What Happens When We Die?

What happens when we die? This is a question that man has asked from the beginning of time. The fact is, of course, that there is nothing we can prove about the afterlife. However, one need only peruse the internet, watch television, or know of someone who has had a near-death experience to get anecdotal evidence that there is life after death. As I think back upon the many stories I’ve heard about near-death experiences, several things stand out to me.

First and foremost, irrespective of a person’s race, gender, culture, language, geographic location or religion, near-death experiences are almost all the same. They almost all contain clear, specific elements: a tunnel or funnel with a light at the end; a light or colors that we do not experience here; a connection to those who have died before us; a feeling of peace and/or of being “home,” and an overwhelming sense that love surrounds us and is our foundation.

As I reflect on this, I find it difficult to explain how I feel. As I’ve previously mentioned, I started The Berlack Method out of a sense of purpose and mission, and I’m writing Broadcast Your Inner Champion as a reflection of that mission. Whenever I’m asked to describe what this book is about, three words pop into my head, as if they were placed there.  The words I use to describe Broadcast Your Inner Champion are: introspection, connection, impact. I think about the stories I’ve heard about the afterlife and near-death experiences, and I realize that they confirm the messages I’ve received in my dreams. This book has the purpose to deliver the same message that those who’ve nearly died have received: we were who we were before the traumas of this life touched us. The stories confirm for me that our journey will bring us home as we remember who we truly are, spirits of love and light connected in ways we don’t understand. They confirm for me that no matter what we call God in this lifetime, and even if we don’t call Him at all, He is there with us as we journey home to ourselves, and we experience Him as Peace and Love.

The stories that people see their deceased loved ones when they “cross over” remind me that we are connected to everyone, past, present and future, and that our experience is only linear and time-bound here on Earth. I’m reminded that our connection to one another is rooted in Love and Peace, and it makes me feel embarrassed that I’ve ever wasted time arguing about politics, race, religion, who’s right or wrong, etc. Because in the end, when we’re all together again and feel ourselves connected to our source of Love, I have the sense that we’ll all share a good laugh at what we didn’t know as earthly beings.  And we’ll laugh again at how right we thought we were.

So what happens when we die?  I have not had a near-death experience.  I cannot tell you that I saw what’s on the other side.  But as I sit here typing this, I can tell you without a doubt that I can feel what happens when we cross over.  I’m convinced that we do not spend this life discovering our identities, but we spend our lives remembering.  I’m convinced that when we fully remember, we cross over and go home.

But I suppose until that question is answered, the real question is: what happens when we live?  Do we have to have a near-death experience to remember who we are?  Do we have to see our old loved ones to know that we’re connected?  Do we have to travel a tunnel of light and come back to Earth to know that our connection brings responsibility?  I say no.  I pray that if this book does anything for you, dear reader, it brings you to the three words that echo in my mind: introspection, connection, impact.  I pray that it inspires you in much the same way that near-death experiences have inspired those who’ve lived them.

Remember who you are.  Know that you are connected to all and rooted in Peace and Love.  Live your life as if you know what happens when you die, and that what happens is fantastic in a way that words can’t describe.  And before you go home again, take that Peace and Love inside you and give it to all around you.  Even if you disagree about their politics, their views on sex or if they profess a different religion.  Even if they don’t look like you.  Even if they call God by another name.  Even if you say you loathe them.  Give it, and give it abundantly.  Because your Peace and Love will be replenished when you come back home.  Prayerfully, I’ll see you there, and take my fill of the same.

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