Welcome to Personality & Spirituality. It’s all about understanding who and what we really are — beyond the personality, to the depths of our innermost being or soul. I’m a psychologist and this is my passion.

The purpose of this website is to be a hub of information, inspiration and occasionally entertainment about who and what we really are — beyond (but including) the personality.

Enjoy! :-)

- barry

A d v e r t i s e m e n t

How to spot an Artisan soul

Hipster Ariel

Since starting this website I have had some wonderful exchanges with many readers. (Plus a few that have been frankly disturbing…). Some of these exchanges have evolved into collaborations of one sort or another.

One of my most insightful and entertaining collaborators is a guy named Rowan. He and I have had many fruitful discussions about the Michael teachings, and in particular about the way facial characteristics can often reveal an individual’s innermost essence (i.e. soul type and casting).

As an Old Priest, Rowan is quite intuitive and has been developing his ability to sense people’s essence and overleaves. He is very assiduous in his research, determined to hone his skill.

Every now and then Rowan sends me an enormous collection of photos of historical figures, people in the news, actors, pop stars and – I have to say – more than a few Z-list celebrities I’ve never heard of. A typical email starts: “Hey Barry, here’s 170 faces that I think are Warrior-cast Scholars – what do you think?” (Cue two hours of ultra-slow broadband while the photos download.)

Anyway, Rowan has given me his permission to start sharing some of his own insights, and here is one that made me laugh out loud.

He sent me an email with 40+ photos, and simply said “I have stumbled upon a rather easy way to spot Artisan as the primary role.” He didn’t say what it is, however, but left it for me to figure out. Hehe. See how long it takes you to get it too.

How to spot an Artisan…


















Did you spot it? Yes, of course, it’s geek chic specs!

Clearly, while Sages go for huge, flashy designs, and Priests are drawn to round wireframes, for Artisans there seems to be only one option: the ever-ironically-fashionable thick-framed hipster glasses — a retro-reference to the ultracool shades worn in the Beatnik era … Which I now know all about thanks to Rowan and places like knowyourmeme.com/memes/hipster-glasses.

Wayfarer glasses

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Dying To Be Me: an incredible NDE

Dying To Be Me NDE


My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

by Anita Moorjani

ANITA MOORJANI first came to the world’s attention when her near-death experience (NDE) was highlighted on the NDE Research Foundation website. [1] Her experience is remarkable not only for the life-changing and life-affirming insights she brought back with her, but also for the unprecedented and miraculous healing she underwent immediately afterwards.

In this book, she describes her life prior to that pivotal experience, the illness that almost took her life, the realm she experienced while in a seemingly lifeless coma, and the difference it has made to her life since.

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Children with past life memories wanted for TV

Ghost Inside My Child

Are you a parent whose child has experienced past life memories? Has your child ever mentioned memories of another life?

A Los Angeles TV production company* is looking for parents and children to participate in a new reality TV series.

The producers, Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina, say that they are looking for children aged 2-10, preferably American, with tangible evidence of possible past life memories such as drawings, pictures, or video footage.

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‘Michael Speaks’ — the 1970s group transcripts are finally published


The Center for Michael Teachings announces the release of print versions of the original Michael transcripts from the 1970s — Michael Speaks: The Legacy of Sarah Chambers.


With those few words appearing on a Ouija board in August 1973, Sarah Chambers, her husband, and a few close friends, started a journey that took them far beyond anything they could possibly imagine.

With their new teacher “Michael”, they explored the unseen realm of the spiritual world.  In doing so, they estabished a whole new spiritual teaching that helps us to know and become more of who we truly are.

For the history of the original group of five who first received the Michael teachings, see: History of the Original Michael Teachings Group at AdeptPath.net

Over the next few years, the Oakland-based group kept written transcripts of their meetings.  Those transcripts were copied and passed around to friends and coworkers, and in time found their way to many, many others.

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Peter Higgs – the reincarnation of Isaac Newton?

Speculating about the past lives of prominent individuals has become a pet hobby of mine. Because souls can develop expertise in a field over several lifetimes, I often wonder if someone highly accomplished today might have had a well-known and identifiable life before this one in a similar field of endeavour. It’s then a case of spotting facial similarity as well as other shared characteristics.

Here is what I came up with when I looked into Prof. Peter Higgs. He is the 83-year-old English physicist who gave his name to the “missing-link” particle which scientists now believe they finally have found: the Higgs boson.

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Tarot and the Michael Teachings

Here’s a fascinating new take on the Michael Teachings -

Long-time Michael teachings student and channel Stephen Cocconi has been working on a set of Tarot divination cards based on the teachings.

A Tarot deck represents different archetypal influences that we can encounter during our human journey. But whereas the traditional medieval Tarot using symbols like Magician, Cups, Wands, Swords, etc., the archetypes represented in Stephen’s deck are all based upon the soul and personality energies as described in the Michael teachings.

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“How near-death experiences are changing the world” – new video

david sunfellowDavid Sunfellow (right), head of the organization New Heaven New Earth, has compiled a 2-hour video on How Near-Death Experiences are Changing the World.

The video is based on talks about near-death experiences (NDEs) given by David in Sedona earlier this year.

It is split into two parts:

Part 1 (1 hr 7 min) gives an overview of the history of NDEs, their common themes and characteristics, and some global statistics. Unusually, perhaps, David begins by stating that NDEs can be related to the teachings of Jesus about the Kingdom of Heaven.

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NDE researcher arrested for “waterboarding his own daughter”


A well-known near-death experience (NDE) researcher and his wife have been arrested for allegedly endangering their own daughter.

I normally look for uplifting news to share but this is just too peculiar and potentially disturbing to ignore.

Dr. Melvin Morse, a paediatrician based in Delaware, is a co-author of Closer To The Light , a landmark study of NDEs in children. He has appeared on Larry King Live and the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss his research.

Morse, 58, has been accused by his 11-year-old daughter of ‘waterboarding’ her — holding her face under running water. Waterboarding simulates drowning and it has been used in the past by U.S. interrogators on terrorism suspects. Many say it is actually a form of torture and should not be used at all.

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International Association for Near-Death Studies – 2012 Conference

IANDS 2012

There has been a lot of hype around the meaning of “2012″. This year’s IANDS Conference focuses on visions and prophecies associated with NDEs and what those experiences can tell us about the future of humanity.

People who have near-death and near-death-like experiences sometimes report receiving visions of the future. In some cases these are visions of a personal nature that are later proven correct.

Sometimes, visions are more general, relating to Earth and humanity. A vision can simply show a possible future or provide a note of caution. Still others are hopeful, showing a very positive outcome for humanity.

This Conference, entitled Visions: 2012 and Beyond, will focus on visions that can give us guidance for the future.

The Conference will be held from Aug 31 to Sept 2 at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Keynote speakers include Dannion Brinkley (left), a three-time near-death experiencer and the author of Saved by the Light. During his NDEs, he received prophetic visions, a number of which have proven accurate.

Conference registration is now open.

For program, accommodation information and online registration, please go to:


Explaining near-death experiences – Or, why Occam’s razor cuts both ways

Scientific explanations for near-death experiences are sometimes a lot less believable than the experiences themselves.

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Psychic experiences and synesthesia – online survey invitation


Parapsychology researchers Dr. Carols Alvorado and Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore have asked me to announce that they are inviting members of the public to complete an online survey of psychic experiences.

Their website explains:

We are interested in learning more about a variety of human experiences, some of which are unusual, but are by no means uncommon in the general population. We are undertaking an online survey to explore individual differences, synesthesia (the tendency for some people to experience two senses together, e.g., colored words or numbers; tasting shapes; spatially organized calendars, etc.), and a variety of anomalous experiences (for example, extrasensory perception.

We would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to complete this online questionnaire, even if you have never experienced the things described on the questionnaire.

You can access the survey from this link: http://carlossalvarado.edublogs.org/2012/03/05/new-survey-study-of-psychic-experiences-and-synesthesia/

Please email Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (csimmond@westga.edu) if you have any questions about the survey.

alvoradoCarlos is the Scholar in Residence at Atlantic University. He has been professionally involved in parapsychology since the 1980s. His previous research work has centered on the psychological study of out-of-body experiences and other phenomena. In recent times he has conducted survey studies of the general population on such topics as depersonalization experiences and imaginary companions.

simmonds-mooreChristine is a British-born psychologist working at the University of West Georgia. She is the editor of “Exceptional Experience and Health: Essays on Mind, body and human potential”, a co-author of text book on Anomalistic Psychology and is working on a book about the relationship between schizotypy and exceptional experiences.

Reincarnation and world population – Do the numbers add up?

One of the arguments often cited against the idea of reincarnation is that “the living outnumber the dead.”

In other words, there are more people alive today than have existed throughout the whole of human history combined. So, quite simply, there aren’t enough dead people for each of us living today to have had even one past life.

Technically, this need not rule out reincarnation. It could be that some of us have lived before while the rest of us are newcomers.

But that’s beside the point, because the idea that the living outnumber the dead is just plain wrong. It is an urban myth that has been around since the 1970s, and it is easily contradicted by both population studies and simple arithmetic.

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Enlightenment Intensives

If you have ever wanted to experience for yourself a moment of genuine spiritual awakening, or if you simply want to know who you truly are, then an Enlightenment Intensive could be for you. Highly recommended.

In the USA, see:

In the UK:

Or to find out more, see my articles here:

Recommended book

Spiritual Turning Points

A Metaphysical Perspective of the Seven Life Transitions

Amazon link


Victoria Marina-Tompkins


Xlibris, Corp. (January 25, 2011)

A groundbreaking look at the Seven Life Transitions --

  • Birth
  • the Terrible Twos
  • Adolescence
  • Mid-life Crisis
  • Life Review
  • Dying
  • Death

-- through the lens of the Michael Teachings, Shamanism and Astrology.

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Spiritual Turning Points



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