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Spiritual instincts

Spiritual instincts connect our individual existence to a wider sense of self. This starts with our family and can expand to include our local community, our country, all of humanity, other species, all of life and ultimately the creative process itself. How we see ourselves is, to a significant degree, a matter of conscious choice. We are of course individuals with an individual destiny. But we are also part of a creative process. Our genes and our instincts are a product of, and designed to support, this creative process. Excessive focus on our individual existence does violence to this deeper sense of self. The development of a deeper sense of self is a subject of Chapter 12.

I assume there is no immaterial soul. On the contrary all matter is soul stuff. Consciousness is not connected to some essence that can be divorced from physical structure. We are the consciousness embodied in our bodies. There is no magic moment when a soul enters our body at the beginning of life nor leaves us in death. There is a continual transformation of consciousness. We are not separate from the physical world around us, but a part of the universal flow of consciousness. We are the universe becoming conscious of itself. We are the eyes of God with the power to create the world. Many spiritual traditions intuitively see this. By reintegrating essence to science we can move beyond intuition to understanding. The spiritual implications are explored in Chapter 13.

But understanding is not enough. One must feel a connection with the physical universe. One must feel that one is the universe becoming conscious of itself. Our values come from feeling. Values will determine if we continue the open ended exploration of consciousness that has created us.


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