After thinking about this for quite some time I have come to the conclusion that we do go on in another form, though I don't know what it is.
It has become clear to me now, and it will probably become cloudy before long and then clear again, that because of the existence of the Universe -
and by extension, us - we will go on forever, or until the end of the Universe.
It seems obvious that the Universe is trying to do something. Manifesting particles into planets and balls of gas, as well as many, many other
things. Consciousness seems to be a priority of the Universe. Consciousness has manifested itself, through many millions of years of evolution, into
an intelligent being. The knowledge that is gained through our experiences in consciousness and recorded via memories seems to be a type of hard drive
for the Universe.
It seems like the Universe is trying to experience more of itself than just being there. It seems to want to understand itself. It does this through
us. One question I would love to have answered is "Does the Universe receive our thoughts, as well as all the other thoughts living beings have,
simultaneously or are our thoughts our own singularly?" If they are our own to have while we are here, then why be here at all?
Maybe we are a primitive attempt by the Universe to achieve something more. This all seems to play out in progression and we have no idea what place
we hold in the order of things. Are we just starting in the Universe or are we toward the end? Who knows, but I don't know who.
The fact that we are here independently represents our connection with the Universe and everything else in it. No matter what we learn or are told,
we are 100% a product of the Universe. We came from the Universe and we will go back to it. Our thoughts are a product of the same Universe, as is
our consciousness, and we both will return to the Universe.
It doesn't own us, it is us. No matter what, our existence here now, and our knowledge of it, means that we are 100% part of this Universe and
always will be. The comforting part of that is the fact that the Universe obviously manifests consciousness and we are a form of the manifestation
here. It is exciting to be a part of that and to be blessed with that knowledge. We can derive from that that we will go on, as does the Universe
and we will be with it until the end.
I think the question that frightens most people isn't whether we go on or not, but is the uncertainty of remembering our past experiences in
different lifes as different life forms.
If we were to remember even just one of our previous lifes it would make everything so much more complicated, but maybe somewhere in the Universe this
is standard practice. Maybe somewhere the laws as we know them are a bit different and so are the things that exist within them. Maybe one day we will
live in a place like that and will be blessed with the knowledge of our life here, now, and all the other ones we may have already lived and the ones
we may live.
Knowing we are here now allows us the comfort to know that we do exist, we are a part of the big picture - no matter how small we seem individually or
as a whole - and we will continue to be a part of the big picture, because we are here now.
Sorry for such a long post. Like I said it seems clear to me now, but I am sure it will become cloudy before it becomes clear again.
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[edit on 23-7-2009 by esteay812]