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Beyond the Gates of Death
by Bonnie Moss (c) 2012 March


Does Death come without warning?

Edgar Cayce expressed it best -in a trance, the psychic stated, ".. with error entered that is 
called death, which is only a transition or through God's other door into that realm where the 
entity has built, in its manifestations as related to the knowledge and activity respecting the 
law of the universal influence."

Dying is a process which begins before the soul takes leave of the body and in fact begins 
before any illness, accident, or happening which may cause physical death..Harvey A. Green

In sleep, the soul travels to realms outside the physical and material world. A time comes 
when in these travels, the spirit/soul departs in preparation of moving past this earthly life. 
It is a time when the soul travels between the two worlds-the earthly realm and the realm 
beyond. Death is an inevitable part of being born. In youth when life is full of dreams and 
health is excellent, who ponders death? Yet- in a moment, death can come knocking.

No one really knows what lies beyond death. It is all speculation as to how and what the 
realm beyond is like.There are no verifiable evidence of a dead person coming back to this 
life to share a glimpse, if that, of what life is after death. Contact with those who passed on 
are all based on personal experience, some are conducted at seance, where a medium 
claims the uncanny ability to make contact with those who are supposedly in the other realm. 

There are volumes of books written about specific evidence that there is life beyond the gates 
of death. Religious or social beliefs, teachings, culture or tradition has not presented a concrete 
evidence of life after death. There are those who do not believe there is life beyond. Death is the 
end. These can only be subject to argument- they can neither be proved or disproved. 

A  transition zone
Death is a mystery. More mysterious is the question where do the dead go? Is there a life after 
death? What do us, living humans know about death? Is there such a place where life goes 
on after death in a totally different realm?  Death is the end of a physical, material existence. 
There is a popular belief that at death, the dying person sees a playback of his /her life - success, 
failure, mistakes, relationships, a total sum of what their life was all about.

Rudolph Steiner writes :our transition after death is like stepping into our own thoughts where 
we have existed all along.This is an inward step, so small, so natural; yet from a material 
perspective, it is so abrupt, and so extreme. At the moment of change some are completely 
aware of what is happening, some are only partly aware, and yet others are totally unaware. 
Ultimately we meet and greet our own death with the same awareness and attention to detail 
we gave to our experiences in life.

The transition zone is a place where the soul/spirit goes immediately after dying.This is a 
spiritual dimension where the soul gets a chance to adjust to what is beyond the physical death. 
This is believed to help the soul  who is crossing over,  avoid confusion and minimize the shock 
of dying as the soul enters a different realm and dimension. For some, it can be a hellish 
experience, but a temporary one. There are those who do not realize they died and passed on 
to another realm.It is like a dreamstate, where a dreamer is transported to a world not 
consistent with their waking reality.

Spiritual perspective of death
Some of us are afraid of death. It is human nature to cling on to life. Medical breakthrough 
makes it possible to prolong life. There are many cases where such measures are futile, the 
physical body becomes a prison. Yet- no one knows when the Grim Reaper will come calling. 
Life does have its ups and downs. Torment can plague a person in its very core. When it is too 
much to bear, a person commits suicide. Accidents have claimed many lives. Death is a road 
to one destination for all of mankind. What awaits us in that realm?

Is there a reality beyond death? Edgar Cayce and Rudolph Steiner believe there 
is a realm beyond the gates of death.While on earth, our reality is outwards. We clutter our lives, 
we develop attitudes that can be harmful. We stay further away from an inner reality, a spiritual 
perspective. Upon death, as the soul leaves the physical body, it reflects on the the physical 
realm inwardly. These are the memories, relationships, activities and the clutter stored within 
which seem prominent at the first stage of dying. 

In death, one steps into one's thoughts, seemingly a small, natural step, yet from a material 
standpoint, it is extreme and abrupt. In time, the soul/spirit's attention finds a different 
focus. For those who receive prayers from loved ones on earth, this is a time when it is 
needed the most.

The borderland
Some writers refer to a realm, the borderland, found at the outer edge of the mental realms, 
where all the material aspect of life is manifest in its purest state. It is believed that the soul 
who gets here in this realm is definitely aware of a change, or awakening. Senses are sharper 
and more sensitive.The soul/spirit finds its true being. In this realm, one feels like one just 
emerged from a hazy daze.The surroundings are familiar- places, faces of people you've known 
who passed on before you, some  unknown souls who may have shared some connection on earth.

The borderland is where a detailed review of one's earthly life occurs, with clarity that was 
obscured while on earth. Rudolph Steiner notes that there are beings around who 
provide protection from getting immersed in this emotional state and confusion. There is no 
limitation imposed by time or space in this realm, but this review process is gradual. This 
provides the healing that is needed. This process allows the soul to move on. There are  
regions in the valley of death where the departed travel as they ascend to the Eternal Light.
There are Beings of Light who have always been around in that realm by their choice 
to provide guidance.

Death is indeed a celebration of life. Beyond its door  is a good place- where illness, violence,
anger, hatred and other negative human traits are not known to exist.There are souls who 
need to work on negative traits while on earth.

There is a belief that some souls/spirits choose to stay in solitude for undetermined length.There 
are souls/spirits who choose to be earthbound. There are others who choose to re-incarnate and 
plan their next life on earth. Edgar Cayce predicted that he will be back on earth in 200 years. 

Gifted individuals, mystics and psychics, who have a second sight or insight into life beyond the 
grave share their beliefs on what lies beyond the gates of death. These thoughts help to diminish 
the fear of dying and it is refreshing to have a glimpse of what awaits in the realm of eternity.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul, he leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil for you are with me. 

Ref mat: research of Harvey Green -Life and Death, the Pilgrimage of the Soul
 Edgar Cayce
Rudolph Steiner 
Emanuel Swedenborg- Heaven and Hell
Harinder S Sandhu life

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