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The other side of life.

Byline: By Karen Hambridge

IF you have watched the movie the Sixth Sense, you will remember the psychic child's famous phrase, 'I see dead people'.

It's a tagline equally appropriate for Kenilworth mum Fay Palmer, and though she insists her experiences haven't been quite so sensational, her ability to pick up on spirit certainly seems dramatic.

For Fay, aged 36, is sensitive to all manner of earth energies - from ley lines and underground water to plant and tree fairies.

In fact she's been able to see ghosts ever since she was a babe in arms.

"My first recollection must have been when I was in my cot. I recall seeing these strange lights. Obviously I didn't know what it was at the time.

"As I grew I continued to see things and it didn't seem that strange. When you're a child you're much more open to such things.

"I think I was probably about six when I saw my first spirit. I was walking through a park next to a graveyard and there was an old man leaning on a wall.

"I knew there was something amiss because he didn't seem to have the same quality as everyone else.

"I know I wasn't frightened. To me it didn't seem that unusual."

Fay, who lives on a farm with husband, Andy, 38, and son Jack, aged five, has honed and developed her gift through dowsing.

Traditionally associated with finding water, Fay explains the art can also help with healing and clearing unwanted spirit entities.

"People may think it sounds weird and wonderful but dowsing isn't as unscientific as it has been made out.

"Humans are more than 70 per cent water so it stands to reason we have some resonance with it.

"The police use dowsing to find missing people and Severn Trent use it, naturally enough, to find water, so it's not as bizarre as you might think."

Luckily, as a youngster, when she confided in her mother about her abilities, she found support.

She always felt she wanted to use her talent and create a career around it but during her teens and 20sVhe followed a more conventional course - university and work. /

It was about six years ago that circumstances seemed right to develop her abilities.

She got more into alternative therapies and at a workshop she met Barry Williams, a tutor at the Traditional College of Acupuncture, and fellow seer.

Both of them, independently, picked up on a strange aura around one of the other attendees.

It turned out to be an entity which was making the person feel unwell, a common occurrence if a spirit has attached itself. So Fay and Barry worked together to release it.

From then on the pair have acted as a team.

"It's not as sensational as the movie the Sixth Sense," she explains. "I don't just see dead people walking around willy nilly, but I may get an essence of them, like seeing something out of the corner of your eye." Fay is a member of the British Society of Dowsing and has completed courses to become a dowsing tutor and a practitioner, allowing her to treat people.

"I think it's best to be as professional as you can so you can instill confidence in your clients, otherwise it's a bit of an unknown quantity," she says.

Over the past few years Fay and Barry, who has a spirit guide, have worked on many clearances, picking up clients mainly on a word-of-mouth basis.

They now do one or two clearings a week as well as reassuring relatives of the deceased their loved ones have moved on.

Problems with "trapped" spirits, who have not left this mortal coil, are increasing, according to Fay - mainly because many people no longer have a definite belief system and don't accept there is anything else after death.

"Sometimes people who die don't know what to do next so they just hang around," explained Fay. "You don't have to have had a traumatic death to become trapped, you could die peacefully in hospital but if you do not have a belief system it's hard to move on.

"Barry and I talk to the spirit, explain they have passed on and ask them to look to the light.

"Often it's like a light opens and nine times out of 10 we'll see someone come to help the spirit move on - a parent or grandparent, or even a pet. I saw a black Labrador come to collect a spirit in one clearing."

One of the oldest appearing entities was a medieval alchemist who had attached himself to a woman.

"I wasn't aware but she'd had this irrational fear of fire ever since she was a little girl," said Fay.

"Barry and I did a clearing and around the spirit I got a strong sense of malevolence and he appeared all blackened and burnt.

"It was tough moving him on because he wasn't a nice character but afterward when I told the woman how he looked she was quite shocked. Her fear of fire immediately disappeared."

So what about the people who will scoff at her ability?

"I know what I see and I know what I feel and no one can convince me otherwise. If they don't believe that is up to them."

Fay can be contacted on 07870 928931.

PLUS: We go ghost hunting at Warwick Castle. PAGES 32 & 3 3


TEAM WORK... Barry Williams and Fay Palmer and (left) Fay dowsing with her crystal.Pictures by Darryl Smith.DS271006HALL5' DS271006HALL3
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Date:Oct 30, 2006
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