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Overcoming Phobias – Talk by Ajahn Brahmavamso, Buddhist Society WA

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Good evening from a gorgeously warm and sun-kissed Surrey and I’m hoping you’re all enjoying your weekends.

You may have noticed that I have been posting a few articles related to soulmates, past life studies or reincarnation. These subjects have formed the epicentre of deep conversations with my Sister and Grandfather many times over the years. However, in recent times, the conversations with my Sister on these subjects have intensified in depth and focus, primarily because it is becoming apparent that… for want of a better expression… I am beginning to recognise a situation in my own life which falls under the past life/soul grouping category. I will attempt to cover my own thoughts on the subject in a later blog, which I hope to complete this week… and it may well become the most challenging, emotive blog I have posted to date.

However, I digress…

My intense studies into the subjects, accompanied with an ever deepening need for a stronger spiritual direction in my life have happily led me to the incredible talks held by the wonderful Ajahn Brahmavamso at the Buddhist Society in Western Australia. I have enjoyed listening to many of the incredible You Tube videos lovingly shared by the Society on their You Tube Channel. Due to the intensity of the recent studies, I have enjoyed listening to the Venerable Brahmavamso’s guidance, delivered in such a beautifully humorous, yet quintessentially English way.

The video sees the Venerable Brahmavamso sharing his thoughts on how to overcome the fears which can completely overtake the lives of those afflicted by phobic conditions. The past lives association is one of the many themes explored within the video.

I am delighted to share the video with you all and it raises plenty of food for thought. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Thoughts: Interdimensional Overdrive

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Good afternoon from a Sun-kissed Surrey.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, as the Sun stretched her arms of light across the Surrey skies in salutation of a new day, I posted my thoughts on an enlightening meeting of minds that spanned across a continent, sharing the video of the results with my many friends. One June afternoon, Dr. Simon Atkins and Robert Christian joyously delved through a veritable cornucopia of thought-provoking subjects, providing listeners with a delicious three hours of educational entertainment.

Dr. Atkins had promised that he was unafraid of ‘opening Pandora’s Box’, acknowledging that his opinions may well be considered tendentious. As can be heard from the interview, Dr. Atkins didn’t just cautiously prise open the lid – he positively blasted the lid over the horizon!

Possibly the most tendentious of all core subjects was the discussion in relation to a phenomenon known as ‘Interdimensional Transference’… or, to use my Sister’s fond term of reference of the very same phenomenon… ‘Interdimensional Bleedthrough‘.

Before I attempt the basic explanation for the purpose of this blog, I wish to enter an immediate disclaimer. Whilst I am not an intellectual shirker, my knowledge of temporal mechanics is rudimentary at best. Weaving the magnetic threads into the fabric of temporal mechanics is also likely to present my fortysomething brain with a few obstacles. For these very reasons, I am unable to present a blog with a quality akin to a peer-reviewed scientific paper. So I’m going to go with the flow, floating down the calm water of thought that is the Stream of Consciousness.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

Just under five years ago, my Sister revealed that our Planet had been undergoing the process that is Geomagnetic Reversal for a not inconsiderable number of years. There are evident signs that this is very well the case. For example, the Geomagnetic North Pole is on the move, meandering its way around various locations in the upper Northern Hemisphere(*1). Airports around the World have needed to redesignate runway co-ordinates to compensate for this movement (*2). Animal behaviour – specifically the behaviour of oceanic life dependent upon magnetics for directional purposes – has also been affected, with beachings in unusual locations becoming more commonplace (although one will note that the Military’s use of SONAR should not be ruled out whatsoever). Furthermore, our Magnetosphere is weakening, with NASA noting that our Planet’s protective barrier had weakened by 10% since the 19th Century(*3).

As dramatic as this all sounds, my Sister has consistently assured me that Geomagnetic Reversals do not equate to global catastrophe. Geomagnetic North and South Poles are wandering and will continue their meanderings until they finally decide upon a permanent move. My Sister has compared the speed of the switch as ‘comparable to the snapping of an elastic band‘. There will be no land-consuming mega-tsunami, no folding of mountains, etc. To quote my Sister, ‘there will be an abundance of auroras all over the World while the Poles are deciding where they are finally going to settle‘. That’s not to say that there won’t be effects on everyday life – there certainly would be. She has suggested a possible connection between increased volcanic/tectonic activity and magnetic instability. It stands to reason that our Planet would need to release the pressures incurred during particularly stressful transitional periods in its cycle – necessary for our Planet’s wellbeing… humans may not share that particular viewpoint.

In the main though, the resulting changes are likely to be considered consequential inconveniences; ‘it means people won’t be able to use Sat-Navs for a while‘, my Sister drily commented about six months ago.

Image from NASA

Image from NASA

Earlier this decade, my Sister asserted that magnetic portals existed at various energetic locations around our Planet, adding the fact that they frequently opened up to allow the two-way flow of certain energies. She also discussed the existence of ‘magnetic highways’ connecting our Planet to her brother/sister planets and, crucially, our Sun. Furthermore, she continued, certain global astronomical and militaristic administrations had been aware of their existence for a considerable number of years.

A July 2012 news release from NASA covered this very issue. NASA-sponsored University of Iowa researchers announced the discovery of X-Points or electron diffusion systems. Quoting from the article “Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field‘(*4), “They’re places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.” Given the confirmation of the existence of these portals, it is not unreasonable to assume that similar interactions occur between Earth, the Sun and their neighbours and that our Solar System is connected to galaxies beyond the heliopause in a similar manner.

Is it also reasonable to assume that our magnetic field might not be weakening as such – i.e., the fields may actually be ‘stretching’ in preparation for the Reversal? In NASA’s 29 December 2003 article, ‘Earth’s Inconstant Magnetic Field‘, NASA revealed that computer model simulations indicated that our Magnetic Shield/Field does not disappear completely during a Reversal. The acclaimed Professor Gary Glatzmeier comments “It just gets more complicated.” The lines of force (portals?) become entangled with each other, multi-poles emerge within the field in the most unusual of locations whilst the Geomagnetic Field stabilises itself. Perhaps not so much elastic bands but bungee tethers, perhaps?

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The reason I mention ‘stretching’ as opposed to ‘weakening’ relates to another Sisterly revelation. If I have interpreted her words correctly – my Sister indicated that the weakening of the Geomagnetic Field would also present humanity with some particularly unusual side effects. She commented that there would be increased incidences of paranormal activity – specifically in relation to what we label as hauntings, whether they be of an interactive or residual nature. She was careful to enunciate that only humans consider these sightings as hauntings. You see, she also categorically stated that ghosts and psychic phenomena do not exist as we understand them. Our current existence within this particular timescale is just an additional layer sandwiched in between many non-linear layers co-existing within the same temporal landscape.

To paraphrase my Sister: “… the best analogy is to think of your current timescale as a recording on a video tape. One would record a programme you wished to watch and then you could reuse the tape – which is magnetic, remember – record over this programme with another set of images from the television. The older the tape becomes, the more it begins to stretch and lose the capacity to hold one set of images. The magnetics of the tape itself also begins to break down and ghosting of previous images occurs whilst you’re watching the new recording. Bleedthrough of older images from past recordings becomes more frequent.

Dr. Simon Atkins guested on Blogtalkradio’s Phoenix3333’s show on 19 June 2013 and discussed Paranormal abilities at depth. If I recall correctly, he explained that clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience are the abilities to sense these energy spectrums within their appropriate layers – seeing, hearing and feeling these subtle changes. Furthermore, all human beings have these gifts – it’s just that we have been ‘taught’ that they are not real. Reminds me of a frequent Sisterly assertion – being that this current reality of ours is merely just an additional layer within this dimension – we, too, are ghosts in the machine.

Image from Tardis.wikia.com

Image from Tardis.wikia.com

Musing upon the Videotape Analogy, one surmises that, as our Planet approaches the point of magnetic reversal crux, the Portals connecting us with the Sun and our neighbouring Planets will open more frequently, providing us with the energies required for facilitating the process. One even entertains the notion that we might witness scenes such as those shown in the 2011 Season 6 finale of ‘Doctor Who‘(*5) – in which the Doctor’s soon-to-be wife River Song changes a fixed point in time resulting in total and utter temporal chaos. As exciting a prospect as this may be, one will admit that the likelihood of such an occurrence is unlikely… besides which, this particular topic opens up another temporal can of worms – one which I will address in a later blog…

References:
(*1): ‘Earth’s Inconstant Magnetic Field‘, NASA, 29 December 2003;
(*2): ‘Fort Lauderdale Runway Changes of Note‘, AIN Online, 6 May 2013;
(*3): ‘Earth’s Inconstant Magnetic Field‘, NASA, 29 December 2003;
(*4): ‘Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field‘, NASA, 2 July 2012;
(*5): ‘Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song‘, Synopsis, TardisWikia – originally screened 1 October 2011, BBC One.

Thoughts About The Afterlife: Part Three

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Image by Larisa Koshkina, publicdomainpictures.net

Good afternoon from my beautiful home county of Surrey.

Towards the end of April, I posted the second section of my thoughts on Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife. I shared my own Near-Death Experience with you, disclosing that I felt uncertain as to whether the experience could be classed as a ‘conventional’ example of the Phenomenon. Yet it was a beautiful experience that one struggles to find the words to describe. In all honesty, I am uncertain as to whether words could amply describe the glorious depths and sheer beauty of the event.

My Sister has blessed me with her insights into life after passing from this Earthly realm… familiar aspects to those who have experienced the truly remarkable phenomenon that is the Near-Death Experience.

The following is the final excerpt from Chapter 13 of ‘The Journey: Book One – The End of the Beginning‘(*1)

LEAVING THE PHYSICAL PLANE (Part Three): “We All Have A Purpose – A Job of Work To Do

I really consider myself lucky, you know. I have seen The Other Side… and hadn’t even been close to death at the time. It is a beautiful place – so beautiful that finding the words to describe its sheer perfection is nigh-on impossible. The Sun is always shining. Flowers are always blooming. Heaven, if you wish to give the dimension a name, is peaceful, joyful, free of pain and suffering. Every soul has everything they need as opposed to everything they want. Heaven, however, is also a place of learning.

The rules are a lot more strict here. Every soul has everything they need as opposed to having every wish granted for them. Every soul has a job of work to do. Every soul that passes has a purpose. I help teenage souls, those passing from cancer, to accept their passing. This role begins prior to their passing.

I frequently return to the (name withheld) ward. I’m pleased to see they have a Teenage Cancer Ward there now. I am frequently seen by teenagers who are close to their passing. Spiritual counsel begins in earnest at this time.

There are interesting, if not identical parallels, between my Sister’s descriptions of life on The Other Side, their soul development roles, etc., and accounts raised by NDE survivors. I have also read absorbing information about the past-life regression studies undertaken by hypnotist, Dr. Michael Newton. The overwhelming consistency given by each of the 29 case studies in question has led Dr. Newton to conclude that their experiences are recollections were genuine.

Of all the Newton study observations, the description of ‘The Council of Elders‘ positively leapt out of the screen at me. Grandfather and my Sister have often stated that The Other Side is under the control of a collective, as opposed to a singular higher intelligence. ‘The Council‘ are not judgemental beings nor do they impose punishments on any soul. Their function seems to be that of benevolent guides, aiding the Soul’s further development prior to their return to soul groupings. They may have an interesting connection to another surprising group, which I relate in a later book in this Series.

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It is not unusual to learn that loved ones take on such roles upon passing over to The Other Side. I have read many accounts of souls focusing particular attention on caring for children who pass away before parents – or those who have no particular soul to return home to.

That souls choose to be of service to those on their return journey from Earth, especially for those requiring healing because of their life experiences, is of no surprise to me. I have studied many accounts on various websites over the past few months and all carry a consistent message. They can choose to guide souls back on the Earth plane or help souls who had passed traumatically to become acclimatised to life on the spiritual plane. The general consensus and/or message, as my Sister (and many others) say, that there is always a job of work to be done, always someone to help.

I had known of my Sister’s new vocation many years ago. A marvellous Spiritual Worker and Healer was helping me through the health problems that were plaguing me after the birth of my Youngest Daughter. During the course of my healing sessions, my Sister had introduced herself to him. She had explained to him that she was helping people on Earth who were facing death from cancer – as she herself had done 4/5 years before at that stage. She has since expanded further just what her role entails. She has described the loneliness and fear that smothered her prior to her passing. She was frequently placed in wards with people older than she was. She lay alone in the darkness, listening to the sounds of death almost every single night. There was no one of her age to talk to, no escape from the negativity. She was determined that no other teenager or young adult should endure that pit of loneliness – and so has returned to help them in their direst moments of need. She is extremely proud of her work and her role is one that is particularly rewarding to her.

It comes as no surprise to me that my Sister should choose to return to the hospital she so despised prior to her passing. Forgiveness happened very soon after she had passed away. She had determined her new role within an Earthly year of her passing. What I have found interesting is my Sister’s assertion that the young adults are able to see my Sister during the weeks prior to their passing. “Oh, I’m seen by staff there…“, she chuckled. In my mind’s eye, I could even see her smiling mischievously as she manifested her ghostly form in front of terrified staff.

I knew that a new ward was being built to replace the cramped old wing my Sister lived in during her final months of life but I didn’t know about the Teenage Cancer Ward that had been installed within that new wing. You know what though? I checked the hospital’s website. I shall refrain from naming the hospital concerned but I will say that my Sister is absolutely right. The hospital has a state-of-the-art ward for 16-24 olds, funded by the wonderful Teenage Cancer Trust Charity. “It’s lovely!“, she beams. “Glad they have it now…

Reference:
(*1) ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life (Lessons from the World Beyond): Book One – The End of the Beginning‘, W. Andreasson (pps 113-116)

Second image: from http://nhne-pulse.org/best-near-death-experience-overviews/

Thoughts About The Afterlife: Part Two

Image from the Making Light of Death Blog of Joshua Bagby

Image from the Making Light of Death Blog of Joshua Bagby

Good evening from a beautiful Surrey.

12 days ago, I began posting about the Near Death Experience phenomenon. I mentioned the Near Death Experience of Mary Jo Rapini and provided links to the amazing research undertaken by Near Death Experience Research Foundation co-founder, Dr. Jeffery Long. I shared my Sister’s description of the moments experienced immediately after releasing one’s connections with the mortal body. I began to disclose that I, too, had experienced what could be classed as a Near Death Experience and promised to share this experience with you.

The following is a continuation excerpt from Chapter 13 of The Journey’s Book One, ‘The End of the Beginning’

LEAVING THE PHYSICAL PLANE (Part Two)

“In the months following my Sister’s passing, I suffered a resurgence of the asthma that blighted my early childhood. Inhaled asthma medication was not as effective as it had been in the past. Such was the severity of the resurgence, the family doctor decided on a more extreme course of action, prescribing steroid medication by the name of prednisolone. A month’s worth of tablets was duly dished out. The daily dosage was set and I was asked to return once I had finished taking the course.

Curiously, during the final months of her life, my Sister had also been taking the same medication. Prednisolone was, at that stage, routinely prescribed to cancer patients, to counter the more dramatic side effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The body’s immune system is severely compromised during cancer treatment. The patient’s appetite is also severely impaired. Prednisolone serves a dual purpose in this regard – taking on the role as the body’s artificial immune system and boosting the patient’s flagging appetite. Gradual withdrawal from the medication is a necessity and the process of withdrawal is applied with great caution.

Coming to the end of my prescription, I was aware that I couldn’t just stop taking the tablets. In retrospect, I should have called my GP for further advice but, being the somewhat strong-willed woman that I am, opted to control my own withdrawal from the medication. I reduced my twelve-a-day dose by half, to six-a-day. I had three days supply left and I stubbornly reasoned that three days would allow me sufficient time to withdraw safely from the medication. My stubbornness was almost my undoing.

Within 24 hours of reducing the dose, I was plagued by severe bouts of perspiration and palpitations. I was also overwhelmed by panic attacks. The asthma, the severity of which had receded at that point, was poking its head over the parapet once more. That evening, I felt so unwell, I had to leave work early.

During the early stages of the fifteen minute bus journey back to the village, I began to suffer an asthma attack. I reacted the way I had done since childhood – reached into my bag, pulled out the inhaler – just followed the normal procedure. The effectiveness of the medication was, quite frankly, almost completely useless. However, the medication offered enough of a respite for me to manage the walk from the village bus stop to my home, a ten minute walk away. Upon arrival at home, I was together enough to wheeze to my former partner that I was suffering from an asthma attack. I told him that I felt tired and desperately needed to sleep.

Image by Pennie Gibson. publicdomainpictures.net

Image by Pennie Gibson. publicdomainpictures.net

I fell asleep as soon as my body sunk into the sofa. I’m normally aware of my surroundings and the level of quality of sleep. This sleep, however, was different… very different. I was alert, more alert than I had ever felt before. Blanketed by a grey cloud which was rapidly metamorphosing into a rotational cylindrical shape, the sound of a rhythmic drumbeat filled the air. The tunnel walls darkened, becoming opaque in appearance. Sparkling stars of brilliant light began to glimmer through the walls. It was, without doubt, an amazing sight.

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I felt alert, the most alert I had ever been in my entire life. The drumming, which had been increasing in volume over what seemed like many minutes, finally ceased. A quiet voice spoke within me. The voice told me I was dead. The tunnel brightened ahead of me. Fear was not the overriding emotion I felt at this stage. I felt safe – I was going home. Whilst I was standing in this beautiful secure cocoon, I became aware of a distant ringing sound. The ringing become louder… louder…

… I was jolted back to life by the sound. “That was weird…“, my former partner voiced quizzically. “No one was on the other end.” He placed the telephone back on the charger. Confused, I asked him what time it was. Only 10 minutes had passed since I had first stepped foot past the front door.

I told him what I had just experienced and his face turned ghostly white. He strongly felt the ‘phone call was from my Sister. Over the following days, my former partner contacted his sister – a qualified former nurse who had attained the level of matron prior to retiring to raise her children. Upon learning of the events prior to my experience, she explained that steroid withdrawal needed to be tapered with the utmost of care. My body was reacting from the withdrawal. Had I stopped taking the tablets completely, she explained, I would have entered renal failure, leading to certain death. She was completely surprised that we hadn’t needed to call an ambulance afterwards.

Would I say I had a Near Death Experience? I’m not really sure. All I can say with total certainty is that the experience was not frightening in any way. This had happened long before the dream visitation from my Grandfather, during which he had complained that he found the experience of passing from his old style of life to the new style of life as being too easy. Perhaps that’s why I chuckled when my Grandfather complained about that moment. I already knew he was right…”

My Sister has blessed me with her insights into life beyond the Earthly realm. What she has shared with me tallies uncannily with the wealth of information shared by many NDE Experiencers – offering intriguing parallels which shall be contemplated further in Part Three.

Reference:
(*1) ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life (Lessons from the World Beyond): Book One – The End of the Beginning‘, W. Andreasson (pps 107-111)

Thoughts About The Afterlife: Part One

Image by Pennie Gibson. publicdomainpictures.net

Image by Pennie Gibson. publicdomainpictures.net

Good afternoon from a spry and sunny Surrey.
Yesterday was one of my studious days. Revisiting notes of conversations with my Grandfather and Sister, reading some astonishing links attached to the absorbing tweets of my Twitter friends. It is with grateful thanks to one of those very friends that I chanced upon this news article, published on NBCNews’ Today.com website:

Doctor claims he has evidence of the afterlife.

The article covers the fascinating recollections of Mary Jo Rapini, who experienced her own Near Death Experience (NDE) after suffering an aneurysm during a gym session in 2003. Ms. Rapini’s case was one of the many cases meticulously researched by oncologist Dr. Jeffery Long. Dr. Long is also the author of ‘Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near Death Experiences’ and the Co-Founder of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation.

Studying the Near Death Experience has been an interest of mine for well over 20 years. With the maturing advance of middle-age, one has broadened my interest in the mechanics of the Near Death Experience – focusing on the scientifics as well as the esoterics of the event, so to speak. My conclusions at this stage? Well.. each time one thinks one has found a solution, another question pops up to fill the void of what one supposed was a resolved issue.

The topic is one I have discussed with my Grandfather and Sister; their responses, whilst not lavishly detailed at this stage, have indicated that the process varies with each individual case. For example, my Sister has stated that the Near Death Experience of, say, a person suffering a heart attack is different from a person who has suffered an aneurysm, purely by the body’s physiological responses/defences during the actual event. She has remarked that Science doesn’t answer every question. Yet my Sister has also strongly asserted that scientific research should not be eschewed purely on the basis of the findings not quite tallying with a particular personal paradigm. ‘Nothing should be ignored..’, she says.

Artist: Hieronymous Bosch (image from Wikipedia)

Artist: Hieronymous Bosch (image from Wikipedia)

LEAVING THE PHYSICAL PLANE
My Grandfather and Sister broached the topic of the ‘first steps’ taken after leaving one’s physical body. Those tentative steps are discussed in ‘The End of the Beginning’. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 13’s ‘Leaving The Physical Plane’ (*1) – and offers a few morsels for thought.

“What happens after a soul has reached the end of their Earthly journey? Death is an illusion, that much has been said by Grandfather and my Sister. Grandfather has described the physical parting from the body as being ‘too easy‘. My Sister’s initial reaction to her passing was one of anger. It didn’t matter that her previous incarnations had all passed prematurely. Not only had she existed during the late 1800s/early 1900s as a young seamstress, she had also lived a life as a young soul during World War 2. Her (his) life journey ended when she (he) was 7 years old. It didn’t matter that she had already known she was going to pass at the age of 21. She had known this before her soul was absorbed into her developing body back in the early 1970s. Her attitude towards death had become humanised. “Conditioning…”, I can hear her saying now, “I was the ghost in the machine before I passed away.”

“When a soul leaves the body, you enter a tunnel. This tunnel is sometimes known as a portal. Actually, it’s the same as a black hole and the soul comes out safely on the other side. The journey is very rapid – takes only seconds of Earthly time. Once you leave the exit, you are in another universe or dimension. Consider though that the soul is an ephemeral being. No atoms exist to tear apart.”

Whilst my Sister was certainly describing the first steps taken by a soul after the moment of death, these steps are also related by people who have undergone the phenomenon known as Near-Death Experience. I have personally experienced aspects of this unusual journey. Grandfather’s dream-world visitation to me was certainly not the first time I had seen the tunnel and experienced its unusual effects on time…”

I have experienced what could be determined as a Near Death Experience. Although I have described the known event in the book, I shall happily share this experience in Part Two. Whilst one cannot guarantee any solution (and actually, it is probable that the existence of life after death shall remain one of the ‘unanswered questions’ for the foreseeable future), I shall expand upon Chapter 13’s contemplations on a phenomenon which, ultimately, changes the life of the experiencer forever…

Reference:
(*1) ‘A Journey Into the Mysteries of Life (Lessons from the World Beyond): Book One – The End of the Beginning’, W. Andreasson (pps 109-110).

Update: ‘A Journey Into the Mysteries of Life (Book One): The End of the Beginning’

The End of the Beginning

Good evening from a peaceful Surrey.

I announce with heartfelt pride that ‘A Journey Into the Mysteries of Life (Book One): The End of the Beginning’ is now available as a ‘Nook Book‘ from Barnes and Noble.

You can find out more by clicking on the Cover Image or following the link below:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-journey-into-the-mysteries-of-life-willow-andreasson/1114970975?ean=9781291320275

Willow.