hello all! been a quick minute, but i'm still alive, and doing quite well, i might add. i hope the same for the forum :)
so let me jump into it, i suppose what i'm wondering is what everyone thinks of when they think of rebirth. if you had to describe the process, what would you say? i am well aware that it doesn't really matter (and yes yes, perhaps i am asking the details of my assailant instead of finding the cure to my poison, lol) and i by no means obsess over it, but you know what? my mind wanders and sometimes i wonder anyways, so let's get on with it.
for a long time i supported the idea of reincarnation because "energy is neither created nor destroyed." but i suppose, in my head, i thought of it as if when we died, this soul (in the form of energy) left and went somewhere to this place where other souls collected until some future time where i was recycled and came back.
but when i began to accept the idea of "rebirth" over "reincarnation", i began to think of it as a complete combination of all souls melding together with no discernible beginning or end. almost as if there was a huge massive energy ball out there somewhere that spawned all of creation.
then, finally, i had the thought that there is no massive "soul" (or energy) community hall. the energy of my body is dispersed through the body's decomposition and provides energy through food for worms (or scavengers) who create nutrition for plant life. other forms of life feed on the plants (and further still, other forms of life eat those herbivores, possibly even us humans) and in that way, all energy is recycled and everything is connected. but this theory provides no account of consciousness. to accept this theory, you have to believe that there is no soul and "consciousness" is simply a construct of the complex firing nerve impulses in our brain.
and then at this point, i wonder to myself, is this even rebirth anymore? have i passed the concept of rebirth and went straight to no belief system at all other than science? and is that a bad thing? haha
just curious about everyone's thoughts. :) does anyone else think of rebirth in this manner?
it's kind of, "it is what it is." but if it is any consolation, it does make me ponder the vast and awesome amount of beings before me that were combined to give rise to my mother and my father and ultimately, me. :)