Trance-Scriptions: The collected Soul Group Messages sessions
Part VIII: What’s it like to die? A spirit shares his death experience
and: Silver Star’s personal recollections of suicide and its after-effects
…It’s an appointment that, with absolute certainty, each of us is destined to meet and to keep.
– And thoughts concerning what this event will entail are bound to cross the mind of every single soul on Earth at some stage during their journey through life…
What will the experience of dying be like? Is it something we need to be fearful of? Will it be painful? Traumatic?
A detailed answer to that question is provided below by a young man – Kenneth – who passed from this world in a ball of fire when his Spitfire was shot down during World War 2 …and what he has to share with us is not at all what you might expect following such an abrupt and violent end to his physical life. His observations regarding his ‘death’ are comforting rather than distressing; uplifting as opposed to terrifying. And are delivered with the intent of bringing some measure of peace to the minds of the many souls it is hoped will read this and redefine their view of what their transition from this world will be like.
In the second half of the following transcription of a filmed trance session, ‘Silver Star’, a key figure and frequent spirit visitor from Joseph’s soul group, relates his highly personal experiences regarding suicide and its after-effects …and, again, conventional views are turned upside down during this address as he examines the subject and its consequences.
As is always the case following these communications, I was exhausted from the rigours of trance at the conclusion of this one – a result of the need to ‘punch through’ the dense vibrations from both ends of the communication in order for a connection to be made and the transmission of information to take place …but, as always, I was delighted to discover that so much valuable spiritual insight, wrapped in love and warmth and a deeply moving concern for humanity, had been passed on as a result of the session. Here, then, is the eighth in our series of Soul Group Messages transcriptions…
As with each of these texts, this session was originally filmed as a ‘live’ trance demonstration. In the transcript that follows I have made a handful of tiny ‘adjustments’. These are minimal, and only involve the transposition of the occasional word and the taking out of small repetitions of phrases which are the norm in the spoken word but less appropriate in a written version. These small amendments aside, the following is an accurate presentation of what happened and what was said during the original video session.
* Moments of altered consciousness… those points at which I am switched between a clairvoyant connection to the communicators and a trance state – and back again – are indicated in the text.
* Our thanks are due, as always, to Jules Gadiot for his dedication and hard work in initially transcribing this material.
Soul Group Messages – 8.
Spirit Communicators: ‘Kenneth’; ’Silver Star’.
Michael (describing what he is initially seeing clairvoyantly):
A little preamble …in that I have had someone with me for two or three days. They haven’t spoken but I know that they want to speak today. And, prior to Joan, my spiritual mentor, marrying Jack, she was engaged to a flyer who was killed during World War ll; and then she was engaged to another flyer who was [also] killed during World War ll. When she got together with Jack at the beginning, her father said: ‘For goodness sake, Joan, don’t marry him. You are killing more flyers than the enemy!’ Now one of these two flyers was a doctor and a Spitfire pilot called Kenneth, and it is Kenneth who wants to speak first of all to us today. So, if I can just tune in, he is moving closer to me…
He says that what he wants to talk about today is …what happens when you die. Because it is a question on a lot of people’s minds: ‘What happens when you die? What’s it like?’
Michael (switching to a trance state at this point): Well, during the conflict I stepped in for a young man who was supposed to go up on a sortie that night – that particular night when I passed over – and I took his place. I remember being in the plane …and I remember there being a so-called ‘enemy plane’ in front of me …and I was concentrating on the plane in front of me and didn’t realise a second plane had come up behind me… to my right, behind me. I remember realising too late. I could hear the sound of the engine of the other plane and realising it was there. Then, suddenly, there was a flash of light …and I felt… nothing! There was nothing untoward. There was no pain, no distress but suddenly, following that flash of light, I found myself standing in the centre of what passed for a runway at the airfield where I was stationed. No plane …just standing there in the middle of an empty airfield. I looked around and it was daytime. It should have been night-time but it was daytime.
I felt compelled to walk forwards along this strip and I walked forwards until suddenly, at a desk in the middle of the concrete, was sitting an officer. I walked up to the desk and I could see behind the officer a room that suddenly formed around him with a corridor leading off behind him and a man standing behind him who wasn’t in uniform. He was in some kind of robe and I remember there was a sort of blue/mauve-ish tint to this robe. The officer asked me for my name and my serial number, which I gave to him, assuming this was a debriefing from the mission …and, as soon as I had given my name, he stood to one side, the desk moved to one side and I moved down the corridor.
At the other end of the corridor stood two of my mates …two of the flyers who just days previously had died in the conflict in their planes and one of them had been burned. But I saw these two young men standing there looking perfectly alive and in perfect condition in front of me. I was shocked that the young man who had been burned so badly – he’d been pulled out of his plane and had died – was in perfect condition; in perfect health. And it was at that point, as I greeted these two friends, that I realised I had ‘gone’ …that I [had] died.
I looked behind me and the desk had disappeared; the officer had disappeared and the airfield had disappeared as well. And in quick succession, I found myself in my mother’s living room looking around …she was opening a drawer …taking something out of a drawer …and I tried to attract her attention but I couldn’t. Then I found myself in the churchyard of the church that I had visited every week as I was growing up. Then I found myself walking down the front street of the village where I lived and looking in shop windows. Then I found myself back with my two friends. And the view behind me, the places I had just been to, closed off as though a mist had come down. And the two friends stood to one side and the open end of the corridor became a very bright Light. I felt compelled to move into it. I was suddenly shocked because in that moment I realised what had happened. I realised that I had been shot down. I realised there had been an explosion and I realised, of course, that I was dead – although ‘dead’ is a misnomer. I moved on …walked on into the Light and I could see in this brilliant Light, ahead of me and to either side of me, other figures that looked silhouetted walking towards the same destination I was heading to.
Then, ahead of me, the Light coalesced into a beautiful parkland. I could see trees and benches and flowers and there was a path …I found myself moving on a path – a curving path through this parkland. So, I walked down this path, feeling absolutely fine, feeling better than I had done for years. I had been tired during the sortie and I now felt energised and in the best of health. And at the other end of the path stood my father, looking as he actually did just before he passed, and he greeted me and embraced me. He had with him a framed photograph of various people, various relatives – black and white photographs from my life – who had passed over and he handed me the photograph. As I looked at each photograph within this frame, those people came up to me and greeted me and welcomed me… either shook my hand or hugged me or stood by me; and there was this amazing sense of nobody ever dies …nobody ever goes anywhere …you are all fine …you are all here… and I understood that perfectly. It wasn’t a shock to me – it was something that I’d known and was remembering.
Then the people that had come to greet me moved to either side and I moved forward into… it felt like a different atmosphere, as though I had gone to another continent. It wasn’t hot. It wasn’t cold. It was a different atmosphere that I walked into …and became aware of two spirits that were standing in front of me. They were linked to each other very, very closely. They had been together for some time. They were part of the same soul group; they were part of the same soul and there was an interchange of energy between them. It was almost like looking at Siamese twins. You could see the energy passing through a link between them and the colours of their auras – which were predominantly blue with silver in it and predominantly purple with reds in it – the energies kept changing between the two of them. And there was a feeling of them having been around, existing for an incredibly long time. And that was given to me …that feeling came to me… because of the wisdom they were exhibiting – not because they were old but because they had accumulated experience to the extent that they gave off this aura of extreme knowledge and wisdom and peace and love.
I looked at them and recognised them.
And then what I was wearing …because I was still in my flight suit… changed, and I found myself in a gold robe that had within it shifting patterns of a lighter yellow. And at that point, my memories of who I was came back to me; [I knew] that I was back in the soul group; that I was restored to who I had been before I had come to the Earth; and that I was about to take up my previous ‘occupation’, as it were, within the soul group as a creative being. I looked back and I could see my relatives and my father standing in the entrance to the park and, beyond them, I could see the change in vibration that led to the Earth plane.
And I still had …I hadn’t taken it up with me but I was a medic, I was a doctor… and I had around my neck, on top of this robe I was now wearing, a stethoscope, which I took off and looked at and suddenly put away – in that it disappeared from my hands – knowing that I could bring it back at any time and revisit those memories, as I could revisit those …not lower vibrations… but less rapid vibrations of the park where some of my relatives were, and the less rapid vibrations of the Earth.
I wanted to tell you all this because there is such fear. Many souls today are not alive. They think they are alive but they live in a constant state of fear, which is not life.
You have not come to the Earth to live in fear. You have not come to the Earth to preserve the physical or preserve the mental. You have come to the Earth to reach out to others and to gain experience.
You cannot gain experience by locking yourself away in a room and saying: ‘I am safe. Nothing can happen to me.’ But that is absolutely correct – nothing can happen to you – and it is supposed to happen to you so that you can progress. I wish, by saying to you that death is nothing to fear, that you will stop fearing life. Take off the shackles you put around you. Throw open your doors. Go out onto the streets. Meet your friends; meet your relatives. Mingle. Experience. Grow. Share. Love. That’s what you are here to do.
I was only a young man when I left the Earth. I was only in my early thirties and I felt I had so much to give. I was satisfied by working as a doctor. I wished to cure people. I did set people on the right track to health, I feel, but my one regret for a time – for a short time – returning to my soul group, was that I hadn’t healed more people, that I hadn’t made a difference in the way that I expected to do during a long and fulfilling life. But then I quickly realised that I was now, having returned to the soul group, in a far better position to heal people than I had been when I was in a physical body. And so I spent some time looking over the shoulders of other doctors. Visiting hospitals and medical facilities and, as it were, whispering into doctors’ ears and saying: ‘Have you considered this? Have you considered that? Leave this situation alone. Yes, you can help in this situation but only so far, and this is the area that you should look in to help this person heal themselves.’ And so I became an ‘unseen advisor’, as it were, to many doctors and nurses.
But then I reacquainted myself with the greater mission for the Earth, which is to heal the misstep that everybody took (the misstep that Joseph, of course, calls ‘the Fall’), and that healing begins by reacquainting souls with their spiritual consciousness. And that is what I have worked to do since that time.
I have elevated myself through various spheres of consciousness since I returned to the spirit world …spirit worlds I should say… and I am now, as I talk to you, in the ‘Sphere of Contemplation’. Part of me is talking to you and wishes to advise you with regard to fear and death and taking away fear from death, but part of me is contemplating what I have achieved as a soul thus far so that I can decide what I want to do next, where I want to go to next. And I am examining possibilities and I can immerse myself in those possibilities, just like immersing myself as an actor in a play. I can walk into those potentials and possibilities and examine them holistically, as though I was actually living them. And, at some point in the future (although I’ve got all the time in the world (or ‘out of the world’, I should say) I will step into one of those potentials for real, and will begin a new phase of adding to my knowledge and capabilities as a facet of God, as a soul.
So… just a short talk this morning to say: ‘That’s what happened to me and my death was seemingly a violent one.’ It was a death in a fireball. It was a sudden explosion. No pain. No regrets really – apart from the longing to heal more people. And quite a quick transition from being sat in the cockpit of a fighter plane to being in the heart of my soul-group family via a connection with my relatives and friends and loved ones – those people who are special to me.
So, don’t fear death and at this special time when there is much concern for the future of humanity – live! Live would be my earnest plea to you. Live each day spiritually …fully! And, when you go to bed at night, don’t regret having not done something – do it!
Do those things that you want to do!
Move yourself into situations you feel will extend you …and always extend to others the love that you have inside of yourself.
The communication at this point is handed over to guiding spirit ‘Silver Star’ who, in ‘part two’ of this session, goes on to explain and examine the consequences of his own suicide.
Michael (introducing Silver Star, having switched to a clairvoyant link for a moment):
The second communicator today is one of the guiding influences from our soul group. We call him Silver Star and he appears to those he guides …when he takes people over from their transition to a higher vibration… he appears to them dressed in a silver outfit and as a native American. He is not a native American – he never was. But, as he has told us in various communications over the years, he appears as a native American because many people, particularly those who have investigated spirituality to a certain extent, invest in the old cliché of a guiding influence being a native American. And he finds that he is accepted more easily, more readily, by those he comes to help if he is dressed as a native American rather than simply an American farmer, which is who and what he was in his last incarnation …which was – I believe – in the 1940s. I have to hand over to Silver Star because he says there is a theme to Part Eight: Parts One and Two. He says his friend has spoken about not fearing death. He says he wants to speak about a taboo subject that is very close to his heart and that is the matter of suicide.
I had quite a sprawling farm area. I was quite wealthy but I wasn’t wealthy with regard to emotion. I wasn’t ‘lucky in love’, you might say, and I had a wife during this life that I absolutely adored. She was my world. I used to spend a lot of time away from the house. I had outlying buildings I would have to stay in to take care of the land surrounding them and I could be away for quite a long time. The farm was something I invested an awful lot of my physical energies into and perhaps I didn’t spend enough time with my wife as I should have done …and she had an affair.
I suspected this for some time. It troubled my work – my yields went down. I didn’t confront her with this but one night I came home and discovered her with the new partner she’d found. I was so incensed – it was like a red mist came down. I didn’t go into the house; I stormed off, took my dog, Jackson, got into the pickup truck I drove (I was very proud of it – I used to polish this thing all the time and keep it in excellent condition) and I drove around for a while. There was a bridge across a gully that was a regular part of my journey going to other parts of my land. I drove onto the bridge and off the side …and I killed myself and, unfortunately, I killed my dog (and, thank God, this wonderful, warm spirit has forgiven me). I took my dog with me… I needed that comfort.
I remembered quite soon (as my friend who spoke in the first part of this session did) that I was part of a soul group, and that I had gone to Earth specifically to learn about jealousy – to learn about specific aspects of one-to-one relationships so that I could relate to people who had gone through what I had gone through and advise them from the standpoint of knowing exactly where they were coming from and exactly how they were suffering. But, as with many souls, I became lost in the plot; I became lost in the story. It was never intended that I should end my physical arc in that way. I was welcomed back into the soul group and there were no repercussions whatsoever. Nobody said to me: ‘You shouldn’t have committed suicide.’ Nobody – because that is not how we operate in the higher spheres of consciousness.
However, I felt within me that something was wrong. I moved back into life within the soul group and into helping people as they came across and … ‘counselling’ them is, I suppose the nearest term I can get to… with regard to emotional problems they had brought across with them and needed to be released from. But there was this nagging …almost like a ‘pebble’ in my heart. There was something wrong.
I sought the advice not of my soul group, but of souls from the soul group above that one. I asked for a connection with them and I sat with a circle of seven spirits and they conveyed to me (and this is something I should have known but, because I never contemplated or dwelled on suicide before, I hadn’t investigated it enough)that the life arc I had started when I had voluntarily gone back to the Earth had a certain ‘length’ to it, if you will …a certain dynamism to it. It was supposed to complete itself so that I could return to the spirit spheres at the end of a preconceived length of time. That arc had an energy to it. It existed and I had sidestepped the arc by cutting short my life early, but the dynamism of that arc was still attached to me. So, even though I wasn’t on Earth, there was a connection to me from the arc – the physical and mental arc that had been created in order that I could have the physical life experience. I was also still connected, via that arc, to the Earth vibration.
I asked what I could do andI was told thatI needed to live out the rest of the arc to allow it to dissipate itself so that it would fold itself up and I would be freed from it.
That sounds a very drastic thing …what did they want me to do? Did they want me to return to the Earth in an earthly body? Well, no. There would have been no point going back to the Earth and starting off another arc that would have connected me to the new arc and also the arc I was still part of that hadn’t played itself out.
Instead, every so often, I was advised that I should return to the Earth as a spirit to contemplate various aspects of the Earth …to contemplate various aspects of creation on Earth and various aspects of physical life on Earth.
And that’s what I did. Every so often I would take a ‘sabbatical’, as it were, from my work as a guiding influence and I would return to the Earth to – in as quiet a way as I could and as still a way as I could – contemplate certain areas of it. Contemplate the beauty of nature, as an example, and understand that I had cut myself off from appreciating that aspect of creation on Earth by abruptly ending my life. I would look at friendships – I would stand by groups of friends and I would understand, after contemplating what they were doing for a while, that I had missed out on what would have been future opportunities to bond with people and appreciate friendships because I had curtailed my life early. I would look at opportunities that would have presented themselves to me by seeing those opportunities played out as the lives of others on Earth. And I would quietly observe and absorb these experiences.
And, as I did so by reconnecting to the earthly life I would have had in this way, I furthered the other half of the arc. I allowed it to move on until there came a ‘point in time’, relatively speaking, where there was a departure from me. It was as though I had shed a skin. I had moved on from one experience to another. It was a sudden shock. It was a release of vibration. And I knew at that time that the arc of energy had expended itself and I was free to move on further into the spiritual vibrations of reality around me. I checked on this. I checked with the members of the soul group above me, and they confirmed that I had, as it were, ‘served my time’.
Now, I wanted to relay this to you because there is much controversy regarding suicide. Is suicide ever the right thing to do? To my mind, no, never …because it has consequences. You may release yourself via suicide from a situation, but you do not release yourself from the vibration that you are part of at the point you ended your life. And you do not release yourself from the impetus that was put around you when you decided to reincarnate …and those things have to be worked out.
Now sometimes – because the spirit that has ended its earthly life doesn’t understand what it has done – that arc of energy around it from its earthly life that has not yet been expended, not yet reached its conclusion, separates it from spiritual consciousness. So, it finds itself in location within one of the spiritual realms but not in contact with that sphere. It is as though it is in a mist, or is lost, and, although there are people around it trying to reach in and connect to it, very often they can’t do so because of the strength of the arc that is still around that spirit – particularly at the time of them ending their life, because that is a very strong emotional charge, a very strong vibrational charge. And so the arc around them is particularly ‘thick’, for want of a better word …thick around them at the point where they feel they have to get away from it at all costs.
And so much work is done with people who have left the Earth plane before they were supposed to, according to the arc of energy they have been encased in, to restore their spiritual consciousness. But, again, it is difficult because that arc is still around them. That arc is not a judgement; it is a process and that process has to work itself out. So, if we eventually reach into a spirit and make it aware that it is not lost and that it is in one of the higher vibrations, we then, at some point, have to address with that spirit the arc that they thought they have separated themselves from but is still continuing around them until they dissipate it.
And they have to dissipate it in different ways – very often through contemplation but sometimes through other connections to the Earth plane that can seem cruel. In other words, they may find themselves returned – returned by themselves – to the Earth non-corporeally to, as it were, ‘hang around’ …to experience life that they cannot touch and connect with …to watch their relatives grow older …to watch their friends grow older …to watch changes on the Earth …to see buildings torn down, new buildings put up …to see things that they loved and places they connected to disappear and be replaced with other structures. They have to hang around there until such time as enough vibrational change has passed on the Earth that the arc that is still around them is dissipated. Then they can return themselves to the spiritual realms that they connected to when they left the Earth through suicide.
So …there are always consequences but not judgement. And I want to say, once and for all, that to bury a soul that has chosen to end their life early in unconsecrated ground, or to exclude them from a certain area of land where they could have been buried in the same spot as their families, is disgraceful and judgemental and should never ever happen.
Never, ever, should there be judgement when someone has got to the point where they are fed by a heavy vibration that emphasises with them the need to get away from that particular point in their life. And you must understand that, at the point that someone takes their life, not only is the arc around them particularly thick, but that arc is connected to similar vibrations of their despair, of their pain, of their hopelessness. There should never be judgement and there never is judgement, but there are always consequences because creation is set up in a specific way and energies that are ‘ignited’, as it were, that are set in motion, have to play out their time before they can be dissipated and go back into the ‘sea of potential’ to be used as newly dedicated energies in different ways.
I don’t now have to visit the Earth plane as a means of absolving myself from my decision to end my life early. I visit the Earth in order to help, in order to speak to you, in order to advise behind the scenes, as my friend said. I advise behind the scenes in certain circumstances and sometimes I get through and sometimes I don’t.
So, I hope that I have given you a different view of suicide. It is something that Joseph said he would speak on in one of his books, but never got the opportunity to do so because of the energies involved in producing further books and because other subjects were deemed more important by the soul group and by Joseph when he was delivering his books. So, I hope in some way I have answered questions that arise from readers and people watching the video that we’ve put out about suicide.
I stand before you perfectly healthy, perfectly happy, perfectly able to communicate with you and with my soul group …and the way ahead of me is perfectly clear. No one has ever judged me and no one has ever said that what I did was wrong. I am trying to impress on you the fact that suicide is a step that brings other steps to bear around the soul that has chosen to end their life and I would not in any way recommend that anyone take that step. It can take a great deal of time and effort to get out of. And also the experience …which may sound harsh… but the experience in my case, had I addressed it, had I overcome it, would have left me stronger and would have led me to other opportunities in my life, to people that I didn’t meet, to circumstances and situations that I didn’t enter into, to fulfilment that I never felt. All these things were shown to me: ‘If you had carried straight on. If you had been strong enough – and it is easy to say – but if you had been strong enough to overcome this sore point in your life …you would have gone to point A …and to point B …and point C …and point D …and look at the opportunities that would have opened up for you.’
I missed all those and I wouldn’t want any of you to miss the opportunities to grow and to experience and to love and to connect that will open up for each of you, no matter what the world is saying to you at this moment, [that] will open up for each of you if you continue along your life’s path expectantly. Expectant of new experiences to come to you and expectant of new opportunities to open up for you. I leave you now but I am an active member of the soul group and I hope… it would be amusing to me… ‘amusing’ is the wrong word. It would be satisfying to me if you recognised my hand in certain of the communications that are to come.