Inner Space (2) Moving into the Life Beyond Death. Science and Religion are still ignoring the obvious facts.
As soon as we try to think of merging religion with science, we arouse all kinds of objections from scientists, theologians and priests, and even some Spiritualists. The work of mediums, psychical researchers and members of home circles is almost entirely ignored, still, after 160 years of constant and continuous activity. Even though a large number of former priests, psychical researchers, scientists and mediums themselves have returned after their deaths to communicate with us about the afterlife * (1), the voluminous body of information they have given us * (2) is ignored while science and religion either continue focussing on their present individual projects or concentrate on trying to merge and reconcile their differences. It would be so much easier for all of us if first of all they took a look at what we now know about the afterlife, and in the light of THAT information, start anew to piece together a fabric of reality that includes ALL the details, all the phenomena, all the so-called paranormal happenings that cannot be explained within current scientific theories, nor within the beliefs of our religions. Even consciousness research and spiritual healing investigations do not accept the Spiritualist and Spiritist knowledge that spirit individuals and entities are working with us to maintain and sustain life and enhance our knowledge. Sensitives have found that there is constant interaction between both worlds – or to put it more accurately, we are one world operating simultaneously on several levels which interplay and influence each other reciprocally. That is not a reality that science and religion are yet willing to accept. Mediums do realise this, of course, as do some researchers, and convinced Spiritualists, and members of communities such as Findhorn, and The Lorian Association. But beyond that there is still almost total ignorance of the spiritual world, and the cooperation between both worlds, the material and the spiritual, that forms the total reality of our existence in space-time, within it, and beyond it.
Now, having religious experiences of some kind, or collecting and trying to find an explanation for them, does not get us much closer to the solution of the problem of proving the existence of spirit, the non-local mind, or justification for believing in God or some supreme creative intelligence. Science is not going to prove anything concerning what it calls the paranormal any more than religion can move beyond the recommendation it has always given us, to have faith in God, and presumably, an afterlife to follow this one. This dialogue between science and religion could go on for centuries yet before they both see eye to eye, UNLESS they look at the evidence we already have, and both of them concede that this is something they both should have recognized many years ago, but didn’t, even though if was right before their eyes.
So, to be brief, and cut a long story short, let us move beyond the senses, beyond the theological arguments, beyond the doctrines, and scientific protocols and procedures, and move away from the laboratory and the seminary, study and debating hall, and get out into the fresh air of the home circle, and the medium’s sanctuary. Here we will find all that we ever need to know – if we will just take the time to listen, read, and think about what is being presented and depicted. I am only here to point readers in new directions, if this knowledge has not come their way before. After that, if readers wish to find out more, they have only to consult a good medium, or develop their own psychic abilities and second sight, and they can obtain much help in that direction from the many books being written on the subject of development, and how to find and choose a good medium. To do that they do not have to join, or leave, a religion, but just open their mind.
Here is a bright, and brief glimpse of the afterlife. That word ‘afterlife’ is not the best coinage, as it suggests that the life of the spirit is just the final, end-portion of our existence on earth, which would make it like a substance such as uranium, with its energy gradually depleting until it finally fizzles out into inert inactivity. However, the Life Beyond Death, let’s call it, is only the entry into a far greater and more magnificent existence, where we will be even more active, and have far more opportunities and choices than we had on earth.
A communication from beyond:-
Death is the freeing of the senses. It releases a person from the encumbering shell of his body. It is, therefore, not the end, but rather the beginning. Earth life is a training-school for graduation and the freedom that graduation brings. And not only is death a releasing of the senses; it is a freeing of the subconscious mind. I doubt if you appreciate how wonderful is this freeing of the subconscious mind. It is this way. All you have seen and heard and felt and thought out is as truly in your mind as the thought of which you are at this instant conscious. The psychologist will tell you this is true. Your conscious mind may fail to remember, but your subconscious mind forgets nothing. Think of the marvel of releasing that subconscious mind, of being in an instant possession of all of your experience rather than just that trifle which at any given moment you are able by the association of ideas to summon up. All broader theories of education rest on the glimpsed truth of my [spirit] plane’s freedom of the subconscious. In this fact find the reason for the faith that prompts people arduously to master the thousand and one studies they forthwith forget.
When individual consciousnesses [spirits of the dead] come here, their first sensation that is unusual is their freedom – freedom of perception, of thought, of movement. Graduation [dying] is the INTENSIFICATION of earthly consciousness and the granting of freedom to it.
Do not misunderstand. The same degree of freedom is not acquired by all who come. Life here for all is equally free in the sense that each attains opportunity for qualitative development. But even so there are differences in the degrees of development severally achieved. In one degree we have less of understanding and, therefore, in one sense of the word, less of freedom; in a higher degree we win more.
As for having a home, on my plane here, we have our degrees [or frequencies] A thought, if entertained by two or more [people on the same frequency] may be to them a home. We can recognize our former parents and other relatives as such. On this plane we know our earth kin as such. But here again remember that consciousness is a whole. In a final analysis the special relations of parts must be interpreted in the light of their general relation. The family tie is a tie of natural evolution, and it is, of course, worthy. It does not follow, however, that the family tie is a spiritual tie, though members of a given family may be of the same degree and, therefore, united with one another in a sympathy that transcends their mere blood relationship. On the other hand, brother even on earth may not find his closest friend in brother.
As a rule we do not let newcomers, who have just died, attend their own funeral. We take them away from it all. They are still pretty human, pretty close still to the earth consciousness. Sometimes, though, when there is great love, we do let them go back, and, all unsuspected, they comfort those who are left behind. More often the comforter is not the one just gone, but some one else [in spirit].
A murdered man may not have to meet his oppressor again, after death. Yet if they choose to, it will be with fuller understanding than either possessed in earth life. There is no evil, only negatives. And here on the qualitative plane there are no negatives in the sense that lack of development in one individual can work harm to another. Forgiveness for injuries done one on earth is easy here where consciousness in development is adequately comprehended.
Communications selected from OUR UNSEEN GUEST by Darby and Joan, Harper & Brothers, 1920.
* (1) including many dedicated workers who during their lifetime gave us more information about the other side than any priest or theologian – researchers such as Raynor Johnson, Oliver Lodge, Maurice Barbanell, W.T. Stead, Conan Doyle, Douglas Fawcett, Isaac Funk, James Hyslop, Montague Keen, Hugh Dowding, Frances Banks, Frederic Myers, William James and Lord Northcliffe, to name a few.
* (2) information which I have been reviewing for the past five years in my articles and various series posted on this and other sites on the internet, and which is also presented on some other sites, which I have continued to refer to and give links to elsewhere. R.R.
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