14 June, 2013

We Create The Afterlife We Desire

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I was pondering what the afterlife will be like. I've read and written about near death experiences in the past and there often seems to be similarities within these stories - but there are also differences, which many writers brush aside.

For examples those with a Catholic upbringing may encounter a St Peter like figure at the Pearly Gates whereas a Muslim may experience themselves in green gardens with fountains while being attended by dancing girls, as described in Islamic literature.

I expect most of us hope we will all be treated equally when we die and any near death experiences should, therefore, be identical but this appears not necessarily to be the case. Surely there can't be segregation for varying religions and beliefs.

If we consider our dreams, now they are all different, dependent on our personal memories, hopes, fears and desires - born from the 'personality' of our unconscious mind if you like.

If we look at lucid dreams - where we realise we are actually dreaming - we can almost manipulate happenings. I can remember in one particular dream I told myself I didn't have to worry about what was happening because I was only dreaming. So I relaxed and observed, like watching a play at the theatre. And sometimes even our everyday lives can appear like this in certain situations.

Could it be that, just as our dreams are individual, so is death, dependent on the actions and thoughts while alive in our physical body? Some may undergo fantastic adventures. Others may suffer from recurring nightmares, trapped in some form of hell created by their own minds. While others may experience a kind of paradise conjured up by their expectations.

Of course, another possibility is that our 'surviving' personality re-enters another physical body and once more wakes up to the physical world. This may be via an embryo or a newly born baby but could also take over the body of a living person - some would call this possession.

All of this is speculation. It's also conceivable that in our dream-like existence. following death. we are open to spiritual influences from a realm far beyond what our human mind can imagine or comprehend.

Whatever happens to us following death I feel does seem to depend on our own beliefs and attitudes. If we close our mind to possibilities we may become trapped within our present fears and limitations. It could well rest with us to create the afterlife we desire.

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4 comments:

  1. Interesting post! I would like to think that help is available for people who get trapped in a hellish afterlife because of their beliefs! In the movie What Dreams May Come, that hellish afterlife happened to robin williams's wife.

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  2. Re:
    "If we look at lucid dreams - where we realise we are actually dreaming - we can almost manipulate happenings. I can remember in one particular dream I told myself I didn't have to worry about what was happening because I was only dreaming. So I relaxed and observed, like watching a play at the theatre."

    Most who have had a real OBE will tell you that it is a lot different to a lucid dream,it is just as real as the world you are living in now,in fact it is the world you are living in and more.
    And the laws of the universe or collective unconscious apply just as much over there I believe as they do here.
    I think we give the conscious part of our thinking way too much credit,because the subconscious is way more powerful when it comes to controlling our lives.
    I mean does the conscious part actively keep our heart beating and take care of the functions of keeping the body alive ?
    The hidden parts of our consciousness is where synchronicity functions I believe and is where the real power is.This is where magic happens and while the conscious part does have some control over your life I believe we give it far more credit than it deserves.I think too, that it will be eventually discovered that the subconscious part of ourselves is far deeper than we could ever imagine,so deep that it connects to the universal mind directly.
    And remember that OBE is as different to a dream as a dream is different to real life.
    If you think that you directly control the afterlife you see when you die,then I believe that you are dreaming,I'm afraid.-)

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  3. I've had only one lucid dream and in it, after I realized that I was dreamning, I literally made everything a reality. When I say, reality, I mean it was every bit as real as the real world. I could see, smell, feel, everything around me and I was able to manipulate both the landscape and those populating it as if I were some..superhero or supreme being. I could fly, had incredible strength, basically anything I needed became reality...Then I woke up and felt such a rush, it was incredible but alas, hasn't happened again. I like the theory but as already stated, we simply don't know yet and can't with any certainty.

    I wonder, does a christian create actual people to torment in fire for eternity or are the tortured non believers simply figments of a christian imagination??

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  4. Interested thoughts and also the comments of Brizdaz (Darren) were realistic addition.

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