Archive for July, 2009

Medium at large in the Crystal

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Published: Wednesday, 29th July, 2009 12:00pm Anglo Celt

Medium Tom Colton launches Feel the Spirit, his 50-date tour of the country at the Cavan Crystal Hotel tomorrow (Thursday, July 30). It is the first national tour of the country by an Irish medium and continues till the end of November. In December there will be a series of special one-off Christmas With Spirit events in Waterford, Cork and Dublin.

“This tour is a huge undertaking and something I’m looking forward to immensely,” said Tom. “I got a great reaction at my recent events in Dublin, where we had people who’d travelled from all over the country, so now it is my turn to come to them and I can’t wait.”

Tom’s press material says he is able to connect with spirits of the bereaved and people are asked to bring a photograph of a loved one they would like to connect with. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, Tom’s down-to-earth approach has earned him the respect of the many people for whom he has read.

He allows those he reads to feel the energy of their loved ones in the same way he does. Tom believes that everyone has the ability to connect and communicate with spirit in the way he does “they just have to learn how, there is no special gift” he says, “it is an ability everybody has”.

Tom has communicated and interacted with spirits since he was a child. Though it was not until his uncle Richard died in 2001, that he started reconnecting with spirit world as an adult. During the last eight years Tom has developed his skills as medium, studying at the Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, near London, the world’s foremost college for the advancement of spiritualism and psychic sciences. He has also completed many courses on spirituality at the National Federation of Spiritualist Healing (a charitable trust now called the Healing Trust).

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Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin Chosen As Charity For The ‘Feel The Spirit Tour’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I have selected the Children’s Hospital Crumlin as my chosen charity for the forthcoming ‘Feel the Spirit Tour’, which kicks off at the Crystal Hotel in Cavan tomorrow night. 

The Children’s Hospital Crumlin has a special place in my heart: on Halloween, 31 October 2007 my daughter Katie was rushed into hospital with meningitis.  Thankfully because of the quick reaction and hard work of the medical staff at the hospital Katie made a full recover after spending time in Intensive Care and a week in hospital. 

As a way of saying thank you to the hospital I will be hosting a special charity ball, “Halloween with Spirit”, on the anniversary of my daughter Katie’s illness, 31st October 2009. Held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel Dublin this Halloween ball will include a 4 course meal, an Evening of Mediumship and disco into the very early hours.  The ball will be full fancy dress, no excpetions even for me! Further details will be posted here soon.

This ball is a small way of contributing to the wonderful work the hospital does on a 24 hour basis for sick children. At each tour venue there will be collection boxes for people to donate what they can to this worthy charity. Hopefully this night will be a success and we can turn it into an annual fundraising event.

Yours,

Tom

My Name is Rose………..

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. 

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze. 

‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.  She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…’ ‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. ‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me. 

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. 

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. 

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.’ 

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! 

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. 

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.  The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.’ 

She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose.’ She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives At the year’s end Rose finishe d the college degree she had begun all those years ago. 

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be. 

When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it! These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE. 

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give. 

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.�