More recently, the term “crossing over, ” has replacing “dying. ” It’s much akin to being “monetarily challenged, ” instead of “poor, ” or a “maintenance engineer” rather than a janitor. We tend to label things in a kinder or gentler fashion, for the sake of the less fortunate. But, suffice it to say, we need to realize that we are all going to die, although the PC term is probably “pass away, ” or “life challenged. ” Either way, the end is inevitable.
Ever since the ancient cultures, such as the Egyptians, began spreading the philosophy of reincarnation, mankind has been enamored by the notion of a continued life, as if one wasn’t enough. The idea of one’s soul or spirit transporting toward another realm is many millennia old, and it is a logical one, if we think about where the soul came from in the first place. At the time of inception, something beyond a chemical and biological reaction occurred. A brain or ganglia began formation and with it, a mind. Albeit primitive, it is there. Along with that comes a thought process. We are not sure at which moment the “person” becomes such from that earliest of embryonic conditions, but it will develop into a fetus with all the DNA necessary to evolve into the baby, some nine months hence.
But what about the brain or more accurately, the soul that is self-propelling and autonomous? Where or when did that enter the physical brain and begin churning out more than reactions to outside stimuli? Many theologians would say that God implanted this “soul” at the time of conception. But who can prove it? Or was it something that passes from one world into another, between one person’s demise and another’s birth? Which brings us to the purpose of this article. If we assume that the spirit of the person moves into another place, what logically would that be? Religious followers would say heaven, hell, or perhaps purgatory, depending on their beliefs and circumstance. But are these real places?
Heaven and hell has been painted ad nausea by countless artists since the birth of Christianity. Heaven is a serene expanse of blue sky, lakes, birds, orchards, and pleasantries. Hell is the dark, reddish inferno-infested underworld of snakes, smoke, and the very nastiest of things. But this is interpretation and subjective conjecture based on pagan and religious fervor that continues to this day. Yet where would these “physical” worlds be located?
Recently, with the advances in quantum physics, string theory, and articles written since Einstein’s revelations in that vein, the likes of Stephen Hawkings have propagated the idea of multi-dimensional worlds that touch, overlap, or coincide with our own. If we are able to move from our own three-dimensional plane into these other infinite locations, it might explain many mysteries. For example, a ghost might be a vision of something in an eleven dimensional sphere that temporarily came in contact with our global existence. A UFO could have wandered through a tear in the space-continuum long enough for us to see it before it returned to it’s own time or place. Using this theory, one might have come from a parallel world at birth in the form of a thought process that was seeking a physical body to inhabit. Conversely, at death, the spirit would now be free to float back across the ephemeral plane into another tangential world where it can be supplanted into another waiting body.
I know this is not a religious explanation that would be a far easier sell to the faithful, but it is more of a logical one. No one, as far as the world can tell, has ever returned from the “other side” to give us details. And even if you believe that Jesus did make the trip and come back, where was his account of exactly what happened? Including the people he saw, the places he went and how he was able to return.
Assuming we may never know for sure, isn’t it nice to know that perhaps even the most devout scientists are examining ways for us to at least base our beliefs on solid mathematics and particle behavior, rather than pure speculation? If one is to “cross over, ” can’t we be at peace with the idea that there might actually be somewhere for us to go? And, even if we committed heinous acts in our lifetime, the “hell” as portrayed on the tapestries in museums may not be filled with fire and brimstone. Instead, we can hope that we get a second chance to redeem ourselves in another world that science predicts is out there.
And if that happens to be your idea of heaven, you are entitled to your opinion as I just extrapolated.
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Jeffrey Hauser was a sales consultant for the Bell System Yellow Pages for nearly 25 years. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Advertising and has a Master's Degree in teaching. He had his own advertising agency in Scottsdale, Arizona and ran a consulting and design firm, ABC Advertising. He has authored 6 books and a novel, “Pursuit of the Phoenix. " His latest book is, “Inside the Yellow Pages" which can be seen at his website, http://www.poweradbook.com