01. December 2016 · Comments Off on Book Overview – The Children That Time Forgot · Categories: Uncategorized

the-children-that-time-forgotThere have been other books written about very young children who have had spontaneous memories of past lives. However, this book is a new one for me, even though it was written back in 1983. The children That Time Forgot – now re-released on Kindle – was originally published as Life Before Birth by Mary Harrison.

The children That Time Forgot is a most interesting book which is a collection of stories about young children who remember their past lives. The case histories provide us with a clue to the true nature of our human consciousness and provide an indication that we exist not only on the Earth plane during our present lives but also “pre-birth” dimension of time and space.  Many children remember the days and months spent in their mother’s womb before being born, but even more amazingly some remember further back than that to an existence in a previous life.

The great majority of case histories in this book deal with children’s memories of former lives on Earth brought to the attention of their parents by spontaneous memory flashes usually triggered by some ordinary everyday activity or experience.  It should be noted that neither hypnosis nor any other form of age regression was used to obtain these anecdotes, and in every case the parents were hesitant to jump to conclusions about their children’s statements.  Only after repeated spontaneous recollections of places, people and objects which were outside the knowledge of their children, did these parents concede that there might be an element of truth in their children’s  stories.

It is significant that in every case history the child was of preschool age and almost all were between the ages of two and three years of age when their memories were first given voice. And by the time they reached the approximate age of six the memories seemed to vanish. For whatever reason by the time the children reach school age perhaps their brains have become so occupied with the increase in the amount of information and data that they have learned that their pre-birth memories become pushed to the back of their consciousness.

According to the case histories there seems to be little doubt that in some instances life does indeed exist before Earthly birth, either in a non-physical realm, or the physical material Earth plane. If this is so, then the idea of life after death seems like a natural following on and a continuation of the personality. The good news is that this book brings dozens of stories that in my opinion have managed to spread the cheerful message that physical death is not the end, and that we live on and on.

The original idea came to co-author Mary Harrison when she observed her youngest son, Leon, trying to pick flowers from a floral pattern on her bed cover. The infant’s actions seemed so quirky and amusing that Mary was prompted to write a letter to the Woman’s Own magazine which was subsequently published. Mary quizzed if other mothers had experiences similar ‘odd’ moments with their little ones. The word ‘odd’ was the keyword that triggered an amazing reaction and Mary, whose address had been published with her letter, was overwhelmed with letters from parents reporting accounts of reincarnation. From this, the idea for the book The Children That Time Forgot was born.

Mary & Peter Harrison spent over a year thoroughly researching leads. The anecdotes and stories developed organically as they gathered new evidence and established facts. Amongst the thirty fascinating accounts they unearthed, one story features a young girl from the North of England. So young she had not travelled outside of England before and she recounted, with chilling accuracy, visiting her Grandmother in Dundee on the fateful night in 1879 her train was swept away when the Tay Bridge collapsed. Cynics would of course be quick to question the validity of such a story but when the girl’s family recollections were checked out, eye witness accounts of the family she described, events leading to it and records matched up.

The book’s primary aim is to present children’s stories in a neutral, non-judgmental way and let the reader decide. All the stories are spontaneous and all contributors offered their stories voluntarily.

The key to making these stories believable is the concept that “You can’t make this stuff up.” And many of the parents relating their child’s stories went the extra mile to corroborate the facts wherever possible. In the Chapter about the “Young Boy Who Remembers Being A German Bomber Pilot, after the three year old boy started making detailed drawings of a German bomber cockpit control panel, the parents went to the library to find books that could be used to illustrate exactly what the boy had come up with, and of course there was an astounding accuracy!

In another story, a mother takes her young son to visit Oxford England and while there he insists on leading her to see and old sundial-like clock tower there which he had remembered from a past life.

In another chapter a girl remembers being in a railroad bridge disaster back in 1879 in great detail. This is later corroborated by her family and newspaper accounts.

My favorite chapter tells a story, not of a past life but provides  an astounding proof that life goes on after death.  It describes the experience of a doctor’s wife who lost her  young five year old daughter in a car crash. The mother was an atheist and after the crash she was inconsolable at the loss, partly because she had been the driver and was blaming herself for the accident.  For over six weeks she had not been able to rest much or sleep. And then one night at 5:20AM she heard a noise and looked to a corner of the room to see her young daughter standing there.  They exchanged words and then hugged.  To her amazement she found the girl to feel solid!  They then cuddled in the bed before the girl was called back to her heavenly home on the other side. This experience changed the woman into a believer who went on the help other grieving parents who had lost children at a young age.

Each chapter has interesting and quirky accounts which I am sure you will not only enjoy but learn from. You can get the book for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle! Well worth the investment I‘d say!

01. November 2016 · Comments Off on Book Overview – The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World – By Peter Wohlleben · Categories: Nature

51ar-2gtlclThis is a most amazing book! Reading even a small portion of it will open a new portal and provide you with an entirely new perspective on how you look at not just trees, not just forests, but perhaps all of nature and how humans interact with it! The key is to remember that trees are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.

From the Forward: In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and peter-portraittheir communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

Author, Peter Wohlleben stated, “To work with trees is my life”. As a young boy in Germany, Peter loved nature. He went to forestry school, and became a forest ranger. At his job, he was expected to produce as many high quality saw logs as possible, with maximum efficiency, and by any means necessary. His tool kit included heavy machinery and pesticides. This was forest mining, an enterprise that ravaged the forest ecosystem and provided no long-term future for the health of the forest; a form of rape. He oversaw a plantation of trees lined up in straight rows, evenly spaced. It was a concentration camp for trees.

However, Mr. Wohlleben is a smart and sensitive man, and over the course of decades he got to know the trees as ‘people’ very well. Eventually, his job became unbearable to him. Fortunately, he made friends in the community of Hümmel, and was given permission to manage their forest in a less destructive manner. Today there is no more clear-cutting, and logs are removed by horse teams, not machines.

trees-master768In one portion of the forest – this is my favorite – old trees are leased as living gravestones, where families bury the ashes of their kin. In this way, the forest generates income without murdering trees. Also, corporations sponsor other areas in the forest as a way to protect the trees long-term.

One Amazon reviewer had this to say about the book: “The Hidden Life of Trees” is an amazing book presenting trees as sentient, purposeful beings living in dynamic relationship with each other. This is a new aspect for most of us, but apparently has been part of the secret knowledge of foresters since the early 1990’s. Trees, have a sense of time, have memories, taste, smell, feel, explore, see, and hear, but not like we do. Trees even move, from generation to generation just not as individuals. Trees live on a much slower time platform than we do. This single fact has hidden the true life of the trees from us.

“The Hidden Life of Trees” is carefully and well presented with humor, with gentleness, with compassion, with joy, even with love. The book is not a scientific, heavy fact laden tome. It is a very readable presentation of the last two decades of research into the lives of our follow beings on Earth, the Trees.”

Reading this book has opened up a whole new world for me. Now whenever I travel around my town I have started noticing how some treestreeface_capture are well placed or not; how they reach out with their branches to try to touch each other; how they also give space for neighboring trees; how they might seem thirsty, etc. My world has expanded and it feels great!

The last time I recall having any real affinity to trees was when I was around the age of 21 when I had lain down in the soft needles of a towering Pine Tree outside our summer cottage in Wisconsin as a result of a too-large dose of LSD. I felt a great deal of comfort there. It was very peaceful and soothing to my soul. And later the next day well coming down I began to really notice nature end to see the beauty that it offered, which I never noticed before in my young life.

The Hidden Life of Trees was a smash hit in Germany. It is now being translated into 19 languages. An Amazon reviewer stated, “The book is built on a foundation of reputable science, but it reads like grandpa chatting at fireside. He’s a gentle old storyteller explaining the wondrous magic of beautiful forests to befuddled space aliens from a crazy planet named Consume. He teaches readers about the family of life, a subject typically neglected in schools. Evergreen trees have been around for 170 million years, and trees with leaves are 100 million years old. Until recently, trees lived very well without the assistance of a single professional forest manager… Forests are communities of tree people.”

This Book offers an even deeper understanding of how nature works through the portal of the trees in the forest. And it stands as an analogy to show us how all of nature works. It was a real eye-opener for me and I believe it will be for you as well! Let’s start to change the way we view trees starting today. Buy this book! Link: https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Life-Trees-Communicate-Discoveries-ebook/dp/B01C9116AK/ref=cm_rdp_product

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01. October 2016 · Comments Off on Dying To Wake Up: Book Overview · Categories: Uncategorized

dying-to-wake-upSynopsis: Dying To Wake Up; A Doctor’s Voyage Into The Afterlife And The Wisdom He Brought Back is the latest offering in the public NDE literature. The book describes the NDE awakening experience of a wealthy, pompous, self-centered Anesthesiologist Doctor by the name of Rajiv Parti. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book from the publisher: When Dr. Rajiv Parti had his near-death experience on the operating table, he first watched his own operation from the ceiling. He was greeted by archangels and his deceased father who led him through the tortures of hell and revealed the toxic cycle of violence that has plagued his family for generations. He even reviewed the struggles of his previous lives that reflected those he still faced in the present. Finally, he experienced heaven. From the angels, he learned lessons of spiritual health that they insisted he bring down to earth—to do so, Dr. Parti knew he had to change his ways. In sharing these lessons and eternal truths, Dr. Parti offers his audience the opportunity to attain peace and live a better life here on Earth.

I have read over 100 books on the afterlife and NDEs and I consider myself an amateur expert on these matters. The book is fairly well written, or I should say co-written with Paul Perry who has assisted many other well-known NDE dr_rajiv_parti-nt-smexperiencers with their books as well.

I feel that books like this make a valuable contribution to the overall literature of Afterlife Experiences because they offer a direct experience of the afterlife described by people who didn’t believe in it in the first place and to me that offers greater credibility to the reader and perhaps pushes the science and study of the Afterlife a bit further with each offering.

Dr. Parti was not what anyone would call a nice man. I might compare his ego with the size of that infamous presidential candidate currently vying for office. He was obsessed with making himself as wealthy as he could. And he was very successful in this regard, but obviously that was a hard lesson he was lucky enough to learn at a relatively young age. And after realizing the error of his ways up to that point he had the courage to try to turn his ship around. In other words he became obsessed with trying to become a healer instead of a wealth accumulation machine. (It might be beneficial for the national if Mr. Trump could have an NDE right about now!)

In my opinion, that is the strength of this book. It is a great lesson for all of us. However, the book is not without its flaws. One Amazon 3 star reviewer I happen to agree with put it this way: “This book was fascinating in the beginning– reading about the author’s NDE and also his frank discussion of his cynicism, apathy toward his patients, anger and materialism. His NDE seemed plausible (although the lengthy descriptions of what the angels said to him seem like more than he could have accurately remembered). But afterward, Parti seems to have been looking to the wrong spiritual guides.”

He quotes Jung, among other modern day philosophers and to me this material seemed an unnecessary addition to flesh out the book. My guess is that this added material came from the professional co-writer, Paul Perry. Another Amazon one start reviewer stated, “After reading these NDE books for so many years; there was nothing new with this one. The message that he wants to tell us is the message Christ taught thousands of years ago… to love others. He had two previous life reviews but no real mention about reincarnation, which left me perplexed.”

That said, many other reviewers were impressed. Here are a few quotes:

“Dr. Parti’s NDE is powerful, deeply spiritual, and transformative, not just for the man who experienced it, but for the person who reads about it, too.” (Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me )

“Healed by his near-death experience, Dr. Rajiv Parti has become a healer himself—a true doctor of the soul. The story of his amazing transformation from a materialistically-obsessed anesthesiologist to a spiritual teacher is one of the most inspiring I have encountered in nearly forty years of researching NDEs.” (Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author of Lessons from the Light )

“Dying to Wake Up serves as a spiritual wake-up call. Rajiv Parti’s powerful story is filled with wisdom and Truth that speaks directly to the soul.” (Suzanne Giesemann, evidence-based medium and author of Messages of Hope and Wolf’s Message )

Summary: After his near-death experience, Dr. Parti awoke a new man. He gave away his mansion, quit his career, opened a wellness clinic, and completely turned around his relationships with his family. To this day, he still converses with angels and spreads their wisdom to the living.

In this remarkable true story of spiritual transformation, Dr. Parti provides rare details of heaven, hell, the afterlife, and angels. In sharing the lessons and eternal truths from the Divine that changed him forever, Dr. Parti offers his audience the opportunity to attain peace and live a better life here on Earth.

About Rajiv Parti, MD

Rajiv Parti, is a world-renowned specialist in pain management with over thirty years as a cardiac anesthesiologist. In addition to being Chief of Anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital for more than a decade, Dr. Parti is founder of the Pain Management Institute of California. Dr. Parti’s study in complementary and alternative medicine has led him to formulate an integrative approach to total wellness, especially pain management, stress, and depression. He tours the country extensively, holding workshops to demonstrate methods of healing to help others overcome addiction, depression, chronic pain, and even cancer.

01. September 2016 · Comments Off on A Second in Eternity – Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Consciousness, Death, OBE, Uncategorized

A Second in Eternity by Gary Wimmer

a-second-in-eternity-coverIf you’ve been reading my column for any length of time, you would know by now that I love to read books about NDEs, OBEs and other spiritual and metaphysical related topics. I also like to ferret out fairly unknown authors. For this review I will be evaluating a book, A Second in Eternity by Gary L. Wimmer which is fairly obscure and is about his Out of Body Experience which took place back in 1977 when he was hit by a car and sent to heaven. The reason I wanted to read this particular description of Heaven is because first of all there are not that many people who have had NDEs of the same depth as he had.  I can compare his description to that of the very well-known Mellen Thomas Benedict’s experience of Heaven when he died after suffering from terminal brain cancer in 1982.

If you’ve never heard or read about the Mellen-Thomas Benedict NDE experience out of body you really should because it’s incredible. And when I had first had read it, there was talk that he was soon going to write a more detailed book, however, that never materialized. You can read about his incredible Journey at this website: http://www.near-death.com/reincarnation/experiences/mellen-thomas-benedict.html.

Getting back to Gary Wimmer, the way I discovered him was on a podcast Radio Show; We Don’t Die Radio, by a woman named Sandra Champlain who has completed over a hundred interviews with people who have had near-death experiences or who are mediums etc. And after hearing Gary Wimmer’s interview I just had to get the book. While his NDE experience took place in 1977,  he did not write about it until 1997.  Because the experience was so intense he was able easily to recall exactly what happened during the week leading up to the experience, during the experience and thereafter. After recovering from the experience he realized that he was now very psychically attuned and was able and still is able to give readings to people.gary-l-wimmer2

To paraphrase and provide a quick synopsis, A Second in Eternity takes the reader on a vivid voyage through the mind and soul of one becoming overwhelmed by psychic phenomena. It describes the onset and escalation of the unfiltered perception that takes over when the wall that usually separates the conscious and subconscious minds begins to dissipate. The story reveals the steps he went through in unwillingly going from normal everyday consciousness to dimensions and worlds beyond imagination, to being at one with the Infinite, and to returning back to the world of space and time on Earth… as a different person.

The heart of his experience takes place over 8 days leading up to the NDE. At that time Gary was a touring professional musician and to make ends meet he sometimes gave psychic readings to people during slow times on the road.  As the story begins he has decided to take a break from touring and has moved into a cheap apartment in Austin, Texas with a couple of buddies. And almost immediately he starts experiencing premonitions of what someone will say in the next few minutes; sort like knowing the future just before it happens. If you can imagine being in an echo chamber with a lag time of several or more minutes, that’s the best way I can describe what is starting to happen to him.

Over the next few days the problem intensifies. He starts being able to read people’s minds as he walks nearby them. And he becomes able to ‘remote view’ who might walk through the door of say a nightclub minutes before they do! In one scene while sitting at a bar, he makes bets with his buddy that he can describe what the next group of people will be wearing before they enter …and he wins every time! He will also know what they are thinking, what they might be dealing with in their lives, and even their names, but he can’t tell him that because he doesn’t want him to think he is crazy!

Over the next few days his experiences intensify to the point where he starts making bad decisions. In one situation while having a conversation at home with his roommates, he decides that it would be a good idea to suddenly pour boiling water over his head to prove that he will not be hurt and thus has ‘special powers.’  He actually was not hurt but this stupid trick only made his friends more wary and they started pushing him to get psychiatric help.

Soon he notices that he can actually cause strange things to happen at a distance. For instance, he might be walking down the street, spot someone across the street and think something like, “look up at the sky, then turn around and look at me.”  And they would do it.  Other times he just knew what people might say or do before it happened. This became very disturbing to him because he was never sure whether he was predicting or causing things to happen.

By the eighth day he was tripping pretty badly and while in a crowd of people outside a movie theater, he heard voices telling him the run out into the street and leap in front of a car. And of course this became the cause of his NDE. From the description of the event, he was not hurt badly, but did considerable damage to the car! And the actual NDE did not seem to last more than a few seconds. I won’t go into detail about the NDE here except to say that you will want to read it for yourself. It IS incredible and compares in many respects to that of Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s NDE. To my mind, these two NDEs correlate extremely well and provide additional verification that the Afterlife does indeed exist and it is more wonderful than most religions have been able to describe.

I believe that due to the power of the internet, stories like these are becoming much more available and thus are setting the stage for a new era of enlightenment beyond what any religion has been able to offer to date. The book reads like a screenplay and is extremely visual. My advice, get the book, read it and enjoy! Link: A Second in Eternity by Gary L. Wimmer

01. August 2016 · Comments Off on Book Overview: The Afterlife Is To Die For · Categories: Afterlife, Astral Travel, NDE, OBE, OBE, Out of Body Experience

Book Overview: The Afterlife Is To Die For
by John S. Weiss

IMG_0317-187x300The book starts out with this statement: “One night during deep meditation, I accidentally entered the afterlife… Yes, accidently. And with the help of enormously friendly, intelligent spirits, Lyle and Betty, I was brought back many times during a two-week period. During my visits, I was taught a wide range of fascinating lessons that still give me goosebumps when I recall them. Suffice it to say, visiting the afterlife dimension shook my belief system to the core and forced me to view the miracle of life in a whole new way. The afterlife –  which is neither heaven nor hell – is filled with just about all the answers to life’s most perplexing questions…”

“The afterlife is to die for,” according to John S. Weiss the author of this allegedly true account of his experiences in a world he recognized as the Afterlife. I can’t recall exactly how I came across John_Capturethis book by John S. Weiss as he is someone I’d never heard of before and I have read many dozens of books about the Afterlife by now. Most people who write about the Afterlife have had NDEs (Near Death Experiences). John S. Weiss is a writer by trade and has a degree in journalism as well as experience in advertising.

However, I would not categorize his experiences as NDE because he didn’t have these experiences through temporary death; rather he had them after he learned to meditate as a result of being subjected to numerous chemotherapy sessions. And after gaining greater experience as a meditator he was eventually able to tap into another dimension through the mechanism of the OOBE (out of body experience) which he experienced while dreaming. And thus he felt he had tapped into what might be the afterlife.

I beg to differ because approximately a year ago I reviewed a book called Multi-Dimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe, an individual who has spent over 40 years experiencing hundreds of OOBEs (out of body experiences) and I find that while some of his experiences seem similar to those of Mr. Weiss, those of Mr. Ziewe far surpass those of Mr. Weiss. Also, they feel more legitimate and real. However, after reading voluminous literature on the Afterlife, I would have to say that neither author’s descriptions of their experiences correlate very well with descriptions of the Afterlife I have read in numerous other books I have read on the subject described by the thousands of people who have experienced actual NDEs (and I have read probably over a hundred of these types of books).

Since Mr. Weiss was a die-hard skeptic, it took many such experiences before he was able to actually start to believe they were real. As he states, “All I did was get very tired reading a book about Iwo Jima and then deeply meditate myself to sleep. Well, that was the beginning of a whole series of dreams that can be described as bizarre, fascinating, mind-blowing, frightening, and thoroughly life changing. As you can imagine, I first thought there was something seriously wrong with my mind or that someone had slipped some hallucinogenic substance into my toothpaste or something. I mean, having a spirit and his charming spectral girlfriend giving me a tour of this marvelous dimension is mighty hard to swallow. But when Lyle (his guide) showed me absolute proof that I wasn’t having a series of weird dreams, I felt as though I had been hit by a bolt of lightning. I became the perfect student and learned things that turned my head inside out. Well, that’s a bit of an understatement, to put it mildly.

You might enjoy reading about his dream-like experiences because each one takes you to a different “place;” although unique, they are mostly Earthlike places drawn from the author’s own past with a few new ones thrown in. And his guide has the ability to change them at any time to great effect.  After a while he starts to weave in his theories about how Quantum Physics could explain conscious life in our waking reality as well as that of the afterlife. Some of the physics, I suspect may be a bit of a stretch. As one of the savvier Amazon reviewers stated, “This isn’t a bad read if you’re looking for entertainment, not consistency. The science that is mentioned is thin (or often wrong, if it’s biology) and characters repeat and out-right contradict themselves on major story points. What I found most disturbing was the way the narrator was plainly told his consciousness had basically been “kidnapped” while he was sleeping, he was being prevented from seeing or interacting with beings other than those of that character’s choosing, he only got the information the main character wanted him to have, and this character had hidden motives… and the narrator either didn’t care or was easily distracted when these points were mentioned. Neat for talking points, not so much for facts.

Even though I was able to enjoy the read (along with many others, if Amazon reviews are any proof), I got the feeling that John S. Weiss, being a trained and talented professional writer, was really spinning a yarn which was designed to rationalize his own journey from Skeptic to Believer in an engaging and entertaining way. In fact, I would say that his narrative might easily be turned into a tight Hollywood movie script! But as far as the reader learning accurate information about the Afterlife, not so much.

 

01. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Disappearance of the Universe – Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Consciousness, Death, Healing, NDE, OBE, Power of Thought, reincarnation, spiritual healing, Uncategorized · Tags:

the-dissapearance-of-the-universeLately my partner and I have been studying A Course in Miracles (ACIM) for the second or third time. (ACIM was originally published in 1976 and gained immense popularity in the 1980s.) At the same time we’ve been reading books related to ACIM as well. The book that most captured my attention was The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, which was published in 2003. I purchased it then and felt that now would be a good time to review it.

The story goes like this. In the early 1990s Gary Renard underwent a powerful spiritual awakening when he began to be instructed by two ascended masters named Pursah and Arten, who eventually identified their previous incarnations as including those of Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus. He said that they appeared to him in the flesh in a series of 14 meetings spaced out over 9 years. I know that’s a hard story to believe, but whether you believe the storyline or not, The Disappearance of the Universe has become an enormously popular book based on the teachings of ACIM. And I believe that you will get a lot out of it regardless. The reason for this is that the  conversations center around the ACIM material and how it relates to events in Gary’s everyday life as well as to world events of the 1990s. This method of teaching, I feel, makes it more understandable.Gary Renard-2

As we have been reading the ACIM it has become ever more apparent that ACIM was written almost specifically for the Scribe, Helen Schucman herself, who was basically an atheist psychotherapist  living in a Judeao-Christian world. All the way through the scribing process, which took 10 years, she resisted and had grave doubts about the validity of the material. And later, after it was complete, she still had grave doubts and never really related to or believed in the material fully.

The problem that we have with the ACIM material is that it seems based primarily in a Judeao-Christian-Freudian psychological framework.  And furthermore, the material keeps pounding away at the concept of the Ego in endless approaches, which after a while becomes difficult to endure.  This approach, I suspect, may have been perfectly tailored to convince the author, Helen Schucman herself, after reading so many variations of the theme it eventually becomes oppressive.

a-course-in-miracles-acim-bizThe Disappearance of the Universe book, in my opinion, makes a wonderful transition and shapes the ACIM material into a more modern framework of understanding. There have been other authors who have attempted to translate the ACIM material into their own understanding, for which many have been criticized.  I say, So What?  I never believed that God ever stopped speaking to humanity. He/She/It, whatever you want to name It, keeps on trying!

Amazon has a powerful and insightful review of The Disappearance of the Universe book which was written by Michael Wilkinson. “THE PREMISE: When you dream at night that someone is chasing you, in the dream it feels very real and no one in the dream could likely convince you that it was not real. But in truth you are home in your bed. When you wake up, the dream disappears, because it was never real in the first place, and you find you were in your bed the entire time. Well, the basic premise for the Disappearance of the Universe is that we are really home in God, but dreaming a dream that we are bodies living this life. Of course our true home is out of our awareness. Yet when we wake up, the universe will disappear, because it was never real in the first place, we were at home in God the entire time. This is indeed an incredible and hard to believe premise. But what if it is true?”  This description, I feel, is much more succinct than the hundreds of rambling pages of ACIM.

Michael Wilkinson summarizes nicely with, “If you are already familiar with A Course in Miracles, this book is a must-read. I had studied the Course for over a decade, and even served as a group facilitator for several years. I was humbled by how little I understood and truly practiced non-dualism and how I had missed the critical message of practicing forgiveness every moment of every day as THE key tool for making the “journey without distance.” The conversations in the Disappearance of the Universe make crystal clear the purpose of practicing “advanced” forgiveness, the steps in how to do it, and the way to live in this world as a teacher of God. Perhaps most importantly, the message is completely consistent with A Course in Miracles, which is quoted over 300 times by Gary Renard’s special visitors.”

The concept of practicing Forgiveness is a simple concept that is also emphasized in the teaching of Hoʻoponopono, which is the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. This point is easy to overlook in the voluminous ACIM text, but is critical to understand if you want to experience Miracles. For myself, I like to go one step further and simply bless people and situations by visualizing the Light of the Holy Spirit around them. It doesn’t get any easier or simpler than that! Try it for yourself and you will see Miracles!

The Disappearance of the Universe is a great book, which will magically transform your “Ego Mind” thinking to that of your God Mind. As Michael Wilkinson says, “So read this book if you are ready to have many of your beliefs challenged and if you are ready to learn how to truly experience and express the peace and love of God.”  Then, as Jesus said, “All things are possible!”

01. June 2016 · Comments Off on The Spiritual Quest of David R. Hawkins · Categories: Consciousness, Healing, spiritual healing, Uncategorized

Overview of Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. Hawkins by Scott Jeffrey

Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. HawkinsUntil recently the only famous people from Wisconsin that I could recall off the top of my head were Harry Houdini, Joseph McCarthy and Golda Meir. Now I can add the name of David R. Hawkins to my list. David R. Hawkins has authored over a dozen books on various aspects of the Spiritual Quest. His most famous book is Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior. I have had this book for quite a while, however, when I finally decided that I would like to read it, I couldn’t find it. So I searched Amazon and found the next best thing, which was a biography about him: Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R Hawkins. As one reviewer said, “this book provides a great insight into a great man. He gave so much to humanity and I feel forever grateful to Dr. Hawkins for his contributions.”David_R_Hawkins

Since I had somehow missed the great contributions Dr. Hawkins has made to humanity, I decided that it was time to discover  who the man was behind this best-selling book and movement and how he became enlightened.  The first thing that attracted me was the fact that he was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, close to my own home town.  I was impressed because I hadn’t met any enlightened beings who came from Wisconsin. What I discovered was a man who had devoted his entire life to seeking higher wisdom and Spiritual Truths. The second thing that attracted me was that he was born in the same year as my parents…1927.

I won’t go into too many details of his childhood except to say that he was raised in a strict Episcopalian religiously oriented home. He was an altar boy, a voracious reader, and a very hard worker. In his teens years he had a large paper route which would have killed most people, especially in the chilly Wisconsin Winters. I can relate because I too delivered newspapers in that cold climate.  One cold day while delivering newspapers he fell off his bike into a snowbank where he had what we would today call a Spiritual Awakening or OBE. However, his spiritual awakening was mirrored on the physical plane as well; in his teen years he developed a serious taste for ‘spirits;’ alcohol and when he came of age he joined the Navy and was deployed on a Minesweeper during World War II. This sailor experience only served to reinforce his drinking addiction.

Following his discharge from the war he obtained a medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. Following that he departed for New York City where he eventually became a psychoanalyst in the Freudian tradition. Following his indoctrination into Freud and psychoanalysis he became interested in a nutritional basis for helping to heal the scourge of alcoholism.  Along the way he met the Bill_Wilson, David_Hfounder of AA, Bill Wilson, and they became good friends. “Wilson’s influence on David was profound. We can find the kernel of many of the core precepts of David’s later teachings in Wilson’s talks and writings, where Wilson recorded timeless spiritual principles from his own understanding.”  Unfortunately David had trouble with the AA concept of God, no matter how the unreligious Bill Wilson had described it, because by then David had become a confirmed atheist. However, after hitting bottom numerous times, he discovered Zen Buddhism as a valid path, which for him, made it possible to finally give up drinking as well as other prescription drugs.

In the late sixties and early seventies he founded the North Nassau Clinic expressly for people who couldn’t afford proper mental healthcare and who didn’t qualify for government programs through welfare: the lower middle class, who weren’t poverty-stricken, didn’t qualify for government support, and couldn’t afford private fees. It quickly became a very popular clinic that treated tens of thousands of alcoholic and drug addicted individuals primarily through the use of niacin and other vitamin related Therapies. This concept was termed Orthomolecular Psychiatry by Linus Pauling, the father of Vitamin C Therapy.

This new style of  treatment set him apart from the traditional psychotherapeutic approach to mental problems and drug addiction as had been practiced by mainstream doctors up to that point. Of course this sort of revolutionary treatment created a huge backlash for David, however, it also made him wealthy.  This idea set him apart from traditional thinking about drug addiction. The traditional view was that addiction was a moral failure; and David was saying that in many cases addiction may be a nutritional or physical failure.  His philosophy was to be open-minded and experimental and try whatever worked.PVF

This was during the time of the tremendous human potential movement explosion when things like A Course In Miracles, EST, the Sedona Method, etc. came along, and David dove fully into the exploration of many of these movements.  He wanted to experience everything the counterculture offered, from Woodstock and the new rock music, to experimentation with pot and LSD, to trying on various Eastern Religious philosophies such as Buddhism and Hinduism, etc.

In the late seventies he decided to give up his practice and move to Sedona, Arizona, where he continued to explore numerous facets of the various spiritual movements that seem to be attracted there, and he became an ardent meditator as well. He began to more fully explore Eastern Philosophies and anything new that appealed to him.

In the mid-nineties he began to develop what he called his Map of Consciousness. This was partly due to his the influence of Behavioral Kinesiology which was pioneered by psychiatrist John Diamond. By now most of us have heard of muscle testing, which is what David Hawkins learned to test for the various levels of consciousness. Some examples would be that Jesus calibrates at 1000, Mahayana Buddhism at 960, the Koran at 720, love at 500, reason at 400, fear at 100 and shame at 20. 85% of the world’s population, calibrates at under 200 — the threshold of integrity. If you are interested you can find a version of his chart here: Power vs. Force Consciousness Chart.

David Hawkins’s life was a very long journey with many extreme experiences. At some point, he experienced all of this: successful psychiatrist, skeptic, atheist, alcoholic, mystic, beleaguered by over 25 illnesses or health conditions  of varying degrees, some very serious, withdrawn from society on his spiritual search, father and husband. Obviously David went through some very tough times in his life, but also experienced several states of elevated consciousness, the first at the age of 6 years. Over time his life gradually became a search for peace, happiness, and later, for God. His contribution to the spiritual world is indeed important, because after becoming spiritually aware – some would call him “enlightened” – he began to try to explain enlightenment in a scientific, rational and understandable way.  Always, he used his growth, knowledge and insights as a basis to help others to support them in their personal and spiritual growth, and for healing. David R. Hawkins transcended his Earthly body on September 19, 2012 in Sedona, Arizona.

If you’d like to see David Hawkins in action, here’s a brief YouTube Clip: “If you feel like you’re stuck.”

You can find the book on his life here: Doctor of Truth: The Life of DavidR. Hawkins by Scott Jeffrey

 

01. May 2016 · Comments Off on Robes, A Book of Coming Changes – A Book Overview · Categories: Uncategorized

Robes, A Book of Coming Changes – A Book Overview

A Book of Prophecy by Penny Kelly

Robes Book CoverIn late 1999 I was given a pre-publication manuscript called, The Book of Coming Changes, Lessons From The Little Men In Brown Robes by Penny Kelly. It was actually written by her in 1981, but not published until 2005.  This book should be read by everyone who cares about the future of Mother Earth as well as humanity. It is full of predictions; for instance, the coming of the World Wide Web – The Internet, is one that stands out in my mind. No one had any inkling that anything like that was going to be created at that time! And of course there are many other revelations predicted by the Little Men. Some are more akin to warnings to be prepared for coming weather instabilities and Earth Changes.

I had known Penny from the mid 1990s when I had interviewed her about her fascinating and popular book, The Elves of Lily Hill Farm. Elves BookThe book detailed her later encounters with elves right after she and her husband had purchased a grape growing farm in Southern Michigan. I had visited the farm to conduct an interview with her for my radio show in Chicago regarding the new Elves book; the thrust of the book being how she learned to listen to the advice given by the Elves to increase her grape crop yield by using organic growing techniques, which proved very successful.

More recently I decided to purchase a copy of the updated newer version of the Robes book which Penny Kelly titled, Robes, a Book of Coming Changes. There are some variations between the original manuscript and the published book, but they are minor. As stated on Amazon “Robes, a Book of Coming Changes is a book of global dimensions that offers a compelling look at the next century. By turns startling, comforting, enlightening, and unnerving, it takes a deep look at the coming changes in nations and governments, as well as the rise of business to power. It expands to examine everything from education and population, to wars, weather, food, and famine, including the emerging human potential embedded in the body/mind system. “The most important thing for you to remember as you look at these coming changes,” said the little men in brown robes, “is that things could be so much easier if you understood why these things are happening, and if you worked with them instead of against them.”

Penny-Kelly-smOne of the things that stands out to me about Penny Kelly is that she came from a fairly provincial farming background and was totally focused in her own little world until one day she started having Kundalini Awakenings. Here I’ll give the definition of a Kundalini Awakening. In yogic theory, kundalini is a primal energy, lying snake-like “coiled” at the base of the spine, waiting to be awakened. A Kundalini awakening involves a feeling of electric current running up the spine to the top of the head. This can occur after many years of meditation or in some cases, such as with Penny Kelly, spontaneously. This can be frightening to say the least!

There are not many people who have ever had, much less heard of the Kundalini Awakening, especially Penny Kelly, so when it started happening to her she was totally unprepared for it and of course quite taken aback when it happened. She thought she was going crazy. And so it was one day while she was minding her own business in her kitchen, the group of about seven “Little Men In Brown Robes,” as she described them, suddenly appeared before her and tried to enter into a dialogue with her.

This un-asked-for appearance totally freaked her out and she thought for sure that she was losing her mind. However when she tried to block the sight by putting her hands over her eyes, nothing she did would eradicate the appearance of these Little Men. Over the course of the next year or so they appeared to her about sixteen times. Their purpose was to bring her into what appears to be a previous pre-birth “soul agreement” to help awaken Humanity to the coming Earth changes and to help teach people to become better stewards of the environment and to become more self-sufficient. The purpose being to preserve the advancements humanity has made and not to become stymied or to slip backwards in our evolution. Some of the Earth Change predictions were inevitable, so they wanted humanity to be at least somewhat better prepared for what was to come (and is happening now). More motivation to read the book!

Over the course of these visits the Little Men In Brown Robes would show her visions of what the future held for not only Humanity, but the World. This was long before she had even thought about the larger world, about the state of the environment or about the Earth as a Living Being. These were all new concepts for her at the time. Some of the topics discussed in the book were such things as the Earth as a Living Being, the Breaking up of Nations, the possibility of World War III, Weather Extremes, the Rise of Business, the Forces shaping Family and Human Development, Food Molecules and Medicine, the Evolution of Time, Population, Famine and Trade, etc. These are all things we should be aware of at a bare minimum.

If you’re concerned about the future of yourself, your children, humanity or the Earth, you need to get and read this book to make as many of the changes needed not only to survive but thrive in the challenging years ahead!

 

03. April 2016 · Comments Off on The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World · Categories: Afterlife, Consciousness, Death, OBE, Uncategorized

Book Overview: “The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World” by Stafford Betty, PhD.

Many people ponder the question, “What happens to us when we die? Quite a few think of the Afterlife as heaven – an unimaginable state of bliss. Many even believe in hell – a place of everlasting fire and brimstone. How can this subject objectively be approached?  Unfortunately, Mainstream Science rejects the idea of the Afterlife entirely and thus makes no attempt to research it.  However, a good deal of under-appreciated research has been going on for well over a hundred years through the vehicle of mediumship. So if you want to be prepared for the rest of your spiritual journey, both in this life and the life to come, you should read and study this book!

In The Afterlife Unveiled by Dr. Stafford Betty, Professor of Religious Studies at California State University Bakersfield, California, he compares and contrasts the material brought through from a half dozen of the world’s most talented and dedicatedDr-Stafford-BettywBook mediums. Before you pooh–pooh the idea of obtaining information about the afterlife via mediumship you must first realize that at this point in our spiritual evolution mediumship represents the most accurate method of communicating with the so-called dead given that our spiritual technology has not advanced very far as of 2016. And by spiritual technology I am talking about EVP or ITP which basically encompasses attempts to contact the dead using actual technological devices such as tape recorders, radios, computers, and cell phones. This is a subject for another time.

Dr. Stafford Betty feels that, “The key to such knowledge is mediumship.”  Over thirty years of research have taught the author, a world expert in the field of death and afterlife studies, who the most reliable voices are.  He feels that, “These accounts are far better developed and more plausible than anything found in the world’s scriptures or theologies. And that, “The world ahead, unlike ours, is fascinating and fair. Authentic mediums may be the closest thing to the voice of God that our planet has.”

In his book, each chapter contains a summary of the teachings of one of the studied mediums. Most of these represent books in themselves, many of which I have read previously. All are good. Some of the material overlaps, and of course they are all a bit different in their own way and by the time you are finished reading you will have a much greater expanded understanding of the many levels and worlds in what we call the Afterlife.

I recall Jesus, telling his followers two thousand years ago in a language they could understand, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions.” If you take a little time to read Dr. Betty’s book you will begin to understand exactly what Jesus meant by this description.

In order to better acquaint you with what you might expect, I offer a brief description of each chapter. And you need not read the book in chapter order as each chapter stands alone.

Chapter 1- Trance Teachings from the Seventh Sphere. This material came through a nineteenth century Anglican minister named William Stainton Moses (1839–92). Initially a skeptic, he eventually came around to channeling a spirit called Imperator who said he was the chief of a group of 49 spirits. In some respects Imperator and his group were religious reformers. Sayings like the following are found throughout: “We call you from the dead formalism, the lifeless, loveless literalism of the past to a religion of spiritualized truth, to the lovely symbolism of angel teaching, to the higher planes of spirit, where the material finds no place, and the formal dogmatism of the past is forever gone.” Moses published their teachings in a book, Spirit Teachings, in 1883, ten years after the first messages appeared. A later book, More Spirit Teachings, would appear in 1892, shortly after Moses’ death.

Chapter 2 – The Afterlife of a Young Texan. This chapter contains the thoughts and experiences of a young man named Leslie Stringfellow who died in his hometown of Galveston, Texas, in 1886 after a brief illness. Not long after his mother started using a planchette (old time Ouija Board) and within a few days was getting consistent messages from her dead son. This went on nearly every evening for about 15 years! Many of the messages were evidential, meaning that he was providing information that neither of his parents could have known but were able to letter prove out. If you have a copy of his now rare book, The Afterlife of Leslie Stringfellow, please let me know as it is out of print and the cheapest price was about $75! I would love to read the entire book!

Chapter 3 – A Notable American’s First Year on the Other Side. This chapter provides a nice summary of the channelings of Judge David Hatch who was a California resident of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and who died in 1912. The medium was a woman named Elsa Barker. They had been friends for about six years and when he died she had been living in Paris. Hatch’s first communication came while Ms. Barker was living in Paris and before she even knew he was dead. She communicated with him through automatic writing. The Hatch/Barker collaboration is titled Letters from the Afterlife, a book I was lucky enough to get my hands on back in 1998.

Dr. Betty states, “The details of his account are fresh, sometimes bizarre, and sometimes mysterious – rather like what you would expect of a world you had never set foot in.” I loved the book because it seemed to reveal a very realistic progression from Judge Hatch’s initial orientation experiences toward a higher level as he evolved and gained a greater understanding. However, Judge Hatch is an exceptional case; he was very spiritually inclined while on Earth and so I think he deserved what he got in heaven. He says, “This is not a place where everyone knows everything – far from it. Most souls are nearly as blind as they were in life. … I am sorry to say that the person who has a clear idea of the significance of life is about as rare here as on the earth. … a man does not suddenly become all-wise by changing the texture of his body.”

Chapter 4 – A Psychical Researcher on This Side Speaks to Us from the Other Side. The medium for this chapter was Geraldine Cummins, an Irish woman who authored 22 books, 15 of them automatically while in a light trance. The communicator from the spirit side was primarily Frederic Myers, who was trained in the classics and lectured for a time at Trinity College Cambridge. He was one of the co-founders of the Society for Psychical Research in 1882, his influence on the young movement was immense. His monumental book Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death is still regarded by many as the greatest work on psychical research ever to appear. He first spoke through Ms. Cummins in 1924, 23 years after his death, and reappeared intermittently until 1931. The book examined here, The Road to Immortality, is the record of their collaboration. It combines very fine writing with a rare breadth of vision.

Dr. Betty states, “Myers expresses impatience with the English language as well as with mediums who sometimes find it hard to blank out their own minds’ contents. Much about the world he tries to describe, especially the last three of the seven planes, can only be approximated by our language. It is with a feeling of awe, even unworthiness that I try to summarize his account of these realms. In places the language becomes fuzzy, virtually unintelligible, so far beyond the world we are familiar with is his subject. One can imagine his impatience!

Chapter 5 – A Catholic Priest Describes the ‘Land of the Great Harvest’. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, the communicator of this work, was born in 1871 the son of Edward White Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The younger Benson was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1901, but converted to Roman Catholicism three years later. In 1911 he became a secretary to Pope St. Pius X and managed the pope’s household and appointments. He was solidly identified with the Catholic world.

What I enjoyed most about this chapter is the fact that Msgr. Benson, while alive wrote several novels, especially The Necromancers (1909), in which he ridiculed and condemned spirit communication as ‘dealings with the devil.’ But after his death he would be haunted by a need to atone for the mistake he felt he had made in the novel. Later, speaking through the medium Anthony Borgia, the book titled, Life in the World Unseen, was published in 1954 (now in its thirteenth printing and is available online for free).

In this book Benson, speaking through the medium Anthony Borgia, tells us he was psychically gifted while functioning as a Catholic priest, but was taught by the Church to think of the gift as a ‘mental aberration’. After having passed, he said, “I could see volumes of orthodox teachings, creeds, and doctrines melting away because they are of no account, because they are not true, and because they have no application whatever to the eternal world of spirit and to the great Creator and Upholder of it. I could see clearly now what I had seen but hazily before, that orthodoxy is man-made, but that the universe is God-given.”

Chapter 6 – Oh, the People We Meet Over There! In December 1965, a month after her death, Frances Banks, an Anglican nun for 25 years, found a ‘pure, unobstructed channel’ through which to describe the bracing new world she found herself in. The ‘channel’ was the mind of her close friend Helen Greaves. The book that was thus born through Helen Greaves was Testimony of Light.  Dr. Betty states, “the spiritual and moral life urged on the reader is entirely consistent with the gospel of love and forgiveness preached by Jesus – or indeed by the saints and sages of the world’s major religions.” She goes on to discuss what I would call the blueprints we are born with; she is able, after death, to see how well she measured up to the goals she mapped out for herself – as we all will do once we make the transition. Dr. Betty says that if you want to get a good synopsis of what you can expect after you die, that you could just read this chapter alone!

Chapter 7 – What the Protestant Theologian Discovered upon Dying. The primary communicator here was the notable Lutheran minister, theologian, and professor Alvin D. (AD) Mattson, who died in October 1970. An author in this life, he became one in the next as well. His postings from the Other Side were collected by his daughter, Ruth Mattson Taylor, and published in two books – the first, Witness from Beyond, in 1975 and also Evidence from Beyond, published 24 years later. The medium through whom AD spoke was Margaret Flavell, a devout Methodist and graduate of the London School of Paranormal Psychology and Sanctuary of Healing. Both Mattson and Flavell were persons of the highest integrity. Neither had ever met each other. An excerpt: “The astral world is almost a replica of your world, AD tells us, except that it is of a finer substance and we are not ‘bound’ by our objective reality here.” Churchman that he was, it is perhaps not surprising to hear that “we have denominations on this plane and we continue to practice the rites of our respective churches. There are even great cathedrals and great churches where ministers who preached on earth, and still feel the urge to do so, continue to preach. And our body is also familiar: The astral body in which we live immediately after we have died is a duplicate of our physical body, except that it is made of a fine, tenuous substance.”

I would say that the above paragraph depicts a picture that for that preacher would be an expected scenario as an extension of his Earth life. The same would be true for any one of us. However, once we are more settled in and feel comfortable, we begin to make more rapid evolutionary progress to higher realms. That is for MOST of us. Some unfortunate souls who were not so loving while on Earth will not immediately be eligible for a heavenly ‘reward.’  But they are their own judge and jury. There will be angels and spirit workers who try to wake them up and point the way toward the Light, but ultimately, it is their own Free Will Choice whether or not to progress. And so it is.

 

01. March 2016 · Comments Off on The Fun of Dying: Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife

Dying Can be Fun! HTFODowever, most people have a fear of dying and thus tend not to think about it. The Fun of Dying by Roberta Grimes was written to change that attitude. Originally she wrote the central chapters (6 – 8) to be printed in large type for use in nursing homes and hospices. They are titled, The Death Experience, The Start of Your After-Death Life, and Some Enjoyable Details.

Her objective was to educate dying people in order to help ease their fears and better prepare them for what, according to her, is “life’s most enjoyable adventure“. She soon found, she says, that to write for the dying and make the whole account credible required that she tackle the rest of the book. The resultant text is one that is very much for the living.

This book is an easy read…very accessible. It’s obvious the author has spent a great deal of time researching the often overlooked information that currently exists about death and the process of dying. I too have read many of the same source materials that she, a trained lawyer, has read in order to build her case for the existence of the Afterlife and the fun that can be had in dying once proper understanding replaces the fear factor. Nothing in The Fun of Dying is based on the teachings of any religion; however she does reference the words of Jesus as well as other world teachers to back up her findings.R_Grimes-sm

Roberta Grimes had an experience of light when she was eight years old that started her on what became an all-consuming hobby: she spent the next half-century researching the afterlife in an effort to better understand her experience. Roberta Grimes, the author, is a lawyer who is clearly familiar with the rules of evidence and the best evidence for the survival of consciousness falls into the area of courtroom science, not laboratory science.

The author starts by saying, “Some things about the period soon after death are reported so frequently that I am confident they are true. They amuse and often delight me, so perhaps they will do the same for you.” She says that the evidence reveals that most people make their transition easily and find themselves in a place many philosophies call “The Summerland.” As the name suggests, it is often imagined as a place of beauty and peace, where everything people hold close to their hearts is preserved in its fullest beauty for eternity. It is envisioned as containing wide fields of rolling green hills and lush grass. This definition, in the author’s opinion is true but can be different according to the beliefs and expectations of the individual.

Now for a few fun facts to give you a foretaste of your Summerland life:

  • You may wish to “attend your own funeral.” When the ties of love are strong and a death has been relatively easy, there is evidence that many of us enjoy this last earth-party of our lives.
  • We live on the middle post-death levels in a constant pure white light that is brighter and more diffuse than sunlight, although it doesn’t affect our eyes in the way that sunlight would.
  • There is no sun, there are no stars, there is no night, and it never snows or rains, but if you want to enjoy a sunset or night or snow or rain you can have them. Temperatures remain in the mid-seventies, but cold-weather sports are available. Indeed, some accounts suggest that the Scandinavian Summerland includes snow.
  • Although we don’t need to eat or drink, if we want to eat or drink we can have what we like and enjoy feasting for as long as we like. We lack digestive organs, so our illusory food and drink disappears. Apparently, nearly everyone soon decides that food and drink are too much bother.
  • After the post-death nap that most people take, we never need to sleep again. Our lives in the Summerland are repeated periods of activity followed by periods of doing quieter things. Our bodies and minds never tire.
  • We can appear at whatever age we prefer. Most people choose to be the person they were in their prime of life, but that is up to them. There is evidence that we can learn to change our appearances to suit ourselves, so someone might first appear to you as an old codger that you knew in life, and then seem to grow progressively younger.
  • If you were disabled in your earth life, those disabilities and infirmities will gradually be gone.
  • We can dress as we like. For some, it feels important to retain the clothing that they wore in life, so you can see people in nineteenth-century garb and maybe in 1920s dress and in almost anything else. Most people eventually stop caring how they dress, and they revert to wearing long-sleeved tunics that we associate with angels.
  • Most after-death communication is telepathic. Somehow this does away with the problem of different earth-languages, so once we are accustomed to telepathy, we can converse with anyone we like!
  • We can read the minds of those we left on earth, and we can communicate with them by thought, but living people seldom notice our messages. A few of the dead are able to manifest on earth physically under certain conditions, and some can manifest coins or feathers and affect electricity, but some of the dead are unable to do more than produce a whiff of some distinctive scent.
  • Colors in the Summerland are not limited to the visible-light spectrum, so there are colors here that are impossible for the living to imagine. This comes up especially in reference to flowers, many of which are in unearthly colors.
  • Flowers are everywhere in the Summerland. Each blossom is permanent and gorgeous and fragrant, and gardening is fun because it consists of setting full-grown flowering plants and forever just enjoying them, with no need to water, feed, or weed them.
  • Water is abundant here. It is crystalline and it sparkles like earth-water, but it is rather different. Many accounts say that it seems to be alive, and it gives off the same sort of adoring and enlivening energy and subtle music that come from the vegetation. What most astonishes new arrivals about the water is how different it feels, like touching silk, and they are amazed that you can bathe in a lake fully clothed and walk out of it dry.
  • About Pets. If they are especially important to us, our pets might come as our deathbed visitors. They may wait with our other loved ones, and sometimes the people waiting for us find it hard to get through all the dogs and cats overjoyed to greet the new arrival. Like people, our pets are now young and healthy. Like people, they neither eat nor eliminate. And it isn’t only cats and dogs that await us, but our beloved horses are here for the riding and there are farm and circus animals.
  • It appears from many accounts that in the Summerland we can have what we want. Any long-lamented article, any lost toy, any work of art or piece of clothing: we need only think of it, and we have it. The point may be to get us past all sense of material longing or lack; but when we first arrive, it is thrilling simply to think of something and find it there.
  • Many after-death accounts include a wonderful library where we can read about literally anything.
  • There is a lot of evidence for reincarnation, but linear time is an illusion, so apparently our lives on earth somehow are being lived all at once. We cannot begin to understand the reincarnation process before we die, so researching how it happens and retrieving events from our past lives and also our lives to come is high on many people’s lists.
  • There is evidence that we can choose to experience any event in the history of the earth. We can walk with dinosaurs, attend the Continental Congress, and generally satisfy all our curiosity.
  • We need to be taught how to do it, but travel in the after-death levels is mostly by thought, and it is instantaneous. We can walk if we prefer walking, but if we choose to dispense with walking we can go anywhere instantly. With thought-travel, we don’t need vehicles, but those who in life enjoyed cars or boats or planes can have and use them for as long as they matter.
  • As we become more spiritually advanced, we can travel to any place on earth and any place in the post-death reality that is at or below our own vibrational level. With the assistance of very advanced beings, we can also journey to higher levels and taste the greater joys awaiting us there.
  • Our minds are so much better without the interference of a material brain that we can learn with amazing ease. We are told that it is possible to learn to play piano with the greatest composers and learn to paint under legendary artists.
  • Music here seems to be a near-obsession. Many accounts exist of vast amphitheaters very like those in ancient Greece, where it seems to each of the audience members that he or she is sitting in the middle of the first row. And we don’t only hear the music better than we heard it on earth, but we also see it as colorful clouds and shapes above the performers. Classical music is favored, but modern artists also perform, and three names that I have seen mentioned are Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and John Lennon. I have read that Elvis has decided to stay at an accessible level and keep performing until all his fans have died and had the chance to see him in person. Not sure if that is true, but it makes a great story!
  • Structures here can be built in two ways. We can construct them board-by-board, or we can enlist the help of more advanced beings and have them mind-created. I once read an account of a farmer who was having a house built for his daughter on a heavenly replica of the family farm. Advanced beings helped him design it, and at the appointed moment, they concentrated their energies so the planned building shimmered into existence.
  • God is as happily taken for granted in the Summerland as life and light. All the mentions of God that I have seen say that He is at the Celestial Level, and His energy is such that for anyone to get even close to God without first maturing spiritually is impossible. They say He is the source of all the light on the after-death levels, which is why the lowest level is dark and the levels above it grow gradually brighter. He is never seen, but no one minds that since there is a general understanding that each of us is spiritually advancing and eventually we all will join Him. No throne, no beard, no vengeful anger, and of course no human gender, but instead an infinitely powerful, infinitely loving, and all-pervasive energy: that is what they tell us God is. (I apologize to atheists, but I am not making this up. You might read some of the accounts by people who have made this trip ahead of you. And please try to be open-minded whenever your own death starts to happen, because there probably is a hollow heaven for people who are adamant atheists—and emphatically, you do not want to go there!)

In summary she says, “Learning to live so that when we die we can have the most possible eternal fun is an exercise worth the effort later, and it pays great dividends now. Fortunately, the rules seem simple… People who study afterlife evidence are struck repeatedly by the extent to which the way we live our lives on earth affects our post-death happiness.” What she means by this is that if we are loving and forgiving during our Earth lives, this vibration will set the perfect tone; not only for how we will experience the Afterlife, but also for the way we will experience our life while still in body.

“Afterlife evidence tells us that the purpose of our earth-lives is this: we are here to learn to love each other perfectly and learn to forgive completely in order for us to advance spiritually.”