Near Death Experience

Sometimes you must wait for many years to get further hints from the “beyond” after having a particular dream or vision. In 2011 I dreamed a shocking dream of my own death. I was compelled to write and several essays and books followed. Some are listed below. There were mysterious details in the dream that I diligently followed into research and writing, but I felt that there was something I did not yet understand, or perhaps I did not yet know how to live what was given to me. One of these details about my death concerned being brain-dead yet alive in a totally new way and being told that meningitis is next. Although I found rich amplificatory material, there was still something else unfinished. And so I waited…

Tonight (June 2021) I was given further crucial clues, and they were shocking! Anita and I settled down to hear a lecture by Edgar Alexander, a neurosurgeon who had a near death experience after he suffered a virulent form of meningitis that destroyed his neocortex, knocking out all those capacities associated with the neocortex—thinking, words, language perception, past experiences. The neocortex is responsible for much of the detailed consciousness we have as human beings. He was thought to be essentially brain-dead with only vegetative functions remaining. After seven days he “came back” and began a truly remarkable recovery (his destroyed neocortex regenerated!) AND a new set of memories of a very different world which he seeks to describe to anyone who wants to hear him.

In this video talk he displays a statement that floored me:

Meningitis is the ideal model for human death! (at 1hr 10’min ff)

My dream of 2011 rushed back to me. He describes a reality that opened up for him while he was brain dead for seven days. He calls it ultra reality. He no longer believes the materialist view that the brain produces emergent consciousness. Rather, all those brain functions associated with consciousness were killed so that he could be opened to a reality in which a more comprehensive “out of the body” consciousness prevails, which is also love! He now understands that consciousness/love is prior to and creates the material world and he teaches from that unshakeable core. 

I have waited ten years to find a first person narrative that contains so many of the elements of my 2011 dream experience. 

I am filled with wonder. Is there more to come?

If you want to follow this journey a little I suggest you first read my essay, Wounded Being and the End of Organic Life, and then have a listen to his video. You may also enjoy some subsequent essays and books I wrote in my attempt to “catch up” to this mystery as it unfolds in my life. 

Any responses most welcome….

In this intimate and powerful re-examination of his best-selling book “Proof of Heaven,” Dr. Alexander looks at the past two and a half years of his life spent in trying to reconcile his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. He is convinced that his remarkable near-death journey is totally consistent with the leading edges of scientific understanding today. 2014.

FURTHER READINGS

  1. Angel Stories For Our Time
  2. Death Poems
  3. Sage of Underwood