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Life after Death
Review By Fotini Dangiris
Knowledge about the afterlife can be as
vast and varied as that of life on earth.
There are probably more questions than
answers, but internationally known psychic
medium Jade-Sky delivers answers to a
plethora of questions she has been asked
about life after death throughout her
career. In What Happens Next?: Answering
Your Questions About Life After Death,
Jade-Sky covers questions relating to
deceased loved ones, the nature and
purpose of the spiritual world, what
happens to the spirits of our children and
pets after they die, the role of spiritual
guides, angels, ghosts, and what to look
for when interested in seeking out a
Jade-Sky offers her own story of her
beginnings into spiritual service. Her
discovery of her special gift started as a
toddler hearing noisy spirits making their
presence known in her family home. The
rest of the family discounted the noise as
mice running amok in the walls, but Jade-
Sky knew otherwise. "The spirits in our
home were very strong," she recalls. "I
often had three spirits around, but my
favourite spirit was also my best friend, Carly.
She was the same age as me," she adds, "and
we did everything together." Her family
simply accepted these spirits as imaginary
friends and a happy childhood ensued.
By the time she was a teenager, Jade-Sky's
connection with the spirit world severed,
WHEN ALL ELSE
Review By Nicola Silva
Not many people can
claim to have visited the
borders of death and
live to tell the tale in
fascinating detail. Carmel Bell has -- (on three
occasions. Of all the stories of healing I've
read over the years, hers is one of the most
There is now a large body of evidence
into near death experiences, collected and
analysed by respected researchers like the
late Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross that validate
this fascinating phenomenon. Carmel was
four years old when she somehow set herself
on fire and died, albeit briefly. She travelled
down the tunnel, familiar to so many near
death experiences and towards a glowing
light. At the gates of heaven, Jesus and an
archangel named Metatron gave Carmel a
healing gift, Metratonic Energy, which she
later used to heal her burned body and
A rationalist would find it easy to dismiss
this incident as a child's imagination. It is
harder to account for Carmel's 25 year career
as a medical intuitive, using Metratonic energy
on cancer, tumours, depression and other
major illnesses with great success.
It's virtually impossible to explain away
Carmel's near death experience on the night
of 15 February 2009 when she had a cardiac
replaced with a difficult adolescence as she
experienced the separation of her family
through divorce. Her spiritual gifts dormant,
clearly Fate was biding its time for Jade-Sky
to be re-united with her destiny. "It wasn't
until I left high school [that] I felt my spirit
guides calling to me again," she tells us. Her
open minded answer to this call saw her life
change direction, bringing her destiny back
on course. "It started out as a feeling that
I should or shouldn't do something, then
I began to hear a voice in my mind which
would tell me things...". As she learned all
about using fortune telling cards and began
reading accurately for friends, Jade-Sky's
confidence in her abilities grew.
describing her future husband became the
catalyst for Jade-Sky to learn even more.
She joined spiritual online community
chat rooms, forging strong bonds with
mentors in the field, particularly Native
American mediums. Jade-Sky's abilities
flourished and the support she received
led her to see her professional pursuits as one
of great service.
Jade-Sky is passionate about imparting
knowledge about the spiritual world as
this book clearly shows. What Happens
Next? is a delightful reference of the
afterlife which will interest both new readers
and those more familiar with spiritual
literature. Beautiful coloured photographs
accompanying Jade-Sky's answers would
make this book a lovely gift for those
grieving for loved ones who have passed, or
simply as a starting point of reading material
about the afterlife. Jade-Sky's real life stories
make for enlightening reading as her passion
and devotion to her work shines throughout.
Her offering will surely, then, proffer
further questions about our spirit's journey
toward its next destination.
arrest, "died" for 47 minutes and suffered
severe brain damage. She was placed in a
coma for four days and then spent six weeks
in intensive care. The medical prognosis
was she would be dependent on care all her
life. Of course, the doctors did not take into
account Carmel's indefatigable spirit -- or
her access to Metatronic Energy. Carmel is
today a walking, talking medical miracle.
Never was there such a case of "physician,
heal thyself ".
Ultimately, Carmel's story is one of
hope because it shows the way to a realm of
infinite possibilities for healing and recovery.
She became a medical intuitive before it was
fashionable; among her clients are medical
practitioners who refer their patients to her.
Carmel describes herself as a cartographer,
reading the map of her client's bodies.
"Your story is written in every cell of
your being. Every moment matters because
everything you hear, think, feel, eat, read, see
and do will be recorded somewhere in your
Under a facade of normalcy, many people
hide sorrow, anger, disappointment and other
corrosive emotions that don't show up on
medical tests. So, in one sense, our medical
professionals don't have the full story.
Carmel's abilities allow her to see into the
core of the illness and it's often not what's
expected. She says, "Simply put, very few
people are true to themselves. Their battle
between their heart and what is expected of
them, by themselves and by others, becomes
overwhelming. They come to see me when all
else has failed."
MUSIC REVIEWS BY PHIL BENNETT
A R Rahman
Most famous for his multi-award winning
soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire,
multi-instrumentalist / arranger / composer
/vocalist, A R Rahman's work has filled
audiences' ears for years on films such as
Lagaan, Roja and even Elizabeth The
Equally adept at Hindustani, Carnatic
and Western classical music, his works are
trademarked by their fascinating fusion
of disparate elements as he incorporates
traditional instrumentation with experi-
Connections is an album of hand-
picked favourites from throughout his
career, making it an ideal introduction to
the novice listener.
Containing all the elements that make
his music so special and innovative, it's a
wonderful collection indeed.
A startling array of sounds and styles
emerges from the celebratory call of Jiya
Se Jiya through the sensual bass driven
groove of Dil Se Re to the haunting,
orchestral Bombay Theme.
Jai Ho even features the Pussycat
Dolls to complete the circle that connects
Indian traditional with contemporary
Magnificent performances and an
endless succession of sonic surprises
make Connections an arresting and
thoroughly enjoyable listen indeed.
A folk opera based on the Greek myth
of Orpheus and Eurydice, whereupon
Hades is persuaded by the power of
music to make an exception to the
rules of life and death, Hadestown is an
ambitious project that is simply stunning
in its breadth and focus.
Set in a Depression era boomtown,
the themes of love, treachery and
desperation of this ancient tale are
portrayed as the timeless themes that
they are, with the messages just as potent
now as they were then.
The tracks feature guest vocalists Ani
di Franco (Persephone), Justin Vernon
(Orpheus) and Greg Brown (Hades) with
Mitchell playing the role of Eurydice, all
of whom add their own unique vocal
personae to the telling.
Greg Brown's gravelly voiced Hades
character is superb and his rugged,
ragged intonation on the centrepiece,
Why We Build The Wall, reeks of intrigue.
The album stands magnificently just
as a collection of songs and knowledge
of the storyline isn't a prerequisite to
enjoying this wonderful music, which is
a characteristic of this album that makes
it so successful.
Embracing a variety of American
folk forms, from country to ragtime and
gospel, the union of styles is seamless
and beautifully presented.
With doomy and mysterious
instrumentation on a number of tracks,
the tension throughout is palpable,
without being claustrophobic, as
mournful string arrangements suddenly
give way to delightful Andrews Sisters
style dance numbers to break up the
Moody and sensuous.
One of the touching case studies in the
book involves a desperately ill woman named
Carla, a mother and wife who had lived her
life for her family. Carmel uncovered Carla's
deep-seated feelings of disempowerment
and being trapped in a life of service to
others. Carla received Metronic Energy and
made the necessary changes in her life, (she
also continued with radiation therapy). About
a year later, Carla was free from cancer and
she was living a happier life.
Another medical intuitive Caroline Myss
has coined the word "woundology" where
people cling to their trauma and wounds;
it invariably costs them their health.
Metatronic energy can apparently repair
and balance the body and remove toxins,
including the story of the wounds, but
ultimately the individual has to make a
Carmel writes, "Do not cling to your pain.
Let it go. Forgive yourself." Wise words. ●
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