Originally Posted by sgregory
Would my soul be in a lowered state because of this even though I truly wanted to live, but not suffer. When I reincarnate will I still have to learn my lessons, and it be harder the next time as Erin wrote in one of her Q&As on her site? Will I just have to go through intense suffering again in the next life if I choose to reincarnate?
it seems wrong to me that the next life would be harder because of a suicide. If you killed yourself it's cause things were too hard and you tried to learn too much. Wouldn't it make more sense for the next life to be "easier" so you could learn your lessons a bit more slowly? You already proved once you had a limit, so what makes anyone think you can handle MORE than you already failed at handling? I suppose this might make for an effective deterrent, so people don't start offing themselves left and right to come back to an easier life. But if that were the case, than perhaps there is something wrong with a lot of people's "life planning" that needs to be collectively addressed.
When we ask for help, I believe that if we are suffering so much that we do not think we can handle it, we can ask to die. By asking to die instead of killing ourselves, the "universe" has time to fill in the parts that we were supposed to complete, but we are still there to help until they can find a replacement. My understanding is that if you really want to die, after the universe finds a replacement for our "teaching," then it will do the rest (ie. kill us).
The problem here is that your giving the universe permission to inflict a lot more suffering on you than if you were to chose your own method of death. Especially if you are young and unlikely to die peacefully. You're most likely in for either in for a bad accident or some kind of disease. The point here is that you want to die to end the suffering, you're not looking for an extra load of it before checking out. I suppose I just don't understand why suicide is viewed so negatively with this kind of spirituality. I don't see why we're supposed to take control of every other aspect of our lives but this one is "bad". It seems so arbitrary. Yeah it's selfish, but so is a lot of other things that are "permitted" and even good.
Even thinking about suicide is "bad"; no matter if you can help it or not. The OP needs to add the disclaimer "I'm not suicidal but...". What difference does it make to the question if one is suicidal or not?
anyway... good topic.