if we could pierce the veil

They say that “ignorance breeds fear”.  That is certainly true regarding bodily death.  Note that I did not say end of being, yet many persons equate bodily death with end of being or a permanent dissolution or cessation of individual consciousness.

What if we could pierce the veil that separates us from the after death state?  What if we, the living, could truly know what lies beyond and outside of this life?

Our feature image might be interpreted as atomized souls in the darkness of ignorance.

 

 

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Western rationalism and skepticism and the spiritual

The problem or stumbling block for Western man in the past few centuries (since perhaps the 1600s) is that he believes that the spiritual ought to be subject to, and delineated by, the laws of physical science.  Here is the problem, and truly, it ought to be obvious to all.

The laws that govern physical science and physical phenomena are not applicable to the non-physical.  Denying the existence of a spiritual plane of existence because it cannot be observed, measured, or dissected by the material methods and physical instruments of physical science is not an authentic scientific position.  Science, and those who look to science for answers need to admit the limitations of science.  An honest, objective and dispassionate position here is that science is not competent to pass judgment on matters of the spirit.  (We have discussed this previously on this blog.  The interested reader can peruse earlier essays on this topic.)

We, in the West, have in the past few centuries allowed the rational (logical, linear) part of our thinking to become too dominant.  This trend has developed over time at the expense of the intuitive part of our minds.  In a sense, we have developed tunnel vision and have lost needed perspective, and we think of matters of the spirit as being akin to superstition.  We are out of balance.  Science cannot heal what ails us for ours is a disease (as in dis-ease) of the spirit, not of the body.  For all his science, the modern atheist (and this includes many PhDs who speak authoritatively on a wide range of subjects) is quite ignorant.  Here we define ignorance as being unaware of what one is unaware of.  (Such a state is hard to escape or break free from.  You can’t do it alone.)  Denying the spiritual dimension of man serves to close one’s mind.  All during the time that people believed the world was flat it was actually round.  Even with atheism, materialistic thinking, secularization, and philosophic and moral nihilism on the rise in our culture, the spiritual reality still exists even if few can see it.

Our feature image is a photograph of a painting in the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (from our visit there late in July).

 

 

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the need for positive reinforcement

Always expecting so much from others and even from ourselves, we often fail to value or appreciate the good already present in others in our lives.  Demanding much from those around us, close to us, do we thank them and praise them for what they give of themselves?

The sad fact is that people too often fail to give positive reinforcement to those close to them.  Siblings in competition with each other for the attention and praise of their parents often tear each other down verbally.  Demanding parents scold the pupil who gets high marks because he/she failed to get a perfect score.  Spouses require (expect, demand) so much from each other, yet fail to show adequate respect and appreciation for the sacrifices and efforts of the person they married.

The failure to value those around us can do serious damage to these persons.  Some more sensitive individuals may be driven to despair and depression if endless demands are heaped upon them over time.

Here is a thought.  When your child brings his/her report card home, do not berate him or her for failing to get perfect scores.  Instead, offer praise for the good progress and good marks he/she did earn.  And, make the commitment as a loving parent to spend more time with them in their homework, or at least take a greater interest in their school activities.

If we fail to invest our love, concern and precious time in the relationships with the persons close to us, we have cheated them.

Let us remember to value others for who they are and for what they bring to our lives; and let us strive to bring good to their lives.

Our feature image was captured out on the street on Saturday, 14 October 2017 in San Francisco.

 

 

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