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The Only 5 Things

You Need to Know

To be happy now

and “forever”

Dan McAneny

Copyright 2017 by Daniel Thomas McAneny

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Table of Contents

From the Author to the Reader

Chapter 1: The Strongest Evidence that Conscious Personalities Survive Death

Chapter 2: Highly Respected People Gave Consistent Accounts of the Afterlife

Chapter 3: People With Unusual Talents Confirm What Dead People Tell Us

Chapter 4: Many Quantum Physicists Agree With What Dead People Tell Us

Chapter 5: Idea #1—You are a Powerful and Eternal Spirit

Chapter 6: Idea #2—The Universe Is an Idea You are Constructing

Chapter 7: Idea #3—There Are Probable You’s and Probable Universes

Chapter 8: Idea #4—Events Disappear from Space But Exist Forever in Time

Chapter 9: Idea #5—Once You Realize You Create Reality, No Need to Come Back

Chapter 10: So What Do You Do About It?

About the Author

From the Author to the Reader

Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? How could knowing just five things make you happy now, much less forever? Even if your own situation is a good one and you have no reason to be unhappy personally, you still have to contend with all that’s going on in the world.

It’s difficult to be happy about the world in general when paraded before you each day are news items about mass killings, including almost 500,000 Syrians killed, many of them innocent civilians, while ISIS carries out their beheadings, burning people alive, crucifying them, and selling women into sex slavery.

In the face of so much apparent evil in the Middle East and countries in other parts of the world, how would knowing just five things make anyone happy who knows what’s going on around the globe and cares about the suffering of fellow humans?

Well, the fact is it can. How? By releasing you from the highly limited, distorted version of physical reality you have tricked yourself into believing is real. And by giving you a new definition of “yourself.”

Once you realize you are a spirit, powerful, unlimited and eternal, and that the external universe and all material things in it are not reality, but rather your very personal ideas you have constructed about reality --- that will go a long way toward making you happy.

And when you know that you co-create the reality you experience, and that you have the power to change it, you’ll feel even better. Especially if you also find out that, once you realize you create your reality, you won’t have to come back any more into our Human Time-Space Illusion, and can go on to bigger and better things.

In a sentence, your problem is that you’ve been thinking too small – way too small. Once you get the bigger picture, you can actually be happy despite all that’s going on in the world you perceive about you.

But in order for you to get this bigger picture, you’re going to have to agree with what a lot of distinguished scientists claim…Wait! No problem there you say? Doesn’t everyone respect the findings of our foremost scientists?

Well maybe yes, but let me complete that sentence above. You are going to have to agree with what a lot of distinguished scientists claim… that agrees point for point with what dead people have told us.

Now really wait a minute. That’s a different story. No one has ever come back to tell us what it’s like after we die, you say. And to think they would tell us things that agree with the findings and theories of leading scientists, well that’s ridiculous, you might conclude.

Unless you look carefully at the evidence. Did you ever wonder why almost all of our brilliant scientists focus only on the exterior world we perceive with our five senses, or with the instruments and machines that extend those senses?

They have certainly advanced our knowledge and in many cases have helped large segments of the world population. Their instruments have enabled us to peer into the tiniest bits of matter that are the building blocks of our physical universe, and into very deep ranges of space, so we know much more about our planetary system and our galaxy, not to mention the two trillion known galaxies beyond ours.

But have they even considered studying our consciousness? Have they ever looked for evidence that our consciousness need not be limited to our bodies, and might in fact travel to all those places in space they want to reach physically at a cost of trillions of dollars? What would be the consequences if they learned beyond a doubt that humans can extend the range of their consciousness to explore all those planets and galaxies with almost no cost at all?

It reminds me of something one of my daughters remarked recently. She writes mystery novels and is always thinking of strange and unusual things most of us don’t give a lot of thought to. This particular remark was about animals. She wondered aloud what a difference it might make if animals could speak to us, whether we’d still kill and eat them, that sort of thing. I reminded her that people have been communicating with animals for a long time. I referred her to the video “Anna Breytenbach and El Diablo” for strong evidence, and the book by Patty Summers, Talking With the Animals. But most of the population simply ignores it, and I’ll leave it to you to guess why.

I suppose scientists don’t explore the possibilities of consciousness because they have set strict limits on what you can explore and believe if you want to remain part of the larger body of respected scientists. They restrict themselves to the material world only, ignoring or in many cases denying even the existence of the spirit or any reality beyond the physical. As for any scientist paying a lot of attention to information that comes to us from dead people, they’d be ridiculed and expelled from the ranks of the respected scientific community.

Which is why they ignore a lot of solid evidence that information from dead people agrees with what a lot of quantum physicists maintain about reality. And they ignore the fact that it also agrees with what respected out-of-body travelers and people with special unexplainable talents also have to tell us about the nature of our reality and many realities beyond our own.

I will briefly summarize some of that evidence, which has been treated in detail in my earlier books, in the first four chapters of this book. The subsequent chapters discuss the only five things you need to know and their implications. The last chapter will discuss what, if anything, you might want to do about it, now that you know these things.

1: The Strongest Evidence That Conscious Personalities Survive Death

There is a lot of solid evidence that our personalities continue to exist after our physical death, but the most compelling for me is the amount of detailed technical information provided by several British airmen after their 777-foot dirigible destined for India crashed in France in 1930, and their professed motivation for providing that information.

The entire event was reported in detail in John G. Fuller’s The Airmen Who Would Not Die. The dirigible, R-101, was the pride of the British government and was supposed to answer the challenge of Germany’s Graf Zeppelin that had already completed a number of impressive flights. Virtually all of the country’s top airmen were aboard. In the rush to complete the ship, “Band-Aid” approaches were used to correct structural flaws that required extensive repairs.

After the crash, the anguished personalities of several officers and crew who had died, speaking through highly respected psychic Eileen Garrett, communicated to one of their living friends by the name of Villiers. In order to prevent a second dirigible from meeting the same fate as the R-101, they argued strongly, giving detailed technical information, that several structural changes be made before another flight was attempted. They insisted that the airships as constructed were simply not airworthy in severe storms.

The extent and accuracy of their technical information left no doubt that they were indeed the crew members they claimed to be. The second dirigible was never launched. Decades later, in 1967, the incident was the subject of an investigative report by a British documentary film producer. He found new information that supported the input of the crewmen.

This information was examined by several notable and technically qualified skeptics, and by many people whose major aim was to debunk frauds, one of them a famous atheist. Every one of them came to the conclusion that the information was indeed valid, and could only have come from the surviving personalities of the airmen.

There are several factors that make this event so hard to deny or refute. First was the technical information that could only have been known to seasoned crew members. Second, they gave many bits of “evidential,” information that could have been known only to them, and so established their identities. Third, Eileen Garrett was the most respected medium in England and her credibility was recognized at the highest levels of English society. Fourth was the critical examination by skeptics many years later, who concluded the information was valid and could have come only from the deceased personalities.

In Fuller’s book there was another compelling example of a respected person communicating with the living after his death, for a very important reason. Captain W.G. R. Hinchliffe was one of the most decorated and seasoned pilots in England. He died in the crash of a 32-foot monoplane, the Endeavor, in March 1928. His one passenger was a prominent British heiress, Elsie Mackay. The previous year Charles Lindbergh had completed his famous New York to Paris trip, and Hinchliffe had always wanted to fly across the Atlantic. With his flying career drawing to a close, the financial rewards of completing such a trip were also appealing to him. He needed more money to provide adequately for his wife and family.

Elsie Mackay wanted to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic, but she dared not let her father, Lord Inchcape, know about her ambitions. So she secretly retained Hinchliffe to purchase the airplane, paid him 80 pounds per month and all expenses, guaranteed him all the prize money, and said she would insure his life for 10,000 pounds. In return, he had to promise to keep everything secret, so her father would not find out until after they were airborne.

With all of her influence, Elsie Mackay had arranged for them to take off from the mile-long RAF runway near Grantham, England. It was the only one long enough to handle the takeoff of the plane with its full load of gasoline. The RAF had notified Hinchliffe that they could no longer make the runway available to him after March, so he was forced to make the difficult west-to-east trip in less than ideal weather, and no radio was aboard, to save weight. The plane ran into difficult weather on its planned route, and was lost at sea.

Shortly afterward, Hinchliffe started communicating through a Ouija board to a Mrs. Earl, a woman who had some psychic ability, and who also knew Eileen Garrett, the leading psychic in England at that time. Hinchliffe was agitated and concerned. He related some of the details of the flight to Mrs. Earl, how they had hit bad weather on the planned northern course, and he was forced to fly many hundred miles south, almost reaching the Azores.

His major concern, however, was to contact his wife, because he knew that, unknown to Elsie Mackay at the time, the purchase of the insurance policy on his life had never been transacted. This meant that, unless something were done, his wife Emilie would be in dire financial straits.

Wanting to help, Mrs. Earl enlisted the aid of Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous creator of Sherlock Holmes, whom she knew slightly. She wrote Emilie Hinchliffe herself, but also asked Doyle to contact her, since the expected reaction of most people to messages conveyed through a psychic would be disbelief.

Emilie was highly skeptical, but Doyle’s prestige was enough to convince her to meet with Doyle and Mrs. Earl, who had decided that it would be preferable to ask Eileen Garrett to act as the medium for Captain Hinchliffe, rather than continue with Ouija board messages through Mrs. Earl. Emilie remained highly skeptical at first, but in the first few meetings so much personal information was provided which could only be known to her husband, that she gradually came to believe it was his personality that was communicating to her through Eileen Garrett.

This included such mundane details as where to find a pair of studs, and a plot plan for a piece of property they owned (which Emilie now needed to sell), that had been caught stuffed behind a drawer. He also told her that he had indeed worn a watch that she had wondered if he had worn, something significant only to the two of them.

The genuine nature of his identity suitably established through these and dozens of other bits of “evidential” information, he then addressed his two major concerns. One was the future safety of flying. A wooden strut had broken and contributed to his crash, and he wanted it clearly understood that they should be made of aluminum, not wood. His other concern was his wife’s financial security. Lord Inchcape, Elsie Mackay’s father, was not disposed to provide anything for the widowed Emilie, and indeed, he directed that all the money in his daughter’s estate be put in trust for 50 years, eventually to be used to help pay off England’s national debt.

Hinchliffe, through Eileen Garrett, nevertheless assured his widow Emilie that her financial concerns would be taken care of in late July, probably not until July 30th. At the same time, he urged that Emilie and others make contact with the press, to put the pressure of public opinion on Lord Inchcape. The publicity was indeed generated as planned, but as July 30th neared its end, it appeared that Inchcape had not been moved by it. Then at 8:30 that evening, Emilie received a call telling her that he had set aside 10,000 pounds from his own fortune for Emilie and the family.

This case is credible for a number of reasons. First, Emilie in the beginning was skeptical, and took word-for-word dictation of everything that was said, so there were numerous personal details on record that could be checked for verification, and they all checked out.

Second, Eileen Garrett was not only the country’s leading psychic, but she was also highly skeptical and investigative herself. She sought out the cooperation of scientists, medical professionals, psychologists, and many prominent people, in her attempts to find a scientific explanation for her abilities, and to attempt to explain what kind of process was taking place.

In another book, The Ghost of Flight 401, Fuller gave another compelling example of a credible person communicating with the living for important reasons. Flight 401 was an Eastern Airlines flight to Florida on a Lockheed L1011, which crashed in the Everglades in 1972 and claimed many lives. Not too long after the crash, one of the dead crew members, the flight engineer Don Repo, started appearing on flights of similar L1011 aircraft, in the galley and other locations, warning crew members about something dangerous that might happen to the plane. In one case he warned of a fire in an engine, which did in fact occur, but the plane landed safely.

Don was also very concerned about his family, and he wanted them to know that “all was well” in his present condition. He communicated through a Ouija board operated by a psychic and John Fuller. Interestingly, the psychic, Elizabeth, was a flight attendant who was hired by Fuller to do research. She developed her psychic abilities while doing the research. Eventually she and Fuller were married, and she told her unusual love story in a separate book, My Search for the Ghost of Flight 401.

At any rate, Don Repo was intensely eager to have Fuller communicate with his family to reassure them. Fuller was reluctant. He was quite skeptical at the time (before he researched and wrote The Airmen Who Would Not Die), and fearful of coming across as a “kook” to the dead man’s wife and daughter. He had an established reputation as a logical, hardheaded journalistic investigator.

Accordingly, Fuller asked for a number of “evidential” pieces of information that would demonstrate to him and to the dead man’s wife and daughter, that it was really Repo. To prove to his family that it was really him, Repo provided information that only he and the family would know. It certainly made no sense to Fuller. This included an unusual name, “Sassy,” for his wife Alice, a reference to a waste basket with pennies in it sitting in the boys’ room, and to mice in the bedroom closet. He also told Elizabeth that her gold ring would break, and that they would find a penny if they read The New York Times.

When Fuller and Elizabeth met with Repo’s wife and daughter, they learned that he had nicknamed his wife “Sassy” many years earlier, but had not called her that for many years. There was also a waste basket in which he used to save pennies, that they had moved into the boys’ room. And there were recently mice in the attic, and the only way to reach the attic was through the bedroom closet. That satisfied Repo’s family, as well as Fuller and Elizabeth, that it was really him.

And what of the ring and the penny? Weeks after the message was received, Elizabeth’s ring did suddenly break, though it showed no signs of any cracks when they examined it at the time the message came through. Regarding the penny, a week after he and Elizabeth had met with the family, which was months after the message, while they were eating breakfast at a delicatessen, Fuller picked up a Sunday New York Times from a large stack of them on the floor, and brought it back to their table. Midway through the paper, he suddenly stopped.

There on the front page of the travel section, was a picture of the instrument panel of a modern plane. Precisely over the part of the photo that showed the landing gear signal light … was a bright, shiny new penny! This was not a photo of a penny. It was the actual penny itself. That landing gear light had been the indirect cause of the crash of flight 401.

2: Highly Respected People Gave Consistent Accounts of the Afterlife

If you look at the evidence of the R-101 and accept that our personalities survive physical death, it makes sense to do some research to find out if there were any other respectable people who had good reasons for making contact with the living, and examine what they have to say.

In the course of such research you are likely to come across much after-death communication that is relatively meaningless, perhaps quite distorted, or not making much sense. That is due to the fact that people in the spirit form are at many different levels of awareness and comprehension, some of them still in a sort of daze.

But you will also find a lot of information from personalities who were highly respected while they were alive, people of good character who seemed to be well adjusted in their non-physical environment, who had very good reasons for communicating with the living, and did so with credibility. All of them provided “evidential” input, as noted, which is information that could be known only to the departed personality, in order to establish firmly that they were indeed who they claimed to be.

Frederic Myers

An excellent summary of many instances where dead people communicated in a credible manner with us the living can be found in a little book by the title of The Life Beyond Death. All the material for that book was assembled by the famous psychic Arthur Ford, in cooperation with Jerome Ellison, who was to write the book. Ford died just before Ellison started to write it, so the book is listed as being authored by “Arthur Ford as told to Jerome Ellison,” which is accurate.

In that book, one of the most compelling examples of the personality surviving after death happens to be for an individual who died well over a century ago in 1901, Frederic W. H. Myers. To learn in detail about him, read the 346-page book published by Hampton Roads in 2001, with an earlier publication in 1961 by University Press, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death, by F.W.H. Myers.

Myers was one of the founders of the British Society for Psychical Research. Highly educated, he was a classical scholar best known for his essays on the Roman poets before he turned to psychic research. Ford describes him as an “original, energetic, resourceful, dedicated, and highly intelligent psychical researcher, for thirty years before his death and thirty years after it.” He understood the legitimate basis for scientific skepticism, and the need for scientific process in establishing truth.

At the time of his death, he knew that one of the major obstacles to proving the survival of the personality was the possibility that the medium through whom messages came was telepathically tuning in to the contents of living human minds. Myers solved this problem as follows.

After his death he gave bits and pieces of messages to mediums, as psychics and channelers were called then, in many different locations. The messages were received by automatic writing in trance, with Myers’ signature at the end. The bits and pieces received by any one person didn’t make any sense, and the mediums did not know one another. Neither were they familiar with the obscure classical sources which Myers, a leading classical scholar, liked to use. They were directed to send these meaningless messages to a central spot, where they were pieced together according to Myers’ instructions.

When these meaningless messages were pieced together at the central spot, however, they made eminent good sense, and became known as the famous “cross-correspondences.” Over a period of 30 years, there were 3000 such messages, carefully investigated by the British Society for Psychical Research.

Myers was dead more than twenty years when he started communicating through Geraldine Cummins of Cork, Ireland. Over a period of seven years, from 1924 to 1931, he described the structure and conditions of life beyond death in detail. He described what he called “planes” of existence and discussed in detail seven major stages of development for the human spirit, corresponding to a growth in awareness of our consciousness. Just as awareness grows while we are in the body, so does it continue after death, he maintains.

His seven stages include the earth experience as the first, the condition immediately after death as #2, a very brief stage, he says, followed by entry into #3, a more stable world he calls “The Plane of Illusion,” and then #4, a very beautiful experience, termed “The World of Eidos,” or The Plane of Color. Qualified souls then progress to #5, “The Plane of Flame.” He could not find words to describe #6 and #7, The Planes of Light and Timelessness, since he had journeyed only as far as #4, and knew of the others only through communication from other spiritual entities.

He was able to describe #4 in detail from personal experience, and talked of entirely new and broader ranges of sound and color, a more intense and highly energized intellect, a more radiant and beautiful body, flowers in shapes unknown on earth, and more intense emotions, whether they be positive or negative.

The main work there, he says, is gaining greater awareness of how mind controls energy and life force, and he described his ability to build up a likeness of himself and send it vast distances, controlling it from an enormous distance. What Myers says about the progress of a personality as it goes through these stages corresponds in many ways to what others have to say, though they do not necessarily describe seven distinct stages as he does.

Myers also expounded on many other subjects: suicide, sudden death, how bodies are sustained without food in the afterlife, the effects of population explosion and environmental pollution, life on other planets, the problem with runaway nationalistic feelings (World Wars I and II had not yet occurred physically on this material earth), over-attachment to earth possessions, and the contentedness of some souls to remain in the third plane for a long time, centuries sometimes, mistakenly thinking it to be the heaven of their earth beliefs and making no effort to progress further.

Significantly he also mentions, as many others have, that our senses are precisely attuned to only a small slice of the wavelength spectrum, like a good radio receiver, and therefore we are not able to directly perceive other realities. But he points out that it is not logical to conclude that the other realities do not exist because of the limitations of our senses, any more than it would be logical to conclude there are no other broadcasting stations simply because we are tuned into just one. He spoke of cosmic and spiritual activity of great intensity around us all the time, of which we are not aware.

Ford/Ellison point out that, when evaluating all the information that had come to us through mediums in the 20th century up until that time, “very few records (were) as self-consistent, as cogently reasoned, as sensitively described, and as charged with conviction - and transmitted over so long a span of time - as those of Frederic Myers.”

So what do you make of it? If you’re a skeptic, you could probably find any number of explanations. But if you’re not bent on reaching some preconceived conclusion, the most logical thing to conclude is that (1) Myers survived: (2) because proving the survival of our personalities after death was one of the most important things for him while he was alive, he chose a fairly convincing method to demonstrate it after he died.

It is also logical to conclude that, because he communicated for about 30 years after his death with such an impressive quality of information, he is an ideal example of a respected person on earth choosing to communicate helpful and important information after passing. As it turns out, that information was quite similar to what others subsequently communicated.

Betty White

Betty died in 1939. Her husband, Stewart Edward White, was a well-known naturalist and world traveler, author of more than forty books in all, many of them about romance, adventure, and exploring new frontiers in pioneer settings. He held a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and was a graduate of Columbia Law School. He was totally uninterested in “matters of the occult” until Betty developed abilities as a medium, at first unwillingly in 1919, but later enthusiastically.

The quality of the information coming through Betty was of such high quality that Stewart White gradually gained high respect for it, regardless of its source. After accumulating over 400 typewritten pages in 18 months from the serious and scientific-minded entities speaking through Betty, who were called “The Invisibles” by the Whites, he summarized and published them in The Betty Book, published in 1937.

It was meant to be a description of the afterworld, to help guide those who die in their afterlife journey. They generally confirmed what Frederic Myers and others had described regarding the levels of consciousness, but did not go into so much detail. White also published The World Beyond while Betty was still alive.

It was in September of 1939, six months after Betty died, that Betty herself started speaking to her husband through the well-known medium Ruth “Joan” Finley, in Long Island. The Whites had known Ruth Finley when Betty was alive. Mrs. Finley was a respected journalist, and held positions that included Managing Editor of the Washington Herald, Women’s Editor of a newspaper syndicate, Associate Editor of McClure’s Magazine, and a member of the steering committee of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.

She was also the anonymous author of Our Unseen Guest, a widely read book on psychic phenomena in the 1920s, and was considered by many to be one of the most gifted trance mediums of the 20th century.

Speaking through Ruth Finley, for months Betty and her “Invisibles” as she called the spirits around her, gave scientifically oriented explanations of how the world we know is simply a part of a larger one. There was only one universe, she maintained. Time, space and frequency were three important concepts in the Invisibles’ explanations of the universe, and those explanations were quite scientific and complicated.

Grossly oversimplified, the ideas they tried to get across were that time, space and motion, with which we’re familiar, are each part of a larger concept. The essence of time is receptivity; of space, conductivity; and of motion, frequency. Matter is an “arrested frequency,” Betty said. It is caught, so to speak, in our space/time existence. There is no separation between our world and the world of the dead, she explained. One is merely an extension of the other.

She hadn’t “gone anywhere,” she explained, and made the same point emphasized by many others, that if we could change the focus of human frequency, we’d be able to see her instead of “looking through her” as we do. She repeated the idea posed by Frederic Myers, that a major difference between life and afterlife is the scope of “awareness,” with afterlife senses being able to tune into more realities.

“Lady Anne,” one of the Invisibles, pointed out that consciousness is the only reality, and matter and mind are only aspects of it. Earth consciousness, she explained, is adapted to a universe in which there are many structures to bump into, not just physical but also mental, as when other people’s ideas and thoughts obstruct you from doing what you want to do. Hence the term “unobstructed universe” to describe the larger universe where these obstructions do not apply.

Stewart White published these ideas in a book, The Unobstructed Universe, in 1940. It is a comprehensive and scientifically interesting account of life after death. It is also a compelling example of Betty speaking to her husband, getting across ideas she felt were important to spread.

She explained that they were all working hard on people who come over suddenly and don’t know what is happening to them. It would help a lot, she said, if people had some understanding of the transitional phase, so they could make it more smoothly, and there would be less work for those on the other side who were helping them.

Given all of that, The Unobstructed Universe would be considered by most reasonable people to be a prime example of a highly respected person who has “died” giving us important information. It also conveys the warm emotional relationship that still existed between Betty and “Stewt,” as she called her husband, after Betty died. In fact, he was so satisfied just by “feeling her presence” during the months since she had died, that he felt no need and had no desire for the verbal communication which started through Mrs. Finley in September. But, there was work to be done, and Betty was eager to get started.

The book is also significant for the many details Betty gives about the way she was operating, how she experienced the senses, traveled in time and space, perceived our universe, managed to communicate through “Joan,” and influenced some events on earth in order to get her message across. She talks about learning, rest, games, and other subjects familiar to us.

Time and again she emphasized the “hereness of immortality,” the fact that there is only one universe, that she existed both in our world, and in the “unobstructed universe” that we do not experience. That’s because her “awareness mechanism” could now take in a much larger field of experience in her afterdeath condition. “I haven’t gone anywhere,” she insisted, and told “Stewt” that her touch of him was just as real as ever to her.

Betty also made it clear in simple terms that Consciousness creates form, not the other way around. It was the one and only reality, she said, and she explained how it manifested itself in different degrees in our universe, where the “true” realities of receptivity, conductivity and frequency were “suspended” or “arrested” in our time/space/motion world to create obstructions and matter. The consciousness frequency of each species exists outside our world, and manifests as that species when it is in it, she maintained.

She also emphasized that Consciousness is always evolving. “There is, for example” she explained, “a degree in the evolution of consciousness that we will call treeness; and in manifesting it becomes a tree. Now to that there is a corresponding frequency.” The same thing goes for an electrical spark, she pointed out, and for all the different types of things that exist in our universe. Everything has consciousness, she said, but in different degrees.

A statement worth remembering … “Frequency is the eternal motion that never stops, and of which you are a part. It is your bit of quality: it’s your I-Am. You are that frequency of consciousness that is a man; oxygen is that frequency of consciousness which is oxygen; a tree is that frequency of consciousness which is a tree.”

There are also interesting discussions about the different types of “time.” Sidereal time is what we know, but she makes us realize that “psychological time” of our own making is really more significant to our daily lives. True time, “orthic” time as she termed it, is different from those two, and she had a much greater ability to manipulate how she experienced it, than we have for manipulating how we experience Sidereal time.

Another interesting concept, this one about space, is this: “Remove obstructions and you have “placeless space.” Still another: “All you think and do is received and remains in time, though bodies and acts vanish from space.” And another: “The Obstructed Universe (the one we live in) is for the purposes of birth and the individualization of consciousness.”

In other words, in order to go through the experiences we do as humans, we’ve got to have the kind of time and space we do, and “bump into things” with our low density bodies. And one more: “Your scientists have accepted the law of the indestructibility of matter; but I say to you that this law is only a corollary of the indestructibility of consciousness.”

About the reality of heaven, purgatory and hell, Betty reinforces what others have said about their being of our own creation. All of us, she said, saint or sinner, have a tremendous fundamental urge to go on, to progress. But the person who has done all sorts of wrong on earth doesn’t easily get adjusted and take control of manipulating his reality and progressing, as the urge would have him do. Consciousness is its own judge.

Peace and rest and ease do not come easily to those who have wronged seriously on earth. Instead of going forward quickly to a higher degree with its perceptions and pleasures, they linger in the lower degree. They suffer from frustrated urge. Some spend endless futile efforts trying to make restitution in the obstructed universe, further retarding themselves. Progress is made when the injured party arrives in the unobstructed universe: “That is a happier circumstance. That is where the ‘seventy times seven’ forgiveness thing comes true. They both understand: they both are free.”

There are two more interesting points made by Betty. The first concerns the comparison of small events to great purposes. From Betty’s viewpoint, she could see the general patterns or probabilities ahead for our obstructed universe, and was asked how this relates to free will. Betty reinforced the existence of free will, and made a distinction between intent in time, and an event in time.

The intent is broad, and in the case of the largest intent, the evolution of consciousness, there is nothing we as individuals can do to stop it. Other large intents, such as the development of a democracy, can be influenced by us as individuals, but it is going to prevail regardless.

Events, on the other hand, are more malleable, and we can and do affect which events we will experience. An excellent analogy about how inevitable a given event might be, was likening it to a stream heading toward a waterfall. Just as the stream gains more acceleration and strength as it nears the edge of the waterfall, so events gain more solidity, more immunity against outside interference, as they approach culmination.

The second interesting and significant point is the comparison of the beauty of the universe Betty experienced, to the need and wisdom for us to stay focused on everyday living, and not to choose suicide. Joan, as Mrs. Finley the medium was called, was helped to briefly visit with her consciousness the world Betty was inhabiting. She described it.

She spoke of her sense of freedom and liberty, and the ability to go anywhere she might want. She also waxed enthusiastic about the beautiful bodies people there inhabit. She said they shone with light and color, and described Betty’s body as a beautiful new color she had not seen anywhere else, made up of gold, a rich deep rose, and a sort of heavenly blue, pulsating around her. It had a warm, sweet, very comforting feel to Joan. She could also hear what she likened to “the music of the spheres,” first postulated by Greek mathematicians. Beautiful voices sang all around her. She also understood that we can help those in that universe, just as they help us.

When presented with the problem that it was too attractive a world, so that it might discourage a lot of people from doing much at all but just wait for it, Betty replied in no uncertain terms. “The fact that you are a bit of individualized consciousness is itself a responsibility,” she said. “Each bit has to grow sometime: it has to keep up with the evolutional law.

Consequently, the more quantity one attains in the obstructed universe, the more beautifully he will be able to go on in the unobstructed universe. Indeed, just that accumulation of quantity is the reason a long life is desirable.”

Betty did not go easy on those who withdraw from life for “spiritual development” without adequate accomplishment in the ordinary things of life. She decried the tendency of some to become overzealous in their idealistic thinking and try to force it on others. She also had little patience with those who would piously devote themselves to “service” while leaving their own backyards cluttered.

She pointed out to “Stewt” that the mechanic who had come in that day to make household repairs “is gathering more quantity unto himself [experiencing personal soul growth] by going his own free-willed way according to his degree of quality, than if he had permitted you to force on him the reading of books he could not understand. … There has been too much holier-than-thou stuff, and not enough recognition of the genuine adequacy of growth.”

In that same session, Betty made a simple point that could well serve as a philosophy of life for many of us: “It is only the emotional things that really count. If people are big enough to live right emotionally, the concrete things can be overridden. Because - and I want you all to get this - because nothing that happens to an individual is as important as what that individual thinks about it.”

And lest we get too proud of our achievements here on earth: “We do creative things here. There is not much original genius on your side; sometimes there is, but more often what you call genius is a dipping into what individuals here accomplish. Great artists have dexterity; and as a rule they are also great psychics. Sometimes they get our thought without being able to produce it, and that is a real tragedy.

“Scientists work on what you call scientific discovery, and are subject to sudden solutions to their problems. As in sleep.” Betty commented on how the ideas of beings on her side are inserted into the minds of scientists (Thomas Edison?) during sleep, and made this interesting comment: “And do not think for one moment that high, low and in-between do not, at times, tap the infinity of our thought.”

What do you make of all this? The simplest, most obvious explanation is that Betty White’s personality survived and she saw an opportunity to do some good work after she died. She got in touch with her husband through a respected medium known to both of them, so that her husband could help her.

She provided plenty of “evidential” information, little details that could only be known to her and “Stewt,” but “Lady Anne” made the following point about that, which is highly significant: “And if you have wanted a proof that I, that Betty, still exist, better than all the so-called evidential we could possibly give, that proof is in our building up the foundation of your own empirical knowledge into new and advancing thought.”

Raymond Lodge (with some help from Frederic Myers)

Earlier we looked at the compelling example of Frederic Myers as evidence of a personality surviving death, summarized from the book, The Life Beyond Death, by Arthur Ford as told to Jerome Ellison. Another impressive example cited there is Raymond Lodge, son of Sir Oliver Lodge, who wrote about the communications from his son in the book Raymond.

Oliver Lodge was one of England’s most distinguished physicists, knighted for his work in atomic and electrical theory. His son Raymond, a British officer in France during World War I, was killed in action in September 1915. At that time, Sir Oliver was conducting extensive psychical research, working through three respected mediums, none of whom knew his true identity. Members of his family assisted him in the research.

The first message from Raymond came 11 days after he was killed. His mother was sitting with a medium who did not know her identity, and no questions were asked about Raymond. Still, Raymond came through with a message that Mrs. Lodge was to tell Sir Oliver that he had met some friends of his, specifically (Frederic) Myers.

Two days later, in an anonymous trance sitting with the same medium, he said he had a lot of friends helping him, and that he knew, as soon as he was better adjusted, he had a lot of work to do. Apparently he was confused at first and could not get his bearings, but “instructors and teachers,” one of whom was Myers, helped him, and he was already beginning to feel brighter, lighter, and happier. A separate medium on the same day told Mrs. Lodge that Myers was helping her son to communicate.

In subsequent sessions Raymond confirmed Myers’ guardianship and expressed deep gratitude to him. Raymond and Myers spoke together. Raymond got excited about his father’s work in psychic research, exhorting him to push through barriers, so that more people could communicate with those who had passed on, and there would be fewer brokenhearted women on the earth side, and fewer dead soldiers to whom no one communicated on his side.

Myers explained that Raymond was traumatized initially, very disappointed, then recovered gradually. By the middle of November he was feeling comfortable in his new environment and more sure of himself in his communications. Raymond related that what most reconciled him to his new environment was that things appeared so solid and substantial, including his grandfather and others who had met him, and the house his grandfather lived in, solid brick with trees and flowers. It got dark only when you wanted it to be dark. He hadn’t yet found out whether thoughts alone formed all the buildings and flowers, or whether it was something more.

At that point, Raymond was preoccupied helping to orient soldiers who had been shot to death in the war, and could not yet see any indications of the future. He said at first he “wore” earth clothes, but gradually switched to the white robes popular there. His body, he said, was very similar to what he had before, but it didn’t hurt as much when he pinched the flesh, and the internal organs did not seem constituted on the same lines. He could move about more freely. He had a new tooth in place of one that wasn’t quite right, and knew a man who had lost an arm, but now had two.

When someone was blown to pieces, he explained, it took some time before the spirit body could reassemble itself completely. Interestingly, he said bodies should not be burned on purpose, because they had some terrible troubles with people who are cremated too soon. He advised waiting seven days.

He observed that men and women seemed to have the same feelings toward each other, but with a different expression. There didn’t seem to be any children born there. Some enjoyed eating what appeared to be earth food, and one fellow enjoyed a cigar. He explained that appetites for things like food, drink, and cigars generally fade after people have been there for a while.

He could see the sun and stars, but didn’t feel heat or cold, except when coming into contact with the earth plane. He gave several pieces of personal information known only to the family (“evidential”) that established his identity. After a time, the urgency and content of his information dwindles, as though he had his own affairs to pursue.

In response to a question from his father about a statement made by Myers, that the plane of existence Raymond was in was one of illusion, Raymond made interesting observations, with Myers’ help. He said there were parallels between that plane and earth.

On both planes, he said, many things we need are created for us by the divine imagination, and many more things, like houses, clothes and jewels, are created out of our own imaginations. In both, they are created out of the available materials, and in both, the structures are temporary, meant to be used only until the person is ready to progress to the next higher plane. Earth objects are made of “matter,” while objects in Raymond’s sphere were made of much finer material, created by the power of mind.

Raymond said we live in a world of illusions, necessary for us to do our work, while he lives in an extension of that illusory world, the outer rim of it, so he was more in touch with the “world of reality.” Spirit and mind, from his perspective, are indestructible and belong to the world of reality, while other external things, necessary for a time, are really superfluous and temporary as far as the world of reality goes.

Raymond’s observations are significant for the detail they provide, and for their consistency with the input of so many others, as he goes through the initial stages of existence after leaving the body.

Also significant is the advice of Sir Oliver Lodge for bereaved persons who inquire whether it would be advisable for them to devote the time and attention he did to communication with a departed loved one. Definitely not, was his advice. He was a student of the subject. For the average person, he recommended instead that they come to an understanding that their loved ones are still active and useful and interested and happy - more alive than ever in one sense - and to make up their minds to live a useful life until they rejoin them.”

The “Deadest of the Dead” Explains from a Larger Perspective

My earliest book on these subjects published 17 years ago, You’re Bigger Than Death … and life too, and its newer version, You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths, contain a lot of input from the Seth entity, especially from two books authored by Jane Roberts, who channeled Seth. The two books are Seth Speaks and The Nature of Personal Reality, the 2nd and 4th of the twenty or so books Jane and her husband Rob produced, all published originally in the 1970s and 1980s by Prentice-Hall, a highly respected publisher at the time.

I believe Seth gave us the most complete and accurate description of the true nature of the reality we perceive, and how it is created and supported by deeper underlying realities. He explained that he had completed all his lives on earth, and was now part of a group of spirits who slip in and out of different realities such as ours, to inform the inhabitants there of the true nature of the reality they are experiencing. Spirits at his level of development have three main choices, to be a teacher, creator or healer, and he is part of a teaching group.

So we have here a source who does not speak from the perspective of just one lifetime, but of many, all of them completed. The scope of his awareness is therefore much broader than the other sources cited in this book, and in the many books he dictated through Jane, he goes into great detail about all the subjects mentioned and many more.

I have probably read the two books I consider most informative a dozen or more times over the years since they were published in the 1970s, and in earlier books I have tried to summarize some of the key points he made.

In We Are All Tourists I summarized how he defined and explained our reality, our souls (that’s us), our experiences between lives, God, earlier civilizations, evolution, how matter is formed, alternate stages of consciousness and more. Rather than repeat them here, I will instead address in later chapters the five things he and others have taught us – five things that, if you know them, will indeed make you happier about yourself now and your destiny forever.

3: People With Unusual Talents Confirm What Dead People Tell Us

Over the past century there have been a relatively small number of people with what seem to us to be rare and unusual abilities, who also became relatively well known in their lifetimes. These people themselves claim their abilities are not so rare and unusual, that we all have latent abilities to do what they did.

Two of them will be looked at here, one who could diagnose illness from a distance and prescribe strange treatments that worked. The other was quite well known as an “out-of-body traveler,” where his consciousness traveled or expanded beyond the bounds of his physical body.

In both instances, they learned and communicated many things that agree with the description of reality and the true nature of ourselves that many dead people have provided us. This is significant in that their input is evidence that respected living people have gotten information from entities not in a physical form, which agrees with what dead people have told us. It is worth noting that all of this information was provided with a highly positive, unselfish intent -- helping those of us alive now to move along in our development as spirit beings temporarily ensconced in physical bodies.

I summarized in We Are All Tourists the lives of both men and what they learned, with special emphasis on the core message that we are essentially spirits in nature, and the part of us that partakes in physical universes is just one small part of who we are. Those summaries are presented here.

Edgar Cayce, His “Miracles” and Origin

Most people today are not aware of Edgar Cayce, and few of those who have heard of him are aware of his true significance. Cayce lived from 1877 to 1945, and dozens of books have been written about him. The two best known are Edgar Cayce - The Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn, and There Is A River, by Thomas Sugrue, which I relied on to get the information I am sharing with you. He knew Cayce when Cayce was living.

While in trance Cayce prescribed cures for the illnesses of thousands of people. Yet he was unaware of what he had said when he woke up. He’s a very good example of the fact that there are “too many things we can’t explain,” and since there are, it makes sense to conclude that the world can’t be what it seems. Cayce’s life was very interesting, and I’ve often thought a good movie could be made about it. It’s helpful to review briefly the early part of his life and how he discovered his abilities.

He was born on March 18, 1877, into an old conservative Kentucky family, on a farm near Hopkinsville, in Christian County, in the southwestern corner of the state. His father was a Justice of the Peace, and his grandfather reputedly had some psychic abilities, used for dowsing for water.

As a boy, he was interested in the Bible, and enjoyed going to the Christian Church. When he was only seven or eight, he had a clairvoyant experience. He had been reading the Bible in a secluded outdoor spot, when suddenly he was aware of a humming sound and a bright light. He looked up and saw a figure in white, very bright, then heard a voice telling him his prayers had been answered and inquiring what he would ask for, so that it might be given to him. Startled, he replied that he would like to be able to help others, especially children who were ill. The figure then disappeared.

Edgar was not a scholar and the next day, thinking about his vision, he bungled his classwork. That night he seemed unable to concentrate on his lessons, and his father said he’d have to stay up until he knew his lesson. At 11 p.m., long past his usual bedtime, he became drowsy and heard a voice as if in a dream telling him to sleep and they would help him. He fell asleep for a few minutes and, astoundingly, when he awoke he knew every word in the spelling book by rote!

A short time later, hurt by a baseball, he told his parents while in a semi-stupor to prepare a special poultice and put it at the base of his brain. It worked. As time went on, he did similar things for his friends who were ill or hurt, and what he suggested always seemed to work.

After leaving school in the 6th grade, he worked on a farm, in a shoe store, and a bookstore. He fell in love with a neighbor, Gertrude Evans, who felt he should use his abilities more to help others. Even before their marriage, she had noticed that when he concentrated on making money instead of helping others with his gift, he developed some physical ailment. At one point he lost his voice, had to give up his job as a salesman and take a job working in the darkroom of a photographic studio. Professional hypnotists and medical doctors tried to help him, but nothing worked.

Then Al Layne, a local fellow who had wanted to be a doctor but had to settle for mail-order courses in osteopathy and hypnosis, put Cayce into trance. But instead of making suggestions to him, Layne directed that Cayce’s own unconscious mind should look into Cayce’s body, tell what was wrong with the throat, and suggest a cure.

Immediately Cayce came through in a clear voice, saying all that was needed was to increase circulation to the affected area. Layne instructed the unconscious mind to increase the circulation there, and immediately Cayce’s throat turned a deep crimson. Cayce’s subconscious then took over from Layne, instructing Layne to suggest that the circulation return to normal and the body awaken. After a few manipulations by Layne, as instructed by Cayce in trance, the condition was cured.

Layne observed that Cayce, when in trance, seemed like a physician peering down a patient’s throat, and suggested he could do the same with other people’s bodies, locating ailments and prescribing remedies. He pointed out it would be a wonderful opportunity to heal the sick, and asked Cayce to start with him. He’d been sick for years and doctors had not been able to help him.

Cayce agreed to help, and the next day he described Layne’s condition better than Layne could, then prescribed a special diet and selected medicines. While awake Cayce could not even pronounce the medical terms he had used in trance, much less know what they meant, and he avoided Layne for a while, but Layne improved noticeably within a week.

Layne wanted to work with Cayce on a regular basis, but Cayce was taken aback by all these strange occurrences, and did not want to continue with “the readings,” as they were called. His mother reminded him of his childhood vision, and Gertrude encouraged him to move ahead, but Cayce decided not to.

He was telling the disappointed Layne of his decision when his voice started to fade to a whisper again. That sign, plus reassurances from Layne that his readings were consistent with established medical practice, and Gertrude’s observation that if he were a physician he’d be limited as they were, unable to help a lot of people, finally pushed Cayce to make the decision to go ahead.

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