Adventures in the Afterlife

W_Buhlman 01   I just finished reading William Buhlman’s book, Adventures in the Afterlife, inspired after Buhlman faced his own mortality through cancer. Having explored out-of-body states for more than 40 years, his experiences and insights are fascinating. He is passionate about training others to have out-of-body experiences, believing that they can provide us direct experience of our deeper spiritual nature and answer our questions about the nature of reality and the afterlife. For his keynote presentation at the Monroe Institute in 2014, see his website at, or

Death does not fix ignorance!

Buhlman says that we are powerful, immortal, multi-dimensional, spiritual beings who have had many lifetimes, all with the goal of spiritual evolution. But after death we have no sudden expansion of wisdom and knowledge. Instead, we are the same personality with the same addictions, unhealed wounds, issues, fears, prejudices even bigotry as before. Where we end up in the afterlife is a direct vibratory correlation to our state of consciousness, our open or closed mindedness, and beliefs. As Jesus said, In my Father’s house are many mansions,” (John 14:2). Buhlman says that there are multiple ‘heavens’ to accommodate every faith and version of same that has ever existed on earth including those to his surprise still preaching ‘hell fire and damnation’.

Souls use thought to create an after life ‘reality’ that is comfortable to them.

They do this either individually or through collective consciousness with other like minded souls. This consensus reality appears as real to them as ‘real’ life does to us.

Wherever you go, there you are!

Buhlman found that people seemed to continue to live in the afterlife much as they did when alive. They dwelt in the same sort of buildings, landscape, even eating the same ‘food’, following their interests, and leading the same, even mundane existence as before. There were even bars where alcoholics congregated, and also gambling casinos. Is seems that wherever you go, you take yourself with you including after death. If that idea is not appealing to you, than do something about that now because it is now that you are creating your future experience.

Whether in neat little houses with white picket fences, or high rise apartment buildings, souls create or are drawn to what they knew while alive, perhaps what they expected to find, but, fundamentally, what resonates with them. One deceased soul was spending some of his eternity in a replica of his easy chair with sports playing on the television, and a can of beer in his hand. All of these ‘heavens’  were on the lower, astral realms.

Yet, Buhlman says that there is so much more to explore and experience! The upper spiritual realms require a more open mind, more loving, less judgmental, more curious mind, a soul that has learned detachment. Getting there means a broadening of our mind by dropping or loosening of our fixed beliefs, and dropping our identification with our physical body, even our identification as ‘human’ and the world of form and things. Attachment, as Buddha warned, is a trap.

What about the near-death experience?

The near-death experience is also an out-of-body experience, but one caused by physical trauma. It can and has made people more spiritually minded because they find a continuation of consciousness beyond death.

Near Death Experience versus Out of Body

While personally I listen to the reports of near-death experiencers with great interest, I am also skeptical. No matter how profound and life altering, a near death experience is usually just a single event, and very brief. Especially am I suspicious if such an experiencer draws global conclusions or intones religious implications of the nature of heaven, God, and the after-life based purely upon their highly subjective single event. Also suspect is turning their brief experience into books and a vocation through the lecture/media circuit to tell others what is, or claiming to have met “Jesus” or “God” when coming across a loving presence.

While reading the reports of many near death experiencers is better than just listening to one or a few, if those people were from a similar culture with the similar beliefs and expectations, that is still not as good as hearing about those from vastly different cultures from very different periods of time to rule out the effect of culture/religion/beliefs/time frame upon the experience.

If Buhlman is correct in that you go to the reality (heaven) that most matches your own particular vibration, then any one experiencer does not see the whole picture, the vast variety of realities that Buhlman has found to exist. You will be drawn to what reflects your beliefs and experience, perhaps your fears, or, as Tom Campbell says, what is comfortable to you. Campbell is a remote viewer, long-time out-of-body experiencer trained by Bob Monroe of the Monroe Institute. He is also a NASA physicist and author of My Big Toe, the Theory of Everything. 

Campbell also says that other beings will adjust their body or form to match one that will help you to relax. This idea was presented in the movie Contact. Here the actress Jodie Foster was met by an alien being who has taken the physical form of her father by scanning her memory banks. He did this because his group thought this familiar form would make her feel comfortable. So much for meeting Jesus. See

I give more credence to the reports of those doing out-of-body explorations versus near-death experiencers because the former can return again and again, and over time get a better idea of what may be true. Still, their experience is their experience and their interpretation of it. Buhlman urges us to have our own direct spiritual experience rather than relying on any book. And Campbell urges us to be continuously skeptical and open-minded about what we find.

What’s the point of doing out of body experiences?

Buhlman says that all of us are tasked with growing spiritually. For spiritual evolution to occur, regardless of how much time and incarnations it takes, mental and emotional healing has to occur. He urges us to start right here and now with addressing our fears. He claims that learning and practicing out-of-body states will jumpstart the growth process. We will also learn the full extent to which we create our reality because ‘reality’ quickly responds to thought in the out-of-body state.

Furthermore, when we are at the point of death, by focusing on going to our Higher Self, we may bypass the lower worlds of the astral plane to move into the higher realms. While the Tibetan Buddhists have developed a practice of priests chanting directions to assist those on their deathbed, our loved ones can provide the similar instructions to assist us on the ultimate journey as well. Or, if we are conscious, we can focus our intention on “Higher Self now!” 

I look forward to your comments.

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Dowsing on Health

Why Dowse on Health?

Dowsing is a powerful tool for problem solving of all kinds. In making your own charts and checklists, it uses your knowledge, training, and analytical mind to brainstorm possible sources of a problem, and to list possible solutions. Then as you enter an alpha state of consciousness, you can tap into your inner guidance system and the greater consciousness system as Physicist Tom Campbell calls it, to zero in on those items most likely to yield the greatest results.

Use dowsing to

  • outline a comprehensive health care program and
  • set priorities of what to do or not do to stay healthy or to heal if sick

Dowsing in this way makes sense and can save a heap of time.

Healing from any condition is almost never as simple as take this pill, undergo this surgery. Ill health usually comes from years of poor diet and exercise, bad habits or lifestyle, toxicity and stress. It may also stem from years of unresolved issues, negative beliefs and judgments, emotions and conflicts. No physician in the world can remedy all of the factors involved. No matter how good or how necessary their expertise, physicians specialize in one narrow band of the problem. Committing yourself to address the larger and other issues is your responsibility.

As the nursery says: (credit to bio-pic.png)

Humpty dumpty falling of the wall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. 

All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Illness represents an imbalance and severe energy drain taking place usually on multiple levels that prevents the body from doing what it already knows how to do. Medicine focuses on only one part of the equation. It ignores vital other areas that effect health: energy, stress, nutrition, toxicity, relationships, meaning and purpose in life, joy and fulfillment, rest and recreation, and the spiritual dimension. In my opinion, the best approach to healing is to integrate a multi prong approach that includes traditional medical care with attention to these other areas as well.

Dowsing is a profound help in working with the healer within, getting more energy in, locating and plugging energy drains, brainstorming strategies that support health overall, and restoring balance to one’s life.

MORE INFORMATION: For a longer description of how you can dowse for health issues, see related blog articles here: Dowsing for Health. There are many other blog articles on health such as Illness as Choice and Secondary Gain.

RECORDINGS AVAILABLE. My presentation for the American Society of Dowsers Teleconference, October 17, 2017 “Dowsing & Mind-Body Healing” can be heard here: 

I also taught “Dowsing on Health”  at the American Society of Dowsers Convention held in June 15-20, 2015 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. A recording of this presentation can be purchased now through ASD. For full details, see

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Aging and Cultural Beliefs


How Culture Influences Aging

I came across Dr. Mario Martinez, Neuropsychologist, founder of Biocognitive Science, and author of the book The Mind Body Code,, both on his website and also in a Hay House interview.
He talks about how our cultural beliefs influence aging and lifespan. After studying about 400 people that were 100+ years old (Centenarians), he noted that only about 35% of them reached old age because of good genetics. However, they all had things in common with each other.
  • All felt that they were loved.
  • 99% had a feeling of connection to something spiritual beyond themselves, thereby avoiding narcissism. This could be God, but it could be nature or something else. They were not necessarily religious or church goers, but were definitely spiritual.
  • If they believed in God, it was a God of love, not one of fear. Fear puts the nervous system on hyper alarm.
  • Some smoked, some drank, but in moderation out of pure enjoyment, not need. Eating also was out of enjoyment, not need.
  • Slightly overweight people lived longer, but there were no centenarians that were obese.
  • In general, they did not go to doctors, and had actually outlived them all. Martinez feels that medicine has helped longevity principally in fighting infections (also healing fractures).
  • Meaning and purpose in life was crucial. Martinez says that death comes for most people within 6 years after retirement because of loss of meaning or purpose. Mentoring others is a good way to keep yourself going.
  • People who look younger than they are believe that middle age starts later than those who identify with the cultural beliefs of aging. He recommends not telling people your age, but rather identify yourself as 15 years younger at a happy time of your life.
  • Organizational culture makes people sick. One factor is having responsibility without authority, or a job without meaning. Another health risk is working through mealtimes because it does not allow the body to digest the food. 75% of corporate leaders have gastro intestinal problems because they take their technology to lunch with them.

Beliefs about aging in our culture are not only disempowering, but are making us look/feel/act a lot older and die younger.

Repeat after me “My body remembers what ___ (20, 30, 40–any age at which you were healthy, vibrantly alive and happy) is.” 

Then vividly picture yourself as that age. Stand and walk as if you were that age now. Your body is only energy–it can shift.

NOTE: In assisting George Bien, my primary hypnosis mentor, who was conducting fire walks, we were told to have a reason to walk on the hot coals. I repeated “my body remembers what 20 is.” When I got done walking, I noticed that I did indeed look younger, and that held for about 2 weeks.

You may notice that anytime you are in love or fired up in a good way about life, people, events, your body springs alive. You bounce, your face no longer sags, the energy returns to your step and your voice. You feel better and you are healthier. You have to have something that inspires you, that gets the blood flowing through your soul to stay healthy.

The goal should not be to live to be 100 years old, but to live a fulfilled, rich life and then to leave a legacy.

It takes time to do that. By the time you attain significant skills, wisdom and maturity, you are already middle aged or older. Live long enough to give that knowledge and wisdom back so that the next generation progresses and benefits from what you/we have learned. Live long enough to do those things that are important to you, to learn, to grow, to heal this time around so that you don’t drag your baggage into the next incarnation.

I look forward to your comments.

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Hypnosis for Cancer (and other) Patients

Make a Powerful Healing Difference!

Most major diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, come about after a long period of stress, bad habits, unbalanced lifestyle, overall abuse or neglect of one’s health or needs. Fixing it then is not as simple as undergoing surgery, a particular medical treatment or drug protocol even if those are indicated. It also requires addressing what weakened or overloaded the system in the first place. 

Dealing with stress, both current stressors and past unresolved issues, is always indicated because it is stress that robs vital energy needed for the body’s defense and healthy cell regeneration and repair. 

Hypnotherapists are ideal in helping cancer as well as many other types of patients because we already are experts in many of the factors important for a well rounded treatment protocol.

  • We create hypnoanesthesia for childbirth, surgery, dentistry as well as trauma situations
  • We reduce stress that interferes with the body’s natural defenses.
  • We help heal emotional trauma that may have weakened the system.
  • We enhance relaxation that eases all types of pain (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), and brings about much needed rest.
  • We utilize positive suggestions to maximize the Placebo Effect.
  • We create and then collapse negative anchors to undo the Nocebo Effect and negative self-fulfilling prophesy.
  • We utilize healing visualizations to assist the body to heal.
  • We empower the client by teaching him multiple self-help tools such as self-hypnosis, stress and anger management, pain management, self-guided visualizations.
  • We install desired, helpful habits, and increase a client’s motivation for practicing them: healthy eating, detoxification, regular exercise, work and sleep habits.
  • We help the client to eliminate unwanted, detrimental behaviors such as smoking or bad eating habits.
  • We help to improve attitude.
  • We help heal relationships.
  • We improve sleep.
  • We teach goal setting and staying focused on any helpful routine including treatment protocols.
  • We assist in problem solving for anything that comes up.
  • We assist the client contacting and working with the healer within that may already know what has to happen in order to heal.

But most importantly, hypnotherapists help clients to 

  • get in touch with their inner core to find the part of their life that is out of balance and draining their life force, and then addressing it, 
  • and to find and fulfill the unmet needs the soul requires to demonstrate good health.
  • If you fire up the spirit, the soul of the person, it can mobilize the system and fire up the body to do what it already knows to do to heal.

In addition to any indicated medical treatment, for healing to occur

  • there has to be a big enough reason to heal, 
  • the energy drains on the system (toxins, overwork, stress and internal conflicts) have to be cleared away,
  • and more energy needs to come in not just with sleep, good nutrition, but also through loving relationships, meaning, purpose and joy.

During a workshop on this topic at the National Guild of Hypnotists, I taught hypnotherapists multiple ways of becoming a powerful asset in their client’s healing journey whether with cancer patients or those with other serious health issues.


Hypnosis has traditionally been used as adjunctive therapy to allopathic medicine. As such, it did the following:

  • reduction of symptoms caused by the illness directly
  • reduction of symptoms caused by the treatment, such as hair loss, nausea from chemotherapy/radiation, and by any medication
  • fear of diagnostic tests, surgery and/or treatment
  • motivation to follow the medical treatment protocol
  • motivation to follow any other physician recommendations, such as follow thru with dietary changes, physical therapy, etc.
  • hypnosis for anesthesia, and speedy post-operative recovery
  • visualization for healing
  • elimination of health destructive habits such as smoking (cancer), or anger outbursts (as in high blood pressure)


The expanded use of hypnosis includes all of the above plus a very wholistic look at the entire life of the patient to bring harmony and balance conducive to good health. This includes:

  • undoing the Nocebo Effect—the impact that fear, hopelessness and self-fulfilling prophecy has had or could still have from hearing the diagnosis of their condition and the likely prognosis that the illness will take. The negative suggestions/expectations may have come from the medical staff, but also support groups, friends/family or even online.
  • locating and resolving the major drivers for the disease — the main mental/emotional stressors that have weakened the system.

This understands that while anything that stops energy leaking out of the body’s system, and reduces stress, including long buried issues, frees up energy for the body to heal, there needs to be a deliberate search for and healing of those specifically related events, beliefs, judgments and decisions.

  • addressing the energy equation.

Illness results when more energy demands are placed on a body than it has the reserves to cover.

Anything that  stops energy from leaking out maintains critical energy reserves. 

Anything that brings more energy into the system makes more energy available for the body to do what it already knows how to do in order to heal.

  • motivating the client to investigate, inaugurate on a can’t hurt basis, and maintain a common sense approach to good self-care in addition to what was advocated by the client’s team of medical advisors.

This relates to improving the energy equation, and can include:

  • improving diet, sleep and exercise
  • adding supplements, herbs, homeopathic, aromatherapy, or other
  • various healing modalities for overall wellness not directly tied to healing the specific illness (massage and other bodywork, energy work, chiropractics, etc.)
  • eliminating counter productive habits that go beyond smoking or overeating, but include non-beneficial mental and emotional habits as well
  • reducing toxicity
  • addressing the spiritual dimension

This will include connecting to that something More beyond the body and the self. It could include a connection to what people call God, but could also be a connection to family, community, nature, humanity as a whole.

It also looks to whether the client has a sense of meaning, value and purpose in his life. If, for example,  the client perceives life as meaningless and unfulfilling, why heal? This relates to strengthening the “life urge”, the will to live. But it goes beyond just the ego’s drive to survive to something more, to fulfilling some important purpose or goal, such as raising a child.

  • accessing internal wisdom to locate and heal what’s out of balance in the person’s life

This may include visualizations that personify and work with the “healer within”, Gestalt dialog, or just internal questioning and affirmations as with the Infinite Intelligence Process (“There is a part of me that knows ___ and is ___ so now”).

  • looking for the message/lesson/opportunity/blessing hidden within the disease

Because physical illness is sometimes driven by the soul to heal a soul issue, the faster the learning occurs, the quicker the need for that illness is resolved. Physical healing can then (but not always) follow. Carolyn Myss talks about this.

  • amplifying the client’s inner wisdom in making the right decisions for himself
  • increasing joy and overall fulfillment in life

If a person loses his will or desire to live, the body soon follows. In order to heal, there has to be a reason or desire to do so that goes beyond just get out of unpleasant symptoms or physical pain. This may mean helping the client to find and follow his life’s purpose. It may mean making radical changes in his life. Why get better if it means going back to a life or situation that is intolerable?

  • improving primary relationships
  • improving balance in life
  • dealing with any other stressors including the stress caused from being sick, the financial worries, the practical problems of not being as capable and self-sufficient as before.
  • teaching any self-help skills, particularly stress management tools (self-hypnosis, EFT, Emotion Code, Infinite Intelligence Process, etc.) , that you know and which might well help the client whether or not they are strictly ‘hypnosis’
  • utilizing any other modalities that you know (such as energy healing) and which might well help the client whether or not they are strictly ‘hypnosis’ as long as the client approves.
  • changing both the internal and external environment of the cells – this includes the mental and emotional environment as well as physical and spiritual. For Hypnotherapists, changing the environment starts with helping the client to change his perception of the environment because as Biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton says, perception creates chemistry. 

This may be as basic as healing one’s perception that they are living in a hostile environment. Fear is the big issue to address. Fear mobilizes the body for fight or flight. Only love, feeling safe, being at peace enables the body to move into growth and healing.

Physicians may offer drugs to change the cells chemistry, and diet, herbs, supplements, aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies also do so. But thoughts and emotions also change internal chemistry, and sometimes faster.

  • empowering the client to make informed decisions about his own treatment.

Hypnotherapist and long time Director of Health, Education, AIDS Liason, Michael Ellner says that patients who are actively involved in making their own decisions about their treatment do better. This may be motivating the client to investigate other treatment options for the disease, whether still within the allopathic model or not. These other treatment options may be in addition to or instead of traditional allopathic treatment.

  • restoring hope and eliminating the feeling of powerlessness and being a victim of disease
  • making the client aware of his resources and his ability to respond constructively to the health challenge

The goal is to empower the client to bring his body, mind, spirit and his life back into balance and harmony that will support good heath.   

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