Fear of death is not only natural, but necessary. We all have a primal fear of death. If people didn’t naturally fear death, not many of us would survive our childhoods. As we age, we fear it for reasons other than sheer animal instinct; fear of the unknown, fear of sickness, fear of pain, fear of suffocation.
In fact, sickness, pain and discomfort are all parts of the living world, and NOT a part of death. The process leading to death may be uncomfortable, but the actual dying itself is painless, and a total relief of all of the discomforts suffered while still alive. This applies to everyone, no matter their level of spiritual evolution. Leaving your body is like slipping out of old, sweaty clothes.
After the death of the body, a vast majority of ordinary souls will find a very refreshing and joyous afterlife. Most are met on the transitional plane by friends and loved ones who have entered Spirit before them, and are ushered to a more permanent home in the plane of illusion. Only a minority of souls will not find a welcoming committee. These are generally ignorant souls who have made few friends during their lives, or those who are shunned because of their own abhorrent behavior.
Death releases everyone from all of their bodily problems, including disfigurements, diseases, and even lifelong physical deficits. People who had to live with blindness, dementia, paralysis, fatigue, lost limbs or any form of disfigurement during their lifetimes are restored to health after their deaths.
The question of spiritual sight for a person who has been blind all of his or her life is an especially interesting question and one that was studied by Kenneth Ring in a little book entitled Mindsight. In this book, the authors studied near death experiences by people who were congenitally blind (have never been able to see since birth) and found that the answer to the question “can the blind see after death?” is yes!
“NDEs of blind or severely visually impaired persons tend to show all the same features that are typical for sighted persons. This is true despite the fact [they] have been blind from birth.”
The only forms of disability that are retained by souls recently released from their physical bodies are those that have become psychological addictions. A lot of people who have had their disabilities for a very long time may not realize that as spirits they can walk, see, hear and function as if they never had their disability in the first place. Some may even be addicted to their disabilities and are fearful of assuming the responsibilities of a fully functioning body. Most spirits, if they are willing, generally let go of their physical problems as soon as they make contact with other spirits who can guide them to the wellness that is their right in spirit. In 1972, the English medium Margaret Flavell channeled the spirit of A.D. Mattson who said:
“The healers and physicians on the astral plane concentrate their treatment on making persons realize that their illness is only in their minds and that the mind is influencing the astral body, producing the simulated illness.”
Always remember, you do not have to have lived a perfect life to find yourself in heaven after you die. Spirit doesn’t care about your sex life unless it has led to darkness in someone else’s life. It doesn’t care whether you are rich or poor or even about most of the things you may have done in your life that made you feel guilty. It doesn’t care whether you are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or Muslim. It doesn’t even care whether you believe in God or not! The only ones who descend to the darker Winterlands or into the hells below after crossing over are those that have lived truly self-centered lives and have caused others harm either for their own benefit, or for the benefit of some religious or political cause.
Every person acquires a sort of spiritual buoyancy while living and that buoyancy determines where the newly arrived spirit will take up its spiritual residence. Blindly giving to a charity to fulfill an obligation or to soothe a conscience does little to advance the evolution of a soul, but doing an act of charity out of compassion for someone does much. Blindly attaching oneself to a social or political cause because it is trendy or it makes you feel good means nothing in Spirit. On the other hand, personally helping individuals to overcome their handicaps reaps at least as much benefit for the giver as it does for the recipient. A life of self-discipline, self-reliance and responsibility to one’s family means a lot when it comes to finding a place in heaven. Unfortunately, so does a life filled with Narcissism and greed.