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Do you have an afterlife?

Yesterday I saw an inspiring movie: iOrigins. It walks the border between science and religion. A young scientist discovered that the iris pattern of his girlfriend (or already wife) reappears in india after her deadly accident in the US. Romance, drama and hope. Enough to refresh and package my afterlife knowledge in an ExperienceZone fashion.

What does science state?

This is a hard nut to crack for science. It works with machines to run tests and produce data points. How can an afterlife been proven by data? That’s almost impossible. Yet if we marry experiments with anecdotes, an interesting picture appears: There are various cases in which  consciousness continued after brain-death. Also, many people report out-of-body-experiences in context of near-death-experiences. The consciousness seem to leave the body and enters a tunnel, in which they meet death people. Even blind ones seem to be able to “see” after leaving their physical bodies. Survivors of those extreme experiences change their perspective to life thereafter. They lost the fear of death and live happier. On top of that, there’re reports from children about their previous lives, which are creepy in their precision.

All of this is interesting yet no reason for traditional science to see evidence. There is one school of thought, which almost requires us to have an afterlife though: Quantum Physics. If we wrap our minds around the concept that only the observer makes all quantum possibilities collapse into a single one, than everything happens simultaneous. Time, space and matter are only building blocks our consciousness requires to build a subjective reality, which our brain can process sequentially. Death is therewith only a perception. We die in this uni-verse, yet live on in the multi-verse.

What do religions believe?

Many religions contain the concept of reincarnation – with different spins however. In Hinduism, the soul, called atman, is eternal and reincarnates itself into physical bodies. The related karma concept requires us to do good deeds in order to be reborn into favorable life-forms. Buddhism addresses reincarnation and the karma concept too, yet in a more abstract meaning. Reincarnation is the continuous process of us existing as spiritual beings rather than being reborn or transmigrating in other forms. Also ancient forms of Jewish and Christianity contain reincarnation components.

Bottom line, religions came up with the reincarnation idea – maybe based on different intentions and thus structures. Yet interestingly there’re many similarities although they emerged in different parts of the world at different times. A proof of similarity?

What do you think?

Are you buying into reincarnation? Or are you a YOLO follower? Whatever the case might be, I’ve some Self-Development tipps for you:

  1. Get to know yourself. Many people never run a personality analysis since they assume they know themselves. Yet they are stunned by what it exposes. Once you know where you’re coming from (this might include your current and past lives), who you’re and where you’re going to, you’ve build up a rock-solid self-confidence, which you’ll benefit from even beyond this life.
  2. Live your life. We’re only for a few decades on this planet. Let’s use them. Define your mission and aims in life. Pursue them relentlessly. Become an essentialist. Apply a lase-focus and decline everything, which is not aligned to your reason for existence or counter to the way you want to live. Of course, there’re duties which you want to accommodate. Yet at least 80% of the time spend should play into your strengths and thus passions. That is 12 out of 15 waking hours.
  3. Become a do-gooder. Doing others a favor doesn’t hurt you. If you’re living in abundance (like most of us do), you can always give something away. Practice intelligent egoism: Give in a selfless way. Altruistic gifts will create an imbalance of energy: Abundance on the receiver side and a lack of it on your side. Since everything needs to be balance, the “universe” will balance it out, i.e. you’ll receive something in return. Might be with time delay and from another direction. Yet definitely something better than you gave away.
  4. Be grateful to become aware. Let’s appreciate the fact that we’ve been born as human beings in this age into this society. It could have been worse. We’re very blessed. Especially if you look at billions of people, who’re struggling to survive. If you read my lines, you at least have internet access. Use this life to make a difference. We just don’t know if and in which form you’ll be reborn. Also, imagine yourself lying on your deathbed: How do you want this life to be lived in hindsight?

Do you still exist or already live?

Many people nowadays spent most of the time in their comfort zones. Subconscious actions dominate our days. Especially during the week, we’re like hamsters spinning our wheels. I recently experienced a moment of awareness after I completed a series of tasks almost automatically. It was in the morning, when I recognized that I got everything prepped for the day  including filling up my body with – of course – a healthy breakfast. Yet where did the last hour go? Creepy, since I didn’t feel a glimpse of consciousness in my busyness. Rewarding, since I recognized that I can peak perform without any intentional interference.

“Existing” is our cosy starting point

At ExperienceZone we define existing by being in your comfort zone. It’s the luke warm area, in which you function just well. A great place to check off daily duties. In this space you run routines. Behaviors, that are written on your mental or even muscular hard drive. You don’t need to think about them anymore. Everything happens subconsciously. Great as this ensures in time and quality delivery. It provides reliability, predictability and thus certainty. Take “brushing your teeth”: Do you deliberately think about which tooth or corner of your mouth comes next? Most people don’t. They just habituated the sequence, intensity and length of their morning hygiene program.

Don’t sacrifice life quality on the altar of convenience!

There’re two risks attached to chilling in your comfort zone:

  1. You prevent learning opportunities. Learning happens in your experience zone. This is the area just outside your comfort zone, in which you try new things. Through trial-and-error, you’ll make mistakes and thus learn stuff. This makes you grow, more flexible, and wiser. Since we’re designed to grow (not only physically until adulthood but mentally and emotionally throughout our whole lives), we can only become happy if we tap into our experience zone.
  2. You tend to switch off your consciousness. This can make you loosing track of time. The downside of doing things in a robot-manner is that you aren’t in the moment with all senses. Yet research has shown that awareness of the “here-and-now” is a key to happiness. So if you want to practice mindfulness, you need to either leave your comfort zone or force yourself to perform internalized tasks consciously. This can be a fun exercise.

How do you find the right mix?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach. In order to master your life, you need to be able to switch between both areas – comfort and experience zone – effortlessly. Here’s the approach which worked for me:

  1. Identify tasks, which you can and should perform subconsciously. Those are usually the ones which you’re engaging in for a long time and which aren’t challenging by nature.
  2. Write a bucket list or – even better – define your aims in life based on your mission. Those should contain things which you haven’t done or don’t posses yet. Next to audacious goals, write down small things you always wanted to do but always found excuses not to. In general, I recommend you to try out something new every week. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to go bungee jumping next Sunday. Just contemplate about those things you always found interesting or even exciting but never took time for. Especially activities, which cause irrational fears are most precious to uncover, as they bear the largest learning opportunities.
  3. Last but not least, do it! Don’t procrastinate. There’s magic in immediate action. I promise that you’ll an rewarding feeling straight afterwards. You’ve done something for the first time. Congrats and way to go!

What does ExperienceZone offer you?

ExperienceZone is a social transformation game that makes you learn and grow through experiences. It offers countless benefits. Below are the key ones.

You will be able to design your life as per your own preferences.

In ExperienceZone, you start where you are and you go where you want. There are seven areas of life: Nutrition & Energy, Family & Friends, Community & Environment, Sports & Relaxation, Recreation & Fun, Career & Financials and Self-Development. Which ones are is important to you right now? Gain clarity around your status quo and dive into the adventure!

You will receive actionable tips & tricks to improve your current situation

We are all about triggering change. Once you realized that you want to want to make experiences in certain areas, you can travel the respective continent and countries. Also, you might have knowledge about areas which are white spots on our map. Feel free to write a country yourself!

You will complete quests, which move you into your experience zone

Quests are the practical application of your knowledge gained whilst traveling a country. By putting the stuff you read in to practice, you check whether the topic enriches your life and lay the foundation for new routines.

You will be offered attractive deals with huge discounts for event quests

ExperienceZone partners with institutions, which want to provide you great experiences. Since doing new things, learning and growing makes more fun together, we team up. This also leads to attractive deals.

You will get to know like-minded people who will impact your experiences

We are social beings rather than islands. Hence ExperienceZone is designed as a team  game, which enables you to meet inspiring and empowering people. Make those who are on the same mission your travel mates.

What is your experience zone?

Most of us spend 99% of our time in our comfort zones. Eat, work, sleep, and repeat. Days, weeks, months and years pass by. What a waste of time! We only have a few decades on this planet. Let’s use them! So, what do you need to do? Awareness is the first step towards change. Recognize your comfort zone. The functional area, in which you don’t take much risk yet don’t learn a lot too.

Do you want to stop existing and start living? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Tap into your experience zone to learn, grow, and become truly happy. Experiences turn into memories in hindsight. What do most people think about on their deathbeds? Definitely not about the money they earned, the houses they lived in or the cars they drove. Rather the people they met, the placed they traveled, and the experiences they made.

Take deliberate steps into your ExperienceZone. Watch out: It is thin and you might overrun into your danger zone; uncharted territory, in which every step could be your last one. Do every day or at least every week something new. Start with small things like using the other hand to brush your teeth or taking another way to work without switching on your GPS. Write a bucket list of things you’d like to do before you die. Or best case create an aims in life folder. Make sure that those cover all areas of life: Nutrition & Energy, Family & Friends, Community & Environment, Sports & Relaxation, Recreation & Fun, Career & Financials, and Self Development. Also, ensure that it addresses all dimensions of being, doing, having, and giving.

Finally, go out and just do it. Jump fear straight in its face. Irrational fears are a great pointer towards the things which you need to do to learn, grow and become happy.

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