Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?

AfterLife: A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife

Today I am excited to share a  fascinating interview with Victor Zammit author of, “A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife,” (published by White Crow Books) a book I cannot recommend highly enough.

It is a must read if you are interested in the proof that exists for the continuation of life after death. This is my second interview with Victor and I am delighted to welcome him back to Powered by Intuition.

Victor has collected mountains of evidence to support that our consciousness survives physical death which he sets forth just as he would a case before a judge and jury in a court of law. The evidence truly does speak for itself. Thank you Victor for your years of research and what must have been a massive effort to compile it all into this incredible book.

1. Victor what factors in your life led you to become so passionate about investigating the afterlife?

One morning in August 1990 my ‘psychic alarm clock’ went off! Without wanting to be involved in the paranormal, I began to experience aspects of psychic phenomena – e.g. some telepathy, knowing when the phone was going to ring. In one particular instance I remember, two of my clients turned white in the face when they came to my office and I told them where they had just been, who they talked to, and what they talked about. 

At that time I was regularly going to the Humanists’ weekly meetings. The Humanists were materialist skeptics who completely reject anything paranormal. When I tried to share my experiences with them, they would not believe me! So I was motivated to prepare the evidence for psychic phenomena as I would prepare a legal case.  Inevitably, an investigation of psychic phenomena led to the evidence for the afterlife.  It took me some six months to prepare my case.

Then the Humanists asked me to address their members. Of course, they could not cope with my detailed preparation. It was such a devastating delivery citing some twenty areas of afterlife evidence – they were just stunned. During question time there was an old-time Humanist who came out with a real classic, “Victor, I would not believe in the afterlife even if you could prove it to me.” That, I told them, says it all and replied “maybe another two lifetimes and you will catch up.”

2. After reading your book “A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife” I was astounded at the vast amount of evidence to support the theory that we survive physical death. With so much evidence why do you think the majority of the public remains unaware of it?

One the one hand in Christian countries there is a deep prejudice against the practice of mediumship and a fear of the paranormal as being demonic.  From 1272 until the nineteenth century the Church had a world wide war against mediums and the paranormal. The Inquisition became a business where Inquisitors took over the property and wealth of the victims. This kind of fear of being thought to be involved in anything paranormal became embedded in the culture and people were afraid to talk about their experiences of spirit contact. One can understand perhaps that people with deeply entrenched anti-paranormal beliefs will not be too receptive to ‘empirical proof of the paranormal and the afterlife evidence’.

Another big problem is the materialist media which are against the paranormal and the afterlife evidence. I quite accept that the owners of the media know that the more spiritual people become, the less those people will be involved in materialism. I, for one, do not read the papers anymore, hardly watch television except primarily documentaries – and hardly ever listen to the radio. I became vegetarian, do not smoke and don’t drink alcohol.  The third big problem is the education system, particularly at university level, which is geared toward scientific materialism and against acceptance of any form of the paranormal. But notwithstanding this we have made huge progress these last twenty five years – and it appears we will continue to make progress.

3. There are only a handful of scientists who are open minded enough to investigate anything related to the “paranormal.” And much of their findings are statistically significant yet, the scientific community still scoffs. What will it take for the greater scientific community to start to accept their findings?

This question has to do not so much with the proof of the paranormal-afterlife but with allocation of funding for jobs for scientists. Science follows the money as scientists need career paths. Big companies are usually the ones which allocate funding for research at universities and elsewhere. And this means that scientists have to toe their line. At the moment if a scientist wants to work in science, the scientist cannot go public about paranormal research, as we have seen in the recent controversy about the banning of the video of Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s talk from the TED talks main site.

It is changing slowly, particularly as the implications of findings in the area of quantum physics start to filter through to scientists working in other areas. The development of multi-disciplinary conferences on consciousness have been an excellent start as has been the public support for the work of the Windbridge Institute, Prof. Gary Schwartz’ research group in Arizona, the Family Forever Foundation, and The Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia. But what has been the real game changer is the internet. Now people are feeling empowered to share their experiences and discover that they are not alone. Dr.Charles Tart even created a website for scientists to anonymously share their transformative experiences.

And as more and more individual scientists have personal experiences they will start to influence others. I had scientists who contacted me stating that they agree wholeheartedly with what I state on my website and in my weekly reports. One of them is a very senior government scientist was sent to Russia to help clean the nuclear mess some years ago. After his wife died he began to have direct contact experiences with her which totally transformed his beliefs.

Hopefully as afterlife science develops, particularly when Instrumental Trans-Communication is perfected, future science will have no alternative but to accept the evidence for the afterlife.  

 4. Victor your book covers evidence of the afterlife from near death experiences, death bed visions, out of body experiences, to past life regression and past life memories in children and so much more.  Are there one or two areas of evidence that really stand out that you can share with us?

As a retired attorney, I find the objective and repeatable evidence of materialization mediumship most stunning. In every session our medium goes into trance, he exudes ectoplasm and soon after an extra human being – as solid as you and me – appears in the closed and locked room.  He calls himself ‘William’ and confirms he is a resident from the afterlife. I have been conversing with William (the medium’s guide) for seven years. You could not get more solid proof than that!  Then the spirit team brings through the loved ones of those present for reunions. When you have people who died years ago materializing, walking around the room and talking in their own voices to their loved ones and sharing specific memories, that is spectacular evidence.

I have been attending sessions with David Thompson for seven years. The evidence is absolutely stunning – it fulfils all scientific criteria: the formula is repeated over time and space, keeping variables constant and yielding the same results. That is science. My expertise in the admissibility of evidence shows that this kind of evidence would be very highly persuasive to any scientist, any academic, any brilliant man or woman who has an open mind. I know from experience closed minded skeptics are a dead loss – they do not have the skills, ability and the competence to perceive the paranormal with empirical equanimity. The critical thing is that the experiment is repeatable. After seven years I cannot fault it – even though for years I used formal scientific method, where security was impeccably tight and intervening variables strictly controlled. 

The other area of evidence that really impresses me is mental mediumship. I came across some really gifted mental mediums – and they are just brilliant.  When helping the police, some of them are able to come up with the gender and the race of a victim – and even the name and description of the killer. They can tell how and when the victim died – even to the day, month and year sometimes 20 years before. I discovered that the very best of these gifted mental mediums had passed the most stringent tests by scientists.

5. Why is physical mediumship important to afterlife investigation and how does it provide more evidence for the afterlife then mental mediumship?

As I stated above in question 4, materialization mediumship (the most developed form of physical mediumship) is to me even more evidential that mental mediumship.  In mental mediumship there is always the question of whether the medium is picking up the information psychically. But when you have a living breathing solid human being walking around the room, answering questions and exhibiting memories and emotions separate from the medium, it is very difficult not to accept that the afterlife exists. My own sister came through, my partner’s father came through, with his very broad Australian accent. They talk about things known only to the person they came to see. They speak with the same voices they had when they lived on earth and retain the same characteristics. One young man confirmed that when he felt his grandfather’s hand it was missing the finger he had lost while alive.

6. Most physical mediums operate in complete darkness. Why is this so and how can a sitter at a séance know that what they experienced in the “dark” was real? Can you give a potential sitter some pointers?

It is very important for a potential sitter is to do a lot of reading about physical mediumship and materializations. You need to listen to some of the sessions of the direct voice medium Leslie Flint (available online)- many of them talk about the complexities of physical mediumship. You should read about the great physical mediums of the past.  Being prepared is very important. The experience is so out of the ordinary that the mind goes into overdrive. You need to pay close attention to the briefing before the sitting and observe closely all the precautions being taken to convince the sitters that the medium cannot possibly be moving around the room.

In materialization medium David Thompson’s sessions two independent checkers are appointed. They check the séance room and all the equipment thoroughly to make sure that there are no trap-doors, hidden equipment etc. They watch closely as everyone including the medium is searched and checked with a metal detector before entering the room. They watch closely as the medium is strapped into a chair and the straps secured with one-way plastic cable ties and then gagged so that he cannot speak.  Then during the séance everyone holds hands so that it is impossible for anyone to move without being detected.

After the séance try to talk to one or two of the people who have experienced reunions with their loved ones. Ask them if anyone else present was aware of the details that were discussed. And finally when you get home see how difficult it is to move around in a pitch dark room without falling over anything.

7. What conditions are necessary for a physical medium to operate in red light?

It depends on a number of factors. Firstly there is the development of the medium; most physical mediums spend years developing in total darkness. Then it depends on the energy level of the medium at the time, the residual energy in the room, and the energy of the sitters. The critical factor appears to be relaxation and harmony. Any negativity, animosity or doubt among the sitters would lower the level of energy required for the red light operation to take place. But always it is up to the spirit scientists- they are the ones who make the decision if red light can be used.

I have seen ectoplasm in red light a number of times. No one on earth can say that ectoplasm is not real – it just exudes from the medium’s nose, side of the mouth and even from his ears sometimes. Hundreds of people in the U.K., in Europe, Australia and the U.S have witnessed this ectoplasm – like thick smoke – crawling down on to the mediums legs’ and onto the floor. Red light has given us the authenticity that ectoplasm is real. Those skeptical loonies in the skeptic-camp still deny ectoplasm is real – claiming it is cheesecloth!!

8. Why do so many famous individuals who are now in spirit visit séances? Do they have purpose for showing up so frequently? And, is this the norm for physical circles around the world?

Most of the ‘famous’ individuals who show up in physical séances appear to have been people with  a strong interest in physical mediumship- people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Helen Duncan, Leslie Flint, Gordon Higginson.  You don’t normally get ‘celebrities’ dropping in unless there is a close personal connection with one of the sitters or unless an issue is raised which concerns them. Some circles may attract the support of one or two regulars who want to use the fact that they are well known to prove the continuity of life. In David Thompson’s circle Louis Armstrong usually comes through and sings. Former stand-up British comic Quentin Crisp says that his purpose in coming through is to reassure gay people that there is no discrimination in the afterlife.

9. What do you think the next twenty years will bring in afterlife research? Do you envision a day when we no longer question the afterlife?

The next twenty years could be really enlightening about afterlife research. Whilst my particular preference is materialization, so much depends on so many people to get science to accept it. Materialization is ahead of its time – but one day when people understand more about the afterlife, more and more people will automatically accept it – because the evidence is so sensational. Having said that, I see huge potential for a truly revolutionary acceptance of the afterlife in Instrumental Trans-communication ITC – and Electronic Voice Phenomena, EVP. To-day a few people in Brazil, U.S. and Germany are getting reasonably good ITC. When it is perfected in the future, it will cause a sensation because loved ones would be able to appear on a television monitor and talk to us for a short period. If this can be done to a few people now, our best hope is that it can be done to a larger number of people in the future.

10. What’s next and what are you working on now?  

Wendy and I see our role as getting the information out to as many people as possible though our new book, A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife which is available though all the online bookshops and through our weekly Friday Afterlife Report. We are putting together a number of new websites and plan to make the information available in different languages. We are also expanding our work with social media.

I would like to continue researching what happens to us after we cross over- especially getting to know the circumstances in each realm.

What questions do you have about the evidence for the afterlife? Have you had an evidential experience that you would care to share? Please feel free to leave a comment for Victor.

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Victor Zammit is a retired attorney, author and publisher of The Weekly Afterlife Report. You can find his new book, A Lawyer Presents The Evidence For The Afterlife on Amazon. Connect to Victor on FB  and subscribe to his weekly newsletter.

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Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Transformation

Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Transformation

Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Transformation

Guest post by Pam Johnson

Near death experiences, or NDEs as they are commonly called, have the ability to transform the entire way that a person thinks.

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Of course, at these moments many people experience fear. However, people often return from their near death experience with changed spiritual perspectives.

In what ways do near death experiences change individuals?

New-found Religious Belief
It’s not uncommon for people to go through a period of religious questioning in their lives. They might wonder if they are practicing the right religion for them or if a God even exists at all. After having a near death experience though, many find a renewed sense of faith. Whether they believe that God helped them through the process and allowed them to survive or they saw a glimpse of the afterlife, their soul is transformed.

Seeing the Afterlife
Quite a number of people who have a near death experience also report that they saw the afterlife. Some say that these individuals were just dreaming, and doctors will state that the people were in a state where such thought was not possible. Furthermore, individuals who have NDEs often report similar experiences, which gives more credibility to the idea that they actually visited the afterlife. After having such an experience and getting a look at what the future holds for humanity, they now have proof that such a world exists.

More Positive Spirits
Another outcome due to NDEs is that the individuals see the consequences that might await them if they do not start changing their lives for the better. While this experience is not reported as commonly as the aforementioned one, it is not entirely unheard of at all. These individuals realize that they need to start living a life that is more spiritually sound. This might mean they follow the Golden Rule as laid forth by Jesus Christ or that they start devoting a bit of time to prayer each day or begin donating and contributing to charities. Whatever the case may be, they are inspired to start leading a better life.

Healing Others
It’s no secret that death is scary; it’s the unknown, and people have absolutely no idea what to expect. Do you know someone who has had an NDE? Try to talk to that individual about death if he or she is open to it, and you might find that your spirit and soul are healed too. Certainly, death may still scare you as you have not yet experienced it yourself. Sometimes, though, just hearing the words of another who has lived through the experience is enough. You can rejoice in the fact that this world is not the end and that you will see all of your loved ones again one day.

So many spiritual transformations are possible in life, and a number of ways exist in which a person can experience such a wonderful and glorious change. Not all individuals seek out these life altering experiences though and only find the wonder once they have had an NDE.

Have you had a near death experience? What happened and how did it affect you? Please share your story with us in the comments.

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The Afterlife: Where Do We Go When We Die?

The Afterlife: Where Do We Go When We Die?

The Afterlife: Where Do You Go When You Die?

Today I am pleased to present and interview with Dr. Stafford Betty, one of the leading scholars on the subject of what life after death is like in the afterlife.

Dr. Betty is giving away one of his books to the reader who leaves the best comment. The lucky recipient will get to choose from Dr. Betty’s novel, “The Imprisoned Splendor,” or his non-fiction book, “The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World.”

I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the book giveaway is Erin W.!

1. Dr. Betty please give us some background on what drew you to study the afterlife in such depth?

I’ve always been impressed by how short our life on earth is, and how long by contrast what follows is. I didn’t just conclude this at a logical level; I felt it “in my bones.” Thus it seemed important to understand what we’ll meet on the other side of death.

2. Why do you believe that an afterlife exists?
Wow, where do I start?

There are eight major categories of evidence: spirit communication through mediums (mediumship), visions of the dying, near-death experiences (NDE), remembered past lives of little children, apparitions, poltergeists, spirit attachment or possession, and electronic voice phenomena (EVP).

Take the near-death experience: We now know that powerful NDEs occur when the brain is clinically dead. The Dutch researcher Van Lommel asks: “How could a clear consciousness outside one’s body be experienced at the moment that the brain no longer functions during a period of clinical death with flat EEG?”

Evidence is mounting that our brains don’t produce consciousness; rather they channel it. And, when it is no longer useful, as at death, it [the body/brain] is discarded. It [the body] is the soul’s instrument. It is not us.

Now let’s take an example of a life-changing apparition seen by “Hugh.” He’s an astrophysicist by profession, or was until he retired a few months ago. Here is his account:

Twenty-eight months ago I lost my wife to breast cancer. She wasn’t quite fifty, and I adored her. She was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to St. Francis. She was a member of a lay order of St. Francis, and her quiet dedication to Franciscan ideals was an inspiration to all who knew her. But my scientific education had emptied me of all spiritual convictions.

I was a materialist, an atheist. Why Carrie agreed to marry a confirmed old reprobate like me I will never know. That was eight years ago.

Anyway, a few days after she died I was alone in the house. Well, except for her little dog, a corgi.
Suddenly — it was late afternoon and the lighting was dim — I looked up and saw my wife standing in front of me. She was surrounded by a soft golden light. And behind her stood a monk in a brown habit. I took him to be St. Francis. They both looked at me and didn’t speak. The dog meanwhile started yipping and whining at them. He was tremendously agitated. Then they faded away.

The whole thing didn’t last more than five seconds. But it completely changed my life. I went from a guy who scoffed at all talk of an afterlife to a guy who hadn’t the slightest doubt that his wife had survived death and was still alive. Oh, I know what some will say — that I hallucinated the whole thing. And I can’t prove to them I didn’t. But I know, I KNOW.

Examples like this are legion.

3. Can you describe the afterlife to readers? What is life like there?

This is what my two books are about. The novel describes in great detail the afterlife setting, and the non-fiction book summarizes the afterlife in forty-four generalizations–what the research tells us we are all headed for. And it isn’t what you find in the Bible!

Here are the first four generalizations of what awaits us after death:

A. Our present ideas about heaven and hell are illusory. Hell is hellish, yes, but it’s not a place of physical pain, nor is it everlasting, nor is it a place where there is not help. And heaven is not one place but a spectrum of worlds stretching from the lowly joys of souls newly arrived to spheres of unimaginable bliss and perfection for souls far more advanced.

The afterworld is not some fantastic vision of infinity where souls are locked in poses of permanent rapture gazing at the face of God. And no one floats on a cloud while playing a harp. Rather it is a place with landscapes and seas and houses and cities reminiscent of our own world. It is an objectively real material world, but made of matter vibrating much more rapidly than our senses can pick up.

There are gardens, universities, libraries, and hospices for the newly dead–but no factories, fire stations, sanitary landfills, or smokestacks.

There are no dirty jobs to do. “We have no traffic, and our roads are covered with the thickest and greenest grass, as soft to the feet as a bed of fresh moss. It is on these that we walk,” says the spirit of Msgr. Hugh Benson communicating through the English medium Anthony Borgia. He is describing a relatively low zone of the afterworld sometimes called Paradise or Summerland. It resembles a glorified earth.

B. The afterworld begins at the earth’s surface and extends outward. Earth is the nucleus of the entire world system that the spirits describe.

The spirit world begins very near the earth and extends millions of miles beyond,” writes the spirit of Leslie Stringfellow, a Texan who died at 20 and communicated through his parents. It “surrounds yours on all sides, like the atmosphere does the globe, and every nation has its counterpart in spirit, surrounding it, in connection with that part over or nearest its earthly place of residence.” Many spirit communicators tell us that their world “envelopes and interpenetrates the physical world.”

C. Spirit realms vary from culture to culture. Stringfellow described what he called “foreign trips”: “We went yesterday for the first time to a part of the Spirit World occupied by Turks and Hindus.”

We should not expect the Eskimo’s afterworld to look like the Maori’s.

The laws governing their worlds will be the same, but the appearances will vary. Nor should we expect Sunni and Shia Muslims to be living comfortably side by side in the same sector of the afterworld—or Han Chinese entrepreneurs and Tibetan peasants. Physical violence is not possible in the afterlife, but old habits of mutual suspicion and animosity don’t disappear just because we die. Progress takes time, both here and over there.

D. Earth’s slow “vibrations”—we don’t have a scientific understanding of what this word means, but it turns up everywhere in spirit communications–dumb down our ability to sense the presence of spirit, including the Divine.

A quickened “vibration,” such as we find in the afterworld, or what we shall call the astral, greatly increases one’s sensitivity to spirit. The Divine is no closer to the astral world than to our own, but spirits can discern or intuit the Divine more cleanly.

4. Does Hell and punishment exist in the afterlife?

Yes. All of us are accountable for our actions and for the habits we’ve developed over the course of a lifetime (or lifetimes). We will feel the suffering of our victims as it were our own. That is hell.

5. Can you tell us about Summerland and Shadowland?

Summerland is described under question number one above. Here’s what the spirits tell us about the Shadowlands:

There are hellish regions in the astral, and large populations that make their home there. The Shadowlands is a vast world of many conditions. The landscapes vary from sordid city neighborhoods to parched, gray scrubland to dark, lifeless deserts. The vivid clarity of higher realms is missing. Instead there is a dull overcast. Temporarily lost or confused or stubbornly unrepentant souls populate these regions. Disturbing noises and howls are sometimes mentioned.

The worst of these souls aggressively seek to harm vulnerable humans on earth. An advanced spirit calling himself Imperator, writing through the famous British medium Stainton Moses, tells us that these aggressors band together to “resist progress and truth, and fight against the dissemination of what advantages humanity.”

Other souls are enslaved to their addictions and become earthbound. For example, an earthbound spirit who was an alcoholic is still pestered by the craving for alcohol. So he hangs around bars on earth and “drinks through” other alcoholics he temporarily possesses, making it all the more difficult for his victim to conquer the habit.

Other earthbound spirits, Hatch tells us, are “thrilled by the poison of hatred. . . . for the purpose of gratifying their hostile passion they will attach themselves to you temporarily [if you lose your temper],” thus making it all the more likely you will storm and rage the next time you are provoked. Spirits surround us, and they are not all our friends.

“Missionary spirits” minister to souls in the Shadowlands. Residents can free themselves if they are willing to face up humbly to their errors and crimes and repent them. Some do; and most, perhaps all, will eventually. But many jeer at their would-be helpers and seem to prefer their dull or chaotic lives over the challenges of higher worlds they are frightened of.

No spirit is condemned forever to the dark regions. But God—whom spirits often refer to as supporting them or mystically present to them but never as visible in some anthropomorphic sense–will never interfere with our free will. Acting through higher spirits seeking to lead the “stumblers” out of their self-imposed exile, God will invite tirelessly, but will never force. One gets the impression that, at least for the moment, many spirits actually prefer their dimmed-down world to the higher Light-filled worlds they were created for, and that someday they will choose to enter.

6. What options exist in the afterlife? If they don’t reincarnate – what can spirits do to “grow spiritually” on the other side? Are there “jobs” they can take on?

The astral world, assuming you are not caught up in the Shadows, is limitlessly varied, with plenty of jobs to do. It’s not a place where you lean back and cruise, not if you want to progress.

The Creator places souls in the difficult environment of earth because He (She, It) loves them. He wants to see them grow in wisdom, love, and power. He knows that the only way to bring out the best in a soul is to challenge it, in the same way that a good teacher challenges her students.

Ultimately the Creator wants us to become as much like Himself/Herself as possible, to grow into near divine-like stature. Soul-building, or character development, is the whole point of our sojourn, both on earth and beyond, say the spirits. The use we make of our free will is absolutely crucial to our progress at all levels.

The astral world provides opportunities for every wholesome interest or avocation–from science to music to theology to astral architecture to homebuilding. It is a joyful, endlessly fascinating place, full of challenges, for those mature enough to value it.

Children of all ages are raised in the afterworld. They are not magically transformed into adults just because they died prematurely. One of the noblest professions in the astral is nurturing and educating spirit orphans. Great numbers of spirits are engaged in this satisfying form of work.

Human dilemmas turn up in the astral just as they do on earth. A former judge on earth, named Hatch, was constantly being called on to help fellow spirits out of their emotional predicaments. His skills as an arbiter, learned on earth, served him well on the Other Side.

7. Do people choose to reincarnate? If so, why?

There is no easy answer to this question.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a moderating voice. “Some believe in it [reincarnation],” he said, “many do not, and the general attitude may be taken to be that, as the doctrine cannot be proved, it had better to be omitted from the active politics of Spiritualism.”

He then goes on to say, “On the whole, it seems to the author that the balance of evidence shows that reincarnation is a fact, but not necessarily a universal one.” What seemed true to Doyle in 1924 seems even more true today. Most modern accounts reaching us from the Other World mention it.

Mattson, the Lutheran minister, says,

It’s an interesting fact that most persons grow faster spiritually while incarnate. The incarnate energy is denser. That makes it more possible for you, while embodied in flesh on earth, to take hold of a particular problem area and shape it into a more constructive pattern. Your period of incarnation on the physical plane is thus a very important period of education. It contributes to your own spiritual evolution and that of all humanity. You can elect not to return, and many do, after they have achieved a certain spiritual development. But the physical plane is a “school” for learning and development, and so most souls do desire to return for a series of incarnations.

A return to earth might resemble the experience of a teacher starting a new term after summer vacation—not always a prospect to be relished! In one of his more memorable passages, Hatch tells us,

What strange experiences one has out here [in the astral]. I rather dread to go back into the world [earth], where it will be so dull for me for a long time. Can I exchange this freedom and vivid life for a long period of somnolence [in the womb], afterwards to suck a bottle and learn the multiplication tables and Greek and Latin verbs? I suppose I must – but not yet.

8. Do Christians have a monopoly on heaven, and do atheists (or non-Christians) go to hell?
No to both questions:

No one is “saved” by faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, as Protestant Christianity teaches, and deathbed conversions have no impact on the quality of life in the world to come. And no one is damned because he believes in the Trinity, in spite of Islam’s warning.

Character alone counts, not beliefs. Good atheists are not disadvantaged, though they are not likely to remain atheists once they come over! (Many spirits speak of God or use some equivalent term, though their references are almost always vague.) Correct beliefs are helpful insofar as they encourage good lives. And they often do. But they are not what determines one’s place in the afterlife. As far as I’ve been able to tell, spirits are unanimous on this point.

9. Where can readers get more information about you or contact you? 

At my website: . Or by searching “Stafford Betty” at Or by email at

What questions do you have for Dr. Betty? Did you learn anything surprising about the afterlife? If you had an NDE what was your experience?

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Stafford Betty earned his Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University, where he concentrated on Asian religious thought and Sanskrit. Today he is a professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield, and has evolved over the last twenty years as their death-and-afterlife specialist.

In 2011 he published two books on the afterlife. In the first, The Afterlife Unveiled, he brings together information about the world to come that has reached us from spirits who once lived on earth, and who utilize mediums to get their message across. The second, The Imprisoned Splendor, is a novel set in the afterlife. Betty’s earlier publications focused on the philosophy of religion. He has published seven books and dozens of article, some in top-tier philosophy journals. He has traveled to India four times, most recently in 2010 to deliver the keynote address at a convocation of Vedantins in Udupi.

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