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Brother Anonymous Maps out the Great Beyond

Michael Tymn

Steve Beckow, a resident of Vancouver, B.C., has a very unusual pastime. You might call him an afterlife cartographer. A sociologist, historian, and a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Beckow prefers to call himself a student of cross-cultural spirituality. His primary interest now is in making sense of the afterlife from revelations that have come to us through various forms of mediumship, including the mediumship of the Bible and other sacred texts. I recently had the opportunity to interview Beckow by e-mail. Here are my questions and his answers:

Steve, what prompted your interest in charting the heavens?

I followed what must have been a common path for my generation in the 1970s - through encounter groups, off to India, into spirituality. At one point I spent time in a British-spiritualist development circle and at another time I had an out-of-body experience. It was these two latter influences that made me resolve to write a book on the conditions of life after death.

Other spiritual experiences and the writing projects they inspired intervened, but a few years ago. I returned to the original promise I had made myself and, drawing on my sociological training, began to piece together a picture of life beyond physical death.

What did you find?

Well, first of all, working on the subject is a little like piecing together a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, all of whose pieces are in soft shades of blue. It is only by nuances that one can tell the pieces apart. For instance, the flora, buildings, and art of the Astral and Mental Planes are alike, both dazzling and indescribable. How is one to distinguish between them from an earthly standpoint? Moreover, unlike earth, which is arranged geographically, the spirit planes are arranged hierarchically. As Julia Ames said, "there are degrees in heaven." ...

Read the whole interview Michael Tymn

The Essays of Brother Anonymous

posted: 4/14/2008

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