Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens when we die?

The answer depends entirely on our understanding of the relationship between the mind and the brain. My experience, along with thousands of other near-death and similar spiritually transformative experiences (which were just explained away as hallucinations by conventional scientists) suggest that our conscious awareness expands greatly when awareness is freed from the shackles of the brain and body.

In other words, death is an occurrence of the physical body and brain, but not of the mind and eternal spiritual being that we are.

Before my coma, I believed the conventional neuroscientific notion that the physical brain created consciousness out of purely physical matter, and thus that death of the brain and body meant the end of conscious awareness. My NDE changed my thinking completely, because the degree of damage to my entire neocortex should have disabled all but the most basic rudiments of consciousness, and yet the exact opposite is what occurred – a profound odyssey through multiple realms far more real than this one.

I was forced to admit that consciousness is not created by the brain at all, but is allowed in by the filtering of the brain. Consciousness is fundamental, and all of reality emergent from that Collective Mind. Thus, death of the body and brain is a liberation of consciousness to a much higher level, the exact opposite of what conventional scientific thinking would suggest.

Fortunately, the entire scientific community is following a very similar path in this novel understanding of the mind-brain relationship, all through deeper investigation of the nature of consciousness (and especially towards addressing the “hard problem” of consciousness, as well as the profound measurement paradox in quantum physics, both of which suggest that consciousness is fundamental in creating the universe). The tremendous body of scientific evidence supporting the reality of non-local consciousness, such as telepathy, precognition, déjà vu, out of body experiences, remote viewing, and past life memories in children indicative of reincarnation contribute to the fascinating notion that our consciousness survives the death of the physical body.

My spiritual journey, similar to so many others reported over the ages, supports that there is nothing to fear about death. It is not the end of existence, but a transition very similar to birth itself. Not only that, but also that our connections with loved ones are maintained, as demonstrated by death bed visions of the souls of departed loved ones, and evidence from the scientific literature on reincarnation suggesting that soul journeys over multiple lifetimes involve continued evolution of relationships.

Who or what is God?

I see God as the Creator and prime mover of all that is, at the core of each and every one of us. I see consciousness as fundamental in the universe – all of the observable physical universe emerges from the Collective Mind, the consciousness that originates in God. In deepest truth, there are no actual boundaries between God and us and the entire universe — apparent boundaries are part of the Supreme Illusion that the world “out there” is actually “out there.”

One should not underestimate the power and ability of that universal force, and the knowledge that it rules through infinite, limitless love without any conditions.

As part of God, we are all thus co-creators in the evolution of consciousness, in the evolution of all that is. Viewing God as external or separate from us is a grave source of confusion, in my view. All of the human (and other) imperfections, the apparent darkness and evil, actually serve as gradients to energize this evolution. They are just the absence of the light and love, not a countering force.

My view is that the absolute God exists as the source of all of conscious awareness, and that all of reality (including the small subset of the observable physical universe) emerges from the mind of that absolute God (limitless, impersonal). The supporting philosophical system is that of metaphysical (or ontological) idealism, wherein all that exists emerges from consciousness itself (the absolute God). The physical universe (and similar modes of more nonstandard common realities we share) is a simple projection from the oneness/source/absolute God.

The personal (relative God) is the smaller subset of the absolute God with which we can develop a “relationship.” Our language forces a certain separation between the absolute and relative Gods which does not in fact exist, although it is a useful separator in terms of grasping some understanding of the duality originating from the pure Oneness. A good way to experience this is through meditation, where I have resonated with the pure oneness in the form of an identity with it, yet right at the event horizon between the ultimate source oneness and the emergent parcellation apparent in our dualistic existence.

Any residual confusion around this might resolve a bit by realizing that our perceived “boundaries of self” are only there to support the low bandwidth version of our perceptual awareness, including the apparent limitation of our existence in an apparent “here-and-now” that is built in on this side of the veil, i.e. that time flow is an illusion projected as part of our conscious awareness of our surroundings (not only in the physical, but in spiritual realms, as well).

Notions of “ego” and “personal God” are seen as very limited presentations of the fundamental absolute God, which is the essential source of our conscious awareness, although the reality of that source is infinite and eternal (which we can only appreciate when fully liberated from the shackles of our physical brain and body, say during deep meditation or after death of the physical body).

Meditation and prayer help us move beyond our human dimension. However, I cannot overstate the fact that our earthly language cannot begin to describe the vastness and intimacy, the power and mercy, the all-knowing and all-loving character of God and Consciousness.

What is Consciousness?

Consciousness is the thing that exists. The material realm is illusory (vibrating strings of energy in higher dimensional space-time). Modern physics suggests that our very notions of space and time, and causality, are illusory constructs of our consciousness.

Consciousness is awareness of existence. The deep mystery at the heart of the “hard problem of consciousness” (the challenge of defining any pathway by which the physical constituents of the brain might give rise to phenomenal experience) and the measurement paradox in quantum physics is the observer. We are not our thoughts, but we observe those thoughts via our fundamental consciousness, that is allowed in from universal consciousness (the Collective Mind) by the physical brain.

I’ve come to realize that the essence of awareness, of experience, and of memories, is completely outside of the physical brain and this physical universe, and projects all of apparent physical reality. My current understanding is that the brain does not create consciousness, but actually “dumbs it down” from a much higher level of awareness – one that we glimpse during Spiritually Transformative Experiences (such as NDEs), or encounter when our physical body dies. The brain is a reducing valve, or filter, that limits overall consciousness down to a trickle – the apparent “here and now” necessary for one’s survival in this earthly realm. Such a filter theory goes back to the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, when brilliant thinkers who studied the human psyche (William James, Frederic Meyer, Henri Bergson, FCS Schiller, and later Aldous Huxley, among others) saw evidence of the existence of the soul beyond the physical brain and body, and suggestions of its survival after bodily death.

I postulate that the neocortex is the dominant influence on how much and what specific conscious awareness is allowed in from Collective Mind. Filter theory takes us much further in explaining a wide variety of exotic human experiences, such as near-death and shared-death experiences, precognition, after-death communications, out-of-body experiences, remote viewing, etc. This hypothesis explains my own personal ultra-real NDE in coma, when my neocortex was so thoroughly dismantled. Without a properly functioning filter, I experienced a much broader contact with universal consciousness, as have millions of others who have witnessed the ultra-reality of such transcendent experiences in consciousness.

What are your thoughts on Jesus?

I did not encounter Jesus during my NDE, although that does not indicate that he or other religious figures were not there.  Others who have experienced NDEs have sometimes reported seeing or meeting religious figures on the other side.  In my case, I had amnesia for my life before coma, somewhat atypical in the NDE literature. This lack of memory for my earthly life allowed a very rich journey to unfold. However, as a result, it was not influenced by any prior religious beliefs or life experience. The “empty slate” provided profound lessons that I only appreciated in the months and years afterward, that would have been impossible without amnesia for Eben Alexander’s life before coma during the experience itself.

What I did see, hear, experience and learn during my NDE encompasses a broader sense of spirit and “God” than any religion I’ve studied. The oneness and inter-connectedness of all souls, and the profound sense that unconditional love is not only an infinitely healing force, but also the fundamental creative force in the universe, were crucial lessons from my journey. Some have suggested the brilliant orb of light I encountered in the Core Realm, which impressed me as an interpreter or translator, might be the Christ Energy, there to facilitate my understanding of the messages from the infinitely healing power of the all-loving source, or God, but I did not identify it as such.

My current views are that Jesus came here to reveal that we are all divinely connected to all fellow sentient beings, and to God which is consistent with my experience and also supported by scripture. As such, we are all eternal spiritual beings, no matter our beliefs. The unconditional love of that God force has infinite power to heal. The greatest value of authentic Christianity, from my perspective, is an absolute inclusiveness that acknowledges all beings as children of God. Thus ANY exclusivity suggested by dogmatic interpretations is against the original teachings of Loving Oneness taught so well by Jesus during his life. God loves Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, skeptics, etc. — in short, God loves ALL. I interpret “The only way to heaven is through me,” attributed to Jesus (at a time when very few people on earth even knew of Jesus) as meaning “The only way to heaven is through believing in (and knowing) the infinitely loving God.” Many who have touched this source of ultimate love and oneness agree, we can all realize this connection personally by going within.

The important thing is to walk the walk — that is, to live the life that Christ exemplified, because he resonated identically with the deep universal truth of pure love and oneness. “The kingdom lies within us all” and “These things and even greater you shall do” were Christ’s expressions that we all are Christ-like children of God. Jesus modeled the example of this knowing and wanted each of us to follow that example.

The scripture suggesting that the only way to heaven is through believing in Jesus Christ has rendered tremendous confusion by falsely leading people to believe they are not responsible for their choices, thoughts and actions, that they get a “get out of jail free” card simply by claiming to believe in Christ (and likewise that they are sinners, and that Christ died for their sins, thus they have no responsibility for their actions). I believe this illogical interpretation of scripture was enacted to bolster the ranks of the church, and the mayhem it has caused over centuries is regrettable. Ironically, this viewpoint is consistent with the materialist science assumption that our actions and behavior (including consciousness, or spirit, itself) are the result of random neuronal and hormonal reactions.

Both positions leave us able to claim we are not personally responsible for our actions, which my journey (along with major other lines of evidence) completely contradicts. Much of the current hardship in our world has been supported by such a false sense of separation, and of irresponsibility to each other. I believe the entire universe exists to support the journey of discovery for sentient beings, utterly dependent on our free will choices and accepting responsibility for their consequences. The love so beautifully exemplified by Christ provides the moral compass of that spiritual realm, that such loving oneness allows healing at all levels.

It is false to believe that one can act in a very un-Christian fashion throughout their lives, yet by claiming to believe in Christ they may escape the destiny of having to face consequences for their actions. The universe is just, and in this process of teaching and learning with our fellow souls, we learn the lessons of love in our life review — where we feel any love, or pain and hatred, that we have given out to others over our lifetime. The life review reveals the false boundaries of self, because we must feel the emotional power of our choices as they affected those around us. Examples might include the life review of a serial killer, who must experience not only the pain and suffering his actions dealt to his victims, but also feel every bit of that pain experienced by all souls who ever knew of his actions; whereas the life review of someone like Mother Theresa would be one of feeling the bliss and comfort she handed out to so many souls during her lifetime, as they experienced it. I believe our notions of heaven and hell might directly originate in the spectrum of such life reviews, all nudging us towards a more loving expression during our lifetimes in the material world.

My amnesia for my pre-coma life memories during the experience prevented a personal life review for Eben Alexander, but the grander scale of eternity of consciousness expressed in that all-loving God-presence, and the rich tapestry of multiple incarnations for all sentient beings as the learning/teaching process of the very evolution of consciousness itself, allowed for the very robust experience of the essence of life reviews during my coma. More than half of NDErs have reported experiencing a life review in the fashion described above, no matter what their prior belief system, going back at least 2,400 years (to the writings of Plato about the Armenian soldier, Er, who awoke after days dead on the battlefield to report such an experience that struck him with the profound importance of love expressed during our earthly lives).

Again, consistent with the original teachings of Christ, as well as other major religious systems that have evolved over millennia, is the powerful lesson to “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself,” which is consistent with the awakening I see coming to humanity today. We must take full responsibility for our choices and actions, ensuring that our underlying intentions are based in love and oneness, and not fear.