Atoms, they make up, quite literally, everything, from solid things like tables and sofas, and planets and stars, to immaterial things like the air. Because they ‘get about’ such a lot, being in and of everything and everyone, every atom that you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you.
Despite the omnipresent, powerful nature of atoms (the fact that they are everywhere and they constitute everything), the reality is rather disappointing– atoms are, in fact, nothing more than mindless particles. This is because they themselves are not alive. We are alive, yes, but the atoms that make us, they are not. When we die, our atoms disassemble, producing nothing more than a mound of fine, atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive, but all of which had once been within us, before moving on to find new uses elsewhere (i.e., being recycled)- as part of a leaf, or another human being, perhaps.
With this knowledge- that our atoms are ‘mindless’– the concept of us all having an eternal soul is reinforced in my mind as being something that must be true. Why? Because, if our existence is based solely on the atoms that make us whole, then consciousness would cease to exist. We would also be mindless, and would therefore be unable to feel things, communicate, or do any of the things that we, as human beings, do every single day.
The thing that does allow us to do what we do every day and live as conscious human beings, is our soul.
When we die and our atoms become nothing more than dust, our soul, because it is immaterial, doesn’t break down, it simply moves on, being reunited with source (call that God, the universe, a higher power- whatever you most relate to.) Knowing this- that we are all so much more than our physical components- gives me a sense of great comfort, as I hope it does for you, too.
Whilst you might doubt your soul’s existence sometimes because it is not something that you can see, I want you to remember the following fact, that ‘just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.’ It is there, I promise you it is. And, you know what? One day you will see this for yourself, and it will all make sense. Until that day though, all you can do- all we can all do- is continue to have faith in the unknown. Doing this- continuing to have faith– will land us one step closer to realising our true, immaterial nature.