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I want to do a post that clarifies my philosophy about living forever, so here goes…
By “living forever” I mean living indefinitely in our physical body—no death, no funeral. I’m not talking about living on after physical death in some sort of after-life form.
I have always thought our true identity, whatever we want to call it (spirit, soul, etc), continues on forever… whether or not we are in physical form. I know not everyone comes from that perspective—it’s just what I have always thought since I was young.
I know a lot of people are keen on the idea of reincarnation, and to me that is the scenario that rings most true… if we die. But do we need to die and be reborn in order to make progress? Can’t we stay in the same body to do that? Could we be more successful in our progress if we stay in the same body?
I’ve always remembered someone posing the following question: “Why go on a bus ride and get off the bus at a bus-stop and wait for the next bus, to continue on the same journey?” I reckon it would be a bit silly.
Then there is the question of that final destination. To me, it is simply a mystery and I am happy to leave it at that. If one must think about the eons stretching into the future, I think there is not really any difference between having endless successive incarnations and going on and on forever in the one body.
I do think we are here on Earth to progress to a state of being able to truly express ourselves, or “achieving buddha-hood”, as the buddhists would say. So the question might be about whether we are better staying on in a physical body at that point or zapping off to some other realm. I believe that to a self-realised person, it’s a matter of ongoing choice.
As for those “eons stretching into the future”, I think it always helps to know that time is an illusion, and the only thing that really exists, with regard to time, is the present moment. Enlightened beings live in the eternal present moment, because that is all there is anyway. (One day I might be able to do that!)
There is quite a crowd around the world who are into this way of thinking. To give the philosophy a label, it is usually called “physical immortality”.