Results of Intuitive Experiment #25

I enjoyed reading the comments of all who took part in intuitive experiment #25.

It was not an easy one, and the photo is not the best quality either, so well done for having a go. (A few of you got some good intuitive hits – in particular, well done to Terri for picking up on the name, also to Andrea, Mere Dreamer and Maureen.)

So, who was the woman in the picture?


She was my great-grandmother, Ida Margaret Sayce (nee Smith.)

Early Life

Ida was born around 1908 in Birkenhead, UK (near Liverpool.) Her father, Robert Henry Smith, was born in Cork, Ireland and her mother Margaret was from the Isle of Man. She had 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and the family also adopted a cousin.

(And funnily enough, this week I am visiting Co. Cork, the birth place of my great-great grandfather…)

What I know about her early life comes from my grandmother and census records. Ida’s father worked as a cook on a ship and was apparently fond of a drink (I am not 100% sure but this may well have been a euphemism for a more serious alcohol problem.) I am also guessing that he would have been absent for much of the time due to his work. She grew up in a modest, terraced house not far from the docks in Birkenhead.

In this picture she is a teenager, visiting her grandparents in the Isle of Man.

She met and married her husband Wilfred in 1926 when he became her parents’ lodger. They had three children – James born in 1927, John born in 1931, and my grandmother, born in 1934.

They lived in the village of Port Sunlight and Wilfred worked at the Port Sunlight soap factory as an engineer or a foreman (can’t remember which.) He was also a keen gardener and kept the family fed during the war and rationing years, with the produce from his allotment.

As the family lived close to the important port city of Liverpool during World War 2, a lot of bombs were being dropped around their local area, and they sheltered in their rather inadequate bomb shelter under the stairs. I remember my grandmother telling me about seeing bombed out houses, dead bodies and schoolmates absent from school, never to return.

Tragedy struck the family when Ida’s beloved eldest son John collapsed and died suddenly at the local swimming baths in 1946, aged 15. He had an undiagnosed heart problem.

At some point in her thirties or forties, Ida contracted multiple sclerosis, and was confined to a wheelchair.

My grandmother told me that a kindly neighbour used to come round regularly to clean and help out. I imagine that Ida’s husband would have been rather overwhelmed with the responsibilities of his job, looking after the house, children and his ill wife.

It is interesting that some people picked up on nursing. She was not a nurse, but she would have been nursed and looked after for some of her adult life, as her condition grew worse.

Ida died in 1955 at age 47, I am guessing from complications of MS.

What was she like as a person?

When I went for a mediumship reading a couple of years ago, the medium told me that Ida (whose surname I adopted as my own a few years ago) was coming through. The medium said she was a lovely, sweet, shy lady, which was also the impression I had got from my grandmother.

Tuning into her myself, I feel a sense of quiet strength and perseverance. She was not someone to rock the boat or go against social norms.

I also feel a strong sense of keeping things hidden. And also repressed emotion, including grief and suffering. Due to the era, family background and culture she lived in, there was a lot of ‘stiff upper lip’ behaviour and things that went unsaid between family members. I believe that this emotional repression, and the grief caused both by Ida’s suffering and her son’s untimely death, had a huge impact on my grandmother and as a result, on the emotional life of later generations of the family.

I think that her desire to hide her emotions actually made her more difficult to read, for many of you. So if you did not do well on this one, I hope you’ll have another go next time. Practice really is the most important component for improving on these exercises.

A couple of questions for those who took part:

  • How did you do with this experiment?
  • What, if anything, did you learn about your intuitive process as a result?

Please leave a comment below!

PS. Do you have an idea for an intuitive experiment subject? If you know of a kinda famous (but also sort of obscure) person with an interesting story (must be in public life or deceased) please do send in your idea.

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  1. Jill M Roberts

    Hi Anna,
    It’s amazing, when I first looked at your great grandmother, soaps came to mind. Not the bars but the fancy ones. I know that’s her husband’s job (engineer at a soap factory and probably not the little fancy soaps) but perhaps I was getting help with symbols there! I also felt that she helped people with ailments and was maybe connected to a pharmacy or apothecary? Thanks for these experiments, they really help!
    All My Best,

  2. Issac

    I think you were brave to volunteer your great-great grandmother for a reading. I had a couple of hits. I sensed that she married young and I sensed she was “secretive”. You shared that you had a strong sense that she kept things hidden. So, I will go with that.
    I look forward to the next experiment.

  3. Pat

    When I first looked at the photo I thought I wouldn’t be able to read anything about this lady at all. I gave up at first but a few days later I tried again and was a bit more successful.
    I got the sense of quietness about this lady. I also had a feeling that she had an illness and that she kept things hidden. I thought she didn’t have a very long life. I wonder if she kept her illness hidden from others for as long as possible before she finally succumbed and became confined to a wheelchair.
    What did I learn from this experiment? I learned not to try too hard when reading someone but to take a break and come back to it at a later time.

  4. Deb martin

    I just finished chapter 5 of your Intuitive Awakening course and was very eager to try my new skills. I got nursing, cooking food and heart issues in which my heart actually skipped a couple beats and fluttered! I was thinking I didn’t do well until your analysis seemed to be written as if you read MY mind! Lol I was very excited and happy to be able to actually pick up on areas. It has taught me how it feels to go into the alpha state and how to just allow any and all thoughts (or voice in my head for me) to flow without my conscious mind trying to control them. My emotions and feelings are incredibly “raw” now since the course, so I need to practice closing my chakras a bit more I think before I go crazy! Lol it was an awesome experience that makes me excited to do again. Thanks!!

  5. Mere Dreamer

    It was a fascinating process. I’m surprised at how many of those single word snips that jumped to mind were actually applicable. The more I practice, the more confident I feel of the difference between real information and my mind filling in the blanks. Thanks for the practice!

  6. Brett

    At first I was mortified that I slammed your nanna , then I read my response and felt a bit better about it, I seem to struggle a bit with accuracy on the subject person and I seem to float around with other aspects of their life and I cant seem to focus directly on the person in review I had the era set by the type of car I saw , I had her domestic scene ,substance abuse but that may have been the husband and I distinctly didn’t see a man present ,and a strange feeling in my chest I suppose related to her son, I definitely went off track though, thanks again and sorry for the slander

  7. Anna Sayce

    Hi Jill,

    What you described also reminds me a little of my grandmother – she often had fancy soaps in the bathroom, kept them in drawers to scent clothing and gave them as gifts. She was also someone who preferred to use natural remedies to treat ailments and was good at nursing people & helping them to heal.

  8. Jill M Roberts

    That’s amazing, maybe she was coming through about her Mom. Thanks again for helping us to work on our clairs ?
    All My Best,

  9. Anna Sayce

    Pat – Good work! My guess is that she would have been very stoical indeed about her illness. Probably more than most.

  10. Anna Sayce

    Hi Deb,

    I’m glad you had a go at this!

    Re. the cooking connection – my grandmother (Ida’s daughter) taught me how to cook, and I got my love of home cooked food, and cooking from her. I am guessing she might have been taught by her mother.

    I recommend doing one chapter per week of the course, in order to stay in balance. Perhaps go even slower if you do a lot of meditation or intuitive development work.

  11. Anna Sayce

    Mere Dreamer – You’re welcome! Well done!

  12. Anna Sayce

    Hi Brett,

    I knew that people would pick up all kinds of different things with this when I put up her photo, so please don’t feel bad about it !! 🙂 That’s what it’s all about.

    I hope you’ll have a go at the next one, if you feel inclined to.

  13. Julie Carlile

    How do you get involved in these experiments?

  14. Amie Caddy

    Hi Julie,

    I’m one of Anna’s assistants. When an Intuitive Experiment is posted readers can leave comments in the section below, sharing their thoughts about the person in question, and then a week later the results will be posted.

    Hope this helps!

  15. Haley

    Hi Anna,

    I wonder if she had a blue aura? I had that thought come into my head when I was trying to read her energy.
    But then again, I also thought “French, Spy, and two children” so I could be way off!


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