Archive for September, 2008

World’s largest-ever study of Near-Death Experiences

Posted by Pelgrim on 22nd September 2008

News release
World’s largest-ever study of Near-Death Experiences
Ref: 08/165

10 September 2008

The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton – an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death.

The study is led by Dr Sam Parnia, an expert in the field of consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton. Following a successful 18-month pilot phase at selected hospitals in the UK, the study is now being expanded to include other centres within the UK, mainland Europe and North America.

“Contrary to popular perception,” Dr Parnia explains, “death is not a specific moment. It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working and the brain ceases functioning – a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death.

“During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process. What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process.”

A number of recent scientific studies carried out by independent researchers have demonstrated that 10-20 per cent of people who go through cardiac arrest and clinical death report lucid, well structured thought processes, reasoning, memories and sometimes detailed recall of events during their encounter with death.

During the AWARE study, doctors will use sophisticated technology to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will test the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ during cardiac arrest.

The AWARE study will be complemented by the BRAIN-1 (Brain Resuscitation Advancement International Network - 1) study, in which the research team will conduct a variety of physiological tests in cardiac arrest patients, as well as cerebral monitoring techniques that aim to identify methods to improve the medical and psychological care of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest.

University of Southampton

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Posted by Pelgrim on 17th September 2008

Prov 27 19 As the face of water to face, so the heart of man to man.

as water reflects a face, so one’s heart is reflected by the other

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Michelangelo - reflections

Posted by Pelgrim on 9th September 2008

I read in the past about a letter of Michelangelo in which he tried to describe to one of his supporters the immanent nature of God in creation by the following analogy:

Place a candle between two mirrors, how many reflections do you see?

I am still looking for the original source of that analogy. Help is appreciated.

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do not say ‘water-water’

Posted by Pelgrim on 8th September 2008

The Talmud tells of four sages who entered the “Pardes,” the mystical orchard of spiritual elevation reached only through intense meditation and Kabbalistic contemplations. The greatest of the four, Rabbi Akiva, said to the others before entering, “When you come to the place of pure marble stone, do not say ‘water-water’, for it is said, ‘He who speaks lies shall not stand before my eyes.’” The Ari z”l explains that the place of “pure marble stone” is where the higher and the lower waters unite. Here one must not call out ‘water-water,’ as if to divide the higher and lower waters. “The place of pure marble stone” is the place of truth–the Divine power to bear two opposites simultaneously; in the words of Rabbi Shalom ben Adret: “the paradox of paradoxes.” Here “the exaltation of God” and His “closeness” to man unite with the “lowliness of man” and his “distance” from God.


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Wholeness and the Implicate Order

Posted by Pelgrim on 6th September 2008

Wholeness and the Implicate Order:

In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the “explicate” or “unfolded” order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders (Bohm, 1980, p. xv).
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the matrix of all matter

Posted by Pelgrim on 6th September 2008

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force…
We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind.
This Mind is the matrix of all matter.

Max Planck, physicist
considered to be the founder of quantum theory

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