Many of us have heard of the Novel by Mary shelly, called Frankenstein. The story is of a Scientist who is obsessed with bringing the dead back to life and experimented with bringing a corpse back to life by giving doses of electricity. It is said that this idea was based on a real doctor who was obsessed with the idea of reanimation of life. He is said to have done experiments on dead bodies as Frankenstein did. This idea of re animation of the dead has persisted for a very long time. Even Egyptian mythology talks of reanimation of the dead. The story of Seth and Osiris is one of murder and reanimation of life. Osiris, King of Egypt, was killed by his brother Seth, who takes the throne and is later brought back to life by his wife Isis.Mary Wollstonecraft- Godwin, later Shelly, (1797-1851), as a young woman of sixteen ran off to Europe with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly in 1816 and they spent the summer with Lord Byron and his personal physician Dr John Polidory. To pass the time during the summer they told ghost stories to each other. It was during this time that Lord Byron suggested that they all write a ghost story of their own. When Mary was eighteen she completed the assignment and was the only one to do so. The story Frankenstein has been hailed as a masterpiece and a work of genius and one of the first science fiction novels. It has been said that Mary Shelly based the idea on a scientist that lived at that time called Dr Victor Frankenstein.
I have not read the book but only know the story by films. However, the basis of the story is that a mad scientist wants to create life. Nothing new or surprising there I think. This scientist decided to use dead body parts and sews them together and tries to animate the patch work corpse with electricity. He succeeds in making a living monster that goes on to all kinds of mischief scaring people. The real Dr Frankenstein also did experiments with electricity and body parts in the hope of animating them.
If we put electricity into a corpse it does not come back to life. The line of thinking that acknowledges electricity as a catalyst for life, and that the human life is the body of the person assumes a great deal. The assumption is that there is nothing else but the physical body and that is the person.
As a holistic therapist my understanding is that the body does need electricity to function, as it needs many other things also. It needs electricity and magnetism in combination to facilitate life and health. Holistic therapy gives great store to electromagnetic energy within the body and its correct functioning through the body. Holistic therapy believes electromagnetic energy is of great importance to the well-being of life. So it may be reasonable to suppose that if we introduce both elements to a corpse we might restore life. Holistic therapy believes that electromagnetic energy feeds the body cells and without it the breaking down process of the body begins. At death with the cessation of blood flow there is cessation of electro-magnetic energy also. I cannot say if one is connected to the other directly but there may well be some sort of interplay with both.
I do not know if anyone has tried to reanimate a corpse with the combination of electrical energy and magnetism combined or not. I feel this must have been tried by someone. If so if it had worked we would all know about it. So it is reasonable to suppose it does not. So if electricity does not reanimate the dead body and electro-magnetic energy will not either then what will?
I think that the answer is nothing will. I think there is nothing that exists on the earth that will reanimate the dead body into life. I think this is because the body is not life itself. It is a part of the story and not the whole story. Holistic therapy treats the whole person. What is the whole person? The whole person is considered to be a combination of the physical body, the mental capacity of the person, the emotional capacity of the person, the energetic layer of the person and the most important one of all, the soul of the person. We see the physical body with our eyes and we know it is there. We don’t see the other parts of the person as a solid mass that is visible to the eye. Holistic therapy sees the person in layers and each layer goes to make the whole. Much like if we look at the physical body it is made of separate elements that make the whole. So too the whole person has separate layers or elements.
Shortly after the death of the physical body, the soul leaves the body. Many medics, mortuary attendants and those involved in the preparation of the dead body for burial will tell you, if pressed, that they sometimes see this leave the body. It has traditionally been the practise of many Nurses and people in general to leave a window open after death to allow the free passage of the soul out of the building. This is an old practise that is still observed by many even today.
Without the soul there is not life, because the soul is life. It is the most important part of the living life form. Life is the soul of the living thing. Life is not the body of the living thing as the body is the vessel by which the living thing is housed for the purpose of living in this existence on the earth.
If there is an attempt to reanimate the body without the soul present it is my belief that it will not be possible. The reason is because we are missing the life itself. We have the vessel but not the person or the life present. The soul has moved out of the body and moved on. We know that when a person dies on the operating table they can be seemingly dead for some time and life can be brought back to their body often without ill effect as long as it is done in a timely manner. At the passing of life the body begins the breaking down process. When the heart stops pumping the body starts the process of deterioration. The electro-magnetic energy also stops entering and traveling around the body another factor leading to the deterioration of the physical body. This part takes time as the cells are said to harden slightly as electro- magnetic energy ceases.
So for a brief time conditions still exist for the physical body to live successfully if animation is swift. Maybe when a person is reanimated after death on an operating table or such like it is because the soul is still present and has not yet moved out of the physical body. All of the correct conditions still exist for a brief time. The soul is still present. The heart has only just stopped and at this time the brain is still intact and not yet damaged by lack of oxygen .The electro- magnetic energy system has just stopped with the cessation of the heart pumping and the breakdown of the body has not yet begun in earnest. So we can revive the person by electrical stimulation and all should be well. So in these optimal conditions it is possible to reanimate the body and life itself.
So if my thoughts on the matter have any credence, Dr Frankenstein’s experiments were always doomed to failure. He made his job impossible. He took body parts and he should have taken a whole and undamaged body to start with and tried the application of electricity to the heart as immediately after death as was possible. He also should have understood that the soul must be present and that sometimes it moves on out of the body and that is as it should be. Life is more than the physical body.