homesar: "Looking back, my topic title sounds pretty rude and inconsiderate. That wasn't my intention."
I know it wasn't your intention and I wasn't trying to be harsh in my earlier response. I was just commenting on the inevitability that some people, most maybe, will have that reaction no matter what proof you bring to the table. Just like Jeff and his experience, which was great by the way, people will say that he and his wife made it up if it is outside their comfort zone to accept such things. I am far beyond doubting the reality of the larger reality from my own experience.
The first experience I had that was really proof to me that it was real occurred while attempting to "foresee" the winning lottery numbers one time. I quieted my mind and told my brother what numbers to play for me. The result: the winning numbers were all one digit off from mine. Every single one. The odds against that happening are, to the best of my knowledge, almost as staggering as if I had accurately guessed the winning numbers. You can read about it here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2624
Since then there have been numerous examples for me that something more is at work than simple brain chemistry. I have all the proof I need that it exists but continue to always look for datapoints to expand my understanding of what exactly it is. Tom's theory gives an excellent framework on which to hang what I know so far. I still have a long way to go but am very happy with my progress to date. It's a journey, not a destination, but you have to stay on the path and look back only to gauge your progress. Stick with it.