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: The Stars
What am I?
Where am I going?
important questions, which people have been trying to find answers to
for the past few millennia.
a 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.
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 body dies?
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 warmth?
illustrates 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.
example, 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
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.
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.
choose how we feel.
choose our actions.
therefore choose our destiny.
Hargreaves - 5th July 2000)
Destination: The Stars - article from Hark.net.au