Modern Book of the Dead A Revolutionary Perspective on Death, the Soul, and What Really Happens in the Life to Come

ISBN-10: 145161652X
ISBN-13: 9781451616521
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ptolemy Tompkins
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Description: A modern, all-encompassing exploration of what happens after we die, combining spirituality with philosophy, history, and science, all of which guide us toward the timeless truth that human consciousness lives on after death.Throughout history,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 2/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A modern, all-encompassing exploration of what happens after we die, combining spirituality with philosophy, history, and science, all of which guide us toward the timeless truth that human consciousness lives on after death.Throughout history, Books of the Dead have provided comfort, hope, and insight into death and dying, uniting readers with those who have passed before them and shedding light on the process of death.             In The Modern Book of the Dead, Tompkins draws from the teachings and writings of major religious and philosophical traditions that comment of the afterlife, especially Christianity and Buddhism, but without adhering to one single philosophy. He blends Eastern models of death and rebirth with a more Western emphasis on personal identity and the soul of the individual, offering a comprehensive “map” of the afterlife. Writing in a clear and approachable tone, Tompkins proves himself to be just an average person trying to make sense of something that we all will face. With the advances of modern medicine enabling us to live longer, we have become increasingly distanced from death, and thus more fearful of the inevitable. Tompkins, however, argues that our experiences of growth and change do not stop at the moment of death, but in many ways only begin there. Like its ancient predecessors, The Modern Book of the Dead frames death not as an end but as a beginning, yet it also embraces science and demonstrates how the older books can be brought into line with twenty-first century perspectives. Tomkins’s rich, breakthrough approach gives us the first truly contemporary, enlightened look at death and the afterlife.

Preface: The Design in the Sand
A Long, Personal, but Necessary Introduction Explaining How I Came to Write This Book
Ancient Egypt, the Origins of the Afterlife, and the Birth of the Idea That Each of Us Is a God in Training
The Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead, the Mortal and Immortal Parts of the Soul, and the Key Difference Between the Eastern and the Western Views of the Afterlife
The Need for a Single Map, the Imaginary and the Imaginal, What the Brain Does (and Doesn't) Do, and the Nonlocal Nature of Consciousness
Different Kinds of Reincarnation, Different Kinds of Evolution, Why Flying Saucers Help Us Understand the Afterlife, and Why the Romantics Are Still Important
The Transcendentalists, Reincarnation Reenvisioned, and What the Universe Was Really Created For
The Age of Science and the Age of Spiritualism, the Unsung Discoverer of the Human Unconscious, the French Schoolteacher Who Spoke to the Dead, and the Botanist Who Mapped the Afterlife
Death on the Slopes, the Initial Stages of the Afterlife Journey, the "Silver Cord," "Ghost Clothing," and What It's Like to Emerge from Physical Space
The Removal of the Coat of Images, More on Life as a Movie, and the Real Significance of the Life Review
A World Much Like This One, the Waning of the Etheric, the Rise of the Astral, the "Second Death," and Connectivity, Spiritual-Style
Private and Public Postmortem Worlds, the Zone of the Earthbound Spirits, the Dangers of the Lower Astral, and the Continuing Power of Thought
Seven Planes, the Judgment, to Be Reborn or Not to Be Reborn, Life as a Movie Worth Watching, and the Concept of the Group Soul
The Pulse of Life, Keeping Heaven in Your View, What Lies Beyond the World of Form, and What Waits Beyond the End of Time
Acknowledgments

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