A growing body of empirical evidence suggests that human consciousness is nonlocal — i.e., it is not confined to specific points in space, such as brains and bodies, or specific moments in time, such as the present. Evidence for nonlocal consciousness can be found in distant cell-to-cell, organ-to-organ, and person-to-person interactions.
Throughout history, what are commonly called spiritual experiences involve a similar motif of experience: the felt transcendence of space and time and a sense of unity with all there is. This book proposes that nonlocality is a common feature of consciousness in general, and of spiritual experience in particular.
Consciousness is seen as fundamental, as working through the brain but not produced by the brain. Entanglement, now recognized to occur in biological systems, is proposed as a mechanism for the nonlocal interactions of conscious beings. A consequence of nonlocal consciousness is immortality, because temporal nonlocality implies infinitude in time. Because the experience of nonlocal consciousness often involves a sense of the spiritual, nonlocal consciousness and spirituality are seen as a complementary dyad.
Larry Dossey, MD, is a physician of internal medicine. He is former chief of staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He is a founder and executive editor of the peer reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of thirteen books including the 2011 New York Times bestseller Healing Words, and approximately two hundred professional articles. His books have been translated around the world. They explore the intersection of mind and body and the nature of consciousness. He is the recipient of numerous professional honors and awards. He has lectured around the world, including the 1988 Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so.