In the first half, author and researcher Whitley Strieber shared his new vision of Jesus, who he was, why the resurrection happened, and what became of his teachings after he left this world. Whitley's interest in this topic was initiated by research into the Shroud of Turin, which he believes is a genuine artifact. He concluded that the burial cloth is evidence of Jesus' resurrection, as it appears to be irradiated by a "burst of neutrons," suggesting that "he turned into light in that tomb." This event points to the human capacity to extend our souls into heaven, he added. Jesus was a brilliant but angry child, frustrated with a world that didn't understand him, Strieber remarked, citing material from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.
There is archaeological evidence that Jesus was thought of as a magician in ancient Rome, which was not a term of disrespect in that era, he noted. Further, his miracles and healings, rather than being supernatural in origin, may have been accomplished through his human powers, which are hidden within all of us, Strieber continued. The Beatitudes, eight proverb-like blessings said to be recounted by Jesus, are "probably the greatest world document ever created," he commented, and they challenge us to think in new ways. Strieber also talked about what happened in the years after Jesus' death with the fall of the Roman empire and their move away from pantheism, as well as the effects of climate change and pandemics.
In the latter half, author, hypnotherapist, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training, Kelly Sullivan Walden, discussed magical dreams, eerie premonitions, and miraculous, unexplained moments. She recalled a near-death experience that occurred to her at a restaurant when she suddenly lost consciousness. Walden said she felt the "hallway between worlds" and initially sensed a "tunnel of fear" but was able to flip it around and head into the light. In a kind of parallel plane, she experienced a great sense of clarity, lightness, and beauty that stayed with her, and she later called "luminous humanness." When we lose the density of our bodies, such as in the state between lives, "we have the ability to learn our lessons in a more expedited fashion," she explained.
She offers a free Luminous Humanness Meditation at her website (look for the pop-up window on the homepage) that, if listened to at bedtime, can enhance the quality of one's dreams, she suggested. Dreams are part of our wiser intelligence and can help process the stress and challenges of our daily lives, she continued, and intriguing things like precognition point to the many-faceted nature of dreams. Walden believes that the content of dreams are aspects of ourselves, and a quick method of interpretation is to assign three adjectives to dream characters. We are all connected to great beauty and power, she said, but often this gets relegated to the "shadow" side, like in a nightmare where a huge beast is chasing us. We can reconnect with our power by facing such fears head-on, she added.
News segment guests: Steve Kates