The World Beyond (Part 1 or a series of 24 articles) The need for informing the general public that there really IS an afterlife. For 160 years psychical research and our mediums have been proving this, yet science and religion turn a blind eye, and do not teach this. This knowledge would change the world!
Science of life. Natural theology, the Gifford lectures and the way forward to the unity of all religion, philosophy and science.
After 160 years of psychical research and anecdotal reports from several millennia of human experience on this planet, which have been mostly ignored or dismissed by academics, modern materialistic science has finally discovered a non-local mind, and a spirit intelligence or groups of intelligent souls observing and assisting us, some of whom have lived on the earth plane amongst us. We will do the same, when our time comes to pass to the other side.
As the intuitives residing at Findhorn, mystics like Vera Stanley Alder and some of the Swamis from India and priests of other religions have shown, there are also devas or nature spirits and other hierarchies of spiritual or angelic beings who operate on higher frequencies and help establish a system of spiritual law under which all life is created and regulated. Here on earth with our limited material brains we are unable to comprehend more that a small fraction of the total reality, but it is good that science is now coming to our aid to prove that our former faith in an unseen God or higher intelligence was not mere wishful thinking or pure hallucination.
Sir Alister Hardy, the neo-Darwinian zoologist and researcher, bridged the two worlds all his life, finding evidence of the spirit behind life in the work of Spiritualist mediums (he met mediums, saw telepathy at work, and read Oliver Lodege’s “Raymond” when it was first published, as far back as 1916. From the 1920s on he collected accounts of religious experiences at the same time as continuing his career as a professor of Zoology and Biology, and was one of the first ecologists to notice that oceans were being depleted of their natural stock of fish. By the end of his life he had founded the RERU at Oxford, whose archives are now housed at Lampeter College in Wales as well as publishing several books on Natural Theology, and giving the Gifford Lectures in 1965 – 1966. His pioneer work in this field is now bearing fruit, and scientists are beginning to see chinks in the armour of absolute materialism. Not only are parapsychology and psychical research becoming respectable branches of science, but research is being made into states of conscious, the study of the non-local mind, and the evaluation and further testing of psychics and mediums – notably by Gary Schwartz and his associates in the USA, and Archie Roy in Scotland. Not only has telepathy been recognized between humans (Harold Sherman and others) but Alister Hardy, and later Rupert Sheldrake have noticed that telepathy must have a part in evolution, not mere chance mutation through DNA, nor just Lamarckian environmental influences. There is a spiritual intelligence which is a component of life, in ourselves as individuals and all life forms, and in the greater scale of all creation, of all life and realities and universes, both material and spiritual. Evolution is no longer seen as a purely chance, and mechanical, process.
The need for replication of test results in scientific enquiry, the testing of phenomena under identical conditions as a requisite for reliability and proof of a theory, cannot be applied to human interaction with the spirit world. We cannot enter a laboratory and demand that the spirits obey our instructions and follow our protocols. Spirits and humans cannot be treated like experimental rats in a maze, to get any meaningful results.
But there has already been 160 years of replicated evidence of survival and life after death, supplied by individual mediums, independent of each other, from all around the world, at different times and places, and recorded by reliable witnesses, scientists and researchers from all professions, and also by ordinary family folk, all of whom have made contact with various levels of the spirit world. All of these, all over the world, from various sources, Spiritists, Spiritualists, other religions, and investigators independent of any religion, all of these have produced identical results – enough evidence, amounting to proof, if we went to court with our thousands of files of reports, that the spirit of a person survives death, continues its existence on a higher plane of living, and is able to contact us, either directly or through the aid of a medium and more recently, through electronic equipment (EVP and ITC). Science, and religion, both, must now leave behind their dogmatic theories and beliefs, and accept the facts.
So now we are entering a new phase of human existence, where gradually science and a new form of religion with merge, and bring peace and understanding to our war-torn world. If only 1% of the money spent on armaments and technological and medical research were put aside for research into the science of natural theology and religion, including Spiritualism and mediumship, our progress towards general enlightenment would be speeded up a thousand-fold. As yet, unfortunately, there is not yet the spiritual awareness or political will to put energy into such a project. Most of us would still prefer to explore outer space than the inner space of the spirit.
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