There is also one very important thing to say - there are no supernatural things, there are only natural things that people yet can’t explain because of our current level of knowledge. Pure example, few hundred years ago (or maybe more) people were unable to explain thunder and lightning because of their inadequate knowledge, so they let imagination take it’s course.
Today we can. Same is with everything else. We as Creators, are not like Christians who defy science and intellectual progress. On the contrary, we encourage scientific research and elevating our level of knowledge, about both the known and unknown. What is unknown will become known. What we defy is when people in lack of reasonable and scientific explanation try to explain some "phenomenon" as they please, inventing things that have no real basis what so ever.
Supernatural experience - bull crap. And this is why I say that,let me tell you my story that finally came to a conclusion today. Since I was 20 or something, or maybe even adolescent, I frequently started experiencing strange phenomenon while going to bed. Few minutes after I would fall asleep in my bed, I would find myself paralyzed, but aware of myself, something between awake and asleep.
I couldn’t move my body and I was hearing some terrible unidentifiable noise in my ears, and feeling like something is coming for me or pulling me away. All this time I was terrified and tried to move myself to break free. This would last shortly and finally I would manage to move my body and instantly awake myself. First I though it was just a nightmare, but it started repeating itself every few nights. And because of body paralysis and awaking myself after body moved, I realized it is not just a dream.
Soon I noticed that it occurs only when I sleep on my back, in supine position, so I started to avoid sleeping that way. I was never superstitious, but again I was never able to explain it to myself, maybe it was some energy like underground water or something, so I just let it be. Years have passed and it occurred not so often any more, but it still was happening occasionally.
A few years later I moved to another room in same house, and it was still happening. Few more years later I moved to another city and it happened there few times also. Once I realized that I am really awake when this happens because I left light on and was able to see my room during whole experience. Freaky, right? People started telling me it’s astral projection, out-body experience, etc, etc. I mostly ignored it. I even tried to confront that "demon" that I was so afraid of when I was in that stage with noise and feeling it is coming for me - naturally, nothing came for me, there was just noise and an unpleasant feeling. Anyway, it happens rarely last few years.
Now,what is my point? This is my point
Today I accidentally stumbled upon an article about Sleep paralysis, and everything became clear to me after all these years.
My point is, I had a perfect example of a phenomenon that could be seen as supernatural experience by someone who is superstitial, but could also be scientifically explained. Just as I never looked for an answer all these 10 or 15 years, but I always knew there is something medical to it, and it turns out it is. There are no spooks or demons, no other realms or anything, there is only human mind and its ability to comprehend reality, and there are still many things that science will yet have to discover. For example I am sure that 100 years ago there was no scientific term or explanation for Sleep paralysis either.
There is also a question of afterlife. I really hope there isn’t one. What am I supposed to do when I die? Have toasts every day? And really, no one is asking such a question, but I will ask it now - what would be the purpose of afterlife? Really, why does anyone think there might be an afterlife, and why does anyone think it would be a good thing at all?
Some people ask, although I can’t comprehend why they ask that, "what is the purpose of life if there is nothing after death"? I must say it is a stupid question and I don’t think I need to answer it at all here. But in fact, the real question is, why did anyone ever think of the idea that there may be an afterlife, and why did anyone ever think of it as a good idea to think that way. I really do not hope there is an afterlife, because what would be the purpose of this life if there is an afterlife? Really, there would be no purpose. Christians think of this life as a testing phase, but testing phase for what? Be good in this life to get bored in afterlife?
The beauty of life is in its transience, in living through your one time experiences from birth till death, knowing that those same experiences will never repeat as they were, so you cherrish those memories, the more unique memories are, the more you cherrish them. There is a beauty of being a playfull child because it will go away when you grow up, beauty of first kiss because it will always be the "first", the beauty of caring of your little baby because he will never be that little anymore, the beauty of carrying for your parents because some day they will pass away before you. The beauty of life is in its moments, moments are what fullfils us and what makes us happy. Eternal life would be the death of life.
Originally published in IMPERIUM
The Creativity Movement online Magazine