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Spirituality: An Exploratory, Experimental Approach

Ben H. Swett

The following list is chronological, starting in 1964

  • An Old Yogi - He evaluated my present position, indicated my next step, and immersed me in light.
  • A London Chippy - What would I do if no one knew? Build a guilty conscience? I'd rather prepent than repent - which might be considered either wisdom or calibrated cowardice.
  • Thrashing Around - An excursion into the occult by which I learned about spiritual reality the hard way.
  • An Up-Trip - Was this a dream? Or an out-of-body trip to a place above the astral realms?
  • Upward Trend - A good teacher is a good teacher, whether in a physical body or not.
  • Limit The Effects - When and why I quit using the Ouija Board.
  • A Letter To Scott - First automatic writing, unsought, and from a good source.
  • Pivot Point - Major reorientation of my personal theology.
  • Immersed In Life - A mystic moment, in a totally unexpected place.
  • No More Of This - When and why I joined the conspiracy of silence.
  • A Low-Class Vision - Very appropriate delivery of a message. I can assimilate cartoons.
  • Major Turning Point - Sometimes a spiritual reorientation leads to a change of lifestyle.
  • Combat-Support Mission - What would you do if an unfriendly ghost were bothering your child at night?
  • A Breakfast Conversation - What would you say if your child reported a visit by Jesus?
  • Conspiracy Of Silence - A man visited by the ghosts of his brothers did not tell anyone.
  • Nine Words - Inspiration when needed, but certainly not what I would have said.
  • Conversations In Silence - Questions answered by good spirits, as-angels, holy ghosts.
  • The Proof - Jesus continues to come ... when we do not expect him.
  • My Name Is Will - Embarassed by unexpected communication from the ghost of my wife's grandfather.
  • Be Ye Therefore Perfect - Why I don't trust Bible translators.
  • Kingdom At Work - Observable evidence of an invisible force.
  • There Is No Substitute For Truthfulness - Some ghosts are liars and even well-intentioned ones make mistakes. It is up to us to exercise personal responsibility by insisting on truth.
  • A Spring Is Better Than A Pump - My novice attempt to heal my father-in-law.
  • Reincarnation 101 - This insight was a major revelation to me, and I still have not seen or heard of it anywhere else. (A text-only version is also available.)
  • Deep Rescue - A down-trip into one of the lower astral realms. Not a nice place.
  • Fluffy The Wheep - Do guinea-pigs go to heaven? An illustration of the law of attraction.
  • A Sudden Knowing - An attempt to heal my wife by prayer.
  • Instead Of Exorcism - Got a ghost to leave a house, but didn't know how to rescue her.
  • Angel At Work - An educational vision.
  • Wrong Room - An out-of-body trip in the local area, with independent confirmation.
  • A Philosophical Discussion - Wherein I channeled a wisdom greater than my own, and added some emphasis from my own vocabulary. Also, some comments on cynicism.
  • A Small Explanation - Instructions by as-angels on how to establish two-way prayer.
  • Hot Drop Zone - Combat mission in Vietnam that taught me something about faith.
  • Barbara - She was beautiful, highly psychic, a devout Catholic, and haunted.
  • Joan - Some assumptions can block a two-way-prayer-channel.
  • The Sermon For Today - Inspiration when needed, desperately.
  • Which Is Superior? - An educational vision on how to measure spiritual stature.
  • An Elder's Prayer - Inspiration when needed, at the bedside of a dying man.
  • The Seven Last Words Of Christ - Insight from meditation with seed. Those who truly know the law of karma should be able to understand the magnitude of this self-sacrifice.
  • The Beat Attitudes - A very short, sarcastic sermon.
  • What We Call It Does Not Matter - Spiritual healing of a twisted back.
  • Of Plants And People - Message delivered via a dream-cartoon.
  • This Is My Prayer, Too - Spiritual healing of a woman who sprained her entire body.
  • Error - What if you heard, "You have been tried in the scales and found wanting... "?
  • A One-Word Answer To Prayer - Perhaps this is the most common genuine answer.
  • Paul Routh - Funeral for a friend. An application of the law of attraction.
  • Why Commandments? - An exercise in reverse-engineering a workable theology.
  • Reginald Wilburn - Funeral for a friend. To legitimize the survivors' feelings.
  • Phobia - Suddenly incapacitated by acrophobia due to a reactivated past-life memory, and what I did to regain my self-control. Indicates why we usually do not remember past lives, and why past-life exploration motivated by curiosity is not a good idea.
  • Jimmy Katsiftis - Funeral for a friend. "You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."
  • One Way Of Healing - Wherein I accidently rediscovered something that healers apparently have known for millennia.
  • Cornelius - Is there no salvation outside the church? Are all pagans doomed? Not according to the New Testament. Here is one who was known in heaven.
  • Liberation Of Men And Women - Knowing the truth does set us free.
  • A Voice From The Pasture - One tough old parishoner's view of ministers.
  • Marcia Swett Arpin - Funeral for a friend (my mother). This was not the easiest thing I ever did, but in retrospect, my previous funeral meditations helped to prepare me for it.
  • In Light Of Easter - Why I am a follower of Jesus.
  • Jim Two - There are not many neighborhoods where it is safe to leave your car parked with a door open and the motor running.
  • For Fred And Becky - A meditation on marriage as a major opportunity for spiritual growth, comparable to and in some ways superior to any other type of religious order.
  • Wesley Theological Seminary - Thirteen questions that would do for a PhD dissertation. I was asked to discuss them before a group of seminary students.
  • Spirituality - What Is It? - Presented as a seminar for Christian Elders.
  • Welcome To First Century Christianity - An experiment in trying to rediscover what Christianity was like before all the church councils and doctrines and dogmas and stuff.
  • Saint Michael's Manor - My introduction to better techniques for past life therapy and spirit releasement. These new techniques differ from the classic approach to exorcism in three important ways: 1. they're based on kindness; 2. they're rational, and 3. they work.
  • Stacey, The Cat - A good spirit, both before and after she died.
  • Detachment Session, Karen - Transcript of a woman's first experience of spirit detachment. A wide variety of spirits were found lodging with her and rescued.
  • Detachment Therapy 101 - A brief summary of lessons learned in spiritual search and rescue operations. Presented to a meeting of several groups involved in similar work.
  • Perspectives On First Century Christianity - Comments by a Roman, a Greek, a Jew, and a Christian. From meditation based on study of the history of the First Century.
  • Spiritual Shower - A simple technique for cleansing the spiritual body.
  • Prayer As A Form Of Two-Way Communication - A brief explanatory document, updated annually for 20 years. Caution: it is too condensed to be used without training and practice of the prerequisite steps. Some who have simply tried it "cold" have wound up communicating with less-than-holy ghosts. (A text-only version is also available.)
  • Christian Self-Disciplines - A seminar for those who take their spiritual growth seriously.
  • Caring-Connections Will Stretch - Transcript of a spirit detachment session. I learned more about the law of attraction, and acquired a new tool for this work.
  • An Example Of Two-Way Prayer - Questions raised in prayer on behalf of another, with the answers received. Includes the best explanation of forgiveness that I have seen.
  • Spiritual Rescue Of A Tribe Of Indians - Transcript of a First Century Christianity meeting. The outcome was certainly a surprise to me.
  • First Century Progress Report - A summary of lessons learned during the previous year, in two-way prayer, the act of blessing, individual and group rescue of lost souls; removal of demons, regression therapy, spiritual cleansing, and various approaches to worship.
  • On Blessing The Sick - Techniques based on experience.
  • On Giving - Rational analysis of the commandment, "Give to everyone who asks of you." Describes the normal distribution of human responses to a generous person.
  • On Human Nature - An antidote for simplistic notions. Describes a technique for reasoning about worth or value that avoids the delusion of the duality of opposites.
  • Resurrection - The bottom line.
  • Two Acts of Blessing - Although they didn't know I was doing anything, an angry lady and a furious man responded to being blessed.
  • A New Lease On Life - The result of this little prayer for my mother-in-law would be considered a miracle of healing if we didn't know how it works.
  • A Better Way - A remote detachment session in which we encountered an ancient goddess trying to possess a little girl. The result clearly illustrates why Jesus is the Master and we are the troops.
  • Not Exactly Exorcism - What else could I do with a bus-load of gabby Christian ghosts?
  • Yes, We Also Do Houses - A spiritual search-and-rescue mission in which a woman with no prior involvement in this work channeled a lost soul and experienced the reunion.
  • Revelation - A one-page condensation of the last book in the New Testament. Technique used was rational content-context analysis of the messages actually conveyed.
  • It's A Secret - A few bits of truth that have been revealed to some and concealed from others, and why. Includes a new version and extension of The Parable of the Ring.
  • Charlie - Scriptural antidotes for erroneous doctrines, presented as part of a memorial service.
  • Watershed - A roadmap of the highest point in the history of theology, with illustrations of what came before and after it.

Appendix
  • Lost Track Of Time - It is easy to lose track of time during out-of-body travel, and it can be dangerous.
  • Near Death Experience: An Introductory Sampler - Includes some examples from books, plus comparable testimony by people known to those present when I gave this paper.
  • Old Friends - I believe the only rational explanation for this experience is that we once were very good friends, but not in this lifetime.
  • Thrashing Around (Transcript) - Verbatim, with comments from my present perspective. Not easy reading. But this is how I learned what I learned in 1964.

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