Monday, March 10, 2014

"Afterlife": Paul Perry., Raymond Moody and Jeffrey Long make their case; what about "shared near death experiences"?

In the one hour documentary “Afterlife” (2011), Paul Perry interviews a number of people to gather more evidence about the nature of the afterlife as seen through near death experiences. 
  
The two most important speakers are Jeffrey Long, and Raymond Moody who, from his rural home in southern Alabama with a covered bridge, sounds most articulate.  Moody talks about shared death experiences in order to debunk the theory that NDE’s are simply the results of a brain running out of oxygen. 
  
Perry takes us to the woods near Seattle to tell the story of a man nearly burned to death with a silly prank in the woods (although you don’t see the scars because of his clothes), and to Acapulco to get the testimony of a girl with thousands of cuts from stepping through an invisible glass door. 
  
Perry quotes Freud, who once said that when we contemplate death, we all become spectators.
Perry mentions a heart attack that he had walking in the desert, when he had his own NDE, but he doesn’t give details. 
  
I watched the film on Netflix, but Snag Films has a link here.

There is a similar film from Cascom, “Life after Life” with Raymond Moody.
  
  
I think the most interesting version of the afterlife occurs in Eben Alexander’s book “Proof of Heaven”, reviewed in the Books blog March 30, 2013.  He describes awareness of a Core for a long time, before he finally saw something more like “Heaven”. 
  
Consciousness with free will emerges from biology, which overcomes entropy with reproduction, built from chemistry, then physics, and then the elementals of the formation of the universe.  Consciousness probably cannot be destroyed.  It remains in some form, maybe joined with that of others, but deeply aware of its own karma.  Perhaps reincarnation is necessary sometimes.  Perhaps another life as a different being on a different planet, maybe in a different universe, entered through a black hole.  Perhaps the only way we will conquer interstellar space is to bring the Afterlife back into experience.
  
Clive Barker’s 1991 novel “Imajica” (Books, March 28. 2006)  presents Heaven as the First Dominion (looking like a massive highrise city in China), which becomes a real place after “Reconciliation”.  This fantasy begs to become a movie (maybe Lionsgate or Summit?) ; the imagination level matches that of Tolkien.  Imagine how each of the dominions would be made to look on camera.  Who would play Gentle?  Judith O’Dell?  The novel even could inspire a resort in Las Vegas.  

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