THE SHARED DYING EXPERIENCE OF CLIFTON FURUKAWA MD AND HIS SON
FROM PARTING VISIONS BY MELVIN MORSE AND PAUL PERRY
“I know what happens after death” Dr. Furukawa told me. He was an internationally recognized allergist as well as a compassionate clinician. He has written textbooks and medical journal articles that have been responsible for many of the advances in Pediatric allergies. I spent six months working with him in his allergy clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital and have discussed many difficult cases of asthma with him.
Still I knew little of his personal life. So I was unprepared for the late night phone call I received from him in which he told me about the out of body experience he had had in relationship to his son’s death.
In a calm and clinical manner Furukawa told me about the pain of watching his son drown at a lake in Washington State. He had taken his son to go crabbing for crawdads, on a glorious summer morning. No clouds were in the sky, as he gazed out at the water, it flowed seamlessly into the sky. It was difficult to separate the two. He parked his car on the ramp that allowed boat entry into the lake, and went down into the water to set traps.
Suddenly, and inexplicably, his son jumped into the car. He smiled and waved at his father. Then tragically, he released the parking brake, laughing and smiling as the car slowly rolled into the lake.
Dr. Furukawa frantically clawed at the doors to the car trying to open them, gesturing to his son to try to open them as well. His son floundered and panicked, accidentally locking the electronic locks. The car continued its slow roll into the lake. He desperately tried everything, pounding on the windows, trying to find something that would break the glass, anything to free his son, but the car eventually became completely submerged under the water.
Beside himself with fear, Dr. Furukawa jumped into the lake and desperately tried to push the car out of the lake back onto land. He felt himself being trapped and pulled under as the car continued to slowly sink. Suddenly he felt as if he was out of his physical body, watching himself. The scene was so vivid that he could see the hairs on the top of his head ad even look around at the mountains and the water.
He felt completely at peace and emotionally detached as, from this puzzling vantage point, he watched himself struggle to save his son. “At this point I had the sort of empathy that one might feel with a patient,” he told me. “I felt sorry about what I was seeing yet I really had no feelings”.
As he watched himself, he became aware that there was a being behind him “watching the two mes”.
Furukawa had a sense that he would die if his struggle continued. As he considered this option, the spirit spoke to him without actually speaking, conveying to him that he had a choice to continue to struggle until he died or to return to his body, which would then be in great emotional agony. He chose to return. He saw his son engulfed by the most brilliant light I had ever seen. “I saw his face, it was aglow with love, he was at peace, even joyful, as I endured unthinkable agony.”
“It was the worst emotional pain I have every experienced,” he told me.
Through the pain of losing his son, Furukawa experienced some positive changes. For one thing, he now has a greatly decreased fear of death. He also sees a greater meaning to life. “Since the death of my son, I think I know what happens when we die”. He told me. “That knowledge has been a great relief to me.
Months later, he was lying in bed with his wife. They had not even begun to process their grief. Suddenly he heard a voice saying “they are all your children”. He knew it was the spirit that came to him when his son passed. He understood this to mean that his work with children was too important for him to have taken what Dr. Furukawa called the “easy way out” to have proceeded to join his son in that light that waits us all when we die.
Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) was developed by Ingo Swann and the Department of Defense at Stanford Research Institute. However, it is not well known that it was actually the rediscovery of an ancient protocol developed by the Buddha and his monks. Isabelle Chauffeton Saavedra and I have taken the ancient remote viewing wisdom of the Jewish sages and Buddhists Monks and created Spiritual Sight, a tool for transformation.
The essence of CRV is the monitoring of one's own mindstream (thoughts) and dividing those thoughts into two categories, sensory information that comes from the sensory or nonverbal consciousness, and analytic information, that comes from the left brain.
In order to understand the protocol of Spiritual Sight, we first must understand the processes of meditation. Our ordinary consciousness is based in local reality, which is the reality that we all share while interacting with each other and our environment. There is a second hidden consciousness, known as the nonverbal consciousness, or the heart consciousness. This consciousness is our link to the quantum energetic informational field that is ultimate reality. We interact with this energetic field with our sensory receptors, taste, touch, vision, hearing and so forth. These receptors translate the energetic field into information processed by the neurons in our brain. We then create local reality which is the three dimensional time space bound reality that we call “real”.
With Spiritual Sight (or CRV) we reverse engineer this process, and return to the sensory stream of consciousness. This places us right at the opening to the perception of ultimate reality. The point of Spiritual Sight is to learn how to interact with that ultimate reality which is the informational domain that many of us call “God”. Those who have directly experienced this domain tell us that it is imbued with unconditional love and wisdom. The Buddhists call it the "luminous reality"; a child who had a near death experience tell me that it is “a light that told me who I was and where I was to go”. We can be confident that this luminous consciousness is the substrate of reality described by the theoretical physicists, as they describe reality as being an electromagnetic field, better known to us as “light”.
Of course, the ancient Buddhists did not use CRV to find their car keys or intelligence gathering. Instead, they used it to directly access the divine universal consciousness. By using their basic protocol, later rediscovered by the early controlled remote viewers, they accessed the universal source of unconditional love and wisdom, which contains the basis of energetic healing and deep intuition.
The point of Spiritual Sight is to learn to reverse engineer the process of creating this local reality, and then enter into the slipstream of sensory nonverbal consciousness. Once we are there, we can then enter into ultimate reality for the purposes of energy healing, accessing deep intuition, mediumship, listening to the voice of God in our lives, hearing the faint ding of angels and tonglen, the appreciation of the suffering of others. (among many other uses)
Many of my class members have asked me for the specific references documenting this. That is the reason for this blog.
1. How does the process work? How does meditating on a nine digit number allow us to access information from the chaos that is the informational reality? The controlled remote viewers say that the unconscious mind “wants” to work with us and cooperates with the process of CRV.
The Jewish sages explained how this works. In the Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation (Aryeh Kaplan, Weiser Books 1997) the sages wrote nearly two thousand years ago: “In Kabbalah there is a general rule that every awakening from below motivates an awakening from above.” So when we meditate on the numerical address of the remote site, it generates an awakening of the signal line and the energetic signature of that complex of information in ultimate reality.
2. One of the most important documents I studied to develop Spiritual Sight was that of The Venerable Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno, who wrote in Straight From the Heart that during the process of meditation, we enter into “the entire world that is this single awareness, as if there were nothing in our consciousness at all, even though everything still exists, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations together with the mental acts that intermingle with them (such is the nature of the process of meditation) To investigate these things is not for the purpose of taking possession of them, but for the purpose of knowing them, stage by stage.”
Of course, this is a precise description of the Spiritual Sight or controlled remote viewing protocol which involves the accessing of sensory information coupled with intermingled analytic left brain overlay.
He further wrote: “We cleansed the mind with sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations, using them as a whetstone to sharpen mindfulness and discernment, which then probes inward and turns the mind absolutely pure.”
And: “moving to the realm of senses is the first step to nonjudgment.”
He calls the processes of spiritual sight “the language of the heart”.
3. The Buddha is quoted as saying in the Dvedhavitakka Suttra (Handful of Leaves, Volume 2 Sutta Pitaka) “I noticed two forms of thinking, Monks, before my self awakening, when I was still just an unawakened Bodhisattva, the thought occurred to me: Why don’t I keep dividing my thinking into two sorts”.
And: "When the mind was concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished and rid of defilement (meaning logical verbal thoughts, nouns, concepts) I directed it to the knowledge of recollecting my past lives.” In other words, he used Spiritual Sight to remote view his past lives.
And: (Of the process of meditation and enlightenment) “Monks, I will teach you the sequence of the root of all phenomena.” Contrast this with Ingo Swann’s statement about CRV: "We are not learning to be psychic, but rather learning the nature of perception."
And: (Another precise description of the processes of CRV and Spiritual Sight) “When the processes of feeling and thought are stilled, and there is a breakthrough to the cessation of the six senses, is there anything left? This dimension is NOT a total annihilation of experience. It is a type of experience that I call consciousness without surface, luminous all around.”
Finally, the Buddha is quoted as precisely defining what is from the left brain, known to the controlled remote viewers as “analytic overlay”. The Buddha clearly identifies what thoughts come from the left brain and identifies them as being created by the mind. Modern neuroscience agrees with this.
“Apparent things, external to the mind, do not exist (except as energetic information). They are the mind, in various forms, appearing to itself. Bodies, goods, locations-all such things- are but the mind alone, I do affirm”.
Of course, this is a nice description of the mental processes we place in the right hand column during the protocol of Spiritual Sight or CRV.
CRV is often portrayed as an elite process, that requires significant training and expense to acquire. In fact, it is a natural normal ability when understood as a spiritual training tool. Anyone can read “Spiritual Sight: The Manual” and with a partner, train themselves to do it. As the Buddha’s first disciple said of his teachings: “It rose up in me as if I had always known it”. Learning Spiritual Sight connects you with your deepest intuition and awakened true self.
The basic process of Spiritual Sight or CRV is the return to the basic sensory understanding of reality, the source of deep intuition. I did not understand this link between returning to the nonverbal sensory consciousness and accessing this ultimate reality of information, unconditional love and wisdom, until I studied the writings of the 2d Century AD Tibetan Monk Nagarjuna. The Monk Jamgon Mopham Rimpoche, in a commentary on Nagarjuna called The Introduction to the Middle Way wrote:
“The first importance of to study the Dharma is the correct understanding of the nature of phenomena, the objects and situations that surround us in our daily life and (to differentiate them) the thoughts and emotions that occupy and agitate our minds.
Ultimate truth is not separate from phenomena. It is the very nature of phenomena. (ultimate truth is used here to mean the same as nonverbal consciousness or the sensory stream of information). Ultimate reality is veiled by the appearances of the illusionary truth of the world. These two truths are never separate, they merge and coincide in phenomena.”
By studying Nagarjuna, we can at last understand the important of separating the sensory stream of consciousness from the analytic mind, the minds, concepts and objects identified and separated out in the process of spiritual sight and CRV. This very process unveils and reveals the ultimate truth of reality which is around us all the time. This process leads directly to the discovery of a wholly new dimension of the mind itself.
Listening Can Transform Relationships
Melvin Morse, February 22, 2017
Listening Can Transform Relationships
“Doc,” JZ whispered to me. “It’s about to be code red. Quick, get your hot water for your coffee. They ain’t gonna let you move during code red.” I was lost in my crossword puzzle. I had tried to get hot water earlier but the pot was still warming up. “C’mon Doc, quick like!” came the whisper. “You know you be liking dat expensive Taster’s Choice while you be doing dat old man puzzle.”
Earlier that morning, JZ had tidied up my bunk before bed inspection. “Lemme show you dis trick make your bed all tight-like,” he said to me as he flipped my mattress and tied a knot in the sheet, then flipped it back over again. He smoothed it out. He was right. Suddenly all the ripples and wrinkles that I never seemed to be able to get rid of were gone.
These small acts of kindness were astonishing to me, as we had had a contentious relationship for months. We shared a small 6 by 8 foot prison cell and did not share it graciously. In fact, every cough, every sigh, even slight movements seemed to have an ugly subtext that was ever present: we just didn't like each other.
JZ was 32 years old and straight from the ‘hood. He seemed incapable of ever standing or sitting straight, perpetually slouched against his bunk or nearly sliding off his seat, reminding me of a sullen teenager. I am a physician who was considered rich by JZ's standards. Each of us represented to the other a stereotype of different worlds in constant collision. From JZ's point of view, he was stuck with an older white man who represented all the oppression and intolerance which is a reality for young African American men from the inner cities. We had absolutely nothing in common. Initially, every interaction between us, even just making eye contact or incidental jostling as we dressed in the morning,was tinged with class warfare and racism on both of our parts.
In my daily interactions with JZ, I had a clear-cut choice; anger and bitterness or love and compassion. We all face this choice, no matter what particular path is our spiritual journey. Divorce, the loss of a job, injustice, incarceration, illness and trauma are only a few of a potential situations in which we can react with compassion or bitterness.
So how did JZ and I get from that contentious and unhappy space to one of mutual small acts of kindness? The answer lies in the healing power of active listening, with compassion and without judgment .
I started by listening to him, hearing his story. He was raised by a single mom who worked three jobs to support their family. He was the oldest of five brothers and sisters. There were no father figures in JZ’s life. He had no male teachers. He did not play sports.
One day when he was six years old, JZ spent an afternoon with the father he had never known before, only to witness him being shot and killed right before his eyes. He started smoking pot at age eleven. By age fifteen, he was hustling and selling drugs on the street. Soon he was buying his brothers and sister clothes and putting food in the refrigerator. He dropped out of school in 9th grade. By age 32, he had been incarcerated five times for a total of eight years.
The test of the spiritual path comes not in meditation or in church but in our relationships with our fellow men. I was put to such a test with JZ. The sages wrote that it is only by understanding the suffering of others can we break down the barriers which separate us. Our suffering is a gift which, in turn , allows us to understand our connection to all human beings.
Soon I began to see JZ not as an annoyance or a constant hostile irritant, but as my teacher. I stopped reacting defensively to his regularly challenging me. When I would become angry at his belittling comments or nit picking at how I kept my bunk, I would go to my breath, slowly breathing in and out. I meditated on his suffering and took it into my own heart and soul. His suffering became my own.
This is what the Buddhist sages called mind training. It is hard work. It is easy to give into resentment and anger. It was easy to judge JZ's action by my own fears and anxieties. When I listened to him and understood his pain, his journey, the barriers between us dissolved. We respected each other. Our constant irritation with each other became transformed into spontaneous acts of kindness and love.
I spent much of my career lecturing that we are here in this reality to learn our lessons of love. JZ was my first teacher. I went to prison and was forced to live those same lessons of love that I previously only lectured about. I directly experienced the suffering and the boundless miseries of others with whom I was imprisoned and felt it as my own. Only when I started to feel the pain of others did I begin to heal and awaken to my true self. This only occurred after my reputation was shattered. Only then did I discover what was important: The loving relationships I have with others.
We all have a story that needs to be told, and needs to be heard. It is very validating to tell your story to someone who listens, someone you trust, someone who cares.
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