Obviously we fully back the work of Michael Tymn of the Academy of
Spiritual and Paranormal Studies Inc. and the work of Victor Zammit
in telling the world about psychic research over the past 150 years. We
always urge readers to go to their links in this journal. But our personal hope is that Christians and others
should know the research that validates the core message of
the great religions: that there is a spiritual world, and there is
eternal life. We think it is a tragedy that religions do not
look at this research, for faith in what is fact would be
established, and dearly loved prejudices and sometimes antagonisms
could be put aside.
Abstract: This “interview” with Professor William James, a pioneer in psychology, philosophy, and psychical research, is based on his actual words from various books and essays now in the public domain. Words in brackets have been inferred and inserted to permit a flow or transition. The questions have been tailored to fit the answers.
Harvard professor William James was clearly one of the key figures in the early years of psychical research.
Professor William James
His interest in the field, especially mediumship, was prompted by a dozen sittings he had during 1885 with trance medium Leonora Piper after his mother-in-law informed him of a very evidential sitting she had had with Mrs. Piper. James came to refer to Piper as his “white crow,” the one that upset the law that all crows are black. “I cannot resist the conviction that knowledge appears which she has never gained by the waking use of her eyes and ears and wits,” he wrote in his report for the American branch of the Society for Psychical Research (ASPR). “What the source of this knowledge may be I know not, and have not the glimmer of an explanatory suggestion to make; but from admitting the fact of such knowledge I can see no escape.” (D) Read “Interview”
What it the best evidence for Survival?
In his Diary of a Writer, the Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, says: "There is only single supreme idea on earth -the concept of immortality of the human soul. All other profound ideas by which men live are only an extension of it. "
In our culture grounded in philosophical materialism, researchers have sought evidence for survival of consciousness after bodily death through a number of separate though united categories of survival research evidence: near-death experiences or the azarus syndrome, out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, mental, physical, trance, and direct voice mediumship, after-death communications place hauntings, possession, apparitions of the dead including psychomanteum use, spirit photographs, electronic voice recordings, instrumental transcommunication, death bed visions and experiences, cross correspondences, materialization, etc.
One approach to develop the best evidence for survival is to research all available evidence for each category of survival evidence to identify the very best cases in each category that have no viable explanations such as coincidence, conscious or unconscious fraud, mistaken observation, etc. Consider that if you have one stick, it is easy to break; If you bundle many sticks together, it is difficult to break the bundle. Similarly, if you combine all the best cases in all the categories of survival evidence, they make a robust bundle of evidence for survival of consciousness after bodily death. But this is extremely difficult to do because all categories of survival evidence have in common aspects of paranormal cognitive and/or paraphysical explanations. Read the article
Rev. Louis Richard Batzler, Ph.D.
Abstract: Anyone who is aware of current scientific and religious thought and action knows that we are at an axial point in human history. The amazing achievements in science and technology, and the paradoxical situation of polarization and interfaith cooperation within religion are creating crises and opportunities. One of the greatest challenges in this time of global transitions is self-understanding. We cannot adequately cope with the many crises or seize the opportunities until we know who and why are are. Essential to this understanding are two of our deepest concerns and anxieties concerning the meaning and purpose of life and our mortality. The Exceptional Human Experience (EHE)and Immortality can be catalysts in this effort for self-understanding. This paper describes and evaluates EHEs and Immortality and their relationship. and notes how both provide the possibilities and potentialities of persons for greater self-understanding and a more meaningful life now. and in the afterlife.Read the address
We've already had a feature on Cicoria and his Lightning Sonata: but you may like to hear what Sacks has to say, as well as hearing Cicoria play.
Here is a long and scholarly debunking article by Keith Augustine: he does make valid points
But read this reply by Michael Preston
Similarly Dr Pim van Lommel, writer of a paper on NDEs in The Lancet replies to Michael Shermer, 'Demon-Haunted Brain' Scientific American, page 25, March 2003.
Jonathan Beecher, Editor, White Crow Books
On the fourth day of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK the Pope held mass in Birmingham. Birmingham you ask, why Birmingham?
is the burial place of John Henry Newman, a 19th century
cardinal in the Catholic Church, and the reason the Pope is there is
because Newman is being ‘Beatified’, in other words,
made a saint.
Jonathan Beecher and White Crow Bookshere , but we can note that this former Anglican priest is employing the same device as Michael Tymn when he interviews William James, (above). He is very successful in bringing us to Jesus the man. Perhaps some would have liked other questions, but - it is Simon Parke who is questioning, not someone else. Do go to the link above, do view the short video which will give you a clear impression of how things will proceed.
Her debut novel, The Son of Mary Bethel, was published in 1909 and this was followed in 1910 by her first collection of poetry, The Frozen Grail and Other Poems. Barker was a spiritual writer and one evening in 1912, while she was in Paris, she began automatic writing, the phenomenon where someone other than her own subconscious was writing using her hand. What followed was the trilogy of Living Dead Man books." For further details, read this.
why these discoveries about John 21 are so fascinating. This link
brings you to a confirmation course I had written. I hope you
find pages 18-25 truly meaningful. The material has been derived from John Michell's City of Revelation (1972), which I recommend.
Of himself, Dr Keith Parsons writes: “I was a BBC World Service radio producer from 1975 to 1989, making current affairs programmes, and presenting documentaries from around the world. For three years before retirement, I became Head of Communications at Loughborough University. Now I live in a quiet village in the Peak District National Park in England. It was here that I developed an absorbing interest in survival after death. I find the historical evidence fascinating”.
An excerpt from his article:
"Decades later I read about the Wimhurst machine again, this time being used to shock people on purpose. These were the patients of Dr Carl Wickland. In the early 1900s he believed that many people in psychiatric hospitals were not mentally ill but were possessed by the spirits of the dead; sometimes by several spirits simultaneously. Now remember that in the New Testament Jesus spent a good deal of time healing people by casting out unclean spirits. So either there is something to the theory of spirit possession, or the Bible was describing a travesty and Jesus was a fraud. Read
Professor Vernon M. Neppe, MD, PhD (Med), FRSSAf, DFAPA, BN&NP
Note: This article was written 37 years ago when Professor Neppe was in
the last year of his medical training. It is a wide ranging and helpful
article, and as Prof. Neppe now says, the last half is the most
compelling in its evidence for survival. In the earlier half one might
consider the earlier Vernon Neppe was unnecessarily dismissive of some
of the evidence. That said, we do warmly commend this article for the
interest of our readers. Read the article
blessing of light be on you,
Let us go
Letter to the Editorchallenges preconceptions about NDEs and Reincarnation. He and the Editor have had long phone conversations about a prolonged and most interesting OBE that he had experienced. He has sent several e-mails raising a number of questions that the Editor hopes to follow up in future issues. For instance he challenged us to re-examine our thoughts about Reincarnation: how can there be reincarnation when we speak of an eternal present? He also asks whether the NDEs we report can be seen as describing a reality that all should experience. He instanced the findings of the Thailand Society for Psychic Research, where Thai NDEers often encounter a rather horrific reality that no Westerner would recognise. Here is a longish report from that Society, that in effect demands that we take account of cultural and corporate beliefs and expectations in imagining what we experience when we lay aside our earthly bodies. In the physical world visitors to a town will all see the same buildings, conform to the local laws, will agree as to what is happening before their eyes. It may not be so in the world of Spirit, where what is encountered is more obviously the product of thought. Consider these words: "Beware of the God that you believe in. You may get him."
Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications
Visit the archives of Victor Zammit's weekly newsletter at http://www.victorzammit.com/archives/index.html for hours of fascinating reading. When you open this website you have the opportunity to request that these emails be sent to you every week, something that we strongly recommend.
We strongly recommend this site, as a source of much interesting material.
Editors' notes: Public Parapsychology is one of an increasing number of web sites that we should be aware of.. and subscribe to. Try this url: http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com
“This web site is a compilation of information on the afterlife and other related critical concepts, such as the purpose of life and reincarnation, as they relate to souls here on earth. We have not created this site to convince anyone of the validity of this information, we simply invite you to read through the data, explore the sources we have used and visit other sources to learn more. Using spirit sources from Afterlife101.com and respected authors like Michael Newton, Allan Kardec, Jane Roberts and others, the results of our first investigations reveal 94.8% agreement on a variety of very specific topics. We believe this web site contains the largest correlation of spirit communications about the afterlife, all from respected sources, available anywhere. We will continue to expand this data as information is made available to us and our research expands.”
Click http://www.near-death.com/ for hours of fascinating reading
Read also http://www.near-death.com/experiences/reincarnation08.html A long list of extraordinary coincidences between the lives of Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy.
Electronic Voice and Instrumental Communication: