Spirituality & Does Spirit Exist?
This is a widely debated topic with divisions of opinion between believers and
non believers. Non believers argue that there is no scientific proof of the
human spirit and that all spiritual experiences have a material explanation such
as chemical reactions in the brain, natural phenomena or even fraud. However
spiritual words and concepts pervade our language and literature which originate
from shamanism, religions, new age mystics and individuals who have experienced
what can only be described as 'spiritual experiences'.
Nature and spirit are often interchanged as when referring to someone with a
generous spirit or generous nature or a scrooge being the mean spirited person
while the person who is often calm and can understand problems and explain the
relationships or reasons that another is suffering is often described as being
Energy and Matter
First lets look at our body as it is tangible and science has discovered how
much of the body functions and the effects the body parts have on each other. We
also know as with all matter, our bodies are made up of many materials which
include proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and functioning things that
constitute and support body function.
Now if we dissect any body part, we descend to smaller and smaller pieces till
we get down to molecules, then we arrive at the atom. This was for a long time
considered the smallest thing, however the atom to has been dissected and its
power released for use in nuclear devices.
So when the atom and its components are dissected, there is no more physical
matter, only energy which when uncontained can be devastating as in a nuclear
explosion and energy and matter are confirmed as our reality but are controlled
by our thoughts or consciousness.
Energy itself is thought to be benign and the sustenance of life. It is referred
to as Prana or Chi that nourishes our being, but can also be harnessed as in
martial arts to protect oneself or even to be destructive.
From the philosophy of yoga, we have the concept that our thoughts are physical
and the concept that we are all connected by consciousness and science agrees
that our thoughts can effect our health, behaviour and other people.
We know that we have thoughts in relation or reaction to other thoughts. We know
that if we are unhappy, by deliberately having positive thoughts our mood will
improve. We also know that if we are with people with a negative disposition,
those who somehow enjoy being in a state of constant misery, we to risk becoming
depressed. Thoughts have power for benefit or detriment, it's up to us to decide
what we think as our thoughts help determine how we feel and that thoughts from
our thinking brain are a response or reaction to phenomena within our awareness
and a tool for calculus and are subservient to our will or consciousness.
We know that at the end of our life when consciousness leaves our body, the body
begins to break down or decay which is common of all living things. The question
here is, does our consciousness only exist in our physical brain?
We all have unusual but common things which occur in consciousness which some
see as psychic phenomena such as shared thoughts, precognition, of knowing who
is calling when the phone rings. Then we have less common phenomena such as
prophetic dreams and shared conscious experiences when those individuals are
hundreds or even continents apart. These things are not explainable by any
modern science and being unexplainable are dismissed, but governments spend a
lot of money investigating and looking for ways to establish controls over these
In Yoga Philosophy, consciousness is the stuff that binds not only humanity, but
all living things. It tells us that when our consciousness departs the body at
death, the body returns to the elements it was made of and that in our dreams
and meditations, we can travel and even meet other beings and that there are
many dimensions parallel to our existence and that we can experience
inter-dimensional experiences by moving in consciousness.
Consciousness and Spirit
These two words seem to be interchangeable, was it spirit, or some conscious
force moved you to act and you find yourself reading this page?
Many thousands of books have been written on this these topics and it is up to
the reader to decide if spirit and consciousness are real or not, but the common
element among believers is that the belief or the acceptance of the possibility
that the human spirit exists provides hope and new understanding along with
insights and resources to help build a brighter future in a peaceful world.
"I think therefore I know I am" is a famous quotation discussed in
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