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The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand is an informative book written by Giulia Jeary Knap and is Book 1 of Between Heaven and Earth Series.
In this book, the author presents ways and techniques on how to communicate with our loved ones even after they have crossed over to the Afterlife. She introduces three ‘tried and tested methods to stay in touch with those who have gone before us’: (1) contact while awake in a quiet meditative state, (2) enhancing our awareness while falling asleep, and (3) dreams and lucid dreams.
This book offers answers and explanations to some perplexing and, probably in some cases, disturbing questions like: what happens when a person dies and where does he go. The author, who have witnessed public demonstrations of mediumship and who have attended courses held by certified mediums, shares some of her personal experiences in astral travel or astral projection also known as out-of-body experience or OBE. She also includes in this book the results of some of her research regarding near-death experience or NDE.
The book is, generally, well written, except for one notable error (sinking of the Titanic in 2012), massively-researched and well-referenced. The writing is easy to understand and is apparently intended for laymen. Even the exercises offered in the Appendix are easy to follow. The author, however, does not offer any form of treatment for medical problems.
I find several interesting topics in this book. First of which is astral travel which I have read a lot about in the past. The author is able to clearly describe the feeling of being separated from the physical body. Second is the description of the spirit world based on accounts from those who had the chance to visit the Afterlife whether as a result of temporary death, through mediums or through astral travel. My personal beliefs aside, I find her description enchanting making me wish that my departed loved ones are out there. Finally, I like the idea of being able to communicate with discarnate spirits. She makes it sound so easy and practicable as if it is as natural as practicing a craft like needlework.
Personally, I find the entire book very intriguing and interesting. However, less skeptical readers may find the book difficult to believe while the more skeptical ones may totally ignore the book. The decision lies completely on each reader.
I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is informative and well-written. While readers who are interested in spiritualism may benefit greatly from this book especially the exercises the author offers, other type of readers may still find the book entertaining and enlightening. The most important part of this book, for me, is the explanation it offers about the reality of death, that there is a chance to get in touch with our loved ones even after they died. Other people may find talking to our departed loved ones frightening and morbid, but we may be surprised to know that there are some people who would like to do exactly that.
The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand
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