Not while we are so much on the physical plane, but we should strive for that beautiful ideal. And here is the spirit of my prayer:
“I call you to no organisational loyalties, but only to love your fellowmen, be they German, American, Jewish, British, French, Negro or Asiatic. I call you from your dreams of vague beauty, impossible Utopias and wishful thinking to face life as it is today; and then to begin, in the place where you are, to make it better. I call you to the experiment of right human relations, beginning with your own personal relations to your family and friends, and then to the task of educating those you contact so that they also start a similar work. It is the work of attaining right individual relations, right group relations, right intergroup relations, right national relations and right international relations. I call you to the realisation that in this work no one is futile or useless, but that all have a place of practical value. I call you to recognise that goodwill is a dynamic energy which can bring about world changes of a fundamental kind, and that its mode of expression is through the activity of the individual man and woman and through their massed intent. The massed power of goodwill, the dynamic effect of intelligent and active understanding, and the potency of a trained and alive public opinion which desires the greatest good of the greatest number, are beyond belief. This dynamic power has never been employed. It can, today, save the world.” Externalization of the Hierarchy-Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul. 1957
Current modern conservative science defines itself in materialistic terms and so, by its nature, limits itself to materialist explanations. And it should then be obvious that a science, as currently defined, can not see itself as exploring the soul or spirituality since that is conceived as outside of its territory and outside of the realm of what it considers realistic and knowable. There is a accepted philosophy, usually unconscious, that underlies this definition and that is the world view and there are two separate realms—the so called real world of material things, and the imaginary world of spiritual and psychic. Further, that the physical world is the world of what can be experienced and scientifically known and the spiritual is thought of as an undefined thing that can not be known. Religion itself has helped to propagandize this idea of a sharp division between spirit and matter, between things that can be known and things that can not.
There is an alternate world view that holds that spirit and matter are not two entirely separate things but that spirit and matter are the opposite poles of a single reality or spirit-matter. In this definition, matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation, and spirit is matter at its highest. It is the modern evolution of this idea—actually a very ancient one—that is now emerging in connection with a new philosophy of science, a science that puts soul back into psychology. We see this now in the development of parapsychology, and about that seeand
In this connection, in thewe find:
Near-death experiences (NDEs) occur in 10%–20% of people who come close to death, and they are similar to mystical experiences occurring in other settings. Their incidence and features are not influenced by prior religious beliefs, although cultural background may affect the interpretation of some of those features. However, NDEs profoundly influence one’s subsequent sense of spirituality, leading to increased compassion, altruism, and sense of purpose in life, and to decreased fear of death, competitiveness, and materialistic interests. They do not necessarily lead to an increased involvement in organized religion but rather tend to foster an internal sense of connection to the divine and to something greater than the self. The mechanism by which NDEs bring about these changes is unclear, but it may be related to their inescapable challenge to the materialistic model of mind-brain identity and the implication that there is a spiritual component to humans that appears, under extreme circumstances, to function independent of the physical body.
Evidence of Reincarnation in Childhood by Dr. Jim Tucker:
Reincarnation Evidence in Scientific Research:
Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation by Dr Ian Stevenson:
Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA:
TEDx Brussels 2010 – Stuart Hameroff – Do we have a quantum Soul? (Dr. Hameroff’s research for 35 years has involved consciousness – how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein):
Probably not too well because consciousness is Light and the Sun rises in the East. But being somewhat of both the East and West by nature I would say:Consciousness is the eternal flame that arises from the interaction between spirit and matter. Consciousness in the higher sense is the soul which is a whirlwind of loving fire and a shower of many-colored sparks. Consciousness or soul is portal to higher space and the knowledge of God. It is the indefinable light that holds the stars in place and feeds their life. It is panacea and upliftment. The soul is artist and its beauty is the essence of spirituality. So each moment the awakening soul is destroying limitation and advancing toward higher consciousness, toward Beauty.
“A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” R. W. Emerson
This is not an unusual experience. It is partly because fewer people can be found on the same path as the one you follow and partly because it is easy to form superficial relationships whereas meaningful relationships are more rare. That said, remember that evolution in the spiritual sense is intimately bound up with relationships and with the fulfillment of the best possibilities in relationships. As we become better we do eventually attract better friends. But with regard to making connections and reaching out to others it’s good to simply offer the best of yourself whenever possible and to not expect it in return. So you can adapt to the needs of others and take advantage of whatever opportunities present themselves. We want to expand our relationships and opportunities for service and not narrow them unduly or expect that many will become our close friends. We can simply share as much as possible with each person as fits their nature and circumstance.
“Real friendliness is strong. It isn’t weak and dependent. A fearless man will use it on everyone.”, Robert Jackson
If the world were perfect would you ask, “Why is the world perfect?” No you would not because in a hypothetically perfect world you would already know the answer. And such a world would be quite boring would it not? Because everything would be known and nothing would be lacking and so there would be nothing to discover and no adventure to be had. And so the world with relativity, the world with some imperfection, that is the world to be in and that is the world as we have. The reality we have is the beauty of evolution, both physical and spiritual.
…a world in which matter never got out of place …and iron had no flaws and wood no crack, in which gardens had no weeds and food grew ready cooked…and things never went wrong, would be a much easier place to live in. But for purposes of training and development it would be worth nothing at all. It is the resistance that puts us on our mettle: it is the conquest of the reluctant stuff that educates the worker. I wish you enough difficulties to keep you well and make you strong and skillful!
Henry Van Dyke
Non-duality is a way of speaking about and underscoring the spiritual unity of all things. So, for instance Divinity or the divine reality in which all things originate is the same spiritual reality that is the essence of human consciousness and identity. Or to put it in another simpler and traditional way: God’s spirit and man’s spirit are one spirit.
The non-duality concept is also a way of underscoring how the mind functions in relation to the phenomenal world and the need to use but transcend the mind-level of understanding. The mind divides things, separates them, and understands in terms of relationships between different phenomena. The light of spiritual reality shining down into the mind sparks the non-duality realization, and a strict non-duelists might assert that all I have written here is itself too dualistic, and it is because any analysis of relationships involves duality or multiplicities that mislead as words, to some degree, inevitably do.
Another example is that in very dualistic thinking—such as we find in most religions and philosophies, spirit is conceived of as separate from matter. But a more non-dualistic concept is to define spirit and matter as aspects of one thing—in other words there is only single continuum of spirit-matter.
For your edification and amusement I point to the follow video on this theme: