The Big Picture: Insights From The Spiritual World by Garry Gilfoy explains the physical and spiritual side of life from a philosophical and theological viewpoint.
The presentation sets forth stories of real life experiences for seven people who
developed unique insights of life in the hereafter.
Gilfoy demonstrates that consciousness is a state of being which evolves continuously and improves over long periods of time. Our soul has a dual nature which is both mortal and immortal. Themes of reincarnation, destiny, and karma are interwoven throughout the presentation.
The author shows how religious experiences are manifested in many different ways. For example, ineffability defies logical expression or quantification. Noetic experiences emulate revelations or illuminations. Transient experiences come and go. The overall portrait of religion includes unarticulated states, spontaneous foresight, and random happenings which defy a simple cause and effect relationship.
In life, each of us is challenged to become who we are in essence. This evolution can be diverted through systematic denial or facilitated through continuous self-expression. Gilfoy reminds us that we are not what we aspire to be. Our being exists in the here and now in the form of measurable actions, definable behaviors, and verifiable events which set forth who we are.
Actions define the self through expressions of generosity, magnanimity, other actualization or the converses of these positive traits. Examples of self-actualization include social interest, a minimum of internal conflict, independence, spiritual tendencies, and reasoned resistance to popular opinion.
Ancient civilizations and theologies are discussed. These date to before the time of Christ. For instance, solar power was perfected through the use of crystals in the final days of Atlantis (10,000BC).
The Big Picture has articulated a theory of awareness and free will which has important implications for the future of theology and philosophy. Deepening self knowledge and insight evolve through the exercise of free will and its many consequences both good and bad. Free will establishes accountability in the same way the 10 Commandments set forth rules to contain our exercise of free will within predefined moral, spiritual, and normative boundaries.