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Jiddu Krishnamurti,

 Eckhart Tolle


the true self



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Our transition to Summerland is not like a trip to Disneyworld. While there is endless opportunity in that celestial realm for recreation, study, service, relationships, and travel, even so, without an accessing of the “inner riches” of the soul, we will eventually lead ourselves into severe existential crisis.

In other words, if we attempt to live a materialistically-oriented life in Summerland, it won't work out well for us. Read more of this malady in the “500 tape-recorded messages from the afterlife” article.


Jiddu Krishnamurti
1895 - 1986


Krishnamurti, and also Eckhart Tolle, in my opinion, are two of the great teachers on this subject.




See the Krishnamurti page and especially his "summary" discourse.


Word Gems is my personal collection of best things, gold nuggets, from all fields of enquiry. However, if pressed to state what is most instructive and valuable to me in terms of imparting wisdom, I would have to say that the concept of the true self is near the top of the list.



what is this 'true self' and 'false self'

  • William James: "There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self."

Finding one's "true self" becomes part of the definition of enlightenment. Discovering authenticity within does not require endless reincarnational lifetimes, herculean effort, advanced degrees, or 30 days of fasting. None of that will help, except to reveal what doesn't work.



Are you aware of what you're thinking right now? which one are you? - the thinking? or the monitoring awareness that knows you're thinking?

This is not as difficult as it might seem; and, once we perceive the difference, and mentally mark the dichotomy, our lives will be set on a "magical mystical tour" of endless insights, understanding, and perception.


thinking about thinking

Try it right now. What was the last thought in your head before I interrupted you? It might have been a flitting memory-trace of an argument from this morning; or what's for dinner tonight; or that errand you need to run. In any case, at this moment - because I made an issue of it - you're (1) visualizing the object of your thought, but also (2) you're aware, as a kind of background presence, that you're thinking about that mental object.

Do you perceive the difference? If you do, you're ready to build upon this perception. Daily, you will grow more and more conscious of the "chatter in the head," the incessant commentary on everything you see in life - but this "voice in the head" is not the real you. The authentic you is the one who mentally steps back, in silent witnessing presence, and observes the antics of the babbling mind.


The chattering mind is not the real you. The observing consciousness that is aware of the mind's monologue is the authentic you.

The thinking mind requires consciousness to function, but consciousness does not need thought to sustain itself.


here's a great little video, less than 2 minutes, on defusing the "chattering in the head," the "monkey mind" 


see the video here

Eckhart Tolle was asked a question concerning his opinion on an array of self-help seminars. He said, to the effect,

"I don't know, they all look very good; but I will tell you this: if you spend the next year practicing a breathing exercise - for just a minute, or a few minutes a day - that will help you more than all of those seminars combined!"

deep breathing, more beneficial than 100 self-help seminars

This sounds to be an unlikely proposition. But I will say, from personal experience, that Eckhart is exactly right.

But why should this be true? Focusing on one's own breathing, for even a minute, or a few minutes a day, begins to stop the "monkey mind," the "chattering in the head," the domain of the "false self"; conscious breathing interrupts the incessant stream of what is often repetitive, unproductive, fear-based thought; and, when that happens, the "true self" naturally begins to rise to the fore, "bubbles up to the surface" (John 4), of consciousness.

Is there any scientific evidence that this is real? Try it, over the coming months and years, and you will become the evidence.

Allow me an additional moment to share an important related item concerning "conscious breathing" which has been very helpful to me and, I trust, will serve you, as well.

Let's say, you're watching a movie and, unexpectedly, an image of gross perversion is flashed on the screen. This happens too often, as we know, and these terrible images can linger in the mind for a long time.

How to get rid of them? Do this for relief: when the sordid vision comes calling, immediately meet it with "conscious breathing." You will find that the monkey-mind image cannot simultaneously exist with an accessing of the "true self" within. The process is simple: breathe deeply, slowly; follow it in, follow it out.

However, especially if the oppressive image has been reinforced for a while, it will not surrender so easily. It will be back, even in the next moments. Stay with the process; as with training a Shetland pony, as I did in my early youth, do not get "thrown." Meet the bad image, toe-to-toe, with conscious breathing. You will find, after a time, that the bad image will give up - for a while, but expect a return visit -- and when it calls again, immediately block it with conscious breathing.

What is happening in all this? Conscious breathing, an accessing of the "true self" within, begins to drain away the negative energy of the ego's thought-forms. You are starving it to death. The dysfunctional ego wants to feed on the negative energy of angry, petulant reaction, thereby strengthening itself. However, a calm frame of mind will deny it a meal. We cannot fight "the darknesss" directly, but must "light a candle" of increased awareness: the smallest candle-power instantly begins to defeat the darkness. 

It may take some time and effort to completely "neuter and declaw" the bad image, but it cannot ultimately stand against the purifying power of the sacred "true self."



why should any of this be important

If this is a new subject for you, right now you are skeptical that any of this could be more than a parlor trick. I understand, and so I will spend a little time offering you reason to investigate.

There's a subsuming principle crucial to our evolvement, suggesting that personal growth must be founded upon and initiated from one's deepest person:

afterlife-entities and other teachers advise that we must go within to find the hidden 'true self,' the inner riches of the soul, which discovery is absolutely vital to one's development


Silver Birch: "The whole purpose of earthly life is to awaken the dormant slumbering souls to the reality of their existence. Your world is full of living sleepwalkers who go through the day’s activities in a dream."

Dr. Peebles, speaking via Mrs.Wickland: "Let us develop the truth within us - find ourselves. Do not let us look far away; do not let us look in the past, do not let us look into the future, but let us find ourselves in our present condition and let us be true to ourselves. Let us forget all theories and dogmas. Let us know and feel the nearness of God… Let us learn to find ourselves. While I am sorry to say many have not found themselves, let all of us here acquire knowledge so that when we go to the spirit side of life we shall go on to a higher life."

George Harrison, testimony from the afterlife: He addresses “the wandering soul … those who are not yet ‘self-discovered’ … the soul, spirit of who we truly are, continues for an infinity of creation... consider that you already know why you are here because that knowledge is locked deeply inside of you…[open] the door to the many possibilities of life and [with] permission to explore. From there comes gratitude and wisdom, peace and healing. When we give ourselves permission to seek this wisdom and understanding we also give ourselves permission to open the doorway to the soul, and that is the end game. Namasté my friends. I am still here.”

nobody told you how to unfold your love that's sleeping...


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at you and see the love there that's sleeping...
I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you...


Cora Richmond: “We can only say, study your souls as you do your bodies, pursue the science as you do any other. Make the lamp of the human spirit the subject of your inquiries and investigations, and, like the happy astronomer who triumphed in the exercise of mathematical faith, you too shall triumph in the certainty of spiritual knowledge.”

Walt Whitman: "The whole theory of the universe is directed to one individual... namely to You."

U.S. Andersen: “All about me I perceive the manifold forms of the Divine, and I perceive Him dwelling in each. There are no different selves in the universe, but one Self only, one sense of being, one awareness, one I, which is always and eternally God. When I love another, it is God I love. When I perceive in each form the Presence that inhabits all forms, then I know the Divine and in that knowledge I love all and my love is complete. No longer do I rail against loneliness, for God is within me. No path is too solitary, no way too deserted that I may not take it with the joy and knowledge of the companionship and comfort of the Divine. He guides my every step.”

Dr. Carl Wickland, “Gateway Of Understanding”: “Our spirit co-worker, Dr. Root, in addressing the audience [via trance-medium Anna Wickland] at one of our circles, said: ‘There is a life after this and it is progressive… Understand and learn that God is the life of everything and everyone. In each one is that spark of the Divine God… Try to find the God within you… Understand that you are a part of God… Learn all you can, before you pass out, regarding the other side; then you will not be an earthbound spirit causing trouble and suffering to yourself and others… You must learn to know yourselves and to develop the highest that is in you.’”

White Feather: Coming to see the evidence for the afterlife is just the first step. "Once you have acquired proof that life is continuous and death is only a doorway through which all must pass, do not rest on your laurels. Expand your search beyond seeking evidence and discover for yourself the eternal truth and wisdom that awaits you. Be not content with mere snippets of fact, but find [within] also the joy of knowing your own unique purpose and place in the great scheme of life that is forever unfolding."


Jiddu Krishnamurti, the famous "dissolution speech," August 3, 1929: "Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path… Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it... You are accustomed to authority, or to the atmosphere of authority, which you think will lead you to spirituality. You think and hope that another can, by his extraordinary powers -- a miracle -- transport you to this realm of eternal freedom which is Happiness. Your whole outlook on life is based on that authority... You are all depending for your spirituality on someone else, for your happiness on someone else, for your enlightenment on someone else… Organizations cannot make you free. No man from outside can make you free; nor can organized worship, nor the immolation of yourselves for a cause, make you free; nor can forming yourselves into an organization, nor throwing yourselves into works, make you free… Again, you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity. So you will see how absurd is the whole structure that you have built, looking for external help, depending on others for your comfort, for your happiness, for your strength. These can only be found within yourselves. You are accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but yourself can tell you if you are beautiful or ugly within? Who but yourself can tell you if you are incorruptible?"

Channeled testimony via the mediumship of W. Aber, presented in the book The Guiding Star: “The great thinker scales the mountain side, and delves deep into its caverns for the ore of truth. What cares he that the unthinking multitude are surging and wrangling at its base? What cares he though he have only strength to bear his precious burden to the surface? ... It is noble to soar to heights unattainable by the multitude; and it is noble also to descend, that you may meet and interpret to the thousands upon the plain that which was given to the few upon the mount.” Editor’s note: This nobility “to descend” is an extremely important part of “going within,” a journey to unmask the “false self” in one’s being. Without this clearer perspective, we will never attain to zenith levels of spirituality, no matter the platitudes one might offer nor the charitable works one might engage in. See the “spirituality, part 2” writing.

Gottfried de Purucker, leader of the Theosophical Society, Questions We All Ask (1930): “You don't live outside of the Universe, you are a part of it, as a part is an integral portion of the whole... What the Universe is, that you are; what you are, the Universe is… Know thyself, O son of man! For in thee lie all the mysteries of the Universe. Thou art its child; inseparable from it shalt thou ever be; for It is thou and thou art It. This is the pathway to all wisdom, to all knowledge, to all achievement. It is also therefore the pathway of evolution - of evolving, of unfolding, what is folded up or latent within you.”

Frederic W. H. Myers, in the afterlife, transmitted to Juliet S. Goodenow, Vanishing Night: “Man could not be great, approaching the Divine counterpart, if faculty [of the inner riches] could be discerned at a glance, or ‘man measured as a measure of barley.’ The deep recesses of a lofty mountain containing all within and without, are more indicative of man’s [enormous hidden] faculty… [T]he perfect man, [is] created in the Image of God. Within this perfect creation is resident a power many fail to find. Nevertheless, it lies deep within the complex nature of mankind. Animals [too] have this power, to some extent. The normal man is a god, but rarely does he come to his estate [while on Earth], through ignorance of his inheritance…it is a matter of development. A man is a bundle of faculties, to use according to his will and education... There are vast fields of discovery within, worth exceeding scrutiny; there is no wall of division between that interior wall of man on that side [the Earth side] and the man free from Earth’s limitations on this side… there is nothing to obstruct your voyage [meaning, these powers can be released while on Earth]… for the veil that separates the seen and the unseen is very thin.”

Frederic W. H. Myers, in the afterlife, transmitted to Juliet S. Goodenow, Vanishing Night: "You should cultivate your impressions, your intuitions - trust them as your guide where you travel and discover by sense. This faculty is easy of cultivation, when the student applies himself to the task. The cultivation of the spiritual will be slow as learning a foreign language... the dross of matter will obscure the transcendent realities awaiting discovery."

Frederic W. H. Myers, in the afterlife, transmitted to Juliet S. Goodenow, Vanishing Night: "We have learned that within is the universal way leading to this Wisdom... [Man] is himself the sovereign of his destiny, the master of his fate. Created in the Image of God, he is the Son of the Most High. Lighted by the lamp of conscience, he builds an empire within himself; his lordly possessions reach within to Infinitude... You have the ability to think the thoughts of God... your mind is therefore the mind of a god, analytical - powerful." Editor’s note: What are these vast abilities lying fallow deep within of which Myers speaks? We cannot measure their final length just as we will never map the entire range of God’s abilities; ours and Hers are linked. But, as one indication of what the highly developed human looks like, see the report [the inset-box] of the shamans of the Kogi people, who know things that extend well beyond the reach of even our high technology; also see Franchezzo's report of missionary Guides in the Dark Realms with "super-hero" powers.

Frederic W. H. Myers, in the afterlife, transmitted to Juliet S. Goodenow, Vanishing Night: "Man dwarfs his knowledge by not using to his capacity, his God-given implement of knowledge. For, within his own organism is resident full knowledge of Man, of Life, of Creation, of Destiny, Purpose, Action, Wisdom, etc. For Man contains in embryo the complete creation, awaiting development under his own masterful direction.”

Cora Richmond: "Spiritual knowledge, the unfoldment of the highest from within, this alone can change the shadowed states of Earth into brightness. Every life must be reached; every mind touched and awakened by the spirit; the good that is within each must be brought forth."

Eliza Duffy, Heaven Revised:I, who prided myself upon being a close and correct observer, a careful analyzer of all that came under my observation, and a deep and original thinker, have been overwhelmed with astonishment, not to say chagrin, in discovering how little I knew of even the surface life around me; how still less of that deeper and inner life which is the real and actuating power of humanity, but of whose existence there is so little realization until it comes to the surface here…Truly, yes, without disguises or concealments; and we shall learn to know ourselves as well. This self-knowledge is not acquired at once. I realize that it is only beginning with me; for when I have come to a thorough knowledge of self, I shall have acquired a knowledge of all things, even of God."


"You must measure success and failure within, not by anything I or anyone else might think."


the inner cosmos, the final frontier

Channeled testimony via the mediumship of W. Aber, presented in the book The Guiding Star: “The first thing is to make resolute search within your heart and make the great discovery of the aim and usefulness of your individual life. He who succeeds in this discovery, and holds firmly to it all his earth life, has made a success, whether he wears purple and fine linen, or homespun. You scan the heavens with telescopes, but far wiser is the man who becomes the astronomer of his own soul, [the inner cosmos]. You make analysis of the soil of the field, but more difficult, more desirable it is to make analysis of the soil of your own heart, and find what flowers may grow there best, and what noxious weeds must be guarded against. It is not what a man does that makes him great, but what he is. Action is merely thought dressed in visible garb. Being must ever precede doing. Below the surface which the world sees, are springs [see John, chapter 4] which feed the life. To keep these springs fresh and sweet, is the best object of endeavor. Study yourself carefully; and also study the seeming simple things of Nature, and you will learn that the secret of life is eternal Progress; and that the Earth life, which is of the utmost importance, is only the primary grade of life. Learn your first lessons well, that you may have a solid basis for your future unfoldment.”

Channeled information from medium Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, The Future Life: January 19, 1856. A person on the other side, having lived an egocentric life on Earth, landed in a dark place, wherein he drifted and sought escape for many decades. Finally, in a more humble frame of mind, he called out for help. A Spirit Guide responded: “... thou hast not outlived all of Earth and its errors; yet thou wilt overcome them one by one, and daily thou wilt acknowledge that man's heart is a universe, wherein is contained all the mystery, all the beauty, and all the love of the divine Godhead, constantly unfolding a spark at a time; but never, never canst thou imagine the heights and the depths to which it shall reach in the unending cycles of eternal thought... Be not strangers to yourselves; listen to those intuitions which speak unmistakably to thy spiritual being... Thy span of life, what is it? A thought, a flash, which but wakes thee to the journey before thee."

George W. Meek, The Certainty Of Living Forever: George Meek, engineer and inventor, spent his retirement years traveling the world, gathering scientific evidence for the afterlife. (See the video on his life's work.) Using electronic equipment, he successfully communicated with his departed wife, Jeanette, and others in Summerland. (See Mark Macy’s report on George’s accomplishments here.) Aided by the advice of Jeanette on the astral plane, George created a stair-step diagram summarizing things to know for a harmonious transition to the other side. On the first “step,” the most important item, George wrote: “Seek first the Consciousness of God.” Then, on the second “step,” “Learn to know and to love your real self.” Only farther along on the roster does “Service to Others” make an appearance. All this is exactly right. So many want to put charitable works at the head of the list, but this is wrong. Unless altruistic deed is founded upon one’s “true self” linked to God, no lasting good will come from service efforts. See further discussion in my four articles on “Spirituality: How To Become A Good Person.”

Lord Dowding, Lynchgate: “Have faith in your innermost convictions: accept the words of no man: let your heart be your guide in truth and sincerity. Seek to understand in humility: offer your [altruistic] services.”

The Gospel Of Thomas: focuses on the “inner light,” the soul riches as part of having been “made in the image.” The Gospel Of John was written as polemic against Thomas as the former emphasizes external salvation rather than a personal link to and communion with God. READ MORE

Dr. Kurt Gödel: considered as great a thinker as Aristotle, Einstein, and Newton: “I don't believe in empirical science. I only believe in a priori truth.” “I am convinced of the afterlife, independent of theology. If the world is rationally constructed, there must be an afterlife.”

Marcus Aurelius: “Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”

Andrew Jackson Davis’ Death And The Afterlife: Eight Lectures On The Summer-Land: "Put down the errors in the temperaments inherited from your ancestors. Become natural, and substantial, and wholly yourself. You cannot enter the ‘superior state’ by any way less straight. Become healthy in your inmost; then you will see the Summer-Land in visions of the night."

Know Thyself, from ancient temples in Luxor and Delphi: The ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself" or "gnothi seauton" is one of the Delphic maxims, inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, according to the Greek writer Pausanias. The phrase was later expounded upon by the philosopher Socrates who taught: "The unexamined life is not worth living." The aphorism may have [originally] come from … the ancient Luxor Temple [in Egypt], comprised of the External Temple, where the beginners would enter, and the Internal Temple, where a person was allowed to enter only after proven worthy and ready to acquire more knowledge and insights. One of the proverbs of the External Temple is "The body is the house of God." That is why it is said: "Man, know thyself". In the Internal Temple, one of the many proverbs is "Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods". (Wikipedia)

Editor's note: In I Cor. 6 the apostle Paul draws distinction between "sins that are without the body" (that is, relatively unharmful) versus those that are "against the body," the result of sexual liaison with a non-Twin Soul partner. Paul's phrase, "the body is the temple of the holy spirit," precisely reflects the sense offered in the Luxor-Temple teachings, "the body is the house of God."

(See an expanded discussion of Paul's I Cor. 6 Twin-Soul teaching in "The Wedding Song"; also note that ancient Spirit Guides, communicating to William Stainton Moses ["Spirit Teachings," 1883], refer to marriage as "the holiest and divinest law of life" but, nevertheless, condemn its current degradation as a "buying and selling," a "social slavery," a "deterioration and retrogression," because humankind has not learned that "the body is the avenue of the spirit.")

It is more than passing coincidence that Genesis metaphorically speaks of sexual coitus as a "knowing," a self-knowing, but such lofty perspective is available only to divinely-appointed Twins, not to John and Mary: to employ Luxor's words, they shall not "know the gods." Similarly, in this we find the heart of Paul's argument: a failure to "know thyself," the sacred deeper-self, makes it impossible to enter into authentic spirituality as one's link to God is facilitated only by way of the inner-person, the locus of consciousness. 

David Hume, the great philosopher: He "puts man in the middle"; he analyzed himself, watched himself watching, which became for him a self-knowing. This introspection allowed him to overturn certain errant ideas, going all the way back to Aristotle.

Dr. Eben Alexander: The brain is a filter, a reducer, and dumbs down consciousness to a very slim trickle of information; the answers are within us all, but it's by going deeply within consciousness that we might know this

Judge John Edmonds: An afterlife-researcher, Edmonds offers advice given to him from the other side: "No one can begin to progress until he (or she) has correct ideas of the future existence, [along with] knowing our spiritual nature and destiny..."

Channeled testimony via the mediumship of W. Aber, presented in the book The Dawn Of Another Life: “No mortal is able to really find peace until he is absolute master of, and knoweth himself, for then and only then, does he know God; and even so as a man cannot know God without a perfect knowledge of himself, neither can he be thorough in the knowledge of himself unless he also knoweth the perfect knowing power of God! These which must be united as a whole … thereby they shall attain Spiritual advancement, not otherwise known… Just in proportion as you expand and develop, your wisdom increases.”


a sense of individuality, the knowledge of self: the most pernicious program of all

Star Trek: Next Generation, episode I, Borg, featuring Hugh

“The sense of individuality, which he has gained with us, might be transmitted throughout the entire Borg collective, every one of the Borg being given the opportunity to experience the feeling of singularity – perhaps that’s the most pernicious program of all -- the knowledge of self, being spread throughout the collective, in that brief moment, might alter them forever.”


Emerson, Self Reliance:Man is his own star [source of light, truth]… Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events… Great men have always done so [trusted themselves], and confided themselves childlike…”

Channeled information from medium Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, The Future Life: November 30, 1854. "The Inner Temple: There must be within every living soul, a still, deep fountain, ever bubbling in freshness and sweetness, giving food and drink, sustaining and making beautiful, the temple which surrounds it. Make unto thyself a world of beauty within; an inner life, a holy of holies, a sacred palace where none may intrude, a spot dedicated in all its beauty and glory as the sanctuary of the most high God. This is within thee, it is a part of thee, it is all-sparkling and shining; it needs but to be pervaded by the holy presence, the essence of soul, the life of light.”

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733). "Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic's pride.”

Kahlil Gibran: “My soul is my friend who consoles me in misery and distress in life. He who does not befriend his soul is an enemy of humanity, and he who does not find human guidance within himself will perish desperately. Life emerges from within, and derives not from environs…  If they place me in vacuum, I will live together with my soul, the child of Love and Beauty…”

Raymond Lodge: fallen soldier of WWI, son of knighted British scientist, Sir Oliver Lodge. He transmitted messages, over a period of years, to his parents via psychic-mediums. On the other side, a sensitive, Freda, helped Raymond to communicate with his parents on the Earth, relaying this:

“If only people would go within themselves more, just now and then, they could reach out and get a good deal of what he [Raymond] has learnt [in Summerland]. But when they want to do things on the Earth-plane, they don’t wish to go within themselves, because they are afraid of reaching a decision against what they [that is, their lower natures] wish to do. That is the reason people can’t choose between right and wrong.Raymond asserted, regarding the efficacy of “going within,” that this process “made everything on the Earth-plane, about religion, about right and wrong, clear - made it all so clear! [Raymond] often thinks that if he could come back [as a mortal], he could fly through life!” [with the success offered by accessing one’s inner person]

Editor's note: compare Raymond's observation concerning people's fear of going within to the following comment by Eckhart Tolle, The New Earth"You may not want to [deeply] know yourself because you are afraid of what you may find out. Many people have a secret fear that they are bad. But nothing you can find out about yourself is you. Nothing you can know about you is you." Why is this so? - the true self is linked to the unfathomable God / Universal Consciousness; therefore, as God is essentially unknowable, so it is with the true self.

Cora Richmond, "the most famous woman in the world" of the latter 1800s: "The first sphere of spiritual existence [dark detention, not a pleasant place], like the first sphere of material existence, is thronged with human beings in pursuit of [egoic] self interests... a selfish [existence]... instead of seeking the innermost stages of being. The result is a corresponding spiritual poverty; for you find that, when you have pursued self only, you are defeated..."

Private Dowding, fallen soldier in WWI: "Make yourself a vessel that you may receive the gift of the Spirit [that is, Universal Consciousness]. You will then require no teaching from outside. Revelation will come to you from within. Retire into the Hall of Silence. Think on these things." Editor's note: compare this with the apostle John's statement below.

Robert Benson, Life In The World Unseen: "The members of these [religious] communities [on the other side] know that they have passed on, [but] they think that part of their heavenly reward is to continue with their man-made forms of worship [attending church as the did on Earth]. So they will continue until such time as a spiritual awakening takes place. Pressure is never brought to bear upon these souls; their mental resurrection must come from within themselves. When it does come, they will taste for the first time the real meaning of freedom."

Channeled information from medium Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, The Future Life: An address to the Circle of Hope, by Apollos Munn, who had lately passed to the other life - October, 1852. “Let each and all of you measure your own heaven by your own experience… Be content with the unfolding of the germ [of your expanding mind] which in due time will become a bud, and which, when the bud is sufficiently matured, will burst into a flower… My wish is, that every soul may see its own heaven. Oh, do not measure your own experience by one another's, but look within your own hearts, and receive the draught of happiness in whatever measure it may be meted out to you, and be assured that you receive as much as you are able to bear, though it may seem to come slowly... As ye seek so shall ye also find, and when the desires of your heart shall knock at the door of the inner world, it shall be opened to fill you with the joy for which you are seeking…

Thomas Paine, from the afterlife: "In all things l believe that the mind and spirit of man is capable of adjudicating matters that pertain to human freedom, and human enlightenment, and to the knowledge of that which is divine. Beyond that reason, which is the external guide of human thought, there is the divine prompting coming from within; from a realm of which I had little knowledge when on Earth, but which now is the divine reality of being, viz., the realm of intuition, the realm of the spirit, the inner and diviner nature of every human being which determines for him [a sense of] the right, which declares to him the truth, which reveals to him the higher and nobler pathway."

Andrew Jackson Davis’ The Great Harmonia, his mystical insights on the nature of true love and marriage: Speaking to the process of finding one's eternal mate: "No clergyman, no testimony, no legalized contract, or record in Church or State, can determine upon the proper conjugal associate, nor develop the everlasting affection which the spirit demands. The evidence is within. Search yourselves. If ye are truthfully married, then will ye have mutual or parallel attractions, corresponding desires, and similar constitutional tendencies; and where the one goes, the other will go; and on earth, as in the higher spheres of existence, ye will have one home, one purpose, one destiny, one God, and one religion." Editor's note: As an aside, one of my very favorite encouraging quotations from Davis is this: "That Spirit which is still seeking and praying for congenial companionship, should rest perfectly assured that it has somewhere a mate, somewhere an eternal associate. Life will not always be incomplete. Let the seeker remember this; and, being already in principle joined to some true and faithful one, let the heart be glad and let it realize, by means of anticipation, the final meeting, which, if circumstances and earnest desire do not consummate it on earth, will be inevitably developed, perfected, and confirmed in the higher country."

Dr. Carl Wickland: "If you have not found the Joy within, then you might want to return [to the Earth]; those who have [found the Joy within], even if it were possible [to return], would never, ever do so."

Sir John Pensley, from the other side: "I determined to see for myself whether there was within me any true, unerring guide to lead me right; for I reasoned: If I am a spark of intelligence emanating from God, the Great Sun and Center of all Intelligence, is there not within me enough to show the light by which to travel back to the source whence I sprung?" See more of Pensley's channeled testimony.

Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm, David Peat: “Faced with explaining gyroscopic motion, most physics students learn the various formulae, involving conservation of angular momentum, and produce an explanation in a relatively mechanical and formulaic fashion; but Bohm needed a direct perception of the inner nature of this motion. Once as he was walking in the country, he imagined himself as a gyroscope, and through some form of muscular interiorization, he was able to understand the nature of its motion. In this way he worked out, within his own body, the behavior of gyroscopes. The formulae and the mathematics would come later, as a formal way of explaining his insight. From very early on in his scientific career, Bohm trusted this interior, intuitive display as a more reliable way of arriving at solutions. Later, when he met and talked with Einstein, he learned that he too experienced subtle, internal muscular sensations that appeared to lie much deeper than ordinary rational and discursive thought. Without explicitly knowing it at the time, Bohm had returned to that ancient maxim ‘as above, so below,’ the medieval teaching that each individual is the microcosm of the macrocosm. Bohm himself strongly believed himself part of the universe and that, by giving attention to his own feelings and sensations, he should be able to arrive at a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe... For Bohm, physics was an inner journey grounded in the conviction that his own body was a microcosm of the universe.

Khalil Gibran: “Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light… Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man's life, and it is the sole purpose of being.”

Jesus of Nazerath: the gospel of John, chapter 4: "I will give you living waters of eternal life [from deep within], and you will never be thirsty again!"

Editor's note: The Greek words for "living water" refer to an artesian spring which produces endless water-flow, naturally bubbling up to the surface from the depths - a perfect illustration by the Master Teacher of the inner riches of the soul refreshing the surface personality. In this illustration, we also find his meaning for the statement, "The kingdom of God is within you." And when he said, "Call no man your father," the sense of his message was, "Call no man your infallible guru or final word on anything." Father, as the term was sometimes employed then, meant "great teaching authority." We find the same prohibition against following Dear Leaders in the next item from John the apostle: instead of surrendering autonomy to any external source, we are to quench our thirst for truth via the artesian well of our own sacred inner-person.

the apostle John: attempting to counteract arrogant teachers who claimed that truth could be known only by their authority, John asserts that all important things of life are taught by "the holy spirit, the anointing," that is, the purified consciousness, and in this process no human teaching agency is required:

"I am writing these things about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you... his anointing teaches you about all things." (I John 2:26-27)

J. Donald Walters: "Intuition is the innate ability in everyone to perceive truth directly - not by reason, logic, or analysis, but by a simple knowing from within. That is the very meaning of the word 'intuition': to know, or understand from within - from one's own self, and from the heart of whatever one is trying to understand. Intuition is the inner ability to see behind the outer forms of things to their inner essence."

Rainer Maria Rilke: “There is only one way: Go within. Search for the cause, find the impetus … Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this serious question with a simple, ‘I must,’ then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity. Your life, in even the most mundane and least significant hour, must become a sign, a testimony to this urge.”

Two Years In Heaven, Dr. C.H. Carson, from his wife Rose, her experiences in the afterlife: "My mind is filled with plans of what I hope to do. How glorious it will be to enter into active work and to realize that whatever I set out to do I shall be able to accomplish through the efforts I make! It seems good to be alive; to feel so well and strong that one’s whole being vibrates with new and wonderful life… Every moment of the time I spent in spirit life was occupied with something helpful and instructive… [to] furnish me with some helpful idea that I could impart to others to aid them in their progress toward higher, grander, and better things... My soul is alive and vibrant with plans for the future, and I am happy and more glad of life as each day passes, not for myself alone, but for those who are to follow after me and whom my influence is to lead heavenward... The consciousness that I have attained tells me this great truth: The soul aspiring for progress never retrogrades; it goes on and on, throughout all eternity, toward greater achievements and higher realizations."

Thea Euryphaessa: Our destiny is aligned with our heart's innermost longing, a longing embedded within our soul before birth. This longing is a unique pattern or configuration reminiscent of the constellations in the night sky. When we express ("press out") our unique configuration, it shines through us with an otherworldly luminosity, manifesting abundance in our lives and the lives of others. Our sole task is to yoke our inner destiny, thread it through our lives, and weave it into the world. All else is just shadows and dust.”

Mary Bruce Wallace, The Thinning Of The Veil (1919), channeled information from the other side: “All power comes from within and is never generated from without. Great reforms will be accomplished when Inner Forces are brought into activity … We are illumined by our own Higher Self. It is to attain this [sense of independence, of relying on one's own inner life] that the Guides are given to us [that is, the very purpose of Spirit Guides having been assigned to us is to bring us to a state of heightened self-awareness, of helping us to 'wake up' to our own inner riches; compare this to the channeled teaching below via William Stainton Moses ]… The first intuition of the soul is usually the correct one…intuition guides one most unerringly… [the Guide] said: ‘Heed not the voices of the World, but at all times heed the inner voice of the Spirit.’ Within the soul of man shineth the Eternal One, invincible, all-conquering. The higher we rise, the more clearly we realize this… The coming age is to be a day of big things in the soul of man and then big changes in the external world. Prepare by enlarging your consciousness -- enlarge, I say, ENLARGE. Rule without from within. You can do more than you know by the power of thought which is the greatest force in the universe… As we rise in the scale of evolution, this becomes more and more clear to us. Realize your Divine Power. Use it with thankfulness and awe.”

The Essene Gospel Of Peace: "In the Garden of the Brotherhood, each shall follow his own path, and each shall commune with his own heart. For in the infinite Garden there are many and diverse flowers."

The Gospel and the Book of Thomas: "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you” … "Whoever finds [the true] self is worth more than the world" … "Whoever does not know [the true] self does not know anything, but whoever knows self already has acquired knowledge about the depth of the universe" … “Beings that come from above derive their life from their own root."

Channeled information, facilitated by the mediumship of Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, concerning  Apollos  Munn,  then recently  passed  to  the other  life, 1852; as reported in “The Future Life”:  “Will any murmur, if even a lifetime should  be spent in endeavoring to cast a ray of light on the path of their fellow-travelers, that they may also know and experience the beauties  of the light which has been shed upon your way? And is not  the enjoyment of this light richly worth seeking for? Does it not  cast a gleam of joy upon your souls when they are heavy-laden? and does it not come to you as a ray of sunshine when all looks dark in your material state? As ye seek so shall ye also find, and when the desires of your heart shall knock at the door of the inner world, it shall be opened to fill you with the joy for which you are seeking… And they tell me that I am yet a very child in the enjoyment of the rest which is prepared for those who love truth.”

Excursions to the Spirit World by Frederick C. Sculthorp: “Many spirits seem quite contented, as they feel well and do not tire, but their minds do not seek for, or know of, anything better, nor can they be pushed forward. The spirit law seems to be that the urge must come from within, which will happen in time... We are helped by our spirit friends in all ways, but the end, personal awareness, they cannot provide. This must come from within.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Famous for his Sherlock mysteries, Doyle spent the latter part of his life as staunch advocate of afterlife research. He spoke from the afterlife via the Flint direct-voice: "What I feel is the tragedy that so very few Spiritualists are concerned with spirituality. So very few are concerned with discovering [what] is within each and every one… so few who are concerned with spiritual truth… with allowing this tremendous truth to revitalise them and make them new again… man [must see] within himself [that] every man has great possibility. For every man is a spirit and every man has the opportunity to develop the spiritual powers that lie dormant within him. Everyone has the same opportunity."

Private Dowding, fallen soldier in WWI: "I don't like to think that my impressions about myself and my present life are mere illusions [as suggested to him, a new-arrival in Summerland, by a Spirit Guide]. That rankles, it humiliates. Unfortunately, I fear it may be true… Anyway, my life seems quite as real as it did on earth, even more real. There is something that lives and moves within me that is not illusion. That something will forge its way out into the light some-day.”

Dr. Carl and Anna Wickland, “Thirty Years Among The Dead.” Two Native American spirits (circa. 1924) spoke via the trance mediumship of Anna Wickland: “We believe in the Great Spirit of Love, Wisdom and Knowledge, and that we are a part of the Great Spirit… When we are a part of that wonderful Spirit how could we be full of sin? … We could not fall away from Him because we are a part of Him; we live in Him... We could not get away from Him because He is everywhere. He is the whole Universe… We put ourselves in rapport with that Great Spirit … We do not believe, we know… We must find the Great Spirit within, not look outside. Find ourselves and we will find Him, for we are a part of that wonderful Mind… The Christians look for God outside; we look for God within ourselves… When you find God within yourself you cannot do wrong. Find God within you, then you have Power, Strength and Love… All of you here are a part of that Universal Light, and you must all have that light from the candle. Do not worship the candle, but worship the Light of Understanding and God… Medicine Men study Nature's forces and have power over them… The Medicine Man knows the Secret of the Universe, the Secret of Love, the Secret of Knowledge and the Secret of Wisdom and Truth.” Editor’s note: See the entire transcript here. Also, see further discussion of the Indians’ advanced standing and leadership roles in the afterlife due to their natural religion allowing them a keen understanding of the Great Spirit.

Elizabeth Fry: speaking from the afterlife via Leslie Flint: "We all realize, automatically, within ourselves, what our part is, what work we have to do; and we realize that we are all interwoven, one with another. I think it is [that] we are all very conscious of this oneness of spirit... You cannot, surely, build a truly spiritual realization of God on something which is of a material conception. God is not found, in a sense, in buildings or places ... God is found within one’s soul, within one’s inner consciousness."


Swedenborg speaks from the other side:

Channeled testimony from Swedenborg, as he references “the second birth,” the awakening of the soul.

“The human soul, when first awakened from the slumber of its material nature to a consciousness of its spiritual being, presents a strange medley of conflicts and changes in its transition state… There is a new and strong principle takes root and grows up within the soul, constantly strengthening and sustaining the feeble and fluttering efforts which the spirit is making to burst from out the bondage in which it has been held for so great a length of time… Man's soul, after having become thus quickened, feels a consciousness within himself of his hold upon eternal life. He feels his spirit going out into the vast regions of infinite space, and endeavors to grasp an atom of knowledge wherever he may find it.”

READ MORE – this testimony by Swedenborg, a favorite writing, is one of the best descriptions of the process of coming to enlightenment.


The following is channeled information from the other side via the mediumship of Robert James Lees, Through The Mists (1898): A new-arrival in Summerland is instructed concerning how God teaches everyone via the Spirit of truth, the “whispering still small voice” within each human being: Do not say that God spoke only “in the days of the oracle… Not so! Say rather that [communication from God] has ceased because of the unnatural and erroneous teachings [of the worldly rogue Church] which have gained the ascendancy… [The authentic, spiritual] Church in every age should … demonstrate this truth [of Spirit guidance]… [the Bible is not a] finished and perfect revelation [but only] containing the Word of God to a specific people, designed for guidance under certain conditions, and but a fragment of … revelation... Jesus wrote no law which was handed to His disciples with [no] command to keep, neither did He commission anyone else to do so after His departure. His injunction was to preach, and that only as the Spirit should give them utterance - that voice of the Spirit being the continuance of revelation until time should cease, leading His followers into all mysteries… the tradition and authority of the [worldly rogue] Church has usurped the living word and lively oracles of God, with the unavoidable result of error and confusion… [as] self-interested [religious] teachers promulgating error, by concealing certain aspects of truth for base and unworthy motives [In other words, the worldly rogue Church claims that the day of revelation ended with the apostles, but this position is taken only because it effectively offers the Church great power as the only arbiter of the divine will]… God has never left [the world] without a witness [of divine revelation]; faithful watchers in the temple [that is, the true spiritual Church] have always kept the lamp of revelation burning, and the oracle alive… the salt of the earth [true followers of Christ] who maintain the standard and show the possibilities from which the [worldly] Church has degenerated - these only emphasize the truth I am declaring to you… They are men and women who think for themselves - who, catching a glimpse of celestial visions, do not turn away and consult the opinion of any teacher as to the legitimacy or otherwise of listening to the voice which calls to them from the cloud of glory, but following the dictates of their own souls they answer ‘Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,’ and thus are drawn into that communion of saints which needs no mediator, seeks the aid of no priest, and is rewarded by a vision of the true shekinah from which the rended veil of doubt is torn away, bringing them into the hallowed presence of the Lord… [These the world vilifies as Satanic.] The faith of the [worldly rogue] Church is in these traditions of men, not in the living, ever-speaking God, hence it is no wonder that the days of miracles are past, and men laugh at the idea [of those living by the Spirit of truth].

Channeled information, facilitated by the mediumship of Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, as given by Voltaire, 1852; reported in “The Future Life”: “When curiosity settles into inquiry … the springs are set in motion that act on the dormant faculties of the mind which have hitherto remained unknown … the latent energies of the mind will be developed, the character of the individual will be remodeled and beautified, simply by calling into action the powers which were already in his possession but unknown to himself.”

Krishnamurti lecture: 07.May.1966. "Meditation isn't apart from daily existence. One can't be ambitious, ruthless, vulgar and at the same time talk about God, truth, love. Meditation is a most dangerous thing. To be aware of the total process of existence, without choice, to be completely attentive, makes the mind tremendously active and revolutionary, not a domesticated animal, conforming to the pattern of society. This is dangerous because you may have to alter the whole structure of your life. Unconsciously, you know the danger of it, so you get nervous because you want to lead a secure life. What is being talked about might destroy all that. You will no longer be a Christian, or an Englishman, or an Indian, or this or that. You'll belong to no group, no sect. You'll have to be tremendously alone."

Rabindranath Tagore: A Nobel laureate in literature from Bengali, featured in the Omega Point “beauty” article, Tagore from the afterlife offered the following through the Flint direct-voice: “Man has very little realization of how to overcome the self, how to release the self, the real self from the physical body… if man would learn to use the power of the self, the inner self, and concentrate on that, he would learn how to overcome… The great Buddha and Jesus all understood these truths of the inner self which was how they were able to achieve and to do the things which has been recorded in history… they knew of the power of the inner self, the inner soul, how to use that power to overcome all the limitations of the body."

The following is channeled information from the other side via the mediumship of Robert James Lees, The Gate Of Heaven (1931): The “gate of heaven” is a metaphor indicating spiritual progress; that is, one’s taking up residence in Summerland after physical death, merely to lose the mortal body, is not the end of one’s advancement. Within Summerland, there is a further “gate” to the real heaven which is an accessing of the inner life, our link to God via our “made in the image” capacities. A Spirit Guide comments: “Well spoke the Master when He said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hidden in a field.’ It is the same figure as I have spoken of - the spiritual treasure in the earthen vessel … God never fails to answer the truly earnest and patiently waiting soul… It may take a long time to bring the soul into such delicate tune with the Divine that it may be able to catch the sweet modulations of the sacred Voice, but it is certain to be heard, when the attuning is completed. Get away from the tumultuous discord without; find the way into the silent shrine of your own soul; wait – listen for Him in the sacred hush, and you will presently hear Him.”

Channeled information, facilitated by the mediumship of Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet, as given by a spirit-person to his brother, 1852; reported in “The Future Life”: “My experience as a spirit in the land of spirits has not been of long duration, and I cannot give you as much information as others can; but I have been here long enough to realize the difference in the degrees of happiness to be enjoyed, which men make unto themselves… Persevere in the work you have begun [concerning] truth which will come to the world as fast as the world can be prepared to receive it. This truth is so simple, so natural, as to be mixed in your every-day walks. Why, as you walk the streets, you may look up and receive divine wisdom from on high, and grasp at the divine revelation which is ever at hand to him who earnestly desires it. The more the mind expands, the more it is fitted to enter the sphere of progression… I mourn over the time I lost on earth. I buried every talent deep out of sight. Yet I had thoughts which neither you nor any mortal man knew of. My soul thirsted for a something, it knew not what, but I shut its longings up — I repressed them — and oh! what have I not lost! It was only when I came here that my longing was gratified. Thank God! There is such a thing as Progression — such a thing as enjoying here the lessons I should have learned before… Ask for more, and more will be given you. Prepare the minds of men for the truth… Be humble and sincere in this great work. It is no child's play. It is a solemn duty that rests on each one… I feel myself much more at home here than I did on earth; and it is because … I now live my real life, and new thoughts are ever flowing in upon my soul.”


Dr. Daniel Robinson of Oxford on the work of Bishop Berkeley (paraphrased, from a lecture): “Without apperception, experience avails nothing; the Self is different from the idea; content different from the knower. Apperception is paramount to the process: to be experienced at all, the successive experiential data must be combined or held together in a unity of consciousness, which implies a unity of self, and this inner integration is as much an object of experience as anything is. Therefore experience, both of the self and its objects, rests on acts of synthesis that, because they are the [pre]conditions of any experience, are not themselves experienced.

Editor's note: "Apperception" is not a common word. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) coined the term (from the German apperzeption). He did so within the context of his “monads,” which he said are building blocks of reality, a “self-sufficient indivisible simple substance.” There are four different kinds of monads, Leibniz postulated, with God as the supreme monad, followed by humans, animals, and other items of the world. All these have a degree of perception, but God (and humans) enjoy a higher grade, an “apperception,” which is self-consciousness (that is, the One who describes himself as the great “I Am”); further, he asserted, God demonstrates absolute apperception and appetition (this latter becomes a desire directed towards a specific purpose. See the youtube lectures of physicist Dr. Frederico Faggin, inventor of the first computer microchip in 1971, who sees Leibniz’s “monads” as a starting point to explain that Consciousness, not matter, forms the elemental essence of all reality. The appetition of Universal Consciousness is to know itself which, as Dr. Faggin puts forward, is the driving force of evolution in the cosmos).

Kant distinguished transcendental apperception from empirical apperception. The first is the perception of an object as involving the consciousness of the pure self as subject -- "the pure, original, unchangeable consciousness that is the necessary condition of experience and the ultimate foundation of the unity of experience."

Spirit Guides warn against emphasizing, too much, physical phenomena as evidence for the afterlife

William Stainton Moses, "Spirit Teachings," (1883): Moses channeled extensive teachings from Spirit Guides covering many subjects. The wisdom received is impressive and most valuable; but, for our purposes here, it should be noted that the Guides strictly cautioned against becoming too enamored with physical phenomena - i.e., rappings, table liftings, levitations, receipt of apports, and the like -- but, instead, one should focus on the inner journey of the soul, "the spark struck off from God." See the following excerpt from "Spirit Teachings":

low-level spirit entities unduly promote physical marvels

"Beware of encouraging the promiscuous evolution of violent physical power [when you seek for a psychic-medium]. Such comes generally from the lower and more undeveloped; and its development is frequently attended by spirits for whose absence you should pray. In the encouragement, especially in newly-formed [psychic-medium] circles, of undue care for physical marvels is a great risk.

do not rest in material evidence but seek for something higher

"Such are necessary to the work, and we do not in any degree undervalue their importance to certain minds. We desire to bring home evidence to all; but we do not desire that any should rest in that material form of belief, in an external something which is of little service to any soul. We labour for something higher… Nor do we rest content even with showing man that beings external to himself can interfere in the order of his world. If that were all, he might be so much the worse for knowing it."

These Guides are so adamant for us to experience the inner life, the true riches of the soul, that they fear we might be made “worse,” even by knowing of their existence; bedazzled and distracted by a messenger from heaven, diverting our attention from the real action within.

one sole aim

"We have before us one sole aim … to demonstrate to man that he is immortal, by virtue of the possession of that soul which is a spark struck off from Deity itself. We wish … to show him the life that leads to progress, to point him to the future of development and growth…"

even the scientific evidence of the spirit world, they say, can become a detriment if it distracts us from our primary task, that of realizing the “spark of God” within

Feel the flow of the Guides' argument. They say they have one “aim.” It is to inform us that we are “immortal,” that is, made in the image of God. By what demonstration? “by virtue” of the fact that we possess a divine “soul,” which is like a “spark," a particle of the divine essence, "struck off” from God. And how shall we assure ourselves of this divine possession? We will know that our essential life is divine and from God because it will reveal itself as a “life that leads to progress,” to a “future of development and growth.”

In other words, we can know that we are immortal, fit to “live with the gods,” by our awesome potential to enlarge and by a commensurate innate desire to improve, to become, to achieve, to soar. Granted, the “false self” has dampened this success-mindedness with its fear, guilt, despair, and anger – but these merely cloak and overlay and do not represent our natural state. We are to “go within” and discover who we really are, the "made in the image" heritage from which we derive. Special note: compare this desire to achieve and improve with Jesus' teaching, "Embrace this god-life, really embrace it!"

Restatement: What is the Guides’ “one sole aim”? It is not merely to inform us that we are “immortal,” that we'll live forever, but that we are “sparks” of God, an expression of the divine essence. The implications are huge. If we could truly perceive what this means, it would change everything for us: how we live and die, think and act.

physical phenomena, including the scientific evidence of the afterlife, should be seen as a mere first step to conviction, but then, as soon as we can, we are to move toward what really matters, the true evidence of the afterlife, which is coming to know God within

"If we use such [phenomenal] power at all it is because we find it necessary, not because we think it desirable, save always as a means to an end… Regard [the phenomenal] only as means of conviction, as so many proofs to your minds of actual intervention from the world of spirit with the world of matter.

the scientific evidence of the afterlife is merely the 'material foundation on which' is to be built 'the spiritual temple' of authentic experience with God via going within

"Look upon them as such only, and use them as the material foundation on which the spiritual temple may be built. Rest assured that they of themselves can teach you no more than that ... you must go on to further steps…

the physical evidence is as ‘nothing compared with the inner communing of spirit with spirit’

"When you can reach out beyond the phenomenal to the actual investigation of Truth for its own sake—when, in short, you can believe our pretensions—then we can open out to you a realm of which you are yet ignorant, and which has been far more fully revealed to earnest seekers in other lands than yours.

"To few, only, in your land have higher revealings of spiritual truth been vouchsafed. Even this means of communing by writing, which seems to you such an advance on the clumsy rapping out messages and such material means of communication is as nothing compared with the inner communing of spirit with spirit without the intervention of material signs… [we] encourage you to rise above the material to the spiritual plane.

the Guides ‘yearn’ for our maturity which will allow us to discard the physical phenomena and focus solely on ‘the higher revealings of Truth’

"Receptivity [to the inner communion with spirit] must precede higher development: but we yearn and pray for the time when you shall have shaken yourselves free from earthly trammels, and seek only after the higher revealings of Truth. To that end you must have singleness of purpose: you must have shaken yourselves free from human opinion, and have dissociated yourselves from the material plane, so far as an occupant of earth may do so."

Rainer Maria Rilke: “A billion stars go spinning through the night, glittering above your head, but in you is the presence that will be when all the stars are dead… Think... of the world you carry within you… your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.”


Editor's note: What are we to make of this long list of admonition toward "know thyself" and "going within," a virtual command to "enlarge"? We must conclude that the "riches within" constitute an unfathomable inner-cosmos of raw capacity to be actualized. Apotheosis is our future. Father Benson appears to be correct: "no discoverable upper limit" to our potential.



'going within'

Frequently in my writings, I offer admonishment to “go within,” to access the “true self” and the “inner riches.” While this advice as short-phrase is important, it lacks a certain precision.

The soul, one’s essential consciousness, does not live in a little house called the brain...


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“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena [that is, the primacy of consciousness], it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

“If you want to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”

Nikola Tesla




Editor's note: Many years ago, when I began to investigate psychic-mediums, I received the same directive, purportedly from Spirit Guides, via several different psychics:

"You're not trusting yourself enough!" "You need to trust yourself a whole lot more!" "You need to go within and listen to yourself!"

This barrage of similar message began to irritate me...





Editor's note:

See Dr. Viktor Frankl's comments on "being" versus "doing," from his book, Man's Search for Meaning.



Plato and Dr. Campbell, the soul and the ego 


from the book, “The Power Of Myth,”
a discussion with Dr. Joseph Campbell 



Moyers: I remember a lecture in which you drew a circle, and you said, "That's your soul."

Campbell: Well, that was simply a pedagogical stunt. Plato said somewhere that the soul is a circle. I took this idea to suggest on the blackboard the whole sphere of the psyche. Then I drew a horizontal line across the circle to represent the line of separation of the conscious and unconscious. The center from which all our energy comes I represented as a dot in the center of the circle, below the horizontal line… Now, above the horizontal line there is the ego, which I represent as a square: that aspect of our consciousness that we identify as our center. But, you see, it’s very much off center. We think that this is what’s running the show, but it isn’t.

Moyers: What’s running the show?

Campbell: What’s running the show is what’s coming up from way down below…



rationality, the scientific method, and other left-brain analytics -- if that's all we have -- might bar us from the higher levels of consciousness


Editor's note: Dr. David Hawkins in his important work regarding planes of consciousness asserts that intellectuals can get stuck on the level of Reason instead of advancing to higher, more advanced, intuitive expressions of intelligence:

"Intelligence and rationality rise to the forefront when the emotionalism of the lower levels is transcended. Reason is capable of handling large, complex amounts of data and making rapid, correct decisions. Knowledge and education are here sought as capital... [A danger here, however, is that] intellectualizing can become an end in itself; end up missing the essential point. Reason does not of itself provide a guide to truth; paradoxically, [it] is the major block to reaching higher levels of consciousness... Reason deals only with particulars, whereas Love deals with entireties. This ability, often ascribed to intuition, is the capacity for instantaneous understanding without resorting to sequential symbol  processing."




If the "true self" is hidden within, how do we bring it to the surface of our lives? 

A realization of the difference between thinking and awareness of thinking is a first step. We must build on this perception.

There are various practices that will encourage the process. It's best that you learn of these directly from Eckhart as his writings offer an expanded, detailed discussion. I am not able to do the subject justice here. You'll want to study his two primary books...



Why do we have a 'false self' - didn't God create us "in the image" with perfection? 

Here's the best analogy I've heard to help us:

Think of the sun shining at noonday; it's blazing gloriously, a beautiful day. But now imagine a cloudy day, and it's rather grey and dull outside. Or, if you like, imagine noonday after Mount St. Helen's erupted - as I experienced first-hand - and now it's not just grey and dull but pitch-black at noonday.



our divine soul, one's link to universal consciousness, is like the sun blazing at noonday - this is our 'true self'; but clouds that hide the sun, blotting out its glory, represent the 'false self'

Even when volcanic ash makes noonday as midnight, and darker, the Sun still reigns high above the chaos - is absolutely unaffected by the mayhem below.

No evil we might commit can touch the essential perfection of the "true self" -- the Sun was not harmed by Mount St. Helens.

What does this mean for us, in terms of our maturation process?

Some planets - Venus, as I recall - endure perpetual cloaking by cloud-cover. To extend my analogy, some of us live on Venus: we never see the Sun, never see the perfection within. All we see is the churning and roiling dark clouds of the "false self." And we are convinced that no Sun exists and that this endless darkness is what we are.



While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at you and see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you…



why do we have a "false self"

This question introduces another subject which cannot properly be addressed right now. However, to offer a very short answer, we came to this world to become persons in our own right; individualized spirits with our own sense of autonomy and volition.

The "false self" is but a temporary stage in our development. It works toward a larger purpose. In the meantime, however, everything it thinks or does is infused with a sense of "me." Or as Eckhart says, "It turns everything into a me." It seeks for its own advantage and aggrandizement in all situations and cannot help itself to do otherwise - and even when it seems to be altruistic, it merely calculates the odds of winning back more in good will.


  • the "false self's" mantra is "I don't have enough" because, it fears, "I am not enough."


The "false self" will not win the "Mother Theresa Award" for charitable intent, but it does bless another purpose very well. All of its distasteful "me-ism" makes for excellent spawning ground for individualization. It provides the building-blocks of personhood, a kind of scaffolding for the primary construction at hand, just an initial developmental stage - we'll worry about becoming "good persons" after we become persons. Editor's note: See the "ego-image" article for more on "scaffolding."



  • Gina Lake: "The ego isn't actually an entity. Rather, it is the sense of being a separate individual. We feel like individuals, although we are in actuality manifestations, or expressions, of One Being... Encased in this human body, we have lost awareness of our true nature and are meant to rediscover the truth."



While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at you and see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you...



everything the ego does devolves to one central pathology

All this talk of the Ego and its ensuing widespread calamity may seem overdone. Therefore, allow me another attempt to explain the pervasive nature of its sordidness confronting every human being.

What do the following 10 examples have in common?

(1) the elderly lady, visibly frightened of new information which might threaten her view of a particular god or goddess rescuing her upon transition to the next world;

(2) screaming fans, shouting with hysteria, hoping to touch, or even glimpse, an adored celebrity;

(3) billionaire corporate heads employing new technology to increase surveillance on a populace, thereby diminishing rights to privacy;

(4) national leaders, with big sloppy grins, posing as benefactors to the country’s interests, while undermining civil liberties, the rule of law, and taking to themselves more power;

(5) supervisors or fellow co-workers seeking to deny promotion or commendation, though you’ve earned it and are the best choice for the new position;

(6) social-media platforms which censor free speech because of "misinformation," meaning, it doesn't conform to a totalitarian agenda;

(7) materialistic scientists who repress, ignore, or otherwise vilify the "scientific evidence for the afterlife";

(8) a friend, lover, or family member who insults you, slants a story, attacks you, cheats you, because they disagree with, and are threatened by, your new-found beliefs.

(9) the neo-Postmodernist, the delusional “woke” adherent, occupying the lowest level of consciousness, arrogantly and vacuously proclaiming that rationality itself is part of “white man’s” oppression; that, even to be on time for work is a “white thing”;

(10) the soldier, part of an invasion force against a peaceful people, firing on, murdering, civilians because it’s his “duty” to “follow orders” of his imperialistic superiors.

We could go on listing many more: the gossip in your neighborhood who stands by her window, judging and condemning, trafficking in the mundane details of others; the college instructor who ridicules, and punishes with lower grades, those who disagree with his totalitarian leanings; the so-called news-reporter, piously claiming to have entered her profession to “make a difference,” incessantly offering selective and screened factoids to support a hoped-for Orwellian dystopia; the suicide-bomber, or the mad driver barreling into a crowd of civilians, or the shootist, seeking for publicity, or revenge; the high-school friend, once a confidante, but suddenly counting you an enemy when she veers off into new philosophical moorings; the martinet husband, psychologically, or otherwise, abusing a wife whom he does not love yet will not allow to leave his fiefdom.

What is the common thread?

In each case, a needy ego has identified with some power-structure, some external augmentation, some strong “father figure” to the inner child; an adoption of surrogate life, a face-saving production, a seeking to enhance oneself, to make oneself “more” and “above,” to feel important and a “somebody”, a propping up and bolstering, an assuagement of underlying fears of “not making the grade,” of “I am not enough,” leading to a surrendering of autonomy and critical faculties, a victimhood pathology of linking oneself to some external image of authority or purported salvation.

According to the great psychologists, in its deepest writhings, all of these examples represent the fear of death on display. In each case, a perceived locus of one's life and essence, one’s “center of being,” lies outside oneself, stands subservient to some icon of imagined greater energy, wisdom, or value. In other words, in all this dysfunction there is no sense of having been "made in the image," of “being enough,” no personal view of the limitless "inner riches," one's divine heritage as "spark struck-off from God." As such, this deficit leads to servility, to existential crisis, to forms of insanity. And therefore nearly 100% of the denizens of planet Earth are engaged in some form of the above cultism.

more than drinking the koolaid

The long reach of cultism encompasses much more than crackpot churches. The root idea of cult offers the sense of "cut." This core concept of "cut" leads us to images of refinement and refashioning and, by extension, development, control, pattern, order, and system.

Cultism as systemization finds a ready home in religion and philosophy which seek to regulate and redistill the patterning and ordering of ideas. However, in a larger sense, the spirit of cultism extends to every facet of society. We find it scheming and sedulously at work in politics, academia, family, corporations, entertainment, science, artistry – anywhere power might be gained by capturing credulous and fear-based minds.

See the “cultism” page for a full discussion.

I submit to you, every insult, abuse, affront, contempt, disrespect, misrepresentation, aggression, assailment, invasion, violation, trespass, usurpation, infringement, conflict, and war – in the history of the world, and your own personal history -- have resulted from egos, at the expense of others, attempting to feel better about themselves, pursuing to quash the sense of inner neediness, of “I don’t have enough” because “I am not enough.”

every ego wants something from you

What does it want?

It wants to use you to feel better about itself, to fill up the emptiness inside. It will attempt to accomplish this make-over by (1) comparing itself to you, finding some metric by which it can judge itself as superior; (2) deriving pleasure from you, an effort to cloak the pain within; (3) ruling over you, power-and-control measures, to enhance and propagandize itself; (4) minimizing, discounting what you represent in order to aggrandize its distorted belief system about how life works; alternatively, if demonizing doesn’t succeed, it will (5) surrender to you, call you a genius or a god, by which subservience it hopes to find security and safety under the protective mantle of a “strong father figure.”

further distillation

Can we, even more, reduce all of the above to common element?

The ego, at a deeper level, is driven to create a perception of itself as “other.” This generalized sense of “otherness” is then leveraged into a “me against them” lens of looking at the world. And it’s not just a contrariness toward other people. If others aren’t around, or even if they are, the ego can make us feel estranged from life itself and, of course, God, as well, as we blame, and set ourselves against, these for perceived unfairness.

Why is this important to the ego? According to ancient Spirit Guides, we come to this world for one primary reason: to individuate, to become persons in our own right; all other aspects of development, for the moment, are secondary.

The ego will reconfigure memories and current sensations to emphasize “otherness.” Much of this reformulation can be very unpleasant to contemplate, but it does accomplish one thing: even though at the quantum level we are connected to all, at the surface of personality “otherness” creates a stand-alone psychological entity that becomes the perception of “I”, which is the very definition of ego.



Consciousness, not matter, discovered to be elemental by the Kogi people of South America

In the “creativity” article, we spoke of the famous painting wherein Isaiah is listening.

Isaiah listening versus Isaiah questioning

We in the West are proud of the scientific method; and, rightly so, as it’s produced an awesome array of technological advancement.

However, there’s another, entirely different, but absolutely valid, approach to knowledge production of which we tend to be oblivious. It is the realm of intuition, of creativity’s “discontinuous” leaps forward, the quantum realm of the mind’s infinite possibilities, the child of Universal Consciousness.

In this latter world, Isaiah does best just to listen and will refrain from asking questions. Why this diminishment of questioning? Questioning does fine when allied with the scientific method but gets in the way when we enter the intuitive realm. The problem with questioning is that it presumes an intellectual framework into which we desire new information to fit. In a sense, we've already decided what the answer ought to be. But what if the answer is far above our present paradigms of knowledge with no correspondence to present understanding; in such case, it would be best to maintain silence and simply listen, as “The Wedding Song” uses the phrase, to “something never seen before.”

What I’m about to introduce must be presented in severe elliptical fashion. Brevity must rule as the subject is too large, but worthy of extensive study and consideration. I hope that you will learn more by searching the linked references.

the Kogi people have learned to listen

For some decades British journalist-anthropologist Alan Ereira has investigated the high-mountain tribal Kogi people who live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the north of Colombia.

The Kogi have learned to listen to the whispering messages of Universal Consciousness, as expressed in Nature, to a degree that might be unrivaled in the world, save for the best medicine men of North American indigenous peoples.

We have discussed this form of "listening", this "going within" to access Universal Intelligence, on the "true self" page. But the Kogi are masters, far ahead in this, and take it to high art-form.

How can we confirm their expertise? The Kogi know things, and are able to do things, for example, in terms of environmental cleansing, reforesting, of healing the land, that we in the West are not able to do.

immediately picks out the one star in a blizzard of galaxies

During a trip to London, this Kogi master met with a leading astronomer. A photograph was brought out of the Hubbell “deep field,” a tiniest postage-stamp, and apparently empty, section of the inky blackness which, under intense magnification, revealed some few thousand galaxies. As confirmed by the astronomer in the video, the Kogi immediately pointed to the single star – not a galaxy – amidst the blizzard array and, in Kogi language, referred to it by name; as if it were a close friend! All this is sensational enough, but, let's keep in mind, this star resided in a section of the heavens totally hidden and unknown, totally inaccessible to human eyes, until just a few years ago.

Much of the Kogi wisdom remains cloaked to us. They refer to us in the West as their “younger brothers.” Prodigal brothers, we take it. They don’t fully trust us to do the right thing, as the memories still linger of the RCC-Conquistador brutalities and genocide.

But the Kogi understanding of Universal Consciousness (UC) is right in line with what physicists such as Prof. Amit Goswami tell us about the quantum realm: UC represents infinite possibility but has pared down the choices so as to direct reality toward prescribed goals and destinies. In this vein, Alan Ereira reports that Kogis have a view of “Mother [Consciousness] as memory and possibility.” This is Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s “the mind is a quantum field of possibility.”

Out of this primordial essence of Mother Consciousness -- which is the ground of reality, not matter -- all things were created. However, before she created, she “explored, almost infinitely” the various possibilities to arrive at just the right mix for those of us who would inhabit Earth. This is the answer to Leibniz’s question of the “best of all possible worlds.”

See Beshara Magazine's article on the Kogi.

See Alan Ereira's report.

View Alan Ereira's video.



silence your ego and your power will rise

Doctor Strange (2016)

The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)


The Ancient One: “You cannot beat a river into submission. You have to surrender to its current and use its power as your own… Silence your ego and your power will rise.”


Editor’s note: Good comment by The Ancient One. I would just add, however, concerning “use its power as your own”, that, it is your own. At the depths of being, we are linked with God via Universal Consciousness. But even this is not exactly correct as there's a hint of separation here. There is no clear line of demarcation between the deeper self and God. We merge seamlessly. We are one with God, as Jesus said.



there is so much to be said here

Enlightenment is realizing that you are the sun behind the clouds.



But it's not a one-time revelation. It comes to us drip-drip-drip, more completely, and overwhelmingly, over the months and years. There is so much wonder and marvel, the riches so unfathomable, of the divine soul "made in the image," that we will spend the next million years and beyond unpacking it all - indeed, eternity itself will not provide sufficient time to manifest.

I like what Father Benson in the afterlife said about our incredible potential:


  • there is "no discernible upper limit" to what we might become


Growing in awareness, expanding our level of consciousness, unfolding the hidden wealth of the soul, will be part of our regular spiritual practice - on a permanent basis. All advanced beings, ones with eyes in their heads, are engaged in this process of searching out what God has given us.

I must leave this topic as the implications are vast and invite endless discussion. But consider this as a final thought for now:

We will not find the destined Twin-Soul until, first, the "true self" is discovered. Until then, the greatest joys and pleasures of heaven will be barred to us.

  • I used the word "find," but I could have chosen "recognize." She might be around you now; she might have been around you earlier - but if "homework" had been left undone (one's spiritual practice to increase levels of consciousness), the vision of the soul suffered distortion - we weren't ready. The "false self" so "controlled you," as George Harrison warned, that she wasn't recognized... "nobody told you how to unfold your love."

Considering this ultimate tragedy, we must commit ourselves to the process. This is the proposition in Swedenborg's vision of the angel instructing the red-blooded young men in heaven.


the Dazzling Darkness

In the “Omega Point” article featuring the symbolical meaning of lovers “touching foreheads,” we offered the concept of “the Dazzling Darkness.” Therein, a place of mystical "austerity" and starkness, we find a cosmic stillness and silence, a oneness and unitive relationship with all creation. It is where we find and recognize “the truth,” including the knowledge of the identity of one’s eternal romantic Twin Soul mate.





Ram Dass: 

“You walk down the street and you’re somebody; you dress like somebody; your face looks like somebody... We enter into these conspiracies. You say, I’ll make believe you are who you think you are if you make believe I am who I think I am.

“Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

“We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness.”



'this world cannot be fixed, only forsaken; cannot be saved, only transcended' -  Adrian Smith

Destruction of the Beast & False Prophet, 1804, Benjamin West

Some people believe, with better teaching, more education, societal growth, we will eventually, gradually, turn this planet into an oasis of spirituality. But there can be no “gradually.” The system itself is rigged against us -- and this system is you and me, the collective unenlightened mind.

In this darkened mind-set, the metaphoric Beast and False Prophet -- proclivities toward Brutality-Force married to Deception-Propaganda -- reign with iron fist. No matter how many times in history – seven times, and seven times seven – they're beaten back, they always rise again, and keep coming at us, and keep coming at us, because the dysfunctional neediness of the “false self” cannot help itself but to create these evils.

metaphors of the incessant rise and fall of evil in history

The Beast and False Prophet do not give up because human dysfunctional-ego neediness does not give up. It's why, according to Revelation, this Evil Duo is “thrown alive into the lake of fire.” They’re “thrown alive” because they never give up, cannot be reformed, cannot evolve into something better, are active to the very end, and will go down fighting.

The end of the Evil Duo will come not by a gradual, incremental program of the world becoming better and better; no, they’ll be gone in one blinding flash, one incendiary moment of cosmic insight, an enhanced consciousness. As the great mystics teach, the world doesn't need "more time," a slow evolution of change to become perfect, but only an accessing of one timeless, blazing, eternal, moment of clarity.

Real change in society, as historians Will and Ariel Durant came to see, comes, not by power and force but, only by way of philosophers and saints. It is only with a higher level of consciousness that fears and insanity begin to lose their grip on the human psyche -- only then might the illusion of "I have not enough because I am not enough" be snapped. This manumission, alone, and no other factor, becomes the end of evil in the world.

the end of evil begins with the transformation of the individual heart

This means you and me. And this is why the Guides addressing Stainton Moses (above) were so adamant for us to put away the rappings-and-tappings of phenomenal evidence for the afterlife and to move toward the inner life of spirit expression. 

The end of the symbolical Beast and False Prophet is not a single universal event. Their demise, the end of their influence, comes to each one of us, each heart and mind, on an individual basis.

Each one of us must represent “the end of evil in the world” – for we are the world, we are society, the ego lives in each one of us, and until we, each individual, cleanse ourselves by the immolation of better awareness, the Evil Duo retains foothold in the cosmos, and stands ready to come back one more time, and then another time, and the proverbial "seven" times.

"You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade!"

In the early hours of D-Day 1944, Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, wished his men well before their departure to rescue the world from Nazi tyranny. He subtly reminded them of what would happen if they failed - the end of Western civilization. History records that their efforts were successful. Totalitarianism was routed. The world was now free to live in peace.

the end of civilization is always very near, only one deluded and gulled generation away

And yet just 17 years later, January 17, 1961, President Eisenhower offered final remarks before departing office. His words issued as most dire. He warned of the “military-industrial complex” which threatened Americans’ freedoms.

Is this not utterly strange? The mammoth build-up of military arms and bureaucracy to support it, all created to defeat evil in the world, in fewer than 20 years, had grown into a new monstrous deep-state of oppression; here, in America. Eisenhower waited until the last moment of his presidency to speak out, suggesting that the new threat was beyond his power to control and could readily stifle his voice. Kennedy, too, a short time later, would also warn of “secret societies” which threatened all free peoples.

Editor’s note: In the movie “Emperor,” we learn that Japan’s bellicose path in WWII was not prompted by the figurehead Michinomiya Hirohito but by the ambitious warlords. In other words, Japan’s own “military-industrial” deep-state constituted the real seat of power.

our defeat can come only from within said Lincoln

And now, once again, extending to our day, personal liberties hang in the balance, trampled upon by new Orwellian Dear Leaders; this time, welcomed by the knavish many, they come for us from within, the only source of evil which, as Lincoln warned, might bring us down.

'this world cannot be fixed, only forsaken; cannot be saved, only transcended'

Yesterday's liberators might become today's oppressors. It is impossible for this world to know lasting peace and security. But for short oases of individual freedoms, all peoples of history have lived under brutality and subjugation; it seems "we'll soon be getting back to normal." The seeds of evil lie within each human heart, follow us wherever we go, darken our perceptions, and only a generally informed, self-aware populace, said Jefferson, might forestall the dystopian trends of history. There is no permanent solution as civilization can be lost in one generation; anyone older than 35 understands. Salvation in this regard comes from no external source but an awakening within the “made in the image” potentialities of the soul.

arising from the scarcity of the instances

Abigail Adams: "I am more and more convinced that Man is a dangerous creature, and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave cries give, give. The great fish swallow up the small, and he who is most strenuous for the Rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of Government. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which Humane Nature is capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arise from the scarcity of the instances."



Will we still have to battle the ego's selfishness when we transition to Summerland? Can it be removed? Do even the ancient Spirit Guides still have to deal with this egocentrism?

Further, there are many teachers on the other side who say it’s easier to learn our ‘kindergarten’ lessons here, on the sorrowful planet Earth. What do they mean by this?




Why do family members, old friends, and romantic mates drift apart or even abruptly split?

When my daughter was in high school, she had a girlfriend; the two seemed inseparable. Later, the friend chose an alternate lifestyle, assumed that she’d be judged, then abruptly, and permanently, broke off friendship ties.

An example of my own: In the “Evolution” article I recounted that in senior-high English class I’d delivered a speech on the subject of “Creationism versus Darwinism.” Almost all of it, as I now perceive, was error. However, a good friend since childhood disagreed, summarily rejected me, and put me away with no reconciliation.

the hidden cause of all conflict

Each of us, likely, could offer scores of such examples. Krishnamurti’s teachings on the ego – concerning dualism, fragmentation, separation, division – are not of mere academic interest only to professional philosophers. This information holds the sacred key to understanding why planet Earth is the stage for war and conflict, not just on the international level, nor solely with religious or political groups, but also among family members, friends, and lovers.

Why do people drift apart or become immediate enemies? The short answer is that they become an offense to each other. People identify with, make themselves equal to, belief systems which, they assume, will "make me happy." They say "this is who I am," and "this is what I need to be safe and happy," and if you represent something different, their self-image will be threatened, their prospects of safety and happiness will seem to fold - and then you'll be rejected, no matter the strength of former bonds of amity. You'll be rejected because, don't you see, it's a matter of life-and-death to the ego.

the carefully crafted self-image

In his 17.December.1969 lecture, Jiddu Krishnamurti offers one of the most clear and insightful explanations concerning the inner workings of this dark dynamic. When we feel offended by someone, he said, “there is an image about yourself,” one that we ourselves build. This ego-image reflects one's cultural “conditioning.” Why do we build this image? We do so “as a means of security ... of protection ... of being somebody.”

fear is behind the curtain

And what do we find if we draw back the curtain of this ego-image? “Now, if you go behind that," Krishnamurti says, "you will see there is fear.” What is the composition of this fear? It is the existential fear of "I don't have enough" because "I am not enough."

Let’s analyze this ego-image more closely. Why do we build it? What are we protecting? If we allow ourselves to become very still, if we taste and sample the nature of this hidden fear, we will find that we’re protecting a self-image, a mental projection of what the ego would like to be and have:

“I am the person who needs to be seen as virtuous, respected, worthy of honor. And it goes without saying that I know what’s best for you.”

“I am the person who needs to be seen as right and correct. As such, I need you to believe as I do, to agree with all of my religious superstitions, and my self-serving political views. I need you to accept all of my inflexible opinions because your assent makes me feel, not just safe and secure but, that I’m worth something.”

“I am the person who needs to be seen as successful, 'in the know,' and winning. I want you to be impressed with what I am and what I have so that I’ll be counted as a somebody. I need these merit badges so that I can face my peer group, family, and community and be considered important."

“I am the person who craves to be viewed as a wise person, an in-demand friend, a counselor with ‘the answers.’ I count on you to offer me this prestige so that I can feel good about myself.”

"I am the person who grew up on the 'wrong side of the tracks.' My family culture held great disdain for education and knowledge. This disrespect for anything truly progressive has always held me back, creating for me a self-image of 'I’m not smart enough to succeed. I can't get a high-paying job, that's for other people.' And so if you come to me and suggest that, in fact, I do possess talents and strengths, then I will feel very uncomfortable, begin to panic, as you attempt to lead me out of my dysfunctional comfort-zone. At the first sign, with your help, that I I could actually advance myself, I’ll fall apart, swoon in terror, and then begin to blame you, and hate you, before I retreat and crawl back under the safety of my rock."

"I am the person who is comfortable with present ideas. They've gotten me this far (sort of). And they may be half-baked, a straw-house of illogicality, but, even so, these irrationalities offer a certain veneer of meaning to my life. In support of this charade, I surround myself with so-called friends with whom I share a tacit agreement, an unspoken pact: 'You must agree never to point out the non sequiturs of my beggarly superstitions, and I will agree to act as if I accept yours.' That’s the conspiratorial deal. However, if you come along with hard empirical evidence, well-reasoned positions, and suggest that I might want to take a more honest approach to what I believe to be true, well then, I will have to hate you for upsetting the applecart of my entrenched and time-honored unreasonableness."

"I am the person who carries on the traditions of my family. Unfortunately, these are more like peculiar shibboleths, marks of tribal distinction, but not of honor and dignity. I feel duty bound to ask, “What would mother do?” or “This isn’t the way dad did it.” I don’t have enough self-respect to live my own life, follow my own insights, quest for my own meaning and destiny. And if you come along and encourage me to think for myself, to break the apron strings (years after mom passed on), I will feel frightened, disoriented. And then I will blame and hate you for pushing me toward autonomy, full personhood, and self-realization."

“I am the person who needs you to make me happy. You can be my friend/lover/relative if you do exactly what I say and think just as I think. Anything less than this will be threatening to 'who I am.' I need you to love me -- just as I am, with all of my soft-underbelly beliefs -- to compliment me, to defer to me, so that I can judge myself as ok. Don't let me down, I warn you.”

“I am the person associated with you, and if you disappoint me, if you fall short of my expectations - especially after all I've done for you - if you fail to make me happy, if you begin to take on contrary opinions, then you will become an opposing force to what I want and to the image I’ve created for myself. If any of this happens, then, of course, I’ll have to get rid of you, even though we’ve meant much to each other over long years. I'll have no choice but to shun you.”

And so if anyone – sibling, friend, lover, child, parent -- stands as opposition to any of these ego-images, then the offending person will immediately be counted as an enemy, no matter a long history of cordial relation.

a closer look at the hidden fear

We find there’s more than one curtain to open. The ego’s need to be seen as right, virtuous, properly religious or political, is not the only hidden agenda. As one pierces the levels of self-obfuscation we discover the core terror which vivifies all of the ego’s activities. It’s the fear of death. This is the central terror, as we learn from the great psychologists.

This means that when one is attacked, there may be purported surface issues, but the real reason people rage and become apoplectic is the ego fighting for its life. It's identified with, made itself equal to, being right, virtuous, and all the rest, and if it fails to promote itself with these "images," then it will face a kind of psychological death. “Who will I be?” it asks, if these false-security images are minimized or taken away?

the high cost of following the truth wherever it leads

All this is most dire. The reality is, if you assiduously pursue the truth, no matter the cost or where it might lead, then you will lose (for a time) almost every last person who was once close to you. Why must it be so? - because you will become a living, walking threat to another’s carefully crafted self-image.

narrow gate, without fellowship

Editor's note: In his writings, Andrew Jackson Davis warns of the "narrow gate" that leads to life; few be that enter it. Those who live courageously by following the truth wherever it leads, as Davis points out, “will walk a pathway without fellowship of thy earthly brethren.” The cults have long employed the weapon of excommunication, shunning, and ostracization - a forced separation from friends, workmates, and family - toward anyone who disagrees with the hive mentality. This putting away occurs not just in religion but in dysfunctional families, corporations, academia, politics, and other power-seeking groups. They’re afraid of contrary opinion which might disembowel and expose shallow teachings. And so they’ll get rid of you for spreading "misinformation"; and you, as a truth seeker, will be censored and required to make your way through this world “without fellowship of thy earthly brethren.” But, be assured, a day of reckoning is but one missed heartbeat away.

We, ourselves - not some mythical Satan - are the focal point of all evil in the universe. It’s the pathological ego within; it’s the false self, the ego-images, ever attempting to find safety and security for itself, to bolster an inner neediness, the existential emptiness deep within.

We cannot become truly educated, nor reach a good level of wisdom and maturity, in the highest and best sense - or meaningfully prepare ourselves for Summerland or to be with one’s Twin Soul - without understanding the wiles and machinations of our own personal “heart of darkness.”

please, it’s very impolite of you to notice that I lack a self

Soren Kierkegaard: “But in spite of the fact that man has become fantastic in this fashion [i.e., lives unrealistically by denying his own mortality and impending death, the terror of which is covered up by palliatives such as ritualistic, form-based but empty, religion], he may nevertheless … be perfectly well able to live on, to be a man, as it seems, to occupy himself with temporal things, get married, beget children, win honor and esteem – and perhaps no one notices that, in a deeper sense, he lacks [an authentic] self.”



following the bread-crumbs of every thought, every feeling, back to source

We speak of “going within,” of “standing back” and witnessing the antics of the ego. What does this mean in actual practice? It may signify many things but, one thing for sure, it describes a journey to the center of the ego's domain.

In one of his lectures, Krishnamurti asked the question, have we ever followed the directives of the egoic mind all the way to point of origin? See the entire lecture here:

14.July.1968. "To look at ourselves is one of the most difficult things, to see ourselves as we are. How can we bring about this state of inward awareness? Have you ever tried to examine every thought, every feeling, to trace out the source of these to motive and various layers of the mind? This will reveal the whole content of our conditioning."

PBS Nature with George Page, in my opinion, the
greatest animal-kingdom series ever produced

When we embark upon this self-introspection, we will find that much of what motivates us, especially in the unenlightened state, is lock-step in line with the bio-impulses which govern the activities of our fur-and-feather brethren.

we follow our bellies

In the unenlightened state, we follow our bellies. Our hungers and cravings lead us. Everything we do, essentially, serves to stave off the ghoulish hand of death. We fight for survival. We sell our souls for fleeting moments of bio-stimulation – we call this “happiness” – a crust of bread, an opportunity to procreate, a more secure position to ward off danger. All the beasts of the field live and die by the inglorious credo: eat, procreate, fight, sleep, defecate, guard one's territory. (See Dr. Ernest Becker's related comments in "The Denial Of Death.") This is what passes for living on “animal planet.” As Bugs used to say, "monotonous, isn't it?"

Editor note: The primordial “thrill of the hunt” is well preserved in today’s out-of-proportion emphasis on violent sports. Historians Will and Ariel Durant comment: In the very word game "memories of the chase linger in the pursuit of anything weak or fugitive." There is a reason why Neanderthal sports are so popular, but we hesitate to spell it out.

driven: communion with the beasts of the field

When we lie in bed at night – meaning, when the distractions of the day fail to readily protect the mind from its fears – sense the bio-neediness. Can we feel the animal cravings, the hungers, the fears of survival? – all of which mayhem longs to envelop us as the only reality.

shared biological fellowship

Allow these impulses to invade. Do not fight them but mentally open the inner eyes to see what they’re made of. Permit them to ravage but, this time, follow them back to source. When we do, we will find that much of what we call the ego’s dominion is simply that of shared biological fellowship with, what Saint Francis would say, our “dear brother” animals.

Our animal proclivities are not something "wrong" as such but only inadequate to take us to where we need to go. We are more than bio-fever on legs but contain another nature, a spark of God, begging for unfoldment, whispering of grander destiny.



Why is it that many people will hate you just for disagreeing with them? They cannot hear you – even if reasonings are cogent and information is accurate.

Many are so identified with an ideal that, if you disagree with it, they will hate you, and some, if they could, would try to kill you.

Why the vitriol? Why not just believe what you want to believe and turn away and not say anything? But today, more and more, we see the venomous political attacks, the vicious statements on social media, the hate-filled rhetoric of those who disagree -- and with an air of moral superiority.

the inability of true-believers to hear you is an expression of allegiance to Dear Leader

When we thoroughly identify with a thought-form, an ideal, a mental picture of utopia – especially, a vision promoted by a Dear Leader, who wears a “mask of piety claiming moral superiority, stoking the anger of a purported victim class – then the true-believer followers will feel justified to commit any atrocity in support of said utopian vision. The great psychologists call this sense of permission the "divine numen", ie, the approving "nod" from on high.

And what does it mean to “thoroughly identify with a thought-form”?

The dysfunctional ego is led by dark perceptions of “I don’t have enough” because “I am not enough.” And because it feels itself as “not enough,” it will seek for a “strong father figure,” a Dear Leader, under whose mantle the ego seeks for safety and shelter in a hostile world. The ego will “identify” with this external authority, that is, it will “make itself equal to” this faux authority, will psychologically attach itself to it.

And this is why we meet so many people who are so angry when they’re disagreed with. To them, it’s not just an argument to be lost, but it feels like they’re fighting for their lives. They’ve attached their existential sense of worth, and of life itself, to precepts issued by Dear Leader. It is the sought-for security of the little child finding refuge in the shadow of a godlike parent.

'I can't hear you'

Children play the game of "I can't hear you" with a mock, sing-song voice, and then pretend to create a barrier of noise with "la, la, la, la..."

Adults do this, too, when they block you out and can't hear you. It happens when they fully identify with some external authority.


In his seminal and prophetic work, 1984 (published 1949), George Orwell coins a term, “ownlife.” Totalitarians encourage their subjects toward a servile docility, an identification and psychological attachment. Those who resist such sublimation of autonomy are accused of clinging to “ownlife,” an insistence on individualization - and as such are deemed to be “dangerous,” “insurrectionists,” “domestic terrorists” by the dystopian autocrats.

a terrorized mind is incapable of listening

This state of total identification with an external source of salvation, a surrendering of self and critical faculties, is fueled by a terrorized mind – a dysfunction which believes “I don’t have enough” because “I am not enough.” This fearful mental state makes one incapable of living freely, incapable of listening, incapable of opening oneself to the messages of life.

a terrorized mind will block anything that threatens its security and safety

This is why, when you meet a true-believer such as this, you cannot talk to them; no matter how cogent your reasonings, they are incapable of listening. The fearful true-believer did not accept his or her beliefs on the basis of rational argument and careful weighing of evidence, and so they won’t be “argued out of” their mental positions by careful reasoning, either. More information, more content of the mind, will not help them, but only an upward shift in consciousness will solve this problem.

they can't hear you

The terrorized mind of the "inner child" blocks out anything that might threaten safety and security, which they believe will be secured by obediently following the dictates of Dear Leader as "strong father figure".



Julia on the other side states that losing one's soul is the same as losing one's true self 

The following is channeled information from the other side via the mediumship of William T. Stead (automatic writing), reported in the book After Death, or Letters From Julia (1905).

William T. Stead (1849-1912) was one of the greatest crusading journalists of the late 19th century, and also one of the most vocal supporters of Spiritualism. He promoted spirit photography, championed the causes of various mediums, and established the "Julia Bureau" for communications between the bereaved and their loved ones. Stead published a series of hugely influential campaigns whilst editor of The Pall Mall Gazette, and he is best known for his 1885 series of articles, The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon. He died on the 1912 ill-fated voyage of the Titanic; after which he communicated via various mediums his experiences in the afterlife.

Editor’s note: The communicating spirit Julia (below) employs the term “soul” to mean, in her own words, the “real self,” or, as we have denoted in these writings, the “true self.”

The Importance of the Soul: It's the Real, the True Self

What seems to me quite clear is that the indifference to the Soul is caused by not understanding that the Soul is the Real Self, the only part of you which lasts, the Divine in you, which you are sacrificing to the things of the day.

What you do not understand is that it is through the Soul alone that you can commune with the Spiritual World that is all around you. And the Spiritual World includes all the world excepting the perishing things of time. When we say Spiritual World [where your loved ones are] all these are lost to you when you lose your Soul. For the Soul alone communicates with the Real World.

It is through the Soul you obtain inspiration. The Soul links you with the Universe of God, with the Soul of the World. And when you lose touch with your Soul you become a mere prisoner in the dungeon of matter, through which you peer a little way by the windows of the senses.  

Its Divine Powers

For what I say is that the Soul has Divine powers, but if you will but find your Soul, and develop its Divine potency, there is opened before you a new heaven and a new earth, in which Absence [from loved ones] is not [real], nor Death, and where the whole Universe of Love is yours. Yes, I maintain that what you call miracles are the natural capacities of the Soul. Miracles of Healing, Miracles of Movement, Miracles of Power, which you little dream of, are within the scope of the Soul.

'you are as caterpillars to what you might be'

All that you have read of about the power of Spirit over Matter is nothing to the reality. You are as caterpillars to what you might be.

But the doorway into the Infinite is the Soul, and the Soul is lost. When you have no time to think, no time to pray, you have no time to live…

The Cause of Misery

For the whole of the evils that afflict society arise from the lack of seeing things from the standpoint of the Soul. If you lived for the Soul, cared for what made the Soul a more living reality, and less for the meat and drink and paraphernalia of the body, the whole world would be transfigured; you have got a wrong standpoint and everything is out of focus

It is possible to lose your Soul in church as well as [in the affairs of the world]. If you have no leisure to be alone with your Soul — it does not so much matter whether the rush and whirl and preoccupation is ecclesiastical or financial — the Soul is lost, and there is nothing to do but to find it again.

Make the Soul the Center

You may sum up what I have to say in one or two words. What I wish you to do is to make the Soul the center, and make time to use the Soul, which alone can do all things. Make Time to save Eternity, nay, to possess it now and to know God [now]. JULIA.

Editor's note: See much discussion on "finding the soul," the "true self," on the "afterlife item #26" page.



the following is reprinted from the "soul and spirit" page:

only universal consciousness is real, and everything, in this world and the next, is an extension of it

soul: The real you, the deeper person, the “true self”; one’s link to God, to Universal Consciousness (UC). The soul (UC) is the animating life-force, the vivifying principle, that which makes us "alive." The soul is not the thinking mind, per se, not the chattering "voice in the head," but the silent, wordless, background, monitoring "presence," a pure awareness, the part of us that knows and witnesses that we are thinking. As Dr. Campbell put it, "this is what's running the show."

spirit: Sometimes “spirit” is used as synonym of “soul” but should be viewed as underlying “substance,” a rarified form of matter. We will be looking at several examples to make this clear.

An analogy to the three states of matter will help us here. Matter exists as a solid, liquid, or gas; the atomic and molecular makeup in each state remains the same but the space between particles is different. Let’s also recall, as we’ve discussed in other articles, only consciousness, that is, Universal Consciousness, is real. Consciousness is the ground of all being. We, and all elements of the three-dimensional universe, exist within Consciousness. This means that everything, in this world and the next, lives and exists at the pleasure, and derivation, of Consciousness. It means that matter is an expression of Consciousness; we might think of matter as a form of “frozen” Consciousness, just as a block of ice is frozen water, which might also issue as a liquid or gas at higher temperatures. Let’s continue with this line of reasoning and posit that “spirit” is akin to matter in that both derive from Consciousness, are forms of "solidified" Consciousness, but spirit is more rarified, the component elements of which are vibrating at a faster rate and higher frequency than the "heavier" matter of our world.


Much of the above definition of soul and spirit was written some years ago, but this entire issue of “coming to terms” seems more simplified for me now.

One of the biggest problems of definition here is that the word “spirit” is often used to mean “soul.” This causes much confusion. Spirit is not so unlike matter, but vibrating at a much higher rate.

I believe we need to focus on a major principle: only Universal Consciousness (UC) is real, only God is real, with everything else in the cosmos, including everything in the post-mortem worlds, as derivative of UC.

The soul, one’s consciousness, is part of UC. I think it’s inaccurate to say that the soul is made of UC; rather, the soul is UC, is an extension of UC. At the level of the deeper person, we merge seamlessly with God; as Jesus said, we are one with God.

Matter and spirit are made, so to speak, of UC. Everything is made of UC. Matter (spirit, as well) is a “frozen”, a much slowed-down, form of UC. Father Chardin was correct: “Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.” The three states of solid, liquid, and gas help us to understand. See much discussion on the “consciousness” page.

Above, I had asserted that the soul is not the thinking mind, the chattering “voice in the head” that will not be quieted. In numerous writings I’ve stated that this phenomenon is to be seen as the “false self,” the part of us that many assume is “the real me,” but only the soul, the background witnessing presence constitutes one’s truest self.

I think this view needs clarification and is not quite right. The incessant bombardment of the thinking mind, creating mental images, according to the view of Dr. Sheldrake, should be seen as a “quantum field of possibility.” See his comments.

The thinking mind, like everything else, is an extension of UC, but when the thinking mind is linked to a quantum field, then it becomes a kind of creative “movie screen” projecting all manner of possibility. If one is immature, then this quantum field becomes a tool for one’s growing sense of self, part of the individuation process.

But the thinking mind, per se, of course, is not something detrimental, but it can become so during an early stage of immaturity.

And so the mind, yes, is part of UC, but not a purest form of UC, as the mind has been commandeered to serve the ego concerning the individuation process.

The soul is not part of the thinking mind, as such, because the soul, as extension of UC, is the wordless background monitoring presence, which is not engaged in thinking, per se, but is the part of us that knows that we are thinking.




Editor's last word:

The implications are utterly profound and far-reaching. No subject could be more important; because if we fail to come into our own, fall short of accessing who we really are, we'll be of little use to ourselves or others.

Everything - one's entire future, all that we hope to do, accomplish, and possess - hinges upon first coming alive.