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On these pages an attempt has been made to deal with is the nature of the human personality after physical death.  This subject evokes a host of questions - questions that are traditionary the province of religion.

What happens to us when we die? In what form, if any, does consciousness and the personality survive? Is there a spirit world? A heaven and hell? Can the deceased communicate with the living, through mediums and seances, as Spiritualists suppose? Do we meet personally the God of religion, as Christians and others assume? Is there such a thing as reincarnation, as the Eastern religions and many esoteric philosophies teach? And if so, why don't we remember our past lives?

We are dealing here with very important questions, of relevance, obviously, to each and every one of us.  This is a topic which, as I have said, is traditionally the province of religion.  But how complete, if at all, is the understanding of the various religions on this matter?

I would suggest that the understanding of the official or exoteric (outer, doctrinal, ecclesiastic) religions, although always containing some truth, is more often incomplete than complete when it comes to  dealing with these vital questions.  It is incomplete because it is bound by the dead letter of dogma, rather than living intuition.

What I have attempted in these pages is in contrast an esoteric - an inner, intuitive, mystic, occult, "heretical" - explanation of existence after bodily death.

What is being attempted here is an (obviously incomplete) synthesis of previous human knowledge on this subject.  Over the past thousands of years, countless priests, occultists, sages, healers, Seers, and, in the last few decades, even doctors and counsellors, have contributed to an ever-growing store-house of knowledge on this subject.  I have taken some of that vast body of material (those few aspects of it that I have been able to assimilate) and brought it all together.

But such a perspective is only possible through the widespread availability of such material.  This availability in turn depends on two historical quirks of the present age and society - the printed (and now the electronic) word and the secular and non-totalitarian government.  For the printed word makes knowledge universally available at an almost negligible cost, and the Internet has added further to free dissemination of information.  And  that even rarer and more precious commodity, the secular non-totalitarian government ensures that such knowledge, being available, will not be repressed through religious or ideological reasons (which is not to say the always present menace of censorship will not be constantly be rearing it's ugly head!).

Yet every synthesis is also a new creation.  Thus, the conclusions arrived at here are my own, and are certainly not intended as hard and fast dogma.  It is hoped that the conclusions I have drawn will trigger the reader's own intuition, inquiry, and individual understanding.

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