reply to post by MarshMallow_Snake
-Raised in a pretty religious Christian Background
-Became an Atheist while in my teens and early 20’s
-Last couple of years, became interested again in spirituality which led me to study reincarnation.
So with that background, my opinion as to your first question:
1 - How many of you think that the after life is just what I said above...created by people who feared their own mortality?
While I can’t argue that it is not possible we just made up the idea of the afterlife for comfort purposes, I sincerely think there might be
something to life outside of our physical body.
In cases where people have recalled their death in a past life, many people describe experiencing such an enormous relief --- almost shock and
feelings of pure elation upon their discovery that their consciousness continued to exist outside of their physical body.
In addition, the many cases of people who have reported “near-death” experiences and/or “out of body/astral travel” lends credence to the
possibility that our consciousness will continue on after our physical body dies.
An interesting comment that many people make when recalling a past life death, is that their nonphysical reality feels more “real” then their
physical life. In others words, after their death, they began to view their physical lives as more transitory and almost feel like they have “woken
up from a dream”.
On the other hand, to believe these accounts, you have to accept that these people are not delusional, mistaken, or deliberately lying. I will admit
to being somewhat cynical regarding many of the stories, however, I’ve read about so many interesting cases that are backed by compelling evidence
and researched by well-respected people that I’ve come to believe that we are likely more than just our physical body.
My answer to your second question:
2 - If there is an afterlife, it cannot be eternal in the way that humans think. It has to be something we cannot, as humans, fully understand. Like
the comment in the other thread stated, that would get old fast... So, there has to be something different, maybe each death brings us to a new life?
What do you think?
Yes to everything
I do think that after we die, we have a choice to return back earth in a different form. Probably as another human in a different life.
“Apparently” we travel in “soul groups” whereby our close friends and family will often reincarnate with us, albeit in different forms. Ie.
Your best friend in this life might reincarnate as your brother in a next life. Or who knows, we might chose to experience life on a different planet
or in alternate universe where the laws of physics are vastly different.
Similarly, from other’s people description of “their life between lives” it seems that there are many different dimensions in which we can chose
to live --- and so we might decide to exist in a different form that we can’t even comprehend right now.
In fact, there’s probably little chance that while we’re human we’ll ever be able to comprehend just how complicated and beautiful our existence
might be. When I think about it, I feel that our lives and consciousness are made up of so many overlapping layers and dimensions that we’ve likely
barely scratched the surface of what might be out there.
According to some researchers, who have asked past life subjects (while they’re in a deep hypnotic trance” what the purpose of it all is: A common
answer is that: at the end of it all we’re all "one". We exist in and are part of everything. People call it God, the Divine Source ect. And that
the reason we choose to live as physical beings is because:
1. We love to Create
2. And we love to have new experiences
3.And all of these experiences that we create help us to know ourself better
I don’t know if that’s true. Because that would mean that God has chosen to experience life as me and at the same time has also chosen to
experience life as my smelly neighbor down the hall. And likewise, God has even chosen to experience life as my cat. Which is crazy, because even I
wouldn’t chose to live a life as boring as me lol. But according this theory --- God, or The Divine Force has decided to have the experience of me
drinking one too many beers and writing a way too long reply on ATS. (I could however understand why God might like to take a breather and experience
life as my Cat
And then if this is true, we would have to direct our attention to those who inflict evil. And it’s hard for me to comprehend that a kind,
benevolent God would wish to experience that. It’s just too hard for me to stomach the theory that the suffering of so many innocent souls has a
purpose and might balance out in the end.
So in conclusion, I do not have any answers yet. But better or worse, these are some of my crazy musings to your very interesting questions
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