This week’s Dreamland and Awakening programs once again involve the afterlife. Since my wife Anne died last August, there has been a continuous series of events involving her that suggest that there is an afterlife, and that she not only still exists, but is still conscious of this world and attempting to indicate that it is possible to bridge the gap between worlds.
True to what has been happening, the making of the program seems to have attracted Anne’s attention. She was present at a lunch I had a few hours later with Marla Frees and subscriber Fontaine. I heard her speak to me, and Marla instantly said "you’re channeling Anne."
To a person who has always been concerned about channeling being indistinguishable from imagining, this was a pretty startling moment. It was a sort of triple confirmation: I can channel, Anne was really there, and Marla is a powerful psychic.
Then later that day, I received an email from Mary Ann, one of the people who is on this week’s Dreamland, where she and her friend Victor discuss their own encounters with the dead. Victor, it seems, had encountered Anne sitting in his living room. As I state in the Awakenings episode about this, there were certain details that suggest to me that it might have indeed been Anne that he saw, and not a figment of his imagination.
These most recent events add to a steady stream. The first one happened barely an hour after Anne’s death, and there have been many more. So I do feel that we live on. I don’t know how it works, but apparently it does.
My best guess is that the physical world is really a sort of simulation which we use to dip into the stream of time. Our bodies are so full of survival needs that they literally suck our attention into them, causing us to all but forget our real lives, which are not physical and are not inside of time, but outside looking in. When we are like this, and only then, we can have novel experience. When biologically alive, we are no longer able to view the future and the past clearly. We cannot anticipate what is coming. We cannot remember the past with any accuracy.
So, then, what is it that Anne and others are trying to do? Right now, the biological world on Earth is in a very serious situation. If we had reliable and verifiable contact with the nonphysical part of our species, we might be able to take advantage of their greater vision. It should be remembered, though, that she has made it clear that they do not have perfect vision. In other words, they do not see all, but they see more, and can, I suspect, help us with their guidance.
But how do we do this? What level of verifiability will work? Given that we live in a world that is so little in contact with its other half that most of us don’t even acknowledge that it exists, I’m very unsure about this. As Anne has told me, "most of us call and call, and nobody hears, not even when we’re right beside you."
From our perspective, the other world is so far away that it seems not to exist. Our dead seem to have disappeared. Our attempts to engage with them are met with silence.
From their perspective, as I am beginning to understand it, they are right here, as Anne has said, "closer than your skin" and it’s us who can’t hear them.
This gulf between the two halves of the species can be narrowed, I suspect, by building a very new sort of bridge, and that’s what this week’s Dreamland and the whole Awakening series are about.
It is going to take care, concentration and a deep personal connection with the joy that I sense is at the heart of reality. I have learned how to use my meditation process to extend my awareness somewhat into the other world. I am asking not for guidance, but for partnership. If they already knew how to guide us, I think they would be doing so. That they are not suggests to me that we must meet in the middle of the bridge between the worlds.
Anne is out there trying to do this from her side, as I am from mine. Many others are as well, I know it because I can see them and feel their presences. We need, on both sides, to develop procedures that make meeting on the bridge possible, repeatable and confirmable.
I think we can do this. In fact, I know we can. Why? Because we now know that the other side is really there, at least some of us do. That is a real beginning.