Originally posted by Dasa
You are on the right track here, because the gross matter is coming from the subtle spiritual creative energies of first cause.... God.
Gods consciousness is all pervading, and it is with this Super Consciousness that God can "will things into being".
Spiritual energy is superior to material energy because the spiritual energy manipulates the material ene ...[text shortened]... e after death the first thing you realize with you conscious awareness is, that your not dead.
Quote: "Consciousness can exist without the body.......and in fact it does, because after death the first thing you realize with you conscious awareness is, that your not dead."
I would like to take that as a thought-provoking idea, and not debate its factuality one way or the other.
I had a brief moment in a dream last night, wherein I suddenly realized I did not have a name. It was not that I had forgotten my name, it is that I did not have one. That is, the "I" that was realizing it, was not the "I" that has my name.
And I had not been smoking anything.
Upon reading your post, I put it together with this moment from my dream. I think the "I" that I would realize is not dead, is nameless -- devoid of all of the aspects I now think make up my identity, which my named self cannot help but think are essential to, and would be the only direct evidence of, the continuity of my self.
(Words are never adequate, at least, mine do not seem to be.)
So instead of considering/debating whether to form a belief about the continuity of the nameless self, as if it were a fact, I think it makes more sense to to consider what it would mean to form a commitment to it, as if it were a principle. Finding how that commitment affects the way I live, is the rest of the story.