Dr. Stephen Braude, The Veil of Stupidity |485|

#61
great point! I never thought of it quite that way but now that I do you're absolutely right. both must exist... both must be true. it's really impossible to read the evidence any other way. I have a ton of respect for steve but he should have seen this long ago. it seems to me that he's created some unnecessary impediments to the disincarnate spirit research.
there are no disincarnated spirits Alex :) it's everchanging and adapting consciousness based on our beliefs and non beliefs, and the spark inside us and everywhere that will always pull us back in line, even if it hurts. that's my take on it anyway
 
#62
There is an idea that say somebody becomes possessed or entranced rather with the spirit of an old great artist, and starts producing great paintings in the exact style of that artist, or entranced by a deceased writer and starts writing tomes in the writer's style (automatic writing), that what is going on is that the living person is indeed 'possessed' by a surviving mental fragment of the core personality of the deceased writer/artist, but it is not a spirit possession as we would normally understand it. That is all our personalities with their core characteristics actually survive death, but as a kind of mental recording in the collective mind/unconscious,
There is supposedly a complete collection of the sum total of all human knowledge and experience called the Akashic Records. It exists in a place outside of our physical dimension. Access to these records may be gained by the will of certain individuals. This might explain the phenomenon you are describing. God knows from where inspiration comes.
 
#63
Often is the time I used to think to give up, death it seems a solution..but what you say is so true. I agreed to this life and know somewhere it is of great value to soul and I . If need be to walk through fire ..so be it, if it must be done. Not that I think suffering is necessary. I know too soul makes no such demands, that I should suffer. But such that I am , I stray and tangle in the thorns.
 
#64
Often is the time I used to think to give up, death it seems a solution..but what you say is so true. I agreed to this life and know somewhere it is of great value to soul and I . If need be to walk through fire ..so be it, if it must be done. Not that I think suffering is necessary. I know too soul makes no such demands, that I should suffer. But such that I am , I stray and tangle in the thorns.
Ted,

I don't know if you would like to discuss your problems here, or in a thread of your own, or privately in a PM. Obviously I am not a counsellor, or anything - just someone to talk to.

David
 
#65
Often is the time I used to think to give up, death it seems a solution..but what you say is so true. I agreed to this life and know somewhere it is of great value to soul and I . If need be to walk through fire ..so be it, if it must be done. Not that I think suffering is necessary. I know too soul makes no such demands, that I should suffer. But such that I am , I stray and tangle in the thorns.
I'm thankful to help a suffering brother, Ted. I was born to a pair of very incompatible immigrant parents. I grew up with six siblings in an atmosphere of relentless quarrelling. We walked miles to school in those days regardless of the sometimes below zero temperatures only to be taught by a frightening teacher who might or might not strap someone during the course of the day. I lost my father to suicide at age 19 and with less than a high school diploma due to a learning disability I took general carpentry apprenticeship as my career choice. I worked outdoors at my trade for 20 years often suffering from back pain due to a fall during childhood. I married twice, both marriages ending in divorce. A choice both restless, unfaithful wives eventually regretted. I lost children in both breakups save for visitation rights. At age 62 I had a stroke resulting in the permanent loss of left peripheral vision and my drivers license. So I bicycle to get around now. In September of 2020 my son died of heart failure at age 33 due to steroid use. A lesser man by now would have committed suicide. By lesser man I mean someone without Faith. But I know all of this and too much more to mention was put on my path in this lifetime to test me. I never lost my Faith, Ted. And you mustn't either. Each of us has a Guardian Angel, sometimes called a Holy Spirit. An agent provided by Our Great God Himself to guide us through this trying life. During times of trouble we must not hesitate to pray to our Holy Spirit Companion. Our Comforter as Jesus refers to this genderless but loving, conscious Spirit. Kindest best wishes to you. ~garry
 
#66
I'm thankful to help a suffering brother, Ted. I was born to a pair of very incompatible immigrant parents. I grew up with six siblings in an atmosphere of relentless quarrelling. We walked miles to school in those days regardless of the sometimes below zero temperatures only to be taught by a frightening teacher who might or might not strap someone during the course of the day. I lost my father to suicide at age 19 and with less than a high school diploma due to a learning disability I took general carpentry apprenticeship as my career choice. I worked outdoors at my trade for 20 years often suffering from back pain due to a fall during childhood. I married twice, both marriages ending in divorce. A choice both restless, unfaithful wives eventually regretted. I lost children in both breakups save for visitation rights. At age 62 I had a stroke resulting in the permanent loss of left peripheral vision and my drivers license. So I bicycle to get around now. In September of 2020 my son died of heart failure at age 33 due to steroid use. A lesser man by now would have committed suicide. By lesser man I mean someone without Faith. But I know all of this and too much more to mention was put on my path in this lifetime to test me. I never lost my Faith, Ted. And you mustn't either. Each of us has a Guardian Angel, sometimes called a Holy Spirit. An agent provided by Our Great God Himself to guide us through this trying life. During times of trouble we must not hesitate to pray to our Holy Spirit Companion. Our Comforter as Jesus refers to this genderless but loving, conscious Spirit. Kindest best wishes to you. ~garry
Quite a story! Misfortune and ultimate redemption..'where I once was lost now I am found '
In my own personal story I don't think it's unique , my difficulties ...

I say - to glimpse small a awakening of self may require many of us too put through trials, it appears.. I being no exception.

If it is that we choose to walk through fire ( burn away that which hinders) it's good too , that there is end game, a 'because'.
So to speak 'the heroes journey'

Here the Phenix symbol comes to mind
 
#67
I don't know... but it sounds like he hasn't changed his position... which is unfortunate... I mean, the nde evidence has moved forward by leaps and bounds... and he still not convinced? still holding onto super psi?

I pushed him pretty hard. I didn't want to antagonize him. he deserves our respect and admiration for all he's done and contributed.
It's always seemed to me that parapsychology and skeptics pulled super psi out of their collective butts to refute the obvious evidence. On one hand they did the old "not one shred of evidence for consciousness outside the brain." When that began to fail the more honest ones then Said. Okay, but it's all Super PSI and therefore you are back to square one. still, I might be over simplifying but still that's how it seems to me.
 
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