I live just outside of New York City, so September 11th is always a somber day. Everyone has their memories of where they were or they know someone who lost someone. I have those, too. But it’s something that happened in the aftermath that has most stayed with me.
Shortly after that awful day, I was doing some mediumship training with a guest teacher from the UK. It was before Ground Zero was cordoned off to spectators; several of my fellow students went down there to see if they could assist the spirits of any of those who’d lost their lives. This is because, many times when someone dies so suddenly and tragically, they’re sort of like “What just happened?” and aren’t sure what to do next. So, like so many volunteers, my friends were there to help any confused souls cross over.
But what they reported back to the class was interesting: namely, they felt nothing. There was no presence of spirit. Nothing. One woman described it to the rest of us as, “They were just….gone.” It was a particularly odd sort of emptiness, which none of us had ever experienced when working with the Other Side,
Our teacher, who’d been at this her whole, long life, shared something that was both fascinating and strangely comforting: those souls who were on the planes or in the buildings were released from their bodies ahead of their physical death. They were spared that pain and suffering, pulled into the warmth and peace of the Other Side before the worst happened.
She explained that, in many tragedies, the Wise Ones release the soul ahead of the death of the body. The person finds themself in a beautiful, healing place where any memory of pain or fear is soothed away. It makes me think of a child being woken from a nightmare by the gentle reassurance of a loving parent.
This idea was confirmed to me years later when I did a sitting with a 9/11 widow. Her husband came through and described his passing as painless. He said he saw himself with other souls rising to a Heaven-like dimension, as if they were floating up from underwater. The image he showed me was beautiful, and I hold it in my heart whenever I meet with anyone who’s suffered the kind of loss we did on 9/11.