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I have written in the Responsive Universe how dreams and the afterlife could be connected. It is a theory I think about a lot. I thought we could explore this idea more –

Like the concept or dogmatic idea of Heaven and Hell, the dream world is a place where anything is possible… Anything…. The dreamscape is a place where we can visit dead friends and relatives, where a quadriplegic can walk and where our deepest desires, fears and energy are revealed and even distorted and magnified. I have even mentioned to those who have bad dreams on a regular basis; that this could be an unconscious barometer as to how positive your life and karma really are. If you have good dreams most of the time then you are exhibiting positive energy, actions and reactions in everyday life – of course the opposite could mean necessary changes in life are required to shift the pendulum of energy to a more positive existence. I truly believe there is a connection between how we project ourselves in life and how the dream world mirrors such energy. Could the afterlife be a similar mirror or dimension? Good dreams equal Heaven and bad dreams equal Hell?

DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a brain chemical,  a structural analog of serotonin and melatonin, that is released in minute quantities during various levels of dreaming. It is also released at the time of death as sort of a pleasure chemical. Is there a connection? Near Death Experiences reveal similar stories that transcend religion and creed illustrating a warm healing light and a place outside of our own being. Is this a snapshot of the afterlife or just pleasure chemicals?

Biocentrism

And what about brain death? We understand that brain activity can continue minutes (or longer) after clinical death. Could this be the DMT? We also understand how time within in a dream is not relative with conscious time. Could a second of dream illusion be an eternity of experience? Is this the afterlife? I think we need to dig deeper…

We understand that energy cannot be destroyed even after death. Recent evidence in the mechanics and the singularity of Black Holes illustrates the point that even though matter is stripped down to its basic electrons, neutrons and protons (like at the event horizon of a black hole), the information and energy contained in those electrons, neutrons and protons is not destroyed and possibly transferred through quantum energy exchange. Death would be similar as our bodies return to their source: Energy and the information that defines energy…. Possibly the information that defines us as instinctual and conscious energy sources continues on in some form or facet… The question is… In what form? Perhaps reincarnation? Perhaps we exist in another dimension as String Theory could suggest. Or perhaps death is a “White Hole” (the opposite end of a black hole) and we become our very own Big Bang – reanimating into a new form of energy? Will we retain our memories? My instinct says no which can be disheartening to many… My gut also tells me it will not matter…

Think of our being as an energy footprint (a soul);  an orb of quantum energy inside a physical body, and our physical brain is actually a way for our body to interface with the Responsive Universe and perceive conscious existence…  When we die we lose this conscious connection and return to our indigenous unconscious state we were before we were born. We are returned to energy: Energy, the common denominator of the Responsive Universe…

We all understand that death is a threshold we all will pass through. Death is inescapable… Religion has created its own fear and love for death but in reality death is as relative as birth. Death is part of our existence; a rite of passage. It need not be feared and in fact could very well be the most beautiful and empowering experience of life. In fact everything is relative isn’t it? From Spring comes Summer, Autumn and then Winter. Clocks rotate, storms rotate, our planet rotates, galaxies with hundreds of billions of stars rotate – wouldn’t life rotate too? A beginning, an ending and a new beginning. Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth…. Energy cannot be destroyed – it only changes form. And who knows, the dream world could be a window into something sublime. The more positive your dreams, the more positive is your energy footprint that can carry over as information in those electrons, neutrons and protons.

Buckle up, your greatest adventure lies somewhere in the inescapable future…

I am cool with that….

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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Biocentrism

I recently blogged about how physicist Michio Kaku has developed a scientific theory that points to the existence of God – based primarily on String Theory. Also creating a buzz this month is scientist, Robert Lanza who has made great strides in the study of Biocentrism which theorizes how life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the nature of the Universe. Specifically how human consciousness lives on after death. In a way, God and the Afterlife are analogous with the goal of bridging science with spirituality. That is the true premise of the Responsive Universe. The Biocentrism theory implies that death simply does not exist. Death is an illusion which arises in the minds of people – reinforced by Religion, ego and fear. The theory states that consciousness exists outside of the constraints of time and space. Our thoughts, feelings and energy are separate from flesh and bone. This notion fits well with the basic understandings of quantum mechanics; according to which a certain particle can be present anywhere and an event can happen in several, sometimes countless, ways. Humans are part of that event…

“Lanza believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. These universes contain multiple ways for possible scenarios to occur. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated to this universe.” This falls in line with String Theory which predicts extra dimensions, possibly even alternate Universes. One such theory is the 11-dimensional M-theory, which requires the Universe to have eleven dimensions as opposed to the usual three spatial dimensions and the fourth dimension of time. Other research in String Theory has purported as many as 26 space time dimensions for the Bosonic String explanation. These theories present us with a new picture of the Cosmos. Scientists including Andre Linde and Allan Guth have been studying the concept of “Multiverses” for decades. There are questions abound in regard to the origin of the Big Bang inflation as well as the statistical data that supports the theory that the Universe is expanding even quicker – a possible contradiction to current mass and gravity data. String Theory supports this data. Further mathematical measurements of dark energy are not matching current theoretical equations. The concept of multiple Universes would support the disparities seen within our quantum dominion. Further, such cosmic diversity could result in duplicates of Universes based simply on statistics and probability. String theory is still in its infancy and there are many exciting discoveries still to arise from the world of physics. If modern physics is capable of proving validity to alternate universes could these spatial dimensions be alternate realities or realms of the afterlife? As we continue to uncover the intricacies of the Cosmos, it has become clear that anything is possible because String Theory itself presents a universe of infinite possibilities.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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Can you imagine? Having the ability to go back in time and redo some the things we maybe regret. Or even better, return to the past with the wisdom we now garner? Yeah, that would be pretty cool wouldn’t it? If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self to worry less, not care what other people think, be a leader not a follower; and above all, love myself unconditionally…

 Just one problem… That is not reality is it? More of a fantasy I think….

There is a reason we grow and mature. There is a reason we have to learn the hard way. I call it social evolution. Every past positive and negative thought, action and reaction contributes to the person you are today. Life is a university in learning. How else are we to discover our true self? It is worth noting that none of us are perfect. Many of us have had less than stellar childhoods; maybe we had a bad break up last year, a terrible loss or wish we would have said or done different things in retrospect. I think that is pretty normal.

The thing to realize is that every present moment is a new start. We can’t go back in time and change the negative memories, but we can stop them from reoccurring in the present moment. Imagine being the director of a movie; except the movie is your life story.  Maybe this movie starts off a bit negative. You may even feel sorry for the main character. But as a director you can create any ending you like. We all want to feel good after a movie right? The idea is to understand that as directors of our own lives, our past script may have sucked, but you have the power to save this movie from the .99 cent bargain basket at Walmart and make it a blockbuster!

Understand that you are the director, not a victim, and write your very own happy ending. It can be that easy when you stop complicating things and understand that every new moment in life is an opportunity to be happy.

John C. Bader

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fourthgodEspecially in the wake of terrible tragedies, it might be the most asked and even feared question out there… Where do we go when we die? Does our soul and being die with us – a realm of complete unknowing darkness or do we live on in some form? Ultimately, all of us will eventually discover the truth – whether we like it or not. Death is an inescapable milestone in life. This is when we shift from what is known to what we believe and have faith in… Enter religion which for many was built on the backbone of fear of the unknown.

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Christof Koch, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute of Brain Science and Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at California Institute of Technology, argued that the soul dies and everything is lost when human beings lose consciousness. “You lose everything. The world does not exist anymore for you. Your friends don’t exist anymore. You don’t exist. Everything is lost,” he said.

Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, challenged Koch’s view of consciousness. He said that, “if you take these near death experiences at face value, then they suggest that the mind or the consciousness seems to function without the physical body.”

Stuart Hameroff, who proposed the highly controversial Orch-OR (orchestrated objective reduction) theory of consciousness in 1996 along with Roger Penrose, told the Science channel, “I think the quantum approach to consciousness can, in principle, explain why we’re here and what our purpose is, and also the possibility of life after death, reincarnation and persistence of consciousness after our bodies give up.”

Now, these are all scientific views based on research and theory. For this blog, let’s forget about all the religious and dogmatic perspectives that can seem warm and fuzzy but are built completely on blind faith. So, here is the question; do we have any tangible evidence that there is life after death?

Yes….

I researched this concept for the Responsive Universe. The key phrase mentioned by Stuart Hameroff was a “Quatntum” approach to consciousness. When we focus on the “quantum” state of the brain we realize all possibilities exist within a quantum world. Within this grand Universe, all possibilities exist based on the sheer vastness of space and time. Physicists’ have already documented a sub atomic world where energy changes form but cannot be destroyed. This is a sublime world where the act of observing energy in its smallest conceivable form changes the outcome due to the physical act of observation.  Science has already proven that human consciousness is connected to the Universe. Once a connection is made, in theory it is infinite and unending. In one of my most popular blogs, “Can Astrophysics Prove and Afterlife Exists”, I centered on several scientific theories that point to existence in some form or facet after mortal death. From String Theory to Black Holes; from Near Death Experiences to Quantum Physics  there is undeniable evidence that our energy and even consciousness lives on in some form.

The wisdom to be absorbed from this blog post is not to fear death but revel in the love, wisdom and energy that surrounds you now. Find compassion and create positive energy and karma because no one or nothing can take this away from you; even after mortal death. The late Steve Jobs once said, “death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.”

If we can find beauty and love in life, why would it be any different in an afterlife?

John C. Bader

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WHY?

That is a colossal question isn’t it?

Why…

….Such a simple word with such complex trappings. I meditated on the word WHY for over an hour yesterday… WHY?  Why do we live… why do we die? They are pretty important questions and many times we take them for granted. Some might even consider it an intimate or personal question. Not only is the concept of death something many people are uncomfortable talking about it is also considered somewhat private and taboo. As for origin, much like the concept of death and an afterlife, its root or quality is heavily laden with religious dogma. No wonder everyone wants to take a detour away from such questions.

Why?

Birth and Death are part of an adapted cycle of life – an exchange of energy; and we will all experience it eventually. Many of our loved ones and friends have already crossed the threshold of mortality – some too soon. Still, it is something we all cannot and will not escape. Kind of sounds depressing doesn’t it?

For many it is depressing. For many there is this dark cloud of nagging passive dread. Why? When, how and where? Will it hurt? Will my thoughts cease to exist?

Here are some blogger comments when asked if they are afraid to die:

I have no fear of being dead…but I am afraid of suffering… (English girl)

Personally am not looking forward to it, but I know it’s coming a little closer everyday.. (Minon of)

I have a fear of the unknown (PatriotH)

Those who live away from God are afraid of death (Tiger)

BONUS: I’m not afraid of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens (Woody Allen)

That is just a small sampling but from my social experience the driving factor for the nagging dread of death is FEAR. Fear of death is a major component in the pillars of religion; more precisely, the fear of what comes after death. Do we face a black, soundless eternity devoid of all thought and feeling? Religions assure us that there is life after death. For some, life itself is an arduous journey of all work and no play and seeing many loved ones die before you. Believing there is a rebirth or an afterlife of peace and relaxation is a major aspect supporting religious interest. Religions bring many peace of mind that hard work, suffering, and faith are the keys to a heavenly paradise.

But in this day and age – we are a society that sits at the brink of realization; pondering whether religion may just be mythology. That religious dogma may perpetuate this fear. The question becomes: What is fear? Well, there is fight or flight in response to fear and then there is the social/psychosomatic version of fear that is born from the ego. The ego perpetuates a false-self that feeds on fear, anger, addiction,  self-gratification as well as fantasy.  With the treats of heaven and the threats of hell fear is mostly a social learned trait. We were not born to fear and I would imagine there will be no fear after death. So, coupled with ego and the suffering that seems intrinsic to our being – it is no wonder religion was invented. But is it enough to believe in an origin and afterlife on just blind faith?

What if I told you astrophysicists are uncovering some fascinating theories on our origin and afterlife. My next two blog posts will focus on cosmic origin/cessation and our own humanistic origin and cessation based on philosophy and science. This stuff fascinates me and I look forward to sharing some insights from the realm of the Responsive Universe.

John C. Bader

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Yesterday, I discussed how science can actually prove through varying theories that an afterlife is possible.  This is refreshing news for those of us that believe we are part of something magnificent, but are tired of all the religious dogma and social trappings associated with modern theology. From the inspiring research of String Theory and Black Holes, there is strong evidence that consciousness can live on after cessation. This got me thinking about the concept of a soul…

The soul is the principle of life, feeling, action, and thought. Yet there is a lacking quality to the theoretical idea of a soul because it is not dependable. The concept of a soul is similar to True Nature – that constant energy, free of ego and suffering that we can open up to and depend on. Like our True Nature, the soul is often regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, one filled with God and all things positive. The soul and the concept of True Nature parallel each other to a point. From a philosophical point, the idea of a soul does fall short due to the religious trappings associated with it. Souls are an energy source that can be taken from you. As an example, in western religion, the Devil can take your soul and trap you a place called hell. There lies the contradiction with True Nature. True Nature is also an energy force associated with God and Universe but there is no commodity driven element associated to it. Our True Nature is immovable and unaltered by prescribed evil. It has been said that we are actually made up of two beings. One is our mortal shell of flesh and bone. The other is our soul that always exists. The difference is, we feed our souls with positive actions we make daily but that celestial energy can be taken from us. If something as monumental as a soul can be altered, moved or stolen, how are we expected to find solace and peace here in the present and the afterlife? Do we protect and try to defend our souls through blind faith and fear? Fundamentally, we need something more pure and permanent. The edicts and rules that govern organized religion use the quality of a soul as a tool to manipulate people and their belief systems. There is nothing pure about that. In fact it is selling fear to the populace for gain. Something as pure and golden like the concept of a soul should be indestructible and unwavering: True Nature is that force.

Have faith in yourself. Be kind to yourself…Trust in your ability to connect to energy and inspiration that transcends our existence here on Earth. Instead of listening to others, listen to your own inner voice. Settle into the magnificence of all that exists; not just our earthy trappings, but the grand scheme that is the quantum Universe.

John C. Bader

 

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I do not claim to have all the answers to life’s most enduring questions. I do have the freedom to question authority and by asking the questions, maybe the answers will come. I have made space for such quandaries like the ageless question of whether or not there is life after death. Making space for such inquiries allows for clarity to arise from within. There is an innate wisdom that can be found when we settle into the vastness of the mind. Small nudges from our inner-self lead us to life’s most intimate answers.

Still in its infancy, astrophysics is proving that an afterlife can and does exist without the trappings of religion. Thats right, an afterlife proven by science. Lets forget for a moment the most substantial piece of evidence and one of the most important laws in science: Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Thus, in some facet humans, possibly even their consciousness, lives on within the tapestry that is quantum energy, coalescing and regenerating throughout the Cosmos. But is there more?

Have you ever heard of String Theory?

String theory is an active research framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity (the theory of everything). String theory teaches that the electrons and quarks within an atom are not 0-dimensional objects, but rather 1-dimensional oscillating lines or strings, hence the name. These invisible vibrating strings may be infinitely diverse with variables of inestimable value. This would suggest that other cosmic manipulations could exist beyond the edge of our known Universe. Many theoretical physicists including Stephen Hawking believe String Theory is a step towards the correct fundamental description of nature and the Universe. An intriguing feature of String Theory is that it predicts extra dimensions, possibly even alternate Universes. One such theory is the 11-dimensional M-theory, which requires the Universe to have eleven dimensions as opposed to the usual three spatial dimensions and the fourth dimension of time. Other research in String Theory has purported as many as 26 space time dimensions for the Bosonic String explanation. These theories present us with a new picture of the Cosmos. Scientists including Andre Linde and Allan Guth have been studying the concept of “Multiverses” for decades. There are questions abound in regard to the origin of the Big Bang inflation as well as the statistical data that supports the theory that the Universe is expanding even quicker – a possible contradiction to current mass and gravity data. Further mathematical measurements of dark energy are not matching current theoretical equations. The concept of multiple Universes would support the disparities seen within our quantum dominion. Further, such cosmic diversity could result in duplicates of Universes based simply on statistics and probability. String theory is still in its infancy and there are many exciting discoveries still to arise from the world of physics. If modern physics is capable of proving validity to alternate universes could these spatial dimensions be alternate realities or realms of the afterlife? As we continue to uncover the intricacies of the Cosmos, it has become clear that anything is possible because String Theory itself presents a universe of infinite possibilities.

What about Black Holes?

What is based on more substantial scientific evidence are recent discoveries in black holes and their theorized physics. A black hole is a region of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape. For decades it was thought that nothing could survive the plunge into a black hole. It is now a widely held theory that light and energy that is trapped in a black hole can survive. This is important because nothing is more violent and ever changing than the environment that exists at the event horizon of a black hole. Observable matter appears to be stripped down to elementary protons, electrons and neutrons. Much like in death, we return to our source of elementary particles. Still, current physics states in principle, complete information about a physical system at one point in time should determine its state at any other time. This means Quantum mechanics proves that information that is created cannot be destroyed, even during the strenuous gravity and light vacuum characteristics present in a black hole. As stated earlier, energy and thoughts can be considered united and appear to be stable and transferable even when matter changes form. This means our thoughts can in theory live on after death.

Studies in sub atomic particle physics also sheds light on how science can prove an afterlife exists. Scientists from famed universities like Cambridge, Princeton and even the Max Planck Institute have made amazing strides in connecting particle physics to life after death. Recent theories have claimed that humans might exist in a form called “body-soul duality”. This premise exists due to inherent wave/particle duality in subatomic particles that can be viewed in a laboratory setting. A competing theory suggests that particles, like photons and electrons possess the traits of both waves and particles which suggests that information created by conscious thought saves information within our brains and also within a quantum field of energy beyond our bodies. The theory states that though the brain might be dead, the info lives on which supports our discussions above about information surviving a black holes strenuous gravity.

Studies in Near Death Experiences (NDE) and reincarnation help add a humanistic quality to what happens after death. Do we retain our human form or do we return to instinctual energy upon demise? There is this element of fear associated with death that permeates the epoch of mankind. Further, there is this undeniable thirst to know what happens after cessation which has been a major supporting factor in contemporary religion. Still, the concept of God as it relates to the Universe is mind boggling. For many, it is enough to know that modern science proves we live on in some form or facet. The dogma and humanistic trappings of reincarnation, heaven and NDE are promising and heartwarming, but true solace here on Earth can be found by connecting to our True Nature that exists within all sentient beings. As stated, True nature that is that quantum governed energy force that is constant and unwavering. Much like the concept of a soul, our True Nature is an instinctual energy field comprised of waves of subatomic light and matter. So it seems, the best approach to understanding life after death is taking heed to the wisdom of few and then following your True Nature. The answers lie within and once you come to understand that we are simply energy changing form, gone will be any fear of death. You will come to understand we are a part of something magnificent and in some form we will always remain connected and pure like the energy that surrounds us. It is ego and false perception that has bred religion, fear and notions of hell and purgatory. Once you strip away the ego and all that is adulterated and polluted, all that is left is energy – pure and powerful. We come from energy and we will go back to energy.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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