At last! Science and Metaphysics meet This book is the result of a scientist, a medical doctor in the field of cardiology. Naturally, writing for his peers he does not speak of philosophy or metaphysics, or those things which address “why are we here” and “what is the origin of our lives”. Rather, he presents a rational and realistic look at the NDE, at non-local consciousness (and yes it DOES EXIST) and even quotes the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake by discussing Sheldrake’s concept of “morphic resonance” (DNA, heredity and consciousness). Sheldrake is a ground breaker in this area and for any studying non-local consciousness and the entanglement scenario MUST read Sheldrake. And I quote (p. 297): “Consciousness is the nonlocal repository of all past experience. The reception of information from nonlocal space rests on our free will (intention), attention, and the state of our (waking) consciousness. In all probability, our person-specific DNA has given the different manifestations of our consciousness, such as waking consciousness and the individual subconscious, their different places of resonance, both in the brain and in other cell systems, each with an individual access code comparable to a private phone number. There is also a universal or collective human consciousness that links each individual human being with everything in existence or everything that ever was or will be, and this happens vie the universal-human DNA shared access code. This is comparable to an international access code. This universal-human access code (DNA) differs from that of animals and plants……Each part is linked nonlocally with the whole.” Indeed. THIS from a SCIENTIST, no less. Quantum Physics is forcing the materialist mind of science to change direction. The fact that consciousness is ubiquitous CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED any more than we can deny the fact that the earth revolves around the sun (which was once considered a heretical concept!) I find in these pages things I’ve known since very early childhood: everything is conscious. Everything is connected. Everything is retained in the “universe” – all memory, every second, every thought – and consciousness after physical death is PROVABLE (he cites the case of Pam Reynolds which, as far as I’m concerned, absolutely proves consciousness survives death.). There are two words missing from this treatise and of course I’m not at all surprised by this. After all, a scientist wrote it. One of those words is AWE. The universe is an extremely complex organism where the macrocosm reflects the microcosm, where chaos results in in order and vice versa, where every vacuum is FULL of potential, where there is NO darkness (photons are found in the blackest of black places in space). Dr. van Lommel makes a very important point when he discusses “harvesting” organs from patients who are “brain dead”. THEY REQUIRE GENERAL ANESTHESIA FOR THIS PROCEDURE and there ARE cases of “brain dead” patients reviving. So, then, WHAT IS DEATH and what is the morality of such “harvesting”? If a man is dead, why would he require general anaesthesia to remove his heart and why would his body register elevation in blood pressure, heart rate, etc. during the procedure? Why, indeed. Our understanding of death, and our understanding of life, must be of great sorrow to the next three letter word that does not appear in this treatise: GOD. Dr. van Lommel, discussing consciousness and nonlocal space, says, “…..consciousness has a primary presence in the universe, and all matter possesses subjective properties or consciousness. In this view, consciousness is nonlocal and the origin or foundation of everything: all matter, or physical reality is shaped by nonlocal consciousness. There is no longer any distinction between nonlocal space and consciousness. This is not a new insight. As far back as the seventeenth century, Newton held that the omnipresent space might be filled with a ‘spiritual substance’; he called space the ‘divine observatory.'” Divine, indeed. Read “The Living Universe”, Gary Schwartz Ph.D.; “Just Six Numbers”, Martin Rees; “God is Not Dead”, Amit Goswami Ph.D.; “Distant Mental Influence”, William Braud Ph.D.; “The Presence of the Past”, Rupert Sheldrake Ph.D.; “Science and the Near Death Experience”, Chris Carter. And then think about that three letter word: GOD.