Do We Survive Death? Evidence.

In April, 2018, I gave a talk on the evidence for some kind of postmortem survival of consciousness for Ashby Village, an East Bay organization that is part of a nationwide trend to help elders live out their lives in their homes.  It’s rewarding to meet regularly with people who may be classified as “elders,” but who are sharing and helping one another, not sitting around complaining about this that and the other…

Pine Needle World
-John Bamberger-

I became aware of the evidence for some sort of survival of mind while I was still a teenager, part of my extensive reading trying to reconcile the best of science and the best of religion, but it was largely a theoretical and intellectual interest.  I intellectually knew that it would become a more interesting subject to me when I got a lot older, and that came true.  So I figured the members of Ashby Village would be interested in what I’d learned…and they were.

The lighting wasn’t as good on the video as I would have liked, and keeping it down to an hour kept me from going into the kind of detail about evidence that I like to think about, but it’s a useful introduction.  I don’t know one way or the other if we survive, but there’s certainly some interesting evidence pointing toward some kind of survival.  In a rational world, I think there would be a lot of research on it, instead of people just believing or disbelieving, but, as we all know, the world isn’t too rational.  And there’s lots of room for intelligent faith and hope…

You can see the video at https://youtu.be/xuQiWv-a2L0 .

2 comments

  1. I had spontaneous mystical experiences of Reality (MER) from the age of about 15 to late thirties. Fuller details appear in mysticexperiences.net. Your essay prompted me to draft the following comments intended eventually as a post to my blog. It’s not about NDE’s but a general comment on the mistaken approach by scientists, philosophers and academics to real mystical experiences (if this includes NDE’s). I’m not suggesting I’m right, just reporting on what my multiple experiences taught me. I hope this is helpful:

    human foraging around the question of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) is understandable, given human curiosity about itself. But scientific, academic and philosophical debate is currently impeded by a basically wrong assumption, ie:

    That MER comes to humans.

    It doesn’t. MER does the opposite, ie:

    MER awakens, draws the whole of existence, including humans to Itself, into Ultimate Reality. Humans who experience MER find no part of themselves where they are taken. There is no evidence of any human existence whatsoever in MER, if my experiences of MER are anything to go by. To insist otherwise is to risk mythomanising MER and Ultimate Reality to the status of religious lucky charms … Humanity is not the ‘be all and all of everything’.

    Despite humanity’s self obsession and limited single minded human approach to everything, MER does not exist to make better human beings, though we can hope that becoming ‘better’ is a natural consequence, an axiomatic, automatic, result of experiencing MER. (Why? – because the experiential evidence of MER is that it is profoundly benign. Its essence is total love, acceptance. Its grace is boundless, permanent. But this applies to the entire creation, not just humans).

    Reality does not meddle in human affairs. It exists to
    absorb us and everything else into Itself, into Ultimate Existence, where human preoccupations are irrelevant.

    Mystic experiences 2018

  2. The Ashby Village talk is excellent. It occurs to me that if there ever develops a more accepting attitude toward these ‘transpersonal’ experiences, we will be able to learn more from the children who are talented in sensing and experiencing phenomena that are unusual to our more socially conditioned minds. I was very interested in the comments at the end of the video — I’m an American living in the west of Ireland, where commonly if you want to drill a well you call in a dowser to figure out where to put it. It is said that the ‘earth energy’ is very strong here. It’s as they might say here, subtle enough, but one can observe people here interacting with ‘the invisible’ just in the course of their daily lives — for instance, I live in a valley where cellphone signals are very tricky, and coverage varies in weird ways (I guess it probably does everywhere, but you wouldn’t notice that unless you were in a place like this one, where coverage comes and goes a lot.). If I want to send a text message I sometimes have to wander around the house hoping to get a signal, or walk out into the garden and do the same kind of wandering. But I have noticed that people who come here to do work on the house very often, when they want to make a phone call instead of asking to use the land line will just move a few feet one way or another (and it varies, as I said; the coverage seems to change as if it were blowing in gentle winds hither and thither), and simply punch in the number on their cellphone, get connected and have a complete conversation. (Since observing this I’ve tried to do the same thing, with so far unremarkable results.) That’s a phone signal, which is something measurable, but it’s not an enormous leap to think that other kinds of reception can also be enhanced in an environment like this one. And when the culture accepts that, there is less of a fuss when it happens.

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