"When you realize that other dimensions exist, you'll never think of life, death, yourself or the universe in the same way again"
(The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan)
Consciousness is the quality or state of awareness meaning you are aware of an external object or something within oneself. In order to become more spiritual with our consciousness we have to change our focus of awareness, bringing the more materialistic and limited view out of focus and a higher awareness into focus. Consciousness therfore exists at different levels in the same way energy has different forms. Metaphorically speaking, they are like the software and the hardware of the universe.
The body can receive consciousness in the same way that a cable box can receive satellite signals, which means consciousness can not end at the death of the physical body. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space like energy. Imagaine consciousness as a sailing boat, floating along the pool of energy. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. There may be something in the brain that has not been discovered that accounts for consciousness, or it may be that consciousness is a separate entity from the brain.
In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the word "Nous" is mentioned. Nous is the Greek word for mind and in ancient texts rasing one's level of consciouness or nous brings you closer to the divine. Mary asks in her gospel: "Lord, when someone meets you in a Moment of Vision, is it through the soul that they see, or is it through the spirit"? Jesus answered: "It is neither through the soul nor the spirit, but the nous between the two which sees the vision..." The nous is the area where contemplation and spirtual illumination take place and is at the centre of our soul, a small ball of energy, our consciouness.
A Great physicist, Albert Einstein came up with a forumula for describing energy known as E=MC2 ,or in other words, the energy in something equates to being the mass of that something, times the speed of light squared. It means that matter and energy are really just forms of the same thing
This famous formula shows how much energy can be contained within a certain amount of mass. It also shows how much energy would be released if the mass was converted back into energy. Another way of looking at it would be seing the body as a vessel that holds energy for a period of time. This energy does not die before the body does, but is forced to transform in order to keep on existing. When a body can no longer survive the energy will leave and allow the body to return to it's basic elements. This energy within us is basically our spiritual energy, the highest energy level for our being which once relised will take us to our pending destinaton, the spirit world. The spiritual part of the human energy field is tuked up deep inside us. It has been said to be the place where our "consciousness" or "higher awareness" resides.
It can be difficult for people to understand or even grasp about things spiritual, like what happens after people leave this side of life or how the process of death actually works. I find using metaphors help to explain or describe the spirit side of life and how it interacts with the physical side.
- Here is one I use to explain about reincarnation being like a huge ocean. Everything is together first, a huge sea of consciousness, and then parts of this huge sea depart from the unity of the ocean and take on a new form, like clouds, for example, before they get even more materialized (and lower in vibration) as raindrops (Physical side if life). Once they fall down and find their way back to the ocean (Spirit world), they are still part of the whole, but they bring with them the experiences and vibrations that they had along their “physical” existence.
- Another metaphor describes a fishbowl with some fish swimming around and a few objects inside. We can look at this as our physical world. The lounge where the fishbowl sits is the spirit side of life. People in the spirit world therfore can see this "fishbowl" at anytime and see "us" swimming around and getting on with our daily lives. At times these spirits can get our attention, maybe tapping on the glass or moving an object. At times you can get glimpses of who is tapping on the glass asking did I just see a face? Maybe a spirit has dropped a button in the water and a person wonders how that got there or who has moved a certain object? Just like a goldfish who swims aorund in their own little worl, we go about our business on our planet. The goldfish has no idea of the bigger picture outside, apart from a few glimpses here and there and so cannot comprehend anything else. We are the same, what we cant see we struggle to comprehend and understand, but like the goldfish we are part of a much bigger picture.