Organ donation: Nowadays great efforts are being made to recruit people willing to donate organs to other people who would otherwise die. In some countries governments are even campaigning in schools to persuade children to become donors. The situation has come to resemble a cattle market. Many organs are needed as people sometimes reject an organ and need another one. Government pressure to become a donor is steadily increasing, and there are plans to make everyone a donor unless they officially declare otherwise. This is a worrying development as many people will become donors without realizing it. Humans are their own creators and are able to determine their destiny – consciously, but usually fairly unconsciously due to ignorance of their purpose in life and their true origin. Our physical body is only one component of our sevenfold nature. People also know little about the true meaning of their organs and other parts of their bodies. The liver, for example, retains memories of unprocessed feelings and events. Every part of our body is conscious.

This means that if an organ is transferred to another body, cell consciousness is transferred as well. It is well known that people who receive a new organ may suddenly start displaying different behaviour patterns or eating habits. A vegetarian may suddenly love meat, and a person who never drank alcohol may ask for an alcoholic drink. There are even examples of people dreaming about the donor, their way of life and how they died. A donor can be declared ‘brain dead’ before they have truly died. The body is kept alive because if the blood stops circulating, the physical body dies and the organs become unusable. But if the physical body has not died a natural death, that person is not fully dead and may still be present and aware.

An important issue in organ donation is the process a person goes through during and after their actual death. According to the ancient mystical knowledge, a deceased person leaves their physical body and spends a period in their astral body on the psycho-astral plane. This plane is very important for completely processing and reviewing the life that has just ended. What happens if part of a person’s body and consciousness remains behind in another body, as in the case of transplantation? Is the deceased still able to fully review and assess their past life without hindrance? Is the process delayed, or can the deceased go no further?

A patient who receives a new organ often rejects it and has to take a great deal of medicine to keep the organ. Everybody has their own rate of vibration, related to their level of consciousness. This also applies to organs and other bodily tissues in the donor and recipient. If the rates of vibration are very different, organ rejection will be more likely. People may choose to become organ donors out of compassion, but should ask themselves how compassionate this really is and whether it is really what nature intended. The most important thing is to think about these matters for yourself and make your own decision.

Euthanasia: Euthanasia is a big topic of political debate. Recently Dutch politicians were even talking about allowing euthanasia for older people who feel that their life is ‘complete’, but Christian parties raised many objections. At present, people can sign legal declarations stating that they want to be euthanised if they ever find themselves in a situation where they experience unbearable suffering. Minors may request euthanasia from the age of 12, though parental consent is required. Doctors who fail to fulfil the due care criteria laid down by law can be prosecuted.

It may seem that euthanasia is a wise and compassionate act. The key question, however, is whether it is really the intention for people to end their suffering in this way. This question may seem harsh if there is no prospect of any improvement in a person’s suffering. But what really happens if people end their lives sooner? For every life there is a fixed end, a right time to die. It might be said that it’s also karma if someone ends their life earlier, but this is not entirely logical, because that person is interfering with the natural karmic consequences arising from past deeds and incarnations. It could also be said that inventing medicines etc. also affects the time we die – by postponing it. The ultimate consequence of both euthanasia and suicide is rather similar. After death we leave our physical body and find ourselves on the astral-psychic plane, or kama-loka, in our astral body. It is there that we review and judge our entire past life. Pain and injustice that we have inflicted on others will be intensely felt during the review of our past life. In the case of euthanasia, we will realize that suffering was a necessity and that we were not supposed

to interrupt this learning experience. This is not intended as a judgement. On the contrary, this knowledge comes from the masters of wisdom, who have taught it for millions of years to those ready to receive it. They have also stated that if we end our lives sooner than the karmically determined time, we will experience repeatedly the pain and psychological suffering that preceded the moment we killed ourselves. This is a psychological hell, and it is of course far milder and shorter in the case of euthanasia than in the case of suicide. The causes of all the suffering in the world lies in people’s thoughts and deeds. The consequences are felt by individuals, families, villages, cities, countries and the entire world. This means that we need to change ourselves in order to bring about different consequences. By observing our own actions and the responses of others clearly and consciously, we set in motion an inner learning process – the mystical path inwards.

Suicide: Suicide is usually a desperate act by a person who is sick of life and still has a healthy body, but not a healthy mind. Some consider suicide an act of courage, while others consider it to be very selfish. We should not pass judgement, because nobody can truly know what drove the person concerned to take their own life. According to the ageless wisdom, we live to learn and deepen our understanding of life, its purpose and our role in it. If we end our life prematurely, we are forgetting how precious human life is, for the body is the temple of the spirit and enables us to learn our lessons in the material world.

Everyone is able to add something to the overall karmic pattern of life. Suicide interrupts this process. It is true that our next life will provide a new opportunity, but if we’re unable to overcome certain problems in our present life, we will encounter them again in a future life – perhaps in a different place, in different situations and with different people. That’s why in each life we should try to overcome difficulties instead of giving up. Those who commit suicide will suffer all their psychological pain again on the astral plane until the time comes when they would have died a natural death.

Abortion: In the case of abortion, instead of the unborn individual deciding on their own death, the decision is made by someone else. It is very difficult to obtain a clear insight into this matter, because we don’t know exactly what this means for the unborn soul.

Humans are sevenfold beings and a long process precedes the birth of the physical body. It is a spiritual process, in which a new body is prepared for an old soul, who will again get the chance to refine their inner being and expand their consciousness. The formation of our other bodies begins long before the moment of fertilization. If the process is interrupted by abortion or a miscarriage, the soul will have to wait for another opportunity to incarnate. Many faiths reject abortion altogether. On the other hand, women throughout the world have struggled hard to be ‘the boss of their own belly’ (as the Dutch put it). There is a great deal of emotion on both sides. If a woman is raped, abortion is understandable, but the situation is different if a woman has been very careless. Abortion involves the deliberate killing of a fetus, though it is not motivated by aggression but by despair or perhaps indifference.

However we think about organ donation, euthanasia, suicide or abortion, life is a precious gift. Respect for life should always be given precedence, and life always has purpose, whatever happens. We should bear in mind that we are more than our bodies alone, and that all our actions have karmic consequences for ourselves and others. We should make our own decisions and not judge others, for ultimately everyone has their own free will and their own responsibility.