Contact the Other Side: 7 Methods for Afterlife Communicationby Konstantinos, Joanna Willis (Editor)
The reasons are manyproof of survival, descriptions of the afterlife, words of love, resolution of conflict; a farewell never spoken-but the search for communication with those who have died is as old as the human race. Maybe just reading about these conversations between the worlds is not enough for you. Maybe you want to experience these life-changing
The reasons are manyproof of survival, descriptions of the afterlife, words of love, resolution of conflict; a farewell never spoken-but the search for communication with those who have died is as old as the human race. Maybe just reading about these conversations between the worlds is not enough for you. Maybe you want to experience these life-changing exchanges for yourself. If so, Contact the Other Side is the book you are looking for.
This is not just another collection of stories describing other peoples' experiences. It is filled with simple, clear instructions that will give you a range of methods for seeing, hearing, and speaking with the dead. In recent times, technology has given us powerful new tools for making these contacts. Using things you probably already own like a camcorder, computer, or tape recorder, you can contact departed loved ones or other spirits, record their images and voices, and establish two-way communications between the worlds. The more traditional methods of seance, trance, and scrying are also detailed. Best of all, you don't have to be an "techie" or an occultist to use any of these techniques-they are written so any ordinary person can simply choose whatever technique feels best.
The benefits to be gained from communicating with those on the other side are wide-ranging, and are unique to each of us. But there is one thing that is of great interest to most people-the departed are the only ones in a position to definitively answer the age-old question "What happens to us when we die?"
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First Steps to Making Contact
Are you ready to contact the other side?
Like any worthwhile pursuit, the exploration of afterlife communication has its necessary preparations. As I've hinted at in the Introduction, though, the rewards of the pursuit are high. The practice is life-changing and, when entered into with the right expectations, completely safe.
Please don't misunderstand this last sentence. In no way am I implying that there is anything physically dangerous about the techniques you'll be learning, whether you're prepared or not. Nor is there any chance of harm to your soul or psyche. Possession or any other spirit-caused malady you've seen in horror movies can never result from contacting the other side in the ways you'll learn here.
Rather, the only danger in these practices comes from letdowns and grief. Problems of the heart, in other words, await those who expect what they shouldn't from the process.
To ensure that every reader has the best chance of having only positive experiences with these Seven Methods, I included in the sections that follow four simple concepts to consider before proceeding. After reading these four sections, and being honest with yourself when answering the questions they raise, you'll be ready to get the most from spirit contact.
Concept One: Understanding Your Motives
It makes sense to ask this of anything you undertake, but the following one-word question is especially important when it comes tocommunicating with the dead: Why?
Why attempt contact? Why bother reaching for a world we're not a part of (and for some, maybe don't believe in)? I mentioned a few general reasons for doing so in the Introduction, but now that we're getting right to the communication how-to, you'll need to identify your own motives. Although you will be asked to do a lot of things in the chapters that follow, this simple self-examination may be the most important.
Keep in mind that such a goal is only for you to know; it is a concrete aim to be conscious of before you proceed. The reason for stating your goal to yourself is simple: you have to be certain it is attainable. As I said earlier, you will get results with this book. You will contact the other side. But this doesn't mean you'll achieve your goal and satisfy your drive for making contact.
Let me explain what I mean with a simple example.
Some people (mostly young ones) decide they want to become musicians because of the fame and money associated with it. Then they practice, join bands, and thereby succeed at becoming musicians. That's greatsuccess is a wonderful thing. However, the majority of these bands never become famous. These musicians never become wealthy or well-known. Did these individuals achieve their initial goals after all? No. Will you achieve your goal? It depends.
Do you want proof that you'll survive bodily death? With the methods in these pages you'll get more proof than you ever imagined possible.
Need to make contact with a certain someone, be assured that they're okay? In this pursuit, too, it's likely you'll be successful.
Want stock investment advice from the other side? Looking to find out how to catch the eye of a particular guy or gal? Here's where things get muddy, where getting successful results becomes improbable.
The techniques in this book do not combine to form a path to personal power. You will feel empowered and exhilarated once you hear that first soul speaking to you, but you can't expect the deceased to help you become the master of your current life. As the dead themselves will no doubt tell you, we come into this physical world for a reason. We have lessons to learn hereexperiences both good and bad that we must face without the intervention of those who have passed on.
Deceased souls know that there is no harm in making us aware of their existence. Those of us ready to learn the truth of the afterlife will seek it out on our own, after all. No one can be forced to read a book like this one and perform its methods. The majority of you reading these words (including believers and skeptics) are doing so because it's the right time for you to conclusively learn the lesson of survival after bodily death. Believers can always use proof to add to their faith, and true skepticspeople who approach subjects scientifically and with open mindscan use a little proof to allow faith to arise within.
Just a few lines ago I said "the majority of you reading" because the rest of you are reading these words to quickly dismiss the methods in this book without giving them a sincere try. And that's okay. Some need to learn or conclude for themselves that there is no such thing as an afterlife; these souls have a goal of learning about the spirit world once they're a part of it.
Those of you planning to use these Seven Methods, however, please don't approach the practice of afterlife communication with the goal of having the dead make your life easier. They are not genies waiting to obey your wishes.
Rather than performing services on demand, the dead have other things to offer us: messages of love, words of comfort, and the knowledge that we will go on. Indeed, these are their goals for contacting us. Respect the deceased and seek them out with these ideas in mind. I guarantee that if you approach the dead with humility and respect, with love and positive intentions, these souls will reward you in ways you could not have anticipated.
They do care about our plight here. After all, they were once here, too (maybe more than once, as we'll see later). Some, believing themselves to still be in touch with what it means to be on this side of the veil, may even offer help on their own. That's fine if it happens. Consider it a gift.
However, can you count on everything they tell you? Offered in love as it may be, is advice from the other side always safe to follow?
Concept Two: The Value of Their Wisdom
The belief of certain disincarnated souls is that they're still in sync with us. As a result, some may offer verbal assistance or a tidbit of wisdom. But carefully consider what you're doing before following spirit advice or asking for it. In either case you may be dealing with data that's flawed for one of two reasons: either the soul may have no real knowledge of the topic it's speaking about, or the soul might not be whoever it claims to be.
First let's address the problem of expertise. People turn to the paranormal for answers to some of the most bizarre questions. They want the dead to tell them about the future, predict upcoming lottery numbers, reveal an illness remedy or other health information, provide career or investment advice, or offer some tips for hooking up with a certain romantic interest. But do the dead really have knowledge in any of these areas?
Those on the other side cannot make us aware of the future; you'll get a better idea of this in later chapters. When asked why they can't reveal the future, they will give ambiguous answers. It's difficult to tell if they are forbidden to tell us what lies ahead by some higher power, are unable to see tomorrow and beyond, or a little of each. One voice I captured on tape using Method Three said, "Your tomorrows depend on their yesterdays." Like many spirit messages, the wording of this one sounds a bit odd (more on spirit cadence and phrasing in Part II), but it makes a clear enough point. Perhaps the dead can't know our future if we haven't determined it yet. If I were to tell you that you'd die in a bus wreck on your next birthday, for instance, and you stayed home that day, well ... no bus would be able to hit you. What we do today influences our tomorrows.
How about health? Can the dead act as phantom physicians? I seriously advise you don't eschew your doctor for a wise-sounding soul. No researcher of afterlife communication, myself included, has ever received concrete evidence that the dead can diagnose our health and prescribe effective treatment. Even if souls claim to have been doctors on this plane of existence, they are not exactly in the best position in the afterlife to have you open up and say "ahh." Also, as painful as it might be for some living relatives accept, many souls are in the afterlife because they didn't take the greatest care of themselves while still among us. Please keep these points in mind should you converse on health matters with the dead.
How about everyone's favorite supernatural pursuit: wealth through unseen means? Seeker beware. Even if you come across souls who were well-off in their lifetimes, the circumstances surrounding their wealth may be so different than the factors in your own life that you're likely to be confused by any advice they give you. Or worse, you may contact a soul who never managed to save any money and whose squandering ways were magnified by time spent in the nonmaterial afterlife. As you'll soon learn, the afterlife is a place where the dead can mentally create anything they desire. Their view of how we should get what we want? Skewed at best. A soul like this may help you not only run through all your available cash, but even get you into trouble with your creditors. You can't simply wish some more cash into being, and most of the deceased won't be able to understand this. Consider yourself warned.
What about love? I'm certain that to ensure the most positive experiences contacting the deceased, love is the emotion you should have in your heart. However, obtaining earthly love is not a goal to have in mind when making such contact. You should not approach the dead with questions about getting a certain someone to notice you. Again, the nature of the afterlife makes the souls there unable to help you. As we'll get to in chapter 3, the dead live in a world where everyone resonates at the same level of development and can communicate using thought alone. It would therefore be difficult to find a soul in the afterlife who's still able to understand the limits of human communication. For us here, when it comes to romance, finding the right person has to remain an act of trial and error. The dead can offer little advice on how to read someone's "signals." Accustomed to thought-based communication, those on the other side couldn't understand how the unspoken aspects of courtship work on earth.
It's important to note that all the preceding advice only applies to encounters with friendly soulsthose who mean well and are the individuals they claim to be. Remember how I mentioned earlier that a soul might not be who it pretends to be? These pranksters or pretenders are the reason why identity verification becomes important.
Afterlife communication is far from being an exact, foolproof science. It's not always possible to contact a particular soul, and speaking with the dead can therefore, depending on the day and the circumstances, range from frustrating to awe-inspiring. On occasion, one of your failed attempts to contact someone may lure pretenders, or souls who derive pleasure from trying to fool you.
When we explore the nature of the afterlife in chapter 3, you'll get a better idea of why some souls are less than honest. But for now, know that the closest realm to us is one where low-level spirits are confined after death. This realm is a place where suicides, criminals, and many other types of confused souls have to work out their particular problems before moving on to higher levels. Unfortunately, because the low, purgatory-like realm is closest to our physical one, it is sometimes easy for one of these self-torturing souls to make contact with us. And you can imagine the types of messages an undeveloped soul would enjoy delivering.
Again, we'll go more into the realms of the afterlife later on. Just remember for the time being that a soul residing in the lower levels will be only too happy to lie to you, and may even revel in causing you emotional distress.
Check the identity of a soul you speak with for any significant period of time. If you plan on asking this being about matters that are important to you, make sure you're asking whom you think you're asking. Verify that it's really, say, Uncle Charles before you let him deliver a disturbing message about the whereabouts of another deceased relative. Don't let a prankster tell you that a loved one is lost forever, suffering, or some other similar nonsense. Protect your happiness by getting verification of your source's identity and thereby getting accurate information.
As a test, ask things of questionable souls that only your true loved ones would know. A prankster on the low planes couldn't possibly know what your grandma's favorite song was, couldn't guess the date she died, and therefore couldn't adequately keep up the charade of impersonating her. Some might argue that these pranksters could read your mind and tell you anything you wanted to hear. I've found just the opposite to be true. Whenever I suspected a low-level soul was up to trickery, I'd ask a question that would stump it.
Verification is easy, as long as you don't make the mistake of wanting to accept the claimed identity of every soul that comes through. The minute or two you spend checking on a soul's identity will be well worth it when you're able to remember forever that you indeed made contact with a loved one.
The Dangers of Getting Too Close
Once you're sure that the soul on the "other end of the line" is really the one you are looking for, you are ready to enjoy a reunion few would believe possible. By all means, enjoy this moment when you achieve it. Listen carefully and honestly express anything you want to tell this soul. With contact established he or she will hear your every word. Depending on the method you're using, you may find you have several minutes where a two-way dialogue occurs.
Or you may not. A great disappointment for many beginning afterlife communicators is the realization that it's not always possible to establish normal-sounding, two-way chats with the dead. Sometimes the presence of the great veil separating our worlds becomes all too apparent during a contact session.
Throughout this book you'll come across reminders that the dead are actively working towards improving the lines of communication between our worlds. Some souls, acting as engineers or phantom mediums, make it their afterlife work to relay messages back and forth. Indeed, some of these helpful souls may be the first ones you come across when experimenting with the Seven Methods.
Considering the messages I and other researchers around the world have received, it has become clear that the work being done on the other side to improve communication is progressing. However, speaking with the dead is still not a flawless process. Certain souls will not be able to deliver more than a sentence or two per session, some may only utter a word or two. Be prepared to accept this unfortunate reality.
As delightful as it will be to hear a long-missed voice again, know that it's rare to be able to have a deceased person be a normal part of your day-to-day life through spirit communication. It may be hours or days before you succeed with your first method from this book, but it could be weeks, months, or even longer before you establish meaningful dialogue that lasts for minutes.
Often, beginning afterlife communication is limited to a few phrases coming from multiple souls. You'll find many of the dead more than willing to talk, and they'll crowd around whatever line of communication you have open for them. Once I started getting my first voices on tape, I found that rarely did the same voice appear twice. It was reminiscent of the chat phone lines from the days before the Internet. If you called one of them you would most often hear just a bunch of different voices saying "Hello," one after another.
Don't be discouraged if at first you get nothing but a string of greetings and maybe your name a few times. Both you and the souls will eventually strengthen the link and greatly increase the quality and length of your sessions. Until then, make the best of each "sitting."
Interaction time with the deceased is precious and should be used wisely. Don't waste any of it getting frustrated over a voice that slipped away. Accept that each soul will speak for as long as it possibly can, and will return as soon as it has the strength to make the effort. (Most souls have indicated that bridging the gap between us for prolonged amounts of time is not easy.)
Never push for inane, repetitive conversation just for the sake of hearing the dead. Think of each sentence you utter or each answer you wait for as coming from the world's most expensive analog cellular phone. Before these days of affordable digital wireless service, analog cell phones were used only for quick, concise calls ("Honey, I'm running late," or "My car's stuck on exit 53"). Use your spirit communication time in an economical manner, too. Carefully choose each question you pose and relish every word you receive in response.
Remember that the most comforting messages you receive may be only two or three words long. "I'm here" or "I love you" are good examples of short phrases we'd all like to hear.
Assuming that you do eventually develop a link strong enough to allow for longer, almost everyday-sounding dialogue with a particular soul, please proceed with caution. Make certain you're strong enough to accept that the line of communication may be broken for a while. As the dead will tell you, sometimes it's just not possible to chat. So don't suffer the tortures of loss againbe ready for quiet spells in your experiments.
Also, the opposite could happen. You may contact a soul who is capable of communicating at practically any time and for as long as you'd like. If this happens you might find yourself living between worlds all the time, maybe more focused on the land of the dead than that of the living. Remember that we're here for a reason. Make sure your pursuit of afterlife communication and your rekindled relationships with lost loved ones don't prevent you from accomplishing what you were put here to do.
Fascination or obsession with contacting the dead can occur in those who feel they want only to be with a particular loved one again. Enjoy the good feelings afterlife communication brings, but try to avoid getting too close. Your personal contacts on the other side will no doubt tell you the same thing. Moderation is necessary here. Don't let this practice consume you; let it only expand your awareness of the true universe.
Concept Four: An Evil Pursuit?
So far in this chapter you've read tips designed to ensure that you have beneficial experiences with the Seven Methods. However, these tips were included for those who are ready to try the methods. Having explained what I feel are important preparatory steps and warnings, it's now time to address some concerns that many of you no doubt haveconcerns that may prevent you from delving any further into this book.
Is it evil to speak with the dead? Christians and Jews may cite the Bible when asked such a question. In Deuteronomy 18, verses 10 and 11 comment on supernatural practices forbidden by God. The list identifies wrongdoers as "diviners," "enchanters," "witches," and "charmers," as well as "necromancers," or those who tell the future by way of the dead. So, if one is to follow the Bible to the letter, then it is evil to divine using the dead. Of course, as I already mentioned, trying to tell the future through the use of the dead is not a practical pursuit.
Even if someone tried to argue that the Bible is referring to all communication with the other side, we have to ask ourselves: can one mention or line in the Bible be trusted as a valid expression of the will of the Creator?
Written in early languages like Aramaic and ancient Hebrew, the Bible has been translated and recopied by hand hundreds, if not thousands, of times during the course of its dissemination throughout the world. Yet, millions never consider the possibility that errors could have crept into it. Why is this so often overlooked? Retranslations don't hold up well in the scholarly world, for instance. If a modern-day professor were to translate a document from Greek to English, after it had already been converted from Hebrew to Greek, he or she could not place the result in a scholarly document as a primary source. It's a recognized fact that errors are introduced through translations and verbal or written retellings.
The idea that mistakes result from relaying messages is even the basis for a child's game. Have you ever played Telephone Operator? In this game, one person makes up a message, whispers it to the player next to him or her, who then whispers the message to the next person, and so on around a circle. When the last player announces the message he or she heard, it's rarely the same as the original (not to mention a lot funnier). Imagine then what can happen to a document that's been passed around and recopied for centuries.
How do we know that Deuteronomy ever frowned on spirit communication? Couldn't its words have gotten garbled over the years? In the Bible prophets would ascend a mountain to do nothing other than communicate with a dead prophet or ancestor. Even Christ spoke with Moses in such a manner. Was Christ or the other spiritual individuals before him evil? Certainly not.
Some of the messages we receive through afterlife communication are positive, helpful, and full of hope. Could God (no matter what name you give to him or her or it) really frown upon such a practice? I don't believe so, and neither do many of the world's religions. In the Far East it is considered natural to pray to one s ancestors. This same belief was held by American Indians, as well as by enough tribes in other lands to cast the majority vote in favor of spirit communication as a beneficial practice.
While I wouldn't want any of you to do something you're uncomfortable with, I urge those who are able to set aside preconceived notions to give the Seven Methods a try and experience the true nature of afterlife communication. Let the voices from the other side explain how certain dogmas only hold back one's development, rather than help it along.
The techniques you'll learn in these pages are not related to any particular religion. The dead live in an afterlife where all creeds and races coexist peacefully. Sure, some groups do form there, but only because it's a universal, natural desire to want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals from time to time. However, there is no exclusive heaven just for Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, and so on. One day, we'll all be in the afterlife together. And for now, we all have the right to communicate with those already over there.
Search your own conscience. If you feel that speaking with the dead is for some reason evil, that you shouldn't be allowed to explore the most exciting portal to the truths of why we're here, then don't proceed.
But if you feel that our Creator truly does love us all equally, then consider that he would want us to learn more about his universe and share our love between the worlds.
I hope you'll explore the possibilities in the chapters that follow.
Meet the Author
Konstantinos is a recognized expert on occult, new age, and paranormal topics. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and technical writing from New York Polytechnic Institute. He is a published author of articles and short fiction which have been featured in numerous publications including Popular Electronics, The Spook, and FATE Magazine. Konstantinos is a popular lecturer on the paranormal at colleges and bookstores in the New York City area and he has appeared on CNBC's After Hours and The Ricki Lake Show.
A Dark Neopagan, Konstantinos has been researching the occult and practicing magick for over fifteen years. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Konstantinos now devotes his time to writing, singing Gothic rock music, and exploring nocturnal life in New York City and around the country.
Konstantinos is also the author of Vampires: The Occult Truth, Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation, Speak with the Dead: 7 Methods for Spirit Communication, Gothic Grimoire, Nocturnal Witchcraft,Nocturnicon: Calling Dark Forces and Powers, and the forthcoming Werewolves: The Occult Truth (September 2010).
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