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Joe Delsen


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What do you think about NDE's (near death experiences)? Is it a phenomenon that can possibly help transform our world?

It seems that the research on NDE's can give us a peek into life after death, or consciousness after physical death and it's happening in all cultures. (iands.org)

This may have the potential to let all people see the underlying unity of our faiths and convictions, agree more clearly on our mutual interests of basic rights and earth sustainability, and take more actions or involve more people to transform our world.

http://bit.ly/NdeWiki, http://bit.ly/NdeChar , http://bit.ly/NDEresearch

Related conversation - http://www.ted.com/conversations/2306/what_3_things_did_you_learn_wh.html


Closing Statement from Joe Delsen

Thank you fellow TEDsters for your great contribution specially to Colleen Steen who herself had an NDE and now sharing her life-changing experience. NDE as of today is a fringe of science but you can see very interesting research being done as shown by the web links above and our conversations. We can go from Peter Russell's unifying conclusion of science and consciousness to Michio Kaku's 11-dimensional multiverse theory of everything.

The essence of the belief system that I have grown into and the NDE which I would call the"anomaly" of all belief systems (belief systems being only based on "faith") and non-theist convictions (the anomaly of scientific evidence of higher dimensions) has so far shown me our fundamental unity.

This what I call "universal perspective" has given me consistencies and meaning to any TED talk, news or any information that I have encountered so far.

This is the basis of my intuition that we can transform our world, if we all keep an open mind to understand and an open heart to care, and translate all these into concrete actions.

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    Jul 20 2011: Dr. Michio Kaku's work only broadens the spectrum of what we are and where we stand in this cosmological drama series. But how would the actors react when confronted with the notion that there are many other "series" playing continuously and simultaneously? If it is true, then where are they? I cant see them!
    In my Personal perspective, I believe we must first understand what it means to See.
    Sight is one of the most peculiar of senses. For one , we don't fully understand how it works and second, what we do know,about sight,should force us to seek answers where we cannot See.This in conjunction with the "The Observation problem"(clearly proven by schrodinger and his cat), our naturally evolved senses are not up to par with what our brains are looking for.To find the answers I believe we must revisit a dying frontier, our Dreams.
    This is where all conventional theories of consciousness go out the window, for one thing ...your not even conscious. Besdides that, our dreams cannot be explained...In our dreams and (according to reports)in an altered mental states we can see and experience places and things that are clearly out of physical reach of our bodies.Why?How can this happen?According to "law" we can only physically "see" something when light is reflected off of it? right?
    This brings back the same question in an even more worrisome light...What is sight? Do we see what is there or do we manipulate with the very act of observing? and if so , what is it we see in the mirror? Are our experiences restricted to our physical bodies or are experience incarnate? Now Imagine that your not the only one.I am currently developing a theory and maybe you can help.Very recently science has been able to bring quantum physical objects to the visible world. This is a major step forward in find a unifying formula.Along with our obvious manipulation of the atom, we know they are massive sources of energy Look at these two facts as a child would. Everyone is full of great potential.
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      Jul 21 2011: Jonathan, these are great points indeed:

      "what we do know about sight, should force us to seek answers where we cannot See"

      "our naturally evolved senses are not up to par with what our brains are looking for"

      Maybe you have looked also into quantum mind theory and maybe you can also share more of your insights. http://bit.ly/QuantumMindTheory

      Intuitively it seems that our consciousness is connected to a higher dimension or into a higher being we are calling "God". We are also connected with our fellow human beings beyond our physical senses and we do need a constant breakthrough to the invisible prisons we maybe unknowingly imposing upon ourselves and to each other. http://Bit.Ly/KeyPower
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      Jul 21 2011: Jonathan,
      Interesting perspectives:>) What does it mean to see? You say..."according to law (or is it theory, rather than law?) we can only physically "see" something when light is reflected off it"? That is an accepted theory, which apparently has been proven by science......correct? It is not "worrisome" to explore what is beyond scientifically proven information...it's ok Jonathan...trust me:>) I LOVE your questions:>) I also LOVE looking at things with the curiosity of a child:>)

      With the NDE/OBE, I did not "see" with the known physical characteristics of "seeing" as we do in human form. I percieved myself to be a mass of energy, and the "seeing" flowed through me with the "knowing". The only way I can describe it is as ESP/intuition. The "seeing" was expanded to a point that I cannot even begin to explain. There was no time or space limitations, nor was there a limitation regarding what I could "see".

      My experience tells me that our consciousness is indeed connected to a higher dimension, just as we are all energentically connected with each other and everything that is and has ever been.

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