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More thoughts on lives between lives

candle What does happen to us between lives? The diagram  about the life cycle of death and rebirth, that I posted last time ( Evidence of what happens between lives? ) seemed to be met with general agreement by most of my readers that commented. Of course there are many different views, across many cultures and faiths. The truth is that we cannot be absolutely sure until we ourselves get there.

David Russell (projectglobalbrain.com) put a slightly different perspective on the subject. As I understand him, he sees part of our consciousness going on after death, but not necessarily all of us. Although we cannot really know, we probably re join the greater consciousness before being reincarnated.

He said “Each of us is like a candle lit from a larger flame. We burn until the wick is exhausted and then we go out. The larger flame, however, goes on forever. Our rebirth happens as another candle is lit from that larger flame. Essentially it is all the same flame.”

Aspects of reality

The enduring puzzle of life continuing after physical death, shows us that our physical reality is only part of the story.

 

 

Life cycle of death

between livesAs ever, as soon as I embark on a topic reader input makes it expand and expand. My simple question that, given reincarnation as as fact, what happens between lives, unleashed a torrent of comment and experience.

I found this interesting graphic on the internet which sums up all I have been told about life between lives beautifully.Unfortunately I could find no indication of the author.

Anyway, the cycle is said to go like this;

Death

Liberation from body

Welcome by passed loved ones

Meeting with soul group

Meeting with council of elders (to discuss soul progression)

Healing and restoration

Next life selection

Incarnation

I will look at some of these stages in more depth in the future. Would love your input as ever though.

Aspects of reality

The enduring puzzle of life continuing after physical death, shows us that our physical reality is only part of the story.

 

Evidence of what happens between lives?

between lives 2

Last week I asked, given that we almost have certainly lived more than once, if anyone had any views of what happened between lives.

I had two particularly interesting replies.

Firstly, Jackie said that

“My Grandmother in spirit showed me a place that sort of looked like a rest home, she was among friends, there was no illness and there was much happiness and they seem to dance, listen to music, play games. But I am also aware that she spends time on the earthly plane with family members who are hurting/struggling with illness or distress caused by other peoples behavior. Though they can be near the people they love and can try to comfort them, they cannot directly intervene, but she was able to ask me to intervene. Not sure why I can ask God/Angels to heal others but those in spirit cannot, but it seems that that is the way it is.”

Secondly, Paul said

“After a Near Death Experience at the age of 10 I believe we go to a “clearing house” of sorts that enables us to review our previous life & decide where & when to go next.
I firmly believe that we can not only reincarnate on this world & timeline but anywhere else in the multiverse.”

Aspects of reality

Some people have visions or insight into places between lives. This can be seen as evidence for higher dimensions and a multi life existence.

 

 

 

What happens between lives?

Dreams are created one choice at a time

Having talked at length about Karma and touched on re-incarnation, the obvious question the began to stare me in the face. What does happen between lives? Where do we actually go?

I looked at Sylvia Browne’s Levels of Creation. She spoke, if I remember, of 7 levels. Ranging from the lowest (Hell?) to the highest (divine). I also studied the account channeled back by a high ranking catholic priest, who realized after death that he was completely wrong. His account did not fundamentally disagree with Sylvia, although it was from his personal experience of the next level up from Earth. You can move up or down the levels according to your spiritual progress apparently.

Others talk about a rest and recuperation period in a sort of hospital place, especially if their lives, or end of their lives were traumatic.

This topic is completely beyond science or even anecdotal proof.

 

Aspects of reality

Some people have visions or insight into places between lives. This can be seen as evidence for higher dimensions and a multi life existence.

Life in the world unseen

red-question-markOne of the topics to be covered in my next book is the fascinating topic of what really happens when we die. What happens to us as individual souls? What actually exists up there in the unseen dimensions beyond? What does what is there, give us in the way of super clues into the true big picture of creation and the real reason for our existence and life on Earth? It is mind boggling just to think of the questions- let alone to know where to get the answers from.

Life in the world unseen

As I began my research, someone passed on to me the wonderful book, Life in the world unseen (thanks Patricia Vitins). It is a detailed description of the afterlife, as given to a medium, Anthony Borgia, by a long dead Catholic priest Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson. I have yet to read the body of it, or compare it with more modern accounts, but there were sentiments expressed in one of the opening chapters that I thought encapsulated perfectly the problems with most organized religion, and were food for thought, today.

Universal truths

Although holding to, and teaching, the Catholic doctrines Msnr Benson did have visitations from spirit. He found this physic facility difficult and disturbing as the teachings of the Church were that these experiences were the work of the Devil. He knew this to be wrong, but to admit to it would entail a severe upheaval in his comfortable life and a ruination of his writing career and reputation. After death he then saw this as a great wasted opportunity. “The truth was within my grasp and I let it fall”. How often do we see or understand things which do not conform to our religion or world view yet say nothing for the same reasons? Always staying within our comfort zone may turn out to be the greatest and most regrettable mistake we could make.

He understood after death that the creeds and doctrines that he had upheld and taught were irrelevant, or even wrong, because they have no applications to the great world of spirit and to the Creator and Upholder of it all. “ Orthodoxy (religious mainstream beliefs) is man made, but the universe is God given”.

Different religious creeds have always fought or vilified each other over what will turn out to be irrelevant differences. Too much time is spent arguing about doctrinal differences which could be spent in making our world a better place.There are many ways to God or to spirit. Also, often man made cultural overlays will distort the original message. How true this is today.

Wonderful universal truths, and a great start to my research…what do you think?

Marian

Consciousness, heaven and a surprised scientist

As regular readers may remember, the truth about the real nature of our consciousness has been a subject of great interest to me and one that I have come back to time and time again in my posts.

The great question has always been, is human consciousness just a biological bi- product of our physical human brain, or is it something else? Is it something that comes in from somewhere else and then continues after physical death? Is it one system or two?

Or does it end when we die? Is death the end of us or is there an afterlife, somewhere we go after death?

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The reality of reincarnation

 

Despite what the mainstream of society may think, I am personally sure we have lived before. Our consciousness, essence or soul, whatever you want to call it, seems to leave our physical body at the point of death.  Sometimes it comes back to inhabit a different body, and live a different life in the future. We can only speculate as to why this should happen, and what aspects of reality are indicated by the phenomenon. (more…)

Re-incarnation- adult evidence

How can we possibly know we have lived before? What actual evidence is there?  We have looked at the evidence from children (see post reincarnation-anecdotal evidence from children). Many adults also feel strongly that they have lived before.  There seems to be two main ways of accessing information from past lives. One involves old memories partially bleeding through into our present consciousness, the other involves being helped to access these memories by specialist professionals. (more…)

Re-incarnation-anecdotal evidence from children

It is very hard to prove  that we do live many times. All we can say is, that in establishing a possible mechanism in the continuation of  some  vital part of us after physical  death (see posts on  spirits and ghosts, near death and out of body experiences) we cannot rule it out completely. As we are supposed to be born with no memory of past lives, it should be impossible to even come up with any evidence at all. In practice, however, there seems to be some traces of past lives sometimes bleeding through into out present ones. It is in these bleed throughs that we can find some anecdotal evidence of this aspect of  reality. There are many examples given on the internet, but below are just a few concerning children that have come to my attention. (more…)

Re-incarnation

Have we lived before? Many people  have  considered this a  possibility.  Glimpses of bigger realities than that we have been taught exist, sometimes make themselves known only as strange insights or feelings. This is particularly true in the case of possible re-incarnation. When looking at all the reflections of ultimate reality that we are able so see, none are more intriguing that the feeling many of us get, that we have lived more than once. Could this actually be true? If so, this would put a whole new perspective on our understanding of reality. All I know is that from a relatively young age, I instinctively knew I had lived before.

What does religion say?

In our Christian religion I believe that re-incarnation is not officially considered as a valid concept. Although I do know that, privately, some priests believe it to be a strong possibility. The rumour has it that the teachings about it have been long ago suppressed. I do not know if this is true, but I do know that historically many gospels and texts where edited or burnt if they did not comply with the current thinking of the time.

Even so some traces remain. Many think that some Bible texts can be interpreted to understand that, for instance, the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist may have been the same person but born at different times. The idea of re-incarnation was anyway in existence at the time that the scriptures were written and I am told that there is no actual outright denial of the concept in the bible. Mainstream Islam also seems to reject the concept of reincarnation. Some Sufi groups do believe in it in some form though, I understand. Many “Eastern” religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism still accept reincarnation as the norm today.

The view of the ancients

Many ancient thinkers and philosophers took the concept of re-incarnation very seriously. For instance; In ancient Greece, the great philosopher Plato took it for granted that we all live many lives and choose before birth what type of life we want to experience. The concept was not new then, it was accepted mainstream belief for some cultures. Interestingly the ancient Egyptians believed in resurrection, not reincarnation.

The new age view

For many, so called,  new age believers and practitioners, the belief in re-incarnation is axiomatic. One of the main theories is, that we live different lives and play different roles to learn what it is to be human. Some times male, sometimes female, sometimes rich sometimes poor. Sometimes we are a soldier, sometimes we are an aggressor, sometimes victim. We try and play as many roles as possible to learn and grow. All past life lessons and experiences are stored on our eternal memories. We chose possible lives to enhance and expand our knowledge and understanding. Things done or not done in this life can affect the path of future lives. We go though lives hopefully learning and improving. We may be subjected to the forces  of Karma. Our actions may be recorded in something called the askatic record.  Our essence/soul continues without interruption in one dimension or the other. Life is one continual stream. We all experience birth death and re-birth until we are developed enough to be able to leave the cycle.

 

Probabilities

Is any of this possible? What could be the mechanism? Well, If our soul/essence is separate from our physical body, then the concept is not necessarily out of the question. Consciousness could, in theory, leave one body and return into another after death. Why cannot we remember all of this? Memory of past lives are said to being wiped with every new birth. You are literally re-born with no memories of who you might have been before. Without discussing now the questions of why this should happen, and where souls go between lives, the major question is does it actually happen? Is it an interesting reflection of a strange reality, or a figment of overactive imaginations?

Possibilities

The general evidence that this happens today, is of course generally anecdotal. Yet again I find that if you ask, even the most unlikely people, time and time again they sheepishly mention that they have often thought this was a possibility. They often give examples of seeing familiar places that they could not have been too before, or meeting people that they feel they have met before but could not have done in practice. There may be other explanations, of course, but there is just too much anecdotal evidence to dismiss the concept out of hand.

Aspects of reality

If we have all lived before, and may even be choosing our lives, this this opens up the possibility for many different  strange realities. Why should this happen? What could the real big picture possibly be?  Has anyone got any good ideas? It certainly hints at an organized  master plan of some sort, whether by a God or ourselves on another level.