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Near Death Experiences, Real Glimpses of Afterlife

The Jury is in. After more than 35 years of research by top scientists, the studies all point to consciousness living beyond the death of the brain and body. Incredible as it may sound, we now have solid evidence of an afterlife.

A few of the scientists that have been researching near death experiences over the past thirty-five years include:
Dr. Raymond Moody,
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
Dr. Melvin Morse,
Dr. Kenneth Ring,
Dr. Charles T. Tart,
Dr. Jeffrey Long,
Dr. Peter Fenwick,
Dr. Penny Sartori,
Dr. Bruce Greyson,
Dr. Sam Parnia,
Dr. Michael Sabom,
Dr. Pim Van Lommel,
and many, many others have joined them in researching near death experiences over the years. All of the near-death research points in the direction of an afterlife. The research is being done at dozens of universities here in the states and abroard. The research has been published in scientific journals. Many books have been written by these researchers. They are available from Amazon.com. I highly recommend: “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience,” by Dr. Pim van Lommel.

There are an estimated 10 million near death experiencers in the U.S. alone. So why is this not front page news in all the newspapers and magazines, and why do main stream scientists continue to teach and hold to the old theories that the brain produces consciousness when all the research shows that consciousness is non-local (a separate entity) and is not produced by the brain?

The clash between the new research, showing consciousness continues to live after the death of the brain and body, and the old theories that assume consciousness is produced by the brain and dies when the brain dies, has been going on for a long time. So it is now time to examine the facts of the debate.

The New Research.

The new research shows that a percentage of the people that die during surgery, and are brought back to life, can accurately describe what happened during the time they were clinically dead. They can accurately describe the surgeon and staff, what they said, and what they did to their clinically dead body while being out of their body in a position above their body near the ceiling. Even if the patient was blind or deaf before the surgery, they can still hear and see all the activity going on around their dead body. Some of them are able to see for the first time in their life. This is called veridical near death experiences. The accuracy of the surgery patient’s account is verified by the surgeon and staff performing the procedure. To date there are thousands of these verified NDEs published in the reseach. They are solid, clear evidence that our consciousness continues to live after the death of our bodies.

Registered nurse has a near death experience.
The Pam Reynolds surgery.
An emergency room nurse tells about an NDE.

The Old Theories.

On the other side of the debate is the theory that the brain produces our consciousness which is dependent upon the brain, and therefor dies when the brain dies. This remains only a theory because no one has found evidence of memory, thoughts, beliefs, and other attributes of consciousness physically present anywhere in the brain.

I understand there are basically three ways scientists can examine the brain, and the only thing they can measure related to consciousness in the brain comes from the brain activity.

1. By stimulating part of the brain with electical or chemical probes. This will usually result in the person who owns the brain seeing, feeling, and/or hearing some kind of an event. From this the assumption is made that the brain contains that event at that location. But this is not evidence, only theory, an assumption. Probing a TV tuner at different locations will show you different channels, but no one believes the channels with pictures and sound are located in the TV. The event triggered by the probes could be just as well non-local, since brain activity has not been shown to be generated by the brain. Scientists can’t show proof brain activity is coming from the brain, it could be a non-local consciousness feeding activity to the brain instead.

2. In this method is seen a reverse of the first one. A subject is asked to do, or the think of something, and brain activity is measured to see which part of the brain “lights up” when this event or activity is performed. Again this is not proof of the event or activity residing in that part of the brain. These procedures, 1, and 2, are sometimes called brain mapping. This so-called “brain mapping” has not been very accurate.

3. Brain damage. What can we learn from brain damage. Many scientists believe the brain to be hard-wired like some machine. If this is true, which it isn’t, then a stroke that causes a leg or arm to be paralyzed due to brain damage could never be used again. But we know through physical therapy many times full use of the arm or leg can be restored. If our consciousness is non-local and uses the brain as an interface to the body, then it can be explained why brain damage can be reversed without restoring the damaged part of the brain. If the part of the brain controlling a function is damaged, then your non-local consciousness can move that function to an undamaged part of the brain. However, a relearning process is necessary for the function to be restored. The Magic Brain.

Science doctrine is full of contradictions. One is assuming everything is material, without knowing everything. Two is assuming that personal experiences are unreliable, when it is obvious that personal experiences are the only kind of experience there is, and our only interface with the physical world. Three is assuming theories are more than educated guesses or they are backed up by facts. If they were factual, they would not be theories, they would be evidence.

So why is the new research not widely accepted.

The usually reasons is that us humans are not quick to change. We like our comfort zones and giving them up is not an easy thing. Then there are vested interests. Government and university funded research that would no longer be needed. There would also be a lot of theories that would need to be upgraded or replaced by the new knowledge. But I think the biggest reason is that spirituality would have to be acknowledged. Along with spirituality comes a huge amount of questions with little or no answers. This may be upsetting to the number of atheists among the scientific community, because while an afterlife doesn’t prove the existence of a higher intelligence, it does strongly suggest one. It would be a hard thing to acknowledge spirituality after years of teaching materialism.

But the advantages are many. There would now be meaning, purpose, and hope in all our lives. The fear of death would be diminished or gone entirely, along with the fear of life. Kindness would be taught again in all schools, including love one another. The world would improve if all knew physical life was not the end. Stress, anxiety, and anger would be reduced. Everyone would understand the law of attraction, and know that however they treat others would be returned to them. They would understand they are responsible for the deeds they do and the thoughts, beliefs they hold would determine the quality of their life in both the physical and spiritual. The world would not be perfect, but certainly improved. I hope it will happen sooner than you think.

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25 comments to Near Death Experiences, Real Glimpses of Afterlife

  • Maggie NORWAY Windows NT Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69

    Hello!
    I read this article on your blog, and it made me think for a while.
    I am an engineer student. When I study I tend to automatically accept “scientific” information to be correct, and get good grades. I rarely understand the proof, since it is often abstract. Because I trust the information is correct, it does not bother me if I don’t understand the proof. I believe a lot of people think similarly.

    When people hear about NDE’s they instantly
    question it’s validity. I find it strange that people can accept, maths, physics, etc without question.

    Maybe I’m rambling, but I would like to hear your opinion on this topic.
    Love Maggie

    • Hi Maggie

      My opinion is we should accept nothing just because it is science or religion until we have tested and understood the evidence for ourselves. This is true for all things.

      Love
      Leroy

  • Sewo BELGIUM Windows 7 Google Chrome 28.0.1500.95

    Compare NDE’s to the stroke of Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill’s fully experienced her left brain shutdown and as such experienced the full range of the right brain. Everything about it is very similiar to an NDE.

    • I have listened to her tapes and interviews and I think you are right. There is a similarity to NDEs. There is also differences. She saw no light and talked to no spiritual beings. She did come away with the knowledge we are only visitors here.

  • Shelley Windows NT Google Chrome 26.0.1410.43

    The afterlife is real, I know for a fact. I have had many experiences. One in particular was my great grandfather who I havent been close to or seen since I was 7 years old. My parents divorced and I wasnt close to that side as they moved 4 states away to the Gulf. The night before he died, I was shown a vision as I drifted off to sleep, of a funeral. I didnt see whose it was, but there was a church bell ringing. I woke up, the bell was still ringing. I ran to my husband, woke him up, he could not hear the bell. I was crying and so terrified, at the same time, trying to talk over the church bell that my husband couldnt hear. He is an athiest, but he knew something was up that night. The very next day, my dad called my and said my great grandpa died. The Cherokee Organization brought his body up to Illinois to be buried and I attended his funeral that week. I also found out, his youngest son, was talking to my mother, who I am not close to because of my parents divorce and her moving out of state when I was 7 years old, that he had the same experience. I overheard him talking to his relatives and asked mom what he was talking about, and yes it happened to him too. I didnt talk to him about it because I barely know him. But that would make two of us. I have other experiences as well, and yes, from one of my experiences I learned souls are partially or all energy. At first I thought I was hallucinating, until I researched it and found out that many people do indeed believe the spiritual world is made up of energy. I never even knew anything of the sort as I always had the idea that God was like a ghost man in the sky who judged people and there was no scientific evidence to ever back up the afterlife. We are getting closer people, I believe oneday, when science and become more advanced, it will prove their is an afterlife. There is alot out there we do not know yet.

  • Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and
    I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.

    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

  • elena Mac OS X Safari 533.22.3

    i love to believe this, because it is wonderful! but then i think to how humans are creatures that want obediance, structure, and comfort, so what if the brain just made this stuff up so the human can be comforted, like it wants to be. if there was any brain activity that is, maybe there is some in an area where it is not detected, maybe its just comforting itself. and with god, maybe just made up so people can feel they have structure?? im a teen so im starting to find myself, so please dont be offended, im learning :) thank you for this great page!!

    • I am not offended, I am glad you are searching for the truth. No one should just believe without proving the reality of the afterlife. I did not believe until I experienced it. Actually millions of people have experience it. You can read about near death experiences and my is under the pin name of Ken Katin if you wish to read more. Love

  • josu SPAIN Windows XP Mozilla Firefox 12.0

    Before all things, forgive my written mistakes as I´m not an English speaker. If the consciousness lives after death, all people in this situation would have NDE. However, most people don´t remeber anything, and just a few 20% have NDE.

    • Yes, you are correct. Some people don’t have NDEs and no one knows why and others remember their experiences later. I believe it has to do with the length of time they are clinically dead. But we do know that consciousness continues after death. Love

  • Joe Tufano UNITED STATES Windows 7 Internet Explorer 9.0

    I was raised in a Catholic home. I drifted away from it somewhat and have recently started to reconnect to the faith but I love reading these stories about NDE’s. I’ve never had one of these experiences, but they give me hope that there is something on the other side, and there is no need to be afraid. What you said in here about most of the scientific community being atheistic and using it saying that there is no God or afterlife strikes me as ridiculous. Scientific knowledge is in a constant state of flux and it’s willing to change it’s mind on any field it covers. But if its used against a religion, then it is also like a religion and it should be criticized for that reason. I’m not anti-science of course. It’s good at analyzing, testing and drawing a conclusion. But it can’t answer the questions about God, the afterlife or morality. Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris can experiment until the cows come home, they are not going to find the answer using science. I feel that these NDE’s confirm what Christianity, Judaism, Islam and all the other religions out there have been telling us for centuries: there is a Higher Power controlling the universe, there is a hereafter and there is a purpose to our existence. I apologize for the length, but keep up the good work.

  • Marc BELGIUM Windows XP Google Chrome 17.0.963.78

    Hi Lekatt, Thank you so much for your contribution on this website. I became a Christian a couple of years ago. Not because of NDE’s but because I realised that we have a heavenly father that loves us perfectly. I did went to look for testimonies about NDE’s and there are a lot to find on youtube. I also read somewhere that someone went to find people born blind troughout the entire US who had a NDE. I think he found around 90. Altough they were born blind and had no idea about shapes or forms of things, they could perfectly describe the tools that were present in the IC room. They could see it while hovering at the ceiling. So, that blows the claim that people with a NDE are still conscious after heart and respiration stops. In the best case scenario scientists could claim hearing, but seeing…..I don’t know but as far as I know the brain can’t see a thing without they eyes telling it what there is. Especially when the testimony comes from a born blind person. It’s actually unbelievable that people still don’t believe in an afterlife while all the evidence is out there. I know that there is an afterlife and it is given to us by our Heavenly Father. All we have to do to get this eternal and joyful life with Him is to acknowledge and to accept that his only begotten son Jesus died for us on the cross to clean us from our sins.

  • curious UNITED STATES Windows Vista Internet Explorer 9.0

    I have lost two very close family members of late and have always had a great interest in this subject. I have always wondered why the experiences are so different. Wandering thru meadows , racing across the universe , entering my childhood home ,with loved ones , with strangers , 10 foot tall angels , angels that were only points on light. Wouldn’t it seem the experiences would be more similar.. Just curious..

    • Because people interpret what they see differently as related to their background. I remember when during one of my experiences I was taken to a place where a brilliant light Being was teaching us about forgiveness. I saw the light Being as Jesus, while others saw Him as Moses or Buddha. We interpret what we see as something familiar, and that produces the difference. I am sure if the person does really die then they will see as others see the spirit world.

  • DiscomBob UNITED STATES Windows XP Google Chrome 12.0.742.30

    Hmmm… I believe the key item here is “near death experiences”, not to be confused with actual death. This article is for those desperate to avoid a true cessation of existence and willing to seize on the flimsiest of rationalizations to convince themselves that they won’t truly die. Whistling in the dark. This life is all you get, enjoy it while you’re here.

    • Near death experiences happen mostly to people who are clinically dead. Some for more than an hour. By that time the brain is dead and can not experience anything. So I suggest you read the research and experiences to learn more about them. There are verified NDEs where a person blind from birth can see while having the experience. They are real spiritual experiences.

      • DiscomBob UNITED STATES Windows XP Google Chrome 12.0.742.30

        Again, not dead, and no reliable method of setting a timeline for their reported experience in comparison to where they were in the surgery. Spiritual experiences are hallucinations brought on by brain trauma or disease.

        • The definition of death is no heart or brain activity, most NDEs meet this requirement. With no brain activity there can be no hallucination. The time line is traced by the physicians in attendance. It has all been verified in the research, there is no mistake. The brain dies in 11-15 seconds after the heart stops. Read the research please, it is solid and scientific.

  • Kat UNITED STATES Windows Vista Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

    A big problem I have with this article is the bigotry linked with atheism. Not once have I heard that a regular teaching of atheism is to promote hatred and selfishness, especially within the K-12 school system. Many atheists, including Richard Dawkins and Bill Gates, believe in humanitarian efforts and that people need to treat each other humanely and kind. A lot of violence has also been committed by religious people, in the name of religion. Yes, there are compassionate theists, but the same goes for atheists. There are also many violent and self-centered theists and atheists. Religion also does not play a role in stress…stress among Americans is a big problem, and America is considered a Christian nation. Knowing for certain there is an afterlife would reduce stress for some, but it’s far from likely everything in life would be “A-OK” just because we know of an afterlife. If I knew there was for certain an afterlife I’d feel great about it and comforted that this life wasn’t the end, but I know that while still here I would still experience stress and anxiety.

    This article would be better if it stayed away from vilifying atheism and assuming all religious people are “kind and peaceful” and all atheists are “violent and self-centered.”

  • Matthew Fuller UNITED STATES Windows 7 Google Chrome 8.0.552.237

    OMG! Wow, with a comment like that, who needs research.

  • I was excited to read your ‘proof’ of an afterlife. I know you are completely right as I have discovered in my research and the resulting two books I self-published. check out my weblite for details.

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