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COMMENTARY: HOW NOT TO INVESTIGATE IMMORTALITY
In 2012 A Christian organization, the John
Templeton Foundation, reportedly gave a grant of 5 million
dollars to fund a 3-year "Immortality Project" at the University
of California, Riverside. The
aim of the Templeton Foundation is "to advance our
understanding of the Big Questions: Do we inhabit a multiverse?
Do we have free will? Is evolution directional? Are we
immortal? Was the universe created? What is love?"
The papers produced by the researchers seem to confirm
my concerns about placing the project with an academic department that focused on Philosophy. Instead
of investigating what does happen when you die,
the project seems to have focused on "The Possibility
and Desirability of Various Forms of Immortality"
and what various religions believe about the afterlife.
The people running the project seem to have had no background
in afterlife research, and for evidence, they seem to have
had a cursory look at near-death experiences and Buddhist
Sadly, unless academics have had a personal experience of
an afterlife connection, they seem to be caught in a lot
of useless conjecture. It's like they are arguing over
where to park the cars in the parking lot at the beach,
while the experiencers are in the ocean surfing the waves.
DR. RAJ PARTI
TALKS ABOUT HIS LIFE-CHANGING NDE Raj Parti, M.D. had
a powerful NDE which changed his life path and led him
to become a healer and wellness speaker. He was speaking
at an afterlife conference at Santa Monica in 2013 that included
scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
OF DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, STANLEY KRIPPNER
guest on last Sunday's Zoom Global Gathering is a remarkable
academic and human being. Dr. Stanley Krippner has been
a Professor of Psychology (a notoriously skeptical field)
for nearly 50 years. As well as achieving high recognition
by the American Psychological Society, he was not afraid
to research controversial areas like dreams,
hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural
perspective. These were areas that could have been "career-suicide"
for others. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more
than 1200 academic books and papers. He has also worked closely with indigenous communities in the United
States and Brazil, and in many practical areas
for the betterment of humanity. He maintains
a vigorous schedule, traveling and presenting, and,
in the last six years has co-authored or co-edited five wonderful
A CASE THAT THE SKEPTICS CAN'T
shared a case which, he feels, provides valuable evidence
for "the survival hypothesis" (a term which parapsychologists
use but which Dr. Krippner's Native American friends
find ridiculous since their whole culture revolves
around the existence of the afterlife.) The case involves
a woman who had a series of 12 dreams containing names
and facts that had meaning for her colleague, a young
Native American army assistant chaplain. All of them
related to soldiers he knew who had died, and who may have returned
to give a message of survival to the young man. Dr.
Krippner has presented the case with details at several
conferences, and it has been written up in full in the
SPR Journal. You
can read a copy of the full report here.
HOW SCIENCE EXPLAINS SPIRITUALITY
Rupert Sheldrake shows that science is now investigating
and validating practices which form part of many religions. In
and Spiritual Practices (2018), he looked at meditation,
gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants,
rituals, singing and chanting, pilgrimage, and holy places.
In his second book on the same theme, Ways
to Go Beyond and Why They Work (2019), he looked
at the spiritual side of sports, learning from animals,
fasting, cannabis, psychedelics, and spiritual openings,
powers of prayer, holy days and festivals, cultivating
good habits, avoiding bad habits, and being kind. These
two books are for anyone who suspects that, in the drive
towards radical secularism, something valuable has been
PROGRESS REPORT FROM JURGEN
Last week we featured
a video of Jurgen
Ziewe explaining his exciting new project to make
virtual reality videos of different locations in the
afterlife that he has visited during his 40+ years of
out-of-body experiences. We are happy to report the
following: "At 10am, the postman delivered the Oculus
Quest. Again thanks to the incredible support I have
received. I had already given up on the idea of getting
into VR again on my pension. Anybody who supported me
another big Thank You. This is the essential item needed
to get the ball rolling again."
Read more about Jurgen's ongoing progress. We have
assured Jurgen that he has a whole team of admirers behind
him. If you are in a position to help support this project,
you can donate
by clicking the yellow button in the middle of this page.
THE BLIND CAN SEE DURING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES In
their book Mindsight,
Dr. Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper report on in-depth
interviews with 31 people who were fully or partially
blind and had a near-death experience where they could
see. One of their subjects was Vicki Noratuk, who had
been blind from birth when she was involved in a car
accident. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also interviewed blind
patients who were able to see perfectly while "dead” and
out-of-body (Kübler-Ross 2005).
MEDIUM JAMES VAN PRAAGH HEARS
HIS MOTHER SPEAK THROUGH DIRECT VOICE In
October 2017 best-selling author and spirit medium James
Van Praagh kindly took time out of his schedule to create
this important video testimonial about the mediumship
of Leslie Flint.
ALAN CLEAVER'S REPORT: THE RETURN
OF HELEN DUNCAN Last week
we brought you the story of the wonderful physical medium,
Rita Goold (later known as Rita Lorraine), who
reunited Russell with his Mum and Dad. We didn't
mention that one of the spirit team was the famous
physical medium, Helen Duncan. She had died as a result
of a police raid on a seance she was conducting, when
the ectoplasm was exposed to light. Alan Cleaver, then
assistant editor of Psychic News, attended a seance when
Helen Duncan's daughter, Gena Brealey,
visited the circle to check whether it was really her
mother communicating. Read
the fascinating report by Alan Cleaver.
AN APPORT CONVINCES A GRIEVING HUSBAND Mr.
Don Borwhat was the skeptical husband of one of Annette
Child's dear friends, Margaret, who died in 2006. For
years Don had sarcastically referred to Annette as the
'Godwoman' due to the skeptical eye he cast toward what
he called the `foo-foo' philosophies that she shared with
his dying wife. After Margaret's death, Don's world was
turned upside down by an extraordinary `foo-foo' event,
the type he had spent his entire adult life scorning.
THE NIFTY FIFTY Professor
Stafford Betty is a Professor of Religious Studies, so it
is significant when he says that the picture of the afterlife that has emerged through the work of mediums and direct spirit communication over the last 160 years gives a rough idea of what lies ahead,: "one that is far more plausible,
and backed by better evidence, than anything provided
by the world's various scriptures and theologies."
He has arranged them into a neat fifty points which he calls his "nifty fifty".
fifty things the evidence supports about the aftertlife.
Most of these are
covered in the conclusion of his book The Afterlife
NEXT WEEK'S AFTERLIFE ZOOM GROUPS
Sunday 28th June
New Developments in Physical Mediumship with Inge
Crosson: Asking questions of a trance medium about physical mediumship in all its forms Sydney time 7 p.m.
Auckland time 9 p.m.
New York time 5 a.m.
London time 10 a.m.
Rome time 11 a.m. Check
the time in your city Co-ordinator: Karyn Jarvie firstname.lastname@example.org
Mediumship Developmentwith Dr.
Developing the skills of mental mediumship and blending
with spirit. Meetings: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday Times: 2.00 p.m. New York time Coordinator: Dr. Susan B. Barnes, CSNU
Online in Zoom https://zoom.us/j/8738817733
Join us as we welcome medium, author of "Signs of Spirit", inspirational speaker and nurse, Roland Comtois and his signature Purple Papers. Even before he meets clients, he receives and writes messages for them on Purple Papers (channeled messages that demonstrate the power of spiritual communication with our departed loved ones). Check time in your city
IN THIS LINK
Los Angeles 2 p.m. Sunday Phoenix 2 p.m. Sunday
Chicago 4 p.m. Sunday
New York 5 p.m. Sunday
London 10 p.m. Sunday
Rome 11 p.m. Sunday
Sydney 7 a.m. Monday https://zoom.us/j/7595442928
Monday 29th June 2020
Dream circle with Kim Parker
A small group of 15 meets fortnightly to share and explore
the meaning of their dreams. Check time in your city
IN THIS LINK Los Angeles 2 p.m. Monday Phoenix 2 p.m. Monday
Chicago 4 p.m. Monday
New York 5 p.m. Monday
London 10 p.m. Monday
Rome 11 p.m. Monday
Sydney 7 a.m. Tuesday https://zoom.us/j/7595442928
Email: Kim at email@example.com
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Automatic Writing and Mediumship
Share resources and discuss what participants are experiencing
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time https://zoom.us/j/7595442928 Coordinator: Sheila Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical mediumship development group
8 p.m. Central time; 9 p.m. New York; 6 p.m. Pacific
Time; The group is now admitting
Participants sit in a darkened space in their own homes;
the group has been going for some time, and members
are experiencing phenomena. https://zoom.us/j/4381898190
Contact Rob Blackburn (email@example.com) or Craig Hogan
(firstname.lastname@example.org) before joining
Saturday 4th July
Love After Life Rebuilding a happy, fulfilling
relationship with our **ROMANTIC** soul-mates / twin-flames
who have crossed over.
Every Saturday 2 p.m. Central time
Online via our own Zoom Group, must be a member of the
FB group 'Love After Life'
Coordinators: William J. Murray email@example.com
SPIRITUALISM TODAY: A
program of ONLINE Zoom talks about Historical and Contemporary
issues in Spiritualism and the Afterlife.
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. NY Time
Organized by Susan B. Barnes & Ellen Ratner
Note: Live Events, these will
not be taped for future viewing.
July 2 Dr. Erik R.
Seeman. Speaking to the Dead in Early America” July 9 Dr. Susan B. Barnes “Spiritualism
and Modern Art” July 16 Jane Salinske “Spiritualism
as Precursor to Jungian Psychology” July 23 Sheri Perl & Dr. Susan B. Barnes “Physical
Mediumship Past and Present” July 30 George Hansen, Charles Emmons &
Greg Bishop “UFOs the Spiritual
Psychic Connection” August 6 Steve Bass “Lily
Dale an Architect's Response [How the architecture creates
community].” August 13 Dr. Christopher Kerr Dreams
and Visions of Dying ”[Highly Recommended for
people interested in the Afterlife] August 27 Joseph Higgins The Language
of Signs [From this world and the next]
A CHANCE TO LIGHTEN UP - THURSDAY JULY 2ND
“Laughter is the best medicine, right?
Susanne Wilson has gathered dear friends, the gifted
& silly ones, to give you a night of clean comedy
THE 3 COMEDIUMS
Check your time and date here Free online
HOW TO REPROGRAM YOUR MIND WITH BRUCE
LIPTON The message of
this 15-minute video is the power of the positive -
that if we spend time each day thinking and planning
and creating the things that we all want more of, we
will create heaven on earth. Take your power back. A
CHECK OUT OTHER ANIMATIONS BY "AFTER
SKOOL" The goal
of the Youtube channel After Skool is to enhance
the most profound ideas with art AND get you to question
things. The author provides artwork to amplify the talks
of philosophers, mystics, and motivators and bring them
FOCUS ON THE VISION "We
are, like John the Baptist, preparing the way for the
world that is to be, where peace, harmony, love, compassion,
co-operation and concord reign, where violence is forgotten
and all strive to serve and help one another, and transform
the earth into the kingdom of heaven that it can and
will be." Light from Silver Birch p.103
1) The story of Russell is phenomenal.
I cried along the away through some of those pages.
I love these spectacular and specific details he described.
It really helps me a lot in my learning. I recently
Blue Island by W. T. Stead, one of the passengers
who died on the Titanic. This automatic writing is also
a great account of what happened in the final moment
of our last breaths and what happened next. Life
really goes on! I feel really humbled reading these
stories. Thank you for sharing the wonderful work and information.
I am very grateful to your dedication. Montika.
2) Dear Victor & Wendy, Thank you very much for
publishing all about Vera Lynn. I am age 83 and was
age 6-9 during WWII ("Step on a crack/Break Hitler's
back!") and my memories and attending emotions
are vivid! No other period of time like it! And Vera
Lynn's major songs are forever embedded in my mind and
memory! Just the memory of the mere powerful line -
we'll meet again - brought tears to my eyes. I still
find her songs very moving! She no doubt was born
to her mission! A true healing force for Good and God!
Your constant appreciative reader, Richard.
3) "Victor, each one of your Friday
reports is full of interesting, knowledgeable, and educational
reading but now and again, for me, one stands out, and
this one in particular. As every topic and person is
so absorbing and full of valuable material that each
one could be a Friday report in itself. Thank you."
HIGHLY INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC: TRUE COLOURS
Sung by the incomparable Eva Cassidy, this song reminds
us that, in the middle astral realms, you can tell the
character of a person by the colours of their aura -
our true colours.
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