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Both Agreements and DisagreementsWhen a person dies, their personality survives and generally crosses over into spirit life.

AgreeQuestion 149. What Happens to the soul at the moment of death?" Answer:It becomes a spirit again that is to say, it returns to the world of spirits which it had temporarily left."

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec
pg. 91 , 2003

AgreeAll my research with subjects in a higher state of consciousness indicates to me that upon death we go directly from one astral plane around Earth through the gateway into the spirit world...Many describe a tunnel effect. All souls from Earth then quickly move into the bright light of the spirit world. This is a single ethereal space without zones or barriers around it.

Destiny of Souls, Michael Newton
pg. 52, 2003

AgreeDeath always seems to the beholder of it to be such a solitary business, as perforce, it must be to some extent. But our help is always at hand, though help comes usually after the severance of the magnetic cord when the spirit body is free from the earthly body. The severance will take place in a perfectly natural manner, just as the leaf will fall from the tree. It is then that the moment comes for us to step in and offer our assistance. I say offer assistance because we do not force our services upon anyone. However, in all our experience so far, our offers of help have never been scorned. On the contrary, people are only too glad to leave themselves entirely in our hands.

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia
pg. Chapt1, 1968

Agree The actual process of physical death must be undertaken alone, and in this sense it is a solitary business. But as soon as the spirit body is free then we can begin. So far I have been speaking of people who are destined for the bright realms of the spirit world. Equally, assistance is offered to those whose lives on earth have brought them to the dark realms. It is a safe rule to say that no person passing into the spirit world at dissolution does so unattended. There is always someone there. But in so many cases we are prevented from giving any help by the spiritual state of the soul we are approaching. In fact, approach becomes impossible, and so we can do nothing but watch the soul depart upon its way into darkness. Naturally, if we can perceive the tiniest glimmer of light issuing from such a soul, we do our best to fan it into something more resembling a flame.

Here and Hereafter, Anthony Borgia
pg. Chap2, 1968

Agree"I had a sinking feeling. The daylight seemed to go. I swayed about in the dark and felt slightly giddy. Then the atmosphere became light and I heard the voices of my dear boys [who had 'passed on']. After a time of unconsciousness I suddenly became clearer...and saw my boys, my brothers and many others round me." (Rev. C. Drayton Thomas, In The Dawn Beyond Death, pg.20)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 14, 1974

Agree"A great darkness swooped down on me like a bird. Then there was relief, expansion, a sense of being freed from an intolerable weight. I came out into a strange clearness and could not believe that I had died." (Geraldine Cummins, They Survive, pg.49)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 16, 1974

Agree... the Sadhu was told, "Death is like sleep. There is no pain in the passing, except in the case of a few bodily diseases and mental conditions...Many only with great difficulty realize that they have left the material world...They imagine that they are visiting some country of the physical world. It is only when they have been more fully instructed that they realize their 'passing'. Loved ones who have died before are permitted to attend the death-beds of believers. On entering the world of spirits they at once feel at home-their friends are about them and they had long been preparing themselves for that home while on earth". (Sadhu Sundar Singh, Visions of the Spiritual World, 1926)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 18, 1974

Agree"I began to feel a heavy weight. Gradually I realized that this weight was slipping away from me-or, rather, I was sliding out from it, as if someone were drawing his hand out from a wet glove. Then I began to feel free at one end, so to speak, and then I began to see again. I saw once more the room and the people in it. Then I was free! I saw myself lying stretched out on the bed, and from my mouth came, as it were, a cord of light. It vibrated for a moment, then snapped. At that moment someone said, "I think he has gone"...Then the room seemed to fade away. I was in the most exquisite scenery imaginable..." (S.M Ward, Gone West, 1917, pg 28)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 18, 1974

Agree"Without dreaming, without delirium, I actually saw 'J.' and she spoke to me. It was a dreamy consciousness, for I was affected by the exhaustion of my Physical Body. I felt a connection with it [=the 'silver cord'], severed as I was. The mourners around my bed wept. I seemed to feel the force of their grief and I longed to assuage it. Unconsciousness then came. I awokd on a wonderful plain." (Anon. (King's Counsel'), Bear Witness)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 19, 1974

AgreeGradually I found that my real self was being separated from my body, until I was floating in the air above it. I tried to free myself from the cord [= the silver 'cord'] that still held me to my useless body, and it became gradually thinner until at last it snapped...I succeeded in assuming an erect position, floating in the air just above the ground. I spoke to a man but he did not hear me. Then I saw friends who had been dead some time. I lost consciousness and woke to find myself in hospital. I was puzzled, having no idea I had been killed. (Margaret Vivian, The Doorway, 1941, p 15)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 26, 1974

AgreeI felt nothing, only a nasty knock, and turned to look for the fellow who had struck me. I knew no more. I fell asleep. Then I saw lots of my friends, all smiling at me. A brother officer stretched out his hand, saying, 'Come along, old chap!' I took his hand and knew that I had passed to where war is no more...Things seemed familiar. Many places I had often visited in my dreams... (Lilian Walbrook, The Case of Lester Coltman, 1924, p xiv)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 26, 1974

AgreeWe went 'over the top'....It was twenty minutes before I realized that I had 'passed over'. During that time, although my Physical Body was lying on the field, I went on with the attacking party, thinking I was still alive [=in physical embodiment]. I then found that those around me could not see me and went back and saw my body, lying dead' (Lilian Walbrook, The Case of Lester Coltman, 1924, p 25)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 26, 1974

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Both Agreements and DisagreementsA person crossing over after a long life and without complications of disease or trauma will generally have a sense of peace and be prepared to be met by some form of energy on the other side. They know that they are going to be met by spirits of their past loved ones.

AgreeQuestion 157. Does the soul ever experience, at the moment of death, a desire or an ecstasy that gives it a glimpse of the world it is about to re-enter? Answer:The soul often feels the loosening of the bonds that attach it to the body and it does its utmost to hasten and complete the work of separation. Already partially freed from matter, it sees the future unroll before it and enjoys, in anticipation, the spirit-state it is about to return to.

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec
pg. 94, 2003

AgreeQuestion 160 Does the spirit immediately find itself in the company of the ones it knew on Earth who died before it? Answer: Yes, and more or less promptly depending on the strength of their mutual affection. Spirits will often come to meet a spirit on its return to the spirit-world and help to free it from the bonds of matter. Others, which a spirit knew but lost sight of on Earth will also come to meet it. Finally, it can both see those in the spirit-world and visit the ones who are still incarnated.

The Spirits Book: Modern English Edition, Allan Kardec
pg. 95, 2003

AgreeWilfred Brandon (Open the Door. 1935, pg.27) stated: "Usually friends or relatives take the newly-dead man in charge. This is sure to be so if, before death he has sent out thoughts of them."

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 10, 1974

AgreeIn Proceedings, SPR, XXIV, pg 351 - 'Bennie' told his parents, "When you are called to this beautiful world, I shall be the first to greet and help you."

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 10, 1974

Agree"I had a sinking feeling. The daylight seemed to go. I swayed about in the dark and felt slightly giddy. Then the atmosphere became light and I heard the voices of my dear boys [who had 'passed on']. After a time of unconsciousness I suddenly became clearer...and saw my boys, my brothers and many others round me." (Rev. C. Drayton Thomas, In The Dawn Beyond Death, pg.20)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 14, 1974

AgreeA constant feature of the experiences described in natural death is the fact that the person concerned was 'met', aided and welcomed by friends and relatives who had 'gone before'. Many insisted that the act of dying involved no pain, and said they saw the Physical Body lying on the bed, reminding them of a discarded garment. Everything was so natural that the fact of transition was often unrealized at first. They found they could not be seen or heard by (non-psychic) friends still in the flesh. Meanwhile any undue grief on the part of the latter enveloped the newly-dead in gloom and despondency.

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 17, 1974

Agree... the Sadhu was told, "Death is like sleep. There is no pain in the passing, except in the case of a few bodily diseases and mental conditions...Many only with great difficulty realize that they have left the material world...They imagine that they are visiting some country of the physical world. It is only when they have been more fully instructed that they realize their 'passing'. Loved ones who have died before are permitted to attend the death-beds of believers. On entering the world of spirits they at once feel at home-their friends are about them and they had long been preparing themselves for that home while on earth". (Sadhu Sundar Singh, Visions of the Spiritual World, 1926)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 18, 1974

Agree"Without dreaming, without delirium, I actually saw 'J.' and she spoke to me. It was a dreamy consciousness, for I was affected by the exhaustion of my Physical Body. I felt a connection with it [=the 'silver cord'], severed as I was. The mourners around my bed wept. I seemed to feel the force of their grief and I longed to assuage it. Unconsciousness then came. I awokd on a wonderful plain." (Anon. (King's Counsel'), Bear Witness)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 19, 1974

Agree'Heslop" affirmed: "The act of dying is absolutely painless. The contortions frequently witnessed are purely muscular: the dying man does not feel them as pain...The process begins at the feet and ... emerges from the head. Occasionally, the spiritual counterpart, when released, assumes a perpendicular position, but more generally floats horizontally above the dying form. It may remain some time in this position for it is attached to the body by a fine filmy cord. Death does not take place until this cord has been severed. In most cases...beloved arisen friends of the one who dies come about him at the last to break this cord and bear him away... (F. Heslop, Life Worth Living, pg 26)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 21, 1974

AgreeGradually I found that my real self was being separated from my body, until I was floating in the air above it. I tried to free myself from the cord [= the silver 'cord'] that still held me to my useless body, and it became gradually thinner until at last it snapped...I succeeded in assuming an erect position, floating in the air just above the ground. I spoke to a man but he did not hear me. Then I saw friends who had been dead some time. I lost consciousness and woke to find myself in hospital. I was puzzled, having no idea I had been killed. (Margaret Vivian, The Doorway, 1941, p 15)

The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications, Robert Crookall
pg. 26, 1974

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As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death.

—Count Leo Tolstoy