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Reading all that, Michael, I'm now curious... What part of your views on matters of spirituality has changed the most over the years?

Thanks for curating your most excellent legacy.
~ Your blog has played a big part in my personal development.
~ Thank you

Thanks Michael. Hope all’s well.

I'm glad the blog's still up, Michael! Thank you for your valuable work on this subject over many years.

Thanks for all the kind words! Sorry for my late reply; I very seldom remember to check for comments anymore.

"What part of your views on matters of spirituality has changed the most over the years?"

Hmm. That's a tough one. I suppose I've become more accepting of the idea that since all experience is subjective, the quest for objective proof of our spiritual nature is likely to fail. It's like asking for objective proof that you are conscious. By its nature, consciousness is subjective.

The spiritual realm is essentially a realm of consciousness, and as such it's not amenable to objective testing in the way that physical phenomena are.

Efforts to reduce the spiritual to a material substrate -- for instance, by positing a quasi-physical "heaven" where atoms vibrate at a faster rate, or locating the afterlife environment in physical space, or talking literally (rather than metaphorically) about frequency spectrums -- are, I believe, category errors.

Likewise, efforts to build a machine that will enable communication with the "other side," such as George Meek's Spiricom, are unlikely to be productive, unless perhaps a technology like Hemi-Sync can be used to shift our consciousness to a different level. But I suspect this kind of change involves more than a shift of brainwaves and must come from a deeper source.

In other words, it all comes back to consciousness and to the necessarily subjective nature of personal experience. As Tennyson wrote in "Ulysses,"

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.

Some people believe that individuals never change their minds. Planck once said, 'A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.' Elon Musk has echoed a similar sentiment. However, I think your blog and this particular post serve as wonderful reminders that people can indeed change their minds during their life journey.

Hi Michael. You don't know me, but I was a frequent lurker of your blog back in the day, around 2008ish to 2015. I obviously didn't keep up with everything, but I always found your posts on spirituality and the paranormal thoughtful and nuanced, even if I didn't always agree (I haven't done the extensive amount of reading you have, either!)

Last year I went back to check--something had twigged in my memory and I was reminded of this--and saw that you'd retired this. Imagine my delight when I come today, for much the same reason, and see that you're still updating, however infrequent.

I know it's not likely you'll see my comment soon, or at all, but thank you for all of your posts throughout the years and best wishes.

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