How could understanding Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) possibly lead to treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS)? That certainly seems like an amazing stretch!
In fact, once we understand the basic neurobiology of PTSS coupled with recent advances in Neuroscience in the past 10 years, it becomes immediately obvious that this is an incredibly exciting area to pursue research of PTSS.
Consider the following:
(Please note – for this discussion, I will use terms such as the “mental imagery” of the NDE, or the area of the brain linked with non local perceptions and abilities. In this blog, I am developing a practical strategy for the treatment of PTSS. It is my opinion that, in this context, it doesn’t matter if the NDE is “real” or if localizing the phenomena to a specific area of the brain makes it “just in the brain” for some people. We must become more tolerant and accepting of everyone’s opinions and belief systems concerning a hypothetical “god”. I want to devise strategies for treating PTSS using the lessons of the NDE. I want to be able to use them to treat people who don’t believe in a “god”. I want to use them in treatment facilities which reject the concept of a “god”.)
1. Near death research clearly documents that the same traumatic event can result either in PTSS or the positive transformation seen after near death experiences. The only difference in such cases is the presence or abscence of the mental imagery of the NDE. This tells us that mental imagery protects the mind/brain from PTSS in certain situations.
2. PTSS is caused by complex webs of neurons which contain the information of the trauma, emotions, chance associations, fear, and anxiety. Seemingly insignificant triggers can activate the entire neural network, creating the relived trauma of PTSS.
3. Brain imaging studies show us that remembering an event seems neurobiologically identical to experiencing the event. For example, seeing an apple and remembering seeing an apple seem to activate the same neurons in the brain.
4. Recent research documents that the brain is both capable of healing itself with new brain growth as well as rewiring itself. It is known that virtually all human experience results in rewiring of the brain. The new brain cell growth is in the hippocampus, the same area of the brain responsible for memory and sense of self. Anxiety, depression and alterations in a sense of “meaning” are all localized to this area.
5. Non local perceptions and abilities such as meditation, near death experiences, spiritual experiences, and controlled remote viewing have also been linked to deep right temporal lobe and right hippocampal areas of the brain.
6. Since virtually all human experiences are capable of rewiring the brain, then meditation, controlled remote viewing, out of body perceptions and spiritual experiences, being human experiences, are also capable of rewiring the brain.
7. The current theory of treating post traumatic stress syndrome is to be able to access the memories of the experience in a loving nuturing situation, and re-evaluation them and re-catagorize them. This process can be used, for example, to uncouple the non-traumatic triggers of the neural web from the traumatic memories. Also it can be used to re-interpret the traumatic event, such as placing it firmly in the past and unrelated to possible future experience.
8. One reason, for example, that the NDE is protective against PTSS is the out of body component to it. The patient sees themselves as being “kept safe in a sea of love” and dissociated from the body. The memories and events of the trauma can be objectively looked at and processed.
9. This process could be re-created through meditation, controlled remote viewing, or other mental techniques known to facilitate a sense of being out of the physical body and emmersed in a loving light that inspires immediate trust from the patient.
10. The newest techniques in facilitating neurogenesis and rewiring the brain would be initiated during this same treatment period.
In theory, this would recreate for the patient the protective events of the near death experience, or at least a loving and therapeutic environment where the traumatic memories could be therapeutically processed.
Melvin L Morse MD