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Question: Can entities time travel into our past and future?

Answer: To answer that, I will first need to give you a brief sense of the way I think reality is arranged--the cosmology.

We think there is time like ours in other parts of reality, but that elsewhere has a different reference. It seems to depend on the relationship of aspects of reality as they have been created.

In the hypothesis, we are an aspect of a source personality (small "s."), which is in turn, an aspect of another source personality and so on back to a First Cause or Source. In each round of aspectation, child personalities inherit characteristics from their source, depending on the understanding of the operation of reality held by the source and visualized venue in which the source expects to gain understanding through experiences. The aspects enter into the venue for experience and eventually return with increased understanding about the operation of reality.

In a sense, we are creators when we imagine ourselves in some situation. We create an aspect of ourselves, see it in a venue for learning we have created and learn what our aspect has learned when it "returns" to us. Interestingly, once an aspect is created, it never dies in our memory. Also interesting is that we might try many different venues to answer the same question. Thus, we create many aspects of ourselves and we are the sum of all of those experiences--imagined or not.

Our prime imperative seems to be to understand the principles governing the operation of reality. In our case, the physical aspect of reality is a venue for experience that is probably held in the imagination of a collective of source personalities. Some ancient traditions typically describes several level of reality as this locale with the physical as the lowest or  coarsest and God as the highest or finest. or part of the greater reality. However, rather than a "layer cake" view, I have found that the cosmology of imaginary space as described in my essay, "Cosmology of Imaginary Space" better describes what we think it is like "beyond" the physical universe. In that, the "Apple Man" fractal of the Mandelbrot Set would represent source personalities and the top fractal would represent Source. (See figure below) Movement in reality would be similar to movement in the set where beginning conditions relate to understanding.

Mandelbrot Set

All of this is cosmology, but it should provide a context for the answer to your question. Time is a real thing, in that an apparent constant in reality is that things happen via a process. A process is a sequence of events which requires a temporal relationship between events. So, time is real for us, but if you are "outside" of physical space and in the etheric space, all of our time is now. An observer in etheric space will experience time insofar as consciousness is sequential; however, we are repeatedly told that our physical space appears to be "nonlocal," meaning that all point sin space are equally accessible.

If this cosmology is correct, and understanding that we are learning to communicate between physical and nonphysical aspects of reality, then it may be possible to move from one part of the physical universe to another by entering into the etheric and then moving there by expressing an intention to move in relationship to the physical. Doing so would look like using a fictional space ship hyperdrive and would offer a possible explanation for how the Earth might be visited by entities from other star systems in realistic time periods.

There is precedence for this. A common element in physical mediumship is the apport. In that, a physical object is moved from somewhere in the world to the medium's location. Presumably, this is accomplished by dematerializing the object, transporting it in etheric space and materializing it in the new location. See the Felix Circle Blog for an example of an apport.


Question: Does EVP necessarily dismiss or disprove any world religion?

Answer: All indications are that distance and time have different meanings in the greater reality, but using our "yardsticks" the greater reality is much larger than anything we consider physical. In this view, EVP is a relatively local phenomena, and the messages are mostly concerned with the relationship between people who have recently transitioned (probably less than 200 years but mostly less than a few years) . We do record such comments about the other side as "Just like living, only better." When asked what happens to us when we die, we have recorded in the 4Cell EVP Demonstration, "Review our lives."

Most religions include as an article of faith that there is a greater reality (Heaven) and that there is at least on entity in the greater reality that functions as a Source. With EVP, we think we can prove that:

  • There is a greater reality.

  • We are an etheric personality in an avatar relationship with a physical body. (Here, "etheric" is all things not physical) This essentially supports the dual nature of a person, as opposed to the argument that consciousness has a biological origin.

  • Personality, and the information/intelligence associated with it such as memory and knowledge, is a "living" thing. As such, theories such as the Super-psi Hypothesis that depend on residual memory as a source of mediumistic information are not supported by the evidence we see. As we see it, the source of mediumistic information is a living, interactive consciousness and not just a memory of echo of the past.

  • When the physical body is no longer functional, the attention of personality is free to be fully on another aspect of reality. In fact, the Self is not able to function in the physical without its avatar.

  • It is possible to cause an etheric-to-physical influence. Current research indicates this as the influence of intentionality.

  • We who are in the flesh are the source of energy required to cause etheric to physical influences--always. We are able to do this by virtual of our etheric Self / physical body entanglement. In effect, our physical body enables us to cause etheric to physical influences. Our etheric communicators do not have such a body. see The Challenge of Experimenter Psi.

  • When we turn our attention to someone else, we link to them mind-to-mind via the etheric aspect of ourselves.

  • We are pretty sure that etheric-to-physical influences are enabled by way of the etheric mind-to-mind relay of information, and then the etheric-to-physical transformation of that energy into the physical under the guidance of the communicating personality.

  • After our transition into the etheric, we experience only an aspect of the greater reality and that experience is colored by our expectations and worldview..

  • Transition is a multi-phase process. We remain in the physical locale for a time and then pass through some threshold that is often described as "going to the light."

  • People will sometimes not finish their transition and remain close to the physical. This is referred to as being "earthbound" and is considered a malfunction of the process. Some are held by the grief of those left in the physical, some are held by fear to go on because they will be judged and punished. Some just do not want to miss out on earthly pleasures. And yes, some seem to be unaware that they are "dead."

  • It is possible to "return" to near the physical from the other side to visit with loved ones still in the physical.

  • People who were living in a badly damaged body might have to experience a "getting well" period, in which they learn that they are not so confined. In the same way, people take on the body they are most comfortable with--probably out of habit--but will come to us in the  form we remember as a form of communication.

  • At some point in people's progression, they might move out of reach for communication via EVP and sometimes even mediumship.

  • Animals have very similar experience.

  • We experience a life review at the time of our transition and before we "go to the light." The review is from the perspective of those with whom we have interfaced. That is how we are judged--we judge ourselves--and the only punishment we experience is our regret and subsequent efforts to lean how it would have been better to act. Thus, it is pretty clear that we continue to have experiences that are designed by us to help us understand the Nature's ordering principles.

  • It is clear that there is an ubiquitous field that manifests as different aspects or expressions of Source, and that it behaves according to a uniform set of ordering principles. Progression is a function of how well we learn to understand these principles and live in accordance with their influence. Our understanding, or lack thereof, is the sum total of Karma.

Okay, there is more, but I will stop there. Each item is suggested by what is being learned through transcommunication. Some of this proves religious tenets but some also point to the need for religions to reexamine those tenets. For instance, I teach that we need to be very careful about whose heaven we accept into our worldview: "Believe what you will, but know what you believe."

A good example is that the idea that it is a sin to commit suicide is one of the causes for earthbound people. In our study, suicide is a waist, and really not useful, but it is only a local sin that is not supported in reality. In fact, probably the only sin is to impose your will on others. I suspect that thinking it is okay to force your will on others can really mess with your ability to work with the presence of mind required to manage experiences. We all have self-determination, but our worldview determines how well we are able to express our view of reality.

What we are learning through transcommunication does not contradict religion in most areas. If you are able to stand back and separate what in a religion is metaphysics and what is social engineering, we think the metaphysics are usually supported by evidence. Social engineering is an example of that one sin I was talking about.

There appears to be no objective support for the existence of a father God. I do think it is logically true that there is some original Source of First Cause that is intelligent in some way, is curious about itself and expresses all of reality. With that said, I can also see there is probably a reason why people intuitively accept the existence of a Divine "person" who cares about what is going on here.

The etheric communicators sometimes indicate that there is a hierarchy of entities, although we only see the local tiers. What religions refer to as a father God, is more likely a local source personality. Jesus was clearly an important wayshower and may be indicative the kind of personalities we think of as "higher beings."

Hell is apparently a local custom that is used these days to scare people, but probably originated as an attempt to explain an impersonal Mother Nature. There is no evil, only improper understanding. A person may feel justified to act in a way that others see as evil. That is a person with an evil attitude but not evil in the Biblical sense. As such, the best way to avoid experiencing evil is to not be attached to the outcome of processes in your life.

Probably the religion that is most in accord with what we are learning is Spiritualism.

Question: Is it possible that these entities are speaking from a "heaven" or "hell" type of place?

Answer: As I said above, we tend to carry familiar things with us. We create our reality here and over there, but imagination is apparently more quickly realized in the etheric, so if we are fearful, we will tend to have fearful experiences wherever we are until we learn to understand the principles involved. We apparently have essentially forever to do this. We do have examples of transcommunication suggesting that people are in distress, but the evidence argues that their distress is a local, self-imposed experience that seems like hell. This takes us back to religious training and the outcome of social engineering.

Question: Is it logical to say that people who study EVP are generally "agnostic" or do not have a preferred faith?

Answer: EVP is not about religion and we are very careful to keep it that way. As you can see, I have developed a system of thought, but it is more an evolving guide for how I live, rather than a religion or article of faith. We do not ask about people's religion, but we are also very careful not to let members bring their religious beliefs into the mix in anything more than an "I believe" way. This is at least partially because we are an International organization and many religious views are represented amongst our friends.

Most people who are involved in the study of transcommunication are inclined toward Spiritualism. Of course, many times, they are something like a Catholic or a Jewish person who is at heart, a Spiritualist. Part of that is that Spiritualism is more a gathering of like-minded people than it is a religion.

One of the things that is important to keep in mind when looking to "experts" to address these questions is that, as I have previously suggested, some scientists are constrained from believing in survival by their training. In most cases, a person, holding a doctorate in a technical discipline, is studying these things from the perspective of human potential, rather than the possibility that there may be an etheric personality in a greater reality.

It is for these reasons that we now think of our field of study as "etheric studies."


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