A God In Therapy conversation…
Is science catching up with Jewish mystical wisdom?
Quantum theory proves that consciousness moves to another “Universe” at death, say scientists.
Consciousness, which is essentially the experiential aspect of the soul, is housed in our bodies only temporarily, in order to complete a life-mission, according to the Jewish wisdom. Judaism, despite claims to the contrary, does acknowledge reincarnation, and also offers sometimes vivid descriptions of what the soul experiences after leaving this World.
Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Brain?
Many of today’s scientists are what I’d call “brain determinists”; that is, if your brain performs a chemical or electrical task, that task determines your emotional/mental/physical experience.
But what causes the chemical or electrical process in the first place? Perhaps one’s consciousness (the soul) is the catalyst that triggers the brain process which then triggers a physical, emotional, or mental follow-up experience?
I remember reading an article about near-death experiences in which a scientist said he proved that the experience of death was merely a chemical process of the brain which when activated, created the experience of the afterlife.
I remember thinking at the time that no proof was evident that the death-experience itself didn’t trigger the chemical process. I found that the scientist stopped short of asking antecedent question that was essential when investigating such weight matters.
Belief that we continue on, without this body, and have a larger existence, knowing that this life isn’t all there is, often gives hope and comfort to those who are struggling.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880–1950) was imprisoned and tortured by the Soviet regime for the crime of believing in God and sharing that belief with his fellow Jews. The brutal Communist interrogator whipped out a pistol and pointed it at the captive Rabbi.
“This toy has a way of making people cooperate, ” he snarled.
“That toy is persuasive to one who has many gods and only one world; I have One God and two worlds,” said the Rabbi, referring to the Afterlife.