In this comprehensive work encompassing fifteen years of research and out-of-body experiences, the author takes you with her as she travels out of body to realms of light and darkness, discovering the mechanics of existence and the purpose and mission of our lives in this world. Taking with her the sacred writings and words of the prophets, saints, mystics and sages from many religions throughout time, the author weaves through her out-of-body travels an intricate design which merges the teachings of the East and the West into a cohesive understanding. Having included paintings and music of that which she's seen and heard while out-of-body, the author demonstrates a grand panorama of the worlds beyond our own and the infinite meaning which underlies human existence. "For those who will never see during their lifetime what I have seen, may I provide you with a window? For those who will, may I give you a map? For those who seek comfort in the world beyond, may I hand you a warm blanket? For those who just want to know, may I ask you to come with me . . . " From the Author's Introduction.
PRELUDE TO A DREAM
"Out of my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the midst of the nether world, I cried for help, and You heard my voice."
New American Bible, Old Testament, Jonah 2:2, (Christianity, Catholic)
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike."
New American Bible, New Testament, Matthew 11:25, (Christianity, Catholic, Words of Christ)
Not long after my spirit had been sleeping, I began to hear the roaring sounds of a thunderous uprising in the heavens. Although I was unaware of the mechanism of this vision, somehow my spiritual eyes opened to a sight unimaginable prior to this awakening.
The clouds had parted to reveal gold and marble steps leading high up into the sky, and at the top of this amazing spectacle was a throne. The Lord God sat in this seat, appearing to me in a human form wearing a white robe. Aside Him was the lamb, Jesus Christ who would remain silent for this very first vision. Angels were flying all around the holy sight, singing and performing celestial music of praise to the Lord. The power of God was so strong in this vision, that it cannot be expressed in words. "Holy, holy, holy," I thought. Humbling myself, I bowed in spirit form, to the Lord, my God.
Motioning me to come forth, the Lord presented another vision that somehow overlapped this one. In it, the cross was on fire, and I was trying to put it out. Certain people in the world could only see the fire, not the cross. As a result, every time I put the fire out, they would re-light the flame to the cross. Battling our fundamental differences seemed to continue without end, but finally, due to the grace of God, I was able to put the fire out completely, allowing the cross to stand tall.
The Lord spoke to me, "The fire represents ignorance, and the cross, awareness." He conveyed that there would be much fire in my life, but that I would bear the cross. Many people would never see it, and this would cause frustration. Pausing, I bowed again to His majesty. "At a future time, you will take that cross to the world and present it as a living vision of the reality of God. Though others may think you are foolish, you are special."
Thunder struck and the heavens began to close. As I watched the heavenly messengers and the Lord disappear behind the clouds, I bowed to them. The Lord had filled my spirit with a love I could not describe. During a time when my life was filled with Godlessness, it had given me a certain peace to withstand the times. I was nine years old.
"In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and
sealeth their instruction."
King James Bible, Old Testament, Job 33:15-16, (Christianity)
(Thirteen Years Later, three months after the birth of my first daughter)
My prayers were long, deep and arduous, like a fire raging inside my soul, wanting to know the truth of all existence. It came in the morning, like a thief in the night, without foreknowledge or preparation. Turning to get out of my bed from sleep, what felt like my body began vibrating at a speed indescribable in human terms. Feeling numb all over, I didn't know what was happening to me. The noise was so loud, it sounded as if I were surrounded by jet engines. I was afraid.
Lifting my arm, my hand now became two, as a light sparkling image of it moved from inside my body to the outer air. My physical arm didn't move. Rolling over, my spirit rolled out of my body as my ethereal form bounced up to the ceiling. My body below looked like a gray clump of matter. As a fearful thought overcame me, I shot back into my physical form.
"God also decreed that the bond between the body and the divine soul should be somewhat loosened while man sleeps . . . The freed portions of the soul can then move about in the spiritual realm wherever they are allowed."
The Way of God, Part III, Chapter I, No. 6, Paragraphs 4-5, Page 183, (Judaism, Author: Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto)
Far away, but moving at great speed towards me, I stared reticently at the light that glowed before me in bed. Remaining still, there was nothing I could do. Moments later, the light permeated my soul and was within me, spurning the vibrational sensations of before. Unafraid, I had previously prayed to the Lord to deliver me from my fear, after my disconcerting re-entry within the last experience. The loud noises returned, as my body and spirit hummed to the rhythm of high intensity.
Suddenly, without any instigation, I felt an incredible connection to all things, all life, to GOD! It was as if I now understood all the mysteries of the Universe, at least for this moment. There is a oneness between all life that I could completely comprehend and feel. Absolute calm and peace filled me in this new state of love.
Six presences appeared out of the ether, three on each side, and gently lifted me out of my body. The presences were ill-defined, only elliptical expressions of absolute light. Their love for me was so complete, that I was moved to depths I cannot explain, but I also felt God's love for me and all of creation. For a moment, I felt like I was nestled in His chest like a tiny child that He wished to form according to His will.
Reveling in this absolute love and peace, I only momentarily noticed that all my 'physical' senses - like sight and hearing - were now coming from my entire consciousness, rather than a specific vantage point of an eye or an ear.
Looking below, I saw the gray clump of matter that was my body with more interest. This sense of separation was profound, this knowledge that beyond all doubt, I was much more than my body. Engine-like sounds of the astral plane could be felt, as well as, heard. Everything was uncomfortable because it was so new, but the all-encompassing love that filled me was the most amazing aspect of this moment.
After a short time within this immensely loving embrace, the six essences gently lowered me back into my body, decreased the vibrations slowly, and as I began waking to physical consciousness, distinctly faded away into the ether from where they had come.
"The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power."
New American Bible, New Testament, 1 Corinthians 4:20, (Christianity, Catholic, Words of the Apostle Paul)
Immense vibrations began again as I sought refuge into the spiritual world. Noticing my baby daughter floating on the ceiling, I instinctively realized that babies travel out of body in their early days adjusting to the physical world. Rolling over to get out of my body, I looked towards a window, realizing it would be interesting to see if I could actually get out of the room. Movement was strained, but I quickly learned to move by WILLING it, rather than wading like water or moving some vague image of feet.
Floating towards the window, I began to permeate it, but found that the particles in solid objects were tighter vibrationally than air. Interestingly, the temperature was a constant, it did not change once I was outside, and there were two frequencies visible, a higher and lower vibration separated by a distinct line with an upside down V in the center. Flying down the street, I ended up in a neighbor's backyard watching a dog that was staring right at me and barking profusely. My neighbor appeared at the back door to calm the animal, but did not notice me.
As I thought of my home, I was immediately returned; and as I spontaneously thought of my childhood home, it appeared right in front of me empty and devoid of furniture. Indeed, our thoughts are quite powerful, for they appear in the spiritual planes immediately when we think of them. Their physical emergence takes more time, which makes us less reticent to realize the connection between our lives and our thinking.
For a moment, I listened to the voices. I heard them every time I entered into this vibrational state even before leaving the body. It was like being in a big room where hundreds of people were carrying on conversations. Suddenly, it became known to me that these voices were actually the thoughts of humanity resonating through the ether. Many of the voices were agitated and scattered.
"Thought is inexhaustible. Since the world began, thoughts in unimaginable numbers have passed through the ether. One could not begin to count them . . ."
Man's Eternal Quest, Universality of Yoga, Page 22, Paragraph 3, (Hinduism, Kriya Yoga, Author: Paramahansa Yogananda)
Relaxing comfortably when the vibrational feelings began, I had no desire to leave my body as I was feeling so embraced by the connection I experienced with all that is. All I wanted to do was absorb this massive peace, serenity and love. Over time, I learned to call these experiences vibrational raisings, and I had them quite frequently.
Energetic knowledge was imparted to me as I absolved myself into the ether, small keys of wisdom, and a place for me to begin my quest. Conveying to me the importance of living in the moment, a spirit voice rang in my spirit, "It's not what you are, but what you become."
Do not judge yourself or others, rather, learn. The past is dead, live in the present. And when mistakes are made, do not dwell on them, rather, alter them. And perhaps most importantly, be willing to see and embrace your own imperfection. For it is only in embracing our faults, that we can become capable of altering them. But all wisdom in this state is imparted by energy, it is not of words. Hours later, my peaceful soul began coming down from the vibrational state, returning me to a conscious state, changed and renewed.
"Trivial thoughts, insignificant thoughts, when followed they distract the mind. Not understanding those thoughts the roaming mind runs back and forth. But by understanding those thoughts, one ardent and mindful restrains the mind. An awakened one has to overcome them completely so they do not arise to distract the mind."
The Udana, Chapter 4, 4.1 Meghiya, Page 56, Stanza 1, (Buddhism, Theravadan, Words of the Buddha)
As the vibrations began, I found myself separating with more ease and quickness, and doing it through the use of thoughts, rather than rolling out. But to my surprise, as soon as I had split from form, I was in a space I could only call a black void, rather than my bedroom. Frightened to no end, I immediately shot back into my body. It seems that any fear at all will always send you right back to your body, a special way God protects us from that for which we are not yet ready. Willing myself to separate and go back to the void, I did this two more times before I finally became so determined that my fear was overridden and I was able to remain there.
Passing through the black void, I crossed over into another dimension. It was very bright, light and airy, I almost felt like my spirit was a feather. Spirits whose forms were only light occupied this place, and it seemed that they knew me. Interestingly, they immediately recognized that I was an astral traveler, not one who had died, like themselves. Calming myself, I eased up on my fears.
Up in the distance, another spirit began to approach me. Walking along the sky, my dear friend (who had passed on several years before in a car accident) was now coming towards me. Feeling an urgency from him, as though he had something very important to tell me, I was very disappointed when I realized that my surprise and shock at seeing him was so powerful that it blocked us from having any communication.
Beginning to laugh, his seriousness diminished as he gently hugged me. Somehow, he knew that this was all I could handle for this visit and he turned to walk away.
As though hit by lightning, my spirit soared at the speed of light back to my form.
"The caravan of my prayers is moving toward Thee. It has been delayed now and
then by blinding sandstorms of despondency."
Whispers from Eternity, Page 117, Paragraph 1, (Hinduism, Kriya Yoga, Author: Paramahansa Yogananda)
And so it came to pass that I was taught the ways of the spiritual body and the spirit world. All things; hearing, sight and movement, are concurred by the will, not a singular movement of a body part. In relegating from the physical to the spiritual body, you may roll out or learn to WILL yourself out of form. In time, I would learn that almost all functions in the spirit world are related to our thinking.
And the ways of the spiritual world, too, differ from our world, in that every thought you may have, manifests before you. If you think of someone or a place, you are immediately transported to that place. And because the vibrations of spiritual ether are so much higher than physical matter, you must undergo hundreds of what I call vibrational raisings, which increase your vibration on a soul level, coming via the crown or third-eye chakra, or throughout the entire body. This makes you compatible to higher-realm travel.
Later, I began having atonement experiences with people from my past, wherein we would meet on the astral plane in a sub-conscious manner and work through any hurtful things said or done to one another. Very few people ever actually intend harm to another, it is the limited understanding that we carry within us which makes us say and do things insensitively.
Also beginning to work with lost souls, these unfortunate souls were usually unaware that they had died, and required assistance to get to the other side. These things I learned with fervor and with joy, for they were only the first steps of many required of me to continue in this journey I had undertaken in God's name.
"There is no mystery which is more excellent than these mysteries on which ye question, in that it will lead your souls into the Light of the lights, into the regions of Truth and Goodness, into the region of the Holy of all holies, into the region in which there is neither female nor male, nor are there forms in that region, but a perpetual indescribable Light."
Pistis Sophia, Fifth Book, Page 313, Paragraph 1, (Christianity, Gnostic/Essene, Words of Christ)
Transported to a beautiful mansion in Europe, I noted that although the language being spoken was not English, I understood it. With my connection to knowledge which followed me on all my episodic events, information was usually available to me as it proved necessary.
A woman lived in this big mansion all alone, and immediately I knew that she had been my mother in a previous life, which was interesting considering I hadn't yet really thought much about reincarnation. Her present lifetime had no connection to me at all. Widowed and bitter, I could feel the sadness that enveloped her soul as if it were my own. Having a boyfriend living with her in her home, her adult son lived next door. The son had just come over to see his mother, and I was intrigued, because, after all, in a certain sense he was a brother of mine. Wearing a blue, polyester suit, I went over to him to try to make him aware of my presence, forgetting my immaterial nature. For a moment, he looked towards me confusedly as if he felt my presence, but then he blew it off and turned away. Journeying forward, I found myself in another place.
Flying through a horrible ghetto, I appeared invisibly in a barroom behind a father and son. Apparently, they lived upstairs and owned the bar below, and the small brunette boy of about eight years was quite upset. His father also had brown hair, was very skinny and was very drunk. Getting loud and raucous with several friends, it seemed that this occurred on a regular basis.
In his anger, the son ran over to the table, grabbed a pitcher of beer and poured it all over his father's head. Responding in a fit of rage, the father began to chase the boy around the bar. Because of my special condition, I could read his thoughts, and I knew that this man had the potential of seriously beating the boy.
Floating in-between them, I sent powerful loving thoughts to both of them. Universal acceptance poured through me from the Lord and into them, as suddenly the father began to calm . . . and they both began laughing. Putting his arm around his son, the tension had been diffused and my presence was no longer necessary.
Flying high up into the night air, I cannot express the immense joy I felt within my spirit. Soaring over a small clearing in the woods, I noticed a man was sitting on the hood of his car staring into the night sky. Reading his thoughts, I understood that he was searching for answers, the meaning of life. Rushing energy and desire to share the truth came over me, as my spirit suddenly materialized into a white wispy form. Circling the sky, I sent messages of eternal peace and joy. "There is no need to fear God, for He is of love. Experience God within yourself by journeying inward!"
Somehow, I knew he'd received my message, though I don't know if he actually saw me in a conscious way, or if the manifestation occurred to him in a sub-conscious state, which can happen to people in their dreaming, or in their conscious form wherein they don't consciously experience the event, but another aspect of their soul processes the incoming flow. For any of us who aren't ready to hear the truth consciously, the Lord speaks to our sub-conscious, gently easing the truth of His love to our surface, and calling our souls to unite with Him.
"If a man wishes to travel a certain road, Heaven guides him to it."
The Talmudic Anthology, No. 108, Paragraph 7, Makkot, 10, (Judaism)
After rolling out of form, I found myself looking upon a strange tunnel I had not yet seen. Dark and mysterious, a bright light burst forth at the end. Drawn almost incomprehensibly toward it, I began shooting down the tunnel at what seemed like light speed and suddenly began falling DOWN.
Having been dropped into a man's body, I noticed that I was wearing the form of a soldier sitting behind a rock barricade waiting for an impending battle. The uniform he wore was reminiscent of the Cavalry, but I didn't know when this war had occurred.
And despite my previous view which had not truly considered reincarnation one way or the other, I immediately KNEW that it was true, without doubt or fear. It was as if this journey had opened my soul to remembering such things in a distant way.
"I remember as many eons as there are atoms in a hundred lands."
The Flower Ornament Scripture, Chapter 39, Entry into the Realm of Reality, Page 1426, Stanza 2, (Buddhism, Mahayana)
My attention turned to the captain now instructing us on the upcoming battle. Informed that we would start shooting when we were told and continue for a certain stretch of time and then we were to stop, and all would count their wins and losses. It would all be over, for a time.
Calm and accepting of my duty to perform this act of violence; I was surprised when, without any understandable warning, I was overcome with holy rage. My mind was full of terrifying thoughts of the injuries I could inflict or sustain, and the lives that would be lost. For what? For that brief moment, I KNEW the terror of a man in battle, and it was profound.
Running over to the other men, I screamed to them, "We don't have to do this; we don't have to kill each other! They can't force us to pull the trigger!" Walking away, I deserted my brigade with three men following. Holing up in a nearby house, the shooting began, and with it; the screams, carnage, dying, suffering, barbarism. We cried uncontrollably.
Overwhelmed with grief and emotion, the spirits of the Lord quickly pulled me up and back through the tunnel through time, and led me to the present day. Moved, the power of God was working on my soul deeply, profoundly, in a way I could not yet understand.
"The immature run after sense pleasures and fall into the widespread net of death. But the wise, knowing the Self as deathless, Seek not the changeless in the world of change."
The Upanishads, Katha Upanishad, Part II, (I), No. 2, Paragraph 2, Page 90, (Hinduism, Translation: Eknath Easwaran)
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Show Recap
(Listen to Three Hour Show through Streamlink at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2008/12/15.html) - "Experiences in Other Dimensions: Mystic, researcher, and author Marilynn Hughes made her debut on the show, describing her out-of-body travels and experiences in other dimensions. There are many realms in addition to the astral plane, which is a fourth dimension that overlaps earthly reality, she explained. In one's first forays out-of-body, you might be jolted by a certain type of noise-- the vibration of the astral plane, as well as a "rumbling of voices"-- the thoughts of humanity. There can also be a frightening sensation of the sound of breathing, which is different when detached from the physical body, she detailed. Meditation, prayer, and contemplation are good preparation for handling the out-of-body state, she added. By allowing yourself to be guided, you can often learn more that just wandering on your own while out-of-body, said Hughes, who noted that a variety of spiritual beings, including ghosts & lost souls, inhabit a multitude of dimensions. She described her work visiting hellish realms on rescue missions to pull beings out of spiritual "bogs." While there, she had to "veil her energy" or subdue her light in order not to be attacked by negative denizens of these realms. The higher realms are inhabited by exalted beings such as Jesus and Buddha, and a "golden angel from the 23rd dimension" filled her with a sense of awe, said Hughes, who also described her encounters with ET beings, where she observed a Galactic Counsel and was transferred from our universe to a more advanced one for a brief period." Many, many more Coast to Coast Listener Reviews at http://www.outofbodytravel.org/reviews.html
Mark Anielski, College Professor and Author, CANADA
Dear Marilynn, your words and suggestions bring my heart great joy! Thank you for your presence in my life and in this world. Your experience has helped me greatly affirm both the spiritual work necessary in this 4th dimension (earth) and confirmation that your experiences of spiritual/energetic vibration (as a Catholic) are aligned with my own (which continue to grow). You also affirm the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) and the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Holy Mass . . . I am picking up Tanqueray's book today (The Spiritual Life). Meanwhile, I will continue to read your amazing life story in ‘The Mysteries of the Redemption.’ What you have experienced and shared with the world is a true gift of God. Thank you for you! I thank God for your gift to me! You are very blessed Marilynn . . . Thank God for your life!
Hank Snow, Rosicrucian Armis Sub Rosa - Lex et Ordo, Salinas, CA, USA
Thank you so much for your assistance in this. I've only begun to scratch the surface of the volume of material you have so graciously made available to me. In this life, on this side of the veil, it is so difficult to decipher what is true and what is false. However, I recall reading from an ancient text once that the "Truly Enlightened Ones" do not peddle knowledge like some worthless trinket , but offer it freely to all who are willing to listen or able to see. With so much out there, claiming to be "the path" I use this as a simple litmus test. The fact that you have made so much of your work freely available to all who are willing to look tells me volumes about your character, and perhaps more importantly the veracity of the source. Needless to say, I will be delving more deeply into your work as soon as time permits. May the Peace of Christ be with you always, Hank Snow