Intersection of science and spirituality

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As a society, we have the tendency to see the universe as a collection of separate objects rather than a unified living process. We fragment the world in an effort to make better sense of it, defining our individual selves as separate from the universe, the earth, and other human and nonhuman beings. Despite our best efforts, looking outward for meaning and answers has not given us the peace we seek, instead causing innumerable problems in science and society.

Ultimately, in order for us to evolve beyond this perspective and become more fully aware of the expanded reality within which we exist, we will need to invoke something within us which reaches beyond materialism. We will need to recognize and use our higher capabilities.

As a neurologist/neuroscientist, I have experienced the brain and consciousness from numerous perspectives in a variety of clinical and research settings. In my college days, I had taken a road less traveled to medical school by concentrating my coursework in physics, chemistry and mathematics, subjects which were not only fascinating, but which also provided very different ways to approach and reflect upon reality and the universe.

Throughout my scientific training and subsequent career, I found myself consistently gravitating not only to the science and medical sections of bookstores but also to the metaphysical, New Age, self-help and spiritual sections of such stores in search of answers to many of the ongoing mysteries of science and to many of life’s most profound and perplexing questions.

The Theory of Reality (TOR) represents an amalgamation of all of these perspectives and how they complement and inform one another rather than how they compete with or detract from one another.

Although important bits and pieces of the TOR and its infrastructure and underpinnings have been presented in various forms over the past 100 years, the TOR differs from anything else that has been previously advanced. It’s unique and integrative approach allows a transformative new level of understanding of ourselves, our lives and our place in the universe.

With the support of world leaders in neuroscience, we have created a new knowledge base which provides compelling scientific evidence for existence beyond the brain. We have credible new evidence that you can exist and function separately without your brain; that the you beyond your brain is indestructible, even by physical death; that your brain does not create your thoughts; and that your brain and body are temporary vehicles rather than your core identify. Deeply understanding these concepts is fundamental to virtually any form of what has been referred to as spiritual enlightenment.

We have found that near-death experiences and other types of peak experiences are valid, real phenomena and not hallucinations, seizures or some other aberration. These experiences can be induced by many techniques. Facilitation of peak experiences, seconds to minutes where one feels the highest levels of peace, happiness, connectedness, harmony and possibility, can advance one’s higher understanding and spiritual discovery.

Such experiences are often pivotal moments in a person’s life and are commonly associated with key insights, “waves of understanding,” uncommon creativity and/or “thought balls” (large packages of thoughts/ideas that arrive instantaneously and unfold in real time as they are processed and expressed through our brains).

A variety of tools and techniques have been associated with producing or facilitating peak experiences or with otherwise deeply enhancing one’s creative, intellectual, visionary or integrative understanding and/or capabilities. Everyone has the capacity to accomplish all of the expanded-reality techniques discussed in the TOR if they are so inclined and if they dedicate some time and energy to it.

The TOR also provides credible proof that consciousness is not something that arises from the human brain, but rather is the fundamental fabric of all that exists including ourselves.

The purpose of the TOR is to empower people with knowledge and tools to look inward for their own answers to profound questions. Deeply understanding the TOR brings with it personal enlightenment, decreased fear of death and/or anxiety in general, and greater effectiveness, compassion and fulfillment in life. It provides a compelling new vehicle to help anyone to take control of their own life journey and allow inspiration, uncommon creativity, and greater happiness to unfold.

Dr. David O. Wiebers, a leader in neuroscience, is the author of “Theory of Reality: Evidence for Existence Beyond the Brain and Tools for Yoru Journey.

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  • DT Strain

    In both this article and your website, you say TOR rests on 3 primary categories of evidence:

    1. Evidence that brain activity in and of itself cannot account for consciousness.
    2. Evidence for our ability to exist and function separately without the brain.
    3. Evidence that Near-Death Experiences are valid, real phenomena and not hallucinations, seizures or some other aberration.

    Since none of these have ever been proven in human history, if you have evidence of any one of them, it would be the story of the century (especially the last 2). Yet, oddly, you either do not mention what this evidence is on your site or this article, or you bury it (the most significant aspect of this project, if true) in some obscure place. You even have a section on your website titled “The Scientific Evidence” but the page merely lists these and some other bullet points labeling it – not providing it.

    Can you share what this evidence is with us, even if briefly comapred to your book?


  • itsthedax

    I’m a little disappointed that the Post would let itself be a shill for Dr Wieber, so he could market his self-published bit of pseudo-science.

  • uselessinfomant

    This article is nothing but pseudoscience! For shame, WaPo, for shame!

  • sachambers

    DT Strain’s comments are salient and important – and yes, I agree that this would be among the most important discoveries of the century.
    As someone who has read the book and studied the website, I can tell you that the evidence IS THERE in the book and you need to look at all of it (a paragraph or a page or two won’t be very helpful). It is something that a large audience of neuroscientists at the University of Oxford and a larger audience of neuroscientists from 81 countries at a world congress on neuroscience in France recently heard for the first time and declared was a revolutionary discovery and would change science and humankind forever.
    Take the time to look in the book at the evidence because reading it may change your life. Not only does it provide convincing scientific evidence, but it also provides the tools for anyone to prove these concepts for themselves by directly experiencing them—and yes, this could be one of the most significant discoveries of our lifetime!

  • DT Strain

    Thanks sachambers. While I don’t doubt your sincerity, and will likely look into this further, I have two initial reactions…

    1) Even though I can appreciate that a paragraph or two cannot do justice to many ideas, and many things are subtle and complex – it seems difficult to imagine that *some* kind of summary of what this evidence entails isn’t possible.

    2) While I do not disparage popular science books, and enjoy many of them and find pop-sci to be an important part of making science accessible to the culture at large, I do wonder why such a significant achievement has not made its way into major peer reviewed scientific journals (unless it has and I’m ignorant of it).

    Please don’t take these posts as rhetorical questions. I genuinely would like to give these ideas a fair hearing, but I’m sure many readers will have these same responses and the writer and his supporters should be aware.

    Best wishes

  • Joel Hardman

    My baloney detector is going nuts! What exactly is this evidence the author has gathered that near death experiences and the like are real?

  • sachambers

    Try reading the book to see.

  • sachambers

    Theory of Reality was just introduced to the highest levels of academia (and very well received) at the University of Oxford and the World Congress of Neurology in Nice, France last month. Reviews of those presentations is available on the Web site.

  • sachambers

    Regarding DT Strain’s last comment, it’s difficult to boil down 82 pages covering 11 scientific evidence categories to a page or two. The categories overlap and interface and there is cross-referencing which helps one understand how “it all fits together”. That said – some of the evidence pages are viewable on Amazon and the TOR Website. You can also prove to yourself your ability to exist outside your body and brain by using the tools and techniques provided.