I believe each person is entitled to their own system of beliefs. I may not agree with them but if they are your beliefs, I will defend your right to believe in them.
I often stop in my researches, and think How did I get here from my original thought? This blog is the result of one such conversation with my friend/editor, Julia. The conversation started out on the topic of my disbelief of the readers/pages read ratio a few nights ago. The previous night, I had the lowest number of readers, but the highest number of page reads for the month. The average reader read over 250 articles. Julia has got to know me well since I joined indiePENdents.org two years ago, and raised the question, what DID I believe?
We discussed the Biblical miracles; some I still cannot find a reason for, others range from common sense to a common scam. Was St. Peter in the con about the fishing? Any fisherman worth his salt, will tell you, you always cast in the shadows; that way it's harder to be seen.
I believe in the miracles of nature, the thought of how a tiny seed can grow into a beautiful tree, and how some things which may not in their young stage be appealing, turn into beautiful creatures after a transformation.
A lot of people class my early works as ghost stories, but I call them spiritualist stories. When I think of ghost stories, I think of scary tales; mine are about people trying to release their souls to cross the veil between this life and the afterlife. In my view, with an open mind we can tune in to the other side, the same way we tune a wireless.
To answer your first question, yes, I do believe there is an afterlife. I believe we will turn into energy, and meet in the ethereal plane.
I realise there are many frauds out there, conning people, but I believe we can contact the other side. In its basic form life is energy, energy cannot be destroyed; it can change form.
The soul/spirit is transformed into energy, with an open mind you can tune into the energy of a dead spirit. Read my stories, both are fiction based on researched facts https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32967 / http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXRTC3W or https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32491- Sea Ghosts is available on Amazon too.
When I was in the Royal Air Force, I had some experiences of despair; they were not related to not having a girlfriend, and listening to other guys talking about theirs. By this time, my philosophy had become You don't miss what you never had, and if you don't miss it, you won't chase it,and you won't find it. It could well have been this stance which prompted my Sergeant to talk to the station padre at RAF Lossiemouth, and get me sent on a course for a week to http://alsdomain.weebly.com/at-the-blogstop/amport-house . In the years since the course, I have to come to realise - too late - perhaps I should have joined the clergy, but there again, my views would have been controversial. Being of scientific mind, I tend to question things, rather than have blind faith.
I am no expert on the subject - I wish I'd had the chance to study Philosophy in college - from what I gleaned in my reading the basis is Man is not defined, but defines himself . There are exceptions, people we see in uniform, are defined by the uniform. In the main, we define ourselves.
I'll take myself as an example. You see me in the street, and you see a man, you notice my boot,which defines me as being disabled. Until I say my name, all you see is an unidentified, disabled man. On hearing my name, you identify my name with my person, it is only in further discussion, do you find out I am an award winning writer. This isn't a philosophical tenet I chose to adopt it is my basis for life http://alsdomain.weebly.com/at-the-blogstop/existentialism . We define ourselves in the main part.