Regarding this post from the other day.
If you are an atheist and religious folk make you angry – you might have a shadow. If you are a religious person and atheists make you angry – you might have a shadow. To put it very simply, if something makes you raise your voice (or have angry thoughts) every single time – maybe there is a shadow lurking there.
Can consciousness be reduced to brain function? That seems to be a major issue.
From the above linked interview:
I have to tell you, I’ve had some uncanny experiences. Once, in fact, I had a very strange experience where I seemed to be getting information from a dead person. I racked my brain trying to figure out how this could be happening. I did come up with an explanation for how I could reason this away. But it was a very powerful experience. If it could truly be demonstrated that there was more to a human being than the physical body, this would have tremendous implications.
At this point there is no way of knowing, except through interior experience. Maybe it can truly be demonstrated in the future. In the meantime we have to trust our experiences and be willing to accept that not-knowing is fine. The human experience will always contain a measure of not-knowing. That’s part of the territory. I find that to accept not-knowing, or to surrender to it, creates space – it opens the hand of thought. It may well be more difficult to hold that space than to jump onto this or that side and it may feel unsettling at first.
I think the question is this: would your life change if you discovered that there is only this – no reincarnation, no afterlife, no heaven above us – only sky? Would you act differently? And the reverse is also true: would your life change if your reincarnation, your afterlife, and the heaven above us depended on it? Would you act differently? I think the answer should be a resounding NO – to either question.