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  • #46
    Originally posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    whats the point of life then?
    In the same survey I referenced on the previous page, 62% of Australians agree with the proposition: "Life is only meaningful if you provide the meaning yourself."

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    • #47
      What do you believe happens to us when we die?

      I dislike the idea of just being buried below the ground or cremated. I also am unsure of heaven but would like to believe.

      I choose to believe that we actually don't know we died, instead we carry on living but as something or someone else.

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      • #48
        I don't know either, and I am fascinated in the possibility of reincarnation. There are some pretty convincing documentaries on youtube and you can research a writer/doctor called Brian Weiss who had a patient who under hypnosis relayed many former lives. True? I don't know but nonetheless it's interesting. Far more interesting than the alternative anyway. That said, I've had people close to me who have died and I "feel" no connection - there have been a few little things but probably more my mind reaching out for them if that makes sense? I don't think it was really any message from elsewhere, but I wish it was.

        I really hope there's more. Some seem to be able to accept the idea that death is final (Elisabeth Murdoch interview with Andrew Denton) and wow, what a lady, I wish I could sit down and hear the stories she could tell.

        Search this on youtube:

        The story of a five-year-old boy from Glasgow who has been telling stories of a past life on the remote island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides ever since he could talk. His mother, unconvinced by a psychologist's explanation, decides to visit Dr Jim Tucker of the University of Virginia, before travelling to Barra to see if any of the tales of a 'previous life' can be verified.


        There's another one about a little boy who recalls a life as a figher pilot in world war 2. His parents actually ended up finding an old man who was in the war with their child. It is very convincing, but unless you know all the details, I suppose it's impossible to know if it's set up, or not.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Clarabelle View Post
          There's another one about a little boy who recalls a life as a figher pilot in world war 2. His parents actually ended up finding an old man who was in the war with their child. It is very convincing, but unless you know all the details, I suppose it's impossible to know if it's set up, or not.
          Is that the story of James Leininger? If so there's a section in the book "50 Popular beliefs that people think are true" about him. His mother started to worry when he showed keen interest in airplanes from a very early age and he was having nightmares about plane crashes. "The concerned parents sought help for the boy, not from a psychologies or psychiatrist, however, but from a "past-life therapist" who specialises in helping people "remember" their past lives." The book later continues "It turns out that the boy's farther took him to an aviation museum when he was around two years old and that James was fascinated with the WW2 planes on display there. Shortly after that museum visit, James began having nightmares about planes crashing"

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          • #50
            We die and go up to heaven and our loved ones watch over us is what I believe and what we tell our ds.

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            • #51
              After losing my baby son to SIDS I had enormous panic over this question. The only thing that got me through was searching for an alternative to just nothing -gone when you die. I read loads on neath death experiences and I believe based on that and some of my own experiences that I have had that there is distinct possibility.

              I am back there again now after losing someone close to my family- who really felt like family. I'm not panicked this time, just so sad. Sadder today than I was when I found out a few days ago.

              I don't even care if I sound foolish for believing in something else. I need to hold out hope for something else or I really wouldn't have coped with losing my son.

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              • #52
                KaraB sorry for your loss xx

                I believe that our souls stay around until no one who is left on earth can mourn or miss you and who is still holding onto your memory.

                I lost my mum to cancer four years ago and I know she is here I get signs all the time.

                I believe after there is no one left on earth holding onto you that our souls are set free and perhaps we reincarnate to experience a different life. I'm not sure.

                I don't believe that there is just nothing after you pass away. I believe there is eternal happiness for those who pass with no sadness or pain.

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                • #53
                  Sorry for your loss [MENTION=111529]MrsMSL[/MENTION] 😔

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                  • #54
                    I would consider myself agnostic. Maybe leaning closer towards believing. Except I do not believe in anything any religion says and TBH I am pretty anti-religion. I think sometimes there is a higher power, but that there is no point in analyzing it, because we will never know. In the words of Albus Dumbledore "It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live".

                    I think so many people are desperate to believe there is something on the other side through fear. And that fear can stop people looking into certain situations to see them how they most likely are. When you read a story, hear a scenario or pose a question you think may not have an answer, science can most likely explain it, rationally.

                    I think if there is an afterlife, we will never be able to understand it, or get the theory of it right. So to me, there is no point in dwelling on it.

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                    • #55
                      I believe that when we die we cease to exist in every way.
                      DS1 – 10, DD1 – 9, DS2 – 7, DS3 - 4

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                      • #56
                        I don't believe in any higher being or any religion. I think we die, our life is over and that's the end of it. What we leave behind on this earth is with our children. I don't believe our essence or "spirit" survives beyond our physical life. I'm totally fine with this and I strongly believe in evolution and life from a scientific perspective.

                        I think people believe in religion or higher beings for lots of reasons. Be it the way they were raised, their own decision, fear etc. I think the need to believe in something greater than us brings certain people a level of comfort and purpose, especially in times of hardship and loss. I personally don't mind what other people believe in, but I hate coercion, forcing beliefs onto other people and extremist's of any kind.

                        I do think that some people beliefs are crazy, but I would never try to convince them of this.

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                        • #57
                          I believe in reincarnation. I believe there are old souls and young souls, ones who haven't cycled as much.
                          I believe truly evil people aren't supposed to exist. That they've thrown the universe out of whack and when they were born, there wasn't a soul ready for them for one reason or another, so they are empty and when that person dies then that's it. There won't be any more cycles for them.

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                          • #58
                            I struggle with what to believe. I would like to not believe in any kind of afterlife but I have had far too many paranormal experiences.

                            When I was young and a bit of a st.ner I used to say that I believed we were all reincarnated until we were worthy enough to be taken to heaven. That is why we have old/young souls.

                            Now I think I am agnostic, I have no proof that there is an afterlife but I am going to live my life in a good, moral way (mostly ;-) ) and if there is an afterlife hopefully I did enough, if there isn't then I can die knowing I was a good person.

                            Thinking too hard about it makes me feel dizzy though.

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by CazHazKidz View Post
                              I believe that when we die we cease to exist in every way.
                              This.

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