The Relationship of the Mind to the Brain

Our mind lives after death because it is not in the brain

We’ve learned a tremendous amount about reality based on what we’ve received in correspondence from people living in other realities, people who have gone on to what we call the afterlife. It isn’t really an afterlife, it’s all one life. We’re on a spiritual plane right now, and the life that people are living on the next spiritual plane is exactly like this, except it doesn’t have the drawbacks. But we’re learning about our reality based upon what they’re saying to us from their side about their reality, and as a result, we can say some things that we couldn’t say before.

To understand the nature of reality, we must understand what these people in the other realms are saying to us. One of the things that we’re learning is the relationship between the mind and the brain. We must talk about consciousness or the mind to understand the nature of reality, and we must answer some unanswered questions that people are asking like: how do we create our own reality? How do all of us together create this reality that we live in? How can people have near-death experiences and sensory experiences but are not using their brains? How can people living on the next plane of life live in a world that’s just like this world and very much the same way they do things that we do? They experience things that we experience. They have buildings, they have streams, they have mountains. How is all that possible on another realm of life that isn’t on the earth plane? And how can an immaterial mind that is outside of the brain affect the brain and the body and life in general? All of these questions must be answered and nature, the nature of reality, must explain these to be a complete explanation.

The Relationship of the Brain to the Mind

This article explains the relationship of the brain to the mind because that’s central to our understanding of reality and our place in it. There are three explanations of the brain’s relationship to the mind.

The brain creates the mind. The brain secretes the mind like the adrenal gland adrenalin. There is no self in this conception; the mind dies when the brain dies.

The brain receives mind signals, like a radio or television. The brain then uses those to make decisions, navigate in the physical realm, and make the body perform. This belief is that the mind is separate from the brain, but signals are coming to a physical body and a physical brain, and the physical body and brain then act.

The brain receives the mind from a field. Some believe that the mind is in a pervasive field of consciousness that creates the physical world and merges with the brain that is in the physical world.

What follows is an explanation of why none of the three is acceptable as an explanation for the relationship of the mind to the brain.

Explanation 1: The Brain Creates the Mind

We know that the brain does not create the mind. First, no neuroscientists will say that they understand how the mind could be created by the brain or where in the brain the mind is housed. There is nobody who has the answer to that question. Below is a list of scientists who are neuroscientists and surgeons who specialize in consciousness studies. Every one of them agrees that they have no idea how the brain could create a mind. It’s called the hard problem. They cannot find the mind in the brain. They don’t know where it is.

Wilder Penfield Could Not Find the Mind in the Brain

Wilder Penfield the mind is not in the brain so we have life after death

Dr. Wilder Penfield

One of these neuroscientists, Wilder Penfield, spent his whole life looking for the mind in the brain. Wilder was a brain surgeon, and as he was probing the brain when doing brain surgery, he could never find a mind in the brain. He ended up at the end of his life saying the mind makes its impact on the brain but is not in the brain. He wrote, “If there were a mechanism in the brain that could do what the mind does, one might expect that the mechanism would betray itself in a convincing manner by some better evidence of epileptic or electrode act.”

Researchers Discover the Brain Isn’t Big Enough to Hold a Lifetime of Memories

Simon Berkovich with proof the mind is not in the brain

Dr. Simon Berkovich

Another reason we know that the mind couldn’t be in the brain is that the brain doesn’t have the capacity to hold a large body of memories. Independent calculations by two scientists showed that the brain could not hold life’s memories. Simon Berkovich, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Computer Science of the George Washington University, and Dutch brain researcher Herms Romijn, working independently of one another, concluded that it is impossible for the brain to store everything you think and experience in your life.

Remote Viewers See Things That Are a Far Distance from Them

Another reason that we know that the mind is not in the brain is that people like remote viewers are able to experience seeing things without the eyes or the brain involved. Operation Stargate was an operation to spy on the Soviet Union from 1978 to 1995 using remote viewing. One of the most prominent of the government remote viewers was Joe McMoneagle. 

Joe McMoneagle remote viewing shows the mind doesn't need a brain

Joe McMoneagle

Mcmoneagle would be in an office with a recorder sitting with him to take notes. He would warm himself down for as long as 45 minutes. After he had warmed down to the point where he was relaxed and was able to get impressions, he would close his eyes and focus on whatever the target was. He didn’t need to know anything about the target. Impressions would come into his mind, and he would describe them. The person with him would sketch them as he described them, or Joe would sketch them himself.

In one example, Mcmoneagle focused on a target and described hills and towers. He had the impression there was electricity running through the towers as in a grid. At the tops of the towers, there were halos, as he described them, but the halos were invisible. This was his sketch.

Remote viewing of a windmill farm shows the mind is outside the brain

After his session, he was shown the target picture, a wind farm with windmills making electrical power.

Windmill farm with remote viewing

Mcmoneagle saw the hills, towers, and halos at the tops where they were spinning. He was seeing all of that in his mind as he was sitting in a building far removed from the wind farm. That couldn’t have happened if his mind had been confined to his brain encased in that skull. He was able to see without using a brain.

My Own Remote Viewing

I want to give you an example of my own remote viewing. Many people can. It’s a very, very common ability that people have. I did sessions with a man in New Jersey named Bill Walker. Bill sent me an email and said he would like to see what it was like to do remote viewing. He set up an object in his office and wanted me to remote view it from my office in Illinois. I sat in my office in Illinois and focused on his office in New Jersey. I warmed down and closed my eyes. I started getting impressions and sketched the impressions. One of them was rather like a cupola, silver, ribbed, amber or gold between the ribs, a thick button-like thing. Where the ribs came together, they were curved like a cupola with arms. It had a gold or brassy color. It was round, like a sugar bowl with a smooth lid, but it wasn’t a jar. It felt like it was metal. This is my sketch.

Remote viewing of an orb with the mind outside the brain

Then Bill Walker sent back to me a picture of what it was that he had on one of the tables in his home. It was a decorative metal silver and amber ball with a button at the top.

Remote viewing an orb

It would have been impossible if my mind had been confined to my brain, inside of my skull, for me to have been able to get the impressions of that object in New Jersey when I was sitting in my office in Illinois, and also the feel of it that it was metal, that it was gold, it was brassy and so forth. All those things came to me just by relaxing my mind and allowing them to come into my mind.

This is another example. Bill put another object on a table and I was to view it. I got the impression that came into my mind the vision of something that looked like it had petals on it, that was colored peach. It looked like there were two leaves that were coming up and I wrote down that it was green vegetation. At the bottom of it was a box-like thing. This is my sketch.

Remote viewing of a flower proving we live after the brain dies

I sent my sketch to Bill. He returned this picture of the object on a table in his home.

Remote viewing a flower

It would have been impossible for me to have gotten that impression of that plant in New Jersey from my office in Illinois if my mind was in my brain. My mind had to have been separate from my brain.

Stanford Research Institute Study of Remote Viewing’s Validity

We do remote viewing easily, at any time. We’re able to see things that are thousands of miles away just by closing our eyes and focusing on what they are now. The question is: “Is this something that’s really valid, or is this just good guessing at what it might be?” Studies were done based on the government’s work. The government wanted to make sure this was valid because they were putting money into it. They had the Stanford Research Institute do studies of remote viewing’s validity. Edwin May, a researcher in low-energy experimental nuclear physics, did 154 experiments with 26,000 trials over 16 years. May’s findings were that the remote viewers could see without using their eyes, no matter how many miles away the target was. The odds against its being by chance were a billion billion to one.

Studies by Science Applications International of Remote Viewing

Extensive studies were done by the Science Applications International Corporation. The final report by Jessica Utts, a professor of statistics at the University of California Davis, concluded, “It is clear to this author that remote viewing is possible and has been demonstrated.

Studies by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory

Still other studies were done by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory, the Pair laboratory. They conducted 300 and 34 trials of remote viewing and the remote viewers were successful with odds against chance of 100 billion to one.”

We know that remote viewers are successful in being able to quiet their minds and receive impressions about things that are thousands of miles away. That can’t happen if the mind is inside the brain.

Blind People Are Able to See in Near-Death Experiences

There are other reasons we know that the mind is not confined to the brain. Blind people can see when the brain is shut down. In a near-death experience, the brain is not working—the brain is shut down—but in death experiences, blind people are able to see

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey, former chief-of-staff of the Medical City Dallas Hospital, tells the story of a woman named Sarah who was having surgery when her heart stopped. When she awoke, Sarah described in detail what happened while her brain was not functioning: the frantic talk of the surgeons and nurses, the operating room layout, scribbles on the surgery schedule board outside the color of the operating table sheets, the hairstyle of the head scrub nurse, the names of the surgeons in the doctor’s lounge waiting for the operating room, and even the fact that her anesthesiologist was wearing unmatched socks that day. But the most remarkable thing about Sarah’s experience was that Sarah had been blind since birth.

The act of seeing is not something a person automatically is able to do. Infants must learn to have and interpret vision. It takes months for them to learn how to see. Sarah had been blind since birth and had never experienced it, and yet she was able to see acutely and remember what she saw.

Other researchers have also found that near-death experiencers see without their eyes or the brain being involved. Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper wrote the book Mindsight in which they reported interviews of 31 blind and sight-impaired persons who had near-death experiences. 80% of them reported correctly visual experiences with actual colors and their surroundings. One patient who had become totally blind after being sighted for at least 40 years, saw the patterns and the colors on the physician’s new tie. That couldn’t happen if the mind was reliant upon the brain for functioning.

Conclusion About The Suggestion the Brain Creates the Mind

These phenomena show the brain does not create the mind. Neuroscientists who have studied the brain have not been able to discover how a brain could create a mind. Neuroscientists have not been able to find a mind in the brain. The brain does not have the capacity to hold memories. Remote viewers see without using the eyes or the brain, and blind people are able to see in their death experiences when the brain is not functioning. So we know that the brain does not create the mind. The mind works very well outside of the brain. That’s important because it means when the body and brain no longer function, the mind continues to live.

Explanation 2: The Brain Receives Signals from Consciousness Outside of the Body, As a Television Does

The second theory some people hold for the relationship of the mind to the brain is that the brain receives mind signals so the brain can act in the physical realm. This is also not a tenable explanation.

There Is No Way for a Signal to Enter the Brain

The skull has no orifice for a signal to come through. The skull is a hard bony structure that encases the brain. The brain never sees the light of day, and yet these signals are supposed to come through to the brain somehow from outside. But there is no orifice through which that could happen. I’ll use vision as an example because it’s so complex. During the experience of sight, billions of photons enter the pupil of the eye. They strike the retina at the back of the eye. The retina contains two types of photoreceptors in a layer against the back of the eyeball: rods and cones. There are approximately 100 and 20 million rod cells and six million cone cells. The rods are for low-light vision, the cones for daylight and brightly colored vision. There are red-sensitive, green-sensitive, and blue-sensitive cones.

People can see in NDEs

A second layer is called the inner nuclear layer. It contains four types of horizontal cells, 11 types of bipolar cells, and 22 to 30 types of amacrine cells.

Now. If your eyes are starting to glaze over because of the complexity of what this is describing, this is what is required to have sight. For a signal to come through to the brain, with remote viewing so we get sight from a thousand or two thousand miles away, the signal must duplicate all those things that are going on with the retina, with the ganglion cells, and with the optical cortex. The encoded signals must come into the brain with all of these codes, without the sensory organs being involved at all. Everything must be duplicated in the same way for the brain or the mind to have a visual experience. It’s impossible for that signal to come through and do all of that to create that kind of vision in the mind.

The same thing happens when you bring up a memory. To have that memory image in your mind, there must be billions of neurons dedicated to making the vision happen, just as there are billions of photons coming in to make a pattern on the retina. It would be impossible for a signal to come through and contain all that information. A signal from outside of the brain could not result in remote viewing.

There Is No Known Force That Could Carry Signals to the Brain

The only force that could carry information to the brain is electromagnetism. However, electromagnetism has been shown not to be involved in remote viewing. Lead-lined faraday cages that shield the remote viewer from electromagnetism don’t interfere with remote viewing or psychic activity. Thousands of feet of ocean water above remote viewers in submarines don’t interfere with remote viewing. Electromagnetism could not transmit over the curvature of the earth without assistance from devices such as cell towers. And the signal should weaken over distance. However, the experience of sight happens instantaneously; a person doing the remote viewing receives the vision immediately, with no delay. So we know that a signal couldn’t be coming through with that complex amount of information. That would somehow do something to the brain and then make the brain have vision. But there are other reasons. We know that that’s not possible.

The Immaterial Mind Could Not Influence the Material Brain

The immaterial mind outside of the brain cannot influence the material brain. The immaterial mind has no capacity to act upon the physical brain to bring electricity to it in the same way the visual sensory apparatus allows electromagnetism to come through the eye.

However, the real difficulty with suggesting that an immaterial mind transmits energy to the physical brain is pointed out by quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami.

Amit Goswami and eternal life

Dr. Amit Goswami

Dr. Goswami explains that f there is a loss or gain of energy, it violates the law of the conservation of matter and energy. If a non-material mind interacts with a material body, there must be an exchange of energy between the two domains. However, the energy of the material universe remains constant. That’s the law of conservation of energy. There has been no evidence to show that energy is given to or gained from the mental domain.

Conclusion About the Mind’s Influencing the Brain As a Television Is Influenced

So we know that the brain is not receiving mind signals coming from outside of it. There is no way for the mind to interact with the brain. Signals to the brain would decrease in strength over distance and could not travel over the culture of the earth. People in their death experiences can see and hear normally, but the brain is not functioning. The mind, which is immaterial, could not affect the brain, which is material, and the mind’s influencing the brain would require the creation of energy from the immaterial mind to transfer into the physical realm to make the brain work. That would violate the conservation of matter and energy. So we know that notion of a signal coming into the brain that motivates the brain to work is not an explanation for the relationship of the mind to the brain.

Explanation 3: The Mind and Brain Are in a Field

The last explanation is that the brain receives the mind from a field. Some believe that the mind is in a pervasive field that creates the physical world and merges with the brain in the physical world. The field actually gives rise to the physical realm and the mind so the brain and the mind are both coming from the field. These are not tenable as well. For one thing, none of these explanations demonstrates that consciousness is in a field or what the field is that contains consciousness. The problem remains of not being able to explain how the brain receives the information from the field or sends information into the field to function outside of the brain. The mind functions perfectly well without the brain’s assistance in new death experiences and after the transition from using the body. If the mind were in a field linking brains, the mind would need a functioning brain to have experiences and remember them, but in a near-death experience and after the death of the body, it doesn’t.

Conclusion

The brain does not create the mind, the brain does not receive signals like a TV, and the brain is not in a field that gives rise to both the physical realm and the mind. We know that the brain does not create the mind or act as a receiver for the mind that is outside of the brain.

 

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