How can I be absolutely
certain that I am a spiritual entity?
First, consider whether or not you are just ‘matter’. All the
molecules in your body are replaced completely about every seven
years. Therefore you are obviously not this substance. For your
particles today will not be ‘you’ ‘tomorrow’.
Are you consciousness? An entity that uses the brain to be
aware? Like other animals? Determined by form and particular
instinctual drives and conditioning. Yes, you are a talented
primate with needs and desires. You share many traits with
‘creatures’. Your DNA is similar to rats. Whoa!! How did that
Yes, you are an animal. You probably act like one most of the
time: Eating, sleeping, burping. But … Oh? Attracted to butts
are you? Their shape? Rounded? Alluring? Yes? Maybe you want to
follow one around. Get close to a particular butt. Touch it.
Yah!! STOP IT!! Behave yourself. You do have natural drives.
Copulation can be great fun. And necessary for the propagation
of the species. But you CAN restrain yourself. You can decide to
‘act’ or not to ‘act’. You are not solely determined by
instinct. You can decide what you think and what you do. This
makes you unique: You can MAKE CHOICES. You are a being that can
transcend matter. You do not have to ‘act out’ only in
accordance with nature. You can consider and contemplate ten
thousand ways of dealing with a situation. You can stop and
reflect anytime you wish. And you can do the opposite of what
nature compels you to do. You have FREE WILL. And despite what
‘determinist junkies’ assert, YOU ARE NOT DETERMINED SOLEY BY
YOUR GENES AND CONDITIONING. You can do what the hell you want!!
You can always alter the way you deal with life’s many
challenges. You can travel down many different ‘roads’; you can
find one that is best suited for you. ANIMALS ARE NOT CAPABLE OF
SELF-DETERMINATION. ONLY YOU ARE.
Secondly, you do so many things that are not ‘natural’. Just one
ability, creating and appreciating beauty, is enough to tell you
how different you are from any other life form. Only you stand
in awe of color, texture, design and order. Only you rearrange
matter not only for practical purposes but for aesthetics. And
there is NO LIMIT to where your imagination can take you. It
stirs an unbridled passion and drive to ‘embrace’ and reorder
You have infinite choices: Gaze at the stars, clouds, flowers,
deer … construct bridges, skyscrapers, sports cars, costumes.
Your ‘eye’ for beauty and your penchant for creating it set you
apart from all else in the natural world. Animals do not gaze at
rainbows and sunsets. Only YOU do. Why? Your spiritual nature
transcends your animal nature. You are existing in another
‘realm’ … one that may be influenced by ‘matter’ and physical
experiences but is not determined by them.
Still in doubt that you are a spiritual entity? Talk to an
octogenarian. You will be amazed to hear so many say they feel
‘young at heart’. What do they mean? Though their bodies have
deteriorated their spirits have not. For ‘they’ are ageless. And
being unencumbered by material pursuits many of these
‘experienced souls’ relish ‘beauty’ more and more. They enjoy
concerts, plays, flower shows. Attend some yourself. You will
see a preponderance of ‘grey heads’… bald ones too. Think about
it. These are individuals who have matured. They are uninhibited
in using their unique, spiritual abilities … to find joy in
beauty, both natural and manmade. Not such a bad prospect for
you as you age!! So listen to the music … smell the fragrant
flowers. If you are in doubt that you are a unique entity
destined for LOVE, you are in for a nice surprise when you die.
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