Madonna said “I am a material girl and we are living in a material world.” Madonna was wrong.
Max Planck said: “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Max Planck was right. As I was listening to my good friend Roberta Grimes’ latest Podcast this morning, something that has been dancing around the back of my mind for a while finally coalesced into a coherent thought. It’s this notion that we think what we call reality, our “material” world is the ultimate reality. This relegates the “non-material” world, the afterlife realm(s), the astral planes, to something that is less than reality. When we call them the mental planes or the non-material, to me that connotes a dream-like ethereal place that is less real than our world. I think it’s a mistake to call this the material world and the other the non-material world.
The reality is there is no material world. It’s all consciousness. It’s all energy. The universe we happen to inhabit at this time is energy just slowed way, way down until it appears to be “solid”. An atom, which we who are of a certain age, picture as a solid mass in the center, with some smaller “particles” zipping around in orbit just outside of the nucleus is mostly space. And when I say mostly space, picture this. If the nucleus were the size of a basketball, the closest electron would be 20 miles away. If the nucleus were the size of the White House, the closest electron would be somewhere around Denver, CO. Our universe is mostly “dark matter” and “dark energy”. The reason they’re called “dark matter” and “dark energy” is they cannot be detected. Scientists have determined they must be there to balance their equations, but they cannot detect them with their instruments. What do I mean by “mostly” here? Well, somewhere around 90-95% of our universe is undetectable to us. Could this be where those who have transitioned reside?
I have a really difficult time grasping the reality of the afterlife. Some say we become “light beings” having no bodies and just being pure consciousness. We become perfected at death and merge with the “One”, but most reports are exactly the opposite. We still have bodies, which are very analogous to these bodies. They are solid. They are real. It’s called the etheric body. We are in physical environments, with flowers and trees and streams and mountains. We can work. We can garden. We can learn to play an instrument. We can explore. And, they say when we get there, we will realize it’s not there that is the shadow, the dream-like state, it’s here that is the shadow. This is a shadow of our real Home.
For a deeper look at this, from a purely scientific perspective, check out this film The Simulation Hypothesis I don’t think we are Sims residing on some giant teenager’s hard drive, but this look at the nature of our universe I think does point us in the right direction when it comes to finding out what our Source and the natures of the one great reality, of which our material universe is only a tiny fraction.