Albert Einstein once said “Now Besso has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us … know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion,” speaking of his friend that passed. He was alluding to the idea that death is just an illusion.
One of the biggest existential questions haunting the mind of scientists and the average person alike since the beginning of time is what happens after death. Over time as technology evolves so have our answers. There is still an infinite number of possible answers but one of the latest studies says it’s because death doesn’t exist.
An Endless Number of Universes
According to Robert Lanza, M.D, death is actually a door to an endless number of universes. That means that just as you live your life right now, another version of you lives its life and makes different decisions that alter its outcome. So whatever regret you have in this life or opportunity you long for, it’s likely happening in some universe.
Lanza asserts that anything that possibly can happen is happening in some universe. Every single possible outcome plays out in one of the endless universes. For that reason, he concludes that death can’t exist in these scenarios since they’re all happening at the same time. If your brain hurts, bare with us.
Consciousness Is Energy
As it turns out, the only reason we associate our consciousness, so the awareness that we exist, with our physical body, is because of the energy working in our brains. This energy lets us know we’re alive.
We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Our association with our body is so strong that when we “die’ we assume that both our body and consciousness also shut off. Yet biocentrism, a new theory of everything, is suggesting that death is not the end like we think. We have the power to change our brain circuits with new associations, like learning that fire is hot by touching it. This shows that what we see would not be perceived without our consciousness.
We Create Our Own Reality
Biocentrism believes that life and consciousness are both fundamental to the ways of the universe. Lanza also adds that it’s consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around. That means that it’s us who have the power to create our own realities.
Think of the power of perception. There is the truth and there is our interpretation of it depending on the way we experience it, which varies from person to person and brain to brain. Everything you see and experience right now‚ including the words you’re reading is information translated in your mind. Some concepts like time and space can’t be grasped with perception.
Death Breaks The Mind And Body Connection
Think of air, you know it’s all around you but if you clench your fist to grab unto it what do find when you open your hand? Nothing. This is an example of how something can exist without having a tangible body presence.
Lanza believes that when we die, we experience a break in the string that binds the mind and body together as one. The mind and body connection which is intertwined in each of the universes breaks and allows for consciousness to flow and join a collective space. Once this takes place, we also experience a break from our connection of times and places.
All The Possibilities Are Played Out
In a conversation with Huffington Post, Lanza explained that space and time are just tools that our minds use to make sense of our experience, like a language for consciousness.
“Everything that can possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death doesn’t exist in these scenarios since all of them exist simultaneously regardless of what happens in any of them. The “me” feeling is just energy operating in the brain. But energy never dies; it cannot be destroyed.” Every single possible scenario to live is played out somewhere, at some point.
Like The End Of A TV Series
If you’re still having a hard time grasping this concept, Lanza invites you to think of his idea of death as finishing a good TV series. You can experience different stories, different characters, and different endings from all around the director’s table, and just like with all the different versions in the universe, at the end of each plotline, it’s still you.
In a way, your story is always unfinished because somewhere out there another version of you is playing out a different story. After all death, just like our consciousness, is just energy, and energy can’t be created or destroyed, this is a law of physics.
The Study Of Consciousness And The Universe
If you want to read more about this to make sense of it, Lanza wrote a whole book about it entitled, “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe.“ Naturally, it has been received with some controversy.
However, Lanza’s findings raise an important conversation about life and death and could be the missing puzzle pieces to some of science’s most complicated puzzles. This theory suggests that space and time, including death and matter itself, are just a perception or an illusion that depends on the observer.
The Freedom Of Consciousness
If we chose to believe this theory it could actually bring us a lot of f freedom and power over ourselves and our lives. It would mean that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe are malleable. We could create the kind of life we desire most by making the decisions that serve us best in endless options.
We would also have nothing to lose since the fear of death would disappear and we would instead accept a timeless and spaceless world where we’re all connected in some way to each other, and ourselves across past, present, and future.
Remember That Energy Is Flowing
Energy can’t be created nor destroyed which means that the only time that matters is the present since there is technically no past nor future. How this impacts death is still uncertain but it still should encourage you to remain in a state of mindful flow.