Sunday, 11 May 2008

Bridging the Gap Between Science & Metaphysics

It was such a delight to have Dr. Claude Swanson back on Toward The Light. It is really thanks to him that I’ve got this radio programme in the first place. A mutual acquaintance in Arizona introduced us to each other back in 2005 and this resulted in a real turning point in my life.

As an NDEr and one who’s been a mystic who ‘resides primarily on the right side of my brain’, it was a joy to connect with someone who could validate and explain the truths of what we mystics have known and experienced for thousands of years and put it neatly into scientific terms that are compelling and that which can reach the realm of and make sense to the logical or linear thinker.

We conversed on the telephone for quite some time and hit it off straight away. He sent me a copy of his book, Synchronized Universe and, as heavy as the large book is, I could not put it down. I was jumping up and down like a giddy, excited child as I was reading the pages within—complete with photos, illustrations, graphs, and other diagrams—that clearly explain and put together what I struggle to grapple and find words for, because of the nature of these lofty experiences. He puts it beautifully in a lay language that is very easy to understand and follow.

Some of the chapter titles in SU include:

  • Remote Viewing
  • Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP)
  • Psychokinesis, or Mind Over Matter
  • The Backster Effect or Cell-to-Cell Communication
  • Collective Effects and Group Consciousness
  • Levitation
  • Teleportation
  • Adepts
  • The Out-of-Body Experience (OBE)
  • Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)
  • Time & Prophecy
  • Beginning of a Theory

Connecting with Claude was beneficial to both of us, because he was able to ‘pick my brain’ and ask me questions about my own experiences—not the least of which were my NDEs, of course, plus my life-long experiences as a mystic with the use of telepathy, visions, lucid as well as prophetic dreams, remote viewing and more. I’ve even done levitation in past. Alas, these are all topics that he covers in his book as the 'New Science of the Paranormal'.

The conversations were always lively, stimulating and positive—both of us eager to learn as much as we could ... and to help provide clear explanations about these phenomena to others.

In January 2006, Claude rang me and invited me to be a guest on his radio show—named after his book, Synchronized Universe. Mind you, it was on very short notice, as the show was to air that very evening, but I opted to do it. He interviewed me about my NDEs and other mystical experiences and there was never a shortage of thought-provoking content to share with the listeners, that’s for sure! It was nice to blend the scientific with the mystical or metaphysical and find that they both harmonised very well. Of course, I was speaking with a more aware and enlightened scientist and that makes all the difference in the world!

As stated before, after the show aired, Don Newsom (of BBS Radio) was so impressed with my delivery and what I had to share ... that he invited me to host my own radio show. Thus, Toward The Light was born on 6 March 2006 with PMH Atwater as my first guest and the rest is history.

I continue to feel such gratitude to Claude for this auspicious turn of events that led, not only to our mutual sharing of important material, but also to the birth of my own radio programme that’s been on the air for over two years now. I’m so passionate about the show and very excited about anything that will help remove the stigma round these topics that are really as natural as breathing and are an innate part of our make-up.

Once Claude completes the second volume of his book, he’s indicated that he does plan to resume his own radio show, which will be a tremendous service to the masses. It is time to honour the bridge-builders who are linking science and metaphysics together in a marriage centred in harmony and truth.

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