THE ANNE BOLEYN EXPERIMENT
During my sickness of 2/13 – 2/15/09, I was confined to the couch. I took the opportunity to watch several historically-based films, including “The Other Boleyn Girl.” The movie chronicled the tale of Mary and Anne Boleyn in the court of King Henry VIII. We all know how that story turns out.
Then it came to me: Would it be possible to connect with someone from the 1500’s as easily as someone from my own century? Theoretically, there should be no difference, save for my own biases. Liking the idea, I decided to try the “Anne Boleyn Experiment.” I knew a little about her life from the movie and subsequent small research on the internet. I knew I would need something from “Anne” to validate communication if it were to happen; something I didn’t already know, but could gain access to through research.
The first experiment was initiated Saturday, February 20th, 2009. I was to give my standard “group reading” at my friend Terri’s house. Before my readings, I would be meditating, so I took that moment to conduct the experiment.
As “luck” would have it, Terri entered the room and interrupted my meditation. As I opened my eyes, I saw around her an image of her house, with a piece “pulled out and replaced.” After my meditation, she revealed to me the gutting and reconstruction of the master bathroom, and subsequent work in the master bedroom. I had no prior knowledge of this. This “interruption” however, showed I was sufficiently relaxed to receive psychic communication at the time of my meditation.
After Terri left the room, I went back into meditation mode. I simply repeated Anne’s name several times (4, maybe 5). I soon began to feel a presence. Definitely female. The energy superimposed over my body; that is, I could “feel” the contours of her face replacing my own. There was “personality” to the energy, distinct from my own.
Immediately I saw “1536” in big bright numbers. This was the year she was beheaded. At the time, I wasn’t sure what year. But, because of my minimal research on Anne I took for granted I had probably read or seen it, so dismissed it as evidence.
Then she showed me a line from December to August.
In my research, I have discovered that she was found pregnant in December 1532 and “retired to her chamber in August” to give birth to Elizabeth (later to be Queen Elizabeth). Source: http://tudorhistory.org/boleyn/ “…by December she was pregnant …. Anne took to her chamber, according to custom, on August 26, 1533 and on September 7, at about 3:00 in the afternoon, the Princess Elizabeth was born." I was stunned. Here, I had been given a series of months that correlated with the pregnancy and birth of Queen Elizabeth.
Next she showed me her decapitated head. This was not unusual, as most “dead people” I encounter give me some clue as to how they died. In Anne’s case, though, she kept making particular reference to her throat.
Two things in this reference stand out:
1. The reference itself being something more than the obvious (being decapitated), and
2. A reference of being witness to “the men who did inappropriate things” to the head. I suspect either urinating on it, or something similar. Degradation was being noted, and specifically that she “saw them.”
I could not find anything in my research to validate the second reference point of the head being mistreated after the execution. However, there was concern that such acts would be done, hence the reason for the next historical reference point that she gave me. Perhaps I misinterpreted her meaning of “seeing inappropriate things?” Perhaps she lay witness to scheming of such things, once she died. I do not know. HOWEVER, on the first reference, I DID FIND VALIDATION. The special attention to the neck was indeed deliberate, as she is recorded to have said on the day of her execution:
"I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck", and then put her hands about it, laughing heartily. (source: tudorhistory.org/primary/abexecution.html)
Next she showed me three to four maidens, standing in a row. Naturally, as Queen you would expect maidens in her retinue, so I knew these had to have particular meaning, though I knew not what. On Sunday, February 21, in doing my research, I discovered that after she was beheaded, the head was placed in an arrowhead box next to her body and CARRIED AWAY BY HER MAIDENS to be interred. This was the doozy. Connection had indeed been made to Anne Boleyn, based on this evidence.
“Her ladies immediately took up her head and the body. They seemed without souls, they were so languid and extremely weak, but fearing that their mistress might be handled unworthily by inhuman men, they forced themselves to do this duty; and though almost dead, at last carried off her dead body wrapt in a white covering”. Written by an eyewitness, fourteen days after the execution. Source: http://www.reephambenefice.org.uk/anneboleynsburial.html
Here again we have reference to the head being feared of "handled unworthily by inhuman men."
Incidentally, on Saturday during the experiment, I remarked how fascinating it was to converse with somebody who had been dead over 500 years. Anne laughed and said (paraphrasing) “Time is nothing like what you see it. 500 years or 1 single day does not make any difference. There is not this perception of distance you imagine between ‘my time’ and ‘yours’.” She also remarked that this sort of thing – communicating with the dead – would have been very horrifying in the 1500’s. Such an act would have been seen as “talking to the devil” and would have made church authorities clamor to have one burned at the stake.
It was such a remarkable experiment that the following weekend, I decided to find out if I could learn more about her life and times.