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Businessman Mark Ireland’s father was Richard Ireland, a deeply spiritual minister and renowned psychic and medium who counted Mae West among his famous clients. While he loved his father, Mark followed a more conventional path in pursuit of mainstream success—until the wrenching death of his youngest son. This unexpected tragedy plunges Mark into the spiritual world of psychics and mediums in a frantic attempt to communicate with the dead. His defenses and pragmatic mindset begin to fade as he remembers ...
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Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go

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Businessman Mark Ireland’s father was Richard Ireland, a deeply spiritual minister and renowned psychic and medium who counted Mae West among his famous clients. While he loved his father, Mark followed a more conventional path in pursuit of mainstream success—until the wrenching death of his youngest son. This unexpected tragedy plunges Mark into the spiritual world of psychics and mediums in a frantic attempt to communicate with the dead. His defenses and pragmatic mindset begin to fade as he remembers premonitions on the day of his son’s death. He consults a number of well-known mediums and is struck by the remarkably accurate information their readings provide. Mark first meets with Allison Dubois, the subject of NBC’s hit show Medium, and later participates in a single-blind lab experiment with medium Laurie Campbell, filmed for a Discovery Channel feature. He then enters a new dimension of personal paranormal experience, as his own psychic awareness begins to unfold. This dramatic story of a father’s unbearable loss and his discovery of life after death offers hope to the bereaved and compelling evidence that death may not be the end.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583943311
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 554,514
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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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FROM CHAPTER ONE: THE AGENT OF CHANGE… At approximately ten-thirty on the morning of January tenth, I became particularly uneasy about my son’s plans for the day. [My son] Brandon and his friends intended to embark on a very difficult hike to the summit of the McDowell Mountains. At the time, I sensed that something was going to go very wrong during the hike, even feeling that circumstances could possibly conspire to end Brandon’s life. Since my normal tendency was to worry, I dismissed my feelings as those of an anxious parent. Because of my overwhelming sense of apprehension, though, I actually went to the point of asking Brandon to stay home, noting somewhat lamely that it was far too windy for such an expedition. In response, my son looked me and said, “We’re going, Dad,” as if to convey the message “stop worrying.” But also, in retrospect, it had at least one other meaning: “We’re going” not only means that a worry-wart father is going to fail in deterring a high-energy teenager, but that the universe is moving toward what is destined to be, and no one is going to stop it. [My wife] Susie was also concerned, primarily because of the magnitude of the hike, but her worry was minimal in comparison to mine. At the time, I did not share the full scope of my misgivings with my wife.I have experienced intuitive feelings on many occasions, yet it has been rare for me to trust them. It’s as if my rational mind stifles my inner guidance and I allow reason to override intuition. Anxiety can also take on the voice of intuition and, if one becomes obsessed with every omen or hunch, his or her unconscious mind will exploit the situation in order to install its neuroses. So, one must also be careful not to fall prey to superstition. With that said, my intuition has proven correct in the past so I should probably take more chances with it.By now I have come to realize that on occasions when my intuition is activated, focused upon a specific issue, I feel a sense of certainty or knowledge about the matter without any external means of having gained this information. The sense is similar to a memory, although these feelings involve things that have not yet occurred or that have taken place without my previous knowledge. In the case of Brandon’s hike, the feeling was extraordinarily strong. While sitting at my computer I was overcome with what I could only describe as a wave of energy. It felt as if another presence were around me. Along with this feeling came a sense of extreme urgency surrounding an impending risk to Brandon. Again, I dismissed this as imagined worry.So, despite my premonitions and warnings, Brandon and his friends began their trek toward the McDowell Mountains. On that particular day, ominously strong winds pushed pollutants from the Greater Phoenix Valley toward the mountains where Brandon was hiking. The impure air made the vigorous climb all the more stressful, and Brandon began feeling poor. Stuart Garney, his best friend, told me that Brandon rested in an effort to regain his strength. He also used his prescription inhaler in a desperate attempt to alleviate his deteriorating condition, even though asthma did not seem to be the culprit. Frankly, the boys didn’t know what was wrong because Brandon’s symptoms were so unusual, including dizziness, numb limbs, and an irregular heartbeat. Unfortunately, the rest break and inhaler proved ineffective, and Brandon’s condition grew progressively worse.…

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Patricia J. Robertson     viii
Preface     xv
The Agent of Change     1
Things Begin Again     11
My Life - Then and Now     33
The Other Side     55
Connecting through Medium Allison Dubois     67
Reapplying My Family's Spiritual Past     81
The English Connection     99
The Third Time Was A Gem     113
The Discovery Channel Experiment     133
The Message - Why Are We Here?     157
A New Beginning     173
Endnotes     199
About the Author     201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    A Must Read For Anyone Who Has Lost a Loved One

    Growing up I never gave death or the afterlife a whole lot of thought. Then came the horrific day of my sixteen-year old son's unexpected death. The thought of him sitting on a cloud looking down at me now seemed ridiculous. As his Mom, I had always known exactly where he was at all times and I didn't want this to change. I have no doubt that he is in his own Heaven and that he is happy, healthy and that he is with God. But I still wanted to know MORE! I began reading EVERTHING I could find about the afterlife. I was even given books on '7 Steps to Get over the Death of a Child'. These books for me were ludicrous. Many written by authors that had never lost a child or even been a parent. Believe me there is NO getting over the loss of your child! Then I found 'Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go' by Mark Ireland. What an outstanding book! Mark's father was the famous psychic Dr. Richard Ireland. Having gone in a different direction than his Dad Mark decided to become a businessman. But after his son's Brandon unexpected death he began a journey to research his roots and many other possibilities to help him. This book blends science, faith and spirituality into one. I must say that of all the books I have read I loved this one best. Mark speaks from the heart as a father who has experienced this unbearable pain personally. His journey to find where the dead go offers hope and evidence that death is not the end of our existence. This book not only made me feel better, but it just make sense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    2008's best 'Psychic' Book!!!

    The 'journey' begins with the loss of Mark's youngest son, Brandon. To his advantage, Mark Ireland knew just where to go for answers. His own father, Richard Ireland was a well known psychic-medium, who had appeared on The Jack Parr Show 'NKA The Tonight Show' and The Steve Allen Show. Yet for most of his life, Mark really had no need for what his own dad was well known for, again that of a psychic-medium. Upon the death of his son Brandon, Mark embarked upon a race in search of life after death. He wanted and needed answers, thus seeking out the wisdom and knowledge not only from some top U.S. Mediums, but from fraternal family members as well. Mark Ireland has written far beyond anyones expectations, with regards to the loss of a loved one. Religion, for most, teaches us very little if nothing, as to how we will FEEL, upon the death of someone close to us. Not only did I feel the words written in this book, it has left me 'begging' for more! And I'm looking forward to Mark's second book 'soon to come.'

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