From where were we before birth to what happens immediately after death, here are 12 big questions that the greatest minds, including Jesus, couldn’t answer.
1.Where were we before birth?
Did we exist before birth? In what form did we exist? Why couldn’t we remember our existence?
2.Where did Infinite Intelligence/God come from?
Was God ever present? Did God have a beginning? From what/where did God arise from?
3.What do animals think about?
What do animals think about apart from food, water, shelter, and sex?
4.What is the purpose of creation?
Does creation have a purpose? Why did Infinite Intelligence create the physical world? Why did The Creator manifest itself in a physical form? Is it experiencing itself?
5.If nature can survive without man, why did Infinite Intelligence create man?
Many people have observed that nature can flourish without human beings and that people are responsible for the extinction of several plants and animals. For this reason, people wonder why man was created.
6.Is the time of our death predestined by a Higher Power?
Is death a random occurrence? Does the universe determine the day of our death? Does God/the Universe know when we’ll die?
7.Where does the soul reside?
Does the soul reside in a specific part of the body, e.g the brain, or does it reside in all parts of the body?
8.How do migratory birds find their way?
Migratory birds regularly migrate over thousands of miles to the same spots without using a compass. For thousands of years, great minds have tried to solve this mystery with no success. No one, even Jesus, realized how these birds mysteriously found their way.
9.Why Didn’t Infinite Intelligence/God Create a Perfect World?
Why couldn’t God create a perfect place if ‘he’ could create anything? Why did ‘he’ have to create a place that allows suffering?
10.Does the cosmos have an edge?
Does the cosmos have a boundary? Is there a place where one can look ‘beyond’ the cosmos?
11.How Does God Look Like?
Does God have a face or is God pure energy? Does God have a spiritual form or is ‘he’ a formless being as many religions speculate?
12.What happens immediately when we die?
Do we float and see our bodies immediately after we die? Do we appear in a spiritual realm? Or do we stop experiencing awareness forever?
These questions show the mysteriousness of the world we live in. They show us that no matter how spiritual or intellectual we become, we’ll never fully understand life because it was created by an Infinite Intelligence that is beyond our understanding. Besides, they remind us to humble ourselves before this Infinite Intelligence that ensured we had limited minds – when compared to it – for reasons it only knows.
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Living in Harmony with Nature: The Wisdom of Stoicism
‘If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor.’ – Seneca
Stoicism was an ancient philosophy that constantly reminded people about the unpredictability of life and the importance of rising above one’s emotions and external conditions. As well, it strived to enlighten people about the importance of accepting whatever happens and living in harmony with nature.
Today, I’ll focus on the stoic teaching of living in harmony with nature because it enables people to reach their full potential and live a fulfilling life.
Living in Harmony with Nature according to Stoicism
‘Let us keep to the way which nature has mapped out for us, and let us not swerve therefrom.’ – Seneca
According to stoicism, nature designed us to flourish because it wants us to attain the full expression of our human potential. It thus planted within us a desire of wanting to become the highest version of ourselves and provided us with everything we need to be our highest self.
For this reason, living in harmony with nature is to strive to reach our highest potential, which can be done by developing our character and perfecting reason. We perfect reason by cultivating wisdom, and we develop character by living a virtuous life through embracing justice/good-heartedness, courage, and self-discipline.
To the stoics, self-discipline meant controlling our emotions and embracing humility and forgiveness. Besides, courage meant acting fearlessly while justice meant fairness and good-heartedness.
The stoics believed anyone who strived to reach her full potential by developing her reasoning faculty and a good character will live a fulfilled life as she will be in harmony with nature.
Studying nature enabled me to realize that every living thing was designed to grow into its full potential. For instance, mangoes are designed to develop into huge trees with several fruits while whales are designed to grow into huge mammals that give birth to live young.
For this reason, I firmly support the Stoics’ idea that we were also designed to live up to our full potential, and I believe we live in harmony with nature by aligning with this design.
As well, I agree that we’ll live a fulfilling life if we develop our character because a good character enables us to establish good relationships, and connect with the right people. Moreover, it enables us to rise above failure and attain prosperity.
Lastly, I support the fact that perfecting our reason leads to a fulfilling life since it results in a positive perception towards life and enables us to make healthy judgments, wise decisions, and perform the right actions.
Hope you enjoyed the wisdom of the stoics. Anyway, besides the idea of living in harmony with nature, I will continue providing you with more powerful stoic teachings in my future articles because I recently discovered that practicing stoicism leads to a happier and peaceful life.
There Is No Specific Formula for Answered Prayer
The internet is filled with spiritual experts who claim to know the right formula for answered prayer. Some of them advise us to pray while kneeling, and others while bowing down. Besides, others claim that we should pray according to God’s will while others urge us to focus on affirmative prayer because it’s more powerful than other forms of prayer.
I used to believe in these ideas, but after studying and meditating on esoteric philosophy for about three years, I realized that all the above ways of praying are just ideas – and not fundamental truths – because there is no reliable evidence that proves their validity. Furthermore, the formulas seldom succeed even after people try them for a long period.
I think people should pray whenever they want, using any formula they want, because there is no specific formula for answered prayer. Many people could have had their prayers constantly answered if there was a specific formula for prayer that ensures answers.
My doubts regarding an assured formula for answered prayer arose after studying the prayers of several ancient religions. I discovered that different religions had a different way of praying, and every religion believed its way of prayer was the best.
For instance, ancient Muslims believed their way of prayer was the best while ancient Christians, who prayed differently, also believed their way of prayer was the best. For this reason, the belief that there is a specific formula for prayer that always works is illusory for it is based on an individual’s religious belief system, which is influenced by how the founders of his religion understood spirituality.
However, despite my argument that there is no specific formula for answered prayer, I believe TRUST ensures an individual’s prayers are answered regardless of what he’s praying for. People who trust with all their mind, soul, and heart that they will get whatever they pray for, often get it even if its against God’s will.
By the way, I don’t believe in the idea of God’s will because no one can understand God’s inner nature, and therefore, one will ever know ‘his’ will. God is unknowable, and whatever we know about God’s inner nature is based on belief systems and assumptions. As the Hermetists put it, ‘any information regarding the inner nature of God, is but the childish efforts of mortal minds to grasp the secret of the Infinite (The Kyabilion –The Three Initiates).’
With that in mind, instead of trying to find the best formula for answered prayer, we must focus on building our trust in The Creator. And if you seldom pray, don’t worry because many atheists have manifested their desires just because they trusted that they will get whatever they want.
Lastly, realize that we are multi-dimensional divine beings that were created in the Creator’s image, and within us is the Creator’s power. A power that serves us only when we TRUST that everything will work in our favor regardless of whether we pray or not.
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