THE CREATIVE MIND & THE SKEPTICAL VIEW with Dr. Andrew Newberg

ANDREW RESPONDS TO PATRICK:

Could the new musical or creative gifts that can come after an NDE be brought on by damage to the left side of the brain, forcing the right side to become more dominant?? Is the soul separate from the brain?  

It is possible that as changes occur in one part of the brain, previously dormant abilities are "released". It may not be as simple as a left vs right thing. For example, some elements of music are more left sided because of the mathematical and systematic aspects of music.

The right hemisphere tends to be the more creative side, but often needs the left hemisphere to fully express this creativity. However, the overall thought that as various parts of the brain are affected by a given injury, other parts can take over or become enhanced in their functioning, can certainly happen.

As to whether the soul is separate from the brain, that depends on your perspective of the soul. If you consider the soul the part of us that makes human beings unique, then the soul could be material and based on brain functions that enable us to have language, love, compassion, and creativity.

On the other hand, from a religious/spiritual perspective, the soul is something that is immaterial and connects us with God or some universal consciousness. If that is the case, the soul likely interacts with the brain, but is still separate from the brain. Of course, where the soul actually is may be difficult to determine given such a perspective. My field of work, neurotheology, encourages us to explore all of the possibilities and also take into account the possibility that...

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PRE-BIRTH VS. AFTER-DEATH CONSCIOUSNESS with Melvin Morse MD

 

DALI ASKS:

Why do we remember everything from our wider consciousness world visit, after an NDE, but nothing from our pre-birth wider consciousness visit?!

 Learn more from Melvin at his SCIENCE of NDEs live webinar on January 26th.   Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the $15 fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 
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HOW LONG DOES CONSCIOUSNESS REMAIN AFTER DEATH? with Melvin Morse MD

 

CHOQUERO ASKS:

Can you speculate, along with the research you've done, about what happens to consciousness with the passage of time (and by passage of time, I mean time here in the physical). 

Do you have an opinion about whether the consciousness of someone who's died goes through changes of any kind that make it no longer possible or desirable to make "contact" with those still living?

Learn more with Dr. Melvin Morse during his SCIENCE of NDE live webinar on January 26th from 1-3 pm. Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the  $15 registration fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 
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ARE THE SKEPTICS RIGHT? with Melvin Morse MD

 

STEVEN ASKS:

Do you believe that any of the skeptic's arguments such as the brain closing down, chemicals being released, REM intrusion, invalidate the NDE?  

Melvin will speak about all these things-- from REM intrusion to brain functioning at end of life-- during his SCIENCE of NDEs live webinar on January 26th.   Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the $15 fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 

 

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GOODBYE TO ALL THAT

 Dr. Ring enjoys hearing from his readers. If you have comments about his blog posts, please send them to [email protected] .

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What is the bane of an old man’s life?  That’s obvious.  Naturally, it is the body.  But what is the bane of an old professor’s life?  (No fair peeking ahead!)

Give up?  I will tell you.

It’s his archive. Oy, what troubles it has caused me during this time of waiting for the end to come. Rumor has it that I will perish, but meanwhile I have been consumed with the effort to make sure that my archive survives my death.  It’s paper immortality I am going for.

Let’s start at the beginning.  What is an archive?  In my case, it’s all the professional crap I had accumulated during my forty or so years as a professor and author that I had felt worth preserving in hopes that one day an enterprising biographer would find his or her delight in trawling through it.  (If there are any takers out there, get in touch.  I’m taking applications.)  The contents of my particular archive consist mainly of records of my research, interview tapes with near-death experiencers, reprints of articles I’ve written, original copies of some of my books on NDEs, lecture and workshop notes, files of all the professional presentations I’ve given, professional correspondence, and tons of letters I’ve received from people of all sorts, mostly describing various kinds of unusual experiences they have had.  In short, the paper...

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GUIDING OUR LOVED ONES HOME by Michael and Linda Quinn

Soul Release Intercession &  The Journey Home: Inspiring Passages From Near-Death Experiences to Comfort the Dying  

Linda and I want to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Dr. Raymond Moody and Lisa Smartt, MA, co-founders of the University of Heaven, for inviting us to write this guest blog. Raymond and Lisa are clear evidence of NDE experiencer Dr. George Ritchie’s directive that “The central message of the near-death experience is that life is inherently sacred and must be lived with blessed intensity and purpose.” 

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A Brief Overview

Okay, let’s state right upfront…witnessing and experiencing death can be overwhelming. But it’s inevitable, like taxes, right? Ultimately, we’re all in the same boat. Nevertheless, the way in which we witness and experience death can make the difference between experiencing great stress and what can be the most sacred and beautiful experience of our life.

If you are preparing for the death of a loved one, or perhaps preparing for  your own eventual transition, a myriad of emotions are probably summoned, including fear, helplessness, loneliness, grief, even wonder/curiosity.

As hospice volunteers for many years, Linda and I have been privileged to assist numerous families and their loved ones who are dying with confronting these entirely legitimate emotions. Their pain is so VERY real.

The heightened emotional states one enters as they ponder, witness or enter into death provoke the question: “Are we helpless at this most holy stage in...

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“YOU’LL THINK I AM CRAZY BUT. . . .”

Enjoying Dr. Morse's blog articles about pediatric NDEs? If so, join  Melvin for  a live webinar with Raymond Moody on January 8th. Click here to find out more.

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 How Can NDEs Be Real If Having One Means You Are Crazy?

I was counseling one of my young patients  on what to expect after having his tonsils out. I was just getting to the good part where I was going to tell him that he would get to eat ice cream for a week, when his grandfather interrupted me and said vehemently, “Tell him about the tunnel”? 

“What do you mean?” I asked. “What tunnel?”

“You know,” the elderly man said, “the tunnel he’ll see after he gets his tonsils out."

“Oh don’t listen to him," his daughter (the young man’s mother) said to me. “He’s crazy. He is always talking about the tunnel he saw when he had his tonsils out when he was a child. Don’t pay any attention to him."

Even though I was already 30 minutes behind in my schedule, and my nurse was giving me the “hurry up” look, I took the time to ask the man, “What do mean that he will see a tunnel?”

The elderly gentleman sat back in his chair and said, “You’ll think I am crazy, but when I had my tonsils out, I saw a tunnel. Then I went down the tunnel. The sides of it were lined with lights like airplane landing lights. I came out on a beach, where it was so beautiful. I felt so loved, so at peace. I have never forgotten how wonderful it was. I learned that life is about trying to...

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"AND THEN I WAS BACK..." Children's NDEs with Dr. Melvin Morse

Beyond the Telling of Stories:  Studies of Survivors of Near Death

Eight-year-old Jesse Lotte nearly died of liver failure from fulminant mononucleosis. She was in the Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital for three days in a profound coma, and suffered clinical death from a total body shutdown.

Yet she survived and made a full recovery.

We interviewed Jesse as part of our research study of all survivors of near death at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1985-2000. We did not accept volunteers to our study. We had no idea whether or not the children we interviewed had any sort of experiences associated with surviving near death.

In fact, our bias was that they did not have any experiences. Our research team, comprised of the departmental heads of the Intensive Care Unit and Neurology as well as a host of medical students,  had the traditional scientific viewpoint that when you are dead, you are dead. We thought that when patients go into coma and die, consciousness ceases and they experience only darkness and then nothing at all.

We were then shocked to interview Jesse Lotte about nearly dying and hear her say that she remembered her own death. She said that she heard and saw the nurses coming into her room and bringing “that crash cart thing."  She then said “...and then I saw my grandmother (who had previously died). She was just sitting there. I was here (in her bed) and she was there (beside the bed). I was just so shocked to see her.”

As can be seen in the above picture, Jesse’s grandmother was surrounded by a...

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ASK RAYMOND DECEMBER 2018

 
 
This month's edition of ASK RAYMOND addresses many themes based on your unanswered questions from December 8th's webinar.  Among them is the nature of evil. In the video above, hear what Melvin Morse and I have to say about forgiveness of the most heinous of human acts.
 

Why Do Some People Forget?

What about people that are brought back and have no memories of an afterlife?

There are many theories about this ranging from the kinds of medications people receive in the course of treatment that might affect memory, or the parts of the brain that are damaged that might make retrieval of the experience difficult.

It might be as well that some people do not have an NDE and this is a phenomena evident in only a portion of the population.

Lisa Smartt has begun research in neurocognitive pathways and profiles that might predict who will have or remember NDES, but I am less inclined to investigate things in this way.

I consider how another dimension might interface with our own and am more interested in the notion of event boundaries and discontinuous realities. That is, there is a layering of dimensions or experiences, like an Escher painting, in which mutltiple dimensions can co-exist and certain shifts allow for our entering and exiting different realms.

Negative NDEs and Hell

Most of the people who talk about their NDEs describe a peaceful experience and having felt an overwhelming sense of love, something that a Christian might call “heaven; "  others, however, have described an intensely scary and unpleasant experience. What has...

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HEAVEN IS BEAUTIFUL with Reverend Peter B. Panagore

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2018

 A Divinity School Student's Secret

When I was a young Divinity School student, I hid out in the books of the ancient mystics, isolating myself in their words, in a search for myself. I felt different than my classmates. When they were sitting in chapel every morning for an hour for three years, I chose to sit alone in our library to read and take notes and meditate or hide in the bowels of the library practicing yoga where no one would see. 

I had a secret: One day in March, years earlier, on the side of an icy mountain, I had died. I went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Saskatchewan River and Ice Fields Parkway in Banff Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. My climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but I was a novice. On our descent, we became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sunset, exhaustion, and hypothermia overcame us. I died on the side of that mountain. 

 

Headshot by Robert Mitchell

Instantaneously the Angel of Death carried me to Heaven, to a place of non-being and no thing, an infinite illuminated greater darkness, of timelessness, and telepathically talked with the Supreme Being. I had passed through a Divine Fire Purgative Love*—a hell of my own making—and received undeserved forgiveness from the Merciful Abundance of Love.

The Knower of All lit up the full story of my life. Nothing was hidden in shadow, and so I saw my true self—an everlasting soul-creature created and called into being by name by Creator. My orb-like, genderless, body-less consciousness was then infilled, overwhelmed, and...

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