Are there circumstances that should be considered and does their choice affect karma?
At that time, I would have replied that taking your own life would end in certain doom. It was a sin that was unforgivable even by Jehovah God - taking your own life, a gift that He gave to you - was the ultimate spit in the face of He, who would be judging whether or not you would be blessed with the wonders of Heaven or Paradise. How could any individual be so selfish and ungrateful to do such a thing? And my disgust would grow greater if the one who committed such an act was a mother with young children. How could she leave such vulnerable children behind to deal with the death of their mother? Didn’t she understand that those children would not understand and ultimately blame themselves for her abandoning them?
Please understand that I didn’t think in this way because I didn’t empathize with those who felt there was no other answer to their pain. I’ve confronted depression a few times during my lifetime; while I attended college, after my first divorce and the worst bout came in the form of postpartum depression after the birth of my second child. I believed what I believed because I didn’t comprehend what death truly meant and that those who were left behind were feeling something that could be understood in different terms.
Time has passed as it does here on the physical plane. My perceptions have changed. Now I understand that death is the ultimate transition that we all are seeking. Our whole life experience culminates with death. It is the time when we return to the form of our inner selves and join once again with All That Is (God Herself). This life is just one experience that we’ve decided to encounter. There will be more – perhaps for some of us, not on this physical plane but there ARE more. Those individuals that we have bonded with, whom we loved and cherished here on this earth, at this time, in this space, whom are left behind once we transitioned do grieve. Yes, they do.
But why do we grieve? Who is it we are grieving for? The truth is we are grieving not for the one who has left us for we all are aware that to return to our truest self and be reunited with God Herself is a joyous occasion, we are mourning the loss of that feeling we had when the one who left was with us. We are grieving for the loss of the connection we had with God Herself through the one who died.
With this understanding I can then answer the questions:
- Do people have the right to end their life? Yes, an individual does have the right to end their life.
- What are the circumstances that should be considered and does this choice affect karma? The only circumstances that should be considered are those that the individual chooses to consider. If an individual has reached the point that they see no natural end to their current experience then it is my understanding that they will create one. They are done here and are ready to reunite with God Herself and possibly incarnate into a new life experience. There is no punishment in that.