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Greetings, Earthlings

Discussion in 'member introductions' started by Ed A., Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    I learned about the forum while reading Living High in Spirit, last night. It was a nice surprise to discover a forum where Roberta Grimes was involved. I had read the Fun of Dying (great title) and enjoyed her distinctions between positive and negative forms of Christianity, and the parallels between afterlife evidence and what Jesus taught. I'm still not entirely convinced about all of it, but I'm a skeptical sort, so that's just me. I did find a lot of it persuasive.

    I spent 20 years of my life (13 to 35 or so) an atheist, but I found my way back to a belief in God through afterlife studies. It was Kenneth Ring's Heading Towards Omega that unlocked the doors for me. It showed me there was persuasive evidence of an afterlife and God. That led to many years of studying NDEs, Christianity, various forms of the paranormal, etc.

    There is more to the story, but I want to be brief in my intro. I'll just say that 20 years later, I continue to be fascinated with afterlife studies. And that's why I'm here. I hope to become a regular, contributing member to the forum.
     
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  2. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    Flying High In Spirit
     
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  3. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Close enough.
     
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  4. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    not for me
     
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  5. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Well, thanks for the warm welcome. Host.

    Let's hope the rest of the community are a little friendlier.
     
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  6. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    We are happy to have you join us, Ed A.! And Mac is a bit fussy about things, but he has a heart of gold ;-)!
     
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  7. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Thanks, Roberta. I'll take your word for it.

    I've enjoyed your books (The Fun of Dying, The Fun of Growing Forever*) and a couple of Youtube interviews I've seen. I admire how you devoted so much of your life to afterlife studies, and how you've followed that trail, even when it challenged your religion.

    *edit: I forgot Liberating Jesus. That's a good one, too; I found it very thought-provoking.
     
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  8. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    Dear Ed A., I wish I could say that it has been a sacrifice to have given my life to this work, but I truly and completely love what I do! I feel that I am in truth the luckiest person who ever has lived ;-).
     
  9. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Yeah, you always seem to be smiling and enjoying yourself. Even your books have "Fun" in the title. I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I guess that means you're on the right path. :)

    I enjoy afterlife studies, too. Jesus talked about bringing "good news." Afterlife studies are full of good news. They are a good antidote to the harsh or rigid teachings of organized religion. They are a good reminder of what is really important (so easy to forget). I also like how it up-levels my perspective, so I can get out of the ego drama.

    Thank you for contributing to my growth and for welcoming me to the site.
     
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  10. jimrich

    jimrich Active Member

    My favorite new "reminder" of what's important is the song = LIKE I'M GONNA LOSE YOU ~ by Megan Trainor.
     
  11. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Cool. That one is a little too pop for my tastes, but that's just me.

    Here is something I've been listening to a lot lately. If you're willing to give it a go, I recommend you start listening at 2:30. It'll only take a minute.

    It's a song about sexual abuse/trauma.



    I love her voice.

    "Some day I'll forgive."
     
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  12. Ed A.

    Ed A. Member

    Suffering is also an important part of life (not just moments of contentment and strength).

    We tend to avoid suffering, even in others, which is natural. However, suffering is where compassion and some our best lessons come from.
     
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  13. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    Yes teachers and guides widely seen as spiritually advanced have often taught that spiritual growth is greatly enhanced by difficulties and suffering in this dimension.
     
  14. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    I miss this guy... I seriously wish I was around for him...

    Well, music is a tradition here...

    And he had some great songs.
     
  15. jimrich

    jimrich Active Member

    Sorry but I heard no message or teaching in that song. It just seemed like a complaint with no solutions offered. The Megan Trainer tune [LIKE I'M GONNA LOSE YOU] offers both goals and methods for keeping and increasing love between partners. Not many songs offer that.
    Re: "We tend to avoid suffering, even in others, which is natural." IMO, it is not "natural" at all but is taught to us by our parents and others very early on to please our touchy culture and re-enforce cultural Denial. When little, we naturally know how to have our feelings and show empathy but are soon taught to repress or hide our "naturalness" in favor of cultural expectations and demands to avoid or minimize "suffering" in others and our selves.
    Re: "I enjoy afterlife studies, too. Jesus talked about bringing "good news." Afterlife studies are full of good news. They are a good antidote to the harsh or rigid teachings of organized religion. They are a good reminder of what is really important (so easy to forget)."
    For me, the most important thing in life is LOVE......Love of and for others, myself and the Divine - in whatever order I wish to place LOVE. Love alone is all that really matters and any form or expression of Love can take me to heaven or at least peace so I keep on doing or allowing Love whenever and wherever I can. I love LOVE.
     
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  16. yewman54

    yewman54 Member

    Agreed. I believe we'll all get to the afterlife whether we love well or not but I also believe that if we are looking for the key to spiritual advancement then love is the answer.
     
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  17. jimrich

    jimrich Active Member

    Believe whatever you like but i KNOW that love is the answer. Believing is for children. Knowing is for everyone else.
     
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  18. EminenceFront

    EminenceFront Member

    :)

     
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  19. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    80s music is great. I like the instrumentals and beat.
     
  20. yewman54

    yewman54 Member

    Jim, I know it too. I just don't chose to shove things down people's throats and call them children.

    I know you are emphatic about love. I am too. We are on the same page. No need to be insulting, please. Thank you.
     
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  21. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    Yep. That's Jim for you. It's what he's known for.
     
  22. yewman54

    yewman54 Member

    Well, that's ok. We're all just people after all, we all have our quirks, and Jim seems to be a very passionate guy. :)
     
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  23. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    True.
     
  24. EminenceFront

    EminenceFront Member

    Although his choice - damned if everything isn't a choice, eh? - of words (children) may offend, I took it to mean "immature" as in an immature point of view. Which is finey fine, all of us choose ;) the limitations we desire to obtain the physical reality that bests suits our process of becoming more knowledgeable.
     
  25. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    And you yourself have the most stringent of them all.
     
  26. EminenceFront

    EminenceFront Member

    'Splain.
     
  27. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    Your addiction to black and white thinking.
     
  28. jimrich

    jimrich Active Member

    Or an opinion?
    Well, you have it right and I'm glad that you read it the way it was meant. It's too bad that others could not see what you did. My use of the word "children" was about a child's tendency to "believe" things like: Santa is real, the Tooth Fairy exists and brings money, there is an Easter Bunny and the Bogey Man, etc.
     
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  29. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    Lol... I never thought any of it was... Lol...
     
  30. jimrich

    jimrich Active Member

    Kurt, how is EminenceFront "addicted" and what is "black and white thinking"?
     
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