Our Immortality: a new outlook for living - part five.
When we die our aura with its eight major chakras or energy centres leave our body and move back to the spirit world. We are usually accompanied by one or two of our dead friends or relatives or guides who come to fetch us. Pets can often see these spirits around a person when they are about to die, and come and sit nearby for a day or two until the passing. Nobody dies alone. Incidentally, the eighth chakra is located a foot or two above the head and contains our link to past and future lives. The first seven chakras are linked to the present life, and all its activities using the thirty or more skills, senses and intelligences mentioned in the previous articles.
After a period of rest after transition, we will probably encounter a life review and will have to deal with our failings as well as our achievements, a kind of personal assessment rather than a judgment. After that, we will start to see where we are in the Greater Spirit World. Next, after meeting former family and friends and colleagues from the recent life, memories of other lives, and even glimpses of future ones will come crowding in. So, instead of resting in peace, we shall be far more active than we were on earth. We will have a variety of options, as to who we will stay with, what to do and where to go. Instead of resting or waiting for the Final Judgment Day, we will probably enter almost straight away into this very active existence after catching our breath, so to speak, or taking a short rest while a spirit guide, friend or relative may explain where we are headed. So death has to take place to free us from the material body and its attachments, so that we can live in these more extensive spiritual realms. We can say they are higher places or planes of existence, but that is just a figure of speech. These regions of spirit interpenetrate our material world locations, here and now. They are not ''up there somewhere !''.
Angels and other higher spiritual beings are among the personalities which come into our world at various times and places. Clairvoyant medium Mary Bruce Wallace saw them at church services she attended, and here are three excerpts from her other worldly visions, taken from her book ''The Thinning of the Veil'' -first published in 1919.
Easter Day, 1923.
I saw a great light above the altar, radiant with white flowers and angel faces. A shining hand removed a cross of crimson roses in the centre and replaced it with a crown of white ones. There were no flowers in the church.
On each side of the altar stood an angel, quite ten feet in height, and each veiled his face with a stem of crown lilies as tall as himself.
As I looked in wonder, they moved these lily sprays aside for a second to reveal to me their glorious faces. I then saw the descending white light divide into many coloured rays. Golden rays went to one worshipper, green to others, and blue ones came to us.
As the rector spoke the first words of the service, the angel host drew aside to form an avenue, down which came swiftly from the light above a white-robed figure with serene and beautiful countenance. She stood between the rector and the first communicant, moving on as he moved, and I noted that she was transparent like crystal, and that the dazzling light became softened and focused in passing through her to the people.
I also saw a bright cross of light arise in each spot where she had stood, and this row of crosses remained shining throught the service. I was puzzled, and said to my unseen friend, A.B., whom I felt near me, ''Who is that ?'' ''The spiritual medium on our side, '' he replied. ''One is connected with every church and is present at every communion service. Often it is a soul who has been a nun in earth life, or one who has lived a very saintly life.''
When we went up to the altar rail it was covered with a flood of swirling light like bright blue water. This also filled the space between the rail and the altar.
Whit Sunday (Pentecost) - May 1923.
I went again to the early service in the same church, but I asked in prayer not to see the same things, lest I might be imagining them over again.
Firstly I saw a white cross, the ends of which were blossoming into half-open water-lilies, three at each end. I then saw above the altar a frame of the Crown of Thorns, surrounding a Heavenly Face. As I looked, the thorn blossomed. I then saw three white doves overhead and a blaze of light descending upon the altar. Scores o angels were standing on each side. I saw their haloes, and white light coming from their feet, but their figures seemed dim.
When the rector read the gospel for the day, the fourteenth chapter of St. John, and came to the verse, ''he that loveth Me, keepeth My words, and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him,'' I suddenly saw an angel hand take his hand and press it down upon those words as if they were the most important of the chapter.
I was following the text in my Prayer Book, and saw this vision through my downcast lids. It made me realise vividly that one sees these things with one's soul eyes.
I was interested to hear later from the rector that at that point he felt as if he had never realised before the depth of significance in that particular verse.
I also saw two angel hands take a mantle of light from his shoulders at the close of the service. I did not notice it upon him until I saw it taken off. I saw the tips of the shining hands reaching over his shoulders to remove it.
At an ordinary celebration - June 1923.
This time I reached the church very early, and watched angels preparing the atmosphere for the coming service. I first saw two floating slowly above me towards the chancel. Their blue and violet robes, the colour of larkspurs in sunshine, floated out around them as they moved, bending forwards, almost as if swimming through the air. Their track was white, as though purified by the sweeping robes.
I saw also, to my great delight, a band of little bright seraphs going forward, and they left the air golden. I felt that there were many more whom I did not see.
In the centre of the altar was a circle full of moving flame of the same colour as the angels' robes; upon this was a cross of white light, and around it complete rainbows sending out flashing rays.
Along the base of the altar was the word, ''THANKSGIVING,'' in large letters of many-coloured flame, and through each letter glowed a living flower. Then to my great interest, I again saw the beautiful soul in white, but this time she was kneeling in the glory of light far above the altar, and above the rector, instead of between him and the people. This was before the service began. I realised then that for him also that blinding light has to be softened.
Only seven people came to the service, but there was apparently as much invisible preparation made for them as if the church had been crowded.
I spoke to my friend in spirit A..B. about this, and he said that I had not noticed how many human spirits as well as angels were joining in the service and uniting in thought, love, and prayer with their friends on earth.
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