5 Reasons why Time Travel Novels are so popular – Gary Throws Light on this !

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Within the genre of Science Fiction (as opposed to Science Fantasy) stories about time travel are arguably the most popular for several reasons.

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   1…Everyone at various times reminisces about their earlier life and we can’t help wondering…what if?

   What if a particular event had turned out differently? What if I had made this choice rather than the one I did make? What if a freak life changing accident had never happened? What if I had never contracted some debilitating illness? Time travel novels attempt to address all these issues.

   2…Time travel stories always involve some kind of logical paradox and these appeal to our intelligence and our problem solving techniques. What if I go back in time and prevent some event from happening; how will this affect the present?

   3…Many people probably don’t give a lot of thought as to how the universe began or where it is heading. However readers of Science Fiction do give this matter a lot of thought and as a consequence the ramifications of time and time travel always come up.

   4…I believe that students of history are really frustrated time travelers. These people spend hours immersing themselves in the past through reading the written word but how much better would it be if it were possible to go back in time and witness actual people and events?

   5…Speculation about where the human race is heading concerns some people but it should be a concern for everyone. Stories about traveling into the future allow our minds to run free and consider the many possible futures that are possible. Everything from the dark oppressed world painted by George Orwell in his novel ‘1984’ to the bright future envisioned by Gene Roddenberry in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is possible along with everything in between.

Gary J McCleary.

 

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The World of Everlasting Life – Is Their Life After Death For Real?

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Banner   A scientific team of expert doctors based in the UK has studied over 2000 cardiac arrest patients who were subsequently revived, across 15 hospitals and have found that in forty percent of the cases the patients could remember a ‘near death experience’ from a time when the heart had stopped beating and the brain had therefore ceased to function. They recounted actual events which had happened in the operating room and one man said that he had heard two separate beeps from a machine that goes off at three minute intervals which accurately measured the time of the experience.

   It’s pretty clear from these and other studies that consciousness doesn’t need the brain to be able to function. The brain and indeed the whole body would appear to be just the mechanism by which consciousness interacts with the material world.

   So if consciousness is external to the body and is eternal we need to start thinking about what it means to have everlasting life. None of the world’s religions have anything beyond superficial statements to say about this.

   To my mind there has to be purpose and direction to everything that we do which means that I can’t see us all sitting around in one spot playing harps for all of eternity. This present life is one big learning experience and that is how I see life after death. We may be reborn into other physical worlds across of the universe including having other lives on Earth. We may also exist in any number of spiritual levels which seem as solid as our world now seems to us.

   I have written eight novels on this subject which explores many questions relating to what would motivate and interest people who never die. God is infinite and we are little pieces of that infinity who will eventually make our way back home.

Accepting life after death, living full now.

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   There are now many ongoing studies related to the ‘near death experience’ and these studies clearly establish that consciousness survives the death of the material body. Thousands of people from all walks of life and around the world have been resuscitated from conditions of no heart beat and no brain activity. At least a third of these people tell of very real experiences while they were clinically dead.

   There are differences in what these people relate but there are certain core experiences which most of the people have. There is…

  • the feeling of being surrounded by intense love and a bright light

  • the feeling that the world they are in is far more real than their earthly life

  • the presence of other beings around them which can sometimes be family members or religious figures

  • the life review where their entire life passes before them instantly and in detail even down to how other people reacted to things that the person said or did in life

  • awareness of a barrier, which can be as simple as just a low fence, the crossing of which is irreversible

  • The inevitable choice where the person reluctantly elects to return to earthly life.

On the basis of this evidence some people may ask why a person would choose to return to their material bodies which because they are near death, are usually in great pain. A related question would be ‘if the afterlife is so wonderful why not end our earthly life right now?’

   Most people who choose to come back are motivated by the need to look after a loved one such as a small child. Others come back on a mission to tell the world about the afterlife or to complete unfinished business.

   The point is that everyone who comes back to life having experienced a near death experience sees it as a life changing event. These people have a new zest for life and they no longer fear death. They see this life as a learning experience to be lived to the fullest. The accumulation of material wealth is no longer important to them and they realize that what is important is the love that we give to others.

   This understanding of what life is really all about is what makes the near death experience real in a way that a dream or drug induced hallucination is not.

   We all come into life with predefined goals that we need to fulfill. We all learn skills throughout life but we come into life with certain predefined skills that just need to be sharpened. Anyone for example can learn to play simple tunes on a piano but some people, which we label as ‘child prodigies’, become grand masters at their preordained skill even before they are adults. We don’t even have to look to the level of child prodigies because everyone is born with abilities which make them naturally good at certain things and weak at other things.

   We need to make the most of this life in order to raise our spirituality for a better place in the life to come.

Gary J McCleary.