I’m having one of my “deep” moments here. It’s a personal theory that has turned over in my mind for years. I’m telling you, what I suggest is quite possible. I just don’t think anyone has ever considered it.
Many believe a person in a comatose-like state are either screaming inside to be set free or completely blank of mind. I have another theory that might be happening. It’s actually more likely than the “locked in” scenario, but probably not so with the blank one.
What if they are experiencing euphoria?
Now, before you call me crazy (for this, anyhow) please hear me out. It’s my theory, yes… but based on scientific principle. Some might think of this as a religious experience, and not scientific. No matter.
Before I get into this, let me just tell you that I’ve never heard of anyone who was in a coma being miserable. Quite the contrary, actually. So then, I have trouble understanding when people proclaim — and some tell me this about Ryan — that they would never want a life like that!
Based on what? I ask again, based on what?
It is abundantly proven that those who are brought back from death (and even the brink of death) experience remarkable peace, clarity, joy, and completeness. They experience grand visions. For many, this is a religious experience. Personally, I believe our brains go into something akin to a shutdown mode. An ancient human process that is protective and makes dying a pleasurable experience. After all, death is a process. Think about it, our heart and breathing could stop for minutes (and sometimes for hours, like when someone falls through the ice), but our cells (to include our brain’s) are still alive for some time. Doctor’s use clinical evaluation to mark death, but does anyone really know when we’re truly dead?
Are we ever?
Like everything else, from a stone to animals, we are energy and really nothing more. Energy can never be gained nor lost… only transferred. That is, unless the laws of our universe are entirely wrong. I suppose that’s a topic for another day, but it doesn’t change our existence (i.e., energy) in this one.
Anyhow, I must get back to where I left off about death being a process. That’s not to say it doesn’t hurt like unholy hell when one’s head is kicked in, but the closer to death we become, the more our brain protects us.
Here’s something worth considering and is the premise of my theory. What if Ryan is in a perpetual or intermittent state of bliss? Who really cares if it is religiously or scientifically caused? The truth is, this is far more likely than him yearning to be set free of his body.
He might already be set free!
So, perhaps he’s not a prisoner in his own body after all. Maybe his body is a prisoner to him… and he’ll let it go when he damned-well pleases! Think about that.
It sickens me that people like Ryan might be given up on because of the presumption that they are suffering or miserable, when there is no proof that this is what’s happening. No one really knows, except those who experienced it. Those who were dead, nearly dead, or in a comatose-like state and return tell us it was a wonderful experience. Well, that, or they remember nothing… which is just fine by them too.
Is it possible that Ryan is experiencing something we all would want? The end-all, feel-good existence that no drug could match? Yes, of course it is. More than that, I bet he is. Maybe not all the time, as his awareness pulsates, but some of the time for sure. It is entirely possible that he never wants to come back. For all we know his mind is with some insanely sexy angel holding a puppy or kitten who just can’t seem to stop pleasing him. I use that example because that’s what I would want (and you all know by now that my wife, Sue, is a living angel… that’s got it going on, big time. Is it possible that I have the best of both worlds)? Why then would he have any wish to return to worldly emotional pain and suffering when “heaven” is there for the taking?
Who in their right mind would ever want to toss away…
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Kris Angie Simms via Facebook says
I suffer from MS and I believe what the minister at my church told me when I was diagnosed…”When a mother has an ill child, she will be at the bedside of her son or daughter until the child is well again. Why would we ever expect any less from our Heavenly Father? Find peace in His presence.”
Wow! GREAT Post, Ken!! Good things to ponder!
I never have experienced a near death experience, but I did faint once while being very, very sick. I can still remember people “slapping” my face, shaking my legs, wiggling my arms in order to get me to “come to”. But, I was in a beautiful place and did not want to “wake up” The people said when I came to I was saying “leave me alone, don’t wake me up, I want to stay here”. I still think about “that place”, I can still remember the feeling of something fantastically beautiful. I hope that is where Ryan is.
Ann H Tearle says
Ryan may have physical issues–but always remember that his spirit is very well and intact, no ‘issues’ with that! God bless SHSP NGA Love, Annie
Katie Mesmer via Facebook says
def to MS many things the same! xxo
Paul Stenning via Facebook says
This has changed my perspective on my father in law, who suffers from MS and dementia. Terrific piece and thank you for sharing, I think you may be onto something 🙂
Joyce G says
I’ve never really thought of it that way. My husband had a near death experience with electricity, and he said it was the most peaceful feeling he’s ever had. He said there was no fear, no pain, no recognition of the present moment, just pure bliss. They brought him back but he said he really didn’t want to. He wanted to feel that floating bliss forever. So, it’s entirely possible that Ryan is experiencing another existence other than the one that everyone assumes he’s in, based on what we don’t know. I believe in nothing really, yet I believe anything is possible. I don’t know how “miracles” (for lack of a better word) happen but I know that sometimes even the greatest of obstacles is overcome. However it happens, I’m thankful it does.. Thank you, Ken, for sharing another wonderful possibility for Ryan, Ya hear that, Ryan, your dad has turned into quite the investigator and thinker. Sending love to you all, Joy
I enjoyed reading the article. I think Ryan survived the attack because God has plans for him. It’s amazing when we look back and appreciate all the obstacles this young man has overcome. And yes, there is no doubt he survived and overcame the obstacles mainly from the round the clock quality care you provide. Remember all those dicey decisions you and Sue had to make….and continue to make. Those decisions have all been right and Ryan is in a more stable state of rehabilitation today. I have faith, and believe, that Ryan will continue to get better and that God is with him and your family.
Carla Hubacher via Facebook says
My son told me when he woke up from his coma that he fought waking up many times because he was content where he was. It could be that you are on to something here. Waking back up is a hard and difficult task and not pleasant to face
Rocky Loar says
I thought you might find this article interesting…I sure did! You are doing all the right things, Ken. Don’t stop fighting for Ryan.
It’s exciting to know new research has verified that other regions of the brain can take over for those areas that have been damaged. This information has prompted neuroscientists to revaluate the old school of thought that little can be done for those who are in a minimally conscious state. Research is already producing techniques to help people in MCS to communicate. We are all eagerly awaiting the day when Ryan speaks his first words!
In the meantime … anyone who takes the time to get to know Ryan will experience something very special. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading about Ryan here or somewhere around the world. The love and support you give comes back to you. This is a young man who has tackled every obstacle put in front of him and pushed forward. Ryan’s sensitive yet powerful spirit is a force unto itself. Some people might read that statement and think it’s crazy. I say it’s something you have to be open to in order to feel it. Call it what you will, but to me it’s the presence of God surrounding Ryan.
Though Ryan’s life is vastly different than what it was over three years ago, it is no less valuable and no less productive. One glimpse into his daily routine illustrates his accomplishments. One hour by his side may afford you the opportunity to feel a certain kind of peace, kindness and gentle love that soothes and lifts your own spirit. There’s nothing magical about it, it’s simply the goodness that flows from a loving soul. Though I detest and mourn what happened to Ryan, I am grateful for the day I met him. He has shown me how to appreciate and respect life through his own determination to preserve it.
Love has the capacity to heal, and Ryan has this in spades — from his family, his friends, his community and most of all, within himself. I imagine Ryan lives in the full spectrum of realms, not just the one the rest of us find ourselves locked into. Perhaps it is this capacity that allows him to experience, understand and rejoice in the healing love of God. This is my own personal belief based upon the opportunity I’ve had to get to know Ryan. There’s an old saying that “God works in strange ways.” I’ve seen some amazing things in my life, but only a few that have touched my soul the way Ryan Diviney has.
Sending you love, hugs and abiding prayers …
I absolutely agree! I have long believed that “the light” is warming, calming, and something beyond blissful (perhaps euphoric, as you suggest), and as a soul teeters on that precipice, it’s very difficult to backtrack that continuum towards and into pain.
My employment has seen me perform CPR a handful of times, which is why I’ve given thought to this concept. What if the slide towards the infinite is so incredible, a person/soul/energy loses will to remain in pain or, perhaps, loses focus on remaining in our physical world? It is for this very reason I think auditory support and coaching is vital.
I think you’re onto something. Keep talking to him – Ryan is still here.
Gail Doyle says
Totally agree with Megan and Rita ,Ryan is not “locked” in anywhere..Just relaxing and healing and knows all are praying for him and will come back
“I know you’re out there somewhere and somewhere you can hear my voice
you know it’s going to happen,I can feel you getting near”
(words from a beautiful song Ken shared a while ago ) So true!!!!
Rita Caporicci Hoop via Facebook says
There’s no way that Ryan suffers from “locked-in syndrome”. We believe that he’s fully alive and well in spirit and mind also <3
I would not be surprised. I have always felt that the Lord is very close to Ryan right now, probably more so than ever before. His ways are mysterious.
Paul Rapsawich via Facebook says
Good morning, Ryan. Have a great day-keep fighting. Keep improving. You and that amazing family are always in our thoughts and prayers!
Wow! beautifully written! Euphoria huh…I haven’t ever thought about it this way. It makes damn good sense though. If Ryan were wanting to be “free” of his current state…he could have in the beginning. Ryan fought! He wasn’t ready to leave you all. Nothing is keeping him alive other than him and an amazing family full of love! No ventilator, no drugs and no doctor. It’s Ryan wanting to be Ryan! I know he hears and sees you all of the time. He has to!! I agree…some sexy angel is distracting him for now…but in due time…she will annoy him lol and he will come back. I know it!!