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
David Bohm, viewed all matter as "condensed"
or "frozen light." Physicist
Stephen Hawking once stated ,"When you
break subatomic particles down to their
most elemental level, you are left with
nothing but pure light." Science discovered
light was pervasive at the beginning
of the universe. Scientists recently discovered
the so-called "God
Particle" - the particle which bestows
mass upon all other particles. This particle
is very crucial to physics because it is
our final understanding of the structure
of all matter. Albert Einstein's great
(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." This transcendent view
of consciousness is the basis for major
world religions. So it shouldn't be surprising
why top quantum physicists were influenced
for example, studied Hinduism;
of the ancient Greeks;
was drawn to the Tao;
to the Kabbalah; and
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The holistic merger of science and spirituality
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
- 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 Big Bang. 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
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
how 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 personality"
existing 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 with both
(two founding fathers of quantum physics)
Jung believed there were
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
At the quantum level, the
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 making
time travel 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
than anything "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
of the most compelling theories is called
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
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 called "holism"
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
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 upon quantum fields being interpreted
as extending infinitely in space.
Jung referred to this connection between
all life as the "collective
also 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
- 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 parallel universe.
These quantum and holographic paradigms
assume anomalous phenomena such as NDEs
to certainly be within the realm of possibilities.
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Quantum physics and the NDE
Just as surprising
is how NDE encounters with an otherworldly
light correspond with the new paradigm found
in the principles of quantum physics. Classical
mechanics involving 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
allowed 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 anomalies.
Anyway, brain anomalies are side-effects
of the near-death experience and not the
cause of them. Skeptics must confront
their unscientific logical fallacy of claiming
NDEs are either hallucinations or are impossible
since the brain is the origin of consciousness
and a dead brain produces nothing. Even
if one assumes NDEs to be merely a chemical
reaction in the brain, there is no human
experience of any description which cannot
simply be reduced to a biological process,
but this in no way offsets the meaning these
experiences have for those who have them - whether
it's falling in love, or grieving, or having
a baby, or coming close to death and having
a transcendental experience.
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Quantum interconnectivity and the NDE
quantum physics supports the notion of our
universe as being a
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 biologist
Christian 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
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.
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
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.
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The holographic universe and the NDE
The father of the new paradigm, Albert Einstein,
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
are 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 hologram.
An example of a
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
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
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: all consciousness
exists as a part of a single Whole and a
single 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
Such a Matrix of "all information"
could also be the basis for the NDE life
review. 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
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
in the data of a gravitational wave detector.
evidence supporting the fractal nature of
consciousness within a fractal universe
can be seen the images on the right and
left. On March 16, 2006, the journal Nature
published a report of
the discovery of an
unprecedented elongated double helix nebula
(see the image on the right) near the center
of our Milky Way galaxy using observations
from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. According
to Mark Morris, a UCLA professor of physics
and astronomy, said, "Nobody has ever seen
anything like that before in the cosmic
realm. Most nebulae are either spiral galaxies
full of stars or formless amorphous conglomerations
of dust and gas - space weather. What we
see indicates a high degree of order." Notice
how closely the DNA molecule looks like
a fractal of this nebula.
Other evidence supporting
the fractal nature of consciousness can
be seen in the images on the left. Mark
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
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
The Physics Book:
From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection.
His other books,
The Math Book
The Medical Book,
are equally outstanding. Visit his
The Universe image
on the left was created by an international
group of astrophysicists called
The Virgo Consortium
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,
There are several theories of the universe
within particle physics called "brane
where "brane" is a reference to "membrane"
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
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") started by
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
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
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The holonomic brain and the NDE
This "holistic" view of reality
(as opposed to reductionist theories) can
also be applied to the human brain. The
holographic principle was a catalyst towards
a theory of quantum consciousness called
which explains how the brain encodes memories
in a holographic manner. This theory originated
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.
One of the most amazing
things about the human thinking process
is how 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, holistic
holistic storage of memory in the brain
becomes more understandable in light of
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
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Quantum consciousness and the NDE
theory of quantum consciousness
(Orch-OR) was developed by the joint
work of theoretical physicist, was
developed by the joint work of theoretical
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
theories assume 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.
This theory suggests consciousness
can be found inside the
microtubules of brain cells.
At death, the information energy
inside these microtubules - what
some people refer to as the "soul"
- doesn’t disappear; but instead,
is retained in the universe. One
of the fundamental laws in physics,
the first law of thermodynamics,
is energy cannot be created nor
destroyed - it can only be converted.
So if consciousness is indeed a
form of energy, then according to
the first law of thermodynamics,
consciousness cannot be destroyed.
Instead, it is converted into something
6, 2011, National Geographic published
the article, "9/11
and Global Consciousness"
about how random number generators
Princeton University's Global Consciousness
Project detected a dramatic
spike around the world before the
time of the terrorist attack - an
indication of global consciousness.
The director of the project,
Dr. Roger D. Nelson, describes
a YouTube video the details
of this event. The media paid relatively
little attention to this project
until Nelson published his paper,
Consciousness and Reduced Randomness:
Correlations on September 11, 2001."
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":
attack may befall
New York City or
the way we live
in the United States."
This prophecy 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 visions
of terrorist attack in New York and Washington.
a great number of
NDEs involve visions the future.
The 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 (the United
Kingdom's highly respected journal
of medicine) published the
results of a study by
Dr. Pim van
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
- suggesting the existence of a
transcendent consciousness. Such
studies beg the question of why
the scientific community at large
remains mostly silent about these
this is the
may never be able to answer the
question of whether or not consciousness
survives bodily death; but current
near-death studies, such as
The AWARE Study (AWAreness during
REsuscitation) is trying to
find out. The director of this study,
Dr. Sam Parnia M.D., is a critical
care physician and director of resuscitation
research at the
Stony Brook University School of
Medicine in New York. Dr. Parnia
is recognized as an authority on
the scientific study of death, the
human mind–brain relationship, and
near-death experience. Dr. Parnia
is also the author of
What Happens When We Die (2006)
Erasing Death: The Science That
is Rewriting the Boundaries Between
Life and Death (2013). In the
late 90s, Dr. Parnia and
Dr. Peter Fenwick he set up
the first study of NDEs in the UK.
Since then, they have published
several articles in peer-reviewed
 in the field of
near-death studies. Since Dr.
Parnia has been part of the AWARE
study, launched by
The Human Consciousness Project,
twenty-five participating hospitals
across Europe and North America
have been examining reports of patients
after their clinical death, several
of whom are expected to have an
out-of-body experience with
physical perceptions of their surroundings.
A major objective of the AWARE study
is to test whether the perceptions
reported by these patients can be
verified. One method involves a
visual target being placed near
the ceiling where it can only be
seen by someone reading it from
above; patients who report OBEs
are then asked to describe it.
Read about the latest update of
this study which was in January
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Nonlocal consciousness and the God spot
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
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 the fact
television sounds and images are produced
by TV stations transmitting
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
while materialistic scientists are unable
to explain how immaterial, conscious, subjective
experiences can arises from a material brain.
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
Psychologists call it the "collective
Hindus call it "Brahman."
Buddhists call it "Nirvana." Jews
call it "Shekinah." Christians
call it the "Holy Spirit"; Christ
and his disciples are called the "light
of the world." New age adherents call
it the "Higher Consciousness."
Dr. Melvin Morse,
the children he has resuscitated from death
simply call it "God."
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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 how quantum superpositions,
when measured by a machine, stayed as multiple
possibilities until a conscious human observed
the results. Bohr concluded "conscious
observation collapses the probability wave
and 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
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 how 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 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 of the mind not being
a material brain.
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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
where each of these possible observations
corresponds to a different universe within
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 wave function
of all the other possible probabilities.
Many-worlds implies 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
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
"I 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."
Dr. Kenneth Ring
described two kinds of precognitive visions
in the NDE: (1) the personal "flash-forward"
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 flash-forward in
how it previews the experiencer's personal
future, but differs from the personal flash-forward
in how 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.
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The many-minds theory and the NDE
of quantum mechanics is an extension of
by proposing distinctions between worlds
should be made at the level of the mind
of an individual
This is the principle supporting the theory
- an interpretation of quantum mechanics
which theoretically makes it possible for
a human observer to have a continuous infinity
of minds in
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
separate from the
body as suggested in NDEs and OBEs.
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The zero-point field and the NDE
In quantum theory,
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
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
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 we live."
twice nominated for the Nobel Prize,
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 of 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 life forms.
Laszlo's zero-point akashic field
theory solves several problems in
quantum physics from
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" as it is "brought into
intelligent energy" as a gateway
to view the present. Cayce acknowledged
this "gateway" to be equivalent
to the Hindu concept of the "akashic
and the Christian concept of the "Book
Cayce revealed these otherworldly
records are stored in a heavenly
"Hall of Records" which corresponds
to the so-called "Temple
or the "Temple of Wisdom"
appearing in many NDE testimonials.
theory is supported by important
scientific research. For example,
experimented with salamanders to
locate where memories are stored
in the brain. He removed their brains,
grinded them up, even shuffling
their brains around, and then placed
them back in their heads. The astonishing
result was their
where unaffected although their
brains were demolished.
Pietsch's conclusion was memory
was not a local phenomenon, but
is linked to something outside their
bodies. His findings were published
in his book,
The Quest for the Hologramic Mind."
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
This energy field may account for
the salamander parts growing back
when they are removed. This energy
field may also explain why human
amputees sometimes feel "phantom
from 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.
zero point field has parallels
to the "void"
and the "Omega
described in near-death
research and championed
by the near-death expert
in his book, "Heading
Toward Omega: The Search
for the Meaning of Near-Death
One example is the Omega
Point is found in the NDE
who experienced a timeless
spaceless realm when he
nearly died of a botched
tonsillectomy at age 14.
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.
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."
information Swenson gained
during his NDE inspired
him to develop over 100
patents in molecular chemistry.
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Black hole physics and the NDE
Stephen Hawking put forward a theory
black holes which appeared to violate
a major principle of physics - the
law of the conservation of information
- because it implied 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
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 all matter in the 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 an 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
much in the same way a "body of light"
might experience what astrophysicists call
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
the late 1980's, theoretical physicist
Kip Thorne described how objects known
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" (P.M.H.
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
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
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."
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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 pioneer
Christiaan Barnard. A Fulbright Scholar,
Lanza was part of the team cloning 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 bringing biology
into the central role in unifying the whole."
main tenet is biology being 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,
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: (a) "What
Is It Like After You Die?," (b) "Is
Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create
Time," (c) "Does
Death Exist?: Life Is Forever, Says Theory,"
and (d) "What
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) the "Anthropic
Principle" which assumes a fine-tuned
universe exists because this is just the
way it is, and (4) Biocentrism's theory
of a biologically aware universe created
by biologically aware life. Physician
Deepak Chopra agrees with biocentrism
being "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."
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Subjective experiences and the NDE
is a theory which posits only physical things
Materialism is a related theory which
posits only matter and energy exist; and
everything is 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 holds that
all aspects of subjective experience is
explainable purely by objective states within
a physical brain. But the
problem with materialism, as applied
to the consciousness, is it does not distinguish
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 the 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
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 "Simulation
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
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
throughout their life. Another aspect of
NDEs supporting simulism is the
out-of-body component 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
autoscopy. Sometimes these perceptions
are verified later by third-parties - a
phenomenon known as
veridical perception. Veridical dreams
have also been reported. See
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. See
Also, while some NDE experiencers are having
their out-of-body component, they may become
aware of an even "higher" version of themselves
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
an NDE are
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
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 on
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
"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."
Holden and Jeffrey Long)
NDE experiencer, a neurosurgeon
by the name of
III, MD, FACS,
has a profound understanding of
the physiological aspects to the
NDE he experienced. Dr. Alexander
currently practices with a private
neurosurgical group in Lynchburg,
Va., and travels extensively, making
presentations about revelations
from his coma experience elucidating
the nature of consciousness. According
to Dr. Alexander:
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 Einstein, 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.
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
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,
Mind: Toward a Psychology for the
21st Century." This magnum opus
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,
American Institute of Physics
sponsored meetings in
2011 covering the physical science
of such extraordinary channels of
Eben Alexander III)
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
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
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
the experiment's outcome. These astonishing
findings dramatically suggest the possibility
of our choices made today may determine
the outcome of the past.
For these 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
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 similarities existing
between elements of NDEs and the
quantum field concept of subjectivity.
They suggest all events are related and
influence each other instantaneously and
in reciprocity, and only subjectivity remains..
subjectivity support the holistic paradigm
of the illusionary "separation"
between the subjective observer's experience
and the objective object being 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 and by
materialistic critics of subjective experiences
including NDEs and OBEs. Materialism
cannot explain how consciousness arises
from "goo" or how atoms 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 of materialism never, in principle,
developing an objective explanation of consciousness.
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Scientific articles on NDEs and its relationship
to quantum physics
van Lommel, P. (2013).
Non-Local Consciousness: A
Concept Based on Scientific Research
on NDEs During Cardiac Arrest.
Journal of Consciousness Studies.
of Near-Death Experiences: A Five-Phase
Noetic Now Journal.
Three Cases of NDE. Is it Physiology,
Physics or Philosophy? Annals
S Hameroff, D Chopra. (2012).
The “Quantum Soul”: A Scientific
Hypothesis. Exploring Frontiers
of the Mind-Brain Relationship.
Ratner, J (2012).
Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore
the Dimensions of Consciousness.
E Facco, C Agrillo.
Near-Death Experiences Between Science
and Prejudice. Frontiers in
C Fracasso, H Friedman. (2012).
Electromagnetic Aftereffects of
NDEs: A Preliminary Report on a
Series of Studies Currently Under
Way. Journal of Transpersonal
JP Jourdan. (2011).
Near-Death Experiences and the 5th
Dimensional Spatio-Temporal Perspective.
Journal of Cosmology.
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 Consciousness Studies.
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. NeuroQuantology.
K Ray, MK Roy. (2010).
A Theoretical Basis for Surges of
Electroencephalogram Activity and
Vivid Mental Sensation During Near-Death
Experience. International Journal
of Engineering Science and Technology.
D Pratt. (2007).
Consciousness, Causality, and Quantum
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?
RJ Brumblay. (2003).
Hyperdimensional Perspectives in
Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences.
Journal of Near-Death Studies.
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.
of Near-Death Studies.
AS Gibson. (2000).
Studies and Modern Physics.
Journal of Near-Death Studies.
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The Mereon Matrix:
Also available in:
by Lynnclaire Dennis,
Jytte McNair, and Louis
The Mereon Matrix is
a 900+ page academic
textbook about a new
found in the NDE of
This unique geometrical
"Pattern" she saw in
the Light led her begin
an investigation to
understand what she
knew was an important
given to her to help
humanity solve some
of its most critical
problems. The importance
of this discovery -
a "Pattern of patterns"
- is underscored by
the fact that The Mereon
Matrix was published
by Elsevier, the world's
leading provider of
science and health information.
Each chapter of this
book is self-contained
and explained relative
to the Mereon Matrix's
functional process and
to scientific findings
congruent with or expanded
by the Mereon Matrix.
This book offers a new
way of systems modeling
which has been and can
be applied across a
multitude of sciences.
God at the Speed of Light: The
Melding of Science and Spirituality
by Dr. T. Lee Baumann
Could it be that light and God
are one in the same? Physician
Lee Baumann makes a case for
exactly that. From many sources,
Dr. Baumann has synthesized
a compelling picture of what
may be the true nature of our
universe at all levels - physical,
mental, and spiritual.
The Holographic Universe
by Michael Talbot
Beginning with physicist David
Bohm and neurophysiologist Karl
Pribram, both of whom independently
arrived at holographic theories
explaining the nature of the
universe, Talbot explains in
clear terms this theory and
applies it to both science and
and the paranormal.
The Self-Aware Universe
by Dr. Amit Goswami, Maggie Goswami,
The scientific case for a self-aware
universe. Consciousness, not matter,
is the ground of all existence.
Consciousness created the physical
world. There is no objective reality
independent of consciousness. The
so-called mind-body schism is illusionary.
The Non-Local Universe: The New
Physics and Matters of the Mind
by Dr. Robert Nadeau, Menas Kafatos
Classical physics rules out "spooky
action at a distance" (i.e.,
a billiard ball cannot move unless
something contacts it.). But the
new physics permits "non-local"
action (i.e., do certain things
to a photon and another photon can
be affected at faster than light
speed). Hence, all of physical reality
is a single quantum system and reality.
The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels
of Human Consciousness and How They
Shape Our Lives
by Dr. Stanislav
Grof, Hal Zina Bennett
Observations of "non-ordinary"
states of consciousness support
the theory that the mind is essentially "holotropic"
(i.e., like a hologram wherein the
whole can be reconstructed from
a tiny part). Thus, our infinite
transpersonal consciousness can
transcend not only the time-space
continuum but even visit other dimensions
and parallel universes.
From Science to God: A Physicist's
Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness
by Dr. Peter Russell
Russell, well known for his work
on the physiology of meditation,
describes his personal struggle
to bring science and spirit together.
By describing the more mysterious
discoveries of contemporary physics
as a source of spiritual inspiration,
the scientific study of consciousness
can yield an insight into consciousness
that religions call "God".
The Conscious Mind: In Search of
a Fundamental Theory
by Dr. David J. Chalmers
What is consciousness? How do physical
processes in the brain give rise
to the self-aware mind and to feelings
as profoundly varied as love or
hate, aesthetic pleasure or spiritual
yearning? Now, in The Conscious
Mind, philosopher David J. Chalmers
offers a cogent analysis of this
heated debate as he unveils a major
new theory of consciousness, one
that rejects the prevailing reductionist
trend of science, while offering
provocative insights into the relationship
between mind and brain.
Mindsight: Near-Death and Out-of-Body
Experiences in the Blind
by Dr. Kenneth Ring
This book investigates the astonishing
claim that blind persons, including
those blind from birth, can actually
"see" during near-death or out-of-body
episodes. The authors present their
findings in scrupulous detail, investigating
case histories of blind persons
who have actually reported visual
experiences under these conditions.
Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology
for the 21st Century
by Drs. Edward Kelly, Emily Kelly,
Bruce Greyson, et al
Current mainstream opinion in psychology,
neuroscience, and philosophy of
mind holds that all aspects of human
mind and consciousness are generated
by physical processes occurring
in brains. Views of this sort have
dominated recent scholarly publication.
The present volume, however, demonstrates
empirically that this reductive
materialism is not only incomplete
but false. The authors systematically
marshal evidence for a variety of
psychological phenomena that are
extremely difficult, and in some
cases clearly impossible, to account
for in conventional physicalist
Science and the Akashic Field: An
Integral Theory of Everything
by Dr. Ervin Laszlo
In Science and the Akashic Field,
philosopher and scientist Ervin
Laszlo conveys the essential element
of this information field in language
that is accessible and clear. From
the world of science he confirms
our deepest intuitions of the oneness
of creation in the Integral Theory
of Everything. We discover that,
as philosopher William James stated,
"We are like islands in the sea,
separate on the surface but connected
in the deep."
Lessons from the Light: What We
Can Learn from the Near-death Experience
by Dr. Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser
While providing many accounts of
NDEs from men, women, and children
of all ages and backgrounds, Lessons
from the Light is much more than
just an inspiring collection of
NDEs. In Lessons near-death expert
Kenneth Ring extracts the pure gold
of the NDE and with a beautiful
balance of sound research and human
insight reveals the practical wisdom
held within these experiences.
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness
are the Keys to Understanding the
True Nature of the Universe
by Dr. Robert Lanza and Bob Berman
Biocentrism takes the reader on
a seemingly improbable but ultimately
inescapable journey through a foreign
universe - our own - from the viewpoints
of an acclaimed biologist and a
leading astronomer. Switching perspective
from physics to biology unlocks
the cages in which Western science
has unwittingly managed to confine
itself. Biocentrism will shatter
the reader’s ideas of life - time
and space, and even death. At the
same time it will release us from
the dull worldview of life being
merely the activity of an admixture
of carbon and a few other elements;
it suggests the exhilarating possibility
that life is fundamentally immortal.
The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter,
Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover
the Rest of Reality
by Dr. Richard Panek
In recent years, a handful of scientists
has been racing to explain a disturbing
aspect of our universe: only 4 percent
of it consists of the matter that
makes up you, me, and every star
and planet. The rest is completely
unknown. Richard Panek tells the
dramatic story of how scientists
reached this cosmos-shattering conclusion.
In vivid detail, he narrates the
quest to find the “dark” matter
and an even more bizarre substance
called dark energy that make up
96 percent of the universe.
Science and the Near-Death Experience:
How Consciousness Survives Death
by Chris Carter
The author is an Oxford scholar
who uses evidence from scientific
studies, quantum mechanics, and
consciousness research, to reveal
how consciousness does not depend
on the brain. Examines ancient and
modern NDEs providing evidence of
the survival of consciousness after
death while debunking the materialistic
arguments raised by skeptics.
Experiences Near Death: Beyond Medicine
by Dr. Allan Kellehear
Kellehear presents a revolutionary
new approach to the field of near-death
studies, one that examines these
episodes as they relate to the specific
cultures from which they arise,
helping us to understand what these
visions are as a cultural and psychological
response and why they occur. Kellehear
compares NDEs from all over the
world - India, China, Guam, America,
Australia, and New Zealand - revealing
not only the similarities among
them, but also the pertinent differences
that can tell us much about the
way people from different cultures
view their world.
Light and Death: One Doctor's Fascinating
Account of Near-Death Experiences
by Dr. Michael Sabom
Begun in 1994, The Atlanta Study
is the first comprehensive investigation
of its kind into NDEs. The study
presents life-and-death dramas played
out in operating rooms and hospital
beds - and simultaneous events unseen
by medical personnel but reported
with astonishing clarity and conviction
by nearly 50 individuals who returned
from death's door. Now the founder
of The Atlanta Study, Dr. Michael
Sabom reveals their impact on the
people who have experienced them.
The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences:
Thirty Years of Investigation
by Drs. Jan Holden, Bruce Greyson,
Experts from around the world share
the history and current state of
NDE knowledge. They explore controversies
in the field, offer stories from
their research, and express their
hopes for the future of investigation
into this fascinating phenomenon.
Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences:
A Handbook of Clinicians
by Drs. Jan Holden, Anthony Peake,
This essential handbook by leading
NDE experts provides everyone (especially
health professionals) with the knowledge
needed to understand NDEs and those
who have them by examining children's
NDEs, NDEs from a religious perspective,
the role of light in NDEs, the assessment
and management of NDEs, and the
future of NDE research.