Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
The Spiritualist Chronicles is a series of articles that feature channeled descriptions of the afterlife. Spiritualism’s a religion that thrived in the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s, and it’s commonly associated with mediums and channeling.
Like anything that has to do with these subjects, you’re encouraged to use discernment and take only what resonates with you.
The sensible descriptions of the afterlife Spiritualism has given seem to confirm that not every Spiritualist was a hoaxer, and I think the material we’ll explore here is genuine because of the detailed information the disembodied sources have given.
It’s been a while since I’ve written any Spiritualist Chronicles reports, and when we left off, we were talking about the ‘Borderlands’, which is the initial realm the departed go to so they can get used to their passing and adjust to life in the spiritual realms.
The ‘Borderlands’ is the closest realm to the physical earth, and because of this, life in the Borderlands is similar life on earth.
We previously explored the idea that some people don’t realize they’ve passed on because they don’t expect the afterlife to resemble earth in the slightest, and here, we’ll continue to talk about the resemblance between the Borderlands and the earthly plane.
Some don’t realize they’ve died, while others are surprised when they wake up out of their body in some new etheric realm. In either scenario, nothing is like what the person expects.
They don’t wake up to ‘pearly gates’ or heavenly figures standing before them, unless their expectations create those illusions, in which case they eventually realize they imagined the whole thing. Our mind and imagination create our reality in every realm, but we manifest things a lot quicker in the higher realms.
The most surprising aspect of life after death for most people seems to be that the life they wake up to when the physical body dies isn’t anything like they’ve been programmed to believe by contemporary religion. After one spends a little time in the Borderlands (or other afterlife realms), they realize that religion has highly clouded their understanding of life after death.
W.T. Stead, a well-known Spiritualist in life who returned after death through a medium to talk about the realms beyond, affirms that the afterlife closely resembles earth at first.
“Everyday life for the individual is strikingly like the everyday life he’s always been used to.” (1)
He reminds us that the afterlife is still pretty close to earth, and because of this, a lot of people haven’t yet transcended their earthly habits and perceptions.
“In clothing, we are all practically as on earth and as there are so many races here you can well understand the general appearance of this land is most unusual, and in an odd way particularly interesting and amusing, also instructive. I think I have said that in general appearance we all are as we all were.
“We are only a very little way from earth, and consequently up to this time we have not thrown off earth ideas. We have gained some new ones, but have as yet discarded few or none.” (2)
Gradually, one’s closeness with the earthly realm fades as they get more involved with spirit.
“Whilst in this Blue Island [the Borderlands] each one is very much in touch with the conditions left behind. At first there is nothing done but what is both helpful and comforting – later there is a refining process to be gone through.
“At first it is possible to be closely in touch with the home left behind, but after a little time there is a reaction from this desire to be so close to earth, and when that sets in the process of eliminating earth and flesh instincts begins. In each case this takes a different course, a different length of time.” (3)
After we explore our new etheric home for so long, we won’t care much about being close with earth. We’ll still be close with earth at first, but the more we explore the spiritual reality that unfolds before us, the less we’ll want to return to its dense physical confines.
We can stay attached to earth for as long as we want, and our desire to find something greater eventually causes us to leave it behind. We probably don’t stop caring about the earth until everyone we once knew there is back with us, but regardless of how long we enamor ourselves with it, we’ll eventually leave it behind for greener pastures.
Like I’ve said before, I think this world can be just as heavenly and spiritual as any higher realm if we let it, but I’m sure I’d be excited to explore the higher realms if I left earth. We’ll all eventually leave this world for a higher state of consciousness, but while we’re here, most of us prefer to find and anchor that higher consciousness.
In doing this, the hope is that we raise the collective vibration enough to create a heavenly, higher-dimensional earth, as opposed to ascending away from this world. Heaven on earth is not only possible – it’s happening right now, and all we need to do to create it is live in love and flowingly express our spirituality.
Our desire for earthly things will shrink as we spend more time in the afterlife, Stead tells us. We don’t get rid of certain earthly habits or desires for moral reasons, but because we won’t find them appealing anymore.
“The process of discarding [earth habits] is a gradual one. As we live here we gain knowledge of many kinds, and come to find so many things, hitherto thought essential, not only of no importance but something of a bore, a nuisance, and that is how we grow to a state of dropping all earth habits.
“We get to the state of not desiring a smoke, not because we can’t have it, or think it not right, but because the desire for it is not there. As with a smoke, so with food, so with many a dozen things; we are just as satisfied without them. We do not miss them; if we did we should have them, and we do have them until the desire is no longer there.” (4)
Morality doesn’t cause us to scrap habits and desires we were familiar with on earth. We become more interested in exploring the spiritual and less interested in the things we associate with life on earth, and it’s a natural, gradual process that takes place without any force.
Like Stead told us, we can have our earthly habits and desires for as long as we require, and only when we’re ready will we transcend them in favor of exploring spirit. We might make it easier on ourselves by scrapping some of our unhealthy habits right now.
We’ll eventually scrap them anyway, whether we meet spirit by passing from the earth or creating heaven on earth, so we might as well take the first step now. If we do, we’ll be able to explore spirit on earth without the hindrances that have held us back before.
Stead uses an athlete as an example of someone who gradually replaces their earthly interests with more refined spiritual ones.
“After a time, the desire for earth things leaves us all. It may be a short or long time, according to the disposition of the person concerned. Take the athlete. He loves his games, his running, his physical strength and his muscular exercise. Well, he will love it here as much.
“He will love it here more, because he will find an added pleasure in feeling no fatigue, a sharpened enjoyment altogether, but after a time his appreciation of all this will change. He will not dislike this hitherto loved sport, but be will pass to a different form of it.
“A form which is full of movement and satisfaction but not a physical affair at all; his mind will become more awake, and be will get enormous mental satisfaction from the studies which will come before him concerning the ways and means of travel here.” (5)
The metaphorical athlete eventually realizes that the conditions of his new home are less physical and more mental and spiritual, and he adjusts accordingly.
“Locomotion of all kinds here is very different to that which obtains in earth conditions, and this former athlete of earth will drop into line in his new surroundings and will presently realize that life here is a different thing for him, for, though still on the same lines, it holds an increased mental interest. Is that clear? … Well, apply it in the same fashion to every other type of individual.” (6)
We can still retain our earthly interests in the afterlife, but we gradually replace them with more mental or spiritual interests. The athlete might spend less time trying to physically run or throw a football and more time studying psychic travel or the mechanics of consciousness, but I’m sure he never really leaves his passion behind.
He simply swaps it out for something that’s more mental or spiritual than physical, and again, he isn’t forced to make this choice by his environment or anyone in it. It’s a choice he decides to make, and it results from a diminished interest in the physical and an increased interest in his new home.
In our final quote, Stead tells us that the ‘Blue Isle’ (the Borderlands) is so much like earth that it’d surprise us if we paid it a visit. One of the things we’d find, he tells us, is that some people are still so attached to earth that they can’t move on, but they only make up a small portion of the residents.
“My difficulty in trying to make you understand in a satisfactory way the life of this Blue Isle [is that] I have to consider how to explain it.
“It is no use my telling you that one person sits by the sea all the time, weeping because of her parting from her lover, and another is in a mental stupor from drink, and another still thinks he is ringing the bells of his local chapel on Sunday, etc., etc. – that is not the life, those are only bits of it. Atoms of the whole.
“I do not want to particularize, I want to generalize, with some detail. Therefore I must say that if you were to pay this land a visit in your earth bodies, as you are at present, you would be struck by the lack of excitement. You would think it all so like earth. That is what you would say to people on your return.
“‘Oh, it’s so much like our life here, only there are such a lot of different races of mankind there.’” (7)
I’m sure the higher, more refined afterlife realms brim more with excitement and spiritual progress, but the Borderlands are home to people who miss the earth terribly, haven’t realized they’ve passed on, or have realized and are trying to adjust.
From what’s said here, it seems that the Borderlands are a lot less exciting than we might expect. It’s the closest realm to our physical earth, so it makes sense that the spirit isn’t necessarily brimming there. As we’ve learned in other reports, however, the spiritual factor is increased with each new realm one reaches, and as we also know, our spiritual evolution is infinite.
Whether we pass into the afterlife or stay here on earth, we have an unlimited potential to explore equally unlimited states of consciousness, so we might as well utilize the opportunity now. Like I said, we’ll make our eventual ascent into the higher realms easier if we live in alignment with love and spirit right now, so we might as well align with love and continue to explore our consciousness.
I write these reports because it’s liberating to consider that not only is life after death real, but there are various realms we’ll ascend to when our life on earth is over that contain people who’ve strived to convey information about those realms to the world.
Spirituality is the most liberating thing we can explore, which is why contemporary religion is designed to control people and keep them trapped in a limited understanding of themselves and their reality. We’re transcending the fabricated illusions we’ve been programmed to believe are real as we explore spirit in a genuine way, and the hope is for these reports to help all of you along your journey.
Let’s keep in mind that this world can be spiritual if we let it, and instead of looking to some distant realm, let’s use our time here to spread as much social and spiritual awareness as we can. If we do, our experiences will be a lot easier and more enjoyable when we’re back in the higher realms – whether we reach them on earth or in spirit.
- William Thomas Stead, The Blue Island. Experiences of a New Arrival Behind the Veil. Estelle W. Stead and Pardoe Woodman, eds. London: Rider, n.d, 65.
- Ibid., 65-6.
- Ibid., 59.
- Ibid., 66.
- Ibid., 59-60.
- Loc. cit.
- Ibid., 64.
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