About/Contact

Email: TheSearchForLifeAfterDeath@gmail.com.  Twitter: @tsflad   Facebook: /tsflad

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 exciting new project related to life after death, have an experience you’d like to share, or questions to ask?  Just leave a comment on this page below.

My Philosophy

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 prove 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.

They are:

  1. Near-Death Experiences
  2. Out-Of-Body Experiences
  3. Death-Bed Visions/ELDVs/Terminal Lucidity
  4. After-Death Communications
  5. Mediumship and Channeling
  6. Past-Life/Pre-Birth Memories
  7. 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, look at 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 difference 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.

Options include:

  • 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
  • Contacting spirits using ITC or EVP

Hope to see you around..

~Jenn

71 thoughts on “About/Contact

    1. 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).

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  1. Hi Jen,

    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.

    Namaste…Nick

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  2. 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,

    David Kowalewski, PhD

    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.

    About the Book:

    Ancestry is big business these days, but mere biological genealogy fails to tap into our
    spiritual roots. The shamans of indigenous cultures have known for millennia how to
    do this. In this comprehensive cross-cultural survey, Dr. David Kowalewski, scholar
    and practicing shaman, offers several techniques for engaging the Old Ones the old-fashioned
    way.

    Publisher: iUniverse
    Publication date: November 2019
    Number of pages: 194
    Available: Paper and e-Book
    ISBN: 978-1-5320 – 8895-7 (paper)
    ISBN: 978-5320-8896-4 (e-book)

    ALSO BY DAVID KOWALEWSKI:

    Death Walkers: Shamanic Psychopomps, Earthbound Ghosts, and Helping Spirits in the Afterlife Realm (IUniverse, 2015).

    Critical Acclaim for Death Walkers

    Dr. Kowalewski writes in a clear and compassionate way, showing how sometimes, at death, it is necessary to perform healing work on a soul to help it transcend. This is an important book.
    –SANDRA INGERMAN, MA, author of Soul Retrieval

    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.
    –BILL PLOTKIN, PhD, author of Soulcraft

    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!
    –SERGE KAHILI KING, PhD, author of Urban Shaman

    David Kowalewski has written a comprehensive book on one of the basic tasks of the shaman. . . . This is a highly readable, well-researched book, detailing a number of Dr. Kowalewski’s personal experiences as a conductor of the spirits of the dead. . . . This book is highly recommended.
    –DANA ROBINSON, co-author of Shamanism and the Spirit Mate

    This important book is an informative . . . thorough, cross-cultural overview. . . . Dr. Kowalewski speaks with authority . . . as . . . an experienced psychopomp and . . . a near-death experience[r]. . . . The text is further enriched with fascinating examples . . . [and] conclude[s] strongly with a most important chapter on what these practices mean for our everyday living. . . . A very welcome addition to the literature.
    –PENNY SARTORI, PhD, author of The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences

    A practicing shaman shares the wisdom he has gathered during his journeys in the spirit world. . . . The author often cites traditional folklore . . . which makes for entertaining stories . . . and experiences guiding spirits to the “Light,” including victims of genocide . . . and the drug wars in Mexico. Finally, he relates the wisdom . . . he has gained from his interactions with spirits and suggests that psychopomps could be used as “professional grief counselors for survivors.” Overall, this book will certainly be an engaging read for those fascinated by the paranormal . . . that will . . . appeal to readers interested in stories of ghosts and the afterlife.
    –KIRKUS REVIEWS

    Selection as Book of the Month by Shaman Portal (www.shamanportal.org)

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      1. 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!)

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        1. 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

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  3. 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.
    Regards
    Nigel

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    1. 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. 🙂
      Jenn

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  4. Hi,
    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.
    Puzzled.
    Kind regards
    Nigel
    (I would have emailed you directly but can’t find contact details.)

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    1. 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 thesearchforlifeafterdeath@gmail.com. regards, Jenn

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