But then what happens when we die? Our body will not remain. What about our memories. Thomas when answering questions after his lecture said something about reviewing your life after dead; And that every thought was still somewhere in the system(what's that anyway?) available.
Yes, remember that EVERYTHING we experience is stored directly in the memory of our Total Self. There is a great database of every moment of experience, through many many lifetimes.
Let us take an example:
Mistar X is now 70 years old, he has lived a great life and he has many high valued lessons stored in his memory. His is starting to show symptoms of Alzheimers, over the next 10 years his brain degenerates severely, his memory is pretty much ruined, he can barely take a fork and feed himself, but that will soon too be forgotten.
Mistar X is now 82 years old, his body is starting to shut down, most of his brain functions are destroyed, and the life supporting part is soon gone too. His physical brain is pretty much useless at this point. The next day he breaths his last breath.
Is his whole life now useless? Since his physical brain is ruined? His state in the exit was pretty bad. No, his life would still have been of great value, all his experience and information has been stored in his Total Selfs database. Nothing is lost.
This is important: He was CONSCIOUSNESS experiencing PMR, human life and thus the LIMITATIONS of the physical brain. At the moment he dies he is no longer depended on his physical brain, it is history. The limitations is gone, included every illness that affected him in the physical. His mental clarity is no longer blocked by the brain and its condition. He is free.
It is best to see consciousness as the primary, and the brain as the secondary. The brain is just an instrument, it is the control centre of the physical body. It enables us to experience the physical with all its good feedback mechanisms.
Life review can be seen as an evaluation, and conclusion.
One can experience the up's and down's, all the important decisions, the crucial moments of ones life. One also experience all the pain and sadness we inflicted on others, to really see what one had done. It is to learn and come to terms with that life experience, conclude that life and look forward.
All our thoughts do affect each others, our thoughts can essential change information of the receiver, the degree we are shielded from thoughts depends and many things.
Given enough mental energy and focus, both positive and negative, thought-forms occurs. One can see them as an after-image of strong emotion, the result of malicious thought, or more. The thoughts can actual take form
, hence the name.
Can you imagine the thought-form/thoughts surrounding this Earth? It must be a quite noisy and overwhelming thing to be affected by. *Red Alert, raise shields!* (Star trek) :P
Thanx for the example. I have a follow up question that kinda sidetracks what were talking about. Anyway i'll just ask :) What's the difference between sleeping and meditating? While sleeping your blocking out all thoughts. So why can't you visit some other realities while sleeping?
It is quite complex.
Basically, in sleep we experience different kinds of altered states of consciousness. Most common DREAMS. In dreams we experience the result of our daily thoughts, we experience our fears and desires. And then we learn lessons, from the experiences. In that state we experience many thoughts, but our reasoning is limited and our awareness is pretty dull.
Dreams can actually be classified as NPMR, because we are not in the PMR. The great difference by what we call "Other realites" and dreams is that the dream takes place in a either temporary VR, a subset VR dedicated to dreaming, or self-created VR. The bottom line is that we are not in a shared-consistent-rule-based VR. Though dreams can be shared it is quite rare, but it is possible to be in the same VR when dreaming.
Another aspect is lucid dreaming, being lucid in a dream means one recognise it's a dream and become aware of it, or in other words, the awareness heightens. It is also possible to further increase the awareness from a lucid dream to OBE, but was is happening is better described as tuning in to another VR, a more consistent and shared VR.
As for meditation. There are literally hundreds of different techniques, and different types of states one can enter from meditation.
The meditation I am more familiar with is about having absolutely no thoughts. It can be quite hard, and it differs when there is too much thought-noise. It should be easier to get in the state of no thoughts after some training, but it is possible to experience the state without prior training or experience.
What happens after your thoughts cease to permeate you is that you experience just being
. You are a point of consciousness, in nothingness or "the void"
. It is a very interesting experience as one reach a state of pure bliss.
I have so far experienced that twice, the first time was without effort and a little spontaneous. The second time was while mediation to theta-wave brain-entrainment sound.
If you want to give it a try, you could try to use binaural beat. It can helps the process of changing the brain-wave pattern to something else. Tom is quite an expert in this field since he pioneered the research with Robert Monroe and others.
Search for Hemi-Synch or Binaural Beat Theta on google.