When I was younger, I remember asking questions like, “If God exists, why do bad things happen on the planet?” And this is something that I still inquire about, although I do have an updated understanding and viewpoint based on my experiences since that time. Whatever name you want to call it, I have heard many accounts of this “place” that people go during Near Death Experiences.
A near-death experience (NDE) refers to personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light.- AnitaMoorjani.com
If Heaven and Angels and all of these higher dimensional realms exist, then why don’t we just stay in Heaven, or this place that people go to during their NDE’s. I’m not sure “Heaven” is the right word, because of the human conceptions attached to it. But there is this place that has been talked about and I’m sure that you have felt the sense that something exists beyond this space-time continuum.
A recent episode of the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast features Dr. Raymond Moody; philosopher, psychologist, physician, and author, most widely known for his books about life after death and near-death experiences, a term that he coined in 1975.
As they were discussing the various cases of Near Death Experiences, some of the cases involved people describing being given the choice whether to stay in this heavenly experience or come back to their life on Earth. And most of them chose to come back.
So why would they choose that? Why are we really here when we could be floating in eternal heavenly bliss?
In the process of thinking through these questions, Dr. Raymond Moody brought up a quote; “God made man because he loves stories”- Elie Wiesel. In my version of the quote, it would probably be “God made humans because God/Source loves stories.” And if you think about it, what is your life but your story?
Then Duncan replied, “I love the idea, ok well God loves stories…and that’s beautiful… but then you’re like, ok God well how about you don’t get me to write the story about being in Auschwitz… how about you get me to write the story about being a wealthy prince with harem who becomes Buddha or something.” Coming back to this question of Why God why? Why do bad things happen to seemingly good people all of the time?
(At around 58 minutes) Raymond asked Duncan; “Let’s assume that tomorrow you went to the doctor and they diagnosed you with some terrible illness, not a fatal illness but some terrible infection that required for you to be isolated on a desert island all by yourself for 10 years. And they could take you out there in a cargo plane with all of the food and water and medicine you were going to need for 10 years. And there was room on the cargo plane for a DVD player and 2,000 DVDs. Now, let me ask you, would you choose all comedies??”
“Would you choose some tragedies too?”
“When you were watching the tragedy on that desert island would you be crying?”
“There you go”
I just wanted to put this out there as it’s been an anecdote that has inspired me to be more accepting and understanding of my current life situation and story. There is no doubt that everyone living this human experience will go through times of joy and times of pain. And I realized that my response to the hypothetical situation of being on a desert island and choosing to bring not only comedy DVDs but also tragedies would probably be the same as Duncan’s. In my daily life, I tend to focus on the positive and avoid anything negative because I know that what I think about and surround myself with, will affect my vibration and consciousness and will ultimately be co-created in my reality. But I also know that I have pain and what’s better than ignoring it is finding ways to express it. Movies and music are great ways to be moved to let out my tears and emotions. After I cry, I often feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
So this has really gotten me to look at my own story subjectively, and realize that the ups and downs are all a part of the oscillation of Source or God’s or even my Higher Self’s plan for my life. Because I also believe (although it’s hard to believe it some days), that I chose to come here and possibly even chose my family that I was born into. But the good news is that we are constantly presented with opportunities to make choices. From the minute we wake up in the morning to the second we go to sleep at night, we can choose to meditate or sing or go hug a tree, or if we are stuck in an office or a prison or a subway car, we can choose our thoughts and our vibrations. And even after we go to sleep, we could choose to explore the world of Lucid Dreaming, which I am becoming increasingly more interested in.
SO, my suggestion to you is to take a deep breath and go drink some Mugwort tea (which has been said to be good for lucid dreaming) and watch this video of Hang Massive playing the Hang: