For the last couple of days I’ve struggled to keep on top of everything, including writing this blog, because of excruciating pain caused by what turns out to be a couple of infected teeth and a resulting abscess. Of course, being a man, I at least entertained the idea that if I was in this much pain I might be dying. It turns out, however, that this might not even be possible. At all. Ever.
Of course, the very idea of past life regression presupposes the existence of reincarnation. As a result, not surprisingly, I’ve spent some time contemplating this concept and it’s associated cosmology. One of the questions that has often arisen for me is, so where do we hang out between lives?
Take a look at a couple of observations made by quantum physicists and throw in a principle from Newtonian physics, just to keep it real, and one possible, rather interesting answer begins to emerge.
Quantum mechanics has thrown up many anomalies. For instance, when observed closely, particles seem to pop in an out of existence. It’s almost as though they’re here when they’re needed but disappear when they’re needed somewhere else. So where is that somewhere else? So far, the only theory that seems to work out mathematically is that there are in fact many universes. A multiverse of parallel worlds. So if this is the case, and things can pass between them,….. see where I’m going with this?
One man who can, and in fact appears to have got there first (don’t you hate it when that happens?) is Dr. Robert Lanza. In his book entitled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe” Dr. Lanza points out that the universe is so finely tuned to support life in it’s properties and constants, it appears that it must exist for that purpose. To have been brought into being for a purpose, suggest that intelligence, consciousness, came first and was followed by the universe as a vehicle for physical life. Considering how we’ve already seen how much of our reality is the result of our thoughts or perception, that doesn’t seem so far out.
According to Dr. Lanza’s theory, consciousness is not generated by or dependent on the body. Intead the body, along with the rest of the material universe, is created by consciousness. If this is true it defies logic to believe that consciousness comes to an end when the body fails.
Although we don’t know too much about the true nature of the stuff of consciousness, we do know that thought at least is made up of electrical impulses. The movement of quantum particles called electrons. It’s therefore fair to postulate that whatever consciousness really is, it’s probably a form of energy. Interesting stuff energy. Without even getting into the wild and untamed territories of quantum mechanics we know from Newton’s first law of thermodynamics, the law of the conservation of energy, that it can be neither created nor destroyed. It just is. Always was and always will be. When we do take into account quantum theory, we also know it can go anywhere. Even, possibly, to a parallel universe.
Energy can of course be reconfigured, changed or transformed, so might there be somewhere we can look for clues as to where the energetic structures that form our consciousness reside and whether they may retain their integrity when one’s mortal coil is shuffled off? Dr. Stuart Hameroff and physicist Sir Roger Penrose believe there is, and they’ve found it. They propose that quantum gravitational effects in the microtubules of brain cells, the centres of quantum processing, give us our experience of consciousness. It is here, that our consciousness resides. The information contained therein is released from the body at death and with it goes our consciousness, with no force exerted upon it to distort or transform it.
So where does it go? Well it is, after all, consciousness, integral to which is free will. Furthermore it is made of energy and is a fundamental part of the fabric of the universe or multiverse so it can go pretty much anywhere it likes. In short, when the time comes for these questions to have an impact on your decision making, The answer may well be in the form of another question. Where would you like to hang out between lives?