My father recently died, and when the paramedics got to the scene, they took his watch off and set it to one side. He wasn't breathing when they arrived, and they worked on him for 35 minutes before pronouncing him dead. Here's the weird thing: Dad's watch stopped at the exact time they pronounced him dead, and he wasn't even wearing it at the time! How in the world do things like this happen?
Weird things like this happen all the time. If you ever get a chance to talk to someone who is around death a lot, like paramedics, doctors or nurses, you'll hear lots of stories like this. I have heard of people seeing shadows, energy waves, light beings, etc. upon someone's death.
When my adoptive mother died, she looked up at the ceiling, smiled and said,
Can you see him? He's waiting for me! When her nurse asked her who she was talking about, my mom said
Jesus! and died with her arm reaching toward the ceiling, her eyes bright and wide open, and a big smile on her face. What my mom saw as Jesus I'm sure was her
Things like this happen because at the time of someone's death, there are more powerful beings in the room or area than anything else on this earth, for there are angels whose specific job is to come and collect the souls of the dying.
Everything from the Otherworld is made up of energy. When your father's soul left his body, he stopped being human and converted back to energy. Your father's watch just reacted to all the energy around his body at the time.
Maybe his death angel touched the watch to stop it so you (and other family members) would know the exact time of his passing. Perhaps your father felt it would be important to you and the family to know, and his death angel complied with his wishes.
It wasn't really that important to your father at that point, as he was prepared to go. He is very happy on the Otherside. He is whole, youth-full, and knows no boundaries. He can go anywhere, do anything, and be in more than one place at one time.
He wants you to know that he is sorry he left so quickly, but you know him - he didn't like a lot of drama. A long, drawn out death would have been too much for him.
Another reason your father wanted the angel to touch the watch was so that you and others could know that there is something more to life than what we can perceive with our physical senses. This sort of phenomenon makes everyone stop and say,
Your father was very adamant about wanting to let everyone know what he was seeing and experiencing already. He wanted to leave a clue that there is MORE to life and death than what we can see or feel. I have to tell you that I like your dad's style!
He comes around each of you in the family from time to time. Just like he did with the watch, he uses energy as his vehicle. Watch for flickering lights and phenomena involving the TV, radio or telephone. That's the easiest way for him to say,
Hey, I'm still here!
I wish you deep understanding of all that is.
When contemplating the potential meaning of a pattern of events, I like to refer to Littlewood's Law: If there are thousands, nay, millions of events in our lives measured in transparently fractal ways, then it should be expected that for every thousand events, there should be two or more events which intersect. Notice that intersection and you will be aware of a meaningful coincidence...the meaning being that two disparate parts have something in common, whatever that intersection may entail.
I know this is highly cerebral. As complicated as it may be to internalize this notion, it speaks in a direct and reasonable way to what happened when your dad's watch stopped. BIG events do have meaning - that's why they stay in our minds forever.
There are a number of possible explanations for what happened here. The simplest is the EMT who was working on your father picked up his watch to establish his time of death, and by touching the watch, he electrically charged it just enough to stop it.
People have seen this sort of thing happen many times. Your father wasn't wearing the watch at the time he died, and there isn't any way to establish the reliability of the watch before he passed away. It's possible that the watch was finicky, and the events surrounding his passing caused it to fail.
It could also be merely a coincidence, of course. Amazing coincidences really get our attention, and they naturally make us wonder if there is some deeper meaning or purpose behind them. We may then assume there is even when there isn't.
It's human nature to look for explanations to these sorts of events. The mystical answer to your question is that when your father's biological clock stopped ticking, he sent out some kind of electromagnetic field that also stopped the watch. At the time of his death, the energy of his Soul leaving his body was so strong it affected everything around it.
You might think back and look for evidence of strong winds around that time in your area. Chances are there was some unusual or notable weather during the hours prior to his death. By observing and studying these sorts of patterns or so-called coincidences, we can gain greater understanding of life and death.
I'm sorry about the terrible sense of loss you experienced when your dad died, but death happens when it happens. Depending on your own intuitions and beliefs, you will choose the explanation that resonates with you and makes the grief you feel easier to bear.
Nothing can make the death of a parent easy, but faith that our lives have meaning can lessen the sadness. Know that your dad lives on in you and the rest of your family now, for love never dies.
Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.
Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!
While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!
I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!
As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.
I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.
You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!
Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.
A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.
You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.