In my last post, I covered the Synthesist view on human suffering. I explained that as an individuated fragment of a greater awareness, the soul’s deepest longing is to experience blissful unity. You are not separate from the Divine, but you are like a wave rising in the air that does not realize it is part of the ocean. The question then is: how does the wave reunite with the ocean? To answer that, we need to look at the Synthesist view on death and the after-life.
At death, the energy we call “spirit” releases the soul from the physical body. In Synthesism, the journey of the soul after physical death depends upon the relationship between you and your deity. If you have no relationship with a personal deity, then your spirit and soul will simply dissolve into the energy of our planet along with the physical body. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you do have a relationship with a personal deity, then your soul will experience the after-life experience of that deity.
Therefore, if one is a follower of the god of Abraham, and does all they can to be in good relationship with that deity, they will likely experience the after-life spiritual realm most call Heaven. If you are not sure about what your after-life experience will be, have a talk with your personal deity about it!
Depending on one’s deity, the soul may be reborn again as another physical being. This is popularly known as “reincarnation.” A soul may also leave the body at death and exist for a time as spirit or ghost. Either of these may occur to better facilitate growth. With such a range of possible outcomes for the after-life, the Synthesist view tends to be more focused then on what happens to the soul while living.
It is possible to have a unitive experience with the Divine while embodied. These are often called “mystic experiences” and involve such an expansion of awareness that the individual may lose sense of themself. These experiences are often accompanied by a feeling of peaceful benevolence and deep interconnection with All That Is.
So, what questions do you have? What resonates with you and what doesn’t? What could be more clear? Please let me know in the comments section below and help me in clarifying this view.
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