Dark Afterlife Adventures 10: Journey’s End at the Threshold of Heaven

This series of articles summarizes and explores the classic (1896) book, Wanderer in the Spirit Lands. I try to preserve the original meaning in the summary (which is regular type). My observations and comments are in italics. “Heaven” is a nebulous term, usually the equivalent of level 3, an afterlife paradise of love and good will, where most people awaken after they die. Level 4 is sometimes called The Summerland, an exquisite place. By the end of the book (below), Franchezzo has worked his way through level  2 and is ready to move into the paradise of level 3.

Ch32. While some skies here on level 2 are clear blue, Franchezzo’s little cottage is graced with light, fleecy clouds overhead that are sometimes white and sometimes tinged with rainbow hues. Sometimes he sees on the distant mountaintop a mirage of ethereal golden gates, which appear briefly just beyond the great river, then fade away. On one occasion his father visits from his home on level 3 and says that the gates are an invitation to the highest circle (sublevel 12) of level 2, or second sphere. Franchezzo has had plenty of opportunity to explore and move to the finer circles of this second sphere, but his love for this small cottage has kept him here at sublevel 1. Now he reluctantly leaves his home and sets off on his ascent toward the gates, which appear more solid as he approaches. Along the way he passes terrace after terrace, each flourishing with cities and countrysides brighter and more beautiful than those he’s passed, and each representing a higher circle within the second sphere. From each terrace he can gaze down onto all the many circles and spheres below, through the earthplane and into the dark chasms of hell. Between each sphere is an energy barrier that prevents anyone from lower spheres from passing unless they resonate with the moral energy of the higher sphere. Reaching the river at the summit, he sees the gates on the other shore surrounded by trees and flowers. He plunges into the river and swims across, emerging with his robe soaking wet… but only for a moment. Suddenly it’s dry and no longer gray but snow-white and of a finer material, indicating his spiritual advancement. The gates slide open at his touch, and he embarks on a wide road bordered with graceful trees that wave as though welcoming him, and beautiful, fragrant flowers that turn to face him as he approaches, leading toward blue and purple hills and a large, glistening lake with boatloads of happy spirits in colorful robes. It all looks like a heavenly version of his beloved southern Italy, but all love and joy with no trace of strife or unpleasantness anywhere. Another small crowd of happy spirits approaches him on the road, including his father, mother, two brothers, and several childhood friends, all waving scarves of red, white, and green and singing lovely songs from the homeland. Even his soulmate from Earth arrives, sleeping in the arms of her guardian, and awakens briefly to greet Franchezzo with a smile and hug before being returned quickly to her sleeping physical body on Earth. His family leads him to his new home, a hilltop villa with one side covered with vines of jasmine and roses, and a large flower garden in the yard. The villa has seven spacious, richly decorated rooms, overlooks a lake and a range of gentle mountains, and is filled with pictures of his happiest moments on Earth, statues, a fountain, musical instruments, two snow-white sofas as soft as goose down, and much more. Through the open windows of the music room he can gaze down upon his past, into the various spheres and circles through which he’s traveled, and there at the center of the spirit realms hovers the Earth, glistening like a star. From the conservatory he can gaze upward into the third sphere toward his future: towers and majestic mountains shining through a dim haze of bright mist, changing from rainbow colors to gold to blue to white. Another room is set up with a feast of fruits, cakes, fine foods, and sparkling wine of the spirit world, and Franchezzo sits down with his loved ones to enjoy the food and friendship. After the warm welcome, Franchezzo is left alone in his villa, soon feels a need for companionship, and his friend Bendetto (Ch24) arrives, having found his own way to this threshold of heaven after his 10-year ordeal in hell, where he had been rescued by Franchezzo and his faithful friend. The two become housemates.

Ch33. Franchezzo welcomes many visitors to his luxurious villa on the threshold to heaven and travels to many bright, flourishing cities, but one experience really stands out: He finally learns why he’s been given such a comprehensive tour of the spirit realms around the Earth since his death. His job now is to become a spirit guardian and to write this book so that people on Earth might more easily:

  1. understand their real spiritual heritage,
  2. realize that their choices on Earth determine their afterlife experiences,
  3. liberate their departed loved ones by letting go, knowing they might meet again one day, and
  4. access a vast army of light workers for protection against dark forces.

So during one of his many meditative naps in which he communes with his two guardians, he feels Ahrinziman beckon from his much higher sphere. As a white mist envelops him, his ethereal body rises from his sleeping astral body and ascends higher and higher with a lightness he’s never felt before. He lands on a mountaintop, where he’s greeted by his guardian. He can see his villa far below, and beyond that the ebb and flow of the vast earthplane and its many dramas involving many millions of spirits and angels and mortals…

  • Elemental astral forms move about near the Earth, some hideous, others beautiful.
  • Earthbound spirits of men and women, tied to their gross and carnal pleasures and worldly interests, meddle in the lives of mortals… or stand helplessly near their grieving loved ones who are oblivious to their presence.
  • As brilliant consciousness from higher realms streams to Earth, sensitive people whose spiritual eyes and ears are partly open, are inspired to create works of music and art that stir human souls, or to produce technological inventions and scientific theories that improve human lives… these creative men and women being called geniuses.
  • Angelic gatekeepers stand here and there on the earthplane beside doors where knowledge and wisdom from the higher realms filter down through a vast multilevel network, flooding through the doors to certain people of pure heart and generous nature who have the sensitivity and commitment to help the world.
  • Some of these protected doors 1) falter as the gifted humans surrender to earthly distractions, or 2) distort as they surrender to dogma and misunderstanding, or 3) putrefy as they surrender to savage human thoughts and desires and dark spirits move in… at which time the doors are closed permanently by the gatekeepers.
  • Bright light from the central sun streams down constantly onto the Earth, and glorious strains of music from celestial spheres fill the world with heavenly song.
  • Wave after wave of dark and awful spirits, 10 times more damaging than the earthbounds, rise from the spheres of hell, crowding and clustering around humans wherever fear and hate and cruelty and lust prevail… blinding human eyes from the light and deafening human ears from the music.
  • Brilliant generals who had been among the most evil and strong-willed of spirits (Ch25) before finding their way to the light through grueling amends and service, now lead vast armies of strong warriors against those waves of dark spirits attracted to the Earth by human savagery, all contending for humanity’s soul.
  • These dark hordes, flowing up from the lower spheres like massive storm clouds, sweep across the Earth, stirring savagery and trying to take over the communication doors… as the equally vast armies of white, gold, and silver, in an aura of brilliant light, sweep down from finer spheres upon the dark cloud.
  • These two armies meet each other head-on, and like powerful currents of pure water against pools of dark oil, they’re mutually repulsive and unable to interpenetrate, so they simply try to scrub each other from the face of the Earth.
  • The dark hordes seem more stubborn and successful during troubled times, until hosts of powerful angels descend, casting brilliant rays of light into the oily mass to break it into pieces that are finally absorbed back into the darker spheres.
  • High above each person on Earth shines a brilliant star, a soul, containing that person’s destiny or life mission, which when followed through noble life choices makes the star glow brighter, but when neglected through savage choices and earthly distractions causes the star to fade… the condition of that star being sensed to a greater or lesser degree by the people, plants and animals who encounter the person, depending on their sensitivities to these finer soul energies.

On that note, Ahrinziman bids his student adieu, and Franchezzo descends to his villa in the Bright Land, which is so like his beloved southern Italy, and he falls into a deep sleep to assimilate this incredible lesson.

Ch34. And so marks the end of Franchezzo’s journey, the conclusion of his first afterlife mission…

  • Dimming his soul during lifetime through worldly distractions and savage choices, then
  • Waking in darkness after an early death,
  • Making the arduous ascension from darkness into light while confronting and atoning for his mistakes,
  • Encountering many souls along the way, some of them trapped in the dark without the will or desire to seek the light, but a few ready to be rescued,
  • Finding God, the universal creative, sustaining force that is far beyond personality, religious belief, and other earthly trappings,
  • Seeing humanity caught in an endless, exasperating struggle between faith and reason simply because humans can’t perceive through their five senses the vast spiritual reality around them,
  • Recording everything in exhaustive detail, and
  • Sharing it with humanity.

Now Franchezzo continues his work in spirit communication, sending silent messages to receptive minds on Earth. He takes many journeys to the earthplane to help earthbound spirits find their way to the light. He often visits the Brotherhood’s beautiful palace in this Bright Land to listen to brilliant spirits from finer realms in the white-marbled Hall of Lecture. And he visits his soulmate on Earth every day, offering her help and protection. He looks forward to the day when he’s ready to ascend to a higher sphere, to celebrate her arrival in the spirit lands, and to welcome her to an even brighter home, where “the twin stars of Hope and Love shall shine eternally.”



About Mark Macy

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10 Responses to Dark Afterlife Adventures 10: Journey’s End at the Threshold of Heaven

  1. Kate says:

    Great description of my Sunday morning wonderings about how the different levels look thanks

  2. Stephen N. Prince says:

    Dear Mark !
    Having now read most of your extremely fascinating reports pertaining to the afterlife, I would like to congratulate you and your dear friends on the other side of the veil for your hard work and time consuming research. Furthermore, I have a final summary of my own and a question connected to it. As you know from past correspondence, I have followed the research of Wes Penre and others on this subject and find that Penre has lately come to a very different conclusion concerning the afterlife. He portrays afterlife accessed through the tunnel of light as a reincarnation trap set up by highly advanced extraterrestrials, forcing us to incarnate time and again onto this “prison’ world that they set up thousands of years ago after changing human DNA. He explains further, that every human soul can escape the “Matrix” by refusing to enter the tunnel of light, by exiting through one of the dark holes reported by many who have had a NDE.
    On the other hand, we have the reports of your spiritual friends from the afterlife and the beautiful descriptions of the various afterworlds, albeit including the realms of “hell” and the lower regions.
    Having read all of the descriptions, it does not seem to be a trap as far as I am concerned, but a gradual evolvement of spirits towards the wonderful Source of everything. Apart from purgatory etc., for dark minded souls, the afterlife as described by Franchezzo, for example, seems such a wonderfully constructed realm of purpose, learning and love. I see no “Illuminati” style trap here, but one does have to be very careful in this world of ours. Disinformation is everywhere, and it is extremely difficult at times to see the truth through all the deception intentionally spread into the media etc. and find the real truth.
    So we have two completely different views of the afterlife, one describing reincarnation as a trap, the other describing the afterlife and soul travel as the school of eternal life. Both views are reported by highly intelligent, credible researchers who gain their knowledge through different sources. Here lies my dilemma. Can these opposite views be reconciled in any way? Is there a portion of truth in both ? Is there misconception in one or the other, or both? I sincerely doubt that deception is at work by Wes Penre, or you Mark, or your spiritual friends.
    My heart and soul tell me that your story is absolutely and honestly authentic and it definitely seems to match up with what my “inner soul” has been telling me for decades now. However, my earthly mind tells me “Watch Out !” – Wes Penre’s Matrix trap version fits in with everything I have learnt over forty years of private research into the subject of Freemasons, The Global Elite and the dark supernatural powers that obviously support them.
    Hence my final question, Mark. What do you think of all of this – apart from the obvious, gained from your sources – are you both on the right track, coming only to different conclusions as to the reason behind the whole afterlife construct, or is one of you, despite decades of hard and honest research, on the wrong track? I realise that this will be extremely difficult to answer in an unbiased fashion, but feel that you will honestly approach the quandary and attempt to find a satisfactory answer for both of us, and your online followers. Thank you in advance and best regards,

    • Mark Macy says:

      Hi Stephen, I agree with your point of view. Reality is too complex for most of us humans to know for sure what answers on omniversal subjects like these have what degree of truth behind them. All I can say is that during my years with INIT I developed enough trust in the messages from our spirit friends, especially The Seven (including the reincarnation information), that I’m willing to accept it as fact. When we humans spend a lot of time over the years talking to someone whose words and opinions are always reasonable, sincere, and turn out to be accurate, we develop a trust in that person. That’s the way it was with Timestream and The Seven.

      At the same time, I’ve found that when different people on Earth spend a lot of time and energy researching a subject, there’s usually some truth woven into their findings and conclusions. As you say, life’s complicated.

      So… until we both get over to the other side and see things for ourselves, I guess it’s a good idea to find a balance between discernment and an open mind. 🙂


      • Stephen N. Prince says:

        Thanks for your prompt reply, Mark.
        I am sorry if I have been bouncing my theories – and those of others – off you lately, but I felt that I had truly found a kindred spirit with whom I could do a little brainstorming, now and again. I will revert to my studies now but also keep a close eye on your excellent work, and may well appear now and again in your comments section.
        Until then, bye for now, and all the best from

        • Mark Macy says:

          Thanks Stephen, I feel the same, and I look forward to our next chat. 🙂

          • Stephen N. Prince says:

            Hi Mark !
            I am nearly through reading Franchezzo’s afterlife adventures and have a couple of questions for you that you may be able to answer.
            Franchezzo’s journey to the lower realms is at times quite disturbing. While it is, say, quite comprehendible to witness the dark, sometimes very evil, spirits suffering in their own different parts of “hell”, knowing specifically the reason why they landed there was due to their transgressions against fellow humans, animals and indeed nature itself – and one gets a kind of satisfaction knowing that their crimes are being punished in an apt way – it is not quite understandable that people with human failings such as addictive gambling are punished in such an awful manner. Gambling is an illness – can souls be punished for an illness of the mind? Should they be punished if they harmed none but themselves?
            The second query is about the highly negative influence dark and evil spirits can apparently have on human society. As you obviously well know, life on Earth for most humans is a constant struggle, a fight against poverty and starvation, against bad and evil outside – human – influences. Now put in the dark spirit factor, with them deliberately muddying the waters even more – transferring good causes like revolutions against oppressive governments into bloodbaths like the French and Russian revolutions. Has a human on Earth even got a fair chance to avoid the worst possible scenario under such circumstances? It seems that the dices are definitely loaded against all good, empathic people and that the forces of evil, both human and spiritual, have got a win-win situation in their favour.
            I realize that you may not have the answers to these questions, but your great experience in the subject may have provided you with more insights and knowledge of such matters.
            Thanks in advance, and Happy Easter for you and your family.

          • Mark Macy says:

            Hi Stephen, Happy Easter to you and yours, and happy to offer my opinion… since these are some of the same issues I had while reading Frachezzo’s book. Over the years I’ve done a lot of soul-searching for answers (to questions like these) that resonate with me. Not sure they’re 100 percent right (Earth’s dramas are so complex in relation to spirit, and our ancient history so hazy), but I’ve always had a sort of compulsion to solve puzzles like these, and certain solutions “feel” right at the moment after weighing a lot of evidence.

            First the big picture: Humans have always been basically “good” overall, since we get most of our “nourishment” (I believe) from the life force that spreads life, love, and good will from the central source out into the omniverse. That makes us kind, trusting, honest… a noble lot, we humans. Then, in that megalithic civilization that preceded ours of the Second Epoch, I believe humans on Earth were re-engineered to thrive on drama… competition to breed in a short lifetime, competition to kill and eat other living things to supplement our life force, competition to acquire wealth… all creating a savage edge to our disposition.
            Hence the various afterlife realms associated with the Earth, which are fed and shaped largely by the thoughts and emotions of us humans (and other living things) on Earth. Our noble thoughts spin off into the “heavens,” while our savage thoughts spin off into the shadows. After a lifetime we migrate to the realm that resonates with the general attitude that we’ve fostered and festered over the years amid the drama.

            Gambling and addictions: I’ve had several vivid dreams about playing craps in the past couple of years, since that’s one of those silly dramas that I enjoy (within tight limits on amount of the money I’m allowed to bring to the table) more than watching football games or playing card games…. In the first dream I was with several other “players,” probably on Level 3 of the afterlife. Everyone else was amiable and just enjoying the experience with each other. I, on the other hand, was kind of intense and angry by the fact that no one else was taking the game seriously. The dealers even disappeared for a while, leaving several contented people and one grump standing at the table. I woke up from the dream with the clear realization that my anger and frustration were way out of place… and if I continued to hold onto that anger and intensity, any craps-playing I did in the afterlife after I died would probably be on the earthplane (Level 1) or in one of the shadow worlds. So in most of my more recent dreams around a craps table I’m more contented, and the whole idea of standing around a craps table is starting to seem rather ridiculous. (Still, here on Earth I continue to enjoy the occasional drama of craps, but in a slightly more relaxed and enjoyable fashion… still wanting to win but not so attached to the outcome. I’m friendlier with the dealers and other players.)
            I think the gamblers in Franchezzo’s book were more relentlessly hell-bent on beating each other, and that’s probably what got them stuck in a quagmire-place after they died, not so much the fact that they liked to gamble. The guy who got pulled into that realm simply looking for a friendly game of chance realized right away that he didn’t belong there, and he was rescued.
            What I’ve learned about addictions, mostly through the 12-step program and lots of reading, is that the most effective way to overcome an addiction is to give your life over to a higher power, and then to accept help from (and to offer help to) others who are suffering a similar addiction. I think that’s the same message Franchezzo learned in his afterlife rescue missions. Most addictions seem to be driven by some sort of biochemical craving that pulls us away from our noble bearing, and overcoming it usually requires reconnecting consciously with that noble source at the center of our being.

            Dark spirits affecting the Earth: I think we pull into our lives and into our world spiritual influences that resonate with our dispositions. There are probably other factors too, but resonance seems to be a big one. There’s a lot of dark drama on Earth, in some eras more than in others, and those dramas always seem to attract spiritual influences from the shadows. However, if a person can connect to his noble core and detach from the drama going on around him, then he invariably gets most of his spiritual help from the finer, lighter realms. That’s what makes best sense to me: We can choose to live in the light even in times of darkness.

            I guess I get a little wordy on subjects like these. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to elaborate.

  3. Stephen N. Prince says:

    Hi Mark !
    Thanks for the extremely well thought out answers to my rather difficult questions, but I am glad that you also had to ponder over the same complexities of life on Earth and beyond as I did.
    Your basic explanation is that human souls are drawn to the energies they themselves resonate to on a soul level, good or bad, and that determines where they end up in the afterlife, or what kind of influence one receives here on Earth from the spiritual side. That does seem to be exactly the case when one reads all these highly interesting reports from our friends in the afterlife.
    I had worried for my father, who passed away in 2012. He had been a passionate gambler all his life, particularly on horse races. Imagining him in the nether realms was disturbing, but like I said, he never really harmed anybody but himself by his addiction, and because he was otherwise a very kind, gentle and generous man, I have no real doubts that he is now residing on level 3.
    Another person who I have been worried about is a man I never knew personally, but have found out a lot about him because I loved his music. You may know the singer of the English rock group Queen, Freddie Mercury. He contracted AIDS and HIV in the early years of the problem and died in 1991. He had been bisexual and in the late 1970’s there was a sexual coming out revolution for gay people – he obviously joined it with elacrity, was extremely promiscuous in his sexual life with men (although he was married to a woman, actually his great love of his life, but he couldn’t change his nature), and paid the ultimate price for his inclinations. Apart from that, all of his good, long life time friends always said that he was a wonderfully friendly and loving person, generous and – off stage – very shy and private.
    I just cannot imagine such a gentle person ending up in one of the darker levels because his life on Earth was terminated due to his extreme sexual desires, but that is what one could conclude when reading Franchezzo’s story. Your more subtle and inspired explanation shows me however that a person’s basic nature, the goodness of his soul, is the determining factor, not necessarily any private inclinations, regardless how negative society may regard them.
    Thank you once again for giving me information and answers that I find inspiring and logical.
    Have an nice Easter,

    • Mark Macy says:

      Hi Stephen,

      It’s my understanding from Franchezzo’s book that good-hearted humans, who carry some unresolved compulsions and addictions with them into the afterlife, are more likely to awaken at or around Level 1 (the earthplane), where they can get help to process their worldly “baggage” in order to find peace of mind that lets them find their way to Levels 2 and 3. Apparently we on Earth can help them find their way through earnest, loving prayer and focused good will toward our friends and loved ones on the other side. Efforts like that apparently get the attention of ethereal beings who can provide a lot of help. I also got that message (about our ability to help our departed loved ones) from Franchezzo, whose soulmate still on Earth was wishing and praying constantly for his redemption, and I gather that her earnest yearning got a lot of attention in the finer realms… she being a sort of pure soul herself.

      In recent years I was familiar with (and liked) Queen’s popular stadium songs and their “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but knew nothing whatsoever about the band until a couple of months ago when my wife, son, and I watched the movie of the same name. Wow, what a great movie, showing the personalities of the band members so clearly (especially Freddie), and the massive impact their music had on humanity. I’d had no idea! Freddy was (is) truly a gifted and good-hearted (if somewhat troubled) soul. I have no idea where he is at the present time, but I suspect and hope (and pray) that he’s on the upward journey that he so richly deserves (in my opinion) for spreading a lot of love and inspiration on Earth during his lifetime.

      Best wishes,

      PS – thanks for restarting this thread at the top level; our dialog column was getting kind of narrow. 🙂 )

    • Mark Macy says:

      Stephen, I woke up with second thoughts to my earlier comment, after recalling something one of our spirit friends (Swejen Salter) said, almost as an aside in one of her discussions with Maggy Fischbach. She said newcomers who can’t adjust to certain realities at the level 3 “don’t stay here very long.”
      That implies to me that people of good heart who have certain compulsions and addictions do indeed arrive on level 3 (as you surmised), and that there is an effort made there to polish away those rough edges, for example during the rejuvenating sleep that lasts about 6 weeks of earth time, give or take. Then, if some of those bristly patterns stubbornly remain in those individuals’ behavior, then “they don’t stay there very long.” Meaning they’re probably moved to level 2 (sometimes called a “holding place,” where they get the opportunity to do some inner work.
      That makes more sense to me now… a day after my original reply.
      Pleasant springtime,

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