The Afterlife Has Been Debated for Thousands of Years
The holy grail of the paranormal field is definitive proof of an afterlife and what ghosts are. The debate about whether an afterlife exists dates back to the ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Egyptian eras. The believed fate of our souls varied over time, from the mummification process of the Egyptians to the Greek belief of Hades and Hebrew’s Sheol. One of the most common views evolved into the Catholic and Christian faith of Heaven and Hell. Fast forwards to today’s time, and the idea of an afterlife remains.
The most popular afterlife theories bounced around the paranormal field are of Heaven and Hell, reincarnation, and that the soul moves on to another plane. My personal belief lies between two of those theories; I believe the afterlife is a resting period after we die before our soul enters a new body. It isn’t a physical place like Earth; I imagine it’s a dream-like-state our soul’s energy recharges in. We may be conscious during that state, but like waking from a dream, it fades from memory. Once our energy recharges, it gathers again into a new life. While restoring, what happens to our soul?
What Would the Resting Plane Be Like?
Every investigator’s hypothesis about the soul and the afterlife is the catalyst for their research and will vary among us. I’ve always believed parts of religions were correct. The completed puzzle of the afterlife broke apart, each faith taking a few pieces and creating a new picture from what they had. If my hypothesis of the afterlife is correct and there is a resting period, what would that period be like for our soul?
Because our souls would no longer be tied to a body, there wouldn’t be a physical plane like Earth. I believe the place of transition between lives would be parallel to that of a vivid dream. Time and space are irrelevant, allowing us to move freely. The experience in the afterlife would be more intensified than those we experience while alive, allowing us to lucid dream. We could travel to past events in our lives and even see how different choices would have played out.
The Time Spent in the Afterlife Develops Our Soul
Reliving experiences would provide the best opportunity to learn from past mistakes, and give closure to unanswered questions during our lives. If the afterlife is similar to a dream state, you would be able to stay where would be most relaxing. The goal of this resting period would be to learn as much as you can from the life you lived and add those lessons to your core values. This would explain why some are called old souls and seem naturally more mature.
As we cycle through lives on Earth and resting in the afterlife, the core memories build and develop. But like a dream, we don’t remember the entirety of the details. But the emotions and mental state of the dream can carry over into the waking world. We may not recollect the experiences of past lives, but the key lessons carry over a lifetime after lifetime. This cycle of the energy of living on Earth and recharging in the afterlife wouldn’t be unique to humans either.
The Origin of Life May Provide Afterlife Clues
One of the things that fascinate me about life on Earth is that we still don’t quite know exactly when it started, or where it came from. What we do know is that all living creatures belong to the same family tree, LUCA being the seed of that tree. LUCA is an acronym for the Last Universal Common Ancestor. It is the bacteria that share common DNA with every living thing that has existed, both plants and animals. To read more about LUCA, check out this New York Times article.
If we find the origin of life, I believe it will provide a significant piece of the afterlife puzzle, if not completing it. As crazy of an idea of it may be, what if we discover that souls exist, and the energy forming them came from another planet? LUCA may have provided the blueprint for life, providing a physical host for souls. As more species formed, it could have allowed souls to evolve with those lifeforms. It’s a crazy idea, but we do need to look at all possibilities as investigators, no matter how out there they may be.
Currently, there are three questions I seek to answer. The first and most fundamental discovery is to seek is if there is an afterlife. The second question is are our souls limited to one lifetime, or does our energy and memories fade after death permanently? If we should discover the soul does live on after death, it leads to the third question; if we do we have multiple past lives, how long has it been happening? Did it begin on Earth with LUCA or another place in the universe as mentioned above?
Over the next few years and decades, learning more about outer space may unearth answers about our own fates. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 have been traveling longer than any other NASA spacecraft. On August 1st of 2012, Voyager 1 entered interstellar space or the space between stars. Every second that the Voyager sisters travel further, they are collecting data not previously recorded. Exploring the human brain will also unlock keys to the afterlife if one does exist.
As I research in the paranormal field, my goal is to look at cosmic discoveries and use those discoveries to build on the afterlife hypothesis and theories. If more researchers are open to the idea of an afterlife that is cosmic, it could lead to new discoveries. Not only about life on Earth, but throughout the universe.