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What Would Your Religion Mean If……

From The Conversation:

November 5 2014, 6.10am EST
Is your religion ready to meet ET?

reliHow will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the Earth? No more speculating. No more wondering. The moment scientists announce this discovery, everything will change. Not least of all, our philosophies and religions will need to incorporate the new information.
Searching for signs of life

Astronomers have now identified thousands of planets in orbit around other stars. At the current rate of discovery, millions more will be found this century.

Having already found the physical planets, astronomers are now searching for our biological neighbors. Over the next fifty years, they will begin the tantalizing, detailed study of millions of planets, looking for evidence of the presence of life on or below the surfaces or in the atmospheres of those planets.

And it’s very likely that astronomers will find it. Despite the fact that more than one-third of Americans surveyed believe that aliens have already visited Earth, the first evidence of life beyond our planet probably won’t be radio signals, little green men or flying saucers. Instead, a 21st century Galileo, using an enormous, 50-meter-diameter telescope, will collect light from the atmospheres of distant planets, looking for the signatures of biologically significant molecules.

Astronomers filter that light from far away through spectrometers – high-tech prisms that tease the light apart into its many distinct wavelengths. They’re looking for the telltale fingerprints of molecules that would not exist in abundance in these atmospheres in the absence of living things. The spectroscopic data will tell whether a planet’s environment has been altered in ways that point to biological processes at work.

If we aren’t alone, who are we?

planetsWith the discovery in a distant planet’s light spectrum of a chemical that could only be produced by living creatures, humankind will have the opportunity to read a new page in the book of knowledge. We will no longer be speculating about whether other beings exist in the universe. We will know that we not alone.

An affirmative answer to the question “Does life exist anywhere else in the universe beyond Earth?” would raise immediate and profoundly important cosmotheological questions about our place in the universe. If extraterrestrial others exist, then my religion and my religious beliefs and practices might not be universal. If my religion is not universally applicable to all extraterrestrial others, perhaps my religion need not be offered to, let alone forced on, all terrestrial others. Ultimately, we might learn some important lessons applicable here at home just from considering the possibility of life beyond our planet.

In my book, I investigated the sacred writings of the world’s most widely practiced religions, asking what each religion has to say about the uniqueness or non-uniqueness of life on Earth, and how, or if, a particular religion would work on other planets in distant parts of the universe.
Extrasolar sinners?

Let’s examine a seemingly simple yet exceedingly complex theological question: could extraterrestrials be Christians? If Jesus died in order to redeem humanity from the state of sin into which humans are born, does the death and resurrection of Jesus, on Earth, also redeem other sentient beings from a similar state of sin? If so, why are the extraterrestrials sinful? Is sin built into the very fabric of the space and time of the universe? Or can life exist in parts of the universe without being in a state of sin and therefore without the need of redemption and thus without the need for Christianity? Many different solutions to these puzzles involving Christian theology have been put forward. None of them yet satisfy all Christians.
Mormon worlds

Mormon scripture clearly teaches that other inhabited worlds exist and that “the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (Doctrines and Covenants 76:24). The Earth, however, is a favored world in Mormonism, because Jesus, as understood by Mormons, lived and was resurrected only on Earth. In addition, Mormon so-called intelligences can only achieve their own spiritual goals during their lives on Earth, not during lifetimes on other worlds. Thus, for Mormons, the Earth might not be the physical center of the universe but it is the most favored place in the universe. Such a view implies that all other worlds are, somehow, lesser worlds than Earth.
Bahá’í without bias

Members of the Bahá’í Faith have a view of the universe that has no bias for or against the Earth as a special place or for against humans as a special sentient species. The principles of the Bahá’í Faith – unifying society, abandoning prejudice, equalizing opportunities for all people, eliminating poverty – are about humans on Earth. The Bahá’í faithful would expect any creatures anywhere in the universe to worship the same God as do humans, but to do so according to their own, world-specific ways.
Light years from Mecca

The pillars of the faith for Muslims require the faithful to pray five times every day while facing Mecca. Because determining the direction of Mecca correctly could be extremely difficult on a quickly spinning planet millions of light years from Earth, practicing the same faith on another world might not make any sense. Yet the words of the Qu’ran tell us that “Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the earth do prostrate themselves to Allah” (13:15). Can terrestrial Muslims accept that the prophetically revealed religion of Muhammad is intended only for humans on earth and that other worlds would have their own prophets?
Astronomers as paradigm-shatterers

At certain moments throughout history, astronomers’ discoveries have exerted an outsized influence on human culture. Ancient Greek astronomers unflattened the Earth – though many then chose to forget this knowledge. Renaissance scholars Copernicus and Galileo put the Earth in motion around the Sun and moved humans away from the center of the universe. In the 20th century, Edwin Hubble eliminated the very idea that the universe has any center at all. He demonstrated that what the universe has is a beginning in time and that, bizarrely, the universe, the very fabric of three-dimensional space, is expanding.

Clearly, when astronomers offer the world bold new ideas, they don’t mess around. Another such paradigm-shattering new idea may be in the light arriving at our telescopes now.

photoNo matter which (a)theistic background informs your theology, you may have to wrestle with the data astronomers will be bringing to houses of worship in the very near future. You will need to ask: Is my God the God of the entire universe? Is my religion a terrestrial or a universal religion? As people work to reconcile the discovery of extrasolar life with their theological and philosophical worldviews, adapting to the news of life beyond Earth will be discomfiting and perhaps even disruptive.

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Will The Next Pope Be The Last?

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With the announcement Monday by Pope Benedict XVI that he is stepping down as the Church’s 111th Pope, speculation of his replacement is rampant with talk of he infamous papal prophecies of St. Malachy. St. Malachy, the first Irish saint, had a vision of the next 112 popes. We’ve had 111 since, and are on the verge of seeing No. 112, which Malachy says will be the final pope before the end of the world as we know it.

 

St. Malachy had written about the 112th pope:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”

St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be “Peter the Roman”, which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.

Cardinal Turkson has said in the past that “if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God.” Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo has called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope’s “Senate”, and believes that his status as a potential “papabile” has been elevated due to his 2009 appointment as spokesman for the Second Synod for Africa.Read More

 

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In addition does the date of the Popes announcement Feb. 11 have any significance?  Yes, it is the date of The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received the local bishop’s approval after a four-year inquiry. For the story of St Bernadette’s visons read here

 

Some argue the St Malachy prophecies are a 16th century forgery and subject to ambiguous interpretations, while others insist it’s documented in the Catholic Church’s library. One must also remember the end of times and the end of the world mean different things. Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see who the next pope is and what follows.

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Proof Of Heaven: Interview With Dr Eben Alexander

In an excellent interview on Skeptiko with host Alex Tsakiris, Dr Eben Alexander neurosurgeon and author Dr. Eben Alexander goes into detail about his Near Death Experience (NDE) and the profound change and effect it had on him. Once a skeptic, Dr Alexander had to reconcile his medical training with his actual experience, and is convinced what he experienced was real and life altering for him.

 

 

 

 

 

In this interview, Dr Alexander takes us through his sudden onset of bacterial meningitis, his family facing the prospect of him spending the rest of his life in a nursing home, to waking up defying all odds and telling his story of an incredible journey that proved to him that there’s eternal life after this one. In a very thought provoking account, here is the interview with Dr. Eben Alexander.

Today we welcome Dr. Eben Alexander back to Skeptiko. Dr. Alexander has just published Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife. Welcome, Dr. Alexander. Thanks for joining me on Skeptiko.

Dr. Eben Alexander:   Well hello, Alex, and thanks very much for having me back.

Alex Tsakiris:   Well, you’ve written quite a book here. One part medical thriller—it really is—and one part near-death experience science book. It’s a great read. I didn’t think neurosurgeons were supposed to be writers of this caliber.

Dr. Eben Alexander:   Thanks a lot. I appreciate it. I think you can tell it’s really a story from the heart because it’s a very personal story and my experience was absolutely life-changing in every sense of the word. And I mean, to me I think a lot of people are most interested when they hear that I had a profound near-death experience like millions of people have had and witnessed that ultra-reality and the startling nature of that realm.

And because I had bacterial meningitis, which really pretty much turned off the human part of my brain, after I was recovering and putting the whole story together it started becoming very clear to me that there was absolutely no way that it had happened in my brain. And that was based on neuroscientific principles. So as stunned as I was by the nature of the experience, the ultra-reality, when I was waking up from coma my original intent was to try and explain that based on neuroscientific principles. T

Then over a few months and even before I started reading any near-death experience literature, I realized how sick I was and how it was really impossible to explain this very rich experience through the typical neuroscientific explanations and it really happened and it happened in a place that’s outside of our physical universe. I think that’s what’s so stunning and that’s why so many people are fascinated by this story.

Alex Tsakiris:   Absolutely. And of course, as you just mentioned, I think the other aspect of it that draws people in is your background. I mean, you would know the answers to some of those questions. You have quite an extensive academic background as well as professional. I mean, you are a brain surgeon. You know how people say, “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon?” Well, in this case it takes a brain surgeon. You were a professor at Harvard Medical School for 15 years, you’re publishing papers in all medical journals, so you are a bonafide expert in these areas.

And then if I can just fill in a little of your story—so there you are, you’re a neurosurgeon, you moved back to the South where you’re from originally with your family to slow down a little bit although you still have a very active practice and do to this day. But then this incident, this spinal meningitis, and it’s an e coli bacteria, which I just was stunned. I didn’t know anything about it but again, this book is part medical thriller so when you read this book—and it’s really a great read.

It’s not only a book you’re going to want to read for yourself but I really think it’s the kind of book you’re going to want to give to someone else because they’ll be drawn into the story and at the same time they’ll be overwhelmed by the medical and scientific evidence behind it.

Anyway, this thing happens to you and I guess one of the parts we could explore right now is as a physician, tell folks a little bit about the medical miracle of your recovery itself. Taking the NDE out of it this is just an extraordinary medical case, isn’t it?

Dr. Eben Alexander:   Right. I must say, all the physicians and nurses who took care of me were absolutely dumbfounded that I ended up making a complete recovery. As you pointed out a minute ago, it’s very important to note that it was an e coli—a spontaneous e coli meningitis—which in adults probably has an incidence of around 1 in 10 million per year or less. So it’s very rare. That, I think, has mainly served the purpose of keeping me focused so that I was not about to dismiss any of this. It’s almost like it was kind of an overkill of forcing rarity on me so I would not lose track of how important it was to get to the bottom of all this.

The other thing is, as I do tell in the book, when I first came down with this illness which was on November 10, 2008, I became symptomatic at about four in the morning. It was a very severe, very rapidly progressive disease so it started with back pain and then rapidly to a severe headache. And then within about three hours of onset, into a grand mal epileptic seizure that was really not breakable. And if you do a literature search you’ll find that if someone has a grand negative bacterial meningitis like I had and they go into coma rapidly, and in the literature that’s within 24 hours—of course, I was so sick I did that within three or four hours.

It turns out that with that history, when they get to the emergency room their mortality is already at 90% from that illness. So I had only a 10% chance of surviving when I got to the emergency room. They quickly put me on three antibiotics to try and cover this and I did not respond for several days to the antibiotics. So that 10% survival estimate when I first came in the door crept towards 2% or 3% by the end of the week, which is the time when I finally woke up.

My physicians were making it very clear to my family that even if I did survive it, especially by that point after I’d been in a coma on a ventilator for a week, that my chances for neurological recovery were very limited and that I would probably spend the rest of my life in a nursing home. So in fact, they were even read more

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When The Internet Is Bad…Very Bad

Ok we’re redfaced here at AllFairfield. Yesterday we posted a story about David Rose a young man of 24 who was a deaf mute with cerebral palsy that had a Facebook and Twitter account with thousands of fans. David died on Oct 11, 2012. His story touched tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who admired the young man for his tenacity in overcoming the odds of his disabilities.

 

Well friends, it appears it was all a hoax. From Huffington Post

But as readers started doing some electronic digging, things didn’t sit right. A reader named Kristi-Anne uncovered the fact that Rose’s photo was actually that of Hunter Dunn, another young man with cerebral palsy, whose picture appears on the Tobii site.

 

So what was meant to show how the internet could be a good thing with our original story, ironically turned out to expose the very bad side of the internet. Funny huh?

For the full account of the exposure read Kristi-Anne’s blog:

When something seems too good to be true, it often is.

Dave Rose, more commonly known as Dave On Wheels on Twitter and his blogspot, has recently achieved some sort of internet celebrity due to some unfortunate events. Or so we are all led to believe. I only just learned about Dave early this morning from a deeply upset friend. She showed me the final blog post he wrote while in the hospital. My first thoughts were about how awful this is, and how life sometimes is so unfair. And then I had an unnerving feeling that wouldn’t depart. Dave was deaf with cerebral palsy. Such an unfortunate disorder as it is, and deaf too? So he must not have been able to sign (from lack of motor control) and unable to talk or hear. How awful to be trapped in a body with thoughts but not being able to express yourself to anyone, not even your family and friends. He wrote fondly about his friends with cerebral palsy, I imagined how difficult that would be, given that he couldn’t sign, hear, or talk. Suddenly nothing added up anymore. Being a fairly efficient online “detective” I tried to prove my gut (for lack of a better word) wrong. I explain in my email to the Chive below, but basically I uploaded the picture seen below into Google images and searched it to see if it was anywhere else on the web. These are my results. read more

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When The Internet Is Good

 

 

While the internet always seems to get a bad rep as a demonic invention that created sexual predators, scams and misinformation, every once in awhile it serves a purpose that dwarfs all those negatives.

 

In this case it involves a remarkable human being named David Rose. David 24, was born with cerebral palsy and was deaf and mute and confined to a wheelchair. Doctors had told David he wouldn’t live past 15. He did. Then they told him he wouldn’t make it past 20. Again he did.

 

His family set him up with a Facebook and Twitter account and soon David had thousands of fans following him.He also had his own blog. His outlook on life was philosophical, his humor contagious,and his concern with those around him made David stand out all the more despite his disabilities. He communicates with a Tobii eye-gaze computer that tracks his eye-movement and posts on Facebook and Twitter, and on his blog he says he likes puppies, girls, funny movies, good stories and jokes, and ‘yummy food’.

 

David recently entered the hospital for pneumonia where he continued to tweet messages. Upon learning he has pneumonia he wrote a post and gave it to his sister to publish in the event he didn’t make it. David died on Oct 11. His courage and sense of humor never waning, he retained both up until the end. His sister posted his last message the day he died.

“You are all special. all of you unique! love each other and make each other smile. a good joke is good medicine! make sure everyone around you have a smile ok? always do what is right. always! but forgive yourself if you forget sometimes. i have to go now. i love you all. i really do. you are amazing. i will never forget you!”

 

So out of all the gloom and doom perceptions of the internet, this story about an amazing young man, who’s life was connected to so many people who became his friend and lifeline, was made possible because of the internet.

 

To read more about Davids incredible life read Mail Online

 

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Grampas Blanket: One Mans Legacy

 

 

This is a heartwarming story of one mans desire to make sure his unborn grandchild would get to know him even if she never met him.

Just after I introduced myself as his hospice chaplain, Charlie recounted the day he heard the news of the diagnosis. He was an active, 60-year-old retired salesman, married 35 years to Belle.

“It was a worst case scenario,” he reported, “The cancer had spread everywhere.” His doctors gave him six months. He and Belle were devastated. They phoned their oldest daughter who lived out-of-state, and told her the news through a veil of tears.

Daughter Susan sobbed and sobbed, and eventually managed to whisper, “but you can’t die … read more

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“You Have Nothing To Fear, You Can Do No Wrong” An Astonishing NDE From A Former Skeptic.

 

 

Dr. Eben Alexander a neurosurgeon fell into a coma in 2008 after contacting a rare form of meningitis that caused the shutdown of part of his brain called the cortex, which controls the thoughts and emotions of the person. He stayed in a coma for seven days and upon waking up the seventh day he found himself a different person. As a doctor he always approached death with the scientific conventional wisdom that consciousness cannot exist outside of the brain. In his near death experience( NDE) he encountered many of the standard reports by other NDE claims and was shown an incredible vision of life after death. The experience was real enough to him that he found himself on the other side of the NDE argument and became a fervent believer. Here you can read the account from excerpts of his book Proof Of Heaven in The Daily Beast

As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.

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The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didn’t mean they had journeyed anywhere real.

Although I considered myself a faithful Christian, I was so more in name than in actual belief. I didn’t begrudge those who wanted to believe that Jesus was more than simply a good man who had suffered at the hands of the world. I sympathized deeply with those who wanted to believe that there was a God somewhere out there who loved us unconditionally. In fact, I envied such people the security that those beliefs no doubt provided. But as a scientist, I simply knew better than to believe them myself.

In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was inactivated, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.

Alexander discusses his experience on the Science channel’s ‘Through the Wormhole.’

I know how pronouncements like mine sound to skeptics, so I will tell my story with the logic and language of the scientist I am.

Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortex—the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human—had shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.

When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline.

Then, on the morning of my seventh day in the hospital, as my doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open.

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‘You have nothing to fear.’ ‘There is nothing you can do wrong.’ The message flooded me with a vast and crazy sensation of relief. (Photo illustration by Newsweek; Source: Buena Vista Images-Getty Images)

 

There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.

 

But that dimension—in rough outline, the same one described by countless subjects of near-death experiences and other mystical states—is there. It exists, and what I saw and learned there has placed me quite literally in a new world: a world where we are much more than our brains and bodies, and where death is not the end of consciousness but rather a chapter in a vast, and incalculably positive, journey.

 

I’m not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history. But as far as I know, no one before me has ever traveled to this dimension (a) while their cortex was completely shut down, and (b) while their body was under minute medical observation, as mine was for the full seven days of my coma.

All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent. Read Full Article

 

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Out Of Body Experiences Aren’t All About Angels And Demons

 

In a fascinating interview, Alex Tsakiris host of Skeptiko interviews author Graham Nicholls about his book Investigating The Out Of Body Experience. Subjects include how to have an Out Of Body Experience and the science behind them. From Skeptiko:

Alex Tsakiris: Hi Graham. It’s so great to have you back on Skeptiko.

Graham Nicholls: Hi Alex. It’s great to be back on.

Alex Tsakiris: So here we are and I was looking over your new book. Fascinating, fascinating. One of the things that really struck me is on one hand it’s a very practical book. It says right in there that the aim of this book is to help you have an out-of-body experience, which is fascinating. We want to talk about that because you really take a rather novel approach to kind of throw in a whole bunch of different techniques at folks. You actually have a really sound scientific basis for why you think that varied approach might work for people.

But at the same time, and this is the other part of the book I want to talk about, the book is very much about the science of out-of-body experience and the science-related questions that it raises.

So first, am I getting that right? Are there really these two aspects to the book?

Graham Nicholls: Sure, yeah. Very much so. I wanted to move it away from the heavily esoteric angle that’s common in a lot of books. And I also really wanted to base the techniques on something solid and just go out there and see what actually works rather than just repeating what so many books and so many other people have been saying for over 100 years. I wanted to see if this stuff will really actually do what people say and so we really have silver cords and energy bodies and all of these kinds of things that are talked about so commonly. So yeah, that was really the aim.

Alex Tsakiris: Okay, good. So I tell you what. Let’s leave aside for a second the scientific questions about out-of-body experiences, including about whether they really exist, whether there really is such a thing—I guess that would be one of the first scientific questions. Also, I think we should leave aside for a minute the philosophical questions about what this might mean for consciousness, materialism, questions of the soul, all that kind of stuff. Let’s talk about the practical applications because I think that’s where a lot of people are going to be coming at this from. Tell us about your approach to helping people have these experiences.

Graham Nicholls: Well, I think that my approach as well as the scientific stuff that I’ve already mentioned, I think another thing that I really was noticing more and more as I worked with people over time is that people are very different and that some people will have particular skills in a certain area and other people will have completely different skills.

Alex Tsakiris: You seem to take this NLP approach, the neural-linguistic program, which I thought was fascinating. Tell us how you came to include that in this.

Graham Nicholls: Because it just made sense, really. This idea of modeling what someone actually does when they’re having the experience and then seeing if I can apply it to different people and then seeing maybe more visual people might work better with more of a visual technique than another person. I was just finding that constantly when I was working with someone I’d offer them a technique and they might say, “Oh, I can’t visualize,” or “I’m not very physical. I have various health issues,” or whatever. All different things would come up when I’m working with them. It just became apparent to me to fit the techniques to the person rather than trying to fit the person to the techniques, you know?

Alex Tsakiris: Great. Just for folks who maybe aren’t totally up to speed on that, as you mention there some people are just drawn to let’s say auditory stimulation. These are the people who like to listen to music more and can really feel a connection with it. That would be kind of one sign. Then some people obviously are more visual. Maybe they’re more of a dreamer kind of type.

So in reading the book you just kind of say go with it. Go with whatever your natural inclination is because you’ve discovered in your out-of-body experience work all those sensory modalities are represented in the experience. So it’s not like an either/or thing. You can just emphasize one or the other as a starting point. Am I getting that part right?

Graham Nicholls: Yeah, totally. I think it is a factor that you can really go with the person’s major skill or major sensory focus, but then also bring in all the other senses as well. It’s looking at the person as a whole. A complete approach and a very personalized approach.

I mean, even bringing in emotions and things like that. Using an emotional focus such as another person, working with another person so there’s this building of connection which again is backed up with telepathy research and things like that. There’s a strong link between individuals and that can really help with the success rate of someone learning, as well. It’s all about looking at the science, looking at the individual, and really working out the best approach for that person.

Alex Tsakiris: You know, Graham, another aspect of your technique that seemed interesting to me and maybe you want to talk about is this idea of immersion. What are you driving at there and how did you come up with that?

Graham Nicholls: I suppose in a sense it came from this hypnosis idea again. I think back in 1998 I was working on the first of the immersive structures I’ve built specifically to induce out-of-body experiences.

Alex Tsakiris: Tell folks a little bit about that setup and that project because I think it’s fascinating.

Graham Nicholls: Well, the first structure I ever built was called “epicene,” and it was essentially a steel structure like a kind of cage that was designed to suspend a platform, a kind of bed, in the center. That was suspended by steel wire so the wire was almost invisible. When someone walked in they would almost see just this floating platform, essentially. They would get onto that and it would flatten out and feel very much like floating.

And then there would be some of this—the early version of my intraluminal sound technology and also a spoken hypnotic induction. So it had a few different levels to it. The idea was using all of those senses and the idea suggesting to the person that they were floating put them into that context and would increase the chances that it would trigger something unconsciously and lead to the out-of-body experience.

I found very quickly with the intraluminal sound that the vibrational state became very, very common up to 90+ percent of people getting the vibrational state. Then a certain percentage of people beyond that would go into either some kind of remote perceptions such as hearing or perceiving things at a distance, seeing things at a distance, or the full-out out-of-body experience.

Alex Tsakiris: Those are just some astounding figures percentagewise, especially in a pretty controlled experiment in terms of everyone’s going through the same experience. You can ask them before and afterwards. That’s pretty impressive. It’s very impressive.

Let’s talk a little bit about science. I want to start out with one of the things you said in the book that just struck me. I don’t think read more

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Near Death Experiences Nothing New

Even though near death experiences (NDE’S) have received a lot of attention over the last 35 years, most notably started by Dr. Raymond Moody with his groundbreaking book Life After Life, there are numerous accounts of NDE’s going all the way back to Plato. From Near Death Experiences and Afterlife

Reports of near-death experiences are not a new phenomenon. A great number of them have been recorded over a period of thousands of years. The ancient religious texts such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bible, and Koran describe experiences of life after death which remarkably resembles modern NDEs. The oldest surviving explicit report of a NDE in Western literature comes from the famed Greek philosopher, Plato, who describes an event in his tenth book of his legendary book entitled Republic. Plato discusses the story of Er, a soldier who awoke on his funeral pyre and described his journey into the afterlife. But this story is not just a random anecdote for Plato. He integrated at least three elements of the NDE into his philosophy: the departure of the soul from the cave of shadows to see the light of truth, the flight of the soul to a vision of pure celestial being and its subsequent recollection of the vision of light, which is the very purpose of philosophy.

In Plato’s Republic, he concludes his discussion of immortal soul and ultimate justice with the story of Er. Traditional Greek culture had no strong faith in ultimate justice, as monotheistic faiths do. Ancestral spirits lingered in the dark, miserable underworld, Hades, regardless of their behavior in this life, with no reward or punishment, as Odysseus learned in his Odyssey. But Plato, perhaps importing some Orphic, Egyptian or Zoroastrian themes, drew on the idea of an otherworldly reward or punishment to motivate virtuous behavior in this life. The first point of Er’s story is to report on this cosmic justice; it is: read more

NDE/Spiritual

One Very Detailed Account Of An NDE

 

In Christian Andreasons NDE account, he reveals and incredible journey in which he learned we all have pre planned moments, the orgins of the universe, and who gets to return “home”. Read his account here

 

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Once in a great while I stumble across someone’s NDE testimony that I find to be uniquely outstanding and awesome. Christian Andréason (pronounced On-dray-son) and his NDE testimony is the latest one! For reasons that you will discover for yourself, I consider his experience as the most inspirational I’ve ever read. His testimony is filled with new insights – new “pieces” to fit into my own NDE cosmology puzzle.

It was on June 2nd of 1995, that Christian Andréason (www.allaboutchristian.com) had his near-death experience. Because of an unanticipated drug interaction and overdose, Christian’s blood pressure was caused to plummet while undergoing routine dental surgery. Once out of his body, Christian took an extensive tour of what he calls, “The Divine Realm” and he saw himself go before a great light he deeply believes to have been God. The experience not only changed the entire course of Christian’s life, but also the direction of his music career. He immediately became more focused on all things spiritual; serving friends, loved ones and even those some might consider strangers in anyway possible.

Best known for being an award-winning – critically acclaimed recording artist, Christian Andréason is a singer, songwriter and producer of inspirational music for his independent record label, Wonderboy Records. Since 1987 he has professionally recorded hundreds of songs and produced a total of 9 albums. Praised by celebrities, major press and even former United States Presidents, Christian’s music and messages of love have so far reached millions of ears Internationally via Internet, television, stage and radio. Currently Christian is working on his next album with Grammy Award winning music producer, Joe Hogue. (LeAnne Rhimes, Donna Summer, Michael W. Smith, Ce Ce Winans and Roy Orbison).

Interestingly enough, Christian is the writer/singer of the theme song entitled, “All The Time” used by fellow NDEer and long-time # 1 N.Y. Times Best Selling Author, Betty J. Eadie for her 2002 award winning television program, “Embraced by the Light” … which featured Betty’s famous book of the same name. Betty J. Eadie was the first to discover and publish some of Christian’s NDE writing in several pages of the 1999 inspirational book, “The Ripple Effect.” The two are great friends, as Betty has been a great source of inspiration to Christian for many years.

Besides writing about spiritual issues and recording future music, Christian now devotes several days every week toward a thriving spiritual therapy/one-on-one ministry practice based in Houston, Texas. Using his God given intuitive gifts and clairvoyant abilities he has since helped a multitude – including many well known in entertainment media, politics, ministry and in the new-thought movement.


The following is an edited version of questions and answers taken from Christian’s forthcoming book. While it is reprinted on my website for inspirational reading, I ask that you request permission directly from Christian before professionally copying or reprinting any part of this material. Thank you very much.

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