Afterlife Realms and the Near-Death Experience

By Kevin Williams

 

If you want to know what life after death is like, pay close attention to your dreams. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence suggesting the equivalence of the mental realm of your dreams with the afterlife realms described in near-death testimonies. Both describe the realm of the mind, soul, and spirit. In the realm of the mind, all things are possible. Life after death means freeing yourself from all physical limitations and fully inhabiting the realm of thought and spirit. Here, it is what one thinks that is important. It is a realm where thoughts are deeds and we are what we think.

 

If a person reads enough near-death accounts, it is possible for them to create a kind of heavenly roadmap that describes the soul's journey after death. Throughout recorded history, science and religion has revealed an ultimate reality made up of 10 separate components. Here is the evidence:

1. The Case For 10 or More Afterlife Realms

a. Quantum physicists, using Superstring Theory, believe the universe is made up of 10 dimensions. Their goal is to find the holy grail of physics - the so-called "Theory of Everything" - a theory that explains all phenomena of reality.
b. Pythagoras, perhaps the first great mathematician, believed the cosmos is divided into 10 heavens based on the perfect number 10.
c. In Jewish mysticism, God's entire creation is composed of 10 emanations of Light from the 10 utterances of God "Let there be" to create the world by the perfect order of 10 along with a hierarchy of 10 angelic realms and the law of the 10 commandments.
d. In Buddhism, there are 10 levels of realization toward enlightenment and 10 directions of the Buddha's light to 10 Buddha-realms.
e. Christian Gnostics believed in a cosmology of 10 heavens which they based on information from the death experience of the Apostle Paul which they recorded in their scriptures (Apocalypse of Paul).
f. In Islam, a legend exists where Muhammad journeyed through 10 heavens which was probably a near-death experience.
g. The Biblical prophet Enoch in his writings (2 Enoch) mentions that he ascended through the 10 heavens.
h. The Bible describes an angelic hierarchy of 10 celestial powers (01) (02).
i. Edgar Cayce learned from his out-of-body travels how our solar system's 10 major spheres (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are three-dimensional representations of higher and lower dimensional spirit realms comprising the 10 afterlife realms. Cayce also revealed how the human body is a microcosm of the solar system.
j. The Apostle Paul equated the different degrees of glory of resurrected bodies with the sun, moon and stars. Throughout the Bible, there are references to multiple realms: third heaven, the highest heavens, heavens, and many dwelling places.
k. During Lynnclaire Dennis' NDE, she entered into the light and saw the Universal Pattern and Source of all life which was in a shape that resembles an atom with electrons revolving around it. Her pattern eventually caught the eye of scientists because of its compatibility with the knotted pattern of 10-dimensional space in physics.
l. Other experiencers, such as George Ritchie and Betty Eadie, as well as the Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg, each observed multiple levels in the hereafter. Howard Storm had an extensive experience in which he also observed multiple levels in the afterlife. Dr. PMH Atwater describes these multiple dimensions as existing here within the same space much like boxes within a box. Metaphysical sources also describe a multi-dimensional reality.

There are several conclusions to make here: 

a. Heaven is not up and hell is not below. The various afterlife realms are like various frequencies on the light spectrum - most of which is invisible to the naked eye.
b. We are already living in the "afterlife" right now. This is because our experience in this physical, three-dimensional universe is just one of many realms we have already experienced.
c. We do not have to die to experience the afterlife and eternity. Eternity is not something that begins after death. We are already in eternity now - the "eternal now."

2. The Nature of the Afterlife Realms

 

Multi-colored icon.   P.M.H. Atwater uses a good analogy when describing death and the various afterlife realms: "There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before. Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when all of a sudden someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to different frequency. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still just the same as it was. Only you changed, only you speeded up to allow entry into the next radio frequency on the dial. You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong. You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wavelength. You are still a spot on the dial but you move up or down a notch or two. You don't die when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration. That's all death is ... a shift." (P.M.H. Atwater)
 
Multi-colored icon.   The graph below represents a roadmap through the various afterlife realms that experiencers have encountered in near-death experiencers. Looking at the map below, you can see that the journey to heaven begins, of course, with the Earth which exists within the realm of the physical universe (level 0). You can see that from level 0 we travel through the earthbound realm (level 1), then through the void (level 2) and then to heaven (level 3). For a detailed description of these realms, click on the links just given. (Kevin Williams)


3. The First Four Afterlife Realms Including the Earth

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Multi-colored icon.   There is one particular aspect to near-death accounts that varies greatly and that is the path by which experiencers travel to reach the various afterlife realms. By analyzing the various NDE accounts on this website, a map of the various paths to heaven can be created.

 
4. The Many Paths Through the Afterlife Realms

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Multi-colored icon.   There are very likely other paths but these are the ones I have encountered most often. Lets go through each path one at a time. 

(Path A)  Earth to Earthbound Realm

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Multi-colored icon.   "The journey to the earthbound realm is so subtle that many souls who travel there are not even aware they have died. Several cases in point is Dr. George Ritchie and Dr. Dianne Morrissey. Both of them didn't realize they were dead until they saw their dead body. Any near-death experience where the dead body is seen from a distance is an experience in the earthbound realm." (Kevin Williams)

Multi-colored icon.   "One of the best descriptions concerning the transition between the Earth and the earthbound realm is the near-death account of Dr. George Ritchie. Ritchie's experience and some of the NDEs below actually go much farther than the earthbound realm, but these experiences are the best description of the earthbound realm. Ritchie's NDE is the one that inspired Dr. Raymond Moody to initiate scientific research into NDEs. Other earthbound descriptions are from: Dr. Dianne Morrissey (the complete account in her book), Josiane Antonette, Rev. Howard Pittman, Emanuel Swedenborg and Ruth Montgomery." (Kevin Williams)
 
(Path B) Earth to Void

 

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Multi-colored icon.   "Some people report entering the void immediately after death without having to go through the tunnel. Others do report entering the void through the tunnel. Some people, such as Dr. George Ritchie, do not go through a tunnel but are led from one realm to the other by a Being of Light." (Kevin Williams)

Multi-colored icon.   "One of the best descriptions of the void comes from the near-death account of Mellen-Thomas Benedict. It is also one of the best and profound near-death accounts you will read. Other excellent void descriptions can be found in the NDEs of: Guenter Wagner, Dr. George Ritchie, Rev. Howard Storm, Angie Fenimore, RaNelle Wallace, and Don Brubaker." (Kevin Williams)
 
(Path C) Earth to Void to Heaven

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Multi-colored icon.   "Some people describe entering the void either through the tunnel or not through the tunnel. Once in the void, some people immediately return to their body and their NDE is over. Other people, such as Guenter Wagner, have an extended experience in the void and then return to their bodies. But in the map above, you can see that some people leave the void then enter heaven. Once in the void, the only way out of it is through the love you have cultivated within you during life. In the void, once a person begins to think, remember, feel and realize love, the tunnel opens and you enter toward the light. Some people, such as Linda Stewart, leave the void with the help of a Being of Light. The void is totally devoid of love and light and the only way you can be attracted to the light is by realizing the love within you.

"One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the Earth to void to heaven is the near-death account of Rev. Howard Storm. Another near-death account involving a trip through the void on the way to heaven is the near-death account of Linda Stewart. (Kevin Williams)

(Path D) Earth to Heaven

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Multi-colored icon.   "Some people do not report an experience with the earthbound realm or the void. The travel to heaven directly my means of the tunnel. For example, Edgar Cayce traveled through the tunnel literally thousands of times and during each time, he would be able to see all the levels of the afterlife passing by him as he went straight to heaven to get his information. Why some people enter heaven by different methods is anyone's guess. Perhaps people travel to afterlife realms according to how much they have earned it in life and in past lives. This would explain some children have experiences in heaven without having to earn it in their current life and this suggests to me that they have earned it in a previous life. That is just my 2 cents worth." (Kevin Williams)

Multi-colored icon.   "One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the Earth directly to heaven is the near-death account of Betty Eadie. Other NDEs involving a direct trip to heaven are from: Dannion Brinkley, Jayne Smith, David Goines, Jan Price, May Eulitt, Carl Jung, Edgar Cayce, and John Star." (Kevin Williams)

(Path E) Earth to Earthbound Realm to Void to Heaven

 

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Multi-colored icon.   "An interesting aspect of near-death accounts is that if one reads enough of them, one begins to understand the various transitions from the Earth to heaven. The map above represents near-death accounts that involve all the first three levels (earthbound, void, heaven). Some of these reports, such as Dr. George Ritchie's, are virtually guided tours by a Being of Light. Often, these kind of experiences are the most transcendental." (Kevin Williams)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Those cases who came closest to death, or were clinically dead, just as Moody's cases reported, told of being outside of their bodies, of moving through a void or dark tunnel toward a luminous light, of meeting with departed relatives and friends, of having a feeling of great comfort and bliss and of being surrounded by compassionate love, a feeling so beautiful they longed to remain, and when they returned to the earthly realm, they were affected by this feeling the rest of their lives." (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

Multi-colored icon.   Edgar Cayce would leave his body and become oppressed by the darkness. He would then experience a tremendous feeling of loneliness. He would then see a white beam of light and know that he must follow it or be lost. Whenever he would move through the tunnel toward the light, he would travel through various afterlife levels where unusual beings dwelled. On the first afterlife level, there were vague, horrible, grotesque forms such as one would see in a nightmare. Moving on, he would see on either side of the tunnel, misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. He would also see people on both sides of the tunnel calling out to him for help and trying to get his attention. But Cayce knew that any deviation from the tunnel would mean that he wouldn't be able to return to his body. As he moved farther up the tunnel, the darkness would become lighter and the realm more colorful. At the end of the tunnel, he would then enter the Hall of Records, the heavenly source for the information he obtains. (Edgar Cayce)
 
Multi-colored icon.   Howard Pittman entered the second realm (the void) where no love existed and where demons there were participating in their area of expertise in tormenting souls. Pittman was then taken to the first realm (the earthbound realm) which he learned was in a spirit realm near the Earth where demons stalk the living. It was in this realm that he saw demons in all shapes and forms. He was then led back to the second realm and to the entrance to a tunnel where angels were leading souls to the third realm (identified as one of the heavenly realms). (Rev. Howard Pittman)

Multi-colored icon.   Jan Price saw the skyline of a great city with three different dimensions. The first had a dinginess pervading the atmosphere. There was a gloominess, and everything was gray, even the inhabitants, but she sensed that somewhere beneath the discoloration pulsed life and beauty. It brought to her mind the lowest levels of existence in the world from which she came. Evil walked the squalid streets with malevolent bearing. No one there was up to, or expected, any good. From that dark dimension, each succeeding higher dimension became more colorful and more light. (Jan Price)
 
Multi-colored icon.   After death we work our way up through the various levels of consciousness. We go through the tunnel and are able to go through the darker levels, which can represent a form of hell or purgatory, because these are the two negative levels, or the darker ones. But if we've been a good person, we generally just seem to pass through them very quickly and then we go on through the third and fourth levels of consciousness. When we go through these levels we meet our relatives and friends greeting us at the end of the tunnel where they're waiting and lead us into the light." (George Anderson)
 
Multi-colored icon.   As Mellen-Thomas Benedict passed into the second light [the void], he expanded beyond the first light. He found himself in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. He could see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity. He realized that he was in the void. He realized he was in pre-creation, before the Big Bang. He had crossed over the beginning of time and into the Eye of Creation. He felt as if he was touching the Face of God and was at one with Absolute Life and Consciousness. Mellen-Thomas described the void this way:  "The void is less than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The void is absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities. It is much more than even Universal Intelligence. The void is inside and outside everything. You, right now even while you live, are always inside and outside the void simultaneously. You don't have to go anywhere or die to get there. The void is the vacuum or nothingness between all physical manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and their components. Modern science calls it zero-point. The void is completely out of time and space as we know it. The void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre-life, before the first vibration. While Mellen-Thomas was in the void, he was aware of everything that had ever been created. It was like he was looking through the eyes of God. Suddenly he wasn't him anymore; he had become God." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
 
(Path F) From Earth to Void to Receiving Station to Heaven

 

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Multi-colored icon.   "Some people on the way to heaven first enter a heavenly receiving station where other souls are seen entering into as well. This receiving station is a place where people can meet deceased relatives and friends, have a life review, and/or move on to other structures within heaven. Some of these other structures that have been seen is a heavenly temple, a heavenly library, or a temple of knowledge. At this point, there are other higher heavens to go and it is my opinion that these are beyond the reach of people having a NDE. Often, it is in this first heavenly realm where people are told they must return. The following are experiences with this heavenly receiving stations." (Kevin Williams)
 
Multi-colored icon.   Diego Valencia entered a dim, colorless, train station-like realm where grayish entities were being helped by guides from a foggy realm near Earth. He was then given the decision to either return to his body or stay. (Diego Valencia)
 
Multi-colored icon.   George Ritchie entered the earthbound realm where he observed souls stalking the living because of some earthly desire. In the second realm (the void), he observed angry spirits locked into hand to hand combat, trying in vain to hurt each other. In the third realm, he observes souls being led into a heavenly weigh station. After visiting a heavenly library, he is shown a distant city made of brilliant light. Its description resembled the city described in the Book of Revelation. (Dr. George Ritchie)
 
Multi-colored icon.   Dr. Michael Newton's research of afterlife experiencers yielded the following conclusions: All souls, regardless of experience, eventually arrive at a central port in the spirit world that is like a staging area for orientation. Once past this station there seems to be no further detour. A large number of returning souls are transported in a kind of spiritual form of mass transit. Souls are brought in, collected, and then projected out to their proper final destinations similar to a central terminal of a metropolitan airport that has the capacity to fly people out in any direction. The most outstanding characteristic of this place is a continuous feeling of a powerful mental force directing everything in uncanny harmony. Some have said that this is a realm of pure thought. (Dr. Michael Newton)

Multi-colored icon.   David Oakford was taken to a great city in the shadow and clouds above Earth which he discovered was heaven. He observed the souls of humans and animals flying to and from the great city and back to the Earth. He observed many souls coming to the city with guides. Some of the souls were sad, beaten and scared. In the city, David entered a large building where he had a life review. (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   Ned Dougherty was in the deepest void of space feeling comfortable and at home. Ned then entered into a magnificent ethereal structure. This heavenly structure resembled an amphitheater made of a brilliant, crystal-like substance. The amphitheater was suspended in the void of space in the same fashion that a space station might hover in space. The amphitheater was similar in size to a sports stadium and conveyed a great majesty. It was here that Ned experienced a life review. (Ned Dougherty)
 
Multi-colored icon.   One woman went through a black tunnel and entered a black void of absolute nothingness. She discovered that the darkness existed in every direction. She sensed an entity in the darkness with her and she asked it, "What happened?" Through telepathy, the entity replied, "You're dead." The entities reply was as if it enjoyed telling her this. As soon as she realized this, a clear white bright light brought her into a huge, wonderful, stadium or amphitheater where love and music emanated from it. (P. Anderson)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "As we walked along together to find Jesus, I noticed there was one building larger than all the others. It looked like a football stadium with an open end to the building where a blinding light radiated from it. I tried to look up at the light but I couldn't. It was too brilliant. Many people seemed to be bowed in front of this building in adoration and prayer. I said to my parents, 'What is that?' They said, 'In there is God.'" (An accountant)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "There was no tunnel or light. I 'awoke' standing upright in the back of what looked like a large auditorium-type place, without the chairs. The wall were gold and had jewels embedded in them. I was far in the back at first and couldn't figure out where I was. There were horns playing loud classical-type music and it was a very formal-type ceremony. There were dancers with beautifully colored flags dancing in a supernatural sort of way. I felt my presence coming in closer, but I didn't feel legs moving underneath me." (Lisa)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "In luxuriant warmth we moved on, drawn higher into the valley, moving toward the Source of the light. I made a single turn, and the meadow suddenly became an amphitheater. On a stage that seemed to be suspended in front of me, I witnessed, with my grandmother, what seemed to be an encore performance of my life." (Lynnclaire Dennis)

Multi-colored icon.   There exists a kind of weigh station in the spirit realm which is a transient place where souls decide their next destination. This transient place is the junction between various cosmic realms. It is both a usual and an unusual place related to the soul's evolution. (Edgar Cayce)
 
Multi-colored icon.   Carter Mills was taken to a suspended platform where he met a being so powerful that he thought it was God. The angels bowed and took their places with two others at the platform's four corners. Carter learned that the powerful being was Jesus. Carter is then led through a life review. (Carter Mills)

5. The Connection Between the Body and Afterlife Realms

Multi-colored icon.   According to Edgar Cayce, Eastern mysticism, and NDE studies, the human body is a receiver of cosmic energy (like a radio) for which we are able to connect with spiritual realms in the afterlife. This "receiver" aspect of the human body is made up of a system of endocrine glands within our body (see chart on the right) which are points of contact to an associated system of spiritual energy centers (called "chakras" in the East) which are collectively called the "subtle" or "astral body" (or simply the "soul"). The soul body is the "vehicle" by which people have near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and lucid dreams for example. Near-death experiencers such as Cayce and Mellen-Thomas Benedict have described how our solar system is actually a physical representation of our higher spirit body. This revelation explains how planetary-astrological forces can influence us here on Earth.

The soul body is also the energetic form of the physical body. The spiritual centers of the soul body are points of contact where the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the body come together. Each spiritual center associated with an endocrine gland is also a point of contact to a particular invisible afterlife realm represented physically by one of the planets of our solar system (see the chart below). Cayce identified a particular afterlife realm by giving it the same name as its corresponding planets in our solar system. For example, the planet Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun and is the physical manifestation of an invisible afterlife realm that is 7th in the afterlife hierarchy. The pituitary gland - the "master" gland of the body - is associated with the "third eye" chakra in Eastern religions and is the point of contact connecting our physical body to 7th afterlife realm represented physically by the planet Jupiter.

 
 

Multi-colored icon.   Each spiritual energy center corresponds to one of the seven notes on a musical scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Each spiritual center also corresponds to a color on the light spectrum of which there are seven: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (or white). The positive and negative "vibes" a person is outwardly exposed to in life can influence the inward functioning of the endocrine glands and their corresponding spiritual center. The dominant vibration - positive or negative - within a person's body reflects which spiritual center is dominant within a person's life. It is the dominant vibration of a person's life - body and spirit - which determines the level of the corresponding afterlife realm they have attained. Certain yoga meditation techniques (such as chanting mantras) have been used in the East to raise the quality of the spiritual energy vibration to help heal the mind, body and spirit.


6. NDE Insights Concerning the Various Afterlife Realms

 

Multi-colored icon.   "In the afterlife, our thoughts are no longer private, but become known to all around us. People of the same kind of thoughts are drawn to each other because it is too threatening to be with others with whom we disagree when they know it." (Dr. George Ritchie)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "After death, people gravitate into homogenous groups according to the rate of their soul's vibrations. If the percentage of discord in a person is small, it can be eliminated by the Master-Vibration of God; then the remaining good can live there. However, if there is more discord within a soul's vibrations than good, this cannot be done and the person must gravitate to a lower afterlife level and live with people of their kind. Each person lives in the kind of a heaven or hell which they prepared for themselves while on Earth. Nobody sends us anywhere. We are sorted by the high or low vibrations of our soul. Everyone goes where they fit in." (Arthur Yensen)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "After death, the dimension of the afterlife we travel to is determined by the level of spiritual development we have attained while on Earth." (Edgar Cayce)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "In the afterlife, everyone is free to visit the various afterlife realms and nothing is restricted. The only governor is the state of the conscious mind. Deeply held beliefs come into visible expression there. Not everyone has the same experience because everyone creates his or her own experience. Subtle energies slowly open restrictive, closed minds in order to accept greater understanding." (Jan Price)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "We can not dwell in the higher spiritual realms until we have perfectly qualified for it by a change of heart and mind, a significant amount of preparation, and by completing our mission." (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

Multi-colored icon.   "Those living in the higher realms radiate the brightest light and their glory must be cloaked when people in the lower realms look at them. It is possible for people in the lower realms to visit higher realms, but they must be prepared or covered so they can stand in the presence of greater glory." (Dr. Craig Lundahl)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Our Earth experience determines our afterlife destiny, but no one is locked there, and each can progress to higher and higher levels of being." (Jan Price)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "How does a person get ahead of others in the afterlife? They don't. There is no place in heaven for discontent or personal ambition. Some people may not be able to change at all after they arrive in the afterlife. On Earth, we can change ourselves quite easily and should use this life to make ourselves into the kind of people we want to be in the afterlife." (Arthur Yensen)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Death is merely the doorway to the next level of soul growth and evolution." (Edgar Cayce)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "In the afterlife, death on Earth is considered a graduation." (Rev. Howard Storm)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Infants who die are taken in spirit to a place where they are nurtured, taught and mature." (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

Multi-colored icon.   "There are heavenly hospitals full of injured and crippled souls - the result of their hard faring on Earth - who are nursed back to health so that they can begin their work in heaven." (Dr. Craig Lundahl)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "To travel from one point to another in the afterlife, all one has to do is think about it." (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Those on the other side can observe what is happening on Earth whenever they choose to do so." (Jan Price)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "Each afterlife realm has a theme for learning. The physical realm exists for us to test our ideals and learn from them." (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   "How we lived our life on Earth determines which heavenly realm we have earned and travel to after death. We choose our own pace through the afterlife realms." (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   "The afterlife realms are experiences of enjoyment and recreation. People do things they enjoy and keep company with people they enjoy in a realm of joyful activity. The skills, interests, and abilities developed on Earth may be reflected in the roles chosen in eternity. We contribute uniquely toward the goodness and beauty in the realm we inhabit which is vast and of transcendent beauty. Our quality of life in spirit is directly affected by our heart and activities on Earth. Opportunities for practicing love continues." (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "The most difficult thing for a person who has been deeply steeped in a particular religious tradition is to realize that the form alone is not what elevates a person; it is the heart. Still, those who cling to an external form of religion will be most comfortable with others who practice the same rituals, whatever they may be. In this sense, congregations may continue centered around the particular religious traditions they practiced while on Earth." (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our moral obligation to help others continues after death. Death does not eliminate our obligations. We are still given opportunities in spirit realms to freely serve others." (Margaret Tweddell)

Multi-colored icon.   "In heaven, we can remember our real identity and know what possibilities exist for soul growth. We do not move forward until we choose to." (Dr. PMH Atwater)

Multi-colored icon.   "After death, we can choose to observe people on Earth to see how they deal with situations. Our behavior on Earth provides a teaching ground for those in spirit." (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   "When a soul incarnates to Earth, they will be more influenced by the afterlife realm they just came from, the planet it represents, and the astrological configuration at the time of their birth. These planetary influences allow us to receive certain lessons and tests related to our karma. Our free will has absolute power over any planetary or heavenly realm - even God." (Edgar Cayce)
 
Multi-colored icon.   "A heavenly computer exists in the spirit realm that is designed to help us choose our destiny." (Dr. Allen Kellehear's research)

   

"There are many rooms in the Father's house just as there are many grades in school. The period of time we spend on Earth is but one grade of life. It is but a beginning." - Robert A. Russell

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