As medical techniques are being improved,
many people are being brought back from near death. A number
of them talk about floating near the ceiling and seeing
everything that happens around their body.
Millions of people from all over the world
have undergone a Near-Death Experience. In 1983 a major
American survey by George Gallup Junior reported that about
five per cent of the adult population had experienced one
Studies in many different countries have
shown that people are having the same experiences all over
the world: Margot Grey's study of NDEs in England (Grey
1985); Paola Giovetti's study in Italy (Giovetti 1982);
Dorothy Counts' study in Melanesia (Counts 1983); Satwant
Pasricha and Ian Stevenson's (1986) study in India.
These experiences have been happening throughout
human history, but it is only in the last thirty years that
people in Western culture have felt safe to talk about them.
What happens- a typical experience Dramatisation of a man who has a heart attack
and finds himself outside his body. He finds that other
people cannot hear him. He sees a loved one but she tells
him it is not time for him to die. He finds himself back
in his body. He now knows that there is an afterlife.
DR Pim Van Lommel talks about consciousness
during a NDE
Fifteen reasons whyNear-Death Experiences
(NDEs) are not hallucinations or the effects of the dying
1. NDE survivors have clear and
structured memories of what happened to them which they
remember all their life.
Patients who did not have a NDE during similar treatment
were very confused or could not remember anything.
Dr. Eben Alexanderwas
driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma
from an inexplicable brain infection. In his best-selling
book, Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the
Afterlife, Dr. Alexander explains that he was shocked to
find the hyper-reality of that spiritual realm, which many
had reported in NDEs.
The Mystery of Perception During Near Death Experiences
- Pim van Lommell (Science and non-Duality Conference
2. Whereas hallucinations are all different, near-death
experiences are very similar in different cultures and throughout
Near-death experiences have been reported in all cultures
from as far back as 1760BC (Zaleski, 1987). Whereas no two
hallucinations are alike, NDEs all follow the same general
pattern and have the same after-effects.
3. People see and hear things while they are unconscious
that would be impossible for normal sensing.
A huge percentage of near-death experiencers are able to
describe exactly what happened to them while they were unconscious.
They know who was present, what people were talking about
even at a distance. Researchers call these ‘veridical
experiences’. Many of the patients who have been revived
have been able to describe in great technical detail exactly
what went on in the operating room.
In this video famous cardiac surgeon Dr Rudytalks about a NDE case where the patient was dead
but was able to describe everything that happened in the
operating room including post it notes with messages on
the computer monitor of the surgeon.
Dr. Michael Sabom found that 80% of his patients who had
a heart attack without having a NDE could not describe how
they were revived. But not one person in the group which
witnessed what happened while out of their bodies made a
mistake in describing the procedure (Sabom 1980).
Dr. Pim Van Lommel tells of a case of a patient who although
unconscious claimed he saw where a nurse put his dentures.
A week later the patient recognized the nurse and asked
for his dentures back (Van Lommel et. al. 2001).
4. People come back from a NDE with accurate facts they
did not know before.
There are many accounts of people having near-death experiences
and returning with facts they did not know before. Emily
Kelly reported a case in which a man became excited when
he first saw photographs of his wife's dead father. He claimed
that he had seen the man in his NDE before he had even met
his wife (Greyson 1998).
During his NDE Dr. Eben Alexander met a beautiful girl he
did not know. He had been adopted at a young age and it
was only after his NDE that he received a photo of a biological
sister he never knew he had. She had died as a young adult
and he recognised the photo of his sister as the girl he
had met in the afterlife (Alexander 2012).
Dutch cardiologist Dr. Pim Van Lommel says
a five year old girl told him that she had been with a brother
she did not know she had. The boy died before she was born
(Greyson 2010). Vi Horton claims that she met a boy in the
afterlife who told her that he was her baby brother. Her
father later confirmed that he was the only living person
who knew that she had a brother who died (Extra Dimensions
TV show 1987 Episode 5).
Russian George Rodonaia found himself out
of his body while unconscious as a result of an accident.
He went to the hospital next door where a friend's wife
had just given birth to a daughter. The baby was crying
and he was able to see that her hip was broken. He mentally
communicated with her and she told him that her hip had
been broken shortly after birth when a nurse had dropped
the child. Several days later, when he recovered enough
to speak, his first words warned the doctors about the child
with the broken hip. The doctors took X-rays of the child
and all the facts were confirmed (Atwater 2007:165).
5. People report meeting with relatives they did not know
were dead. In all cases they are correct.
Maggie Callanan and Patrica Kelley in their
book Final Gifts tell of an elderly Chinese woman who had
a NDE in which she saw her sister. The sister had died but
her family had not told her (Callanan and Kelley 1997).
Dr. Kübler-Ross talked of a girl who
was injured in a car accident. No-one had told her that
her mother and brother had died in the
same accident. When the girl was having her NDE she saw
them in the afterlife. Even Dr. Kübler-Ross didn't
know that the brother had died only ten minutes before the
girl had her NDE (Kübler-Ross 1997).
Ian Stevenson (1959) published a similar case. A man's cousin
in England had died without anyone in the United States
knowing about it. During this man's NDE, he saw his cousin.
It was some time before he received a telegram announcing
his cousin's death (Stevenson 1959).
P.M.H. Atwater reports a case of a woman who talked with
her father during her NDE. Neither she nor anyone in her
family was aware that the father had died only five minutes
before the woman had her car/truck accident (Atwater 2007:164).
6. Some people come back with accurate knowledge of the
In some cases people are shown their family
in two possible futures: one where the person stays in the
afterlife and one where they return to their life (Atwater
2007). Some see the children that they are going to have
(Eadie 1992). Others have visions about world events but
do say that they are told that they are only possible futures.
Dannion Brinkley wrote in advance about: the defeat of the
USA in the Vietnam War; the election of an American president
with the initial R.R. (Ronald Reagan); turmoil in the Middle
East; the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; the Desert Storm War
against Iraq in 1990 (Brinkley and Perry, 1994).
7. Some people come back with advanced knowledge consistent
with quantum physics.
Almost all survivors say that they entered a dimension where
there was no time and many were able to go back and forward
through time. Olaf Swenson says it was because of the knowledge
he gained during his NDE that he later went on to develop
over 100 patents in sub-atomic chemistry (Morse n.d.). Mellen-Thomas
Benedict brought back from his NDE a great deal of scientific
information. He says this knowledge was the basis of six
U.S. patents he holds (Benedict 1996).
8. Some people are cured of fatal illnesses during a NDE
or have miraculous recoveries from serious injuries.
Mellen Thomas-Benedict was in the last stages of dying from
terminal cancer in 1982. He died and for an hour and a half
his body was monitored showing no vital signs. Miraculously
he returned to his body after having a full NDE. Three months
later there was no sign of the cancer in his body (Benedict
Anita Moorjani was dying from cancer. When she returned
from her NDE she had a total recovery of her health (Moorjani
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross tells a dramatic story of a man
whose whole family were killed in a terrible accident. He
became an alcoholic and drug abuser until he was hit by
a car and in a NDE saw his whole family well and happy in
the afterlife. She writes:
"He finally re-entered his physical
body, tore off the straps that were tied around him and
literally walked out of the emergency room. He never had
delirium tremens or any after effects from the heavy abuse
of drugs and alcohol." (Kübler-Ross 1991).
9. The blind can see during a NDE
In their book Mindsight, Dr. Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper
report on in-depth interviews with 31 people who were fully
or partially blind and had a near-death experience where
they could see. One of their subjects was Vicki Noratuk
who had been blind from birth. She could not even see black.
During her NDE she found she could see for the first time;
she recognised her wedding ring and her hair. She also saw
people made out of light—but she had never seen light
before (Ring and Cooper 1999).
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also interviewed blind patients
who were able to see perfectly while “dead”
and out of body (Kübler-Ross 2005).
10. Some people have a group near-death experience
In 1996, Arvin Gibson interviewed a fire-fighter named Jake
who had a near-death experience while working with other
fire-fighters in a forest. Several co-workers were also
having a near-death experience at the same time. They actually
met each other and saw each other above their lifeless bodies.
All survived and they agreed with each other afterwards
that the experience actually happened. Jake's near-death
experience is told in Arvin Gibson's book, "The Fingerprints
of God." Read
11. Some people have near-death-like experiences when there
is nothing physically wrong with them
Researchers have found that deep meditation,
deathbed visions, relaxation, psychic vision, astral projection,
trance, mirror gazing, and eye movements, can trigger elements
of the NDE (see Kevin Williams’ website near-death.com)..Read
12. Some people have a near-death experience when they are
completely brain dead.
Hallucinations can only occur when people
have a functioning brain which shows an active EEG reading.
But vivid near death experiences have taken place during
periods when their brains showed no electrical activity.
At these times people should have no memory but the vivid
NDEs are remembered by people years later.
Pam Reynolds needed a risky operation to correct a weak
point in the wall of a blood vessel in her brain. For over
an hour she was clinically dead. Her temperature was lowered
to 60 degrees, her heartbeat and brain activity were stopped
and her blood was circulated through a machine. There was
no way that she could see anything as her eyes were taped
shut. She could not hear anything as her ears were covered
with plastic caps and sounds measuring 90 decibels were
continually fed into them. Yet after her heart was restarted
and her body heated up she reported that she had been able
to see, hear and feel what was going on. She said that it
was like sitting on the shoulder of the doctor. She described
details of her surgery which were later verified. She was
able to remember this long and complex near-death experience
at a time that she had no brain activity (Sabom 1998).
George Rodonaia’s body was stored
in the freezer in a hospital morgue for three days. He was
revived when his body was being split open for an autopsy.
But while he was ‘dead’ he had seen his wife
outside the hospital selecting his gravesite and considering
marrying again (Atwater 2007:166).
Eben Alexander is an academic neurosurgeon who had a near
death experience. He was unconscious from severe meningitis
which wipes out all except the most basic human brain functions.
He says that for over a week he was virtually brain dead
yet had a complex NDE that could not have been created by
his brain activity (Alexander 2012).
13. Many people experience a ‘life review’ during
which they see their lives from the perspective of other
Dr. Kenneth Ring and other researchers show that a key feature
of the life review is that people do not see their lives
from their own point of view. It is not like replaying a
video recording. Instead they see them from the perspective
of everyone else they interacted with. They access the feelings
and memories of the other people involved. These are things
that they would have no normal way of knowing (Ring and
14. The after-effects of a NDE are unique and long lasting.
Other people who are as close to death
would also have chemical released by a dying brain but they
do not experience a NDE or the same long term effects.Read more about the effects of NDEs IANDS
The most common psychological effects (experienced by 80-90%
of adult survivors) are very recognisable.
Cherie Sutherland, an Australian researcher, interviewed
50 NDE survivors in depth. She found that the effects on
the lives of survivors had been remarkably
consistent and quite different from the effects of drug
or chemical induced hallucinations.
In Transformed by the Light (1992) she identified
many effects which have been substantiated by other studies
e.g. Ring (1980 and 1984) Atwater (1988). These included:
• a universal belief in life after death.
• a high proportion (80%) now believed in re-incarnation.
• a total absence of fear of death.
• a large shift from organized religion to personal
• a statistically significant increase in psychic
• a more positive view of self and of others.
• an increased desire for solitude.
• an increased sense of purpose.
• a lack of interest in material success coupled with
a marked increase in interest in spiritual development.
• fifty per cent experienced major difficulties in
close relationships as a result of their changed priorities.
• an increase in health consciousness.
• most drank less alcohol.
• almost all gave up smoking.
• most gave up prescription drugs.
• most watched less television.
• most read fewer newspapers.
• an increased interest in alternative healing.
• an increased interest in learning and self-development.
• seventy five per cent experienced a major career
change in which they moved towards areas of helping others.
PMH Atwater adds another interesting
fact. She claims that most researchers have found that at
least 75-78 per cent of adult experiencers divorced within
seven to ten years of their experience (2007:89).
Here is an example of someone who completely
changed as a result of his near death experience.
MILLIONAIRE doesn't care about money!
* researcher explains that after a NDE people change
* Gordon Allen was a very successful businessman who loved
* he became sick with pneumonia; he felt himself leave his
* he felt ovewhelming love
* he met three high spiritual beings who communicated with
him like a much loved brother
* he was told that the talents he had been given were for
a higher purpose to help others
* when he came back he felt that his heart was on fire with
* he phoned eveyone he knew and apologised
and asked for forgiveness for not being as loving to them
as he should have been.
* he is now a counsellor helping disadvantaged
* researcher says that these changes are
* Gordon says his life now is far richer than before.
NDE Survivors become more psychic
An independent American study by Dr Melvin
Morse found that NDE survivors have three times the number
of psychic experiences as the general population. They were
frequently unable to wear watches and often had problems
using electricity - their laptops would short circuit and
their credit cards would be erased (Morse 1992). He also
found that adults who had near-death experiences gave more
money to charity than others, were more likely to do volunteer
work in the community, worked more in jobs where they could
help people, did not abuse drugs and ate more fresh fruit
and vegetables than other people (Morse 1992).
On the Internet
Experiences and the Afterlife
Compiled by Kevin Williams, this page is an outstanding
achievement and is by far the most comprehensive resource
on NDEs. I contains examples of near-death experiences
(NDE's) from many cultures and excellent links.
In a recent interview with
Alex Tsakiris Dr Eben Alexander explains how he has been
unable to come up with any physiological explanation for
what happened to him and has concluded that the mind is
independent of the brain. Listen
to the interview and read transcript (Interview 154).
DR MELVIN MORSE NEAR
DEATH EXPERIENCES IN A SPIRITUALLY IMPOVERISHED SOCIETY
" I don't "believe in" near
death experiences. It is my opinion that the scientific
research validates that near death experiences are real.
The science of 2011 indicates that we all have a "god
spot" or (as per Mario Beauregard MD) a "god brain"
that connects us with the divine, the all knowledge timeless