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.

Spiritual vs. Religious

This post is off-topic from what I'd planned to blog here, but I've had some major revelations in the past year that has changed my perspective about what is real and what is not real. I plan to post my thoughts from this point forward in order to understand my own beliefs and determine what does and doesn't make sense.

When I hit 40 years of age, my body changed suddenly. I felt like something wasn't right and have gone to doctors and specialists more times in the past year than I have in my entire life. It was during this period that a sense of impending doom came over me and led me to seek what death would be like.

I always grew up religious. I was born and raised in a Catholic family as a child and been down that path until I reached my college years. It wasn't until my sophomore year in college that I was exposed to the bible through a "non-denominational" Christian movement. During the next 10 years, I would read and study the bible from Genesis to Revelations, learning much about God, Jesus, and religion. This stage changed my views on Catholicism and what religiousness meant. I realized how different various religious sects were and how similar they were also. I had a great time with my new friends and was very zealous for God and Jesus during those early years, but only because I thought I had found the "Truth" and wanted to share it with everyone who cared to listen.

As is the case with anything new, the newness eventually disappeared and the monotony of Christian life began to settle in. This caused me to question my beliefs and faith. How can life lose it's joy when I believed that Christianity is the truth and life and love? My life didn't feel that much different than before I became a born-again Christian, even though my mind believed I was different. This made me question what faith meant and what religion's purpose is. It also made me question what Jesus' message really is.

Upon further examination, I came to realize that the questions and doubt in my mind came from the church's teachings and practice, as well as how Christianity seems to interpret the Bible. I felt that faith does not come from doing this and that, but rather we act because of our own convictions. But when the church, religious leaders, and those in the congregation needs to push you in a certain direction, it made me realize that my faith wasn't really mine at all, but rather those around me. That's when I decided to seek my own faith and leave the church because I felt it was creating a group of followers rather than leaders. I believed that true Christians were leaders of the faith. I believed that if you couldn't lead someone, you weren't able to express your faith completely, which meant your understanding of your faith was lacking. That meant you didn't have faith, but rather a mere agreement with those around you to believe the same thing. This isn't faith. This is simply comfort in numbers. So I left without seeking another church because I saw that all churches were the same by design.

For the next 10 years, I went from feeling guilty about "leaving God" because I had left the church, to feeling indifferent about church, to having no interest in being a part of a church. Church became just a group of people to feel secure together, being taken advantage of by their leadership through fear, guilt, and compulsion. I tried to share my new belief that churches had a negative effect on people because it made them comfortable in a belief without having any responsibility for their own faith. But even with this thought, I was still seeking God in my heart.  While some will blow off the belief in a God completely due to this kind of change in ideology, I could not rationalize the idea of God away no more than I could rationalize away the discoveries of science.  The rationalization that God does not exist required more of a leap of faith for me than to believe in a creator, simply because our existence by chance does not sound reasonable to me.  That's like believing that if I roll a dice long enough, I'll somehow roll the numbers in sequence starting with 1, several times in a row.  I look at nature and biology as the epitome of purpose, the way everything is intricately integrated and co-dependent.  That co-dependence is why I can't believe in random chance as the basis of existence.  Rolling the dice to get a series in sequence requires something knowing what numbers are and the idea of order to create sequences, which a system without intelligence could not have.  I don't look at negative social behavior of humans as a justification to deny God's existence.  To me, what people did was just an expression of individuality and free will.  I don't look at nature and ask why an animal kills another.  Nor do I think of a natural disaster as some type of supernatural vengeance.

As I mentioned, I went through a physical condition which I still have no idea what it is/was when I turned 40. In my mind, based on the symptoms, I felt I had a terminal illness because I never felt bad like this before and having lost a friend recently from a brain tumor, I felt that I too must have contracted a fatal disease. It was during this period of my life that I started on the next leg of my spiritual journey.

One night, I had a thought. "What will it be like to die?" That question brought up in my mind the old stories about entering a dark tunnel and going into the light. These stories were typically told by people who had died and survived death. Unlike so many, when presented with an inspiration end up ignoring it, I stopped what I was doing and I decided to look up near-death experiences. What I read simply amazed me! I was reading about people's experiences with life after death, which I have only had very minor details prior on TV! Their stories were different in some ways, but similar in others. That similarity is what caught my attention immediately. To think that people from all different walks of life, beliefs, and times would have a similar experience made me think there must be some truth to this. So I kept reading more and more stories. The more I read, the more I came to the conclusion that religion is man-made and that "God" as the religious community likes to label the Creator, is not what they believe. Their idea of God is so limited in their thinking that it does not do justice by the label "God".

As I continued to read more about what life after death was like, many questions I had while I was of the Christian faith had been answered. Questions such as "why must I be saved?", "why is there evil?", "why doesn't God answer us?", etc. These are questions that both the religious and especially the non-religious ask or use as the reason for not believing in a Creator. The religious use those questions to basically put themselves down to a low level, as one being unworthy and in need of saving. The non-religious use those questions to deny the existence of the Creator and to deny their own true nature. But even these stories of near-death experiences did not answer all of the questions I had. So I kept searching for more information.

For me, the deepest question I had was "Why am I conscious of this life in this body in this time?" I could not understand why I am experiencing life as I am, what consciousness is, why I see out of these two eyes and why my life is the way it is. I'm not referring to the decisions and actions I've taken to bring me to this point in my life. I'm talking about the fact that I am aware of myself in this body and experiencing this life right now. How can I "Be"? It was also this question that made me believe that the religious belief that Jesus came to save us from eternal damnation could not be true. If it was true that God must save us from death, then why do we exist in this imperfect form when God created us this way (rather than believe that God doesn't exist because of all the imperfections in the world, I believed that God allowed imperfections for a reason and thus it isn't an imperfection but by design)?

As I kept digging, I came to a couple of books that seemed to have all the answers, at least for the questions I had at this point. These books spoke from people who were experiencing spiritual reality without the veil of ignorance. One problem I had with the near-death experiences was that people did not seem to know what they were experiencing and many were not very deep experiences. I could not understand why that was because if we all die and are taken into "heaven", why is it that everyone sees something different? It wasn't until I read about life between life that some of those questions were answered. I now understood that those who do not die completely have not truly put off their human ego and are seeing what they create in their mind as reality. Because of this, those spirits on the other side tasked with helping those who have recently died create a sort of fake play to help transition the newly deceased back into the spiritual reality (edit: after a few more years of study, I understand now that helpers do not create the perception of the newly transitioned, but instead act within the perception created by the newly transitioned). This may sound foolish, but if you realized what we perceive as reality isn't reality, how would that affect a person's psyche? Most likely, it would create a barrier to those not able to cope with the truth (ie. deny the truth) because of their strong belief in one reality. You can see this in people today. Many people believe strongly in one belief or another. For example, many religious believe that heaven consists of the Pearly Gates or Gates of Hell, with angels and demons. I'll talk more about our concepts of reality in another post, but for this point, our beliefs is our reality and that reality becomes manifested by our spirit body. In "life", you do not believe that you create your own reality, but rather believe reality is outside of your control. Once we are in the spirit body through death, the same holds true until the truth is revealed and acknowledged by us. That truth is revealed by those spiritual guides and helpers through the transition period. It is this point that I realized why so many near-death experiencers had differing experiences.

In closing this post, I would like to conclude that my journey into understanding reality is just beginning. My hope is that some others will be helped in this lifetime through my understanding. I do not claim to be some wise-man or a guru. But I do believe my purpose in life is to help people and the way I believe I can help is by helping people understand why they are here. Unlike my time as a Christian, where I would try to force my beliefs upon people in order "save them", my goal now is to educate people on a different perspective about reality and allow those who listen to come to their own conclusions about their reality. I do not believe anyone needs saving from anything except their own limiting beliefs. It is people's beliefs that create reality. Why is there evil? Because people believe in it. Why do people do evil? Because they choose to do it. No excuses, no finger pointing, no scapegoats. Simple as that.

Peace out.