After Life Ideas – Amber Fillerup Clark

Since sharing that I’ve left the Mormon church – I’ve realized what number of of you might be in related conditions. For me, one of many scariest ideas was what to do with the after life beliefs I had beforehand held.. And I needed to share a few of my ideas from the final 12 months or so with you in case it occurs to assist anybody or spark any new concepts for your self. It is a very susceptible matter and one which in actuality, nobody is “proper” about as a result of none of us really know for positive. We are able to all maintain beliefs and think about these however none of us can inform the opposite they’re improper, solely that they don’t share the identical perception.

As a variety of you already know, the mormon church believes that households will be collectively without end. I might say it is among the principal pillars of the church is this concept of everlasting households. And if you go away mormonism you do type go, holy crap wait is it true or not? I believe what we imagine ought to actually simply be what brings us probably the most peace whereas on earth. Not in an insensitive method, however in a really literal method, none of us will care if what we believed wasn’t true as soon as we’re useless, as a result of… we shall be useless. So we simply have to have peace and luxury right here and now. I completely see how the concept of everlasting households is a implausible perception that may carry a lot peace to those that have suffered loss. I really assume it’s a very wholesome perception to hold with you so long as folks don’t lean on it as a crutch when being there for others grieving (not permitting them to correctly grieve as a result of you’ll “see them once more” so why are you continue to so unhappy sort of factor) 

I additionally actually don’t imagine that you just even have to essentially be non secular in an effort to imagine that you will notice family members once more in a heaven or in one other universe or no matter .. I believe that’s as believable as us ending up right here within the first place is. So I in the beginning don’t assume that perception must be thrown out when leaving faith if that perception nonetheless holds worth for you. There are not any guidelines with regards to these things, you are able to do it nevertheless you need. 

I used to assume it was unhappy when folks didn’t imagine in afterlife – I now don’t assume it’s unhappy in any respect, I believe it’s a really realist and sensible outlook and for some the consolation blanket of afterlife isn’t vital. And I may also see how that may make folks actually take in what we get to have right here on earth extra, embracing the finality as soon as it’s carried out. I believe for me I’ve to cling onto one thing as a result of I believe if I ever misplaced a baby or David I don’t assume I might survive with out that thought.. whether or not it’s we soar to a different universe and proceed on with life however with a brand new storyline or we reincarnate or we’re up in heaven having a flowery lil get together. 

Rosie lately introduced up reincarnation and talked about how she actually likes that concept. And was increasing on the place she would ideally prefer to go .. however she mentioned any animal or human simply not an fish 🙂 and I instructed her I believe you probably have that request the universe could make that occur! I believe there are a variety of totally different choices for afterlife and no matter makes somebody really feel peaceable, wonderful. The primary factor for me when educating my youngsters is simply to show them that nobody is “improper” .. we are able to all be open minded to different’s concepts and so long as they don’t seem to be harming others we are able to respect these beliefs and share ours as properly. Our beliefs may also shift and alter – as we take heed to others we’d hear one thing we actually love that we need to carry into our personal perception system. Actually, nothing is everlasting. 

As a variety of , David’s brother handed away about 6 years in the past, after which shortly after his dad handed. After which only recently his mother. We now have additionally had each of my grandpa’s die within the final decade or so. After which in fact Chauncey :(. We now have been lucky to be left with a variety of actually particular issues of theirs. I’ve so lots of my grandpa’s work and I maintain them on show within the house and likewise in a room upstairs the place I paint now. I do know this would possibly sound cooky however I’m 100% satisfied that the work maintain power that I merely can not clarify in any method aside from to say I completely really feel it and really feel like I’ve weirdly gotten to know him extra or really feel near him by way of the work. I even have felt his power pushing me creatively the previous 12 months.. It has felt so palpable for me that it actually obtained me desirous about power usually. We all know that power can’t be destroyed.. And we all know that we are able to *really feel* power each good and dangerous and the whole lot in between. We all know it’s there. I began to actually love the concept after we die we go away behind all of our power. Particularly in issues like artwork or something we put power into (journals, prepare dinner books that had been used, clothes, and many others).. Perhaps that is why artwork has such worth to sure folks and to not others. Perhaps we do have artwork/aesthetic preferences in fact however possibly we additionally love the power that comes with it. 

I actually imagine that we not solely go away behind power however that individuals can select to just accept the power or not. For instance after we really feel dangerous power that doesn’t imply it routinely begins seeping into us.. We both let it are available in or not. So I began like a 12 months in the past actively making an attempt to “settle for” the power left behind by our family members who’ve left. Qualities about them that I actually beloved and the fervour that they had for the issues we now have in our properties and hoping to let a few of that zeal enter my realm. It would sound foolish however I really feel like I’ve began to have deeper relationships with them even after they’re gone – like I’m able to get to know them. Which for me has been actually beautiful as a result of when David and I obtained married, his mother and pop had been on their mission in Costa Rica. Then once they obtained again, we had been dwelling in NYC and so they weren’t house for lengthy earlier than leaving on a second mission to Patagonia. In Patagonia is the place David’s dad discovered he had a mind tumor, which he died from shortly after coming house. I at all times really feel so emotional that I by no means obtained to get to know him extra, as a result of he actually simply appears so exceptional and so cool. Being open to this concept of accepting his power – the power he left behind in his movie digicam that david now makes use of, the rocks he discovered whereas touring the world as a geologist, the books he learn, the images he took. He was so artistic and adventurous and free spirited and I like with the ability to soak all that up. And David’s mother was sooooo angelic and type and affected person and artistic and such an amazing painter. I’m hoping to get a few of her portray provides so I can use these and once more hopefully have a few of her loveliness rub off on me. Ehren David’s brother was at all times thrifting and being artistic and was so enthusiastic – he beloved a very good thrifted discover and I’ve completely accepted all of his treasure looking power and love to have a look at the items he gave us that now we have on show in our house… together with so many different issues from every particular person. So many wonderful qualities we are able to tackle from our family members who’ve left us it’s so particular. 

This has additionally made me understand the significance of simply placing power into issues that may be left behind for our family members. How wonderful to have power crammed gadgets that they’ll then settle for all of our fantastic qualities and use them all through their lives. 

Anyway, I really feel like that is ending considerably abruptly however these are simply my “work in progress” ideas in the intervening time. I might love to listen to yours as properly so be at liberty to share within the feedback and please be respectful to all! Xoxoxoxo 

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