“Man is a soul, and has a body. When he properly places his sense of identity, he leaves behind all compulsive patterns. So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law.” — Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
A friend of mine asked, “How does one get so much wisdom into 3 little sentences?” How true.
The above quote nicely ties into a Near Death Experience account by Jeff Olsen that is one of the best and most beautiful I have ever heard. He spoke at the International Association of Near Death Studies. His account begins at 3:15 during the video. Listening to the Q & A after his account presents many more insights and understandings of earth life and the spirit realm.
During his account, he mentions how clear it was at the time that this earth life is the “crazy, weird, foggy dream,” and what he experienced in the spiritual realm felt far more real. It illustrates how life is multi-dimensional, and that there is so much more going on beneath the surface and behind the scenes of this physical life. We truly are more than we think we are, and we are going through life in a sort of hypnotic dream-like state, which of course doesn’t feel dream-like until we wake up from it. Olsen stresses that we can choose how we want to experience this earth life by the manner in which we meet each moment and circumstance, especially how we respond to the inevitable adversity of human life. As we keep our minds on the bigger picture, we can tap into the gifts that are always available here and now, thereby limiting our suffering. Please enjoy this talk, and consider forwarding it to others. It can only improve the world!