It is no wonder that attendance at Spiritualist churches is low, when other religious sects are teaching prosperity thinking and praying for wealth!
This is a result of our commercial culture where the
advertising industry is always pitching products in
our faces. “God wants YOU to be rich” is the message.
What God REALLY wants, I am sure, is equality of
wealth and opportunity, so that around the world we
can ALL share the resources, be able to live
comfortably and without anxiety so that we can
concentrate on the more spiritual side of our nature,
which is joyful, beautiful and creative, rather than
remain ignorant, impulsive, destructive and
We don’t just need to “feel good,” which is the
message of these hucksters, but to BE good, caring
and compassionate. It is curious that many of the
mythical heavens of Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism offer
worldly pleasures and enticements, which suggests that
they are glimpses of the lower ‘astral’ regions close
to earth, while the painful hells of eternal torments
and tortures are suggestive of the worst types of
abuse which humans actually inflict on each other here
on earth! In the past, politics, the military,
commerce and religion itself have created more misery
and suffering than can ever be historically recorded.
Let us move on from this lowest of Hells and look
forward to our return to our true spiritual home on
the other side.
The numerous communications we have received
since the advent of Modern Spiritualism from the
deceased living in the next world have given us a more
realistic account of what happens at death and after,
and teach us how to be effective helpers and rescuers
ourselves. We can compare these accounts with the
pictures provided by our different religions and
cultures around the world, and see a common theme in
them all, turned into myths and idealizations, and
wishful thinking which distorts the reality. The
fact is that our mind and spirit are modified by our
individual thoughts and imagination and by our motives
and conduct, good, bad or indifferent. It is useful
to compare the modern accounts of adventures in the
afterlife, a few of which we are presenting in this
“Rescue” series, with those from different religions
and cultures around the world. Two interesting and
readable books which are helpful in this respect are
“Life Beyond Death in the Beliefs of Mankind” by James
Thayer Addison, published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
London, 1933. (I’m lucky enough to have the author’s
signed first edition copy) and “Contact with the
Other World” by James Hyslop, London, 1919 [available
Also, the availability of original aboriginal art
in museums, cave paintings and recent archeological
finds, demonstrating different aspects of
spirituality, has widened our perspective with regard to the spiritual reality beyind all life. There are also various television networks
presenting aboriginal and First Nation spirituality
round the world. For example, in Canada there is the APTN
(Aboriginal People’s Television Network) where
recently there have been programmes on Inuit
Shamans, and in New Zealand there has been a series on Maori spirituality. Vision TV, a multi-faith ecumenical religious
network in Canada also provides world coverage, with recent
programmes on Lily Dale, the Spiritualist centre in up=state New York and EVP with Nova Scotian medium Alan Hatfield.
With that, we’ll continue with Adelheid’s
account of her experiences beyond the veil, which we
started in our last episode. [Richard R.]
ADELHEID “I began to move on, for I thought it
would soon be getting dark, and I intended to call at
a house or ask someone to help me find accommodation.
I had the feeling that I must have arrived here very
early in the morning: even though I had been here for
hours, there was still no sign of dusk. Finally I
realized that I must think carefully about what to do
next, for suddenly this whole place had begun to seem
uncanny. Where, in fact, was I?
I spoke to somebody, hoping to get an answer.
The one I spoke to was very friendly, and behaved as
though it was her job to give information to those who
had recently arrived here. I asked her:
ADELHEID Please tell me where I really am. I know
that I was on a journey and that I’ve stopped
somewhere, but I’ve simply no idea whether I’m at the
right place or going in the right direction.
SPIRIT HELPER You are certainly at the right place
and on the right path. You are where you belong.
ADELHEID But I need accommodation and I would be
grateful if somebody could help me.
HELPER Of course. I will take care of that. Have
you been here for some time?
ADELHEID I don’t think so, but I don’t know for
certain how long I have been here. It’s all very
HELPER I understand. You dear, good soul! Don’t
you realize that you are no longer wearing an earthly
body? You are not a human being now! Have a good
look at yourself – you are a spirit! You have left
your material world behind and have entered the world
ADELHEID (in a state of shock). Did you say – the
world of spirit?
HELPER Yes. When you were human, you said your
prayers, you were devout, so you should know that the
gates of heaven would be opened for you after your
death, and that you soul would be allowed to enter.
ADELHEID Do you mean to say that I am now in
HELPER Yes. You are now in heaven.
ADELHEID But that’s impossible! My idea of heaven
is quite different.
HELPER Nevertheless, that is where you are. As
you know, earth has its humble regions – the same
holds true of heaven. There are some modest and
unpretentious places where spirits can live very
simply. On the other hand you can also find places
where distinguished spirits live in surroundings of
beauty and splendour..
ADELHEID And I don’t belong with them! But I am
quite willing to accept my modest status. I am full
of wonder. Is it really possible that heaven could be
so like earth? Nobody told us this.
HELPER Unfortunately you were left in ignorance of
this. You were living on earth, clothed in a material
body. Here you live away from matter, a spirit
amongst other spirits. Everything that exists on
earth, in a material form, exists here too. But the
material envelope has fallen away, and all is pure
spirit. You must try to grasp this. Here you will
find gardens, fields, rivers and woods, but in their
spiritual essence, stripped of their earthly form.
ADELHEID I see, but I’m finding it hard to take in
so many new ideas all at one time. Does that mean it
really was my parents who came to welcome me? That
they really were there?
HELPER Oh, yes, they are here. And soon either
you will visit them, or they will visit you. But
first you will be given every opportunity to get to
know this new world.
ADELHEID But where am I going to live? I can’t stay
here in the street!
HELPER Of course not. Let me introduce myself. I
am an angel, and it is my mission to instruct
newcomers who seek understanding. You have sought,
and I have therefore given you an answer which will be
followed by further answers. Now look straight ahead!
ADELHEID I can see a narrow street of average
HELPER These houses are occupied by your spirit
brothers and sisters. If you want to go inside one of
the houses, you will have to ask their permission.
You can choose from a number of possible entrances,
but it will make no difference – you will be admitted
at any of them.
ADELHEID I don’t feel too well! My guilty
conscience has made me stop and think that now that
I’m in heaven, I’ll have to face my judgment.
HELPER No need to be afraid. You will be given
plenty of time to settle down, and then you will be
able to get ready for your proper reception and your
admission to the world of spirit.
ADELHEID (somewhat relieved) But shouldn’t I be
afraid? After all, you are a divine spirit – you know
everything. I cannot hade anything from you, you know
all my faults and failings.
HELPER Don’t jump to conclusions. That isn’t
true. I’m not trying to find out all the mistakes
you’ve made – that isn’t my concern. My concern is to
lead you here, and to make sure that you are well
ADELHEID Take me in and introduce me, I beg you. I
don’t feel too sure of myself.
HELPER I can’t do that. You see, so many
newcomers arrive here all the time, and it’s the same
for all of you. Even now I have to go and look after
another one. I have shown you the way, just as you
might have been shown the way on earth. There, as
here, you would have been told where to find this or
that person, and then left to your own devices. Just
go in – you’ll find a warm welcome.
[To be continued
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