[As promised, here comes my latest idea, an interesting possibility, not entirely fictional given recent quantum physics discoveries concerning cause and effect. A note first, however, on Maya, my 14 year old lab/boxer, she had a grand mal seizure last night. Urine and anal gland secretion all over the floor, she had collapsed and begun the leg spasms while I lay across her to keep her stable. When she came to, she panicked, I believe more because she urinated in the house than because of the experience. My daughter took it well, as did I. I've known her end was soon coming for some time. I think the reality hit my wife hard, though. She was in that - "Sure she's dying, but it will be 2-3 more years" type of denial. I guess it still may, but it would not be a good bet. I doubt she'll make winter, which will leave me, trapped in a house with a small dog I don't really get along with. Joy.]
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Okay, this will be quick, or not. I just want to get the idea out there.
First, the assumptions.
(1) A soul exists which contains some type of will.
Note this really assumes a few things, but we don't need to dive very deeply into them. I do believe in a soul, at least of sorts. I think some energy is zooming around inside us, oscillating, more likely.
I do think it just as possible, however, that such a soul lacks a will. This is to say, after death, this energy would be more an an echo of the self than a being. It would continue to oscillate as it did within the body, but now free of that mortal prison. As such, it would not really think or make choices. Of course, an argument can be made that we do not really think or make choices either, so I guess I'll let that go for now.
All that matters for this theory is that a soul of sorts continues. It was you. It has your memories. Let's consider it a butterfly that remembers life as a caterpillar.
(2) Time is not at all what we perceive it to be.
Here, I do not wish to go back into the cause and effect quantum physics ramifications. Rather, just admit we do not understand time.
The reality we experience is bound by our linear perception, one moment after the other.
Could it be this experience, the linear perception of time, is a result of our physical form?
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So, the theory - The soul is not bound by time.
Think of it as a Cat's Cradle situation. The soul, once free of the body, is no longer stuck in time. It can revisit, and possibly even re-experience, the lifetime just experienced from a new perspective, any portion or specific moment it wishes.
It may or may not be bound to it's lifetime, but let's entertain that it is not, meaning you may visit the lives of your ancestors or even the lives of your descendants. If so, then your ancestors and descendants may also currently be visiting you.
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Sure, it is simply an idea.
However, when I thought of it, I got the chills, well, a type of them I get once on a while, a euphoric tingling sensation throughout my body. It made me burst out laughing mid-sentence.
I had been discussing Maya's imminent death with my wife and how we may approach the topic with our daughter. I don't believe in telling my daughter there is one right religion. I take the "lots of people think different things" approach, and note that they are all possible. So, while running some of the "possibilities" by my wife, the about idea hit me, with the chills, and then the laughter.
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Why did I laugh?
Well, my mind works pretty quick sometimes, and I also saw the possibility that that euphoric chill was a sensation one may perceive as your own soul revisits a moment within your body, when it tries to experience the moment once again.
For example, I've had something much like that feeling when performing in my youth, on stage, trumpet in hand, as I nail a solo standing separate from the rest of the jazz band. Or when I jumped off a cliff into Cleo's Bath for the first time. Or when I had my first hallucinogen influenced giggle fits. All very pleasant moments I would like to revisit if I could.
Perhaps I still get to.
But I took that thought a bit further during that split second realization. Perhaps my future soul was revisiting my current self at the precise moment I first had the idea, standing in the kitchen talking with my wife, as a means of telling myself the idea was correct!
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Sure, more likely than not, it was a product of the discussion, some type of adrenaline release, similar to what happens when you watch your favorite part of a movie (like when Andy Duphrain is not in his cell, or when Babe shuts up the crowd).
Then again, maybe that's just your soul revisiting those favorite movie moments.
A nice thought, no? It made me laugh.