A 3 Day Retreat on the Afterlife with Scott Alexander King
- Perth: Bassendean Library Meeting Room 2
48 Old Perth Road, Bassendean
- April 15-17, 2016. 10am – 4pm
$550 – The cost includes a FREE VIP TICKET to a 2.5hour LIVE AUDIENCE READING NIGHT
Deposit: $150 balance payable two weeks prior to the event. The deposit is non-refundable.
NB: Cost does NOT include accommodation, meals or travel expenses. See below for accommodation options.
LIVE AUDIENCE READING NIGHT:
Included in your ticket is the SPECIAL VIP GUEST invitation on the Saturday evening for an exclusive LIVE AUDIENCE READING NIGHT with Scott Alexander King.
- NB: the reading night will be open to the public to attend, so it will be perfectly okay for you to bring your family along, even if they’ve not attended the retreat. To book your family and friends into this boutique event, BOOK HERE
About the Afterlife:
According to different beliefs and ideas inspired by philosophy, religion, myth and legend – when we die, our soul is said to leave the physical body and journey to another place, be it physical or mystical in nature, known as the Afterlife. It is here, in this ‘Other Realm’, that the essential part of our identity or consciousness is thought to endure, or ‘live’ long after it has left the confines of our physical body. It is a popular belief now, among spiritualists, that the Afterlife awaits us all … whether we’ve been good, bad or indifferent during our lifetime. It is here, in the Afterlife, that we apparently review our life as it was lived, realise karmic lessons, endeavour to heal wrongs, learn new skills, garner knowledge, and generally heal from the process of passing. Some believe that we also spend time preparing for our next incarnation, while continuing to love from the Other Realm, guiding and inspiring those left among the living. It could be said that the Afterlife is not that different to our physical world in that we live in houses, eat food and drink water (and yes, some say we even enjoy a glass of wine, smoke cigarettes, laugh and play) – in fact, we do all the same things we did while living … with the main difference being that instead of everything being physical in nature, the Afterlife is a realm of pure energy, where a mere thought, idea or notion can manifest as ‘reality’, and the impossible is possible by intention alone.
While Scott has long been able to see the spirits of loved ones who have passed into the realms of Spirit, he follows a belief that suggests that what many call ‘Faeries’ may actually be the spirits of the dearly departed, or some other manifestation of the dead, seen walking among the living. The Banshee, for example, (from the Irish ‘bean sídhe’ – pronounced ‘she’, which means ‘woman of the síde’, ‘woman of the fairy mounds’, or simply ‘fairy woman’) is a spirit from Irish mythology that comes as a harbinger and messenger from the Otherworld. In times long gone, it was common for the people to bury their chieftains and other significant members of the tribe atop small hills known as ‘barrows’. Although they gradually forgot the significance of these hills as generations passed, the hills continued to emit memory of their sacred purposes. The people, of course, felt this sacredness and came to view them as passageways to the land of the dead and, similarly, the realm of Faerie. There are many reports, for example, of people being taken by the Faeries and, on their return, telling people that when they stood and looked long enough at the Faeries, they eventually revealed themselves to be neighbours, friends and family members that had died years before.
Join Scott as he guides you deeply – on a personal level – into the Great Mystery to decide for yourself the survival of the soul after a person sheds their earthly robes and passes from our world into the Realm of Spirit. The purpose of this RETREAT is to travel full circle in the knowing that after your own death, your quest for meaning and truth will continue with some assurance of rebirth and the reliving experience of life.
Topics explored during this retreat will include:
• Who and what is Death?
• The Light
• The Veil that separates the Worlds
• Walking the Blue Road; the sacred Journey to the Afterlife
• The Soul
• Spirit Guides
• Karmic Lessons
• Universal Law
• Spiritual Contracts
• What is Grief?
• Other Dimensions
• Past Lives
• Genetic / Cellular Memory
• Proof of Survival
• Healing after Loss
• The Cycle of Life, Death and Rebirth
• Life after Death
• The World of Spirit
• Spirit Guides
• The Land of the Fae
• Animals associated with the Afterlife
• ‘Ghosts’ and Spirits
• The notion of ‘Haunted Houses’
• The role of the Psychic v’s the work of the Medium
• Communicating with the Dearly Departed
• And much more …
Of his belief regarding the realms of Spirit, Scott says: ‘After training under my Elder for almost two years intensively, and with over 20 years working professionally in the spiritual industry, I’m proud to say that I’ve ‘seen animals with people’ since I was a kid. Not in the physical sense, though (although for many years, I didn’t know they weren’t ‘really there’), but rather in the astral, in between space between our world and the realms of Spirit. I’ve never been able to explain who or what they actually were, or why I was able to see them. The thing is, whenever I meet someone for the first time, I can clearly see an animal with them … standing either to their left or right or sitting on their shoulder. The animals tell me things about the people: about their lives, their hobbies, their hopes and fears. I hear their voices as feelings, like memories placed in my mind that I know aren’t mine. Their mere presence offers insight, too – messages based on the wisdom I have come to know and understand; symbolic meanings inspired by the way they would relate and interact with each other and their natural environment in the tangible world. The other thing is that the animals seem to change each time I see the person thereafter. It’s like the animal represents where the person is at emotionally, physically or spiritually at that time, its energy mirroring that of the person it shadows. Sometimes these animals manifest as loved ones in Spirit – but not in the way you’d expect to see them. When I see someone’s passed-over loved-one, for example, they always show themselves to me in an animal form; an animal archetype that best captures their character, their spirit, their true essence and the qualities they were best known for when they were alive. I might see your dad as a Bear, for example; your son as a Monkey or your aunty as a Snow Leopard. I don’t know how and I don’t know why. It’s just how it is. Depending on the animals I see, I am also able to determine whether or not the person I see them with is grieving, in pain or suffering from illness. I am also able to tell other stuff about your life too … whether or not your son is likely to find himself in trouble with the law, for example, or if your house will sell in time. I can explain the best way to reach your potential, or to find that perfect job – all because I have the ability to access the realms of Spirit.
According to Middle Eastern mythology, the Djinn (from the Arabic ‘Junna’, meaning ‘angry’ or ‘possessed’) have existed in folklore long before they were ever mentioned in Islamic religious texts. They have also existed on Earth long before the birth of humanity. There are several types of Djinn. Among them are the Ghul, a shape-shifting, trouble-making spirit (Ghul is the origin of the word ‘Ghoul’; the Sil, a Djinn that cannot change shape; the Ifrit, an evil spirit, and the Marid, considered to be the most powerful Djinn of all. While man was once believed to have been born from the clay of the earth, the Djinn are said to be disruptive spirit-beings formed of smokeless fire. Like man, the Djinn are bestowed with free will which allows them to go about their business and behave as they please. They can believe whatever they want to believe and associate with whomever they choose to associate with. The Djinn are frequently mentioned in the Qur’an, sometimes in reference to their use (and abuse) of their freedom of choice. One account tells of the Djinn called Iblis who arrogantly took advantage of his gift of free will. Allah had asked that all the Angels and Djinn alike show their respects to Adam by bowing before him but, full of his own self-importance, Iblis refused to comply. Allah was so infuriated by Iblis’ haughtiness that he banished him from Paradise and renamed him ‘Shayṭān’ (which translates to ‘Satan’). The Qur’an also references Muhammad (among others) being sent as a prophet to both mankind and the Djinn.
Like most ‘spirit beings’, the Djinn are invisible to humans and, apparently, humans are almost invisible to the Djinn. When they do make themselves visible to humans, however, they will often appear in human form or as an animal. The fact that neither can clearly see the other with any great clarity reminds me of a movie I once saw starring Nicole Kidman. It was called ‘The Others’ (2001). It told the story of a mother and her two children who, unbeknownst to them, had died at the mother’s own hand and were now sharing their house with a new (living) family. The problem was, because they were unaware they had died, they thought their house was being haunted by ghosts. They couldn’t see what they thought were ghosts clearly (they only caught the occasional glimpse), but they could hear them on occasion and felt their presence when things were mysteriously moved within or removed from the house. It’s not until the end that we learn that the mother and children have died, and that, sensing their presence, the new family have employed the services of a medium to make contact with them. It’s then that we realise that the house is indeed haunted … but by the mother and her children (and her deceased servants), and not by the living ‘others’ as they had previously feared. It turns out that the deceased servants knew all along that the woman and her children had died (and that they were unaware of the fact). They tried to tell the mother, but she was unable to understand and so refused to listen. After she realises and learns to accept the truth, however, the servants tell the mother and her children that the living and the dead must learn to live together and that most of the time they wouldn’t even notice the living ‘others’ who shared their home … while other times they would.
While Djinn are not ghosts, perse … they are considered ‘spirits’. Now, whether that means they’re spirits ‘of the dearly departed’ or the spirits ‘of the land’ I can’t be sure … but what I am sure of is that they are ‘spirits’ none-the-less. Apart from sharing the gift of ‘free will’ with humans, I believe there are several factors that link the Djinn with the spirits of the human dead. One is that they’re often associated with graveyards and, along with humanity, they’re destined to be judged according to their earthly behaviour on the ‘Day of Judgment’. While they’re known to be troublesome and injurious toward humans on occasion, they’re mostly in agreement with their ways and can be very supportive of them, guiding them on a creative level (especially when it comes to the written word). So, based on their deeds while on Earth, the Djinn know that their chances of going to ‘Hell’ as opposed to ‘Heaven’ at the end of days are just as likely for them as it is for any human being. Along with humans too, they also share the chance of redemption (through Islam). Pre-Islamic mythology doesn’t distinguish between ‘deity’ and ‘demon’. The Djinn, for example, are considered deity of inferior rank, due largely to the human-like qualities they possess. Like humans, the Djinn sniff and taste things. They drink, eat, toilet themselves and sleep. When eating, though, they always use their left hand. They also produce offspring (it’s even possible for them to take human lovers and have children to them). Shunning daylight, avoiding salt and steel and detesting the sound of people singing, the Djinn live in community groups in isolated mountainous regions, on the surface of yawning, dark bodies of water, in dense forested areas or inside the trees themselves, high in the air or deep within the earth. Sharing habitats where animals like to gather, they can also be found in wastelands and deserted places, sewers and other filthy or smelly places. As a result, they were often blamed for bringing disease and mental illness to people.
I’ve often wondered what I truly meant when I’ve said, ‘I’ve seen (etheric) animals with people since I was a kid’. Being that they often show themselves to humans in the form of animals, could it be that I’ve had a ‘personal Djinn’ following me since I was a child? Could it be that the many animals I saw (when I looked at people) were the same Djinn showing itself to me in a plethora of different forms, archetypically revealing the personality of the different people I met over the course of a day? Could it be that I saw many different animal forms … but that it was the same Djinn every time, shape-shifting in accordance with the individual energy of the people? All I know is that, if I do have a Djinn watching over me, it has done nothing but protect me, guide me, inspire me and offer me ways to heal. Sure … I’ve allowed my ego to trick me along the way; on more than one occasion I’ve ‘chased my own tail’ in a bid to move forward … but I can’t say – if I have a Djinn following me – that it was the Djinn disrupting me or causing mischief every time. Like the Djinn, I have freedom of choice … which means sometimes I choose to heed advice, and other times I don’t. Nine times out of ten I’ve found clarity, peace and harmony by following the advice offered by ‘my animals’, so if it is a Djinn following me, then I’m grateful to it.