Yesterday I saw an inspiring movie: iOrigins. It walks the border between science and religion. A young scientist discovered that the iris pattern of his girlfriend (or already wife) reappears in india after her deadly accident in the US. Romance, drama and hope. Enough to refresh and package my afterlife knowledge in an ExperienceZone fashion.
What does science state?
This is a hard nut to crack for science. It works with machines to run tests and produce data points. How can an afterlife been proven by data? That’s almost impossible. Yet if we marry experiments with anecdotes, an interesting picture appears: There are various cases in which consciousness continued after brain-death. Also, many people report out-of-body-experiences in context of near-death-experiences. The consciousness seem to leave the body and enters a tunnel, in which they meet death people. Even blind ones seem to be able to “see” after leaving their physical bodies. Survivors of those extreme experiences change their perspective to life thereafter. They lost the fear of death and live happier. On top of that, there’re reports from children about their previous lives, which are creepy in their precision.
All of this is interesting yet no reason for traditional science to see evidence. There is one school of thought, which almost requires us to have an afterlife though: Quantum Physics. If we wrap our minds around the concept that only the observer makes all quantum possibilities collapse into a single one, than everything happens simultaneous. Time, space and matter are only building blocks our consciousness requires to build a subjective reality, which our brain can process sequentially. Death is therewith only a perception. We die in this uni-verse, yet live on in the multi-verse.
What do religions believe?
Many religions contain the concept of reincarnation – with different spins however. In Hinduism, the soul, called atman, is eternal and reincarnates itself into physical bodies. The related karma concept requires us to do good deeds in order to be reborn into favorable life-forms. Buddhism addresses reincarnation and the karma concept too, yet in a more abstract meaning. Reincarnation is the continuous process of us existing as spiritual beings rather than being reborn or transmigrating in other forms. Also ancient forms of Jewish and Christianity contain reincarnation components.
Bottom line, religions came up with the reincarnation idea – maybe based on different intentions and thus structures. Yet interestingly there’re many similarities although they emerged in different parts of the world at different times. A proof of similarity?
What do you think?
Are you buying into reincarnation? Or are you a YOLO follower? Whatever the case might be, I’ve some Self-Development tipps for you:
- Get to know yourself. Many people never run a personality analysis since they assume they know themselves. Yet they are stunned by what it exposes. Once you know where you’re coming from (this might include your current and past lives), who you’re and where you’re going to, you’ve build up a rock-solid self-confidence, which you’ll benefit from even beyond this life.
- Live your life. We’re only for a few decades on this planet. Let’s use them. Define your mission and aims in life. Pursue them relentlessly. Become an essentialist. Apply a lase-focus and decline everything, which is not aligned to your reason for existence or counter to the way you want to live. Of course, there’re duties which you want to accommodate. Yet at least 80% of the time spend should play into your strengths and thus passions. That is 12 out of 15 waking hours.
- Become a do-gooder. Doing others a favor doesn’t hurt you. If you’re living in abundance (like most of us do), you can always give something away. Practice intelligent egoism: Give in a selfless way. Altruistic gifts will create an imbalance of energy: Abundance on the receiver side and a lack of it on your side. Since everything needs to be balance, the “universe” will balance it out, i.e. you’ll receive something in return. Might be with time delay and from another direction. Yet definitely something better than you gave away.
- Be grateful to become aware. Let’s appreciate the fact that we’ve been born as human beings in this age into this society. It could have been worse. We’re very blessed. Especially if you look at billions of people, who’re struggling to survive. If you read my lines, you at least have internet access. Use this life to make a difference. We just don’t know if and in which form you’ll be reborn. Also, imagine yourself lying on your deathbed: How do you want this life to be lived in hindsight?