Trying to figure out the afterlife for the past 30 years has been like assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle. Whenever I think it’s nearly complete, I discover that a few big pieces are still missing… or I realize that it’s all part of a much bigger puzzle that I didn’t even know existed… and so the work continues.
As I find new pieces to the afterlife puzzle, I usually write about them in one article or another, so they end up getting scattered around this website. It occurred to me last week that it would be nice to put it all together from time to time in a way that provides the most complete and up-to-date spirit world map or model that I can come up with.
This article is my first attempt to do that. In the future there might be more of these comprehensive “afterlife updates,” maybe every year or two?
So, first off…
Where the Puzzle Pieces Came From
I got the information for this article from various sources:
- ITC contacts. Most of the puzzle pieces were provided by Timestream spirit group and The Seven ethereal beings who oversee Timestream’s work. More precisely, the spirits at Timestream gave these insights to humanity via Maggy Harsch-Fischbach of Luxembourg (who I believe is more prolific than any other ITC researcher in history… and, yes, that includes Moses and his ark of the covenant) and then Maggy passed them along to me to publish in English. Most of those puzzle pieces can be found on this site in the “Spirit Reality” section, in the articles about “Afterlife Descriptions,” and in the “ITC Gems.” This article selects a few choice gems and nuggets from those larger repositories.
While Timestream told us about the paradise world they live in (where many people from Earth awaken after they die), and while The Seven shared life-changing and world-changing information (especially about our ancient past)… they only hinted about the dark, unsavory spirit realms around the Earth. One of the Timestream spirits named Swejen Salter told Maggy Fischbach about a “shadow world” of the Earth where rather dense spirits hang around close to our world, move in and out of our lives, and make weird things happen, including crop circles and (presumably) spirit possessions and “hauntings.” A spirit friend named Konstantin Raudive told me through a radio in Luxembourg, “You know by experience, Mark, how dangerous drugs of all kinds can be. Try to warn humanity that they not only alter their present life on your side, but also influence in a negative way their future lives.” The Seven warned us, “You already know that pharisees, ghouls, swindlers, thieves, yes, even murders, have their interested supporters here among the dead….” Except for a few hints like that about dark, unsavory spirit scenarios, Timestream and The Seven made it clear that ITC researchers should focus their attention on the finer realms of spirit and should also polish up their own character in order to resonate with those finer realms… not to get distracted or side-tracked by the drama and dissonance in the darker realms.
- Old literature. Still, it’s important that we know about the darker realms, simply because they exist and they can impact our lives and our work. So for that I summarized a classic 1897 book, Wanderer in the Spirit Lands, authored by an Italian man, “Franchezzo,” who says he died, awakened in a dark place, struggled his way to the light, and then shared his story through a psychic medium, who wrote it all down and had it published. It’s an amazing and insightful book that is both grotesque and beautiful in describing how people’s bad lifetime choices get them stuck in the dark after they die, and how these lost spirits can find their way back to the light.
- Science and society. Finally, after sorting and organizing all of that rich, spiritual information, I realized that there were still some stray puzzle pieces and big holes in the overall picture that required more worldly knowledge, especially from science. I also found useful information in religion, especially the spiritual fundamentals that most time-proven religions have in common.
Early in my work with Maggy I had several dreams of visiting the spirits at Timestream and observing the equipment they were using to communicate with us here on Earth. After finishing the summary of Franchezzo’s Wanderer book I had a short but vivid dream of visiting him and his beautiful, twin-soul, lady-friend in their lovely paradise villa where they eventually ended up together, and they gave me a quick “Grazzi” before I returned home and woke up. From these and other dreams I know (subjectively, of course) that this endless interplay between Earth and spirit is a reality, and this evolving puzzle (below) is valid… though by no means absolute. A complete picture of the omniverse is probably impossible from the vantage point of Earth. Still, I think this is a small step in the right direction.
Here’s the spiritual premise upon which the puzzle is built, the same basic premise that’s been stated by the great mystics and prophets down through the ages:
Our material world (Earth), as well as our entire material universe, is superimposed by many invisible spirit worlds and universes flourishing with spiritual life, each remaining distinct by its vibration, like radio signals. All of these material and spiritual universes are created and sustained by a living central source that emits pure, perfect consciousness. That creative consciousness and its source are the reality. The many worlds and universes look and feel real to their inhabitants, but they are just illusory parts of the bigger picture. That central source goes by many names. Christians call it God. Muslims call it Allah. Hindus call it Brahman. There are many human cultures with many names for the source.
The source is perfect love, pure wisdom, and complete knowledge. It is the omniverse.
That single source exists not only at the center of the omniverse, but at the center of each thing in the omniverse… as though it exists simultaneously and omnipresently as one massive source and as trillions upon trillions of pieces. Hence the age-old axiom: We are all one. The piece of God living within each of us is sometimes called a soul or rūḥ or atman.
That’s the crux of our spirituality:
- We carnal humans live on Earth,
- God is at the center of everything and at the center of everyone, and
- There are many spirits in between God and Earth, who range in character
- from the brilliant and divine (many spirits spin off the source and stay close to it; there are as many of those majestic beings as there are stars in the cosmos)…
- to the dark and dense (many other spirits are like celestial adventurers and pioneers and missionaries who have moved far away from the source; not far away in space, but in vibration… everything is in the same “space” from God’s point of view)…
- with many, many shades of spirits in between.
Our material universe is way out in the fringes of the omniverse, where light from the source grows dim, and so some inhabited physical worlds such as Earth can develop pockets of darkness around them, in which unimaginably malevolent and grotesque spirits can be created by the darkest thoughts and the most ghastly behavior of the planet’s carnal inhabitants.
Seven (Arbitrary) Levels of Heaven and Hell
If a dozen people living in the same city were asked to sketch a map of the city based on their experiences, we’d wind up with a dozen different maps. Likewise, there are many, many universes in the vast omniverse, and different groups (on Earth and in the spirit worlds) use different maps or models when trying to understand and to navigate the omniverse.
When it comes to trying to understand the spirit worlds associated with the Earth, one very popular spirit world model consists, simply, of seven levels of heaven “above” the Earth and seven levels of hell “below” the Earth. (Above refers to realms of finer vibration, and below refers to realms of denser vibration. Again, they’re all superimposed in the same “space.”)
While we’re alive on Earth we’re at Level 1. When we die, most of us will awaken either at Level 3 (an earth-like paradise) or at Level 1/Level -1 (a shadow world of spiritual residue surrounding Planet Earth, sometimes called “the earthplane”). People of general good will tend to awaken at Level 3. People who are totally wrapped up in worldly drama or are addicted to substances tend to stay at Level 1 in order to perpetuate the drama. They stay involved in earthly affairs. Most of us carnal humans can’t see them, but they can see and interact with us. Sometimes they show up vaguely on film and video. Some people can hear their voice-like thoughts in their heads. They’re stuck here for a while. They can’t “move on.”
People who led exemplary lives of love, trust, and decency might awaken in finer, lighter levels of “heaven” (Level 4 or 5). People who led more depraved lives spreading fear and animosity might awaken in some of the darker, denser levels of “hell” (-2 or -3 or -4…) before struggling their way back to lighter spirit realms. They do this by acknowledging their mistakes and helping others… much the same formula that we on Earth use to find inner peace during our short lifetimes. That seems to be a sort of law of spiritual physics everywhere: Get “closer” to God by being more God-like.
Resonance and Openness
Another inviolable rule throughout most of the omniverse is, like attracts like. After we die we invariably migrate to communities of spirits who resonate with our temperament. As a result there are no hidden agendas in those realms. Spirits can perceive each other’s thoughts and feelings as clearly in the spirit worlds as we can see each other’s clothes here on Earth. So the king is indeed naked.
Earth is apparently an exception to that law of resonance. Here, people of diverse dispositions and motivations are tossed into the same world and have to figure out ways to try to get along. We can harbor hidden feelings and hidden agendas that stir up suspicion in those around us. Hence the dramas here on Earth, which have created many of the spirit realms in hell (Levels -1 through -7) and in the lower heavens close to Earth (Levels 1, 2, and 3).
Why is Earth an exception to the law of resonance? Is Earth the only exception, or do all inhabited physical planets thrive on drama? I’ve yet to figure that out.
Morphing from the Divine to the Hideous
If we could catch a bus for a tour of the spirit worlds between Earth and God—the seven heavens—we’d find human spirits living in very earth-like conditions in Levels 1, 2, and 3, but by the time we get to Level 3, the spirits are much more refined in their behavior and appearance and living conditions than people on Earth.
- Most people in Level 3 have no facial hair or blemishes or handicaps. They are at the prime of life, and injuries heal quickly and perfectly. They have the same natural hair and eye color they had on Earth. They can still eat food and have sex, but they don’t get fat or pregnant. (much more information here about Level 3….)
- By Level 4 the humans and their surroundings are fine, light, and beautiful. They’ve lost most of their earthly desires. They can create small things and move to other locations just by thinking about them.
- Level 5 is mostly formless, with mere hints of sublime structure. Most of the humans there are no longer human in appearance, but are “testing their wings” as formless light beings and energy beings. “Wings,” of course, is a metaphor. Angels don’t have bird-like wings, but they do emit rays of light that would thrill an ornithologist.
- In Levels 6 and 7, light beings can create entire worlds while exchanging oceans of information instantly.
In effect, the spirit worlds morph from human to godly as they rise in vibration from the earthplane to God.
Or if we got on the wrong bus back on Earth and embarked on a tour of hell, the spirit worlds would morph the other way… from earth-like to utterly grotesque.
Levels -2, and -3 are dark and dismal. Facial hair and blemishes are the norm.
Levels -4 and -5 and -6 are darker and more dismal. People are bent and deformed.
Level -7 is the proverbial hell with sulfurous flames created by the malevolent thoughts and desires and intentions of its grotesque inhabitants, including people who enjoyed torturing and murdering during their lifetimes and those who destroyed other people’s lives through their own very selfish pursuits and pleasures.
So, if you want a nice afterlife, be kind and helpful to people and to other inhabitants of Earth before you leave… no great revelation there.
(I’ve tried to write this article with an easy flow. There’s a good chance I’ll add stuff to it in the coming months, in which case I’ll make an effort to preserve the flow. Eventually I might find enough new puzzle pieces to create an entirely new Afterlife Update. – Mark Macy)