To laugh is to risk playing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your dreams and ideals before the crowd is to risk embarrassment.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing at all. The person who risks nothing may avoid sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Chained by their fear and certitudes, they are slaves. They have forfeited their freedom.
Only the person who risks is free. -- Author Unknown
Who Knows the Most?Who knows the most about life?
It's not the doctor or the scientist.
It's not the philosopher or the professor.
It's not the degreed or the intellectual, or even the genius.
It is the poet that understands life best.
Make me sweet again, Fragrant and fresh and wild, And thankful for any small event.
-- Rumi, a poet.
Seeking Love is like trying to find in which circle the dot appears. Love can not be found or analyzed. It can only be given away, from one heart to another.
On this site is gathered the proof of life after death. It was not created here, only collected and displayed. What will happen now? Will it change anything?
I believe it will take at least one generation, maybe another, before major changes are seen in our society. The skeptics will continue to put up a formidable barrage of lame (no proof) arguments, denials, theories, etc. before finally becoming silent in the face of truth. It will be hard for many to accept responsibility for their actions; to understand they are accountable for the consequences of the choices they make. It is much easier to believe life ends with the death of the body. However, the time will come when skeptics and atheists are rare birds; as rare as those who still believe the earth is flat. Most of the world's population has always believed in their spiritual nature, so this will not really be a new development.
Changes will happen in all of our revered institutions: schools, science, business, religion, and judicial are some of those that will be affected most. Below are a few predictions of what might happen in these areas.
Metaphysics is one of the oldest fields of study known to man, dating back to the beginning of recorded history, but no mention of it can be found in our school system. This will be changed in the future. It will take its place along with physical science and the two will complement each other to balance our understanding of life.
Children will be taught their life has purpose and meaning; that it does matter to be honest, kind, and compassionate; that respect for themselves and others is more desirable, longer lasting, than gaining material wealth.
Now, can this be done over the protests of religious groups and other vested interests, yes, by teaching love. Anyone who objects to teaching love, caring, and compassion should be invited to attend the classes themselves.
Physicist Stephen Hawking predicts that someone will successfully design an improved human race by the next millennium: "I am not advocating human genetic engineering as a good thing; I'm just saying it is likely to happen whether we like it or not." Stephen said in a lecture.
But it will never happen. Human engineering is what our Creator does. No scientist will ever create life, improve intelligence, lengthen physical life, or build disease proof bodies. We are not our bodies, we are spiritual energy (consciousness) using a human body for communication purposes while living in the physical world. Intelligence, length of life, health, etc., exist in us, our choices in life, and not our bodies.
Automotive engineers can design a car capable of speeds over 200 miles an hour. They can create a satellite connection to guide it anywhere on the continent. But, if a little ol' lady from Pasadena buys it to drive to the corner grocery and back, it will never reach its potential. The same is true with our bodies. Scientists may be able to improve the looks, strength and durability of the body. However, the spiritual inhabitant of the human body is where the intelligence exists, where the choices are made, which determine health, longevity and knowledge, we are not bodies.
Scientists, in the future, may alter the genes, or DNA, of human bodies in many ways, but it will have no effect on the spiritual entity that inhabits it. Cloning will make identical bodies, but not produce identical humans. Cloning of/for athletes, soldiers, geniuses will have no greater success than natural breeding.
Then, there is the morality issue, should we do this, I vote no. We do not have nearly enough knowledge about how life works and could end up introducing something negative into the world. I remember things like the Alaska Oil Spill, Chernobyl, Killer Bees, Poisonous chemical vapors in India, where situations got out of control. Genes can and do mutate, so who can say what will happen. Does anyone really know how to improve something they don't fully understand? "Human engineering" is beyond our capability and knowledge. Best to work on understanding our spiritual nature first.
Now to share some proof of what is written above.
1. Near Death Experiences have proved we are not just bodies. If you have not read the proof, go to the WildCard page, and read it, then follow all the links at the bottom.
2. Identical Multiple Births (twins, triplets, etc.) share the same DNA, yet are different from birth in health, intelligence, and personality. Those who believe this is due to environment should study Siamese twins. Eng and Chang Bunker shared a liver and the same environment, but were very different people. One was in poor health and drank too much, the other healthy, stable and, of necessity, had to carry his weaker brother as they grew older. Lori and Dori (Reba) Schappell share their brain. Yet, when one becomes angry the other is not affected, when one feels pain the other doesn't feel that pain. The brain does not contain our consciousness. It is our consciousness that contains the brain. Brain waves are not "coming from," rather, they are "going to" the brain. We are spiritual beings enjoying a physical life.
3. Multiple Personality Disorders are very important in understanding the effect of thought on the body. Some people have multiple personalities, and as these different personalities appear, changes also happen in the body. A study I read related how one personality may be diabetic, and when this personality is controlling the body medical tests will show the body to be diabetic. Then, when another personality takes over the same body, it will no longer test to be diabetic. If diabetes is genetic does this mean genes mutate by thought processes?
4. Idiot Savants,(1), (2), the study of, shows there are those who have mental ability and knowledge beyond what could have been learned by them in their current lifetime. A very interesting look at one aspect of life.
5. Test tube babies, where the sperm and egg are carefully chosen have many times proved disappointing due to the "we are not our bodies" factor.
6. Organ transplant patients have been documented to crave certain foods that the organ donor was known to enjoy. It seems the transplanted organs contain some trace of the donors habits and desires in different things.
7. Then, there is the vast field of metaphysics. Some of the spiritual events in this field are well documented and verified. Most are not. However, due to the amount of material, it may take years of study to reach an understanding of our spiritual nature through metaphysics.
In summary: it is not the scope of this site to prove anything beyond the desirability of learning and teaching unconditional love. However, I have pointed out areas where serious students can go to learn more proof of their spiritual nature. Those who are motivated enough will do that, and learn how to determine truth for themselves.
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The above quote defines what our business consists of here on earth. We did not come here to build widgets and pile up money and resources. We came to build our understanding of ourselves and our Creator. Those who spend their entire lives accumulating wealth, wastes their lives on temporary delusions.
"However many holy words you read,
However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act upon them?"
"The essence of all religions is love, compassion, and tolerance.
Kindness is my true religion. The clear proof of a person's love of
God is if that person genuinely shows love to fellow human beings."
The Dalai Lama
"Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things
are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there
is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things."
Paul the Apostle
The role of religion is simple: teach only love. Should a religious organization encounter doctrines that inhibit or prevent the teaching of love in all areas, then that doctrine should be thrown out. To get closer to God is to get closer to His love.
"Justice without mercy is tyranny."
Society has the right, the obligation, to discern and isolate those individuals that are harmful to others. It also has the obligation to rehabilitate, if possible, those individuals and return them to useful lives. This path is not only the moral and humane thing to do, but a practical solution to keeping the prison populations manageable, and the tax burden reasonable. Locking up a teenager for life could cost over three million dollars, money better spent on finding ways to prevent crime and/or rehabilitation.
From our deep fear, our intense anger for revenge, comes the current craze of "zero tolerance" laws. Enforcement creates more fear, anger, pain, suffering, even death. No mercy, no extenuating circumstances, no allowance for intent, just punishment the order of the day. Can we be sure only the guilty will be punished? Will some use money and influence to buy their way out, while others who are innocent, but poor, pay a price they didn't owe? Do we make no mistakes? Are we perfect in finding truth? Have those who believe in "zero tolerance" toward their fellow humans forgotten their faith/trust in God; do they not understand His law of perfect justice achieved through perfect Love: "Ye shall reap whatsoever ye sow."
As of this writing 85 individuals serving time in prison have been found innocent through DNA testing and released, some of them were on death row. We make mistakes, God does not.
The Justice of our Creator is perfect, no innocents are punished, no guilty go uncorrected, His law of perfect justice through perfect love is inexorable. It extends from the spiritual world into the physical and back again for all eternity.
We have free will to choose our own path to spiritual wisdom. But each choice we make returns the consequences of that choice. When we love, love is returned. When we fear, fear is returned. The love path is broad, smooth, and straight, while the fear path is narrow, twisted, and full of pits.
Truth, integrity, compassion, caring, and helping others is the path of love.
Hypocrisy, dishonesty, guilt, pain, and suffering is the path of fear.
Near Death Experiences teach us Love is the practical path. When one is in the presence of God's Love/Light there is a knowing of the Oneness of all creation. To harm anyone is to harm yourself, that is why experiencers change their lives, become more loving, compassionate and kind. It is not just the preferred path, it is the only path to wisdom and spiritual growth.