NDEs, Meditation & Consciousness- Neuroscientist Dr. Marjorie Woollacott

NDEs, Meditation & Consciousness- Neuroscientist Dr. Marjorie Woollacott

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Scientific studies concerning near-death experiences (NDEs) give compelling evidence that the orgin of consciousness is independent of brain activity. Dr. Marjorie Woollacott shares her own journey as a materialist neuroscientist who had a spiritual awakening that gave her insights into both the nature and origin of consciousness.

As she began to explore research on individuals’ experiences in their NDEs and in meditation, she saw that they have many characteristics in common, including a sense of ineffability, a noetic quality, experiences of light, feelings of being outside one’s body, and a sense of peace, joy and love. This suggests that the nature of consciousness, as experienced in NDEs and meditation, is similar.

In many NDEs there is also verifiable evidence that despite no measureable brain activity, a person nonetheless perceives the activities around them (within the ICU during surgery, etc.). Research on these experiences supports the understanding that consciousness does not originate in the neurons of the brain. It also suggests that the brain may normally filter out a higher order nonlocal awareness, which can be accessed through NDEs, meditation, and other expanded states of consciousness.

Marjorie Hines Woollacott, PhD, has been a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. She also has a master’s degree in Asian studies, which she began on a teaching sabbatical and completed at the UO while a full-time professor. Her master’s thesis was the foundation for her latest book, Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind, which is both a scientist’s memoir and a research survey on human consciousness. Dr. Woollacott is currently the president of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS) and the Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS).

Source: 2017 IANDS Conference

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  1. I had a sleep study done at a Boston hospital. Part way through it the young man who was conducting it opened the door and asked me if I meditate. I have been meditating since I was 12 years old so I said yes. He said to me you have the most beautiful alpha Waves I have ever seen! 🙂

  2. What about the countless number of people that recover from the brink of death or are resuscitated and they don’t experience anything!? Nothing! As if time has stood still ! It’s conveniently forgotten when in fact it’s only a tiny minority that experience these NDE’s ! It’s little wonder that most folk remain sceptical ! I suspect death for us will be exactly the same as before we were born…Nothing!

  3. Modern research on Near Death Experience by Raymond moody, reincarnation memories by Ian Stevenson/Jim trucker and past lives regression by Brian Weiss all independently but coincidentally show that our consciousness survive death, we live many lives and our thoughts and actions matter in the hereafter.

    So be kind and helpful to others, be virtuous, meditate and cultivate ourselves to higher spiritual levels. Cheers.

  4. "Bringing the two together" In the Lords Prayer there is a statement that says "They Kingdom Come Thy Will be Done, on earth as it is in Heaven"
    If you see the earth as the physical and Heaven as the spiritual we advance as we integrate our Physical with our Spiritual. We become a conduit of Wisdom from the Divine.

  5. It seems to me that only the people with money, many who came from families with money, though not all, but I bet a good amount of them, vet to go to these retreats and jave these experiences. What's up with that?

  6. An interesting aside to NDEs and meditational experiences which expand consciousness is my own experience as a student in a class in Austin, Texas which taught aspects of creativity. Part of the program used the theatrical training concepts by Paul Baker of the Dallas Theater Center. For me, as an artist, the technique required each student to find a organic object in nature with which the person identified and to make this object the centerpiece of the class focus. We students were advised to literally sleep with the natural object each night. Then each student was required to physically walk the actual shape of the object repeatedly and then to find multiple ways to create that shape in artistic forms or modes of expression. Even a poem, a play or a video concerning that object could be produced as a part of the class. At the finale of the class students would present their various projects.

    I found a stone in a river as my object andI actually varnished it so it would resemble the way it appeared underwater. I developed various projects involving this stone and I even found that things which I admired or disliked about the stone seemed to relate very personally to how I saw myself as a person. I carried around a tape recorder where I stated all kinds of observations about the stone so that the entire environment of thought and actions concerning this stone expanded tremendously. The entire experience was fascinating. The key message I relate to both meditation practice and to NDE experience was the overwhelming sense I gained from the class of “everything being connected to everything else in some massive web of universal unity”. There was a natural high that resulted as if I were taking some sort of mood enhancing drug or psychedelic substance.

  7. For me the main question remains why would primordial matter and all the constituents of the known universe, regardless of wether you postulate that they may or may not be conscious or intelligent, need, want or even be able to organize themselves into complex structures like a brain for instance capable of consciousness and thus intelligence if not without some predetermined impetus that would want and need it to be so? From a purely logical perspective you can't get a "Something" from a "No" "Thing". It therefore stands to reason that all matter, small or large must be preceded by what we would define as "immaterial" "intelligent" and possessing "intent".

  8. Christof Koch, the neuroscientist mentioned here, is represented as a non-materialist. This is totally untrue. Koch is a materialist and he totally believes that consciousness emanates from the brain itself.