We are born into a stage of extreme longing, reaching to a distant horizon in which we have great imaginings. A thythm of dreams envelops our soul and our song beats life’s cycling tempo of ever changing wonder.

Alas, the constant interruptions of interacting life distract our inner force, unnerve our concentration, edge us toward a beaten path so old and worn that nothing grows. Some of us, wearied from the darkness, cast out on our own in search of an answer to our restlessness.

“I believe that these primal phantasies…are a phylogenetic possession. In them the individual, wherever his own experience has become insufficient, stretches out beyond it to the experience of past ages. It seems to me quite possible that all that today is narrated in analysis in the form of phantasy,… was in prehistoric periods of the human family a reality; and that the child in its phantasy simply fills out the gaps in its true individual experiences with true prehistoric experiences.”1

Let us broaden Freud!s point of view to include a superpersonal or collective inheritance in the unconscious that is phylogenetically acquired. That is to say, that in every individual, in addition to the personal memories, there are also the inherited potentialities of human imagination.

That death is not the end of life is a universal belief of mankind. The western thinkers’ belief that the disintegration of the material organism does not mean the annihilation of the spirit goes hand in hand with a corresponding belief in some kind of bond between that which is immortal and the body. Imaginative pictures are employed to make this connection palatable. The body has been conceived of as the prison or tomb of the soul. However, if we were to press the believers for a precise statement of the kind of immortality they believe in, we would surely be faced with conflicting answers from a conditional immortality for some, to heaven or hell (one or the other) for all. Just as these believers are adamant in their future immortality, they are also adamant about their past mortality.

The general antagonism of Western philosophers to the doctrine of transmigration is due to the uncompromising attitude of the Christian religion towards any deviation from its particular doctrine of immortality.

The Eastern philosophers agree in principle but differ in perception as to the plurality of the soul. Agreed in a “before” as well as an “after” present life awareness, they disagree in the concept of individuality. One faction believes the soul is only temporal and illusory forms of the

One, cosmic soul. Another is sure that each individual soul is here, an isolated principle, eternally real and ever the same. Reality, consequently, consists of an infinite number of awarenesses rather than an all-embracing Universal Awareness.

Speculation of life, we know, began as early as man learned to draw and surely long before that. If we are guessing closer to our heritage in todays space-age, technologic Here, we cannot be sure. That the becoming, the dance of the chromosomes, continues the evolution process, we can be certain. As for dreams and wonder

In the dance we experience propagation. Creation, however, is two fold: Propagation, exact duplication as in the splitting of a cell to acquire additional daughter cells, and Procreation, begetting or bringing forth offspring. The former continues a rebirth of what is, the latter evolves what becomes. Creed or religion tries to explain what begins. The process is a complete cycle.

Need to know is playing an integral part in evolution today. Witness advances in outer space flights, sea explorations, earth and rock diggings. Is the roll of God a part of our DNA? Is this that which is written “…in his likeness.” ? Or do we fancy ourselves his children, capable of creating matter? Itt s amazing to behold what man has learned and accomplished. Only our imagination can guess at what tomorrow will produce/discover.

Any theory of immortality when carried to extremes can be made to appear as a caricature. It is therefore, quite easy for unsympathetic critics to paint a ludicrous picture of any doctrine. But if we were to judge a doctrine at its highest level, as it has been held by sympathetically critical minds, we should find that it answers some of the important questions that man has always raised. Considered in this light, answers that religion offers serves its own purpose. Spirituality lifts us out of our fear of mortality. It promises us eternity.

We have yet to find the truth we seek. Let us relish the continuing challenge and fascinate ourselves with the search.

1 Freud, S. – A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, 324: Liveright Publishing

Corporation, 1935.

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