Recently a story emerged in the world press about a 104 year-old scientist from Australia. David Goodall, a British-born biologist, was tired of living at diminished capacity, although he was in relatively good health for a man of his years. He flew to Switzerland to die via that country’s assisted dying policies.
That story spawned a renewed flurry of news stories on assisted suicide in general, the pros and the cons. Being very vigilant in listening to the language used in some of these pieces, I heard statements like this from another case:
“To end his suffering, Delgroso made an excruciating decision. … With no other legal option available in New York State [to end his physical life], Delgroso stopped eating and drinking.”
An assumption made in these stories is that physical life is always preferable to physical death. Leaving life is considered tragic, a loss or defeat at the hands of nature or being beaten by the antagonists that fight natural health. The choice to give in or give up is excruciating.
The point of afterlife studies is to shift the mental picture of reality that we operate by. If the body dies but consciousness lives on, is it really an afterlife? If the mind or soul goes on, is a term like life-ending drugs really accurate?
Language has not caught up with afterlife research. A SoulPhone would validate (or invalidate) what are now considered claims from mediums and spirituality teachers about what happens during and after physical death.
Most of us are trained to think of what we’re doing now as life and what we do as spirit as the afterlife. Most do not think of the afterlife as a continuation of life, but rather, as entirely separate, segregated existence. We also don’t usually think of beautiful butterflies as dead caterpillars.
Imagine how different world consciousness would be if through SoulPhone technology, we were able to plan the end of our mortal lives in conversations with counselors who exist on the other side. People could check in and get the information they need to help them make their choice of action. They would be informed what the consequences of their actions would be, along with a red, flashing yellow, or green light.
The preciousness of life could be argued from the perspective of immortality and change of venue. Did we complete the objectives we set for ourselves before incarnating? Do we have more left to do? Which existence is right for us now?
Conversations about assisted dying often conclude that it’s a negative choice, as if it’s taking the easy way out. Deeply religious people often think of it as insulting and offending God. The concept of the “gift of life” is focused on this physical life, not as if living in spirit also counts as a gift.
Further imagine that once we made the transition and were permanently detached from our flesh bodies, we could confirm our safe emergence in the spirit world with a SoulPhone call home to Planet Earth. “Made it. Whew! What a ride.”
A major point people who argue against assisted suicide make is that it encourages people to choose death over fighting for life. One story showed a 33 year-old man told that at most he had a year to live after a brain cancer diagnosis. It’s two years later and he is still leading an active life. That fact is used to validate his choice not to give up and let death consume him.
Fighting for life makes more sense if it’s thought that once you die, you’re gone entirely. When SoulPhone technology gives us a new vision of a greater reality, that when we die we aren’t mentally obliterated, it might take some fight out of the proverbial fight for life, battles against diseases, and even cheating death.
On the other hand, having counselors in spirit might change some minds in the other direction, like maybe it’s worth it to stay in physical life awhile longer. Callers may hear the message as is often said in near-death experiences, “It’s not your time yet.”
Callers may also get a plethora of information about the dying process, easing their minds no matter how the physical end comes.
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