With regard to science… People who are spiritual sceptics and atheists quite often cite “science” and “scientific proof” in their arguments against religions and spirituality. However, the only conclusive thing about science is that it is inconclusive. People well versed in matters of a scientific nature will know that everything in the universe and beyond, without exception, is comprised of energy. They will also be aware that energy is in a constant state of flux. So, what may constitute a scientific fact today, may well be completely inaccurate in the future. The truth is that science and spirituality go hand in hand; they are two sides of the same coin and cannot be separated. Science does not exist within infinite consciousness, but when consciousness manifests itself as the universe, it has to function in accordance with a set of scientific laws; hence we have the laws of physics etc. Science only exists when the infinite mind limits itself by manifesting as form in the world. However, without science the individual soul would not be able to experience life in the physical; the laws of science are the mechanism by which the physical world functions.
With regard to being sceptical about complementary therapies… As with the above paragraph, people who are sceptical about so-called complementary, alternative and natural therapies usually cite medical science and lack of substantive proof of effectiveness as the reasons for their scepticism. What they overlook is that before governments realised that they could make billions of pounds by selling tablets to sick people (tablets that, incidentally, quite often have horrendous side-effects), there wasn’t any other means of treating the sick and infirm. Reiki, for example, is thousands of years old and is a very effective therapy in the treatment of pain and stress. There are also many, many cases of Reiki effectively healing physical conditions. My question for the sceptics is this: “Can you show me a human being who is 20 billion years old, and still walking around in a physical body”? The answer, surely, is “No”! So, does this mean that conventional medicine is a load of rubbish? Surely, if conventional medicine is the be-all-and-end-all, we are all going to live in these bodies forever? Thankfully, that is not the case, but the truth is that medical science is advancing and healthcare professionals do a fantastic job. Conventional medicine is very important, but so are the natural therapies and the two should quite comfortably sit side by side each other in a world without prejudice.
Organised religion has got such a lot to answer for, and for so many reasons, but one of the biggest confidence tricks ever pulled by religious leaders in the entire history of the human race, is that somehow, they have managed to convince the great unwashed that the mythological character we affectionately know as “The Devil”, actually exists. It is truly incredible how many millions of people over the centuries have succumbed to this ridiculous notion. The word devil comes from the Spanish “diablo” which means “little devil”. Over time, many other names have been coined for this mythical character, such as Lucifer, Beelzebub and Satan; to name but a few. In truth, the word “Satan” is actually a symbolic term used to describe anything that causes us to stray from our spiritual pathway, such as the ego, the mind and the senses. Many centuries ago, religious leaders brainwashed people into believing that there really was a character called The Devil who would lead them to eternal damnation in the flames of hell if they were not careful. The character was eventually written into the Bible as a means of controlling the ignorant by their own fear.
In truth, heaven and hell are not places that we go to; they are places that we create for ourselves, and our heaven or hell will be anywhere we want it to be at any time we want. It would be accurate to say that “hell” is what we experience in the mind whenever we believe that we are separate from God. This feeling of separateness occurs when we are experiencing something that is not in line with who we really are. By the same token, “heaven” is exactly the opposite. It is the inner bliss we experience when we are One with God. If we examine the whole concept of hell, what it actually states is that if we do not behave in a certain way we will be separated from God for eternity. This is actually impossible. If we are individualised particles of the whole that we call “God”, how can we ever be separate? Why would God banish a part of himself to eternal damnation? It simply does not make sense and can never happen.
The ultimate reality is “All That There Is”, which in its natural state is empty space, or particles of emptiness that stretch to infinity and beyond. The astral and physical worlds are simply “All That There Is” manifested as form. So in reality there is nothing; nothing is all there is. But as individualised souls we have the power to create, and this is why we have a habit of creating sub-realities, like hell for instance, for ourselves whilst we are experiencing the physical world.
Yes, hell may not exist but it sure can be a little devil at times.