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I Love Dead People - Part 1

Updated on November 25, 2012

I Adore the Breathing Challenged

"We Could Fly So High, Let Our Spirits Never Die" ~Heal The World

I don't believe that people die. The shell is gone. The spirit lives forever. This must be true, or I'm insane. Though it would probably be easier for many people to believe the latter, I know there are those still practicing the art of breathing, that communicate with those who are not. I've met them, and we compared notes.

It started (that I remember) when I was twelve years old. My grandmother had been gone for a few weeks, when I had a dream in which she was talking with me. I could see her, smell her soft perfume, hug her and experience her presence, just as if she was right there with me.

Many people have reported these types of "Lucid Dreaming" experiences. It's not that unusual. But I had never had one like that before.

I attended a church, throughout my childhood, that frowned upon, actually severely discouraged...actually would tell you that you had demons...if you suggested that you were hearing from your dead grandmother. I loved the dream, but it also scared me. At the tender age of twelve, I was contemplating that maybe the dream had actually been a demon impersonating my grandmother, and trying to get me to talk to an evil spirit!

That's how fearful, brain-washed, and indoctrinated I was. I used to hear sermons about "demons" all the time (from infant-hood, actually). However, I don't think I was paying much attention before the age of four. As soon as I learned how to write, I was taking notes on each sermon. We had no "Kids Church" that went on while the parents heard the scary stuff. The services lasted a minimum of two hours. If the minister was long-winded - two and a half. On special "Holy Days" throughout the year, we would have two-hour services in the morning and another two hours in the afternoon (unless the minister was long-winded). The "demon sermons" inspired some dreams of a very different ilk. I took this stuff verrrrrry seriously.

So, for me to evolve so far as to welcome my dear grandmother's voice with her helpful encouragement, warnings and advice, is no small accomplishment.

I left that church about sixteen years ago, and my spiritual life has never been so rich.

I welcomed my grandmother's voice at a personal crisis point in the mid nineteen-nineties. It was pretty much, just my grandma and me until 2006. Paranormal friend count stood at ONE. (That I was aware of).

In 2004, I reconnected with a living dear childhood friend. We reminisced about how we had both come out of that controlling, awful church. She too was branching out in her beliefs. Over the months of reconnection, we were sharing so many fun lunches and dinners and phone conversations, when suddenly she got the news that she had breast cancer. As things progressed quickly, our conversations turned to thoughts of communicating with each other beyond this life. We made a pact. Whoever went first to that Neverland in the sky, would come back through to let the other know that they were okay - and to let the other know that she was still staying connected to loved ones on Earth, "The Breathing Ones."

My friend ascended in September of 2006. I was devastated by the loss, but I told her spirit that she had to stick to our agreement. Soon after her memorial service, my bedroom TV started turning on by itself, in the wee hours of the morning. One morning I saw an apparition of her, while in and out of sleep. It was more like a dream than a sighting while fully awake. As the TV instances kept happening over and over, my young son, who was sleeping in the room too, began to get frightened and paranoid about this continuing occurrence. I asked my (now spirit) friend to please communicate in other ways, so as not to scare my son. I thanked her so much for getting through to me. The TV stayed off during the night, from that time on...until my grown daughter and I went to Vegas.

My daughter was in the shower and I had fallen asleep on one of the beds in our hotel room. I was awakened by light and sound coming from the TV. It had turned on by itself. I immediately thought of my friend! Then, having to prove to myself what had just happened, I searched the bed for the remote control. Maybe I had rolled over on it and accidentally turned on the TV. The remote was sitting on the nightstand. I smiled and said "Hello" to my friend. :) Just to make absolutely sure, I questioned my daughter when she came back into the bedroom area. Logically, I knew she wouldn't have had time to play a trick on me by turning the TV on and then running back into the shower. She hadn't. I felt that my friend had found a way to say "Hi" again, without frightening my son. :)

In the fall of 2007, I had this amazing vision during a guided meditation. I saw an incredibly bright, huge angel by the doorway of the room in which the guided meditation took place. I told our guide, and she immediately thought it was her guardian angel. She told me his name. I said, "No, this one's name is Michael."

My vision that evening was clear and beautiful, this bright and loving angel took my hand and led me up wooden steps embedded into the earth. It seemed to be a vision of my own death. Though I am not Native American, this vision was in a Native American setting. The angel led me up to a cozy-looking (what I later found to be) "Hogan" structure. Soon after the vision, my family went to a museum that had an exhibit of this same type of structure. I was mesmerized, recognizing it from the meditation.

Walking inside, it looked much like the structure in my vision. The angel had led me to meet my grandmother here. I looked around, fascinated to be in a physical manifestation of what I'd envisioned, so soon after seeing it in my mind! The display included a small stove and an empty lard tin. I love antique tins. I picked it up and saw that this brand of lard was produced by a company in Illinois. My grandmother is from Chapin, Illinois. I smiled and then cried. It was a wonderful sign to me.

Now, if you think these things are just everyday-type coincidences - the "insane" theory is looking pretty good to you. If you believe in magic, spirit messages, and love that lasts forever, you might have fun reading the rest of this.


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    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for your comment, Elric. :) I appreciate you taking the time to read so many of my pieces and give your feedback. You can find more on my website. :)

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      4 years ago

      Super inmfioatrve writing; keep it up.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Dear Cam,

      With all my heart - I truly believe that the chances of hearing from a loved one who has ascended - are as vast or as few as you believe they are.

      I've wanted more dreams with my dad, but found that many dreams we have, we don't consciously remember. I have needed to stay open to ways of communication that are not necessarily what I expected, but nonetheless, very real.

      I started seeing dragonflies at times when it would most remind me of my dad. Now I say "Hello - and "I love you," and the dragonfly will come very close.

      It is a feeling of the heart that only you can know. There may be a scent of her favorite perfume when you walk into a room, or special numbers reflecting special dates that you both shared. This is how I "see" and feel spirit. I don't have apparitions hangin' out with me, like in the movies. But I may hear their voice clearly in my mind.

      The real validation comes when what they've said plays out exactly as they told you. :) May you find your special way to "hear" and "see" her. With much love, ~h~

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Hartford, CT

      heavenleigh707, After my wife passed away, I was talking to her aunt. She asked me if Sandy had communicated with me since she had passed. I told her no. It seems that my wife did appear to her aunt and uncle though. I have had some rough experiences since she left. It would be nice to hear from her. What are the chances? Maybe zero, but it would be nice. Thanks for the hub. It is very encouraging.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for your comment, Rebecca. I appreciate your hubs! Congratulations on your success, and thank you for the encouragement you bring to me and many others.

      I do believe our spirit guides are helping and "checking on us" - yes! Continued success and blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have them out there checking on me. I just love this. It is so moving and well written.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for your comment here, Snowdrops - you understand perfectly! I'm sure she is always with you. :)

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      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      this is interesting. i lost my grandma too and i always feel that she's always there and keeping her promise not to leave me no matter what..

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Love your comment, Mike! :)

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You have a special connection to your grandmother and she to you. No need to believe that evaporates at her passing.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Lady Summerset, thank you for your beautiful comment. :)

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      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Interesting hub. Separation from loved ones through death is a daunting experience that has become part of the circle of life. A separation that most of us deal with until we walk out of this life into the next.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Earth Angel Susan, Thank you for your comment. :)

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      earth angel Susan 

      6 years ago from Central Flordia

      I am not sure how much I would take as a sign from beyond in all of that but I do know Jesus was seen by many after His death and I do believe it happens in some cases. Interesting article.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      How wonderfully fitting to this article, Stars439, that YOU were the first to comment. I love that! :) ~h~

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you so very much for your comment! I just found your beautiful writings last night. Your profile name "jumped out" at me. This was my first Father's Day since my dad ascended. His birthday was April, 1939. When I see the numbers 439 together in this order, I cannot help but think of him. I read your profile about your wonderful daughter, and voted up your most recent hub! Many Blessings to you and yours. ~h~

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub, and fantastic experiences. GBY.


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