SUPREME ADVENTURE by Dr Robert Crookall |
author of this book, Dr. Crookall, has gathered and analyzed
communications from the spirit world which were available
from a wide variety of written sources, primarily through
mediums, over many decades prior to 1960. He organized a
series of statements about the death experience and the
afterlife. For each statement the correlation among information
drawn from these many sources was high. The collective results
afterlife description with a high degree of credibility
because so many sources contributed the same information
even though they were independently produced.
Strong evidence for the existence of an afterlife for the
same reason--an intellectually consistent set of statements
derived from many independent sources.
This book provides an interesting alternative to the use
of medium communications to produce evidence of the reality
of the afterlife through individual sittings. In the latter
case, the potential for telepathic contact with the sitter
or the ability of the medium to tap into some universal
source of knowledge--however unlikely these paths may be--are
used by skeptics to discount the possibility of spiritual
FROM THE REPORT:
Relating to the Total Natural Death-Experience
following statements are described in the book, with numerous
sources defined. They provide a basis for comparison with
other descriptions of the afterlife contained in references
identified on this website:
No. 1a: Experiences in the immediate hereafter
may be affected by dominant or habitual thoughts and feelings,
and by strong expectations or fixed ideas developed during
No. 1b: Man possesses a 'body' that cannot be seen
by the physical eye or touched by the physical hand. It
consists of a 'vehicle of vitality' and a Soul Body, both
of which interpenetrate the physical body. The Spiritual
Body interpenetrates the Soul Body.
No. 2: A person, having knowledge of their imminent
crossing over, will issue a 'Call' to friends and relatives
who have gone before. This is not true for those who pass
suddenly without prior awareness.
No. 3: Excessively self-centered individuals, who
do not issue a 'Call', will be met by certain discarnate
helpers who voluntarily undertake such services and are
specially trained in such duties.
No. 4: A fixed idea that there is no after-life
acts like a post-hypnotic suggestion and no 'Call' is sent
to departed friends.
No. 5: In the early stages of transition from earth
life, individuals will experience a panoramic review of
their past earth-lives.
No. 6: About an hour before the cessation of breathing
and heart-beat, a dying man has often almost completely
vacated his Physical Body and stands nearby, perfectly conscious
and happy, although he may appear to others to be in a pre-death
No. 7: Natural death involves neither physical
pain nor fear.
No. 8: Being brought back to the body from the
verge of death, by stimulants, etc., does involve pain and
fear. Those who thus 'return' from the brink of death to
earth-life do so with reluctance.
No. 9: Some of those who were conscious of vacating
the body had a sensation of 'falling' or of 'rising'; others
described a momentary 'coma', 'darkness', 'blackout' or
'passing through a dark tunnel'.
No. 10: Many of the newly-dead do not, for a time,
realise that they have shed their Physical Bodies.
No. 11: Death was "not what was expected":
the process seemed 'natural', there was 'no abrupt change'
in the self; the new environment was 'familiar', 'earth-like',
'substantial' and 'real'; the new body, superficially at
least, resembled the physical body.
No. 12: Although several who died thought, at first,
that they might be dreaming, most knew that they were not.
No. 13: The double that leaves the Physical Body
at death consists of the whole of the vehicle of vitality
plus that portion of the Soul Body that was immersed in
No. 14: A cloud-like mass first collects above
the dying man. It usually floats horizontally over the recumbent
body and is variously described as 'luminous', 'grey', 'smoke-like',
'steam-like', 'vaporous', 'cloudy', 'shadowy', 'misty' and
No. 15: This exteriorised mist gradually assumes
definite shape and finally resembles the vacated Physical
Body (though it looks younger and brighter).
No. 16: In the majority of cases the distance of
the exteriorised double above the vacated Physical Body
varies from directly above to about four feet.
No. 17: Many communicators describe how, immediately
after death, they saw both their own Physical Bodies and
the self-luminous 'double' in which they stood.
No. 18: Many of the newly-dead also saw and heard
friends who had 'gone before'.
No. 19: Many say that the newly-discarded Physical
Body at first remained attached to the vehicle of vitality
(and the latter to the Soul Body) by something resembling
a 'cord' (as well as by numerous 'threads', such as intertwine
to form the 'cord').
No. 20: Until the 'silver cord' snaps, decomposition
does not commence in the Physical Body.
No. 21: In the natural death of average men the
'cord' may break immediately after, or within a few minutes
or hours of, 'visible death'.
No. 22: After the 'cord' is 'loosed', the average
man who dies naturally enjoys a recuperative sleep (often
with dreams) lasting for three or four days (of our time).
No. 23: The post-mortem sleep of the aged is due
to mental fatigue and to a vehicle of vitality which is
depleted of vital force. Once the vehicle of vitality has
been shed from the total double, the former gravitates to
the Physical Body. The two decompose simultaneously.
No. 24: The after-death 'sleep' may be lengthened
and deepened by certain features: (1) a prolonged and severe
last illness, (b) an exceptionally difficult and strenuous
earth-life, (c) excessive grief on the part of 'living'
friends, (d) the fixed idea that there is no after-life,
and (e) exceptional unteachability.
No. 25: Those who had a post-mortem sleep may have
a brief partial awakening.
No. 26: Many do not describe a 'partial awakening':
their awareness of a stable environment emerged simultaneously
with their assurance of personal identity, and of having
survived the death of the body.
No. 27: Many communicators complained that the
excessive grief of still-embodied friends depressed and
hurt the newly-dead. It hindered their progress into happier
No. 28: The first wish of many of the newly-dead
was to assure their still-embodied friends of their survival
No. 29: The newly-dead greatly benefit by the prayers
of 'living' friends.
No. 30: Suitable mortals, and especially potential
psychics, cooperate with certain discarnate souls in helping
other mortals, the dying, the newly-dead and those long-dead
who are delayed in "Hades" conditions.
No. 31: Where a man's transition was natural, certain
experiences may aid him to realise the fact: (a) the sight
of his own vacated body, (b) the sight of those whom he
knows pre-deceased him; (c) the loss of his ability to make
himself seen or heard by mortal friends, and (d) the acquirement
of new abilities, i.e. to defy gravity, pass through walls,
No. 32: The 'next' world of average men is 'semi-physical'
in nature; it is intermediate between our earth and the
'Heaven' of the Scriptures.
No. 33: The immediate 'next' world of average men
is 'earth-like' and 'familiar'.
No. 34: The newly-dead man experiences a second
review of the past earth-life, one that is of an emotional,
selective and responsible nature.
No. 35: After an initial period of adjustment each
person 'goes to his own place' in the 'Spiritual' ('super-physical')
'Heavens'. Although, we are told, these 'Heaven' conditions
are beyond time, space and form and are indescribable except
in poetic and symbolical language, they are far from being
'unreal': on the contrary, they are more 'real' than the
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