Hacking the Afterlife and David Bowie
I got an email recently from a friend who is a University professor with a PhD in Philosophy. He'd just begun to read "Flipside."
"One of the more delightfully frustrating experiences that I’ve had over the years is “knowings” in the dream state that “immediately begin to slip away once awake". Many times my first waking thought is “I must remember this”, and then a few minutes later I can’t even remember what I was supposed to remember. I’ve sort of made peace with this, and trust that I’ll remember when I’m supposed to. Richard, I’ve finally started reading Flipside. It’s a bitterly cold day here, and I intend to spend it immersed in your book, sipping hot coffee. It’s really not “new” information for me, as the “in-between” state is discussed in some detail in the Seth Material, which I read many years ago. Again, consistency not only from case to case, but also with a large body of “channeled” information. Reading case after case after case firms up the knowledge, and never bores me. Are you familiar with the work of Dolores Cannon?"
Here's my reply:
I've explored the Seth material, and after finding inconsistencies as well as watching the youtube videos of the channeling of Seth, I've noted that talking to a "higher power" or a "spirit guide" doesn't mean that spirit guide is omniscient. Further, that the spirit guide is limited to their observations of the world and the number of lifetimes they've observed. That's a lot of information, and a lot of lifetimes, but it also can be based on inaccurate data. (For those unfamiliar with the "Seth material" a Jane Roberts began to "channel" a "higher entity" which became a series of books in the 70's, her husband transcribed what she said, and later filmed some of her sessions.)
For example, if I access my spirit guide, and I ask him to tell me what his experience was like in say, the Roman era, he's going to impart to me by way of images and experience what he experienced. He's projecting images, thoughts and reflections that are being received by me, and as such are subject to interpretation. There's syntax, as well as my ability to decipher through my brain and into my vocal chords what I'm seeing or experiencing. Same goes for the Seth material - someone speaking to us from a different realm. They're limited by their experiences in their lifetimes (which can be a positive thing) and the woman who is "channeling" Seth is equally constrained by her ability to speak. Also, gauging what the essence of a question might be, and whether the person asking the question can understand the answer.
Recently, I did an interview with Kevin Moore in the UK on his blog. At some point I asked if we could access his "spirit guide" and we did so, on air so to speak. And I realized he was claiming to channel Edgar Cayce - later I found that in his meditations he'd been claiming to access Cayce, but I didn't know it at the time. So my first question to "Cayce" was "Why is it that you were so inaccurate in nearly all your predicitons about the future?" I figured if he was pretending to channel Cayce, he might try to defend the many mistakes, or if he somehow was channeling Cayce, he would have a logical solution that goes along with the other research I've done.
Here's the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVaYG9XEZ9A
And "Cayce" said "The future is not set, it's a series of possibilities." Which is precisely what I've heard and observed, and is contrary to what Seth has to say. So how to reconcile Seth's idea that "time does not exist" with what I've heard repeatedly that "time exists relatively?"
I got that answer from another spirit guide (interviewing a professor online, during his interview, he accessed his spirit guide who said) "think of time like a string. It's linear. However when you turn the string to your eye, it is merely a circle that contains all time along its length, but you can't see the length." So time is relative to the person who observes it.
I found that to be more helpful than Seth's observation that "time does not exist." I would argue (with Seth, if need be) that time is relative, and its useless to argue that it doesn't exist when it does exist relatively in terms of spiritual progression. We have young souls and old souls - and they didnt' start that way, they progress over there in the spirit world as well.
A long way of saying that I have found that body of research in this field has skirted the surface of the iceberg so to speak. Once you get a glimpse on the architecture of the afterlife, then other answers come into focus.
For example, while asking questions to "Cayce" I asked him "So why were you so accurate when it came to healing people during your trances? Were you accessing a previous lifetime as a doctor, where you accessing your higher self to answer those questions, or was it someone else entirely?"
He answered "Someone else. A council." So I asked "Is it possible for this council to come forward and answer some questions?" and "Cayce" said "yes."
I use "quotes" because again, I'm talking to a young man in the UK who claims to channel Cayce during his meditations. This fellow has never "asked questions" like the ones I'm asking him - and of course he could be making the answers up, could be getting it wrong, or any other number of possibilities. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
So Cayce accessed this "medical council" that he says he used to help him with his healing predictions while he was in trance.
I asked the council members directly who they were, and they said they had all been doctors or healers in other realms. That they had never incarnated on earth, but had incarnated in lifetimes in other worlds. I asked them a number of questions about their ability to transmit the accurate information to Cayce while he was alive. (and if you check into the accuracy of what Cayce was doing - he was amazing effective in healing people who would write to him from around the planet, he would go into a trance and prescribe some medicine for them, Cayce having had no medical training.)
However, like I say, when it came to Cayce predicting the future (as people asked him to do - "hey, you're in a trance, why don't you tell us what's going to happen in 100 years?") Cayce was for the most part wrong. Inaccurate.
But "Cayce" freely admitted that was the case, because from this perspective he couldn't see that predicting the future is a fool's game, because the future is not set. There are likely outcomes and sometimes mediums or psychics pick up on those outcomes, but they aren't set in stone because of free will.
Free will dictates the operation of the universe, and there's no amount of wanting the future to have an outcome that can change that. At least that's why my research shows.
As to Dolores Canon - again, from my research into her work, not a fan. Yes, I think she fell into accessing the experience people have in previous lifetimes, and the between life realm - but she started to opine about the meaning of these memories, not allowing that everyone's memory of their experience is different, and they may not be related or relatable to our own experience. In other words, she abandoned the idea of science - observation and comment, in favor of predicting the future, making claims about UFOs and the nature of the universe that aren't substantiated. So I'm not a fan of her work.
As I'm fond of saying "Just because there's evidence of an afterlife doesn't mean you have to start wearing a pyramid hat." People have this general fear of the unknown, and when someone proves to them that the flipside exists, it can lead to people suddenly saying "so what about ufos? what about pyramid power? ancient aliens?" I suggest taking everything, including what I'm observing with a grain, or healthy dose, of salt. I offer it not because it's what I believe, or its part of a philosophy of new ageism, but merely because it's in the data.
Thousands of people say relatively the same things about the afterlife while under deep hypnosis, after experiencing a near death experience, or some other consciousness altering event. All I'm doing in my work is showing how remarkably similar these accounts are. I've filmed 25 sessions with people under deep hypnosis, have done four myself, and have observed the same experiences others have. Does that make them real? Does that mean I have an answer to an age old question? That's not up to me to argue, I offer the data for others to examine and absorb.
If you'd like to examine some data that corresponds to the research that Michael Newton did in his work, I recommend checking into Helen Wambach's work. I cite it in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife." Dr. Wambach was a clinical psychologist from New Jersey who started using group hypnosis about a decade before Michael Newton and published her results in a couple of books. Basically she got the same results that Newton did - people claiming that we choose our lifetimes, that we do it sometimes out of a need to help others, sometimes out of a need to understand something ourselves, or even cases of people claiming that their loved ones "talked them into" a lifetime they weren't prepared for. She also cites examples of "Councils" "Guides" and others in these decisions.
In terms of the people I've been focusing on lately, I recommend Mario Beauregard "Brain Wars" a neuroscientist in Montreal who is doing fMRIs on people under hypnosis (I put him together with a hypnotherapist trained in Newton's method) and he's getting some interesting data. For example, he's already learned there is no locus in the brain for these visions or memories of previous lifetimes. In other words, when a person is remembering something from a previous lifetime it's not coming from any particular spot on the brain. as if it's coming from someplace else. Interesting.
Dr. Bruce Greyson at UVA is part of the DOPS group - Dept of Percecptual Studies, which includes other scientists who have done excellent research into consciousness or reports of past lives. (Dr. Jim Tucker, Ed Kelly, etc). Their book "Irreducible Mind" is a textbook in the field of psychology. (Written for and by scientists).
My latest focus is on "Hacking the Afterlife." Once we allow that people who existed here, still exists somewhere - meaning their energetic pattern doesn't dissipate, doesn't disappear, the energy of people who die here, goes back to the other two thirds of their energy that always exists in the between lives realm - if that's accurate, then accessing someone who used to live on the planet is just a matter of asking questions.
Take anyone in history for example. Ben Franklin let's say. So Ben Franklin was an individual who chose his lifetime, and came here to the planet to live that experience of being Ben. When Ben died, he returned to that energy that was the other two thirds of Ben (as noted in Flipside, only about a third of our energy shows up here, generally). And since then, likely, Ben has incarnated again.
Recently I've discovered that you don't have to be under hypnosis to ask these questions - anyone appears to have the same ability to do so. (Here's an interview I shot with a hypnotherapist Scott De Tamble about the technique) But for the sake of the research, let's pretend you're speaking to someone who is either under hypnosis, who has had a near death experience, or some other event happen in their lifetime where the spiritual door was "opened" so to speak.
I'll ask "Can we talk to Ben Franklin?" The person can say "Yes" "No" or "I don't know." Some may say "Sure." And then I ask for whomever it is that's guiding this person to facilitate the conversation. "Hello Ben, thank you for showing up to answer some questions. I'm going to ask you directly and if possible, you'll answer through our friend here, is that okay?" Again, the answers are Yes, no and some version of "I don't think so." Then I'll ask "So are you aware of other lifetimes that you had here on earth and if so, what are they?" I'll ask "How do you think you did in your lifetime as Ben?" I'll ask "Is there anything that you did or didn't do in your lifetime as Ben you'd like to revisit?" I'll ask "Have you incarnated again, and if so where or who are you?"
The idea is not to judge the answers. After all, it's an exercise in speaking to the subconscious. We can't know if it's really Ben or not, unless we ask Ben to give us an answer to a question only Ben would know, or ask Ben to give us an answer to a question that we know for certain the person answering the question couldn't know, that not even Ben would have known - but is apparent that someone who is outside our frame of reference could see. (Like, "I've hidden a shoe in a barn not far from where we are. What color is it?") In terms of answers - of course we're never going to 100% accuracy - after all, the ability to access information even from our own minds is difficult. But if there's a consensus of answers - like we ask Ben and ten other people the same question, what are the odds that we get the same answer?
And that's where the gold is. What if we could ask questions to scientists no longer on the planet who could help us eliminate pollution, find new sources of renewable energy, or change the climate so it's healthier? Even if each answer is different, there might be a response that inspires a scientist on the planet to explore an avenue they hadn't thought of before.
And now for something different, yet similar:
The world lost a great artist in David Bowie. But if you take the time to examine his latest work, "Blackstar" you'll see hints of his observations on the Flipside. In "Lazarus" literally drifts up into space while singing "Look up, you'll see me."
Condolences to his friends, family and fans. But he's not gone, he's just not here. Some great observations from the great artist:
(quotes and photos courtesy Sydney Morning Herald)