Inspired by that "Afterlife Experiment" thread i am right now reading this book
The Afterlife Experiments
which is pretty interesting, but I have some questions.
Let's for the sake of it assume that mediums like John Edward etc. are genuine, I myself am still torn between my healthy skepticism and some of the
accounts in the book. Let's, for the time being, assume there is indeed an afterlife.
Our classic understanding is that we, every being, has a "true soul" or "self" which is separate from our physical body. This true self is then
what survives our physical death and would then continue to exist in the other plane, Trying to cite from the book "and continue to grow" similar as
in our physical world.
However, one thing we all know is that everything connected with our physicality will be gone upon death.
Even if our understanding is that our "true self" is independent from our physical appearance, I think that many things which make us an individual
are INDEED tied to our physical appearance. A person/animal etc..has so many characteristics which are a result of the physical body, like, size,
shape, the sound of their voice etc. just to name a few.
Now, those accounts about contact with the deceased always include that the deceased in the afterlife do in fact appear as they were in the physical
"I see a rather big woman, has some problems with their legs. Gray hair. Is this your mother?"
"I sense a pet, it's a small dog. It has 'wire hair'." "Your brother is there [in the afterlife] too. He lets you know that he is with your
So, obviously, even after death and with the physical body gone, the deceased still have an appearance. They still seem to exist as those beings they
were when they were still alive.
Why is that? Has any being which resides in the afterlife a choice to appear as they wish, eg. they choose to appear that way so it's easier to
communicate with them? The "small white dog" is still the small white dog....grandma still has her gray hair etc....
What happens if a human, say, undergoes a terrible disease and in the last years of their life gets old, blind, fragile, or say, loses a limb....then
in the afterlife still appears as if before they got sick?
Why does grandma not choose to appear as a young girl in the 20s - rather, the medium "sees" grandma being the "old, big lady with the gray hair"
What I am saying....theoretically I dont have a problem with the idea that our "true self" would survive in the afterlife and then continue as an
entity there....but I have a problem with the fact that our physical bodies vanish...but the deceased in the afterlife STILL have (sort of) the
physical bodies and characterisitcs they had when they were alive...I just want some insight there.