This is the last presentation in the series "Is There Life After Death" - featuring both Ellie Schamber, PhD, and Rev. Tim Lytle.
Before her experience of death, Ellie explains, "I did not believe that there is a consciousness or soul that can exist apart from the body. "As a teaching assistant at U.C. Berkeley during the 1960s, she was involved in the political revolutionary activities there and taught her students that "religion is the opiate of the people."
In August 1969 Ellie was involved in a horrific car accident that took several lives - including hers. "Looking down at my body, I was dumbfounded! I realized that everything I had believed and taught about consciousness had been wrong."
In the Light, Ellie was given amazing knowledge that she wants to share with the world. "I want to let people know what the Truth is, and why we are here, and what the implications are for our lives."
Rev. Tim Lytle grew up as a Fundamentalist Christian. However, from a young age he had mystical experiences that did not fit in his religious upbringing. After college, Tim became a Nazarene minister. He tried to reconcile his mystical experiences with his theology. However, "there was a conflict between the Nazarene views of sin and separation from God and my experiences of unitive consciousness."
He also increasingly experienced seeing and communicating with spiritual Masters from other cultures. He saw Krishna and Ganesh as well as Jesus. He had memories of former lives. Also, while presiding over funerals, he would often feel the presence of the deceased persons and sometimes communicate with them.
He explored other religions and their mystical traditions. He studied Catholic mystics, Judaism and the Kabbala, the Tao Te Ching, Buddhism, Sufism, Druidism, and the Vedas. Tim finally found his way to the Unity spiritual movement, and is now the minister at Unity in Marin.