Why I’m Here

September 26, 2011

Most people don’t have any idea why they’re here, or what they should be doing—and most don’t appear to care about either question. Instead, they spend their time pursuing material things, or pleasure, or being ineffective because of contradictory notions they’ve picked up from other people who also don’t know what they’re doing here or why.

These questions are what I care about most in life, and I’ve spent more time pursuing their answers than I’ve spent doing anything else. As a result, I live a life that is basically free, happy, peaceful, and enjoyable. My relationships with people around me are good and they continue to improve over time.

There is much wrong in the world—much undeveloped potential in people—and every bit of it is because of people’s ignorance about themselves, other people, and their relationship to the world and people around them. People are simply full of wrong beliefs, ideas, opinions, and impressions about life.

I am here to learn what very few people care to learn for themselves, and to share what I know and understand with as many people as I can. Eventually, many people will understand what I and others like me have been trying to tell them and the problems that have plagued the world for eons will begin to disappear.

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On Evolution

September 25, 2011

Whether or not any particular theory of evolution is correct, the process of evolution is a fact: everything changes over time. The real questions are how the process works and why.

Evolution is only an issue where religious thinking is popular. Many religious-minded people fear that cultural acceptance of evolution would cause their doctrines about recent, instantaneous creation to crumble—and when one doctrine crumbles, the rest soon follow. (They’re right.)

Is it reasonable to believe that a god created this world only a few thousand years ago, with fossils embedded in rocks well below the earth’s surface, only appearing to be hundreds of millions of years old? I don’t think a Creator would try to fool people with such trickery.

Evolution can be defined as change over time, from simpler to more complex arrangements. It has been happening to living and non-living matter since the beginning of the universe, and it continues as long as the universe exists.

Again, the question isn’t whether it happens, but how and why.

At this point, it’s important to notice something about evolution: when a new species evolves, the species from which it came doesn’t always die out. If that were the case, there would be no other kinds of life except us.  We humans, at the top of Earth’s apparent chain of evolution, would be the only life on the planet—which means that we couldn’t even be here. There would be no ecosystem for us to live in.

It’s also important to recognize that humans are still evolving, and we’re evolving in a way that other life forms on Earth are not. There are still apes and monkeys and lizards and fish around. If a new species eventually springs forth from Homo sapiens, it will live along with Homo sapiens—at least for a while. It will be a step “up” on the evolutionary ladder from current humans. Some human genetic lines will become this new species, and some will remain “only human.” It’s happening even now, but very slowly.

It looks like the “next step up” in human change will be people who are naturally in tune with what we call Spirit or God. Their brains will be as different as ours are from a chimpanzee’s (which isn’t much, but it’s enough), even if they look much the same as Homo sapiens.

Evolution is not a mindless process of change. It is driven by Life itself, and change doesn’t happen instantly—especially biological change. Your body is always a work in progress, and it still serves the functions today that it was developed for in generations past. It’s great for walking barefoot on the earth, reproducing, and grasping all kinds of objects. It’s not so great for running on concrete, sitting in a cubicle for half the day, or digesting highly processed and unnatural foods.

Whatever it is that causes higher life forms to develop from lower life forms also has an end result in mind. Modern humans are closer to it than anything that has ever walked the Earth (as far as we know) and we’re getting closer with each new generation. Life itself is guiding us.

(Written in 2005 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)


When I Die

September 15, 2011

Even when I die, I shall live…not as I, because he will be dead. But, though I be gone, the real I, which pervades All and never dies, lives on in all beings–so that I continue to live in all beings.

I will live their experience as they live, breathe, and move. I am and will be them, too.

I will be the caterpillar crawling on the dew-covered leaf. I will swim with my fellows in the blue waters of the Caribbean. I will crawl through caves, blind, where light never reaches. I will experience childbirth—both natural and “modern.” I will die on the battlefield (again?).

I will know love, hate, and sorrow. I will be rich and I will live richly. I will live a tragic life, dead before I’m grown—at my own hand.

I will experience, through All That Is, Life—in its full intensity and meaning.

All That Is is in me, living through me, connecting me intimately with all of Life. Call it Brahman or God or Life or All That Is; it’s the same. It’s One.

It’s you and it’s me. Can you see it?

(Written in 2004 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)


On Unifying Scientific Knowledge and Mystic Insight

September 8, 2011

Ever since I read a book called The Tao of Physics years ago, I’ve thought that quantum physics will become the area where science and religion truly start to mesh.

Quantum physics won’t finally prove or disprove beliefs like the resurrection or return of Christ or the Assumption of Mary; rather, it will show that many of the ideas that the Eastern, India-born religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and Gnosticism teach are actually functioning principles of the real world—ideas like

  • uncertainty as true security;
  • change as absolute and good;
  • a continuously reproducing, self-sufficient, finite universe; and
  • the presence of consciousness in everything, not just biological life.

These are less Eastern principles than they are mystical or esoteric principles. Eastern religions are just as dogmatic as our Western ones, but the founders of both Eastern and Western religions were mystics who sought the truth on their own—and then were grossly misunderstood by many of their followers over time.

Science and religion are two belief systems. Neither one really describes what’s going on here, although they have their respective corners on the “world view” market.  Science is religion’s prodigal offspring. Whereas religion tends to make unverifiable pronouncements about the universe, science has striven to make verifiable predictions about the way things work.

Religion bred science, much like a holy-roller preacher might breed a pot-smoking hippie son: a result of the “pendulum effect.”

What I think we’re going to see as science and religion start to mesh is a unified, accurate description of Reality that is explained by the mystical among us (not the religious) and verified by the scientists. Somehow, some human beings seem to be wired in such a way that they can learn to perceive intuitively the workings of the universe without necessarily describing them in scientific terms or even knowing anything about quantum physics or general relativity.

We call these people “enlightened” or “awakened” or some such other term.

Maybe one of these people will turn out to be an influential scientist who can communicate equally well with both languages: science and mysticism, in the vein of Einstein. When examined beyond their differing descriptors, science and mysticism are really speaking the same language. They just look at things from different viewpoints.

To bridge the gap between science and mystical insight, we have to acknowledge the part of Reality that each describes: the outer (scientific knowledge) and the inner (mystic or esoteric insight). It’s very literally like uniting the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Each part has its function, purpose, and way of interpreting the universe, but it’s still one brain. Indeed, science is a left-brain function, while mysticism is all right brain.

It’s all one, if we can just see it! Both science and mysticism acknowledge this, in their own way. Science is seeking its “unified field theory” and mysticism seeks to unite the individual and God in some way. The end result is the same.

(Written in 2003 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)

 


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