Psychotherapist and spirit medium August Goforth discussed his contacts with his deceased partner, Tim, who communicated with him from the Other Side. Tim described to him what it was like to transition into the spirit world, and what he experiences there. The afterlife is similar to our world, yet there are expanded colors and new types of sounds, and “everything has music, everything emits light,” Goforth shared. That’s one reason why we often don’t hear from people on the Other Side because they’re so fascinated with what they’re experiencing there, he added.
Often times when people pass on, it’s like they’re still asleep, and they wake very slowly in special healing centers, Goforth said. In a world where reality is manifested by emotions and thoughts, spirits help and teach new arrivals, he continued. Interestingly, Tim informed him that reincarnation is not a necessity or a reality on the Other Side, and there are even people there that don’t believe the earthly plane exists at all.
In the latter half of the show, neuroscientist Dr. Melvin Morse presented reports of NDEs (near-death encounters) that are are consistent with modern physics and psychology. Premonitions, after-death communications, NDEs, mediumships, and remote viewing are all types of “non-local perceptions,” –things that seem as real as ordinary experiences but come to us from non-ordinary means, he explained. Very specific areas of the brain allow us to have these experiences, he added. In recounting the NDEs of children from places like Japan and Africa, he noted that the kids described sights specific to their culture, yet shared certain commonalities, such as being told ‘it’s time to come back.’
August Goforth is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and also an intuitive-mental and psychophysical spirit medium. He does not utilize his mediumistic abilities for therapy sessions, nor does he work as a professional medium to give readings for others.
In philosophy, religion, mythology, and fiction, the afterlife (also referred to as life after death or the Hereafter) is the concept of a realm, or the realm itself (whether physical or transcendental), in which an essential part of an individual’s identity or consciousness continues to reside after the death of the body in the individual’s lifetime. According to various ideas of the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul, of an individual, which carries with it and confers personal identity. Belief in an afterlife, which may be naturalistic or supernatural, is in contrast to the belief in eternal oblivion after death.
In some popular views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual realm, and in other popular views, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past. In this latter view, such rebirths and deaths may take place over and over again continuously until the individual gains entry to a spiritual realm or Otherworld. Major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics.
Some belief systems, such as those in the Abrahamic tradition, hold that the dead go to a specific plane of existence after death, as determined by a god, gods, or other divine judgment, based on their actions or beliefs during life. In contrast, in systems of reincarnation, such as those in the Dharmic tradition, the nature of the continued existence is determined directly by the actions of the individual in the ended life, rather than through the decision of another being.