Since she was a young child, Giulia Jeary Knap has had a rare and touching ability to use her thirst for exploration of spirituality to comfort those who have lost loved ones. In fact, it’s a skill that has seen her dedicate her life to the study of mediumship and the Afterlife.
In 2014, Knap published the first two volumes in her ‘Between Heaven and Earth’ book series, which challenge readers to confront and embrace the fact that nobody truly dies, every passed relative can still communicate, and everyone is far more in control of their destiny than they think.
Three years later, with both volumes garnering critical acclaim, Knap has re-written and published the books to an English-language audience.
‘The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand (Between Heaven and Earth Book 1)’ – Is mediumship a rare talent? Or does each of us have the potential to stay in touch with loved ones who have crossed over? In this groundbreaking book, expert astral traveller Giulia Jeary Knap presents evidence that we are all connected – and that connection doesn’t end with physical death.
Drawing on more than 25 years of in-depth research into mediumistic accounts and near-death experiences – as well as her personal meetings with deceased family members and friends, through dreams, lucid dreams and astral travel – Giulia examines the themes of transition, death, and life after death, and shares simple techniques for contacting your own dear departed on the spiritual plane.
This book is intended to be a source of comfort, not only for those who have suffered a loss, but also for anyone who has questions or doubts about a subject many find difficult to talk about.
The techniques described in this book do not require any special training; they are within everyone’s grasp. As Giulia demonstrates, our dear departed are closer to us than ever – and only too willing to reassure us, watch over us and guide us.
‘Looking Beyond the Fishbowl: A New Comforting Perspective on Reincarnation (Between Heaven and Earth) (Volume 2)’ – Author, astral traveller and mediumship and Afterlife researcher Giulia Jeary Knap returns with this in-depth analysis of inspiring reports from near-death experiencers and mediumistic accounts, as well as her own out-of-body experiences, to reassure us that death does not exist. The notion of multiple lives, so often misunderstood, cannot separate us. We are not all robots placed unwillingly in an overpowering and overcomplex system of life, death and rebirth that is beyond our control.
We never really lose the people dear to us, not even in our darkest moments. The spirit world is in fact our world; and we all have a mission in life, one we choose beyond space and time, which guides us every day and always, even through the circumstances and with the people that seem to cross our paths by chance.
Within this material realm, we are all like goldfish swimming in a bowl – but when we learn to look beyond the fishbowl, we will see that the temporary and apparently restrictive experience of earthly life enables us to make a brave and selfless contribution to the great spiritual design of which we are all an integral part.
“My goal with these books was to expose people to a world they didn’t know existed, or at the very least, didn’t understand – and do it through original, first-hand evidence” explains the author. “Death isn’t binary or an absolute, and nobody is “gone” forever. I want this to be a commonly-accepted fact, rather than something only the fair few accept. To achieve this, I decided to write a book that would make everyone aware of their abilities to communicate with those they thought they’d never speak with again.”
Continuing, “Equally, I wanted to change the notion that reincarnation is a haphazard process that individuals don’t have control over. Many people are fearful of reincarnation, but this is an often-misunderstood notion, especially when it presents man’s multidimensionality in a linear-time fashion. My idea is that we all have a unique and eternal personal identity and that death is simply a reawakening from an illusion, and we can choose to reincarnate to any degree, or to not reincarnate at all; the latter being something I present evidence for in the book. Whatever your belief system, I am confident my two books will change your outlook forever.”
Reviews for both have been impressive. For example, in reference to ‘The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand’, one reader comments, “This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning to communicate with their deceased loved ones. Whether as a beginner or someone who has already started like me. There are lots of exercises in the book and they are very well explained. I feel like I can use the techniques here to build on what I’ve been doing.”
Marina Gallego was equally as impressed with ‘Looking Beyond the Fishbowl’, adding, “I started reading Giulia’s books following the death of a close family member. In this book, she presents a really interesting view on incarnation, adding numerous references and personal experiences, which really make the book interesting and easy to read. As with the first book, I found Giulia’s view of the afterlife uplifting. Her books really give me hope. I really recommend Giulia’s book to anyone who has lost a loved one or has any interest in the afterlife. Loved it!”
For more information and resources, visit the author’s official website: http://fracieloeterra.org.
About the Author:
Having earned a degree in Foreign Languages from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Salerno University (Italy) in 1985, Giulia Jeary Knap worked for 13 years as an executive secretary for multinational companies. In 1999, in order to devote more time to her family, she became a freelance translator and interpreter. Thanks to her mixed heritage – Italian, British and Czech – she soon found out that one of her life passions was interpersonal communication. The emphasis of her work has always been on helping people understand one another.
As a child, she discovered she had an innate desire to research and experience the spiritual side of life and a keen interest in what happens after death. That is why she has spent the last 25 years actively researching the Afterlife and the circumstances that enable the physically living to contact discarnate spirits.
Since 1994, Giulia has had the opportunity of working as an interpreter at mediumship training events in the UK and in Italy, during which she attended hundreds of private sittings, as well as dozens of public demonstrations of mediumship and many lectures and workshops on the subject. She started reading anything she could lay her hands on, on the topic, and attended courses held by certified mediums to learn more about the mechanics and philosophy of mediumship. She also teamed up with other Afterlife researchers to experiment with after-death communication and how it works.
During these public events, Giulia met several hundred bereaved individuals and developed a specific interest in grief and bereavement support. She has since devoted a substantial part of her free time to comforting the bereaved, irrespective of their cultural or religious backgrounds.
Her work as an interpreter has played an important part in her interest in mediumship. Despite what she regards as her ‘many failures to communicate efficiently in everyday life’, she feels her key mission is to help people to communicate with each other, in this life and beyond.
In her free time, Giulia also enjoys painting as a means of expanding her awareness and linking with the spirit world.
Review by Bader Saab
Although it seemed to be exciting and that I would be learning more about the topic with a book for newcomers, reading “Mediumship Scrying & Transfiguration for Beginners: A Guide to Spirit Communication (Llewellyn for Beginners),” by Diana Palm, turned out to be a bitter experience that I most likely will not want to repeat in the near future.
This serves as a good example of what may result if the author doesn’t read often, something that becomes obvious at first sight. It became harder with each chapter to see the same words and ideas be repeated over a over, paragraph after paragraph, not leaving anything more that irritation to the reader.
“Mediumship Scrying & Transfiguration for Beginners” seems to be one of those metaphysical texts that want you to feel happy, cheerful, positive and shiny all the time, and even try to put this as a funny practice. Don’t get me wrong, of course it is funny (sometimes) to speak to the dead, but the tone used by the author is simply cloying, as if she was speaking about a children party.
Despite there are some useful tips here and there, which I’ll be putting into practice very soon, Palm just filled almost the entire set of pages with her stories, experiences, family reunions, how someone teached her something, how that spirit showed her a different approach for a more successful scrying sesión, as if she tried to prove herself as a real medium.
Another thing that bothered me was the fact that she mixed so many times mediumship with healing. I can understand that this can be one of the goals for the médium and perhaps is the most common reason for someone who has interest in the area, but due to the title of the book, this is not what I expected at all. Serves the purpose if Healing Mediumship is a topic you want to explore and learn about, but don’t let the title lie to you.
I must admit, to be fair with this book, that some of the stories were entertaining and made me see things under a different point of view. There are some ideas that I never thought would be taken as serious, real facts. Palm certainly teached me to keep an open and flexible mind when it comes to spirituality.
One cannot expect things to happen the way we’re used to, that’s understandable, but the problem here is that she tires the reader with so many anecdotes at the point of making them skip her stories entirely, waiting for the real information to appear in the next page, or even the next chapter.
It surprised me to see a brief introduction on different forms of divination, particularly those using the four elements, as those are topics I haven’t seen explored in different books. Putting aside the style, those were the most juicy pages in the book, filled with useful content and interesting information that could help the reader to develop and learn more about the topics, to explore an alternative to the well known method of directly asking the spirits for an answer.
Palm also offers different prayer and exercises, more intended for spiritual people than Pagans, that’s a fact, but that serves as draft and examples to elaborate our own words and methods while cleaning, blessing and scrying. It could turn to be bothering for experimented people, but those who haven’t explored the practice that much will find many helpful tips to get started with.
However, I would also like to give an advise: Do not keep doing the same thing. Despite this is an introductory volume, the lack of real content may be alarming, as it looks more like a one-person anthology than a manual. There’s a serious approach in many subjects, but keep researching and finding different authors.
Finally, I will say that although Palm almost drove me crazy about how simple things can be and should always be, she made the point perfectly clear: There’s no need to use or create over elaborated techniques or rituals in order to speak with our loved ones, or any other kind of spirit. We tend to think that the more we do and prepare, the more effective everything will be, but things do not necessarily work that way on the spiritual plane.
She gives many examples, that’s for sure, about how just a few words and a clear intention are more than enough to correctly start a séance, and that it’s important to try to learn more about the process while you practice, try to do something different but correct each time in order to discover our own way. Points in here for the author.
I won’t say I will not read any other book from Diana Palm ever, we all know we should never say never, so I’ll keep the door open, just a little bit, in case there’s something else she has to tell, although the next time I will probably not be as thrilled as I was with this first book. Regular book, but nothing else.
Many thanks to the editor for providing me with an ARC of this book. I tried to be as sincere and objective as possible, and hopefully, this will help the readers know if they should read this book.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.
by Roger Hardnock
When a loved one passes on, we typically find comfort in the arms of family and friends, in support groups, through grief counseling, and in our place of worship. But what happens when our broken heart needs something deeper and more profound than those kind words and a sympathetic ear? What if we yearn for a greater sense of certainty—that our loved one really is free of pain, and actually at peace in that better place?
During a session with an Evidential Medium, departed loved ones are given a channel by which to come back—in spirit. Through the medium, they share evidence that validates their presence, and give examples of how they are still present in our lives. They share personal messages that would otherwise never be heard. Most Evidential Mediums consider this work a divine calling—a sacred gift—to be able to offer relief to those who have lost someone dear: a parent, spouse, friend or even a child.
The following transcript comes from an actual mediumship session.
The image of a young boy appears out of the darkness behind my closed eyes; faint and delicate—like the residue of a dream. I speak into the phone that is held close to my ear and describe what is unfolding before me. “I see a boy wearing a baseball cap, running barefoot across a large, grassy lawn. He is happy and energetic, and I sense his love of baseball. Do you recognize this boy?”
“Yes,” the voice on the phone replies. “I know who you are talking about.”
The scene changes abruptly.
“There is a white farmhouse,” I say, “with a large covered porch, and steps that go right down into the grass.”
“Yes, that’s right,” the voice says. “That was his house.”
“There is a woman running out of the house,” I continue, “down the steps and across the lawn. She is screaming out in horror, but I can’t hear her voice. I feel her panic in my body though; something bad has happened.” Why is she running? I ask myself—feeling deeper for the answer. I see the boy again. He is no longer running, but standing in the grass, looking back at me. His hands are at his throat—then he lowers them slowly to his chest. A realization hits me—hard. I struggle to breathe—overcome by a feeling of sadness. “This boy died,” I say.
There is a pause on the line, then, “Yes.”
“He was young, only eight years old,” I say. “There was an accident.”
“Yes, that’s correct.”
I feel the emotions coming through the phone, but the grief is faded and distant—not what I expect. An inner knowing feeds me the answer. “But he didn’t die recently,” I say. “It has been a while.”
“Yes,” the voice confirms. “A while.”
I don’t ask for more. I know that it is my job to provide him with the evidence, not the other way around. I focus again on the boy, and ask him how he died. He doesn’t show me, exactly, but his hands return to his throat. I feel pressure in my own throat and down into my chest. I hear “water,” and then I know.
“He drowned,” I say.
“The woman running from the house—that was his mother,” I add. “She was trying to save him, but it was too late, right?”
The confirmations coming through the phone make it clear that the evidence I’m receiving is valid. I am connecting with a young boy who loved baseball, and who had drowned accidentally at the age of eight. And his passing was not recent. But my session with the man on the phone is not complete. I have solid evidence, but I know that this boy is not appearing before me only to provide proof of his presence, or to rehash the final, tragic moments of his young life. No, he has come forth to share a message to his family, and that is where my focus goes. Now, instead of “looking,” I begin to ask—and “listen.”
In my mind, I ask him to share a message, and I feel his energy lighten. He is no longer the boy that had drowned, but a light, energetic spirit that is now free of his physical body. He tells me that he loved his short life. He regrets that it was not longer, and that his passing has caused his mother and his family so much grief. He is very happy where he is now, and there was no pain in his passing. I share this word-for-word with the person on the phone, who listens quietly. I have no idea what he is thinking, but I sense that we are in the midst of very special connection.
The boy then says something that catches me off-guard. Even though I have learned over the years to not edit or hold back the messages I receive, this one seems insensitive to me, and I feel uncomfortable sharing it. I want to believe that I just interpreted it wrong. But that is not possible—I heard it, clear as day. His message was: “Tell everyone that I know how to swim now.” I take a nervous breath, share the message—and wait.
I learn that the man on the phone is the boy’s uncle. After a brief pause to gather his thoughts, he again validates the evidence I have given him, including those final words. He tells me that was exactly the way his nephew was; he was always joking and playing around, and nothing could cause him to lose his infectious sense of humor. He was eight years old when he drowned many years before. His mother saw him in the pool that day and rushed out to save him, but she was too late. My “sitter” then tells me how grateful he is to receive such convincing evidence, things that I could not possibly have known, and how he now believes that his nephew is not only around, but still his same playful, joking self.
As a complement to traditional grief support, experienced Evidential Mediums offer a service that is truly unique. The evidence and messages that come through make a mediumship session a wonderful place to find peace and healing.
A few weeks after the session above, I received an email from the young boy’s uncle. He told me that the previous weekend was the 20th anniversary of his nephew’s death, and the family had gathered in his memory. He shared with the family the details of our session. He told me how grateful they were to me for bringing Charlie through, and sharing his messages. The evidence had brought them greater peace, knowing that Charlie is still the same happy, fun-loving personality they all so fondly remember.