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: The Stars
Who am I?
What am I?
Where am I going?
questions, which people have been trying to find answers to for the
past few millennia.
physical sense, science has answered these questions to a large extent.
We know a great deal about the miracle of the human body, it's conception,
it's growth and it's death. How we are made up of molecules and atoms
which once were part of the stars. How those molecules and atoms are
again recycled on earth when we die, and how ultimately they will return
to the stars when the earth itself dies and it's atoms and molecules
are recycled back into the cosmos.
But, what about
the essence of life? What about the spark that ignites life? What about
the consciousness that distinguishes us from each other, that which
I know as "I" or "Me"? What happens to that energy?
Where does it come from? What is it? What happens to it when our physical
One of the fundamental
laws of physics states that energy can not be created or destroyed only
changed in form. An example of this can be seen in the conversion of
electrical energy into heat energy when we turn on an electric grill
or to light energy when we turn on a lamp, or it may be converted into
kinetic energy for the motion of a fan. Similarly, light, heat or motion
can also be converted back to electrical energy, by solar cells, steam
engines, windmills etc.. The conservation of energy is a universal law
of physics and is a form of energy 'recycling', never creating or destroying
it, but changing it's nature in some way.
So, it would
seem at odds to the fundamental laws of the universe if our 'life energy'
was destroyed when our physical body died. What is a much more logical
and natural assumption is that our life energy continues after the death
of the physical. As the physical molecules and atoms are returned to
the universal pool to be rebuilt again and again, so too does the life
energy rejoin with the universal energy.
But, this is
not yet the end of the process, it is only one stage in the universal
recycling machine. When we are born, the life energy is not instantaneously
created but is a portion of the universal energy. We live our life as
an individual soul in a physical body and our energy returns to the
universal energy when the physical body dies.
Each lifetime, we have opportunities to learn and grow spiritually,
gradually evolving our soul into a higher state of energy.
To do this,
we return again and again to earth in a physical body and experience
situations and life patterns until we have learnt from them and are
ready to move on to other lessons. Just as during one lifetime, we may
often find ourselves in the same situation over and over again, until
we learn from it, so the process can continue over many lifetimes. If
you think you are in a bad rut now, perhaps you might like to reflect
on the fact that - this might not be the first lifetime in that rut!
or even the last! I know it gives me encouragement to look at what I
might improve on now, knowing I might be back here again going through
the same lessons!
This whole process
is one of a gradual refinement of the initial energy to it's ultimate
conversion to the highest level of love energy. This is not to be confused
with the emotion of love which is more related to the physical. 'Love'
energy may perhaps be best described by it's effect, as a feeling radiance
or inner glow or as an outward expression of a pure inner joy. This
is something that we have all had momentary experiences of, but can
you imagine how it would be to feel that way all of the time?
As a demonstration
of how we experience different energy levels, take notice of how you
feel during a moment of anger or hate, how does the world around you
feel? Does it feel hard, dark, cold, do you feel unfriendly, unloving,
empty, isolated, alone? Now take a conscious step into a peaceful garden
where the sun is shining, take in a deep breath and inhale all the warmth
and energy around you, bask in the sunshine and light, feel the warmth
and absorb the energy. Do you feel more peaceful and restful, do you
feel more in touch with your surroundings and a part of something greater
than yourself? Do you feel more loving? Do you feel an inner glow and
how a difference in thought can change our energy and therefore how
we feel and how we perceive our surroundings. The process can either
be a feeling of a spiral upwards or a spiral downwards, depending upon
which type of energy we choose - positive loving energy or negative
anger/hate/fear energy. Either direction is cumulative and tends
towards more of the same energy that started the process. If we feel
down all the time and expect bad things to happen, then they will. Our
thoughts and feelings will continue to re-enforce this. We will attract
to us experiences that confirm our thoughts.
if you have a friend with the attitude that they are unloved and who
spends most of their conversations with you discussing their woes,
how their partner has put them down, how they got passed up for promotion
etc.. How do you feel at the end of the conversation? Do you feel a
bit drained by the end of it, as you perhaps give them some of your
energy by re-assuring them (again) or spend time suggesting solutions
to their problems (again)? And they probably go away feeling a bit better
after sharing all their problems with you. If this is all they ever
talk about, how long before you start avoiding them? Did you just re-enforce
their opinion that "I am alone and nobody cares about me"
because now they feel that you don't want to see them either?
The flip side
of this is that if we change our thoughts to expect good things to happen,
to view the world through a positive outlook and to feel positive, then
good things will happen and we will feel happy, positive
and full of love energy. This is not to say that life steps down easy
street and we don't have to work at what we want, but it helps us to
be open to those synchronistic events in life which ultimately will
lead us down the path that we choose to go.
There is no
"but" to this principle. If you feel that it does not apply
to you or your circumstances, then you still want to suffer some more
before you learn this lesson!
choose our thoughts.
how we feel.
choose our destiny.
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