It's a shame that as yet science has no way of measuring anything to do with what happens with Awareness after the body drops
Of course, people can believe in whatever they want, but when science has shown them the error of their belief then fair-mindedness should kick in and
help them to both perceive and accept the error. Not only science, but daily experience throughout history has indeed shown what happens to awareness
when it is permanently snuffed out...irreversible death occurs.
There remain aspects of the corpse that can still be measured, but the animus (vital force) of life cannot, for it is no longer generated by the
internal workings of the body. All electro-chemical mechanisms have ceased, and although the body is still bathed and bombarded by external sense
stimulations, there is no internal response to stimulation. All mitochondria have died, and there is no intracelluar activity...the body almost
instantly enters into a state of physical decomposition and atrophy.
Of course, death is no longer thought of as a instant 'switch off', but a slow process of gradual withdrawl of vital organic functions, but this is
determined by the manner of death. Just as fire requires the presence of three essential components to sustain the blaze - fuel, oxygen, and heat, and
that the removal of any one of the three components will snuff out the fire, the body equally requires a combination of essential activities to
sustain the vital life force. The intake of oxygen via the lungs transported in the blood pumped by the heart to the brain in order to perfuse the
brain with oxygen and other essential organic requirements. Interruption in any of these three processes can quickly lead to a total cessation of
awareness (higher cerebral functioning) and irreversible death of the whole organism.
That is a overly objective and dispassionate view of the physical body and its functional requirements, but the topic of the thread discusses less the
physical aspects of the body, and more the seemingly immaterial aspects of the totality of our mental life, which many would perceive as the soul or
spirit: ergo, let me focus on that aspect.
Do we have a soul or spirit, and does that soul or spirit continue a conscious existence after the physical body can no longer sustain it? Just to
ensure that my stance is fully understood, allow me to restate it as follows. To the former part of the question I can say 'yes', but to the latter
part of the question, I must say 'no'. It may seem a contradiction in thought, but it is not really.
From birth to late teens the body develops and matures toward adulthood. In parallel to the body's development, but seemingly a few years behind, our
mental life undergoes a form of maturation. There is an emergence of a character and personality unique to each individual human organism. One way to
perceive this would be to suggest that spirit is the canvas, and that soul is the image that gradually appears over time on the canvas; therefore we
have what we can loosely term a 'soul of self' of spirit. Soul is nothing more than the expression of spirit.
Ok. So what is spirit? Spirit is that which we term consciousness, and consciousness is a resonance by-product of energy correspondences. To
illustrate this I should ask you to think of two particles near to each other, but not within communicative relation to each other. They are both at
rest phase, unperturbed by external radiation, vibration, etc. Along comes an external energy wave which forces the two particles towards each other,
which awakens them out of rest phase and into a higher energetic state. Their extenal fields interact and out of this energetic correspondence a
resonance arises which is the energetic sum of the passing energy wave and the two particle's interaction with each other. It is that resonance that
manifests as consciousness in organic forms.
This mechanism of consciousness manifestation is occurring billions of times a second, each consciousness resonance rapidly peaking and fading to be
replaced just as rapidly by another. The resonance lasts only as long as the interaction, but as interactions are constantly taking place, the
manifestation of consciousness is perceived as homogenous and consistently present. It is an error if we think that we are spirit that is conscious,
this is not the reality. It is no more real to say that we have a mind that is conscious. When we say spirit, and when we say consciousness, we are in
fact pertaining to the same thing, there is no distinction. We do not have a mind that is conscious, but a consciousness perceived (by looped feed
back mechanisms) as mind...a very important distinction.
So, right from birth we have the mechanism of consciousness production occurring deep in the structure of our organic body. As we grow and mature
through infancy and childhood into teens and adulthood, life experience imprints itself upon us and is expressed as a response in the form of the
developing character and personality...what I call the 'soul of self'. This imprintation mechanism out of which emerges the soul of self, is nothing
more than life experience assimilated as memory, it is the gateway mask through which spirit expresses itself as a unique individual human being.
Underpinning all this is the essential requirement of the physical body to sustain the continuation of these mechanisms. It is this that is the crux
of the whole afterlife debate, how are these mechanisms sustained when the underpinning physical systems cease in their function?
How is the memory bank of all that we are, each as unique individual human beings, sustained cohesively and energetically when the physical support
systems are gone? Strangely enough, there is a historical esoteric tradition that can provide for spirit's continuation of its 'soul of self', by
which individuality of character and personality survive the loss of the physical support systems that nurtured it into being. I wonder...can any of
you tell me what it is? If you can, I will tell you why I reject it.