That Which Survives



We know all too well what happens if we are speeding along in our car without buckled seat belts and have to suddenly and unexpectedly stop.  Due to the inertia and momentum, we are either impaled upon the steering wheel or thrown out through the windshield.

Perhaps something similar to this happens to people who are suddenly and violently killed without expectation.  Perhaps “we”, in this case consciousness, spirit, soul, what have you, is thrown out of our body and is somewhat disoriented as it does not really understand what has just occurred.

Through my four decade career of investigating hauntings, poltergeists, apparitions, etc., one pattern that seems to have emerged is that under such tragically unforeseen circumstances “we” may continue to exist in a way that is not at all familiar to us.  In Chapter One, “A Haunting Thought” of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, there are several cases cited that strongly suggest the possibility of the survival of consciousness following corporeal death.  But almost always under the specific state of circumstances.

In the early 1970’s, the Delgado family from Monterey Park, California lost their beautiful daughter Yolanda, who died an untimely death while in labor and subsequently made numerous apparitional appearances within her parent’s home accompanied by classic poltergeist activity experienced by all family members.

The mother, father, and sister of Yolanda had several encounters with her consciousness, which eventually culminated when Yolanda told her parents that she had died due to medical negligence and incompetence as opposed to an accident.

When the parents started investigating their daughter’s death, they uncovered how shockingly accurate the information conveyed to them by their deceased daughter implicated the physician and his nurse.

Once said physician was contacted by the authorities, he and his nurse suddenly disappeared.

Interestingly, although not surprising, once this type of closure occurred, Yolanda was never seen or heard from again.  Perhaps, the girl’s soul was at peace now that justice had been served?

While most of my case files fall under the heading of poltergeists. a.k.a. psychokinetic, the Delgado case along with several others are far more indicative of discarnate intelligence.  At least that what the data suggests.  The questions here are; why do some people appear to “hang around” after they perish, while most others, regardless of how they met their demise, do not?  Might it be the way such people were wired internally, similar to the way individuals have to be uniquely wired in order to exhibit poltergeist phenomena?   Many, many questions, but very few answers.

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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