Whether a soul becomes trapped on the transitional plane becoming an earthbound spirit depends largely on the state of mind of that person when they died. If the dominant emotion at the end of the soul’s life is anger, grief or a sense of entitlement, and especially if the death was sudden or unexpected, the soul might be caught in a time trap in which it is fixated on the event or emotion current in its mind at the time of death. Everyone awakens on the transitional plane when they die, but their minds are rarely clear and how the soul behaves once they have awakened depends largely on whether they know that they have died, and the nature of their personalities.
If a person suffers a deeply traumatic event, and that event comes to dominate his or her later life, then it may dominate the soul’s memory after death. A serious indiscretion or crime committed in early life that preys on his mind as he ages may be the memory that comes to dominate the soul and confine it in a time trap that cycles over and over and keeps it earthbound.
If a soul dies believing that there is no afterlife, it will probably believe that it is still living. It will invariably want to continue with the daily routine it pursued when alive. The soul will have a spiritual body which is identical with the body it left behind minus all the worldly illness and pain it had when life was drawing to a close. It feels great, and so the soul will desire to continue “living”.
But conditions on the transitional plane are anything but earthly. It is always dark, or a deep twilight. The soul will desire to walk to its home or other earthly destination, but it can never find it. Its intellect is considerably dimmer than it was when it was alive, and it can’t understand why no one pays attention to it. When they see an old friend or relative that they know died before them, they might think that they are dreaming and pay no attention to them, or they may think it is a ghost and they run away. If they died under violent circumstances, the soul might concentrate on trying to escape the circumstances of its death.…over and over again. It will fixate on whatever emotion that occupied its mind before it died, and will play that emotion or activity over and over again ad infinitum. If its primary emotion is revenge and hatred, there is little likelihood that it will be able to move on.
The spirits of criminals of all stripes are so bound to their material existence that they often refuse to acknowledge that they are dead. The ones that die in prison often end up haunting their old place of confinement, bound by their old daily habits and institutionalized mentality. Drug addicts keep searching for a fix.
This is the reason that it is extremely important for a person to have the right mindset when they die. It is also helpful if the soul has a “welcoming committee” to greet it when it awakens on the transitional plane. If you have friends or loved ones who are already in Spirit and who have made the transition to the summerlands, they can guide you into the mainstream spiritual world where you will think more clearly and then begin your spiritual evolution.
The type of soul you are when you are alive determines the type of spirit you will be when you die. Will you find yourself an earthbound ghost after you die? Ask yourself a few questions.
- Am I a selfish person?
- Am I an habitual criminal?
- Do I cause others harm for my own benefit?
- Do I lead the life of an addict likely to die of an overdose?
- Are drugs or alcohol more important to me than the significant people in my life?
- Am I a perpetually homeless person who has alienated all my friends and relatives?
- Do I have a history of bad acts that I have never acknowledged?
- Finally, and most importantly, is the dominant emotion at the end of my life anger, grief or a sense of entitlement?
If the answer to these questions is no, then the chances are good that you have nothing to worry about. Even if you die unexpectedly, you will likely find your guides, your friends and your loved ones that have passed on waiting to welcome you.
People who answer yes to these questions are exactly the type of souls likely to find themselves abandoned and earthbound. But none of this means that you can’t change your life for the better. If you swallow hard and make the necessary changes, you get a double benefit. You get to live an infinitely more rewarding life with real love and comfortable surroundings, and when you leave your body behind, you are immeasurably more likely to progress immediately into the light.
But even if you are unable to turn your life around, this doesn’t mean that you will exist forever on the top layer of Hell, alone and condemned to relive the worst moments of your life over and over again. Although it can be very difficult for an earthbound soul, time and helpful spiritual missionaries can bring about rescue, provided that the soul will permit it to happen. Unfortunately, many reject earnest help offered by higher spirits simply because of their confused states and their refusal to believe they are dead.
Being an atheist or a materialist does NOT bar a soul from a good afterlife. Not believing in God or an afterlife is not, in itself, some kind of black mark against your soul. However, these qualities might lead to a difficult transition. Ignorance is one of the major factors in psychological makeup of earthbounds. People who die with a steadfast belief that death ends everything often have a very difficult time making the transition because they will also steadfastly deny that they are dead. After all, when you die, all of your bodily pain vanishes, and you will feel younger and more energetic. It’s easy to believe that you are still alive.
But no matter what you decide to do with your life, you have one advantage. If you are reading this book, or some of the many others pertaining to the afterlife, then you have an idea of what to expect, and that can go a long way to helping you along a more positive spiritual path. Simply knowing about and understanding the spiritual realm can make all the difference.