IS THERE NO DEATH?
DIFFERENTIATING POEM FROM SCIENCE
If you are a student of A course in miracles, in addition to reading the text part of the book, you do the lessons in workbook for students, 366 of them, one a day and read other parts of the book, such as, Manual for teachers, Clarification of terms, Psychotherapy, Purpose Process and Practice, Song of Prayer. This morning I read lesson 163 in workbook for students (see it attached below), It says: There is no death, the son of God is free.
I read it and what occurred to me is that it is written in poetic form and did not really explain why there is no death; it asks the reader to deny the fact that in his daily experience he does see people die and they are seen no more in this world. If death is not real, how come folks do not see their dead parents and friends? Obviously, there is something called death but is it real? Is there any way to explain death that appeals to the rational mind rather than just assert that there is no death?
There is a way to explain the phenomenon of death so that there is no death. Let me show how I explain it; my approach is rational and scientific not mere poetry; I am not interested in making assertions to be believed but in explaining those assertions so that folks can evaluate them and if they make sense to them accept them.
According to our current cosmology, astrophysics and astronomy, the universe came into being about 13.8 billion years ago. Out of nowhere and nothing, a point of light came out. That point of light is a photon of light (what is the size of a photon of light…in the period at the end of this sentence are trillions, in fact, infinite photons of light).
That small photon of light (called singularity before it exploded) contains the blueprint of everything that eventually became our physical universe of trillions of galaxies, stars, planets, plants and animals. As it were, everything that is in the universe is programmed into a photon of light; that photon of light is currently unfolding as what we see in the universe.
Everything in the universe was in that point of light and since it became all of us no one is separate from it. Separation from the point of light, separation from the whole is impossible; everything in the universe is in a photon of light. If one is separate from that light, from the whole universe one does not exist; separation is non-existence, death.
Union is life; love is union and hence is life. Only unified state, love and light exist.
The one photon of light exploded into infinite photons and immediately began recombining them. It became electrons, then combined to quarks and combined quarks to protons and neutrons, and combined protons and neutrons into nuclei; 400, 000 years later, it made electrons cycle nuclei and atoms were formed. (I skipped the formation of anti-matter and the clash of matter and anti-matter and how some matter survived to continue the evolution of the physical universe and arcane concepts like inflation because they are not a necessity for understanding the point that I am making in this essay.)
The first atoms were hydrogen (and helium and lithium). The universe became a sea of hydrogen gas. Millions of years later that sea of hydrogen gas separated into clumps. On each clump gravity acted and pressured it inwards and in its core atoms of hydrogen fused into atoms of helium.
The fusion of hydrogen to helium is called star. That nucleosynthesis, fusion, produced light and heat. That light and heat worked its way from the core of the star to the surface of the star and escape; we see that light as what we call star.
There are trillions of galaxies, stars, and planets. Old massive stars eventually run out of hydrogen to fuse into helium and begin fusing other elements and when the nucleosynthesis process gets to Iron the star swells up in size and explodes in supernova; the accompanying heat produces all the other elements beyond iron.
There are ninety-two elements in nature (scientists have synthesized others so that we now have 118 elements).
Old stars die and spill out elements into space and those exist as a cloud of elements and dust, called nebular. Millions of years later nebular congregates into medium sized stars and planets. Our sun and its nine planets, asteroids and comets were formed 4.5 billion years ago from exploded stars.
Our sun has enough hydrogen to last another five billion years before it runs out of hydrogen, fuses other elements, explodes, and dies. The planets around it, such as our earth, would not have light and heat from the sun and therefore would die. The Universe is regularly producing new stars and stars are dying regularly.
On planet earth, water formed and in it sixty-four elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, sodium, Chlorine, phosphor and so on) combined in the waters to produce the biological bases for plants and animal life. Over time cells were formed and those differentiated into animal and plant cells. Gradual evolution produced animals like us who can understand the universe they live in.
Each of us lives in a body. Empirically, our bodies are formed with the elements produced by stars; our bodies were formed from star dust. Like the stars that our bodies were formed from, our bodies are born, live, age and die.
Now pay attention to what happens when people die. Their bodies that were hitherto combined elements decay. The sixty-four elements in their bodies separate from each other. Those elements eventually decay to electrons, protons neutrons that composed them. Over billions of years those particles of the atom decay to quarks and eventually to light. Thus, we end in light.
The stars and planets also decay and become elements and then light. The universe began in a speck of hot light and that speck of light transformed itself to what we see in the universe, including our bodies, and eventually will decay back to cold light.
We came from light and will return to light. To the best of our knowledge, physical light changes form and or is absorbed into other forms but does not die. Thus, when the universe dies in the coming trillions of years light will still exist. The universe will end in cold radiation (Big Chill).
When the physical universe ends in cold light the question is where does that cold light go to? And we must also ask: where did the hot light that produced the Big Bang come from?
The hot light that produced the universe was projected out by the son of God; it contains everything that is to become our universe. When that universe dies the contents of it die and what remains is the mind that projected it out.
There is mind, a unified mind, your mind, and my mind, which wished to separate from each other and from God. The son of God, our collective mind programmed everything into a photon of light and made it holographic so that when it shattered every fragment of it contains everything and it combined those fragments, particles, photons to form the universe and us.
As it were, the one son of God that contains infinite sons of God, and contains God shattered his projected self into the universe; he is not in the projection, not in the material universe but seems to be in it.
When his body and the universe end his mind, the projector of the universe is still there. The universe is a dream projected out by the mind of the son of God. That mind is not in the universe it projected out but seems to be in it.
The Mind now seems in our bodies, especially in our brains, but is not in them. Our minds use our bodies and brains to dream that we are bodies and enact the grand dream we call life in bodies, life on earth.
The one son of God who contains the infinite sons of God is dreaming himself in bodies and does see his body seem to die and transform to the elements that compose it but he himself, the mind behind the dream does not die.
When you seem to die all that happens is that you see you in another body, this time a body made of light.
Our world has a counterpart, a world, a universe of light forms. The universe of light forms contains everything in our world, every person, animal, tree, stars, moons, everything but they are in light forms. (Review information on multiverse by Hugh Everett and David Deutsch). The relevant point is that in the dream when our bodies seem to die, we see ourselves in forms made of light.
We do live in both dense and light forms. Light forms are purification of our matter-based dense bodies; they are not our real selves.
In time the light forms will also decay, and we finally regain the awareness of our true selves: formless unified spiritual light.
The son of God, spiritual light, is the one that projected out this physical universe and seem to live in it when, in fact, he remains as God created him, a spiritual self and is always in God and in all of us. He does not live in body, space, time, and matter.
Body, space, time, and matter are illusions. They do not exist but seem to exist in the dream of separation.
Simply stated, in our truest state, formless spirit, we do not die; we are eternal, immortal, permanent and changeless; but we do project universes of matter and light and play with those and convince ourselves that we are in bodies of matter or bodies of light.
Our minds produced the universe; yes, your mind and my mind produced everything we see in the universe, including the galaxies, stars, planets, trees, people down to bed bugs.
At the individual level, everything is produced by one and by our collective minds (which are the one mind of the one son of God). Nothing exists apart from the mind; the material things that exist in the universe are mere dream figures produced by our dreaming mind.
The individual produced whatever situation he finds himself in on earth, rich or poor, black, or white, man or woman; he has no one to blame for his state nor should he blame himself after all what he produced is a mere dream. He can always have a different dream.
One can dream with fear or dream with love. Our extant world is our dream with fear; the world of light forms is our dream with love. Heaven and its God is not a dream, is our natural state, formless unified spirit.
There are individuals on earth whose minds are so purified with love that they do not have to physically die; they can use their minds to transform their physical bodies to light bodies. That was what Jesus Christ did; he was killed by people, but he used his mind to transfigure his body to light body and showed that body to his disciples. Eventually, he left them and now lives in the world of light forms and from there he makes journeys to the formless world of God, to commune with God, and, thereafter, reappear in the world of light forms and from there keep teaching people in the world of dense forms to love each other and when they love and forgive all they, too, transit to the world of light forms and, ultimately, will awaken to the formless world of God.
What I did in this essay is explain what A course in miracles’ lesson 163 meant by there is no death, the son of God is free. There is no death, all right. Our true self, unified spirit self has not and does not live in bodies of matter or light, we dream with bodies.
We transform light to the various elements and use them to form our bodies that seem to die; but that death and dying take place in a dream state and do not take place. At no time are we born in bodies, live in bodies or die; we always remain as parts of God, parts of unified spirit self and while in it project our physical universe and dream life and death in it.
What I did in this essay is transform Helen Schucman’s poem on God called A course in miracles into the language of science.
There is no death; she expressed that reality in poetic metaphors that did not convince me; I used the language of science to rewrite what she wrote in verse so that it is convincing. Of course, there are other ways of telling the truth. I tried to put it in current scientific language. In thousands of years our science would be so improved that what we currently call science would be seen as superstition. At that future time folks will write a better understanding of the universe, life, and death. I used the extant language of physics to write metaphysics; it is not the final word on metaphysics.
June 12, 2022
There Is No Death. The Son of God Is Free.
Death is a thought that takes on many forms, often unrecognized. It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the wish to be as you are not may come to tempt you. All such thoughts are but reflections of the worshipping of death as savior and as giver of release.
Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, God of the guilty and the lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp; all goals perceived but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless and the sick bow down before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their trust. For it alone will surely come.
All things but death is seen to be unsure, too quickly lost however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their wake, in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on. For it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its arrival. It will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself.
Would you bow down to idols such as this? Here is the strength and might of God Himself perceived within an idol made of dust. Here is the opposite of God proclaimed as lord of all creation, stronger than God’s Will for life, the endlessness of love and Heaven’s perfect, changeless constancy. Here is the Will of Father and of Son defeated finally and laid to rest beneath the headstone death has placed upon the body of the holy Son of God.
Unholy in defeat, he has become what death would have him be. His epitaph, which death itself has written, gives no name to him, for he has passed to dust. It says but this: “Here lies a witness God is dead.” And this it writes again and still again, while all the while its worshippers agree, and kneeling down with foreheads to the ground, they whisper fearfully that it is so.
It is impossible to worship death in any form, and still select a few you would not cherish and would yet avoid, while still believing in the rest. For death is total. Either all things die, or else they live and cannot die. No compromise is possible. For here again we see an obvious position, which we must accept if we be sane; what contradicts one thought entirely cannot be true, unless its opposite is proven false.
The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the insane have difficulty in believing it. For it implies that God was once alive and somehow perished; killed, apparently, by those who did not want Him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over His, and so eternal life gave way to death. And with the father died the son as well.
Death’s worshippers may be afraid. And yet, can thoughts like these be fearful? If they saw that it is only this which they believe, they would be instantly released. And you will show them this today. There is no death, and we renounce it now in every form, for their salvation and our own as well. God made not death. Whatever form it takes must therefore be illusion. This the stand we take today. And it is given us to look past death and see the life beyond.
Our Father, bless our eyes today. We are Your messengers, and we would look upon the glorious reflection of Your Love which shines in everything. We live and move in You alone. We are not separate from Your eternal life. There is no death, for death is not Your Will. And we abide where You have placed us, in the life we share with You and with all living things, to be like You and part of You forever. We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally. Amen.