By Joshua Bagby
I often hear the question asked: "If God exists, why is so much suffering allowed to happen in our world?" Many people, of course, believe that the amount
of suffering on the planet today indicates that God quit caring and took His marbles home.
There will be a similar line of questioning when postmaterial persons—'deceased' people who have passed on—can communicate with us via the SoulPhone™. People will ask why postmaterial persons (PMPs) did not issue warnings about this or that impending disaster. If it was foreseen, could not our loved ones with an expanded perception of the big picture have given us a heads up?
Maybe it's not even a disaster. Maybe it's a long-term condition, obstacle, or challenge. Why can't they—our loved ones in 'spirit'—help us make it better? Why can't they help us find a better job, point us in the direction of a better mate, or help us deal with that obnoxious neighbor? Why can't PMPs help us find better political leaders, a more effective and fair health care system, or answers to racism and sexism?
When the SoulPhone arrives (see soulphone.org) and many people know about it, there will be more interest in the operating principles by which postmaterial people conduct their communication. Are they blocked from telling us everything? Are some details off-limits to share?
One response to these questions is that we are here in the physical life to grow and learn lessons. The potential for some of what happens was perhaps pre-scripted before we incarnated. Some of what happens to us is the result of free will choosing.
Is getting answers from 'spiritual beings' like cheating on an exam? Are we not always supposed to have inside information so we're more empowered to make our own decisions? Or might we increasingly be able to merge our souls' plans with good decisions AND timely input from our 'deceased' loved ones and luminaries who want to help us and our planet?
It's said that postmaterial persons (PMPs) think differently than physical humans. They may not view certain events as tragedies as most people on earth do.
As an example, in 1894 a post-material human wrote back via automatic writing: "When the departure [death] entails material loss, as of the father who earns the money with which the family is supported, and the children are hungry, are scattered, or are sent to the poorhouse, you may think that it is hard [for us in spirit] to bear. And in one way it is. But you can have no idea of the abiding sense of the things which most impress us here. The first is the vivid realization of the love of God; the second is the exceedingly transitory nature of all earthly things; and the third, the extent to which poverty and misery minister to the creation of character, the development of love. These things make you feel very differently from what you, who are still immersed in the fever of matter, can quite understand."
What an amazing shift in perspective!
If we hear about children struggling because something horrible happened to their parents—or vice versa—it's hard not to agree that it is tragic. The same can apply to almost anything we regard as sad or disastrous. Following the news, we may respond with profound sympathy, moral outrage, and plenty of rhetoric.
It might be majorly weird for those of us on earth to chat with PMPs who may not respond to "bad news" with the same outpouring of emotion we are used to. Postmaterial people are often looking at the larger picture and a broader perspective. It may be shocking if 'deceased' parents or mates receive our pleas for help with what may seem like flippant, even unloving responses.
Our expectations may be in for a rude awakening. The SoulPhone will quite likely offer a bridge between two worlds, but they are different worlds. Those who believe their guides and 'departed' loved ones have all the answers may be quite disappointed.
It's not their job to solve all our problems with their heavenly insight. If we believe spirits are always on high alert to help, we may be disappointed at how casually they react to our problems.
It's not that they do not care or no longer love us. They just understand it's not their place to always tell us what to do.
My hope is that the SoulPhone will offer the world a greater perspective on physical life. It will take time, of course, but I like to think that our culture might dial back on how much we encourage the mentality of suffering. The more familiar we become with our eternal natures, the less popular soaking up on tales of tragedy will be.
Suffering will probably always be a part of earthly life. But as some of our popular teachers—Ram Dass, Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks, for example—have espoused, what you predominantly think is what you attract. A logical conclusion from this is that stewing in tales of misery reaps more misery.
While PMPs may be limited as to what specifics they can provide, consulting or advising will probably be permitted if the channeled literature is any example. A post-material coach could give "big picture" insights to help us deal with suffering, especially the kind created by thinking ourselves into traps and corners.
While suffering may be an inescapable part of living on earth, expanded perspectives via the SoulPhone may significantly lessen it. People may decide to create new ways of thinking and more evolved traditions. The biggest lesson we may glean is to shape our own reality with the right stuff here and now.
Joshua Bagby is a visionary writer currently residing in Oregon. He applies afterlife research to fiction and nonfiction to envision a better life for all humanity.
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