Spiritual Realities are Real: Science Says So

A Paradigm Is Dead: Long Live the New Paradigm: Science and Spirit Re-united in the 21st Century

Consciousness > Information > Laws of Physics > Material Reality

       Melvin L Morse MD FAAP     John Peter  Thompson                   

“You are what you know.  Fifteenth Century Europeans “knew” that the sky consisted of closed concentric spheres rotating around a central Earth, carrying the stars and the planets. That knowledge structured everything they did and thought because it told them the truth.  Then Galileo’s telescope changed the truth”  James Burke in The Day the Universe Changed

Recent scientific advances in Neuroscience and Information Theory have triggered a profound paradigm shift that is currently rippling through science and society.  It is the long waited reunion of Science and Spirituality.  The New Paradigm embraces consciousness as a primal component of the Universe, no less than the mathematical laws which are also embedded in it.  Like prior paradigm shifts, “Consciousness Comes First” does not overthrow our current knowledge of material reality.  It simply adds a deeper level of understanding, that our Universe is made of “Vital Dust” as Nobel Laureate Christian De Duve described it.

James Burke, in his award winning television series and book The Day the Universe Changed, documented 8 dramatic changes in the “truth” which have occurred in Western Society in the past 1000 years.  These included a new way of painting pictures in Italy which directly led to
Columbus discovering America; the printing press which forever altered man’s astonishing ability to memorize gigantic amounts of information.  This in turn changed what a “fact” meant.

Just as the reality of near death experiences and their spiritual message is ignored by science today, the scientific establishment of the early 1700s ignored French peasants who reported meteorites landing in their fields.  The hard evidence was right in front of them, yet they dismissed it as “crazy and delusional”.  It took the French Revolution and the overthrow of the Church’s grip on knowledge before science could acknowledge that meteorites were real.

Burke points out that our current Western state of “truth” is that we control our destiny through our scientific curiosity.  Most of us are confident in our abilities to be Masters of the Universe because we do not believe a supernatural deity takes responsibility for our existence.  This current  “truth” is rooted information learned in the 1800s when the old “truth” that there was a grand design to the Universe created by a Supreme God was determined to be flawed. Even the Bible, then regarded as The Book of Truth, was discredited as it was found to written by men over many generations and centuries.  We hold on to our current truths just as firmly as past generations held on to their concepts of reality.  Burke concludes that knowledge is merely what we determine it should be, an artifact of what we discover about the Universe, and that reality will be endlessly changing according to our point of view.

The Scientific Debate Concerning Life After Death:  “Lame Outdated News Clippings?”

I realized the Universe had changed for me recently  when I hurt the feelings of a good friend of mine, Sara Victoria.  “Oh”, she pouted.  “I thought you would be interested in anything having to do with life after death.  After all,  NBC News said you have done more to prove the existence of life after death than any other scientist.  Now you’ve made me feel like some old grandma sending you lame outdated news clippings.”

She had emailed me a link to yet another discussion on scientific evidence of the proof of life after death.  This one was between the Head of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Transpersonal Psychologist Arthur Hastings PhD.  I dutifully filed it away to read later.  The same folder contained an unread account of a debate between Science Skeptic Michael Shermer and Deepak Chopra on the same topic.  It rested next to a flyer advertising an upcoming debate between parapsychologists Ray Hyman PhD, Jessica Utts PhD, and Stephan Schwartz at the 2011 American Parapsychological Association meetings.  This last debate represents 15 straight years the same individuals have similar debates.

Game Over: Reset to New Paradigm

Recent advances in Neuroscience and Information theory have made such debates obsolete for me.  New discoveries in seemingly unrelated fields have led directly to Science firmly reuniting with ancient Spiritual Truths.  They are:

1) Functional neurogenesis:  This is the fairly recent discovery that thoughts change brain structure.  Even more fascinating is that thoughts alone can trigger the healing of brains severely damaged by strokes or other causes. This healing begins precisely in the same brain structures responsible for our sense of self, personality, memories, and relationship to god. The newly formed brain cells then migrate throughout the brain to where they are needed.

I was a student when Fred Gage, a pioneer of neurogenesis, was at Johns Hopkins.  I vividly remember him saying how disturbing it was that the brain could alter itself and change. He mused about how personality and memory could be stable in an unstable brain (if they are only brain based).  I was already struggling with the same questions, as I was taking care of patients who had had one half of their brain removed for seizure control. Post-operatively they had the same personalities, memories, and even walked and talked with very little apparent neurological deficits.

2) Information Theory:  For nearly 100 years, theoretical physicists have struggled with their mathematical models and experimental data showing that information is the core essence of this Universe.  Information, which seems to exist independent of time and space, expressed primarily in terms of probabilities instead of absolutes.  Information theory, although entirely mathematically based, has impacted neuroscience and engineering in virtually every aspect of modern society, from computer science, cell phones, the Internet, ecology and physics.

Information is defined as a random variable defined by the sum of probabilities of what is real.  Concepts such as intuition and hidden math are important parts of information theory.  My friend and chaos mathematician Jay Kappraff, in Beyond Measure documents how information theory intersects with the mathematical underpinnings of everything from plant growth to architecture to the myths of primitive peoples.

Paul Davies in Information and the Nature of Reality writes that the basis of reality is “information > laws of physics>material reality”.

Yet if mathematics and information theory are the basis of the Universe, in whose brain are they emanating from?  Science has without comment slipped into a profound mysticism implying that there must be a consciousness or source of universal information as the basis of material reality.  In fact, Aristotle proposed a similar defination of matter thousands of years ago.  The current physics model of “matter” is that it is a sort of “energy-mass-potential” matter, hardly the tiny spects of stuff that were supposed to be the basis of all of reality.

3. Cognitive Neuroscience:  One major barrier to understanding spiritual realities is that they seem to be invented or created in the brain.  In fact, nearly 25% of our brain is dedicated to perceiving spiritual realities.  I coined the term “the god spot” in 2002 to describe the hippocampus and right temporal lobe as links to the “all informational domain”, better known as “god”.  This has been supplanted by Mario Beauregard’s documentation that there is no “god spot” as most of the brain is dedicated to intersecting with spiritual realities.

Now visual cognitive neuroscientists such as Don Hoffman (Visual Intelligence) have documented that our consensual “local” reality is also created in the brain.  In fact, the brain receives millions of bits of information per second and uses only a small percentage of it to create our visual reality. 

Consciousness Persists in Dying Dysfunctional Brains at the Point of Death

Bruce Greyson MD, the grandfather of near death research, states: “the conflict between current neuroscientific orthodoxy and the occurrence of near death experiences is head-on, profound and inescapable.  This reason for this is simple. Consciousness persists in dying dysfunctional brains at the point of death.  Two prospective case control studies of near death experiences, mine done on children at the University of Washington, and Pim van Lommel’s done on adults, published in the American Medical Association’s Pediatric Journal and the Lancet respectively, clearly document this.

All of the so-called controversies in near death research, such as which neurotransmitters mediate the experience, or what is the neurophysiological basis of the tunnel are meaningless.  The fact is that dying dysfunctional brains are frequently fully conscious.  They shouldn’t be according to the old paradigm’s view that the brain creates consciousness.  In fact, this finding has been replicated in laboratory studies of fighter pilots whirled to the point of near death in studies of how the brain responds to high G forces.  They report precisely what the children we studied at the University of Washington reported: first a period of unconsciousness as they approached near death, and then a return to consciousness at the point of death.

The Collision of the Facts v Science Saved by Philosophy

I had a conversation with philosopher John Peter Thompson which finally ended my journey of understanding about near death experiences.  We bantered back and forth about field theory, and Einstein, and quantum physics,  and how to define imagination as opposed to emerging phenomena when we reach the chaos at the limits of the known reality.

He restated in philosophical terms what Don Hoffman defined in neuro-cognitive terms: Perception must be defined in BOTH phenomenal terms and relational terms.  What we see is first and foremost a visual construct of the mind, a phenomenon.  Consensual local reality is something we all see and agree upon.  Alcoholics see  pink elephants that the rest of us can’t see. 

Visual perception must be further defined in a relational sense.  Do we relate and interact with what we see? By this test, pink elephants are not real, and the near death experience is very real.  It is transformational to those who experience them.  The content of the experience precisely matches what both informational theory and ancient spiritual wisdom tell us about god and reality.

I learned from John Peter that what scientists now call “Informational Theory” or Jay Kappraff called fundamental mathematical principles he finds in nature, the brain, human mythological structures, the dynamics of waves and curving nature of streams, virtually every religion has called “god”. 

For example:

A Person Describes their near death experience as: ”It had all of the love, all of the knowledge, everything that is, was and will be,and that (knowledge) is the hard core of reality. And death? Death is a body problem.

A child describing god in his near death experience: I first saw a wizard dressed in white, telling me to struggle and I shall live.  But then I knew it was god, from the knowledge in his voice.

Jonathon Edwards: (American Calvinist, nearly died at age 7: I saw the sweet light of the all knowing god that is not of this world yet surrounds us all.

The Jewish/Christian Bible: he has filled him w/ the Spirit of God, w/ wisdom, w/ understanding, w/ knowledge & w/ all kinds of skills Exodus 35:31

The Koran:that Allah is the All-Knower of each & everything. Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #97  The knowledge thereof is with Allah (Alone), but most of mankind know not Al-Araf, Chapter #7, Verse #187 And surely, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. Al-Anfal, Chapter #8, Verse #42 Knowledge is identical with God’s being; God is knowledge Islam: past, present and future ~ Hans Kung

The Vedas:“The Vedas contain all knowledge . Bless me with this knowledge just as you have blessed the deities.” Yajur Veda via

Robert Lanza MD wrote in American Scholar that consciousness is the ultimate smallest particle of the Universe.  He further states that consciousness uses the brain to interact with this local reality (that small percentage of information received by the brain to create our current version of reality). Time and space are “tools of the brain!”  Robert Lanza is arguably the world’s smartest scientist, working primarily with cloning.  He doesn’t mention near death research at all in reaching his conclusion that this is a conscious interactional Universe.

Cognitive neuroscience tell us that we create our shared reality, what we all agree is real” with less than 5% of the total information our brain receives!  Information science tells us that all of that information is in fact the underpinnings of reality, not tiny tiny tiny pieces of matter.  Jay Kappraff tells us that within this reality (which is but a fraction of the total reality) there are hidden mathematic equations and correlations which seem to be some sort of spiritual glue connecting the myths of primitive peoples with the artwork of great painters to architecture to how plants grow.  In fact they seem to be a filter or template within our brain which shapes how we perceive reality.

So Can a Dead Brain Think? And Heal Itself?

Wow, clearly we can no longer say that we see or understand “reality” with our five senses.  To answer the question of “what is real”, we have to consult chaos mathematicians, cognitive neuroscientists, and learn how thoughts can restructure the brain.

All I want to know, at the end of the day, is “are near death experiences real”.  I am a clinician.  For the first many years of my career, I worked for an Air Transport Service bringing critically ill children to Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Most of these patients died. Over half of those grieving parents have powerful spiritual experiences regarding the death of their child.  They want to know if near death experiences are real because they want to know if they can trust their own spiritual visions and intuitions. 

So I put it to John Peter directly: How can we trust the spiritual visions of children who are on medications and have nearly died?  They say their experiences are real, in fact “realer than real”.  In fact one little girl told me that “I was never so alive as those few minutes I was dead”.

John replied: The explorer of reality must use a consistent, well-defined and well-understood language to communicate concepts such as reality.  Ultimately, we have to take what limited information we have, and create a model of reality from it.  We can never know absolute reality.  What we experience as reality is simply a man-made structure.  What we observe in nature is not nature itself, but rather nature filtered through our efforts to understand it.

We must be patient with the language of science, to learn what personal myth lies beneath it.  Even the experimental data of science is expressed in human words, words which are crafted through metaphor and analogy.  It is our word choice and language which ultimately colors and shapes our world view.

As human beings, we appear to be hard wired to map an informational reality to create a predictable world we can function in.  This will work until new information causes the previously constructed matrix to break down.

Now at last I understand the case of Angela Ronson, who had a severe stroke and was in a coma for seven years.  She finally recovered, with her memory and personality intact, yet most of her brain was destroyed by her cranial bleed.  She too was still alive.  Functional neurogenesis explains how she tediously healed and restored her own brain.

When her brain was destroyed by the stroke, her consciousness, complete with memories and personality still existed in the greater informational reality, or mind of god depending on your belief system.  Most people at that point simply go on to a new brain, what we call re-incarnation.  Or as Robert Lanza MD says, we “re-set” to a new brain.  Apparently Angela took the trouble to tediously restore and refurbish her old brain, by the now known processes of functional neurogenesis.  What a gal!  Thanks Angela for showing us it can be done!

The Old Paradigm Validated that Meteors Are Real: The New Paradigm Validates that Spiritual Realities are Real

At long last, I can look my grieving parents in the eye, and speak to them with the confidence of a scientist: “Yes, your vision that your departed child returned and told you not to cry was real.” It is as real as math, as real as love, as real as information science.  Your child, after his body died in what we call reality, is in fact still part of the greater informational reality we all exist in.  There is absolutely no reason, from a scientific point of view, that your child could not have taken the trouble to communicate with you.  Your brain simply would have to be prepared to access some information that it usually filtered out as “not real”.

I shook John Peters hand, and silently cried.  So many of my patients died.  The handful who survived told me that they had a wonderful secret to share with me, that when they were dead, they were still alive.

I have felt an obligation to those parents to explain the near death experience in the language of science.  It has taken me twenty years. 

Twenty years later, I now understand what a small comfort and terrible understanding this is.  Their child still died, no matter that science confirms the existence of spiritual realities.  I weep for my failures as a physician and for all those children who died.

About Melvin Morse

Melvin L Morse MD, a former Pediatric Intensivist, was a pioneer in Near Death Research, particularly in children. His books Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light and Where God Lives: How Our Brains are connected to the Universe, are International Best Sellers. He has post graduate training in Neuroscience from the University of Washington. He was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the U of W for 20 years. He is a neuroscientist and Board Certified Pediatrician. Dr. Morse was honored by Best Doctors as being one of the best Pediatricians in America from 1996-2006. He has numerous teaching awards and honors. He has published extensively in the medical literature on near death experiences, consciousness, and Reiki/energetic healing. He currently is in part-practice of Pediatrics in Delaware. He and his wife run the SpiritualScientific Institute, a small consciousness research group. They have been honored by the World Health Organization for their recent research and are presenting at the upcoming Science of Consciousness 2011 Conference in Stockholm. Dr. Morse's current research interests include 1) Spiritual Neuroscience: an understanding the hardware of spiritual understandings 2) Controlled Remote viewing, which he considers to be a window into the near death experience. 3) The right temporal lobe, our "god spot" which connects our brains to the divine. This “god spot” has been more recently been extended by Mario Beauregard MD to be the “Spiritual Brain”. His book Spiritual Brain presents a greater understanding of our brain as a filter of consciousness. 3) Reiki and energetic healing 4) Applications of near death experiences to death and dying, hospice and our cultural understanding of death 5) Medical applications of remote viewing. Dr. Morse lives with his wife and two children in Lower Slower Delaware. He and his wife are one of the few civilian remote viewing teams in the United States.
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5 Responses to Spiritual Realities are Real: Science Says So

  1. Dina says:

    Dear Doctor Morse

    My husband had an NDE (typical as that of those who have had clinical death, except that his happened inversely:

    He had excellent health, had the NDE and nearly died because of it.

    He is a painter so I will also add some paintings he made to give an idea of his experience.

    If you want to see his paintings in the internet, write the word WALCOPZ , and you will enter Fine Art in America.

    I, on my side, am from a family of medical doctors (obviously skeptical). I myself studied microbiology and laboratory clinics.

    So here is his experience.

    Diego Valencia
    “I left my body and flew to a place which was still, as if in the gravity of a first floor, before beginning an escalation into the gravity of life. It was a dark dimness.

    I talked with some beings that told me I was in a total risk, vital, transition, but I could ascend further still and talk with someone who would decide if I would come back to my body or not. They said that the more I would ascend, there would be tremendous experiences and the possibility of coming back would decrease.

    It was probable that the same beings who were talking to me now would bring me back. It was like a train station where many beings chattered and the colors of that dimension were brownish. Further away there were grayish entities that were helped by guides in order to definitely leave their terrestrial life. There was not any true color besides the tones from black and brown to white.

    I saw people I knew on Earth who greeted me and continued their ascension.

    The guides told me I was in the threshold of death. I wondered if the persons who were dying and leaving their bodies in that moment, knew where they were.

    The guides that accompanied me were kind, tactful and VERY COMPLIANT, but impenetrable when certain questions were asked, and when they did, they answered with only a smile. The communication was by telepathy and they knew instantly what I was thinking, but their answers were essential, concise and certain.

    My guides were very calmed, unadorned and with a tender sense of humor. It was then that the judgment began – only I was the one who judged myself.

    Although they considered everything was evident, they allowed me to understand all the contradictions, actions, guilt and non-guilt which I was feeling from the events of my life. They comforted me with precise words and calmed me. When I felt within myself a violent dialogue, justifying or blaming myself, they made me understand that it was all within the game of evolution and that in the depth, the events of my life were intranscendental.

    Then I had the sensation that I was still in a foggy place near Earth.

    They told me I could take the decision to continue, but it was with a maximum risk for my physical body or life. Then, identifying myself with my Diego ego in the earthly realm, I accepted to continue since the guides were willing to accompany me. I worried because of the risk. Nevertheless I accepted discretely and humbly, although with the haughtiness of my Earth identity that wanted to have the experience. At the same time my cosmic conscience allowed me to take the decision without panic.

    We then began to ascend at great speed without friction or effort, as when one is falling but instead ascending. I was in a state of reverberation – hearing a zooming sound and feeling a little dizzy as though in a car at great speed.

    The guides then seemed to have disappeared. In that moment, I understood my panic. I asked myself if I could resist the situation.

    Suddenly, with a great scandal of voices, I began to judge myself, to blame myself, to make decisions that belonged to their own code of existence. In that moment, everything was valid and excusable because it was understood that my own position was a small humble position in an open game of evolution. If other proposals seemed more valid, they were humbly accepted because in the depth, there was no real guilt.

    After simultaneous cultural, legislative and theological ideas exploded within me, the answer of the guides was “intranscendence” and they pronounced that word with a smile. All the actions I considered so important were not so.

    Suddenly, my mind was allowed to rest in a quiet place in order to further ascend through a translucent tunnel with a light that seemed rather a yellowish opacity. Then I saw many beings, some ascending, some descending. Two of them were known to me on the Earth realm and I had not seen them for more than 20 years. I also met people unknown to me then, whom I met many years later in their bodies on the Earth realm. I asked one of the two persons I did know, what he was doing there, and he told me he had had a very serious health problem, and almost died, but the health problem had already been solved by the doctors. This is the reason he was going back to his body. Nevertheless, another friend who was a friend of my family for many years, was leaving the Earth realm in a definite way, so was I told.

    Then came some guides to take the friend who had been ill, back to Earth through a tubular shape in descent. I also observed other tubular shapes through which other souls were ascending, and among them, the lady known to me and my family whose body had died. I inquired if the lady could go back but they said her time was over and that she had definitely left her body. I felt the energy of the lady perturbed, because she was confused since she did not know she was dead, but I avoided meeting her. In that moment my guides smiled.

    A different lap started in which the path was transparent, silent and compliant. I felt the pleasure of having my conscience in total calm, together with the tender but distant company of the guides and other entities which I could not see.

    Suddenly I saw another path where all the dead members of my family appeared, among them my father.

    I then entered another stage with a moment of unconsciousness, but I recovered quickly. It was as though I would have crossed a purifying sauna, plunging into unconsciousness but I soon noticed my consciousness was intact.

    I understood I had undertaken a risk of no return and with repentance asked to come back because I knew I had already crossed the threshold of death. In that place, everything was brighter, although still not so much. I felt that only the identity of the affections I had for my family on Earth, motivated me to come back to my body.

    I had then a slight, but vital sensation of unrest and anguish, because I again understood I had traversed the threshold, so I asked my guides for an answer. They told me that the decision did not depend on them anymore because we found ourselves in realms that were not of their reach. The answer made me feel dazzled. I asked them if they could keep on accompanying me because I wanted to have a dialogue with someone, and they kindly accepted. I felt a nostalgic abandonment. I later had the sensation that they took my hand.

    We then shot ourselves out at a great cold, mentholated speed with acute cosmic sounds, pure and deep echoes and the brilliance of a light – so white, almost metallic – in which I felt we flying within an agreeable and refreshing wind. There were warm and exquisite odors and suddenly a fog. And a flat floor on which I saw the guides standing.

    From the white fog appeared a tremendously golden luminous figure – an androgynous being radiating a light as bright as the sun, but not hurting my sight. The figure was well delimitated and began approaching me and becoming bigger in size as it came nearer until I saw it a little bigger than myself. I was invaded by such a free satisfaction and WONDER from such a beautiful being that my mind was incapable to understand. I almost lost conscience of myself – becoming one with him in that immense sensation. I was consoled by this compassionate being.

    In that runaway happiness, and with only a thread of conscience left, I turned towards my guides and whispered that I deeply thank them for this immense experience, but I had to go back to the Earth realm to undertake unsatisfied small tasks. They answered that my life would go on, nevertheless as tortuous as it had been, with only a few attainments, and that my life would only last for the time that was planned by destiny. Almost nothing of what was planned could be changed.

    In my great pride and haughtiness, I remained before this wonderful BEING that transcended me, of whom I felt a small part within me, and whose kind and definite answer I waited for. I turned again and looked at the Being of Light, directly, at a distance of about half a meter. He was a being of powerful, beautiful and extraordinary energy, but I could not see his face. I had the feeling that if I did, it would be the equivalent of staying.

    Suddenly, the being made me feel an infinitely tender and noble embrace which is not possible to describe. I understood and thanked him, because everything now was possible, even refusing to stay, for I had reasons to go back to Earth.

    In wonderment, I saw how he extended his right arm. Between us there was a dark abyss which I could pass by jumping if I took his hand, except that no return would be possible. He told me I was free to take my own decision, an offer for which I looked at him thankfully and satisfied. Inclining my head, I breathed exquisite and refreshing air.

    The Being of Light, who looked at me with identification and condescendence, slowly descended his hand and went away becoming every time smaller. He was a being of pure love, wisdom, light and energy. The guides appeared then again, curious and kind, and were ready to take me back.

    I jumped and fell down at horrendous speed with the sensation of a fire ball. I could not stand the friction and the unbearable noise. At the moment of maximum friction and sound, I accepted that I would die, rather than to stand the sensation. But to my surprise, the guides told me telepathically with luminous words, to relax because I would soon would arrive.

    I then felt an explosion of white and red marmalade and traveled through it contrary to its flux. I finally fell with a dry and heavy fall, weighing tons, to see myself sitting on my bed with my eyes open and burning. I felt a deep pain near my heart, a pain almost unbearable, and a great difficulty to breathe.

    My body was rigid. My arms could not move. My feet were frozen and I could not move them either. I could only allow threads of air enter my lungs, or else they would hurt. I felt a little dizzy and the pain in the chest was still intense. I was unconscious for a moment, but when I managed to move my waist, I closed my eyes and lied down. I was still hearing internal and external noises and zooming.

    The pain in my heart lasted with intensity for one hour and a half. I managed to go to the bathroom, feeling as tired as ever in my life. I then went back to bed and slept for 12 hours. When I woke up, I remembered the guides told me how my wife, my daughter and myself would die. I saw my complete future and that of my daughter. I was told I would only remember fragments of it in certain moments. The guides told me my life would continue as tortuous as it had been, but with small satisfactions. It had to be like that because it was programmed that way, and the purpose, although painful, was very constructive and evolusive. I could not change it.


    “I was about to fall asleep, when suddenly I saw myself near the roof looking down at my body, I was floating on it, and at the beginning I didn´t recognize
    It was mine. I first told myself:”whose body could it be” because it looked strange, until finally I recognized it as mine.

    Then a voice told me: “come on”. I felt that person near me although I couldn`t see him and we began going up through a viaduct full of humid fog which was refreshing
    I saw other viaducts with people going up as I was also doing it.
    I thought “I am leaving life on the planet, my life ended, this is it.” I said “did it end?” and the voice said: “it seems like it did”.

    Suddenly I thought “am I talking to myself”? I kept on ascending until a sort of small square. There were 2 characters of which I could only see their big eyes… I talked with them and asked them if I was leaving in a definite way and they answered me: “yes”. Then I told myself “am I dreaming?

    They told me, “no, look at your family” and in front of me were the dead persons of my family, there were also people I didn´t know and a lot of children.
    All of them were smiling and very happy to see me.
    When I tried to get near them, they told me not to do it, because if I did, they would embrace me, and I would feel such an indescribable love, that it would
    already be impossible to go back.
    It was then that I saw an enormous plain, in which I saw tunnels, and below at the bottom of the tunnels there were people ascending and their heads looked
    very tiny, as though still far away. When they finally passed near me, the saluted me and said they were friends of his family. Others were totally unknown,
    And it was ten years later that he met all of them for the first time as friends of his brother.

    Suddenly appeared a man who said he was the son of my uncle. I didn`t recognize him because at that time in the earth life, he was still a small baby.
    In the earth I never saw him again until he was an adult, and when he said hello to me, I remembered I had seen him identical as he now appeared.
    Meanwhile more people whom I didn´t know kept saying hello to me.
    I looked at the people who kept ascending, and saw they were throwing away objects they had on earth, as though they wouldn´t need them anymore.

    Suddenly his guides were again beside him with their big eyes, lucid and paying a lot of attention.
    It was then that the life review began, and I saw simultaneously all my life. It seemed to me very interesting to ask a lot of questions, and I saw with nostalgia
    Some periods of my life. I understood that most of our ambitions are ambivalent and not at all transcendental.
    Then all my life appeared like a movie before
    me, at an extremely high speed. I asked the guides if it could go slower, so that I could talk about certain periods which I thought important.
    They answered
    they were not as important as I was thinking. I told them I wanted to analyze each period lived, which I considered important, but they told me it was not
    necessary because they were not worthwhile. All was said very kindly. But I felt very frustrated.
    They told me not to worry about my self analysis, because there was no judgment at all. So I understood I had to go on ascending.

    I arrived to a place which showed in the background a great luminosity .The guides left.
    There was a crack with a black space, near me which separated me from the light.
    Suddenly from the light appeared a being of light, enveloping me in the greatest joy I had ever felt.

    I wanted to jump on the crack and be with the being, but was not sure if I should do it. If the being would have told me to jump, I would have done it.

    The being had a brilliant intensity of light which I never imagined could exist. The light, the love and the joy he emanated were so, so intense that
    They almost hurt my being. He told me I could stay or go back, whichever I chose
    . I then thought about my beloved family. There were small things
    To finish on earth. I also thought that I could stay with the light, but that would mean to definitely leave the identity I now had on earth and enter
    a totally unknown dimension. It was then that I decided to go back and the being told me with his infinite love, that I could go back.

    So I started to go down, meeting other people, until the 2 guides appeared again. They were totally surprised to see me go back. They looked at each other
    Trying to understand and asked me what had happened. I told them the being of light had offered me to choose and authorized my return to the body.

    It was then that I saw like a door with a few steps. I entered through the door with the guides. There was a sort of vestibule totally black, but it was
    much, much darker than the darkest darkness. I asked what I should do. They didn´t answer. When I asked if I should jump into the darkness, the said “yes”.
    But I thought that I would fall and it seemed risky to me. Nevertheless if I would think too much, I would not do it.

    So I took the decision to jump.
    I fell in the bottomless black as though falling in the void, until I entered an atmosphere which was very dense and in which the pressure was big, while I kept falling at the highest speed imaginable and felt I would blast.
    When I could not bear it anymore, the guides told me to hold on, because I would not blast.
    Suddenly I fell down into a soft dimension similar to when one enters a warm swimming pool.

    I kept on descending and listening to beautiful symphonies of crystals and tiny bells, as well as sounds of clusters of singing far away.
    Suddenly I saw myself overflying my body again. A being appeared and told me I had to go into the body. And instantaneously I was inside.

    I remembered the guides told me my life would not be easy, but that the future difficulties could not be changed at all, they would keep on being very hard
    For me, but that it was a way to experience things, like an exercise, and that all would happen as it was programmed, because the purpose was that I could
    learn and grow more. In the experience I saw all my future, but shouldn`t remember it. I do remember when things are about to pass and they happen
    exactly as seen before. There is no time to change anything, because the vision is seconds before things happen

    . I also remembered that I saw my mother
    would have a very long illness (Alzheimer) and asked what could be done to avoid it. They said nothing could be done and that I had to bear with patience the illness.
    They told me I would have the strength to bear even the worst of the unbearable which would lead me to my conscience growth. ”

    These are 2 drawings or paintings, trying to give an idea of what he saw:

    Dina Grutzendler

  2. Peter Windel says:

    Supreme consciousness or Super soul (God) > consciousness (soul) [Both from spiritual reality] > Information (Intelligence/Desire) > Laws of Physics > Material World.

    Consciousness is a symptom of a soul. We are conscious of our own body, but not of others. There is a Supreme consciousness which we are part and parcel of that is conscious of everything. That Supreme consciousness exists in a realm of pure consciousness. We too are from the pure consciousness, but when we desire to come here, the Supreme consciousness facilitates that desire and allows us to enter into the material realm which is a place of reformation. If there is intelligence there is a consciousness or personality behind that intelligence / desire. If there are laws, there is a lawmaker.

    In order to know about all this one has to learn from the authorites in the spiritual sciences. The supreme consciousness or God, can provide knowledge of everything around us and we can take advantage of scientifically understanding that and applying it. That is real science.

  3. Mark says:

    Dear Drs.

    You wrote the following and I would appreciate any references to details of this process of new neuron formation and transport in the brain.

    Thank you.

    Functional neurogenesis: This is the fairly recent discovery that thoughts change brain structure. Even more fascinating is that thoughts alone can trigger the healing of brains severely damaged by strokes or other causes. This healing begins precisely in the same brain structures responsible for our sense of self, personality, memories, and relationship to god. The newly formed brain cells then migrate throughout the brain to where they are needed.

    I was a student when Fred Gage, a pioneer of neurogenesis, was at Johns Hopkins. I vividly remember him saying how disturbing it was that the brain could alter itself and change. He mused about how personality and memory could be stable in an unstable brain (if they are only brain based). I was already struggling with the same questions, as I was taking care of patients who had had one half of their brain removed for seizure control. Post-operatively they had the same personalities, memories, and even walked and talked with very little apparent neurological deficits.

  4. Melvin Morse says:

    Best source of information is the following site Jason Snyder’s Functional Neurogenesis

    Also please read the references on my website, there is a section on functional neurogenesis. Click here to go to my website

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