This blog post is about our existential position: according to my Animation argument we are eternal beings, who, at the time of death, just leave our temporary body to go somewhere else.
Keywords: afterlife, birth, death, eternity, heaven, law of attraction, personality, personhood, souls, spirit beings, spirit sparks.
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This blog post is a first sketch of a philosophical argument meant to show that the “essence” of living beings (whether humans or animals, etc.) is not identical to the physical (biological) bodies of those living beings.
Before and After Death
As long as the human being is alive, we can see that the body moves, and acts in various ways. It is this moving and acting that is the real sign that a human being is fully alive.
However, when the human being so-called “dies”, there is no longer any movement of the body. There is also no visible action or otherwise sign of “aliveness” (including no heartbeat and no brain activity).
Thus, at that point, the human being is officially classified as “dead”, and his or hers personal earthly journey is now considered to be over.
Some people may say, then, that there is nothing here to discuss. Some persons simply die in a car accident, bleeding to death. Or get some terminal disease, etc. So why think about this matter more?
Well, the interesting thing is that all people don’t die the same way. Admittedly, many people die from various serious bodily health conditions. But not all die like that.
Sometimes people die although all their organs still are functioning perfectly well. That is, they don’t die because of any organ failure, or physical/biological non-functioning, but for a different reason (for example, out of unhappiness, or grief, etc.).
What, exactly, is happening here, in such cases, at the time of their death? I mean, if their bodies are perfectly functional (in a physical, biological, chemical fashion), why is it that they then, nevertheless, suddenly are dead?
For such people, their “dead” physical body is in a good condition, containing the exact same number of organs, tissues, muscles, bones, ligaments, etc, as before death. And yet, they are no longer alive and animated. So how to explain this?
There seems to be no good “scientific” or “mainstream” explanation for their departure. Some relatives and physicians may of course attempt to put a label on it anyway (“weak heart”, etc.) to not make it look weird in the eyes of others (whether it’s family, friends, or the scientific establishment). But that, of course, has little to do with a true explanation of the phenomenon.
The Only Difference: Animation
My explanation, then, for such a human being, is the following.
The only difference between his (or her) physical body before death and after death is that the physical body previously was animated, but now is pale and stale. Everything else is identical: cells, organs, tissues, ligaments, bones, etc.
The conclusion, then, must be that there was something else, some unseen or undetected thing, or force, that animated the body. And that thing, or force, in my view, is the person himself or herself. That thing is the life force, the personality itself, the soul, the spirit, the “real” living entity.
So the whole principle I am looking at here is that the animating force inhabits the body, and uses the body to move around in the earthly life-world. The animating force thus powers our whole physical apparatus by its electrifying energy.
Thus, we may think of the living entity as a stream of intelligent electricity, powering our physical body. And when that intelligent stream of electricity decides to abandon ship, the body falls flat to the ground, never to be animated again.
And in our example this is because the person itself (as a conscious life force, or spirit spark, soul, etc.) no longer accepts being in that body, for some reason.
Perhaps they no longer can stand being in the earthly world (perhaps the love of their live departed just a few days ago, or something), and thus consciously accepts to leave their earthly body behind, to travel somewhere else.
Life Force vs. Body
And, what’s more, I am arguing here that this is exactly what is going with all people, and all animals, etc., even those that die from so-called terminal diseases or car accidents.
So I am saying that although it may seem, to an untrained eye, as if the terminal disease is the cause of the physical body to become non-moving, it is not really so.
The real cause, as I see it, is that the living entity, who previously has inhabited the body, no longer can, or want to, stay in that environment, and thus leaves.
Note, however, that I am not saying that the motivation to leave the body behind needs to be the same in every case. In fact, I am not even saying that the living entity always must consciously decide to leave the body.
Rather, I am saying that the Law of Attraction always applies, every time. So if one’s total emotional energy situation is “right”, then the time for departure has come.
As is said in many religions, the soul (the “real”, non-physical living entity) is eternal. It is reincarnating in different forms, for various purposes.
The typical Law of Attraction teaching (Abraham-Hicks, Seth, etc.) supports such a philosophy, and takes death simply to be a departure of the non-physical living entity back to “heaven” where it may “recharge” its batteries.
The body is never animated on its own. It needs, just as a vacuum cleaner, to be plugged into the power outlet, in order for it to become “alive”. And when we later unplug it, it immediately stops being animated.