Death and Life

What is death? What comes after it? Do we stop existing? Do we go to either heaven or hell? -I don't know. As far as I can remember, I've never experienced death. I haven't actually seen ghosts, although I've had that creepy feeling of someone looking over your shoulder. As far as I can see, the only proof I've ever seen for our continued existence after death is the belief in our souls, and that they oughtn't to just disappear.

I don't believe in hell. I don't believe in the Devil; it makes no sense to me. A being of absolutely evil just doesn't make sense in nature. I could believe in a form of "detention" for the dead. A time to reflect on the things they did, but who am I to judge who would be given a detention slip? But Eternal Damnation, no.

Eternal bliss with God in heaven, hmmm. Well, Christianity sort of makes it seem like Heaven and Hell go hand in hand; and I already stated that I don't believe in hell. I believe in a sort of heaven though, called the Summerlands. (It's an Old Religion term.) I think of death as just another step in existence. Change, but not the end. Summerlands would be like a vacation from life almost, to be with loved ones that had already passed on, or ones that haven't been born again yet. Yes, I believe in a form of reincarnation. I think we have a choice to go back again, to learn more. Earth is sort of like a classroom, and class is always in session. I don't think we choose our parents, but we have a choice to go back, and the Goddess chooses what environment will teach us what we need to know to keep growing. If we choose not to leave, I don't think she'll force us into another life. But I think in the Summerlands we're connected with our other self; that understands the whole universe, and perhaps has the answers to the questions about the world we have now. I think we exist more completely perhaps in death than we do in life.

So, I'm not afraid of death. But rather, afraid of dying before I've done everything I can do.

Essay written by ArielMorgan. Graphic owner unknown.