Religion, Spirituality, and Science
Humans have historically asked why are we alive? What is the purpose of life? How should I live and what should I do? This makes total sense as life itself is profound, amazing, volatile, fragile and appears to end with death.
Religions historically have attempted to define the answers to these questions, but to date there is no definite proof of how humans were created and what happens after we die. Wikipedia, notes "There are roughly 4,200 known religions in the world" and the numbers below define the total participants per each religions beliefs.
Worldwide percentages by religious populations, 2015
No religion (16%)
Folk religions (5.7%)
Other religions (0.5%)
After my dead grandfather spoke to me, I was kinda like whaaaat? I mean hello? How can this happen? I turned to religious texts thinking I might find answers there. One of my greatest fascinations in doing this was the consistencies throughout religions and their philosophies, as opposed to the differences. The differences are what divide us. Yet the consistencies could be what unites us. As the majority of religions share a focus on A single God, a God of Love. There are plenty of folks who can’t wrap their heads around this God thing, and religions are part of the reason. They claim that their belifs are correct and everyone else are false. This has created a long history of religions who have led to oppression, violence, torture, cruelty, wars and the death of individuals, groups, and societies. The history of Christianity itself is just ghastly violent, which to me personally is pretty hard to swallow if you believe in Jesus’s teaching.
Yes, there must be rules to live by. But why can't they simply be respectful of one an other? Jesus healed the sick, turned his cheek, yet catholics and protestants historically and literally ripped each other to shreds! With the power elite using their religious belief to justify such horrors.
Muhammad's earliest teachings were marked by his insistence on the oneness of God; the denunciation of polytheism, belief in the last judgment (which essentially means that Muhammad holds the power of the afterlife of it's people, much as Christians believe regarding Jesus) and its recompense, and social and economic justice.
The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely at liberating sentient beings from suffering. The Basic Teachings of Buddhism are: the three Universal Truths, The Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eight Fold Path. The goals here are to enlighten, not divide. The goal is one God, respect each other, be honest, try to become more enlightened, grow with your experiences. This all sounds good to me.
The Dalia Lama share wonderful wisdoms to live by. Truths, logic, kindness, respect, humility and so much more.
In college, so this was before my deceased grandfather spoke to me, I met a man who shared many classes with me. I can still see his face as clear as a bell, but I don’t remember his name. We were commuters, at Suffolk University in Boston, so we often studied in-between classes in the cafeteria. We bonded somehow and would chat about all sort of topics. He was the first person who ever talked with me about the science of energy.
Albert Einsteins theory, stating the, “First Law of Thermodynamics that, ”Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed." Let that sink in. My friend said, that each human, is a form of energy, so we can’t be created or destroyed, we can only be transformed from one form to another!
Now think about the fact that everything on our planet is alive, moving, evolving and morphing. Oh, and the stars and the planets around us are doing the same thing! And the universe is moving, and morphing and changing, even beyond what we know and understand is doing the same thing, all the time. Where did energy begin and where does it end? Or does it? How does this impact each one of us? Aren't humans made up of one singular energy field? The human experience, which lives within a defined set of human behavior, physicality, and processed thinking. What if this energy and it's abilities is eternal? Eternal consciousness.
Is this why my grandfather and Janet could speak to me after they were dead? Is this why we have mystical expereinces in our lives? Some have none of these yet others are well documented (such as NDE, OBE, ADC, etc.) Perhaps there is even more to life and death than we understand? I am not doubting any prophets or great teachers, as I respect and admire their messages, as incredibly important to humanity.
Is God, the eternal energy source, a higher light being, who understands all and shares intelligence for the better of all mankind? Even if we could define God, are we little humans even capable of understanding such intelligence and wisdom? Those who have experienced NDE's, or who have literally died, share similar experiences with each other. Experiences of pure love, bliss, calm, and peace. I saw this exactly when my deseased mother visited me in a dream. I have never seen or felt anything so beautiful as she was. She radiated pure love, nothing I have ever expereinced in this lifetime. She had a white Aura around her, that shone feet above, below and all around her. Her dress was a blue I had never seen before, and she looked directly into my eyes, shining her joyous love.
If there is life or consciousness after death, which it certainly seems to me, there is. I think this is the only reason Janet or Grandpa could have spoken to me, right?
Maybe we need to look at life in a different way. Life here on the planet is temporary. We know this to be a fact. In the page titled Life Changing Events, I noted the data from the Guggenheim’s research, stating that significant numbers of people have had ADC’s or after death communications. Maybe we are souls/spirits here on earth having a human experience! And home for us, is not here but in heaven, the afterlife, or whatever you want to call it. The names God, Heaven, afterlife etcetra have been defined in ways that perhaps have distorted humans thinking. If we go beyond these thoughts and names, what will we come to understand.
What is the definition of a soul?
Noun: soul; plural noun: souls:
I personally would edit some of the above, as an ego may only be present in a humans life, not the afterlife, but I have not died and come back to earth. Other have though.
What else did Albert Einstein's share with us from his scientific research or inner voice.
1."There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
2. "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
3. "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
4. "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
5. "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
6. "Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
7. "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
(The definition of evil - Adjective profoundly immoral and wicked. "his evil deeds" Noun: profound immorality and wickedness, especially when regarded as a supernatural force. "The world is stalked by relentless evil" Webster)
8. "I must be willing to give up what I am, in order to become what I will be.”
9. "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day."
10. "Love is a better master than duty.”
11. "What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
12. "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
13. "A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
14. "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
15. "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved.”
Yes, we need rules. Rules that form a healthy society who can work cooperatively together. Currently humans are making this planet uninhabitable, or perhaps a living hell. We are heading towards a third world war. Only we humans can change this and only if we work collectively to do so.