By Roger Mallett
We are all familiar enough with the scene from an operating theatre in a TV hospital drama. A patient is undergoing surgery when a warning sounds. The steadily fluctuating line of the ECG machine suddenly goes flat. The heart has stopped beating, the patient is dead.
Frantic activity breaks out in the operating theatre. Electric shocks are applied to the body. Seconds or minutes later, the ECG monitor reveals a heart beat and death has been reversed.
Such scenes are now commonplace in hospitals all over the world and demonstrate the advances in resuscitation techniques over the last 50 years or so. There are thousands of people who would died if it were not for this type of procedure.
What is particularly fascinating is that, around one in four people claim vivid memories of the time when their ECG registered zero. Some describe being transported to an indescribable `other world` before being told by an entity to `go back`.
Many near-death experiencers have witnessed verifiable events occurring outside of their body. Veridical NDEs occur when the experiencer acquires information which they could not have obtained by any normal means. Often, they report witnessing events that happen at some distant location away from their body. If the events witnessed by the experiencer can be verified to have occurred, the veridical perception can be said to have taken place.
Directly from my own experiences, I would conclude that I am 98% certain that a profound expansion of awareness will occur upon physical death. I have regular spiritual contact with my deceased grandparents, and my younger sister who perished in a drowning incident in 1874. So, what about the remaining two percent of niggling doubt? This would be in recognition of the possibility that there is some other explanation beyond my own comprehension.
Crisis Apparitions or Death Bed Visions:
Deathbed apparitions are normally seen by the person who is seriously ill or injured prior to their death. Occasionally, those who are nursing/caring for or visiting that person may also see or glimpse long-dead relatives or friends who have come to guide the dying person. These are quite common occurrences but are of limited duration and rarely occur more than four days after the crisis or illness of the person seen. Such appearances were common during both world wars when wives and mothers `saw` their husbands and sons, only to learn that they had been killed at the time which they had appeared to their loved ones. It seems likely that such figures are `thought forms`. In a moment of crisis or danger, a person is likely to think with considerable emotion of a loved one. It may be that they telepathically transmit a likeness of themselves to that person.
Is Death an Illusion?
There is enough medical evidence which determine that our consciousness continues to function after physical death even if this is only temporary, however there is considerably more spiritual evidence which suggests that its survival within the realms is infinite. Einstein stated, `Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another. ` When we consider the likelihood of infinite parallel or alternative universes, this could be where our consciousness would transcend to upon physical death. We believe that we die because we have been taught that it will happen, but are these teachings just an illusion? Nothing exists without consciousness; what we see is merely perception. Everything we see is information within our consciousness that is being stored in a body which will eventually cease to function.
Additionally, space and time are the tools for our consciousness to piece everything together, and death would not exist in a world contained within an infinite parallel universe.
`To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. ` J.K. Rowling
`Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening. ` Walter Scott.
Roger Mallett, [email protected]