Dancing is the connection between heaven and earth
November 11, 2014
After having a near death experience, neuroscientist Dr. Eben Alexander explains how "science, religion, and ordinary people are proving the afterlife" in his book The Map of Heaven. Read this excerpt to see how dancing is the connection between heaven and earth.
"Like music, dance is an ancient activity, it's origins going deep into the very beginning of human life on the planet. And like every primary human activity, it reflects the primary cosmic reality- that of the worlds above from which we come. When people dance, they are acting from a part of themselves that knows and resembles where it comes from and where it's going. That knows this world is not the end. That's why people dance at weddings- that earthly ceremony in which the union of two people evokes the larger union of heaven and earth. If the flower is perhaps the most heavenly object we have here on earth, dancing is perhaps the most heavenly activity. And both point to the same truth: the larger life we hope for is real.
Dancing, like singing, like music, is temporal. You can't have dancing or music without time. In the world I entered during my days in coma, there was music, and there was dancing. So again, there was time- or rather, the deep time of those worlds. It was a richer, more spacious kind of time than we experience here on earth.
The Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas had a word for this time above-time that I encountered. He called it "aeveternity"- the time of the angels. He did not believe this was an abstract state, but rather a very real and very active one. This is a kind of time in which flowers bloom, and bloom again. And where music and dancing never stop.
The myths and legends of indigenous peoples all over the world, from the Australian Outback to the rain forests of Brazil, describe lands beyond death where dancing, and other activities that we know here on earth, go on forever. The Aborigines of Australia call this place the Dreamtime, and they assert that this is the state humans came from and that they will return to after death. These places, I suspect, are all the same place. Shamans have been visiting it for at least thirty thousand years, just as NDE and out-of-body journeyers visit it today. It's the place that we all came from, and the place that we will all return to, intermittently when our journey of individual life ends,and permanently when this current cycle of creation comes to an end."
-This excerpt is from pages 116-117 of Dr.Eben Alexander's book The Map of Heaven
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