In Light and In Shade is the inspirational true story of a love that refused to die, even after death. It is the first-hand account of extraordinary events that happened to an ordinary woman.
Before her husband died prematurely, Patricia Irvine was sceptical about spiritual matters. However, driven by grief and fear over a feud concerning the family business, she decided to seek the advice of a medium. Shortly afterwards, inexplicable things began to happen to challenge her beliefs. As Patricia awakened spiritually, so her husband was able to reach beyond the grave to help his widow achieve justice for her and their young family in a court battle that made legal history.
Based on the journals Patricia kept throughout this time, this memoir describes the author’s amazing journey from non-believer to finding her true destiny, healing through words. In a troubled and turbulent world, In Light and In Shade raises important points about religion, God and the true meaning of spirituality. It is a story anyone seeking answers to the big questions about life and death should read.
|Chapter 1: As Black and White as a Zebra!||1|
|Chapter 2: Exploration and Education||10|
|Chapter 3: The Witches of Westfield!||16|
|Chapter 4: The First Words||22|
|Chapter 5: A Deep and Glorious Secret||37|
|Chapter 6: The Committal||45|
|Chapter 7: Astral Travel and the Eclipse||51|
|Chapter 8: Deep, Penetrating Fear||59|
|Chapter 9: One God, Many Names||66|
|Chapter 10: Everywhere We Go!||73|
|Chapter 11: Feeling the Fear||85|
|Chapter 12: Escape from ‘All Things Spiritual’?||92|
|Chapter 13: The Beginning of Seeing||100|
|Chapter 14: Synchronicities and Significant Moments||105|
|Chapter 15: A Deep and All-Consuming Fear||119|
|Chapter 16: Reassurance: Channelled and Personal||128|
|Chapter 17: Mischief Making and Talking to The Source||133|
|Chapter 18: Riding the Power||140|
|Chapter 19: Words, Books and a Kindred Soul||148|
|Chapter 20: In God’s Name||160|
|Chapter 21: The Courage of My Convictions||170|
|Chapter 22: New Resolve, Old Arrogance||178|
|Chapter 23: The Decision||186|
|Chapter 24: Artistic and Spiritual Experiences in China||196|
|Chapter 25: Catalyst and Facilitator||200|
|Chapter 26: A Matter of Faith||206|
|Chapter 27: The Right Place at the Right Time||214|
|Chapter 28: A Need for Reassurance||225|
|Chapter 29: Gloriously United||231|
|Chapter 30: A Birthday, a Wedding and a Funeral||245|
|Chapter 31: Foreign Travel and the Power of Words||257|
|Chapter 32: Patience: Not One of My Virtues!||264|
|Chapter 33: Learning Tolerance, Acceptance and Faith||273|
|Chapter 34: The Year of the Rooster||279|
|Chapter 35: Courage Prevails||287|
|Chapter 36: Breaking Boundaries in Malaysia and China||294|
|Chapter 37: Spirit’s Own Agenda||300|
|Chapter 38: Preparing for the Inevitable||314|
|Chapter 39: Irvine v Irvine (2006)||322|
|Chapter 40: Malcolm Campbell Irvine: The Last Word||336|
|About the Author||349|
The names and identifying details of some individuals
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‘A deftly written, impressively informative, candidly personal, and inherently fascinating account, “In Light and In Shade: The Inspirational Story of A Love That Refused to Die, Even After Death” is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections.’
‘I have just finished reading your book which I found spellbinding. I couldn't put it down.’
‘Congratulations, I am most impressed with your writing. It is an interesting read. The people that we really love never leave us. I like your poem on page 338.’
‘I've just finished reading your book, in fact I read it in one day! I was very moved by your courage in describing your experiences and the events surrounding them. I had no idea of the depth of your experiences. I found myself extraordinarily moved.’
‘What a magnificent, spiritual story!’
‘I am immersed in your book…Your connection to the spiritual world is fascinating and becomes more real every time you mention times when you have failed to connect. A non-stop success story would not ring so true. I love the title and the reason behind it, also the illustration on the front. You must be so pleased with the publication. Well done. The moments when you show confidence, commitment and contentment are enhanced by the periods of worry, doubt and despair. Fascinating reading. I especially liked the poem 'Alive'.’
‘I have just finished reading In Light and In Shade. It's 2.15am! I couldn't put it down. Wow, Patricia you are amazing I cannot congratulate you enough not just on writing the book but getting through the years since Malcolm's death and recording it all too. Just amazing! It is so well written.’
‘How comforting it was to read your enthralling and fascinating book.’
‘In this beautifully written book that includes some breath-taking poetry, Patricia shares the experience of her roller coaster ride in discovering spirituality after the loss of her adored husband, along with her honest emotions in dealing with a difficult court case. Patricia's book has, and continues to, help me in my own spiritual journey, for which I would like to thank her immensely.’
Patricia Irvine has always written for pleasure. Prior to being widowed in 1996, Patricia studied photography to LRPS level. Encouraged and facilitated by her generous-hearted husband, Malcolm, she travelled widely and has previously had travel articles published in magazines accompanied by her own photography.
Following the spiritual ‘wake up’ call prompted by Malcolm’s untimely death in 1996, Patricia had a break from travel writing. However, poetry unexpectedly became a new passion in her life, resulting in a substantial body of work, spanning many years. Much of her poetry has a spiritual theme and, as a confident public speaker; she has been invited to read her poems at spiritual gatherings, funerals, weddings, and other occasions. One of Patricia’s poems ‘A Gift for Betty Shine’ was published in Shine On ~ Visions of Life, ed. Janet Shine, published by HarperCollins UK, 2003.
In 2005, Patricia was commissioned to write and record a book of children’s poetry by the Sichuan University Press (China) and, around that time, was also asked to record a CD version of a phonetics and phonology book for them. She was also commissioned to write poems, for artist Tay Kiam Hong’s exhibitions ‘Sea Creatures 11’ and ‘Ocean Heartbeats’ used in his brochures (8–19 November 2008) and displayed at the Muse House, Katong, Singapore. She has been asked to write for his next exhibition in 2020.
Since her spiritual awakening, Patricia has spent a number of years turning her journals of that very difficult period into a book, In Light and In Shade. In June 2018, she was interviewed by Spirit & Destiny magazine, resulting in a three page article about her story. Westfield, Patricia’s home which features prominently in the book, also appeared in articles by The Sunday Times in 2014 and Devon Life, in November 2012. Patricia resides in Devon, Surrey and Kent, travelling frequently between the three counties. She has three grown-up sons and five grandsons (aged 7–10). Patricia is a member of the Society for Authors and a committed correspondent. Readers are welcome to submit any queries regarding In Light and In Shade, via the contact page below, and she will respond as swiftly as time and existing commitments allow.