The Worlds of the Afterlife

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What is the afterlife like? What are the worlds in the afterlife like as well? You can find out about these afterlife worlds by reading this post, and learning what we have discovered about near-death experiences.

Skeptics of the afterlife and near-death experiences often say that the reason these experiences can't be real is because of how varied they are. Skeptics often say, "Well, if the afterlife is a real place, it ought to be the same for everyone!"

I have to smile a little whenever I see the skeptics say that, because it shows a common misunderstanding of how the spiritual world works. Unless you have spiritual experiences yourself, you may believe that for something to be real, it has to be the exact same for everyone around the world.

However, the spiritual world is a bit different from everyday reality. Although the afterlife is very similar in some ways to our life on the earth, what people will see there is often dependent on their personal view of it. The afterlife, from what I've learned from reading many spiritual experiences on the subject (such as Emmanuel Swedenborg's experiences, and many, many near-death experiences) can be affected by our thoughts, and we can create things with our thoughts, too. Spirits can use their imaginations to create things in the spiritual world, so theoretically, they could also change their surroundings through thought, too.

This would apply even more to near-death experiences. Near-death experiences are profoundly personal, and scientists have found that NDE accounts are definitely influenced by personal beliefs. For instance, people who are Christian often see Jesus during their near-death experience, while those who are less religious may experience near-death experiences which show reincarnation or the pre-existence of the soul. Sometimes people experience NDEs which are a combination of the two; they are reunited with Jesus and they see that they have lived past lives. Sometimes even atheists have near-death experiences where Jesus comes to rescue them.

I've read several NDE experiences which have completely different accounts of what the afterlife is like, so it's interesting. However, the basic pattern of these experiences is incredibly similar - people see deceased loved ones, they are often greeted by a Being of Unconditional Love, and they feel completely at peace in this new world.

My hypothesis about this is that there are different dimensions or layers to the afterlife, like different aspects of the same spiritual world. This is hard to put into words, but bear with me. The best way to put it is like this: imagine a big country. The country is called Lula. Lula is full of little towns and cities, each one with its own unique style. In one city, there are beautiful pink cars, and in another city, there are giant waterfalls. Each city has its own unique attraction to it, and its own special culture and style, but all the cities are part of Lula, the main country. Even though they're all different, they still are part of one big land.

This is sort of how the afterlife is for people who experience it near death. Although the afterlife is like one land, it is full of all kinds of cities. In other words, there are many dimensions or spiritual realms in the afterlife, rather than one afterlife which is always the same for everyone.

Hellish Realms

People who were in a hard or stressful time of their life, as well as people who were bitter, mean, or suicidal, may experience near-death experiences which aren't quite as pleasant as they would be if they were in a more peaceful state. But even hellish near-death experiences are not eternal; when these people call for God's help, they are instantly rescued, and brought to God.

The hellish states in near-death experiences, according to most people who have had them, are not really places per se; instead, they're states of mind which reflect the spiritual turmoil and pain of the people who have them. These hellish realms are not anything like the traditional ideas of an eternal hell of any kind. They are temporary places where the soul must be purified and learn from its mistakes, particularly if the person who is in the hellish realm did a lot of terrible things which hurt others. These hellish realms are more like states of mind than an eternal, unending place of torment. God is ready to save every soul, no matter how long the purification takes.

This is one reason why most people who have hellish near-death experiences actually say the experience improved their lives and helped them become better people. Although the hellish experience was terrifying when they had it, it ultimately helped them to find their way and clean up their lives. If they turned to God to get out of the hellish realm, they found a God who is complete love, a God who embraced them and instantly rescued them from the terrible state they were in. However, one suicidal near-death experience did show a God who was more disciplinary and stern, and He told the lady who had this experience that she should not take her life. However, it was discipline out of love, not out of vindictiveness.


Heavenly Realms

Most people experience absolutely beautiful near-death experiences. They find themselves in heavenly realms, with God, no matter what their religious affiliation was. These heavenly realms are described as realms of pure beauty and love, so much beauty that words could never do them justice. People who experience heavenly near-death experiences often reunite with deceased loved ones. Their deceased loved ones will guide them over to the next world, where they no longer have to worry about jobs or chores. They can still make beautiful things for the pleasure of doing so, and they can learn and cultivate their education in the afterlife, too. Of course, people in the afterlife also are expected to contribute selflessly to help others, but because these contributions are labors of love, they don't mind doing them.

Sometimes, a person who has a near-death experience is given the choice to stay in heaven, or return to the earth to complete his life mission. Sometimes angels or helpers show him the course his life would take if he stayed in heaven, and how it would impact people left behind, or they may show him how his return to earth is the best thing for him to do. But no one is forced into any kind of situation; the person who has passed into the heavenly realms often has a choice.

Other times, when it is clear the person is needed on the earth, the angels or deceased loved ones will say, "It's not your time to stay yet." Then the person returns to his body and leaves the heavenly realms behind.

The heavenly realms are where we want to stay forever, because these realms are with God. People often learn about how heaven is their true home in near-death experiences. Earth is just a temporary school, a training ground where we learn our life lessons.


The Dynamic Nature of Near-Death Experiences

Back to the skeptics, one common argument is that if the afterlife were an objective, real place, people should all see the same realms and states in the afterlife. However, the world of the afterlife seems to be the world of the mind - what the mind or soul creates in the afterlife is what you experience after you pass away. Scientists are already discovering that consciousness is not dependent on the brain alone; even if your brain dies, your consciousness, which is not dependent on the brain, can survive and live on in the afterlife. We could call this everlasting consciousness the soul or essence of the person.

Although Jesus Christ appears in many near-death experiences, He does not appear in all of them. The reason Jesus may appear in a lot of Western NDEs is because of the dominance of Christianity in the western world. In other cultures, such as Buddhist cultures, people see the Buddha when they are near death. Muslims may see Mohammed when they are close to dying. This seems to show that our religious views or ideas still can influence us even after we pass away. It also shows that people tend to see what they need to see when they pass on, so it can be a more comfortable transition. But I do believe that Jesus, and many other Great Teachers, really do come to people in their near-death experiences. In the afterlife, almost everything is possible!

Religion doesn't always play a part in what people experience in near-death experiences. There are certain things people always tend to see in NDEs. For instance, even atheists encounter God in their near-death experiences. God, as the Supreme Being, seems to be a constant in near-death experiences.

The fact that each NDE is unique and dynamic fits in with the very nature of life itself - life is dynamic, not static, and it is always changing. People also perceive life in different ways, because no two human brains are exactly alike, so everyone has a different perception of reality. In the same way, everyone has a different perspective of NDEs. The dynamic nature of NDEs points to their reality, not their non-existence, because the nature of life is dynamic rather than static.

Religion is also not a prerequisite to an NDE - people can have NDEs and heavenly experiences in the afterlife regardless of whether they are religious or not. But one thing all NDEs have in common is that there is a Higher Power, and even atheists can come away from their experiences convinced that God really does exist.


Your Vibrations Determine Where You Go in the Afterlife

Fame and status mean very little in the afterlife; in fact, they really become meaningless among spirits who are with God. Where you go in the afterlife is determined by your spiritual vibrations, not your status in life. Spiritual worth is all that matters in the afterlife.

People who have spent their lives being mean, cruel, and selfish will not just instantly go to heaven. The law of karma - a neutral law, not a punishment, of cause and effect - operates in the afterlife as much as it does here. In fact, if justice is not served on the earth, it's surely served in the afterlife. You can't make an insincere apology on your deathbed and expect to instantly go to heaven just because you say a sinner's prayer (just being honest here, folks).

When someone does wrong - and he is aware that what he is doing is wrong - he will have to pay the price in the afterlife. It's simply the law of cause and effect. He will have to make up for his wrong-doing and balance out the harm he did to others on the earth.

People who have dark, low vibrations, like cruelty and selfishness, will be around similar spirits in the afterlife. It will honestly not be a pleasant experience for them. But no one is condemned to hellish states forever. Ultimately, every soul will eventually rise out of the darker vibrations, and come to the higher vibrations of God.

In the afterlife, just like on the earth, you are responsible for what you do in life. This is part of why karma happens - in past lives, we may have done things which were not right, or made harmful choices, and part of our responsibilities is balancing out this karma in future lifetimes, by making up for our mistakes.

In the afterlife, religious faith and creeds don't really matter. What is far more important is showing love to others in what you do. Contrary to popular belief, it is not religious faith that takes you to heaven - it's what's in your heart that counts.

Silver Birch, a highly credible and honest spirit guide, who channeled through trance medium Maurice Barbanell (1902-1981), has shared many wonderful insights from the afterlife. Silver Birch took on the identity of a Native American messenger. “I am but a humble servant,” he said, “an interpreter for those who have sent me to expound forgotten laws that must be revived as part of the new world that is gradually dawning. Think of me always as a mouthpiece. I represent the voice of the spirit that seeks to make its presence felt in your world and which is succeeding in increasing measure.”

What Silver Birch has said about the afterlife matches up with many near-death experiences, including how fame, status, religious creeds and so on, mean very little in the afterlife:

“Your earthly standards of valuation are not the same as ours. Your world worships many things and attaches importance to them, whereas here we regard them as insignificant. All that makes people crave position, wealth, authority and power, we regard as unimportant. When the body dies they all die with it. But the service that has been rendered cannot die because in doing it you increase you own spiritual growth. The service that is given out of love and affection and devotion all help to increase the character and so make an eternal hall-mark on the soul.” (ibid p72).

The service, by the way, is giving love and devotion to others in whatever way you can. It is truly this heartfelt service which leaves an eternal hall-mark on the soul, and that is all you carry with you in the afterlife:

“There is no religion higher than service. To heal the sick, to comfort the mourner, to guide the perplexed, to give strength to the weary and direction to those who have lost their way, those are the most important tasks of all … Never forget that the supreme purpose of life is the unfoldment of the spirit.” (ibid p71).

In the future, I'll go into more detail about Silver Birch's wisdom, because it's really enlightening! But what he has shared about how your soul worth, not your fame or status, determines your place in the afterlife, matches up with what I've heard from so many other spiritual sources around the world. This is why there can be a spiritual connection between a celebrity and an "everyday person". What matters in the afterlife is not the fame, but who you are as a person.

What also matters in the afterlife is what you do, not what you believe. If you are an atheist who has lived a good, loving life, helping others as best as you can, you are on a higher path than someone who claims to believe in God, but looks down on everyone else as inferior beings.

Silver Birch mentioned this here:

“Your spiritual nature is exactly what you have made it to be, and there are many materialists and atheists and rationalists and agnostics who are the spiritual superiors of thousands who think that they are amongst the elect because they have bowed the knee in homage to the Great Spirit and accept certain doctrines. The test is not what you believe, but what you have done, otherwise there would be a complete mockery of divine justice.” (ibid 104).

There Are Spiritual Realms which Correspond with Our Spiritual Developments

In the afterlife, there are different realms for the different evolution levels of spirits who have crossed over. This means that your spiritual development determines where you will go in the afterlife. Your spiritual development is determined not by your beliefs, but the true state of your spiritual growth. If you have a good, loving heart, and you care for others as much as you can, you are very evolved, and can go to a spiritual realm that has this loving, good vibration.

On the other hand, if you aren't ready for this, you may have to stay in a lower vibration realm for a while, until you graduate to the next realm. But everyone has the chance to move up in their spiritual realms and go to a higher place, and no one is stuck in a lower, less evolved realm forever. Silver Birch puts it this way, when he was asked if a soul could sink low enough to be completely extinguished:

"NO. It may reach a stage where the spark of the Great Spirit within it is but a small flicker, but the light never goes out, for the link which binds it to the Great Spirit is a link forged in eternity. No soul descends so low that it cannot rise. No soul is so high that it cannot descend to help the lowest." (ibid p41)

This matches with what Jimi Hendrix shared with me in spirit; no one can eternally separate themselves from God, or the Great Spirit. The link between the soul and the Great Spirit is so deep and eternal, it can never be separated, and no soul descends so low that it cannot rise, just as no soul is so high that it cannot descend to help the lowest.

Once again, where you go in the spiritual realms is not dependent on what you believe, but in how you treat others on the earth. This is the most just way to look at the matter. After all, people may believe or claim to believe a lot of things, but if their actions don't reflect their beliefs, and they treat others badly, what they believe won't mean a thing in the afterlife. No one is perfect, but trust me, a lot of people with good, kind hearts will be welcomed by God regardless of their beliefs, and that may surprise folks who were so sure those people were going to hell because they had the wrong "beliefs".


Music Realms? Why Not?

I've often had dreams of Jimi Hendrix creating beautiful music in the afterlife, absolutely beautiful. It's so beautiful, I could never even describe this kind of music in words. I often dream of him making albums in the afterlife.

Could there be music realms in the afterlife, devoted to music? I don't see why not. The afterlife could have all kinds of wonderful realms. It's not as limited as the earth is - it's a place full of many wonderful worlds, and so many different kinds of realms could exist it. I think Jimi is probably having a wonderful time in the music realms there. He can make all the music he ever wants, without a worry in the world.

I hope you found this look at the realms of the afterlife very interesting. It's fascinating to see how much variety there is in the afterlife, and how so many different experiences can happen there. I don't think the afterlife will be a boring place at all, that's for sure! :)

Submitted: March 14, 2021

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