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    Moises Pittounikos

    After listening to John Anthony West on the Joe Rogan podcast mention his contribution to Dead Saints Chronicles, I had to buy it! Overall more Christian than I was lead to believe, but a friendly sort of trailer park Christianity, like a psychedelic experience mixed with Zen. The stories in here are far out and very 'trippy', if you know what I mean. The read is a real joy even if you are not all that religious. Overall a labour of love from the author who was dying of cancer when he wrote this. After listening to John Anthony West on the Joe Rogan podcast mention his contribution to Dead Saints Chronicles, I had to buy it! Overall more Christian than I was lead to believe, but a friendly sort of trailer park Christianity, like a psychedelic experience mixed with Zen. The stories in here are far out and very 'trippy', if you know what I mean. The read is a real joy even if you are not all that religious. Overall a labour of love from the author who was dying of cancer when he wrote this. The printing and paper is a high quality too.

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    Shawn

    Introduction This book is an attempt to study and explore life after death as sort of a scientific endeavor. Certainly that is something done too infrequently. About 151,600 people die every day on this planet. The writing consists of various presentations of near death experiences (NDE’s) and dreams, organized to document the existence of an afterlife. The author seeks to coalesce the repetitive similarities from the NDE’s into a sustained picture of the afterlife. This writing is further accent Introduction This book is an attempt to study and explore life after death as sort of a scientific endeavor. Certainly that is something done too infrequently. About 151,600 people die every day on this planet. The writing consists of various presentations of near death experiences (NDE’s) and dreams, organized to document the existence of an afterlife. The author seeks to coalesce the repetitive similarities from the NDE’s into a sustained picture of the afterlife. This writing is further accentuated by the fact that the author was himself in the process of dying while writing the book. Did The Apostle Paul Have A Near Death Experience? The author equates the commonalities of the NDE experiences to the transformative experience of Paul, as related in the Bible. The author cites the following similarities: (1) that people return from NDE’s with absolute knowledge of the immortality of the soul, (2) that people experience Christ in their NDE’s as a Being of Light, (3) that people return from NDE’s with a total loss of their fear of death, and (4) that people return from NDE’s with a sense of urgency to accomplish their mission on earth. Like the experience of the Apostle Paul, many NDE’s are “born-again” revelations in which the individual gains an aspiration to charity, service, and love for all humanity. The Importance For Purity Of Thought One consistent aspect of NDE’s is the non-verbal, telepathic sort of communication that occurs with those encountered. Because this is a situation wherein all thoughts are essentially exchanged communications, this is exemplary of a total absence of untruth, for nothing can be hidden. After reading these NDE’s, one is left with the sense that the mind becomes something of an open book in the spiritual realm; hence the need for purity of thought. Instead of hearing only what people want to reveal, everything is known; the entire thoughts and heart are openly shared. Just as God knows your heart, so the heart is openly exposed in the spiritual realm. Those present there are described as joyous, lighthearted, peaceful, loving and innocent like a child. Certainly, scripture reports Jesus equating thinking with action, as in Matthew 5:28, where Jesus remarks: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” We must learn to think with a higher mind, rather than via animalistic instinct. We must think even about what we say to ourselves and learn to plant thoughts of love and forgiveness in place of anger, doubt, and hate. This process is nothing less than a transformation of our consciousness. There is within each of us this lurking love, waiting to be unleashed, waiting to be nurtured. This love seeks to be nurtured, not only by the person containing it, but also by other persons surrounding it. When we love together mutually, nurturing the love within one another, we refuse to let love die, because kindling love with infusions from one another sustains an everlasting, growing presence of love that consolidates itself in the consciousness of Jesus. Earth University In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul reports that the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Clearly, there is a paucity of these fruits in the consciousness of mankind today. One theme of this book is that we exist here on earth to better learn these things. In fact, this author often refers to the planet as “Earth University”, speaking of it as follows: “Some people are sleeping through their classes. Others are awake, paying attention, taking notes, studying old tests, learning the correct answers for when the teacher calls on them. When we make the decision to pay attention and to participate in our lessons with purpose, life takes on new meaning.” -David Solomon And similarly the author quotes directly from the testimony of an NDE: “I was told the Earth is like a big school, a place where you can apply spiritual lessons learned and test yourself, under pressure, to see if you can actually “live” what you already know you should do. From what I saw and heard there … on the other side … it is all about relationships and taking care of each other. ” One purpose in life is to learn how to control and nurture a material body so that it can love without giving way to the demands of the materialism from which it sprang. We must cultivate our thoughts. The Garden We Must Cultivate There are gardens we are building within ourselves. It seems that every thought and action builds a garden in our hearts and minds. Every event and every thought influences our life and the lives of those around us. There is great power in the articulation of our thoughts. Our enduring spirit consists of the essence of what we are. In an environment where all thoughts are open and shared, we must ask ourself what is inside us that is a delight to share? We must cultivate love so that we may bring it into this sort of spiritual exchange. If we despise this sort of love and interaction, we’d be uncomfortable in heaven. If we insist on the cultivation of hate, jealousy, and deception, then we will be uncomfortable among the pure at heart. Negative habits become chains. If you relish in anger, hate, self-centeredness, obsessions, psychological attachments, and similar spiritual deformities, then that is what you will naturally gravitate to in the spiritual realm. That is where you will be most comfortable. Whatever it is that you long for in a heavenly realm, you should be longing for now, and seeking after now, while on earth alive. The state of our heart, not our religion, is what sets the stage for the realm of afterlife that we will experience. God’s Grace grants your hearts desire; its just that some desire detrimental things. Another consistency in the NDE’s is the experience of the afterlife form as essentially light. We seemingly convert matter into sustained light. Somehow our life, our birth, our growth, entails this process of kindling light from the materials of the universe. If we ascend from a single cell into a fully sentient human, this transition reveals the growth and maturity of a spiritual life form, which ascends from dust, transcends non-sentient life forms, and potentially blossoms into a being of light. The earth is like a womb, nurturing the growth of beings of light, from which they ultimately ascend to populate the spiritual realm. This process involves the colonization or conversion of matter into light-spirit, a process apparent in outward expansion of the light, as light consumes darkness. The nature of God is to love and to create loving beings. We are created from dust and grow forward into loving spiritual beings. Planes of Existence The author presents the notion that existence is multifaceted and manifest at different levels of spiritual maturity, quoting Jesus: “In my Father’s House there are many mansions”. These levels are segregated by ones ability to love and not by any sort of dogma, ritual, or denominationalism. We gravitate to a realm appropriate for our character. Blindness is our tendency to pursue worldly fame and things as an acceptable state of being instead of nurturing our spiritual existence. We must become conscious of the state of love we exude and be committed to cultivating that love forward. It is only by first becoming conscious of a lesson that we give ourselves a chance to master it. Some of the things we need to learn are persistence, consistency, organization, cleanliness, discipline, focus, prayer, awareness, caring, kindness, communication, truthfulness, sociableness, attentiveness, etc. We are all in various stages of development. The author suggests that we ultimately land in the stage wherein we are most comfortable, as expressed in the following NDE from the book: “They came up to the first floor, to the ballroom, dressed up to the hilt, and danced and danced and danced. The ballroom was packed with everyone, dressed in fancy gowns and regalia of every color, smiling, laughing, and having fun. I knew they were already saved because salvation was available to everyone who lived in the Mansion. At the back of the ballroom, was an elevator that would take the ballroom dancers to higher levels of “eternal life”, but very few chose to go up.” -NDE The ballroom dancers can plug into Grace anytime to remove the burden of their sins; however, once they plug into Grace, they have additional opportunity to grow, should they choose to take advantage of it, but many do not notice or ignore the opportunity. The cited NDE’s suggest that the level of heaven we enter is determined by the magnitude of unconditional love we exude, the purity of our heart, and the extent to which we are free of fear. Conclusion - The Author’s Explanation For Evil The author’s explanation for evil in the world is threefold: (1) That a soul chooses its own particular brand of suffering before appearing in the world. Some choose to enter life with a very difficult class schedule involving lessons that appear horrid on earth. (2) That earthly life is but a flash of a moment in comparison to our eternal existence making evil less consequential than we might otherwise perceive. (3) Citing Proverbs 16:4 and Isaiah 45:7, the author suggests that certain of the wicked and catastrophes were made for the specific purpose of schooling. Perhaps a better scriptural reference is found in Romans 9, perhaps suggesting that some people are made exclusively for such a purpose : “For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whom He wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist His will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? -Romans 9:17-22 This scripture becomes more illuminated when we think of it in conjunction with the need to control our thoughts. If we persist in unwholesome thoughts, we are restraining our spiritual development and acquiescing to sustaining a material form that is bound by appetites. To be other than the discarded clay vessel, we must become a vessel capable of containing better thoughts. If we remain the clay, retaining unwholesome thoughts, we are not blossoming into spirit, but withering. Conversely, if our thoughts, actions, and desires become purer, we bear spiritual outgrowth. Some will remain clay and wither away. Grace is active but many will just be satisfied with the Graceful party. Fewer will ascend to the challenges of becoming ever brighter spiritual beings.

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