Yesterday, I discussed how science can actually prove through varying theories that an afterlife is possible.  This is refreshing news for those of us that believe we are part of something magnificent, but are tired of all the religious dogma, hypocrisy and social trappings associated with modern theology. From the inspiring research of String Theory and Black Holes there is strong evidence that consciousness can live on after cessation in some form or facet. This got me thinking about the concept of a soul…

So what is a soul? Without relying on just one religion or viewpoint, most theology would define a the soul as the principle of life, feeling, action, and thought. You could probably paraphrase further by noting a soul lives on after death in a definable afterlife. Yet, there is a philosophical problem to this idea or concept. There is a lacking quality to the theoretical idea of a soul because it is not dependable. The concept of a soul is similar to True Nature – that constant energy, free of ego and suffering that we can connect to and even depend on. Like our True Nature, the soul is often regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, one filled with God and all things holy. The soul and the concept of True Nature parallel each other to a point. From a philosophical point, the idea of a soul does fall short due to the religious trappings associated with it. Souls are an energy source that can be taken from you. As an example, in western religion, the Devil can take your soul and trap you a place called hell. There lies the contradiction with True Nature. True Nature is also an energy force associated with God as it relates to the Universe but there is no commodity driven element associated to it. Our True Nature is immovable and unaltered by prescribed evil.

It has been said that we are actually made up of two beings. One is our mortal shell of flesh and bone. The other is our soul that always exists. The difference is, we feed our souls with positive actions we make daily but that celestial energy can be taken from us? If something as monumental as a soul can be altered, moved or stolen, how are we expected to find solace and peace here in the present and the afterlife? Do we protect and try to defend our souls through blind faith and fear? Fundamentally, we need something more pure and permanent. The edicts and rules that govern organized religion use the quality of a soul as a tool to manipulate people and their belief systems. There is nothing pure about that. In fact it is selling fear to the populace for gain. Something as pure and golden like the concept of a soul should be indestructible and unwavering: True Nature is that force. Further True Nature is not separate from our bodies. It is everything that exists in the Universe. We are True Nature.

Do you still have faith in a soul? What is the alternative? You! You are the alternative. Have faith in yourself. Be kind to yourself…Trust in your ability to connect to energy and inspiration that transcends our existence here on Earth. Instead of listening to others, listen to your own inner voice. Settle into the magnificence of all that exists; not just our earthy trappings, but the grand scheme that is the quantum Universe. That is your soul…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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