This year, the idea of immortality has been in my life. This time around, I’ve taken a different perspective on the idea. One of the angles I’ve been contemplating is describing an immortal life after death. What does that mean? Basically, I’ve been considering what an immortal life, after mortal life, would be like. I think one important question is; how would I exist after mortal life? The reason I ask that question, is because I don’t believe we continue to exist in a humanoid form. And that is where the real problem exists.
The Christian thought on immortal life is that we exist as humans in either heaven or hell. However, in philosophies of reincarnation, we may exist as any form. In one life we may be an insect or animal and in another we are humans. It’s interesting that it’s not the form of the physical body that exists immortally but the soul. Whereas in Christian thought, the soul has a human form. Does that matter?
In metaphysics there is much discussion about consciousness. Dean Radin is one of the leading researchers examining the effects of consciousness in the universe. It’s a fascinating area of study. It’s also a source of many questions. One of the most fundamental is; is consciousness the eternal soul? To understand the answer to that question we have to question the nature of the soul. Fundamental to that understanding is understanding the form of the soul. Does the soul have a form like the Christians think or is it formless and able to take any form?
Beyond the question of form is a question of the power of consciousness. What I mean to ask is; does consciousness have the ability to create its own form? To take that idea further, I could ask; does consciousness have the ability to create the environment around it, or can it create other forms external to itself? But, in terms of immortality for the human soul, can consciousness create its own form first?
Maybe this is the lesson from the story of God. God came into existence through its own will. It created its own form. Then, it created the rest of existence. If we replace God with consciousness maybe that’s how we can understand the lesson. Consciousness created itself through its own awareness. Once aware of itself it gave itself form and went on to create its environment. But, this simple perspective ignores the influence of outside factors.
The Gnostic creation story claims that the god of this world isn’t the true God of all. It claims that we were created by the false god but have a spark of the true God. Its arguable that the spark of the true God is consciousness. Thus, the means to escaping this existence is through the spark of the true God, or through our own consciousness. To put the idea another way, without gods, we exist in someone else’s reality and we can’t escape until we develop our own ability to create our own existence. We must become gods in our own right.
So, I’m way out in a field now. Let’s go back to the original question of immortality. While I think it’s possible that our immortal form could be human, I don’t believe that’s set in stone. I think we have the power to create our own unique forms and probably change those forms at will. But, it’s not the mortal material body that exists eternally, it’s our consciousness. However, while our consciousness has the ability to give form to ourselves and to our environment, we are also influenced by the consciousness of others. Does that make those other consciousnesses gods?
What about our influence on other consciousnesses? At what point does a consciousness start to influence others? Assuming there is influence; at what level of influence would we consider a consciousness god-like? But, let’s save some of these thoughts for other articles.
There is much more to contemplate about god, consciousness, immortality, existence and so on. That will have to wait for another time. I could go on for much longer but I’ll save that for more articles! I hope this article has caused you to ask new questions and maybe open some new angles for your own contemplation. Until next time.