Where Do We Go From Here...
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE…
If you would have asked my doctors three years ago if they thought I’d be sitting here today, writing this to you…their answer probably would have been a collective no. Things looked pretty darn grim to be honest with you! I should not have escaped my mortality back then. The odds were pretty much against me, both medically as well as physically.
But there was one thing none of those doctors took into consideration or fully understood: this indefatigable spirit of mine and my unwavering intention to be OK!
You should know me by now…I believe that what I focus upon grows. I believe that I determine what I want in my life and what I will not accept…me and me alone. So I focused on survival…love, happiness, health...nothing but! I rejected limitation, death, sadness, grieving. And as you can see, for the time being I've won!
In those weeks I did my fair share of praying…begging at times and even arguing with the Big Guy! God and I had marathon chat sessions into the wee hours of more than a few sleepless nights. I would like to share with you a transcript of one of those chats. One of His administrative assistants sent it to me and recommended that I read it from time to time, lest I forget the blessings that were bestowed upon me. I hope you will enjoy it!
Me: Hey! It’s me again. I need to ask a favor. I know you are busy, but might we talk about this death business for a minute? It seems to be trying to get my attention lately and well…I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit frightened by it all. You and I talk all the time…yes we do. But we don’t seem to talk all that much about this subject. Now it has become the elephant in the room! I have no idea really what I can expect when my time comes. So maybe we can do that now? Yes?
GOD: Sure! What’s on your mind? What is it you are dying to know? Please forgive the pun!
Me: Well…what exactly is going to happen to me when I die? Afterwards I mean. When I’ve drawn that last breath, what can I expect? Any truth to that bright light and long tunnel story? Judgment Day. Pearly Gates...
GOD: Well this is something I cannot really say.
Me: Excuse me? You can’t say? You are God for…well, for Your sake! If you don’t know, who does?
GOD: It’s not up to me.
ME: It’s not up to you? Why am I just finding this out? If it isn’t up to you, who is it up to? I need answers.
GOD: It’s up to you. Have you not been listening? It’s the way I designed it! What do you choose to have happen to you when you die?
Me: You mean…what happens to me is my choice? Really? Whatever I choose to happen will be what happens?
GOD: Well of course! Have you learned nothing from all our many chats? I will ask again…have you not been listening? You talk a good game, but if you don’t know by now that everything is your choice, then I must conclude you’ve wasted a lot of my time! Do you think that just because you die you stop existing?
Me: Well…I don’t know. I mean…I guess I never thought about it that way. Forgive me…but doesn’t answering this question fall under your job description? That’s why I’m asking you.
GOD: Fair enough. I’ll tell you…AGAIN! When you die, you do not stop existing…you don’t stop creating. Is that simple enough for you?
Me: Well…yes and no. I mean…is that all you’re going to tell me? That’s it?
GOD: There’s more. Incidentally…these answers you are demanding, you already know them. You’ve just forgotten them.
Me: Please don’t take this wrong but if I never knew the answers, how could I have forgotten them?
GOD: You’ve been through this before. But you’ve become so pre-occupied with this world and this life…well, they must have slipped your mind.
Me: I know this may be a bit out of line…but with all due respect I don’t have any idea what you are trying to tell me. What do you mean I’ve been through this before?
GOD: Oh for My sake…you are so tedious Giacomino! Alright…let’s go through this one more time. Allow me to re-enlighten you. You do not stop existing…you do not stop creating when you die. Why? Because you don’t ever really die. You cannot die. You are eternal life itself…and life cannot NOT be life. Energy cannot be destroyed. Therefore you cannot die. So, at the moment of your physical death, for lack of better words, what happens to you is simply that you go on living, in a slightly different form. But trust me…you DO go on living. Like me, you are eternal!
Me: But I’ll be dead…yes?
GOD: Your body will be dead…yes! But you…your spirit, your essence, your soul will not. You are not going to have the experience of being dead. On the contrary, you will have never felt more alive in your life. This is because you will have become pure energy again…pure soul. You are no longer encumbered by that flabby body of yours!
Me: Flabby body!! Look…it’s the pasta here! It’s the wine! It’s the pizza! You’ve had the lasagna here…you know what I’m talking about! It’s been Italy! What can I say?
GOD: Just so there’s no confusion, I feel I should explain a bit more. You may see your body lying there, all crumpled up, not moving…very much dead. Yet you yourself will suddenly be moving all over the place. You will have the experience of literally flying around the room…then of being somewhere else…everywhere else, all at once.
If you say to yourself, “My goodness…why is my body not moving anymore?” you will find yourself right there, hovering over it, watching the stillness with the greatest curiosity.
And then you might ponder a particular point of view on any given memory of yours. You will suddenly find yourself experiencing that memory all over again.
If someone comes into the room and you ask yourself, “Who is that?”…immediately you are in front of, or next to that person and their identity is revealed to you…it might be your grandfather, your mother, that friend who died when you were five.
And if you've had children while you lived a physical life, and if you think of those children…well, immediately you are in their presence, wherever they are.
In a very short while, you’ll get your bearings. You will learn that you can come and go as you please and with the speed of your thoughts. A feeling of incredible freedom and lightness will overtake you. It usually takes a little bit of time and lot of patience to get used to all this bouncing around with each and every thought, but you will get it under control. Do you remember your first time on roller skates? Boy...I sure do. You looked ridiculous. Remember. OK! I rest my case.
You will learn that not only can you be wherever you want to be, with the speed of your thoughts, you can be in two places at once…or three or four or five or…well, you are getting this, aren’t you? Maybe you should be writing it down!
Me: Yes…I’m getting it. Immensely! No, I don’t need to write it down. But please, don’t stop now. We’re on a roll!
GOD: WE…what is this WE stuff? OK…where was I? Oh yes.
You can exist and create in these places simultaneously, without difficulty or confusion. Then, simply by refocusing, you can rejoin yourself, returning to one place again. You will begin to see and learn what you must know and carry it into the next life. You will realize that it would have been so much easier to have known these things in this life. You will finally see that all reality begins within you. It all begins with your intention.
Me: So what you telling me is that in this life what I should have been focusing on all this time was my intentions? Yes?
GOD: Yes! That is what I am saying. The only difference will be the speed with which you experience the result. In the physical world there is a lapse between your thought of something and your experience of it. In the soul’s realm there is no lapse…the results are instantaneous.
You will need to learn to monitor your thoughts very carefully, because whatever you think, you are going to experience. And it is lightning quick!
Now again, I use the word ‘learn’ here very loosely. It is more a figure of speech than an actual description. The term ‘remember’ would be more accurate. You see you’ve always known this. But in the time you’ve spent in your body, you’ve forgotten.
If you could have remembered to control your thoughts while you were living on earth as quickly and as efficiently as you do after your physical life ends…well, your whole experience of life would have been so much different.
Me: Thought control? That sounds a little weird.
GOD: Weird? Not at all! It is what you human beings call prayer! It is what you are doing with me right now!
Me: Prayer huh?
GOD: Yes! Thought control is the highest form of prayer.
Me: So let me get this straight. If I could have learned to control what it is I thought about, I could have created for myself any kind of life I wanted? My simple intentions could have become my reality?
GOD: Honestly? You are just figuring this out? You’ve been doing it since you were a little boy. Have you not been paying attention? Do you remember that little cabin you and your friends built in the woods when you were eleven? The one above Hidden Valley on Sulfur Springs Road? I’m sure you do. You were so very proud of it. None of you had any idea what you were doing when you started. But in your hearts and in your minds, you intended to build a cabin…and voila!
Me: I’ve not thought of that cabin for a long time! Wow…you’re right. We were just kids! We had no idea what we were doing. And once it was built, we would camp out in it for a whole weekend.
GOD: Yes, you did. Some of my fondest memories of you and your childhood came from those woods. You were a good kid. I was very proud of you…as proud as your parents were!
Me. This has been very helpful to me. Thank you. I don’t feel nearly as frightened anymore. Is there anything else I should know?
GOD: Yes! Of course there is! There is ALWAYS something more to know.
Not a lot of people know this, but when I wasn’t looking, that Moses guy, you know…the burning bush story, the stone tablet, the flowing beard…well, he edited those stone tablets I gave him. For some reason he thought that ten commandments were all you would need to live by. But in my original draft there were fourteen! I had four more very important commandments.
XI. Thou shalt seek to see only the good in all things and praise it.
XII. Thou shalt not dwell in negativity and darkness, but in positivity, walking always in the light.
XIII. Thou shalt see only perfection in all things, even in moments when those things look their bleakest.
XIV. Thou shalt always express gratefulness.
Now, can you imagine how much different your world would have been had you known these four discarded commandments? It is in these four that you would have found the tranquility that was missing. In these four you would have found the peace, awareness and joy that I always wanted you to have.
And...had you known these four commandments, our little chat here today would not have been necessary!