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Welcome to The Search for Life After Death
Are you here because you recently lost someone? Have you had an experience you can’t explain, or maybe a fear or curiosity about death and what comes afterwards?
If you are curious about the evidence for life after death, this is a good place to start finding some answers. I present evidence, resources, and food for thought on the subject of life after death with some infrequent musings on spiritual topics or the state of religion in the world. In the end, I hope that you will look at the evidence and come up with your own interpretation. After all, we are all on our own journey through this world, and only by thinking critically can we decide what we believe.
My name is Jenn. When I was 16, I experienced an event that compelled me to discover the truth about life after death. I study the evidence in seven areas that pertain to the survival hypothesis: near-death experiences, deathbed visions, past-life memories, instrumental transcommunication, out-of-body experiences, after-death communications, and mediumship. Through this research, I am slowly developing a practical and appropriate spirituality. I call myself an Evidential Spiritualist and this is my Search For Life After Death.
I have no agenda other than sharing wisdom. I do not sell anything, nor am I any kind or guru, psychic or religious nut. In fact, I encourage leaving all of your beliefs behind and looking solely at the evidence for life after death. I heartily welcome spirited discussion and new ideas as this is how we grow and learn. Please also feel free to share the spiritual books, ideas or people that have inspired you. Do you have an experience you’d like to share, a favorite book or website, or just a question? Just leave a comment on this page below.
The name of this site implies an ongoing action. To search; to seek knowledge not predefined by any religion, creed or scientific dogma is the foundation of an evidence-based belief system. Millions of people have spiritual experiences; they glimpse the other side or have the skill to perceive it. What is the wisdom they return with? Is there a consistent message? Does the evidence support the reality of life after death? These are some of the questions that started me down this road, but my journey is my own. The Search for Life After Death asks you to build your own understanding of spirituality through evidence, experience, research and observation. At the end, we may come up with different interpretations of the evidence, and that’s okay.
Tips on how to start your search for life after death:
Assume nothing. Become a blank slate. Let go of your preconceived ideas, beliefs, faith systems, opinions and prior judgements. When evaluating something, watch yourself for knee-jerk reactions and judgements. Take the time to look at everything carefully and from all perspectives.
Familiarize yourself with the seven areas of afterlife research. These include spiritual phenomena and scientific study that are used as evidence for life after death. Check out my Resources for Afterlife Research page for information on each one of these topics.
- Near-Death Experiences
- Out-Of-Body Experiences
- Death-Bed Visions/ELDVs/Terminal Lucidity
- After-Death Communications
- Mediumship and Channeling
- Past-Life/Pre-Birth Memories
- Instrumental Transcommunication
Take nothing at face value. Trust no statement or experience until it can be validated against many other people’s experiences, or you can find validating evidence in the claim yourself. Some things, like channeling, cannot be proven easily. In this case, you cannot weigh it as heavily in your search for life after death. Near-death experiences where a person can prove that they saw their resuscitation out of body is better evidence than a person who claimed to see God standing in their living room. All experiences might be spiritually instructive, but only evidence can and should be used in your search for life after death.
Examine the motivations of the experiencer or spiritualist. Is the medium in question prioritizing money over helping grieving people? Is a channeler searching for fame? Does the person claiming to have a spiritual experience seem like they are lying or unstable? Do they contradict themselves over their entire body of work? Is the person sharing their experience seem to be borrowing new-age platitudes or psychobabble from someone else, or is it original and sophisticated? What does a person have to gain or lose by sharing their experience? It may take time to judge some people properly. The Gary Mannion debacle is a good example of a popular medium who was caught cheating well into his career. Don’t devolve into cynicism, but always keep your wits about you when evaluating claims.
Read and Research. Reading technical papers, scientific research, books published by experiencers and spiritualist literature is a huge part of The Search for Life After Death. If you need to start somewhere, check out the books on my Recommended Reading page. Every book on the list is, in my opinion, a must-read for anyone on a search for life after death.
Look for evidence, not scientific proof. Evidence beyond Reasonable Doubt is the basis of most legal systems and is currently the best way to evaluate life after death evidence. While there is plenty of scientific research into life after death, science is not advanced enough to accurately and objectively test the survival hypothesis. Until the study of consciousness advances, science cannot prove nor disprove life after death.
When using the evidence-based approach, evaluate cases as a jury would. Look at eye-witness statements, character and motivation, examine probabilities and veridical statements. Finally, where scientific research exists, read the technical papers and judge the merits of the study. Although the only person you need to convince is yourself, make sure you are confident in your findings.
Integrate the evidence judged by you as ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ with your new evidence-based belief system. The evidence should check out in multiple lines of research, be consistent, and be from several high quality resources. Alternatively, if someone you trust tells you that their aunt Mary appeared to them in their kitchen, you might decide that this is enough to believe that after-death communication is a reality. Only you know if the weight of the evidence is beyond reasonable doubt and appropriate to include in your new spiritual belief system. Should you discover different evidence in the future that causes you doubt, your belief system should be flexible enough to change as well.
Find like-minded people to discuss your research with. it also helps to discuss your findings with someone who is naturally skeptic. They might help you to look at every possibility for fraud, or see natural explanations that you’ve missed.
Experience some spiritual phenomena for yourself. This can catapult your belief in life after death to knowing.
- Visiting a medium or attending a channeling demonstration
- Having a past-life regression or life-between-life hypnosis session
- Receiving an after-death communication from a loved one in spirit
- Learning out-of-body experience techniques
Thanks for visiting and good luck with your search.
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Just found your blog Jennifer and will enjoy perusing it
I read the piece about deathbed visions and was impressed by the kind way you interacted with the commenters.
I wonder if you’ve watched the US drama series called Proof about a surgeon who is challenged by a millionaire to discover if there’s life after death?
Every blessing to you
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Thank you kindly for following my blog. I hope you do enjoy, this is a subject I am passionate about, but we are all students, aren’t we? I have not heard of that series – but I simply must check it out! Thanks for the recommend, I’ll let you know what I think if I get my hands on it.
You can find it here http://imtv.cc/
It’s a Chinese site and you have to register but no credit cards – it’s totally free.
When you’re in, just search for Proof.
There are ten episodes – some better than others.
Don’t bother with the Reborn episode on reincarnation.
I’ve been using that site for some time and have had no problems.
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Thanks so much for giving me that info – I really appreciate it. I’m definitely going to check it out this weekend and I’ll report back to you what I think. It definitely sounds interesting and I’m always up for a good show!
Don’t know if you’ll see this as your post was nearly a year ago. As a dramatist I’m interested in Proof but that Chinese site won’t let me sign up. “URL not found on this server.” And Amazon doesn’t have it. Nor Ebay. Do you know where I could source it? Weird that Amazon doesn’t have it.
No idea why you get to the Chinese site.
I have just checked and got in easily. I’m in UK where are you?
Details of the series here
Such an intriguing theory of life after death. To think that has been of interest to you since you were but 17 years. What insight you had.
Thank you for the kind comment. I wish I could call it insightful, really it stemmed from a fear of death as a child followed by an experience when I was 16 that I just posted on this site, called “Jonas and the Haunted Cabin.” I briefly checked out your site on my phone when you commented, so I see that you love science as well. I believe in the scientific method and following the evidence where ever it leads; so I’m always looking for the areas where science and spirituality intersect, such as consciousness studies. Just like String Theory and their 11 dimensions, I believe there is more to reality than simply materialist science and hope that in my lifetime, we can finally answer that age old question “what happens after we die?”
Thank you for “following” my site; I will return the favor in kind when I can get to a proper computer.
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Jen. I’m honored that you would take the time to reply to the comment so comprehensively. it is a post to itself. Please read the About on our site when you have time.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
I just wanted to reply and say I love your site; I will enjoy reading it and I did subscribe. Keep up the good work, we need more families like yours who encourage the exploration of science.
All the best!
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All the best to you Jenn.
Refreshing to come across science minded folk open enough to look outside the box into these areas.
If we had more people like them in the mainstream, we might have cracked this puzzle many years ago.
But there again – maybe not.
If time is thought of as a line and that line stretches ahead of us eternally, then knowledge does the same.
Think of what science has learned in a hundred years!
I am privileged to know (email wise) astronaut Ed Mitchell..
He tells how his grandparents were pioneers in covered wagons, his father owned a car…and Ed walked on the moon!
My point is that what will science look like in another hundred years – a thousand – or a million?
Would we recognise it? Certainly we wouldn’t understand it.
So maybe we’re a trite arrogant (no offence Jen!) to think we can get to grips with a transcendent concept of the universe which might be some future science…
But it shouldn’t ever stop us trying to fathom these mysteries.
It hasn’t stopped Ed, who has formed a special organisation to study these issues…..
Sorry, rambling on…..that’s what happens when you’re retired and get up to check your emails on a rainy morning in Bournemouth, UK.
Dave, it certainly is a privilege that you have communicated with Ed Mitchell! To have seen what he saw up there.. incredible. Yes, I agree that we are arrogant and have been, at least in scientific circles, for a long time. There have been many times in history that scientists or philosophers have proclaimed that we’ve reached ‘the end’ of our knowledge and nothing new lies ahead. Of course, it’s hogwash. I think what science is missing – and this is what Dr. Sheldrake is attempting to portray in his book, “The Science Delusion” – is the kind of open-mindedness and curiosity that doesn’t presuppose certain things, such as all matter is unconscious. I believe very strongly that science and spirituality are destined to become one far in the future; the divide is illusory in my opinion. I just opened your link – what a beautiful opening statement, that Ed Mitchell, returning from the moon, was filled with the sense that the Earth was alive and consciousness was worth exploring. We need more pioneers like him in the field. I will enjoy looking through that site; thank you very much for linking it.
Hope you have a nice rainy Tuesday; I’m at least 5 hours behind you here in New Jersey so I’m still drinking my morning coffee.
This just came in – science might get there before we think!
Is there any contact email for you or your website Jen – I couldn’t find a contact button.
That is an incredible article!! I am going to reblog this for sure and I will certainly give you credit for finding it. Although the evidence isn’t there yet, it is quite exciting to see physicists from the prestigious Max Planck Institute and Princeton suggesting these theories. Truly wonderful article. Yes, I do need a contact button. I’m new at this blogging thing, I’ll create it today. For now though, my email is email@example.com.
Yes I was impressed too.
Contact button – the last thing you thought of!
That impresses me also – you get the non-ego award of 2015!
Haha, thanks! I’m a loner, so it was a difficult decision to even start this blog, but I wanted to have a place where other people could think about this topic without being sold something. Not something material, not not sold a bill of goods, or a religious or spiritual view. I want to encourage people to look at the evidence and figure out what they believe on their own. Obviously, I’ll express my opinion, but I hope that I can at least be factual and honest in my presentation. It’s a learning process and I’m sure I’ll stumble. I really appreciate the time you’ve taken to dialog with me, though, its very reassuring and you have been exceedingly kind.
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Jenn, I just discovered your site by accident.
Have you caught up to my latest book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell Unveiled? It goes into greater depth than The Afterlife Unveiled and covers many more mediums. And it’s organized by topics.
I think you are doing wonderful work. You are well informed and write well. Keep it up!
Professor of Religious Studies
California State University, Bakersfield
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It is a tremendous honor to receive such kind and encouraging comments from an afterlife expert of your stature; I am a bit starstruck! I adore your books and highly respect your research. I only found out recently that you had published “Heaven and Hell Unveiled’, but I purchased it, devoured it the same day and will be recommending it to my readers as I have done with ‘Afterlife’. Its a wonderful expansion on your earlier work. Your books have introduced to me a new way of thinking about the multidimensional afterlife, and through the understanding I’ve gained from your research, I have been motivated through my posts to share this evidential vision of the spirit world with my readers, citing “The Afterlife Unveiled” as an example in many cases. Thank you again for your kind compliments; I am truly humbled!
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As a freelance writer, I am exploring the topics you are writing about and want to direct you to the University of Arizona’s Gary Schwartz, Ph.D. He is actively involved in “separating the signal from the noise” and I believe that the lab he runs will produce some interesting findings in the very near future. Here is a link to the lab: http://lach.web.arizona.edu/
Thank you, MLHE! I will most definitely check it out!
So glad to have found you. I have been deeply unhappy mulling about these issues for over a decade now, not knowing just drowns me and I’ve been in a really agonising phase this last week, unable to concentrate on anything. I am eager to take this journey with you. Thank you.
I know exactly how you feel. I went through that too. But there is hope on the horizon if you know where to look. I would recommend the book 21 days into the afterlife by Dr. Parisetti if you want a great book that shows an introduction to all of the evidence for the afterlife. It’s in my recommended reading menu. I’m here if you have any questions!
Thanks a lot. There are so many titles around that it’s so easy to get lost. I get so disappointed when a medium ends up being a fraud that all hopes go with that. Just because of one instance!!! I’ll have a look at the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
Mags, sadly there are many frauds taking advantage and it’s not always easy to tell them apart from the real honest mediums. Luckily, there are 8 different lines of evidence that can be studied! Check out the resources for afterlife research in the menu, it explains all the different ways afterlife researchers can find evidence of the afterlife! Also, if you’ve been feeling a little down lately about it, go to nderf.org and read some of their “exceptional NDEs”. These are personal experiences people have had in the afterlife while clinically dead or near dead. I read these when I’m feeling down and they always give me hope!
Dear Jenn, thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation for my work. A friend pointed me to this website, and I am very impressed. I will be shortly writing about this in my own blog. Thank you again, and look forward to staying in touch. Piero
Thank you so much for your compliments and kind words, I am honored that you have visited and commented on my site! I recommend your book to many newcomers looking for evidence and have used much of the evidence provided in ’21 Days’ myself when looking for studies or cases to research further. Your extensive knowledge of the evidence has been a great help and inspiration to me, and I hope that I can pass that along to my readers as well. I do visit your blog to keep up with your endeavors so I will definitely stay in touch!
Best wishes to you,
Outstanding website, Jenn. Congratulations on the depth, breadth, and thoughtfulness that you bring to your posts. We need more people to examine NDEs (and related topics) with the kind of gutsy intellectual and emotional honesty that you do. I especially appreciated your posts on Natalie Sudman and reincarnation.
BTW, you mentioned the auto accident that you magically avoided in your Natalie Sudman post. Joel Goldsmith, a well-known spiritual teacher-healer of yesteryear, made mention of a similar experience that happened to him. I can’t tell you now if I read it in one of his books or heard it on one of his lectures, but it carved a groove in my brain. Your story carved another groove. There are, of course, legions of divine intervention stories like these, but some are more impactful than others.
Thank you, David, for your kind compliments! It means a lot to me; since I worry that my posts are too long; too dry and too in-depth sometimes. I am really glad that there are people out there that appreciate it (and have the patience to read it!) I never want to come off as preachy, but I think these topics do deserve a more substantial analysis. I’m going to check out Joel Goldsmith, it would be really interesting to know someone else who had a similar experience! I’m not familiar with his work, so I’m always interested in recommendations. Thank you again for your wonderfully kind comments and for taking the time to comment. I hope to see you around in the future!
Have a good one! ~Jenn
I am age 84; I am a retired engineer (moor vehicle design and manufacture) and I have been reading on “the afterlife” for the last ten years. A lifetime in engineering has sharpened my awareness of anomalies, be they in engineering or elsewhere. I soon found that “the afterlife” reports from communicating discarnate entities were absolutely awash with anomalies.
After ten years of reading, what am I left with?
Much of what I have read is without any substantiation and some of it bordered on the lunatic. In a situation like this, where I have no direct evidence (as in personal and direct experience), one comes down to the balance of probabilities.
It appears reasonably certain that the consciousness survives physical death but everything becomes rather cloudy from there on. One matter has always bothered me deeply and that is ‘Summerland’. Most portrayals describe it as a paradisiacal place in which everyone swans around endlessly. What is its purpose? Who knows – it is never stated.
Very gradually, I have come to the conclusion that ‘Summerland’ is entirely a mind construct facilitated by higher entities – again with no stated purpose – said to be of a different dimension but it has gravity and air because there is no mention of people floating about and they can talk to each other – sound does not travel through a vacuum.
Then I stumbled on this website! For the first time, I was reading things that made a lot of logical sense, particularly in respect of there being multiple ‘afterlife’ conditions and even more particularly regarding like congregating with like. I am still absorbing what I have read and thank you for the immense effort you have put into it. I look forward to a lot more useful and believable information.
Thank you so much, Leslie, I have also looked hard to find the logic in the myth and I must credit the many wonderful sources that I have found – I would love to give you two book recommendations that really changed my life – first, Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. Its extremely technical but with your engineering background, I think you will appreciate its sophistication. Secondly, Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton. Seth Speaks is channeled material from the 70’s, and Journey of Souls is the result of a doctor’s attempt to regress his patients not just to a past life, but their time in the spirit world. His results – and the absolute clarity of detail and similarity of depiction is uncanny and paints a picture of the spirit world that makes a lot more sense than perpetual summer. Thank you for your kind compliments – I continue to try to cross-compare different primary sources to try to find out more about what is coming next. If you haven’t yet, read my posts, The Multidimensional Afterlife I and II. I tried to put most of these theories together into one cohesive whole and it remains my best version of experiences echoed between disparate sources.
Hope to speak with you soon!
Oh dear, Clang clang clang!!
Not Jessica but Jennifer!!
I do apologise for my brain slip!
No problem – funny enough, my mother almost named me Jessica!! So you aren’t far off at all!
Hello Ms. Harris, I too have done a lot of reading on the afterlife and believe that the three best books are: JOURNEY OF SOULS, by Michael Newton, Ph.D., MIRACLES HAPPEN by Brian L. Weiss, M.D., and, THE FUN OF STAYING IN TOUCH, by Roberta Grimes, Esq.
With your background in science, I encourage you to leave “all particulate matter” behind as you open your mind to what seems to be a wave function of conscious energy after death. And then, do some “self science” regarding the subject and see what your own human sentience and consciousness have to ‘tell’ you about the life of your energy body after the death of your physics body!
Um . . . American English is a poor imitation of the original. There aren’t many gender specific first names in the English language but mine is one of them. Leslie is the male spelling while Lesley is the female. I have associated professionally with may Americans throughout a long engineering career and most of them struggle with the finer nuances of the language, including the male/female spellings. (I am Australian by the way.)
Leslie, many of our readers should be intimately familiar with the famous direct voice medium Mr. Leslie Flint. You are in good company. Leslie is a common and distinguished name in both Britain and Australia, though as you’ve said, Americans are not as familiar with its usage. Its a good reminder to never assume.
Done it again!! That should read “many Americans”.
I apologize for the assumption and the mistake! When I was growing up, my best friend in the neighborhood was a girl named Leslie! I defaulted, but there are no excuses. Please accept my apology! I thank you for your interest in this topic and for the good work you put into this world during your life.
Thank you for your reply. I haven’t read Birch yet but will now do so.
Given what you have learned through your reading, it would be reasonable to assume that much of “the afterlife” is a mental construct, up to at least the third level.
This could explain many of the anomalies even if it does no make them understandable.
We are told that “the afterlife” is more ‘real’ than our here and now, that we exist in our ‘etheric’ bodies, that we are restored to a optimum physical (and presumably mental) state, no sickness, etc, etc . . .
One must speculate that the entire thing might be a mental construction.
If this is so, who or what does the constructing? How far up (or down) the chain does it go? What is the purpose?
This is not good! Seth, not Birch!!
A year ago, I was undergoing cardiac bypass surgery and had a stroke during the operation. My brain has been damaged and this is one pf the results>
Leslie, you might like to check out a female Leslie – Leslie Kean – (yes she’s American!) who has just written a book called ‘Surviving Death – a journalist investigates evidence for the afterlife’
I’ve just bought it because I have huge respect for Leslie following her recent book on UFOs which in some ways brought the subject almost into the mainstream.
The book is made up of several experts writing on their particular field and covers Leslie’s own experience with physical mediums including one I have visited Stewart Alexander of the UK.
I also recommend Jennifer’s choice of the Seth material.
Dave, you beat me to it, as usual! I’m reading that book now, so far it is fantastic!! Thanks for always being on top of all of the best stuff. Wishing you well!
Leslie, I have just come across a thread here which might have bearing on some of your questions.
I haven’t read all the many pages of it but think you may find some answers within!
Hello Jenn, Thanks for your blog. The link has ben shared to me us a friend.
We Very Appreciate your “legal like” method as it is already Far Better than we used to find around as approach 🙂
Nevertheless, we no more follow You on the following items and wish our critic will help You in any way or any reader here:
Look for evidence, not scientific proof. Evidence beyond Reasonable Doubt is the basis of most legal systems and is currently the best way to evaluate life after death evidence.
. . . True that it is Very Good to Evaluate Data but the legal system still has big failures and can mistake.
. . . It is not because we deal with a POSSIBLE Spirituality that the Scientific Method cannot be applied.
While there is plenty of scientific research into life after death, science is not advanced enough to accurately and objectively test the survival hypothesis. Until the study of consciousness advances, science cannot prove nor disprove life after death.
. . . How can You say that? Do You claim to know Everything Everywhere to make Such Absolute statement? ^^
. . . If a Free From Body Being (free from a dead or unconscious/conscious body) can COMMUNICATE THROUGH The Physical Universe so that MACHINE (computer or else) can RECORD this communication and that the IDENTITY of the being can be PROVED, then we have a Scientific Method to be used and we got reports scientology (note: I am not part of the said “Church Of Scientology” but I have a Very Friend who is The Highest Trained Ever whose last in the domain, Pierre ÉTHIER, who has leaved this “church” by disagreement with its greedy tendencies) that is indeed possible, thanks to their “e-meter” (kind of sophisticated body ohm-meter). Here what Pierre has to say about past lives:
. . . https://pierreethier.wordpress.com/scientologist-upper-bridge/past-present-and-future-lives/
. . . We recognise that then, as an OBJECTIVE COMMUNICATION IS REGISTERED WITH EFFECTIVE MEANINGFUL INTERACTION, like in Mediumship or Channelling, the Big Problem is THE PROOF OF THE IDENTITY.
. . . Hubbard, the alleged Founder of the previous cult, wrote a book maned something like “Travel Through Time” we couldn’t find on the web, he claimed he found a ship he sank with in the Mediterranean Sea centuries ago, right at the place he saw, with the objets which corresponded to what looked like a memory of past life.
. . . If I ma NOT Confident AT ALL in all the Hubbard’s claims but it suggests a SCIENTIFIC METHOD OF PROOF.
. . . Nevertheless, as a Friend, Christian GODEFROY, pointed out to us: these data could come from A COMMON DATA BANK WHERE ALL PAST EXPERIENCES OF ANY OF US ALL (and maybe POSSIBILITIES OF FUTURES) are contained and accessible under certain circonstances.
. . . So, as we see it, the Question now is: HOW TO BE SURE IT COMES FROM OUR MEMORY OR OF A COMMON DATA BANK?
. . . We had ourselves several Experiences which can be INTERPRETED// AS past lives memories. We FELT them AS “past lives memories” but a “feeling”, just by itself, is not a SCIENTIFIC PROOF at all!
. . . The good thing is that the Practice of the Technique used has freed us from a recurrent pain our body got. Were they just AWAKEN SYMBOLIC DREAMS? enough to be treat and have Positive Consequences?
. . . To start to answer this question, comes the need of CROSS CHECKING, like You indeed recommend: IS THE PHENOMENON CONSTANT OR AT LEAST REGULAR AND PREDICTABLE RESPECT TO SPECIFIC STIMULUS AND PRACTICES?
. . . Here an old version of a scientology book but Interesting in our opinion because it shows the possibility of the REPLICATING ASPECT BY THE NUMBER (only 42 cases but a Practitioner as Pierre ÉTHIER looks have treat thousands of these cases with Great Results – btw, never met Him in person, just talks at phones and mails):
Click to access 1958%20Have%20You%20Lived%20Before%20this%20Life.pdf
. . . To end this note we would say that for us, THE FINAL SCIENTIFIC PROOF would be THE CAPABILITY TO CALCULATE A RATIO OF CASES WHICH WOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE A CONTINUOUS STORY TRACK OF AT LEAST THE LAST PAST LIFE AND EACH MOMENT BETWEEN THE PREVIOUS AND THE PRESENT LIFE, SO THE BEING CAN SEE ITSELF GOING FROM ONE BODY TO AN OTHER, AND/// THAT
. . . ANY DATUM GIVEN ONLY ACTUALLY KNOWABLE BY THE BEING WHO HAS LIVED THE LIFE CONCERNED, ARE CHECKED TRUE FOR EACH ITEM CHECKABLE IN THE PRESENT BY DIRECT OBSERVATION*; the proof is then AS STRONG AS THE NUMBER OF DATA CHECKED IS GREAT. (*: like a vault bank number proved not having been opened in between and with the objects contained predicted by the case studied).
. . . \\ To our knowledge // there is no BROADLY PUBLISHED PAPER which would present such a study but we guess it would do 😉
. . Regards.
Hi there, thank you so much for your valuable critique. I appreciate it. Let me explain better what I mean by ‘science’. I mean mainstream science – which is currently materialistic. I believe PSI and telepathy have been scientifically proven (Read Chris Carter’s excellent trilogy on the history of the matter), and yet when faced with actual science that has been repeated by independent labs ad nauseaum, science prefers to just ignore it. The root issue with the survival hypothesis is based on consciousness. Until we can prove that consciousness itself does not require a body to exist (whether it uses quantum entanglement or some other scientific method not yet discovered), mainstream science will always find a way to disprove evidence. I believe a full-bodied apparition of Albert Einstein could appear in the Parliament and skeptics would blame fraud and trickery, and science would blame mass hallucination. Science has a long way to go before it will culturally accept the possibility of a human soul, and I would always advise my readers to evaluate the evidence for themselves rather than wait for science to unequivocally claim that an afterlife exists.
My name is Pieter. I am from South Africa. In my own research i came across your blog. Thank you very much for your site and your view on this most intetesting topic. I apreciate your sistematic and logical approach.
Through my whole life, i was always pondering about the life after subject. I grew up in a conservative christian environment. This topic was always debated among the church people. I had my own ideas and more or less followed your principles to evaluate the life after phenomena.
Three years ago, my wife passed away suddenly from an aneurism. Then my serious journey started to try to understand the life after and if there is indeed something like that. After talking to many people from all different walks of life, scientists, theologists, professors, mediums etc, the one thing i realized is that nobody knows anything. I might be wrong but i got better answers from normal people than from the so called “educated” persons.
I tried and am still trying to stay as objective as possible. I had my own personal spiritual experiences in my life. I don’t want to use specific words or terms do describe my experiences because people are very quick to “label” something. For example, when i was five years old, i saw figures or people, a woman and a man, and when i told people about it, they labeled me as someone who believes in ghosts. Whether it was ghosts or spirits or whatever, i do not know. What i know is what i experienced.
I have had many other and totally different experiences. But, nothing that i can PROVE to anyone else. From an analitical and scientific perspective i am looking for PROOF and not just evidence. At the moment, i think that the evidence can only be proof to someone who has experienced these things themselves.
Please share any new ideas, evidence, proof or anything interesting with us.
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The medical study of “out-of-body” experiences has found that still there is some kind of awareness present, after the brain has totally shut down. It is believed that a human brain stops functioning, 30 seconds after the heart stops with awareness.
For more information, please visit http://wahjipaaji.com/yes-you-live-after-death/ – Wahji Paaji
Thank you, Wahji! I have heard about this – it would be interested to read the medical literature on the subject. Thanks for leaving a comment, I appreciate it.
Would ask that you not give up on science just yet. Modern day experiments in parapsychology are much better designed and statistical approaches have more rigor. Not all work is convincing and a healthy skepticism remains warranted.
However, consider the precognition experiments conducted by Daryl Bem, involving mainstream stimulus/response techniques, which have been successfully replicated many times over.
Even the spontaneous varieties of paranormal/psi experience, like psychokinesis and consciousness field effects, are seemingly indicated through the use of random effect generators.
Research in instrumental transcommunication has been regrettably sparse since Konstatin Raudive. Given the arc of technology, it is perhaps time to treat some classes of encounters as engineering problems.
Better EVP can be obtained through signal conditioning. Automated transcription can help remove subjectivity in audio analysis. Once normalized, ITC could have potential to be a commonplace method for After Death Communication.
The late William James once intimated that progress in psychical research occurs around every 50 years. He also said…
“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.”
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Greetings! Actually I adore science…I hope my site doesn’t give off the impression that I don’t. In fact, I use new discoveries in science often in tandem with spiritual theories in my posts. Thank you for listing so many interesting things, I just finished reading Chris Carter’s excellent book about the history of psi, it was truly eye opening. The name escapes me, fall of the house of sceptics is the tag line. I will research Daryl Bem, I’m not familiar with that name.
I am actually a real science geek but I do apologise if something on my site was misleading. Thanks for commenting and I hope all people interested in spirituality and the paranormal consider how much spirituality can be enriched by the science of the past and the future. 😊
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Hello, and FYI:
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If I may, I would like to solicit a response from you and/or your readers to the predicament outlined below.
In my pursuit of spiritual progress, which is widely accepted by spiritualists as being fueled by unconditional love for all humanity, I am faced with the following quandary:
Since I can only exhibit unconditional love for my immediate family and very close friends, how does one extend such love to complete strangers in the absence of any enduring emotional bonds? According to scripture, Jesus (who is my role model) did not display unconditional love in every situation; see Matthew 18:3 in the NIV:
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
The operative word here is the conjunction “unless”, which seems to place serious conditions on one’s qualification to enter heaven. How would you attempt to reconcile my dilemma in a world full of terrorists motivated by a visceral hate?
I came across a video over the summer by the Swedenborg foundation that I think you might find interesting in light of your question. Swedenborg was a Christian mystic and a follower of Jesus, and this particular video delves into the many different kinds of love, and how to love those who are destructive to themselves and/or you. I hope that this video may help you at least start to find some answers to your question. It’s called ‘How to Love’ located here: https://youtu.be/i1vLrF-BeGY.
Has there ever been any incident of people having psychic abilities prior to an NDE but then losing their abilities after
Thank you for this thoughtful article. I would like to add that the line of argumentation corresponds to what can be learned from Bashar (videos on youtube. (channelled by Daryl Anka). According to him we also have parallel lifetimes in parallel universes at the same “time”, which is a kind of logical extension of your thoughts. So the big picture is even more challenging. In a way those parallel lifes correspond to the lifes lived according to Seth in probable realities. As far as “All-that-is” is concerned, according to Bashar, it’s a particle. Conscious of itself. It is ONE, SINGLE particle, not one categroy of particles, such as the Higgs Boson. ONE, SINGLE particle, creating each and everything.This single particle is travelling with INFINITE speed, constantly criss-crossing itself on its way. Where it is crisscrossing itself it is creating matter. The more often this crisscrossing occurs the denser reality becomes at those points (of crisscrossing).
As far as your concept of reincarnation is concerned, please have a look at the cover of an Elton John CD (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf1otXHKSpE). Think of each of the little shards as a different curt complementary (essentially necessary) part of the larger personality of Elton john. Helps to visualize the issue a bit.
Bashar and Seth’s teachings correspond to each other. Their angle is different. Bashar is much more physically oriented.
The single particle is creating EVERYTHING, starting with electrons and protons, etc.
Thus, we are all made up of this single particle. It is “All-that-is”.
Earth is a psychological laboratory. It is neither good nor bad, nor is it meant to be good or bad, It is a lab. Some versions of earth have been destroyed 20, 30 years ago by nuclear war, as probable as it was at that time.
Other versions of earth still exist, such as this one.
If you don’t like what you see around you, change your behaviour (your reaction to what you are seeing) and you are shifting to a parallel version of earth which is more in line with your expectations and desire. This shifting is a normal process. You are doing it constantly and automatically. Time does not exist. Everything is static. By shifting through various (already and always existing static versions of) earths, you are creating the experience of time.
You attract what you are the vibration of. Conscious shifting occurs by changing your vibration consciously to match the frequency of the earth you wish to be part of as specific laboratory environment, i.e. the better earth.
Shifting occurs with the rate of PLANCK-time. (Billions of time per second). This is what creates what we perceive as time, movement and experiences.
Do you ever send out posts to email addresses you are given? I like your site and signed up about a year ago but I have never received anything. Thought maybe my mind was playing tricks and tried to subscribe again but it says I already have.
(I would have emailed you directly but can’t find contact details.)
Hi Nigel, I’m so sorry you aren’t getting the post by email.. once you sign up, you should get an email notification. I can check on my end, but maybe also see either the notifications are going in your spam, junk or ‘non focused’ inbox, depending on your email provider. Thanks for reaching out..I think the contact details are in the about page but the site email is firstname.lastname@example.org. regards, Jenn
can you communicate with anyone you want, at any time? Or do they have to start communicating first?
Weird. I just noticed in my gmail account that I have a post from you in my ‘All Mail’ folder arrived this morning (Halloween) but it won’t go into my Inbox whatever I do. So that’s my first post from you since August (above).Think I might be better to unsubscribe and subscribe again. I do like your site though.
Hi Nigel, I’m sorry you are having trouble with the post subscription. Gmail tries to determine what is considered important which goes into your inbox and everything else will go into your all mail folder. There are settings that can change that I think. However you get these posts, I’m grateful that you enjoy the site! Thank you. 🙂
I thought that you might be interested in the book I just published, Dances with Ancestors: The Shaman’s Guide to Engaging the Old Ones. It is available in soft cover and eBook at all major distributors. More information can be had at amazon.com, which has a “Look Inside” feature.
Thank you for your consideration,
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About the Author:
Dr David Kowalewski has been researching and practicing shamanism for 25 years. Twice a Fulbright scholar, twice a National Foreign Language fellow, and twice a National Endowment for the Humanities grantee, he has also received stipends from NASA, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, several universities, and other institutions. He
has studied with the shamans of many continents, and published reports in the Journal of Contemporary Shamanism, Journal of Shamanic Practice, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Sacred Hoop, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Sociology of Religion and elsewhere. His works have been translated into German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish, while his interviews have appeared in Chronicle of Higher Education, National Geographic, Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and other platforms. A graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanic Initiation at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he has appeared as a featured speaker on the Shift Network’s global online program, “Ancestral Healing Summit”; the Why Shamanism Now’s podcast, “Psychopomp Work”; and other platforms.
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Drawing on first-hand accounts and cross-cultural research, David Kowalewski offers us an engaging Western perspective on the art and methods of the psychopomp. Anyone who’s going to die will benefit from this highly readable book.
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This is the most in-depth treatment of the subject that I have ever read. Using personal experiences to illustrate specific aspects of psychopomp behavior and activity is not only interesting, but very helpful to those learning about it. . . . Good job!
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Thank you for the recommendation. I’ll certainly check it out!
Hi Jenn For some reason I lost touch with your group for a year or two but now seem to be getting it Enjoyed your current piece – we’ve been in tune with this stuff for a long time. Glad you’re still out there. I’ve had periods of mystery illness but feeling better now and am clear of cancer for six years I thought yesterday – I must tell Jenn about the soul phone progress and now I see you’re following it. That’s such an unbelievable concept but Gary seems serious and professional. First sunshine here in Bournemouth, UK for ages – I’ve forgotten where you are but send you some of my bright golden light! Love and Thoughts Dave Haith (We talked a lot in the old days about Seth in case you’ve forgotten me among your million fans!)
Dave, how could I ever forget you? You were one of the first persons to leave a comment on my blog back in 2015 and we kept in touch over the years here and there. I am so grateful to hear you are cancer free! I know you had a really tough spell for a while. I did kind of fall off for a while while I was dealing with my dear friends illness and recent passing but I’m slowly getting back into writing again. Sending warm thoughts and wishes your way, glad to hear from you!
Warm regards, Jenn
Great website, Jen! I will put a link to it on my website! If you could do the same, that would be awesome! https://inthewhisperofthewinds.com/
Your writings and recommendations are excellent and will help many awaken to their true spiritual nature and their reconnection with the Divine.
Is there any reason why you didn’t mention the book, Life After Life, published in 1975 by Raymond Moody, MD, Ph.D.? That publication really set the stage for NDEs and the possibility that they are, indeed, real.
Also, you may want to read the NDE by Gregg Seastone, published as a PDF in 1975. Excellent information before the NDE wave began. Just “DuckDuckGo” Gregg Seastone to find it.
Lastly, I particularly enjoyed your overview that described the thoughts of Dr. Stafford Betty and his insightful article: Looming Divorce Between Religion and the Afterlife. It is a very insightful summary of the mega-shift in consciousness taking place on planet Earth today.
Thanks for all your good work.
Jenn, I would like to contact a dead celebrity, can you help?
Go find Richard Martini (he is an author of several books, a filmmaker, a YouTube channel(er), and a proponent of Michael Newton’s works; his practice with a gifted psychic is to contact celebrities).
Great minds think alike! I was going to suggest the same thing after reading Mr. Martini’s recent books. Thanks mlhe!
“Click here for the unabridged audiobook of “Seth Speaks”, read by Martin John]”
Link doesnt exist:-((
Oh no! YouTube must have taken it down finally. Thanks for letting me know about the broken link.