One Great Truth


Everyone has his or her own philosophy, you know the one that explains life, and what occurs after and between lives. I honor all viewpoints and ideas that create personal and professional theories leading to the realms of both the physical and nonphysical world of existence. That said, after a typical traditional work path, I have spent the last 25 years studying, theories, philosophies and scientific journals in search of the answer to the question asked of me when I said: I am spiritual, not religious, and I grew used to a blank stare from others. But really now, what does it mean to be spiritual, not religious? We all know what religious doctrine means, some organized, structured creed that whole groups believe in.

Over the years, I have come to know that spirituality is the uncovering of your higher self, the inner path that integrates everything. Although religion and spirituality are sometimes used interchangeably, they really indicate two different aspects of the human experience. You might say that spirituality is the mystical face of religion. That inner understanding that is to see beyond mere outer appearances and the five senses to an intuitive perception that changes and uplifts their world by first transforming and improving his or her own vision. One of the main teachings of spirituality is to look within and find what you seek within yourself. The external world is ephemeral, temporary, and ever changing; in fact, your body will die one day, sweeping all those worldly trappings away like dust blowing in the wind. Your inner realm, on the other hand, is timeless, eternal, and deeply profound.

While getting my PhD in Consciousness, after years of traditional education in human relations, I wrote my dissertation on the Afterlife leading to a confirmation of many personal experiences. My understanding grew more expansively as I took more and more people to other worlds and dimensions through hypnotherapy, with amazing results. Bolstering these experiences is the thousands of pages of research in various arenas (NDE, OOBE, SWR, PLR, etc.) The work of Michael Newton, PhD and what his 7,000+ subjects say during hypnosis on trips to the afterlife or spirit world helps bring perspective. The fascinating thing here is the consistency between subjects who described a place so similar that he (a self confessed atheist at the time) changed his philosophy and his worldview. All of the great thinkers of humanity have discussed their intuitive understanding of something beyond the great religions. Something that is in keeping with the fact that we are all pure energy and can pulsate higher then our dense bodies play out in this physical world.

Albert Einstein alluded to this very notion, “It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”About 200 years prior to Eienstien, Emanuel Swendenborg, a scientist, inventor and university professor, changed his religious views of Heaven to an expanded vision of interdimensional travel. After exhaustive study of the Bible, he was able to move to a higher level of consciousness, and reflected that “When we die, we simply move from one world into another…(and that) “We are created in such a way that we are in the spiritual world and in the physical world at the same time.” The whole transdimensional arena between the physical and nonphysical, require you to straddle the fence between these realms, and only then can you understand. In fact, many of the hard scientists of today say that reality must be rewritten, along with history, science, biology, biochemistry, psychiatry, etc., because we simply got it wrong! But perhaps we got it the way our physical minds could understand it.

So, how do you make the transformation to see into other worlds, as Swendenborg, and so many others suggest? The best way is from the exploration of your own inner world, in that way, you can find the right bridge to other worlds. By looking within during meditation, hypnosis, out of body practices, and many other bridges that lead to an interdimensional shift. Within dream states your subconscious mind automatically forms a bridge to the margins around your body where your personal energy lies. This is a direct route into other worlds, to the afterlife, and to your highest and best self. Sometimes, we can spontaneously travel, during certain tragic events such as while grieving over the loss of a loved one, which occurs when the logical mind is at rest. Meditation also works, if you can quiet the incessant chatter of the mind, you can make the transition happen that way.

What I have found over the years is that we are the One great truth and as we learn acceptance and love, we acknowledge our connection to each other through an intricate, intelligent, grand design. Loving self first, spawns love for each other and within this magnificence we feel the pleasure of our own energy, pulsating through us, beating our drums of light and life, so powerful, so deliciously ours. Resonate with it as you experience the presence of deep love all around you, waiting, wanting to be seen, heard and felt. This is our awakening to our soul’s awareness of its Self and All That Is…open your inner eyes to behold the true colors and realms of existence, your own magnificence, all the while riding the waves within the Internet of the Spirit World!

Shirley Ryan, PhD, CCHt is a practicing hypnotherapist and spiritual mentor. See more at.


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