For you, what happens when you die?
20 Apr 07
I believe in reincarnation, so I believe I will be reincarnated into another form of life until I've gathered enough wisdom from all of these lives. Once that happens then my soul will reach some sort of nirvana or summerland. It's a form of heaven :) I personally don't believe in hell.
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20 Apr 07
I don't know if you've ever read the books by Sylvia Browne but she has a wonderful description of the "Other side" as she calls it---it's completely different lets say than what many Christians are raised to believe as far as a heaven with the pearly gate and angels...Her description is very similar to the concept of the Summerlands we wiccan/pagans think about -- it's another realm, a world where all who die go there..doesn't matter what race, religion, ethnic group --we all go there regardless...and...I can't remember if she ever mentioned this..but one thing I do know..as Mark Twain said.."If there are no animals in heaven, I'd rather go to hell..." and so would I..I couldn't think of a realm in the other side that didn't have animals, and especially the pets I've had over the years---If the concept is right though, that all types of people wind up in the same place and are peaceful about it and no conflict..isn't it a shame that we have to die in order to get along with one another..why can't we all do it when we're alive?
20 Apr 07
Wherever I go, it isn't now, it is in the future that is non-existent as yet. So it's a speculation - may be true, may be not, a belief is never certain but..... :) I hypothesise (LOL - sitting on the fence there aren't I). Start again... I reckon that there is a space of being, (that I have touched on experientially from time to time), that is beyond my mind therefore beyond the capabilities of these words I can use here to describe. The Zen Masters call this the Great Void. True "no-thing", yet existent beyond thought. And then, from this Void, comes creation, into which Self is born and re-born. This is the relative (yin-yang) world of masculine and feminine which creates even more "effects" manifestations. The Great Void, from whence we come and return, is the world of "Cause" that has no opposite but is the context of the entire universe, physical and non-physical. This world of Cause is the origin of all "being-ness". There is no thought in it for there is no need for it, as all is "being". All is one. Then, I hypothesise, we may split ourself away from the Void in order to learn about it from the view of the material (relative) world -which is none too easy. And occasionally, we may get small scraps of our previous consciousness (previous lives) come with us, but many of us are not conscious of this. Some of us are aware though - and we are labelled as either nutcases, psychics or in the dark ages, may have just been burned at the stake for heresy. Even though it is in perfect harmony with most religious belief of God being All and Everywhere. I think of heaven as being the state of nirvana (enlightenment) achieved through the efforts to transcend our physical (yin-yang) limitations and realise that as all is one anyway, we can choose to be the way we are and not have it thrust upon us as we do in the relative world. Hell? Well, that's just a state of not knowing and being totally subjected to our karma and earthly conditioning. Of course if somebody is going to play with monsters and demons that is what they will perceive in the relative. A very uncomfortable experience no doubt.
22 Apr 07
Once you go into the light (or follow the man with the cookies) you will probably experience a life review. After your life review you get to decide where you go and what you do next. Some people choose to incarnate again pretty quickly... I think hell is here on the earth...