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What I think happens in life and thereafter.

There is no supporting evidence for this. None. But I think this photo depicts what happens to us in our life and afterwards.

Firstly, the sign.
The concept that life ends when we die is a man-made concept. Take that away and the picture takes on a different meaning
In the foreground, the road and painted line shows the direction that has been mapped out for us. We may have painted the line or we might be following a line painted by others. It’s still a direction we follow. Life is reliable if we walk this way. No surprises.

The end of the painted line.
Notice that the line stops but the road continues. At some point in our lives we don’t need to follow a direction. We just know which side of the road is the safest and the direction we should be travelling in. It’s still a direction followed by most but we don’t need as many rules to guide us. We brush our teeth, save some money and have the weekend off without thinking about it. Admittedly, doing these things does save you some heartache later but really it’s your choice. There are consequences for everything. Even if you stop in the middle of the road there is a consequence.

The gravel.
The end of the road and start of the dirt shows our partial return to the way things should be as we age. We can start to connect with the natural way of life and appreciate the little things. Like being outside. Feeling the wind. Listening to our own thoughts. All these experiences becomes more comfortable as we realise that all things pass. We end up walking our own path regardless of others. The realisation that happiness and contentment is up to us makes it much easier to live.
The decisions we have made, passage we have taken, and where it has lead us finally shows what really matters. Material gain and credit for our performance loses its lustre. The knowledge that others are struggling now seems to drive us to a point where we are rewarded with a deep contentment that only service to another living being can give.

The sign.
It may be the latest theory to explain death but it really just shows a transition. In science, nothing disappears, it changes state. Ice melts and become water; water boils and becomes steam; the steam seems to disappear but really spreads out to become, well, everything.

Afterwards.
Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. There is a continuation of us but as the picture shows, things change.
It seems to me there is a natural beauty thereafter. No roads, no directions, no hazards. Still in existence but a more natural one that allows us freedom that we haven’t experienced beforehand. Whether we continue into the trees or the sky is up to you. All we do is move forward into a new experience.

I’m definitely no better than you.
Only difference is, right now, I’m writing this and you’re reading it.
I could talk to you about life events. Things that I don’t have a monopoly on.

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3 days later
It’s my birthday in 13 days.

My first birthday.

Actually the truth is I am 51 but it will be a year to the day that my heart stopped for four hours. On purpose.
You see to replace part of a failing heart with titanium, it has to be stationary.
So now as a heart valve recipient I have a new lease on life physically but a massive change came over me emotionally after the operation. I suppose many people who have had a life or death experience feel the same. (more…)

A Longer Life

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Sprituality
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Find something bigger than yourself.
Negative thoughts will stay away when you are involved in something that is much more important than your little life.
I went to visit my Grandmother’s grave yesterday. First time I had been there since she died many years ago.
I went with my father who is now 75. He was extremely happy that I went along, that I asked that he take me.
As we were making our way through the rows of headstones looking for his mums name to appear, we came upon an area set aside for the clergy.
Father Thomas, Sister Maria, sister Isabella.
As we were wandering past the headstones we noticed the number of people who had reached well into their 90s that were religious people. The denomination didn’t really matter. As we walked into the area where lay people are buried, the average age dropped at least 20 years.
I doubt if God kept the priests alive because they were on his side.
I believe prayer and meditation gave them a calmness that increased their life span.
I suppose it’s a bit hard to be depressed when you are working for God.

Something bigger than you.
As we dig deep we find that after our initial physical needs are satisfied we need to find spiritual rewards.
To lose ourself in a pursuit.
If that pursuit involves improving the well being of others, it miraculously improves our life and increases our life span.

Unbelievable, but true.