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so let’s stop short-changing

Jesus, God and ourselves

Dan McAneny

Copyright 2016 by Daniel Thomas McAneny

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Daniel Thomas McAneny

Thanks, Jesus, for coming in so many times to guide us.

Table of Contents

From the Author to the Reader

1. The Basics

2. What We Know Now

3. So What Has All This To Do With the Crucifixion?

4. Compare … and Choose as You Please

5. Where Are We Directing Our Energies?

6. Three Strikes for Science

7. Where Do We Go From Here?

About the Author

From the Author to the Reader

Looking at the title, you might rightly wonder, why bother to write a book claiming that Christ was not crucified? After all, at this time over 2000 years later, does it even matter? Certainly it matters to a lot of people who believe Christ was crucified, some of whom have focused their lives around that event. So what is the benefit of claiming otherwise?

Well, ask yourself this question. Are you happy with the world you are in right now? People killing other people, raping, beheading, crucifying and torturing them because they don’t believe the same things about the afterlife that they believe. Hundreds of thousands slaughtered and millions made refugees in Syria in a senseless war, where a supposed leader kills his own people with gas, bombings, or whatever is most convenient for him. A quarter million people kept in concentration camp conditions by a brutal third-generation dictator in North Korea. Disease and hunger prevalent among millions of men, women and children in Africa and many other parts of the world. Terrorists in Europe, Africa and the U.S.A. killing scores of people for no reason other than their interpretation of their religion, which they contend commands them to kill those who do not agree with them. Millions of people in the relatively prosperous U.S.A. who can barely make ends meet and have no savings for retirement, with almost 40% of them having dropped out of the labor market because they can’t find decent jobs. Rioting in many places with races deeply divided. A supposedly democratic government in a country where we supposedly have many freedoms including the right to free speech, abusing its power and punishing those who dare disagree with them. Regardless of your political persuasion, you don’t want to be someone who does not hold power at such a time. That’s most of us. Just ask decent people in Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Russia, Brazil, Argentina or any number of South American countries.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Are you okay with that world? Even if you are living “in the lap of luxury” as many years ago Jackie Gleason used to remind his wife Alice in the weekly skits on television, eating the finest foods, living in a mansion, jetting about the globe as you please, enjoying theater, the arts, vacationing at fabulous resorts, you are still aware that millions of fellow humans are suffering, dying, starving, in prisons for having an unpopular opinion, or living in intense pain every day. Are you satisfied with that realization, or do you know somewhere deep inside the recesses of your mind that you don’t want a world like this to continue indefinitely?

If you’re not satisfied, then you must know that somehow we are going to have to make some very big, deep, fundamental changes to make it substantially better. We’re going to have to question the status quo and ask ourselves, is there not some vastly different way of experiencing the world around us that would take us from shared misery by millions to shared joy and happiness for all? I contend there is, that we’ve already been told how we might achieve that, and that we need to start by recognizing two fundamental truths – that the world is not what it seems, and we are much more than we think we are.

The really big problem is that there are a number of things holding us back. One is our almost total focus on the physical material world, with many leaders in science, philosophy, politics and other fields denying the importance or even the existence of anything beyond it, with a corresponding inability to focus on anything beyond it. If we paid more attention to a lot of solid evidence and to the implications of quantum mechanics, we’d be able to expand our focus immensely and experience firsthand that the world we experience every day is indeed not all there is and not what it seems to be.

As for our inability to recognize that we are much more than we think we are, one of the biggest factors holding us back, unfortunately, is our religions. They prevent us from understanding that we are eternal, powerful beings who can create the world we wish to experience. Christianity as practiced today is as good as any of them, and far superior to any supposed “religion” that commands its followers to kill others who do not adhere to its interpretation of reality and the afterlife. But as good as it has been for much of the past 2000 years, if we’re going to change our focus dramatically and make quantum positive leaps in how humans experience life on earth, we need to set it aside and adopt an understanding of ourselves and our Creator that is totally different from what Christianity or any of the leading religions are teaching us about the nature of our reality and our existence within it.

So what is the benefit of claiming Christ was not crucified? Simply put, the drama of Christ Crucified implies a notion of God that no longer serves us well. It also implies that our nature is weak and limited, inherently flawed, with us as beings who have little or no control over events that seem to happen to us. If we as a human race wish to make positive changes on a large scale in the near future, we are better served by the notion of Christ Triumphant and a concept of God that recognizes God’s true nature.

The notion of Christ Crucified has served us well for 2000 years, but it is time we moved on. If we continue to hang onto it, it will severely limit our progress and keep us from realizing we are the powerful, eternal beings described in my book titled The 2075 Movement. The year 2075 is pretty close now, just 60 years way, and we don’t have a lot of “time” to get ready. Be assured, once you see how positive the message of Christ Triumphant is, you’ll feel good about it. But life after 2075 as imagined in my earlier book is so drastically different from what we experience now that most people understandably will not be able to relate to it.

To change that, many people will have to open their minds to possibilities they can hardly conceive of now. It is doubtful they could open their minds and imaginations sufficiently as long as their thinking is limited by the teachings of our major religions. Now is a good time to start throwing off all the limits we place on ourselves, including those imposed on us by our current religions. You might also consider this: If you’re over 60, chances are that in 40 years you’ll be experiencing reality in ways you can hardly conceive of now, regardless of whether you get started now or not.

Once you “die,” or expand your consciousness beyond the physical body, you’ll be seeing things in a whole new light. Most of us haven’t given a lot of thought to the details of what we’ll experience because we have no information on which to base our thinking and imagination. That doesn’t mean the information isn’t there. There is plenty of it and it is readily accessible if we study what respected people have shared with us after they died, or if we just get into closer touch with our Inner Self and Big Self. If we did pay attention to the information, we’d realize that what we consider strange, crazy, incomprehensible and “unscientific” from our limited perspective seems quite normal in a reality with root assumptions far different from ours.

Imagine for example how different our world would seem with just one change – where the associative process is the main determinant of what we experience, rather than cause and effect. If we experience a river, for example, and we connect a river in our minds with castles beside a river, the next moment we are experiencing castles, and if we connect them with attacks against castles, the next moment we are experiencing pitched military battles, and so forth. How disorienting that would be from our perspective! But apparently it is often how we experience the dream world when we sleep.

In that regard, it is well to remember that when you consider the evidence, we don’t all experience the same thing when we die. Our experience then will be just as individual and personal as our current lives and our current dreams. But there are also indications that, regardless of what we experience, we can take actions now that will make our entry into that larger world smoother, and our experience once we “get there” more enjoyable and fulfilling. My advice is, start devoting a little bit of your time to that effort now, so you can enjoy a big payback. How to do that? At the risk of repeating myself, begin by taking a careful look at your religion, whatever it is, and its implications for your personal future.

Chapter 1: The Basics

The first thing you need to realize is, Jesus Christ was crucified and Jesus Christ was not crucified. How can that be? Because there is more than one reality. There is the physical reality we are all focused on right now. There are also several non-physical realities, some of which we perceive and some we don’t. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, most of us expect we will experience some kind of non-physical reality after we die that we don’t perceive now. But there are other non-physical realities around us right now.

Thoughts, for example, are real. They have their own reality independent of physical reality, though they are often closely connected with it. In fact, they are the starting point for us humans to bring something into physical materialization. All the great inventions started with someone’s non-physical thought. In the world of thought, Jesus Christ was crucified. That’s because millions of people over the last 2000 years have bought into the Crucifixion drama and created a strong thought-based reality in which the “Son of God” came down to earth, took on physical form, and in order to make up for all the damage we caused through “Original Sin” and subsequent bad acts, He then agreed to have Himself crucified according to the plan laid out by Him and his Father, God. Because he did this, the drama goes, we can enjoy eternal bliss in Heaven if we behave properly.

It is important to note that this Crucifixion Drama has served some very positive functions. It has given millions of people over the years a framework for acting in a benevolent manner toward their fellow humans and also provided hope for them – hope that they would enjoy eternal bliss in Heaven with their Creator. It has inspired countless acts of charity and love, with millions of people following the positive commands of Christ to do wonderful things for their fellow humans and for animals, to move beyond just selfish interests and act for the greater good of all.

In light of all those positive acts, it is apparent that the Christ drama in which Christ was crucified—a powerful thought-based reality—is far more significant and has had far more impact on us than what happened in the physical world 2000 years ago. It has been a powerful force in stimulating mankind to stay in close touch with its spiritual nature and to believe in the world of the spirit as the source of the physical world, as opposed to many of those in the scientific world who admit only the reality of the material world that we experience with our physical senses. In that way the Christ Crucified drama has served a very positive function. But it has also imposed limits, to be discussed later. It is time we progressed beyond those limits. To do so we need to discard it and reach for something in its place that can guide us as we move along in our development as spirits.

What happened in physical reality?

So what did happen to Jesus Christ in physical reality? The Christ entity knew that his message to the world was not of the reward-punishment model. He knew he had incarnated that time to take earth’s inhabitants past the old notion of the Hebrew God, the powerful male father figure. The Hebrew God had protected the Jews from their enemies, rewarded those who worshipped and obeyed Him, and would welcome them in an eternal Heaven after physical life. But He would punish those who fell short, and for those who really fell short, He would employ fire and brimstone and eternal damnation in Hell.

Christ, on the other hand, came to make people aware that they should not adore him (Christ) but instead could be like him, and that in spiritual form, they could do what he did. This was not the first time he had taken on physical form; his “consciousness gestalt” or degree of complexity was far more complex and advanced than the average human. He had incarnated many times as various physical “focus personalities” to teach the inhabitants of the times about the true nature of the greater underlying reality, and of themselves as spirits. You might consider Him a kind of Guide, one of a number assigned to keep the inhabitants of earth on track toward continued progress, but very likely one of the most prominent and powerful.

But in each case where he incarnated he had to speak to the people of the time period in terms they could understand. People at that time could understand and relate to the “Son of God” whereas they wouldn’t have a clue if he told them he was a spirit who slipped in and out of earth reality to make the inhabitants of the time aware of the true nature of themselves and the world they perceived with their five senses.

So what really happened? The entity Seth explains this in Seth Speaks, channeled by Jane Roberts from 1963 to 1984. At the time of Christ, Seth explains, there was a lot of prophecy about a Redeemer who was to be crucified. A number of personalities alive at that time believed they were the Messiah who would be crucified. Some of them could even perform what we would call today “miracles.” Christ, on the other hand, had a message quite different from the one where God the Father has to send a son down to die a painful death, all in order to please the Father in the grotesque manner of crucifixion, thereby making amends for mankind’s sins. That was part of the old Hebrew God story.

Christ’s message in contrast was to plant the seeds so humans could gradually come to realize that they were already eternal spirits who had temporarily taken on the human physical form. This would eventually lead to the realization that they could co-create the reality they perceive. In doing so and seeing the results, they would learn how to improve and control their ability to create before going on to bigger and better things in various other realms of the spirit.

So what did Jesus Christ do, knowing that many people of the day felt a crucifixion was necessary to fulfill Jewish prophecy? According to Seth, the man carrying the cross was only too eager to do so. He believed he was the Christ who would fulfill the prophecies. During the time he was carrying the cross, he was in a drugged state (drugged by his own hand apparently).

Faced with this reality in the physical world, the real Christ and his disciples agreed upon a “conspiracy” of sorts. Mary came to the crucifixion because she felt sorry for the man who believed he was her son. Peter denied “the Lord” three times because he knew this was not Christ. The phrase, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” came from the drugged man who believed he was Christ.

The much maligned Judas intentionally pointed out the man because he did not want the real Christ to be captured. So he turned over to the authorities the drugged man who thought he was the Savior, in order to save the life of the real Christ. Judas was not a “traitor” as is commonly believed. Christ knew all of this would occur, and that the deluded man could not be dissuaded.

In the Last Supper, Christ wanted to show the Disciples that spirit is within all matter, that his own spirit was independent of his body, therefore he should not be identified with his physical body. He knew of course that the dead body of the deluded man was not his own body.

They didn’t understand so Christ, who had huge psychic powers, started to appear often to them in out-of-body states, and even psychically created the wounds on His body, in order that they would believe it was truly Him. He ate to prove he was still alive, but the disciples misunderstood that as well, thinking it meant the spirit form could eat food. They wanted to believe He had been crucified and arisen. Given this situation, Christ knew his alive physical body did not fit the narrative they could understand, so he simply willed himself out of it.

What do you think?

Try to think back to when you were a little child and first learned the story of Jesus Christ and the Crucifixion. Did it make sense to you? It never did to me. I used to wonder why God never spoke to people directly anymore, as He did when he spoke from a cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He went quiet for well over 2000 years, and we really could have used the guidance, given World War II and all its misery, which had just ended when I was a small child.

Couldn’t God have planned things a little bit better, I wondered, so His Son wouldn’t have to endure such terrible suffering? And what did I do, this thing called Original Sin, that was so terrible that Christ had to suffer for it? At age 5 or 6, I hadn’t really done a lot of bad things. If Christ suffered and died for my sins, it seemed way out of proportion to my offenses.

As I got a little older I wondered why God got so upset if some ignorant people worshiped statues a long time ago? He was all-powerful, right? Why would he get so enraged? He certainly didn’t feel threatened by statues, did he? And it wasn’t just anger. He was really mad, threatening eternal damnation and pain. That was a scary God. Of course, I did not know that He was the old Hebrew version of God, and that many other civilizations had entirely different versions they believed in.

Why did God even need a son? Couldn’t He have done the job Himself? Why would any loving parent have a son, knowing he would have to endure a painful crucifixion? And did God have a physical body like ours? If so, how many sons did He have, and by how many women? I remember when I asked the question as a freshman in my Catholic high school why Mary had to be a Virgin, I was told by a red-faced priest that the question was slightly ridiculous and almost blasphemous!

Well, we’ve all moved on. Two thousand years later, with input from a lot of respectable people who died and came back to tell us how things really are beyond our Human Time-Space Illusion (HTSI), we know better. Their input is supported by respected out-of-body travelers like Bob Monroe who coined the HTSI term, and also supported by psychic Edgar Cayce, many quantum physicists, and several people who have had near-death experiences. The evidence up to the year 2000 is summarized in my book, You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths. There has been considerable added evidence produced in the sixteen years since.

We now know that there are likely many inhabited planets, albeit not necessarily by beings with human animal forms like ours. It is not likely God’s one Son had to die many times for all of them, or that God the Father had to have many sons to take care of all of them. In fact, many of us now think we know that God is not physical at all, or even male, and that the physical world we experience is only an illusion we agree to perceive with our “new” physical senses when we as spirits enter a physical body.

So why would God need a physical son at all? It stands to reason “He” would not. Seth defined God for us in simple terms as “the simultaneous, infinite explosion of All That Is” or simply All That Is. It is interesting that it was a Jesuit seated next to me on a plane 45 years ago, when I was relating Edgar Cayce’s explanation of how souls were originally attracted to the earth experience, who first articulated the notion to me that nothing can exist outside of God. He was in a way saying much the same thing Seth said.

In the next chapter I will summarize briefly what we’ve learned from all the sources in You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths. That summary is also included in the more recent The 2075 Movement. Then we can go on to the question of what all this has to do with the historic Crucifixion of Christ.

Chapter 2: What We Know Now

If we pay attention to all the information that has come to us from many respectable sources, including people who have died, we’d come to a much better understanding of ourselves, the reality we find ourselves in, the one we’ll encounter after physical death, and the purposes for it all. Let’s first address some basic questions.

Why pay any attention to information from “dead people?”

This is a good place to start, and is likely the first one that will occur to most people today. To answer it requires looking at some contentious issues.

Does the human personality even survive death?

The most basic question to address is: Does the human personality even survive death? The most convincing evidence that it does comes from the crash in October 1930 of the dirigible R-101 in France, after it took off from England. For a number of weeks, in order to prevent a second dirigible from meeting the same fate, the anguished personalities of the officers and crew who had “died” spoke through England’s most highly respected psychic, Eileen Garrett. Through her they argued strongly to one of their living friends that many structural changes needed to be made in that second dirigible before another flight was attempted, or it too would crash. They gave many technical details explaining why the airship was not airworthy in severe storms.

The extent and accuracy of those details leaves no doubt these personalities were indeed the crew members they claimed to be. They also gave specific bits of information about themselves, commonly termed “evidential” information, that established their identities. Based on the information they provided, the second airship was never launched.

The case of the R-101 was again investigated years later in 1967 by a documentary film producer who, while tracking down the information provided by Eileen Garrett, found new information to support its accuracy. Because of the extremely high visibility of this case, the information was examined by several notable and technically qualified skeptics, as well as many people whose aim was to debunk frauds. One of them was 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.

In addition to the R-101, there are hundreds of other instances where people who had “died” communicated to “living” people information they felt was important. There are a number of examples in my first book, but there are many more in literature for those who care to investigate, including a fair number in recent years by doctors and other respected people who wanted to help others by sharing their experiences.

What do the surviving personalities tell us?

They all agree on certain basics. Betty White died in April 1939. While she was “alive” she developed abilities as a medium, at first unwillingly in 1919, but later enthusiastically. Her husband Stewart Edward White was a well-known naturalist, world traveler and author of more than forty books. He was so impressed by the quality of the information Betty received from “The Invisibles” as Betty called them, that he wrote two books about it while Betty was still alive, The Betty Book and The World Beyond.

In September 1939, six months after Betty died, she started speaking to Stewart through a highly regarded psychic who was also a friend of Betty’s. This woman, Joan Finley, was a respected journalist who held high positions in a major newspaper and women’s magazine, and was also a major figure in a national association of professional women. Again, Stewart was so impressed that he published this information in The Unobstructed Universe in 1941.

Betty was only six months out of the physical body, but she explained to Stewart many things. Time, space and motion, she said, were each part of a larger concept. The essence of time is receptivity; of space, conductivity; and of motion, frequency. Physical matter is “an arrested frequency.” There is no separation between the physical and spiritual worlds, it’s just that the frequency slows down in order to manifest as physical matter in our space/time existence. Our physical world is just an extension of the spirit world, but tuned to a slower frequency.

She hadn’t “gone anywhere,” Betty explained. She stated as many others have, 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 emphasized the idea posed by Frederic Myers before her, that the major difference between life and death was that the scope of our awareness greatly expands after death, so we can tune in to more realities.

One of the spiritual entities guiding her, “Lady Anne,” pointed out that matter and mind are aspects of consciousness, which is the greater reality. Earth consciousness is adapted to a universe where there are many structures to bump into, both physical and mental, as when others’ ideas obstruct you from doing what you want to do. In death there are no such obstructions, hence the title of the book, The Unobstructed Universe.

Frederic Myers was mentioned in connection with Betty’s statement that the major difference between life and death is that the scope of our awareness expands greatly upon death. Myers was a classical scholar known for his essays on Roman poets before he turned to psychical research. At the time of his death in 1901 he knew that the major obstacle to proving survival of the personality was the possibility that the medium getting the messages was tuning in to the contents of living human minds.

So after his death he gave only bits and pieces of messages to mediums in many different locations. They received his messages via automatic writing, and were instructed to send them to a central location. The bits and pieces by themselves made no sense, and the mediums did not know one another. But when they were pieced together at a central spot according to Myers’ instructions, they made perfect sense. They became famous as the “cross-correspondences” that were delivered over a period of 30 years. There were 3000 of them, carefully investigated by the British Society for Psychical Research.

He described seven “planes” of existence as the human spirit developed, from the brief stage #2 that is death, through the Plane of Illusion as #3 (where you can create what you want by thinking about it and called the Belief System Territories by out-of-body traveler Bob Monroe). Next, #4, he called the World of Eidos or Plane of Color, a very beautiful experience. He called #5 the Plane of Flame, but he had limited knowledge of it.

It is interesting that Betty White and many others who communicated after dying also spoke of these various realms. Myers had no words to describe #6 and #7, since he had journeyed only as far as #4 when he stopped communicating. He mentioned that many souls are content to remain in #3 for a long time, sometimes centuries of our time, mistakenly thinking it to be the heaven of their earth beliefs and making no effort to progress further.

Like Betty White, Myers stated that our physical senses are attuned to only a small slice of the wavelength spectrum, like a good radio receiver, so we’re not able to directly perceive other realities. He then pointed out that it is not logical to conclude that other realities do not exist because of the limitations of our senses, just as it would not be logical to conclude there are no other broadcasting stations simply because we are tuned in to a particular one.

Raymond Lodge was the son of one of England’s most distinguished physicists, Oliver Lodge. He was killed in action in September 1915 as a British officer in France in World War I. His father was at that time conducting extensive psychical research and Raymond was able to get his first message across just 11 days after he died. He encouraged his father to push forward in his psychical research, so more people could communicate with those who passed on, and so there would be fewer brokenhearted women on the earth side, and fewer dead soldiers to whom no one communicated on his side.

Although he was traumatized initially, he began feeling comfortable in his environment two months later. What helped him most was that everything 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. He hadn’t yet found out whether thoughts alone formed all the buildings and flowers, and was preoccupied helping other soldiers who had been shot.

At first he “wore” earth clothes, but gradually switched to white robes popular there. His body was similar to what he had before but didn’t hurt as much when he pinched it, and the internal organs didn’t seem the same. 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. Interestingly, he advised against getting cremated too soon after death because they had some terrible troubles with people 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 way of expressing them. There didn’t seem to be any children born there. Some enjoyed eating what seemed to be earth food and one fellow enjoyed a cigar. He explained that appetites for all these things 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. After a while, the urgency and content of his information dwindled, as though he had his own affairs to pursue.

One of the more significant things he talked about was illusion. He said where he was and on earth, many things were created for us by the divine imagination, and many more things, like houses, clothes and jewels, are created by our own imaginations. In both cases, 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 relatively dense matter, while in his sphere objects were made of much finer material.

He said we live in a world of illusion, necessary for us to do our work here. He existed in an extension of that illusory world, the outer rim of it, so he was much more in touch with the “world of reality” than we are. Spirit and mind, he explained, are indestructible and belong to the world of reality, while external physical things, necessary for a time, are really superfluous and temporary.

There are other examples of respected people describing their experience after death in my earlier book, but these are the personalities who made the biggest impact, and the evidence for the validity of their information is easiest to track.

Do scientists agree with these “dead” people?

Some of them do. You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths lists 40 findings and theories of prominent quantum physicists. These substantially support all that has been told to us by the supposedly “dead” personalities. Among other things, these physicists theorize that the physical world is not solid, real and independent of us, and that time and space are not separate, so that events just are, as opposed to our perception that events develop over time.

They say there really is no such thing as matter, which is actually a series of patterns out of focus, and that the world is fundamentally dancing energy. They theorize probable universes, and maintain that we have lived in our abstractions for so long that, instead of realizing that they are drawn from the real world, we believe that they are the real world. We’ll take a closer look at some of those 40 findings and theories later.

What have psychics and out-of-body travelers experienced?

After summarizing what the prominent quantum physicists maintain, the book turns to people who were living physically while they also developed an ability for their consciousness to travel or expand to other times and places in this world, as well as to other realities and universes. The three most significant are Edgar Cayce, Bob Monroe and Joe McMoneagle. Each of them left a lot of evidence.

Edgar Cayce (pronounced Casey) lived from 1877 to 1945, and dozens of books have been written about him. My favorite is There Is a River by Thomas Sugrue, who actually knew Cayce. Cayce discovered as a young boy that he had special abilities. For our purposes the significant thing is, as a young man he found he could go into trance and diagnose people’s illnesses, regardless of where they were. He never charged any money for what he did, and so he was a bit frustrated when the unorthodox treatments he would prescribe for people while in trance would often be ignored by the person’s doctor. But then in 1923 a wealthy fellow from Dayton OH visited and offered to finance the building of a hospital and medical school if Cayce would answer questions about religious philosophy on a regular basis.

Seeing a chance to help more people, Cayce agreed. Although the waking Cayce read the Bible continually, the answers he gave in trance supported the idea of reincarnation. When asked in trance how he came to develop his abilities, he explained he had been a doctor in Persia, and in another lifetime he was a soldier left to die on the battlefield in extreme pain for three days. During that time his consciousness separated from his body many times. He was acting as a sort of medium for some “bigger” aspect of himself, which included his doctor self, and as the wounded soldier he had developed his ability to go into trance easily.

Today in Virginia Beach VA, there are thousands of his readings available to study, at the Association of Research and Enlightenment. It is interesting to note that for many people he gave “life readings” in which he explained events in past lives and how they related to the present life. Many of them had lived in Atlantis, and Cayce described the breakup of Atlantis over three separate periods, the first about 15,600 B.C., when the mainland was divided into islands, and the last about 10,000 B.C., when the islands finally sank into the sea, apparently overnight. Cayce also made many predictions which proved out, most notably the shifting of tectonic plates, long before such shifts were theorized by scientists.

For purposes of understanding ourselves and the world we experience, the most significant thing about Cayce was his ability to travel in space and time with his consciousness. In addition to traveling through the interior of the physical bodies of those he was giving a “reading” for in order to diagnose their illness, a number of times he visited what he called the Akashic Records. This is a “place” with a stored record of every event that has ever occurred in our universe, even those in our future! Two of his readings demonstrate his abilities here dramatically.

One was for a young mentally challenged girl, where Cayce in trance explained that, years earlier, the girl had slipped getting out of a carriage and hit the base of her spine on a porch step, which led to the mental condition. She recovered quickly when adjustments were made to her spine, following Cayce’s instructions in trance. A second instance occurred when a druggist in a different part of the country told the person Cayce had given the reading for, that he did not have the medicine Cayce had specified. Cayce in a subsequent trance session instructed the person to tell the druggist to look up on a high shelf, behind some other bottles, where the correct bottle was located, apparently placed there years earlier.

His experience confirms what “dead” people stated—that our consciousness is not limited to our body, that time and space are just illusions we work with to achieve growth during our earth incarnations, and that we are indeed much more than we think we are. Cayce often maintained that he did not have special powers, and anyone could eventually learn to do what he did, with enough effort.

Bob Monroe died in March 1995. While he was living, he was the best known and most credible out-of-body traveler in the Western Hemisphere. He had a long and successful career in broadcasting, had a background in engineering, and was a pilot, so he was in many ways a down-to-earth American businessman. I knew him slightly, and had friends who knew him well.

In 1971 he wrote his first book, Journeys Out of the Body, which chronicles his experiences when, at first involuntarily, his consciousness began to leave his body. Once he got over his fear, he was able to leave his body at will. At first he’d just travel down the street or around town and gather convincing evidence he had indeed been where he said he’d been. Interestingly enough, he soon got bored traveling around town and around our physical universe with its planets. Then he realized he was limiting his experiences by keeping his conscious ego self in control, and started to ask his Inner Self to direct his travels and experiences. Soon he started traveling to more exotic places, one of them a universe where he joined his consciousness with another version of himself, getting that version of himself in trouble once or twice. More significantly, he started to make contact with advanced intelligences (he called them Inspec for intelligent species) who took him on spiritual journeys on a number of different “planes” of existence. On those journeys he learned and experienced many things he could not conceive of previously.

Around that time he also set up what is now called The Monroe Institute, where he worked with others on sound frequencies and patterns, eventually developing Hemi-Sync, a method for using sound waves to enable people to quickly go into the theta state of brainwave patterns, one of deep concentration, previously achieved for the most part only after a long period of meditation. In that state, the brain can follow frequencies that are introduced, and so they introduced “sound recipes” associated with memory, creativity, concentration, etc.

For our purposes, the significant things about Bob Monroe are his descriptions of his travels over the years in two subsequent books, Far Journeys and Final Journey, and the fact that the institute he set up has enabled many people to go into theta, and then for a number of them, to travel out of body as he did, visiting various times and “places” in this and other universes.

In his books, Bob explained that he was able to make contact with a variety of intelligent personalities (the Inspec) who were capable of assuming various forms to help teach him about illusions and other matters, and who at times assumed no form at all. Bob was an excellent observer, knew the best questions to ask, and recorded the answers accurately. He was able to travel through “rings” of existences beyond earth, where different types of personalities dominated. They ranged from those spirits who didn’t yet realize they were dead, through those at various levels of awareness and training, all the way to those preparing for their last sojourn on earth.

His input about those journeys tracks closely with what Frederic Myers, Betty White and others said. That includes what he called the Belief System Territories, where you can create whatever you want just by thinking about it, and where many stay for a long time, thinking it is the heaven of their earth beliefs, until a guide “taps them on the shoulder,” so to speak, informing them they have a lot of training and growth left, so they might as well get started.

He also visited one probable version of earth around the year 3000, where his guides emphasized this was only one of many probabilities. In that probable future there were no factories, roads, planes, cars, houses, phones or any other indicators of “modern existence.” Spirits who chose to come to earth at that time understood they were basically spirits, and went in and out of different bodies as they pleased. Physical bodies were constructed from earth materials, preserved and protected in special “energy cocoons,” and available for inhabiting when a spirit feels it could learn something from the experience. They did not have to eat to sustain themselves. Instead, they just stretched their arms out to absorb life-sustaining energy from the universe.

By that time apparently, many of us spirits currently in a physical body do not bother to come back to earth. Those who do primarily want to join their consciousness with other species to get their perspectives. Bob tried it out and joined with, among other things, an eagle, a fish, a leaf, a storm cloud and a panther.

The information Monroe received also explained how a particular consciousness might become attracted to living through a series of earth lives. In his third book he gave an overview of why we as spirits would even bother to experience earth lives. Essentially, beyond learning how to handle our ability to create responsibly, it has to do with the emotional experiences you can get while here, gifts that we ultimately bring back to our Creator, which knows itself partly through these experiences. A “larger self,” of which each of us is a part, apparently cannot return to the Creator until every earth personality that is part of it has learned its lessons, experienced all it needs to experience, and freed itself from desires associated with the earth form of life.

When you think of it, this is a very uplifting and hopeful idea to keep in mind. It means everyone eventually gets forgiven, no matter how atrociously they have behaved on earth, and is united with the Creator. No one gets left behind, or is assigned for eternity to some horrible fate. Another beautiful concept Monroe actually experienced is that the energy we send out as a result of our emotional experiences is amplified many times and returned to us as loving energy that sustains us still more. So we can think of ourselves as power sources who generate more loving energy than we take in, spew it out wherever it’s needed, and then this energy is amplified even further by the bigger spirit of which we are a part.

As a result of his direct experiences Bob Monroe came to believe that you can live more than one life simultaneously, that probabilities exist, that the “space-time illusion” in which we exist is a camouflage reality, and that there are a great number of other realities for us to explore when we’re out of body for a short period while we’re alive, or a longer period when we die.

Joe McMoneagle is married to Bob Monroe’s stepdaughter Nancy, currently the Executive Director and President of the Monroe Institute. He was the lead psychic in the Army’s 20-year program dedicated to using psychic powers to help the United States in matters of vital national security. He has been in the Oval Office more than once, and in private life has been a “remote viewer” for many years, often retained by large corporations. He has authored The Ultimate Time Machine and a number of other books.

The most significant thing about Joe for our purposes is that if he is given any two of three reference points, he can go to the destination desired. The three points are the time, the longitude/latitude coordinates, and an event. He has demonstrated this ability a number of times in controlled experiments and for television audiences around the globe. In one instance, unbeknownst to him, he was given coordinates for the planet Mars, and when he traveled there, he noted that very big people must live there, guessing that he must have been somewhere in South America.

Like Bob Monroe and others, Joe believes in probabilities, and he too traveled to the year 3000, visiting what was apparently a different probability from what Bob Monroe experienced. In the preface to one of his books he quotes from the entity Seth, channeled as noted earlier by Jane Roberts in Elmira NY. In response to my direct questions, both Joe and Bob Monroe agreed that Seth had it pretty much right in his description of the various realities, including the one we experience on a daily basis.

The Entity Seth

Anyone reading my books knows that I am greatly influenced by information conveyed to us by the entity Seth. In fact, the book You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths was written to show that many respectable sources have told us many of the same things Seth shared with us about who we really are and the nature of the world we experience on a daily basis. As noted, Seth communicated through the psychic Jane Roberts for several years from 1963 until her death in 1984.

Seth explained that we all have too limiting a definition of ourselves. Our everyday waking personality that we all think we are, is defined by Seth as our focus personality, the part of ourselves that is focused in this material world, making sure we are able to navigate in it on a daily basis, using the ego portion of our conscious mind.

But we all have an inner self that is fully aware of our true nature, which is … that we are a spirit. We are temporarily ensconced in a body, and that’s fine, so the part of us focused on earth life is a combination of body and spirit. That inner self is also aware of all the other realities in which we’re existing right now … and there are a lot of them! It is also aware that time and space are “root assumptions,” part of the rules of the game for the part of us that chooses to come into earth, or what Bob Monroe called the Human Time-Space Illusion, or HTSI for short. But the inner self is also aware that we also exist in many other worlds with far different root assumptions.

Our inner self knows far better than we focus personalities do, that all material things are an illusion of one degree or another. Some are created by higher entities, and some are co-created by us. We co-create them so we can participate in this earth game. Participating in it as we are requires that we perceive ourselves as separate from others, that we perceive good and evil, that we can’t easily pass through other objects, and that we aren’t able to bring whatever we wish into physical form just by thinking about it. Once we’re through all our lives and deaths, and we gain the larger perspective that we have as spirits, we’ll understand and experience that those things don’t apply in the larger world that supports this one.

Our inner self is also more closely connected to and aware of our Big Self. The Big Self has many focus personalities that it energizes and maintains, so that it can experience earth life from many different perspectives—different sexes, races, intelligence levels, personality types, cultures, social statuses, socioeconomic conditions, etc. The Big Self’s other focus personalities living in a physical body at the same time we are, Seth termed counterparts, but there are also other focus personalities going on right now in what we think of as the past and present.

We also co-create many different probable realities. So there are probable you’s and me’s, experiencing many different probable versions of the world. Any time we give a lot of thought to doing something and don’t do it, be assured there is a probable version of us doing it, and that version thinks of itself as the “real you” and considers you as a “probable self,” if it considers you at all in its conscious waking state.

Our Big Self is aware of all our past, present and future counterparts, and all our probable selves and the worlds they inhabit. But we are not something separate from our Inner Self and Bigger Self. We actually are those, and the more we begin to realize we are, the greater our capabilities will be, even here with the built-in limits of the Human Time-Space Illusion.

At our ordinary waking consciousness level most of us are not aware of any of this. That’s because we have to have a very tight, up-close and limited focus on our reality in order to function in it. And so our beliefs about what we can and cannot do, as you would expect, are in accord with our very limited view of reality. Until a lot of us change those limiting beliefs, we will not be able to experience the larger realities of which we are also a part.

Chapter 3: So What Has All This To Do With the Crucifixion?

Everything! And it’s really important. As long as you believe Christ was crucified, it implies you believe in a God who created just this one world, and when things went horribly wrong, which He was powerless to prevent, He had to have a physical son come down here and undergo tremendous pain and suffering, torture by today’s standards, in order to get things right. It implies you believe God is a male, not a female, which implies that He has some sort of body, maybe a physical body, and that He impregnated at least one woman we know about in a physical body on this earth.

It also implies that this God believes in reward and punishment of humans according to strict codes of conduct and belief, despite the fact that those humans are born with varying degrees of virtue, into a wide range of environments, some of which are conducive to obeying God’s commands and some of which are not.

It implies that we are all naturally flawed, with very limited abilities to control our own destinies, much less take a hand in creation by co-creating our reality. We must rely on the good will of our Creator in order to experience “Heaven,” which is a kind of eternal bliss, but we really have no idea what that actually means, or on the other hand, we all have different ideas about what that means. It also implies we believe in Hell, where fellow creatures who didn’t make the grade must suffer eternally. Not a comfortable feeling, unless we can manage to totally blank it out of our minds while we enjoy “the good afterlife.”

I don’t know about you, but personally I doubt I could be happy in that “Heaven” knowing that a lot of my fellow humans were suffering torment and pain each and every day, day after day, for eternity. If God knew they would end up like that, why did He even bother to create them? I have to believe God is a whole lot better than that, more merciful and loving.

If you do not believe in reincarnation, then the Christ Crucified drama also implies you get just this one chance to make a go of it, and if you don’t make the grade, then it’s eternal Hell for you. (Interestingly, the Catholic Church apparently did not condemn the concept of souls existing before being born on earth until the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in the year 553, when it condemned the teachings of Origen. But the Catholic Church also claims that Origen wrote against reincarnation, not for it.)

Theologians might go through some quite complex reasoning to come to conclusions other than those mentioned here, but to the average person, if they think about it, these are the implications of a Christ who was crucified.

Limits! Limits! Limits! That’s what it all comes down to. A male God who couldn’t create anything better than what we see all around us. A son who was doomed to a life ending in torture, pain and suffering. A planet peopled by creatures with inherently flawed natures, who couldn’t possibly improve their lot unless they carefully followed all the conduct requirements stipulated by a very strict and vengeful male God.

It is the kind of belief system that short-changes the real nature of God, Jesus Christ, and ourselves. Compare the gloomy scenario described above with the implications of what we have learned from those who have come back to tell us what it is like after we die physically.

Before doing that, though, it is important to emphasize again all the wonderful works of charity and unconditional love by people who followed the Christ Crucified drama. Just in the Catholic Church alone, the church in which I was raised, Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent DePaul Society and many others have helped countless people who sorely needed the help they provide. I assume that Protestants do the same.

And it isn’t just these beautiful acts of love and compassion that make all of our lives richer. I for one am a big fan of the Gaither Gospel Hour. Their music lifts my spirits, and many of the hymns, like The Old Rugged Cross and I Believe in Calgary have inspired many. The contributions of Catholic and Christian colleges and universities should not be overlooked either. It is a bit ironic that I graduated from The College of the Holy Cross, where my roommate and many other fine individuals went on to become doctors and help untold thousands.

With so many positive contributions over the past 2000 years, you might ask, what could possibly be wrong with the teaching that Christ was crucified? Until now, there hasn’t been a whole lot wrong with it. In fact, many people needed the framework and its limits to guide them toward living a good life where the importance of serving others is understood. But now it is time for us to acknowledge the powerful, eternal spirits that we are. That in turn requires believing in a different God and a different reality than the one we’ve relied on for so long.

Let us then turn to the comparison of the gloomy scenario implied by Christ crucified to that of Christ simply leaving His body at will because He wants no part of the old Hebrew reward/punishment framework.

No Limits!

When Bob Monroe communicated with his daughter Laurie after he died, one of the things he stressed was that mankind has no limits! That is consistent with Seth and many other sources cited in You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths. Precisely what it might mean for us as to how we live our lives was explored in a number of “guesses” I made in The 2075 Movement about what life would be like if we realized this. The title refers to any efforts anyone puts forth to help prepare us earthlings for the teachings of Saul who became Paul when he returns by the year 2075.

According to Seth, the Christ personality was too powerful to come into just one physical body. It incarnated then in three distinct human “focus personalities” – John the Baptist, the historical Christ, and Saul who became Paul. Christ and John the Baptist did their parts, but Paul was responsible for setting up the mechanism here on Earth to spread Christ’s message – the Church. As happens in any large bureaucracy with its power structures, the message got lost and it is Paul’s job to come back and fix things. Here some of the positive possibilities discussed in The 2075 Movement.

Traveling With Our Consciousness Outside Our Physical Bodies

Most of us think of ourselves as the person inside the physical body we call ours. We find it very hard to imagine ourselves as more than that. In fact, we seldom imagine our consciousness as being separate from our bodies. But by 2075 many of us will understand that our consciousness can extend well beyond our physical bodies. Like Bob Monroe, Joe McMoneagle, Edgar Cayce and others, we’ll learn that we can experience realities far away – so far that some are not even in our universe. But we can also travel down the street or across town. Like Bob Monroe, we will probably get bored rather quickly with casual visits around town and around the globe and start contacting some advanced intelligences as Bob did.

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