In her new book Dooreen Davy describes her journey from skeptic to believer
Being a trained psychologist working in New Zealand and specialising in cognitive behaviour therapy, Dr Doreen Davy prides herself on being rational and objective, always able to find the scientific or down-to-earth explanation for anything deemed to be ‘supernatural’.
No amount of analytical reasoning can explain these bizarre incidents.
A return home
Succumbing to pressure from her sisters, she returns to her old hometown of Liverpool to care for her elderly mother who is terminally ill. During their time together, the shallow mother/daughter relationship blossoms into a loving and extraordinary alliance. Doreen teaches her mother how to meditate and via guided imagery returns her to the dance halls of her youth. Her mother’s successful ‘mind-dancing’ exceeds all expectations.
Sifting through all her psychological knowledge, she can only conclude that her mother continues to exist in a spiritual domain
Shortly after her mother’s death and while still in Liverpool, strange incidents occur that can’t be rationally explained in any way. While Doreen is lying in bed, either relaxing in the afternoon or soon after turning in for the night, more than once she experiences the sensation of somebody sitting on her bed but nobody being there. Doreen knows all about sleep paralysis, hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations, but she is wide awake throughout. Sifting through all her psychological knowledge, she can only conclude that her mother continues to exist in a spiritual domain and is wanting to get a message across.
On a spiritual plane
When she leaves Liverpool and returns to New Zealand, Doreen visits a spiritualist who informs her that her mother was simply answering her daughter’s repetitive question – ‘Mum, where have you gone?’ The answer to this question is obviously that her mother is still with her, but on a spiritual plane. This all results in a significant shift in Doreen’s views of life and death and her scepticism of the paranormal being well and truly quashed.
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