Can we prove that spirit exists? Does the Soul exist? If so, how do we do it?
What is The Human Spirit?
Proving our spirit exists has important implications. One of the earliest intellectual quests of man was the attempt to prove the existence of the soul or spirit. It is one of the primary reasons for man’s interest in the exploration of human consciousness. The implications of death prompt us to seek answers to who and what we are. Is our consciousness eternal or temporary? It all leads back to our initial question, does Spirit exist?
Immanuel Kant provides a critical observation. He reminds us that everything we experience occurs in the mind. So, the mind is the landscape where we find all proofs.
Proofs For Spiritual Existence
Proofs for the human spirit fall into three basic categories. The Philosophical proof relates to the way we define the terms involving Sprit and Soul. The next is the Experiential proof. This shows how non-ordinary states are a common experience. The third proof is the scientific link between light, vibration, and consciousness.
The Question, Does spirit exist, starts with the philosophical proof. To find the answer, we must define the terms of what we are looking for. Many traditions use the term Soul interchangeably with Spirit. So, proving that spirit exists is the same as proving the Soul exists.
Let’s take it a step further. Many people know the Spirit the Observer. The Observer is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s that thread of awareness that experiences your dreams. Our awareness is consciousness made conscious.
So, Consciousness, Soul, Spirit, and Observer are ways of describing the same thing. This is a reasonable conclusion. There are various ways we can prove each of these. The most basic is that we are self-aware. Self-awareness is the first proof that the Observer, Spirit our Soul exists.
Does spirit exist based on this proof alone? Many early researchers thought so. And, the early pioneers of psychology, like Carl Jung. He uses the term collective unconscious. This is the structure of the unconscious mind that we share with all beings of the same species.
There is no credible proof for life after death. So, we can discount all the assertions of religious mythology and its superstitions. Belief in mythology is not proof of the existence of Spirit. Unfortunately, belief in imaginary beings is not proof of anything.
We can also discount near-death experiences. These experiences always reflect the dominant cultural narrative. These superstitions vary from culture to culture. So, although these experiences are interesting, they prove nothing. We would need a common experiential element.
What we need is a common experiential element. We need something that transcends cultural and societal boundaries. This leads us to the experiential proofs.
Shamanic State of Consciousness
This state is the most ancient form of spiritual practice. We know it as the Shamanic Journey. Michael Harner, an anthropologist, calls this the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC). In this state, the brainwaves are in the theta-wave area around 4 to 7Hz.
Besides being self-aware, you project yourself into a “visionary state” of consciousness. You are both the director and participant within a landscape of non-ordinary reality. So, SSC is like other higher states such as transcendental consciousness. Thus, it differs from our default states of waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
This spiritual technology has similarities across many cultures. We can find it around the globe. This process is then likely the source of modern religion. Our modern culture rebrands this to make it more marketable. Some also call it creative visualization, or guided meditation.
We know Transcendental Consciousness by several names. It all depends upon the culture. Some call it the 4th state, pure or bliss state of consciousness. This partition of consciousness is significant for its unique metabolic characteristics. Some of these include increased coherence of brainwave patterns. There is also an increase in brain frequency. And brainwave operation in the theta-wave area around 4 to 7 Hz.
This state is unique for its profound state of rest while the mind remains alert but without thought. Scholars from Joseph Campbell to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describe it as bliss consciousness. This is because the individual is self-aware without having the normal inner dialogue. In this state, the practitioner’s awareness expands. You reach this state using a process of meditation with a mantra. Japa Meditation the name of the generic process. The commercial version is Transcendental Meditation TM.
These non-ordinary states of consciousness are experiential proofs for the human spirit. This process shows a common thread of experience. This experience transcends all social and cultural boundaries. It shows that other states of consciousness are universal. And, they are measurable as frequency, which leads us to the next proof.
We measure sound as vibrational frequencies. We can break light down to a wavelength of separate vibrational frequencies. Using an EEG (electroencephalograph), we measure our consciousness in the same way. Consciousness is a modulating frequency. In this way, frequency is a way of expressing consciousness.
Since all matter has a vibrational frequency, all matter is conscious to some degree. This correlates with physics. Hence, everything in the Universe possesses the characteristics of what we call Spirit. In that case, we can prove the existence of spirit.
Does Spirit Exist?
We think the three proofs for the human spirit show convincing evidence. How to prove spirit exists to someone who already believes it does not is a harder task. What do you think?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
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Physicists (Gerlich et al., Nature Communications 2:263, 2011). This article shows how quantum weirdness also occurs in the human-scale world.