Stories we tell ourselves

Whatever happens, we tell ourselves stories.

So frequently I have long since lost count, when I check my Facebook news feed, I find some item about someone whose loved one just died.

Sometimes that crossing was predictable and anticipated. Sometimes it was unexpected and shocking.

Then there are the stories of celebrities passing, sometimes in their prime and sometimes past their prime. Each death brings shock value from mild to intense. In our inner worlds, celebrities often represent periods in our lives when they helped define us over the years. The death of one is a symbolic death of part of our history.

Whatever happens, we tell ourselves stories. That’s how we make sense of what happened. We set the event into a story.

Whatever happens, we receive and perceive the news of death as we have been taught. People who think of death as the ultimate penalty—dust to dust and lights out for the remainder of time—will perceive someone’s death one way. People who think of death as just a caterpiller-to-butterfly portal into the loving embrace of another dimension will perceive someone’s death in another way.

There are as many stories as there are people to tell them.

THE PLOT THICKENS

The beauty of a soul phone is/will be how it can change the story by introducing tangible evidence of the survival of consciousness. If the story you have been telling yourself is that death is the final exit, never to be heard from again, and then you hear something convincing by clairaudience, electronic voice phenomenon, or instrumental trans-communication, the story is going to change. The plot is going to thicken, twist, do cartwheels.

This has happened many times to many different people, such as those in the documentary Calling Home who believe they made contact with dead people through technology. Their deceased loved ones and colleagues all of a sudden did not seem so deceased in big picture terms. Yep, still missed in physical form, missed a lot, but now not so gobbled up in oblivion.

Millions of others have had their own near-death or out-of-body experiences which played a major number on their previous perception of reality. Take, for example, Eben Alexander, the neurosurgeon who was a firm, unyielding believer in scientific materialism. He changed his mind about that after experiencing his own unexpected adventure in nonphysical reality. At the time, his physical brain was about as shut down as a human brain could get, yet his consciousness was having the time of its life.

The world is filled with awesome stories of people getting what amounts to soul phone calls. Some came in the form of recordings left on answering machines and analog and digital recorders. Others came in the form of TV pictures and phone calls. Some soul phone calls came as a result of research. These people were searching for signs of intelligent life from spirit. Other messages received were completely unexpected.

Plot twists like this get sewn into the tapestry of death always forming in a person’s mind. The emergence of a soul phone will create a bumper crop of plot twists.

STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES

Whenever you process the story of a death, consider that it is your story. You are giving a spin to whatever happened.

This gives you some control over your universe. That’s important because much of our world is set up so that other people assume control over our stories.

Say that there is a mass murder somewhere. What usually happens? People watch it on TV or online or read about it. They see it through the eyes and ears of the media outlets. The media outlets give it spin. Journalism doesn’t yet consider the possibility that souls survive, so reporters bombard the viewing public with all the horror and speculation about the physical event—who did what to whom and why. Viewers then take that input and largely perpetuate it as it was spun.

Senseless killings, violent world, crazy people, so tragic.

Without a soul phone, we aren’t going to hear from the murder victims. We won’t hear them say, “What’s the big fuss? I’m standing right here! I’m fine!”

THINKING INDEPENDENTLY

In many places in society, we are not encouraged to think for ourselves. We are told what to think. We are conditioned to think and feel a certain way on auto-pilot.

We can take personal power back by independent thinking when we are processing life events. We don’t have to follow the crowd.

Whether we are processing news stories about killings or dealing with our own grief, we are telling ourselves a story, often making it up on the spot. What does this death mean? How am I feeling or supposed to feel? How should I act?

By just realizing that we are telling ourselves stories, we can better shape the story. In turn, that helps us shape how we feel.

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