by Annie Kagan

June-July 2014

from OmTimes Website

Spanish version








Three weeks after he died,

my brother, Billy, woke me at sunrise

and began describing

what was happening to him

in the afterlife.


At first,

I thought that grief was causing me

to imagine his voice.


But as my brother began

sharing cosmic secrets with me,

secrets I couldn't ignore,

I became his student.

Billy taught me

that when you're born,

that big pop gives you

a kind of amnesia.


One of the main things

we're doing on planet earth

is trying to remember

the things we forgot.


But after you die,

you realize a bunch of things

you didn't know

when you were alive...




Some things You didn't Know about Death
June 01, 2014




1. The First Thing that Happens is Bliss

As soon as you die, you're sucked out of your body into a Healing Chamber.


The lights in that Chamber erase all the harm you suffered during your entire lifetime, physical, mental and emotional. So, in less than a nanosecond, all your pain is gone.

2. You Still Feel Like Yourself

Even though you don't have your body anymore, you still feel like an individual.


Actually, you feel more like yourself than you did when you were alive. There's so much influence from others while you're on earth that in a way you don't get to be you.

3. Light Has a Personality

In the afterlife, the light rays have qualities like wisdom, kindness, compassion and intelligence.


This light makes visible what is invisible on earth, the Divine nature of all things.

4. Sin and Punishment is a Human Concept

There's a lot of mumbo jumbo on earth about what might be waiting for you after you die. Making mistakes while you're alive is part of the earth deal.


If we had to be perfect to get to so-called Heaven, no-one would make it there.

5. Your Life On Earth Isn't a Punishment Either

Sure, there's pain in life, but not because you've done anything to deserve it.


Pain is part of the human experience, as natural as breath or eyesight or blood moving through your veins.

6. After You Die, Instead of 'Judgment Day' There's No-Judgment Day

When you review your life, you see the paths you took and the ones you didn't.


You see where your genius was and where you might have done better, but you don't feel judgmental about it. And even though it might not make sense to you now, after you die you understand that you had a great life, even the hard parts.

7. You're Happy You Look Like Yourself

You're not concerned with the way you look. There are no pretensions or efforts to appear any which way.


You just radiate, which is effortless.

8. Love is Not the Same as Earth Love

You're not loved because of what you do, how you look, how famous you are, or how much money you make.


It's not like yesterday I loved you, but today I don't anymore.


Love is truly unconditional. Most controversial of all is that in the afterlife there's perfect compassion and no matter how you lived you are loved.



Some things You realize After You Die
July 05, 2014




1. Life on earth isn't a punishment for your past transgressions

You aren't acting out some type of I-did-something-wrong-to-you-in-another-life-and-I'm-paying-for-it-now kind of thing.


It doesn't really work like that.


That concept of an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth karmic equalizing of the score isn't the real deal.

2. You chose your life circumstances,

...before you were born for soul-type reasons that are almost impossible to understand while you're on earth.


If you understood these reasons, life would lose some of its punch, and that loss of punch is a little bit of what enlightenment is all about.

3. Everything changes

When you die, you realize how much. You also realize there are immortal things, things you take with you, and they change too.


The Eastern concept of Maya, or illusion, what does that really mean? It means temporary...

4. Life is great, even the hard parts

And we all do things that we call mistakes. But so-called mistakes are OK... They're just part of the earth deal.

5. You're meant to engage in all kinds of things on earth,

...things that may not make sense from a human point of view.


So, take a moment before you judge yourself or your fellow man too harshly. Being completely non-judgmental while you're alive is very advanced, though.


You'd have to be a Buddha to be that advanced.

6. There isn't only one right way for things to turn out

Some endings are happier, some not so happy, but it's not just the happiness percentage that matters.


It's the music of it...

7. Society teaches limitation

No matter what you've been taught, everything you ever need is already inside you.


And who you really are is far beyond your comprehension. That's why living squeezed into the human experience can be painful at times.

8. At the center of everything is an energy, immaterial material called LOVE. Wow, and how good it feels, this LOVE.


You can't imagine it. You really can't. There is no way for you to experience the full power of LOVE while you're on this plane.

9. Death isn't as serious as you think it is

It's actually very enjoyable. Couldn't be better really...


And saying goodbye to the people you love isn't as serious as it seems either, because you will meet again...