I remember my first encounter with Sweden. At the time I was at an international conference in Holland where I did some work as a medium. There were people from all over the world, working with personal development, mediumship, research etcetera. It was a fascinating week where I connected with Swedes for the first time.
I remember one evening when I was working with a woman called Ruby Grey, another English medium. In the audience were some Swedes among others. It was really interesting to meet different nationalities, different kinds of work and humour. Previously Ascala had told me it was time to move on, to a different country. He showed me a beach and people waiting there to greet me. I thought to myself: I wonder what this new country has in store for me?
A woman called Liz Ryhre approached me and asked me to come and work for her society in Karlstad. Liz was the one who started up my work in Sweden. It was quite surprising how different the Swedes were compared to the Islanders, it was like meeting a whole new world, with different perspectives. I found Swedes to be much more cosmopolitan and liberal than Icelanders, but at the same time shyer and more withdrawn. At the same time Swedes are more liberal than both Brits and Icelanders, but having said that there are also many similarities
I remember the firs seance with Liz, there were about 18 people in the audience. I was told many people probably opted to watch the Ice hockey match in the world championship instead. However, working with Liz was an eventful time. She lived outside of Karlstad by Lake Vänern. I remember one day, she told me:
– Tomorrow I cannot drive you into Karlstad. You have to take the train.
– Okay, how do I get to the train? She gave me this old ramshackle bicycle and directions:
– You turn left by the big rock, you cannot miss it…
Eventually I came to the station, a single track. Liz had instructed me:
– Before the train comes in you have to put the signal up so that the train will stop for you. I thought she was joking, but I followed her instructions to the letter and eventually arrived in Karlstad. Quite a unique experience for a guy from London.
Liz started recommending me to other societies. It did not take too long before I found myself travelling around Sweden working for different societies giving readings, clairvoyant demonstrations and weekend courses. I normally stayed with the host in their home, which was also a new experience for me. They often wanted to talk to me about spirituality until late in the evening, and then continued at breakfast, before I had even had a chance to open my eyes, but I understood why they had that need. It was a valuable experience for me, I did not even speak the language, but there I was travelling from north to south.
I continued to travel around Sweden for many years, but to cut a long story short, I decided to go to Jämtland to work and that was a really powerful experience to me. I did not really know anybody there, in the village of Strånäset, where I lived for four years in isolation. It was a beautiful place and the experience taught me so much. It was nourishment for the soul.
After four years I decided to find my own place that I could turn into a course centre. I was ready to head south and leave the isolation. I found a place in Bergslagen and a new phase of my life begun. These last 15 years has developed me and made me realise many things. What an adventure!
Coming to Sweden was like coming home, I felt as if I had found my place. Sweden has given me so many good things, so I decided to become a Swedish citizen, it felt like a natural decision. Sweden is my home.
As I am writing this article, I know that a new phase of my life must begin, it is a phase that will take me along my pathway and offer new challenges and experiences. Where this will take me, I have absolutely no idea yet! But that is not the meaning, I just have to wait and see what Ascala has in store for me for the next phase. I am full of anticipation, a little nervous, but one thing I know, I can just take one day at a time and not make the mistake of having too many preconceived ideas that will just block my vision and shut me down.