Is There Life after Death?
Is There Life after Death?
Life is a combination of both physical and mental energies. Religion, metaphysics, and other philosophies have given a different meaning to what life is what it entails and what comes with it how we live it and what happens when these life ends. People have different beliefs about the existence of an afterlife. We often ask ourselves a question such as; what is it like? What happens there? In what form do we exist? Are we conscious o that life? Many people juggle with these questions, but that major question we need to ask ourselves is; is there life after death?
Life after death has many theories that surround it and try to explain what happens then.
Metaphysics is one of the branches of philosophy that tries to explain the fundamental nature of being. It tries to understand how people view the world in terms of objects, space, time, existence, cause and effects, and possibilities. Metaphysics tries to explain all dimensions of being in terms of the categories of being and how they relate to each other, the fundamentals of the universe in that it explores its origin, nature and its dynamics(Edward).
Metaphysics tries to explain the universe that exists beyond the physical science. The possibilities it explores include the existence of this life after death (Kroner 219). How do we perceive time, space and also cause and effects? Many philosophers have tried to explain these phenomena in different ways and have come up with their own theories and criticized others. A famous professor Hume questions the notions of individual uniqueness and argues that there is no perpetual self that exist over time. He argues that everything that happens is related to our thinking and not associated with any external causal forces. In his arguments, he believes there is no life after death and that consciousness state of minds ends when life is drawn out of the body (Fieser)
Ideas come from impressions, which are invoked by feelings that originate from deep within us. Hence, individuals create things in their imaginations such as the idea of an afterlife. One’s feelings can lead them asking themselves what will happen to them after life. This leads to the creation of impressions that often lead to people thinking of the idea of life after death. Our memory is connected to our day-to-day experiences, and these leads to different versions of imaginations. Hume argues that time is bound to our mental operations so when mental operations cease to exist so do the time. He also argues that the external objects that we observe lead our mind to program concepts of an external world. Then can we conclude that there is no life after death, and it is only an idea that we have created for ourselves from the feelings deep within us?
Some people also believe that death is not the end, but it is a transition from the ideal living world to the spirit land. Often in religion, people believe that after death our souls choose where to go. A soul of an individual who was materialistic and still hold on to worldly material does not go anywhere but is transformed into a ghost and linger around. Those who lived a life of committing sin and were evil during their entire life their souls end up in hell, which is a place of great suffering and pain. For the righteous, their soul goes to heaven, which is a place of pure bliss. The soul wanders until we are conscious of what we want then a spiritual guide either family, friend, or a religious leader comes and guides our spiritual soul into heaven. Religion convinces us that there is something else entirely other than suffering. These are the concerns about what happens in the afterlife.
In a religious perspective, our bodies exist in three forms that are the physical body, physical-etheric body, astral body causal body, and the mental body. People believe that astral, causal, and mental bodies separate from our physical bodies often. During sleep, the bodies separate from the physical body and exist in the astral plane, which is equivalent to the spirit world. In times of dreaming we meet with most of our dead friends, relatives have conversations with them and do some activities together. It is believed that in these time people are in the spirit world and thus why they meet and talk with dead individuals.
Death is a long process whereby all the bodies have to separate. The physical body is shed, and it is separated from astral which is the emotion body and the mental body. Death is the transition from one consciousness to another. Our state of consciousness during life ends when the physical mind is shed. In the astral and mental mind the body takes a lot of time, which can last from day to years, hence from these theory many people tend to believe that there is the existence of life after death and the experiences we have in time of our dreams is also equivalent to the life we experience after death. We cannot encounter spiritual world until ultimately meet our death. After our death when experience the unseen realities we often relive in our dreams. How convincing is a religion? Do we even believe that our body has those five components and that our body lives after death? It is a matter of faith and what on believes in. If one has, a staunch belief in their religion then there is no doubt that they will believe in life after death, the existence of consciousness long after the physical death occurs, and the five bodies are separated. Our consciousness exists beyond the boundaries of the physical universe.
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a drug is famously known to be a spirit molecule people ingest it in drinks, or with food to induce a feeling that one takes a short trip whereby they experience their internal being feels the loss of identity and navigation through the world. This drug has given people to experience near death and life altering experiences. The drug can be industrially and mostly is used by Buddhist for holistic purposes. In addition, these compound in our body by the pineal gland that is located in our brain. The brain converts serotonin and other hormones into DMT (Hanna). This compound is majorly produced during sleep and in large quintiles
Often people believe that these compounds help us experience the life that occurs after death. Does this mean that our dreams are connected to life after death? The effects of these compound have been told by people who have experienced near life situation such as surviving deadly accidents they talk about things they have seen some pleasant while others are most pleasant. So, we ask ourselves this question does this compound prepare us for the life ahead of us. People believe that production of DMT makes it easier for individuals to slip into death and experience the transition easily. When people ingest this compound, the effect lasts a short period that is between 5-10 minutes, which feels like hours. These hours one feels as their whole life is flashing in front of them and they are transformed into a different kind of being. As in the religion theory where in times of dreams we live in astral plane can it be that the DMT compound affects this astral plane. Scientists are yet to prove the connection of these compounds to dreams and spiritual world. Moreover, they have not documented what transpires in a time of life-threatening experiences.
Human beings have existed for many centuries and have many more centuries to live. We live in the world of possibilities and us yet to discover ourselves and determine what happens after the ultimate death. Many believe that they will still live their life after death while others argue that existence ends when we meet death. The world is full of assumption and theories that try to explain the nature and existence of consciousness afterlife, the spirit world, and the forms of existence of life. We choose what to believe and often in life, we live with our choices. We choose to believe we will have a better life after death, or our life will end both in the body and in spirit after death.
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Hanna, Jon. “DMT and the Pineal: Fact or Fiction?” The Vaults of Erowid. Erowid. 3 Jun. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
Fieser, James. “David Hume (1711-1776).” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. IEP. N.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
Kroner, Stephan. Metaphysics: Its structure and Function. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Print.