Written by Wes Annac, the Aquarius Paradigm, January 16, 2014
Dedicated to Stephanie Sautter – A departed friend who I haven’t really gotten to know yet.
It’s no secret that death is feared and misunderstood. Most people assume that we stop existing and enter an eternal slumber when the body dies, and the idea of ceasing to exist has driven a lot of people to fear death.
Most spiritual seekers probably understand by now that death isn’t as malevolent as some people believe, but still, the idea of the body dying and the spirit departing for greener pastures can be a little unsettling. I imagine that deep down, even some spiritual seekers have a fear of death, whether or not they understand that it isn’t the end.
One of the biggest fears is that dying is painful, but the material we’re going to examine suggests otherwise.
Apparently, dying can be an ecstatic process that entails a lifting of the lower-vibrational weight that holds us down. Death doesn’t entail an end to this beautiful life we experience, and instead, it helps us understand the density of this reality and opens us up to brimming and colorful etheric landscapes.
Depending on the individual paths of each of us, we cross over to heavenly planes of existence when we die. The material about life after death that’s been given from the other side of the veil paints the realms we depart into as blissful, productive and intensely higher-dimensional compared to this reality.
People who’ve had near-death experiences and glimpsed the other side, like Dr. Eben Alexander, have come back and told us about the incredible things we’ll experience when we cross over (or evolve) from the third-dimensional Earth.
You’re encouraged to look up Dr. Alexander’s Proof of Heaven for a fascinating glimpse into the other side, and plenty of other people have had intense OBEs that let them glimpse the things we’ll experience when we cross over.
I’d like to examine the spirit planes and the blissfulness of death from the perspective of people who’ve crossed over. Just like a lot of books have been written about the other side by people who’ve glimpsed it and come back, a lot of material has been channeled from people who took up residence there.
Like anything else, you’re encouraged to use discernment if channeled material doesn’t resonate with you.
I think that the material offered here is very helpful to anyone who wants to understand what death is like, however, and I think we’re fortunate to have a perspective on it from people who’ve experienced it. You’re encouraged to believe or disbelieve whatever you want, but I think that the material out there centered around life after death is fascinating.
Gordon Burdick through Grace Rosher tells us that the departed are more alive now than they were in life.
“Death, as [you] call it, is nothing more than a new birth. … We are even more alive than before.” (1)
Instead of unceasing darkness, death offers a greater experience of life. I have a feeling that a lot of the things we enjoy about this reality are intensified in the etheric realms, and that harmony and bliss will replace heaviness and anger. The etheric realms will be different for everyone, of course, but what’s given here is intended to be a general guide.
The grandmother of Grace Rosher tells us that beyond shedding our bodies, we don’t actually “die” when we cross over. She also shares her wish that she would’ve understood the gentleness of death instead of fearing it.
“We do not die and there is nothing to fear when the change comes. If I had known what I know now, I [would] have had no fear.” (1)
We waste a lot of time fearing or avoiding death, when all the while, life continues as endlessly as it always has. We don’t have to fear death if we embrace the idea that consciousness is eternal and life continues on forever, and we can make the most of our time here with the understanding that eventually, we’ll reach a much better place.
Mike Swain tells us that being born is actually a much riskier and more fearful process than passing on.
“Believe me … it is ten times more dangerous and unpleasant to be born into your world than it is to leave it! Being born is a painful, risky process and none of us contemplate it with any degree of pleasure. And yet all of you people on the earth fear death.” (1)
It’s interesting and surprising to think that birth is more dangerous than death. With all of the attention we’ve given death – inadvertently by avoiding it or directly by fearing it – it’s apparently a much easier process than entering this world.
The idea that death is more benevolent than birth makes sense, given the belief that this world is much denser and heavier than the realms we’ll depart into. I can imagine that entering this world would be much more painful than exiting it, because in the latter scenario, we’re shedding this density instead of taking it on.
Mary Bosworth through Charlotte Dresser tells us that death will never inhibit the consciousness and growth of the eternal spirit.
“Never be afraid of death. It is only the final sleep of the mortal mind, and has no power to affect the spirit mind. That grows stronger and brighter and more active from the moment of separation, until it becomes so educated and balanced that it is the all-in-all of spirit life. I found it so, for I went to sleep in the mortal mind, and discovered at last that I was more vividly awake than ever.” (2)
After we pass on, we continue growing and developing. It’s been said that progress and soul growth are much rapider on the physical Earth because of its extreme nature, but in the spirit planes, we can probably go about our growth in a more peaceful manner.
We excel to new heights in a steadier way in the spirit planes if we choose to stay there after passing on, but a lot of people choose to come back for reasons related to rapid soul growth and the desire to assist others in awakening.
Mary Bosworth advises us not to worry about death or what lies beyond it, and to enjoy ourselves while we’re here.
“Take no thought nor anxiety for the future life. Have no dread of death, which is only a coming, a rebirth, into this life. Do what you can to help others into an understanding of the immortal life of the human soul, and live in happy contentment and confidence of your future…” (2)
I couldn’t agree with Mary more.
Let’s utilize the immense opportunity we have to be of service while we’re here, and instead of fearing death, let’s understand it as the peaceful and harmonious transition it can really be. Let’s enjoy this physical reality as much as possible without falling into indulgence, because we’ll always remember that life doesn’t end.
Knowing that death is a “rebirth” as suggested here really takes the weight off of our shoulders. Try to grasp the idea that life is eternal; that we’ll continue to live and evolve forever. The spirit is infinite, and the place we’ll go when the time comes is heavenlier than we yet know.
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us about the unfortunate and irrational nature of our fear of death.
“We have seen the shadow of ‘death’ and the ‘grave,’ those two ogres that frighten so many good souls, filling them with a dread that is utterly and completely unwarranted. Man was never intended to go through his earthly life with this monstrous dark shadow forever hanging over him. It is unnatural and thoroughly bad. It has been raised by men upon earth in remote periods of the earth’s history and it has so continued for the generality of earth’s dwellers for generation after generation of the incarnate.” (3)
Our fear and avoidance of death produces a heavy weight that can be hard to transcend, and as Benson says below, people from the other side feel satisfied when they can convey knowledge about life beyond death to us.
“It is but natural that, with the opportunity presenting itself, we should visit the earth and, by bringing with us a little of the light of knowledge, we should be able to dispel the fears of death of the physical body that haunt so many people and, in place of those fears, give some knowledge and information of the superb lands of the spirit world wherein we now live and wherein you yourself will one day come to join us.
In place of fears of a speculative ‘hereafter’ we try to show you something of the brilliant prospect that lies before you when that happy moment arrives for you to take up your true and undoubted heritage in the spirit world.” (2)
Because of the extent to which they feared death before discovering the realms beyond, some people who’ve passed on want to let us know that there’s nothing to fear and that the other side brims with consciousness and activity. How open or receptive we are to this message depends on us, but they play their part by spreading the word.
A departed soul speaking through Betty Bethards tells us that the experience of death is akin to peacefully going to sleep.
“Death is a change in the rate of vibration. As you go to sleep at night, and your consciousness leaves the physical body, you are experiencing the same thing as death.” (4)
Of course, we should keep in mind that death is a more permanent state than sleep. I suppose what’s being said here is that death is as peaceful as falling asleep, instead of violent and painful, and that our consciousness temporarily leaves our bodies every night in the same way it’ll permanently leave when we pass on.
When the body dies, we’ll feel ourselves float up out of it and we’ll consciously perceive the spirit planes.
We’re then told that we’ll willingly shed our bodies (but not our personalities) when we’re finished here, because from a higher perspective, the human body is seen as a hindrance.
“Your personality, your memory, everything you consider to be you will leave with this energy [upon death] because you are energy.
Once your work is accomplished there is no longer any need to stay in the physical vehicle which you are using on the earth plane. The body is as dust and will return to dust. It takes the energy force of the etheric body, living within your physical vehicle, to produce a being. At death the being leaves, and you could [not] care less about the physical vehicle which is a hindrance, like a prison.” (4)
I don’t think the intention of the above quote is to suggest that we should despise our physical vessel or the dense reality around us, but the consensus among the departed seems to be that shedding the body is as simple as, like others have said, putting on a new pair of clothes.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we’re spiritual beings having a human experience. The etheric body, sheltered in the physical vessel, simply moves on when it’s ready or when the vessel can no longer be of service.
It’s a simple but powerful shift, and if we choose to, we can undergo the apparently dreadful process of birth and shift right back into this reality to grow and be of service to others. A lot of people believe that we reincarnate continually until we reach a less dense state of consciousness, and the number of lives you experience is your choice.
So far, we’ve explored some of the reasons not to fear death from the perspective of people who’ve experienced it. We’ve learned a little bit about the transition and the realms beyond, and now, I’d like to look at the blissfulness of death itself.
The idea that death is a blissful process might sound strange, but apparently, it’s much different than our fear would have us believe.
Winifred Combe Tenants tells us about the heavy weight that fearing death puts on us in comparison to the peaceful nature of the spirit planes.
“There comes to me from the earth such a feeling of oppression, of worrying, of anxiety, of fear of death, and all is derived from non-belief. If they could but realize the glory, even a fragment of the peace of this life I now experience.” (5)
Understanding that the place we pass on to is peaceful and joyous will take an enormous fear-based weight off of our shoulders, but we’re the only ones who can make the choice not to fear death and to enjoy the life we experience here.
Physical life becomes much better when we understand that it doesn’t end. We might not experience physicality the same way we do now when we pass on, but from what’s been said so far, the realms we’ll enter are much more enjoyable to exist in anyway.
The realization that consciousness continues after the body stops living is incredibly liberating, I imagine, for people who’ve feared death all of their lives. Can you imagine discovering this and moving into the etheric realms at the same time?
Sir Alvary Gascoigne tells us about his peaceful passing, during which his departed mother was present.
“I had a good night of refreshing sleep on my last night on earth and, when both of you came to see me, I was in a state bordering upon pleasant relaxation. Every part of me seemed to be switching off gently, and, when the last switch was pressed, I suddenly found I was floating above my body. I made instinctively for the window.
Mother was there, but I couldn’t see her. She said my first words were: ‘Thank God that’s over – I never thought I should have lived through it,’ whereupon she burst out laughing and that was the first etheric sound I heard… Obviously the laughter did not come from you. But in a few moments I could feel her arms round me and recognized her voice.” (6)
I’ve read material elsewhere that suggests that when we die, departed family members and even spiritual guides will be there to welcome us into the etheric realms. If you passed on and knew a friend or family member was about to as well, wouldn’t you want to be as close with them as possible at the time of the transition?
Especially for those who really fear death, I imagine it’s comforting to have their departed friends and family around them when they cross over. Being able to see their faces and hear their voices again probably feels better than the peaceful process of death itself.
Personally, I look forward to seeing a few people when I cross over (or evolve), and I’m sure the list will grow as time passes and more relatives make the transition.
The night my grandfather, who had a stroke and was wheelchair-bound and practically speechless for the last two decades of his life, crossed over, I had a dream that he got up out of his wheelchair and started walking around.
The next morning, I woke up to the call that he’d passed. Everyone was expecting it by that point, and my family was happy to see him depart into heaven. Because of their religious views, a lot of people in my family are assured that death isn’t the end and that heaven awaits us after this life.
I have a feeling that ol’ Poppy will be among the people to greet me when my work here is done.
Gascoigne tells us about the joy of dying and the physical resistance that’s bred from fearing death.
“Nothing in life comes up to the immense joy of dying.
Death has been made such a bogey that it is only through suffering and great discomfort that we are persuaded to let go and co-operate with death. The body fights to retain life on any terms: [it’s an] inborn instinct of the body brain, so we have to re-educate this body brain to the point when it will accept and relinquish its power without waiting for the spirit to be wrenched away through pain and disease. (6)
Sick people who are kept on machines to keep their bodies going could experience a much less painful transition if they or their family understood that death isn’t the end and that unnecessarily prolonging physical life only causes more pain.
Releasing oneself to the natural dying process will see one experience it with much more ease, whereas remaining trapped in a body that’s ready to rest can be very difficult and confining.
Gascoigne then tells us about the process of being drawn up out of the body when it dies.
“You will find that more and more people just die in their tracks, which is the ideal way of leaving.
I told you that I had experienced a strange feeling of power that seemed to be drawing me out of my body during the last few days of my illness. I was hopelessly ill and I knew it, so I welcomed this inrush of new life and let go very willingly. That was why I did not linger.” (6)
We’re also told that we’re meant to relax and “go with the flow” of transitioning instead of fearing or fighting it.
“You must realize that, when you have joined the ‘Club,’ the passing cannot be very long delayed and be ready to receive the power that draws you quite painlessly out of your body. It’s the most beautiful and glorious thing. I see so many are prolonging their life quite unnecessarily. If you give up the reins, as it were, to the great Creator, expressing your readiness, then life is withdrawn gently and lovingly and the dossier of your earthly effort is closed.
We are not meant to suffer death. … We … say relax and let life do with you what it will.” (6)
When we’re ready to be called home, it’ll be easier to simply surrender to the process instead of wasting our time and energy fighting it. Of course, to the ego, surrender would seem like the worst thing to do. To somebody who wants to stay alive for fear of dying, surrendering to the process could be much easier said than done.
Why surrender to a process that you worry will take your existence away? Because of this, I think it’s essential for everyone to understand death’s real nature, as well as the realms we transition into when the body stops living.
Sigwart, an artist who died in World War one, tells us about the beautiful and peaceful nature of the death he experienced.
“My death was beautiful. Everything became still. It changed to a quiet, calm sea after a blustering storm. The final experiences as a man were part of this storm. Then came the smooth waters of liberation. … It was a blessing to have been freed without illness, without extended pining away.” (7)
You’ll notice that a lot of people who’ve passed over mention the silliness of trying to prolong physical life when the etheric realms are so liberating. Sigwart mentions that he experienced a “blustering storm” in his final moments of earthly life, but that afterwards, he was bathed in pure, calming bliss and freed from the limiting shackles of physicality.
In our final quote, a woman named Barbara tells us about the infinite peace she felt when she crossed over.
“[Dying] was infinite peace. No more efforts to keep back my tears, no more agonizing planning for my children and no more having to face their disappointment when I ceased to play my part in the family. No, the cards had all been played and I was outside the game, and so happy. It was worth it all to have that wonderful feeling, that I had finished.” (8)
Knowing that you did your best on Earth and that you’re finally able to rest after the “cards are all played” has to be great for the recently transitioned. Can you imagine the infinite peace and bliss that comes with knowing you’ve done your part and simply resting and enjoying yourself?
After this life, I plan to enjoy what comes next knowing that I did my best to help inform and awaken people. There’s so much for us to learn regarding spirituality and crossing over, and if I could help quell the fear of dying in some of you, then I’ve done my job for today.
I offer this report in hopes that it reaches even one person who’s become spiritually aware but still fears death.
I used to think I’d stopped fearing death until I had a dream or two about it that reaffirmed my nervousness about actually departing the physical body, but from what we’ve read here, death seems to be a painless and peaceful process that reintroduces us to spiritual reality.
Too many people are lost in a materialistic paradigm, and we’ve forgotten about the reality of spirit. We’ve forgotten, and some of us never knew in the first place, that we’ve come from and will return to heavenly realms wherein we’re infinite in what we can do and be.
We’ve forgotten about the realms beyond Earth that can’t be examined or “proven” as easily with our mainstream science. A lot of scientists and researchers work diligently to merge our understanding of science and spirit, however, and in doing so, they’re helping the world understand the reality of life after death.
If everyone can grasp this reality, the fear of death can be replaced with a drive to do as much as we possibly can while we’re here. We’ll only exist on this planet for a short amount of time before we depart for greener pastures, whether our departure is caused by death or evolution, and there’s only so much time for us to do great things.
How do you feel about the idea of doing as much as possible for the betterment of humanity while you’re here? Can you grasp the idea that we don’t actually close our eyes for good, but that our physical eyes close and our etheric senses open up like never before?
Personally, I’m excited to offer as much of myself as possible to the planetary awakening and the building of a new paradigm rooted in peace and harmony, and when this mission is over, I’ll delightfully seek another way to be of service.
The intent of this report is to affirm the reality of life after death and the existence of spiritual realms beyond our conscious understanding, and you’re encouraged not to fear or avoid death, but to see it as a peaceful and inevitable aspect of life. Like some of our discarnate sources have said, “Without death, there cannot be life”.
Wes Annac – Sharing the idea that consciousness isn’t defined by the vessel in which we experience it.
(1)- Grace Rosher, medium. The Travellers’ Return. London: Psychic Press, 1968.
(2)- 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.
(3)- Jasper Swain, From My World to Yours: A Young Man’s Account of the Afterlife. New York: Walker, 1977.
(4)- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957).
(5)- Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Novato, CA: Inner Light Foundation, 1976; c1975.
(6)- Geraldine Cummins, Swan on a Black Sea. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1965.
(7)- Cynthia Sandys and Rosamund Lehmann, The Awakening Letters. Jersey: Neville Spearman, 1978.
(8)- Joseph Wetzl, trans., The Bridge Over the River. Communications from the Life After Death of a Young Artist Who Died in World War one. Spring Valley: Anthroposophic Press, 1974.
Wes Annac is a 20 year old awakening seeker and creator of The Aquarius Paradigm daily news site.
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