by Anabela Cardoso
See ITCJournal.org, ©Anabela Cardoso 2002 – All Rights Reserved
The Development of ITC
Unfortunately, the history of communications between our world and the next and of the many attempts made on both sides to develop and strengthen these communications remains to be written in any kind of systematic way. The field itself is a vast one, encompassing manifestations from earliest times and in primitive and advanced civilizations from both West and East. It also includes the observation and study of behavior by animals and children in relation to the Unseen, the evidence accumulated through mediums, the extensive array of physical phenomena reported by investigators across the centuries, the paranormal experiences of mystics and saints of all religions, and the development in our own time of ITC.
In my own view, ITC is a logical and necessary step forward in attempts to communicate between the worlds, and serves in many ways as a successor to mediumship and to the production of physical phenomena, in particular the physical phenomena of the direct voice demonstrated by Etta Wriedt in America and by Leslie Flint in Britain and by many others. ITC is in fact an ingenious method devised by our friends in the next world to convey to us more extensive information about the nature and purpose of the next life, and to convey this information free from the limitations imposed by preconceptions within the mind of the medium. Frederick Myers tells us that ‘The medium is not a medium but an interpreter’, and goes on to say, through the automatic writing of Geraldine Cummins in ‘The Road to Immortality’, that conveying his thoughts through the medium is like dictating to a rather obtuse secretary through a frosted glass window. If we remember that Myers was working through one of the greatest automatists in the history of Western mediumship, the implications of what he was telling us become clear. Equally clear and equally understandable is the desire by communicators in the next world to develop more objective tools to convey accurate information between the two planes of existence.
In addition, communicators in the next world appear anxious to develop what Carlos de Almedia, speaking to us from Timestream Station, referred to as ‘A channel for those humble people based upon love, the panacea for the world’. Such a channel would indeed be something beautiful would it not! Through it, as Carlos de Almeida goes on to say, ‘those at Timestream Station communicate not only with this but with other physical worlds’, using modern technical media such as microphones, telephones, audio and video tape recorders, fax machines and computers. The aim of the communicators is to reach a stage where a direct dialogue between the two worlds becomes possible.
The ITC phenomena first became apparent in the second half of the 20th Century, and the names of the most renowned ITC pioneers in this world, such as Father Gemelli, Father Ernetti, Friedrich Jürgenson, Konstantin Raudive, and George Meek will by now be familiar to the majority of readers. Throughout this early work and to this day, one of the most extraordinary common elements of ITC and of all other communications between the worlds is that every development has been devised and initiated by our friends from the other side. The role played by those involved on Earth is entirely passive and receptive. The best we can do is to try to understand and help the process, and of course to be grateful for it and for the extraordinary effort and ingenuity put into each advance by those on the other side. But in a sense of course, the fact that all the initiative does come from the other side should not surprise us. The next world must surely be a step forward in the unending process of life, and must possess more advanced tools to facilitate the acquisition of wisdom and of spiritual growth. The next world represents a stage of consciousness beyond our own, and beyond the limitations imposed by the dense physical matter of the human body and the human brain, limitations which severely restrict and colour our view of reality.
It is important to stress however that although the first ITC communications to Gemelli, Ernetti, and Jürgenson may have seemed a sudden breakthrough, they were in fact the culmination of a long, difficult and laborious process of study and research by those responsible in the next world. A process moreover so sophisticated that the communicators were actually able to refer to the recipients by name. Later researchers on this side were able to help the work by experimenting with new ways of improving reception, but even here they were guided and directed at each point by the communicators.
The Nature of the Next World as Revealed by IT
When I once asked my communicators from Timestream Station if the extraordinary capabilities that allow them for example to communicate by telepathy with animals and plants, to transport themselves by thought from place to place, and to function consciously and simultaneously in their world and ours, were the result of special practices, or were natural features of their world, they answered that the latter is the case. It thus seems that they are subject to quite different laws of reality from those that appear to operate in this world. I have yet to discuss with them whether their laws are unique to the level of existence from which they themselves operate, or whether they apply to other levels as well.
I have however been able to make quite detailed enquiries about the conditions under which Timestream Station communicate. For example, when I relayed to them a question from the eminent psychical researcher Professor David Fontana, Past President of the British Society for Psychical Research, as to whether mediumship abilities are necessary for ITC recipients in this world, they answered categorically that no they are not. In reply to my querying why, in that case, do some people here on Earth get ITC results after only a few attempts while others do not after months and even years of trying, they told me that ‘It depends upon Timestream’. In others words, it appears to be the communicators themselves who make the decisions, although I do not know as yet the basis upon which these decisions are made. In reply to another of my questions, this time about the extent to which the recipient can influence the content of communications, Timestream assured me that such influence plays no part, ‘We speak directly through the instruments’.
From my own experience since March 11th 1998 in ITC using the Direct Radio Voice method (DRV), and before that using EVP, I can confirm the passive role of the recipient. The communications have always taken place independently of my own will. I can never assure anybody that on such a day and at such an hour Timestream will speak with me. It is true that they usually tell me in advance that they intend to try to speak, and at what hour the attempt will be made, but they do not always meet with success. The only exception to this is when Timestream go on to confirm and reconfirm a particular date and time, though they themselves have told me that even then they can never be absolutely sure of being able to make contact. Of course, I have always submitted the details of the experimental conditions in my studio to them for their approval. Thus I always check with them on the suitability of my various items of equipment, of the frequencies I use for radio white noise, of the times at which I turn on the radios, and even of the intensity of white noise coming through the radios (I now use five of these simultaneously). My belief is that since it is the communicators and not the recipients who establish the contacts, they are the best judges of what suits them best.
In my own case for example, I am told by the communicators that while recording DRVs I must not have either of my computers turned on elsewhere in the house, as the frequencies emitted by computers are highly disturbing for their work. I am also told I must not use my mobile telephone, though I can use the house phone. As an example of the errors that I can make, I once bought a very sophisticated CD recorder in an attempt to improve the quality and the durability of my recordings. My intention was to record directly onto audio CDs instead of using the more perishable audio tape. However, I only used the new recorder once. Foolishly I had omitted to consult with Timestream beforehand, and when I attempted to use it I was told that the laser technology of the CD recorder made it unsuitable for their work.
Even the type of questions and the topics of conversation depend upon the communicators rather than upon the recipients. Timestream will only answer the questions or talk about the things that they feel are appropriate. However, I have no wish to question them about the future or about mundane issues, and as I am not a scientist I also do not question them about scientific issues. My main interest has always been to ask them about the meaning and purpose of existence, the role of animals and plants from a transcendental point of view, the life conditions on their level of existence, and the technical requisites most suited to them. I have received very significant replies to all these questions, and therefore my communications with Timestream very much suit my own interests.
The Role of the Recipient
From our side, we provide the devices, and find the time and the dedication and motivation to take part. We wait patiently for results, we hope, and we might pray. Certainly we love. I personally find that the love that unites the experimenter and his/her communicators is of extreme importance. It is love that makes possible the recipient’s necessary patience and strength of will to comply with the sometimes difficult or unusual circumstances within which the contacts take place, such as having to listen in at late hours and at inconvenient times.
In saying that our role in ITC as recipients is a passive and receptive one, and that the design of this amazing breakthrough in communication between the two worlds originated in and is dependent upon the next world, I do not wish to minimize the role of the human being. Timestream Station have themselves told us that his or her personality, knowledge, and level of spiritual development all influence the contacts. A strong resonance between the communicators and the recipients is certainly also necessary. I personally feel this resonance as an encounter of hearts and minds. Barriers disappear. Recipients cease to feel alone or even on their own. They become part of the communicators and the communicators become part of them. A transcendental sense of belonging together develops, and telepathy between communicators and recipients may even emerge.
There is no need for names or personal identifications from communicators, although these may be given on request. However, one comes to know without doubt that those one loved in this world and who have departed from it are present in another dimension in the next world. They are part of the communicating group – so much a part in fact that one cannot think of them as separate from it, and indeed does not wish to think of them as separate. One comes to love the whole group , with a pure love of a different nature from that on Earth, because they are the Group Soul to which one oneself belongs, a Group Soul that includes people, animals, plants and even minerals. Frederick Myers in ‘The Road to Immortality’ and Carlos de Almeida in communications from Timestream (see e.g. ITCJournal.org) both speak clearly about the Group Soul. In addition, it has repeatedly been said both through mediumship and by Timestream that the spiritual levels of communicators and recipients are in correspondence with each other.
I have been warned by readers of the ITC Journal which I edit and by visitors to my website that I should not be too free and easy when I speak of ITC, and that I do not sufficiently stress the possible dangers of ITC contacts. However, from my personal experience there is no need to heed these warnings or to stress these dangers. I have experimented on thousands of occasions with EVP and with DRV and not once have I received a negative contact. Some jokes yes – it seems that our friends on the other side have not lost their sense of humor – but I have never received either mischievous or disturbing communications.
It is my conviction that recognition of the existence of a next world and confirmation of the reality of ITC will come through the efforts of science. The people at Timestream Station tell me they look forward to that happening. It is time therefore that ITC experimenters and researchers make a serious and sustained approach to the scientific community for this purpose. Experimentation under carefully controlled conditions can then take place. Results from all over the world can be carefully examined and analyzed from a scientific and technical perspective.
If we finally succeed in rousing the interest of orthodox science in ITC, our contribution to the extraordinary endeavors of our friends in the next world would be a particularly valuable one. In fact, our role in ITC work might then become decisive. Let us hope and work for that day.