A belief in an afterlife can have a powerful effect on our grieving process. Following the death of a loved one, our convictions regarding the continuation of life after death can make all the difference between becoming lost within negative emotion and coping with grief in a positive way.
A belief in an afterlife is often reflective of our beliefs regarding life in general. When we encounter philosophies or teachings about life after death that resonate with our own, the result is often a deepening of our own belief in an afterlife. Thus, such material can play an important role in our personal process of coping with grief.
Shortly after my brother’s death in 2005, following many profound experiences of after death communication, I stumbled upon the teachings of Abraham. These teachings resonated very deeply with my own philosophies about life and death and the nature of reality itself. I had been receiving what I believed to be profound proof of life after death and the teachings of Abraham not only verified what I had been experiencing, but they also offered detailed explanations regarding how to ensure the continuation of the after death communication I was receiving.
The teachings of Abraham, as channeled through Esther Hicks, offer us a perspective of life and death that very much upholds physical life as a joyous adventure that we have chosen to embark upon. These profoundly positive teachers portray physical death as a mere transition from this physical adventure we are currently having back into the full consciousness that we originally emanated from.
In a prior article, I addressed a critic of the teachings of Abraham who perceived insensitivity and disrespect in Abraham’s views regarding physical death. This critic was stuck on the fact that Abraham often humorously refers to physical death as ‘croaking.’
It was clear to me that such criticism emanates from a profound misunderstanding regarding the basic/core messages of these teachers. In fact, if the teachings of Abraham ‘mock’ anything it is the tenacity by which many of us cling to our earthly perspectives regarding the subject of death. Indeed the teachings of Abraham do make light of death as they are attempting to help us in our coping with grief by making the point that from the perspective of spirit, physical death really is no big deal. What Abraham is trying to convey and really wants us to ‘get’ is that there really is no death at all. At the point where we leave the physical body and the physical dimension, we merely shift from one experience to another.
The following quote from the teachings of Abraham sums up their position on this subject;
"We're not wanting to be insensitive to what so many of you are feeling, but we are very much wanting you to put this death thing in the proper perspective: You are all going to die! Except there is no death. You're all going to make your transition into Non-Physical. It is time to stop making your transition into Non-Physical sound like a subject that is uncomfortable, and begin acknowledging that it is something that happens to everyone. This death thing is so misunderstood that you use it to torture yourself never-endingly and just absolutely unnecessarily. There are those who feel such fulfillment of life and such Connection to Source Energy, who understand that there is no separation between what is physical and Non-Physical; who understand that there is not even a lapse in consciousness, that "death" is a matter of closing one's eyes in this dimension and literally opening one's eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point.. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing."
I actually find this quote to demonstrate that the teachings of Abraham actually contain a deep understanding and compassion towards the human perception of death. In fact it is this understanding that causes them to offer their perspective in the first place. If it were not for the fact that humans suffer due to their perceptions regarding physical death, Abraham would not be offering their own. Interestingly enough, it is this very same quote that the above-mentioned critic of the teachings of Abraham hicks has also recently added to his article to offer proof of their insensitivity towards physically based humans.
As I’ve said before in my previous article regarding this subject; To expect the teachings of Abraham to pander to our profound feelings of loss and grief within our physical perspective regarding the death of our loved ones is to completely negate the core message of their teachings. Their very point is that there is no such thing as death. Yes, they do acknowledge that as physically based beings, our perspective will often include a perception of loss, however, what they want us to realize...the precise point they are attempting to get us to see, is that no actual death, or ‘ceasing to be’ actually occurs.
Our deceased loved ones are still available and accessible to us while we remain physical and when we pass from the physical into the realm of spirit, not only will we become once again fully immersed within the fullness of who and what we really are, spirit, we will also be fully united once again with all of the loved ones we shared our physical life experience with.
When we completely embrace such a philosophy and we completely adopt a belief in an afterlife, we will have a much easier time coping with grief after the loss of a loved one. There is no doubt that being physical means a certain division of perspective from our spirit. In order to have this physical experience we have temporarily distanced ourselves from the totality of who and what we are at our source, however, despite this variance in perspective, a variance that will increase and decrease throughout our physical life experience, we always remain connected to and part of the totality of our being. Our belief in an afterlife can undoubtedly be strengthened when we encounter teachings that support and resonate with our own inner knowings.
Furthermore, a strong belief in an afterlife can assist us in making afterlife contact and in receiving after death communication. Our very belief in an afterlife often results in us receiving the proof of life after death
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