We live, we die and then what?
As golden and russet leaves flutter softly down and settle on the ground I find myself contemplating their cycle and the cycles of life. We live, we die and then what? Depressed? No. Why? Because I am blessed to have been witness to my elderly mother’s extraordinary sojourns into the Other World. She told me, with a voice of absolute authority, ‘We’re learning we’re immortal. Death is nothing to be afraid of. I have no worries, no fear’. This was followed by, ‘You must tell others’. So this is what I am doing now.
Were my mother’s proclamations just those of an old lady who had Alzheimer’s and was delusional and hallucinating? Most medical doctors and many others would say yes. Not so according to a growing body of research and the opinions of more and more people. At a recent conference on near death experience, NDE, for four days I listened to presenters from around the world who had researched this subject or had had a near death experience themselves.
One of the speakers, Pim Van Lommel, an internationally renowned researcher in the field of NDE, gave an informative talk. He cited studies of patients who been declared clinically dead, mainly after cardiac arrest, coming back to life and reporting, with one-hundred per-cent accuracy, things they had seen and heard during the time they had been dead. Another presenter, Anita Moojani, author of, Dying to be Me, fell into a deep coma when she had end-stage lymphoma. To everyone’s amazement, including the doctors, she regained consciousness and proceeded to recount in great detail her experiences of being in the ‘Other World’. Within days her body had healed, something she had been told would happen during her NDE, and within weeks she was completely cancer free. Dr Eben Alexander, an American neurosurgeon and author of, Proof of Heaven, gave a powerful talk about his own near death experience and miraculous recovery. He says it has completely changed his understanding of life and death and as a result he can no longer subscribe to the Western scientific medical paradigm that he had held throughout his professional career. He says the evidence for life continuing after death is overwhelming and speculates that within ten years every intelligent, thinking person will acknowledge this.
On the strength of the experiences I had with my mother, The College for Psychic Studies, CPS, invited me to give their Gwen Tate lecture. Gwen Tate was a member of the ‘Tate and Lyle’ family and had been a member of the CPS. Upon her death her husband asked that in her honour the College host 2 events a year that show evidence of life after death. So it is a great honour to have been invited to give this lecture and share my story. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/events/view/id/317/gwen-tate-lecture-the-gift-of-altzheimer-
So what is my story? It started when my mother had late-stage Alzheimer’s and one day she said to me, ‘It’s difficult living, working between two worlds.’ Had I dismissed this it would have been the end of her telling me about her experiences – there would have been no story. But being a seeker of consciousness, far from disregarding what she said I was deeply curious and excited at the prospect of finding out more. This marked the beginning of our heart and soul journey together that continued for three and a half years. During this time I recorded our conversations about life, death and life beyond the veil and these conversations form the heart of my book The Gift of Alzheimer’s.
My experiences with my mother, the extensive research in the field and the extraordinary stories of those who have ‘crossed over’ and come back, leave me in absolutely no doubt about the continuation of life after death. When we know this it changes our perspective on life – it is an enormous shift. Loosing my fear of death has changed my life. I hope you will discover this gift for yourself and the new sense of freedom and joy it brings.
With deep appreciation,
Maggie La Tourelle
Author of The Gift of Alzheimer’s – New Insights into the Potential of Alzheimer’s and its Care