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The Afterlife Codes: Searching for Evidence of the Survival of the Soul Paperback – September 1, 2000
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The Afterlife Codes, my 30th book, tells of the adventures Ive had that have convinced me of the reality of my communication with the spirits of my mother and others. This all started in 1955 when I was an agnostic newspaperwoman who didnt believe in anything much. One Sunday afternoon, I had the sudden heartwarming feeling that my mother, who had been dead seven years, was standing beside me, hugging me. I experienced her presence so strongly that I said aloud, Mother, if there is any possible chance that you might still be alive somewhere, I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to prove it. Now, I know that many people have feelings of the presence of someone they love who has died. But besides cherishing this, I did something about it. For the 45 years since then, I have been investigating every aspect of the supernormal. Although not a scientist, I endeavored to provide objective and critical appraisals of my every experience with the unseen, to help convince myself as well as others who required documentation.
I wrote about my experiences, lectured throughout the U.S., traveled abroad, and in 1971 in Tucson, Arizona, I established the Survival Research Foundation to try to demonstrate scientifically the conscious survival of the human spirit after death. The idea of the afterlife codes originated then, and my newest (possibly final? Im now 89 years old) book tells my story of how they came about. My sense of humor keeps the account lively and enjoyable despite the effort Ive expended to write only about material that has brought me evidence.
This is a fun book, as well as a bit spooky. It has been an exciting life, and Ive tried not to leave out anything really interesting oh, except maybe sex and stuff like that.
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Smith, who was born in 1911 and passed into spirit a few months ago, was the author of more than 30 books, mostly on metaphysical subjects. In her younger years, including her days as a journalism major at the University of Texas, she was not interested in spiritual matters. In fact, she was a cynical agnostic. It was not until after she was into her 30s that she discovered she had the gift of automatic writing. "It was the most peculiar feeling I'd ever experienced," she explains. "The hand was just writing by itself without my conscious will being involved in any way. It wrote scragglingly across the page in run-together words."
Smith received a number of messages from her mother as well as from "intruding" spirits. Later, she began hearing from a spirit who identified himself as James Anderson. Later, Smith figured out that Anderson was the famous psychologist/philosopher William James of Harvard. James admitted that he used a pseudonym, because he figured that if he came to her with a celebrated name, she would not believe him. Smith states that she wouldn't have. Of course, the pseudo-skeptics, i.e., the cynics, would scoff at this whole idea, but Smith established herself as a very credible investigator and reporter during her career.
The introduction and conclusion to the book are written by Drs. Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek, authors of "The Living Energy Universe." Schwartz recently published "The Afterlife Experiments," reporting on his study of five famous mediums at his Human Energy Systems Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Schwartz and Russek had met Smith and had encouraged her to write her final book. As they state, the book is "a good read that is also a philosophical experience and a heartwarming adventure."
"The Afterlife Codes" is mostly autobiographical in nature - describing Susy Smith's life, as well as her ongoing research into the topic of life after death. The other part of this book deals specifically with her hope to prove that there is life after death through a series of codes. She has created certain codes (of which no one has any idea of what they contain). Her idea being that, once she has "died", she will attempt to relate these codes to various psychics - and when the code has been broken, it will prove that our souls do not die with our bodies.
Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject of life after death. A note of caution, however, this must be approaced with an open mind.
Despite the title, most of the book is the author's autobiography. She discovered in her 40s by playing with a ouija board with some friends, that she could communicate with spirits. The words would come through her hands either in handwriting or later at the keyboard. The method was fraught with some danger because interlopers appeared. Apparently the same personalities who would make harassing phone calls or stalk on Earth don't necessarily improve by crossing over. But soon Susy--the nickname her father gave her, since her real name Ethel Elizabeth didn't fit a little girl--is having long conversations with her deceased mother with whom she had been very close. One of the most interesting chapters is mother's advice in chapter 19.
Then an educated gentleman starts to talk. He calls himself James. As he reveals more of himself, Smith realizes that he fits the description of 19th century Harvard psychologist William James.
There are books that go deeper into metaphysics and details of life after life in books like Sylvia Browne's thought-provoking books like The Other Side and Back (2000). However for getting to know a wise, spunky, charming character who journeyed around the U.S. with her beloved daschund and her home behind her, a trailer home she painstakingly painted turquoise against advice, nothing can compare.
So why the title The After-Life Codes? A small part of the book tells how Smith left a cash prize for anyone who would be able to learn from her after her the information to decode a statement she had left with the laboratory in what is called the Susy Smith project. In her 80s, Smith had settled in Phoenix and met Dr. Schwartz and his colleage Dr. Linda Russek at Human Energy Systems Laboratory at University of Arizona in Tucson. They recruited her as a research medium and took her a computer to continue her writing. Smith finished this book, her 30th, in 2000 when she was 89 years old. A few months later she had a massive heart attack, which was fatal.
I can't find out if anyone got the prize, but in his 2005 book, The Truth About Medium, Dr. Schwartz describes how a day later in his grief he kept an appointment and met a young medium and her mentor, Allison DuBois and Catherine Yunt. He learned they had not read the paper that morning, as they had been travelling from Phoenix to their meeting. He subjected them to an impromptu study and asked if they had any information about a person close to him who had recently passed. He recorded their statements on a score sheet to show how accurate they were. An excerpt from chapter 1 of Schwartz' book can be found at the Amazon.com site for it. An academic paper on that experiment is posted at [...]. Incidentally, that Schwartz book got medium DuBois and her colleage to resign as research mediums after four years with DuBois charging at her web site, [...] that Schwartz was exploiting her Emmy-winning series. I guess the knowledge of a energy-based, eternal dimension where love, forgiveness, compassion, reason, mercy, tenderness, sincerity, generousness and courage--as the author says her mother describes it--is not enough to live in peace here.
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Searching for Evidence of the Survival of the Soul
By Susy Smith, Hampton Roads Publishing Co.
2000, paperback, 244 pages, $14.Read more
There's no substance. No marvel. Just a thinly written biography.
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