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Survival of Death
Record Type: Review   ID: 1334

Living On: How Consciousness Continues and Evolves After Death

Beard, Paul

 The President of the College of Psychic Studies attempts to review existing evidence for survival of death to see what can be learned about the possible continuation and evolution of consciousness after death. The book is based on purported postmortem communications of high caliber. The primary communicators cited are Oliver Lodge, Mrs. Willett, Frederic Myers, Helen Salter, Frances Banks, persons known to C. Drayton Thomas, and T.E. Lawrence. Beard discusses the methodology involved and the reliability of the sources, and whether or not it is morally justifiable to approach this material. He analyzes the postmortem accounts under the headings: "What It Is Like To Die and Find One's Identity Intact"; "The Illusion of the `Summerland'"; "The Judgment"; and "Life in the First, Second and Third Heavens." A chapter is devoted to reincarnation, which is frequently alluded to in the accounts. He concludes that a life of growth continues in the individual after death. He writes that this "spiritual task which lies before men and women on earth and those who have passed through death is a shared and common one . . . . This task is the regeneration of the world by regeneration of the individual, and the bringing to earth of the Kingdom of Heaven" (p. 194).
Publisher Information:New York: Continuum, 1981. 202p. Chapter notes; Index: 200-202
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