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Near Death Experiences

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 (Gallup 1982).

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um9GjWkM5kw



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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqInhGpECak


Dr. Jeff and Jody Long present six near-death experiences. Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, provides context and describes some of the key features associated with near-death experiences.

 

 

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 brain.

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 Alexander was 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZqTSBvwRQo




Dr. George Richie was in the army about to go to medical school in Richmond in 1943. He was very sick and was pronounced dead from pneumonia.
However he had an extremely detailed and vivid NDE.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruKjIrejDCk



The Mystery of Perception During Near Death Experiences - Pim van Lommell
(Science and non-Duality Conference 2013)





2. Whereas hallucinations are all different, near-death experiences are very similar in different cultures and throughout history.


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 Rudy talks 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 future.


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 1996).

 


Anita Moorjani was dying from cancer. When she returned from her NDE she had a total recovery of her health (Moorjani 2012).

 


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:
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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 more...


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 more...




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).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbdUEqDB-k

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 people.


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 Valarino 1998).

 



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 site
near-death.com site

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 spiritual practice.
• a statistically significant increase in psychic sensitivity.
• 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.

Video: RESURECTED MILLIONAIRE doesn't care about money!
* researcher explains that after a NDE people change
* Gordon Allen was a very successful businessman who loved money.
* he became sick with pneumonia; he felt himself leave his body.
* 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 love

* 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 people.
* researcher says that these changes are very common.
* Gordon says his life now is far richer than before.

 

DAVID PARSONS





15.
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

Other good NDE videos online


NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE OF A NEUROSURGEON

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 space-less domain."

Part 2



SURVIVING DEATH- a short documentary highlighting 3 NDEs

 

Victor Zammit. laywer, sums up the evidence.
  

 

 

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