ano1 wrote: I have been though those phases too.
Yes, I think they're perhaps inevitable as one lives with this experience for some time.
ano1 wrote: I generally think of things as being spiritual or earthly. Though I am a spiritual being and all things are ultimately spiritual.
Here on earth it is difficult to always see the spiritual, and so we feel separated and often times miss the spiritual happenings.
I think we're on the "same page" with perhaps some small differences in emphasis. One of the great lessons of an NDE is, as you say, that we are in fact "spiritual" beings; not of this earth or of the body, but with an existence separate from it (with caveats - see below). And from that moment a great adjustment begins in our "I-ness", our ego, our identity. It gradually becomes less attached or enmeshed with the body/persona and increasingly aligned with the "spirit" or "light" which it recognizes as its source.
I avoid the word "spiritual" because everyone I have known who uses it (including myself in earlier days) gives it a decidedly emotional slant, something they "long for" or "aspire to", which gives it a "feeling-oriented" emphasis which I think is unbalanced. This imbalance is reflected in their personal lives, because emotions are very body-centered, and thereby at odds with a genuine "spiritual" experience
. I see this as counterproductive. And so I prefer to just describe it as I saw it and sensed it; a radiant, magnetic Light, bliss and intelligence, both the source and the destination for smaller life forms such as ourselves.
ano1 wrote: Earth is not blissful. To me there was blissful and very different from here. There, spiritualness absorbed me, and I it... but in a very different way than here on earth.
Yes, completely. And here is where the "caveats" come in.
: We can not exist separate from our body for very long.
: And, we can not maintain a personal, separate awareness in the presence of the Light for very long.
And so, for as long as the body which we inhabit exists, our ego, our identity leads a "dual life"; one through our body and the personality built around it, the other though our growing awareness and attachment to the Light. And if we are a healthy, conscientious person, we will want to live both of these "lives" well.
Is it better than having just "one life", through the body/personality? Yes, I think so. But it brings with it a new realm of challenges. And that, as they say, is a whole 'nuther matter.
I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you about this. Daily life doesn't give us many chances to.