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The Dark Realms

Mandated Solitude and Introspection,
temporary detention and time-out

We cannot forever evade our true selves, the hushed whisperings deep within, the sacred destiny, a heritage of having been "made in the image"; we cannot avoid, but only delay, a requirement to vivify one's spirit, to grow in consciousness, to enter self-realization, to unfold the soul, to evolve as a sentient being, to love ourselves, to choose life – but, most of all, the great imperative, in this world and the next, to explore sacred personhood, to become fully human, to claim birthright, to advance as mature sons and daughters of Mother-Father God.



Editor's Note: This article is part of a series; see the 8 link-icons below - each is best reviewed within a wide corpus of knowledge. My research, for 55 years, attempts to get at what's real and true. Concerning priority of the topics, there's a song-lyric, "love changes everything" - so it is with the scientific evidence of the afterlife; its reality changes everything.

Afterlife Bible Hell God
Jesus Christ Clear Thinking Satan Summary


escaping old ideas

The greatest impediment, it seems to me, in presenting and discussing an emotive topic such as "Hell" becomes that of shedding entrenched, preconceived ideas - the "cultural baggage" - the stories we were told by grandma, local clergyman, and second-grade teacher.

The very word "Hell," juicing the fear of death, immediately sends us on a skewed course; the blood pressure starts to rise, and a faint nausea sets in. We want to change the subject.

Everyone - without knowledge - is afraid of this word, a bravado of denials, notwithstanding. "Hell," so laden with many centuries of fear-based misunderstanding, must be forthrightly addressed, clearly defined and labeled, in light of "the scientific evidence for the afterlife."

The subject of "Hell" is best studied as part of a holistic view of life's meaning. As such, I've made it an integral unit of "the seven" articles, vital information for you to negotiate this world and the next.

As you will discover, as I will help you to see, there is no everlasting hell-fire; no eternal punishment of any kind; no condemning angry God. The universe doesn't work that way. Hell, or the Dark Realms, exists not for punishment but education; within this "classroom," its students are given a view of evil which serves to reveal its true nature, allowing one to escape the lure of "poisoned candy."


Notre Dame Cathedral, Last Judgment Portal (c.1230):  The Damned

Editor's note: Consider this chain-gang of "The Damned," a sad procession led by furry-suited demons. What a tawdry display of manipulation of the fear of death. For many centuries, Despotic Ecclesia has sought to control the rabble with horrific tales of woe, of the sort etched-in-stone here.


Dante's 'Comedy' is famous for its 'abandon hope all ye who enter here,' but, overall, it actually has an important message

Special note: The "Divine Comedy" helped to popularize the error that suicides are more evil than most. See the above "7th circle of hell."


Written in the early 1300s, "The Comedy" became a classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Afterlife.” More than other works or even official ecclesiastical doctrine, the epic poem would come to define Western civilization’s images of hell, purgatory, and heaven, influencing the popular imagination even today. But, once we get passed the draconian mythology, we find a good deal of wisdom.

“O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall? … Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge.” Dante Alighieri, "The Comedy"





The Mandated Solitude and Introspection

Let's start this investigation by getting rid of the word "Hell"; at least, neutering and declawing it. 

Bereft of ideas to inspire and uplift, when there is no cogent reasoning, no thoughtful discussion based on the merits, Big Religion has always opted for tactics of threat and intimidation. 

The popular concept of an "eternal Hell-fire" is a fairy-tale, a total fabrication, a propaganda tool.

The reality is utterly different. Again, the universe is not about punishment but education. Allow me to make clear the final word on this entire discussion: There is nothing to be afraid of regarding crossing over into the next world.



Old Man River

I'm tired'a livin', but I'm scared'a dyin'...


That said, while there is no "village of the damned" over there, for those who need it, for those who have "cut class and haven't turned in their homework," there does exist a temporary place of detention allowing wayward persons to consider and to find themselves.

For better or worse, no one forces anyone to do anything over there. The Star Trek "Prime Directive" remains inviolate, and freedom to choose becomes sacred dictum.

But do not worry about this. If a detour into a dark place happens to you or me, it's no big deal; we can leave the same day and move to a better world - the very same day.

Instead of "Hell," let's call these temporary cells of detention, The Mandated Solitude and Introspection.



Editor’s note: Concerning one’s ability to leave a dark place of detention “the very same day” – which is true – it should be pointed out, strange to say, that many do not want to leave. Many will linger in dark detention for months or years; and, in hard-core cases, they may settle in for decades or even centuries.

Why do they insist upon suffering?

There is a companion article which discusses this phenomenon in some detail. All of us have friends and relatives who’ve ended up in a dark place and, in many cases, do not know how to get out; and sometimes they don’t want to. We might be able to help them.

See the lengthy discussion on the “Sensibility: 1-Minute” page.




  • Professor Charles Xavier, X-Men (2000): "Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they're lost forever." 



bite-sized packets of information

Providing a certain sequence of thought, the following sub-article writings, it is suggested, are best reviewed in the order presented.


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The reason behind the reason for what most people believe.

Why only the virtuous find the truth.

Father Reginald Foster, a 40-year Vatican scholar in Latin literature, calls the doctrine of hell “stupid,” a Middle-Ages fairy tale.

The Fire That Consumes: a scholarly analysis of every occurrence of words relating to hell and judgment in both the Old and New Testaments - conclusion: there is no credible evidence of an eternally-burning hellfire or unending punishment to be found in the Bible.

Dante's Divine Comedy: "abandon hope all ye who enter here"

Judging the veracity of information

Why there's darkness in the Dark Realms


hey man, let's hear about God realization for a change 

Concert for George
Royal Albert Hall
November 29, 2002

Horse To Water

you can take a horse to the water but you can't make him drink, oh no, oh no, oh no, preacher at my church likes to talk about Satan, could be that he knows him, he acts like he's possessed, I said, "hey man, let's hear about God realization for a change," he said, "we ain't got time for that, first hear of the evils of fornication," you can take a horse to the water but you can't make him drink, oh no, oh no, oh no, you can have it all laid out in front of you, but it won't make you think, oh no, oh no, oh no


listen to Sam Brown’s sensational version of “Horse to Water” at the Concert for George


The Course In Miracles offers guidance concerning how people eventually change for the better.

Truly, I say to you, by no means will you get out of prison till you have paid the last penny.

Sometimes "detention" will take the form of a strategically-designed "classroom," to teach one lesson to one specific student.

The Earthbound: Caught between the Dark Realms and Summerland

The Moral Specific-Gravity: How One's Place in the Afterlife is Determined

The Crystalline-Entity Principle: Summerland cannot be Invaded, there are no Raiding-Gangs from Hell

The Fate of hard-core Criminals, the Most Evil

When hard-core Criminals, the Most Evil, repent and begin to change, will they be "second-class" citizens in Summerland for their time in darkest detention?

Are we allowed to reincarnate to escape detention? 

Why did Jesus visit the spirits in prison? (I Peter 3:19)

Rescue-effort in the Dark Realms: the most difficult service-project. Only well-advanced Spirit Guides are allowed to work at this. 

"The first shall be last, the last shall be first" - the teaching of Jesus comes alive in this report from the next world.

How can a blind man learn to see? If the true self is like the sun covered by thick clouds, how can the light of consciousness manifest? How can those in detention ever come to sacred awareness?

Alfred, a British soldier killed in WWI, experiences a different kind of "special classroom."

Is Revelation's "lake of fire" a reference to eternal hell-fire?

Spirit-Guide Margaret explains the number one reason why people spend time in dark detention


'I called out wildly and struck myself and tore my hair in passionate horror'

The following is channeled information from the other side offered in the book, A WANDERER IN THE SPIRIT LANDS, by spirit-author, FRANCHEZZO; transcribed via the mediumship of A. FARNESE, 1896.

Editor’s note: This is the story of a young Italian man, Franchezzo, who had seduced many women. Before his untimely death, however, he had fallen genuinely in love. Upon arriving in the next world, he encountered total darkness and silence. The following excerpts reveal a portion of his misery, especially, his dreaded realization of having lost the love of his life.

And I knew not that I had died. I passed from some hours of suffering and agony into sleep — deep, dreamless sleep — and when I awoke it was to find myself alone and in total darkness. I could rise — I could move — surely I was better. But where was I? Why this darkness? Why was no light left with me? I arose and groped as one does in a dark room, but I could find no light — hear no sound. There was nothing but the stillness — the darkness — of Death around me.

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The transcriber, A. Farnese, reports to his readers that he received the text of this book, via automatic writing, from Franchezzo on the other side.

An overview of Franchezzo's story and his road to recovery

he finds reason to change his life, to grow spiritually, in order to be with his Twin Soul mate

Franchezzo in the Dark Realms finds that his main impetus to repent and change is his desire to one day be with his beloved. To do this, he must rise to a higher level of spirituality.

The Guides may have opinions, even, studied and well-conceived, but neither they nor anyone else has the authority to write the script of our lives. We, only we, ourselves, have the last word; the sacred self only will determine what it shall do and with whom.

Franchezzo is invited to improve himself by joining a service organization. Membership is always voluntary, with the option of dropping out at any time as one’s right. We ever reserve the right to return to a way of sin and increase suffering, or to move forward along the very difficult path of moral recovery.

the dark realms: not a penal colony, more like a rehab-center

He is taken to an instructional facility of the Brotherhood of Hope, a service organization. Still reeling from his terror of groping alone in the darkness, Franchezzo is feeble and can hardly see or hear. The learning center is very huge, made of dark grey stone, with the barest of furniture or amenities.

Eight months after his transition to the other side, Franchezzo leaves the “rehab” center. His missionary work begins.

To indulge an attitude of revenge or retaliation is to align one’s spirit with, to open oneself to attack by, wicked discarnates.

There is a 'special place in hell,' as the phrase is used, for those, such as political or religious leaders, who used their power over people to deceive, enslave, and aggrandize themselves.

Franchezzo discovers a cave of slumberers, a great many bodies in stasis, those who had killed themselves with overdoses of opium.

'the lust of sin, ground out of their souls'

The backsliding of some, a sinking into lower levels of hell, became, in reality, the shortest route home for them. Good conduct and polished manners, per se, are not enough. Unless the desire for sin is extirpated by some form of aversion therapy, “ground out of their souls” by associated suffering, the majority will secretly long for the way of selfishness and self-gratification, and will find a way to return to it.

Kairiss and Elenchus discuss the concept “the lust for evil ground out of the soul”, Part I

His beloved’s sheer desire to reach him released latent mediumistic powers. Franchezzo comments again on the healing force of her love. This connection, a union of their truest intentions, constitutes a very great mystery of life.

Kairiss and Elenchus discuss the concept “the lust for evil ground out of the soul”, Part II

the super-powers of the ancient Spirit Guides

The advanced, ancient Spirit Guides possess super-human powers not so unlike that of a comicbook hero.


heroic altruism: “ambitious for the sake of others”

“Spirit-persons cannot know everything, and there is no more absolute certainty in the spirit world than on earth. None can give final answers, concerning the universe which itself has no limits, nor of the nature of that Supreme Being of whom no man or spirit can know, save in so far as that He is Infinite Spirit, limitless in all senses, Unknowable and Unknown.”

The missionary team surveys the geography of the lower reaches of hell: smoke-spewing volcanoes and a lake of black ink. Moreover, they could sense the sorrow of those trapped in this land.

They rescue a repentant individual serving as slave to an Emperor-like master in what appeared to be an old Roman-Empire city.


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Do suicides go to a dark place to be punished?

A sexual predator in dark detention is confronted by his once-victim: when all of our secrets are found out.

Some NDE reports speak of the illusion of hellfire: we might, however, experience this, for a time, if our belief-system convinces us that we deserve this.

Does Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man speak of an ever-burning Hell?

Fearing fear itself: cultivating a calm frame of mind is the best thing we can do to have a wonderful transition to the next world.

Here's what you should immediately do if you cross over and find yourself in a dark world.

We cannot die; we cannot escape; we cannot evade, but must face, ourselves: the mandated solitude and introspection.

Update, March 29, 2018: Pope declares "there is no hell" and the Vatican deep-state scrambles to implement damage-control.



Editor's note:

from the Gospel of Thomas:

[Thomas said] "These sayings that you utter are laughable and ridiculous to the world, for they are misunderstood. How can we go forth and preach them, since the world does not respect us?"

[Jesus said] "I tell you the truth: whoever listens to what you have to say and turns away, or sneers, or smirks at these things, will be held in a cramped dark place... They will be imprisoned there..."




paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep...


For What It's Worth

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid

Step outta line, they'll come and take you away...




time out! - sentenced to detention, a mandated season to recall who we are and what's really important


Every day was as the one just spent. Every day he would sit on the shore of the island Ogygia, thinking of his wife Penelope, wishing to return home. Every day he mourned and wept for his lost love.

But Calypso had taken Odysseus prisoner and refused to grant him leave.



READ MORE on the adventures of Odysseus and Penelope