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A little too anodyne,
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This review is from: Life in the World Unseen: A Detailed Description of the Afterlife (Paperback)
The reviewer who gave this account one star makes some interesting points that coincide with my own thoughts after reading this book. This version of heaven does seem to reflect the self-satisfied and uninsightful world view of the Edwardian bourgeoisie. Overall, the account of 'heaven' is consistent with modern interpretation if somewhat boring. On the other hand, a world with 'insects' - or one that reflected conditions as we experience them here and now - would more closely resemble hell than heaven. The weakest point in the account is the one that has to do with a deceased celebrity who appears to be one of the early 20th century British kings. Apparently he is having a nice afterlife, surrounded with faithful retainers, just like at 'home'. This individual lived at approximately the same time that Jack London wrote his 'People of the Abyss' (about this man's 'subjects') and it is difficult to imagine how anyone who had enjoyed a life of unadulterated privilege and influence while his fellow citizens lived in such miserable conditions, and who had left the world largely as he found it, would not be held to some sort of account for his lack of interest in improving his society. Certainly the former captain of industry, who now occupies a grim hovel, has been judged (by his own actions) and found wanting, as Jesus Christ predicted. In this version of heaven though the key to judgment seems to be the active rather than the passive exploitation of conditions as you found them. That contradicts the 'perfect justice' one might expect in a 'perfect world'. Its an entertaining read but one that raises more questions than it answers.
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Initial post: 9 May 2014 17:16:21 BDT
Brian Longhurst says:
This excellent book does not, as other reviewers have posited, describe Heaven, but the afterlife of those who have laid aside their body and found themselves in the etheric counterpart of the Earth 'physical'. The etheric realms described are, like the embodied state of the Earth life, temporal, and necessitate reincarnation because all the lessons of time and place - 'the illusory state of mind that perceives itself as separate from the Creator Spirit, the Source of All' - have not yet been learnt. Heaven, unlike the etheric realms described in Anthony Borgia's very helpful account, is not temporal but eternal, from where no further lessons of remembering who we REALLY are, are needed, and no further incarnations are necessary. I commend this book to all who are seeking to understand more about what lies beyond, even though it is not an account of Heaven. For that, read A Course in Miracles.
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