The Spirit Shop

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fund-Raiser For Ryan's Quest Last Friday Night

Several months ago we were asked to participate in a fund-raiser for Ryan's Quest. I was not familiar with the organization at the time and went to the net to read more about them. Once I saw the picture of little Ryan and read more about his fight, I just could not say no. I love to do what I can in the way of giving back to the community and especially helping children in need. I actually began doing fundraisers more then fifteen years ago when I owned my new age shop. Each year I would hold an annual Halloween Costume Ball for a different cause. Some of those causes were the Leukemia Society, Susan G Komen Race For The Cure & one of my favorites, The Make A Wish Foundation. I left the business and could no longer hold the annual ball.

Several years ago Bob and I decided it was time to start doing fund-raiser events to give to those in need. I have been giving to many organizations each year for twenty years, but I figured a fund-raiser would bring even more money to the cause. Last year my goal was to raise $10,000. and we came very close to it. This year I wanted to double the number and try to reach for $20,000. I do get requests very often to do find-raiser for people and just can not fit them into my schedule. So I try to keep my focus mostly on children and organizations that help kids. This is why I could not say no to Ryan's Quest, especially because it even fit into my schedule perfect. I have not received the exact total raised for Ryan's Quest, but we do know that it was more then $3000.00. This brings the years total to about $15,000. I'm excited that we are not far from my goal for the year.

Eventually I will begin a non-profit organization in memory of my niece, Rhiannon, who passed from cancer this past January 15. My goal is to hopefully become well known enough to be able to not only hold larger fund-raisers, but to also do a world tour with a large percentage going to the organization. The organization I have in mind will benefit children who are fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma, A form of childhood cancer. Money raised for the organization will help the children and their families pay for medical expenses and help fulfill the dreams of many of these children. This is something my niece wanted to do even though she was fighting the same cancer. So I will fulfill one of her dreams and help the children who are fighting the same cancer that she lost her battle with.

Going back to the event for Ryan's Quest. A big thank you goes out to Melissa for contacting us and putting things together. And to everyone who volunteered and attended the event, a big thank you goes out to you. The event was held at the Whitehorse Fire Station in Hamilton New Jersey. There were somewhere between sixty and eighty people who attended. That is just my guess. I know there were at least 60 and no more then eighty people. There was also a 50/50 raffle and I donated an additional five dollars for each CD & book that I sold during the event. It was raining out and even though Bob and I got a little lost, things still went very well. My navigator took me the right address, in a different town. It happened that the same address existed in a different zip code near by. That was the first time I had that happen to me. You would think Spirit would give me some directions, sometimes, but not usually. I had a feeling that we were going the wrong way and said that to Bob, but thought it was just me being in a rush.

Once we arrived and meet with Melissa Bob and I departed as Melissa directed me to a private room where I could do my prayer and meditation. During my meditation Bob gets things underway and will beginning the introduction. The timing can be close at time and usually once I'm through my meditation Bob is about to introduce me. Once I entered the room I saw something pretty amazing. During all of my events I have a table in the front of the room where the audience faces which has flowers and candles on it in honor of the deceased loved ones who are there in spirit. From that table and all the way around the room was a pretty straight line of spirits. It was like in the movie Ghost, when all the spirits were lined up to talk to Whoopie Goldberg. I have seen spirit line up, but nothing like that. There had to be a couple hundred of them. My only thought was "Oh my God, this is not really happening to me." It was crazy and I knew I was in for an interesting evening. I was also thinking and hoping that all those spirits understood that I would not get to help them all and that they absolutely are not coming home with me.

I began by first thanking everyone, especially Melissa and Ryan's Mother, for being a part of this evenings event and Ryan's Quest. Many who attended were there mainly to support the cause and probably for a night out and were not at all familiar with me or my work. So beings there were so many people in the group that were not familiar with my work I decided to talk more about How it all started for me, seeing spirits from a young age to the present. I touched a little on how our own deceased loved ones show us signs and then went right into the messages. I looked over to see if the line of spirits were still there and in deed they were. Then the first gentlemen stepped forward and the connection began.

This father was determined to get me to deliver some messages to his three daughters in the audience. At one point I saw his spirit walk over to the girls to be closer to them and to make sure I went to the right people in the audience. The three girls were rather young and their father passed away pretty recently. That is one of the reasons he was so determined. The girls were grieving terribly over the loss of their father. One of them had to be very much skeptical. One thing I noticed many years ago is that if someone is skeptical, spirit will not give up until they are assured that they have gotten their message across. This father was not leaving until his daughters were convinced that they just communicated with their deceased father. I do not recall much of the details that came through, but I do recall one thing that was important for the father to get through to one of his daughters. He mentioned that he did walk his daughter down the isle on her wedding day in spirit and that he would not miss it for the world. This brought some high emotions to the girls. He messages were more like a conversation with a normal every day conversation. These make for the best reading and the most detailed messages.

That first connection really took up a good amount of time. Again this was just because this father figured was so determined and also so excited that he could finally pass some messages to his daughters. That is something that happens to me often. A lot of the time a stronger spirit, or any spirit, will not always believe that I can hear them at first. Once they realize I actually can understand most, sometimes everything, that they are saying, they get very excited and don't want to leave. Then they begin to hog up the floor a little bit. Sometimes I have to ask them to step aside and allow someone else to come through. Most of the time they will honor my request for them to step aside.

There was two separate connections with younger energies that were tragically killed. The first was for a woman in the front row. Her son led me right to her. It was another amazing connection, I could actually see him and describe him. I can not always see them and describe them. Some come through as clear as you and I, that is rare, while others come through transparent but I can still describe them. Then there are others that I can only see the energy, but not the form and then those I only hear.

This young man was determined to let his mother know that he is at peace and give her closure to what actually happened. Sometime I hate to have to describe how a persons child had passed, but I have to in order to give them the closure they need. I described the accident he was in to the T. The woman was able to validate everything that I described to her. I saw the young mans spirit reach over and put his hand on his mothers leg. I told her and you could see the joy in her eyes and she reached over and place her hand on her knee where I saw her sons hand and the tears flowed from her eyes. I could actually feel the emotion between her and her son and I could feel something so amazing that I could not explain. At the end of the event she came over to me to thank me for giving her the messages from her son, it has changed her life.

Experiences like that make me ever more grateful for the gift that God had granted me. There is no way to explain the feeling that runs through you when you make such a strong connection with spirit. There was another young man that I saw standing in the back of the room for a while. He was a little gentleman standing patiently until it was his time to come through. He was also determined to get to his mother, who was sitting in the back of the room. This young man had a long overdue apology for his mother. He was also determined to be sure and bring a little faith back into his mothers life. It was unfortunate that the young man had taken his own life. Again I do not recall the details of this reading or even who he took his life. There were several important messages that came form this connection with the young man. He wanted to assure his mother that it was no ones fault and that no one could have prevented this from happening. He wanted to assure his mother that God does forgive and that he did cross over into Heaven. He needed to give his mother faith back and let her know that this was meant to be. He explained how he watches over his mother and the family and talked about the signs he sends her. The tears in her eyes were enough to show that this connection with her son was well needed and will also change her life.

There were many other connections during the event, but those three were the ones that really stick out in my mind. There were so many determined spirits at this event and that is most likely why my connections were so amazing. Usually I connect with the stronger of the energies and when you have a couple hundred spirits trying to get through, your going to have some really string ones that succeed in connecting with you. I even had another spirit interrupt during the closing questions segment. I close most events with a 20 to 30 minute questions segment. Bob will pick people out of the audience that are raising their hands to ask a question. They can ask one life question about things such as love, career and health. Well Bob picked one woman for a question and one of her deceased loved ones took this opportunity to jump in and make a connection with me. I can't tell them "go away" or "leave me alone". So I just allow the spirit to make a quick connection and bring through a few messages. In most cases when this happens it is also because the person really needs some closure with that deceased individual other then a simple hello from the other side.

So over all the event went very well. The messages that came through were absolutely astounding. Even a really skeptical person would have a hard time leaving this event still remaining as skeptical. I was honored to be a part of Ryan's Quest and honored to have brought some well overdue closure and healing to those who have received a connection from spirit. I would hope that everyone left the event knowing that their deceased loved ones were at their side this evening and trying their best to send signs on their own. Remember that it always pays in your heart and in the hearts of others when you give to others and help those in need. Reach out and touch the life of others and help to make this a better world to live in. Please be sure to visit the Ryan's Quest web site and read all about Ryan and his fight. Once you visit his site and read about him you to wil fall in love with him and his cause. I hope that this post has inspired you in some way.


Anonymous said...

dear joseph
the more i read about your work the more i believe that God works in mysterious ways to comfort people who have lost loved ones. you must really be very special to have been chosen to do the the name of all those people you help to come to terms with their loss i thank you. it must be a difficult thing to keep seeing things related to the dead,
thank you for doing thiskind of work.

Heather and Susan said...

Dear Joseph,

I wanted to thank you as my mother and I did not get the opportunity to do so following the Ryan's Quest Fundraiser. You connected us to my brother, the one who took his own life and you've mentioned above in your blog. You also connected us with my grandmother, which was also a wonderful experience as we lost her last year.

I cannot thank you enough for this life changing experience. It has brought us much needed closure and answers that we have agonized over for the past 11 years since Brian took his own life. He was a wonderful person who suffered with many problems and losing him has left an enormous hole in our lives. Hearing from him through you has literally changed our lives and brought us much needed peace. Thank you so, so much. It was truly the most wonderful gift we could have received.