Eileen Garrett – Psychic – Superminds 5
Eileen was born in the Irish countryside. She loved dogs and horses, but was shy of people. They seemed to be insensitive to what she felt. Her parents died when she was young, an aunt looked after her. . Her aunt was a very critical person, and Eileen found she could completely shut out the sound of her voice. So from an early age she discovered she had abilities most people lacked. She could also see people and children invisible to the adults around her, and touch objects and know their inner feelings and history. From the age of four onwards she had young playmates that her aunt could not see. Because her aunt taunted her saying they were not real, Eileen touched and questioned her ‘invisible’ playmates, but they seemed as real as her aunt. There was only one difference. When she looked at ordinary people she could see what she called a ‘nimbus’ of light – an aura - surrounding them. When she looked at the children they were all light. As the adults who looked after her punished her for playing with or talking about the children, she became secretive.
Seeing hidden worlds
Being so aware of the living feelings in trees and animals, and feeling that adults were always lying to each other and to her, Eileen became very observant. She learnt to watch and to feel things, to learn from experience and think for herself instead of believing what people told her. Because the aura surrounding a person was so obvious and visible to Eileen it took her a long time to believe people when they said they couldn’t see it. To Eileen the aura told her a great deal about what the person was thinking or feeling, or their health. She said, “For me, the important thing about anyone I met, was to see and feel the quality of these surrounds. By their colour and their tone, I knew whether people were sick or well.” Some people, she said, were surrounded by a grey mist, which showed how unhappy they were. She could see that animals could sense these surrounds also. When watching people she saw how the colours in their surrounds changed, showing how thoughts and emotions disturbed them when talking with each other. She could also see, however, that people were unconscious of what caused these disturbances.
Death is a doorway to another life
This ability to see surrounds, and touch people’s minds, enabled Eileen to see death as something beautiful. She watched animals and people as they died. The light that had been the person or animal’s ‘surround’ left the body at death, and started an entirely new life, one not restricted by the body. When she was a grown woman, and gave birth to a son, she watched her baby die in her arms and she saw his subtle self leave his body. The pain of his loss made her seek deeper for what happens after this departure. She travelled to America to take part in scientific experiments testing telepathy and extension of awareness – what is sometimes called projection or out-of-body-experience (OBE). One experiment took place while she was in New York. Another member of the team was in his house in Newfoundland. The test was to see if she could observe what the doctor in Newfoundland was doing and saying. In such a test she moved her awareness away from her body to the distant place. In this condition Eileen felt she was actually at the place. She said “I was able to see the garden and the sea, as well as the house I was supposed to enter; I actually sensed the damp of the atmosphere and saw the flowers growing by the pathway. Then I passed through the walls and I was inside the room in which the experiment was to take place.”
I travel faster than light
So in this condition she didn’t have to be dead to be a ‘ghost’ and pass through walls. Once in the house she could not at first find the doctor in the room assigned. But within moments she saw him walking down the stairs with his head bandaged. As this was happening she told the researchers in New York what she saw. So she was operating in two places at once. She was able to describe to the team in New York objects the doctor had placed on a table for her, and also repeat words of a book the doctor took from his library shelf and read. None of the team knew the doctor had injured his head, but after the results of the experiment were sent to him, all that Eileen observed was confirmed. The doctor had injured his head just before the experiment, which was why he was late entering the room.
Through taking part in such scientific experiments, and through support from people like Edward Carpenter, who had made a study of the extra-sensory-perception (ESP) she experienced, she gradually developed a view that life is continuous. “… Birth and death” she said, are “necessary phases of an eternally changing cycle which strives towards the perfection of man’s soul.” Just as one day in our life is only a part of a longer ongoing process from which we learn and grow, so she felt that our whole lifetime is like a day compared with the eternity of which we are a part. We have other ‘days’ in this eternity, from which we will learn and develop. She also felt that her super-sensory abilities to see beyond what the eyes can see, to hear beyond her physical ears, to move through space faster than ever her body could, were powers that many more people will develop as they open their mind to such possibilities.
Entering the Temple of the Animals
Eileen Garrett said that, “In living close to the animal and plant worlds, I had come to understand that there seemed little difference between birth and death to any living creatures excepting the human. How much unnecessary and hopeless misery might have been spared to man had he observed as I had the true nature of birth and death. I knew both of these processes of change to be joyful and equally creative. Why, since the balance of the whole universe is kept so perfectly by Infinite Direction, must man alone, of all living creatures, fear for his place in the scheme of things, and be so lost and frightened in facing what he calls death?”
Eileen says that by living close to animals she learnt things about life and death that many people fail to understand. But Eileen didn’t simply stand in a field or wood and watch rabbits and badgers at play. She moved into another dimension of her mind, where she saw beyond what her eyes ears and nose showed her. I am not going to suggest this is easy for most people to do, but it IS easy to start developing the ability to receive more from this inner life of our mind. One of the simplest ways of going about this is to allow ones feelings and body to have the opportunity to express spontaneously. Most life processes express as spontaneous movement, such as our breathing, heartbeat, digestion, sneezing and yawning.
What we often fail to understand is that this also applies to the mind, and we see this in the process of dreaming. If we can only learn how, the unconscious wisdom of our being can speak to us. Lots of ancient races discovered this and saw it as a holy experience. In those races, the man or woman who couldn’t enter into this experience were seen as lacking a normal ability. So the simple practice I am going to describe is aimed at creating a mental and physical readiness to allow ones wider mind to express, to communicate. If we have never experienced our wider awareness before it may at first seem clumsy, like someone who has been tied up for years trying to move easily. So you will need to practice once or twice a week until it becomes easy. You also need to be ready to let your imagination have some freedom, and not to stop yourself expressing things by judging them as silly or pointless. It is those attitudes that stop us from allowing our inner life. As you can see reading about Eileen, many people judged her as silly or lying when she allowed her inner life. What people did to her we might be doing to our own inner life.
Being a seed
To practise this skill you need have about twenty minutes to half an hour when you will not be disturbed. You need floor space, preferably on a carpet or blanket, big enough for you to lie full length on if necessary. It can be very helpful to have a sympathetic friend with you to watch. It is also best to have fairly loose clothing enabling you to move easily.
When you are ready, stand in the middle of your space. Stand with feet about shoulder width apart and arms stretched above your head, making an X shape with your body.
Now close your eyes and hold in mind the idea of a seed – one that has not yet been planted. It can be any sort of seed you like. Do not struggle with this. It is enough to gently think about it. As you hold the seed in mind compare it with the way your body feels. Does the shape of your body feel like a seed at the moment? For many people standing with legs and arms apart doesn’t feel like an unplanted seed. So by following how your body feels and without trying to think it out, explore moving your body until you feel more like a dried up seed. Learning to follow these simple body feelings is important.
Where will I grow from here?
If possible, let your feelings and body sensations lead you. Find a position that feels satisfying. As you get to this, ask yourself if a seed is asleep, or waiting, or what it feels like before it is planted. It can, after all, remain dry and without apparent life, for many years. Without trying to be scientific, let yourself have something of the feeling of the unplanted seed. When you feel satisfied, shift yourself into being a seed that has been put in warm, moist soil, and so can start to grow.
This can be a wonderful experience, and the way to get the most out of it is to not think about how a seed grows, or try to act it out. Simply lie in the warm soil and let things happen. If you are not sure how to do that, remember that when you yawn or stretch in the morning, you don’t think it up. Your body does the movements automatically. So simply remain still until something starts to urge a movement. Maybe it starts as a little twitch of head or fingers. Whatever it is, simply let it happen without trying to direct it or know where it is leading.
I can grow forever
As your growth starts let it happen and it will carry through to a point where you will know it is ended. If you have learnt to allow spontaneous movement – as you do when you yawn, sneeze, breathe, laugh or cry – then a most mysterious and wonderful emergence of experience and feelings will arise that will be unexpected. Something you didn’t think up, and so is new, fresh and perhaps informative arises. Perhaps you will need to practice to get a very full experience of this. Perhaps you will hit it right first time and receive a wonderful experience of being a seed. Whatever happens, it is worth practising again and again, because the source of the inspiration that comes seems to forever have something new to show us. I have been using this seed meditation for nearly thirty years, and I still find new treasures. Only a personal experience of this amazing ability to produce the new can convince us of the creativity we each have within us.