SET UP BY SPIRIT with Psychic Medium Suzanne Giesemann

May 22, 2019

Many of our community members have shared stories of or asked questions about after-death communication that Raymond does not feel fully qualified to address. 

Therefore, we have turned to some of our friends and experts to share what they know about connecting with Spirit. This is the second in our five-part series about after-death communication and is written by highly-respected psychic medium Suzanne Giesemann, author of several books including Messages of Hope and Still Right Here.


Suzanne Giesemann is a former U.S. Navy Commander who served as a commanding officer and as aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side has been recognized as highly credible by noted afterlife researchers. 

What happens after the body stops working?  The soul continues experiencing life and evolving from those experiences.  I’ve enjoyed many opportunities to connect family members on both sides of the veil. Those who have crossed repeatedly show us that they are still very much involved in their family’s lives.

I fondly recall receiving an email from a woman who learned that I would be speaking at a conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  She inquired if it would be possible to meet with me in person at that time to connect with family members who had passed. I noticed that she did not provide her full name and her email address appeared to be a temporary one.  I smiled at her efforts to remain...

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BELIEVE IT CAN HAPPEN with Psychic Medium Bill Philipps

May 16, 2019

Many of our community members have shared stories of or asked questions about after-death communication that Raymond does not feel fully qualified to address. 

Therefore, we have turned to some of our friends and experts to share what they know about connecting with Spirit. We start the five-part series with highly-respected psychic medium Bill Philipps, author of Signs from the Other Side.


Believe It Can Happen

An excerpt from Signs from the Other Side by Bill Philipps

Who hasn’t wished they could ask a departed loved one for advice, heal an unresolved rift, or even just ask where their grandmother’s strand of pearls is hidden? The best psychic mediums know what solace such messages can provide. They also know that communication with those on the other side can be cultivated by anyone with a sincere and open heart.

In Signs from the Other Side: Opening to the Spirit World beloved psychic medium Bill Philipps illuminates all of this for readers by demystifying what he does and providing step-by-step guidance that allows readers to receive afterlife communications themselves. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.


No matter what your beliefs, all you need to be able to recognize signs from heaven are an open mind and heart.

Opening your mind to receiving signs simply means believing it can happen. If you have faith in God or in the next life, you are already ahead of the game. If you don’t have a deep-rooted faith in God or in anything else, don’t fret; you...

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WAITING TO DIE: LIVING with LAUREN by Dr. Kenneth Ring

May 06, 2019

One of the things that makes waiting to die a somewhat bittersweet experience is my girlfriend Lauren, though I’m sure she would object to being called “a thing.” No, she is both my dream girl and the answer to this old man’s unspoken prayers. I don’t know how I would have survived these past few years without her loving care and all the many things she has done for me during this time to keep the ship of Ring afloat. So it sometimes makes me melancholy when I think that when I die, I will have to leave her behind since the practice of suttee does not seem to be in her repertoire. I will miss her dearly when the time comes for me to take up residence elsewhere.

Lauren and I met online in March, 2015, just as she was about to leave her home in Piedmont, California in order to join her son, Rob, a flight surgeon in the Navy, in Florida where he was to get his “wings.”  Lauren is, like me, an e-mail junkie, and in the first month of our correspondence, before we had met, we exchanged no fewer than 200 messages, some quite lengthy. I had obviously met my match and the epistolary girl of my dreams.  We fell in love writing to each other, but of course we didn’t even know each other — we were only words on a screen. All she knew about me by then was that I had apparently been married a dozen times and had had innumerable affairs.  I feared this one would turn out to be an affair to dismember.

Lauren is a therapist and like all therapists she had been seeing one for years.  Of course, it’s a game all therapists play...

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May 01, 2019

Two English Professors & A Match Made in Heaven

Weeks before Raymond and I  launched The University of Heaven, I started seeing social media posts from a near-death experiencer named Tricia Barker. She was launching the First Online NDE Summit with a beautiful high-definition image of a river with rolling hills and billowing clouds.

"That image is beautiful," I thought, intrigued by the woman who posted it.

I soon found out that the river in the image came from Tricia's near-death experience, and the idea of creating online summits grew from what she learned of her purpose in life during her NDE. "I was told to go back and become a teacher and start the Universe School, " Tricia explained.

After recovering from the injuries related to the life-threatening car accident that led to her NDE, Tricia did, indeed, become a teacher. Part of her teaching duties included creating online courses, so it seemed a natural fit for her to bring her gifts and call for teaching to the Internet. Tricia saw the potential of online instruction to offer greater access to high-risk students such as new mothers, head of households working more than one job and adults with learning challenges.

And more recently, she expanded her identity as a teacher to reach out to others to teach about the healing power of the light within ourselves to overcome some of life's biggest adversities. Tricia's life's lessons are shared in Angels in the OR, her recently published book about her near-death experience and the challenges and blessings...

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Apr 19, 2019

In 1992, Robert Borel compiled a 300-page manuscript entitled, Understanding Death: Similarities between the Near-Death Experience and the Esoteric Process of Dying

From that work, Robert created a video trilogy that compares what we know about the science of near-death experiences with esoteric teachings about death in the Ageless Wisdom tradition.  In this blog, Robert introduces the people, readings, and ideas that brought him to his significant work and offers links to his videos for all to enjoy. Thank you, Robert.


 . . . ponder most carefully and sanely upon the so-called enigma of death. It is an enigma to man, but not an enigma to disciples and knowers of the wisdom. During the next cycle . . . death will become a normal and understood process.        

Djwhal Khul Esoteric Healing,  390   Published 1942


Death: The Great Adventure by Robert Borel

Death: The Great Adventure, Part 1 by Robert J. Borel, M.A.

Death: The Great Adventure, Part 2 by Robert J. Borel, M.A.

Death: The Great Adventure, Part 3 by Robert J. Borel, M.A.


Life After Life

In 1975, I discovered a multi-page article in the Sunday newspaper devoted to Dr. Raymond Moody, Jr.’s new book, Life After Life.  The book was concerned with the “near-death experience” (NDE), a term Dr. Moody had coined...

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Mar 28, 2019

This will be embarrassing, but at least it will be short.   

The ancient Greeks looked down on anyone who was guilty of false modesty; they felt that if you were a superior person, you should flaunt it.  But this ancient Jew feels the opposite, that his modesty is well deserved and any suggestion to the contrary normally makes him cringe. He’s the kind of guy who when a compliment is bestowed upon him looks over his shoulder to see who the intended recipient actually is.  

All right, you can see where this is leading.  Yes, I am going to devote this essay to some good things that have come my way lately, at least in regard to my professional work.  My body is another story; it is always something that continues to need work as it is continuing to decay at a vertiginous rate. But you have heard me sing that plaint before and don’t need to listen to the mournful tune again.  Instead, let me turn to some of the things that have made me forget my body for a while and have even cheered me up. They have made waiting to die worth the waiting, for now I’m glad my number hasn’t been called just yet.  

And, by the way, in case you’re wondering about the title of this essay, it refers to the fact that I am writing it just as I have reached the venerable age of 82 and a half.  

First, some necessary background.  In 1981, two friends and I established the first professional organization to foster research on near-death experiences (NDEs) and to provide support services for those who had had such experiences.  I named...

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ILLUMINATED: Peggy Marcantonio

Mar 18, 2019


There was always the same beautiful lady there in the dark smiling and shining.

My life began and changed swiftly with the death of my mother when I was seven weeks old. As I grew, I had the sense that someone or something was always watching me. I somehow knew I was different than the siblings around me.

At night, I would sit at my window and look up at the stars. I would talk to what or whom I did not know. Then at seven years of age, the people I thought were my parents told me about my mother and that she had been killed.

I then knew that someone who I felt was watching me was her: my mother.

As I grew, I had some events that happened to me that might have killed me. I ate an entire bottle of aspirin at age two, and resulted in a long hospital stay. The nurses called me "the little escape artist" because I would get out of the covered crib and crawl up to the window to look out !

Then at age three and a half years,  I fell off of a pier in South Carolina and nearly drowned. Once again, I knew someone was there with me. At age eight,  while chasing my cousin in a game of tag, I went through a plate glass window and nearly bled to death. Again I was not afraid: Someone, some presence,  was there for me.

As I entered my teen years, my dreams changed and became so vivid. When I was 14, I had a dream that my cousin was in an automobile accident.  The next morning, my aunt woke me to tell me that my cousin was just in an accident! Luckily she was just fine; a passerby pulled her from her overturned car before...

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ASK RAYMOND: Judy, Anon, Cheryl, Matthew, Emanuel, Raymond, Ken, Sayward, Bertrand & Gary

Mar 14, 2019

The design of the psychomanteum is based on the Ancient Greek Oracles of the Dead.                                                                 

 Judy My question is about mirror gazing and the idea that it is a situation, finally, where the paranormal can be predicted and measured and all that good scientific stuff. Has anyone practiced it yet?

Dr. Arthur Hastings of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology took 27 people through a three-hour session to contact a friend or loved one who had died. Half of the participants said they had felt the presence of the person they wanted to contact. While only 50 percent had an experience of contact, all of them reported less grief and more able to manage the feelings associated with their loss. One of the graduate students involved in this research, Dr. Rebecca Merz, (see video link below) will be offering a module in our upcoming prerecorded psychomanteum workshop that will be offered on our platform in  mid-summer. We will let everyone know when it is available.

Here are some links you might find helpful:

A gentleman sitting in a psychomanteum, a simple all black chamber with a reflective surface and a light

Anon Did anything negative happen to you when you practiced psychomanteum?

Surprisingly, I never did have any negative reports. I think...

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Feb 28, 2019

Philip Roth, who wrote so fiercely about the torments of aging and the calamity of approaching death, died a few months ago.  In the end it was congestive heart failure that brought his long life to its close. His wait is over.

I can only wonder what his last days were like.  I’d like to think they weren’t what he had so long imagined them to be, and that he went easy into death with a sense of relief if not of hope.  For as he often said, he had none where death was concerned. For him, death simply was extinction. The flickering flame of the candle of life would be snuffed out for good and after that – no after, no nothing, no more Phillip Roth.

In any event, when I heard the news about Roth’s death at the age of 85 last year, it was natural for me, as it was for millions of his readers, to think about the man – about his life and work, and perhaps his legacy.  What had Roth wrought?

I was never a big fan of Roth’s, however.  (I was always more partial to his great rival, John Updike.)  Of course, I had read a number of his books, beginning with his breakout novella of 1959, Goodbye Columbus, when I was just a graduate student hoping to break out in my own way.  After Roth’s death, I heard an interview with him that had been conducted about ten years earlier in which he told a funny story about that book.  He took his parents aside to warn them that the book would almost surely be controversial, and possibly a bestseller, so they should be prepared for attacks on their beloved son.  His mother said...

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NDE AFTER EFFECTS by Dr. Debra Diamond

Feb 28, 2019

What’s an NDE? A mystical journey to another realm? A glimpse into heaven? An opportunity for a reboot? Or is it something else--something ineffable? An experience we can’t possibly fathom?

Trying to understand the complexities of an NDE is complicated and perhaps we’ll never get to the bottom of it. But NDE after effects, those long-lasting, life altering characteristics, gifts and abilities, are even more complex and an aspect of the NDE that experiencers grapple with when they return to earth. Like NDErs themselves, these after effects are rarely discussed for fear of ridicule or embarrassment. Yet, they occur to most NDErs to varying degrees.

So what are NDE after effects? Those sometimes incredible gifts and abilities that didn’t exist prior to the NDE? Are they normal? Are they part and parcel of the NDE? And what do they mean?

These and other questions about NDE after effects arise frequently. It’s a very misunderstood topic, one that most experiencers can’t find information about or process very well on their own. They keep the myriad changes they experience to themselves and only when they speak to someone like me (I’m a psychic and medium who reads for many NDErs) do their secrets spill out.

When I began to study NDEs a number of years ago, their after effects were not part of the conversation. That was one of the reasons I wrote my book, Life After Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People With Newfound Powers, to help others understand what these after effects mean and...

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