Recently, I came across a book written in
1918 by Arthur Conan Doyle called "The New Revelation". It was
his first book concerning his views on spiritualism and psychic
phenomena. I found it fascinating to read, as much of the
"proof" that he gathered and retold regarding "life"
in the afterlife is still the same as what our psychics, mediums, and
other metaphysical researchers of today tell us.
The fact is, we've been receiving proof
of an afterlife for centuries. People throughout time have talked about
angels, visitations from spirits, ghost entities, poltergeists, and
communications from beyond. Stories of reincarnation continue to flood
in, many from young children who wouldn't have had access, nor the
understanding, to imagine and produce some of the tales they tell. With
our modern medicine and life-saving medical equipment, the occurrences
of near death experiences are being brought into the open more and more
often. Really, how much more "proof" do we need?
And yet...skeptics still abound. What's
more interesting is that various polls and statistics indicate that
approximately 80% of the world's population believes in: life after
death, that we have a soul and that it continues to exist after our
"physical" deaths, that there is a Heaven, and that there is
some sort of creator who watches over us. Out of the 20% left, about
half are sitting on the fence and haven't made up their minds on what to
believe. That leaves just 10% of human beings that we need to
"convince and show proof too." In which case I need to ask
this question... Why do we need to prove anything to this very small
minority of people?
As I mentioned at the beginning, I had
just finished reading Doyle's "The New Revelation" (you can
read the entire book online at our website). While reading, I came
across a very interesting statement that he made and one in which we
should all think about:
"...we have reached a point where further proof is superfluous,
and where the weight of disproof lies upon those who deny. The very
people who clamour for proofs have, as a rule, never taken the trouble
to examine the copious proofs which already exist..."
Isn't that an interesting remark made by
someone almost a century ago? "...where the weight of disproof lies
upon those who deny..." The proof has been all around us forever
and most of us know this. And yet, here we are in the twenty-first
century STILL trying to provide proof that there really is a spiritual
realm. How about we put the burden of proof on the disbelievers and have
them DISPROVE the existence of an afterlife? The reality is that they
can't - there's too much evidence that indicates that there is more to
the existence of "life" than our physcial senses can
comprehend. Think about it. Has anyone shown you absolute proof that
once you die, that's it, game over, nothing more exists? Yet, skeptics
constantly spout this theory. Well, if this is true, where's the
documented research and proof?
Is there life after death? The thousands
upon thousands of thoroughly investigated and documented metaphysical
cases point to the fact that there is definitely something beyond the
material experiences of our physical realm. The believers in a spiritual
afterlife really have nothing left to prove. It's time we turned the
tables and required that the disbelievers prove to the majority of the
world that life ends with our physical death.
Oh, by the way, good luck with that.
About the Author
(c)2005. Rose Smith is the owner of New
Age Wisdom, a website which explores such areas as energy healing,
creating abundance, spiritual inner-growth, and occult topics.