Ruth B. (rib) reviewed We Are Eternal: What the Spirits Tell Me About Life After Death on
Can we really communicate with the dead? Do our pets go to heaven? Are suicides punished? What becomes of evil people? What signs tell us our loved ones are near? Is it dangerous to deal with the spirit world?
Profound and haunting, these ageless questions have intrigued us all. For over 25 years, internationally known medium and psychic investigator Robert Brown has made these same queries and uncovered astonishing answers during his contact with those of have passed on.
Now in a books sure to transform our beliefs about why we live and what happens when we die, Brown tells about his amazing life and work. With words of hope, comfort, and wisdom, he tells of the extraordinary childhood experiences that started him on his journey and re-creates riveting real-life encounters with spirits and their urgent messages for those still here. Most important, he reveals when they have taught him about the world's religions -- his conclusions may shock many--and fonrims that the fundamental truth of the universe is indeed, the Golden Rule.
Then, as a realist and former skeptic as well as a psychic, Brown clearly explains what authentic mediums can do and how to spota fraud. And what about our own gifts? Can anyone become a psychic? Robert Brown provides expert guidance and safe exercises to help us develop clairvoyance, psychometry, and even the ability to communicate with the spirit world.
Good book, wherein Robert Brown, medium well-known in England, explains, in generalities because he doesn't want to invade the privacy of his clients, what he has learned of the "big questions" of life. He talks about suicide, dispelling the stigma from it and talking about what regrets those who crossed themselves do have. He talks about the passing of a child and why it would happen, why disease should or does happen, religion and it's place (he is much more "forgiving" than I would be), pets, reincarnation and karma.
I did have some gripe with him, which I suppose only goes to show the book was engaging enough to disagree with. For instance, he seems to have little understanding of out of body or astral experiences other than Near Death Experiences. [He posits that "some" of us may do it every night. I "know" that we all do, and that it's possible to have the same kind of experience consciousnly, intentionally. It is, to me, a huge source of spiritual knowledge that he seems to have bypassed in his long career, although I don't know how. Anyone can get on the Internet and find thousands of first-person experiences from people whom, for the most part, are afraid they are crazy.]
Likewise, he seems to value dreams very little other than the traditional attitude that it is ONLY a bleed-over of daily experiences. Some are, but many others are messages direct from our own sub-conscious and un-conscious, trying to tell us things. These can be sometimes more valuable for us than words of a guide. And, let's face it, for those of us who don't have airtight connections with guides, dreams are a much more prolific source!~
Brown was first very attracted to religion, which is counter to most I have encountered who have been almost irreparably harmed either directly by the harsh judgments and prejudices religions convey, or the psychological damage they do in terms of not allowing us freedom to think and act in the ways that feel right to our souls.
He sees a higher value in them than I do. It seems to be from his basic premise that the core of all religions is "do unto others". While that is one of the things, I feel that Love (or light, energy, Source, whatever you want to call it) is. And, to me at least, spirituality can only be what we personally experience--not what the orthodoxy or even theories of others tell us. They might be interesting, but in the long run, anyone who says, "Believe what I tell you, not just what you know to be true in your heart"--is misguided.
But I do go on. The book is a good read, raising some interesting questions.