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Let's start with the Brit Awards. While winning his award, the amazing singer and musician Ed Sheeran said:
"Since I was a little kid I dreamed of people all over the world singing my songs and although I've got a long way to go, this shows that I'm stepping in the right direction." Ed Sheeran
|Ed Sheeran, photo: Daily Mail UK|
I've asked a number of people "their first conscious thought they'd be doing what they're doing" and often hear of recurring dreams, visions, or "always knew" as if the future lies somewhere under the surface of our reality.
Not that we're destined, as free will reportedly dictates our path (to accomplish or screw up), but the dreams or visions appear to have little or nothing to do with nature or nurture. Genetics or environment seem to only support the outcome, but its the consciousness of knowing your path that puts one in the "right" direction. (Sheeran quote is buried after Madge's tumble)
I've come across many accounts of people who had profound dreams, recurring dreams or visions of what or who they were to become. It was also in their behavior in the school yard.
I asked one FBI agent when she first became conscious of what she might want to do in her life. She said in preschool, because "I started keeping lists on what people did in school every day. What they wore, what they ate." (As quoted in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife")
Was she seeing into the future? Or seeing the path that she'd already chosen for her to be on? Does it matter? It does if you're a parent or guardian, and your child says something silly like "When I grow up I'm going to sing music to millions of people." The answer is, "Cool! Let me get a camera and I want you to say that on camera, because in 20 years, it will be very valuable."
Just like Dave Schultz (the Olympic wrestler, whose story is told in "Foxcatcher") told his father when he was 5 that he "wasn't going to be here very long," but that he had come here to "teach a lesson in love." (A conversation the father didn't remember until he said it at the eulogy.) That's a hard pill to swallow - but when you consider the growing mountain of evidence that shows that we don't die - that we are here on stage temporarily, and that those we love have not disappeared, or gone into oblivion, it can be a source of comfort to those who would like to know there is data that backs that up.
|Dave Schultz told his dad he wouldn't be here long.|
"What happens when you die? That, to me, is the only thing that's of any importance. The rest is just secondary." "If you want to know anything in this life, you just need to knock on the door. Which I found through meditation. It's all within." (At the end a live version of "All Things Must Pass.")
"What happens when we die, is the most important thing for us to know while we are on the planet."
Why is that?
Because the answer will inform how you live your life, how you relate to people, how you relate to fear, to stress, to other people behaving badly.
And finally, a "Near Death Story" with a different outcome:
In the Independent Newspaper in the UK, there's this story about a fellow who "died twice" and both times didn't see or experience anything (consciously) and they use it to report that "nothing happens after we die." No light, no tunnel. Nada. Zip.
|Tunnel? Doorway? Different planes of existence? Pixels on a page? All of the above.|
One person had that experience - an unconscious one - but thousands have had the opposite experience.
We all have different dreams, different experiences of being awake, widely divergent concepts of what being alive is. Or consciousness is. This fella experienced being dead and nothing came to mind. No tunnel of light. Just blankness.
Never mind thousands have the opposite experience; scientists like Dr. Bruce Greyson at UVA studying cases for decades, Dr. Sam Parnia's published results of the extensive 7 year Aware Study showing consciousness existing outside of dead people, or the 100 cases Mario Beauregard PhD cites in his neuroscience research where people had no blood to the brain for minutes, and yet saw, heard new information from their "out of body" perspective.
|I got pals all over the planet. These fellas are in Kashmir. Made me a rug.|
Finally, if you want proof of the afterlife, I suggest you watch this clip. In it, author David Bennett ("Voyage of Purpose") recounts his near death experience where he saw into the future and saw that he would be diagnosed with cancer that would only give him months to live, and then survive it (knowing he would survive it, because he'd already seen that he would). His case has been examined by science: Dr. Greyson at UVA. I'll let him describe his experience in his own words:
My two cents.
"Flipside" and "It's A Wonderful Afterlife."
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