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Soulmate, Myself:
Prometheus Denied




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About twenty years ago, in the middle of the night, I suddenly found
myself jarred from sleep, catapulted into a sitting-upright position. An
unfamiliar phrase, two words, immediately accosted my spirit:


In that mystical moment of 3 AM darkness, I seemed to know something
else – I knew that I’d been given the title of a book.

What you need to know before reading Prometheus Denied

The conversations of Kairissi and Elenchus provide opportunity for me to
share what I’ve learned concerning many important topics, such as, the
nature of authentic romance and spirituality, the meaning of suffering,
and the sacred purpose of marriage. The content of the lovers’ dialogues,
in the main, I believe, represents reality, how “life in the world unseen”
truly works – but for one aspect.

There is no conscious pre-birth state.

Our featured Twin-Soul couple is presented as never having endured
mortality on the Earth and is engaged in discussions concerning whether
to do so. Generally speaking, this is not the way it happens. While we do
enjoy an existence prior to any terra-mission, it is not a fully-conscious
life – there is no conscious-coherent pre-birth state of being. The very
purpose of our journeying to the difficult Earth-world is to help us “wake
up,” to become aware and sentient persons.

The pop-culture says otherwise.

It is fashionable these days to believe in so-called past lives,
reincarnation, pre-birth activities in heaven, and the like. None of this is
These claims survive only by a selective acceptance of facts while
ignoring large tracts of evidence that contradict. Pre-birth consciousness,
in all its forms, is the proverbial “mule that should have been a horse.”

On the Word Gems site I devote many hundreds of pages analyzing and
discussing these issues in detail and cannot do so again here. I suggest
that you read the full presentation at www.wordgems.net.

Is the information-source trustworthy and competent?

Many afterlife-information sources fail us on both counts. The Word
articles explain the basis for this assertion. For the moment,
however, I will offer you the studied opinion and careful research of
James Webster, a retired medical professional and afterlife-researcher
for more than 60 years.

James took part in the famous Scole Afterlife Experiments in the 1990s,
investigated by many scientists. These experiments provide some of the
most stunning evidence for the Next World ever produced. Today James
serves as archival custodian for the Rick Rickard tapes from the 1960s,
“direct-voice medium” recordings of channeled afterlife entities.

For over 20 years, I’ve personally investigated a large number of afterlife
information-sources, but I consider the Rickard tapes to be among
the very best. One of the astral-realm persons speaking via Rickard’s
mediumship was an ancient Egyptian, now an advanced teacher on the
other side for 3500 years. He came to be known as “Abu,” which means
“father” or “teacher.” Abu, in my estimation, is one of the wisest, the most
balanced mind, of any afterlife-entity I’ve encountered.

we come to earth to individualize one's own tiny sub-set of universal consciousness

James shared with me the following, a transcript of direct testimony from
Abu on the subject of pre-birth existence:

The Earth-plane is the plane of individualisation and crystallisation
of spirit. There is no individual consciousness before the
individualising process commences

The process of individualisation commences very shortly after
conception … when the spirit, that is to say, the psyche … begins
to develop together with, contemporaneously with, the physical

[A fully aware and functioning mind] prior to conception? No. I
cannot hold such a view for it would necessarily conflict completely
with what I understand to be the whole process of individualisation
of spirit from the common pool of the all-pervading spirit that is.
Until that [non-individualized spirit] shall have crystallised into an
individual, there is no [conscious] individual to have a memory
or to undergo experiences.

Editor's note: see a transcript of a half-hour tape-recorded message from Abu in which he discusses the error of reincarnation, and why the Earth is but a "puny and petty" planet in the universe and no center of learning at all. 



the purpose of the brain is to filter out, from universal consciousness, anything not correlating with the body’s perspective; in this ‘step-down transformer’ process, separate egos, with separate personal identities, emerge

Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, PhD philosophy, PhD computer science, for many years worked at CERN, the large hadron collider in Geneva.

“… the function of the brain is to localize consciousness, pinning it to the space-time reference point implied by the physical body. In doing so, the brain modulates conscious perception in accordance with the perspective of the body.

a brain that filters implies the existence of unbound mind, a universal consciousness

"When not subject to this localization and modulation mechanism, mind is unbound: it entails consciousness of all there is across space, time, and perhaps beyond. Therefore, by localizing mind, the brain also ‘filters out’ of consciousness anything that is not correlated with the body’s perspective… like a radio receiver selecting [a particular station], among the variety [with] all other stations being filtered out and never reaching the consciousness of the listener…

"[T]he filter hypothesis implies that consciousness, in its unfiltered state, is unbound. As such, consciousness must be fundamentally unitary and non-individualized, for separateness and individualization entail boundaries.

Editor’s note: Father Benson from the afterlife speaks of a being, formerly mortal, five billion years old, so advanced as to enjoy awareness of all life-forms in the universe; in this, we see the future of the ‘unfiltered’ mind. Read More on the “500 hundred tape-recorded messages from the other side” page.

the filtering brain creates the illusion of separateness, of disconnected personal egos

"The emergence of multiple, separate and different conscious perspectives or egos, is a consequence of the filtering and localization process: different egos, entailing different perspectives on space-time, retain awareness of different subsets of all potential subjective experiences, the rest being filtered out. It is the difference across subsets that give each ego its idiosyncratic vantage point, personal history, and sense of personal identity.

"The subjective experiences that are filtered out become the so-called ‘unconscious’ mind of the respective ego. Since each ego allows in only an infinitesimally small part of all potential experiences … the ‘unconscious’ minds of different egos will differ only minimally… As such, the filter hypothesis, unlike materialism, predicts the existence of a ‘collective unconscious’; a shared repository of potential experiences that far transcends mere genetic predispositions of a species…

the likely origin of the mystical experience

"[A]nd most importantly, the filter hypothesis predicts that one can have experiences that do not correlate with one’s brain states. Since here the brain is seen merely as a mechanism for filtering out experience … when this [filtering] mechanism is interfered with so as to be partially or temporarily deactivated, one’s subjective experience could delocalize, expand beyond the body in time and space, and perhaps even beyond time and space [giving rise to what is called the mystical experience]…”

READ MORE on the “quantum mechanics” page



the divinely appointed mechanism

“Probably the explanation of the perpetually recurring vexations, disappointments, and misfortunes are that these are the divinely appointed mechanism to develop the higher qualities. How does one acquire patience, serenity, generosity, save through their exercise in meeting trials and sorrows? These obstacles are as essential to spiritual development as the practice of the scales to the development of the skill of the pianist... defeat and disaster are as valuable in relation to the wholeness of life as are triumph and prosperity." Lilian Whiting, “The World Beautiful”

Editor’s note: In the article “500 tape-recorded messages from the other side” we discussed a great controversy in that realm: some promote the existence of the “light within,” the inner soul-riches, while others know nothing of this. This latter group preaches a cluster of doctrines which essentially claim, "there is no the life within”; the most notable tenet being reincarnation. See 100+ articles exploring the errors of this fraudulent idea.

Linked to reincarnation are closely held notions of karma, past lives, and learning specific Earth-lessons, often related to a purported earlier life. None of this is true. As one surveys a vast field of data, the apparent support for reincarnation melts away into a nothingness.

But Lilian Whiting, in the above quote, takes us to the foothills of the truth. There are no specific lessons to be learned on planet Earth other than becoming an individual in one’s own right – this “kindergarten” curriculum prepares us for what comes next concerning the infinite worlds and dimensions to come.

One’s individuation is accomplished by undergoing the gauntlet of our world’s pokes and jabs, “defeats and disasters” and, sometimes, just to keep us guessing, brief interludes of “triumph and prosperity”. These antitheticals are equally educational for us, in that, as has been said, there are two things that make the ego miserable: not getting what it wants, and getting what it wants.

The polar opposites of planet Earth, the “vexations, disappointments, and misfortunes”, no matter the cause or kind, hone and draw from us a differentiated personhood. This means we’re good to go, and ready for the next world. And there is no such thing as reincarnational doctrine of “learning specific lessons.” This was invented, on an ad hoc basis, to offer a veneer of logicality -- what I call, "the Joker is wild principle" -- to a tortured theory which cannot survive close scrutiny.

"Learning specific lessons" is an example of the error of deductive reasoning. However, the charge will be leveled, how do I know that what I say is not the same kind of error? My answer is, when you "go within" you yourself will become the evidence, and will find out what is true and what is propaganda of the ego.

over there, one can live in an alternate reality, simulate what you like, so how can one exit that house-of-illusion

When you hear people say "I've heard the arguments, but even so maybe there is such a thing as reincarnation," all this means is that they've never experienced the "inner life." The reincarnation question will not be solved by the power of reason and fact-gathering alone. This is why it's still debated on the other side, where people live in alternate realities which reflect errant belief-systems. Only a mystical experience will finally elucidate.


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.

Editor’s note: Concerning the above “10 examples,” each of these represents a certain unsavory aspect of the dark side of human nature. But this skews the picture. The dysfunctional ego also operates in the arena of heroic service and commendable, stalwart mettle.

I am thinking of the celebrity artist, athlete, singer, politician or other notable who publicly dedicates his or her life to good works as a result of purportedly drawing strength from a patron saint, religious icon, or savior-god. The ensuing good works might be larger-than-life, consummated even in the face of great privation and adversity. All of which is meant to proclaim to the world, “I do all this by the power of my relationship to said patron saint, religious icon, or savior-god.”

But, is this reality? How are we to view such valorous and epic conduct? Does it happen by way of aligning one’s person with an external divinity?

We would do well to recall that any number of non-religious “secular saints” might be brought to our attention who have nobly, in a lion-hearted way, offered charitable service, even to the point of death. One example immediately comes to mind: Dr. Viktor Frankl, in the concentration camps. He accepted the task of encouraging other inmates, despite near-starvation and often-beatings by the guards. He served the contagious typhoid dying, and, more than once, refused opportunity to escape the camp in order to remain with the suffering.

The dysfunctional ego is led by its foundational premise, “I don’t have enough” because “I am not enough.” As such, it looks for salvation from an outside source. This is pathological and takes us in the wrong direction, far from sacred destiny of living from one’s sacred center, the true self, one’s inner connection to God.

We are not to conduct ourselves as little children, living under the mantle of a “strong father figure,” a patron saint, religious icon, or savior-god.

We are to open our eyes to the inner riches, the innate “made in the image” reservoir of strength, available to all of us as sons and daughters of God.



While the world of Summerland itself is very real, pre-mortal-birth Twins,
such as Kairissi and Elenchus, do not debate the Earth-mission. This
would not be possible for them, as Abu explained, for they would still
very much exist as “baby souls,” and therefore would not be conscious
and coherent enough, not yet fully “crystallized” as individuals, to engage
in discourse prior to the mortal state on Earth.

As this is the case, then who plans the Earth-mission for these cognitively-
unformed “baby souls”? This task would fall to Spirit Guides who
understand and perceive the essential natures and potential desires of
their “infant”-charges.

This is the macro-picture sense in which I would encourage you to view
the subsequent fervent discussions between Kairissi and Elenchus. 


Editor's note: Compare the above discussion with this note from "The Wedding Song" Prologue page.

The following is channeled, via automatic writing, from the other side, published in “Claude’s Second Book,” by L. Kelway-Bamber:

“… when the ‘drop’ of God-force that makes the spirit of man separates from God and comes to the [Earth] world, it divides into halves and goes to two separate mothers, and thus a boy and girl are always born from each ‘drop.’ In fact, on the Earth plane things are generally constituted with a ‘counterpart,’ an opposite; they are male and female, positive and negative. The union of these creates the proper balance and produces something. The ‘bit of God’ in man is ‘im-’, or rather, ‘un’-personal; it is sent to become personal, and to so develop... It is a ‘bit of [God-]life’ [which comes to the Earth] but has no individuality — that it has to grow and develop here.”

Carlyle Petersilea, in his “Letters From The Spirit World,” offers channeled information from the other side confirming the above assertion of the “germ” of Twin souls dividing and being born to separate mothers and fathers.

Editor’s note: The process by which Twin Souls are created is shrouded in mystery. It seems to be orchestrated on a much higher level of "management" than enjoyed or known of by message-givers in Summerland. Different reports explain it variously, but often with the common theme of a single “God-cell” dividing into the female and male Twins. We are led to wonder if the Earth-world cell division relating to physical organisms might serve as metaphor of the grand celestial coming-into-being of Twins.

‘my sister, my spouse’

Song Of Solomon, 4:10: “How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse; how much better is thy love than wine, and the smell of thine ointments than all spices.” (KJV)

As I produced the above comments, I was suddenly taken by the memory of a scripture not reviewed for many years. The writer of the Song refers to his beloved as “my sister, my spouse.” He may have had his own reasons for such nomenclature but, strangely, if Twin Souls derive from a single “cell” of God, then, on a cosmic level, they constitute, to each other, a kind of brother and sister. I believe that when we finally gain the full truth of these matters, we shall be more than a little astounded concerning how things truly work in the universe.


Is the Earth a better place for us to ‘wake up’?

Over the years I’ve come across many statements in channeled writings suggesting that our mortal existence here on the Earth-plane is particularly conducive to spiritual awakening.

I’ve wondered about this, and questioned the assertion. Can we not grow spiritually wherever we are in the universe? I think we can, but there appears to be some truth in the general reports.

It seems there is potential benefit to ourselves in pushing back against the difficulties of this world. Stated differently, by a next-world entity, this life is an “opportunity of education offered by the resistance of matter, and the strength engendered by the force necessary to overcome it.” Maybe it’s like a weight-lifter developing muscle by exertion.

It’s also been said that over there we’re able to gain much more control over our minds. Think of the relief, the freedom, from the sometimes near-constant bombardment of negative, even horrid, mental images the dysfunctional ego serves up for us. The reports indicate that we’ll enter a time of release from this oppression. The ego will still be there, but declawed (for those who want it to be toned down).

Even though this seems to be true, over there it will still be possible to stray into error and bad decisions. We know this because there are millions in the next world caught in moral pathologies. See the writing,”500 tape-recorded messages from the other side.”

Acknowledging all this, we’re left with a view that the Earth can be the better “classroom,” especially for jump-starting the process. They say we can learn things here that we can’t learn there. While, strictly speaking, I think this statement goes too far – because there will be countless millions with very brief Earth experience who will also come to maturity but without reincarnation; we can know of the “dark side” by “going within” – the Earth journey does facilitate, provides “training wheels”, to begin the process of individuation.



Editor’s Note: See further discussion concerning developmental stages of human sentience on the “inferential life” page.