Democracy, Evolution, Science And Spirit.

by Jerry Alatalo

“That our planet is the one and only planet where life has emerged would be a ridiculous assumption… Even if only one in a hundred of the ten billion suitable planets has actually got life well under way, there would be more than 100 million such planets. No, it is presumptuous to think that we are alone.”

– HARLOW SHAPLEY (1885-1972) American astronomer

Galaxy2Alphabet After the people of Greece held their historic referendum and voted “No” to increased austerity measures, many around the world are thinking about what the vote means for not only Greece but for humanity. What was particularly remarkable about the “No” vote, 61% to 39% “Yes”, was that the people of Greece overcame a relentless corporate media campaign meant to instill fear and convince them to vote “yes”, and in so doing provided an amazing example of solidarity-based courage for the rest of humanity.

The referendum in Greece is one illustration among an increasing number of events and situations around the Earth in recent years pointing to positive change or evolution. Some would disagree with the interpretation that humanity is going through rapid change and intensification of evolutionary, beneficial movement. So, those who see what is fundamentally a spiritual evolution occurring before their eyes stand amazed, while those who see the same-old, same-old find little to get excited about. However one analyzes current world events, citizens of Greece taking a stand against historic economic and financial exploitation by small groups of wealthy elites is something that is extraordinary.

The aspect of the Greek referendum which could rightly be described as awe-inspiring is the fact that future Earthly events resulting from the vote may in a relatively short time bring about actions creating a better, more just and fair world which many were firmly convinced “won’t happen in our lifetimes”.  The situation in Greece and the government’s dramatic negotiations over the last months with the so-called Troika have gained/attracted the attention of millions of men and women from all corners of the planet, and in effect has resulted in perhaps the greatest collective education and revealing of how international finance works the world has ever seen.

The extent to which men and women across the Earth have gained awareness and knowledge of economics and finance is huge and unprecedented. Because of that increased awareness, produced with a combination of high interest (pun not intended) and an avalanche of analytical reporting, the belief by people that other economic/banking models besides the “status-quo” are both possible and ready for implementation – plus more fundamentally just and beneficial – has grown in large measure. And as that belief generated by awareness and knowledge grows, so too does the will and intent to universalize good changes.

Most of the Earth’s people wish for the most fair, decent and just economic/financial models available to become implemented. That wish stems from a universally inherent, present-from-birth human quality of compassion for one’s fellow men, women and children, suffering through economic downturn, financial stress, wars and violence, and other less than ideal life situations.

From Daniel Sheehan’s perspective, that compassion is one part of the emergent, evolutionary next step for our human family.

Beyond sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, humanity is on the brink of discovering, developing and experiencing a 6th faculty, profoundly evolutionary in its essential nature. This 6th faculty in basic terms is the ability to sense/perceive the creation as one unified field where everything is interconnected, and including an automatic knowing of whether actions are in harmony with, or disharmonious to, the universe. Furthermore, science will join with spirituality upon the realization/understanding that human intentions are responsible for manifesting material reality.

Daniel Sheehan is a Harvard Law and Divinity School graduate, and was an attorney working on some of America’s most important legal cases – including the Watergate break-in which led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, the Pentagon Papers leading to a swifter end to the Vietnam War, Iran-Contra during the Reagan-Bush administration, Karen Silkwood’s murder case related to nuclear scandal, journalists’ right to protect confidential sources, and many more. More recently, Mr. Sheehan, in response to unconstitutional provisions of NDAA legislation, has advocated for establishment of “Constitutional Defense Zones” in cities, counties and states across the United States to protect citizens’ constitutional rights.

When Jimmy Carter won the 1976 presidential election, Carter asked then CIA Director (under Gerald Ford) George H.W. Bush for all the information he had on extraterrestrial life and UFOs. Jimmy Carter had admitted to seeing a UFO while Governor of Georgia. Bush told President-elect Carter that he’d accommodate his wish, only if Carter kept Bush on as CIA Director. Carter had someone else in mind, and Bush declined to produce the requested information.

Daniel Sheehan’s legal reputation led to him being asked to contribute to/join Carter’s effort, he accepted, then he was eventually granted, to his surprise, permission to look at and investigate the government’s classified UFO/extraterrestrial information contained in “Project Blue Book”. He entered a room where the materials were on a table, and he describes finding 1950’s photographs of a crashed UFO where Air Force personnel were investigating the crash site. Since then Daniel Sheehan has become more deeply involved in the extraterrestrial issue, to the point of regularly speaking at conferences like the one in the video below from a few months ago.

Scientists estimate that our Milky Way galaxy alone contains 500 million star systems. Scientists estimate around 500 billions of galaxies in the universe, and that each of those 500 billion galaxies contain up to 500 million star systems.

After viewing many of his talks, including 17 nearly 2-hour lectures to students as Professor of World Politics at University of California-Santa Cruz, Mr. Sheehan’s knowledge of history, political events, extraterrestrial/UFO research, and spirituality is absolutely outstanding. Any man or woman interested in learning a large number of often disturbing, often inspiring, little-known facts and revelations about important historical events and conditions will find it difficult to find a better source than Daniel Sheehan. He is one of the world’s most profound thinkers and immensely articulate.

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For more information and a link to videos of Daniel Sheehan’s talks and lectures on YouTube, visit:

http://romeroinstitute.org

(Thank you to Daniel Sheehan at YouTube)

A Cardiologist’s Perception Of Life And Death.

by Jerry Alatalo

“And he who shall find the interpretation of the words shall not taste death.”

– The Gospel of Thomas

Galaxy1Alphabet Speaking in public is second on the list of things people fear the most. Number one on the list is death. The famous director/comedian Woody Allen had an original way of looking at the topic: “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t wanna be around when it happens”. Perhaps most lists of things people fear most don’t include fear of losing one’s immortality, a variation on the concept of death – and a fear which hopefully lessens after the near death experience (NDE) comes into more people’s awareness. Because for close to 100% of NDE men, women and children there is no more fear of death; they have through first-hand encounters come to realize death in its commonly held perception is a myth and/or falsehood.

Doctor Pim van Hommel was a practicing cardiologist for 20 years when he wrote “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience”, in which he describes what he observed and learned over that time from studying his patients’ near-death experiences. Starting in 1988 and out of sheer curiosity, Dr. van Hommel compiled and filed his interactions and discussions with patients, focused on creating a record of extraordinary or revelatory events. At the start, it might make the subject of NDE more intriguing to note that Dr. van Hommel is a “world-renowned” cardiologist. This makes clear the man has impeccable credentials and an earned respectability which makes his life experience on the topic of  NDEs worthy of serious consideration.

Although the NDE has become a more popular subject in recent years due to sales of NDE-related books reaching bestseller status, a distance remains to the point where the scientific community can confidently and unanimously state that “life after death is real”. This post will ideally provide a push, a little nudge, in that direction – the point where it has become widely accepted that human consciousness survives the death of the physical body. Using a quote from one of Dr. van Hommel’s patients from his book gives us another direct, reinforcing perspective: “dead is not dead”.

Perhaps the essential question related to NDEs has to do with how such a phenomenon will affect humanity when awareness of it becomes widespread around the world. At some point, the knowledge brought back by those who’ve had NDEs will produce a “critical mass” with respect to a new (old, see below) philosophic/spiritual paradigm, and to an extent that knowledge finds its way into high government officials’ discussions on possible actions affecting the world’s 7-8 billion people. Doctor van Hommel notes in the interview that NDEs are not a new phenomenon: Plato spoke and wrote about them in “The Republic”, ancient|sacred books of the world’s great spiritual traditions include obvious NDE descriptions and so on. So one discovers that NDEs are really “old wisdom” just beginning to gain wider dissemination through the many bestsellers on the fascinating subject.

Dr. van Hommel has reached the conclusion that consciousness is a separate function not originating from the brain, that it is impossible for the brain to control consciousness, and states “that’s an important conclusion”. In his view the human brain does not hold consciousness but facilitates it. The brain in his view is a kind of transceiver – receiving information from a timeless, spaceless, unity-filled “non-local” consciousness, and sending information from the physical “local” body to the higher dimensions where NDErs travel. He points out that consciousness (feelings, thoughts, etc.) is impossible to measure as no equipment has been invented for that purpose, so what occurs when people have NDEs is also immeasurable scientifically.

One unfortunate result for many who’ve had NDEs is their silent suffering due to a non-acceptance by friends, family, co-workers and others of the “realness” of their events, of which NDErs unanimously report. A lot of NDErs go through years of depression because of such non-acceptance and unbelief by others, an ironic result given the ecstatic, blissful details they describe after returning. On the other – encouraging – hand, thanks to the mentioned bestsellers providing NDE men and women the relief of knowing many others are in the same situation, an increasing number of experienced are coming forward and sharing their positive, profound accounts. In turn, more NDE men and women come forward in a positive expansion of people sharing and talking about what they saw, felt and experienced.

Dr. van Hommel:

“What we hear from people with a NDE is that each thought you ever had is kept with the influence it had on yourself and on others in the past. Each thought is kept, and then of course each word and action is kept as well”.

This comes through most powerfully, and Dr. van Hommel is referring to, when NDE men and women recount the “life review” event during the experience as they move and re-view their life from birth to the time they “died”. Men, women and children who’ve had NDEs describe feeling great sadness when harming another physically or mentally, in contrast to great feelings of joy when helping, encouraging, or expressing love to others. One can only imagine the amount of “computer memory” necessary to record every thought, word and action of every human being who ever lived.

“They know that there is no death – there is continuity of the essence of who you are. You live different. The concept you have about death makes how you live. The material aspects of life – competition, money, big car, young bodies… – it isn’t important anymore. It’s about empathy, compassion towards others; toward the planet Earth. So, it changes a lot. So we need them – those people with near death experiences. We can learn from them. They were my teachers. I was just a materialistic cardiologist, and just because of my curiosity I started to do the study and it changed my concepts about life and death”.

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Use the following link to read reviews of Dr. Pim van Lommel’s book “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience”. Reading those reviews will provide greater insights and appreciation for what Dr. van Lommel shares in the following video interview.  For example, one of the reviewers said this about the book: “I can’t imagine a book that would go deeper than this one”.  

http://www.amazon.com/Consciousness-Beyond-Life-Near-Death-Experience/

(Thank you to scienceandnonduality at YouTube)