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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

27. April 2015 · Comments Off on Direct Connect To God, Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Astral Travel, Healing, mediumship, NDE, OBE, Out of Body Experience, spiritual healing, Uncategorized

Direct Connect To God, True Stories of Hope, Healing & Miracles;
Seeing Visions, Voicing and Hearing Words Far Beyond Human Insight
By Debra Martin and Sheri Getten


Debra-SheriOn April 9th, 2015 I was listening to my favorite radio program, Coast to Coast AM, when they had Debra Martin and Sheri Getten as guests. They are healers that say they connect directly to God when they conduct their healing work. Now maybe all healers connect to God in some fashion, but when you read and understand how they work and read the history of how they got started, you begin to think that perhaps they really do have a direct connection to God or at least a very powerful and wise aspect of God, when they do their healing work.

DCTG Book CoverFirst of all they come off as being very sincere. Secondly they have a lot of healing miracles that demonstrate that whatever they have connected with certainly does have some sort of super-powerful healing ability in many of the cases they have transcribed in this book.

To make a long story short, they both came to their work together via a series of serious car accidents which provided some ‘Angelic Guidance’ as well as brief experiences on “The Other Side,” and then later an ‘opportunity’ to heal Debra when she was in a serious Near Death health condition. *

The two work as a pair when doing their healing work. Debra Martin is a medium and is certified ‘Level 5’ by Dr. Gary Schwartz through his VERITAS Research Program at the Human Energy Systems Laboratory (HESL) in Tucson, Arizona.

Sheri Getten is the ‘hands on healer’ of the duo. After her NDE experiences she was drawn to Eric Pearl for her early training and has completed all 3 levels of his training possible. If you haven’t heard of Eric Pearl, you can find his amazing story through his book, The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, and his website. He has now trained thousands of people world-wide in his healing modality.

The way Sheri and Debra work is interesting. The client lies on a typical massage type table and while Sheri is doing her hands-on healing on the client, Debra lies under the table and makes an intuitive connection with God and becomes “the Voice of God.” She is then able to “direct the show” and even take the client on a spiritual journey which is sort of what some people experience during a past-life hypnosis session. They might go to a past-life that needs healing or to some other spiritual level to gain wisdom or knowledge pertinent to their disease, or to meet with a deceased relative, or whatever else may be needed to effect a healing.

Many times the client experiences an out and out miracle healing from a life threatening condition. For instance, chapter 5 describes the miracle healing of Dr. James Veney – A True Miracle from God, dated January 17, 2014. Dr. Veney was a retired professor of public health in the department of health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And as such Dr. Veney was a true skeptic. In February of 2013 he noticed that his energy level was declining. It turned out he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He then began a treatment regimen of chemotherapy that laid him low. In his own words, “Most days I could hardly move from my chair. Any kind of physical activity was impossible.” Chemotherapy causes collateral damage, and in his case it was peripheral neuropathy that included tingling in his hands and numbness in his feet. He stated, “Watching me struggle with my symptoms, my daughter arranged a healing for me with Debra Martin and Sheri Getten. I am typically skeptical of anything that doesn’t have a proven scientific basis, having spent my entire career doing research on effectiveness in the health field. But I knew it was important to both my daughters and my wife that I do this.”

He and his family and met with Debra and Sheri on a Friday morning. He said, “I had no idea what to expect, and even now don’t know exactly what happened. What I do know is that I lay on my back on a table in a darkened room at The Logos Center. Debra seemed to take on my thoughts and feelings and was able to sense my affliction, while Sheri assisted with the energy work, waving her hands over me. During the session, Debra talked about my pain; it seemed that she really could feel it. At the end of the session, my wife and daughters came into the room and we all said the Lord’s Prayer. Truthfully, I didn’t really feel any different than when I went in.

Three days later he had an appointment with a lymphoma specialist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Arizona. Based on previous tests, he had already concluded that he had lymphoma in his central nervous system and proceeded to outline two treatment options. One included surgery to remove the cancer in his brain, chemotherapy injected into his spine, and radiation treatment, etc. None of the treatment choices appealed to him, and the doctor said that the prognosis was only two to ten percent. He also indicated the need for another spinal tap to pinpoint the type of lymphoma that needed to be treated.

In his words, “We returned to the cancer center two days later for the spinal tap and chemotherapy injection. Based on the gloomy predictions from the neurologist and oncologist, my wife and I were bracing ourselves for the worst. The oncologist had said he would call with the test results at the end of the week. The outcome: There was no evidence of lymphoma in my spinal fluid. MD Anderson is renowned for cancer diagnosis and treatment, so I am confident in the result of that test. I do not have cancer in my spinal column or in my brain. What I know is that I went to the healing and my symptoms disappeared. The cancer was completely gone within one week of my healing session. That is enough for me to be truly grateful for the help Debra and Sheri gave me. I feel I have a second chance!”

As stated by the publisher, “Debra Martin and Sheri Getten have developed a healing technique of their own which is not being done anywhere else in the world. They have brought a piece of heaven here for you to read in this book. They are bringing you a direct connection with God. While reading this book, you are connecting to God’s frequency and vibration. Through these words from God, allow yourself to open your heart and feel His love, see His visions, and take a spiritual journey to places that most people think are unattainable.”

If you want evidence that healing miracles are possible, I highly recommend reading this book! It contains over 20 chapters and most of them are direct transcriptions of actual cases. There is sure to be at least one that relates to you! And the book demonstrates that God can still perform miracles in our day and age! It’s available from Direct Connect to God from Amazon in print or if you can’t wait for it to be shipped, get it immediately in Kindle version as I did! They also have a page on Facebook.


01. March 2015 · Comments Off on BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers – A Book Review · Categories: Afterlife, Out of Body Experience, spiritual healing

BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers
A Book Review

Backwards Book Cover

Backwards Book Cover

I have read so many books people have written about their own NDEs that I find it difficult to find the time or the motivation to write about most of them. This one, however, titled“BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for Answers,” by lawyer, Nanci L. Danison, is an exception. Most people have what I would call limited NDEs in that they do not go very far into the higher dimensions before returning to their everyday Earth life. And so it was, on that fateful day of March 14, 1994 that Nanci was undergoing a fairly routine medical

Nanci Danison

Nanci Danison

procedure designed to show her surgeon where to cut to remove three potentially cancerous lesions in her breast. The procedure had taken much longer than expected, and had to be repeated in order to get the wire marker deep enough into the breast tissue. It was painful, and emotionally traumatic for her body. She stated later, “I was alone when I died, because the radiologist and radiology technician both left me to perform other tasks, including getting their eighth set of mammography films developed.”
She was sitting alone in a room in a chair when it happened. The early stages of the NDE were fairly standard: She left her body, went into the Light, experienced overwhelming unconditional love, peace, joy, and acceptance, met Beings of Light, and had a life review. She stated. “What was dramatically different about my NDE was what I learned during these stages, as well as what happened to me during and after the life review.”
I particularly love the revelations she had after being in the light for a while: “Chief among them was the realization that I am not a human being; that what I had been calling my soul is in fact who I really am. And who I really am is not human, but rather a separately existing spiritual being who only inhabited a human animal’s body. Moreover, the human animal I had inhabited has her own life, thoughts, emotions, and personality, and is perfectly capable of living out the rest of her lifetime without me inside.”
What has stuck with me is the idea that we are Souls inhabiting or should I say co-existing within an ‘Animal Body!’ Many New Age philosophers simply say that we are Souls inhabiting a Body, but Nanci feels that it is more like we are co-habitating within the Animal Body which, without us, would still have a life of it’s own. And so that brings up the question of what we are doing here. Are we here to evolve not just our Soul, but also the Human Species as well?
This idea is not so far-fetched as it may first seem. I have come across this same idea expressed in the writings of LBL researcher Dr. Michael Newton as well. Dr. Newton is the author of three best-selling books, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives (1994), Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives (2000), and Life Between Lives: Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression (2004). Dr. Newton has an international reputation as a spiritual regressionist who has mapped out much of our life between lives experience which helps to explain our immortal life in the spirit world.
You must realize that Dr. Newton was as straight as an arrow before he was almost literally forced into the world of past-life and in between life regression therapy. In other words, he was a SKEPTIC! But after conducting literally over 7,000 regression sessions, he got over being skeptical as he began to note various patterns that emerged. One such pattern that I observed was that in some of his regressions, some individuals would talk about how they, as Soul, when first merging with the developing fetus, would actually sort of ‘negotiate’ with it’s consciousness! And as a side note, most Souls do not choose to merge until sometime after the fifth month or even after the birth.
So, what conclusion(s) can be drawn from this observation? First off; We are Soul having an experience in a Human Animal Body. Why? For the purpose of our own as well as that of the Animal Body’s evolution and experience. In other words, we both benefit from this merger. Some philosophies would say that there is this on-going battle between the Consiousness of the Soul and that of the Ego, which would represent that of the Body. Makes perfect sense to me especially when I see this idea expressed by highly intelligent yet skeptical people who do not know each other!
This realization is just one of many that you may have if you choose to read Nanci Danison’s book. Her NDE experience evolves to the point where she has this higher realization: “… the whole of our universe transpires exclusively within the mind of Source. There is only one being in our universe—Source. All things that we perceive as physical reality are really thoughts manifested by Source within its own Energy field. And, most importantly, none of it ever leaves the Source. So, I intimately experienced the “knowing” that I am literally part of Source’s thoughts, and the illusion that I am separate from it is a gift from Source to itself in order that Source might fully explore its own personality and creativity.”
You can order her book online at Amazon or if you are low on funds and time, you can read a summary of it here at www.NDERF.org – http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/Books/nanci_danison_book.htm
I would suggest this very short video for starters, called What God Expects of Me.

And here is a series of short talks: Nanci Danison’s Afterlife Experience Part 1

29. June 2014 · Comments Off on The 25th Man; How Not to Have an OBE! · Categories: Astral Travel, NDE, OBE, Out of Body Experience · Tags: , , , ,
Jack London

Jack London

The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich history of adventuresome pioneers and that began with the Gold Rush of the 1850s. And today I would like to discuss the work of one of the greatest and well-known adventurers born out of that era. For me the adventure is condensed into a book I discovered many years ago. It was written by one of the most prolific American writers of the 20th century. The work was one of the last great iconic adventure books written by San Francisco born, Jack London before

he died at the young age of 40 in 1916. I am not a big fan of fiction, but since this particular book is based upon the real life experiences of a real person who had what we would today call a series of OBE’s (Out of Body Experiences) while incarcerated in San Quentin Prison, I thought it worth a read.

My discovery of this book occurred about 20 years ago and the story has stuck with me ever since. It’s called, The Star Rover, which was first published in England in 1915 as The Jacket. I will reveal why the book was titled “The Jacket” a little later. The Star Rover is based on the life and imprisonment of a man named Ed Morrell, who upon his release from prison became Jack

London’s friend. He then told his story to Jack and the result was The Star Rover. Years later, after Jack London had passed on, Ed-Morrell-Book-smEd Morrell, wrote his own book, “The 25th Man – The Strange Story of Ed Morrell, the Hero of Jack London’s Star Rover,” released in 1924. I was recently able to locate and purchase this very rare out of print book, which is now a collectible! And it is to this book that I will mostly be referring.

Ed Morrell’s Story: Edward H. Morrell was an accomplice to the notorious “Evans & Sontag” gang that robbed the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1890s. According to his memoir, “The 25th Man,” the robberies were revenge for the large railroad corporation’s mistreatment of local ranchers of the San Joaquin Valley. This is one of those stories – about the supposedly terrible train robberies – that was hyped and romanticized by the media to the point that the railroads had no choice but to react harshly.

Although Ed Morrell was just a minor accomplice and had never been involved in any train robberies, he was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment in Folsom State Prison in 1894. He was eventually transferred to San Quentin. Five of his years were spent in solitary confinement; he was known as the “Dungeon Man” of San Quentin. He was pardoned in 1908.

Ed Morrell was not without guilt! It was in Fresno that Mr. Evans of the Evans & Sontag gang had been captured and was being held in the Fresno Jail. At the time, Ed Morrell, was a young man working as a waiter at a nearby restaurant. In comes this hot babe by the name of Eva Evans, the outlaws daughter. Ed falls for her; big mistake! Because somehow he was enticed by Eva Evans into a plot to smuggle guns into the jail as he was delivering meals there as part of his job. However, things did not go as smoothly as planned; during the escape, a gunfight ensued, and he and Morrell had to hightail it out of town together.

A long chase ensued which provided more fodder for the media and when they were eventually caught, they were tried and sent to Folsom Prison. Morrell then became a marked man and the railroad wanted to make an example out of him and he thus became a target for torment and torture. Soon he was framed for planning a prison escape and as a result was then transferred to San Quentin. Since the railroads in those days ruled the West, train robbers were not highly regarded and ‘word came down’ to the warden (knick-named “the pirate,” because he had a patch over his missing eye) to make Morrell’s stay there as difficult as possible.

Once incarcerated at San Quentin, Morrell was wrongly accused of a plot to escape, of hiding guns and dynamite, and since they could not make him confess, they unjustly sentenced him to solitary confinement. It wasn’t long before Ed earned the knick-name of “The Dungeon Man.” He spent five long years in solitary, during which time he endured frequent beatings and long periods bound in a straitjacket in an effort to make him talk.

Dr. Raymond S. Ward said this about his punishment: “Ed Morrell suffered a martyrdom in prison so appalling that any human being not having conquered all sense of pain, physical, mental, moral and spiritual, would have welcomed the crucifixion of Christ as an avenue of escape from such horrible tortures.”

However, the near suffocating constriction of the jacket had an unexpected side effect. Over time, Morrell developed the ability to separate his consciousness from his imprisoned body, enabling him to travel through time and space to experience past lives. The first time this happened to Morrell he felt as if he was smothering and lights danced in front of his eyes. But then suddenly he felt himself walking around outside of the prison as if he were a free man. Somehow he had managed to project free of his pain wracked body.

25TH MAN DIRECT QUOTES: “…from the brutal jacket and the dungeon Hell I learned to project myself into the living, breathing outside world of today, witnessing events… …I was present during a shipwreck, just outside the Golden Gate, heard the cries of women and children, saw them swallowed by the sea; …This wreck was an actual occurrence as I afterwards found out. It happened on the very day that I had left my body encased in the straitjacket in San Quentin’s dungeon.”

“At other times, unbelievable as it may seem, my mind was projected outside of the dungeon, playing a part in the lives of people I was later destined to meet, some of whom were to aid materially in my rehabilitation and freedom. I had become a master of self-hypnosis, suspended animation, call it what you will, and I believe I am one of few mortals who ever expressed the claim that intelligence endured, or that there was any continuity of thought or knowledge of time and events while in this state.”

“During my many sieges of torture in the jacket, nothing occurred in my dungeon cell of which I was not aware, tho absolutely dead to physical feeling or pain, proving conclusively that my mind was ever in control. I was indeed the “Star Rover” of the ages, and Jack London’s book but mildly touches upon that prison life of mine, leaving the most amazing phenomena unwritten, the most wonderful of my travels and doings untouched. He called those experiences, “the little death.” But I prefer to call them “my new life in tune with a power divine.”

“A force over which I had no control invariably led me out and away beyond the walls of the prison to travel through space with the speed of lightning, perhaps to some strange distant land where the people dressed in odd clothes and spoke in guttural languages. …I might view seas, desert islands, rivers, with here and there flashes of the tropics… only to return in the space of a moment to scenes more homelike, and to people whom I knew in my world of living realities.”

“San Francisco always held me spellbound. There, I flitted in and out through highways and byways of the big city, sometimes stopping in Golden Gate Park to watch the throngs moving about. By some uncanny power it was possible for me to look through and beyond them. I could not understand it! I was fascinated!”

“I have spent whole days in San Francisco, wandering about until night-fall. To me these were the most glorious times, because of the myriad lights of the big city. One time I entered a large and beautifully lighted church. I was drawn there by the sounds of the organ. The congregation were standing, singing a hymn; and fearful of disturbing them in their devotion I stole along through the main aisle looking for an empty seat.”

“I found one beside an elderly woman. She was singing in a rich well-trained voice. All through the service I was conscious of her presence, and registered how happy she made me feel. Still, I did not lose a word of the pastor’s sermon or any of the wonderful singing of the choir, and I felt that I wanted to stay there forever. To me, that church was a shrine of peace and love.”

“I reasoned, I can walk, I can see, I can hear, I can smell, I can feel! More, I can talk! ”But I could not explain to my mind why people never answered when I addressed them. Their indifference nonplussed me, because I believed they heard.”

There were many discrepancies, incongruous, incompatible with logic and reason. For instance, I could look through people as if I were an X-ray. Opacity meant nothing to me. I could flit through doors without opening them. Solid walls were as tissue paper, intangible, non-existent, when I wished to pass beyond. A moving train going at the highest speed was just an ordinary escalator for me to step off and on at will. And yet all this never appeared to be other than real.

Past Lives:Among the many (obviously past-life) personalities he inhabits while in the jacket are a Count who was a swordsman in medieval France; Jesse Fancher, a nine-year-old member of a wagon train crossing Utah in 1857; a nameless 4th-century hermit in Egypt; a 16th century Englishman, supposedly the first white man to set foot in Korea; a Norse-born Roman centurion in the service of Pontius Pilate; a seal hunter shipwrecked on an Antarctic isle in the early 19th century; and a series of prehistoric tribesmen representative of various ages of mankind’s distant past.

PREDICTION: At one point later in his confinement he made this prediction to the Warden: “Just one moment, ‘Pirate,’ I have a little prophecy to make…” “This is the last time I will ever be tortured in the jacket! One year from today I will go out of this dungeon never to return to it; and better still, four years from the day I leave the dungeon I will walk from the prison a free man with a pardon in my hand. More, the Governor of the State will bring that pardon in person to San Quentin!” The “Pirate” laughed and said I must be “Stark mad!”

Warden, John C Edgar

Warden, John C Edgar

This prediction eventually came true! While enjoying his many OBE trips, he occasionally found himself shadowing a man who lived in nearby Alameda. That man was prodded by the Progressive Republican governor of California, George Cooper Pardee, who was elected on an “anti-railroad” ticket, to become the new Warden of San Quentin. And that man was John C. Edgar,who took over the job in1906. After researching the case he became responsible for advocating for his pardon!

Morrell’s travels, while under torture, were verified by the then Governor of Arizona, George W.P. Hunt. He agreed that happenings which Morrell had seen and described were absolutely true. It’s as if astral projection in such cases is an escape mechanism when the body can’t take any more. The circumstances are similar to Near Death Experiences (NDE). The difference being that with Astral projection there is free movement to travel wherever one wishes. With NDEs it is usually where someone experiences what happens just prior to death. I would conclude that the importance of Astral Projection OBEs and NDEs is that they both show quite clearly that we are not simply physical beings; the body is just our temporary home.

Another interesting series of OBE visitations he had was to a real life person who was just a young school girl at the time, whom he would visit in her classroom while out of body and who eventually, after growing up, would become his wife, co-author and lecture partner after his pardon. After his parole he became an avid advocate for prison reform and took to the lecture circuit and also spoke before the legislatures of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

A FINAL NOTE: For me, the key lesson coming out of this true story is that Ed Morrell had a choice to make as to which direction to focus his energies, e.g., he could have held onto his anger and resentment towards the individuals who treated him so unfairly and harshly. Or he could choose the path that he did; which was to take the higher road of love towards these individuals. Consequently, his life was redeemed and he was able to turn his downward spiral around.

The proof of his turn-around was that before he was formally released he was made the Head Trustee over all the other inmates, which was a very responsible and important position almost on par with that of the Head Warden. And after his pardon and release he chose a career path to make a difference; to advocate to reform prisons and the way we as a society handle our incarcerated individuals.

Also, I recognized the constriction of the straightjacket he so frequently found himself in as a metaphor for all of us. In a way, aren’t we all confined to the small local consciousness of our ‘animal bodies’ most of the time? Shouldn’t we recognize that there are other worlds and dimensions that we could be exploring beyond the one we experience in our daily lives? There is a great Spiritual Adventure that awaits anyone bold enough to seek it! As Jack London said in his credo:

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet, The function of man is to live, not to exist.”

Some OBE Resources:

Waldo Vieira – IAC, The International Academy of Consciousness


Teal Swan: How to Have an Out of Body Experience