The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field by Ervin LaszloThe Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field by Ervin Laszlo

The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field

byErvin Laszlo

Paperback | February 12, 2009

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Firsthand testimonies by 20 leaders in culture and science of their interactions with the Akashic field

• Provides important evidence for the authenticity of nonmaterial contact that human beings have with each other and with the cosmos

• Demonstrates that the increasing frequency and intensity of these experiences is evidence of a widespread spiritual resurgence

• Includes contributions by Alex Grey, Stanislav Grof, Stanley Krippner, Swami Kriyananda, Edgar Mitchell, and others

Knowing or feeling that we are all connected to each other and to the cosmos by more than our eyes and ears is not a new notion but one as old as humanity. Traditional indigenous societies were fully aware of nonmaterial connections and incorporated them into their daily life. The modern world, however, continues to dismiss and even deny these intangible links--taking as real only that which is physically manifest or proved “scientifically.” Consequently our mainstream culture is spiritually impoverished, and the world we live in has become disenchanted.

In The Akashic Experience, 20 leading authorities in fields such as psychiatry, physics, philosophy, anthropology, natural healing, near death experience, and spirituality offer firsthand accounts of interactions with a cosmic memory field that can transmit information to people without having to go through the senses. Their experiences with the Akashic field are now validated and supported by evidence from cutting-edge sciences that shows that there is a cosmic memory field that contains all information--past, present, and future. The increasing frequency and intensity of these Akashic experiences are an integral part of a large-scale spiritual resurgence and evolution of human consciousness that is under way today.
Ervin Laszlo, a leading systems theorist who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and chancellor-designate of the newly formed GlobalShift University. He is the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest ...
Title:The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory FieldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 12, 2009Publisher:Inner Traditions/Bear & CompanyLanguage:English

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SIXTEEN Acceding to the Field The Case of Near-Death Experiences in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest Pim van Lommel Pim van Lommel, a Dutch cardiologist, started his research on neardeath experiences in 1986. He received the Bruce Greyson Research Award on behalf of the International Association of Near-Death Studies in 2005 and in 2006 received the Life Time Achievement Award at the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology. Some people who have survived a life-threatening crisis report an extraordinary conscious experience. I begin this report with the story of a woman who had a near-death experience during delivery. Suddenly I realize I am looking down at a woman who is lying on a bed with her legs in supports. I see the nurses and doctors panicking, I see a lot of blood, I see large hands pressing down hard on the woman’s belly, and then I see the woman giving birth to a child. The child is immediately taken to another room. I know it’s dead. The nurses look dejected. Everybody is waiting. My head is knocked back hard when the pillow is pulled away. Once again, I witness a great commotion. Swift as an arrow I fly through a dark tunnel. I am engulfed by an overwhelming feeling of peace and bliss. I hear wonderful music. I see beautiful colors and gorgeous flowers in all sorts of colors in a large meadow. At the far end is a beautiful, clear, warm light. I see a figure in a light garment. This figure is waiting for me and extends her hand. I feel that I am warmly and lovingly expected. We proceed hand in hand to the beautiful and warm light. Then she lets go of my hand and turns around. I feel that I am pulled back. I notice a nurse slapping me hard on my cheeks and calling me. My reception here in this world was cold, frosty, and above all loveless. The nurse I tried to share my experience with dismissed it by saying I would soon receive some more medication so I could sleep soundly and then it would be all over. All over? I didn’t want it to be over. I wanted to go back. The gynecologist told me I was still young, I could have plenty more children, and I should just move on and focus on the future. I stopped telling my story. I kept silent. Even I had stopped believing myself. As a cardiologist I have had the privilege of meeting many patients who have shared their near-death experiences with me. The first time this happened was in 1969, the year I started my cardiology training. In the coronary care unit the alarm suddenly went off. The monitor showed that the electrocardiogram (ECG) of a patient with a myocardial infarction had become flat. The man had a cardiac arrest (clinical death). After two electric shocks and a spell of unconsciousness lasting some four minutes, the patient regained consciousness, much to the relief of the nursing staff and attendant doctor. That attendant doctor was I. Following the successful resuscitation everyone was pleased, except the patient. To everyone’s surprise he was extremely disappointed. He spoke of a tunnel, of colors, of a light, of a beautiful landscape, and of music. He was extremely emotional. The term near-death experience didn’t yet exist, nor had I ever heard of people having any recollection of the period of their cardiac arrest. In fact, I had learned that such a thing is impossible: being unconscious means not being aware. In the event of a cardiac arrest, a patient is unconscious, has stopped breathing, and has no palpable pulse or blood pressure. I had been taught that at such a moment it’s simply impossible to be conscious or to have memories because all brain function has ceased. Although I never forgot the successfully resuscitated patient from 1969, I had never done anything with the experience. This changed in 1986 when I read George Ritchie’s book about near-death experiences, Return from Tomorrow. When suffering double pneumonia as a medical student in 1943, Ritchie had experienced a period of clinical death. At the time, antibiotics such as penicillin were not yet widely used. Following a period of very high fever and extreme tightness of the chest, he passed away: he stopped breathing and his pulse had gone. He was pronounced dead by a doctor and covered with a sheet. But a male nurse was so upset by the death of this medical student that he managed to persuade the attendant doctor to administer an adrenalin injection in the chest near the hear--a most unusual procedure in those days. Having been “dead” for more than nine minutes, George Ritchie regained consciousness, to the immense surprise of the doctor and nurse. It turned out that during his spell of unconsciousness, the period in which he had been pronounced dead, he had had an extremely deep experience of which he could recollect a great many details. At first he was quite unable and afraid to talk about it. Later he wrote his book about what happened to him in those nine minutes. After reading his book I kept asking myself how someone could possibly experience consciousness during cardiac arrest, and indeed whether this is a common occurrence. That’s why, in 1986, I started systematically asking all the patients at my out-patient clinic who had ever undergone resuscitation whether they had any recollection of the period during their cardiac arrest. I was more than a little surprised to hear, within the space of two years, twelve reports of such a near-death experience among just over fifty survivors of cardiac arrest. Prior to making these inquiries, I had not heard of such reports, except for that first time in 1969. I had not inquired after them either, because I had not been open to them. After all, according to current medical knowledge, it’s impossible to experience consciousness when one’s heart has stopped beating.

Table of Contents

The Akashic Experience:
What It Is and What It Means

Part One
Living the Experience

1 Journey Home: My Life-Transforming Akashic Experience
C. J. Martes

2 Experiences of Infinite Consciousness
Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)

3 Return to Amalfi and the Akashic Home
David Loye

4 Running with Spotted Fawn in the Akashic Field
Stanley Krippner

5 My “Ordinary” Akashic Experiences
Jude Currivan

6 A Journalist’s Encounters with the Akashic Experience
Guido Ferrari

Part Two

Working with the Experience

7 The Living Classroom
Christopher Bache

8 Healing Over Space and Time
Maria Sági

9 The Uses of Akashic Information in Business
William Gladstone

10 Visiting the Omniverse Center: A Mind-Transforming Akashic Experience
Oliver Markley

11 Singing with the Field: The Daisy Heart of Spiral Consciousness
Raffi Cavoukian (Raffi)

12 Connecting with Universal Mind in the Creative Process
Alex Grey

13 Reconnecting to the Field
Eric Pearl

14 Shaping Creative Fields: Lessons from My Akashic Experiences
Masami Saionji

Part Three

Researching the Experience

15 Exploring the Akashic Experience: Bridging Subjective and Objective Ways of Knowing
Marilyn Mandala Schlitz

16 Acceding to the Field: The Case of Near-Death Experiences in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest
Pim van Lommel

17 Evidence for the Akashic Field from Modern Consciousness Research
Stanislav Grof

18 Dialogues with My Dead Brother
Fr. François Brune

Part Four
Reviewing and Assessing the Experience

19 Epiphany in Space and on Earth: Reflections on the Akashic Experience
Edgar Mitchell

20 Nonlocal Mind, Healing, and the Akashic Phenomenon
Larry Dossey

Summing Up
Science and the Akashic Experience

A Note on My Akashic Experience



Editorial Reviews

"Laszlo sees hope in the expanding horizons of scientific research and adds a note on his own experience of the infinite Akasha."