in the Spirit World: Part Three
Integrating Individual Lives Into the Whole
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Who are we? What makes us who we are?
What happens to us when we pass through that elusive doorway, known as
death, and arise within the Spirit world? Are we the same person, or do we
become absorbed within some cosmic or collective consciousness?
To the non-reincarnationist,
the answer is quite plain and simple. "Uncle Joe" will remain
"Uncle Joe" in the Spirit world, perhaps forever. Traditional
Spiritualism teaches that a child who passes from the Earth plane at a
young age will grow up, physically, in the Spirit world. How this thought
ever wound up within a philosophy which promulgates the reality and eternal
nature of the SPIRIT has always amazed me.
If we consider the truth of
reincarnation, the answer to these basic questions may seem a bit more
complex, yet more fulfilling. Am I the person who just died, or am I the
person who died in a previous incarnation; or the one before that; etc.?
Reincarnation has never
promulgated that we are alive at certain times and not alive at other
times. Nor has it ever promulgated that we are less alive at any one point
in time than at another. Reincarnation simply recognizes the truth that the
Spirit lives eternally, without ANY break of consciousness; sometimes
clothed within a physical body, upon the Earth plane, but, most often, not
clothed within physical form.
So, when our loved ones pass
into the Spirit world, what happens to their loves; their likes and
dislikes; their characteristic features which made them unique to us; their
hopes and dreams; their memories? They survive and live. Why? Because these
are all elements of the Spirit, not the body.
Having said this, what happens
to all those influences which were developed in previous incarnations? Have
they become lost within the maze of cosmic consciousness? No! They live as
well. How? They live as character traits which make our loved ones who they
We are who we are, based upon
who we have been. Likewise, we shall be who we shall be, based on who we
are. They key to life is living in the present; the moment of the now. The
present shall always be the stepping stone between the past and the future.
When we pass into the Spirit
world, very little of an internal nature changes. We do not suddenly become
angels, nor are we suddenly privy to all the secrets of the Universe. These
come to us in time and with work and study, here and there. We simply step
across the threshold of life and continue to live in another state of
existence. Certainly, for some, the very fact that they have survived death
is a profound revelation and changes them deeply. But, for the most part,
we remain pretty much the same people on that side of the doorway as we
were on this side.
Eventually, as time passes by
and more and more of our earthly loved ones join us, in Spirit, our ties to
the earthly life and its recent incarnation begin to weaken. Why should
that be the case? Because the people whom we loved and to whom we desired
to maintain a connection are now with us in the Spirit world.
And here is where the
remarkable process of spiritual synthesis takes place. As more and more of
our earthly loved ones join us, in Spirit, and the earthly ties of the most
recent incarnation become weaker, we begin to perceive ourselves and others
less through the eyes of the recent earthly personality, and more through
the eyes of the Spirit, who we truly are.
This allows us to perceive
ourselves not simply through the experience of the recent earth life, but
as a whole, living Spirit, which has had many such earthly experiences. We
begin to perceive ourselves in eternal totality, rather than in periodic
chunks of time. In this, we appreciate more and more our spiritual quest
through life and its many earthly incarnations, and we begin to understand
that each life is but a small segment of a greater whole. And, like life in
general, the whole is always far greater than the sum of the parts.
For some, this process of
integration and synthesis begins earlier than for others. Some find it more
difficult to "let go" of the recent earthly personality; but,
eventually, we all do, to the degree that we are each able.
Does this diminish the
importance or relevance of the most recent earthly life? I do not think it
does. In fact, I believe that, when we see things through the eyes of the
Spirit and we perceive a greater whole, we begin appreciating just how
important each of the parts really are.
Ultimately, this allows us to
have far greater and far more meaningful relationships with our loved ones;
not only those loved ones from the most recent earthly life, but those
loved ones from prior earthly incarnations.
This can all be compared to a
puzzle. We pick up a piece of the puzzle, look at it, and try to figure out
where it fits. As more and more pieces are picked up and placed in their
proper positions, we begin to see a picture unfolding. If we look only at
one or a few of the pieces, we see only a very small part of the picture;
sometimes not even recognizing what the picture is. But, when we step aside
and look at the puzzle as a whole and not focus upon any one piece, then
and only then do we truly appreciate the picture which we have painted
through the journey of our experiences. Remove any one piece and a gaping
hole is created.
Thus it is with life in
Spirit. Once we join our loved ones, and other loved ones join us, we begin
to step away from that one incarnation and we begin the process of
deciphering the whole picture of our journey and integrating the piece of
the recent incarnation into the picture we have been painting all along.
Finally, at some point in the
future, we begin to realize that the picture must grow and expand in some
way; in other words, a new piece has to be created and integrated into the
picture. Thus, we begin the process of incarnating back onto the Earth
plane, that we may create this new piece.
Now, the questions is: How are
we going to fit that new piece into a picture which seems complete? We do
so by allowing the picture to grow and expand in some way, thus creating a
"space" for that new piece which we are about to create. Thus,
the picture -- that is, our journey through life -- continues to grow and
grow and grow! Amazing, is it not?
If you would like further
information on the journey of your Spirit and Soul, through life and the
Spirit life, we suggest you consider purchasing our very informative and
very complete Journey of the Soul. You will be
hard pressed to come up with a question concerning your Spirit and its
journey through creation that is not addressed somewhere in this study
course. It is an excellent and truthful course of study and experience.
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