What If I Struggle To Understand The Concept Of Afterlife?

TERESA: The more explanations you provide on your blog, the more deep and complicated the whole subject becomes. Not only about life after death, but also about the human race and its purpose, and the reason for life itself, and… I could go on. But you suggest the blog is intended to simplify explanations from the book. Am I the only one who struggles to understand?

DES: You are not the only one, Teresa. BEYOND was channeled through my mind, and its philosophical and spiritual concepts have nothing to do with the personal me. However if I occasionally struggle to relate comfortably to one point or another, I am provided with additional explanations. The blog enables me to pass them on to readers with similar questions.

The complex field of esoteric philosophy has always included quite different books aimed at different types of readers: Those who know nothing about the subject; others who have studied it; yet others who are lifetime students; and mediums, healers, researchers, and people who work within the field.

Perhaps too ambitiously BEYOND was channeled for that entire spectrum.

Nevertheless feedback over the years indicates that more than 90% of ordinary readers have no trouble understanding the book’s concepts and explanations – with or without help from the blog.

The Most Profound Answer in Beyond

Joshua:  It interests me that you can ask a question – apparently any question – and are given a detailed answer, that you are invited to explore in whatever depth you wish.  What is the most profound answer you have received?


Des:  What I think is profound another person might find boring.  But two responses come to mind:  (a)  “We all create, we cannot help creating.  Consciousness is the act of creating at every level, and the means to do so.  Furthermore we create according to our needs, individually as well as collectively.  Those needs sometimes lead us to create, collectively, either a person or a concept to guide us.  We are steered by our own hand, unfold ourselves, and contribute to the orderly growth of our species.”  On another occasion I was told that “every human being is a universe, creating itself, fleshing itself out, second by second and thought by thought and emotion by emotion and action by action and flight of fancy by flight of fancy.  This is an indication of the ultimate importance of every  person.”  The Littlest Crusade goes on to discuss the end game, the outcome of every individual journey.


(b)  Another strange, strange answer is as follows:  The physical communities have pondered and discussed from time to time the so-called mystery of the Holy Grail.  What is it?  Authorities of one type or another point to the possibility this mystical object – reportedly the most precious possession in the Christian world – is an ornate container that was used to collect the blood of Jesus as he died on the cross.  Another claim is that the Holy Grail is a stone beyond value that fell from the sky.


But why, why, why do “experts” embark on such lavish excursions into the imagination when the facts have been explained in plain words for centuries, to anyone who will listen?


Yes, the Holy Grail is infinitely precious, and transforms the life of anyone holding it.  “The Holy Grail is possessed by any person, no matter how humble, who heals, forgives, supports, comforts, counsels and feeds another without thought of reward. Now I have a question for you, Des.  Why can your fellow travellers not understand this?  Why do they so stubbornly blind themselves to this simple truth that would change the world?”  I provided no answer.

In Defense of Beyond the Book

DES.  BEYOND has drawn fire from different quarters for different reasons.  The International Skeptics have accosted me because “communication with so-called spirits of the dead is not scientifically provable.  Therefore the claim is nothing more than deceit.  We do not condone deceit.”


While respecting and even supporting their right to stand up for sincerely held beliefs, I pointed out that sub-atomic physics is an accepted scientific discipline in which one hypothetical or theoretical construct supports another which supports another which supports another – and so on.  Not a single premise or model can stand alone on a bedrock which is scientifically provable.  That is, the whole theoretical infrastructure lacks scientific validity in terms they refer to.  Is deceit being exercised?  Perhaps science as an absolute and observable authority has limitations.


Many ordinary people point out that in a world of space travel and other breathtaking breakthroughs, “a preoccupation with some Victorian fancy called spiritualism is just a wee bit silly”.  Again, these people are to be admired for saying what they believe.  They owe it to themselves.  Why should we not respectfully agree to disagree with one another?


It could be pointed out, however, that science has caught up with Victorian spiritualism.  Several years ago I came across the work of Dr Francine Shapiro, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Health Institute in Palo Alto, California.  She developed a trance technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  During replicated government research, it was discovered by the psychologists and research scientists involved, that a certain percentage of entranced subjects – themselves psychologists – encountered deceased individuals.  The neurological trance state apparently pushed the subjects through a critical threshold and into a different environment.  Disbelieving and even indignant, the researchers repeated the programme with different personnel.  Same result.


The project was then taken up by another psychologist, Dr Allan Botkin, who adapted and refined the technique and wrote a book on the subject, Induced After Death Communication [IADC]:  A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma.  As the Director of the Centre for Grief and Traumatic Loss in Libertyville, Illinois, he went on to conduct workshops around the world on IADC.


I have since been in touch with Allan, when we compared notes on trance therapy and its various techniques.  This came about because I further developed IADC and integrated it with self-hypnosis.  Two years of on-again, off-again empirical research followed, carried out on myself, after which I spent several years using IADC and EMDR as well as hypnotherapy, counselling and other modalities with clients.  In 2007 my wife of 40 years died, following three years as a tetraplegic able to move nothing but her eyes.  Why not accompany her and share her journey?  I did so.  BEYOND describes my experiences in detail.  Its Foreword was written by Allan Botkin.


Undoubtedly the most fervent critics of mediumship are those who see the Bible literally as their authority.  An example can be found in Deuteronomy 18:9-14.  “There shall not be found among you … a medium or necromancer or one who enquires of the dead, for they are an abomination to the Lord.”  Personally I  consider such a statement is coming close to inciting hatred.  A further example among many is Exodus 22:18.  “You shall not suffer a witch [or a woman who practices magic] to live”.  In other words, God instructs you to murder them.


We are all drawn towards a particular belief structure because of our needs.  We all have different emotional and therefore philosophical needs, we believe in different things, we all embrace one religion or another, one denomination or another, one stream or another.  Or none at all.  There is no single truth.  We must seek out and create our own reality, and in turn be created by it.


Perhaps we should avoid the temptation of trying to browbeat other people into believing what we believe.  We should settle for wearing our own face.  The Bible tells us whatever we want to find within its pages, so of course it supports my personal opinion as well:  Luke 17:20-22, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you”.   In other words, search your own mind for your own truth.

An Oversight on the Book Beyond

DES.  It is a fact that there is no such thing as a fact!  Let me explain.  With any subject we choose to look at, there might be, say, 1000 items of information in existence or even a million.  This is the case if we look at ABC simple stuff, philosophical information, mathematical information, details about the planetary organism (Gaia), or even something as abstract as the hypothetical infrastructure underpinning sub-atomic physics.  You name it.  Because people are just human beings at a primitive stage of their growth or evolvement, because we have much to learn, we do not possess the total number of facts on any subject.  Let’s say the average individual is acquainted with one fact out of every hundred; that is, 10 facts out of the total of 1000 existing on that given subject.  He puts the 10 together into an analogy or model or template or paradigm.  These 10 facts are all he knows.  A genius may possess 15 facts out of every 1000.  I may possess five.  Whatever.  So far as Mr Average is concerned, with his 10 facts he thinks he knows everything there is to know.  That is his reality.  Within its limited horizons he relates to the world around him, and he relates to himself.

Collectively, this is what the human race is at this point in its evolvement.  It is locked into the confines of a capsule, which expands as total human evolvement expands and therefore total knowledge expands.

It follows that human awareness of itself and the universe comprises every one of these analogies or models added together.  It cannot know what it cannot know, and what it does know defines what the human condition is at this moment in time.

Incredibly, what my deceased wife Val explained to me month after month as I drifted in a neurological (IADC, not hypnotic) trance, departed from this general concept.  A situation existed which can intimidate me.   From early childhood Val was a gifted psychic and trance channeller.   The same with me, although I have much more modest abilities.   While entranced I was able to integrate this clairaudience and experience a situation which to my knowledge has never been achieved before.  A door to the after-death state was swung wide open.  Psychism and the neurotherapeutic modality (for which I personally developed a new delivery mechanism) came together.  It were as though Val was sitting beside me and presenting facts that have never before been discussed.   Not only was the link between the two planes more clear and concise than spirit communication alone, but also it provided an illumination in which concepts come together to form a profoundly deep and meaningful level of understanding.

No longer was I entrapped in 10 facts out of every 1000!  Even now I am not sure exactly what happens.  I do know that the people in spirit who provide details for Val to convey to me, select a small spectrum of information to push through the conduit between the two planes of existence.   I am told that the information is intricately calculated, and designed to be delivered at this precise point in history.   Some of it is inspiring and some of it grim and bleak – a warning.  I am only the postman and entitled to no credit.

Taken together it forms a message.  BEYOND is the message.  It is directed at the community.   Ignore it at your peril.