An anaesthetist will tell you that death is a process during which your vital organs progressively close down their function until activity ceases. Another explanation is a progressive acidosis which is apparently a lowering of pH of the blood and tissues. What happens is that all of the enzymes that catalyze biological function only work within a narrow range of acid-base balance in the body. The more severe the acidosis, the less compatible that pH is with life.
The myocardium or cardiac heart muscle becomes agitated and gets extra beats. As the heart dies, the rate of the beats slow down, and a nabnormal pattern of breathing characterized by gasping, labored breathing, accompanied by strange vocalizations develops. Then there is a time of ventricular fibrillation making the lower ventricles quiver rather than contract properly then the heart goes electrically silent. Time of physical death is recorded. End of story? No
There are seven chakras in the body along the spine which are the energy centers in through which energy flows through. It has been observed by energy workers who can monitor such things is that the chakras slow then stop turning and then they disappear. There is no body heat left and no chakras.
So where does this energy go?
There have been theories pit forward by quantum physics experts. They looked at near death experiences. Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, advanced the theory on a television documentary. He defines a near death experience as an event when quantum substances which form the soul detach from the nervous system and enter the universe at large. So consciousness is in this model a quantum computer programme in the brain, whic is not dependent upon the brain but can persist in the universe after death.
Dr Hameroff he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose devised this theory of consciousness which says that the essence of our soul is held inside structures called microtubules which are in our brain cells. So not only do they say that the soul essence exists but they have a structural theory of where it is held during life. Furthermore they reason that what we experience as our consciousness is the outcome of what they have called dubbed orchestrated objective reduction or Orch-Or or the effect of quantum gravity effects. This is a highly interesting and significant suggestion, that our souls are made from the fabric of the universe and could have existed since “time” began. (So our physical bodies came from star materials including these microtubules which were “designed” to temporarily or throughout our lives, house the soul essence..what kind of consciousness are we referring to here? Is this just exclusively human or does it “hold true” for animals too? It must..different consciousness containers? Hmm so may questions…)
Dr Hameroff thinks that during a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state. The key thing is that the information within them is not destroyed. It temporarily (as this is a near death experience) vacates its physical location within the body and returns to the cosmos, its permanent home. When the patient is revived, the quantum information returns to the microtubules.
So in death then, the information would return to the cosmos, which it is part and parcel of and stay there….and becomes the Soul. So the Soul is defined as quantum information. The Soul is always there but in life it is localised, after death it is non localised.
The theory has of course been challenged, as one would expect of all theories. Physicists including Max Tegmark have done so. But Dr Hameroff maintains that quantum physics research is starting to validate the Orch-Or theory as it is also validating other biological processes including bird navigation etc.
Now I am going to look at Robert Lanza M.D who is the co-author of “Biocentrism:How Life and Consciousness Are The Key To Understanding The True Nature of The Universe” www.twitter.com/RobertLanza
He also posits that death may not be the final act that we are accustomed to thinking that it is. He also uses the quantum physics theories to support his claims.He looks at the many worlds interpretation which says that there are as many universes as possible observations. These universes are manifold so are called “multiverse” The new theory which is called biocentrism explains these notions. It states that there are an infinite number of universes. This means that anything that could happen, any variant of an outcome that is possible does actually manifest in some part of the universe. So everything that could possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death does not come into it in any of these scenarios. Every possible universe exists now, simultaneously. Individual bodies are built to self destruct. That process is innate but the actual consciousness is not actually part of that physical temporary construct, the body, it is energy which is located in the brain(cue in the microtubules again) This energy does not just vanish into thin air at death. Well it kind of does, as far as our physical detection senses would say, but science states emphatically that energy never dies. It can only be transferred within the “system”, however far that stretches and/or transformed. Lanza asks whether this energy can move into other universes and cross boundaries. He thinks that it does. Our consciousness continues because it is constituted of energy.
So Schrodinger’s cat would be dead and alive simultaneously, in different parts of the universe. I have been to the chapel of rest to see my grandmother, my boyfriend and my mother. Each time it struck me how “empty” the room felt. Not just the bodies. The whole atmosphere within the room. We tend to associate life with the physical body walking around. When we watch someone sleeping, even if they are breathing quietly and their chest is hardly rising, we still know that they are there. When a person has “passed over” it is the intangibility which is so noticeable. What makes a person? What makes a person “them”? Is it really their appearance, the way their hair is parted, the way that they sit, the food that they eat? When a person’s speech or behaviour, which is the evidence to us that there is consciousness there, is different we say “Rose is not herself” today and we feel a little strange. The person looks the same so we expect this body to be accompanied by the customary continuation of consciousness that our customary continuation of consciousness, our sense of I, usually relates to. So the person, the consciousness does not really have much to do with the body does it, if you really break it down. The light, well the head was on, but there is no one home. Or no one that we recognize. I could go out tomorrow with my hair dyed six colours, wearing a kilt and flippers but you would still know it’s me because my customary continuation of consciousness would relate to yours as normal. You might say “Rose does not look herself today” but you might actually say “Rose is herself today, just making a fashion statement of some kind”
Well I have rambled on for long enough but I find this sort of theorising very interesting and thought provoking. We are the observor/participants in our daily lives and if these theories hold weight, which I think they do, then we are the observor/participants in our passing from the physical state too. Everything we do or plan has the potential to manifest in myriad forms. It is only when we put our mental stamp on it that we fix an outcome, we collapse the wave function. Be more open about the future of your consciousness after you leave your physical body. Remember your microtubules. Don’t leave home/your body without them.
When my boyfriend, Kevin passed over in 1986, I wrote a poem. I have lost it since and can only recall snippets but I do remember writing “Even in the midst of Death we are in Life. Don’t believe all you read on the tombstones”