What Happens When We Die? I don’t know. Do you?
There are some things that we just don’t know for sure. One of those is what happens when we die. Do we go to a place called Heaven or one called Hell? What about Limbo? What about the Bardos? Do we come back again and live another lifetime or do we just have one chance to get it right? (And what does “getting it right” mean?) Do we just cease altogether and disappear from all realms?
You can find “experts” representing each idea or belief. Each declares that they are the only ones who have it right. I always find it amusing when someone gets dogmatic about things that cannot be known.
One thing for sure is that we are all going to do it. Each of us will “die” someday— so you might want to give it some consideration while you can.
You might want to watch the videos below. Put together, they are nine parts of a documentary made for HBO. They present a number of different points of view on life after life or, if you want to say life after death, that’s o.k., too. There are a number of movies that deal with life after death—like What Dreams May Come, Meet Joe Black and Heaven Can Wait. There are many more, most of them comedies. We have books, movies and TV shows about ghosts, apparitions and paranormal phenomena and stories of near death experiences by people who have been pronounced dead only to come back with stories of “the other side.” Read the article on this blog – Life After Life – Death Is Merely a Changing Room for one of these stories.
As a hypnotherapist, I have worked with a number of people who had near-death experiences. Each wanted to remember more about what happened and see if they could re-create the amazing love they felt while they were there. None waver in their stories nor does anything change. They simply recall more of the details and bask in the feelings of love and exhilaration. I have read a couple stories of those who did not have a wonderful experience but I have not met them.
Some claim they can talk with those “on the other side.” I had someone that I loved very much who died of Lou Gehrig disease in 2001. A couple of months after his passing a psychic friend of mine said she had messages from Stephen. They didn’t make sense to her and she apologized for telling me such strange things. But I knew exactly what she was talking about— things that only Stephen and I shared with each other. She was, excuse the expression, “dead on.” No one else knew. So where did the message come from? Many say they can feel the energy of their loved ones and some have seen them. How do you explain that?
What about Mediums? I don’t know. But I don’t discount them. I know there are charlatans in business, in entertainment, in sports, in government, in religion, in education— and in the paranormal realm. Also, I know that there are people in those fields that you can absolutely trust. There are several mediums that I know and trust. There are others that I don’t think are accurate.
I think life is an exciting, crazy ride that we know very little about. It is important to keep an open mind and an open heart so I don’t miss a thing. I happen to believe that that part of me that is “me”— the conscious part of me— will continue and since I have no choice in whether or not my body dies, I might as well look forward to the next great adventure.
We have had a couple of guests on the Self Improvement Show who spoke of their Near-death Experience Below is one with Donnie Tesh, a former psychotherapist.
5/10/2012: Gratitude from the Grave with Donnie Tesh