I have been through the wringer with Pauline Christianity, and don't want to get writing about it, as I could write a whole essay or book on how my perceptions changed, starting with an NDE.
I will, however, urge those who are questioning/wondering about the nature of the afterlife and Heaven, to look into the following accounts, which are all of first-hand experiences:
-Robert Monroe's books on his out-of-body travels
I recommend starting with "Far Journeys", his second book. His first was "Journeys Out Of The Body", and his third and last was "Ultimate Journey".
Monroe pioneered the formalisation of protocols for Out-Of-Body Experiences (OOBE)/Astral Projection, kind of how the Stanford Research Institute pionerred the formalisation of Remote Viewing protocols. He pioneered other protocols, such as Hemi-Sync brain hemisphere synchronisation, the Psychomanteum, and created the Monroe Institute which exists to this day.
-Michael Newton's research into life-between-lives
He wrote "Journey Of Souls" and "Destiny Of Souls".
If you like one, you'll want to read the other.
He was a psychologist who stumbled into hypnotic regression of past lives, but was different from seemingly all other past-life regressionists, in that he specialised in 'life between lives', and trying to map out the afterlife, kind of like Robert Monroe attempted to map out the shells of consciousness around Earth, where now-human souls are trapped, imprisoned, "in school", or any combination of those, or variation on that spectrum.
-Innumerable Near-Death Experience (NDE) accounts, available in any format you choose, free or pay--including probably some people you know
The more accounts you can review, the better. They don't always jive, but do form a pixelated picture of an afterlife where consciousness clearly survives.
-A website and YouTube channel called "Tricked By The Light"
I hesitate to amplify this, as the information is experimental, or it is more like first-level data for researchers, of raw and lengthy experiences, and ensuing discussions. Kind of like how James Rink's Super Soldier Talk show is not really for someone who just wants to find out what all this SSP stuff is all about.
But, "Tricked By The Light" is nevertheless promulgating first-hand experience (via OBE). Not research into dogma, traditions, or non-firsthand accounts. It could easily end in a wrong spiritual conclusion. But, so could anything else. This conclusion would be more fear-based though, which could bring its own set of problems/unintended consequences. Then again, it is an oasis for a vanishingly rare point of view which could have merit. So I shrug as I list this one.
-Ed Riordon's independent remote viewing of the concept of Death Traps, which surely influenced Courtney to duplicate the experiment.
(Sorry, I don't have a video link immediately to provide for that. Perhaps others can help, if it's requested.)
I am still struggling with the unresolved problem that a Remote Viewer may remote view a "concept", even if it does not exist in reality.
For instance, if you give a blind target of the Easter Bunny (someone needs to actually do this, and open-source the results, for the good of RV and humanity), what results will the viewer/team provide? I think few would doubt that the viewer would perceive a soft, animalistic thing with long ears, which is somehow associated with celebration or religion. And seeing those results would make none of us believe in the Easter Bunny. We'd just call that a successful remote viewing session. But what if we don't know if a purported concept exists in real life, or as it's actually understood--such as DEATH TRAPS? This is a serious, major, flaw in current remote viewing protocols: NO ONE IS WRITING PROVISIONS INTO RV TARGETS WHICH WILL PROVIDE 'TRIPWIRE' DATA IF THE TARGET DOES NOT EXIST "IN REAL LIFE", OR IS BASED ON FALSE ASSUMPTIONS.
One approach could be a clause written into the Target wording, that the Viewer will remote view.. a fruiting apple tree, let's say (something very very different than the actual target, for contrast), in the case that the Target is based on a false assumption (which many Farsight projects could be--for instance, the "War In Heaven" as specifically referenced by John The Revelator, in surviving versions and current translations of the Bible's Book Of Revelation).
It's not clear to me if ONLY SOME people encounter a Death Trap, or if it is the (in my opinion, criminal) process of forcing amnesia on a soul entering a mortal Earth life. This latter process was briefly mentioned in one of Robert Monroe's books (I think Far Journeys).
Since the concept of the Death Traps emerged on a Coast To Coast AM with Art Bell and guest John Lear in the early 2000s, it is a concept which existed in the mass consciousness, and therefore could be remote viewed, whether it was real or not, or whether the interpretation was correct or not. If true, this would be among the most hidden of all cosmic data hidden from humans, so rigor and comparison to existing data is critical when it comes to researching this.
I currently, personally suspect it's probably the process of forcible Amnesia upon entering earth life, based on Monroe's work, which is reported to be so painful and surprising, that at least some "consenting" spirits instantly think they were tricked, and/or change their minds, and demand to be pulled back from the torture and confusion, whereupon their requests are cruelly or dispassionately ignored by Heavenly being who directed them to 'jump down that hole', so to speak. And yet, if it's so bad, why doesn't it come up more--whether in Monroe's own research, Michael Newton's research, or NDE research?
I am still trying to reconcile all of the data above.
The more I learn, the less I feel like I know.
Which only convinces me more, that people who are overconfident about such esoteric matters, are guaranteeing their own wrongitude.
I'm not convinced that mortal Earth life ISN'T a scam or prison, as Courtney thinks. The potential is deeply disturbing, and seems to contradict my own NDE, but that would be natural if reincarnation is a scam, especially if our incarnations are valuable commodities for predatory beings in a ways we don't understand. Kind of like how a chicken in a cage, can't understand that its body, which is treated as if it's near-worthless, is somehow a commodity of value for humans who want to eat it, for energy or pleasure. I don't know, but I desire to come to what is ultimately the correct conclusion before I die.
The fact is, there's evidence for all of these points of view.
One thing I've found is: "The truth is always more complex". So, I allow space that all of these could be correct.
For instance, a traditional Earthly pennitentiary, was designed to rehabilitate criminals for later release as an improved soul. Or, how about those somewhat difficult wilderness adventures, to which they send some juvenile offenders? So, was it a school, or was it a prison? In reality, it was both--or depends on one's point of view.