Are humans immortal? Am I? These are the questions that land people like me in psych wards. Yet also the exact questions being posited by ‘biocentrism‘ researchers like Dr. Robert Lanza. And, according to some of his ideas, maybe even Einstein.
Well, there ya go. Einstein’s dead so there goes that theory! Or is he? No, I’m not going on a paranoid conspiracy theory rant. Nor am I speaking about immortality in the way we usually think about it…you know, a power hungry psuedo-deity with magical regenerative powers who is deathless and aware of it. Maybe that exists somewhere, but I’m not there yet. Right now, this is just an idea.
I’ve overdosed on heroin nine times. Some of those times, I was revived in everyday ways that medical personnel perform around the world constantly. Other times, I was alone, or with someone else who was passed out. People wake up from these things. It happens. It happened to me. It’s not necessarily a miracle. But the sheer number of times I have survived these near-death experiences is staggering. It’s not just the overdoses; I was also strangled by my ex to the point of seizure on numerous occasions. When you’re seizing from asphyxiation, you’re pretty damn close to dying. In fact, the first time he did it, I woke up to find him hovering over me asking if he had killed me.
I have lost count of how many times I have come close to dying, but I know one thing. I’m not dead. But what if I am? What if I did die, in another dimension…and my consciousness, the “light” through which I see, simply merged with another consciousness in this infinite universe that contains the me that survived. What if I am immortal? What if you are too?
Immortality is something that captivates human thought. We obsess over it. How to attain it? What would happen if we did? Seriously–How many science fiction stories are based around the idea of immortality, and the potential ramifications of gaining it? But what if we have already achieved it? What if immortality is embedded into our existence? What if it has no ramifications? What if eternal life is a natural part of life?
Infinite-Worlds Means Infinite-Lives
In its most basic terms, the “Infinite-Worlds” theory hypothesizes that there is not only the single static universe that we perceive, but rather infinite universes in which every possibility enacts themselves. The human mind, being a defined and limited object (or rather, contained and controlled by one), cannot truly grasp the meaning of infinity. We pretty just imagine it as a really big number. But it’s actually not. It is endlessness. It is everything, pure totality. And that is what the Infinite-Worlds theory truly describes: experiential totality.
Of course, the human brain and body cannot handle experiential totality. So we don’t experience all of infinity, even if it experiences us. But it could be possible instead, that when we die in one world, our consciousness merges into another one. In one universe, we die, but in the infinite universe we also live. Death obliterates consciousness, so naturally our perceptions continue in the place where they still exist.
But Where Did The Previous Consciousness Go?
My husband and I were debating the validity of this theory versus reincarnation. Which is of course a futile debate since there’s now way to prove either and both could be wrong. But philosophical debate is fun! Anyway, during this conversation, my husband asked “if you wake up in a new reality, what happened to the consciousness that previously experienced that reality?”
It’s a good question, but the way I see it, in this infinite universe (multiverse?), we are not waking up into different pasts (although if we were, would we know it?)…we’re just waking up into the version of the same exact reality we previously inhabited, in which we still live. It’s not even “waking up” exactly. It’s just continuing. A small divergence. In one universe, we die. In another, we live. In a way, that makes us the creators of this new timeline or whatnot. Once we die for the very first time, we become the gods of our very own realities. Or the mothers, at least.
But it’s not as spectacular as it sounds. We are constantly birthing these new realities. Every time we make a decision, even one as simple as taking a breath, the counter-realities also become. The infinite universe is a constant state of becoming. It is always in motion, always creative. We are the children of other realities and the parents of other realities. When we experience death in one reality and wake in a “new” one, we haven’t actually woken into a new reality. We have simply side-stepped away from our death, and only because death has no experience.
But We Know People Die. Someone I Loved Died. How Can You Say Death Doesn’t Exist?
Death does exist, and it doesn’t. An infinite universe is, by definition, a paradox. If infinity contains all things, then it must contain paradoxical opposites as well.
To put it more simply, we experience the deaths of other people. They do die. My Abuelita died last year and I will never see her again in this world. But, if this theory is true, somewhere else, she is still alive. Which means, somewhere else in this infinite multiverse of ours, there is a me who has gone to visit my Abuelita in New Jersey after her near-death encounter. But I’m here in this experience, in this brain and body. So that’s not my reality.
If We’re Immortal, Does That Mean We Just Keep Getting Older Infinitely?
I’ve pondered this question a lot. A couple weeks ago, my tia stopped by on her way to finally complete her lifelong dream of visiting Alaska. It was the first time I’d seen or spoken to her since my Abuelita, her mom, had died, so naturally she came up. My tia said that Abuelita had wanted to die. She was ready. All of her friends had died. Her husband, over two decades ago. Most of the family she grew up with. Her children were all getting old enough to begin dying. She was in pain, feeble, and unable to do very much. When I called on her birthday to congratulate her on living a full century, she said, “I’m not 100, I was born in 1916.” She couldn’t even keep track of time. She was ready.
So as painful as it was for me to lose her, the reality in which my Abuelita died peacefully in her sleep at age 100 is a good one. A reality where she lives to many more years sounds torturous and evil. I don’t think anyone wants to survive beyond their physical and mental capacity to live. In an infinite universe, however, we do.
I think this is where religion comes in. Heaven and hell are reactions to the idea of death and its aftermath. I have never personally subscribed to a religion, or believed in a physical Heaven or Hell, but what if they exist? Not as amorphous landscapes in the clouds in the Earth’s core, and not accessed by the keys of morality or immorality, but as physical dimensions embedded into the fabric of the multiverse? “Heaven” is the dimension where we are reunited with the people we loved whose deaths separated our reality from theirs. “Heaven” is the place where we start growing downward, younger by the day, or we have some technological advance that allows us to temper our appearance and vitality levels as we please. “Hell” is the dimension where we grow more and more alone, outliving everyone we know and love, aging indefinitely. And we both go both places.
Or maybe there is a point of true death, determined by something none of us can realize, and at that point we cease to exist in earnest. Maybe our consciousness joins a collective. Maybe we experience all-things, the paradoxical infinite multiverse, at once, rather than as a separate consciousness only able to experience one universe at a time. Maybe none of these things. We–or at least I–do not have the means to this knowledge. All of this is, afterall, a theory. Based off of heroin overdoses.
Can This Be Proven?
Not by me. Surviving many near-death experiences has led me to these ponderings, but it could also be a series of lucky coincidences. Most scientists don’t believe in luck or coincidences. You can check out the work of Doctor Robert Lanza to learn more about how we may be able to use quantum physics to prove human immortality.
What Do You Think?
Is death only an illusion of our perception? Is it real? Could immortality be a thing? Are you immortal? Why have I survived so many near-death experiences? Leave your thoughts on biocentrism, immortality, and the afterlife below.
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