Many people embark on the spiritual path in response to a personal tragedy. My journey began after the death of my stepdaughter, Susan, who was struck by lightning. Since then, my worldview and my understanding of reality have expanded far beyond that which I held for the majority of my life. I used to hope this life wasn't all there is. I used to believe there was more than meets the eye and that all we see is organized and coordinated by an intelligent Source beyond our current understanding.
I don't believe that anymore. I KNOW it's true. Belief leaves room for doubt; knowing comes from personal experience.
As a result of Susan’s passing, I discovered the ability to discern evidential details from people whose physical bodies have died. I readily engage in real-time, two-way interactions with sentient beings at a level beyond our own which clearly show that consciousness continues after the transition called death. I know that all of us can have such adventures in consciousness because all of our perceptions and experiences arise from the same infinite field of intelligence and information.
These daily interactions with realms in which love is recognized as the connective and collective essence have changed me irreversibly. It is impossible to sit in this Presence and not know that peace and joy are readily accessible to all of us. I have no desire to go back to the emotional roller coaster ride I used to experience. I'll take balance over turmoil any day.
These changes haven't been without adjustment. The other day I set the newspaper aside after...