“It may not come as news to you that the Materialist worldview we were taught in school is incorrect and what scientists, high school science teachers and university professors have been propagating based on that worldview for the past hundred years or more is off the mark. As you know, true believers in Materialism think that matter is all there is, that all the matter in the universe and all the laws that govern it came from nothing with a big bang, and that we humans can be compared to robots with computer-like brains and when the plug is pulled on what they see as our human-body machines, we die and that’s it—lights out. Anyone paying attention nowadays realizes that does not appear to be the case. The rapidly emerging view is that we are eternal, spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience. This first began to penetrate my consciousness forty years ago when I read Live After Life by psychiatrist Raymond Moody, a qualitative study for which Moody interviewed 150 people who had undergone near-death experiences. Many, many such reports and studies have been published since that validate Dr. Moody’s book, the best known recently being Proof of Heaven by neurosurgeon Eben Alexander. The vast majority of the public is probably unaware, however, that evidence gathered by highly credible scientific researchers clearly indicates the brain does not create consciousness and that it now appears certain the brain is a receiver of consciousness, an organ that evolved in order to bring consciousness into the physical dimension. … Since each new organ developed in response to a need, why would the brain be an exception? Smith and his colleagues put forth a convincing argument that intelligence came first, quite able to function without a brain in its own realm.” ~ Stephen Hawley Martin
Part of the materialist worldview is that matter is all there is and spirits, angels, and God are just the fantasies of the immature. There are others, however, who have a slightly different view. They accept that there may be spirits, or beings living in a non-material plane of existence, but they are not important to us while we are on the physical plane. We need to concentrate, they believe, on the place where we are and not worry about other dimensions of reality. In my opinion, this is just a slight variation on the materials worldviews since it produces the same result: people who don’t concern themselves with their spiritual side. Many in this group have formed or joined, religions or churches that practice a form of worship that is all about matter rather than spirit. They think that feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, helping the politically oppressed escape their oppression, and so on is how to practice religion. There is, of course, nothing wrong with doing those things, but they are social activities, not spiritual. Spiritual activities are aimed at awakening and developing the spirit and soul. They are not concerned with the physical body or the mind except as an aid to spiritual development. That doesn’t mean that spiritual people don’t care for their bodies and minds, but they don’t consider those activities to be spiritual.
As Mr. Martin notes, the emerging worldview finds that the materialist worldview is wrong. And this new, more spiritual worldview is being increasingly accepted in the scientific community. The primary reason, I think, is because the idea that everything in the universe just happens randomly is not at all backed by the evidence. Things do not happen at random. If they did, turtles would occasionally lay chicken eggs or even cocoa beans. But that never happens. The turtle can be reliably expected to lay turtle eggs 99.999% of the time. That is not random. And if the world isn’t random, then it is guided by intelligence. So whether or not you call it God, there must be a universal intelligence, or more accurately, consciousness, and it is not made of matter.
The truth of the matter is that we are eternal spirits with eternal souls. Our material bodies that so many of us hold so dear are but a disguise, a costume we wear for a time and then lose. His is why the ancient spiritual teachers said the world of matter was unreal, an illusion. It is illusion in that it is not quite what it appears to be (click here to read a previous post on that subject), but also in that it is temporary. These ancients regarded anything temporary as if it were a will-o-the-wisp, a falsehood. While it is not truly accurate to say the body doesn’t exist, it is accurate to say that it is temporary, and therefore, logically of less importance than the permanent spirit and soul.
Consciousness and the Brain
Another awakening belief is that consciousness is not the creation of the brain, which in turn is a creation of the physical body. Many now see that consciousness existed first and it created the brain and the body, not the other way around. And this is not just a belief of New Age types or spiritual gurus. It is more and more being proven and accepted by members of the scientific community.
So if you still cling to the materialist worldview, you may still be in the majority, but a shrinking one. Maybe it is time you start looking to the future and stop clinging to the past.