by Michael Maciel
There are lots of computer analogies for the way we experience reality—hardware, software, RAM, ROM, WiFi. They’re all descriptive of how we function both physically and spiritually.
The one I like is “cloud computing.” When I write, I use Google Drive, which saves my drafts as I write them. There isn’t even a save button. It just saves everything instantaneously and automatically. It’s great. That way, whether I’m on my computer at home or on my phone while I’m out and about, I can access my documents right where I left off. My words exist independently of the device I happen to be using at the moment.
Google Drive is, however, linked to my Google account. I cannot access anyone else’s documents without knowing their password. My account is mine and no one else’s. In this way, I “own” it, even though it’s actually Google that owns it. But Google has given me exclusive rights to my account, even though they mine the data from it for their own purposes, but that’s another analogy.
Think of the way psychics are able to access people by knowing only their name and their birthday. The way I see it, they have at least a couple of things that enable them to do this. One, they have a connection with the network provided by the person giving them that information about the person in question. And two, they have a broader connection with the entire human database, which is what makes them psychic, right? So, with this minimal baseline, they can reduce the degree of separation to zero and hone in on what’s going on with that person. I have witnessed this kind of thing firsthand too many times to doubt its authenticity.
No matter what we call it, the soul is that which functions similarly to the way the “cloud” functions. No matter where we are or what kind of vehicle we are inhabiting, our soul maintains its connection with us. It has all of our data, all of the information that comprises who we are as a personality and an individual. And not just for this lifetime or even multiple lifetimes, but also for those parts of us that transcend us as individuals, such as our biology, our physiology, and our anatomy. These really don’t belong to us, since they were here long before we showed up.
But they do belong to the human race. After all, no matter which continent you were born on, you have the same biology as everyone else, fundamentally speaking. Human Being is pretty much the same wherever or whenever it occurs. That information, the data that makes that sameness a reality, can’t possibly be restricted to physical DNA. There are simply too many permutations taking place all the time. No, there has to be a source code, and that code has to exist in much the same way that the cloud exists—non-locally, non-physically, and non-temporally. This non-local aspect of soul is why religions call it eternal and divine.
The way I’m describing this doesn’t mean that it’s true or accurate. But it is logical to assume that in order for us to survive the multiple transitions we experience, not just in terms of reincarnation but also the way our cells are constantly recycling and replacing themselves, there has to be a source code. There has to be a blueprint, a template, a configuration, and an operating system that exists independently of us, one that we tune into with our own unique “password” and that informs both who we are as an individual and who we are as a member of our species.
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