Are we witnessing a dramatic breakthrough in the spiritual awareness of the peoples of this world? All the credible evidence seems to be pointing unmistakably in that direction. Though many accounts of seemingly miraculous events are being brought forward with no hard data to unequivocally prove their reality, reasonable people must be somewhat impressed by the growing number of professionals in the scientific community who have been inspired to research and report on these matters. If this is in any way able to clear out the common dogmatic assumptions of our time, then we have to consider this process as strongly positive and inspirational. If the paralysis of spiritual awareness which has characterized twentieth century science is now beginning to yield to new paradigms as we move forward into the twenty-first century, then these new movements in science can only give hope and encouragement to us all, and ultimately a better understanding of the cosmic significance of life itself.

I've been especially heartened by the brilliant work that has been accomplished by professionals such as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; Bernie Siegel; Raymond Moody; Ian Stevenson; Brian Weiss; John E. Mack; Deepak Chopra; Melvin Morse; Larry Dossey, Richard Gerber; O. Carl Simonton; Rupert Sheldrake; Edger Mitchell; and the many others who have courageously stepped forward beyond the confines of traditional medicine and physics and into the light of spiritual awareness to fashion a strongly holistic view of the human situation. This may give us all permission to take a closer look at the everyday realities of our spiritual universe.

The bridges across the flowing stream of eternal life may sometimes be more inferred than apparent–a movement more of soul and heart than of body and mind. Is a piano or violin more real than the melody it produces simply because the instrument may be touched, taken apart and examined while the melody which defines its existence lingers only in the mind once the instrument is silenced? Is a life experience more real only because science may examine it or does a finer essence produce its melodies and define its existence?

This flowing stream which is life in continual expression throughout the universes is both the instrument and the melody, the cause and the effect, the song and the singer. One may not be divorced from the other because it cannot exist without the other.

Studies have shown that the majority of widows and widowers have had visionary contact with deceased spouses and, in some cases, the contact has continued for years though it is most common for it to occur in the first year or so after death. The same holds true for parents who have lost children. Both groups, for the most part, have found these visions to lessen grief and bring comfort.

It has been reported that fifteen million people have had after death communication. That is more than the population of the three largest U.S. cities: New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. That's a lot of people.

Have you had an experience in which you’ve been given a sign you are not alone, but are surrounded by those who reside in the world of spirit, such as your angels, your spirit guide or, joyously, a dear departed loved one?

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s written words said it well when he expressed the precious mystical sense of the bond that exists between the physical and the nonphysical worlds. But when we realize, or actually, remember, that we are spiritual beings, here in the physical as well as are those who have left this physical dimension. We are one and the same, whether here or there.

Dostoevsky referred to the bond between worlds as a ‘living bond.” I would like to think of it as a “loving bond.” I have learned and have come to believe that love lives on after the shedding of the physical body.

I think I have always believed it, but in my research of paranormal areas such as near-death experiences, spirit communication, and even past life research, the idea of love never-ending has been greatly reinforced as a result.

The precious mystical sense is what I would tag as intuition. I believe we have an innate knowing that we are here in this physical dimension for the time being, but have a strong connection to our real home, and that is the other dimension, the Other Side, heaven, or whatever you choose to call it.

The beautiful Joseph Campbell, in discussing death in The Power of Myth said, "I've lost a lot of friends, as well as my parents. A realization came to me very, very keenly, however, that I haven't lost them. That moment when I was with them has an everlasting quality about it that is now still with me. What it gave me then is still with me, and there's a kind of intimation of immortality in that."

If we hold the belief that we are spiritual beings, then the idea of continued communication after one leaves the physical body should come as no surprise. When it happens, in whatever form it takes, such as a vivid dream, an apparition, a voice we hear, the feeling or knowing of the physical presence of our loved one, a telepathic exchange of thought, the aroma of a fragrance related to our loved one, or many of the subtle modes of communication between one spirit (a loved one) who resides in another dimension and another spirit (you) earthbound, we should consider it to be a normal part of our nature.
Spirit communication serves to expand our knowledge of who we are. We are spiritual beings of light and that fact is apparently enhanced and fully understood when we make our transition to the Other Side.

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Belief in an Afterlife

                                                                             by Linda Pendleton