18. April 2013 · Comments Off on The Supreme Adventure · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

Dr. Carl Jung once said, “A man should be able to say he has done his best to form a conception of life after death, or to create some image of it – even if he must confess his failure. Not to have done so is a vital loss.”

Michael Tymn, author of The Afterlife Revealed: What Happens After We Die, a modern day afterlife researcher states: “There is so much out there about dying and the afterlife, but it is scattered all around in different books and journals. I wanted to make an attempt at collating the best and most credible information. Dr. Robert Crookall did that 50 or 60 years ago, but I am not aware of any attempts at it since.”  He provides the following.

The Supreme Adventure, Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, 1961, James. Clarke & Co., Ltd.

Summary
Dr. Crookall, has gathered and analyzed communications from the spirit world which were available from a wide variety of written sources, primarily through mediums, over many decades prior to 1960. He organized a series of statements about the death experience and the afterlife. For each statement the correlation among information drawn from these many sources was high. The collective results are:

An afterlife description with a high degree of credibility because so many sources contributed the same information even though they were independently produced.

Strong evidence for the existence of an afterlife for the same reason–an intellectually consistent set of statements derived from many independent sources.

This book provides an interesting alternative to the use of medium communications to produce evidence of the reality of the afterlife through individual sittings. In the latter case, the potential for telepathic contact with the sitter or the ability of the medium to tap into some universal source of knowledge–however unlikely these paths may be–are used by skeptics to discount the possibility of spiritual communication.

Statements Relating to the Total Natural Death-Experience
The following statements are described in the book, with numerous sources defined. They provide a basis for comparison with other descriptions of the afterlife contained in references identified on this website:

Statement No. 1a: Experiences in the immediate hereafter may be affected by dominant or habitual thoughts and feelings, and by strong expectations or fixed ideas developed during earth-life.

Statement No. 1b: Man possesses a ‘body’ that cannot be seen by the physical eye or touched by the physical hand. It consists of a ‘vehicle of vitality’ and a Soul Body, both of which interpenetrate the physical body. The Spiritual Body interpenetrates the Soul Body.

Statement No. 2: A person, having knowledge of their imminent crossing over, will issue a ‘Call’ to friends and relatives who have gone before. This is not true for those who pass suddenly without prior awareness.

Statement No. 3: Excessively self-centered individuals, who do not issue a ‘Call’, will be met by certain discarnate helpers who voluntarily undertake such services and are specially trained in such duties.

Statement No. 4: A fixed idea that there is no after-life acts like a post-hypnotic suggestion and no ‘Call’ is sent to departed friends.

Statement No. 5: In the early stages of transition from earth life, individuals will experience a panoramic review of their past earth-lives.

Statement No. 6: About an hour before the cessation of breathing and heart-beat, a dying man has often almost completely vacated his Physical Body and stands nearby, perfectly conscious and happy, although he may appear to others to be in a pre-death coma.

Statement No. 7: Natural death involves neither physical pain nor fear.

Statement No. 8: Being brought back to the body from the verge of death, by stimulants, etc., does involve pain and fear. Those who thus ‘return’ from the brink of death to earth-life do so with reluctance.

Statement No. 9: Some of those who were conscious of vacating the body had a sensation of ‘falling’ or of ‘rising’; others described a momentary ‘coma’, ‘darkness’, ‘blackout’ or ‘passing through a dark tunnel’.

Statement No. 10: Many of the newly-dead do not, for a time, realize that they have shed their Physical Bodies.

Statement No. 11: Death was “not what was expected”: the process seemed ‘natural’, there was ‘no abrupt change’ in the self; the new environment was ‘familiar’, ‘earth-like’, ‘substantial’ and ‘real’; the new body, superficially at least, resembled the physical body.

Statement No. 12: Although several who died thought, at first, that they might be dreaming, most knew that they were not.

Statement No. 13: The double that leaves the Physical Body at death consists of the whole of the vehicle of vitality plus that portion of the Soul Body that was immersed in it.

Statement No. 14: A cloud-like mass first collects above the dying man. It usually floats horizontally over the recumbent body and is variously described as ‘luminous’, ‘grey’, ‘smoke-like’, ‘steam-like’, ‘vaporous’, ‘cloudy’, ‘shadowy’, ‘misty’ and ‘hazy’.

Statement No. 15: This exteriorized mist gradually assumes definite shape and finally resembles the vacated Physical Body (though it looks younger and brighter).

Statement No. 16: In the majority of cases the distance of the exteriorized double above the vacated Physical Body varies from directly above to about four feet.

Statement No. 17: Many communicators describe how, immediately after death, they saw both their own Physical Bodies and the self-luminous ‘double’ in which they stood.

Statement No. 18: Many of the newly-dead also saw and heard friends who had ‘gone before’.

Statement No. 19: Many say that the newly-discarded Physical Body at first remained attached to the vehicle of vitality (and the latter to the Soul Body) by something resembling a ‘cord’ (as well as by numerous ‘threads’, such as intertwine to form the ‘cord’).

Statement No. 20: Until the ‘silver cord’ snaps, decomposition does not commence in the Physical Body.

Statement No. 21: In the natural death of average men the ‘cord’ may break immediately after, or within a few minutes or hours of, ‘visible death’.

Statement No. 22: After the ‘cord’ is ‘loosed’, the average man who dies naturally enjoys a recuperative sleep (often with dreams) lasting for three or four days (of our time).

Statement No. 23: The post-mortem sleep of the aged is due to mental fatigue and to a vehicle of vitality which is depleted of vital force. Once the vehicle of vitality has been shed from the total double, the former gravitates to the Physical Body. The two decompose simultaneously.

Statement No. 24: The after-death ‘sleep’ may be lengthened and deepened by certain features: (1) a prolonged and severe last illness, (b) an exceptionally difficult and strenuous earth-life, (c) excessive grief on the part of ‘living’ friends, (d) the fixed idea that there is no after-life, and (e) exceptional unteachability.

Statement No. 25: Those who had a post-mortem sleep may have a brief partial awakening.

Statement No. 26: Many do not describe a ‘partial awakening’: their awareness of a stable environment emerged simultaneously with their assurance of personal identity, and of having survived the death of the body.

Statement No. 27: Many communicators complained that the excessive grief of still-embodied friends depressed and hurt the newly-dead. It hindered their progress into happier conditions.

Statement No. 28: The first wish of many of the newly-dead was to assure their still-embodied friends of their survival and well-being.

Statement No. 29: The newly-dead greatly benefit by the prayers of ‘living’ friends.

Statement No. 30: Suitable mortals, and especially potential psychics, cooperate with certain discarnate souls in helping other mortals, the dying, the newly-dead and those long-dead who are delayed in “Hades” conditions.

Statement No. 31: Where a man’s transition was natural, certain experiences may aid him to realize the fact: (a) the sight of his own vacated body, (b) the sight of those whom he knows pre-deceased him; (c) the loss of his ability to make himself seen or heard by mortal friends, and (d) the acquirement of new abilities, i.e. to defy gravity, pass through walls, etc.

Statement No. 32: The ‘next’ world of average men is ‘semi-physical’ in nature; it is intermediate between our earth and the ‘Heaven’ of the Scriptures.

Statement No. 33: The immediate ‘next’ world of average men is ‘earth-like’ and ‘familiar’.

Statement No. 34: The newly-dead man experiences a second review of the past earth-life, one that is of an emotional, selective and responsible nature.

Statement No. 35: After an initial period of adjustment each person ‘goes to his own place’ in the ‘Spiritual’ (‘super-physical’) ‘Heavens’. Although, we are told, these ‘Heaven’ conditions are beyond time, space and form and are indescribable except in poetic and symbolical language, they are far from being ‘unreal’: on the contrary, they are more ‘real’ than the physical world.

08. April 2013 · Comments Off on Frederic William Henry Myers · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

The Afterlife is mostly what this blog is all about. At this point I have read dozens and dozens of books about it. Based upon the numerous studies and books I have read, in my mind I have no doubt that life after life does indeed exist. The most interesting books to me these past few months have been ancient books written 100 or more years ago about mediums and the research done by the founders of the

Frederic William Henry Myers

Frederic William Henry Myers

Society for Psychical Research (SPR). In 1882, Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) cofounded the SPR and was a major contributor to its success for the next twenty years.

I give credit to the website: http://www.trans4mind.com/spiritual/myers1.html for much of the following.  Frederic William Henry Myers was the son of an English clergyman. He was a classics scholar turned scientist by his interest in psychic phenomena and mediumship. An after-death communication from his first wife confirmed Myers’ belief in the survival of human consciousness.  Myers wrote Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death, the culmination of his research, at a time when scientific pioneering was proceeding toward materialism—when simply expressing the belief that man possesses a soul was a very daring act. Risking even more, Myers declared the soul able to survive the death of the body. The object of his work was, in his mind, “to do what can be done to break down that artificial wall between science and superstition.”

The book accomplished the following:

  • A landmark analysis of mediumship, psychic abilities, and life after death from one of the greatest forerunners of modern psychic research
  • One of the first scientific studies to recognize extrasensory perception as a natural, observable phenomenon
  • Describes the paranormal experiences of persons awake, sleeping, and hypnotized
  • Applies scientific methods of observation and discussion to one of the universal mysteries of humankind-the survival of the soul
  • Illuminated the path of consciousness exploration for some of the greatest minds of the last century

Myers legacy is a series of after death communications called the “Cross Correspondences.” The Cross-Correspondences were fragments of information that came through different mediums and which in themselves meant nothing. However, when pieced together they formed coherent messages. The objective was for the communicating spirits to demonstrate that the messages were not coming from the conscious or subconscious of a single medium, or by means of telepathy from another human, or from some cosmic memory bank. It was as if the spirit communicators devised a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle with the pieces scattered in various parts of the world.

Myers pursued this task with a diligence characteristic of him in life. Myers, for all the grand scope of his interests, was a very modest man. And he was also a very systematic one. These two qualities perfectly explained the style and timing of his after-death communications. He wanted to prove to his friends that he still lived and he devoted thirty years to that. From 1901 to 1932, more than three thousand scripts were communicated. Receiving and interpreting such a vast body of material was often burdensome to those involved.

He had been dead for nearly twenty-three years before, at last, he started to communicate on that most mysterious of all geographies – the world of the dead. Myers was not the first to describe life after death. Plenty of other communicators had done that in spiritualist séances, but although their reports had at first been examined with fascinated anticipation, they were soon dismissed with snorts of derision. For Heaven, the afterlife, had always been something very special to man – a transcendent paradise where the pain and struggle of this life would be surmounted and the mysteries of human life and death would at last be revealed in the very abode of God himself. But what was reported was quite something else indeed. For what the communicators described was nothing but an earth style of life. It was terribly beautiful, and the ‘dead’ were very happy and active too. What exactly did they do there? Well, pretty much what they had always done – they played golf, for example, and drank Scotch. They had sexual adventures and they smoked cigars. They played cards, lived in houses like those they had occupied on earth, and even went to work! Now this, obviously, could not be Heaven: it was clearly spiritualist self-delusion. Myers, however, was to show that these communicators were right – at least in part. For it had never occurred to the critics that if men were going to transcend their earth-lives after death and move onwards to a ‘divine’ realm, then it would certainly be a kindness to them to start them off with something familiar – to match the lives and beliefs they were familiar with on earth.

This description matches much of what I have read in numerous other books. However, not all Afterlife experiences are an extension of your current Earth life. Your experience on the Other Side seems to depend greatly upon your level of development of consciousness. So a Mother Theresa type of person would most likely skip past the Earth Duplicate experience and move to a much higher plane.  But for the vast majority of individuals down here on Earth who are here living the typical unconscious life, it seems inevitable that their “heaven” will indeed bear close resemblance to and become a direct extension of what they are living now. We will look at more of the details of how that might work in future writings.