- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Atria Books/Beyond Words (1. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1582704619
- ISBN-13: 978-1582704616
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,3 x 21,3 cm
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My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2013
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"Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites readers to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife." (Eben Alexander, MD author of the NY Times bestseller Proof of Heaven)
“Elisa’s journey has been amazing and she is well-qualified to share her knowledge with both the medical community and the grief community. She has the credentials to bridge the gap that often exists between these two groups, and by doing so, she is breaking new ground and leading the way for many of us working in the field of bereavement, hospice care, and consciousness.” (Terri Daniel, author, educator, end-of-life advisor, interfaith chaplaincy, and founder/director of the Afterlife Education Foundation and the Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference)
“My Son and the Afterlife contains the clearest, most informative answers to questions about what happens after a person passes into the afterlife that I have read in one book. The topics explored a range from very human, personal issues such as who greets the person after their passing to insightful descriptions of the nature of consciousness and reality.” (R. Craig Hogan, PhD, author of Your Eternal Self)
“Erik's messages are poignant, profound, informative, and entertaining, and above all give us that assurance that we all long for—that there is life beyond death, and that all is well there. Erik’s words help our minds to understand, but most of all he helps our hearts to heal and our joy to soar. Thank you, Erik." (Christine Elder, author of Broken Blessings)
“My Son and the Afterlife by Elisa Medhus, MD is a book that will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh, cry, and more importantly, consider possibilities that you had probably never thought about before. This book, a record of the author’s conversations with her recently deceased son, Erik, is as real, authentic, and straightforward as it gets. Dr. Medhus and her son Erik, are both in a state of flux struggling to make sense of new perspectives that were thrust upon them as a result of Erik’s suicide. Both are determined to fully explore and share their newfound awareness as they provide much needed healing for each other, find new meaning and significance in the love that binds them, and invite you to come along on their poignant journey to the other side of death.” (Thomas Campbell, physicist and author of My Big TOE (Theory of Everything))
“Raised by atheist parents, Elisa Medhus, MD. believed only in a material reality—until her mind was jarred open by the excruciating loss of her son, Erik. Following his death she began to receive anomalous communications matching with Erik’s distinctive personality. Always direct and sometimes crude, the insightful messages forever changed Elisa’s worldview. I was touched by the continuing dialog between mother and son, finding it both comforting and enlightening. Don’t be surprised if Elisa’s story alters your ideas about the nature of reality too.” (Mark Ireland, author of Soul Shift)
“The hide-bound reductionist materialism of 19th and early 20th century science is crumbling under new discoveries and their relevance to what sensitive people through the ages have known all along. Dr. Medhus meticulously guides us through her own epiphany as she, a medical doctor, an exploring mind, and suddenly a re-focused mother finds the intensely personal strength to understand her son's suicide and its larger meaning in the nature of which we are all part, and the courageous professional strength to bring her realizations to us. While this book is obviously an invaluable resource for theologians and physicists, and ethicists and counselors, it is truly a touchstone for all of us who feel and who seek to understand the transcendental nature of the human condition.” (Marco M. Pardi, MA, DPS, anthropologist and thanatologist)
“Dr. Elisa Medhus has approached her conversations with her son Erik in a courageous and systematic way, using all the analytical skills of a trained scientist. She asks Erik the hard questions that any parent who has lost a child would want answers to, and more. Erik answers all these questions with his own characteristic laid-back directness in a no-nonsense way that brings our understanding of the afterlife into the twenty-first century. This is a remarkable book written by remarkable people, which will bring hope and comfort to the bereaved and change many lives for the better.” (Dr. Victor Zammit, author of A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children Who Think for Themselves and Hearing Is Believing, and has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations. After the death of her twenty-year-old son Erik, Dr. Medhus began journaling her grief in her blog ChannelingErik.com and wrote the successful book My Son and the Afterlife. She lives in Houston, Texas.
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Pros: Medhus’s great love for her family and son shines through the book. Her writings convince me that one of the reasons why she was and still is extremely close to him may stem from additional past lives that they had together which were mostly positive. Obviously, I do not condone abuse in any form, but sadly, I feel that other children and teenagers who have much more abusive parents and/or family members (and/or made to feel like the family’s black sheep) may be resolving heavy karma from past lifetimes that may or may not be resolved between them and the offenders during current lifetimes. What this has to do with the author’s story is that many of the positives she describes in her son and family highlight the closeness and great love that is most likely in their family from most likely positive family elements from past lives and current lifetime. It is obvious that very little heavy karma in the way of family relationships closeness is a problem with her or any of her other kids.
2nd pro: She persuasively makes a point on why she feels that she is now communicating with her son despite her being a former atheist. She truthfully explains how others treated her when she opened up about her communications with her son. 3rd positive of her book: On page 132, a convincing point is made on why having therapy and going through healing first on earth can make a soul’s growth much easier than if he or she postponed such healing until after leaving the earth plane.
1st con: I do not doubt for a second that she is truly channeling her son and that he transitioned to a heavenly dimension/realm on the non-physical plane. However, I reluctantly confess that I feel that she may have unintentionally colored some of her human beliefs/perspectives and melded them with the translations given to her through her son. For instance, her son let her know that he was fine after passing over to the next realm. Non-judgemental messages from her son give a persuasive analysis on why suicide is best avoided by other souls currently thinking of it on this earth realm. However, she then goes to imply that her son is one of the occasional exception to this rule because he killed himself as part of his last earth life plan (page 55). I do believe that Erik is communicating with his mother and went to a light filled and heavenly dimension but respectfully disagree that he told her that he did it as part of his life’s plan. However, I have compassion for why Elisa Medhus’s grief over losing her son would cause her and the other human spirit translators involved to interpret it this way. The reason being: I do not doubt that there are unexplained reasons why countless souls have to endure hardships so early in life, but I feel that a loving God energy/consciousness would not burden a soul (especially a spirit who is just beginning to enter their life as a physically healthy man in his early 20’s) to intentionally commit suicide as part of their life purpose. Additionally, even if it is true that Erik did kill himself as part of his life purpose, writing this message in this book may set a dangerous precedent to other teenagers that maybe they too are thinking of suicide because it may be part of their own life plan. 2nd con: One of her main messages in this book is the theme that Erik committed suicide and that it is no other human beings place to judge him for this. Additionally, on page xxvi, the Elisa Medhus quotes Erik as saying this “I will not stand and condone suicide, nor will I be the guy who tells you that suicide is for the weak, “I will also not say that suicide is honorable, but more of a self-expression. My point is that I do not disagree with these tenets especially since an emphasis on non-judgement is implied. However, on page 95, both Medhus and apparently her son have a conversation with each other about men and women who voluntarily intend and declare that their current lifetimes are their last lifetimes on earth. Medhus adds her human judgement on the topic by quoting, “yeah I guess if they are that disenchanted with their last life, then they need to come back.” Medhus is basically judging (from her human perspective) those she feels needs to reincarnate back on earth the most without taking into account the saying “ do not judge another man or woman until you have walked a mile in their shoes.” It is not another person’s (regardless of how wise such a person is or their earthly occupation) place to judge anyone who sets their intention for this current earth lifetime to be their last. As far as I’m concerned, if an afterlife truly exists (which I believe it probably does) then most spirits in the non-physical realm are neutral and non-judgemental about another soul’s intention to end their reincarnation on earth and stay in the non-physical realms. Medhus’s viewpoint on this clashes with her theme of non-judgement towards what her own son decided (although through a different drastic life decision). 3rd con: Pages 77 and 141-Medhus and her son imply that men and women who were atheists on earth go into “nothingness” on earth and apparently have a narrower vibration and a completely different afterlife. I am neither an atheist or skeptic and believe that there are actually atheists and skeptics who transition straight to heavenly dimensions upon death due to their good karma and/or having a high vibration and/or light body. As a result, I believe that compassion would be extended to such spirits when they pass over into the spirit world. With the author being a former atheist, she may have been unintentionally adding her own human perspective on what she feels happens to an atheist/skeptic upon death. My other caveat with this book, is that the author did not emphasize or make it clear frequently enough in the book that her son’s interpretations of the afterlife are not necessarily absolute truths and they are more or less strictly influenced by his own belief systems. I understand that there are others who will still feel guided to check out this book. However, I would also gently recommend these other channeled titles in addition for those who are curious to know more about the spirit world:
The World Unseen by Anthony Borgia
The Afterlife Interviews Volume 1 by Jeffrey Marks
The Teachings of Silver Birch by A.W. Austen
Matthew Tell Me About Heaven: A Firsthand Description Of The Afterlife by Suzanne Ward
Life On The Causal Plane: A Glimpse of Heaven by Marian Eileen Charlton M.A.
The Other Side of Suicide by Karen Peebles
Guided by Angels: My Tour Of The Spirit World by Paddy McMahon
Beyond Human Personality by Geraldine Cummins
The Afterlife Unveiled: What The Dead Are Telling Us About Their World by L. Stafford Betty
Letters From The Afterlife: A Guide To The Other Side by Elsa Barker
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This is one of the most detailed accounts I have ever read of the afterlife. Dr. Medhus must have an incredible son and have met some incredible mediums because most of us do NOT get communication like this from our departed loved ones. It's as if she can sit down and interview her son. No, that's exactly what she claims. If her claims are to be believed, this gives us great insight into the questions as to the nature of God, our purpose on Earth, what do they do all day in heaven, do we reincarnate and on and on....
The only thing the book is lacking is veridical proof that this isn't just her imagination. If you're a skeptic, this isn't going to convince you of anything. If you're a believer however, this book can not only bring great comfort, but great joy. I miss my daughter like I cannot even begin to describe, but I am looking forward to seeing her again. Maybe a bit too much after reading this.
Love or fear and the damage or constructive building that come of these feelings, well now it all makes sense. It’s easy to understand why strong emotions can be traced back to "cause." And once you get the point of acceptance and understanding, then the information given in this book helps to put the puzzle pieces in place. This book has answers that come from what seems like an improbable situation (i.e., from a beloved son in the afterlife), but when you digest the whys, hows, and whats in life, you realize how this information fits in perfectly with life’s plan, heck with one’s own personal journey! I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “energy can neither be created nor destroyed” – well, this book explains, using the concepts of quantum theory, why this is so. Quantum theory comes into a lot of the discussion, and like I mentioned earlier, it all makes sense. It’s plausible and probable.
Parts of the transcriptions are heart-wrenching, and a lot of it is downright funny and clever. Most of it is informative. You’ll see it’s not just the writings of a wishful mother wanting to connect to her son, but thoughtful discourse on being human, life after being human, and the nature of the All. You’ll need an open mind, but then you’ll need an open mind if you’re interested in evolving spiritually.
Most importantly, is that "god" or the source of all light is in EVERY living thing- Animals, humans, insects, plant life.All living things have a "SOUL." Animals, like humans all have memories, emotions, knowledge, language (of their own) and personalities. People who don't believe other living things have those things are simply uninformed. / If you've lost someone you'll want to read this as it really gives a great idea of the other side (and there are no "streets of gold" or any of that which you'll find in some religions). In fact, a person's religious beliefs here on Earth often prevent them from reaching higher levels of perfection on the other side. Makes sense. If people are so fixed in a belief, they shut themselves off from learning. Often times on Earth, that's exactly what happens to the religious fanatics - they can't see beyond their beliefs to see reality.
***ONE IMPORTANT THING- If you DON'T have an open mind, and if you think that your particular religion knows what the other side is, don't read this. No religion really knows about the other side. It's people who died and communicate with the living that know what lies there. As someone who has received messages from people and animals that have passed, I recommend this book.
The book has really amazing dialogue between Erik (the son who passed) and his mom, Dr. Medhus. You'll WANT to read it.
Erik, Jamie and Elisa make a potent team. Erik has the gift of explaining complex topics in a clear (and irreverent) way that I can understand and relate to. Jamie is a pure and joy-filled channel that allows Erik's words to flow unhindered and unfiltered. And Elisa brings her probing questions, logic, and deep mothers love.
If you have ever wondered about what happens after death, buy this book. The universe is SO much bigger than we ever imagined.