I believe NDEs or ADEs (Apparent or After Death Experiences) are the most important things happening in the world today. If they are real everything else going on in the world pales into the insignificance of a dream because that is what NDEs report, compared to the world awaiting us after physical death, the world we live in now is tantamount to a dream.
If you are open to the possibility that NDEs or ADEs are real, consider the two body dilemma. The experience of Howard Storm and many others suggests that we have an extra-physical body similar to the physical body we inhabit during our life of Earth that separates from it at death and continues in another dimension.
The faculties of life, like thought and sensation, seem more acute in the separated body – the normal one seems to dull them down – so it appears that life resides in the extra-physical body. For this reason I call it the Life body and suggest the physical body is a mantle covering and deadening it, so to speak. If this is so the expressions ‘life-after-death’ or ‘afterlife’ would be inaccurate. It could be we don’t die at all but shed a physical mantle.
The body we live in on Earth could be likened to a space suit we occupy to visit a hostile planet. Death appears to be the equivalent of stepping out of the space suit when we go home. People returning from death say the experience is like going home. It could be we are not the physical body we see but are in a Life body we don’t see.
Extracted from Continuous Living in a Living Universe by David Ash. Look inside the book here.
What is health and how do we know when we are healthy? These are not questions that can be easily answered. I have known individuals who have walked out of a specialists rooms having just passed through the usual ECG and other common tests with flying colours and suffered a heart attack in the lift on the way out of the building.
Many cancer patients have been extremely well until on routine examination a lump is diagnosed which turns out to be malignant. Thousands upon thousands of people without any symptoms and who regard themselves as normal and healthy are diagnosed every day with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, early diabetes, abnormal pap smears, cancers, enlarged prostates, nodules on thyroids and other medical conditions and yet would of regarded themselves as healthy. Modern medicine has made possible the detection of a whole range of diseases, which until fairly recently would have gone undetected.
Is a person who feels well and regards himself in good health indeed healthy if he has an underlying high blood pressure, increased cholesterol or even a hidden cancer? How are we to incorporate ideas of psychological health? Is this separate from health of the physical body? If a person is depressed, but physically healthy, is such a person to be regarded as healthy? Is psychological health or physical health more important?
We can begin to see how complicated this issue is and that no simple answer is possible. Collins dictionary defines health as physical and mental well-being; freedom from disease. As indicated above physical and mental well-being does not mean that the person is however free of disease. It is possible of course that as our means of detecting the earlier stages of disease becomes more sensitive, that more and more people will be labelled as ill without having any symptoms and signs.
Already today many thousands of “healthy” individuals are taking expensive medication for high blood pressure long before it produces any obvious symptoms. This medication must be taken for the rest of that person’s life and may produce mild to severe and even life threatening ill health. The benefits of taking the medication are regarded as better than the risks of not taking the medication. I will be looking at the issue of drugs in another blog.
This is an extract from the book Healthy Medicine by Dr Bernard Brom. Look inside the book here.