Monday, August 03, 2015

Live... Die... and Live Again - Part 7

By Stephen Ellis - The thing that separates the human mind from all others is the ability to “think”: to come to a rational decision (often the wrong one) based on the facts (or suggestions) with which we have been presented.

Every day we make choices: Should I brush my teeth today? What shall I wear? Shall I say my prayers today, etc? In more primitive areas the decisions may concern getting food to eat, getting medicine for sick children, or survival itself. No matter where our lives take us: at school, at our jobs and even in prison, we all have to make choices every single day. This is the nature of the human mind…or if you prefer...human “consciousness”.

It follows that if our consciousness or mind survives the death of our body, in order to remain the consciousness with which we are familiar, there will likely still be choices and decisions to be made.

In the course of interviewing and reading about people who have memories of a previous life, I have reached the conclusion that when our bodies die, our consciousness does not. Further, there is very strong empirical evidence that the process of “making choices” continues well into our afterlives.

One of the more common decisions to be made is: We can choose to stick-around and observe what other, living people, are doing. Some people call this being a “ghost”. There is significant evidence that some ghosts stick-around because they cannot seem to “let go” of things acquired during their lifetime. Numerous houses seem to be haunted by the ghosts of the people who built them and lived there while alive. Evidence is there that some ghosts have great difficulty in “letting go” of things they created or people who were very meaningful to them before they died.

Another seemingly common decision is to go to the “waiting place” to be re-born again as humans. (I’m not exactly certain as to “what” or “where” the “waiting place” is, but many people who recall past lives remember watching their own funeral and then going to the “waiting place” to be re-born.) This is a choice, I believe, that is made by some whose “physical aspects” of life were so pleasurable that they want to re-live them or because they felt that a project they worked on during their lifetime was still to be completed. Not surprisingly, people whose lives were cut unexpectedly short by violence or illness represent a significant percentage of those who choose to be re-born. Some religions believe that if you are re-born, you are re-born as an animal; Hindus believe that being re-born as a cow is reaching the ultimate stage of “Nirvana”.

Probably, the most important decision to be made is whether or not to move on (perhaps “towards the light”) and live again on a higher plane. It would seem to me that before you can select this option you would have to fully recognize the mistakes made during your lifetime here on Earth and acknowledge that you have learned from them so you will not make them again in a better world.

We can choose to reflect on the mistakes we made during our lifetime and seek an understanding of them and correct them. The problem here is that, even in an afterlife, we may not recognize that many of the things we did while alive were “wrong” or ”mistakes”. A simple example of this might be that, in some fundamentalist religions, the killing or brutality of others of a different faith may not be deemed “wrong” by the surviving consciousness. In this case, I believe that a greater power will not deem them as “ready” to move to a higher plane. In fact, I believe they are “sentenced” to be re-born. Perhaps that’s why the birth rate within fundamentalist religions continues to increase at a pace far beyond more educated groups of people.

This planet we call “home…the planet “Earth” is populated by several different levels of people. No one on Earth lives a “perfect” life. Every life, whether rich, poor, healthy or infirmed, is fraught with problems and uncertainties. Clearly, there is an unmarked line that separates those with a good education and those that are taught they “must” accept unexplained facts as given to them. There is an unmarked line separating those who help others and those who think only about personal gain at the expense of others. Please don’t misunderstand me: there are many educated people who are “bad” and many uneducated who are “good”. The difference is that, in the afterlife, most educated people can reflect back on their lives and recognize that their actions were bad while many uneducated may recognize this only through repeated chances of living again.

As we enter the afterlife, there are probably several other options, with which I am not familiar, that may be available to us. The only thing I can say with any certainty is that our consciousness does not die. And, if our consciousness does not die…we will live again. Perhaps here on Earth…perhaps in a far better place. The Earth is far from an ideal place. In fact, the Earth is a very war-like planet. There has not been one single recorded day on Earth when there were not some wars going on. Perhaps this is why we don’t get too many visitors from other worlds. Who wants to go to a place where people kill other people all the time?

In future articles, I will discuss the evidence that exists concerning our “aura” and experiences we have with it while living here on Earth.

If you are interested in the subject, I suggest you read my book, “Explaining the Unexplained”. You can download a Kindle of it for about $5.00. Hard and soft-cover copies are available at Barnes & Nobel and at Amazon. -

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  1. excellent, thought-provoking piece!

    - one's beliefs, attitude, outlook, demeanour, habits, desires, attachments, all these shape one's world/surroundings in the 'beyond' too. its like a flexible/plastic system. you give shape to it. late Anthony Borgia too wrote a similar thing in his books. in Sanskrit, there's a saying - 'Ante matih, sa gatih', which means one achieves that speed/state after death on which his mind is fixed upon at the time of death. those like most of us general folk who have been embroiled in mundane worldly matters all their life, those matters would still be hovering over our minds at the time of death and shall get/seek rebirth again on this plane till content, while those who have had a change in outlook in life or/and have led a spiritual life or dispensed their worldly duty well with positive spiritual mind/attitude, their case would be something different during the time of death.

    - the availability of 'choice' is a thought-inducing issue. myself would never want to be born again on this plane after this. but do i have a choice? may be, or may be not, where i may be reqd. to be born again a single or multiple times as a human or whatever, to get done with some karmic debts. or there may be some other options to do that on other planes (all that discussed prior going to the 'waiting place' probably), without getting born again on Earth. its probably a mix of choice as well as the necessity of 'what needs to be done'. if lived a balanced life without much attachments and wants while also serving the needy, the 'choice' factor may tilt heavily on our side after bodily death, while those still very much attached to everything that a bodily life has to offer, they may find themselves getting born again-and-again till their 'thirst' is quenched and dispassion/disillusionment/weariness starts taking over.

    - not aware of the belief of being re-born as a cow to be akin achieving the ultimate stage of 'nirvana' among Hindus (ultimate stage in 'nirvana' would be 'nirvana' i believe, or 'samadhi'). 'nirvana' is generally understood among Hindus as what it is - release from the cycle of birth & death. cow though is generally considered pious by Hindus (though the new breed of secular & faded ones seem eager to shed the 'excess/embarassing baggage') due to such status accorded to it by the the agrarian society because of its gentle nature and having traditionally been a companion-animal of economical importance to the village households, and some may consider a birth as a cow to be auspicious, but have never come across it being deemed as reaching 'nirvana', that stage which is achieved either with a combo of intense spiritual practices (mostly over a course of lives but also within 1-2 lives at times) + Grace in the first place, or exhausting one's karmic debts living a balanced and positive life over a span of births. the prior method may sometimes also includes a 'choice' to be reborn as an animal (if reqd.) just to bide your time while exhausting some left-over karma quickly and then move on never to be born again after discarding the animal-body (many instances and stories of incidents of such exist in some scriptures and folklore/accounts of saints & mystics of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sufism, etc.; in that case, choosing a body of a cow/dog/deer seems to be preferred/often followed).

  2. - very good point raised regarding 'realising one's mistakes' and the connection with fundamentalistic approach & religions! could very well be so. this is one central point to past-life regression studies and therapies. it is what we make of our lives & our surroundings that mostly decides the nature of the coming future (on Earth as well as in the beyond), while the ignoramus find it convenient to push the blame for the wrongs & evil on some fanciful old, bearded fellow sitting in the clouds with a big stick.

    - Earth is a 'school' and birth here is regarded as a 'schooling/learning' phase/chance. lessons are learnt from pain and experience (that strict teacher which takes test first and gives lessons later) which is what this school amply provides at every turn. its very aptly termed as a boiling cauldron of sorrow & misery in the scriptures. one line that haunts me is from an account of a person who turned from a worldly life to one focused on spirituality, and used to be a trainer for typists in the British Indian Army. he had a young British recruit who wasn't a very quick-learner and committed a lot of mistakes, mostly kept to himself, took taunts and insults silently, spoke less and never retorted, was engrossed in his own world, and all such. on being asked after a test that do you realise your mistakes, his reply was - "the biggest mistake i did was getting born..."
    well, now that we ARE born and some of us do realise the 'mistake', it would be wise to properly learn and imbibe our lessons and work sincerely (the Karmayog manner) towards duly leaving off when the time comes, never to return again after exhausting/neutralising whatever's left to be done so. ;)


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