I attended a Spiritual Development Workshop run by Anne Germain at the weekend. There were eight of us present as students on the first day, nine on the second, plus Anne herself. It was a random mix, everyone who was present lead very different lives but it was an exceptionally well-matched, well-balanced group. The energy was amazing.
For those of you who don’t know, Anne is well-renowned medium who has been in the business for many years. She has a large number of repeat clients, which says something.
Victoria was the first to arrive. She and I had time to sit and chat before everyone else turned up and found that we had a great deal in common. She also brought a gluten and dairy free tiffin that she had made herself – someone had to man up and test the food, so I stepped up to the plate. Literally. It was delicious! Made with 90% cocoa Lindt chocolate…. Mmm.
Enough of food. For the time being, at any rate. The others started turning up and when everyone had arrived, we settled down ready for the day and did the formal introductions. Of course, we’d all been saying hello to each other as people arrived, but the trainer in Anne couldn’t start a session like that without doing things in the proper fashion: name and what experience we all had. Anne then explained the way that she intended it to work for the weekend. There was an air of expectation and anticipation in the room. We were ready to go.
We started with a guided meditation, to prepare ourselves for what was to come. Then Anne went on to explain about trance work and showed us how to see auras. Like everything else in life, you have to work on these things. Anne’s shown me how to see auras before but I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I don’t practice often enough. Well, you know the answer to that one, Susan!
Then the trance work. I’ve seen Anne go into a trance before, but it was a different spirit this time. He told us that he used to be a headmaster, and taught mathematics and Latin. I know that Anne doesn’t speak Latin (nor Italian, come to that, not that I think that particularly helps with Latin pronunciation) so when I was corrected for mispronouncing some Latin, I found it quite interesting if not a little strange!
We stopped for lunch after this; Anne told us that eating or drinking water is grounding and brings you back to the earthly realm. It was a cold buffet lunch, with a whole variety of different things to eat. As you might guess with a room full of women, there was a lot of chatting going on. The clearing up was done quite quickly when we’d finished too; I guess everyone knew the drill from their own homes…
After lunch, we worked with our guides to pass messages onto each other. This was quite new to me, although some of the others present had done it before. Janice and I worked together, and although I was a bit sceptical about what I was giving her, she said it made sense to her. And what she told me certainly did. I find it quite amazing that two people who have never met before and know nothing about each other (we honestly hadn’t had time to do anything more than the superficial stuff when we were chatting) can actually pass on quite obscure messages that make sense to the other person. There was none of the “expect a tall dark stranger to come into your life.” The messages were far more specific than that. I think she and both have a bit of work to do on our confidence in that area though.
We had a group discussion about the messages afterwards. Everyone was getting messages in different ways, which was very interesting, and, I suppose, all part of the development. Then, those of us, like me, who hadn’t done this before, were given a gift from spirit to help us to be able to pass messages on. Different things for different people, things that would make sense to us.
Then a bit more trance work- Victoria channeled one of her guides for the first time, which was amazing for all of us. Anne (or rather, the spirit she was channelling) told me that I have a challenging 18 months ahead of me, challenging in a good way. Mm, that makes sense given what is going on in my life at the moment.
At the end of the day, Anne showed us how to close ourselves down, we had a cup of tea and said our goodbyes for the evening. Victoria was booked into a nearby hotel, so she was staying for the evening meal. Anne had invited her friends Pat and Cal over to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, which had been a few days earlier. Sean arrived while we were drinking our tea – he was the tenth member of the development group but had been at a business meeting that he couldn’t miss during the day on Saturday.
Dinner was fun, and we ended up having a late night, and eating too much, which probably wasn’t a good idea when we had another busy day ahead of us. Hey ho.
The second day started with a meditation, a recap of the day before and then some details about what was to come. Anne told us that it’s important that the channel (medium) stays in control when spirit are talking to them, the channel needs to control the speed of the messages and ask spirit to make it clear what they mean. She also said that if someone was laid back when they were on the earth, they won’t become a little firecracker when they go to spirit. I suppose that makes sense too, although when I stop and think, I realise that I have more questions than answers.
We moved onto the Spirit Board. Anne said that it doesn’t always work, it’s up to spirit, and that you must always bless the board before starting, asking for help and guidance from your Guardian Angel. You have to ask them to speak in truth and love. We split into two groups for this. The first group did get the board to work, the second didn’t. What was most amazing was that the message spelled out the name of one of the members’ new company…. A name that no-one else in the room new at the time… that’s a bit hard to explain if you are a sceptic. Back in the same realm as the messages that Janice and I were giving to each other.
After lunch, there was more trance work. Victoria channelled her guide again, then Lorraine, one of the other members of the group, channelled someone, a couple of people, in fact, but Anne’s guide, Tall Trees put a halt to the proceedings because Lorraine had not given permission for the second person to come forward. That was a bit weird.
Our day carried on until it was time for the session to end. A cup of tea and then we all made our ways home. I will confess to being exhausted by the end of it – Sean and I travelled together on the train and both of us fell asleep. A fascinating and enjoyable couple of days.
Anne doesn’t know when she will be running another workshop, her work takes her all over the country and over Europe, but I’m sure if she gets enough interest, she will organise something soon.
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© Susan Shirley 2015