When I was 16, my father had a heart attack in the kitchen. The paramedics hovered over him and one called out that he was dead.
My family huddled together to grieve the shocking loss when 4 minutes later the paramedic pronounced the paddles worked and they had a heartbeat.
As they rolled my father out to the ambulance, he gestured to me. I leaned over him and he said, "I was in a fjord (he was from Norway). My mother and father were there, Tante Wahlborg. Everyone I miss. There were flowers that don't exist here. Colors that don't exist here."
The paramedics continued to roll him away as he smiled so peacefully. Then, he gestured for me one more time. I leaned over him and he said, as if a secret, "that was the REAL world, this one is FAKE."
Father died a few days later in the hospital and did not come back, except his dark silhouette in my bedroom at the time of his death, tugging on my big toe as he did when he came home from business trips and didn't want to wake me, but wanted to let me know he made it home.
Repeatedly in my research of near-death experiences I hear this theme repeated over and over again: When a person comes back to this physical realm, they feel that it is lacking a depth of experience that they had no frame of reference to describe. Some NDE'rs have had exceptional details that show; not only how clearly real it was, but how really clear it was....
It begs the question - is death the REAL birth?
The majority of our universe is a mystery, a great open question mark for our musing minds. We think we understand something, only to get more information that means all other concepts must be redrawn. Physics is a great example of this. New proven hypotheses have a cascading effect on all other aspects of how we understand the world works. Even our very DNA has been forever changed for us now that we understand other archaic man like Neanderthal and Denisovans left their influence on our physical makeup and disease and healthy today.
What we really haven't gotten a grasp on is whether this physical world is just one rendition of how energy can be utilized, an energy in which atoms are bound together into physical masses of three dimensional qualities or if some conscious content of us continues to change forms and patterns through many different generations through many different realms with many different physical properties from perhaps gaseous to liquid, solid to energy wave forms.
We don't know the answers until we die and when we do die, we don't clearly tell others what became of our collective knowledge from this mortal incarnation.
In the book "Proof of Heaven:A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife" by Dr. Eben Alexander, this brain surgeon, who did not have a necessary belief in Heaven, found his life completely changed after an extended time in a coma and journeys to the other side. Once again, someone verifying how life-changing it is to realize we weren't truly alive here - we become truly alive there.
Some of the last people we expect to verify the afterlife are scientists, yet quantum physicists have taken such concepts seriously. They suggest our current state is a kind of matrix outside of the "real game" of life which is the next realm.
In fact, the concept of quantum entanglement nicely explains how this could occur. While one particle experiences something, it's counterpart particle elsewhere in the universe has the same reaction. They share a connection, one that cannot be weighed and measured by us, but clearly exists. This is what is believed to be the case in physical life versus soul/afterlife.
A movement called Biocentrism has become a popular topic for physicists. Robert Lanza, M.D. was the creator of this concept that basically states, life creates the universe instead of the other way around. In this new paradigm, life is not just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. In a brilliant observation, Lanza says (something I've always believed), "By treating space and time as physical things, science picks a completely wrong starting point for understanding the world."
This is how I've tried for decades to explain the spirit realm - that we are too linear in our thinking that "one body/one soul/one location."
Interestingly, there are some universal qualities to near-death experiences that mimic the universal experiences with dream themes and alien encounters. People from many cultures around the world, describe similar themes, beings, places, and encounters in these moments of being unconscious. One has to wonder if there is truth in the collective, an objective verification of reality.
There are lots of ongoing studies about proving afterlife or confirming consciousness continues. I liken it to the strange slice of death we are all forced to succumb to every 16 hours - sleep.
We are very much alive in our sleep state, and yet it is all in our minds, vivid worlds that are so real to us that if nature did not paralyze us during these mind exercises, we would thrash, scream, and run around acting them out. This further points out that reality is a very difficult thing to discern for us, whether it's sleep state, hysterics when we are in fear, near-death, or drug-induced hallucinations. Even our own personal interpretation of our waking state is subjective.
Each day we put the body to rest to dream. At the end of life, we put the body to rest permanently, only to eternally dream? Or do we finally become real?
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