likely it is difficult to believe or realize existence in what is
sometimes called ‘the next world’; but then, when
to think of it, it is difficult to believe in existence in this world
too; it is difficult to believe in existence at all. The whole problem
of existence is a puzzling one.”
~ Sir Oliver Lodge
The word paradox
will be a
particularly useful concept to keep in mind while reading this book. A
paradox can be defined as a seemingly contradictory statement that
nonetheless may express a possible truth, such as “doing
is more tiring than working all day.” This is something
we’ve all experienced, and it makes sense in its own way.
However, it won’t really make sense unless we’ve
experienced it. Tim and I will do our best to try to define certain
words and phrases used to describe our experiences, but we will often
have to let the experiences communicate for themselves.
By sharing our experiences, which have been more splendiferous than any earthly island paradise could ever be, you might be inspired to seek your own experience. You may recognize that you’ve had similar experiences and thus find support and validation. Equally valuable will be your own intuitive experiences, which, for better or worse, are very often paradoxical to others and even to you. This book is especially for those who are at a place in their lives where they are ready to hear and accept ideas that challenge long-held beliefs.
Tim and I passionately want to share that there is no such thing as death. There is only Life—infinite varieties, forms, qualities, and expressions of it. What the majority of still-embodied people fear as “death” is simply a transitional phase from one quality of life to another. Transition literally means “passage from one form, state, style or place to another.” Any state of consciousness is a state of transition toward another state of consciousness, which means this is a never-ending process of our irrevocable immortality.
“Death” is not an ending, but a transition of consciousness, just like falling asleep and then waking up. From hereon, then, we will use the concept of transition for the great and wondrous event formerly known as “death.”