By Colin Wilson
Is the near-death event a security mechanism of the mind or have humans really been at the threshold of one other international? Colin Wilson assesses the facts that includies mediumship, paranormal task, spirit sightings, and spirit communications. specifically, he comprises the awesome case histories of people that declare to have "died, " and mentioned their studies of the afterlife.
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I found one case particularly fascinating and intriguing; it concerned a university professor called Art, whose first marriage had been unsuccessful, and who was about to embark on a second. He was beginning to experience a deep reluctance to go through with the marriage, and he associated this with ‘inner storms’ in which a censorious voice criticised him and various people he knew. He was vaguely aware that the voice sounded like his mother — who was living in Detroit — and he had arrived at the commonsense explanation that the voice was some negative aspect of himself, and that he had somehow incorporated elements of his mother, who had always been intensely possessive towards him.
Steiner’s death. Madame Blavatsky. Aunt Tekla ‘communicates’. The Gordon Davis case. The downfall of Madame Blavatsky. Rudolf Steiner sees a ghost. Steiner’s vision of spiritualism as ‘access to inner worlds’. ‘Inwardness’ is the beginning of spiritual life. Steiner’s intercourse with the dead. What happens after death. Whately Carington’s fourth-dimensional theory of life after death. ’ Thomson Jay Hudson cures an elderly relative. Steiner and reincarnation. Myers and the ‘group soul’. The case of Lurancy Vennum.
But the car was empty. ’ he asked the chauffeur, but the man looked blank. ’ They drove back to the river bank; the body of the child was lying in a few feet of water … An extraordinary story, certainly one which most people would dismiss as preposterous. But there is a certain amount of circumstantial evidence in its favour. Sutro was a famous playwright of his time, and would presumably not tell lies for the fun of it. And the fact that it was his only psychic experience also suggests that it was genuine.
Afterlife by Colin Wilson