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Something to Think About

The ancient Hebrew wisemen believed that the mind resided in the heart. That’s why everytime you read the biblical scriptures, when you see the word “heart”, most of the times it is referring to the mind.

The ancient Greeks were divided as to the respective roles of the heart and other parts of the body. Many of them believed that the mind resided in the liver, that’s why their warriors devoured the liver of their most skilled defeated enemies. But some philosophers, such as Aristotle, believed that the heart was the seat in which intelligence resided.

This idea persisted for many years. Even in the 17th century, Descartes felt that the flow of blood from the heart to the brain served the purpose of producing “animal spirits” which animated the body, and this was not so far fetched since due to poor Bible translations, many believed (they still do) that “spirit” -our highest self- and “soul” -that which animates our body- are one and the same.

It was in 1791, when Galvani showed that electricity existed as a force within the body – in fact, inside the brain cells. He showed in a sequence of experiments that it was possible to control the motor nerves of frogs using electrical currents. (Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” is testament to the flurry of public interest in this new research.) From there, the study of the physical workings of the brain convinced scientists and researchers that it was in this organ where the mind resided.

But the latest advanced science findings have proved them all wrong: You see, the mind does not reside in the heart, the liver or the blood, nor in the brain or other part of the physical body.

Spirit and the Mind: Beyond the Brain

The mind resides in the spirit. Furthermore, the mind is an essential part of the spirit.

It is what we can call “the human mind” the one that interrelates with our matter mainly through our brain and nerves in our body, though many other parts of our matter also are involved in our human mind processes: all kind of energies and biochemistry sustances are continuously flowing in our matter.


Serious Clinical Investigations

The ongoing Dutch scientific study mentioned in this video, was published in the British magazine “The Lancet”, which is considered the most reliable and prestigious science publication in the world, and then, it was included in a serious documentary by the BBC of London, dealing with the subject of NDE or Near Death Experiences.

The study was first initiated in 1988, after compiling the data of many cardiac arrest patients that experienced clinical death and were back again from it.

After analysing the surprising findings of the study, and worried about the repercusions that these findings could have, mainly in the psychology and psychiatric fields, Dr. Van Lommel, the chief researcher decided to run the whole study again, with independent auditors and with even tighter methodology and the results were the same as before.

As expected, once the study was published, the psychologists went to attack it: Many of their theories were strongly challenged para those scientific clinical findings, so they tried to disqualify the study… with more new theories, not facts. Take in account that the psychologist are not medical doctors, though there is a recent branch, named “clinical psychology” with much more solid scientific background.

The neuropsychiatrists, that have a scientific clinical training, have found in that study quite valuable information which is the answer to many questions that their profession have had for decades.

Bruce Greyson MD, prominent American researcher and former student of Ron Moody, as well as Sam Parnia, MD, and Peter Fenwick, MD, both in the UK, reiterate the findings in the prospective study of cardiac arrest patients.

And this is something to think about.


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