James Wadman, Dream Collection
Imagine, if you can, becoming aware in the most beautiful dream you have ever had. It feels sensational to be awake and limitless at the same time, yet somewhat eerie and unruly. However, before you can create your own dream’s plotline, you must allow your mind to return to the memories exhibited by the subconscious events of your dream. This conceptually creates a bridge between the subconscious frontier and the conscious stimulus from which the ideas were derived. You are blocked from the external world, fast asleep in bed, yet you have the entire universe at your fingertips.
Death begins with a similar structure, only instead of seeking to understand the setting of a dream, a person’s mind flips through page after page of memory to try to understand the onset of death itself. Primarily, this can be recognized psychologically by the ever so familiar report of a person’s life “flashing before their eyes.” However, this process is immensely more profound when assessing the biological component that differentiates death from anything else a human will ever experience. Not unlike dreams, one becomes completely dissociated from the external world during a near-death experience. Ironically, it is this barrier that opens the mind to what I would label as a subjective limitlessness that we do not fully understand.
For the full article, click here: Death versus Design, Part One