Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four
universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in
1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship
with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief
system. Read his story here.
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A former Tarot Card ReaderSince being a
teenager my mother and I began to visit Mediums, Psychics, Crystal Ball
and Tarot Card readers. We went to people’s houses for ‘sittings’
to contact the dead and receive messages. We began to attend
audiences where one of our favorite Mediums would be performing.
Mum wasn’t as enthralled as I was, and on hearing several Mediums
saying to me – ‘You can do what I am doing’ – it encourages you to
develop your ‘gift’.
What I was most attracted to was the Tarot
Cards. I was more than eager to go out and buy a pack, along with
some instruction books. Then I began to seek out classes where I
could learn properly. I was taught to ‘feel’ the deck which I was
attracted to, and meditate upon them. I bought different decks of
cards to work with. I loved them.
I quickly learnt how to
read them, and started reading for family and friends, they all thought
I was good at it, and came back for more. I even began to keep a
record of their readings on my computer, so that I could print it out
for them for them to look back on when predicted events happened in
their lives. People loved it.
So I began to go to
development circles. Concentrate on ‘tuning into oneself’ and
picking up any visions we might receive. This was then shared
with the group and discussed. We were given exercises to do to
develop our abilities, and the leading Medium would then make contact
and deliver messages to individuals.
I became enthralled, and
went out and bought heaps of different books on self development,
meditations, charka reading, channeling, crystals . . . . You
name it – I bought it! I studied them earnestly, eager to develop.
began to have ‘sittings’ at our house, where we would invite several
friends or family members to participate in the group. And we
would tape record our sittings in order to look back on them as
predicted events unfolded. We were hooked!
I also began
visiting the local Spiritualist church where Clairaudience is carried
out, delivering messages from the dead, or having private sittings.
was particularly attracted to the Tarot Cards, and very much took to
developing this ‘gift’ and wanted to know all there was to know about
them. So this was the line of the Occult which I most focussed
We thought it was fine as no harm came to us whatsoever,
and everyone who took part in such activities seemed to come to no harm
at all, so we continued . . . .
2006 I discovered for myself how dangerous the Occult was when I tried
to turn away from it. I was invited on an Alpha course to learn
about Christianity. This was the very beginning of me turning
away from the Occult . . . . . .
There were some strange
things which started to happen at that time. I was told to pray
and ask Jesus into my life, and things did settle down. I thought
any strange happenings were over with and that I was free from the
But two years later there were more strange happenings around the cards . . . .
hadn’t read the Tarot Cards for other people for a few years, but was
aware I still had them at the back of a cupboard. As far as I was
concerned I had stopped dabbling in the Occult as I had stopped going
to classes, circles, visiting Mediums, etc. I only
occasionally got the cards out just to read for myself, maybe once a
year or so. I also still had all the books I’d bought, I didn’t
realize how VITAL it was that I get rid of everything which tied me to
In the Spring of 2008 I became the member of a
Methodist church, and thought it was only right that I get rid of my
Tarot Cards, as I was now a Christian, and decided to give 100% to the
God who showed me that he IS pure love itself. . . . .
after getting rid of them that there were several strange happenings,
one of these happenings was the presence of a spirit, between May and
August. I realized I had actually been in touch with ‘something’,
as I started to feel a presence which kept coming to me, very often,
almost weekly. It came at any time, out shopping, at work, sitting on a
bus, when I was fully awake. I guess it was because I had finally
broken the connection, and it was trying to keep it. I got used to it
being around, I wasn’t frightened at all. I couldn’t determine who it
was, just a definite ‘energy’, in physical terms I guess I could
describe it as being aware of a small area of ‘fog’. Although it
is impossible to physically describe the non physical.
even a time when it came whilst I was reading my bible at home, at this
point I still didn’t realize it was evil, and I actually welcomed it,
wondering who it was, as it wasn’t giving me any identity. My
welcome made it become more vibrant. I could feel an increase in
At first its presence made me feel calm and I
became familiar with its ‘vibration’. As the weeks went by, it became
stronger, and in its presence I could feel its energy blending more
with mine, my body felt quite ‘heavy’, I begun to feel incredibly
nauseous when it was around and my mind felt ‘spaced out’.
final time was the strongest, in August. I was in the Pentecostal
church and it was Holy Communion, I was in the kitchen filling up the
thimbles for the Communion. I felt its presence very strongly,
even though the place was busy, people talking to me, distractions, I
knew ‘something’ was there and nobody else seemed aware of it. It
seemed to strongly ‘touch’ my mind, the very point at which you think
was strongly emphasized. As I walked to the front of the church
to place the Communion thimbles at the table, there was the familiar
feeling of it blending with me. I sat down, and this was more
than being calm – I could hardly move out of the chair – my body was so
very heavy. My mind was extremely ‘spacey’. Someone came to
ask me to serve cups of tea after the service, I immediately answered
“I’d love to”. (Normally I would have hesitated as I am quite a
shy person). But when I answered it felt like it wasn’t quite me
controlling my voice, the words just came, although I was aware that it
still sounded like me. As the service began and everyone started to
sing, the presence quickly faded. I realized afterwards this was the
beginnings of something wanting to take possession of my faculties.
the next few weeks, I became frightened and very upset, not knowing
when it was going to come back, obviously wondering how I could get rid
of it. I rang my church Minister and made an appointment to see him,
needing help and not knowing what to do.
But I days later I
cancelled the appointment as it seems that it had decided to leave me
alone, and I haven’t felt it since – thank goodness! I can only assume
it was because I was in the presence of God and it fled. What
more proof do we need of Jesus saving us!! Jesus said, “For where
two or three come together in my name, there I am with them” – (Mathew
18:20). There was a whole congregation there singing to
him! There was definitely something in the church that day which
got rid of this spirit. That is absolutely AMAZING! Spirits flee
in his presence! IT HAS HAPPENED. AMAZING!
who becomes involved in Occult practices WILL have supernatural
encounters. You called them up! You’ve called Satan! He will
come. It shows how spirit entities have the ability to reveal or
conceal themselves, to whoever they choose, wherever they choose,
whatever you’re doing, whoever you’re with, at whatever time they
choose. It is dangerous!
Since turning to Christianity there
have been other times when I’ve felt the presence of something far more
grand and powerful than any ‘lower’ spirit – a sure sign of something
evil, lacking the power of anything Godly which has the ability to fill
a room with depth, sensitivity and absolute pure, perfect love.
now realize what was beginning to happen to me, and how much worse it
could have been, and I realise there are also people who have been into
the Occult who have experienced far worse than I did. People who
are into Occult practices and think it is safe are very nice, well
meaning people, but are deceived victims of Satan. You think you
are fine, that there’s nothing to worry about . . . . until you
try to turn away from it. Then Satan’s demons will show their
true colors and try to keep a hold of your soul. These spirits
are demonic, and want your life. It is not just the truth for me,
I am not just one person who has had bad experiences. It is the truth
I knew Christianity was what I’d been looking for
all my life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”,
this struck a chord with me instantly, how fantastic! I am now a
member of a Methodist and a Pentecostal church. I have absolutely
no doubt whatsoever of the existence of God and totally accept our Lord
Jesus Christ as our only hope and savior from demonic spirits.
God has proved to me he exists, that he is more powerful than evil and
that evil spirits flee from him. I want nothing but God in every part
of my life, to devote my life to God. I live every second of every day
for him, and always will.
God is the protector of souls.
Praising him here glorifies him in the heavenly realms.