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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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    Aug 15 2011: I have two indirect experiences to relate.

    When my brother passed away, though separated by several thousand miles, my wife woke up from a dream seeing a person she recognized as my brother looking down on us. When my father passed away, coincident to the time of death in the night, my aunt had a dream of my father laying a table for a meal for her.

    Perhaps just coincidence or interpolation of memory after the event - it is not objective or even direct to my personal experience. I can understand how some might dismiss this anecdote. Nevertheless, I have no reason to believe either my wife and aunt made up the stories. That they claim to specifically have dreamed of my brother and dad, at a time near to their deaths, is hard to reconcile to conventional psychological explanation.

    Perhaps it is possible to relate to an NDE phenomenon: if NDE are genuine evidence of non-local consciousness being released at, or near, to the time of death - then I suppose this might be related to my families experience.

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