The trouble with religion is it is so divisive. I made up my mind, as a teenager, that Christianity couldn’t possibly be the only religion which was right, and all the others wrong. Much less that Christians would go to Heaven, and everybody else go to Hell. In actual fact it was more divisive than that, since Madge, a Catholic friend of the family, once came on holiday with us to Margate, watched me and my brother as little boys playing in the sand and commented to my mother and my grandparents: ‘I can’t bear to think of those two little boys going to Purgatory because you’re not Catholics’.
However, there is a philosophy, science, movement – call it ‘religion’ if you like – which encompasses all religions and none. It explains absolutely everything. It is called Survivalism or Spiritualism.
It encompasses all the major religions because it teaches that we all survive that barrier we perceive as death, but which is simply a gateway to a new dimension, a continuance of life in eternity. Either on the Spiritual planes, as an Earthbound spirit (this is a temporary state), or by experiencing many future incarnations on Earth or possibly other inhabited planets.
Since we all survive death, according to Survivalism/Spiritualism, then for example Christians who feel Jesus is their personal friend and always near them, who hope to see him in Heaven, or who actually see visions of him or his mother, Mary, could all be absolutely correct. There is no reason whatsoever, according to Survivalism/Spiritualism, why Jesus or Mary should not appear to people since they are still very much alive like everyone else who we think of as being ‘dead’. It would only be natural they would gravitate towards those who call themselves Christians and who would accept them as Spirit guides or helpers/teachers.
The same applies to spiritual teachers of other religions, such as Mohammed, Krishna and the Buddha. If these were real people who once lived on Earth, or even if they never lived here but were real Spirit guides/teachers, then they still live today, can appear to people who are psychic, and can continue to teach and help them.
As to the miracles that Jesus and other spiritual leaders are reported to have performed, these too are perfectly consistent with Survivalism/Spiritualism. Accomplished physical mediums are able to levitate (explaining how Jesus apparentlyÂ walked on water, and maybe also explaining his ascension after the Crucifixion). They are also able to de-materialize and re-materialize, both themselves and other objects. In physical mediumship it is very common for mediums to be tightly bound and shackled to prevent trickery or fraud, yet in many cases it is obvious some form of de-materialization has taken place. For instance, cardigans at the end of the seance, sealed at the button holes, are reversed. All seals and shackles are intact. Mediums have dematerialized inÂ one placeÂ and then rematerialized in another room, often whilst bound and shackled, and after the rooms have been thoroughly examined to exclude trapdoors, secret doors, passages, etc.. Apports also appear in some seance rooms. These are objects such as coins, flowers, items of jewelryÂ or indeed anything which has been dematerialized in one place, maybe hundreds of miles away or more, and re-materialized by Spirits in the seance rooms. So this would explain, if indeed it did happen, how Jesus apparently suddenly appeared to his disciples after the Crucifixion. Whether he really died on the Cross or was taken down alive, and later moved to the Far East as some modern theories suggest, he could have materialized and de-materialized if he was an accomplished physical medium, as he appears to have been.
Healing is also practised widely in Survivalist/Spiritualist circles, so that too is not inconsistent with Christian and other religious teaching about the power of prayer, the laying on of hands, and the many people spiritual leaders like Christ are reported to have healed.
Even the religious concept of Heaven and Hell is backed up by evidence obtained by Survivalism/Spiritualism, though the religious versions are described as eternal bliss or eternal damnation. According to the evidence obtained from the Other Side there are many Spiritual planes or levels, the very lowest being unpleasant states of existence because they are populated by very unpleasant, selfish spirits who have failed to evolve. However these are not places of eternal damnation, fire and brimstone. All spirits have the potential, thru the karmic process, to learn from past mistakes (paying for them on the way by reaping the consequences) and to evolve. The concept of Hell as demons creating new bodies to torture and burn is just a dramatic and negative description of the natural learning process of reincarnation. Most of us have lived, and died, many times, and need these various life experiences in order to evolve. Yes there are unpleasant places on the lower Spiritual planes, but hopefully most of us will go to far more pleasant places, and even those who end up on these low, darkÂ Spiritual planes will eventually evolve and reach the Light, probably thru many more incarnations on Earth-like planes, if they so desire.
How does Survivalism/Spiritualism fit in with science, atheism and agnosticism? Very well indeed. It is not a faith, but a science based on repeatable experiment, evidence and proof. It uses the scientific method to prove life-after-death, and it is only the obstinacy of certain orthodox scientists who refuse to examine the evidence that prevents this being more widely accepted in scientific circles.
Nevertheless some of the greatest scientists and inventors have endorsed Spiritualism and the concept of an afterlife, studying physical mediumship, ruling out fraud in many cases and announcing that the afterlife is a scientific fact. Such scientists/inventors as Sir Oliver Lodge, Edison, Marconi, John Logie Baird and many many more all came to the conclusion that communication with Spirits in the afterlife was possible.
The inventors of recording and communications equipment were especially significant, since many believed that electronic communication with those in the afterlife was possible, and indeed this is happening today. It is known as ITC (Instrumental TransCommunication) and EVP (electronic voice phenomena). Voices, pictures and messages are regularly received from the Other Side on recording equipment, TV sets, computers, etc. The evidence is there, but many orthodox scientists refuse to examine it because it upsets their cozy belief systems.
NeverthelessÂ more and more of today’sÂ scientists, and medical doctors, are coming round to the conclusion that we all survive death. It is only a matter of time before this becomes orthodox scientific theory. Indeed scientists like Ron Pearson have mathematical theories which correct the flaws which Einstein himself recognized in his own theories, and these new Pearsonian theories state that we all survive death, and alsoÂ state where consciousness is located, in a form of energy/matter Pearson terms the i-ther which permeates the Universe.
(See http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/rdp/s_macq/summary-macq.html for a summary of Pearson’s theory.)
Such things as dematerialization/materialization, levitation (neutralizing of gravity), etc. are at present only science fiction, but it is only a matter of time before they become scientific fact. Experiments in both these fields have apparently been conducted, and they are not inconsistent with scientific theory. It should be possible one day to dissemble atoms and sub-atomic particles and then reassemble them (dematerialization and rematerialization) and also to neutralize gravity or alter the composition of material objectsÂ and therefore make them weightless (levitation).Â
Survivalist/Spiritualist teaching pre-dates and accurately predicts modern quantum physics theory in the area of various frequencies of matter and energy. These can be variously described as many Spiritual planes, alternative dimensions, multi-universes or parallel universes. All scientists are agreed that matter as we perceive it with our five senses is largely an illusion, since nothing is solid but is composed of largely empty space, the sub-atomic particles just giving the appearance of solidity. These spaces between sub-atomic particles allow other orders of matter operating on different frequencies, or other universes/dimensions, to interpenetrate our own.
This means the spirits of the dead and the plane they are living on could literally be ‘in the next room’ or actually sharing the same physical space, but invisible to most of us not tuned in to these frequencies. Much like a TV set tuned in to one channel will not be picking up any pictures/sounds from hundreds of other channels in the atmosphere all around the set and the people watching it. All these channels will be invisible and inaudible to them unless they tune their set into one of those other channels.
Charles Darwin was absolutely right in his theory of evolution, and the whole Survivalist/Spiritualist concept is based on evolution. According to the evidence obtained from Spirit, absolutely everythng is evolving, and that is indeed the key to why we are here, the very meaning of life itself. We experience various lifetimes, possibly first as plants and animals, then as humans, moving up the evolutionary scale and learning lessons all the time. Eventually we progress to the level where we have no need to incarnate as physical beings any more on this or any other plane or dimension. We then exist as pure Spirit or energy, ultimately to merge with the i-ther, the universal consciousness, the unified conscious energy field, the Great Spirit, Allah, God, or whatever other term you like to use.
Survivalists/Spiritualists are not agreed on the subject of the Supreme Being. Survivalism is the atheistic/agnostic branch of Spiritualism, based on pure scientific evidence, and with no need for a belief in a Supreme Being. This is the branch I tend to follow myself. However, evidence coming thru from the Other Side, including the evidence about everything being connected and continually evolving, suggests that something very akin to God or a Supreme Being has emerged over eonsÂ and is constantly evolving.
Rather than being a man in a white beard sitting on a cloud who existed at the beginning of Time, created the Earth and Universe out of nothing, and everything in it, the Survivalist evidence suggests these are highly embroidered pictorialÂ explanations of a very basic scientific truth: that mind or thought energy (what Pearson terms the i-ther) is the prime creative force in the Universe.
According to this theory, consistent with Einstein’s ownÂ Theory of Relativity, energy is convertable into matter and viceÂ versa, they are interchangeable. If everything is evolving, as Darwin suggests and as an objective study of the Earth’s history backs-up, then this conscious energy or i-ther is also evolving. It may have been far from God-like in the beginning, but it is evolving into something very like a Supreme Being. What is it? It is us, all living things, we are all part of it because we are all connected. This is what both Survivalism and Spiritualism teach, based on evidence.
We are potentially God, it is as simple as that. We often don’t act like God or have the powers of a god because we are not yet evolved enough to have reached that level, but that is our ultimate destiny thru the process of spiritual and physical evolution. What is more, we all come from this same Source, the prime conscious energy which existed for eternity, long before the Universe was created out of consciousÂ energy organizing itself into matter.
The terms I prefer to useÂ in place ofÂ God, Supreme Being or even the Great Spirit are theÂ simple word Source (not to be confused with tomato ketchup to add a flippant note!), or the more cumbersome term I invented myself -Â the unified conscious energy field, or indeed, Pearson’s i-ther is an equally valid term. Whichever expression you use, it seems that Mind or Thought is the prime creative force in the Universe.
The only disagreement really is whether this Source was all-knowing and all-Wise at the beginning of Time (itself largely an illusion by the way, but that’s another subject) or whether it too has evolved and is continuing to evolve. I take the latter view. Darwin’s evolution would not have been necessary if Source was all-wise at the start; why go thru the incredibly slow and cumbersome process of physical evolution unless life on Earth was a slowly developing learning process with gradual improvements and innovations, and the less successful ones dying out. Darwin called this process Natural Selection, but clearly there is some intelligence behind it. I find it impossible to believe complicated organs with specific purposes like the eyes, heart, liver, birds wings, the gills of fish,Â etc. have just evolved blindly – it is far too fantastic and far-fetched. They have evolved with some intelligence guiding the next stage, learning from the stage which has just preceded it. Spiritual and physical evolution go hand-in-hand, that is what all the evidence suggests, and that is what I believe orthodox scientific theory will teach in centuries to come.