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01-30-2004, 12:34 PM
Tonights the night!!! JAC2001 and I are here for John's Bridges seminar. We still haven't hooked up with any members from here (where is everyone???) but we have met a few nice people that are here for the seminar. JAC2001 isn't what you'd call shy... she asks EVERYONE if they're here to see John! Or if it's someone who lives here, if they know him or where he lives. What have I gotten myself into??? LOL We've checked out the room where the seminar is going to be held. There's a business seminar going on in there now with big round tables. Don't know if they'll have the table for the seminar or not...
I wanna go now!!! The doors open in 5 hours and I can't wait that long! They even closed the pool/hot tub because there's snow on the glass roof so the water isn't heating up. In half an hour "Crossing Over" is on TV, so that will kill a little time anyway.
If we get a chance after the seminar we'll come back to let you all know how it went. I'm sure it will be GREAT!
Believer and JAC2001
PS Sorry for any typos, we're using the webtv-type thing at the hotel and it's hard to read the tv screen....
01-30-2004, 01:28 PM
Enjoy yourselfs u 2 and i hope you get what you want...you lucky people i`ll look forward to hearing about the seminar on the board.
Hey believer, why don't you tell us how you really feel? Do you think you could drum up some excitement? You sound so mellow -- so relaxed ;)
*phoning hotel now and telling them to hide the COFFEE*
Or if it's someone who lives here, if they know him or where he lives. Perhaps JAC2001 should bone up on the New York state stalker laws :lwink:
Seriously folks, have a great time and a safe trip home. Report back when you can, and of course....here's hoping all your loved ones on the Other Side are with you there today :)
01-30-2004, 02:06 PM
I can't wait to go to NY tomorrow! My sister and I are going to the seminar on Sunday and we are so excited for the opportunity to see John in a smaller group.
Have a FANTASTIC weekend!
01-30-2004, 03:40 PM
Your excitement is contagious, I was giggling as I was reading your post!!! YAY!!!!
Have a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing all about the seminars!
:musicnote :jumper: :jester:
01-30-2004, 03:43 PM
Hi Everyone - hope all enjoy yourselves - as if you wouldn't!!
Here's hoping your "otherside" family will push forward to the front of Johns attention!!!
:jumper: I can feel your excitement too!! Enjoy every minute of the seminar- I hope it is everything you are hoping for!
Please don't wear John out too much:) We want him energized on Sunday too!!LOL Can't wait to hear your report after the seminar. Please don't spare any details!!
I can't wait! I leave tomorrow, better start packing-hugh!
01-31-2004, 01:17 AM
Hellooooo..... Believer and JAC2001.....aren't you awake yet.......not that I'm impatient or anything, it is only 2:30 in the morning in New York right now. I can wait a little bit longer.:lwink:
*knock knock* Hellllooooooooo? Is anybody in there? :lwink:
01-31-2004, 05:59 PM
I just spent the day with SVMAXX touring around Manhattan. She was at the seminar last night (1/30/04) and says she has about 8 pages of notes to share.
I got a few snippets from her but I知 sure she値l share when she gets back home to Wyoming.
As far as our day, we went to South Street Seaport, Ground Zero (my first time there) it was quite an unusual feeling to be there. I actually witnessed the towers burning on Sept. 11th but have never been to the site to see it first hand. I didn稚 get a negative feeling from being there at all. It was more like a solemn, empty feeling more then anything else. I took pictures of the names of the people I knew that passed that were on a big billboard they put up.
Then we went to Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick痴 Cathedral (I think that was SVMAXX痴 favorite). We also drove past Times Square, China Town, The Village, The Diamond District and we went into the NBC Building. All of that in a few hours, I know I知 tired so she must be exhausted. I dropped her off at her hotel at about 3:30 and we went our separate ways.
Anyhow, I知 sure once she gets back home she値l have lots to tell us all. I can't wait!
01-31-2004, 10:50 PM
Rog and I attended the Jan 30 Bridges small group event and it wasn't easy! I have had a lingering tooth ache that escalated on Friday morning. An emergency visit to the dentist at 11 am delayed what we had hoped would be an early departure.
Coming from Delaware, we went up the NJ turnpike and exited at the Goethals/Verrazano Bridge. This route took us through Statin Island and Brooklyn, along the Belt Parkway, past Kennedy Airport and on into LI. Just at rush hour. We pulled into the hotel at 6:15 pm, changed clothes and rushed down to the seminar room. What a difference in the atmosphere with a smaller group.
Lovely refreshments as Gail and Val reported about an earlier event and were they ever welcomed! We spent the next hour or so chatting and relaxing. I didn't know any Friends who were going but there are always so many great people at these events
. Promptly at 7:30 pm, the usual announcement re: cell phones and then John was there, coming in through a side door with his security guy. It was truly the nicest 'seminar' I have been to. John was very relaxed and looked well rested; he seemed to have an air of calmness about him.
I don't have my notes here so I can't go into much detail about the readings except that I thought they were exceptional. He struggled with one lady that he thought he might have to 'come over there and slap you' when she wasn't able to get on the same wave length for what seemed like FOREVER! And then a sequence of very powerful, funny and moving readings. Toward the end, John came down the aisle to work with the back section of the group that had a lot of 'people' vying for his attention from the other side to get their messages in.
All I can say is that it was a very warm, relaxed and happy experience. My impression was that, this time, everyone truly came away feeling good whether they had a reading or not.
Or maybe I was just projecting the restful and contented feeling I experienced on the rest of the group! Everyone got a copy of John's book, too, which will make nice gifts for several of our friends. Hopefully, the others who attended can relay the specifics of some of the readings. The smaller groups are so much better!!!!!
02-01-2004, 10:49 AM
Oh my gosh, thanks to all of you that encourged me to attend. I was hesitant because of the weather but it was well worth the trip.
As has been reported, John was absolutely amazing. I traveled with my friend (Karen) who had lost her only child (Andy) to cancer. I have taken her to a seminar before but she was not read. This time, I waited the first half of the time, mesmerized by John, but she was not read.
When he came back from break, he asked for questions. He called on me first and I said that I had a friend whose son passed. I related that when Andy was passing, he began to see people in the room that we could not, who were they?. Then I said, "This is my friend", indicating Karen. I got the usual reprimand from John about making the medium's work harder (too much information given), and I said, "I know, I'm sorry, that is why I did not ask at the beginning, but.."(and I looked at my watch).
I think that his compassion for a greiving Mom overcame his irritation, and bless his heart, he read my friend. He gave her names of her uncle and her son's father, who both passed after Andy. He also said her Dad had passed and they were all together. He asked about graduation (Andy passed before his graduation, but Karen attended for his friends and they memorialized him there).
He said he was seeing a panda bear, Karen said that her sister called him "Andy Pandy" when he was small. John was pulled south, he asked what her connection to Florida was, she said none. Then he asked where she was from, she said Washington state. So he asked what was Southeren California to her, that is where her sister lives. Andy wanted to acknowledge her. John said there was a decision to remove life support, or to stop some sort of IV treatment. Karen and Andy had decided not to do the last round of chemo. John said that Andy tried to prepare Karen for his death and that he was done here.
He also said Andy was bringing through a baby named Connor (who Karen could not validate). Another woman knew a baby Conor who passed and John told them to get together after the event. As it turned out, this woman was named Karen also and her friend (from Washington state) had a baby named Connor who passed. They exchanged phone and email information so this information could be relayed to Connor's Mom.
There were many, many more validations that were awesome and I am so grateful to John for providing this comfort to my dear friend. I was a little afraid that she would be upset, but as he moved on, she had the most angelic smile on her face, knowing that her Andy was there.
The entire evening was totally worth any amount of travel. John is such a blessing to this world, I thank God for him.
02-01-2004, 11:33 AM
((((Carol)))) How wonderful for your friend. I can't imagine what it would feel like to loose my only child. I'm so grateful that she was read. Even in these small seminars, the odds on getting a reading are not very high. She's very fortunate to have a friend like you.
02-01-2004, 12:03 PM
I forgot one other thing. As my friend and I went down to the meeting that night, she confided in me that the one "guilt" she had was that after sitting vigil with her son for days, he passed when she went to lay down briefly.
John closed his evening with a few thoughts on various subjects. He said that it is very common for people to pass when their loved ones leave the room. (He asked for validation from an ICU nurse that was in attendance.) He said that they are sparing us that very painful moment. He also related a funny story about a reading with a wife whose husband had passed when she was gone briefly. John said that the husband said it was like having a bowel movement, something you want to do in private.
So, John not only connected to Andy for Karen, he closed his evening by easing her mind over the one guilt that she carried with her. Again, I am eternally grateful to him for this gift, and to all of you who convinced me to make the trip.
02-01-2004, 12:42 PM
Over all I have to say that the seminar was a good one. The readings seemed longer than usual with lots of details. Watching him work I wondered how on earth someone can possibly accuse this man of cold reading. You'd have to be really thick to think that.
Compared to the NC seminar that I had attended this past July this seminar really was laid-back. John didn't even talk as fast as he normally does.
He seemed slightly depressed to me. He had said that his cousin was dying. He didn't say of what. I know he must of wanted to be with his family and offer his support. I'm sure they rely on him in this sort of family crisis. He is the rock.
The sacrifices that man makes for his work.
I can't really remember all the readings from the seminar but thank goodness someone from here took notes. For some reason before the seminar even started I was feeling kinda depressed too. I'm not sure if it was the 70 hours that I worked last week or the fact that our room was so hot I didn't get a whole lot of sleep the night before and things were begining to catch up with me.
One good thing was that we had front row seats.
I'll probably never get that close to John again. He even came out of the door that was right next to us. I was thinking he'd be coming from the other side. He tricked us.:lwink:
Of course, by now you know that JAC2001 and I didn't get a reading. We were slightly down about that but for me the plane ride alone was worth the trip.
I love to fly!
I can't understand why John dislikes it so much. He even said that last year alone he had clocked in about 100,000 miles in the air. I guess if you did it all the time it could get to be a chore.
The day after Julie(JAC2001) and I went to see the Statue of Liberty. We also went to Ground Zero.
The Statue of Liberty is heavily guarded. They will not allow you to go into the statue and climb to the top like they did in previous years before 911. But seeing the statue and watching the reactions from the people on the ferry (especialy the tourists from other countries) was gratifying. There seems to be a lot of respect for that famous lady.
Ground Zero was not as somber as I thought is would be. It was just very quiet. There was more of a hushed reverance surronding the area. There was the cross made out of steal beams that firemen found standing proud where one of the buildings were. A street vender selling pictures was yelling out the story of how firemen found it just like that and didn't do anything to it except put it on a granite pedistal. There was also a long plack with all the names of the people who died in and around the buildings on that day. They called it THE HEROS OF 911. I didn't think I would really want to go to Ground Zero but I'm glad I did.
I love my country and I love N.Y.
On the ferry to the Statue I even got a sign from my mom.
I had to pull Julie aside and say "Hey look!"
It was another white bird.
How often do you see snow white pigeons in NY?
She's my witness.
I'm sorry this could not be all about John but I'm sure there are other people here who could fill in the details of the seminar.
These were the things that impressed me most about my trip and I wanted to share them with you guys.
p.s. SVMAXX did a really excellent job of handing out flyers. She handed them out to everyone and patiently explained what we were doing and answered questions. She's a gem!
A lot of people have no idea that C.O. was cancelled. I could hear one womans exclaimation across the room. "Oh, nooo!"
Well, thats all for now.
I'm happy you did make it, Carol. Now you know why we all said it was worth it. :)
Thanks for this add-on, Carol. It's a nice reminder to those of us who stand vigil that maybe all's it takes from us is an "It's OK" and to let them know you'll always be in touch.
02-01-2004, 02:51 PM
Carol, I know you were apprehensive about coming east this time of year, but you were certainly rewarded for your efforts.
It is amazing how the otherside works. Andy knew his mom needed to hear all the things JE mentioned so that she really knew it was so.
God Bless you, Karen, Andy and all the otherside relatives that made your trip possible - without incident.
Jenny, thank you for your personalized description of how the night went for you. Don't be sorry that you didn't include more details about what John did. Personally, I'm equally interested in reading about what people's perceptions and experiences are, as I am about the readings themselves.
Sandy Anastasi made a comment about Ground Zero, saying that she felt nothing but love and peace radiating from the area and said "think about it, people all over the world are directing prayers and love towards Ground Zero. The spirits of those who died there have moved on to the Other Side, they aren't hanging around, depressed. It's people on This Side, that generate the energy you feel there".
Thanks for the head's up about John's cousin. We should do a prayer request thread for his cousin, who ever it is, and the family. It sounds like my perception of how John was at the seminar the day after Shelly Peck died. He was definately slower, and in my opinion "lower". (((( John ))))
Thumbsup :thumbsup: to Terry, and Karn and Carolyn for the work on the flyers.
02-01-2004, 03:34 PM
Carol thank you for sharing your expereince. what a blessing that was for your friend to get a reading. im happy for her. im glad that you decided to come after all--see things always work out. what's meant to be will be, and you obviously were meant to be there. at least the snow came before you arrived!
what a gift that was. im sure you both will truly treasure those moments forever! :angel: god bless-amy
02-01-2004, 07:35 PM
Thanks to all for sharing!
I'm so glad you went Carol.....I personally knew how worried you were about the weather....My husband and I felt the same way when we went several weeks ago.
But as you said.....IT WAS WORTH IT!!!
What a good friend you are......to help facilitate a reading for Karen.
Blessings to all of you!
02-01-2004, 11:18 PM
and it worked to get Karen a reading. I remember that reading well, it was very moving. Good for you....you are a very good friend.
Thumbsup to Terry, and Karn and Carolyn for the work on the flyers.
Thanks for the mention Pam. This is the first chance I've had to get on the board since coming home. I spent the weekend handing out flyers at a local psychic fair!
I just wanted everyone to know how well received the flyers were at the seminar. Most of the people I spoke with had no idea the show had been canceled, although many had noticed more reruns than usual. Not one person refused the flyer, and many asked for extras! I encouraged people to print them out and hang them where they thought appropriate. I also took a tip from Pam and suggested each person tell ten friends, with the responses we got I really believe they will pass the word. I am happy to report that Terry, Carolyn, and I were not able to find one discarded flyer after the seminar!:jumper: :jumper: :jumper: this was my validation! It was wonderful to work with Terry and Carolyn, and spend time with them. Thank you to everyone involved in this effort!
Love and light,
02-02-2004, 10:23 AM
Well done karn sounds like you had a busy time, its amazing the amount of people who dont realise c/o is cancelled especially here in the U.K.
We are getting reruns all the time and now they are getting less and less...i can feel more e-mails coming on!!!!
02-02-2004, 10:30 AM
First of all, I'd like to say what a pleasure it was to meet and spend the weekend with Believer. I think she might have thought I was a little "over the edge" :lwink: but she was a good sport about it. Also meeting SVmaxx and Karn among some other very nice people.
John mentioned during the seminar that he didn't understand why people attended numerous seminars. This was my fifth seminar and I had a reading at my first. I don't go expecting another reading, I just enjoy watching John work and "the process". I know the feeling those people who are read have and that they'll carry that feeling with them for a long time, probably the rest of their lives.
02-02-2004, 12:01 PM
I wonder if that woman still thinks we were employees of John's out to get her info?:lwink:
Julie went around asking anyone and everyone if they were here for the JE seminar. We met a lot of very nice people that way. Some may even join this site soon.
However, one woman was very reluctant to talk to us. We approached her while she was eating dinner in the restaurant. We were trying to see if she had an extra ticket for someone we just met. She invited us to sit down. We told her the whole story of this other person we just met and she said no she didn't have an extra ticket, which was fine except she seemed very suspicious of us. We were just making polite conversation because she was by herself.
Julie is a very friendly outgoing person and doesn't give up easily. So, later when we saw her in the lobby, Julie smiles, waves and says "Hi!"
and the woman says hi, gives us a strange look and walks away.
It was kinda sad but also funny in a way.
Julie concluded that the woman thought we were plants and we were out for her info.
My hope is that maybe she got a flyer and will come to this site and hopefully see that we are harmless.
Thanks for telling me about Sandi A.'s impression of Ground Zero.
I was a little worried about seeming disrespectful. I know some people probably have different view points about the area.
There was even a 911 reading at the seminar about this subject and I sure someone will post about it soon.
Maybe she was just sad or grieving, and was attending the seminar hoping to get a message from someone dear to her who passed.
Or perhaps she's just a more reserved and shy person who doesn't warm up to strangers immediately. After all, you did say that you approached her while she was having dinner in the restaurant! :eek:
She may have been "in preparation" for what is, for many, a very spiritual experience. :angel:
02-02-2004, 04:11 PM
Yes, I know, I thought of all these things too but that was not the vibe I was getting from her.
She seemed more like the "Perhaps" lady in John's new book.
02-15-2004, 02:31 AM
Where's Terri (SVMAXX)? Did she post on another thread and I missed it?:shrug:
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