Previously, we discussed the uniqueness of each transition and the pain-lifting effects death has on the departing, immortal spirit.
We learned that any potential pain surrounding death is lifted instantly when we reach the bliss of the fourth dimension, and we’re going to resume our discussion with a few personal accounts of the deaths of people who’ve returned through mediums to tell us about their transition and the realms beyond.
We’ve learned a lot from these accounts so far, but we haven’t scratched the surface of what’s available. It’ll probably take five or six more detailed reports to get a glimpse of the vast material out there, and along the way, we’ll learn interesting insights that’ll refresh our perspective on the fourth dimension.
We’ll dive into this material with a quote from Grace Rosher’s departed sister about what death is really like.
“It’s not true that people die. They just go to sleep and wake up to a much more vigorous life.” (1)
Can you imagine how amazing the realm we wake up to is? It must be wonderfully refreshing to fall asleep on earth and wake up in a beautiful, heavenly place filled with departed friends and relatives. Beyond the fact that any fear of death would be quelled, the atmosphere would be rich, uplifting and harmonious.
Sigwart shares his experience of death and informs us that a period of slumber can precede our awakening in spirit.
“Everything intruded upon me and I was conscious at once of what had happened to me, that is, that I had stepped through the portals of death, as you so rightly call it. … The shedding of matter proceeds in a condition of sleep; consciousness returns gradually and then the enjoyment of freedom begins, if one has not been a novice in these things” (2)
It might take some people a little bit of time and adjustment to understand what happened, but the experienced and rested spirit is able to come out of their slumber comfortably. Even though it could be difficult for some to come to terms with their death, everyone’s eventually able to accept it and progress from there.
According to Mike Swain, some people will dream that they’re in the location their body is in during their etheric slumber.
“Nature wraps you in a blanket of sleep [and] a person, even if he is terrified of dying, merely falls asleep. In his sleep, he dreams that he is still in the same room; but actually he is passing to our Golden World.” (3)
Apparently, the sleep that follows death can cause dreams that are based on our most recent location and memory. We’re eventually able to wake up in the wonderful world of spirit, but the initial resting period could be a bit confusing, especially for someone who experienced a traumatic death.
Luckily, everyone who passes on is given immense assistance with understanding their transition and the realms beyond, and a lot of souls then choose to help other initiates understand spirit.
Gordon Burdick tells us that when he woke up from his etheric slumber, he wasn’t interested in what happened to his mortal body.
“When I passed, I don’t remember anything except … that I was asleep and woke up in this other state of life. I was not interested in what happened to my body or what my friends were doing about it.” (4)
Some people’s concerns about their body probably fade in the face of the amazing etheric realms they’re able to traverse. With so much to explore; so much to learn, it makes sense that some wouldn’t be concerned about their body. In a sense, the body’s old news.
The fourth dimension offers unprecedented opportunities for exploration and service, and some initiates are probably happy to move beyond the limitation of third-dimensionality in favor of etheric liberation.
Mike Swain lays out the process of death as he experienced it.
“The actual act of dying is as simple as dozing off after lunch. A drowsy feeling fills the whole of your body with relaxing comfort.
You can still see, with your earthly eyes the room about you. Then you notice that there are all kinds of new people standing around your bed, people that you once knew, such as parents, a favorite uncle, a friend who passed over many years sooner. The joy of seeing them again takes your mind off everything else.” (5)
A lot of people instantly stop worrying about their physical fate when they see the smiling faces of people they’ve thought were ‘dead’. The joy of being in the company of family diminishes any mortal worries or concerns, and they’re able to start enjoying themselves and their new lives.
Mike continues: “They take you by the hand and lift you to your feet. This invariably causes you to look back at the bed and to your surprise you or your mortal shell is still lying there. You say aloud: ‘But how can I be here with you people and yet still be lying there on the bed?’ Only then do you realize that this is death.” (6)
The sight of departed family and the inanimate physical shell at the same time is a huge factor in the realization that death has taken place. Initiates are able to understand their transition because of the support and assistance they’re given, and nobody comes out of the experience unable to grasp what happened, unless they keep themselves from understanding.
In some cases, people are too bewildered to understand the change that’s taken place, but in others, they’re easily able to cope with their transition and see what the other side has to offer. Some people are probably very excited to explore the spirit realms, while for others, coming to terms with the whole thing is difficult.
Phillip Gilbert tells us that as the physical body grows older, the etheric body steadily readies itself to leave.
“With the approach of earth-life’s natural ending … the etheric body alters.
It becomes stronger and more easily detached (old people fall asleep easily, don’t they?), and the act of death takes place easily and without shock to the etheric body so that, at any rate, except in exceptional circumstances, they are not hampered with the results of nervous strain, fear and suspense, as with the soldier in battle or people in air raids or prison camps.” (7)
Older people who live peaceful lives are able to cope with their transition in a much easier way than, say, a young person who’s ripped away in a tragedy. Their etheric bodies are gradually and subtly accustomed to the realms they’ll enter, and when the time comes, they’re able to slip away gracefully.
Then, they’re able to wake up to the brimming other side and start their lives anew in spirit.
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us that peaceful transitions are far more natural than violent ones.
“[Sudden or violent transitions] are not what could be considered in any way normal had other conditions prevailed.
Normal transition, from the point of view of the spirit world, is that wherein the spirit body becomes gradually and easily detached from the earthly body in a slow and steady process of separation. The magnetic cord, in such cases, will become detached from the earthly body gently, it will fall away naturally, just as the leaf falls from the tree in autumn.” (8)
Death is intended to entail a gradual release of the etheric body, but the circumstances surrounding it could cause pain and difficulty before the transition itself takes place.
In all cases, death delivers one from pain and chaos and into the wondrous realms of spirit. For this reason and this reason alone, I can confidently say that we have no reason to fear, apprehend, or avoid death. As long as we take care of our bodies and do our best to keep our karma straight, it’ll be as easy as going to sleep and waking up.
Benson continues, affirming that the spirit gradually readies to leave the body in old age.
“When the leaf is in full life and vigour it requires a strong action to dislodge it from the tree. And so it is with the spirit body. In the young, the cohesion is firm, but it gradually lessens as age increases. When people on earth reach the autumn of their lives, like the leaf of the tree, the spirit body is less firmly attached to the physical body.” (9)
We’re firmly rooted in the body when we’re young, but as time goes on, our essence prepares to shed its physical shell. After everything we experience on the third-dimensional earth, we’re able to depart to the fourth dimension and take stock of our experiences before either incarnating again or continuing our growth in that sphere.
As we’ll learn below, the only shock Julia Ames felt when she died was the shock of waking up in a new realm.
“When you die a change takes place that differs so much in different cases that I think I had better begin by describing as clearly as possible what is felt by the person who dies.
In my letters I have told you how I felt. There was no pain, no shock, no sensation at all save that of waking up out of a deep sleep, perfectly well. That was my experience and it was a very happy one. It is a very common one, but it is not universal.” (10)
From what we’ve learned so far, it seems like this transition is only negative if the circumstances surrounding it are negative. Most people are able to experience a peaceful death before waking up in the spirit realms, and the common experience is one of simplicity and an understanding that death isn’t the end of life.
I have a feeling that some people don’t even feel the pain of a violent death. For some people, the change might be so instant that they don’t have time to feel any pain, and they’re simply left to wander around in their etheric forms and wonder what happened.
Nigel Gibbs starts telling us about the experience of one ‘Ian Maclean’ in dying, traveling through a tunnel, and reaching a state of spiritual blankness referred to as ‘no man’s land’ (which, incidentally, is the name of a bar down the street from me).
“[In] regards [to] his death, as far as I could gather, it was very rapid.
He said everything went inky and black and he seemed to be travelling a long time down a tunnel and when at last his feet touched the bottom and he thought ‘I’ve parachuted safely in to solid earth,’ he found himself floating in space. That was a pretty unpleasant experience. It was lonely and it was dark.” (11)
Nigel continues, telling us that Mr. Maclean eventually and instinctually called for help, which he was happily given.
“After a while a queer unearthly terror got hold of him and he called and called to his pals for help.
That was the sensible thing to do because one of our chaps called Irvin or Irwin found him and helped him out of no-man’s-land. He has got on famously since then. He has no recollection of agonizing pain – only for one awful searing moment, a blaze of light and then the tunnel.” (12)
As evidenced by Dr. Eben Alexander’s account in his book ‘Proof of Heaven’, some people will experience this strange and unsettling darkness before eventually reaching the more lighted realms. In the book, Dr. Alexander recounts his numerous experiences traveling back and forth from the dark realm to the increasingly pure realms of Source.
While some will simply wake up in a good place, others might experience a temporary void before they’re driven to seek something higher – something they’ll attain upon seeking. Maybe one’s karma determines whether or not they experience this ‘no man’s land’ but no matter what, we can transcend it.
A spirit teacher through medium Betty Bethards tells us that following the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is instinctual for many people who travel through it at death.
“Normally, as they leave the body at the very beginning, [people] will go through what appears like a dark tunnel or dark tube which has a very bright light at the end. Most entities are drawn to the light without anyone saying ‘go to the light.’ They somehow know this.
It’s a past soul memory of having left the body many times that will project him into the God light.” (13)
We’ll naturally know to follow the light when we move on from the body. Whether we experience an instant transition into spirit, a brief sleep followed by an awakening, or a tunnel with a light at the end, instinct will show us where we’re meant to go.
The spirit teacher continues, telling us about the celebration that takes place with departed loved ones on the other side.
“At that time, this is where the loved ones are, in the light, there to meet him.
There is a celebration, welcoming him home, giving him the love and the pat on the back, so to speak, of a job well done, to encourage him to let go of the past and not feel the pain of what he has left behind. He’s gently trained and brought into the higher concepts and understanding as he is interested.” (14)
Even the most unaware person probably hungers to know more when they pass on to a place where they’re infinitely guided by departed loved ones, and after doing something as incredible as traveling through an etheric tunnel to reach the fourth dimension, I’d imagine awareness is automatically heightened.
Can you imagine how immense the hunger to learn more must be in the afterlife?
We’re then told more about the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Look for the brightest light around you and walk towards that.” (15)
“The light is the higher astral levels which [one] has earned.” (16)
If we’ve reached a certain state of consciousness, we’re given the choice to enter the white light of the higher astral realms after traveling through the etheric tunnel that leads to it. These wonderful realms are apparently our reward for living basically good lives, but people who live for greed and vanity might not initially experience the bliss they have to offer.
In a Q&A, we’re told that understanding the process of traveling through the darkness and into the light will make it much easier.
“Q: Is there any fear either in this gray state or going through this tunnel?
A: Many times there is. But if a person understands that he is to go through this, there would be no fear. He will see pathetic-looking souls in the darkness if he chooses to stop. But souls normally will just project right into the light without looking to either side.” (17)
Even the fear associated with traveling through the tunnel is more of a fear of the unknown, and it only exists because of our unevolved nature. Understanding the process will ready us to experience it when the time comes, and our potential to descend into fear during it is the only thing that makes it ‘frightening’.
The spirit teacher continues answering the question above.
“There is really nothing to fear. There’s no way one can be harmed. He will only be loved as he crosses over.
The soul’s negative state will determine how free from fear he is. You have only to look at the people on your earth plane. These people are in the light and yet they have fears. Just because one leaves the body in death does not mean he’s going to lose those fears. The fears are within man.” (18)
If we have fear within at the time of death, we might have to confront it in a bolder way because it’ll be intensified by the unknown territory around us. Our choices in life will determine where we go after death, and even people who are basically good will have to confront their deeply held fears of not existing, especially if they choose to spend some time in ‘no man’s land’.
The more we confront our fears now, the easier death will be if it comes knocking on our door before we evolve. The ascension process is much easier when we uproot and work through our inner held fear, and doing so is obviously an essential part of our growth.
We can’t take our fear with us to the higher etheric realms, and as long as we harbor it, we’ll remain on its vibration.
We’re told below that as long as we work through all of our fear here on earth, we won’t be afraid during the transition of death.
“As man grows to the point where he no longer needs those fears, he is released from them. It is each soul’s job to police himself for if you have [fears] in the body, you’re going to have them out of the body. If there is no fear in the body, there will be no fear out of the body.” (19)
This is why it’s important to start doing our inner work now, in my opinion. The earth offers an immense opportunity for physical and spiritual growth, and if we strive to, we can work through every bit of inner held fear that’d keep us back from an enjoyable afterlife experience.
We’ll be much lighter when we work through and dissolve all of our fear, and it’ll make all of the wonderful things we have yet to experience much easier and more enjoyable.
Now, we’re going to examine the accounts of two people who were able to experience a degree of enlightenment after their deaths. These experiences are apparently rare, which makes them all the more interesting, and the idea that some people actually find enlightenment from the process of death casts it in an even more benevolent light.
I can only imagine what it’s like to go from plain old earthly existence to a brimming higher-dimensional perception in a single moment, but thanks to the accounts we’re going to examine, we can get a glimpse of this interesting phenomenon.
We’ll start with the account of one ‘Father Andrew Glazewski’ who tells us that for him, death was a mostly blissful and ecstatic process.
“The ecstacy of dying is something I can never express. It is suddenly like becoming light itself. It is so wonderful. It is heat and coolness. It is warmth in the mind. It is clarity of vision and understanding.
It is like a clap of divine thunder and, hey presto! There I am, out of my old tiresome old body, leaping about in the glorious ether; and you’ve no conception of what dying is like…. It is a Communion, a Sacrament of living on a higher level – this is the most transforming experience that any mortal can attain. I am overcome with joy, pure joy.” (20)
Father Glazewski experienced the sacred higher-dimensional joy that a plethora of seekers are just starting to rediscover here on earth, and the result was a very enlightening experience of death. As we’ll learn below, his experience started off painful, but the pain quickly gave way to the ecstatic bliss he’s referencing.
He continues: “The pain grew suddenly so bad that it seemed to burst or break something inside me – and I was suddenly free – free in the strangest sense. I felt for a moment inert and without power, as in a walking trance. I was above my body but still attached to it.
I was sorry for it, it looked so helpless, almost like a child, and Gordon tried so hard to reawaken life in me again.” (21)
Of course, ‘Gordon’ would’ve been completely unable to help Glazewski at that point, because he was already outside of his inanimate body, watching the scene play out. However painful or disconcerting his initial experience was, he was able to become conscious outside of his body and watch his friend attempt to revive him.
As soon as he was able to understand and accept that he’d died, Father Glazewski’s incredible enlightenment experience started.
“Then I saw in [Gordon’s] face that I had finished and, as you say, ‘dropped in my tracks.’ Well, fair enough. I had tried to finish the course but no matter. So I accepted death and, as I did so, the whole world changed. The room blazed with light. The books on the table, the chairs, even the carpet and the curtains, everything in the room was alive with love power.” (22)
As soon as he was able to accept his transition, the world around him lit up with spiritual power and vibrancy. This is pretty different from some of the other accounts we’ve examined, and Father Glazewski’s experience was clearly oriented more toward the light than others’.
Everyone who lives a basically good life is offered the chance to embrace the light when the time comes, but most people’s surroundings aren’t literally lit up with divine energy. The very idea fascinates me.
We’re then told more about this unique experience.
“I stayed quite still, quite close to my body, but I couldn’t see it any longer; perhaps they had taken it away. It did not seem to matter to me any more.
I was at this time alone with God … I had often tried to feel this at-oneness with the Divine, but never succeeded to this overwhelming extent. I felt like a piece of blotting paper that was being saturated with light. I waited in an ecstacy – every moment was beyond words.” (23)
I can only imagine how blissful this experience must’ve been. It’s similar to Dr. Eben Alexander’s account, which I referenced earlier in this report, because Father Glazewski was able to travel into the Source and ‘merge’ with it in a sense.
The bliss of merging with Source is indescribable with human words and practically impossible to feel from a limited human body, but outside of the body, an experienced soul has the potential to remember and merge with Source in a big way.
We’re then told about Glazewski’s enhanced discarnate ability to feel a heightened level of Christ consciousness, as well as his eventual descent back to the third dimension in spirit form.
“Had I been able to hold [the bliss] in my body, I could only have done so for a moment, but now I seemed to have gained a certain resilience. I became tireless in my power to receive. How long it lasted I have no idea. But when I touched down again, as you would say, I found all quiet and everyone in bed.” (24)
After tirelessly receiving Source’s infinite, divine energy, Glazewski calmly descended to find his kin on earth sleeping. If it were me, I might’ve seriously considered trying to re-reach the blissful state of consciousness I was just in.
The contrast between a blissed-out state of consciousness and the familiar, lower realms of the earth must be immense. I might hunger too much for the uninhibited experience to want to toil in the finite density of the earth and the immediate realms beyond!
In his final quote, Father Glazewski describes his incarnate loved ones’ thankfulness for his peaceful transition, as well as his heightened ability to bless them.
“Some were praying for me or thanking [God] for my release. They made me feel very humble as I passed from room to room blessing them all in turn, not as I used to, but with a power quite outside my knowledge and experience.” (25)
Especially after his amazing ordeal, Glazewski was easily able to bless his thankful family with the light of Source, which he’d just started remembering in a purer way.
Anyone who experiences a degree of enlightenment after death is probably able to return to a lower state of consciousness with heightened abilities, and they can use such abilities to hone their crafts and help their loved ones on earth in the process.
Now, we’re going to examine the experience of a woman named Barbara, who strongly feared death all her life before dying of a long illness. We’ve examined material from Barbara in previous Spirit World Chronicles installments, and here, we’re going to learn about her initially dark but eventually blissful death/enlightenment experience.
She starts by telling us about the unhappiness with which she first entered the spirit world.
“I came over unhappily, not as the old who die easily and fall like ripe seeds matured and ready for the soil of spirit life. I came through the dark valley – but, oh, nothing in all my lives can touch the beauty of awakening…. In misery I lost myself in unconsciousness, but I awoke to a glory beyond the morning sun….” (26)
Even though she was miserable at first, Barbara was eventually able to open up to the ecstasy that dying and remembering spirit can offer. She was able to embrace an experience of enlightenment after spending time in a lower space, proving that anyone who gets lost in fear or dread can re-reach the light.
She then tells us about the indescribable ecstasy she was able to feel when she started to merge with Source.
“I had forgotten ecstacy, but it was waiting for me with a fullness of perception that breaks through every fancy and escapes my pen – the feeling of absorption into the very Godhead itself is the only way I can describe it.” (27)
We can only theorize about what merging with Source feels like from the earth, but some people are able to experience such a merging in all of its intensely after they pass on. Like a lot of other things, our karma and the choices we make in life are the biggest determiners of what we experience after death.
Barbara, Father Glazewski, and a few others were able to merge with Source because of their deeds in life, and we can all experience this fate if our actions here on earth are oriented to spirit and service.
Merging with Source entails giving up our perception of our individuality, but we don’t feel this loss when we’re immersed in the fullness of unified Christ consciousness. This was Barbara’s experience, as we’re told below.
“This is what happens to [us] who suffer: Christ, in the fullness of his divine sympathy, embraces and endows us with a power to merge and literally to cease our individual consciousness so lovely, so profound, that I knew no loss of self, but I became just one more sentient part of the Christ consciousness, knowing and feeling only the greatness of love, and within that overwhelming ecstacy I hung poised between life and life, until the broken particles of the suffering me had [grown] together in this love solution.
As the time grew near for me to become again just Barbara, I found myself not less but more, far more than I had ever imagined possible.” (28)
Temporarily merging with Source enabled Barbara to pick up the scattered pieces of her unhappy and incomplete self, and the harmony accompanying the experience made it easier for her to diminish the pain and fear that’d always held her back. Barbara’s experience was very liberating, and apparently, other lost souls can be given similar experiences.
In a beautiful quote, which happens to be our final quote for this report, Barbara tells us that she’s finally free.
“I should like one old friend to hear from me. … Tell her – oh, tell her – that I’m free – thought carries me on an ever beyonding reach.” (29)
The higher thought of the fourth and fifth dimensions will liberate and inspire us as we continue our journey back to a permanent state of Christ consciousness. Some people, like Barbara, will temporarily merge back with Source if their journeys are particularly difficult, and afterward, they’ll be able to emerge into the higher etheric realms with love and assurance.
As always, I’m happy to have presented and examined this material and I remain grateful to the discarnate sources who’ve worked so hard to bring it to us. We’ve still only begun to really dive into the subject of the afterlife, and next time, we’ll examine the occasionally sudden or violent nature of some people’s deaths.
When we do, I think we should keep in mind that death itself liberates us from mortal pain and fear. The intention of this ongoing project is to present death in a more favorable but still truthful light, and I look forward to continuing to wipe the grime away from our perception of it in future reports.
Wes Annac – Playing my part in raising awareness – about death and everything else humanity’s been stumped about.
(1) Grace Rosher, medium. The Travellers’ Return. London: Psychic Press, 1968, 89.
(2) 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, 5.
(3) Jasper Swain, From My World to Yours: A Young Man’s Account of the Afterlife. New York: Walker, 1977, 51.
(4) Grace Rosher, medium. The Travellers’ Return. Ibid, 46
(5) Jasper Swain, From My World to Yours: A Young Man’s Account of the Afterlife. Ibid, 50
(6) Loc. cit.
(7) Philip Gilbert through Alice Gilbert, medium, Philip in Two Worlds. London: Andrew Dakers, 1948, 206.
(8) Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957), 46-7.
(9) Loc. cit.
(10) Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death. A Personal Narrative. New York: George H. Doran, n.d.; c. 1914, 159.
(11) Geraldine Cummins, They Survive. Evidence of Life Beyond the Grave from Scripts of Geraldine Cummins. Comp. E.B. Gibbes. London, etc.: Ride and Co., n.d, 31.
(12) Loc. cit.
(13) Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Novato, CA: Inner Light Foundation, 1976; c1975, 43.
(14) Loc. cit.
(15) Loc. cit.
(16) Loc. cit.
(17) Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Ibid, 44.
(18) Loc. cit.
(19) Loc. cit.
(20) Cynthia Sandys and Rosamund Lehmann, The Awakening Letters. Jersey: Neville Spearman, 1978, 83-4.
(21) Loc. cit.
(22) Loc. cit.
(23) Loc. cit.
(24) Loc. cit.
(25) Loc. cit.
(26) Cynthia Sandys and Rosamund Lehmann, The Awakening Letters. Ibid, 31-2.
(27) Loc. cit.
(28) Loc. cit.
(29) Cynthia Sandys and Rosamund Lehmann, The Awakening Letters. Ibid, 31.
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