"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."Thomas A. Eddison(1847 - 1931)

 

In the 1970s scientists discovered that the heart has an elaborate nervous system.  This discovery created a new branch of medicine known as neurocardiology.  The brain in our heads is actually obeying signals sent from the brain of the heart.  With every beat the heart is sending out messages that affect our emotional and physical health. 

Our left brain is apparently operating at 15kb / second while our right brain is apparently operating at 20million kb / second.  We don’t know how fast our heart brain is operating at but we do know that the electromagnetic field around our heart is 4000 times greater than the field of our brain.  The heart is easily the most powerful organ (muscle) in our bodies.  Our hearts are the first formed, before the brain.  The heart beats about 100’000 times a day, 40 million times a year, and if its connection to the brain is severed, it will keep right on beating.

Scientists have made many interesting discoveries about the heart brain:

-          The electromagnetic signal radiating from our hearts is actually detectable and measurable in the brain waves of another person.  The phenomenon is strongest when two people are touching or are in close proximity but measurable at a distance as well.

-          An EKG reading can be taken from any point on the body AND any point in the electromagnetic field because the field itself contains the information in a three dimensional or holographic way.

-          The field of energy is doughnut-shaped and is configured in a torus about five to eight feet (1.5 to 2.5 meters) in diameter (this is not the aura or chakra which are more sensitive fields);

-          There are measurable positive effects on the body when we feel love and appreciation not only to someone else but to ourselves also.  The same beneficial affect occurs in our own body when we are on the receiving end – when love and appreciation are being broadcast toward us;

-           The order of reaction in the body occurs first in the heart followed by the brain then the physical body.  In studies where individuals were presented with a series of images causing either emotional response or not researchers discovered that not only did the heart respond before the brain but that the heart was responding fractionally before the response images appeared.  The heart showed no response with the non response images.  The heart is implying precognitive response. The scientists say that time is only perception. 

-          There is considerable evidence that the heart contains memories and feels.  A large number of heart transplant recipients have reported new food and drink preferences and cravings, as well as handwriting changes, musical preferences, and memories that don’t seem to be their own.

Between 1992 and 1995 studies were carried out to test the effects of human emotion on DNA.  According to Glen Rein and Rollin McCraty, the principal researchers, this physiological state may be created intentionally by “using specially designed mental and emotional self-management techniques which involve intentionally quieting the mind, shifting one’s awareness to the heart area and focusing on positive emotions.”  They performed a series of tests involving up to five people trained in applying coherent emotion.  Using special techniques that analyze the DNA chemically and visually, the researchers could detect any changes that happened. 

The results were undeniable and the implications were unmistakable.  The bottom line:  Human emotion changed the shape of the DNA.  Without physically touching it or doing anything other than creating precise feelings in their bodies, the participants were able to influence the DNA molecules in the beaker.

In the first experiment, which involved only one person, effects were produced by a combination of “direct intention, unconditional love and specific imagery of the DNA molecule.”  In the words of one of the researchers “These experiments revealed that different intentions produced different effects on the DNA molecule causing it to either wind or unwind.” 

We have been conditioned to believe that the state of the DNA in our body is a given.  Contemporary thinking suggests that it’s a fixed quantity – we “get what we get” when we’re born – and with the exception of drugs, chemicals, and electrical fields, our DNA doesn’t change in respect to anything that we can do in our lives.  But this experiment shows us that nothing could be further from the truth.

“One thing I learned was that we are all part of one big, living universe.  If we think we can hurt another person or another living thing without hurting ourselves we are sadly mistaken.  I look at a forest or a flower or a bird now, and say, “That is me, part of me.”  We are connected with all things and if we send love along those connections, then we are happy.”  

Observation from a 62 year old businessman who had an NDE during a cardiac arrest.

Most people have heard of the near-death experience, or NDE’s, incidents in which individuals are declared clinically “dead”, are resuscitated, and report that during the experience they left their physical body and visited what appeared to be the realm of the after-life.

These experiences were publicized and discussed in 1975 when Raymond A. Moody, Jr, a psychiatrist who also had a Ph.D. in philosophy published his best-selling investigation of the subject “Life after Life”.  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross also had simultaneously conducted similar research and had duplicated Moody’s findings.

Already in 1981 a Gallup poll found that eight million adult Americans had experienced an NDE, or roughly one person in twenty. It was becoming increasingly clear that NDEs were not only incredibly widespread but provided the most compelling evidence to date for survival after death.

Like OBE’s, NDEs appear to be a universal phenomenon.  They are described at length in both the 8th century Tibetan Book of the Dead and the 2’500 year old Egyptian Book of the Dead.  In Book X of “The Republic” Plato gives a detailed account of a Greek soldier names Er, who came alive just seconds before his funeral pyre was to be lit and said that he had left his body and went through a “passageway” to the land of the dead.  The Venerable Bede gives a similar account in his 8th century work “A History of the English Church and People”, and in her recent book “Otherworld Journeys” Carol Zaleski, a lecturer on the study of religion at Harvard, points out that medieval literature is filled with accounts of NDEs.

NDEers also have no unique demographic characteristics. Various studies have shown that there is no relationship between NDEs and a person’s age, sex, marital status, race, religion and / or spiritual beliefs, social class education level, income, frequency of church attendance, size of home community, or area of residence.  NDEs can strike anyone at any time.  The devoutly religious are no more likely to have an NDE than nonbelievers.

One of the most interesting aspects of the ND phenomenon is the consistency one finds from experience to experience.  A summary of a typical NDE is as follows:

A man is dying and suddenly finds himself floating above his body and watching what is going on.  Within moments he travels at great speed through a darkness or a tunnel.  He enters a realm of dazzling light and is warmly met by recently deceased friends and relatives.  Frequently he hears indescribably beautiful music and sees sights – rolling meadows, flower-filled valleys, and sparkling streams – more lovely than anything he has seen on earth.  In this light-filled world he feels no pain or fear and is pervaded with an overwhelming feeling of joy, love and peace.  He meets a “being (and or beings) of light” who emanates a feeling of enormous compassion, and is prompted by the being(s) to experience a “life review”, a panoramic reply of his life.  He becomes so enraptured by his experience of this greater reality that he desires nothing more than to stay.  However, the being tells him that it is not his time yet and persuades him to return to his earthly life and reenter his physical body.

This is just a general description and not all NDEs contain all the elements described.  Some may lack some of the above mentioned features, and others may contain additional ingredients.  The symbolic trappings of the experiences can also vary.  For example, although NDErs in Western cultures tend to enter the realm of the afterlife by passing through a tunnel, experiencers from other cultures might walk down a road or pass over a body of water to arrive in the world beyond.

Nevertheless, there is an astonishing degree of agreement among the NDEs reported by various cultures throughout history.  For instance, the life review, a feature that crops up again and again in modern-day NDEs, is also described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, in Plato’s account of what Er experienced during his sojourn in the hereafter, and in the 2000 year old yogic writings of the Indian sage Patamjali.  The cross cultural similarities between NDEs have also been confirmed in formal study.  In 1977, Osis and Haraldsson compared nearly nine hundred deathbed visions reported by patients to doctors and other medical personnel in both India and the United States and found that although there were various cultural differences, for example, Americans tended to view the being of light as a Christian religious personage and Indians perceived it to be a Hindu one – the “core” of the experience was substantially the same and resembled the NDEs described by Moody and Kubler-Ross.

Dr Kenneth Ring, a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut and one of the first NDE researchers to use statistical analysis and standardized interviewing techniques to study the phenomenon.  In his book “Life at Death” he notices the tendency of experiencers to describe the world beyond as a realm composed of “light,” “higher vibrations,” or “frequencies.”  Some NDEers even refer to the celestial music that often accompanies such experiences as more “a combination of vibrations” than actual sounds – observations that Ring believse are evidence that the act of dying involves a shift of consciousness away from ordinary world of appearances and into a more holographic reality of pure frequency.  NDEers also frequently say that the realm is suffused with a light more brilliant that any they have ever seen on earth, but one that, despite its unfathomable intensity, does not hurt the eyes, characterizations that Ring feels are further evidence of the frequency aspects of the hereafter.

One of the most commonly reported characteristics of the world beyond is that it is a dimension in which time and space cease to exist.  “I found myself in a space, in a period of time, I would say, where all space and time was negated,” says one NDEer.  “It has to be out of time and space.  It must be, because … it can’t be put into a time thing,” says another.  

As with OBEs, when NDEers are out-of-body, they are able to report details they have no normal sensory means of knowing.  For example: Moody reports a case in which a woman left her body during surgery, floated into the waiting room, and saw that her daughter was wearing mismatched plaids.  As it turned out, the maid had dressed the little girl so hastily she had no noticed the error and was astounded when the mother, who did not physically see the little girl that day, commended on the fact.  In another case, after leaving her body, a female NDEer went to the hospital lobby and overheard her brother-in-law tell a friend that it looked like he was going to have to cancel a business trip and instead be one of his sister-in-law’s pallbearers.  After the woman recovered, she reprimanded her astonished brother-in-law for writing her off so quickly.

They have even found patients who are blind, and have had no light perception for years, can see and accurately describe what is going on around them when they have left their bodies during an NDE.  Kubler-Ross has encountered several such individuals and has interviewed them at length to determine their accuracy. “To our amazement, they were able to describe the colour and design of clothing and jewelry the people present wore,” she states.

Another researcher Dr Melvin Morse, a pediatrician in Seattle, first became interested in NDEs after treating a 17 year old drowning victim.  By the time the little girl was resuscitated she was profoundly comatose, had fixed and dilated pupils, no muscle reflexes, and no corneal response. In medical terms this gave her a Glascow Coma Score of 3, indicating that she was in a coma so deep she had almost no chance of ever recovering.  Despite these odds, she made a full recovery and when Morse looked in on her for the first time after she regained consciousness she recognized him and said that she had watched him working on her comatose body.  When Morse questioned her further she explained that she had left her body and passed through a tunnel into heaven where she had met “the Heavenly Father.”  The Heavenly Father told her she was not really meant to be there yet and asked if she wanted to stay or go back.  At first she said she wanted to stay, but when the Heavenly Father pointe doubt that that decision meant she would not be seeing her mother again, she changed her mind and returned to her body.

Morse was skeptical but fascinated and from that point on set out to learn everything he could about NDEs.  At the time, he worked for an air transport service in Idaho that carried patients to the hospital and this afforded him the opportunity to talk with scores of resuscitated children.  Over a 10 year period he interviewed every child survivor of cardiac arrest at the hospital, and over and over they told him the same thing.  After going unconscious they found themselves outside their bodies, watched the doctors working on them, passed through a tunnel, and were comforted by luminous beings.

Morse continued to be skeptical, and in his increasingly desperate search for some logical explanation he read everything he could find on the side effects of the drugs his patients were taking and explored various psychological explanations, but nothing seemed to fit.  “Then one day I read a long article in a medical journal that tried to explain NDEs as being various tricks of the brain,” says Morse.  “By then I had studied NDEs extensively and none of the explanations that this researcher listed made sense.  It was finally clear to me that he had missed the most obvious explanation of all – NDEs are real.  He had missed the possibility that the soul really does travel.”

Moody echoes the sentiment and says that 20 years of research have convinced him that NDEers have indeed ventured into another level of reality.  “I have talked to almost every NDE researcher in the world about his or her work.  I know that most of them believe in their hearts that NDEs are a glimpse of life after life.  But as scientists and people of medicine, they still haven’t come up with “scientific proof” that a part of us goes on living after our physical being is dead. This lack of proof keeps them from going public with their true feelings.”

To surmise, when all these facts are considered together – the wide-spread nature of the NDE, the absence of demographic characteristics, the universality of the core experience, the ability of NDEers to see and know things they have no normal sensory means of seeing and knowing, and the occurrence of NDEs in patients who have flat EEGs – the conclusion seems inescapable: People who have NDEs are not suffering from hallucinations or delusional fantasies, but are actually making visits to an entirely different level of reality.

Given that both OBEs and NDEs offer ample evidence that the mind can exist independently of the brain.  Thus when the mind is in the “higher” frequencies of the near-death dimension, it continues to do what it does best, translate those frequencies into a world of appearances.  As Ring puts it “I believe that this is a realm that is created by interacting thought structures.  These structures or thought-forms combine to form patterns, just as a holographic image appears to be fully real when illuminated by a laser beam, so the images produced by interacting thought-forms appear to be real.”

Dr Elizabeth W Fenske, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia, announced that she, too, believes that NDEs are journeys into a holographic realm of higher frequencies.  She agrees with Ring’s hypothesis that the landscapes, flowers, physical structures, and so forth, of the afterlife dimension are fashioned out of interacting (or interfering) thought patterns.  “I think we’ve come to the point in NDE research where it’s difficult to make a distinction between thought and light.  In the near-death experience thought seems to be light,” she observes.

Einstein banishes from our cosmos every fixed reality except that of light, to Einstein everything is just light and information.  The atom is energy not matter. 

In Yogananda’s book “Autobiography of a Yogi” there are many references to light, Divine light and Eternal light throughout.  Yogananda writes “As steps in man’s awaking, the Lord inspires scientists to discover, at the right time and place, the secrets of His creation.  Many modern discoveries help men to apprehend the cosmos as a varied expression of one power – light, guided by divine intelligence.”  Yogananda also explains “A yogi who through perfect meditation has merged his consciousness with the Creator perceives the cosmical essence as light; to him there is no difference between the light rays composing water and the light rays composing land.  Free from matter-consciousness, free from the three dimensions of space and the fourth dimension of time, a master transfers his body of light with equal ease over the light rays of earth, water, fire or air.  Long concentration on the liberating spiritual eye has enabled the yogi to destroy all delusions concerning matter and its gravitational weight; thenceforth he sees the universe as an essentially undifferentiated mass of light.”  In this fabulous autobiography Yogananda describes an experience he had while writing his autobiography. “Lifting my gaze, I noticed that the ceiling was dotted with small mustard-colored lights, scintillating and quivering with radiumlike luster.  Myriads of penciled rays, like sheets of rain, gathered into a transparent shaft and poured silently upon me.  At once my physical body lost its grossness and became metamorphosed into astral texture.  I felt a floating sensation as, barely toughing the bed, the weightless body shifted slightly ……I looked around the room; the furniture and walls were as usual, but the little mass of light had so multiplied that the ceiling was invisible.  I was wonder-struck……. A voice spoke as though from within the light ……. “ Behold, your form is nothing but light!”  I gazed at my arms and moved them back and forth, yet could not feel their weight.  An ecstatic joy overwhelmed me.  This cosmic stem of light, blossoming as my body, seemed a divine replica of the light beams streaming out ……. As my illusion of a solid body was completely dissipated, and my realization deepened that the essence of all objects is light……”

In an article in the New York Times in 1937 the American Association for the Advancement of Science stated the following: “The crystalline structure of tungsten, hitherto known only indirectly by means of X-rays, stood outlined boldly on a fluorescent screen, showing nine atoms in their correct positions in the space lattice, a cube, with one atom in each corner and one in the center. The atoms …. appeared on the fluorescent screen as points of light, arranged in geometric pattern.  Against this crystal cube of light the bombarding molecules of air could be observed as dancing points of light, similar to points of sunlight shimmering on moving waters… “ 

“The stream of knowledge,” Sir James Jeans writes in “The Mysterious Universe” “is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.”

“Fait lux!  And there was light.” God’s first command in His ordered creation in Genesis 1:3.

“The King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto.” Timothy 6:15-16.

 

More Extracts from NDEers

One near-death survivor says that when he first emerged from his body he looked “something like a jellyfish” and fell lightly to the floor like a soap bubble.  Then he quickly expanded into a ghostly three-dimensional image of a naked man.  However, the presence of two women in the room embarrassed him and to his surprise, this feeling caused him to suddenly become clothed (the women never offered any indication that they were able to see any of this).  The clothing he materialized was so meticulously detailed that he could even make out the seams in the material.

Another man said they were “composed of light with tiny structures in them” and when he looked closely he could even see “the delicate whorls of his fingerprints and tubes of light up his arms.”

One subject believed that the life review was to refresh their memories so they could more mindfully plan their next life, a process in which beings of light gently and non-coercively assisted.

Another man said that if he stopped thinking he was merely a cloud in an endless cloud, undifferentiated, as soon as he started to think, he became himself.

Several said that they did not have any bodies at all, some were not aware of any form and were simply “themselves” or “their mind”.  Others have more specific impressions and describe themselves as “a cloud of colours”, “a mist”, “an energy pattern”, or “an energy field”, some suggest that we are all ultimately just frequency phenomena, patterns of some unknown vibratory energy enfolded in the greater matrix of the frequency domain.  Some NDEers asset that in addition to being composed of colored frequencies of light, we are also constituted out of sound. “I realized that each person and thing has its own musical tone range as well as its own color range,” says an Arizona housewife who had an NDE during childbirth.  “If you can imagine yourself effortlessly moving in and out among prismatic rays of light and hearing each person’s musical notes join and harmonize with your own when you touch or pass them, you would have some idea of the unseen world.” 

NDEers like OBEers report being able to see in all directions at once while in the disembodied state.  After wondering what he looked like, one man said he suddenly found himself staring at his own back.  A World War II veteran temporarily retained this ability even after he returned to his physical body.  He experienced 360o vision while running away from a German machine-gun nest, not only could he see ahead as he ran, but he could see the gunners trying to draw a bead on him from behind.

Frequently after arriving in the world of light NDEers are told “it is not their time yet.”  This remarks clearly implies the existence of some kind of “life plan”.  It is also clear that NDEers play a role in the formulation of these destinies, for they are often given the choice whether to return or stay.  There are even instances of NDEers being told that it is their time and still being allowed to return.  In one case a man started to cry when he realized he was dead because he was afraid his wife wouldn’t be able to raise their nephew without him.  On hearing this the being told him that since he wasn’t asking for himself he would be allowed to return.  In another case a woman argued that she hadn’t danced enough yet.  Her remark caused the being of light to give a hearty laugh and she, too, was given permission to return to physical life.

On occasion NDEers are shown glimpses of their own future.  In one particularly striking case a child NDEer was told various specifics about his future, including the fact that he would be married at 28 and would have two children.  He was even shown his adult self and his future children sitting in a room of the house he would eventually be living in, and as he gazed at the room he noticed something very strange on the wall, something that his mind could not grasp.  Decades later and after each of these predictions had come to pass, he found himself in the very scene he had witnessed as a child and realized that the strange object on the wall was a “forced-air heater” which was not invented at the time of the NDE.

In another equally astonishing personal flashforward a female NDEer was shown a photograph of Moody, told his full name and told that when the time was right she would tell him about her experience.  The year was 1971 and Moody had not yet published “Life after Life”, so his name and picture meant nothing to the woman.  However, the time became right 4 years later when Moody and his family unwittingly moved to the very street on which the woman lived.  That Halloween Moody’s son was out trick-or-treating and knocked on the woman’s door.  After hearing the boy’s name, the woman told him to tell his father she had to talk to him, and when Moody obliged she related her remarkable story.

In one unique instance an NDEer was shown a completely different history of the earth, a history that would have developed if “certain events” had not taken place around the time of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras 3’000 years ago.  The vision revealed that if these events, the precise nature of which the woman does not disclose, had failed to take place, we would now be living in a world of peace and harmony marked “by the absence of religious wars and of a Christ figure.” 

Even NDEers who do not experience direct evidence of the role they play in their own destiny often come back with a firm understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.

......continue to Part 2 "The Life Review, Love and Knowledge - NDE Concluded"

 

The Life Review is described in many ways by NDEers.  It has been referred to as being an incredibly vivid wrap-around, three-dimensional replay of their entire life:

“It’s like climbing right inside a movie of your life”.

“Every moment from every year of your life is played back in complete sensory detail.  Total, total recall.  And it all happens in an instant.”

“The whole thing was really odd.  I was there; I was actually seeing these flashbacks; I was actually walking through them, and it was so fast. Yet, it was slow enough that I could take it all in.”

NDEers re-experience all the emotions, the joys and the sorrows, that accompanies all of the events in their life.  More than that, they feel all of the emotions of the people with whom they have interacted as well.  They feel the happiness of all the individuals to whom they’ve been kind.  If they have committed a hurtful act, they become acutely aware of the pain their victim felt as a result of their thoughtlessness.  And no event seems too trivial to be exempt.  While reliving a moment in her childhood, one woman suddenly experienced all the loss and powerlessness her sister had felt after she (then a child) snatched a toy away from her sister.

Whitton has uncovered further evidence that thoughtless acts are not the only things that cause individuals remorse during the life review.  Under hypnosis his subjects reported that failed dreams and aspirations – things that they hoped to accomplish during their life but had not – also caused them pangs of sadness.

Thoughts, too, are replayed with exacting fidelity during the life review.  Reveries, faces glimpsed once but remembered for years, things that made one laugh, the joy one felt when gazing at a particular painting, childish worries, and long forgotten daydreams – all flit through one’s mind in a second.  As one NDEer summarizes “Not even your thoughts are lost …. Every thought was there.”

As an NDEer in 1821 put it, it is the ability to “simultaneously comprehend the whole and every part.”

NDEers universally report that they are never judged by the beings of light, but felt only love and acceptance in their presence.  The only judgment that ever takes place is self-judgment and arises solely out of the NDEers own feelings of guilt and repentance.  Occasionally the beings do assert themselves, but instead of behaving in an authoritarian manner, they act as guides and counselors whose only purpose is to teach.

There is a total lack of cosmic judgment and / or any divine system of punishment and reward which has been and continues to be one of the most controversial aspects of the NDE among religious groups, yet it is one of the most oft reported features of the experiences.  We live in a universe that is far more benevolent that we realize.  NDEers appear to enter a state of heightened or metaconsciousness awareness and become lucidly honest in their self-reflection.  This does not mean that the beings of light prescribe no values.  They stress two things.  One is the importance of love. Over and over they repeat this message, that we must learn to replace anger with love, learn to love more, learn to forgive and love everyone unconditionally, and learn that we in turn are loved.  This appears to be the only moral criterion the beings use.  Even sexual activity ceases to possess the moral stigma we humans are so fond of attaching to it.  It appears that in the minds of the beings of light, compassion is the barometer of grace, and time and time again when NDEers wonder if some act they committed was right or wrong, the beings counter their inquiries only with a question: Did you do it with love?  Was the motivation love?

That is why we have been placed here on the earth, say the beings, to learn that love is the key.  They acknowledge that it is a difficult undertaking, but intimate that it is crucial to both our biological and spiritual existence in ways that we have perhaps not even begun to fathom.  Even children return from the near-death realm with this message firmly impressed in their thoughts.  States one little boy who after being hit by a car was guided into the world beyond by two people in “very white” robes: “What I learned there is that the most important thing is loving while you are alive.”

The second thing that beings emphasize is knowledge.  Frequently NDEers comment that the beings seemed pleased whenever an incident involving knowledge or learning flickered by during their life review.  Some are openly counseled to embark on a quest for knowledge after they return to their physical bodies, especially knowledge related to self-growth or that enhances one’s ability to help other people.  Others are prodded with statements such as “learning is a continuous process and goes on even after death” and “knowledge is one of the few things you will be able to take with you after you have died.”

The preeminence of knowledge in the afterlife dimension is apparent in another way.  Some NDEers discovered that in the presence of the light they suddenly had direct access to all knowledge.  This access manifested in several ways. Sometimes it came in response to inquiries.  One man said that all he had to do was ask a questions, such as what would it be like to be an insect, and instantly the experience was his.  Another NDEer described it by saying “You can think of a question . . . and immediately know the answer to it.  As simple as that.  And it can be any question whatsoever.  It can be on a subject that you don’t know anything about, that you are not in the proper position even to understand and the light will give you the instantaneous correct answer and make you understand it.”

Some NDEers report that they didn’t even have to ask questions in order to access this infinite library of information.  Following their life review they just suddenly knew everything, all the knowledge there was to know from the beginning of time to the end.  Others came into contact with this knowledge after the being of light made some specific gesture, such as wave its hand.   Still others said that instead of acquiring the knowledge, they remembered it, but forgot most what they recalled as soon as they returned to their physical bodies (an amnesia that seems to be universal among NDEers who are privy to such visions.)  Whatever the case, it appears that once we are in the world beyond, it is no longer necessary to enter an altered state of consciousness in order to have access to the transpersonal and infinitely interconnected informational realm experienced. 

NDEers oftern say that during the vision the information arrives in “chunks” that register instantaneously in one’s thoughts.  One NDEer described to these bursts of information as “bundles of thought”.  Monroe, who has also experienced such instantaneous explosions of information while in the OB state, calls them “thought balls.”

Indeed anyone who possesses any appreciable psychic ability is familiar with this experience, for this is the form in which one receives psychic information as well. 

According to NDEers all forms of communication are used to receive knowledge: sound, moving hologram-like images, even telepathy.   Ring believes that the hereafter is “a world of existence where thought is king.”

When asked why the quest for knowledge is so important during life NDEers replied that they weren’t certain, but felt strongly that it had something to do with the purpose of life and the ability of each individual to reach out and help others.

 

Seek out joy in your life, search for fun; live from love and grace; obtain knowledge by experience for growth and please do everything from the heart...... 

 

 

 

In 1995 Fred Sicher was in his retirement from being a psychologist, researcher and hospital administrator.  Now was the time to investigate something that fascinated him, the study of distant healing.  He contacted his friend Marilyn Schlitz, the director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in search of a researcher and was recommended Elisabeth Targ.

Elisabeth Targ was an orthodox psychiatrist in her early 30s at the time.  Elisabeth was the daughter of Russell Targ.  Russell Targ was the partner and successor with Hal Puthoff in their SRI remote viewing experiments.  Her father has a fabulous reputation for building impeccable experiments and had taught his daughter the respect for the importance of the air-tight, well-controlled trial.  She grew up believing that any sort of effect could be quantified, so long as you designed the experiment to control for variables.  Her father and his research partner Puthoff had proven that a well-designed experiment could even prove the miraculous.  Regardless of whether the outcome violated the researcher’s every expectation the outcome was always to be accepted.  Although her father had shifted his thinking over the years to embrace certain spiritual ideas, Elisabeth remained the cool rationalist.  At 13 she was already working in research at the Karl Pribram’s brain research laboratory at Stanford University, examining differences between left and right hemisphere activity.  Elisabeth also did some research with her father in remote-viewing and had been invited to work as the director of the California Pacific Medical Center’s Complementary Research Institute.  The rigours of scientific training was in her blood, she remained the cool rationalist and never forgot one of the other main lessons of her father: received wisdom was the enemy of good science.

Elisabeth agreed to assist Sicher.

Elisabeth began by trawling through the evidence of healing which was already available: attempts to affect isolated cells or enzymes: healing of animals, plants or microscopic living systems; and studies of human beings.  She was interested in the evidence showing the effects humans could have on plants and animals.  There was also some work showing the positive or negative thoughts and feelings could somehow be transmitted to other living things.

In order to set up her research experiment she had to ensure that any potential variables would not be able to affect the results.  Below are some of the potential variables which Elisabeth discovered from her predecessors work.  She went through over 150 research trials, these are just a couple to give you the background as to how Elisabeth set-up her rigorous experiment.

An ingenious trial by Gerald Solfvin showed that our ability to “hope for the best” might actually affect the healing of other beings.  Solfvin created a series of complex and elaborate conditions for his test.  He injected a whole group of mice with a type of malaria, which is usually fatal in rodents.  Solfvin then asked 3 lab assistance to each look after a portion of the mice telling them that only half of the mice were actually injected - false.  Then he told them that a psychic healer would be attempting to heal half the mice – not necessarily those with the malaria – although the assistance would not know which mice were to be the target – again false.  All the assistants could do was to hope that the mice in their care would recover.  One assistant was considerably more optimistic than his colleagues, and it showed. At the end of the study, the mice under his care were less ill than those cared for by the other 2 assistants.

An earlier study in 1974 by Rex Stanford also showed that people could influence events just by “hoping” everything would go well, even when they did not fully understand exactly what they were supposed to be hoping for.

In the 1960s Dr Bernard Grad, a biologist, of McGill University in Montreal was also interested to determine whether psychic healers actually transmitted energy to patients.  Grad used plants rather than human patients and made the plants “ill” by soaking their seeds in salty water which retards growth.  Before soaking the seeds he had a healer lay hands on one of two containers of salt water which were to be used to separate two batches of seeds.  After the seeds were soaked in the two containers of salt water the results were that indeed the seeds exposed to the water treated by the healer grew taller.  Grad chemically analyzed the water by infrared spectroscopy and discovered that the water treated by the healer had minor shifts in its molecular structure and decreased hydrogen bonding between the molecules.  This is similar to what happens to water when it is exposed to magnets.  These findings were confirmed by a number of other scientists.

Grad then was curious as to the effects of negative feelings having a potential negative effect of plants.  Grad arranged for several psychiatric patients hold containers of ordinary water.  One patient being treated for psychotic depression was noticeably more depressed than the others.  When Grads tried to sprout seeds using the various waters from the different containers the water held by the depressed man had suppressed growth in those plants.

Grad then moved onto mice that had been given skin wounds in a laboratory.  After controlling a number of factors, even the effects of warm hands, he found that the skin of the test mice healed far more quickly when the healers had treated them.   He also showed that healers could reduce the growth of cancerous tumours in laboratory animals.  Animals with tumours which were not healed died more quickly.  Other animal studies have shown that amyloidosis, tumours and laboratory-induced goiter could be healed in laboratory animals.

Carroll Nash, a biologist at St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia found that people could influence the growth rate of bacteria just by willing it so.  Other scientific studies proved that people could influence yeast, fungi and even isolated cancer cells.

There were various instances in which an intermediary would use one of a variety of methods to attempt to send healing messages, through touch, prayer or some sort of secular intention.  With therapeutic touch, the patient is supposed to relax and attempt to direct his or her attention inward while the healer lays hands on the patient and intends the patient to heal.

One typical study involved 96 patients with high blood pressure and a number of healers.  Neither doctor nor patients were told who was being given the mental healing treatments.  The results after showed that the systolic blood pressure of the group being treated by a healer was significantly improved, compared with that of the controls.  As a group the healers demonstrated overall success and, in certain individuals extraordinary results.  Four of the healers enjoyed a 92.3% improvement among their total group of patients.

In 1988 Randolph Byrd attempted to determine in a randomized, double-blind trial whether remote prayer would have any effect on patients in a coronary care unit.  Over 10 months, nearly 400 patients were divided into two groups, and only half (unbeknownst to them) were prayed for by a Christian prayer group outside the hospital.  All patients had been evaluated, and there was no statistical difference in their condition before treatment.  After treatment, those who’d been prayed for had significantly less severe symptoms and few instances of pneumonia, and also required fewer heart drugs, fewer antibiotics and diuretics, and less assistance on a ventilator than patients who hadn’t been prayed for.

Elisabeth was concerned that all these studies had sloppy protocol – key to all good research.  For example: in the blood pressure study the authors didn’t record whether the patients were taking blood pressure medication, so was it healing or drugs?.  In Byrd’s prayer study which was very well designed he omitted data concerning the psychological state of the patients when they’d started the study – had a disproportionate number of patients with a positive mental outlook landed in the healing group? 

Elisabeth had to separate out any effects that might be due to causes other than healing.  Even human expectation could skew the results.  She needed to find a way of controlling for the effects of hope or such factors as relaxation on the outcome of trials.  Cuddling animals or even handling the contents of Petri dishes, could potentially bias the results, as could the act of travelling to a healer or even a warm pair of hands.  The two groups needed to be matched as closely as you can in terms of health, age, socioeconomic status and any other relative factors.  If patients are ill you need to make sure one group isn’t more ill than the other.  In the studies which Elisabeth had researched few attempts had been made to make sure the populations were similar. 

She needed to make sure that the participation in a study and all the attention associated with it doesn’t itself cause improvement.  This had happened in a six-week study of distant healing on patients suffering from clinical depression.  Every patient improved.  All patients may have had a psychological boost from the session, which might have overwhelmed any actual effect of healing.

All these considerations represented a tremendous challenge for Elisabeth in putting her trial together.  Elisabeth and Fred spent months designing their trial.  It was double-blind so neither patients nor doctors could know who was being healed.  The patient populations was homogeneous and they had selected advanced AIDS patients of Elisabeth’s with the same degree of illness – the same T-cell counts, the same number of AIDS-defining illnesses.  All healing was to be done remotely.  All healers would be screened and be from diverse backgrounds and cover a whole array of approaches.  They screened out healers who were egotistical, only in it for the money or fraudulent.  Healers had to be dedicated, as they’d receive no pay and no individual glory.  Each patient was treated by at least ten different healers.

After four months of searching Fred and Elisabeth had their healers which were an eclectic assortment of 40 religious and spiritual healers.  Only a small minority described themselves as conventionally religious and carried out their work by praying to God or using a rosary: several Christian healers, a handful of evangelicals, one Jewish kabbalist healer and a few Buddhists.  A number of others were trained in non-religious healing schools, such as the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Light, or worked with complex energy fields, attempting to change colours or vibrations in the patients aura.  Some used contemplative healing or visualizations; others worked with tones and planned to sign or ring bells on behalf of the patient, the purpose of which, they claimed, was to reattune their chakras, or energy centres.  A few worked with crystals.  One healer, who’d been trained as a Lakota Sioux shaman, intended to use the Native American pip ceremony.  Drumming and chanting would enable him to go into a trance during which he would contact spirits on the patient’s behalf.  They also enlisted a Qigong master from China, who said that he would be sending harmonizing qi energy to the patients.  The only criterion was that the healers believed that what they were using was going to work.

The healers had also one other common element: success in treating hopeless cases.  Collectively the healers had an average of 17 years experience in healing and reported an average of 117 distant healings apiece.

The 20 patients were divided in half.  One researcher gathered up each patient’s name, photograph and health details into a numbered folder which was passed to a second researcher who then renumbered the folder at random.  A third researcher would then randomly divide the folders into two groups, after which they were placed in locked filing cabinets.  Copies in 5 sealed packets would be sent to each healer, with information about the five patients and a start date specifying the days to begin treatment on each person.  The only person in the whole study who knew who was going to be healed were the healers themselves.  The healers would have no contact with their patients who they had never met or meet.  All the healers had was a photo, a name and a T-cell count.

Each healer was asked to hold intention for the health and well-being of the patient for an hour a day, six days each week, for ten weeks, with alternate weeks off for rest.  Every patient in the treatment group would be treated by every healer in turn.  To remove any individual biases, healers had a weekly rotation, so that they were assigned a new patient each week.  It was the healing itself that would be studies not a particular method.  The healers were to keep a log of their sessions with information about their healing methods and their impressions of their patients’ health.

Elisabeth, although open minded about the healers, her training and own predilections kept surfacing.  She remained fairly convinced that Native American pipe smoking and chakra chanting had nothing to do with curing a group of men with an illness so serious and so advanced that they were virtually certain to die.

And then…… she saw her patients with end-stage AIDS getting better.

During the six months of the trial 40% of the control population died.  All ten of the patients in the healing group were not only still alive but had become healthier, on the basis of their own reports and medical evaluations.

At the end of the study, the patients had been examined by a team of scientists and the condition had yielded one inescapable conclusion: the treatment was working.

Elisabeth and Fred didn’t believe their own results.  They checked and rechecked their data in search of anything which was different: T-cells, doctors, medication, diets, length of being HIV positive.  They found one difference only, the average age of the non-treated group was 45 compared with 35 for the treated group.  Had this made the difference?  They followed up with the patients after the study and found that those who’d been healed were surviving better. 

Elisabeth and Fred decided to do the test again.  In researching such a controversial field Elisabeths science dictated that you have to assume that the effect isn’t real unless you are really sure.  Would 10 years difference make that difference?  They did it all again.

The new 40 patients matched perfectly for age, degree of illness and many other variables, even down to their personal habits.  The amount they smoked, or exercise they took, their religious beliefs, even their use of recreational drugs were equivalent.  In scientific terms this was a batch of men who were as close as you could get to a perfect match.

By this time protease inhibitors had been discovered.  All the patients were told to take standard triple therapy for AIDS (protease inhibitors plus two anti-retroviral drugs such as AZT) and to continue their medical treatment in every other regard.  Because of the triple therapy Elisabeth assumed that, this time, no one would die so she was now looking to see if the distant healing could slow down the progression of AIDS.  Could it result in fewer AIDS-defining illnesses, improved T-cell levels, less medical intervention, improved psychological well-being?

After the 6 months trial was complete the treatment group were healthier on every parameter – significantly fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations, fewer days in hospital, fewer new AIDS-defining illnesses and significantly lower severity of disease.  Only two of the treatment group had developed any new AIDS-defining illnesses, while 12 of the control group had, only 3 of the treatment group had been hospitalized compared with 12 of the other group.  The treatment group also registered a significantly improved mood on psychological tests.  Midway through the study all participants were asked if they thought they were being treated.  In both groups half thought they were, half thought not.  This meant that any involvements of positive mental attitude would not have affected the results.

Elisabeth conducted 50 statistical tests to eliminate whether any other variables in the patients might have contributed to the result.  She found nothing more than chance.

The results were inescapable.  No matter which type of healing they used, no matter what their view of a higher being, the healers were dramatically contributing to the physical and psychological well-being of their patients.

Elisabeth studied the healers.  It didn’t matter what method of healing was used, so long as the intention for the patient to heal was there.  Calling on Spider Woman, a healing grandmother star figure common in the Native American culture was every bit as successful as calling on Jesus.  The techniques used by the healers had been profoundly different.  One “flow alignment” practitioner felt, after working with several of the patients, that there was a common energy field in all of them which she came to think of as the “AIDS energy signature”, and she would work on getting in touch with their healthy immune system and ignore the “bad energy”.  With another it was more a case of working on psychic surgery, spiritually removing the virus from their bodies.  Another, a Christian, carried out healing in front of her own alter with pictures of the Virgin and saints and many lit candles claimed to have summoned up spirit doctors, angels and guides.  Other, like the kabbalistic healer, simply focused on energy patterns.

The one common factor in all these methods was an ability to get out of the way.  They set their intention and then stepped back and surrendered to some other kind of healing force, as though they were opening a door and allowing something greater in.

Many of the more effective healers had asked for help, from the spirit world or from the collective consciousness or even from a religious figure such as Jesus.  It was not an egoistic healing on their part, more like a request: “please may this person be healed”.  Much of their imagery had to do with relaxing, releasing or allowing the spirit, light or love in.  The actual being, whether it was Jesus or Spider Woman, appeared irrelevant.

 

In a project called the Copper Wall Project, in Topeka, Kansas, Elmer Green found that experienced healers have abnormally high electric field patterns during healing sessions.  Green enclosed his participants in isolated rooms made with walls constructed entirely of copper, which would block electricity from any other sources.  The healers had generated electrical surges higher than 60volts during healing sessions, as measured by electrometers placed on the healers themselves and on all four walls.  Video recordings of the healers showed these voltage surges had nothing to do with physical movement.  Studies of the nature of the healing energy of Chinese Qigong masters have provided evidence of the presence of photon emission and electromagnetic fields during healing sessions.  These sudden surges of energy may be physical evidence of a healer’s greater coherence, his ability to marshall his own quantum energy and transfer it.