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« Reply #15: March 04, 2010, 02:06:09 pm »

I was wondering about the different paths and concepts of the Afterlife, and what you believe happens to people NOT on that path. (This is primarily about beliefs other than reincarnation, not that I mind hearing about that either.  Smiley)

Do you think that there are several different afterlife realms - that Christians go to the Christian Heaven or Hell, that Heathens will go to Valhalla, Niflheim, etc? Do you believe that there is one afterlife for everyone -- for instance, that Christians and others will go to the Heathen realms (sorted according to how they lived and died) *OR* that there's only one afterlife and each paths simply describe/envision it as best they can through their lens?

Or other concept that I haven't touched on?



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« Reply #16: June 23, 2010, 08:36:57 pm »

I was wondering about the different paths and concepts of the Afterlife, and what you believe happens to people NOT on that path. (This is primarily about beliefs other than reincarnation, not that I mind hearing about that either.  Smiley)

Perhaps this has already kinda been said but, i believe everyone goes to the afterlife, and that that is a happy and restful place where all the Gods/esses reside (i mean all of them from other religions too) and everyone sort of gathers and does there own thing and reviews the lessons they just learned and then reincarnates into another body/life or stays and becomes a sort of spirit guide for the living. don't believe i will lose the friends and family i have here who do not believe the same thing i do, i just think that, the afterlife for them may appear different than it does for me, but still we'll all be together. I believe I'll get to meet family i never got the chance to meet in this life.
One thing i am curious about though is the whole ghosts thing...i believe in ghosts, totally but i wonder how someone can be a ghost and at the same time be able to reincarnate? or maybe they're a ghost for a while and they do whatever (haunt the family  Wink ) and then move on an cease to be ghosts?
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But yeh, that's my idea of things Smiley
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« Reply #17: June 23, 2010, 11:05:43 pm »


My theory about ghosts is that energetically, we leave imprints behind, like footprints on a beach. Those footprints aren't our feet, but our passing was marked, physically, for a certain period of time. I think that at least some spirits we call ghosts are "footprints" of people who otherwise have passed on.
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« Reply #18: June 24, 2010, 03:12:32 am »


One thing i am curious about though is the whole ghosts thing...i believe in ghosts, totally but i wonder how someone can be a ghost and at the same time be able to reincarnate? or maybe they're a ghost for a while and they do whatever (haunt the family  Wink ) and then move on an cease to be ghosts?
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« Reply #19: July 09, 2010, 11:19:06 am »

My theory about ghosts is that energetically, we leave imprints behind, like footprints on a beach. Those footprints aren't our feet, but our passing was marked, physically, for a certain period of time. I think that at least some spirits we call ghosts are "footprints" of people who otherwise have passed on.

This is a really cool (and logical) concept!
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« Reply #20: July 09, 2010, 12:45:08 pm »


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As for the intangible, don't know (honestly, can't know) but that's that's where faith comes in: I trust my gods to get me where I'm supposed to go, or at least point me in the right direction.

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« Reply #21: July 10, 2010, 12:04:14 am »

I was wondering about the different paths and concepts of the Afterlife, and what you believe happens to people NOT on that path. (This is primarily about beliefs other than reincarnation, not that I mind hearing about that either.  Smiley)

Do you think that there are several different afterlife realms - that Christians go to the Christian Heaven or Hell, that Heathens will go to Valhalla, Niflheim, etc? Do you believe that there is one afterlife for everyone -- for instance, that Christians and others will go to the Heathen realms (sorted according to how they lived and died) *OR* that there's only one afterlife and each paths simply describe/envision it as best they can through their lens?

Or other concept that I haven't touched on?



I don't think the same thing happens to everyone, like it seems to me that some souls just do not reincarnate, some do.  I noticed that what happens to a soul is what it expects to have happen.  For example, if a Christian expects there to be a heaven, there will be one.
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« Reply #22: July 10, 2010, 01:37:25 am »

This is a really cool (and logical) concept!

Thanks. Cheesy I'm sure I didn't come up with it myself, but it's the idea that meshes most easily with what I already believe.
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« Reply #23: July 10, 2010, 02:51:29 am »

I was wondering about the different paths and concepts of the Afterlife, and what you believe happens to people NOT on that path. (This is primarily about beliefs other than reincarnation, not that I mind hearing about that either.  Smiley)

I think that any speculation I make on this matter could easily be wrong. However, I do believe in isolate cells in the afterlife, such as Valhalla, Garo Demana, and Elysium. I do believe in transmigration of the soul into other living things as well though, or the lingering of a shade. It is an old folk belief of the Baltic that if someone dies violently before the time allotted to them by fate, they return in some other form to live out the remainder of their time, and I believe this.

To reach rai, or paradise, one must climb the glass mountain, and those who have lived well will succeed whereas the others will slide down the smooth surfacts of the mountain. Other tales say there is a bridge to the mountain that the evil will always fall from, but the idea is the same. I believe those who fall will wind up on Earth again, or in the underworld where the dragon Veles awaits, very reminiscent of the Norse dragon Nidhoggr who sucks the corpses of "wolfish murderers" in Hel.
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« Reply #24: July 10, 2010, 09:33:34 am »

I noticed that what happens to a soul is what it expects to have happen.
And how did you notice this?

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« Reply #25: July 10, 2010, 03:11:16 pm »

And how did you notice this?

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I used to see lots of ghosts as a kid, and now I still see them from time to time.  Some were imprints, some were not, I was able to tell based on how they interacted with me, if they could.  I noticed that the non-imprint dead tended to make their own reality, about what they expected to see, etc.  Later on when I started to contact dead family members, the catholic ones gave me a very...catholic view of what happens.  Like seeing Jesus, and judgment, and whole works.  The non catholic/christian ones did not have this experience.  I'm still not sure about a lot of it, but I have come to believe that what happens is a bit more complicated than just simple, you die, go here, and this happens.
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« Reply #26: July 15, 2010, 10:29:32 pm »

I was wondering about the different paths and concepts of the Afterlife, and what you believe happens to people NOT on that path. (This is primarily about beliefs other than reincarnation, not that I mind hearing about that either.  Smiley)

Do you think that there are several different afterlife realms - that Christians go to the Christian Heaven or Hell, that Heathens will go to Valhalla, Niflheim, etc? Do you believe that there is one afterlife for everyone -- for instance, that Christians and others will go to the Heathen realms (sorted according to how they lived and died) *OR* that there's only one afterlife and each paths simply describe/envision it as best they can through their lens?

Or other concept that I haven't touched on?



I believe that the soul endures after the body perishes, and that it lives on as a unique individual soul, built upon what foundation was achieved in this mortal life.  I don't believe that there are separate places for different religions.  That would give far, far too much validity to mere words, and little picky trivial distinctions that our "young" human minds have fashioned, but which are ridiculous to those who live in realms far more real than anything mere language and definitions can point to.  Our religious paths are our various efforts to grow (or, for some, not to grow but to stagnate...), and growth in the end is the same phenomenon, regardless in what manner it's accomplished, I believe.   I don't believe in reincarnation, because that removes dignity from one whole and unique human life, the idea that you're going to be more than one person or being.  But I could be wrong about that.
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