Marianne Williamson Marilyn SchlitZ, PhD DeepaK Chopra, MD

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Marianne Williamson Marilyn SchlitZ, PhD DeepaK Chopra, MD
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– D E E PA K C H O P RA , M D
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UNIVERSAL¬ QUESTIONS¬ AND¬ TO¬ THEIR¬ OWN¬ PERSPECTIVES¬ ON¬ THE¬
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PERENNIAL¬ QUALITIES¬ OF¬ DIVERSE¬ AND¬ OFTEN¬ CONm¬ICTING¬ FAITH¬
TRADITIONS¬ AND¬ WORLD¬ VIEWS¬ BEFORE¬ MOVING¬ INTO¬ THE¬ SCIENCE¬
7HAT¬DOES¬SCIENCE¬HAVE¬TO¬SAY¬ABOUT¬THE¬EVOLUTIONARY¬NATURE¬
OF¬ DEATH¬ $EATH¬ DOES¬ MAKE¬ LIFE¬ POSSIBLE¬ 7E¬ NEED¬ DEATH¬ IN¬
ORDER¬TO¬MAINTAIN¬THAT¬GREAT¬CYCLE¬OF¬LIFE¬
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CONTINUUM¬OF¬CONSCIOUSNESS¬BEYOND¬DEATH
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INHERITORS¬OF¬A¬LINEAGE¬LINE¬THAT¬WAS¬LARGELY¬ERADICATED¬WHEN¬
THE¬#ONQUISTADORS¬CAMEˆSO¬AGAIN¬GOING¬BACK¬TO¬OUR¬HISTORICAL¬
REFERENCES¬ DIFFERENT¬ CONTINENT¬ BUT¬ EQUALLY¬ INTERESTING¬ 3O¬
FOR¬ABOUT¬¬YEARS¬THEY¬WENT¬AND¬HID¬IN¬THE¬MOUNTAINS¬AND¬
IT¬IS¬ONLY¬WITHIN¬THE¬LAST¬FEW¬YEARS¬THAT¬THEY¬HAVE¬STARTED¬TO¬
COME¬OUT¬AND¬TO¬ENGAGE¬MODERNITY¬WITH¬MESSAGES¬FROM¬THEIR¬
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THE¬$EAD¬CEREMONIES
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THE¬PEOPLE¬WHO¬PASS¬OVER¬AND¬THERE¬IS¬THE¬BELIEF¬THAT¬THERE¬
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LOT¬OF¬DIFFERENT¬TRADITIONS¬THAT¬THERE¬IS¬AN¬ACTIVE¬RELATIONSHIP¬
BETWEEN¬OUR¬DEPARTED¬LOVED¬ONES¬AND¬THE¬WAY¬IN¬WHICH¬WE¬
CARRY¬ON¬OUR¬LIVES¬
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DEATH
-ARILYN¬ 3CHLITZ¬ 7E¬ TALK¬ TO¬ OUR¬ SCIENTISTS¬ AT¬ THE¬ )NSTITUTE¬
OF¬ .OETIC¬ 3CIENCES¬ LIKE¬ $EAN¬ 2ADIN¬ WHO¬ HAVE¬ CONDUCTED¬
STUDIES¬ ON¬ THE¬ PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY¬ OF¬ MEDIUMS¬ WHO¬ CLAIM¬
TO¬COMMUNICATE¬WITH¬THE¬DEPARTED¬AND¬WHAT¬IS¬HAPPENING¬
“6hR human spbrbt is dR^raPRd whRm
wR Nonine qursRjvRs to thR ypan o a jbfRtimR
anP thR RnNjqsurR o a physbNaj boPy.
WR arR minP and spirbt irst, anP tha
pjFNRs qur hqmR bRyonP thR ytFrs.”
— D E E PA K C H O P RA , M D
IN¬ THEIR¬ BRAINS¬ AND¬ BODIES¬ WHEN¬ THEY¬ ARE¬ HAVING¬ THESE¬
EXPERIENCES¬7E¬PRESENT¬THIS¬INFORMATION¬IN¬THE¬l¬LM¬AS¬WELL¬
AS¬CASE¬REPORTS¬ON¬REINCARNATION¬THAT¬SHOW¬THREADS¬OF¬EVIDENCE¬
THAT¬SOME¬KIND¬OF¬IDENTITY¬CAN¬SURVIVE¬BODILY¬DEATH
3O¬ THESE¬ ARE¬ VERY¬ INTERESTING¬ MYSTERIES¬ AND¬ REMAIN¬
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HAVE¬THE¬MASS¬COMMUNICATIONS¬WE¬HAVE¬CONVERSATIONS¬LIKE¬WE¬
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TRADITIONS¬AND¬THE¬INSIGHTS¬AND¬THE¬PRACTICES¬AND¬THE¬CULTIVATION¬
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BEAUTIFUL¬TOO¬
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wbjj sqFr wbth an^Rls, anP
‰hRn I dbR to thR an^Rls,
whFt I wbjj becomR,
yqu NFnno imF^inR.”
— RUMI
THAT¬IF¬WE¬DONT¬CLEAN¬OUT¬OUR¬CLOSET¬SOMEONE¬ELSE¬IS¬GOING¬TO¬
HAVE¬TO¬DO¬IT¬BUT¬IT¬IS¬ALSO¬TRUE¬AT¬THE¬BROADER¬METAPHORICAL¬
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FAMILIES¬INTO¬THE¬FUTURE¬
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POTENTIAL¬SURVIVAL¬OF¬CONSCIOUSNESS¬AFTER¬BODILY¬DEATH¬REALLY¬
ADDRESSING¬OUR¬OWN¬PERCEPTIONS¬AND¬BELIEFS¬AROUND¬DEATH¬AND¬
WHAT¬HAPPENS¬WHEN¬WE¬DIE¬CAN¬BE¬A¬GREAT¬LIBERATOR¬)T¬CAN¬HELP¬
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RESEARCH¬ IT¬ IS¬ OUR¬ BELIEFS¬ NOW¬ THAT¬ DETERMINE¬ WHAT¬ WE¬ l¬ND¬
AFTER¬DEATH¬
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ˆEVERYONE¬ DIESˆMOVE¬ US¬ TOWARD¬ PERSONAL¬ HAPPINESS¬ AND¬
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