The purpose of life on earth and what happens after we die

May 11, 2016

On September 20, 1964, Stowell Wright received the following message from his father twenty years after his death. George Wright communicated, “We [Nella and he] wanted an explanation of life, what happened after life on earth, and in general what was the purpose of life here (on the physical plane) and hereafter.”

These have been my questions too, and I have pursued answers for the last twenty-five years. Recently I have been reading and rereading a selection of books in which messages from people who have died have been communicated to those still alive who are capable of receiving them.

The following sources are the ones I believe are most valuable:

“The Open Door”, written by Theon Wright, is the account of three generations of “mediums” who were in contact with others who were “living” after their deaths on earth. Beginning in the late 1890s with Adelle Wright’s experiments with “spiritualism, to her son George’s automatic writing in the early 1900s, to her grandson Stowell’s automatic writing in the 1960s, the messages received provide answers to many of life’s challenging questions.

The messages that comprise “Our Unseen Guest” began in December, 1916, when Ruth and Emmet Finley were waylaid at a friend’s house because of a rainstorm. Ruth found a Ouija board and she and Emmet decided to “play” with it. To their surprise the pointer spelled out the message, “Quality of consciousness”. Ruth was intrigued by the experience and later purchased her own board. Soon she was receiving regular messages from Richard Hall, a man who had been killed in the war. Other persons who had died began joining the conversations and eventually the Finleys compiled the information and published the book “Our Unseen Guest” in 1920. Choosing to remain anonymous they referred to themselves as Joan and Darby and to Richard Hall as Stephen. The book became “a classic in the spiritual literature of the time”.

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Rita’s World, Robert Monroe, The Betty Books

January 10, 2016

While I continue contemplating Rita’s World by Frank DeMarco [,] I’m rereading Robert Monroe’s three books [Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys, and Ultimate Journey]. But, for some reason, I decided to review my notes from several of what are referred to as “The Betty Books” by Stewart Edward White.

The following quotations from “Across the Unknown” seemed especially relevant today.

Pp 156-7 “Consider carefully a cross-section of each day as you have lived it, like an apple cut across, making visible its core and the seeds maturing within: so examine your own heart and its activities, one day at a time. What was your principal aim this day? In the midst of your temporary activities, what percentage of your best energy do you find consciously directed toward an enduring pursuit? In other words, taking this day as a fair example and adding to it a few hundred similar ones, what would you say you had created? What sort of a person have you built for yourself? Do you approve of your habitual consciousness?”

Pp 228-9 “Here is the point, then, in a nutshell: the aim of these or any other worth-while teachings is the acquisition, not of psychic powers, but of a manner of living. Toward this ultimate all our searching and efforts, all our expedients and experiments and ‘exercises,’ must be directed. A method of life, that is what we are to learn.”

Embracing Reality: The Integral Vision of Ken Wilber by Brad Reynolds

December 27, 2015

Today I finished reading and taking notes on Embracing Reality by Brad Reynolds. I believe the following three quotations from the Epilogue sum up our present world situation which does not seem to have changed much since Ken Wilber wrote A Theory of Everything and Up From Eden.

P 379 “Wilber reminds us, in A Theory of Everything: Human beings are born and begin their evolution through the great spiral of consciousness, moving from archaic to magic to mythic to rational to perhaps integral, and from there perhaps into genuinely transpersonal domains. But for every person that moves into integral or higher, dozens are born into the archaic. The spiral of existence is a great unending flow, stretching from body to mind to soul to spirit, with millions upon millions constantly flowing through the great river from source to ocean…..But the major problem remains: not, how can we get everybody to the integral wave or higher, but how can we arrange the health of the overall spiral, as billions of humans continue to pass through it, from one end to the other, year in and year out?”

P 379 “Second-tier awareness is the worldcentric stage of consciousness that emerges after the mental-rational structure has adequately developed and the lower levels of consciousness have been integrated.”

P 382 “The dawn of a New Age notwithstanding, Wilber somberly cautions us in Up From Eden [published in 1981] to curb our narcissistic tendencies personified by the modern malaise of boomeritis: While I [Ken Wilber] am encouraged by the glimmerings of New Age, I conclude with a sober appraisal: we are nowhere near the Millennium. In fact, at this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open-exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is the ‘edge of history.’ There would be a real New Age. We are nowhere near the stage ‘beyond reason,’ simply because we are nowhere yet near universal reason itself.”

Huston Smith, Ken Wilber, Krishnamurti

December 26, 2015

Last evening I watched the old Bill Moyers’ interview with Huston Smith on Hinduism and Buddhism. Smith recalled his eight-week experience in a Zen monastery. He was given the koan “Does a dog have Buddha nature” and struggled with it daily. Each time he met with the roshi he was sent away and told to continue. When he was just two days short of the end of the experience, he was frustrated and angry. Meeting with the roshi he was almost boiling with his feelings. The roshi asked him if he felt sick and Smith replied that he did. The roshi then asked him “what is sickness” and “what is health”.

At this point in the interview with Moyers, Smith said that it is difficult to explain exactly what happened next. He said he felt a connection with the roshi and all his anger dissipated. Suddenly he understood the purpose of the koan and realized that “reason can only work with the experience it has. The answer to koans is not reason but experience.”

Further, he realized the nonduality of not only the koan but sickness and health as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Meaning of Existence from My Big T.O.E. by Thomas Campbell

November 28, 2015

Yes, I’m still reading and taking notes on My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything) by Thomas Campbell. [100 pages to go]

In the following quoted paragraph Campbell gives his “meaning of existence”.

P 716 Existence is not about having it your way or impressing your friends. Nor is it about helping your fellow humans to be healthier, happier, and more comfortable. Given the right intent, those may be very worthwhile activities that help you focus and improve your learning within PMR [Physical-Matter Reality], however, your existence is about you individually increasing the quality of your consciousness and, where possible, facilitating others to do the same…Helping others is necessarily on the path to that accomplishment but it is a byproduct, not the final goal or endpoint.

Comment and Reply from Thomas Campbell’s “My Big T.O.E.” (Theory of Everything)

November 26, 2015

After I wrote my blog entry on Thomas Campbell’s book “My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything), WingingwithWhitehawk commented. Since most readers do not see the comments and replies I have copied them below:

WingingwithWhitehawk wrote, “I find myself wondering if anyone ever does lose ALL their senses? At first I thought they’d have to be in a coma, ie, ‘turned off’ completely. But still… I believe people in comas are often able to hear what goes on around them even if they can’t show it in some way.”

I responded: “Prior to this statement Thomas Campbell wrote, “P 569 Our only contact with the outside world is through our individual perception-based experience. If there is no physical experience (experience that we interpret as physical), then there is no physical world, no physical reality and PMR [Physical-Matter Reality] disappears from our perception and thus ceases to be a part of our personal reality. An entity who loses contact with its external environment (due to a sensory deprivation chamber, perhaps) retains the full awareness and the full potential of its internal environment.”

In Frank DeMarco’s book “Rita’s World”, Rita said, “Many of the discrepancies and apparent contradictions in reports from the “afterlife” – including descriptions of heaven and hell among religions – stem from lack of realization of this very important fact. “Objective” reality is only possible in 3D, because of its conditions.”

When I wrote the blog entry I was thinking that the senses are a major part of the 3D “conditions”. Therefore, when those conditions are removed all that is left is an internal subjective environment.

Thomas Campbell’s thesis is, primarily, that 3D is a virtual world. He writes, “Physical space, and your experience of it, is an illusion, a trick of your individuated mind, a virtual reality within the actual reality of your consciousness.”

My Big T.O.E. by Thomas Campbell

November 25, 2015

I’m still reading “My Big T.O.E. by Thomas Campbell and today I read a sentence that made me stop and ponder…a lot.

P 569 If you lose all your physical senses, the world will undeniably disappear for you—but only for you.

Purpose of Existence

October 25, 2015

I am presently reading Thomas Campbell’s book “My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything). On page 370 Campbell succinctly summarizes the purpose of existence. He writes, “evolving your consciousness is the purpose of your existence, but also how to fulfill that purpose by becoming fearless, humble and compassionate. It cannot be more simple or straightforward than that.”

He also explains how we evolve our consciousness. He writes, “Consciousness evolution does not progress through a process of successive epiphanies. Significant entropy reduction is accomplished through an iterative process that slowly accumulates a large number of nearly infinitesimal profitable choices to produce significant growth. Trying to grow your consciousness in great leaps impedes progress by distracting you from the hundreds of small profitable choices you have the opportunity to make very day. Your consciousness quality rises and falls based upon the intent that animates your everyday interactions.”

I found these other quotations helpful as well:

P 157 Consciousness quality is a personal achievement that can only be developed by an individual—it is not a group endeavor.

P 167 How has the fundamental quality of your being changed?…progress must be demonstrated by clear and obvious results.

P 168 Improving the quality of your consciousness, energizing spiritual growth, and gaining a Big Picture perspective are not accomplished by changing what you do, but by changing what you are.

P 168 Spiritual growth, improving the quality of your consciousness, is about changing your attitude, expanding your awareness, outgrowing your fears, reducing your ego, and improving your capacity to love. To succeed, you must change your intent, and modify your motivation.

“The Hidden Domain” by Norman Friedman

September 12, 2015

“The Hidden Domain” by Norman Friedman

Readers of my blog will notice that I haven’t written an entry in a long time. Most of this year has been spent reading and working with Frank DeMarco’s “Rita Material”, which will be published as “Rita’s World” later this year. I have also been reading and taking notes on two of his previous books, “The Sphere and the Hologram” and “The Cosmic Internet”. You can find Frank’s material at

My next entries will delve deeper into Frank’s material involving conversations with those who lived in the three-dimensional world, died, and now exist in what he calls “Non-3D” or “Beyond 3D”.

Today, however, since I just finished reading and taking notes on Norman Friedman’s “The Hidden Domain: Home of the Quantum Wave Function, Nature’s Creative Source”, I decided to quote some of the material. I chose this book because Friedman uses the Seth Material from Jane Roberts and shows how it not only relates to but adds unto much of today’s information on quantum physics and the nature of the universe.

Below are some quotations specifically relating to the Seth material:

P 203 One of Seth’s most interesting statements is that he is aware that he is not his consciousness, but that consciousness is an attribute he uses.

P 204 Seth says within the energy gestalt of an individual, consciousness is like a spotlight which can be turned in many directions. In sleep, for example, the spotlight is turned away from our physical reality and instead illuminates our dream world. Our normal waking consciousness is not extinguished when the focus is changed, but it becomes dimmer than usual. Apparently a similar situation occurs when one is close to death…The consciousness spotlight may dim as death approaches but is preparing to shine in another dimension of reality.

P 211 Our considerations thus far indicate that the ‘something’ out there is not an objective universe but a conglomeration of physical potentials. It is important to realize that these potentials are not predetermined to become physical events and are not equally probable.

P 215 [Seth] It may be difficult for you to understand but your species means well. You understand that the tiger exists in a certain environment, and reacts according to his nature. So does man. Even his atrocities are committed in a distorted attempt to reach what he considers good goals. He fails often to achieve the goals, or even to understand how his very methods prevent their attainment.
He is indeed as blessed as the animals, however, and his failures are the results of his lack of understanding. (Roberts, The Nature of the Psyche, pp. 206-207)

A Seth Reader edited by Richard Roberts

January 8, 2015

Twenty-some years ago I first read the Seth material and now I’m returning to it. “A Seth Reader”, edited by Richard Roberts (no relation to Jane), is a compilation of six books of Seth material. It is, essentially, the essence of Seth.

Below are a few quotations from the book “The Seth Material” which is the first book compiled in “A Seth Reader”.

P 13 [Jane Roberts writes in The Seth Material] I knew that time wasn’t a series of moments one before the other, each one like a clothespin stuck on a line, but that all experience existed in some kind of eternal now.

P 13 We are individualized portions of energy, materialized within physical existence, to learn to form ideas from energy, and make them physical (this is idea construction). We project ideas into an object, so that we can deal with it…We learn by viewing our own creations…We learn the power and effects of ideas by changing them into physical realities; and we learn responsibility in the use of creative energy….

P 13 The basic idea is that the senses are developed, not to permit awareness of an already existing material world, but to create it….

P 19 Obviously, according to Seth, we can change the future…At no time are events predestined. With every moment you change, and every action changes every other action. I [Seth] am able to look from a different perspective, but still see only probabilities.

P 23 In your system of reality you are learning what mental energy is, and how to use it. You do this by constantly transforming your thoughts and emotions into physical form. You are supposed to get a clear picture of your inner development by perceiving the exterior environment. What seems to be a perception, an objective concrete event independent from you, is instead the materialization of your own inner emotions, energy, and mental environment.

Pp 24-5 Your idea of time is false. Time as you experience it is an illusion caused by your own physical senses. They force you to perceive action in certain terms, but this is not the nature of action. The physical senses can only perceive reality a little bit at a time, and so it seems to you that one moment exists and is gone forever, and the next moment comes and like the one before also disappears.

But everything in the universe exists at one time, simultaneously. The first words ever spoken still ring through the universe, and in your terms, the last words ever spoken have already been said, for there is no beginning. It is only your perception that is limited.

There is no past, present, and future. These only appear to those who exist within three-dimensional reality. Since I am no longer in it, I can perceive what you do not. There is also a part of you that is not imprisoned within physical reality, and that part of you knows that there is only an Eternal Now. The part of you who knows this is the whole self.