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Spiritual Life Cycle

A defining moment in my life was when I saw someone talking with a gleam in their eye about a belief they had in a religion that I was not previously exposed to. The gleam of certainty in their eye made me realize that this was something greater and was part of human essence. Originally I thought that this was only the product of religion but now I realize that there can potentially be unlimited catalysts for it.

The cycle seems to be consistent regardless of medium. First, the ego is abolished and this is when a person goes through their first phase of having absolute truth. The actual physical truth isn’t necessarily important. This truth can be that Jesus is the truth, Islam is the truth, or an expression of a characteristic of God. What is important here is that the person feels an absolute, this is the real truth, the God like sensation of perfect justification. For the person the factual doesn’t really matter because the God like characteristic of justification that fills them overrides logic.

The initial expression of the temporary removal of ego will be the loss of self awareness. This will result in the person acting in ways that if they had their ego and knew the perception of others, they would immediately stop. This will usually result in the estrangement of friends and sometimes family. I remember hearing new Christians talk about how they lost friends after their conversion. I realize now that these losses are not the product of enlightenment but the product of selfishness because enlightenment doesn’t bring loss.

The removal of ego is ultimately temporary because it is an essential part of humanity but when the ego re-emerges it will find itself in a different position. How does selfishness reconcile with the absolute? The compromise is validation. Validation is what the individual will attempt to do when their ego resurfaces. A religious person might attempt conversion of others or a spiritualist will promote meditation or drugs. The mechanism is of little importance but what is important is that the person feels that they can justify the absolute they feel but having others feel it.

The problem is that they don’t have the absolute physical truth instead they have an absolute feeling. There real truth is in the feeling but their physical representation of it is incorrect. Not all religions will work for everyone and not all drug usage will result in spiritual awakening. This is by design. If we could have an absolute physical truth then transcendence would be impossible. There must be a conflict in physical spiritual truths in order for humanity to continually question and push boundaries.

The question is what is past the validation phase? I think for many there is not much. They will invest their entire lives trying to push their particular brand of spirituality on whoever will accept it. Even I have my own spiritual truth which I promote to justify my absolute feeling. Outside of these selfish desires for validation I do believe there is something more.

What is next is an internal maturing or an expression that happens within oneself that no one will ever see or hear about but instead they will experience it through invention and prosperity. When talking about God the most common adjective used today is love. I think this is an invalid characterization or a very basic human representation of perfect grace. Humans are not capable of perfect grace because no single human has everything. Since we cannot know perfect grace, we resort to the closest thing we know which is love. Love ultimately is a human trait that requires hate to exist. Grace transcends and encompasses love. Invention and prosperity is a means by which a person can act as a medium of grace and facilitate transcendence for the entirety of humanity.

Important Definitions

Spiritual/Physical Truth: Physical truth and spiritual truth needs to be distinguished here. I am by no means saying that physical truth can be rejected by how you feel. I am not endorsing rejecting physical facts to justify oneself. This kind of thinking would ultimately lead to corruption. For Example, physics is a physical truth and God being love is a spiritual truth.

Physical Spiritual Truth: This is something that someone believes in to justify their existence and how they feel about the universe. Physical/mental feelings such as love or religious “truths” I would put under the category of physical spiritual truth.






What is the Meaning of Life?

The first question most people will find themselves asking is “Why am I alive?” or “What is the meaning of life?” In my journeys and conversations I usually come across three types of people. The first are those who ask it but are not preoccupied with it because they are doing so many things that they don’t have time to ponder it. The second group of people are those who ask it, do care, but find an answer in something like religion or science. The last group are those who care but can’t really come to any conclusive answer.

In the case of religion the meaning usually comes down to something involving God usually worship or appeasement. In the case of science it comes down to a functional definition, the meaning of life is self-explanatory it is to live and living doesn’t necessarily have any specific purpose outside of self-perpetuation (survival). This question seemed to be difficult because in many cases the question people actually want to know is the answer to is what is the meaning of their life and the answer they usually arrive at is one that satisfies this, but leaves the greater question unanswered.

To really resolve this question and to arrive at some higher quality answer then 42, I realized I would need to look at several different questions, then try to find the underlying concepts. The first place I looked was science. The answer I arrived at would later become my concept of Elolight.

Science is based around the question and hypothesis. Over the past several hundred years we have really sky rocketed in terms of understanding function. Through are understanding of function we have been able to modify and reapply the things we have learned to benefit us in fundamental ways. We have also discovered concepts such as evolution, which have further complicated our once simple philosophies of the universe. We can now instantly communicate across the world, fly through sky, and recently we are regrowing organs for transplants. We are on a direct route to curing aging, but when it comes to the question there is something science lacks.

Imagine for a moment you asked me, “What is the purpose of your car?” and I replied, “Well a car is powered by an engine, and the engine turns the wheels. The wheels allow the whole unit to move forward.” You would rightly become very frustrated with me because the question I am answering is not what the purpose of the car is, but what is the function. Now function can help deduce purpose but only when the question of functionality is followed by an additional question which is, “Why does anything need to function?

When most people start seeking and asking questions they will encounter religion through one of its adherents, or through direct study. The belief someone ultimately chooses is a combination of environment and race variables (which missionary can get there first). The person will be then put into a heroic state where they will be informed that their questions were designed and destined to lead them to the point they are now at, and that making a choice of religion is a valiant and difficult one. Where in reality the cultural and societal benefits of joining a religion far outweigh the benefits of not being apart of one. Humans generally have an instinctual drive to conform to groups of majority with the largest reward. The primary reward for adhering to a belief system is the promise of life extension (usually eternal).

What is interesting is that when most people join a religion, the religious directives over take the initial questions. The meaning of life become a non-issue and instead the purpose or meaning of everything else gets pulled into sharper focus. The meaning of life becomes about pleasing an ultimate ideal. The question changes from what is the meaning of life to, “How should I properly function?”

 The two questions I was left with were why does anything need to function? and How should I properly function?

Why does anything need to function?
The universe functions despite our questions, we function regardless of our questions; we eat, sleep, and live. However our functioning revolves around one primary purpose, survival. Everything we do, and everything leading up to this point has revolved around our survival. Even religion has flourished by assuring followers of their continued survival, even after death. So survival is a primary directive for us, and this purpose is what has given us the drive to do a lot of the things we hold great, so from this we can derive the following.

1. We want to survive
2. Survival is a driving force behind our existence
3. Survival is good

However, everything that can help us survive is capable of exceeding the basic need to survive. For instance, while knowledge of your surroundings would help us survive, further knowledge regarding the climate and atmosphere on a foreign planet would not. Therefore, we can deduce that core items that can contribute to our survival can far exceed our current needs to what would almost appear as superfluous, unless we are destined to survive elsewhere as well.

This brings us to the next question.

How should we function?
Religion often gives a list and an explanation of how we should function, whether it is following an example or following a list of rules it aims to make us better as people (usually). However, it is also does something very important it defines what could become in the concept of God. So the answer to this question is that how we should function, or rather how we would like to function is like God.

What is the meaning of life?
This brings us to the ultimate question, and based on the previous questions we can arrive at answer.

1. Survival is a primary directive
2. The traits that go into ultimate survival can exceed our current environments
3. Therefore we are destined to survive beyond our world

In addition by analyzing religion we can see that

1. We have a belief in an ultimate idealistic entity
2. We believe we can act in similar ways to this entity by following rules
3. We want to survive forever in the same way the ultimate idealistic entity survives

” Every single branch of humanity represents the strive towards an ultimate trait which that branch embodies.”

All this points to one thing and that is Ascension or as I call it Elolight. It encompasses everything we have ever held important in our lives from basic survival, to gaining knowledge, to exceeding our current selves. This is what we are all working towards whether we embrace it or not, every single branch of humanity represents the strive towards an ultimate trait which that branch embodies. Whether it is science, art, or anthropology we are all working towards an ultimate goal; we don’t have a choice in this matter, the only choice is how quickly arrive at the destination.