Life After Death: Transcendence

Transcendence: Life After Life

Is this the only dimension that exists? We live in a mortal space-time dimension designed for the growth of our spirits. The individual self is the prime focus of our consciousness, and the means by which we interact with reality.

Space shrinks as we age. Who among us has not gone back to a place of our childhood, a hill or a house, and found it quite small compared to our memory of it? A baby can only grasp inches at first, then feet, and then yards. It is quite some years before we can fully comprehend a mile. Space, like time, is relative.

Time flies. To a one-year-old, a single year seems like a lifetime—because it is. The tenth year of our lives is only one-tenth of our total experience, and therefore goes by ten times faster in our consciousness. By our fiftieth birthday, a year is only 2 percent of our experience of time. If we live to be 100, a year consumes less conscious time than does four days to a one-year-old. If you live to be one million years old, time must fly by so fast that it would hardly be perceptible. It would almost be like everything is happening at once. You would go beyond time: Transcendence.

TIME FLIES
TIME FLIES

Spiritual Growth

The organism that is you, and in fact each of your organs, requires the organization and integration of innumerable specialized cells. Man is made for cooperation. His eyes and hands work together, his feet take turns stepping, and his sexual organs eloquently bridge the gap between male and female. A human being stands between his ancestors and his descendents.

Our physical selves are made from the earth—3/4 water and 1/4 dirt, as is the planet on which we live—just as Genesis says. We breathe the same oxygen Jesus breathed. Scientists cannot measure the human spirit, and thus many of them doubt its power if not its existence.

There are some people who believe that this life and this world are all there is. Others think God is a superconsciousness into which we will be absorbed after death; into which our individual selves will disappear. But it seems to me that our perception is ever-widening, as is our awareness of ourselves, so why wouldn’t the afterlife include us, with our personalities? And if we do live beyond the grave, what are we doing here?

As we grow spiritually, we become far less self-centered and more outwardly focused, and yet we grow more acutely aware of whom we are. Mortality is the perfect tool to sharpen concentration on the education and growth of your soul. If this life were devoid of all pain and suffering, we would miss the greatest language of the soul and some of greatest learning experiences. Life is short, so we should be disciplined instruments of learning.

Some sort of world had to be designed with finite limitations to develop your mind and sharpen your spirit: A school of the soul, as it were. The problems of life may be the most important things it has to offer. A message must begin and end if it is to be understood. We assume form in this finite space and time in order to learn meaning, to grasp wisdom, to feel love.

TRANSCENDENCE
TRANSCENDENCE

Is There Life After Death?

One of the most mysterious and inscrutable questions of life is that which none of us can escape: Death. Your life can be extinguished by a single drop of poison. As the old country song says, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

Death certainly seems contrary to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, our tooth enamel, nails, and hair are dead all the time. The death of your body will include the stoppage of your breath and heartbeat; cessation of metabolism and cellular growth; congealing of blood; and rigor mortis, followed by the decay and disintegration of tissues, which is accompanied by the quiet foraging (or feasting) of about 600 species of tiny bacteria, worms, and insects.

We inherit physical death. It is the disorganization of our bodily organism. Guided by our genes, our body cells disintegrate. Death is a part of life. It is the fact that we die that makes us value life so. You are a vapor that appears in this material world but for a little while, and then you are gone.

THE SPIRIT
THE SPIRIT

A Man and His Soul

Some folks wonder why God has not told us exactly what heaven will be like. I think it is because there are no words by which we might comprehend it. What if you told a baby in the womb what this world was like? Would she understand it? You could say, “There are colors, and trees, and cars, and buildings, and cities, and flying machines, and stars, and all sorts of people—but would the baby understand any of it? We are in the womb of the soul now. What lies beyond is beyond our imaginings.

Birth and death are comparably mystical, but we are more overawed by death because those who are born are strangers to us, while we intimately know those who die. Every mature adult you meet, or even pass on the street, knows she is going to die. It might seem that we are all on the same train, just getting off at different stops. But what if we are traveling to different destinations?

The physical body gives form to spirit as language gives form to thought. The Word was made flesh. As individual thoughts and memory patterns are developed, our physical selves become less important, and eventually our consciousness breaks free of the body. At the moment of physical death, ¾ of an ounce of something leaves our bodies. Therefore, death is how we transcend our bodies, what could be called a sort of “hatching.”

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Life and Death

Life is about exercising faith. If we knew everything, we would be denied the exaltation of relying upon faith. God has promised the gift of eternal life after this life for those who accept it (on His terms).

We call ourselves beings because living is being, and there is nothing without being. If eternal nothingness is our destiny, then life has no meaning and no purpose. What a puny view of humankind, that we are nothing more than insects with larger brains, surviving on instinct; living to satisfy our animal appetites, lower impulses, and base desires; being only what we are socially conditioned to be.

Our natural instinct for self-preservation, which has an obvious survival value for all living things, creates in us this pervasive fear of death. But human beings have always conceived and dreamed of life after death. There is certainly no scientific law against consciousness after death.

Some say that the moment we die we will be instantly transported to heaven or hell—perhaps with a stop first to face Judgment: To face God alone, naked, with everything we have ever done, every thought, every word, every motive laid bare. Others say we will sleep hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years first. What difference does it make? If we are unconscious, we will not know how long we have been asleep when we wake up.

"THE LAST JUDGMENT" BY JEAN COUSIN
"THE LAST JUDGMENT" BY JEAN COUSIN

Souls

The light that spans the atom just as easily spans the universe, and this light was not created by any man. Can something come out of nothing? Could this universe truly have created itself? Is there nothing but blind chance running the world? Why are we here? What is this world all about?

Where does creativity come from? Not one line of any magazine article or book appears by chance. There has to be something beyond this finite universe; someone who designed this world. Each of us is mathematically an extremely improbable being. Each of us is the product of an inconceivably complex web of ancestors, all of whom grew to heterosexual maturity and begat viable children, that they did not choose to kill before birth, or we would not be here.

Who are you? You are made up of an entirely different set of molecules than you were seven years ago. You are obviously more than a molecular structure. You remember things that happened to you and things you did and said and heard from decades ago (if you are that old). Obviously, YOU are a mind, a soul, a spirit.

THE TREE OF LIFE
THE TREE OF LIFE

Do You Want To Live Forever?

The most profound truths are not only beyond the reach of science, they are not truly definable or describable, being beyond the scope of language. The universe certainly testifies that it has a clockmaker; that it is intelligently designed.

Philosopher William Ernest Hocking asked his students at Harvard, “What do you say to a tiny drop of splash balancing between a star too hot to touch and the cold surrounding ink of nothingness?”

The Bushmen of the Kalahari explain the world this way: “There is a great dream across the world that we are a part of. We do not dream this dream. Instead this dream dreams us.”

The invisible world is more real than the visible world. This idea has always been accepted by seers, prophets, and philosophers. It is also widely accepted today by practical scientists.

The finitude of space-time has a grain and that grain is a spiral. Spirality pervades the universe, visibly and invisibly, from galaxies of stars to strands of DNA. The elliptical orbit of moving bodies, particles, and substances spiral in time through space—fluids and gasses, ocean currents, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust devils, snowdrifts, and chimney smoke plumes.

THRONE ROOM OF GOD
THRONE ROOM OF GOD

Miracles

History is literally a sequence of miracles that one by one come true. At one time, to kindle a fire was a miracle. At another, to grow one’s own food was a miracle, as was the invention of the wheel, and making things with metal, and sailing the ocean blue. The printing press was a miracle, as were machines and engines. Human flight, putting a man on the moon, instant worldwide communications, and the internet are all miracles. Life is a miracle. That we have been given the ultimate gift—creating new life by the sexual union of a man and a woman—is a sacred miracle.

OUT OF THE CAVE AND INTO THE LIGHT
OUT OF THE CAVE AND INTO THE LIGHT

After Life

The soul is the part of you that is incorporeal and made of spirit. Adversity is important—even vital—to our spiritual progress. Take a good look at how educational Earth is for us, what extraordinary variation it has, and how incredibly complex it is. The Earth is teeming with life and full of adventure. How incredibly creative a mind would have to be to think all this up, and how powerful that intelligence must be to make such thoughts a reality.

An old African proverb says that the reason God created this world is because he loves stories. A lot of people today complain about the universe God made—some are so bitter about it that they deny He exists because He didn’t make the universe they way they would have. If you were God and wanted to build a Soul School, a place for spirits to learn and develop through experience—consider carefully—could you design a world with more contrast that was more educational? Do you learn better by being told something or experiencing it for yourself?

Our natural inclination would be to design a nice, safe world, without tragedy, tears, sorrow, suffering, poverty, pain, germs, diseases, poisons, hostility, misery, malice, hate, weapons, and war. Right?

That is heaven.

STREETS OF GOLD (BECKERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY)
STREETS OF GOLD (BECKERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

Spiritual Life

The soul is independent of time and space and reaches beyond matter. The testing that is life is not to punish you but to reveal your soul to itself. The Earth is a workshop for the molding and refining of character. It is neither a playground nor a torture chamber, though it contains these elements. Here we have mud, bugs, ugliness, ignorance, accidents, conflict, and cancer.

There are great disparities in the distribution of gifts, talents, skills, physical prowess, beauty, and intelligence, as well as life’s fortunes—as luck would have it. The Soul School is for individuals and it knows which trials each soul needs—it designs the lesson plans. Faith is the key to the struggles of life. Faith requires action. Faith comes from belief in the unseen. Faith comes from revealed truth. Faith surpasses mere science because it can reach places science cannot go—things beyond measure.

ETERNAL LIFE
ETERNAL LIFE

Transcendence

Spiritual beauty of the highest order seems to be the product of contrast and struggle, of pain and suffering. I saw men on television who had been Prisoners Of War in Vietnam—in the so-called Hanoi Hilton—who were asked if they wished it had never happened to them. I was immediately absolutely certain that they would say, "Yes! Of course we wish we had never suffered as we did." It shocked me that they said no, that they would not change it if they could. It taught them something they could have learned no other way. They would not have become the men they are without that experience.

Life After Death

You are a parcel of all humanity, all life, all matter, all mind, and of all spirit in this universe. And yet, you are completely an individual. That is one of the paradoxes of this world.

By focusing on the animal side of your nature—your lower self—you will never develop your spirit and reach for the stars of eternity. We need something to rise above, adversity to conquer.

We have feeble understanding, but we should know based on the universe in which we find ourselves, that there is a divine intelligence that is glorious and awesome; that creatures such as us must have a creator. Your senses are a bridge that joins you to this world, but YOU are much more than the sensual. Everything you do and think, God knows.

My source for this article is The Seven Mysteries of Life by Guy Murchie.

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Kaie Arwen 4 years ago

JJRBJ- Thanks for this............... it is exactly what I expected and then some.

"Faith is the key to the struggles of life. Faith requires action. Faith comes from belief in the unseen. Faith comes from revealed truth. Faith surpasses mere science because it can reach places science cannot go—things beyond measure." Amen

WWBTFTIK~ Kaie


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

James, this is almost exactly the belief I have held most of my adult life. You said it better that I could, but the concepts are the same. We are born here to learn, and when we die as humans, our knowledge I believe adds our unique perspective to the sum. I don't know how exactly, but we do keep that uniqueness as spirit. I believe it has something to do with the concept of time/space and our minute understanding of quantum physics. As I see it, time is not a river that passes from past to present to future and is gone. It is a lake that mixes and swirls about and we can if we look, see and experience any place or time that ever existed or will ever exist.

Great work here!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

The invisible world is more real than the visible world.

powerful words...and so very true.

i really dont know what to say. i clicked on this expecting...i dont know, some kind of zen stuff. to find not only that it wasnt, but that you have a very beautiful way of describing the TRUTH, was a very pleasant surprise. when i was 3, i died for 4 minutes. JESUS met me with open arms and sat me in HIS lap and told me it was not my time yet and i had to come back. because of this i have never questioned whether GOD was real. the bible only confirms what i know to be true. the older i get the more HE teaches me...enough to know that what you said in this hub is true. what leaves me almost speechless is the beauty in which you describe it all. i do wish i had your gift for expressing yourself. i think you have a new follower in me. GOD bless you. definitely voted up and more and shared.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is a very powerful and enlightening hub; a must share, in which I will.

"You are but a vapor that appears in this material world but for a little while, and then you are gone. "~

I had a wonderful time reading this. Thank you.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Magnificent James! You have covered it all in this most profound hub. Yes, there is that unseen realm, and sometimes we may get a little glimpse into that realm. I have always been fascinated by time. You are so right . . . when I was a child, we lived in a tiny wood frame house on the most beautiful piece of property with the backyard just full of huge dogwoods that had to have been growing there for who knows how long, always providing such a lovely floral wonderment in spring. I would always stand on the concrete steps and hold on tight to that black railing looking down in awe of such beauty right in my own backyard. At the time, those steps seems so very high off the ground to me, but as an adult when I went back, I was just amazed at how small they really are . . . what a different perspective and you are right everything else seems so small now too. Very interesting facts as to the process of aging and time. No one even had to tell me about my Lord Jesus, as he was right there with me as a small child. He knows His sheep and His sheep know His voice. The many trials we face in this lifetime, we should not be surprised about as He tells of these very things in His living and active Word . . . that we will face many trials of many kinds daily, but He is right there with us. We just need to call upon His Great Name. I believe if we are still here and He has not taken us on yet to our true home, then we are here for a reason, and I believe that reason is to glorify Him. It will be sheer joy one day to see His beautiful face and our loved ones who have passed on. I can just see us walking on those streets of gold together hand-in-hand. We are each unique, there is not one other exactly like us, not one. I really love what you have written on the ultimate gift of the miracle of creating life by the sacred union of a man and a woman. And that is exactly what it is sacred! I am afraid that most are focusing on their animal nature - their low self - and they will never develop their spirit and reach for the stars for eternity!!! How profound. I really love all you have written here about faith. Brilliant once again. I know I have missed some of your hubs lately, and I am going to get caught up as soon as I can.

Voted Way up the the Heavens. God bless you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Wow! This is an amazing piece of work that inspires self-examination and thinking on a much deeper level. I love the analogy of trying to tell a baby in the womb about the world. There is certainly mystery and intrigue about what happens next but as you have clearly shown, we are not prepared to know and to know would perhaps diminish our time here, and now. Great job!


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Too much for one long read (for me) but love it so far! more when I have time to read slowly the whole again!

John


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Excellent, intelligent, thoughtful and well written hub! I am pondering a hub on a similar topic as well. Politically, we differ, but on this topic(one of much more importance), we feel very much the same. Vote up and awesome!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

You may not know it, but you have helped me learn more spiritually here on hubpages. I haven't read all of your hubs, but this one is wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing this.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Murchie's book is fantastic and you did great job here, James. I could write one of my own hubs here, but it would only mirror what you've said, and you've said it better than I ever could. Great job my friend!

~ jim


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Kaie Arwen— You are welcome, my dear. Thank you for being my first visitor. There is no one I would rather see than you. When you encourage me it is like a ray of sunshine, beaming through the clouds.

I appreciate you.

YAXS

JJRBJ


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

"We are in the womb of the soul now." I will remember those words. It's hard to express how wonderful this hub is. With so much crap written on HubPages, it's a delight to encounter a writer and thinker as profound as you James. Voted up, awesome and beautiful, and shared with 7,500 twitter followers and a few hundred FB friends. Keep up the marvelous work.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi James. I've live this way all of my life, believing in what i have not seen and knowing that Jesus did live on earth and breath the air here and die onto this earth in order to save us all if we believe . I found your hub very interesting and fascinating and you explained it so well and so plainly that everyone should be inspired by this awesome hub. Life after death is real and promised to us by our Lord Jesus Christ (on His terms).

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Curiad— Thank you very much for taking the time to come by and read my article. It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you, my friend. I sincerely appreciate your most excellent comments and the gracious compliments.

A lake and not a river of life? Interesting. I didn't get into the Noosphere or the Akashic Records this time but it sounds as if you are up on them.

I hope all is well with your soul, Brother.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

tlmcgaa— I love South Dakota! I had never been there until two years ago and I came away very impressed. The Black Hills, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, the Corn Palace. Rapid City is a great town. I could easily live there. Keystone was cool, as were Deadwood and Lead.

Anyway, I am so happy that you enjoyed my article and offered me your blessings and lovely laudations. Your warm words made my heart feel good. I appreciate the voted up and more. And I am grateful and honored that you would share this Hub with your friends. That is high praise indeed.

Thank you for sharing that stunning story from your childhood. Wow! I'll bet that having had that amazing experience you don't question Jesus or God. What a blessing!

God Bless You,

James


Marcia Ours 4 years ago

Beautiful and well-written hub! I also love the picture with the streets of gold!


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Wow! Powerful stuff. I could read, read and re-read and still learn something new. Living is Learning. Everyday is a Journey. Everyday is different and I am different everyday that God has made. I believe we die and go into a new life until our Soul's Journey gets it right. God made all the Planets in the Universe and every living, breathing creature. HE could create a new Earth when humans have totally destroyed what HE gave us - yet - we would have to earn that Miracle - I suppose. Would that be the New World? I believe God controls Time even though Satan may have or is trying to ruin it. A true mystery.Voted UP - Useful, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting. Not too funny. Have a wonderful week ahead James.


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Kristeen 4 years ago from Michigan

James, What an awesome article. It is very deep and yet it describes our physical and spiritual being and our life perfectly. This earth and universe in which we live is so complex and yet it is "just right" for human habitation. In a conversation with friends from work the other day someone mentioned that in Australia toilets flush clockwise as opposed to counter clockwise here where we live. It is a simple thing, yet it makes one realize that the earth was designed by an awesome Creator. The earth spins so fast and we don't even feel the motion and it turns on it's axis revolving around the sun, our warming star. It is so amazing, yet many still deny the existence of God. They don't see Him even as they are surrounded by Him. Thanks for sharing this.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

CrisSP— You are quite welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for sharing it with your circle of friends. I appreciate your gracious accolades as well.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Faith Reaper— Thank you for the awesome accolades! I am grateful for your affirmation and encouragement. Time is a fascinating topic, to be sure.

I hear you about how space shrinks. When I was maybe five I used to roll down this huge hill in front of my house and when I was in high school I went back to that house for the first time since being a little tyke and it was just a little rise.

I understand you completely when you say, "No one even had to tell me about my Lord Jesus."

:-)

I love how you put this phrase: "His living and active Word." Amen! And yes, He did tell us of "The many trials we face in this lifetime." Yes, He did. And He is right there with us, as you well noted.

I am with you wholeheartedly that "we are here for a reason and . . . that reason is to glorify Him."

It is a beautiful thing to grasp these words of yours: "It will be sheer joy one day to see His beautiful face and our loved ones who have passed on."

I appreciate the "Voted Way up to the Heavens" and your blessings. God Bless You, Faith Reaper.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lrc7815— I so enjoyed your outstanding comments.

You certainly "get" it. :-)

Thank you ever much for the gracious compliments. I am well pleased that you enjoyed this piece. I appreciate the visitation!

James


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Rod Marsden 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

This pretty much sums up the Christian belief in the after life.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Ahhh, James -- when one gets to my age one sees many of the things you said falling into place -- and how fortunate if one has believed those things all their lives and expects them and considers them as a gift or award for having lived. This is a beautiful and informative piece of work that I wish everyone in the whole world could read -- as it's also prophetic. Blessings and thank you so much -- Best/Sis


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Interesting James, I have never read or studied either the Noosphere or the Akashic Records. I went a Googled them, and they sound interesting. I don't however believe in ot ascribe to any kind of deity but I believe like you, that all things are the creation of God. I also believe like you, that the creations are far more complex and beautiful than we can understand.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for this fascinating hub. There is much that we don't know and won't find out about the world beyond until we get there ourselves but you know I don't worry I keep on going and I have the faith to believe that there is much more than we can see. Passing this on.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

OK, now had time to savour this piece, and again you have produced a milestone of understanding, which I will promote as best I can, though from the constant flow of comments, it seems to need no promotion!

Thanks again James.

John [and together we could make those 'sons of thunder'!] :)


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Jen Card 4 years ago

Hi James, Thank you for sharing what is an amazing translation of the human life experience. I am new here to the Hub Pages and finding this article as my first read is a wonderful sign! This is going to be a great outlet of education and sharing. I look forward to your next message. Thank you


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Beautifully deep and meaningful, James. Most comforting.

I love this explanation: "If we live to be 100, a year consumes less conscious time than does four days to a one-year-old. If you live to be one million years old, time must fly by so fast that it would hardly be perceptible."


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

aguasilver— Hey John! I hope I didn't make this Hub too long. Anyway, it's always good to see you, my friend.

James :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

picklesandrufus— Let me know when you write your Hub and I will surely come over and check it out. :-)

Gosh, I appreciate the accolades. And yes, I agree that this subject is of paramount importance. Thank you very much for the voted up and awesome!!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Michele Travis— You are most welcome, my friend. Thank you for coming by to take a gander at my Hub and voice your approval. I had no idea that I was providing a meaningful service for you but I will say that it makes my day to hear you say it! :D

Thank you!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

TheManWithNoPants— Hey Jim! It is great to hear from you. I hope the campaign is going well for you. I need to come over and see how it's been going.

I think you are the first visitor I have had that knows who Murchie is. I love it! His book is in my top five—and I read a lot of books!

Thanks for the compliments, my friend.

james


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

rfmoran— 7500 Twitter Followers!!?? Wowser, man. I never heard of such a thing outside some celebrity. I cannot thank you enough for doing that for me. I am grateful that you shared this Hub with your friends. I am honored.

I appreciate as well the 'Voted up, awesome and beautiful,' as well as your warm words that made my day.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

kashmir56—Hello there! It is always such a pleasure to hear from you, my friend. Thank you ever much for sharing this article within your sphere of influence. That means a lot to me. And, as I am sure you know, I appreciate the "Voted up and more!"

:D

I love your comments and I agree with you.

God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Marcia Ours— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :-)


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

James,

I know I have said this several times now, in several of your hubs, but I think this may be one of your most interesting hubs....and you have written many.

This one will grab ALL who come to read it. We all face this situtation, and we all have much time invested into trying to figure out what is next for us.

As a Christian, I have developed a faith that has allowed me to accept death, and relish life. But, being human, I think we ALL have moments of doubt, and analyze other possibilities.

This hub reflects, I beleive, exactly the way it is. You told it perfectly.

God bless you brother,

Chris


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Deb Welch— Yes, I believe our destiny—for at least some of us (I do not believe in Universalism)—is a new Heaven and a new Earth. And life eternal for those who want it.

I have read that some folks say it just isn't fair to block atheists out of heaven. Why not? They believe that this life is all there is so if it is indeed all there is FOR THEM, that sounds fair enough to me. :-)

But I digress . . . I am so glad that you visited and enjoyed my Hub, Deb. I am honored that you "Voted UP - Useful, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting. (Not too funny)"

Your comments are great and I agree with your assessment. Thank you for the lovely laudations.

God Bless You

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Kristeen— Hello my fellow Michigander! It is great to "see" you here. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my work. I appreciate your awesome accolades and quite extraordinary remarks. And you are most welcome, too. :D

If I may quote part of what you wrote: "This earth and universe in which we live is so complex and yet it is "just right" for human habitation. . . . The earth spins so fast and we don't even feel the motion. . . . It is so amazing, yet many still deny the existence of God. They don't see Him even as they are surrounded by Him."

Amen!

God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Rod Marsden— Thank you! Thank you very much. :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Angela Blair— Hello Sis! Great to see you here, my dear. I surely appreciate your lovely laudations, best wishes, and blessings. And you are welcome.

I agree with your profound remarks and I thank you for them.

The best to you and yours,

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Curiad— I am glad you enjoyed those tidbits. Thank you for coming back by to say so. I appreciate you! :)

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee— When I read that you were going to pass this article on to your friends it made my day. Thank you very, very much! And you are quite welcome, too.

I am glad you have such strong faith. It is always a pleasure for me to hear from you. I certainly appreciate the "Voted up and awesome."

:-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

aguasilver— The "Sons of Thunder" Redux! I love it Brother! :D

You are welcome, John. Thank you for coming back again to finish reading my article.

God Bless You, my friend

James


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teaches12345 4 years ago

James, you must have spent hours researching and compiling this hub post information. Well done! I applaud your efforts in posting such a marvelous thought provoking article. It really makes one think. As a Christian who believes we are eternal, death is just a door to the next life. Your argument is filled with powerful truth and will make a difference. God bless you. Voted way up.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Jen Card— Hello! You are quite welcome. I am honored to have written the first article you read on HubPages. And I am well pleased at your response to it as well. Thank you very much for your kind words.

My next message is about to be unveiled. Stay tuned.

Welcome to the HubPages Community! :-)

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

PegCole17— I am so glad you enjoyed my Hub, Peg. It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I sincerely appreciate your warm words. :)

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

CMerritt— I love the way you put this, Chris: "As a Christian, I have developed a faith that has allowed me to accept death, and relish life."

Amen!

Thank you very much for your warm words and blessings, brother. I always enjoy it when you engage me. You are a wonderful presence here on HubPages. I appreciate your friendship.

God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

teaches12345— Hello there! Yes, you guessed it: I did spend a lot of time putting this Hub together. I am glad you liked it. Love the applause! :-)

You know how much I appreciate your blessings and the Voted Way Up. Thank you for reading my work and for your lovely laudations.

God Bless You!


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craiglyn 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am totally on this page and that would be because I know with no uncertainty that the spirit of my husband who passed away two years ago is still with me. I communicate with him each and every day - first thing in the morning when I wake up and last thing at night when I go to bed - and oftentimes during the day, especially if I need reassurance about something. I love Deepak Chopra's saying that goes something like this: we must remember that "we are not human being who have occasional spiritual experiences, instead we are spiritual beings who have occasional human experiences". I thought I lost my husband two years ago, but he is still here helping me through my journey with the promise that we will be together in the end. Thank you for this very interesting hub.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Like most of the others, to me, death is just a door to the next life indeed.

Thanks for sharing this good, strong hub and I'll share too.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

James, This is an excellent hub, maybe your best yet. I always enjoy reading your work. Keep it up.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

craiglyn— You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I am fascinated by your extraordinary comments.

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I can tell you have an incredible bond with him. Your life together on this plane must have been wonderful for that bond to develop so powerfully. Please accept my condolences.

I see from your Profile Page that you are from Toronto. Lovely city. I have visited there a number of times.

Congratulations on the publication of your book! I hope to join you soon as a published author. And I will be over to check out your first few Hubs ASAP.

I am glad you enjoyed this article and thanks again for sharing part of your story here with us. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

God Bless You

James :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

midget38-- You are quite welcome. Thank you ever much for sharing this Hub with your friends. That is high praise indeed!! I appreciate your comments and gracious compliments.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Barbara Kay— Hello, my fellow Michigander. I am glad you enjoy my work. Your warm words have made my day! Thank you very much for them. I appreciate this visitation from you. :-)

james


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

You have a great grasp of the metaphysical. Not many people can explain these things. I think we spend so much time and effort on our "animal selves" and then wonder why we feel empty. Exceptional article!


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Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

So well written. This hub captured my attention and kept it there. Really enjoyed reading it. I am in the stage of my life where I am becoming more aware of who I am and questioning why I am here. I am not just living my life anymore in a day to day fashion, but paying attention and taking everything in and exploring. Life is quite amazing in itself. I would love to know what is next.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

tammyswallow— Thank you very much for taking the time to come over and read my article. I appreciate your warm words and kind compliments. I am well pleased that you liked my article. This makes me feel good.

James :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Keeley Shea— Thank you for the gracious compliment and I am well pleased that enjoyed my Hub. I look forward to reading some of your writings, which I shall attend to ASAP.

I love your comments: "I am in the stage of my life where I am becoming more aware of who I am and questioning why I am here. I am not just living my life anymore in a day to day fashion, but paying attention and taking everything in and exploring."

Outstanding!

God Bless You!

James :D


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

There is so much we don't know and, as you say, it is only faith on which we rely. Wonderful and thoughtful Hub, as usual. I believe in an afterlife and love the African proverb that God loves stories. Voted up and shared!


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

suziecat7— Thank you ever much for coming over and reading my Hub. It never fails to warm my heart to see that you visited. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments. And I appreciate your kind compliments.

James :)


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"By focusing on the animal side of your nature—your lower self—you will never develop your spirit and reach for the stars of eternity. We need something to rise above, adversity to conquer." This of all the profound insights of this article spoke to me today. It said "refocus"

I found the article very deep, fascinating and very thought provoking and felt invited to an even deeper and detailed examination of faith.


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Tamarajo— Your deep and profound comments made my day. You have inspired and encouraged and affirmed me with your warm words. I am honored by them and grateful for them.

As Socrates said: "A life unexamined is not worth living." :-)

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my work. God Bless You!

James


stessily 3 years ago

James, Your review is perfectly presented, in words and in illustrations. Everything flows with a beautiful smoothness. Certainly Guy Murchie would have to be pleased with your summarization of his life's masterpiece.

Two questions which have haunted humanity repeatedly: "Why are we here?" and "What happens when this life is over?" The answers which the seeker and non-seeker, alike, find to those two questions either cleave or unify their terrestrial lives.

Also appreciated is your quotation, in your comment above, from Socrates about the worthlessness of an unexamined life. It's a favorite quotation for me, and oftentimes the remembrance of those words has changed my perspective in the midst of seeming chaos.

I have been wanting to read this particular writing by you since you released it last year, but my attention has been deflected by compelling diversions and demands, such as decluttering my life, involving myself in a good deed project, and recovering from a ghastly cold which has plagued me since Thanksgiving and only now seems willing to let go of me (I hope).

Beautiful thoughts here, beautifully presentation = par for the course for you.

Kind regards, Stessily


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi James,

This is so beautifully written and touches on questions that will only be answered for us after we depart this life and enter the next. I like how you say that this earthly life is a school for the development of our souls. Except for a few people, most people from the world's various religions do believe that there is something past this realm of life. Thanks for summarizing the article "The Seven Mysteries of Life by Guy Murchie." It obviously gives one grist for thought. All the up votes except funny and will share.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Hello James,

Very wonderful work with much depth in this one for sure. It has been very captivating. I have enjoyed reading this very much. A all time favorite topic of mine. Many thanks for sharing this one. Votes all up and sharing.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

With this amazing write you show why you are one of the finest minds and deepest thinkers on the HubPages site my friend. Insights like mortality is the perfect tool to sharpen concentration on the education and growth of the soul is like a veil lifting off the eternal question 'what are we here for?' I could go on and on but you've delivered something so very special that it is one of the best articles I've ever read concerning the transcendence of life after physical death. After all, aren't these bodies of ours only spacesuits we wear for a while? And James I agree with 95% of what you espouse here which is good enough, perhaps one day we can talk about the other 5% my friend. Just magnificent to see this on HubPages, James, thank you a thousand times.


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Stessily— Thank you ever much for the lovely laudations and awesome accolades! I am tickled pink that you came by and read my article on "Life After Death: Transcendence." I would hope that Guy Murchie would be pleased with my recap here of what are mostly his ideas, things I learned from his stupendous book, "The Seven Mysteries of Life."

Yes, you are right about those twin haunting questions of humanity. I love the way you put that, that the answers one settles on "will either cleave or unify their terrestrial lives."

Mmm mmm . . . pretty deep there, young lady.

A life unexamined is a life not worth living. You like that one, eh? :-)

Me too. And I understand about diversions and demands, as well as the need to declutter. Sorry to hear about the chronic cold though. That is tough. I had one about that time that lasted two weeks. And my singing voice never did come all the way back.

I appreciate the visit and your kind comments!

Faithfully Yours,

James


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Peggy W— Hello there! It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you, gracious lady. How pleased I am that you have come. Thank you so much for sharing this Hub with your friends. That alone is high praise indeed. I also appreciate the voted up and you hitting all those good buttons for me. It made my day to receive your lovely laudations. And you are most welcome.

Faithfully Yours,

james :-)


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

dghbrh--- Hello there! You are quite welcome indeed! I am honored that you would share this Hub with your friends. That is high praise indeed. AND you hit all the good buttons for me too! Today is my lucky day.

I am so glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you very much for the visit and your kind compliments. :)


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Alastar Packer— You are most welcome, my friend. Thank you ever much for reading my work and posting such awesome accolades for it and yours truly. I am grateful to you for this affirmation and encouragement. Your warm words are truly satisfying for me to read. I am well pleased that this article struck such a chord in you. 95% is surely good enough, brother. :)

I appreciate the visit and the laudations. You have made my day with your stirring and inspiring comments.

James


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drpastorcarlotta 3 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I agree with Kaie Arwen. "Faith is the key to the struggles of life. Faith requires action. Faith comes from belief in the unseen. Faith comes from revealed truth. Faith surpasses mere science because it can reach places science cannot go—things beyond measure." And with that being said then come hope in Jesus Christ. Thank you my friend for your writting. I have missed you and pray that you are doing well. Love you!!


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Rik Ravado 3 years ago from England

Another excellent hub - very thought provoking!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 3 years ago

James A Watkins, This is compelling, marvelous and potent! Your writing here exudes wisdom. It causes one to look beyond what is seen in the material and tangible world of matter. To think seriously about what is to come. The totality of it all, our finite minds cannot really grasp or envision. We can only imagine… Life in reality is ephemeral and oh so short on this side of heaven.

The Word teaches us: “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on our business and make money.” ‘Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes…” James 4. This is why it is so very important to stay connected and continually grow spiritually. God is so patient & gracious. It is where we spend Eternity that is most important!

As always it has been a mind expanding experience! Your work is always inspiring. Your God given gift of the pen is always apparent. May we favorably complete the journey that our Lord has created us for on this side of heaven… May His Will be done! Yes there is truly “Life After Death: Transcendence” as you wonderfully have composed here. Bravo! It is only through Jesus Christ that we are able to meet the Lord face to face and transcend wickedness… God Bless you my brother! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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no body 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

I read it and I saw it but I am amazed that you wrote it. It is written in a style not you. Don't take this wrong but: It resembles some of the books I tried to read but couldn't, those that were speaking of stepping outside yourself and joining the cosmos.

I had to stop reading for a second and take time to see if I had read correctly, and I did- but my mind was racing ahead of you and drawing conclusions you were not saying. I trusted that God was giving you every word and it was not wrong of me to trust in the integrity of your writing because I began to see the Scripture buried there like a sparkles of gold in the pan or an outcropping of diamonds in the mine.

I think a lot of what people admire about this article is that there is not "quoted Scripture" in it. Many think the quoting of Scripture brings down the intelligence of a piece of writing. Those same people that think this work is cerebral because of the lack of quotation marks would fall over should every one of the Scriptures have been quoted where applicable. I love it that they were not quoted and yet spoken clearly.

Please forgive me for doubting you, even for a moment. (You are still My Favorite Historian. From now on it will be written: MFH)

Love you brother. MFH!


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guruohisman 2 years ago

Life after Life and not death serves to me a more realistic alternative for the Idea of Transition. The release of a Conscious Energy form into the Cosmic after the expiration of the Physical body it animates can be validated through a modified view of the Scientific Law of the Conservation of Energy. However, the Spirit Form which is represented as thus is recycled through diverse realm of experiences which is determined by the reciprocal outcome of a volition that have been cultivated in the previous life experiences.

I also have a hub on the Master Within under the lecture series, "The Principles Of Progressive Living" which should be examined with respect to the Soul relation to the Universe.

Cosmic Greetings From, Guru Ohisman.


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SubRon7 21 months ago from eastern North Dakota

James, that has to be the most beautiful, and sensible, piece I have ever read. You gave answers to questions I didn't even know I had. Thank you.


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

drpastorcarlotta---Thank you ever much for the high praise indeed and the love. I really appreciate your encouraging words. And you are welcome.


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

Rik Ravado~ Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for your gracious compliments.


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans! Your comments never fail to fill me with peace and joy, encouraged to know that a godly woman of your stature and discernment appreciates my work. God Bless You!


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

no body~ Hello, my friend. I enjoyed your remarks immensely. I tried to weave a story here that began with some of what I knew were New Age concepts or presuppositions and bring my thoughts through a maze until finally we hit pay dirt with some factual reality (as you and I both know it exists outside of our personal opinions). Thank you brother for sticking with it.


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

Thank you very much Guruohisman for taking the time to read my article. And I certainly appreciate your insightful comments.


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James A Watkins 21 months ago from Chicago Author

SubRon7--- You are quite welcome, friend. And I must say that your awesome accolades have truly made my day, if not my whole week. Thank you.

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