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Why does magik work sometimes, why do big miracles happen upon occasion, why can ghosts make stuff appear on occasion, but all-in-all, this stuff is SO rare the average work-a-day human thinks it's complete fantasy?
Well.... ? Heh...
I often wonder what it would be like to be an ancient tree or a mountain and to have 'seen' what they have. Or even to be a planet or star and 'see' so such more - can you imagine watching your own solar system developing as planets coalesce out of the dust over millions/billions of years.
...and occasionally this dovetails with our wishes or our wishes are close enough to the intended result to that we slightly affect the outcome to suit us.
..In fact, back when I was a practicing 'Christian', I shocked the bible study group with my firm conviction that even Lucifer would be forgiven, if he sincerely wanted to be.
You see in the oldest stuff I could find, when the "soul passes out past the skull sutures", then that's the "ascension" of the human to Buddha-land or whatever, and then the story ends.
Check the concepts of Trikaya: Dharmakāya, Sambhogakāya, Nirmāṇakāya.