It was exciting news when I learned, through studying the various sources of Afterlife information, that Paradise is most definitely real. Another name for it is the “Summerland,” and another name is the “upper astral plane.” It is an environment of great beauty, much more beautiful than the earth. And yet, even more exciting, is the fact that there are “higher realms” beyond the Paradise level, that are even more beautiful, loving, and peaceful.

In this blog I’ll share a brief overview of the Summerland based on a consensus of Afterlife communications…numerous souls who have successfully communicated to us through near-death experiences, automatic writing, and other mechanisms. It is place reached by all souls who have passed away and have lived relatively good lives on earth. Perfection is not required, but having a good and loving intent behind our actions is important. To arrive in an environment of loving and good people, who enjoy helping each other, means we have to be the same way. For “like attracts like” in the spiritual world, and we will wind up at a level or environment populated with those of like mind. As there are many different types of thinking and feeling among its the inhabitants in the Afterlife, each soul will congregate to others of similar type, in the location most appropriate.

After “death” there are no sudden changes in our personality, and our memories stay with us.

The Summerland is very much like the earth, with gardens, streams, grass, mountains, forests, halls of learning, homes of rest and healing for the newly arrived, personal homes, even boats and much more that is similar to earth living—but far more beautiful.

The flowers, for example, are found in great quantities, containing varieties that we find here on earth, but also other varieties unknown to us here. Their colors and scents contain all those here, and many others. The trees, grass as well as the flowers and other plant life are immune from decay and death. Being so full of life, if we place our attention on them, they respond and can even energize us.

Birds and animals are our friends and show no fear of us, as they don’t suffer from any of earth’s cruelty to them. There are houses and gardens with wide-ranging harmonies of color.

There is a palpable sense of the presence of God. There is brotherly love shared by all who encounter each other. And there is still plenty of room for humor—which is sometimes shared by souls seeing the misunderstanding and ignorance of us here on earth.

Thoughts are powerful in the Summerland, where communications can be done through telepathy, and travel from place to place can be done by mentally focusing upon the desired location.

Age differences disappear, as all are in the prime of life. There is no sickness, no need for food or drink, no need for rest. There are no days because there are no nights to separate them—it is one ongoing day, without the need for sleep.

This brief overview does not do justice in providing adequate explanations and descriptions of this “Summerland” or “Paradise” level. Many more fascinating details and evidence of the reality of this and higher levels are available for those interested.

–C. David Lundberg is the author of the award-winning Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions. Information about his eBooks with descriptions on the Afterlife, the evidence, and how it works can be found in his new book Our Magnificent Afterlife.