is evidence that the Near Death realm can be reached during Out-of-Body
Experiences. Many people describes several visits to levels of
reality in which they encountered deceased friends. One very skilled
out-of-body visitor to the "Other Side" was the Swedish
Edited extract from the book: "The
Bierstadt, Yosemite Valley (1866)
in 1688, Swedenborg was the Leonardo da Vinci of his era.
In his early years he studied science. He was the leading mathematician
in Sweden, spoke nine languages, was an engraver, a politician,
an astronomer, and a businessman, built watches and microscopes
as a hobby, wrote books on metallurgy, color theory, commerce, economics,
physics, chemistry, mining, and anatomy, and invented prototypes
for the airplane and the submarine.
House in which his theological works were written
all of this he also meditated regularly, and when he reached
middle age, developed the ability to enter deep trances during
which he left his body and visited what appeared to him to be
heaven and conversed with "angels" and "spirits."
That Swedenborg was experiencing something profound during these
journeys, there can be no doubt.
became so famous for this ability that the queen of Sweden asked
him to find out why her deceased brother had neglected to respond
to a letter she had sent him before his death. Swedenborg promised
to consult the deceased and the next day returned with a message
which the queen confessed contained information only she and her
dead brother knew.
performed this service several times for various individuals
who sought his help, and on another occasion told a widow where
to find a secret compartment in her deceased husband's desk in
which she found some desperately needed documents. So well known
was this latter incident that it inspired the German philosopher
Immanuel Kant to write an entire book on Swedenborg entitled
"Dreams of a Spirit-Seer".
From an old engraving, showing the House of Nobles (right) and Riddarholm
Church (left, background).
the most amazing thing about Swedenborg's accounts of the
afterlife realm is how closely they mirror the descriptions offered
by modern-day Near Death Experiencers. For example, Swedenborg
talks about passing more beautiful than any on earth and one where
time and space no longer exist, a dazzling light that emitted
a feeling of love, appearing before beings of light, and being
enveloped by an all-encompassing peace and serenity.
says that he was allowed to observe firsthand the arrival of the
newly deceased in heaven, and watch as they were subjected to
the life review, a process he called "the opening of the
Book of Lives." He acknowledged that during the process a
person witnessed "everything they had ever been or done,"
but added a unique twist. According to Swedenborg, the information
that arose during the opening of the Book of Lives was
recorded in the nervous system of the person's spiritual body.
Thus, in order to evoke the life review an "angel" had
to examine the individuals entire body "beginning with the
fingers of each hand, and proceeding through the whole."
also refers to the holographic thought balls the angels use
to communicate and says that they are no different from the portrayals
he could see in the "wave-substance" that surrounded
a person he describes these telepathic borsts of knowledge as
a picture language so dense with information that each image contains
a thousand ideas. A communicated series of these portrayals can
also be quite lengthy and "last up to several hours, in such
a sequential arrangement that one can only marvel.
note: read about Robert Monroe's R.O.T.E.
even here Swedenborg added a fascinating twist. In addition
to using portrayals, angels also employ a speech that contains
concepts that are beyond human understanding. In fact, the main
reason they use portrayals is because it is the only way they
can make even a pale version of their thoughts and ideas comprehensible
to human beings.
Swedenborg's experiences even corroborate some of the less commonly
reported elements of the NDE. He noted that in the spirit world
one no longer needs to eat food, but added that information takes
its place as a source of nourishment. He said that when spirits
and angels talked, their thoughts were constantly coalescing into
three dimensional symbolic images, especially animals.
example, he said that when angels talked about love and affection
"beautiful animals are presented, sduch as lambs... When
however the angels are talking about evil affections, this is
portrayed by hideous, fierce, and useless animals, like tigers,
bears, wolves, scorpions, snakes, and mice.
it is not a feature reported by modern NDEers, Swedenborg
said that he was astonished to find that in heaven there are
also spirits from other planets, an astounding assertion for
a man who was born over three hundred years ago!
intriguing of all are those remarks by Swedenborg that seem to
refer to reality's holographic qualities. For instance, he
said that although human beings appear to be separate from one
another, we are all connected in a cosmic unity.
each of us is a heaven in miniature, and every person, indeed
the entire physical-universe, is a microcosm of the greater
divine reality. As we have seen, he also believed that underlying
visible reality was a wave-substance.
fact, several Swedenborg scholars have commented on the many parallels
between some of swedenborg's concepts and Bohm and Pribram's
theory. One such scholar is Dr. George F. Dole, a professor
of theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts.
who holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and Harvard, notes that
one of the most basic tenets of Swedenborg's thinking is that
our universe is constantly created and sustained by two wavelike
flows, one from heaven and one coming from our own soul or spirit.
"If we put these images together, the resemblance to the
hologram is striking" says Dole.
are constituted by the intersection of two flowsone direct,
from the divine, and one indirect, from the divine via our environment.
We can view ourselves as interference patterns, because the
inflow is a wave phenomenon, and we are where the waves meet."
also believed that, despite its ghostlike and ephemeral qualities,
heaven is actually a more fundamental level of reality than our
own physical world. It is, he said, the archetypal source from
which all earthly forms originate, and to which all forms return,
a concept not too dissimilar from Bohm's idea of the implicate
and explicate orders. In addition he too believed that
the afterlife realm and physical reality are different in degree
but not in kind, and that the material world is just a frozen
version of the thought-built reality of heaven.
matter that comprises both heaven and earth "flows in
by stages" from the Divine, said Swedenborg, and "at
each new stage it becomes more general and therefore coarser and
hazier, and it becomes slower, and therefore more viscous and
filled almost twenty volumes with his experiences, and on
his deathbed was asked if there was anything he wanted to recant.
He earnestly replied: "Everything that I have written is
as true as you now behold me. I might have said much more had
it been permitted to me. After death you will see all, and then
we shall have much to say to each other on the subject."
Edited extract from: "The
Holographic Universe", p 257-259
Brief Biography of Emanuel Swedenborg
The Holographic Universe Now