Leading neuroscientists all agree that the last great frontier in modern quantum physics lies in the area of consciousness.
Two sides of the debate exist between reductionists, who seek to explain consciousness as a product of sufficiently complex systems, such as the brain, and fundamentalists, who assert the idea that consciousness is not the product of physical systems but rather is itself “fundamental.” A new discovery in quantum physics appears to settle the debate by demonstrating consciousness spatially separates from the physical body during the out-of-body state.
Some Words about the History of Quantum Physics
It is difficult to pinpoint the actual beginning of this story, as the discovery itself would not have made sense without the contributions of a great many of the most brilliant minds in history. In the mid-1800’s, from the likes of James Clerk Maxwell, science began to understand the fundamentals of electricity.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Max Planck solved the “blackbody radiation problem,” offering his ingenious mathematical solution requiring the quantization of the walls of the blackbody cavity – an idea Albert Einstein would more fully develop in his quantization of not only the walls of the blackbody cavity but the radiation itself. Einstein’s resulting solution to the photo-electric effect earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. Planck and Einstein are thus each considered a “father” of quantum physics.
However, in 1926, along came Erwin Schrodinger, whose contribution to science is now the fundamental equation on which all of quantum physics is based. Over the remaining years of the early to mid-1900’s, Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauley, and Warner Heisenberg each made their own significant contributions, followed by scientists like Peter Higgs, Richard Feynman, and Hideki Yukawa to name just a few.
Their contributions, along with those of others, have led to the development of the Standard Model in physics – among the most successful scientific theories ever developed. The discovery entailed here is based on all that quantum physics, and the developers of this science, has revealed about how the universe works.
However, this discovery also did not occur without certain explorers who deviated from the beaten path – individuals who have no recorded history in the annals of mainstream science, but rather began building a bridge across the metaphysical divide.
Science and Metaphysics – a Bridge between Worlds
One such individual was Robert Allan Monroe. A businessman and owner of a few radio stations in the early 1950’s, Monroe began unexpectedly experiencing episodes in which his center of awareness was located at a vantage point outside his physical body.
In the beginning, Monroe was afraid of these events – not only because he initially thought he was dying but, in light of the fact that doctors could find nothing physically wrong with him, Monroe was left wondering about his own sanity. Eventually, his worries subsided, he began to explore the phenomenon, and then shared his life’s experiences in a trilogy of books, the first of which was titled “Journeys Out-of-the-Body” (Doubleday 1971). Monroe is credited with coining the term “out-of-body experience.”
I discovered Monroe’s book in the early 1990’s soon after I began having my own out-of-body experiences. Unlike Monroe, I voluntarily learned how to leave my body by reading a how-to guide – a book titled “Out-of-Body Adventures: 30 Days to the Most Incredible Experiences of Your Life,” by Rick Stack. Yet, it was Monroe’s account, the method he wrote about in his first book, which would later serve to offer a vital clue.
The critical event happened to me in the spring of 1994, when I stumbled onto a discovery that would forever alter the course of my life and begin a decades-long search for answers. Those answers, it turns out, could only be found in science. To share exactly what occurred, a little background information will help.
The Out-of-Body State – How It Happens
The out-of-body experience is achieved through a specific set of circumstances, some of which are physiological, others of which are metaphysical. The body needs to be in the proper physiological state, what is referred to scientifically as the “hypnagogic state,” in which the mind is awake while the body is asleep. In addition to this requirement, successful entry into the RTZ (real time zone) requires the presence of what is commonly known in the literature as the “vibrational surge.”
Much confusion exists surrounding the vibrational surge, most of which stems from the fact that some reported out-of-body events do not involve projection into the particular plane associated with the physical universe and thus the “RTZ.” Consciousness, in the proper state, apparently has the ability to phase inter-dimensionally, in which case the immediate space/time of the physical universe is not necessarily encountered.
This is the world of dreams and higher dimensions – subjects that are considered outside the realm of science and thus are outside the scope of this article.
Add to this the fact that no one seems to know where the vibrations actually come from, or at least that has been the story as told by authors and experts on the subject, and it is clear why the confusion persists. Nonetheless, a great many practitioners have experienced this vibratory sensation, and it is fairly well established in the literature that its presence is a prerequisite.
According to Monroe, as written in his first book, the vibrations can be attained by mentally willing a “point” located approximately six feet above the head down into the body, through the head. If done while in what he refers to as “Focus 10” – the equivalent of the hypnagogic state – this process will cause the onset of the vibrations, from which point the practitioner can easily “will” themselves out of the body.
Discovery of the Vehram Ethereal Array – A Light in the Dark
On a particular spring morning in 1994, I found myself in the hypnagogic state, attempting to leave my body. Like most other occasions, the vibrational surge was not present, and thus leaving my body was virtually impossible. After several attempts, unwilling to give up (on what are indeed the most incredible experiences of one’s life), I finally managed to separate – or at least partially so.
In this particular case, I managed to only separate my left arm. Intrigued by the situation, and quite cognizant of the fact that my physical body was paralyzed and asleep, while my separated ethereal arm was free to move around, I decided to reach out toward my left hand side to see if I could touch the wall, which was several feet away and out of reach from my physical self. As I stretched to about arm’s length, however, I began to feel a slight buzzing in the fingertips of my ethereal hand.
I felt around and could easily discern that the sensation increased around a particular location. Each time I pressed closer, the sensation intensified, and the vibrations began to creep up into my hand and into my arm. Each time I pulled away, the sensation dissipated. As I felt all around this distinct location, it was obvious that the vibrations were most intense near a particular point. I decided to press closer, quite unsure what would happen.
What did happen next was absolutely shocking, literally and figuratively.
As I placed my ethereal hand into the apparent center of where the vibrational sensation was strongest, a flow of ethereal vibrational energy entered through my left arm and into my entire upper torso. The surge of vibrations was so powerful in fact that I could not sustain contact but for the mere fraction of a second it took to realize I was being ethereally electrocuted, whereupon I quickly withdrew my hand!
The surge of energy that had entered my body during this brief instant was enough to fuel a full body separation, which I performed before shortly returning to my body in an effort to mentally digest what had just occurred.
Two things were immediately clear.
1) The energy that entered my body was the same energy I had felt many times previously as “the vibrational surge,” and 2) this source, located to the left, must be connected to the “point” Robert Monroe describes above the head.
Further exploration would reveal not just two, but a total of six points, all of which are located outside the physical body. This system is called the Vehram Ethereal Array, and while it would take many years to fully piece together the significance of what had happened – particularly in terms of the fundamental behaviors governing this system – it would eventually become clear that the Vehram Ethereal Array is the key evidence required to demonstrate consciousness is separate from the physical body and fundamental, that it survives bodily death, and that quantum physics is the key to solving this mystery.