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Grosso, a parapsychology commentator trained as a philosopher, exhorts readers to "stick our own heads through the crack in the cosmic egg" by seeking first- or secondhand experiences of disembodied consciousness or life beyond death. The book's argument begins at a measured pace, with an emphasis on scientifically observed cases; but after the first few chapters Grosso's standards of evidence, or conceptual consistency, become quite relaxed. Interpreted as signposts to the afterlife, these experiences and stories appear to point in divergent directions: ghostly survival, reincarnation, union with the Light, out-of-body experiences, altered states, uncanny dreams, UFO encounters, past-life memories and spontaneous or induced mystical experiences. These phenomena are so diverse that collectively they seem to have, if no natural explanation, no coherent supernatural explanation either. Fans of the paranormal may appreciate Grosso's wide-ranging survey, which includes not only familiar cases but some rescued from historical obscurity. But readers of a critical-let alone skeptical-bent will be nonplussed by Grosso's tendency to place all these reports on the same footing: they are treated equally whether attested by witnesses or little more than rumor, whether supported by documented evidence or passed on as fairy tales. Readers looking for a serious how-to of otherworldly experience will probably be disappointed by the book's final section, "In Practice," which describes initiation rites and ascetic practices at the extremes of human experience but gives only a few specific suggestions for appropriating these techniques in daily life.
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Larry Dossey, M.D. author of Healing Beyond the Body, Healing Words, and Reinventing Medicine A daring new vision of consciousness is currently taking shape, in which the mind transcends the physical brain and body. This new picture of the mind holds the promise of survival of bodily death -- immortality... Dr. Michael Grosso is one of the leading architects of this new paradigm, as this book shows.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Henry Reed on April 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Imagine The Other Side of Death's Door
Will we survive? Will global warming wipe us out? Will the U.S. government go bankrupt? Will New Orleans recover? Will an asteroid, a volcano, an earthquake or Tsunami destroy life as we know it? How much life support can we offer to a person in a vegetative state? Is there life after death? Tremulous times we live it, for sure, and in so many ways to we face the question of survival. No wonder we seek comfort in miraculous reports of transformative miraculous near-death experiences and heart warming stories of mediums reconciling the bereaved with the spirits of their relations recently passed over. We need to believe that life goes on. Wouldn't it be even better to know, from our own experience, that life continues beyond the death of the body?
It is such a quest that drove Michael Grosso, Ph.D., to explore how such experientially based knowledge might be obtained. In his book Experiencing the Next World Now (Paraview Pocket Books), he shares with us his discoveries, and they are worth examining. It would seem that we do have the ability to experience the after-life now, even though it may require faith in one's intuitive abilities to trust the validity of the experience.
Grosso's exploration of the possibility of survival begins by reviewing the various human experiences that are suggestive of life after death: out of body experiences, ghosts, deathbed visions, mediumship, spirit photography, and memories of past lives, to name a few. Although, as he judiciously points out, these experiences fall short, to a logical mind, of actual proof of an existence after death, we should not underestimate their value in exciting our imagination and enhancing our intuitive sense of an afterlife.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wantiez on January 22, 2004
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Dr. Michael Grosso's "Experiencing the Next World Now" contains a wealth of material which, when taken together, suggests that the conscious minds of sentient beings may survive the death of their physical bodies. Its eleven chapters cover such topics as ghosts and spirits, mediums, evolution, mental bridges to the next world and techniques for preparing one to experience in this life what the next world may hold in store for us. It discusses in detail the difficult problems of authenticity when considering evidence which may be suddenly thrust upon an unsuspecting observer. It also presents objections to the survival hypothesis as might be raised by an informed yet sincere skeptic. I found the book to be both readable and thought provoking and believe that Dr. Grosso has fully achieved his stated objective of offering the reader a glimpse of an enlarged philosophy of human faculity or potential. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in seeing what could be waiting for us on the other side of the veil.
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By Michael S. Grossman on April 1, 2007
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I am a skeptic when it comes to anything having to do with the paranormal. I have read several books on the subject but Experiencing The Next World Now is the first one that has made me pause and reconsider my opinions. Michael Grosso has done a masterful job of analyzing and describing several paranormal incidents in which his conclusion that some sort of energy or life force from an unseen dimension was experienced in this one, by extremely credible witnesses, is plausible. I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the paranormal; even hardcore skeptics like me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bird on September 26, 2006
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Great eclectic mix of ghost tales, mediums, mystics, very very old seance stuff, religious anecdotes of the ecstacy and saints and all sorts of metaphysical oddities. Nice look at religious beliefs across the world, and great stories of kids remembering past lives and all sorts of deja vu.

Advice in the back about meditation and fasting to get one closer to the portals of the afterlife just in case we get to sneak a peek through the keyholes.

But how can you write a book about experiencing the next world now, and not even mention the life between lives studies of Michael Newton and Brian Weiss? They're much more up to date with the soul state than pages and pages of nineteenth century trance mediums, poltergeists and ghosts.

Forgive me for being critical. The tapestry of metaphysical anecdotes was a pleasure to read, I just don't think it was evidence enough to support the title without more relevant twenty first century input.
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This book was written a while ago, yet the approach is that of a skeptic, not quite releasing his intuitive force to ACCEPT what he so very much wishes to, certainly in terms of this world living, where a man is ANALYZING by mind what the HEART already knows. Lots and lots of "proves" that there is more then what the eye may see, yet if you wish to TRULY UNDERSTAND the meaning, you wish to simple ask yourself in the mind "What is true?" and will FEEL the right one.

How can one then see BEYOND? By stating "I will see beyond" and yet, if the mind ALONE will creep in - set yourself another set of challenges and FEEL into it, yet ask to be PROVIDED with PROOF yourself, by CHALLENGING "The Universe" and saying "Show me the Truth".

This may sound to beyond for the most part of solely "rational" humans, yet it IS the 2012 beyond New Earth we are living in.

If this sounds like "too weird" you are either not listening - BY HEART - or you may not be able to understand that, once you fell in love, this is the UNTOUCHABLE by your five senses, and thus, seeing by heart means simply GETTING a SENSATION out of the unknown by human five senses.

Do you LOVE nature?

Love to you!
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