Dec 10, 2019 – Three stars out of five – liked it
When I first encountered this book, I had thought it may be following on from other books examining the relevance of the near-death experience, or as the writer of this book more categorically called it, the death experience. In fact, this is more an interpretation of what these experiences really mean, in the light of recent discoveries of quantum physics (matter, including that table, is not real) and that consciousness appears to influence matter (the wave/particle finding). The experiences described in this book are reinterpreted through this lens. Reference is also made to the 90’s so-called Global Consciousness Project, in which it is claimed that collectively, it was somehow ‘known’ that 9/11 would happen, before it already did.
Consciousness and Soul operate beyond space and time and are therefore immortal, that is why there is an afterlife in the first place. Here, the book waxes a little too New Agey for my liking. It is suggested that there is no evil, no Satan, no Hell, that is all to do with human negativity.
On that topic, Swedenborg for example did claim that heaven and hell may both be subjective experiences this Soul existing beyond Space and Time may need to get out of their system before moving on. The problem with the New Age position to my mind is that is does not seem to recognise that bad things can happen to good people, nor respect what happened during, for example, the Holocaust. However, the position maintained here may be of both interest and possibly comfort to those individuals whose NDE was negative rather than positive. The fear of Hell can of course be used to frighten those who follow the rules of Caesar into submission and from that point of view, the approach taken here is certainly sympathetic.
My preference is actually for those books on the subject that maintain a more scientific approach to this topic. That way, there is less likely to be embellishment that may come from the beliefs those experiencing an NDE, which is essentially rather beyond most earthly understanding. The writer in fact touches upon the topic of embellishment, but sees this as being more to do with the fact that many people may still be creating their own reality, even while ‘dead.’
An interesting book and take on the subject, but one that may speak louder to the choir, rather than to those who may be wondering what to make of what does not seem to be an especially rare experience on a post-positivist world.