Robert T. James, J.D.
Dr. James joins with others in stating that to arrive at an understanding of that part of our individuality that survives our physical death, we must begin with its evolution commencing at the time of the physical evolutionary origins of the human species. He speculates on ways of exploring those origins.
This inquiry is founded upon the actuality of three basic premises:
1) That we are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience;
2) That humans in our present form (Homo sapiens) evolved from lesser life forms; and
3) That some form of our individuality survives our physical death, has lived in the past, and will probably live again.
Following ancient practices described by Cunningham (1998), I will refer to this surviving entity as a subtle energy body, thereby avoiding using terms such as soul, spirit, vital essence, or the like, all of which carry many preconceived beliefs that I wish to avoid. The above three premises are, in my opinion, more matters of observable fact than belief, sustained by a large body of empirical evidence.