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Michael, could you please briefly explain "the super-psi hypothesis"?

The super-psi hypothesis is the idea that mediums do not communicate with the dead, but instead use telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition to obtain a variety of information from many sources (sitters in the seance room, distant persons and places, even future events). Then they integrate all this material and dramatize it with a credible persona of the deceased person. All of this is said to be done unconsciously and almost instantaneously. The problem with the hypothesis is that it implies virtual omniscience on the part of the medium's subconscious, and it's not clear that such a wide-ranging explanation can be tested or falsified.

Thanks, Michael! I really appreciate this list. I know many of these books well, but many are new to me. I respect your balanced approach, and am delighted to have some new authors to check out.

As a medium, I can only laugh at this theory. Why? Because I'm not out there amassing information from a collective consciousness. I am actually having dialog with the deceased - actual dialog. Even though the dialog is sometimes fuzzy, misinterpreted or incomplete, an exchange is taking place. I receive and I return communication. I say "I", but this is something we all can do... and do.

So, when "I" communicate with spirit, together we combine all kinds of communication tools to try and really understand each other. Sometimes it comes easy, other times it's a bad game of Pictionary. However, it is back and forth dialog taking place.

Spirit and I argue with each other, we insult each other, we laugh together and some times we even compliment each other for finally getting something right. All of this takes place in front of the sitter, with the sitter not uttering a word or being asked a single question (unless it is to validate the information with a simple "yes" or "no").

My aim as a professional medium and a student of afterlife communication is to demystify the process to what it is - a simple form of dialog taking place from one dimension of consciousness to another. The real mystery to me, or the real awe and wonder, is in the messages they bring. The story they have to tell.

In my readings, I don't just deliver cute tidbits of fact or delve into archetypal personality traits, I actually deliver a custom tailored message to the sitter. Most of the times, that message is a very clear imperative.

let's get something straight here, spirit has a reason for coming back to share ideas and knowledge with us, and guess what, it's not just for our benefit, it's mainly for theirs.

Do you know what Braude concludes RE: Patience Worth?

I find it to be one of the most fascinating cases ever.

Hi Marcel,

"it's not just for our benefit, it's mainly for theirs."

Your comments are interesting and they make make sense to me. But do you really mean MAINLY for their benefit? My impression, from studying afterlife contacts of all descriptions, is that the motives are unselfish a good percentage of the time.

I wouldn't have been surprised if you had said that it's a fairly balanced give-and-take. But when you say MAINLY for their benefit--that grabs my attention. Is it really what you meant to say?

Way to be alert, Bruce... perhaps I did tip the scales a little in favor of the spiritual side. Perhaps what I meant to say was that as Spirit lives in greater clarity that we here on this plane of consciousness do, they are more "anxious" to speed up our awakening... though they are also infinitely patient.

However, I have noticed through my work that spirit can reap immediate benefit from consciousness to consciousness communication, while we, the carnal, crawl our way toward understanding, forgiveness and enlightenment.

Thanks for this Michael!

>Do you know what Braude concludes RE: Patience Worth?

Braude doubts that Patience Worth was a real historical figure, because there is no record of her existence or of any literary works she produced. Also, the Patience Worth persona assumed by Pearl Curran provided few details of her earthly life. To Braude, Patience looks like a dissociative personality rather than a channeled spirit.

He sums up, "... a survivalist interpretation of the case simply leaves too great a residue of mysteries. By contrast, we can formulate a credible, although largely unsubstantiated, account of the psychogenesis of the Patience Worth persona, and we can explain Pearl's creative facility and anomalous knowledge in terms of latent capacities and (presumably psychic) processes for which we have independent evidence. For that reason, I'm inclined to echo Schiller's comment that 'it is... safer to credit "Patience worth" to the unconscious and to classify her, officially, as Mrs. Curran's "secondary self."'" (Page 174)

This is, of course, a very brief summary of Braude's treatment of the case, which takes up more than 40 pages of this book. Personally, I'm less inclined to accept the super-psi hypothesis than Braude is.

By the way, if anyone wants to suggest favorite books of their own (dealing with life after death), feel free to do so.

As far as current books I am reading, Stanislav Grof's book, "The Holotropic Mind" is very interesting and it

As far as books I am reading now, Stanislav Grof book, "The Holotropic Mind" is very interesting. It deals with a wide range of phenomena and also coincides well with Talbot's "Holographic Universe". It actually is a very provoking theory. I am still inclined to look lean towards a theory of collective consciousness. This does not mean something does not survive. I am sure something goes on. I am not convinced that the entire individual, ego and all goes on. "Zen Physics" by David Darling was also a good read. These are just my opinon though. Anyways, sorry about the partial post before this.

This is not a book recommendation, but has absolutely the most comprehensive set of links and near-death experiences anywhere, and should be perused by any serious student of survival.

I'm also a big fan of the NDE paradigm project as a good discussion of the *meaning* of near death experiences.

sorry should have written "" (although the hyperlink is typed correctly).

I just got Stanislav Grof's newest book, "Ultimate Journey: Consiousness and the Mystery of Death" (the entire book deals with this subject) in the mail today. I am only a little ways into it but it is very provocative. I know I sound a bit like a cheerleader regarding Grof, but so he is a master in the field of altered stated and his arguements for life after death are very scientific and he brings alot of clinical evidence to the table in this subject. I personally was a huge sceptic, still am but not so close minded, and it took something like this to at least allow the possibility of survival into my mind. In regards to David Fontana's Book, very good. A very heavy tome, but one that allows the reader to come to their own conclusions. The strange thing about this or any other paranormal subject is that so much of the evidence may be anecdotal in nature. And of course, that is not universally scientific. However, when someone you trust, or you yourself explains something that happened to them, it has the potential to change your entire world view. The pivot of trust is very delicate and very human. You just can't use it to change others. Thank you Michael for your blog. It is nice to see a level headed person taking these subjects seriously without deluding themselves or getting zeolous. Like a certain websites that take everything at face value and get ultra definsive. I am still very sceptical of dim lighted rooms and singing spirits. No need to mention names. Thank you.

There is a really interesting FREE online book about death bed visions that I think is excellent. The URL is:

It's written by Sir William Barrett and I've read it through a couple of times. It's not so long, but it's very interesting. The title is simply "Death Bed Visions" and I find it very comforting and uplifting. - Artie

I'm always wondering why almost nobody who is interested in life after death and other spiritual matters, takes notice of the work of Rudolf Steiner. This founder of antroposohpy is far the most intriguing writer about and investigator of soul and spirit of man. Maybe you can tell me why this lack of interest for this great man exists?

book of the soul by ian lawton-very good!

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