Life After Death

“Changing form is part of the pattern of life-everlasting.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.8)”

Affirmation:  “I need not fear death, for it is only a change in form.”


This passage echoes a previous reflection on life after death.  We are not meant, according to A Course of Love, to hope for new discoveries in science that will give us an eternal physical life on earth.  Would we really want such a thing, if it were possible?

Some early writings on A Course in Miracles thought that a passage in those volumes promised that eternal physical life would be not only possible, but to be expected.  This has not been upheld by more recent writings, and ACOL now comments on this hypothesis.

We may be threatened by death, in that it is the one thing that we cannot control.  The control freaks among us may be especially threatened.  We do not know exactly what form our body will take in the afterlife.  Even careful readings of psychic commentary do not make this finally clear.  But of one thing we can be certain:  Life after death is not to be feared.  We will change form, but we will know life everlasting.  And we can hope that the death itself, as Ruth Montgomery’s Guides said, will be like “walking through an open door.”


Dear Father/Mother,

May I know in the depth of my being that death is not the end, that I only change form.  I do not, therefore, have to fear death.

As time goes by, and pain comes to me through health changes, may I not suffer any more than would happen when I finally make the transition to life everlasting, life after death.


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