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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by seanmc, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. seanmc

    seanmc New Member

    Greetings,

    I live in the United States. I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome/high functioning autism when I was a kid. I am 23 now and still live with my parents. I hate the public stigma that has been so attached to AS in society. One of my greatest wishes in this life and beyond is to have a relationship or even perfect soul-mate (which I'm trying not to care what others may think of male-female bonding in the afterlife).

    Now, I have a few questions. When we get to the afterlife, does God or someone else, cure all our issues that include Asperger's and autism? Will everyone be included in the "mainstream" society and not excluded or labeled differently than each other? I really wish I can fit in with the more "mainstream" rather than what society consideres "odd" or "different", I'm not trying to sound bigoted though. It seems like no matter what in this life, I'll always be attached to the Asperger's label.
     
  2. Hi:
    I can't answer your question about the afterlife, but I can tell you this: You are still so young. In this life, you'll never fit in with the mainstream. But as you get older, you'll realize you are who you are. It is what it is. And you start to really embrace that and go forward from there confidently. Think of me as your 40 year old self talking to your 23 year old self.

    No, I don't have Asperger's. But I can relate to the issue of not being like everyone else. People think I'm a strange birdy!
     
  3. Jo1964

    Jo1964 New Member

    Hi Seanmc

    We are each given labels in life, it starts when we are born by giving us a name 'label', sure we need to identify each other and name giving is the easiest way for sure, however, that does not mean we have to keep that label. If we don't like the name given to us, we have the option to change it. I know you dont have the option to change the diagnosis or the label attached to it, but you do have the power within you to control it rather than allowing it or rather the label to control you. Your label is not who you are. Remember sickness is an earthly condition no matter what that sickness is, it is attached to the physical body that we reside in. Our bodies are mere vessels to carry our true selves. We do not take our physical bodies to the spiritual realms we have no need for them and so the sickness or weakness is left behind in our shells.
    "odd" or "different" as you put it, to me, means interesting, intriguing, unique, non conforming, how liberating! Whilst I do not mean to offend and brush your Asperger Syndrome aside as if it were a mere cold, I often wonder the purpose behind such health conditions, is it by chance some of us suffer ill health because we simply stepped into a faulty body or is there a higher purpose behind it? I believe a higher purpose to be the answer.
     
  4. Actually I think that there has been a good amount of new information around to help people understand that autism spectrum disorders are much more varied than most people used to think, and in fact many people with these issues are able to live very functional independent lives, with rich relationships and in some cases even accomplish exceptional things. (Temple Grandin, for example.) To at least some extent, autism seems to be a neurological or brain disorder -- and if that's true then when we are free of these physical bodies we will be free of those defects.

    I certainly don't relish the idea of an afterlife where we are all mainstream if that means everyone is just sort of similar. What would be the point? I hope we find there is great diversity, but the narrow-mindedness and fear that makes us critical of each other's differences is what goes away.
     
  5. ilovelearninhg

    ilovelearninhg Regular Contributor

    Hello, Sean mc. Both my boys are autistic, and they are very intuitive and spiritual, and though one rarely talks he just radiates this love that seems to exude from him. I can't help but think autistic people are spiritual, very much so. One of my sons has had some contact with angels, but he is 16 and says he doesn't want their help lol. He struggles with being different and has had rough patches but lately he's done better. He is so smart and I just love the uniqueness of both my sons. Don't worry about labels, just be yourself. When you are yourself and concentrate on things you really love, that's when you are the most spiritual. In the afterlife, you will be your unique self and there will be no judgment or labels.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2015
  6. marmaladecat

    marmaladecat Guest

    Hello Seanmc, welcome to the forums. I have 6 year old twin boys who have been diagnosed with ASD. My thoughts are quite similar to ilovelearningh in that I believe that in the afterlife, you will be your unique self, no external judgement or labels.
     
  7. Carol and Mikey

    Carol and Mikey Golden Hearts

    Ditto! And welcome Seanmc!
    Carol
     
  8. Waller

    Waller Banned

    @seanmc as well. By no means do I wish to undersize the problems of living strangely in a conformist world but...

    Many of our children born in the last few decades are not only different, they are a different species. Autism and similar physical conditions are pre-planned, you are exactly what you are for very specific reasons. The experiences from these conditions are unique.

    Maybe this will help.

    http://teleportation.co.nz/e-t-wiki/autism-ultimate-specialists/

    "Autism isn't a processing error it is a different operating system." I like that!
     
  9. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    Welcome, dear seanmc! You should know that all these issues are artifacts of the body, and your eternal mind is not affected by them; so, yes, once you graduate you won't have this issue.

    On a personal note, my husband of forty-two years also has Asperger's, something not diagnosed until late in his life, and while we agree that it explains a number of things, we are relieved to find that it hasn't really hampered him. He was a physician until his retirement, and he is in a happy marriage - what more success could there be than that? We have a daughter in her thirties with Asperger's who is a very successful software engineer, and a son who is more affected by the condition but still has built a happy life for himself. And the evidence is strong that Thomas Jefferson was a high-functioning Asperger's person, for heaven's sake! He didn't just marry happily and have a great career, but he also was in my opinion the most important person of the whole eighteenth century. What better role model can you have than that?
     

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