Kyle Gray's Top 5 Spiritual Influences
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Kyle Gray's Top 5 Spiritual InfluencesThe Wings of Forgiveness author tells us which 5 thinkers have influenced him the most
Editor's Note: To mark the release of the expanded UK edition of Kyle Gray's Angels Whisper in My Ear, we asked the celebrated Glaswegian angel whisperer to give us a run-down of his five greatest spiritual and literary influences. Here are the indviuals and books he chose...
1. Mary Armour
There’s a local medium from where I live called Mary Armour: she’s like a small town medium, but she’s lectured all over the world in the field of mediumship.
Years ago she wrote this book called Helen Duncan: My Living Has Not Been in Vain. Helen Duncan was a medium back in the wartime, and she would have these séances where amazing things would happen. But the Witchcraft Act was still going at the time, so she had to do her séances in secret, and one evening the police raided her séance and threw water over her while she was in trance - she actually drowned.
They can’t understand what it was but she drowned from this stuff they found in her lungs, this white fluid – you could only describe it as ectoplasm. And she was the last living medium to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act.
So Mary Armour, this psychic medium, then started to have séances to bring Helen back through, and she wrote her book about Helen.
It’s a real spiritualist’s book and in my eyes it’s the story of spiritualism, because if Helen Duncan didn’t die under that act, maybe it wouldn’t have been repealed, and maybe there wouldn’t have been an opportunity for people like me to live.
2. Paramahansa Yogananda
He wrote Autobiography of a Yogi – again, this is another huge influence in my life, even though I didn’t know the person. Paramahansa Yogananda was somebody who helped bring yoga to the west and he was one of the first living gurus in the west who taught everything that he learned.
Last year I re-read Autobiography of a Yogi again from start to finish and it is absolutely mind blowing. He tells you all about having these near death experiences, to having these miraculous healings, and he tells you how he did it all the way through the book.
Another fascination for me is how people pass away because, when you do spiritual work you’re often telling people ‘it’s safe to die’, ‘it’s safe to pass away’, all these sorts of things.
And when Paramahansa Yogananda died, his body remained for 30 days and didn’t rot in any way, and there was a perfume that came off it – and that fascinates me!
He chose to pass away. He went to a meeting with a congressman, came home, said ‘I’m now ready to go to Samadhi’ and closed his eyes and went into this really deep meditation. And then his body “died”. Only someone who’s a spiritual master could choose to do that. So he’s my number two.
3. Louise Hay
When I read You Can Heal Your Life many years ago, I was like ‘this is mind-blowing stuff,’ and I‘ve read it about 25 times.
It’s a staple book that I keep very, very handy. I use the list at the back of the book every day with my clients in my readings, and I’ve experienced some amazing situations with it.
For example, I dealt with a lady not that long ago who’d been told she had bladder cancer: a tumour in her bladder. I remembered Louise Hay’s idea that anything to do with the bladder is all about being ‘pissed off’, and a cancer is all about a resentment.
So I said, “Tell me this, you don’t happen to be pissed off at a partner or have resent towards a partner that’s been deep rooted for many years?” And she said, “Yes, about five years ago my husband had an affair and left me when my son had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and I’ve resented him every day since.”
So we were able to work together to come up with a new positive idea to change the way she felt about her body and her life. But I mean Louise Hay’s list - she probably wouldn’t say this - but I think it’s like a channeled text, it’s like a direct line to God and gives people these ideas that they can heal their bodies, and I think that’s fascinating.
4. Aleister Crowley
My number four is Aleister Crowley. People will probably think that’s quite controversial because Crowley, for many people, is somebody who is considered evil or negative.
The way I always look at it is that Aleister Crowley was the first to admit that he had an ego - and for a long time, if you look at all of his work, it ruled him. But at the same time I also think he’s a great representation of the fact that, even though we have an ego, we can still be a voice for the divine.
He was someone who just wanted to figure out what enlightenment was, and so he went in every direction possible. He tried everything possible from drugs to meditation to yoga to practicing magic spells and stuff – he definitely pushed the boundaries.
And his Thoth Tarot deck was the tarot deck I learned to read tarot with 11 years ago, so they’ve always been my go-to cards - apart from my Angel Cards. Crowley might have been a madman but at the same time I think he was a complete and utter genius, and again he was someone who helped bring things like yoga to the west.
Even though Crowley did some things that are dark, he had this fascination with the idea that we all have a holy guardian angel. Sometimes in his texts he says that it’s a part of us, but at other times he talks about it as this external being – and I think that’s fascinating because angels have obviously become my life and work.
5. Helen Schucman
Helen Schucman was the scribe for A Course In Miracles. She was a doctor - she was an atheist and didn’t believe in spirituality, but she claims that this inner voice just started to speak to her in the ‘70s.
She’d just retired, and this voice started to speak to her and she just started to write down what it said, and every day it would bring her more and more. And then all of a sudden she had this amazing text, which was A Course In Miracles.
A Course In Miracles is another huge influence on me because it teaches that only love is real, that love is the only thing that can change our lives. And even though A Course In Miracles is a very Christian text, and I’m not really interested in Christianity, it’s message is so strong: that we are love and we can change our perceptions to create these radical miracles in our lives – and I practice that every day.
People who look at my bedside table and see the books on it say ‘you have such a weird mix on it’. But I think in every spiritual field, it doesn’t matter what you’re practicing and what you’re doing, because they’ve all got this one message of love, and to return to it. And I like that!
The new UK edition of Angels Whisper in My Ear by Kyle Gray is out now. Watch the book's trailer - and join Kyle for a short angel prayer - in this video: