Death


Every beginning has an end, and every end has a beginning. Birth, Life, Death, Repeat. The cycle of life.

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Going towrds the Light Death is the cessation or stopping of all biological functions that sustain an organism. Biological Processes are the processes vital for a living organism to live and experience life. Death is a part of all life. Everything that lives eventually dies. Causes of Death.

Inanimate is appearing to be dead or not breathing or having no perceptible pulse. Not endowed with life. Matter.

Mortal is an organism that is subject to death or will experience loss of life. A human being.

Immortal - Spirit

Mere is being nothing more than specified. Apart from anything else. Without additions or modifications.

Impermanence asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, evanescent and inconstant. All temporal things, whether material or mental, are compounded objects in a continuous change of condition, and subject to decline and destruction. But we do have some permanence to a certain degree, if we didn't, we would not be here.

Inconstant is something that is likely to change frequently without apparent or cogent reason. Variable.

Evanescent is something that is likely to vanish like vapor.

Transient is something lasting a very short time. Transformative.

Mortality Rate - Life Expectancy - Longevity - Matter

Death happens to everything, and yet we still know very little about what happens when we die. Most people don't think about death. It's not because people are in denial, it's just hard to think about something that you cannot easily explain. And it's hard to plan for death when you don't know exactly when you will die. So fearing the unknown makes no sense. So we should live as if we will never die but be ready for that day when we do die. Because we know that we will die someday. This is why we need to have more education about death and about life itself. Everyone will have those moments in their life when they fear death. But it's not really the fear of death, it's more about the fear of not living anymore and not having a life. Thinking about not living anymore is more frightening than death itself. But how can you have life without death? How can something so beautiful have an end? But what is "End"? There are some people who think that they will go to a heaven, but I try not to make too many assumptions. We know that life and death is a cycle. So I assume that I am part of this cycle and that I will be recycled like everything else on this planet has done for millions of years. If our soul or spirit does live, I assume our soul or spirit will be in the form of pure energy.

The strongest belief a human can have, besides believing in God, is that people believe that they are not bound to the human body and that their soul will continue to live after the body dies. The only problem with that belief is that our brain and body creates our consciousness, so how will our soul, or consciousness, survive without our body and mind? People who have a near death experience recall feeling complete calmness and tranquility, which also shows how our body effects and influences our mind. So if our soul does survive the death of our body, it will be nothing like we feel now. Consciousness will take on a whole new meaning, which is kind of exciting to think about. I wouldn't want to fear death because I wouldn't want to ruin the experience of dying, I mean I would fight to live, but if faced with death, I want to be wide awake and aware and to be proud to have lived.

"I might not know when I'll die, but I sure know that I lived. "It's amazing how everyone is living and dying simultaneously."

"Think of yourself as dead, you have lived your life, now take what's left and live properly." - Marcus Aurelius

We should focus more on Life itself and not so much on the afterlife. We know more about Life then we know about the afterlife, so we should stick with what we know and not waste so much time on things that we may never know. Pretending to know what happens when you die does not solve any problems or make life better, it only seems to make life better, which will keep you from actually making life better.

Is impermanence just a transition?

What was "I" before " I " was born? I assume there will be no "Me" or "I" when I die, for "the self" is only related to my human form. A human form that I will no longer have after my body dies. If I am not "Me" or "I" that what will I be? Will I become pure energy? Will I be a seed?

If you all of a sudden you stopped receiving information, how would you know? You would have to be aware of the information and also understand the information. If you're not existing, how will you know if you don't exist if you don't exist? The only way to know about a previous existence, is to still exist on some level, and what level is that? Kind of like a light switch, you can turn the light off and stop the electrons from flowing, but the electrons still exist. Kind of like hibernation.

No one was given a choice to be born, and you're not really given a choice when you will die. You may choose a time to die, but what happens after you die, no one knows. But seeing that everything alive has cycles, I would think that some part of us lives on, because humans have more then just an evolution of the body, humans have an evolution of the mind. So something wonderful is going to happen, something wonderful. Past Life Memories.

The death of a loved one is a very traumatic event, and everyone grieves differently. Everyone experiences death, and over time those experiences shape who we are and shape our perception of the world. All I can say is please don't give up. The memories of our loved ones will always be there, but make sure they are good memories and not painful memories. The memories of loved  ones should bring us smiles, and if they are tears, let them be tears of joy. Everyone has something to give, and our life means more now then ever, so please don't waste it on sorrow.

Everyone hopes to have a peaceful death, but not everyone brings peace to life, why?

Why do people all of a sudden become more interested in someone when they die? Don't wait to tell someone how you feel.

We can witness death and feel its pain and its sorrow, but our own death will always be a mystery. But the facts remain the same, billions have lived and died before my birth and billions will live and die after my death.

Dead as a Doornail is an expression that originated from building doors. Doors were built using only wood boards and hand-forged nails. The nails were long enough to dead nail the (vertical) wooden panels and (horizontal) stretcher boards securely together, so they would not easily pull apart. This was done by pounding the protruding point of the nail over and down into the wood. A nail that was bent in this fashion (and thus not easily pulled out) was said to be "dead", thus dead as a doornail.



Dying


Grim Reaper Dying is the event of dying or departure from Life. The permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism. The absence of life or state of being dead. The time when something ends. The time at which life ends; continuing until dead. A final state. The personification of death. Transition.

Thanatology is the scientific study of death. It investigates the mechanisms and forensic aspects of death, such as bodily changes that accompany death and the post-mortem period, as well as wider psychological and social aspects related to death.

End of Life Care (death wish)

Senescence is the gradual deterioration of function characteristic of most complex life forms, arguably found in all biological kingdoms, that on the level of the organism increases mortality after maturation. Cell Death.

Cemetery Burial (burying options - body disposing options)

Libation is a ritual pouring of a liquid (ex: milk or other fluid such as corn flour or rice) as an offering to a god or spirit, or in memory of those who have "passed on". It was common in many religions of antiquity and continues to be offered in various cultures today.

Last Rites are the last prayers and ministrations given to many Catholics when possible shortly before death.

Obituary - Legacy - Mourning - Grieving - Stress

Cotard Delusion is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that he or she is already dead.

Mortality Salience is the awareness by an individual that his or her death is inevitable.

Death Personification is an imagined personified force, also known as the Grim Reaper. In some mythologies, the Grim Reaper causes the victim's death by coming to collect them.

Grim Reaper the belief that death is a person that comes to collect you and take you away from life.

Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper (youtube) - Wiki

Death Anxiety in psychology is anxiety of which the cause of the anxiety is thoughts of death. Civilization Collapse.

Terror Management Theory proposes a basic psychological conflict that results from having a desire to live, but realizing that death is inevitable.

One Foot in the Grave means that they are very old or very ill and will probably die soon.

Death by Natural Causes does not exist. The end result of an illness or an internal malfunction of the body not directly caused by external forces is not natural and not typically due to old age. This is especially true when an elderly person has several different conditions or diseases, but where it appears that none of them alone or together may clearly lead to the death, and it is uncertain which condition was the final factor causing death.



We Don't Really Die


If matter doesn't disappear, but is simply transformed, then no one fully dies. We're not fully alive, but we are not totally dead either.

Conservation of Mass - Conservation of Energy - Quantum Teleportation - Bell's Theorem - Physical Information

21 Grams is the measure of mass that is lost by a human when the soul departed the body at death.

Thermodynamics - Human Energy - Cells

Near-Death Experience is a personal experience associated with death or impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light.

So how can a dying person rise above their own body and look down upon themselves when they don't have the eyes to see? Does this prove that energy needs no eyes to see? Or is this only a temporary state of mind, a mind that is saying goodbye? Near death people also say they feel an incredible calmness. Does this calmness come from the absence of emotion that is only related to the human body? Not really because people who meditate experience calmness when they learn to free themselves from their emotions and maybe their body. Some people say that your life flashes before your eyes in the moments before you die. Like a brief summary of your life, kind of a last reminder of who you were, right before you cross over to the other side. Some people also see a bright white light in the moments before they die. So a few surprises await us. But till then, I know more about life then I do death, so I will live, and I will learn as much as I can before I die so that I can pass on my knowledge and information, just like all the other life forms have done before me for millions of years. This I assume is why I am here. Everything they have learned has brought me here, Why? Exactly!

Near Death but not Dead, powering down slowly - Body Freezing.

Past Life Regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations, though others regard them as fantasies or delusions or a type of confabulation. "I believe that the reason why we don't remember past lives is so that life feels like it's the very first time. You start life over fresh, and you experience life as if it were the very first time that you were ever alive. This is most likely by design, because it just makes sense." History.

"I believe that reincarnation is happening on some level. So how do I find myself in the next life? I will have to document everything that I have learned, and then I will have to leave this valuable knowledge and information where I will be able to find it in my next life. Sounds easy, but it is extremely difficult, but not impossible."

Duality of Presence, Life After Death.

Is there Life After Death? Depends on what you mean by the word 'life'? The next life will not be the same as this life, so what kind of life will it be? I would not say "Life After Death", I would say that there is "Something After Life", it's not death, but it isn't life either. It's something, something wonderful. Maybe when we die we wake up in an alternate parallel universe. Surprise!

Life after Death Parallel Universe is a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one's own. A specific group of parallel universes are called a "multiverse", although this term can also be used to describe the possible parallel universes that constitute reality. While the terms "parallel universe" and "alternative reality" are generally synonymous and can be used interchangeably in most cases, there is sometimes an additional connotation implied with the term "alternative reality" that implies that the reality is a variant of our own. Other Dimensions.

Multiverse is the hypothetical set of possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them. The various universes within the multiverse are called "parallel universes", "other universes", or "alternative universes".

Interdimensional Hypothesis is a hypothesis of other realities or dimensions that coexist separately alongside our own. Interdimensional Being suggests that an entity can time travel and move out of the physical body into a spiritual one.

Astral Plane is a plane of existence postulated by classical, medieval, oriental, and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres, crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after death, and is generally believed to be populated by angels, spirits or other immaterial beings. Another view holds that the astral plane or world, rather than being some kind of boundary area crossed by the soul, is the entirety of spirit existence or spirit worlds to which those who die on Earth go, and where they live out their non-physical lives. It is understood that all consciousness resides in the astral plane. Some writers conflate this realm with heaven or paradise or union with God itself, and others do not.

Virtual Reality - Wormhole


Afterlife is the concept that an essential part of an individual's identity or the stream of consciousness continues to manifest after the death of the physical body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit, of an individual, which carries with it and may confer personal identity or, on the contrary, may not, as in Indian nirvana. Belief in an afterlife, which may be naturalistic or supernatural, is in contrast to the belief in oblivion after death. In some views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual realm, and in other popular views, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past. In this latter view, such rebirths and deaths may take place over and over again continuously until the individual gains entry to a spiritual realm or Otherworld. Major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics. Some belief systems, such as those in the Abrahamic tradition, hold that the dead go to a specific plane of existence after death, as determined by God, or other divine judgment, based on their actions or beliefs during life. In contrast, in systems of reincarnation, such as those in the Indian religions, the nature of the continued existence is determined directly by the actions of the individual in the ended life, rather than through the decision of a different being. Life After Death (wiki) - The Before Life.

Heaven is the great gathering, a special meeting place, a beautiful garden, a nirvana, or any place of complete bliss, delight and peace. Heaven is the housing that someone is living in. Heaven or seven heavens, is common religious, cosmological, or transcendent place where beings such as gods, angels, jinn, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or to live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate, and earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife, or in exceptional cases enter Heaven alive. Hell.

The problem with heaven, or let's say, I have a question about heaven. So when I get to heaven, and I see some person who was an asshole in life,  I would have to ask, "how in the hell did this person get into heaven?" I assume that when we get to heaven, we some how miraculously learn how to forgive everyone, and for some reason, we now understand more all because we are dead. We should learn this when we are alive, for heavens sake. if you're waiting for heaven to figure out your life, you're too late. You have to do what is good now. Heaven can wait. Humans have a lot of work to do.

Heaven - The Psychedelic Furs (youtube) - Heaven is the home of our hearts, And heaven won't tear you apart.

Valhalla is the great hall in Norse mythology where heroes slain in battle are received. A place of honor, glory, or happiness : heaven an academic's Valhalla.

You should learn how to live a decent and respectable life instead of pretending that you know what will happen when you die. If you really want to be saved, you must first admit that you are ignorant about a lot of things in life. To think that there is eternal life or a life that goes on forever, is even more terrifying than dying itself. No one really knows what happens after death. But we do know what happens when we are alive. The fear of dying is more about the fear of not living. It's really hard to except that all our memories and everything that we were in life will end when we die, which is a really hard thing to let go of and really painful to think about. But our memories don't have to die if we write them down and preserve them, just like millions of people have done in the past throughout human history. If people did not pass on their knowledge and preserve knowledge, then no one would be alive. Their bodies and their identities may be gone, but they still live on in all of us. If you can just let go of the self, you can live in peoples hearts and minds till the end of time. Our DNA is just a small percentage of the information that we will leave behind. The majority of information that we will leave behind will be in the words that we write and share. This is why so many people love religious text. It is one of the best symbols of knowledge preservation that humans have. And now that the world has generated an enormous amount of new knowledge and new information, that means we have a lot of new books to write. Books that will hopefully be able to stand the test of time.

Intelligent Design - Simulation Theory

Some people think that when they die that things will finally get explained to them. That's like sitting around your whole life waiting to be enlightened without even learning. People have to learn that learning is their responsibility. Everything that people have today is from millions of our ancestors learning valuable things over thousands of years. Yet today, people know so very little because they consider learning to be someone else's job. The lack of knowledge that schools, universities and the media produces is criminal. And because people are ignorant to these problems, they will never do anything to stop these problems because most people don't know what to do, and they don't like to learn how to make improvements. Subdued by ignorance. It's not just brainwashing, its brain poisoning and brain damaging.

Elysium is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life.

Purgatory is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification (the act of purging of sin or guilt) so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven". Passport Please, Show me your Papers!

Rebirth - Reincarnation

"Don't worry, I'll pay you back in my next life, I promise."

Therianthropy is the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into other animals by means of shape-shifting. It is possible that cave drawings found at Les Trois Frères, in France, depict ancient beliefs in the concept. The most well known form of therianthropy is found in stories concerning werewolves.

Biological Lifecycle is a series of changes in form that an organism undergoes, returning to the starting state.

Recycled in ecological is the movement and exchange of organic and inorganic matter back into the production of living matter.

Gnosis signifies a knowledge or insight into man's real nature as Divine, leading to the deliverance of the Divine spark within man from the constraints of earthly existence.

Crossing Over to the Other Side - Break On Through to the Other Side (youtube) - You know the day destroys the night, Night divides the day, Tried to run, Tried to hide, Break on through to the other side, Break on through to the other side.

Born to Die - Lana Del Rey (youtube) - So choose your last words, this is the last time, cause you and I, we were born to die. Lost but now I am found, I can see but once I was blind, I was so confused as a little child, tried to take what I could get, scared that I couldn't find, all the answers, honey.

Is it possible that Quantum Information can exist outside our body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul? Or is my soul a signal?

Awareness - Space - Aura - Time Travel

Suspended Animation is the slowing or stopping of life processes by exogenous or endogenous means without termination. Breathing, heartbeat, and other involuntary functions may still occur, but they can only be detected by artificial means.

Quantum Suicide and Immortality is a thought experiment that attempts to distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Everett many-worlds interpretation by means of a variation of the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, from the cat's point of view. Quantum immortality refers to the subjective experience of surviving quantum suicide regardless of the odds.


The Circle of Life


Bardo Thodol is the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul passes through three stages, also called bardos. The first, chikkhai bardo, has the soul at the moment of death experiencing the “clear light of reality.” Chonyid bardo, the second stage, is where the soul sees different Buddha forms. In the third stage, sidpa bardo, the soul is reborn. It takes several years to find the reincarnated Dalai Lama. Several articles, only some of which were owned by the previous Dalai Lama, are placed in front of the child. If he chooses the correct items, this is read as a sign, along with the previous signs and some set of secret signs, that he is the tulku. Next, three of the former Dalai Lama’s servants who knew him well are asked to confirm the child’s identity; other officials are also required to sign off on it, too.

Ascended Master is the belief that spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations. Associated with the number 33, their purpose is to guide humanity towards a better life.

Impermanence asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is "transient, evanescent, inconstant". All temporal things, whether material or mental, are compounded objects in a continuous change of condition, subject to decline and destruction. All physical and mental events are not metaphysically real. They are not constant or permanent; they come into being and dissolve. The Pali word for impermanence, anicca, is a compound word consisting of "a" meaning non-, and "nicca" meaning "constant, continuous, permanent". While 'nicca' is the concept of continuity and permanence, 'anicca' refers to its exact opposite; the absence of permanence and continuity. The term is synonymous with the Sanskrit term anitya (a + nitya). The concept of impermanence is prominent in Buddhism, and it is also found in various schools of Hinduism and Jainism. The term also appears in the Rigveda. Impermanence, also known as the philosophical problem of change, is a philosophical concept addressed in a variety of religions and philosophies.

Phowa is the practice of conscious dying or the transference of consciousness at the time of death.

An individual’s karma is created by the motivations behind his actions taken over each of his previous lives, with each action creating a seed that grows to fruition in later lives. The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1949, and since 1959, when the Tibetan’s national uprising was brutally suppressed.

Believing that a human soul can survive death and live again in another body and time, is not that unusual if you understand physics. Photons have no matter. Waves can transmit information. And if you have something to extract the information and translate the information, then you could receive a message, similar to how you receive television shows on your TV and receive messages on your smartphone. The Human Brain is a receiver of information.

Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner (youtube)

Not being able to remember your past life is a good thing, and most likely by design. This way life will always feel fresh, and life will seem new and exciting. And on top of that, you probably don't want to remember everything about the past life's that you had, this is because it would be confusing and overwhelming, especially remembering all the horrible things that happened to you. Living forever would be more of a curse, and not a blessing. If you want to remember what you learned and experienced, you should write things down and record your experiences. The written language is a reincarnation tool. You don't really need to remember all the details of your past life, you just need to know what were the most important things that you have learned in your previous life. So how do you make your knowledge and information accessible in your next life? Write down everything important that you learned in your life and then make sure that you leave plenty of copies behind so that you will eventually find it in your next life. It doesn't need to have your name on it, but some catchy name like Basic Knowledge 101. Kind of like in that movie Total Recall, you should leave yourself a clue somewhere, so it will not have to totally start all over again.

Quantum Leap is an American science-fiction television series from March 25, 1989 through May 5, 1993, that was about a physicist who involuntarily leaps through spacetime during experiments in time travel, by temporarily taking the place of other people to correct what he consistently discovers were historical mistakes.

"If I improve the world in my life, I could benefit from my actions in future lives, and if not me, at least millions of people will."

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot's Little Gidding.


What Dreams May Come - Trailer 1998 (youtube)

Life After Life, instead of life after death.

The Ways that People Die

Are humans having a spiritual experience, or are spiritual beings having a human experience?

Separated at Birth

To say that YOLO or "You Only Live Once", is not even accurate anymore. With the possibility of reincarnation, and the fact that you can have a positive effect on the world that could possibly live forever, like all the other positive effects that you and I have benefited from, all contributed by millions of other people who lived and died before you and I were born. And also the trillions of people who will live after you, so you might live forever, as long as you remember that there is no you or I, only us.


Para-Normal - Beyond Normal Senses


Paranormal is something seemingly outside normal sensory channels. Not in accordance with scientific laws. Paranormal are things beyond normal experience or scientific explanation.

Para as a prefix can mean “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), “beyond, past, by” (paradox; paragogue).

Electronic Voice Phenomenon - Instrumental Trans Communication.

Psychic - Fortune-Telling - Hallucination

"So you're a Paranormal Investigator, well I'm an abnormal investigator, and I believe that there is something very abnormal happening with you. But let me first confirm this and check my instruments. Oops my bad, it was me, sorry. Did that ever happen to you? Why is this room so cold all of a sudden, oh sorry, I left the window open, just another abnormality. Wait! Who opened that window? Freaking Ghosts!"...But all kidding aside....

Séance is an attempt to communicate with spirits. A meeting of people who are gathered to receive messages from ghosts or to listen to a spirit medium discourse with or relay messages from spirits. The word "séance" comes from the French word for "seat", "session" or "sitting".

Barnum Effect is the tendency to accept certain information as true, such as character assessments or horoscopes, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless. Bias.

Phantom is something apparently sensed but having no physical reality. Something existing in perception only. A ghostly appearing figure.

Supernatural includes all that cannot be explained by science or the laws of nature, including things characteristic of or relating to ghosts, gods, or other supernatural beings, or to things beyond nature.

Ghost an apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image. Ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike forms. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a
séance. Other terms associated with it are apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith. Ghost can also mean a mental representation of some haunting experience. A ghost can also mean a faint false image formed in an optical or display device, e.g. by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

Why Ghosts Don't Haunt Asians (youtube)

Apparition is a ghostly appearing figure. The appearance of a ghostlike figure. Something existing in perception only. An act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly.

Spirit Photography (youtube) - A man claimed he could
photograph ghosts, and no one today can prove he couldn't. In the mid-1800s, the development of exciting new forms of communication, like photography and the telegraph, was considered miraculous. This technology also coincided with a new religious movement becoming popular in the US and Europe: spiritualism. Spiritualists believed that, through the use of a medium, contact with the dead was possible. During the bloody American Civil War (1861-1865), belief in Spiritualism grew. It was during this time that William Mumler, an amateur photographer in Boston, claimed he could photograph ghosts. He and his wife Hannah, herself a professional photographer and Spiritualist medium, created a stir in Boston by selling these "spirit portraits," and attracted the attention of Spiritualists and skeptics alike. Professional photographers in Boston investigated Mumler's method again and again but couldn't figure out how he did his trick. After accusations of fraud piled up in Boston, the Mumler’s relocated to New York City, the photographic capital of the US. Here, Mumler was quickly arrested on fraud charges, and his trial was sensationalized in New York newspapers. The prosecution even brought in circus showman P.T. Barnum to testify against Mumler. But, like the photographers in Boston, no one could confidently identify his method — and Mumler was acquitted. Once the trial was over, the Mumlers' spirit photography business boomed. They photographed prominent Americans, including Mary Todd Lincoln and William Lloyd Garrison, and even took mail-in orders from people who couldn't visit their studio in Boston. We visited photographic process historian Mark Osterman to demonstrate how Mumler could have used two negatives, printed simultaneously with a bit of sleight of hand, to fool witnesses into believing his "ghosts" were the real thing.

Paranormal - Supernatural Pseudoscientific

Life is Full of Surprises. The amazing thing is that we have no idea what happens when we die, people have beliefs, but beliefs do not explain everything. Death is our last great big surprise, with life being our first great big surprise.

Philosophy - After Life - Skepticism - Hallucinations

I don't die, but I as an individual don't live either, because there's no I, there's just us, and I'm just temporary. I love you, even knowing I'm gone and you're gone. So maybe we can be combined. Sharing is better than nothing. And there is that word 'nothing' again, what is nothing? Is nothing still something? I can live with that. I can't believe I said that. You know what I mean.

In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Corinthians 15 is the sure and certain expectation of the resurrection to a better life.

Resurrection of the Dead happens all the time. When we use knowledge and information from our descendants, we are in a fact keeping them alive. There will be no End Time, it will just be us finally understanding who we are. Life.

Posthumous is something occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator. Posthumously is after death. Memorial.


Soul - Spirit


Spirit is the vital principle or the animating force that is within all living things. Animation and energy in action or expression. Spirit can also mean a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character. The state of a person's emotions, especially with regard to pleasure or dejection. The intended meaning of a communication. An inclination or tendency of a certain kind. The general atmosphere of a place or situation, and the effect that it has on people. Spirit relates to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. Something lacking material body or form or substance.

Consciousness - The Mind - Signals - Prayer

Soul is the immortal essence of a living being. Soul is the immaterial part of a person. The actuating cause of an individual life. Soul as a spirit is something incorporeal, or something without material form or substance.

The soul is separate from the body, including the bodies experiences, personality, memories and knowledge. The soul exists always, the body does not. So try not to hold on so tightly to your human form or body, it's not yours to keep, only to share and experience. Your true self has nothing to do with your body. The body is a vehicle in another dimension, and the origin of the soul is life's last surprise.

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion 1997 (youtube)

"Within the form is matter, above the form is spirit". - Lao Tzu

White Butterflies also symbolize past spirits/souls. I've come to believe they are signs of good luck or angels watching over you.

Transformative - Life Force - Dualism

Ethereal is something believed to be of heaven or the spirit. Characterized by lightness as impalpable or intangible as air.

Corporeal - Abstract - Dimensions

Impalpable is something incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch. Imperceptible to the senses or the mind.

Astral Projection is a term used in esotericism to describe a willful out-of-body experience, a supposed form of telepathy, that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an "
astral body" that is separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside of it throughout the universe. Remote Viewing.

Astral Body is an intermediate between the intelligent soul and the mental body, composed of a subtle material. Astral is resembling a star or emanating from stars.

Out-of-Body Experience is an experience that typically involves a feeling of floating outside one's body and, in some cases, the feeling of perceiving one's physical body as if from a place outside one's body.

Disembodied is not having a material body or free from a body or physical form or reality. Virtual Reality.

Embodied is possessing or existing in bodily form or represent in bodily form or express something abstract in tangible form.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities.

Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive. Animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system of many indigenous peoples, especially in contrast to the relatively more recent development of organized religions.

Personification is something representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature. The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas.

Persona is an actor's portrayal of someone in a play. Persona in psychology is a personal facade that one presents to the world.

Effigy is a representation of a person, sometimes in the form of sculpture. Effigy is an often life-size sculptural representation of a specific person, or a prototypical figure.

Incarnate is to make concrete and real and represent in bodily form. Manifest.

Incarnation is a new personification of a familiar idea. Time passed in a particular bodily form. The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Avatar is a concept within Hinduism that in Sanskrit literally means "
descent". It signifies the material appearance or incarnation of a deity on Earth. The relative verb to "alight, to make one's appearance" is sometimes used to refer to any guru or revered human being.

Posthumous is something occurring or coming into existence after a person's death.

Reincarnation is embodiment in a new form or a second or new birth. Reincarnation is when a living being starts a
new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death.

Reboot - Past Life Regression - Déjà vu - Intuition - Living Forever - Heaven

Rebirth is a belief that after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body.

Rebirth in Buddhism is when the actions of a person leads to a new existence after death, in endless cycles called samsara. This cycle is considered to be dukkha, unsatisfactory and painful. The cycle stops only if liberation is achieved by insight and the extinguishing of desire. Rebirth is one of the foundational doctrines of Buddhism, along with Karma, nirvana and moksha.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means "wandering" or "world", with the connotation of cyclic, circuitous change. It also refers to the theory of rebirth and "cyclicality of all life, matter, existence", a fundamental assumption of all Indian religions.

Noble Eightfold Path is an early summary of the path of Buddhist practices leading to liberation from samsara, the painful cycle of rebirth.

Born Again is to experience the new birth or spiritual rebirth, or a regeneration of the human spirit from the Holy Spirit, contrasted with physical birth.

Maybe after death there is no self, no I, no me and no you. Only the essence of your true self. Once the body dies "you" no longer exist. Only the true essence of what was you at one time. So you are probably wondering what is your essence?

Afterlife - Heaven - Paranormal - Psychic

Eternal Return is a theory that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.

Trinity defines God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, co-existing in three coequal and coeternal persons, or three distinct persons sharing one homoousion essence. The father, the son and the holy spirit. Trinity is three people considered as a unit. In this context, the
three persons define who God is, while the one essence defines what God is. Another way to interpret the trinity can be expressed by seeing God, the universe or the environment as being the first level of existence. Then the human form or the human body being the second level of existence. Then the spirit, the soul or the mind and consciousness being the third level of existence. All 3 ways of existence working together and combined into one incredible existence, named the trinity. Trinity in math is the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one. Trio or Triad is the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one. A musical composition for three performers or singers who perform together.

Triple is a set of three similar things considered as a unit. Something having
three units, three components or three elements.

Trifold is having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities. Three times as great or many. By a factor of three. Triangle.

Treble is the third and highest range. The treble control is used in sound reproduction to change the volume of treble notes relative to those of the middle and bass frequency ranges. Triad is a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones.

Trilogy is a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject or theme.

Trifecta is selecting in the correct order the first three finishers in a race.

Grace of Three Sisters - Embryo - Trinity Nuclear Test - Triangulation in Navigation

Jiva is a living being, or any entity imbued with a life force.

Angel is a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence. Angels are typically described as benevolent, dreadful, and endowed with wisdom and knowledge of earthly events, but not infallible; for they strive with each other, and God has to make peace between them. Most of them serve either as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits. Ghosts.

Watcher are angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans.

Spiritual (praying) - Spiritual Leaders - Thought Leader

Transpersonal is the state or area of consciousness beyond the limits of personal identity. Transpersonal is a term used by different schools of philosophy and psychology in order to describe experiences and worldviews that extend beyond the personal level of the psyche, and beyond mundane worldly events.

One Step Beyond" Equivalent: A Message from Charity (youtube) - The second segment of the sixth episode of the first season (1985–86) from the television series The Twilight Zone. In this segment, a pair of teenagers - one from 1700, and one from 1985 - share a mental link across time. James Cromwell: Obadiah Payne.

Intuition - Clairvoyance - Insight

Spirit Possession is an unusual or altered state of consciousness and associated behaviors purportedly caused by the
control of a human body by spirits, ghosts, demons, or gods. spirit possession beliefs were found to exist in 74% of a sample of 488 societies in all parts of the world, with the highest numbers of believing societies in Pacific cultures and the lowest incidence among Native Americans of both North and South America.

The Bride Possessed - On her honeymoon a bride  is possessed by a murdered woman, who reveals her murderer and the murder weapon. One Step Beyond - Season 1 Episode 1 (youtube)

Past Life Regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations. "I believe that the reason why we don't remember past lives is so that life feels like it's the very first time. You start life over fresh, and you experience life as if it were the very first time that you were ever alive. This is most likely by design, because it just makes sense." History - Genetic Memory.

Body Swap is a storytelling device seen in a variety of science and supernatural fiction, in which two people (or beings) exchange minds and end up in each other's bodies. In media such as television and film, the device is an opportunity for two actors to temporarily play each other's characters, although in some cases, dialogue is dubbed by the original actors. Fallen is a 1998 American supernatural thriller film (wiki).

Mind Uploading is a use of a computer or another substrate as an emulated human brain. The term "mind transfer" also refers to a hypothetical transfer of a mind from one biological brain to another. Uploaded minds and societies of minds, often in simulated realities, are recurring themes in science-fiction novels and films since the 1950s.

Brain Transplant is a procedure in which the brain of one organism is transplanted into the body of another organism.

Autoscopy is the experience in which an individual perceives the surrounding environment from a different perspective, from a position outside of his or her own body.

Mediumship is the practice of certain people —known as mediums— to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings. There are different types of mediumship including spirit channeling, and ouija.

Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.

Animatism is a belief in a generalized, impersonal power over which people have some measure of control.


Abstract is something existing only in the mind and separated from embodiment. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance. Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically.

Religion

"The essential quality of the infinite, by contrast, is its subtlety, its intangibility. This quality is conveyed in the word spirit, whose root meaning is “wind, or breath.” This suggests an invisible but pervasive energy, to which the manifest world of the finite responds." David Bohm (wiki).

To Have a Good Soul means having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities. It's being morally excellent and being a good person who is rational, virtuous and righteous. A good soul is someone who respects other people and is helpful to others despite knowing that the world. Human Nature.

A Beautiful Soul is someone with a kind and giving nature. Someone who is confident, genuine, balanced, and understanding. People with beautiful souls make others feel safe and at peace.

Soulfulness is having deep feeling or emotion. The experiencing of affective and emotional states.

Soulmate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity. This may involve similarity, love, romance, platonic relationships, comfort, intimacy, sexuality, sexual activity, spirituality, compatibility and trust.

Kindred Spirits are two people that make a special connection by sharing a bond that has joined them by the means of an experience that has drawn them together on a higher level of consciousness. This connection can be from the same experience at the same time or two separate experiences similar in nature. Psychic Link.

Free Spirit is a person who is independent or uninhibited . A person who thinks and acts in an nonconformist or unconventional way without worrying about normal social rules or traditional society structures. Extroverted.

To Be Soulless describes a person who is thought to have no soul or no greatness or no warmth of mind or feeling. To be heartless. People who don't have a soul are usually incapable of feeling emotions or having ambitions. Their sense of self is clouded, deluded, and warped. It means that you are not connected to your heart. You are shallow with no dimension. There is no one “home”. Love does not radiate from you. To be soulless means that you lack human qualities and the ability to feel or produce deep feelings, like a psychopath.

Soul Food is an ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans, originating in the Southern United States. The cuisine originated with the foods that were given to enslaved black people by their white owners on Southern plantations during the Antebellum period; however, it was strongly influenced by the traditional practices of West Africans and Native Americans from its inception. Due to the historical presence of African Americans in the region, soul food is closely associated with the cuisine of the American South although today it has become an easily identifiable and celebrated aspect of mainstream American food culture. The expression "soul food" originated in the mid-1960s, when "soul" was a common word used to describe African-American culture

Soul Music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa. A soul singer is a musician whose performance is characterized by soul.

Soul Man is a 1967 song written and composed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. It's a story about one's struggle to rise above their present conditions. The Blues Brothers (wiki).


Essence


Essence is the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience. Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted.  Essence (wiki).

Quintessence is the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class or the representative of a type. The purest and most concentrated essence of something. The aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character. A refined essence or extract of a substance.

Essence can be understood as a belief that there is always some information present, even though you cannot fully see it, it is thought to be in existence, something like your soul. Essence is the properties perceived to be important, properties that are sometimes not calculated in a consensus of logical knowledge. This is not to say that everything has to be confirmed, it just makes some decisions easier to make. Essence is another broad word that when you try to define it, it becomes a conversation about many other words that also need to be defined. So the word is just another way of saying, "Do you have time for a conversation about the meaning of the word essence and how the meaning of the word changes when used in different sentences?" So essence can be defined as long as you are willing to define it, and as long as other people agree to that definition and how it's used in a particular sentence.

"Dreams can be so amazing, but never more amazing than what life is like when you're fully awake, even the edges are beautiful." - (Howard Polley)

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come". - (Shakespeares Julius Caesar Act II, Scene II).

"One thing is for certain, you will die in your Lifetime. And I have this feeling that it will be something wonderful."

What if you died, and you were given a chance to go back and speak to everyone who was a part of your life, what would you like to say to everyone? Well, I'm not going to wait till I'm dead, I'm speaking now while I still have a chance. Eulogy.

Speak Now or Forever hold your Peace? No such thing as "forever", and peace is debatable. Speak if you feel that something needs to be said. But make sure that what you're saying is not an opinion, or say something that you believe is the truth, because the truth is also debatable. You're better off making an unbiased observation that brings light to an important subject. And the time and place that you choose to share your words needs to be considered. When something is not forever, like marriage, then waiting after the ceremony may be a better time to express your concern, depending on what country you're from, of course.


Living Forever


Almost Everyone wants to Live Forever. Living forever is a very popular dream. Humans can live forever, as long as we don't think that forever means one lifetime. Life is a cycle. And if we want to keep the cycle going, we have to learn the responsibilities of living forever. Everyone is a caregiver of life. But we still have a lot to learn. So we must take learning seriously, because forever is a very very long time, and life should be a good time, and not a waste of time.

Immortal is something that does not die, like the soul.

Eternity - Eternal - Reincarnation - Cycles

No one really wants to live forever. Humans like change, humans like variety, humans like new beginnings, humans like starting over and trying something new. Living forever would suck, especially if you're not learning anything new, which would make life horribly monotonous. Besides that, we don't want scumbags living forever, because that would totally suck, like it does now with some people being in power for way too long. The only time a person could benefit from a long life is when they are improving life for other people and continually learning and progressing. No point on living a long life if all you do is take more than you give, and eventually kill everything around you, like some people are doing now. Living a long life should be an honor, but for too many people, a long life could be a curse.

Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen (youtube) - Highlander (1996 film) - Long Live Walter Jameson" is episode 24 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Humans are Made of Atoms. A proton will last 10 to 32 power years. An electron will last 6.6 x 10 to 28 power years. The universe will continue for 13.8 x 10 to 9 power years.

You die but human life does not die. Human life was here before you were born and human life will be here after you die, which means that you could have another life.

To say that
only the good die young is wrong. If that were true, then every old person would be an as*hole, which isn't true because there are a lot of really nice old people. This is not to that there are no old people who are as*holes, because sadly there is plenty of elderly as*holes around, there usually called politicians, or just plain ignorant. Their ignorance is mostly from failing to learn and neglecting to keep educating themselves. Good people do die old. It's just that being good is not good enough. You have to be good at it. So what ever positive thing that you choose to do in your life, be good at it and not just be a good person. Be good at what you do, and not just being good at being nice, but also good at making nice things happen, things that are meaningful and long-lasting. Let the Good die old. So let us change the song to only the good die old, and let the as*holes die young. And when good people die young, we remind the assholes how privileged they are and that they should try to be more grateful that people allow them to live.

"One of the major problems that people have is that they only see life based on their own personal single lifespan, that's all they see, which is this single moment in time. People don't see the past or the future they way they should. People should be aware that other lifespans came before them so that they can be here in this moment in time, and that future lifespans will either live or die depending on how people today live their life."

If you can't let go then you can't start over. And I would rather start over then to be a ghost. Trying to selfishly hold on to your cherished memories is normal and totally understandable, and we don't want to lose everything that we have learned and experienced. But who said we have to. We can write it all down and read about it in our next life, like we have done with our stories. When you can let go of the self, then you can live forever, and experience many lives to their fullest.

There's a story behind every action. Sometimes it's a short story and sometimes it's a long story. A story about a wrong turn or a combination of a few bad decisions, followed by those good decisions you made and what they meant to you....Tell Your Story.



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