Sunday night, I went to Chapel on campus.
After a day of vision problems and migraines, I hate to admit I wasn’t really looking forward to going, I just wanted a nap.
However, it was one of the best services I’ve been to.
The topic was “Near Death Experiences.”
The sweet girl who led it talked about neuroscientist Eben Alexander, who before being in a coma for a week, never believed in a soul or heaven.
However, in his comatose state, when he was a vegetable with no brain activity, he went there.
He describes his experience by saying that any religious “walls” were gone, because they only serve to separate us on earth.
LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Most of you probably know that I’m a little odd in my beliefs.
Believe me, I was trying to fight off the urge to write this post.
I’m a big proponent of coexisting with those that are different from me.
We’re all people and we are all loved by God, Allah, etc.
Alexander says that no matter what name you call her/him, this superior being loves us all.
No one should be punished because they use a different name or a different book.
Some things get lost in translation.
Love each other, y’all, it’s what life is all about.
The next part of Alexander’s story is the nail in the coffin, no pun intended.
It lends validity to his story.
While he was in heaven/paradise, a woman came to him on the wings of a butterfly and showed him around.
He had never seen anyone who looked like her in his time on earth.
He didn’t think too much of it until a couple of months after he awoke.
See, Alexander was adopted.
His biological parents tracked him down because they had just recently lost their daughter.
In the letter, they put a picture of his sister, who he had never met.
He immediately cried.
It was the woman on the butterfly!
That’s pretty freaking awesome.
Having had my own crazy experiences with people who have crossed over, this resonated so much with me.
It also reinforced the fact that my beliefs aren’t crazy, this dude’s been to heaven and knows how it works!
This week, I’ve been missing my grandparents.
It excites me to think they are up there with people of all different earthly religions, hanging out and talking about their lives on earth.
I have a feeling we’re all going to feel really stupid about the lines we drew between each other on earth once we get to the other side.
My goal is to hear other people out.
We can have differing opinions on a subject, as long as it doesn’t interfere with us being nice to each other.
Listen this week.
Don’t be quick to judge because someone is different.
At the most basic level, we’re the same.