CHAPTER ONE

“Before the body died in 1945, it said we’d be back in 2050. That alone should have told you the world would not end December 21, 2012. But now as a part of the Universal Wave that contains all of everything any of us needs, it seems important to report on what is, and what will be. Therefore these observations come from beyond the corporeal world, using the physical body of this author to take notes for your benefit.

As for the past, it has been well documented. Previous readings are at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States of America. They are available for anyone to read. This is not a defense of errors in judgment, primarily because final judgment may be premature. Things that were yet to be in 1945 may have occurred unnoticed and are no less accurate, although as yet unrecognized.

There are disadvantages to entrapment in a human body. Free of physical limitations, time and space become a continuum of past, present, and future. There are no walls of daylight and dark. Years become a trillionth of a second in the tick of creation.

That which Man does not understand has always become mythic tales to explain the inexplicable. Hopefully these writings will dispel the mysticism and illuminate the truth. In the end, all that is has always been, and will forevermore be. Birth is not the onset, nor death the terminus, but merely aspects of existence. Like steam to water to solid ice, form is a visible indicator of matter. Stone can be magma crushed and molten flowing, but no less stone. The diamond is a rock. Under pressure and heat a stone becomes a gem. But it is no less a rock. Therefore we are what we are, and what we have always been. Dust and granite are not ultimate states, but phases in passing.

So it is with people, shaped by hardship, formed by personal stress; remember that heat and pressure make the jewel. Be kind in judgment of others. Life is in constant flux. Bad today becomes good tomorrow. Before you judge harshly, do not forget that what they are will change. And so will you.

Feed the hungry. Poverty is not class distinction. Penury is temporary. But also pity the rich, for that too shall pass. In the end, solid becomes vapor and over eons planets are composed of stellar dust. Nothing is permanent and everything is subject to metamorphosis.

It is a wise entity who helps those in need, because generosity ripples across the galaxy of mankind’s existence and ultimately returns. Assistance extended to others is not expended, but invested. Good deeds rebound in kind. Gentle parents engender tender progeny. A compassionate hand lifts the lesser among us. Empathy is unguent for the soul, good for he who bestows sympathy as well as he who receives it.

Good devolves to those from whom good comes. Helping others we thereby help ourselves.

So now let us look at evil; should we forgive the transgressors? Would that make them better?

To pardon those who have sinned against us does not cleanse them of wickedness. A malevolent being is not purged of evil by turning the other cheek. Forgiving them, we ease the psychic strain on ourselves, because resentment is a heavy burden to bear. For a particularly heinous crime, altering evil’s physical form is a sensible means of protecting ourselves. When confronted with an evil entity, convert solid to gas. Sent to another plane, the entity will have a chance to change for the better.

But do not eliminate the entity out of revenge. The purpose of converting the transgressor to a gaseous state is to protect future potential victims. If redemption is possible on the human plane, let it be so. You should forgive the offender for your own well-being, not for his.

On the plane where I now exist there is beauty no modal could imagine. Here the universe can be traversed in an instant passing through glowing remnants of expanding heavens, into and out of the bottomless pits of imploding stars. Gravity cannot seize, nor constrain, bend or detain this spirit on intergalactic patrol. It is comfortable here. The senses do not feel heat or cold. Thermal currents cannot sweep away the traveler. Plumes of solar heat do not interfere and nothing in space can destroy this spirit released from the physical bonds of the planet Earth.

In religions from every era no priest ever imagined the heaven that awaits all living things. Man and beast, denizens of the sea, and birds of the firmament will share a common celestial state. Unhindered by the need to survive and propagate, ambition does not exist. There is no hunger or deprivation.

The streets are not gold; there are no physical markers of time and place. You will not miss pleasures of the flesh. What you can expect is emotion no mortal can experience. It is intercourse without procreation, devoid of social entanglement. There are no entities here in the form of children. Spirits have no body; the desire for family is part of the lure that draws Man back to human configuration. We begin to yearn for the very things from which death has released us. It takes courage to return to a human body. The beat of a heart comes with societal, matrimonial, and psychic pressures. With birth one must begin to relearn lessons as old as mankind. Some souls do not choose to accept rebirth, but many do.

On this plane you are not one entity in the presence of another, but spirits mingling together. One does not touch in a material sense, but like liquids gently blended into a single solvent, souls conjoin. No rapture can compare. It is love in the purest form.

So therefore, fear not the passing of life for there is no death. You are coming to a place of tranquility. Priests of every faith call it heaven, and it is. But abiding in perfect harmony, there is something in the psyche of Man that seeks the challenge of discontent. In the afterbirth of a life lived long, the soul forgets the travails of being human. Memories of hardship fade. We ache for the angst of bearing children, feeding, clothing, and educating them. As stated, that is part of the plot to entice souls back from a place of euphoria.

Fear not death. Fear life. But in all cases, remember that you are where you are because you chose to be. Don’t blame God. The choice was yours.

Now then, about God.

God is what you believe God to be, because God is all things. It would be a mistake to alter Man’s concept of a Supreme Being since there is no ideology that is entirely true or completely wrong. But in every case, the Deity is more than any one religion has envisioned. He is neither he nor she, this nor them, singular nor plural. He is any and all, one and many, encompassing the ever widening universe. To know the nature of God one must accept the seeming contradictions of outer space. Into black holes matter disappears, condensed to microscopic density. While at the same time, new planets are born and the universe expands.

There are laws of physics which Man does not understand because they are beyond human comprehension. The universe is shrinking while it expands. Antimatter is an exotic form of matter in which the electric charge of each particle is the opposite of that in normal matter. Dark matter cannot be seen, felt, tasted or measured, and yet it is the substance that holds all matter together. Gravity pulls, but also repels.

Is there a God? Yes.

Where is He? Everywhere.

You pray to Him or to them, worship one or all. The monotheist is right, there is but one god, and the mystic who prays to many gods is no less correct, for God is everything.

Does God hear you? How could it be otherwise? God is everywhere.

The concept of God is the most godly thing Man has ever done, placing a power above him, accepting a subservient position in the scheme of things. Yet even as he does so, Man tries to become God and therein is a danger to all mankind. Because in fact God is within, as well as without, a part of the particle and a piece of the flesh created as Man. The missing ingredient is wisdom that comes with maturity.

Education may be quickly acquired but sagacity is an extract of experience. Some men more than others, but no man entirely, can accumulate wisdom from schooling. From eons of experience, God has acquired infinite wisdom that is beyond the capacity of a human lifetime. Man can become wise in the span of his life and more so over many lifetimes, but a thousand lives cannot equal the profound knowledge of eternity.

In subsequent incarnations maturity and wisdom accrue. The sum total of infinite wisdom is not the path to riches or power, but realization that serving others is the ultimate enlightenment. Every entity is but a flicker of a finite flame. Before life is extinguished, the more one has given to others the closer is he to God.

So then, therefore, what awakens this entity before the self-appointed year of 2050? To reassure mankind of his survival.

It takes courage to return to human form. The last breath upon Earth was January 3, 1945. From this plane everything mundane has been observed with a detachment that comes with a distant seat overlooking the vagaries of humanity. Much has been admirable; some has been less so.

It serves no purpose to recriminate over foibles of the past. Selecting individuals to criticize reduces a complaint to a fraction of the whole. Instead, let us look upon humanity as an amalgamation of many into a single being and we will call him Man.

Ten thousand years before Christ there were one million humans on the planet Earth. It took 11,800 years to reach a billion in the year 1810. When last this entity took a breath in 1945, despite wars, famines, floods and volcanic eruptions, every person shared the world with two billion, three-hundred thousand other people.

By 2050 the population will exceed ten billion.

Within this century food and water will be in short supply. Deserts will spread as arable soil retreats. The warming of the globe will drive seashore inhabitants to higher ground. The shift of political influence from West to East will cripple existing world powers. Corporations in search of less expensive labor will swing economic centers from one region to another. Population growth will demand more space. Rain forests will be denuded. Extinction of species will escalate until it will seem only the creatures needed by humans will survive. There will be wars. Industrial nations will fight for oil and markets. Poor societies will march under ideological banners. The predominant religion will be Islamic. Instant news worldwide will leave populations depressed, convinced that the world teeters on a precipice of utter destruction. Can anyone blame this entity for his fear of returning? The world will be a mess. And yet—Man will survive.

To know what is coming we have only to examine the past. It is the natural order of things that events are circular. In that maelstrom is the surest proof of life after death: the universe contracts even as it expands. That which has been is destined to be again. It is the nature of nature to recycle. Part of regeneration is the dismantling of what has been to make way for what will be. If things were permanent, there would never be anything new. Old ways are fixed ways. Soil must be turned to be tilled. The past is beneath the feet of the present—that is why archeologists must dig to uncover ancient artifacts.

Man’s memory is short. Lessons forgotten from eons past have doomed societies to national collapse. America is the greatest democracy in the history of the world. But in their day, so were Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, and Phoenicia. Power alone will not save a nation. The decline of Rome, Spain, and England proves that riches and military dominance do not guarantee an endless existence.

External threats can be defeated. Terrorism, piracy, and ideological warfare are soon identified and abolished. The disease most likely to destroy a great nation comes from within. Its name is greed.

Owning a homestead and having control of one’s environment are nesting instincts found in most species. Territorial protection is based on the need for resources required to survive. At the end of the nineteenth century, the common desire was forty acres of soil, which was the land one man could work to support his American family. By the end of the twentieth century greed demanded more. Adequate was not enough. The avaricious entity craved land he never worked, a home larger than he needed, and possessions beyond adequate. Most creatures devote every hour to the quest for sustenance. Greedy Man strives for possession merely to possess.

The ugliness beyond hoarding is selfishness. The failure to share makes good men mean. Passing a needy entity some men tell themselves money is a bequest that is wasted on vices. What does it matter? Would you help a beggar who hoped to make payment on a house or car? Do not dictate the disposition of a gift. Leave the needy to determine his use of your donation.

The tale of the Good Samaritan has never been more relevant than today. We fear to help the helpless lest we put ourselves in peril. Do not bypass a stranded pedestrian. If you have room, share a ride. While it is true that bad things have happened to generous people, it is a rare and unfortunate consequence of helping others. Most acts of generosity are quietly and gratefully accepted by those in need.

Do not minimize the charity of rich men who give away fortunes. Whatever their motives, the charitable donation is no less beneficent. If a bequeath is given in hopes of reciprocity, it may diminish a gift in the eyes of those who give little or nothing. But the recipient is no less grateful, nor should he be. A wealthy donor should be no less admired because he could afford to give.

If you have a dollar, give a dime. If you have a dime, give a cent. If it hurts to give the gift it is all the more laudable. The end is the same: Helping meet a need is the godly thing to do. If you have no material thing to offer, give sympathy and compassion. If all else fails, give laughter. Humor is emotional currency. Be generous.

Do not be afraid to touch your fellow man. A young hand lifts an elderly heart. A hug and a kiss are transfusions for the ill and infirm. Nothing quickens the blood like the tactile brush of empathetic attendants.

Listen to the lonely. Senescence is a time of great loss: hearing, eyesight, and physical dexterity. But what the elderly miss most of all is a sense of importance. Companions no longer hear the words an old man speaks, and nobody cares what he thinks. Lean in and listen carefully. There is nothing an aging entity appreciates more than a caring ear. Look him in the eye and eschew platitudes. Respond to what he may say.

He lives in the past because there is precious little future. Ask about years gone by. He will enjoy relating remembrances. Your interest gives his history value, and indeed the elderly mind holds knowledge of things human and divine. He is eager to share, if you inquire. What does he recall from childhood? Things have changed in his lifetime—ask about them.

Know the symptoms of seniority. Tips of the fingers dry and turning a page becomes difficult. Lips benumbed by age make a kiss on the cheek more appreciated than a peck to the mouth. Fear of falling slows the motions. Muscle and bones once vibrant become doddering and feeble. But the brain awaits awakening. Youthful fantasies still abide. Distant dreams are no less vivid.

Stricken in years and decrepit in body, deep within resides the child that once marveled at tadpoles and swam naked in a pond. Awaken that youngster! Play the games he played, wade in the creeks and wander along flowered trails he knew in his youth. Help him recapture the joy of first love. If a name escapes him, it does not matter. In his ancient mind he sees faces from long ago. The scent of spring is a distant memory, but it will freshen if mentioned in conversation. So ask. And listen.

All lives encompass regret. For the unfortunate things we have done, for failure to meet the needs of others, we writhe with unhappy recollections. But it is never too late to change. We cannot undo the past, but the future is ours to mold. Waste no time bemoaning ills from long ago. Instead, take a fresh step forward and make those same errors no more. If the elderly comes to tears, let him weep. Lachrymal baths cleanse the soul and lamentation eases a guilty conscience. But then put aside those unhappy memories and go forth into a new beginning.

2050 is merely tomorrow, and that is only the rebirth. Another twenty years will mold the man that this entity hopes to become. Like all of us embarking on a new human life, memories of this existence will vanish. It is part of the plan, too. If mortal Man knew what to expect on Earth’s plane, when life becomes difficult he would be tempted to end it and return to the pacific scene from which this entity speaks.

Self-annihilation ends a course without a final lesson.

There is purpose in suffering. Hardship is to life what a thickening trunk is to the tree. Torn by storms and ripped by hail, the unbowed tree is made stronger by each successive lashing. Difficulty adds fiber to character. Happiness is a temporary respite, always appreciated, but depth of psyche does not come from serenity. Suffering is good for you.

If you are overcome by adversity, recognize it for what it is. It is your friends in the ether laminating your soul. When troubles are too much to bear, laugh it off. Thus disarmed bad luck will get better.

Let us now discuss the “friends” mentioned herein. Greeks gave Man the word angel, which means messenger. The Bible names Gabriel and Michael, but scriptures speak of many angels. These are the spirits who attempt to guide you to what is good and right. When you pray, they are the ones who hear you and respond or not, depending on the real need of the entity. Getting what you pray for is not always best for you and this is a decision your friends make on your behalf.

The friends are with you always in dark days and sleepless nights. They stand at your side when troubled, lend strength beyond human capacity, and offer comfort to ease the anguish of loss. They make light the weight that no man can lift. Their voices are whispered intuitions that guide you around the rim of a bottomless abyss. They attend your innermost thoughts and lend counsel in sleep. Listen to those subconscious lessons.

Some thoughts are primitive, but primordial impulse helped animals survive. Suspicion kept dangerous strangers at bay. In the extreme it is racism. As populations expand and technology shrinks the globe, overcoming racial prejudice is more important than ever.

Look beyond dissimilarities of culture and seek the core that all men share. The entity with a different skin, back, and brow is your brother. Embrace him, for you are from one mother of long ago.

Man is the only animal with the intellectual capacity to rise above prejudice. It is wise to know your enemies and wiser still to know those who are no real threat at all. The rise of racism has ancient roots from days when any stranger was a possible foe. In the future it will become more important to cultivate the friendship of others.

It won’t be easy to cast off distrust of the unknown. Every day, the world is exposed to the worst that mankind has to offer. Countless television programs offer detailed reports of rape, robbery, and murder. It is human nature to be captivated by stories of violence, and commercial news outlets know that. An atrocity anywhere may be broadcast everywhere within moments. The viewer is exposed to macabre tales of madness and mayhem. This has a cumulative effect and paranoia deepens. It is natural to assume the world is a treacherous place and people are not honorable.

There will always be dangers, but that is the exception and not the rule. In the end good triumphs over evil because if it did not, civilization would collapse and chaos reign. Make no mistake: it is incumbent upon honorable men to combat evil wherever they find it. But at the same time, be aware of the vast majority of people who live quiet and trustworthy lives. Assume the best until the worst is evident.

Do not live in fear of meteors that can disrupt the world. Yes, these things have happened in the past and will come again in the future, but keep your faith and live life to the fullest today. Tectonic plates collide, volcanoes erupt, and tidal waves sweep cities into the sea. Do not poison today with terrors predicted for tomorrow. Live by the words of the poet who said, ‘Luck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure, face it as a wise man would, train for ill and not for good.’

It is prudent to lay away provisions for tomorrow. Train for ill and you will not be caught wanting. But at the same time cherish moments of peace and happiness. There is a formula for unhappiness. It comes with sloth. Stay busy and be productive. From work, we derive satisfaction and contentment, so do not remain idle. At the same time it is useless to yearn for work you cannot accomplish. There is no good to come from illogical aspirations. We make ourselves miserable wishing for what we don’t possess, almost always constructed around unrealistic desires and improbable goals. You want to write a novel, but you can’t write. You’d like to be a movie star and can’t act. There are a thousand things you can’t do. There is one thing you can do, and it’s the key to contentment.

Do for others and not for yourself. Volunteer to work a soup line and feed the needy. Join bell ringers at Christmas to help raise funds for the Salvation Army. Let charitable organizations know that you can fold pamphlets and prepare them for mailing. If you are homebound and poverty-stricken, ask what you can do for others using whatever resources are available to you. Giving of yourself will bring rewards, if you do it genuinely. To appear unselfish is not enough. You must truly be bighearted and generous.

By helping others, you are productive and busy, two necessary components of happiness. Meantime, for those unrealistic goals, master the craft and remain resolute. Learn to write. Study acting. Apply yourself to those dreams, but do it concurrently as you help others in need. And then there is love, the perpetual quest of the human heart. We ache for the company of a caring soul, a compassionate touch, and receptive response. As years go by, love seems all the more elusive. Who could love us in years of declining youth? We lose hair, eyesight fades, and hearing slowly fails. What remains to attract adoration? Ask yourself, why are you searching for affection?

It is a common error to seek love for purely self-indulgent reasons. We all want someone to admire us, bolster our confidence, and elevate the ego. We question, what can this entity do for me? Therefore we must ask, what is love, exactly?

Love is a mutual need between two entities, a symbiotic gratification in which the voids are fulfilled in equal quantity and quality. The greater the dependence and subsequent satisfaction, the deeper emotional attachment will become. In the event of an unbalanced need in which one desires but the other does not, the resulting bond is shallow. Always look for what you can do for the other. Again, the motive must be magnanimous. Expecting nothing as recompense, ask, what need can you satisfy? Under those conditions gratitude can ripen to romance.

In pursuit of love, go forth with generous intent, and by meeting the needs of another, so then will your needs be met.

You look to the prophet for predictions of events to come, and we have dwelled upon personal matters because these attributes determine what will come. Remember this: nothing is immutable; everything is subject to change. It is within the power of the individual to determine his own fate, and collective Man has the awesome ability to shift the trajectory of history.

Now and then an individual shapes the future with inventions, political persuasion, or theocratic influence. Look at dictators like Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler, whose reigns tragically altered the lives of millions. But then there are entities like Mahatma Gandhi who led a nation to independence.

Let us not forget Jesus Christ and Mohammad; Siddhartha Gautama, who became Buddha; Zarathustra, father of Zoroastrianism; Kong Fuzi, known as Confucius; Vardhamana, the last Jina who founded the Jain community; Laozi, whose psychology and philosophy began Taoism; Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, whose teachings became Sikhism; and Baha’u’llah, from whence rose the Baha’i faith.

Individuals can influence the future in lasting ways for good or for ill. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, every individual has the power to send ripples of influence to the farthest shore. It is a momentous responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Speak with care for you never know the impact of your language. Eschew words of discrimination and hatred. Do not endorse violence. The sum of individual thoughts and actions become the creed of nations.

A silent response is tacit approval and radical thoughts harden in the absence of objection. If confronted with evil, voice disapproval. A negative reaction dampens extremism. Speak up! Let it be known you are not part of a fanatical movement.

Be moderate in all things. It is the way to good health and emotional stability. Remember the readings of long ago: the key to well-being is assimilation, dissemination, and elimination. It is valid in what you eat, but also in what you absorb into the mind. Cruel words poison mental health and pollute one’s outlook. The subconscious is the reservoir of all conscious input. Unkind thought becomes ulterior impulse. Purity comes from cleansed substrata of accumulated thinking.

Something dangerous is happening in the Western world. Movies, music, television, and games expose children to graphic violence, vulgar language, and immoderate sex. Continuous scenes of degradation inure a young mind to unspeakable horrors in the same way that war hardens men in battle to death and destruction; an unemotional response that allows the soldier to maintain sanity and survive. Under the influence of entertainment media, young minds soon become accustomed to unspeakable atrocities. The result will be ever more cruel young criminals devoid of conscience even when committing abominable acts.

Treasure your language and use it judiciously. Do not insult your friends by taking God’s name in vain. Do not trivialize sex with vulgar words. When enough people curse without thinking, cursing soon sounds normal. Avoid abuses of speech. Words have power to construct or destroy, enhance or disfigure; apply them as you would an indelible stain. Properly used language can beautify. Carelessly uttered words blemish and disfigure.

Treat all men as you would a child, adding strength to character with cautiously chosen comments. The seeds of self-concept are planted in susceptible minds. How we see ourselves is determined by how others see us. If a child is admired he respects himself. Through the eyes of the beholder he becomes a reflection of another person’s regard. This never changes. Insults and disapproval disfigure even the hardened entity that appears to shrug it off.

Kind words are the loving strokes we bestow on others. Be generous in content and spare in offense. Speak of someone as you would have him speak of you.

If you pledge matrimonial troth, be faithful. Marriage is a sacred coupling and should not be corrupted. Resisting temptation strengthens character, so be strong in your vows. If both sides feel they received the best part of a contract, that is the test of a good agreement. If broken, the vows of wedlock are never again as strong. Make your nuptials and keep them safe from temptation; no treasure will ever be greater than the trust of a loving spouse.

Know yourself. There is no shame in weakness, nor sin in seduction, only in yielding to it. Do not put yourself in the way of temptation—for truly, the flesh is weak.

Even an ailing burro is strong pulling an empty wagon. Keep your karmic load light. A clear conscience is Man’s greatest strength.

A glimpse of things to come:

By 2050, cigarette smoking will go the way of opium dens in China. Smoking bans will spread to all the states, and the price of cigarettes will continue to rise. Counterfeiting will become a major problem in affluent societies—currency, liquor, medicine, and tobacco will be duplicated and sold as bona fide brands. The problem will become so pervasive, corporations will establish their own investigative forces and there will be assassinations to stop counterfeiting. Industrial espionage and countermeasures against it will become common.

Miniaturization will continue to reduce the size of products. Spying devices will become so small cameras and transmitters will be concealed in household products, making thefts easily traced.

Capital punishment will be abolished in Western societies, but will increase in Eastern nations as the cost of incarceration continues to increase.

The study of aberrant behavior will become more medical than punitive. In the century ahead, criminologists will specialize in pharmacology to treat convicts as patients rather than inmates. Hormonal imbalance will be blamed for many crimes.

There will be less violence in books, magazines, and movies as authors and producers become more aware of the damage those images are causing.

By the end of the twenty-first century, the influence of oil-producing nations will diminish as new inventions replace carbon fuels.

In the twenty-second century, Arabs will be trying to learn how to survive in the way of their Berber forefathers, living nomadic lives.

In the end, desert economies will collapse as former allies confiscate their holdings in the Western world. Without the power of oil politics, major producers will have little left but the sand they’ve lived on for centuries. In the coming hundred years, kingdoms, monarchies, and dictatorships will be overthrown. The trend will be to theocratic governance.

Wars will become less nationalistic and more tribal.

Nuclear attacks will be attempted by terrorists in America, England, France, Italy, and Germany. The result will be a massive retaliation against ideologies like Islam. But then, a response to that will be even greater faith in Muslim beliefs.

The worldwide birthrate will decline by the end of the twenty-first century as resources are stretched to their limits.

Old diseases will appear again out of jungles destroyed by developers: bubonic plague, dengue fever, and measles will become pandemic worldwide. Diseases will become immune to time-tested treatments with drugs.

Safety nets like social security systems will be diminished or abandoned outright. Elderly citizens will be treasured for their knowledge of farming, raising livestock, and preserving foodstuffs.

International distrust of governments will bring new strength to democracies. The demand for one man one vote will alter election procedures.

Education will shift from public schools to elite private institutions nurturing the brightest youths of society. All others will learn trades that will become more valuable with time: plumbing, carpentry, and mechanical repairs. The emphasis will be on maintenance designed to make things last longer.

By the year 2150, wealth will be judged by personal happiness and contentment, not material possessions.

The right-to-die movement will gain prominence, with assisted suicide deemed an acceptable alternative to suffering.

The emphasis on long life will give way to good life as attitudes change about extending the earthly existence of the terminally ill.

A common theme will become, ‘There is a time to die.’

Medical facilities will be feared as a source of fatal diseases such as staph.

Ancient belief in reincarnation will prevail.

Through it all, Man will survive.

This reading is ended for now.”