What Really Happens When We Die?
By John Beckett
I believe our souls -- the essence of who we are -- survive death. Past-life memories, after-death communications, and thousands of years of human thought and experience strongly indicate that there is more to Life than the material world. I believe that after death we experience a time of peace and rest and reunion with our ancestors before returning to this world to resume learning and growing and helping others to learn and grow.
That is what I believe, what I think, what my heart tells me is true. The only certain answer is "we don't know."
But this I do know. I have looked up at the night sky and felt my connection to the most distant stars. I have walked barefoot in the grass and been warmed by the life-giving rays of the Sun. I have been refreshed by cool water on a hot summer day. I have seen scattered families come together to mourn a death, and I have watched the miracle of birth.
What I cannot know by fact, I believe by love. Whatever the Universe has in store for me after death, I am sure it will be good.
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John Beckett is an engineer, Pagan, Druid, and Unitarian Universalist trying to shape my core beliefs into a consistent and meaningful theology and practice.