Good thoughts and feelings give wings to the dead

Though we grieve the death of our beloved’s physicality, we do not wish to burden them with that grief. As an act of love, set grief aside when connecting to our loved ones in spirit. Send only love as it is their food and their art. It is what nourishes and sustains them on their journey from death to rebirth.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

It is very important to send our thoughts and feelings to a loved one who has died and is now in the spiritual worlds. Our thoughts must not contain yearnings to have the departed back with us, as this complicates his life in the spheres in which he must now enter. What we need to send to the spiritual worlds is not the suffering we endure but the love we bear towards the departed. […] Spiritual research has shown that feelings of love give wings that bear the dead up, whereas longings like: “Oh how I wish you were still with us” create obstacles in his path. This is a general indication of how to direct our feelings in such events.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 264 – From a letter to Paula Stryczek – Berlin, 31 December 1905 (page 101)

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The Mission of the Community of Spirits (or What’s it All About, Alfie?)

As a preface, as referenced in my last blog, “Dialing in the Dying and the Dead,” I write this while listening to a recording of a brainwave entrainment of Epsilon, the lowest brainwave frequency we currently know. I find this frequency extraordinarily soothing as I feel my brain literally slowing down.

It seems time for me to enunciate, as best as I am able, the mission of the Community of Spirits and the direction it is leading. Please understand that this is being revealed to me step by step. I do not know where all this will ultimately lead. Normally, I do not begin something without a clear vision of where it will ultimately end, but this time, I am urged to move forward and trust that the next right step will be given to me at the right time. Perhaps it is the urgency so many of us feel about the times we live in, feeling that we are at a tipping point. That we do not have the luxury of being certain what shape our service will take or where it will lead, only trusting that our inner guidance will correctly steer us as bearers of the Light….because it is imperative that we step out of our comfort zone and stand at the leading edge. Life as we know it requires this of us now.

With that said, I’ll take a deep breath, and begin…

First let me tell you what the Community of Spirits is not. It is not here to convince or convert anyone to a belief in the afterlife. It is based on a knowing that consciousness exists beyond the physical transformation we call death. There are many organizations and individuals that are dedicated to presenting that evidence to the uncertain but that is not our purpose. We take that knowing as a baseline and grow from there. However by becoming a member of the Community of Spirits, your conviction of an afterlife may strengthen and gain more clarity.

Though I am experimenting with a few modalities for entering the unseen world, this community is strongly based on the works of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy. Steiner was not infallible nor are his methods and techniques the only way of accessing the inner planes. And in no way do I claim to be a Steiner scholar. Far from it. However, at this time, I have been guided to and deeply connected with his work and its relevancy for the Western psyche. So that is where the focus of this community will reside. Clearly articulated, I hope to draw those in resonance with this method to us. As time goes on, I will reference many of his works on death, life between death and rebirth and destiny, writing about them as a way to lay the foundation for and clarification of where we are heading. So, though I have great respect for the other paths of service to the dead, this community will not focus on them.

Now for what the Community is. I share this now, as it is, I think, a pivotal point of work for the Community of Spirits to engage. Steiner suggests that the so-called living and the so-called dead should be conversant with each other. He believed that the so-called living could do great service for the so-called dead, which we will explore. He also believed that the so-called dead can aid the evolvement of life on earth. Long ago there was an easy dialogue between the two worlds which was lost as man developed self-consciousness. It was a very necessary step but now accomplished, it is imperative that we re-establish the connection with the unseen worlds with this consciousness fully intact.

With no disrespect meant to those born with natural psychic and/or mediumistic abilities, Steiner actually felt that was an unfortunate throwback to an earlier stage of human evolution. He believed the best way to access the unseen world was to learn through discipline, practice and training. So…that is where I come in, having no natural abilities of that kind (though I am highly sensitive and empathic), I will, through studying his techniques and practices, along with a couple of other modalities, see if I can successfully develop what Steiner calls clairvoyant consciousness. I’ll report what does and does not work for me and make suggestions for you to consider. (I can tell you that even now, I have taken baby steps in that direction with positive results.)

Another major part of the work of the Community of Spirits is based on the following Steiner theory. He posits that at this point in human evolution it is not possible to actualize 100% of our potential. We simply do not have the “organs” required for that fully developed at this time. So we all die without fully reaching our potential. We take that unrealized potential with us when we cross the threshold we call death.

Now, while we can’t fully realize our own potential while incarnated, Steiner contends that we can act as conduits for the unrealized potential of the dead to flow through us to the physical plane, for the benefit and evolvement of all. That is a task we will seek clarity on and take up as an act of service. There is much I will need to learn about this process, how it will look, how to do it safely, etc. That is yet to be revealed but I put it out as the overall direction we will take in time.

I am also learning as much as I can about social media and ways for us to connect through cyberspace as I hope this community to be international in scope. That’s a big learning curve for me as I am not technically savvy…but what the heck…just another step out of my comfort zone. I’m starting to get used to it.

Well…I think that is enough to get us started. Your thoughts and support are always appreciated. (Oh…by the way…it gets…quite…spacey…writing in…Epsilon. Don’t overdo it or re-entry to Beta might be a bit…uncomfortable.) Until next time…

Why should we concern ourselves with life after death?

Part of the mission of the Community of Spirits, which I will elaborate upon in my next blog, is to form a “genuine connection with life between death and rebirth” and “to have formed an idea of the conditions of life after death.” I hope you will join us in this.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

There are many people, particularly in our materialistic age, who ask why they should concern themselves with life between death and rebirth or, if the idea of repeated earth lives is rejected, with an existence after death, since they surely can wait and see what happens after death when the time comes! This is said by people today who have not quite lost the feeling for the spiritual world but who are not yet equipped with sufficient soul-powers to acquire concepts and feelings about the super-sensible. They add that if they perform their duty here on earth, they shall experience in the appropriate way what awaits them after death.

Now a genuine connection with life between death and rebirth brings out clearly the fallacy of such a view and how important it is during earthly existence to have formed an idea of the conditions of life after death.

Source: Rudolf…

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Dialing in the Dying and the Dead

brainwave  Today I’ll begin a discussion on my experience communicating with the dying in unresponsive states or coma and my beginning experiences of communicating with the dead. While I have a good bit of experience with the one, I am relatively new to the other. These are my theories as of now which may very well change as I gain experience communing with the dead. But I want to lay out the beginning groundwork and we’ll see where it leads over time.

In my time communing with the dying, those either unable to respond in a recognizable way to the medical community or those in actual coma, I became somewhat fluent in the various brainwaves states we travel through on a daily basis. There are many great sites on the internet to describe them…but I will give you this one as it lists some of the “newer” discoveries; that of Lambda and Epsilon. (Please understand I am not endorsing the company nor its products. I just find their guide useful.)

What I found in my work as a death midwife was that, after preparing myself though meditation, ritual work and prayer, creating sacred space for and given sufficient time with a patient alone, I could connect with that patient and feel where on the brainwave frequency scale he or she was. Often they would be somewhere near the middle to lower ranges of theta or, in the case of coma, delta.

With enough time, slowing my breath to match my patient’s, emptying my mind and riding the wave; I could “find” them. Please understand the communication I received was not like sitting at Starbucks and chatting over a latte. However, I often received feelings, impressions and even bits of information. For example, I was with a very elderly gentleman once. Normally with someone of that age, out of respect, I would address him as Mr. Whatever-his-name-was. But for some reason, I knew in this instance that would be wrong. So I called him by his first name. Later when his young friend came to visit, she told me, without my asking, that this man never liked to be called “Mr.” He only wanted to be addressed by his first name.

There was one of the most beautiful interactions I ever had on the palliative care unit of Norfolk General Hospital with a very young woman in her early 20’s who was dying of terminal breast cancer. I was informed at the staff meeting that her mother had for all intents and purposes abandoned her and she had no one. With time and care, I established a deep connection with this young woman. Being old enough to be her mother, we formed a bond that staggers me to this day. Her need for a mother was so intense, so deep, that she psychically embraced me as such. With very minimal touch, which she telepathically granted my permission to make, I cradled her etherically, poured love into her and she, a thirsty sponge, soaked it up and up until I thought we might both burst from the intensity of the love shared. I spent as many hours with her as I could and when it became necessary to release the bond, I communicated the need to her again telepathically. She, in turn, made it very clear she didn’t want me to go and curled into a fetal position. It tore me up to leave her.

Coma patients I find to be a bit different. First, being able to stay awake while matching them in a delta frequency is no mean feat. What I found is that feelings and any snippets of words and such disappeared. What I received were symbols, fleeting images that I was tasked with ascribing meaning. What did those images, those symbols, mean to me? From there I might understand what they wanted to say.

So…with the dying…in my experience, slower and slower brainwave frequencies are accessed. But what happens when the body dies and the mind is no longer tied to the brain? What happens when consciousness is freed?

I’ll share my few experiences thus far on that. The first experience was at the bedside of my friend as he died. My very first experience being with someone as he crossed the threshold of death. I go into greater detail about this in my book but I felt him break loose of his body as his spirit passed through my hand (we were holding hands at the time so that was our only point of physical contact). I felt an electrical vibration, like millions of bees buzzing in my hand. The energy, which had been slowing down and down as he approached death, now ignited into something very high and euphoric. And I heard him, felt him, saying over and over, “Goodbye Joellyn. I love you. Thank you. Goodbye Joellyn. I love you. Thank you.”

The striking thing was the sense of moving from a very low brainwave frequency almost instantaneously to a frequency so high and unfettered by the brain it is nearly shattering. It reminds me of the reports of the Tibetans in their Book of the Dead where they speak of the newly dead travelling at very high rates of velocity, shooting through space to the accompaniment of the sounds of gongs and bells. I had an experience approximating that doing a particularly advanced form of extended pranayama. I actually felt I experienced a dress rehearsal for my death. I’ll never again experiment with that particular pranayama without a spotter for I surely thought I was dying!

There were many after death experiences with my friend that I wrote of in my book which faded over a period of about two years. Those are of a different nature and vibration than what I have so far encountered in my formal study of mental mediumship. They were spontaneous, unbidden and seemed to interject themselves into my normal waking state of consciousness. All the mediums I have studied with thus far agree that one has to raise one’s vibration in order to formally speak to the dead as mediums do in their sessions. The dead must lower their vibrations while we raise ours…meeting in the medium range…and hence the term medium.

In order to become certified by the James Van Praagh School of Mystical Arts in mediumship (please note the certification merely means you have successfully completed his course, not that he is certifying you as a medium…something some are already claiming unfortunately), I had to do what amounts to a platform reading for some strangers. Oh…so not what I wanted to do! But, knees shaking, I went ahead with it and using his techniques, I was able to raise my vibration high enough to make contact with a gentlemen’s deceased paternal grandfather, giving him lots of accurate detail before I lost the connection.

James describes it like this – imagine you are dog paddling in the middle of a lake. You paddle and paddle trying to keep your head above water. How much strength, how much muscle you have, determines how long you can keep your head up. As you tire, your nose dips under the wave. So it is with mental mediumship, as you tire, the vibration lowers and you lose the connection. This is very different with the dead than with the dying for I was able to maintain those lower frequencies for very long periods of time with ease.

So now my question is – what frequencies of vibrations are available to access for those without the limitations of the brain? Perhaps those of us still in the physical will be confined to those frequencies on the chart I provided…and yet…Lambda and Epsilon are more recently discovered. Can we keep pushing the boundaries and at least, for a time, step out of the confines of our brains to experience pure consciousness as do the dead and the angelic hierarchies? Somewhere beyond Epsilon or perhaps Hyper-Lambda? Is this what Rudolf Steiner is suggesting is our goal as we evolve ever upward? As I will keep reminding you, this is a work in progress as I meditate and seek guidance from my inner teachers. I am travelling out on the edge…and invite you to join me as we explore this together. I for one will be experimenting with the Lambda frequency as a means to come closer to the realm of the dead and the angelic hierarchies.

Please feel free to post your thoughts below. We are a community of spirits so let us begin a respectful dialogue.