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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?

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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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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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I dedicate this post to a friend on twitter who is dealing with overwhelming anguish from the loss of not one loved one but both her mom and dad… May energy, love and light always burn bright in their memory…

Famous philosopher, Joseph Campbell once said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us”. This statement rings wisdom on many levels. We as humans like to be in control of our destinies. Being that suffering is intrinsic to life; the habit of trying to control our surroundings can in itself cause suffering. North Americans especially have this need or urge to be in control. Here in the west, there is a need for immediate gratification and convenience as well the need to manipulate and manage our surrounding environment. You see it with the pressure to be financially successful and even with the United States government and its sometimes misguided foreign entanglements. Of course not all aspects of control are considered a bad thing, but it does cause problems when life rears unpredictable results like loss. We also attach ourselves to such adornments of love, companionship and communion. Losing something or someone dear to us is exacerbated by attachment and loss of control. Love and friendship connect us in ways that create immense grief when this love and friendship is taken away. We can’t be at fault for loving someone or something – it is human nature. Still, there is a need to let go of the attachments that cause us suffering. Grief is one of those attachments. Being that loss is inherent to life, it is also something we can’t control. When we can’t control something as intricate and amazing as the life of a loved one; there can be this feeling of helplessness that envelops us. Our lives can fill with anxiety and we tend to question the Universe.  Much like earlier blogs in regard to the concept of space as it relates to our mind and the Universe;  we need to make space for loss. We need to be mindful of our thoughts and try not to cling to transient affections when all that is left is memories. Cherish the great memories but let go of the guilt, anger and grief. Letting go does not mean we do not care. Letting go simply means we stop trying to control outcomes that are completely unavoidable. It means to stop doing the impossible by trying to control destiny. Instead, we should focus on what we can control which is ourselves. This is done with love: Love for ourselves and how it relates to our True Nature and love for those here in the now and hereafter.

Personally, recovering from loss caused me to question everything I knew about life, and particularly it caused me to question my faith in God and religion. I could not reconcile how something so beautiful and amazing could be gone. I blamed God. I questioned myself. I questioned God. But on one autumn day when the skies seemed to finally clear and the fog in my mind lifted, I realized that the chaos I felt in my heart was so complex and so visceral because matters of life and death are never simple. Recall the Big Bang theory – the origin of the Cosmos – An unknown phenomenon sparked the imbalance that allowed for the possibility of life on earth. For years, this mystery has spun scientific and philosophical debates on the ultimate paradox of life – from nothing came everything. The fallacy in my thinking was in attempting to find an explanation for why I lost a loved one.  Recovering from grief has shown me that there is no real truth in paradox. Sure, our lives seem governed by them – life and death, night and day, and good and evil – but the real truth of paradoxes is not that they lie at polar opposites, but that they rotate in a seemingly endless cycle of rebirth, seasons and cause and effect – A Mandala….  The truth of life and death for me was that I hurt so badly because I lost a love, but love was the very thing that was going to heal me. Love could make me suffer and soar all in a cycle of loss and gain and immense sadness and joy.

In all this confusion, one thing is certain – circular patterns, not paradoxes, describe and govern our Universe. Love is one of life’s ultimate circular bonds because we are born to love and we return to love when we die. Love can cause us life’s greatest joy and also life’s greatest sorrow. It is our blue skies and also our heart’s most tumultuous storm. Most importantly, love is what will ultimately heal us as we process loss. We will find comfort in our memories of love and of the love we lost. We will find support in the love of those we reach out to. We will find inspiration in the love we have for those still with us. We will honor lost love by loving ourselves and our life enough to let go of attachments that cloud our vision with pain and suffering.

Find love in your memories –not pain.

Celebrate your lost love by celebrating the family you still have – hug them and love them!

Remember that anxiety is only a cloud obscuring the sun which is your True Nature…

Be steadfast, strong and love what you still have. Have faith that love will conquer and fill your heart with energy, light and bliss again – it has to – it is a unwritten law of the Universe!

John C. Bader

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Earlier this week I lost an elderly family member. She died peacefully of natural causes with family by her side. She is in a better place now.

I was on a bike ride this morning and memories of her jumped into my head. I thought back to her spicy southwestern cooking that she was known for and the long life she lived. I hoped her life was good to her. Was she happy, fulfilled and smiling back on her past as she slipped past the threshold of mortality to the sublime?

Only she can answer that I suppose…

Decades ago, I was one of the first grand children in the family and for years I was the center of attention. She used to call me “John John” and even continued to do so in my adult life. My thoughts continued to meander and as I was riding my bike and I could not help to notice the pretty white wild flowers that edged the bike trail under the dawn light. The sun was out and their small intricate flower petals were opening after a nights nap. As I continued to ride my thoughts continued to float like clouds across the blue sky of my mind. I wished her well on her new journey and I thanked her for her inspiration and energy.

As I thanked her and said goodbye, I noticed a small patch of pink flowers within the white wild flowers along the bike path. It was interesting because just as I said thank you to her memories these flowers came into view. I had ridden for miles that morning and only white flowers adorned the trail.  There was a synchronicity to the moment that was surreal. The coincidence of the flowers was one thing. It was the energy and connection to the entire moment that told me deep down these flowers were not a mistake.

It was not as if she was trying to communicate to me – that was not it. It was a responsive quality that transcends my words and simply was the quality of the moment; a shift in energy and perspective that resonated with love and connectivity. I knew she was off on her new journey and everything was fine as it stood in life. She was in a better place and I was in a good place too.

I find it is important to find positivity and closure for the ones we lose. I also think it is important to be mindful of this Responsive Universe that surrounds us. We are a part of something grand that includes the Mandala of life, death and rebirth – energy changing form.

Warm thoughts…

Energy and love…

Reverence …

John C. Bader

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In its simplest form, Mandala means “circle.” It is an ancient Buddhist symbol of inner space where everything is linked as one and from which the Cosmos and all its energy arises. The Mandala includes the journey of birth, life, and death. When words fail to describe a feeling, the essence of the Mandala can illustrate a concept’s nature and wisdom. Mandala’s are intrinsic to our existence: A day evolves into night only to return to day again. Planets rotate and galaxies revolve. From spring comes summer; from fall comes winter; and from life springs death…

Spring 2012

Spring represents birth – regeneration – new life and new beginnings…. We are born from energy and thus an insignificant but most eloquently conscious entity – a intrinsic part of the system that is everything.

                                                                                                        Summer 2011

Summer represents energy, life, karma, love and existence. We are now aware of our connection to the Universe. We may not understand it, but we know through space, clarity and responsiveness that we are connected to a vast and sophisticated Cosmos.

                                                                                                               Fall 2011

Fall represents beauty and wisdom, knowledge and compassion. We are here in this world as both learners and teachers. We need to be able to look in retrospect from the autumn of our lives and smile back on summer and spring. We need to be happy and satiated, alive and well…

                                                                                                    Winter 2011/2012

Winter represents an exchange in energy – from life births death… Winter may be the most alluring of the seasons – Death maybe one of the most sublime beauties yet to be discovered. Understanding the evolution of a Mandala shows us that where there is life there is death and then life again – a revolving vortex of energy where matter is not destroyed – it only changes form… From this wisdom comes an unadulterated vision of not just a mortal world littered with dogma and ego – but a vast and incomprehensible Responsive Universe….

John C. Bader

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Talk about a Responsive Universe – Word Press has been a great outlet for blogging the last 8 months. I have been a long time member of blogspot.com but I do not get half the traffic, comments or exposure over there across town. Speaking of activity, there is one unique blog entry that I posted on November 30th, 2011 that seems to continue to enjoy amazing interest and traffic. It was titled “Can astrophysics prove that an afterlife exists?” Even 4 months later, this one post seems to draw more traffic than all other past posts combined in my statistics. It is clear I hit an emotional chord on this subject.

Well, don’t worry; I dedicated two full chapters to such discussions in my latest book, The Responsive Universe – due to see book shelves later this summer.  Still, what an amazing show of interest and support for a rather controversial topic: The Afterlife.  For centuries humans have left such dogma and trappings to the religious elite.  Yet, many of us see fundamental problems with religion and how it has managed and even mislead the masses the last few thousand years.  Let’s just say, it has not been a perfect ride across crusades, religious persecution and learned faith. It was only in the 1980s that Pope John Paul finally conceded a 350 year wrong in admonishing Galileo from his theories about Heliocentricity. With such archaic response, I think there are more people out there than just me who are not feeling warm and snuggly with church doctrine as it relates to heaven and the afterlife. I personally need something more concrete and that is why while researching my book, I turned to science – most notably, astrophysics.

There are now several strong theories within science that lead us to the possibility of an afterlife not based on God or blind faith, but unadulterated, unfettered science. Research in Near Death Experience, Black Holes and String Theory are just some of the contributing evidence that is out there that supports an afterlife. The same equations and musings Einstein pondered could later be the key to an afterlife. Remember, basic physics says this: Energy cannot be created or destroyed – it simply changes form. That in itself denotes existence in some form after mortal death. As science and evolution continues to progress, mankind will continue to see the intrinsic connections and vibrations that  make us whole – that unite us with the mysterious and unimaginable workings of a Responsive Universe.

John C. Bader

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As humans born into a social world of triumphs and tragedies, love and loss, we will face a myriad of challenges in life – nothing is seems is more difficult than the loss of a love one.

Joseph Campbell once said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us”. This statement rings wisdom on many levels. We as humans like to be in control of our destinies. Being that suffering is intrinsic to life; the habit of trying to control our surroundings can in itself cause suffering. Americans especially have this need or urge to be in control. Here in the west, there is a need for immediate gratification and convenience as well the need to manipulate and manage our surrounding environment. You see it with the pressure to be financially successful and even with the United States government and its sometimes misguided foreign entanglements. Of course not all aspects of control are considered a bad thing, but it does cause problems when life rears unpredictable results like loss. We also attach ourselves to such adornments of love, companionship and communion. Losing something or someone dear to us is exacerbated by attachment and loss of control. Love and friendship connects us in ways that create immense grief when this love and friendship is taken away. We can’t be at fault for loving someone or something – it is human nature. Still, there is a need to let go of the attachments that cause us suffering. Grief is one of those attachments. Being that loss is inherent to life, it is also something we can’t control. When we can’t control something as intricate and amazing as the life of a love one; there can be this feeling of helplessness that envelopes us. Much like earlier blogs in regard to the concept of space as it relates to our mind and the universe, we need to make space for loss. We need to not cling to transient affections when all that is left is memories. Cherish the great memories but let go of the guilt, anger and grief. Letting go does not mean we do not care. Letting go simply means we stop trying to control outcomes that are completely unavoidable. It means to stop doing the impossible by trying to control destiny. Instead, we should focus on what we can control which is ourselves. This is done with love: Love for ourselves and how it relates to our True Nature and love for those here in the now and hereafter.

John C. Bader

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I tweeted this quote yesterday from the recently deceased Steve Jobs: “Death is very likely the single best invention in life”. I found this quote in the editorial section of USA Today. I believe it is from a Stanford University graduation ceremony speech a few years ago. It was not the wisdom of his words that inspired me to share his quote. After further scrutiny, I really think it was his courage and guts that really impressed me. When I hear these words echo across the vast space of my mind, I see a man who faced a grim diagnosis of cancer but looked death in the eye with no fear. It may be no surprise to some that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. His moral ethics and belief systems were not governed by fears of Hell or other religious dogma. He knew the world as a vibrant place full of energy and opportunity. He knew that if we gave to the Universe, we would receive something back in return. The success of Apple is certainly proof of that. Still Steve Jobs was not afraid to fail. Further, he did not place blame on the world for his unfortunate disease that took his life last week. He understood it for what it was and was accepting to his future destiny.

I dug a little deeper and found this excerpt from that Stanford graduation speech:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet 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. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Wow!

I am speechless… I think we could all learn a little something from how Steve Jobs carried himself in life, especially when he had the shadow of death glaring over him. You will be missed Steve Jobs.

John C. Bader

 

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