Destination: The Stars
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Who am I?
What am I?
Where am I going?
Three important questions, which people have been trying to find answers to for the past
few millennia. In 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.
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 body dies?
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 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 warmth?
This 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.
For 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 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! We choose our thoughts.
We choose how we feel.
We choose our actions.
We therefore choose our destiny.
© Julie Hargreaves