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By the tone of your latest blog entry, I'm assuming that Madame Monique's prediction that you would start at short stop for the Yankee's this year turned out to be bogus. There's always the Mets.

Actually, 98% of what you say is true... I know, I have been a medium for 22 years and have run across my share of charlatans and phonies. The only reason I know I'm not one is because... well... I'm just not... so there...na na na na na!

Look, no number of scientific terms or scientific experiments are ever going to prove or disprove survival of consciousness. Positive conclusions will always be open to attack and criticism. Still, in experiment after experiment in my office, I have witnessed the amazing healing that afterlife communication can bring. Do I care that science validates this? (Rhetorical question)

I remember in my 20's experiencing a horrible break up with the woman I thought was my soulmate. I thought, "love is an illusion, a myth." Then in my 30's I discovered a love I could never ever surpass or grow tired of, so I married her.

Does this prove the existence of love to anyone else but myself? No, and that's just the point. Somethings like love and faith are personal... not experimental nor scientific. If that sounds like touchy feely esoteric blabber stolen from a "Sex in the City" voice over... well, then so be it.

Vivre L'amour!!!!

P.S. Michael if you ever want to set up a reading(pro-bono), let me know. It will be my pleasure.

P.S.S. Will miss this blog if it disappears.

If you really do stop blogging permanently (and I admit my doubts there, having played around with stopping myself. . .) it will be a big disappointment for many of us.

Good points about the pitfalls of psychic mediums. People should beware, especially when the psychic starts talking about handing over large sums of money (for whatever reason). I personally thought psychic mediums were a complete joke for most of my life, just 1-900 nonsense. I really didn't think much of psychic mediums at all, although I was interested in the paranormal in a broader sense.

I hope this is not your last blog posting, because I for one, find your topics and views to be very interesting, and I find your analysis to be about as fair-minded as one could expect for such a controversal topic as the paranormal. I enjoy reading your blog.

I've been studying near death experiences, death bed visions, and related stuff such as the holographic paradigm for about 6 years, and I'm starting to run out of "new stuff" to read. I'm hoping for something startling and interesting to happen, a big breakthrough, but something tells me that we've gotten about all we're going to get. NDE's are starting to sound somewhat repetitious to me. Sorry! I've read many many books and articles as well as reading the information on numerous Near Death "sites" and I think there isn't too much more that can be said about it. Perhaps I started too early? - Art

Art,

Congratulations for your boredom and jadedness. Allow it to be, examine it deeply, accept it for what it is, and sooner or later it will teach you something precious beyond measure. . .

Michael,

For some reason this post of yours reminds me of my favorite passage describing the perils of success and glory. I do not read the bible often, but this passage I love very much:


For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

. . .the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in His presence.

Michael, one more message for you about hanging up the blogging hat, from KC and the Sunshine Band:

Please, please don't go. . .

Don't get the wrong idea though! I like you but not that way ;-)


Art -

I too, have begun to believe that I run up against the limits of what I am going to be able to "figure out", in this world. But it has given me hope, and even anticipation, for the next. It's a paradox: back when I beleived in the whole materialist paradigm, when I should theoretically have been "living my life to the fullest", since this was the only one I would ever have, I found myself more often depressed, and saying "What's the point? Nothing matters, anyway..." But now that I beleive that this life is just a short sojurn in a much longer voyage, I really do want to experience this life, since I see miracles everywhere.

So as long as were quoting scripture, how about a little 1 Corinthians 13:

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Mr. Prescott

you said:

"Most -- perhaps all -- cases of hypnotic regression in which past-life memories are recalled are bogus. Hypnotized patients have a known tendency to confabulate".

Please, see this case:

http://br.geocities.com/existem_espiritos/o_caso_antonia.html

The case is in English and in Portuguese.

Best wishes,
Vitor

Even people who have developed legitimate paranormal powers are not necessarily any more morally, spiritually, intellectually, psychologically, or personally advanced than the rest of us. In fact, it is quite common for such people to be at an arrested state of psychological and spiritual development, stuck at the level of narcissism, egotism, and emotional instability.

And how!!! A person I've known with genuine abilities was also quite possibly the most obnoxious, narcissistic ignoramus I've ever come across. If I hadn't seen the manifestations he provoked with my own eyes, I'd still think of him as one of the last people that would have any connection to the supernatural.

Behind this sort of thinking is probably the assumption that paranormal abilities are the result of spiritual development, and that spiritual development automatically confers wisdom and holiness. A pattern like this does indeed seem to hold for serious monastics, but there's no reason for assuming it's universal.

And count me in as another reader who doesn't want to see you stop blogging, Michael!

Sorry Michael
But I have to disagree with some of your statements on the paranormal. But you do give some good advice when it comes to beware of psychics! Money is a powerful motivator and the desire for it can cause some to do some interesting things. I think the book “the open door” may show many the possible validity of automatic writing. I to once believed that most channeled information was coming from the medium not from the other side but some mediums appear to have the ability to channeled the other side.

It is easy to be skeptical but requires a lot of effort and painful challenges to our bias minds and paradigms to do the research. Hey if we don’t get it in this life maybe the next?

I say this with somewhat of a heavy heart because when my research started to indicate reincarnation might be a reality I was very upset and actually went into long periods of meditation for two years hoping to become enlighten. No such success.

The physical world appears to be a manifestation of the mental world. Hey we are all ignorant to some degree but without this ignorance there would be no relative/ phenomenal world. One more thing: that ignorance has its home in innocence. Who would have thought that innocence reveals itself in ignorance as we ‘find’ our way back to this perfect love and divine intelligence?

How could the source of all that is experience itself without an innocence of its true identity?
bill

Why worry, you littleheads, Atom u r Atom, u'l stay. enjoy the Space.

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