Mainstream science would have us believe that we are flesh, blood and bone, and we are told that this is all that makes us human, without the existence of a soul. Scientists are divided in opinion about consciousness.
The great debate goes on about the existence of a soul, and even with the thousands of OBEs (out of body) accounts and testimonies we still doubt that we are more than just physical.
When a scientist experiments on an animal and looks into the very eyes of that being, he may see the very soul of that animal, its fear, trust or something beyond the tangible, but his scientific mind has not expanded his consciousness enough to allow him to feel empathy towards his experiment as he only sees the physical and not the spiritual. When he eventually allows his mind to break free from the illusion of what he is trying to achieve and understands that all life is connected, the pain and suffering will stop, but this takes a leap of faith in the unknown, something the scientific world is divided on at this present time.
The soul is seen by mainstream science as not worthy of investigating, this is nonsense as time and time again this theory is challenged. What we have discovered is that energy cannot be destroyed it just takes on other forms, this is in its most simplistic terms. If we take the human body as a vibrating energy field, is it too much to believe that when the body dies the energy of that being continues as other forms of vibration. When we turn off the TV or radio the frequency waves still continue and we live in a soup of vibrating energy that surrounds our world, so it is feasible that the soul continues in a vibrational field, in a dimension that has not been proven by science at this present time.
If you tackle the existence of the soul from a spiritual viewpoint then you see the soul living within the body as if it were wearing a spacesuit, the suit is nothing without the occupier or soul in this example. Take this theory to another level; if the soul exits the physical at the time of death all that is left is a shell, then cryogenics could only work if the body was frozen pre- death or in a form of stasis, this would keep the soul connected to the body like in a case of being in a coma. If the body is frozen after death and the spirit or soul has now left its vehicle, when the body was reanimated what would return to the body? Maybe some dark ritual to bring back the soul, the mind boggles.
From the earliest civilisations a belief in the existence of the soul has dominated the way we bury and respect the dead, science may at some point explain the soul but somehow I feel it will not be for the benefit of human kind, more to manipulate than for the greater good, let us hope it is the latter.
© Paula Wratten 2012