Posts Tagged ‘life after death’

The astral plane

Just editing my life after death chapter in my Superclues to reality book. I realized that I had not done enough about the astral plane. It is interesting because it brings together, on some level, the religious and non religious views of life after death.

The astral plane

The astral plane was believed by the ancients to be a plane (or dimension?) crossed by the soul in its astral or spirit body on the way to be born or on its way home after death. It is also where the angels and other immaterial beings reside.

Another, more modern, view is that it refers to whole of spirit existence where all that leave the physical body go and live their non –physical lives. It is much larger than the physical universe and is teeming with spiritual beings and spiritual worlds.

It also tunes in with the religious view of creation. It may encompass Heaven. The ancient  illustration shows God at the centre of it all

Other religions have the same concept. In Islam it is known as “The Barzakh, olam mithal”, or intermediate world. In Judaism it is known as, “The world of Yetzirah

An interesting concept embracing both ancient and modern wisdom.

The reality of who we are-4

In my last few posts, looking at who and what we actually are, I have been talking about the fact that we are, at base, nothing more than energy beings living in an energy matrix. I have also hinted that we may well be either holograms or a computer simulation. (Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX certainly thinks we are!)


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 ( 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.



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.

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?


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…)


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.



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?


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.



Mechanisms for continuation after death

In my last three posts ( the reality of death and other dimensions, mediums and spiritualism), I discussed communicating with the dead. I also talked about  what aspects of reality this possibility would indicate. This included a multidimensional universe. Part of trying to  prove that part of us  can go on after death, is working out how it might be possible. We can talk about the spirit leaving the body and passing to another dimension, but the mechanism is not easily explained. What follows is one attempt at an explanation given to me by a friend who is a medium. (more…)

Communicating with the dead-spiritualism

Could continuation after physical death be a possibility? As well the  individuals that believe this to be true,  some institutions actually think so too. Of course, the conventional mainstream organised religions believe this  is an unarguable fact. However, many people who are not conventional religious also accept this principle. Their proof seems to lie in the ability of some people to actually  to communicate with dead (see previous  post, communicating with the dead-mediums ). (more…)

Surviving death

If anything in my field of interest (aspects of reality) appears on the TV, I often save it to watch later. I had an interesting looking programme on the planner called “surviving death”. Understanding what happens after physical death is vital to our understanding of what sort of reality we are actually living in. (more…)