This is a question that is on every persons mind at one time or another and I have addressed it before, but as some of you know, I like to revisit subjects and try and approach them from different angles as some of you become more familiar with the real nature of reality that I am trying to explain to the best of my limited abilities. As we have often said, there is no hell, and thank God, there is no heaven either or we would all be in for a very long time kneeling, adoring and playing harps in our spare time. Your timeless tales of heaven, hell, punishment and damnation are actually age old, worn out myths handed down through the generations by people of various cultures, beliefs and superstitions and bear very little resemblance to the true facts. They do provide fodder for threats and intimidation by unscrupulous clergy eager to relieve you of your money by offering indulgences and salvation. By the way, while I am thinking of it, God could give not one whit if you tithe or not. Actually money has little value where God is, and there are no 7-11 stores on every corner.
Now back to death. The definition of the word “death” should be changed and the lingering effect of the word itself, makes it extremely difficult to get beyond that meaning and into the real truths behind death. The dictionary describes death as; annihilation, eradication, termination, cessation, destruction and many more very inappropriate descriptive words and so we have to deal with these distortions.
Death simply is not death as you know it, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the annihilation or termination or with any of the other words that portray any kind of ending of consciousness. There is an ending for all living physical bodies, that having something to do mainly with a diminishing energy available to the human form from the entity/soul. I have said before that matter itself does not age, because it just isn’t around long enough to age, so the physical body does not age because of some inherent defect in the matter itself or because the cells get old. Even your scientists know that cells themselves have a very short lifetime and they don’t fall off because they get old, they fall off of your body because the creative energy behind them falters and fails, but they are replaced by other cells, retaining the exact same cellular memory as the previous cell they replace.
What you perceive as an ending is not an ending, but a limitation of your perceptive ability which cannot follow the transition that takes place when the dying consciousness leaves the physical form behind and transitions into another dimension beyond where your senses can follow. Dying is usually a gradual process and there is NO precise point in time where you can say that someone actually died although it may seem to you that you can pinpoint the exact moment of death. Actual death or exit from the physical plane is never a surprise to the one doing the dying, as the place and hour of death has long been known to the inner self, but of course not made known to the ego consciousness for obvious reasons. The method of death may change, but the advance knowledge does not.
Now, as you know, I often use the dream state as a handy analogy since it is something that you are intimately connected with, so lets try another one. When you sleep and dream, you travel great distances and visit many strange lands and worlds. While you are dreaming, you can just as easily be living your dream experience in ancient Rome, pre-history Atlantis or yesterday in Des Moines Iowa. I think all will agree that you are very alive in your dreams, but because the usual AWAKE YOU is then sleeping, your dreams seem rather chaotic and discombobulated and because you cannot control your dreams to any great extent at this time, you tend to think they are usually meaningless fantasies. Since the dream world does not recognize time and space as you do, there is a disconnect when you try to make sense of some dreams upon waking.
You also continue to exist as your dreaming self when you are awake and your dreaming self goes merrily on its way, charting its own future and has complete independence from the awake you in his own universe of existence. Of course you are another portion of your dreaming self, but at this point in your evolutionary development, you must concentrate your attention on one or the other. You are evolving in the direction of greater awareness and being able to be aware of both your awake self and your dreaming self simultaneously and that is a natural characteristic of consciousness. This infers that your dreaming self exists on its own plane of development whether or not you are paying attention and that is the case. Your awake consciousness dips in and out of a continuing dream world that is just as vivid, concrete and experiential as your own, the difference being that “dream world” constructions are put to together using molecules in a different way. In other words, your dreaming self experiences its world in a meaningful way just as you experience yours and the dream world is no less in quality in any way and to the dreaming self, there is purpose, order and duration and there is no apparent chaos.
Now here is something that is hard to grasp at first; the dream world has expanse and duration of its own kind, but it doesn’t require space or time as you know it. The vast distances that you travel in your dream experiences take place in the confines of your bedroom but that does not make them any less in psychological depth. Even though you can experience years in a matter of minutes in your dreams, the experience is no less satisfying. To you, the dream body has no substance, but of course, to the dreaming self the materialization of its body is quite as real as your own, even though its materialization is somewhat different as to molecular structure.
The dream world and dream universe are not your universe but it is still intimately involved in the materialization of objects and events in your world and if it did not exist, neither could your physical universe exist as you know it. So, in terms of distance, you could say that the dream universe, though not your universe, is very close, adjacent to your universe and the distance experienced in the dream world is a psychological quality very close to experiencing “depth or quality of satisfaction” interpreted as distance or space in the physical world.
The reason I went into the dream world at this time was to draw a comparison between the dreaming self, the dream identity (you) and the recently dead personality (also you).
There are many similarities between the dreaming you and the dead you, the main one being that the dead you is just as alive as the dreaming you, and in somewhat the same kind of bodily form that has been called the astral body. This is often very disconcerting to the recently passed personality as the transition process is so smooth and seamless, and the new body so similar to the previous body that he or she does not even realize that they have died. Of course the body is not the same, but it appears so and the personality soon learns that there are fewer limitations to this new body than to the previous physically constructed form. Your new body will have eyes though you will not need them to see. Your new body after death will have a mouth, although you will not use it to eat or to speak. You will soon realize communication is instantaneous through telepathy although a bit awkward at first as they learn to use their new skills.
Now, as to where you actually go when you die. This is again, one of those questions that makes me so aware of my limitations and frustrations in trying to explain something that I know, but must struggle to explain to others with words that just never seem to be adequate. As I said when describing the dreaming self and the dream universe, they seem to be limitless in scope, miles and miles stretching out endlessly, but all contained in the limited space of your immediate surroundings. Past eras of time seem to extend backward into ancient civilizations, although this all expands endlessly within your own bedroom, and they are as real in psychological fact as is your universe.
In a similar way, when you die, you transition to another plane/dimension that in a way is as close to physical earth as the dream universe, the recently passed personality being able to still see and observe their loved ones still alive on earth. Unfortunately this ability is limited to a one way sort of observance, as the ones still alive on earth cannot communicate with them in the same way. But there is another reason why communication is not easy between the departed and those left behind and that is not so easy to explain. But as usual, I will try.
I have said that the recently passed personality can still “see’ you and what you are doing in the physical world for some time after death, just as he/she hovering above, can still observe their previous, now dead body lying on the hospital bed. The dream universe is in a way a parallel universe adjacent to yours and is a fully functioning universe offering its inhabitants similar opportunities for advancement, challenges and opportunities for development under its own set of rules, but this is not the case after death. The after death plane is a more limited plane and for the recently dead, this could best be described as a stopover, even though in your terms, it may be a long stop over. This is a plane dedicated to rest, recuperation, observation, understanding, learning and decision making.
The reason that communication is difficult between the survivor personality and the living human in the physical system, is that this plane, which is a transition plane only, is in terms of psychological depth and distance, very, very far away from the physical system. This is the difficult part in the telling because, at first, the surviving personality hovers around the physical earth system, not fully realizing that he/she has died and again, in terms of distance, remains close, but as the realization sinks in, he/she finally accepts the fact of their death and fully moves into the transition plane. In terms of distance (which does not really exist), but in terms of “psychological” distance, is far removed from the earth plane, but still exists simultaneously in the same time and space continuum as your earth, so here we must talk of distance that is great, but does not really exist in functional reality.
The purpose of this transitional plane is essentially a place of relaxation for a personality who, may have just emerged from a very trying lifetime and in need of rest and relaxation. Consciousness needs rest as does the human physical form. This is a place for looking back at the previous life to see where adjustments can be made, to analyze past mistakes, to revisit them if necessary and to relive them again in need be. This is the place where the surviving personality meets its other probable selves who may or may not also be available between lives. This is the place where the survivor personality meets its entity/soul and learns more about its continuing purpose. This is the place where future plans are made for the next lifetime, where in a very true sense, worlds are selected for the next lifetime that will offer the best opportunity for the kind of development that the personality and entity decide is needed.
This is the time and place for learning and there are teachers who will help and aid those who are still clueless and are in kindergarten so to speak and also those who will advance out of the physical system entirely. The clueless will learn and evolve as no one stays ignorant forever, some are just slow learners and evolve at a snails pace. All will eventually, learning about their true situation and available options, make decisions here about their next lifetime.
It is important to remember, this is a plane dedicated to transition survivor personalities and it is not intended to be a plane offering a full system of probabilities and potential experience, but a place of reconstituting the spirit and reinvigorating the depleted desire for new life experience. So finally, I hope you can see why I flounder sometimes trying to explain something that is true in one sense, but untrue in another. When you die, you will at least at first, be as close as the kitchen sink, but pretty much unable to communicate with those that you can still clearly observe. How frustrating is that?
In other words, as a spirit, (and I hate that word), you are still somewhat in the same space as earth itself, but moving in the direction of a deeper involvement in a psychic reality that will take you light years into another transitory plane, but still in the same physical neighborhood as earth if you must speak in terms of distance. Far away, but close, and with time, this psychological distance increases and difficulty of communication with personalities still alive in the earth system becomes even more problematic as this psychological depth increases. When the survival personality, in concert with his soul/entity, finally makes a decision about the next future life and is born into another lifetime, any communication becomes practically impossible.
Let me try another tack here. It could be truly said that all worlds, all planes, all dimensions and all universes could fit on the head of a pin. They simply do not take up any space, so all are in one small space that is expansive beyond anything you or I could now understand, and there is no lack of room for more universes which are constantly being added to the mix. Think about this, how many thoughts or ideas could fit into your morning coffee cup? To illustrate this another way, imagine the most complicated, expansive, all inclusive dream that you have ever had, and it will not surprise you in the least when I tell you that all of its actions, experiences, travels, loves, tragedies and consecutive years would also fit comfortably on the head of a pin.
In a far grander scope, imagine that “Everything that Is” is a very real dream of “All That Is” (God) that gradually over eons of time, began to imagine significance in form, coalescing, coagulating into something that could, through the future development of precisely tuned physical senses, be perceived as a solid universe.
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