Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
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.
- 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.
Continued in Part 2 tomorrow. Head here to read the full article.