One of the most spiritual acts you can do is to simply live your life to the fullest. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. Live your life the way you want to live it and don’t worry about being “spiritual”. Remember, you are a spirit having a human experience; not a human having a spiritual experience.
Are we just a biological creature that has evolved over billions of years? Or are we a creation of God with a spiritual aspect to us?
I believe there may be a little bit of both. Obviously we are biological creatures. We are made up of our very physical bodies. But, to say we are just our bodies is to short sell us. We each have our own perspective and personality, both of which are unique to us and are largely intangible. How does a strictly biological creature have different personalities? If our brains are largely the same, or at least were largely the same at birth, shouldn’t we be the same personality wise at that point? The evidence suggests otherwise: I know for a fact that all babies do not have the same personality and any parent can vouch for that. So where does the personality come from?
Our personality is made up of beliefs, thought patterns and emotions. All of these are based in a non-physical world. Can we measure a belief? How about a thought? Sure, we can measure electrical signals in the brain, but how does that give rise to our subjective experiences? If the electrical signals firing in one brain are exactly the same as another brain, shouldn’t they both have the same thought? The point is, we don’t have the same thoughts. Each of us is unique based on our personality and it is primarily this personality that we perceive ourselves as, not merely as a “human being”.
Using the evidence of subjective personalities, some may point to the religious point of view now and declare that we are not just biological, but also spiritual creatures. The concept of spirituality tends to evoke thoughts of non-physicality, which relates to our subjective experiences.
However, the issue with the religious perspective is that it usually regards our physicality and biological nature as a curse, and perceives us as less than the “holy” spiritual realm of God and his angels.
I don’t believe that point of view either. How can we be less than a realm we access and actually dwell in all the time? Every moment of everyday is lived through our beliefs, ideas and imaginings, all of which are part of the subjective, non-physical portion of reality. Not only that, each of us live in our own subjective world of dreams, which are also the work of thought patterns and beliefs, every time we sleep. It could be said that we live in that world just as much as the physical world we see around us.
I believe that our physicality is actually an expression of our spirituality. My evidence is based on the fact that all we have to do is look to the composition of a person’s intangible personality to see how they live their life. We can immediately see how a person’s personality affects every aspect of their life. This includes their perspective, their body condition (health wise), their daily activities and the nature of their relationships, to name a few. So when a person changes, what we are actually saying is that their unique, intangible personality has changed, not necessarily their physical structure.
In conclusion, we are not merely physical creatures or spiritual creatures. We are both. I believe we are in the process of blending together both polarities to create a homogeneous view of ourselves. The rise of quantum physics in particular, with all of it’s “weird” phenomena, is partly attributed with the blending.
Of all the mysteries confounding humankind, consciousness is the greatest. Our experience of life is completely dependent on it and yet our understanding of its workings continues to elude us.
In our ongoing quest to comprehend it our theories have so far revolved around the notion that our consciousness is associated with our sensory perception and our brain, mainly because of our insistence on needing measurable “scientific” evidence. I believe this notion is ultimately misleading; the perception rising from our brain is only a small portion of our consciousness, not its totality.
In order to discover the totality of our consciousness and to see how it creates our experience, in ways that may not be apparent at present, we must disassociate from our preconceived notions about it and increase our scope. The totality of our consciousness is vastly greater than we have so far imagined.
This brings us to the question, what is consciousness then? I believe consciousness is the fundamental building block upon which all of existence takes form. It is the template that gives rise to any and every concept, animate and inanimate object, and all experiences; it contains all and it has no source. The entirety of existence is dependent on the awareness of a conscious perceiver to experience it.
It is fundamentally our consciousness that has allowed us to experience anything at all. Without a conscious perceiver there is no experience of anything in existence and therefore no existence. This is the reason I believe our bodies and our entire experience as human beings is couched within our consciousness, not the other way around.
In its unaltered homogeneous state, stripped of every attribute, consciousness simply is aware. This is its very nature; it does not know how to not be aware. To not be aware would mean it needs to be totally unconscious, and that is obviously impossible for it to do. Now, I know some questions may arise right now asking about our own unconsciousness when we sleep for example, but I will explain how this is only due to our current perspective and that we never fall into total unconsciousness as well.
Consciousness must by its nature be aware of something. It can’t simply be aware without something to be aware of. What it is always aware of are all the experiences that are possibly contained within it. As I stated previously, all experiences are experiences contained within consciousness, not outside it. We have never experienced anything outside of consciousness and never will, it is impossible to do so.
Consciousness cannot really exist in an homogeneous state because it would not have any experience of being aware of anything. In its unaltered homogeneous state there would be no actual change and consequently no experience. It would just contain everything without being able to perceive it.
To create the experience of being aware of its contents consciousness must break down its homogeneous state and create the illusion of separating itself into infinite portions that are unaware of the cumulative contents of the whole. I say create the illusion of separation because, once again, it is impossible to literally be separated from all consciousness. There is nothing outside it to be able to become separate. In this way the individual portions, being unaware of the totality of consciousness because of their perspective of being separate, can then use their own free will to create the experience of becoming conscious of the unknown portions of the totality of consciousness.
In my next post I will discuss our unique experience as human beings and how we can use the knowledge of our true nature as portions of consciousness to create experiences that are in alignment with our preferences.
I encourage questions or comments to make sure I am not rambling on without clarifying my thoughts. Please feel free to drop me a note.