Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daniela I. Norris

On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship
By Daniela I. Norris

Axis Mundi Books (April 25, 2014) 152 pages
ISBN-10: 178279512X Paperback $14.25
A Book Review by Ginger Dawn Harman

As a reading fan of the Geneva Writers Group, I was asked for an honest review of Daniela Norris’s book, On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship. Daniela Norris, a former diplomat, now writer began a spiritual quest following the loss of her younger brother Michael in a drowning accident in 2010. This powerful enlightening book was so touching that I have purchased three copies. One for the local library, a friend, and one for myself. The book is a personal journey that is educational, unpretentious, almost breezy, and written in an intimate personal style. 

Listen to June 13th Radio Interview by Daniela Norris – A Skeptic’s Journey to Mediumship
On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship is not intended to convert skeptics. Norris is speaking to the interested average reader, and not to people whose minds are already made up. As a reader, I was completely captivated by the personal stories such as the lonely spirit and the fire alarm. The personal hypnotic regression stories are intense, emotional, and have an amazing quality about them. Each are well written and interesting. In fact, after the memory of the French Resistance fighter, I had a sense of gratitude and learned that all memories, emotional and physical, are powerful tools to help each of us benefit in the present. Furthermore, the memory of the young Tibetan boy and his mother’s love teaches that love is not only letting go, but the lasting gift toward others that will create an imprint upon both souls.
Photo by: Rinat Halon

Daniela Norris further provides the reader with many exercises that enhance the self-discovery of mediumship. The author observes that her principal interest in mediumship is not the mechanism behind the phenomenon, but its spirituality and social utility that has evolved over centuries. As she points out, “Scientists are the first to admit that there is very little in our world that science can currently explain – and this is not because its methods are flawed – but because it does not have all the right tools and information – yet.”

Photo: Rinat Halon

Photo by: Rinat Halon

Photo: Rinat Halon

Daniela Norris feels it should be possible to gain advantages from mediumship even if we don't have a theory by which to explain it. One of her top priorities in her personal journey of mediumship's value is in the grieving process. She began this process after the loss of her brother and found that science and spirituality can build a respect for each other. This was proven at her brother’s funeral when a Palestinian, called “to offer his condolences, the look of disbelief on the faces of Michael’s young friends only intensifies. A Palestinian? Calling to offer his condolences for the death of an Israeli soldier!” It is this connection that science and spirituality will have one day.

Reading at Off the Shelf June 2014 
As our society ages, this topic may become even more relevant than it is today. For instance, when the author was toward the end of her pregnancy she had an experience with spoon bending that brought a powerful personal lesson. Each of these lessons presented to the reader are also unique and this book is much like a foundation to enhance your own personal self-discovery. I really appreciated how the author provides several “How To” useful guidelines, and an appendix with helpful links for additional reading. Daniela Norris also uses subtle symbolism. For example, the author had only 20 chapters but this was the same amount of years Michael lived. I also really enjoyed the quotes and poem provided by the author which enriches the book. From the death of her brother to the birth of her daughter, Daniela Norris gives the reader a full, thought provoking book on the power of self-discovery, death, reincarnation, past life regression, and on mediumship. I give my highest recommendation to, On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship by Daniela Norris.


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