The term after-death communication (ADC) describes meaningful contact with a person who has passed on. ADCs may occur via the usual senses or more ethereal ones such as seeing with the mind’s eye, telepathically hearing or inner knowing. These experiences can also occur during dreams that seem more real than usual and leave the dreamer with a strong sense that actual contact was made. A sudden and lasting sense of peace and comfort about the ‘deceased’ person suggests that dream ADCs are more than just a random dream.
Such reports used to be considered weird and many people did not share them for fear of being considered crazy. More and more people are now openly sharing these surprisingly common experiences. ADCs have been reported, according to Raymond Moody M.D., Ph.D., by 25 percent of Americans, 66 percent of widows, and 75 percent of parents whose children have crossed over. The book Hello from Heaven by Bill and Judy Guggenheim was the first major book to discuss this phenomenon.
Respected views from science and religion support the possibility of communication from beyond the grave. For example, Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who earned worldwide respect for his sensible application of religious principles, stated, “I firmly believe that when you die you will enter immediately into another life. They who have gone before us are alive in one form of life and we in another.”
Some religious denominations believe that the deceased sleep until a judgment day. A number of other religions and denominations, however, describe an uninterrupted continuation of consciousness. Much evidence is consistent with Peale’s view that life continues on seamlessly after death. As such, ADC reports are consistent with contemporary evidence and at least some well-accepted theological constructs.
I first became aware of ADCs when I worked in hospitals as a respiratory therapist. Several elderly and completely lucid patients reservedly told me, “I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but there’s something about you. Last night I was visited by my late husband. He stood right there by the foot of the bed, smiled, and told me I would see him again.” Each time, these patients passed on within forty-eight hours. Reports of this type involved a visit by their departed spouse or parent. These patients were very excited about their experiences, but hesitant to tell others for fear of being thought they were crazy.
ADCs often occur during dreams, probably because the person receiving the communication is deeply relaxed and the usual hectic brain activity is dampened. These dreams seem more vibrant and real than usual. The dreamer awakens with a strong sense that actual contact was made with a departed loved one. The eminent psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung related a personal dream ADC: “Six weeks after his death my father appeared to me in a dream… It was an unforgettable experience, and it forced me for the first time to think about life after death.”
What is the difference between ghosts and those souls who visit loved ones during ADCs? Ghosts are in limbo between earth and spirit world as a result of several possibilities. These include intense addictions; strong emotions such as revenge and anger; a sudden or violent death; and limited spiritual knowledge with resistance to entering the Light. Being stuck in this netherworld is like a purgatory described by some religions.
Ghosts can enter the Light anytime they choose, but may be afraid or ignorant about this possibility. Visitations by these forlorn spirits may be ongoing, feel scary or sad, and be accompanied by physical coldness. Their energy is slow, looks darker, and feels hopeless.
Souls who visit during ADCs, on the other hand, usually make brief visits and exude energies of peace and joy. They are not stuck but, rather, have successfully made the transition into spirit world. Like those briefly on the corner jail square in Monopoly, they are “just visiting” the physical dimension. Their visits are voluntary and are motivated by love and the desire to relay comfort and hope. Recipients of ADCs consider them to be sacred and are often transformed by the experience.
Why do some departed souls make contact and others don’t? They may be healing, busy with other demands, or may not be able to energetically make the contact. Reports from spirit side say that much energy and determination are required for a spirit-being to make significant contact in physical dimensions. Or, they may know that you are doing OK so they are contacting others who are less spiritually secure / awakened. Finally, you as a soul may have chosen to not be contactedto motivate your human side to search more deeply, meditate, become more peaceful, etc.
Often, however, the solution to sensing your “deceased” loved ones is to become a better receiver. They are good transmitters, but you need to be on a similar high-energy wavelength to tune-in. You won’t be able to detect them if you are overly sad, fearful, angry, depressed, bitter, analytical, or physically imbalanced.
“Shared ADCs”is a term for those after-death contacts experienced by more than one person at the same time. Many after-death contacts occur with only one person at a time and, while those may be personally convincing, they may lack verifiable aspects. Being perceived by more than one person simultaneously, shared ADCs provide an additional validation component. This enhanced authenticity strongly indicates that the contact is not wishful thinking or an over-active imagination but an actual contact with departed loved ones.
Ted, a long-time patient of mine, passed on after suffering with lung cancer. His wife Elizabeth is a salt-of-the-earth Christian woman whom I have known for many years and trust completely. She told me about a unique shared ADC that happened after she prayed for a sign that Ted was at peace. In the first spring after Ted’s burial, the family planted flowers by his grave and videotaped the scenery. As soon as they arrived at the grave site, a sparrow flew to Ted’s monument and perched there, cocking its head and looking intently at the family.
Elizabeth remarked that it seemed as though the sparrow were trying to tell them something or that perhaps Ted’s soul was communicating through the bird. Throughout their visit, the same sparrow continued to chirp and hop on the grave stone. The family excitedly videotaped the bird with the idea of showing it to other family members. When they played the tape at home, however, there was the grave site, grass, trees, family members, and flowers—but no sparrow! They considered this anomaly to be a sign from Ted. This story also corroborates reports that spirit beings are difficult to capture on film.
Evidential ADCs include experiences in which a person learns something he or she did not know before and, in fact, had no way of knowing. Information revealed by evidential ADCs provides stronger documentation that these encounters are not illusions. Visiting spirits may tell about long lost objects that are subsequently discovered. Even more impressively, they may relay information that was not known to anyone, but is later verified.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., had an evidentiary encounter with a deceased patient. She was walking in the hallway toward her office one day and noticed a woman standing in the corridor. They began talking and Dr. Kubler-Ross led the woman into her office. After a while, she said with considerable amazement ‘I know you!’ and recognized the woman as ‘Mrs. Schwartz,’ a patient who had died several months earlier. Mrs. Schwartz acknowledged her identity and the two talked for some time. In an attempt to obtain verifiable evidence of the visit, Dr. Kubler-Ross asked the woman to write a note to her minister. Afterwards, analysis of the handwriting matched samples written before she passed over.
In his book Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Carl Jung M.D. reported the following evidential ADC: “One night I lay awake thinking of the sudden death of a friend whose funeral had taken place the day before. I was deeply concerned. Suddenly I felt that he was in the room. It seemed to me that he stood at the foot of my bed and was asking me to go with him. I did not have the feeling of an apparition; rather, it was an inner visual image of him, which I explained to myself as a fantasy. Then I said to myself, ‘Proof is neither here nor there! Instead of explaining him away as a fantasy, I might just as well give him the benefit of the doubt and for experiment’s sake credit him with reality.’ The moment I had that thought, he went to the door and beckoned me to follow him.”
Jung described following his friend in his mind, to his house. In the study, his friend showed Jung the second of five books with red bindings on the second shelf from the top. Says Jung, “I was not acquainted with his library and did not know what books he owned. Certainly, I could never have made out from below the titles of the books he had pointed out to me, on the second shelf from the top. This experience seemed to me so curious that the next morning I went to his widow and asked whether I could look up something in my friend’s library. I stepped up on the stool so as to be able to read the titles. They were translations of the novels of Emile Zola. The title of the second volume read: The Legacy of the Dead.”
In Love, Medicine and Miracles, Bernie Siegel M.D. shares an evidential case involving Bill, a physician with esophageal cancer. He had joined an Exceptional Cancer Patient group but was quiet and distant. Says Siegel: “Three months after Bill had died of his cancer, a young college student came to my office to interview me. She said she’d been in a healing circle the night before and since they knew she was going to see me the next day, the medium who was directing the circle had asked if there was any message for me. She handed me a card: “To Bernie from Bill with love and peace. If I had known it was this easy, I’d have bought the package a long time ago and wouldn’t have resisted so much.”
Siegel continues, “When I called his wife, she said, “That’s what he always told me after the meetings. He would attend, but he said he couldn’t buy the package.” The people in the healing circle knew nothing about who Bill was, yet there was the same phrase he and his wife used. ‘Love and peace’ is the closing I use for all my letters. Who else could this note be from? How can I help but believe and share this belief with others?”
Facilitated ADCsinvolve some assistance that increase the chances of having a meaningful ADC. My Facilitated After-Death Contact technique uses deep relaxation / hypnosis, visual imagery, and other approaches to achieve this goal. For more information, see article #9 Visiting with ‘Departed’ Loved Ones Now
As described in his books, Reunionsand The Last Laugh,Dr. Moody developed a mirror gazing ‘psychomanteum’ technique based on ancient Greek methods to visit with those who have passed on. Many grieving persons expressed their desire to see their ‘departed’ loved ones again, even for just five minutes. This motivated him to research practical ways to facilitate contact with those who have changed worlds.
Some validation cases have surfaced during facilitated ADC sessions led by therapists around the world. These authenticated cases further add to the depth and breadth of evidence that you are a forever being. On one occasion, several subjects in a large booth saw the same apparition as confirmed by comparing notes afterward. As described in Soul Proof, I – after being certified by Dr. Moody to do this work – observed several validating aspects while leading a group mirror gazing session.
Induced after-death communications were described by Allan L. Botkin Psy.D. and Craig Hogan Ph.D. in their book Induced After-Death Communication. Techniques utilizing eye movement, desensitization and reprocessing (EM.D.R.) are used. This approach has been very successful with nearly all clients that hundreds of IADC-trained psychotherapists have worked with. EDMR works equally well whether people are religious or agnostic, and for recent as well as old cases of grieving. For more information visit Induced-ADC.com.
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Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is director of The Soul Phone Foundation, co–founder of Greater Reality Living Groups, and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show– no matter what is going on around you – that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit About Dr. Mark Pitstick for his full bio.
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