The Nature and Form of Life in the Beyond
A medium must always strive for accuracy, and not be satisfied with woolly statements that could apply to just about anyone. Plenty of people spout psycho-babble, but much of it can be quickly recognized as foolish fantasy. A good medium will always strive to provide clear and verifiable detail. Only if the mediumship is good can we trust that the information given about the afterlife deriving from it is also accurate?
What you will read here is not fantasy or material simply arising from the unconscious. It has come during mediumship from spirits who have proven their identity to the sitters. Also included is information derived from yogis, metaphysical thinkers, and mediums of the past.
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COMMUNICATING WITH SPIRITS
Spirit communication happens when the conditions are right. On this side, there needs to be a cheerful atmosphere of expectation. Once this is established, the medium is usually able to blend thoughts with those being projected by the other world’s spirit communicator. These thoughts are perceived by the medium as a voice, pictures, or sensations. By putting the various impressions together, enough evidence can be established to prove that contact has been made with a dead loved one. The energy that fuels this wonderful phenomenon is the power of love. It is love that builds the bridge between the two worlds.
The Evidence of Life After Death
Often, evidence for life after death is strong enough to reassure the converted, but not conclusive enough to convince unbelievers. It is much more difficult to work with a skeptical person. I have given very accurate evidence when demonstrating in the supportive atmosphere of the Spiritualist Churches, but to provide the same detail to a hard-nosed journalist is another matter. Nonetheless, I have endeavored to demonstrate mediumship on television, over the radio, and in front of skeptics. Sometimes I fall flat on my face, but as a rule, I have managed to provide clear evidence of survival, even when working in the most hostile of conditions.
How much time do you spend trying to satisfy the needs of the physical body? You may enjoy good food, sex, a nice and spacious home, holiday giving, or a big car. You may draw comfort by surrounding yourself with luxury or by wearing the most expensive jewel. We live on an endless treadmill, moving from a desire to desire. It’s like eating a tasty meal; we enjoy it, but sooner or later we get hungry again.
I’m not saying that you should grow a beard, wear a horsehair shirt, and retire to the forest. It would be inappropriate to stop eating or to throw away your material possessions and pleasures. All of these things are good, but they are also transient. They do not last. Desire is a trap, and that applies to the physical plane, the astral plane, and the causal plane.
The Cycles of Birth & Death
The Buddha said that the cause of all suffering is Desire (attachment). Liberation from the endless cycle of birth and death comes when you can let go of all attachment and desire. People who worship material things usually fear death the most. The thought that the physical body will one day perish fills them with utter dread. Have you ever met a beautiful woman, like a top model, who is just getting to the point where her looks are changing? Instead of allowing an inner beauty to develop and shine through, she busies herself in a frantic attempt to maintain her external beauty. Yet we’ve all been touched sometimes by people so spiritually beautiful that we never noticed whether they were surface beautiful or not.
The truth is that we are not the body, yet we spend all of our time pampering it. In the developed world’s cultural climate, we carry with us a heavier burden of material thinking than any generation in the history of mankind. The result is that we’ve forgotten that the physical body is only one small part of our being.
Life After Death and Denial
In earlier times, the fear of dying was used by religion to undermine individualistic thinking and to increase our dependence on the church. A fear of an eternal hell and retribution kept the heretics in check and society in control. It was the perfect way to hold onto power and maintain the status quo. Religion, in its worst form, is a notorious system of mind control that uses the fear of death to manipulate its victims. It achieves the very opposite of what its saviors, saints, and sages taught.
Sadly, death is still taboo. A history of spiritual corruption has meant that most people do not see death as a blissful transcendence. Instead, we are encouraged to cling to the material and avoid all talk of death–particularly when death creeps close. Everyone knows that you are dying, yet your relatives can only talk about banal things such as the weather. Nobody dares to talk to you about your oncoming trip to the unknown. Added to this lonely predicament, you may have to endure the dispassionate world of intensive care. There is an almost hysterical desire to keep life going at all costs, even if it means keeping you alive for a few more days of suffering.
The Afterlife World
Would it not be better if, instead of existing in a state of denial about death, we were to consider embracing it when it approaches? Clearly this is easier said than done, but to consider the possibility of a life beyond death and to think about our own mortality will help us to realize that death can be a mystical experience that need not fill us with fear and dread.
The realization that our soul consciousness goes on after we’ve died is a call to use our lives wisely. It is a call for us to wake up, and to put to good use this wonderful opportunity of living on Earth. Fortunately for us, the physical body is not the sum total of our being: we also have a spiritual body, a body of light that will transport our consciousness into the next stage of existence.
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‘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 mediums 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