PALM BAY, FL–In the preface to The Benefits of Mystical Oneness , I mention taking a “leap of faith” as the first step on the mystical path to enlightenment. This “leap” is where the spiritual seeker stops thinking of herself as a mortal human being, and starts living as if she is an eternal soul.
Once she makes the leap (not just thinking about being a soul, but actually living as if she were one), she–quite simply–loses the fear of death. Without this fear, her spiritual growth accelerates exponentially–and her life changes dramatically.
So how do we do this? How do we convince ourselves that we are a Soul?
You’ve heard and read stories of people who have claimed to have “gone beyond” and returned. Maybe you’ve had some visions yourself. The problem is, most of us aren’t naive–many of us are naturally skeptical. We’ll often dismiss these stories–even our own memories–as fantasy or delusion.
In order to make such a dramatic change to our core identity, what we need is evidence that the Soul is real. Evidence. Verifiable accounts and studies by the scientific community.
Below is but a tiny piece of a massive amount of evidence in support of the human soul. I hope, after reading it, that it helps convince you that we are not merely human beings, but eternal Souls who cannot die. I hope with this evidence, that the jump from the edge of the cliff down into the Abyss–the first step toward Mystical Oneness–becomes just a little bit easier to make.
More below the break (huh?).
To help overcome our “belief” resistance–whether in the reality of an eternal Soul or the quirkiness of quantum physics–we need verifiable evidence. Verifiable in that others can attest to (and agree on) the reported results.
For example, if I told you that I had “died” in a car accident and while dead I saw Jesus and he guided me to a long, dark tunnel, you SHOULD look at my claims with skepticism–simply because no one else at the accident saw Jesus floating there. No one could verify it. On the other hand, if I “died” during surgery and I later related how I had floated above the operating table and saw one of the nurses accidentally cut her finger on a scalpel–and the nurse later VERIFIED this–then you can be pretty sure of the validity of my story.
Verifiable accounts. Those are what convince us of truth.
The following is from a single report, Physically Transcendent Awareness: A Comparison of the Phenomenology of Consciousness Before Birth and After Death, by Jenny Wade, Ph.D.. Not an easy read–but the full text of the report can be found here.
Below, I’ve pulled–and commented on–what I feel are some powerful examples of evidence in the existence of the human Soul.
Much of the material in the report is also found in her book, Changes of Mind, a “map” of the development of human consciousness which, though pretty technical, is very fascinating.
Ms. Wade posits that there are two types of human consciousness. Brain-based consciousness–“normal” awareness which arises from inside the brain, and Transcendent consciousness–awareness that appears to be centered outside of the brain. I don’t believe she ever says that transcendent consciousness is Soul consciousness, but she certainly implies it.
Underlined text is my emphasis, not Ms. Wade’s.
Abstract of Jenny Wade’s report: Physically Transcendent Awareness…
Right from the beginning, she puts it out there…
ABSTRACT: Veridical evidence of a physically transcendent source of consciousness comes from both extremes of the life span when central nervous system functioning is compromised, suggesting that some form of personhood can exist independently of known cellular processes associated with the body.
“some form of personhood can exist independently of known cellular processes associated with the body.” In other words: The Soul.
a physically transcendent source representing individual consciousness predates physical life at the moment of conception and survives it after death, and that its maturity and functioning do not directly reflect the level of central nervous system functioning in the body.
As a Soul, we are mature, conscious beings who exist before our physical bodies are born, and who survive after our physical bodies die.
Prior to Birth
In the beginning of the report, Ms. Wade focuses on infant memories of the birth experience. These are not evidence of a soul so I’ll skip ahead to where she talks about the two consciousnesses (brain-based and transcendent/soul-based) being present even while the fetus is still in the womb…
First, these early impressions seem to involve an out-of-body vantage point. A close examination of published regression transcripts from older subjects reveals evidence of two intermittent streams of awareness, one assuming a vantage point within the uterus, the other one located outside the baby’s body, and apparently outside the mother’s body as well. Switches in vantage point occur in virtually all records. Very young children do not seem bothered by the dual vantage point, but older subjects may express puzzlement even under hypnosis, as these four accounts illustrate.
At times I feel like I’m somewhere in the room witnessing what is going on, and at other times I am the child and seeing it from that point of view… I wonder how come I can see around behind him?
It’s like standing there in the same room. Sometimes I can feel it and sometimes I’m watching.
It’s like flashing both. It’s like I am somebody else looking at what’s happening. Am I making this up? I don’t think I am, but I hesitate to say what I’m actually seeing.
I keep looking through the nursery window. It’s weird. I can’t be on both sides of the window? I’m looking at the baby; it’s me. (Chamberlain, 1988a, pp. 187-188)
Memories of conception (no brain, no body, just two cells coming together):
Regression subjects, however, have accurately reported incidents long before any significant brain development had occurred, in some cases before the embryonic body was even formed…
Ingrid remembered her mother and father making love on a couch in Germany, before they were married. The doorbell rang to announce that Grandmother and Aunt had come back from shopping when they weren’t supposed to. The encounter sent shockwaves through all present. Ingrid says, “Mother was beside herself. She knew she got pregnant. She was ashamed. She didn’t want to do it in the first place.” (Chamberlain, 1990, p. 181)
Memories seen from outside the body while a fetus in the womb:
Evidence strongly suggestive of a physically transcendent or extrasensory source of perception comes from veridical visual images impossible to obtain from inside the womb. Detailed visual descriptions demonstrate an out-of-body vantage point from which the fetus can see things their eyes could not see from inside the mother’s body. Moreover, fetal eyes are not fully functional, as the eyelids are fused until the 26th week (Chamberlain, 1994).
Mother is sitting on a couch knitting something. Daddy comes in and is asking why she is knitting something for a girl. Mother says, “It’s a girl. I know it’s a girl. It has to be a girl.” She has on a green plaid dress. I can’t see any other color. I think it is dark.”
[The mother] exclaimed, “I had a green and black plaid dress on and I can remember when that was! I had just begun feeling Debbie kicking. It was in April. I gave that dress away right after my pregnancy. I would have been almost five months along.” (Cheek, 1986, pp. 106-107)
My client Loretta, while still in the womb, remembered her mother standing on the deck of a boat, holding tightly to a railing, tense, and trying to steady herself. “She’s looking at an island. There are other people looking over the water, listening to someone tell them where they are going, explaining to them about the island. My father is standing by my mother, worried about her. He wants to know if she is all right. The rocking of the boat is making her sick. She sat down and is rubbing her stomach.”
Loretta’s mother and father were surprised to hear this story coming out of the third trimester of pregnancy. They said she had correctly reported their outing on a sightseeing boat but said they had never told her about it. (Chamberlain, 1990, pp. 178)
In one study, 89% of 750 people regressed to the fetal stage reported a detached, out of the fetal body viewpoint–a soul-like identity–not of the fetus, but somehow “bonded” to the fetus. Now these may not all be verifiable, but we are talking about nearly 9 out of 10 subjects reporting this unusual phenomenon. Eighty-nine percent.
Deborah’s identification of herself as a mind-—and all the direct records showing two intermittent sources of consciousness-—are corroborated by the independent research of Helen Wambach (1981). She regressed more than 750 people and then had them describe their experience of fetal life. Eighty-nine percent of her subjects reported having two separate, simultaneous sources of awareness. They did not identify with the growing fetus or its stream of consciousness, although they accepted that the fetus was “theirs.” Instead, they identified themselves with a nonphysical source of consciousness, and tended not to become involved with “their fetus” until six months after conception. In fact many were extremely reluctant to join “their consciousness” with the fetus. Wambach’s subjects characterized themselves as disembodied minds hovering around the fetus and mother, being “in and out” of the fetus and having a telepathic knowledge of the mother’s emotions throughout pregnancy and birth.
Ms. Wade summarizes her findings on the traits of the “transcendent consciousness” (Soul prior to birth):
Taking all the data together, the phenomenology of the nonphysical source of prenatal consciousness includes the following characteristics. The attitude toward life seems to be that it is necessary but unpleasant, and that there is an obligation to be born incarnate. Self boundaries are real, but not physical except as related to the fetal body. The transcendental self has no body but is spatially located in, and limited to, an area around the mother’s body; it includes the fetal body, brain, and emerging consciousness, though this is sometimes viewed as an alien or shadow part of the self.
To summarize the prenatal data, the regression research suggests that a transcendent source of consciousness exists before birth. While the brain lacks measurable coordinated activity until the third trimester, the transcendent source with its mature, unchanging awareness may be present even before conception. It seems to be spatially and temporally limited to an area immediately around the fetal body or the mother from conception up to an extreme limit of two days after birth. At some point during the pregnancy or perinatal period, the transcendent source becomes “stuck” to its body with less freedom to dissociate its quasi-independent selfhood from that of the fetus. For the majority of people, this joining coincides with the period when measurable brain wave activity commences. The fact that neonates exhibit great alertness for the first few hours after birth, in contrast to the vague, dreamy state that characterizes the first few weeks of life, suggests that perinatal consciousness, as narrowly defined here, may represent a unique phenomenon when the transcendent source is still relatively accessible (Wade, 1996).
On comparing the traits and experiences of this “transcendent consciousness” before life and after death, Ms. Wade once again clarifies that she only uses verifiable data:
As mentioned earlier, the only portion of the near-death records treated in this paper concerns evidence of physically transcendent experiences in the familiar reality that can be independently verified by third parties.
Here she relates a case of the Soul following along with the body while it is being transported to the hospital.
To illustrate a case of immediate proximity even when the body was moved, an 8-year-old boy fell from a bridge, hitting his head on a rock in the water below (Morse and Perry, 1990). He had stopped breathing and was without a pulse when a police officer pulled him from the deep water where he had been submerged for at least five minutes. The policeman, who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 30 minutes until a hospital helicopter arrived, declared the boy dead at the scene. The boy was resuscitated at the hospital, however, but did not regain consciousness until two days later. He then proceeded to recount in detail the rescue effort, naming the police officer who rescued him, stating how long it took for the helicopter to arrive, and describing the resuscitation procedures performed. The boy said he had watched all these events from outside his body.
On being able to travel about and listen in on conversations while the body is dead:
…one amusing case comes from a woman whose source of awareness left the room where her body was being resuscitated to observe her brother-in-law in the hospital lobby talking to a business acquaintance he had met there by chance (Moody and Perry, 1988).
“Well, I was going out of town on a business trip,” said the brother-in-law. “But it looks like June is going to kick the bucket, so I better stay around and be a pallbearer.”A few days later when she was recovering, the brother-in-law came to visit. She told him that she was in the room as he spoke to his friend, and erased any doubt by saying, “Next time I die, you go off on your business trip because I’ll be just fine.” (Moody and Perry, 1988, p. 19)
About how clear (hyperlucidity) both vision and thought are while disincarnate (both prior to birth and after death):
Mentation is alert, and perception vivid, combining to form a hyperlucidity (Moody, 1975, 1977; Ring, 1980, 1984). The deceased exhibit the same detailed and accurate perceptions as do prenatal subjects, similarly verified by family members, rescue workers, on-lookers, and medical personnel. The near-death literature abounds with veridical accounts in which subjects accurately describe complicated and, often from their view, incomprehensible resuscitation procedures (Morse and Perry, 1990).
About how the senses are functioning (as a Soul) even if the body’s senses have been physically damaged or destroyed:
As illustrated by this account, extrasensory perceptions are present in after-death narratives, just as they are in prenatal accounts. Sabom (1982) reported the case of a soldier who had been severely injured by an explosion. The blast burned his eyes, blinding him for weeks, yet this man described detailed visual images of the battlefield and the operating table, and later identified the surgeon’s voice from having heard it during surgery, although both his eardrums had been perforated by the explosion. Such accounts clearly defy traditional physical explanations.
Verifiable reports. Not hallucinations:
These verified reports are not hallucinations. To cite one more example of verified remote viewing, in two independent cases at different locations, survivors found their consciousness had drifted up to the roof tops of the hospitals where their bodies were being resuscitated (Ring and Lawrence, 1993). And, in as odd a coincidence as imaginable, both people just happened to see abandoned shoes on those roofs. Their detailed descriptions of the shoes and their locations were independently verified by people who had to climb out onto the roofs because the shoes were not otherwise visible.
All of this from one report. Incident after verifiable incident of the reality of the human soul.
Need more? Here are a slew of reports just like this one.
So I ask you, do you believe you are a mere mortal being with only a few years left to live… or an eternal Soul with a few thousand lifetimes still awaiting you?
Are you ready to jump into the Abyss? Are you ready to take that first step?
You were alive before you were born. You will be alive after your body dies.
Close your eyes, hold your breath and jump.
It will change your life.
(Also see: More Evidence of the Soul)
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