Like many people, I envisioned the afterlife as a spirit world that has a uniformity of natural laws. Just as there are physical laws that govern this plane, I saw the next world as pretty consistent in whatever nature laws covered it, one world fits all.
From impressions I read about mostly in near-death experience literature, I happily bought into the idea that it was largely an ecstatic place. It’s why I coined the phrase rest in ecstasy to replace the more traditional rest in peace.
While I knew that some NDErs had encountered hellish environment in their metaphysical travels, I knew that the vast majority found awe and wonder. Many people also found great motivation to dramatically shift their lives once they ended up back inside their physical bodies. A constant theme of NDE accounts was that people did not want to return back to life on the physical plane, reluctantly agreeing when it was pointed out that they still had work to do.
For dozens of years, I was extremely comforted by a vision of the afterlife being a place where love ruled and where people were freed of so much of the standard issue suffering that comes with life in physical earth. You could eat only for pleasure; no one starved because food was not necessary for survival. You could sleep if you wanted to, but that wasn’t required either. There was no pain and no disease. So much suffering formerly caused by racism, poverty, violence, competition, and so on had vanished.
In short, the afterlife was a great game-changer.
I just finished reading Cyrus Kirkpatrick’s Understanding Life After Death along with some discussions in Facebook groups devoted to afterlife topics. Much of this material amounts to a big “not so fast” to the idea that everyone wakes up in bliss in heaven with access to all the secrets of the universe.
The message is that many of the dead end up in astral plane environments, which are reputed to be much more like life on earth. Sometimes people do not know they’ve died, and they wake up in places so much like the life they just left that they really do not grok the difference. A common example of that is soldiers killed in battle who do not stop fighting the war when they’ve crossed over because they do not understand yet that they crossed over.
Besides out-of-body experiences that happen during near-death experiences, some people like Kirkpatrick experiment with deliberate astral projection. These OBEs shed light on different environments. One of the dangling carrots from these journeys is that some people in the astral worlds still engage in sexual pleasures in bodies that to them feel just as real as physical bodies feel to us. So, while some sources talk about afterlife sex as energy merging and mind melding, astral sex appears to be more familiar and more grounded—yet I would postulate even more enjoyable.
To me, it makes sense that many people choose or accept living in the astral realms. One look at the worldwide media reveals a mainstream consciousness not exactly eager to soar the heights of human potential. If death does not automagically heighten our awareness and we aren’t curious about the mysteries of the universe when in the flesh, it makes sense that millions would choose to keep watching TV, play competitive sports, pig out, and generally not aspire to be much different.
The afterlife is not one generic place, but apparently contains many options. You go where you’re most comfortable going, including if you’ve never thought about it. If pondering this topic intrigues you, I’d recommend Kirkpatrick’s book.
The thought occurred to me that if there are different planes of existence, would a SoulPhone be created to compensate for those differences? Would a SoulPhone be able to reach the mental planes as well as the more physical planes?
While the SoulPhone is still years away, navigating the different planes is still a topic that SoulPhone inventors have considered. The prevailing thought: In the “operator assist” mode of the service, mediums (operators) should be able to locate people we’d wish to converse with wherever they are. Of course, this presumes that the spirit wants to be contacted, for just like here, just because it rings doesn’t mean you have to answer.
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