What is Consciousness? What is Life? What does it mean "To Live?"
We react to such questions by thinking the answers are obvious. I think, therefore I am. Hence "thinking" must be what "consciousness" is. I exist, so existence must be Life. To be alive must mean "to live." But a microbe lives; does that mean it has the same kind of consciousness as a human being? A microbe reacts to external...
Evolution is a continuing process of purposeful change.
Human Evolution is not limited to, or even primarily focused on, changes in the physical body. The "body"—any body—is a vehicle for consciousness.
It is as a "sphere of consciousness" (an alternative term, perhaps, for "self" or "soul") using its several vehicles as a means to gain experience within a manifest environment that...
Recently a prominent Japanese publisher contracted with Llewellyn to publish a Japanese language edition of The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment: A Compendium of Tools and Techniques for Growth and Transformation, co-authored by Dr. Joe Slate and myself. In addition, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Bulgarian, French, and Dutch publishers have it under consideration.
Let's start with some definitions. As Samuel Johnson famously said four hundred years ago, "Define your terms, Gentlemen, Define your terms!" This is an admonition also credited to Voltaire, "If you wish to converse with me, define your terms." (The obvious point being that unless we know what we're talking about, we could just irritate one another, waste everyone's time, or think we are in...
Of course, the Astral World is not at all new. In reality, it is older than the Physical Universe, and far larger. The astral "world" (also called the astral plane, astral level, or astral dimension) is the term mainly used in occult and magical circles, whereas it is also more familiarly known as the "World of Spirit," as well as the Emotional Level, the Dream World and the Plane of Desire, the...
Some people believe that a physical body is all we have in life—others believe, at the least, in something they call a "soul." Some think of the soul as a kind of balloon-like attachment to the physical body, while others think of the body as a kind of "vehicle" for the soul. But how do we define "soul?" Is it the same as "spirit?" And what of "consciousness?" Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, co-author of Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment, discusses how we are so much more than a physical body, and how we can use these different vehicles of our selves to advance our lives and humanity to become all that we are.
For many skeptics, the out of body experience (OBE) can be explained away or simply ignored. But what of the evidence from recorded accounts, controlled experiments, and research into near-death experiences? Graham Nicholls, author of Navigating the Out-of-Body Experience, explains his new book, and how these powerful experiences can be had by anyone once we step away from the everyday and reach out for something truly life-affirming.