Most people I know believe our soul and spirit
survive physical death. Of course my
circle is skewed by my choice of profession and social group. I consider myself especially blessed that way
to be honest.
Organized religions however, have failed to provide
a workable map of the spirit world. Rather sweeping and vague variations on
heaven and hell comprise the primary narrative.
I would include the notion of reincarnation in this mix as well. Hell is
returning over and over again to the same place while heaven is finally being
freed of having to go back in yet another physical form.
The whole matter of reincarnation confounds me but
it’s no secret that millions of people in the east and west believe absolutely
in its reality. The jury is out for me
on whether I envy or pity them. There is
something rather horrible yet poetically beautiful about this notion. It frees us from the burden of retribution
for one thing and fosters development of delayed gratification but it also
encourages passivity in an acceptance of the appalling and growing economic inequality
in the world today. In other words, it’s
okay to be poor this time around because in my next embodiment I’ll be rich as
a reward or way to bring things to balance (however you want to look at
it). Sound familiar? In Christianity our reward for embodiment
poverty will be riches in heaven. All
organized religions have a variation on this theme.
You should be worried if you’ve enjoyed a
privileged, self-indulgent and narcissistic lifestyle no matter what faith path
you follow. There seems to be a
consensus on that one across all faiths. The have-now, pay later would seem to
be the case in most spiritual traditions – rather like spiritual debt!
Spiritualism, rising as a faith in the 19th
century, however provided us with some rather mind altering and graphic
descriptions of the spirit world. I have managed to garner a few things about
it that you might find stimulating to ponder,
is no time as we know it here in embodiment.
Everything is now, forever, instant, dynamic and still all at once. This is a difficult concept to understand
when we are so used to time being linear, constructed, and moving forward at a
steady, predictable pace. The closest we get to heaven-time is when we
experience a flow state.
have purpose which means everything. We
pursue, do, be with purpose and it’s all about healing ourselves and helping
others to heal and achieve wholeness, at-one-ment (atonement), en-lighten-ment
and peace. There is struggle, strife
just like here but power is allocated differently.
continue to be busy. We have a lot of
work to do whether it’s teaching, learning, healing, passing messages along,
consulting in pairs or groups whatever needs our attention, energy, gifts or
knowledge. Just because we no longer
have to concern ourselves with work associated with embodiment (eating,
drinking, sleeping, sex, money, ego) we have a host of new tasks to attend to.
are different houses or perhaps more accurately states of consciousness in the
spiritual realm. There is the house of
learning, the house of healing, the house of spiritual guidance, the house of
forgiveness, etc. Many, many different
houses. Again different sorts than here
since we need no protection from the elements (although we need to learn
spiritual protection from toxic contamination spread by those who are very
travel enormous distances very quickly.
As soon as an inspiration of place enters your spirit you are there
instantly; as soon as your spirit turns its energy to another soul they are
present instantly. We traverse
universes, other planetary bodies and epochs.
teachers are the best of the best. We
have many par excellence teachers here in embodiment to be sure but in the spirit
world they are in a whole ethereal class of their own. All the greats throughout all time are accessible to us
(well that’s if we’re at the right stage of development to understand what the
heck they are on about). To have the opportunity
to commune with the originators of an idea, inspiration, invention or wisdom
will be such a delicious plethora of riches, it will more that compensate for
not having access to physical pleasure.
That will be simply a memory.
regard to memory however, we’ll remember every little tiny bitty thing that we
ever did or was done to us. That’s why
there are states and spaces for healing and forgiveness. Here we enjoy a rather selected memory option
but in the spirit world that will not be the case.
Daily I’m privileged to listen to stories of how
loved ones continue to visit either in dream state or in some rare cases, when
the person is awake. Some will describe
grandmothers, fathers, siblings speaking to them through symbols while others
have quite detailed and complex conversations with passed-on, loving souls.
A Sacred Attachment
What is fascinating about all this is how few
people consider who they will continue to visit once they have passed to spirit.
Native people describe how each one of us is a single link in the chain of
seven generations behind and ahead and suggest that our spirit will return to
the earth for seven generations ahead to see how our descendants are faring. Now that’s a daunting thought! I didn’t have children so I’m not sure if
that means I won’t be visiting or if I’ll be visiting other people’s children.
I fervently hope that the next seven generations on earth are happy, healthy
and fulfilled because hell it will be to witness suffering in the extreme of
others without having the power to help.
My own theory is that whenever we have affected
another person’s destiny in some manner we have invested a piece of our soul in
their life purpose. This means that we’ve formed a sacred attachment or
contract until the impact of that interference has been unravelled which
certainly could take many generations!
Yes, it is our destiny to be that interference and to pay the
consequence for it. Too bad. Spiritual development isn’t for sissies. Some
hide in retreat of the outside world for this reason (in an effort to avert
such a tie to the karmic wheel) but I doubt that’s going to address the
issue. We’re all snagged into it somehow
Healing Wounds We’ve
I’ve learned a few things about the spirit world. There
is always a reason for those in spirit to stick around the earth plane and it
seems to be about healing the wounds we’ve inflicted. It’s not about punishment or
retribution. It’s about healing. If you
didn’t get empathy while here, don’t worry you’ll have lots of time to learn it
That’s what is meant by cosmic justice, karma, and
atonement. When a loved one comes to visit, know they are on a challenge
mission. One they embrace with great
love and enthusiasm. It is their continuum
path to self-forgiveness and enlightenment.
You’ll have your own soon enough.
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