this week's report
Should people should come into this world at least
knowing that there is an afterlife and that they will
be accountable for their actions?
Would this make make
people act in a more spiritual way?
Below is a selection from the huge number of emails we
received on this most interesting topic.
Patrick from Sweden:
I think we don't know about the afterlife because we've
been manipulated not to believe in it by the powers that
control society. I also believe that its a plan we all
agreed upon before coming to earth so we could learn about
what we aren't (eternal souls), but I also believe its
time for this 'experiment' to end. We need to wake the
world up to the fact that life after death exists so everyone
will start living in more humane ways.
I was wondering if perhaps it was that this 95% of people
think that the afterlife might be a possibility or a nice
to have, but that since it hasn’t been proved and
since the general scientific culture (which has such influence)
is one of disbelief or case not proven, then they tend
to sit on the fence a bit.
There may be the consideration of what to do about it.
With many mainstream religions, let’s take Christianity
as an example, professing exclusivity (ours is the only
way) and professing ‘belief is more important than
actions’ it may seem that even if there is an after-life
we can’t actually do anything about it. Or they
may think that hidden within the structure of the religion
for those that care to look, lie theological paradoxes.
The result being that the religion remains incomplete
and unsatisfactory. People may then think that if there
is a God and that religion was His best shot then because
of it’s inadequacy it can’t actually be true.
So doubt persists.
Sean (Veterinary Surgeon in England):
I believe some people do not have the ability to comprehend
spirit in the same way as I do not have the ability to
channel spirit. It is almost as if we are on a sliding
scale, possibly due to our previous life existences that
we have the ability to comprehend rather than categorically
do not believe. Maybe 'forgive them for they know not
what they do' should read 'forgive them for they cannot
know what they do'. Those that we consider to be closed-minded
sceptics are at the lower end of this scale and psychic
mediums are at the upper end of the scale of comprehension,
The reasons we are not pre-informed about the Afterlife
and have difficulty in finding provable evidence is because
we are not meant to know…..Remember, when you were
a child in school; when you knew teacher was there you
behaved yourself, yet when you knew teacher wasn't there....???
How could teacher know what sort of child you really were?
The Afterlife reveals the real you, only then can you
truly judge yourself and make the improvements you need
to progress further.
Sadly, even those many so -called religious folk who
purport to "believe" in an afterlife of accountability,
are capable of egregious behavior. Knowing and believing
are very different, yet as you have seen, even amongst
many mediums, or those who have experienced mediumship,
people continue to act from their egos rather than from
their higher selves. This can also be seen by those who
have near death experiences, although, as a group, they
seem to be the most favorably affected in terms of becoming
more enduringly spiritual and acting from that perspective.
Ultimately, it is not even certain knowledge of the afterlife
that creates change in human behavior, rather it is the
absolute commitment to work on the "small self",
in order that the persona becomes healed and serves the
"higher self"- the alchemy of ego into spirit,
while still inhabiting the dense body.
I think the answer is that belief in the “real”
“physical” world affords a radical sense of
freedom to the ego. It permits the ego to deny the reality
of God, and avoid the unconscious sense of guilt that
we all carry. Believe in the afterlife starts one on a
slippery slope toward the belief in a higher power from
which we disconnect ourselves. In short, the root cause
is the unconscious fear of an awesome God who will punish
us for our sins and dominate our egos, eliminating our
freedom to be individuals. Like other human shortcomings,
its roots are in fear and a failure to accept the love
that God offers due to a deep sense of unworthiness.
One book that I found helpful is the Disappearing
Universe. Kierkegaard also was in touch with this
deep anxiety about God. In short, all of us believe at
some level that we have sinned and fallen short of the
glory of God, and we deserve to be punished for this betrayal
of love. The afterlife brings us that much closer to the
“day of reckoning”, and it just much simpler
to deny that this will happen than it is to face our unconscious
guilt and fear.
It seems to me that the Greater Intelligence and our own
Higher Intelligence conspire to ensure that we all come
into the experience of Time with sufficient veils to allow
for an actual physical/educational experience. It takes
a significant amount of heat and pressure to create a
diamond and, likewise, to evolve a Soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
said something to the effect that if people knew the Truth,
suicide would unpeople the planet. Without the veil, who
would struggle? Who would suffer? Who would endure? Who
would overcome? Who would evolve?
I don't recall who it was that said "good is a good
teacher but evil is the better." I, personally, can
vouch for the potential of evil to be an excellent tutor
as I have learned my most valuable lessons and experienced
my greatest growth at its hand. It is not until we actually
experience and have to wrestle with the physical, psychological
or spiritual obstacle/threat/challenge do we truly learn
who we are, what defines us and what we are capable of.
What I have learned is that every moment, every circumstance,
every event, and even every opinion I hold and the nature
of every question I ponder, introduces me to myself. I
understand the mythology of Adam and Eve being expelled
from the Garden as being analogous to our being expelled
from the Garden into Time for the adventure in learning
and growth and so that we might be introduced to our Self.
With regard to doubt and disbelief, for me, doubt has
been a necessary teacher and guide. Without doubt we would
not be compelled to evaluate, to search, to weigh and
measure. Doubt is a wise teacher, it leads us on a path
of higher and more substantial knowing. Every great accomplishment
is the long shadow of a single doubt. Is the world flat?
Someone doubted that. I think the atheist argument exists
to allow us to more deeply explore and deepen our knowing,
understanding and our own personal argument.
And finally, belief in an afterlife does not create good
citizens. We need only look to the terrorists who were
securing their place in the afterlife through their acts
of murder and terrorism, then and now, or the crusades
or violent religious fervor/fanaticism of any ilk. On
another note, I functioned in the role of officer, sergeant,
lieutenant, captain, chief of security, swat commander,
prison administrator and division administrator and in
all of those years and roles I don't recall ever encountering
a single atheist inmate or a single document listing atheist
preference. While this does not necessarily equate to
belief in an afterlife it suggests a religious indoctrination
into one and at the opportunity to list their preference
opted for a religion (typically Christian) which presupposes
a God and an afterlife.
Realizing that I have always become better for the worst
of it, I tend to trust this Mystery and Wonder that we
find ourselves in. I trust the process. I trust the Divine/Creative
Intelligence and am secure in my knowing that nothing
can happen against ITs will, even those things that we
perceive as evil.
I firmly believe in reincarnation. I also believe in conscious
or a “knowing” passing into the Afterlife
is highly desirable. So why don’t we come in with
all our past lives/afterlife memories intact? Knowing
we have experienced many lives and why we are here again.
I can only surmise that there is a law or a compassion
the reverse of karma that we are born “innocent”
So we have to evolve each time; at first to grow to maturity
and then to grow in spirituality,
Perhaps this is a kindness because remembering heaven
would make living in the physical very hard (too hard?)
It would be glorious if we were all more spiritually advanced
because things like war would be a thing of the past.
I thank you so much for your weekly e mails they have
helped me so much. And YES I agree with you and how different
it would be if we all came into this world with some built-in
knowledge of the afterlife…, on the other hand,
maybe, we all come with it…, but at some time as
we grow, we get contaminated some more than others and
because of our “free will” we choose some
to keep on believing and others not to believe, what do
I also am an attorney and I am also retired (mostly) from
practicing law. I too have been investigating the afterlife
for many years (although not on a full-time basis), and
I also have come to the conclusion that the evidence for
continued conscious existence after death is overwhelming.
Basically, I have come to the conclusion that it is not
part of the Divine Plan for people who are on earth are
supposed to have significant knowledge of the afterlife
and even of questions such as the meaning of life, although
this is something that can be acquired, to some extent,
to those who are willing to put in the time and effort
to search for it. I remember reading once that Victor
Hugo, the famed novelist, was interested in spiritualist
phenomena, and he once asked the spirit that he was communicating
with through some medium why the spirits did not provide
evidence for the existence of the afterlife that was so
impressive, so indisputable and definitive, that all would
be forced to believe, even die-hard atheists.
The spirit replied that such evidence had not been provided,
and would not be provided, because if people on earth
actually knew without any doubt about the afterlife, many
areas of which are infinitely preferable to conditions
typically found on earth, that it would not be possible
to keep them on earth and focused on their earthly lives.
The spirit went on to say, if my recollection is correct,
that there was a spiritual benefit that the people on
earth derive from their existence here, even though they
suffer hardships, and the only way to keep the people
here is to ensure that they do not know with absolute
certainty about the existence of the afterlife.
One final point I would like to make is that my ideas
have been partially inspired by my one indisputable contact
with the spirit world. When I was in law school, a personal
crisis led me to experience a strange, undulating motion
along my spine, as though some giant caterpillar had somehow
found its way under my skin and was climbing up my spinal
cord. When the undulating energy reached the base of my
skull, I heard a snap, and suddenly found myself transformed.
I had limitless energy for several weeks, sleep was unnecessary,
and I also developed some strange abilities (such as being
able to empathically link with animals and people, and
even influence their conduct to some extent). The apex
of the experience was when some disembodied being spoke
to me inside my head and told me that I would never be
able to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation
unless I accepted that I was intended by God’s plan
to be a separate, distinct individual, and that I should
cease trying to run from this inevitable and inescapable
part of my destiny, as I had been doing, since there was
no escaping God’s Plan. The being, whoever it was,
clearly was much more evolved than I was—I still
remember the sense of wisdom and authority that it conveyed—and
its message to me was that we are intended to develop
as individuals as part of God’s plan.
The forces behind the church of materialism in our societies
are hell bent on crushing & denying the overwhelming
evidence for the existence of the Human Spirit, never
mind the Afterlife, just the evidence of telepathy alone
threatens their power structures here on Earth, and they
want to remain in their positions of dictatorship NO MATTER
WHAT THE COST is to us ALL may be! ...this is NO conspiracy...just
old fashioned human greed & lust...nothing new. And
we, the general public (Not you or me) are all responsible
for buying into that Dogma. We buy it cause it's a simple
theory to follow, we like to put things in neat little
boxes, we don't want complexity.."the more I have,
the happier I will be"...a very empty & lonely
theology to live by.
Firstly, in my experience with people I have come in contact
with, there are those who want complete power and control
over other human beings, whether it be in a family or
organisational invironment. These 'controllers' are afraid,
and absolutely will not allow the concept of of love and
all the wonderful things and feelings that it encompases
into thier lives or existence because it would cause them
to loose thier control and manipulation of other human
being. These people thrive on the concept of causing fear
and misery to others by thier sheer manipulation, and
see themselves as having every right to live life 'thier'
way. Creating Fear keeps them in them control!
Secondly, there are those who are genuinly afraid of what
the admission of 'the existance of the afterlife' would
mean, and what it would do to thier world, the one they
have lived comfortably in all thier lives. They choose
to continue to live the 'simple' life rather than explore
other possiblilities that may 'turn thier world (as they
have lived and believed it for so long ) - upside down.
Fear holds them in their comfort ! Me - I say bring it
on, I want to know and experience everything of this world
and the next.