Originally posted by Travel_light
reply to post by Dragonfly79
I think there are different perspectives:
I'm sure there are many
From what I understand from your remarks (in a nutshell) you see this life or the human existence as preparation for the afterlife? This almost resonates to the religious paradigm where we only have one lifetime, and we need to make sure we get it right or we will end up in a place where we don't want to be - hell/fire etc.? (please correct me if I'm wrong)
I'm not a religious fanatic preaching hell and doom and I don't follow a particular dogma, it's too bad I come across like that. I see it more like a career, where do you want to go after this existence? What heaven would you choose? You can only choose a heaven if you've seen it first, or maybe you are one of the lucky ones that don't have to do anything and just appear in heaven. Some years ago I would not be able to imagine there are places of complete freedom and devoid of any violence. Being in this world made me accustomed to many forms of violence, some of them I didn't even recognize as violent.
I do fear for some people who are troubled in this life and likely be troubled in the afterlife. In this life you can get help easily but in the next it might not be so easy.
So if they want to explore it, it is really cool. Exploration of these realms, and this is what I understand from this thread, is not necessarily a "spiritual path". Maybe I could define a spiritual path as a journey to discover and remember who you really are outside of this human body and lifetime - that is Eternal Spirit - and starting to apply it to your human life. That provides meaning to my life. But it is different for everybody. My meaning isn't necessarily your meaning. And a "spiritual path" may mean one thing to me and another to you.
[edit on 27-8-2009 by Travel_light]
By exploring different realms I react to whatever is going on there and through these reactions I learn about myself. That is how I learn about myself or spirit, just as I would go into situations in this life which shape me, I learn.
I don't believe we're eternal, we have a beginning (created from a "source") and an ending, but it is an ending we choose ourselves (in other words, a spirit cannot be killed by any other) where we return to source and cease to be. It must be otherwise creation would not be perfect, how could it be perfect if a being wishes to cease existing but can't? We would be forced to exist, it would just not be perfect without having the choice.