I don’t think anyone “intervenes” in a way that would change our life plan — if a life plan exists. Given that an estimated 100 million people were killed in the 20th century, being killed has been a common theme in our recent history, and continues to be.
Maybe a so-called guide, guides a person in this life and after the death of their physical body. We regularly hear from afterlife communicators about people who have physically died and are “stuck” in a low vibration, who are surrounded by guides or people/beings who are trying to help them. But even after death they will not “intervene” and interfere with their free will. That seems to be a law.
If this is school earth, as many of them say it is; when the day comes that there is no war here, and we have learned to love all unconditionally, maybe that’s the day the grand plan is complete. Heaven on earth, so-to-speak.
Jon, Mon 19 Dec, 10:13
I find it beyond my comprehension that a Jewish family could be torn from their beds at three in the morning, loaded into cattle trucks, driven to the other side of Europe and slaughtered because they hadn’t given the “guardians” permission to intervene!!
All six million of them?? No way!!
Leslie Harris, Mon 19 Dec, 01:39
I think that the rest of Victor Zammit’s comment about guardian spirits should be considered. “But never forget, we have free will, and they [guardians] cannot intervene unless given permission; so remember to ask for help, for protection, for guidance and for inspiration.”
It is unlikely that Stalin or Hitler ever asked their guardians for guidance or inspiration of any kind. Then again, maybe their guardians had other motives. Perhaps we assume too much when we think of all guardian spirits as benevolent. It could be that there are malevolent ‘guardian’ spirits who are up to no good. - AOD
Amos Oliver Doyle, Fri 16 Dec, 21:56
Amos Oliver Doyle, Fri 16 Dec, 14:42
Maybe you said it all in your April 2011 blog. Very well done. - AOD
In the 1970’s, Michael Cocks, an Anglican Vicar in New Zealand, entered into a 7-year dialogue with an entity claiming to be Stephen the Martyr. He wrote a book about the communication called, “The Afterlife Teaching of Stephen the Martyr”. In it there is a page on reincarnation, from “Stephen’s” perspective. I can be found here.
Jon, Fri 16 Dec, 12:39
Whenever the matter of reincarnation comes up, I always find myself asking ‘why?’. Who or what mandates reincarnation? Is it voluntary or enforced? In such a massively imperfect world, what contribution does it make?
There is much that bothers me deeply; most of all, it is the anomalies. One big one came up in Victor Zammit’s newsletter today - the matter of guardian spirits. Whenever I see mention of this, I have to ask where the guardian spirits were when Hitler and Stalin murdered around 20 million between them? One can only conclude that such concepts are pure bullshit, particularly when no supporting evidence is ever presented!
So many questions, so few answers!
Leslie Harris, Fri 16 Dec, 12:13
Michael, I haven’t given a lot of thought to the mechanics of reincarnation. I first read about it in Morey Bernstein’s book about Bridey Murphy when it came out in the 70s. I agree that I think that it may be beyond human comprehension. I know that I don’t necessarily believe in the ‘orthodox’ version that some oriental philosophies propose. It may be a ‘neat’ idea to think that we reap what we sow, that is, that Karma is a part of reincarnation but I have never given much weight to that idea. That is not to say that souls experience in multiple incarnations things which balance-out other lives thereby providing a better learning experience for the spirit but I think that Karma may not be a factor or a reason for all reincarnations or is as important as some people believe. I don’t think it is a form of punishment.
Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss M.D. has written several books of his experiences hypnotizing his patients and helping them to experience past lives thereby ‘curing’ their psychological illnesses. His first book about his experience with Catherine’ was “Many Lives Many Masters” published in 1988 I think. Other psychologists have come along since then to continue the past life regression therapies. Many hypnotists today include age regression as part of their therapy, taking people back before birth to address psychological ills in the present life.
Edgar Cayce also spoke of reincarnations when he diagnosed illnesses in people he read for during the first half of the 20th century. Early on I had read all of those books and I think that that helped to develop my thoughts about reincarnation for the past 50 years. Ian Stevenson’s books including his book about Xenoglossy or unlearned language just topped it off.
Reincarnation makes a lot of sense to me (which doesn’t make it true) although I perhaps tend to think in terms of transmigration of consciousness from one form to another and would tend not to call it reincarnation but it means the same thing really. I allow that consciousness exists in many forms from the lowest living animal to the highest animal (which may be humans but not necessarily) I also allow that there probably are other planets on which consciousness exists in other forms and that a lifetime on planet earth does not preclude other lifetimes on other planets. Experiencing life in many forms in my view provides a learning experience that allows consciousness to expand or grow toward a god-like existence.
I think that reincarnation could explain the ‘Patience Worth’ of Pearl Curran and the very different characters, all female, and the differing English dialects in Curran’s books and maybe helps to explain people with a confusion about their gender identity; maybe explains in part homosexuality. Maybe feelings of Déjà Vu could be explained by reincarnation and well as child prodigies.
Perhaps many incarnations go to make up the Group Soul propounded by Silver Birch and Myers. Ian Stevenson was a cautious man I believe and he knew the academic community would direct heavy criticism his way especially during his tenure as Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. To preserve his position at the University he tip-toed around definitively presenting reincarnation as a rule of life perhaps. - AOD
Amos Oliver Doyle, Fri 16 Dec, 00:09
Thanks for adding Rev. Greber’s “Communication with the Spirit World of God” to your Top 30 list. An invaluable resource for understanding how the spirit world communicates with us. So, I’m happy to see that his book made such a positive impression on you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Robert Landro, Thu 15 Dec, 17:12
Suzanne, thank you for your kind comments and the promotion. I should mention, however, that I really don’t use Facebook. I joined several years ago and have a few hundred “friends,” but I prefer to use email and this blog. I rarely post anything at Facebook.
Amos, I agree on the Ian Stevenson books. As you may know, however, I am not totally sold on reincarnation and therefore don’t write much about it. I should say that I believe in reincarnation, but I just don’t think it plays out in the way that most people who believe in it think it does. I subscribe to the Group Soul idea as propounded by Silver Birch and the discarnate Frederic Myers. This was discussed in my blog of April 4, 2011, which is available in the archives at the left. I realize Stevenson wasn’t sure about which way to run with it, but I more or less stay away from it because I think it is beyond human comprehension.
Michael Tymn, Wed 14 Dec, 22:47
Amos Oliver Doyle, Wed 14 Dec, 14:48
It is not my intent to start a ‘My Favorite Book’ thread here but since you mentioned Morey Bernstein’s book “The Search for Bridey Murphy” , a popular book about one supposed reincarnation case, I think The scientific research of Ian Stevenson in the classic “Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation”(1974)should be mentioned. Stevenson did not consider reincarnation cases obtained through hypnosis, as was Bridey Murphy, to be of as much value as those cases spontaneously reported by children. Dr. Stevenson devoted much of his life to investigating reported cases of reincarnation and even though he published his book a couple of years after 1971 I think that those not familiar with his work might want to read some of his studies. - AOD
Thanks so much, Michael! This week I read 4 of the books on your top 30 list as well as your own book The Afterlife Revealed. You have been doing such fine work, republishing priceless material that probably would have been lost. We at iDigitalMedium.com are all about preserving any quality material providing evidence for the afterlife. I certainly want to call attention to your website on our website and Facebook page since it’s existence was a revelation to me.
Suzanne Carter, Wed 14 Dec, 02:29
A fascinating and valuable resource. I am smiling to have recognized three of the works in President Francisco I. Madero’s personal library: the two by Kardec and SPIRIT TEACHINGS by William Stainton Moses. I also recall seeing one thing or another by Richet and Lodge. I am quite that Madero would have collected many of these works had he not been assassinated in 1913. Many kind regards from Mexico City,
C.M. Mayo, Tue 13 Dec, 23:32
Thanks to all for the comments. I might mention that I forgot to include one book in my list—“Communication with The Spirit World of God,” by Johannes Greber (1932). It should have been listed around number 13.
As for Suzanne’s question about a list from 1950 to 1971, it would take me some time to search my books and come up with a list, but those that immediately come to mind are:
“The Supreme Adventure” by Robert Crookall (1961) as well as other books by Crookall
“Swan on a Black Sea” by Geraldine Cummins (1965) as well as other books by Cummins
“This is Spiritualism” by Maurice Barbanell (1959)
“Is Survival a Fact?” by Margaret Lillian Hamilton (1969)
“The Search for Bridey Murphy” by Morey Bernstein (1956)
There are many others from that era, but those are the ones that first come to mind.
Thanks for asking.
Michael Tymn, Sun 11 Dec, 08:08
I’m hoping you don’t find those errors in more recent books. We did have problems with certain older titles, particularly, old books that we’d scanned and re-typeset.
We use different proofreaders these days and they should be better.
Jon, Sat 10 Dec, 15:31
Thank you so much for this wonderful post!
With your permission, I would like to link to your list on our website iDigitalMedium.com. We are also compiling a list of best books for evidence of the afterlife. Unfortunately, I have a gap in our list (when combined with your list) between 1950 and 1971. Do you have a “top 5/10” list for those years? If you do, I will include them!
Best wishes for all your endeavors,
Suzanne Carter, Fri 9 Dec, 21:56
Hey Mike, thanks for this list. Sadly most of these are not in print but I did purchase Nos. 1 and 3 by William Moore. Both are really great reads. Just one suggestion since you undoubtedly have connections with White Crow Books. They need to proof read their ebook versions. Not sure if the printed versions have the same mistakes or not, but there are several places where some words are left out and others that have spelling and punctuation errors. This doesn’t mean that they are not terrific books, just makes it a little more difficult to read. Thanks, Rob
Rob Hanks, Fri 9 Dec, 18:45
Did you know that Cyril Scott (no. 50) not only wrote books on the occult and psychic phenomena, but was also a serious music composer? He’s never quite made it into the mainstream, but Chandos—a major classical label—produced recordings of his music, released about 2004 (see http://www.cyrilscott.net/music/).
I have the disc that includes Symphony 3, Piano Concerto 2, and Neptune. Worth a listen, although at least in these pieces (I haven’t heard the others) there’s an element of pastiche; he doesn’t seem to have found his own “voice” like a few other 20th century composers such as Ravel and Shostakovich did.
Rick Darby, Wed 7 Dec, 18:24
Michael, having followed your blog(s) for many years now and purchased almost all of your books, I feel that I have read all of the books on your list although I have actually only read some of them. Thank you for sharing the information contained in those books. I agree that it is difficult to place these books in any priority order but I find “Glimpses of the Next State” by Moore very well written and convincing. I think it is a good resource. - AOD
Amos Oliver Doyle, Tue 6 Dec, 15:32
There are a number of titles that I didn’t know about; this will keep me reading for some time.
Leslie Harris, Tue 6 Dec, 03:09
Mike,a worthwhile list and extremely useful. I was a little disappointed though that I have
david hall, Tue 6 Dec, 01:08
only one from a over one hundred,and that one was listed by you at number 24. For instant I have the complete 14 books of Silver Birch,and 3more of Arthur Findlay,who I might add is my favourite author.Keep up your good work.I look forward to your blogs.Regards David Hall, Adelaide,Australia.
Boy that’s a neat exercise - to try to think of what 30 books I would consider my most beneficial for what I believe? I have an office and a house full of books Maybe my list would be 100? Thanks for sending It’s much appreciated Karen
Karen Herrick PhD, Mon 5 Dec, 23:00
An invaluable resource, Mike. Thanks!
Safford Betty, Mon 5 Dec, 18:46
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