That’s what I’ve been researching for the past month.
“How can you research the afterlife?” you’re wondering. “Only dead people have firsthand experience.”
Turns out, though, a lot of data is available.
Accounts of the afterlife in key Jewish texts. Great literature reviews of those texts by Simcha Paull Raphael. Kabbalah’s theory of four worlds of consciousness. Jewish rituals of mourning, said to help souls of mourners and also those they grieve. Dreams and visions of family or friends who have died. The entire traditional program of Jewish ethical and spiritual development.
Line them up and be amazed. “How could I have missed it?” you may say. “Information about the afterlife has been hiding in plain sight!”
Wisdom for This Life
Maybe you find the whole thing silly. “There’s no such thing as an eternal soul,” you say. “Only the human spirit, found in embodied consciousness.”
Keep reading anyway.
Because the human spirit may be bigger than you imagine. Embodied consciousness is more complex.
Isn’t that the main point of teachings about life after life? There’s more to the soul than we think. More depth, courage, integrity and accountability waiting to be revealed. And thus, a great deal to learn about living wisely right now.
Or so I believe! And so I’ve written in the chapter-length summary of my research: The Afterlife Journey, Kabbalistic Guidelines for Death Preparation. It’s just a draft. But please, feel free to read it. You’ll find a little Kabbalah, Jung, Plato, phenomenology, liturgy, and anthropology. Plus reports on my experiences as a mourner. Complete with dreams and visions!
You won’t be the first readers.
So far, I shared the ideas at VST’s inter-religious conference “Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying.” There, university students, theologians, spiritual caregivers and energy healers came together.
For three days, we talked about health care, experienced music, analyzed sacred text, studied culture, reflected on loved ones, and explored our own wishes for death care. Want to learn more? Email me!
But first: accept the invitation to read my paper! Then, please let me know what you think.