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Spirituality and Mysticism

Physics is the study of the physical universe, so we would not, offhand, expect it to give insight into the existence or nature of the nonphysical universe.  But we find that the highly abstract theory of quantum mechanics gives several versions of reality—Schrödinger’s cat both dead and alive, for example.  Thus the undoubtedly correct theory leaves us with a severe problem because it cannot explain why we are conscious of only a single version of reality.

One potential solution, the one adhered to by most physicists, is that physical reality consists of wave functions and particles rather than just wave functions.  But we have shown that there can be no particles, so this is not correct.  Another potential solution is that the wave function collapses down to just one possibility, but this also encounters severe problems.  The only solution left, the one that seems to me to be far and away the most probable way out of the dilemma, is that we each possess a soul which looks into the physical world and perceives just one of the possibilities.

Thus, rather than being antithetical to spiritual ideas, physics supports them, at the expense of the materialistic view of the world.  To say it in reverse, if scientists wish to argue that physics supports materialism, they have a great deal of work to do.  They must experimentally show that collapse of the wave function occurs (or, much less likely, that particles exist).  The ball is in the materialists’ court, and they must come up with a very good shot.

So, ignoring the caveats, quantum mechanics presents us with the most basic fact of all:

Each of us is a nonphysical soul that has a physical body.

Once one grants this, one’s life changes.

THE BRAIN

How does the nonphysical soul interact with the physical world?  By means of the physical brain.  The individual soul can perceive the quantum state of the individual physical brain and thereby indirectly perceive the state of the outer physical world.

Further, the brain has many quantum states, each corresponding to a thought.  By narrowing its attention to just one quantum state, the soul effectively makes the corresponding thought the thought we are aware of in the ordinary sense.  Or if the soul concentrates on just one of the states of the motor part of the brain, the associated bodily action becomes the action we and the external world are aware of.  Thus the brain is the means or tool by which the nonphysical soul interacts with the physical world.

Because this awareness process affects only the perception of the wave function and not the wave function itself, awareness of only one possibility does not interfere with the equations of physics.

THE NONPHYSICAL REALMS

The physical plane is not the only “place” the soul can be aware of.  There are many nonphysical realms—many ways of existing—that are very different from our world here, and the soul has the potential to be aware in any of them.

These nonphysical realms can be roughly divided into two planes, the jinn plane and the angelic plane.  The angelic plane contains those realms that are closest to the source, to God.  They are akin to light, or angelic music.  The jinn plane is constructed from thought-like forms.  It is the realm where paranormal phenomena take place, and is the source of creative inspiration and beauty.  With the proper training, these realms are accessible to us.  There are also nonphysical beings that dwell within these realms and that we can communicate with.

Our soul makes a journey that is infinitely longer than our physical lifetime.  It starts out in the angelic plane, evolves to the jinn plane, becomes associated with a body on the physical plane at physical birth, and goes back to the jinn and angelic planes at physical death.  That is, our awareness does not start at birth or cease at death.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

When the soul becomes associated with a physical body at birth, it has to become familiar with the body and learn how to use it.  So it has to concentrate all its awareness on the physical body, the physical plane.  In the process, the soul forgets how to be aware on the nonphysical planes.  When we become adults, our soul concentrates its awareness almost exclusively on the machinations of the brain.  This includes all the habits, prejudices, and mindsets encoded in the neurons of the brain.  The soul thinks it is the brain-body and that the physical plane, with all its problems, constitutes the whole of existence.

To break this exceedingly restrictive perspective, one must retrain the soul by doing spiritual practices.  The primary step, through observing your thoughts, watching the breath, or other concentration practices is to regain some control of the soul’s awareness.  These practices stop the soul from “mindlessly” concentrating on the uncreative, capricious, circumscribed thoughts generated by the physical brain.  Regaining control of your awareness is as difficult, and as rewarding, as any discipline you could ever undertake.  It is, in fact, at the base of all disciplines, from playing the violin to martial arts to true creativity in mathematics and the arts.

For many, simply stopping the excessive concentration of the soul on the goings-on of the brain is enough to carry you through the whole spiritual journey.  But some don’t like these concentration practices, or they need to supplement them.  In that case, one can use sound or visualization or sometimes compassion practices to begin to re-awaken one’s awareness on the nonphysical planes.

PERSONALITY AND SOCIETY

Control of our awareness, however, no matter what the rewards, does not take us to the end of the spiritual journey.  We also need to develop certain qualities—strength, insight, compassion, beauty, wisdom, the ability to accomplish, and friendship, among others.  These qualities, especially wisdom and friendship, constitute the essence of personality.  In a sense, we are obligated to develop these qualities to pay back our debt for being given the privilege of existing on the physical plane—the place of work—in the human form.

Finally, how does society fit into the spiritual journey?  Metaphorically, God created beings—centers of awareness, intelligence, and emotion—because she/he was lonely.  And so our interactions with one another contain the goal of existence, the reason existence was brought into being, the payoff.

It is not so much that we are all one—although that may be true in some sense—as that we enhance each others’ lives.  There is great, almost unfathomable potential here—it is shattering to even think about it.  But this potential is mostly unrealized.  To make it a reality, it will be necessary for men and women of good will and clear vision to work together to bring about a society where personality and friendship can fully blossom.

Casey Blood, PhD

From the early age of 7, Casey Blood was interested in spirituality, math and science. His parents encouraged him to become an astronaut…


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Understanding Ghosts, Apparitions, Spirits, And Poltergeists

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 29th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: John Culbertson

In the non physical world interacting with our physical world there are ghosts, apparitions, spirits, and poltergeists.

Ghosts are spiritual presences that, through the use of energy, usually take on a physical form to interact with the physical environment. Most ghosts are not evil or bad, rather they are spiritual energies that have a message which they need to get across to someone. Many ghosts do not, in fact, even know they are ghosts and as such simply helping them to understand this is all that is needed for them to move on.

An apparition isn’t really a ghost at all! It’s more like a memory that, because of the intense emotions and circumstances surrounding it, has been locked into time and place. Thus, when you encounter an apparition interacting with it does little to no good, because nothing is really there except for the memory.

For instance, let us suppose that a man and his wife are having an argument. The man takes out a gun and shoots his wife then turns the gun on himself. Many years later, people start to notice that there is a man with a gun and they hear the shrieking of a woman and this centers around one room of this home. What we have here is not ghosts, but rather apparitions. The memory of the event is firmly trapped that particular room and when a certain amount of energy or a certain type of energy is present; that energy sets off that memory so that it plays out, like someone accidentally touching the start button on a VCR which starts playing whatever tape is in the machine.

This is sometimes called a residual haunting and the best way to end an apparition is via a good clearing, cleansing, and smudging of the area.

A spirit, unlike a ghost, usually does not take on a physical form, but exists around a person in a purely energetic form which is often only visible to someone with clairvoyance. Most spirits choose to interact with our world, to hang around loved ones, and to check in on us. Sometimes, like a ghost, they may not be aware that they have crossed over. It is usually spirits that a medium connects with.

A poltergeist, a word which means noisy ghost, is most often associated with things that people are truly frightened of. Examples of poltergeist activity include chairs moving or pictures spinning. The thing about poltergeists is that they develop due to all the energy that is in the environment. Most often, we see cases of poltergeist activity in home that have children who are just entering their teens. All that pent up sexual energy and all the changing hormones produce energy that is often uncontrolled.

Uncontrolled energy is still energy and so what happens is that uncontrolled energy ends up making pictures spin and things move. When these children learn to control their emotions and energy the so called poltergeists stop being active.

The same can be true in any environment which contains a lot of high stress or high sexual energy. When this energy is not properly grounded it can create results here in the physical world.

What this basically means is that for an estimated ninety-five percent of the population that experiences ghosts, apparitions, spirits, and poltergeists, there is no real change of harm coming to them.

Every now and again, on rare occasions, we do encounter in our physical world something of a darker type of energy that is altogether evil at its very core. These energies usually are not coming from any of the above, but rather are connected to some type of demonic energy that has been allowed into our world. Please understand the following about such energies. These energies, the majority of them, can only hurt people if the people they are preying upon allow them to do so. Likewise, it is not possible for a person to be possessed by such energy unless that particular person meddles with psychic or magickal stuff they don’t understand or they subconsciously want and therefore allow the possession to take place.

Attachments are more common than actual possessions. An attachment is a spiritual energy or entity that is attached to a person and/or vice versa. Attachments can form at almost any time, but are most often seen when a relative that a person was very close to crosses over and neither isn’t ready for the crossing to happen. Understand, not all attachments are bad or negative. They are only considered bad if the attachment ends up interfering in a person’s life of if the attachment attempts to take over or control a person’s life. Thus, just because Aunt Betty wants a person to continue giving money to her children long after she has passed away doesn’t mean that person is obligated to do as they are requested.

There are various methods of ending attachments and dealing with possessions, but the scope of which is too much for this particular article. Consider reading a good book on psychic self defense such as “Psychic Self Defense and Protection: An Energy Awareness Guide” for further answers to these topics.

About the Author

John Culbertson is a Mason and Rosicrucian who actively helps people to achieve success and happiness. He is an accomplished New Age teacher, writer and motivational speaker who has taught courses in psychic development and protection, numerology, astrology, tarot, and many other aspects of the New Age field. His recent book “Psychic Self Defense and Protection: An Energy Awareness Guide” can be found at amazon.com or here .

Article Source: Understanding Ghosts, Apparitions, Spirits, And Poltergeists


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Interesting how many books are available on mysticism, telepathy, etc.


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Lively tweets about Freud, Lacan, Foucault and parapsychology (view conversation)


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Hovering

Listening to this today, I finally put my finger on what it sounds like to me. An ethereal time machine… spinning thru the centuries, hovering over different eras. Funny thing about this time machine is that it’s sorta got a personality. So that’s why I tagged it “mad computer” and “man machine” at SoundCloud.


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A good, all-round book on the paranormal, parapsychology etc.

English: Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung ...

Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung in USA, published in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know how I missed this survey-style book while doing my doctorate on Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Looking through Daimonic Reality today, I was stuck by how it mirrors many of the ideas I’ve been interested in for almost three decades.

Harpur’s commentary may not be stunning but it’s above average.

The author seems a bit hard on Jung, especially in regard to synchronicity. Harpur says that Jung still adheres to an “inner” vs. “outer” worldview. And that his views about the acausality of synchronicity retain a “whiff” of mechanism because for Jung synchonicity is “organized” by an archetype (p. 155).

I picked up on this causality/acausality issue in my Ph.D. thesis on synchronicity (see Synchronicity and Poststructuralism pp. 162-163). But I cut Jung a bit more slack because I felt he had a difficult job to do, talking about synchronicity from 1928- 1961. Back then, Jung had to choose the right words and categories to be effective. So I think he was a bit of a postmodern, “selling” his concept to a largely skeptical audience. If we view it that way, Jung wasn’t so much limited or confused but rather, pioneering and shrewd. — MC

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