This is a documentary by Keith Parsons on the subject of the evidence of life after death. Britain has a long history of spiritualism and investigations into the question of life after death, most notably the SPR (Society for Psychical Research).
I was grateful that Mr. Parsons echoes the question that many of us fear regarding mediumship demonstrations – are mediums truly contacting the dead, or are they simply using telepathy?
Mr. Parson discusses the interesting case of one of the members of the SPR, Mr. Frederick Myers who passed away, then provided his own evidence of the survival of death by virtue of automatic writing to various mediums in several countries, including India and the United States. Separately, these scripts meant nothing. However, the mediums were directed to send the scripts to a location in England where the pieces together would provide the message. These are called “The Cross Correspondences“.
The SPR, though a thorough treatment is not within the scope of this documentary, is nevertheless deserving of more research for any serious searcher for life after death. I heartily recommend doing your own research on the history and results of The Scole Experiments from this fascinating group.
I appreciated that Mr. Parsons seems to review historical research and evidence of life after death that has been largely forgotten. Most documentaries focus on the current research and experiences in the modern day which can make us forget that a great many people have been trying to gather evidence and proof for centuries, if not for the whole of recorded history. Although the question of life after death was debated by Plato, the rigors of the scientific method was not yet established. Man was determined to seek answers by philosophy alone which, unfortunately, does not offer much evidence beyond anecdotal stories.
A great many discoveries in the 19th and early 20th centuries are typically overshadowed by the many frauds who also capitalized on the renewed interest in spiritualism at the time. Personally, I have a great deal of skepticism myself about the ectoplasm-producing mediumship supposedly displayed in Victorian parlors. I do not doubt there may have been genuine mental mediums at the time, however, the vast majority of fraudulent activity has damaged the credibility of the whole. I believe it is suspect that ectoplasm is no longer used in mediumship today, where it was ubiquitous in the Victorian era. Thus, I have to look at all mediums that used ectoplasm as the major component of their display as suspicious.
Even if you truly believe in life after death, it is worthwhile to remain skeptical when weighing evidence for and against. The worst outcome of any search for truth would be a belief based on false assumptions. If I am to believe that life after death exists, I want to be absolutely sure that the evidence I am basing my belief on is beyond the shadow of a doubt, true evidence, not wishful thinking. I would admonish all of you to adopt the the same standards in your own search for truth.
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I am not a sceptic but also don’t believe a big percentage of paranormal experiences. I am suspicious of NDE dreams/hallucinations and so on. The next room and after death medical conversations and procedures are what convince me. This is my true experience: Every morning I check my weather app to plan my day. One morning woke up and did as usual, but instead of the town my sisters old UK address appeared on the top. She lived there 25 years before moving to Canada. I knew this was impossible so tried to take a screen shot for proof. Tried 5 times the iPhone would not let me. The address faded, I called my friend who confirmed the address was my sisters but said it’s impossible. I then phoned her divorced husband who lived there with her. He confirmed the address but being a software wizz said it’s impossible. Half an hour later my brother phoned, he told me my mother had died earlier that morning. She was very close to my brother in law. No one could work out the reason. 9 months later my brother in law became sick with cancer. He had brain tumors the lot, He died within two months. I asked the specialist when the cancer would have started. The time was just before my mother died. I thought Reg would recover. I had just finished reading a book in bed, turned the light out and rolled over. I was still awake when I felt someone rubbing my back. I tried to move but was pinned to the bed. I heard regs tired voice say everything is going to be alright. He then drifted through the wall. I could then move. First thing in the morning my niece phoned up and told me Reg had died. My mother tried to tell me Reg had cancer. 2 computer experts have told me that app can’t tell addresses. If it could what’s the chances of my sisters old address? Also my friend is proof I phoned him before We all had the news. Was my mother also confirming an after life to me? I hated my Mother but she knew I was interested in these things.
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