I have been thinking lately on the notion of – that when we separate from our bodies after death – that what we will experience is going to be, in some way, consistent with our expectations. This is easier to comprehend when we read NDEs where people are met by their deceased loved ones, or for people with certain faiths – the faith leader … for instance Jesus for Christians, Buddha, Ganesha etc, etc for other faiths.
Then there are those people who report other kinds of experiences – Mellen-Thomas Benedict who experienced the Universe profoundly in the presence of a loving and benign creator, and Eben Alexander who experienced his disembodied entity in a way where he was completely disassociated with his Earthly identity. All of these people had a pretty nice time being out of their old bodies and exploring the What Is.
Then there are those who didn’t have such a good time when they found themselves ‘dead’. George Ritchie and some others had a pretty terrible time and came back to live a life devoted to ‘good works’ … possibly because he had seen that there were dire consequences for people who didn’t live a ‘good’ life. How is this consistent with the idea that most NDEers report – that the life review soon after death is a learning experience for the deceased rather than an act of judgement, and that the ‘God presence’ is one of complete love and acceptance?
Lorna Byrne, who lives her life in a very interesting way in the company of angels that she can see everywhere and who accompany us as we journey through our Earthly incarnations, says that she has been shown that there is evil in the world – but she is not clear on it’s purpose. Other spiritual leaders have said that some evil is necessary to enable the exercise of free will – if everything was all sunshine and lollypops there would be less value to our intrinsic souls in undergoing the difficult earth incarnation.
I come back to my notion that what we will experience after we die and separate spiritually from our bodies will be influenced primarily by what we expect. Even hardened disbelievers that anything at all will occur after they draw their last breath will go through a transformative process before moving away from their earth bound persona and discovering their true self. When they review their achievements in their immediate past incarnation they may truely believe that they deserve punishment – and that will be what takes them to a place resembling ‘Hell’ … something must have been experienced consistent with this and then reported back by NDEers long ago to have allowed the notion of Purgatory and Hell to be sustained by organised religions for so long. I also believe that it is important that, while in this life, we can fully understand ourselves and our motivations so that we can forgive anything that will hold us back from fully loving ourselves … and so be able to move through this life and into our true spirit with grace and peace.