My spiritual journey has been going on a long time…a very long time. After decades of exploration, I ended up with a belief structure that’s not particularly traditional, but it is what it is. And actually, it’s more a “knowing” than a belief. I present some of my thoughts about it here with no need for you to believe the same way. Everyone’s journey is different.
I believe that when our work on earth is done, we move on to another world, one we can’t even imagine. Earth isn’t just a planet, it’s Soul School, and here, we’re meant to learn and grow in love and light. All of the things that happen to us are meant as lessons, even the hard stuff. Especially the hard stuff. And then, one day, we’re ready to move on.
Sometimes, we’re here more to serve others than we are to learn. Maybe that’s what happens when a loved one is taken “too soon”–they are meant to teach us something. But there is no “too soon.” There is, however, always a reason, even if we don’t see it yet.
And while traditional religious beliefs are often big on judgment, that’s not what happens at all. I feel pretty certain of that because I got a little peek into how our lives on earth are planned during a between lives regression. In the process, I lost some of my fear of death and began to really understand it as a transition to the next stage of being. We never really die, and the whole eternal life scenario has absolutely nothing to do with the specific religion we follow.
Could it be that afterlife, or after life, is really just a continuation? Life after life?
Dead or alive, it’s all the same.
I read those words in the memoir of one of the afterlife researchers I most admire, Raymond Moody, MD, PhD and I think it sums up what I’ve learned in my own spiritual explorations. What I’ve come to KNOW.
I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate my graduation. For me, death is a graduation. ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
In fact, when you know, there is no need to believe in anything. Belief systems look to me like our primitive attempts to make sense of the unseen, to force it into some human structure. If we think about it, the Son of God is no different from the sun god of ancient cultures. But it’s impossible to look at spirituality with any human structure, really, because it’s not human, not at all. A French Jesuit priest once said that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and not the reverse. I so get that now.
Which is why most belief systems don’t free us as much as they weigh us down with fear and fantasy. The idea that we’ll be punished for our transgressions? That’s not how it works. That is, however, the way people were kept in line way back when. Through fear. And while it might be nice to think about floating on clouds surrounded by harp-playing angels, it’s not what happens. Fear and fantasy –the basis of most organized religions — are part of the reason we fear death.
There is no reason to fear death.
As Edgar Cayce once wrote,
“It is not all of life to live, nor yet all of death to die.
For life and death are one, and only those who will consider the experience as one
may come to understand or comprehend what peace indeed means.”
Death comes to us all. No one is immune from it. And there is nothing to fear, because what lies ahead is more wonderful and fantastic than we can even imagine.
I’d love to hear about your own spiritual journey.