“The idea of Universal Life composed of individual atomic lives is one of the oldest teachings of esoteric philosophy, and the very modern hypothesis of modern science1, that of crystalline life, is the first ray from the ancient luminary of knowledge that has reached our scholars. If plants can be shown to have nerves and sensations and instinct (but another word for consciousness), why not allow the same in the cells of the human body? Science divides matter into organic and inorganic bodies, only because it rejects the idea of absolute life and a life-principle.” ~H. P. Blavatsky
There are two possible meaning to the ides of universal life. One is simply that life is common throughout the universe. That is generally accepted by science and most people. Yet is needs to be looked at with greater detail. The other interpretation of universal life is that all things are living, even if they don’t meet the generally accepted theories on life. If you combine both concepts, you get a universe made entirely of the living, in one form or another. This is a lot harder for many to accept. A truth, however, remains true, even if the majority rejects it.
Universal Life in all Things
The idea that all things are alive is generally rejected by science. Yet science cannot say exactly what life is. Nor can they say when life starts or what is the smallest thing to be alive. This much they do accept: there are single-celled plants and animals that are alive. This tells us that, with a few exceptions, all cells in our body are alive (more on the exceptions later).
Here is where conventional science runs into difficulty. If you look more closely at those clearly living cells, you find that they are made up of atoms. Further, those atoms are made up of energy and sub-atomic particles. What science has not found with this structure is the piece called life. They cannot find a life particle inside those cells. They cannot find a life energy inside them either. Yet they claim to be able to recognize when it is present and when it isn’t. It is like a blind person saying he can tell if a lion is in his cage at the zoo by the scent. But if the lion is removed, the scent will remain. Likewise, the blind man may smell the dung of the lion in a place where it has been dumped, but the lion itself never visited.
Here is the idea in general terms. If something as small as a cell is alive, yet the exact part of it which contains that life cannot be found, then it must reasonably be assumed that all of it is alive. That means that every molecule of that cell is living matter. And if the molecules are living, so are the atoms they are made of.
Living in the Dead
That is where the problem starts. If we accept that atoms in a living being are alive, then what about the so-called non-living? As best as science can tell, the atoms of various elements found in a cow, a human, or a rock are the same. An atom of carbon is exactly the same in a human as in a stone. Therefore, if one is a living thing, then the other must be as well.
Live in the Universe
The other interpretation of “universal Life”, being that life is common throughout the universe now needs to be examined. Most accept the idea that life forms may exist on other planets. Yet they also accept that so far none has been found.
If you mine for silver in a tin mine, you probably won’t find any. That doesn’t mean silver doesn’t exist. If you shop for suits in a shoe store, you won’t find any. That doesn’t prove suits don’t exist.
Our scientists make one strange error when searching for life in space: they search only for life that is very much like the life forms found on Earth. That is like trying to find suits in the shoe store. If they really want to find life on other planets, they need to search for all signs of live, not just Earth life.
Facts of Life
The fact known by esoteric and mystery schools for centuries is that life exists everywhere in the universe. It is found on other planets. It is found on asteroids, stars, and probably even in cosmic clouds. That is because Life is a power, a force much like gravity. Gravity works everywhere, and so does the Life Force. It will cause life to generate in whatever raw material is available. On a planet where there is little or no carbon, life may be based on silicone. On a star where there is no solid matter at all, energy beings exist. And even on a planet where the Life Force has not yet had a chance to create life forms, the planet itself is made of living atoms, and is therefore a living being all on it’s own.
Facts of Death
So with this idea of universal life, what is death? The answer is that death is simply one life form changing into another life form, or multiple life forms. Even when a person dies, the body is still made of living atoms. Those atoms become parts of new life forms. A specific being may die, but the live within that being goes on in new forms. That is even more true on the spiritual level.
1This was written over a century ago.