By Maria Anna van Driel, www.nexttruth.com
Can we say that death is just an accidental suspension of the biological process known as life? Or do we have to seek the answers in a more spiritual realm?
The question of whether life continues after death has been at the forefront of many researchers, still, a conclusive answer in not forthcoming. It seems that we just cannot wrap our minds around this timeless area what lies between the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death and the hereafter.
‘The experiences are typically “spiritual” and even “religious,” but specific to the doctrines and practices of a particular religion (or sect within a religion). But I certainly do not know why the particular details of NDE reports differ so much; it goes against the idea that the NDEr is in contact with a heavenly realm. Why so many heavenly realms?’ – Prof. John Martin Fischer
Creepy as it might sound but many thoughts go out to the idea that, if we want to find out what a NDE is and what it means, our psychological knowledge has to “die”. Meaning, we have to let go of the density objects seem to posses and thus the material version of what we have become to understand as “life” or “reality”. This makes us experiencing the world around as a two point-projection perspective creating for us to “see” an, compared to classical reality, odd, almost holographic, behavior in time and space.
Seeing this “holographic matrix” for what it might really be, seem to speak of you entering a state in where you are opening the doors to you inner self and log into the inherited and stored information bundles what is being thought of being stored in particular cells of your body (cellular memory) and vibrating in a light spectrum what lie just outside the region of our visible spectrum.
‘The Akashic records are thought by some believers in esoteric doctrines to represent everything in the past, present, and future. They would thus be a representation of the afterlife, but not the afterlife itself. And these esoteric doctrines (promulgated by Theosophy, among other belief-systems), are not scientifically well-founded or philosophically plausible at all. Sorry.’ – Prof. John Martin Fischer
Now taking away even more of these mysteries by looking at NDE’s from a neuro-scientific point of view, the question if it is possible for the brain experiencing an extreme moment of stress during death whereby an odd behavior of the synapses is creating a disfunction in information transfer, is rising with me. If so, it is almost a logical line of thought that this behavior is triggering the Claustrum in releasing a high amount of electricity what in turn is activating the Pineal gland in releasing a strange mixture of chemicals in the midbrain and creating a holographic image based on one’s personal and inherited information stored in your cells.
It is also a realistic thought that, in the moment someone is entering the state of crossing over, the pupils are dilating beyond their own normal capability whereby the optic nerves are trying to absorb and processing an avalanche of UV-light. Not being able to do so, the excess energy is being released in the fluids of the human eye which then could cause certain vibrations within the fluids having an abnormal pattern which, in turn, can create a standing wave in the moment these vibrations bounce off on the back of the lens and reflect on themselves.
Think of bats for instance. As soon as two bats are flying towards each other while sending/transmitting this high pitched sound for navigating and their sound waves are meeting, they will miss their target due to the equalization of these sounds waves what is creating a blind spot. So, can we sate that, in this process, we are looking through a narrow tunnel once the frequencies meet and thus equalize?
Now, I am not skeptical when it comes down to the reality of Near-Death-Experiences and Out of Body Experiences. But pouring the above thoughts into one bowl, it could explain both the intense bright light at the end of the tunnel and the variety of images, or surroundings, people are witnessing while walking the foggy realms, which is being thought of existing in a timeless reality, in the breakdown of a biological process known as life…a last but natural attempt by the brain to supply the body with a high amount of energy in order to survive.
Can we unravel the world of death? Can we switch our lives, or biological existence, on and off without losing our awareness of what is happening around us?
In order to gain a deeper insight to these highly interesting life questions The Next Truth reached out to Professor of Philosophy John Martin Fischer who is teaching at the University of California and who’s main research interests lie in free will, moral responsibility, and both metaphysical and ethical issues pertaining to life and death.
A brief email conversation followed in where Prof. Fischer let us know that, when the readers of The Next Truth had any questions concerning NDE’s and OoBE’s, he might find the time to answer these questions. And so, a small window of opportunity was created for you to ask that particular question you have always wanted to ask an academic trained expert.
With Bennett J. Vonderheide
At least thousand years before the medieval scribes start working on them, most myths and legends offered a base for many ancient religions. Uncountable vellums have being used during the medieval period to write down the translated semi-true stories. Stories which contain important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates but with ‘mythical qualities’, and have been passed on from person-to-person. These myths and legends are important today because they help historians piece together the past.
Ex Nihilo? Perhaps…butimagine living 5,000 years ago… before science as we know it today, before publishing and before schools. Humanity needed a way of understanding the world around them specifically the relationship between humankind, a natural world and divinity.
This also with the mystery of Nomoli Gods and the stone figurines what has baffled man since Portuguese sailors first discovered them during the 1400’s in Africa.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet” and this week I am speaking with Bennett Vonderheide, also known as “Nomoli Ben” about how old these figurines really are…who carved them and why and…do they still contain ancient mystical powers?[Top]
With Professor Tok Thompson
‘Mythos’ is the Greek word for story-of-the-people, and ‘logos’ stands for word or speech. Myth, or Mythology, is the spoken story of a people and has played an integral part in every civilization throughout the world.
Pre-historic cave paintings, etchings in stone, tombs, and monuments all suggest that, long before human beings set down their myths in words, they had already developed a belief structure corresponding to the definition of `myth’.
Studying mythology is the interpretation of traditional and sacred tales of a culture known as myths or the collection of such stories which deal with various aspects of the human condition. For instance good and evil… the origin of place-names, animals, cultural values, and traditions. But also, the meaning of life and death… the afterlife and the gods or a god.
Myths… they express the beliefs and values about these subjects held by a certain culture. So, what one calls “mythology” in the present day, was the religion of the ancient past. But what it the truth behind these ancient stories?
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”.
Our guest this week is located at the moment in rural Alaska…. so, bear with me as I am going to try to set up the connection with Anthropologist Tok Thompson, who is an associate professor at the University of Southern California, and speak with him about what the relation of mythology is to religion, to science and to popular culture and… did they really happen?[Top]
Nottingham Trent University astronomer Dr. Daniel Brown weighs in
We as human beings are greatly attracted to beauty. And there is nothing more beautiful than the heavenly bodies set above us to see. From the stars, sun, moon, and planets for us to admire, our world has never been short of attraction!
Much of modern Western civilization is derived in one way or another from the ideas of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and this is true in astronomy as well. Our interest in Astronomy can thus be dated back to ancient times.
Our fascination with the celestial bodies has evolved through the centuries and this fascination was so strong it was enough for humans to not only be contented with what can be seen with the naked eye. From initially looking up and gazing at the stars, man has invented tools like the telescope to magnify and clearly see the yet unseen.
This week we are traveling back to ancient times together with astronomer Dr. Daniel Brown who is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham Trent University. Join us in and adventurous journey to some of the mysteries of ancient Egypt and take peek at why and maybe how Stonhenge was used.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, a weekly podcast in where scientists and citizen scientists speak about their incredible research, awe-inspiring theories and mind dazzling paradoxes for you to explore the connections between accepted and noetic science.[Top]
With SETI’s senior astronomer Dr. Seth Shostak
According to some history books, our species was one of the dumbest kind roaming this globe but if we were really in the possession of a so called daily dementia, then how is it that we, since the beginning of time, were looking up to the skies, seeking answers to the questions; …. What is out there? … Are we truly alone in the universe? … and, can we conquer it?
After millions and millions years the universe, and some of its content, is still one of the greatest unexplained wonders in human history.
It seems we cannot wrap our minds around this black ‘thing’ we are swirling in.
So, what is it that is out there and… was there something or someone providing the first specimens of our species with the needed information for us to think in a creative manner what, over time, evolved in an advanced technological era?
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, a weekly podcast in where scientists and citizen scientists speak about their incredible research, awe-inspiring theories and mind dazzling paradoxes for you to explore the connections between accepted and noetic science.
This week I am speaking with SETI’s senior astronomer Dr. Seth Shostak about which secrets still lies beyond the limits of our understanding regarding to our cosmic freezer.[Top]
“Everything seems to be immensely creepy until we know and understand its source. Therefore, can we, with some caution, state that this the reason why we fear death this deeply? Do we fear death due to us neither understanding the source nor the cause of the origin of life?”
Having the privilege to speak briefly with John Martin Fischer, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of “Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife” and “Death, Immortality, and Meaning in Life”, via email, he mentioned to me that not only he is donating one of his intriguing articles to the September edition of The Next Truth… Prof. John M. Fischer also mentioned that he, due to a busy schedule, might answer some of your questions concerning his research on NDE’s.
You can submit your question in the comments below. Due to him not using social media, your question(s) submitted will be converted in a Q&A and published via the website of The Next Truth. http://nexttruth.com/
NOTE: There is a limit of maximal 10 questions which will be mailed to Prof. John M. Fischer!
Prof. Fischer’s UC Riverside profile: www.philosophy.ucr.edu
Scrolling through his publications, lectures, and interviews: www.alaw003.wixsite.com
Purchasing his books: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Immortality-Meaning-FDMNTLS-PHILOS/dp/0190921145[Top]