The Theory of Consciousness: Does it Explain Life After Death?

There are many theories about consciousness, but the most intriguing one is the quantum consciousness hypothesis (quantum mind). The question is whether it can really prove that there is life after death. This article is about consciousness: about endless vs. waking consciousness, the brain and the consciousness (quantum mind) and quantum physics and consciousness. To learn more about different brain-consciousness theories, please read the article about the brain and consciousness. It leaves you, the reader, with the thought, or possibly an answer to the most asked question of all times: Is there life after death? But first, what is consciousness?

What Is Consciousness?

Energy flows where attention goes. (Unknown)

It is difficult to give one definition of consciousness because the term refers to many different forms of consciousness. One who is awake is conscious (this is known as waking consciousness), and one who is in deep and dreamless sleep is said to be experiencing no consciousness. If you have read the above added articles about consciousness, you already know that consciousness is subjective and not scientifically verifiable. The physicist and psychologist Peter Russell compared consciousness with a film projector. The projector throws light onto a screen and consequently, the projected images change constantly. These images (our memories, feelings, thoughts, etc) do not constitute consciousness itself. When the images are gone, the projector’s light remains – the pure source of consciousness.

Consciousness is a term that refers to the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. (Source: Wikipedia)

Consciousness and Reality

Who are we in essence, independent of our feelings and ideas, and what shapes our consciousness? What determines how we experience our consciousness? Why and where consciousness originated will most likely always remain a mystery, and I must agree with Pim van Lomel, a Dutch cardiologist and author of the book Consciousness Beyond Life, that the answer to this question is unknowable. Consciousness is invisible, not measurable, intangible. I also believe that because our body restricts our ability to perceive ‘true reality,’ this true reality is unknowable.

Individual vs. Collective Consciousness

The characteristics of individual consciousness are waking consciousness, self-awareness, memories, our awareness of what we dream, our ability to reflect on what we think, etc. Collective human consciousness is universal and it connects an individual with everything.

Nonlocal Consciousness

If you take the approaches in quantum physics, nonlocal consciousness is connected to nonlocal space – a dimension where there is no time and no space. This dimension is the source of both the physical world and consciousness. Nonlocal consciousness is the source of waking consciousness and all other forms of consciousness. Watch this interview with Pim van Lommel to learn more:

Consciousness After Physical Death

The discoveries in near-death experience research support the theory of consciousness as being present at all times (endless, everlasting). In his book, Pim van Lommel quotes one of his patients who reported an NDE: ‘I can live without my body, but my body cannot live without me.’ The author of this book explains that NDErs have never really died, but they regained consciousness. They usually report being in a place where time and place play no role. Just a mere thought or memory makes it possible to travel through time, meet other deceased people, communicate with them, get a clear picture of all the things that may come to their attention. They report that this is an altered state of consciousness, enhanced, lucid consciousness more real than reality itself. One of the patients said:

‘The dead turned out not to be dead.’

To learn more, watch the second part of the interview with Pim van Lommel:

For more information about the theory of consciousness, quantum mind and quantum physics and consciousness, look inside Pim van Lommel’s book Consciousness Beyond Life: