I sat on the stool in the warm familiar living room of my ex-girlfriend’s flat. Jill had been practising Reiki for a good while but strangely it had never occurred to either of us for me to try it. I am by nature a sceptic and viewed her growing fascination with the healing arts with typically selfish disregard. Anyway, for some reason there I sat, her bright orange fleecy blanket wrapped around me, like I was at a new age barber. There was probably some music playing gently in the background and incense furling grey blue smoke… I closed my eyes but could sense movement behind me, no touch… I just went with it. About three minutes in I was relaxed but still aware of Jill passing around me… about a minute later something changed, my mundane thoughts were suddenly chased away by the appearance of an elephant’s face! Not a realistic animal but one with a great benign countenance, very human, wise, ancient eyes, tusks and a trunk… I knew this was a god but at that time I didn’t know which one. It was, of course, Ganesh, but why and how he’d appeared in my mind, still and steady, I still don’t understand.
The next thing I know I see what can only describe as a kind of film, projected on my mental ‘screen’, behind my tightly shut eyes. I say film because of the quality of the experience, I was not participating, I was watching. I saw our planet, ‘Gaia’, in all her perfect beauty. It looked close, I could see the landmasses and the blue oceans, some parts with covered with vaporous mist, it glowed with a majesty that is hard to convey. I could see a kind of aura around it, lighter blue than the surrounding space. The image was absolutely firm, no thoughts could distract me, I was rapt… Then came the voice, or perhaps narrator would be a better description… Unfortunately I cannot remember exactly what was said but it started “Look at the Earth, look at the Earth” the voice was neither male nor female, a slight echo, there was an insistence behind the calm. I needed to hear this, it’s tone implied. “We are the Pleiadians…” What followed was, dare I say, a pretty standard, ecological lecture. The human race was destroying our environment and we had to stop, there was more, much more. But I just can’t remember. I could feel tears streaming down my face but not tears of emotion, for some reason there was just water pouring from my eyes. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before. I was and am deeply agnostic. I’m afraid I did not immediately run out into the street and spread this urgent message. But it opened some kind of door in my mind, more than all the acid tips and mushroom induced ecstasies. This showed me I had access to a kind of visionary experience, the Reiki had somehow tuned me into a frequency, just like the over used radio tuning metaphor. I got the distinct impression that this was some kind or pre-recorded message. There was something impersonal about it. It was like someone had simply recorded this ‘advert’ and put it on an astral YouTube. When after maybe twenty minutes Jill brought me back to normal consciousness I excitedly described the whole thing. She knew something had happened. She’d seen the tears and felt an energy. She told me later the Lord’s Prayer had come strongly into her mind during my session (which is, of course the English version of the Kabbalistic Cross) and she’d ran to the kitchen and sobbed for a reason she didn’t quite understand. We were both baffled but fascinated. Something dormant in me had woken by Jill’s energy. We began to experiment with our psychic abilities, tinker with Isis magick and eventually began a series of channellings which even I ‘the sceptic’ had to admit the validity of (even if it did take me three years to accept them!)
We progressed to ritual magick and have now incorporated spirituality into every aspect of our lives. I often wonder what my life would be if not for that singular afternoon, Ganesh and our extraterrestrial friends!