Proof of Life after Death: Seeing is Believing
It is pitch dark….and twenty one people are sealed within a room.
Suddenly, several loud raps from high up near the ceiling are heard followed by little points of light bursting out of nowhere that dance and whirl around the darkened room.
This is the first stage of a physical mediumship demonstration and séance orchestrated by the Felix Experimental Group (FEG) of Hanau, Germany.
Physical medium Kai Muegge along with wife and coordinator Julia brought this amazing demonstration to the United States in a recent tour that I was fortunate enough to be invited to on September 1 in Springfield, NJ.
The evening began with Kai giving us some background of his life and the development of the Felix Experimental Circle before entering the séance room.
Kai recalls seeing and hearing spirits from an very early age. As a preteen he and his family experienced a period of poltergeist activity (coming from the German word “noisy ghost”).
Poltergeist activity is thought to be related to having a teenager in the home with latent physical mediumship abilities. The teenager is believed to be unaware that they are a physical medium. They produce spontaneous telekinesis (movement of objects) and have no idea how to control their abilities. When they are under stress physical phenomena ensue. The poltergeist activity usually stops when the teenager learns how to deal with their emotions and cope with young adulthood.
Early mediumship circles
Kai’s interest in the paranormal began as a young boy with his own experiences so it’s no surprise that he began putting together mediumship circles at age fifteen. The Felix Experimental Circle was born ten years ago when he was thirty-four as the result of much searching, researching and bringing together the right people to sit in his circle.
Physical mediumship is the collaboration of not only the abilities of the physical medium but the members (called “sitters”) in the circle. The physical medium and subsequent spirits draw upon the energy given off by the sitters to manifest the physical phenomena. It’s extremely important for sitters to exude positive energy along with a heightened sense of enthusiasm and excitement. This high level energy is drawn upon by the spirit world to create physical demonstrations on this dimension.
The Felix Experimental Circle is different from other circles conducted in the style of the British and Americans. The medium is not bound to his chair with restraints but continuously checked upon by a sitter to his right (his wife Julia) and by a sitter to his left by maintaining a hand on his knee and feeling his arms and hands in the darkness to ensure that he is not the one moving about the room creating the phenomena. Throughout the séance checks are conducted so that it can be announce to the rest of the circle that the medium remains in his chair.
Also different from the British and American style sittings the German circle does not include the visitations or performances of celebrities, “cheeky” children or other extroverted entertaining characters that are now in spirit. The precise scientific German mindset exists within the séance room as well. Kai’s spirit control is a renowned German parapsychologist, Hans Bender, who passed into the spirit world in 1991. Dr. Bender presides over the room and narrates and explains the activity for the sitters as it occurs.
Going into Trance
Kai explained that he goes into trance using “holotropic breathing” a technique he learned in his shamanistic training based on the work of Stanislav Grof. He warned us so that we would not be alarmed as it can sound as if he is unwell or having an asthma attack. In deep trance throughout the entire séance, Hans Bender takes over his body and speaks to the group from the spirit world. Afterward Kai remembers nothing about the séance and will awaken as if he had been sleeping the entire time.
Another extraordinary difference
Kai Muegge is one of very few physical mediums in the world who is able to produce ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is a substance that emanates from the energy of the medium. It is normally seen coming out of the mouth and sometimes nostrils. ears or solar plexus area. It has been described as appearing to have a “cheesecloth-like” characteristic.
Kai Muegge, physical medium
The Felix Experimental Group has perfected their group energy to enable Kai to produce ectoplasm and to allow a low voltage red light to be turned on at various times throughout the séance so that sitters can witness this extraordinary event.
Preparations for entering the séance chamber
Kai instructed all of us not to reach out or touch anything that came toward us in the dark of the séance room. He explained that some of us would be touched by invisible hands, possibly caressed by small creatures (former pets) or struck by flying objects in the room. When physical phenomena are under way the energies of the medium are being utilized quite heavily. Touching and object could sever that connection between the physical manifestation and the medium and harm him.
We were also asked for our cooperation in creating the proper energetic environment within the room. Sitters are asked to maintain a high level of energy for the medium and spirits to draw upon. High-energy music such as ABBA, the Beatles is played and sitters are asked to sing along. The singing allows the positively charged energy to build up in the room.
Before sitters can enter the séance room they are asked to remove shoes, belts and subjected to a “pat-down” to be sure that they take nothing into the chamber. Kai is strip searched before being the last to enter the room. (Before entering the séance room I happened to glance over at the room where Kai was undressing and can attest that he was stripped down to his skivvies as I saw him when he opened the door and called for the designated sitter to come and frisk him.)
Inside the séance room
The room is meticulously inspected by designated sitters before-hand to ensure that nothing is hidden in the room that could be used to manipulate physical objects. The doors are covered in dark black plastic material that is taped to the walls so no light penetrates. Once the door is sealed no one can leave or enter without removing yards of tape or making a noisy exit.
The chairs for the sitters in the séance room were set up in a horse-shoe shape around the cabinet. The cabinet (a contained space for the energy of the medium to build up) that Kai uses is very simple. Unlike other cabinets I have seen; which were plywood boxes (like large telephone booths) with a curtain on the front opening Kai’s was merely a hula hoop with a long black curtain hanging from it that was attached to the ceiling. Two buckets were placed within the horseshoe. The one near Kai contained a few small cloths for Hans to wipe his forehead and the other was turned upside down and placed at the bottom of the horse-shoe directly across from the cabinet. On top of it was a tambourine, rattles and other noise making instruments for the spirits to use to announce their presence.
Once we were all situated in our assigned seats within the room Julia asked that we all hold hands (take chain) and Kai went into trance with his holotropic breathing and the phenomena began.
The first thing that occurred in the pitch darkness was the loud rapping sounds coming from various places around the room near the ceiling. Almost instantly there was a jumble of voices as sitters round the room began calling out, “I’ve been touched,” and stating where on the body they felt the touch. It was all very exciting!
Soon after that small spheres of lights emerged from the darkness, at first just near the ceiling but soon after began circulating the room. The lights flew around the room with incredible speed touching sitters and zooming past others or appearing to skate upon the floor.
Julie called for silence and Dr. Bender explained that the energy within the room was very healing. While the FEG does not offer healing per say, many spontaneous healings of sitters’ ailments have taken place and are documented in testimonials on the FEG website.
Dr. Bender said many of our loved ones were in the room with us. He said they do not forget us and that when we grieve for loved ones who have passed on it affects them. They want us to know that they live on in the spirit realm and can feel our love. In fact, Bender stated, love is the one thing that remains that they take with them.
Soon after this the rattles, tambourine and the striking of keys on a xylophone were heard including the footfalls of spirits walking around within the horse-shoe force field area.
I became so engrossed in the phenomena that it was hard to keep track of what came next.
I believe Julia set a glow in the dark tile on the overturned bucket at the head of the horseshoe and a spirit hand showed itself against the backdrop of the light. I had a hard time seeing anything other than the shape of a palm from where I sat but many called out that they were able to see the fingers flexing.
One sitter attending her first séance was kind enough to share her impressions with me:
This “Tinkerbell” type light kept coming and dancing in front of us – zipping back and forth leaving a streak of light behind (like a comet). I was truly mesmerized. Later, one of the glow in the dark ping pong balls rolled directly to my feet and stayed there – I could not remove my eyes from it. And while I did not feel any touches as others did, I was physically struck by the trumpet in the arm several times in succession. The woman sitting next to me felt it also and we were both so excited over it. The handkerchief was first held by a gentleman, who was only 3 chairs away from me, so I had a wonderful view of the hankie being yanked away – it was fascinating to see so close up. I could view the part of the hankie being pulled by the spirit and see the tug of war going on. Then a woman nearer to me held it and held on longer (as per the instructions of Hans) so it would not fall to the ground as it had done with the gentleman. She held onto it while it was being strongly pulled by spirit. Again — what a wonderful view I had.
Each time Julia was asked to move to the next phase of demonstration during the séance she turned on a small red lamp so she could find her way to exchange the props the spirits would use, otherwise the room was absolutely unnavigable as it was so dark. The lamp also allowed us to see that all the sitters were still in place including the medium in his chair.
After this, Julia set out three ping pong balls covered in glow in the dark paint that she illuminated with a small flashlight to make them glow. The spirits picked them up and pushed them about. One was whacked clear across the room.
Throughout the entire séance when the activity was at a height, Hans Bender asked Julia to call for silence and the medium was checked to prove to the sitters that he was not the one moving the items about.
The ping pong balls were followed by a demonstration of an illuminated trumpet flying around the room. Several sitters were struck by the cardboard trumpet (with no injury).
The last of the physical phenomena was an illuminated handkerchief studded with illuminated tape. It was given to one of the sitters to hold by one of its corners with his hand outstretched into the vortex of energy of the horse-shoe. Within seconds some spirit starting tugging on it as it became outstretched and was eventually pulled from his hands and flew across the room. This demonstration was repeated again by the several sitters who picked it up after the spirit pulling it dropped it.
Finally, the highlight of the evening was Kai’s copious production of ectoplasm. He needed to close the curtains on the cabinet in order to build up sufficient energy to produce the strange vapor-like substance. The low red light was allowed several times during the process so we could see the build-up of ectoplasm at his feet and to see it moving and sort of “breathing.”
At one point the curtains were opened and we were shown the ectoplasm going in reverse and up to Kai’s mouth. It appeared as a taut stream moving upwards. After this Hans Bender picked up the substance with his (Kai’s) hands and showed us how elastic and sticky it was. He stuck it on the curtains of the cabinet where it clung quite easily. It appeared to stretch and have a string-like texture to it. At times it even looked a little smoky (like vapor).
The finale of the ectoplasm demonstration was when Hans Bender inserted his invisible “spirit hand” (not Kai’s) into the ectoplasm and a hand emerged out of it waving to the sitters in the séance in red light. Unfortunately, from my seat I was too far and it was too dark for me to make out the hand but others saw it clearly and called out, “A hand!”
Dr. Bender stated that the hand was important as it was with the “hands” of man that fashioned creation as we know it in the physical world. He also pointed out that it was with “hands” that we destroy life as well.
Photographer, Shannon Taggart was one of our sitters. She had set her tripod up in the séance room and was ready to take photos but Dr. Bender did not consent to have her take pictures of this sitting. She had however photograph FEG’s sitting in Lilydale, NY just a week prior and he thought that those photos were enough.
After this the séance came to an end some three hours later at 1 am in the morning.
Sitters exited the room in single file away from the medium as he came out trance and recuperated for a few moments alone with Julia.
Refreshments were served and later Kai came in to see us and ask if we had enjoyed the séance. Kai (and Julia) were both so personable. Kai went up to each sitter and personally thanked them for coming.
He asked if we had any questions he could answer but due to the late hour we left as it was 45 minute ride and we didn’t get home until well after 2 am.
A memorable evening
This was my first experience with ectoplasm. It truly did live up to its reputation and all I have read about it.
If you have a chance to attend a sitting with Kai Muegge and Julia Muegge and the Felix Experimental Cirlce I highly recommend it. It will turn your view of reality on its head!
Read a superb account of all FEG sittings held in the US on this tour by August Goforth here.
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Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?
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.
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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.