You guys keep asking tough questions. This one revolves around punishment in the afterlife. It seems a lot of people are upset that there might not be punishment after we die.
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Now that you're here at grifter growth, I like to ask you to do three things. The first thing is to make sure that you like click Notifications, and subscribe to make sure you get updates for my YouTube channel. Also, if you'd like to support me financially, you can support me through my tip jar at grief to growth.com. That's grief, the number two growth.com/tip jar or look for tip jar at the very top of the page, or buy me a coffee at the very bottom of the page, and you can make a small financial contribution. The third thing I'd like to ask is to make sure you share this with a friend through all your social media, Facebook, Instagram, whatever. Thanks for being here. Close your eyes and imagine what are the things in life that causes the greatest pain, the things that bring us grief, or challenges, challenges designed to help us grow to ultimately become what we were always meant to be. We feel like we've been buried. But what if like a seed we've been planted, and having been planted, who grow to become a mighty tree. Now, open your eyes, open your eyes to this way of viewing life. Come with me as we explore your true infinite, eternal nature. This is brief to growth. And I am your host, Brian Smith. Everybody wanted to make another short video answering a question I get a lot from the MBE videos, you guys ask you don't ask easy questions, but I'm going to I'm going to take them on. So I may not know the answers, but I've always got an opinion. So this one comes from someone who talked about they just missed the fact of an NDA, I think it was John Davis's and V and the E. Because there was no talk of sometimes people say it because there's no talk of God or Jesus. And then in the experiences, they miss it, but also because there's no talk of punishment. And the thing is this person actually even used the word retribution, you know, why is there any retribution in this video, so therefore, I dismiss it. So I want to talk about the idea of punishment, what we can learn from the NBe about punishment, when we think we can learn from the end by just using our common sense, etcetera. So the first thing is this idea of punishment, the idea that we should be punished in the afterlife for the deeds that we've committed here. And people like to bring up the name of Hitler. And I was like, what is going to be like for Hitler? What was it like for Hitler when, when he crossed over and what his life review be like things like things of that nature. So if you believe in punishment, if you believe there's punishment, while you're in there for things, we like to bring up the worst possible people. The fact is, most of us are not Hitler, we'll we'll address that in a minute. But most of us are not Hitler. Most of us are not Mother Teresa, we're somewhere in between. There's a great show I loved it was on NBC called The Good Place. And the whole thing was about people going to heaven or going to hell. And they kind of looked at this idea of the fact is binary choice. So that was taught as a child, that it's either eternal bliss or eternal punishment, and they're like most of us are medium. Most of most of us are not deserving of eternal punishment, most of us are not deserving of eternal bliss, if anybody's is deserving of eternal bliss, but what would it take to be worthy of eternal punishment. Now, the way I was raised the way I grew up, it was just being born. The fact that you inherited Adams original sin, the fact that you were born into this world made you worthy of punishment, eternal punishment, being held and kept alive for eternity being punished. And I believe this comes from the idea back in the ancient days, that the worst, the higher the level, the higher the station, the person that you offended, the worse the punishment would be. So if God is the ultimate high of good, then that means literally anything that we do any sin as Christians teaches is the same, and any sin is worthy of eternal punishment. So let's think about the scan. Let's go back to Hitler. And let's go back to let's say that you were meeting at punishment for Hitler. Now, he was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. So let's say you torture Hitler for a while you torture him, right? You're going to literally take the guy and torture him. How long would you do that? How would you would you torture? Would it be a year? 10 years? 20 years? A million years? Is there ever a point in time when that not punishment would be enough, but it will fill up what what should have been his punishment? And when we think about the idea of eternal hell, and you think about it, most of us get are not Hitler. So are we can we ever do anything worthy of that? So
the people that bring up this question about punishment are typically people frankly, who are Christians or who believe in some sort of eternal hell and they don't like the end because it doesn't really teach that. So let's talk about what it does teach. Okay, so does it mean that we all go to eternal bliss and we just skip out on any bad things we might have done here? There's a lot of enlightened indeed indicate that that is not the case. There's something called a life review. And this is more than just sitting down. And having the movies of your life around your head. This is actually love. Sometimes people say literally living through every moment of your life over again, from your perspective, and the perspective of the people around you and feeling the pain that you cause. And Peter panagora talks about how painful this experience can actually be. So as a person who studied the nd E. And as a person who doesn't believe in hell, or eternal punishment, I do live my life in terms of how my life review is going to be. And I believe from studying the nd e that the life review is a self inflicted punishment, if you will. Let's look at a couple of other things from the end. And I'm going to give you a couple of examples. A guy named Howard storm, who was an avowed atheist who had an MD and a guy named Dr. Rajiv party, who was also an atheist and had an NDA. And both of these NDAs had a hellish experience. Now, it's interesting because most nd E's don't a few do, some percentage of people do experience a homeless type experience. But what I've noticed about pretty much all those that people that have these experiences is their their short periods of time that they're in this hellish like state. And as soon as they're ready to leave, as soon as they call for help, they're taken out. That was the case with Howard storm. That was also the case with Dr. Party. And I've heard of other ones like this. There's, if you look at the movie, no solaar, or astral city, which is based on the book by Chico Javier, that experience the guy talks about seems to be almost like a purgatory. But the guy goes to this place where there is some sort of torment, but it's only until the person decides that they're ready to leave that state, and they're taken out. So there does seem to be some indication that there might be some sort of punishment in the afterlife or some sort of levels. For example. Swedenborg talks about levels. And it sounds like we kind of like when we leave the body, we go to like a higher level, we're taken up by angels. But people that aren't really ready for those levels,
it's actually kind of painful for them. And they slowly work their way down to a level where they're comfortable. And that it's not really a form of punishment, they're not put in a place where they don't want to be they're just they're really uncomfortable at the higher places. And they kind of work their way down to a place where they do feel like they're around people around energy, like they're more, more in line with. So those are kind of my thoughts on or those are my thoughts on on punishment. And I would ask you, if you're, if you're really upset about a lack of punishment, and ask yourself why that is? Do you feel like you need punishment to keep you being a good person? I sure hope not, I want to be good. I want to be a good person, for the sake of being a good person. And the other thing that, you know, that comes up a lot of times when we talk about punishment is this idea of soul planning a life plan. And you'll say, Well, if you are designed, if you plan to be a murderer, if you plan to be a Hitler, then you shouldn't be punished. And that makes some sense to me. I don't know that. So planning goes that level, if anybody really comes here, planning to do bad things, here's what I do know. There are different levels of reality. And there's different rules for different levels, right. So on this level, doing bad things to people is not a good thing to do. It's not It's never a good thing, for example, to torture the innocent, to torture babies. That's not something that's good on any level. So we could say maybe, at a certain level, the idea of good and evil dissolves, and everything's just an experience. But while we learn Earth, we have rules to live by. I know that my role here is to do as much good as possible, and to do as little harm as possible. That's my sole plan. I can't worry about what other people's soul plans are, I cannot be responsible for what other people's plans are. So it's not my business, what happens to Hitler or somebody like that, it's maybe kind of fun to speculate. But I'm also not going to go out and do bad things for the NCAA. Well, that's just part of my plan. And the thing about this planning is we all have to live as though there is freewill. We all have to live as though there are decisions, even if we may be here to play a role. For example, I got up this morning, I decided to put on this shirt. Now was that predestined? Was that something that I had no choice in, but sure felt like I had a choice. I feel like I could have put on another shirt. And that's the way I have to live my life. So as I go through this world, as I look at what my purposes here, as I look at what my soul plan is, I'm trying to reach what I consider to be a higher level of consciousness. And that involves not harming others, whether there's punishment waiting for me for that or not. So I would encourage you also as you live your life, to live your life with according to what you think that your soul plan is. And I don't know that anybody really believes that the soul plan is to do evil. So those are my thoughts based upon what I've discovered from studying the nd into certain studying other sources. And also as you think about, you know, the proportionality of justice. That's something I think is very important in human terms. So when you think about return will torment. If you knew of someone on earth that was doing that if you knew of a judge, for example, that every person that came to them, they had the discretion, they gave the death penalty you were you were speeding, we're gonna give you the death penalty. You steal a piece of candy, we're gonna give you a death penalty. That's kind of what the idea of eternal hell was like, that's exactly what it's like. It's like one punishment no matter what if you even believe in that sort of punishment. So I hope that helps keep the questions coming. I'll keep trying to answer them and have a great day
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Grief Guide | Life Coach | Consultant
Brian Smith is a certified life coach, a grief guide, and a small business consultant. Brian's mission is to help others by sharing lessons he has learned from decades of experience and study.
Brian became well acquainted with grief in 2015 after the sudden passing of his fifteen-year-old daughter Shayna. After Shayna's passing, Brian felt his life was over. He had to learn to survive for the sake of his wife, Tywana, and their daughter, Kayla. Brian has studied the nature of life and death and how to progress through grief.
In his grief work, Brian provides a safe space where you can safely share what you are experiencing. Brian shares techniques that he discovered and developed after his devastating loss. Perhaps most importantly, he can help you understand that death is not goodbye and that your relationship with your loved one can continue. His understanding is not a religious-based belief, but a position arrived at based on reason and evidence.
Shortly after Shayna transitioned, Brian discovered Helping Parents Heal, a non-profit peer-to-peer support group for parents of children who have passed. Brian volunteers with Helping Parents Heal and is a leader of the Helping Parents Heal Online group. Brian has worked with hundreds of parents who have lost children. Brian is a member of the Board for Helping Parents Heal. He volunteers for the SoulPhone foundation.
Brian is on the board of the SoulPhone Foundation and Helping Parents Heal. Brian is the author of "Grief 2 Growth: Planted. Not Buried." He is the host of the Grief 2 Growth podcast. You can find Brian at www.grief2growth.com.