Friday, July 31, 2009

Would you like a little Death?

My little, tiny, lilliputian brain likes to think about things occasionally. Usually, these things are really simple
  1. I am hungry.
  2. I need to poop.
  3. I am hungry again.
  4. I need to work out.
  5. I am starving.
On rare occasions, though, it somehow manages to churn out thoughts about the big questions in life. Over the past few months, the big question that's been on my mind is Death. More specifically, questions like "What is death?" and "What happens after it?" have been looming. This is due in large part to my adoration for podcasts, and the bombardment of all the various podcasters' ideas about the afterlife - or lack thereof. Over the next, whatever length of time, I'll be discussing bits and pieces of what I think about death; what other cultures think of death, and why.

Now, I'd like to give a really basic synopsis of my view on the afterlife. I believe each of us has a soul/spirit/[insert your personal term here]. I do not believe each of us is an "energy." I've heard many people discuss the idea that energy cannot be created or destroyed, so this proves the afterlife. I don't like it. It doesn't fit with me. Though, I will go into those ideas in a later posting. I believe our spirits are birthed when we are/were first born. Notice I said first born. The older I get and the more I research, I'm becoming convinced of the idea of reincarnation. However, I don't believe that we are just perpetually reborn until the sun burns up and the Earth is no more.

I believe we are reborn in order to more fully learn the lessons of life. We must continue to live until each of us learns tolerance, peace, kindness, mercy, gentleness, etc. Some of us might actually get these lessons down in the first go-around, but others (like...oh...Hitler) might take 2, 5, 17, or more times to finally get it down what it means to be human.

Once these lessons are learned, this is where my ideas get a bit foggy. I believe we're finally allowed to be at peace, to look in on our loved ones, to guard the earth, and generally be at rest. I'm not sure about the notion of Heaven (or the Summerland, which is just Heaven with a neo-pagan twist). This is where my ideas split - and which I will be discussing in later posts. I'd like to believe in Heaven, and for the most part I do. I think that once we've learned all we need to learn, we're allowed to sit back and relax for eternity with the Lord and Lady. My conundrum comes in what this Heaven looks like. Every religion in the world has a different idea. Some people think it's a place with homes for each of us, a crystal lake, and pearly gates. Others believe it is a heavily perfumed existence laden with gold and virgins a-plenty. I believe it goes beyond our concepts of places and things. I think that whatever it is will be ultimately peaceful, and we will know only love and harmony for all of eternity. Could we paint a picture of it, though? I don't think so.

Like I said, this is a diverse topic that is far too much to talk about in one post. I'll periodically come back here and talk more about my theories, but I'd love it if you all out there could share some of yours! Let me know what you think.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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