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On Dragonfly Wings a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship, is a candid and personal search for the meaning of life, of death and of grief. It aims to give hope to those who have lost a loved one and to those who are about to pass beyond hope that this is not an end. Written for lay people, rather than experienced spiritualists or mediums, and for anyone who is curious about exp ...more
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Published April 25th 2014 by Axis Mundi Books
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Maureen
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting search into the meaning of life and death. It covers the author's personal journey prompted by the death of her younger brother Michael. It introduces us to subjects such as hypnosis, past life regression and meditation amongst others. It gives a basic knowledge that the reader can utilise to delve more deeply into each subject. It was easy to read and written with honesty and passion.
Deborah Lloyd
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an engaging memoir, full of useful information for all of us. Beginning with the death of her younger brother, the author reveals how Spirit works with each of us to rediscover connections - whether these are past life connections, or connections with those special people we love who have transitioned to the next phase of life. I especially enjoyed the author's sharing of her doubts and misgivings along her own spiritual path - as all of us experience. If you would like to "delve in deep ...more
Catherine
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People interesting in mediumship.
I received this book as part of a FirstReads giveaway here on Goodreads.

Being a skeptic, but sometimes believer of the supernatural, I took to this book with an open mind. It surprised me, at first, that the book was somewhat easy to read. The elements flowed well together. Even when I was reading elements that happened a century ago, it seemed natural and even personal to me. There's a lot of information in the book, which I felt like it was successfully written because there isn't any unnecess
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Maria Barry
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having lost a loved one I knew I would identify with this book. I wanted signs that my husband was still with me and my children after he died. I suppose I wanted him to bang me over the head with a hammer, to make it absolutely undeniable. I am not a skeptic, but I can be incredibly blind at times, especially when caught up in the grief of the moment.

It took a year and friendly medium to point out all the messages I had been ignoring. It was a real 'doh' moment. The medium told me to look out f
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Tucker
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book describes aura-reading, divination with pendulums, communication with departed souls, hypno-birthing, and other visualization techniques. Norris was always "convinced that there is more to us than our physical bodies", but she was a skeptic about mediumship until she tried these techniques; now, she says, she can bend spoons with her mind.

These life experiences were prompted in part by the loss of her much younger brother, who accidentally drowned during his time of compulsory military
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Pennie
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a real eye opener into a journey through painful conflicts of such things as; the purpose of life, grief, death, and memories of compelling issues that help us too understand in a clearer prospective, questions about our own existence and our voyage through consciousness.

If you are a skeptic of the after life, you have to keep an open mind, I am a believer so this book gave me a deeper understanding into a more spiritual awakening. After the death of a loved-one, we tend to lose a l
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Sonja Randall
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a gift – one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time!
The writer succeeds in sharing her story and opening the readers mind to new experiences.
This book addressed many of the “things” I often wonder about, but do not have the time or guts to explore further.
It is written in a non-threatening way, easy to read and understand and the practical examples are a bonus.
Just loved it!
Victoria
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not in any way obligated to writr a positive review.
This is the first book I've read about mediums and reincarnations. It was very interesting to see things through author's eyes as she saw events. I appreciate her sharing her experience.
I'm sure this book will answer lots of questions you may have and it may help you to change your perspective about the things happening in your life.
Marthese Formosa
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me so much! I considered myself as agnostic, but since I was small I was really spiritual. In fact, when it comes to religion, I'm closer to Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Confucianism philosophies rather than my Roman Catholic background.

Last year I lost my mother and I have been getting more and more interested in the philosophy of death and as a study Philosophy this was rather possible. This book gave me more than my brief stance in light witchcraft after my maternal gr
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Aphrodite
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won On Dragonfly Wings on a giveaway here on Goodreads and I can now say that I am so pleased to have this book in my possession. This is a personal book for the author, which for the most part, it describes a specific period of her life and how a particular happening led to a decision to follow a different path in her life and encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention. It was the tragic death of her brother Michael which introduced her to her journey to mediumship.

At this po
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Nicole Weaver
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Daniela Norris’ book, On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mediumship left me in a state of shock. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and God, and do not believe in communicating with the dead. I believe when a person dies, his or her spirit returns to God. I also trust what the Bible teaches that there are good and bad spirits. I also believe that some people allow themselves to get possessed by bad spirits. Even though I do not agree with all the information presented in On Dragonfl ...more
thePromoParrot
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship by Daniela Norris, a former Israeli diplomat-turned-writer, is an intensely soulful book which will resonate with readers as it deals with three main issues confronting humanity: death, grief and the purpose and meaning of life.

Daniela Norris was a total stranger until mid-March. Our conversations, however short, started after having been brought together by On Dragonfly Wings, which is a simple and short book yet incredibly powerful and insi
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“On Dragonfly Wings a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship, is a candid and personal search for the meaning of life, of death and of grief. It aims to give hope to those who have lost a loved one and to those who are about to pass beyond hope that this is not an end. Written for lay people, rather than experienced spiritualists or mediums, and for anyone who is curious about exploring further, it provides practical tools to help readers find their own spiritual truth and path.”




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Seetha Chinnappa-Sarwal
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
On Dragonfly Wings by Daniela Norris
Daniela's book is a gentle exploration of a difficult issue - is there a world of spirits out there? Prompted by the premature death of a younger brother Daniela is propelled out of her normal practical down-to-earth life and forced to explore the idea of other worlds.
As a reader I journeyed with her doubt and marvelled at her faith in equal measure. Her voice is always calm and matter-of-fact, completely brushing away any idea of a dangerous hidden world of
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Kagsy Wagsy
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
As this is a subject I am fascinated with I was delighted to receive a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is written in the first person and the theories are very well explained. The book is a real-time journey of the authors understanding, doubts and confirmation of spirituality. Daniela as a teenager was interested but sceptical about the spirit world and a relationship with a spiritual young man drew her into a journey of exploration for a few years. After th
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Carolyn Mathews
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'On Dragonfly Wings' covers the period in Daniela Norris's life after the tragedy of her younger brother's untimely death in 2010, when her grief triggered an intense desire to establish what happens to the spirit when the body dies, leading her to examine how we, in this world, can interact with those in the next.
Even though it focuses on esoteric themes – such as how to contact those who have died, what happens after death, reincarnation and past life regression – this book is commendably acce
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Nancy Freund
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this book pre-publication -- in January, in fact, and it is now June. Evidently, as soon as I read it, I gave it 5 stars in Goodreads (well deserved!) but I hadn't actually reviewed it. Interestingly, it is as fresh and compelling in my mind now, six months later, as it was when I finished reading it. I think about this book often. Daniela's courage and generosity in personal revelation is a gift to her readers, and her style of writing is accessible, encouraging, a ...more
Jim Murdoch
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was the sub-title "A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship" which attracted my attention. As an open minded skeptic I was drawn into Daniela's very personal story of how she came to discover, be trained in and now practice mediumship. She takes the reader on her journey from mourning to the realization that death is definitely not the end. Her story is interjected with other bits of her experiencing past life regression, and she also gives some practical instructions on various technics which the r ...more
Lesley Botez
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
In "On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship", Daniela Norris approaches the difficult subject of death with sensitivity and courage. Starting with her own family tragedy, she invites the reader to join her on a voyage of discovery as she learns to become a Past Life Regression Therapist. The reader accompanies her through her training where she encounters spirits, including one that likes to play jokes.

The book raises questions about Society's attitude to death. Although it is the
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Sharon
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On Dragonfly Wings is at once the story of a journey and a guide to entering the realm of the spiritual. Inspired by the tragic death of her brother, Daniela Norris recounts how this life-changing event opened up her heart and her mind to a whole other perspective on the world and thereby to another way of life. Poignant and practical, risk-taking yet with a dose of skepticism that we can perhaps all identify with when first considering such concepts as past-lives, the afterlife and the power of ...more
Helen Noble
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'On Dragonfly Wings' is a heart-felt account of the author's personal, spiritual experiences. Daniela leads the reader most gently into her private sorrow, the sudden and unexpected death of her young brother, so that she can explain the unexpected joy that can emerge from the darkest of places in the human psyche.
Her writing style is direct and uncluttered, which serves to convince the reader of the authenticity of her experience. Her desire to help others is also clear, as she details the tec
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Marcus Ferrar
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This riveting book reads like a thriller, and it’s an engrossing introduction to the spiritual world of reincarnation, eternal souls, past-life encounters, hypnosis, meditation, shamans, dowsers, mediums, pendulums, auras and energy fields.

Interwoven is the touching story of a woman who discovers her personal path after the death of her younger brother. It all starts when she realises the brother is present right next to her in the days after his passing.

Tragic death gives way to the glorious bi
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Jenny
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"On Dragonfly Wings" (lovely title!) is part how-to book, part memoir describing the author's own spiritual journey. It was an easy, enjoyable read, and I came away from it with a better understanding of reincarnation, mediumship, and other subjects which Daniela touched upon, as well as a thing or two that I feel as though I maybe ended to hear (or read, in this case). I recommend this book to anyone, even skeptics--you might find that your mind is opened up just a little with the honest way in ...more
Alpasar
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book speaks about how the writer through spiritual path try to find the truth and succeed to overpass the death from his brother.
Its a autobiography of her trip on the spiritual world.
I liked it a lot this book because its no impersonal. Also it gives you a lot simple practical tools which you can try on your own.At the end has bibliography for anyone who want to learn more about the spiritual world.
I recommended to anyone who want to come to a first touch with spiritual world and needs
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Dario
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although I do not believe in this kind of supernatural stuff, I respect the author beliefs, and it might still be interesting to read something about, as in this case after having won the book from a giveaway. It was positive the author just explained her story and her development path, without trying to convince or brainwash people (something it is typically done when there topics are involved). But on the other side it was very boring, the book left me very little after having reading it, it d ...more
Roderick Vincent
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Daniela Norris tackles a difficult topic stunningly well in "On Dragonfly Wings." Many people have separate faiths with regards to death and the afterlife, and Norris introduces us to hers with gripping emotion telling about her personal journey and experience. While I personally don't believe in reincarnation, my curiosity was piqued after reading this book. My eyes are now open to hypnotherapy thanks to the book and I have vowed to give it a try.
Pamela
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Part biographical, part educational, I found the book to be moving and thought provoking. I also found it refreshing for an author to honestly express skepticism in her personal journey towards knowledge. I appreciated also the lessons simply stated at the end of each chapter. This book is a wonderful introduction to the subject of mediumship -opening our minds to understanding what lies beyond this life.
Melissa A Rosati
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had the good fortune of meeting Daniela Norris at the Geneva Writers' Conference. She is warm, sincere, and very wise. On the flight back to New York, I finished the book before the wheels hit the runway. It is accessible and and easy read.

The subtitle, "a skeptic's journey to mediumship" is exactly what this book delivers. There's no mumbo jumbo or hocus pocus. Daniela tells and honest story well.

I lent the book to two friends and they both enjoyed it as much as I did.
Mariah McKenzie
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like slipping on my favorite jammies, Daniela's book comforted me with her easy and natural writing style. I went right along with her as she began to suspect that communicating with spirits that have passed was real. Suddenly I recalled those initially moment after my father-in-law died, when I opened my mouth and he spoke through it directly to my husband. Thank you Daniela for sharing a path that is open to us all and reminding me of my own connection to a world that is more than it seems.
Mary Albanese
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ON DRAGONFLY WINGS is a thoughtful and honest book on Daniela Norris' adventures into the spiritual world. Easy to read while providing provocative food for thought, I especially enjoyed the exercises at the end of each chapter for the reader to explore their own engagement with the spiritual world.
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Daniela is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom - now spiritual author and speaker.

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