Candles on The Ganges by Peter E. Upton

30966138Following the tragic death of his young son and armed only with a basic belief in life after death the author set off on a six year search for his son. The journey was to take him deep into the spiritual world of mediumship and meditation and as he trained in these, other doors opened, with those higher spiritual beings we call angels intervening in his life and guiding him on his journey to understanding.
The author tells the story of this inner journey as he travels through the holy places of India seeking a rishi to take him to a higher level during meditation so that he can once again feel his son’s presence and know that he is happy. As he travels, the loving people he meets, with their innocence and joyful laughter, warm his heart while his little son sits, just out of sight saying, “I am here with you dad!” Ultimately he finds what he is searching for in a most unexpected place and from a completely unexpected source.
As you follow the author on his journey he gives clear, logical explanations for much of what we would call the occult or the mystic; from ghosts and poltergeists to levitation and psychometry and as he delves into the blurred boundary where science and religion come together he even explains his theory on eternal life.
Candles on The Ganges is about the illusion that we call life and the reality that lies beyond it. It is a book of spiritual growth and understanding wrapped up in an enthralling journey through India.

Source Format Pages Publisher Genre Publication Date
Amazon ebook 248 indie Non-Fiction/Spirituality Β 30th June, 2016

Do you believe in life after death? Do you ever think about the possibility of your loved ones who have passed still being around you in a kind of ethereal form?

When I really stop and think about it, it always amazes me how many belief systems we have on this planet we call home and how the paradigm of each of those religious ‘groupings’ seem to have so many differences yet at the same time overlap in similarity?

Candles on The Ganges certainly is an an interesting book to discover. Essentially, this is a book of one man’s journey from his young son’s death to exploring his spiritual capabilities which takes his from a taxi driver job to India (in 1995) and back. This book, I would be described as: This is life! Just like life has many explored and hidden depths, so does this book. It addresses everything from sadness to joy, from human-to-human contact to divine experiences. And the best part of it all is- there are so many simple thought-snippets in this book that resonate!

We are all more powerful than we believe but are limited by our own lack of self-belief.

Whether you believe in mediums, Tarot reading, psychometry, in (any) god or not… it doesn’t matter. Read the book as a nonfiction memoir or read it as fiction- you will still come out on the other end full of thoughts on what you could do to live a better life and possibly even with more enlightened.

The smallest issue in life can become immense problems when you don’t know the rules.

The book is written based on Peter’s notes that are messages from Michael, his son, through a medium; diary entries from his visit to India; and recollections of any kind of events he found himself in as a taxi driver in London that had any kind of effect during his medium apprenticeship days (if I may say so) and are relevant to the spiritual message of his book and act as proof for backup.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know whether people are nice to you because they like you or because they like what you can do.

There is always the case of sceptics to address… and whether you can comprehend what Peter’s book is about or not based on whether you believe or not, it’s mind blowing to even consider that it may just be possible. Or is it the fact that you have to believe to experience? One thing is for sure, everything Peter wrote about, the only question in my head repeating like a mantra, was: Really? That’s… wow!Β And even if you don’t believe because you haven’t experienced, it’s worth to think: is it because we’re so tuned into the modern way of life, which that part of us, our spirit, behind a barrier and disables us from connecting to that which makes up all of the life force?

God force or not… (and as I more decline towards LaVey’s writings, I believe I am my own god, here and now) I still believe that being connected to the nature is what can truly make us happy and that we are all energy. I know sweet nothing about science but what I do know is that energy doesn’t just become or disappear, it transfers (or whatever the correct wording for that particular law is) and I do believe that whatever it is that makes you and me and everyone a real live person, will not die when our physical bodies give up. Β Believing that, how can I then not believe that as we’re all energy, we’re also connected? To everything!

I now understand that each of us comes into this life with natural boundaries that prevent us from hearing sounds beyond certain octaves or from seeing colours beyond certain wavelengths so that we can only see and hear the things that will help us operate efficiently in this material world.

If you’re someone looking to explore spirituality through someone else’s experience, Candles on The Ganges would be the book I can easily suggest you start from. Peter writes about his experiences with above mentioned: psychometry, becoming a medium, healing, meditation, Tarot, astrology… anything to do with psychic abilities; and of course you’re given the permission to doubt, that’s up to you. More importantly, the overall message of this book, what spurred Peter on this spiritual journey was the loss of his son… and the journey through his mourning and wanting to know what actually IS after death, will take you to India! In 1995! I could easily picture myself in the hustle and bustle and peace of the place, and in a way it gives a great cultural overview of India as well…

I wasn’t at all put out by their deception, as there had been something so light hearted and cheeky about it, reminding me again of Michael.

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  1. This sounds really interesting. I’ve had conversations with a couple of relatives who I was really close to before they passed, I’ve always put it down to having psychosis, I have conversations with lots of random “people” who aren’t really there. But I have a friend who believes there is a psychic connection and that I need to work on my ‘skills’. That idea really freaks me out if I’m honest!

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    • How interesting.. I can see how it can freak you out.. it would freak me out too, but if you had the ‘tuning fork’ to tap into it… if you wanted… that’s awesome… I always wonder whether I would want to have the ability or not… it sounds scray but maybe only because it’s something that is not the ‘mainstream’ and at the same time, if I could- wow! all those other plains of existence and wavelengths super intrigue me!


  2. Great cover and your review was simply fantastic. The quote share about not knowing people are nice to you cause they like you or because they like what you can do is a question I wrestle with on a daily basis when it comes to friendship. Thanks for sharing Liz.

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  3. This review is so moving! Seriously ❀ I can feel how much thought and reflection was invoked by your time with this book and that speaks wonders. My own beliefs are a bit unconventional at the best of times so I enjoy titles that explore and encourage the act of doing so. I am always hesitant to add them to my tbr however. But this one is making the list. I love the concept of how the story is presented.

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  4. Now this is definitely, definitely something I would enjoy! Prior to my book blogging, I ran a FB page and website where I offered angel readings and I worked at mind, body and spirit fairs too (as an event steward) so got to meet people from all walks of life who believed in a whole host of things…so yes, I very much do believe in life after the death of the physical body. I see physical death not as an ending, but as a beginning of something different. For me, we’re simply moving from one form from the next. I speak to the angels on a near daily basis and when my uncle died when I was 12, he would appear in vivid dreams to me for years afterwards, giving me messages of support and comfort. I know it makes me sound like an absolute nutjob, but it brought me so much comfort about the idea of death.
    It would be really interesting to read about someone else’s experiences! ❀ Fantastic review! ❀

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    • Really??? Oh my gosh! That is so interesting!
      I love how you worded death: “I see physical death not as an ending, but as a beginning of something different. ” I love this so much and I like to believe the same!
      And NO- it doesn’t make you sound like a nutjob! I find it super facsinating and … enlightened… you must see the world in such a different light to the majority of us who disregard such spirituality… wow! now I really wish we could meet up some day in person… πŸ˜€ You must be super interesting company!

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      • Aww I’m glad you think I would be interesting company πŸ˜› It’s not often I find someone who I can talk to about these deeper things with; I can just imagine us discussing the mysteries of death of a bottle of wine and sharing our experiences!
        Failing that, maybe a bottle of wine and a chat over FB messenger might have to suffice πŸ˜›
        I’ve had too many experiences to say that I don’t believe in life after physical death. I think the human soul – what makes us US – is too complex to just disappear. I truly believe that we just move into another state of being and that that plane of existence sometimes crosses over with ours, creating what we call “ghost sightings” πŸ˜€

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  5. I think I would love this book. I sometimes get in a very dark place about eventual nonexistence, and what my beliefs are, but I have had too many instances where more than one person has experienced “otherworldly” events at the same time I have, so I am pretty sure it wasn’t just my mind playing tricks on me. However, I guess I am the most skeptical believer on Earth. Ha ha. I think if my son left this world before me, I would do anything to try and contact him, too. Lovely review, by the way, thanks for sharing. This is a book I should buy and save for when I get in one of those dark places. ❀

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    • Thank you for your comment.. I always find people’s viewpoints on this matter interesting… A few years ago I often pushed myself into the brink of hysteria thinking about losing my parents of sister/brother, extended family… dark days, driven by myself and my dark thoughts but I do think that once I told myself and ensured myself that if I believe their energies will not disappear completely, I could live with that… our bodies are what they are- weak and susceptible to almost everything harmful, but our physical bodies aren’t what make us us- it’s that essence that makes us be who we are, so .. yeah… I am glad you’re interested in the book… there are tons of experiences to take something away from, tons of ‘moral of the story’ points and tons of food for thought πŸ™‚

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  6. I’m always fascinated by this subject and especially why people get invested in it- it sounds like this is a very moving journey for the man behind the book. I love how you said this is just life- cos that’s a huge compliment to a book in my opinion- isn’t that what we hope all books do? And this sentence: “Just like life has many explored and hidden depths, so does this book.”- stunning!! Your review is so wonderful!

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    • Thank you so much. It’s high praise coming from you and I appreciate/value it! πŸ™‚
      I am also very intrigued by the unseen things in life and often wonder what is it that enables some to be more invested in the spiritual than others? There has to be some sort of a switch? chemical balance? something?
      and as for the life aspect, the author doesn’t shy away from telling about things in India that are not so great- esp in 1995, there would have been things that may have improved by now, but the way with which he approached them, made me think about my own viewpoint of the country as well.. and the people living there.. basically, no matter where the caste system positioned someone, they still had joy and it was the highlight of those simple things that can make a person happy… it was great to read!

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  7. Such a wonderful review! I do love how open-minded you are about life and religion. It’s true that every society, every religion, if scrutinized to the core, are pretty similar on so many things. I do like the journey that this author brings you on too. It sounds fantastic and it also sounds like he does a great job in delivering it all without forcing you to chew on it all.


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