Is there a place where lucid dreams, out-of-body (OBE) experiences and comas, and maybe even life-after-death overlap? Good question!
A lucid dream is a dream in which you wake up in the dream and realize you are awake and dreaming at the same time. An out-of-body experience is said to occur when you become aware that you have consciousness while being somehow separate from your physical body, which is asleep.
Interestingly, a lot people report that their out-of-body experience began in a lucid dream. And there is also an interesting common factor between the OBEs and a coma. It is widely agreed that most OBEs include a brief condition in which your body is frozen and cannot move – sleep paralysis.
Many comas exhibit the same state of physical paralysis. Some physicians believe that a coma is a natural response to injury that allows the body to slow bodily actions and focus on healing. But here is where it gets interesting – some people emerge from a coma and claim they were in an OBE. So here’s the question: Could such a coma be an extended OBEs?
Doctor Mihai Dimancescu, Chairman of the Traumatic Brain Injury Association, says “sleep, and indeed coma, suggest a state of unawareness of one’s surroundings. But while an individual in a coma may be unresponsive, we have no way of determining what they may be aware of.” “While a person in a coma may be totally unaware of his or her state or environment,” he continues, “others may have some, or even full, awareness. Many recovered patients have related events that occurred when everyone believed they were still in a coma.”
Carl Becker, author of “Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death” and Professor at Kyoto University in Japan, has an especially interesting view of OBEs. “OBEs are indeed important phenomena,” he says, “[and] many report their experiences on the battlefield, in automobile accidents, or during surgery, describing OBEs during such events.”
Becker feels this supports the theory of some scholars that life after death may be thought of as a continuing OBE, since OBEs are often reported by those resuscitated from death or coma.
It’s interesting that more and more of today’s high caliber scientists are open to the possibility of other forms of matter and other dimensions. One widely accepted idea is that other spatiotemporal dimensions may exist which may be impervious to detection, but which nevertheless exist and contain ‘universes’ of their own.
And as university philosopher and author George Kneller says, “We probably do have faculties which science has yet to employ, such as the capacity for travel with the ‘astral body’.”
So this brings us back around to the opening question of whether lucid dreams, out-of-body (OBE) experiences and comas might overlap? How would you now answer this? And how would you now rate the importance of lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences. Check this out!
Did you by chance read The Celestine Prophesy?
If so, did you wonder how that book could end up on the NY Times Bestseller list for three years!
WHY did this happen? Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler here. I have spent years teaching mind power and personal growth to people from around the world — and before that I did the same in a clinical environment in California’s Silicon Valley.
And although I have developed many of the best personal development tools on the web, there is something I must still admin: WE LEARN MORE, AND LEARN MORE DEEPLY, FROM STORIES.
Here is a ell-written adventure fable that, Like Celestine Prophesy, will drop personal transformation right into the back of your mind:
Can You Read Minds?
YES, you can — and DO read minds. You already realize you can feel the emotions of others, and also understand their feelings and motives.
In effect, you can actually see things from their unique perspective. But how we do this has long been a subject of intense debate among psychologists and neurologists.
But some scientists now believe we are all read minds, and the evidence is mounting. It all has to do with what scientisit call “mirror neurons.” And yes – you DO have them in YOUR brain!
How You Read Minds
Back in 1996, three neuroscientists were probing the brain of a macaque monkey when they stumbled across a curious cluster of cells in an area of the brain that helps us plan movements.
They found that the cluster of cells fired not only when the monkey performed an action – but also when the monkey saw the same action performed by someone else. The cells responded the same way whether the monkey reached out to grasp a peanut, or merely watched as another monkey or a human grab a peanut. Because the cells reflected what the monkey observed in others, the neuroscientists named them “mirror neurons.”
Later experiments confirmed the existence of mirror neurons in humans … and revealed yet another surprise: In addition to mirroring actions, the cells ALSO mirror sensations and emotions. In effect — they discovered how we read minds.
“With mirror neurons we are practically in another person’s mind,” says Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist that works at the School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vittorio Gallese, a neuroscientist at the University of Parma in Italy and one of original discovers of mirror neurons, has another name for this theory. Gallese calls it the “Vulcan Approach,” in honor of the Star Trek protagonist Spock, who belonged to an alien race called the Vulcans who suppressed their emotions in favor of logic. Spock was often unable to understand the emotions underlying human behavior.
You Are a Natural Mind Reader
All this indicates that we are all natural mind readers. We place ourselves in another person’s “mental shoes,” and use our own mind as a model for theirs.
Gallese contends that when we interact with someone, we do more than just observe the other person’s behavior. He believes we create internal representations of their actions, sensations and emotions within ourselves, as if we are the ones that are moving, sensing and feeling.
“We share with others not only the way they normally act or subjectively experience emotions and sensations, but also the neural circuits enabling those same actions, emotions and sensations: the mirror neuron systems,” Gallese said.
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