Diane Eileen is a Sarasota Medium who has been recognized for her insight into Life After Death. This first hand knowledge comes from a near death experience, numerous out of body experiences, volunteering for hospice, and working with hundreds of clients and their loved ones during the moments of transition and death. She has been recognized by masters in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Robert Thurman of Columbia University.
Just a kindly note:
This is a continuing series of resources and references on the subject. Take what you feel is useful, and if it is not applicable or even believable for you please never mind. You have the perfect right to accept and believe whatever is right for you. In fact on some points within Seth’s writing you will see me interjecting what needs to be slightly tuned up a bit from what I and countless others have experienced.)
Roberts, Jane. (1972) Seth Speaks: the Eternal Validity of the Soul. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Note: This is a channeled message. It is an s explanation is provided by Seth. This highly evolved being worked with Jane Roberts over a number of years writing many volumes of books explaining consciousness, reality, and how we form our own reality.
“What happens at the point of death? The question is much more easily asked than answered. Basically there is not any particular point of death in those terms, even in the case of a sudden accident. I will attempt to give you a practical answer to what you think of as this practical question, however. What the question really means to most people is this: What will happen when I am not alive in physical terms any longer? What will I feel? Will I still be myself? Will the emotions that propelled me in life continue to do so? Is there a heaven or a hell? Will I be greeted by gods or demons, enemies, or beloved ones?”
“Most of all the question means: When I am dead, will I still be who I am now, and will I remember those who are dear to me now? I will answer the questions in those terms also, then; but before I do so, there are several seemingly impractical considerations concerning the nature of life and death with which we must deal.”
“What you want to know, is what happens when your consciousness is directed away from physical reality, and when momentarily it seems to have no image to wear.
“Quite practically speaking, there is no one answer, for each of you is an individual. Generally speaking, of course there is an answer that will serve to cover the main issues of the experience, but the kinds of deaths have much to do with the experience that consciousness undergoes. Also involved is the development of the consciousness itself, and its overall characteristic method of handling experience.”
“The ideas that you have involving the nature of reality will strongly color your experiences, for you will interpret them in the light of your beliefs, even as now you interpret daily life according to your ideas of what is possible or not possible. Your consciousness may withdraw from your body slowly or quickly, according to many variables.”
In the many cases of senility, for example, the strongly organized portions of personality have already left the body, and are meeting the new circumstances. The fear of death itself can cause such a psychological panic that out of a sense of self-preservation and defense you lower your consciousness so that you are in a state of coma, and you may take some time to recover.
A belief in hell fires can cause you to hallucinate Hades’ conditions. (Diane Annotation: Sorry he brought this old tired worn out idea. But he is saying it’s just a hallucination produced by an ingrained old story taught to us as a means of control. Since our thoughts and feelings define our reality, if you feel guilty and therefore have accepted this thought pattern as a reality you must face it would be wise for you to evolve out of that now.)
I can assure you in hundreds of readings no one has claimed to have seen any annoying fellow with pointy ears, a red suit, pitch fork, and a desire for the old eternal barbecue. Even if you do see or experience some rather wild hallucinations, just remember that they are fabricated by your own belief system. Sooner or later you will be able to understand that it is not a true reality and with your own wisdom work your way out of it.) A belief in heaven will result in a vision of heavenly conditions. You always form your own reality according to your ideas and expectations. This is the nature of consciousness and reality. We form our conditions from our belief system.
Consciousness must use its abilities. Seth warns us, that a perfect after-life enjoying heaven can actually finally be a bit of a bore after awhile. Your striving consciousness will long to keep growing. There are teachers available who will explain the conditions and circumstances.
You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree. But as soon as you try to manipulate the physical world with it, the differences between it and your physical body will become pretty obvious. (And yes it is great fun walking through walls.)
If you firmly believe that your consciousness is a product of your physical body, then you may attempt to cling to it. There is an order of personalities, an honorary guard, (a group of energies, souls who wish to help you in your transition. ) They are ever ready to lend assistance and aid, however.
Now this “group” is made up of people in your terms both living and dead. Those who are living in your system of reality perform these activities in an “out-of-body” experience while the physical body sleeps. They are familiar with the projection of consciousness, with the sensations involved, and they help orient those who will not be returning to the physical body.
These people are particularly helpful because they are still involved with physical reality, and have a more immediate understanding of the feelings and emotions involved at your end. Such persons may or may not have a memory of their nightly activities. Experiences with projection of consciousness and knowledge of the mobility of consciousness, are therefore very helpful preparations for death. You can experience the after-death environment beforehand, so to speak, and learn the conditions that will be encountered.
This is not, incidentally, necessarily any kind of somber endeavor, nor are the after-death environments somber at all. To the contrary, they are generally far more intense and joyful than the reality you now know.
You will simply be learning to operate in a new environment in which different laws apply, and the laws are far less limiting than the physical ones with which you now operate. In other words, you must learn to understand and use new freedoms.
Even these experiences will vary, however, and even this state is a state of becoming, for many will continue into other physical lives. Some will exist and develop their abilities in different systems of reality altogether, and so for a time will remain in this “intermediary” state. (This state is similar in nature to that of the Tibetan Bardo State of in-between. )
Those of you who had faith in life after death will find it much easier to accustom yourself to the new conditions. Those of you who do not have such faith may gain it in a different way, by learning to extend your perceptions to these other layers of reality if you are persistent, expectant and determined. (You can begin increasing your wisdom and expectations now during your life, so that you are more aware upon passing.)
Now, you may or may not be greeted by friends or relatives immediately following death. This is a personal matter, as always. (Diane: It has been my experience that no one ever goes it alone.) But overall, you may be far more interested in people that you have known in past lives than those close to you in the present one, for example.
Your true feeling toward relatives who are also dead will be known to you and to them. There is no hypocrisy. You do not pretend to love a parent who did little to earn your respect or love. (Diane: Of course we are still talking about the in-between bardo state here….this is the state where we have freshly emerged out of the body. So we are still getting our sea-legs so to speak. The person has not yet evolved into the higher states of consciousness. The ego-driven thoughts fade away as we grow into a deepening level and awareness of the true reality of consciousness and the interrelationships of all things. We were all sent here together to learn lessons from one another. Things or people that may have hurt you in someway before will simply not be an issue at all. As you begin to learn any experience whether considered bad or good, is just experience to help you learn. Intense love, forgiveness, acceptance, and great mutual compassion quickly erases any primitive anger or displeasure you may have towards others.)
But alas, telepathy according to Seth, operates without distortion in this soon after-death period, so you must somehow contend your true feelings that may still exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you. (Hopefully you will try your best to generate good feelings and compassion for those around you while you are alive and therefore you won’t be bogged down at the end wrestling with those old thought patterns – as telepathy between you and your passed on loved one’s is pretty transparent.)
You may find that someone you considered merely an enemy actually deserved your love and respect, for example, and you will then treat them accordingly. Your own motives will be crystal clear. You will react to this clearness, however in your own way. You will not be automatically wise if you were not so before, but neither will there be a way to hide from your own feelings, emotions, or motives. Whether or not you accept inferior motives in yourself or learn from them is still up to you. The opportunities for growth and development are very rich, however, and the learning methods at your disposal very effective.
You examine the fabric of the existence you have left, and you learn to understand how your experiences were the result of your own thoughts and emotions and how these affected others. Until this examination is through, you are not yet aware of the larger portions of your own identity. When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences.
You become aware, then, of an expanded awareness. Your awareness also encompasses what you have been in other lives, and you begin to make plans for your next physical existence. Please take extra note on this : Whether or not you decide to reincarnate is an option that you may decide to forgo, or accept.
You can instead enter another level of reality, and then return to a physical existence if you choose.
Diane: Now remember our friends the Buddhists consider reincarnation usually to be a rather undesirable result. In fact they train a great deal and practice compassion for all sentient beings in order to create good karma. They also practice a neutral non-attachment so as not to be attracted again, into an endless cycle of birth and death. In their philosophy, life in our limited physical world is actually not the ideal. The ideal is to take higher rebirth into higher levels of consciousness, or become Bodhisattva’s in order to help others avoid suffering. They take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma (Teachings) and the Sangha (The community of enlightened beings and people.
In their view point, temporary pleasures, are just that. Temporary. Although we can say it can seem pessimistic on their part, one can’t deny that eventually all that we work for, and attach ourselves to is impermanent, and yes although we may be young and healthy now, alas eventually it is inevitable that we shall grow old.) So if one has a chance to forgo all that and evolve onto a higher dimension and awareness, I would think that would be preferable.
(To be continued)