What is Consciousness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

We started our company, What If It Really Works?, in 2003 on the NPR station, KOTO, in Telluride, Colorado. Our focus was and still is interviewing experts about New Science, New Spirituality and Consciousness Studies.  At that time there was seldom mention of Consciousness anywhere.

So we sought out people who could discuss this seemingly obscure subject.  One of our first interviewees was Captain Edgar Mitchell, Commander of the Apollo 14 Mission in 1972.  On the return portion of that mission, Mitchell had a profound experience of Consciousness as he was surprisingly connected to everything around him, including Earth from a distance of 225,000 miles away.

This experience was so powerful that he resigned his commission in the Navy and committed his life to finding out what it was. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and discovered Consciousness was a hidden secret.

Physicist Dr. Claude Swanson wrote in 2010:“A century ago Neils Bohr proposed that, in Quantum Physics, human Consciousness has the power to disturb experiments.  Just a peek causes something called “quantum wave function collapse”, which means you just destroyed those nice wave patterns your particles were in. So, Consciousness is really powerful. Once you have looked, the particle behaves differently. Despite this enormously important role Consciousness plays, physicists have avoided studying it ever since.”

Well, that was the last century.  Now all of that is changing.  In the 1950’s, the renowned theologian, Paul Tillich described God as “The Ground of All Being”.

That brought God up close and personal.  God no longer lived in the sky somewhere.  He became the basis, the essence of everything.  God became the ground on which and within which all of our lives and all of our world is lived.  God is our ultimate concern.

Today advanced thinkers refer to Consciousness as the Soul of the Universe.  It is found everywhere, on all levels of reality, and has the power to show us the connection we have to beings on the other side of the universe, and to the smallest energies in all material, as yet undiscovered.

Consciousness is also the heart of understanding Quantum anything.  And you are going to hear more and more about this for the rest of your life.  This is at the core of the evolutionary leap our species is taking right now.  The purpose of evolution happening now is to create the new human, which is the target set by God to be the highest expression of God revealing Himself in the Universe.

This new species of human will likely be known as Homo Luminous, or Man of Light.  Light will be recognized as the universal conveyor of information and power. Jesus gave us a hint of all of this when he claimed himself to be The Light of the World.

So here, in two sentences, is a concise definition of Consciousness written in 1935 by one of our great Quantum Scientists.

 “The total number of minds in the universe is One. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.”  Erwin Schrodinger, PhD.

 I hope you will take the time to think about this definition.  It is filled with secret information that will change our world.

 

 

 

 

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By Chuck Robison

In the olden days, say 50 years ago, it was common for people to critique Christians as being hypocrites. The Dictionary defines hypocrisy as: The pretending of having virtues, principals, or beliefs that one does not in fact have.

Back in those days’ preachers used to quote Jesus and what he said to describe Christians who puffed themselves up to impress others.

For example, in Matthew 23 Jesus says: 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Powerful words! Thankfully, in The Brave New Christianity of the 21st Century, we no longer hold anyone to such strict adherence to these old scriptural references. We have finally outgrown hypocrisy!

As a young seminarian and then a young preacher, I was always conscious of avoiding words and actions in clear conflict with what I professed to believe. Most of the time I was successful, but I was hard on myself and others of my group when I failed.

Many modern Christian leaders are now quick to find simple answers that prove that lying, adultery, theft and other seemingly common sins are of no consequence when they are used to further the higher purpose of creating a Christian Government.

Many of today’s modern Christian leaders are solidly sure that what used to matter no longer counts. Jerry Falwell, Jr. has celebrated Trump as a “dream president” and Franklin Graham said “God’s hand intervened” to elect him.

At the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., several speakers said no President in American history has done as much as this one to promote “religious freedom.”

And why would people who claim to stand for family values so uncritically fiercely support a thrice-married man who, according to Ronan Farrow’s reporting for the New Yorker, set up complex legal arrangements to cover up multiple affairs throughout his current marriage?

Well, that seems to be a good question.

And the answer from megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, who declared that Trump is “on the right side of God” and that “evangelicals know they are not compromising their beliefs in order to support this great president.” is a dramatic statement of how the church is no longer willing to recognize its own hypocrisy.

They must be right. This is a new day, a new Century and a new set of values that are making America Great Again. These old ways of understanding the Bible are finally passé and we live in a newly liberated Christian environment!
They are a strangely welcome relief for those of us who still catch ourselves being hypocritical on matters of morality and following Jesus’ words.

But I cannot stop wondering what happened to those old-fashioned Christian values. George Washington could not tell a lie. Thomas Jefferson insisted on the separation of church and state. And it was that old soldier, General Dwight D. Eisenhower who, as President in 1959, warned us about the spiritual damage to our country that would result if we followed the wrong forces at work in our society

Just Ask!

By Chuck Robison

 

All of us have grown up as Christians in a culture that wants us to think that God is mad at us, wants to punish us and that our problem is that we are sinners. The Church focuses on sin much more than Jesus ever did. The Christ mentions the words ‘sin’, ‘sinner’, ‘sinning’ about twenty-two times in all the Gospels.

Jesus came to help us, but somehow The Church discovered that convincing people of the disabling power of their sins was a very effective way to control them. This has been true since the Council of Nicaea 325 ad.

The result is that most of us harbor a suspicion of The Church. In our hearts we know the problem is not sin, but fear of accepting who we really are. We are powerful and eternal spiritual beings having a human experience.

The truth is that Jesus and all of his angels really want to help all of us, regardless
of our religious affiliation.

They know something that many of The Churches have forgotten: there are almost eight billion souls on The Earthship right now. Each soul has lived many lifetimes here with the express purpose of using each of these lifetimes to advance to a higher level of spiritual understanding and evolution. The ultimate goal is to fully learn all of those lessons so that the day will come, for each of us, to achieve enlightenment and to experience Cosmic Consciousness with God.

The wise understand each soul can take many lifetimes to complete this journey. The wise call this Spiritual Evolution and there is a target for our evolution. We are to all become the New Human and to understand Jesus as the first of billions of spiritually advanced new souls.

He is not here to judge, to condemn or to shame. He is here to smile lovingly at our spiritual successes. Jesus and all the angels want us to learn our lessons as quickly as possible, because, as we learn these lessons on our path of evolving into new humans, we experience greater and greater spiritual abilities and greater opportunities to enjoy God.

This is not a new idea. The Westminster Catechism, written and adopted in 1646, had as its’ first question: “What is the chief purpose and end of man?” And the answer? “The chief purpose and end of man is to worship God and to fully enjoy him forever.”

If you have an inkling that this is true, if you long to really know more about God, just ask. Ask your angels right now to guide you to the next step of your spiritual evolution. You have angels around you at all times, but the system says that you have to ask them for help. Once asked, these beings have the power to alter any situation in which we find ourselves. And they delight in helping us enrich our spiritual and earthly experience. As head of the angels and Lord of All, The Christ assures us He came that we might have Life and have it more abundantly.

All you have to do is ask. Try it. What if it really works?

Getting Serious, HCN, July 19, 2018

By Chuck Robison  

 

You may have attempted to keep an open mind as you have listened to the justifications many people give for why they support the current President of the United States.

On June 6, 2018 I posted one of my “Notes from The Masters Class” at:

Notes From the Masters Class, June 6, 2018

In this short video I compared the moral leadership, shown by Robert Kennedy on the night Dr. Martin Luther King died in 1968, with that of the current President and his leadership of the so-called Mexican immigration crisis. I concluded there was no moral, spiritual or otherwise valid reason for the establishment of children’s prisons and the irreversible separation of parents and children legally seeking political asylum.

The reality is we are treating our Latin American neighbors, who we have danced this waltz with for at least 200 years, in a way that is nothing short of the worst Dicken’s novel about children you could ever imagine.

If you are committed to being a Christian and endeavor to follow The Christ as close as you can, you know that central to The Christ’s teaching is the power and necessity of The Golden Rule.  This globally espoused rule forces you to place yourself in another’s shoes and ask how you might want them to treat you if you were in their position.

On a Christian’s best day in life, there is no way to justify the treatment of these parents and children as young as ten months old. Period.

If you can honestly say that as a Christian you believe our current President’s words and policies in this case are correct and justified, as many do, then God Bless You.  You are going to need that blessing when the tables turn, as inevitably they will.

America has begun the long, painful fall from the grace that has been our rock since 1776.  Cheerleading and supporting and praying for this moment in history, are the ardent Lost Christians who seem to have forgotten The Golden Rule.

If you are a Christian who still seeks to practice The Golden Rule, you have one tool at your disposal to compensate for these Lost Christians who also believe that all bets are off on any of the old rules, because the Christ is returning at any moment, but the reality is He is already here.  He never even left, as He promised He would be with us always.

Forgiveness is that tool.  Jesus demonstrated that from the cross, when He asked His Father to forgive the very people who had manipulated the power of the State to get Him executed for His radical teachings which contradicted the power and policies of the Jewish leaders.

His reason for asking God’s forgiveness for these people? “Father, forgive them for they do not understand anything about what is going on here. They are ignorant and cannot make good decisions.”  This paraphrase of The Christ’s Last Words reveals the profound spiritual blindness of the participants in the execution.

This moment in America’s fall from grace reveals that we have not yet learned what The Christ came to demonstrate:  LOVE IS ALL THERE IS.  All else is an illusion.

There may still be time to learn this, but I caution you:  There is not one shred of evidence in all of known history to suggest that an empire beginning its fall was able to right itself.

If it is possible to right ourselves from this crisis we have voted into action, it must begin with you and me and forgiveness. Forgive everybody. Period. Without having done that, your ticket into heaven is null and void.

Angel in Disguise. HCN 2018-05-16

 

By Chuck Robison

 

America is on the ride of our lives, and if you are like me, you spend a lot of time trying to understand what this is all about.  After living under the leadership of one of the best educated and most highly respected US Presidents and observing that we were able to have eight years of almost no scandals, and our country and our President and his family were loved around the world, we now find ourselves losing friends and allies in every part of the world, becoming the laughing stock of the major powers and being led by a man who appears to have no clue, from day to day, what he is doing or why.

His Presidency is characterized by a series of lies (some count more than 3000 lies told by the President in the first 13 months of his first term), sex scandals, millions of dollars sent on golf trips for which his hotels and golf clubs charge the American people enormous sums, which go right into his pockets.

He has broken treaties and promises made by America and in so doing placed the world itself in mortal danger. Twenty years from now, this white man will be hated around the world for his refusal to value unassailable science which lets us know that we have a global crisis on our hands, which will only grow worse under this man’s arrogant, ignorant and blustery leadership coupled with our failure to honor God’s creation as Holy.

He has blatantly ignored and abused many of the Christian norms that have been a part of American leadership since the beginning of our country.  Remarkably about 40% of the American voting public seems to think he is a doing a great job.

A majority of this 40% identifies themselves as Evangelical Christians.  They even go so far as to say that, without question, he has been ordained by God Herself to this position and for this purpose.

And you know what, they may be right.  An old Rabbi friend of mine used to say: “God works funny.” This may be one of those moments. God may have chosen a man who thumbs his nose at God to work out Her purpose in this modern, fear- filled world.

Who is to say that by pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate agreements, God chose this man to set us off on a course that hastens the day when this global calamity, which we have all known about for most of our adult lives, occurs.

Perhaps God wants us to confront this tragedy looming on the horizon much sooner because She is tired of us not taking Her word seriously.  This also applies to the threat of nuclear war, of which America is the most powerful proponent.

God may be showing us She can use the least qualified man to ever hold the Presidency of the United States to change history for the better by making all of these tragic mistakes and accelerating the arrival of this looming global tragedy.

When it arrives, this tragedy will require the best of each of us and a powerful life of prayer to honor this God who created it all.

And when you pray, ask God to let this bitter cup pass us by.

 

 

Little White Lies. Hill Country News. April 12, 2018

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Occasionally, it is a good idea to read through the Ten Commandments. These Commandments are not just good ideas; they are the law. When we understand the laws, we see there are always consequences for breaking them.

In our creativity, we can find ways around anything and our preferred way around the commandment: YOU SHALL NOT LIE is the proverbial “Little White Lie”.

We all tell them, and we excuse these lies even when they are blatant or damaging to ourselves or others.

An old friend once told me that the best way to keep from lying is to not do things that force you to tell lies.

Americans have become accustomed to repeating and believing at least three very dangerous “little white lies”.

1. “America is a Christian Nation.” This may have been true in the past, but it certainly is not true now. If it were true, we would hold ourselves responsible for demonstrating Christian values. This applies especially to our leaders.Here is what Stephen Colbert has to say: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

When we add $1.3 trillion to the deficit to provide a much needed tax break for the wealthiest 1% of our citizens and then claim that the only way to reduce the newly increased deficit is to cut back on services to the poor and needy, and medical care for the elderly and children, we are definitely not a nation acting likeThe Christ has commanded. We are lying to ourselves.

2. “America is a Democracy”. Sounds good. We send our children to foreign lands to support and project democracy. But, it is a lie. We live in an Oligarchy where the richest among us are the ones who call all the shots. The people with the real power are the Billionaires. This may be the best way to run a country,but if it is, then we should stop lying to ourselves and call us what we are: An Oligarchy.

3. “We stand for Freedom”. Sounds good. Especially when we invade country after country to bring them freedom. But, it is a lie. We are history’s largest empire. We encircle the globe and our market place includes even the smallest village in the poorest of countries. In the name and defense of this empire, we bring war and suffering to anyone or any country who does not do what we wantor takes steps to correct us.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 hotly debated the issue of slavery. George Mason of Virginia argued eloquently against slavery, warning his fellow delegates: “Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”We saw The Civil War bring Providence’s judgement upon America because we told ourselves the “little white lie” that black people were just 3/5 human.

Look around you and remember these times. Providence is still very much in control. As long as we keep breaking the Commandment with just “little white lies”, we will somehow have to pay for them, and the trouble with all of that is:

Payback Day may be much closer than we think.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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Being Here Now. Hill Country News February 22, 2018


 

 

By Chuck Robison

In the Fall of 1971 I found my copy of Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass’ classic introduction to Eastern Thought. I read it, and put it in a prominent and safe place in my library. From time to time, as powerful lessons arrived in my life, I would pull it out and discover that Ram Dass had added deeper understanding in my life with this magic book.

Here’s what I have learned so far.

Now was a big lesson. As a history major, I was and still am a person of deep nostalgia and reverence for the past. I can go there at the drop of a hat. I’ve spent my life taking notes and pictures and keeping memories….some pleasant and some not so.

I am also an early member of the World Futurist Society. I spend a lot of time in the future. Looking at trends, speculating about where we are going and sometimes discovering that I see a future that others do not see which reveals itself in time. I have trained myself to see as far into the future as I can possibly see. My concern for the place America finds itself in today is grounded in the fact that I can see a road we are taking developing into a major tragedy for America and the world.

It has taken me a long, long time to drag myself into being Present. But what a change it has brought in my life. The Past and the Future do not exist. Frequently the past turns out to be about guilt and the future about fear. In any case, you cannot be in either.

Living in the present allows me to see and feel and observe and participate in an authentic and complete fashion. In the present, I need hold nothing back. It is the only place where I can live life at 100 percent and at the speed of light.

Over the past two years I have begun to understand Being. Early on I received a heavy dose of needing to achieve. And I’ve done ok. But being driven to achieve all the time brings with it a belief that if I am not making and doing, then I am of no worth. So that leads to a life of constant striving, missing the mark, being disappointed and feeling the need to constantly strive for more.

But now, after only forty more years, I am beginning to understand that my willingness to just be, to just be present, reveals a huge secret. The Universe has a plan for me and has prepared me to accomplish that plan, and will provide all I need to complete the plan.

It’s the opposite of striving. As I become willing to just be, I find that my future and my role and my accomplishments find me, rather than my striving for them. They come as wonder-full surprises.

All of a sudden life has become almost childlike. Now I live spontaneously and even fearlessly. I am constantly reminded of the 1988 movie “The Incredible Lightness of Being.”

Being is an altered state, a higher dimension, a blessed discovery. And I am grateful God has allowed me to live long enough to learn this.

Onward Christian Soldiers. Hill Country News. November 30, 2017

Onward Christian Soldiers

    By Chuck Robison

False Prophets are very good at hiding their falseness.  Recently, Jim Baker, the religious swindler and convicted felon, stated that if Trump is impeached “The Christians will finally come out of the shadows.” He went on to state ”Such an impeachment will result in another American Civil War. It will be called for and managed by the Christians.”

In a recent Baptist News Global article, Miguel De La Torre states: “Evangelicalism has ceased to be a faith perspective rooted in Jesus the Christ and has become a political movement whose beliefs repudiate all Jesus advocated.

The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency. No greater proof is needed of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Evangelicalism’s embrace of a new age of ignorance, blames homosexuality for Harvey’s rage rather than considering the scientific consequences climate change has on the number of increasing storms of greater and greater ferocity.

You might wonder if my condemnation is too harsh. It is not, for the Spirit of the Lord has convicted me to shout from the mountaintop how God’s precious children are being devoured by the hatred and bigotry of those who have positioned themselves as the voice of God in America.”

On November 20th, The Boston Declaration, condemning the abuse of the Christian faith by many conservatives today, was written, signed and released by over 300 hundred Christian theologians attending the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, an annual meeting of nearly 10,000 professionals in religion.

In a dramatic press conference at Boston’s famous Old South Church, where many dressed in sackcloth and ashes to call for repentance and change in Christianity in the United States, the presenters were clear that white American Evangelicalism is in a crisis, a crisis of its own making. It has abandoned the Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

They said: “We are here because Jesus taught us to “love our neighbor as ourselves. We are here because we take the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart. We are here because we refuse to allow Christianity to be co-opted by the likes of people who support abuse of women, the closing of our nation to the immigrant in need and the normalizing of lie after lie after lie.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Christian pastor who was arrested and ultimately executed by the Nazis for his opposition to Hitler, contrasted what he called cheap grace” with the costly grace of the Gospel. “Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits.

The Christianity Bonhoeffer denounced is the Christianity we denounce today. It is a Christianity that literally enables hate, hate for people of color, for immigrants, for those of other religions, for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human beings, for women and girls, for the poor and the most vulnerable among us.”

We have now reached that moment when Christian preachers of every kind must stand up and demand that those who claim to follow The Christ actually follow The Christ.  We cannot allow another American Civil War to commence being led by faux Christian leaders who preach hatred, exclusivity and war itself as a solution to anything.

You, the reader of this article and all the other publicity in this crisis, must take this seriously.  Six weeks before the firing on Fort Sumter, no one had seriously thought that a real war would occur.  And then without warning, America caught on fire.

As the convicted felon Jim Baker says, we are very close to a civil war.  Our whole country is armed and dangerous.  One match, one bullet, one mistake,  even one impeachment trial, and we are done.  If we really claim to be Christians, then we must follow The Christ.  At the very least we must seek peace with our American Brothers and Sisters.  And we must act now.

If we allow this war to start, we will have to learn, again, the hard way, the sad truth of every war.  At the end of every war we must answer the very same question that we failed to answer as the war began: How can we live with our brothers and sisters?

Following The Christ, seeking peace and charity towards all and compassion for each, we can grow to the America we were educated to believe we lived in.  We are fast leaving that America under a false flag of Making America Great Again.

The Christ, as promised, will be with each of us until the end of time, but none of us will live to see a great America ever again.

Pray for peace, pray for forgiveness, pray for each other.

HCN Faith Article for November 15, 2017

 

Polaris

 

By Chuck Robison

 

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

                                                          — Immanuel Kant

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.

Many thousands of years ago, after perhaps hundreds of years of observation and analysis, a small group of men in a field somewhere concluded that there was one star that never moved.  They knew this to be correct for they had kept an oral record of all the observations for all that time.  They knew two things to be true.

First, there was one star that was always in the same place, while the other stars rotated around this one star.  Second, this star could always be found by locating its neighboring stars, usually thought of as the Big Dipper.  This star was the northern most point of all the stars that rotated around it.

The predictability of this star’s location and the sameness of its light resulted in it being known as the light that never fails.

The Universe had provided us with a natural and universal compass in the heavens.  All sorts of adventurers and explorers have used it to find their way over land or sea and they still do.

That, by itself, qualifies this as being one of the great discoveries of all mankind.

However, just as above, so below.  We have also found that each of us carries our own moral pole star in our hearts.  It is there to keep us from becoming lost in life’s journey.

It is that still small voice that quietly seeks to guide us back on the path of peace and love, which is what we are in our most basic and also most sacred sense.

We experience this power sometimes more than others.  Right now, our world is going through a moment of Global Confusion and a kind of species-wide nervous breakdown.  We see it everywhere.  In America, we are being forced to confront the reality that a minority within our country has set in place a process that is destroying our country as we have known it.

Currently there seems to be no will to change this dangerous course, nor any vision to replace it.  So, we will have to ride it out.  It may take a long, long time to bring America to a level of greatness we all took for granted just twelve months ago.  Or we may never again experience our once highly regarded place in the world.  And it does not matter that our mortal enemy of the past 75 years, The Russian Communists, have helped corrupt us into this downward spiral.

The problems that our moral compass now addresses have always been with us and are more urgent now than ever.  We are being divided by forces that want us to be against our neighbors and our fellow citizens of this land and of this world.

In this storm of Global Confusion, the temptation is to go off-course and take sides against each other and then attack each other.  When we use force against each other, we deny the fact that there is only One Power in the Universe.  And it is this Power, which is God in us, that will ultimately resolve this situation.

Here is the message of our inner moral compass:  That compass, like the one in the sky, is there to show us the way to a safe journey.  It is there to help us rise above the rough seas and treacherous trails that one encounters when we forget who we are.  We are all One.  One species, One creation, One Universe, One Power and One God over all.

Pay attention: In the times ahead, each of us will need our moral compass to survive.  Take this seriously.

Chuck’s article for the September 27 issue of Hill Country News

Faith Article for September 27, 2017

Here’s what you get to take with you

 

 

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

I stood at the foot of my father’s bed in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on October 9, 1975.  My mother was standing beside my dad and we had arrived at the moment we all knew was coming and dreaded to experience.  The night before I had fed my dad his last meal.  He said to me then: “I never dreamed it would be this hard to die.”  The pain was unbearable.  The cancer had gone throughout his whole body and his bones were no longer able to support any part of his body.

As I watched him tell my mother he loved her for the last time and then close his eyes, I saw his soul leave his body.  As it did, there was a strong wind that moved counter clockwise around the room and it rattled the venetian blinds that covered the three windows facing Walnut Hill Lane and then it passed through my body and I knew at that moment that my life was about to change completely and in the most dramatic ways.  The wind went on around the room and left my mother with a look of total abandonment.  And then it was over and my Dad was gone forever.

And then the big question hit me:  What was he taking with him?  Certainly not his ruined body, none of his stuff, no money or tools to use in the afterlife, as has been the custom all over the world since time began.  No pictures or good luck charms.  Nothing one could see at all.

But it became clear to me that he was taking the same things with him that I would take with me, and you will take with you when it is time to leave:  His feelings and his memories.  That’s it.

We are told that upon arrival on the other side of the veil, we will be met by the souls who have travelled together with us for countless lifetimes and we will realize that each of these souls have been our dearest teachers and most important relationships.  Even those we think are our earthly enemies will be revealed to us as the closest of spiritual friends.  And we will discover that in making them enemies, we forgot not only who they were, but who we are as well.

We all fear the unknown of death.  We fear being judged.  But, the truth is that on the other side of the veil, we will see ourselves as God sees us:  powerful spiritual beings who are forgiven, loved and eternal.  And we will see that all those things that we did here that brought ourselves and others pain, were nothing more than the parts of the drama we came here to use as a means to make our souls grow.

But they have resulted in bad memories and ruined experiences.  And it is sad that many of us will not even have a glimpse of who we are until we walk through the veil.

But that can change….instantly.  Jesus used the words sin, sinner, sinning and sins no more than twenty-two times in all of his teachings.  But love and forgiveness were words he used constantly.  And he urged us to love each other, even the people we hate because they have hurt us.  He even asked us to pray for them.  Now why would he do that?  Perhaps he wanted us to get used to the truth that things are not what they seem, and today’s earthly enemy is heaven’s most powerful teacher.

What if we could take only happy memories and loving feelings with us when we go?  Pie in the sky?  I think not.  If you knew that each person in your life, regardless of what he did to you, he actually did for you, for you to grow. If we knew that, then anger, revenge, judgement and condemnation would be of no use.  We could forgive anything.

It’s possible.  And as each of us learns to forgive, even when it seems to make no sense at all, we will begin building up a storehouse of good memories and loving feelings, which we will understand only when we see each other on the other side.