Any religion, no matter what you believe always speaks of the presence of the human spirit. It is the theme behind every great movie, it is that “something” extraordinary about people when they defy odds and overcome the impossible that makes a good story. They have that feel good element that keeps you coming back for more, because we all want to believe that there is more than just the physical that makes us who we are. No one wants to believe that death of the physical body is the end. But is it possible to prove that life goes on after death?
Before getting into the research on that. I got into a debate with some Riverside locals the other night on this subject. After long and exhausting discussion they summed up their opinion, here is what they had to say, “the body is the vehicle, the mind is the gasoline, and the soul is the engine. With out one of the these three components the car won’t work. That in order to be conscious of your existence you have to have all three.” Even though physical expression (the vehicle) is missing to exist here on Earth, neither of them could say for sure that existence all together just ends. Something can not come from nothing, and something can not become nothing. While it is impossible to have physical proof of life after death, it is not impossible to prove that we exist of several things that are not physical now.
In July 2007, Discover Magazine published an article entitled The Top Ten Mysteries of the Brain. In it, Neuroscientists explained, what they could not explain about the human brain. Memories seem to come from nowhere, yet they must be stored somewhere. The ability to be conscious can not be explained. Yet here we are. Everyone has a brain, yet not the same level of intelligence. So where is intelligence? You cant exactly bottle it. And what about emotion? It certainly is a driving force to be reckoned with. And still, like memory and consciousness, you can not physically pinpoint it.
While neuroscientists remain stumped. It is clear that these are all very important elements in human life. Our experiences shape much of who we are and why we choose to do the things we do. Memory, therefore is a crucial part of what makes you…you. The ability to be conscious comes and goes as we sleep every night. Where does it go? And can anyone in the physical world experience your dreams? Certainly not. Because once again it is not physical. Yet it exists on a very personal level, as the dreams we have directly relate to our life experiences. Our level intelligence, depends on whether or not we choose to develop it. That choice is very personal and once it is developed it is only accessable by you.
It is very interesting that the most valuable parts of yourself, are not physical at all and can not be destroyed by anything in the physical world, unless of course you let it. That the level of existence of these things depend on choice, development of your will and proper perception. It seems to me that we exist on these various unseen levels by means of a choice. That the development of character is the most likely vehicle for your consciousness. Could character be what the human soul is made up of? And if so, if you could draw a picture of it, what would it look like? That picture may be the truest indication of what will be left of you when the physical is gone. I hope that it is beautiful. If it is not, then I suppose you are reading this for a very good reason.