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In Times of War: Messages of Wisdom from Soldiers in the Afterlife (White Crow Anthology) Paperback – 21 Jan 2019
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Jonathan Beecher is the founder of White Crow Books.
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The Preface by editor Jon Beecher is a fascinating story in itself as he tells of his own “awakening” to the reality of a spirit world. Leading a very materialistic life and not believing in life after death, Beecher had a rude awakening in 2000. “I just banged my head and woke up to a whole new worldview,” he summarizes his 11-page story.
Beecher begins the chapters with the story of Private Dowding, now something of a classic in the metaphysical genre. Dowding was a 37-year-old British soldier killed on the WWI battlefield. Communicating through the automatic writing mediumship of Wellesley Tudor Pole, Dowding told of his initial confusion. “If there is a shock, it is not the shock of physical death,” Dowding explained. “Shock comes later when comprehension dawns; ‘Where is my body? Surely I am not dead!’” He recalled that he saw two friends carrying his body on a stretcher and assumed that he had been injured, although he was confused by the fact that he was walking behind them and yet seeing his body on the stretcher. “I seemed in a dream. I had dreamt that someone or something had knocked me down. Now I was dreaming that I was outside my body. Soon I should wake up and find myself in the traverse waiting to go on guard.”
In another story, a Polish pilot was shot down and killed in the crash. However, as he remembered it, he got out of his crashed plane, ran to hide from the Germans, and encountered some French peasants. When he asked them for help, they did not appear to see him. At some point, he came to realize he was no longer occupying his physical body. “What you expect here, that you find,” he communicated through a medium. “You build your awakening, it is just as you imagined, at least that is what they told me. I expected nothing, so nothing came. But now I am pulling out of the difficult doldrums and am beginning to feel my strength.”
A British tank officer recalled falling face downwards in a swampy mud and then laying unconscious for a time in something of a nightmare. “It was a time of conscious paralysis,” he communicated. “I hated it, and when something snapped and I was free, I was awfully relieved.”
It is never quite clear as to how long in earth time it takes for the departed soul to recognize he or she has given up the ghost. In the case of Alfred V. (believed to be New York sportsman and socialite Alfred Vanderbilt), who was one of many victims on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, 1915, it seems to have been more than a year. On November 5, 1916, he communicated with Dr. Carl Wickland, a psychiatrist, through the trance mediumship of Wickland’s wife, Anna, claiming to be hungry and cold and his clothes all wet. Dr. Wickland then helped him understand his condition.
In the book’s Conclusion, Beecher notes the saying, “You are what you eat,” and suggests that after physical death “we are what we think.” A person’s “moral specific gravity” or his “goodness” during the earth life, seems to factor into the awakening process, but, from the stories in this book, indications are that a conviction that the soul lives on in a greater reality significantly expedites the awakening process.
This book is recommended for any person who thinks she or he might die at some time in the future.
This is the third book I have read on the warfare and the afterlife theme, and so far they all focus on the transition part of the story from physical to 'spiritual' life. Very little seems to be shared about why war exists, is it a karmic institution, how do enemies in battle relate to each other on the other side, or warnings against pursuing wars. They focus much more on "Hey, Mom, I'm still alive despite the fact my body is dead." One person in this volume did say that war was never justified, but he did not expound further.
That said, while the book focuses on war dead, it is much more of an afterlife research book than a war book that anyone can learn from. I found it most interesting and thought-provoking.
Sudden death often seems to make for confusion. In times of war, when so many lose their battle with this life, a large number may become confused about where they are and may not even realize they have died.
At times we may appear ghost-like to them. Our world is hazy and dark. Then they begin to see the surroundings in both worlds. Slowly they wake up to their new life and move on with the friends and family who come to get them. Often times its other men in their battalion who died before them coming to retrieve them. There are what is called
“Celestial rescue squads” if you cry out for help, help will come.
It shows how our state of mind at the moment of our death can greatly influence how we find ourselves. Are we stuck between worlds because of our beliefs or state of mind? Or will someone be there to help us on our journey? This book discusses Rescue circles, where they helped those who did not understand that they were now dead to move on to the light. It reminds us all to become more educated in the afterlife so when its your turn, you don’t get “lost”. I really enjoyed this book.