by Rev. Barry
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I was very young ( about 11 or 12), I wrote a poem. Amazingly,
I still remember it. It was titled, " Death" and I would
like to share it with you.
Question is unanswered
But pondered by us all.
For Death it hath dominion
For all men have to fall.
Silver cord is severed.
The soul is free at last.
The future now awaits you,
Man's soul can feel no past.
I feel differently about this question and the answer. For me,
I know with absolute certainty that there is no death. The physical
body does indeed die but the soul, however, is eternal and continues
death of the physical body is like the opening of a door. Through
this door you step from this world into the next. Not only does
your memory and the essence of the individual remain intact, but
in time you will regain the memories which were lost in the transition
into the physical.
evidence to support this is experiential. I have been given a
gift, which allows me the opportunity to communicate with and
see those on the other side of the door we know as death. I have
had many proofs of the existence of a life beyond this life. My
answers today come from personal experience and confirmations
of those experiences I have had while I have been here in the
give you a few examples:
night we were doing a meditation and development group when the
father of one of the participants arrived and had a message he
wanted to share with his daughter. The man was in Spirit and had
been there for a number of years. The daughter wanting some confirmation
that this was indeed her father asked how he had died. The man
told me that he had died after he had fallen down the stairs.
This was early in my career of working with those in Spirit and
for some reason, I did not believe him. I told the father that
he would have to give me another answer. Somewhat surprised, the
Spirit said, " Well, you can tell her that I had a heart
attack." I shared this answer with the woman. She looked
puzzled and said to me, "I suppose that could be the reason
why he fell down the stairs." I learned an important lesson
that night. I had robbed this woman of her proof. I had not trusted
the message I had received.
time, I was doing a public demonstration and the mother of the
woman I was giving the message to appeared. I told the woman that
her mother was there and that as proof that it was her, she was
showing me her hair which was perfect and her feet which seemed
to be causing her lots of difficulty. The woman laughing said,
" That's mom; OK. She had her hair done every Friday and
it was always perfect. Her feet caused her lots of trouble in
life because she had worn high heels and in her later years she
had developed bunions."For me, there is certainty.
the Bible, we read of the two bodies - the physical and the Spiritual;
the mortal and the immortal.
Corinthians 1: Chapter 15 Verses 42- 44
will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is
sown is perishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory;
it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural
body; it is raised a Spiritual body. If there is a natural body,
there is also a Spiritual body.
Verses 51 - 55
I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep but we will all be
changed - in a flash, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we will be changed. For the perishable must cloth itself with
the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
the perishable has been clothed in the imperishable, and the mortal
with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true.
" Death has been swallowed up in victory."
Where O death , is your victory? Where O death is your sting?"
shaman, and Spiritualists have always known of the two bodies
- the physical and the etheric - the mortal body and the soul.
is difficult sometimes, immersed in a physical body, to recognize
that we are Spiritual beings. It is not that we have a soul. It
is that we are a soul. We are eternal and we are of God. Our physical
body is merely the container in which we have housed ourselves
for this lifetime on earth.
is also difficult for us sometimes to understand how it works.
How can the physical and Spirit realms interpenetrate each other?
How can a Spirit body take up residence in a physical body?
for a moment that our states of existence are like water. Water
molecules at different rates of vibration create water in different
forms. When the molecules are vibrating slowly, they create ice.
When the water molecules are vibrating very fast, they create
water vapour. Between these two, we have liquid water which is
physical world has a slow vibration and can be likened to ice.
It is not easily malleable. It is heavy and sometimes difficult
to work with. Ice cannot penetrate ice because it shares a common
vibration. This is the physical world.
Spiritual bodies have a very fast vibration and can be likened
to water vapour. It is light, intangible, energetic, and malleable.
This is the nature of Spirit and the Spirit realms. The Spirit
realm and Spirit cannot be seen from the physical because as with
water vapour in the air, it is light and intangible. Spirit can
interpenetrate the physical because it is made of finer materials
just as water can hold water vapour before cold slows its vibration
down to form ice.
is also true that, to continue this analogy, we must look at water
and how Spirit can slow their vibration or we can learn to speed
ours up to communicate. The lower realms of the Spirit world can
be likened more to water. As the vibration of Spirit speeds up,
it becomes less accessible to those below. This is true for those
in Spirit, for there are many levels as we move closer to perfection.
I would also note that it is much easier for those above to slow
their vibration down to speak to those in the lower realms than
for those in the lower realms to raise theirs.
the Spirit body penetrates and is held within the physical body.
The Spirit is not trapped but it is attached for this physical
life that the soul has chosen by a silver cord. Upon death this
cord is severed. Their are many reports of sensitives seeing the
separation of the physical body from the Spirit body and the breaking
of the silver cord.
the Bible in Ecclesiastes 12: 6 we read,
him before the silver cord is snapped....before the dust returns
to the earth as it began and the Spirit returns to God who gave
proof that we can look to for support of the idea of two bodies
and eternal life are "out -of-body experiences" and
"near-death experiences." These occur when the physical
body is separated from the etheric but the silver cord continues
to connect you.
experiences happen more than you might think. Every night while
your physical body sleeps, you are able to enter the astral world
- the Spirit realms to learn, explore and visit love ones. Often
we do not remember these excursions. There are many instances
where people have found themselves looking down at their sleeping
body connected by the silver cord. Sometimes this can be quite
frightening, because they do not understand the experience and
do not know how they will get back into the body. There is little
for them to fear. This is a normal state to be in and it is called
astral projection. Once they get over the shock of the experience,
they can choose to return easily and comfortably. If they remain
in a state of panic, any loud noise or an alarm will snap them
back into the body.
experiences can also be brought on by an accident, a shock or
sickness, or sometimes happen quite spontaneously. One day a lady
called and asked if she could speak to me. She explained to me
that she had been having a very unsettling experience and that
she did not understand it. She was embarrassed to talk about it
but it had happened a number of times and she hoped that I would
understand. She said that she would be sitting in the chair in
her living room and all of a sudden would find herself drifting
outside the window (she lived on the tenth floor) looking in at
her body. She would panic because not only did she not know how
she got there but she did not know how she could get back. A few
minutes later she would find herself back in her body feeling
quite exhausted. She had talked to her minister about it and a
priest and they had told her that she was imagining things and
should talk to a psychiatrist. She had originally thought that
maybe she was going crazy but the only manifestation of the illness
was these experiences and she felt there must be another answer.
After we talked for a while, she felt much better. I explained
to her the nature of astral projection and how she could return
to her body with merely a thought.
Experience is similar in that it is a separation of the spirit
body from the physical body brought on by an illness, an accident
or the momentary death of the physical body. The soul which has
been thrown from the body believes that it is time to make the
transition and begin its journey to the Heaven world only to be
stopped and told that it is not time yet. No matter what science
tells you, these experiences are real. Science has an important
stake in these experience not being true. If they are true, then
it changes the nature of the world the scientists understand.
has been my experience over the last 20 years that many more people
have had life changing experiences with those from the Spirit
realm than would like to admit it. There is a social stigma associated
with these types of experiences and most tend to keep them to
themselves rather than have to bear the scrutiny and disbelief
of those around them. You who have had such experiences are not
alone. The more people who come forward with their stories the
more we validate the experiences of others who have not shared
the Spiritualist there are many proofs to a life after death.
We have only explored a few today. Each of us must deal with the
death of the physical body in our own way. There is much evidence
and for many of us, certain proof that we are eternal, and that
a brighter world of love and light awaits us. We are both the
caterpillar and the butterfly.
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