Do our brains communicate with one another? And how? 

Perhaps I should rephrase that by saying, and how!!! 

Of course we communicate through our brains which interpret our senses. That’s how we see, smell, hear, taste and feel. But I am talking about a sixth sense, one in which information is passed silently from brain to brain, as in extrasensory perception or during shared-death experiences. I have seen this form of communication in my own life and in the lives of others, and can tell you that it happens. Brains can communicate with one another although I truly don’t know if it is brains that do this –or that thing  known as the mind. Or. . . .?

In my own life, I experienced this brain communication when my mother died. And although it wasn’t a direct communication with her, it was communication through another person. Here’s what happened:

About 30 minutes before my mother died, I received a telephone call from Vernon Neppe, MD, the then director of neuropharmacology at University of Washington. I had once worked on a book project with Neppe about his fascinating research on déjà vu, but had not communicated with him for several years, so this call was no more expected than what he had to say.

 “Something strange happened this morning,” he said, sounding quizzical. “I was reading the newspaper and a voice came to me that said, ‘Call Paul Perry.’ I ignored it and a few minutes later it happened again, ‘Call Paul Perry.’ So here I am. What’s going on?”

My heart rate went up as I realized that I had one of the world’s experts in the treatment of mental diseases on the line. Why had I not called him before? I asked myself as I told him about my mother’s puzzling rapid onset of dementia. 

Vernon listened carefully and then made some suggestions that ranged from specific medications to electro-shock therapy to “reboot” my mother’s brain or “hard drive” as he called it. 

As we spoke, the beeping signal of an incoming call persisted on the landline on which we were talking. Finally I said goodbye to Vernon and switched to the incoming call. It was the director of the nursing home telling me that my mother had unexpectedly died.

Where did the voice that Vernon heard come from? And why did it come to him instead of someone close to me?

Another such experience came from the family of Olga Gearhardt of San Diego, California. The matriarch of a large family, Olga contracted a virus that rapidly destroyed much of her heart’s muscle. Before long, she found herself dangerously weak and on the heart transplant-recipient list at the University of California Medical Center. Her entire family was notified of her condition and told to prepare to come to the hospital on a moment’s notice when a donor heart became available. A few months later, Olga received the phone call telling her that a donor heart was on the way to the medical center. She immediately called her children and soon her family descended on the hospital, some arriving just minutes after her. The only family member not there was her son-in-law. He had a phobia about hospitals and chose to stay home nearly 30 miles away.

Things did not go well for Olga. She developed complications and at 2:15 A.M. her heart stopped beating altogether. It took several hours of resuscitation to start the new heart. Meanwhile, the family in the waiting room was told nothing about Olga’s condition. About six that morning, when Olga’s heart was functioning normally, the family was told that she’d nearly died but her new heart was now functioning normally. 

Olga’s daughter immediately called her husband at home and told him the good news.

 “I know she’s okay,” he said. “She already told me herself.”   

At 2:15 that morning, he awoke to see his mother-in-law standing at the foot of the bed. At first he thought the surgery may have been cancelled and he sat up to ask her how she was. 

“I am fine, I’m going to be all right,” she said. There is nothing for any of you to worry about.” 

Then she disappeared.

 But here’s the clincher. When the family went into her hospital room, Olga began talking about the “strange dream” that had taken place while she was being resuscitated. She left her body, she said, and watched the doctors for a few minutes and then went into the waiting room to see her family.  Frustrated at not being able to talk, she traveled to her daughter’s home and stood at the foot of her sleeping son’s bed. There she told him all was going to be well. 

I heard this story in 1993 with Melvin Morse, MD. We were working on a book and traveled to San Diego to hear Olga, her son-in-law (who did not want his name used), and several members of her family tell this story. 

Afterwards we sat in our rental car outside the Gearhardt residence talking about the implications of this case. We had heard many such cases, but to hear it in such a setting, surrounded in her home by the family that experienced it, was electric. Finally Melvin made a comment that hit the meaning right on the head. 

 “If we could figure this one out,” he said. “We could figure out the source of mysticism. Boy, wouldn’t that be something.”

 Something indeed. But what?

 A few months ago I had dinner with a noted neurosurgeon in New Jersey. We discussed a number of subjects between appetizers and coffee. One of those subjects was healers. He believed in healers because he had seen them work to great effect. I believe in them for the same reason, that I had also seen them work to great effect. I just didn’t – and still don’t – understand how they transmit healing to another person. We spoke about one particular healer that we both know.  Did he (the healer) know how they communicate their healing force to others? I asked. The surgeon shrugged and gave me a surprising response.

 “It doesn’t really matter,” he said. They don’t need to know how it works. It just works.“ 

The same answer applies to shared-death experiences, extra sensory perception, out-of-body experiences, remote viewing, etc. Some time, somehow, somewhere, researchers will discover the secret to brain-to-brain communications, at which time such paranormal phenomenon will become accepted normal. Until then we can appreciate such mystical events as shared-death experiences for the marvel they are, a truly supernatural phenomenon not yet fully explained by what we know about the brain. 

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Paul Perry is the co-author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Evidence of the AfterlifeCloser to the LightTransformed by the Light, and Saved by the Light which was made into a popular movie by Fox. His books have been published in more than 30 languages around the world. In 1986, he began collaborating  with Raymond Moody. The two have written five books together: Paranormal, Glimpses of Eternity, The Light Beyond, Coming Back and Reunions. Paul is also a documentary filmmaker and owns SAKKARA Productions, a film production company.