Amanda Stracey wrote:Does anyone grasp or have a theory as to why the boy fell asleep but Aphraar does not?
Both will have been "unconscious" for some period, but Aphraar awakes a fraction earlier. This is what we were talking about in earlier posts, because in this explanation from Judas, he was conscious the very instant his spirit/soul separated from the body: http://new-birth.net/contemporary/hr20.htm
and thus found himself in the earth plane. There are other similar tales in "30 Years amongst the dead". The Earth plane is right here, just time-separarated, and thus the two dimensions intermingle. The First Spirit Sphere is a small distance away, and you have to travel to get there.
I have already "asked" that if it is feasible, I would like to be similarly conscious the very instant after physical death. A similar story is told by Nina of her death: http://new-birth.net/tgrabjvol3/minor296.htm
The Urantia Book has a complex explanation about what has to happen, and how it happens, and claims it takes 3 days. But the 3 days seems to be not to be borne out in some examples one can find. Whether the rest is correct I don't know.
Amanda Stracey wrote:Sounds like this is very comforting and designed to put him at his ease without giving away too much.
Indeed that is the purpose of the "slopes" and numerous other "devices" such as hospitals used for the initial introduction, and all helpers do all they can to put you at ease. The exceptions to this process are those who are very evil. They get no help at all. Or very little.
There is a whole (although small) book written just on this initial process and arrival, called "The Blue Island". Its those on the Titanic, and curiously a very large number of them were conscious and in the Earth Plane (around the ship) after their death, and then "ascended" as it was described, to finally arrive at the "Blue Island" which seems to be a variation of the "slopes". Here is a pdf of the Blue Island: http://new-birth.net/booklet/BlueIsland.pdf
you can find a synopsis on this page: http://new-birth.net/books_life_after_death.htm
My interpretation is that these were the folks who were not spiritual enough to see the guides who were there trying to transition these folks. Others would have had a different experience.
The point of all this is not to get too fixated on what happened to a particular person, which is what we tend to do of course. We are trying to arrive at what will happen to ourselves.