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Testimony Of Light: An extraordinary message of life after death Kindle Edition
When Frances Banks died her friend Helen Greaves was by her side. Then, one evening, some three weeks after Frances' death, Helen sensed her presence. This extraordinary encounter marked the beginning of contact between them from either side of the veil.
'Testimony of Light' is based on the communications that Helen received telepathically from Frances. The scripts have been authenticated by those who knew them both and who were familiar with their individual writing styles. Moving and inspiring, this book is a testament to the enduring power of their friendship and offers an important message to us all - that the death of the body is but a gentle passing to a much freer and fuller life.
'Never have we read such a spontaneous, simple, direct, happy and instructive series of scripts from "the other side"' Science of Thought Review
'A glass of spiritual champagne' - Churches Fellowship News
"Never have we read such a spontaneous, simple, direct, happy and instructive series of scripts from 'the other side.'"
—The Science of Thought Review
"A glass of spiritual champagne"
—Churches Fellowship News
"If you've never read anything that described existence on the other side of life, I think you couldn't start with a better book"
—Pat Chalfant, Past Life Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0046H96QC
- Publisher : Ebury Digital; New edition (October 31, 2010)
- Publication date : October 31, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 462 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 196 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book was written in the late 1960s by Helen Greaves, who I understand was a writer, not a practising medium, who was purportedly dictating the words of her friend, Frances Banks, who had passed a short while before and was communicating from the next life. We are told that Frances had been encouraged by her group of souls to contact her friend in order for her to document her experiences in a book for the benefit of those still residing on the earth plane.
I was particularly interested in the fact that Frances had for some 25 years been a nun in a Christian order, but left after apparently finding the confines of organised religion could not satisfy her questions
in her lifelong quest for spiritual truth. This is a perspective on organised or conventional religion that chimes true for me. Exclusivity in the teachings, doctrinal inconsistencies and contradictions and all too human faults within the organisations all leave one questioning the validity and benefit of such institutions, but still left with an (innate?) feeling that such concerns or doubts do not negate the existence of something more and a purpose for living this earthbound life, whatever word you choose to describe it.
The text covers various aspects of what Frances reveals about the end plane of existence in which she finds herself, from arrival in a 'rest home' with former companions from her life in the religious order, to stories of other souls arriving that she communicates with there, an idea of how souls progress, where those who have lived a more negative life find themselves and so on.
I've given it four stars and left one off, mostly because the themes are quite repetitive at times, the same thing said in slightly different words. Because it was said to be dictated, rather than written as a clear narrative, it isn't as straightforward to read as it might be, but I believe it is still consistent enough that you understand Frances is trying to explain her experiences as she progresses along her soul's journey. In a way one could argue that lack of distinct subject categories helps the text feel more genuine than if it were more story-like.
The language is quite formal and of the time it was written. God is mentioned, as is Jesus which is to be expected given this is the language with which Frances was familiar. But it is not a religious text, she appears to confirm the reality of life reviews and reincarnation, atheists arrive but find it an adjustment, hell isn't a fiery pit but a place created by negativity of thought and deed from this life that remains and causes the soul to remain the the dark sphere, but help is available when such souls are ready.
The use of Mediums is mentioned briefly at the end of the book, it appears it isn't easy to communicate through them, and Frances prefers direct communication, but admits that not everyone is receptive, due to the pervasive belief in the material and the notion of separation people have in their minds.
At the end of the day whether you believe what is put forward here is based on how open you are to the idea of an afterlife. For me I found it interesting, comforting but also challenging because if what is said is the case, what we do on the earth plane does matter. It isn't inconsequential, we will have to revisit our actions and choices later on and our soul's advancement or understanding is informed by them. It's less that there is a vengeful God waiting to punish us and more that we judge ourselves.
Along with 'Life After Death' by Neville Goddard and 'Voices in the Dark' by Leslie Flint, both written at a similar time period to this book, it offers much food for thought to the open-minded reader. Highly recommend.
Now that I finished the book all I can say is WOW ! If you are a " Seeker " like me then this is the one you got to read . I read "best sellers" in the field of spiritual books and it was just all hype - fake reviews -and nothing much to learn from . But THIS one ..... thank you God for giving me a glimpse of Truth. If you are (like me) frustrated living in a world of lies then "Testimony of Light" is the one book to learn from. If you are led to read the book it means you have come to a stage in your life where you MAY be ready to question the animal body we live in and crave for the Spiritual Body of Freedom.
For those of you who have been brought up in a orthodox religious environment, this book represents the most gentle and wonderful "wake up call".
For those of you who are developing your awareness of who you really are, if you have not read this book, you should, it is invaluable..
Published in 1969, it's by Helen Greaves and received telepathically (not automatic writing) from her close friend Sister Frances Banks who died in 1965. At 145 pages of small font, it's a concentrated but not long read. It is a description of the afterlife, mostly an early period when Frances Banks was adjusting to the afterlife and assisting in a rest home (for people convalescing after death); ... and then toward the end of the book after she had "graduated" (my word) to a higher plane.
The issues covered in the book are many e.g., how unfathomable reality is, the overvaluation of intellect in earth life, reincarnation and precognition, an awareness of (what she calls) the "serial" nature of life, an explanation of soul groups, the fact that people were directing and assisting her to send the scripts, the Law of attraction. Major themes include that thought creates experience, that the subjective (views of one serial session) creates the objective (reality of a later period) ... albeit time does not exist in higher planes; that "My father's house has many mansions" i.e., infinite mansions matching the expansion and potential of the soul; and that vibratory rates increase as one rises through the planes - just as the light intensity does.
Reality is complicated. There are many good quality descriptions of the afterlife ... and those I have read differ. There are various reasons for this e.g., fallibility, maybe the varying capabilities of whatever medium is involved, the infinite number of mansions and/or positions from which an opinion arises, but more perplexingly the fact that not only the author (of a text) but also you, the reader, are within psychological landscapes. Briefly, I suggest that a way out of this fug can be wide and considered (intellectual and importantly emotional) analysis and cross-comparisons. I suspect some meta-statements (about the scripts themselves) might prove as reliable as any one detail of an individual script i.e., and for example, the Law of Attraction, referred to by Banks and Swedenborg, is probably a solid feature of all our lives.
Finally, I was worried that Frances Banks religious life would bias her views, but her knowledge of psychological and psychic matters makes up for any whiff of religiosity.
Simple to understand, yet profound in its description, this book aligned a lot of my personal experience with wisdom tradition teachings.