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3. Sources- Where did you get your information?

There are at least seven main areas of empirically based modern evidence for what happens when you die.

1.First there are Near-Death Experiences or NDEs.
2. Second there are out of body journeys and the experiences of shamans and remote viewers.
3. Third there is direct experience through apparitions, clairvoyance, clairaudience and deathbed visions.
4. Fourth there are revelations through other than conscious states of awareness such as hypnosis, dreams and holotropic states.
5. Fifth there are revelations through mediums from loved ones who have died.
6. Sixth there are revelations through electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and instrumental trans-communication.
7. Seventh there are revelations through mediums, channellers and automatic writers from spirit teachers of high degree.

These kinds of direct experiences of a psychic nature have led people of every culture that ever existed to understand that life continues after physical death and have formed the basis of the accumulation of cultural experiences into a body of knowledge called a religion.

Since the end of the nineteenth century however a body of scientists in England and America set out to investigate such experiences systematically using empirical methods and to reach conclusions which are based on sound research based on repeatable observations, thus taking the study of the afterlife out of the province of religion and into the realm of science.

Over the last fifteen I have researched hundreds of the most highly credible sources I could find. I was particularly interested in the investigations of researchers who were highly qualified highly trained observers such as scientists, doctors, engineers, lawyers and judges who were of impeccable character and who had more to lose than gain from putting their credibility on the line.

In the case of revelations through mediums I wanted to know about the character and motivations of the medium, whether that medium had been able to produce empirically verified survival evidence before a number of credible investigators and whether those investigators had established over a long period of years a consistent relationship with the communicating entities.

The great scientist Dr Robert Crookall, DSC. PhD, undertook a systematic study of hundreds of such communications from the afterlife obtained through many of the above avenues and published the results in his book The Supreme Adventure (1961).

His work is considered 'scientific' in that it painstakingly and objectively examines the evidence, it is internally coherent and it provides hypotheses consistent with a great mass of factual evidence.

Crookall was amazed at the consistency of the evidence coming from all over the world. Communications from every country — from Brazil, from England, from South Africa, from Tibet from Europe, from India and from Australia are all consistent. He was also amazed that they were identical with the beliefs held by the natives of the Hawaiian Islands, cut off from other civilizations for years prior to their 'discovery' by Captain Cook in 1788. He was also amazed at the consistency of the evidence given by people who had Out of Body Experiences, Near-Death Experiences and the communications of high level mediums.

Crookall was a member of the Churches' Fellowship for Psychical Study which came into being in England to allow those who had personal experiences of a psychic and spiritual nature to share them and to examine them in the light of traditional church teachings on the afterlife. The preface to his book was written by a former Chief Justice of the British High Court who concluded that: “It behooves every ordained Minister in the land to use it.”

Another brilliant and highly respected investigator was Arthur Findlay, practical businessman, a successful stockbroker, who approached the task of psychic investigation with a cool and rational mind. For five years he undertook a special investigation with John Sloan,one of the most gifted direct voice mediums of all time. As he puts it " I have created conditions so as to make fraud and impersonation impossible, and, by persistent enquiry have obtained information about the Etheric World, its inhabitants and how communication takes place which should satisfy the average individual...I have dealt with hard facts all my life. I have required a knowledge of economics and mathematics in my business life, and, outside of this, my special interest has been in physics. I have therefore approached this subject in a matter-of-fact way, and have obtained information which makes
the phenomena, to my unbiased person, both reasonable and natural."

A third carful investigator of the Afterlife was George Meek. At the age of 60 George Meek retired from his career as an inventor, designer and manufacturer of devices for air conditioning and treatment of waste water. He held scores of industrial patents which enabled him to live comfortably and devote the next twenty five years of his life to self-funded full-time research into life after death.

Meek undertook an extensive library and literature research program and traveled the world to locate and establish research projects with the top medical doctors, psychiatrists, physicists, biochemists, psychics, healers, parapsychologists, hypnotherapists, ministers, priests and rabbis. He established the Metascience Foundation in Franklin North Carolina which sponsored the famous Spiricom research and which succeeded in establishing extended two-way instrumental contact between people alive and people living in the afterlife (See Chapter 4 on Instrumental Transcommunication). His last book, After We Die What Then (1987), outlines the conclusions of his years of full-time research onthe nature of the Afterlife.

As an additional avenue of research I followed the teachings of several advanced mediums and myself became clairaudient. I was then in the fortunate position of being able to obtain direct confirmation from people I trusted who had passed on.

The last fifteen years has led to an unprecedented explosion of knowledge about and interest in the Afterlife and in other than conscious ways of knowing. The Internet has made the sharing of such knowledge much easier and has further taken it out of the restrictive confines of "religion" where observation has been mixed with "beliefs" and rituals.

It is now possible for ordinary people to record and share their experiences and to contribute to the exponential accumulation of knowledge without the restriction of dogmas. An excellent example of this is the knowledge that has emerged from the study of near-death experiences (see www.near-death.com).

At a time when quantum physics is leading us to question the nature of existence and physicists are writing of alternate realities and of the creative power of consciousness what is amazing is both the incredible beauty and the highly persuasive internal consistency that emerges from the picture of the afterlife which emerges from numerous sources from around the world.

Just some of the voluminous sources on which this study is based include:

Silver Birch (Ortzen 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991), Arthur Findlay, White Eagle, Anthony Borgia, Lord Dowding, Sir William Crookes, Sir Oliver Lodge, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Leslie Flint, Ivan Cooke, George Meek, Dr Carl Wickland, Sir William Crookes, Dr Robert Crookall, Sir William Barrett, the Rev. C Drayton Thomas, Geraldine Cummins, FWD Myers, Raymond Bayliss, Gary Williams, Arthur Ford, Johannes Greber, George Anderson, Charles Hapgood, Dr Maurice Rawlings, Allan Kardec, Emmanuel, Joe Fisher, Dr Ian Stevenson, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Martin Ebon, Robert James Lees, Ruth Montgomery, Stainton Moses, Ursula Roberts, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Jane Roberts, Helen Greaves, The Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, Kevin Williams, Professor James Hyslop, Mark Macy, The American Association for EVP, Betty Eadie, Edith Fiore, Dr Raymond Moody.

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