How would the advent of the SoulPhone affect suicide? Would it make it more or less attractive to someone contemplating it?
The Netflix original movie The Discovery suggested that if someone scientifically proved that there was an afterlife, millions of people would opt for a quick change of venue. Poof! Outta here! The movie never really explained why suicide had became so popular in the post-discovery era; it left that detail to our vivid imaginations.
I have been seeing more news stories on depression, particularly among younger people. It’s becoming more of an epidemic, with suicide often a result. One of the likely suspects is the influence of social media, not only for fake news and targeted marketing that follows us around like stalkers, but how virtual reality has been shrinking real-life intimacy and connection. More and more people feel isolated and alone despite all the diversions available. Self-esteem often plummets. Verbal sniping and bullying abounds in these virtual environments.
So whether they believe they are headed for eternal nothingness or hoping to escape to a more loving refuge in the sky, people often think of suicide as a solution.
A working SoulPhone would constitute scientific proof that other dimensions of consciousness truly exist. Unlike electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and instrumental transcommunication (ITC) methods, the SoulPhone would not be so subjective. You wouldn’t have to struggle so hard to figure out from the garbles and static what is being said. “Yes, Son, there is an afterlife, and I’m here right now.”
The larger message will emerge that death is not a ticket to oblivion. There is no true fade to black. Consciousness continues. Yet how will the average person interpret that message? Will it mean do your time on Earth that you signed up for? Or will people interpret the afterlife as an invitation to blast off for new horizons?
THE MYTHOLOGY OF SUICIDE
Both religion and popular culture have dumped a mythology about suicide into the collective. It’s often suggested that if you take your life, you’ll roast in hell. Thanks, religion. Another version manifested in What Dreams May Come when suicide dumped the doctor’s wife into a hellish world of her own creation until she was rescued. The irony, of course, is that Robin William played the good doctor who rescued his wife from her personal hell, and in his real life, he took his own life. Does Hollywood imitate life or does life imitate Hollywood?
Suicide happens for a whole range of reasons. When Thelma and Louise drove off a cliff, it was much different than when the Warden at Shawshank offed himself to avoid capture and jail time. People who choose assisted dying for medical reasons are coming from a much different place than revenge suicide.
Once the SoulPhone is up and running, researchers could compile a more comprehensive and accurate answer about suicide. This would help people make more informed choices about their futures, perspectives not currently provided to people thinking of ending it all.
I have often noted that taken as a whole, the available media culture is far more negative than positive. It is far more devoted to conspiracy, chaos, exploitation, violence, and mean-spirited behavior than serving up solutions, inspiration, harmony, and optimism. It often becomes too much muck to deal with.
The SoulPhone is poised to offer humanity a spiritual lifeline, both in highly personal and generalized ways. While many will likely deny its authenticity, thinking of it as New Age bunk despite all the science, more than enough people will find it life-changing once they see the SoulPhone demonstrated.
I believe the SoulPhone will have a positive impact on people considering DIY death. We currently hear/read various accounts of spectacular ways in which Spirit steps in to change someone’s mind about taking his or her life. With SoulPhone, it could mean a more straight-forward call to a hotline where an authenticated counselor in spirit could suggest alternative healing remedies for life problems. A counselor could also offer a unique perspective to any dilemma which might be driving someone towards suicide.
Society in general is not doing a good job in preparing people for living a worthwhile life. So many people feel flat-out lost. Some forward-thinking nonprofits are bucking this trend, but in my own experience, much of the profit-based society is about increasing fear and depression, not easing it. They say that sex sells, but anxiety sells more.
We cannot depend on SoulPhone intervention alone. The fix also has to come from the rest of the world. If reality sucks, and that’s the way it is, so be it. It’s likely that way by cosmic academic design. We’re here to learn in Earth School. Yet SoulPhone conversations with reliable authorities could help us reframe our mind set on our purpose, our challenge, and our course.
Certain myths seem to prevail in the metaphysical world. For example, there is Erik Medhus. In his young twenties he shot himself to death, but then emerged via mediums as a wise teacher, albeit one with an edgy potty mouth. This potentially sends a message that if you blow yourself away, you will become instantly enlightened just like Erik.
The idea that people get tortured for taking their lives has lost a lot of favor in the 21st Century. More commonly it’s suggested that taking one’s own life delays one’s spiritual growth and forces a lifetime do-over. Even Erik says don’t kill yourself. Some NDErs echo that. Their suicide attempts taught them that we don’t die, not really, just our bodies, but DIY death can create a very bumpy ride into the next world.
Much advice coming from the other side is from people who suffered mental anguish when they took their lives. They suggest that dealing with a problem is much better than hoping it will just go away through suicide. Often the problem we’re dealing with in physical life is what we volunteered to deal with before we incarnated.
“You’re going to be bitterly betrayed by a cheating mate and have a horrible divorce. It’ll be great. You’ll learn so much.”
“Wow, where do I sign?”
Knowledge is the big game-changer and that’s where the SoulPhone could shine big time. Just being able to share issues and challenges in a non-judgmental conversation would be great medicine for healing.
A sometimes-overlooked feature of near-death experiences is the pain of rejection some NDErs feel when they are essentially refused admittance to the afterlife. “It’s not your time yet. You agreed to this. How can I miss you if you won’t go away?”
If we had access to a SoulPhone, we could have these conversations without the trauma of a painful NDE. Just as university students can check in with their counselors, students in Earth School could have consultations with guides. With more and more people gaining access to this greater reality living, maybe the whole planet can lighten up.
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More kids, especially girls, are attempting suicide. It’s not clear why. (NBC News article)
Just say no to mass suicide. My take on why this would not happen as it did in The Discovery.