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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Is Death Preordained?

By William Allan
Anonymous, I have read that God decides in advance the time and place of our death. Is this possible and if it is, can it be changed? Are we destined to die at some specific time and place and is there any way to know when and where in advance and maybe arrange not to be there at the appointed time and place, and skip the appointment?

First and foremost, there is much that needs to be cleared up regarding the subject of death. Death is something that mankind has feared and been fascinated with since the beginning of time, but in order to have any intelligent discussion, we must first agree on a commonly held definition of the word "death".

Dictionary definition; Death is the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism.

In this article and for purposes of discussion, the Soul is the Entity, one and the same, it's just that for personal reasons I prefer the term Entity over Soul, due to detrimental religious baggage attached to the term Soul.

In greater terms, there is truly no such thing as death as you understand it. The above definition is correct to a certain extent, but not entirely true in other terms. At what you would call the point of clinical death, a perceived cessation of all vital functions is misleading at best. Your physical body does terminate some physical functions upon death, but that does not mean the your body is devoid of all conscious actions.

It is true that the vital functions of the physical body do shut down upon death, but the human personality is much more than the physical body. In fact the physical body represents only a small percentage of the human personality while it is materialized in human form.

You are not your physical body, and never were. Your consciousness uses the physical form as a vehicle to gain experience while it is centered in the physical world. Your consciousness exists independent of physical form. It existed before you had a physical body and it will continue to exist after the physical body is long gone.

Your present habit of trying to pinpoint the exact time of death is erroneous at best, since there simply is no one exact point of death. Dying is a process, a withdrawal of the directive consciousness from the corporal structure, but this process is usually not an abrupt exit, but a gentle departure that can take varying lengths of time, depending on the motivations of the dying personality.

There are many extenuating circumstances considered as the personality makes the decision to leave the physical plane behind, many of these circumstances having to do with the desires of the dying personality with regards to his intensity of affection for the physical system and for those who he leaves behind.

If someone operates well in the physical system, he is usually more reluctant to part ways, but on the other hand, if the personality has not adapted well to physical life, he may be anxious to get out of his body and leave the earth system behind.

Your physical body is much more and far more complex organism than your scientists realize. Your physical body, in terms of inhabiting consciousness, is composed of your inner conscious personality attributes, the overriding directive consciousness of the organism.

But there is much more to consider. In an over-simplified way, your physical body is a two part construction, consisting of the inner directive, identity consciousness that you refer to as the ego, the (I) that you know so well and the bodily consciousness, about which you know very little. The body consciousness operates under the directive of the inner self and functions quite automatically.

You, in total, are made up of literally millions of small conscious particles, beginning with the smallest known to science such as electrons, atoms and molecules. The physical body is the result of almost unimaginable co-operation of these innumerable, smallest conscious, physical particles, working together to construct a viable physical construction that will serve as a home for the directive, self aware consciousness of the physically materialized directive, ego personality while it is focused in the physical system.

Unbeknownst to most of science today, every bit of physical matter possesses some degree of consciousness. This body consciousness is a gestalt consciousness composed of the minute consciousness of every particle that joins in the physical construction.

To understand this and much more about the miraculous assemblage of atoms, molecules and organs that participate in the construction of the physical body, you must at least begin to understand the co-operation required of all elements that participate in this construction.

I know this will be hard to understand for those who are new to these articles, but understanding the creation of the physical body, you will also have a leg up on understanding the construction of your environment, your world and your universe. They are all created in precisely the same way.

Consciousness is a participating endeavor in which all physical particles join into gestalt formations of every physical object and event, but for now lets stick with objects. These smaller particles, such as electrons, protons, atoms and such all have an inner knowledge of their being, and at the risk of being committed, I must also tell you that the same particles that compose a rock, in their limited way, also posses a more generalized consciousness. To you, they would not be considered alive since they don't move about, but neither does a flower or a blade of grass, but still, they do perceive.

It can be no other way, since consciousness creates physical matter, and if a rock did not have some degree of conscious awareness, it could not be a rock. I would like you however, to keep in mind that "everything is consciousness". There is nothing that you can see or perceive, in your waking state or in your dreams that is completely devoid of consciousness.

When you die, your inner directive consciousness has begun a process of separating itself from the physical body. To attempt to identify the exact time of death happening is a mistake, since in some cases, such as in the "coma state", that separation has happened long before the last breath is taken.

When the enduring inner personality withdraws from the body, the body consciousness, which is composed of the individual consciousnesses of all of the smaller particles, may live on for varying lengths of time. It is not uncommon upon exhuming graves of those long dead, even after hundreds of years, to find that the hair and finger and toenails are continuing to grow.

You live in a world of freedoms of actions and movement, limited mostly by your own beliefs. When you took on a life in the physical system, you were given complete independence from your Soul/Entity and while the physical body is alive and functioning, there is and can be no interference. Actually, from the perspective of the Soul or Entity, it is incapable of interfering once a new personality has been given life. So, you are on your own, for better or worse.

As far as the creation of new personalities, God has very little to do with that, since it is the Entity that creates new personalities, the Entity, so intellectually and spiritually advanced, that it has what you would consider God-like qualities. It is the Entity that creates new personalities and it is the Entity that is involved when the time of death approaches.

To the Entity, who sees beyond death, death is no big deal. The life of a personality could be compared to a day in the life of the entity. The death circumstances of any personality are known in advance by the Entity, but in terms that need further explanation.

You live in a probable system of reality, where all possibilities of action are probable. What that means in laymen's terms, is that all probable actions, including death, exist simultaneously alongside of all other probable actions. Some possible actions are more probable than others, and for that reason, some rather reliable predictions can be made in advance, by being able to perceive the field of probabilities.

All physical actions are materialized and rise up out of the field of probabilities, but until the final choice as to which action will be taken, which event will be chosen to materialize, changes can still be made. From this, you can see that there can be no such a reality as "pre-destination".

As an example, a very simple analogy is in order here. Lets presume that you are a racecar driver. In the field of probabilities, which I hope by now, you have gathered is a field of psychological future events; all of your possible future probable deaths exist from the day of your birth.

For you, it would not be too far off base to make an assumption that the possibility of a violent death would be more probable than a peaceful death in a nursing home. But, that taken into consideration, it would still be impossible to predict or know for sure, since new choices can be made at any time prior to selecting specifics.

At the very last minute, before a race, you could get sick, withdraw from the race, be taken to the hospital and die in bed of pneumonia, although this would not be the most likely probability.

The final death decision is made through inner communication between the Soul/Entity and the personality. Usually there is agreement, but in the end, the Entity will make the important decision to continue or to terminate the present life, knowing that nothing more of great value can be gained by prolonging the inevitable.

On another level, no one ever dies who is not ready to die. The Soul/Entity is aware of this information before you are born and you are not disconnected from your Soul.

From its lofty standpoint, the Soul/Entity knows what is best and has the interest of the personality in mind. The Entity, being aware of the continuity of life, already sees a probable new life rising out of the field of probabilities. Unfortunately, at this stage of your development, you are not privy to the same type of information.

As far as God and life's events are concerned, there is NO SUCH THING AS PREDEISTIATION!

My name is W. Allan, single male 65, a resident of Naples Florida. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and have in the past, written a column called SECRET REALITY, for spiritual and metaphysical magazines. I have recently published two e-books available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony E-Reader and several other e-book formats. You can contact me any at my e-mail address:

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beyond the Gates of Death

By Bonnie Moss
Does Death Come Without Warning?

Edgar Cayce expressed it best - in a trance, the psychic stated, ".. with error entered that is called death, which is only a transition or through God's other door into that realm where the entity has built, in its manifestations as related to the knowledge and activity respecting the law of the universal influence."

"Dying is a process which begins before the soul takes leave of the body and in fact begins before any illness, accident, or happening which may cause physical death." - Harvey A. Green
In sleep, the soul travels to realms outside the physical and material world. A time comes when in these travels, the spirit/soul departs in preparation of moving past this earthly life. It is a time when the soul travels between the two worlds-the earthly realm and the realm beyond. Death is an inevitable part of being born. In youth when life is full of dreams and health is excellent, who ponders death? Yet- in a moment, death can come knocking.

No one really knows what lies beyond death.

It is all speculation as to how and what the realm beyond death is like.There are no verifiable evidence of a dead person coming back to this life to share a glimpse, if that, of what life is after death. Contact with those who passed on are all based on personal experience, some are conducted at seance, where a medium claims the uncanny ability to make contact with those who are supposedly in the other realm.

There are volumes of books written about specific evidence that there is life beyond the gates of death. Religious or social beliefs, teachings, culture or tradition has not presented a concrete evidence of life after death. There are those who do not believe there is life beyond. Death is the end. These can only be subject to argument- they can neither be proved or disproved.

A Transition Zone

Death is a mystery. More mysterious is the question where do the dead go? Is there a life after death? What do us, living humans know about death? Is there such a place where life goes on after death in a totally different realm? Death is the end of a physical, material existence. There is a popular belief that at death, the dying person sees a playback of his /her life - success, failure, mistakes, relationships, a total sum of what their life was all about.

Rudolph Steiner writes: "our transition after death is like stepping into our own thoughts where we have existed all along. This is an inward step, so small, so natural; yet from a material perspective it is so abrupt, and so extreme. At the moment of change some of us are completely aware of what is happening, some of us only partly aware, and yet others totally unaware. Ultimately we meet and greet our own death with the same awareness and attention to detail we gave to our experiences in life."

The transition zone is a place where the soul/spirit goes immediately after dying. This is a spiritual dimension where the soul gets a chance to adjust to what is beyond the physical death. This is believed to help the soul who is crossing over, avoid confusion and minimize the shock of dying as the soul enters a different realm and dimension. For some, it can be a hellish experience, but a temporary one. There are those who do not realize they died and passed on to another realm. It is like a dreamstate, where a dreamer is transported to a world not consistent with their waking reality.

Spiritual Perspective of Death

Some of us are afraid of death. It is human nature to cling on to life. Medical breakthrough makes it possible to prolong life. There are many cases where such measures are futile, the physical body becomes a prison. Yet- no one knows when the Grim Reaper will come calling. Life does have its ups and downs. Torment can plague a person in its very core. When it is too much to bear, a person commits suicide. Accidents have claimed many lives. Death is a road to one destination for all of mankind. What awaits us in that realm?

Is there a reality beyond death? Edgar Cayce and Rudolph Steiner believe there is a realm beyond the gates of death.While on earth, our reality is outwards. We clutter our lives, we develop attitudes that can be harmful. We stay further away from an inner reality, a spiritual perspective. Upon death, as the soul leaves the physical body, it reflects on the physical realm inwardly. These are the memories, relationships, activities and the clutter stored within which seem prominent at the first stage of dying.

In death, one steps into one's thoughts, seemingly a small, natural step, yet from a material
standpoint, it is extreme and abrupt. In time, the soul/spirit's attention finds a different focus. For those who receive prayers from loved ones on earth, this is a time when it is needed the most.

The Borderland

Some writers refer to a realm, the borderland, found at the outer edge of the mental realms, where all the material aspect of life is manifest in its purest state. It is believed that the soul who gets here in this realm is definitely aware of a change, or awakening. Senses are sharper and more sensitive. The soul/spirit finds its true being. In this realm, one feels like one just emerged from a hazy daze. The surroundings are familiar- places, faces of people you've known who passed on before you, some unknown souls who may have shared some connection on earth.

The borderland is where a detailed review of one's earthly life occurs, with clarity that was obscured while on earth.

Rudolph Steiner notes that there are beings around who provide protection from getting immersed in this emotional state and confusion. There is no limitation imposed by time or space in this realm, but this review process is gradual. This provides the healing that is needed. This process allows the soul to move on. There are regions in the valley of death where the departed travel as they ascend to the Eternal Light.There are Beings of Light who have always been around in that realm by their choice to provide guidance.

Death is indeed a celebration of life. Beyond its door is a good place- where illness, violence, anger, hatred and other negative human traits are not known to exist. There are souls who need to work on negative traits while on earth.

There is a belief that some souls/spirits choose to stay in solitude for undetermined length.There are souls/spirits who choose to be earthbound. There are others who choose to re-incarnate and plan their next life on earth. Edgar Cayce predicted that he will be back on earth in 200 years.

Gifted individuals who have a second sight or insight into life beyond the grave share their beliefs on what lies beyond the gates of death. These thoughts help to diminish the fear of dying and it is refreshing to have a glimpse of what awaits in the realm of eternity.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul, he leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil for you are with me.

ref mat: research of Harvey A. Green
Edgar Cayce - Discourses
Rudolph Steiner
Emanuel Swedenborg
Harinder S Sandhu life

Bonnie Moss writes to share her thoughts and experiences with her readers. She adds a spiritual dimension in most of her writings. She hopes to inspire others to look deep within and share their knowledge. She believes that we can all make a difference.

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Questions to Consider When Choosing Between Burial and Cremation

By Mitch A Albom
One particularly difficult decision that we will all have to make at some point is whether we want to be buried or cremated when we pass. Although nobody can make this decision for you, I will now outline a few questions that are worth asking yourself when you are trying to make the difficult choice.

What Does Your Religion Teach?

In some cases, the choice between cremation and burial will be decided upon by the religion that you prescribe to. Although the number of religions that forbid cremation is significantly less than in the past, there are still some religions that do indeed forbid it. The most notable example is probably Judaism.

How Much do you Want to Spend?

Much like most questions you have answered in your life, one factor to consider when it comes to choosing between burial and cremation is how much money you want to spend. In general cremation is significantly cheaper than burial but this only applies if you do not purchase the many add-ons that most funeral directors offer. When you choose to be cremated, you have the option of purchasing a casket to place your urn in during the funeral ceremony and you can also purchase a headstone at a memorial park. Should you purchase these items, cremation will not work out that much cheaper than burial.

Do You Want to Choose the Green Option?

Many people who have cared about the environment during their lives, want to do so also in death. Should you feel this way, cremation is the right way to go. The chemicals used in the embalming process of those about to be buried are highly toxic and when you choose burial, you will also be taking a spot on the earth forever. Many people also consider both the carbon footprint left by machinery being used to dig a grave and the fact that coffins are not biodegradable.

Where do you Want your Remains to Be?

Probably the most important question to answer when choosing between burial and cremation is exactly where you want your remains to be kept.

When you choose burial, you can choose a graveyard that is near to your loved ones. Doing so offers your loved ones a place to pay their respects and many people argue that a burial patch is very beneficial during the grieving process.

On the other hand, should you choose to be cremated, there are significantly more options. Most people opt to have their ashes spread in a place that they were happy or a place that has important sentimental value to them.

What You Don't Need to Ask Yourself

Finally, there is a pretty common misconception out there that if you choose cremation, you cannot have a traditional church funeral service. This is not even remotely true however. If you choose to be cremated, other than the fact that there will be an urn instead of a coffin, your loved ones can still attend an identical funeral service.

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