Is there another world after death
Is there a life after death?
What happens to us when we die? Is there something that outlasts our physical death, or is death all over? People have been concerned with these questions for as long as they can think and have always been linked to the question of the meaning of our existence. Are we as humans with our mental faculties just a freak of nature, just a more highly developed animal at the top of the food chain? Or are we part of a "divine plan" as religions and esotericists say?
The message of religion is: death does not abolish life, it transforms it. The deceased arrives in an area where the conditions of existence are different from those on earth. This idea that people continue to exist in a different way after death has existed in almost every culture in the world since time immemorial. It is generally believed that humans are divided into at least two parts: the body, which is "disposed of" as a corpse, and the spirit or soul. However, very different ideas about the hereafter apply in the different belief systems.
The well-known psychiatrist C. G. Jung, a student of Sigmund Freud, had his own conception of faith. He spoke of "archetypal" instincts: "If in all people, whether indigenous peoples or Christians, Indians or Buddhists, there is the same" instinct ", namely that everything depends on a" being outside of our being ", then it has to be one Giving beings ".
For natural science man is a purely biological being, whose "higher" sense consists in the continuation of his species in the context of evolution. Conventional medicine sees people and their dying in a correspondingly sober manner. Brain death is now seen as a moment of death. The brain is considered to be the "seat" of the personality and consciousness that make up people. If you believe in brain research, you will find all the answers here that the "human riddle" raises in terms of questions. His behavior, his decisions, his emotional life, his whole psyche seem to be measurable and bio-electrically explainable. So if the brain dies, then the human being as a whole is also dead.
In the age of high-performance medicine, even the last “miracles” of life seem to be explained, and the belief in survival after death is generally viewed as wishful thinking. While religions are growing in popularity worldwide, alienation from religion is taking place in the western world. The enlightened person wants evidence for theories that deny a purely materialistic form of existence. The "belief" required by religion in something that cannot be proven in practice is no longer up to date for many today. In addition, at first glance it seems logical that due to the multitude of different belief systems, most, if not all, must be wrong.
And yet, despite their "enlightenment", many people are internally torn, because something gnaws deep inside them that they cannot suppress. It is the impossibility of imagining NOT TO BE. And it is the perennial, probing question about the meaning of our existence that medicine simply cannot answer. In the face of our death at the latest, we will ask ourselves: what was it all good for, and - what can I expect now?
In addition to the statements made by the religions, there are now other indications that speak in favor of survival after death. It is the findings from the near-death experiences that have given the topic a new dimension.
The psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is considered a pioneer in death research. She has accompanied people on their deathbeds in America since the 1970s in order to systematically research the process of dying. The experiences of these patients on the threshold of death pointed to another dimension of existence. After thousands of interviews, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross came to the conclusion that our death can only be the physical end, but that we continue to exist in a spiritual form.
In 1975 the American psychiatrist Raymond Moody brought out the bestseller "Life After Death". In his book he published testimony from people who were clinically dead but who have come back to life. These near-death experiences followed a certain pattern and usually included elements such as the detachment of consciousness from the body, a tunnel experience, the encounter with a light-flooded and love-radiating force as well as deceased persons. All of these largely congruent experiences indicate an independence of our mind from our body.
The researchers Dr. Karlis Osis and Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson conducted a multi-year, national study on deathbed visions, probably the most serious study in this area. After analyzing the extensive data from America and India, they also came to the conclusion that there must be a world unknown to us into which our spirit enters after our death.
According to Moody, other researchers also looked at these phenomena and came to similar results. From 1988 to 2001, cardiologist Pim van Lommel conducted a study on near-death experiences. His book "Endless Consciousness" has become a standard work on the subject. He came to the conclusion that we experience awareness even without a functioning brain and that death, like birth, can only be a transition from one state of consciousness to another, and that the body acts as an interface or a place of resonance during life.
Time and again there are reports of cases in which people can remember previous lives and thus underpin the theory of reincarnation, i.e. rebirth. Under hypnosis, for example, detailed information was given about places and people about whose existence these people could not have known. The Canadian psychiatrist Prof. Ian Stevenson has been studying such reports since the 1960s. Especially his research with children who are without hypnosis spontaneously reminded of past lives caused a sensation. Stevenson, who is considered to be the most important expert in the field of reincarnation research, came to the conclusion that these phenomena cannot be explained in any other way than that these people have actually lived before.
A detailed description of the research work mentioned with many case studies can be found on the following pages "Near Death Experiences", "Deathbed Visions" and "Reincarnation".
Anyone who studies this topic in depth and looks at the essence of it all can come to the assumption that we are not just one soul to have, but our real self is of a spiritual nature and continues to exist after our physical death, in whatever form. This would also coincide with the core statements of the religions. At this point, however, opinions differ. As already mentioned, the body-mind dualism is generally rejected by science. Naturalistically, our consciousness is usually viewed exclusively as a function or construct of the brain, i.e. as a consequence of brain activity.
Brain research can now boast fantastic successes that we would not have dared to dream of 100 years ago. Today we know exactly how the electrical impulses of our sensory stimuli are processed and which regions of the brain are responsible for which body functions, such as vision or speech production. Using different imaging methods, bioelectrical processes in our brain can be displayed and evaluated. The limited perception of certain brain damage has also been adequately researched.
Only one thing has not been found in the brain: our consciousness. It is a fact that to this day there is no materialistic explanation for our consciousness, for our ego identity. We "experience" the world in a mental way. How this happens, whether and how neural processes are responsible for it, has not yet been found out. Another serious point, for which one has no explanation, is the existence of consciousness at the time of near-death experiences, in a time when there is no more heart and brain activity!
In spite of these inconsistencies, the majority of scientists seem to remain in their materialistic dead end, true to the motto "it cannot be what must not be" - because here world views are shaken. But there are now more and more scientists who say that the mind-body problem cannot be clarified by neuroscience and that the psyche (or the spirit) must be a reality in itself, despite deep roots in the brain matter.
When thousands of people report their most profound experience on the threshold of death, when they found themselves detached from their bodies in an "other dimension", can one really still - in the truest sense of the word - speak of fantasies as a sensible person? Doesn't one finally have to look at these experiences in a different light, since in many cases they cannot be explained in any other way than what they seem to be? Is the thought so absurd that our brain is only "involved" in our consciousness, it merely forms a kind of interface between our body and our mind, which - where and however - can exist independently of the body?
There is no evidence of ultimate death. But there is promising evidence of life AFTER death. If the phenomena described are true, and there is much to be said for it, then I can say for myself with a clear conscience: Our world in which we live is not everything. There is a higher truth and other forms of existence that we only experience on our earth in borderline situations. This brief look is not enough to fully grasp the meaning behind it all, but it gives me great hope for a life after death.
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