Our Web site name says
it all—here is a place to find information about death—the world that follows what we call “life.” For some, the interest is simply in ghost hunting. For others, there is a fascination with a more profound cosmic plan for each individual’s future state.
Initially, author, publisher, and ghost researcher David J. Pitkin offers information compiled from over 1,500 interviews with individuals who apparently encountered ghosts,
apparitions and poltergeists. He has written and published five haunted house books,
mainly from the northeast part of the U.S. and Canada. This Web site will grow to include many more aspects of the illusion
called “death,” specifically the near-death experience.
This ghost researching site addresses the journey into death that all people
must one day take—a venture into whatever comes after our physical life is concluded, and why some individuals remain
as ghosts. Death and hauntings, as well as apparitions, are the subject matter here, but not in a dreary or fearful presentation.
David J. Pitkin, ghost researcher, has written books detailing his investigations
into that state of being following body death. A prime purpose for this ghost and death web site is to allow seekers the opportunity
to gain information (not rumor or fantasy aimed at pumping your adrenaline), and perhaps a bit of humor, involving the semi-conscious
energy residue of each now-completed earth life. There is much hope expressed in these ghost tales, for it seems certain that
the most vital part of our being does survive the end of our body’s functioning. So, death is not only not
an end, it cannot be.
As historian, investigator, and ghost researcher, once
I establish that a ghost phenomenon is taking place, then we begin the attempt to identify the individual whose personality
remains even though the body has died. My books all involve our eternal essence surviving death. Later, if we can suppose
the ghost’s identity, we (a group of talented investigators and myself) attempt to discern the cause of the dead person’s
distress—why do they hang on at the physical level? Ghosts—why can’t they leave and progress into the afterlife?
Then, often, we try to send the being on its way, an action which we believe should be done.
Born into physical bodies, not randomly, but for a cosmic purpose, our essence or soul seeks
both experience and individual expression in the material world. Through the use of our physical energies we can learn lessons—some
of them joyous and positive, and others painful and trying; all culminate in physical death…and “conclude the
present course of learning.” Such appears to be The Creator’s purpose in giving us earth life, to allow us to
learn more about our true identity. Our soul’s purpose has always been to achieve (more precisely to regain)
the one-ness that all energy and all consciousness we once had with The One. That seems to be our target and purpose
in life, then, oneness, an undivided unity with all energy, all knowledge and all Life.
The living seldom want to discuss
death—it seems better left to "another time." Yet, reader, your body has to die—all organic things do
decay and die. So what will be left of you, if anything? I pose this question here because most students of this subject matter
are very hopeful about the answer. I have known friends and relatives that only mentioned death when they were forced to say
goodbye to another person at a funeral service. Otherwise, they carry on publicly as if there is all the time in the world.
Why not consider this matter today? Be your own teacher and read web sites and consult those who claim to know about death
and the afterlife—then make up your own mind. Why spend your remaining years in fear of some imagined "hell?"
Do consider that your soul or spirit's consciousness is eternal and part of The Infinite. Gain strength and courage from that
fact and live a life of greater purpose. If you are a component part of the One, then find the joy and courage to live that
By reading, discussion, and experimentation,
we can begin to see that the appearance of things (e.g. death) can mislead us regarding the true purpose or meaning
of life. The eastern religions use the term maya (illusion) to describe the scenarios through which we weave our
way in earthly existences. What appears to be true is only a small part of the picture. We live in a society where
appearance is thought to be truth, so you must be willing to overcome [maya] appearances, recognizing them as essentially
illusory, and learn higher truths if you wish to penetrate the meaning of both life and death.
It is therefore the purpose of this near-death experience and survival of death website
to help you seek your way through the suppositions about death and ghosts, and “what everyone knows,” as well
as “it is obvious…,” to find a deeper meaning for your life. Pursuit of truth is always the better path.
One cannot gain ground by merely entertaining him or herself on falsehoods or scary tales.
Just as the end of the school term is not an ending to your education, there are other cosmic “grades”
yet to enter. For this purpose, the death of one personality (or lifetime, which most people feel is all that they are)
is actually a gift, as we are then released from a too-narrow focus of our identity. New “grades” represent new
lifetimes, with new sets of “givens,” both strengths and weaknesses taken on in order to best learn more sophisticated
lessons. So, on another page, we will stimulate you to ponder the concept of reincarnation, which is surely more than a theory.
Why? and How?
first question that most ghost experiencers want answered is, “Why do they do this?”
and the second is usually, “How can the dead do this?” And my response to that,
after having interviewing almost 1,500 people to date, is “There isn’t any one answer.”
Those of us who seek enlightenment through the entertainment industry sooner or later realize that their big-business
motivations are purely profit-oriented; the purveyors of terror and fright aren’t interested in educating the public,
only scaring them for a buck (or ten). And that is so sad, because the mysteries of life and death (and then, maybe from death
into new life) are one of the most exciting things to study, discuss and investigate. These fields are truly the world’s
“next frontier.” In my books I have tried to remain true to my profession as teacher—to share with like-minded
searchers as much as I think I have learned in over forty years of study. Here is what I think I know right now.
What motivates a deceased individual (now reduced to energy with consciousness
intact) to remain in contact with its former associates or locations? Consider this: How many times have you, yourself, moved
away from a town, neighborhood, or job, and yet remained in contact with former friends? On at least one or two occasions
(holidays, birthdays, graduations) you might have sent a present or small message, just to let esteemed friends or relatives
know that you have been thinking of them and the good times you once had. How difficult is it to release the memories of a
loved one from whom you are now separated, though you try to say goodbye.
How many other times have you likewise
tried to release bad memories; perhaps of being betrayed or wounded in body, mind or spirit, by someone? How many times in
a normal life do we try to subdue anger, hostility, resentments, or memories of other types of suffering inflicted on us by
other human beings? How easy is it to just “deal with it,” (as uncompassionate people say) when we seem to
have experienced unjust suffering throughout a difficult life? For the living, both types of memory can be extremely
difficult to release, so why should it be any easier for a soul/mind that is trying to release itself into eternity only to
discover that this process is delayed until all such connections to the physical world have been laid aside or neutralized?
Bitterness and resentment
about relationships can roil our souls most strongly, and I have found many such stories where the deceased are still trying
to get revenge or at least to expose the supposed injustice behind such hurts. Possibly the living people who experience such
“haunts” may also, by their guilt over such situations, keep open a channel through which the wounded or victims
can reach us in dreams or daylight.
Though we say we want justice, fairness and goodness in
our own lives, we often don’t treat others (family, co-workers, foreigners) in that manner. The period following death
certainly, if the scales of justice are to be balanced, (cosmically, like attracts like, no more, no less) must permit the
opportunity to confront our own hypocrisy or deceits in the life just ended and learn from it all. There is a balancing of accounts
that surely must take place after death, wherever we go after that. Some call this event or process “the last judgment,”
as it really is that final self-analysis for that personality.
The personality we formed after our birth gradually dissolves after body death, though perhaps
only in a period of decades of our time. After we have become One again, many of the world’s people believe, we
form a new personality with a new purpose and take part in creating our own next body (reincarnation), wherein we can continue
to learn lessons that will eventually disclose our true (one-ness) identity. Some, who choose to live in fear, prefer to see
such a post-body-death process as hellfire, probably an apt symbol for how it must feel to be so utterly exposed in our dishonesty.
Yes. we are all dishonest in some way.
Love, on the other hand, may be an even-tighter bond between the living and the dead. I have collected
countless stories (and have had many personal experiences) of deceased family members and friends who stay on, within contact
of the living, perhaps for decades, to watch over or guide a spouse, child, grandchild or even bosom friend through the rigors
of life. Dickens’ story of Jacob Marley is a good example of how this dead business partner attempted to steer Ebenezer
Scrooge straight. If indeed, love is the essence of the universe, then such bonds may never be broken, and believers in reincarnation
may have living proof of such love to sustain them.
Unfinished business is another prime motivation for spirits
or ghosts to stay in contact. I have not found any former battlefield where there is not some remnant of violent energy, sorrow
or wandering souls, still seeking a meaning for their present situation. And, of course, you are free to think of your home
or job site as such a “former battlefield.” Recently, a friend who walked the Saratoga Battlefield discovered
a discarnate man from the 1700s still seeking British soldiers to kill; she had to tell him they had all gone, and now he
could leave. If one has died suddenly, he or she may not be quite sure that life has ended, and the dedicated ones can keep
trying to accomplish the goal they were seeking at the instant of their death. With such an intense focus, it can take the
light bearers of the afterworld a while to get the deceased ones’ attention, to bring them to peace. Those who are “cut
off in their prime” can also be in this category, still seeking the rewards of life, though it has ended, and grieving
their unfulfilled potential.
thoughts, then, address some of the "whys." As to how spirits of the departed do what they do, consider that they
have been reduced to their essence—pure energy, when their body died. A good psychic once told me that he visualized
these energy bundles that used to be human beings, now zipping through electrical circuits or manipulating the molecules of
physical objects. This seems to be possible from what I know about physics. Energy responds to energy. That is why some forms
of untraditional healing can “work.” An energy source interacts with the physical and spiritual energy in the