stumbled across a puzzling coincidence a day or two
ago. One of the new stories we just added to the After-Death
Communication section of this site was written by a
woman whose mother died some years ago. She wrote us:
morning, I had a vision of my mother. She looked to
be around sixteen years old and was very beautiful,
but I knew that it was my mother. The trees and grass
around her were very colorful…[They] made the world
look dull and not near as pretty by comparison."
now, I'm reading Tom Harpur's 1991 book, "Life After
Death." In it, he recounts stories of departed spirits
who came to visit loved ones. One account goes: "My
mother stood before me, smiling…I had no difficulty
recognizing her. She appeared to be about seventeen
or eighteen…She was wearing a long garment of a beautiful
mulberry shade, and she had a radiance as if…she had
age coincidence immediately caught my attention. I had
heard that after death we revert to a younger image
of ourselves, especially when we choose to appear in
the physical world. But I understood that the median
age for that reversion was somewhere in the mid-thirties.
So, why had both of these women appeared as teen-agers?
love children and young people so I don't have any bias
against youth. But why would people choose to be teen-agers
in heaven? Most of the teen-agers I know are incredibly
ignorant (in the best sense of the word). They have
had almost no life experience, they are shallow, self-absorbed,
clannish and insecure. They have a long way to go before
they reach true adulthood, which begins, I am also told,
around the mid-thirties.
why teen-agers? I meditated on the question, and realized
that there was another similarity in the stories: Beauty.
Teen-agers are beautiful. It may even be the most beautiful
stage of our lives. And the flip side of teen-age ignorance
is innocence. Their lack of life experience convinces
them that they can conquer the world. And teen-agers
are filled with anticipation. Their whole future stretches
out before them, and they are about ready to graduate
into independence. They are immortal, and they can do
a metaphor! All of those unrealistic descriptions of
human teen-agers are literally true for all of us when
we return to spirit, to what Sylvia Browne calls "Home."
Our soul is exposed and even the most physically unattractive
among us is seen to be radiant with spiritual beauty.
Even the most jaded among us gazes with innocent awe
at the splendors on that side of creation. The opportunities
for growth and dazzling new experiences are endless,
literally, so that even the most world-weary among us
finds a new enthusiasm as we anticipate the adventures
to come. Because we will be immortal, and we
will be able to do anything.
so puzzling after all, is it?
Posted Jan. 17, 2004
John W. Sloat 2004