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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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fourthgodEspecially in the wake of terrible tragedies, it might be the most asked and even feared question out there… Where do we go when we die? Does our soul and being die with us – a realm of complete unknowing darkness or do we live on in some form? Ultimately, all of us will eventually discover the truth – whether we like it or not. Death is an inescapable milestone in life. This is when we shift from what is known to what we believe and have faith in… Enter religion which for many was built on the backbone of fear of the unknown.

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Christof Koch, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute of Brain Science and Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at California Institute of Technology, argued that the soul dies and everything is lost when human beings lose consciousness. “You lose everything. The world does not exist anymore for you. Your friends don’t exist anymore. You don’t exist. Everything is lost,” he said.

Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, challenged Koch’s view of consciousness. He said that, “if you take these near death experiences at face value, then they suggest that the mind or the consciousness seems to function without the physical body.”

Stuart Hameroff, who proposed the highly controversial Orch-OR (orchestrated objective reduction) theory of consciousness in 1996 along with Roger Penrose, told the Science channel, “I think the quantum approach to consciousness can, in principle, explain why we’re here and what our purpose is, and also the possibility of life after death, reincarnation and persistence of consciousness after our bodies give up.”

Now, these are all scientific views based on research and theory. For this blog, let’s forget about all the religious and dogmatic perspectives that can seem warm and fuzzy but are built completely on blind faith. So, here is the question; do we have any tangible evidence that there is life after death?


I researched this concept for the Responsive Universe. The key phrase mentioned by Stuart Hameroff was a “Quatntum” approach to consciousness. When we focus on the “quantum” state of the brain we realize all possibilities exist within a quantum world. Within this grand Universe, all possibilities exist based on the sheer vastness of space and time. Physicists’ have already documented a sub atomic world where energy changes form but cannot be destroyed. This is a sublime world where the act of observing energy in its smallest conceivable form changes the outcome due to the physical act of observation.  Science has already proven that human consciousness is connected to the Universe. Once a connection is made, in theory it is infinite and unending. In one of my most popular blogs, “Can Astrophysics Prove and Afterlife Exists”, I centered on several scientific theories that point to existence in some form or facet after mortal death. From String Theory to Black Holes; from Near Death Experiences to Quantum Physics  there is undeniable evidence that our energy and even consciousness lives on in some form.

The wisdom to be absorbed from this blog post is not to fear death but revel in the love, wisdom and energy that surrounds you now. Find compassion and create positive energy and karma because no one or nothing can take this away from you; even after mortal death. The late Steve Jobs once said, “death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.”

If we can find beauty and love in life, why would it be any different in an afterlife?

John C. Bader


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