(Illustrated by P. H. Delamotte & J. S. Heaviside)
I remember a vivid dream I had when I was about eight or nine years old, that I’ve managed to remember for all these years. I was wandering through a hospital, I felt drawn to a location, almost like I wasn’t in control of where I was going. Eventually I was standing at the end of a bed where an old man lie. He seemed to be the only person who noticed my presence. He looked at me with a stunned expression, for a moment, until nurses began gathering around him, placing an oxygen mask over his face. I tried to wake up, and I did, but not before seeing the old man die.
Naturally, at the time I was upset, I thought it was some sort of omen about one of my grandfathers. It wasn’t until years later when I was speaking about it with my great grandmother, she suggested that perhaps the old man was me. That I was somehow consoling my future self during my own death. It was an interesting thought, from a woman who after passing away herself, has since visited many of my family members in their dreams. The most notable, successfully leading my uncle (in a dream) to something valuable that was lost (then recovered due to her “advice”). The experience was so very compelling for him that vast sums of money were spent to regain possession of her estate to abide with her dying wish, that the land would always belong to her family.
Dreams are incredibly curious things. Revered in many cultures, as a means to learning secret knowledge, foretelling the future, communing with the gods, the deceased and a myriad of other “beings”. Though she was religious and a highly superstitious woman, my great grandmother in life and death, was secretly, what she would describe as one of the “dream walkers”.
Though she suffered with agoraphobia for almost the entirety of her century life-span, never leaving the confines of her home, she always managed to surprise people by knowing unusual details about things that were going on in their lives. Unfortunately, during the brief time I knew her, I was far too young and bull-headed to properly appreciate what she was talking about. I do however, recall her once mentioning something about stepping through “the dreaming door”.
To my understanding, to the dream walkers, or those who can master the art of lucid dreaming or what some call “astral projection”: Stepping through the dreaming door, is a means to going anywhere. A journey of consciousness, to anywhere/when in time/space, alternate realities/dimensions. To the highly advanced, they are no longer even bound to one specific place of perceived consciousness, they can be observing vast worlds simultaneously as one singular entity. In a sense, becoming the world they observe.
Even today oneirologists continually study dreams and although there is no proof whatsoever to suggest any human is (or ever has been) capable of anything similar to “thought/soul projection”, there is very little we actually know about why and how we dream. Countless books have been written on the subject, including the interpretation of dreams. Astral projection and lucid dreaming are also aspects of certain religions and cultures around the world.
As for my own dream walking, when I seemingly made my way through the dreaming door, all those years ago, only time will tell if there’s any chance I might see my nine year old self standing at the end of my death bed. Even if I do, is it actually the form of an astral projection, or merely my mind continuing a life long game of strange mental conjurations? Alas, there wouldn’t be any way for me to share the experience and at that stage, I doubt I’d care, even in the slightest.
Maybe in the end, we all step through the dreaming door?
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Fantastically written piece.
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Thanks Mate, I appreciate that. I know you primarily write about the paranormal in regards to life after death, saying this in one of your posts: “To understand consciousness against quantum mechanics is an absolutely fascinating proposal, and it does leave me wondering if consequences of the Orch OR model could ever mean that consciousness could in some way outlive a physical death for any suspected amount of time.” So another question to apply to that concept (fictitious or not) would be, does the physical body need to be dead for the transference/displacement of consciousness to occur?
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Thanks so much for your kind post. Please forgive my very busy schedule and my subsequently delayed correspondence.
You raise a marvelous side question concerning consciousness and physical connection. Your question is wonderfully illustrative of why we need to apply logical application to these kinds of questions that we ask about our existence. Inevitably, subsets of questions arise that we have to diagnose and decide if they make sense, or if our current understanding is limited, making them seem to appear nonsensical and futile. In this case of consciousness and physical death, the question has to first be settled on whether neuroscience even allows for the possibility of such a survival (if only temporary).
Therefore, at this point, I have to defer the discussion to gentlemen such as Steven Novella, Sam Parnia, and Stuart Hameroff. I cite these gentlemen specifically because they have been involved in the public discussion. Of course, there are countless other researchers and specialists who are qualified to inject an opinion on the matter. Because I have gotten so far behind in my reading, as of late, it is more responsible of me to reserve my opinion until I have had time to go back and review medical/neuroscientific papers published on death and consciousness, as well as all of the work put forth by Hameroff and Penrose on the proposal of quantum calculation at the microtubule level in the brain. I apologize for my unopinionated response. My current commitments only allow me enough time for very concentrated reading. I very much miss reading across multiple disciplines.
Now, anecdotally, we have certainly heard about the propositions of remote viewing and astral projection. So, there are certainly those who would argue that physical trauma/death is not necessarily the only avenue by which human consciousness can detach from the body. I believe I have one or two followers on my blog now that are sympathetic to psi abilities of the brain. I am not meaning to issue offense by saying that I am not convinced of remote viewing or ESP at this time based on experimental standards. These are other topics to which maybe I can issue a respectful address in a blog entry at some point.
Thanks again for your marvelous post. And, I had enough time to read your Ghost Hunter post. I will try and get back over there so I can give you positive feedback. Nice to read someone who is so engaged in thought. Always great to see someone really thinking about the tough questions.
Take good care,
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