How I Discovered Our Phone Was Tapped

This is another of those fun events that happen every now and then; well it has a serious aspect to it, but it’s interesting all the same.


Not the original device (photo CC BY-SA 3.0 by Speed20, edited).

We rented a place some years ago and set up the phone and internet. A couple of weeks later they stopped working properly; the phone was sounding scratchy and was cutting out intermittently and so we called the phone provider to get it repaired.

A few days later a man showed up in a green van. He wasn’t very talkative – he went around the side of the house and a while later emerged and said it’s fixed. He asked us to try the line; it worked fine, so we thanked him and he drove away.

A week later I had an out-of-body experience (OBE): I went outside the house, but something drew me to look closer. I went to the phone line and saw a device on it, which I knew to be a phone tap. I went from around the house and woke up back in my physical body. I told Angela about it and so we were mindful of this while we used the phone and internet.

About a year later, we had trouble again with the line, but it was a bit different this time – it didn’t have the same kind of interference the first problem had. So we phoned the provider again, but this time a man arrived in a white van. He was friendly and talkative and went to fix it. I didn’t mention the listening device and wondered whether he would find anything.

When he finished working on the phone line he said, “The line is fixed, but you had a device on your line – someone was listening into your connection. I’ve removed it now.”

We thanked him and he drove off; we had no problems again. I suppose quite a few people would have their conversations listened in to.


By | 2016-10-02T14:26:27+00:00 June 15th, 2014|autobiographical|35 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Pritchard is an author and founder of the modern revival of the ancient Religion of the Sun. He's been teaching since 1990, has been dedicated to spiritual practice for decades, and has had metaphysical experiences since childhood. He has authored a number of books on out-of-body experiences, consciousness, and spiritual awakening, including an earlier edition of The Astral Codex which became a bestseller in its genre, and Gazing into the Eternal which was a finalist in the Best Book Awards 2009 in spirituality. He has appeared on over 70 radio and television programs internationally, and writes with the name Belsebuub, which is the name of his spirit/soul/consciousness.


  1. Just another skinny woman! October 29, 2017 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Well, as Bruce would say, ” Here it is , if someone invaded my privacy like that I would hate to think of the hell I would put them thru one way or another and know that I would!!!! It would be on 4 sure!!!”

  2. Ms. rao July 11, 2014 at 3:02 am - Reply

    I had dreams continuously for two days that I disconnected the telephone wires and taking it around the house and the neighborhood and trying to fix it. Few days later, I was surprised why I was not receiving any calls here in physical.. and checked my landline phone connection. and noticed that it was disconnected! I fixed it (just the line-in plug.) But Have no idea, what really happened. 🙂

    Nice blog though.

  3. DavidP July 9, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this story Mark. I’ve been thinking about how I would respond to the same situation if I had an astral experience like that. I suppose that maybe you didn’t want to alert the “listeners” that you knew the device was there at the time which having it removed would have done. Yet if they read this site they now will know. As Shane said they must have been very bored in the process. I suppose too it could still be happening to anyone it seems these days in light of all the Snowden revelations etc.

    At a place I used to live in up until 2 years ago I sometimes wondered whether there was something funny with the phone line there the last couple of years I was there and thought of the possibility of it being tapped.

    I would sometimes pick up the line and instead of there being any dial tone it would sound like the line was already open making me feel like someone was there listening. I never really knew if it was tapped or not but I too was mindful of the possibility. I suppose they would have died of boredom with that tap too…

  4. Steeve June 28, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Disturbing and disappointing to hear; why anyone would do this, is beyond me!

    Thank you and best regards to you both,

  5. Pavlin June 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I can only agree that this is disturbing and horrible.

    Recently, I was shown in a dream a situation that made me think I should be mindful when I use the internet, A few days ago I found out that there is actually a law in my country which requires all internet and phone service providers to provide access to the phone calls and internet activity of their customers to the government . This law has been there for some time but only a few days ago talks were started as to how to actually organise it and make it work.

    I hope you and Angela are well!

  6. Vadim June 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing Mark, I’ve recently had strange problems with my internet – everything seems to be installed just fine, yet internet just kept stopping to work for intervals of time, and when I have called the technical support, he has found that my router/modem options have been changed somehow.

    So the technical support guy on the phone had to guide me how to change the options back to normal and then he installed the protection from those things by removing the wireless access. He told me that there is a number of people these days who start to have problems with their internet, because apparently there is someone (more likely a program) who/which is able to cause them if the wireless access is permitted.

  7. Sue June 20, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    This is really scary – and that it can happen so easily. What an incredible invasion of privacy. Thankfully you had the ability to find out quickly and be careful.

    Also scary is it is probably much more prevalent than we think. You might like to read this article where Vodaphone very recently leaked how easily government agencies can listen in to anyone’s private mobile calls:

  8. Michelle June 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear about this happening to you. It is such a horrible feeling to have privacy invaded. I have been looking into egos that want to eavesdrop or invade other people’s privacy… they are nasty. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. There is so much information about how our privacy is being taken away, it’s difficult to have a normal phone conversation or email these days.

  9. Dara June 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, that’s intense, especially since someone was apparently interested in going specifically after you. It does sound like something out of a movie, and really terrible.

    It’s an interesting testament about the power of astral projection though, as well as developing consciousness to be able to perceive reality and tap into psychic senses, etc.

  10. Jenny June 17, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    That’s really disturbing Mark. It’s one thing for us all to be spied on by the NSA,corporations, etc, since that is happening to everyone (which is really terrible). It’s really alarming though that you guys were singled out, to have something specially installed to tap your phone. I also wonder why you guys were given this treatment.

  11. James N June 17, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Rather disturbing to hear of this. I like how you kept your cool and carried on without losing any peace. And amazing that you discovered it out of the body!

    I have begun to be mindful of certain words in phone calls/emails etc. I have heard of secret programs which scan for certain words.

    Hope everything is ok

  12. john p June 17, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Our phone is not working at the moment, and this is the 4th time in less than a year. I have no proof that someone is listening but it’s disturbing to wonder.

    For anyone who isn’t aware, the Open Rights Group have spent the last year putting pressure on the UK Government to do something about the mass surveillance from agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA. These companies are fully spying on our private lives and collecting our emails, video chats, Facebook messages, voice calls, websites we visit, videos we watch.
    Through webcams we are watched in the privacy of our homes and the webcam does not even have to be turned on.

    Governments are clearly not protecting our privacy but obviously this is all part of the dark agenda.

  13. Shane June 17, 2014 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Maybe the second man was involved but removed it on purpose because too many ‘listeners’ over the past 12 months had left the job out of boredom. The company probably could no longer cope with the high staff turnover.

    On a more serious note, it seems most spying is done for two main reasons, intimidation and blackmail. Apparently it has also become extremely popular among suspicious partners and private investigators. It seems most people are quite happy to break the laws, well the few privacy laws that still exist. Doing an electronic sweep of boardrooms has been common practice for big companies for decades. It looks like the general public are heading toward the same thing in their living rooms. Once the new TV’s with overt or hidden cameras are distributed around, George Orwell’s telescreen will be a reality anyway and it will be pointless to sweep your living room, notwithstanding everything else already bugged and monitoring where you go and what you do eg. Phones, ipads, gps, toll roads, visa cards, bank cards, train trips, bus trips, surveillance cameras on every street, bus and train, etc. It won’t be long before cash is criminalized completely. Then they can turn you on and off when you don’t conform and the rest just have to hope there are no power generator failures.

    My first paragraph is not so funny either, it is a common tactic among government agencies involved in such practices, to ensure the victim is made aware of it, to cause tension and fear, and then use statements designed to terrorize eg. ‘We are aware your house was broken into and have been told to tell you that at no time was your life ever in danger’ (nasty look, then walk off). The victim already knew they had been burgled, but why on earth would their life be in any danger and who told him to say that?

    Anyhow I’m sure knowing that you were bugged would have brought up many different thoughts and feelings for twelve months. To say it was another ‘fun event’ is probably handling the situation far better than most.

  14. Jordan June 17, 2014 at 4:55 am - Reply

    That’s really strange – especially that the second guy told you about it and just sort of carried on, as if it wasn’t the first time he came across this sort of thing happening.

    Anyhow, a good example illustrating the apparent erosion of personal privacy these days, and how spiritual practice/exercises/experiences can help one gain knowledge and the means to deal with or at least be properly prepared for and informed of these sorts of problems in life accordingly.

  15. Vida June 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    That’s incredibly disturbing. Glad you had that astral experience to find out though and hope you are both okay!

    I read a news article about a man who lives not far from me who found a tracking/tapping device on the bottom of his truck. He had no idea why or who would want to do such a thing. Really violating.

    Thanks for sharing this, it’s an interesting example of the range of useful/meaningful experiences that OBE’s can lead to.

  16. Seraphim June 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Very interesting account.

    It is also surprising, for me, that although you were aware, via your astral experience, about the spied device, you didn’t actually take steps to have the device immediately removed, and you were simply mindful when in using the line!

    It is also sad that someone was interested about your personal life. One striking example of the use of high tech in service of evil.

  17. Lucia June 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    This is a really strange experience, especially since the second worker told you he had found the device there. That would indicate that it was not the company’s “general policy” to do that, and that it was a special case that was somehow managed by somebody who had interest in spying on you. Even with all the government surveillance I don’t think they put listening devices on all people’s lines, that would just be too much work. Like Craig said, I also find it interesting that you didn’t complain to the company – was it impossible to see the device in physical (without disassembling everything)?

    I also liked the symbolic colors of the vans. 🙂

  18. Craig June 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    What a great post.

    It is interesting to read your reactions to it: particularly how you didn’t actually take steps to have the device immediately removed, but just kept working with what you had in front of you (and how your were mindful of your actions using the line).

    It’s very inspiring indeed and reminds me of the quote from the bible: “resist not evil”

    • Suavi June 17, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Absolutely. To me this is a great example demonstrating that we do not need to waste energy by reacting in accordance to the external phenomena, but rather aim to use whatever life brings for self knowledge.

  19. Justin June 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing how much privacy has started to feel like a quaint relic from a bygone age, given all the revelations about the monitoring done by the NSA and other agencies.

    However, to see an actual physical device targeting your line specifically takes it to a whole new level. That’s so disturbing!

    • Stas June 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately Justin you seem to be right. I was taking to a friend recently about how little privacy do we have and that there seems to be no way out. With all the modern technology it is all to easy for someone to know what we are doing and where at any given point in time. I guess as long as we are mindful of it then it will have ,least amount of effect on us.

      • David June 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        A friend told me a story recently about a work colleague of his talking about the new X-box, the one that has a camera in it and needs to be connected to the internet to be able to be used (I think originally it had to be permanently connected to the net but they might have backed down on that bit due to public outcry). They were talking about how it might be used to spy on him but the guy said he was going to get one anyway because that’s the way things are nowadays or something similar.

        So it seems now people are just getting accustomed to being spied upon and accepting it as the way it is. Imagine for kids these days who will just think it’s normal not to have any privacy..

        • Stas June 18, 2014 at 4:19 am - Reply

          I heard about how public was upset about the constant online connection. I also heard that those systems have cameras built in which means someone e can be watching you 24/7 which is pretty intense.

          It also seems to me a part of a bigger plan. Like for example with Snowden Case it was made public that the government is spying on us at least the NSA is and it is happening all over the world. And it seemed to me the reaction was like so what. They do and there is nothing we can do about it. And to seems totally wrong to me. People are having their freedoms taken away and everybody just seems to think that it is the way it is going to be and nothing can be done about it. This way our world will turn into 1984 and people will just accept it. I really hope that more of us can stand up for the truth and hopefully create some counter balance to all that is going on.

          • Lucia June 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            I agree this is very concerning and makes me want to do more personally, to not use systems that are involved in spying on people, or at least limit their use and search for alternatives.

  20. Layla June 16, 2014 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Even though you caught onto it in the astral plane, its still an awful feeling knowing someone was listening to your phone calls and for a year! Goes to show what a powerful help astral travel can also be in ‘ordinary’ life.

    A few years back I began having an intense feeling that my skype calls were being listened into, though I couldn’t prove it, I felt something had changed about the program and it was an eerie feeling that something was not the same as before. It wasn’t a thought, as I had no reason to think about such things, it was just a feeling. I don’t know to this day if that really was going on but I certainly felt something wasn’t right.

    Thanks for sharing Mark, you’ve certainly had some very amazing and extraordinary experiences!

  21. David June 16, 2014 at 6:33 am - Reply

    That’s pretty concerning. Are there people out there trawling the net looking for people who they think will potentially be obstacles to their plans and then keeping an eye on them? I wonder if the problems with your phone line were faked as well so someone could come out and put the tap on it..

    Good to know you were able to find out about it, and good to know that there are still at least some honest people in the world with the guy that took it off your phone line!

  22. Jenny June 16, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Well, that trumps me finding a snake in my hat this afternoon 😉

    Seriously though, this is really concerning and disturbing. Amazing you were able to know of this through an OBE though. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Jon June 16, 2014 at 1:29 am - Reply

    That’s really disturbing. I wonder why you were targeted – because you teach alternative spiritual things, and that is perceived as something that needs “monitoring”?

    After all the NSA revelations I just assume everything is recorded. The fact is we don’t know what happens to all our phone conversations, Skype messages, emails, internet searches. Even when we think it’s secure, is it really?

  24. Geraldine June 16, 2014 at 12:00 am - Reply

    While it is a nice story because you were shown in the astral that this was happening, this is really serious and it really makes you wonder who was behind it, and for what purposes?

    Surely, it was not to get tips on how to feel more inner peace, love, and respect toward others…!!! It is totally the opposite, the disrespect for others, lack of ethics, and pure wrongdoing on the part of the people who made this decision and went forward with it..

    I wonder if the first guy felt any guilt at what he was doing to you.

    Thanks for sharing this though, because it really does show who we can learn so much from the astral plane, not just about spirituality, but about reality and truth to what is taking place in this world,..

  25. Olga June 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, who would do such a thing? And how fortunate to have that experience and get that extra insight despite the injustice of others.

  26. Roy S June 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Your phone tapped? It sounds as something straight from a movie but I can imagine if people want to know what you are up to and what you are discussing with others, they will take the steps to spy on you. Hearing this first hand experience brings things a bit closer I must say. Fortunate enough you were drawn to the side of the house in your OBE and found the device.

  27. Karim June 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Very interesting. But such an unjust violation of personal matters…. must have not been easy dealing with communications knowing you’re being spied upon.

    With the whole ‘Snowden movement’ it seems people are becoming more aware of how far monitoring of communications has gone, which will hopefully lead to some change for the better.

    This instance appears to be a lot more ‘targeted’ though. And if they were able to have ‘insiders’ at the phone company (or something like that) then that seems to indicate some degree of influence. Makes me wonder who was behind it. And indeed it seems these things have unfortunately become very common.

    It’s great though that despite unfair things being done unbeknownst to us, that it is possible through the connection with higher forces and dimensions to be given insights to counter it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  28. Mike June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Wow… that’s just creepy. Good thing you were made aware of the situation. It must have been really hard to “act normally” and try to use the phone/internet, knowing your privacy was compromised. Talk about a loss of freedom.

    It’s terrible that simple things like privacy are being slowly (and secretly) taken away from us little by little. And to think: with more technology every year, listening into conversations or reading internet data is getting easier and easier, with less and less visible evidence.

    Things aren’t headed in a good direction.

  29. Lance June 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    In the USA a man running for president told me that cell phones emit harmful vibrations and can hear you even when the phone is off. The battery needs to be removed. My dad told me this years earlier, that cell phones listen to us. Perhaps it’s good to not reveal our plans or our science out loud, to keep it on paper. I don’t want anyone interfering with my intentions!

    An interesting interference I noticed in a countryside home was that, according to the astral plane, the place was subject to negative forces. My mum, who was living there, disagreed. Interestingly, her daughter angrily disowned her while she was living there. After urging her to move into a neutral or positive household, she finally did, and days later, her daughter forgave her. My mum was always praying for us and it seemed there was always obstacles appearing out of nowhere. This makes sense because the one who prays for another also sends his or her atmosphere to that person, and in this case my mum was sending her haunted vibrations to her children.

  30. Steve June 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    You were wondering who the guy was in the taxis was but why did the guy in the green van tap your phone line? It goes to show from your experience the reality of astral realm with the confirmation from the second phone man removing the device from your phone line.

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