I clearly remember the moment my life changed forever.
I was driving and had stopped at a red light.
There was a lorry in front of me and as I waited for the light to change I suddenly heard my mum’s voice telling me to turn right even though I had to turn left.
My mum had passed away from cancer a few years before, but I heard her voice as clear as day.
It startled me, but it was so real that I did as she said.
As the lorry turned left a dog ran into the road and caused a pile-up, killing the people in the car behind me.
If I hadn’t listened to my mum that would have been me.
My mother was a medium, and when I was growing up my family would consult tarot cards in the morning instead of watching cartoons.
I never had the gift myself, but after that experience I felt compelled to find out if there was any way of proving it was real.
So I started collecting stories with an emphasis on people who have been resuscitated and had heavenly experiences.
One girl wrote to me and said she’d collapsed in hospital after being seriously injured.
She realised her breath was slowly leaving her body and she was going to die.
She said her physical body was desperately trying to hit the panic button to alert the doctors, but inside she felt pure and free before rising slowly to the ceiling and to the light.
She calmly watched doctors rush in and start compressions on her, but she felt as light as a feather and didn’t want to return to her physical body.
She heard a loud male voice say, ‘You have to go back now, your time on Earth is not over yet and you still have many things to do.’
Another lady of 81, wrote to me saying she’d died aged 12 after a riding accident.
She floated up and saw herself on the operating table, then, after travelling through a tunnel of light, was sat by a lake in glittering countryside.
Next to her were her grandparents and her dog Sandy who died when she was 10.
It was so exciting to see them, but they said her life on Earth was precious and she needed to live more moments before she came back.
Then everything disappeared and the next thing she recalled was her mother’s voice at her bedside.
I also reached out to nurses, hospice workers and those who have seen the shift in energy before people die.
I spoke to psychics and was fascinated by what they told me.
But it wasn’t enough, I wanted to get scientists to look at what I’d heard.
I’m no fool – I have a Masters in Theology and English from Cambridge – but I did expect them to laugh in my face.
Although, to my surprise, scientific studies on life after death have been prominent for years.
Even scientists are having unexplained experiences.
Neuroscientist Eban Alexander was a famous sceptic.
After an accident where he died and was brought back to life, he reported how he’d gone to heaven and met an adopted sister he didn’t know he had.
On telling his family, this was confirmed to be true. He opened the gateway for a lot of scientific research on the matter.
In 2014, a study of 2,000 patients at hospitals all over the world by Dr Sam Parnia, a leading resuscitation expert, showed consciousness — spirit or soul — can survive body and brain death.
Once the heart stops, the cells in the brain are still active for hours after we die.
Out of the 2,000 patients, 40% of people reported being able to see themselves and being aware they had died.
Many described a bright white light, relatives meeting them and a feeling of overwhelming love.
Of course there are arguments that these are hallucinations experienced as the brain shuts down.
But science has noticed a pattern – those who hallucinate are often depressed and anxious afterwards, whereas in every case of heavenly encounters, the patient felt a sense of calm and clarity.
The power of dreams
I also believe when we sleep we enter into the unseen spirit realm.
Many of us have vivid dreams about situations that then occur – often these can be warnings.
One lady dreamt she was on holiday when a group of Rottweilers attacked her children.
When she arrived on her holiday, she saw the owners did in fact have these dogs, but they were locked away far from where they were staying.
She kept having the dream, stronger every night, until one day the dogs broke free and ran snarling to the pool where her children were screaming.
She controlled her fear, spoke calmly to the dogs and was amazed when they relaxed and sat by her until the owner arrived.
Dr Julia Mossbridge, a renowned scientist, believes this is our consciousness warning us of dangerous events.
Certain individuals can tap into this even further, and connect with the energy of those who have passed over.
Although it isn’t public knowledge, the army recruit people with specialist ‘psychic’ skills to try to predict when dangerous situations may arise.
The US military spent $3.85 million on a research programme to hire people with heightened premonition and intuition, which they call a ‘spidey sense’.
The FBI employ psychics to help solve crime, and many stockbrokers use those who are able to see into the future to help advise on the stockmarket.
Geneticist Dean Hammer has suggested we inherit a ‘God Gene’, which is the need to find spiritual meaning and connect with the dead.
He tests people for a heightened sense of it, and only scientifically approved psychics get verified.
To be a ‘scientifically approved’ psychic, you have to pass a very tricky test, which thousands have applied for.
Successful applicants begin a series of tests to prove their accuracy (one being shown several photos of people and having to say if they are alive or have passed over) and their ethics, before being approved by scientists.
I believe this would be the correct way to utilise the skills of mediums to assist with grief.
Not for entertainment purposes, which sadly can be the case with many frauds.
Moving into mainstream
My work and books have slowly become more mainstream, and I describe myself now as a believing sceptic.
I’m desperate to know more.
I hope in my lifetime the developments of science mean we can use mediums to help others.
If you look at the millions of people worldwide who have experienced spiritual things, from all walks of life, who are not bonkers, it’s a big deal.
If it was proven, it would change humanity forever.
For the better.
One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s your essence that matters in your life.
That part of you is eternal, and we must keep our minds open to this.
I’d like to see the ridicule around the subject dropped.
If you’re lucky enough to have had a spiritual experience, make yourself heard.
You could help us prove something magical.
– Theresa’s cards Dream Decoder: 60 Cards To Unlock Your Unconscious are out on August 12, £14.99. For more information on Theresa and to buy her books, visit her website.