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About Marlene

One thing that people ask, is how did you start on this path? Or how long has this gift been with you?

Like many who have a gift, Marlene has had some sort of awareness since she was a child. Like many this has been both a blessing and a curse at times, but Marlene has been more fortunate than some perhaps and has been able to develop these feelings and intuition into something that is more controlled and less random. So, if you are one of those who finds themselves bewildered and possibly a little frightened by things that you have awareness of, yet others around you do not, don’t worry, you are not alone.

These are some of Marlene’s experiences; they are wrapped in a short biography to provide context and we hope they may be of help to you.

Marlene was born to a hard-working family and was fortunate to grow up in a loving, supportive environment. From her earliest years she has been aware of and seen things that many others do not. At times this has been helpful, even life saving and at times, a curse.

Marlene was raised in the Mid Sussex market town of Haywards Heath (in the United Kingdom) and like many of her friends walked to school. On one particular morning workmen were replacing telegraph poles along the route that she always took. The lorry containing the new poles was parked beside the footpath that she would normally walk along and to get past, she would have to pass between the lorry and a hedge. On approaching the lorry she was struck by a feeling of extreme apprehension and felt that she must not walk past it on that side of the road, this proved to be an extremely timely warning. Marlene crossed the road, giving the lorry and its contents a wide berth, at the very moment that she drew parallel to the lorry, all of the poles rained down onto the pavement. If Marlene had not listened to the small, still voice of warning, without doubt she would have been crushed to death and I would not be writing about her now!

The other side of the coin is the curse of premonition and the ghastly effect that this can have on ones life. During primary school Marlene and her sisters had two friends who were also sisters. On one particular night Marlene had a dream that they were drowning, it was completely lucid and she felt distraught because she was unable to help them. Her Mother woke her as she had been crying in her sleep, but at the time she could not remember the dream. The next morning her mother sent her to the local shop. On the way there, Marlene stopped to speak to her friends who were sitting in their father’s car ready to go for a swim in the sea at Shoreham, on the South Coast. Remembering her dream, Marlene ran home and told her mother, asking her to stop them. Reminding her it was ‘only a dream’ her mother suggested Marlene stopped worrying and, although still concerned, Marlene realised her friends would probably have already left by the time she reached their house again. It was impossible for her to be able to change the situation. The next day her mother had the dreadful task of breaking the news to her that both of her friends had been drowned when the valves to the cooling out fall of a power station that was located at the eastern end of the beach had been opened sucking the girls under the waves. This terrible incident had a profound effect on Marlene for many years, in some way she blamed herself for the death of her friends by not being able to prevent it.

Marlene was able to see Spirit from an early age. In fact many children are, until it is educated out of them by statements such as – “It’s only your imagination dear” How many of you can recall having an ‘imaginary friend’ or ‘visitor’ as a child? Marlene shared the bedroom with her two sisters and her visitor was an old lady who used to wake her every night, standing by the bed and peering down at her. Not unexpectedly this was quite alarming and she would scream until her parents ran into the room. 

Marlene’s own ‘psychic’ development came about by a chance encounter with a sandwich board on Brighton sea front, in fact she almost walked into it! The board proclaimed ‘SHAMBALA’ in large letters across the top, psychic readings, healing and development classes. Like many places that offer such things, Shambala was so small and tucked away in a back street that no one would have ever found it if not for the strategically place board. Investigation revealed the classes available and days that they would be run, Marlene enrolled on a Healing Course with her friend and together they attended each week, sun, rain, sleet and snow.

The two year Sussex Healers course was completed and assessment passed along with courses and competence certificates in Reiki 1 & 2. Marlene was also fortunate enough to be able to sit, with a particularly enlightened lady, for self-awareness classes. This was not apparent at the time as the classes were not always comfortable, but for the first time, Marlene was able to see she did, indeed, have a gift. Marlene persevered and often reflects on how beneficial it actually was to her and helps her keep what one of her communicators describes as, “the human condition,” in check. Of course we are referring to ego, a condition that afflicts many who become arrogant when they discover that they are different or think themselves above others. They are not.

Psychic development led by the same teacher of healing, introduced Marlene to a greater awareness of the mediumistic gifts, clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. (There is nothing special about these terms, they come from the French and mean to be able to ‘see’, ‘hear’ and ‘sense’ things clearly.) It soon became apparent that Marlene was susceptible to the deeper influence of trance mediumship; this led to her sitting for this rather more intensive development, with the husband of her teacher on a one to one basis. Eventually, a group was set up by Marlene’s close friend, Wendy, for the specific purpose of developing Marlene in the capacity of both trance and physical medium. These are two very specific types of mediumship and we will discuss them on a later page. Her meditations also became very interesting and she met some of her influences (guides) during these moments of quiet. Further research into the things that came to her during meditation were very fruitful and provided a number of ‘proofs’ and not a few synchronicities that are quite fascinating. In some ways it proved to be (and still is) like one of those children’s books in which, by joining the dots, you eventually begin to see the picture.

After receiving an invitation from Wendy, Marlene began to sit with the late Colin Fry and was impressed by the depth of the conversations held with the Spirit communicator and how natural it all seemed. This led to David, her husband, receiving an extraordinary and unexpected invitation to attend. This came about by a disagreement over which question should be asked between Marlene and David. Quite rightly, Marlene said that she had her own question, and members of the group were usually only able to ask one each. Then came a surprise invitation from the communicator in his usual dry manner; “Perhaps you would care to bring along your husband on the next occasion that we meet, I believe he has some questions for me.” Not wishing to turn down such an opportunity, David did attend the next meeting and as a result has tape recorded many, many hours of fascinating conversations with this communicator and others from which we term as being ‘from the other side’. An inadequate term, but one that must do until someone comes up with a better description.
This has been a very rewarding experience and process of learning especially for Marlene. We have come to recognise that all these things have not come about by accident and by the law of progression has led to this blog.

Note from Marlene:

I feel I must share my gratitude here to the late Celia Stuart, the late Wendy Marsh and to the late Colin Fry for their constant encouragement during my early years of development. Without them, I would not be on this path I am sure. They had faith in me when I had none in myself and I am forever grateful to them. I hope I’ve done them proud…








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