By Colin Wilson
Is the near-death event a security mechanism of the mind or have humans truly been at the threshold of one other international? Colin Wilson assesses the proof that includies mediumship, paranormal task, spirit sightings, and spirit communications. peculiarly, he contains the outstanding case histories of people that declare to have "died, " and suggested their stories of the afterlife.
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The body is no more the man than the automobile is. At death, the man leaves his body behind, and continues to exist in an incorporeal form. When the heartbeat ceases, the spirit — that is, the man himself — passes on to another plane of existence, and this is described by Swedenborg at some length in his book Heaven and Hell. Our first reaction to this is that it reveals a certain naivety. We are aware of personality as something that changes and develops over the course of a lifetime. H. G. Wells points out that every single cell in our body changes every seven years, so a man of forty is totally different from the same man at thirty or fifty.
Consider, for example, the following story told by the well-known playwright Alfred Sutro, in his reminiscences Celebrities and Simple Souls (1933). Sutro says that he has only had one single psychic experience in his whole life. He was being driven along a country road by his chauffeur when he thought he heard the wail of a child. He asked the chauffeur to stop. The man said he could hear nothing. But Sutro followed the sound behind some trees, and down a slope to a river bank. There he found a pretty child of three or four, crying and sobbing.
How Adam Crabtree became convinced. The case of Anna Ecklund. Ralph Allison’s case of Carrie. The case of Elise. ‘Possessing spirits’. The case of Sophia. The aim of this book. Postscript C. D. ’ But do they? My encounter with Martha, the ‘materialisation medium’. Raymond Lodge loses his temper. Spirits have nothing to add to the sum total of human thought. The problem of personality. How many ‘me’s are there? The ‘ladder of selves’. The problem of human beings: we are too subjective. Flashes of ‘Objective consciousness’.
Afterlife by Colin Wilson