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Afterlife-Knowledge.com Workshop Newsletter

November 2004
By Bruce Moen


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In this issue:

Bruce's 5th Book, the Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook, and accompanying CD sets are now available.

Read the Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook in this & future Newsletters.

An Interesting Verification experience in the 5-day workshop in Germany.

Contents:

  • Scheduled Workshops
  • Personal Appearances
  • Read this issue's installment of the Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook.
  • Express Interest in Attending or Hosting a Workshop
  • Workshop Hosting Guidelines
  • Workshop Price Reduction
  • Wolfgang's workshop in Germany
  • Improvements to Shopping at the website.
  • In Next Month's Issue


  • Scheduled Workshops

    Scheduled 2-Day Exploring the Afterlife Workshops
    Krisa's workshop in Pheonix, AZ, February 26-27, 2005 Contact Krisa at Krisai@aol.com to get details and make your reservation.

    Scheduled 2-Day Partnered Exploring Workshops
    None Scheduled

    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 Kkaus at cnlpa@cnlpa.de to get details and make your reservation.

    Personal Appearances

    None presently scheduled

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    Express Interest in hosting or attending a workshop

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    This Newsletter's installment of the Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook

    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 we begin with the book's Prologue, The Art of Retrieval, and How to Use This Book.

    To see the book's Table of Contents Click Here and scroll down below the picture of the book cover.

    PROLOGUE

    Becalmed on a hot, muggy Minnesota day, sitting in a small rowboat on a quiet lake, Dad and I were fishing. Our conversation turned to topics father and son rarely discuss unless prodded by hours of dangling bait in the water when the fish aren't biting. I'd been talking about some of the things I'd discovered about where we go and what we do after we die. Dad shared his opinion, held by most of the world's people, when he said, "Well, we just can't know until we die." Years later I sat with Dad, now comatose, in a Hospice, and swiftly moving toward the end of his physical lifetime. I watched as Mom, who'd died years earlier, came to visit with Dad to make his transition smoother. During our first visit after he died Dad's first words were, "Well, Bruce, I guess you were right about this place being here."

    I'm just an ordinary human being whose curiosity about human existence beyond death led me to the extraordinary experience of knowing. No supernatural happening changed me from being ordinary into something special. I have never had a near death experience, nor was I born with some special psychic gift or talent. If there is any difference between you and me it is only that my curiosity has already led me to explore and know what lies beyond death in our afterlife.

    For centuries we have been told by our religions that knowledge of our afterlife is unattainable, and by science that its existence is a fantasy. Those same sources once told us to believe the Earth is both flat and the center of the Universe. Ordinary human beings with curiosity, like Columbus and Galileo, refused to accept that belief and instead explored for themselves and found the Truth. My experiences exploring our afterlife have both convinced me that it exists, and taught me what that existence is like. The same is true for hundreds of people who have attended my two-day workshops. I've become convinced that any ordinary human being with curiosity, like you, can do the same.

    While religions, philosophies and science offer differing opinions and beliefs about your survival of physical death, they provide no real evidence to support their claims. Instead, they give us unsupported beliefs and opinions, based on someone else's previous unsupported beliefs and opinions. If we are to find the Truth about our existence beyond physical death we need real evidence. If we want real evidence how and where do we find and gather it?

    Years of exploring our afterlife and teaching others to do so have shown me that no amount of evidence I gather can prove our afterlife's existence to anyone but myself. This Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook is not a book filled with my evidence, intended to prove we human beings continue to exist beyond physical death. You shouldn't believe my evidence anyway. Rather, this book teaches a simple system of concepts, techniques and exercises you can use to gather your own verifiable evidence and prove it to yourself. Through my years of afterlife exploration and teaching I've come to understand that the only evidence of any real value comes through your own, direct experience. I've also found that proving to yourself our afterlife exists is just the beginning of an adventure that can answer questions human beings have puzzled about since our beginning. That adventure can take you to knowledge and understanding of the Origin of our Being.

    So, what constitutes real evidence? Though it may come in many forms, as taught in this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook real evidence comes using this Basic Premise:

    1. Find a way to contact and communicate with a person known to be deceased.
    2. Gather information from this deceased person you can have no other way of knowing except via this contact and communication.
    3. Verify this information to be true, accurate and real.
    4. This verifiable information is evidence, not necessarily proof, that a deceased person continues to exist after death.
    5. Continue gathering such evidence until it weight of it leads you to the Truth.

    That might seem like an impossible task, something reserved for those gifted few capable of such contact and communication, not something we ordinary folks could ever do. Yet, since 1998 hundreds of ordinary folks with no special gifts or psychic talents have learned to routinely accomplish it.

    This Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook is a compilation of the tested and proven methods I've been teaching in my Exploring the Afterlife Workshop since 1998. As these methods have evolved and improved, their effectiveness is repeatedly demonstrated by the fact that during every workshop I give some participants experience direct, validated communication with the deceased. Hundreds of people have attended this workshop and used the Basic Premise to prove to themselves they will continue to exist beyond physical death. They have communicated with deceased friends, loved ones and strangers. They have gathered information from the deceased they have been able to verify as accurate and real. They have their evidence. Many go beyond simple verification to explore the nature of our afterlife existence, where we humans go when we die and what our afterlife existence is like. Some use the same methods taught in this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook to explore far beyond mere human existence.

    While the concepts, techniques and exercises taught in this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook are simple, the path to Afterlife Knowledge is at once simple and complex. I am fond of saying that learning to explore our afterlife is so easy the hardest thing to do is believe you are doing it. It's the beliefs we hold that change the simple to the complex. Beliefs we take on from our culture, religion, parents, science and other sources can alter, block and distort our perception. As your verified experiences eliminate these effects your perception beyond physical reality will greatly improve. Communication with the deceased and others There will become a matter of routine. You'll know beyond all doubt that we exist beyond physical reality. It's my hope that from there your curiosity to know more will drive you to continued exploration of our afterlife and beyond. It's my hope that you will share what you find with others, spreading Afterlife Knowledge as far and wide as possible.

    THE ART OF RETRIEVAL

    I began actively exploring our afterlife in 1992 after attending a program called Lifeline at the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. Robert A. Monroe, an out of body traveler and author, was the Institute's founder. In his out of body of state Monroe explored many nonphysical realms including our afterlife, and from these explorations he developed the Lifeline program. Lifeline, a six-day residential program, teaches the Art of Retrieval as a means of exploring our afterlife.

    In his explorations beyond physical reality Monroe claimed to have discovered areas in which the newly deceased appeared to be isolated, alone and trapped. Circumstances of death, beliefs and other factors, according to Monroe, were primarily responsible for this entrapment. His descriptions of their existence bore a strong resemblance to the feeling of being trapped within a dream. Early in his explorations Monroe discovered it was possible to assist these people in becoming aware of their situation and move them to a better afterlife environment. Monroe called this assistance retrieval.

    In retrieval Monroe saw the opportunity for contact and communication with the deceased that might lead to verification of our afterlife's existence. If, during a retrieval, previously unknown information could be obtained from the deceased which could be later verified as accurate, such information could serve as evidence that this deceased person indeed existed beyond physical reality.

    At first my interest in retrieval was primarily as a means of proving to myself our afterlife exists. For the first three and a half years after attending Lifeline I gathered my evidence through supposed contact with the deceased. My first two books in the Exploring the Afterlife Series, Voyages Into the Unknown and Voyage Beyond Doubt, recount those experiences. Through my encounters with the newly deceased, learning more and more about how and why they had become trapped and what prevented their escape, my motivation for retrieval underwent a change. I began to feel compassion for these stuck human beings. Some are just isolated, alone and lonely. Some are confused by the nature of their experience. Some are in a constant state of sadness, fear, or terror. The realization that many of them would remain trapped in these situations until someone retrieved them became the driving force in my practice of the Art of Retrieval.

    The intention of this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook is to teach you a simple, effective, inexpensive system to prove to yourself our afterlife is real through practicing of the Art of Retrieval. It is my hope that long after you have proven this to yourself, and explored far beyond our afterlife, your compassion for these stuck human beings will drive you to continue the Practice.

    HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

    The information and exercises in this book are a progression of learning through your own direct experience. Each new chapter builds upon the knowledge and understanding you gain through your experiences from previous chapters. I urge you not to skip any chapters or jump ahead to begin working on material or exercises your previous experience has not prepared you for.

    My reason for urging you not to skip ahead is simple. Changing the beliefs we hold about what is real, and what is not, is critical to the process of learning how to explore our afterlife. Your beliefs about what is real, and what is not, may change as a result of your experiences. Each new chapter of this book contains information or exercises that are part of a process intended to bring experiences that conflict with your beliefs. To the extent that you can accept the evidence of your own conflicting experiences as real, the beliefs that distort, color and block your perception will be removed. As conflicting beliefs are removed, perception beyond physical reality improves, providing clearer perception of future evidence.

    At the end of each section in this book containing exercises I share some of my and other people's experiences with that exercise. It's my feeling that providing such information is a two-edged sword. Reading about someone else's experience after you've had your own can provide, perhaps, some level of validation of your experience. But, if you read about other's experiences before you've had your own it becomes too easy to discount your own experience as having happened only because it was similar to what you read before doing the exercises. Again, I urge you not to read ahead. Wait until after you have completed the exercises in each chapter before reading about the experiences of others.

    Before you begin using this Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook I strongly suggest you purchase a notebook to record your experiences, understandings, questions and wonderings. And, I strongly suggest you use it. Learning to explore our afterlife and beyond is a process. Recording your experiences, thoughts and understandings as they occur can be an immensely valuable part of this process. As your Afterlife Knowledge grows you may look back on previous experience and see it in a new light, gaining even more understanding.

    The first thing I suggest you write in this notebook are answers to the questions listed below. This is an important step that helps set the intent that will guide you through the process of learning to explore our afterlife. Take your time. Think about how you'd clearly state your answers before you write them down. Be clear and concise. Write more than just of few words.

    Why did you purchase the Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook?

    What do you want to get out of using the information and exercises?

    What is it that you want to know?

    Lastly, the frame of mind in which you approach this material is very important. An open-minded approach in which you strive to delay making judgments about the reality of your experiences and arriving at solid conclusions is best. Think of it like you are gathering the pieces to a huge jigsaw puzzle. As you find each piece you may have no idea where it fits, or if it even belongs to your puzzle, but it's probably best not to throw any pieces away.

    Installment in the Next Issue of the Newsletter
    Chapter 1: A Concept of Consciousness

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    Workshop Hosting Guidelines

    If you think you might like to host a workshop, but aren't sure how to go about it, check out the updated
    hosting guidelines page I've updated the page taking into account the latest experiences of workshop hosts. If you have questions that aren't answered by the information on that page please email them to me at bamoen@afterlife-knowledge.com Hosts attend the workshop free in exchange for handling some of the logistics of putting it on. And, I usually stay in the home of the host to reduce costs and give us a chance to visit and chat.

    Workshop Price Reduction

    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.

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    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.

    Verification experience in the 5-day workshop in Germany


    In May of this year the first ever 5-day workshop, hosted by Wolfgang, was held near Berlin, Germany. Wolfgang arranged for the workshop to be held in this wonderful location in the countryside.

    This workshop combines the Exploring the Afterlife and Partnered Exploration workshops into a single event. I have been wanting to present the workshop in this 5-day format for quite some time in the belief that it would be a more powerful experience for participants.

    I'm certain the marvelous setting with its quite atmosphere, great staff, meals and accommodations played a role in the outstanding results of the workshop. After completing the Exploring the Afterlife section of the workshop be the end of the third day we were ready to begin the Partnered Exploring portion of the workshop.

    After learning a few specialized techniques, such as the Slow 360 Span, we began nonphysically exploring the Meeting Place together. This meeting Place was originally created by Rosalie and me during the early development of the partnered exploring workshop. On the fifth and final day of the workshop participants were divided into four separate groups who would explore together as partners. In the final exercise of the workshop in these groups were to visit with and gather information from a specific deceased person. These groups of partners returned with amazingly detailed information that was immediately verified as accurate.

    Each participant was asked to bring a sealed envelope containing a photograph of someone they personally know who is deceased to the workshop. The name of the deceased person was to be written on the outside of envelope. At the beginning of the exercise each group of partners drew one envelope at random from a basket. None of the partners had any way of knowing the deceased person prior to this exercise, nor did they know which of the other participants provided the sealed envelope. The task in the exercise was for the partners to visit the deceased person and gather specific information. Each group of partners compare notes with each other from their exercise experience, with an eye toward finding similarities. After all partners finished sharing their notes they were to open the envelope and view the photograph. Each of the groups of partners then assembled together for a large group debriefing. The name of the deceased person was not disclosed until after the group completed their large group debriefing. The participant who provided the envelope then gave feedback as to the accuracy of the information to group of partners had obtained during the exercise. Here is one example among many of information that was verified as accurate.

    One of the partners in the group explained that when he asked the deceased for something that would prove to the person who provided his name that the visit was real, he saw a scene in his mind's eye. Two men were seated at a small table, outdoors, at a sidewalk cafe. The deceased explained that he and his friend, the one who provided his name for the exercise, had enjoyed drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and playing chess in this scene. Furthermore, the deceased explained, he had given his friend a chess set as a gift. In this chess set one of the white knights (a chess piece that looks like a horse head) had one of its ears broken off. This participant, who had been somewhat skeptical throughout the workshop, stated that if this information turned out to be accurate he planned to leave the room, get in his car and drive home. The participant who had provided the name and photograph of the deceased man immediately piped up with, "you can go home now." He did indeed have the chess set, given to him by his deceased friend, with one white knight with one of the ears broken off.

    There were many other very specific pieces of information gathered during this partnered exploring exercise that were verified as accurate. Overall I would say my belief that the 5-day format for the workshop would be a more powerful experience for participants was overwhelmingly confirmed.

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    Improvements to Shopping at the Website

    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 November 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.

    Love,
    Bruce

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