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What happens to famous people after death?
My own work as a medium brings me into contact with all sorts of people from all walks of life. Most of the time I have no idea who I am dealing with. Many of my consultations are done from my home, over the Internet, or when I go to visit people in their own homes. Occasionally, I will visit London to do consultations for people if they can assemble a group of four. Soon after the death of Princess Diana, a lady from the Knightsbridge in London rang me for a “party plan” group of consultations. The private consultations would be done at her office. (I will call her Sylvia)
When it came time for Sylvia to have her “reading.” she told me that she would like me to try to get in touch with her mother on the spirit side. I gave the reading knowing nothing about Sylvia’s background or life. I made a communication with her mother and gave some proof that she could accept. However, I had to interrupt our reading because someone else was trying hard to get through. I had to put her in touch with a young lady who had just passed to the spirit world in a terrible car accident. As I continued to describe the woman and the details about her passing, I realized it was the spirit of Princess Diana that was communicating with us.
At the time, I had no idea that Sylvia was a close friend of Diana and had been one of her health advisors–using “new age” techniques. When the press had originally heard about Diana’s involvement in this, they staked out the building in the hope of exposing the story of Diana’s interest in what they perceived to be weird ideas.
I described Diana to Sylvia, but I needed some unique evidence to prove that it was indeed her. I felt a little embarrassed about the idea, as so many mediums have claimed to have been in contact with celebrities, without providing supporting evidence as proof that it is the actual spirit who is speaking, not a figment of the medium’s imagination. I gave Sylvia the following pieces of evidence to prove that I was in contact with who I claimed.
1) I quoted lines from a letter that I said that Elton John had written–a copy of which was now in Sylvia’s possession. 2) Similarly, I quoted from a letter from Barbara Cartland. 3) I gave Sylvia the typical greeting that Diana would say to her. 4) I told her how they had discovered that the place was bugged. According to Sylvia, the British Secret Service had been carefully monitoring all of Diana’s movements and conversations long before she met Dodie. Diana believed that this was not just for her personal protection but there was a hidden agenda to keep a lid on her rebellious spirit. 5) I repeated sentences from the conversation they had in which Diana had confessed that, despite it all, she still loved Charles–a fact that she had confessed to Sylvia when they were alone. 6) I said that Diana took pleasure in taking trinkets from the palace and giving them to her friends. In particular, I said that she had given Sylvia two small silver-and-gold pillboxes. They had royal initials on the bottom and had once belonged to the Romanoff family from Russia. I described the lids of the boxes, likening the decorations to a blue cameo.
When the sitting was over Sylvia went to another room and returned with some envelopes. She showed me photocopies of the letters and the words I had quoted. In addition, she pulled out a colour photograph. It was of the two small Romanoff pillboxes that Sylvia had been given by Diana. The inscriptions and everything I had said about them were correct.
I was, of course, flabbergasted that Diana had come through during this run-of-the-mill consultation. At a time so close to her passing and while the nation still mourned, it seemed almost bad taste. The nation had already had enough of psychics who had revealed Diana’s most intimate secrets.
There is usually a reason for a spirit to make a communication. The most important is to let the grieving know that they are safe in the new life and that the tragedy that struck them is no longer causing them pain. Unfortunately, I was unable to communicate with Dodie although Diana wanted people to know that they are both safe in the new life. She passed to me a message, that I conveyed to Sylvia, saying: “Dodie and I were deeply in love. But our love could never have flowered as it should have done in the world. Only here, in the bliss of the afterlife, can our love find it’s fulfillment.” I also gave Sylvia a few personal messages via Diana for Dodie’s father. I hope that somehow they were received.
Diana’s spirit struck me as completely different from what I would have imagined. Rather shocked, I said to Sylvia that Diana had a tendency to swear a great deal and would delight in using bad language. Sylvia told me that, away from the limelight, Diana was quite a colourful character and indeed did swear a lot when they came together. In the comfort of Sylvia’s consultation room, she relaxed and could let off steam as much as she liked.
Diana said how she loved the boys, but I was surprised when she said she loved Charles. She was of course “in love” with Dodie, but she wanted it to be known that she had never hated or not loved Charles. He was a man she wanted to love, but from the start Camilla had stood in the way.
Finally we asked her about the claims that there had been a conspiracy to kill her. Having heard that MI5 had once bugged Sylvia’s rooms, I was expecting dark tales of intrigue. Diana was emphatic in saying that, as far as she was aware, there was no conspiracy to kill her.
What happened was a tragic accident, but it is good to be aware that Diana and Dodie are safe and well in the afterlife. I hope that Al Fayed and others who grieve for the couple may one day come to understand that there was no place for them in this world but that there is a place for them in the next. The power of love found a way for them to be together, but it was not for us to share. The contemporary medium Patricia Kirmond expressed it well when she said, about Diana’s death, “Sometimes what appears to human consciousness to be a tragedy is, in the divine sense, the fulfilling of the karmic equation for that particular soul.”
So what did Diana’s spirit have to say about what happens to famous people when they die?
I wondered about the fact that so many people were thinking about her and grieving for her. Did she feel all this grief? How could she stand it? I repeated to Sylvia what I heard Diana saying. “Here we are protected from the thoughts of all the people who are grieving for us. We could never stand it. I am now just like anyone else. I am not a princess or an ex-wife or a “scheming actress,” I am who I am I am–the real me. Here, fame makes absolutely no difference. Already I understand this. What matters is who I am and what I feel. At the moment all I am concerned about–apart from the boys–is that I can be with the person I love. And nobody can stop us being together.”
As the previous example illustrates, fame means nothing in the afterlife. Just because you have been a royal or a president or a great leader does not mean that you will carry this status into the next life. Your true worth is based upon who you have become. In the afterlife, falsehood fails, truth triumphs, and virtue reigns. Character confers power–not knowledge, inventive skill, or wealth. The next world is guided by wisdom.
The afterlife world is an organized place with its own social structures and even a government. However, it is unlike any administration known on earth.
Imagine the potentially chaotic situation at the initial stages of the afterlife. A continual stream of new arrivals includes the wise, the wicked, the learned and the insane. Many are likely to be puzzled, or in a state of confusion. Fortunately, the spirit world has been around for a long time and is well organized, with knowledgeable leadership.
The life review has already revealed that, from the moment you pass over, you will have a chaperon to the next life. At your entry to the next world, you meet your guardian angel and are made aware of your life on earth and what to expect during your stay in the afterlife planes. What you encounter at that initial orientation is just a small part of the hierarchy of spiritual organization that you will discover exists as you move through the afterlife realities.
In earthly life, it is power and money that usually confers position in society. We honour people with wealth, social class, business acumen, and talent. Yet many of these individuals are not worthy of our tribute. Political cunning, ruthless business tactics, and clever manipulation of others have been known to cause a person to rise to a position of recognition and respect in our world. In the afterlife, these ambitious attitudes are considered to be bad qualities, and do not in any way improve your status in the next world.
Some individuals may continue to have fantasies about power, and create illusionary worlds in which they appear to be living out their ambitions. These illusionary states, however, will contain fundamental flaws that enable the higher spirit beings to make the soul-dreamer aware of the futility of his desire. The influential New Age pioneer Gary Zukav put it succinctly when he wrote: “The illusion is exquisitely intimate to the needs of each soul. Always each situation serves each person involved. You cannot, and will not, encounter a circumstance, or a single moment, that does not serve directly and immediately the need of your soul to heal, to come into wholeness.”
Some may incarnate immediately, in order to avoid confronting their misconceptions.
People with similar motivations will be drawn together and create between them, through their own megalomaniac desires, their own worlds. The snag is that everyone wants to rule, resulting in continual conflict, competition, and hatred. They may think all is well–as it should be–but if they can examine their hearts, they will see that they are suffering. The worst thing about being in hell is not knowing that you are there in the first place, and that you are creating the illusion yourself.
In the spiritual planes, it is not our ability to rule but our ability to serve that counts. Returning to the case of Princess Diana. She had a high position in British society by right of her birth and marriage. Nonetheless, she demonstrated in her life compassion for others and influenced a great many people around the world to adopt better principles. She had many faults, but I’m sure her standing in the afterlife will be one of honour and respect. The personal touches given AIDS victims, and the comforting words and care offered to children in distress will be, in retrospect, of far greater importance than all the high-ranking engagements and public events she ever attended. In the afterlife, we rise to status according to the qualities of our character.
Government in the spirit
The spirit guides and helpers who have spoken through countless mediums all speak of the “natural Law” that dictates the conditions in the next world. This natural law creates the right conditions spontaneously. For example, thoughts of anger will weigh heavy on some people and pull them into a pit of their own hatred until they are able to resolve these things. Similarly, thoughts of love will draw you upward to the higher levels of the spiritual kingdom. The natural law also draws people together who have similar motivations and dispositions. And it is the natural law that decides who, in the afterlife, will have eminence.
Those of good character and who are willing to serve will naturally attain position. This is not a democratic society where every person’s vote counts. Instead, those with character naturally assume position–something that would, of course, be impossible in the material world. The workings of this natural law mean that the good automatically rise to position, while the bad sink to what is suitable for them. Those with a negative disposition cannot rise to the higher levels of the spirit, to interfere with the organization of the higher planes. They are pulled down by their negativity as if by weights. Advanced beings, however, if it is their wish, may descend to help those in the lower planes progress up the ladder of spirituality.
The beings that administer justice in the afterlife are those who have attained divine realization. Their hearts are at one with their conscience. It is character that gives power and love that is the touchstone of the law. The hierarchy of the spirit world government is dictated according to greatness of soul. Those who are closer to spiritual perfection naturally rise to the top of the political structure; yet their desire is not to rule but to serve.
‘What to Do When You are Dead’ explores what happens after death and describes the world we will find there. It is a powerful book that draws on near death experiences, spiritual traditions as well as the medium’s direct experiences.
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References and Works Cited
Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE