I was getting ready for bed, winding down and finishing responding to a few e-mails when Dom, a buddy from all the way on the other side of the world sends me a message on Facebook.
Dom: I am still thinking about the whole afterlife thing, on whether it’s just Heaven or purgatory
Misty: Honestly, I don’t believe in Hell. I think the afterlife is a composite of your beliefs while on earth. So in other words, the same way you have the power to shape your reality with your mind (thoughts) while you are alive, you shape it thusly while still in this form for the so called ‘afterlife.’ And why can we not see it simply as a continuation of life? We are just in non-corporeal form, changed from one dimension to another, but that does not mean they can’t coexist.
Dom: It reminds me of a Cuba Gooding Jr. I saw once, “What Dreams May Come.” So maybe the journey goes on in the afterlife as a continuation of life’s trials fitting in with the elevation stuff.
Misty: I see no divisions between the living and the dead; it is just a matter of perceptions and perspective.
Dom: So when you speak of elevation, it means what to you?
Misty: To give spirits energy so they can continue to move on wherever they need to evolve. (My mind here starts to wonder…Hopefully it is positive evolution and nor de-evolution).
Dom: So eventually they could become almost Ocha?
Misty: No sure about that. What if they become Budha?
Dom: or reincarnate?
Misty: In a cow?
Dom: I see you are being playful. You seem very practical, not sticking to a strict cosmology or anything.
Misty: Kardec is great, but there is no need to be dogmatic. Spirit is fluid, spirit evolves and we have to evolve our knowledge of the spirit world as well. We should not be constrained by dogma when it comes to spirit.
Dom: I once said that spirituality was something existing beyond religion. Religion is an interpretation or framework. Is the bóveda the best way to get in touch with spirit guides?
Misty: The bóveda has worked for me, but so does sitting under a tree and meditating. It is all tools to focus the mind and ritual spaces. Ritual tools and spaces get separated from the daily routine and become our place of communion and communication.
Dom gives me his permission to reproduce our conversation, taking a silly joke or two out, it can’t all be serious debate and laughter also makes one’s soul happy.
Ok I think now it is really time to go now and get my second shift started. Yes, I do like to close my eyes and open my mind for those spirits of mine who like to do dream work. I have been particularly missing my grandmother, maybe she will drop by in my dreams tonight.
Oní Yemayá Achagbá