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College graduate (BS,MS), Army veteran, married, 1 son, 2 granddaughters.
Interests: Reading, writing, computing, New Age subjects.
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I consider myself an "expanded rationalist" by which I mean that I evaluate information using reason and knowledge but I temper my application of reason and knowledge with intuition and expanded awareness. I do this because I believe there is more to reality and existence than that allowed by a materialist view, and science is still, by and large, a materialist-based philosophy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at My Yesterlives
Two detailed, plausible scenarios as to how our universe might have been born out of a singularity in the event known as the Big Bang. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at My Yesterlives
Mainstream science proudly – and often pompously – distinguishes itself from other "non-scientific" means of pursuing truth and acquiring knowledge by proclaiming its strict adherence to the "scientific method," a process by which scientists attempt to develop an accurate description of the phenomena constituting our reality. The scientific method is somewhat flexible, depending upon the nature and circumstances of the phenomena being studied, but is fundamentally grounded in four steps: Formulate an hypothesis to explain the phenomenon being studied. Use the hypothesis to attempt to predict related phenomena. Conduct rigorously designed experiments to test the hypothesis and its predictions. Demonstrate confirmation of the experimental results via independent reproduction of the experiments. The hallmarks of the scientific method are rigor, objectivity, empiricism, and replicability. In other words, the scientific method demands: Strict adherence to standard rules and procedures (rigor); An open-minded approach devoid of predetermined expectations or personal preferences (objectivity); Conclusions that derive from quantifiable data-based observation, measurement, and experimentation (empiricism); Repeated execution of similarly designed experiments that must yield consistent results and conclusions (replicability). The point of this highly structured and formalized system is to prevent outlandish claims, baseless beliefs, and intentional chicanery from being peddled as truth or fact. And to that extent the scientific method is an impressive and laudatory system for filtering out nonsense as well as honest mistakes. There are, however, some problems with the scientific method: The aspects of reality that are amenable to measurement and observation do not constitute the totality of reality, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at My Yesterlives
From 8:00 am (PST) March 4 through 8:00 am (PST) March 6, the Kindle version of my book "The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality" will be on sale at Amazon at a reduced price ($1.99 instead of the regular price of $2.99). Follow the link below if you wish to purchase this book: The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality (Kindle version) Also, the paperback version of my Free Software book is finally available at Amazon ($4.99): Free Software: Your Guide to Free Software Available on the Internet (paperback version) For more information about these books, as well as my other books, please visit my NEW web site: Official web site of author John T. Mennella Thanks & best wishes to all!!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at My Yesterlives
Forgiveness truly is a vital factor in spiritual growth. I have had personal and direct verification that embracing and practicing forgiveness is life-enhancing and soul-enriching. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at My Yesterlives
The Kindle version of my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality will be on sale at a reduced price at Amazon through Sept. 27, 2016 (ends 8:00 am PST on 9/27/16). For more info & free samples, please visit my web site: Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at My Yesterlives
During one of his talks, Terrence McKenna discussed some phenomena of nature that he thought science should be investigating but, for whatever reasons, had chosen not to investigate. One such phenomenon had to do with the fact that complexity appears to increase over time. As Mr. McKenna stated: "As you get nearer and nearer to the moment in time that we call 'the present' things become more and more complicated. Why does the universe go from simple to complicated? There's no reason for the universe to work like that." I first heard Mr. McKenna make the above statements several years ago, and I found his point to be quite profound: Why, indeed, does reality appear to naturally evolve into a state of ever-increasing complexity? Why would the universe pursue a path of increasing structure and organization? As evidence, Mr. McKenna gave a brief but brilliant synopsis of the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to human beings: As per the Big Bang theory, the universe began in the most simplest of states – a "singularity," which is described as an infinitely small, infinitely dense concresence of all the matter of the universe into a single point of existence. For reasons unknown, this singularity began expanding, thus giving birth to our universe. As the expansion continued and things cooled, hydrogen atoms coalesced into stars, stars created helium, other atoms formed, then molecules, on and on until the formation of life and, eventually, we humans. There's no arguing that the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at My Yesterlives
I honestly believe that the single most important concept that human beings need to understand is Karma. My reasons for believing so are as follows: (1) Karma affects and determines the quality of our life experience in this world (i.e., in the physical plane); and (2) Karma is the system by which we can learn and grow spiritually, thus it has a profound effect on our eternal lives in the spiritual plane. To my knowledge, there is nothing in our experience – physical or spiritual – that is so precisely correlated with, and causally connected with, our well-being than Karma. Understanding what Karma is, and how it operates, is therefore critically important to our efforts to direct our lives – again, both physical and spiritual – so as to achieve maximum peace, fulfillment, and joy. In my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality I refer to these efforts to enhance and enrich our life experience as hacking reality, by which I mean the ways in which we can affect and manipulate our reality so as to create for ourselves the most enjoyable and comfortable experience of life possible. In my book I discuss several specific ways in which we can hack reality to our advantage, but now, in this blog post, I'd like to discuss a way that we can broadly and powerfully change our overall life experience for the better. The first important question is: What is Karma? Karma is a natural law of the Universe;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at My Yesterlives
In my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality I develop the thesis that our true reality is not a "physical" reality but, rather, it is an energy-information construct. Our experience of the so-called "physical" reality is, in truth, merely an illusion of physicality caused by our sensory apparatus (sensory organs and brain) translating the energy-information construct into a holographic experience which we perceive as real and solid. I make the claim that the purpose of our holographic reality is to serve as a school for souls where they can learn spiritual lessons via a system based in reincarnation and karma and, over many lifetimes, advance spiritually until they have mastered the material and can "graduate" to a spiritual level where reincarnation is no longer necessary. I use the analogy of a pilot-in-training learning to fly jet aircraft using a flight simulator, where the experience of flying feels real but is actually only an illusory computer simulation. I also note that the way our sensory apparatus process the energy-information construct into an experience of reality is very similar to the way computers function: INPUT - PROCESS - OUTPUT. I go into much detail in my book explaining how our holographic reality works and how we process it, and I provide a great deal of evidence in support of the theory. I can't rehash all that material here as it is quite involved, but I do want to mention that the theory that our reality is holographic is not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at My Yesterlives
Over the years I've found myself repeatedly amazed that so many people with whom I've spoken have no knowledge that there is a secular model of the afterlife that provides a surprising amount of detail about the afterlife experience and which is also supported by some very convincing evidence. The afterlife has been explored by several researchers, and their findings are impressively consistent with one another. Their descriptions of the afterlife are also highly consistent with those reported by Near-Death Experiencers (NDErs). Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at My Yesterlives
I recall many, many years ago having read in a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a scene where a character in the book says that when he dies the first thing he is going to ask God is: "What the hell are people for?" Like much of Mr. Vonnegut's early writing, I found that scene both touching and humorous and also, despite its simplicity, philosophically profound. And now, some forty or so years after I read that book, I still think about the importance of that question. What, indeed, are people for? What great cosmic or spiritual purpose do we, collectively as a species, serve? That is a huge question, and likely one that we may not be equipped to know the answer to, at least at our current stage of existence. (Although a hint at an answer was presented to me during an amazing hypnosis session I had with Mira Kelley a few years ago. That session and what I learned during it are discussed in detail in my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality. But that is not what I'd like to discuss here today. Rather, I'd like to explore the smaller, though no less interesting, question of what individual people might be for.) It is a fundamental and accepted belief among spiritually minded people that each one of us has been put here, on this earth, for a particular purpose, and that we have been equipped with the talents, skills, and means necessary to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at My Yesterlives
Thanks so much D! Sorry it's taken me so long to respond - I've been offline for a while & I somehow lost track of your posting. I hope your hypnotist did turn out to be as caring & professional as Amy was for me; the skill & personality of the hypnotist is, in my opinion, crucial to the success of the sessions. I've been very fortunate in that regard: Amy was wonderful, and I later did a long session with Mira Kelley, who is also wonderful. Have you done any LBL sessions since you placed your previous posting here? If you have, and if you'd like to share any part of it, I'd love to hear about it. I find all hypnosis session reports - LBL, past-life, anything - very fascinating. And very often the information that is revealed, although directed to the person undergoing the session, is relevant for all of us. That was definitely the case, I believe, with the past-life and LBL sessions I did with Amy, and particularly so with the session I did with Mira, which revealed some amazing cosmological insights that really expanded my awareness well beyond where it was. Okay, D - I hope you're still monitoring this blog. I wish you the very best & many blessings to you as well!
A question that has intrigued me for much of my life is: What is the relationship between us, our reality, and mathematics? In my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality I discuss the fact that " … everything in the physical universe appears to be capable of being described in the language of mathematics: motion, weather, finance, gambling, electricity, genetics, music ... seemingly every aspect of our material experience is expressible and describable by mathematical formulae." This is something which most of us take for granted and do not give a second thought to, yet if one does think about it for a while, the reason why this is so is not so obvious. In a paper entitled "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences" by Eugene Wigner [] this very conundrum is addressed. I also discuss the matter at length in my book, and I provide what I believe is a plausible and persuasive answer to the question. But there is another aspect to this question that I wish to address here, and that relates to the very mysterious way in which we appear to intuitively apply mathematics in everyday situations without consciously realizing we do so. For example, you or I can throw a ball or a rock at a target and demonstrate a remarkable degree of accuracy in hitting the target – this is a highly mathematical activity, involving calculations of distance to target, trajectory, velocity of the projectile, weight of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at My Yesterlives
My book "The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality" will be available for free for 2 days - March 19 + March 20 (2016) at Amazon. Link is below: The book is also available in a paperback edition and via the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. Also, check out hour #1 of my interview with Mel Fabregas on his Veritas Radio show: On YouTube: On Veritas site: Enjoy ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at My Yesterlives
The Kindle version of my book "The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality" will be offered for FREE through Amazon from June 1 through June 3, 2015. Link: Enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at My Yesterlives
Amazon decreased the price of the paperback version of my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality further to 16% off (regularly $10.99, now being offered for $9.20). I don't know how long Amazon will continue this offer. The Kindle version is priced at $ 2.99. If you think you might be interested in the book, you can learn more about it at its web site: --- there you will find a detailed synopsis of the book and a detailed table of contents, as well as free chapters to view or download (in pdf format) and free audio files of portions of my hypnosis sessions (in MP3 format). There are also links to the book's purchase pages at Amazon. I thank you for your interest. Also, for readers of the Kindle version, note that some Kindle models have difficulty displaying mathematical symbols and notation. Since section 14.2 of my "Afterlife" book involves some mathematics, I'm offering a free download of the affected pages in pdf format at the web site If you're reading the book on a Kindle and you're having trouble reading the math symbols, help yourself to the free download - it's on the DOWNLOADS page down near the bottom, listed as SECTION 14.2 (partial). Very little material is affected, but for those who enjoy math (like myself!) I wanted to be sure that you can read the math notation clearly and easily. Note that on some Kindle devices the mathematics notation displays fine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at My Yesterlives
The free giveaway of the Kindle version of my book The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality has ended, but Amazon is offering the paperback version at a reduced price of 15% off (regularly $10.99, now being offered for $9.31). I don't know how long Amazon will continue this offer. If you think you might be interested in the book, you can learn more about it at its web site: --- there you will find a detailed synopsis of the book and a detailed table of contents, as well as free chapters to download (in pdf format) and free audio files of portions of my hypnosis sessions (in MP3 format). There are also links to the book's purchase pages at Amazon. I thank you for your interest. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at My Yesterlives
I won't even bother going into all the stuff that's kept me away from this blog for so long. Suffice it to say it has been a mixture of good & bad things - in other words, normal life stuff. One of the things that has kept me away - one of the GOOD things - is that I've been writing a book & I've been trying to focus my free time into that project. The really good news is that I've finished the book. The title is "The Afterlife and the True Nature of Reality." It deals (of course) with the Spirit Realm and my hypnosis experiences, but it is also an in-depth discussion about the nature of our "physical" reality and how I believe it relates to the Spirit Realm and our true natures as eternal souls. It also discusses the possibility that planet Earth and the human race are on the verge of a vibrational shift and evolutionary leap. The book looks at these topics from both a spiritual and a scientific perspective. The book is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. The Kindle version is currently being offered free as part of a limited time promotion. I've created a web site as an adjunct to the book: --- there you will find a detailed synopsis of the book and a detailed table of contents, as well as free chapters to download (in pdf format) and free audio files of portions of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at My Yesterlives
Annabelle, I am really very happy to hear that you've enjoyed reading my blog and that it has inspired you to pursue your own journey. My reaction to Dr. Newton's books was exactly the same as yours - they are definitely the best non-fiction books I've ever read. I'm hoping to have another session with my hypnotist soon but I haven't yet decided whether to do another LBL or explore another past life (I'm leaning toward past life) - whichever way I choose, if it turns out to be interesting then I'll probably post a synopsis on this blog. I also have a bit more to post regarding my original LBL session. Unfortunately my latest cancer news was a bit disappointing, and that's the main reason I haven't made any posts to the blog for a while. But I continue the fight and I intend to at least finish my discussion of my LBL session. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I wish you well with your own LBL explorations - it really is an amazing and wonderful journey. All the best to you Annabelle!
After my extremely informative and enlightening meeting with my Council ended, Amy (my hypnotist) steered me towards the Place of Life Selection. I believe that a broad summary of this aspect of the Spirit Realm would be appropriate as a prelude to a discussion of my particular experiences there. In my posting of October 10, 2009, as part of a general overview of the Spirit Realm, I offered a synopsis of the Place of Life Selection which I reproduce verbatim here: -------------- Place of Life Selection: This is a place where we can view/experience and evaluate the options available to us for our next life in the flesh. Amazingly, we have quite a lot of input in choosing who we will be in our next life as well as the circumstances of that life. These choices are made, of course, based upon the karmic issues we are planning to address in this upcoming life. Will we be born female?, to a wealthy family?, physically handicapped?, possessing a special talent? The choices we make here are in accordance with the karmic issues we identified, and the plans we made, as a result of the studies and learning conducted in the schools and libraries, and the meetings, consultations, and discussions held with our soul group members, spirit guides, and Council members. It all comes together here: If we learned well and planned effectively, then we will make a life selection that affords us an excellent opportunity to make some serious karmic progress.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at My Yesterlives
Before continuing on with my hypnosis session I wanted to comment upon the importance of the wisdom that the hypnotist brings to a hypnosis session. Obviously, the hypnotist’s hypnosis skills and training are critical to the success and comfort level of any endeavor into hypnosis, but I think that goes without saying so I don’t feel the need to add to the obvious. But I think there are some subtle, personal qualities that a hypnotist can bring to this experience which could make a huge difference as to how the session progresses and what results from it. Although I think this point had been illustrated on several occasions by my hypnotist Amy, I believe it was most clearly demonstrated by the way she conducted the portion of the session discussed in my previous posting. Recall that although I had neglected to include any exploration into my cancer problem in my list of topics to be addressed Amy nevertheless had the wisdom to ask me, while hypnotized, if I wanted to ask my Council about it. Although I had avoided the issue out of fear of receiving unpleasant news, it is obviously a huge problem in my life now and, whether I consciously realized it or not, it was screaming to be addressed. Thankfully, Amy had the wisdom to ask me if I wanted to look into it, despite my unconscious reservations. And if you read the previous posting then you know that some interesting and helpful advice regarding dealing with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at My Yesterlives
So, returning to the transcript of my LBL hypnosis session… Immediately after I identified my oncology nurse Megan as being my Spirit Guide, Amy (my hypnotist) directed the discussion towards my cancer. Amy: This wasn’t one of your questions, but do you want to ask anything about the cancer? John: Yeah, I do. (Long pause). Necessary, as I thought. I have to accept it, and I pretty much do. It has a purpose. I’m afraid to ask where it’s going to lead. I don’t think I’m going to ask that. Amy: OK. John: I don’t even know if they would tell me. Amy: OK. Do you want to ask if there’s something you can do that will change the outcome? John: Live a cleaner life. Eat better. Treat my body better. Let go of the past, let go of the worries. Lighten up. That will be a big help. Worry makes the body denser. It compresses it. And density is bad. The more dense, the more poisoned or decayed or malfunctioning or corrupt things are. Worrying is like a pressure that makes everything denser. I have to ease the pressure, then things will get better. It’s like squashing a fruit. If you squeeze the juice out of it, it’s not good. Amy: Great! I’m glad we asked, huh? John: (Laughs) I’m glad you asked. I didn’t want to think about it. I’d like to make some commentary on the above exchange. First, God bless Amy for deciding to take the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at My Yesterlives
As I intended, during my next visit to the radiation facility I started to tell my nurse Megan what I had learned regarding her and me and the afterlife; in order to provide some background I began by summarizing some of Michael Newton’s findings regarding the Spirit Realm, then I told her about my initial belief that we might be members of the same soul group, and finally I told her about my surprising discovery, while undergoing LBL hypnosis, that she is my Spirit Guide. She seemed to be quite moved by my revelation, at least on an emotional level, but, being a strict Catholic and thus not a believer in reincarnation, she remained skeptical about the validity of what I had experienced. I described to her how real the experience felt to me, and, as further proof, I reminded her of my inexplicable feelings of familiarity and security when in her presence. She still remained dubious, so I pushed on by pointing out an interesting and relevant fact discovered by many researchers: when very advanced souls return to a lifetime on Earth they usually end up in a public service career, most often in the medical field. She agreed that this would seem logical since one would expect an advanced soul to be strongly driven to help people in some capacity. I then asked Megan what career could be of greater service to people than being an oncology nurse. This point seemed to finally break through to her because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at My Yesterlives
As I said at the end of my previous posting, I’d like to comment upon the situation of a soul having two Guides. Let me begin by quoting a pertinent section from Dr. Newton’s Journey of Souls: “It is not uncommon to find guides working in pairs with people on Earth, each with their own approaches to teaching. In these cases one is dominant, although the more experienced senior guide may actually be less evident in day-to-day activities of their charges. The reason for this spiritual arrangement in tandem is because one of the pair is either in training (such as a junior guide under a senior), or the association is so long-standing between the two guides (as with a senior to a master) that a permanent relationship has evolved.” Comparing the above statement to my own personal LBL experience I find it interesting that I noted that Kayla is a young guide-in-training under the tutelage of the more advanced soul Megan. Even more relevant, I specifically mentioned that “Megan has removed herself a bit from as direct involvement with me as she would have, and Kayla has stepped into that role.” This corresponds exactly to Newton’s remark that the “senior guide may actually be less evident in day-to-day activities of their charges“. While these similarities are compelling it must nevertheless be noted that they might very well be the result of my having read that information in Dr. Newton’s book and then recalling it while under hypnosis. If that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at My Yesterlives
Last time I laid the groundwork for the background information that I felt was necessary in order to make sense of and appreciate the startling revelation about my cancer nurse that would unexpectedly come out of my Life Between Lives hypnosis session. In that previous posting I explained that prior to my LBL session, or any hypnosis session for that matter, I had independently formed the opinion that Megan, the nurse at the medical facility where I had received my cancer treatments, might be a member of my soul group. That explains why Megan was the only person, in addition to my wife and son, who I wanted to learn more about during my LBL session. Basically, I wanted to see if I was correct in my belief that she was a member of my soul group; personally, I was already virtually 100% convinced of this, for the reasons discussed in my last posting. So let’s pick up in the session where Amy (my hypnotist) addresses this point (this occurs immediately after I talked about my relationship with my wife and son, i.e., right after the transcript portion presented in my posting of 3/5/11): Amy: And how about your nurse friend? John: I sense she’s an old soul too. Amy: Is she in your soul group? John: I don’t sense that, but I do sense that she’s someone I know there. But she’s too advanced to be in my group, I think. Let’s stop a moment to really consider this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at My Yesterlives