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. 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!”

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. December 2015 · Comments Off on The Wanderings of a Spiritualist – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

conan_doyleI read a lot of old and obscure books and recently I read The Wanderings of a Spiritualist by Arthur Conan Doyle. YES, he is also the noted author of the series of the famous Sherlock-Holmes stories. I found this book interesting for many reasons. First of all it is by one of the world’s most famous fiction writers, famous for his immensely popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, the first of which was published in 1887.

Secondly, it is a journal (read ‘blog’) of his lecture tour in Australia and New Zealand in the early 1920s. The content is concerned with Conan Doyle’s experiences on his travels rather than the details of his lectures. In between descriptions of the places he visits and the people he meets, he provides occasional substantiation for the validity of his spiritualist beliefs, which by then were quite strong. Reading this book opened my mind to further research of the Spiritualist side of Sir Arthur.

Sir Arthur’s introduction to the occult took place while he was still a practicing physician in Southsea, UK. During the yearsACD+Book 1885 to 1888, he was invited to participate in table turning sittings at the home of one of his patients, General Drayson, a teacher at the Greenwich Naval College. The medium was a railway signalman, and some amazing phenomena and apportations (physical manifestations) took place. His interest became aroused as a result. Here’s what he had to say about it at that time, “I was so impressed that I wrote an account of it to Light, the psychic weekly paper, and so in the year I actually put myself on the public record as a student of these matters.”

Sir Arthur became even more convinced of the certainty of the Afterlife as early as 1886 after reading books written by the New York Supreme Court judge, John Worth Edmonds (1816-1874), one of the most influential early American Spiritualists, who claimed that after the death of his wife he had been able to communicate with her. He was the author of: Letters and Tracts on Spiritualism; Spiritualism, Volume I (1853); and Spiritualism, Volume II (1855).

In 1893, Sir Arthur joined the SPR, (British Society for Psychical Research), a society formed in Cambridge one year earlier in order to scientifically investigate the claims of Spiritualism and other paranormal phenomena. Other members of the Society included the future Prime Minister Arthur Balfour, philosopher William James, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, scientists Williams Crookes and Sir Oliver Lodge, philosopher – economist Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900) and poet and philologist F. W. H. Meyers (1843-1901). As far as death survival and mediumship were concerned, in 1902, when he first met Sir Oliver Lodge, he had not yet arrived at any definite conclusions. However, Myers’ classic book, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death, made a deep impression on him.

Sir Arthur continued his studies and investigations. After the death of his son in the First World War in 1917 at the peak of his literary career, at age 58, he took a decisive step and wrote The New Revelation and The Vital Message. In these two books, he firmly associated himself with the cause of Modern Spiritualism. The New Revelation is a non-fiction account of Sir Arthur’s philosophical look at religion. He spent many years of his life lecturing about spiritualism and even wrote many pamphlets and essays about the matter. In The New Revelation, he expounds on his thoughts about ESP, psychic phenomena, and communication with the dead through mediums.

ACD_MelbournTownHallAfter a lecture tour of the UK, in 1920 he accepted an invitation to make a four month lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand on the subject of Spiritualism. He and his wife and children arrived in Adelaide in September 1920. This brings me full-circle. I found the most interesting articles were regarding his thoughts and reactions of the public to his lectures. Evidently this tour was a major event and he drew crowds of many thousands wherever he spoke. But what renders the book so engaging is his descriptions of the many side trips he took into the outback or to meet with notable mediums, séances, etc.

I also found interesting, parts of the book which were dedicated to his thoughts on subjects such as the future re-emergence of Germany as a world power, the consequences of colonialism and the merits of limited alcohol prohibition. At a distance of 95 years, the author’s views on these subjects make for interesting historical reading.
In 1922 and 1923, Sir Arthur toured the United States with lectures on Spiritualism. Early in 1928, he visited South Africa, and in the autumn, he toured several European countries. In 1925, he was nominated Honorary President at the International Spiritualist Congress in Paris.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an untiring promoter of Spiritualism, who vigorously championed the cause of life-after-death. It ACD_Familyis interesting to note that twenty of Sir Arthur’s over sixty books are about Spiritualism! In his later years he often expressed a wish that he should be remembered for his psychic work rather than for his novels. His faith in the possibility of communication with departed souls was strong and he cared little whether others agreed with him or not.
I am sure that many rationalists wonder how a scientific man like Sir Arthur, a trained doctor and the creator of a super-rational detective, could have developed as a steadfast spiritualist? The best answer I can offer is that he spent so much time investigating and seeking evidential proof that he was eventually convinced of the legitimacy of life after death based on the sheer volume of evidence.

In conclusion, Victorian Spiritualism exerted an indirect influence on the emergence of the esoteric movements of modern Theosophy and the more recent New Age Movement. It also had an impact on psychoanalysis (the notion of the subconscious), and last but not least, the modernist artists and writers, such as William Butler Yeats, James Joyce (the concept of epiphany), Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot.

In my humble opinion whether you’re a Spiritualist or not, we owe a great debt to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the indefatigable world-wide promoter of Spiritualism! You can find the book for free here or on Amazon here.

01. November 2015 · Comments Off on Out on a Limb? · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized

OutOnALimb-BookBack in 1986 I remember being fascinated with Shirley MacLaine’s third autobiography “Out on a Limb.” In it she began writing about her past lives and other paranormal experiences. These ideas shocked a lot of people but at the same time seeded a new public awareness and began a discussion about reincarnation and the meaning of life. Shortly thereafter I was able to meet Shirley in person when I visited her on the set of the Oprah Winfrey Show!

A couple of years later in 1988 Brian Weiss released his famous blockbuster, Many Lives, Many Masters: Brian-Weiss-MD,BWThe True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, which further opened the door to discussion on this important topic.

In the mid-1990s I began to hear about the regression hypnotherapy work of Dolores Cannon. At the time she was learning to employ somnambulistic subjects to get in touch with long “dead” individuals such as Nostradamus. Her work actually started in the late 1960’s when she and her husband who was a trained hypnotherapist, began working with a woman who asked them to take her back into her own past lives. They had never donEdgar-Caycee this sort of thing, but gave it a try and the result was a mass of detailed past-life material that eventually became her book, Five Lives Remembered! This is not well known but makes for an excellent and very convincing read!

In the 1930s Edgar Cayce briefly delved into the topic of prior lives during some of the readings he gave while in a deep trance state. What makes what he revealed in some cases even more credible is the fact that as a devout Sunday School teacher and a Christian, in his waking consciousness, he would never have believed in reincarnation on a bet! So we know he was not making anything up!

In 1956 the famous book, The Search for Bridey Murphy, by Morey Bernstein was published. It created a sensation and Morey-Bernsteinmost likely was the biggest catalyst to ignite widespread discussion about reincarnation.

While Cayce, Bernstein, Cannon and Weiss can be considered modern day publicists of regression hypnotherapy, my vote goes to A.R. Martin, who is almost unknown today. George Schwimmer, a noted regressionist, had this to say about Mr. Martin, “Although past-life regression is considered by many to be a fairly recent technique, A.R. Martin began conducting past-life regressions sixty-five years ago, the first person known to do so in the United States. His ground-breaking research, book, and conclusions are important in understanding that the core of life is spiritual, that we come to Earth repeatedly to learn needed lessons, and that the purpose of past-life recall is to help us to grow spiritually.”

AR-MARTIN-CUA.R. Martin conducted his pioneering work into regression hypnotherapy back in the early 1930s. He was self-taught and conducted something like 500 regressions, most of which were recorded by his steno-graphically trained daughters, as they did not have a convenient means of sound recording back then. I own a copy of his one and only book, Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond, of which only 1,000 copies were published.
In Shirley MacLaine’s book she told of a woman who was afraid of bearing a child. When the woman went to Cayce about her fear, he informed her that in an earlier life she’d been a frontier wife in the American West whose children had been killed in an Indian raid. This information enabled the woman to bear children without undue anxiety.
She offered another example. Cayce, she said, once was asked about Judas Iscariot. Sparrow said Cayce revealed that the soul of Judas, the betrayer of Christ, was at that moment inhabiting the body of a man then alive. “But he said the man (with Judas’ soul) was leading a constructive life, and it would have been devastating for him to learn who he once had been.”DenaOller copy

In my own more recent experience, we were able to interview Dena Oller, (YouTube Video Interview Link) one of Dolores Cannon’s certified regression hypnotherapists, which they call the QHHT (Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique). Here is her report of a recent healing session.

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“Regression therapy is an amazing healing tool. Clients come to have sessions for various reasons. Some are just seekers to fulfill a curiosity while others for a healing. Whatever the reason, the journey through the process is magical. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. I know that sounds cliché but it’s true! Before a session I ask my clients to bring a list of ten questions they want answers to.

A few weeks ago a client came to me for a session, she brought her ten questions. One of the questions was about her third eye. She wanted to know if something had happened in a past-life that affected her psychic ability to “see.” She participates in shamanic journeying and wanted to have the same exciting experiences as the other people in the group were having.

During our session I asked her to go to the root cause of the issue she was having with her third eye, the pineal gland. I ask the client to go to the root cause because through cellular memory these experiences can follow us up through other lifetimes. She went to a lifetime where she was flying and the craft she was flying crashed and damaged the third eye.

A few weeks passed since her session when I received a call from her. She was almost too excited to get the words out! Over the weekend she went to a shamanic journey circle and her experience was like nothing she had experienced before. She could see and with great detail and color! She expressed her gratitude for the experience and the healing. Because of experiences like this and the impact this therapy has on someone’s life, past-life regression is an invaluable healing tool with endless possibilities.”

While her client’s experience may seem kind of “out there,” in my opinion, it is not “out on a limb,” it’s the type of experience which is starting to become more commonplace for many souls ‘having a human experience’ not only on planet Earth, but in other galaxies and planets as well!

18. September 2015 · Comments Off on Do ‘Bad Boys’ Go To Hell? · Categories: Afterlife, automatic writing, Death, mediumship, NDE, OBE, Uncategorized

Most people raised in the Christian Culture believe that if you are a bad person you will end up in hell when you die. I am not convinced that this is so. And in addition to all the afterlife research I have conducted I have the evidence I have gathered from two recent books depicting the Afterlife experiences of two essentially ‘bad boys’ who died and then were able to relate their stories to close family billy-fingers-25members. And what stories they have to tell!

I read the first book back in 2013. The title is: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death by his younger sister, Annie Kagan.

The second book is titled, My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side by his mother, Elisa Medhus, M.D. Doctor Medhus also maintains a very active website and on-going blog and archive called “ChannelingErik.com.” It contains hundreds of amazing communications from My-Son-Afterlife-Book-20her son, Erik.

Elisa Medhus tragically lost her son to suicide in 2009 due to a bipolar disorder. I found this book especially interesting because she comes from a scientific background with atheist parents, and chronicles her journey to discovering spirituality and the afterlife in a very authentic way.

She began communicating with her son via mediums, and decided to chronicle those experiences in her book and also on her blog. I found Erik’s voice (through the medium) extremely amusing. He uses very colorful language – sailor-like – which is very true to how he was in real life. And together, the two of them take on any and all of the heavy subjects such as the Afterlife, the meaning of life, God, reincarnation, etc. with an inspirational down to earth style, which makes it all seem extremely believable.

In a recent session Erik had this to say about Hell. “Yes, the definition of Hell is the true absence of God or God Source, but God is an omnipresent omnibeing—all the Omni’s. It’s everywhere. Energy is everywhere, so you can’t pull away from it. God is All There Is, so Hell can’t be some separate thing. …The closest I can describe it is being on Earth in a human body—how we come into our bodies and choose to give up everything we’ve known before that…. We come into our bodies lacking information, so this is the closest to what people describe Hell as being. I can vouch for that!”

So… what Erik is saying is that if there is a Hell, then Hell is on Earth because most humans feel separated from God! And indeed, I am sure that many of us have felt that! He goes on to say that if you fervently believe in hellfire and brimstone, then when you die you may experience that illusion because at that level, we tend to create whatever we believe. Let us remember that most religions caution us not to commit suicide because they believe it is a shortcut to hell. Not so in Erik Medhus’ case!

Now I will extract the essential afterlife experience of Billy Fingers from the book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan. This is a dialogue between deceased Billy and his younger sister, Annie Kagan. In this case there is no intermediary required such as a medium or channel. Essentially Billy comes to her in a series of apparitions or feelings; sometimes in bed or while driving, or walking on the beach.

To summarize the Earthly life of William Cohen, aka, Billy Fingers; to most people he would appear to be a drug addict, vagabond or a ne’er-do-well. At age 62 he died while in a drug-induced haze while crossing a road. He was hit by a car and died instantly.

Then three weeks after his death, it was Annie’s birthday. Just before sunrise, as she was waking up, she heard someone calling her name from above. “Annie! Annie! It’s me! It’s me! It’s Billy! It was Billy’s unmistakable deep, mellow voice. She was startled, but not at all afraid. In fact, she felt comforted. “Billy?” she said, half asleep. “You can’t be here. You’re dead. I must be dreaming.” “You’re not dreaming. It’s me! Get up and get the red notebook.” She then grabbed a pen and wrote what he was saying in the red notebook.

The first thing that happens is bliss; at least it was like that in my case. I don’t know if it’s that way for everyone who dies. As the car hit me, this energy came and sucked me right out of my body into a higher realm. I say “higher” since I had the feeling of rising up and suddenly all my pain was gone.

I don’t remember hovering over my body or looking down on it or anything like that. I guess I was pretty anxious to get out of there. I knew right away I was dead, and went with it, more than ready for whatever was waiting.

I wasn’t aware of traveling at any particular speed. I just felt light and unburdened as the sucking motion drew me up inside a chamber of thick silvery blue lights. People who have near-death experiences sometimes say they went through a tunnel. I’m using the word “chamber” because a tunnel has sides, but no matter what direction I looked, there was nothing but light for as far as I could see. Maybe the difference is I had a one-way ticket and theirs was a round-trip.

And even though I didn’t have my body anymore, it felt like I did and that it was being healed. The lights in the chamber penetrated me and made me feel better and better as they pulled me up. It wasn’t just the wounds from my car accident that were being healed. In the first nanosecond that the lights touched me, they erased any harm I suffered during my lifetime: physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise.

Soon, Daddy appeared right there beside me, young and smiling and handsome as ever. He was making jokes and asking, “What took you so long?” It was so great, seeing Daddy, but I’m guessing he was there to be a familiar landmark in foreign territory. I’m saying that because he was only with me for part of the ride and Daddy definitely wasn’t the main event.

The main event was the silvery lights and their party atmosphere. Those healing lights had a festive feeling, like they were cheering me on, saying, “Welcome home, Son.”

I can’t say how long I was floating up the healing chamber, because I no longer have a sense of time. But I can say that chamber was some kind of cosmic birthing canal that delivered me into this new life.

I want you to know, darling, there’s nothing hard or cruel for me anymore. I glided from the chamber right out into the glorious Universe. I’m drifting weightlessly through space with these gorgeous stars and moons and galaxies twinkling all around me. The whole atmosphere is filled with a soothing hum, like hundreds of thousands of voices are singing to me, but they’re so far away I can just barely hear them.

And although I can’t exactly say anyone was here to greet me, as soon as I came out of the chamber I felt a Divine Presence; a kind, loving, beneficent presence, and really, that was enough.

And so, I think it is abundantly evident from this description of Billy’s entrance into the Afterlife that he certainly was not headed for Hell! Quite the opposite! And as the book develops, he provides increasingly lavish details all the way to the final chapters in which he meets his Goddess, Shvara Lohana which is the Sanskrit name for the highest Goddess of all. This description of ‘heaven’ was beyond anything I have ever read about before! And what happens there in that chapter alone, is worth buying the book just for!

So even though it may seem natural to criticize, we should not be so quick to judge the life experiences of others based upon what seem to be their ‘less than perfect’ lives. The evidence provided in these two extraordinary books reveals that everyone is here on Earth gaining experiences to take back Home, to add to the Totality of All That Is.

Link to Billy Fingers Video Intro

 

12. July 2015 · Comments Off on Voyages into the Unknown – A Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Astral Travel, Death, OBE, OBE, Out of Body Experience

Voyages-into-the-Unknown-BoVoyages into the Unknown is the first of several books by OBE researcher Bruce Moen. I decided to purchase this book because I have long been a fan of Robert Monroe’s pioneering work into Consciousness via the Out of Body State, and Bruce Moen was a student of Robert Monroe. This book is based upon Mr. Moen’s experiences which he chronicled in a personal journal. It was published in 1997.

If you’re not familiar with Robert Monroe, he is the founder of The Monroe Institute. In 1956, Monroe started to study the effects of various sound patterns on human consciousness. In 1958, while using himself as a test subject, Monroe began to experience states of consciousness in which he felt himself separating from his physical body—what he described as an “out of body experience.” Wanting to learn more about these and other unusual experiences, Monroe began experimenting with expanded states of consciousness, eventually chronicled his experiences in the book trilogy, Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys, and Ultimate Journey.

I had already read all of Robert Monroe’s books and had even purchased and listened to a number of his pioneering audio meditation CDs he calls “Hemi-Sync® audio guidance technology,” albeit, the results, for me so far, had not been all that successful at producing the coveted OBE state. So I decided that perhaps it was time to investigate the experiences of one of his successful students. Enter, Bruce Moen!MoenPic-CR2

I liked knowing that even a so-called ‘successful’ OBEer such as Bruce Moen had his trials, doubts, false starts and tribulations in making progress towards this elusive goal! And even more reassuringly, Mr. Moen paid fairly large amounts of money to attend week-long, in-person, immersive workshops at The Monroe Institute headquarters in Faber, Virginia. And he did this at least two or three times before he started to get the hang of it! However, once he found the ‘holy grail’ of how to successfully enter the OBE state, he decided to specialize in something Robert Monroe also specialized in – Soul Rescue Work. This is an official program of the Monroe Institute they call the “Lifeline Program.”

Here’s how they describe the Lifeline Program. “It is a first-of-its-kind program that can empower you with the extraordinary ability to journey into the afterlife state and be of service to others. In this incredible program, you will have the unique opportunity to explore: Contacting people who have departed, Performing “rescues and retrievals” on souls unable to move on, Visiting “The Park,” an afterlife reception center, Connecting with new guides and/or systems of guides, Reuniting with friends and relatives who have transitioned, Sending healing energy to those still embodied, Retrieving lost parts or fragments of oneself.”

Indeed, Mr. Moen was able to do many of these things after he learned the mechanics of the Out of Body State! He was lucky in that he was able to work with a woman friend he met at the Institute and then later also after returning home. They would meet in the OB state, have experiences together, write in a journal what they remember and then call each other later to compare notes. Most of the time their notes synchronized and this provided Bruce with much desired ‘evidence’ or proof that what he was experiencing was indeed real.

The Monroe System labels various areas of Non-physical Consciousness with non-biased terms such as Focus 10, Focus 12, Focus 15, etc. These are designated as lighter brainwave states. Focus 23 is the area souls go after they die when they either don’t know they are dead or cannot release their attachments to the Earth life experience. Focus 24, 25, 26 are what Monroe describes as the “Belief System Territories.” In other Spiritual Systems, these areas might be called The Bardo or Purgatory, etc. Human Souls that have taken up residence here are held captive in a realm described by their major beliefs. This includes people with major religious beliefs of all stripes; Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Muslims, Atheists, etc. Additionally, he mentions that he encountered souls who held a belief in hell in Focus 25!

Focus 27 is the area most human souls go to after they die. It is best described as “The Reception Center, or Park.” It can appear to be in any configuration that would be comforting to the individual who is making their transition. Most decent people will find themselves in The Park when they die. There they will find volunteers of all kinds – whatever they may need, be it a doctor, a nurse, guides, etc. After a period of rest and recuperation souls will eventually either take up residence in the Park or maybe ascend to a higher level, decide to reincarnate, etc.; whatever is the perfect next step for them.

They whole reason that Robert Monroe decided to explore all of these higher Focus levels was that at the time, his wife was ill and he wanted to be assured as to where she would go after her transition. He called in “Death Insurance!”

Back to our author, Bruce Moen. Mr. Moen was extremely attracted to learning how to conduct stuck people from the lower Focus Levels or Astral Planes up to Focus 27 – The Park Reception Center. Evidently there is quite a large need for actual humans who are still living in Earth Bodies to become intermediaries in this work! And the reason for this is that humans living in the Earthly realm are vibrationally closer to the souls still stuck in these areas and so we have a better opportunity to reach them and somehow convince them to move on up than Beings residing in the Higher Dimensions.

So if you are interested in becoming an Angel of sorts, I suggest reading this book as well as those of Robert Monroe. Bruce Moen has gone on to write several other books beyond Voyages Into The Unknown. You can find all of his books on his Amazon author page. He also has a website called http://www.afterlife-knowledge.com/ where you can get up to date information on his activities and workshops.

19. March 2015 · Comments Off on The Angel in My Pocket – Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Healing, mediumship, spiritual healing

The-Angel-in-My-Pocket-COVEThe Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death is a ‘grief memoir’ by Sukey Forbes which I stumbled upon at our local library. It was marked as a ‘new’ book. What attracted me initially was that she obviously came from the famous Forbes family lineage and more interestingly to me was the fact that her Great Great Great Grandfather was the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson – essayist, author and leading exponent of Transcendentalism. This was interesting to me because of these two factors as well to discover what she meant by the phrase, “Angel in My Pocket.” Of course one would have to read the entire book in order to discover what she meant by that! And so I was suckered in! And being an avid researcher of the Afterlife I wanted to find out how her modern day beliefs meshed with that of her famous relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sukey_ForbesIn much of the first half of the book she goes into great detail about the beliefs of her family lineage which goes back to the early days of this country. Her great great great great grandfather was a famous sea captain who made his fortune trading with China back in the early 1800s. And she descended from the Saltonstall family which also goes way back. The Saltonstalls came over on the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. One was asked to sit as a judge in the Salem Witch Trials and refused (to their credit). Another was eaten by cannibals off the coast of Africa. Others went in to politics and many went into academia.

GGG_Forbes-CaptionThe Forbes were relative newcomers in the mid 1700s. Most of the family money was made trading opium and furs during the China Trade and by investing in American Railroads and Telephone afterwards, the ‘high tech boom’ of their era!

John Murray Forbes (her Great Great Great Grandfather) was a close confidante to several US Presidents. He spent time advising Lincoln, Stanton, and Grant during the Civil War and, along with Emerson, was a fervent abolitionist. While living in Washington DC for a year his son Malcolm (my Great Great Uncle) attended the theatre the night Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. She has a family letter that details that evening and the following days as they unfolded.

Much of the book describes her primarily WASP background and how that has created her inability to express her emotions after the loss of her 7 year old child. She goes into great detail about this problem as she sees it. There is also a lot of description of her life on the East Coast growing up on Naushon Island which is part of the Elizabeth Islands, is seven miles long, just off Cape Cod, N.W. of Martha’s Vineyard. The island has been in the Forbes family since the mid-1800s.

We get multiple descriptions of her childhood years and beyond while visiting the Mansion House there. In her adult life Sukey gets married to a V.C. ( Venture Capitalist) and lives for a few years near Silicon Valley on a 40 acre ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz. She is raising three children and after her husband cashes out of one company he was involved with they decide to move back to the East Coast near Naushon Island so that their kids can sample some of the idylic life that she had had growing up in that area. However, soon after the move her Charlotte is stricken with a rare genetic disease which suddenly takes her life. It is at this point that the books takes a turn from family history to involved descriptions of her pain and suffering as she tries to reconcile her WASP belief system with the reality of the death of her cherished child.

Ultimately, she finds comfort in the beliefs and experience of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet and essayist who founded the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century and who also lost a child from a high fever at the same age as Charlotte. The Transcendentalists believed God could be found in contemplation amid nature, “that the use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history,” she writes. It’s there — amid the meadows, paths, waters and family ghosts of Naushon — that she finally looked “deeply enough into Charlotte’s death to somehow find the gift of the loss.”

So as not to spoil the meaning of the title of the book, I will only say that she receives hope and a sort of redemption after meeting with a Spritualist medium. And this point; the final reason I decided to read this book, was that as a researcher into mediumship, I wanted to know about her personal experience before and after meeting the medium. And this is the third and final motivation which lured me into reading this book! I can recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child or a family member.

09. September 2014 · Comments Off on Australia’s Greatest Medium · Categories: Afterlife, Death, mediumship, OBE, physical medium
Stan Walsh

Stan Walsh

Extraordinary Gifts of an Ordinary Man

In my on-going search for interesting Spiritual stories, I recently came across an article and a book about “Australia’s greatest medium,” Stan Walsh. His story is profiled in a book titled The Certainty of Eternity, authored by his close friend, L.C. Danby; published in 1974.

As stated by Mr. Danby’s daughter, Jo Buchanan, “In the 1920s and 1930s my father, and later my mother, belonged to an extraordinary circle of people who met several times a week in Melbourne, Australia. The medium of the group was Stan Walsh, a deep trance physical medium who became unconscious in order to allow highly evolved spiritual entities to possess his physical body.”

Mr. Danby’s daughter, Jo Buchanan was a witness to much of the story and has in her possession many artifacts that provide what is known in this field of study as “evidential material.” The artifacts were manifested out of thin air during group sessions where Mr. Walsh was completely unconscious.

Stan Walsh is said to have discovered his mediumistic ability in 1919, at age 20, when he reluctantly accompanied a friend to several séances with a Port Melbourne medium. Impressed by the information that came through at his first sitting, Walsh returned the next week and was told by the medium that he also had mediumistic ability.  She told him to hold a pad and pencil on this lap. “The séance was almost half over when suddenly his right hand began to write on the paper; writing furiously as if controlled by some invisible hand,” Danby explained. “Later when the lights were turned up he found himself possessor of a sheaf of written messages for every member of the circle.”

Stan's Guide, Malocca

Stan’s Guide, Malocca

“During the third week Stan went into meditation, pen poised and ready, but instead, experienced a total blackout. When he regained consciousness he was informed that after ‘fainting’, a hoarse cry was emitted from his throat, He tossed the pad and pencil thrown into the air and a deep guttural voice began to address the gathering. The owner of the voice introduced himself as Malocca, Stan’s Red Indian guide. He was the first of many teachers in spirit to address my father’s healing and meditation circle.” At first Malocca began speaking in Malocca’s native tongue, until a Mrs. Beames asked Malocca to attempt to speak in English, after which he spoke in broken English. He said he had been sent by God to be the chief guide and doorkeeper for Walsh. Then Malocca allowed other spirit entities to speak through Mr. Walsh and many evidential messages were given to others in the room.

Bert Jones, one of Walsh’s best friends, was a “doubting Thomas” until his father communicated. As further evidence that it was his father, Jones asked him to speak in Welsh, as he used to do.  The father obliged.  Jones then asked him to sing his favorite song in Welsh.  The father complied and further revealed a number of intimate family secrets, fully satisfying the son that he was hearing from his father.

Soon a number of seemingly advanced spiritual personalities began communicating through Walsh, the first being Angus Du Font, a former Frenchman who said that he had died 47 years earlier.

Mr. Du Font lectured the Inner Circle that had developed around Walsh about the presence of a group of so-called “low-level spirits,” which had started to gather around their sessions, informing them that they should not call them “evil spirits,” but rather “unprogressed spirits.” He pointed out that many of them are drawn towards séances as they long for the company of human beings and need help. He added that they dwell in darkness created by themselves. When asked why angels or more progressed spirits do not help them out of the darkness, he explained that it takes time – as it is measured there – for them to understand Higher Beings. Initially, they understand only human beings in the flesh.

Both advanced and low-level spirits visited the circle. Danby further stated, “Unprogressed spirits who were lost, were continually brought to our meetings by the guides to be encouraged and helped on the road to progression and peace. Whenever a lost soul’s name was ascertained – each member of the circle would promise to pray for them – and also in the silence of their own homes.”

Bert, Stan, Les Danby

Bert, Stan, Les Danby

Danby met Stan Walsh in 1927, a year or so after his wife Winnie died during childbirth, when friends persuaded him to attend a séance with Walsh.  He recalled that it began with a hymn, followed by a prayer, and then a lecture by a spirit guide called Vashti.  Several other spirit visitors spoke to other people in attendance, either through the direct voice trumpet or through the medium directly.  “This went on for about an hour, and then a woman’s voice was heard coming from the lips of the medium under deep-trance,” Danby wrote. “She called me by name, and when I answered she said it was ‘Win’!  She spoke to me, and I to her.  It was an eager, emotionally-charged conversation in which she talked to me of many intimate incidents in our past life, of her care and guidance for Ron, her son by her first marriage, and many other personal matters known only to ourselves.  I was convinced beyond all doubt.  I left this house of strangers with my head in a whirl.  Life, it seemed, did have some meaning.  The dull, grey cloud of loneliness and desolation that had enveloped me for more than a year, since Win died, seemed to have lifted…”

Danby befriended Walsh and became a regular member of the circle. Over the years, he observed various forms of mediumship with Walsh, including direct voice, trance voice, automatic writing, clairvoyance, clairaudience, transfiguration, apports, and “materialized painting.” He heard spirits speak to their friends and relatives in various languages, including French, Italian, Greek, German, Hindustani, and Yiddish.

During one especially intriguing sitting, in 1930, a “visitor” from Belgium began speaking through the entranced Walsh in his own language.  When asked if he could speak English, there was a pause, after which the speech then came in broken English, saying, “I come from Dietrich in Belgium.  I am – what you say – a deep trance medium. I come from a circle of eight people.  Your medium – he is now in MY body bringing greetings to them, my countrymen.  And I bring greetings from my people in Dietrich.” As Danby explained it, the two deep-trance mediums had exchanged bodies.  When Walsh returned to consciousness, he said he remembered sitting in a small dimly lit room and when he began to speak, those present did not understand him.  He was shown by a spirit guide, hovering just above and in front of him, how to translate the message, so that the Belgian sitters could understand him.

Drawing, ChristTRANCE PAINTING
Although Walsh apparently had no artistic ability of any kind in his conscious state, he displayed considerable talent in the deep trance state, said to be controlled by a spirit called Professor Jenkinson. While on earth, the professor had been a great art lover and dabbled with paints on an amateur level. Professor Jenkinson, in his previous earth incarnation had been the son of an Earl of between 1811 and 1854. The good Professor brought to the group an amazing method of painting pictures. Initially, (controlling Stan) he drew the outline of the subject with a fountain pen or pencil, then he’d shake Stan’s hands over the sketch and paint would materialize through the tips of Stan’s fingers.

The first experiments were rather crude but, as the professor was able to work through Stan more efficiently, the quality of the paintings improved. The materialization of paint in this manner was likened to the way flowers emit vibrations that draw colors from the atmosphere.Jesus Painting 2

On one occasion, a member of the circle, a Mrs. McIntosh, brought a black and white photograph of herself encased in a frame under glass.  “As the color stained fingers shook just above the framed photograph, we saw, appearing through the glass, the pink coming on to the cheeks, the red on the lips, golden yellow tint her hair, and blue slowly appear in the eyes,” Mr. Danby reported. “When he had finished, there before our astonished eyes, was this perfectly colored photograph of Mrs. McIntosh, painted through the glass.”

One large painting of Jesus Christ was created in this way. Intricate and very beautiful, it took less than thirty minutes to complete.

APPORTS
The materialization of apports began in 1921. Apports are defined in the dictionary as ‘objects transported by supernormal means from a distance into a definite enclosed space.’ The first apports to be materialized were feathers. Halfway through a meeting, a sudden fluttering sound was heard and the group members saw tiny black feathers floating from the ceiling.

Apport, Wooden CucifixMr. Danby’s daughter, Jo Buchannan goes on to say, “After that, apports appeared regularly. [As an example] My father received a finely carved crucifix which had been recovered from the ruins of a Belgian cathedral destroyed during World War I.

SILK SHAWL
And, one night, an actress who had been in silent films during her previous incarnation spoke to the group through Stan. Her name was Olive Thomas and she promised to give one of the sitters, also an actress, a blue silk shawl that had belonged to her on earth.”

How was this accomplished? “On Malocca’s return, he walked Stan’s body around the room on tip-toe, both hands stretched high above his head. My father told me a vaguely formed cloud appeared to be just out of reach of his fingers. Malocca urged the group to sing, as the vibration would help it to materialize. And after some “off-key singing,”… it slowly began to descend until, with a loud cry of triumph from Malocca, Stan’s hands touched the filmy substance and it instantly turned into a blue silk shawl.’ ’’Apport, Black Fan

COLORED FANS
“On another occasion, following a lecture by a Chinese Mandarin, brightly colored fans materialized at the feet of everyone present.

RED ROBE
One Saturday afternoon, while spending a weekend at a country farm house, the group went for a walk. They noticed in the distance, a clump of gum trees growing in a circle. Suddenly Stan was controlled by his guide, Malocca and he began to run like the wind. Dad raced after him. ‘We’ve got to stop him!’ he cried, ‘Stan’s legs can’t possibly keep up the pace!’ And as the group watched, open mouthed, a red robe began to flare behind him.”

“Finally, re-joining Stan in the middle of the circle of gum trees, they discovered that a Hindu seer, had taken Malocca’s place and a scarlet robe was now draped neatly around his body. It had been materialized while he was running.”

Apport, Leather BonnetINDIAN LEATHER BONNET
Jo Buchannan goes on to say, “I have many apports in my home from those days but my personal favorite is a fringed Red Indian leather bonnet. It was materialized when White Bird, Malocca’s Squaw, came through singing a lullaby in her native tongue. As she sang, she stretched Stan’s arms above his head until suddenly she pulled it down with great force. As a child, I wore this leather bonnet everywhere, claiming it as my own.”

LUMINOSITY LESSON
Jo Buchannan: “The most amazing lesson of all in the education of the group was luminosity. For some time, the members had been informed that the guides had been working on Stan’s physical body, to prepare him for this phenomenon. They were told that Light was to come down from the highest spiritual planes but would be too blinding to be revealed in its true state. So Stan’s body was to be adjusted in such a manner that he would become a ‘transformer’, breaking down the intensity when it materialized, so it could be seen without too much strain on human eyesight.”Les Danby 1976, Trumpet

“Then one night, as John, the Most Beloved spoke through Stan, my parents and their friends noticed something begin to shine in the center of the floor. As they watched, it gradually formed a Cross of Light about six inches long, dazzling in its radiance.  The second time Light was manifested, it appeared in the form of tiny crosses on the right side of the white robes worn by the sitters.

NOT JUST CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS
On the third occasion, an Egyptian priest who was controlling Stan at the time, took hold of my father’s right hand and that of another sitter, raising them until the medium’s fingers were held together as if in prayer. Then, without warning, a thin bright Light like a laser beam shone from between their palms. As they pointed their fingers, it radiated from every tip.”

“Another night, Malocca jumped Stan to his feet, opened his mouth wide and a long sliver of white fire darted from it. It wasn’t long before the Light would now spread all over Stan’s body, often outlining the earthly appearance of the sitters’ spiritual guides, completely superceding the density of Stan’s physical form.”

“It was explained that each time the Light appeared, it was able to reach out not only on the earthly plane to heal, guide and comfort, but also into the astral plane where many lost souls were trapped between worlds.”

“On one unforgettable evening, a Great Red Light shone from Stan’s chest. Peering inside, the group members could see his heart quite clearly, contracting and expanding in a steady beat. My parents told me it was like looking into a brightly illumined X-ray picture in vivid red, every artery and muscle around the heart clearly visible.”

The twenty years of healings, materializations and spiritual growth came to an end with Stan’s passing. Jo Bachannan stated, “Although my parents continued to hold weekly meetings, the ‘lessons’ of the previous two decades were never repeated. The extraordinary phenomena which changed the lives of my parents and sparked an inherent, uncomfortable quest for truth within me, ceased with the passing of an extraordinary human being.”

That ends the story of Australia’s Greatest Medium!

For more interesting details, you might consider the purchase of the book by L.C. Danby, The Certainty of Eternity. It contains many more mind boggling observations and was originally published in Australia in 1974 and recently republished by White Crow Books.  For more about the book see http://certaintyofeternity.com/wp/

 

06. May 2014 · Comments Off on Five Lives Remembered & The Power of Non-Local Consciousness · Categories: Afterlife, Death, Uncategorized · Tags: ,

What do you do when you discover information that is before its time? What do you do when your curiosity takes you on an adventure that is so bizarre that there is nothing “normal” in your experience to relate it to? This is what happened to Dolores Cannon in 1968, long before she began her extensive career as a past-life hypnotherapist and regressionist.”  This is a description of the eye-witness account of the regression hypnotherapy conducted in 1967-68 on one woman named Anita, a neighbor friend who came to her for medical hypnosis.

Five Lives Remembered was Dolores Cannon’s first book, but due to the relatively new and seemingly bizarre nature of the subject matter at that time in 1968, it was not published until 2009, long after her numerous other books which are based upon her hypnotic regression work as well.

In 1967, Dolores, along with her husband, Johnnie, who was a budding amateur hypnotist at the time, started getting requests from friends and neighbors for hypnosis sessions for the common things which people want hypnosis for, such as to quit smoking, lose weight, sleep better, etc.

Anita was a Navy wife, in her 30s, with three children. We had met her socially and she and I were active in the Navy Wives’ Club, but we had never been close friends. Anita was of German descent, blonde and fair, a friendly type of person, and Catholic by faith. She had been going to the Base doctor for treatment of kidney problems and high blood pressure, both of which were aggravated by overweight. She couldn’t seem to lose weight, and the doctor was having trouble lowering her blood pressure. All of this, combined with several personal problems, had transformed her into a nervous eater. She asked us if we thought hypnosis could help her to relax, relieve the tension, and keep her from eating so much

Johnny worked with her for many weeks, giving her suggestions about relaxing. He gave her suggestions that, if tempted to overeat, she would have a mental picture of the girl she wanted to look like, and this would stop her from going to the refrigerator. It all seemed to be working because the doctor reported that for the first time her blood pressure was coming down, and her kidneys were improving. Her weight also dropped by a significant amount. Eventually, while Johnny worked with her, her health reached the point of being very near normal.

And then one week, at her request, she asked Mr. Cannon to try to regress her into a past life. Why you ask? What prompted this request?  It was not suggested by Dolores or her husband. Does anyone here recall the book The Search for Bridey Murphy? It was a popular American book about reincarnation published in 1952 followed by a movie version in 1956. It was a sensation at the time and that was about all that was known about reincarnation in those days well into the 1960s; in fact for quite a long time, considering the speed of information flow we know today.

There was a good deal of skepticism about the validity of the Bridey Murphy story because it was later discovered that a lot of the ‘rememberance’ of the subject was more or less recall from a boo she had read years earlier and had consciously forgotten about.  Not to worry about this sort of thing happening in Dorlores Cannon’s work because the method she employs uses extensive cross-checking. 

In his attempts to check the validity of her trance, Johnny often regressed Anita to childhood. On such occasions, we were both deeply impressed by the completeness of her regression. She would become very articulate, talking and talking, going into elaborate detail and requiring little or no prodding.   Anita turned out to be not only an excellent subject – a somnambulist, but also turned out to be a reservoir of information…  

That was the way it began, as a curiosity, a one-time thing to experience and discuss later. Little did we realize the Pandora’s Box we would open up. The tape recorder was ready as Anita settled into the recliner and went easily and quickly into a deep trance, as she had so many times before. Johnny took her slowly back through the years of her childhood. Almost too slowly, deliberately, as if he was afraid to make the jump beyond the knowable and the familiar.

Drawing a deep breath, Johnny said, “I’m going to count to five, and when I reach five, you will be back before you were born. One, two, three, four, five. What do you see?Top of FormBottom of FormIt’s all black!”Do you know where you are?” he asked. Anita said she did not.

He continued, “As I count to ten, we’ll travel even farther back… What do you see now?”I’m in a car,” she replied. “What!?” This was a big emotional letdown. We had thought if she were to go back into a past life, it would certainly be long before the day of the automobile. But a car? That sounded too modern. Surely we had failed! “It’s a big, black, shiny car,” she exclaimed. “A Packard, and I just bought it.” “You did? What town are we in?” “We’re in Illinois. We’re in Chicago.” “I see. And what year is this?” Anita shifted around in the chair and literally became someone else. “You don’t know what year it is?” She laughed, “Well, Silly, it’s 1922!”

As they progressed over the weeks, it turned out that in that particular life, June, whose birth name was actually Carol, had been born into a farm family in downstate Illinois and had been married off to a repulsive older man at a tender age. She was so poor that she literally ran around barefoot and had but one dress to her name. One day at the local grocery store she met her future boyfriend and took the opportunity to escape to a new life in Chicago. As the life is slowly revealed over several sessions we learn that she is a bootlegger’s girlfriend! 

It’s an intriguing story all by itself and there are four more in the book, which are equally engrossing. It is well written and well worth the read. And I need to say that Dolores did whatever she could to research and verify all the past lives they encountered and gives details all throughout the book. Some of Anita’s lives went back hundreds of years, yet you, the reader feel like Edward R. Murrow on CBS TV who used to say, “You Are There!” …there in Real Time, and the experience is like ‘right now’ for the subject as well. Fascinating!

Dolores also takes great care to tell about their reactions to what they were uncovering at the time as well as how they planned to go about handling future sessions. For the reader, we are taken along on the journey of discovery with them more or less as it happened!  In subsequent sessions she relates what she is experiencing in her “in Between” lives as well.  And something I found interesting about that “in-between” state is that she was sometimes able, with prompting, to see into the future to some degree to reveal things that could be revealed without disturbing the future course of events.

For instance, this came in handy when a few years later Dolores’s husband Johnnie was involved in a terrible head-on car crash when a drunk crossed over the line and smashed directly into his VW Bus. He was rushed to the hospital and the doctors said he wouldn’t live, but Dolores remembered what Anita had told her under hypnosis about their future – that they would live long enough to grow old together. And Johnnie did indeed survive that accident and lived another 25 years, albeit in a wheelchair, but he did have his faculties.

Cannon’s early understanding of reincarnation seems rather simplistic compared to how far her work has evolved to now. However, in looking back at where she started and how she received the information, Dolores realized she and her husband were slowly being lead to lay the foundation upon which she would understand, communicate and explain far more challenging and complex ideas and concepts she would be receiving in the future.  EXAMPLE?When I met Dolores Cannon to conduct a radio interview here in San Mateo about 1999, she had just completed Conversations with Nostradamus: Volumes 1 – 3.

Dolores Cannon is now a world-renowned hypnotherapist who has explored thousands of cases in the forty plus years since 1968, and has written fifteen books about her discoveries. Her books are translated into more than 20 languages and she teaches her unique form of hypnosis called QHHT (Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy), all over the world.

Some of her other book titles include: “Jesus and the Essenes” and “They Walked with Jesus” which are considered classics in the life of Jesus and also, Between Death and Life, which I am currently reading and which is an extremely detailed discussion about the Afterlife and the Death experience and what lies beyond.

To put the contribution of Cannon’s work in perspective, popularized versions of past life therapy did not fully come into vogue until twenty years later when  Dr. Brian Weiss  published his first book on the subject called Many Lives, Many Masters in 1988, followed by Dr. Michael Newton’s book, Journey of Souls, published in 1994.

I am also reading the clinical work of Winifred Blake Lucas’ (a 2 Volume Set) called Regression Therapy, A Handbook For Professionals, which is a collection of about 10 well-known advanced clinical professional regression therapists who share their insights into the field of Regression Therapy, which was not published until 1998.

Looking at the larger context, we have to also recognize the part that non-local reality plays in this work. In the late 1990s I had a weekly radio program in Chicago dedicated to interviewing authors on the cutting edge of consciousness. Dr. Larry Dossey was one of the guests on my radio program when I lived in Chicago, who was promoting non-local consciousness back then. 

I emphasize the concept of ‘non-local’ consciousness because that seems to be the key to understanding the machinations of the larger Reality. This is a hotly debated topic in scientific circles, yet we Spiritualists are already hip to it. We have been doing ‘non-local’ for over a hundred years. Consider some of the Manifestations of Non-Local Consciousness: Mediumship, Psychic Phenomena, Precognition & Premonitions, Exceptional Capabilities, and Spontaneous Healings.

The spiritual view of reality has been ignored and mostly dismissed by modern science. Yet, our spiritual teachers have taught us for millennia that we all have the ability to experience transcendent states of awareness and intentionality and that they are clearly resident in the human condition. These states are now beginning to be understood as fundamental properties of our consciousness. These transcendent states have been experienced and described for millennia by our ancestors.

We are now re-awakening to these states through deep meditation and also through hypnosis. I feel that more needs to be done by modern day researchers following in the footsteps tread by pioneers such as Dolores Cannon. She is now in her mid-80s and is still traveling all around the world, lecturing, giving interviews and leading workshops. She even has a weekly radio podcast called the Metaphysical Hour!

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Delores Cannon

Dolores Cannon is also the owner of OZARK MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING, INC.,which specializes in the recovery and cataloging of Lost Knowledge. She is considered an authority on Nostradamus and one of the World’s Foremost Experts on Prophecy.

Dolores’ technique involves inducing an individual to the Somnambulistic state of trance through visualization. A state which under ordinary circumstances is experienced only twice daily: the moment just before you become consciously awake and the moment just before you drift off and fall asleep. Historically, hypnotists have avoided conducting research with patients in this state because of the strange and often inexplicable results that are recorded.

Not one to be limited by this disciplinary stigma, it was working with clients specifically in the Somnambulistic state and exploring the possibilities that led Dolores to discover that any individual can gain access to experiences of Past Lives they have lived as well as healing and knowledge of Parallel and Future Lives.

It was also by exploring with clients in this state that she discovered an infinitely knowledgeable and powerful aspect of each individual that can be contacted and communicated with. This part of ourselves, as Dolores has learned, is always present with us and exists just below the surface of our conscious mind, so she appropriately chose to label it The Subconscious – The SC. The Subconscious is what gives her and her QHHT practitioners access to past lives and which performs instantaneous healings – when appropriate.

Over her 45-year career, her technique has proven to be effective on thousands of people all over the world regardless of their Age, Gender, Personality, Physical Symptoms, Religious Beliefs or Cultural Backgrounds. Supplementing the vast body of work Dolores has produced, the results experienced by QHHT Practitioners, students of Dolores who have learned her technique and practice it with their own clients, conclusively support the finding that we have all lived Multiple Other Lives and we all have a Subconscious which holds the answers to most any question we may have about ourselves and the life we are living.

I encourage you to check out this or any of Dolores Cannon’s numerous other books because they could be a potential catalyst to your spiritual growth and expansion.