Evidence of What Happens When We Die

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What Happens When You Die?

Upon leaving their human life, all individuals are met by angels and spirit guides, pass through a tunnel, and are greeted by loved ones on the other side with varying degrees of love, warmth, and light. They are welcomed back to their spirit self so that the death experience is initially never frightening to anybody.

Question 160: Does the spirit immediately find itself in the company of those it knew on Earth who died before it?

Answer: Yes, and more or less promptly, depending on the strength of their mutual affection. Spirits will often come to meet a spirit upon its return to the spirit world and help free it from the bonds of matter. Others, whom a spirit knew but lost sight of on Earth, will also come to meet it. Finally, it can both see those in the spirit world and visit those who are still incarnated.

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec, pg. 95, 2003

At the moment of death, our soul rises out of its host body. Most souls I work with are met by guides just outside Earth’s astral plane. A young soul or a child who has died may be a little disoriented until someone comes closer to ground level for them.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 1, 2003

All my research with subjects in a higher state of consciousness indicates that upon death, we go directly from one astral plane around Earth through the gateway into the spirit world. Many describe a tunnel effect. All souls from Earth then quickly move into the bright light of the spirit world. This is a single ethereal space without zones or barriers around it.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 52, 2003

But we find through experience that when we come forward to offer our help to people who have just departed from Earth at their ‘death’ and who, knowing nothing of the true state of life here, fervently and fearfully believe that they are to be dragged off to a frightful judgment, we find in such cases that the force of our numbers adds weight to our words as we individually explain to the sorely perplexed soul that there is nothing to fear, nothing to cause the least anxiety. That soul can turn from one to another of us, three different personalities, different in feature and form, real and human in appearance and voice, and they can see corroboration—and find it.

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. 1, 1948

Now, all this arises from the fact that the average person does not know what he himself is composed of. He knows he has a physical body, of course. There are not many who can easily forget it! But leaving the Earth in the common act of ‘dying’ is a perfectly natural and normal process, which has been going on continuously, without intermission, for thousands upon thousands of earthly years.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The entire process of leaving the Earth—of dying—is perfectly natural. It is merely the operation of a natural law. However, for thousands of years, the majority of people have lived in complete ignorance of the truth about ‘dying’ and the ‘hereafter.’ And in this, as in many cases, ignorance or lack of knowledge breeds fear. It is the fear of the future following ‘death’ that has surrounded the act of transition with so many mournful and morbid solemnities and doleful trappings.

Sorrow is natural in human hearts at the parting of loved ones and their removal from physical sight, but sorrow is aggravated and increased by the lack of knowledge of what has occurred.

Orthodox religion bears much responsibility for this state of affairs. The one who is mourned has supposedly gone to an unknown land where an omnipotent God reigns supreme, ready to meet our judgment to all who enter that world.

Therefore, orthodoxy would urge, in effect, that we should do all we can to placate this Great Judge so that He may deal mercifully with our departed brother. It would further urge that such a situation is no time for anything but the gravest demeanor, the most solemn behavior.

And how does the departed Soul view all these adjuncts of ‘death’? Sometimes with disgust, sometimes with amazement at their stupidity, and sometimes, especially for those with a well-developed sense of humor, with undisguised mirth! And what of all the paraphernalia of ‘death’? Has it availed the departed Soul anything? No, nothing. Black garments, drawn blinds, ponderous solemnity, hushed voices, and countenances of exaggerated gloom are utterly worthless in helping the Soul upon its way. Indeed, in many cases, the reverse can be the result. But I will speak to you about that later. For now, I wish to show you that ‘dying’ is the operation of a simple and natural law and that it is healthy and normal to consider the subject, discuss it, and find out all about it.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The state of spiritual enlightenment on Earth is such that, in many cases, individuals are completely unaware that they have died. This simply means that they have never ceased to live; there has been an unbroken continuity of life for them, as there is for all of us.

This situation frequently arises among people who pass into the spirit world suddenly and perhaps without warning. Their lack of knowledge about conditions in the spirit world produces this bewilderment. If, in addition to that ignorance, they never paid any attention to a future life in the spirit world during their earthly existence, then their situation becomes even more unhappy.

However, there is a vast organization of all its immense resources in the spirit world, and it must not be thought that these bewildered souls are left to fend for themselves. They are soon taken in hand by others who have long resided in the spirit lands—time being judged differently here—who devote their spirit lives to such work.

Our task is often difficult because it is not always easy for the Soul to grasp what has happened. An individual’s mental makeup may cause a reluctance to accept the truth. On the other hand, those who are mentally alert will soon see for themselves the exact situation.

If only knowledge of the laws and conditions of spirit life were universally spread throughout the earthly world, what a wealth of difference it would make to each Soul as they came to reside in these lands.

From Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The ‘death’ of the physical body is a tragedy to the earthly world. To the spirit world, it is the operation of a natural law unattended by any mournful solemnities. While the physical body is being consigned to its earthly abode accompanied by all the ceremonial trappings and dismal black habiliments of ministers and mourners, the spirit body containing the real and everlasting substance of personality has gone to its proper abode in the spirit world. 

In these realms, we receive our friends amid great rejoicings. Another friend has come to join us. We wear no black, we do not recite long, gloomy prayers, or perform harrowing ceremonies. Nor do we have a reception committee of ‘angels’, as many people are disposed to imagine is, or ought to be, the case. We merely behave in a normal, rational human manner as one would expect from normal, rational human beings. We are not pontifically welcomed among the ‘elect.’ 

We are not made free citizens of these realms because we have been ‘saved’ through believing in some strange, obscure theological creed. We are not here because we have been ‘redeemed’ through the offices of another. 

We are here solely because we have, by our lives on Earth or by our progress in the spirit world, earned the right to call ourselves citizens of these realms. We are here because no one can keep us out! Once we have the right to be here, no one can gainsay that right, no one can dispute it, no one would dispute it even if he could.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

I had a sinking feeling. The daylight seemed to fade away. I swayed about in the dark and felt slightly giddy. Then the atmosphere became light, and I heard the voices of my dear boys [who had ‘passed on’]. After a period of unconsciousness, I suddenly became clearer… and saw my boys, my brothers, and many others around me.”

Rev. C. Drayton Thomas, In The Dawn Beyond Death, pg. 20

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The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 14, 1974

Never be afraid of death. It is only the final sleep of the mortal mind and has no power to affect the spirit mind. The spirit mind grows stronger, brighter, and more active from the moment of separation until it becomes so educated and balanced that it is the all-in-all of spirit life. I found it so, for I went to sleep in the mortal mind and discovered at last that I was more vividly awake than ever.”

Spirit Control Mary Bosworth in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, 1927, p. 92

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The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, 1974

I had formed no very definite ideas of this life, but I did have a firm belief that personality continued. I was not ill for long, so I arrived with little loss of vigor and with little to unlearn. I realize that I was extremely fortunate, for I see so many who have much difficulty in understanding what this life means.”

Newcomer to spirit in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, 1927, p. 38

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The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, 1974

One making the transition is always greeted with love, a sense of safety, protection, and freedom, always in a light so bright, warm, and encompassing as they have never experienced before in human form. As a spirit soul progresses into its new life form, it will progress into various shades, tones, and colors of this bright light.

(A table of soul color related to the level of spiritual development of a spirit:)

Soul Development Levels:

  • Level I- Beginner (White)
  • Level II- Lower Intermediate (Off-White)
  • Level III- Intermediate (Yellow)
  • Level IV- Upper Intermediate (Dark Yellow)
  • Level V- Advanced (Light Blue)
  • Level VI- Highly Advanced (Dark Bluish-Purple).

From Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 103, 1996

I tend to think of souls as intelligent light forms of energy. Right after death, souls suddenly feel different because they are no longer encumbered by a temporary host body with a brain and central nervous system. Some take longer than others.

From Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 2, 2003

One very meaningful aspect of my research has been the discovery of energy colors displayed by souls in the spirit world. These colors relate to a soul’s state of advancement….I found that typically, pure white denotes a younger soul, and with advancement, soul energy becomes more dense, moving into orange, yellow, green, and finally, the blue range.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 5, 2003

But we find by experience that when we come forward to offer our help to people who have just left the Earth at their ‘death’ and who, knowing nothing of the true state of life here, fervently and fearfully believe that they are to be dragged off to a frightful Judgement, we find in such case that the force of our numbers adds weight to our words as we each individually explain to the sorely perplexed Soul that there is nothing to fear, nothing to cause the least anxiety. 

That Soul can turn from one to another of us, three different personalities, different in feature and form, real and human in appearance and voice, and he can see corroboration—and find it.

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. 1, 1948

There is a great sense of humility and yet a great sense of exaltation as the inner self senses its freedom when death occurs.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 354, 1994

“How does it feel to be ‘dead’? One can’t explain because there’s nothing in it. I simply felt free and light. My being seemed to have expanded.” 

(W.T. Stead in Life Eternal, 1933, pg 170)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 17, 1974

After you die, the Soul suddenly seems to expand. (W.T. Pole, Private Dowding, 1917, pg 107)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 17, 1974

“I came to consciousness with my new body resting parallel over my old one and about a yard away, immediately above it…A cord from the solar plexus linked me to my old body. I remained floating and swaying, realizing that I was still bound…Then, something seemed to snap, and I began to take an upright position. Then I saw that the cord had snapped. I was free, a new man in a new body. I was surrounded by all the dear ones…born again!” (F.T. Robertson, Celestial Voices, pg 265).

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 19, 1974

Once you have moved into your soul spirit, you go through your most recent life review. After one has had their greeting and their life review, heaven becomes much of the spiritual consciousness that the individual brought with them from the Earth during this most recent life on Earth.

This place I have come to call the shower of healing is only a prelude to the rehabilitation of returning souls. The orientation stage, which immediately follows (especially with younger souls), involves a substation counseling session with one’s guide. 

The newly refreshed Soul arrives at this station to undergo a debriefing of the life that just ended. Orientation is also designed as an intake interview to provide further emotional release and readjustment back into the spirit world.

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 55, 1996

After souls arrive back into their soul groups, they are summoned to appear before a Council of Elders. While the Council is not prosecutorial, they do engage in direct examination of a soul’s activities before returning them to their groups.

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 85, 1996

Orientation periods with our guides, which take place before joining our cluster group, vary between souls and between different lives for the same Soul. This is a quiet time for counseling, with the opportunity to vent any frustrations we have about the life that just ended. Orientation is intended to be an initial debriefing session with gentle probing by perceptive, caring teacher guides.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 2-3, 2003

During this meeting, the major choices we made in the life just lived are reviewed with us. Behavior and accountability for our actions at important forks in our karmic path are evaluated carefully. At the first conference, we were acutely aware of our mistakes, especially if we had hurt others.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 204, 2003

The Council is looking to see if the inner immortal character of our Soul maintained its integrity in terms of values, ideals, and actions during incarnation. They want to know if we were submerged by our host body or if we shone through. Did our Soul effectively merge as a partner to the human brain as one harmonious outward human personality?

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 212, 2003

It is commonly understood that man is composed of body, soul, and spirit. The physical body he is fairly conversant with, but what of the soul and spirit? Of these two, man knows little indeed. 

What he does not realize is that he is a spirit, first, last, and always. The physical body is merely a vehicle for his spirit body during his journey through earthly life. The mind belongs to the spirit body. 

Every human experience, every thought, word, and deed that contribute to the sum of earthly human experience are infallibly and ineradicably recorded upon what is called the subconscious mind through the agency of the physical brain. 

When the time comes for man to leave the Earth, he discards the physical body forever, leaving it behind upon the Earth, and passes into the realms of the spirit world. His spirit body he will find is a counterpart of the earthly body he has just left behind. 

He will then find that what he called the subconscious mind when he was incarnate has now assumed its rightful place in his new scheme of existence. And it is not long before it begins to show its particular attributes to its owner. 

By its principal ability of ineffaceable and infallible recording, this mind reveals itself as a complete and perfect chronicle of its owner’s life upon Earth. The revelations, therefore, that are attendant upon the person newly arrived in the spirit world can be sufficiently startling.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

“As consciousness returned, the scenes of my whole life moved before me like a panorama. So rapidly did it pass that I had little time for reflection. (From Matter to Spirit, 1863, pg 142)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 20, 1974

Death is but an incident. Parting is only for a moment. And heaven is right at hand. If only this could be comprehended, we feel that life there would be more nearly one of contentment and happiness. 

(Unnamed spirit in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium,1927 p.97)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. , 1974

Once a new spirit moves through the different phases of releasing from its earthbound life it begins to gradually move into the spiritual consciousness that it has obtained and finds that it is losing earthbound forms and earthbound dimensions and begins to experience things telepathically and through various forms of energy rather than through three dimensions as it has experienced on Earth.

Question 305: Does the memory of an incarnate life present itself to a spirit completely and spontaneously, as soon as death occurs? Answer: Depending on how much attention the spirit focuses on it, the memory comes back slowly-just as an object gradually becomes visible to you out of a thick fog…Having lived many times as a human being, it remembers what it has been and often smiles at its own past foolishness…

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec, pg. 149, 2003

In the spirit world, seeing a temple is not a literal record of stone blocks but rather a visualization of the meaning the temple has to that Soul.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 134, 2003

Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 122, 1994

Question to [Valerie’s] Higher Self: My understanding of the personality is that it consists of a permanent, eternal core that survives death and reunites with the Soul after death, as well as certain temporary traits that exist only during the lifetime. 

Ans: That is accurate. Question to [Valerie’s] Higher Self: So, when a personality dies in a particular lifetime – say when Valerie dies in this lifetime – then her permanent core will be reunited with you? Ans: At this point it is not separate. 

Do not consider reuniting, for that betokens a separation. There is never any separation. What the personality feels [after death], when it feels one with God and higher self, is simply the brushing away of cobwebs that obscure its view, but it does not mean that it has not been connected.

Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?, Robert Schwartz, pg. 223, 2007

So many processes and procedures become as second nature to us here in the course of our lives that we scarcely stop to ponder just when this condition first exerted itself so to speak, and became part of our lives. 

Some things, of course, are very apparent. For instance, the first occasion upon which Ruth and I made the attempt to move ourselves by the thought process instead of using our legs in the old method of locomotion, which we had employed hitherto. That we shall never forget. 

It was such a revolutionary event in our lives. I fancy that there are not many of us who will forget an experience of that nature for it made us realise very early the immense power of our minds. 

The most I can say, then, with regard to our absolute knowledge that we are free to possess some particular thing or another, whatever it may be, is that we are conscious that we lack that object, and that we have a strong, deep desire for it. Then we are aware that our desire has passed out from our minds, and in place of the desire there is the unmistakable certainty that we are at liberty to possess. So that the procedure comes to this, first one has the desire to possess, and that thought leaves us. 

Whence it goes, I am unable to say. If, after the wish to possess has been projected from our minds, we are entitled to possess, the desire will no longer be as a yearning, for in its place will come the knowledge that nothing debars us from becoming owner of what we want. 

We are, ipso facto, virtual possessors. We have then only to take the necessary steps towards actual ownership. But if we have not yet earned the right to possess, then the desire will remain with us as an unfulfilled desire until such time as we have advanced spiritually. 

We shall be aware of a positive barrier. In saying that a knowledge of the right to posses takes the place of the former desire to possess, I would not have you understand that our interest wanes. That is not so. Our interest, in good truth, actually increases. But there is a vast difference between a desire that is only a desire and which must remain unfulfilled and a desire that can be transformed into an immediate fulfilment. 

Your own unhappy experiences during an earthly life will speak with sufficient eloquence upon that point! This is, I am afraid, a very unsatisfactory account of a very natural process in these lands, but you will understand that there are so many matters upon which we are as yet uninformed. 

(from channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson)

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapt1, 1948

The physical body is merely a vehicle for his spirit body upon his journey through his earthly life. The mind belongs to the spirit body. Every human experience, every thought, word, and deed, that go to make up the sum of earthly human experience is infallibly and ineradicably recorded upon what is called the subconscious mind through the agency of the physical brain, and when the time comes for man to leave the Earth, he discards the physical body for ever, leaves it behind him upon the Earth, and passes into the realms of the spirit world.

His spirit body he will find is a counterpart of the earthly body he has just left behind him. He will then find that what he called the subconscious mind when he was incarnate has now assumed its rightful place in his new scheme of existence. 

And it is not long before it begins to show its particular attributes to its owner. By its principal ability of ineffaceable and infallible recording, this mind reveals itself as a complete and perfect chronicle of its owner’s life upon Earth. The revelations, therefore, that are attendant upon the person newly arrived in the spirit world can be sufficiently startling. 

(from channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson)

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapt1, 1968

‘Conan Doyle’ stated: “The narrowed conscious daily life of man is immeasurably broadened and expanded beyond death…” (Ivan Cooke, Thy Kingdom Come, pg.109)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

‘J.V. Wilson’, communication to A.J. Davis (The Physician) said that, as death approached, “Thought became too intense and elevated for the body.” He went to bed and “felt the evidences of transformation…”. 

He stated, “The transition was interesting and delightful. I expanded in every direction. I was boundless, was infinite…”

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

Another of Davis’s communicators mentioned “expanding thoughts” and said: “A super-consciousness pervaded me and my Spirit was endowed with immortal sensibilities.” He continued: “Lo! instead of seeing the external forms of my friends [mourners], I beheld their interior life and read their inmost thoughts…Directing my perceptions to where I saw them gaze, I beheld (in their thoughts) the body which I myself had worn! I strove to tell them that the deserted tenement was nothing, and that I possessed a body and stood among them: but there could be no communication between us.”

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

‘A.B” s communicator (One Step Higher, 1937, pg. 22, 76, 115) said that when he died his soul “expanded”, his consciousness “widened”: “Time stood still and space meant nothing”.

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

“There was a crash and a blackness. It was not really pain as most people think of pain-a rending crash and then gone…I lay quiet and pictures came before me of myself as a little boy…Then I saw a car coming. I saw it brake and push something along the road. 

I looked, and it was my body. I looked at myself and saw my own body [double] seeming quite real and solid…Suddenly I saw Grandpapa, standing smiling all lit up, and knew I was killed. I said at once, ‘Then mother was right-I have got an etheric body!’ I felt terribly muddled and confused. 

Then came the thought of you…so I began to walk along the road…You opened the window and called, but did not see me. Yet I could see what you were thinking-how frightened you were! Suddenly I remembered what you said-that spirits can go through matter. I said, ‘Here goes! and ran at the door-and passed right through it. I tried it two or three times…I shall be at the funeral tomorrow…I am still mixed up with the Earth.” 

(Alice Gilbert, Philip in Two Worlds, 1948, pg 89)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 24, 1974

“Something struck hard…I fell and found myself outside myself! What a small incident this dying is!…You see what a small thing death is, even the violent death of war!…If there be a shock, it is not the shock of physical death. 

Shock comes later when comprehension dawns: ‘Where is my body? Surely I am not dead?’…I was so little dead that I imagined I was still [physically]alive. I had been struck by a shell-splinter. There was no pain…I had thrown my overcoat away. The coat was my body. I felt free and light. I am still evidently in a body of some sort. After I had recovered from the shock of realizing I was dead, I was above the battlefield. It seemed as if I was floating in a mist that muffled sound and blurred the vision. 

Everything was distant, misty, unreal. [Since he had not, as yet, shed the ‘vehicle of vitality’, his consciousness remained enshrouded and therefore ‘sub-normal’, while his environment was the illusory ‘Hades’ conditions]. I think I fell asleep for the second time [=a second momentary coma, the ‘second death’, due to shedding the ‘vehicle of vitality’]. At last I awokd [in the un-enshrouded Soul Body]. I am alive…’ Life’ is strangely similar to earthlife.” 

(W.T. Pole, Private Dowding, 1917, pg 13)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 25-26, 1974

Never be afraid of death. It is only the final sleep of the mortal mind, and has no power to affect the spirit mind. That grows stronger and brighter and more active from the moment of separation, until it becomes so educated and balanced that it is the all-in-all of spirit life. I found it so, for I went to sleep in the mortal mind, and discovered at last that I was more vividly awake than ever. 

(Spirit Control Mary Bosworth in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium,1927 p.92)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. , 1974

 

There are those spirit souls who are so evolved that they do not find it necessary to remain connected to those on Earth for they know that there are other angels and spirit guides with those who have remained on Earth and they are ready to move into their more highly evolved true selves.

…there is no one after-death reality, but [that] each experience is different. Generally speaking, however, there are dimensions into which these individual experiences will fall. For example, there is an initial stage for those who are still focused strongly in physical reality, and for those who need a period of recuperation and rest. 

On this level there will be hospitals and rest homes. The patients do not yet realize that there is nothing wrong with them at all. In some cases, the idea of illness is so strong that they have built their earthly years about this psychological center. 

They are given various kinds of treatment of a psychic nature, and told that the condition of that body is being brought about by the nature of their own beliefs. There are also training centers. In these the nature of reality is explained in accordance with an individual’s ability to understand and perceive it…some individuals do not undergo any such periods, but because of development and progress during their past lives, they are ready to begin more ambitious programs.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 129, 1994

Conclusion 

In conclusion, the extensive presentations of afterlife information provided from various sources offer a detailed insight into what happens to individuals after they pass away. Common themes include the transition from the physical body to the spirit form, encounters with guides, angels, and loved ones, and the review of one’s life experiences. There is an emphasis on the natural and peaceful nature of the death process, with descriptions of expanding consciousness, feelings of freedom, and encounters with profound light. Different sources describe variations in the afterlife experience based on individual beliefs, spiritual development, and past life experiences. Overall, the narratives converge on the idea of continuity of consciousness, the importance of spiritual growth, and the existence of supportive structures in the afterlife realm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Afterlife


What is the typical experience when transitioning from life to the afterlife according to the presented information?

According to the various sources provided, individuals are met by angels and spirit guides upon leaving their physical bodies. They often pass through a tunnel and are greeted by loved ones on the other side. The experience is described as one of love, warmth, and light, with a sense of safety and freedom.

Do all individuals experience the same afterlife journey, or are there variations based on beliefs and spiritual development?

The accounts suggest that while there are common themes in the afterlife experience, such as encountering guides and undergoing life reviews, there can be variations based on individual beliefs, spiritual growth, and past life experiences. Some may progress into higher levels of spiritual consciousness more quickly, while others may require rest and recuperation in spirit hospitals or training centers.

What happens during the life review process mentioned in the afterlife narratives?

The narratives describe a life review where individuals reflect on their past actions, behaviors, and choices. This process is often accompanied by guidance from higher beings or council members who help evaluate one’s actions and their impact. The focus is on understanding and learning from past experiences to facilitate spiritual growth and development.

Are there any resources or support systems available in the afterlife realm to assist individuals in their transition?

Yes, the accounts mention various support systems in the afterlife, including spirit guides, angels, and council members. These entities offer guidance, counseling, and assistance to newly arrived souls, helping them understand their transition and adjust to their new spiritual reality. Additionally, there are rest homes, hospitals, and training centers for souls in need of further healing or education.

Allan Kardec, The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, translated 1875, Kalpeny LLC, 2021.
Anthony Borgia, Heaven and Earth: More Spirit Communications from Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, Saturday Night Press Publications, 2020.
Anthony Borgia, Here and Hereafter, Zinc Read, 2023.
Jane Roberts, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Bantam, 1984.
Michael Newton, Destiny of Souls, Jaico Publishing House, 2017.
Robert Crookall, The Supreme Adventure: Analysis of Psychic Communications, James Clarke Company, Limited, 1961.
Michael Newton, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.  

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The following is a sample of the information presented on the website about what happens to people in the period after the body dies.

What Happens When You Die?

Upon leaving their human life, all individuals are met by angels and spirit guides, pass through a tunnel, and are greeted by loved ones on the other side with varying degrees of love, warmth, and light. They are welcomed back to their spirit self so that the death experience is initially never frightening to anybody.

Question 160: Does the spirit immediately find itself in the company of those it knew on Earth who died before it?

Answer: Yes, and more or less promptly, depending on the strength of their mutual affection. Spirits will often come to meet a spirit upon its return to the spirit world and help free it from the bonds of matter. Others, whom a spirit knew but lost sight of on Earth, will also come to meet it. Finally, it can both see those in the spirit world and visit those who are still incarnated.

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec, pg. 95, 2003

At the moment of death, our soul rises out of its host body. Most souls I work with are met by guides just outside Earth’s astral plane. A young soul or a child who has died may be a little disoriented until someone comes closer to ground level for them.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 1, 2003

All my research with subjects in a higher state of consciousness indicates that upon death, we go directly from one astral plane around Earth through the gateway into the spirit world. Many describe a tunnel effect. All souls from Earth then quickly move into the bright light of the spirit world. This is a single ethereal space without zones or barriers around it.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 52, 2003

But we find through experience that when we come forward to offer our help to people who have just departed from Earth at their ‘death’ and who, knowing nothing of the true state of life here, fervently and fearfully believe that they are to be dragged off to a frightful judgment, we find in such cases that the force of our numbers adds weight to our words as we individually explain to the sorely perplexed soul that there is nothing to fear, nothing to cause the least anxiety. That soul can turn from one to another of us, three different personalities, different in feature and form, real and human in appearance and voice, and they can see corroboration—and find it.

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. 1, 1948

Now, all this arises from the fact that the average person does not know what he himself is composed of. He knows he has a physical body, of course. There are not many who can easily forget it! But leaving the Earth in the common act of ‘dying’ is a perfectly natural and normal process, which has been going on continuously, without intermission, for thousands upon thousands of earthly years.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The entire process of leaving the Earth—of dying—is perfectly natural. It is merely the operation of a natural law. However, for thousands of years, the majority of people have lived in complete ignorance of the truth about ‘dying’ and the ‘hereafter.’ And in this, as in many cases, ignorance or lack of knowledge breeds fear. It is the fear of the future following ‘death’ that has surrounded the act of transition with so many mournful and morbid solemnities and doleful trappings.

Sorrow is natural in human hearts at the parting of loved ones and their removal from physical sight, but sorrow is aggravated and increased by the lack of knowledge of what has occurred.

Orthodox religion bears much responsibility for this state of affairs. The one who is mourned has supposedly gone to an unknown land where an omnipotent God reigns supreme, ready to meet our judgment to all who enter that world.

Therefore, orthodoxy would urge, in effect, that we should do all we can to placate this Great Judge so that He may deal mercifully with our departed brother. It would further urge that such a situation is no time for anything but the gravest demeanor, the most solemn behavior.

And how does the departed Soul view all these adjuncts of ‘death’? Sometimes with disgust, sometimes with amazement at their stupidity, and sometimes, especially for those with a well-developed sense of humor, with undisguised mirth! And what of all the paraphernalia of ‘death’? Has it availed the departed Soul anything? No, nothing. Black garments, drawn blinds, ponderous solemnity, hushed voices, and countenances of exaggerated gloom are utterly worthless in helping the Soul upon its way. Indeed, in many cases, the reverse can be the result. But I will speak to you about that later. For now, I wish to show you that ‘dying’ is the operation of a simple and natural law and that it is healthy and normal to consider the subject, discuss it, and find out all about it.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The state of spiritual enlightenment on Earth is such that, in many cases, individuals are completely unaware that they have died. This simply means that they have never ceased to live; there has been an unbroken continuity of life for them, as there is for all of us.

This situation frequently arises among people who pass into the spirit world suddenly and perhaps without warning. Their lack of knowledge about conditions in the spirit world produces this bewilderment. If, in addition to that ignorance, they never paid any attention to a future life in the spirit world during their earthly existence, then their situation becomes even more unhappy.

However, there is a vast organization of all its immense resources in the spirit world, and it must not be thought that these bewildered souls are left to fend for themselves. They are soon taken in hand by others who have long resided in the spirit lands—time being judged differently here—who devote their spirit lives to such work.

Our task is often difficult because it is not always easy for the Soul to grasp what has happened. An individual’s mental makeup may cause a reluctance to accept the truth. On the other hand, those who are mentally alert will soon see for themselves the exact situation.

If only knowledge of the laws and conditions of spirit life were universally spread throughout the earthly world, what a wealth of difference it would make to each Soul as they came to reside in these lands.

From Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

The ‘death’ of the physical body is a tragedy to the earthly world. To the spirit world, it is the operation of a natural law unattended by any mournful solemnities. While the physical body is being consigned to its earthly abode accompanied by all the ceremonial trappings and dismal black habiliments of ministers and mourners, the spirit body containing the real and everlasting substance of personality has gone to its proper abode in the spirit world. 

In these realms, we receive our friends amid great rejoicings. Another friend has come to join us. We wear no black, we do not recite long, gloomy prayers, or perform harrowing ceremonies. Nor do we have a reception committee of ‘angels’, as many people are disposed to imagine is, or ought to be, the case. We merely behave in a normal, rational human manner as one would expect from normal, rational human beings. We are not pontifically welcomed among the ‘elect.’ 

We are not made free citizens of these realms because we have been ‘saved’ through believing in some strange, obscure theological creed. We are not here because we have been ‘redeemed’ through the offices of another. 

We are here solely because we have, by our lives on Earth or by our progress in the spirit world, earned the right to call ourselves citizens of these realms. We are here because no one can keep us out! Once we have the right to be here, no one can gainsay that right, no one can dispute it, no one would dispute it even if he could.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

I had a sinking feeling. The daylight seemed to fade away. I swayed about in the dark and felt slightly giddy. Then the atmosphere became light, and I heard the voices of my dear boys [who had ‘passed on’]. After a period of unconsciousness, I suddenly became clearer… and saw my boys, my brothers, and many others around me.”

Rev. C. Drayton Thomas, In The Dawn Beyond Death, pg. 20

Source:

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 14, 1974

Never be afraid of death. It is only the final sleep of the mortal mind and has no power to affect the spirit mind. The spirit mind grows stronger, brighter, and more active from the moment of separation until it becomes so educated and balanced that it is the all-in-all of spirit life. I found it so, for I went to sleep in the mortal mind and discovered at last that I was more vividly awake than ever.”

Spirit Control Mary Bosworth in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, 1927, p. 92

Source:

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, 1974

I had formed no very definite ideas of this life, but I did have a firm belief that personality continued. I was not ill for long, so I arrived with little loss of vigor and with little to unlearn. I realize that I was extremely fortunate, for I see so many who have much difficulty in understanding what this life means.”

Newcomer to spirit in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, 1927, p. 38

Source:

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, 1974

One making the transition is always greeted with love, a sense of safety, protection, and freedom, always in a light so bright, warm, and encompassing as they have never experienced before in human form. As a spirit soul progresses into its new life form, it will progress into various shades, tones, and colors of this bright light.

(A table of soul color related to the level of spiritual development of a spirit:)

Soul Development Levels:

  • Level I- Beginner (White)
  • Level II- Lower Intermediate (Off-White)
  • Level III- Intermediate (Yellow)
  • Level IV- Upper Intermediate (Dark Yellow)
  • Level V- Advanced (Light Blue)
  • Level VI- Highly Advanced (Dark Bluish-Purple).

From Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 103, 1996

I tend to think of souls as intelligent light forms of energy. Right after death, souls suddenly feel different because they are no longer encumbered by a temporary host body with a brain and central nervous system. Some take longer than others.

From Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 2, 2003

One very meaningful aspect of my research has been the discovery of energy colors displayed by souls in the spirit world. These colors relate to a soul’s state of advancement….I found that typically, pure white denotes a younger soul, and with advancement, soul energy becomes more dense, moving into orange, yellow, green, and finally, the blue range.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 5, 2003

But we find by experience that when we come forward to offer our help to people who have just left the Earth at their ‘death’ and who, knowing nothing of the true state of life here, fervently and fearfully believe that they are to be dragged off to a frightful Judgement, we find in such case that the force of our numbers adds weight to our words as we each individually explain to the sorely perplexed Soul that there is nothing to fear, nothing to cause the least anxiety. 

That Soul can turn from one to another of us, three different personalities, different in feature and form, real and human in appearance and voice, and he can see corroboration—and find it.

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. 1, 1948

There is a great sense of humility and yet a great sense of exaltation as the inner self senses its freedom when death occurs.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 354, 1994

“How does it feel to be ‘dead’? One can’t explain because there’s nothing in it. I simply felt free and light. My being seemed to have expanded.” 

(W.T. Stead in Life Eternal, 1933, pg 170)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 17, 1974

After you die, the Soul suddenly seems to expand. (W.T. Pole, Private Dowding, 1917, pg 107)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 17, 1974

“I came to consciousness with my new body resting parallel over my old one and about a yard away, immediately above it…A cord from the solar plexus linked me to my old body. I remained floating and swaying, realizing that I was still bound…Then, something seemed to snap, and I began to take an upright position. Then I saw that the cord had snapped. I was free, a new man in a new body. I was surrounded by all the dear ones…born again!” (F.T. Robertson, Celestial Voices, pg 265).

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 19, 1974

Once you have moved into your soul spirit, you go through your most recent life review. After one has had their greeting and their life review, heaven becomes much of the spiritual consciousness that the individual brought with them from the Earth during this most recent life on Earth.

This place I have come to call the shower of healing is only a prelude to the rehabilitation of returning souls. The orientation stage, which immediately follows (especially with younger souls), involves a substation counseling session with one’s guide. 

The newly refreshed Soul arrives at this station to undergo a debriefing of the life that just ended. Orientation is also designed as an intake interview to provide further emotional release and readjustment back into the spirit world.

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 55, 1996

After souls arrive back into their soul groups, they are summoned to appear before a Council of Elders. While the Council is not prosecutorial, they do engage in direct examination of a soul’s activities before returning them to their groups.

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Michael Newton, pg. 85, 1996

Orientation periods with our guides, which take place before joining our cluster group, vary between souls and between different lives for the same Soul. This is a quiet time for counseling, with the opportunity to vent any frustrations we have about the life that just ended. Orientation is intended to be an initial debriefing session with gentle probing by perceptive, caring teacher guides.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 2-3, 2003

During this meeting, the major choices we made in the life just lived are reviewed with us. Behavior and accountability for our actions at important forks in our karmic path are evaluated carefully. At the first conference, we were acutely aware of our mistakes, especially if we had hurt others.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 204, 2003

The Council is looking to see if the inner immortal character of our Soul maintained its integrity in terms of values, ideals, and actions during incarnation. They want to know if we were submerged by our host body or if we shone through. Did our Soul effectively merge as a partner to the human brain as one harmonious outward human personality?

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 212, 2003

It is commonly understood that man is composed of body, soul, and spirit. The physical body he is fairly conversant with, but what of the soul and spirit? Of these two, man knows little indeed. 

What he does not realize is that he is a spirit, first, last, and always. The physical body is merely a vehicle for his spirit body during his journey through earthly life. The mind belongs to the spirit body. 

Every human experience, every thought, word, and deed that contribute to the sum of earthly human experience are infallibly and ineradicably recorded upon what is called the subconscious mind through the agency of the physical brain. 

When the time comes for man to leave the Earth, he discards the physical body forever, leaving it behind upon the Earth, and passes into the realms of the spirit world. His spirit body he will find is a counterpart of the earthly body he has just left behind. 

He will then find that what he called the subconscious mind when he was incarnate has now assumed its rightful place in his new scheme of existence. And it is not long before it begins to show its particular attributes to its owner. 

By its principal ability of ineffaceable and infallible recording, this mind reveals itself as a complete and perfect chronicle of its owner’s life upon Earth. The revelations, therefore, that are attendant upon the person newly arrived in the spirit world can be sufficiently startling.

From the channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapter 1, 1968

“As consciousness returned, the scenes of my whole life moved before me like a panorama. So rapidly did it pass that I had little time for reflection. (From Matter to Spirit, 1863, pg 142)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 20, 1974

Death is but an incident. Parting is only for a moment. And heaven is right at hand. If only this could be comprehended, we feel that life there would be more nearly one of contentment and happiness. 

(Unnamed spirit in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium,1927 p.97)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. , 1974

Once a new spirit moves through the different phases of releasing from its earthbound life it begins to gradually move into the spiritual consciousness that it has obtained and finds that it is losing earthbound forms and earthbound dimensions and begins to experience things telepathically and through various forms of energy rather than through three dimensions as it has experienced on Earth.

Question 305: Does the memory of an incarnate life present itself to a spirit completely and spontaneously, as soon as death occurs? Answer: Depending on how much attention the spirit focuses on it, the memory comes back slowly-just as an object gradually becomes visible to you out of a thick fog…Having lived many times as a human being, it remembers what it has been and often smiles at its own past foolishness…

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec, pg. 149, 2003

In the spirit world, seeing a temple is not a literal record of stone blocks but rather a visualization of the meaning the temple has to that Soul.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton, pg. 134, 2003

Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 122, 1994

Question to [Valerie’s] Higher Self: My understanding of the personality is that it consists of a permanent, eternal core that survives death and reunites with the Soul after death, as well as certain temporary traits that exist only during the lifetime. 

Ans: That is accurate. Question to [Valerie’s] Higher Self: So, when a personality dies in a particular lifetime – say when Valerie dies in this lifetime – then her permanent core will be reunited with you? Ans: At this point it is not separate. 

Do not consider reuniting, for that betokens a separation. There is never any separation. What the personality feels [after death], when it feels one with God and higher self, is simply the brushing away of cobwebs that obscure its view, but it does not mean that it has not been connected.

Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?, Robert Schwartz, pg. 223, 2007

So many processes and procedures become as second nature to us here in the course of our lives that we scarcely stop to ponder just when this condition first exerted itself so to speak, and became part of our lives. 

Some things, of course, are very apparent. For instance, the first occasion upon which Ruth and I made the attempt to move ourselves by the thought process instead of using our legs in the old method of locomotion, which we had employed hitherto. That we shall never forget. 

It was such a revolutionary event in our lives. I fancy that there are not many of us who will forget an experience of that nature for it made us realise very early the immense power of our minds. 

The most I can say, then, with regard to our absolute knowledge that we are free to possess some particular thing or another, whatever it may be, is that we are conscious that we lack that object, and that we have a strong, deep desire for it. Then we are aware that our desire has passed out from our minds, and in place of the desire there is the unmistakable certainty that we are at liberty to possess. So that the procedure comes to this, first one has the desire to possess, and that thought leaves us. 

Whence it goes, I am unable to say. If, after the wish to possess has been projected from our minds, we are entitled to possess, the desire will no longer be as a yearning, for in its place will come the knowledge that nothing debars us from becoming owner of what we want. 

We are, ipso facto, virtual possessors. We have then only to take the necessary steps towards actual ownership. But if we have not yet earned the right to possess, then the desire will remain with us as an unfulfilled desire until such time as we have advanced spiritually. 

We shall be aware of a positive barrier. In saying that a knowledge of the right to posses takes the place of the former desire to possess, I would not have you understand that our interest wanes. That is not so. Our interest, in good truth, actually increases. But there is a vast difference between a desire that is only a desire and which must remain unfulfilled and a desire that can be transformed into an immediate fulfilment. 

Your own unhappy experiences during an earthly life will speak with sufficient eloquence upon that point! This is, I am afraid, a very unsatisfactory account of a very natural process in these lands, but you will understand that there are so many matters upon which we are as yet uninformed. 

(from channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson)

Heaven and Earth, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapt1, 1948

The physical body is merely a vehicle for his spirit body upon his journey through his earthly life. The mind belongs to the spirit body. Every human experience, every thought, word, and deed, that go to make up the sum of earthly human experience is infallibly and ineradicably recorded upon what is called the subconscious mind through the agency of the physical brain, and when the time comes for man to leave the Earth, he discards the physical body for ever, leaves it behind him upon the Earth, and passes into the realms of the spirit world.

His spirit body he will find is a counterpart of the earthly body he has just left behind him. He will then find that what he called the subconscious mind when he was incarnate has now assumed its rightful place in his new scheme of existence. 

And it is not long before it begins to show its particular attributes to its owner. By its principal ability of ineffaceable and infallible recording, this mind reveals itself as a complete and perfect chronicle of its owner’s life upon Earth. The revelations, therefore, that are attendant upon the person newly arrived in the spirit world can be sufficiently startling. 

(from channeled spirit of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson)

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia, pg. Chapt1, 1968

‘Conan Doyle’ stated: “The narrowed conscious daily life of man is immeasurably broadened and expanded beyond death…” (Ivan Cooke, Thy Kingdom Come, pg.109)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

‘J.V. Wilson’, communication to A.J. Davis (The Physician) said that, as death approached, “Thought became too intense and elevated for the body.” He went to bed and “felt the evidences of transformation…”. 

He stated, “The transition was interesting and delightful. I expanded in every direction. I was boundless, was infinite…”

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

Another of Davis’s communicators mentioned “expanding thoughts” and said: “A super-consciousness pervaded me and my Spirit was endowed with immortal sensibilities.” He continued: “Lo! instead of seeing the external forms of my friends [mourners], I beheld their interior life and read their inmost thoughts…Directing my perceptions to where I saw them gaze, I beheld (in their thoughts) the body which I myself had worn! I strove to tell them that the deserted tenement was nothing, and that I possessed a body and stood among them: but there could be no communication between us.”

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

‘A.B” s communicator (One Step Higher, 1937, pg. 22, 76, 115) said that when he died his soul “expanded”, his consciousness “widened”: “Time stood still and space meant nothing”.

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 16, 1974

“There was a crash and a blackness. It was not really pain as most people think of pain-a rending crash and then gone…I lay quiet and pictures came before me of myself as a little boy…Then I saw a car coming. I saw it brake and push something along the road. 

I looked, and it was my body. I looked at myself and saw my own body [double] seeming quite real and solid…Suddenly I saw Grandpapa, standing smiling all lit up, and knew I was killed. I said at once, ‘Then mother was right-I have got an etheric body!’ I felt terribly muddled and confused. 

Then came the thought of you…so I began to walk along the road…You opened the window and called, but did not see me. Yet I could see what you were thinking-how frightened you were! Suddenly I remembered what you said-that spirits can go through matter. I said, ‘Here goes! and ran at the door-and passed right through it. I tried it two or three times…I shall be at the funeral tomorrow…I am still mixed up with the Earth.” 

(Alice Gilbert, Philip in Two Worlds, 1948, pg 89)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 24, 1974

“Something struck hard…I fell and found myself outside myself! What a small incident this dying is!…You see what a small thing death is, even the violent death of war!…If there be a shock, it is not the shock of physical death. 

Shock comes later when comprehension dawns: ‘Where is my body? Surely I am not dead?’…I was so little dead that I imagined I was still [physically]alive. I had been struck by a shell-splinter. There was no pain…I had thrown my overcoat away. The coat was my body. I felt free and light. I am still evidently in a body of some sort. After I had recovered from the shock of realizing I was dead, I was above the battlefield. It seemed as if I was floating in a mist that muffled sound and blurred the vision. 

Everything was distant, misty, unreal. [Since he had not, as yet, shed the ‘vehicle of vitality’, his consciousness remained enshrouded and therefore ‘sub-normal’, while his environment was the illusory ‘Hades’ conditions]. I think I fell asleep for the second time [=a second momentary coma, the ‘second death’, due to shedding the ‘vehicle of vitality’]. At last I awokd [in the un-enshrouded Soul Body]. I am alive…’ Life’ is strangely similar to earthlife.” 

(W.T. Pole, Private Dowding, 1917, pg 13)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. 25-26, 1974

Never be afraid of death. It is only the final sleep of the mortal mind, and has no power to affect the spirit mind. That grows stronger and brighter and more active from the moment of separation, until it becomes so educated and balanced that it is the all-in-all of spirit life. I found it so, for I went to sleep in the mortal mind, and discovered at last that I was more vividly awake than ever. 

(Spirit Control Mary Bosworth in Life Here and Hereafter, Fred Rafferty, ed. Charlotte E. Dresser, medium,1927 p.92)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall, pg. , 1974

 

There are those spirit souls who are so evolved that they do not find it necessary to remain connected to those on Earth for they know that there are other angels and spirit guides with those who have remained on Earth and they are ready to move into their more highly evolved true selves.

…there is no one after-death reality, but [that] each experience is different. Generally speaking, however, there are dimensions into which these individual experiences will fall. For example, there is an initial stage for those who are still focused strongly in physical reality, and for those who need a period of recuperation and rest. 

On this level there will be hospitals and rest homes. The patients do not yet realize that there is nothing wrong with them at all. In some cases, the idea of illness is so strong that they have built their earthly years about this psychological center. 

They are given various kinds of treatment of a psychic nature, and told that the condition of that body is being brought about by the nature of their own beliefs. There are also training centers. In these the nature of reality is explained in accordance with an individual’s ability to understand and perceive it…some individuals do not undergo any such periods, but because of development and progress during their past lives, they are ready to begin more ambitious programs.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts, pg. 129, 1994

Conclusion 

In conclusion, the extensive presentations of afterlife information provided from various sources offer a detailed insight into what happens to individuals after they pass away. Common themes include the transition from the physical body to the spirit form, encounters with guides, angels, and loved ones, and the review of one’s life experiences. There is an emphasis on the natural and peaceful nature of the death process, with descriptions of expanding consciousness, feelings of freedom, and encounters with profound light. Different sources describe variations in the afterlife experience based on individual beliefs, spiritual development, and past life experiences. Overall, the narratives converge on the idea of continuity of consciousness, the importance of spiritual growth, and the existence of supportive structures in the afterlife realm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Afterlife


What is the typical experience when transitioning from life to the afterlife according to the presented information?

According to the various sources provided, individuals are met by angels and spirit guides upon leaving their physical bodies. They often pass through a tunnel and are greeted by loved ones on the other side. The experience is described as one of love, warmth, and light, with a sense of safety and freedom.

Do all individuals experience the same afterlife journey, or are there variations based on beliefs and spiritual development?

The accounts suggest that while there are common themes in the afterlife experience, such as encountering guides and undergoing life reviews, there can be variations based on individual beliefs, spiritual growth, and past life experiences. Some may progress into higher levels of spiritual consciousness more quickly, while others may require rest and recuperation in spirit hospitals or training centers.

What happens during the life review process mentioned in the afterlife narratives?

The narratives describe a life review where individuals reflect on their past actions, behaviors, and choices. This process is often accompanied by guidance from higher beings or council members who help evaluate one’s actions and their impact. The focus is on understanding and learning from past experiences to facilitate spiritual growth and development.

Are there any resources or support systems available in the afterlife realm to assist individuals in their transition?

Yes, the accounts mention various support systems in the afterlife, including spirit guides, angels, and council members. These entities offer guidance, counseling, and assistance to newly arrived souls, helping them understand their transition and adjust to their new spiritual reality. Additionally, there are rest homes, hospitals, and training centers for souls in need of further healing or education.

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Robert Crookall, The Supreme Adventure: Analysis of Psychic Communications, James Clarke Company, Limited, 1961.
Michael Newton, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.  

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