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Messages from the Afterlife: A Bereaved Father's Journey in the World of Spirit Visitations, Psychic-Mediums, and Synchronicity [Kindle Edition]

Mark Ireland
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A father watches his teenage son step out the door on a hiking trip, not knowing that this is the last time he would see him.... A journal of grief, despair, and ultimately, hope, this book tells the story of every parent's nightmare--the sudden death of a child--and a father's search for meaning in a seemingly random world of psychics and skeptics. Expanding on territory covered in his 2008 memoir of his son's death Soul Shift, Messages from the Afterlife is both an account of Ireland's journey from indifference to belief and an overview of the resources available to the bereaved to help them receive messages from the afterlife.

Mark Ireland, son of celebrated "psychic to the stars" Dr. Richard Ireland, was a successful marketing executive in Arizona with little interest in his father's colorful history. While his father held readings for Mae West and traveled the U.S. demonstrating his parapsychological powers, Mark Ireland took a more conventional route through life. But when his own teenage son Brandon suddenly dies while hiking in the mountains with friends, Ireland is forced to confront his resistance to all things spiritual and begins to explore the possibility that communication with the dead is real.

In his search for conclusive evidence of life after death, he plunges into his father's world and meets an array of respected psychic-mediums who deliver unexpected messages not only from his son in the afterlife but also from many other souls seeking to communicate with the living. Fighting to retain a sense of critical thinking, Ireland also contacts scientists conducting research into the survival of consciousness after death. The book features detailed accounts of tests and experiments that various people have conducted to obtain proof of consciousness survival, including Ireland's own, involving a secret message left behind by his sister, Robin, who died of pancreatic cancer. The contents of this message were unknown to any living person and remained sealed in an envelope--untouched--until responses had been received from a group of qualified mediums who sought to "crack" the code. Messages from the Afterlife shows how spirit communication can be both undeniably accurate and frustratingly ambiguous, and above all demonstrates the value of having an open, receptive mind while maintaining faith in the indestructiblity of the human spirit.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1504 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DFIDV50
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In his 2008 book, Soul Shift, Mark Ireland explains how he was able to deal with his grief after the death of his 18-year-old son, Brandon, on January 10, 2004, the result of a severe asthma attack and heart failure while hiking in some rugged Arizona mountains."What had begun with Brandon and a wish not to absolutely lose someone I loved so much had turned into a quest to find the elusive meaning behind life and death and perhaps even to discover that no one is really lost," Ireland wrote "Brandon was central to my search, but he was no longer the only target."

Ireland had something of an advantage over most people, as his father, Richard Ireland, was a medium and Spiritualist minister before he transitioned in 1992. Two days after Brandon's transition, Ireland received a phone call from his uncle, Robert, who, like his brother, also had mediumistic ability, although not as developed. He told Mark that he had heard from Mark's father, who said that Brandon was initially confused when he left the body, but he (grandfather Richard) was there to greet him and help him adjust. He explained that Brandon's heart failed due to lack of oxygen , and while he experienced shortness of breath, he felt no pain.

About seven months later, Ireland consulted renowned medium Allison DuBois, receiving much in the way of evidential information. He also sat with mediums Linda Williamson, Jamie Clark, and Laurie Campbell, receiving evidential messages and comforting words from all of them.

"When something like this happens, you have two options," Ireland concluded. "You can either give up on life or move forward, directing your energy toward something positive, to help other people." As cofounder of Helping Parents Heal, Ireland is doing just that.
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This is an incredible book. I found it an intelligent, articulate and sensitive exploration of mediumship and at its best is shown to be a wonderfully healing experience. Mark Ireland has gone through every parent's worst nightmare-the death of his son, Brandon. Through personal experience, Mark Ireland had amazing evidence provided to him by mediums, revealing that Brandon still lives and was able to communicate in a meaningful and profoundly healing way to his family and friends.

This is a beautiful, moving and very personal account of one man's progression through loss to the life affirming reality that there is no death. Our loved ones are with us and with the help of a good medium, we can move forward from grief to healing. It's brave to share this life changing experience in a very cynical world. The veracity of this book shines through on every page and I would recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one. It will touch your heart and give you the helpful information necessary to find a reputable medium and move forward with life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gift for the broken heart. 10 Dec. 2013
By Mollie Morning Star - Published on
Mark has gifted us with another insightful book that I recommend whole-heartedly to both the grieving, and the knowledge seekers. Mark's work is humble, his integrity unfailing, and he writes in an approachable way that the newly bereaved can digest. It's one big step closer to the day when the science of mediumship is fully understood and accepted as a main stream form of healing grief.

Working as a full-time, professional medium, I value Mark's books highly as a resource to recommend for my clients who are finding themselves in pain after a loss, and in need of not just healing, but knowledge about the afterlife. Again, it's the integrity of his research and his no-nonsense approach that finally breaks mediumship down into understandable language for the average, everyday person. The book is full of heartfelt examples and facts, the reader is left to make their own decisions rather than being subjected to the opinions and theories that run rampant in the field of metaphysics.

This is an important work. If you are grieving, and need answers in addition to comfort, please give yourself the gift of this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Love Conveys ! 11 Dec. 2013
By Ginger Ingalls - Published on
Mark Ireland has written a new book with the main theme of being at peace with loss. His personal experience, as researcher into his own life (he lost his youngest son, sister, and father (the renowned psychic-to-the-stars and minister Richard Ireland)) and gifts as intuitive, takes on the view that there is no loss but just the rising of consciousness. What love conveys !

He shares and shows his story with heart, instructing that sharing this way deals with pain, and effectively, instead of being stuck or regressed as many of us can become. Especially the heart "can affect energy and change belief," he says (page 31) with a view to not overlook subtle feelings and simply to pay attention to the sense of "there's something more" (page 20).

What I learned personally, from reading his book in two sittings, is that any review of life has to be in the present and that the role of observation is related to creation.

With the Houdini case "code," and applying this to his own life and sister's death, I resonated the most with a conclusion "to wait for spirit" (page 184) regarding one's own objectives, desire, questions, and emotion.

His delving into scientific questions is admirable, such as "Where do subatomic structures go when they are not observed ?" and "Where does consciousness arise ?" in terms of quantum physics, the entanglement theory of how material and nonmaterial connect, and Western and Eastern religion and philosophies.

"Perhaps all reality is subjective....," he muses (page 58).

"Personal experience is the greatest catalyst for change in a person," he states (page 236).

Review by: Ginger Ingalls [...]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and hope to those who have lost a loved one. 12 Dec. 2013
By Victor Zammit - Published on
"We have just finished reading an advance review copy of Mark Ireland's new book Messages from the Afterlife. To say that we are impre...ssed by the contents is an understatement. This is a must-read book which we will highly recommend to all of the readers of the Friday Afterlife Report.

Mark has been in a unique position to experience and analyze mental mediumship in a highly personal way using his network of bereaved parents, top mediums and psychical researchers.

He has put together a book which records extraordinary messages from the afterlife through dreams, after death contacts and through mediums. He writes always with an awareness of the need for evidence and records many instances of cross validation. While being easy to read the book is well researched and provides excellent detail and referencing and will be of interest to those conducting research into mediumship.

This book will give comfort and hope to all those who have lost a loved one and practical guidance to those who are seeking their own personal message that life and love never die."

Wendy Zammit and Victor Zammit
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Milestone! 22 Feb. 2014
By Adam Kadmon - Published on
I've known Mark Ireland for quite some time, his father, Richard, even longer; and I might add, too, that if humanity has truly been shifted to a higher gear of consciousness, it is most definitely by reason of its contributors: father and son. Mark is a level-headed, no-nonsense, businessman of considerable success. A 'jar' this great -when a loved one is suddenly taken- can only be the catalyst that suddenly threw Mark into unknown territories where the first step can be the hardest step any wounded soul can make. I congratulate Mark in his journey to connect again with his son Brandon, and applaud the success of that discovery now shared with the world in this book. No one of faith or otherwise could have gain as much as this intelligent, determined, and unfaltering father to seek out an undeniable truth: that "...there are no goodbyes; that's the irony of it ... (for soon enough) we do dance again."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jan. 2014
By Jeri Hake - Published on
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I enjoyed this book very much. It was informative and inspiring. I read Mark's first book as well and loved it so much. Keep writing Mark!!!
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