Book Review: Messages from the Light
Written By: Paranormal News
Posted: 11/1/2010 12:00:00 AM Reads: 1746 Submitted By:0x6a656666 Category: Alternative Spirituality
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A new, brighter world is on its way, according to some near death experiencers, and Christophor Coppes is here to spread some of that good news in his book "Messages from the Light," published by New Page Books this past September. Within its pages Coppes recounts numerous stories of people who have been on the brink--and returned--to tell us that death is not the end, the light loves you unconditionally, and if we focus more on putting positive energy into the world instead of negativity, maybe we can finally work together regardless of our religion to create some necessary changes around us. This begs the question: what does the author feel are some of these necessary changes?
Numerous books have come out over the years concerning these experiences with a similar message. What makes this work unique--and what peaked my interest more than anything else--is that Christophor Coppes is an economist and has been in the banking industry for several years before becoming president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies in 2008. According to his bio, he read a book by Raymond Moody in 1979 and has been interested in the subject ever since. I can accept that, as I once read a book on UFOs and became interested in them, but still, while reading this book, I kept continually asking myself: seriously, what is an economist involved in the banking industry doing writing a book about NDEs? What would be his motives? He ’read a book’ only to become president of an organization filled with medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, and near death experiencers? Was he going to be cherry picking experiences for the sake of forming a particular type of message? If so, what would that message be?
A search on Christopher Coppes revealed an article written in the ’European Financial Management’ journal in 2002 called ’Credit Risk Exposure with Currency Swaps.’ From what I can tell from the abstract, he discusses policies issued by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the uneven spreading of credit risk. I didn’t quite know what to make of this--it just made me think of well-known NWO conspiracies--so I flipped my ’Messages’ book over and checked out the reviews. One of the reviewers who gave a positive note was Ervin Laszlo, founder of the Club of Budapest and member of the Club of Rome. Interesting. Further research revealed that Coppes wrote another book in Dutch on near death experiences which compared the ’essence’ of them to the five world religions. He states that his research revealed we are all interconnected and part of the light, regardless if you call that light God, Allah, Jaweh, Brahman, or whatever. Again, interesting. Were the NDEs documented in this book meant to assist us in the acceptance of this unity and the ultimate good intentions of globalists? If so, for what purpose? I didn’t know, so I began to read.
Immediately, I could see that the near death experiences within the book were being used as a springboard to discuss these global ’unity’ issues. The overarching theme seemed to be that it is our selfish greed which is preventing us from not acting in a more unified manner. We, as both material and spiritual beings, seem to be unable to get over ourselves and work to collectively solve problems for the benefit of mankind as a whole.
Despite our vale of tears, on page 70, Coppes mentions that our world is still ’very well constructed’ as it is. I stared quite a long time at this sentence, and kept saying to myself that it was coming from an economist who studies international banking. Admittedly, this world IS very well constructed, but the majority of the people I have spoken to feel it is built upon a never-ending series of lies that makes the common man sick to their stomach. We’re forced to watch the destruction of supposed sovereign nations fall to their knees based upon the work of the World Bank, IMF, the Bank for International Settlements, the Club of Rome, the Club of Budapest, corrupt politicians, etcetera. It is happening ’by design’ and that design obviously is well built. Life is not easy here, admittedly, but Coppes seems to feel that it shouldn’t be easy, either. What is the purpose of our toil? Why not just live in paradise? The author suggests that perhaps the resistance presented to us builds our spiritual muscles, and in the end, we will be glad we had these experiences despite all the pain.
Deeper into the book, the author brings up one near death experiencer who stated she was warned of the coming banking crash of September of 2008 all the way back in 1986. She sold her stocks before the disaster. The author sort of jokes as saying receiving this message was a form of insider trading. Using this as a springboard, Coppes then shares his own take on the true nature of the banking problem: collectively, we are selfish and greedy, and our greed ended up biting us, creating the worst world economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Many people who followed the story of the crisis, however, feel it was an obvious conspiracy years in the making, but Coppes addresses this later in the book (page 166), stating that we shouldn’t single out a particular group as being malicious of intent since history is filled with examples where singling out anyone caused more harm than good. The message here? Don’t blame international bankers, Jews, the lizard people, or the Vatican--blame our collective fuzzy selfishness.
But saying there was no culprit and that it was just the result of a fuzzy global consciousness problem seems like bullshit. The law is well-constructed, and economic policy is well constructed--seemingly years in advance of its implementation. Who wrote that policy? Who wrote the law? Who told them to write those policies? To me, there’s a culprit, or at least a starting point to finding one.
Another message brought back from the light, according to this book, also seems to state that great changes are coming, and those changes are required if we truly want to prevent the destruction of our planet. What is one form of this planetary destruction? Global warming. On page 159, the author mentions that in 2009 the world’s top climate scientists discussed their latest findings at a conference and the conclusions were ’really alarming.’ The book doesn’t really argue the case one way or another. It merely states that we (who is we?) have ’tools and approaches’ to deal with the problem, so there is no excuse for inaction. Laszlo’s Club of Budapest who endorsed this work is heavily involved with pushing global warming policies--so it makes sense that the mention of global warming found its way into this book as well. Many feel that the policies meant to reduce global warming are actually disguised attempts to unite the world under one government. As a result, associating our failure to enact global warming policies with ignorance towards the light just fell flat on its face for me.
In conclusion, it is difficult to argue against the benefits of working together or that the earth is being destroyed, or that people have NDEs. What disturbed me, however, was the author’s mainstream interpretations of what those messages might mean. I’m not here to say that the author is in on some conspiracy, but I will say that his world view presented here mirrors the same world view shoved down our throats by the mainstream media. Wrapping up that perspective to be consumed by us using a pretty bow tie of NDEs seemed disingenuous. Whether that is the result of an editor’s policy to make the work more palatable to the mainstream populace, I couldn’t say, but it was very apparent, especially to someone who has read countless books on the subject. The book is simple to read, yes, and you are free to disagree with my own conclusions--my own interpretations may be the result of refusing to properly receive the messages from the light. Then again, they could also be the result of me just keeping my television unplugged.
Read the book for yourself, come up with your own opinions, and go chop some wood in preparation for the coming apocalypse. Enjoy!