Philosophy Skepticism and NDEs

Skeptical Argument: Life Outside the Universe Is Unlikely

Skeptic’s Argument: “The picture looks bleak so far for our survival. If the spiritual universe is completely outside of the material universe, then it has no true bearing on the physical universe, and if this is the case, then there might as well be no god. God’s existence is only useful if it somehow interacts with us, in the physical universe; after all, all of our thoughts are determined by molecular motion in the brain. Prayer is initiated in the brain. A response, if it’s valid, must obviously move matter through space-time. Therefore, we have this thorny problem: if we believe that there is a spiritual universe, how does it interact with the physical universe, of which we are a part?”

Kevin Williams, B.Sc.: “In my opinion, one of the best evidence supporting the Afterlife Hypothesis and NDEs comes from quantum mechanics (QM) as it relates to the survival of quantum consciousness. QM does not rule out the possibility of an “afterlife” universe or “afterlife” dimension (a multiverse, a multidimensional universe) or the survival of brain function after death (quantum immortality). Through quantum decoherence and quantum superposition, the idea of parallel universes offers the possibility for the existence of a communicating parallel universe acting as a person’s afterlife universe when death occurs. As derived from the Many-WORLDS interpretation of QM, and its extending concept of Many-MINDS interpretation of QM, it is theoretically possible for a living person to exist in superposition in a parallel universe (including their mental states and electrical discharges occurring throughout their brain and nervous system). Many-Worlds views reality as a many-branched tree where every possible quantum outcome is realized including the possibility of branches to universes that doesn’t lead to a living person’s death. Theoretically, this makes it possible for a living person to continue living in a parallel universe when the person dies in this current universe.”

Evidence Science

Quantum Theory Supports Near-Death Experiences

Scientific knowledge is always in a state of flux. New scientific discoveries come along and overthrow long-held hypotheses. A good example of this is the attempt by humanity to explain the phenomenon of light. Before the dawn of science, humanity relied on religious experience and philosophy to understand light and the cosmos. The Bible declares the universe began when God said, “Let there be light.” Ancient religious texts throughout history have associated light with divine consciousness – a consciousness from which everything, including all other consciousness, originated. The Bible declares, “God is light.” Eminent physicist, David Bohm, viewed all matter as “condensed” or “frozen light.” Physicist Stephen Hawking once stated ,”When you break subatomic particles down to their most elemental level, you are left with nothing but pure light.” Science discovered light was pervasive at the beginning of the universe. Scientists recently discovered the so-called “God Particle” – the particle which bestows mass upon all other particles. This particle is very crucial to physics because it is our final understanding of the structure of all matter. Albert Einstein‘s great equation E=mc2 (where E is for energy, m for mass and c is the speed of light) describes the awesome power and energy holding all atoms together. Surprisingly, the Bible supports Einstein’s equation when it declares: “God is the invisible power holding all things together.” This transcendent view of consciousness is the basis for major world religions. So it shouldn’t be surprising why top quantum physicists were influenced by religion. Erwin Schrodinger, for example, studied Hinduism; Werner Heisenberg looked into Plato’s theory of the ancient Greeks; Niels Bohr was drawn to the Tao; Wolfgang Pauli to the Kabbalah; and Max Plank to Christianity.

Table of Contents

  1. The holistic merger of science and spirituality
  2. Quantum physics and the NDE
  3. Quantum interconnectivity and the NDE
  4. The holographic universe and the NDE
  5. The holonomic brain and the NDE
  6. Quantum consciousness and the NDE
  7. Nonlocal consciousness and the God spot
  8. Quantum superposition and the NDE
  9. The many-worlds theory and the NDE
  10. The many-minds theory and the NDE
  11. The zero-point field and the NDE
  12. Black hole physics and the NDE
  13. Biocentrism and the NDE
  14. Subjective experiences and the NDE
  15. Scientific articles on NDEs and its relationship to physics

1. The holistic merger of science and spirituality

The scientific discovery of the nature of light is the cornerstone of modern physics and natural law. It is also the cornerstone of near-death studies and modern consciousness research. Over the centuries, science has yielded some very unusual, almost “god-like,” properties of light. The recently discovered “God particle” – the elusive particle which gives mass to every other particle – is one of the greatest discoveries in science. Light was pervasive at the time of the Big Bang. Light is the fastest thing in the universe and travels at 671 million miles per hour. It takes an infinite amount of energy to move an object to the speed of light. At the speed of light, the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. If a person could travel at the speed of light, they would become immortal. There is also the quantum theory of superposition where matter can exist in more than one dimension at the same time – making anomalous phenomena such as NDEs and OBEs possible. Physicists have experimentally demonstrated how two particles can be separated, and no matter by how far apart they are (even a billion miles apart), a change in one particle instantly creates a simultaneous change in the other as if they were connected. This phenomenon called “quantum entanglement” which Einstein called “spooky actions from a distance” and is suggestive of an underlying reality which physicists have not yet been able to explain although there are many theories. Light also has a “dual personality” existing as both a particle and a wave. The reason we can see anything at all is because our mere observation of things converts light waves into light particles thereby making human consciousness the main factor when it comes to reality.

Carl Jung (1875-1961) the Swiss psychologist and near-death experiencer who founded analytical psychology, is best known for his psychological concepts including archetypes, the collective unconscious, dream analysis, and synchronicity. His interest in philosophy and metaphysics led many to view him as a mystic. Following discussions with both Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli (two founding fathers of quantum physics) Jung believed there were parallels between synchronicity and the relativity of time and its connection to consciousness.

Scientists are discovering how objective reality is more of an illusion than a reality. At deeper levels, everything – atoms, cells, molecules, plants, animals, and people participate in a connected flowing web of information. At the quantum level, the observer becomes a part of the observed and the distinction between observer and object disappears. Space and time are concepts we bring with us to the quantum level but they do not seem to exist there. Time flows both forward and backward symmetrically according to relativity – a concept making time travel a possibility. And because all matter, including our brains and bodies, are mostly composed of empty space because of the structure of atoms held together by atomic energy, a metaphysical case can be made that we are mostly composed of non-physical “spirit.” At the quantum level, location becomes nonlocal and everything can be thought of as being in no particular place at no particular time. What we “see” out there has more to do with our own consciousness and subjective experience than anything “out there”. In light of these findings, we must conclude the notion of objective reality is in error. Physicists are discovering laws of physics are the laws of our own minds.

One of the most compelling theories is called the holographic principle which defines the universe as a single, gigantic hologram where everything is connected to everything else including our minds. The holographic principle is supported by one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, David Bohm, who began the holomovement in physics. Neurophysiologist Karl Pribram synchronistically arrived at a holographic model of the mind and brain at the same time as David Bohm developed the holomovement in physics. Surprisingly, these holographic models may be the basis for all mystical experiences including the NDE. These holographic models are part of a new emerging paradigm called “holism” which is the opposite of reductionism. It is the paradigm where all natural systems – physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, etc. – and their properties, should be viewed as a whole and not the sum of its parts. A corresponding theory of quantum consciousness was developed by the joint work of theoretical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose, and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff. Like David Bohm and Karl Pribram before them, Penrose and Hameroff developed their theories synchronistically. Penrose approached the problem of consciousness from the view point of mathematics, while Hameroff approached it from his career in anesthesia which gave him an interest in brain structures. Quantum consciousness is the theory of an underlying consciousness connecting everyone and everything and is based upon quantum fields being interpreted as extending infinitely in space.

Carl Jung referred to this connection between all life as the “collective unconscious” also known as the “collective subconscious.” Jung theorized how synchronicity serves a role similar to dreams, with the purpose of shifting a person’s egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness. Jung was transfixed by the idea of life not being a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order, which he and Wolfgang Pauli referred to as “one world” – a term referring to the concept of an underlying unified reality of the universe from which everything emerges and returns to. Jung believed this principle of an underlying “world” can express itself through synchronicity and is the basis for quantum mysticism. Quantum theories such as the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and its corresponding many-minds theory supports this new paradigm. These quantum theories also supports the theory of quantum immortality which theoretically makes the immortality of a non-physical “soul” possible. If one views consciousness as a fundamental, non-physical, part of the universe, it becomes possible to conceive of consciousness continuing to exist after the death in a parallel universe. These quantum and holographic paradigms assume anomalous phenomena such as NDEs to certainly be within the realm of possibilities.

2. Quantum physics and the NDE

Just as surprising is how NDE encounters with an otherworldly light correspond with the new paradigm found in the principles of quantum physics. Classical mechanics involving observing, theorizing, and predicting doesn’t work very well when it comes to understanding light, consciousness, and subjective experiences – especially when it concerns the NDE. The old paradigm allowed materialists and skeptics to dismiss NDEs as being caused by brain anomalies – even though the cause of NDEs is not relevant to whether the experience is a real afterlife experience or not. Nevertheless, recent NDE studies have ruled out brain anomalies. Anyway, brain anomalies are side-effects of the near-death experience and not the cause of them. Skeptics must confront their unscientific logical fallacy of claiming NDEs are either hallucinations or are impossible since the brain is the origin of consciousness and a dead brain produces nothing. Even if one assumes NDEs to be merely a chemical reaction in the brain, there is no human experience of any description which cannot simply be reduced to a biological process, but this in no way offsets the meaning these experiences have for those who have them – whether it’s falling in love, or grieving, or having a baby, or coming close to death and having a transcendental experience.

3. Quantum interconnectivity and the NDE

Theoretical quantum physics supports the notion of our universe as being a conscious universe of which all other consciousness is a fractal. Many scientists no longer believe in a randomly generated universe from some sort of primal dust. Nobel prize winning molecular biologist Christian de Duve describes the universe as having a cosmic imperative to develop conscious life. The very structure of molecules composing living creatures dictates the evolution of conscious life. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle agreed how the fundamental laws of the universe governing the creation of planets, suns and galaxies implies conscious life will be the end result of those universal laws. Evolutionary biologist Rupert Sheldrake goes even further, describing how “morphic forms” – patterns of energy which first exist in the universe – results in life. If these compelling theories are true, then it is possible to apply them to other dimensions of reality made up of other elementary subatomic particles. Anomalous phenomena such as NDEs then becomes less like “fantasy” and more like the perceptions of conscious beings in other realties which can be predicted by modern science. NDEs may simply be clinical applications of the experiments physicists have discovered in the lab.

For example, a European astrophysicist by the name of Metod Saniga used NDE research to develop a mathematical model of time which seems to offer solutions to problems vexing scholars since Einstein. In brief, Dr. Saniga takes seriously the testimony of NDErs when they describe experiences in a realm where “time stops” and where some of them “see the past, present, and future all at once.” Dr. Saniga describes this realm as “the Pure Present.” Dr. Saniga used these anomalous experiences to describe a single mathematical model which can account for both the conventional and the extraordinary ways humans experience time.

4. The holographic universe and the NDE

The father of the new paradigm, Albert Einstein, may have had the old paradigm in mind when he said, “All knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.” The old paradigm denies a whole range of valid subjective experiences such as NDEs, OBEs, and mystical experiences. Severe cracks in the old paradigm began to appear when, in 1982, a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. They discovered subatomic particles were able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the distance separating them – even if the distance is billions of miles. Aspect’s findings seemed to violate the long-held theory of the impossibility of faster-than-light travel. These findings are suggestive of a deeper level of reality where all things in the universe are infinitely interconnected. Aspect’s findings influenced one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, David Bohm, to develop a profound mathematical theory where all the apparent separateness in the universe to be an illusion. Bohm’s theory, ultimately known as the Holographic Principle, describes the universe to be a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram.

An example of a hologram appears in the movie “Star Wars” when an illusionary holographic image of Princess Lea was projected by the robot R2D2. The notion of reality as illusionary goes back to ancient indigenous people who believed existence to be a dream or an illusion. Modern developments in science have led theoretical physicists to view reality in a similar manner – a reality composed of a matrix, grids, virtual reality, simulation and holograms.

A holographic universe explains the supersymmetry found in the universe and suggests how, at the quantum level, everything – atoms, cells, molecules, plants, animals, and people participate in a connected flowing web of information. For example, the electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are connected to the subatomic particles comprising every other human brains – even with every star in the sky. All of nature can ultimately be viewed as one seamless web. In a holographic universe, time and space become an illusion. The past, present, and future all exist simultaneously suggesting the possibility of science to someday be able to reach into the holographic level of reality and extract scenes from the long-forgotten past – a phenomenon which has already been documented in NDE research from the life review.

Another aspect of a holographic universe is the mathematical proof of every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole. If we try to take apart something constructed holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes. This “whole in every part” nature of a holographic universe may be the basis for mystical experiences such as the NDE. It also agrees with the view of eastern mysticism: all consciousness exists as a part of a single Whole and a single Whole within all consciousness. This holographic paradigm supports mathematical principles found in fractal geometry and the metaphysical concept of non-physical fractal souls existing in a fractal universe. A holographic universe could theoretically be viewed as a Matrix bringing into existence everything else in our universe: all matter and energy – from atoms, to solar systems, to galaxies, etc. Such a Matrix could be viewed as a kind of cosmic storehouse of “All That Is” or the metaphysical concept of an “akashic field.” Such a Matrix of “all information” could also be the basis for the NDE life review. David Bohm believed a holographic level of reality may be a “mere stage” beyond which lies “an infinity of further development.” According to physicist Fred Alan Wolf, NDEs can be explained using a holographic model where death is merely a shifting of a person’s consciousness from one dimension of the hologram to another. Craig Hogan, a physicist at Fermilab, generated even more interest in a holographic universe when he discovered proof of a holographic universe in the data of a gravitational wave detector.

Profound evidence supporting the fractal nature of consciousness within a fractal universe can be seen the image on the right. On March 16, 2006, the journal Nature published a report of the discovery of an unprecedented elongated double helix nebula (see the image on the right) near the center of our Milky Way galaxy using observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. According to Mark Morris, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, said, “Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm. Most nebulae are either spiral galaxies full of stars or formless amorphous conglomerations of dust and gas – space weather. What we see indicates a high degree of order.” Notice how closely the DNA molecule looks like a fractal of this nebula.

Other evidence supporting the fractal nature of consciousness can be seen in the images on the left. Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, researched how particular types of neurons in the brain are connected to one another. By staining thin slices of a mouse’s brain, Miller could then identify the connections visually. The result can be seen in the image on the left labeled “The Brain Cell” (courtesy of Dr. Clifford Pickover) showing three neuron cells on the left (two red and one yellow) and their connections. By comparing The Brain Cell image with The Universe image, we can easily see how these objects have the same structure. This begs the questions, “Do we exist within a gigantic brain?” and “Is the law of physics merely the laws of our own minds?” Learn more about the fractal nature of reality in Dr. Pickover’s outstanding book The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection. His other books, The Math Book and The Medical Book, are equally outstanding. Visit his main website and Twitter site.

The Universe image above was created by an international group of astrophysicists called The Virgo Consortium using a computer simulation to recreate how the universe grew and evolved. The image is a snapshot of the present universe featuring a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded by thousands of stars, galaxies and dark matter. There are several theories of the universe within particle physics called “brane cosmology” where “brane” is a reference to “membrane” in M-Theory. In theoretical physics, a “brane” is a mathematical concept where our four-dimensional universe is restricted to a “brane” inside a higher-dimensional space composed of eleven theoretical dimensions – the three dimensions we can see, plus the dimension of time, plus the seven extra dimensions we can’t see but M-theory theorizes are all around us. Surprisingly, the number of these dimensions agree with the number of “afterlife realms” described by NDEs and the major ancient religions of the world.

The Internet image on the left is a visualization of the Internet showing the various routes through a portion of the Internet. Notice how the structure of a brain cell is the same as the structure of the Internet and the universe. Is this merely a coincidence? Or do these images graphically demonstrate the ancient principle of “as above, so below.” The Internet image was generated by The Opte Project (pronounced op-tee which is Latin word for “optical”) started by Barrett Lyon whose goal was to make an accurate representation of the extent of the Internet using visual graphics. The project was started in October 2003 in an effort to provide a useful network mapping of the Internet for the purposes of helping students learn more about the Internet. This map can also be used to visualize sites of disasters in the world by citing the significant destruction of Internet capabilities after a disaster. It can also be used as a gauge for the growth of the Internet and the areas of growth. But it also shows how the structure of the Internet is developing along the same lines as the structures of the human brain and the universe. The Universe image is featured at the Boston Museum of Science, the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre.

5. The holonomic brain and the NDE

This “holistic” view of reality (as opposed to reductionist theories) can also be applied to the human brain. The holographic principle was a catalyst towards a theory of quantum consciousness called the “holonomic brain theory” which explains how the brain encodes memories in a holographic manner. This theory originated from neurophysiologist Karl Pribram who synchronistically arrived at a holographic model of the mind at the same time David Bohm was developing a holographic model of the universe. Taken all together, this holographic model is part of a new emerging paradigm called “holism.” Holism is the principle of a whole system being more than just the sum of its parts. The best way to study the behavior of many complex systems is to treat it as a whole.

One of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is how every piece of information seems instantly cross-correlated with every other piece of information within the brain – another feature intrinsic to the hologram. Because every portion of a hologram is infinitely interconnected with every other portion, the human brain is perhaps nature’s supreme example of a cross-correlated, holistic system.

A holistic storage of memory in the brain becomes more understandable in light of Pribram’s holographic model of the brain. Another holistic property of the brain is how it is able to translate the avalanche of frequencies it receives via the senses (light frequencies, sound frequencies, etc.) into the concrete world of our perceptions. Consciousness and perception processes sources of light energy. Encoding and decoding light frequencies is precisely what a hologram does best. Just as a hologram functions as a lens which translates meaningless blurs of frequencies into a coherent image, Pribram theorizes the brain also comprises a lens (e.g., the eye) and uses holographic principles to mathematically convert frequencies received by the senses into the inner world of our perceptions. An impressive body of evidence suggests the brain uses holographic principles to perform its operations. Pribram’s theory, in fact, has gained increasing support among neurophysiologists.

6. Quantum consciousness and the NDE

A corresponding theory of quantum consciousness known as Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch-OR) was developed by the joint work of theoretical physicist, was developed by the joint work of theoretical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose, and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff. Like David Bohm and Karl Pribram before them, Penrose and Hameroff developed their theories synchronistically. Penrose approached the problem of consciousness from the view point of mathematics, while Hameroff approached it from his career in anesthesia which gave him an interest in brain structures.

Mainstream theories assume consciousness emerged from the brain, so they focus particularly on complex computation at synapses allowing communication between neurons. Orch-OR assumes classical physics cannot fully explain consciousness. In the June 1994 issue of Discover Magazine, an article ran called “Quantum Consciousness” about how consciousness and quantum physics are intimately connected. This theory suggests consciousness can be found inside the microtubules of brain cells. At death, the information energy inside these microtubules – what some people refer to as the “soul” – doesn’t disappear; but instead, is retained in the universe. One of the fundamental laws in physics, the first law of thermodynamics, is energy cannot be created nor destroyed – it can only be converted. So if consciousness is indeed a form of energy, then according to the first law of thermodynamics, consciousness cannot be destroyed. Instead, it is converted into something else.

On September 6, 2011, National Geographic published the article, “9/11 and Global Consciousness” about how random number generators at Princeton University’s Global Consciousness Project detected a dramatic spike around the world before the time of the terrorist attack – an indication of global consciousness. The director of the project, Dr. Roger D. Nelson, describes in a YouTube video the details of this event. The media paid relatively little attention to this project until Nelson published his paper, “Coherent Consciousness and Reduced Randomness: Correlations on September 11, 2001.

These findings of a global consciousness are also supported NDE experiencers such as Ned Dougherty. During his NDE, Dougherty received visions of the future and were published six months before the September 11th terrorist attack. Here is what the prophecy stated as published in his book “Fast Lane to Heaven“:

“A major terrorist attack may befall New York City or Washington, DC, severely impacting the way we live in the United States.” (Ned Dougherty)

This prophecy given to Ned Dougherty is just one of the visions of the future he received during his NDE. Other near-death experiencers, such as Dannion Brinkley, were also visions of terrorist attack in New York and Washington. In fact, a great number of NDEs involve visions the future.

The old materialistic paradigm, prevalent mostly in the West, disregards the possibility of out-of-body dimensions; whereas, the new paradigm supports them. For this reason, open-minded scientists have acknowledged the time is now to abandon the old paradigm and focus on the new one. Disregarding the old paradigm became even more reasonable when, in December of 2001, The Lancet (the United Kingdom’s highly respected journal of medicine) published the results of a study by Dr. Pim van Lommel showing 18 percent of clinically dead patients having NDEs. Lommel’s study documented verified events observed by such patients from a perspective removed from their bodies – called “veridical perception” – suggesting the existence of a transcendent consciousness. Such studies beg the question of why the scientific community at large remains mostly silent about these facts. Perhaps this is the reason why.

Science may never be able to answer the question of whether or not consciousness survives bodily death; but current near-death studies, such as The AWARE Study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) is trying to find out. The director of this study, Dr. Sam Parnia M.D., is a critical care physician and director of resuscitation research at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Parnia is recognized as an authority on the scientific study of death, the human mind–brain relationship, and near-death experience. Dr. Parnia is also the author of What Happens When We Die (2006) and Erasing Death: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death (2013). In the late 90s, Dr. Parnia and Dr. Peter Fenwick he set up the first study of NDEs in the UK. Since then, they have published several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals [1] [2] [3] in the field of near-death studies. Since Dr. Parnia has been part of the AWARE study, launched by The Human Consciousness Project, twenty-five participating hospitals across Europe and North America have been examining reports of patients after their clinical death, several of whom are expected to have an out-of-body experience with physical perceptions of their surroundings. A major objective of the AWARE study is to test whether the perceptions reported by these patients can be verified. One method involves a visual target being placed near the ceiling where it can only be seen by someone reading it from above; patients who report OBEs are then asked to describe it. Read about the latest update of this study.

7. Nonlocal consciousness and the God spot

Consciousness and the possibility of its survival after death is perhaps the final frontier of science. Although a large body of knowledge exists about the brain, “The brain has not explained the mind fully” according to renowned brain surgeon Wilder Penfield. Materialistic science has yet to produce a conclusive model of consciousness. This is mainly due to its inability to quantify first-person, subjective experiences. Materialism views only objective, observable experiments verifiable by third parties to be valid. The current scientific method relies only upon repeatable experiments to verify a hypothesis; but its limit is reached when quantifying consciousness. Mainstream materialistic scientists claim consciousness is produced entirely by the brain. This is analogous to claiming television sounds and images are produced entirely by television sets, despite the fact television sounds and images are produced by TV stations transmitting nonlocal radio waves. This analogy describes consciousness based not upon the brain, but the brain based upon consciousness. There are a multitude of anomalous phenomena including NDEs which cannot be explained using the scientific method. These anomalous phenomena provides a theoretical basis for a nonlocal model of consciousness while materialistic scientists are unable to explain how immaterial, conscious, subjective experiences can arises from a material brain.

Medical scientists have discovered areas within the brain collectively known as the “God Spot” which permits communication with cosmic information outside of material bodies. Theoretical physicists call this “quantum nonlocality.” Psychologists call it the “collective unconscious.” Hindus call it “Brahman.” Buddhists call it “Nirvana.” Jews call it “Shekhinah.” Christians call it the “Holy Spirit“; Christ and his disciples are called the “light of the world.” New age adherents call it the “Higher Consciousness.” According to Dr. Melvin Morse, the children he has resuscitated from death simply call it “God.”

8. Quantum superposition and the NDE

Atoms and sub-atomic particles can exist in two or more locations simultaneously as multiple coexisting possibilities known as quantum superposition. The reason why we do not see quantum superpositions on a large scale in everyday life is known as the “measurement problem” which has led to various interpretations of quantum mechanics. Early experiments by quantum pioneer Niels Bohr and others seemed to show how quantum superpositions, when measured by a machine, stayed as multiple possibilities until a conscious human observed the results. Bohr concluded “conscious observation collapses the probability wave function” and unobserved superpositions continue to exist until being observed, at which time they too are collapsed to particular random states. According to Bohr, this “consciousness causes the collapse” of quantum possibilities places consciousness within the realm of science. But materialistic science views consciousness strictly on classical physics rejecting the possibility of quantum nonlocality in consciousness and equates the mind with the brain. Perhaps this is the reason Bohr made his famous statement, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.”

However, recent evidence linking biological functions to quantum processes supports the possibility of consciousness having nonlocal quantum functions in the brain. This suggests the nature of conscious experience requires a world view in which consciousness has irreducible components of reality. This interpretation defines superpositions becoming separations in reality with each possibility evolving its own distinct universe – giving a multitude of universes. The difference between this theory and Bohr’s interpretation is how the separations are randomly selected from among the superpositioned possibilities. The superposition of these locations can then viewed as separations in the very fabric of reality. This theory posits such conditions have evolved within the brain – inside brain neurons – where microtubules process quantum superpositions giving us our subjective reality. This quantum process within the brain may be the basis for consciousness transcending and surviving physical death as revealed in NDEs. In such altered states, the quantum process of superpositions may shift consciousness to different dimensions of higher frequencies. When NDEs occur, it is possible the quantum information of which consciousness is made of could shift to an existence outside the brain nonlocally. This supports the idea of the mind not being a material brain.

9. The many-worlds theory and the NDE

An important principle of quantum physics is how human observation cannot be predicted absolutely. Instead, there’s a range of possible observations to chose from in the form of probability waves each having a different probability and reality. With every thought, observation and action we make, we are constantly choosing just one of these possible probabilities of reality. One mainstream explanation for this is the “many-worlds interpretation” where each of these possible observations corresponds to a different universe within a “multiverse.” This theory describes the existence of an infinite number of universes – including our own – which comprises all reality. This theory includes possible universe(s) where death doesn’t exist, for example. The theory includes all possible universes existing at the same time despite what happens in any of them. Many-worlds theorizes our continuous choice of reality from possible probabilities does not collapse the universal wave function of all the other possible probabilities. Many-worlds implies all possible alternative histories and futures are real. Before the many-worlds interpretation, reality had always been viewed as a single unfolding history. Many-worlds, however, views reality as a many-branched tree, wherein every possible quantum outcome is realized. In many-worlds, every possible outcome of every event defines or exists in its own universe.

This many-worlds interpretation supports the NDE phenomenon called “flash-forward” where the experiencer is shown visions of possible futures should the experiencer decide to remain in the light or return to life. This phenomenon has been reported to occur to convince the experiencer to return their life because of an incomplete mission in life. One great example is found in the NDE testimony of Karen Schaeffer:

“I could feel myself becoming lighter each moment. In a fit of fear and panic I began crying. No, I couldn’t be dead. What would happen to my son? … In an embrace of love, they calmed me by showing me that my son, my entire family would be okay after my death. My mother could lean on my grandmother. It would take time, but she would heal. My husband, hurt, sad, and lonely would also heal and eventually find love once again … I was shown my funeral … But wait, my son. I couldn’t leave my son … I was told others would be a mother for me. First grandparents, and then they showed me Jake’s life … I saw a new mom for Jake when he was about 7 or 8 … I couldn’t let go of my human life … Finally, my hysteria was calmed by a higher spirit who seemed to envelop me in love. My guides were instructed to allow me to return.” (Karen Schaeffer)

Dr. Kenneth Ring described two kinds of precognitive visions in the NDE: (1) the personal “flash-forward” and the (2) “prophetic vision.” A third category, defined by NDE researcher Craig Lundahl is the “otherworld personal future revelation” (OPFR). The OPFR resembles the personal flash-forward in how it previews the experiencer’s personal future, but differs from the personal flash-forward in how it is delivered to the experiencer by another personage in the otherworld rather than appearing in the visual imagery of a life review. The OPFR differs from the prophetic vision in having a personal rather than planetary focus. Lundahl cites four historic accounts to illustrate major features of the OPFR: (1) entrance into the otherworld, (2) encounter with (3) others who foretell the experiencer’s future, and (4) later occurrence of the foretold events.

10. The many-minds theory and the NDE

The many-minds interpretation of quantum mechanics is an extension of the many-worlds interpretation by proposing distinctions between worlds should be made at the level of the mind of an individual observer. This is the principle supporting the theory of quantum immortality – an interpretation of quantum mechanics which theoretically makes it possible for a human observer to have a continuous infinity of minds in communicating parallel universes. These observer states may then be assumed to correspond to definite states of awareness (i.e., many minds) as in the classical description of observation. In order to make this theory work, the mind must be a property which can separate from the body as suggested in NDEs and OBEs.

11. The zero-point field and the NDE

In quantum theory, the “zero-point field” is a quantum vacuum state or “void” which generally contains nothing but electromagnetic waves and particles popping into and out of existence. A zero-point field of the universe is supportive of the holographic principle where consciousness and memories are not localized in the brain but are distributed throughout a holographic universe. Brains, acting as receivers, access certain frequencies of quantum information to process. This universal zero-point field describes the world and universe as a dynamic web where everything is connected, where consciousness influences matter and creates reality, and where all things are possible. According to Albert Einstein, “Space and time are modes in which we think, not conditions in which we live.”

Dr. Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, is an integral theorist and champion of this zero-point field as instrumental when understanding consciousness and the universe. Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy who emphasizes the importance of establishing a holistic perspective on the world and man through quantum consciousness. Lazlo’s groundbreaking book, “Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything” makes a compelling case for the zero-point field to be the substance of the entire universe. It can theoretically be viewed as the source of all consciousness and matter in the universe. Using the Hindu concept of a “cosmic memory” called the “akashic records,” Laszlo theorizes the zero-point field to be the fundamental energy and information-carrying field of the universe, past and present, including all possible parallel universes. Laszlo describes how such an informational field explains why the universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form conscious life forms. Laszlo’s zero-point akashic field theory solves several problems in quantum physics from nonlocality to quantum entanglement.

Laszlo’s theory agrees with revelations from the Christian mystic Edgar Cayce. When Cayce was asked where he received his psychic information, he answered it was from “the intelligent infinity” as it is “brought into intelligent energy” as a gateway to view the present. Cayce acknowledged this “gateway” to be equivalent to the Hindu concept of the “akashic records” and the Christian concept of the “Book of Life.” Cayce revealed these otherworldly records are stored in a heavenly “Hall of Records” which corresponds to the so-called “Temple of Knowledge” or the “Temple of Wisdom” appearing in many NDE testimonials.

Dr. Laszlo’s theory is supported by important scientific research. For example, biologist Paul Pietsch experimented with salamanders to locate where memories are stored in the brain. He removed their brains, grinded them up, even shuffling their brains around, and then placed them back in their heads. The astonishing result was their memories where unaffected although their brains were demolished. Pietsch’s conclusion was memory was not a local phenomenon, but is linked to something outside their bodies. His findings were published in his book, Shufflebrain: The Quest for the Hologramic Mind.

Neuroanatomist Harold Burr conducted similar experiments with salamanders and discovered a field of light surrounding their unfertilized eggs in the shape of an adult salamander. Burr also noticed fields of light surrounding plant seeds taking the shape of mature plants. Burr’s research supports Pietsch’s findings of physical bodies being connected to a surrounding energy field. Burr’s findings where published in his book, The Fields of Life: Our Links with the Universe. This energy field may account for the salamander parts growing back when they are removed. This energy field may also explain why human amputees sometimes feel “phantom pain” from their amputated body part as described by NDE expert Robert Mays. This energy field also supports the phenomenon of people having undergone organ transplants taking on certain memories from the organ donor. The discovery of an “electromagnetic zero-point field” lends credibility to the possibility of having vast memory storage capabilities outside of the physical body. Phenomena such as these can be best understood if the zero point field can be “tapped” as a storage location for information and energy which can be accessed at any time.

This zero point field has parallels to “the void” and the “Omega Point” described in near-death research and championed by the near-death expert Dr. Kenneth Ring in his book, “Heading Toward Omega: The Search for the Meaning of Near-Death Experiences.” One example is the Omega Point is found in the NDE of Olaf Swenson who experienced a timeless spaceless realm when he nearly died of a botched tonsillectomy at age 14. He states:

“Suddenly I rolled into a ball and smashed into another reality. The forces that brought me through the barrier were terrific. I was on the other side. I realized that the boundary between life and death is a strange creation of our own mind, very real (from the side of the living), and yet insignificant.”

Swenson felt he was floating in a universe with no boundaries.

“I had total comprehension of everything. I stood at the annihilation point, a bright orange light. As I felt my mind transported back to my body, I thought, please let me remember this new theory of relativity.”

The information Swenson gained during his NDE inspired him to develop over 100 patents in molecular chemistry. (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

12. Black hole physics and the NDE

In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking put forward a theory of black holes which appeared to violate a major principle of physics – the law of the conservation of information – because it implied quantum information can permanently disappear within a black hole with the exception of “Hawking radiation.” Hawking’s inconsistent theory led to what was called the “Black Hole Information Paradox.” Physicist Leonard Susskind (pictured on the left) later solved this paradox with his development of M-theory using the holographic principle to show how information entering the edge of a black hole is not lost, but can entirely be contained on the surface of the horizon in a holographic manner. Susskind’s theory solved the paradox because the nature of a hologram’s two-dimensional information structure can be “painted” on the edge of the black hole thereby giving a three-dimensional black hole where quantum information is not lost. Susskind’s solution to the information paradox led to wide-spread acceptance of the holographic principle.

David Bohm was convinced all matter in the universe, including our physical body, is composed of light in a condensed “frozen” state. NDE experiencers have often described their spirit bodies as “bodies of light.” During an NDE the experiencer transitions from the material world which operates at speeds less than the speed of light to a dimension which operates at faster-than-light speed. The NDE experiencer may first observe the earth or the universe from space before this transition. In transitioning from the material to the spiritual dimension, the experiencer may first enter a “NDE tunnel” much in the same way a “body of light” might experience what astrophysicists call a “black hole.” As previously mentioned, Leonard Susskind’s theory of black holes allows for light particles to travel through a black hole without being destroyed. At faster-than-light speed, a “body of light” could enter into a time and spaceless dimension where this body of light can move forward and backward through space-time. This NDE tunnel, like a black hole, appears to be a “portal” to another dimension of reality.

In the late 1980’s, theoretical physicist Kip Thorne described how objects known as wormholes can exist in space which theoretically allows for time travel. Such wormholes could essentially be two connecting black holes whose mouths make up a tear in the fabric of space-time. NDE experiencers have observed such a tunnel described as “two huge tornadoes appear in the form of an immense hourglass” (P.M.H. Atwater, Beyond the Light.) The upper tornado spins clockwise and outward, while the lower tornado spins counter-clockwise and inward which is an excellent description of a wormhole. The Science Channel documentary “Through The Wormhole” has an excellent segment on NDEs. Rev. George Rodonaia‘s also has an excellent description of this NDE/Black Hole:

“I was so happy to be in the light. And I understood what the light meant. I learned that all the physical rules for human life were nothing when compared to this unitive reality. I also came to see that a black hole is only another part of that infinity which is light. I came to see that reality is everywhere. That it is not simply the earthly life but the infinite life. Everything is not only connected together, everything is also one. So I felt a wholeness with the light, a sense that all is right with me and the universe.” (Rev. George Rodonaia)

13. Biocentrism and the NDE

Dr. Robert Lanza is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is a medical researcher at the forefront of developments in cloning, organ transplantation, and stem-cell transplantation. His mentors described him as a “genius” and the “Bill Gates of Science.” As a young preteen, Lanza caught the attention of Harvard Medical School researchers when he successfully altered the genetics of chickens as a class project. Eventually, he was discovered and mentored by such scientific giants as psychologist B.F. Skinner, immunologist Jonas Salk, and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. A Fulbright Scholar, Lanza was part of the team cloning the world’s first human embryo for the purpose of generating stem cells. Dr. Lanza’s work has been crucial to our understanding stem cell biology. A year after receiving his medical degree Lanza published a book on heart transplantation. In 2009, he published a book entitled, “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.” Reviews of his work include Nobel laureate E. Donnall Thomas who stated “Any short statement does not do justice to such a scholarly work. The work is a scholarly consideration of science and philosophy bringing biology into the central role in unifying the whole.”

Biocentrism‘s main tenet is biology being the most important science in understanding life and the universe. Other sciences require a more deeper understanding of biology – specifically life and consciousness – to make their theories of everything complete. The areas of biological research playing a central role in understanding life and consciousness must include neuroscience, brain anatomy, NDE and OBE consciousness studies, and even artificial intelligence – all of which will eventually force materialistic scientists to seriously confront the issues biocentricism raises. Robert Lanza also uses his theory of Biocentrism to explain the possibility of consciousness surviving death by such articles as: (1)What Is It Like After You Die?,” (2)Is Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create Time,” (3)Does Death Exist?: Life Is Forever, Says Theory,” and (4)What Happens When You Die? Evidence Suggests Time Simply Reboots.”

Biocentrism also explains a major scientific paradox of how the laws of physics fits so precisely allowing for conscious life to exist. There are over 200 precise parameters in physics describing the universe which suggests the universe is fine-tuned for an environment which life and consciousness requires. There are four explanations for this paradox: (1) it is an astonishingly improbable coincidence, (2) God created it – an explanation which science cannot quantify even if it is true, (3) the “Anthropic Principle” which assumes a fine-tuned universe exists because this is just the way it is, and (4) Biocentrism’s theory of a biologically aware universe created by biologically aware life. Physician Deepak Chopra agrees with biocentrism being “consistent with the most ancient wisdom traditions of the world which says that consciousness conceives, governs, and becomes a physical world. It is the ground of our Being in which both subjective and objective reality come into existence.”

14. Subjective experiences and the NDE

Physicalism is a theory which posits only physical things exist. Materialism is a related theory which posits only matter and energy exist; and everything is composed of these materials; and all phenomena are the result of physical interactions. In other words, reality is limited to states of energy and matter. Applied to consciousness, it holds that all aspects of subjective experience is explainable purely by objective states within a physical brain. But the problem with materialism, as applied to the consciousness, is it does not distinguish between mind and brain. This explanation problem of materialism suggests there exists a metaphysical, non-physical component to subjective experiences philosophically known as “qualia“.

The person who has arguably done more to support the subjective nature of consciousness is Dr. David Chalmers, the distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness in Australia, who specializes in the area of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. Chalmers has authored an amazing number of resources on topics related to consciousness and philosophy. He is the author of a directory of online philosophy papers, and co-directed the development of a wealth of online philosophy articles called PhilPapers. Chalmers is also the blogmaster of Fragments of Consciousness and the author of the book, “The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory.”

Chalmers defined this explanatory problem of materialism as the “hard problem of consciousness.” Chalmers illustrated this problem using the thought experiment of a “brain in a vat” (see the graphic on the left). If a person’s brain is suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid and its neurons connected to a supercomputer providing it with electrical impulses identical to those the brain normally receives, the computer could then simulate reality and the person with the “disembodied” brain could continue to have perfectly normal conscious experiences without being related to objects or events in the real world. In this case, because the experience of being in a vat and the experience of being in a skull would be identical, it would impossible to tell from the brain’s perspective of whether it is in a skull or a vat. Yet when the brain is in a skull and running on a beach, most of the brain’s beliefs may be true. But when the brain is in a vat, the brain’s beliefs are completely false. Therefore, because the brain cannot make such a distinction, there cannot be solid ground for the brain to believe anything it believes.

This Brain-in-a-Vat Argument is similar to the “Dream Argument” which suggests the brain’s ability to create simulated realities during REM sleep means there is a statistical likelihood of our own reality being simulated. Lucid dreams also supports this. There is also a long philosophical and scientific history to the underlying thesis of reality being an illusion which is centered on the assumption we do not experience the environment itself but rather a projection of it created by our own minds. A serious academic debate within the field of transhumanism centers around a related argument called the “Simulation Argument” which proposes reality to be a simulation and our current paradigm of reality to be an illusion. Physicists have even developed a scientific experiment to determine if our universe is a computer simulation. Also, as previously mentioned, several interpretations of quantum mechanics, such as the Holographic Principle, suggests our perception of reality to be holographically an illusion.

Near-death studies supports these arguments and goes even further. The life review process is often described by NDE experiencers in terms of viewing “television-like” screen(s) where they review every second of their life instantaneously – including the perceptions of everyone on earth they ever came into contact with throughout their life. Another aspect of NDEs supporting simulism is the out-of-body component to the NDE. Experiencers have described out-of-body conditions where they view their physical body from above in a different “body” – a phenomenon known as autoscopy. Sometimes these perceptions are verified later by third-parties – a phenomenon known as veridical perception. Veridical dreams have also been reported. See [1] [2] [3]. Veridical NDEs are reports of veridical perception during the out-of-body component of the NDE which are later confirmed to be accurate. See [4] [5] [6] [7]. Often, these perceptions are very detailed and specific. Some reports of veridical out-of-body perception involve detailed observation of events too distant for the physical body to perceive. See [8] [9] [10]. Also, while some NDE experiencers are having their out-of-body component, they may become aware of an even “higher” version of themselves (see Dr. Dianne Morrissey’s NDE for a good example). This also explains why some NDE experiencers have reported seeing “higher versions” of living people on earth. See Carl Jung’s NDE for the ultimate example where he sees the “avatar” of his friend during his NDE. While such evidence may not persuade the skeptics, the millions of individuals who have experienced an NDE are absolutely convinced of consciousness surviving bodily death.

Near-death studies contain multiple reports of veridical perception of events which were outside the range of the NDE experiencer’s sensory perception and, therefore, of brain mediation (See Sabom, 1998; Ring, 2006; Sharp, 2003; Ring & Cooper, 2008; and van Lommel, van Wees, Meyers, & Elfferich, 2001). In some cases, such perceptions occur while the NDE experiencer is experiencing the brain inactivity following within 10 seconds of cessation of heartbeat (van Lommel et al, 2001). Over 100 such cases are published on,, and More discussion of veridical perception is presented in a response to the article entitled, “Does the Arousal System Contribute to Near-Death Experience?: A Response” (PDF). in the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Taken altogether, the evidence strongly suggests the possibility of NDE and OBE perception occurring without the help of the physical senses or the brain. Therefore, for skeptics to refer to NDEs and OBEs in general as “illusions” or “delusions” is jumping the gun. Mainstream materialistic scientists have yet to fully quantify the mind; while near-death researchers provide veridical evidence reported in NDEs and OBEs as examples suggesting the mind can function independent of the physical brain. According to veridical NDE experts Jan Holden and Jeffrey Long:

“Even if future research convincingly demonstrated that electrical stimulation of a particular area of the brain consistently induced typical OBEs, this finding would not explain veridical perception associated with OBEs.” (Jan Holden and Jeffrey Long)

One particular NDE experiencer, a neurosurgeon by the name of Eben Alexander III, MD, FACS, (also has a profound understanding of the physiological aspects to the NDE he experienced. Dr. Alexander currently practices with a private neurosurgical group in Lynchburg, Va., and travels extensively, making presentations about revelations from his coma experience elucidating the nature of consciousness. According to Dr. Alexander:

“… the reductive materialist (physicalist) model, on which conventional science is based, is fundamentally flawed. At its core, it intentionally ignores what I believe is the fundament of all existence – the nature of consciousness … From their [Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr and Erwin Schrodinger] experiments one could infer that consciousness has a definite role in creating reality. And those experimental results have only become more bizarre in recent years. (Witness the “quantum eraser experiment” performed in 2000.) I believe that the core of that mystery is that consciousness itself is deeply rooted in quantum processes.

“Even the physicists and scientists who proselytize the materialistic model have been forced to the edge of the precipice. They must now admit to knowing just a little bit about 4% of the material universe they know exists, but must confess to being totally “in the dark” about the other 96 percent. And that doesn’t even begin to address the even grander component that is home to the “consciousness” that I believe to be the basis of it all.

“That we can know things beyond the ken of the “normal” channels is incontrovertible. An excellent resource for any scientist who still seeks proof of that reality is the rigorous 800-page analysis and review of all manner of extended consciousness, “Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century.” This magnum opus from the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia catalogues a wide variety of empirical phenomena that appear difficult or impossible to accommodate within the standard physicalist way of looking at things. Phenomena covered include, in particular, NDEs occurring under conditions such as deep general anesthesia and cardiac arrest that – like my coma – should prevent occurrence of any experience whatsoever, let alone the profound sorts of experiences that frequently do occur. Also noteworthy, the American Institute of Physics sponsored meetings in 2006 and 2011 covering the physical science of such extraordinary channels of knowledge.” (Dr. Eben Alexander III)

Such quantum eraser experiments mentioned by Dr. Alexander reveal an astonishing fact about how consciousness is the supreme factor in quantum physics. These experiments reveal how an experimenter is able to successfully chose and predict the random outcome of an event even after the outcome has already taken place. They prove how the outcome of such experiments – whether a photon of light is a wave or a particle – can be predicted after the fact by the experimenter making a random mental choice of the experiment’s outcome. In other words, the experimenter’s after the fact choice of the outcome actually determines the experiment’s outcome. These astonishing findings dramatically suggest the possibility of our choices made today may determine the outcome of the past.

For these reasons and more, consciousness cannot be explained entirely as objective events experienced the brain. Consciousness must also be explained in terms of the subjective events experienced in the brain. This leads to such questions as, “Why is there a personal, subjective component to experience?” and “Why aren’t we all philosophical zombies?” This “brain in a vat” argument shows how subjective experience cannot be reduced to the functional properties of physical processes in the brain. A complete definition of consciousness must include a component describing subjective, conscious experiences which have not been explained in materialistic terms. This brain in a vat argument is a contemporary version of the argument given in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

The dream argument also applies to the subjective nature of NDEs and OBEs championed by Dr. Vernon Neppe, Director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute. In his paper, “Reality Begins with Consciousness: A Paradigm Shift that Works,” Neppe uses a hypothesis on the neurophysiological implications of parapsychology of:

“… a timeless, spaceless universe in which all things or events exist but in a more dormant sense, where drugs such as LSD may free the cerebral cortex from the ‘modulating effect of the brain stem reticular activating system,’ allowing the cortex to run free.'” (Dr. Vernon Neppe)

Neppe described the possibility where, under such circumstances, an individual exposed to a purely mental universe, independent of matter, containing all mental events, may experience overlap or be entangled with the physical universe. This is supported by similarities existing between elements of NDEs and the quantum field concept of subjectivity. They suggest all events are related and influence each other instantaneously and in reciprocity, and only subjectivity remains..

These arguments of subjectivity support the holistic paradigm of the illusionary “separation” between the subjective observer’s experience and the objective object being observed. Because the old materialistic paradigm is unable to explain conscious experiences, it leads many scientists to simply ignore it altogether as being a problem. This ignorance is demonstrated by pseudoskeptics (such as “old paradigm cops“) of anomalous conscious experiences and by materialistic critics of subjective experiences including NDEs and OBEs. Materialism cannot explain how consciousness arises from “goo” or how atoms in the brain comprises consciousness. The new holistic paradigm views reality to be in the eye and mind of the observer/beholder. Philosopher Thomas Nagel also makes a compelling case against materialism, in principle, developing an objective explanation of consciousness.

15. Scientific articles on NDEs and its relationship to quantum physics

Beck, TE & Colli, J.G. (2003). A Quantum Biomechanical Basis for Near-Death Life Reviews. Journal of Near-Death Studies.

Belaustegui, GD. (2010). Phenomenology of the Transcendence of Space-time Coordinates: Evidence from Death Announcements. Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.

Brian, RA. (2003). What can Elementary Particles Tell Us About the World in Which We Live? NeuroQuantology..

Brumblay, RJ. (2003). Hyperdimensional Perspectives in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies.

Facco, E.& Agrillo, C. Near-Death Experiences Between Science and Prejudice. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Fracasso, C., Friedman, H. (2012). Electromagnetic Aftereffects of NDEs: A Preliminary Report on a Series of Studies Currently Under Way. Journal of Transpersonal Research.

Greene, FG. (2003). At the Edge of Eternity’s Shadows: Scaling the Fractal Continuum from Lower into Higher Space. Journal of Near-Death Studies.

Greyson, B. (2011). Cosmological Implications of Near-Death Experiences. Journal of Cosmology.

Hameroff, S., Chopra, D. (2012). The “Quantum Soul”: A Scientific Hypothesis. Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship.

Jourdan, JP. (2011). Near-Death Experiences and the 5th Dimensional Spatio-Temporal Perspective. Journal of Cosmology.

Laws, E Perry. (2010). Near Death Experiences: A New Algorithmic Approach to Verifying Consciousness Outside the Brain. NeuroQuantology.

Lundahl, CR & Gibson, AS. (2000). Near-Death Studies and Modern Physics. Journal of Near-Death Studies.

Mays, RG & Mays, SB. (2011). A Theory of Mind and Brain that Solves the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness. The Center for Consciousness Studies.

Mukherjee, K. (2012). Three Cases of NDE. Is it Physiology, Physics or Philosophy? Annals of Neurosciences.

Pilotti, j. (2011). Consciousness and Physics: Towards a Scientific Proof that Consciousness is in Space-Time Beyond The Brain. Journal of Transpersonal Research.

Pratt, D. (2007). Consciousness, Causality, and Quantum Physics. NeuroQuantology.

Ratner, J (2012). Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness. NeuroQuantology.

Ray, K. & Roy, MK. (2010). A Theoretical Basis for Surges of Electroencephalogram Activity and Vivid Mental Sensation During Near-Death Experience. International Journal of Engineering Science and Technology.

van Lommel, P. (2006). NDE, Consciousness, and the Brain: A New Concept About the Continuity of Our Consciousness Based on Recent Scientific Research on NDE in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest. World Futures.

van Lommel, P. (2013). Non-Local Consciousness: A Concept Based on Scientific Research on NDEs During Cardiac Arrest. Journal of Consciousness Studies.

Venselaar, M. (2012). The Physics of Near-Death Experiences: A Five-Phase Theory. Noetic Now Journal.

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Sex, Drugs, NDEs and Quantum Physics

Justin Nobel, B.Sc., M.A., M.S. ( is an award-winning freelance journalist who operates Digital Dying on the Internet. Justin explores death, across history and around the globe. In 2012, Justin interviewed Kevin Williams, the webmaster of this site, by phone and the following is an edited transcript of that interview. I took the liberty to expand on the questions asked of me from the first interview.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  Kevin Williams runs a popular near death experience (NDE) website, “I no longer have any doubt that life goes on after death,” says Williams. Is it really possible to float above your own body? Does consciousness live on after death? Are all our brains and the entire universe just a hologram? Digital Dying recently spoke about these matters with Kevin Williams, who runs one of the web’s most popular sites on near-death experiences. What’s a near-death experience like?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  There may be succinct stages experienced such as going through a tunnel, having a homecoming with loved ones in heaven, experiencing a life review, and a marvelous encounter with a being made of divine light and love. Some people observe heavenly temples, universities, and cities of light. Some people are given visions of the future, such as, what would happen to surviving family members if the person decided to stay in the light and not to return from their NDE. Some people are shown the future of Earth based on current probabilities or they are given a great amount of spiritual knowledge in an effort to foster change on Earth. NDEs are as very dynamic – if not more dynamic – than any experience on Earth. People have described the experience as more real than any physical reality. By comparison, humans appear to be going about their business on Earth in a kind of trance while conscious awareness on the Other Side is far more developed: 360 degree vision, communication by means of telepathy, instantaneous travel, a realm where thoughts are deeds, etc. Some people have even received advanced scientific knowledge from their NDE leading to new discoveries. Some people are not able to recall the great amount of knowledge given them after their NDE, while others are allowed to retain them. People having NDEs often return saying our entire world system is upside down: the raising and teaching of children should be society’s highest priority while the pursuit of materialistic things and pleasures should be last. Some people are shown their past lives on Earth. Other people might experience time travel and “re-remember” events experienced from before they were born: forgotten knowledge. Death is just a “body problem” where we enjoy life unrestricted by a physical body. Death has been described as like taking off an old coat you have been wearing for a very long time.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  What typically triggers a near death experience?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  The most transcendental ones are caused by triggers which bring people closest to physical death such as cardiac arrest. You can also experience them through mediation, hypnosis, psychedelics or even sex. I profile one woman on my website who has out-of-body experiences when she has sexual orgasms. Dreams can trigger an NDE also. Many people don’t realize this but when we dream at night we actually enter various realms of the afterlife. Every night we go back the spiritual realm – our true home – otherwise life would be intolerable. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

JUSTIN NOBLE:  More insights can be found in the article “Dead But Not Dead, Fantastic But True Stories of Coming Back from the Grave.” Kevin, have you ever had a near-death experience?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  Not in this lifetime. However, when my mother was killed in an auto accident in 2001, two days later she interrupted a dream I was having. In the dream, I opened a door and ran into a room. Then lo and behold, there was my mother sitting on a couch in a kind of heavenly waiting room! The moment I saw her, I experienced a wonderful miracle – something I never experienced before or since. When I saw her, I immediately awoke – except I still in the dream! I knew I was really seeing and talking to my mother and that I was still in a dream. I later learned this phenomenon is called a lucid dream. I said to her, “Mom, you’re not dead!” She replied that she had yet to contact my younger brother. Then I woke up knowing I had just communicated with my mother from the Other Side to tell me she was still alive. I phoned my sister days later to tell her about it and discovered she had exactly the same dream on the exact same night. Her response was also the same as mine, “Mom, you’re not dead.” This phenomenon is known as a “veridical dream.” This after-death communication with my mother was my own personal validation that consciousness survives death. Before this experience, I was sure there was an afterlife based upon NDE research alone. But after this experience, I have absolutely no doubt that life goes on after death. People who have NDEs realize this also and nobody can tell them otherwise. NDE studies also show that a person does not need to have an NDE to benefit from them. Merely reading enough NDE testimonies is enough for many people to gain the same spiritual benefits NDErs do. This is one of the main reasons I built my website.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  When did humans first begin having near death experiences?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  Plato was the first person in Western Civilization to describe a near-death experience in his book Republic where he describes a tale involving a soldier called Er. Er was killed in battle and was about to have his body burned on a funeral pile when he revived. The experience he described while dead is remarkably similar to modern NDE testimony. Er observed some souls descending to Earth to be reincarnated and observed other souls ascending to higher spirit realms. You might say Plato was the father of the near-death experience in the West. But hundreds of years later, Tibetan monks were reading a religious text called the Tibetan Book of the Dead which is based partly upon Tibetan NDErs called “delogs.” So it took thousands of years for scientists in the West to slowly but surely climb and overcome the mountain of ignorance reaching for the summit of enlightenment and attaining the peak of scientific understanding only to see Tibetan monks who have been sitting there for millennia.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  How does the idea of God fit into a near death experience?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  The word “God” has so much “baggage” attached to it that it’s practically meaningless. But when I refer to God or divinity, I don’t mean a big Old Man on a Throne. In the physical realm, I believe divinity is best understood as “Mother Nature” or panpsychism. I believe the NDE evidence shows life itself to be divine. Mathematics is the language of God in the physical and quantum physics is the science of God. At the spiritual level, I believe the evidence shows divinity is best understood as being similar to the all-pervasive “Force” described in the movie “Star Wars.” NDE research reveals the existence of a hierarchy of afterlife realms or dimensions where souls can experience God in various degrees according to this hierarchy. The lower afterlife realms are where God is less obvious and where there is a lesser manifestation of divine light, love, and life. The higher the soul moves up this afterlife hierarchy, the more the manifestation of God become greater and more obvious. As souls, we are working our way up this hierarchy with the goal of attaining at-one-ment with the divine. I believe the evidence suggests the physical universe we currently inhabit to be roughly in the middle of this afterlife hierarchy. This means we are already in the afterlife right now; and that, as human beings, we are halfway to heaven. If this is true, then it explains why the manifestation of divine light, love, and life in this universe is not so obvious. People who have experienced divinity in higher afterlife realms by means of an NDE have described “God” on the Other Side as being like the air we breathe here on Earth. God’s presence is felt everywhere in the higher afterlife realms and is so obvious you can’t deny it. However, materialistic scientists do not accept subjective or personal experiences as proof of anything scientific even though Einstein once eloquently stated, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”

JUSTIN NOBEL:  Another great article along these lines is, “How Different Religions Around the World Deal with Death.” Kevin, how does faith determine ones’ ability to have a near-death experience?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  It doesn’t matter what your belief system is to have an NDE. People from all walks of life have reported them. And when it comes to having a positive or hellish NDEs, it doesn’t seem to matter what your belief system is or how you die. What matters most on the Other Side is how you lived your life and how much have you loved others unconditionally. Love is the key because love is God. Love is the “glue” holding everything in life together: from the atom to the solar system, to the galaxy and the universe. So it doesn’t matter whether you are an atheist, a priest, a Buddhist, or even a Satanist; the only thing that matters to God is how much love you have expressed toward others. It is apparent to me from NDE studies that the “force” of love is somehow the solution to the physicists’ Grand Unifying Field Theory and the Theory of Everything. The divine power of love is the life force holding everything together and bringing all things to light. Unconditional love is the closest thing we can experience to heaven and to the divine. It is the kind of love that goes beyond the physical and is spiritual. People who have NDEs describe the love felt in the higher realms as unlike any love experienced on Earth. Love in this physical realm is more closer to erotic love than divine love. The level of divine light and love manifested in these realms depends on what afterlife realm you’re currently in. Our universe is merely one of these realms.

NDE research also reveals atheists have just as many positive NDEs than religious people. In fact, NDE research suggests a person’s belief system is not a big factor in determining whether their NDE is positive or hellish. For example, my uncle is a retired radiologist and a devoted student of astronomy and evolution. He doesn’t believe in a God at all, but I know he “worships” the “higher power” in his own way through his devotion to studying nature. And who can say he is not more religious than many practicing religionists? After all, Edgar Cayce once put it this way, “He who understands nature walks close with God.” I believe there is a lot of truth in this quote. NDE testimony overwhelmingly describes God in natural terms of light, life, and love.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  What does quantum physics have to do with near-death experiences?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  As I mentioned before, mathematics is the language of God in the physical. There is also evidence that quantum physics may one day prove mathematically how non-physical consciousness survives bodily death. It is not difficult to view consciousness as an energy which can neither be created nor destroyed. Consciousness is supreme when it comes to NDE studies and quantum mechanics. There is evidence from physics, psychology, philosophy, parapsychology, and religion [1], [2], [3], and [4] suggesting consciousness is not localized in the brain and that it transcends the physical realm. There is also sufficient evidence in my mind to accept a theory of quantum mechanics where our consciousness perception of objects causes the collapse of light waves to light particles which is how we see things. The things we see “out there” are not really as solid as we perceive them. It’s kind of an illusion because all physical objects are composed of atoms consisting mostly of empty space where the nucleus and electrons are very tiny. It is the enormous energy of the atom itself which makes objects look and feel solid. Therefore, because atoms are filled mostly with energy in empty space, it is not difficult assume we are mostly composed of “spirit energy” So there’s a dual nature to reality and this duality explains why our consciousness can be separated from our physical bodies.

Consciousness is something akin to the airwaves of a radio station. You can destroy a radio but you haven’t destroyed the airwaves where the music is playing. So there appears a difference between the mind and the brain. We are not our brains. We are not merely physical beings. There is more to us than just the sum of our parts. This theory of the brain, called the “Holonomic Brain Theory” is part of an even larger concept called “Holism” and the “Holographic Principle” where the universe can be defined as having the properties of a hologram. Our brains seem to act like hologram-generators which is how we see things in our mind’s eye. And if the universe and everything in it is a hologram, this would explain why our consciousness sometimes seems to be in line with other people’s consciousness. It would also explain a plethora of paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and even NDEs and OBEs.

In the bizarre realm of quantum mechanics, two particles can become “entangled” and interact with each other – no matter how far away they are from each other – even if they are separated by billions of light years. This fact caused Einstein a lot of headaches and he referred to this phenomena as “spooky actions from a distance” because nothing can travel faster than light. Yet, because two particles can interact with each other faster than the speed of light, it suggests that two particles can be connected no matter how far apart they are. This fact supports the emerging holographic paradigm of all atoms in the universe being connected to all other atoms in the form of a hologram.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  Will science someday be able to explain the afterlife with a simple equation?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  Quantum physicists have discovered the so-called “God particle” recently – also known as the Higgs boson – the elusive particle which bestows mass on all other particles. This last “piece” of the cosmic puzzle in the “Standard Model” of particle physics is a major development. The Standard Model incorporates other possible theories in physics supporting the existence of a quantum nature of consciousness. If the mind relies on some quantum mechanism, then it’s possible consciousness is not limited exclusively or localized to the brain and skull. Evidence for the existence of quantum processes in warm and “wet” biological systems are growing every year. There’s a major scientific study going on right now trying to determine whether under scientific controls patients can observe events while “outside” of their body. There’s a mountain of “circumstantial evidence” supporting this; but the problem is that this kind of evidence is considered subjective – subject to a person’s own interpretation – and science demands objective evidence. Unfortunately, the scientific method is unable to quantify conscious experience. In other words, the mind has not explained the brain fully. It’s why science is having so much trouble keeping up knowledge attained from mysticism and spirituality. It appears to me that the fields of science, psychology, philosophy and religion are quickly approaching a point of merger and neither field really likes it.

JUSTIN NOBEL:  What does the future hold for humans?

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  From all the evidence I have come across, someday in the future humans will evolve to such an extent they will be able to walk on water, control the weather with their minds, and possess great psychic abilities. Through the process of evolution-reincarnation, enough souls will be born into this world from the higher realms bringing with them the so-called “kingdom of God” on Earth – the “second coming” of Christ and the thousand years of peace – the final incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu – the World to Come and the Hebrew Messiah – the arrival of the Maitreya Buddha – a close encounter of the “alien/angel” kind – whatever you want to call the coming “quantum leap” in the evolutionary progress of humanity. Souls from the lower spirit realms will not be permitted to reincarnate at this time to allow this “Golden Age” to come. After this Golden Age (of Aquarius), souls from the lower spirit realms will once again be allowed to reincarnate; and by then, the world will be in a better position to school them.

But before this Golden Age arrives, the evidence suggests there will some kind of major “catalyst” to spark major changes on Earth and humanity – some kind of global disaster – whether it be global climate, nuclear war, pole reversal, or an asteroid/comet. I believe that, at least in the Bible, the evidence tilts toward an asteroid/comet which will force people to stop killing each other and start helping one other. Many cities will disappear around the coastlines of the world, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of an old paradigm and the beginning of a new paradigm where people will become much less technological and much more spiritual and closer to nature. There will be great loss of life, but it is our Mother Earth purifying herself from humanity’s transgressions upon her. Through it all, humanity will continue to evolve and reincarnate while paradise on Earth is ultimately attained. Once a person has reached their evolutionary goal on Earth and has completed their “mission from God,” the soul has earned its way to move on to higher “schools” – afterlife dimensions – in God’s gigantic “University.” You might say everyone is working their way up God’s “Corporate Ladder” – the “many abodes of our Heavenly Father” as Jesus mentioned – towards the goal of attaining with the “Godhead.” Whether this progression lasts forever, I don’t know. But we – as human beings – are constantly moving in and out of these other dimensions of reality through our dreams, meditation, daydreams, and out-of-body experiences.

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The Science of Life Discovered From Lynnclaire Dennis’ NDE

Near-death testimonies often include an encounter with a heavenly “Light.” But to my knowledge, no experiencer other than Lynnclaire Dennis ( has ever brought back a detailed scientific description of the Light’s complex geometric structure and movement. First presented in her 1997 book entitled The Pattern, Lynnclaire described in detail her amazing NDE and description of this Light. Many years have passed since I first learned of her profound NDE and it remains one of the most transcendental NDEs I have ever come across. Her NDE testimony has graced the “Exceptional NDEs” section of my website from its very beginning. We continued to stay in touch over the years and I continued to follow her work hoping what she brought back from her NDE would develop into the scientific discovery we now know it is – the very science of life and living. So when she invited me to write the Preface to her new book, Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be, I jumped at the opportunity.

From the very beginning, despite her religious upbringing, Lynnclaire courageously refused to give this Pattern of Light the ambiguous label of “God”. She prefers to simply call it “The Pattern” and describes it as an all-connecting pattern of Light – a three-dimensional mandala representative of time and space, and the energy generating matter. Because she experienced The Pattern as pure Love, she has always maintained this to be the reason why Love is all that matters. In simple terms, The Pattern is a knot; but not just any knot. The Pattern is the simplest and most profound knot as you will discover in this article.

While Lynnclaire was still investigating The Pattern, she met Nechung Kuten of Tibet who is the spiritual advisor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He told her The Pattern is a “terma” – a Tibetan word for “a hidden treasure meant to be disclosed to the world at this time.” Following his advice, Lynnclaire published her NDE testimony and then took this geometric Pattern to the world of science. Nechung Kunten knew scientists would have the knowledge to confirm what the Pattern might be – a viable candidate as “the Source of all creation” leading to a possible solution to the Theory of Everything – the unifying principle of the realm of quantum physics. So without denying her otherworldly experience, Lynnclaire placed The Pattern’s geometric structure into the hands of such scientists as a gift to humanity and the world. I have done extensive research into The Pattern and what follows is my perspective on how this gift is currently changing the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Lynnclaire’s NDE and Mission in Life as a Catalyst for Change, for Love
  2. The Geometric Shape of The Pattern as the “Mereon Matrix”
  3. Mereon as an Archetypal Solution to the “Theory of Everything”
  4. Mereon and the Pattern of Synchronicity
  5. Bringing Mereon into Scientific Reality
  6. The Sequoia Symposium: Calling the First Scientific Dialgoues to Explore the Pattern, the Mereon Matrix
  7. The Ongoing Academic Scientific Investigation of the Mereon Matrix
  8. Mereon as a Template for Modeling Human Clinical Molecular Genetics
  9. Mereon is Applied to Map the Formation of Matter Since the Big Bang
  10. Mereon as the Foundation for a New Educational System
  11. Mereon and the Emergence of Cymatic Science using the CymaScope
  12. The Mereon Matrix; Unity, Perspective and Paradox” is Published by Elsevier, the World’s Leading Provider of Science and Health Information
  13. “Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be” and How This Work Applies To You
  14. “A Footprint In Eternity” About the Mereon Investigation from 2002–2014
  15. Links and Resources
  16. References

1. Lynnclaire Dennis’ NDE and Mission in Life as a Catalyst for Change, for Love

On January 15, 1987 while hot-air ballooning in the Swiss Alps, Lynnclaire Dennis along with her fiancée and a friend who was piloting their balloon, unwittingly climbed to an altitude of 17,000 feet causing Lynnclaire to lose consciousness resulting in perhaps the most important NDE ever documented. During her NDE, Lynnclaire encountered an incredibly beautiful and loving Light she instinctively understood to be “The Pattern” of all life. In her book, The Pattern, Lynnclaire explains what she saw:

“And then, in one ephemeral glimpse, I saw the Pattern, the single strand of the tapestry I knew was the essence woven through matter in every reality. Its design was so complexly simple that I knew it could only have been fashioned in the exalted intricacy of infinity. Seeing the Pattern, I knew I was looking at life itself. It was light; it was time and space. It was the energy of all matter, the heart of all that mattered. It was the very essence of all being. It emanated from Source, illuminated to my mind by “the Source behind the sun” as it moved in perfect harmony with all the universe. As I prepared to meld into the Source of Light and absolute Love, I knew with all my being that the Pattern was the core of all substance. I knew that the MUSIC emanating from the Pattern was the song of my heart, a testament of unconditional Love. The single step I had taken was the first in a dance that would take me into the single point of Infinite Light, which contained the power of Love that would forever illuminate my mind and heart.”

During her life review, Lynnclaire was informed of her mission in life – a rare occurrence in NDEs – because often the experiencer is told they cannot know it or that they will be made to forget it upon return. In Lynnclaire’s case, a Being of Light she refers to as “The Presence” reveals to her a special mission she was to perform:

“The last person to walk on the stage of my life was a man unknown to me … Although I was certain this was not someone I knew, I could feel him at the depths of my soul. He began to speak, communicating directly to my heart. The message he shared that day was engraved on both my mind and my soul.”

‘Lynnclaire, you will be a catalyst for change, for love. You will bring forth, hold, and honor remembrance. You will bring to conscious awareness the realms, realities, and remnants in order that the spirit may remember the dance.’

“I knew this was Truth … Yet, when he turned to leave, instead of following the others and walking off the stage through the door to my left, he turned toward the right. As I watched him return through the doorway from which he had entered, I clearly recall thinking this was important. Since that day I’ve identified him as ‘The Presence.'”

When Lynnclaire was resuscitated from her NDE, she knew this Pattern of Love and Light had changed her life forever. But what she did not yet know was how this transcendental Pattern was going to change the world.

On February 7, 1987, three weeks after her first NDE, Lynnclaire had a second NDE that was more profound than the first. In her first NDE, she was “hauled back” to Earth “against her will”; but In her second NDE she was allowed to make a choice while in eternity. At this juxtaposition of time and space, she made a conscious decision to return to her body, having no idea it would take four long and arduous years to remember exactly what it was she had seen. Over the years she would have to put all her pre-existing beliefs on the “back burner” – the most difficult belief to put away was her reluctance to trust the mystical aspects of her own being.

Then in 1991, Lynnclaire began having exceedingly clear, vivid and absolutely real recurring lucid dreams that would propel her back the Other Side to view The Pattern again and again. This brought more subconscious memories of The Pattern into her consciousness. She writes:

“Through my dream state, I had again made a sojourn into another realm, a dimension that usually remains invisible unless a divine light illumines its presence… In my dream, I moved toward the light, heading for the end of what I knew was the same tunnel I had voyaged through four years before… Leading me gently by the hand she (her guide) assured me that I had nothing to fear and I knew that I was not going to die… Hand in hand, my guide and I ventured to the end of the tunnel where we looked out into the universe. It was there, standing on the precipice of eternity, that I saw the fields of time and space merge. There, poised on the edge of infinity, I again saw The Pattern – a matrix that was somehow singular yet as vast as the stars.”

Lynnclaire’s life review and aftereffects of her NDE indicates she is on a mission to be a catalyst for Love. Her NDE validates how positive change is the by-product of this Love. I have no doubt her role in the future of this planet will be significant as it is already turning out to be the case. For several decades now, Lynnclaire and her team have spent time understanding how The Pattern can solve problems in quantum physics, mathematics, psychology, politics, and education. There are also implications of other possible solutions that are, quite frankly, mind-boggling.

2. The Geometric Shape of The Pattern as the “Mereon Matrix”

In developing the science behind The Pattern, Lynnclaire and others gave The Pattern the scientific name of the “Mereon Matrix“, hereafter referred to as “Mereon”. The source of the word “Mereon” was derived from “Mer-eon” where “eon” is a reference to “epoch” – a measure of time. “Mere” in English means “small” and is French for “mother” which gives Mereon a feminine connotation similar to “Gaia”. Implicit in “Mereon” is the word “merry” as in being full of joy. “Matrix” is a mathematical term referring to an array of numbers, symbols, or expressions.

While Lynnclaire’s NDE is remarkable in and of itself, what is even more remarkable is how she was able to accurately map such a structure as Mereon in its complexity as visualized in 3D animations. Her experience with Mereon is unparalleled in how scientists have reconciled it with proven laws and theories of mathematics and physics. Their conclusions suggest the potential of a unique energy source arising from Mereon’s toroid field.

In 1995 Lynnclaire’s description of Mereon’s geometric structure became of interest to top scientists around the world who were interested in its unique knotted topology and the geometrical structure it generates. Dr. Louis H. Kauffman, the world-renown mathematician and knot theorist from the University of Chicago, joined Lynnclaire as the second principle investigator. Dr. Kauffman’s research includes knot theory’s relationship with quantum theory, statistical mechanics, algebra, and combinatorics. He and others view Mereon as an algorithm that can used to generate a large number of both living and non-living systems whether they are physical, mathematical, or philosophical.

A scholarly book about the Mereon Matrix written by Lynnclaire and her team was published in Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of science and health information. In this book, the authors presented the “First Principles”, Mereon translated into twelve functional terms. Their goal was to define a rigorous General Systems Theory and in the process demonstrate it to be “universal”. Finding a connection between Mereon’s geometry and physics is remarkable, especially because it originated from Lynnclaire, an individual having no knowledge of geometry, knot theory or science. The Mereon knot’s polyhedra structure originating from her NDE reveals Lynnclaire’s greatest ability is in Pattern recognition; In particular, the Mereon Pattern.

In general terms, Mereon has the shape of a trefoil knot which “lives” on a torus (a donut-like shape.) In specific terms, Mereon as a whole is a dual polyhedra: one polyhedron inside another. The inner most polyhedron is diamond-like; has 144 triangular faces and grows to 300. In its dynamics, light emerges from 48 vertices. The outer polyhedron is watery, akin to a bubble; it has 120 triangular faces and grows to 180 faces. In the space between the two polyhedra, the energetic interconnection between the two, ties into multiple Pattern knots.

The 120/180 polyhedra Mereon defines 10 tetrahedra; five cubes; five icosahedron; five octahedron; one dodecahedron; five rhombic dodecahedrons; one rhombic triacontahedron; and one scaled icosahedron that “hides” the entire Matrix. With every “breath” Mereon produces ten dodecahedra.

In my view, much of this is compatible with the knotted pattern believed to define 10-dimensional space in Superstring Theory which is one of the candidates of the so-called Theory of Everything. Furthermore, Mereon unites all the building blocks of nature – not just once as described above – but twice. It is also noteworthy how one perspective of the Pattern resembles the atom as drawn and described by the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr. Mereon instantly transforms the concept of the awesome power of the atom, which the world has long feared, into the Source that generates the forces we know that holds everything, including atoms, together. That this Source can be called Love is truly remarkable.

There is an overwhelming consensus among experiencers, including Lynnclaire, that Love is supreme. Love is the Source we came from; and where we return to after death. As Lynnclaire says, “Perfect is what we are, not something any of us can do. Learning to be loving is, for me, what life is all about.” I couldn’t agree more. I view life as an opportunity to understand divine perfection, goodness and love in action. Life is certainly a “school” and the important lessons are learned through understanding relationships as the Mereon Matrix makes clear. Think about how a simple smile has the power to start a chain reaction that changes the whole world. Lynnclaire has learned that Love defined as “Understanding realized through diversity” is essential to Unity. It’s product is how we can spread love throughout the world. The opportunity to spread love to others is to understand that transformation begins at home by first loving ourselves. The principles defined in the Mereon Matrix can help us learn to love ourselves and others while improving our lives and changing the course of history for the better. The simple secret to improving humanity is to make “loving the Universal” the measuring stick to measure our attitudes and actions.

For more information about the geometric structure of The Pattern, visit Robert W. Gray‘s excellent article entitled Lynnclaire Dennis’ Geometry: The Pattern.

3. Mereon as an Archetypal Solution to the “Theory of Everything”

When viewed from multiple perspectives, The Pattern reflects mathematical symbols and the iconic symbols of the major world religions. According to Dr. Kauffman:

“The fact that you can see many different forms in it as you turn it around makes it very beautiful for teaching purposes. You can say to people, ‘Here is something that if you look at it one way shows you the Star of David, and if you turn it another way shows you the Yin-Yang, and if you turn it again you see the crescents sacred to Islam, the symbol for infinity, and the conventional image of an atom. And they’re really all the same thing.’ Mathematics is slowly teasing out those kinds of patternings by stepping carefully and slowly through various structures that give rise to puzzles. Those puzzles become centers of attention for people, and from them we begin to understand how everything is knitted together in the universe.”

Lynnclaire’s revelation of Mereon as a pattern of love and universal connectivity is certainly proving to be true. Her long assertion that “spirituality and science are one and the same” is in accord with other NDE experiencers who are also returning with scientific discoveries. Indeed, Mereon is a catalyst for bringing about spiritual and scientific unity. The co-authors of The Mereon Matrix published by Elsevier consider Mereon to be a bridge linking physics and metaphysics, human conscience and consciousness.

Historically, one of the most significant mathematical discoveries was the Platonic Solids, a well-known class of geometric shapes and polyhedra named after the Greek philosopher Plato in whose writings they appear. These Platonic Solids, along with the Kepler Solids, are the fundamental geometric solids for which all other geometric solids are subsets. Researchers discovered that all of these solids are also fundamental to Mereon’s structure.

The science behind Mereon is in harmony with Pythagoras, perhaps the first great mathematician, who believed the cosmos is divided into 10 heavens based on the perfect number 10. In Jewish mysticism, God’s entire creation is composed of 10 emanations of Light from the 10 utterances of God “Let there be” to create the world by the perfect order of 10 along with a hierarchy of 10 angelic realms and the law of the 10 commandments. The Biblical prophet Enoch in his writings (2 Enoch) mentions that he ascended through the 10 heavens. In Buddhism, there are 10 levels of realization toward enlightenment and 10 directions of the Buddha’s light to ten Buddha-realms. Christian Gnostics believed in a cosmology of 10 heavens which they based on information from the NDE of the Apostle Paul which they recorded in their scriptures (see The Apocalypse of Paul). In Islam, an oral tradition exists where Muhammad journeyed through 10 heavens which was more than likely an NDE because of his wife’s statement that Muhammad’s body remained with her the entire time. America’s so-called “sleeping prophet”, Edgar Cayce, learned from his thousands of self-induced out-of-body journeys how our solar system’s 10 major spheres (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are three-dimensional representations of invisible higher and lower dimensional afterlife realms.

4. Mereon and the Pattern of Synchronicity

When I wrote the Preface to Lynnclaire’s book, “Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be,” I decided to give it the title of “Synchronicity” for two reasons. The first reason is because Lynnclaire’s life is filled with synchronicities; and from my perspective, this reveals she has a continual connection with the underlying Source that gives rise to the forces of nature. It reveals she is “caught up” in the flow of an intelligent and benevolent universe. The second reason comes from a personal and deeply meaningful experience I had involving a synchronicity intersecting my life with Lynnclaire’s.

For those of you who are not aware of the term “synchronicity“, it is a concept developed in the 1920s by Carl G. Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist and NDE experiencer. Synchronicity is an experience of two or more events that are meaningfully related, but are apparently not causally related; and are viewed as a meaningful coincidence. Jung developed the phenomenon of synchronicity after meeting with Wolfgang Pauli – a Nobel Laureate who made important contributions to the development of quantum mechanics. The physical basis of the phenomenon of synchronicity is that time can be viewed as a dynamic connective link of patterns expressed every single moment with equal patterns around the world aligning with each other. Pauli extended this principle to the whole cosmos which can be perceived as one great system of patterns at equilibrium. In theory, whenever you move an object, you change the entire universe in all-encompassing synchronicity.

My synchronicity with Lynnclaire came about in 1997 after reading her first book The Pattern (which I highly recommend reading.) Her book and experience so astonished me, I spent a lot time afterward talking about it with my parents. They were more than skeptical about NDEs at the time and concerned about my obsession with them. Shortly after talking with them, they went on vacation to Monterey Bay, California. Upon returning home, they sat me down and told me about an incident that occurred while they were there. The incident they described was as stunning to me as much as the incident was stunning to them.

While shopping in the city of Carmel they wandered into a book store and there, to their great amazement, was Lynnclaire getting ready to make a presentation about her book The Pattern. Their vacation intersected with Lynnclaire’s one and only book tour. Their experience of synchronicity was a turning point for my parents as they began to take seriously what I had been telling them about NDEs.

5. Bringing Mereon Into Scientific Reality

Lynnclaire first experienced the Pattern during an NDE in 1987. She spent the next four years struggling to regain her health and remember The Pattern she experienced. This culminated in a lucid dream (auspiciously on February 14, 1991, Valentine’s Day) after which she was able to fully recall and draw the Mereon Matrix as a Trefoil Knot. That same year she began using the knot as a model to understand the flow of time and to gain perspective relative to relationships and social organizations. Through a series of amazing synchronicities, she spent the 1992-1994 living in a monastic retreat where she was able to fully reflect upon Mereon and her purpose in life before setting out to do what would seem impossible to most people: launch a scientific investigation into Mereon. In December of 1995, Lynnclaire began a quest to recruit scientists to quantify Mereon which she knew had important scientific implications. She sent letters to the directors of every supercomputing center in the U.S., one of whom was Dr. Tom De Fanti, an internationally recognized pioneer in visualization and virtual reality technologies. As the director of the pre-eminent supercomputer center at the University of Illinois, the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL), he recognized the picture she sent was a special knot. De Fanti then contacted Dr. Louis Kauffman who became captivated by Mereon as a knot he had never encountered before. So he contacted Lynnclaire and after their first meeting the scientific investigation began.

In March of 1997, Kauffman and Lynnclaire presented Mereon at the University of Illinois before the American Society for Cybernetics. According to the imminent cyberneticist and systems theorist, Gregory Bateson, Cybernetics is a branch of mathematics dealing with problems of control, recursiveness, and information, focusing on forms and the patterns that connect. Dr. Bateson, whose lifelong search for the pattern of patterns connecting all other patterns, once said, “The pattern that connects is a Pattern of patterns.” One of the most profound discoveries of Mereon is that it is indeed “the Pattern of patterns.”

6. The Sequoia Symposium: Calling the First Scientific Dialgoues to Explore the Pattern, the Mereon Matrix

When the scientific investigation grew to a critical mass, Kauffman and Lynnclaire and three others co-founded the Sequoia Symposium. In March of 1998, the Sequoia Symposium’s first formal conference was held in the San Francisco Bay Area to investigate Mereon. An impressive group of fifty scientists and theorists from many disciplines came from around the world to attend the conference. The meetings continue to this day, although the last “formal” Sequoia Symposium was held in 1999.

Robert W. Gray is a mathematician, physicist and recognized expert in the geometry of Buckminster Fuller, the renowned architect, systems theorist and futurist who coined the term “Synergetics“. Gray immediately saw a correlation between Mereon’s system of complex polyhedron and Fuller’s geometric forms and designed software that generated animated proofs validating Mereon’s geometric precision. Since 1998, Gray has modeled thousands of images revealing how Mereon unites the fundamental, geometric building blocks of nature. Lynnclaire’s book, The Mereon Matrix, shows specifically how the core center of Mereon matches the theories regarding the atomic nucleus.

Main Conclusions Drawn From The Sequoia Symposium

  1. In reference to sound and light, Mereon is a complex, dynamic, spinning and vibrating geometric form.
  2. Mereon’s dynamic structure reveals the presence and simplicity of multiple realties.
  3. Mereon is a “breathing” living structure and may be the blueprint of consciousness.
  4. In reference to physics, Mereon’s 120/180 triangular facet structure may be the “mother” of all physical matter.
  5. Mereon suggests a bridge between science and metaphysics in how substance, symbol and process are one.
  6. Because the knowledge of Mereon originated from an NDE, this has implications for the human understanding of life and death.
  7. Dialogues about Mereon continue on a regular basis around the world involving many academic and scientific disciplines.
  8. Mereon defines all the fundamental forms, the building blocks of the universe.
  9. Mereon includes cultural, philosophical, mathematical, and religious symbols. It is universal.
  10. Mereon charts the complex dynamics of living and non-living, life-like, systems.
  11. The multi-disciplinary knowledge gained from Mereon fulfills Albert Einstein’s vision that “the most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
  12. Mereon is a catalyst for developing new theories about how the universe works.
  13. The mathematics of Mereon’s spheres can be described as connected spiraling rainbows producing the Music that Lynnclaire heard during her NDE and continues to hear.
  14. The fact that the “prime frequency” of Mereon – derived from the mathematics of Mereon’s dynamics – generates the same geometric knot in water is mind boggling to researchers who are now exploring the Mereon Matrix’s relationship with sound, light, time, matter, and gravity.
  15. Mereon is an articulation of fundamental creative processes on both the microscopic and macroscopic scale including those involving human beings. In this regard, we might consider the human being to be a microcosm of the universe.
  16. Because of its scaling factor, Mereon may be leading us to an understanding of what Lynnclaire calls a “DynaVerse”: a meta-multiuniversal system.
  17. Mereon reveals the Unity behind apparent diversity.
  18. The investigation of Mereon includes and exceeds mathematics, science and art. This agrees with Albert Einstein’s view that, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
  19. Mereon provides a deep understanding of the relationship between a chaotic system and an observer.
  20. The re-discovery of unity and the space residing behind all conflict provides humans with the power to transform.
  21. Mereon compels us to examine what is going on in our world; showing us how to innovate for new solutions.
  22. The implications of Mereon’s existing and potential applications are practical and are already making a positive difference in this world.
  23. Mereon offers us a new beginning. Lynnclaire states: “Mereon is pure Gold; every point, plane, layer and angle is based in the ratio known as the Golden Mean, the Divine Proportion that guides all creation. But it’s even more: Mereon defines a rational Golden Ratio, a repeating fraction. As she weaves through all life, Mereon shows us how health, physical, emotional, psychological, instinctual and spiritual follows this beautiful geometric dance. The intention of the Mereon Legacy CIC, a UK based nonprofit, is to generate benefits that improve the quality of life for humanity and the planet. By expanding understanding we can live and share a common purpose, living the unity that Mereon implies as we explore our innate and unbreakable interconnection.”

7. The Ongoing Academic Scientific Investigation of the Mereon Matrix

In January 1999, The Sequoia Symposium met at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There Lynnclaire, Louis Kauffman and others presented Mereon to a group of mathematicians, physicists, philosophers, medical personnel and other professionals. These scholars were gathered for the purpose of understanding Mereon’s intricate geometry in decoding the basic structure of the universe and in searching for the grand unified theory of physics. Along with its scientific applications, members of the Symposium believe research into Mereon’s structure might led to a higher awareness of the Earth as a whole system whose ecology is best understood as a living organism rather than a repository of natural resources to be exploited. Foster Gamble, the President and co-founder of the Thrive Movement, envisions practical applications of Mereon including:

  1. The creation of stronger building materials and structures with less consumption of resources.
  2. Achieving breakthroughs in the understanding of cellular and molecular structure, promoting healing and possibly preventing the formation of tumors.
  3. Incorporating the same energy principles of harmony from Mereon into our lives for better human relations by applying them to psychology, interpersonal communication and the human connection of love that is the heart of our essence.

Foster writes, “Lynnclaire is a walking commitment to that evolutionary imperative for humanity, and serves as a leader toward that purpose, stepping up to fill whatever role is most effective in that moment. She acts in the world with great compassion, astounding intuition, and a grounded professional sense. I have no doubt that this is why she was shown the Pattern, and why she came back to live here a while longer.”

Dr. Ashok Gangadean, Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, commented that, “The Pattern is the key to our survival, healing, wellbeing, and human flourishing.”

8. Mereon as a Template for Modeling Human Clinical Molecular Genetics

In 2000, Peter McNair and Jytte Brender McNair joined the Mereon Team. Peter McNair, an MD with a doctorate in Medical Science, is a specialist in biochemical pathology. Jytte Brender McNair brought a scientific focus relative to theoretical and practical aspects of research in biochemistry, computer science and medical informatics. Following his work experience with the Mereon Team, Peter McNair worked as director for a diagnostic laboratory in clinical genetics where he realized there were separate models for particular specialties in molecular genetics. He asked his wife, Jytte, to see if the Mereon process might be used as a model that could help organize the vast amount of information within the field of genetics. Her investigation in 2008-2009 demonstrated that it could. Peter and Jytte McNair then became authors of a study on genetics called ATCG to apply the Mereon system as an information model in clinical genetics which exceeded all expectations. Mereon’s seven functions and its fractal principle were applied using the latest original molecular genetics literature as the source of domain information. ATCG was elaborated through all seven functions with each further explored through its micro-functions. Mereon was extremely useful as a modeling tool because it constantly forced the team to pose specific questions with respect to the topics inherent at different micro-functions. This allowed the team to search for answers in the literature using an iterative and incremental modeling process. Upon completing the project it was concluded that Mereon as a template for modeling human molecular genetics met and exceeded what the team anticipated.

9. Mereon is Applied to Map the Formation of Matter Since the Big Bang

The second law of thermodynamics states that if there were no generating, driving, creative “force” of energy/information behind the Big Bang flowing into this universe, the pattern structure of our universe would have decayed. And although mainstream scientists generally avoid quantifying the nature of this driving force arising outside of spacetime, it is safe to assume such a creative force exists and is the force behind our universe of patterns and geometry. Mathematicians simply refer to this force as “pregeometry” while physicists refer to it as “pre-space” or “void“. Since ancient times, people have referred to this force as “God”. In near-death studies, experiencers such as Lynnclaire have described this creative force as a nonlocal, spaceless and timeless dimension that is the source of all creation including knowledge and consciousness. Jung and Pauli have defined the foundation beyond spacetime as “archetypes” or formless patterns which become meaningful symbols for those who consciously become aware of them.

Concerning consciousness, the brain itself is like a dynamic pattern recognizer whose primary function is to convert the patterns it receives into electrochemical feedback to the body which alters the body’s behavior. Recognizing patterns and symbols is what the brain does best. In ancient times, the symbols used for numbers and letters were considered sacred and closely connected to patterns existing beyond the physical world. In modern times, science uses mathematics to study the patterns of nature without really focusing on the WHY the universe operates on mathematical laws and patterns. From a NASA probe (WMAP) launched in 2001, cosmologists now believe the shape of the universe is finite with the geometry of a 3-dimensional torus (a doughnut shape) composed of interpenetrating levels. The torus shape is a vortex and has fractal characteristics to it. It is the most common shape found in nature. In mathematics, the area of specialization dealing with patterns such as the torus is known as knot theory. Kauffman believes knot theory may be the best way to find the underlying reality between the universe and patterns found within it.

If a torus is divided into regions, then it is always possible to color the regions with no more than seven colors so that neighboring regions have different colors. Arthur Young, who viewed the universe as a process purposely set in motion, believed the seven-colored regions of a torus might correspond to seven steps in its three-dimensional process. Other even more basic sources of the principle of seven expressed in three dimensions may be realized when processes such as the “Laws of Form” as developed by Dr. George Spencer-Brown are studied further. The Laws of Form, at once a work of mathematics and of philosophy, emerged from Spencer-Brown’s work in electronic engineering and mathematical logic around 1960. Spencer-Brown referred to the mathematical system of Laws of Form as the “primary algebra” and the “calculus of indications.” Laws of Form have influenced Kauffman who modified and extended its primary algebra with interesting consequences. Kauffman’s research into how Mereon is brought into three dimensions agrees with Lynnclaire’s description of it as a universal symbol of the energy of creation which she experienced as pure love.

In 2007, Neville “Nick” Woolf, Emeritus Professor in Astronomy from University of Arizona, joined the Mereon Team and began working to identify the sequential functions of Mereon. He was the main force in developing the team’s first scholarly peer-reviewed article. It was published in Foundations of Science and is entitled “A Framework Linking Non-Living and Living Systems: Classification of Persistence, Survival and Evolution Transitions.” This article describes the fundamental processes of Mereon as a method to analyze and improve the survivability of all systems, living, non-living or organized groups. The article predicts how Mereon has the potential to be applied to areas of research including: the exploration of the origin of life, the search for life beyond Earth, a better understanding of the process of evolution, and a better way to understand and correct social systems not functioning well.

In 2011, Woolf gave his first presentation of the origin of life entitled, “Living and Non-Living Dissipative Systems“, using Mereon to map the development of life beginning with the Big Bang. Woolf presented his perspective on this work to packed audiences at the Carnegie Institute, NASA and the SETI Institute.

For more information on Mereon and the origin of matter: life, learning and survival, read the Mereon Institute’s article on “A Perspective on Origins“.

10. Mereon as the Foundation for a New Educational System

To say that Lynnclaire is passionate about education is an understatement: not only of children, but for adults, to become Lifelong learners. In regard to social applications using Mereon, Lynnclaire’s prime concern and priority today is to bring coherence to educational systems in crisis around the world. Her approach to education is in line with Socrates’ view that the purpose of education is to “kindle the flame.” In 2003, seeing how schools extinguish this flame by putting children in a “one-size-fits-all” box, Lynnclaire used Mereon to articulate a way to revision learning. She designed a program called “BeLonging” which begins with reviving the hearts and minds of teachers and then shifts to the social dimension of the classroom. While teachers facilitate learning, the “game” she developed allows students to both learn and lead by accepting responsibility for an array of tasks that make their learning environment workable and fun. A key advantage of BeLonging is that it does not infringe upon the curriculum: the formal dimension of the learning environment.

In 2004, Lynnclaire’s BeLonging program was introduced into schools in Italy with great success. It is now in its 10th year of operation. BeLonging promotes diversity, open-mindedness and fosters unity. After visiting the Lynnclaire’s educational program in Italy, a businessman from Switzerland named P. Schenker stated, “BeLonging is to education what Google is to the Internet!”

In 2005, Lynnclaire designed a program for a class of thirty-three high school seniors in Germany. After finishing the course, their burning question was “Why wasn’t our entire learning experience like this?”

Using the Mereon process, what Lynnclaire refers to as a technology of Mindfulness, she also articulated an applied model for business renewal and development that focuses on an array of competence leading to conscious cooperation.

11. Mereon and the Emergence of Cymatic Science Using the CymaScope

Lynnclaire is one of many NDE experiencers who describe hearing transcendentally beautiful, heavenly music during their NDE. Lynnclaire was blessed to be able to remember this music and it still brings tears of joy to her eyes. She originally described this music as emanating from The Pattern and used words such as: “sublimely perfect, a celestial symphony of angels, the song of the universe, the Music of the Spheres, a resonant vibration coursing through her essence, a song whose mystical tone her entire being knew and sang, playing on unseen instruments of peace, the song of her heart and a testament of unconditional love.” Insights from other experiencers about this heavenly music includes: a revelation that the universe was created using the tools of music, harmony, and balance; and that everything is kept in place by this all-pervading vibration of God. Perhaps the most interesting aftereffect from NDE is that she has the rare ability to see sound. Her special gift is powerfully evident in much of her art work which she describes as ”Essence Illumined”. Painting the inexplicable has kept inner world vibrant through her many healing experiences.

Lynnclaire has long held The Pattern to be a living structure generating tonal frequencies that are important to the dynamic balance of the planet. This agrees with the ancients who believed there is something about tonal music that puts it in tune with the entire universe; thus making it a real source of healing and regeneration.

In August 2012, the Mereon principle investigators initiated cymatic research meeting with John Stuart Reid who invented the CymaScope – a technology which imprints sonic vibrations on the surface of ultra-pure water. Because vibration underpins all matter, the implications of the CymaScope’s results affect every branch of science. Using Reid’s technology and skills, the team’s long ambition of making the invisible Mereonic realm visible in water through sound was realized (see this video). The visible patterns of Mereon observed in the CymaScope agree with Robert Gray’s modeling. Mereon’s exact vibrational patterns are clearly visible in 3D beneath the water’s surface.

For a profound meditational experience, watch the video of Mereon appearing in water.

For years, people have called elements in Lynnclaire’s unique style of art “Christmas ornaments”. You can see how she captures the same geometric patterns that appear when viewing Mereon through the CymaScope by visiting Lynnclaire’s Mereon Art Gallery.

12. “The Mereon Matrix; Unity, Perspective and Paradox” is Published by Elsevier, the World’s Leading Provider of Science and Health Information

Lynnclaire once said that she has Ph.D.’s in chutzpah, tenacity and audacity. This was proven true in May of 2013 when her book entitled The Mereon Matrix: Unity, Perspective and Paradox was published by Elsevier – the world’s leading provider of science and health information. This scholarly work gives scientific and academic researchers the basics of a universal system. The fact that it took 601 pages, a quarter of a million words, 1500 images and 45 animations to present the basics of Mereon, makes it clear that the complexity of the science behind the Mereon Matrix is as deep as the Mereon Trefoil Knot is simple. While this book is intense, Lynnclaire and her co-authors address many serious problems facing humanity today and suggest how Mereon can help us make innovative resolutions and solutions.

In The Mereon Matrix, Lynnclaire makes the case that because natural and social sciences are linked, Mereon can help renew nature through social transformation. Mereon offers to be a scientific tool to synchronize man-made systems with natural systems. Mereon proves that everything is connected and participating in a cycle of cycles. Mereon allows decision makers to evaluate the consequences of their action before they act. It reveals the process to establish a connection to other patterns, a Pattern of patterns. The Mereon process is humanity’s link with the creative process at the heart of the universe. Mereon demonstrates that life itself came from non-life. Using the Mereon process, we can understand all aspects of a system and its relationships with other systems.

Mereon shows how chaotic experiences in our lives are symptoms of change happening within and without. Building relationships requires constant cultivation of its foundations. Mereon allows people to reconsider the nature of space and time by allowing them to understand their past actions in relation to their current realities. It allows us to make predictions about our future to plan and act in advance.

The will to survive, along with the ability to change, creates social transformation. Mereon is a natural method for analyzing the current state of our planet and society. It can find solutions and build on innovative technologies. It reveals how everyone is an active participant in the world’s ultimate fate and how it can help us make important decisions regarding what must be done to survive and determine the best way to do it. Mereon reveals that everyone is critical in this process. Scientists with multiple disciplinary backgrounds with the will to unite with other such scientists can make a powerful difference. Things change when a critical mass of such people chooses to use their power to influence society. Their actions can create a ripple effect felt around the world.

Mereon reveals how positive transformation can lead to sustainable harmony. As a tool for discovery, it can identify common values and refine them when needed. As an organizational tool, it makes diverse actions unite to create sustainable change. But the first step is uniting our inner lives with our outer lives. Internal unity is the key for harmonious relationships. Mereon allows us to create mutually beneficial solutions that are critical to help us conserve limited resources. Solutions which are not mutually beneficial can lead to disorder and oblivion. Our greatest threat is not from outside our planet, but from within human beings. Man-made processes that damage our environment are wreaking havoc on the health of this planet and humanity. An event once viewed as unlikely can unleash a series of unpredictable and catastrophic changes. Events such as droughts and economic collapse are just two examples. People in high positions of power have lacked the moral will to legislate critical changes needed to prevent disastrous human behavior before it is too late. It is time for societies to bring about positive actions to prevent these disasters. Scientific information must not support an agenda that benefits a “privileged” few. Mereon can help scientists make decisions based upon unifying principles before their action is taken. Mereon’s stabilizing nature allows a balancing point where a system extends its resources to its boundaries and then maintains this connection until the system gives “birth” to an optimal state.

Lynnclaire presents a strong case that although nature and science may be at a tipping point, what is needed is a turning point in social processes. The toroidal nature of Mereon shows how all resources in an optimal system must be distributed equally. Otherwise, when any part of a system breaks down, the entire system is at risk. We must bring social and scientific processes together to create new ideas to benefit society. People with strong social influence must come together to identify shared values to ignite a mutual vision. To create new technologies, we must remove those things which block us from finding mutual understanding. We can do this by cultivating transdisciplinary cooperation to create new types of communication. Ground-breaking discoveries come from such cooperation. Lynnclaire has witnessed how even elementary school children using Mereon principles can resolve problems and create remarkable new solutions. Competent groups of people where everyone “fits in” can quickly evaluate options based on historical data. They can then use the best method to perform actions that ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

Because Mereon reveals how diversity is fundamental to unity, it provides a way for diverse people to come together to solve and evolve. It requires communication that prevents exploration from being locked away in places for only a few, as in many universities and research centers. Mereon originated from an “outsider” of academic circles – Lynnclaire Dennis – a non-scientist with no training or understanding of mathematics. This demonstrates how a single person who is “outside” of the system can have a direct impact upon the entire system itself. Her experience with Mereon led her to understand how conscious cooperation requires the following traits:

  1. Have solid values on which to ground a clear vision.
  2. Have a will to set aside, temporarily or permanently, past dogmas if they are invalidated.
  3. Have the courage to accept your experience no matter how others might view it.
  4. Have a readiness to share and accept responsibility for an ongoing vision and doing so with open-minded individuals who were able to learn, unlearn and re-learn from one another, especially those who think differently.
  5. Have an ability to retain that knowledge and work together.
  6. Have the tenaciously to have it implemented wisely.

Near the end of Lynnclaire’s Epilogue, she writes:

“The Mereon Matrix is an innovative model of learning and relearning; of reconciliation and renewal that allows your work, whatever it is, to be measurable, important and personally significant. As a conscious collective we are the answer we seek. A union of intention, honoring uniqueness and recognizing fundamental sameness the Mereon Matrix introduces a new Monad: a unitive concept behind many long-awaited ‘messiahs’. Survival, another name for ‘salvation’, is up to us and means bringing all our scientific ideas down to Earth for earthly good … In this ending, you have arrived at a turning point; and what is next is up to you.”

13. “Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be” and How This Work Applies To You

What Mereon reveals about science and technology, is as compelling as what Lynnclaire’s new book, Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be, reveals about our life and humanity. This new book provides us a way to end humanity’s collective insanity. It is a simple book which outlines a simple way to make life choices. In this book, Lynnclaire fulfills another important purpose in her life in bringing heavenly matters down to Earth; and that is to make this profound knowledge accessible to everyone. Her program, “Living Plan Be” is as simple as it is meaningful – like the harmony and interconnectedness people feel when viewing her artwork. In this new book, you will discover how Loving is really the only thing that matters; how the first person you must love unconditionally is yourself; and that by applying the simple process described in her book, you can become catalyst for positive change: for Love. Lynnclaire’s experience inspires the courage it takes to remember and honor your own experiences as you identify your values and vision. As you bring conscious awareness to all your realities, you will understand and move with what she has long called “The Dance”.

Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be presents Mereon to the average person, those who want to understand it from a personal perspective based on the science. It begins by answering today’s existential questions such as: “What’s in it for me?” and “Why should I care?” In her book, she defines an Absolute Axiom:

“You and I, a toad and the pond scum it swims in, a dirt-rimed rock and a flawless diamond are all made of exactly the same stuff. Everything including the invisible matter that pervades our universe is made of stardust, hologramic embers that were emitted from a single cosmic sparkler. Life emerged from nonlife, and nothing being different save the difference in how each form of matter arises out of this primordial stuff. Your uniqueness is due to the fact that, like every form you are uniquely arranged, the atoms that make you are distinctively informed by discrete elements that came together at a different time and space than anything else.”

So simply put, the answers are:

  1. All forms are defined by the Mereon process which means that you are a part of the Mereon process and Mereon is a part of you.
  2. Mereon reveals how what works for you, and what works for someone else, actually works in the same way. That difference does not mean different.
  3. Mereon reveals two more life-changing reasons for you to care:
  4. You are unique and must decide for yourself what works for you.
  5. It shows how you can make what you love, work well for you!

The scientific discoveries uncovered in the universal nature of Mereon are profound. Changing your own life is the first step toward a healthy future. It is critical for developing new sciences, new transformations in education, new business models and solving environmental challenges. As you discover your “Youniverse”, experiencing the unity that exists between your physical and spiritual realities, you move closer to Home: your place in the universe.

14. “A Footprint in Eternity: Evidence of Mother Nature’s Form & Fingerprints Imprinted in a Near-Death Experience” About the Mereon Investigation from 2002–2014

Given that Mereon is all about Time, it perfectly understandable how Lynnclaire winds back and forwards through time once again beginning with retrospection. Starting from the lofty realm of a physics meeting at Cambridge University in 1998, Lynnclaire will take you on a round-the-world journey from Europe to Africa, across India and China. As you make this journey with her, you will understand how her experiences deepened her willingness to stick with the scientific approach as the only avenue that might possibly validate the gift she brought back from her NDEs. These books are a starting place where you can quietly hear what Lynnclaire describes as a wake up call to humanity. She says:

“My desire is this: whether it’s turning a page in a book; attending a presentation; participating in a workshop; training in a course to learn to facilitate this process; or gazing through the universal window into a piece of art, you’ll join her on the Path of Transformation. By revisioning our lives, sometimes with every single breath, we can then walk and work side-by-side as we awaken and bring this Dream to Life in real-time.

“May transformation bring you the joy of connections as the world unites on this evolutionary journey. Through loving experiences we move beyond fear, hatred and competition to experience the mutual respect that is inherent within our amazing diversity. The peace we desire, inside and out, is not the mission; it is the by-product of love, the result of mindful compassion.”

15. Links and Resources

Arthur M. Young Links:

Arthur M. Young Home Page
Arthur M. Young Wikipedia Article
Arthur M. Young Multimedia Books by Arthur M. Young
Halexandria Article on Arthur M. Young
Jeffrey Mishlove’s Article “An Appreciation of Arthur M. Young”
YouTube Vidoes on Arthur M. Young

Buckminster Fuller Links:

Buckminster Fuller Institute
Buckminster Fuller Wikipedia Article
Buckminster Fuller Wikipedia Category Books by Buckminster Fuller
Notes to R. Buckminster Fuller’s Work by Robert W. Gray
PBS Documentary (American Masters) on R. Buckminster Fuller
Stanford University’s R. Buckminster Fuller Digital Collection
Synergetics (Fuller) Wikipedia Article
YouTube Videos on Buckminster Fuller

Gregory Bateson Links:

An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson (website and film) Books by Gregory Bateson
Edge Magazine “Gregory Bateson: The Centennial”
Gregory Bateson Wikipedia Article
Gregory Bateson WikiQuotes
Institute for Intercultural Studies: Gregory Bateson
Oikos International Association Profile of Gregory Bateson
YouTube Videos on Gregory Bateson

Louis H. Kauffman Links:

University of Illinois, Chicago Faculty Home Page
A Double Helix Trefoil
Fourier Knots and The Pattern
Louis Kauffman’s Blog
Louis Kauffman Wikipedia Article
Pattern, Sign and Space
YouTube Videos on Louis Kauffman

Lynnclaire Dennis’ The Mereon Legacy CIC Links:

Mereon Home Page
About Mereon
A New Understanding of the Heart: A Living Pattern Match
A Pattern of Patterns
BeLonging: Education as Transformation
Mereon Square Online Store
Principle Investigators and Research Team
Redefining “Gold”, Proportions & Rational
Social Transformation: ReVisioning Our LifeCourse
The Mereon Blog: Perspectives
The Mereon Matrix
The Mereon Legacy CIC
The Mereon Matrix: Unity Perspective & Paradox (Book)

Lynnclaire Dennis Social Network Links:

Facebook (Lynnclaire)
Facebook (Mereon)
YouTube: The Mereon Legacy Channel
A Meditational Video: The Mereon Music as Echoes in Time
Discovering Your Youniverse and Living Plan Be
The Colours of the Emotional Kaleidoscope
The Intersection of Our Physical and Emotional Realities
The Mereon Matrix and a Pattern Match to the Human Heart
The Mereon Matrix from 45 Degrees
The Mereon Matrix from 90 Degrees
The Mereon Matrix Prime Frequency Visualized on the CymaScope
The Quest and the Wellspring
Intuition & Information: Knowing vs Knowledge

Lynnclaire Dennis Links (Miscellaneous): Books by Lynnclaire Dennis
Bridging Heaven and Earth Show
Cymascope’s Article on the Art of Lynnclaire Dennis
Mereon Legacy Blog
Lynnclaire Dennis’ Near-Death Experience
Pattern, Universe, and Ancient Knowledge by Ove von Spaeth
ResearchGate Profile of Lynnclaire Dennis
Sense, Essence, and Existence – Visual Theme
YouTube Videos on Lynnclaire Dennis

Related News Articles:

“Extraordinary Toroidal Vertices” (a must see video)
“Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame”
“Metaphysics and Physics Meet in The Pattern”
“The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy of Personal Transformation”

16. References

— Dennis, L. (1997). The Pattern. Integral Publishing. Lower Lake, California, USA.
— Dennis, L., Gray, R. W., Kauffman, L. H., McNair, J. Brender, Woolf, N. J. (2009). A framework linking non-living and living systems: Classification of persistence, survival and evolution transitions, Foundations of science, Volume 14, Issue 3 , pp 217-238.
— Dennis, L., Kauffman, L. H., McNair, J. Brender (2013). The Mereon Matrix: Unity, perspective and paradox. Elsevier Insights. London. UK.
— Dennis, L., Kauffman, L. H. (2013). The Mereon Matrix. Science To Sage Magazine, ISSUU, July issue.
— Dennis, L. (2014). Discovering Your Youniverse And Living Plan Be. Mereon Legacy CIC. Herefordshire, UK.
— Dennis, L. (2014). The Mereon Legacy CIC.
— Gage, C. (1997). Souvenir from the other side. Atlantis Rising Magazine #11 (PDF ).
— Gray, R. W. (2000). Lynnclaire Dennis’ Geometry: The Pattern.
— Gray, R. W. (2000). What’s in this polyhedron?
— Gough, W. & Shacklett, R. (2001). What Science Can and Can’t Say About Spirits. Journal of religion and psychical research.
Kauffman, L. H. University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA.

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How the New Physics is Validating Near-Death Concepts

CD Rollins has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a special interest in physics and the near-death experience. Rollins believes the fundamental laws of the universe, which allow life to exist, truly are the laws of God. He will not claim, as others may have, that new theories in physics support or even prove post-mortem survival of the human consciousness. He merely wishes to share some observations he made recently while reviewing some new developments in theoretical physics in the popular science magazine Discover (December, 2000 issue). There are some very interesting books on the subject of new theories in physics and consciousness such as, The Holographic Universe and The Physics of Consciousness. This is excellent reading. The following is a profile of his observations as they relate to the near-death experience.

Table of Contents

  1. The Paradox Defined
  2. The Reason for the Paradox
  3. The Near-Death Experience and the Paradox
  4. The Eternal Now
  5. Connecting It All Together

1. The Paradox Defined

First it would be appropriate to discuss modern physics for those who may not be familiar with it. Modern physics is a paradox created by two mutually exclusive theories. Both cannot be true, yet both have been shown by observation and laboratory experiment to be true. These two theories were born of the intense desire to locate two different objects in space and time.

The first object is the planet Mercury. Mercury has been observed by human beings since prehistory. As astronomers’ instruments became more precise they were able to more accurately predict the position of the planets in the sky. This led to new theories about the nature of the solar system: first the Ptolemaic system which placed Earth at the center of the universe was replaced by the Copernican system which put the sun at the center, and made Earth simply one of the planets. Soon Johannes Kepler developed his laws of planetary motion which described the orbits as ellipses rather than perfect circles, and from there Sir Isaac Newton was able to deduce the law of universal gravitation.

Newton’s laws appeared to completely describe the universe. The position of any object in space could be determined for any point in time with great precision. However as measurements of Mercury’s position became more exact, it was clear that they did not match the position predicted by Newton’s laws. Could Newton be wrong? The measurements of the planet’s position were uniformly off by about 43 arc seconds, barely enough to notice but enough for physicists to question Newton’s model of the universe.

The solution required Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity. Einstein’s theory changed the way physicists and astronomers view the universe. In Newton’s universe, time and space were absolutes. A mile was a mile, and an hour was an hour no matter where in the universe you measured it. Time and space formed a fixed, rigid, four dimensional coordinate system. In the new relativistic universe, time and space are flexible, and only the velocity of light is absolute. “Now” is not “now” everywhere in the universe since gravity distorts time and space. A mile is only a mile relative to the reference frame of the observer, likewise an hour. This is difficult for many people to understand because we are so used to seeing time and space as fixed. Einstein’s theory accurately predicts how the sun’s gravity warps space in its vicinity and causes Mercury’s position to be other than where Newton’s laws predict it to be.

The next object physicists tried to locate in space and time was the electron. The electron is a sub-atomic particle found orbiting the nuclei of atoms of which all matter is composed. Here physicists Heisenberg, Bohr, Schrodinger and others were not as successful as Einstein had been with Mercury. They found that it was impossible to know an electron’s speed and its location in space with exact precision. In fact the more you knew about its speed the less you could know its location and vice versa. The problem has nothing to do with the availability of precise laboratory equipment for making the measurements. The problem had to do with the nature of the universe itself. Imagine an electron detector of arbitrarily high precision and it will still not be able to tell you the exact speed and location of an electron. Whatever the physicist does to measure the speed of the electron changes its position and whatever he does to measure its position changes the speed. Thus quantum physics, a means of expressing the speed and position of sub-atomic objects in terms of statistical probability was born. The physicist can say an electron is about here in time and space and about this speed but not precisely both. In fact if he establishes the exact location of the electron it will have an equal probability of being at any speed from rest to the velocity of light, and if he establishes the exact speed, it will have an equal probability of being anywhere in the universe. This may seem difficult to believe, but it is true.

Strangely enough this quantum imprecision of the universe extends upwards to macroscopic objects such as tennis balls, people, planets and galaxies. Modern physics has discovered that it is impossible to say exactly where you are at any given moment, however the degree of imprecision for objects such as people is minute enough to be negligible. Only with very small objects such as electrons is it necessary to use probability to predict where an electron might be, rather than say it is here.

2. The Reason for the Paradox

So why the paradox? In simplest terms the paradox arises because of how relativity and quantum physics treat time and space. In relativity, time and space are relative to the observer. Einstein’s equations allow one to accurately transform position data from one reference frame to another. Quantum mechanics treats time and space as a rigid, fixed, four dimensional coordinate system, however it shows that it is impossible to place any object in this coordinate system with absolute precision. So either time and space are flexible and relative to the observer, or they are fixed and the observer’s position as well as what he is observing can only be stated as a probability.

Solving this paradox is the Holy Grail of modern physics. There are many theories: Supersymmetry (SUSY), Superstring, Higg’s Field, and various subsets of these and others, each competing to be heralded as the GUT (Grand Unified Theory) or TOE (Theory of Everything). Physicist Julian Barbour has introduced one unique theory that might solve the paradox. Barbour suggests that it might be possible to throw time out altogether. After all, what is time? It isn’t a substance, field, or particle that physics can measure. Is it simply a fundamental property of the universe? Barbour says no.

Barbour’s universe consists of an infinite number of “eternal nows” stretching from the Big Bang to the end of the universe (either by heat death, or super contraction, sometimes called the Big Crunch). Time is merely an illusion created by the human consciousness, which only sees one “now” at a time, as it moves along through all of the “nows” that make up its life. Somewhere in Barbour’s universe, which he calls Platonia, you are being born, attending your first day of school, going on your first date, and lying on your deathbed. However right now you are only aware of the you which is reading this essay and probably saying to yourself: “This guy has flipped his cork!”

Possibly I have. But according to Barbour, eliminating time as a fundamental property of the universe would remove much of the difficulty in uniting relativity with quantum physics and thereby slay the final dragon of science. Do other scientists agree? Surprisingly, many physicists and cosmologists think time will have to be left out of the final unified theory, and many suspect the concept of space may have to go as well.

3. The Near-Death Experience and the Paradox

So what has that got to do with the near-death experience. Perhaps everything:

“I was told that before we’re born, we have to take an oath that we will pretend time and space are real so we can come here and advance our spirit. If you don’t promise, you can’t be born.” (from Jeanie Dicus’ near-death experience, 1974)

“Space and time are illusions that hold us to our physical realm; out there all is present simultaneously.” (from Beverly Brodsky’s near-death experience, 1970)

“During this experience, time had no meaning. Time was an irrelevant notion. It felt like eternity. I felt like I was there an eternity.” (from Grace Bubulka’s near-death experience, 1988?)

“I didn’t know if I had been in that light for a minute of a day or a hundred years.” (from Jayne Smith’s near-death experience, 1965?)

“Earthly time had no meaning for me anymore. There was no concept of “before” or “after.” Everything – past, present, future – existed simultaneously.” (from Kimberly Clark-Sharp’s near-death experience, date unknown)

“Time could also be contracted, I found. Centuries would condense into seconds. Millenniums would shrink into moments. The entire civilization that I was part of passed by in the blink of an eye.” (from John Star’s near-death experience, date unknown)

“Time and space, as we know them, exist only on the Earth realm. When you leave the Earth realm, you leave such constraints.” (from P.M.H Atwater’s Beyond the Light)

And there are probably other, better examples from other near-death experiences. So what does this prove? Absolutely nothing. What does this imply? A great deal.

I find it difficult to accept that the above observations about time and space could have been generated by a malfunction of the right temporal lobe distorting these people’s time sense as some have suggested. In particular, Jeanie Dicus’ comment is downright astonishing. Compare her statement to this quote:

“…time is an illusion. The phenomena from which we deduce its existence are real, but we interpret them wrongly…” (from Julian Barbour 1999)

Now I’m not suggesting that Barbour has proven the case for survival. In fact I have no idea what he believes with regard to the afterlife. I am suggesting there is a startling connection between the words of a twenty-three year old mother in 1974 and a cutting edge theoretical physicist in 1999 that is not adequately explained by temporal lobe displacement. Dicus’ observation about time, and those of many other experiencers reveal insights into the possible nature of reality, unobtainable through normal means, barring prior in depth study of classical and quantum physics on their part.

4. The Eternal Now

So where does this leave us? Is there life after death? Neuroscience says no. Consciousness is a consequence of the brain which is a corruptible and ephemeral construction of simple matter. Paranormal experiences, such as near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, after-death communications, past-life memories, apparitions, possessions, and so on, suggest the opposite. A skeptic might easily dismiss these phenomena as superstitions, modern myth, or hallucinations, but such casual disregard for the voluminous anecdotal evidence is hardly scientific. More complex theories of near-death experiences based on neurophysiology explain some characteristics of the near-death experience but all break down at some point. They can’t explain everything. I humbly submit that there may be nothing wrong with our understanding of neuroscience (though it is still incomplete), but rather our concept of time. If Barbour is right, and time is an illusion, then the question of an “after” life is entirely inappropriate. Absent our notions of time, the terms “before” and “after” become meaningless.

At some point in the universe separated from the present “now” by time (and hopefully dear reader, many years of it) you are dead. So where are you? Do you cease to exist? Your consciousness has been moving steadily though all the “nows” of your life until it reaches the end, and then where does it go? Barbour’s theory gives us no reason to believe that it goes anywhere, but the work of Kevin Williams and other near-death experience researchers, such as Moody, Sabom, Ring, and Atwater, show that it might go somewhere, or some when or, like Heisenberg’s electron, to a point that cannot be described precisely as a time or place. Of course this other state of being, or consciousness (still not the right word but better than “place”), might still provide the illusion of time. Near-death experiencers’ reports of heavenly Earth-like environments in which there is some sense of subjective time indicates that this is the case.

There is more about near-death experiences and other psychic experiences that support the argument that time is illusory. Some experiencers, such as Dannion Brinkley, have made accurate predictions of the future. Psychics some times do this as well, and we are all familiar with the concept of déjà vu. These phenomena indicate that our consciousness may be linked to many “nows” or perhaps all “nows”, and that it, like the universe, is timeless. We are not, therefore, immortal in the sense that our consciousness goes on and on forever and ever, we are immortal in the sense that our consciousness exists outside of time itself. What spiritualists call “physical life”, is simply stepping through each “now” sequentially in a way that makes it seem as though we have a beginning and an end.

This idea may seem far-fetched but, for me, it has a certain logic. Barbour describes his platonia as being like a reel of movie film. Each “now” is a frame on the reel, and our consciousness simply moves through it. If this were so, then we’d have no free will. Our future would already be written and we’d be unable to do anything except step through each frame as helpless observers.

But many experiencers are informed by spiritual entities that they do indeed have free will and that, among other things, physical life is about exercising that free will. How is that possible if the future has already been determined? I must ask the reader to take another leap with me, and imagine that the universe exists not only as everything that is, everything that was, and everything that will be, but everything that could be and everything that might have been. In this universe God creates all possibilities and it is left to us to find our way through them by deciding through our choices which “now” we will experience.

Imagine that instead of a strip of film, the universe is an infinite checkerboard. Each square is a “now.” From where you stand in one “now” you can look behind you. This is called “memory”. You can look ahead of you and with your intellect guess accurately what might be in the “now” just ahead. Using the gift of intuition, you can see further ahead, perhaps just over the horizon. For most of us this intuitive look over the horizon comes from our sub-conscious as a gut feel. For psychics gifted with prophecy, the look ahead comes as a vision or dream. But not all prophecies come true. That’s because the “now” they saw may never happen if decisions which lead to that particular “now” are made differently. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we see the shadows of things that might be, not the shadows of things that must be.

Of course our model is too simple. A checkerboard arrangement makes each “now” come with five possible decisions (against the rules to move backwards). Obviously, some “nows” in our lives come with more than five possible moves. Therefore, try to imagine each square replaced with an irregular polygon of n sides, where n = the number of possible decisions that you can make. Now let us represent the likelihood of each decision by the length of the side. The longer that side, the more likely you will make that decision. Scientific naturalists sometimes deny human free will and claim that our behavior is based on genetics and the environment, neither of which are under our control. I am not denying research that shows that much of our behavior is genetically based or influenced by our environment, particularly in early childhood. Rather, I am stating that these factors merely help shape the decision polygon, making some choices more likely than others. I see our physical brains as shaping our reality and guiding our decisions; however, in each “now” we still may make any decision available in our decision polygon. While nature and nurture affect the length of each side, it is our own decisions and those of others which affect the actual number n, of each “now” polygon.

5. Connecting It All Together

Another theme repeatedly stressed in transcendental near-death experiences is the interconnectivity of the universe. In our new model of the universe, we can see that as we step through each “now” making decisions, or not making them (which as the song says “you still have made a choice”), our decisions affect the possible decisions available to others, and likewise their decisions affect us. My decision to marry eliminates many of my future decisions, and those of my wife, but it also opens up new decisions such as whether or not to have children. Somewhere in the universe there is a “now” polygon in which I die unmarried and childless. Since I am married and have a child I can not reach this “now” polygon, likewise my wife cannot reach the one in which she dies unmarried and childless.

We are all connected to the same “now” but each of our “nows” is not the same shape, or has the same number of sides. Throughout our lives we step through these “now” polygons, usually only barely aware of what lies before us, although as stated earlier, sometimes we are allowed to cheat just a bit. Eventually, however, we will each come to a polygon where n = 0. When this happens we die. There is no where left on the game board to maneuver. Sometimes this is caused by another’s decision, a murderer, sometimes we take n to zero ourselves, a suicide. But most often nature at some point relieves us of all decisions. We can no longer move forward and so our life ends. Absent the evidence provided by paranormal research it would be simple enough to conclude that our consciousness does not exist outside the many “nows” that it occupies. Indeed it seems to be Barbour’s opinion that consciousness itself exists in discrete, frozen instants of brain states, and that nothing, not even consciousness “moves” as I have described it as stepping through “nows.” But something gives us at least the appearance that we are moving from the past into the future. So perhaps my theory is not as half-baked as it sounds. Each frozen brain state is the lens through which our consciousness (or perhaps super-consciousness) views reality.

The near-death experience indicates that indeed some form of consciousness might exist, perhaps on an entirely new game board full of “nows” or perhaps in one big super-“now” that stretches to infinity. The “nows” in these new realms of existence may not be polygons, but instead be smooth fluid shapes that can move around on their own, or blend and merge with other “nows”, or fission into infinite new “nows.” Time may move differently, perhaps at right angles to our current perception of time, or perhaps along some oblique angle. The geometry of reality in these other realms must be beyond our imagining.

Also our consciousness may step down, back into a “now” in the physical universe when a child is born. This is sometimes called reincarnation. Wherever our consciousness touches this reality, creating “nows” we see our past and future lives.

Is my model of reality true? Maybe. After all, it is only a model, and all models break down at some point. Jeanie Dicus said that before creation, before time itself began, we all took an oath before God to pretend that time and space are real. If she is right then I must have been there too, standing along side all of the rest of you. Having taken the pledge I have no choice but to abide by it, using only my feeble powers of intuition to glimpse over the horizon at the potential “nows” ahead. I take comfort in hoping that when for me, n = 0, the veil will be lifted and I will stand outside these “nows” we call physical life to journey through new “nows” or whatever lies beyond.


Near-Death Experience and Quantum Physics Research

T. Lee Baumann, M.D. is the author of (a) God at the Speed of Light: The Melding of Science and Spirituality, (b) Window to God: A Physician’s Spiritual Pilgrimage, and (c) The Akashic Light: Religion’s Common Thread. Dr. Baumann also appears in the documentaries “The Evidence for Heaven” and “The Search for Heaven.” Dr. Baumann is a medical consultant in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to his years in private practice, Baumann has been a medical administrator and a biology instructor. He holds medical certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics, and medical management. The following are some of Dr. Baumann’s research into quantum physics and NDEs.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Nature of Light
  2. The Supernatural and Spiritual Aspects of Light
  3. Excerpts From “God at the Speed of Light”
  4. Dr. T. Lee Baumann on Television
    a. About “The Search for Heaven”
    b. About “The Evidence for Heaven”

1. Introduction to the Nature of Light

Quantum physicists study the nature of light. The Bible speaks of light when talking about God. Near-death experiences describe going to a light that is welcoming, intelligent, and loving. Strangest of all, however, is the similarity of all these descriptions of the nature, presence, and behavior of light to descriptions of God. Could it be that light and God are one and the same? Physician T. Lee Baumann makes a case for exactly that. From many sources, Dr. Baumann has synthesized a compelling picture of what may be the true nature of our universe at all levels – physical, mental, and spiritual.

Dr. Baumann’s book has been in the making for well over twenty years. Following my graduation from medical school, I developed a keen interest in quantum physics as a result of my fascination with Albert Einstein. The more I read on quantum theory, the more intrigued I became by its supernatural and spiritual aspects.

2. The Supernatural and Spiritual Aspects of Light

The following describes the awesome characteristics of light:

Light was pervasive at the Big Bang and is predicted at the Universe’s demise (alpha and omega).

All matter is ultimately reducible to electromagnetic radiation (which includes light).

Time ceases to exist at light speed.

The energy of light is infinite.

Physicists reveal experiments that show that light particles communicate!

Light is the loving entity that welcomes the dying in near-death experiences.

The Bible and the world’s other major religious texts refer to God in terms of light.

The human race is very special – it is human observation that transforms light waves to light particles (i.e., how we experience reality).

The second law of thermodynamics (entropy) dictates that an infinite amount of organization (hence, design) existed in the singularity of the Big Bang. This book (nondenominational) argues that these comparisons to God are not just serendipitous.

3. Excerpts From “God at the Speed of Light”

I have intentionally tried to be very selective in the [near-death] cases I have reprinted here. I have not listed numerous other accounts, which are essentially repetition, and I have omitted some very impressive experiences that might be considered the direct result of certain illnesses, i.e., ailments involving the brain, or the circulation or oxygenation of blood to the brain. (Adventures in Death, p. 15)

As shown in the previous chapter, the element of light is one, if not the, most important element of the near-death experience. In review of multiple NDE cases, researchers Raymond Moody and Melvin Morse made several noteworthy observations involving the light.

Moody noted that, of all the possible near-death elements, the light exerted the greatest influence on the individual. Patients interpreted the light as a being – a being that radiated love and warmth. Christians recognized the light as Christ. Atheists identified the spirit only as a guide. (Light, p.22)

It is now universally accepted, although still incredible to comprehend, that the speed of light is constant for all observers, regardless of their relative speeds or direction. This is an extraordinary feature.

How light accomplishes this feat is unknown, but it appears that light has been positioned as the cornerstone of modern physics and natural law. Einstein explained that as an object increases in speed, especially approaching the speed of light, its length decreases, its mass increases, and time slows (but the speed of light remains constant). If an object actually reaches the speed of light, time stops completely. Many are not aware of the full significance of this last point. Imagine that you are traveling at the speed of light and time stands still. You find that you can travel anywhere in the universe, and you never age! Hence, it is striking, but photons, and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation, are timeless (Light, p. 27-28).

4. Dr. T. Lee Baumann on Television

The producers of PAX TV’s “Encounters with the Unexplained” series has released a press release dealing with the airing of two “Heaven” television specials which feature Dr. T. Baumann and his book, “God at the Speed of Light.” The first television special, “The Evidence for Heaven”, aired on June 2004 and the second special, “The Search for Heaven”, aired on September 2004.

a. About “The Search for Heaven”

Buy “The Search for Heaven” (DVD) online.

This video special discusses some of the most fundamental questions: What happens when we die? Is there actually a life after death? Does the human spirit continue to survive? Is there really a heaven?

Of course, the major religions of the world answer “yes” and ask that we accept it as a matter of faith. But in a world full of skepticism, unquestionable faith does not seem sufficient. But what if faith alone didn’t have to carry this burden? What if there was other proof that heaven exists?

In Search Of Heaven” explores this provocative question: Do new scientific discoveries and cutting edge research actually prove the existence of heaven? Some believe that, yes indeed, there is now proof that heaven actually exists. This is no religious quest; it is a serious investigation of some rather startling new findings. The special will include dramatic reenactments, interviews, and comments from numerous theological experts and scientists.

One medical expert featured in the special is Dr. T. Baumann, author of “God at the Speed of Light.” Dr. Baumann states: “I feel there is a common element to balance the arguments for near death and the existence of Heaven. That common element is light … light is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and has a consciousness.”

The tone of the special is investigative in nature and is balanced and informative. Its objective is to promote debate and discussion concerning this very important subject.

b. About “The Evidence for Heaven”

Buy “The Evidence for Heaven” (DVD) online.

Is there a spiritual realm where the soul resides after death? To Christian believers, the answers to these questions are a foregone conclusion. But, for believers and non-believers alike, the topic of life after death in a place called heaven raises even more questions. Where is heaven? What will heaven be like? Will we continue to learn in heaven or will we instantly know everything? Will life beyond the one we are experiencing here and now be a life free from pain and suffering? Will our bodies be different in heaven? Will we be married in heaven? Is there now scientific evidence that heaven really does exist? All of these are just a few of the questions answered after examining the scientific studies, personal testimony, and experiences of those who say they have already traveled to heaven and back. Discover the astounding level to which modern science has answers to these questions.

Recent advances in medical technology have allowed doctors to bring people back from death and giving rise to the near-death experience phenomenon. People are coming back to life and bringing with them remarkably vivid visions of heaven. They tell about visions of a bright Light or being surrounded by overwhelming love — even conversing with Jesus. The special looks closely at several of the most astounding NDEs — including contemporary experiences as well as the experiences of Biblical characters, such as the Apostle Paul, Stephen the Martyr, Elijah, and others.

Listen to the testimony of many highly respected medical doctors, physicists, Biblical scholars and scientists from the late 17th Century until today, who have been working to prove that immortality is indeed a reality. Discover the results of several scientific studies including one 25-year project that concluded, “For the first time in 8,000 years of recorded history, it can now be said with certainty that our mind, memory, and personality and soul will survive physical death.”