where does your spirit go when you die?

America3437 - posted on 09/14/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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With all the debates on religion on here I was wondering if you don't believe in god or heaven then where do you think your spirit goes when your body dies?

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Jenny - posted on 09/14/2011

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I don't beleive in a spirit. Energy always changes forms though. It is absorbed into the creatures that decompose your body and returns to the life cycle.

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I believe when we die, our energy goes back into the earth just like our body does. New life is born from the earth so our energy keeps getting recycled. Since all of the energy is connected to every thing on the planet, even rocks...We are all the same ball of energy.

Jenni - posted on 09/15/2011

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Well I am an Atheist, sometimes Agnostic (not that I believe in the possibility of a manmade deity) who believes in the *possibility* of a consciousness after death. I also believe in the possibility of alternate realities or demensions in the time space continum. Also, everything is made up of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed but it can be changed. So if our consciousness is made up of energy, it is possible it still exists outside this realm.

I like to think of our consciousness existing for a time after death in a different realm or demension but slowly dispersing over time and creating some new collective energy.

So to me, after death of our physical body, our consciousness could exist for some time in another demension or reality but it could possibly like our physical body, be changing (decaying and become the energy of something else). So it would sort of be like everything that made you who you are, your memories and thoughts slowly fading away.

I have many theories though, some involving a consciousness after death and some not. I am open to many possibilities. Most stemming from the world of Quantum Physics.

JuLeah - posted on 09/15/2011

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Well, no one has been and come back with a brochure, so we are all just guessing.

I don’t think we ‘have’ souls. I think that is what we are. While here, we wear these human suits.

When our ‘clothes’ are damaged or worn out, we take them off.

I believe we return to our source, the place from which we come. I don’t believe we ever ‘die’.

My friends and loved ones who have passed, continue to live somewhere and I believe I will catch up to them again someday.

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Johnny - posted on 09/16/2011

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My energy will also be dissapating back into the universe through decomposition etc. It brings me comfort to know that I'm not going to be some bodiless soul floating through the world, actually. Whe I was younger and had been taught that stuff, it didn't make me feel good at all. I have no desire to meet my loved ones once we pass. We exist here and must make the best of what we do now. For me, the memories of them is what makes me feel closest to them. I will be interred in a Doukhobor cemetary, which is quite different than the cemetaries others have. It is not landscaped, no manicured lawns or fancy headstones. Many of the graves have virtually no markings. Some have small headstones or little statues. The coffins must be plain pine or cardboard. No embalming. Natural decomposition only. My "soul" will be giving strength to worms and in the hearts of my family & friends.

America3437 - posted on 09/16/2011

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Guess I'm in a hard spot then cause no box can contain my energy, no fire can extinguish and hell no I not want to be thrown in the woods for bugs to get me... I HATE BUGS!!!!

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I'd personally rather something benefit from my body once I'm dead then to be burnt. If they want to bury me then so be it but i don't want anything done with my body. I want to go back into the earth which would mean minimal interventions as such. So no Box ('cause that's all it really is) But they could wrap me in some light weight material if that makes them more comfortable.

Jenny - posted on 09/16/2011

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I think it wouldn't be fair on your family to just toss you out. lol. You may not care once you're dead, but I'm betting they would go crazy thinking of all the horrible things that are happening to your body out in the wild!
This is the funniest thing I've heard in a while.

It made me re-think going behind my husbands back to be an organ donor. I think me dying will be hard enough for him, let him do with my body whatever brings him the most comfort, if that's to freeze me and put me in an ice box in the living room so be it. I can keep an eye on his love life from there.

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Jenny, That is exactly how I feel but I think Becky is right about it being illegal. Stupid govenments telling us what we can do with out bodies.

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2011

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I agree with what the others have said about my energy going back into the Earth etc.

I also think though that part of me will live on through my children...and their children....and so on and so on.....

I think we live on in people's memories too........

Lady - posted on 09/16/2011

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I think you can get cardboard coffins now that are biodegradable and enviromentally friendly - I personally would rather be cremated but hubby wants to be burried together so this is the option we're going to go for.

Jenny - posted on 09/15/2011

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I believe it is but I don't think it should be. I don't need a box, I don't need a bunch of energy consumed to burn me up. Send me back to the Earth from where I came. Cycle of life and environmentally friendly!

Jenny - posted on 09/15/2011

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I'm trying to talk my family into leaving me to the elements when I die. Nature may have my body when I am done with it.



So far they're not real keen on tossing me in the back of the 4Runner and tossing me in the bush though.

Charlie - posted on 09/15/2011

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When I refer to my children or anyone for that matter in terms of spirit I am talking about ones zest for life.

Charlie - posted on 09/15/2011

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My spirit or personal energy will be conatined for sometime .....I plan on being cremated so my energy will mostly be consumed and fed into the burning of the fire but if I were to be buried the energy would still be needed for the decomposition of my body , since energy can be transfered to the creatures that feed off us ....food becomes energy to live( for them)....circle of life ( Hakuna matata)

Lady - posted on 09/15/2011

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I look at the sum of my children's parts and think they are wonderful - they came from a star - I don't need to give it any other name apart from a human being because that's more than enough - each person is a miracle x

Jenni - posted on 09/15/2011

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I also like to believe in the possibility of 'ghosts' or paranormal phenomenom. That these demensions can sometimes overlap with other demensions. Maybe the demension our consciousness enters after this one can sometimes have 'portals' or glimpses into each other. A demension of the past. The reality of that alternate demension could share some characteristics of our own but it could also have properties to it that we couldn't even begin to fathom. Maybe from that demension we can observe this demension and even have an effect on its reality. Or maybe consciousnesses in that demension as well as our own occasionally has glimpses of each other and can have some effect on each other's realities.

JuLeah - posted on 09/15/2011

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I look at my child and I know she is more then the sum of her parts .... that 'more' is what I call spirit

Rosie - posted on 09/15/2011

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i dont' believe i have a "spirit". in a way i guess my "spirit" could be the memories of me that my children and friends will pass on through the generations.

ME - posted on 09/15/2011

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Many Atheists are also Materialists. This means that the term "spirit," "soul," or "mind" means nothing to them. To ask a Materialist where the soul goes when we die makes no sense, and they will often respond in that matter. Materialism is the belief that there is nothing in the universe other than physical substances, so I'm sure it's obvious that their argument is sound/internally consistent.

Nikki - posted on 09/15/2011

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I don't believe in the spirit thing. I have always thought that dying will be just like going to sleep. I think of Heaven as a nice story and yes it would be lovely if it were true but the realist in me knows that it's just a nice story.

I believe in science, in evidence, things I can see, touch and prove.

Lady - posted on 09/15/2011

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I don't actually believe in a spirit at all - we are just a mass of chemicals an electrical impulses, when we die it all just stops. I wasn't here before I was born, some of the elements that make me up were - have been since the begining of time, and when I die they will go back into the universe - I will be gone though.

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