Spirit world intervention guides London doctor's diagnosis?

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London doctor and Belgian medium tell of astonishing encounters.

In exclusive interviews with Spiritualist magazine Psychic News, a London doctor has told of his strong psychic impression that successfully diagnosed the condition of a young girl he had never met and prevented serious complications to her health, and a Belgian medium recounts how an invisible force saved her from the stricken Costa Concordia cruise liner.

Their accounts suggest that unseen spiritual influences can sometimes play a vital role in our lives.

Talking openly about the gradual development of his mediumistic abilities in the first of a two-part interview, Dr Ian Rubenstein, a GP whose practice is in Enfield, north London, tells Psychic News editor Susan Farrow about a remarkable experience while at the gym, where another of the regulars, Cathy, remarked that her granddaughter had swallowed a plastic pen top the previous day, but now seemed fine.

“As she was telling me, I just knew there was a problem,” Dr Rubenstein explained. “There was no doubt in my mind. I had to say something and I’d never had that feeling before.”

Having voiced his concerns and spoken to the paediatric doctor on call – even though he had not even seen the girl – the child’s mother was convinced she needed to arrange for her daughter to have a series of tests. They found nothing amiss. Nevertheless, she was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which specialises in treating children, and under general anaesthetic small barbs from the chewed pen were found embedded in her respiratory tract and were surgically removed.

Where did his “knowledge” that something was wrong with the girl come from? “I know what a sceptic would say,” he responds, “but I veer towards the idea that maybe someone [in the spirit world] was trying to contact me.”

As a Spiritualist and medium, Yvonne Adriaensen-Pols takes spirit communication for granted. But expecting the spirit world to intervene in a life-threatening situation was a totally new experience … and she lived to tell the tale to Psychic News readers.

Yvonne and her husband Roger, who live in Germany, were on board the cruise ship Costa Concordia when it struck a rock off the Italian coast on 13 January. The medium gives a graphic account of the devastating incident and the crew’s lack of a proper response to the emergency.

Eventually, in the darkness and confusion, with the vessel almost on its side, the couple became separated. Roger made it safely into a lifeboat buy Yvonne found herself totally alone on Deck 3 with water up to her knees. It was a desperate and frightening situation and Yvonne admits she “gave up” hope. So she sent out a thought to the spirits with whom she is in regular contact:

“Well, that’s it,” she told them. “Where are you now?” What happened next still astonishes her:

“There was nobody around me – and no lifeboats in sight. Suddenly I was ‘grabbed’ from behind and lifted over the invisible railing (already under water) by … whom? Because there was no one there, but, oh wonder! There was a raft coming and I was sort of thrown on top of it. The next thing I saw were four hands coming from underneath. They pulled me down into the boat.”

The full accounts of these remarkable stories can be found in the latest issue of the fortnightly Psychic News (Issue 4070), the independent voice of Spiritualism and the paranormal.

For more information, contact Editor Susan Farrow at pneditorials(at)gmail(dot)com or on 01279 874338.


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