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2005 Archive:
Whose Scrooge? - by Lee Prosser
December 15, 2005

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Spirit Dor by John Richards
December 9, 2005

The Witchcraft Connection - The Ghostly Carpenter - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
December 6, 2005

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Nature is a Haunted House - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2005

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Hollywood Ghost Hunt Weekend by Richard Senate
November 28, 2005

Clairvoyance, Ghosts, and Music - by Lee Prosser
November 15, 2005

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Halloween and the End Times - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2005

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The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: The Conclusion - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 20, 2005

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1 Corinthians 12:10 - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2005

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Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes
October 14, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate
October 7, 2005

Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
October 1, 2005

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Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup
September 19, 2005

Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Rev. Pat Robertson - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2005

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Cedar Key Inn - The Man in the Kitchen by Janice Cottrill
August 29, 2005

Bide One's Time - High Spirits - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2005

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CBS Introduces the Ghost Whisperer by Jeff Belanger
August 5, 2005

Bide One's Time - Ghostly Encounter - by Lee Prosser
August 1, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Don Bachardy - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - New Mexico, Land of Enchantment - by Lee Prosser
July 1, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 2 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 20, 2005

Bide One's Time - Why Do We Enjoy Ghost Story Movies? - by Lee Prosser
June 15, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 1 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 13, 2005

Bide One's Time - We are Each a Living Ghost in Our Own Story - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2005

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Electronic Voice Phenomena (E.V.P.) by Todd M. Bates
May 23, 2005

Bide One's Time - Sensitive to Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
May 17, 2005

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Emotions of the Paranormal by Brian Leffler
May 13, 2005

George Lutz's Amityville Horror by Jeff Belanger
April 12, 2005

Connecting Through Reincarnation? by Rick Hayes
March 16, 2005

Chinese Hopping Ghosts by Janice Cottrill
March 4, 2005

Dr. Hans Holzer - A Lifetime of Explaining the Unexplained by Jeff Belanger
February 7, 2005

The Legend of Lucy Keyes by John Stimpson
February 4, 2005

Raymond Buckland by Lee Prosser
January 28, 2005

The Mysterious Haunting of Stone's Public House by David Retalic
January 23, 2005

Some Musings on White Noise by Lee Prosser
January 12, 2005

India and the Supernatural by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2005

June 13, 2005

Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond - Part 1 of 2

By Janice Cottrill

What happens after the body turns into a corpse? Where do we go? The Tibetan Buddhist have what they feel is the answer. Most people believe that Buddhist believe in reincarnation of the soul and a new, young, fresh body and another life. This is wrong. Buddhists believe that the energy produced by the mental and physical activities of a being brings about the apparition of a new mental and physical phenomena, when this, once being has been dissolved by death.

An interesting statement used by the Lamaists, for most of us is a puzzle that requires some contemplation: He who knows how to go about it could live comfortably, even in hell. 

The explanation of this statements is what the lamas mean by thabs," or as westerners would understand, the method. Lamaists think that as well as learning how to live, we also must learn how to die and how to do well in other worlds. 

What is it that goes on after the body turns into a corpse? The answer to this question according to several distinguished Lamaists is the consciousness of the I or in other words, it is our will to live. The mystic is a person who has mastered the science of death. A mystic is able to keep his mind alert as his personality and his spark of life leaves his body and allows the I to pass into the next world, fully conscious. As this is the case, there is no need for any last rites of religion nor the help of anyone in a persons last hours. 

The Lama assisting a dying person to die properly is careful to keep him awake and to stop him from fainting or falling into a coma. He points out to the dying person the successive departure of the special consciousness attached to each sense. He will speak of the diminishing eyesight, the lack of smell, the lack of taste, the lack of hearing and finally the body is the last thing to leave. The final task of the Lama is to make the I spring out of its envelope through the top of the head; for if the I leaves by any other opening, the future well-being of the person will be jeopardized.

The extraction of the I is produced by the ritualistic cry of Hik! Followed by Phat!

Before speaking these words, the Lama must concentrate his thought to be in tune with the person who just died. He must make the effort that the person should have made for himself to cause his I to ascend to the summit of the skull with enough force to produce the fissure through which it can escape.

Mystics who have this ability can commit suicide in this way. Those Initiates who can rise the I for themselves will do so when they feel their lifes ending approaching and the cries of Hik! And Phat are their final words. They are able to free themselves without help.

The I then begins its strange journey and the answers to, Where Do We Go When We Die?"

(To be continued on June 20, 2005...)

This information came from Conttrill's personal instruction and the book, Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David Neel (Dover Publications). Janice Cottrill is an investigator, researcher, and writer. She runs Cottrill Investigations.

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