Here's the book talk at the International Association of Near Death Studies in Los Angeles this weekend. Talk is about an hour, discussion after is about thirty minutes. Enjoy.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My wife attended a workshop at a local Tibet shop in Santa Monica (Katmandu). They were having a class in mediumship, and the instructor Monique recommended people bring along a photograph of a loved one who passed over. The prior week, she brought a photograph of her old boss who passed away a few months ago.
The person who looked at his photograph was quite accurate about who he was (LA County Public Defender) and what kind of person he was. He was forever giving people "mix tapes" of music that he thought they might like. Imagine, an attorney who spent his time making tapes for others so they could enjoy music. A wonderful person.
So my wife was meditating on him, and asked him for some kind of a "sign" which would prove that life continues on. And a few seconds later, her phone message light began blinking on her cell phone, and when she checked it, saw that it was a reply to a message she had sent his widow six months earlier. And in the note she spoke of how much she missed her departed husband. So perhaps a coincidence that the two events occurred, but perhaps not.
Then last week she took a picture of my dad, who passed in 2004. And he came clearly through to Monique, who spoke of his passion for plants, for books and his life as an engineer / architect. Also the manner of his passing, and the kind of ecstatic grace he found himself in. (For those who've read "Flipside" there's a moment when he spoke to me the night he died and told me he was experiencing "indescribable joy.") He said a number of things about his life and what he's been up to - when asked for "proof" he was really there, he said my wife's maiden name - which no one in the room was aware of - and then casually mentioned that one of his sons had his "pocketknife."
I wasn't aware that he had a pocketknife - per se - and I queried my brothers as to who might have it. Well, here it is, and my eldest brother Jeff gave it to me as a gift yesterday - our annual birthday lunch as we're born six days but ten years apart - so now I have the pocketknife. Thanks Jeff. Thanks Dad.
|Erik, star of "Channeling Erik"|
But I came across this clip on youtube yesterday, and I felt I had to share it.
In the clip, Erik introduces his mom to two people; Quentin Crisp, the author of "Naked Civil Servant," and none other than Jesus. Now, like any Catholic raised fellow, I'm skeptical about accounts of people seeing Jesus - accounts of seeing him are done usually by people having a near death experience (Todd Bumpo's NDE in "Heaven is For Real" is one) and people usually stop thinking or asking questions about him after they run into him. "I saw God" is about all they can remember.
|Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp,|
note Jaimie Butler's description of him
In this interview, done with Jaimie Butler (withloveandlight.com) she describes his appearance - the same as June's description.
Jesus goes on to describe some pretty amazing events. That he survived the Crucifixion. I've researched this quite a bit - Joseph of Arimethea asked for his "living body" off the cross, and Pilate replied "you mean his corpse" - in this he says it was with the help of the Roman guards that he was able to pull off a Tibetan yogic trick of appearing to be dead. (see wiki Pratyahara)
I've been to the monastery in Hemis where he learned it. I was told by the Abbot of the monastery that Jesus had studied there. I thought I was hearing him wrong. Then I looked it up - "Jesus in India" - and he references the trip - which followed the silk road. He went to Persia, later what is now Pakistan where he studied with the Jains, was nearly killed by Brahmins who didn't like his "everyone is equal" preaching - and wound up in Tibet - which is now part of northern India in Ladakh. It's all detailed in the "Tibetan gospel" which has been translated by two people - Nicholas Notovitch and an Indian pandit who translated the same document - which tells the accurate story of Jesus traveling to India BEFORE he went to Jerusalem.
|Main courtyard of Hemis, located along the Silk road,|
monks here say that Jesus spent a number of years studying Buddhism here.
So when Jesus says in this clip that he survived the Crucifixion - and he did it with using a yogic practice of slowing the body's heart rate - I can tell you that I've heard that same account before, and I'd be hard pressed to believe anyone else has done this research - as I can't find it anywhere. I had never heard that the Roman guards were in on it - I do know that Joseph of Arimethea is a logical candidate for pulling it off. (and for those skeptics out there - check out the last sentence of the four gospels - it appears to have been written by the same author, who was most likely based in Rome, where the Gospels appear to be artfully rewritten to suit the Roman tastes).
|From the shroud - which he says "is him"|
He also talks about "right and wrong." He's trying to explain why he wants people to understand that it's wrong to use his words and legacy to punish or hurt other people. Erik, the Dr's son, pipes in "but there is no right and wrong." And Jesus replies "you have to teach people what is right and what is wrong, before you can teach them that there is no right and wrong." And what he means by that is "relative" right and wrong. Meaning if it doesn't come from the heart, then it's wrong. But there is forgiveness, and compassion - and loving your enemy, turning the cheek, loving your neighbor as yourself - because inherently there is no good or bad in the afterlife.
Certainly we live in a planet of polarity - yin and yang, dark and light - and that allows us to examine these energies in our lifetime. But between lives, we don't see these actions here as good or bad - just relatively good and bad - the way you might consider a play "bad" or "good." We watch the events here like sitting in a theater, as we act out our lives - we are able to see that "bad characters" bring out the good in people - so they have their place and purpose. It just depends what kind of drama you want to experience while you're here. Some think they can handle what roles they sign up for - but then realize, or believe they can't. They sign up to experience courage or selflessness, and can't handle it. So teaching that there is no inherent right or wrong, can't be taught until it's learned that compassion and love are the paradigms to reach for, and once you realize every action is about learning compassion, then the fear associated with right or wrong falls away. At least that's my humble interpretation of it.
And finally, he says that he's currently on the planet, living in India. I can think of a few candidates - but either way, this is not a story about worship, about finding Jesus - he said his mission on the planet was to teach people about the Afterlife. That he regretted people not knowing that he survived the Crucifixion, but realized (from the between lives realm) that is was more powerful of a statement when people believed that he had died and gone to Heaven. But he also points out the Bible is metaphor - stories written by people to describe their own relation to God, and not the other way around. And as such, written as a tool, and not as a weapon.
He also takes to task (if it can be called that) those who use his words out of context. He clearly states that he loved everyone unequivocally - without prejudice - and that includes EVERYONE.
For me, it follows with the session that I filmed recently where a person asks their spirit guide (guardian angel) "Who or what is God?" And the guide answered "God is beyond the capacity of the human brain to comprehend. It's just not physically possible. However, if you want to experience God, open your heart to everyone and all things." It bears repeating: Open Your Heart to Everyone.
Not just those who love you. Those you like. Those who like you in return. Open your heart to everyone. And all things. The planet. What we're doing to it. To the people you meet in the street. To the guy who cuts you off in traffic. To terrorists. To those in need.
So what's the point? He says that in the next four years, we will be able to bridge this link between us and the Afterlife, and that it will change everything - our way of business, of teaching, of taking care of the planet.. and he clearly says it will be through an "Invention" - even those Elisa adds "science" - he said an "invention" to bridge the gap. So my mind is racing - what Invention is that? Something that will allow us to pick up those vibrations that mediums or psychics receive and translate them into words? A "Twilight Zone" telephone that will speak to our departed ones in the afterlife? If what I'm saying is true, then why not?
A call to action for all your inventors out there! Tesla, are you listening?
My two cents.
Journey Into Tibet
I spent a few weeks with Robert Thurman in Tibet, documenting his journey there. There are clips avail on youtube, but here is the complete documentary "Journey Into Tibet."