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Discover Yourself: What is your philosophy of life after death?

Years ago, I gathered up hundreds of journal prompts and put them on labels and into a cute little box for my “Discovery Journal Prompts”. I would then, put my hand into the box and pull out a label at random and that would be the perfect prompt for me for that particular day. Great plans, right???

I haven’t done a thing with them since…until now! Welcome to my Discovery Journal Prompt! If you’d like a badge to put on your page, please go here.

Here’s today’s…

What is your philosophy of life after death?
Okay, a deeeeep subject this week.  Interesting that today is my birthday and were looking at life after death on a day that I am celebrating my life.

The answer to this question is so subjective and I think there must be as many answers to this question as there are people on Earth.  I, myself, have believed a few things in my life–depending on which religious faith I was following at the time.

At this point in my life, I am not following a particular religious doctrine because there is not one that I have found that seems to teach what I believe about spiritualism.  I believed that after death people are reincarnated on the Earth again to live another life.  I have believed that we go to Heaven after we die and that we live a perfect life after we pass on–if we lived a “good” life on Earth.  If we did not life a “good” life then we go to Hell for all eternity.  I absolutely do NOT believe that any longer!!!  I actually do not believe in “Heaven” or “Hell” as I was taught when I was younger.  I do not believe in “Hell” at all.  I do believe in a form of `Heaven` but only on this plain of existence, not in the hereafter–it`s what you make of your life here on Earth that determines who you live; in `Heaven` or someplace darker.

I think there is a part of me that still believes in reincarnation to some degree.  I like the thought of us being “humans having a spiritual existence” and that each time we come to Earth we learn more an more about true spiritualism (whatever that is–wink).  I like the idea that if we live a completely unconscious existence on Earth and are about victimhood then we live a very unhappy life and we get a chance to have a “redo” and get it more right. 

I do believe there is something after we pass, that Earth is not all there is, but the fact is I don’t have a true belief in what really happens.

I can tell you the one experience I had when my father passed away and how close I felt to him after he passed away.  I felt him with me while I was grieving–not in human or ghost form, just his presence near me.  I talked to him a lot and felt (didn’t hear) him talking back to me.  I can still feel him with me when I think of him and call him to mind, `what would dad think of this?`

The last religious philosophy that I followed teaches that we all return to the Universal Energy that everything is created from.  That’s probably the closest to what I believe happens–that explains to me how my father was so close to me, he was all around me and he was me to some extent.  If that makes sense to anyone I’m not sure but it does to me.

Have a great week!!

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Sacred Sunday

I feel like I’ve been having a bit of a spiritual dilemma lately–not that I don’t know what I believe–but that I don’t know where to go to “practice” what I believe.  I’ll explain further…(this ended up being a much longer post than I had originally intended…)

Several years ago, I felt a longing to find a Spiritual home–my father had just passed away, and I felt him close to me, closer than I ever had when he was alive, I just knew he was near me and in the energy around me (for lack of a better explanation).
I wasn’t raised with any religion and my spiritual beliefs tended toward the agnostic, it was hard to find a church or spiritual centre that believed what I believed.  The only thing I knew for certain was what I was not–a Christian.  One day, I was talking to a friend from work about my beliefs and she said “you sound like a Unitarian”.  I hadn’t heard about the Unitarian faith so did some research and found that it sounded like a place I could “fit in”.  I joined the Unitarian Church in the city where I live and, for a while, it was the right place for me.  But…as I continued to go I felt more and more that I didn’t fit in.  I found the congregation very “clicky” and couldn’t seem to find a foothold in with any “group”.  As this also didn’t fit into my thoughts of spiritualism–coming together–and as Unitarian Universalists seem to believe in “everything” spiritual–it’s really not wonder that there were so many groups within one spiritual centre.  So I stopped going.  But I was very sad, because I still felt a longing for a spiritual community.  I debated about going to one of the local Buddhist Temples, but that was not a real fit for me either, because I did believe there was a spiritual power–call it God, Divine Presence, whatever, I believe there is something. 
About a year or so later, I decided to “let my fingers do the walking” and looked in the local yellow pages under “churches” and found a place that seemed like a fit “The Centre for Conscious Living”.  I had long felt that I was living unconsciously–I had gained over 100 lbs in the past 10 years, you don’t do that by being conscious.  So, I checked it out.  The music was phenomenal, they had a live band that played real music, not hymns or spiritual songs, but real music that had a “feel good” vibe.  I loved that.  I didn’t go back right away, but found they had a “Discovery Class” where you could learn more about their teachings.  So I went to that, found some kindred spirits in class, who are my friends even now.  But, I still didn’t go back to the church right away–it wasn’t until several months later, that I decided to go.  And, the energy of the church was very uplifting, the message mostly made sense.  Except they used the word, “Jesus”–which concerned me at the time because I knew I was not Christian.  But over time, the words made more sense to me…Jesus was a prophet, someone to aspire to be like “what would Jesus do?”.  I started taking classes, met more people, felt I belonged–but still had some trouble with the teaching.  Just wasn’t a “true fit” with my innate beliefs.  But, still, I thrived.  I felt loved, and accepted, and was happy to be there.
Then, slowly, things started changing.  I found myself losing respect for one of our ministers who didn’t seem to be walking the talk.  They also seemed to be distancing themselves from the congregation.  As they were someone I relied on for spiritual guidance, I was troubled that I didn’t seem to have their attention when I was talking with them.
Then, just one thing or another, just started making me feel less and less like I wanted to be there.  The last year has been a struggle, because I still have such a great community of spiritual and personal friends there.  I feel a longing for a spiritual home still.  But, I don’t believe there is anything that is offered in my city that may be the right place for me right now.
I went to http://www.beliefnet.com/ and did their “belief-o-matic” quiz and was pretty surprised by the results.
Here are my results:
1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
3. Reform Judaism (89%)
4. Neo-Pagan (89%)
5. New Age (83%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (80%)
7. New Thought (78%)
There were actually more results (I think about 20) but decided only to save the top 7 because “New Thought” was the spiritual teaching I had been following the last few years and thought it was very relevant that it was only 78%.  I had always felt that I was close to what I believed, but not quite there.
I was very surprised to see Liberal Quakers at 100%???  So…I’m doing some research into that, but don’t think there are Liberal Quakers in the city I live in.  There are Quakers, however.
I do understand the Unitarian Universalist, but, as I said know that isn’t the right place for me either.
So, I began to wonder about my Sundays, a day that I do believe should be a sacred day..  It came to me this week that perhaps it is time for me to be studying any of the several dozen spiritual books I have in my possession–Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, A Course in Miracles, the Bible…I don’t need to be at a house of worship to do that.  I feel a strong affinity for what Wayne Dyer and Cheryl Richardson teach–stronger than New Thought–so why not?
And here we are, today is my first Sacred Sunday.  I vow that each Sunday I will make it sacred by studying the texts that I have, turning inward, and meditating.  I will not turn on the TV or use my computer in any other way than for my spirituality.
I think that, for now, this is my path.
Thanks for listening (reading).
C.

Wishcast Wednesday: What do you wish to have?

Today is Wishcast Wednesday with Jamie Ridler, and the question is “What do you wish to have?”

This question is actually one of the hardest, yet easiest questions for me to answer. It’s easy, because we are constantly being bombarded with items we need to have in our life to make our life the best ever! Commercials, magazine ads, billboards, just about everywhere we look! So…I can come up with a list of items I wish to have as long as my arm in minutes.

The difficult part for me is believing it’s okay to have items.

Karma…Spirituality…

Should we want to have items? If we are spiritual, is it sacrilege to want to have “items”? The other hard part for me, is my faith teaching is such that, as part of the energy of the universe, we already have everything we need and to receive we only need to tune in to the Vibrational Energy of the Universe to receive and trust that the Spiritual energy will provide. Of course, I have difficulties asking for anything. Did I ever tell you how independent I am???

But, then again, is that really the question means? Does it have to mean some “thing”? You see the way my mind works…constant yin yang.

So…I choose to answer the question this way…”I wish to have the wisdom to trust that my life is good, I am healthy, happy, and every need is fulfilled easily, peacefully, and gracefully.” And so it is!

C.