Out Of Body


Scanning of a human brain by X-rays


There’s this thing inside our heads. It’s called the brain. The brain is what tethers us to our body, the thing that tells us what we are thinking and feeling. What about the soul? This is something humans have contemplated, debated and searched for since we became aware of ourselves. We know where the brain is, but where exactly is the soul? Is it on our hearts, our stomach, our brain, or all of the above? Does it have a place at all?

I’ve been intrigued by the newest discoveries about the inner workings of the brain in the last 5 years. They say the vastness of the inside our electric network that we call the brain can be compared to the known universe. I don’t know about you, but I can barely comprehend Mars, let alone our galaxy and other galaxies beyond our own. I’m not a sci-fi geek per say but I like to think about what my own life means in relation to those around me as well as the stars that I will never touch.

Neurophysiologists have discovered a way for paraplegic individuals to move things with their brains. That is, their brains are hooked up to computers, which interpret the signals and move objects outside of themselves. One could say that this is one kind of “out of body experience.” Scientists say that in time, it could be possible for me to be sitting in my own home and think about moving the keys on a keyboard in another country. My mind would be affecting objects outside of my body, outside of my own physical reach. Crazy-town.

If this is true, how do my intentions fit in to all of this? My moral code? If my actions for example can be controlled by my mind and computer assistance, where does my heart and my soul come into play? Does my soul, stay here with me in my body, is it contained to my skin or does it follow my intentions? Just like when a loved one dies, are there are intentions still clear and present? Does their spirit still resonate with you?

When I was a kid, I read a book called “A Wrinkle in Time.” In it, the children travel through different dimensions, one in which they are flat. I thought that this was the stuff of fantasy until…I had an out of body experience a few years ago that has led to me to some answers about where one’s soul might actually be located. I was deep in meditation, when through no pre-meditation of my own (see what I did there), my soul or what felt like my insides leapt above my body. It seemed to hover like people say who have had near death experiences. And then, like a video game, that soul energy slid to the right, to the left, expanded and then begin to shrink slowly back to it’s original form and back into body. While it was happening, I told myself not to fight it. It was a little scary and I felt out of control, out of my body. But still, I felt in tact, I felt like I was still ME.

I’m excited about what’s to come next in the discovery of the brain and how it works and how it may or may not be related to the stars. But one thing I know for sure, it’s all made of the same stuff. More on this later- still learning…