Jesse : Stranger Angels – Part 4

The Previous Chapter in The Paranormal Memoirs is here.

I spent a total of four Sunday evenings and Mondays in a row at Jesse’s house unearthing memories of possible angel sightings, paranormal experiences, and encounters with supernatural beings.

I wasn’t called in beyond a second interview — I didn’t even get that job, although my dearest friend at the time, Tricia, helped me find another position at that same University not long after… The truth is, I kept going back to stay at Jesse’s with an entirely different motivation.

The second time I encountered Jesse, he came to the cafe where we had originally met, just as I was leaving. The third time, I paged him, while at Lenox Mall, miles away in another part of town, and fifteen minutes later he walked right up to me in a Pottery Barn. The fourth and final time, I dropped by his house without paging him at all. His car wasn’t there, but I peeked through the window in his back kitchen door; and then, just as I was putting my car in reverse, he pulled up behind me in the driveway.

I didn’t even consciously realize how much I had locked away and forgotten about until I started sharing these stories with him — the more of them I recalled, the more they began to surface. There were so many experiences that I had never talked about or even remotely considered telling anyone. If you’ve followed the hundreds of articles that I’ve written in the last three-and-a-half years it may be difficult for you to realize how relatively recent it has been that I discuss these subjects publicly at all. You must understand that at the point I met Jesse, in 2002, I was still deeply guarded (and relatively ignorant) about the existence of spirit guides or angels. For the first thirty-five years of my life I carried on under a profound anxiety that I might be mentally ill, or, more importantly, that other people would diagnose me as clinically insane — that if I talked about this, I could be institutionalized, locked away, lose my freedom, or maybe even my life over it.

I could never recall or transcribe our conversations word-for-word, but, if this was a movie, I would simply show you a montage of those hours spent in the armchairs that were the only substantial furniture in the house talking over take-out food and coffee. Much of these talks felt like some kind of intensive therapy sessions — maybe, as in the symbolic logic of dreams, Jesse’s uniform blue medical scrubs implied healing.

Jesse never talked about himself, his work, his family, his life. At first I would ask questions, according to social protocol, but they were always vaguely deflected. He interviewed me, with very precisely chosen prompts that I was sometimes surprised to realize how much I could answer, at great length. He wanted to dig into the details of strange memories that I had not thought about for years. I’ve never felt “listened to” so completely.

After pulling the stories from me, he would take a turn theoretically “diagnosing” or identifying the themes from a spiritualist perspective, as if he were writing a thesis paper on my childhood. Sometimes, the dialogue felt like a psychic reading, as he seemed to know more about me than I did.

And — always — he related the context and the parameters of what we discussed to the existence of angels.

I eventually moved from feeling “embarrassed” by the direct way he lectured about this topic to warming to the possibilities. The more I shared, and the more he explained to me, the more I felt something click into place that made more sense than I might have initially wanted to admit. I began to feel lighter, intrigued, even relieved that there were things that had never made sense to me before that suddenly had this magical, retroactive filter through which I could reconsider them. Viewed through the prism of Jesse’s beliefs, the very things that I had uncomfortably ignored and repressed because they were disturbing or confusing began to have a purpose, a cohesion that would at least make sense in the realm of Stories.

Skeletons in my closet, of which I was mostly ashamed, were recast as powerful, meaningful, benevolent characters. The ingredients of my “insanity” became the components of a mystical narrative where I was a hero, not a victim. (It’s very much the current model for my client readings — to reinterpret a person’s Story such that the seemingly random threads emerge as a pattern in a tapestry; the painful pieces become gifts of the spirit; the tragedies become tests of the will; the failures become the acquisition of wisdom… Any life story can be willfully romanced through an intentional shift in perspective.)

Image - William Blake's Jacob's LadderMuch of what Jesse shared about angelic entities was biblically arcane to the point of being obtuse: The Book of Enoch who was essentially abducted by ancient aliens (angels) and later returned to record the names we historically know them by; and archaic categorizations of the angelic hierarchies — the Four Choirs, and the subset phyla (species) of angelics like Supernals, Celestials, Illuminations, Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers… and those of the Orders of the Fourth Choir who are the most likely to closely interact with humanity — Principalities, Archangels, (plain old) Angels.

Among the “lowest” order were the personal guardian angels who work with each of us, usually in pairs: our Ashers and Silver Cord Technicians.

Spirit Guides or Angels?
Recently, one of the students I’m mentoring through the Automatic Intuition Professional Program told me that she believed one of her spirit guides had shown up, unannounced, on her doorstep one day. An unusually small woman who claimed to have a “message” and was invited in. After a conversation in which she made predictions for this student concerning her future life purpose, she left and was never seen or heard from again.

I didn’t say so at the time, but I wondered that this might not technically be an entity of much higher vibration than a guide. I doubt the ability of a spirit guide (a formerly human soul) to manifest a corporeal body — to assume living form. But of course it depends on whether or not anyone else witnessed this little woman — was my student the only person to see, hear, and interact with her? If so, then I suppose it may well have been a spirit guide in full-body apparition, not unlike a ghost; or able to be perceived by interior psychic senses.

Astral Sleepwalkers | Ladies in Nightgowns
Jesse suggested that many of the beings we might perceive as brief, full-body apparitions with very limited interaction — and assume to be ghosts or shadows or angels — might actually be astral travelers: real, living, flesh-and-blood human beings asleep in some other part of the world whose souls leave their bodies and wander around. This might explain why so many of the women commonly seen in such circumstances often seem to be wearing nightgowns, are unaware of their surroundings, and are unresponsive, like sleepwalkers.

Corporeal Angels

While many spirit entities of all types are most commonly perceived by intuitively sensitive people, who experience them regularly or intermittently through the subtler psychic senses, Jesse told me that there are beings who literally manifest physical bodies that all of us — absolutely anyone — can see and interact with.

It takes enormous power and ability to assume a corporeal form, even temporarily, and it is unlikely that ghosts, earthbound spirits, or dis-incarnate human souls acting in the roles of guides can pull this off.

Beyond just being around us everywhere in some “ethereal” way or in some “other dimension,” corporeal angels walk around among us. Even though we see them and speak to them, we mostly dismiss them as random strangers; it may never occur to us that they are not human.

Roles of Corporeal Angels
Jesse said that angels who take the physical form of human strangers commonly appear to be doctors, nurses, EMT’s, police officers, firefighters. You may have brief and meaningful interactions with people in these roles whom you never see again, and others of their kind can’t account for them and will likely not know to whom you are referring if you ask about them.

Many corporeal angels will assume the guise of homeless people. Jesse pointed out that many panhandlers are quite aware of this lore, regardless of their personal beliefs, and may strategically exploit the perception for their own ends. He advised that the best means of discernment is simply your gut — that you know or at least suspect on an intuitive level; their vibration is usually quite high, the feeling that you get in their presence should never be threatening, though it could be uncomfortable or intense.

Some Qualities that Might “Give Away” the Incarnated Angel

  • they seem “rooted” to a particular spot — able to interact with you, although they may remain standing or seated in one place
  • they move around normally, but are limited to a specific physical location or time
  • their clothing may be “anachronistic” — the style of the clothing is oddly out of fashion, yet appears “too new,” without normal wear and tear
  • their clothing may appear unusually put together or hastily chosen
  • there is an anonymous quality to their overall appearance — they blend easily into crowds
  • they may be unusually tall or the opposite, extremely diminutive in size
  • they may appear to be of an indeterminate age — whether they are young or old, it seems almost impossible to guess
  • they are “plainly beautiful” in an unremarkable way that has more to do with “newness” than the handsomeness of features — “beautiful” in the way that all infant creatures are beautiful; even though their features are not interesting or necessarily sexually attractive, their skin is often colorless or without variation or blemish
  • their smell may be unusually strong or noticeable; pleasant but pervasive
  • they speak without recognizable accent or dialect
  • they are emotionally even-keel or undemonstrative in their expression — perhaps even “robot like”
  • even though other people may be able to see them as well as you can, they have no known connection or relationship to anyone else
  • you feel their presence before you notice them; they are always aware of you first; by the time you make eye contact you realize that they have already been staring at you

Significance of Their Names
They are not quick to introduce themselves or to volunteer their names; if you ask, they will provide you with a single first name.

The names they claim will often be of recognizable significance to you — a name that you particularly like; that you have known many people to share; that appears often in your family; one that corresponds with a figure of importance to you.

Even when their names don’t seem to be coincidental or meaningful, they nevertheless correspond to some pattern. (Have you noticed the commonality among the names of the characters I have shared in this series of memoirs, not to mention the names of some of my guides that I’ve talked about in others? It’s the only thing “curious” or noteworthy that stands out, by the way… Although it is a very simple pattern, it is a constant.)

More important than the “type” of entity or the details of their physical appearance are the roles they play or the circumstances in which they may interact with the living in a corporeal form.

Circumstances Where Angels Tend to Intervene

  • Miracles
  • Transitions of Birth/ Death
  • Physical Danger
  • Direction Regarding Life Path and Purpose
  • While Traveling

I specifically recall that “while traveling” was the last thing that Jesse mentioned; combined with the list of odd physical attributes, it was The Trigger that finally made me say “Okay — wait a minute…” This is how and why this series of memories I’ve been sharing with you connects. Before that day, I had never related to another person the mystery of the stranger who had followed me from London to Paris to Amsterdam. I believe it had confounded me and defied logical explanation for so long — and to such a degree that I feared speaking about it would only make me sound paranoid — that I had uncomfortably and successfully semi-forgotten it. Tucked it away with no expectation of ever understanding how it could be…

“Why now?” I asked Jesse, after he pronounced his judgment that the experience was a perfect example of what he alluded to as evidence of Their existence. “Why am I just becoming aware of this, here and now, at this point?”

“At whatever point in time, your awareness can change your awareness in all directions — backwards into the past, forward into the future. You’ve definitely — admittedly — been wandering around in the woods in the dark, purposefully hiding. Maybe now you’ve stumbled upon a path that leads Somewhere you should go.” (Jesse’s speech tended to be spiked with these Yoda-like answers.)

“So, what do I do with that?”

“Reconsider… Everything…” And then he said something to me that I would hear repeated, from a variety of sources, in remarkably similar wording and form, over the next few years — I refer to it as The Ultimatum from My Guides:

“Why would you keep what you believe to yourself?”

(Perhaps those incidents landmark the next obvious series of stories I should share here… I wish I could say that meeting Jesse set me on a clearly defined, purposeful, peaceful path out of those proverbial woods I was wandering in. “Reconsidering Everything” was not a pretty process — it was not all “angel hugs and angel wings” — the Universe had already stripped me of so many basic structures in my life, and then it sent a Wrecking Ball through my world, and deconstructed my belief system and my understanding of reality. Although my personal paranormal experiences certainly increased a hundred-fold, the next few years was more like a tornado tearing through those woods, and if I’d ever feared that I might lose my mind… Well, I finally did. I lost it. And it took me about three or four years to crawl up and out to a place of lucidity and control that has allowed me to produce the writing on this web site and to begin counseling others and providing readings.)

That last day with Jesse, after he challenged me regarding my reasons to continue in secrecy, he did something that was completely out of character with the relaxed, timeless nature of the routine we’d established, or the synchronicity of my comings and goings — he suddenly announced that he had to go. (Which I translated as a polite way of saying it was time for me to go.)

He was urgent, fixed, and final in showing me out the door; it felt like he had heard a silent alarm sound and knew my car was about to turn back into a pumpkin.

From the small back porch near his driveway, Jesse watched me throw my bag into the trunk. Before I sat down in the driver’s seat, I took my last chance to speak to him over the hood of the car:

“You know, don’t think that I’m not unaware that, if everything you claim is true, you are highly suspect.” I accused him with a smile, teasing. “You meet more of the criteria than Stalker John did. If anyone I’ve ever met is One of Them, you must be.”

Jesse gave me a grin and a little shrug of the shoulders — not a confirmation, but certainly not a denial.

I never saw him again.

About a month later, when I had finally landed a job and relocated, I wanted to at least talk to him and let him know how everything had worked out. When I called his pager, I received a wrong number message.

Although I never ran into him again, there were three occasions when I discovered books mysteriously left for me — one for each of the places where I lived between 2003 and 2006: Messages from Mother Mary in my mailbox; Quantum Spirituality on the windshield of my car when I came out of a Kroger grocery store at 2 am; and Conscious Evolution (the book by Barbara Marx Hubbard that Jesse had been reading when I first met him) which I found one morning (impossibly) outside on the balcony of my top floor loft.

Not only did Jesse disappear on me — even his home vanished.

The few times that I drove by the small white house right after moving to Atlanta, I saw a realtor’s For Sale sign by the mailbox and it looked emptier than ever. Whenever I found myself on that street, I would slow down as I passed the house, looking for signs of occupancy. On one occasion, about a year later, during a particularly rough patch of difficult psychological transition, I actually went there with every intention and hope of stopping to visit him again.

I carefully tracked the landmark speed humps — just past the last bump before you get to the traffic light — and pulled into the driveway. Before me was a green house, and, more disorienting, the driveway and the sidewalk were on the wrong side of the house. I got out and looked to the neighbors on either side — it had to be one of those; I only could’ve missed it by one, in either direction…

The house simply was not there. As if it existed according to a magical law of physics like Platform 9 and 3/4 where one catches the Hogwarts Express, or the safe house in The Order of the Phoenix that can slide into and out of a crack in space time…

Over the next couple of years, I scoured that street, expecting to locate it at last and realize my previous error, even if Jesse wouldn’t be found there. When I eventually moved back to Tennessee in 2006, the last thing I did on my way out of town, my car packed to the roof with my belongings, was take one final slow (fruitless) creep down Woodland Hills.

This is the closest I’ve come to finding it — or making it “real” — again.

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16 Responses to Jesse : Stranger Angels – Part 4
  1. Brenda (betaphi)
    February 20, 2010 | 11:29 pm

    This just gets curiouser and curiouser. Now I’m wanting to know what losing your mind was like. I got chills thinking about those three books mysteriously appearing. The house disappearing confused me. Some of this is downright spooky and I’m notorious for running from spooky but for some reason I keep coming back here. You have one of the most engaging narrative styles I’ve ever encountered. Wondering if these stories are excerpts from a book-in-the-making. If so I want to read it, and the Hubbard book too.

  2. Jeff
    February 21, 2010 | 2:50 am

    Thank you for the story. It really helps to hear a narrative of how all this stuff happens in real life. I am looking forward to additional stories in the future as I am just starting to have some of what I call strange messages come to me. These are messages, phrases or words that I receive in my mind but they feel as i they come from outside me. As time goes on I seem to be learning to hear them better. Again, thank you.

  3. Michelle Vandepas
    February 21, 2010 | 6:28 pm


    Reading this makes me at once both creeped out and envious. Do you think you have been called to a higher purpose by angels? Do you think Angels are directing you? How come we all don’t get these message? Why do I have to work so hard to stay in contact with my intuition/angels/guidance, when others who aren’t even on a path seem to get it instantly? Questions, only leaves me with more questions..

  4. owl lover
    February 21, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    Interesting and creepy but fabulous! And I second the previous question..i am very open, want to notice (and often think i read too much into this stuff and assume something is angelic help, etc when it’s prob. not) and am envious this doesn’t happen to me. I like the books thing- cool.

    The only thing i can think of is one time i was (ok drunk! i was young and in the big city) walking alone to find friends. I saw a cagey man at the end of a playground and thought ‘eh, druggie’ and kept walking. It was late (or early?!) and a car slowed down. The guy called me over (I went to him, very uncharacteristic of me- since I am suspicious) and he told me he was a cop (in an unmarked car but had the ‘M’ on the license they all have) and said he was leaving his girlfriend’s later than usual and never was in the area but warned me it was not good- then pointed to mr, dicey and then a second man at the opposite end of the empty playground they were loitering in and explained they were actually working together and were about the jump me. I suddenly sobered up (ha) and when he told me he could drop me off on his way home I jumped in the car. He drove me home and i don’t remember if we spoke much or what about…. but i appreciated the warning. He probably saved me from sexual assault much less something more dire.. he appeared as a cop so maybe they come in the form of our most trusted civil servants to gain our trust from go?
    All i know is i wish i had more of these.. how cool indeed. I am addicted to this series of stories and even if i don’t have them as much as you i find them inspiring. Some day:)

  5. Sue
    February 21, 2010 | 8:53 pm


    Just wanted to thank you for sharing your story. While it may seem spooky or weird or creepy to some, it is normal for others. I love what story telling does for us, to both the giver and receiver. It was a rich read. I’m looking forward to reading a whole book some day, hint, hint.

  6. Corinne Edwards
    February 21, 2010 | 10:05 pm

    Loved the story but I wanted more. Like how you happen to develop into an intuitive – how did you move forward after this?

    I have always believed in angels.

    I had one miraculous experience I will never forget speaking of dangerous situations.

    I was driving on a six lane major highway in Chicago in the pouring rain when suddenly my car slid and I was facing speeding traffic from all lanes.

    Remember thinking so calmly, “Oh, this is how I am going to die.”

    Forty cars slid and slammed into each other. One only bumped my car slightly.
    A major pile up.

    I got out of my car and walked around. Lots of damage but no one was hurt.

    It was like a giant hand stopped them all from demolishing me.

    No one seemed to be aware I was the car who caused it. They were all busy with police and exchanging insurance information. It was like I did not exist.

    I got in my car, turned it around and drove home.

    I have wondered often why I was saved.

    I am still wondering.

  7. Joy Langtry
    February 21, 2010 | 11:24 pm

    Beautiful… absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

    Everything we need is just waiting for us to find it, when we are ready and it will mean the most. I’m so glad that your trip down the rabbit hole eventually dumped you into this particular intersection of Cyberspace & Ether.

    Please don’t stop here… You give me so much to look forward to on Sunday afternoons!

  8. Jeff Lilly | Druid Journal
    February 22, 2010 | 4:25 pm

    Absolutely fascinating, and riveting storytelling as always! … I had to share with you that while I was reading this, Dead Can Dance’s “The Host of Seraphim” came on Pandora. ;-)

  9. melissa
    February 22, 2010 | 5:02 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your angel stories! As one who has experienced a few of her own unusual events, I am really fascinated by them. As more of us are willing to “come out of the metaphysical closet,” so to speak, we reassure others who are struggling with their own confusion about what they are experiencing. You have done that for me in the past. I believe that many of us have encountered experiences that do not fit into what we would consider “reality.” However, I believe that these experiences have always been around for the more sensitive to perceive and now are actually becoming much more commonplace, as we all begin to experience our own awakenings. As more people begin to open their eyes, they will begin to see what has been around us all along. Thank you for your courage and beautiful communications!

  10. c.koo
    February 23, 2010 | 8:04 am

    I am thoroughly envious of your experience!

    And I’d like to know your opinion as to why you were visited by so many angels…

  11. Kara
    February 23, 2010 | 4:17 pm

    I just want to thank you for continuing to be brave enough to tell the world your story, and share this information. I really do think your sharing is for the benefit of all mankind.

    I also want to commend you for your bravery in telling us what happened. Just from my barely “coming out of the closet” with some of my intuitive stuff, I can only imagine your level of fear in sharing your stories and fears of losing your mind. I want to reassure you that the world really does need as much as you can tell us, and that your bravery is paving the way, in a huge way, for others.

    After reading your post, I laughed at myself as I thought of the many times living or travelling in “dangerous” countries in the world, where myself or my family just blithely seemed to coast through situations. When we recalled these adventures to others (and all of sudden contemplating them now myself a little more seriously in retrospect) the situations should have been terrifying, and not funny. Thinking about, I’m sure that my immediate family alone have kept angels very busy, just with our travels!!

    I now have more food for thought about my past adventures, and I’m asking myself “Why were these angels there for us? What am I supposed to be learning from the fact that they were there?”

  12. Jody
    February 24, 2010 | 2:55 am

    You write bravely and clearly. I know it’s hard work to be so clean and detailed in both the language you choose, and the structure you impose. This is formal, straight writing on a topic that is very far from formal or straight, which explains why — for me — it is so hugely successful and powerful.

  13. Slade Roberson
    March 12, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    You guys, I just want to say — I want you to hear and really know — how much your encouraging comments mean to me, particularly on this “different kind” of “post.” I’m shifting gears, and perhaps it is a bit self-indulgent, but the stories I want to share, have left to share, are not the typical blog article style of writing or address. They have moved away from mirroring the You (We) of blog posts and into (I use the term “self-indulgent” because of) the “I” pronoun.

    I’m building some bridges here with these autobiographical pieces (for the sake of maintaining my creative energy and my own level of interest and investment) — bridges between memoir content, storytelling, novels… the bridges’ material form is my “Authorly” Writer’s Voice, that doesn’t necessarily get exercised in blogging, instructional, or motivational self-help writing.

    These pieces (which I will definitely sharing more of, especially after your amazingly positive responses!) come from In-Between Places… in between the “Bookiness” I long to (re)turn to full-time — whether fiction or non-fiction, the stories you can hold and curl up with…
    I’ll explain more about what I’m “doing” — what I’m ending, what I’m phasing out, what I’m beginning — in my next post.

    With hundreds of articles posted now that are all constantly generating reader comments, I continually feel that I’m doing a lousier and lousier job of responding to each one of them individually. I really struggled to respond to the comments that came in on the first two posts in the Stranger Angels Series — the comments are different, aren’t they? The posts are different… I guess there’s something “conversational” missing. It’s hard to volley a “Thumbs up!” in a myriad of original ways. Forgive me as I adjust to the results of using my blog is a “different” way.

    But, again, know this — I do not automate comment moderation, I read each and every one that gets approved.

    The irony is that these recent comments mean more to me than any others… and they ALL deserve my heart-felt thanks. They mean more to me than you may ever know.

    Out of thousands who have read these posts (and I assume enjoyed them) those of you who took the time to put your response into words are very few by comparison, and very special. So, let me acknowledge you simply with a bit of a “Shout out”

    Brenda, Jeff, Michelle, Owl Lover, Sue, Corinne, Joy, Jeff L, Melissa, Kara, Jody

    I see your faces gathered around me now as I continue, holding the space for my words, infusing what might only be a vague audience with recognizable souls.

    Please, keep them coming.


  14. Owl Lover
    March 12, 2010 | 7:04 pm

    Freaking awesome! So more *is*coming. The turn the blog has taken is inspiring but i suspect makes a few of us hit the refresh button a bit too much.. in a good way. One aspect here too to note- with things becoming more bleak (hello, economy!) and people seeming increasingly frustrated/aggressive/unhappy out there this kind of story telling is really needed. Not just as narrative but as a reminder there *is* a point to all of this, the stuff we all experience …thanks

  15. Slade, I just have to add my praise to everyone else’s. Lately my blog reading has slowed down some because of events in my offline life. I wasn’t able to read your articles on this topic as you wrote and posted them. I printed them out and read them all yesterday. I cheated as read them all one after the other instead of having to wait until you wrote the next in the series. It is a fantastic series, by the way, as most of your posts are. Writing in the first person just adds more to your style, in my opinion. I love it when you and other bloggers share your personal experiences. Then they come from your heart and I feel even more connected to you rather than just giving us facts and information. Your stories are mind stretching. I love that. Please, please keep it up with more of these personal stories. You are my teacher in this area. I think many others probably feel the same way. I know how hard it can be to let us see your vulnerability when you take a chance in sharing these stories. I don’t think you are crazy. Those that do aren’t on the same page as we are. I do know how scarey it can be to be so honest. I thank you for it.

  16. Dana a.k.a Ananda
    November 6, 2010 | 8:25 pm

    Slade, I’ve spent a beautiful afternoon and evening reading your memoirs. Your writing astounds me: I keep thinking, ‘Look! This is what writing can do!’. This is why I stopped painting and started writing myself, because I couldn’t say what I needed to in a single image.

    And now this, this bridge of words that connects your amazing life to mine. (– and, okay, everyone else who reads this, but I will only presume to speak for myself)

    I feel like I’ve been on a journey with you. Hm. I have to pause and wonder if some of those ‘watchers’ you have felt your entire life is US, your readers. You’ve connected us to those significant times in your life. Your writing takes us there. Maybe it REALLY takes us there.

    Oh man…


    Please don’t stop doing this. You are throwing open windows and doors and it’s freakin’ wonderful.

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