Do you wonder what happens to your consciousness after your body dies?
Are you hoping for, or believing in an afterlife, but just aren’t sure?
Would you prefer more evidence that leads beyond religion, mediums, or blind faith?
Inside you’ll discover:
Research that suggests consciousness exists outside the human brain and body.
Insights out-of-body and near-death experiences can provide.
How we continue to live after physical death and what to expect.
The three types of “deaths” (or deactivations), and how they affect our awareness.
How we spend the period between lives and the importance of a life mission.
Ways to come to peace with leaving this life, and letting family, friends, or partners go.
Navigating this difficult phase in your life, and being able to help your loved ones transition can be challenging. We all have to go through it, and this book will assist you!
“If you’re curious about exploring life’s most existential questions and what research is available in this field, perhaps because you had to face a serious illness, an accident, the passing of someone close to you, or harbor any fear of dying, this book is for you.”
- Luis Minero, author of Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience.
“Personally, I have walked out-of-body in the afterlife, traveling well beyond the horizon of our perceived physical reality, during my own near-death experience. So, I know that the concepts of OBE and NDE are valid. I welcome this new model and will use it in my work.”
- Alan R. Hugenot, Ph.D., author of The Death Experience: What it is like when you die.
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Death is Not the End
Understanding the Transition between Lives
By Ines Beyer
Balboa PressCopyright © 2016 Ines Beyer
All rights reserved.
Paradigms and how they affect our Perspective
"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won t Come in."
MATERIALISTIC PARADIGM AND CONVENTIONAL SCIENCE
The materialistic reductionist paradigm, as it's sometimes called, refers to the idea that only that which we can physically observe and measure is real and exists. This perspective includes all aspects of our life, our physical body, our relationships , and all physical objects. Everything that cannot be observed with the physical senses or technology, or detected and measured by laboratory instruments, is therefore not real or acceptable in science. In essence, this is primarily the current consensus of conventional sciences such as physics and biology – based on formulas, interactions, and behavior of matter that is devoid of consciousness. This paradigm is rooted in old concepts held to be true over centuries, which defined our existence and remain stubbornly ingrained in our psyche.
The paradigm based on materialism and reductionism or "scientific materialism" assumes that consciousness (defined as the state of being aware or having perceptions of something) is produced by the brain, or is merely a byproduct of the brain. This premise implies that consciousness only exists in connection with a brain and that one can therefore only be conscious because one has a brain. Conventional materialistic experiments often support and reinforce this premise, rather than explore beyond it; for example, the early research of Dr. Olaf Blanke triggering the sensation of being outside the body in a lab by stimulating the brain.
Those who dare study and research anything outside this paradigm are often ridiculed, ignored, or taken less seriously. As we have seen in history, this is, unfortunately, true for most new leading-edge ideas that are introduced into an old paradigm. People tend to ask for hard materialistic evidence, for unquestionable proof. In fact, there are many exceptional and convincing experiments showing evidence that contradicts the brain-based consciousness paradigm in the field of ESP (extrasensory perception), remote viewing, psychic abilities , premonition, and NDEs and OBEs. You will find examples of these studies referenced under the section Explorative and Open-Minded Research and throughout this book corresponding to each topic.
However, the materialistic paradigm remains a predominant one, even in light of the existing evidence, because it is part of human nature to discredit that which goes against our long-held beliefs , identity, or values. It may make us uncomfortable. We have a hard time changing our ideas about how things are.
Prof. Mendes , in her UCTV broadcast on the topic of Emotions, Decisions & Behavior Across the Life Span, talks about a study on emotions and decisions, which concluded that people are more likely to change their religion than their political party. Inevitably, new party representatives with different values come along, but even if people don't fully agree with their ideas and don't actually like the politicians themselves, or the other party has a better candidate, they tend to stay loyal to their party and whoever represents it. often a religion or party preference is passed on through their parents, and not always a conscious choice people make on their own. Whether it is changing religion or political parties, this example shows how hard it is to change our long-held views. Consider what this means about the ideas we tend to hold on to, and how we think about ourselves, our relationships, and the world we live in. We frequently afford ourselves little room to ask questions or remain open to new knowledge.
Of course, I have to include myself in this. I am not immune to my own bias. My cultural upbringing, current knowledge, level of awareness, and unique personal perspective affects my point of view and has undoubtedly "colored" this book a certain way. It is impossible for anyone to be one hundred percent neutral. However, I am always open to learning and hearing others' perspective. Hopefully, my knowledge will expand further, and my paradigms will shift and evolve over time to include an even greater and more complex worldview.
Because of our tendency to have fixed minds, many existing studies are just ignored. Good arguments and useful evidence are rarely even considered at all, make little difference, or simply aren't enough for some. Thankfully, there are always some curious minds that think outside the box.
EXPLORATIVE AND OPEN-MINDED RESEARCH
Since you chose to read this book, which explores facets of our reality that reach beyond the material world, you are likely to be more open to considering new concepts and research . OBEs and NDEs provide us with a perspective of a reality many are not as familiar with, the "nonphysical" side: the before, after, and between-lives perspective. Without information about the nonphysical or extraphysical reality (both terms are used synonymously, meaning beyond the physical, measurable dimension), we are missing the other side of the coin. Our reality consists of both physical and extraphysical realms. Seeing only the physical one is like seeing only half of the picture. The other half is what I am presenting in this book. The research I reference comes from a huge body of knowledge accumulated by those who started to collect accounts on OBEs, NDEs, and other parapsychological phenomena, which I discuss at the end of this chapter.
Furthermore, there are renowned universities with established laboratories and programs to study parapsychological phenomena. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory, for example, produced a lot of groundbreaking experiments and essays between 1979 and 2007. It is known for the Random Number Generator (RNG) project, which measures the effect consciousness and global events have on the output of – what should be – always an average of random numbers on their devices. It showed spikes in the recordings right before, during, and after significant global events, such as the 9/11 attacks. Other active organizations that are dedicated to the study of consciousness (awareness and perception) beyond matter are: the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) , the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) and the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS). Their contact information is listed at the end of this book.
From the efforts of these organizations, and many more conventional scientists who are transitioning out of the materialistic paradigm and designing experiments that go beyond the classic reductionist approach to more open-minded research, stem some of the following noteworthy experiments, articles, and books. I have summarized them here, but it is worthwhile for the interested reader to familiarize themselves further with these works.
Dr. Alan R. Hugenot, a Newtonian materialist trained engineer, makes a case for shifting our way of thinking regarding consciousness to a new paradigm . In his new book The New Science of Consciousness Survival and the Metaparadigm Shift to a Conscious Universe (2016) he addresses the fallacies of the materialistic paradigm, the measurement problem. He discusses true science and pseudoscience, NDEs, past life regression, children's memories of past lives, after-death communication, remote viewing, quantum electrodynamics and biocentrism. To the scientific-minded reader, this is invaluable work and provides a great foundation to what I am presenting here. His personal NDE account and subsequent research related to dying are covered in his previous publication The Death Experience: What it is like when you die (2012). What makes Hugenot's works unique is the fact that he comes from a traditional scientific background, and later — after experiencing an NDE during an accident and seeing the other side firsthand - needed to rethink his model and assumptions about reality. Hugenot spent the following 40 years researching NDEs and related phenomena in consciousness science, and worked in leading positions with IANDS, IONS, and FMBR. He compiled his findings in his books.
An extensive list of selected peer-reviewed publications in psychic and paranormal research can be found on the website of Prof. Dean Radin. Radin is the senior scientist at IONS in the field of parapsychology. The list includes valuable experiments and studies showing evidence for psychological correlations at a distance, telepathy and ESP, survival of consciousness, precognition and presentiment, mind-matter interaction, and more.
The Synchronized Universe: New Science of the Paranormal (Swanson, 2003) by physicist Claude Swanson is a must-have book in this area. Educated at MIT and Princeton University, Swanson thoroughly investigated consciousness and presents a collection of the most interesting studies and scientific experiments of paranormal occurrences. It includes visual tables and plenty of evidence for the synchronistic correlation between energy, consciousness, and thought beyond time and space, presented in a manner that can be easily understood by a non-physicist.
Another book that has greatly impressed me is The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields, and What's Behind It All (Haisch, 2006). Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch nearly became a priest before taking the scientific path with NASA. He adds a unique unifying perspective as well as spiritual and philosophical depth to his science, which includes quantum reality, unified field theory, and the intelligent design of the universe 's fine-tuned chemistry for life. He offers valuable arguments that science and spirituality do not need to be exclusive to each other, but can both co-exist and be integrated under a new paradigm.
To anyone in doubt of reincarnation, I suggest looking at some of the relevant case studies and research done by psychiatrist Dr. Ian Stevenson, showing evidence for the survival and transfer of memories from life to life. In his journal articles and books, such as Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects (1997) he provides suggestive cases of reincarnation, in which death wounds are carried over to a new body, where they appear as birthmarks, scars or birth defects. It includes cases of people – often children – who could remember their past lives and give details about a previous existence that were later investigated and found to match a deceased person's death records and family history, A summary of Stevenson's work including images of subjects' birthmarks can be consulted in the online article Dr. Ian Stevenson's Reincarnation Research by Kevin Williams.
Remarkable evidence for NDEs can be found in Consciousness Beyond Life by Dr. Pim van Lommel (2010), a Dutch cardiologist who studied NDEs in his patients and collaborated with other cardiologists internationally. Using his medical expertise, he provides detailed results and sound rational arguments to discredit the general assumption that NDEs are hallucinations due to delirium, lack of oxygen, or side effects of medications. He concludes that most of the arguments other professionals claim against NDEs do not hold up in the majority of his research cases, and he logically explains why.
Further evidence for NDEs coming from a credible medical professional is available in Evidence of the Afterlife (Long & Berry, 2011). Dr. Jeffrey Long is a co-founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) and summarizes evidence from over 1600 verified NDE accounts in his book, providing convincing arguments for life after death.
Evidence for the transfer of memories and personality traits through organ transplants is described in Dr. Paul Pearsall's book The Heart's Code (1998). He explains the energetic and psychic connection between an organ donor and recipient, as well as the relationship between the brain, immune system, and our experiences of the outside world. For example, a middle-aged married man who used to love quiet classical music got a heart transplant of a teenager who died in a motorcycle accident. After the surgery, to the surprise of his wife and daughters, his personality changed and he found himself wanting to hear loud rock-and-roll music and fantasizing about teenage girls. It suggests that some part of consciousness may get transferred through organ transplants.
While studying the genetic and psychic connection between identical twins, Dr. Thomas Bouchard and collaborators at the University of Minnesota discovered there are similarities in life events, preferences, and behaviors of separated identical twins. one especially interesting case is that of the twins Jim springer and Jim Lewis, who were separated at birth and placed with different adoptive families. They had been raised apart, not knowing of each other's existence, yet when they reunited at age 39 found that they shared many traits, habits, and behaviors in common. Among other similarities and curious synchronicities, both were named James by their new parents, had worked as deputy sheriffs and had married twice. Each had first wives named Linda, and second wives named Betty. Both named their sons James Allan and their dogs "Toy". They shared some of the same health issues, and preferred the same sports, even beer brand. This remarkable connection shows the invisible communication that transcended the family and environmental influence of their separate upbringing.
Intriguing experiments with animals are those performed by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake. In his book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (2011), he presents his discovery that dogs and cats can sense when their master is heading home at the moment of intent, no matter how far they are separated from each other.
Offering evidence for consciousness and biocommunication between plants, living foods, and human cells is Cleve Backster's discovery, known as the "Backster effect." Backster tested live plants, shrimp, human cells, and other living organisms on a polygraph machine to see how they would react to the thought and intention of harm. For example, Backster would test how a plant reacts to the thought of cutting off one of its leaves. When he was about to cut it, just the mere thought of it would cause the polygraph connected to the plant (which was not connected to Backster) to show a significant reaction. And when he was just pretending to, the plant reacted differently, as if it knew he wasn't serious. These unexpected results suggest that our thoughts invisibly communicate to plants and other living organisms and that they too may have some awareness. In another experiment, he put a donor's sample of leukocytes (colorless blood cells) into a test tube and wired them up to his polygraph machine. Then the donor would travel miles away from the sample and be shown dramatic movies. Whenever the donor had a strong emotional response to a scene in the movie, his leukocytes in the laboratory would react simultaneously too, showing evidence for biocommunication between a donor and his cells at a distance.
In the field of detecting bioenergy, remarkable work has been done by IAC researcher and engineer Wagner Alegretti. He presented his Preliminary Results of Bioenergy and Vibrational State Detection via fMRI at the 1 International Congress of Consciousness in Portugal on May 24, 2015. The results show the real effect the vibrational state and energy work have on the brain, made visual through fMRI images (fMRI = functional magnetic resonance imaging).
Further experimental evidence is accessible at www. opensciences.org. which is dedicated to open-minded science, featuring publications and recent research.
As you can see, great work has been done, and impressive evidence is certainly available in the field of consciousness existing independently of body and matter.
CULTURE AND BELIEFS
Our cultural backgrounds, religion, spirituality, and beliefs - whatever they may be – greatly influence our ideas about death and the afterlife, and may affect to some extent how we experience our death. Even people who are not religious or do not believe in a continued existence after death, have shaped their ideas about it. They still believe something; although it may be in "nothingness." In these cases, their beliefs tend to be more focused on the observable, material world and do not necessarily contain any spiritual context. Even these perspectives will influence the death process and the period that follows after.
Naturally, our ways of thinking, beliefs, individual filters, and conditioning will color our experiences, just as they do in this physical life. A person who sees the world as a beautiful place and expects people to be kind and helpful will focus more on the positive aspects. This person will interpret life and its events – no matter how good or bad – as more benign and "brighter in color" than someone who sees the world as an adverse or chaotic place and expects to be treated coldly. Their interpretation of reality will likely be more negative and therefore "colored darker."
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Table of Contents
ContentsIntroduction and My Story, ix,
Chapter 1 – Paradigms and how they affect our Perspective, 1,
Materialistic Paradigm and Conventional Science, 2,
Explorative and Open-Minded Research, 4,
Culture and Beliefs, 9,
Consciential Paradigm: Consciousness and Evolution, 11,
Serial Lives, 18,
Chapter 2 – The Process of Deactivation: From NDE and OBE Observations, 25,
Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), 26,
Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs), 29,
The Three "Deaths", 37,
Beyond and Unknown, 50,
Preview of Death and Loss of the Fear of Death, 51,
Access to Memories of Past Lives and Periods Between Lives, 52,
Chapter 3 – Common Phenomena And Beings Surrounding Death Transition, 59,
Deathbed Visions and Pre-Final Projections, 60,
Shared Death Experiences, 62,
After-Death Communications, 63,
Light and Tunnels, 69,
Evolutionary Group, 73,
Extraphysical Mentors, 75,
Life Review, 78,
Chapter 4 – Period Between Lives, 83,
Evaluation, Preparation, and Karma, 92,
Life Mission and Intermissive Courses, 96,
Chapter 5 – What Matters Before Death, 99,
Life Mission — Incompletion: Life Crisis and Melancholy, 100,
Life Mission — Completion: Life Fulfillment and Happiness, 105,
Letting Go, 116,
Chapter 6 – Conscious Dying and Philosophy, 121,
Dying Consciously, 122,
Helping Others Die Consciously, 130,
Spirituality and Philosophy, 136,
Living Your Life with the End in Mind, 139,
About the IAC, 149,
Organizations Dedicated to Consciousness & Psychic Research, 153,
End Notes, 165,
About the Author, 175,
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