What can hurt us more than the death of a loved one? We unconsciously attempt to protect ourselves from being overwhelmed by intense feelings of heartache. So an initial bereavement creates a sense of numbness and shock. However, sadness, anger, guilt, and/or depression may come soon. Grieving is a process and it is not humanly … Continue reading Bereavement – What to say?
Most of us don’t want our bodily death to be the end. Perhaps this is why in recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. This belief gives us hope that life continues beyond the grave. Reincarnation is very different from … Continue reading Reincarnation or Spirit Survival?
Turn on the TV news and you can feel overwhelmed by all the bad stuff – atrocities by terrorists, horrors of genocide, suffering of homeless destitution and that is not to mention the menace of pollution, and crime. You think of something terrible and you won’t have far to look for it. Who cannot see … Continue reading God – Why absent from the world?
Lilith is an attractive figure. She is also a fictional entity in the American drama and horror television series Supernatural. The show features two brothers Sam and Dean who travel across the country in a black 1967 Chevrolet to hunt demons, supernatural creatures, and other paranormal entities, many of them based on folklore, myths, and … Continue reading Demons – need I be wary of them?
Violence in a neighbourhood makes victims and other residents uneasy or anxious about going out, especially at night. A feeling of safety is a critical factor in a community’s quality of life. Knowing that a mugger, who is prepared to do harm, is still at large, creates community concern. In the UK, less than 1 … Continue reading Victims of unsolved crime — Getting justice?
In the eighteenth century it was still possible to be knowledgeable in many branches of science. Thus an eminent scientist, such as Emanuel Swedenborg, was able to write books in various subjects including theoretical physics, physiology, and psychology. His scientific study was actually done in his spare time. Day job for Swedenborg His day job, … Continue reading Swedenborg – Who was he?
Spiritual substance, in particular, is hard for our material minds to grasp. We’re so used to thinking of everything solid as being material, and of everything non-material (thoughts, feelings, etc.) as being wispy and insubstantial. But dreams show us a world that is non-material, and yet solid when we’re in it. Dreams are more like … Continue reading Spiritual Substance and Material Reality
We have all heard about so-called communications purportedly from a spirit world through mediums. However, less well known are those where no medium is involved. These have been called ‘after death communications’ (ADCs) and might be seen as evidence of life after death. An ADC is defined as a spiritual experience that occurs when someone … Continue reading Evidence of life after death – Is there any?
Swedenborg lived in the eighteenth century but many of the readers of his books think he has something to tell us today. This short video shows his experience of dying and what, according to Swedenborg, is in store for each of us after the death of the body. The speakers are some of the foremost scholars … Continue reading What is it like to die?
Review of The Sun and the Serpentine by Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller.
Some matters talked about in new age circles are attractive for those who have a sense that there is a mystery to life. Two examples of topics that resonate are ley lines and dowsing – and they come together in this book. But do ley lines exist and does dowsing work?
Ley lines are alleged alignments of such places as ancient monuments and megaliths, ridge-tops and water-fords. It is claimed that these lines have spiritual power and that their intersection points resonate a special psychic or mystical energy.