Life After DeathBy DAVID GREGG
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A belief in life after death has formed the basis of many religions, with promises of an afterlife and the prospect of eternal bliss. In modern times, though, the prospect of life after death could be considered comfort food for the mind, where the fear of dying is less stressful and thoughts of loved ones who have passed are not shrouded in as much grief and guilt. There is comfort in knowing that deceased friends and family members have moved on to a better place.
Still, the idea of what happens after death is just as compelling today as it was in ancient times. No matter if we're religious or atheist, we all want to know if there is life after death, and what is death really like? Trance channel Jane Roberts once answered that question through Seth, a discarnate entity that spoke through her consciousness.
Seth offered the following words:
If you want to know what death is like, then become aware of your own consciousness as it is divorced from physical activities. You will find that it is highly active. With practice you will discover that your normal waking consciousness is highly limited, and that what you thought of once as death conditions seem much more like life conditions.
-- Session 539, p.143, Seth Speaks
Life After Death in Religion
The roots of an afterlife, of course, began in religion. The concept surely existed before in the early mythology of various cultures, but religion took the concept of life after death to the greater masses and it has been with us ever since.
Here's a brief overview of how the afterlife is portrayed in the most popular religions.
In Buddhism, the soul reincarnates in a continuous spiral till a state of enlightenment is achieved. Not all Buddhists believe in life after death, but they accept that the energy is transformed into a new form of energy. Over the course of a reincarnational cycle, the soul is thought to accumulate wisdom and compassion.
Hinduism also accepts a reincarnational doctrine. Through a series of challenging lifetimes the soul grows in wisdom till it attains a divine state of being.
In Christianity, a religion diverse with many denominations, reincarnation was written out of biblical scripture well before the bible was mass produced, but following death the soul is judged by Jesus and either sent to heaven or hell.
Muslims believe that the soul is also judged after death, and depending on if the life led was immoral, is temporarily exiled to the "horror of the grave" till judgment day arrives.
Judaism contends that the soul lives in an afterlife, eventually reuniting with God.
Encounters With the Other Side
Near death experiences report a consistent pattern of death that involves hovering above the body after clinical death, seeing and hearing what's going on, until eventually being drawn toward a bright light where deceased loved ones may be seen, with the surroundings permeated by a feeling of love and serenity. Those who survive the near death encounter are said to be forever changed by the experience.
Deathbed visions have been widely reported by family members and doctors for years. As if the veil between the physical world and the astral have thinned, the dying are said to see glimpses of the other side before passing, describing beautiful landscapes and noting the presence of deceased friends and family members.
Apparitions of the recently deceased have reportedly appeared to loved ones, often in a final gesture of saying goodbye. Dream visitations with the departed are also common occurrences, and thee encounters are thought to be tremendously comforting.
Although methods for contacting the dead have existed for thousands of years, contacting a medium is still the method of choice in modern times. TV psychics have seemingly dominated the airwaves and while the results are occasionally hit and miss, genuine articles do present themselves and these highly sought after mediums are usually booked in advanced for a year or more.
Following death and the transition to the astral, the life review often occurs. Friends and family members often meet and greet shortly afterwards, with many of them looking healthier and surprisingly youthful. The soul can manifest its most desired appearance, and this is typically a middle age body, reflecting how the soul felt in the prime of its life.
The afterlife offers endless opportunities for adventure and the expansion of the soul. Possibilities for spiritual growth and assimilation of new branches of knowledge are continuously made available. Access to the Akashic records provides another source of information, in some cases opening the door to the secrets of the universe.
The afterlife is also a place that restores any damage inflicted to the soul during incarnations on earth, and there can be a vacation period for many souls after initially arriving. Some new arrivals, especially those who just completed a particularly traumatic lifetime, may enter the astral equivalent of a hospital where they will recuperate.
Life oriented illness, however, never plagues those living in the afterlife, nor does anyone ever die.
The Reincarnational Cycle
Reincarnation and the study of past lives still occupies a substantial portion of shelf space in popular book chains. The need for greater experience and growth drives the incarnational experience onward, with some souls having hundreds of past lives before they are finished.
Contrary to religious beliefs, reincarnational cycles always continue as the same species. You are not a human in one lifetime and an anteater in the next. A consistency in experience is crucial to attaining the spiritual evolvement necessary for a particular species. Human lives, however, don't necessarily evolve in a linear fashion. A person could conceivably be a saint in one lifetime and an ax murderer in the next.
Read more about reincarnation and the afterlife in the articles listed below. If you have related articles of your own you'd like to submit, please follow the guidelines at the submissions page.
Articles & Channeling
Life After Death
Is There Life After Death? (My Search For the Truth)
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What Happens After Death?
Read channeling about what happens after death, with answers to many commonly asked questions. The transition after death is one of the great mysteries of life, and the information shared here may ease your mind.
A Guide to the Afterlife (Channeled Q&A)
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A Guide to Reincarnation (Channeled Q&A)
Everything you need to know about reincarnation -- what it is and how it works -- is outlined in this channeled commentary from the Michael Entity, with an extensive FAQ and links to related sources.
Proof of Life After Death
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Transcending Fear of Death
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Working With Spirit Guides
A thorough presentation about spirit guides and how to effectively work with them.
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Michael on What Happens After Death
This insightful work by John Roth begins with a nod at Christianity before exploring what Michael says happens after death.
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