Shawn Murphy on afterlife and how it’s different from reincarnation

Shawn Murphy is a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota, Master in Engineering from University of Texas and Master in Business Administration from Texas Christian University. After being in the field of investment, he found his calling in spirituality, philosophy and psychological healing.

Currently, he helps people deal with mental illnesses like resistant schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder. He is also known for his series of books titled Torn Between Two Worlds. Shawn’s area of interest lies in topics like afterlife, spiritual awakening, spiritual healing and early Christian spiritual practices.

In an exclusive interview with Road To Divinity, Shawn speaks at length on his favorite subject, afterlife, Excepts:

How would you define afterlife to a novice?

Basically, it is quite simple what happens after we die. We all go to some part of Heaven. People who do not believe in the afterlife and have led a materialistic life notice no difference after they die. They are wearing the similar clothes and their spiritual body looks no different from it did before they died. They can wander around a long time before they realize they are dead.

People who believe in an afterlife and have been basically good people are always met by their guardian angel and their relatives. They are taken to a place to continue their learning and to prepare for their next life. This part of Heaven looks much like earth with villages and gardens.

Religious fanatics are welcomed with stern faces because they often make demands like, “take me to the right hand of God.” They are usually left to their own for a long time until they find some humility and start asking for help. Once they do, then they will be prepared for life with the fitting karma to help them learn more humility.

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Any book you would recommend to gain more knowledge on the subject?

The best book on life between life that I have read is Life After Life. Although many people think this is a simplistic view, I find it very comforting. Comforting that everyone gets what they deserve in the end and that there is so much help on the other side encouraging us all. The book has 12 stories ranging from people who have just started their reincarnation cycle (materialistic and selfish) to a story of one who does not need to come back and re-earned her original place in the spiritual world.

The final story in this book is a description of the homecoming of a virtuous soul, returning to her original home in Heaven. This description gives an idea of the beauty and diversity that exists in the highest reaches of Heaven.

Free will is our greatest gift and destiny is the product of free will. Exercising our free will shapes our destiny in this life and in our next life. Let me give a few examples from my research:

• Let’s say the person was a narcissist. Before he prepared for his next human life, he would most likely be banned to a place where he is totally alone. Time alone is given to force a spirit to think about what they have done and time to come to the conclusion that it was wrong how they treated others. His fate in the next life might be as handicapped, relying on other’s help or as a son of a narcissist – “eye for an eye.”

• Let’s say the person was an atheist, with no belief. This spirit could be brought by his guardian to people living in fear of imminent death. This is to experience how people with faith get through these times versus an atheist. After experiencing this intense fear over and over he starts to see the value of faith, experiencing the angels who come to comfort those who pray. This spirit’s fate in his next life may be to be born into a pious family.

• Let’s say the person was a murderer. If prison was successful, and he repented for his crime, then he might not need any additional punishment. But if he avoided being caught or did not learn anything in prison, then he would be either banned in a remote place or given a toiling job before being prepared for a new life with a new fate. If the soul of the person he murdered had not forgiven him, he may decide to haunt the murderer in his next life, instilling depression, anxiety or schizophrenia.

• Let’s say the person was a good person who was kind to others, living in faith and hope. He would be welcomed by family and angels with big smiles on their faces. He will look younger that he did when he died, and they will welcome him and want to show him the beauty of heaven, before getting prepared for the next life on earth. A virtuous soul has much to say about their destiny in the next life. They might choose to help some very needy souls, resulting in a life with a severely disabled child for example. This is a hard path, but in their soul, they recognize the reward that awaits them for choosing it.

How different is it [the afterlife] from reincarnation?
Reincarnation is a process whereas the afterlife is the destination. As stated above, the life you live determines the afterlife that you experience. Reincarnation is the restoration process that allow every soul the opportunity to return to the afterlife that we all once had enjoyed – before the Fall.

Since when did you start believing in the afterlife?
I think I have always believed in the afterlife, but it took me a very long time to find a philosophy that explained it a logical manner.

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How did you become convinced of an afterlife?
I became convinced of the afterlife as I described it above after ready many various, first-hand reports about the afterlife, from spirits who returned to teach about the afterlife. There are many similarities for these first-hand reports over the centuries and from around the world. It is the similarities that convinced me.

How to be certain about this since we don’t know what happens to us after death?
As I said, I have studied many various first-hand reports, so your assertion does not hold. Here are some of my references:

• The Unquiet Dead: A Psychologist Treats Spirit Possession by Dr. Edith Fiore
• Thirty years among the dead by Dr. Carl Wickland
• A Wanderer in the Spirit Lands
• The Life Beyond The Veil; Volume 1 by Rev Vale Owen
• Communications with the spirit world of God by Johannes Greber
• The Invisible Choir: A True Story of Soul Mates & Angels by Tessa Lynne
• Life after Life: A Selection of Individual Experiences in the Beyond by Beatrice Brunner
• A World Beyond by Ruth Montgomery
• The return of Arthur Conan Doyle
• The Blue Island: Experiences of a New Arrival Beyond the Veil

Is there any mentor or teacher who helped you gain clarity on the afterlife?
No, this was all through self-study. I did not study under any teacher.

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