what realm do you now live? If you are hungry for power, love, and
self-recognition, you live in the Preta
world, or hungry ghosts. If you are motivated only by thirsts of the
human organism, you are existing in the world of the beast." Source: Buddhist Studies
generally promise some sort of reward for believing or living a certain
way. In Christianity and Islam there is a heaven or paradise promised
for the true follower. Many believe this heaven is a physical place in
which people will live in eternity in some sort of happiness or bliss.
But a previous insightful experience has pointed me to another understanding about heaven and hell.
while experiencing a convulsion (the only one in my life), I had a
profound revelation. At the time, I became aware of many people around
me that had previously died. I thought in a split second that I must
surely be dying. At that point, I received a telepathic reassurance
from my former family and friends that they were not here for me, but
just wanted me to say hello to everyone.
coming through that experience, the idea came into my head that "You
die where you are." Obviously that was a strange thought but the idea
was clear to me.
The insight gained from that experience helped
me to understand that whatever level of consciousness a person attains
in this life would be what that person carries with them when they pass
on to the next phase of existence.
The implications were clear
to me. If a person wanted to have a better experience in the after
life, then they better be getting about to having a better
consciousness in this life.
But even if we don't except the idea
of an after life. This idea of expanding consciousness has tremendous
implications for our experience in this life.
A zen story clearly demonstrates this:
A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?"
"Who are you?" inquired Hakuin. "I am a samurai," the warrior replied.
"You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar." Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: "So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head."
As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin
remarked: "Here open the gates of hell!" At these words the samurai,
perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.
master in the parable was able to quickly show to the Samurai that
heaven or hell were real as states of mind. The master demonstrated
that we could attain a hellish state or a heavenly state within a
matter of moments depending on our emotional and spiritual focus.
Samurai "opened the gates of hell" by focusing on his self and his
pride. But when the Samurai opened his mind to the master and put away
that self focus, he was able to "open the gates of heaven."
I work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a School Counselor in Gallup New Mexico.
I am an advocate for Higher Consciousness as being the most peaceful and helpful way for humanity to move past present circumstances.