Do We Survive Death? Evidence.

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Jun 072018
 

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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 .

“Enlightenment:”  The Absolute Peak of Possibilities or Many Magnificent Peaks?

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May 282018
 

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I’ve been so busy writing lately, I feel like I’m letting readers down on this blog, so let me share some thoughts about “enlightenment” I’ve been having.*

*             Note: I should remind old readers and newer ones that a lot of the words we have to use to try to talk about the mind are difficult to clearly define and used in different ways by different writers, so I put such words in quotation marks when I first use them.  We use the rough, ordinary meaning in general, but someday, hopefully, we can speak a lot more clearly.

Recently an esteemed colleague, Stephan Schwartz, renaissance scholar and parapsychologist, responded to someone’s relatively abstract and traditional ideas about enlightenment on a parapsychology discussion list we belong to.  He began with

>I have known four people in my life whom I thought had a measure of enlightenment,<

This meshed with my own thinking and studies of consciousness, and I wanted to reinforce his using a term like a measure of enlightenment.  As a transpersonal psychologist (but certainly not as someone who is “enlightened”), I’ve read and studied many traditions and teachings about what enlightenment is, and there’s a lot of variation.

Some traditions use enlightenment in what we could call an absolute sense, that (a) there’s some particular “state” of being/consciousness that is the highest possible condition that a human can attain, (b) it is permanent, and (c) because it transcends all the particulars of various cultures, it’s qualities are universal.  In some sense it doesn’t matter whether you live now, in the 1400 ADs, in the 500 BCs, as an Indian, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Tlingit shaman, etc.  At a deep and profound level, enlightened people are all the same.  Cultural background will still show, such as in the language you, as an enlightened person speak, myths you draw on to teach in a particular culture, etc., but you’ve reached the Absolute Peak of Possibilities.  A frequent analogy used in what we might call the all-or-none approach is that there are many paths up the mountain of spiritual growth, but once you reach the peak, you’re there, it doesn’t matter how you got there.  Lesser spiritual accomplishments may be recognized in the path, but full enlightenment is all-or-none.

My best formulation to date, to continue with that analogy, is that there are several mountains, several peaks, several kinds of huge accomplishments all called enlightenment.  And it’s hard for those of us down in the swampy valleys of unenlightened delusion and suffering to notice, much less really understand, the differences.  But insofar as the field of transpersonal psychology tries to study and understand the higher reaches of human nature, we need to distinguish these.  Different methods may lead to different peaks.  A training method that is excellent for climbing to one kind of peak, e.g., may take you in circles instead of the climbing it could facilitate on another mountain.  And as to whether some of those enlightenment peaks are “higher” than others…  I don’t think we have enough knowledge yet to clearly differentiate these varying forms of enlightenment.

For a person who has started out with much suffering in life, of course, and often invested enormous effort and suffering in trying to attain what they and their local spiritual establishment thinks is enlightenment, the experience they have or the “place” they climb to can feel like a wonderful state, and be considered an all-or-none attainment.  Part of this feeling would be based on the fact that it is truly incredible and wonderful to have attained this kind of enlightenment!  Part of it may be a kind of contrast effect.  In my normal state, e.g., I usually believe there must be much better ways to think, feel, perceive, love, etc. than what I do, and I seek “spiritual growth.”  When I’ve been ill for a few days with the flu, by contrast, the first day I wake up and I’m well…Wow!  I can think so clearly, I can act, nothing hurts, I feel so good, what a wonderful state of consciousness I’m in!  Then I quickly adapt back to my usual baseline…

So when Schwartz speaks of

>a measure of enlightenment,<

I think he’s being quite accurate.  Not something absolute, but occurring to various measures, various degrees.

He goes on to elaborate,

>In all four cases what made them stand out, made me think of them in that way, was the nature of their beingness, their character, their presence….(snip)…Religion was cultural, but not the right frame of reference in which to see these people. They each had a measurable effect on the reality around them. Headaches would go away, flowers in bud would bloom. One felt better being near them.  It was easier to make the life-affirming choice with them around.  They were also recognized for this special beingness by the others in their community, people talked about it, only it came out as respect, again not in the context of religion. <

My own hopes and fears, or perhaps my perceptions and biases, run the same way, it’s the actual living style and the way it may affect other people that would lead me to credit someone with spiritual advancement (although I can imagine some enlightened people who have no obvious differences we can perceive).  In the organized spiritual traditions, there tend to be more specific criteria, “If person P has had experience X, then they are enlightened.”  Maybe, but perhaps the effects of experience X wear off after a while.  There have certainly been cases where I think some people were “enlightened” in the sense of having the criterion experience, but over time it faded, or was altered by ordinary human needs.  By that time, though, they may have become overly attached to the status of being considered “enlightened,” they had followers who were attached to their leader’s enlightenment, so the leader then acted like he or she was still in that special state.  With mixed effects, perhaps continuing to inspire some people in a useful way, perhaps building a house of cards in other ways leading to great suffering when it collapsed…

Some spiritual systems would say the only thing important about enlightenment is to attain it, everything else you do is a waste of time.  I’m not so sure of that, and think enlightenment is important enough to try to study and understand from many perspectives, including parapsychogical ones.  It may be related to psi manifestations, for example.  Indeed in some systems, an enlightened person is expected to prove they are enlightened by producing “miracles,” some of which may be considered as various kinds of psi phenomena.  In Roman Catholicism, e.g., a person being considered for canonization must have produced one of more miracles in his or her life, as well as acting and teaching in ways which are consistent with Church doctrine.  And two miracles must be associated with the perspective saint after his or her death, when a Catholic has prayed to him or her.  That requirement of miracles makes things very tricky, but we won’t go off on that now.

So there’s something, or perhaps somethings, out in the far reaches of the mind, what I’m vaguely calling “enlightenment” here, that can be incredibly powerful in its effects on people so it can’t be ignored.  But let’s be cautious in what we think we know about it.  Perhaps we should generally use the term “relative enlightenment,” rather than the unqualified “enlightenment,” to remind us of these considerations.

I will also note that it’s quite possible that, to a genuinely enlightened person (whatever that means), what I’ve written here may well be proof that I’m really confused and unenlightened on this subject… but I mean well…  Remembering to be careful not to be too carried away by my own thinking is an important part of my spiritual path…

 

Artwork by John Forrest Bamberger, Magnified Stream and Transferring Into Enlightenment

 

 

 

 

Somavedic Medic Uran review – negating geopathogenic zones

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May 042018
 

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The problem of geopathogenic zones

Many years ago I wrote here about Geopathogenic zones (also called geopathic zones or Ley lines). Somavedic medic devices are here to help.

These harmful zones are small areas that can negatively affect people’s health if a person stays in them for prolonged periods of time (such as the bed or /the workplace).

How to negate geopathogenic zones

I was also looking for solutions to negate their harmful effects, if possible. There aren’t many available. Some or all of the products that I had tried don’t exist anymore.

Recently I was sent a review unit of a new product (for me), from a series of products called Somavedic. Specifically, I was sent the Somavedic Medic Uran. What struck me interesting about it is that it comes with a list of tests and certificates that demonstrate an effect on the environment. I will link to them below.

Somavedic Medic Uran review

The Somavedic series of products all look similar but claim different levels or areas of effects. These devices are “based on 15 years of experience in the field of alternative medicine – Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, …and related areas, and of course based on scientific knowledge in the field of frequency therapy – effects of specific ‘vibrations’ on the environment and the human body.”

The devices contain semi-precious and precious stones in a specific configuration that creates the desired effects of the devices. They need to be connected to electricity but use very little of it (less than 1kWh per month).

The Medic Uran is a beautiful green-coloured device about 20cm in diameter. When connected, the blue LEDs inside glow and it creates a nice ambient light that looks beautiful in a room.

It was pretty impossible for me to test the functionality of the device since I’m not sensitive to the effects of electrosmog – electromagnetic radiation in the homes from cellular, WiFi etc. I also didn’t have the device long enough to test some of its effects, since the claim of the product is that some beneficial aspects (including an effect on geopathogenic zones) may take up to 3 months to get into full effect.

Scientific tests of Somavedic devices

Their website lists a lot of positive reviews and I have copies of some of the reports to download. Some were done by measuring heart rates (Download PDF 2MB) or blood samples (Download PDF 500KB) on groups of people who have used the device and who did not.

Other tests were performed by measuring the effect of the device on magnetic fields near it (Download PDF 500KB). The Uran (as well as the more focused device, Somavedic Atlantic, should positively affect water structure, which should have positive health effects (Download PDF 2MB). There have been studies linking the effects of consciousness on water.

Somavedic customer testimonials

Here are some testimonials that I’ve collected about the product from their informational web site.

We bought it when my partner started doing chemotherapy and to guarantee early recovery we tried to get help also from green foods, homeopathy and Somavedic.
I must say through autumn, winter and spring we haven’t been ill at all. Everyone around were taking antibiotics, flu and angina was raging and we were completely healthy (even despite the fact that a body is very susceptible to illnesses after chemotherapy)…
And flowers? Those are blooming like crazy. Even those which haven’t been blooming for years are blooming now.

Another testimonial, from Japan, includes the following:

  1. My husband and I rarely feel tired.
  2. The quality of sleep becomes better.
  3. Water tastes better.

Here’s another excerpt, about the “Uran” model:

After its activation I felt the change practically immediately – the atmosphere thinned, it wasn’t so “dense”, I felt relief. The omnipresent pressure, which you get used to not to perceive, but still you subconsciously get irritated by it (when you have energy for it), or exhausted by it (when you have no energy to resist it) eased up significantly. My husband is not so sensitive to these things, but after two days even he said he was calmer and in a better mood.
I even noticed those symptoms – we slept less, we were waking up during night prematurely rested, even long-time old leg injury came up again, which inhibited me to step on that leg for a couple of hours. But I was aware it was a part of process of cleaning the cellular memory, so I didn’t mind.

There are many more testimonials on their website, some are quite long.

Summary

If you’re looking for a solution to one of the following: negating geopathogenic zones, negating effects of electrosmog, improving quality of water, general wellbeing, take a look at these Somavedic devices.

Final notes

The links to the Somavedic store from this article are affiliate links, and we might get some kick-back if you buy one, which will help to run this site.

That being said, my goal was to write a balanced review, based on the information provided by the company, on the Internet and whatever I could gather personally from having the device for a review period.


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