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The Ghost Dog Diaries is a weekly advice column, inspired by the late PJ Cuddlesworth. Three hours after PJ's passing, Erin held an Irish Wake in her honor. That's when her name appeared in her beer. (Misspelled, of course. Ghost Dogs aren't equipped with Autocorrect.) Erin and PJ have been giving psychic readings and helping people connect with their loved ones who have passed ever since.

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Dear Erin,

When we die, we go to one of two places. End of story.


Hi Tom,

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I always appreciate the opportunity for discourse and would like to reply with my own perspective.

Imagine for a moment that we might both possibly be right; that free will allows each one of us to create and live our own personal truth.

Where you might see Heaven as a place where you can walk hand in hand with the Lord in the afterlife, I see myself connected with All That Is in the here and now.

Where you might see Hell as a place where you pay for your earthly sins in the form of fire, brimstone and eternal damnation, I see it as the unhappiness we create when we are estranged from the unconditional love that’s inherent within us.

Where you see might Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, I see a man who was so connected to Source that he could bring people into alignment with that inherent, unconditional love; a man who taught us how to experience it fully for ourselves and share it freely with others.

Where you might see good and evil, I see energies that are either finite or infinite in their connection to God.

Where you might see finite energy as sin and infinite energy as salvation, I see both energies as necessary to the process of our spiritual evolution, for how can we appreciate our connection to Source if we have not experienced the absence of it?

Where you might see science as something created by humans to disprove the existence of God and His glorious creations, I see it as empirical evidence of His inexplicable miracles. Especially Quantum Physics... they’re pretty damn awesome!

Where you might see those who are saved or left behind, I see people who are doing the best they can at any given time.

While your letter doesn’t indicate any particular opinion about those who do or don’t see the world as you do, I’d like to think that regardless of our point of view, in the final analysis we are all the same: perfectly loved; perfect exactly as we are; at peace when we leave this physical plane; doing our best to be peaceful in the here and now.

Thanks for hearing me out Tom. Much love, light and happiness to you!

Your pal,