Robert Jastrow (founder and for many years director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies) theorizes that the evolutionary process could have been going on ten billion years longer on some other planets than on Earth. While the theory of evolution is mathematically impossible, Jastrow’s conclusions are nevertheless of interest. He suggests that some entities could have evolved beyond the limitations of space, matter, and time:
“Life that is a billion years beyond us may be far beyond the flesh-and-blood form that we would recognize. It may … [have] escaped its mortal flesh to become something that old-fashioned people would call spirits. And so how do we know it’s there? Maybe it can materialize and then dematerialize. I’m sure it has magical powers by our standards. …”
Sir John Eccles, Nobel Prize winner for his research on the brain, describes the brain as “a machine that a ghost can operate.” As a result of his research, Eccles believes there is compelling evidence to support the traditional religious belief in the existence of a nonphysical soul and/or spirit—and that it is this “ghost” which actually operates the human brain and through it the body. It is certainly reasonable to assume that the “operator” could very well survive the death of the “vehicle” it was operating. If the human spirit operates the brain, which in turn operates the body, then psychedelic drugs, yoga, hypnosis, TM, and any other technique for altering consciousness could very well loosen the normal connection between the spirit and the brain. That temporary disconnection could allow another spirit to operate the brain and thereby subject that person to occult bondage and delusion.
John Lilly invented the isolation tank, which became the inspiration for the movie Altered States. He has devoted himself to exploring “altered states of consciousness.” Some of his observations are interesting:
“From certain experiences that I have had of leaving the body while in the isolation tank, I would say that the spirit contains the being that is contained in the brain. …
“Now, if you work in the tank, what you’ve done is to shut down all the known senses … the gravitational field effect is reduced to the minimum possible. …
“Once you get the input to the brain down to the minimum possible … you’re free to go. Some people call it lucid dreaming. … It’s a lot easier if you have a psychedelic in you, but a lot of people … can just meditate and go into these alternate realities. … I suspect that a lot of new science can come out of this. …”