BELIEVE WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW and BECOME WHO YOU REALLY ARE
What follows is from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth…, Ethics Unwrapped, available from this website as well as Amazon. See also the BLOG of April 17, entitled Nothing Matters.
While the mind is how the brain relates individuals beyond themselves, its use necessarily is limited to terms that its owner can deal with. But while our minds require our brains, the ubiquitous potency of the universe does not. In other words, there remains a dimension that is the essence of our existence, a vital incorporeal part of life itself that pervades our being. It exists within us as well as in all of space without us, connecting each of us to not only every other one of us, but every corner of the universe, perhaps beyond. This essence is original, eternal and immortal, meaning simply that it was here before us and will not cease at our death, and any failure to acknowledge it does not negate it. And, being not only real but the source of all that follows, it enables whatever follows. That we possess intelligence doesn’t preclude the possibility of that same intelligence or even something superior to it existing elsewhere (everywhere?), wherever that may be. Nor does the fact that we utilize this essence in a way that serves our particular purpose make it our exclusive possession, or preclude its universal existence beyond us.
It is our particular part of this vital essence intrinsic to humanity that inspires and animates each and every one of us, that enables our own thought, feeling and action that concerns us directly. Specifically, it’s what connects each one of us, individually, with the rest of mankind and, in fact, with the universe.
The dictionary defines spirit as “the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans; the incorporeal part of humans; conscious incorporeal being, as opposed to matter,” that which inspires, animates and pervades being–thought, feeling, action. I suggest spirit as the vital essence. I offer as well the term soul to represent this spirit in individual human terms, that part of spirit which resides in the spaces integral to our individual selfs.
If it’s uncomfortable to apply these terms in a secular way, so be it. Certainly no religious nuance is intended here (compare instead with the ideas of Plotinus, a Third Century pagan—and therefore clearly secular—intellectual). Any problem lies with a predisposition of some to reject things other than what they can see. But logic, science and rationality are not comprehensive enough to effectively deal with concepts beyond their realm. We need something more. We need trust. And most importantly we need trust in our selfs. With that trust, there’s no limit to how far we can go…
You may wish to follow this line of philosophical thought further. Consider the book… or just stay tuned…