This is a topic that people either really love, or they have a really hard time with. There is a part of us that so thoroughly identifies with this meat body that we have, that it is obvious to us that when this body ceases to function, we’ll cease to function too, so, how can there be anything past death?
Furthermore, there have been studies of what the lack of oxygen does to the brain, and it matches very closely with what people who have had near-death experiences report of their experiences. So, if we are to believe these studies, then WE are just some sort of electrical impulse bouncing around the synapses of our physical brain, and will perish when it does.
I’ve had too many experiences in this life that have shown me that there is or are many things that are way beyond this little reality we call home. I talked about this once in a post about a Dream House I once dreamed about. Reincarnation is only a problem, logically, if we think about the physical aspect of it. We experience reincarnation several times each night in our dreams.
If you practice meditation and self-discovery, over time, you will begin to be much more lucid in your dreams. You will remember them in vivid detail, and perhaps even act consciously in those dreams. In each dream, you will be a slightly different person. In one dream, you might be a clown, in another a police man, in another a backpacker walking through the woods. But, in all of them, there is a sense of familiarity; like seeing a familiar actor playing different roles.
When you wake up, or when you shift to another dream, that dream character vanishes, they cease to exist. Because they never really existed in the first place… they were just a projection of your mind.
If you dreamed that you were a backpacker, and that you got chased through the woods by a large bear, that large bear is also a projection of your mind. It doesn’t really exist outside of your own mind… but in the dream world, it really seems real, so, you’d better run!
So, what if THIS life were but a dream? (the refrain of ‘row, row, row your boat gently down the stream’ playing in the background) What if all the scary boogeymen of life, like the IRS, or Al Qaeda, or Cancer, or Very Large Bears are just projections from some very Large Mind out there… which is really our mind, but we’re not yet lucid enough to recognize it? What if?
What if you could be chased by a bear in your dream, then realize that the bear was just a projection of your own mind, and that it didn’t really exist, and so you would stop, turn around, grin, and stop the bear dead in its tracks (perhaps even make it vanish, or at least kick it in the nads). Then, you would have true power my friend. Over dreams, and over life, and even over death!