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On Dragonfly Wings - a skeptic's journey to mediumship was awarded the 2014 bronze medal Readers Favorite Award in the Non-Fiction Inspirational category. 

It 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.

152 pages, Paperback

First published April 25, 2014

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Daniela I. Norris

19 books52 followers
Daniela is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom - now spiritual author and speaker.

On Dragonfly Wings - a skeptic's journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books) and Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side (Soul Rocks Books) were out in 2014, followed by a trilogy of inspirational novels: Recognitions (2016), Premonitions (2019) and Precognitions (2020). The series is a Literary Classics Gold Award winner.


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1,382 reviews7,088 followers
February 13, 2021
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.
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293 reviews12 followers
January 26, 2015
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 unnecessary information. The majority of these experiences, discussed in the book, are about the death of Michael. Yet, his passing isn't taken as such a horrific or depressing thing, to me. Instead, he is an important part of the author's journey to spiritual aspects of her life. We further go into other important times and places where she's felt comfortable in that lifestyle. From the beginning, through to the end, I felt like I experienced somewhat of a spiritual journey of my own as I read into her life.

I don't necessarily believe in a spiritual realm, though I don't deny that one exists. While reading this book, I thought that there were some deeply thought-provoking moments and some great information provided. I was particularly interested in the idea of spirit-midwifery and wish the author had touched on that more, even whether she might have tried to discern the soul of her own third child, the pregnancy of which being introduced in a final portion of the book. I might be reading more into such things, being that the idea of such a thing intrigues me. I just can't find the words to say what I really feel about this book. In short, I think it felt like a very personal read, despite never having met the author or known of her work before this book. Being skeptical of such things, it felt kind of humbling and I found that I'm more open to the idea of a spiritual realm than I might have been before.

Many moments were thought-provoking and I definitely think I want to look into such things in future, whether they're real or not. The book took me a little less than two hours to read, without any breaks; it was simply too interesting to put down. I think it's well deserving of five stars, being that it presented a beautiful introduction into the world of Daniela Norris, the author.
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Author 12 books124 followers
July 5, 2014
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 deeper", as this author did, I highly recommend this book!
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Author 25 books186 followers
April 20, 2014
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 service in the Israel Defense Forces. Norris writes evocatively about this loss and about her friendship with a Palestinian woman, Shireen, who helped her through her grief.

The assertions about afterlife will not ring true for everyone. “The thought that there is something beyond this world, and that you might be held accountable for your actions in this life, makes people feel differently about their entire lives. It makes them better human beings,” she writes. This is true for a good number of people. There are, however, people who feel accountable for their own actions here and now, and who desire to hold other people accountable for their actions here and now, without the sense that meaning and accountability will come from a third-party judge in an afterlife who will sort it all out nor from reincarnations that will eventually layer the meanings of past and future lives.

Norris's memoirs of personal friendships are woven throughout the book. She explains that "some people act as ‘flags’ in your life, they draw your attention to things that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise....today I can recognize their presence and importance in my life; in fact, people who act as ‘flags’ are present in everyone’s life, and they are not always aware of their own important role.” This is an intriguing image.

Those who are interested in pursuing these spiritual practices may appreciate the resources provided in the book, and they will enjoy Norris's engaging, candid writing.
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33 reviews4 followers
April 10, 2014
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 for a missing item somewhere unexpected. We found my son's house keys, complete with Homer Simpson fob (previously his father's) in the post box outside our house! How is beyond questioning, but it was my 'take home' and my proof to my children that their Dad still remained around us.

This book is beautifully written, it charts the author's journey to mediumship, her experiences with past life regression, tips on a range of tools for connecting to the 'other side', and her own personal memoir. Daniela has walked the walk, which makes it all so much more powerful.

Highly recommended.
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Author 58 books66 followers
January 10, 2015
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 little of the light in our eyes, the brightness seems to fade, so most of us turn to our beliefs for comfort which is why I can relate to 'On Dragonfly Wings' A Skeptics Journey to Mediumship.

The author does a great job of integrating stories of her past and present through regression therapy. Difficult memories unfold and so the life we live can be much more meaningful as a whole. This book is inspirational with topics about: the power of healing, moving forward and not reliving the past, a true persons aura, and step by step lessons about opening windows and connecting to to a more transitional experience (if indeed you are open to that).
Definitely food for thought from an authors journey of faith and spiritual realm, worth the read.
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312 reviews7 followers
June 9, 2015
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!
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157 reviews22 followers
September 18, 2015
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.
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836 reviews
March 15, 2021
In this spiritual memoir, Norris discusses how her grief experience led her to set aside her skepticism about the supernatural and become a past life regression therapist. The initial chapters were intriguing, but then, in my opinion, settled into a meandering and less compelling narrative. Norris misses an opportunity to make her spiritual experiences more broadly resonate, in failing to opening up the personal importance of the title imagery to her toward the spiritual symbolism of the dragonfly in many traditions.

Furthermore, Norris's own skepticism was not apparently demonstrated. She does not seem resistant to her new spiritual experiences, but rather ready to receive these experiences as a comfort to her grief. Though she often repeats, 'does it matter if it was real or not?' (and decides it doesn't), she also ends the books with some decided assertions on what the experience of death and the afterlife is. While respecting the author's personal beliefs, her excessive positivity in the decided purposefully of death to each soul's journey and her overconfidence in what the afterlife consists of, left this reader more skeptical of this book's contents than when I was when I began reading.
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Author 38 books2 followers
February 21, 2021
Excellent intro or refresher to this other reality dormant within us

A good many years ago I explored aspects of this field, pretty much assuming it could not have any validity. That’s an easy assumption if you take for granted that the mainstream minds must be right in Pooh- Pooh ing what they have never bothered to explore on their own. I did explore several avenues, much as the author did . This book proved to be an excellent look back over much that I had explored, and, written as it is, is a superb intro to the whole field of possibilities waiting to be awakened within us all. BY THE WAY we have carved a labyrinth in our back yard, a meditation/energy tool. We invite skeptical acquaintances to walk it. Before and after we use dowsing rods to compare the energy fields around them, without explaining the point. Most maybe all are astounded at the difference in energy fields around their bodies before and after. My point : if you don’t believe in « this stuff » then TRY it for yourself, and you might discover a whole new lens opening on reality.
March 3, 2021
Intriguing and enlightening

How wonderful wish I could find somewhere in Australia that could help me on this path. Fascinating reading can’t wait to read more of the recommended books
February 16, 2021
Eye opening and educational

Such a fantastic surprise this book is. Full of amazing possibilities and direction on how to achieve them. I will be rereading this.
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345 reviews43 followers
June 30, 2014
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 grandfather passed away.

I like that it's a personal experience and that things had to be tried to be believed: after all it's a skeptic's journey. As I have read Crossing Qalandiya previously, this was like a different side of Daniela (although there were still mentions of Israel and Palestine). It felt very personal. I liked the Guides and that there was a Summary at the end of each one. I tried the pendulum with a jade pendent and it worked! At first it didn't, I think it depended on the language and on my confidence and interpretation, so don't give up if at first it doesn't. It was amazing. I want to try some of the rest. They seem very practical although, I will be sure not to be too dependent on these methods- free will is still there and so is free action.

This book introduced me to a lot of new concepts and methods and although at first they seemed sort of surreal (in a way they are), when you go through the journey with the author, you realize they are possible.

This book, because of the touchy subject, did make me cry. But almost everything that reminds me of my mum brings tears to my eyes. It really has helped me come to terms with certain things. Apart from selfishness, what I was really worried about was what happens after death since I am partially agnostic.

This book is short but will give you a lot, if you go through it with an open mind. As Norris wrote, there is a difference between spirituality and gullibility: so think and experience things yourself.

I liked how she described that being a medium will make you lose friends but gain others. I think that can apply for anything. Being who you are can appear strange to some people and inviting to others.

Overall I like the connections described to people; here and elsewhere. Shallow, but I liked the cover as dragonflies are my favourite insects.

Usually I write a lot of notes in books, this I just wanted to finish and get more out of and I wanted to read on and on. I felt so connected to the book that I didn't need to set reminders in writing for myself; I already felt these things although I by no means am a medium or knew all the facts.
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4 reviews28 followers
July 22, 2016
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 point I would like to mention that as an open minded person I never questioned the existence of spirituality, it just never happened for me to pursue any knowledge on these ideas or witness any presence of metaphysical power. What is great about this book is that it does not force things on you, rather lets things flow in a way that is natural. It is a light book and easy to read which introduces you to the world of mediumship through Daniela’s (the author) own experiences. It truly describes her paths from the beginning till the achievement of her Regression Therapy training, including the struggles she was facing. And even for the skeptic readers, being somehow a skeptic at the beginning herself, Daniela invites them to try on things and enjoy them. Concerning the aspect of death, which seems to be mentioned a lot, although primary, it is not dominant in a melancholic way but it is rather seen as the beginning and not the end. The death of Michael leads to the spiritual awareness of Daniela and eventually to the birth a new soul. The whole book signifies the circle of regeneration. Her life in my mind is parallelized as the Garden of Adonis that I once read while studying Spencer, which is the nursery of every spirit and it is where the form becomes matter and the reincarnation of beings is taking place and Daniela reminds me of the role of the artist/creator who creates life from something that has no life (from death to birth).

After reading this book, I did find some things that triggered my interest and I would like to examine more, as this book works mostly as an introduction and a personal testimony on this subject. As I mentioned, I won On Dragonfly Wings on a giveaway, so I was so pleased at the beginning that such a book just “happened” to me, but after a small discussion with the author, she told me that “life puts in our way what we need” and indeed that’s true and yes, I did find something useful in this book that will help me improve the quality of my life and my spiritual growth.
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Author 19 books6 followers
September 3, 2014
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 Dragonfly Wings, I have to give the book a five star because Ms. Norris is an excellent writer. The story is in my opinion, well written. Normally I would not have read a book of this nature, but her writing style drew me in right from the start.

Earth-bound energies are rarely attached to healthy, happy people, because their energy field is less open than people who are addicted or generally vulnerable. Another reason to get yourself in good shape emotionally, physically and spiritually! The best way to be rid of spirit attachments is not to get them in the first place. This means a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude.

Ms. Norris hits the nail right smack on head with the above passage from her book. Yes, indeed, evil or bad spirits will only possess those who are weak and leave an open door for the ultimate deceiver, Satan to take over and control them. The true God, our heavenly father do not control us, he affords his children free will at all times.
Another section in the book made me stop to ponder quite a bit:

Once in bed, my mind was buzzing. I was too thrilled to fall asleep. I clutched my bent spoon and fork and could not let go of a thought that accompanied me through most of that night: If metal can really be bent with the power of energy, by pure thought, imagine what else the power of the mind can achieve.

In the above section, Ms. Norris sat through a session where she learned how to bend spoon and fork. My first reaction is what is the profit of this? The only logical conclusion is just another tool, God’s arch enemy, Satan uses to fool people into thinking they are more powerful than God almighty. The one redeeming lesson I gained from reading On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mediumship, is it has made me more resolute in my faith in God almighty, and that the dead are dead until Jesus Christ returns. I believe, the dead should left alone to rest in peace until Christ returns to gather all believers.
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791 reviews74 followers
April 18, 2014
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 insightful in its content. It took me just under three hours to finish the book but was compelled to search all over again for the chapters and sections that I wanted to revisit.

The section “How to 8: Assisting Death or Birth” brings back memories of the time when I was compelled to “assist.” After more than two and half years of moving in and out of hospital, my wife was literally reduced to a mere skeleton. Her treatment for cancer had failed. With four young daughters it was not easy. I had to leave my work and return home with my daughters. After relocating, finding new school for my daughters was the easy part, coping with the situation was not. I was becoming puny and weak. My wife was only concerned about me and my daughters. Surrounded by family members and my in-laws, she slipped in and out of consciousness, a number of times. On the day she left us, my mother-in-law approached me and said, “Send her! Tell her to go peacefully.”

It was almost noon. Holding her in my arms and looking into her sunken eyes I told my wife, “I love you. I’ll take good care of our daughters. But please, just take rest. Close your eyes, it’s time for you to sleep!” She did sleep, peacefully in my arms, never to open her eyes again.

On Dragonfly Wings is a book that people who have been through such painful journey would easily identify with. And for those who haven’t, this book will open their eyes. The book raises a lot of questions which discerning readers will take time to address. In fine, I would emphasize that death is not the end. Even the dead lives on – through our memories and consciousness! And you can be sure that somewhere very near, just around the corner, they are waiting. This book will open your eyes to the seemingly impossible things.
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77 reviews79 followers
July 15, 2014
Book Description:

“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.”

Let me preface by stating that if one has a strong opinion of reincarnation or past lives and isn’t open minded, then do not read this book.

Having said that, just read and absorb. Don’t rush to judgment. Then determine an opinion.

Everyone grieves differently. No wrong vs right way to grieve. Whatever actions/beliefs one goes through on their healing journey is their own. Who are we to judge? You either believe or not.

In Norris’s memoir she writes a very raw, heartfelt and honest outpouring of personal grief and healing during her spiritual journey after the tragic loss of her brother. She is very candid with her thoughts and emotions. More of a “how-to” guide than a story, although many short experiences/reflections are interspersed throughout the book giving the book a feel of short stories, in a sense.

While mourning and searching for purpose, her experiences with regression sessions became life changing. These experiences opened her mind to a new and different perspective/take on life in general and helped her to understand her own life and child experiences.

Filled with wisdom and hope, this book is helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one and seeks guidance, understanding and/or information on processing their healing journey.
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8 reviews1 follower
April 26, 2014
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 the occult, suggesting only that as human beings we explore the idea of a different level of consciousness.
As someone from a small community of ancestor-worshippers, the idea of messages from beyond the grave is not alien to me - in fact as a child I have witnessed special events where mediums go into a trance to transmit such messages. As an adult I have experienced evidence of energy healing in the form of Reiki and Bach Flower remedies. Despite all this I consider myself a sceptic in terms of belief in the ability to communicate with other worlds.
As Daniela shares her own initial scepticism with honesty and goes on to provide interesting anecdotes and plenty of research I could not help but be intrigued by the ideas introduced in it. Past-life regression, self-hypnosis, body memory, spirit-midwifery, soul-groups, spirit attachments, mediumship, shamanic journeys, all these and more are tackled in uncomplicated, concise prose. I read this book in two tranches over the course of the day it was officially published with increasing admiration for the journey it covers and the stories it tells. I have already lent it to a friend. Read this book to challenge your idea of consciousness and as a bonus there are even simple step-by step instructions on everything from using a pendulum to bending a spoon!
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108 reviews5 followers
July 1, 2015
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 that relationship ended Daniela put these matters aside whilst she went to university and did her National Service. It wasn't until the sudden death of her much loved younger brother Michael that Daniela began to experience an increase in the feelings that there was 'something' after death and that death was the beginning of a new journey.

I've always had a fascination with spirituality and have been told on several occasions that I am surrounded by spirits. I only wish I could connect with the spirit world myself. This book has sparked an interest to perhaps explore this for myself.

I think this book would appeal to anyone of a similar open mind about this subject. Some very interesting matters are explored and the book gives detailed explanation of some simple techniques the reader could practice.

I give this book 4* for clarity of explanation and further experiments anyone could practice themselves, as well as a comprehensive 'further reading' list
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Author 4 books62 followers
December 15, 2014
'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 accessible. There are also useful practical sections which include dowsing, seeing auras, recognising a member of one's soul-group and even bending cutlery!
From the very start of this book, I found myself in the hands of an honest, reliable narrator. Joining the author on her journey, I was swept along by the spirit of discovery. This has taught me that although we might feel we 'know' about a subject, it often takes the personal experience of another to illuminate our 'knowing' so it shines brighter and farther than before.
I finished the book feeling uplifted and informed. As a bonus, the author includes an extensive list of further reading, enough to satisfy even the most avid seeker after truth and wisdom.

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Author 6 books93 followers
June 11, 2014
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, and honest. She shares her experience of loss, grief, and reconnection with her deceased younger brother in a way that gives hope to anyone who's suffering the loss of a loved one. Perhaps even more importantly, I think she opens a doorway into some of our biggest mysteries as human beings. It's a remarkable story told with a quiet authority, and it's a pleasure to get to know her and her journey through these lovely pages. Whatever your personal beliefs are, whatever your doubts, you are likely to find a compassionate friend in the writing of Daniela Norris and an enriching conversation to be had as a result of reading this memoir.
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Author 8 books59 followers
March 8, 2014
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 reader can try out for themselves. This is not simply a biography and it is not a technical or instructional book, yet it has all of those elements in it. Daniela has done an excellent job in telling her story and leaving the reader with something to grapple with on their own. The reader will come away with a calmer feeling about birth and death and if curiosity has been awakened the tools in the book can help in the awakening of an inner knowing.
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Author 1 book4 followers
April 24, 2014
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 only certainty we have it is regarded in the Western world, "as an end, as final and as negative, not as the metamorphosis it might be" she explains when asking whether past lives really exist.

Her discussion of soul-groups and how souls can meet up in different guises and in different lives resonates with Kate Atkinson's Life after Life where characters keep reliving their lives until they get it right. And who can quarrel with that?

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7 reviews
March 13, 2014
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 positive thought and energy, it is at once comforting and thought-provoking. This illuminating book guides the reader with gentleness and understanding to ask ourselves the questions that Daniela Norris has asked herself.
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Author 6 books41 followers
May 5, 2014
'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 techniques she has learned through the development of her medium-ship.
The dragonfly wings serve to remind us of the fragile beauty of life, and how only a daily appreciation of our blessings can bring us happiness and contentment in this life.

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Author 8 books7 followers
June 1, 2014
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 birth of a third, unexpected child. The story unfolds like an ancient mythical cycle of death and renewal.

This book is pacey – you read it in one sitting. It’s down-to-earth (yes, really), informative and intensely moving. A complete success.
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31 reviews5 followers
August 10, 2015
"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 which Ms. Norris tells her story.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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41 reviews13 followers
August 1, 2014
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 a motivation to continue this trip. ;)
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July 4, 2014
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 did not give me any curiosity to read more about these topics.
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April 15, 2014
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.
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