exploring self-realization, sacred personhood, and full humanity
The Dark Realms
Mandated Solitude and Introspection,
a temporary detention and time-out
We cannot forever evade our true selves, the hushed whisperings deep within, the sacred destiny, a heritage of having been "made in the image"; we cannot avoid, but only delay, a requirement to vivify one's spirit, to grow in consciousness, to enter self-realization, to unfold the soul, to evolve as a sentient being, to love ourselves, to choose life – but, most of all, the great imperative, in this world and the next, to explore sacred personhood, to become fully human, to claim birthright, to advance as mature sons and daughters of Mother-Father God.
Editor's Note: This article is part of a series; see the 8 link-icons below - each is best reviewed within a wide corpus of knowledge. My research, for 55 years, attempts to get at what's real and true. Concerning priority of the topics, there's a song-lyric, "love changes everything" - so it is with the scientific evidence of the afterlife; its reality changes everything.
time out! - sentenced to detention, a mandated season to recall who we are and what's really important
Every day was as the one just spent. Every day he would sit on the shore of the island Ogygia, thinking of his wife Penelope, wishing to return home. Every day he mourned and wept for his lost love.
But Calypso had taken Odysseus prisoner and refused to grant him leave.
READ MORE on the adventures of Odysseus and Penelope
escaping old ideas is the hardest part of learning something new
The greatest impediment, it seems to me, in presenting and discussing an emotive topic such as "Hell" becomes that of shedding entrenched, preconceived ideas - the "cultural baggage" - the stories we were told by grandma, local clergyman, and second-grade teacher.
The very word "Hell," juicing the fear of death, immediately sends us on a skewed course; the blood pressure starts to rise, and a faint nausea sets in. We want to change the subject.
Everyone - without knowledge - is afraid of this word, a bravado of denials, notwithstanding. "Hell," so laden with many centuries of fear-based misunderstanding, must be forthrightly addressed, clearly defined and labeled, in light of "the scientific evidence for the afterlife."
The subject of "Hell" is best studied as part of a holistic view of life's meaning. As such, I've made it an integral unit of "the seven" articles, vital information for you to negotiate this world and the next.
As you will discover, as I will help you to see, there is no everlasting hell-fire; no eternal punishment of any kind; no condemning angry God. The universe doesn't work that way.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Last Judgment Portal (c.1230): The Damned
Editor's note: Consider this chain-gang of "The Damned," a sad procession led by furry-suited demons. What a tawdry display of manipulation of the fear of death. For many centuries, Despotic Ecclesia has sought to control the rabble with horrific tales of woe, of the sort etched-in-stone here.
Dante's "Comedy" is famous for its "abandon hope all ye who enter here," but, overall, it actually has a message worth knowing about.
Special note: The "Divine Comedy" helped to popularize the error that suicides are more evil than most. See the above "7th circle of hell."
Written in the early 1300s, "The Comedy" became a classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Afterlife.” More than other works or even official ecclesiastical doctrine, the epic poem would come to define Western civilization’s images of hell, purgatory, and heaven, influencing the popular imagination even today. But, once we get passed the draconian mythology, we find a good deal of wisdom.
“O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall? … Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge.” Dante Alighieri, "The Comedy"
The Mandated Solitude and Introspection
Let's start this investigation by getting rid of the word "Hell"; at least, neutering and declawing it.
Bereft of ideas to inspire and uplift, when there is no cogent reasoning, no thoughtful discussion based on the merits, Big Religion has always opted for tactics of threat and intimidation.
The popular concept of an "eternal Hell-fire" is a fairy-tale, a total fabrication, a propaganda tool.
The reality is utterly different. The universe is not about punishment but education. Allow me to make clear the final word on this entire discussion: There is nothing to be afraid of regarding crossing over into the next world.
Old Man River
I'm tired'a livin', but I'm scared'a dyin'...
That said, while there is no "village of the damned" over there, for those who need it, for those who have "cut class and haven't turned in their homework," there does exist a temporary place of detention allowing wayward persons to consider and to find themselves.
For better or worse, no one forces anyone to do anything over there. The Star Trek "Prime Directive" remains inviolate, and freedom to choose becomes sacred dictum.
But do not worry about this. If a detour into a dark place happens to you or me, it's no big deal; we can leave the same day and move to a better world - the very same day.
Instead of "Hell," let's call these temporary cells of detention, The Mandated Solitude and Introspection.
Editor’s note: Concerning one’s ability to leave a dark place of detention “the very same day” – which is true – it should be pointed out, strange to say, that many do not want to leave. Many will linger in dark detention for months or years; and, in hard-core cases, they may settle in for decades or even centuries.
Why do they insist upon suffering?
There is a companion article which discusses this phenomenon in some detail. All of us have friends and relatives who’ve ended up in a dark place and, in many cases, do not know how to get out; and sometimes they don’t want to. We might be able to help them.
See the lengthy discussion on the “Sensibility: 1-Minute” page.
- Professor Charles Xavier, X-Men (2000): "Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they're lost forever."
bite-sized packets of information
Providing a certain sequence of thought, the following sub-article writings, it is suggested, are best reviewed in the order presented.
please click on each link-icon
The reason behind the reason for what most people believe.
Why only the virtuous find the truth.
Father Reginald Foster, a 40-year Vatican scholar in Latin literature, calls the doctrine of hell “stupid,” a Middle-Ages fairy tale.
The Fire That Consumes: a scholarly analysis of every occurrence of words relating to hell and judgment in both the Old and New Testaments - conclusion: there is no credible evidence of an eternally-burning hellfire or unending punishment to be found in the Bible.
Dante's Divine Comedy: "abandon hope all ye who enter here"
Judging the veracity of information
Why there's darkness in the Dark Realms
The Course In Miracles offers guidance concerning how people eventually change for the better.
Truly, I say to you, by no means will you get out of prison till you have paid the last penny.
Sometimes "detention" will take the form of a strategically-designed "classroom," to teach one lesson to one specific student.
The Earthbound: Caught between the Dark Realms and Summerland
The Moral Specific-Gravity: How One's Place in the Afterlife is Determined
The Crystalline-Entity Principle: Summerland cannot be Invaded, there are no Raiding-Gangs from Hell
The Fate of hard-core Criminals, the Most Evil
When hard-core Criminals, the Most Evil, repent and begin to change, will they be "second-class" citizens in Summerland for their time in darkest detention?
Are we allowed to reincarnate to escape detention?
Why did Jesus visit the spirits in prison? (I Peter 3:19)
Rescue-effort in the Dark Realms: the most difficult service-project. Only well-advanced Spirit Guides are allowed to work at this.
"The first shall be last, the last shall be first" - the teaching of Jesus comes alive in this report from the next world.
How can a blind man learn to see? If the true self is like the sun covered by thick clouds, how can the light of consciousness manifest? How can those in detention ever come to sacred awareness?
Alfred, a British soldier killed in WWI, experiences a different kind of "special classroom."
Is Revelation's "lake of fire" a reference to eternal hell-fire?
Spirit-Guide Margaret explains the number one reason why people spend time in dark detention
Franchezzo, A Wanderer in Spirit Lands: a manipulative Italian adonis sexually defrauds hundreds of women, then gets caught, falls in love with his Twin Soul, but dies soon thereafter, ends up in "the rat cellar," and desperately strives to work his way out in order to be with her - his "transforming fire."
Do suicides go to a dark place to be punished?
A sexual predator in dark detention is confronted by his once-victim: when all of our secrets are found out.
Some NDE reports speak of hellfire: we will go to where we believe we deserve to go!
Does Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man speak of an ever-burning Hell?
Fearing fear itself: cultivating a calm frame of mind is the best thing we can do to have a wonderful transition to the next world.
Here's what you should immediately do if you cross over and find yourself in a dark world.
We cannot die; we cannot escape; we cannot evade, but must face, ourselves: the mandated solitude and introspection.
Update, March 29, 2018: Pope declares "there is no hell" and the Vatican deep-state scrambles to implement damage-control.
Editor's last word:
from the Gospel of Thomas:
[Thomas said] "These sayings that you utter are laughable and ridiculous to the world, for they are misunderstood. How can we go forth and preach them, since the world does not respect us?"
[Jesus said] "I tell you the truth: whoever listens to what you have to say and turns away, or sneers, or smirks at these things, will be held in a cramped dark place... They will be imprisoned there..."
paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep...
For What It's Worth
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step outta line, they'll come and take you away...