OP, I believe you have hit on a partial truth here.
As many of you know, I spend most of my waking hours working on a number of 'projects', specifically research attempts into various sciences and
concepts. One of those is artificial intelligence.
Now I'm not going to bore the membership with a long drawn-out discourse into the workings of animal intelligence, why we are on the wrong road to
achieving it artificially, and how it can be conceivably achieved. That would be off topic. (Pause while everyone lets out a long sigh of relief.
But when studying intelligence, what it is and how it works, I came up with a few rather intriguing observations. Firstly, I can easily explain how
Pavlovian learning is achieved, and believe that I can duplicate it electronically (given time and money, perhaps after a few other projects are
completed). But I cannot to any degree explain human intuition or human self-consciousness.
Secondly, a little side interest in the paranormal (not understood normal) led me to a startling observation a couple years ago. Ghosts may indeed
be real people who have died.
DNA is shaped into a double helix, which is a pretty good design for a high-gain antenna and contains a 'space'
inherent in the geometry which is identical to the double helix itself. Now, factoring in the fact that I am convinced (via 'proof' which I cannot
and will not attempt to explain here) that there is a spiritual aspect to our selves, what could that spirit be? It makes sense to me that we exist as
both a physical and a spiritual being simultaneously, with our spirit tied to our physical being via our very DNA.
This explains quite a few phenomena: it is a known fact that twins typically show enhanced psychic connections to each other. Their DNA is identical
(probably with some extremely minor fluctuations due to lifestyles; the twins I have known in my life do tend to separate slightly in appearance as
they age), and this means that each one can receive signals from the other's spiritual self easily due to the similarity in the antenna system which
is their DNA. It explains the initial problem I was having with human intuition and self-consciousness; those qualities come from the spiritual self,
which I have no way to even observe well. It even explains a few cases I have heard of where people recieving organ transplants began to exhibit minor
personality changes that were normal for the donor. It also can explain much about spiritual phenomena, including ghosts.
Ghosts, I have come to believe, are simply people who died and were either unable to comprehend their death (probably due to their state of mind at
the moment of death) or who stayed behind for a reason. Now, the obvious question to the latter is, why would anyone choose to stay behind? There are
two reasons: love and hate. If I were to die prematurely, I could see myself choosing to stay behind to help look after my children. As someone who
used to be very good at hating, I can understand the thought processes behind someone choosing to stay behind for revenge. And realizing how some
people simply refuse to even consider the possibility of an afterlife, I can see how those people could simply refuse to accept their existence so
much that they could not change their location.
There are two basic types of ghosts (I discount such spiritual entities such as poltergeists, as they appear to me to be other than human). There are
those who repeat a specific scenario over and over, usually from a time period at or just prior to their death, occasionally simply indicative of
their personality or life preferences. There are then those who appear in order to give messages or to help others. The former would be an example of
those who do not cross over for the purpose of revenge or confusion, and the latter would be an example of someone staying behind (temporarily?) of
their own volition.
Now how does this tie in to the OP? Simple. If we accept the possibility (probability?) of ghosts as physically dead humans, then it is apparent that
these physically dead humans are not dead spiritually. Thus, the DNA link that bound them to their physical body has simply been cut by physical
death. There is no body, no functioning DNA, for them to be bound to, freeing them from physical restraints and allowing them full consciousness in
the realm in which their spirit resides. Obviously there is some connection to the physical realm, since we do experience spiritual phenomena. But is
it possible that this is simply an incursion into our three physical dimensions by someone existing in four physical dimensions? OK, let me explain
what I mean by four physical dimensions:
Any higher mathematical reasoning will eventually lead to the realization that infinity is neither positive nor negative (sort of like '0', and no,
I won't fill up the next 5 pages with the mathematical reasoning; you'll have to accept this until you research it for yourself). Now if we look at
the old number line we all (should) remember form the 2nd grade, realizing that both ends lead to infinity, it is obvious that the number line is an
infinitely large circle. By the same reasoning, if we look at an XY plane in this light, it becomes an infinitely large sphere. When we look at an XYZ
grid the same way, we come up with something I cannot fathom. But just as a single dimension becomes two dimensional when taken to infinity, and two
dimensions become three, it makes perfect sense that a three-dimensional grid taken to infinity will yield a fourth dimension. As three-dimensional
beings, we cannot fathom a four-dimensional universe... or can we?
Imagine for a moment a group of two-dimensional beings. They exist without an up or down; everything they know is on the same plane. It is insanity to
them to even consider the idea of going over something, because everything in their experience is infintiely high, with no top or bottom. Now consider
that a three-dimensional being (like us) enters their plane of existence. To them, it would appear that we appear and disappear at will, while to us
we simply move up and down. To them, we would be like gods. So it would be with a fourth-dimensional being. Their very existence would make them able
to perform unexplainable actions.
Now, whether this fourth physical dimension is truly a physical dimension or is in reality the fourth dimension we are all familiar with (time) is an
open question. I can visualize possibilities for either scenario. But it would appear that somehow this fourth dimension I am speaking of is the realm
of spiritual beings. Thus, it is the realm we all inhabit in a spiritual sense. Why do we not then experience it in everyday life? We DO! We
experience it every time we use our intuition, every time we pray, every time we place faith in another being, every time we listen to our gut to make
a decision. Some people seem to be able to tap into this realm almost at will, while others (like me
) have tremendous trouble seeing it at all. The
reason is obvious to any observer of human nature; humanity seems to want to focus on the physical realm to the exclusion of the spiritual realm. Only
when someone has an OBE, NDE, or other psychic experience do they get a first-hand glimpse of what lies beyond our physical world.
I believe the OP experienced this spiritual realm, under the control of that last emotion. It is completely possible that the immediate surroundings
one would experience would be based on their final emotion.
That is what is truly meant by consciousness creating reality. It is not that consciousness creates physical three-dimensional reality, but that it
creates a spiritual reality that can.n that realm, be every bit as 'real' to the one creating it as the physical reality is for the rest of us. Now,
does that mean that our spiritual reality is based only on that last emotion? Perhaps, or could it be possible that there are spiritual beings who are
so adept at manipulating their environment (as we are at our three-dimensional environment) that they can override this reality we accidentally create
and therefore save us from our own emotional turmoil? I say so; but others will no doubt disagree.
I do know one thing: if this fourth dimension, the dimension of spirituality and the only way to explain any paranormal (not understood normal)
phenomena exists, then there is no doubt there is much out there in it that is unknown. It is completely possible that we are the children of this
reality, unable to see clearly even when certain spiritual beings are trying to help us. It is also completely plausible that there are not only
'good' spirits, but 'evil' ones as well. In any case, I believe we will do well to question what else lies beyhond the horizon of our knowledge,
while remaining cautious. Ask anyone who has ever lived in a wild area; what you don't see can indeed hurt you.
Just some food for thought from a crazy old redneck
P.S.: As a sidenote, yes, I have experienced one NDE in my youth, due to a fever from an especially nasty flu. I will simply say I was a couple
degrees above the point where people are supposed
to die when I died. It didn't hurt, and I no longer fear death. It's just another