The Bridge of Rising
"Please be patient with my following statements. Don't see it as a personal attack. All I endeavour is to clarify for myself(ego-mind?) matters that concern me in order that I can understand better from were you come. I truly am very sympathetic towards the ideas of the risen. There is in my opinion a real problem with the Risen and that is its validity. Every thing written is a subjective opinion or experience of an individual who claims unusual powers.Guided by unprovable spirits which only he is in contact with. Unlike other mediums who often sit in a circle of people and as a result there are witnesses to the actual mediumship.No such witnessing is available from you. A person like me is compelled to accept your statements ex cathedra. For me this considerably weakens the case you and the risen wish to put across. Even your model of a self is a personal model.An "authentic self" is not something which can be easily demonstrated in a laboratory. From a therapy point of view I am sure it works on a person to person basis and is way superior to the materialists approach.
With genuine kindness.
The Risen clearly shows an anticipation of these kinds of basic and initial responses:
"...the experience can’t be forced because there is a certain degree of passivity one has to balance with the more active willingness to open up and remain opened. It’s a matter of understanding what one’s own skills and gifts are and then how to use them. They can’t be used aggressively, like a hammer and saw. These special tools are sensitive instruments, which must be finely tuned within our awareness so they can function correctly. Tim and I can share our discovery with others to help support and validate their experiences. But it can’t be emphasized enough that we are each a unique creation unto ourselves, always becoming more consciously aware." (p. 164)
"And yet, we do need skeptics. There are scientists who maintain a healthy measure of skepticism about skepticism, and remain open while questioning. This openness has led to emerging, revolutionary scientific models, such as R. A. White’s Experiential Paradigm. Inspired in part by psychologist Abraham Maslow’s classic work on cognitive-being and his insights from what he called exceptional “plateau” or “peak” human experiences, White asserts that there’s a form of knowing that can only come from having been immersed in a particular experience. This means that the worldview of a medium can only be objectively analyzed after the analyzer has also subjectively experienced it. Mediumistic experiences often take place outside the constraints of space and time and therefore may pose serious challenges to those scientists who have always relied on such matrices in their laboratories." (p. 33)
"Tim and I share our stories with you so that there may be a gradually increased understanding of this process, from which validation and strengthened confirmation of your own experiences will arise." (p. 68)