I AM - David Long


Soul, Self, Awakening, Ghosts, Afterlife, & Reincarnation

I made a new video that talks about what our current best knowledge has to say about Soul, Self, Awakening, Ghosts, Afterlife, & Reincarnation, separating fact from fiction as well as exploring what poetic truth these ideas might hold. 

We start by trying to put humans in context, Introducing the idea of the holon an holarchy, as well as different ideas about cosmology on the outside, and archetypes of the collective unconscious on the inside. 

Then we talk about "awakening", how our relationship with our own inner archetypes can be problematic, unhealthy, pathological, and unconscious, or how we can consciously create and project into "higher archetypes" and refine over time by taking creative control of our life! 

Next we go to a haunted house and talk about Ghosts, the logic around it and what REALLY might be going on with some Help from the famed UK mentalist Darren Brown. 

Then we go to Heaven, & as we leave we talk about why taking heaven literally is such a bad idea, as well as what a metaphorical translation might look like. (and how it relates back to what we have been talking about in terms of "awakening" or "the blanket") We even talk about some of these "back from heaven" type stories. We talk about what happens when we die. Now that we have deconstructed the self the question is "what happens to who?" or "who dies?" and how the lesson of death is to appreciate what we have while we have it. 

Lastly we talk about Reincarnation, we work to put the ideas in their context (their relation to racism and the Hindu cast system) and then look at the logical problems and how we can know it's not literally true, as well as how it might poetically be true. I hope you enjoy it.

Sam Harris
Kevin Afflerbach (on George Herbert Mead) 
Genpo Roshi
Joseph Campbell
Robert Masters
Andrew Cohen
Derren Brown
Michael Shermer
Anthony Fantano
Cornell West

And I also have broken it into some clips: