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Dreams and Neuroholography, by Istv�n B�kkon
Article review by Jody Long

Dreams and Neuroholography: An Interdisciplinary Interpretation of Development of Homeotherm State in Evolution, by Istv�n B�kkon, Sleep and Hypnosis, 2005;7(2):61-76 

The last time I got this excited to see a paper published was when von Lommel published his incredible longitudinal NDE study in December 2001.  This PhD study is well worth the read!  There are so many NDE, OBE, and Dream studies where the investigators have a predetermined outcome and suffer from extreme scientific fundamentalism.  Many do not care that their model does not fit paranormal phenomenon, and insist that anything that does not fit into the model is purely fictitious.  I can take you through some of the intriguing high lights of the study and if you are interested, you can read the entire article to form your own judgments.  After going through some principals brought up by Istv�n B�kkon, I tie these into how his research applies to the NDE and other unexplained phenomena.  

B�kkon uses physics and current neurological information to explain dreams.  Although he is cautious to say that his model does not attempt to explain how consciousness works, it is highly persuasive in that his explanations encompass known data described by NDErs.  Interestingly, he is able to draw largely on nanotechnology, physics, and hologram technology.   

B�kkon explains that: 

electrical signals generate visible pictures if electrical signals are converted to electromagnetic waves (EMW) of the visible range (light photons of wavelengths between 350-700 nm).  During dreams our eyes are closed, so the brain is isolated from visible EMWs of the surroundings, yet we can see visible dream pictures.  It follows from the foregoing that electrical signals of the brain processes can generate visible pictures of dreams if and only if electrical signals are converted to weak, EMWs of the visible range (biophotons) in the brain.  The permanent, ultra-weak electromagnetic light photon emission from living systems is called biophoton emission. However, nobody can explain origin of visible dream pictures if only the laws of physics are being taken into consideration." p62. 

B�kkon notes that thought and light (waves and biophotons) act as carriers of information and action.  He postulates that light can be a carrier of consciousness.  Most of the NDE accounts will substantiate this.  In the NDE accounts, people and God are described in terms of light.  He also discusses that sounds, smells, tastes and touch are all converted to electric signals and then to biophoton signals in the brain.  Biophoton processes can explain synesthesia, another common NDE phenomenon. p62. 

The way that the brain processes information is much like a holograph by "biophotons generating visible (conscious) and invisible (unconscious, metaphor-like) pictures in the brain."  pp62-63.  There are several precursor conditions for a holograph to work in the human body.  One observation is that living cells produce and use electric, magnetic, electromagnetic and acoustical waves interchangeably.  Living cells are capable of producing coherent and incoherent photon waves.  Cells can be tuned to a permanent signal-bearing frequency.   

Another relevant bodily process is provided by non-calcite piezo-biocrystals.  "Piezo-biocrystals can work as pieces of information storage units by biophotons in a holograph like way in the brain.  This idea was based on other kinds of biocrystals found in the living cells."  p63.  B�kkon states that biophotons explain the association of different information processes in the brain.  "When two coherent light waves or an incoherent and a coherent wave are penetrating into a biocrystal, light waves can exchange their information in an associational way." Id

One of the most important issues in memory retrieval has to do with temperature regulation.  Not surprisingly, "temperature regulation is important for many holographic systems which use different electromagnetic photons, because holographic pictures can be deformed if temperature fluctuations are too large." p.63.  Temperature also assists in developing optimal explicit memory through a structured neuron system.  This is necessary for "strong synchronization of different electric and biophoton signals and increase the signal/noise ratio."  p63.   

B�kkon discusses the biological and chemical reactions that occur during NREM and REM phases of sleep.  During NREM, "there is a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate, while REM sleep is associated with activation and increase in the irregularity of these functions."  p64.  Although neurotransmitters play a role in the neuromolecular processes, they also play a role thermoregulation and in sleep/wake cycles.  Id.  The observations about neurotransmitters and synapses from the sleep process do not address information exchange in the biophotons.  B�kkon gives the example:  "If depressed patients take antidepressants or sedative drugs they can calm down.  However, drugs change neurotransmitters levels and many physiological functions (thermoregulation) in the brain, but long-term information does not change in their brain."  p66.  He makes the point that there is a distinction between brain molecular processes and memory.   

B�kkon postulates that it is "probable that informational processes are connected to biophysical (biophoton or quantum) processes in the brain.  Biophoton processes arise from molecular (thermoregulation) processes in a cooperative way, and they influence each other."  p68.  He notes it is impossible to "perceive visible pictures without visible EMW/biophontons during dreams.  Dreams are not dependent on the presence of contemporaneous visual-perceptual experience.  So, there must exist an informational system of biophotons in the brain."  Id.  "Dream pictures make a connection possible between the explicit and implicit memory systems in the brain, which allows us to remember our unprocessed emotional information.  But, visible or invisible dreams are metaphor-like, because dreams are nonlinear holographic informational processes, and several visible/invisible pictures are assembled together. . . The possible origin of dream emotionality is REM-associated limbic activation, because all input information, which goes into the brain also goes through the limbic system"  p68. 

The REM state is different than dreaming.  "The REM state is a cholinergic mechanism that is motivationally neutral, but the dream states are of dopaminergic mechanisms.  L-dopa causes an increase in the frequency and intensity of dreaming without any effect on the frequency of REM sleep. p70.  "Dream imagery is not generated by chaotic activation of the forebrain, but rather by a specific forebrain mechanism with dreams and complex cognitive processes."  Id.  This is the mechanism for lucid dreaming.  "REM dreams are especially important, because they allow a connection between the explicit and implicit informational systems of the brain.  However, we remember our dreams if information of dream pictures can go into our consciousness." Id.  Interestingly, drugs can inhibit the replay of associative visible pictures in the forebrain.  But dreams, as informational processes, work continuously in spite of whether we can remember them or there is a lack of REM during sleep. p71.  Another interesting fact is that the brain can use dynamical pictures via biophotons, and therefore, the hypnotic state allows a direct connection with implicit information of the brain which works by pictures.   p72.  Hypnosis and dream analysis have been used with a lot of success in behavior modification. 

In the footnote, is an interesting comment on the phase type hologram.  B�kkon writes, "The phase type hologram produces phase changes in the reconstruction beam due to a variation in the refractive index or thickness of the medium.  Phase holograms have the advantage over amplitude holograms of no energy dissipation within the hologram medium and a higher diffraction efficiency."  I have always wondered if the transition from life to the other side involved a phase transition of consciousness.  This makes sense when one considers descriptions of NDErs regarding the fourth (or greater) dimensions.  Is it possible to key into the biophoton process to enter other dimensions with our consciousness, such as the bi-location, inter-dimensional and time travel? 

Many intriguing concepts from B�kkon's paper also make me wonder: 

If science changes its paradigm to view consciousness as light, it would open a new frontier of mind/universal exploration.  The fact that cells can be tuned to a permanent signal-bearing frequency, is fascinating.  This may provide a bridge regarding memory retrieval.  It could also be a basis for why hands on healing or placing rocks on the body can help subtlety re-tune a person's energy field to health.  What if NDErs when they come back actually have a different cell frequency?  The rooms at the IANDS annual conferences feel much different than going to other meetings.  Cell tuning would account for why reiki works.  Could cell tuning also account for many of the physiological and mental/emotional changes that are reported?   

Is it possible that piezo-biocrystals can also be a reason for why cell-memory is observed?  For instance, if a person directs energy through the hand on the leg, a memory could be associated with the feeling of blockage release.  It is well known but unexplained that many people who undergo transplants may take on images and thoughts from the donor's.  

The NDE memory is light, and therefore probably has components of coherent and incoherent light wave that penetrates into a biocrystal.  I had stated in earlier studies that I thought everyone who died and who came back had a NDE, it was only certain people who could remember them.  Perhaps the difference between rigid and fluid personality boundaries is based upon how individuals process the coherent and the incoherent light waves.  Another intriguing possibility is what happens when the incoherent light waves are deciphered.  This could be what helps to motivate changes in the NDErs.  What if we could learn to change the ratio of coherent vs. incoherent light waves?  Could we then cure mental and emotional problems that we couldn't otherwise touch without heavy drugs?   

Now do you see why I was so excited?  This paper stimulated a lot of thoughts in myself as a sort of connect-the-dots to help me explain why some of the NDE phenomena occurs.  It is fascinating to see that there is now a scientific paradigm that helps explain and values life after life � rather than dust to dust.  We are light, no matter what scientific fundamentalists or skeptics may try to say.



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