Proof of Heaven book review

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There are many books that describe Near Death Experiences, an event when a person is clinically and physically dead, temporarily. During that time, which can last between seven minutes and hours, the person experiences a series of supernatural events. These usually consist of darkness, reaching a circle of light, entering a wonderful realm of light and love where they meet dead loved-one and relatives, interacting with a person of great love, and then returning to their body.

Dr Raymond Moody is a well-known writer on the subject of NDEs. Dr Kenneth Ring's book Heading towards Omega is also a very good source of information on this matter. I also recommend Dr Pim Van Lommel's book Consciousness Beyond Life. Van Lommel's book has been unique, in my experience, because he is a cardiac surgeon. During a six-month period, he meticulously recorded medical information about his patients. Each time one of his patients had a Near Death Experience, he was able to combine that person's experience and their medical information during the time that they were clinically dead. Van Lommel shows in his book that this combination of evidence confirms that many people who have had Near Death Experiences did not fantasise these realms because their brains were low on oxygen. In fact, for many of them, there was no oxygen being pumped to their brains at all, since their hearts had stopped many minutes earlier. If all consciousness experience comes from our functioning brains, then those people should not have experienced anything at all, three minutes or more after their hearts' stopped, and yet they did.

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Proof of Heaven is another book that follows this path. The difference is that Proof of Heaven is written by a neurosurgeon who had a Near Death Experience. Dr Eben Alexander contracted a virulent bacterium which entered his brain, in a way similar to meningitis, and began destroying his cortex. This attack put him in a coma for several days. The prognosis was grim. He was likely to die and even if he survived, he would probably be in a vegetative state, as the infection had ravaged a large part of his outer brain. In fact, he recovered fully and was able to continue his work as a doctor. He also wanted to tell everyone about his experience.

Dr Alexander focusses on two things in the book; firstly that he had a spiritual experience, similar to many NDE experiences, and secondly that they could not have been created by his brain, as it was in a state of almost complete inaction, due to the bacteria's damage. The book isn't too long, but it gets its message across very well. I definitely recommend to anyone interested in the subject and also anyone who is unsure what NDE's are, but keen to learn more about the subject.

Interview with Grant Cameron - Consciousness and UFOs

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Here's a very interesting interview with the Canadian journalist and author Grant Cameron. Grant has delved into many subject. He started investigating Near Death Experience (NDE) phenomena, then moved into UFO investigations, simply because UFO encounters were occurring in his neighbourhood near the border with the United States. He worked in-depth in that area for many years, and then came to the startling conclusion (as it was for him at the time) that mind and consciousness was the real topic of importance, as mind and consciousness were the basis for all reality. This conclusion connected with his UFO investigations, as it became clear in his discussions with senior figures in the military black-projects and UFO domains that ESP or Extra-Sensory Perception was the primary way for pilots of advanced craft to operate their vehicles. This fundamental required ability does crop up in other UFO encounter stories, particularly that of the Hill abduction, described in the book 'The Interrupted Journey'. Grant makes some significant claims in his interviews, in particular that Hilary Clinton was going to disclose the UFO situation when she became president. Sadly, we'll never know the truth of this for sure, as America supposedly elected a Klu Klux Klan sympathiser instead.

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'Need to know' - Timothy Good UFO book review

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It's time again for another review of a UFO book and this one's from Timothy Good. To some extent, Good's books always fall into the same pattern. Within their pages, he records in clear, accessible form, a long list of reported encounters between people on Earth and UFOs. These cases include encounters between a wide variety of people - military personnel, ordinary people, scientists, engineers, doctors - and alien craft and beings. From my point of view, after reading Good's books and other publications on the subject of UFOs from various authors, after reading so much material, it becomes very difficult for me to think of the UFO subject as any other than a very real and extremely important part of our planet's history since the Second World War.

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As I mentioned in a recent blog post, if UFOs are visiting our planet (and that is logically highly likely, considering the number of stars and planets in our galaxy), then it is also logical that the U.S. military and its allies would be keeping the UFO matter under wraps. As far as I can tell, without even touching on the subject of UFOs, anything of any importance in our world is, by default, kept from us all by our power elite. It therefore makes perfect sense that UFOs would fall into this category. Anyone who is sceptical of such a belief would do well to realise that such a situation is a logical inevitability. To recap, it is highly likely that alien races exist in our galaxy and also that some of them will have the technical ability to visit us. Unfortunately for us, it is also a fact that our species currently exists in a situation where a tiny percentage of us possess most of our resources and wealth. What's more, that tiny minority have control of an enormous amount of military power on our planet; an insane amount for a supposedly intelligent species. It is therefore inevitable that if and when aliens do visit, our power-elite will grab all valuable information and material on the matter and keep it from the rest of us using money and force of arms. Read More...

A dream of a circle of light

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A while ago, I wrote a blog about my dreams. Just in case anyone’s confused, they weren’t dreams about scoring a Premiership goal or going to bed with Princess Leia. Instead, they were dreams which seemed to have been designed to help me stop being violent, constructed to stop me reacting violently when being teased, annoyed or intimidated. I realised, as a result of those dreams, that I should think; ‘are my actions making the situation better or worse?’ If someone says something rude to me, then me grabbing them and throwing them against a wall (in my dreams, mark; I don’t do that in real life) will have only made things worse. I might feel justified in doing it but that’s irrelevant. All I’ve done is changed the world from one rude person (him) to one rude person (him) and one violent person (me), which is a clear step down. That doesn’t help the world at all.

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Since that blog article, I haven’t written anything more about my dreams but earlier this year, I experienced a particularly significant dream and that is the subject of this article.

Four months ago, while I was asleep in bed, my sleeping mind became aware of that I was in a pitch-black, empty place and that someone else’s spirit was close to me. In fact, that spirit-individual had somehow come to me and was holding me tightly. I initially thought that it was some kind of attack and wrestled with this visitor. The visitor appeared dark and shadowy. He (for he felt masculine) was shaped like a person but he had no face. His arms were strange; it was as if dark smoke was constantly rising off them, like a strange sort of fire with only the dimmest of dark blue flames. I continued to wrestle with this dark visitor. I became angry and defiant and demanded that he yield. Then, I had a sudden moment of awareness of what I was doing. I had his arm in a lock and I immediately released it. I held his arm and shoulder in a friendly way and I said ‘let’s stop this. It is stupid. I don’t want to fight with you. We can be friends. Why are you here? You don’t have to do this. What is the matter?’ Read More...

'Consciousness after physical death' report published

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After several years of work, a major study into what patients experience when their hearts have stopped beating has been published. Dr Sam Parnia, a research fellow at Southampton University, led the study, which 'spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria'. Here is a quote from the article in the Telegraph newspaper:

They found that nearly 40 per cent of people who survived described some kind of ‘awareness’ during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted. One man even recalled leaving his body entirely and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room. Despite being unconscious and ‘dead’ for three minutes, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines.


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Dr Parnia's study confirms other studies conducted under clinical conditions, in particular the work of Dr Pim Van Lommel in the Netherlands. Lommel has written a compelling book called Consciousness Beyond Life about his clinical work studying the experiences of patients whose bodies physically die on the operating table but who are then brought back to life.

The evidence now appears to be conclusive. When someone physically dies on an operating table, in essence when their heart stops, their brain has about twenty seconds worth of oxygen. After that, the brain is unable to function. According to the current orthodox view of consciousness, the subject can no longer think as the brain can no longer work. And yet Dr Parnia's study and Dr Van Lommel's before it, and other associated studies, clearly show that the mind does function. Subjects who physically die and are then revived are found to have been fully aware of what was going on during the several minutes that their bodies were dead. In some cases, they even give detailed descriptions of what happened in the room while they were physically dead which tally with what actually happened.

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Thanks to this exhaustive and thorough study, and all the studies before it, the materialist view that the functioning brain creates the conscious mind can now be regarded as an invalid idea. There is already a body of evidence showing that people can function as intelligent adults while missing major parts of their brain, as reported in this recent New Scientist article. People can even function as conscious adults when their brains aren't even electrically active, such as in the strange case of Cotard's syndrome, where the subject thinks they are dead. Parnia's report, along with Van Lommel's and others, supplies the thorough scientific evidence that negates the 'functioning brain creates the mind' idea. As Richard Feynmann famously stated: A theory may be popular and it might even be endorsed by famous scientists but if the evidence negates it, then that theory must be thrown out. Throw out the materialist view of the mind!