The Egg – A short story of life and death.

I normally don’t publish others’ work, but this short story brought tears to my eyes. I hope it does the same to you.

By: Andy Weir

You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup,” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.

You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.

“What about them?”

“Will they be all right?”

“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”

“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”

“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”

You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”

“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”

“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.

“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”

“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”

“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You said.

“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”

“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”

“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?”

“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”

“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.

I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”

“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”

“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”

You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”

“All you. Different incarnations of you.”

“Wait. I’m everyone!?”

“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.

“I’m every human being who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

You thought for a long time.

“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”

“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”

“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”

“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

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11 Signs Your Soul Has Reincarnated Many Times

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When we understand reincarnation as the maturation process, or evolution, of soulful energy, it follows that some of us have intuitively experienced different things in our lives that reflect on the age of the energy known as our souls.  It is commonly believed that many of our personal characteristics, experiences and capabilities in this life reflect on whether we have lived before on earth.  It is thought that the more we mature, the more gifted we are in certain areas of life and the more frequently we have ‘spiritual’ experiences.

1.  Recurring Dreams

Dreams are reflections of the unconscious mind, and while repetitive dreams may sometimes signify trauma, fear or issues that your brain is trying to process (“unfinished business”), repetitive dreams can also potentially be reflections of past life experiences.  Many people claim to have experienced certain events, seen particular people or gone to specific places frequently in their dreams that feel very familiar, and somehow recognizable.  For example, I often have recurring dreams of a 15th century castle that I have a distinct feeling of knowing very well, yet I have neverseen or been to this castle before in waking life.

 2.  Out-of-place Memories

There are many recorded instances of young children who have out-of-place memories that later prove to be oddly accurate in detail.  While out-of-place memories could be due to simple fantasies, misunderstandings or an incongruency in the ability to remember, there is mounting evidence that suggests out-of-place memories could reveal connections to past lives.

3.  You Have a Strong Intuition

Intuition is the ability to balance the conscious and unconscious mind and to tap into our deeper wellsprings of primal wisdom and innate knowledge.  It is said that the more we soulfully mature, the more we are closer to returning to the ‘source’ (known also as nirvana, eternity, oneness) from which our Souls come from, and from which the collective unconscious  – a body of universal knowledge – exists.

4.  Déjà vu

We’ve all experienced déjà vu before at some point in our lives.  It’s that bizarre feeling that somehow we have already experienced or lived a moment in time before.  Often déjà vu comes spontaneously, and is triggered by smells, sounds, sights, tastes and various other sensations.  While some claim that déjà vu is a neurological dissonance, others claim that déjà vu reflects the possibility of other dimensions (i.e. parallel universes), and still others believe it is revealing of past life experience.

5.  You’re an Empath

Empaths absorb the emotions, and in some instances the physical pains, of those around them literally empathizing, or directly feeling and experiencing what others experience.  In this article about Empaths I go into greater depth about this unique breed of people.  While identifying as an Empath and absorbing the emotions of others could be seen in some instances as a psychological form of avoidance to bypass one’s own problems and pin the blame on others, in other genuine cases it can be seen as a sign of a soul that has undergone many previous reincarnations and has refined to the point of transcending the individual self and it’s problems, extending to others as well.

6.  Precognition

Also known as ‘future sight’ or ‘second sight’, precognition is the ability to obtain information about future events that isn’t usually available.  Precognition can be experienced through visions, physical sensations and feelings as well as in dreams.  While considered quasi-scientific by some, to others precognition is a very real experience and could indicate the maturation of soulful energy.

7.  Retrocognition

You probably guessed it!  Retrocognition is the opposite of the above precognition, and refers to the ability to obtain information not usually available about past events.  These past events could be in your own lifetime, or sometime in the distant past.  Of course, retrocognition unlike precognition is not easy to prove or verify, however, for those who have genuinely experienced it (and have been able to honestly verify it), this ability could also be a sign of soulful reincarnation.

8.  You Feel Older Than Your Age Reflects

Some people are perpetually “young at heart” even into their later lives, and in the same manner,  some people just seem to have been born with “Old Souls”.  The experience of feeling older than your age reflects is commonly associated with having reincarnated many times over and this is echoed in the “Soul Age” theory where there is a certain progression of soulful development: from Infant Souls, to Awakened Souls.  For example: if you have reincarnated few times on earth, this would be reflected in the age of your energy, and in this life you will display many primitive and child-like characteristics.  If, however, your soulful energy has reincarnated many times over, you will display many matured and wizened characteristics (such as the ones mentioned in this article).  If you feel older than your age reflects you might be a Mature or Old Soul.  You can read more about Old Souls in depth here.

9.  You Have a Great Affinity for Certain Cultures/Time Periods/Environments

It is said that having a great, unexplainable attraction for certain cultures or time periods is a kind of past life “residue” reminiscent of a certain place, culture or environment that your soul may have experienced in past lives.  For instance, you may have an inexplicable affinity to Asian culture, Celtic artifacts, or the 19th century.

10.  Unexplainable Fears or Phobias

As touched on in the last point, many believe that certain memories or experiences can pass on or leave “residues” in our childhoods and adulthood’s from past lives.  Whether this is true, or is simply a form of problem bypassing, many believe that we can experience the echoes of past traumas in our own lifetimes in the form of unexplainable fears and phobias.  Examples can include:  the fear of drowning, the fear of certain types of animals, the fear of certain places, the fear of particular numbers, colors, objects, and so forth.

11.  You Feel as Though this Earth Is Not Your Home

The yearning to find your ‘home’ can be seen as a reflection of the desire to return back to the source (oneness, consciousness, divinity).  Many people feel this yearning to be reminiscent of an athlete running a long race and longing to reach the ‘finish line’.  In the same manner, Souls that have reincarnated many times over express this basic need for finally completing the cycle and returning home.  Feeling that this earth is not your home is often accompanied by chronic feelings of tiredness and wariness for life on earth.

What if reality and dreams are reversed?

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Just a question to all out there. I was sitting here earlier, and thinking to myself. What if when you die, you wake up? This took me to another question I pondered. What if the reality that you live is a dream, and when you sleep, and go into your dreams, that is the real reality of your being?

That is to say, we “wake up” every morning, from our sleep, and dreams to our “reality”. But what if this “reality” is actually a dream, fictitious, not real. So we wake up, live our mundane lives, do our mundane jobs, and tasks. When we go back to bed, and drift into sleep, and begin our “dreams” – that, those dreams are our lives – we just don’t remember when we come back into our “reality” what we “dreamt/lived”. Kind of like how it is hard to remember your dreams.

Does this make sense to anyone?

Religion and Spirituality

▪ Religion is not just one, there are many.
▪ Spirituality is one.

▪ Religion is for those who sleep.
▪ Spirituality is for those who are awake.

▪ Religion has a set of dogmatic rules.
▪ Spirituality invites us to reason about everything, to question everything.

▪ Religion threatens and frightens.
▪ Spirituality gives inner peace

▪ Religion represses everything which is false.
▪ Spirituality transcends everything, it brings you closer to your truth.

▪ Religion speaks of a God; It is not God.
▪ Spirituality is everything and therefore, it is in God.

▪ Religion does not tolerate any question.
▪Spirituality questions everything.

▪ Religion is the cause of divisions.
▪Spirituality unites.

▪ Religion is looking for you to believe.
▪ Spirituality you have to look for it to believe

▪ Religion lives in thought.
▪ Spirituality lives in Inner Consciousness.

▪ Religion makes us renounce the world to follow a God.
▪ Spirituality makes us live in God.

▪ Religion lives in the past and in the future.
▪ Spirituality lives in the present.

▪ Religion makes us believe in eternal life.
▪ Spirituality makes us aware of Eternal Life.

How Turmeric Helped Me be calmer – yes yellow powder.

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After much research, countless nights sleep-less, and a willingness to venture into the spiritual realm, I stumbled upon some information regarding this yellow powder – referred to as turmeric power. It has many names throughout many dialects, but one thing is clear, this natural herb has some magical properties.

I knew of turmeric powder, from people using it to cover their faces with, to clear the skin, and make the skin extra glossy, or vibrant. What I didn’t know was that turmeric is actually an antioxidant. What’s an antioxidant? An antioxidant is a substance that counteracts aging. It is also a painkiller – like Tylenol.

What surprised me was the spiritual properties that was associated with it, reaching far back to the East Indians, and Asian cultures. So what have I been doing? Take this powder, and make it into a paste, preferably with filtered water. You really don’t need much at all, probably less than a tea spoon of the powder, mixed with the same amount of water, and mix it gently with your fingers. After some time it will become a paste. You take this paste and rub it across your forehead, all over. Just make sure to cover your forehead well, not too much, not too little, and add an extra bit to the center of your forehead – where your third eye is – between the two eye brows. Keep it on for about 45 minutes, and wash off. Warning, it will leave a stain, so be careful of the towel you’re using to dry off. Hopefully its yellow!

What is this supposed to do? Well, my research has shown from personal testimonials, that after about 30 days of doing this (for someone who is approx. 30 years of age), it will decalcify your third eye, in turn, will help open your third eye even more. With this are some ancient teachings and testimonials from normal every day people. You see, over time, your third eye chakra, becomes calcified, from many things through your life, but especially the chemical called fluoride

Define Fluoride: sodium fluoride or another fluorine-containing salt added to water supplies or toothpaste in order to reduce tooth decay.

Can you image how many years you have been brushing your teeth with fluoride invested toothpaste? Even the water (in most western countries) contain added fluoride. From the water you drink, to the showers you take – it’s full of it.

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In turn, over the years, this fluoride calcifies you third eye. You’re eye is actually more open and ready for spiritual wakefulness when your younger, rather than older due to this.

My feelings and practices of this decalcifying process has really helped me. I remember the first night I did this, and actually just went to bed without wiping it off (not really a good idea, as it totally yellows out everything near you). I woke up the next morning, with a different sense of feeling, and a more openness and awareness to the world around me. I remember driving to work that next morning feeling oddly refreshed, but oddly observant of everything happening around me. It was as if the colours of everything around me, from the green of the grass to the cars driving by, just popped more. It was definitely weird – but in a good way.

Over this last month, as I’ve continued this practice before going to bed, I’ve really noticed myself as a more calmer person (even though my meditation routine is really not happening right now as the way I would like it). I’ve for some reason, noticed myself being more passionate about situations, and people, and trying to understand the other side of things or how others may be thinking, and their logic. I’ve been able to stay more calm, in heated situations, and not just react like I may have normally done. It has kept me more grounded, calmer, and honest with myself.

I urge anyone out there reading this to please give it a try. If you are approx. 30-40 years of age, do it for 30 days straight, and you will decalcify your third eye completely. Added meditation will for sure intensify thisprocess.

Until next time, this is Kosmik.

 

Finding Your Passion

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Recently, I have been trying to follow my passion. But you know what’s harder than following it? Finding it in the first place.

I’ve been trying to branch out and find the alternatives and the hobbies I used to have and enjoy. I have always been a junkie for Electronic Dance Music. I used to DJ back in the day, and even produced a couple of tracks and remixes, and put them onto iTunes, back in the day. Ah, the all too familiar, “back in the day”. People used to ask me, “why did you stop?” I always had some lame excuse on “oh work” or “not enough time”. Which in the end, all really was nothing. To this day, I still miss it, so I took up on purchasing some new equipment recently, and just trying to get back into the groove of things, and trying to have some fun. Spark something.

More than anything though. I would really like to do some sort of online content, other than this blog of course. But…finding my passion, seems harder, and I am a bit at lost of what I really enjoy, or would love doing, not just as a hobby, but to eventually flower into a career and forget the archaic 9 to 5 job.

I know it will take me some time, but I have been brainstorming some ideas. Around the things that interest me, one which is producing or mixing music. To even streaming, creating a podcast, to doing influential videos on youtube. I hope to find my way.

Has any one else had trouble finding your passion? And then sticking by it? What helped you? Leave some comments, and I’d love to read them.

Breaks

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Recently, I took a little trip out of the city, actually out of the country to get away with a friend. My life at home had not been the best, with constant worry about my wife, my newborn and an over possessing mother in law. She had been living with us for about 5 months now, with my newly born son, and things were, lets say, getting to me.

I just needed to get away, not from my responsibilities, but needed a break from the house environment. I went away with a friend, if only for 3 days, and now back, I do feel completely refreshed. Mind you, the mother in law is now back at her home, which I would be lying, if i didn’t say, helps. Regardless though, it got me thinking of why breaks away, in general are beneficial for every person.

This is more of an explorative post, rather than the traditional ramblings of your one and only. I know why breaks can be important, but why does it still help, when you can still come back to the same situation, yet feel different, maybe less irritated then when you left? Should it not be the same? Suppose not! Perhaps you’ve broken the negative energy in which you created the atmosphere of when you were in those negative moods. Perhaps the break, literally breaks you of those energies and tendencies – brings you back more neutral, and ready to take it on.

I’d love to hear some comments on what breaks have done for you!