In the book Medium7, Canadian researcher and author Donna Smith-Moncrieffe shares insight from her journey to find truth about the nature of existence. Smith-Moncrieffe provides engaging cases studies and uses rigorous scientific methods to determine the existence of an afterlife and the extent to which mediums can accurately predict the future. Through extensive interviews with ten gifted mediums and their clients, Smith-Moncrieffe reveals an in-depth look into how mediums interact with the spirit world and communicate with the deceased, how thoughts create reality, and how reincarnation impacts mankind’s existence.
She also inspires others to embark on their own personal journeys of discovery to learn more about the purpose of life and become more confident about the final destination.
Medium7 shares a range of ground-breaking studies involving mediums, near death experiences, and past life regression therapy to provide knowledge, courage, and hope for anyone interested in understanding more about the true nature of our universe and mankind’s existence—now and for eternity.
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EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE AND PREDICTIONS
By DONNA SMITH-MONCRIEFFE
iUniverse, Inc.Copyright © 2013 Donna Smith-Moncrieffe
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MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL
There are many concepts that will be discussed in this book that may sound questionable, controversial, and sometimes almost inconceivable. This chapter provides a description of the concepts necessary for understanding how it is possible for our consciousness to survive physical death. Such concepts provide a basis for understanding the purpose for our existence and help clarify how our consciousness contributes to our perceptions and experience. After you read this chapter, you will be better prepared to absorb the discussions involving life after death and predictions.
I often wonder why such important concepts about unseen forces, the purpose of life, and the soul were not integrated in the early school curriculum. I can certainly understand the importance of math and English, but why not even one course on the nature of our existence? We had science class, but of course the focus was on classical principles that suggested that everything surrounding us was solid matter. This classical paradigm suggested that matter was solid and was comprised of an absolute reality; this reality was outside of us rather than created from our own minds. The calculations for gravity and motion, for example, demonstrated that certain elements of the universe are predictable, further suggesting that there was one absolute reality that everyone would experience. Some of us that chose a path to seek education beyond high school may have taken courses, such as psychology, physics, philosophy, and religion to name just a few. When you combined some of the principles, concepts, and doctrines in these areas of study, you might have come across metaphysical discussions that provided an opportunity to see a different world view of the universe. Without an understanding of these concepts, referred to as the "prerequisites" throughout this chapter, it is difficult for us to make the leap from our conservative beliefs to a place where we could possibly believe that there is an invisible plane of existence that interacts and impacts our physical world.
Our social conditioning makes it easy to understand for example, that gravity is the cause of falling objects. If you are under a falling tree, experience tells you that it would be necessary to run and avoid the tree as gravity causes objects to fall. Social conditioning allows us to be comfortable with the fact that humans contribute to the development of other human beings. In fact, we think we understand the mechanics of childbirth, but outside of understanding the conception process and cellular development we really don't understand all of the "hocus-pocus" that contributes to the human conception process. The question is, what do we really know about how the universe works? We see awe-inspiring clouds in the sky but have very limited information about space in general. We can look to physicists to elaborate on the nature of space; however, despite their expertise, scholars in this field are still not sure how far space expands and can only speculate about other planets and planes of existence. In fact, quantum physics has only recently found that space is indeed material and has a functional purpose in the universe.
Over the past two decades, mankind has been questioning the validity of traditional scientific paradigms. We have an urge to solve the riddles that were once just considered miracles. We can no longer be complacent about accepting traditional ways of viewing the world. As we prepare to examine the forthcoming prerequisite concepts, I ask that you suspend your beliefs (especially ones that are consistent with the status quo) and open up to some concepts that are necessary to help provide stepping stones that will make it possible to see a new worldview. When you are reviewing these prerequisite concepts, try to relate to your own personal experiences. Have you ever experienced unexplainable spiritual encounters? For example, you may have had experiences in the dream state, felt the familiar feeling of déjà vu (having the feeling that you have already been in a very familiar circumstance), or had encounters with the unseen world. As you review the following prerequisite concepts, attempt to apply these concepts to your personal experience to enhance their meaning.
We Are Energy, Everything Is Energy
To be able to grasp many concepts about the nature of reality, we first need to grasp the fact that we are energy and everything in this world is energy. For those of you who have bought into this concept, you may find it surprising to learn that many individuals do not either believe or grasp this concept. To some the body is perceived as solid. That of course would include the bones and organs in the body. I can still recall my Kabbalah classes, where the rabbi explained, "The world is just energy—it is filled with molecules vibrating at different speeds. You can take the whole world and fit it in your hand mainly because the world is immaterial, not solid." Of course the classmates, including myself, challenged this ideology by noting for example that when we attempt to walk through a wall, we know it is solid after we incur several bruises on our forehead and experience a lingering massive headache. With such a hard concept to grasp, it's best to first review the scientific proof that everything is indeed energy.
Energy can be perceived in many different forms in the physical world. The body is comprised of the same energy as a rock for example; the composition of the rock simply vibrates at different speeds, resulting in the perception that there are two different entities. We know that energy is indestructible; it changes form but can never be destroyed.
James Redfield successfully demonstrated that our bodies were really comprised of several atomic particles. His book, The Celestine Prophecy, shares the nine great insights that mankind should consider to better understand the purpose and the cause behind the life source. I was fascinated by his demonstration of how humans compete for energy in their daily lives. This fourth insight, which he calls "the struggle," suggests that we are composed of vital energy sources that can change in relation to feelings and thoughts. Using the metaphor of a journey to Peru, he shares that when we are depressed or feeling low self-esteem or resentment, we begin to feel like we are spinning out of control. We inadvertently deny ourselves of source energy—some would prefer to call this the God force that is an empowering source of well-being and abundance. After we have created barriers that disallow us from receiving this energy, we subconsciously steal energy from others. Now I know this discussion may seem highly theoretical, but I am confident that every reader has had a practical experience at work or at home where you feel completely physically drained after you converse with a particular friend or family member. We can all relate to the feeling when your friend, Sally for example, calls you by telephone to reconnect. Sally starts off by sharing how interested she is in hearing about what's happening in your life. Before you know it you are on the phone for forty-five minutes. You are slowly starting to feel tired, anxious, and slightly depressed. Sally talks to you about the same issues she is having in her marriage and recounts the daily challenges she is experiencing with finances and career. If Sally is really feeling disconnected from her own energy sources, she may make an undermining comment about how "you need to exercise more," or even worse she may unconsciously try to upset you by letting you know about the negative rumors that have been circulating about you. During the whole telephone conversation you are barely able to say a word. By the time the phone call is complete, you are no longer motivated to continue completing what you were busy doing prior to the phone call. In general you feel like a race car without tires.
Redfield explains that this interaction takes place when one person dominates another. The dominator feels powerful by sucking vital energy from the other person. We know that wars have been fought because one faction was holding on to an irrational position for the primary purpose of stealing another country's vital energy sources. Everyone can relate to the way they feel after interactions with other individuals. In the case of Sally calling, she did not physically beat you during the phone call, but she drained vital energy that is the primary substance of the body.
In the next example, for those of you who need to see to believe, the photographs taken using Kirlian photography are an effective way to demonstrate that the human body is composed solely of energy. Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It has been the subject of mainstream scientific and parapsychology research. The camera's ability to film the true nature of living and nonliving items provides an opportunity to see what "things" are really made of. Harry Oldsfield, author of The Invisible Universe, has conducted experiments with Kirlian photography using humans, plants, and animal life. A simple experiment with a leaf is used to demonstrate that living items are comprised solely of energy. Oldsfield photographs a regular leaf and then compares the results with the photograph of just the leaf's stem with no leaves. You might expect the latter photograph to reflect just the stem; however, the Kirlian photo illustrates the stem with bright glowing leaves surrounding it, creating the impression that the leaves were present. This simple experiment shows that the physical leaf does not need to be photographed for one to see the full leaf because the leaf is comprised solely of energy. This same experiment was demonstrated in 1987 using PIP (polycontrast interference photography) to photograph an amputee. The Kirlian photograph illustrated the energy field of the research participant's arm even though it was amputated.
Once we understand that we are energy, it is easier to grasp for example why our souls or consciousness can continue to perceive reality even after the brain is disabled. If we are energy, we cannot be destroyed. Elements comprising the human body were present before we were born and will continue to be present beyond death. Until mankind fully grasped this concept, we believed that we were all physical beings; however, through our growing experiences with mediums/psychics, ghostly encounters, and through reading religious doctrine we are starting to realize that even during our earthly experience we are part of a larger spiritual universe. Understanding that we are comprised of energy further suggests that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience on the earth plane.
We Are Vibrational Beings
In the twenty-first century we have proof that we are energy. When we keep this in mind, we are better able to consider the concept that we are vibrational beings.
A skeptic who participated in the research of Medium7 noted that spirit communication was made possible as a result of his ability to vibrate at a higher frequency. He asked, "Can anyone prove that we are vibrating at various frequencies?" Of course this was a reasonable question as one could not necessarily see changes in frequencies with normal sensory perception. If we understand that our vibrational frequency range controls what we see, hear, and feel, then we can easily reach the logical conclusion that entities that vibrate on different levels cannot be perceived.
In 1992 Dr. Taino invented the first frequency monitor in the world. The machine indicates that the average human body vibrates at 62–68 hertz (Hz) during the daytime. A collection of measurements for various states of the human body, animals, and inanimate objects are available to the public. If we pause for a moment and reflect on the definition of a hertz (Hz), we find it is a frequency measurement equal to one cycle per second. The term frequency measurement suggests there can be varying frequencies that can be measured. The frequency monitor has identified that when a person is sick, he or she actually vibrates at a lower frequency (57–60 Hz), and death can begin at 25 Hz. After a review of hertz measures for humans and plants, it appears that higher hertz levels suggest healthier states and lower hertz levels suggest a diminished state of health. This phenomenon is demonstrated when we see that a can of processed food has 0 Hz and freshly picked fruit for example vibrates at 20–27 Hz.
The frequency monitor provides us with further proof that we are vibrational beings and inanimate objects also have varying frequencies. Metaphysicians have come to this same conclusion. The world is made of immaterial; it is simply energy vibrating at different frequencies. The human brain only utilizes 10 percent of its potential to perceive the range of frequencies in the universe, which would explain why we cannot see other planes of existences or their inhabitants using our limited sensory powers. In sections of the book where the discussion of vibrational frequencies is applied, it is best to remember a few key facts to help overcome our past social conditioning. We know that in 1876 Francis Galton invented the Galton whistle otherwise known as the dog whistle. When you blow this whistle, the human ear cannot hear it, but a dog can. The human ear perceives 18–20 Hz, yet the dog can hear ranges as high as 45 Hz. This confirms that sound exists beyond our normal sensory powers. We cannot hear or see a Wi-Fi signal, but we know it exists as it provides us with the use of Internet services. These are facts that help us remember that there are many forces that have an impact on our current life and such forces are not perceivable by our five senses.
The fan example is another useful way of understanding how vibrational frequencies allow for varying degrees of human perception. When a fan is at its highest speed, the blades are turning so quickly that you cannot see anything through the blades. Even if there is a painting behind the fan, you may conclude that there isn't anything behind the fan because you are only able to see the blades swiftly moving. When the fan is turned down to a medium speed, you are able to see a bit more of the painting behind it, although not everything in the painting may be totally clear at this time. Finally, if the fan is turned to the off position, aspects of the painting are clearer as the static position of the blades create enough space to see the painting. With this example we see how an existing object (in this case, the painting) can range in visibility depending on the vibrational frequency (in this case the motion of the fan's blades).
The rate of our vibrational frequency allows us to see, hear, touch, smell, and feel other energies that are existing at similar levels of frequency. When your levels of vibrational frequencies change, you are able to perceive different realities. Once we understand this concept, we begin to be interested in using techniques that raise our vibration. Such techniques include physical exercise and meditation techniques; the latter technique is exemplified by some of the mediums in chapter 2 as many of them use this technique to align their energies with other spiritual realities. During the next few chapters that focus on the research with mediums, you can refer back to the examples of the dog whistle or the fan to make the concept of speaking to the dead more conceivable.
The Soul Can Survive Physical Death
We have covered some key prerequisite concepts, including energy and vibrational frequencies. Only by digesting these concepts can we consider the next prerequisite that will be discussed frequently throughout this book. This book will share some of the evidence that would suggest that the soul can survive physical death. This is of course a difficult concept for some to digest as it makes the assumption that the physical body is different from the soul. This assumption leads to other questions about what constitutes the soul. Is the soul a compilation of our thoughts, personalities, hopes, dreams, and memories, or are there other elements of the soul that we are not aware of as yet? If the soul is immortal, what is the purpose for its continued existence? Does the soul remain a separate soul, or does it form part of the super consciousness—a concept of a group of souls residing on another plane of existence? All of these questions about the immortality of the soul are important, and a majority of these questions will be answered throughout the book. The importance about sharing this concept at this early stage is to help you understand why it might be possible for a medium to converse with the deceased; undering a conversation with the soul (also referred to as spirit or consciousness throughout the book).
Excerpted from MEDIUM7 by DONNA SMITH-MONCRIEFFE. Copyright © 2013 Donna Smith-Moncrieffe. Excerpted by permission of iUniverse, Inc..
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Table of Contents
Author's Note.................... xv
Chapter 1 Making Sense of It All.................... 1
Chapter 2 Understanding Mediumship.................... 15
Chapter 3 Is There Life after Death?.................... 79
Chapter 4 Life after Death Evidence: What Do Near-Death Experiences,
Past-Life Regression Therapy, and Other Areas of Study Teach Us?........... 109
Chapter 5 Factors that Contribute to Clear Spirit Communication............ 131
Chapter 6 Can Anyone Tell the Future?.................... 163
Chapter 7 Predictions: What Other Factors Should We Consider?.............. 187
Chapter 8 Challenges of Spirit Communication.................... 215
Chapter 9 So What?.................... 251
Chapter 10 What Have We Learned about the Nature of Reality?............... 279
About the Author.................... 313