It is a concept as old as human history. It permeates every
spiritual belief system ever known. The belief that there exists beyond this
mortal coil another realm of existance. That death is not an end, but mearly a transition into plane of reality. But why?
Is it instinctual?
Is the secret to this mystery buried deep in our psyche? Is it something we bring with us into this
world? It would be counter to Darwin and Evolutionary Theory for this to be a part of our species evolutionary imperitive, to Survive!
fear of death, even amongst the faithful, shows our Darwinian side hard at work.
Therefore, if it is to be considered instinctual, then it must be some form of hidden knowledge we bring with us when we are incarnated into this
form, thus implying that the immortality of our 'souls' goes in both directions. Far Eastern Philosophies, and Past Life Regression suggests just
that. During my time as a professed Agnostic, I can state that while I was unsure about the existance of 'God', I could not shake the firm belief
that there was an existance that trancended death. This belief is what kept me from ever professing to be an Atheist.
Is it psychologically motivated?
Does the belief in an afterlife come from a psychological need to deal with grief? Is it
the minds self defense mechanism in dealing with the loss of a loved one? In this manner, we don't really have to say goodbye, but more like see you
Is it the Ego's need to believe that the self will never cease to exist? Since we all share the fear of death, and as far as we know, we are the
only species on the planet that is aware of it's own mortality, it could very well be that it is a coping mechanism in dealing with the end of the
Is it spiritually motivated?
It is not that uncommon for someone to experience a haunting experience. There are even
those among us who claim to be able to sense and communicate with the dearly departed. I have experienced both of these phenomenon myself. Is it due
to these otherworldly
experiences that we have come to the conclusion that there must
be life after death?
Does Science now support this belief?
According to Physics, energy never disapates, organized energy never disorganizes,
and the entire Universe is composed of nothing but energy, and that it is all connected. If the 'soul' is merely the organized energy of the
person, then the loss of the organic computer (the brain) should only force the energy that is the individual to trancend the physical.
Then you add the growing scientific data that has been gathered at various haunted locations, such as
's, ghostly images caught on film, Electromagnetic and Thermographic readings
and the like, the scientific evidence seems to indicate and support the existance of an afterlife.
Now there are those who insist that there is no God, and that once you die, that's it. But if given clear scientific evidence to the contrary, these
left brain dominant skeptics would most likely change their minds.
While every Religion and Spiritual Belief System varies as to what this Afterlife is like, a majority of humans, including those who follow no given
religious or spiritual belief believe that one does indeed exist. But is it real, or just the mind's way of coping with mortality?