Have You Ever Wondered?
What happens to our thoughts, experiences and consciousness when we die?
Does God/Creation/The Great Mystery exist? If so, does “It” oversee our actions or have an agenda for the earth and humanity’s outcome?
Are there multiple dimensions or realms, such as heaven, that co-exist with our world?
How does a global or even a universal consciousness help us to survive, heal and most importantly evolve?
Ultimately, is there a purpose for us to exist? If so what is that purpose?
Dr. Mehring brings new information to these fascinating questions in hopes of furthering the discussion of what truly exists and our purpose. He shares a combination of his experiences that he has had with unique individuals that have died and come back. Despite their previous critical condition they come back with an expanded awareness and clarity, and are willing to share their experience and the knowledge they have gained. Dr. Mehring will also share case histories and knowledge from several patients that have broken through to soul awareness during deep hypnosis. Dr. Mehring will also look to the new partnership between frontier science and ancient religious texts in an effort to authenticate and verify that all he has witnessed is credible and will help humanity reach its greatest potential through knowing its purpose.
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What In the Universe Are We Doing Here?
And What Are We Made Of?
By William D. Mehring
Balboa PressCopyright © 2016 Dr. William D. Mehring
All rights reserved.
Background and Foundational Experiences
It is difficult to say where our journey begins and ends. I believe there is a fundamental curiosity in everyone, but like most human qualities, the need to understand the mysterious is stronger in some of us than in others. Many children at play, for example, are enthralled by play itself, the pure experience of joyfully interacting with the world. They are happy to accept nature as it appears to the senses and are unbothered by questions about the source and inner nature of things.
Other children inquire constantly, and to each answer they receive they always find another "Why?" And then another, and another.
I was a child who often wondered how the world had become the way it was, and for what reasons.
My father died when I was eight months old, so at a very early age I was led to thoughts of life and death and the connection between the two states of being. Where had my father's essence gone? Where were his experiences and knowledge? Was it possible that he could somehow sneak back into our world? Was there a door somewhere? I wanted to know what that gateway looked like. I imagined ways the on-off switch for life might work.
My need to ask and try to discover answers about human existence took a first important turn during a seemingly mundane event in junior high school.
Who's in There?
One day as a young teenager I was staring at myself in the mirror, noticing signs of unfolding puberty. I looked so different from the way I had before. It was as if I were changing into someone else. There was fuzz on my face. I was getting pimples. My muscles were growing. I realized I was becoming a new person physically.
For a long time, I looked deep into the pupils of my eyes, until their darkness seemed to turn into twin portals. I remember asking myself, Who's in there? Who am I?
I kept staring, waiting for the answer. The longer and harder I looked, the better I understood that "I" was not in my body. Instead, my body was a shell that housed my consciousness. This thought produced an eerie feeling and I hurried away from the mirror and out of the room.
My experience with the mirror created a dramatic shift in my sense of reality — the idea that I wasn't my body but instead a consciousness inhabiting a body was overwhelming to me. The insight wasn't a passing fantasy but became a deep-seated certainty that would not reverse itself, though I tiptoed around its ramifications for a long time.
Not the First
I was not the first person to ask who I really was and awaken to a new reality as a result. I believe it's an experience as old as humanity.
I've always been fascinated by biblical texts and their descriptions of human experience. They reveal that we are still asking the same questions people posed three thousand years ago. This questioning surely took place well before the invention of written language, perhaps fifty thousand years ago, and likely even before that.
Who are we? is a question whose possible answers have always opened doors to exploring deeper realities.
Many contemporary books and movies dare to ask and try to solve this riddle of identity that is apparently as ancient as mankind. Tom Shadyac, a well-known movie director, made a film called I Am after a near fatal bicycle accident set him on a journey toward a deeper understanding of humanity. He sought the answer to the simple and profound question "Who am I?"
Shadyac's accident is just one example of the kinds of openings that bring a person to search for hidden truths to the deep mysteries of life. Everyone's journey is both similar and unique. In many ways he did not find an exact answer but found one that can give us great comfort. He discovered a connection that unites all of humanity and that goes beyond the understanding we can gain from our five senses. Likewise, my experience of gazing into the endless dark within my own eyes was the beginning of my search.
My next life-changing discoveries occurred during my chiropractic education. I encountered new experiences that were truly eye opening and would develop my awareness of what might lie beyond the limitations of my five senses.
My first surprise in chiropractic school was an introduction to muscle testing, also known as applied kinesiology, a technique used to access the innate wisdom of the body. Here's how it works: you select a "test muscle" to work with and then ask the body's consciousness a question. The muscle will either stay strong or go weak, and in that way, answer yes or no.
You can use this technique to assess food allergies and sensitivities, something chiropractors have always diagnosed and treated. In this form of muscle testing, a patient places a bit of the suspect food in the mouth and if the observed muscle becomes weak on testing, it's a signal that the food does indeed produce negative effects. The same method is used to evaluate spinal dysfunction. The chiropractor palpates an area of the spine, and if the test muscle then becomes weak, he or she knows that portion of the spine is a problematic area.
Muscle testing has expanded beyond diagnosing physical ailments. Many chiropractors believe that asking questions of the patient's subconscious mind can tap into issues that are impairing the healing process.
As my experience with muscle testing grew, I became more and more astounded by the accuracy with which it answered diagnostic questions. The more I practiced the technique, the more convinced I became of its amazing benefits and the passages it opened to layers of the body and mind that usually remain hidden.
I thought long and hard about this strange, life-enhancing approach developed by Dr. George Goodhart, who discovered it in the course of his chiropractic practice. I became intrigued about what this technique might indicate about the human mind and body and their connection to one another — and perhaps to sources of conscious energy beyond the individual.
Where Does It Live?
I considered several possibilities that might explain the underlying mechanisms of muscle testing and unconscious knowledge. Was there a form of consciousness connected with the patient's body that superseded the knowledge of the conscious mind? In chiropractic philosophy this source of knowledge, consciousness, and well-being is known as "innate." This innate consciousness always has the best in mind for us. In fact, it seems eager to expand on a wide range of information that can return a person to health: physically, energetically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
My experience with patients suggested that this expanded consciousness apparently accesses or is in some other way part of a wide range of healing modalities, including pharmacology, herbs, and physical medicine — and for that matter, nearly everything in the human experience. Somehow, this innate consciousness knows what is helpful and what is detrimental to the body.
I also found that this alternate consciousness is not just connected to physical body issues but can provide accurate accounts of distant memories and knows exactly which past events were crucial to the patient's core psychological makeup.
Indeed, muscle testing appears to unearth a buried way of knowing. I regularly access this using my own therapeutic technique, "E3," Emotional Energetic Evolution, the topic of my previous book, Finding Peace in Chaos}.
As a student learning about the innate knowing within us and seeing the efficacy of muscle testing, I began to wonder about this connection to knowledge and memories. Another term that seemed to lend meaning to what I was experiencing was Universal Consciousness. Yet I still had so many questions. For example, where is this consciousness located?
Is it within the body? Is the body a conduit? Is it outside the body? Is this active, sentient consciousness always alive, or does it need a body in order to live and express itself?
At this point, there seemed no way around it: I had to question the very definition of what it is to be a living entity. It seemed to me quite reasonable that all living things shared at least a portion of an innate superconsciousness within themselves, or through themselves, emanating from a common source.
Not content to probe the mysteries of living things, I couldn't help but land on the next question: do inanimate objects have consciousness too? Perhaps all physical forms — which are, after all, made up of energy — inherently have consciousness. Was a creative spark of consciousness the seed that produced all physical things, living or not? If so, was this conscious energy an important clue to the universe's creation, the nature and meaning of the cosmos, and our existence on Earth?
You would think my hands would be full as I grappled with these questions, but another enlightening experience during chiropractic training stretched my curiosity even further. One instructor asked us to determine the subtle movements of the vertebrae in our patients, something that requires intense focus and extreme sensitivity. You have to learn to quiet your mind, not construct or project thoughts about what you think may be happening but concentrate entirely on receiving tactile information — to listen with your hands.
We were also asked to run our hands down patients' spines, looking for any areas that felt hotter than others, which could indicate inflammation and possible spinal subluxations (the movement of one or more vertebrae out of position, which creates pressure on spinal nerves).
As I practiced these procedures, I became aware of another feeling in my hands and fingers. Without even touching the patient, but instead holding my hand above the back, I could get a sense of where energy was actively flowing and where it wasn't. I soon realized that areas that felt less energetic indicated where there were spinal subluxations. I began to further explore this phenomenon. When I found a spot with less energy, I would imagine how exactly the bone was fixated and the problems that might exist there.
I have to admit, this exercise started almost as a party trick more than anything else, and there were many wrong guesses at first, but my accuracy quickly increased. Soon other information about the health profile of the patient came into my awareness through this intuitive sense.
I had read many accounts of physicians who developed a second sense of their patients' conditions and illnesses. Initially, I'd believed this ability among doctors was the result of their years of experience treating patients. Then I began to realize that for some physicians, this diagnostic gift had more to do with pure intuition than experience. I came to believe that I was receiving hints about the nature of an innate medical wisdom and technique.
The Path Toward Connection and Understanding
I became very curious about the field of information I had learned to connect to. I realize now that I was in a unique situation where I was asked every day to focus my mind on feeling the subtle movements and information that might be available to me as a practitioner. As students, we all relied on our strongest senses in developing our diagnostic skills. For some of us, this was a refined sense of touch; others would listen or feel heat. There was also a group of us who learned to set aside the chaotic thinking of the conscious mind so we could receive information from our conversations with the innate. You can be naturally intuitive, but unless you exercise that ability like a muscle at the gym, it will not grow.
Later, I came to understand that part of this journey is to become more "right-brained." No one, of course, solely uses the right brain when accessing their intuitive senses, but there is much more activity on the right side when you are connecting to this expanded source of information. Any exercise that brings you into the present moment, without input from the ego, will put you on the right track. And you will know when the more left-brain ego is working because you will feel inadequate or fearful, or you will find yourself saying something to others that makes you look or feel better about yourself. The ego will monopolize your attention in its constant comparison of you with the rest of humanity.
The other conscious activity that shuts off intuition is continuously repeating some story or diatribe about yourself or others, something people who are depressed, angry, or hiding from their own truth often do. Letting the ego take charge and repeating stories both limit your experience to what your five senses have to offer.
The Portal of Intuition
During my time in chiropractic school and the years that followed, I became more and more intrigued by the portal of intuition I had discovered. The more I thought about the information I could access through it, as well as how and where it might be stored, the more it seemed that it had to be present in our midst, just invisible to the eye. I began to see this information superimposed upon all the space around me.
I was familiar with the concepts that humans are multidimensional beings and that somehow we might be able to reach into other dimensions where information flows freely. I was very excited about the potential, yet at the same time a little afraid to expose the application of the portal as anything more than a party trick. Despite these conflicting feelings, I continued to practice quieting my mind so I could create moments of emptiness in which to receive information in the form of feelings, pictures, or metaphors. I also believed that it was important to maintain this same quiet neutrality while doing muscle testing.
Back in my high school days, I read a book called Steppenwolf. It was intriguing, laced with metaphors. I remember the main character traveling to different rooms that signified parts of his mind. I wondered then how a person could shift to have that capacity. I now believe the secret is in changing your brain wave state. Through hypnotherapy training, I learned that hypnosis shifts brain waves to theta or low alpha states. These states bypass our critical mind and open the portal to information we usually cannot retrieve while we're awake, very different from the brain state we are usually in as we go about the day. You can think of it like radio frequencies; it is a little like turning the dial from the AM band to the weather band — you receive completely different information. On AM you get background music, and on the weather station you get information you need before you set sail for the day.
There is more good news when you shift into an alpha or theta state: you become free of the fears and worries of the day. So it is a very relaxing thing to do, and it helps create homeostasis in your body, the state in which everything in your body reboots and focuses on self-healing and restoration.
As I relate these ideas to you, I realize that I have come to accept these mysterious aspects of life as true — they are true for me now. But the whole concept of working with the innate, trusting my intuition, and then "coming out of the closet" with it all was a bit of a struggle, a conflict between curiosity about how healing works and fear of what I would find, and how people might judge me. Luckily for me, my curiosity trumped my fear and I continued my search for answers. My chiropractic training and practice were the key avenues that led me to a multitude of experiences that changed the way I thought about the world and myself.
Doubt and Disbelief
After mulling over my childhood experiences and curiosity about my father's death, I assumed that when you died, you died. Yet my mother told me that my father had believed that consciousness was energy, and that energy could neither be created nor destroyed.
Both of my parents were raised with a Christian set of beliefs, but I grew up with a science-based, atheistic philosophy. My nonreligious perspective meant that I wasn't indoctrinated into any theology, nor had I given much thought to the idea of life after death or reincarnation. My father's view sounded like a kind of religious thought or faith, but for me it remained an abstract idea unattached to any formal, organized religion. And I couldn't see how his ideas about consciousness and energy were of any practical use. For years, I was wary and unconvinced of the religious certainties other people held.
A Dawning Light
But we all change our minds as we progress through life. We test boundaries by discovering which actions produce positive feelings deep within us and which ones cause pain. Seeking what brings pleasure and satisfaction and avoiding actions that hurt ourselves and others are the ways we learn to live and grow. This process can be hit or miss, but it allows us to determine true and false, whether in terms of personal behavior or religious knowledge. You could say that we really do learn by trial and error.
Excerpted from What In the Universe Are We Doing Here? by William D. Mehring. Copyright © 2016 Dr. William D. Mehring. Excerpted by permission of Balboa Press.
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Table of Contents
1: Background and Foundational Experiences, 1,
2: Multiple Lives, 11,
3: God in the Equation, 29,
4: The Essence of Heaven, 34,
5: Science — The Evolution of Consciousness, 42,
6: Surprises Revealed in the Crystalline Matrix, 59,
7: Epigenetics and Our Living Evolution, 66,
8: Consciousness — The Bridge Between Energy and Physicality, 91,
9: Dimensions Versus Realms, 105,
10: Now Everything Changes, 136,
11: My Evolution of Evolution, 148,
12: Fear and Awe, 158,
13: Perspective and Religion, 163,
14: Judaism, 169,
15: Zoroastrianism, 181,
16: Christianity, 188,
17: Taoism, 205,
18: Buddhism, 211,
19: Islam, 220,
20: Transformative Healing, 227,
21: Awakening Our Hidden Power, 241,