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Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go Paperback – July 15, 2008
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“The death of his youngest son, Brandon, launched Mark Ireland on a fascinating quest to discover if we survive the death of our bodies by communicating with ancestors, persons who have gone before. For more than a century, many types of scientific inquiries have focused on after-death communications, and Mark studied all of them. He possesses the driving curiosity, open mind, and critical scholarship of a true explorer … [and] his candid, engaging writing style invites the reader to join him on his pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the afterlife.”—Donald E. Watson, MD, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and author of Surviving Your Crises, Reviving Your Dreams "Not only heart-rending, intelligent, and well-written, but also a wonderful inspiration to anyone who has lost someone dear to them." —Tricia J Robertson; Hon Sec, former President, SSPR; DACE Tutor University of Glasgow; Hon Sec Prism“One of my favorites among the author’s many insights is his discovery that ‘It was time to re-think what it meant to be psychic.… Everyone is psychic.’ In my own academic research, I explore the apparent rift in our society between science and spirit. Mark’s metaphor of two wolves rings true for me: ‘Ours is a world that two wolves try to devour—the first is the wolf of skeptical science and religious fundamentalism (they are the same one). The second is the wolf of our cosmic connection, synchronicity, astral realms, and manifestation by intention. The wolf that dominates our life is the wolf we feed. I needed to feed the right wolf. I needed to lay it on the line from here on in.’ I volunteer to help Mark feed the wolf of synchronicity and connection. After you journey with Mark in this adventure through death, I expect you will want to join Mark also.”—Berney Williams, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies, Energy Medicine University, and President of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine"Mark Ireland is a moving writer who reaches out from the pages of his book and emotionally connects with his readers. He speaks not only from the perspective of a father who suffered the ultimate loss, but also as a man who inherited the ability to reconnect with those who've passed on. This book is a must read for anyone trying to comprehend life after death or wanting to learn how loss can create an even stronger bond between the living and those who live again."—Allison DuBois; Subject of NBC’s Medium; Author of Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye, We Are Their Heaven, And Secrets of the Monarch"As a survival of consciousness researcher and explorer, I found Mark Ireland’s book, Soul Shift, to be authentic, scientific in its approach, and very healing. I laughed, cried, and pondered the afterlife. Mark Ireland’s late father—the remarkable Dr. Richard Ireland, was a man of rare psychic and mediumistic talent. Richard Ireland participated in testing, counseled celebrities like Mae West, and Amanda Blake, and also prominent government leaders. This book is a must read." —Maria Talcott, Founding Member of the John E. Mack Institute in conjunction with John Mack, MD, Cambridge MA“Mark Ireland has done a superb job of bringing the unknown up from the depths of the Anima Mundi to the surface of human consciousness. This book impacted my soul, inspiring me to reach out to people once again. It also made me yearn for home.”—Cullen Dorn, author of The Hierophant of 100th Street
About the Author
Mark Ireland is presently collaborating with respected scientists on afterlife research initiatives. A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, he is finishing his second book on parapsychology and mediumship.
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Anyhow, I'd just about lost faith in mediumship after seeing and reading about the materialistic values and "slight of hand" actions of Edwards, Van Praagh, and others. (I'm really disgusted at some of the things they and their employees do to make themselves more "successful", but I'm going to avoid that side topic.) I wasn't having confidence that "inner knowing" or psychic ability could tell us a whole lot, either. I figured the best we could hope for there was a few good hints at reality. Reading about Mark's father Dr. Richard Ireland, and seeing the YouTube videos changed my mind. I'm happy to say my faith in the "sixth sense" has been rekindled after reading Soul Shift.
However, I feel like I have to point out this was not a real "page turner" for me like it was for some. I've already read many accounts of mediums talking to those who have passed on. I can't say that was anythig new. What was new is Mark Ireland's unique personal experience, and how that lead him to talk about, study, and question so many aspects of spiritual "knowing".
If I had one complaint about the book, it would be the subtitle, Finding Where the Dead Go. (Seeking connection is the main topic, IMO.) At least 75% of the book is devoted to helping the reader understand Mark's background (which is necessary to the purpose of the book) and what he went through trying to validate that his son's consciousness survives and is able to communicate with those in the flesh. I sometimes had to force myself to read all the details there, because I already believe in afterlife communication (I'm just not sure how accurate it is most of the time, or how long the personality survives.) I'm hoping in his next book he's able to spend more time questioning exactly "where" it is the "dead" are at, and what life is like for them on the other side. But, as he says, it may be about impossible for those who have passed on to communicate an experience occuring in dimensions we can only dimly imagine.
The last two chapters were the most interesting to me, and I found myself reading, rereading, and underlining MANY points that validated my own sense of truth. I especially appreciated how well Mark put ideas into words and incorporated an assortment of short ancedotes and references to back up his speculations. I mentally breathed a sigh of relief at how he wasn't going to go off in an "indulgent tangent" on quantum physics. Yeah, I think quantum physics could explain much of what is "paranormal" and "miraculous", but I'm tired of New Age wishful thinkers taking bits and pieces of the theory, physicist's words out of context, and proclaiming scientific fact proves their point. Mark Ireland talks about how modern scientific theories and facts broaden his understanding of spiritual leaders and their truths. (Personally, I think just because our physical world is actually 99% "space", and all energy at the smallest level, doesn't mean it is "illusory". But that's a minor difference of opinion.) I loved many of the Buddhist metaphors, but I have to admit, I was glad to know Mark Ireland's experience is predominately from a Christian culture that I can relate to. I would love to know more about how Richard Ireland became a minister and convinced of some of his beliefs. It's not that I doubt what Mark quoted from his father near the end of the book, just that I have a LOT of questions.
Although I realize part of Mark's gift as a "wounded healer" is to help others with their grief, I'm really hoping his next book deals less with Brandon's death and more with the exact nature of the afterlife...although I admit I have no idea how he or anybody else would really know. Regardless, I enjoy his down-to-earth style of writing, his open-minded questioning, and look forward to learning updates of his spiritual discoveries.
Mark Ireland shares his and his families personal loss and the journey he has taken in such a way that evokes all emotions- laughter, tears, joy, hope; educating us along the way in a story format that keeps the pages turning. Mark has a gift of story telling that transcends across all self imposed boundries.
Soul Shift soothes those that have experienced a devastating loss while also providing hope and understanding as all of us live life's journey.