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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LETTER XXXIX THE DOCTRINE OF DEATH MANY times during the months in which I have been here have I seen men and women lying in a state of unconsciousness more profound than the deepest sleep, their faces expressionless and uninteresting. At first, before I understood the nature of their sleep, I tried as an experiment to awaken one or two of them, and was not successful. In certain cases where my curiosity was aroused, I have returned later, day after day, and found them still lying in the same lethargy. "Why," I asked myself, "should any man sleep like that--a sleep so deep that neither the spoken word nor the physical touch could arouse him?" One day when the Teacher was with me we passed one of those unconscious men whom I had seen before, had watched, and had striven unsuccessfully to arouse. "Who are these people who sleep like that?" I asked the Teacher; and he replied: "They are those who in their earth life denied the immortality of the soul after death." "How terrible!" I said. "And will they never awaken?" "Yes, perhaps centuries, perhaps ages hence, when the irresistible law of rhythm shall draw them out of their sleep into incarnation. For the law of rebirth is one with the law of rhythm." "Would it not be possible to awaken one of them, this man, for instance?" "You have attempted it, have you not?" the Teacher inquired, with a keen look into my face. "Yes," I admitted. "And you failed?" "Yes." We looked at each other for a moment, then I said: "Perhaps you, with your greater power and knowledge, could succeed where I have failed." He made no answer. His silence fired my interest still farther, and I said eagerly: "Will you not try? Will you not awaken this man?" "You know not what you ask," he replied. "But tell me this," I demanded: "could ...
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Critics sometimes complain that we get nothing meaningful from spirit communication. They say that it is just bits of obscure information and trivia that may serve as evidence for survival of consciousness after death but that it tells us nothing about the afterlife environment. Such claims are clearly false. I have scores of books in my library in which communicating spirits have given detailed reports on afterlife conditions. One of the very best books in this regard is Letters from a Living Dead Man.A" I discovered it in a used-book store some 20 years ago and was mesmerized by the wealth of information coming from Judge David Patterson Hatch through the hand of Elsa Barker, an American teacher, poet, author, and playwright. I enter your mind, putting myself in absolute telepathic rapport with your mind, impressing upon your mind itself the things I wish to say,A" Hatch, who transitioned to the spirit world in 1912, explained to Barker, who was in a semi-trance state when receiving the letters.A" In the trilogy of books, beginning in 1914, Judge Hatch explained what he had encountered in his new existence. He told of his initial confusion, his struggles, his adjustments, his encounters with other souls, his observations, his teachers, his activities, and his progress. In the process, he offered much philosophy and wisdom. If you could only get hold of the idea of immortal life and cling to it!A" he offered. If you could realize yourself as being without beginning and without end then you might commence to do things worthwhile.A" If you are going on a trip to a foreign country, you'll likely prepare for the trip by reading about your destination in advance. Since we are all destined to make a very big tripA" at the end of our lives, it makes only sense to find out as much as possible now so that the journey is a pleasant one. I can think of no better reference than the LettersA" trilogy to prepare for that journey. Michael E. Tymn, Vice-President Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc. & Author of The Articulate DeadA"About the Author:
Elsa Barker, poetess, novelist and writer, was born in Leicester, Vermont, USA. She was a teacher for a short period but moved on to writing articles for newspapers and syndicated magazines, eventually doing editorial work for Hampton's Magazine in 1909 -1910.
Her published works included The Son of Mary Bethel (1909), The Frozen Grail & Other Poems (1910), Stories from the New Testament for Children (1911), The Body of Love (1912), "Songs of a Vagrom Angel", (1916), Fielding Sargent (1922), The Cobra Candlestick (1928), The C.I.D. of Dexter Drake (1929) and The Redman Cave Murder (1930).
In 1912 Barker was in Paris and one evening she allegedly began automatic writing; the process or production of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer.
Much of this inspired writing over the years claims to have originated from discarnate beings and Barker was no exception.
The entity responsible for the writing claimed to be Judge David Patterson Hatch, a lawyer from Los Angeles.
The judge explained that he had recently passed over and that he wanted to document his experiences on the other side in the form of letters that he would write through Elsa's hand.
Within a few days Barker received verification from a friend that the Judge had indeed died recently in Los Angeles.
Patterson Hatch was no ordinary man. Apart from being a lawyer and a judge he was also a published author whose subjects included philosophy and the occult with works including "Scientific Occultism", "The Twentieth Century Christ", "The Blood of the Gods", "Text Book of Christian Hermit Philosophers" and the novel "El Reschid" (one of a series of books written under "the Hindu name of Karishka").
When Patterson Hatch died in 1912 the Los Angeles Times called him "a remarkable man" who was "exceptionally versed in the deep philosophies of life" and who had "obtained a deep knowledge of universal laws, which, although natural to himself, appeared as mysticism to those who had not followed his great mental strides."
During the next few years over 130 letters were `dictated' and published and these formed a trilogy debuting with Letters from a Living Dean Man, followed by War Letters from the Living Dead Man and Last Letters from the Living Dead Man.
Do not fear death; but stay on earth as long as you can.
Not withstanding the companionship I have here,
I sometimes regret my failure in holding on to the world.
But regrets have less weight on this side--like our bodies.
Everything is well with me.
I will tell you things that have never been told.
Letter 5: Letters From a Living Dead Man
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