Divided Minds: Is Consciousness Inside or Outside of the Brain?
Updated: Feb 9
I don’t think you can locate the source of consciousness. I am quite sure it is not in the brain, not inside of the skull … It actually, according to my experience, would lie beyond time and space, so it is not localizable. You actually come to the source of consciousness when you dissolve any categories that simply imply separation, individuality, time, space, and so on. You just experience it as a presence.
Stanislav Grof, Psychiatrist
Even the physicists and scientists who proselytize the materialistic model have been forced to the edge of the precipice. They must now admit to knowing just a little bit about 4% of the material universe they know exists but must confess to being totally “in the dark” about the other 96%. And that doesn't even begin to address the even grander component that is home to the “Consciousness” that I believe to be the basis of it all.
Eben Alexander, Academic Neurosurgeon and NDEer
Neither the mind nor the world is divided into compartments.
Bernard D’Espagnat, Theoretical Physicist, Philosopher
As lifetime experiencers, the Lynn and Barbara maintain that near-death experiences (NDEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), unidentified aerial related contact (UAP-related contact), and past-life recall are non-local, interconnected experiences. They occur beyond space, time, and our physical senses.
They are not uncommon yet are consistently under-reported due to fear of ridicule, professional “suicide,” confusion, and/or embarrassment. Experiencers unshakably believe that extraordinary phenomena are realer-than-real, existing outside of our earthly time continuum. Yet, the majority of humanity continues to operate in a three-dimensional world bound by time, space, and belief in localized consciousness. Why is this? Is there an answer?
Larry Dossey, MD, offers one explanation: “We don’t know who first discovered water, but we can be sure it wasn’t a fish … Continual exposure to something reduces our awareness of its presence. Over time, we become blind to the obvious. We swim in a sea of consciousness like a fish swims in water. And like a fish that has become oblivious to his aqueous environment, we have become dulled to the ubiquity of consciousness.”
Cardiologist Pim van Lommel asserts: “Scientific research into extraordinary experiences highlights the limitations of our current medical and neurophysiological ideas about the various aspects of human consciousness or self … and the brain on the other … For decades, extensive research has investigated localized consciousness and memories inside the brain, so far without success.”
Penny Wilson, RN, contributed her near-death experiences (NDEs) to our book. She explains how these profound occurrences absolutely convinced her that consciousness is not brain based:
I have had anomalous experiences since childhood. When I was a little girl, I experienced communication from my maternal grandmother who had passed away. That experience was one my mother and I shared.
I had OBEs from a very young age and didn’t understand what they were. I thought everyone was having these experiences and wasn’t even aware they were out of the ordinary until I was a teenager.
In adulthood, I’ve had multiple NDEs and have had to remind myself to “stay in my body.” It seems once you’ve been “out” it becomes second nature to transition between the dimensions. My near-death experiences definitively convinced me that consciousness is not held in the brain, like some sort of component, but rather, is accessible via the brain. My work as a nurse further solidified my belief that consciousness is indeed non-local. As patients neared death, it was clear to me they were communicating with and accessing other realms.
Lynn Miller, co-author of Convergence, has had hundreds of controlled out-of-body experiences (OBEs). As Penny, Lynn's OBEs have shaped her understanding of non-local consciousness:
The night skies have always called to me. It has become an impulse to look up— not to look for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), because I have seen so much more—but to feel the connection to the universe as it sees its own magnificence through my eyes.
I have had a lifetime of anomalous experiences: of beings, of other worlds, a connection, and communication that reveals itself in purity and total transparency. Within us are the stars, and they are ours. I am me, in this here and now, but I am also there in what is unseen.
We are multidimensional beings, our minds are beyond our physical bodies, enabling us to experience other realms. The universe creates life—that is its purpose. Whether this life is in our own “denser” reality or in realms we cannot see, it is there, and it is real. It is within us to explore it, as it reaches out for us. All we must do is reach out and grab it.
When presented with a multitude of anomalous reports, science must focus on the information provided by experiencers. It is obliged to examine, “What is Consciousness?” and “What is the true nature of our reality?” The answers and data may rattle conventional research. However, pushing the limits of current understanding is the only way to instigate new, cutting-edge hypotheses.
If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black … it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.
William James, Philosopher and Psychologist
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