Evidential Spirituality: How to Build Spiritual Beliefs from Life After Death Research

The Difference Between Faith-Based and Evidence-Based Spirituality For those of us who are not part of an organized religion but have a strong interest in the research and evidence for life after death, how do we define ourselves when asked about what we believe? For some, the answer might be agnostic, new-age, or spiritual.  For me,… Read More Evidential Spirituality: How to Build Spiritual Beliefs from Life After Death Research

Stafford Betty@Huff Post: The Looming Divorce Between Religion and the Afterlife

Dr. Stafford Betty is a Professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield.  You might also know him as the author of several fantastic books about the afterlife, such as The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World and Heaven and Hell Unveiled: Updates From The Spirit World.  Recently, Dr.… Read More Stafford Betty@Huff Post: The Looming Divorce Between Religion and the Afterlife

New Study Reveals the Nature of God in Near-Death Experiences

Source. Krishna. All-That-Is.  Allah.  The Great Spirit.  Supreme Being. Elohim.  All names representing the same concept: the singular, universal source of creative power, wisdom and moral rulership over the universe. God.  With a Capital G. Today, when the western world refers to God, it usually represents the monotheistic God of the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam,… Read More New Study Reveals the Nature of God in Near-Death Experiences

SDSU Study: Religion Down, Afterlife Belief Up Among Millennials; Reason? Feeling “Entitled” to get “Something for Nothing”

A recent San Diego State University poll led by psychology professor Jean Twenge shows that Americans are five times less likely to pray as compared to the early 1980’s, and twice as many said they do not believe in God.  The biggest decline is among 18-29 year olds, the so-called millennials.  The study also shows that despite… Read More SDSU Study: Religion Down, Afterlife Belief Up Among Millennials; Reason? Feeling “Entitled” to get “Something for Nothing”

The Story Behind “Miracles From Heaven” and What We Can Learn from Religious NDEs

“Miracles from Heaven” is a movie based on the book of the same title by Christy Beam and details the amazing story of her chronically ill daughter’s near-death experience following a devastating accident and her subsequent remarkable healing.  The movie is in theaters now, so I picked up the book behind the movie to get the full… Read More The Story Behind “Miracles From Heaven” and What We Can Learn from Religious NDEs

The Multidimensional Afterlife, Part II

In The Multidimensional Afterlife, Part I, we were introduced to the afterlife as a hierarchy of thought-manifested worlds.  Because the spirit realm is thought-based, souls are automatically attracted to the dimension that corresponds with their beliefs, expectations, personality and state of mind, as well as their spiritual development.  When spirits cross over into the afterlife with strong expectations, religious beliefs,… Read More The Multidimensional Afterlife, Part II

The Spiritual Philosophy of Swedenborg; Christian Mystic, Surprisingly Insightful

Because of my interest in all things spiritual, particularly the afterlife (obviously), my YouTube playlist would occasionally bring up a video by offTheLeftEye, hosted by a charming young man with startling blue eyes claiming to represent something called ‘The Swedenborg Foundation’.  The information presented spiritual ideas that were different, and yet familiar.  I wondered, who or… Read More The Spiritual Philosophy of Swedenborg; Christian Mystic, Surprisingly Insightful

NPR’s “The Secret Book of Job”; A Surprising Take on an Ancient Biblical Story

If you were raised Christian or Jewish, you are likely familiar with the book of Job from the old testament.  I’ve read it recently, and I’ve always felt really sorry for Job.   Although I am no longer a Christian, NPR aired a re-telling of the Job story called “The Secret Book of Job” with a… Read More NPR’s “The Secret Book of Job”; A Surprising Take on an Ancient Biblical Story