Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
Concluded from Part 2
I talk about the afterlife because it interests me to think that something exists beyond this reality, and my intention isn’t for the people who read this to focus so heavily on the afterlife that they forget to create an enjoyable life right here, right now.
I want to help people consider that consciousness does live on after death, and the place we go when we die, though different from what most of us would expect, is a lovely place that’s permeated with a higher vibration.
In realizing this, I hope for others to see that this world can be just as heavenly as the afterlife and inspire them to do the inner/outer work that’s necessary to create heaven on earth.
If we ‘lay our treasures in heaven’ (to quote the Bible) so heavily that we forget to bring some of that treasure back to earth, we’ll find when we pass on that we missed a great opportunity to express heavenly qualities in a place that’s been known to be rather hellish.
We’ll realize that we made a huge mistake, and some of us might want to come back to earth so we can help others feel the joy and heavenliness that comprise the realms beyond.
Claude Kelway-Bamber tells us that most religious people who cherish their instilled beliefs about heaven would be surprised at how ordinary the fourth dimension is.
“If, when I woke to life here, I had found myself floating about the clouds clad in muslin and with a pair of wings, I should have realized the fact [of my death] sooner. Incidentally, too, friends on earth would believe the stories of those who have ‘passed on’ more readily in a setting of the kind I have described.
“What they find difficult to understand apparently is the very little change between life in the physical body and in the spiritual.
“People with narrow, set, and orthodox beliefs are puzzled by the reality, the ‘ordinariness’ … of the spirit world. If it were described to them as ‘flashes of light,’ ‘mauve and sapphire clouds,’ ‘golden rivers,’ etc., it would more readily approximate with their preconceived ideas. They require ‘mystery’ about this future life.” (1)
She finds it funny, she tells us, when the newly arrived don’t expect to see things they associate with life on earth.
“I often laugh when I hear them complain they can’t believe in ‘solid’ things like houses and gardens in the spirit world.
“These same folk have always believed readily enough in ‘solid’ thrones, harps, crowns, etc., the perquisites of ‘the saved,’ which things obviously must be supported on other equally substantial substances – the thrones and harps on and in material floors and hands, and the crowns on very solid heads, I imagine!” (2)
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us that patience is required to help the newly deceased adjust to the fourth dimension, which is usually nothing like they thought it’d be.
“As you can imagine, a great deal of patience has at times to be exercised when we are confronted with minds that are tenacious of old beliefs and ideas that bear no relationship with the truth and facts and realities of spirit life, and it may take much arduous work to free the newly arrived person of so much that is mentally inhibiting and spiritually retarding.
“You will see, then, the wisdom of choosing instruments who are ably suited in all respects to the work in hand so that a difficult or awkward case may not be rendered more so.” (3)
Only people who can willingly correct the distortions and misunderstandings of the recently deceased can help them understand their new realm, and a lot of patient and diligent work is required to help them transcend the illusions they created on earth.
One’s perception of the fourth dimension gradually purifies as they spend more time there, and this is due partially to their own desire to explore the realities of this realm (as opposed to the illusions) and partially to the diligent efforts of their ‘transition guides’, who help them understand its true nature.
They eventually learn that life is a gradual progression back into the Source, and when this realization sets in, they’re prepared for whatever service they want to embrace in their new home. Love, selfless service and the exploration of our spirituality sets us on a path back to Source, but before we can embrace those qualities, we have to allow the illusions we’ve created to dissipate.
In our final quote, Frances Banks affirms that nobody’s forced to accept the reality of the fourth dimension and they can stay immersed in their illusions for as long as they want.
“No soul is coerced, forced or bound by creeds. If he believes that this is Heaven, or conversely that he is in Hell, then for him, that is so at his present state of progress.
“Helpers and Teachers and Great Souls there are in number to explain such errors of thinking, but there are no rules to follow and obey except the Divine Precept of Love, Light, Wisdom, and Understanding.” (4)
I’d imagine the stability of the recently deceased is more important than anything, and if a person’s beliefs give them comfort and stability in their new home, however illusory or assumptive the beliefs are, there’s no harm in letting them sustain their illusions until they’re ready to see what their new home’s really like.
As long as they’re mentally and emotionally stable enough not to panic or lose themselves in fear, I’m sure their transition guides are happy. They’ll eventually awaken to their true situation, but until they do, they might as well be allowed to have a little fun.
When the physical body perishes, our consciousness will be freed and we’ll explore a higher state of consciousness that’s different from, yet similar to, the earth. We might not enter the afterlife through pearly gates or walk on gold-lined streets (unless we create them), and even if we do, we’ll eventually recognize that they’re illusions our expectations created.
We’ll eventually see that the fourth dimension (and the higher realms in general) is exactly what we envision it to be, but after we’re there for a while, any illusion we’ve maintained will be replaced with a blissful, if not a little mundane, state of consciousness with traits that are recognizable to people who just left earth.
Frankly, I’m glad the fourth dimension features earthly conditions while still being a blissful, spiritually abundant place, because I love this world. I love everything about living on earth, and even though the fourth dimension sounds great, I hope I never have to leave here.
I hope the Rastas are right and we get to experience eternal life on what’d be a more heavenly, utopian earth, because this world features a range of heavenly qualities that we only need to open our minds and hearts to see.
This planet is as beautiful and higher-vibrational as we let it be, and the same can be said for the fourth dimension and every higher realm we’ll experience when our earthly adventure’s over. I honestly hope our adventure here on earth is never over and we can enjoy a planetary society (not a one world government) that’s filled with love, unity and eternal life for everyone.
If not, we have plenty of blissful higher dimensions to fall back on.
- L. Kelway-Bamber, ed., Claude’s Book. New York: 1919. Downloaded from http://www.spiritwritings.com/claude1.pdf, 18 Feb. 2008, 10-1.
- Loc. cit.
- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, More About Life in the World Unseen. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1956; c1968, 13.
- Helen Graves, Testimony of Light. London: Churches Fellowship for Psychical & Spiritual Studies, 1975; c1969, 108.
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