Why so many people – including scientists –suddenly believe in an
Okay, folks, this one is about NDEs, reincarnation, evidence for both
, and the 'debunking' of the "purely materialist" notion that when the
brain dies, we die.
Many members seem to be of the persuasion, still
, that life and all its accoutrements simply are OBLITERATED at death.
I have spent the last three years (plus) totally immersed in the available science, theories, and philosophies of death and what happens afterward.
My father's passing was the catalyst that reignited this interest into active study once more - it was something I'd pursued off and on in depth for
my entire life.
I believe with every scrap and cell of my earthly being - AND within my 'higher self' - that death is NOT the end. I believe that what lots of people
call "woo" or "New-Agey mumbo-jumbo hocus-pocus" has been around since, well, HUMANITY; and when one spends time looking at it from ALL the angles;
the answer is clear. It is proven. It is real, and it is indisputable. In my frustration at trying to get this information out there, I've been
surfing wherever my imagination takes me on the webz, and have read probably a score of books dating from the 8th century
Tibetan Book of the Dead
(Free Online Here),
to the turn of the 20th: William James' classic
"Varieties of Religious Experience"
(Free Online Here)
to very recent studies and titles.
Twenty years ago, life-after-death was pooh-poohed by "science", when the study of consciousness was in its barest infancy. MUCH has happened since
then. Modern medical technology has resulted in MANY people being "revived" (up to 600 per day across the USA!), and open-minded inquiry and active
listening to those who have EXPERIENCED "death" and returned to tell about it (while being careful to thoroughly vet and verify) leave no doubt in my
mind that consciousness DOES INDEED continue after "death" of the body.
Currently, I am reading P.M.H Atwater's last title (published 2011)
"Near-Death Experiences - the rest of the story; what they teach us
about living, dying, and our true purpose."
I have not finished it yet, but will say that it pulls together the last several DECADES of "woo" thoughts and modern "Case studies", and ALSO
resonates with ancient texts and "mystic"/Eastern thought.
This article I just came across today.
I'd love to discuss the afterlife from an OPEN-MINDED perspective here. No, it's not a "new idea" - far, far from it....but it IS being more widely
accepted by "hard scientists."
My chosen profession was mental health and behavioral/social science; I am now retired, but still insatiably interested in following current
neuroscience, psychology, and brain development.
Have a look at this article (it's not long), and if you like, let's discuss!!
Heaven is hot again, and hell is colder than ever
by Brian Bethune on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:39am -
The Heaven boom
Death, it seems, is no longer Shakespeare’s undiscovered country, the one “from whose bourn no traveller returns.” Not according to contemporary
bestseller lists. Dreams and visions of the afterlife have been constants across human history, and the near-death experiences (now known as NDEs) of
those whose lives were saved by medical advances have established, for millions, a credible means by which someone could peek into the next world.
We seem to be moving inexorably from a society where organized religion dominates issues of morality—and mortality—but not to the secular promised
land of reason. Rather, we are orienting ourselves to a more personal spirituality, at once vague and autonomous. Ordinary sinners increasingly
don’t believe that they deserve judgment, let alone hell. Theists and atheists alike dispute any earthly authority’s right to judge, and both feel
NDEs give them reason to hope for something beyond the grave. And many believers confidently expect that God isn’t judgmental either.
The article lists MANY experiences and how scientists are responding now to this information. I couldn't find an excerpt that 'encapsulated' the new
trend, but the above extexts are the beginning and ending paragraphs. I highly urge you to take the time to read it.
There are MANY titles available of recent copyright date, and I have linked LOTS of them in other threads and posts.
Can we have a healthy, open discussion about this, please? I hope so!
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