The Other Side, part 8

Antietam Confederate Reenactor
On the next call, my Spirit Guide told me some of the parameters of travel on The Other Side. She said we can fly or move quickly from place to place and that we could soar up in the air to look down on an area if we wanted.

Again, she asked me to get comfortable and to close my eyes. I automatically started breathing as I do when I perform sitting meditation. She asked me if I had my Symbol with me, and all of a sudden I had an epiphany.

During the weeks before this call, I had struggled to find a Symbol that I could use. I had decided on a ring, but I didn’t really feel comfortable with it. When she asked me if I had a Symbol, all of a sudden the object I knew that I was supposed to use popped in my mind. Everything just clicked into place!

I answered yes, that I had just then decided what it was. She said not to describe it to her or to anyone. So I have kept quiet about what my Symbol is to this day.

She asked, “Where are you?”

“The East Woods at Antietam.”

I was in the Confederate uniform that I normally wear for reenactments, but without any accoutrements.

“Where in the East Woods?”

I said I was approaching the Confederate sitting with his back to the tree who was the basis of the poem The Assurance.

I came around the tree and looked at the man.

He looked up at me and my Spirit Guide told me to tell him that I have come to help him and to honor him. She instructed me to reveal the Symbol as proof of my mission to tell his story.

I told him that I had come in honor to him, and that I had come in the spirit of love. I held up my Symbol and said, “This will bear testament to the truth of my words.”

He sort of nodded his consent.

My Spirit Guide told me to ask him some questions, but I was so in awe of the whole experience that I really didn’t know what to ask.

Finally, my Spirit Guide said to tell the soldier that there were friends and family waiting on him and that he’d been in this dimension, separated from them, for 150 years.

I asked, “Would you like to go to them?”

“Yes,” he answered.

My Spirit Guide said to release him, and I told him he was free to go.

The Confederate soldier disappeared.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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