Is There Proof of Life After Death? How can one tell between para-nutty and true stories of the paranormal, proof of ghosts, paranormal proof?
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Paranormal or Para-nutty?
It's amazing what we most back away from exploring. Traditionally, men have recoiled from changing diapers and women from looking under the hoods of cars.
I found it scary, exploring the intolerant strands of Islam, with its readiness to call for violence to be done to those who disagree. I did it anyway. Here's my exploration - long and extensive.
Somehow I took on that challenge more easily than the challenge of exploring the possibility of life after death. Proof of life aftyer death, true stories of the paranormal, proof of ghosts, paranormal proof, true paranormal experiences - anyone talking about that kind of thing made me pull back.
I know, for traditionally religious people it's no big thing. They proclaim their certainty that god exists, given the slightest opportunity. They don't even deal with anything like proof of life after death. For them, it's a given that ghosts exist, that true paranormal experiences abound - just as it's a given that trees exist. In the United States, the political candidates seem to fall over each other in their eagerness to assert - no matter what their political leanings - their faith in god and all that kind of thing. Proof of life after death? Hell, who needs that. They BELIEVE.
Then there are New Age people, who may rigidly hold that you choose your parents - so if your parents violently abuse you, that's your choice, because you want to learn from it (this was supposedly your decision before you were conceived). Likewise, for many New Age people, everyone is where they're meant to be - so all those who end up massacred are where they are meant to be. Proof of life after death? I've found more insistence than proof.
I again recoil.
I know all religions and spiritualities aren't the same, but I haven't felt like going religion shopping. Anyway, for me trying to find a suitable religion or form of spirituality puts things in the wrong order.
My starting point. What is real?
My recoil from most religions doesn't mean I'm indifferent to questions about the possibility of life continuing after death. It doesn't mean that I don't wonder, are there ghosts? what about paranormal experiences? Is there life after death or not? Is there proof of ghosts or not? Proof of life after death or not?
I don't like the thought of being lumped with the traditionally religious or with those I see, at best, as flaky.
But maybe I'm a bit of a flake myself. It comes from longing for there to be something that continues. The longing has been most intense since my father died, just over 5 years ago, and since a dog I loved, Fluffers, died less a month later.
It's not just my longing that draws me to wonder about the possibility of true stories of the paranormal, the possibility of proof of life after death. It doesn't make sense to me not to ask questions, not to explore.
My questions don't bring me any closer to most traditional religions. A lot of what I've found there just makes me shake my head in disbelief - like belief in hell, like the backing of all kinds of inequalities (between men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, one caste and another, and so on.)
But because many traditional religious beliefs - such as in a deity who torments most people for eternity, burns them in everlasting hell fire - don't compute for me, that doesn't mean that I'm ready to slam the door on all and any explorations of life after death possibilities.
Still, with all this stuff that is obviously wrong, stuff that obviously no god in his or her right mind would uphold, the easiest thing has been to stay within the bounds of the everyday world palpable by our five senses.
Yet like a health food person tempted by the goodies in a pastry shop, I've been drawn to questions about what may exist outside our regular senses.
Does everything end at death? If not, what then?
I haven't been able to rely on my senses, as I'm not in contact with anyone who has died.
I haven't gone about this exploration in any straight forward way. Instead, very soon after the death of my father and Fluffers, I found myself writing about someone living with an invisible dog, a ghost dog.
Caro's Quest starts, "Geela Gribbs was known as more than a little weird." Small wonder.
It's only now, years later, that I've come to explore questions which lie behind the book. What is real? Are there true stories of the paranormal? Is there proof of life after death? Paranormal proof? Are there true paranormal experiences? Is there proof of ghosts, including of ghost dogs?
The questions aren't the only thing that fuel the book, of course. A much bigger fuel is love. Love and longing - longing for those who have died not to be entirely gone, in fact for them to be close by, with me.
The love makes it hard to look clearly, instead of jumping to believe what I would like to believe.
But I have begun this exploration. Are ghosts real? Is there proof of ghosts? Is there life after death?
Very likely I will go further.
You're welcome to add experiences and thoughts.
In the meantime I will sign off with some not very encouraging news. I did a very preliminary search on google, and was drawn to a page of The New Scientist. It contains nothing that disproves the existence of life after death, but it does include discouraging findings for those who would rather hear of true stories of the paranormal, proof of life after death, proof of ghosts, and so on. In 1921, a spiritualist from Detroit, Thomas Bradford, chose to die in order to establish, once and for all, if life existed after death. He was to report back to another spiritualist, Ruth Doran. Her message: Dead spiritualist silent. For more stories of that sort, here's the link.
For now all I will say is, I will be back with more.
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