Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife

Okay Grailers, I need your help and I’m hoping you can come through for me! Today I’m launching a crowd-funding campaign at IndieGoGo for the book I’m currently working on, which has the working title Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife. Check it out!

I’ve got a bit of a description of the project over at IndieGoGo, but here’s the TLDR version: I’m tired of religious leaders and outspoken atheists dominating the discussion of one of the biggest questions facing humans…what – if anything – happens at the point of death. Rather, I want to put the focus on those who say they have seen ‘the other side’, and those who say they can communicate with the departed, and explore the latest scientific research into these phenomena, with an additional focus on the mystery of consciousness. I’ve got some fascinating material to share, and look forward to exploring these topics with you all.

Here’s a quick promo trailer I created, mostly in an attempt to give the vibe of the book (it borrows from a few of my favourite artists in doing so):

So, check out the page for Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife – there’s a bunch of good value deals on eBook versions if you have a Kindle, iPad or some other reader (I recommend the $20 gift pack…10 books to give away to friends!). Also have some high end signed, limited edition hardcover packages as well, for the book connoisseurs/collectors among you.

This is a project I’ve been wanting to get to for a number of years now, and I’m very excited to be on the road to finally creating it! Really appreciate any help you can offer – I’m sure you’ll get value for money, no matter what you contribute! And please share with your friends and family, as this crowd-funding campaign absolutely relies on word-of-mouth.

Link: IndieGoGo campaign for Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife

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  1. I love it! Perhaps we could
    I love it! Perhaps we could also take this opportunity to come up with a better term than “afterlife.” That implies that death is a break or fissure that is crossed rather being part of an infinite continuum. In fact, “crossing over” is not such a good term either. I would rather see us come up with a descriptor that implies more of a “change of state” rather than a cathartic and abrupt transition. The fact that some people don’t even realize they are dead seems to mean that death and the other state coexist. The deceased and the still living may coexist on the same “plane” and not two separate planes. The other problem with the term “afterlife” is that it implies that the deceased have quit “living,” but most of the stories I have personally collected indicate that we are still alive post death.
    Can we take some suggestions and submissions right here right now for a better terminology?

    1. Terminology
      [quote=emlong]I love it! Perhaps we could also take this opportunity to come up with a better term than “afterlife.” That implies that death is a break or fissure that is crossed rather being part of an infinite continuum. In fact, “crossing over” is not such a good term either. I would rather see us come up with a descriptor that implies more of a “change of state” rather than a cathartic and abrupt transition. [/quote]

      I don’t think there’s much chance of a change in terminology, at least with the general public…for better or worse, those names have stuck. I like your idea of a word that implies a change of state though, something along the lines of ‘sublimation’.

      Though it must be said that in many NDEs there *is* some sort of a symbolic object that separates the two ‘realms’ and must be crossed (literally, crossing over), such as walls and rivers.

  2. Hey Greg,The book sounds
    Hey Greg,

    The book sounds excellent.

    I have a very idiosyncratic DMT-induced NDE to share with you. I think it is very much worthy of your attention for your book.

    I have distilled the experience on a PDF here:

    http://www.wedietorememberwhatwelivetoforget.com/files/We_Die_to_Remember_What_We_Live_to_Forget.pdf

    Here is an excerpt:

    “I effectively realized that I am It; God; The First Cause; the Eternal Universe reflecting back upon itself; I am merely God playing a cosmic joke on my Self (at the height of this realization, I was looking down upon the Earth from space, as if my frame of reference had become the entire world; I didn’t feel like I had a body, but “my” consciousness was still present. I had, for what seemed to be Eternity, a truly Universal frame of reference which was entirely ineffable). I was overwhelmed by the painful beauty of life; the necessity of evil to bring about good; the Eternal reciprocity of the Universe that dissolves itself in the triad of Love; the realized interconnectedness of the All; enlightenment; the freeing of energy from matter. I was made acutely aware that the entire point of the existence of the Universe was Love.”

    My email is allindquist@live.com

    Take it easy!

    1. That video trailer is really
      That video trailer is really good. You da man for this project. It has to be done well, and you are the guy.

      You know what I would really love to hear is stories from people as they descended from that other plane and reentered existence down here on the more mundane. I mean that after spending several eternities in the heaven they get bored or wanting somehow and decide to take the plunge back down here. We have all the stories of people who get a brief taste of “metalife,” and come zinging back here, but what about people who decide they have had their fill of heaven and decide to come back to the tough place over here?

    2. Knowledge and Love
      Hi Alex!

      Thanks so much for sharing…that’s such an intelligent exploration of your experience via various threads of philosophy and esoteric thought. I am reminded of so many other NDErs, who come back with the message that love and knowledge are the two most valuable things to pursue and share.

  3. what an awesome project!
    after my ‘husband’ died there were way too many “coincidences” that happened for them to be coincidences…i don’t want to try to reproduce them here. even now, nearly 5 years later i still get “contact,” less often and less intense than right after his death maybe because i’m not paying as close attention as i did…i would never claim that i can “talk to the dead,” though.

    (we weren’t legally married on paper, he died suddenly, as we were making plans, but we were more “married” in spirit than many on paper legal marriages)

    i’d be happy to share for your project if you are interested.
    undrgrndgirl@aol.com

    1. Thank you
      [quote=undrgrndgirl]after my ‘husband’ died there were way too many “coincidences” that happened for them to be coincidences…i don’t want to try to reproduce them here. even now, nearly 5 years later i still get “contact,” less often and less intense than right after his death maybe because i’m not paying as close attention as i did…i would never claim that i can “talk to the dead,” though.

      (we weren’t legally married on paper, he died suddenly, as we were making plans, but we were more “married” in spirit than many on paper legal marriages)

      i’d be happy to share for your project if you are interested.
      undrgrndgirl@aol.com[/quote]

      Thanks for posting – have heard of this sort of ‘contact’ many times now in the literature, there certainly seems to be a bond that continues to exist beyond physical separation. I’ve added your email address to my research file, will contact with some questions if I need extra info on this area.

  4. from the Logos-Homos-Dept.
    greg,

    as always, love your sense of humour :3

    (i enjoyed your pitch video — very well done. what software do you use?)

    i’ll spread the woid!

    the United Church of Canada* has a website, called Wondercafe, with a bunch of really neat folks on it (i’ve learned so much aboot Canadian Christianity) of a variety of stripes and flavours (not everyone is a Christian or even religious there). They’ll be titillated by your book, i’m sure :3

    * seems like a neat Church — they’ve even got an atheist minister, Gretta Vosper :3

    1. You might also explore the
      You might also explore the inverse idea which is that some people find it worrying that there would be an afterlife. Some of them are probably apprehensive about the life review part, and some people take comfort in the idea of insensate oblivion, so they are more disturbed by the idea of there being an afterlife rather than there not being one.

      1. from the Laboratory-Inc-Sink-Rink-Dept.
        Yuppers. I read a horror story where the protagonist finds out just what the afterlife is like, a kind of semi-awake dreaming state but with no body, no up or down or anything :3

        It may also be like how I can look at a plant and see the beauty in it and I can also, if I let myself, try to see the plant as a meaningless thing and then it becomes something quite discomfiting…

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