RAISE is a private online community bringing together grievers who are seeking a loving (and spiritual) way to transform the pain of grief, so that we can inspire and empower each other to rise, reconnect with our 'dead' loved ones, heal and rebirth into a purposeful and joyful life.
RAISE is a meeting point; a space where the physical world meets the non-physical.
Who are the hosts?
My name is Hannah Velten - writer, grief healer and spirit messenger. I've been a writer/author for over 20 years and never in my wildest dreams thought I'd have the second and third job titles... in fact, I was frightened of anything 'spirit-y'. So, please, if you're feeling nervous, I understand... but, I also know the love and support you find when you gradually (and safely) open yourself to the non-physical world.
The only reason I embarked on my own "Grief Walk" was because of my brother, Christian - my co-host of RAISE.
A little background for you: Christian went missing in Mali, Africa, in 2003, when he was 27 years old. He was on a solo expedition and disappeared without a trace, despite numerous searches, and his sudden loss changed everything. It shattered us. But we had hope.
But even hope dissolved as the years went by. It wasn't until 2018 when the truth was eventually revealed.
By that time, I was spiritually, emotionally, and physically strong enough to learn that he'd been drugged and drowned. Christian, in his spirit form, was the one to tell me, and show me, what had happened to him.
That obviously sounds so far-fetched that it can't possibly be true, but it is! I always knew that I would find my brother, but I didn't know when or how it would happen. Nor that I would find him in Spirit, rather than in the physical. But... our relationship is stronger than ever.
Loss is most definitely an illusion.
In November 2018, Christian and I made a pact... we would work together to heal and transform grief in the world. I never knew why Christian insisted on having 'the world' focus... but with the pandemic of COVID-19 not allowing grievers to follow the 'normal' funeral/grief rites, I can see how well RAISE can step into the vacuum and provide comfort, inspiration and community.
RAISE has taken over a year of hard work to create (and is not quite ready yet for members). Christian and I will share our story with you: the truths and lessons we've learned, how unconditional love made our connection possible and how we've healed and grown from a place of traumatic loss.
Brother and sister. Side by side. A bond unbroken by death.
Our role as hosts:
Christian and I will be creating magic* and miracles** within RAISE. Through our sharing, you'll see that it's possible to continue your relationship with your loved one after their physical death and to rebuild yourself, and your life, with unconditional love being all you need.
I received this message from Spirit in early April 2020:
It's time for new beginnings and a removal of out-dated and emotionally-draining grief beliefs. These beliefs are so deeply engrained - thoughts of loss, abandonment and fear of the unknown and the unseen - that it's very hard for souls who have passed into the 'real' world to connect with their loved ones. This causes a sadness for those on Earth (for sure) but also for those at Home. They know why you cannot see, hear, feel them - because of the grief and fears of what might happen if they open themselves to the possibility of connecting with the 'afterlife'. They may have heard of the incredible healing available to them if they were just to surrender, open and notice... but they are more scared of what others might think - and that is the greatest prison to be in. So what if your family don't believe in an afterlife? They may think you are mad to believe you can still connect to your loved one in 'Heaven', but who will be the one at peace when all the love, understanding, truths and forgiveness can flow freely between the realms?
If you are feeling called - by signs, by whispers, by objects being found (you will know what we mean if you are a recipient) and by bodily feelings - it's time to reach out to us.
Don't know how?
Don't know who you can trust to show you?
Well, look no further because we are working with Hannah within RAISE to give you all the missing things you need to re-connect...
ENDS x 💙
Christian and I will act as the lighthouses - helping to inspire you, empower you and support you, as you move towards your grief and explore it: we'll be there to hold your hand until you find your own inner strength and resilience.
We're here to honestly and openly tell you our story. There is no point is hiding anything. I spent far too many years denying grief and searching externally for Christian and the truth, while all the love, clarity and stamina I needed to find my brother, and full healing, were within me.
We don't want anyone to have unresolved grief festering... when it's totally possible, and essential, to set yourself free.
Hannah has 'downloaded' a course which will sit within RAISE, dubbed the 'The Emergency Grief Kit', and there is also a 'RAISE: Grief Walk' course/workshop where, when you're ready, we'll support and guide you along our proven pathway to healing and grow.
* Magic relies on attention and intention. **Miracles occur with a change in thinking.
What is your role?
Everyone is welcome however long the grief, however old the grief, however new the grief, however embarrassing, 'shameful' or traumatic the background story. It's enough that you've heard us calling and that you've listened and acted on the call to investigate RAISE.
There is no need for equipment, but a journal would be good to record your journey with us, and also bring along something belonging to your loved one - perhaps a piece of jewellery or a watch or a pen - that way they will know you're here!
The "Grief Walk" course will require you to be strong and willing to dive deep into your grief, but will only happen if and when you're ready. You will need to complete the "Emergency Grief Kit" course, first.
There is no substitute for hard work; RAISE is not a magic wand to banish grief - but, all you need is a commitment and the willingness to listen and to surrender to love.
When something good happens to you, while you're part of RAISE, we want you to share this goodness with others. This is why we're creating this community. We want the transformations you experience, while being part of RAISE, to be sent onwards and outwards. This is the only way to affect a global change: encouraging people to think and live in a loving way, rather than a fearful way, about the death of a loved one.
This is the ultimate goal of RAISE: Unconditional love for yourself, and your loved one in spirit, will bring all the magic and miracles you need to rise out of grief. Christian and I didn't go through 17 years of trauma, loss and pain for anything less.
What can you expect as members?
Within the main RAISE community, we will post most days. Content will vary but it might be a thought-provoking message, an idea, a question or poll, a new perspective, a tip, a recommendation, a Spirit message.... the options really are endless. We will just take a leap of faith to start with and see where we go.
You, as members, will have an awful lot to do with what appears as content, and what topics you'd like to discuss. We will create online webinars, Q and A sessions and events you can join, too.
You will be able to comment and share your thoughts, tell your stories, say what's worked for you, say what's not worked for you. You can ask us questions. You can connect with other members in your area, or across the globe. You can invite family members, friends or colleagues to also join RAISE (they will have to go through the same approval process as you will, though).
At all times, you will be loved, respected and part of this community. And, as such, your voice will be heard.
I can't guarantee this, but it's also perfectly reasonable to expect that those in the non-physical world will try to connect during live events. BUT PLEASE don't join the community expecting this to happen specifically for you, though.
We want to empower YOU to have your own 2-way communication channel. We will be sharing how Christian and I gradually connected and how you can recognise the signs of your loved one's presence in your lives. If you decide to join "Grief Walk", that connection will grow stronger, for sure.
If you'd like to try and connect with someone specific in Spirit, wish to have a private consultation with Hannah, would like to buy a paperback copy of Lost & Found: The 8-Pointed Pathway to Healing and Growth After Loss, please see my main website for details.
You will need to be either invited to join RAISE by Hannah, or you can apply to become a member of RAISE. Applications are now open for our wait list: if you'd like to be considered, please register your interest here (this is our email list). When we have enough interest to officially offer membership packages we will begin recruiting. By the way, an expression of interest does not mean you have to join when the time come.
We will keep you updated on RAISE's progress! Thank you.