What exactly lies on the other side? What happens to us, or our souls, after death? Is there even an other side or is it just something we hope for so our death doesn't frighten us into knowing it is just the end?
All very sound questions. I, myself, have been raised Catholic and still practice my faith today. O.K., maybe not as much as I should but I do. I raise my children Catholic. So it is our belief that basically if you follow God's laws your soul goes to heaven. A place of infinite wisdom, glory, and happiness. To be perfectly honest it is hard to keep my faith, especially during times of distress and seeing all the horror in the world today. But yet I still cling onto it. Why? Is it out of hope or fear? Or is it basically because it has been embedded into me over the years? That is a soul search I need to do on my own.
There are many other faiths and practices out there in the world. I don't feel the need to list them all. I am sure you are aware of them. The one basic principle in all of them is that our souls, or energy as some refer to, do pass on in some shape or form. Think about certain incidents in your lives that you can't really explain. A familiar fragrance that you smell for no reason or maybe a feeling that someone is with you when you are alone. Maybe there was a very dark time in your life that for some odd reason, something or someone gave you a sign not to give up. We try to create logical reasons for these incidences or simply blow them off. But they linger with us because we just can't explain them. Are we just grasping at straws or are these little signals being sent to give us reassurance. I'd like to think the latter one is true.
In the end we just really don't know for sure and it is that exact mystery that keeps us intrigued. We rely on our faith. But the one thing about faith is that you believe in something that you physically can't see or touch. So sometimes our faith weakens or gets corrupted by the ways of the world.
I hope there is an other side. I hope I am living a life that will get me there. I hope I get to be reunited with my loved ones in a place of comfort and joy. I hope I keep my faith. Maybe I should stop hoping and start believing, have a strong conviction towards my faith. We all hope that there is something better than this, that there is something more than this. Maybe if all of us practiced our faiths more and had stronger convictions that better place would start being here.