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.

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.”

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).

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

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.

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.

I have come to see that Jesus’ primary message was for us to live by his example of unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. His original message is not necessarily the message selected as most important by church leaders in the following centuries, and codified through the assembly of the New Testament with its canonical gospels. Our embodiment of that unlimited love for ourselves and others would be the ultimate “walking the walk,” as opposed to just “talking the talk” of proclaiming to believe in Jesus, yet not fully living by his example. Far too many people today claim a belief in Jesus, as if that is enough to earn them admission to heaven, even as they fail to “walk the walk” and truly live a life of love and forgiveness. This provokes a separatist and conflict-ridden dynamic against people of other faiths, including those whose faith is that of scientific materialism.

Although Jesus is arguably the prophet who most perfectly presented this message of loving all of God’s creation, I also believe that the Buddha’s teaching of compassion and Muhammad’s teaching of an all-merciful God are similar to Jesus’ overall message. Many practitioners of the mystical traditions of all the great faiths (Christian Mysticism, Kabbalism, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) contacted me after hearing my presentations or reading Proof of Heaven or The Map of Heaven to remark on the similarities between my journey and their ancient spiritual traditions. To the extent that any orthodox religion promotes commonality and oneness, with all of us bound together through love, they are in line with this broader interpretation of human experience led by the near-death experience community. To the extent that they promote separation and a hierarchical view of being better than the rest, or of a jealous and vengeful (i.e. dysfunctional human) god, I believe they are driving towards their own demise, given that this notion of separateness, conflict and intolerance is misaligned with the emerging sentiments of humanity about the nature of the sacred and the divine.

Other crucial understanding revealed through interpretation of my NDE compared with my prior conventional religious beliefs (generally acquired through growing up in a Methodist Church in North Carolina) involved a rejection of the concept of eternal hell and damnation, the notion of the trinity, and of only one incarnation. As to the trinity, I believe Jesus lived to model an example, not claiming during his life to be the only son of God. He was stating we are all the children of God.

The evolution of my understanding since my coma experience has involved a reworking of my notions of Christianity. While many people believe the Bible is the firsthand word of God, it became very apparent to me that the New Testament was assembled from among many available writings of Jesus’ contemporaries by patriarchal committees (eg. the Council of Nicea, Iraneus, Constantine, etc.) to achieve certain goals to avoid fragmentation and extinction of Christian beliefs in the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. I believe that the Gnostic Gospels, notably the Book of Thomas (written a century earlier than any of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament), supports a much richer Christianity than our current dogmatic version as presented in Biblical scripture.

That original Christianity is much more aligned, not only with my NDE, but with thousands of other NDEs over the last few thousand years around the world, largely independent of religious dogma. I encourage all spiritual seekers to learn about such topics for themselves in order to reconsider ingrained beliefs we were taught by well-meaning parents and churches. The choice to explore and to make a final determination is up to each of us.

My current views are that Jesus came here to reveal that we are all divinely connected to each other, all fellow beings, and to God. As such, we are all eternal spiritual beings. The unconditional love of God has infinite power to heal. The greatest value of true 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 knew of Jesus) as meaning “The only way to heaven is through believing in (and knowing) the infinitely loving God.”

Some use the former statement as a rallying cry, as in “only those who accept Jesus Christ as their savior go to Heaven,” which I see as a distortion of Jesus’ original teachings, very divisive and the exact opposite of his true message. It is up to us to use our free will to choose to know that God, but only when we have the personal evidence to do so — hence my work in helping people to achieve deep meditative states through centering prayer and sound-enhanced meditation as a way of coming to know that God personally, through their own experience.

We have spent over 2,000 years in conflict, suffering and warfare fomented by various religions on each other, in absolute contradiction and violation of the original message of Jesus and other prophets of loving Oneness, forgiveness, mercy and compassion. We are here to wage peace and engender love for all fellow beings, and MUST extinguish the petty divisiveness of separatist religious dogma. The core mystical traditions of all the great faiths (Christian mystics, Kabbalists [Jewish mystics], Sufis [Islamic mystics], Hindus, Buddhists) converge on this great spiritual power at the core of all existence, a power based absolutely in Love that is unlimited and all-encompassing.