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I've got to admit that I haven't got it all figured out yet.
I've had a number of occurrences in my life that have left me with the absolute knowledge that this physical world isn't all there is to reality.
I've had lucid dreams where I could go anywhere just by thinking it. As soon as I thought about it I'd be transported there and it was nearly but not absolutely instantaneous. When traveling to other early locations or even nearby star systems the experience was essentially instantaneous. As the speed of thought would describe it, as soon as I would think about it I would be there. But I once traveled to a star system approximately 40,000 light years distant, and there was a noticeable delay in that trip, it seemed like it took approximately 15 seconds. And time travel also has a delay to it.
At first I thought these were just dreams, wild "real" seeming dreams but dreams none the less. But then I decided to try an experiment to see if I was experiencing real information and I went to some place that I hadn't been before but that I could drive to when I was awake to verify what I had seen or if it wasn't real see that the reality did not match. The reality did match.
I haven't had any of these for a while. I can't make them happen, they just happen when they do.
Then there was a time when a friend of mine was dying of cancer. Two weeks before he died he told me he would try to contact me from the other side. He came to me in dreams, and it was very odd, he'd come to the apartment, I'd open the door, and I'd ask, "How can you be here, you're dead?", and he'd say don't worry about it, just enjoy the time we have. And he'd tell me he was ok. But he would never answer any questions about what it was like.
I had a number of these and then he told me, "I can't come back anymore", and he didn't. That was the last time I saw him in a dream.
These are just a couple of examples, but there are many other experiences I've had that convince me that there is a greater reality than just this physical existence.
So I have an intense interest in understanding the nature of that reality. And I feel that we should develop the spiritual aspect of ourselves.
But on the flip side, I also feel that we are here physically incarnated into our bodies to do things that can only be done with a physical reality. In the out of body state, we seem to have great freedom to go anywhere, see anything, but we do not seem to have the ability to change that reality, we can't create, we can't experience the physical touch of another human being.
So I believe that we should do these things while we are here incarnated into our physical bodies. We should create, we should touch, we should of coarse love one another but right now we can do that on a physical as well as emotional and spiritual plain and I believe that we should while we can.
I am not a follower of any mainstream religion, but neither am I an atheist, although I am more inclined to believe that intelligence is a fundamental property of everything that is, and that the sum total of that is "God", and that we are part of that rather than believing that God is some separate external egotistical maniacal bastard entity with a bad temper that most western religions portray God as.
I would go on but I'm getting very drowsy now and must sleep.