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"The years have altered nothing, dulled the senses, nor discredited the magic." Walter Benton



Editor's note: the following represent some of the best-available sources of afterlife and personal-development information:


Attorney Adrian Smith  has been a good friend since college days, 50 years ago. I often seek his insights and quote him on Word Gems. He’s written the "Foreword" articles for my books, and he's recently published a book of his own, “A Prison For The Mind,” available on Amazon. You’ll want to follow his blogsite for most recent thoughts and writings.

www.aliveinside.us - Music can heal the despairing soul as no other balm or medicinal agent. It might reawaken us to life and love lost, vivify the battered human spirit, offering hope of celestial tomorrows rooted in untapped human potential. All this we sense to be true. But, even more, in recent years, one man has been engaged in a private crusade to bring music, the personal songs of one’s life, to dementia patients – with astonishingly wonderful results. See the website.

Leslie Flint, Direct-Voice medium

Kevin Williams's collection of near-death experiences, the most extensive treatment of this subject to be found anywhere

Eckhart Tolle and "The Power Of Now"

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Cambridge biologist

Dr. Dean Radin, Institute Of Noetic Sciences

Dr. Eben Alexander, brain surgeon, near-death experience survivor

Dr. August Goforth, New York psychiatrist, author of "The Risen"

Dr. Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, near-death experience researcher

Dr. Amit Goswami, professor of quantum mechanics

Mark Macy and ITC: instrumental transcommunication, the use of technologies to receive voices, images, and text from the spirit world. See the article devoted to Mark's work.

Father Robert Benson, "Life In The World Unseen," volume one

Swedenborg, featured on the "Afterlife" page, wrote of his visions of Summerland. And there is a group of dedicated individuals who seek to promote his philosophy and psychic visions. I recommend that you view their youtube videos and see their website, swedenborg.com.

Forever Family Foundation: "When Bob and Phran Ginsberg joined a support group for bereaved parents following the death of their daughter, Bailey, in an auto accident on September 1, 2002, they were informed that the subject of life after death was not suitable for discussion as it did not relate to coping with grief. 'We found that odd,' says Bob, a 65-year-old semi-retired insurance agent residing in Huntington, N.Y., 'as we believed that the only thing that could provide comfort to bereaved parents was the possibility that their child still survived.'"

Bob Olson is a respected afterlife researcher. A former private investigator, he now seeks for legitimate information sources about the Next World. Bob has performed a service to us all with two sites, a Best Psychic Directory and a list of Best Psychic Mediums, ones whom Bob has personally worked with and whose gifts he's found to be "extraordinary." Also see this youtube video for Bob's advice on choosing a medium. He says the best way is always to get a referral from someone you trust; barring that, don't spend a lot of money to get a reading. There are hundreds or thousands of excellent mediums who don't charge much (or anything) and are as good as the "big names." A point from me: try your local Spiritualist Church as a starting point. They have mediums on-staff as clergy and some of them are very good at what they do.

Kimberly and Foster Gamble of thrivemovement.com. This couple works to enlighten people concerning the threat of totalitarian-thinking and to promote personal freedoms for people in all countries. Excellent.