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Silence From Beyond the Veil

Does consciousness really exist beyond death? For Thomas Bradford, a devout Spiritualist, there was only one way to prove it.

My grandfather was a practical man. Reserved, guided by reason, and seemingly fiercely opposed to the absurdities of religion if my memories of conversations during family gatherings are correct. His first wife died when their two boys were very young. He eventually met my grandmother, who herself was a single mother of two girls. They married, joining both families into one, and lived happily for 44 years. He, a high school janitor (I always think of the line from The Breakfast Club – “I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friends”), she a nurse. In his retirement, my grandfather enjoyed a quiet life of caring for his fish tanks and gardening.

After my grandfather passed away a few years ago, my grandmother offered me his books. It was a pile of worn paperbacks I didn’t know he possessed by Edgar Cayce, Jess Stearn, and others, with titles like A World Beyond, The Search for a Soul, Legacy of the Gods, and Edgar Cayce on Atlantis.

I didn’t expect him to be interested in such subject matter. Was my grandfather, like many of us, searching for evidence of something beyond this life to cope with the emptiness of his loss?

Of course, humanity has been asking these questions since the dawn of time, filling the terrifying void with gods and monsters to explain the unknown and bring us comfort in the darkness, to find meaning and hope that there is something waiting for us on the other side. That we don’t just blink out.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Spiritualism offered a new comfort to those in mourning. The dearly departed were never far away, proponents claimed, and certain attuned individuals could channel them back into our realm for grieving families. Usually for a price, of course.Skeptics like Harry Houdini set out to pull back the veil on those they believed were charlatans and reveal their parlor tricks to the public. But, just in case the dead really could communicate with the living, Houdini made a pact with his wife Bess. If he died, he would attempt to contact her with a coded message only they would know.

Houdini died unexpectedly on October 31st, 1926. Bess held a seance every year on the anniversary of his passing until, after ten years of silence, she gave up. Not even Houdini could escape the grave.

Houdini exposes spiritualists
Houdini demonstrates how spirit mediums would ring bells with their toes at the Hippodrome, 1925

On the other hand, some believed so strongly that they would go to great lengths to prove it. Like Detroit professor Thomas Lynn Bradford, for example, who committed suicide to prove he could send messages from the great beyond.

Bradford had put an ad in the paper looking for someone interested in “spiritualistic science.” A woman named Ruth Doran responded. “I answered his advertisement through a simple desire to know more about a thing in which I was little versed,” she told reporters later. “I am not a Spiritualist, nor a believer in the psychic.”

When the two met, Bradford explained that he believed there was only one way to prove the existence of the afterlife: “Two minds properly attuned, one of which must shed its earthly mantle.”

Bradford intended to shed his fleshy confinements and contact Doran from the afterlife.

On February 6, 1921 Bradford blew out the pilot light of the heater in the room he rented, turned on the gas, and lay in bed breathing the fumes until he was dead.

When police arrived, they found a note in Bradford’s typewriter which read, “And it is through scientific facts that I propose to demonstrate clearly the phenomena of spirits and prove that all the phenomena is outside the domain of super-natural.”

Doran said, “I am his friend. If he can cause his spirit to come back to earth I believe his spirit will come to me first.”

After two days the New York Times ran a story titled “Dead Spiritualist Silent” in which it was reported that Doran had yet to receive any transmissions from the afterlife.

Thomas Bradford experiment

Three days later, while Doran was holding a two-week-long vigil in her parlor awaiting contact, a woman named Lulu Mack claimed to hear the spirit of Bradford calling her. According to Mack, she didn’t know who Bradford was, had not heard his story, but she discovered he was trying to communicate with her when she visited her reverend medium.

During the seance, Mack heard a voice calling, “Thomas Bradford. Thomas Bradford!”

“Life has fled from the body of Thomas Lynn Bradford—but his spirit is hovering near and calling to us to hear its message,” Mack told reporters. “I have heard the call of his spirit. It is calling to me even now. But I cannot hear the message it would send, because the spirit is too weak.”

Bradford’s spirit was weak, Mack said, because he had taken his own life. It may take some time for him to be purged and purified and pass into the next sphere. He may be strong enough to communicate once he reaches the second or third altitude, Mack explained.

Spiritualist Thomas Lynn Bradford killed himself to prove the existence of the afterlife
Illustration of Thomas Bradford and Ruth Doran, The Ogden Standard-Examiner, February 21, 1921

One week after Bradford’s birth into spirit life on February 12th, Doran said she felt a strange presence which she believed to be Bradford. She had the vague notion that he would contact her that evening. But he was not strong enough to manifest on his own.

“Psychic students throughout the city agreed to concentrate at 9 that evening on the professor, to ‘accelerate the return of his spirit,’” papers reported. “Leading spiritualistic pastors urged their congregations to join the ‘concentration party.’”

At 9pm, the hour appointed by Doran’s premonition, she and three witnesses who reportedly did not believe in spiritualism gathered in her dimly lit parlor that evening. When she felt the sensation of Bradford’s presence, Doran put her hands to her temples. “Turn out the light,” she instructed.

The lamp winked out.

“I hear his voice,” Doran said. “It is faint, but it grows more distinct. It is the professor.”

Then she said, “Write this!”

In short bursts, Doran dictated a message from Bradford:

I am the professor who speaks to you from the Beyond. I have broken through the veil. The help of the living has greatly assisted me.

I simply went to sleep. I woke up and at first did not realize that I had passed on. I find no great change apparent. I expected things to be much different. They are not. Human forms are retained in outline but not in the physical.

I have not traveled far. I am still much in the darkness. I see many people. They appear natural.

There is a lightness of responsibility here unlike in life. One feels full of rapture and happiness. Persons of like natures associate. I am associated with other investigators. I do not repent my act.

My present plane is but the first series. I am still investigating the future planes regarding which we in this plane are as ignorant as are earthly beings of the life just beyond human life.

Then Bradford’s voice grew weak, the light flickered back on, and he was gone.

“Are you certain, beyond doubt, that you heard from Bradford?” one of the witnesses asked Doran.

“I am convinced,” Doran replied. “I never heard a spirit voice before. That was the professor, without a doubt.”

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Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

From the ancient Minotaur myth to Wes Ball’s Maze Runner … why are Labyrinths so powerful and comforting in confusing times?

For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated by mazes and Labyrinths: built them, told stories about them, created games and puzzles around them.

According to legend, the original Labyrinth was built by architect Daedalus and his son Icarusto to house the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

Earliest Labyrinths

The Labyrinth is one of the most famous sites in Greek mythology. For those who are unfamiliar, King Minos of Crete is said to have commanded the skillful craftsman Daedalus to build an elaborate maze to contain the half-man, half-bull monster called the Minotaur. When Minos’s son Androgeus was murdered by the Athenians, Minos forced them to send seven of their sons and seven of their daughters to be sacrificed to the Minotaur every nine years. Eventually, the hero Theseus volunteered to be one of the fourteen, with the result that he killed the Minotaur with the help of Minos’s daughter Ariadne. Since Theseus went on to become the King of Athens, the cultural supremacy of that city meant that his stories have remained some of the best-known of Greek culture as a whole.

Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

Minotaur Labyrinth

With that said, it is interesting to note that the Labyrinth was a popular symbol for the Cretans as well. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Cretans are known to have issued coins with the Labyrinth rendered in gorgeous detail. Curiously, while the earliest examples could be either unicursal or multicursal, these visual representations leaned towards the former more and more over time, with the result that multicursal versions didn’t make a return until hedge mazes managed to become popular in the Renaissance. Due to this, while “labyrinth” and “maze” tend to be used as synonyms for one another in conventional use, it is interesting to note that there are some specialists who define a “labyrinth” as being unicursal in nature and a “maze” as being multicursal in nature.

The path of spiritual enlightenment

In ancient cultures Labyrinths were crafted not to confused, but to send visitors on a spiritual journey.

Labyrinths are known as sacred gateways and have been found at the entrance of ancient sites around the world. Often located at the center of subtle ‘earth energies’ these temples enhance, balance, regenerate and confirm the unity with the cosmos. According to ancient beliefs the Labyrinth invites the intuition to come forth and it is kind of a meditative experience. It may symbolize a journey of self-discovery, a journey in to the center of the self and out again.

This is certainly evident in the mandalas of Tantric literature from India and, most notably, in the Rigveda (c. 1500 BCE) in which the various books progress along the same lines as a Labyrinth where one travels a spiritual path alone to eventually merge one’s inner journey with the outer world. Even Carl Jung, famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst  (1875-1961), saw the Labyrinth as a symbol of this reconciliation between the inner self and the external world.

Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

Meaning of the Labyrinth is to symbolize a path of spiritual enlightenment

The ancient practice of walking a Labyrinth

Although numerous theories suggest that prehistoric Labyrinths served as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances, the meaning of the Labyrinth changed to symbolize a path of spiritual enlightenment.

In the Middle Ages, walking a cathedral labyrinth was a substitute for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Not everyone could make the long and arduous journey to the Holy Land, so walking a Labyrinth in a church was a devotional activity. Labyrinths were incorporated into the architecture of many churches in Europe.

Walking meditatively through the twists and turns of the labyrinth may help a practitioner process his/her twists and turns in the Labyrinth of life. The Labyrinth can also provide the opportunity to examine goals, assess talents and abilities, make decisions, and evaluate progress, both personally and professionally.

Moreover, there are those who see the Labyrinth as a huge concentration of power because of the way that the relevant paths are coiled round and round rather than running straight. Something that provides it with even more metaphysical weight. In any case, interested individuals have been known to use visual representations of the Labyrinth in various ways, with examples ranging from focusing upon its symbolic nature to pondering the path that runs through them over and over.

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The Third Dimension of Fire

Elva Thompson, Contributor
Waking Times

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” ~Ecclesiastes 1:9 

What a bizarre and seductive reality we live in. A chaotic world of speed where survival is on overdrive. A surreal place where it’s hard to tell truths from lies anymore. But…confusing and scary as it maybe, everything is cosmically in order. The Old Age ended on Dec 21st 2012 and there is a reset time while the new programme is installed for the next twenty six thousand years.

Spiritual science tells us that at the end of every Grand Cosmic Year all species on earth should evolve into a higher plane of consciousness, and this is known as the Shift of Ages. It would appear that the cosmic wifi has been hijacked.

The Hijacking of Humanity

Humanity’s ascension frequency has been hijacked by the owners of this 3D construct, and our spiritual connection with nature has been severed. Even our physical interaction with each other has been intercepted…interfaced with AI, and replaced by the digital reality of the internet and social media. The meteoric rise of cell phones towers, gwen towers, smart everything and 5G full spectrum dominance is no accident. It’s perfect timing for the controllers of the human farm. They don’t want us to evolve out of their fractal, dualistic reality so they block the incoming cosmic information with electro – magnetic smog. They want to exploit us…keep sucking on our energy…in the same way that we don’t want to give our wild life and farmed food animals any right to life.

As a result of our faulty thinking, we are being locked into an energetic electro-magnetic prison and ushered into a new age of slavery. To keep us in a closed mental loop, they have insinuated all kinds of distractions to occupy our attention, and keep us confused and fearful – religion, politics, staged terror events, pandemics etc…take your pick.

It is a time of doubt for many people.

So who is the spider that has trapped us in its sticky web of deceit and illusion?

The Hell Fire Club Re-Visited

“Hell is empty. All the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare

It’s no secret that a cabal of elite satanists control the world and all its governments. A bunch of hidden hands that operate like the mob. Their reality is one of excess, fabulous wealth and power, murder, bribery, blackmail, secret societies, occultism, paedophilia, satanism. In other words the Hell Fire Club of do what you want with total freedom to break any laws without recourse…. like past like present.

Controlling the Grid

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” ~Leviticus 17v:11

The elite have always used terror, black magic and blood sacrifice as a means of controlling the frequency of the earth’s icosahedral(water/emotional) grid. Their intent is to bathe all life on this plane in a fearful and violent energetic matrix that provides a medium for absolute control…a frequency where they can divide us and set us at each other’s throat. Our predictable responses to their constant negative media programming makes it easy for them to stoke the passions of our animalistic reptile mind, and keep us locked into the low frequency state of animal instinctive drive. To maintain this base level of awareness they need the energy of ‘terrified spiritual trauma’ produced by constant war, and the destruction of innocent young souls. This ‘blood trade’ could be the reason why millions of children go missing every year.

Spiritual Science

Spiritual science teaches that our reality is energetically maintained by the terror and torture of blood sacrifice. Blood infused with fear whether human or animal, bird, fish or reptile is the glue that holds this world together. The Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Luciferianism all advocate blood sacrifice because they are ‘agent provocateurs’ of the negative force that manages the karmic, spiritual revolving door of humanity..life after bloody life. ( see my article Life after Life)

The Karmic Wheel

“I lay no wood, Brahmin for fire on altars. Only within burneth the fire I kindle.” ~Buddha

In contrast to the blood letting religions, Buddhism teaches compassion. The Buddha was against killing all beings without exception. He understood that all life is but One Life – and that our cruelties to living beings creates the karma that keeps the re-incarnation cycle rolling with energetic debt. A resonance pattern of return that waits like a psychic sledgehammer to smack us in the head, and blocks us evolving to a higher plane of existence.

If all life is One Life who are the animals?

Concepts Contrary to Our Programming

One of my mentors, Sir George Trevelyan often talked about sacred sympathy, the ability to intensify our imaginative thinking – to stretch our minds and entertain concepts contrary to our programming….

Sir George maintained along with Rudolph Steiner and other mystics that man is the symphony of the One Life – the Archetype containing all other life forms. In Gen 1 v26 we are told that heaven and earth, and its creatures were the first to be created – man appeared last in creation after all his instinctual, physical and spiritual aspects had been assembled.

What if every animal species is a specialised part of the human body? The ruminants: cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes etc, can be seen as the digestive system externalised. The lion seems to be the chest in specialised development, the rhythmic system of heart and lungs. The eagle, representing the bird kingdom is seen as a metamorphosis of head and larynx. Snakes could be viewed as the guts, and fishes as recognized in astrology are the feet. The crustacea floating in the sea are like the floating organs in the blood such as kidneys, and it is well-known that blood and sea water are chemically practically identical. One only has to look at the development of the human embryo to realise we share features with other creatures, such as tails and gill-like structures.

It may be because of the dualistic nature of our reality, ‘the parts’ (the creatures) that make up the archetypal design of man are projected outside of Self and viewed as separate. Man as the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and his bodily organs appear spread out through the living kingdoms of nature.

Rising Above Our Animal Nature

In the words of Sir George:

“Man is the symphony of the created world, and as such we need to rise above our animal qualities…qualities, which in their rightful place are noble and useful, but when manifesting in the human ego can be despicable. Scavenger hyena is an essential part of nature’s pattern, but he is not fitting if manifesting as a human faculty.” ~Operation Redemption

If we can imaginatively grasp the concept that animals are our greater body, we will realise that to become fully human we have to transmute and sublimate the (snake, wolf, rat, fox, etc) traits that exist within us.

Living Biological Computer Programme

The implications of this understanding are enormous and could well explain the suffering of human beings. If animals are aspects of self and we murder them by the billions every day, we are in reality attacking our own soul….heaping up a huge karmic debt that keeps us stuck in the re-incarnation cycle. Every time we intentionally hurt the creatures we are spiritually damaging ourselves, and when we eat their flesh we are cannibalizing our own essence.

Food for Thought

Years ago I watched a short video on you tube called Nature by Numbers. It was then I realised that all manifested life in this reality is based on fractal geometry: the Golden Rectangle, the Fibonacci spiral and phi , bodies equipped with programmed instructions and built-in desires that operate autonomously.

I have often pondered on the question…. If life is a biological computer programme what gives the living essence to the creatures and their ability to respond to love?

My conclusion is that the energy of our blocked multi dimensional awareness powers life in the natural world. This is the spiritual connection we feel with our pets, plants and nature as a whole. The illusion of separation is created by the dual nature of this dimension. There is only One Life and everything partakes of it…it is the power house of our Archetypal Idea…..

Until the next time we meet in digital reality stay aligned with life. Tread lightly on the earth and leave no foot print.

I recommend the video with the article. It gets to the point.

Here is the Nature by Numbers video:

About the Author

Elva Thompson was born in England in 1947 and moved to Rosebud Lakota reservation in 1987. She is the author of the Heartstar Series; Book One: The Key made of Air, and Book Two: The Gates to Pandemonia. Her other interests include organic gardening, ancient phonetic languages, sonic sound and their application in the healing arts. She is also a medical intuitive and teaches sonic re-patterning using sound, colour, and essential oils. Elva Thompson is on Amazon Author Central @ amazon.com/author/heartstar

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Is belief in alien life a whole new religion ?

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Belief in intelligent alien life is on the increase. 

In the United States, there are almost as many believers in intelligent alien life as there are believers in God.

Professor Diana Pasulka of the University of North Carolina has recently published a new book – American Cosmic – which delves in to the parallels between religion and belief in UFOs.

The notion that mankind is not alone in the universe she argues, is itself becoming more and more like a kind of religion – especially given that over 50 percent of Americans and more than 60 percent of young Americans believe in alien life, a figure very close to that of those who believe in God.

“One way we can make sense of this is by using a very old but functional definition of religion as simply the belief in nonhuman and supernatural intelligent beings that often descend from the sky,” Pasulka told Vox.com’s Sean Illing in a recent interview.

“There are many definitions of religion, but this one is pretty standard.”

One way in which belief in God and belief in alien life differs, she argues, is that the idea that we are not alone in the universe is something shared (and often promoted) by prominent scientists.

“Here we have people who are actual scientists, like Ellen Stofan, the former chief scientist at NASA, who are willing to go on TV and basically make announcements like, ‘We are going to find extraterrestrial life’,” said Pasulka.

“She says we’re going to find life, we’re going to find habitable planets and things like that.”

“So that gives this type of religiosity a far more powerful bite than the traditional religions, which are based on faith in things unseen and unprovable.”

Source: Vox.com 

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