The Spiritualist Chronicles is a series of articles that feature channeled descriptions of the afterlife. Spiritualism’s a religion that thrived in the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s, and it’s commonly associated with mediums and channeling. Like anything that has to do with these subjects, you’re encouraged to use discernment.
Some Spiritualists and mediums were eventually exposed as hoaxers who used a number of tricks to convince people that the orchestrated phenomena they witnessed were real, and this is why discernment’s always necessary.
The sensible descriptions of the afterlife we’ll explore here seem to confirm that not every Spiritualist was out to trick people, however, and some of them genuinely sought to connect with disembodied sources who gave detailed information. I don’t intend to promote Spiritualism, but I’m interested in the explanations it’s offered us about life after death.
Understandably, some people who depart into the fourth dimension will assume they’re going to the stereotypical heaven we’ve heard about here on earth, which consists of pearly gates, gold-lined streets, and angels with big wings flying around and blessing people.
This vision of heaven sounds nice, but apparently, it isn’t quite what we should expect when we pass on. The ‘heaven’ we’ll depart into when the body dies is different from what we’ve been led to believe, and in place of everything we’ve grown to expect is a simple etheric landscape that is blissful, but not in the way we’d assume.
The fourth dimension is obviously heavenly and the things we experience there are going to be more enjoyable than our experiences here on earth, even though this world can be heavenly if we let it (which I’ll talk more about later in this report).
In place of our expectations, however, will be a land that brims with sunshine and selfless service – to humanity and everyone in the fourth dimension.
This realm’s blissful in its own right, but it doesn’t feature the conditions we’ve come to expect (unless we create those conditions for ourselves). As we’ll learn here, some people create the heaven they expect to see when they pass on, but their expectations are eventually replaced with a more realistic understanding of their new home.
Everyone eventually realizes that our definition of heaven isn’t quite correct, and the blissful place we go to when we die is simply the next stage in our growth and evolution, where we’ll learn more about ourselves, the spiritual nature of our existence and the fulfillment that comes with openheartedly serving others.
Here, we’ll hear from the usual channeled sources about the true nature of life after death, and in our first quote, Gordon Burdick tells us that it surprises most people to learn they aren’t in the ‘heaven’ they expected.
“I … think it is more of a surprise to people than anything else to find they are not in a heaven such as is described in ‘Revelations’ or elsewhere.” (1)
A ‘spirit control’ named Dee tells us she was surprised to learn that the fourth dimension doesn’t feature the qualities she associated it with in life.
“The normal life here was a surprise; for I had thought of angels with wings and harps, and heaven as a city of golden streets. But nothing of the kind is here. Normal progression; friends, work, service for others, – yes! happiness, in travel, music, books, and congenial companions. It is all normal and all true.” (2)
Some people, Mary Bosworth tells us, become ‘dazed’ over how different life after death is from what they expected.
“There are many unanswered questions for those who first arrive. Sometimes they expect to find the heavenly home as they themselves have constructed it from bible references or Sunday sermons or funeral descriptions; and they become dazed and halfway lost because they do not find this heaven of their imagination.” (3)
An unnamed teacher tells us that most people are initially allowed to witness the ‘heaven’ they expected in life, but they eventually realize it’s an illusion.
“Normally, when a person dies, he is shown his loved ones first in order for him to understand what has happened. He is given glimpses of things which he expects to see in order to bring him comfort. But after the first seventy-two hours, we no longer use this kind of charade.
“The entity is then brought out gently and shown that there are no gold-lined streets. He could choose to build them if he wants. But once the entity truly understands, he doesn’t want the harps and the angels and the paved streets. He would want that which he has been around in his last incarnation and that which makes him feel more comfortable.” (4)
Once the illusion dissipates, it seems that most people either want to grasp what’s comfortable or grasp the true reality of the fourth dimension. I’m sure some people immerse themselves in the self-created, illusory heaven because they’re comfortable with it, but most people just want to explore their new home.
What’s great about the fourth dimension is that, as the unnamed teacher mentioned, we can create anything we want for ourselves – even the false ‘heaven’ that religion would have us believe is real. We can live in a heavenly city with pearly gates and gold-lined streets if we want, but we’ll eventually see that it’s all an illusion we’ve created and sustained.
Most people only require a short period of time in this illusion before they’re ready to see what their new home’s really like, but if we want, we can spend all our time in the illusory heaven and experience the reality we expected to depart into when we were on earth.
The unnamed spirit teacher affirms that only a few people decide to sustain the illusory heaven.
“Q: What happens to those souls that die and expect pearly gates and St. Peter?
“A: We keep them asleep until such time as they are ready to understand. Usually by the time their funeral is set up, they are cognizant that there are no pearly gates and that there is no need for it to be that way for they would not be at home in that kind of environment.
“If they choose later on, however, to build their golden streets and their pearly gates, they may create this within their minds; however, you will find very few do. They are more at home in their own natural surroundings.” (5)
I want to mention again that even though the afterlife isn’t the heaven most religious people expect, it’s still heavenly and blissful. It’s still comprised of a purer vibration than we’re used to on earth, but most of its features are different from what we’ve been told we’ll experience when we pass on.
I’m sure it’s initially hard for some people to realize that beyond their natural connection with Source, which we can all maintain, they aren’t much closer to God in terms of actual dimensional distance when they reach the afterlife.
They’ll still need to do a lot of inner work and explore the countless dimensions that lay between them and Source, and along with an absence of gold-lined streets, there is no bearded man who sits on a throne in the fourth dimension.
One of the most difficult concepts for a lot of religious people to come to terms with will probably be that God isn’t a man in the sky – he/she is the Source of all creation who exists beyond any lower or higher dimension.
It’s very possible to communicate with Source, but in terms of actually being with him/her, we all still have a lot of work to do and a lot of higher dimensions to explore.
A.D. Mattson tells us about her initial vision of the pearly gates and St. Peter, which she was told her expectations manifested.
“Then I had this magnificent, wonderful vision. There were the gates.
“I had always envisioned that the entrance to my paradise would be through these magnificent gates. They’re gates of life – of light. They’re living gates. They’re moving all the time. They’re not wrought iron or stone or wood. There was this beautiful gate opening and there were all of my family coming backward and forward to greet me.”
“I said, ‘Do you always have to go through gates like that?’ And they said, ‘No, this is because this is what you have always thought and will have what you have imagined. You built this. This is yours – the gateway – your entrance of light. You can have St. Peter if you like.’
“At that I had a little chuckle. I really didn’t mind whether I had St. Peter or not. I said I could perhaps do without St. Peter. But then, as I turned my head slightly and looked, I saw a figure I knew was St. Peter. I said, ‘I’m coming. I’m coming.’ He said, ‘Take your time, take your time. There’s all the time in the world.’” (6)
Most people don’t know that we constantly create our reality – in the lower and higher realms.
Whatever we expect or envision, we’ll create. I’d imagine this is especially true in the fourth dimension, which has been called the ‘mental plane’ because the mind and heart are the primary embodiments of consciousness and instruments of expression there.
There’s no physical body in the fourth dimension – there are only the mental, emotional and etheric bodies. Because of this (and because of the higher vibration that permeates it), our creations are more potent and manifest quicker. If we expect to see something, we’ll instantly create it.
Our conscious/subconscious thoughts, feelings and expectations create our reality, and our creations are more noticeable in the fourth dimension because they manifest at the drop of a hat. Our creations take longer to manifest here in the third dimension because of its slower, denser vibration, but even here, we constantly create our reality without realizing it.
A.D. Mattson then affirms the things we’ve learned so far.
“We tend to feel that, when we die, heaven is as we thought it – and it certainly is. As I’ve said, you can be received in exactly the same way you always thought you would be received. You may remain in that narrowness if you want – you need never change unless you wish. God gives us perfect freedom in spirit.” (7)
According to John Heslop, things like pearly gates do exist in the higher planes, but they only exist in the first planes we go to if someone creates them.
“Here you see the inner heart of that upon which you gaze, the wonderful purity of each object which irradiates the exterior. The walls which surround this sphere are composed of what you would describe as precious stones, and the Golden Gates are set with great Pearls.” (8)
Jim McLean tells us that he initially created a blissful heaven for himself, but he quickly realized that that reality was too assumptive because he hadn’t done the inner work that’s necessary to attain it.
“Each of us, while yet on earth, if we are disposed to give the matter consideration, builds up a complicated picture of some celestial state, a condition tinged with light and darkness according to our hopes and fears.
“In my own case, I had this vision of an unsubstantial disembodied state of celestial bliss, which I now see was presumptuous, as I had done nothing to earn it.
“It was also a very selfish conception of individual attainment. Divine Mind has conceived of a perfect plan of gradual advancement, a plan that banishes all conceit. Ultimate perfection can only be reached when all selfish desires have been overcome.” (9)
Even though we’re worthy of the love and bliss that comprise the higher realms and we can create them for ourselves if we want, most people who pass on quickly adjust to a more levelheaded understanding.
They realize that they can’t expect to be in heaven until they create heaven from within, and those who are rooted the most in negativity and self-service probably quickly realize they have a lot to do before they can experience heaven. Heaven is a state of mind, no matter what dimension we exist in, and this is why I think we can create it right here on earth.
I talk about the afterlife because it interests me to think that something exists beyond this reality, and my intention isn’t for the people who read this to focus so heavily on the afterlife that they forget to create an enjoyable life right here, right now.
I want to help people consider that consciousness does live on after death, and the place we go when we die, though different from what most of us would expect, is a lovely place that’s permeated with a higher vibration.
In realizing this, I hope for others to see that this world can be just as heavenly as the afterlife and inspire them to do the inner/outer work that’s necessary to create heaven on earth.
If we ‘lay our treasures in heaven’ (to quote the Bible) so heavily that we forget to bring some of that treasure back to earth, we’ll find when we pass on that we missed a great opportunity to express heavenly qualities in a place that’s been known to be rather hellish.
We’ll realize that we made a huge mistake, and some of us might want to come back to earth so we can help others feel the joy and heavenliness that comprise the realms beyond.
Claude Kelway-Bamber tells us that most religious people who cherish their instilled beliefs about heaven would be surprised at how ordinary the fourth dimension is.
“If, when I woke to life here, I had found myself floating about the clouds clad in muslin and with a pair of wings, I should have realized the fact [of my death] sooner. Incidentally, too, friends on earth would believe the stories of those who have ‘passed on’ more readily in a setting of the kind I have described.
“What they find difficult to understand apparently is the very little change between life in the physical body and in the spiritual.
“People with narrow, set, and orthodox beliefs are puzzled by the reality, the ‘ordinariness’ … of the spirit world. If it were described to them as ‘flashes of light,’ ‘mauve and sapphire clouds,’ ‘golden rivers,’ etc., it would more readily approximate with their preconceived ideas. They require ‘mystery’ about this future life.” (10)
She finds it funny, she tells us, when the newly arrived don’t expect to see things they associate with life on earth.
“I often laugh when I hear them complain they can’t believe in ‘solid’ things like houses and gardens in the spirit world.
“These same folk have always believed readily enough in ‘solid’ thrones, harps, crowns, etc., the perquisites of ‘the saved,’ which things obviously must be supported on other equally substantial substances – the thrones and harps on and in material floors and hands, and the crowns on very solid heads, I imagine!” (11)
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us that patience is required to help the newly deceased adjust to the fourth dimension, which is usually nothing like they thought it’d be.
“As you can imagine, a great deal of patience has at times to be exercised when we are confronted with minds that are tenacious of old beliefs and ideas that bear no relationship with the truth and facts and realities of spirit life, and it may take much arduous work to free the newly arrived person of so much that is mentally inhibiting and spiritually retarding.
“You will see, then, the wisdom of choosing instruments who are ably suited in all respects to the work in hand so that a difficult or awkward case may not be rendered more so.” (12)
Only people who can willingly correct the distortions and misunderstandings of the recently deceased can help them understand their new realm, and a lot of patient and diligent work is required to help them transcend the illusions they created on earth.
One’s perception of the fourth dimension gradually purifies as they spend more time there, and this is due partially to their own desire to explore the realities of this realm (as opposed to the illusions) and partially to the diligent efforts of their ‘transition guides’, who help them understand its true nature.
They eventually learn that life is a gradual progression back into the Source, and when this realization sets in, they’re prepared for whatever service they want to embrace in their new home. Love, selfless service and the exploration of our spirituality sets us on a path back to Source, but before we can embrace those qualities, we have to allow the illusions we’ve created to dissipate.
In our final quote, Frances Banks affirms that nobody’s forced to accept the reality of the fourth dimension and they can stay immersed in their illusions for as long as they want.
“No soul is coerced, forced or bound by creeds. If he believes that this is Heaven, or conversely that he is in Hell, then for him, that is so at his present state of progress.
“Helpers and Teachers and Great Souls there are in number to explain such errors of thinking, but there are no rules to follow and obey except the Divine Precept of Love, Light, Wisdom, and Understanding.” (13)
I’d imagine the stability of the recently deceased is more important than anything, and if a person’s beliefs give them comfort and stability in their new home, however illusory or assumptive the beliefs are, there’s no harm in letting them sustain their illusions until they’re ready to see what their new home’s really like.
As long as they’re mentally and emotionally stable enough not to panic or lose themselves in fear, I’m sure their transition guides are happy. They’ll eventually awaken to their true situation, but until they do, they might as well be allowed to have a little fun.
When the physical body perishes, our consciousness will be freed and we’ll explore a higher state of consciousness that’s different from, yet similar to, the earth. We might not enter the afterlife through pearly gates or walk on gold-lined streets (unless we create them), and even if we do, we’ll eventually recognize that they’re illusions our expectations created.
We’ll eventually see that the fourth dimension (and the higher realms in general) is exactly what we envision it to be, but after we’re there for a while, any illusion we’ve maintained will be replaced with a blissful, if not a little mundane, state of consciousness with traits that are recognizable to people who just left earth.
Frankly, I’m glad the fourth dimension features earthly conditions while still being a blissful, spiritually abundant place, because I love this world. I love everything about living on earth, and even though the fourth dimension sounds great, I hope I never have to leave here.
I hope the Rastas (and/or the new age crowd) are right and we get to experience eternal life on what’d be a more heavenly, utopian earth, because this world features a range of heavenly qualities that we only need to open our minds and hearts to see.
This planet is as beautiful and higher-vibrational as we let it be, and the same can be said for the fourth dimension and every higher realm we’ll experience when our earthly adventure’s over. I honestly hope our adventure here on earth is never over and we can enjoy a planetary society (not a one world government) that’s filled with love, unity and eternal life for everyone.
If not, we have plenty of blissful higher dimensions to fall back on.
- Grace Rosher, medium. The Travellers’ Return. London: Psychic Press, 1968, 51.
- Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, and Fred Rafferty, editor, Spirit World and Spirit Life. Los Angeles: Rafferty, 1922, 92.
- 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, 42.
- Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Novato, CA: Inner Light Foundation, 1976; c1975, 18.
- Ibid., 32.
- Ruth Mattson Taylor, ed., Witness from Beyond. New Cosmic Concepts on Death and Survival from the Late A.D. Mattson, S.T.D., through the Clairvoyant Margaret Flavell Tweddell. Portland, ME: Foreword Books, 1975, 28.
- Ibid., 55.
- John Heslop through F. Heslop, medium, Further Messages Across the Border-Line. A Continuation of “Speaking Across the Border-Line.” London: Charles Taylor, n.d, 12.
- Lesley May, med., Letters from Mother. A Family Biography in Two Worlds. Ed. Edmund Bentley. London: Psychic Press, 1964, 112.
- L. Kelway-Bamber, ed., Claude’s Book. New York: 1919. Downloaded from http://www.spiritwritings.com/claude1.pdf, 18 Feb. 2008, 10-1.
- Loc. cit.
- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, More About Life in the World Unseen. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1956; c1968, 13.
- Helen Graves, Testimony of Light. London: Churches Fellowship for Psychical & Spiritual Studies, 1975; c1969, 108.
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