Body or No Body?

One favor before I share an extremely interesting segment of the November channeling session: The 2011 Bloggies are accepting nominations now. They have a weird set up. You can nominate a blog for as many relevant categories as you wish, but when you do, you have to include two others. For instance, if you nominate Kristina’s Pretty Shiny Sparkly blog for the fashion category, you have to include two other fashion blogs. I know many of you have wonderful blogs of your own, so if you’ll share them with us, I’ll create a list of choices you can use for each category. The categories I’m interested for include 1) Topical, 2) Religion, 3) New, 4) Best Kept Secret, and 5) Weblog of the Year. For my daughter’s blog: 1) Fashion, 2) Best Photography, 3) Best Designed, 4) Best Kept Secret,  5) Best Writing, and 6) Weblog of the Year.

Of course this is all optional, and I’ll still love you all if you don’t participate–just a smidge less. (Just kidding.) So if you let me know which blogs you want me to include, I’ll post these tomorrow so we can all nominate each other! Here’s the website for the Bloggies: Now, enough with the self-ingratiating. Let’s dive into a fascinating topic!

Channeling Transcript

Me: Oh, here’s a good one. What new abilities does a discarnate soul gain after shedding the physical body at death, and how do discarnate souls differ from incarnate ones? I know I’m rehashing some of the things we’ve already talked about, but I want to get your perspective through different channels, and I know you might have gained more information about certain subjects between sessions. I want to make sure I have all the details.

Erik: Well, on the spiritual plane, you know, we can manifest anything we want in an instant. Everything is a thought away. We can travel anywhere we want—in heaven, throughout the universe, anywhere on earth. We also have a complete memory and awareness of everything we’ve done in all of our past lifetimes: everywhere we’ve lived, everything we’ve said, everything we’ve thought, all the other souls we’ve interacted with.

Me: Um hm.

Erik: We have a memory of our level of enlightenment, what issues we still need to work on, when we might be going back to the earthly plane, uh, if we are.


Kim: Erik stops there.

Erik: Over here, everyone is expected to have some sort of life’s work, and this is mine.

Me: Yeah.

Erik: I mean, you can just be like a retired person and fish, plant a garden, paint, and lounge around in hammocks, so there isn’t a “life’s work police” that’s gonna throw you in jail if you don’t, but…

Me: Okay.

Erik: We can live alone or in groups. Usually, we interact with the same group of souls over and over.

Me: Okay.

Erik: And those are the ones who greet us when come back here.


Erik: On the earthly plane, we have this spiritual amnesia about who we are, why we’re there, what we’re doing there, what our talents are. We forget we even have spiritual guides with us to help and direct us.

Me: Um hm.

Erik: And on the earthly plane, we forget how to manifest things like we do here in heaven.

Me: Yeah, that sucks.

Erik: We often forget that we’re there as humans to prevail over challenges rather than get derailed by them.

Me: Interesting, yeah.

Erik: We need to use challenges and traumas to fuel our forward movement, not stop it or drive it backwards. Oh, and we forget why we’re interacting with certain other souls. We don’t put an emphasis on figuring out who we are and that we should have self-awareness. That kinda sucks, Mom, because that’s what we need to do to see others for who they really are.

Me: Yeah, absolutely, Erik.

Erik: And if we don’t have self-awareness there on the earthly plane, it’s hard to figure out what our life’s work is and then get into it. So when we get to the earthly plane, it’s kinda like one of those cartoons where, uh, like the roadrunner. Remember, Mom, the roadrunner? Beep beep!

Me: Yeah, that’s one of my favorites!

Erik: Yeah, and that coyote was always there trying to fuck him up, uh, I mean give him grief. Like a big anvil would fall off a cliff and hit the coyote instead of the roadrunner. Remember?

Me: Sure. Wile-E-Coyote. I always felt so sorry for him! He looked so hungry.

Erik: Well, what I’m saying is that’s how a lot of people feel when they get to the earthly plane, cuz they don’t have that self-awareness.

Me: Okay.

Erik: If you don’t have self-awareness and direction, then you’re gonna feel like shit, you’re gonna feel depressed and you’re not gonna know what you have to look forward to.

Me: Um hm.

Erik (in a monotonous voice): Each day is gonna look like the day before.

Me: Exactly.

Erik: That’s when you start asking yourself: “Why the fuck am I here?” A lot of people get stuck in that. It’s really important to know what you have to look forward to, and you can’t really do that when you don’t have self-awareness.

Me: Yep. I think we all go through periods like that. So when we die, what additional information or secrets to the universe are we privy to? Any?

Erik: Anything we choose. Anything we want. Anything we seek.

Me: Wow! But I guess you have to be, you know, open to the possibility that the information is there, right?

Erik: That’s true in heaven and on the earthly plane, Mom. The reason that grandma doesn’t “believe” is cuz she’s afraid.  That’s why I take her around places when she’s asleep. We have a fuckin’ blast visiting people and stuff.

Me (laughing): Wow, I hope you watch your language around her!

Erik: Are you kidding? She loves it and she cusses like a sailor sometimes. Oh, one more thing, Mom. When we get to the earthly plane, we forget all about accountability.

Me: Oh God, yeah.

Erik: We have certain things we’re supposed to do, certain things we’re supposed to say—

Me (chuckling): Some more than others, too!

Erik (laughing): Yes. We forget what we’re supposed to do and say on behalf of others who, uh, help show who we are and why we’ve even gone over there to the earthly plane. Holy shit, Mom, we go to a lot of trouble to go to the earthly plane!

Me: Yeah. Next time, I’m signing up for a trip to Disneyworld. More fun.

Erik But that’s why it’s more difficult being born on the earthly plane than being reborn into heaven.

Me: Yeah.

Erik: Being reborn in heaven, the soul pops out of the body, um, the physical body, you have an immediate memory of who you are, you let go of any physical discomfort—lots of times when people die, they’re in emotional or physical pain, and they get instant relief. It’s intoxicating.

Kim: Erik, you’re being very poetic today!

Me: I’m telling ya!

Kim: He smiles real big, and his face gets blood red.

Me (in a sweet motherly tone): Aw, he was a big blusher. (pause) When we cross over, can we still enjoy physical and sensual pleasures, Erik?

Erik: Yes. People can eat, have sex, snow ski, and do whatever gives them pleasure. Garden, sleep, take a bath—

Me: What do you miss most about the earthly plane, Erik? I know you can’t speak for everybody, but in general terms—

Erik: Well, everyone is different, Mom. Asking me now—

Kim: You know, Elisa, that’s such an interesting question—this is coming from me now—because he’s in a very different place than he was six months ago or a year ago.

Me: Yeah, sure.

Kim: So, as you keep asking him that, his answers keep changing.

Me: Yeah.

Kim: So, what does he miss most about the earthly plane?—

Erik (in a somber tone): Being able to physically interact with my family.

Me (sadly): Awww. I miss that too.

Erik: You, Pappa, Kristina, Michelle, Lukas, Annika—

Me: So you don’t get that sense of touch at all?

Erik: Well, it’s not the same thing. I can touch you, but you can’t touch me.

Me: Yeah.

Erik: I have more of a physical interaction with Arleen cuz she’s still a baby. She can see me three dimensionally. You can ask her, “Where’s Uncle Erik? Where’s Uncle Erik?” and you’ll see her looking around and, um, what I’ll do is—I want you to include this in the blog, Mom.

Me: I always include everything, Baby.

Erik: Ask Arleen, “Where’s Uncle Erik?” and I’ll appear to her and start talking to her or sing a song, and you’ll see her clapping or dancing or laughing or something.

Me: Um hm. That’s already happened lots of times. I’ve seen her being chased by you, and she’ll just start running and squealing. And Amber saw her playing peek-a-boo with you.

Erik: Yeah, I know. That way, you’ll know I’m there. Oh, oh!!! Be ready with the camera or the camcorder, and you’ll capture me in a moving film!

Me: Cool!

Kim gasps!

Me: With Arleen, right?

Erik: Yes.

Kim: Wow! Wow!

Erik: If you capture me talking to Arleen in a still photograph, a lot of people might say, “Well, it’s the way it was developed” or “Those are just your lights,” but if you get me on video, that’s gonna be a tough one to explain away.

Me: Exactly.

Erik: Especially with Arleen interacting with me.

Me: Oh, yeah!

Erik: Cuz see, if it was just me alone, anyone could say you created special effects, blah, blah, blah. But with the baby so obviously interacting with me, everyone’s gonna know you couldn’t have doctored it up.

Kim: Very cool!

Erik: That’s gonna be a film you put on YouTube, and it’s gonna help the book you’re writing and the blog get more investigated.

Me: Oh, that’d be awesome. I’m going to get to work on that for sure!

Well, transcribing that conjures up some guilt feelings, because I haven’t been very good about videotaping Arleen. It’s a full time job just keeping up with her! Plus, the holidays came barreling through, and, oh crap, enough with the excuses. I’ve just been a slacker. I’ll put my nose back to the grindstone and let you guys know if I capture Erik on Candid Camera!

Don’t forget to send me a list of your favorite blogs! Love ya’ll! (WOW, WHEN I CLICKED ON “PUBLISH” IT SAID “PUBLISHED AT 11:11.” COOL!!!!

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