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It is easier to talk about the possibility of life after death than it was when I was a girl, a long time ago--I've got eighty-eight years behind me now. Then it was considered impolite to discuss such things as religion, politics or sex because you might cause an argument or hurt someone's feelings. And, of course, at that time scientists looked on religion as a delusion of the masses. Now television goes everywhere, so we are faced with evangelical preaching along with shampoo, Coca-Cola and furniture polish. And as for sex and politics . . . we just finished the nineties, for heaven's sake!
In 1905, a brilliant scientist named Albert Einstein came along with his relativity thing: E = MC2. It was unintelligible to most of us, but it means energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. Physicists have since begun to open their minds a crack, realizing that with that statement Einstein pierced matter itself and discovered that everything in the universe is composed of energy or force. As modern physicist Michael Talbot writes in Mysticism and the New Physics, "There is no ultimate physical substance to matter." Einstein is also reported to have said, "Anyone who studies physics long enough is inevitably led to metaphysics."
Metaphysics implies a thinking process, doesn't it? And thus we are led to the awareness that mind-consciousness-is the controlling factor of all this energy. Author-lecturer Depak Chopra calls it "thinking non-stuff." Physicist David Bohm of Birkbeck College, London, says, "There's no sharp division between thought, emotion and matter . . . the entire ground of existence is enfolded in space."
Although this is difficult to comprehend at first, we can understand it when we think of the propeller of an airplane or the blades of an electric fan. When they are moving slowly, we can see them; when they are speeded up, we can't. So matter is energy moving so quickly-the speed of light squared-that we can only see it when it's slowed down. And the thinking property of matter, the animating force of life we call consciousness, is buzzing along so rapidly it is always invisible.
James, a spirit communicant I will tell you more about later, put it this way:
Natural laws, which govern all of the universe, do not change. You can use them even if you do not know what they are or how they operate. A good example of this is the force called electricity. Now, the power of thought is a natural law little understood or accepted by you people at the present time. Yet thought power is the strongest force in the world, and the sooner you accept this truth and put it into practice, the sooner you will benefit from it. All matter can be controlled by thought, on Earth and everywhere else in the universe. If I had said this to you a century ago, you would have scoffed. But now the atom has been split and found to be composed largely of space and energy. Nothing but an infinitesimal amount of matter is discovered within the preponderance of space in each tiny atom; and this infinitesimal amount of matter is described by scientists as energy, force, or power controlled by consciousness.
About 1940, Stewart Edward White, a well known author of educational material for young people, began to receive what he believed was information through mediums from his deceased wife. She stressed particularly that "consciousness is the only reality and consciousness is in a state of evolution." Dr. Jonas Salk, many years later, referred to this as "meta-biological evolution--the evolution of consciousness."
That is what many of our scientists today are saying: that all matter, including the human body, is composed of energy or force controlled by consciousness--which lives in everything, forever. Modern researchers are becoming aware that even though we are encased in matter, you and I and we actually exist as consciousnesses (or we can say "souls" or "spirits" if it won't distress the reader too much) and that our development as individuals of character and usefulness, of joy and love, is our most important function. "Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of civilization," says Chopra.
Rabbi Labil Wolk, interviewed in the Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1996, was characterized as "an explorer of Jewish mysticism." He stated: "Of course the notion of God in a mature sense lies in a more abstract area, an infinite source that underlies the reality of all existence not unlike what quantum physics is suggesting." Taking all this into consideration, wouldn't this overpowering consciousness, this energy that is eternally in everything--this invisible animating force of the entire universe and also the soul within us all--be God? An individual's consciousness or spirit or soul gradually becomes aware of its identity as an evolving human being as it develops from babyhood throughout life. At the death of the physical matter within which this awareness resides, the soul leaves, sailing forth into other dimensions of time and space. And continues to live forever as it grows in knowledge of its unity with God.
Coming to this point from our start with Einstein, we have Paul Davies, a mathematician and physicist in Australia, saying in 1983, "Science offers a surer path to God than religion." Won't it be a blast to eventually learn who is right!
Of course there is life after death. There is always life and we are always part of it. The world is composed of nothing but energy, which thinks and is real and possesses its own identity. Some believe that stones, trees and sand on the beach--all things--think, in one way or another. It's easy to know this about ourselves, because we are thinkers of thoughts and we know we are thinking. It's almost impossible not to be thinking all the time, even when we long for sleep and can't silence the chatterbox in our heads.
Maybe sticks and stones know they are thinking, too, but we won't go into that here. Let's discuss instead how I came to be probing such deep subjects and why I think it is important to know that we continue to travel the road of spiritual development in an afterlife that awaits us all. While the physicists are doing this with their heads, I've been working on it experientially for many years. And still am--trying to prove it, that is.