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?

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