Scheduled 2-Day Exploring the Afterlife Workshops Susan's workshop in
Louisville, CO, January 29-30 Contact Susan at
Sude@indra.com to get details and make your
reservation. (This workshop location is near Boulder, Colorado)
Krisa's workshop in
Pheonix, AZ, February 26-27, 2005 Contact Krisa at
Krisai@aol.com to get details and make your
Hampton Roads Publishing
Co. workshop in Charlottesville, VA March 10-11, 2005 Contact Carolyn at
Caolyn@hrpub.com to get details and make
Hampton Roads Publishing
Co. workshop in Charlottesville, VA July 18-19, 2005 Contact Carolyn at
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Scheduled 2-Day Partnered Exploring Workshops Hampton Roads Publishing
Co. workshop in Charlottesville, VA May 16-17, 2005 Contact Carolyn at
Carolyn@hrpub.com to get details and make
Hampton Roads Publishing
Co. workshop in Charlottesville, VA September 8-9, 20055 Contact Carolyn at
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Scheduled 5-Day Combined Workshops
This workshop combines both the Exploring the Afterlife and Partnered Exploration
into a single workshop.
Klaus's workshop in
Wiesbaden, Germany, April 6-10, 2005 Contact Klaus at
firstname.lastname@example.org to get details and make your
Asia's workshop in
Wroclaw, Poland April 13-17, 2005 Contact Asia at
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Wojtek's workshop in
Krakow, Poland April 20-24, 2005 Contact Wojtek at
firstname.lastname@example.org to get details and make your
Frank's workshop in
Frankfort, Germany, April 27-May 1, 2005 Contact Frank at
to get details and make your reservation.
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lectures and workshops by many of its authors. These are held in Charlottesville,
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Each Issue of this Newsletter will include material from the Afterlife Knowledge
Guidebook, A Manual for the Art of Retrieval & Afterlife Exploration. In this
issue you can read the first chapter.
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scroll down below the picture of the book cover.
A CONCEPT OF CONSCIOUSNESS
A university professor friend of mine says that when academics meet to discuss the
possibility of survival of consciousness beyond death they make little progress
because they get stuck at the very beginning of their discussion trying to define
what consciousness is. As an engineer I'm interested in the practical side of
things more than in absolute precision. If a simplified concept of the
intellectually complex makes progress possible, while it may not be absolutely
precise, it can be used as a tool for the completion of a task.
I'm reminded of an old story about a mathematician and an engineer that
illustrates the difference between precision and practical application.
It seems an engineer and a mathematician were brought into a room by a psychology
graduate student to test a behavioral theory. They were both asked to stand with
their backs against a wall, facing two of the most attractive, sexy creatures
either had ever seen, standing at the opposite wall some forty feet away.
The psych student explained the rules of the test.
"This will be a timed event," the graduate student began. "Your task is to walk
halfway to that gorgeous creature and then stop. You may then walk half the
remaining distance and stop, repeating this process as many times as you like.
The first one who reaches one of those gorgeous creatures wins!"
The graduate student had not hit the button on his stopwatch before the
mathematician started making his way toward the door to leave the room.
"Wait! Wait!" the tester shouted, "why are you leaving the room before the test
even gets started?"
"It doesn't matter how many times I walk half the remaining distance," the
mathematician replied, "I will never reach that gorgeous creature. Your test is
pointless and I refuse to participate!"
The graduate student then realized the engineer had already completed several
cycles of walking half the distance and stopping, and was smiling broadly.
Approaching the still moving engineer the graduate student performed an interview
on the run.
"You do realize, don't you," the graduate student said, "that you will never
actually reach your goal?"
"At some point in this process I'll be within a quarter of an inch of that
beguiling creature," replied the engineer, still walking, "and as far as I'm
concerned from that point on in this process I'm close enough."
If you're a Believer in the religion of science you accept that whatever
consciousness is, its origin lies within the physical brain. For such scientists
consciousness cannot exist without a physical brain. When the brain dies there
is no longer a place for consciousness to exist so for scientists, when your brain
dies you will cease to exist. Religions claim that whatever your consciousness
is, it continues to exist after death in a state dictated by the rules and beliefs
of their various dogmas. Most religions predict that you will continue to exist
after death in their version of eternal Heaven, or eternal Hell.
Neither science nor religion presents much hard evidence to support the belief in
their concepts of consciousness. Science would claim that since consciousness
cannot exist without a living brain, gathering evidence of the survival of
consciousness after death is impossible, so why try. Many religions claim that
attempting to explore the Spirit World (often their term for nonphysical reality)
to find the truth should never be attempted. They claim demons and devils are
waiting there to steal your very soul, and so no one should ever take the risk of
gathering their own evidence. They are so concerned for your soul that not so
long ago they routinely burned people at the stake, or worse, for having anything
to do with the Spirit World. In my view, neither science nor religion has much to
offer regarding a useful concept of consciousness.
To simplify your exploration beyond physical reality and of the Afterlife in
particular I'd like to share a concept of consciousness I find practical. I'd
begin to explain this concept by saying that our physical universe is said to be
very large. The last estimate of its size I've heard from astronomers is that
the furthest reaches of our physical universe are at least 15 billion light years
from the Earth. As a physics buff I know that is the distance light would travel,
going about 186,000 miles per second, for 15 billion years. By this estimate,
measured from the Earth, the furthest edge of the Universe is about 15,000,000,000
(years) X 365 (days/year) X 24 (hours/day) X 60 (minutes/hour) X 60 (seconds/hour)
X 186,000 (miles/second). If I've done the math right the known edge of our
physical universe is about 8,790,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles from the Earth.
Suffice it to say that while incomprehensible such a number implies a very large
The concept of consciousness I'm proposing suggests that everything that exists
within our physical universe is a form or manifestation of whatever consciousness
is. Whatever consciousness is, it must be at least as large as our physical
universe just to contain it all. And by this concept, every object within our
physical universe can be thought of as a small area of consciousness within one
larger Consciousness. The Earth, the Moon, the Planets, the Sun, the Stars, and
galaxies can be thought as small areas of consciousness within one larger
Consciousness. Likewise, a rock, a tree, a squirrel, a lake, a human being or a
mountain within our universe can be conceptualized as small areas of consciousness
My own explorations beyond physical reality suggest that ours is not the only
universe that exists, though it may be more accurate to define these other
universes as nonphysical dimensions. To their inhabitants these dimensions are
just as real as our universe is to us. The concept of consciousness I'm suggesting
would say that all of these other dimensions and everything in them are also small
areas of consciousness contained within the same, single, larger Consciousness
that contains our physical universe. My concept of whatever Consciousness is is
now much bigger than our physical universe, and each of these nonphysical
dimensions and all objects and occupants can be thought of as areas of
consciousness within a single, larger Consciousness. I find this concept useful
because I don't have to precisely define what consciousness is. Instead, I am
free to explore whatever consciousness might be and let any discoveries build a
clearer understanding of what it actually is. Besides, it allows me to talk about
how it is that we can explore beyond physical reality.
If we wanted to know about an area of consciousness within our physical universe,
say the Moon, how would we explore the Moon. We could observe it through a
telescope. We could send a rocket with cameras and sensors to orbit the Moon and
make observations. We could land humans on the Moon to walk on it, gather samples
of it, observe it and experience it. Each of these methods of exploring the Moon
can be thought of as shifting our focus of attention to the area of consciousness
called the Moon. Once our focus of attention is shifted to the Moon we can gather
information about it by observing our surroundings within this area of
consciousness called the Moon. The way in which this Afterlife Knowledge
Guidebook teaches exploration beyond physical reality is done, conceptually, in
the very same way.
All that we need do to explore nonphysical realities is to first learn how to
shift our focus of attention from one area of consciousness to a different area
of consciousness within one all encompassing Consciousness, like from the Earth
to the Moon. Then we just need to understand how to observe our surroundings from
within that nonphysical area of Consciousness. That might sound too simplistic to
some readers, but that's what an engineer's concept is for. It's a simplified
way of thinking about something that can be used to make progress toward a goal.
Throughout this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook we'll be using this concept of
shifting one's focus of attention to areas of consciousness as a means of
exploring beyond physical reality. In fact I use Focused Attention as the label
for the method of exploration I'm teaching. You can use what you learn in this
book to explore those areas of consciousness called our Afterlife. You can also
use what you learn here to explore areas of consciousness beyond our human
afterlife - way beyond.
Installment in the Next Issue of the Newsletter
Chapter 2: Trust
To make workshops more affordable I've rolled the price back. The price for
attending workshops is now 250 $US for those who pay their 50 $US deposit at
least two weeks before the workshop date 275 $US for later deposits. Both
workshop deposits and fees can now be paid for using a secure credit card
payment system via PayPal.com at the credit card purchasing page on the website.
Workshops LIVE Audio Cassette Tapes
I'm so pleased to see that so many folks who have never attended the workshop are
successfully using these audiotape sets and posting their retrieval and
exploration experiences on the Conversation Board at the website. One of these
posts told the story of retrieval of a fireman from the World Trade Center Towers
area. This retrieval brought the explorer verification that his experience was
real, and comfort to the fireman's friends and family.
in Partnered Exploration Exercise
In November of this year two 5-day workshops were held in Poland. After the
workshop in Warsaw, hosted by Agnieszka Jurko, one of the participants published
an article about his experiences. He talks about the verification results in one
of the Partnered Exploration exercises.
In this exercise each group of partners visits with a different deceased person
who is unknown to the group. Each group draws an envelop at random from a basket.
The envelop is provided by another participant who remains unknown to the group
until after their debriefing of the exercise. The name of the deceased person
is written on the outside of the envelop, and a photograph of the deceased person
remains sealed in the envelop until it is opened during the group's debriefing.
As you'll read in the article, verification of the information gathered from the
deceased person was successful for all of the nearly 60 participants in the workshop.
A new shopping cart system is installed on the website's
Credit Card purchasing page. It is part of the Paypal system now used for
all online purchases at the website. This system provides a more integrated,
easy to use shopping experience. You do not need to open or have a Paypal
account to make purchases with a credit card. If you already
have a Paypal account you will be able to use your already registered bank or
credit card account to make you purchases.
Credit Card payments:
Those of you who have visited the website know that you can now use credit cards
to make purchases at the website. A web company called Paypal will process your
credit card purchases of books, tapes and workshop payments at their secure
website. You can order autographed copies of any of my five books and I'll sign
and ship them to you.
That's the December 2004 Workshop Newsletter. I hope to hear from those of you
interested in hosting a workshop and look forward to meeting some of you in person
at a workshop soon.