Because I’m so open about my experiences with the afterlife, people feel free to stop me in the street and ask me if their experience is normal or if they’re going crazy. Every day I walk the same six-mile route. So, I often run into the same people. I’ve gotten to know one of the neighbors along my route very well. Several days ago, she stopped me as I walked past her house and told me she wanted to ask me something. She said she’d call. A few days went by, and she hadn’t called yet. As I walked past her house yesterday, she came out and flagged me down again
“Brian, I have to ask you some questions.’, she said. She told me her brother had passed away the week before. She had three events happen in her house that had her questioning her sanity. She had seen a type of apparition, faint and fleeting, just out of the corner of her eye (do you hear Comfortably Numb playing in your head right now?). She has battery-powered candles on her mantle. They turned themselves on. And the lotion warmer in her bathroom had come on by itself. “Am I going crazy?” she asked.
I assured her she was not going crazy and that this experience is quite common. Her brother is telling her he made the journey and has arrived well. I advised her to talk to him, just as she did when he was here in the body.
44% of adults in the US report feeling the presence of a deceased loved one. I believe when it comes to spouses, the number jumps to something like 70 or 80 percent. But we don’t talk about it. After Shayna passed, I started getting all kinds of signs, which I publicly documented. Because of this, people I’ve known for years, sometimes decades began sharing incredible stories with me. Stories of simultaneous communications on the night someone passed, communications to several family members in multiple states. I heard stories of prophetic dreams. One person told me of a psychic reading he had many decades prior that came true in great detail tens of years after the reading.
After this interaction with my neighbor, I had a call with someone about business networking. Naturally, the conversation turned to the afterlife, signs, and my experiences with Shayna. As I shared with her, she began telling me about seeing cardinals daily for about a year while her son went through an intense, life-threatening crisis. We spoke about how we can miss the signs if we don’t know what to look for. I’m sure that frustrates our loved ones who put a lot of energy into sending these to us. We don’t know exactly how it works. It seems, though, that signs require a lot of effort. It’s important to acknowledge them and express gratitude.
I’m happy to be the guy that people ask these questions. I was able to set my neighbor’s mind at ease by sharing some of these stories. She’s a retired nurse, so she appreciated it when I shared Mark Anthony’s theory with her. Mark thinks we catch spirits in the corner of our eye because of our peripheral vision. The cones in our eyes are concentrated in the center to catch detail and color up front. The rods are located more on the periphery. This might explain why spirits appear to us out of the corner of our eye and often seem ethereal or translucent, without much color.
So, when you see that thing out of the corner of your eye, or your dog is staring into space or tracking something that you can’t see, with her eyes, you’re not going crazy. Your dog isn’t crazy. It just might be your loved one dropping in for a visit.
There is no pain you are recedingPink Floyd- Comfortably Numb
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb