ITLAD – Put in context.
With regards to what happens when we die there are ONLY three options. All other ideas are simply variations on the first three. These are:
1. You cease to exist.
What this means is that everything about you, all your hopes dreams, loves, hates, all are for nothing. You will never meet your loved ones ever again.
For billions of years you did not exist and for billions of years you will not exist. In effect something existed for a vanishingly small amount of time when taking into account the age of the universe, this something perceived something and then disappeared as if it never existed at all. It spent this small amount of time believing it had some form of inner existence, but, if modern science is to be believed, these “perceptions” were simply an accidental outcome of blind evolution; an “epiphenomenon” of brain processes.
There was no point to this life other than its short existence.
Morality and humanity have no meaning in this scenario. This life could have been lived in an orgy of brutality and nastiness or in a caring, loving way. The universe is totally indifferent to this. Indeed, in such a scenario the only rational approach to this short life is a life of hedonism and self-gratification and/or suicide, which is the only way that such a creature can really take any control in a deterministic and indifferent universe rapidly moving to a state of total heat-death.
Nothing matters and life is pointless. Then you die and that is it.
2. You die and go to Heaven or Hell.
Heaven seems to consist of an eternity of worshiping God surrounded by other “elect” whose only motivation is to bask in the glory of this God.
Hell consists of eternal torments. Whether you end up in either place is decided by what you do with the vanishingly small amount of time you are allocated in the one and only life you ever have.
This life can be a hundred years or a hundred seconds, it matters not one jot how long a time you are given. That is it. There is no appeal and no chance to realise that you made mistakes in your life or any second chance to put things right. You had one chance and you either got it right or wrong. Of course “right” and “wrong” are at the whim of a deity who seems to uncannily reflect the values of whatever society that deity is involved with.
There used to be the concept of Purgatory whereby you could spend time regretting and atoning for the “wrongs” you did in your life. But there is still no chance to correct these mistakes or put into practice what you have learned from this one life. But you will live for all eternity in spirit form.
Eternity is an awfully long time to just wonder round Heaven. It is totally unclear if you are simply a disincarnate spirit for this eternity or whether you are in some form of body like you had in your earthly life. If you do have a body like you had, what age will that body be? Will it be 20 years old?, 35? What about children who die? Will they grow old into an older body? Will this body be allowed to enjoy food, drink, sex? Some religions ban alcohol and certain foods. Indeed if these foods are meat-based where will this food be sourced?
If we exist “in spirit” then there are no such problems. We will all be disembodied somethings. If we are, how can we enjoy this eternity. We will never again taste food, enjoy drink or have any form of physical contact with others. Indeed, all our loved ones (assuming that we are able to find these in this disincarnate existence) will be similarly disembodied somethings. Surely we know people from their physical bodies, their voices, their scent. None of these sensory factors will be available in this forever and ever scenario.
3. You get reincarnated into another body.
This body will be a totally new one and it could be located anywhere on earth. Why assume that you will be reincarnated as a human being in your own society and geographic location? This body may not be human; it could be an animal, a fish or even an insect.
Indeed, why restrict it to Earth. Could you not be reincarnated on another planet? Could you be reincarnated as a plant? A microbe?
What about being reincarnated at a different time, in the deep past or the far future?
But let’s assume that the re-birth takes place as most advocates of reincarnation believe, that is in a body and set of circumstances that reflect your actions in your previous life. If you have been a “good” person (whatever that means) you will be reincarnated into a higher level of human life (viz the Caste System) or a lower level if you have been a “bad” person. Who or what actually “decides” this promotion or demotion is very unclear.
Even more unclear is by what process this transfer of a soul takes place. Indeed, the advocates of reincarnation also seem to be inconsistent as to where the new body will be located in relation to your location in your previous life. Are you reincarnated in your locality or miles away?
Similarly different belief systems have different amounts of “time” between incarnations. Is it immediate or does the soul exist in some kind of cosmic waiting room for an amount of time (if time can be said to exist in such an environment). But let’s ignore these logical issues. You get reborn as somebody else. When this happens it seems that all your past life memories are wiped clean. You simply do not remember who you were before. So this new life, to all intents and purposes, is totally new. You are born as a new person in a new body. How can this still be you?
Surely what makes us us is our memories and our remembering of our life experiences. In a new body with a new brain (including new memory stores) the old you has ceased to exist. There is no part of you that “remembers” what you were before. But, we are told, there are some individuals that remember past lives. Why do they remember when the vast majority of incarnates do not? Why are they different? Others can “remember” past lives by being hypnotised.
How does this work? If the persons brain is a totally new one how does it carry forward memories from any past lives? These memories are not located in the neurons, synapses or any other parts of the “new” brain. Again the question has to be asked why certain people can be “regressed” and others cannot. Why is this?
But for me the most important issue is simply this…… how can these lives ever be iterative or advancing? If I cannot remember my past lives and what I did in them, if none of my life-lessons are remembered, how can I learn from my mistakes. If every life is a new life with no continuity of memories from past lives what is the point? Indeed what kind of system “punishes” or “rewards” somebody for actions they do not remember?
Surely the whole point is to learn and progress. I will not do that again because I recall how bad I felt last time I did it. This does not take place in the classic reincarnation scenario. To all intents and purposes this reincarnated entity has no relationship with the previous incarnation. They might as well be different beings.
Then there is my proposal …. known as
ITLAD/CTF suggests that at the point of death your consciousness enters a timeless location and you are “re-born” in a new version of your last life. You are re-born as you, not as somebody else. You are born of the same parents (or possibly any scenario whereby you exact DNA profile is reproduced).
Of course your birth location and scenario will depend upon a myriad of life decisions made by your parents, your grandparents and, indeed, all your ancestors. Each outcome of every decision made by a consciousness that can “collapse a wave function” and therefore create a reality out of the information field, exists within the Macroverse. Your “rebirth” will involve you downloading an initial information field based very closely on your previous life. This allows for logical and sequential progression whereby the last life’s issues can be resolved or unfulfilled scenarios followed through). These alternate realities are created from information, not physical objects (although there amalgamations are perceived as being physical objects).
This is like loading a third-person RPG computer game. The scenario of the game is rendered from digital information that appears as a location and landscape on your PC screen (more accurately a virtual-reality world as rendered by an Oculus Rift or similar device).
Once you start this new life all outcomes of all your decisions can be “collapsed”, but once “collapsed” the scenario becomes physical and cannot be changed. Decision by decision your new life as you enfolds (to use a David Bohm reference) out of the Implicate Order and in to the Explicate Order.
This sounds like reincarnation (which it is in the literal sense of the word) but you are you, not somebody else. The major difference is that in this second life there is part of you that carries the memories of what you did last time. This is the immortal you, your Daemon. This is the real you, you that exists in orthogonal time, in the fifth dimension outside of time and space. But you, the sentience inside this “VR Game”, is unaware of these memories. You are an Eidolon, a being that lives just one life and then “dies” at the end of that life.
You die, your Daemon does not. The Daemon accesses the information of your previous lives via your DNA which, in turn, can access data from the Zero-Point Field (Bohm’s Implicate Order). Depending on how open your Doors of Perception are will depend on how effective your Daemon will be in communicating with you. If it can it will use its knowledge of your previous incarnations (games) to guide you through this one.
But the Daemon can only guide you as long as it has experienced the decision-outcomes taken in previous lives. When a completely new scenario is encountered its only advice can be general …. Because it, like the Eidolon, is encountering this set of circumstances for the first time. And here is the Big Difference between ITLAD and reincarnation. Here there is development; here there is a carry-through of life experiences, here is the opportunity to learn from one’s mistakes. Indeed here is a scenario to right the wrongs and explore other avenues not taken. Indeed, over many lives (because at the end of each one a new one is encountered) all “roads can be taken”, especially with an effective and engaged Daemon.
So what is the point of all this? Well, just like Conner’s did in the movie Groundhog Day, every Daemon has the opportunity to guide its numerous Eidolons to live “the perfect life” and, in doing so, move on to the day after “Groundhog Day”.
This is exactly the logic that supports the classic interpretation of reincarnation as espoused by Buddhism and Hinduism (and the traditions of Sufism, Gnosticism and many other esoteric systems). We need to live many lives in order to reach the Buddha state. When we eventually became an “Avatar” we can move on to the next stage.
It must be stressed that ALL these “Groundhog Lives” take place in the final nano-seconds of life as we experience it within linear time. By the time we reach the actual point of clinical death we will have lived countless lives in orthogonal time.
So these are your choices. As far as I know there is only one that actually can offer evidence for its veracity from actual science ….. as outlined in the scores of academic papers I cite in my books….. I don’t ask you to believe blindly my CTF model …. All I ask is that you follow through on the facts I give you in my books and make up your own (eidolonic) mind. You don’t need to convince your Daemon …. They already know!
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