Some rational clues as to why we can survive physical death

The current scientific/mechanistic view of human consciousness holds that the processes of inert microscopic physical matter in the brain is responsible for this unique experiencing.

Scientifically speaking, the only hope of our consciousness surviving the physical death of our bodies is if the human mind actually operates above the terrestrial processes of the cortical brain, and outside of time and space itself.

While such a non-physical possibility lies outside of the observation of objective science and its methodology, it is something that can be rationally explored through the direct experiences of millions of people—everyday.

First of all, we can each directly experience that human thought and its information are not under the same constraints of physical space. A person can think about another geographical place without actually being there. Also, if you share half of your knowledge with another person you do not lose half of your knowledge (unlike when you share half of a physical apple, money, or any other physical object with another). Clearly, human thought transcends the laws and limitations of physical matter.

Then there is the human memory. Ordinarily, a physical event comes and goes (duration) over moments in time. But once the event is implanted in our memory, it gains an element of timelessness and perpetuity. The event can be recalled over and over again.

Not only do human thoughts and perceptions operate beyond time and space but these non-physical processes show real coherent and structural organization. The more rationally ordered our thoughts are, the greater our mental function of understanding and comprehension.

(Doesn’t angelic wisdom represent the epitome of such non-physical or heavenly structure?)

If human consciousness is both ordered and arranged, and operates beyond the constraints of physical time and space, how can any materialistic quality produce such non-materialistic results? Furthermore, how could any physical incident put an end to this non-material process which operates beyond terrestrial influence? (This non-material process of consciousness represents who we really are!)

Even when we are asleep, our minds are active and perceiving images through dreaming.

Another clue comes from that strange phenomenon called love. Neuroscientists are becoming more convinced that human emotion (derivatives of affection) sits in the cockpit of the human intellect. We are drawn to the thoughts, knowledge and ideas that favor and promote our emotional reality. Love represents some value in our lives. This is ironic because physical science does not include “values” in its models of reality. Human values provide the parameters, constraints and psychical “measurement” of our a-temporal and a-spatial intellect.

Religion often describes God’s Holy character as being one of Infinite Love.

Hmmm?  It would seem that love would therefore play an important part in God’s creation—the formation of a non-physical heavenly kingdom from the human race!

Love survives death.


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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2 Responses to Some rational clues as to why we can survive physical death

  1. Mohammad says:

    Hi, I really like some of the things you are saying here and in your other articles. I am a muslim so the point were I would be deviating is that I would rank justice higher then love. But ofcourse love is also part of the whole. Justice in the most broad sense, also applying to observable physics and its outcomes and things that we cannot observe, justifying every equation and bringing balance to everything. This and a lot more thoughts, and if I am saying anything that is false may god forgive me and guide me into the right direction.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Mohammad,

      Yes, justice and love are a part of the whole. God’s justice goes inwards – that is, all true justice is orientated to the spiritual heart.

      Spiritually yours,

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