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is digital too
nor write the language, so achieving English
litera cy wa s her first obsta cle, c ompounded
by being older than her cla ssmates . Touched
By Divin e Love shows it’s a challenge she ha s
mastered with ea se.
But as with so many others, it is the
experience of personal tragedy that has
transformed Samantha’s life and set her on
a path of self discovery. The death of her
first child, a d aughter Olivi a, during deliver y
when Samantha was aged 31 affected her
so deeply she de scribes shutting down her
connection to the Divine in many years of
grief and anger. She has emerged stronger and
more certain that her experiences can help
others rediscover their dreams by delving
more deeply into their own inner worlds.
Samantha herself describes her book
as a “primer” on a range of metaphysical
subjects enlivened by descriptions of
her own e xperience s. The description
is an accurate one as it encompasses an
exploration of chakras, dream symbols, how
to sense a nd interpret aura s, the experienc e
of cha nnelling, spirit guides and guardians,
a nd, a chapter I found very intere sting, how
to understand the “clairs”.
In case you, like me, thought there were
only two or perhaps three – clairvoyance and
c lairsentienc e the be st known – it seems there
a re quite a few more, e ven “clairgustance”,
the ability to taste a substance without
putting it in the mouth. Wait till the weight
loss industry finds out ab out this one !
As a lover of crystals, I found myself
turning for a late night read to this chapter
a nd indulged in its images of gorgeous
c olours and enticing powers. And since
then, I’ve hunted up a few I’ve put away over
the years in drawers and shelves, once more
enjoying their mysterious bea uty.
While it’s structured for e a sy reading,
Touched by Divine Love ha s depth a nd rea l
wisdom with a big dose of c ompassion. L ook
out for it.
AMID THE PLETHORA of books
on persona l spiritual journeys, it ta ke s
s omething special to stand out on the
bookshelves, real and virtual. For me, the
X Factor has always been a n una lloyed
New author Samantha Richards has
achieved that distinction with Touched by
Divine L ove : A Personal Journey into the
It’s immediately obvious Samantha is
a woman of rare sensitivity, so much so
it caused her and others distress when,
as a little girl, she would stop strangers
in the street and pass on messages from
the spirit world. Her winged companion s
w hom she took to be angels were always
hovering, either to pa ss on messages from
those who had crossed over or to shield her
in their protective embrace. In one vivid
encounter, Samantha describes a pulsating
pink cloud of angelic beings hovering over
the wing of a plane she and her family were
about to catch, ensuring them a safe flight.
The experience was clearly so intense and
the detail so vividly recalled we just have
to believe her!
Rather than dazzle us with her gifts,
Samantha takes pains to invite us into her
world in an unassuming way, humility I
found appealing. A s she explains, we don’t
have to ac c ept her version of divinity – it’s
the differences between us all that add to her
s tockpile of understanding.
Undoubtedly, her innate sensitivity
has been fine-tuned by the circumstance s
of her life where she ha s found herself on
the outside looking in, beginning with her
family’s evacuation from Iran in 1978 in the
revolution that toppled the Shah of Ira n.
Returning to the UK with nothing but the
c lothes on their backs, what should have b een
s a nctuary continued Samantha’s experienc e
of being an outsider. Although she could
speak English fluently, she could neither re ad
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BOOK REVIEW MARGARET EVANS
eople often ask me what a
Lightworker is. Well to be honest,
I think everyone is a Lightworker.
Why? Well if you believe that we are
all one and we are all connected, then we are
all Lightworkers. In fact, we are all everything!
You know the drill, we tend to separate
and segreg ate ourselve s into categories . One
person thinks they’re into business, the next
into sport, then there’s the arty one. Well if
we are all everything, there are no excuses
not to choose to evolve. All we need to do is
to tap into the vibration al quality available
to us at any time. A profound thought!
How is everyone a Lightworker? What
do they need to tap into to connect with a
vast supply of spiritual resources, guidance
and healing? Simple, they just need to be
open to realising when they are doing it.
The kind smile. The thoughtful gesture.
The a nonymous help we provide. T he
positive thought. The pe ace we achieve in
being in the present.
If we are all connected, then when we
are at peace, we be come the tran sformational
presence that rais es the vibration around us .
And, as we are all connected, we increase
the vibration of everyone and everything in
It doesn’t take a lot of work. It just
take s remembering. Awakening is simply
remembering who we truly are. We can
bring that into every moment. We can bring
that into our everyday lives. Whether we
are walking the dog, picking up the kids,
making that business call, playing that
rugby or football game or painting that
painting. We bring our energ y into the now
and we transform it.
I sometimes catch myself f eeling that
this planet. A tragic thought! But I bet
we all think it, if we are honest, don’t we?
Whatever we are into, on some level, we
c an feel alone in it. Well, I believe that
thought is only an iceberg that melts the
minute we look to the light once again and
remember our essence. We are all filled
w ith the essence of infinite power 100%
of the time. We don’t need to be given it,
believe we have to be born with it or even
try to ‘evolve’ it for it to be real. It is right
here, right now within all of us.
It only take s a moment to remember
that we are all everyday Lightworkers.
So the next time you are face to face with
someone who you think is crazy, wrong,
judgmental, hypocritical, dark or dishonest,
remember that within them is an everyday
Lightworker too. A s you s ee their essence
a nd light, you raise their vibration and
do not allow theirs to diminish yours. This
is true freedom.
We all have the Light within
us, says Michelle Lightworker.
So let it shine!
Touched By Divine Love
A Personal Journey Into The Unknown
Samantha Richards (Balboa Press)
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