Sunday, June 26, 2016

Live Radio Interview 6/30/16

August will have the honor of speaking with Roberta Grimes on her radio show, "Seek Reality" - Live - this Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm EST. The recording will also be available later on afterwords, link to be provided. An hour long, call-ins are welcome in the second half hour. Follow the link here for instructions on how to listen and call.View blog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reincarnation: Tim Splains It



HAMLET: O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.
GUILDENSTERN: Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
HAMLET: A dream itself is but a shadow.
ROSENCRANTZ: Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.
HAMLET: Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars' shadows. 
~Shakespeare: Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2


Friend and reader, John, asks:

“ … just a quick whacky question for Tim (and you), if it's possible. It is our first time in body here. Got it! However, is it possible to have been somewhere / from somewhere else prior to this life? Or are we 100% 'factory new' creations? You see the incarnating here for the first time makes absolute sense to me, however I have had such a strong sense of somewhere else prior to this life here. I can not explain it any better than this (except for a strong sense of the colour 'green'!)... thus I am call this a 'whacky question'. I had been waiting for this question to take better shape before I asked it ...however that didn't occur so I am asking it as best I can.”

John, I also cannot explain it well in terrestrial language, or at least any better than Tim has through me in the chapter on the subject. As you have waited for the question to take shape, let the same happen for the answer, which must ultimately come from you and only you. But let me try to summarize it all as best as I see it and after having some relationship with the material over the years. (I would also like to stress that there are many "clues" interspersed throughout the book in the form of footnotes.)

As Tim's exploration suggests, it appears we are sparked into being – as a being – once and only once; Creator Source gets it completely right the first time, so there’s no need to “return” to try to get it any more right.

But because we are so relatively limited in our earth-defined and confined senses, we are aware of barely a smear of a smidgen of a wisp of what's really going on around us  – not just in our own personal and shared dimensions, but in that of other dimensions, including that of the Risen – interpenetrating ours. We do, however, pick up a lot of stuff on the perimeters, which “leaks in” and then which our ego-mind interprets in its own self-centered and (usually) fear-based way. Based on its memories and those of others, it makes up answers and stories to satisfy its own need to be "alive," important and in control; and then we (the sleeping Authentic Self) believe its suggestions, as we also may believe the ego-minds of others who try to convince us that their stories are true and correct; and in some cases, that something bad will happen to us if we don’t subscribe to those same beliefs — so we should give those ego-minds control over our ego-minds. And many of us do just that.
If Authentic Self were fully awake and aware, it would be able to see Reality for what it truly is, and enjoy an awesomely fuller life – Its immortality, actually – without fear.

All that being said, upon finishing with this body and transitioning to another, our minds are powerful enough to generate whatever environment we most deeply desire - which is actually what we do here on earth, and quantum mechanics scientists are saying just that - and The Principle of Affinity will draw us to like-minded others to join with and generate personal and  shared geographies. We do all this on earth as well, but are too gravity and time-laden to (usually) be conscious of it. Hopefully we will transition to a light-filled, awakened, Risen life.  But if we should have such strong beliefs about reincarnating back to the earth, and fed by intense emotional desire, our minds will generate that experience as directed by the ego-mind.

The difference is that the ego-mind's result will be an experience, but not the original real thing it yearns for; a simulation, in other words. As a simulation itself, the ego-mind can only produce simulations. In still other words, what you, as controlled by ego-mind see, you get; what is expected, appears. (So maybe expect something different?) Some of us may actually be in our "first-sparked" appearance, but many of us are actually living (i.e. sleeping) in one of these simulated earths right now, and one that is not much different than the one we left, which is what ego-mind thinks it wants. It can't imagine anything other than what its own memories tell it, which is why it teaches us to cling to memories, to cherish and strengthen them, so it will have much more power to draw on while using our actual energy to generate its simulation. The ego-mind cannot imagine anything else because it doesn't have the ability to imagine. However, we, as Authentic Self, do have this ability, which has been gifted to us out of the unconditional love of Creator Source's own Divine Imagination, and that is why the material of The Risen book stresses imagination so much as a way to begin to get off the cosmic merry-go-round. Is it any wonder, then, that the ego-mind works hard to convince us that imagination isn't real? It will even co-opt our own imaginations by suggesting to us what to imagine; because we are asleep and highly suggestible, we do it, and with spectacular results.

So if we are "returning", it is to the same scene, the same earth, the same life, the same relationships, triumphs and tragedies, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Not a completely different one. As described in The Risen somewhere, we are "trapped in a frozen hell" and may have been doing it over and over for many transitions,  because we believe and then think we have to. But we don't. This is the Great Cosmic Wheel of Birth and Rebirth the ancients speak of. They would have advised ways of getting off it, but our ego-minds have reinterpreted, misinterpreted, ignored or denied such guidance in order to try to ensure its own survival. To be able to delay its inevitable dissolution, and if one's ego-mind is strong enough, it can interfere with the correct transition to a healthy Risen state. The Authentic Self is still asleep, and therefore dreaming, and unable to distinguish its own dreams from the thought-generated world of the ego-mind, which is also a dream. A sleeping Authentic Self is highly suggestible – just like someone who’s been hypnotized – and is controlled by ego-mind’s suggestions. Upon finally leaving the earth body – and unless Risen guides and healers can intervene in some way – instead of moving on to Risen geographies, the sleeping Authentic Self is instead carried along into the dream manifested by the controlling and insane ego-mind, and while mostly unconscious of it, is not comfortable – in fact, it’s deeply, deeply sad – homesick, really, for its real home. Real with a capital ‘R’. It also feels trapped, depressed, powerless, and will do anything to feel better. The ego-mind will continue to suggest ways to feel better, (all lies,) while actually gaining more and more control.

Our Risen loved ones, guides and other advocates know that we will eventually awaken, and do not worry about it, since they know time is an illusion, and as consciously awakened Authentic Selves, are undisturbed and at rest – but this does not stop some of them from staying with us, guiding us, and gently making suggestions to help us awaken – especially when we gain enough realization to ask for help.  They will respond! Sometimes their ways are subtle, and at other times, designed to shock us a bit more awake. Although there are countless ways suggested by religions, philosophies and other spiritual systems to become more conscious, to awaken, to get "shocked" back into consciousness, and one of the most powerful and successful shocks is to finally come face-to-face with the fact that we really and truly survive “death.” For some, this will be the visitation or manifestation of a loved one once thought gone forever; for others, it will be events at séances, dreams or unexplainable sights, sounds, phone calls, messages, repeated numbers popping up, songs on the radio, impossible, bizarre “coincidences.” The Risen are Master Artist Orchestrators when it comes to these things.

The Risen asked Tim and me to help them manifest this book, which is their attempt to help awaken the sleeping Authentic Self – and only one of many ways – to enable those who are ready to join with the Risen now, instead of waiting until we leave this body. While we can't yet share the same physicality with them, we can share – and very directly sometimes – minds, hearts, and souls. And now there is increasing activity showing that they are striving to join our physicalities, as evidenced by physical manifestation phenomena at certain seances and other events.

As Tim mentions, here's a fun question – well, it depends on one's idea of "fun." What would it be like to be fully Risen, fully awake and then do what the ego-mind does anyway?
Regarding your strong sense of the colour green, explore this without thought — that is, disengaging the ego-mind — and  you may discover this is one of the subtle ways your Risen guides and friends are trying to get  your attention in order to help you awaken.

Our wish for you is that you relax into your awakening, while continuing to ask for assistance from the Risen.

Love, Light, and Blessings,
August & Tim

From The Archives: The Myth of Reincarnation

[First posted in November 2010]

We wish to thank James Webster, our dear friend, and author of the ground-breaking book, The Case Against Reincarnation: A Rational Approach, for his wonderful 5-star review of The Risen at Amazon.co.uk — he has truly captured much of the essence behind the intent of The Risen Collective. For those who would like to read Tim's brilliant chapter, "The Pastime of Reincarnation"  from The Risen, here it is.

The Risen has to be a classic in its field. Not a book to try and hurry through because it requires to be taken at one's own pace and this will vary depending upon how much knowledge interest and understanding one has of the subject of the afterlife, mediumship and psychic phenomena.

Personally I found the book difficult to put down and I keep it to hand to pick up and refer back to quite frequently. This is a rare kind of book to find these days amongst so many "new age" type publications which tend often to lead their readers astray with reincarnation and so called past lives theories, as well as what might be slanted toward cultish.

With fifty-five years of research and personal experience of the paranormal and study of spiritual science and philosophy behind me, plus a large quantity of books on the subject in my home, collected over many years, as well as writing two successful books, Life Is ForEver and The Case Against Reincarnation, I found The Risen to be a wonderful revelation, in that it concurred so well with my understanding. An important example is the way in which the act of suicide was dealt with by Tim from the spirit side of life, which was so caring and a huge comfort and relief for those readers who have had this tragic experience happen within their own family and circle of friends, and finding it so difficult to deal with. Also the chapter, "The Pastime of Reincarnation" is a gem! It makes so clear why it is that the theory is false and so misleading and will surprise and probably shock many who are attached to this theory and belief,  but should make them rethink. It fits so well with my own more recently published book The Case Against Reincarnation, and also with the profound teachings of the spiritual teacher Abu (The Abu Trust).

Besides all of this, the book is so well written between the duo authorship of August Goforth on this side and Timothy Gray on the other side (the etheric). The various types of communion between them is sensitive and full of personal feelings but also objective. They have so much to discuss and share and so much fine information of a profound nature coming back from Tim, from the many sensible inquiries put to him by August, as well as their banter which is so natural between close friends. The continued life following our time on the earthplane is natural but gets more wonderful and exciting as we progress, and this book opens the door to these real possibilities.

I find it quite difficult to do justice in writing this short review and can only say in presenting it to the prospective reader, to get a personal copy of the book and absorb it. Take it slowly if need be and with care and mindfulness and it will, as it has with me, become one of your most prized possessions. I highly recommend The Risen.

New Radio Interview


Ghrianstad Sásta ~ Happy Solstice!

August recently had the great good pleasure of being featured on Tim Doyle's new radio show. This is especially exciting because Tim is a medium himself, also continually working on his development where he lives in England, and so to have a long cozy conversation with someone who "gets it" opens up to greater exchanges of knowledge and information, as well as deeper exploration into many interesting subjects.

Here is the link to that show.

Also:
There will be a live radio interview with Roberta Grimes on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm EST. The link to listen live is bbmglobalnetwork.com

And 11 days later, the show will be posted on http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/seek-reality/ and will be archived there and on itunes.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Rest In That Silence


Sunday, June 05, 2016

From The Archives: Risen Theories on The Continuance of Life

[First Posted April 9, 2014]

August was recently doubly blessed by the chance of a rare and lengthy interview by Angela Artemis, well-known and highly respected intuitive medium and writer, and then Tim & August are featured in another interview - an entire chapter - in Scott Podmore's amazing and ground-breaking book, "Conversations With Mediums." You can read August's review of Scott's book at Amazon.

The interview with Angela was indeed so lengthy that it wasn't feasible to include it all, and she did a brilliant editing job, which couldn't have been easy. Tim would like to additionally provide the  particular but very complex and controversial question and answer about "reincarnation" which had to be pared down quite a bit  for space. We both find it fascinating and want to share it in its entirety. Here it is:

1.       You don’t support the theory that we reincarnate. Why? What is your theory of how we progress and grow as souls if we do not incarnate again?

I don’t support it because I don’t need or want to. Tim knew I had no interest in even including it in the book, but The Risen Assembly did, and so he took on the assignment of researching and manifesting the final chapter, “The Pastime of Reincarnation” which turned out to be the culmination of all the previous chapters. I’ve made the entire chapter freely available online as a pdf document for any and all to read or download and save, and which can be accessed here.

Tim shared that his ideas about pre-lives, past lives, between-lives, and so on were part of a widespread belief system he had brought into his new Risen existence. After relentlessly bothering people there about where he could get information and training about returning to the earth, he was sent to “a special school for pests, where even know-it-alls can be educated.” In turn, he shared with me, to the best of his self-professed limited understanding, some of the things brought to his attention about what he calls “the pastime of reincarnation.”

Why pastime? “Because,” Tim said, “It’s all just a game, a pastime—literally, a past time.”  He acknowledges that many will consider this an outrageous and even heretical suggestion, and so encourages each one of us to investigate on our own, and not take what he or anyone else says as true. “Truth,” Tim said, “Looks different from diverse perspectives.”

In an attempt to encapsulate some of the more complex ideas, Tim offers three brief suggestions as summaries to keep in mind:
   1.      One’s reality is defined by three I’s: Individuality, Intensity, and Infinity.
   2.      Only one individual can claim that individual’s life experience.
   3.      When Original Creator Source gifts us with individuality, It always gets it entirely right the first time.

He goes into great depth regarding various “Risen theories” about the continuance of life and living, and it seems clear that many on the Other Side have similar as well as conflicting ideas about the topic of rebirth. It seems to be a robust topic of research and debate there, stimulating more questions rather than resolving them.

Here are a few examples:

Theories of Race Evolution
“Classical” reincarnation – meaning, returning to the same Earth but in a different role --  may have actually once existed countless earthly eons ago, but was phased out or evolved to something entirely different, and so is no longer an active process of transition. Tim cites examples of certain older, indigenous cultures that may have vanished because of their transformative evolution.

Theories of Individual Evolution
Allegedly, some individuals return to earth in the “classical” model because they haven’t yet evolved to a higher vibrating state of conscious awareness, enabling them to change their belief system and thus break free of the cycles of birth-death-rebirth, to then “de-planet” off and beyond the earth into other dimensions.  Such individuals differ from those who try to focus those same abilities to maintain beliefs of reincarnation, and where the goals are different.

Theories Discounting Pre-existence
Tim elaborates on this line of thought which branches from the theories of individual evolution:
“There appears to be some indication that the vast majority of Risen—perhaps all—did not exist as individuals prior to their human existence on the earth. Those who were born on the earth first came into existence there as individuals. We have to start somewhere, and that is what the earth is for. Humanity appears to have been custom-made to extend life through a particular process known as ‘reproduction’ which is tailored—or ‘designed,’ as some Risen theorists assert—specifically for life on a planet such as the earth. It has been observed on worlds in other dimensions that the life-extension process does not always follow this plan.

“The purpose of Earth, then, would be as the starting place for our birth as an individual. It provides us with an initial environment in which to begin to get a sense of the individuality that is ours forever, and nothing more than that. Even if we could be reborn back onto the planet, we would never be able to learn all there is to know, no matter how many times we return—which some seem to believe is the absolute requirement for eventual de-planeting. As our time on the earth is, by default, limited in an earthly fashion, so then are the experiences within that time.

Theories of Mega-Individuality
This theory involves the notion of a group soul, where many individuals are sparked from a “mega-being.” Perhaps they will eventually all reunite into yet another mega-being. Tim explains: “These sparks would be seeded possibly on just one world, such as earth, or on several—perhaps even other dimensions would be utilized. Not all would necessarily be seeded at the same time in the same era, but scattered across many time periods to gain a multi-experience as extensive and abundant as possible for the sake of the group mind. They would all have varying awareness of one another as well as individual feelings of pre-existence. This might explain the feelings of having lived other lives in other times. Individuals would be interconnected through their own evolving group underconscious. Their rate of return to Mega-Being Mind would be greatly different amongst them, spanning perhaps what an earth-mind might experience as trillions of millennia, or longer. There would be an intuitive connection between those who have transitioned into the astral dimensions. The configurations would be creatively endless in order to achieve the maximal amount of experience, information gathering, and communication. Those who have strong intuitive connections with the sparked individuals in other dimensions might struggle with confusion about where their real natal home is.”

Tim summarizes:
“So it appears to me thus far that we are reborn upon our transition, but this rebirth is always into a new world and a unique state of existence, not back into the old one. The old one no longer exists—life is experienced in the continual now. We develop and carry forward the template for our new life. We are the template, and a new world will simultaneously arise from us as we arise from it, as a direct result of how we lived our lives on earth or from wherever we are continuously transitioning, as we transmute ever onward.

He goes on to clarify:
“It’s sometimes inferred that our spirits will take on new bodies again. Actually, our spirit will be our actual body, and then at some point it becomes the cocoon for the next transition. A higher vibrating form of spiritual being will then evolve from that event, eventually moving on to yet another new geography. The spirit then becomes a newer form of body that is appropriate to the higher vibration. It cannot return to earth to be reborn once again because its new and higher state of vibration would no longer be appropriate there. Upon transition one is no longer spiritually human because of the higher vibration, and so cannot return to being earthly human in the equivalent way.

All the above barely does justice to the rich and extensive material Tim was able to bring forth, going into great and detailed depth regarding the more elusive psychospiritual issues. “The underlying factor consistently supporting the generally unchallenged belief in reincarnation is that old nemesis, the fear of mortality—and even fear of immortality. The thought that one is immortal and will have to move beyond the earth, never to return, can be extremely threatening, especially if one has not taken the time to become informed of the facts about the process.”

Virtual Reincarnation
He expounds on a novel but brilliant hypothesis, which is that while we cannot literally reincarnate, we can virtually reincarnate:

“If one wants to reincarnate, it’s not possible in the ultimate way of creating another original life for oneself. However, if you want to have the experience of a pre-existence to the primal birth on the home planet, or the experience of reincarnation, you can have it, including that of being a co-creative manifestor. As we make our own self-experiences we also make our own ‘rules’ or ‘laws’ about our experiences.”

I commented that it all sounded like some fantastic, enormous game.

“So why can’t it be? If you want to step into the part and play it to the hilt, who says you can’t? If you want to make up a game about reincarnation and make it seem so real that it appears real, why not? No reason whatsoever. And isn’t it interesting that the word ‘game’ is synonymous with pastime? ”

I dared to ask, “How is this done?”

“It appears that any manifestation of reincarnation is not enacted upon the original version of earth. But there’s no reason why a person can’t manifest yet another experience on another version of earth that is completely like the one they left. Mind is that powerful. Everyone can manifest their very own earth to return to, exactly like the one they left. Of course there would have to be a built-in restriction of self-imposed amnesia to make it suit one’s beliefs and needs, and this amnesia can be tailored in any way. And if they want, souls can co-creatively manifest the experience of being together or finding one another as their own desires for drama dictate. Sometimes there are ‘leaks’ that get past the amnesia—hence, feelings of déjà vu, past lives, and all kinds of ‘evidence’ that would manifest to help sustain the illusion. Since the illusion is built directly upon a foundation of Reality it has an apparent feeling of reality all its own and will respond to its manifestor’s mind as directed.”


Finally, I can very briefly comment about progress and growth as related to the idea of reincarnation: They cannot be achieved backwards.