The Journey of the Soul
By Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
The Opening of the Way
the only event which we can predict with absolute certainty, and
yet it is the event about which the majority of human beings refuse
to think at all until faced with the imminent and personal issue.
People face death in many different ways; some bring to the adventure
a feeling of self-pity, and are so occupied with what they have
to leave behind, what is about to end for them, and the relinquishing
of all they have gathered in life, that the true significance
of the inevitable future fails to arrest their attention. Others
face it with courage, making the best of what may not be evaded,
and look up into the face of death with a gallant gesture because
there is nothing else they can do . . . Still others refuse altogether
to consider the possibility; they hypnotize themselves into a
condition wherein the thought of death is refused all lodgment
in their consciousness, and they will not consider its possibility,
so that when it comes, it catches them unawares; they are left
helpless and unable to do more than simply die."
Bethlehem to Calvary by Alice A. Bailey
The Tibetan, through the mediumship of Alice A. Bailey.
He also referred to death as The Great Adventure.
And, indeed, it is. The words above are so true, and they speak
to us all. How we actually experience death depends, to quite a
large degree, upon how we perceive this great adventure while living
upon the Earth plane.
What is death?
How do we experience death? Does it hurt? How quickly does it happen?
What about life after death; do we survive? If so, in what capacity?
Do we meet loved ones who passed before, or do we lose all sense
of personal identity and recognition? What is the after-life like?
These are just a few of the questions surrounding death which people
have asked and pondered over since the beginning of earthly time.
the journey of the soul, death truly becomes a great adventure in
which the way is opened for the soul to pass from one realm of life
into another. It marks a point of transition. How we each get to
that ubiquitous state of transition varies with circumstances. What
we experience after we cross that elusive threshold, known as death,
also varies with the individual. But the actual experience; the
actual crossing over the threshold, between one realm of life and
another, is amazingly quite similar for most people.
Life, in many
ways, is a series of deaths. We are always moving from one experience
to another. The point is: we are always moving! Thus it is with
death. The point is: we are always living! Death, then, becomes
a very natural part of life. We move from one room into another.
Depending upon which side of the doorway we happen to be in comparison
to the one crossing the threshold, we label that transition either
death or birth. Please note this last statement. Death and birth
are basically the same process. Both involve passing through the
same doorway. The only difference is the direction of movement.
What is death on the Earth plane is birth in the Spirit world. And
birth onto the Earth plane can be considered death in the Spirit
In these next
few lessons, we shall discuss the first of several death processes
that the soul experiences between one incarnation and another. Yes,
physical death is but one of many deaths which we encounter as we
move from one earthly life to another. We could settle, once and
for all, the question of death by saying that death does not exist;
that there is only life; that death is but one of countless experiences
found in life. But that would be quite a lot to ask you to accept,
without some further instruction.
let us look at this wonderfully great adventure, known as death.
Before we examine the process of physical death, we need to look
at the question of survival. Nobody can deny the existence of death.
The vital question surrounding death is: do we survive the experience;
if so, how? Once we understand that we do survive death, we can
then look at the process of death itself and what follows.
at the dilemma of proving that we do survive death, we are confronted
with the following question: what constitutes proof? Proof of survival
is a very personal matter. What is unquestionable proof for one
person may hold no validity for another. Therefore, we must begin
by saying: we are not attempting to prove survival here. Proof must
come from within; but proof often approaches upon the wings of knowledge.
And knowledge is something that we can provide.
several phenomena which psychic researchers have, over the years,
investigated that indicate the validity of life after death. They
Process: Preliminary Remarks
of how one approaches death, the process itself is quite similar
for most people. If death comes suddenly and the person does not
believe in any form of after-life, then the conscious mind is most
likely not prepared for the experience, and there could be a period
of confusion after death. Thus, the importance of understanding
death, before we meet it face-to-face.
If, on the
other hand, death comes upon the individual gradually, let us say
after a lengthy period of illness, then the personality is given
an opportunity to prepare for the experience. This can be very helpful
for a person who has never thought about death, or who does not
believe in any form of after-life. This period of preparation can
last for a few days, up to several years, depending upon:
- The needs
of the spirit. What did the incarnating personality plan for
this period of earthly transition? For most people, the general
time and condition of death are planned prior to coming onto
the Earth plane.
- The resistance
of the personality to let go of the form aspect of life. This
is a very powerful force; one which may cause a person to linger
upon the Earth plane well after his or her planned time of death.
If the person is strongly body-oriented, he or she will consider
that letting go of the body means letting go of life. We are all
subject to the attractive powers of the Earth plane, and we tend
to cling to the body with great tenacity.
modern-day technology, there is the issue of life support systems.
Who makes the decision for whom concerning death? Is the spirit
ready to leave, while family members insist on keeping the body
alive? How does this affect the spirit? What is the definition of
death, and who decides that all criteria for that definition have
been met? These are complex questions which run right to the roots
of what we are attempting to teach in these lessons.
of influences that may cause one to cling to the body, physical
deterioration and other factors will eventually bring about permanent
separation from the earthly form, and death will ensue.
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