very Irish feel to it.
'Oh Father,' the lady said, 'thank you for giving us this opportunity to heal. May your healing energy surround us and support us. May your protection reach every being. May you bless the animal kingdom. May you give us strength and guidance in our lives. Ahmen.'
The lady and another, one who looked a few years younger and spoke with a geordie accent, got up and each stood behind a different person with their hands resting on the sitting person's shoulders. Everyone had their eyes shut. A part from me, of course. When the prayer was complete I was ready to stretch until I saw that everybody was motionless. My bad.
So I shut my eyes and began to meditate.
The Irish music was constantly on in the background. I really enjoyed it. I must ask them for the CD afterwards, I thought.
The two healers spent about six or seven minutes with each person. When it got to my turn, the geordie one came and sat next to me.
'Do you know what to expect, love?' she whispered. She was leaning on her knees with her elbows. Her eyes were super green.
I said I didn't have any expectations.
'Well, you might experience heat or a tingling sensation. You might have a healing crisis . . .'
A healing crisis? That doesn't sound good.
'For example,' she continued, 'if you have a cold, your symptoms might worsen afterwards. But they'll soon balance out. It's the same with any healing. Basically, healing energy is going to come from the spirits, through me, who's acting like a channel, and into you.' She smiled.
'OK,' I said. 'That's fine.'
She got up to start then sat back down again. 'You don't mind being touched, do you?' she added.
I shook my head - but I guess it depends where, I thought. I didn't want to have that kind of crisis.
So I shut my eyes and she stood behind me with her hands resting very gently on my shoulders.
The music had stopped at this point so I could hear everything in the room:
- Stomachs bubbling and churning.
- The woman opposite me had leather shoes on. Her legs crossed at her ankles. She was rubbing them together making an annoying squeaky noise. ('WOMAN, I'M TRYING TO BE HEALED HERE!)
- Then the fireworks started outside. Mainly rockets followed by the occasional explosion.
- A boiler that kept on starting and stopping every forty-five seconds.
- The round man in the circle tried clearing his throat discreetly but ended up choking himself.
- The shih tzu snored like a trooper in the background.
That dog. Because I could hear it snoring my attention got diverted to that damn dog.
'If I had a shih tzu, what would I call it?'
Gav, you're supposed to be thinking about not thinking. Silence!
'I think I'd call it Sue.'
Gav . . . stop it . . .
An image of myself in a field with the dog popped into my head.
'If it wouldn't poo and I was losing patience with it, I'd shout "Shit, Sue!"'
A massive grin appeared on my face which I couldn't hide at all.
The healer took her hands off and I was ready to say thank you and get up, but she replaced them onto my chest for a couple of minutes.
Then it was over.
I opened my eyes and said thank you. She asked if I would like a glass of water to which I said yes.
My acquaintance smiled at me, who was having healing done at the same time.
Despite the inappropriate canine thoughts, I was relaxed and felt good.
Now it was time for the closing prayer.
This time it was the geordie lady who stood up to speak.
'Oh Father,' she said, 'thank you for all of your healing energy hear today. Thank you for touching every one of us. May your protection continue to reach every being on the planet. May you continue to give us strength and guidance in our lives. Ahmen.'
We all said thank you to one another and got ready to leave.
'You're always welcome,' said the thin lady with short grey hair.
'Thank you,' I said.
It was a nice experience. How much healing I received, I have no idea.