Imagine seeing a friend at your window whom you knew had passed away—the face of a girl looking like she didn’t understand what was happening, not knowing that she had been asleep when the car accident occurred and she was killed before waking up. What do you think your reaction would be? When this happened to Alexandra, she questioned what she was seeing. This was not logical, not something that was supposed to happen. Yet it did.
Alex’s psychic abilities first showed up when she was a teenager. (She is now twenty-three.) In addition to seeing people who have passed away, she receives messages in dreams, and is also empathic. She feels other people’s emotions and would like to develop her psychic gifts to be a healer. As with Jamie and Emma, my first impression of Alex was that she is a friendly, down-to-earth person with confidence in her abilities. But, also like the other girls, Alex did not understand what was happening when she first began to have paranormal experiences. She was frightened, and has come a long way in learning how to handle her gift.
At first, Alex did not know how to stop the chilling feeling of being watched all the time. It was usually worse at night. In bed, in the darkness and the quiet, her senses seemed to be heightened to the paranormal, and she could feel the presence of many people crowding around her. She even felt pressure on her bed, as if someone were sitting down. Her mother, Virginia, recalls how she knew something was wrong when Alex began to keep the television on late at night with the volume turned up very loud. The noise and the picture, Alex says, allowed her to focus on the television and draw her attention away from what she was experiencing. Like Rita and Melissa, Virginia did not know what to do to help her daughter, and eventually sought help from a professional psychic. Alex has now learned that she can control how she handles what happens around her using various techniques. She can shut out unwanted spirits, for example, by envisioning a door closing, or by imaging her “third eye” closing.
Alex’s home has also had some occurrences that her family is unable to explain. The most dramatic of these were when a glass shower door shattered when no one was even near the bathroom, and when the brass blade of a ceiling fan, cleanly broken, fell onto the dining room table. Of course the family looked for logical explanations. Virginia reasoned that maybe the shower door had faulty glass. But the door didn’t just crack or break evenly; it seemed to have exploded—the glass did not fall in one direction, but outward in different directions. The fan blade was broken cleanly, with no jagged or twisted metal, and there was no dent on the dining room table where it had fallen. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation. Our world is made up of energy, which moves and vibrates. Turning on a television or computer and seeing moving images, picking up a phone and hearing the voice of a person halfway across the world—these would have been impossible to believe a few centuries ago. Maybe shattered doors and broken blades belong to a part of science that we haven’t yet discovered. Or maybe the physical and the spiritual levels of our reality are more closely linked than we realize.
Alex, Jamie, and Emma have not yet met. All three have worked with John and will hopefully meet soon. Since she is older than them, Alex wonders how the younger girls will see her—maybe as “old,” she says jokingly. But I don’t think the age difference will make one bit of difference. When I met Emma and Jamie, it was also the first time the two of them had met, and I would never have guessed. The two seemed to bond right away, in spite of the fact that one is 10 and one 16. The next time I saw them, it was the same—they seemed to share an easy familiarity and were comfortable with one another. I think when Alex meets them, the three will connect on a deeper level that has nothing to do with where they are in their physical lives.