|The NDE and Science
knowledge is always in a state of flux. New scientific
discoveries come along and overthrow long-held hypotheses.
A good example of this is the attempt by humanity
to explain the
phenomenon of light.
Before the dawn of science, humanity relied on religious
experience and philosophy to understand light and
the cosmos. The Bible declares the universe began
when God said, "Let
there be light."
Ancient religious texts throughout history have
associated light with divine consciousness - a consciousness
from which everything, including all other consciousness,
originated. The Bible declares, "God
Science has discovered that
light was pervasive at the beginning of the
universe. Scientists recently discovered the so-called
Particle" - the particle which bestoys mass
upon all particles. This particle is very crucial
to physics because it is
our final understanding of the structure of all
matter. Albert Einstein's great equation
(where E is for energy, m for mass and c is the
speed of light) describes the awesome power and
energy holding all atoms together. Surprisingly,
the Bible supports Einstein's equation when it declares
"God is the invisible
power holding all things together."
view of consciousness is the basis for major world
religions. So it shouldn't be surprising that top
quantum physicists where influenced by religion.
for example, studied
of the ancient Greeks;
was drawn to the
1. The Holistic Merger of Science
scientific discovery of the nature of light is the cornerstone
of modern physics and natural law. It is also the cornerstone
of near-death studies and modern consciousness research. Over
the centuries, science has yielded some very unusual, almost "god-like,"
properties of light. The recently discovered "God
particle" - the elusive
particle which gives mass to every other particle - is one of
the greatest discoveries in science. Light was pervasive at
the time of the
Light is the fastest thing in the universe and travels at 671
million miles per hour. It takes an infinite amount of energy
to move an object to
the speed of light.
At the speed of light, the past, present, and future all exist
simultaneously. If a person could travel at the speed of light,
they would become immortal. There is also the quantum theory
where matter can exist in more than one dimension at the same
time - making anomalous phenomena such as NDEs and OBEs possible.
Physicists have experimentally demonstrated that two particles
can be separated, and no matter by how far apart they are (even
a billion miles apart), a change in one particle instantly creates
a simultaneous change in the other as if they were connected.
This phenomenon called "quantum entanglement" which
Einstein called "spooky
actions from a distance"
and is suggestive of an underlying reality which physicists
have not yet been able to explain although there are many theories.
Light also has a "dual
as both a particle and a wave. The reason we can see anything
at all is because our mere observation of things converts light
waves into light particles thereby making human consciousness
the main factor when it comes to reality.
Jung (1875-1961) the Swiss psychologist and near-death experiencer
who founded analytical psychology, is best known for his psychological
concepts including archetypes, the collective unconscious, dream
analysis, and synchronicity. His interest in philosophy and
metaphysics led many to view him as a mystic. Following discussions
(two founding fathers of quantum physics) Jung believed there
parallels between synchronicity and
relativity of time
and its connection to consciousness.
discovering how objective reality is more of an illusion than
a reality. At deeper levels, everything - atoms, cells, molecules,
plants, animals, and people participate in a connected
flowing web of information.
At the quantum level, the
observer becomes a part of the observed
and the distinction between observer and object disappears.
Space and time are concepts we bring with us to the quantum
level but they do not seem to exist there. Time flows both forward
and backward symmetrically according to relativity - a concept
a possibility. And because all matter, including our brains
and bodies, are mostly composed of empty space because of the
structure of atoms held together by atomic energy, a metaphysical
case can be made that we are mostly composed of non-physical "spirit."
At the quantum level, location becomes nonlocal and everything
can be thought of as being in no particular place at no particular
time. What we "see" out there has more to do with
our own consciousness and
than anything that might be "out there". In light
of these findings, we must conclude the notion of
is in error. Physicists are discovering laws of physics are
the laws of our own minds.
of the most compelling theories is called the
which defines the universe as a single, gigantic hologram where
everything is connected to everything else including our minds.
Metaphysically speaking, the brain processes cosmic information
in the form of holograms - the "mind's
eye." The holographic
principle originated from one of the most significant theoretical
physicists of the 20th century,
synchronistically arrived at a holographic model of the mind
and brain at the same time as David Bohm developed his holographic
model of the universe. Surprisingly, these holographic models
may be the basis for all mystical experiences including the
NDE. These holographic models are part of a new emerging paradigm
which is the opposite of reductionism. It is the paradigm where
all natural systems - physical, biological, chemical, social,
economic, etc. - and their properties, should be viewed as a
whole and not the sum of its parts. A corresponding theory of
was developed by the joint work of theoretical physicist,
Sir Roger Penrose,
Like David Bohm and Karl Pribram before them, Penrose and Hameroff
developed their theories synchronistically. Penrose approached
the problem of consciousness from the view point of mathematics,
while Hameroff approached it from his career in anesthesia which
gave him an interest in brain structures. Quantum consciousness
is the theory of an underlying consciousness connecting everyone
and everything and is based on the fact that quantum fields
can be interpreted as extending infinitely in space.
Jung referred to this connection between all life as the "collective
known as the "collective subconscious." Jung theorized
how synchronicity serves a role similar to dreams, with the
purpose of shifting a person's egocentric conscious thinking
to greater wholeness. Jung was transfixed by the idea of life
not being a series of random events but rather an expression
of a deeper order, which he and Wolfgang Pauli referred to as "one
world" - a term referring
to the concept of an underlying unified reality of the universe
from which everything emerges and returns to. Jung believed
this principle of an underlying "world" can express
itself through synchronicity and is the basis for
Quantum theories such as the
of quantum mechanics and its corresponding
supports this new paradigm. These quantum theories also supports
the theory of
which theoretically makes the immortality of a non-physical "soul"
possible. If one views consciousness as a fundamental, non-physical,
part of the universe, it becomes possible to conceive of consciousness
continuing to exist after the death in a
These quantum and holographic paradigms assume anomalous phenomena
such as NDEs to certainly be within the realm of possibilities.
2. Quantum Physics and the NDE
as surprising is how NDE encounters with an otherworldly light
correspond with principles of quantum physics. The old paradigm
of observing, theorizing, and predicting doesn't work very well
when it comes to understanding light, consciousness, and subjective
experiences - especially when it concerns the NDE. The old paradigm
allows materialists and skeptics to dismiss NDEs as being caused
by brain anomalies - even though the cause of NDEs is
not relevant to whether the experience is a real afterlife experience
or not. Nevertheless, recent
NDE studies have ruled out brain
3. Quantum Interconnectivity and the
quantum physics supports the notion of our universe as being
of which all other consciousness is a
Many scientists no longer believe in a randomly generated universe
from some sort of primal dust. Nobel prize winning molecular
de Duve describes the universe as having a cosmic imperative
to develop conscious life. The very structure of molecules composing
living creatures dictates the evolution of conscious life. Astrophysicist
agreed how the fundamental laws of the universe governing the
creation of planets, suns and galaxies implies conscious life
will be the end result of those universal laws. Evolutionary
Rupert Sheldrake goes even further, describing how "morphic
forms" - patterns of energy which first exist in the universe
- results in life. If these compelling theories are true, then
it is possible to apply them to other dimensions of reality
made up of other elementary subatomic particles. Anomalous phenomena
such as NDEs then becomes less like "fantasy" and
more like the perceptions of conscious beings in other realties
which can be predicted by modern science. NDEs may simply be
clinical applications of the experiments physicists have discovered
in the lab.
For example, a European astrophysicist
by the name of
Metod Saniga used NDE research
to develop a mathematical model of time which seems
to offer solutions to problems vexing scholars since
Einstein. In brief, Dr. Saniga takes seriously the testimony
of NDErs when they describe experiences in a realm where "time
stops" and where some of them "see the past,
present, and future all at once." Dr. Saniga describes
this realm as "the Pure Present." Dr. Saniga
used these anomalous experiences to describe a single
mathematical model which can account for both the conventional
and the extraordinary ways humans experience time.
4. The Holographic Universe and the
father of the new paradigm,
may have had the old paradigm in mind when he said, "All
knowledge of reality starts from experience
and ends in it."
The old paradigm denies a whole range of valid subjective experiences
such as NDEs, OBEs, and mystical experiences. Severe cracks
in the old paradigm began to appear when, in 1982, a research
team led by physicist
performed what may turn out to be one of the most important
experiments of the 20th century. They discovered subatomic particles
were able to remain in contact with one another regardless of
the distance separating them - even if the distance is billions
of miles. Aspect's findings seemed to violate the long-held
theory of the impossibility of faster-than-light travel. These
findings is suggestive of a deeper level of reality where all
things in the universe are infinitely interconnected. Aspect's
findings influenced one of the most significant theoretical
physicists of the 20th century,
to develop a profound mathematical theory where all the apparent
separateness in the universe to be an illusion. Bohm's theory,
known as the
describes the universe to be a gigantic and splendidly detailed
example of a
hologram appears in the movie "Star Wars" when
an illusionary holographic image of Princess Lea was projected
by the robot R2D2. The notion of reality as illusionary goes
back to ancient indigenous people who believed existence to
be a dream or an illusion. Modern developments in science have
led theoretical physicists to view reality in a similar manner
- a reality composed of a matrix, grids, virtual reality, simulation
A holographic universe explains the
supersymmetry found in the universe and suggests how, at
the quantum level, everything - atoms, cells, molecules, plants,
animals, and people participate in a connected flowing web of
information. For example, the electrons in a carbon atom in
the human brain are connected to the subatomic particles comprising
every other human brains - even with every star in the sky.
All of nature can ultimately be viewed as one seamless web.
In a holographic universe, time and space become an illusion.
The past, present, and future all exist simultaneously suggesting
the possibility of science to someday be able to reach into
the holographic level of reality and extract scenes from the
long-forgotten past - a phenomenon which has already been documented
in NDE research from the
aspect of a holographic universe is the mathematical proof of
every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed
by the whole. If we try to take apart something constructed
holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made,
we will only get smaller wholes. This "whole in every part"
nature of a holographic universe may be the basis for mystical
experiences such as the NDE. It also agrees with the view of
Eastern mysticism that all consciousness existing as a part
of one Whole and the Whole within all consciousness. This holographic
paradigm supports mathematical principles found in
and the metaphysical concept of non-physical fractal souls existing
in a fractal universe. A holographic universe could theoretically
be viewed as a
bringing into existence everything else in our universe: all
matter and energy - from atoms, to solar systems, to galaxies,
etc. Such a Matrix could be viewed as a kind of cosmic storehouse
of "All That Is" or the metaphysical concept of an "akashic
field." Such a Matrix
of "all information" could also be the basis for the
David Bohm believed a holographic level of reality may be a "mere
stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further development."
According to physicist
Fred Alan Wolf, NDEs can be explained
using a holographic model where death is merely a shifting
of a person's consciousness from one dimension of the hologram
to another. Craig Hogan, a physicist at Fermilab, generated
even more interest in a holographic universe when he discovered
proof of a holographic universe
in the data of a gravitational wave detector.
evidence supporting this fractal nature of consciousness existing
within a fractal universe can be seen by comparing the images
on the left.
Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University,
researched how particular types of neurons in the brain are
connected to one another. By staining thin slices of a mouse's
brain, Miller could then identify the connections visually.
The result can be seen in the image on the left labeled "The
Brain Cell" (courtesy of
Dr. Clifford Pickover) showing three neuron cells
on the left (two red and one yellow) and their connections.
By comparing The Brain Cell image with The Universe image, we
can easily see how these objects have the same structure. This
begs the questions, "Do we exist within a gigantic brain?" and
"Is the law of physics merely the laws of our own minds?" Learn
more about the fractal nature of reality in Dr. Pickover's outstanding
The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection.
His other books,
The Math Book and
The Medical Book, are equally outstanding. Visit his
main website and Twitter
The Universe image on the left was created by an international
group of astrophysicists called
The Virgo Consortium using a
computer simulation to recreate how the universe grew and
evolved. The image is a snapshot of the present universe featuring
a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded
by thousands of stars, galaxies and
dark matter. There are several theories of the universe
within particle physics called "brane
cosmology" where "brane" is a reference to "membrane" in
M-Theory. In theoretical physics, a "brane" is a mathematical
concept where our four-dimensional universe is restricted to
a "brane" inside a
higher-dimensional space composed of eleven theoretical
dimensions - the
three dimensions we can see, plus the
dimension of time, plus the
seven extra dimensions we can't see but M-theory theorizes
are all around us. Surprisingly, the number of these dimensions
agree with the number of "afterlife
realms" described by NDEs and the major ancient religions
of the world.
The Internet image on the left is a visualization of the
Internet showing the various routes through a portion of
the Internet. Notice how the structure of a brain cell is the
same as the structure of the Internet and the universe. Is this
merely a coincidence? Or do these images graphically demonstrate
the ancient principle of "as above, so below." The Internet
image was generated by
The Opte Project
(pronounced op-tee which is Latin word for "optical")
Barrett Lyon whose goal was to make an accurate representation
of the extent of the Internet using visual graphics. The project
was started in October 2003 in an effort to provide a useful
network mapping of the Internet for the purposes of helping
students learn more about the Internet. This map can also be
used to visualize sites of disasters in the world by citing
the significant destruction of Internet capabilities after a
disaster. It can also be used as a gauge for the growth of the
Internet and the areas of growth. But it also shows how the
structure of the Internet is developing along the same lines
as the structures of the human brain and the universe. The Universe
image is featured at the
Boston Museum of Science, the
Museum of Modern Art and the
5. The Holographic Brain and the NDE
view of reality (as opposed to reductionist theories)
be applied to the human brain. The holographic principle was
a catalyst towards a theory of quantum consciousness called
brain theory" which
explains how the brain encodes memories in a holographic manner.
This theory originated from neurophysiologist
who synchronistically arrived at a holographic model of the
mind at the same time David Bohm was developing a holographic
model of the universe. Taken all together, this holographic
model is part of a new emerging paradigm called "holism."
Holism is the principle of a whole system being more than just
the sum of its parts. The best way to study the behavior of
many complex systems is to treat it as a whole.
of the most amazing things about the human thinking process
is that every piece of information seems instantly cross-correlated
with every other piece of information within the brain - another
feature intrinsic to the hologram. Because every portion of
a hologram is infinitely interconnected with every other portion,
the human brain is perhaps nature's supreme example of a cross-correlated,
storage of memory in the brain becomes more understandable in
light of Pribram's
holographic model of the brain. Another holistic
property of the brain is how it is able to translate the avalanche
of frequencies it receives via the senses (light frequencies,
sound frequencies, etc.) into the concrete world of our perceptions.
Consciousness and perception processes sources of light energy.
Encoding and decoding light frequencies is precisely what a
hologram does best. Just as a hologram functions as a lens which
translates meaningless blurs of frequencies into a coherent
image, Pribram theorizes the brain also comprises a lens (e.g., the
eye) and uses holographic principles to mathematically convert
frequencies received by the senses into the inner world of our
perceptions. An impressive body of evidence suggests the brain
uses holographic principles to perform its operations. Pribram's
theory, in fact, has gained increasing support among neurophysiologists.
6. Quantum Consciousness and the NDE
A corresponding theory of
quantum consciousness known as
Orchestrated Objective Reduction
(Orch-OR) was developed by the joint work of theoretical
Sir Roger Penrose,
Like David Bohm and Karl Pribram before them, Penrose
and Hameroff developed their theories synchronistically.
Penrose approached the problem of consciousness from
the view point of mathematics, while Hameroff approached
it from his career in anesthesia that gave him an interest
in brain structures.
theories assume that consciousness emerged from the
brain, so they focus particularly on complex computation
at synapses allowing communication between neurons.
Orch-OR assumes classical physics cannot fully explain
consciousness. In the June 1994 issue of Discover Magazine,
an article ran called "Quantum
about how consciousness and quantum physics are intimately
connected. On September 6, 2011, National Geographic
published the article, "9/11
and Global Consciousness"
about how random number generators around the world
detected a change around the time of the terrorist attack
which may be an indication of global consciousness.
These findings of a global
consciousness are also supported NDE experiencers
Ned Dougherty. During his NDE, Dougherty
received visions of the future and were published
six months before the September 11th terrorist
attack. Here is what the prophecy stated as
published in his book "Fast
Lane to Heaven":
major terrorist attack may befall New
York City or Washington, DC, severely
impacting the way we live in the United
given to Ned Dougherty is just one of the visions of the future
he received during his NDE. Other near-death experiencers, such
as Dannion Brinkley,
were also given visions of terrorist attack in New York and
Washington. In fact,
a great number of NDEs involve visions
old materialistic paradigm, prevalent mostly in the West, disregards
the possibility of out-of-body dimensions; whereas, the new
paradigm supports them. For this reason, open-minded scientists
have acknowledged the time is now to abandon the old paradigm
and focus on the new one. Disregarding the old paradigm became
even more reasonable when, in December of 2001, The Lancet
United Kingdom's highly respected journal of medicine) published
the results of a study by
Dr. Pim van Lommel
showing 18 percent of clinically dead patients having NDEs.
documented verified events observed by such patients from a
perspective removed from their bodies - called "veridical
perception" - suggesting
the existence of a transcendent consciousness. Such studies
beg the question of why the scientific community at large remains
mostly silent about these facts. Perhaps
this is the reason why.
7. Nonlocal Consciousness and the God
and the possibility of its survival after death is perhaps the
final frontier of science. Although a large body of knowledge
exists about the brain, "The
brain has not explained the mind fully"
according to renowned brain surgeon
Wilder Penfield. Materialistic science has yet to produce
a conclusive model of consciousness. This is mainly due to its
inability to quantify first-person, subjective experiences.
views only objective, observable experiments verifiable by third
parties to be valid. The current scientific method relies only
upon repeatable experiments to verify a hypothesis; but its
limit is reached when quantifying consciousness. Mainstream
materialistic scientists claim consciousness is produced entirely
by the brain. This is analogous to claiming television sounds
and images are produced entirely by television sets, despite
television sounds and images are produced by TV stations
radio waves. This analogy describes consciousness based not
upon the brain, but the brain based upon consciousness. There
are a multitude of anomalous phenomena including NDEs which
cannot be explained using the scientific method. These anomalous
phenomena provides a theoretical basis for a
nonlocal model of consciousness
while materialistic scientists are unable to explain how immaterial,
conscious, subjective experiences can arises from a material
scientists have discovered areas within the brain collectively
known as the "God
Spot" which permits
communication with cosmic information outside of material bodies.
Theoretical physicists call this "quantum
call it the "collective
call it "Brahman."
Buddhists call it "Nirvana."
Jews call it "Shekhinah."
Christians call it the "Holy
and his disciples are called the "light
of the world." New
age adherents call it the "Higher
Dr. Melvin Morse,
the children he has resuscitated from death simply call it "God."
8. Quantum Superposition and the NDE
and sub-atomic particles can exist in two or more locations
simultaneously as multiple coexisting possibilities known as
The reason why we do not see quantum superpositions on a large
scale in everyday life is known as the "measurement
problem" which has
led to various interpretations of quantum mechanics. Early experiments
by quantum pioneer
and others seemed to show that quantum superpositions, when
measured by a machine, stayed as multiple possibilities until
a conscious human observed the results. Bohr concluded that "conscious
observation collapses the probability wave function"
and that unobserved superpositions continue to exist until being
observed, at which time they too are collapsed to particular
random states. According to Bohr, this "consciousness causes
the collapse" of quantum possibilities places consciousness
within the realm of science. But materialistic science
views consciousness strictly on classical physics rejecting
the possibility of quantum nonlocality in consciousness and
equates the mind with the brain. Perhaps this is the reason
Bohr made his famous statement, "Anyone who is not shocked
by quantum theory has not understood it."
recent evidence linking biological
functions to quantum processes
supports the possibility of consciousness having
nonlocal quantum functions in the
brain. This suggests the
nature of conscious experience requires a world view in which
consciousness has irreducible components
of reality. This interpretation defines superpositions becoming
separations in reality with each possibility evolving its own
distinct universe - giving a multitude of universes. The difference
between this theory and Bohr's interpretation is that the separations
are randomly selected from among the superpositioned possibilities.
The superposition of these locations can then viewed as separations
in the very fabric of reality. This theory posits that such
conditions have evolved within the brain - inside brain neurons
- where microtubules process quantum superpositions giving us
our subjective reality. This quantum process within the brain
may be the basis for consciousness transcending and surviving
physical death as revealed in NDEs. In such altered states,
the quantum process of superpositions may shift consciousness
to different dimensions of higher frequencies. When NDEs occur,
it is possible the quantum information of which consciousness
is made of could shift to an existence outside the brain nonlocally.
This supports the idea that the mind is not a material brain.
9. The MANY-WORLDS Theory and the NDE
important principle of quantum physics is how human observation
cannot be predicted absolutely. Instead, there's a range
of possible observations to chose from in the form of probability
waves each having a different probability and reality. With
every thought, observation and action we make, we are constantly
choosing just one of these possible probabilities of reality.
One mainstream explanation for this is the "many-worlds
each of these possible observations corresponds to a different
universe within a "multiverse."
This theory describes the existence of an infinite number of
universes - including our own - which comprises all reality.
This theory includes possible universe(s) where death doesn't
exist, for example. The theory includes all possible universes
existing at the same time despite what happens in any of them.
Many-worlds theorizes our continuous choice of reality from
possible probabilities does not collapse the universal wavefunction
of all the other possible probabilities. Many-worlds implies
that all possible alternative histories and futures are real.
Before the many-worlds interpretation, reality had always been
viewed as a single unfolding history. Many-worlds, however,
views reality as a many-branched tree, wherein every possible
quantum outcome is realized. In many-worlds, every possible
outcome of every event defines or exists in its own universe.
interpretation supports the NDE phenomenon called "flashforward"
where the experiencer is shown visions of possible
futures should the experiencer decide to remain
in the light or return to life. This phenomenon
has been reported to occur to convince the experiencer
to return their life because of an incomplete
mission in life. One great example is found
in the NDE testimony of
could feel myself becoming lighter each
moment. In a fit of fear and panic I
began crying. No, I couldn't be dead.
What would happen to my son? ... In
an embrace of love, they calmed me by
showing me that my son, my entire family
would be okay after my death. My mother
could lean on my grandmother. It would
take time, but she would heal. My husband,
hurt, sad, and lonely would also heal
and eventually find love once again
... I was shown my funeral ... But wait,
my son. I couldn't leave my son ...
I was told others would be a mother
for me. First grandparents, and then
they showed me Jake's life ... I saw
a new mom for Jake when he was about
7 or 8 ... I couldn't let go of my human
life ... Finally, my hysteria was calmed
by a higher spirit who seemed to envelop
me in love. My guides were instructed
to allow me to return." (Karen
Kenneth Ring described
two kinds of precognitive visions in the NDE: (1)
the personal "flashforward" and the (2) "prophetic
vision." A third category, defined by NDE researcher
Craig Lundahl is the "otherworld personal future revelation
(OPFR). The OPFR resembles the personal flashforward in that
it previews the experiencer's personal future, but differs from
the personal flashforward in that it is delivered to the experiencer
by another personage in the otherworld rather than appearing
in the visual imagery of a life review. The OPFR differs from
the prophetic vision in having a personal rather than planetary
focus. Lundahl cites four historic accounts to illustrate major
features of the OPFR: (1) entrance into the
otherworld, (2) encounter with (3)
others who foretell the experiencer's future, and (4)
later occurrence of the foretold events.
10. The MANY-MINDS Theory and the NDE
many-minds interpretation of quantum mechanics is an extension
by proposing that the distinction between worlds should be made
at the level of the mind of an individual
observer. This is the principle supporting the theory of
quantum immortality - an interpretation of quantum mechanics
which theoretically makes it possible for a human observer to
have a continuous infinity of minds in
parallel universes. These observer states may then be assumed
to correspond to definite states of awareness (i.e., many
minds) as in the classical description of observation.
In order to make this theory work, the mind must be a property
which can separate
from the body as suggested in NDEs and OBEs.
11. The Zero-Point Field and the NDE
In quantum theory, the "zero-point
field" is a quantum vacuum state or "void"
which generally contains nothing but electromagnetic waves and
particles popping into and out of existence. A zero-point field
of the universe is supportive of the
holographic principle where consciousness and memories are
not localized in the brain but are distributed throughout a
holographic universe. Brains, acting as receivers, access certain
frequencies of quantum information to process. This universal
zero-point field describes the world and universe as a
dynamic web where everything is connected, where consciousness
influences matter and creates reality, and where all things
are possible. According to Einstein, "Space
and time are modes in which we think, not conditions in which
Dr. Ervin Laszlo,
twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is an
and champion of this zero-point field as instrumental
when understanding consciousness and the universe. Laszlo
is generally recognized as the founder of
who emphasizes the importance of establishing a holistic
perspective on the world and man through
Lazlo's groundbreaking book, "Science
and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything"
makes a compelling case for the zero-point field to
be the substance of the entire universe. It can theoretically
be viewed as the source for all consciousness and matter
in the universe. Using the Hindu concept of a "cosmic
memory" called the "akashic
Laszlo theorizes the zero-point field to be the fundamental
energy and information-carrying field of the universe,
past and present, including all possible parallel universes.
Laszlo describes how such an informational field explains
why the universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form
conscious lifeforms. Laszlo's zero-point akashic field
theory solves several problems from quantum physics
Laszlo's theory agrees with
revelations from the Christian mystic
When Cayce was asked where he received his psychic information,
he answered it was from "the intelligent infinity
is brought into intelligent energy" as a gateway
to view the present. Cayce acknowledged this "gateway"
to be the Hindu concept of the "akashic
and also called it the "Hall
Cayce revealed these metaphysical records to be the
same as the Christian concept of the "Book
The Hall of Records, also known as the "Temple
or the "Temple of Wisdom" appears in many
conducted similar experiments with salamanders and discovered
a field of light surrounding their unfertilized eggs
in the shape of an adult salamander. Burr also noticed
fields of light surrounding plant seeds taking the shape
of mature plants. Burr's research supports Pietsch's
findings of physical bodies being connected to a surrounding
energy field. Burr's findings where published in his
Fields of Life: Our Links with the Universe."
This energy field may account for the fact that salamander
parts grow back when they are removed. This energy field
may also explain why human amputees sometimes feel "phantom
their amputated body part as described by NDE expert
This energy field also supports the phenomenon of people
having undergone organ transplants taking on certain "memories"
from the organ donor. The discovery of an "electromagnetic
zero-point field" lends credibility to the possibility
of having vast memory storage capabilities outside of
the physical body. Phenomena such as these can be best
understood if the zero point field can be "tapped"
as a storage location for information and energy which
can be accessed at any time.
"Suddenly I rolled
into a ball and smashed into another reality.
The forces that brought me through the barrier
were terrific. I was on the other side. I realized
that the boundary between life and death is
a strange creation of our own mind, very real
(from the side of the living), and yet insignificant."
Swenson felt he was
floating in a universe with no boundaries.
"I had total comprehension
of everything. I stood at the annihilation point,
a bright orange light. As I felt my mind transported
back to my body, I thought, please let me remember
this new theory of relativity."
The information Swenson
gained during his NDE inspired him to develop
over 100 patents in molecular chemistry.
12. Black Hole Physics and the NDE
Stephen Hawking put forward a theory of
black holes which appeared to violate a major principle
of physics - the
law of the conservation of information - because it implied
that quantum information can permanently disappear within a
black hole with the exception of "Hawking radiation."
Hawking's inconsistent theory led to what was called the "Black
Hole Information Paradox." Physicist
Leonard Susskind (pictured on the left) later solved
this paradox with his development of
M-theory using the
holographic principle to show how information entering the
edge of a black hole is not lost, but can entirely be contained
on the surface of the horizon in a holographic manner. Susskind's
theory solved the paradox because the nature of a hologram's
two-dimensional information structure can be "painted"
on the edge of the black hole thereby giving a three-dimensional
black hole where quantum information is not lost. Susskind's
solution to the information paradox led to wide-spread acceptance
of the holographic principle.
Bohm was convinced that all matter in this universe, including
our physical body, is composed of light in a condensed "frozen"
state. NDE experiencers have often described their spirit bodies
as "bodies of light." During a NDE the experiencer
transitions from the material world which operates at speeds
less than the speed of light to a dimension which operates at
faster-than-light speed. The NDE experiencer may first observe
the Earth or the universe from space before this transition.
In transitioning from the material to the spiritual dimension,
the experiencer may first enter a "NDE
tunnel" much in the
same way a "body of light" might experience what astrophysicists
call a "black
hole." As previously
mentioned, Leonard Susskind's theory of black holes allows for
light particles to travel through a black hole without being
destroyed. At faster-than-light speed, a "body
of light" could enter into a time and spaceless dimension
where this body of light can move forward and backward through
space-time. This NDE tunnel, like a black hole, appears to be
a "portal" to another dimension of reality.
the late 1980's, theoretical physicist
Kip Thorne described how objects known as
can exist in space which theoretically allows for time travel.
Such wormholes could essentially be two connecting black holes
whose mouths make up a tear in the fabric of space-time. NDE experiencers have observed such a tunnel described as "two
huge tornadoes appear in the form of an immense hourglass"
Beyond the Light.) The upper tornado spins clockwise
and outward, while the lower tornado spins counter-clockwise
and inward which is an excellent description of a wormhole.
The Science Channel documentary "Through
The Wormhole: The Near-Death Experience" has an excellent
segment on NDEs.
Rev. George Rodonaia's
also has an excellent description of this NDE/Black Hole:
"I was so happy
to be in the light. And I understood what the light
meant. I learned that all the physical rules for human
life were nothing when compared to this unitive reality.
I also came to see that a black
hole is only another part of that infinity which
is light. I came to see that reality is everywhere.
That it is not simply the earthly life but the infinite
life. Everything is not only connected together, everything
is also one. So I felt a wholeness with the light, a
sense that all is right with me and the universe."
13. Biocentrism and the NDE
is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He
is a medical researcher at the forefront of developments in
cloning, organ transplantation, and stem-cell transplantation.
His mentors described him as a "genius" and the "Bill Gates
of Science." As a young preteen, Lanza caught the attention
of Harvard Medical School researchers when he successfully altered
the genetics of chickens as a class project. Eventually, he
was discovered and mentored by such scientific giants as psychologist
B.F. Skinner, immunologist
Jonas Salk, and heart transplant
Christiaan Barnard. A Fulbright Scholar, Lanza was part
of the team that cloned the world's first human embryo for
the purpose of generating stem cells. Dr. Lanza's work has
been crucial to our understanding stem cell biology. A year
after receiving his medical degree Lanza published a book on
heart transplantation. In 2009, he published a book entitled,
How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the
True Nature of the Universe." Reviews of his work include
Nobel laureate E. Donnall Thomas who stated "Any short
statement does not do justice to such a scholarly work. The
work is a scholarly consideration of science and philosophy
that brings biology into the central role in unifying the whole."
main tenet is that biology is the most important science in
understanding life and the universe. Other sciences require
a more deeper understanding of biology - specifically life and
consciousness - to make their theories of everything complete.
The areas of biological research playing a central role in understanding
life and consciousness must include neuroscience, brain anatomy,
NDE and OBE consciousness studies, and even artificial intelligence
- all of which will eventually force materialistic scientists
to seriously confront the issues biocentricism raises. Robert
Lanza also uses his theory of Biocentrism to explain the possibility
of consciousness surviving death by such articles as:
Is It Like After You Die?," (b) "Is
Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create Time,"
Death Exist?: Life Is Forever, Says Theory," and
Happens When You Die? Evidence Suggests Time Simply Reboots."
also explains a major scientific paradox of how the laws of
physics fits so precisely allowing for conscious life to exist.
There are over 200 precise parameters in physics describing
the universe which suggests
the universe is fine-tuned for an environment which life and
consciousness requires. There are four explanations for
this paradox: (1) it is an astonishingly improbable
coincidence, (2) God created it - an explanation
which science cannot quantify even if it is true, (3)
Principle" which assumes a fine-tuned universe exists
because that is just the way it is, and (4)
Biocentrism's theory of a biologically aware universe created
by biologically aware life. Physician
Chopra agrees that biocentrism "is consistent with
the most ancient wisdom traditions of the world which says that
consciousness conceives, governs, and becomes a physical world.
It is the ground of our Being in which both subjective and objective
reality come into existence."
14. Subjective Experiences and the NDE
is a theory positing that nothing exists other than physical
Materialism is a related theory positing that nothing exists
but matter and energy; and that all things are composed of these
materials; and all phenomena are the result of physical interactions.
In other words, reality is limited to states of energy and matter.
Applied to consciousness, it is the concept that all aspects
of subjective experience can be explained purely by objective
states within a physical brain. But the
problem with materialism, as applied to the consciousness,
is that it does not distinguish between
mind and brain. This
explanation problem of materialism suggests there exists
a metaphysical, non-physical component to subjective experiences
philosophically known as "qualia".
defined this explanatory problem of materialism as the "hard
problem of consciousness." Chalmers illustrated this
problem using the thought experiment of a "brain
in a vat" (see the graphic on the left). If
a person's brain is suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid
and its neurons connected to a supercomputer providing it with
electrical impulses identical to those the brain normally receives,
the computer could then simulate reality and the person with
the "disembodied" brain could continue to have perfectly normal
conscious experiences without being related to objects or events
in the real world. In this case, because the experience of being
in a vat and the experience of being in a skull would be identical,
it would impossible to tell from the brain's perspective of
whether it is in a skull or a vat. Yet when the brain is in
a skull and running on a beach, most of that brain's beliefs
may be true. But when the brain is in a vat, the brain's beliefs
are completely false. Therefore, because the brain cannot make
such a distinction, there cannot be solid ground for the brain
to believe anything it believes.
This Brain-in-a-Vat Argument is similar
to the "Dream
Argument" which suggests the brain's ability to create simulated
realities during REM sleep means there is a statistical likelihood
of our own reality being simulated.
Lucid dreams also supports this. There is also a long philosophical
and scientific history to the underlying thesis of
reality being an illusion which is centered on the assumption
we do not experience the environment itself but rather a projection
of it created by our own minds. A serious academic debate within
the field of
transhumanism centers around a related argument called the
Argument" which proposes reality to be a simulation and
our current paradigm of reality to be an illusion. Physicists
have even developed
a scientific experiment to determine if our universe is
a computer simulation. Also, as previously mentioned, several
interpretations of quantum mechanics, such as the
Holographic Principle, suggests our perception of reality
to be holographically an illusion.
studies supports these arguments and goes even further. The
life review process
is often described by NDE experiencers in terms of
viewing "television-like" screen(s)
where they review every second of their life instantaneously
- including the perceptions of everyone on Earth they
ever came into contact with thoughout their life. Another aspect
of NDEs supporting simulism is the
to the NDE. Experiencers have described out-of-body conditions
where they view their physical body from above in a different
"body" - a phenomenon known as
these perceptions are verified later by third-parties - a phenomenon
known as veridical
perception. Veridical dreams have also been reported
Veridical NDEs are reports of veridical perception during
the out-of-body component of the NDE which are later confirmed
to be accurate (See
Often, these perceptions are very detailed and specific. Some
reports of veridical out-of-body perception involve detailed
observation of events too distant for the physical body to perceive
Also, while some NDE experiencers are having their out-of-body
component, they may become aware of an even "higher" version
of themselves (see
Dr Dianne Morriseey's
NDE for a good example). This also explains
why some NDE experiencers have reported seeing "higher versions"
of living people on Earth (see
Carl Jung's NDE
for the ultimate example where he sees the "avatar"
of his friend during his NDE). While such evidence may
not persuade the skeptics, the millions of individuals who have
experienced a NDE are
absolutely convinced of consciousness
surviving bodily death.
studies contain multiple reports of veridical perception of
events which were outside the range of the NDE experiencer's
sensory perception and, therefore, of brain mediation (See
Ring & Cooper, 2008; and
van Lommel, van Wees, Meyers, & Elfferich, 2001).
In some cases, such perceptions occur while the NDE experiencer
is experiencing the brain inactivity following within 10 seconds
of cessation of heartbeat (van
Lommel et al., 2001). Over 100 such cases are published
www.near-death.com. More discussion of veridical perception
is presented in a response to the article entitled, "Does
the Arousal System Contribute to Near-Death Experience?: A Response"
Journal of Near-Death Studies. Taken altogether, the evidence
strongly suggests the possibility of NDE and OBE perception
occurring without the help of the physical senses or the brain.
Therefore, for skeptics to refer to NDEs and OBEs in general
as "illusions" or "delusions" is jumping the gun. Mainstream
materialistic scientists have yet to fully quantify the mind;
while near-death researchers provide veridical evidence reported
in NDEs and OBEs as examples suggesting the mind can function
independent of the physical brain. According to
veridical NDE experts Jan Holden and Jeffrey Long:
"Even if future research convincingly
demonstrated that electrical stimulation of a particular
area of the brain consistently induced typical OBEs,
this finding would not explain veridical perception
associated with OBEs."
reductive materialist (physicalist) model, on which
conventional science is based, is fundamentally flawed.
At its core, it intentionally ignores what I believe
is the fundament of all existence - the nature of
consciousness... From their [Albert
Neils Bohr and
Erwin Schrodinger] experiments one could infer that
consciousness has a definite role in creating reality.
And those experimental results have only become more
bizarre in recent years. (Witness the
"quantum eraser" experiment performed in 2000.)
I believe that the core of that mystery is that
consciousness itself is deeply rooted in quantum processes.
"Even the physicists and scientists who proselytize
the materialistic model have been forced to the edge
of the precipice. They must now admit to knowing just
a little bit about
4% of the material universe they
know exists, but must confess to being totally "in the
dark" about the other 96 percent. And that doesn't even
begin to address the even grander component that is
home to the "consciousness" that I believe to be the
basis of it all...
"That we can know things beyond the
ken of the "normal" channels is
incontrovertible. An excellent resource for any
scientist who still seeks proof of that reality is
the rigorous 800-page analysis and review of all
manner of extended consciousness, "Irreducible
Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century."
This magnum opus from the
Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of
Virginia catalogues a wide variety of empirical
phenomena that appear difficult or impossible to accommodate
within the standard physicalist way of looking at things.
Phenomena covered include, in particular, NDEs occurring
under conditions such as deep general anesthesia and
cardiac arrest that - like my coma - should prevent
occurrence of any experience whatsoever, let alone the
profound sorts of experiences that frequently do occur.
Also noteworthy, the
Institute of Physics sponsored meetings in
2011 covering the physical science of such extraordinary
channels of knowledge.
quantum eraser experiments mentioned by Dr. Alexander
reveal an astonishing fact about how consciousness is the
supreme factor in quantum physics. These experiments reveal
how an experimenter is able to successfully chose and predict
the random outcome of an event even
after the outcome has already
taken place. They prove how the outcome of such experiments
- whether a photon of light is a wave or a particle - can
be predicted after the fact
by the experimenter making a random mental choice of the
experiment's outcome. In other words, the experimenter's
after the fact choice of the outcome
actually determines the experiment's
outcome. These astonishing findings dramatically show how
our choices made today can determine the outcome of the
reasons and more, consciousness cannot be explained entirely
as objective events experienced the brain. Consciousness must
also be explained in terms of the subjective events experienced
in the brain. This leads to such questions as, "Why is
there a personal, subjective component to experience?"
and "Why aren't we all
philosophical zombies?" This "brain in a vat"
argument shows how subjective experience cannot be reduced to
the functional properties of physical processes in the brain.
A complete definition of consciousness must include a component
describing subjective, conscious experiences which have not
been explained in materialistic terms. This brain in a vat argument
is a contemporary version of the argument given in
Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
Neppe described the possibility where,
under such circumstances, an individual exposed to a purely
mental universe, independent of matter, containing all mental
events, may experience overlap or be entangled with the physical
universe. This is supported by the fact that similarities exist
between elements of NDEs and the
quantum field concept of subjectivity. They suggest that
all events are related and influence each other instantaneously
and in reciprocity, and only subjectivity remains.
These arguments of
subjectivity support the holistic paradigm of the illusionary "separation"
between the subjective observer's experience and the objective
object observed. Because the old materialistic paradigm is unable
to explain conscious experiences, it leads many scientists to
simply ignore it altogether as being a problem. This ignorance
is demonstrated by
pseudoskeptics (such as "old
paradigm cops") of anomalous conscious experiences;
materialistic critics of subjective experiences such as NDEs
and OBEs. Materialism cannot explain how consciousness arises
from "goo" or how molecules in the brain comprises
consciousness. The new holistic paradigm views reality to be
in the eye and mind of the observer/beholder. Philosopher
Thomas Nagel also makes a compelling case that materialism
can never, in principle, develop an objective explanation of
|15. Scientific Articles on
the NDE and Physics
van Lommel, P. (2013).
Non-Local Consciousness: A Concept Based on
Scientific Research on NDEs During Cardiac Arrest.
Journal of Consciousness Studies.
Venselaar, M. (2012).
The Physics of Near-Death
Experiences: A Five-Phase Theory.
Noetic Now Journal.
K kumar Mukherjee (2012).
Three Cases of NDE. Is it Physiology, Physics or
Philosophy? Annals of Neurosciences.
S Hameroff, D
The “Quantum Soul”: A Scientific Hypothesis.
Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship.
Ratner, J (2012).
Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of
E Facco, C Agrillo.
Near-Death Experiences Between Science and Prejudice.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
C Fracasso, H Friedman.
Electromagnetic Aftereffects of NDEs: A Preliminary
Report on a Series of Studies Currently Under Way.
Journal of Transpersonal Research.
JP Jourdan. (2011).
Near-Death Experiences and the 5th Dimensional
Spatio-Temporal Perspective. Journal of
B Greyson. (2011).
Cosmological Implications of Near-Death Experiences.
Journal of Cosmology.
RG Mays, SB Mays. (2011).
A Theory of Mind and Brain that Solves the “Hard
Problem” of Consciousness. The Center for
J Pilotti. (2011).
Consciousness and Physics: Towards a Scientific
Proof that Consciousness is in Space-Time Beyond The
Brain. Journal of Transpersonal Research.
GD Belaustegui. (2010).
Phenomenology of the Transcendence of Space-time
Coordinates: Evidence from Death Announcements.
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.
V Laws, E Perry. (2010).
Near Death Experiences: A New Algorithmic Approach
to Verifying Consciousness Outside the Brain.
K Ray, MK Roy. (2010).
A Theoretical Basis for Surges of
Electroencephalogram Activity and Vivid Mental
Sensation During Nedar-Death Experience.
International Journal of Engineering Science and
D Pratt. (2007).
Consciousness, Causality, and Quantum Physics.
P van Lommel. (2006).
NDE, Consciousness, and the Brain: A New Concept
About the Continuity of Our Consciousness Based on
Recent Scientific Research on NDE in Survivors of
Cardiac Arrest. World Futures.
RA Brian. (2003).
What can Elementary Particles Tell Us About the
World in Which We Live? NeuroQuantology.
RJ Brumblay. (2003).
Hyperdimensional Perspectives in Out-of-Body and
Near-Death Experiences. Journal of Near-Death
FG Greene. (2003).
At the Edge of Eternity's Shadows: Scaling the
Fractal Continuum from Lower into Higher Space.
Journal of Near-Death Studies.
TE Beck, JE Colli. (2003).
A Quantum Biomechanical Basis for Near-Death Life
Reviews. Journal of
CR Lundahl, AS Gibson. (2000).
Near-Death Studies and Modern
Journal of Near-Death Studies.
|16. Scientific Discoveries
Resulting from NDEs
Near-death experiences have
been proven to be real experiences and not fantasies:
exerted upon fighter pilots in a centrifuge has revolutionized
the field of consciousness studies by providing experimental
proof of NDEs being real events because they can be
replicated in the laboratory. (Dr.
A near-death experience
can cure a person from cancer:
Dr. Ken Ring documented
the case of Ralph Duncan who died of leukemia and had
a NDE. During his NDE, Jesus cured him and told him
he no longer had leukemia. Duncan returned from death
Mikel). Another case involves a Muslim woman by
the name of
Anita Moorjani who was completely cured from her
Stage V cancer after her NDE. Doctors at the hospital
had given Anita just hours to live when she arrived
at the hospital, unable to move as a result of the cancer
that had ravaged her body for over three years. Anita
shares her experience of entering another dimension
and being given a choice of whether to return to life
or not in her book entitled "Dying
To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to
A near-death experience
cured a person's congenital blindness:
A blind and mute
67 year-old diabetic woman with severe heart problems
was about to undergo open-heart surgery when a Being
of Light appeared and healed her of all her illnesses.
The cardiologists could offer no explanation for her
A near-death experience
healed a person's abdominal sickness:
Five days after
abdominal surgery, an English patient had complications
and died. During his NDE, a Being of Light healed him.
The patient returned from death healed. (Margot
A near-death experience advanced
biological and medical research:
After his NDE, Mellen-Thomas
Benedict brought back a great deal of scientific information
concerning biophotonics, cellular communication, quantum
biology, and DNA research.
Benedict currently holds six U.S. patents. (Dr.
A near-death experience supports
NDE supports a number of scientific theories such as:
an infinite number of Big Bangs, the reality of
zero-point space, a better understanding of black
Benedict believes in the future science will be
able to quantify spirit. (Dr.
A near-death experience advanced
had a NDE from a botched tonsillectomy at the age of
14 for which he experienced a timeless space-less dimension
which physicists call the "Omega
Point". Because of the information gained from
his NDE, he later went on to develop over 100 patents
in molecular chemistry. (Dr.
Einstein's theory of
theory of relativity
allows for the possibility of time travel. During a
NDE, some people have reported traveling back in time
and some have reported traveling into the future.
I see myself in the midst
of a huge crowd. It's not a modern crowd.
They are dressed in the clothes of Bible times
.... I watch in horror as Jesus is nailed to
the cross. (Don
the Roman Empire, Babylon, the times of Noah
and Abraham. Any era you can name, I went there.
The light replied, "Let
us go back in time, as far back as possible,
and tell me how far back we should go".
I was thinking for some time. Eventually I blurted
out, "Stone Age?" I did not have much
time to think about all this, because, all of
a sudden, I saw human beings back on Earth.
I was looking down on a group of people, men
and women, who were dressed in furs, sitting
around a camp fire. (Guenter
The box opened to
reveal what appeared to be a tiny television
picture of a world event that was yet to happen.
As I watched, I felt myself drawn right into
the picture, where I was able to live the event.
This happened twelve times, and twelve times
I stood in the midst of many events that would
shake the world in the future.
experience supports a theory of consciousness:
One particular theory of
consciousness is supported by NDE research an involves
consciousness expansion after death.
first idea was that it [consciousness] has to
be hard-wired in the brain. I spent quite a
bit of time trying to figure out how something
like that is possible. Today, I came to the
conclusion that it is not coming from the brain.
In that sense, it supports what
Aldous Huxley believed after he had some
experiences and was trying to link them
to the brain. He came to the conclusion that
maybe the brain acts as a kind of reducing valve
that actually protects us from too much cosmic
input ... I don't think you can locate the
source of consciousness. I am quite sure it
is not in the brain not inside of the skull
... It actually, according to my experience,
would lie beyond time and space, so it is not
localizable. You actually come to the source
of consciousness when you dissolve any categories
that imply separation, individuality, time,
space and so on. You just experience it as a
of consciousness reported during NDEs accounts supports
a theory of consciousness:
The following NDE descriptions
of consciousness expansion supports the theory of consciousness
described above by
It theorizes that the brain acts as a reducing valve
of cosmic input to produce consciousness. At death,
this reducing-valve function ceases and consciousness
is then free to expand. The following NDEs support this:
I realized that, as the
stream was expanding, my own consciousness was
also expanding to take in everything in the
My mind felt like a sponge,
growing and expanding in size with each addition
... I could feel my mind expanding and absorbing
and each new piece of information somehow seemed
to belong. (Virginia
In your life review you'll
be the universe. (Thomas
This white light began
to infiltrate my consciousness. It came into
me. It seemed I went out into it. I expanded
into it as it came into my field of consciousness.
My presence fills the
room. And now I feel my presence in every room
in the hospital. Even the tiniest space in the
hospital is filled with this presence that is
me. I sense myself beyond the hospital, above
the city, even encompassing Earth. I am melting
into the universe. I am everywhere at once.
I felt myself expanding
and expanding until I thought, "I'm
going to burst!" The moment I thought, "I'm
going to burst!", I suddenly found myself
alone, back where this being had met me, and
he had gone. (Margaret
Susan had an out-of-body
experience where she left her body and grew
very big, as big as a planet at first, and then
she filled the solar system and finally she
became as large as the universe.
experiences affirm the reality of psychic phenomena:
Dr. Yvonne Kason's NDE, she receives
psychic visions of the health status of people.
She successfully diagnosed a friend with meningitis
although there were absolutely no signs of it.
and the Future web page for a complete list.
have influenced some of humanity's
greatest philosophies and religions:
The famed Greek philosopher,
Plato, described in his legendary work entitled
NDE account of a
soldier named Er.
Plato integrated at least three elements of
this NDE into his philosophy:
The departure of the soul from the cave
of shadows to see the light of truth.
The flight of the soul to a vision of
pure celestial being.
Its subsequent recollection of the vision
of light, which is the very purpose
The man responsible for
making Christianity a world religion, the
Paul, described his own NDE as follows:
I know a
person in Christ who fourteen years
ago was caught up the third heaven.
Whether it was in the body or out of
the body I do not know - God knows.
And I know that this person - whether
in the body or apart from the body I
do not know, but God knows - was caught
up to paradise. He heard inexpressible
things, things that people are not permitted
to tell. (2
In this letter, Paul
based his authority as an Apostle on this NDE.
Some or all of his revelations of Jesus certainly
came from this NDE. The inspiration of much
of the New Testament can be attributed in some
way to Paul's NDE.
|17. Scientific Theories Explaining
have many common core elements, this shows that they
are not spiritual voyages outside of the body, but are
a function of the dying brain. All brains die in the
same way and that is why all NDEs have essential core
elements which are the same. They are the result of
neurotransmitters in the brain shutting down which creates
lovely illusions. (Susan
Because NDEs have
many common core elements, this suggests that they are
spiritual voyages outside of the body. Also, if the
dying brain creates NDE illusions, what is the purpose
for doing it? If our brains are only a high-tech computer-like
lump of tissue which produces our mind and personality,
why does it bother to create illusions at the time of
death? If everything, including the mind and personality,
are about to disintegrate, why would the brain produce
a last wonderful Grand Finale vision? Even if NDE elements
can be reduced to only a series of brain reactions,
this does not negate the idea that NDEs are more than
a brain thing. Read this article on
the errors of the pseudo-skeptics
offers cerebral anoxia as a possible cause of NDEs of
the dying brain. Such anoxia produces a confusing dream-like
state of delusions and hallucinations.
Dr. Michael Sabom
responded that the NDE involves a clear awareness and
a more mystical content, and NDEs have also occurred
in people without anoxia.
Pim van Lommel
led a study concerning NDEs during cardiac arrest. In
our study all patients had a cardiac arrest, they were
clinically dead, unconsciousness that was caused by
insufficient blood supply to the brain, and the EEG
has become flat. In patients cardiac arrest (ventricular
fibrillation) is sometimes induced for testing internal
defibrillators. In these patients the EEG becomes usually
flat within 10-15 seconds from the onset of syncope
due to the (reversible) total loss of function of the
brain. According to the physiologic theory, all patients
in our study should have had NDE, but only 18% reported
Right Temporal Lobe Theory
Dr. Michael Persinger
argues that instability and activity in the brain's
right temporal lobe is responsible for religious experiences
of deep meaningfulness, early memories, and out-of-body
Temporal lobe theory page.)
Dr. Melvin Morse
agrees that the right temporal lobe shows NDE-like activity,
but he sees it as the mediating bridge for a spiritual
experience, not reductionistically as nothing but brain
activity (Morse, 1992). Also, the characteristic emotions
that result from temporal lobe stimulation are fear,
sadness, and loneliness, not the calm and love of a
NDE. While scientists may be discovering a mechanism
associated with NDEs, this does not mea NDEs are strictly
produced by this mechanism. A mechanical function associated
with NDEs does not negate the idea that NDEs might be
more than a mechanical function.
Cortical Disinhibition Theory
the tunnel and the light as an optical illusion created
by the effects of anoxia and drugs, creating cortical
disinhibition, with the effect of random light spots
radiating from the center of a dark internal visual
tested and rejected this brain-only argument. While
brain neurology is obviously a part of NDEs, he says,
it is not a sufficient explanation because of the verified
or veridical aspects found in some NDEs. This aspect
suggests the possibility that consciousness can exist
outside of the body.
Dr. Ronald Siegel
interprets NDEs and similar imaginative visions of the
afterlife as hallucinations, similar to the effects
of psychedelic drugs or anesthesia (see this
Theory support page.)
states, "NDE accounts from varied times and cultures
were found to be more orderly, logical, defined and
predictable than comparable accounts from drug or illness-induced
hallucination. Impressive data from Tart, Moody and
Carl Becker also argue for the objective elements of
a NDE, including returning with knowledge later verified
and third-party observations of odd death-bed phenomena
(such as luminosity or apparitions).
a neuropsychiatrist, notes that drug induced hallucinations
take place while the subject is conscious. During a
NDE the subject is unconscious. While in the state of
unconsciousness, the brain cannot create images. Even
if they did, the subject would not be able to remember
them. NDEs involve clear, lucid memories. Also, drug
induced hallucinations distort reality while NDEs have
been described as "hyper-reality."
Noyes and Kletti
theorizes that a defense of the nervous system stalls
off mental disorganization during the death crisis by
presenting an altered passage of time, vivid and accelerated
thoughts, a sense of detachment, unreality, automatic
movements, and revival of memories (see
argues that depersonalization fails to account for all
the elements of NDEs. Some NDE elements do not fit into
the depersonalization mode, such as the strong spiritual
and mystical feelings, and the increased alertness and
awareness. Also, the vast majority of experiencers reject
the idea that their NDE is the result of depersonalization.
To reduce what was a profound and transforming experience
to nothing more than a set of neurotransmitters going
on the blink is a bit like seeing Michelangelo's
statue of David as nothing more than several tons of
Memory of Birth Theory
proposed that the birth trauma is behind all neuroses,
for all anxiety-producing experiences of separation
reactivate the separation from the mother at birth (Brown,
52-53). This theory has been modified to explain the
NDE. The cosmologist
Carl Sagan proposed that the tunnel and light are
a reliving of the infant's descent down the birth
canal (Sagan, 353-68)
(also see this
Memory of birth page.)
asserts that the infant descending the birth canal has
its eyes closed and its brain too undeveloped to allow
memories of birth (Becker, 1982). Similarly,
showed that people born by caesarian section have the
tunnel experience and OBEs in equal proportion to those
born naturally (Blackmore, 1983). Birth is also often
an unpleasant experience for babies. In contrast, NDEs
are often described as extremely pleasurable.
The brain's naturally
produced narcotics, such as the endorphins, have been
offered by endocrinologist
to explain why, at the very moment when the body's
death would be expected to bring incredible pain and
terror, the NDE surprises us with pleasure, calm, and
Dr. Melvin Morse
responds that patients receiving prescribed narcotics
similar to the endorphins experienced no NDEs (Morse,
Denial of Death Theory
PRO: The NDE is seen by
as a denial of death, a hallucinatory wish fulfillment
defending the ego from its impending annihilation.
A large number of people who have NDEs are initially
not even aware they have died. In these cases death
is not even considered or denied (e.g.,
Dr. George Ritchie,
Rev. Howard Storm).
Severe anxiety and
stress at the time of death creates a
Pim van Lommel
led a study concerning NDEs during cardiac arrest. Only
a very small percentage of patients said they had been
afraid the last seconds preceding the cardiac arrest.
Also, the medication given to them made no difference.
Darwin's Theory of Evolution
This theory holds
that NDE reports are a deliberate ploy of humans to
help the human race to adapt better to the inevitable
end of their lives. This is based on the survival of
the fittest which means that every species has the primary
urge to struggle to increase its hold on the planet
and guarantee the survival of its descendants.
This theory does not explain why NDEs are erratic, or
why we shunted down an evolutionary sidetrack for years
by making NDEs something that people are reluctant to
Consciousness Survives Bodily Death Theory
strong circumstantial evidence
of consciousness surviving bodily death. While this
evidence does not constitute conclusive scientific proof,
it does make survival after bodily death a possibility
which can be upheld in a court of law. The evidence
for survival can be found in science, philosophy, history,
metaphysics, religion, and anecdotal testimony. Quantum
physics (see above) makes some scientific theories
of the NDE outmoded while supporting elements of NDEs.
Scientific studies support the possible validity of
NDEs elements such as being out of the body, the retention
of mental images during brain death, veridical experiences
of autoscopic events, the ability to accurately foresee
the future, receiving information that leads to new
scientific discoveries, people born blind being able
to see, groups of people sharing a single experience,
unbiased children having similar experiences as adults,
causing experiencers to be drastically changed and convinced
of survival after death, the evidence supporting the
objectivity of NDEs, and the affirmation of ancient
religious concepts found around the world. Some of the
skeptical arguments against the survival theory are
often not valid and the burden of proof against survival
has shifted to the skeptics. The following is a list
of the evidence supporting NDEs as the survival of consciousness:
Quantum physics makes
some scientific theories of the NDE outmoded:
in quantum physics shows that we cannot know
phenomena apart from the observer. Arlice Davenport
challenges the hallucination theory of NDEs
as outmoded because the field theories of physics
now suggest new paradigm options available to
Mark Woodhouse argues that the traditional
materialism/dualism battle over NDEs may be
solved by Einstein. Since matter is now seen
as a form of energy, an energy body alternative
to the material body could explain the NDE.
This is supported by Melvin Morse who describes
how NDEs are able to realign the charges in
the electromagnetic field of the human body
so that somehow the brain's wiring is renewed.
He reports on patients who have NDEs and who
recover from such diseases as pneumonia, cardiac
arrest, and cancer (1992, 153-54). Perhaps the
brain is like a kind of receiver such as a
television, radio, or cell phone. What is received
(i.e., signals, music, voice) is not produced
by the receiver, but exists separately as electromagnetic
waves that are processed by the receiver to
make them visible or audible to the senses.
Quantum physics support
elements found in NDEs:
can be found between elements of
and in quantum field concepts of non-locality,
universal interconnectedness, a non-material
dimension without our time-space relationship,
and in the concept of subjectivity. All events
are related and influence each other instantaneously
and in reciprocity, and only subjectivity remains.
support the out-of-body aspect of NDEs:
Pim van Lommel
led a study concerning the NDEs of research
subjects who had cardiac arrest. The findings
of the study suggests that research subjects
can experience consciousness, with self-identity,
cognitive function and memories, including the
possibility of perception outside their body,
during a flat EEG. Those research subjects who
had NDEs report that their NDE was a bonafide
preview of the afterlife.
Memories and images
are produced and retained by standstill patients:
Michael Sabom's groundbreaking
People see and hear
verifiable events far from their bodies during
Dr. Charles Tart's
Dr. George Rodonaia,
Dr. George Ritchie,
Strange aspects to
NDEs cannot be explained by brain chemistry
If NDEs are
merely hallucinations, why do the vast majority
of experiencers report
told an identical and unusual message? This
unusual message is that they must return because
their time for death hasn't come, or some
variation of this. Assuming that NDEs are merely
hallucinations, it is odd that people are having
mass hallucinations of receiving similar unusual
People born blind
are able to see during a NDE:
Groups of people
can share the same NDE at the same time:
Arvin Gibson documented the account of a
group of firefighters who succumbed to a forest
fire. During their NDEs they saw each other
outside of their bodies and had a most interesting
experience. See the
web page involving May Eulitt and Jake.
People are able to
successfully foresee future events during a
Some of these
events were the Second World War, Desert Storm,
and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
NDE and the Future
People are declared
dead and left for dead for several days during
scientist was declared dead and put in the morgue
for three days during which he had a NDE. See
Dr. George Rodonaia's
NDE account. Also, visit
have NDEs that are similar to adult NDEs:
PMH Atwater's research on
have been made from the direct result of NDEs:
the list of scientific discoveries above.
NDEs can be viewed
to be archetypal initiatory journeys:
Dr. Ken Ring
stated that NDEs can be viewed psychologically
archetypal initiatory journeys involving
a death of one's old ego and a rebirth of
a new self. An adequate interpretation must
incorporate the spiritual realm of
realm, and the
at large. As Ring envisions in an essay in this
book, this paradigm can deconstruct our traditional
Western worldview. It may lead to a dramatic
next step in the evolution of a more ecological
and more compassionate consciousness.
People are dramatically
changed as a result from having a NDE:
of Positivism, founded by
A. J. Ayer, is the philosophy that anything
not verifiable by the senses is nonsense. And
since NDEs mark the end of the senses, the survival
of the senses after death is nonsense. But this
philosophy is challenged by its founder A. J.
Ayer himself. Later in life, Ayer had a NDE
where he saw a red light. His NDE made him a
changed man: "My recent experiences, have
slightly weakened my conviction that my genuine
death...will be the end of me, though I continue
to hope that it will be." (Ayer, 1988 a,
People are absolutely
convinced they were out of their body during
Evidence of NDEs
NDEs can be considered
an objective experience:
Carl Becker examined four ways in which
NDEs may be considered objective:
phenomena supports NDEs to be experiences of
the survival of consciousness including:
NDEs have been happening
for thousands of years and are not a modern
See the NDE accounts associated with (a)
and (c) the
Tibetan Book of the
against the survival theory of NDEs are often
Dr. Allan Kellehear states that some scientific
theories are often presented as the most logical,
factual, objective, credible, and progressive
possibilities, as opposed to the allegedly subjective,
superstitious, abnormal, or dysfunctional views
of mystics. The rhetorical opinions of some
NDE theories are presented as if they were scientific
(Kellehear, 1996, 120). Many skeptical arguments
against the survival theory are actually
from pseudo-skeptics who often think they
have no burden of proof. Such arguments often
based on scientism with assumptions that survival
is impossible even though survival has not been
ruled out. Faulty conclusions are often made
such as, "Because NDEs have a brain chemical
connection then survival is impossible."
Pseudo-skeptical arguments are sometimes made
that do not consider the entire body of circumstantial
evidence supporting the possibility of survival
or do not consider the possibility of new paradigms.
Such pseudo-skeptical claims are often made
without any scientific evidence.
The burden of proof
has shifted to skeptics of the survival theory
All neurological theories that conclude NDEs
to be only a brain-thing, must show how the
core elements of the NDE occur subjectively
because of specific neurological events triggered
by the approach of death. These core elements
the voice or presence, the appearance of
vistas. Perhaps the final word should go
Nancy Evans Bush, a NDEr with the
International Association for Near-Death Studies,
who said: "There is no human experience
of any description that can't simply be
reduced to a biological process, but that in
no way offsets the meaning those experiences
have for us-whether it's falling in love,
or grieving, or having a baby."
survival of consciousness after death has never been
proven conclusively using the scientific method; but
"mountain" of scientific evidence suggesting that it
does. The open-minded skeptic must also account
for the millions of people who have had both
objective and subjective NDEs and OBEs constituting
very strong circumstantial evidence.
website's Links Page for top websites and blogs
which deal with the subject of the survival of
consciousness. Here are some Wikipedia articles
dealing with this subject as well:
|18. NDE Research Conclusions
Dr. PMH Atwater:
The content of the NDE involves an otherworldly awareness
that can be brief and consist of only one or two elements,
or can be more involved, even lengthy, and consist of
multiple elements. Common elements include:
Dr. Melvin Morse:
The brain's connection to a higher power can be
validated by indisputable scientific facts such as:
Dr. Jeffrey and Jody Long: of
302 near-death experiences:
29% saw the
of Light as a familiar being.
Of the percentage
who saw familiar beings:
Being of Light as an unfamiliar
Of the 166 people
who saw beings:
On the difference between hallucinations and NDEs, Fenwick
states in Tom Harpur's documentary
Life After Death that drug-induced hallucinations
are not the same as NDEs:
with those theories is that when you create
these wonderful states by taking drugs, you're
conscious. In the NDE, you are unconscious.
One of the things we know about brain function
in unconsciousness, is that you cannot create
images and if you do, you cannot remember them
... [During a NDE] the brain isn't functioning.
It's not there. It's destroyed. It's
abnormal. But, yet, it can produce these very
clear experiences ... An unconscious state is
when the brain ceases to function. For example,
if you faint, you fall to the floor, you don't
know what's happening and the brain isn't
working. The memory systems are particularly
sensitive to unconsciousness. So, you won't
remember anything. But, yet, after one of these
[NDE] experiences, you come out with clear,
lucid memories ... This is a real puzzle for
science. I have not yet seen any good scientific
explanation which can explain that fact."
Stevenson's ground-breaking reincarnation research
concluded that birthmarks and congenital deformities
have one to five characteristics in common:
These are statistics of common elements found in fifty
|19. Events Which Can Trigger
Main Triggers that Induce a NDE:
|20. Many Scientific Discoveries
Come from Another Dimension
|21. Television-like Technology
in the Afterlife
|22. Computer-Like Technology
in the Afterlife
Einstein was observed operating a Heavenly Computer:
Next we materialized in a computer room ... Some of
[the people there] I knew by name, others by reputation;
and all had time for me, to teach me if ever I need
help understanding. One of them was Albert Einstein,
whom I had always admired greatly but distantly, and
this great man took time away from his duties to encourage
me. He asked me if I would care to operate the computer,
which was very complex and beautiful and designed to
guide the path of destinies. I was flattered, but felt
incompetent and unsure of myself in the presence of
such greatness. I told him I would like to try, but
I was afraid of making a mistake. He laughed greatly,
and reassured me, saying that error was not possible
in this place.
Encouraged, I seemed instinctively
to know how to operate this unusual machine, and waved
my hand in a pattern over the large keyboard, rather
like playing a piano without touching the keys. I knew
instantly the task had been performed perfectly, and
it had somehow been of great benefit to someone. I was
suffused with the joy of a job well done. I would gladly
spend eternity here at this rewarding work if only for
the tremendous feeling of well-being I had experienced
as a result.
Through open doors I glimpsed enormous
rooms filled with complex equipment. In several of the
rooms hooded figures bent over intricate charts and
diagrams, or sat at the controls of elaborate consoles
flickering with lights ... Years later, when I picked
up the December 1952 issue of Life magazine and saw
some of the instruments in the second U.S. atomic submarine
engine, I had the strange feeling of deja vu until I
recalled seeing the very same instrument in one of these
Betty saw a large machine,
similar to a computer, but much more elaborate and powerful.
Betty realized that all important things on Earth are
first created in spirit. (Betty