Category Archives: Spiritualism

Are Ghosts “Earthbound Spirits”?

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from my ebook Enlightened Afterlife: A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy of Life After Death.

The book is a compilation and study of channeled messages from departed spirits regarding the conditions of the afterlife and what we can expect when we die.

I wrote this for fun; I’m not a Spiritualist trying to preach afterlife gospel. You can take this information, leave it, or have a good laugh at it. As long as you enjoy it.

You can purchase a copy of the ebook for Amazon Kindle by clicking the book cover below or a PDF copy by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. Continue reading Are Ghosts “Earthbound Spirits”?

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How Did Spiritualism Begin?

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Enlightened Afterlife, my 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 the book cover below.

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History of the Fox Home

Troy Taylor writes that the Spiritualist movement officially began in the home of the Fox sisters in Hydesdale, New York in 1848. (4)

It was revived once or twice in the mid-1900s after its popularity had waned, and the greatest of these revivals took place during World Wars I and II. (4)

Legend states that the Fox family house was haunted before they moved in. (4) A couple with the last name Bell occupied the house between 1843 and 1844, and a young local woman, Lucretia Pulver, did chores and other related things for them. (4) Continue reading How Did Spiritualism Begin?

Dying in War: From the Battlefield to the Afterlife

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

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 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 the book cover below.

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What’s It Like to Die in War?

This section will focus on war and the effect it has on those killed in battle. Despite that the Spiritualist movement isn’t what it once was, the tragedy of war is one reason the movement and the idea of the afterlife are popular today.

This aspect of the discussion will undoubtedly be dark, but there’s a silver lining in that most soldiers discover the same peace, bliss and freedom when it’s all said and done. Trauma and suffering leave so they can begin the process of healing and learn to enjoy their vibrant new surroundings.

As we learned in Chapter 1, the Spiritualist movement regained followers during World Wars I & II due to the mass amounts of people once again losing family to the battlefield. Most of the passages we’ll read in this section are centered on the Civil War and both World Wars but can be applied to the wars of today. Continue reading Dying in War: From the Battlefield to the Afterlife

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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Sources:

  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 http://www.snu.org.uk/Images/pdfs/Life%20Beyond.pdf, 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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W.T. Stead Died Aboard the Titanic, Returned to Tell the Tale

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

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Enlightened Afterlife, my new ebook centered on Spiritualist philosophy on life after death. In this section, we learn about the death of Spiritualist W.T. Stead, who returned through a medium to share the details of his passing.

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.

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Well-known Spiritualist W.T. Stead, channel for Julia Ames and others, passed away aboard the Titanic. He returned shortly after through a medium (more on that below).

Believe it or not, through this medium Stead provided a full account of what happened. He says in his account that when he saw what was happening, he realized he could be of service to the other victims: Continue reading W.T. Stead Died Aboard the Titanic, Returned to Tell the Tale

Enlightenment After Death

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

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Enlightened Afterlife, my new ebook centered on Spiritualist philosophy on life after death. In this section, we learn about enlightenment after death (a rare experience) from the “spirit communicators” who’ve experienced it.

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.

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Death isn’t usually described as enlightening. Even in spiritual circles centered on enlightenment, there doesn’t seem to be much of a link between it and death.

As I mentioned previously, enlightenment is the ultimate higher state of consciousness achievable through love, meditation, service to mankind and other means. Some philosophies state that we’re all inching closer to it whether or not we know it.

Enlightenment is believed to be the purpose of life. It can be attained more quickly depending on the choices made in life and the level of devotion given to it, but it’s believed to be our destination no matter where we are right now.

This means even the most hateful or spiritually starved people are inching toward it. They might be pretty far from it now, but like the rest of us, they’ll get there when they’re ready. Continue reading Enlightenment After Death

Death Is for the Living

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. In this section, we begin to hear from channeled “spirit communicators” about death and the beginning of the new life that reportedly awaits.

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.

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Spirit communicators made it clear that death is not the horrifying experience we assume it to be.

We are spiritual beings who live on after the death of the body. The body will eventually die, but the spirit that resides within it is eternal and will move on to the next plane of existence when the body is no more.

Death is described as a natural and even ecstatic process that surpasses our wildest expectations in terms of the things it makes us aware of.

The most common advice given by these channeled spirits was to stop fearing death and to instead accept and appreciate it for its role in liberating the spirit from the confines of the body and the physical world. Continue reading Death Is for the Living

Enlightened Afterlife: Now Available on Kindle!!

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

Enlightened Afterlife is now available on Kindle! Click the cover photo below to check out some information and purchase it in this new format.

It isn’t much different from the PDF file I’ve been sending out, but I offer it for those of you who prefer Kindle to PDFs or other e-readers.

Click to purchase Kindle version for $7.99

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1:

Let’s look at the history the unique religious movement known as Spiritualism.

Spiritualism thrived from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Its popularity fizzled by the late twentieth century for a number of reasons, including accusations of fraud against mediums and criticism of its lack of structure. Despite this, it continues today with devoted members all around the world.

In a nutshell, the Spiritualist philosophy is that the soul survives the death of the body and evolves into ever higher states of consciousness.

Departed spirits can communicate through mediums for the purpose of reaching living relatives, describing the afterlife and quelling their relatives’ fear of death, and we all have the natural ability to channel these spirits. We just have to develop it, which requires us to believe in it. Continue reading Enlightened Afterlife: Now Available on Kindle!!

History of the Spiritualist Movement

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

This is an excerpt from my new Ebook, “Enlightened Afterlife: A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy on Life After Death”. You can purchase it by clicking on the book cover below or clicking the “buy now” button at the bottom of this post.

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Let’s look at the history the unique religious movement known as Spiritualism.

Spiritualism thrived from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Its popularity fizzled by the late twentieth century for a number of reasons, including accusations of fraud against mediums and criticism of its lack of structure. Despite this, it continues today with devoted members all around the world.

In a nutshell, the Spiritualist philosophy is that the soul survives the death of the body and evolves into ever higher states of consciousness.

Departed spirits can communicate through mediums for the purpose of reaching living relatives, describing the afterlife and quelling their relatives’ fear of death, and we all have the natural ability to channel these spirits. We just have to develop it, which requires us to believe in it. Continue reading History of the Spiritualist Movement

New Ebook: Enlightened Afterlife (A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy on Life After Death) Available Now

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

Today, November 11th, I release my first ever ebook: Enlightened Afterlife (A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy on Life After Death) for $7.99.

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I’ve never written an ebook before, and I found it to be a challenging yet rewarding experience.

As the name suggests, the book is a study of Spiritualist philosophy on the afterlife and the immortality of the soul. It’s written around passages from “spirit communicators” channeled through Spiritualist mediums in the late 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s.

The spirit communicators who speak in this book provide a fascinating description the afterlife that challenges conventional wisdom by discussing death in a whole new light.

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The fear of death lingers in the back of the mind of even the most religious man, but what if we had no reason to fear death? What if, when the body dies, consciousness continued as if nothing happened? What if that consciousness discovered an afterlife that surpassed its wildest expectations?

Spiritualist philosophy teaches that all of this, and more, is possible. Spiritualism, a nineteenth and twentieth-century religion centered on communication with spirits of the dead or “discarnate humans” to receive spiritual guidance and learn about the afterlife, isn’t extremely popular today but once had over 8 million followers.

Countless mediums who were devoted to this movement wrote and channeled prolifically, producing book after book of messages about the afterlife that provided a new perspective on one of mankind’s greatest fears: the death of the body.

As this new perspective was embraced in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Spiritualist afterlife began to replace the idea of a “heaven” and “hell” to which most people had been accustomed.

What made this movement and the channeled spirits its followers turned to so popular? Find out in this part 1 as we learn about an afterlife described directly by its inhabitants that challenges our conventional understanding of death and invites us to look forward to what waits beyond the grave.

If there’s enough interest in this part 1, I’ll put out a part 2 some time in the future. If not, I’ll probably focus my time and energy on other worthwhile writing projects.

I’ve put a lot of time and energy into this book, and I hope you enjoy it. It can be purchased below or by clicking on the cover photo above.

Much love 🙂

*The book is currently only available in PDF format but will soon be available through well-known ebook distributors such as Kindle. Shortly after purchase, you’ll receive an email with the ebook in PDF form. Check back here for updates on the book’s availability in other formats.

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