As many of you know, we run a text competition at our theatre shows and all the revenue from this goes to 4 different charities. With so many worthy charities it’s hard to decide where our contributions would be best spent and wherever possible we like to make donations to charities we have personal knowledge of. After all, it’s not just about being able to write a cheque, it’s about being able to touch somebody’s life. There are several charities under consideration. Watch this space
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The trouble with working away from home so often is that I have precious little time to spend with friends and family. Although my family are understanding and make supreme effort to fit in with me, I have to work a little harder to maintain friendships. After all, friendships are a 2-way thing and people start to stop sending invitations when they are always rebuffed. With such limited time for socialising, I try and see friends I want to see rather than those I have to see. After all lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. So my motto when I have any periods of free time is to try harder to find time for the good friends in my life. To that end, I’m looking forward to having a few sherbets with my mates in Gran Canaria this week. I’ll be ‘off-duty’ so I won’t be mixing alcoholic spirits with disembodied ones!
It has been brought to our attention that several people who purchased tickets for the demonstration at The Set Theatre in Kilkenny, Ireland last month were not notified by the venue that it had been cancelled. The Set cancelled our show way back at the end of February due to a double booking and we were forced to hastily make other arrangements at The Waterford Opera House.
We are sorry that not only were many of Tony’s Irish fans disappointed but they were told that Tony had cancelled the show himself. We would like to set the record straight and hope that all those who were inconvenienced have now been reimbursed/refunded. We hope to see you again in Ireland soon.
"If, amidst the turmoil, you can find just one moment of peace in each day, then your whole life will become more joyful. Like the water in a lake, when your mind is calm, you can see the depths below." Unknown quotation
I have spent every day since getting back from Australia fretting about my To Do List which is getting longer .......i haven't replied to the SNU, haven't confirmed by flight for Canada, haven't sent a get well card to my Aunt.....and the more I worried, the longer the list got. Worry wasn't getting the job done or allowing me to enjoy the limited free time I get. Wingeing over the Bank Holiday to a friend, they gave me a good piece of advice that I would like to share with you.
'Take one step at a time towards your goal. A good planner breaks down every challenge into manageable chunks. Once you've done that, forget about the long term and take the step that's directly in front of you. Don't even think about the next one. You only have to take that one step. Ever?'
Since applying his theory to my To Do List, it has cut it the list by half leaving me to get on with the things that I enjoy and which really matter.
Whilst working at The London Spiritual Mission last week, I was completely bowled over when Doris Stokes came through to a Lady in the audience who had known her rather well in Life. I first read a Doris Stokes’ book in 1985 and it was through reading her captivating book with its unique content that I became completely enthralled in the Afterlife. As a Medium, what a treat to bring back one of the ‘Old Masters ‘. I have to say, she felt just as lovely and completely without any delusions of grandeur in the Spirit World as I imagined her. It is one of my regrets that I didn’t have the privilege to meet her during her Life on earth and my meetings with her since she has passed have gone a long way to reduce my disappointment.
Home at last! Although I absolutely Iove working in Australia, there is nothing nicer than my own bed and a cuddle from my daughter. I squeezed her so tight that I thought she might suffocate. I expect the Little Princess will register her displeasure at my absence for so long by refusing to let me feed her or read her a story tonight at bedtime! Little girls know how to twist their Daddies around their fingers at such an early age.
Having survived the gigantic Australian spiders and snakes for a second year, I'm pleased to be able to announce that I will be returning to Australia in 2014 and the details will be on the website soon.
I came across this quote. I don’t know who wrote it but I thought it was quite powerful and may inspire some of you.
"Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."
After a demonstration a few evenings ago, a lady came up to me and thanked me for the evening. She told me that her Mother had died 2 years previously and how her sadness was still so very raw. Time was not the healer that she had hoped it would be although it had reduced her pain to a dull ache. She had various strategies for coping with the overwhelming grief and and one of them was to remember stories (especially funny ones) about her Mum from her childhood and to reflect on her accomplishments as a friend, Mother, Grandmother and in her career. She would remember (and write down) advice her Mother gave her (like keeping presents in a present drawer, so you’ll always have nice things to give people).
I thought this would a good idea......almost like writing a eulogy years later. And it doesn’t matter if you’re ever asked to deliver it in public or if you ever post it anywhere.
Sorry Tony to hijack your blog!
All of us in the office would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday (21 again!). Thanks for being a great guy to work with, a good friend......and you’re not a bad Medium either!!!!!
Enjoy your day off. Hope you eat too much cake and drink too much celebratory champagne! Remember, disembottled and disembodied spirits don 't mix!
As many Mediums will concur, our loved ones only come through on a vibration of happiness. That’s why I try to create an atmosphere of joy and laughter in my demonstrations. Also because nobody wants to see a miserable old b*****r on the stage! Spirit communication is not the only thing that Laughter assists and they don’t say that
Laughter is the best medicine for nothing. A few moments of laughter boosts oxygen levels, improves circulation and gives the tummy a workout. Blame it on my mad Family but I have never been one who finds spontaneous laughing difficult but I know if you try a forced laugh, eventually you will be able to laugh properly for no reason.
I’m back on track with the diet after a few blow-outs. We al start with good intentions on January 1st but unless we see spectacular results, the majority of us go off the results. I’ve been given some advice which I thought may help my willpower and I hope it could help any of you who, like me, enjoy their food too much.
Taste Every Mouthful. Before you pick up your food, allow a couple of breaths to pass and the body and the mind to settle. Notice how it feels in the mouth – the temperature, texture, flavour of the food. Appreciate it, savour and enjoy.
Slow Down at Meal times. Chew your food 20 times, use your left hand if you are right handed, put your cutlery down between mouthfuls. Don’t allow any outside noise – no television, no radio and no PC.
You may have heard of mindfulness. It has its roots in Buddhism but, put simply, it’s a way of savouring the moment. The good thing is you don’t have to be a monk, a child of the Sixties or even a yoga guru for it to work for you. It’s just a question of slowing down the mind with a few simple tricks.
- Really see the World around you. Look for something fresh in your daily routine. Notice the buildings, the scenery, the people you pass. Don’t make the journey on auto pilot.
- Think Positive. Picture what you want rather than what you don’t want. Worry over something that hasn’t happened yet can leave us feeling down or tired.
- Distract yourself. Press the mind’s on/off switch by focusing on something else such as the sensation of your breathing. Don’t worry if your mind wanders, just gently bring it back rather than fighting it.
- Today is Special. Imagine you have lived to the ripe old age of 90 and are looking back at your life. Would you regret having spent most of it worrying instead of enjoying the moment. While we are so engrossed in the future, we often miss the journey that has taken us to where we want to be. Choose today to be a special day and enjoy each precious moment.
I get so many blanket emails but the sentiments of this one hit a note and I thought I would share it with you. Of course, I’m not going to admit to be old enough to understand it YET!!!
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; they understood the great freedom that comes with ageing.
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion.
A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning grey, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer the question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become.I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
We are pleased to be able to announce the 2013 Spiritual Holiday to the island of Gozo, the smaller, greener and quieter island to its big sister Malta.
The tiny Maltese archipelago has been coveted and invaded throughout its history. The Knights of St John bequeathed palaces and fortresses while the British left telephone boxes, iced buns and a predilection for tea! It was the island’s earliest settlers who left the most spectacular legacy; the extraordinary megalithic temples. With so much history on offer, the islands are the perfect place to explore the spiritual legacies of the past and investigate what the history books are unable to tell us.
The week includes flights from Gatwick or Manchester , all transfers, half board accommodation (with an optional extra full board supplement) at the newly renovated 4 star Calypso Hotel , excursions in air conditioned coaches with English speaking guides and entrance fees to some of the major points of interest on Malta and Gozo and a full programme of workshops including meditation and guided mediumistic and psychic exercises.
Whether you wish to improve your own Gift of Spirit or just chill out and share experiences with a blend of like-minded people, the Spiritual Holiday to Gozo allows each guest the opportunity to make the most of a wonderful week. All of Tony’s Spiritual Holidays are ideal for both experienced and novice workers , the lone traveller or those attending with partners or friends.
Prices from £985 pp based on 2 people sharing. Limited single rooms.
All travel partners are fully bonded.
To book this trip please call the Agent on 01279 871188 or for further information email Julie@blondesheepevents.com or call 0844 5611209. Agent’s e-mail – email@example.com
Deposit payable to secure your place is £300.00 per person
Malta Itinerary - this is subject to change. We have co-incided our visit with the Mediterraneo, an important festival in the Gozo Cultural calendar. When their programme is announced, we will be able to fine tune our itinerary to take full advantage of all the social activities available.
Monday November 4th
Travel day from Gatwick or Manchester. Fully escorted transfer from airport via Ferry to Hotel
Tuesday November 5th
Workshop with Tony – The Healer Within
Discovering and learning how to wield the universal power that flows around each of us using this in such a way to help those around us.
Wednesday November 6th
Fully escorted Tour of Gozo including Xewkija, the village of the Rotunda Church of St John the Baptist, The Citadel and Cathedral in Victoria, The Basilica of Ta’Pinu, The azure windows of Dwerja, Ggantija Temples, the Xaghra circle and the ta’ Kola Windmill.
Thursday November 7th
Workshop with Tony – Embracing the 2 Worlds
Allow Tony to help show you how it is possible to evoke and strengthen your work with the Other World to bring about a reliable connection with those who have gone before
Friday November 8th
Fully escorted Tour of Malta including, The Mosta Dome, Mdina and the chapel of St Agatha and St Paul’s Cathedral, Rabat and the Museum of Antiquities, St Paul’s Church and Catacombs, Palazzo Parisio, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, St John’s Cathedral.
Saturday November 9th
Workshop with Tony – The Inner Seer
Investigating the nature of psychic phenomena. How we may be able to recognise and stimulate the innate intuitive faculty that lies within us all. Typical Maltese Entertainment
Sunday November 10th
Workshop with Tony - Journey to the Spirit World
Through intensive guided meditation, Tony will endeavour to allow each of those participating to feel the intense connection that only truly blending with the Spiritual World can achieve.
Monday November 11th
Return to the UK
Just a selection of comments from past Spiritual Holidays
“I can recommend this Holiday to everyone who would like to explore mediumship or work on their development in a fun and loving way! I’m definitely coming back” KT on the Lake Como trip
“It was one of those magical weeks where the blend of people conspire with the setting and atmosphere to produce a sparkling time away.” SS on the Lake Como trip
“The overwhelming energies and connections of being in such a Spiritually charged environment with such a spiritual group of people completely engulfed me. I will never forget it.” TC on the Nile Cruise
Did you see the Malta documentary on BBC2 last night?
Well, normally I would be watching Emmerdale at that time, but I thought I ought to know a little about the Island we are visiting for our 2013 Spiritual Holiday. I’d read the headlines like everybody else that Malta was the most bombed country in WWII but hadn’t quite appreciated just how bad the Maltese had it. Because of its location, the island was bombed relentlessly in the quest for both sides to secure North Africa. If your relatives who lived through the London bombings have described the horror they experienced, well, just triple it!! Malta was bombed 3 times more than London. There was absolutely no let up for the Maltese. And there was no escape as the surrounding seas received the same bombarding, preventing urgent foods and supplies from getting to the islanders. The documentary read excerpts from letters detailing orders to Health professionals to re-use bandages, over and over again, until they became unserviceable! Unbelievable! The same orders prevented toilets from being flushed or hands from being washed. A water shortage on an island???? The Maltese endured the most medieval conditions of the 20th century.
Malta also boast more churches than any other island........a church for every day of the year. How many must there have been before the bombings? It’s going to be interesting to see what residual energies the Group are able to pick up. I can’t wait.
Well done Michelle-Ann Williams who entered our competition to win 2 tickets in the CHAT Magazine.
Always worth entering
Arrived back from Dublin Friday morning having spent a few days in the North and South. How great it was when I opened the mail to receive this wonderful poem entitled Angels when Angels are held in such high esteem by the Irish. Many of you have read my book ‘Walking with Angels’ or listened to my guided meditations on the Angel Experience CD and will have had many Angel experiences yourselves.
The author of this poem had been convinced by his Wife to attend one of the theatres earlier in the year and was drawn to write the poem following
the demonstration and reading ‘Walking with Angels’. I hope you enjoy it.
Angels fly on angels’ wings,
In silence day and night.
They’re guardians of peacefulness,
Although they’re out of sight.
With unrelenting reverence,
So subtle and concealed.
Their undetected movements
Can’t be stifled or repealed.
They can’t be summoned or be touched,
But maybe in their way,
Their obsequious eminence,
Is free for all each day.
Of those who sense the need to doubt,
Believing it’s deserved.
Could messengers with grace divine,
Be welcomed unobserved?
And who are those who feel the urge
To tread where angels dare
And then to seek deliverance
From anguish and despair?
But. If seeing is believing,
Words you can’t negate.
Could unsighted understanding
Help confusion circulate?
And could a mystic faceless force
Exemplify our goals?
Could a rare dimorphous spirit
Edify our mortal souls?
As ageless as forever is,
In wonderment beware.
Accept their presence if you will
For they are always, everywhere.
It’s not often that I use this blog for completely personal use but I hope you will feel that it is a very worthwhile reason. A friend of mine is in a coma following a car accident last week. I would love for everybody to send out huge healing energies to him and supportive thoughts to his wonderful girls. Let’s work with the collective Power of Spirit to bring him back to good health.
I LOVED Glasgow. It was such an easy flowing show with good responses and good evidence. What more could we all want? The audience were positive and enthusiastic and their responses made it so much easier for me to bring through the best evidence.
I chose to work with 2 photographs in the second part of the demonstration. Coincidentally both were of teenagers who died far too young. I could feel the pain of the Parents and for that reason I squeezed my thoughts to give them the best evidence I could and I don’t think I disappointed them.
I also brought a message through from a Woman in spirit to her sister in law. The interesting thing for me about this message was not the information she wanted to pass on but the fact that she brought with her a Boy who I recognised I had communicated with before. Although I could not see my recipient in the audience (I often don’t wear my glasses), I knew from the Boy, that I had spent a week with his Mother on one of our Spiritual Holidays and that I had read for her whilst we had been there. The interesting part for me was that if he had come to me directly, I probably would not have chosen to work with him on the basis that I had already read for his Mother. It’s funny how the Spirit World try to trick me but I was nonetheless delighted that I had once again been able to give her comfort.
“On 18th October, I went along to my first everTony Stockwell demonstration inEast Grinstead, secretly hopeful of a reading, having lost a close friend and work colleague 4 months ago. My muse, mentor, inspiration, friend, safety blanket, sounding board, comedy side-kick – my friend was all of these things and more. My friend had designed my website for jewellery I make and had given me two glass cubes for mounting and photographing the jewellery on, to make it look pretty.
Clutching these glass cubes and a photo of my friend all through the first half of Tony's dem, I put the photo in my bag in the interval but continued to clutch the glass cubes. Tony recommenced after the interval and asked did anyone have a photo. I scrabbled in my handbag to find my photo, heart pounding! Yay, I was picked - Tony took my friend's photo . . . what would he have to say?
Well, he said that I had known this person for a long time and that hundreds of people had turned out to his remembrance service and my friend was pleased about that. Now in 13 years of working with my friend, I always teased him that I wouldn’t commend him on his work, because his head would get too big, so yes, he definitely would have been pleased to see the astounding volume of people who came to pay their respects!
Tony spoke of my friend as one of life's good samaritans, that he would do anything for anyone and that no time of day was too late nor too early for him to lend a helping hand. This was so true of my friend - he just liked doing things for other people. In the office, he would bring in cakes/chocolate/ biscuits but abstain from eating them himself; when he went to Disneyland Paris, he brought back little Disney toys for us all; he also supported me outside of work, when I was studying at college, giving a “best man speech” at my work hen do 9 years ago and in helping set up my jewellery business. He washed people's cars, sent them flowers to cheer them up. He was so selfless, he surpassed anyone I’ve ever met!
Tony said that my friend was successful in his computer programming job - this is totally spot on as we worked together as Developers in the IT team for a firm of Solicitors and my friend had received commendations for his Senior development role and was highly regarded.
Tony also said he saw my friend undoing his shirt and showing his belly! Now he would often wear T-shirts with cheeky slogans under his smart work shirt, and would reveal the slogan on a night out, or on occasion you could just about make out what it said during an important meeting and we'd share a knowing look.
Tony mentioned that I have two photos of my friend where I sit at home and drink my cup of tea. I don't have photos of my friend at home, only at the office, but where I do sit at home with a cuppa, is where I keep the two glass cubes for resting my jewellery on (that I was tightly clutching that evening).
Tony mentioned terrible pain in his head and this relates to how my friend's death was due to a very sudden and unexpected brain haemorrhage.
Finally, Tony mentioned that I had one specific experience where I felt my friend was there, and Tony confirmed that yes, that was him. In the office, after my friend’s passing, I had asked to be responsible for collecting his belongings together at work and boxing them up for his Partner. I had asked if I could have something of my friend’s to remember him by, but his Partner was to choose what that would be. I’d kept an eye out for something that had reminded me of my friend over the years, that had always been hung on his noticeboard. It was a blue glass talisman said to ward off evil. I hadn’t seen this in his belongings whilst packing them up and so had assumed this had gone home with him at some point. It was an emotional time and I sent a text to my friend’s old disconnected phone number, just saying “I miss you – please give me a sign you are still around”. The next day, his boxed belongings were taken away and I decided to swap his old biscuit tin that he kept his pens in, with my pen tidy. I imagined that my friend’s replacement would be far happier with a proper pen holder, rather than the biscuit tin; I tipped the pens out on the desk to sort them out, throwing out any that didn’t work and then to my delight, I looked across the desk and there was the talisman! It must have been in the bottom of the biscuit tin . . . my request for a sign that my friend was around had been answered, he was around and my friend’s Partner agreed it was meant to be and I could have the talisman as my reminder of him. It will remain a very precious reminder of an awesome friend who is forever in my heart - unique, funny, selfless, intelligent, full of innuendo – working life won’t be the same without him but I know he is at peace in spirit and I’ll hear from and see him again one day. Thank you to Tony for providing such a wonderful reading and giving me faith that my friend is in a good place.
I have often said how working in the Midlands is a wonderful experience. The audiences there are constantly enthusiastic and very giving which of course makes every demonstration a successful one. This week we have been in Redditch and the audience were just as much a joy to work with.
I am not one to blow my own trumpet but on this occasion I will make an exception!!!!! Having identified a young boy of only 5 when he passed, I was aware of the name of Taylor to which my recipient readily agreed that this was his surname. Feeling quite impressed and of course incredibly happy that I had been able to feel his name, the thought came into my mind, that if I could get his surname, why not try to get his Christian name. No sooner had that thought formulated in my mind, then the strong impression of the name Paul flooded in. You could just imagine the sheer delight when I heard "That was his name. His name was Paul Taylor".
It was a night of names, with a 92 year old Mother coming through for her son, naming each of her 4 sisters who she had met since she had been in the Spirit World.
As many of you who have seen me demonstrate will testify, I often receive messages from animals who have passed. Shire horses, budgies, a monkey, a guinea pig; just some of the examples of unusual animals who have communicated through me. After all, some of us love our pets as much (if not more) than we love our family so why shouldn’t they come through? On Thursday, however, it was great to have a dog in the audience and I would like to thank Cathie and her dog for coming to see us at Fareham. Cathie’s dog is a Canine Partner and has been trained to assist Cathie who is wheelchair bound, with her day to day life. He can fetch and carry for her but more important, he has been trained to help in case of a fall or any other emergency. It was wonderful to see the reciprocal love between Master and Dog and on this occasion, I hope he enjoyed the evening as much as Cathie did.
We often make donations to The Dog’s Trust but next month we will make a contribution from our ticket competition to the Canines Partners charity which gives independence to those less mobile. A very worthy charity indeed.