Concluded from Part 1
John Heslop confirms what we’ve learned so far about the unity between the physical and etheric body.
“Now death is merely the severing of the psychic cord which unites the two bodies.” (1)
The silver cord is the etheric body’s connection to the physical, as well as the physical body’s connection to the spiritual. As Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson says below, it enables us to traverse the spirit realms when our bodies sleep at night and experience earthly consciousness during the day.
“The spirit body exactly coincides with the physical body, and during waking hours the two are inseparable. When sleep takes place the spirit body withdraws from the physical body, but the former is attached to the latter by a magnetic cord.
I call it a magnetic cord for want of a better name. It is a veritable life-line. Its elasticity is enormous since the spirit body can travel either throughout the earth during sleeping hours or throughout the spirit world subject to special conditions and limitations.” (2)
Personally, I wonder what the ‘special conditions and limitations’ are for our spiritual travels. Maybe our connection to the physical body renders us unable to experience certain things when we’re out and about, but of course, this’ll dissolve when we pass on.
However limited we might be in our dreamtime travels, we’ll rediscover the eternal nature of consciousness in an unhindered way when we pass on. Spiritual evolution is constant, and if someone was to pass on before they evolved, they’d continue their work in spirit.
As Benson tells us below, the elasticity of the silver cord enables us to travel broadly when we sleep, even if we’re limited in some ways.
“However vast the distance between the sleeping physical body and the temporarily released spirit body, the magnetic cord can span the distance easily and perfectly and without any diminution of its active agency, which is to sustain life in the earthly body. The life-line will, as its length increases, become exceedingly fine and almost hair-like in appearance.” (3)
I’m sure the silver cord looks beautiful when we expand it to hair-like thinness. A lot of us probably travel pretty far in our sleep realms, and the most aware seekers probably stretch themselves pretty far to go to the places they’re able to.
The fact that we can access the etheric realms in our sleep makes us very fortunate. Even though we don’t remember the vast majority of our experiences, we’re able to reenter these realms temporarily while our physical bodies gain strength for the next day. With lucid dreaming, we can even consciously experience these travels.
Are we not incredibly fortunate?
Benson continues: “Just so long as the magnetic cord is joined to the earthly body, just so long will earthly life remain in the physical body. But the moment that dissolution takes place the life-line is severed, the spirit is free to live in its own element, while the physical body will decay in the manner which is perfectly familiar to you upon earth.” (4)
We’re enabled to return home after our lifeline to earth is broken, but when the silver cord is still attached, we’ll continue to experience physicality. Eventually, we’ll all return to our “own element” and we’ll do so with the brimming love the heart space has to offer.
When the time comes, we’ll return home with the utmost exuberance as long as we keep the eternal nature of consciousness in mind.
Benson then tells us that the process of death isn’t nearly as dreadful as people have made it out to be.
“The death of the physical body, then, is simply the severance of the magnetic cord, and, as far as the physical body is concerned, it is closely akin to ordinary sleep. There does not seem anything very dreadful about this straightforward process if a little thought is given to it.” (5)
It’s easy to fear death and easier to avoid it, but eventually, we’ll all realize it for the simple, benevolent process it really is. There’s nothing about this process we should fear, and those who fear it tend to have the most difficulty accepting when the transition comes.
Death is a gentle process that subtly releases us from the confines of physicality, and if we keep this in mind, we’ll enjoy the life we’re living now with the understanding that our essence will never die. Who we are at the core of our being will always remain intact, and as long as we make the effort, we’ll be able to feel our deeper essence on the earth and in spirit.
Julia Ames tells us that nobody usually feels the silver cord snap when death takes place.
“The snapping of consciousness between the soul and the tenement, if I may so speak of it, is usually not felt by the soul. With some it is different. They feel as if it were the slow breaking, one by one, of the threads which connect the soul with its tenement; but the process is not painful, even when it is protracted.
I have spoken to many on the subject and the majority tell me that their experience agrees with mine. They could not even say that they could remember the exact moment when the body parted company with their soul.” (6)
According to the testimonies we’ve been given, a lot of people don’t feel anything at all when they pass on. Some people feel a lightening of sorts, and everyone eventually feels the greater consciousness that results from death, but the process itself tends to go unrealized by some because of its painlessness.
H.W. Engholm tells us about a particular woman’s peaceful passing.
“‘She fell asleep,’ says one of the messages which describe the passing of such a spirit: ‘she fell asleep, and the cord of life was severed by our watching friends, and then softly they awoke her, and she looked up and smiled very sweetly into the face of one who leaned over her.’” (7)
This person was able to greet her gentle death with the same level of grace she’d been shown by her guides, and even though a lot of people fear death and make their transitions harder as a result, a lot of others are able to face it head-on and calmly greet the other side.
Others probably greet it enthusiastically when they realize their death has taken place. Our guides might be busy with initiates who feared death all their lives, but they’re also able to welcome seekers who are ready and assured of what lies ahead of them.
Wellesley Tudor Pole tells us about his experience watching the death of one ‘Major P.’ take place.
“3.15 p.m. Two figures have appeared and stand one on either side of [Major P.'s] bed against the wall. …
3.55 p.m. The two figures swoop down over the bed and seem to break off the ‘cords’ at points close to the physical body. Immediately I see that the form or double [of Major P.] rises about two feet from its original position, but remains horizontal, and at this same moment Major P.’s heart stops beating.” (8)
This seems to be how a lot of deaths take place, and like every other account we’ve examined, we can notice the mention of the silver cord’s severance when this man passed on. It’s obvious that this severance is a big part of the transition of death, and the silver cord seems very important to our experience of life here on earth.
It’s been said endlessly that we’re spiritual beings having a human experience, and the etheric cord we all hold within apparently keeps our spirits anchored on this planet. Numerous discarnate sources have independently confirmed its existence and importance, in life and death, and you’re all encouraged to learn more about it if it interests you.
This has only been the first installment of the Spirit World Chronicles, and next time, we’re going to examine the uniqueness of each respective transition and the painless nature of death. We’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg in this first installment, and there’ll be many, many more that’ll further explore the transition of death and the realms beyond.
We have a lot to learn about the realms that exist beyond the earth, and whether we learn about them now or later, our remembrance of them is as inevitable as the ascent back to Source it’ll cause.
Wes Annac – In appreciation for the eternal nature of consciousness and the painlessness of death.
(1)- John Heslop through F. Heslop, medium, Further Messages Across the Border-Line. A Continuation of “Speaking Across the Border-Line.” London: Charles Taylor, n.d., 67.
The foreword by G. Vale Owen is dated July 1921. See SABL for F. Heslop’s description of her husband, John Heslop.
(2)- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957), 14.
(3)- Loc. cit.
(4)- Loc. cit.
(5)- Loc. cit.
(6)- Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death. A Personal Narrative. New York: George H. Doran, n.d.; c. 1914, 156.
Ames’ family name does not appear in the book, but can be found at “William Thomas Stead,” Red Pill, http://redpill.dailygrail.com/wiki/William_Stead.
(7)- G. Vale Owen, medium, The Life Beyond the Veil. London: Thornton Butterfield, June 1920. E-book downloaded from http://www.snu.org.uk/Images/pdfs/Life%20Beyond.pdf, 21 Jan. 2008, 5-6.
(8)- Private Thomas Dowding in Wellesley Tudor Pole, medium, Private Dowding. The Personal Story of a Soldier Killed in Battle. London: Neville Spearman, 1966; c1917, 84.
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