| "One of the
most important principles of quantum physics is that two isolated,
remote particles can have an instantaneous
effect on one another because these two remote objects can become
entangled. This is known as nonlocality
and has given rise to the quantum physics concept of nonlocal space: a multidimensional
space, with nothing but possibilities ... and without certainties,
without matter, and without a role for time and distance. Everything in
this space is uncertain, and physicists can carry out neither
measurements nor observations. The nonlocal space represents a hidden
reality that, at the quantum level, exerts a continuous influence
on our physical world, which is the complement
of nonlocal space." ~ Pim van
Lommel, MD, Consciousness Beyond
Life: The Science of the Near-Death
Although the above quote really quite sums up much of our book in many ways, don't worry. The Risen is not about difficult quantum mechanics! It does, however, contain countless hidden levels, doors and windows, stories, worlds and lands, and many, many voices. August and Tim are like two remote objects that have become forever entangled because of their love. Quantum physics is, ultimately, telling us that love accomplishes, in invisible ways, things that seem like miracles to us here on the visible earth. The Risen are people like us but, also seemingly miraculously, no longer on the earth: they have risen. There are many extreme differences between the Risen and the non-Risen, and this book was manifested to attempt to introduce ideas, ways and means to understand and even change some of those differences ... to become more entangled with the Risen, and to realize how entangled one might already be.
And it is also about grief and loss, which is usually what brings us humans to this point of asking "why?" and "now what?". We know that one can be led to personally experience that grief can be transformed into joy, which is also a transition to a new life and way of living. This book is for those who have not yet fully shut down, but still open to change for the better.
A great deal of the primary differences between the Risen and non-Risen are psychological, or more precisely, psychospiritual in nature. This book could be seen as a kind of "psycho/spiritual/logical" textbook and guide that introduces perhaps very alien Risen behavioral and developmental concepts about what a human being is, and the mental and emotional aspects that are interfering with being psychologically free enough to dispense with fear, in order to then spiritually connect with previously hidden or unsensed realities and other aware, alive, conscious beings in those realities.
Be advised: this book is not "Mediumship 101" or "Afterlife for Dummies" — nor is it meant for Dabblers and Confirmed Skeptics. As the well-known journalist Michael Tymn has noted, "As with me 20 years ago, the boggle threshold of most people is probably too low to fully understand and appreciate what August, Tim, and the advanced Risen Ones have to say about the greater reality, but to the serious student of metaphysics this book has much to offer."
It has taken August nearly 8 years of almost-daily endeavor to help the Risen group bring this book into this world, and he also has had to struggle with new concepts, while letting go of old ones. Putting it into comprehensible written language was probably the greatest challenge of all, as the Risen do not use words as we do, if they ever use them at all. Perhaps this is why Riley Heagerty, the noted spiritualist historian, commented that the book " ... is written so well, it establishes what I can only say is a new 'Risen vernacular,' employing a sharp, daring and constantly interesting command of the English language." Written well — yes. Quickly understandable — no.
So it is not unexpected that in this "Age of Instant Gratification" many readers may not have or even want the experience or skills necessary to endure the mystification, perplexity, and even anxiety this challenging book may stimulate. Yet these are actually positive effects, and direct evidence of how the Universe mysteriously stimulates us to creatively move from inert spiritual couch potatoes to someplace else wholly different. However you decide to travel, Tim and I wish you well on your journey, and want you to rest in the knowing that you are never alone.