I was looking to forward to this film to see how they handle the the topic that I discuss in my third book – Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal. I was quickly disappointed in the first scene where the discovery of life after death turns into a call for mass suicides. But then when I thought about it further, I realized that this might be a logical conclusion with no guiding philosophy. The conclusion drawn is that death is like “pushing the reset button” on life. In my book I lay out some of the research into the consequences of lifestyle on the type of after life that could follow such a life. There is an indication in the research that a suicide has dramatic consequences, including the theory that the next life could present the same issues that one is attempting to escape.
The second thing that stood out for me was a quote by Thomas (Robert Redford). He said, “Faith, oh god, I have such contempt for that word. Show me someone who relies on faith and I’ll show you someone who has given up control over whatever it is that they believe.” This shows me how misunderstood faith is in the scientific community. Einstein was one of the few scientists that understood the importance of faith. He once said that he has faith in the nobility of nature. Science needs to relearn this trait if they are to successfully unravel some of nature’s secrets.
I often tell friends that they need to learn to have faith in themselves. By looking at all that one has been able to overcome already in life, should reassure one that they can handle anything life throws at them in the future – have faith instead of fear. This is faith based on a logical assessment of one’s accomplishments. No one should be ashamed of having faith in themselves or, like Einstein, in the beauty of nature.
I start with this account from the late 19th century, not for its time period, but for the level of enlightenment of the deceased. He is a self-proclaimed egotist and the ethereal world that he describes is fitting to his character. I imagine it on the one hand as the wild west, due to its amount of lawlessness, and like a ghetto on the other hand, due to its run-down and dirty appearance.
This is a fascinating story to read after having read Wickland’s work, because it complements the knowledge he imparts. Franchezzo explains how he and other ethereal beings in this wild west influence weak-willed humans. After death, an addict is still an addict, so they seek out humans that they can connect with to experience the “high” of their addiction. They accomplish this through temporary possession. For example, a deceased alcoholic will search out weak-willed drinkers and encourage them to keep drinking so that he can enjoy the ethereal essence of the alcohol and the intoxicating feeling experienced by the drinker.
We also find from this story that the deceased are encouraged to improve their base thinking and strive for virtue. Benevolent beings visit these lower regions and encourage the residents to consider a path of redemption, a nobler path. Though, as in the material world, free will is respected and no one is forced to change their ways, until they are incarnated again in the material world.
Dr. Carl A. Wickland, (1861-1945) was a member of the Chicago Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the chief psychiatrist at the National Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. Wickland specialized in cases of schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, addiction, manic-depression, criminal behavior and other phobias. After moving to Los Angeles in 1918, he founded the National Psychological Institute of Los Angeles with his wife Anna Wickland, who was a trance medium. Wickland treated many patients suffering from mental illness of all kinds, and after many years experience came to the conclusion that a number of patients he treated had ‘attachments;’ by that he meant that spiritual entities had attached themselves to unwitting mortals and influenced them (often) in the worst kind of way-leading them to alcoholism, madness, and occasionally murder. Wickland stated at the time; Spirit obsession is a fact – a perversion of a natural law – and is amply demonstrable. This has been proven hundreds of times by causing the supposed insanity or aberration to be temporarily transferred from the victim to a psychic sensitive who is trained for the purpose, and by this method ascertain the cause of the psychosis to be an ignorant or mischievous spirit, whose identity may frequently be verified. Having come to the ‘spirit obsession’ conclusion, Wickland and his wife set up a rescue circle, with Mrs. Wickland acting as the medium, and they set about communicating with lost souls who had passed away and were unaware of their post physical death condition and often in denial due to dogmatic religious and equally dogmatic atheist beliefs. In the introduction of the book the author writes, The change called death, the word is a misnomer-universally regarded with gloomy fear, occurs so naturally and simply that the greater number, after passing out of the physical are not aware that the transition has been made, and having no knowledge of a spiritual life they are totally unconscious of having passed into another state of being. Deprived of their physical sense organs, they are shut out from the physical light, and lacking, a mental perception of the high purpose of existence, these individuals are spiritually blind and find themselves in a twilight condition-the outer darkness mentioned in the Bible – and linger in the realm known as the Earth sphere.
The TV series Supernatural is going into its 13th season showing the popularity of the subject matter among today’s public. It is full of inspired concepts that touch on aspects of the ethereal world that are quite colorful. It also has plenty of references to all kinds of inspired writings including the bible and the mythical texts about the gods, and does a very good job of representing them in the script. So it is a good measure for the amount of confusion that currently exists the subjects of the ethereal world, angels, demons and ghosts.
It is nice to see their treatment of Lucifer in this series becuase Christianity in general has lost their vigilance for the prince of lies, or as I like to refer to him as the prince of rhetoric. Rhetoric is a more precise description and the series shows this exceptionally.
The storyline has a common thread with others who attempt to explain the fall of angels. Why would they choose to fall from heaven? The hypothesis in this series is that it was a matter of conscious choice, as it is in the film called City of Angeles. But the reasons that are presented are very weak, becuase there is not a widely held understanding for the fall in the first place. Religions today do not offer a reason why one-third of the angels were cast out of heaven.
The series is not only full of ghosts, but also demon possession. The only way they can hold back from being possessed is through charms or pagan symbols. Fortunately for us today, we need not suffer the uninvited demonic possessions that are commonly shown here though. But before the final judgment, this is how I could have imagined it was in the times of the old testament. Back then, the gods of the underworld could possess anyone one they wanted and use them for their own purposes, much like is shown in Supernatural.
This is one of my most favorite television series about how life in the ethereal world can impact people. Especially in the first few seasons, it is a very inspired series depicting how a ghost can affect our lives. It gives us a good idea how it feels for the few who are meant to help them and how these gifted people are often not understood by the people around them. Clairvoyance is a is gift, but without the right support, it can be a great burden. Fortunately Belinda had a grandmother during her childhood who understood her gift and was able to teach her how to use it to help others.
Once Belinda’s son gets old enough, she realizes that there are other types of ethereal beings that he can see and which she did not know existed. This illustrates the problem that has always existed when analyzing the work of clairvoyants, not all can see the same things so it makes it a difficult field to study. Dr. Carl Wickland spent 30 years working with patients who were being molested by a ghost, but did not learn much wisdom from these lost souls. This illustrates that just being in ethereal world is not enough, it takes something more to be able to uncover its secrets.
There has been enough independent research done by various psychiatrists on this subject to warrant an in-depth scientific study, along the line of Dr. Ian Stevenson’s work on reincarnation, to establish detection and treatment methods for people affected by a disparate spirit or ghost. This would be a great step forward for the mental health profession to have these techniques available to doctors treating patients who are possibly being mentally tortured by an angry ghost. By sending each ghost into the light, Wickland and Fiore were able to elevate great suffering without the use of expensive pharmaceuticals.
I have come across a number of inspired Hollywood productions that I like to share along with the meaning they provided me. I was so excited to see the beginning of City of Angels, starting just as inspired texts explain how the ethereal body leaves the material body at death, and continues life in the ethereal world. The guardian angel was waiting for the young girl to guide her further on her journey.
One of the major impacts coming from the trinity dogma, was to take away the wonderful concept of guardian angels from Christianity. The simple change in wording from ‘the holy spirits’ to ‘the holy spirit’ minimized the work of the billions of guardians that stand by us in our lives. The movie did not do the best job of explaining where they come from, but it did give the impression that they are all around us.
I have seen a number of productions that depict angels as being somehow less than human, with no feelings. This is becuase there are very few inspired texts about life in Heaven and the work of angels. The few that I have come across, show much more beauty, joy and diversity than here on earth, not less.
I have always had a unique point of view and have kept to myself for many years, until recently. Two separate friends had commented on the value they received from our discussions and both suggested I write a book. Then my daughter suffered a stroke and while she was in the hospital, I started writing what turned into a three book project.
Fellow scientist, Robert Almede talks about Stevenson’s reincarnation research and about the importance of looking at the outliers to gain genuine knowledge though the pursuit of the things that science cannot explain. Don’t worry about the 95 who died jumping out the 10th story window, look closely at why the 5 got up and walked away. Statistics often leads us to throw away the knowledge gained in the outliers. This has been a theme for my life and has led me through the topics of reincarnation as part of our return to heaven.
I was also inspired by the works of John Nash whose work on gaming theory has given scientific support to the concept of “love thy neighbor”.