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EXPLORING THE AFTERLIFE TALKINGCLOSE ENCOUNTERS

B ROA D C A ST E R A N D A U T H O R B A R RY E ATO N I S T H E M C AT T H E U P CO M I N G A F T E R L I F E E X P LO R E R S CO N F E R E N C E .

He shared a little of his extraordinary journey that has led to researching and writing his international best selling books Afterlife and No Goodbyes. What do you believe happens after death? Where do we go? We are each essentially a form of spiritual energy using a physical body to have a human experience. Only the body dies; the spirit being pure energy cannot be destroyed, but returns to its place of origin before it embraced our body. Call this the afterlife, the world of spirit, heaven, whatever you like. From my research the afterlife is not somewhere that we go to be issued with a harp and cloud and float off into eternity through big pearly gates. It is actually a different dimension. There are many, many levels and where we end up after we leave this life depends on the life we have led. This is a very brief summary of the afterlife as it took most of my first book, Afterlife, to describe the whole process of what happens when we leave this world behind us. What are the biggest misconceptions about death and what happens afterwards? If you are good and follow the right belief system you go to heaven. If you’re bad it’s straight off to Hell where you will be tortured with pitchfork-wielding demons. There is no place called Hell, but there are some pretty bleak levels over there. Actually we all head in the same direction when we transition from this life, just which area we end up in this time is up to us. There is no formidable Zeus-like figure judging us while we tremble in fear; in fact when we look back on our last life we are our own harshest critics in most cases. One of the most comforting aspects of ‘crossing over’ is that we are reconnected with many loved ones who are waiting to welcome us. Is the afterlife the new frontier? I would see the world of spirit as our real home, and life on Earth is actually the new

M A RY RO DW E L L R N I S T H E F O U N D E R A N D P R I N C I PA L O F A U ST R A L I A N C LO S E E N CO U N T E R R E S O U RC E N E T WO R K ( AC E R N ) .

Since 1994 Mary has worked in private practice as a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, metaphysical teacher, researcher, author, Reiki master, and international speaker. A thrice-published author in the field, Mary is recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading researchers in the UFO and contact phenomenon.

frontier, whether it’s for old souls returning or for those new souls incarnating for the first time. A lot of the stories I imagine are anecdotal… What should we expect from the Afterlife Explorers Conference? This is the third Afterlife Explorers Conference and interest has been steadily growing since our first conference in Sydney in 2015. There is a wide variety of subjects addressed at the Byron Community Theatre, as the program amply demonstrates. Whether people are interested in near-death experiences, quantum consciousness, earthbound spirits, soulmates, life between lives, the science of ghost research, star kids, or life changing insights from the other side, there is something for everybody with an open and questing mind. It is a very comprehensive two-day program of events, which also includes a daily meditation, lunchtime mediumship demonstrations and several special workshops. Afterlife Explorers Conference, Friday and Saturday at the Byron Theatre, 8am–6pm each day. For ticket and program information go to afterlifeexplorers.com.au.

Read the full interview at:

www.echo.net.au/exploring-the-afterlife

She spoke with The Echo in the leadup to her keynote presentations at the Close Encounters Conference.

what we have found on our surveys globally so far and how this information has changed Mary, what are the commonalities in the how we understand contact with these stories about ET contact and abduction that intelligences. you have been told? I have been working on three Powerpoint There are many patterns that evidence the presentations; one is for the Afterlife experiences. conference, which primarily shares stories • Sighting an anomalous bright light moving from children and their encounters, which is in a strange sequence in the sky, or a cigar- or in my second book The New Human that I am saucer-shaped object  etc. launching at the conference. • waking up with a bright light/blue or white I have two presentations on Sunday in the room at night and sensing beings/ and Monday; one is called Triggers of presences in the room  Consciousness and shows the many ways we are being awakened and activated by • feel paralysed… aware of being taken these non-human intelligences. Real footage somewhere…  of UFOs, whistleblower info, paranormal • aware of being in a room having medical phenomena, orbs and strange artwork/scripts, procedures  languages etc that are expressed after contact • waking up with marks, strange triangular with similar information coming from China… dots, bruises and scars on the body   Transformation: my final Powerpoint covers • feeling very tired and exhausted the next day adults who have had such powerful ET after the experience contacts that have changed them forever. One is a molecular biologist; another a medical • wake up with nightclothes in strange places doctor. I show evidence in our DNA that or outside with all the doors locked we are intelligently designed and how this • find you are writing unusual scripts or dormant DNA is being activated as we are drawings  evolving now. • become more psychic… may see people’s Mary Rodwell is a guest speaker at the Close energy fields. Encounters Conference at the Byron Theatre • beings are interacting with them, and how on Sunday and Monday. we are all connected.  For program and ticket information go to What should we expect from your closeencountersconference.com.au. presentation at the Close Encounters Conference? Read the full interview at: A panel that shares the FREE research data on

www.echo.net.au/talking-close-encounters

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