Some of the terms used on Afterlifeforums.com may be unfamiliar to readers and posters. This thread is meant to give you some of this website’s most commonly used terms, and to suggest their general meanings.
This listing will be updated as we receive better information. If you would like to see a change in any definition given here, or if you would like to see an additional term defined, please respond to this thread.
After-Death Communication (ADC) – Any communication that a living person has from or with a dead person.
Astral Body – The body that temporarily leaves our material body during sleep and during out-of-body experiences, and that permanently leaves our material body at death. When seen on the material level of reality, the astral body appears to be made of energy.
Astral Plane – Generally, the non-material plane(s) of existence or the afterlife levels.
Astral Projection – The movement of one’s astral body outside and away from one’s physical body.
Astral Travel – Out-of-body travel, whether in this level of reality or in the non-material levels.
Aura – The energy outline which is visible around a living thing in certain lighting conditions. Human auras may be of various shades, depending on that person’s current emotional state and general level of spiritual development.
Clairaudient – Able to hear communications from disembodied or dead beings.
Clairsentient – Able to sense the emotions of other people, living or dead, often by touching objects owned or used by them.
Clairvoyant – Able to see without the use of material eyes, and sometimes at long distances.
Communication – When used in connection with the dead, any form of contact whatsoever between the living and the dead.
Consciousness – This term is often used as a near-synonym for human mental activity and awareness. There is strong evidence that consciousness is a kind of universal base energy, and it may in fact be the only thing that is real.
Control – As a noun, a dead person with psychic abilities who regularly assists a living medium in communicating with the dead.
Cross-Correspondence – In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some dead people eager to prove their existence would communicate parts of a single message through several widely-scattered mediums.
Death – The permanent cessation of life functions in a physical body.
Deep-Trance Medium – Someone who is able to go into trance, withdraw from his or her body, and allow a dead psychic (called a control) to take over and speak to the living using the medium’s vocal cords. Because development of this skill seems to require long periods of silent darkness, deep-trance mediums were most active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but a few deep-trance mediums exist in each generation.
Drop-In Communication – (still awaiting a good definition)
Earthbound – Generally, the spirit of a dead person who has not successfully transitioned to the afterlife levels, and therefore remains on the material level as a disembodied being. Some earthbounds are unaware that they are dead, some are only dimly aware of their condition, while some are aware that they are dead but have refused to transition because they are addicted to earth-pleasures or for some other material-based reason. Eventually, all earthbounds will be rescued.
Ectoplasm – In certain forms of physical mediumship, certain substances from a medium's body are 'borrowed' by the spirit-team working with the physical group and mixed with materials from the immediate etheric dimensions. This new material is termed 'ectoplasm' and can take various forms from rod-like rigid structures to free-flowing soft material which may be moulded. Sometimes this is used to create human parts such as hands or faces but sometimes to create voice boxes to enable a discarnate to speak. At the end of the seance, the borrowed materials are always returned to the medium's body.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) – Recognizable communications from dead people which are electronically recorded.
Evidence – Any reliably generated facts which suggest that people survive bodily death, which explain how their survival is possible, or which give some indication of what the afterlife is like.
Extrasensory Perception (ESP) – The process of perceiving information by means other than the bodily senses.
Ghost – A popular term for any disembodied spirit which is perceptible on the material level of reality.
God – the Supreme Being. Evidence is overwhelming that God is not material, but is instead infinitely powerful and infinitely loving Spirit. It now appears quite likely that God is all that exists.
Haunt – The process by which a disembodied person makes its presence perceptible by living people, often with the intention of inspiring fear in the living.
Heaven – The religious term most commonly used for the beautiful parts of the afterlife.
Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) – Any sound made or recorded in any mechanical manner which was produced or affected by a disembodied spirit.
Jesus – A perfected Being who incarnated 2000 years ago to teach Iron Age Jews about God, the nature of reality, and the nature of death and the afterlife.
Kirlian Photography – The process of photographing auras around living things.
Light Being – This term generally refers to a very advanced spiritual being who appears to human beings on this level and generally glows with light.
Medium – A person with psychic abilities who is able to assist in our communications with the dead. Most mediums are either psychic mediums who are able to read the thoughts of their (dead) controls who are in direct communication with our dead loved ones, or they are trance-mediums, able to withdraw from their bodies while in trance and allow a psychic dead person (also called a “control”) to speak using the medium’s body.
Mediumship – The gift of being able to communicate with the dead.
Modern Spiritualism - is often termed a philosophy and a science. It is a legally recognised religion in several countries, the most notable ones being the UK, the USA and Australia. It's fundamentals are the message of survival beyond physical death and communication via mediumship between incarnates and discarnates. It has its roots in Hydesville, New York, from where it spread to many countries including the UK. It is still widely followed in the UK, less so in the USA and Australia, but it is far less well-known or popular than in its heyday several decades ago.Spiritualism has no formalised worship or celebration but does recognise a supreme creative force, often called The Great Spirit or God and embraces its 'Seven Principles' in its formal structure and in many churches and centers.
Near-Death Experience (NDE) – A wide range of experiences which may or may not be associated with a health crisis, and which generally involve extraordinary aspects that may include separation from the body, a tip through a tunnel, and meetings with dead friends and relatives and even very advanced Beings.
Non-Locality (of Consciousness) – Scientific research is showing more and more conclusively that conscious is not generated by or centered in our brains, but it is more of a general grid on which all of reality hangs. Afterlife evidence confirms this, and further suggests that all of consciousness actually radiates from a Source.
Out-of-Body Experience (OBE) – An experience during which the astral body and its sense of place and awareness become separated from the physical shell. Most OBEs involve simply seeing the physical body as separate and at a distance, but some more advanced OBE experiencers are able to explore the afterlife and other non-material areas of reality.
Outer Darkness – The non-physical level of reality with a vibratory (or energy) level closest to that of the material universe, and therefore the darkest and grimmest post-death level of reality.