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Roberta Grimes

The most transformational book I ever have read is The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. I first read it in 1973, and I didn’t realize until much later the way that book formed a basis for my later afterlife research. It opened my eyes to a deeper awareness that nothing is as it seems; it primed me to later accept the evidence that what we experience as human consciousness is primary; and the fact that something so fundamental has been steadfastly ignored by mainstream scientists because it doesn’t fit their narrative was my first clue that the mainstream science emperor is indeed buck nekkid!

That book’s core insight from my perspective was that plants are conscious, and they can communicate. What a revelation! Consider only the work of Cleve Backster, then America’s foremost expert on lie detectors, who one morning in 1966 decided to use his office plant as an experimental subject. He attached to one of its leaves a galvanometer, the part of a polygraph machine which registers human emotions, and he found that the plant was reacting very much as a person would react who was having transient thoughts. He soon found that the most extreme reactions in the plant were produced when he decided to burn one of its leaves; the reaction was less if he only imagined burning the leaf, or even if he actually burned it. His plant would react, too, if other living things in the room were credibly threatened with harm; and Backster and other researchers later demonstrated that these reactions are present even in living fragments of plants. My goodness, plants can read the minds of their keepers from a distance of miles away! There is so much more to Backster’s work that mainstream science still ignores. These amazing revelations are more than fifty years old, and they are all by themselves sufficient reason for you to read one of the most amazing and most unjustly ignored books in history.  

This discovery that plants are in some way conscious still fills me with wonder. It formed a basis for my growing, research-based awareness that what we experience as consciousness must be primary. There is no other explanation that fits all the evidence! So when in 2011 I read the ultimate quantum-physics-for-dummies book, Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, and I found that the greatest of all quantum physicists had decades before reached the same conclusion, I had a joyous eurekamoment. As quantum physicist Max Planck famously said, ”I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

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One of the things I love about public speaking is that so often people will remind me that they find some things hard to understand. I can lose track of how mind-bending some of these concepts are! And no matter how carefully I might write, if people’s minds are catching on something that seems so basic to me that I never mention it, then nothing I write will be very helpful. I have just returned from a trip to California where I met some lovely people and was reminded yet again of some of the basic concepts that I take too much for granted. Today I’m going to mention a big one!

We all become caught up in the notion that our physical bodies are who we are. The fact that mainstream science is so far into the weeds that scientists persist in seeking a source for human consciousness in the brain contributes to our confusion, as does this confounding sense we have that what our sensory organs are telling us is true, that a solid reality exists and that you and I must be these bodies.

But the evidence is overwhelming now that we are not these bodies at all. Instead, our minds are part of the eternal Mind that is all that exists. Please read the previous two sentences again, since unless you understand them you will understand nothing! What is true is that your mind is eternal, and everything that you perceive to be solid is a projection of eternal Mind. It is all a collective illusion.

Of course, something like this would have to be right in order for us to have out-of-body experiences and to so easily survive our deaths. But knowing that intellectually is a far cry from being able to live it! So I’m going to try to make plain to you now the relationship between your physical body and your powerful, eternal mind.

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I hear from grieving people almost daily now. Their pain is often so raw that it is nearly unbearable to read their messages, and I realize that since I cannot feel grief myself I am handicapped in my attempts to help them. But I try!

Grief is a process. It is composed of a number of elements: the loss of old habits, fear for the loved one, loneliness, nostalgia, anger, guilt, self-pity, and more. All are very low-vibration emotions, so each of them is painful; and in combination, they can be unbearable! It is in the nature of grief that it will lessen over time – it should be a lot less painful beyond the first year – but you can help it along by trying to understand what the particular mix of negative emotions is in your own case. I suggest to most people the following steps:

1) Pamper yourself. Especially when the grief is fresh, listen hard for your own feelings and wishes and try to do exactly what you want to do from minute to minute of every day. Your mind knows what it needs to do to heal! Don’t be around people who make you feel worse: it is important that you be ruthless about that. Treat yourself as the emotional invalid that you are. Certainly don’t spend time with anyone who tells you that you have got to get over it!

2) Learn all that you can about where your loved one is now. Depending on how you process information, there are lots of books that you might read; and I urge you strongly to subscribe to the Zammits’ weekly newsletter (go to victorzammit.com). My The Fun of Dying is a quick summary, and it includes an annotated bibliography that can help you find lots of additional books. But the news is all good! And the more you learn, the more you should begin to feel more comfortable about your loved one’s present situation.

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One of the creepiest things I have read in awhile is an article about someone who intends to create a powerful artificial intelligence and build a new religion around it. Good grief, what would be the point of that? It’s as if science has at last achieved a religious singularity! The fact that human religions create their own gods – and it never happens the other way around – is now being not only acknowledged, but celebrated.

Of course, this foolishness is just a logical extension of a current scientific pursuit. The search for ways to make human beings physically immortal is The Next Big Thing! Although it’s hard to see why anyone would want to be immortal now, when before long every human being is going to be a slave to conscious killer robots. It turns out, too, that even what seems to you and me to be genuine love is just a matter-based illusion that human beings evolved to experience because it enhances reproductive success. And perhaps worst of all, this scientific obsession with believing that the brain must generate consciousness is tying people in knots with the fear that advances in artificial intelligence are drawing us closer to the day when a machine configured to mimic a human being inevitably will develop consciousness, and soon thereafter our species will end at the hands of a smarter and stronger robot army.

Every one of these scenarios is nonsense. The human brain does not generate consciousness. Instead, consciousness is the source of all matter, including what makes up your physical brain! This obvious truth seems at last to be dawning on a few more open-minded scientists, but their problem is that a century’s research has been based on the absolute certainty that the brain must somehow generate consciousness. By now, scientists are trying hard not to discover the truth about consciousness, since sadly that truth might threaten their careers. They are hoping not to rock the scientific boat until at least the day their own kids finish college.

So since the scientific stonewalling continues, it is time for us to say this bluntly. Mainstream science has allowed its materialist dogma to destroy whatever was left of the whole field of scientific inquiry. Not a single major scientific discovery will be possible, ever again, until the scientific community accepts two facts:

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Last week I was on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Beginning while the show was still on air, I received a wonderful flood of emails, so many that it took me two days and nights to answer them all. Most were questions or comments, but a few were heartbreaking stories. One of these came from Dawn. Hers was one of the first emails I opened, and it was so full of pain that it brought tears to my eyes.

She said in part, “Faith died on December 15, 2014. She would have been 3 in February on the 25th. I don’t know how to find my way through this. Most days I hope someone will smash into me on the freeway and end it without it being my own fault. My baby, who could get in and out of the bath tub alone, drowned with no splash, no hitting her head, in the tub within moments of my sister getting her own toddler son out of the same bath in the master bedroom. How am I supposed to understand this, let alone go on?”

What could I say to comfort her? I talked about how we plan our lives, and “especially when you describe the way she died, I find it hard to believe that could have been anything but planned. Your gift to her will be to learn and grow spiritually. I know you find it impossible to believe this now, but when you are hugging the lovely young woman she will be when you see her again, you will understand. Dear friend, you live many lifetimes! You have reared children in other lifetimes, and you will do it again – this lifetime is just one hard day at the gym. And for this particular lifetime you are working at gaining spiritual gifts that perhaps you can’t achieve in any other way. The growth to come is her gift to you.” I had hours of answering emails ahead, and no time to say more. But I winced as I hit Send.

The next day Dawn sent me an astonishing email. The most important parts are in italics. “Thank you for taking so much time to write to me. I need to share something with you that I just found out about. My sister’s husbands family spent time with my Faith that I was not a part of as I worked. His younger sister, Angel, had a dream about Faith just last night. The same night I was reaching out to you and hurting so so bad. She texted the dream to my sister, who just told me about it… In the dream Faith appeared at a family party, and everyone knew she had passed but was so excited to see her. Faith was happy, giggling and excited by the attention and told them that she could not stay long and she had to go home. She went into a jumping house thing and Angel woke up crying.”

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As a break from this heavy but essential discussion of the meaning and the message of Jesus, I want to share with you a recent piece from the Zammits’ Friday Afterlife Report. Wendy tells me the author is unknown.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:

“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

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I have just read the most foolish bit of nonsense that I ever have seen in Scientific American.And given the fact that most issues of my favorite magazine include further examples of the resolute cluelessness to which mainstream science has reduced itself, to call this article perhaps the most epic bit of ignorance ever written is to say something remarkable about it.

Entitled How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal?, this piece lumps together UFOs, Bigfoot, the New World Order, and all psi phenomena into one hilarious sideshow. No summary I could give you would properly encapsulate the Luddite thinking of this author, and of the French investigators whose work is his subject. What they have done is the rough equivalent of our inviting investigators to step outside so we can demonstrate that the earth is flat; then filling a balloon with helium and letting it go; and then assuming that these two experiments have proven that all scientific theories are baseless. We proceed directly to trying to figure out what mental flaws might have prompted any scientist ever to have believed what is so unbelievable as the thought that the Earth might be round and not flat and it attracts objects to itself.

I do not exaggerate. That is these researchers’ mission. They investigate none of the targeted phenomena. Instead, they assume that since their belief-system of materialism declares them all to be impossible, the fact that you and I and more than 71% of Americans believe in ‘miracles,’ 42% of Americans believe that ‘ghosts’ exist, (and) 41% think that ‘extrasensory perception’… is possible,” then clearly something must be wrong with us.(Those dismissive quotation marks are in the article. They give you a flavor of the piece.)

Of course, if any of these folks had undertaken even a modest search of the literature beyond their narrow world of materialism, they would have found so much evidence for miracles, ghosts, extrasensory perception, remote viewing, communication through mediums, and life after death that they would have realized that people believe in such things for the same reason that research scientists believe that matter is composed of atoms: there is abundant and well-documented evidence of these phenomena. But scientists generally see material and non-material theories as  forever at war with one another, never imagining that they might both be right.

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Some of the richest people on earth are spending their fortunes in search of ways to halt and reverse the effects of aging on our bodies, and to find a way to transfer human personalities to metal bodies so they can bearthbound for centuries.These wrongheaded notions are gaining steam; one recent article calls this “the year we decided to live forever.”  There even is a name for this foolishness. It’s called “transhumanism,” the notion that we can escape the constraints of being human and live forever as perfected material beings.

It is tempting to call all this nonsense laughable, just the byproduct of willful scientific ignorance, and in fact it is all of that. But sadly, the scientific cluelessness that has trapped modern mainstream culture in materialism can no longer be seen as innocent. The toll it is taking on regular people who are only trying to live their lives can be tragic.

Recently I read an article in The New York Times that brought tears to my eyes. A lovely young woman was dying of cancer at the age of twenty-three. And because she had been persuaded by materialist science that her only hope of immortality would be for her to pay to freeze her cancerous brain, she wasted what should have been a beautiful time of transition from this life to the next in preparing to preserve the meat inside her skull.  I couldn’t bear to read what her boyfriend went through at the dramatic time of her physical death, when he said goodbye to his beloved’s face before technicians harvested her brain. This article is full of the absolute fact that scientists know nothing about how the human brain might generate who we are, nor how that bit of frozen meat might ever again be a human being. But this whole idea of preserving brains as if they held who we are is becoming a materialist obsession. Those doing this to themselves admit that there is no evidence that our brains generate who we are; and indeed, there are creepy hints in some of the articles that I’m sharing with you here that some individual university scientists already suspect that they are in a blind alley. But the scientific establishment holds the line against peer-reviewing or funding any research that might lead someone to conclude that the mind may after all be eternal.

Of course, beautiful Kim is fine. As they were buzz-sawing her skull, she was out of her body and thrilled to be in the arms again of loved ones she had thought were dead. She must have wanted to let her boyfriend know that she was perfectly fine, but because he also is a victim of the Luddite conspiracy that is modern science, whatever poor Kim might do to help him realize that she has survived will likely be put down to his imagination. Or to mere coincidence. Or to creeping insanity.

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Victor and Wendy Zammit are the world’s leading afterlife experts. For decades they have fearlessly battled all who would deny humankind these truths, and they even have posted a million-dollar challenge for anyone who can prove that the afterlife evidence in their wonderful book, A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife, is either misinterpreted or bogus. Their indispensable Friday Afterlife Report is available for free at victorzammit.com. This article by Victor will help you better understand why so many otherwise intelligent people, both scientists and religionists, are still so unable to accept what is by now incontrovertibly true.Having also long fought this battle against ignorance, I think what Victor has to say is brilliant!

AFTER DECADES of dealing with all kinds of paranormal skeptics, I can relate to you that there are at least nine reasons why closed-minded skeptics tend to remain stubborn about their skeptical beliefs – and why some of them unreasonably attack those who scientifically and empirically investigate evidence for the paranormal. The nine reasons below can apply to any person who inflexibly holds strictly subjective, personal beliefs, whether those beliefs are religious or secular.

My experience with closed-minded skeptics is that they do not investigate the evidence. They completely reject any information that is not consistent with their own cherished beliefs, even if that evidence is scientifically supported. And they lack the skills, competence, and objectivity to perceive new evidence in a scientific and balanced way. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • RATIONALIZATION THROUGH COGNITIVE DISSONANCE. “Cognitive dissonance” is a term used by psychologists to describe the discomfort that arises when people are confronted with information that is fundamentally inconsistent with their own beliefs. When a materialist is confronted with highly persuasive evidence for the paranormal, that evidence will elicit in him extreme anxiety. Denial must follow. The materialist will become angry, hostile, even aggressive. He will feel forced to reduce his anxiety by rationalizing his beliefs and going into extreme denial.

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The greatest scientist in the history of the world was Max Planck. He won the 1918 Nobel Prize in physics as the father of quantum mechanics, but that was not his greatest achievement. The most important thing Dr. Planck ever did was to demonstrate based on quantum principles that human consciousness is primary and it must predate matter. In 1931 he said, ”I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” He said in 1944, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

What we call afterlife research has advanced by light-years beyond demonstrating that the dead survive. I have been in the thick of this for forty years! And it has been thrilling to watch what is in fact the most comprehensive genuine science advance beyond investigating life after death toward figuring out where and how it happens and then toward eventually coming to comprehend what all of this tells us about the nature of reality. With the help of people we used to think were dead (including the immortal Dr. Planck himself), we can now offer compelling evidence that Max Planck was exactly right. Mind is indeed the matrix of all matter!

It turns out that the only thing that objectively exists is an energy-like potentiality without size or form, infinitely powerful and highly emotional and therefore probably self-aware. We experience this potentiality as consciousness. All of our minds are part of that one overriding Mind, and everything else that we experience is an artifact continuously manifested by Mind.

So in point of fact, nearly a century ago Max Planck discovered the genuine God. But by then the scientific gatekeepers – the university departments and the peer-reviewed journals – were deep in establishing materialism as “the fundamental scientific dogma.” Which means that Dr. Planck’s greatest discovery has been ignored for most of a hundred years.

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After a supernatural experience at the age of eight I have spent most of my leisure time in two parallel pursuits: exhaustively studying the afterlife evidence, and reading the Christian Bible repeatedly. This is such an odd combination of interests that I may be the only person on earth with the knowledge and experience to compare what the dead have to say about God, reality, death, the afterlife, and the meaning and purpose of human life with the actual Gospel words of Jesus.

And the greatest discovery of my life has been the fact that the dead agree with Jesus! In amazing detail. How wonderful is that? We can demonstrate now that Jesus is real, and that He must have come directly from God because He knew things two thousand years ago that He never could have known otherwise. Wow.

Those that we used to think were dead have a lot to say about Christianity too, and here the news is not supportive. These are some of the many things that we learn from people now in a position to know:

  • There is no anthropomorphic God. In fact, the only thing that actually exists is what you and I experience as consciousness, which is what Jesus called the Holy Spirit. This genuine God never takes human form, and it has no human failings of the sort that Christians feel the need to ascribe to their God.

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It may not at first be obvious to you that the reason why righteous indignation is such a deadly plague in America now is the insidious influence of faith-based thinking.

Theories abound that the decline of Christianity may be behind the increase in political extremism in America, but they vary as to why. It is obvious that modern politics has about it some of the trappings of a religion! For example, America’s current President has by objective measures had one of the most successful starts to his first term in our history, but still his opponents view him pretty much the way Christians view the Antichrist. They are so certain that in opposing this President they are fighting evil that they believe they are working in the service of truth when they use against him emotional language based on bits taken out of context, and pictures of alarming events that happened before his administration began. In the Kavanaugh hearings, and no matter what your own position on the nominee might have been, you were watching centuries of this nation’s protections of fundamental rights being destroyed in the service of political beliefs. For an august publication like the Wall Street Journal, the morphing of American politics into a religion is so obvious that the newspaper actually refers to one political thinker as a “prophet.”

All of this might seem curious and alarming to those who recall when political ideas had to be expressed with at least some color of facts-based argument behind them, but it is wonderfully clarifying now. We can ever more clearly see that what lies at the root of the righteous indignation that is tearing America apart is the very vice – having faith without facts – that we always have thought of as a virtue!

Humankind has been trained for millennia to espouse beliefs that cannot be supported by facts. Without our ease with having faith alone, no religion on earth could have survived for long! But our recent divorcing of politics, too, from any need to rely on facts is alarming. The only way to solve any real-world problem is to carefully study all the facts, and then to devise a set of solutions that are tailored precisely to address those facts. If we espouse a purely beliefs-based politics, it will be impossible for this nation ever again to accomplish much of anything.

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Political divisions in America are worse now than they ever before have been, which makes it hard for us to see that we are witnessing the dawning fulfillment of the greatest dream ever dreamed in all of human history. After ten millennia during which humankind groveled beneath the swords of despots and the awful reign of capricious gods, we are about to state with a single voice that we refuse to bow to any earthly power. From now on all the power is our own! This ultimate liberation of all the world will have to begin in the United States, since it is only here that we possess the tools that can make it possible.

But it will not end here! Abraham Lincoln called this nation “The last best hope of earth,” and in that he was prescient. Now it begins! And since our old habit of fearing is strong, we will need to begin with the certain assurance that what comes after the rapine of political parties will be government by and for the people; and what will replace a capricious God will be personal intimacy with Spirit.

You may never have thought about the fact that politics and religion are the same breed of cat. Each claims to be able to help us relate to a great Authority – to government or to God – but demonstrably, both do that very poorly. And neither has any power of its own! Furthermore:

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Perhaps many folks can point to a single moment that transformed their lives, although for most that watershed moment likely happened when they were a bit older. I was eight years old on that singular night in April of 1955 when I went to bed as a normal kid. Then I was awakened just before dawn, and I was never normal again.

It must have been about four o’clock in the morning. Nearly sixty years later I still remember it well. I woke up with the throat-clenching, heart-pounding certainty that there is no God. No God! There is nothing but screaming clockwork terror in an infinite void of nothing. I have never in my life been so afraid. As that lack of God went on for minutes, I thought of running to my parents’ bed. But what comfort can there be when there is no God?

As I stared in panic into the darkness, there came a brilliant flash of white light. It was big! It filled my room with light, so to this day I recall the lavender wallpaper with its purple and white cornflowers, the bookcase with its row of dolls, the plastic palomino with its ball-chain reins. Oddly, such a brilliant light in the darkness didn’t affect my eyes. I stared in amazement.

Then I heard a young male voice say, “You wouldn’t know what it is to have me unless you knew what it is to be without me. I will never leave you again.”

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One of my vices is popular science magazines, and I especially love Scientific American. It’s full of articles that are candy for the mind, luscious insights you might never use but you feel better equipped for life by knowing them.

I began reading my favorite magazine a decade ago, as I was trying to puzzle out the physics of the afterlife levels. It is an extraordinary fact that nearly two hundred years of communications from the dead are so breathtakingly consistent with one another, and in some cases so detailed, that as quantum-physics-for-dummies books began to be more widely available in the first years of this century it became easy for investigators to puzzle out how the afterlife works and how reality fits together. The physics of the afterlife levels is a more extreme version of what we here call quantum physics. Our quantum physics is a kind of plug that connects the matter-based physics that exists just in this material universe with the consciousness-based physics of most of reality. When I first realized this, I felt the way working scientists must feel when they make a discovery. Wow. Just, wow.

I love Scientific American. So to read the lead article in the current issue made me sad in the way you’re always sad when a personal hero shows feet of clay.

The article talks about a crisis in physics as if this were a new event. In fact, physics has been in crisis ever since the immortal Max Planck and his brethren came up with quantum physics more than a century ago. Newtonian macro-physics and quantum physics don’t fit well together. Each of them is demonstrably right, but generations of physicists have been unable to come up with a theory that unites them.

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Most afterlife researchers are skeptics. We have found tantalizing parts of one gigantic truth, and since we know that the rest of it still must be out there, we won’t settle for less. So I have a confession to make. For decades I was skeptical that most psychic mediums actually were in contact with the dead.

Most of the communications that I first read to formulate my understanding of death and the afterlife came from early-twentieth-century deep-trance mediums who were able to withdraw from their bodies altogether and allow their dead controls to speak using the medium’s vocal cords. There were some amazing deep-trance mediums working in the early twentieth century, and if the evidence of our survival produced by even one of them – Leonora Piper, perhaps, or Gladys Osborne Leonard – had been objectively studied by contemporary scientists, you would have lived your whole life knowing that it never is going to end. They produced such consistent and extensive proofs of what actually is going on that eventually they convinced even me. But, mediums reading the minds of the dead? Not so much.

           The wonderful Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona conducted double- and triple-blind experiments on a number of psychic mediums, and he detailed the results in his excellent 2003 book, The Afterlife Experiments. Reading his book convinced me that some physic mediums are indeed in contact with the dead. Dr. Schwartz found that some of the mediums he tested under laboratory conditions in which neither the sitter nor the medium knew who was on the other side of the screen, and sometimes the sitter wasn’t allowed to say anything, produced detailed communications with dead loved ones that the sitters graded as more than ninety percent accurate.

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I guest frequently on radio programs, and some recent hosts have ask me to address the suicide of Robin Williams with the hope that I can comfort the many people who love that beautiful man. I love him, too. But I have little comfort to give to radio listeners, and I don’t plan to discuss his passing on my own weekly program, Seek Reality. The best news that the afterlife evidence offers to us about suicide is that it is not all bad news.

To understand why killing yourself never is a good idea, it is important to know a few basic things. Briefly:

1)    The chance to learn on earth is a gift. We are told that there are many more people wanting to live an earth-life than there are bodies to accommodate them, and we who are here are the fortunate ones who were given this phenomenal opportunity.

2)    We plan our lives. In close cooperation with our guides and with those who will be important in our lives and their guides, each of us writes a pre-birth plan. We cannot say for certain that every bad thing that happens in our lives is planned, but the evidence is strong that we eagerly plan to have bad things happen so we can grow spiritually. An easy life is like an easy gym session: it doesn’t build much spiritual muscle.

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William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347) was an English Franciscan friar who is famous even today for having devised a problem-solving technique that scientists now honor mostly in the breach: Occam’s razor. Occam’s razor states that when there are competing hypotheses, the one that requires that we made the fewest assumptions should be selected. Or in other words, the simplest explanation is likely to be the best explanation.

Occam’s wisdom often comes to mind as I browse my favorite popular science magazines, seeking evidence that mainstream physicists might at last be getting a clue. Sadly, that evidence is slim. Rather than veering back toward the ageless wisdom of Occam, the fact that their theories have been driven so entirely off the rails by their refusal to study all of reality has led physicists into ever-greater absurdities. For example, they are still grappling with their need to make a multiverse theory work in the face of not much evidence that it has any connection with anything. To quote the linked article, in the past six years the Large Hadron Collider (“LHC”) has “failed to yield any of dozens of particles that many theorists had included in their equations for more than 30 years. The grand flop suggests that researchers may have taken a wrong turn decades ago in their understanding of how to calculate the masses of particles.” Gee, ya think? Even the Higgs Boson, the LHC’s one big success, apparently isn’t panning out as hoped.

We have talked here about the fact that physicists are trying to understand – by their own measure – only 5% of what they know exists. We have talked as well about the 27% of the universe that is “dark matter,” but in fact the real stumper seems to be the 68% of the universe made up of “dark energy.”  At the link is yet another article wandering over a flaky field of ideas that seem to have no connection to anything that we might think of as real. The fact that dark matter and dark energy don’t interact with or give off photons of light, that indeed they don’t seem to be made up of particles, is a frustrating anathema to people in such a drilled-down, highly specialized field that they call themselves particle physicists.

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To watch mainstream scientists flounder in their attempts to understand human consciousness used to be pass-the-popcorn time. You could see that they were missing the Big Picture, but you figured that if they took sufficient wrong turns eventually they would stumble upon the truth. Law of averages. Just made sense. They couldn’t insistent on being wrong forever.

Or could they?

What we think of as human consciousness is primary and pre-existing. It predates the universe. It is part of the Source energy that keeps the universe continuously in existence. Max Planck, who is among the greatest physicists of all time, won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics as the father of quantum theory, but Planck better deserved a Nobel Prize for what is humankind’s greatest discovery. In 1931 he said, ”I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

Robert Lanza has been called the third most important scientist alive by no less an authority than The New York TimesIn 2009 Lanza followed up on Max Planck’s pioneering insight by expounding his theory of Biocentrism, the notion that “life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe.” His should have been a transformative book! But biocentrism still has not appealed to mainstream scientists sufficiently to shift their ongoing floundering in a more constructive direction.

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Tech billionaire Peter Thiel warns us that science is in a period of what he calls the “Great Stagnation”. He frets that we are stuck in what he sees as a “culture of conformity” because “innovation depends on individuals who are willing to pursue unconventional, or even controversial, ideas.”

Mr. Thiel, you are exactly right. The Great Stagnation began a century ago, when the scientific community refused to investigate a flood of good afterlife communications that amounted to something close to proof that people easily survive their deaths. Instead of having a look, scientific gatekeepers worried that science might inadvertently find God, so they adopted materialism as what was then called science’s “fundamental dogma.” Materialism has since hardened into a requirement for all mainstream scientific inquiry. Of course, anything that is based in a dogma has become a belief-system and is not a genuine science any longer. All of this results in what you have observed. Physicists have been floundering in the weeds for a century.

Oh, but they still put up a brave front. They have the money to build particle colliders that enable them to earn a living while they discover nothing very useful. The recent run of the Great Hadron Collider failed to find some thirty particles required for important theories of physics that have been in place for decades. And yes, the last run of the GHC did discover what is believed to be the boson that gives subatomic particles their mass; but what physicists still fail to consider is a more important question that goes to the very heart of physics. Why is a Higgs Boson necessary in the first place?

This problem of restricted scientific inquiry has handicapped some brilliant careers. Ethan Siegel, in a terrific book review entitled Einstein, Schrodinger, and the Story You Never Heard: How “Faith” in the Universe Destroyed Two Brilliant Men of Genius, tells us how two of history’s greatest physicists were tripped up by their materialist prejudices reinforced by their need to keep themselves in conformity with the materialist party line. Siegel wonders, “(H)ow many of the ‘best’ theoretical ideas that lack evidence at the present – supersymmetry, extra dimensions, grand unification, string theory – will turn out to be completely wrong?” Since all these theories are attempts to make sense of a universe that is not material while remaining grounded in materialist dogma in order to keep careers alive, my suspicion is that all of these theories are wrong. But we won’t know that for sure until we can turn physics back into a genuine science.

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Jesus in the Gospels warns us that wrong religious teachings can be recognized by the evils they bring. He says:

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (MT 7:15-20)

Christianity is based in a very long book called the Bible. The entire Christian Bible, composed of ancient Jewish and early Christian writings, is considered by Christians somewhat magically to be the Inspired Word of God. Given the way the books of the Bible were assembled by the early Church, this seems to me to be a dubious claim. Who are we to be putting words into God’s mouth? I once asked a fundamentalist friend how he could be so sure that a canon put together by a committee in the equivalent of smoke-filled rooms was absolutely all inspired by God. He told me confidently that God had worked through all the participants in those synods. No doubt! His answer reminded me of what had been said by a priest of a religion whose certain belief was that the world rides on the back of a turtle. When asked what the turtle was standing on, the priest had said confidently, “It’s turtles all the way down.”

In the same way, the Christian Bible is said to be God’s Word all the way down. And this seems to me to be the fatal flaw of modern Christianity.

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All of us have spirit guides who help us live the life-plans that we made before we were born. It must have been my primary guide who spoke to me from out of the light when I was eight, but in all the sixty years since that night I never had wanted a daytime meeting with him. We travel out of body during sleep and meet with our guides on many nights, and I always have felt well-guided.

Then on February 21st of this year I had a telephone reading with Susanne Wilson, who is a wonderfully gifted spiritual medium. My intention was just to visit my family, but toward the end of the hour my spirit guides asked to speak with me. I learned on that Saturday afternoon that I have eleven guides. Four of them help with my personal life; three work with me on writing fiction; and three assist with my afterlife-related projects. And then my primary guide stepped forward and announced that his name is Thomas. In his penultimate earth-lifetime, he was – imagine a drum-roll – Thomas Jefferson.

I was less dumbfounded when I first heard this than you might expect. I have had for my entire life an intense affinity for Thomas Jefferson, even to the point of keeping a life-sized bust of him in my office. I also wrote a well-received novel about his ten-year marriage that was published by Doubleday in 1993 and reissued by Wheatmark last year. It was entitled – this seems ironic now – My Thomas. Thomas told me that he actually had “co-written” that novel, which explained a lot! I always had known that it was better than anything I could have written.

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Long before I knew that my primary spirit guide had once been Thomas Jefferson, I loved the man. My 1993 Doubleday novel, My Thomas, was written from the adoring viewpoint of his wife. And before I could write so tenderly about someone who had been a slaveholder, I had to do research and satisfy myself that Thomas Jefferson had not been a monster. Like you and me today, he only had had the misfortune of being born into a perverted culture.

Jefferson and his wife inherited hundreds of slaves. He couldn’t legally free them in Virginia, nor could he free them anywhere on the North American continent without dooming them to lives of misery. He came to feel that he couldn’t do anything but try to keep them safe and happy, and this he did, always hoping that a solution would be found to what he saw as a monstrous institution. There is evidence that if Martha Jefferson had lived, her husband would have retired from politics after the American Revolution and devoted his life to the cause of abolition. But Martha died in 1782. The rest, as they say, is history. And despite all the good that Thomas Jefferson did for this country in a lifetime of service, the single fact that he inherited slaves and he never found a way to end slavery is sufficient reason for the Democratic Parties of many states to decide this year, nearly a quarter-millennium later, to ban him from their annual dinners.

For Thomas Jefferson, slavery was roughly akin to what abortion is for you and me. Whether we are for it or against it, the legal right to abortion on demand is a part of our culture. As a culture, we accept the belief that a woman’s right to use her own body is more important than is a lesser life-form’s right to continue to exist. Just as, two hundred years ago, slaveholders’ property rights came before whatever rights their property might have wanted to claim. The analogy may not be perfect. But it is good enough to make me wince. How will our accepting easy abortion as a fact of life today make you and me appear to our distant descendants?

What we now think of as just the afterlife, a side niche perhaps, not very important, will soon be as much of a concrete but distant presence in each of our lives as Newark. Within a decade or two, there will be easy electronic communication with those we used to think were dead. Then living researchers will be able to quiz the dead about a lot of things, the whole topic of abortion among them. Even knowing what we already know, I shudder to think what more the dead might tell us. So far, this is what we can demonstrate is true:

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A friend of mine has sent me an extraordinary interview with Lother Schafer, a quantum physicist who has more than a clue about what actually is going on. His Infinite Potential: What Quantum Physics Reveals About How We Should Live (2013) is a deeply remarkable book. Dr. Schafer has arrived at precisely the same set of conclusions about reality and the nature of our minds that you and I are exploring now! And while we have reached our conclusions from the perspective of the afterlife evidence, Dr. Schafer has achieved the same results from the perspective of quantum physics.

I urge you to listen to the linked interview. It is going to change your life! It doesn’t matter that mainstream scientific gatekeepers are still resolutely pretending that reality is only material, and they stubbornly continue to try to make sense of their hypothetical clockwork universe. Persistence is not a virtue when you are demonstrably wrong. Gatekeepers have managed to enforce spiritual ignorance in the scientific community for more than a century. But eventually – as it always does – the truth will win.

The immortal Max Planck won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics as the father of quantum mechanics. He could have told you a hundred years ago what Dr. Schafer is saying today! In 1931 he said, ”I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” And he said in 1944, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

It is frustrating to realize that the Chinese military, not hamstrung by Luddite Western physics, is already learning how to control robots with the human mind. The Chinese people have been in the forefront of energy medicine, and far ahead of us in their general understanding of the nature of our minds. Meanwhile, American scientists cheerfully carry on assuming that the human brain is something more important than a two-way radio in the head of a meat-robot. Investigators have spent the past sixty years unsuccessfully seeking a source of Einstein’s genius in the man’s dissected brain. And researchers are working on ways to influence our minds by mechanically affecting our brains, which is the least efficient imaginable process!

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