Life After Death
“Death is but a doorway, time is but a window, I’ll be back.”- Vigo, Ghostbusters.
Life After Death
The thought of death is a topic that raises fear in many. People will spend their whole lives avoiding or chasing youth, avoiding embracing aging, and resisting when the possibility of death is near. It is a survival instinct to want to survive death. But death is a part of the life cycle and is as significant as birth.
When a person is attached to material things, death can seem like a final endpoint, but for those that look beyond the material and see the spirit as something eternal, life is one stage in a never-ending cycle or process.
Whether you have encountered the passing of a loved one, friend, or even pet, death raises questions about the nature of human existence and how it carries on beyond our time on earth. Individuals who go through near-death experiences may also have many questions. Near-death experiences can lead to an opening of awareness and even psychic abilities.
Beliefs Around Death
There are many beliefs about death and dying. Many cultures believe death is not an endpoint but a transition from one state to another. What that next state is debatable, and except for those who have come close to death, almost impossible to know honestly.
Hindu and Buddhist traditions believe in reincarnation, where a soul may return to earth and live another lifetime according to specific rules and structures. While reincarnation is a thread woven through many cultures, others believe death is a final point and speak more of heaven as part of the afterlife.
According to theories of modern physics, no substance truly disappears, only changes form. A substance can move from one state to another but will never fade. This idea is even more so with a spiritual essence. The spiritual life force in the human, the soul, never disappears; upon death, it simply changes from one form to another, a higher state.
This concept is hard to comprehend as we are dependent on our senses and being able to see, touch and feel the world around us to understand it. It is easier to hold something concrete in our hands than to know that it still exists if it burns or evaporates. Take wood, for example. We can feel it in our hands and know it exists, yet we can’t handle it when it burns up in a fire.
The Death Process
According to Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, there are several stages to death, the physical only being one phase of a multi-phase experience. Western cultures, in some ways, have yet to catch up with age-old traditions of preparation for the death process and giving ample time for the spirit to leave the body. These traditions, among others, discuss the days leading up to what we would call physical death, as well as the days afterward. These are outlined in texts and offer a more holistic approach to death, looking at the process along a continuum.
Near Death Experiences
A near-death experience, or NDE, is when there are reports of a person having a level of conscious awareness after death, to the point where they may recount their observations upon returning to the side of living. These events have been recorded in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Mormon religions and among atheists.
Near-death experiences can result from a traumatic experience, and often trauma and opening to one’s psychic abilities go hand in hand. A near-death experience, or NDE, is when a person appears to die or clinically dies and then returns after some time.
People who have died and been successfully resuscitated sometimes undergo NDEs. They might recount being pulled out of their body near the moment of death and being able to see their own body. Another common theme is that they see a bright light and move towards it, sometimes after passing through a dark tunnel. They feel a light that welcomes them with a feeling beyond human exploitation and may only be described as something like the feeling of love.
During these experiences, many explain having seen and sensed various energies, perhaps gone through a life review. When an experiencer returns to the side of the living, they are forever changed. This change may include shifting life focus and making dramatic decisions in how they live, to a spiritual awakening, and even augmentation of psychic abilities.
A Psychic Perspective
In the world of energy work and the cultivation of intuition and awareness, death is one of many points along a spirit’s journey. We are beings in bodies, and these bodies have a finite sense of time, but the spirit lives on. A common belief among psychics and mediums is that a soul will generally live multiple lives where they learn from various experiences.
When a person seeks a reading of a loved one who has passed on, it is usually through a medium or psychic medium. A medium connects with energies connected to the being who has left the body, whereas a psychic medium looks at these energies through awareness.
At the very least, communicating with those who have passed offers comfort and validation that a loved one is ok. It is also informative to look at your death through past life readings and in general.
Death is part of life and can appear as the mirror of birth in many ways. Learning about how we exit this plane and the more profound messages and lessons we can glean from it helps to inform our decisions and expand our awareness in this lifetime. It may also lead to a personal journey to raise awareness and psychic abilities. Regardless, discussing the topic of death and dying and normalizing this conversation, especially in more Western and secular societies and groups, allows for greater awareness of life and how to die and, more importantly, live in this moment.
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