Why is it that a deceased soul so frequently presents itself to us in the form of its most recent incarnation? I do a lot shamanic sessions where I talk to the dead. I do not have a clear reincarnation belief - to me it is a mystery. I accept what I have directly experienced in my shamanic journeys: the soul has diverse incarnations, the soul can shape shift, the soul can be in more than one place at one time, the soul can maintain the integrity of its incarnations. I have not woven these things together into a tight cosmology, nor do I accept any cosmology from the great religions. I want to see for myself!
Shamanism gives me a direct view into the nature of the soul, albeit in metaphorical terms, like a book of true fables. These stories sit in me like gems in a cave, shining and pretty, filled with the potential of richness. Once in a while something triggers an ah ha moment that seems to bring one of these treasures to life.
Today I read this article
A New Physics Theory of Life
From the standpoint of physics, there is one essential difference between living things and inanimate clumps of carbon atoms: The former tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat. Jeremy England, a 31-year-old assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has derived a mathematical formula that he believes explains this capacity. The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.
My ah ha moment is seemingly unrelated to the article, and it goes like this:
The soul we experience is imprinted by its incarnation. The soul doesn't stand apart from the incarnation. It is not divided from the incarnation, it expresses the incarnation in some shared mirror. The Spirits have told me over and over that mirrors reveal the great truth. Don't ask me how this fits into the laws of thermodynamics, I have no clue. But something in this article triggered a deeper understanding in me. I wish I could tell you more! I have to journey on it.