Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We are spirit, we are energy

Most people go about their lives convinced that what they see is the only real thing that exists.  They see their body and their surrounding, they feel the clothes on their skin, the heat or cold in the air, and the ground underneath them.  They hear the noise of everyday hustle and bustle.  They smell the air and notice whatever aroma is there.  They can taste the food and drink they consume.  We take these senses for granted, which provide people the security of reality, without any regard to how they are able to sense such things to begin with.  This post delves into the principles of physics, so it might get a bit complicated to explain.

During life science courses, one learns how the body works at a high level.  The sense of sight occurs because the eye focuses reflected light energy (light energy is altered by interacting with another molecule which is also energy, causing the frequency of the light "ray" - aka photon - to change, thus appearing as different hues and intensity of color) to receptors on the back of the eye.  These sensors then send an electrical signal to the back of the brain where it is supposedly converted into sight.  No one knows exactly what the process of "converting into sight" is, but they believe the brain handles this aspect.  The sense of touch occurs when two objects come into contact.  The contact, which at the atomic level is simply two sources of energy interacting, triggers an electrical signal up the nerves to the brain where the brain somehow converts that signal into touch.  The sense of hearing occurs when sound waves push and pull the ear drums, causing tiny vibrations which are picked up by tiny hairs.  Those hair movements cause electrical signals to the brain which somehow converts that signal into sound.  The sense of smell occurs when tiny receptors in the nose pick up tiny particles in the air and an electrical signal is sent to the brain where it converts those signals into smell.  The sense of taste occurs when the taste buds on the tongue pick up the chemicals and an electrical signal is sent to the brain where it is converted into the sense of taste.

As you can see, there is a commonality among the senses.  They all send an electrical signal to the brain where that data is interpreted as sense data.  You aren't taking whatever sense data you're getting directly (that apple isn't going into your head through your eyes, nor is the foul stench going straight to your brain), but rather an interpretation of it as an electrical signal.  But what exactly is doing the interpretation and how is the information encapsulated in the electrical signal?  The brain is just a big signal input and output organ.  It responds to signals, but it itself does not generate any signal (I'm talking about self-generated signals, not signals responding to other signals such as the senses.  Even autonomic functions are not necessarily from the brain, hence the term muscle memory.  All output requires processing of the input to determine what response to have, which requires intelligent decision making).  So then where is the mind to interpret the input and generate a signal to output?

Before I answer that question, the other question is why are signals electrical?  If you've taken basic chemistry, you should remember the periodic table of elements.  All matter is derived from the combination of these elements.  What exactly are elements?  The basic answer is simply an electrical charge, that's it!  The heavier the element, the more charge it has.  We call them electrons and neutrons, but that's because science attributes charge particles to each of what appears to be atomic components.  But even these components can be broken down because something must be forming these charge components to give it that property.  That is why scientists have looked into quarks as smaller elements.  Even now, they look for another smaller component called the Higgs Boson, which they call the God element, in order to explain where mass comes from.  I do not have a physics background.  I am barely literate on any of this science stuff so I do not claim any authority on the matter.  However, I do know very elementary concepts and at the end of it all, E=MC2 comes to mind.  As well, the conservation of energy principle must also come into the picture.

Now if all elements are basically electrical charges, then all matter is simply electrical charges held together by electromagnetic bonds.  Mass is derived as Energy divided by the square of the speed of light.  So what is 1 unit of energy?  I have no idea.  But if Hydrogen is the first element, then it has the least mass.  So what is mass?  Mass is the density of energy within a given element.  That density is affected by other types of energy such as gravity.  With gravity, all matter is attracted towards the core of the planet because the planet's core of iron creates a large attractive force and this pulling of the mass to the core gives us weight.  The higher the element in the periodic table, the denser it is and therefore the more mass there is.  The density is caused by the electromagnetic forces that all electrical charges produce, which pulls together the particles tighter and tighter as more and more energy is contained within the atom.  Electromagnetic forces extend forever out towards "space".  We assume space exists between the non-visible areas appear to be devoid of charge.  But what if all of "space" is not a void, but instead contains this stuff we could call elementary energy?  We cannot even define what energy is except as a measure of work.  But in terms of electromagnetic forces, energy can be thought of as the primary force that exists in all reality.

Going back to the concept of sense perception, we are able to have physical sensory perception because the body is able to convert the electrical properties of energy into data.  Sight is limited because the eyes are only tuned to receive a very narrow band of electromagnetic frequency.  But the more amazing thing is, if you realize all matter is electromagnetic in form, then we are always in contact with all energy as the conservation of energy dictates that no energy is lost, but only converted into another form.  We are another form of energy.  Physical reality is simply another form of energy.  We can perceive this reality because the forms within this reality are capable of sensing that electromagnetic range of data.  Now the question at the beginning was how does the brain interpret that data?

The brain itself, as stated, does not interpret any data.  It merely picks up the data and something else (the mind) is able to interpret and act upon that data.  Where is the mind?  I submit that it is the electromagnetic force that holds us together as a form that is the mind.  In other words, God is all energy in existence and we are a portion of that energy, which has been converted into physical form.  But the body we call "I" is held together by electromagnetic forces.  It is that force that I call "I", not just the material matter converted from energy into cells and organs.  In fact, without the electromagnetic force holding the bonds of molecular structure together, nothing physical could exist.  This fact in itself should hold the proof that the physical universe could not exist without intelligence.  Energy itself has order and structure, which converted into matter.  This cannot occur spontaneously as energy requires energy to convert into another form.  That requires input.  As I stated in previous posts, thought and emotion are projections of energy.  This is consciousness and it is what we call the mind.  So do you exist after death?  You must because if consciousness is energy, then by the conservation of energy, your mind cannot disappear as it is energy.  It simply changed forms.

So what does this have to do with spirituality?  The point of this is to show that we are not physical beings, but spiritual beings.  I've talked a lot about how our physical senses work, and that they are sensory instruments that pick up what is essentially electromagnetic waves.  These waves make up the spectrum of light, which is also what you are.  You and I and everything else in existence is Light beings.  In physics, we know that light is energy, because energy is simply a term to represent what the electromagnetic waves of light do, which is work and in science that is called energy.  The physical form as we perceive it is merely an illusion by the physical senses and the mind interpreting it as being solid form rather than seeing it for what it really is: energy.  But this too is by design.  Our purpose in this form is to learn about ourselves as energy beings.  By slowing down our thoughts through the medium of the physical form, we are able to learn how to control energy.  Thought and emotion create action that is immediate and spontaneous.  By having a physical medium, we slow down the process of converting thought into action.  The slowing down of action (or work) is so that we can choose whether to manifest our thoughts before it happens.  One must react to the thought before the action occurs and that is where the brain comes in.  It is the baby sitter, so to speak, of our spontaneous and creative minds.  Until we learn how to control our thoughts and emotions, all action will be regulated by the body in order for each one of us to learn the consequences of our thoughts and emotions.  The idea of "judgement" isn't that someone else will judge our actions, but rather, we will judge ourselves whether we have progressed in our self control of thought and emotion.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Change and Spirituality

As I continue on my journey to learn all that I can about the nature of Self, it's completely apparent that knowledge does not change a person.  Knowing everything in the universe will not produce a more noble character or an enlightened spiritual entity.  It is not knowledge that brings about change in a person.  It is merely the beginning of understanding.  But to truly gain understanding and wisdom, and thus create change in a person, one must practice behavior that will overcome the nature of our outer ego, the instinctive behavior of flesh.  This is one of the basic messages of all religions, even in the esoteric circle.

If anyone is looking to find the truth, they must apply practical behaviors, which most religions describe in their teachings.  It makes no difference what religion you ascribe to.  They all teach a fundamental practice to produce change within a person's soul.  What spiritual knowledge provides is the understanding of why the practices produce change in the soul, but it does not in and of itself produce that change.  This is the difficulty in realizing true change in a person.  It's plain to see that among the people, many are not as spiritually developed as they would profess by their religious speeches.  This is true among all persons who ascribe to a particular spiritual belief.  In terms of practices, many find it difficult to maintain their practice in this world because of the world and the life within this world.  As Jesus said, one cannot serve God and money.  They must choose one or the other.  This is quite a difficult task if you have responsibilities to others.  I believe this is the reason why the bible teaches celibacy.   It is not for some religious ideals, but rather to remove any obstacles from the person who wishes to have no distractions from their practice.  It is not a judgement on those who are not celibate.  The need to take care of others force a person to choose money over God.  However, this does not mean one cannot attain the goals of spiritual freedom through spiritual practices while making a living.

In order to produce the fruits of our labor through spiritual practices while living in the world, one must make every effort to be aware of their state of mind.  When you find yourself focusing more on the problems and concerns of this world, then you are drifting away from the spiritual practice and thus forgetting your goal.  So how does one prevent this?  The only way is to practice being aware of your thoughts.  In Buddhism, this is described as mindfulness, which is the act of observing your thoughts in order to be aware of your thoughts.  In Christianity, the Bible describes it with the passage "watch your life and doctrine closely".  The life is what you do because of your thoughts.  Your doctrine is what you think and not just what you believe, for your thoughts come from your beliefs.  In both of these cases, you are aware of your thoughts and actions from those thoughts.  But not just your thoughts, but also your emotions which amplify your thoughts.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, your thoughts become reality by the very nature of thought.  The nature is to create action when thought occurs.  Without awareness, your subconsciousness will try to act out your thoughts.   This can be seen when things occur to bother you and you act out your emotions and thoughts without control, such as expressing anger or frustration because of someone cutting you off on the road, or someone saying something that bothers you.  Without awareness of all your thoughts and emotions, it is easy to act out those thoughts and emotions without your awareness.  When you have awareness, then you have the opportunity to control your thoughts and emotions before they become action.

This ability to be aware of your thoughts and emotions require much practice and training.  The bible says “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  The path of destruction is the acts that are contrary to our spiritual nature, which are the acts born out of a lack of love.   This path is so easy to follow when one does not have control over their thoughts and emotions.  If one is to get off this path and onto the narrow road, they must practice control over their thoughts and emotions, however they wish to practice this.  Some will follow the Buddhist way of meditation.  Others will follow the Christian way of practicing love for others.  In either case, they are consciously being aware of their actions and it is this practice that must be maintained if one is to become enlightened in their spirit.

The idea of enlightenment simply means you are aware of your place among all of creation: that you and everything around you are One, that all beings are a part of All That Is and therefore worthy of love.  This means you can love who you are just as much as you love those around you.  If you cannot love yourself, then you will not love others.  Love does not mean being egotistical.  Love means that you are non-judgmental and accept everything as an experience, rather than a condition.  In other words, you do not feel personally any negative or positive situations as being a part of you or act against or for you.  Instead, if you look at it from the perspective of an outside viewer, then you are accepting the negative or positive situation as merely an experience and not something that is permanent.  In this way, you are detached from the things of this world without ignoring the experience, which provides wisdom.  This can only come about through practice being aware of your thoughts.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Buddhism and Spiritual Concepts

Lately, I've been learning about the basic principles of Buddhism.  It's very interesting to see how it correlates with spiritual principles and yet does not subscribe to traditional concepts of spirituality in the esoteric sense.  Rather it describes spirituality in terms of the mind and the concept of "emptiness" (the idea of recognizing limitless potential while having form that is temporary.  Same concept as our soul, having a temporary body containing a limitless soul that is released).  Having a Christian background, I immediately saw the same high-level message in Buddhism as there is in the message of Christ, that we are enslaved by the "sins of the flesh" and that we must be "saved".  In Buddhist terms, life is pure dukkha, or suffering, and this is due to cravings and desires of attachment (this is the same concept as sins of the flesh).  In order to be freed from this perpetual Samsara (karmic reincarnation due to attachment), one must follow the path of enlightenment (righteousness in Christian terms).  The Hindu religion also has the same principle, that of an ignorance of their true self due to sinful cravings and attachments to the flesh.

The aspect that I find missing in all of these religious principles is the gnostic knowledge of the esoteric.  But I believe this was planned in order to train people who follow these religions towards a spiritual understanding through practice and experience in order to know the truth, rather than simple knowledge of the truth.  The great messengers all taught what to do to be "saved" because it trains the mind (soul) to become "free" of ignorance to our true nature.  If the messengers spoke the gnostic knowledge directly to people, the people would not have understood and would not have known how to be freed from their ignorance of self.  This is one area that religions are in conflict with each other to proclaim the "only way" to be saved, because the true message is completely missed as they try to demonstrate how their message is the only way.

In Buddhism, without knowing what their deeper/hidden teachings are, due to the tradition of passing the more esoteric knowledge from master to disciple, on the surface the teachings will no more explain why we exist in the first place anymore than many other religions.  To the religious, esoteric knowledge may appear to be devoid of a purpose other than gaining some scary mystical concepts or evil powers of ESP.  But esoteric knowledge is what helps us in our spiritual development.  Why does Buddhism promote meditation?  Why does Christianity promote prayer?  These are both the same acts that you do in order to "know yourself".  Meditation is the means to realize your inner self through contemplation and observance, while prayer allows you to speak to that which is not seen ("God", which is the spiritual father of "you" in All That Is).  The aspect of esoteric knowledge that really helps one to gain perspective on their true nature is the fact that you know why these religious actions work the way they do so that you can gauge progress.  It goes beyond Buddhist goals of enlightened inner peace.  It goes beyond Christian joy of salvation.  Esoteric knowledge gives you the understanding of how to be what you want to be, beyond the limitations of the physical.  To be able to perceive beyond the physical senses, to know that your thoughts become reality, to communicate through the connectedness with All That Is (one with the universe).  These are the elementary goals of each of us and the different religions and philosophies, when practiced, provide the beginning steps towards the higher goal.

Why do you practice a religion?  Why do you do what you do?  What goal do you seek by your beliefs?  These are all fundamental questions one must ask themselves if one wants to start to know who they are, and thus know what they are.

In my belief, samsara is not because of karmic debt nor is it the cause of the next life incarnation.  Rather, the next life in samsara is driven by the need to experience all aspects of being.  If one acted in a negative manner in a previous life, it did not cause your next life.  The next life, if the previous life was a "bad" life due to "karma", is designed for you to experience and learn what the other side of your "bad" actions will be like.  It is an educational tool, not a punishment.  Suffering through attachment is the consequence of our learning process.  We begin each life anew so that we can experience what we need to learn without any prejudice from our previous life.  Then the outer ego (the part we associate with "I") will not expect anything, but rather experience everything as it happens and hopefully learn through it, eventually leading to a release from attachment of things and concepts (rigid beliefs are a form of attachment).  This learning process adds to the overall experience of our inner ego (the soul), and thus produces a wiser personality.  And this wisdom gained through multiple varying life experiences, carry forward into our future lives until we become whole (inner ego, aka soul, and outer ego, waking conscious mind, no longer think, and thus act, independently).

Buddhism has many very useful practical knowledge.  It also has many of the esoteric knowledge available in a way that is relatable in human terms.  But one must not take those teachings purely at face value anymore than the teachings of Jesus.  Jesus spoke in parables so that those who are ready and able to seek the deeper truths through their examination of themselves will understand once they have experienced what Jesus was talking about.  The same goes for the teachings of Buddha.  He gave practical instructions on how to become enlightened so that when one becomes enlightened, they can start to find the meaning behind the teachings.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reality's many dichotomies

There are many "fundamental truths" in reality that people believe, but none more so than the dichotomy of all things.  We see it in all of creation, and especially in the abstract.  The concept of dichotomy is the basis for everything, the most obvious being life and death.  All opposing aspects, however, are merely two sides of the same coin.  What we think of as opposites are simply the two ends of a range.  In fact, I believe the genesis of All That Is came from the splitting of one into two or more.

At the beginning of All That Is, you had a single entity, which "slept" ("darkness").  When it awoke, it became two from one ("light, thus light and dark is born").  The moment this occurred, there was a birth of sorts.  The one whole became a mind and heart, thought and emotion.  From these two, comes the birth of everything else that is.  As one, it could not share in its desires because desire could not form without a companion.  Because of this nature, the one had to become two in order for each to compliment the other, thus making a whole.  This is a fundamental dichotomy of God.  God cannot express love without someone or something to express it to.  Therefore, the fundamental dichotomy was that God must become two in order to be One.  When this occurred, the Thought was able to express itself apart from the Emotion.  The emotion, being the submissive to the thought, was the power behind making thought into reality.  These two aspects of consciousness can be represented in many ways.  Man and woman is one way, left and right, light and dark, good and bad, right and wrong, birth and death.  They are all dichotomies because one cannot exist without the other.  We use words such as left and right to express these concepts of opposites, but they do not hold meaning by themselves.  You cannot understand one without the other.  In other words, "right" and "wrong" do not mean what we accept as those meanings.  Rather, "right" simply is the opposite of "wrong".  "Wrong" doesn't mean it's incorrect except by our societal definition of saying something is unacceptable, just as "right" doesn't necessarily mean it is correct unless agreed upon.  It simple is portraying a dichotomy of opposites where "right" is seen as being beneficial and "wrong" as being detrimental. 

Now you may argue that Mind and Heart are not opposites, but then you must define what opposite means.  Black and White are not opposites either.  They are simply colors that we define as opposites.  Right and Wrong are not opposites because one simply is the better choice over the other and it is the individual that decides whether they represent extremes of those possible choices.  So the term "opposite" simply means they act in different capacities or descriptions, and yet are complimentary to the other.  Even the concept of life and death are not opposites since you have to define living and not living.  If living means you are conscious of your existence, then you cannot prove you cease to exist after death since the only proof of your conscious existence after death resides with you.  Therefore, life and death are not absolute opposites.  Rather, they are simply relative opposites based on a 3rd person perspective.

The idea of opposites exists because, as mentioned, you cannot experience one without the other.  To have intellect, but not have any emotion associated with the knowledge means that the knowledge has no meaning.  There is no reason for any intellect without an emotional component.  In the same way, emotion alone is meaningless without having something to be emotional about.  This is why "love" exists.  Love as an emotion is pointless without something to express it to, which is why God used thought to create more entities from itself.  Without more individual entities to share the thoughts and emotions with, God (from its perspective) becomes meaningless.  So God itself became a dichotomy in order to express purpose in existence.

We too are learning through life about dichotomies.  We judge everyday what is best for our lives, we seek purpose for our existence, we seek friendships and love from others.  This is all possible because of the many layers of dichotomies at work.  Our right brain vs. left brain.  Our masculinity vs. femininity.  Our choices in life between this and that.  Dichotomies is what makes life possible by giving us freedom of choice.

Although we tend to see things as one out of two possibilities, that is not the nature of existence.  It may appear to be this way because we choose to focus tightly in to a single set, but once you move your perspective back away from those limiting choices, you begin to see the dichotomy around the dichotomy, giving us more and more choices.  For example, we see our consciousness as mind and heart.  But within the mind and heart, lies the infinite aspects of thought and feeling.  I think and I feel..I feel good or bad...I feel ok or great...I feel wonderfully alive or exuberant!  As you dig deeper and deeper, each side has many more choices.  Once you pull back, you can see the infinite possibilities from just two sides of the coin.  That's because to get from one side to the other is an infinite number of steps in either direction, giving us infinite varieties and choices and experiences.  What you perceive as opposites are actually the representation of the infinite possibilities possessed within a single entity, that is you.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time and the illusion of Time

Time does not exist.  Time is something we perceive because we do not focus on the moment, but rather we are focused on the progression of moments.  Time does not exist because we are what we are at every moment.  However, we interpret that passing of moments as time.  This is all due to the nature of physical sensory perception.

In this body, what we interpret as time is the passing of actions. We also perceive time as the passage from one point in space to another.  In the mental state, you do not have passing of time because no action is done in sequence, but simultaneously to come to a new state.  It is simply a change of state.  In quantum mechanics, an electron does not exist anywhere and yet can be everywhere.  The reason for that is because we observe the electron in a specific state at specific points of observation (you take notice through the physical senses such as the eye in snapshots, like a very fast video camera.  Your observation, which is simply focusing upon something, causes the electrons to "fix" itself into a specific form and make itself observable).  Those observations are actions which progress sequentially.  That sequence of actions is measured as observed time.  If you could observe change (i.e. all possibilities) simultaneously, then no passage of action has occurred, therefore no time has occurred.  Same goes if you could experience a previous moment again.  You might say "well, I thought and thereafter, I acted, thus there was a passage of time".  But that is only the case in the physical realm where thought is translated by the brain into a physical action.  In the mental realm, thought is not thought at all.  It is action, which is interpreted as thought.  The idea of thought leading to action is because of the reality of the body.  Without a physical form, all actions are thought.

All exists at all times and nothing is static.  All possibility exists at the same time.  There are infinite possibilities of being.  Each possibility is a state of being.  That state of being is what you would consider "who you are" at the personality/psychological level at that moment.  This is defined, in terms of a metaphysical condition, where your energy is of a certain quality or state.  In terms of psychological condition, it is the state of mind and feeling.  In this light, as your state of mind changes or your state of feeling changes, you change, but what you consider time has not lapsed.  That's because no observable change of action occurred.  And unlike in the physical realm, your state can change back to its previous state, thus the notion of going back in time.  You can jump to the future by going to one of the probability states, but as you can see, changing states does not connotate actual time travel.  You can jump to any state, whether its in this life's personality, or another life's personality.  Changing of states is what the purpose of a life experience is all about.  Going from one level of being to another through experience.  You can only change states if you open your belief system to other possible states you can be.  This is why belief creates your reality.  Your state of mind is the only limiting factor to changing states, specifically, going "higher" or "lower" in state or level of being (I used the terms "higher" and "lower" because it represents change, not "better" or "worse".  It could just as well be "left" or "right").  This is possible because once you are out of the physical realm, time does not exist.  There is no space to traverse, no sequential action necessary.  The idea that you think and then act is wrong.  You act because that action was the thought, thus no time is passed.  An act is simply a state of being.  Changing states does not represent a passage of time because you can go back and forth along those state changes.

Consider your dreams.  There *appears* to be no rhyme or reason in it, although there is which you probably don't realize, but that is not the point here.  There are certain aspects that are familiar, but the dream seems to change states as you observe it.  This is the same concept of time.  You are observing something and that act of observing creates time.  Because what you observe is set in space, time exists because you are referencing movement as passage of time through space.  But if you were to step back and notice the viewer itself, you would realize nothing's changed and therefore no time has passed.  If you were in a blackened room and could not see anything or feel anything or sense anything, you would not know what time it is, how much time has passed, etc.  That's because you have nothing to observe as a passage of action.  The sun changing its position is an observed passage of action.  The feel on your skin is the passage of action.  And so on it goes, that our physical senses give us the perception of space and motion and movement and changing within that space.  If the sun did not move and the planets did not rotate, would you feel the passage of time?  If you could instantly teleport to a location rather than moving linearly, would you notice the passage of time?  If your body did not age, and you stayed the same in appearance, would you notice the passage of time?  You might say, well, I believed this then, but now I believe this and therefore time has passed because I used to be that, but now I am this.  But think about it.  If you switched back to your previous belief, at what point in time are you in?  If you keep referring back to a previous state to signify time passing, then at what point would you notice repetition and thus lose track of time?  In other words, if your idea of time passing was through a state progression such as A B C B A B A B, which point are you at?  Or what if you realized that you can be A B C at the same time?  That is another state D.  And if state D is the combination of A B C, at any moment you could be focused on state B.  In other words, because you can switch between the states you are familiar with at will, time is irrelevant.  It doesn't exist because at any moment you focus on a state, you are in that state.  If you think about a previous state, you are that state.  It is always "now" because action occurs when thought occurs, simultaneously.

The theory of relativity, I interpret, as being the observation of relative differences between states or moments in time.  It is not just about one observer relative to another.  But rather fundamentally, the observation of a change of state that is the relativity.  This observation of change in state is considered time.  In other words, what if instead, if time between two points in space isn't about distance, but of perception?  The warping of space is postulated that wormholes bridge two distant points through an observed space warp, but it could be argued that if you can warp your perception such that the perceived relative time is either slowed down or sped up, you would have the same effect.  We ascribe a fixed value to a time unit.  But that is simply a mechanical way of measuring a number of changes within a set interval.  If no change occurs within an observation, you could not determine any change in time as there would be no cues to give the mind an impression of time elapsing except through reasoning (mentally "observing" a period of time elapsing).  It is because there are external cues that provide change of state that we inherently feel the impressions of time.  Our bodies, the change in daylight, the invisible movements of the molecules even.  But if you take away all those physical observables, you would not sense any change in time.  Your inner consciousness does not think in linear fashion, though what we consider our consciousness (the outer ego) must see things in linear progression (time) because of the nature of action to reaction (a sensory input going to the brain and being interpreted into thought requires a linear set of actions because of the way the physical body works).

If there were no space, there would be no time.  If there was no time, there would be no space.  They are bound together and create our physical reality.

Traditional Christian belief

I spent most of my college years in an evangelical-like Christian church.  They taught a form of Christianity that said there is only one church, one truth, and they were that truth.  For a while, I believed it based on their knowledge of the bible, but eventually, I realized something was not right with those beliefs.  If they were the only truth holder, then we were the minority and every other "false-Christian" was the majority.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but for one Christian group to claim they hold the real truth really made me question what "truth" means.  So I left that group to figure it out.  It's very interesting what you will experience in life.

The thing I want to write about today is the basis for Christian belief, the foundation for today's interpretation of the bible.  The argument the church I went to uses for believing in Jesus and the traditional interpretation of Christianity is as follows: Jesus is believable because Jesus' words are true and reasonable.  Either Jesus was a master liar, a psychopath, or the Son of God.  So let's take this argument and see if it is reasonable.

First of all, this is not an exercise in denying Jesus' existence.  This is only an exercise in determining if the "true and reasonable" argument works.

"So, if Jesus was a master liar, then the story cannot be true."  One problem with this argument is that there have been many liars in our history that men have followed.  The church's argument is that people wouldn't die for it.  Well, there's been many cases of people dying for their beliefs.  Jonestown, Waco, Heaven's Gate, etc.  They all died believing in what they believed and what their leader taught.  Some may argue the people in Waco did not die for their leader, but that is not the point.  They put their life on the line for their belief.  So the argument that Jesus couldn't be a liar for a reason to believe is not a good one.

"Jesus was not a psychopath, so we can believe in him."  The problem with this argument is that their basis for this conclusion is purely based on anecdote.  They use the gospels in the bible to determine this.  But before you can accept the gospel, you have to accept the bible as the truth.  I'll talk about this later.  The premise that Jesus was not a psychopath is also an assumption without complete knowledge or details.  I'm not suggesting Jesus was a liar or psychopath.  Just that the arguments being made is not a reasonable argument.  He could have been a psycho, but did not portray himself as such because of his psychosis.  You see many people kill themselves for lesser causes, why not for a greater cause?  Psychological problems is not easily seen, nor is it expressed by the individual, so there's no basis of fact for denying this possibility.

"Jesus is the Son of God.  Because Jesus couldn't possibly be a liar or a psychopath, therefore he must be the Son of God."  Is that a reasonable conclusion?  Most definitely not.  Jesus could just be a messenger.  Jesus could be a normal man.  Jesus could be the main character in a philosophical narrative.  Jesus could be anything.  But to jump to the conclusion based on what the gospels say makes little sense because you must first accept the claims to accept this conclusion.  Therefore, it isn't the claims that must be true and reasonable, but the source of the claim, the bible (as we do not have Jesus here to determine his authority).

As I mentioned, the belief in Jesus is really not the basis of belief, but the bible itself.  Is the bible true and reasonable?  It's interesting that the majority of Christians do not challenge the bible's authority.  The logic for acceptance without question is that the Bible is infallible because it is the "Word of God" (they interpret the term "Word" to mean the bible or Jesus, as the living bible) just as it claims it is, and therefore, God would not allow His words to be distorted.  How they came to this conclusion is mind boggling.  Most, if not all Christians (and other religions that rely on a text source) accept the bible's authority simply because the bible claims a specific authority within the writings (anything can claim authority, whether true or not)!  We know the bible has been touched by men's hands.  It has been in controversy many times, but people choose to believe it has not been distorted.  They believe that one or two meaningless words changed does not change the message.  But that is exactly why the content has to be suspect.  If you can change one or two words here or there, how many other times has just one or two words been changed over the centuries?  To ignore the power that the church had over men is to ignore men's ambitions.  How were men controlled?  By indoctrinating them with the idea that the church leaders are God's representatives and that the leaders can only be the keepers and interpreters of God's words.  It wasn't until the printing press came about that men had the chance to study the bible for themselves.  But if you look at the history of today's bible composition, you will see how easily it can be distorted and manipulated.  The only basis for fact is the believer's faith.  But that is not a basis of fact at all.

The conclusion is if the bible is not verifiable, then how can you accept its words directly as the true message of God?  Again, I'm not claiming the bible is false or that it does not contain truths.  Rather, I'm saying you cannot blindly accept what someone tells you, just because they use the bible.  The interpretation cannot be verified because not only are the events written long past (the time of these events are unknown), but the original message may not be intact, so it cannot be used as a source of absolute truth.  However, there is and always will be other sources of truth.  The bible does contain truths, but it is hidden and not seen on the surface.  No manipulation of words by men, no translation by language, will distort or hide the hidden message that is in the bible.  That's because the bible does contain God's word in a form that Jesus called parables.  But not just the parables, but even the old testament has the hidden message as well.

I believe the old testament is a large collection of parables written in story form.  It is the message that man is composed of body and spirit.  That the spirit has lost its way and forgotten who it is and where it came from.  A veil of ignorance has come down upon it and has become "trapped" as flesh (belief that he is only human).  The old testament is filled with stories of Israel's captivity and bondage.  The true Israelite, as Paul wrote, is what is "inside" of all humans, not just the Jews.  He was referring to each person's spirit.  The true Israelite is the metaphor for our spirit.  The spirit or soul, having identified itself as being flesh and not spirit, has become ignorant of itself.  Therefore, it has become captive in a barren land of death and destruction.  The body is the barren land and it dies.  But God sent help when the people cry out.  Moses, Jonah, Joseph, Joshua, David, etc.  All led their people out of bondage.  This is also the message of Jesus: salvation of the soul from "death", which is the body.  It is the leading of our soul from the body's captivity that is the true message of the bible.  And this message is consistent throughout the bible.  If you read the bible with this context, it'll make some of the confusing things written make sense.  There are too many examples to write down here, but it explains what "Satan" means (Satan is the flesh, the great deceiver being this physical body, that you are a physical creature), it explains what Job's temptation and Jesus' similar temptation means (deny the spirit, live by the flesh), it explains why salvation is for all, not only the Jews because it is the salvation of our souls from ignorance of itself, not from the sins of the flesh (which is misinterpreted as well.  Sins of the flesh means you identify yourself with the flesh and its animalistic instincts).

So what is true and reasonable?  It is not whether Jesus is the Son of God or not.  It is whether the bible as interpreted by traditional Christianity is true and reasonable.  From this, all other beliefs from the bible stems.  Figure out what the bible's message really is, then you'll know if your beliefs in Jesus and ultimately the message is true and reasonable.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Your reality

The old question "if a tree fell in the woods, and no one was around to hear this, did it really fall?" brings up a very valid point about our concepts of reality.  The truth is, our reality is only that which exists within our field of physical senses.  Beyond our senses, it is the realm of our mind that creates reality.  In other words, that which we perceive from our sense of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell is interpreted in our mind as the reality within the immediate space around us.  Beyond that, it is the perceptions of others in this reality that keeps things outside of our perception "real".  This is possible because all living and "non-living" things are connected psychically with each other.  The perceptions of one is shared among the collective consciousness so that together, we create the reality we perceive.

If only one person existed in this space, how would you know if there was anything outside of your range of physical perception in existence?  You could not verify this information.  Say, for example, you put a camera opposite the planet from your position.  Even then, the reality of existence on the side of the camera is only possible because you observe an image from the camera.  But you cannot prove that what the camera is showing you exists.  Only that the camera has transmitted an image based on your idea of what it is looking at.

This is the concept of belief becoming reality.  This deep thought is important because it sets into place the idea that your beliefs can alter reality.  This isn't about some psychotic episode or mental breakdown of our idea about reality.  Reality in this world exists because of the physical laws of this world and all of creation follows these laws.  However, within these laws, our ideas about reality shape and form what we perceive through our senses.  This is done at the energy level of all matter.  At an unconscious level, the energy that binds the universe is able to shape and form that which comes from our individual and collective minds.

We've all said such things as "I'm feeling drained.  I feel low on energy.  I'm full of energy.  That kid sure is energetic."  Unconsciously, we know that existence is manifested by energy.  We know consciously that we eat and breath to gain energy.  The physical body is designed to breakdown food into energy and the parts of matter that is removed as waste is excess energy and therefore not broken down.  So the question then is, what is the energy for?

The obvious use of energy in the body is to maintain itself.  But this is done not only at the cellular level, but deeper, at the atomic level.  Consider how our body is constantly dying and being reborn.  You are not aware of this because it's at a cellular level.  Each cell dies and a new cell replaces it.  So in essence, you are being reborn all the time.  And yet, your consciousness does not disappear.  How is this so?  It is possible because your essence is the energy that keeps the body together and regenerates the body.  This energy is what you are made of at the core.  When you eat and breath, you take in energy to replenish your energy body because you are expending energy to create this reality: your body, your environment, your reality.

Every night, you sleep.  What occurs during your sleep is the main way of re-energizing your energy body.  You leave your physical body with a small portion of your energy left behind to another dimension in order to learn and re-energize yourself.  The energy you receive from food and air is just a small portion of the energy you need to maintain yourself.  That is why when you lack sleep, you will fall into ill-health.  Your energy body is not able to keep maintaining your physical body because it is not given the opportunity to replenish itself.

If you accept the idea that I put forth above, then you must realize that what you perceive to be your reality can be changed by your belief.  You accept what you believe is real because of your senses.  But if you override your senses by changing your belief, your energy body will accept that just as much as the information you pass along from your senses.  That is because your brain processes the sensory input into thought/belief.  That belief is processed by your "inner self", your true self, the energy body, and it manifests what your inner self believes your outer "awake" self believes, so that there is continuity of reality.  But if you changed your beliefs with expectations and a strong intent, that thought can become your new inner belief and your energy body will manifest this new reality because it is what you perceive to be real in your consciousness.  This is what many throughout the centuries have called "miracles", but it requires "faith" or more accurately, an emotionally "knowing" belief.  In the bible, Matthew 8:5-13 describes this very concept, which ends with "13. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment."

Many people have demonstrated this unwittingly through prayer and positive thinking.  They do not realize that it is themselves that has manifested their desires.  They believe it was either God, luck, or external forces that provide their desire.  But once you realize you are energy just as the universe is energy, then you can accept the notion that by your energy and the drawing of universal energy around us, you can create your own personal reality.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We are One

Every day, we wake up, think of our day's plans and go about our business in the world.  Every day, we are surrounded by people we know and are aware of, as well as those we do not know and ignore.  But if you were to take a moment and see the vastness of people around you, you would be amazed to see how diverse, how multitudinous, and at the same time, similar to you they are.  When you realize that these people all act and behave the same way as you, there is commonality found.

At a deeper level, there is more than just commonality.  You and I are the same being.  I am you, and you are me.  But at the same time, I am me, and you are you.  You're probably asking "What are you talking about?"  Think of every person as being a cell within a larger body.  Each cell has its own being.  It acts everyday in its capacity, depending on the type of cell it is.  These cells live and die, then is reborn as a new cell.  In the same way, we also have our own being.  We too act everyday in our capacity.  We too live and die and are reborn.  This is the cycle of life and is demonstrated by our bodies.  How much more are we a part of the larger body of the universe.  Everything in creation has a purpose in the larger body.  But because we are part of the same body, we are the same being.  Just as every cell in my body together make up "me", every one of us make up the same "I" or God or whatever you want to call the universe.

In the same way, our souls are individual identities, and yet we are one identity.  In Genesis, the bible says we are created in the image of God.  Too many religious people say that backwards.  They project our image on God and make God a personification of us.  The fact of the matter is that we are in the image of a spiritual being "beyond comprehension" as some like to believe.  But we are only "beyond comprehension" because we do not accept our heavenly being.  We see what we believe are faults and failures and from that assume we cannot be holy.  In truth, there is no faults and failures.  Only acts, whether consciously or unconsciously, that stem from our desire to be.  If we did not desire to be (in other words, to live and act out of free-will), then we would not do anything.  We would be motionless and have no being.  Therefore, any belief that we are bad is faulty and without merit.  When you realize this, you will see the divinity of our soul.

Some religious people do not accept their divinity because they misinterpret the notion of pride and humility.  Pride is not the act of raising ourselves up.  It is instead the ignoring of their self because they cannot accept that they came from God.  Pride says I do not come from God because I am me and you are you.  Humility says you accept your godliness because we are in the image of God.  Humility says I am you and you are me, We are One.  That is true humility, where you can accept your godliness the same as you accept another individual's godliness.  Pride takes away not only your godliness, but everyone else, thus making each person separate from God.  It is false humility that says only God is holy, and we are not holy, therefore we are apart from God.  Put another way, it is saying we are apart from God because I do not see God in me, therefore I am not holy.  This is pride because you assume you can exist outside of God, without God.  But no one can have their being without God.  Humility accepts this and therefore they accept that God is with them and that they are holy.

You are holy.  You are godly.  You are God!  We are One as God.  Eventually, everyone will realize this once more and return to God.  What does "return to God" mean?  Our focus, our will, our intent, whatever you want to call that part which acts upon our thoughts, will realize where it came from and will return back to where they came from.  This does not mean we will lose our personalities or individuality.  It simply means we will realize that there was and has always existed One, that we never was separate or apart from the One.  Today, many are ignorant of this fact and live alone in their perception.  They do not see their connection to everyone around them, or to the Godhead.  They ignore their inner self because they do not seek.  They do not seek because they are blinded by the world around them.  The world they see is our inheritance.  But by our ignoring our true selves, we have made a path of destruction, rather than construction.  We exist in this world to realize who we are inside so that the inheritance given to us can be heaven on earth.

You must wake up from your deep slumber and open your true eyes, beyond the physical eyes, to see.  Open your true ears, beyond the physical ears, to hear.  Then you will know that We are One with God and each other.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Answers to Questions, Part 3

[5/9/17] Note that my "Answers to Questions" posts were made at the beginning of my "understandings", so these answers are somewhat colored by my Christian background.  My "answers" hasn't changed so much as these should be taken with the understanding that there are "fuller" answers.

Q: Is the Bible true?
A: The Bible has truths in it, but to say that it is the only truth means that God has stopped communicating with the creations.  This does not make any sense.  To put things into perspective, you must realize that the Bible is a collection of stories and writings written down over centuries through verbal dictation and copied manuscripts.  The key question, however, is what is the source of the message?  Many believe they are messages from God and therefore infallible.  I believe that the messages are spiritual insights gained by many who have had out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, through meditation like states and other methods that put someone into a deeper consciousness, or are psychically capable, and have spoken or written the message down through their interpretations of the experience or message.  Interpretation cannot be helped.  All messages from the spirit world come through the glass lens of the receiver and is translated into the language, local beliefs and culture of the receiving person.  Communication outside the physical body is through emotions and thoughts (feelings, pictures, sounds, senses: universal communications), not words and speech which are local to a region and peoples.  Because of this, some ideas come through to the receiver in a way they would understand, but may not necessarily interpret it appropriately.  This has always been true as it was then.  You see mediums today who channel messages from the spirit world that must interpret what they are receiving or they will simply forward the message to another and the recipient must interpret that message using their knowledge.  I mention this because you can find many books today that speak of the spiritual nature, and yet the majority of people do not worship or exclaim these writings as the message of God.  But back when the Bible came about, they were handled and passed down by the religious leaders because those who had psychic gifts were predominately a part of or joined the religious order in order understand what they were receiving.  Over time, these messages with the receivers interpretations were presented to their followers as edicts from God without questioning or reinterpretation.  The stories in the Bible are not simply words to obey as written.  This should have been made obvious when Jesus said he spoke in parables.  If the Jews did not understand the true message from the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus after thousands of years, can anyone truly say the true message of the New Testament was received properly?  Those who point out the contradictions of the Bible and the believers who refute these contradictions prove to the fact that the message is interpreted and based on the reader's ideas of reality, come to different conclusions.  Therefore, one should try to determine if they understand the message hidden in the bible and whether that message makes sense in context of a spiritual world.  This can only happen when you release your conceptions and dogmas of religious principles and seek a deeper truth, that of a spiritual truth.  The message of the Bible is a spiritual one hidden behind the physical words.  In other words, if one reads the words as it would be applied to the imaginary "you", the human form, then you do not see the true message as all spiritual messages are targeted to our true form, that of our soul.

Q: What about Jesus?
A: What people do not realize about Jesus was that he was not the only "Christ" figure in the story.  And yet, the Christian movement mainly focuses on Jesus.  From my understanding, the Christ figure is really composed of John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, and Paul (Saul).  John represents the passage of the old to the new.  When John baptized Jesus, it was to signify the cleansing from the old to the new, which is moving from the focus of the body to that of the soul.  That is why John was such a minimal part of the story, even though John was worshiped by his followers in the same way as Jesus, and he made way for Jesus.  Jesus is the embodiment of the soul.  His life characterized what spirit life is like, what we are like in spirit.  Jesus expressed all his emotions no differently than we do: love, sadness, anger, and I believe other emotions that are not necessarily considered "good".  But as I mentioned in my other posts, emotions exist and are not bad.  They are a part of us, but we are to use all emotions in a positive way as emotions and thoughts are both transmission of energy we use to expression ourselves.  Jesus could do things beyond what we believe we can.  This is the outcome of the soul manifesting its reality upon the physical realm.  He was demonstrating to us what it is to be living in spirit while in the flesh.  Christhood is the same concept as enlightenment, which is to attain a full body/soul connection such that the soul is free to act from its creative consciousness while in physical form.  Jesus' story is not a message of salvation of our bodies or even our souls.  It is a message of awakening of our soul so that it is no longer enslaved by the body and the beliefs we hold about what is and isn't possible.  That is the misinterpretation of the message of salvation.  In other words, we are not saved to enter heaven.  We are saved by awakening our unconscious "self" in the body.  That is heaven, to be freed of the illusion of life and the limitations of prejudice and ignorant beliefs.  Paul was the carrier of this message, but for some reason, Paul did not carry the full message and will return to correct this.  That is the second coming of Christ.  It is said that Paul will return as the Christ to correct the mistake of institutionalizing the message of spiritual salvation into a religious dogma.  When Jesus came into flesh, he knew his purpose in life.  Paul also knew before he was born that he was to take part in this drama, but the letters he wrote misconstrued the message of Christ.  After Paul was taken to heaven (most likely a near-death experience) where Jesus met him the first time and converted him, he preached the message, but interpreted the message through the lens of his religious upbringing as can be seen in his writings regarding his membership in the religious community.  Although he did not remain a part, it was this "tainting" of the message through interpretation that we have a religious Christian message today.  There were other Christian teachings not mainstream that carries a different message, but those have long been suppressed by the Catholic movement after Emperor Constantine created the Roman national religion.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Answers to Questions, part 2

Q: Which religion is right?
A: All and none.  They are all right if it helps those who believe to learn to grow in love all during their life.  They are all wrong because it limits the persons beliefs into a small box without understanding how limitless Source is.  If one truly believed that Source/God is infinite in everything, then no single belief can ever define that.  If we are from that infiniteness, then we are limitless and have no bounds.  By putting restrictions, ideologies, barriers, whatever you want to call the rules, or "Laws" as Jesus put it, on the soul, you are basically saying the soul is not able to overcome those limitations.  This is a major cause for people to have fears, doubts, and a general lack of faith, not to mention conflicts and strife among the human race.  Those who believe God chose a single group to enter heaven must answer the question: "Did God create everything?"  If so, then would God create something that cannot be forgiven (this question is based on the Christian belief that man needs salvation for "original sin")?  If God cannot forgive, then how can God show unconditional love?  Christians believe Jesus allows us to be saved.  But again, if Jesus "saves" us, why would anyone be condemned if they choose not to follow Jesus?  That means Jesus cannot save because it is those who accept Jesus who saves themselves, not Jesus.  In other words, it is the act of the person accepting Jesus that saves them, not Jesus himself.  If they do not need to do anything to be saved, then there was no reason for Jesus to save anyone since God simply need to say "you are saved".  But this all assumes the idea that we as immortal souls need saving in the first place.  The only salvation we need is from the ignorance of not knowing our true immortal nature and thus do not learn how to grow in our souls and finish our period of physical life incarnations.  Other religions teach other aspects about heaven and hell, but there is neither.  There is only that which you create in your belief.  You are limitless creators learning to control your creative abilities.  If you believe there is a heaven, you create that heaven.  If you believe there is a hell, you create that hell.

Q: Are there UFO's or alien life?
A: There are other worlds, other dimensions, other realms, other possible time lines.  In other words, there is an infinite number of possible universes out there because they are all created by us as spirits.  Even this existence we live is the result of our soul manifesting reality for learning purposes.  Whether extraterrestrials come and visit, I would not doubt the possibility anymore then I would believe that we are the only planet with life in this dimension, of the countless galaxies out there.  If the goal of the soul is to grow in our ability to control our creative consciousness, then it's not hard to believe that there are incarnations of souls that have physical forms capable of controlling the flesh through the spirit and have much further advancements not only in technology, but in psychic abilities as well.  To overcome the laws of nature is nothing in spirit since those laws only apply to this physical realm.  If the spirit of Jesus could make a man walk on water and rise from the dead, that spirit in every man which comes from the same Source as that of Jesus, is capable of creating vehicles that can overcome the laws of gravity.

Q: What happens when a person dies?
A: Their soul identity (the "I") will vacate the host body when it decides the time is proper.  This can be well before actual bodily death to just after.  Sometimes, the soul will depart before the time in the body is supposed to be over.  In those cases, they will either be asked or told to return to complete their life mission.  They do not have to accept as it is their choice to return or stay, but if they end the life prematurely, they will most likely have to re-experience what they were to experience in another life.  After death, your consciousness will reside in spirit form, and the personality of that life will remain as a part of you.  In other words, you do not become "holy" or change mentally, or anything like that.  You are still "you", both the good and bad.  What each person experiences depends on what beliefs they have accumulated.  If they believe they were bad and must be punished, they may experience a sort of "hell".  If they believe they will go to "heaven", they may experience a heavenly surrounding.  If they believe in nothing, they may experience "nothingness".  It really depends on each person.  At the initial stage, some may be visited by deceased relatives or friends, they may be visited by religious personalities, they may be visited by their spirit guides, or they may not be visited by anyone.  This period is a transition period, where their questions are answered, their "shock" is relieved, their fears subdued by the feelings of love.  This feeling is typically the receiving of energy from the other souls.  Feelings and thoughts are all forms of energy, so the feeling of love and peace is you being filled with energy.  When you incarnate into a body, your soul does not completely enter the body.  A portion of your soul energy remains in the spirit realm.  When you return from your incarnation, that portion of energy which lived the life will return to the rest of your soul energy, bringing with it a feeling of "home", strength, and remembrance as you regain completeness of all your personalities.  Any negative habits from the life consciousness that we do not cling to will be cast off once we fill up with energy, sort of like an energy shower cleansing.  Each life is another personality you gain and will be invaluable to your soul as a life memory that you will draw upon for wisdom, understanding, and pleasure through reliving your favorite moments.  As I mentioned, what defines you as the personality in life does not go away.  You decide what "you" are in spirit just as much as you define what your reality is.  Everything is based on your desires and decisions, and nobody forces anything upon you.  You have complete free-will.  That is why we are always learning to control ourselves by our own desire for that control.  No one, not even God, forces you to be someone else as that would betray God's desire for each of us to be unique individuals.  We are each perfect in our own design.  It is not our personality that defines perfection, but our ability to create and define our personality that makes us perfect.  After we are oriented back into the spirit realm and have cast off the illusion of the just-finished life, we are able to reflect upon the past life to learn from our triumphs, our mistakes, and gain wisdom from that experience.  There is no judgment except self-judgment as that is the only way to learn from our mistakes.  So no one should fear judgment in death, because as immortals, judgment would not create change.  If in death we were to face judgment by others, it only lead to bitterness and hatred, which is what happens so many times here in the physical reality.

Answers to questions

Today, I want to put in writing what I believe are answers to questions people may have.  These aren't to say they are right.  Only that they are logical and right to me.

Q: What is God?
A: I believe that "God" is an infinite conscious energy.  You can "see God" in creation just by studying atomic and sub-atomic structure.  Everything in the physical world is held together by the invisible electromagnetic energy, even though you can only see the results of the massive combination of this electromagnetic energy with some of that infinite energy having been converted into matter.  I don't know what this energy is called in the spirit realm.  I use the term "energy" in this reality because that is the closest word I can use to describe what God is in this language.  You could call it vibrational energy as well, since it also exhibits the properties of infinite frequencies.  The word God is also limiting.  It is a word made up to describe something that has personality, but God is not just one personality.  "God" is the combination of All That Is (I prefer to call God, Source since that is where everything that is came from) because our energy comes from God's energy, and yet because the amount of energy is infinite, we never left God as the Source of all energy.  We are merely portions of that infinite energy into separate identities just as what we perceive as reality is a portion of that energy converted into matter.  Sort of like a symphony where multiple instruments create music, each having its own unique characteristics and frequencies, but contained within the whole song.

Q: Why does God ignore us?
A: God does not ignore us.  In fact, it is because God pays attention to us that we have our being.  What the question is really asking is, "Why doesn't God listen to me?"  The reason why people do not feel God's presence is because they do not know what to look for.  They send out a wish list and expect the wishes to come true.  God is not a genie or a lottery ticket.  We exist in this life to learn from it.  Every situation and circumstance we encounter is a blessing, whether good or bad, because we can experience it and hopefully learn something new from it.  From our human perspective, we may not see it this way, but if you realize what you really are, that you are not the physical being you believe you are, then the perspective can change and you start to see the truth.  God does not ignore us.  But God does not interfere with our lives because, whether you believe it or not, we choose the life we have.  What you believe is manifest into your reality.  You may feel like that's some fantasy, but every doubtful thought, every denial of truth, makes those doubts and lack of faith become more real.  For the Christians, this is what true faith is, to believe you (your true self) can move mountains and it will be done.  God does not need you to pray for this or that.  It is in your own power to make those desires come true, if you believe.

Q: Why is there evil in the world?
A: The reason why this question is asked is because people naturally desire peace and harmony or are afraid for their safety out of the survival instincts.  But not everyone desires or demonstrates peace and harmony, unfortunately.  This is the consequence of free-will and learning, not some temptation of an evil spirit or demonic being (though that is also a possibility if one is given over to suggestion).  It is not something that exists outside of our own desires and beliefs.  Evil is the manifestation of an individual's own desire or belief, just as much as Good.  And this is exactly because we have free-will.  If God desired only good in the world, then God would not have given us free-will.  An individual can only be an individual if they can choose to do whatever they desire in their infinite creativity.  If you take that away, then there is no free-will and no individuality.  This does not mean there isn't consequences to our acts, both good or bad.  However, you must realize that judgment and judgmental attitudes perpetuates bad behaviors.  People have a hard time not feeling judgmental because they think that if they don't discourage bad behavior through judgment, it will continue.  But this is a wrong belief.  Good and bad will always exist because of free-will.  It is only the individual that can decide to act one way or another.  All judgment of another does is to instill evil in the one who judges.  This can easily be seen as revenge and violence which comes from hatred, jealousy, anger, etc.  These feelings are NOT bad.  They are real, just as much as love, kindness, etc.  What is wrong is to act upon those feelings in a way that is not beneficial.  For example, if you're angry, redirect that energy towards helping others not fall into such acts.

Q: What is our purpose in life?
A: We exist in this world to live and experience this three-dimensional life.  We are immortal souls who are training to become co-creators with the living Source.  This is obvious even in this life.  We create our own reality every time we desire to do something.  You think "I want to go to Disneyland" and you make the plans and do it.  It may appear obvious and not very creative, but you transformed thought into reality.  It's even more obvious for those who create things for a living.  It is in our nature to transform thought into reality.  As a software engineer, I enjoy thinking of ideas and making them real (at least in the computer realm).  3D video games can be thought of as a rudimentary beginnings of creating other realities and worlds.  Why isn't everyone creating something in this life?  That's because we are not all at the same level of spiritual development in terms of transforming our energy into reality.  Some are relatively new souls (only having a few life incarnations) while others are older souls who are near the end of their reincarnations.  How is it that we are aware of abstract concepts such as math, astrology, and physics?  Because these ideas existed before the physical world existed (in fact, all things that we accept as real in this physical world existed in the mental/spiritual world before it became physically manifest.  This is the nature of thought becoming reality.  The mind is the birthplace of all reality).  It is also what the physical world is created from, which we call laws of nature.  These laws were defined beforehand, otherwise, you could not have an ordered creation.  It is impossible to have creation that obeys laws before those laws existed.  Even the fact that you have a Big Bang is evidence of natural laws at work (laws of conservation of energy, kinetic vs potential energy, E=MC2, gravity etc. - notice they all deal with energy, which is what I defined as "God" as well as everything in the spirit world).  In the same way, we are learning what those laws are (not human laws) and learning through life how to work within those laws to be creative in a positive way.  Some live lives that are very difficult while others live lives beyond our human imagination.  This is all of our choosing by our beliefs, whether you believe it or not, in order to learn in all circumstances.  Those living harsh lives will grow much faster and stronger as a soul (assuming they learn from their circumstance, not everyone does) than those who choose a life of simplicity and low challenge simply because there is more to learn in such harsh realities.  You must remember that life is short because it is not our real life so whether you have a good life or a bad life, they'll both end and each soul will be their immortal selves again to reflect and gain wisdom from their just-ended lives.  It is like a student having a hard time in the subject of math while in grade 3.  But we know the harder we work, when we are finished with that grade, we move on to the next.  Those who do not work hard may have to repeat the grade, or worse, go back a grade.  Those who move forward will take their knowledge gained to build upon even more knowledge.  This is the same analogy as a soul who is working to evolve itself into perfection, our graduation being to merge back into the Source (God), to become co-creators.  But unlike our physical lives, we have eternity to learn.  Until you grasp eternity, life, with its limitations of time and space, will seem so much more real than it really is.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Belief and Reality

Today, I want to talk about our beliefs and reality. But first, I want to say that what I write is what I believe to be truth and it is written so that others may hear my beliefs so that they can form their own beliefs. I have no intentions of forcing a belief upon anyone. Each person has to form their own convictions about truth so that from that they can act upon their convictions. It does no good if people are simply fed what to believe, not knowing why or what it is that they believe. It is because of this that I want to help people use their own intuition to seek the truth within themselves; to not deny their spiritual nature because of tradition or fear from misunderstanding.

The majority of people in the world today grow up religious to some degree. Most people do not grow up thinking "I live now, but death brings nothingness". The idea that there is nothing after death , in my opinion, is a way to rationalize things in the world they see as evil by denying a moral spiritual world. The rational is that if there was a moral spiritual world, then evil should not exist in the physical world. In the same way, religion says "I live now, but death brings nothingness to those who are evil." To me, this is the same view as an aethist, except they believe in a God who will destroy evil while protecting those who claim to follow God. So on the one hand, you have a group of people who show a fairness of judgement, where everyone disappears at death. Then you have another group who believes in an unfair judgement, where some are granted life in paradise, while most end up in torment. Of course, the majority thinks they will be in paradise and not judged to hell because one sin isn't the same as another. They believe in degrees of sinfulness.

If I were to choose my ideal belief based on these two beliefs only, I'd probably prefer the salvation route because at least I have a chance to live on after death (at least in my mind, I'd be able to do enough to be saved). There would be no purpose or reason for me to live if I believed that at death, darkness becomes eternal for all. It would be very difficult to show love, since I would not want my loved ones to disappear. And yet, many who do not believe in life after death believe that their loved ones continue on through our memories. The funny thing about this belief is that it is true to some degree. Which brings up the topic of this blog: What is belief and what is reality?

The notion of faith and belief is an interesting subject. How is it that we can have faith and beliefs? What does it mean to have faith and why? What purpose does faith and belief have as an animal? As I wrote in my previous blog, without our soul in the body, the body itself is merely another species of animal with its own consciousness. When we look at a dog, can we perceive the dog having faith or a belief? What about a fish or a beetle? Dog owners will claim strongly that their pet is another member of their family. How can this be? This is an interesting pychological behavior of people that you do not typically see in other animals, one species accepting another as a member of its family. So where does these behaviors and mindsets come from?

At a deeper level, our souls are all connected to every thing in existence in a network of connections. If there was a movie made about the spirit world, The Matrix would be the closest one to the spirit reality. In the Matrix, people are sleeping and dreaming inside capsules. Their everyday life is a dream created in the mind of person. And yet, to that person, everything is real. It isn't until someone shows them the way to the truth, revealing the reality outside the dream. In our lives, we believe that what we sense with our body is real. We believe that everything we see is the extent of reality. If we can touch, taste, smell, hear, and see something, it is the only thing that is real. But if that is the case, does that mean our thoughts are not real simply because it cannot be sensed by those 5 physical senses? Does that mean our feelings for our pet are not real because those feelings are not capable of being physically sensed? Does that mean our memories are not real since they are no longer in this physical reality?

At this point, most people would define what "real" means as something based on the 5 physical senses. But if that is the only way to define real, then those who believe in a spirit world could not justify the soul since the spirit world cannot be sensed by the physical senses. Those who do not believe in the spirit world would have no basis for memories or feelings since they do not have real form. You cannot feel emotion since you're really just feeling an interpretation of emotion by our mind, not the emotion itself. So then what does it mean to say something is real?

I suggest that in order for something to be real, you only need to believe it is real. In other words, you accept something as having form, even without form. I know my thoughts are real, because I perceive them, through another means beyond the 5 physical senses. You might be asking, "isn't the brain a sensory organ as well?" I would say "yes", but what does it sense? If it's simply the neurological stimulation from the body, then that would be limited to the 5 senses. But what if the brain is actually a sensory organ for the unseen part of our body? The electromagnetic stimulations of the soul? If we as spirit is energy, then this makes sense. The brain is just one big organ that takes electrical signals and interprets them. Why would it be difficult to believe that it couldn't pick up the electrical signals of our soul energy? Makes you think, doesn't it? :)

So then, what is reality? If things without form such as belief is also real, then does that mean what we perceive by our senses are not the only things that we should consider reality? If the brain can pick up electronic signals, and the world is filled with electromagnetic energy (without which nothing could exist), then maybe our bodies can pick up on those electrical signals outside the body. Indeed, this is why there are some who are able to perceive things that others do not. Things that appear to not exist in real space, and yet are perceived as real by those who are sensitive to such energies.

Ultimately, this begs the question: if reality is what I believe, then can my belief create my own reality? If my body perceives through electrical stimulations from the physical sensory organs of which the brain is one of them (and without consciousness that we call the mind, the brain alone is no more be able to think as a blind person is able to see), then could we perceived things that are not what we consider real? This is all dependent on each of our own beliefs. If you believe that heaven is made of clouds and angels, then that is what you will perceive because it is your belief. If you believe that there is no existence after death, then that is what you will perceive. If you believe in a fire and brimstone hell with demons and devils, then that is what you will perceive.  If these kinds of beliefs exist upon death, that will be your reality until you choose to change your beliefs.  Eventually, we will be guided by our loving spirit guides (we all have one or more), who greets us upon death whether you recognize them or not, to the truth, and our perceptions about reality will no longer be distorted, but this too depends on your acceptance of what is real based on your beliefs.

So, if reality is what you believe, then don't you think you should consider what you believe more carefully?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Science and "God"

I was watching the show The Creation Question: A Curiosity Conversation. They were discussing Stephen Hawking's declaration that God does not exist because of time and whether he is right or how God and science can coexist, if at all. Here's my view on this.

First of all, the concept of "God" has to be defined. Without explaining what "God" means, it's impossible to explain creation. Some religion views God as a personality while others view God as an indescribable being; someone like us in consciousness. But this is backwards. God is not "like us". We are like God. So what is God like? God isn't a being per-se. God is what exists. What exists is what we can imagine. Imagination is truth and reality because it exists by mere thought. Because thought exists, it is real, even if we do not perceive it in terms of physical reality. It is real because we created it in our mind. Therefore, God is anything and everything because we can imagine anything and everything through mind. God is that mind which creates and it is the created. In other words, God is the Source of All That Is, everything that was, is and will be.

In terms of science, think of God as that which allows matter to exist. By Albert Einstein's law of matter, E=MC2, God is the energy which allows matter to exist. Without energy, matter cannot exist and without energy matter cannot sustain itself. Matter is composed of that which cannot be seen, and yet we can measure to a small degree, it's existence. So for the question of beginning, the beginning wasn't matter, but energy. And energy is not visible, and neither is it created nor destroyed. It is experienced. People believe energy is just a form without substance. But what if energy has substance? What if energy is conscious? That would be one possible explanation for where consciousness lies. That could also be one possible explanation for where creativity resides. That is my belief, that this energy is alive and conscious. It is that which allows existence, not only in the physical realm, but in all other forms and dimensions.

So let's ask the question "where did energy come from?" What is energy? Since you need energy to create matter, what is the source and beginning, if any, for energy? That really should be the question of science, if you're looking for the beginning of matter. If you can determine where and what energy is, then you will have the answer for where matter came from.

Energy does not need to be converted only into matter. In fact, the reality that we perceive isn't the only one that exists. It is merely one of an infinite number of realities that exists because of infinite frequencies within energy.  Energy is the basis for all matter. We are also composed of energy. What you see as your body, as your car, as everything around you, is at its core composed of and held together by electromagnetic energy. But we do not see that with our physical eyes. Rather, we see the larger end result of that energy in the form of cells, composed of molecules, composed of atoms, which is just energy. The universe is like a mathematical formula brought from the mind into existence as form and as such, follows patterns. You can see the pattern of math in the universe in many everyday things. For example, if you look at a leaf, you can see the fractal patterns on the surface where the veining occurs. If you look at the branch, you can see the fractal patterns of the leaves. If you look at the tree, you can see the fractal patterns of the branches. Going in the other direction, If you look at the leaf, you can see the fractal pattern of the cells. If you look in the cell, you can see the fractal pattern of the molecules. If you look at the molecules, you can see the fractal patterns of the atoms. In fact, everything at the molecular level is like a tiny version of the infinite universe and from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, it is all composed of electromagnetic energy across the infinite spectrum of frequencies. Creation follows the law of electromagnetic energy. If energy is conscious, then you have God.

How does one prove that energy has consciousness? This requires proving that consciousness exists. What is consciousness? It is the idea that we are aware of ourselves. It has nothing to do with being aware of things outside of ourselves. That is merely a mental belief because our physical senses provide stimulation to our mind and the mind interprets outside as reality. So if we identity with ourselves individually and believe we exist, that is consciousness. How does one prove this? How does one prove that something else is not conscious? Most people would say a plant is not conscious or that a rock is not conscious because it does not interact or communicate with us. But if the definition of consciousness is communication or movement, then the wind could be considered conscious since it makes noise and moves. If that is the definition of consciousness, then water is conscious. A computer is conscious by that definition. The point here is that we cannot tell what is conscious outside of ourselves. Just because you can communicate with another person does not mean you proved they are conscious. You can only state that they are able to communicate no differently than a dog but we put other people at the same level as us because we understand them through communication. You might be thinking "wait a minute. You're suggesting that everything is conscious because everything is composed of energy." That is correct. I am saying that consciousness isn't in the brain or in the heart or anything of the physical body. It is the energy that forms and keeps the body form together that is our consciousness. So along that thinking, everything is conscious, even though we cannot physically communicate with non-living things using our mouths.

If we expanded our mental/psychic ability to communicate through energy, we would be able to see and communicate with everything in existence. That is why there are those who can communicate with spirits, animals, plants, etc. Many do not believe this is possible because they themselves cannot experience this. Even those who believe in a heaven have a hard time accepting this because they have a limited view about the spirit world. But that is a poor excuse for denying the ability or the idea about energy as being conscious. To reason that just because I do not experience something, no one else should be able to since it is not my reality, demonstrates a lack of understanding about the spirit world no different than those who believed that the Sun was a god, or that the earth was flat or that we are the center of the universe.

So what is the universe? It is a physical manifestation of the Source mind, Source being all the energy that exists. We as souls are all a portion of the Source, as individual consciousnesses acting together. Space and time is the result of converting energy into three dimensional matter. Without matter, energy simply exists; time and space have no meaning because it always is. As a simplified analogy, if you look at a sine wave, it goes to infinity in both positive and negative direction without end. At any given point, it's form exists. It does not move except if you shift an artificially created frame of reference. That is called a phase shift, but the wave itself did not move. Only the reference. In the same way, by changing frequency, amplitude, and reference, you can create different realities because of the energy it is. But the wave always exists at the same frequency, amplitude, and reference everywhere concurrently, thus time and space have no meaning. This is our true nature. This is the timeless, spaceless, infiniteness of God and our souls. But unlike the simple mathematical formula for a sinewave, the energy is infinite and has consciousness because it can act upon itself through its own free-will. I do not know how energy is conscious or has free-will, but if consciousness is the ability to take form through thought, then energy is the means for that form and thus is conscious because it took the form of that thought. Form does not have to be physical no more than our memories take physical form. And yet, we know our memories exist.

The true multiverse is the mind. If the mind can think it up, it becomes reality, not simply in metaphysical terms, but at the energy level because we as consciousness is energy. The law of conservation of energy states that you cannot lose energy. If our physical being is made of matter, the energy used to create that matter is returned as energy. One could think of that energy as our consciousness. In this form, science and religion can come together to explain physical reality. Both must answer the question, "What is energy?" When this question is answered, science and religion will become one.

Spiritual vs. Religious - Justice

In this post, I want to discuss religious perspective about justice and whether it is logical or not. I won't really discuss the non-religious perspective much since they have no belief in life after death, but I will touch upon it.

The religious world believes in a spirit world, one that is not physical in nature. They believe that we have a spirit and that God created that spirit at birth and that God is Spirit. Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God, made flesh by the Spirit (capitalized to signify God's spirit, vs. any old spirit). They believe that the three, God, Spirit, and Jesus, are the "Holy Trinity". Not all Christian sects believe in this concept, but many do as this was a belief passed through the generations by the Roman Catholic teachings.

So here is where my point of view diverges from those of mainstream religion, specifically Christianity as other non-Christian religions have their own various perspectives on spirituality. I believe that we are not just a body with a spirit in it given to us by God. I believe that the spirit IS the "I" of who we believe we are and not something that just simply resides in us. Many Christians believe that the spirit in us is something that we receive either through "praying Jesus into your heart" or by baptism. So the question then becomes "what is the purpose of receiving a spirit from God?" The Christian belief is that it is the "wise councilor" to help us. This is true, but where I differ in the understanding is that it is not some distinct and different being that resides inside of us to council us. Rather it is the identity of who we are that councils us. That spirit is us. When Christians say "the Holy Spirit floated onto the tops of the people" or that it resides in us, they misinterpret what it means. The Holy Spirit is the term used to describe our created being. We are Holy because we were created by the Creator. We are Spirit because we do not exist naturally as physical beings. Instead, our body is the likeness and manifestation of our spirit, as is written in Genesis, "in his image". This has tremendous implications for Christian theology.

If the spirit inside of us is the real "us", then did we really become "born" at physical birth? Christianity believes this to be true, and thus requires salvation because of our sinful nature. But even if the spirit was created at conception, then how could an all-knowing, all-loving God condemn a mere infant to eternal separation? I say infant because relative to eternity, our meager 50, 80, or even 110 years of life in this body is nothing. We do not have enough experience to know right from wrong anymore than a baby does when it does something. As adults, we can see a child doing something and it is us that decides if something is right or wrong. Most of us know that a child does not do wrong because they do not understand what is right or wrong. We as adults teach the child this concept over their growing period. And the concept was taught to us. So does God, knowing we are mere infants, ignore the fact that we do not know what we do is wrong? Does he judge us for doing wrong with such severe punishment when even we as human adults do not punish our own children when they do something they don't know is wrong?

Now if my supposition is correct and we are spirit created long before our birth into flesh, then there might be reason for judgement and the need for salvation. But, then the question is if we existed before birth, is this birth the first and only birth as flesh? If not, then why were we not condemned for our previous life? If we were saved for our previous life, why do we not stay and reside in heaven if we were not judged for our last life? If this is our first life, then why did we become flesh and do we need saving from the sins of the flesh or the sins of the spirit? If it is the sins of the flesh, the same problem as punishing infants occurs. If it is the sins of the spirit, then does that mean evil exists in heaven? This brings up a different point. Can God create something evil? If God can create something evil, then is God perfect? If he cannot create evil, then can there be evil spirits since everything created by God exists in God and nothing in God can be imperfect (i.e. Heaven is inside God and spirits exists in Heaven)? If we exist outside of God, then does God not exist everywhere? Some may say God gave us free-will and so we choose to do right and wrong. But if God gave us free-will, is there really such a thing as "right" and "wrong"?

My perspective on the spirit and flesh is that the Creator cannot create "evil" spirits. Therefore our belief in evil spirits, demons, and the Devil are creations of our own minds to explain why people do unloving acts. If you think about it, our concept of right and wrong, good and evil, are merely degrees of love towards another living thing or themselves. We do not say someone does evil when they tear a book or kick a rock. We do not say an earthquake is evil when it kills hundreds or thousands. We do not say a bear is evil when it strikes a person down or another animal to eat? And yet, we describe human interaction with other humans as evil when the act causes harm. This is not to excuse or condone such acts, but merely to explain that the idea of good and evil are terms we as humans created to judge other HUMAN acts. But what if our idea about what a human is, is wrong? In other words, most people believe humans are different from other living things. But I suggest that human beings are no different than any other living creature. It is merely an animal with its own instincts and behavior. I don't mean to suggest that humans do not posses qualities above mere animals or that it is without its own consciousness, but if you realize that without our eternal soul residing in the flesh, the human being would merely be another animal. Would you say that an animal is "evil" when it acts like an animal?

So again, what is spirit? Do we exist as everlasting and eternal spirit as "I", directing and guiding the human animal, or are we newly born dumb and ignorant spirits created at birth? Or are we the human animal with just a consciousness, and that it is a different spirit of God that guides us? If you believe we are merely animals and that the spirit of God dwells in us through our act of conversion, then how do we enter into a spiritual heaven if we are flesh? Is the flesh converted into spirit? Are we given a spiritual body as some believe? How does our identity (ego) get transferred into this new spiritual body? What is *that thing* which is our identity in the flesh if it's not spirit? In other words, what is the containing thing or object we can identify as "I" in a human body if it is not spirit?

On the point of judgement of right and wrong, many have a hard time overcoming the need for justice. This is due to the desire of our human nature as aggressive creatures to punish wrong doing. But this mindset is no better than that of the wrong doer. People believe in this so strongly that they do not see their own unloving actions as being wrong, but justified. They justify themselves and their actions as being right because they believe they are fighting evil. They misinterpret "an eye for an eye". The universal law of nature is defined by the phrase "an eye for an eye", and it does not mean a person is the judge of others. The universal law will apply itself to everyone in its own form of justice, which the Creator designed into existence when he gave us free-will. It is the means to control the imbalance between our positive acts and negative acts, or as some call it, karma. Why people do not see this law in action is because they do not perceive reality beyond this one life. In other words, people's ignorance about the true spiritual nature of themselves creates a fearful world where their life exists merely in physical form this one time. Once that physical life ends, their existence and meaning for existence ends forever. Even if they believed in an after-life, their restricted belief of eternity causes a desire and need for justice through judgement, hence the religious projected need for salvation from judgement.

If people understood the purpose of physical life, and their own eternal soul, they would not see a need for personal justice in their current lifetime. This is why an understanding of the spiritual reality and who they truly are is so important. If you believe that your soul needs salvation, of course there is fear. How do you know until the time of judgement comes upon you that you are saved? You will not know until it's too late. If you believed you are truly saved and have no fear, then there is no desire for justice as your salvation should be the most important aspect of life.

What about those who do not believe in an after-life? They probably have the most reason to desire justice, but even then, it seems illogical to have strong emotions for justice since their own existence and that of others have no meaning. To live and forget takes away any reason to remember. If the only joy comes from the moment, then death has no negativity as they would not realize they are dead. It would only be those remaining alive who seek justice because they had something taken away and the moment did not bring joy to them. If there is no life after death, what does it matter as all the bad memories would disappear? If the human body was created without an eternal purpose, why do we need emotion? Why do we feel a sense of justice? Animals do not have such thought when they kill another animal. They know it is a part of their nature and when they die, they do not concern themselves as it is natural. This seems to be the same philosophy of an atheist, that death is natural and we return to nothingness. But this begs the question, what is consciousness? It isn't a physical thing. Scientists know the brain acts upon consciousness and vice-versa because the brain can function without having consciousness, and consciousness can exist without the brain function (as exemplified by the many accounts of near-death experiences). It's easy to dismiss such experiences since the critic themselves have not experienced it and can only speculate upon the cause, but none-the-less, their speculation alone is not fact to dismiss the experience anymore than the experience is a fact of truth. The only truth is that a person claims to have experienced something while they were clinically brain dead and until proven that they did not experience something, the experience itself, ignoring the content, exists as fact.

So what is the purpose of right and wrong? Is there such a thing as right or wrong? I believe there is loving another and not loving another. The difference in terminology is important because the words "wrong", "evil", "bad" connotate something that should not be done. But if they were not allowed, then we do not have free-will. We cannot choose right because there would be no wrong. We could not understand why good is good and bad is bad. Therefore, justice has no purpose since we were given the right to choose between loving and not loving for all of our benefit. It is a benefit because we do not exist merely for this one lifetime, but many lifetimes. Through those many lifetimes, we learn and understand both sides of being loved and not loved and our soul grows from that. Our physical bodies is merely a costume we wear during the lifetime to act out a play of our creation. We are learning from playing that part and seeing the reactions, the consequences, the feelings from everything we experience in life including those around us, whether we consider some actions "good" or "bad", and take it with us into the next life as a lesson learned. This is why we are spirit. If we were not spirit, we could never learn from our actions because our existence would be so fleeting and the atheist view would be correct because our memories would disappear.

Peace out.