The Afterlife and the Silver Cord

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Enlightened Afterlife, my new ebook centered on Spiritualist philosophy on life after death. You can purchase a PDF file of the book at the bottom of this post, or you can check out the Kindle version by clicking on the book cover below.

Enlightened Afterlife cover-photoNow, we’ll learn about the psychic “silver cord”, the snapping of which signals the spirit’s departure from the body and entry into the afterlife. Death is inevitable once the silver cord detaches, because it’s the link that keeps the soul connected with the body.

After we learn about the silver cord, we’ll check out some of the reported differences in each transition into the afterlife.

Mike Swain tells us that the silver cord’s severance signifies the spirit’s permanent separation from the body.

“When the soul detaches itself from the body, the silver cord is severed completely. This is the beginning and the end of the mechanics of death.” (1)

Spirit teacher Silver Birch agrees with Mike.

“Those who have clairvoyance will see that the parting is finally accomplished when the cord connecting the spirit body to the physical one, after being extended as the spirit body gradually moves away, is cut.

“When that severance takes place, death occurs. There is nothing and nobody in your world who can by any means enable the physical body to live again.” (2)

Betty Bethard’s spirit teacher tells us that the silver cord is attached to the body when we dream at night but will be disconnected when we pass on.

“The only difference between the death state and the dream state is that the silver cord, which is much like an umbilical cord connecting the soul with the body, is severed in death.

“This cord allows the spirit to travel in the various realms and planes beyond the physical at night, and to receive higher teachings. In the state of so-called death, the energy – your spirit – leaves the body and does not return.” (3)

Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson gives a detailed explanation of the silver cord that we’ll read in segments. In the first, he describes the connection between the body and spirit maintained by the silver cord during sleep:

“The spirit body exactly coincides with the physical body, and during waking hours the two are inseparable. When sleep takes place the spirit body withdraws from the physical body, but the former is attached to the latter by a magnetic cord.

“I call it a magnetic cord for want of a better name. It is a veritable life-line. Its elasticity is enormous since the spirit body can travel either throughout the earth during sleeping hours or throughout the spirit world subject to special conditions and limitations.” (4)

No matter how far the spirit ventures from the body during sleep, the silver cord keeps them connected. Since it can be stretched so far as to look “hair-like”, it can take you anywhere.

“However vast the distance between the sleeping physical body and the temporarily released spirit body, the magnetic cord can span the distance easily and perfectly and without any diminution of its active agency, which is to sustain life in the earthly body.

“The life-line will, as its length increases, become exceedingly fine and almost hair-like in appearance.” (5)

Connection with the silver cord determines whether the spirit can give the body life.

“Just so long as the magnetic cord is joined to the earthly body, just so long will earthly life remain in the physical body.

“But the moment that dissolution takes place the life-line is severed, the spirit is free to live in its own element, while the physical body will decay in the manner which is perfectly familiar to you upon earth.

“The death of the physical body, then, is simply the severance of the magnetic cord, and, as far as the physical body is concerned, it is closely akin to ordinary sleep. There does not seem anything very dreadful about this straightforward process if a little thought is given to it.” (6)

Even from the perspective of the body we leave behind, death doesn’t have to be scary. For the body, it represents little more than permanent sleep. If you’re willing to believe what the Spiritualist movement has to say about it, you’re probably thankful the spirit doesn’t experience it the same way.

As the body enters this sleep, the spirit is free to roam and explore familiar territory beyond the reach of the physical senses to which it was confined. This sounds like a pretty good deal, and the only unfortunate part is that loved ones are left behind with no way to communicate unless they want to go to a medium.

Silver Cord Separation & Loss of Sensation Always Involved

Julia Ames distinguishes the “loss of sensation” as a sign of the beginning of the death of the body.

“When sensation ends, death of the body begins.” (7)

This might not be true for everyone; some might notice the silver cord’s severance, while others might feel too blissful as they begin to slip away to notice or care. Some might remain in pain until the moment of separation, while others experience the loss of physical sensation described by Julia.

She tells us in the passage below that that while the process of death is unique for everyone, many agree that it involves this loss of sensation:

“The snapping of consciousness between the soul and the tenement, if I may so speak of it, is usually not felt by the soul. With some it is different.

“They feel as if it were the slow breaking, one by one, of the threads which connect the soul with its tenement; but the process is not painful, even when it is protracted.

“I have spoken to many on the subject and the majority tell me that their experience agrees with mine. They could not even say that they could remember the exact moment when the body parted company with their soul.” (8)

H.W. Engholm describes the passing of a woman who was awoken by her “watching friends” after the silver cord separated from her body.

“‘She fell asleep,’ says one of the messages which describe the passing of such a spirit: ‘she fell asleep, and the cord of life was severed by our watching friends, and then softly they awoke her, and she looked up and smiled very sweetly into the face of one who leaned over her.’” (9)

Wellesley Tudor Pole mentions the silver cord in this passage:

“The earth cords … evidently play an important part at the time of death.” (10)

He describes what he witnessed from the other side during the death of “Major P.”:

“3.15 p.m. Two figures have appeared and stand one on either side of [Major P.’s] bed against the wall. …

“3.55 p.m. The two figures swoop down over the bed and seem to break off the ‘cords’ at points close to the physical body. Immediately I see that the form or double [of Major P.] rises about two feet from its original position, but remains horizontal, and at this same moment Major P.’s heart stops beating. (11)

From what we’ve learned, the silver cord is the all-important link between the spirit and the body.

As long as it keeps us tethered to the body, the spirit will give it life and ensure we can be a part of this world for what will seem like eternity but in reality is less than a hundred years. If you think about it, that’s no time at all.

As soon as the cord snaps, the spirit is either sent back to its natural abode or, in the case of what we know as ghosts, lingers around due to worldly attachments it can’t let go of. Either way, the body loses the soul that gave it life and assumes its deepest sleep.

In its new and potentially familiar home, the soul doesn’t wither like the body. It might undergo a deep sleep at first, but after that, it soars.

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  1. Jasper Swain, From My World to Yours: A Young Man’s Account of the Afterlife. Ibid., 50.
  2. Silver Birch, Light from Silver Birch. Comp. Pam Riva. London: Psychic Press, 1983, 30-1.
  3. Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Ibid., 3.
  4. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. Ibid. 14.
  5. Loc. Cit.
  6. Loc. Cit.
  7. Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death., 156.
  8. Ibid, 162.
  9. Vale Owen, medium, The Life Beyond the Veil. London: Thornton Butterfield, June 1920. E-book downloaded from, 21 Jan. 2008, 5-6.
  10. Private Thomas Dowding in Wellesley Tudor Pole, medium, Private Dowding. The Personal Story of a Soldier Killed in Battle. Ibid., 90.
  11. Ibid, 84.

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This is Exactly What It Feels Like To Suffer From Depression & How You Can Heal

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Grey. Heavy. Confusing. Unbearable. These are just some of the words people who suffer from depression feel. But there are so many other words that I, myself, cannot even begin to fathom, because no one person’s depression is like another’s.

I remember speaking with someone when I was going through a tough time in my life about how I was feeling, and felt comfort in knowing they felt much of the same things I did. That they used words like grey, heavy, confusing, and unbearable. But they also said a lot of words that I could not resonate with.

It’s interesting that depression often leaves people feeling so alone. There is a lot of “I” or “me,” but rarely is there “we.” And yet, depression is something that we, as in so many people around the world, experience, though this fact doesn’t offer a lot of unity.

Writer Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk, Depression, the Secret We Share, explores his, as well as other people’s, depression — the darkness, the many questions, the various ways to heal, the forms of relapse, and the way learning about it, and about yourself, can be the best tool for moving forward. He notes that the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. The way he puts it hits so close to home. When I was in a dark place, I would force myself to be in public, at a restaurant, trying to eat and laugh like everyone else. But I couldn’t. I didn’t want to be happy, I wanted to want to eat. I wanted to want to talk to other people. But I couldn’t.

“I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn’t want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn’t know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, ‘What a lot of people that is to have to call back.’ Or I would decide I should have lunch, and then I would think, but I’d have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.”

Solomon’s depression led him on an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression. And so he learned to ask questions that would ultimately lead him to realize people need to talk; they must talk.

One thing I have noticed about depression is that there is not a cure-all. But the way Solomon posed certain questions really elevates this. He wondered if the medicine he ultimately ended up taking for his depression was making him more himself, or into someone else? He also questioned whether it’s a chemical problem or a psychological problem. “And does it need a chemical cure or a philosophical cure?”

Understanding depression is complex, perhaps because we confuse it with other things like sadness and grief. This idea made Andrew wanted to understand it even more, and so, for his own sake, he chose to reach out to other people to see what it is that causes more people to be more resilient than other people.

“And I discovered, as I talked to depressive people, that they have many delusional perceptions. People will say, ‘No one loves me.’ And you say, ‘I love you, your wife loves you, your mother loves you.’ You can answer that one pretty readily, at least for most people. But people who are depressed will also say, ‘No matter what we do, we’re all just going to die in the end.’ Or they’ll say, ‘There can be no true communion between two human beings. Each of us is trapped in his own body.’ To which you have to say, ‘That’s true, but I think we should focus right now on what to have for breakfast.’ “

Perhaps one of his most poignant points is his depressive epiphany that accepting depression, dare I say, “loving” your depression, can work for you much more than you think.

“And what I came up with over time was that the people who deny their experience, and say, ‘I was depressed a long time ago, I never want to think about it again, I’m not going to look at it and I’m just going to get on with my life,’  ironically, those are the people who are most enslaved by what they have. Shutting out the depression strengthens it. While you hide from it, it grows.And the people who do better are the ones who are able to tolerate the fact that they have this condition. Those who can tolerate their depression are the ones who achieve resilience.”

If people learn to value depression, maybe it will make the weight of it seem a little more bearable. It may not prevent a relapse, but taking away its fearful powers could make way for even the idea of a relapse to be more tolerable.

Related CE Article: 10 Ways To Fight Depression Without Using Harmful Medication

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Angelic Guides via Taryn Crimi: Clairvoyant, Clairsentient, Clairaudient: Which one are you?

Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia

Today we would like to focus your attention upon the topic of intuition. It is a sense that each and every one of you are born with, though it often goes unnoticed because it is not a physical sense.

It is our intention in this message to further explain what each of the 3 paths to receiving guidance from the higher realms are and to furthermore help you to determine which one is the path of least resistance for you.

As we were saying, each one of you has the innate ability to connect with the higher realms, in fact you have never actually been disconnected, but rather the connection has become weakened for many but never lost. All children are born with the inner knowing of how to connect to the higher realms because they have not yet fully emerged themselves within the physical yet. Continue reading Angelic Guides via Taryn Crimi: Clairvoyant, Clairsentient, Clairaudient: Which one are you?

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By Dylan Charles, Waking Times

With so much vitriol flying in every direction these days about fake news, Russian propaganda, misinfo and disinfo, it’s crucial to acknowledge and understand the fact that there is a definitive science to distorting reality and manufacturing public consent. Many of the deliberate techniques of this form of social mind control are well-documented, having been revealed by industry insiders, experts, and content manufacturers. Continue reading Experts Reveal Techniques Used by the Media to Brainwash & Control Us

48 Last Minute DIY Gift Hacks – Free, Cheap and Easy

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

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The Internet has come a long way in its crafty-ness – no pasta or Popsicle sticks here, folks… These are things that people actually want. Just things you have on hand and maybe a few super-cheap, preliminary supplies to make superlative things that people would go out and buy for themselves.

This is the first year I’ve embraced homemade and frugal, but totally awesome gifts. Thanks, Obamacare and IRS – I really appreciate that extra bill due in January to push me out of the dregs of consumerism. (I’m not really thanking them though.) Continue reading 48 Last Minute DIY Gift Hacks – Free, Cheap and Easy

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By Claire Bernish, Activist Post

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Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.’ Continue reading Electoral College to Determine if “Trump is Fit to Serve as President” on News of Russia Hacks

War In Syria Could End In A Few Months – Unless The US Intervenes

By Whitney Webb, True Activist

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A Syrian soldier helps an injured woman to safety in a recently liberated district of Eastern Aleppo Credit – AP

Throughout the five-year-long Syrian conflict, there seem to be two different realities depending on what you’re reading. One one side, media outlets like Al Jazeera – funded by the same government that was caught funding ISIS – as well as establishment US newspapers have consistently portrayed the Syrian government and its army as the villains. Continue reading War In Syria Could End In A Few Months – Unless The US Intervenes

Cedella Marley: Encouragement for Others

e93f3c_4d73dd57690040e5a08ceb72e3082e5fmv24Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time

Think about how good you feel when someone compliments your efforts. Now translate that feeling into encouragement for friends, family or co-workers who might be stuck in a moment they can’t move past. It’s easy to be critical, but it’s even easier to lend a positive hand and change the course for someone in your life.

One love…Cedella

Tuning In To The Needs Of Indigo Children

By Michelle Walling, CHLC,

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Someone Has Officially Called the CIA’s Bluff over Russia

By Alice Salles, Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) The scapegoating of Russia is now so widespread, Dirty Wars author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill took to The Intercept to call the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on its bluff.

In the article, “Obama Must Declassify Evidence Of Russian Hacking,” Scahill and Jon Schwartz called out U.S. intelligence agencies for their record of deceit, asserting that the American people are not going to simply “take their word for it.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that they regularly both lie and get things horribly wrong,” the article argues. But when it comes to the CIA’s case against Russia’s alleged interference with the latest U.S. presidential elections, it’s impossible to claim the hearsay is based on facts if evidence is not made available to support the agency’s claims. Continue reading Someone Has Officially Called the CIA’s Bluff over Russia