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Hi. I have recently thought about the afterlife a lot. I think the pandemic has brought that out into me. It's caused me to research into the afterlife. I am not religious, but I have had religious influences all my life, primarily from my grandfather and going to a Catholic school. I am here to discuss and have conversations with some very insightful people, and bounce ideas and thoughts off of others. I am also here to learn and open my mind to other possibilities.
 

bluebird

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Hello, and welcome to ALF.

I think you are probably not alone in the pandemic having caused you to think more about the afterlife -- being confronted with such immediate and widespread mortality has had that effect on a lot of people, I think.

What are your ideas/beliefs regarding an afterlife?
 

mac

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welcome to ALF :) We hope that you find here what you're looking for. What you won't find, however, is religion other than to learn that it has little to offer about what happens after we have passed over - and what happened before we came here.
 

mac

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I don't care about religion; I'd just like to know what's on the other side. It's important to me.
I'm glad adherence to or influence from religion won't hamper your search. :)

What's on 'the other side' is a subject we've done times-many on this website and it's important to me too and to many others I've come into contact with over a fair-few years. Our conversations here going back to the time ALF was founded are readily found by using the search utility.

My personal approach is that we benefit most from hearing what it's like from those living 'over there' and/or from spiritually-evolved teachers and guides. Beyond that - the philosophy found in 'my own' religion and/or leading a so-called spiritual life etcetera - can be pursued if one has any inclination. But for many those issues are much less important than just understanding that life goes on beyond death.
 
How do you hear from those "living over there". Oh yeah, my thoughts are also making sure nothing like the Christian Hell exists where you burn in literal fire for all eternity.
 

mac

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How do you hear from those "living over there". Oh yeah, my thoughts are also making sure nothing like the Christian Hell exists where you burn in literal fire for all eternity.
Many seekers reach out to mediums who can act as intermediaries for communication between loved ones in spirit and those who are desperate to hear from them. There is an abundance of accounts of such communication.

Your beliefs, or what you've been taught by mainstream religion, may take some time to reconcile with the accounts we have from those who live 'over there' and the guidance of spirit teachers and guides. We have no desire to change any of that other than to say we will try to help you find your own direction.
 

bluebird

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Mediums are only human, and have their own views and biases even if they try not to let those things influence or interfere with their work, but I think the good ones generally agree on at least most of the major issues.

Personally I am agnostic regarding both god and an afterlife, but I can tell you that I have had a couple of experiences with two different mediums which have given me some hope. In both cases I believe, at the very least, that the mediums honestly believed in what they were doing (i.e., they were not trying to scam me), and I think there's a more than fair chance that the readings were legit, that my husband was actually communicating with me through them.
 

mac

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Okay but don't different mediums say different things.
In essence a medium passes on to the sitter what the communicator is wanting to tell their loved one. Of course mediums will say different things because communicators say different things.
 
I see. See, I do have a slight religious bias, but I am not here to argue with anyone. That said, I currently lean more to believe in the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg. However, I have a hard time reconciling his belief in a good or bad ruling love where a person's ruling love drives them into a hell where all their good traits are suppressed and they do nothing but give into their worst impulses.
 

mac

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I see. See, I do have a slight religious bias, but I am not here to argue with anyone. That said, I currently lean more to believe in the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg. However, I have a hard time reconciling his belief in a good or bad ruling love where a person's ruling love drives them into a hell where all their good traits are suppressed and they do nothing but give into their worst impulses.
Your choice of username hints at your approach. Everyone is of course perfectly entitled to believe/follow whatever appeals to their reason and if Swedenborg's ideas appeal to you then it's only fair you should heed them.

I think now, though, you should either look around at what's here on ALF or perhaps start a thread to open a general discussion - this introduction section is really just to say hello and to tell us a little about yourself.
 
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