CHAPTER 1 THE DESTINATION
When you think about it, human life is all about love. It is the glue that binds us to people, our families, homes, towns and countries, all of them are like our own big extended family that we love enough to defend, if necessary, with our lives. Love is the energy that leads us to choose the things we hope for and the goals we want to fulfill so we can live as the person we want to be. You just bought this book about Eternity and are probably asking yourself why is he talking about love? Where does love fit into this? Is this about something new that will bring more love into my life? Will I learn something? Will this information transform me in some way, help me to be a better person, a better father or mother, son or daughter, a stronger member of the teams where I'm important like my family and the society and country in which I live? The answer is yes to all of these questions. This book is going to introduce you to a whole new family you never knew you had that will love you in a way you cannot even imagine. They all live in what we might think of as a foreign country and this book is like a passport to get there, a map for the journey. It is in part autobiography of events in my life but also of events in the lives of others and the realizations that came from them. It is everything that helped me get to this new place including the science that had to be part of the mental fuel for the journey. It will show you the climate where we are going, the thought clothes we need to leave behind and the ones to bring along.
This is a journey I have already taken many times so I am like the travel agent helping you get there. And it isn’t about taking your body to another place, it’s about transforming you with energies and thoughts so you become the place you are going to. When you remember a beautiful place you’ve been to, you see it in your mind and the feelings from being there flood back as if you were enjoying it again. The evidence shows that our human brains are the problem. They keep us from remembering a beautiful place we have all been to, a place that part of us, as you will learn, we can never leave. The goal is to help us remember. This has been the mission in my life - to figure out who and what I really am beyond a physical body living here on our planet home. Are we just a clump of evolved physical matter, one of the many species that have lived and died here? Are we just born, live for a while and die? Nothing else? Or is there more? The evidence I looked at brought some really exciting answers to the questions about where we come from and why we are here in physical bodies experiencing these human lives. It also shows that part of us does go somewhere else beyond this physics universe after we die, that a human life is just one chapter in the book of who we are. As the undeniable evidence will show, we are bi-dimensional beings that are both Spiritual and physical at the same time. How do we relate to this other side? Experience it? Is there a special kind of love that attaches us to this other part of ourselves? And can we bring it consciously into our lives? Yes there is and yes we can! That is the goal here - by the end of these journeys to learn about this other family and how much they love us and want to share in our lives.
To get to the answers my life was filled with many different kinds of experiences both in this world and beyond, inside the normal and paranormal. Since I’ve had countless paranormal experiences, this is not like some kind of term paper ‘about’ something - I lived it. It's from the inside out. As I was, you will be shocked to learn who you really are and where you come from and your heredity beyond the physical universe. It's as if we all believe we're mice running around our personal life barns while we are really eagles that can fly in mountain skies. I learned about all this from the twists and turns in my life. So just as I said as I was going through them maybe you will also say things like:
There is so much, so many events outside the laws of physics happening to people every day. How? And why? Who is responsible and where do they come from? Here is what physicist Albert Einstein said about miracles.
But how could he say this when miracles violate the laws of physics and he was a physicist and science was what his life was all about? He obviously knew there was something besides physical reality out there somewhere. Because he was a genius and one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, let's look at a couple more of his thoughts as we set the foundation for our journeys. While he may not have been traditionally religious, in this next quote he shows his acceptance of what he calls an 'illimitable superior spirit'. And for those reading this book who are religious, please accept these next quotes as being the tone for all our journeys:
And since the journeys in this book are for the one specific purpose of finding and defining our relationship to this ‘superior spirit’ and to Eternity, our mission is also expressed in this next quote:
Souls? What is physical about a soul? We will look at the evidence to see if we really do have souls, and also find our why we come here as humans to sing the songs we call our lives. I have direct evidence from one of my own experiences with physical matter becoming light and changing back to physical again showing that physical matter really is slowed down sound and light waves. As for Einstein, if we only think of him as a scientist, we are diminishing who he was. The quote here is from a very special soul who in these thoughts was an artist and a musician, painting thoughts with words that made him both a teacher and a poet.
There is something else Einstein said that will give you a perspective of where we are headed. It's a really good space from which to begin.
These thoughts from Einstein have me thinking of him not just as a great physicist but also a philosopher - teacher. Consider this - in Hinduism, the Sanskrit word Maya is used to describe the physical world of separate objects which gives us the illusion it is the only reality. The avatars of India taught about a whole other dimension of consciousness and that to reach it we must free ourselves from the Maya-delusion. What Einstein is saying is similar - we are in a delusion prison and our task is to free ourselves from it by "widening our circle of compassion". Helping us all achieve this personal freedom is the agenda here. We all need to know exactly what the prison is, what is keeping us in it, what is on the outside of the prison walls, how to break out, and what is waiting on the outside when we get there.
You are probably asking - who am I to take you on this journey? Bring all this together? What's my authority? Isn't this kind of information supposed to come from some kind of Holy Man or a professor in a university somewhere trying to unlock the secrets of the cosmos with mathematics on a chalkboard? I have total awe and respect for those who do and for what they have added to our knowledge of the universe in which we live. Their discoveries bound inside physics are the 'normal' with which our journeys through the 'para-normal' must relate. Science and Spirit must be like different points on the same path, and as you will see here, they are.
But for me, my chalkboard has been life itself, and it has been a very active life with a whole lot going on. Like everybody I look back on my life and am grateful for the incredible people I've had the blessing to know and all the good things that came along. I’ve also had my share of bad stuff and people who harmed me. There are thing about what I’ve done that I like and some I don’t, times when I’ve been really thoughtless and made decisions that hurt others as well as myself. Nothing special here - all people with any self-awareness feel like this. It's part of being human - we don't get everything right the first time and as they say hindsight is always 20-20. But it is important that you know about me and my background so you have what we can think of as my credentials to be sharing these journeys with you.
I was born in Switzerland to a Swiss-American mom and English dad. But there was no time to enjoy it or grow up there because not long after I was born Hitler started World War II. We had to leave because Dad was focused on answering the call for all Englishmen to return and defend the homeland. We were in a covered van and Mom said they could hear the German cannons behind them as we escaped from Paris. Roads were choked and there was no gas. All the close-by gas stations were dry and it wouldn’t be many more miles before the truck ran out. But as they drove along, they came across a guy and his wife on a motorcycle stopped by the side of the road. She was ill and too sick to hold on any longer. They put her in the van and Dad and this guy made many trips to small out of the way towns where they could still get gas. This is how we eventually made it down to Northern Spain. Then it was by way of a small tramp steamer across the U boat infested English Channel and back to England.
Then it was barbed wire along the sandy beaches where I used to play, air raid sirens and blackout curtains. I think I was four or five when the air raid sirens went off one night and we had quickly gone down to the basement. All the blackout curtains in the house were drawn but on this particular night Mom took us upstairs and after drawing one of the blackout curtains aside said:
"Take a look at this. I don't want you ever to forget."
As I looked out the window, I could see an anti-aircraft battery not far away with is cannons blazing, streaks of tracer shells flashing up into the sky, searchlights and high above a squadron of German bombers caught in their light. Shells exploded around them. My older brother was scared and started crying. I felt a kind of excitement. Mom let us watch for a moment then put the blackout curtain in place and took us back to bed. These photos will give you an idea of what England had to deal with during the Blitz and the Battle of Britain. For many people their homes would be rocked by explosions and when they went outside the next day there would be large craters where a neighbor's home used to be.
After the War it was back to Switzerland. I remember sitting in the pilot's lap of the DC3 we were travelling in and holding the yoke, thrilled at flying. When we got to Switzerland, first I was put in a school where they spoke two languages, the native Swiss German dialect and at the same time what they called 'high German' becacuse that's how they did all the reading and writing. So I got to learn two languages at once. But after a year of that it was off to the French side and another language. But that didn't last too long and it was back to England.
I guess with all the different schools and languages and moving around, by this time part of me was getting weary and afraid. I had to learn new languages, was always having to make new friends, be the newcomer in a group of kids who had been together and known each other for years. I was always the odd boy out. I remember a private school I attended in Portsmouth where I mentioned my mom was American and got a bloody nose for defending America and what Americans had done to help England in the war against Germany. But my pain was deeper. Mom had six children – she and Dad had agreed they would not stop until they had a girl, so it was five boys and finally a girl. But the war years had intervened so there was a separation in ages – a divide between my older brother and me and the four younger children. With Mom being so busy with them, he and I were kind of left out. And when we were in Switzerland, Dad spent a lot of his time in England so we didn’t see him much.
Maybe it was just me and my own sensitivity but I felt I really didn’t have a dad and only pieces of a mom. As for dad himself, he was a brilliant man, had a doctorate in Chemistry from London University, was athletic, one of the developers of instant coffee, spoke a couple of languages, and was a pianist – we always had a grand piano in the house. During the war he served in an anti-aircraft battery, maybe even the one I saw from the window that night with Mom and my older brother. So it would be no surprise that Dad would always want to explore new horizons. One day he and Mom got all of us together and told us of we were going to emigrate to Canada.
We went to Canada by boat across the Atlantic early in the year when it was still cold and stormy. The part of me that was afraid and lonely showed itself now. I remember one morning early just after I got up, going from the cabin onto the deck on my own and walking to the back of the boat, feeling the cold wind in my face. There were large waves from the storm and the clouds were low and dark. Except for me, the deck was deserted. I stood at the railing looking down at the churning water kicked up by the propellers and the wake stretching into the distance. I thought about what was to come, a new country, new people, new friends to make. I was afraid that maybe it would be more than I could handle, that I could avoid all of it now just by jumping into the water. But something inside me did not like that idea so I did not. I stood there for a while with the cold wind whipping around me, tried to relax about what was to come, and after a bit went back inside.
(MORE TO COME)
These thoughts from Einstein below are used later in the book, but I'm including them here now to give you the tone for these journeys, and the attitude for human life experience we agree is the most positive approach anyone can evolve and maintain. We can also use them as a touch stone against which to measure the transformation inside that may result from what we are about to learn.
"We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music."
“The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties – this knowledge, this feeling ... that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men.”
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
"Wow! How could this happen? I didn't know we were capable of that! Is this who we really are? This is where we come from?"
“Do you believe in miracles? Well, you should. In fact, life itself is a big miracle. There are so many things that are beyond our understanding. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”