Larry Dossey, M.D., introduced the concept of “non-local mind” to the world. In other words, the mind operates beyond the constraints of time and space.
Many scientists have embraced this idea about human consciousness. It allows God, religion and metaphysical principles to be brought to the table of neuroscience.
However, physicists more easily grasp that mind is not in space than how mind can work outside of time. Let me explain.
Mind is not under the same constraints as physical action. For instance, if you share half of an apple pie with a friend you are left with half of the pie. On the other hand, if you share half your knowledge with a friend you are still left with all your knowledge.
Therefore, ideas are not involved with the limitations of physical space. But since human thought has duration, it to us seems to operate within time. We can spend 5 minutes on a mental challenge or 5 hours.
Yet, human thought is still non-temporal as well as non-spatial. Here’s why.
When a physical event takes place in time it comes and goes, that is, once it takes place it is gone forever. It exists as a passing presence.
But when we observe any temporal event we can recall it in our memories. In this way the event can be said to live on and gain a more eternal power, thanks to human consciousness.
If we look beyond our physical bodies, we are what we think and seek. In other words, our inmost reality (thoughts, feelings and drives) consists of non-physical things! These psychical things make up our spirit.
If you reflect more deeply on your thoughts, you will easily discover that your feelings and affections are what actually focus your mind (intellect) and arrange all its ideas into a value system or worldview. This inner organization represents true bio-complexity that is capable of preserving one’s individual personality and preferences even after the death of the physical body.
You can think of this non-physical bio-complexity as a spiritual body – the embodiment of our belief systems and values. It is a lexicon in our language to refer to our memory as a body of knowledge.
Such a non-material body is a perfect expression of who we really are. It gets all its stature and features from what we love and think, and, is perfectly formed to do our bidding.
Only a God of Love could have planned for human evolution to continue beyond time and space, based on our life choices and value systems (loves). True religion is God’s All-wise strategy to provide a road map for this transitory journey.
I spend several chapters on this important topic in my soon-to-be-released book Proving God.