In many stories of life after death there is an element of a decision being made and then an awareness of being 'sent back'. It is very common. The idea that we are here for a purpose, to learn, are very common themes too. I haven't come across someone receiving help for that before now though. This idea has got me thinking that mankind's attempt to create its own afterlife with technology in The Hereafter was not such a bad idea after all.
I recently came across a story about a guy who's life had fallen apart in every possible way and he took himself off with 60 Valium to die. He took himself somewhere alone, swallowed the pills and waited for the end. After he faded from this life he became aware of movement – not a tunnel he says – but of lights rushing past him on all sides until he found himself in a room of light. The room description interested me as I have never heard that before.
As he was there in this room of light he heard voices discussing him, the positives and negatives of 'sending him back'. When the discussion ended he heard a whisper in his ear that he need not worry as he would be fine. He then heard a booming voice, louder than the others, pronounce that he will go back, that he had more to do and to learn, and more lives to effect. And then the voice acknowledged that he would need help.
He awoke alone with enough pills in him to kill him, but he was alive and remained so. When he came back he found himself far more in tune with people, more empathetic and open and drawn to people who needed help.
Once again this demonstrates that there maybe something beyond death, but it is something more than an afterlife, that it has a vested interest in what happens during life, that there is something there that is a guiding force. So maybe the artificial heaven and artificial hell that are created in The Hereafter are not such a bad idea. Maybe they were an idea sent from beyond to teach humanity something. Maybe they were never intended to take humanity away from what really lies after death and but to bring humanity closer to the fact that there is life after death. Maybe the failure of The Hereafter in the book was not a failure but just a mistake that humankind had to make at that point in their collective existence.
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