But what IS that goal?
Numerous eastern religions would say the ultimate goal for our life experience was to gain our freedom from the wheel of samsara—the suffering of humankind—to reach total and complete enlightenment and God-consciousness, then to remain in that ‘ultimate highest love-frequency’ forever—in Oneness with ALL.
“The concept of Saṃsāra has roots in the post-Vedic literature; the theory is not discussed in the Vedas themselves. It appears in developed form, but without mechanistic details, in the early Upanishads. The full exposition of the Saṃsāra doctrine is found in Sramanic religions such as Buddhism and Jainism, as well as various schools of Hindu philosophy after about the mid-1st millennium BC. The Saṃsāra doctrine is tied to the karma theory of Hinduism, and the liberation from Saṃsāra has been at the core of the spiritual quest of Indian traditions, as well as their internal disagreements. The liberation from Saṃsāra is called Moksha, Nirvana, Mukti or Kaivalya.” (wiki)
That was probably more background info than anyone wanted, but I do know we often assume that everyone understands whatever we say exactly as we intend it, when actually they don’t. That’s why I look for reference quotes so we’re on the same page for whatever I’m trying to describe.
Every religion that I’ve studied has its own version of what happens to us after death and how we should view both our LIFE while living, as well as to consider what we might encounter when that ‘living’ is done.
Since I’ve personally conducted many hypnosis Past-life and Spirit World explorations with my own clients, I don’t have to be convinced of such a thing as reincarnation, although I might not call it that. Nor can I provide a ‘one-size-fits-all description’ for what is actually happening during LIFE itself, nor even attempt to explain the afterwards part because it’s simply beyond my present knowledge and capability.
I’ve seen for myself how pliable reality can be—numerous times—so when I quote from Mind Beyond Death that “life and death are simply concepts…”, then how can you the reader make sense of what seems like a lot of material substance in your own life?
“The teachings of the six bardos point out the fundamental continuity of mind through all states of existence. From this perspective of what we call ‘life’ and ‘death’ are simply concepts—relative designations that are attributed to a continuous state of being, an indestructible awareness that is birthless and deathless. …” (p. 11)
I mean that I can talk about what I think it is, or what it SEEMS to be—this LIFE/DEATH continuum, but even that is context-dependent on everyone sharing that same context framework—the encasing frame around which we consider our world-view; and clearly in today’s world, there are few folks who agree on much of anything at present. So when ‘world-view context or framework’ gets tossed out the window of mutual understanding, making sense of any situation is pretty hard to even attempt.
But what I CAN say is that there are many paths to explore for a more enriching living experience, just as there are many paths to finding your own spiritual fulfillment—to finding your own TRUTH.
I can easily say this because I’ve personally traveled many of those diverse paths—some being more pleasant than others.
And after assessing those diverse personal travels, what do I know for certain?
I know for certain how little I actually know about what is happening to us on all levels of our existence. For certain I only know what I think, what I’ve experienced, and what I’ve read or been told about our cyclical travels during this dimension and beyond.
And that’s the only knowledge I CAN share, because it’s like that old adage: ‘The more I learn, the less I actually know’ sort of thing.
From the more I currently learn, it would seem that the more apparently ignorant I have always been; but there’s a reason for that: consciousness is a continual growth process. We can’t learn the secrets of LIFE/DEATH/BEYOND until we are ready to make use of that knowledge.
And just as I believe what C. G. Jung mentioned long ago that the ‘collective unconscious’ was ready to shift higher, it does so only when the ‘collective CONSCIOUSNESS’ shifts higher as well.
While it doesn’t require the efforts of everyone on Earth to make that ‘collective consciousness’ shift higher, it does require that enough of us hold that higher frequency long enough for that momentous ‘collective shift’ TO occur.
I know I’m certainly ready for our ‘collective consciousness’ to shift higher.
How about you?