Roberta Grimes

Cultural realities shape our lives in ways that become so ingrained that we often don’t see evils for the evils they are. When you and I look around, we can see lots of things about present-day America that are likely to appall our descendants, from overstuffed prisons and third-trimester abortions to vast disparities in wealth and station and the careless ways in which we inflict adult entertainment on our children. The fact that you and I don’t become personally involved in any of these practices doesn’t let us off the hook, since if enough of us protested, things would change.

Thomas and Martha Jefferson were born into a world in which the slavery of peoples brought here from Africa had been part of their culture for a century. It was a normal evil, just as the things mentioned above are evils that seem normal to us. Having been born near the pinnacle of a society in which slavery was a fact of life, both Thomas Jefferson and Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson inherited human beings.

They were stuck with slavery. As Jefferson said later in life, they had a wolf by the ear: they could neither hold onto it nor safely let it go. And being freed was not an attractive option for a slave in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. It was legal at that time for anyone who encountered a freed former slave to enslave him again; and even beyond Virginia, freedmen lived wretched lives on the margins of white society. Discovering that Jefferson felt stuck with slavery as an institution that he detested was an important step for me, since I don’t think I could have written My Thomas if the truth were otherwise.

From my brief study of it, slavery in Eighteenth-Century Virginia seems surprising in a number of ways:

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One of the things that astounds me as I continue to study the afterlife is that there is so much evidence of what is going on, it is so widely available and so consistent, it melds so perfectly with mainstream scientific discoveries, it helps to explain so much… but still nearly all scientists want nothing to do with it. And this odd stonewalling has gone on for more than a century.

The reason why scientists are so obsessively incurious about the evidence that exists for an afterlife and a greater reality seems to be based in the millennia-long war of ideas between science and Christianity. Both sides seem to have decided long ago that reality must have been either created by God in seven days exactly as the Bible suggests, or sprung from nothing as a clockwork automaton that had no spiritual component whatsoever. This is an ancient, epic battle to the death with just one possible victor, despite the fact that there has long been abundant evidence that neither side has it right. The battle continues even today in the debate over whether “intelligent design” can be taught in schools as an alternative to a rigid version of Darwinian evolution lacking any epigenetic complexities that not even most scientists support.

The sad result of this self-imposed scientific blindness is that an open-minded investigation of the implications of quantum physics and what actually is going on has been stalled for more than a hundred years.

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I apologize for the tardiness of this post, but I’ve been finishing my next book and visiting Santa Barbara to form a new friendship. Jack Canfield needs no introduction! His Chicken Soup for the Soulseries has sold many millions of books, and Jack in person is engaging and delightful. Here is a video of our interview.

The Fun of Growing Forever is about to go to its first test-readers. It is scheduled for release in the fall. I have known about this book for six years, but it was only in recent months that I first realized what it was meant to be about. My original title for The Fun of Dying was actually Dying for Idiots, since my first choice – Dying for Dummies – would have been a copyright infringement. But I woke up one morning in the spring of 2010 with three titles in my mind: The Fun of Dying, The Fun of Staying in Touch, and The Fun of Growing Forever. I also woke up knowing that the third book was not supposed to come out until 2017, although I didn’t know why it would be so long delayed. I assumed it was going to be just an update of The Fun of Dying with more afterlife details, since my guides had never shared with me the fact that Liberating Jesus was on the way!

This is what can happen when you give your life to God, as I did a year before I got these titles.Our guides are God’s minions. When we invite God to use our lives, sometimes our guides will do just that! We spend time with them while our bodies sleep, but usually we don’t recall what transpires; my remembering those book-titles was an exception, since The Fun of Dying was about to go to press and they wanted its title to be right.

I understand now that none of what I have done in the past seven years has been my own doing. My guides have co-written all my books, with Thomas leading on the nonfiction side and an intense and highly imaginative guide named Marvina primarily doing my fiction. When people ask me how I can write so many books so fast, I remind them I am just the scribe!

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Watching research scientists continue to express their certainty about materialism when they have to know the dogma is wrong would be amusing if it were not so pathetic. They realize their profession is floundering. But it is their profession, after all, and they have families to feed and retirements to fund! So they continue to try to drive a train that is hopelessly off the rails, while at the same time they are beginning to acknowledge that there is a lot that their abbreviated version of science never will explain.

The result is a truly weird period in the annals of scientific investigation. To take a prime example, let’s look at what scientists call “the hard problem,” which is the whole enigma of how to explain consciousness and individual awareness. At one time it was confidently believed that figuring out how the brain works was going to solve the hard problem as a kind of fallout result; but the more brain research has been done, the clearer it has become that the hard problem won’t be giving up so easily.

To graze among recent articles on consciousness in the popular press is an exercise in wincing frustration. We see researchers beginning to get closer to theories that we know might be productive – we kind of lean forward in our chairs and pull for them – but then their need to reason outward from materialism always does them in. An article about the fact that consciousness can be demonstrated to be present after physical death is one such promising foray with some sense to it, but also much that is nonsense. The authors have so little interest in researching useful aspects of the literature that they refer to out-of-body experiences as “outer-body experiences.” They report at least one verified account of someone who was later able to report what had been going on around him while he was clinically dead, which fact should have been front-page news; but it was barely a footnote. So ignorance marches on!

Now let’s look at a different article that bears a highly promising title:   Neuroscience’s New Consciousness Theory is Spiritual. The title is great, but that “S-word” – “spiritual” – is seen by the authors to be so near science’s imagined border with religion that before anything substantive can be discussed, they first must demonstrate that they are not advocating for a theory even remotely religious. To do that, they make the absurd assertion that science has things pretty much figured out. They assure us that (M)odern science has achieved impeccable performance when it comes to explaining phenomena previously thought to be unexplainable. In this day and age, we have complete scientific descriptions of virtually everything.” Please read that twice, to better savor in print what even the authors must know is nonsense!

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I don’t say this often enough, but I love you. I cannot get over how wonderful it is to have you in my life! Just seeing an email from you with a question to answer makes me smile. Reading your personal story that leads to how you found me – and how I was able to help you – lifts my heart! I am long past retirement age, but I feel more energized now than I ever before have felt in my life. I have you to thank for that. So… Thank you!

Seek Reality has passed its five-year mark, and in celebration we are again attempting to do the program for a live audience. Especially when I was still practicing law, I found it hard to keep to a fixed schedule; and since I wasn’t taking calls, going on live didn’t seem to matter. I had learned early on that taking even good questions would interrupt the flow of what my guests and I were trying to teach you, so that was when I began to urge you to email me through this website if you ever had a question. And for years that has worked well! But recently W4CY contacted me, and as I usually do when such things happen, I saw it as another door opened by Spirit and experimentally I went through it. Being on live last week for the first time in years turned out to be a lot of fun! And even though we weren’t taking calls, there was a chat room where people could ask questions. We’ll be posting the answers to their questions from last week in the chat room as our new live Seek Reality episode begins next Tuesday at five eastern time, but I thought you might enjoy seeing these questions and answers now:

Are they one in the same? God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit?

The idea of a three-in-one deity was hot in the early part of the first millennium A.D., so it was easy for the early Christians to say, “We’re up to the minute! We’ve got that too!” The Council of Nicaea in 325 seems to have adopted the trinity idea whole-cloth, but the notion of a triune God emphatically DID NOT come from Jesus!

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Those that we used to think were dead tell us that achieving more rapid spiritual growth is the reason why we are born to live brief lives in this spiritual gym. They also tell us that Jesus is genuine, and they confirm that He told us the truth about God, reality, death, the afterlife, and the meaning and purpose of human life almost two thousand years before we could have received this wisdom in any other way. For my own part, I can confirm that the Gospel teachings of Jesus are the simplest and most effective short-course in rapid spiritual growth that exists! When those teachings are seriously applied, they can be effective in only months.

Another thing the dead are telling us is that the level of consciousness vibration on this planet has fallen so far away from love and toward fear that a concerted effort is now being made by beings at the highest levels – including of course the Lord Himself – to elevate us away from fear and toward love just as rapidly as possible. Historical hindsight may eventually suggest that our now being able to confirm the truth of the genuine Gospel teachings of Jesus is a literal miracle that has occurred at almost the eleventh hour.

The fear-based religion  that claims to be based in Jesus has nothing to do with Jesus. This is obvious to anyone who looks at the religion’s dogmas and then reads the Lord’s canonical Gospels with even a half-open mind! And especially now that the dead are abundantly confirming that Jesus is genuine, it seems to be extremely important that we give the Lord a second chance to enlighten and uplift the world. Jesus never meant to start what we now call Christianity. And nothing that Christians are taught is true.

So if Jesus didn’t come to start a religion, and He certainly didn’t come to die for our sins, then why on earth did He come at all? Jesus plainly tells us that He came to teach us to relate to God on our own. His words are so clear that even as a devoutly Christian child I came to suspect this might be true. It is no wonder that Christian leaders forbade the reading of the words of Jesus by laypeople for more than a thousand years, and the first translation of those books into English was not done until the 16th century!

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You may wonder why an afterlife researcher would write so ardently about the teachings of Jesus. Until recently I would have wondered about that, too! I have likely spent as much of my life studying the Bible as I have spent studying the afterlife evidence, but until a few years ago my two intense hobbies seemed to be unrelated. It is only now that I can see that they always have been parts of one whole!

Studying the afterlife and discovering that human minds really are eternal naturally leads us to seek and then to discover the purpose of human life. And once we realize that we come to earth in order to achieve rapid spiritual growth, many of us want to better understand both what spiritual growth actually is and what the best methods are for achieving it. All I can tell you is what I have learned as I have undertaken my own voyage! Fortunately, though, spiritual growth turns out to be a largely mechanical process that has nothing to do with any religion. And it can be achieved surprisingly easily.

Those that we used to think were dead consistently tell us that spiritual growth is humankind’s core need. And in the United States now that need is desperate! Growing spiritually helps us to thrive both individually and in communities, but this nation in particular is rushing headlong toward ever more dysfunctional isolation. No one living in our nation’s present climate can doubt that America is suffering an epidemic of loneliness that apparently is at the root of much of our political battling. And that loneliness traces at least in part to the rapid disintegration of the family. If ever there were a place and time in this world where spiritual growth was needed, then that place and time is right here and right now!

We have talked in previous posts about America’s insane political climate, and about the fact that even in its present sorry state the United States remains the world’s best hope. I have shared with you, too, the strong probability that the religion named after Jesus Christ has nothing to do with the mission and message of the genuine historical Jesus, and in fact the religion that bears His name even acts as a barrier between believing Christians and the teachings that Jesus came to earth to share with all of humankind. I hope you won’t mind if I assume that you are familiar with those earlier posts?

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No sooner had I shared with you my insight that the Gospel words suggest the Lord meant to abolish the notion of sin than I realized there was another thing He seems to have meant to consign to history. This one is a harder call, so I wondered if I should mention it now; but I have come to see as I have written this for you that perhaps this further stumbling-block is even worse than fear-based sin as a barrier to our spiritual growth!

Jesus meant to raise in us a dissatisfaction with religious faith, and to teach us instead to seek and find a more solid spiritual certainty.What else can He have meant when He said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (MT 7:7-8)?

My difficulty in trusting the evidence that Jesus spoke against religious faith seems mostly to have stemmed from the fact that He used the word “faith” or “faithful” so often, and in three different ways:

  • He used the term as a synonym for loyal and steadfast service. For example, He quoted a master as saying, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master” (MT 25:21). And He said, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (LK 16:10).

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Our growing understanding of how reality is structured makes us realize how near the dead are to us. They are right here! We’re told that there are something like eight primary levels of energy-based reality, separated from one another by their rates of vibration, and all of them are exactly where we are. But far from making communication easier, the fact that reality is an energy spectrum all located in a single place makes unaided communication from there to here seem impossible. Think of your Channel Five weatherman and your Channel Seven newsman trying to chat with one another while both are on air, and without a phone. The fact that communication between levels through mediums has become a well-documented phenomenon is a wonder! But what if we never consult a medium? How else can our loved ones signal their survival?

It seems that over the millennia the dead have wrestled with this problem. They are more aware of us than we are of them, and as they transition and adjust to their new surroundings they are anxious to get word to us that they are still here. We are coming to understand that even long before there were earth-based scientists, there were clever and dedicated teams of dead researchers trying to understand what they were dealing with and puzzling out how to deliver signs to us that they lived on.

It is from this perspective of ancient experimentation that we must look at the kinds of signs that come to us from those we love in the period soon after their deaths. Many are natural objects like feathers and stones, or growing things like flowers or insects; and some involve what seems to be the manipulation of the minds of animals and people. Some of the objects – and even the insects – are likely apports. They are objects materialized from there to here, in a process never studied and not well understood. There are hints that apports may be removed from this material level at some other point in time and deposited back here, often materializing in air, so a decades-old newspaper (for example) could plop onto a table looking fresh from the press.

So, what are some of the physical signs that our dead loved ones can send to us soon after their deaths?

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One of the questions that the afterlife evidence answers for us has long been a stumper. Why do bad things happen to good people? Atheists sometimes use the question as proof that there can be no loving God, while even those who are very religious will sometimes fret and question their beliefs as they try to answer it. But when we answer the question from the point of view of the afterlife evidence, we find that it all makes perfect sense. A lifetime on earth is just a hard day in school.

As is true whenever you research any real phenomenon, studying nearly 200 years of abundant and consistent communications from the dead shows us more than the fact that our minds are eternal and death is an easy, joyous passage. It gives us a lot of information about what the afterlife is like, and also – wonderfully – it tells us a lot about the meaning and purpose of human life.

Here is what we now know to be true:

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Michael Tymn is a venerable light in the field of afterlife research, a meticulous and fearless scholar whose blog is a must-read for me. Michael is an expert on nineteenth-century deep-trance and physical mediums, and his books are informative and beautifully written. In his current blog post he talks about Adin Ballou, his new candidate for the first professional psychical researcher by virtue of Ballou’s recently-rediscovered 1852 book, An Exposition of Views Respecting the Principal Facts, Causes and Peculiarities Involved in Spirit Manifestations Together with Interesting Phenomenal Statements and Communications.

I had never heard of Mr. Ballou, but Michael’s diligence in all he does makes me think that, sure, friend Ballou may well have been the earliest pioneering psychical researcher. And what delights me is what Ballou reports to have been a summary of the teachings of the spirits he interviewed in the course of his research. Even given the fact that these interviews took place more than 150 years ago, and given the different attitudes and suppositions of modern interviewers as opposed to those in Ballou’s day, the spirits then were telling him precisely the same things that they are telling us now. To wit, and directly quoting the ancient researcher:

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“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”– Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard

           Having spent decades studying more than 150 years of abundant and consistent communications from the dead, it astonishes me to see how hard people who consider themselves to be defenders of science still are fighting against the possibility that any of this might be true. They never investigate anything! How can people with scientific training altogether refuse to consider whole categories of documented phenomena that have real-world effects? The problem seems to be that they are fearful that what they might find could disrupt their scientific assumptions and perhaps even derail their careers. That’s it? That’s their problem? And they still call themselves scientists?

I am a business lawyer. I had no particular belief system to support when I started this investigation, nor do I have one now. I remain skeptical of every new afterlife-related detail, but at least I do investigate things! I look for answers. And after I have assembled enough evidence of all stripes to draw a rational conclusion, I draw that conclusion and explain where it came from. What these scientific Luddites do is to refuse to investigate anything that doesn’t fit their predetermined beliefs. They even presume to post on the Internet flat lies about the afterlife evidence and about those who would investigate the evidence. Have they no self-awareness at all?

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A few weeks ago I talked about some of the ways in which the fact that mainstream science has ignored the afterlife evidence has made scientists unable to understand some seemingly unrelated things. When you arbitrarily choose to ignore all evidence related to a major aspect of reality, then naturally your understanding of the rest of reality will be distorted! The levels of reality that we enter at death exist precisely where we are but at a higher vibratory rate, very much as different television channels exist in the same place but at different frequencies. Choosing to study only Channel Five, as mainstream science still does, is going to make you oblivious of the content and effects of all those other channels.

For scientists to flat ignore nearly two hundred years of abundant and consistent communications from the dead, and for them further to ignore all the related implications of quantum physics and consciousness research, is going to mean that their attempts to study their own “approved” aspects of reality will come up against repeated frustrations. I enjoy reading popular-science magazines, in part because so often when I discover some new scientific conundrum I can readily think of plausible explanations that are related to the greater reality of which this universe is an integral part (see Mainstream Science is off the Rails, June 28, 2014).

I hadn’t planned to be back on this topic so soon, but I have just learned something else that confounds me. Scientists have only now discovered that eighty percent – eighty percent – of the detectable light in the nearby universe seems to have no discernible source!

To quote the article linked above: “It’s as if you’re in a big, brightly lit room, but you look around and see only a few 40-watt lightbulbs,” astronomer Juna Kollmeier — a Carnegie Institution for Science professor and the lead author of the new study on missing light said in a statement this week. “Where is all that light coming from?”

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The greatest discovery in all of human history was expounded by quantum physicist Max Planck in the early part of the twentieth century. I am told that he wasn’t the first to put it forth, but his experiments demonstrated it so conclusively that he was frank to say it aloud. Sadly, he was altogether ignored. The only thing that won him a Nobel Prize was his work in quantum physics. But he certainly should have received a second Nobel Prize for his theory that what we think of as human consciousness is primary and pre-existing.

The Fun of Staying in Touch will be out late this month. It was delayed a bit by my friend Gary Schwartz’s offer to write a terrific Foreword, and also by the fact that I am finishing Letter From Wonder for the fall. Publishing six books in one year because you are catching up on a twenty-year drought does take quite a bit of time! But in assembling quotations for The Fun of Staying in Touch, I have been struck yet again by the fact that the earliest quantum physicists seem fully to have understood that they had made a discovery that was even more important than the role of quanta. They had discovered that human minds are of the very stuff that brings the universe into being.

Abundant support for the theory that what we think of as human consciousness is primary and pre-existing derives naturally from the double-slit and other classic quantum physics experiments, all of which suggest that researchers’ own minds influence their experimental results. Max Planck said in 1931, “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.” By 1944 he was saying, “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 particles 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.”

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One of the things that is most certain about the afterlife evidence is what it tells us is the reason why we even are alive at all. Why are we here? What is human life for? The very fact that there exists such an exquisite and gloriously planned afterlife for each of the seven billion struggling on earth, and the uncounted billions who already are there, strongly suggests that all our lives on earth must have a pretty spectacular purpose.

An overlong but nevertheless enjoyable article in The New York Times of July 18 explores the fact that all the things that most of us strive for cannot make us happy, but instead, from wealth and power and fame right through every pleasure of the flesh, they too often disappoint us. The very title of the article – “Love People, Not Pleasure” – gives away the point toward which it labors: having stuff only tends to make us more miserable, while the true source of happiness is loving others. Or in the pithier words of the eighteenth-century poet, William Blake: “I sought my soul, But my soul I could not see. I sought my God, But my God eluded me. I sought my brother, And I found all three.”

Over and over, the dead who were communicating with us a century ago and the upper-level beings communicating with us now have said that the meaning and purpose of our lives is learning to love one another more perfectly. That’s it! That’s all.

           Of course, Jesus told us all of this two thousand years ago. He reduced the Old Testament’s Ten Commandments to just one commandment: that we learn how to love.

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Particle physicists put up a brave front, but they are going through difficult times. All their current theories about the nature of reality – string theory, the multiverse, and what-else-have you – are turning out to have serious flaws. Perhaps if they will return to that old saw, Occam’s Razor, and rethink reality along simpler lines, they will save themselves some headaches. In fact, courtesy of our beloved dead, the answers to many of their questions have been under their noses for more than a century.

I am becoming ever more confident that the 27% of the universe that physicists call “dark matter” because it interacts with gravity but not with photons of light are the six or so energy-based levels where the dead reside. They exist precisely where we are, but at graduated vibratory rates between this material universe and the Source level, the highest energy level of which we are aware.

I admit to having poked good-natured fun at physicists who are earnestly studying a mere 5% of what exists as if that were the whole of reality. Five percent! But apparently physicists are at last beginning to look more closely at the dark matter that is at least six times greater in volume than all the visible matter and energy put together.

To quote a wonderful article in the August issue of Scientific American entitled “Could Dark Matter Make Invisible, Parallel Universes?”, “Scientists are increasingly considering the possibility that dark matter, in particular, is not just a contrivance to account for the motion of visible matter but a hidden side of the universe with a rich inner life. It may consist of a veritable zoo of particles interacting through novel forces of nature—an entire universe interwoven silently with our own.” “Observations suggest it outweighs ordinary matter by a factor of 6 to 1. Galaxies and galaxy clusters are embedded in giant balls, or ‘halos,’ of dark matter.” “Could there be a hidden world that is an exact copy of ours, containing hidden versions of electrons and protons, which combine to form hidden atoms and molecules, which combine to form hidden planets, hidden stars and even hidden people?”

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One thing about doing afterlife research and better understanding our greater reality is that what you learn helps you to establish evidence-based opinions on a great many things. At one time, I had little concern about capital punishment. So long as we executed only the guilty, what was the harm? To read of the despicable crimes that some of these criminals had committed made you feel almost as if the government were doing little more than eliminating vermin.

I know better now. Sadly, though, since most of our society remains clueless about how reality works, those responsible for carrying out executions have no way to understand all the harm they are doing! Here are some reasons why executing criminals never is a good idea, no matter how humanely it can be done:

  • It is impossible to kill a human mind. Our minds are eternal, and that includes the minds of the most notorious criminals. Eternal. You can execute their bodies, but their minds go on forever.
  • A mind freed from the body by death may or may not transition to the afterlife. There is considerable evidence that we have the choice of whether to stay or go, and evidence as well that people fearing judgment for things they may have done in life often decide not to make the trip.

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An amazing debate continues to rage in the scientific community. Do we, or do we not, have free will? Experiments indicate that our brains become active and we start the process of moving our bodies before we make the decision to move, which troubling fact has led many researchers to conclude that our apparent free will is an illusion. To quote a recent article in Scientific American:

“Our decisions are predetermined unconsciously a long time before our consciousness kicks in,” [John-Dylan] Haynes [of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin] commented to New Scientist, while adding that “it seems that the brain is making the decision before the person.” Others share his opinion. Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne has written: “So it is with all of our … choices: not one of them results from a free and conscious decision on our part. There is no freedom of choice, no free will.” Neuroscientist Sam Harris has concluded from these findings that we are “biochemical puppets”: “If we were to detect [people’s] conscious choices on a brain scanner seconds before they were aware of them … this would directly challenge their status as conscious agents in control of their inner lives.”

In 2010 I wrote about this problem in The Fun of Dying, where I showed how what afterlife researchers are learning readily explains these results. But mainstream scientific researchers still have little understanding of the nature of our minds, so they continue to do these experiments. And they continue to find their results troubling. The author of the article cited above essentially says what you or I would say: But I really do deliberate! I think things through! I make rational decisions. So of course I have free will:

Every one of us takes actions every day that we have consciously planned for ourselves. It is possible that the neural activity that carries out this planning has no effect on what we do or that it just concocts stories after the fact to explain to ourselves and others what we did. But that would make little evolutionary sense. The brain makes up only 2 percent of the human body’s weight but consumes 20 percent of its energy. There would be strong evolutionary pressure against neural processes that enable intricate conscious thought yet are irrelevant to our behavior. The brain circuits responsible for my imagining that this is the best way to write this essay are likely causing it to turn out this way.

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To be a physicist in the early twenty-first century looks like the most frustrating job in the universe. I say this because being even a devoted physics groupie reading popular-science versions of what physicists are up to now feels mind-shriveling. I will give you some quick examples from the recent press:

Apparently the Big Bang, now thoroughly engrained in our minds as the way the universe started, isn’t such a sure thing anymore. Perhaps the universe instead is in a steady state. To quote a summary of a recent paper on phys.org“In physical terms, the (steady state) model describes the universe as being filled with a quantum fluid. The scientists propose that this fluid might be composed of gravitons—hypothetical massless particles that mediate the force of gravity. If they exist, gravitons are thought to play a key role in a theory of quantum gravity.” (My emphasis.)

Time is one of the few things that everyone on earth experiences, but for physicists it is still a mystery. To quote a recent puzzling article in my beloved Scientific American“Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward… Of course the world we experience is entirely different….” 

Physicists are attempting to study dark matter, which is called “dark” only because it won’t interact with photons of light. They tell us that everything that we think of as real makes up only 4-5% of the universe, while dark matter makes up 23-27%. (Apparently estimates vary.) So in an effort to study a mass which is five times the size of the known universe, physicists are looking for wimps thousands of feet beneath the surface of the earth. This time we’re reading The Wall Street Journal“A wimp—a weakly interacting massive particle—is thought to be the stuff of dark matter, an invisible substance that makes up about a quarter of the universe but has never been seen by humans.” I have talked previously about the fact that dark matter is a candidate to be the afterlife levels of reality, and there are physicists who speculate that it might be an actual inhabited reality. But rather than investigating either of these theories, physicists are spending billions of dollars investigating the unlikely possibility that five-sixths of the matter in the universe is a fluff of particles constituting nothing.

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Recently I received an email from the granddaughter of an American slave who asked a distressing question. She said that people of her race are too often thwarted in life, and she asked me whether racial differences are “a joke from God.” She especially wanted to know whether in the afterlife everyone would be equal. Her question is heartbreaking, but its answer is thrilling.

Each human mind is a powerful and eternal part of the Mind of God. Minds have no racial characteristics whatsoever.Furthermore:

  • The evidence is strong that nearly all of us live many earth-lifetimes. Most of us seem to live at least one lifetime of each race, although we favor one race and one general culture for most of our lifetimes. Apparently this makes our adjustment to each new lifetime easier, so it lets us concentrate on our planned lessons with fewer distractions.
  • Dealing with the issues raised by superficial differences among people can give us powerful opportunities for learning to better love and forgive. Evidence suggests that those whose present lifetimes include racial or cultural issues planned those situations as important spiritual lessons.

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Before we are born, we write into the plan for our upcoming lifetime a series of challenges that operate like the machines in a gym to help us to strengthen our spiritual muscles. Things like poverty, cancer, abusive spouses, the deaths of children, and other calamities are pretty obvious spiritual lessons, but believe it or not, they aren’t the big ones. No, the evidence is strong that the toughest life lessons of all are possession of either wealth or power. Put them together, and you have a one-two punch at which even advanced beings quail.

What prompted me to discuss this problem was a recent article entitled What Wealth Does to Your Soul.  The answer turns out to be: nothing good! Over and over, studies have indicated that the richer people are, the more selfish they become and the less satisfied they tend to be in general. Then, of course, there is Lord Acton’s timeless quotation: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Now that I understand how difficult these lessons are to master, I keep seeing examples of people struggling with them. Here are just three:

  • Many of the best afterlife communications were delivered in the first half of the twentieth century. Those newly dead in the teens and twenties had been active in the age of the Robber Barons, and some of them had amassed great wealth. I was repeatedly struck to see how much remorse they harbored over how they had used their wealth and power, and how disappointed and frustrated they were to have wasted that opportunity for spiritual growth.Some of them even said that they had set themselves back spiritually. One kept saying to his assembled family, “I really thought I could do it.” Even reading his words a century later, his palpable “Damn it!” comes through.

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Afterlife studies is a genuine science, which means that it has much to tell us beyond the fact that human minds are eternal. One of its most important revelations is the final answer to that age-old question: What is the purpose of human life?Here the dead agree with most major religions. We are here to learn to love perfectly and learn to forgive completely. Helping us learn to better love and forgive seems to be the reason why the universe exists.

Loving is the easy part. It seems to be innate in people, beginning with the love between mother and child and continuing through making friends and pair-bonding and building families to grandparenthood, the most intense love of all. That we need to love and be loved is a central characteristic of the human condition, and love of all kinds is so vastly rewarding in myriad ways that it is self-reinforcing. Loving is easy. And once we really are doing love well, we need then only to spread our love to all.

But to paraphrase William Shakespeare, there is one big rub. Universal love is impossible to practice until we have learned the art of radical forgiveness. We need to learn to forgive automatically, as if nothing ever even happened. And radical forgiveness is neither easy nor innate. From ISIS and your Ex to your sullen boss and the jerk who cuts you off in traffic, for most of us every day is full of reminders that some acts are unforgivable. Yet not only must all these perpetrators be forgiven, but once they are forgiven, they must be loved!

Whenever I mention forgiveness, I get emails. Some of the stories people tell are tragic. And the challenge always is, “How could anyone forgive that?

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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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It became clear soon after my last post was made that many readers are not familiar with spirit guides. This is an area where I am not expert, but I’m competent to give you a beginner’s course. Let’s do that now! Your life will be richer and more fulfilling when you have a better sense of the spirit-friends who are lovingly there all through your life, helping you keep a steady hand on your tiller. All of us have spirit guides. There is one who agreed before you were born to be your primary guide through life, and as you take up various kinds of work or hobbies and perhaps experience trials there will be others who join or leave your team. Only your primary guide will be permanent, but if you are doing much in your life, you likely have a number of long-term guides. I have been surprised to learn that I have eleven.

Your team talks with the teams of those around you! It’s as if each of us is a celebrity surrounded by invisible retainers. This summer I have been helping to edit the autobiography of Mikey Morgan, a sixth-level being who came back to live a brief life and then to die at twenty so he could become familiar with modern people in order to teach us through the veil. I met his mother, Carol, in 2011 when she sat down near me at an afterlife conference and began a conversation. It was only when I read Mikey’s account of that meeting that I learned that he had cased the room, looking for someone to mentor Carol, and he had learned from my invisible retainers that I am a writer and an afterlife expert. And I am – what did they tell him? – friendly and enthusiastic. They thought I would give Carol the help that she needed. I was astonished to read this. I had had no idea at the time that I was moving through that conference with invisible handlers who were representing me to other invisible teams!

Your guides work beneath your conscious radar. Many nights while your body sleeps you will travel out of it to meet with your team; you’ll discuss current issues and get their advice, which is why “sleeping on it” works so well if you have a big decision to make. When something in particular is troubling you, it can help to pose it as a simple question as you are settling down to sleep. Then pay attention to your first thoughts in the morning. It can take a few months to iron out this process, but if you are persistent in framing your questions and expecting morning answers to be there, you should indeed begin to find that even if it isn’t the answer you were hoping for, some sort of answer will be there when you awaken. Your primary guide will put thoughts into your mind, will steer you toward or away from ideas, will comfort you when you are down, will make you extra joyful when things go well. He or she becomes something like a part of you. My primary guide has left me briefly only twice in my life, and each time his sudden absence made me feel frail and helpless. An important part of what I had thought of as myself was abruptly gone.

So who are these people, anyway? Why do they work so hard to help us? Our primary guide will generally be a close eternal friend who is probably more spiritually advanced than we are. Being a primary guide is a privilege and a great responsibility. Assisting people now in bodies to achieve greater spiritual growth in this lifetime helps our spirit guides to grow spiritually as well.

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