Blogs by Jennifer Holly MacDonald
Nothing Changes And Then It Does
3/4/2011 6:37:02 PM
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I am just thinking about when a person dies and then is reborn into the next body there is this long period in the first few years maybe even a couple of decades where there is a sense of immortality. Itís because we know we havenít really ceased to exist, weíve just picked up and carried on in the next body. Then it occurs to us what it takes to build up a life, to build up an identity in one body and we realize that there is an end and that when we die we canít just come back and resume this all over again from where we left off. The body dies and we donít get to keep our credentials, career experience, earthly rewards, bank accounts and whatever perks we had established and itís hits us that there is an end, there is a limit and we understand that we are not immortal and that we will one day stop having access to the life that we built up. We donít live on in the memories of others. While loved ones or others may remember us, we donít get to experience our lives through them, we are cut off. That is the end we fear and rightly so, it sucks. Weíve worked so hard and then itís gone. Or rather itís out of our reach, all of a sudden everything we have created is inaccessible to us.
But we are not our bodies and we actually do go on.
We may opt for another go at it, another body, another experience on earth or we may stay back awhile and enjoy whatever it is we enjoy at Home, The Home, The Home Of All Homes. Whatever that is I think itís a many levelled, multi dimensional experience however it is not physical.
So we know we are immortal yet we know this must end in death and since most people loose consciousness about their own souls throughout a normal human life, we are repelled by death and view it as the kind of loss that never ends. Some of us know there is something more and some of us remember what we are in moments of clear vision but it is hard to stay focussed on reality when you are living a physical life.
We all have doubts about our souls though. We all have doubts about the continuity of our individual selves. We makes up religions to ease the pain of this doubt by contriving rules of redemption and being saved from the ever lasting end. Doubts upon doubts. Maybe if we just make some stuff up about being good we can imagine our way into an after life.
Some people give in to the doubts completely and renounce any knowledge of any sort of consciousness after physical death claiming that this is it and all there is. Douglas Adams is dead and gone forever and ever and ever. What was the point anyway? What was the point Douglas Adams? Oh right, youíre dead and no longer exist.
It could be true. There is a great deal of evidence that it is true. For as many people that experience life after death memories, see ghosts, and have psychic experiences, there is no actual, physical evidence of our souls or that any part of us survives the physical death. As convincing as my Grandpaís visiting dreams are, none of them are proof of any reality and I cannot know that he has actually come to visit me from beyond. And even if I do know this, I canít claim it as truth to any one else. So ultimately there is no actual knowledge here, just a subjective experience.
I have a personal tendency towards the continued existence of the soul after physical death. That seems obvious right from the beginning of this writing considering the glaring reference to reincarnation and the hint that I donít have much doubts about the reality of it. I find it frustrating to feel so close to myself as a soul yet feel that I am cut off from acknowledging the spiritual because it is quite unscientifically provable. I love science. I love the technologies and the insights it has provided us. I am frustrated that it canít test the soul because to me it is so obviously there, so present in each moment. It makes matter move.
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