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This is a story by someone that my ESTP friend copied and pasted to me the other day. I found the ideas in this story amazing and very much inline with some of my own views. It's a very Ni-dom style theory too haha, so I thought it'd be wrong if I didn't share it with my fellow INFJs :) Hope you guys like it and feel free to comment on it or anything you think. You're own religious/spiritual beliefs or just world view



You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup,” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said. You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me.

“What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.“What about them?”“Will they be all right?”

“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”

“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”

“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”

You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”

“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”

“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”

“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”

“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You said.

“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”

“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”

“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?”

“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”

“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.

I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”

“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”

“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”“All you. Different incarnations of you.”

“Wait. I’m everyone!?”

“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.“I’m every human being who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

"You thought for a long time.“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”

“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”

“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”

“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way.
 

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:proud: These kinds of stories make me happy. I just wanted to thank you for posting it.
 
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:proud: These kinds of stories make me happy. I just wanted to thank you for posting it.
haha im glad :) i just wanted to share it so infjs can read it and ponder a little and hopefully feel warm and fuzzy like i did :)
 

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Very interesting concept.The ultimate in learning by doing.
As I approach the downhill terminis, I find myself free to believe in things I have known to be impossible. The fact that I have and do live, create, feel, love, cry - it is a most amazing and unpredictable universe. Maybe a place for your story in some thread of time and place.
Thanks! I had a new experience!
 

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Very interesting concept.The ultimate in learning by doing.
As I approach the downhill terminis, I find myself free to believe in things I have known to be impossible. The fact that I have and do live, create, feel, love, cry - it is a most amazing and unpredictable universe. Maybe a place for your story in some thread of time and place.
Thanks! I had a new experience!
Your welcome :) what's really beautiful to me about the story was a feeling of being infinitely connected to the self and universe at large. It's unpredictable indeed
 

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I thought God was going to miraculously heal his body and return his soul, so he could be with his wife and children. :laughing:

Also, A Course in Miracles states that a person is filled with "perfect knowing" when meeting God, as man is a part of Him. This means there might not be a conversation, and if there is, it is more internal, not between two separate entities.

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I'm not sure what kind of interactions happen when someone enters the afterlife of heaven, I don't think anyone can be entirely sure. The story was never meant to be a religious fact haha, just a refreshing way of viewing life and one self :)
 

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This was really beautiful :) ... We all are one and realizing the fact we all are a part of everyone and everything around us, leads to real wisdom.
 

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I'm not sure what kind of interactions happen when someone enters the afterlife of heaven, I don't think anyone can be entirely sure. The story was never meant to be a religious fact haha, just a refreshing way of viewing life and one self :)
A refreshing way of viewing anything happens when you take something as fact, even if you claim it is not religious.

Since souls are parts of God, and God is not separate from man, it is not God's decision to be sending the man on his way. The man chooses to reincarnate when he is ready. Reincarnation also serves a purpose, and it is not simply to gather as much experience as possible, even though that is what happens. Reincarnation allows a person to improve the world, and develop it further than the previous state.
 

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A refreshing way of viewing anything happens when you take something as fact, even if you claim it is not religious.

Since souls are parts of God, and God is not separate from man, it is not God's decision to be sending the man on his way. The man chooses to reincarnate when he is ready. Reincarnation also serves a purpose, and it is not simply to gather as much experience as possible, even though that is what happens. Reincarnation allows a person to improve the world, and develop it further than the previous state.
I think you misunderstood. What I wanted to really share here by posting this was the underlying ideas that we are mirrors of ourselves and how infinitely we are connection to the universe and our own being. That's the symbolic meaning I personally got out of this story, which ofc is just fiction, and no I did not take it as fact as I didn't state anywhere that I actually believed in reincarnation, im also not religious in any way.

I respect whatever you choose to believe but please be open to other interpretations of reincarnation, or simply to other people's interpretations of the story, as some of us might just be intrigued by a new concept, afterall this is just a creative piece someone has written.
 

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This was really beautiful :) ... We all are one and realizing the fact we all are a part of everyone and everything around us, leads to real wisdom.
this is similar to my realization too :)

you know the funny thing is my estp who showed me this story commented : this is such a lonely theory, to say that we're ultimately just one person

whereas I actually found it heartwarming and the idea of a connected universe extremely beautiful

haha it comes to show that NFs really are idealistic :)
 
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