In the first part of this ongoing series I laid the basic groundwork for the preconceived ideas we as a species have of the world around us (and the immediate vicinity of our star system, the Oort Cloud, the Orion arm, our galaxy,etc….). Knowing what we know seems to satisfy most of us, but there is more, a lot more. So let’s continue down this road, but just to let you know it may be a bit bumpy at times and uncomfortable, maybe a little dangerous but in the end it will be worth it.
Most of us in the Western world are brought up with Christianity in its many forms. I am always amazed to hear a conversation along the lines of religion when it comes to how people view their own faith. A Mormon may be surprised to know that a Catholic or Baptist considers themselves Christians but those of the Latter Day Saints are not real believers because somehow it is different. I usually have to interject and remind those involved that whether it is Lutheran, Episcopalian, 7th Day Adventist, or Methodist it all falls under the umbrella of Christianity. The quiet and stunned look is the usual response as I walk away.
I am no theologian but I know enough to see how someone can be a very good person but extremely limited in what they think is possible because they were always taught a certain thing and never to question what was handed down over centuries and re-written who knows how many times. A good example is my aunt who has always been a very devout and faithful woman but prayed for my soul when I told her of my first fictional book of short stories with a supernatural folklore theme. Now, this comes from someone who has no problem with the legendary saga of buring bushes, a staff turning into a cobra and the epic feat of parting a sea. The gates of Hell await me, I’m sure.
Now let’s move on to another but related area. I believe in something beyond what I am aware of. I know it’s there, its omnipotent, that it has no limitations (this is where the knowledge of science and especially astronomy reinforce how naïve it is to think the All Powerful looks like us) and it permeates everything. I never walk alone when I’m hiking the open desert or running along a beach, because I know it’s there. The organic containers we call bodies are a mere limited vessel to carry us about while we are here in this life, but the electricity, the life force itself does not go away when the body shuts off. This I know to be true. Ask anyone who has ever lost a loved one, (and most of us have,) and they will tell you that their recently deceased is not really gone, just not here. There is a difference, and if you have to ask the question “How is it different”?, then this series may not be for you.
Establishing the baseline that the spirit, the soul, the force of whatever we are is a vibrant, enduring and resilient entity, let’s go a little further. Nothing can ever be truly destroyed, it can only change its state of matter, whether it be a liquid, solid, gas or a plasma (flame, lightning, sparks). This has been taught for decades and it is a known fact, but what if there is another state, one that we can only on the rarest of occasions perceive and detect? What if there is a non-physical intelligent and sentient state that is activated once the human (or other life form) body is no longer needed or taken away? Hmmmm….
Being a distinct possibility this now raises the question of so called life after death and interaction with that non-physical phenomenon we have come to believe might be the spirit of someone or something that is no longer here but resides in the fifth state of existence.