Array (  => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 9319 [post_author] => 3589 [post_date] => 2015-01-01 00:29:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-01 00:29:44 [post_content] => Have you ever noticed how closed-minded skeptics (CMS) rarely if ever have any experiences with psychic faculties or “the paranormal” in general? Soviet research into psychokinesis involving Nina Kulagina several decades ago demonstrated qualitatively that a skeptic’s mere presence does have an effect on a psychic’s ability to function properly. Hence, with a CMS (or several) in the room or otherwise involved in the experiment, a psychic is more likely to “fail,” thus “proving” the CMS right (at least in his own narrow reality tunnel). It is merely a case of self-fulfilling prophecy. New-science researcher and filmmaker David Wilcock has suggested that if consciousness creates all known energy, it can manipulate matter, and is ultimately a vibrational movement of etheric/zero point energy, then the level of consciousness, intelligence, or love present is directly proportional to the vibrational speed of ether/torsion in that locality. Higher speeds invite higher degrees of intelligence and/or love because there is then more energy available, meaning will has more fuel for exerting effects on “external” systems (Wilcock, The Science of Oneness). Dr. Valerie Hunt’s research in her book Infinite Mind showed a correlation between auric frequencies and the “level” of consciousness occupied by the individual. Healers, mediums, and mystics showed higher frequencies in their electromagnetic fields than others not of those categories, illustrating that those possessed of “higher” consciousness are, in some sense, literally “on a higher frequency.” Those fixated on or believing solely in “material reality” exhibited lower dominant frequencies and were bereft of the higher. In fact, gamma frequencies in the brain of 40–100 Hertz—the highest of the better known bands of brainwave frequencies (the higher band being Lambda, reaching up to about 200 Hz (Extraordinary States, http://www.bethcoleman.net/gamma.html)—have been linked to the ability to manifest intention in the world. Gamma states represent the brain in hyperdrive, working at its most intense. “This oscillation is conducive to creating links across many parts of the brain,” (Church, D., The Genie in Your Genes, Energy Psychology Press, 2009, p. 99) facilitating an integrated whole-brain state. Paradoxically, the extreme high and low ends of the brainwave spectrum have the same states of consciousness associated with them, and different oscillations can be present at once in different parts of the same brain (Extraordinary States. To illustrate, Russian PK psi star Nina Kulagina (1926-1990)—who, under controlled experimental conditions, could (among other things) separate an egg yoke from the white from a distance of six feet while it floated in a saline solution using only her intention—exhibited low frequency theta brainwaves of 4 Hz normally associated with a deeply relaxed trance—while simultaneously showing extreme physiological agitation/arousal, including a pulse rate of 240 bpm. These strenuous efforts left her absolutely exhausted, and temporarily blind on that particular occasion, (Watson, L., Supernature, Coronet Books, Hodder Paperbacks Ltd, 1974, P 139-40). Perhaps all of the above explains why Kulagina’s PK abilities “worked better in an atmosphere of friendly mutual trust and belief”—PK, as we know, generally requires intense states of physiological arousal and higher frequency brainwave activity, all of which drains large reserves of bioenergy. PK is a higher brain function. Kulagina experienced less stress when working alone, and it was said that her PK ability was mood-dependent (both her own mood and that of the observers) and expended more energy in a hostile or skeptical atmosphere” (LaMoth, J.D. & L.F. Maire III, Defense Intelligence Agency, Soviet and Czechoslovakian Parapsychology Research, 1975) where the collective vibration would have been lowered. Hostile skeptics have something of an innate psi—or consciousness—damping effect; they literally operate at a lower frequency, their mind fields interfering with those of the test subject. The fact that separate minds interact via measurable electromagnetic—and some not-so-measurable—fields has been proven by Hunt and others, and I detail much of this research in my book, The Grand Illusion. Vol. I., A Synthesis of Science & Spirituality (Balboa Press). The contrast between open-minded skepticism and closed-minded skepticism can be the difference, for example, between genuine and obvious mediumship as compared to a less successful demonstration (or a complete nonevent). Well-known, American medium Allison DuBois amusingly comments that when she “brought through” her first deceased professional psychic-medium, communicating with and understanding him was very easy; communicating with deceased former skeptics, on the other hand, she likens to pulling mud through a colander. For her, the more open-minded people are more pleasant in death than those who lived with closed minds (DuBois, A., We Are Their Heaven, Fireside, 2006, p 45). Negativity causes chaos or entropy in the local ambient (and personal) energy fields, whereas positivity, gratitude, or love cause coherence, beauty and order—consider the instances of saints and yogis whose dead bodies have remained impervious to decay weeks, months, and years! (The Grand Illusion). Hence, the mere presence of a skeptic (especially a dogmatic and belligerent one) during psychical research may cause disorder and potentially negate psi effects; they create incoherence or “psi-damping” effects (just one of the many reasons that no sane or well informed psychic would ever get involved with the thought fields connected to any “super skeptics” psychic “challenges”). Closed-minded skeptics act as human frequency scramblers and—somewhat ironically—psychically manifest their own beliefs, albeit unconsciously. (Fear of failure—which might be likely to increase around hostile observers—also plays a role in some psi experiments, creating inner conflict in the subject that can negate results.) Practically speaking, the minds of the experimenter/s and the subject are entangled in ether/zero point field/vacuum/time-space/implicit order, and therefore psi-negative beliefs belonging to the mind or torsion/scalar field of the former can deleteriously affect the psi operations of the latter’s. In 1942 psychologist and parapsychologist Gertrude Schmeidler initiated her infamous “sheep-goat” experiments, designed to test whether belief and open-mindedness would enhance psi function in contrast to skepticism. Two groups, “sheep” who believed in or were simply open to psi, and “goats” who did not believe, were put through identical standard controlled ESP tests. The outcome indicated that believers in the possibility of ESP scored better than those who did not: the disbelievers scored lower, ergo belief is a legitimate variable mediating psi functions (Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler). Some disbelievers have actually produced results significantly below chance (Radin, D., Entangled Minds, Paraview Pocket Books, 2006)—manifesting their negative belief in psi—to statistically significant levels. The irony is delicious. Dr. Mario Varvoglis was President of the Parapsychological Association from 2001-02 and has been involved in psi research since the mid-1970s. Of Schmeidler’s research he has said that the sheep-goat discrepancy “has been confirmed by many other researchers. A meta-analysis by [psychologist Tony Lawrence], covering 73 experiments by 37 different researchers, clearly confirms that subjects who believe in psi obtain, on the average, higher results than those who do not believe in it.” (Mario Varvoglis, www.parapsych.org.html). Lawrence’s meta-analysis involved all sheep-goat, forced-choice experiments conducted between 1947 and 1993 and consisted of more than 685,000 guesses by 4,500 participants. (Forced-choice studies tend to engage the analytical left brain more because of front-loading the subject with data from the start, whereas in free-response studies the subject is unaware of what the target may be and leaves the right hemisphere to operate with less interference. Targ and Puthoff found in their early research that the latter method was more effective. Hence you often hear psychics in informal situations say to their sitter before the reading, “Don’t tell me anything,” the overall results were strongly in favor of the sheep-goat effect-to such an extent, in fact, that to reduce the results statistically to chance would have required an additional 1,726 unpublished and/or nonsignificant studies. No plausible explanations for this result other than psi have been put forth. (Lawrence, T., “Gathering in the Sheep and Goats: A Meta-analysis of Forced Choice Sheep-Goat ESP Studies,” 1947-1993. Proceedings of Presented Papers: Parapsychological Association 36th Annual Convention, 75-86.) American psychic and author Harold Sherman (1898–1987) had noted in the early 1940s that while it is possible to receive thought impressions from a skeptic, it is extremely difficult for someone of that mindset to act as receiver (Wilkins, H. & Harold Sherman, Thoughts Through Space, Hampton Roads, 2004). Even for professionals, trying to “receive” from a skeptic can be a big task (as per DuBois’ previous comments). Varvoglis confirms that the more open we are to psi experiences, the better the chances that the world will “respond” by creating them (Varvoglis, M., The Sheep/Goat Effect). Co-developer of the early American military’s remote viewing program (and one of the star remote viewers) Ingo Swann weighs in on Schmeidler’s sheep-goat tests, stating that the results initially came as a bombshell because, “Skeptics and disbelievers, of course, very much desired not to be seen as dysfunctional regarding something they were trying to debunk.” Ergo, after these experiments were replicated variously by other researchers with similar results, “skeptics and disbelievers decided NOT to take part in ESP tests. In any event, here was something to be swept under mainstream carpets ... ” (Swann). It is important to realize, as author and former host of the PBS television series Thinking Allowed Jeffrey Mishlove points out, that the sheep-goat studies do not necessarily distinguish those who believe in ESP from those who do not. In most studies, the “sheep” merely accepted the possibility that ESP could occur in the test situation, while many of the “goats” were willing to accept that ESP could occur between people who loved each other, or in certain times of crisis; but they did not accept that ESP might operate for them in their test situation (Mishlove, J., The Roots of Consciousness). On that basis, imagine how psi-negative the beliefs of the fanatical and hostile “skeptic” must be. It is far better to be open to possibility than closed to it for fear of one’s beliefs being wrong. Harold Sherman, who was ahead of his time, articulated the role of belief and the subconscious mind in the attempt to function as a successful receiver in a psi endeavor, explaining that telling yourself with certitude that there is no such thing as psi is tantamount to instructing your subconscious mind to shut down the psi faculties so they do not operate for you (Wilkins & Sherman). The late American intuitive Edgar Cayce found that there were various factors that could prevent him from giving a reading for someone by hindering or blocking his subconscious mind; for instance, the thoughts of those in the room who were “not in accord with the type, class or character of information sought at that particular time.” Because of the sensitivity of the process, as well as the difficulty of interpreting the Akashic records themselves, “anyone present for a reading had to be unified in his or her desire to be of help to the questioner.” The absence of this synergistic factor could, and in some cases did, blunt Cayce’s ability “to reach that position, that plane, that sphere, from which the [data] was being sought.” (Todeschi, K., Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, A.R.E. Press, 1999, p 84–5) I am reminded of ex-skeptic Steve Pavlina’s comment that all skepticism achieves is the manifestation of more reasons to continue disbelieving: “It would be hard to manifest a more boring reality than that.” (Pavlina, S., The Death of Skepticism)—boring, limiting, and disempowering. In a dream-like reality such as ours, it pays to be open-minded. Assuming our reality to be a mechanistic and observer-independent universe devoid of consciousness merely creates that appearance in that individual’s subjective perception and experience of it. When you open your mind, strange things can start to happen that otherwise would not be permitted by your subconscious filters and your limiting conscious beliefs. The power of belief was demonstrated profoundly to various members of the American Psi Spies (government-funded military remote viewers) in their “nonphysical” excursions. They discovered that when a target site had some form of psi protection against them, they could circumvent that protection and resume viewing if the session monitor simply asked the viewer what he would find without the protection there (Marrs, J., PSI Spies, New Page Books, 2007, p 174–5). The mere belief in the reality of the psychic blockers on the part of the remote viewer meant that those blockers or scrambler frequencies appeared to succeed in doing their job. However, their effectiveness could be undermined by not believing in them or disregarding them altogether. Popular American author, futurist, and playwright Robert Anton Wilson (1932–2007) shared an interesting anecdote in Cosmic Trigger regarding his then-youngest daughter, Luna (who was sadly beaten to death in a store robbery at age fifteen). As a child, she had been meditating with two of her siblings when a sudden thud jolted them out of their trances. Luna, who had been on the right of her siblings, was suddenly on the left. Her brother and sister believed she had either levitated or teleported, though Luna herself could not remember moving. When Wilson discussed it with her, she made a stunningly insightful comment by any child’s standards. She told her father: “You believe in ESP, so it happens around you. You don’t believe in levitation, so it doesn’t happen around you.” (Wilson, R.A., Cosmic Trigger, New Falcon Publications, 1977, p 78–9). Believing (or disbelieving) is a creative act. Yet, observe one of the few cases where skeptics actually attempted to provide empirical evidence for one of their “it must be other than psi” rationalizations for psi-positive results. In 1939, psychologists Kennedy and Uphoff asked twenty-eight observers to record 11,125 mock ESP trials to see if “motivated recording errors” could explain positive ESP results. They found that 1.13% of the data was mis-recorded (as expected), but of the errors made by believers, 71.5% increased the ESP scores, while for skeptics, 100% of their errors decreased the ESP scores (Honorton, C., “Rhetoric over substance: the impoverished state of skepticism.” The Journal of Parapsychology, June, 1993). Such is the power of fanatical disbelief. With such ardency, anything resembling objectivity is impossible. As author and originator of the Matrix Energetics healing technique Richard Bartlett suggests in The Physics of Miracles, ask yourself “what if there are no rules?” (Bartlett, R., The Physics of Miracles, Atria Books, 2009). That is a much more psi-conducive form of mental software to run, because it opens up your own perceptions of reality to the massive variability and potential of the endless software programs of the Infinite. Brendan D. Murphy is a leading Australian researcher, thinker, and public speaker. He is author of The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality, Vol. 1, available at www.brendanmurphy.com. [post_title] => Self-Fulfilling Skepticism [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => self-fulfilling-skepticism [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-05 00:41:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-05 00:41:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://atlantisrisingmagazine.com/?p=9319 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 9312 [post_author] => 3589 [post_date] => 2015-01-01 00:24:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-01 00:24:39 [post_content] => As a Catholic school student growing up during the 1940s, I was taught to fear Purgatory nearly as much as Hell. It was just as horrific as hell, the “flames” just as searing, the despair and anguish just as great. The only difference was that it was not an eternal state. I might plan on spending years, possibly decades, perhaps even centuries, purging my sins in the fires of Purgatory, but eventually I would be released and experience the bliss of Heaven. Hell, on the other hand, was going to last forever. Martin Luther certainly didn’t care much for Purgatory. It was the primary issue iving rise to his break with the Catholic Church. He rebelled against the corruption involved with buying indulgences to shorten one’s sentence in Purgatory. But rather than attempt to make sense of Purgatory, Protestantism offered us a black-and-white afterlife, a dichotomy that is even more difficult to swallow than the Catholic view, one in which good and evil are absolutes. You are judged righteous and go to Heaven or wicked and go to Hell. There is no middle ground. Since most of us emerge as a blend of spiritual goodness and materialistic badness, one can only wonder how such a judgment can possibly be administered. Is there a threshold of righteousness? Would a just and loving God reward a person who barely makes it over the threshold with eternal ecstasy while condemning the person who just misses that threshold with eternal damnation? Traditional Jewish beliefs don’t help much in charting the afterlife, as there are different schools of thought within the overall Jewish umbrella, one school not even believing in an afterlife, another school believing in it but not concerned with it, and still other schools with varying degrees of concern. One school of believers holds that after death only the very righteous go to Gan Eden (Garden of Eden). The average person goes to an intermediate state, apparently Sheol, for punishment and/or purification, while the wicked go to Gehenna, a place of eternal punishment. Sheol seems to be the equivalent of the Catholic Purgatory, although some Jews believe Gehenna to be the intermediate state. So much of interpreting afterlife teachings is a matter of semantics, and we are left to wonder how much distortion there has been of the original writings by those translating them and passing them down over the centuries. For example, in John 14:2, Jesus is quoted, “In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you.” Greek scholars tell us the Greek word translated to “mansions” originally meant a stopping place or a temporary abode. This seemingly suggests a number of “abodes” between the traditional Heaven and Hell, pointing to a Purgatory of some kind, but the usual self-serving orthodox Christian interpretation is that Jesus was referring only to Heaven, that place or state where all the righteous settle in. Emanuel Swedenborg, the eighteenth century polymath and mystic who claimed to have visited the afterlife realms, wrote that he discovered infinite diversity in “Heaven” and “countless communities” during his clairvoyant explorations of the spirit world. Here again, we are left to wonder how his words were interpreted and translated. Edgar Cayce, the famous American “sleeping prophet” of the last century, told of taking a tour of many realms during one of his out-of-body experiences. He described how he encountered a stream of light he knew he must follow. In the lower or darker realms he saw “forms” that were floundering or lost and seeking the light. As the light grew stronger and stronger, he arrived at a place where individuals appeared much as they do today. Some seemed content, while others were striving for greater knowledge and light. A recurring theme in the many books that grew out of Spiritualism, so popular during the latter decades of the nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth century, is that the afterlife is not the humdrum Heaven and horrific Hell that so much of orthodox religion has taught, but rather it is made up of many planes, realms, spheres, levels, whatever name we choose to give them. We spiritually evolve from the darkest planes to the lighter ones, the Earth life being an opportunity to hasten progression in that evolution. In the very lowest sphere, we find spirits so “earthbound” in their thought that they don’t even know they are “dead.” These earthbound spirits failed to develop any significant spiritual consciousness while in the flesh and are living in a dream world. It is like having a nightmare in which all one’s transgressions play out before you. It is a “fire of the mind.” But, this earthbound condition is, according to Spiritualism, by no means eternal. With help from above, but mostly by his own volition, the earthbound spirit can gradually “awaken” to his condition and advance to a higher sphere. Just above the earthbound level, according to Spiritualism’s teachings, is a state in which spirits who developed a modicum of spiritual consciousness while in the flesh find themselves. It is as if they are in a stupor, awake at times and dreaming at other times. It has been likened to a person being absorbed in a movie, forgetting that it is just a movie and fully experiencing the emotion displayed on the screen. When the emotion becomes too great, the person might shift back into normal consciousness, reminding himself it is just a movie, before again drifting back into the unreality of it all. This state, called “Borderland” by some Spiritualists, is thought to be the equivalent of Purgatory. In effect, the spirit is seeing and experiencing the negative acts of his lifetime during the unconscious state, then reckoning with them in the conscious state. Once he or she has fully examined all the negatives, the spirit advances to the third realm, referred to as “Summerland.” But Summerland is not a state of pure light. It is not “Heaven.” It is between the pitch dark of the earthbound spirit and the pure light of the fully evolved spirit, a gray area, one in which the more average person—the individual who was neither especially righteous nor especially wicked during the earth life—finds himself. The conditions are much like those on the Earth plane, though not material. It is a thought world but one more real than the material world, we are told by the communicating spirits. The spirit in Summerland continues to learn and progress to higher levels, all said to be increasingly beyond human comprehension. Progression from one sphere to the next is believed by many to involve reincarnation—being reborn in the Earth life—but various teachings suggest that spirits can evolve and advance from one sphere to the next without reincarnating; that is, they can progress by education and good works in the spirit world. According to a number of Spiritualistic sources, Swedenborg continued to teach after his death in 1772, communicating through various mediums, including George T. Dexter, a New York physician. On May 22, 1853, Swedenborg communicated that the moral condition of the spirits of the lower spheres does not appear to differ materially from the moral condition of the unprogressive man in our world. “They may, it is true, have moments when their spirits yearn for the brighter spheres beyond their dark plane, when conscious of its birthright, the soul awakens to a sense of its own degradation, and realizes its true situation,” he communicated through Dexter, “but they live and act as unprogressive man does, daily performing their accustomed round of malicious action, and carrying out the designs of their blunted perceptions; and it is not till some event, out of the ordinary occurrences of life, arouses them completely and opens their understanding to the reception of truth, that they begin to progress. There is so little difference in the whole action of spirit-life from your life, except that one step forward has been made.” Swedenborg went on to say that spirits in the lower spheres live as if they do not realize there is anything beyond their own misty dwelling places, and as if they are incapable of being impressed with what is good and what is true. Francis Bacon, the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century English scientist and philosopher, partnered with Swedenborg in communicating through Dr. Dexter. On September 25, 1853, one of the circle sitters, a Mr. Warren, asked Bacon what impelled spirits in the lower and darker spheres to choose to go there and remain there indefinitely. “The reason is obvious,” Bacon replied. “The great law of like attracting like obtains throughout the whole of the spheres. When a departed spirit enters into the spheres, he is at once attracted where he finds congeniality of place and persons. They could not be happy in the bright spheres. They could find no enjoyment where there is either virtue or goodness. Thus their first efforts are to locate themselves where the acquired attributes of mind in all its workings may be gratified. Their bodies are gross and their minds still grosser.” Bacon added that there is in this condition of both body and mind a state which rejects magnetically all above and that they are compelled to take a place appropriate for their moral advancement or lack thereof. He said that the law of affinity is manifest as much in the higher spheres as in the lower and that no spirit can become bad all at once or good instantly, going on to say that the law of progression and retrogression is in full force in all spheres. Not long after the messages came through Dexter, Robert Hare, a renowned inventor and professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, received similar messages. As he came to understand the afterlife environment, there are many gradations between the lowest degrees of vice, ignorance, and folly and the highest degrees of virtue, learning, and wisdom. When we cross over to the other side after physical death, we take our place based on what Hare called a “moral specific gravity.” Although Hare set out to debunk mediums, he soon came to realize that, while there were frauds, there were genuine mediums between the living and the “dead.” He began asking communicating spirits about their abodes, their modes of existence, their theological doctrines, and diversities of their situations. He was told that there are seven spheres, the terrestrial sphere occupied by humans being the first, while the second sphere is where depraved spirits find themselves until they can begin the process of purification that allows them to ascend to higher spheres. When spirits reach the seventh sphere, they are entitled to enter the supernal Heaven. He was also informed that there are no visible boundaries between spheres, but spirits have a peculiar sense which makes them understand when they are passing from one sphere to another. Hare was informed that the spheres revolve with the Earth on a common axis around the sun, but they are not dependent on the sun for either light or heat. Rather, the spirit receives light and heat from his internal or spiritual correspondence. Moreover, there is no division of time. “Although we, like you, are constantly progressing toward perfection, our ideas of time and the seasons differ widely from yours; with you it is time—with us, eternity,” Hare’s deceased father informed him. “In the terrestrial sphere, a man’s thoughts, being bounded by time and space, are limited; but with us they are extended in proportion as we get rid of those restrictions and our perceptions of truth become more accurate.” Hare initially couldn’t conceive of living in an eternity even under the most favorable conditions we encounter on Earth. It would no doubt get pretty boring after a time, he reasoned. “The most favorable idea of Heaven given in Scripture seems to be that which identifies it with Paradise,” Hare wrote. “In other words, a most beautiful garden. But who would conceive an eternal residence in one garden, however superlative its attractions, as desirable?” As Hare was informed, however, it is human arrogance—the belief that we in the flesh can understand everything—that limits us, and we make a serious mistake in applying our limited terrestrial mentality and conditions to the celestial realms. In other words, they are beyond human comprehension. Swedenborg is said to have been among the advanced spirits who communicated with Allan Kardec, a French educator and philosopher who began investigating mediums in 1854. They answered questions on every conceivable subject, including God, pantheism, universal space, biblical accounts of creation, reincarnation, relationships beyond the grave, possession, the fate of children beyond the grave, spirit influence, war, capital punishment, slavery, dreams, free will, suicide, and fear of death, to name just some. As for Heaven and Hell, they informed Kardec that these are only symbols representing the extremes in the afterlife environment. “The situation of spirits and their way of looking at things are infinitely varied, according to their various degrees of moral and intellectual development,” Kardec explained what he had been told by the spirits. “Spirits of a high order generally make but short sojourns upon the earth; all that goes on here is so paltry in comparison with the grandeurs of infinity, the matters to which men attribute most importance appear to them so puerile, that the things of this earth have very little interest for them, unless they have been sent to it for the purpose of quickening progress of its people.” Swedenborg is said to have been one of 49 advanced spirits comprising a “soul group” communicating through the mediumship of William Stainton Moses, a Church of England priest who discovered his mediumship in 1872 while investigating mediums and initially assuming they were all fraudulent. “There are states and conditions to which souls naturally gravitate, and in those states or spheres there are divisions,” Moses was informed. “Souls attract souls by congeniality of pursuit, by similarity of temper, by remembrance of previous associations, or by present work. To some, life is more active; to some, more contemplative. They are different, yet equal in grade.” Moses was also told that the spheres are, indeed, separate states, and each has its own characteristics and peculiarities. He was cautioned about mistakenly trying to picture them like places in our world since humans are incapable of picturing them as they really are. Whether Purgatory is the “Borderland” of Spiritualism—the second sphere—or encompasses all of the varying shades of gray between the earthbound level and the highest sphere, seems to be a matter of definition. However we define it, it makes much more sense than the dichotomous Heaven and Hell of orthodox religion. If the Catholic Church had offered various shades of gray, I might be still be a Catholic. [post_title] => Exploring Purgatory [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => exploring-purgatory [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-05 00:26:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-05 00:26:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://atlantisrisingmagazine.com/?p=9312 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
© Atlantis Rising Magazine | WordPress design by TCWebsite
No part of this website or it's contents may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.