A Physicist’s View of the Afterlife by Tara MacIsaac
Dr. Alan Ross Hugenot has spent decades contemplating the conundrums of physics, along with the enigma of human consciousness.
Hugenot holds a doctorate of science in mechanical engineering, and has had a successful career in marine engineering, serving on committees that write the ship-building standards for the United States.
“I did things using Newtonian physics to create ships,” he said, “but the whole time, I knew better. There’s this whole other world that our five senses don’t register.” He gave a talk on the science of the afterlife at the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) 2014 Conference in Newport Beach, Calif., on Aug. 29.
Exploring the scientific theories related to this other world, Hugenot has wondered whether the consciousness of living human beings as well as the “souls” of the dead reside in dark matter or dark energy. He has pondered the implications of the power our consciousness seems to have over physical reality.
Hugenot told of a near-death experience in the 1970s during which he experienced part of this other world. He found it “more real than this place.”
These matters aren’t only intellectual curiosities for Hugenot; they bear on a profound experience that has changed his worldview.
Hugenot summarized some theories in physics, interpreting how they may point to the existence of a consciousness independent of the brain and to the existence of an afterlife on another plane. He noted that further investigation (reliant on further funding) would be needed to verify his postulates. He also noted challenges in trying to verify these ideas in a traditional scientific framework.
How Your Consciousness Could Exist in a ‘Cloud’
Hugenot said the human consciousness may function like the data we store in the cloud. That data can be accessed from multiple devices—your smartphone, your tablet, your desktop computer.
During a near-death experience, theorized Hugenot, the mind may be fleeing a dangerous situation. We can “flip the switch and go to the other computer,” he said.
“The nexus of my consciousness is in my head, but the locus of my consciousness—where is it really? It’s outside my body. Because inside and outside is an illusion.”
Space may not exist, or at least not in the way we commonly understand it, he said, citing Dr. John Bell’s non-locality theorem. “[It's a] hard one to get; we love our space,” he joked.
Non-locality refers to the ability of two objects to instantaneously know about each other’s states, even if they’re separated by vast distances. It is related to the phenomenon of entanglement: particle A and particle B interact, and thereafter remain mysteriously bonded. When particle A undergoes a change, particle B undergoes the same change; A and B have, in many ways, lost their individuality and behave as a single entity.
Bell’s theorem has been verified by many scientists over the years and is part of mainstream quantum physics. Hugenot’s ideas about the consciousness existing inside and outside of the human body at the same time build on this theorem, but remain outside the mainstream.
Is the Afterlife in Dark Matter, or Maybe in Another Dimension?
What scientists have observed accounts for an estimated 4 percent of our universe. Dark energy and dark matter comprise the other 96 percent. Scientists don’t really know what dark energy and matter are, and their existence is only perceived because of the effects they appear to have on observable matter.
Hugenot said: “This undiscerned 96 percent of the universe … gives us plenty of room for both consciousness and the afterlife to exist in.”
Perhaps the consciousness exists in another dimension, Hugenot said. String Theory, much-discussed in mainstream physics, holds that other dimensions exist beyond the four-dimensional concept of the universe. String Theory views the universe as a world of very thin, vibrating strings. The strings are thought to project from a lower-dimensional cosmos, one that is simpler, flatter, and without gravity.
Why Ghosts Can Go Through Walls—and You Can Too
Hugenot said that reaching another dimension could be a matter of belief. Maybe our bodies could pass through walls if we really believed they could.
“My whole soul believes in 3-D, so I can’t go through the wall,” he said. He looked at some experiments that have shown the power human consciousness has to influence physical reality.
Light Can Be Either a Particle or a Wave—Depending on Your Thoughts
Consciousness seems to have a physical impact on matter. The famed double-slit experiment shocked physicists when it showed that photons (light particles) act differently when they are observed than when no one is watching.
Essentially, the observer can cause the photons to take either the particle or the wave form by the very act of measuring; they aren’t fixed in one form as expected.
Particles exist as potential, Hugenot said, and the observer determines what form they take. He noted that the influence of a researcher’s mind on his or her experiment has serious implications: “If a skeptic wants to replicate what a ‘believer’ found in their experiment, the skeptic can’t do it, because … [it's going to go] the way that guy wants to see it and not the way the other guy wants to see it.”
Hugenot asked, if potential only takes form when observed, who or what was the observer of the Big Bang? His answer is, simply, “consciousness.”
Princeton Experiments Show the Mind Can Influence Electronic Devices
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR) at Princeton University is famous for experiments it conducted showing our minds may actually affect the operations of electronic devices. Over many years, PEAR researchers conducted millions of experiments with hundreds of people. A typical example of such an experiment is as follows:
A random event generator (REG) is an electronic device that can produce bits representing either 0 or 1. Study participants would try to influence the REG either way, toward 0 or toward 1. If the events showed a significant favor in the direction of the person’s will above what chance would dictate, it suggested the person’s will influenced the machine.
The cumulative finding was that the human mind can slightly influence the machine. Though the influence was slight, the consistency was significant. Over the course of so many trials, the statistical power increased. The probability of these results happening by chance rather than by an influence of the human mind is less than 1 to 1 billion.
Source: Epoch Times
Life Afterlife takes an intriguing look at the eternal question: Is there life after death? And if so, can we communicate with the dead? Through personal stories from everyday people who claim they've made contact with deceased friends and relatives, to self-proclaimed mediums, to philosophers and scientists who've dedicated their lives to these issues, this film examines the fact and fantasy of the last great frontier. The documentary was produced and directed by Lisa F. Jackson. Executive producers are Linda Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem. First aired on HBO in October of 1999.
Your future is in YOUR own hands! On September 9th, the moon will be full, opening a door to possibilities for health, happiness and personal growth that you've only ever dreamed about. The Full Moon will deliver more opportunity than ever to repair old wounds and create potential for your personal happiness.
Don't squander this gift from the heavens.
Now is your chance to use the energy of 9/9 (Sept. 9th) to change any area of your life! Its light will shine brightly on everything from career, to complicated family relationships, to old heartache, to lawsuits. The psychic energy is so strong with this event that everyone will feel its pull to mend and move towards a better life. It's time to have tough talks and explore new paths with unexpected ease. This moon will act as a sort of safety net, cushioning these challenging encounters, while allowing a brilliant, bright light to flood the hearts of those around you.
Remember, your future is in your own hands! Don't just sit there and watch this moment pass you by. This is a once-on-a-lifetime gift from the cosmos to bring peace and happiness.
Anne show you step by step how to create her September Harvest Full Moon Ceremony crystal grid for her altar that she will use in her ceremony on September 9th, 2014 You can join her in this cleansing ritual by adding what you would like to cleanse or get rid of in your life. It can be a belief, a relationship, a habit, or anything that is no longer serving your highest good. www.annehayman.com
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A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the first Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.
A grimoire /ɡrɪmˈwɑr/ is a textbook of magic. Such books typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismansand amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination and also how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such asangels, spirits, and demons. In many cases, the books themselves are also believed to be imbued with magical powers, though in many cultures, other sacred texts that are not grimoires, such as the Bible, have also been believed to have supernatural properties intrinsically; in this manner while all books on magic could be thought of as grimoires, not all magical books should.
While the term grimoire is originally European and many Europeans throughout history, particularly ceremonial magicians and cunning folk, have made use of grimoires, the historian Owen Davies noted that similar books can be found all across the world, ranging fromJamaica to Sumatra, and he also noted that the first grimoires could be found not only in Europe but in the Ancient Near East.
The Moon has a huge influence on how we feel, as well as on our luck. While the Moon’s power of attraction over tides is accepted, its impact on human beings has been hotly contested, although that impact is very real.
The Moon has an influence on your body
The night star is the main influence responsible for changes in sea-level all around the world. Since the human body is composed of 65% water, how can anyone deny that the Moon has an influence on us as well?
The gravitational force of the Moon is known to influence various earthly phenomena. Why, then, should human beings be immune to its effects?
The Moon has always been important in various cultures and religious traditions. Symbolically, it represents the female principle, the world of dreams and passivity.
How the Moon’s phases affect us
Depending on what phase it’s in, the Moon has a strong influence on your mind and body. You can learn to take advantage of the positive phases of the Moon to orient your life in the right direction:
- experience success
- attract luck, love, money and well-being…
The Moon can also elevate your mind to higher levels of consciousness.
The phases of the Moon, called ‘lunations,’ affect our behavior. Depending on the Moon’s phase, the same person can be:
- aggressive or passive
- dynamic or lazy
- happy or sad
- dependable or frivolous
- self-confident or indecisive…
Each lunar phase has its own energy
Starting now, keep tabs on the phases of the Moon, and take them into account when you act or make decisions. If you’re in synch with the Moon’s lunations, you’ll have a better chance of being effective. Then you can embark on the path to success in all areas of your life.
Below you’ll find a description of each of the Moon’s phases, and what you should and should not do during each period:
New Moon, also called the black moon.
This is the time to move forward with your plans and projects. Just be careful not to get overly enthusiastic. When it comes to attaining your ambitions, be logical and not emotional.
Waxing Crescent: During this phase, don’t have any illusions about the people you meet, because the relationships you start probably won’t last. This phase is favorable for investments and the sale of goods. Things should go well in your job or career, but be wary of promises made during this period because they probably won’t be honored.
First Quarter: Encounters you make are marked by sincerity, and a real desire to live-up to promises and commitments. In terms of your love-life, the bonds you create should endure. The period also provides a lot of energy for advancing your professional plans and furthering your goals.
Waxing Gibbous: This phase favors a lot of self-confidence and creativity, which is why you should undertake things, or press forward with a project. This is also an ideal time to become emotionally involved with someone. The initiatives you take to earn money will be crowned with success.
Full Moon: This is the best phase for success in all areas of your life. The encounters you have with people should endure, and the bonds you create during this lunation should be stable and long-lasting. If you embark on any projects during this phase, they will have every chance of being successful.
Waning Gibbous: This isn’t a good time to meet people or take the initiative. If you become emotionally involved with someone during this phase, you may need to make a lot of compromises and concessions if the relationship is to last.
Last Quarter: This isn’t a good time to take the initiative.
You’ll hesitate a lot in all areas of your life, and the projects you embark on may become very complicated. You’ll need to be persevering if you want them to come to a positive conclusion.
Waning Crescent: This is a favorable period for resolving problems and conflicts in all areas.
As far as your love-life is concerned, the encounters you make could lead to lasting relationships. The practice of positive thinking is particularly beneficial during this phase.
Supermoon: August 10, 2014
A super full moon occurs when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth (lunar perigee) coincides with the phase of full moon. When this happens the moon may seem bigger and brighter. However, for the ordinary star-gazer there will be no significant difference.
How To Celebrate a Summer Full Moon - Group Ceremony
In addition to -- or instead of -- holding a monthly Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups prefer to have a season-specific full moon ceremony. During the warmer months, the summer season begins with the Strong Sun Moon in June, and continues through July's Blessing Moonand ends with the Corn Moon of August. If you'd like to celebrate one or more of these moon phases with a ritual specific to the summer, it's not hard. This rite is written for a group of four people or more, but if you needed to, you could easily adapt it for a solitary practitioner or a family coven.
LUGNASSADH - The Celtic 'Grain Festival' also called the "Feast of Bread," or the "Sports Fest.'
Date- August 1st, traditionally celebrated 15 days before, and 15 days after, with Lugnassadh-proper in the center.
Modern Equivalent-Half Mass (Christianized form).
Celtic Godform-Lug, or Lugh, or Lleu; the ancient Celtic Grain God, who is sacrificed and resurrected to honor the harvest/Earth Mother Agusta; patrons of games & festivities.
Alignment- MALE for Druids, FEMALE for Motherhood (who celebrated the event as LUNASSADH, to the Lunar Mother upon the full moon adjoining August 1st); cross-quarter, psychic high-tide of full moon adjoining August -Eve.
Customs-games,competitions, olympic-like events, feasting, temporary marriages ( trial : a year and a day), Lammas Towers (fire-building team-competitions, also known as KINDLING NIGHT), spear tossing, gathering GOLDEN PIPES OF LLEU (i.e. Matricaria is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Some of the species have the common name of "mayweed," but this name also refers to plants not in this genus.) & yellow Trefoil for crowns, FENCING/sword sports.
Symbols- wheat stalk (symbolic of Lugh's Magic Spear), loaves of bread, a spear, Golden Pipes, scythe/sickle.
Sacred Foods - grain breads, golden wine/dandelion wine, poultry/foul fish no red meat, gruel/cakes, oatmeal cookies, early corn, strawberries.
Threshold time - High Noon
Incense - Golden Pipes, marigold, sunflower, straw.
Courtesy of The 21 Lessons of Merlyn A Study in Druid Magic & Lore
Author Douglas Monroe Llewellyn publications
Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems.
Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!
Janet Ursula Southiel (Southill), more popularly known as Mother Ursula Shipton, lived in Yorkshire England from 1488-1561. She became quite well known the accuracy of her visions with some pertaining to modern times including descriptions of the radio, television, airplanes, and World Wars, and even possibly World War III.
I Prophesy: Mother Shipton's Visions
The most famous claimed edition of Mother Shipton's prophecies foretells many modern events and phenomena. Widely quoted today as if it were the original, it contains over a hundred prophetic rhymed couplets in notably non-16th-century language and includes the now-famous lines:
The world to an end shall come
In eighteen hundred and eighty one.
However, this version did not appear in print until 1862, and its true author, one Charles Hindley, subsequently admitted in print that he had invented it. This invented prophecy has appeared over the years with different dates and in (or about) several countries (for example in the late 1970s many news articles about Mother Shipton appeared setting the date at 1981). The 1920s (subsequently much reprinted) booklet The Life and Prophecies of Ursula Sontheil better known as Mother Shipton stated the date as 1991.
Among other well-known lines from Hindley's fake version (often quoted as if they were original) are:
A Carriage without a horse shall go;
Disaster fill the world with woe...
In water iron then shall float,
As easy as a wooden boat.
In many modern Pagan traditions, animal symbolism -- and even actual animals -- are incorporated into magical belief and practice. Let's look at some of the ways people have welcomed animals into their magical practice throughout the ages, as well as specific animals and their folklore and legends.
1. Power Animals, Totem Animals and Spirit Animals
The use of a totem animal is not part of traditional Wiccan practice. However, as Wicca and other modern Pagan practices evolve and blend together, many people who follow non-mainstream spiritual paths find themselves working with a mix of many different belief systems. A power animal is a spiritual guardian that some people connect with. However, much like other spiritual entities, there's no rule or guideline that says you must have one.
2. Animal Familiars
In some traditions of modern Wicca and Paganism, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.
The crystal ball glimmered with an iridescence of days of future past. The nearby flickering candles threw shadows of things yet to be upon the orbs crystalline matrix. The prophet, withered and aged, breathed deeply of the smokey air and continued to gaze deeply into the heart of the crystal. Deep within his brain, universal connections that bind us all in a web of wholeness are stimulated by the hypnotic shapes that danced faintly in the ball.
Time and space are one and all information contained within reality are available to those who can master their intellect and allow the stream of information to be downloaded directly into the brain -- bypassing the rational mind that would block anything received through such unconventional methods. The prophet sighs in contentment.
A crystal ball is a crystal or glass ball believed by some people to aid in the performance of clairvoyance. It is sometimes known as ashew stone (or show stone— "shew" is an archaic spelling of "show").
A body of water, either in a container or on the ground, used for this purpose, is called a scrying pool.
The Magical Crystal Ball
Use the magic of the crystal ball to predict your future.
Art of scrying
Main articles: Scrying and Crystal gazing
The art or process of "seeing" is known as "scrying", whereby images are claimed to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information. The "information" gleaned then is used to make important decisions in one's life (i.e. love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.).
By contrast, some professed seers say that they do not actually see images in the crystal itself, but rather that the featureless interior of the stone facilitates them in clearing their mind of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them.
When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing.