Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Is Death The Next 'Reality'?
Recently a dear friend of mine was taken by her husband to the local emergency room. She has always had heart problems and this was apparently one of those 'big' problems.
Being a small rural hospital, the staff was ill equipped to handle something so major, yet they kept her for a week, while she quickly regressed to the point where her kidneys, then lungs began to fail.
Her cardiologist only makes visits to our small town, every other Tuesday, so by the time he got to see his patient, she was in dire straights. He immediately had her transported to a cardiology unit in a hospital located in the city he works in.
That first night was rough but the next morning was even worse. My friend 'coded'. In other words, she died.
Nurses rushed in, an emergency doctor was called in and with some difficulty, they revived my friend.
It was touch and go for a while, a pacemaker was installed in her chest, chemical balances teetered and her lungs just wouldn't get enough air, to supply the oxygen needed to keep her going.
She spent weeks in the hospital but finally one day, my friend's husband finally got to bring her home. Though weak, she seems to be adjusting and doing well, so we are all releived just to have her home.
I am a straight-forward type of person and more than just a bit curious, so I asked my friend if when she 'coded', did she see a 'light'?
"No." was her reply, "I just saw darkness, then nothing."
"Oh, thank goodness!" I said, "Had you seen 'the light' you might not have come back."
I had an N.D.E. (near death experience), that happened years ago. I didn't see a light either.
One second I was in horrible pain, the next I was 'outside' of myself, looking back at my catatonic face and my mother beside me, in anguish. During these brief moments, I tried to comfort my mother, telling her I was fine but she could neither see, nor hear me.
Then suddenly I was in a dark tunnel and when I opened my eyes, I was in excruciating pain again. At that moment, if I had seen the light so many people describe, I doubt I would have wanted to come back.
So what is death? Do we really die? Well, I see death as a transition from one form to another. Who we truly 'are', lives on.
I think death is as they say, 'a part of life' and just a step to the next reality but I hope and plan to keep this form, this corporeal body for as long as I can. This 'life' is just too interesting and I still have so much to do.
I read something about death that I thought I'd share with you, my readers. Dr. Lanza gives us a scientific look at life and death.
Does Death Exist? New Theory Says 'No'
By Robert Lanza, MD
Photo of Robert Lanza in his lab.
huffingtonpost.com- Many of us fear death. We believe in death because we have been told we will die. We associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think.
One well-known aspect of quantum physics is that certain observations cannot be predicted absolutely. Instead, there is a range of possible observations each with a different probability. One mainstream explanation, the "many-worlds" interpretation, states that each of these possible observations corresponds to a different universe (the 'multiverse'). A new scientific theory - called biocentrism - refines these ideas. There are an infinite number of universes, and everything that could possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death does not exist in any real sense in these scenarios. All possible universes exist simultaneously, regardless of what happens in any of them. Although individual bodies are destined to self-destruct, the alive feeling - the 'Who am I?'- is just a 20-watt fountain of energy operating in the brain. But this energy doesn't go away at death. One of the surest axioms of science is that energy never dies; it can neither be created nor destroyed. But does this energy transcend from one world to the other?
Consider an experiment that was recently published in the journal Science showing that scientists could retroactively change something that had happened in the past. Particles had to decide how to behave when they hit a beam splitter. Later on, the experimenter could turn a second switch on or off. It turns out that what the observer decided at that point, determined what the particle did in the past. Regardless of the choice you, the observer, make, it is you who will experience the outcomes that will result. The linkages between these various histories and universes transcend our ordinary classical ideas of space and time. Think of the 20-watts of energy as simply holo-projecting either this or that result onto a screen. Whether you turn the second beam splitter on or off, it's still the same battery or agent responsible for the projection.
According to Biocentrism, space and time are not the hard objects we think. Wave your hand through the air - if you take everything away, what's left? Nothing. The same thing applies for time. You can't see anything through the bone that surrounds your brain. Everything you see and experience right now is a whirl of information occurring in your mind. Space and time are simply the tools for putting everything together.
Death does not exist in a timeless, spaceless world. In the end, even Einstein admitted, "Now Besso" (an old friend) "has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us...know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Immortality doesn't mean a perpetual existence in time without end, but rather resides outside of time altogether.
This was clear with the death of my sister Christine. After viewing her body at the hospital, I went out to speak with family members. Christine's husband - Ed - started to sob uncontrollably. For a few moments I felt like I was transcending the provincialism of time. I thought about the 20-watts of energy, and about experiments that show a single particle can pass through two holes at the same time. I could not dismiss the conclusion: Christine was both alive and dead, outside of time.
Christine had had a hard life. She had finally found a man that she loved very much. My younger sister couldn't make it to her wedding because she had a card game that had been scheduled for several weeks. My mother also couldn't make the wedding due to an important engagement she had at the Elks Club. The wedding was one of the most important days in Christine's life. Since no one else from our side of the family showed, Christine asked me to walk her down the aisle to give her away.
Soon after the wedding, Christine and Ed were driving to the dream house they had just bought when their car hit a patch of black ice. She was thrown from the car and landed in a banking of snow.
"Ed," she said "I can't feel my leg."
She never knew that her liver had been ripped in half and blood was rushing into her peritoneum.
After the death of his son, Emerson wrote "Our life is not so much threatened as our perception. I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature."
Whether it's flipping the switch for the Science experiment, or turning the driving wheel ever so slightly this way or that way on black-ice, it's the 20-watts of energy that will experience the result. In some cases the car will swerve off the road, but in other cases the car will continue on its way to my sister's dream house.
Christine had recently lost 100 pounds, and Ed had bought her a surprise pair of diamond earrings. It's going to be hard to wait, but I know Christine is going to look fabulous in them the next time I see her.
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Robert Lanza, MD is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is the author of "Biocentrism," a book that lays out his theory of everything.
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