posted on Nov, 12 2013 @ 04:18 PM
Plato tells us that Socrates believed that if there is no awareness after death, and death truly is the end, then to die is a gain, as eternity is
only a single night. And obviously if there is an afterlife, at least a person can try not to fear death because of that fact, as they know they will
continue on in awareness, to some capacity. So really fearing death is pointless. Anyway, to touch on what you were asking about, how much control do
we really have?
I have read NDE's in which the person could make a choice whether or not to return to their body. And I have read of those who choose to go "to the
light," and I believe that someone could consciously go "away from the light." It is possible, but I'm not sure, that ghosts of people who remain
here in our physical realm are sort of "stuck" here. This could be because they could not let go of something after death, as whatever this issue
was it consumed them in life, and therefore they simply do not make the transition in the way they are supposed to. So in my opinion it is possible
that even though there may be a natural progression of the soul after death, a person can choose whether or not to follow the path that has been laid
Of course then there is the Christian viewpoint on death. Although Christian beliefs do not allow for ghosts of people who have died to remain on
earth. I have heard some say that all ghosts are evil spirits simply masquerading as a dead person, and this may be the case. There truly are evil
entities out there, and ghosts as well, and no one really knows for certain who or what these things are. Often times investigators have reason to
believe that a ghost in a certain location was a certain person who died, but looks can be deceiving.
I don't really know one way or the other. But I do think that a person has a certain amount of control after death. Maybe they have more control
after they've been dead for a longer period of time, for whatever reason, or maybe they have the same amount of control at all times once they die.
Then there is the possibility that someone who experienced a NDE might not have grasped what they could or couldn't do, because it would probably
take a little time to learn to flex your new soul muscles.