When the physical body dies, the consciousness of the person who inhabited it remains intact. As difficult as it might be to believe, what we’ve seen as death is little more than a continuance of life in a different form, and apparently, a lot of people who pass on have no initial sense of what happened.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of people who sought connection with departed souls, there’s a wealth of information out there about the life that exists beyond death. One of the things we’ve been told is that a lot of people who pass on don’t understand what’s taken place and require assistance to realize it, which is willingly and happily given.
A lot of people are apparently astounded to learn that their physical body has died, because their perception of death had always been distorted. The shock that comes with this knowledge can apparently cause confusion and bewilderment, as we’ll learn, but those of us who understand life after death can know what to expect when the time comes.
I try to write articles about this subject with respect for the idea that we’re exiting the life/death cycle, because to me, an aspect of raising consciousness is talking about the things that exist beyond this physical reality. I also hope to be able to quell any readers’ fear of death with information about the eternal nature of consciousness.
Instead of pain or endless darkness, death heralds a greater sense of health and invigoration. Death releases the spirit and helps one feel healthier and more alive than they ever did in life, and because of this, some departed souls don’t initially comprehend that they’ve died.
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us about the “surprising number of people” who don’t understand when their transition takes place.
“There is a surprising number of people who do not realize that they have passed from the earth in the death of the physical body.
Resolutely they will not believe that they are what the earth calls ‘dead.’ They are dimly aware that some sort of change has taken place, but what that change is they are not prepared to say. Some, after a little explanation and even demonstration, can grasp what has actually happened; others are stubborn and will be convinced only after prolonged reasoning.” (1)
He continues, “In the latter case, we are oft-times obliged to leave such a soul for a while to allow a little quiet contemplation to work its way. We know we shall be sought out the instant that soul feels the power of our reasoning. In many respects it is tiring work, though I use the word ‘tiring’ in its strictly limited sense of the spirit world.” (1)
When a person just can’t grasp the fact that they’ve passed on, their family members and guides will patiently wait for them to reach the conclusion themselves. For them to reach such a conclusion is inevitable, I’d imagine, because they couldn’t hide from a truth like that forever.
It could be hard to cope with the death of the physical body, especially if one was attached to their identity and material possessions. Even though our departed family is ready to help us understand our transition when we pass on, they let us take as much time as we need to understand the transition itself.
Julia Ames tells us that because of the consciousness they possess after death, a lot of people refuse to believe they’ve passed on.
“Many refuse to believe they are dead. It is, of course, true that they are not dead. They have all their faculties: they see, they hear, they move hither and thither. Everything seems the same to them as before. Their first realization of the change that has taken place is a kind of shock to them. ‘So this is death. Then if so, there is no such thing as death!’ For it is so entirely different from what we had imagined.” (2)
Can you imagine how hard it’d be to come to terms with passing away if you’d believed for decades that you were going to die with the body? Death’s a benevolent and uplifting process, and the havoc associated with it comes more from our fear and misunderstanding of it.
Ethel McLean tells us about humanity’s non-belief in the existence of the spirit planes.
“Absurd as it may seem to us, there are still far too many people on earth who refuse to believe in our existence. They are in for a shock when the inevitable day arrives when they will join us here.” (3)
It’ll be a shock indeed for anyone who doesn’t understand the continuance of consciousness after the death of the body, but eventually, everyone will come to terms with this delightful truth. I think we’re fortunate to be able to live on far after the body becomes irrelevant, and of course, we can always reincarnate if we want.
Even though most of us are ready to move on from the incarnation cycle, the option to reincarnate has always existed in the spirit realms.
Claude Kelway-Bamber tells us that some people continue to feel their bodies after they pass on.
“As I have already told you, for some time after people come here they continue to feel as if they were still in a mortal body.
You can realize this in a small way from what is, alas, a common occurrence nowadays. Any soldier who has had the misfortune to lose a limb will tell you he can feel pain, discomfort, or irritation in it for days after it has been amputated. In this way spirits continue for some time after they have left them to ‘feel’ their bodies after death.” (4)
I couldn’t imagine the sensation of “feeling” the body after death, but it’s probably very personal for the recently deceased. I can certainly understand the feeling of attachment to the body after it ceases to be, because the transition of death, however gentle, can be big for people who’ve been subjected to a rigid perception of it.
I do wonder what it’s like to feel like one’s in a body after death. I’m sure the attachment doesn’t last long, because we’ve been told that after a person comes to terms with their death, they tend to burst out in all directions.
Julia Ames tells us about the lightening of pain that the gentle, benevolent process of death offers.
“The dead – for I fear I must use that misleading word – in almost all cases where death has been unexpected, does not realize the change that has taken place. His only idea is that he has suddenly recovered.
Physical pain drops off you like a garment with the body which you left behind; you wake up well; and your first impression is one of delight, just the same as when you wake up from a bad dream. So simple, so natural does this seem that you almost always mistake what has taken place. I did, as you know. And I find it is a common experience.” (2)
People who die in their sleep probably wake up the next morning in their beds as usual, only to get up and eventually discover that they’ve passed away. For some people, it can apparently take a long time to figure out they’ve died and detach from the material world, and again, we’re given as much time as we need to come to terms with it all.
From what’s been said so far, it seems as if death is so gentle that we might not even know it happened when our time comes. Our consciousness will simply blink out of physical reality, and we’ll open our eyes to whatever scene or landscape we were in before. It’s very simple, but most of us tend to refuse its simplicity and complicate it.
Julia Ames then reinforces the unexpected nature of death.
“The immense majority here say the same thing. They were asleep; they found themselves awake and well, in the same place where they fell asleep, and at first they could not realize they had died.
And this is the case even when, as in some churches, the dying have been prepared for death by the last solemn rites. They knew that they were going to die, but they did not expect that dying was waking up quite well, with all their old faculties and memories, in the same place where they fell asleep, and this always is a source of astonishment, of bewilderment, to them at first.” (2)
Even people who’ve been prepared for death don’t always understand when it actually happens. Our perception of death is so distorted that we might not even know when such a gentle process takes place, and again, the only difficulty is in our ability to accept the transition and move forward in the spirit world.
The spirit world has a lot to offer us, and whether we re-reach spirit by way of death or evolution, we’re going to unlock a greater, deeper perception than we possess on Earth and it’ll feel great to say the least. If everyone remembers the eternal nature of consciousness, we’ll eradicate the fear that makes death so difficult.
A spirit teacher through Betty Bethards tells us that departed family members are usually around at the time of death to explain what happened.
“Many do not [know they have died]. This [knowledge] is something which comes as a big shock, unless your loved ones who’ve already crossed can explain this to you, which normally they do. The only problem that usually arises is in the case of a sudden death where the soul just does not understand that his physical body is dead, particularly in a case where you can’t look at the body and see it, as in an accident that disintegrated the body totally.” (5)
Apparently, being able to see their deceased body helps people come to terms with their transition. Personally, I don’t know if I’d want to see my inanimate body if I were to pass away before evolving, but if it helps others understand their passing, so be it. Whatever helps move the process along.
In the face of the things we’ve learned so far, it’s obvious that we have no reason to fear death, because we might not even notice when it comes knocking. We might just continue on for a time, unaware that anything of significance has taken place until it starts becoming obvious.
We’re then told that people who’ve crossed over can actually attend their own funerals.
“Each soul is allowed to go to his own funeral. By watching other people, listening to their thoughts, seeing them mourn or rejoice (whatever the case may be depending upon how the soul has lived), he will then know within himself that he has died, according to the beliefs of the people there at the funeral.” (5)
Attending one’s own funeral is probably the biggest wakeup call of all. I’m sure every person doesn’t choose to go, but a lot probably do so they can be there, even if they’re unseen, to comfort their families. It probably feels great to be able to be there, in full form, to offer comfort for those who are grieving your loss with the joy of full consciousness.
As we’re told below, there’s practically no difference between a living body on earth and an etheric body in the spirit realms, besides their respective locations and perceptual abilities.
“People [on earth] will not hear, see, or respond to him, so that even the most ignorant soul will recognize that he is not being seen or heard. He knows there’s a change, even though he, himself, sees or feels none. For he sees his etheric body just as real as the physical body. His thinking hasn’t changed. It’s just that he’s hearing people’s thoughts now and he’s seeing clearly the things which he was unable to see while in the body.” (5)
Essentially, the recently deceased don’t feel any inherent difference between their physical and etheric selves, beyond their increased perception and understanding.
Death really only seems tragic to the people who were close to the departed. The departed themselves could lounge on a beautiful beach and be at their funerals to comfort their families at the same time, but the sadness and tragedy really only seem to be in the non-existence of the person in the flesh.
If we simply blink out of this reality and into another, freer one, we can easily be there for our loved ones long after our passing, and people who’ve lost loved ones have reported strange occurrences around the time of their passing.
Other people, like Abraham Lincoln, have reported strange dreams about their funerals just before they passed on. It’s as if spirit gave them a message that they’d soon retreat from physicality and venture back into the liberated world of the etheric.
Death seems to range from flatly uneventful to incredibly rich and beautiful for those who’ve experienced it. Can you imagine what the most potent effects of our ongoing shift will feel like?
The mother of G. Vale Owen tells us that the recently deceased tend to cling to their earthly views of death.
“Many, as you know, do not realize for some time the fact that they are what they would call dead, because they find themselves alive and with a body, and their previous vague notions of the after-death state are not, by any means, lightly thrown away.
The first thing to do, then, with such as those is to help them to realize the fact that they are no more in the earth life, and, to do this, we employ many methods.” (6)
We’re then told about some of the methods used.
“One is to ask them whether they remember some friend or relative, and, when they reply that they do so but that he is dead, we try to enable them to see this particular spirit, who, appearing alive, should convince the doubter that he is really passed over. This is not always the case, for the ingrained fallacies are obstinate, and so we try another method.” (6)
Personally, this amazes me. Our friends in the spirit world actually bring our deceased relatives to us so they can break our perceptual stereotypes of death! The fact that they try so hard to break the spell shows that they really care for us at the sacred time of transition – so much that they work actively to disenchant (or perhaps re-enchant) us.
They work to help us remember the reality of our existence: that beyond this harsh realm, plentiful others exist that brim with consciousness and activity. That’s a level of care that goes beyond any description, but apparently, it’s the way of the spirit world.
Everyone takes care of each other and helps each other progress in the realms beyond the physical. They provide an excellent model of what humanity should be doing, and in due time, their influence will inevitably pour down and start working on the minds of the brilliant seekers and world-changers of tomorrow.
We’re on the cusp of orienting our society to a much more sustainable and spiritually inspired way of life, and we’re realigning with the spirit realms as we continue to progress. When we reenter a greater state of consciousness, we’ll be welcomed and assisted by an infinite amount of brothers and sisters who’ll rejoice at our arrival.
G. Vale Owen’s mother tells us about some of the other methods that are used to wake the sleeping deceased.
“We take him to some scene on earth with which he is familiar, and show him those whom he has left behind, and the difference in his state and theirs. If this should fail, then we bring to his recollection the last experiences he underwent before passing, and gradually lead up to the time when he fell asleep, and then try to connect up that moment with his awakening here.” (6)
Like a scientist formulating ideas and hypotheses, our friends beyond the veil try as many methods as possible to wake us from our earthly slumber. For some people, the aforementioned attachment to materiality and the body could cause the greatest level of difficulty in accepting their physical departure.
I wonder what our friends, family, and guides do when we’re so attached to physicality that we just can’t wake up. I wonder if they make continual, unending attempts to awaken us, or if they let it rest after a while and give us all the time we need to come to terms with everything.
G. Vale Owen’s mother provides this answer, reminding us that they don’t want to overwhelm initiates.
“All [the attempts mentioned above] often fail – more often than you would imagine – for character is built up year by year, and the ideas which go to help in this building become very firmly imbedded in his character. Also we have to be very careful not to overtax him, or it would delay his enlightenment. Sometimes, however, in the case of those who are more enlightened, they realize immediately that they are passed into the spirit land, and then our work is easy.” (6)
Part of the reason I’ve been writing about death is to soften the stereotype surrounding it (and the fear of it alike) so we can experience an easy passing if the time comes before we evolve from this planet. Our dear spirit guides work tirelessly to help awaken the departed without overwhelming them, and they deserve a break once and a while.
Those of us who understand the eternal nature of consciousness could make our passing much easier for the devoted friends, family members and guides who’ll be excited to show us the wonders of the spirit realms. Now that we’re starting to understand that death is an illusion, we can be in peace and joy when the time comes.
Mary Bosworth tells us about a particular person she helped to understand their passing, as well as that person’s attachment to mortal goals and desires.
“He is a type of many, very many, who come here with their mortal desires and plans still the only life they know. We talked with this one a long time, after he could hear us, and he is at last convinced that he is here in the spirit world, and that a new life, a new adaptation to life, is necessary.
It seems to us that when he at last actually understands this necessity, he will show the same persistence and determination to ‘win out,’ that had formerly made him a success in mortal life and earthly business.” (7)
Once someone understands that the life they lived before has changed, they can become motivated to adapt to the spirit world and be a progressive spiritual force. Attempting to communicate with friends and family on earth in a way that doesn’t freak them out is probably a favored activity of the recently deceased.
I’m sure there are a lot more things to do, however, and it could be exciting to grasp complete limitlessness.
We’re then told that experienced souls in the spirit planes eventually seek to help newcomers.
“He will progress rapidly [when] he is entirely convinced that the way leads to happiness, selfishly, probably, at first, but growing into spiritual insight by degrees until he becomes a fine worker here in helping others. This is our joy, to watch the advance of those who seem almost hopeless. You will love to help when you come.” (7)
We steadily refine our spiritual perception and integrate the quality of service-to-others when we get used to the realms beyond, and every initiate has the potential to help swathes of newcomers in incredible ways. Even if their methods don’t always work on people who can’t accept what’s happened, they make an effort with love and the desire to see everyone excel.
What more could we ask for?
In our final quote, Phillip Gilbert reaffirms that seeing their inanimate bodies helps the departed understand their passing, and tells us that havoc around the body at the time of death creates more confusion for the spirit.
“The Theosophists are right in teaching that it is far better for the body to lie quiet and undisturbed for a few hours. It gives the escaped entity a chance to realize for itself that it no longer inhabits that discarded mass of electrons! But, in a street accident, they say, at once a confused babble of (…) people come around and the spirit is even more bewildered and distressed, trying to understand the impacts on it.” (8)
If chaos is created at the time of one’s death, it could bewilder the spirit who still doesn’t understand their own passing. They might even be concerned for the fate of whoever the people around them are making the commotion for, without realizing that it’s actually them. Can you imagine the confusion and frustration of trying to help in such a situation?
I’m here, I’d like to help, but nobody can see or hear me! What’s going on?
I’m sure at some point, a departed friend or family member would step in to help the person understand their transition, but apparently, seeing the body offers closure and a greater understanding of the situation.
Here, we explored the benevolence of death and the idea that some people don’t even realize when they pass on. I’ll continue to reiterate that nothing about death makes it inherently painful or scary, beyond the hurt felt by loved ones, and that we’ll excel to new heights when the body dies after we realize and accept the transition.
Even though there’s a lot we can do right here, right now to change the physical earth, when we greet a greater state of consciousness (no matter how it happens) we’ll become spiritually active. We’ll be able to do and feel things we would’ve never thought possible on earth, and we’ll instate ourselves as guides for lower-dimensional travelers.
Our future is bright, fellow seekers, because the pain and hardship of this place isn’t prevalent in the greater states of consciousness we’re re-accessing. Friends and family who’ve crossed over and spiritual guides alike observe and support us from their evolved perspectives, and when the time comes to join them, we can emerge without fear or reservation.
The days of stereotype and fear are over, because we’re learning the truth about death and everything else that’s been a mystery to us. We’ve only scratched the surface, and it goes without saying that we still have a lot to learn.
Wes Annac – Reporting on the benevolent, spiritual nature of death.
(1)- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Life in the World Unseen. M.A.P., 1993.
(2)- Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death. A Personal Narrative. New York: George H. Doran, n.d.; c. 1914.
Ames’ family name does not appear in the book, but can be found at “William Thomas Stead,” Red Pill, http://redpill.dailygrail.com/wiki/William_Stead.
(3)- Lesley May, med., Letters from Mother. A Family Biography in Two Worlds. Ed. Edmund Bentley. London: Psychic Press, 1964.
(4)- L. Kelway-Bamber, ed., Claude’s Book. New York: 1919. Downloaded from http://www.spiritwritings.com/claude1.pdf, 18 Feb. 2008.
(5)- Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Novato, CA: Inner Light Foundation, 1976; c1975.
(6)- G. Vale Owen, medium, The Life Beyond the Veil. Book I: The Lowlands of Heaven. New York, 1921.
(7)- Fred Rafferty, ed., Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, Life Here and Hereafter. Author’s edition. Downloaded from http://www.harvestfields.ca/ebook/02/001/00.htm, 2 Feb. 2008.
(8)- Philip Gilbert through Alice Gilbert, medium, Philip in Two Worlds. London: Andrew Dakers, 1948.
Wes Annac is a 20 year old awakening seeker and creator of The Aquarius Paradigm daily news site.
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