Miracles and Near Death Experiences

The power of prayer

There IS power in prayer, but it has nothing to do with religion
There IS power in prayer, but it has nothing to do with religion | Source

Miracles and Near Death Experiences

Near death experiences may be considered "miracles" by some but they are much more than that.

They are proof that our essence remains intact after the body ceases to function.


A couple of years ago I published an article in "My Life as a Male Nurse" series:

  • http://dwilliam.hubpages.com/hub/My-Life-As-A-Nurse-Part-4

The following is actually an extension of that hub, but stands on its own.

It helps to validate the claims that many people have of their personal "miracles" that others often dismiss in disbelief.

That 'disbelief" is nothing more than the overt manifestation of their own belief that others surely are not more appropriate to receive miracles than they are themselves. So, they must conclude that those seemingly 'blessed' events could not have actually occurred.

When we, who have had that exceptional experience, choose to share it with others, it is not for validation or approval by skeptics. It is to show that it is truly possible to have some control over our own lives, if we believe that it is possible.

Being a part of the universal oneness is never contingent on the religion we were brought up in, or the approval of, or validation by, others.

But rather a personal connection directly with that universal oneness itself, that commands sharing with others.


Today on the news i saw this video that prompted this addendum, of sorts, to that particular article. It is sometimes difficult to find the words to adequately express the complicated involvements that are interwoven between what is natural/material and supernatural/abstract.

Although there are many instances of people dying and coming back to life, it may be erroneously considered a "miracle" by those who have been religiously "brainwashed".

I certainly can attest to such happenings, but what i object to is attributing these "miraculous" events to any organized religion.

It is more the ''soul's'' need to fulfill a life's journey, than a spontaneous "miracle".

It is also difficult to verbalize the difference between what the organized religion takes credit for in order to justify keeping people under their influences, and the choice of the individual spirit to choose to return to continue his/her life's journey when the love for those being left behind is stronger than the desire to remain in that blissful state that one encounters after death.

Near death experience

this is the closest to what i experienced, but less distinct in physical features
this is the closest to what i experienced, but less distinct in physical features | Source
there were several figures present and up close
there were several figures present and up close

A select few

Only those who have experienced this kind of "near death" episode can fully understand this distinction.

We are all made up of 3 parts:

  • The physical body,
  • the brain & spinal column (computer) that controls the bodily functions,
  • and the essence (or soul) that enters the brain/spinal shaft, and that gives both the body and the brain the animation (vitalization or vivification) to experience the physical world.


This complicated intertwining of body and soul have nothing to do with organized religion and must never be subjugated to such abasement.

Our Creator[s] are not a religion.

When mankind can finally comprehend this concept, the insane fighting between global religions will cease.

Below is the link to the video referenced in the beginning of this article.

There can be no other rational explanation of these events.

by: d.william 08/23/2013

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ChristopherJRex 3 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

I’d like to start off by thanking you for providing the news clip, itself, as that was very nice to see! Unfortunately, it can be incredibly dangerous and presumptive to automatically prescribe things that we don’t fully understand to supernatural influences. Remember that story about Apollo’s chariot being the sun that wheeled across the sky? Yeah, the same thing applies here to this news story.

There is no scientific evidence supporting the existence of a “soul” or “essence.” Near-death experiences are actually natural phenomena that are fully explained by Neuroscience, without the need for a magical “soul:” http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk/Do...

If you insist that souls exist, then what other creatures have souls? Why are souls limited to large, multi-cellular organisms? Every single cell is technically a living unit, so what makes the whole animal so special? At what point during Evolution did beings acquire a soul and from where?

People at one time believed that certain species of Salamanders were magical because they could become completely frozen and then fully re-animate upon thawing. We now comprehend this amazing physiological mechanism that prevents the Salamander’s body from forming ice crystals and piercing its cells. We will eventually be able to figure out and explain how this man was able to survive for ~45 minutes without a heartbeat and I can guarantee you that the explanation will have nothing to do with supernatural influences (since no other scientifically-analyzed phenomena have needed to invoke them).

Science is still far from knowing everything, but what we currently know tells us that there is no need for fantastical beings like ghouls, goblins, ghosts, or gods to explain anything in this universe.

Btw, there is as much power in prayer as there is in a placebo…and, being a nurse, you should be familiar with that phenomenon: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/366...


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Christopher:

Thanks for taking the time to read and offer you insightful comments.

The reason i added the comment that those who have never experienced this near death phenomenon... is that they can never understand the profound impact it has on those of us that have.

It is inexplicable to those who have not experienced it. The words that describe it, are meaningless unless it was indeed experienced.

There have been many attempts to explain them away by those who cannot possibly understand what it is like. No amount of educational degrees, or suppositions offered, are any more logical, or realistic, than those who recall what they experienced.

Your remarks about the soul is based on a concept of a religious nature, where God is characterized as an individual with human like qualities, and as a single entity that is capable of creating something out of nothing. But logically that cannot be possible.

Humans do not posses the knowledge or the intelligence to fully understand the complexities of the creators of the material world.

It would be a better hypothesis to suggest that there are multiple highly intelligent beings without physical bodies as we know them, that survive in the vacuum of outer space. One per galaxy.

Such a highly intelligent being would have the capability to embrace all within its realm (like the black hole at the center of each galaxy for example). This is what i refer to as the Universal Oneness. (or perhaps better defined as the Galactic Oneness)

Assuming that this being that has created the galaxy in which it lives has the capacity to permeate its farthest reaches. If that were the case then every living thing on every single planet that harbors life throughout each galaxy would have some degree of the essence of that being and therefore contain a "soul" as defined in the crudest manner of the conceptualization of a soul by man.

So, yes, if everything "alive", as well as the inert, in the materialistic part of the galaxy has a part of that omnipresent entity in it, then every thing does have a soul of sorts. But it is the complicating factors present in each of those living material things that determine to what extent that essence exists.

The more complex the organism (man being the supposed highest order), the more sentience is available, or usable..

Your reference to the power of prayer being equated to a placebo, is assuming that the prayer itself is the catalyst for change. when in fact it is the power of the mind to alter reality that is actually that catalyst.

Some people possess a greater ability than others - perhaps it is from having experienced several reincarnations that the residuals of those past lives have an accumulative effect.

Skepticism is the block that prevents the growth of the intellect that leads to a greater capability to access, and absorb some of that greater essence and use it here in the material plane.

It is also fact, that the humans can only use 10% of their brain. We have not evolved enough to be able to fully access the other 90%.

You are making your suppositions based on using only a portion of that 10% of the brains capacity. If we view the amazing evolution of man from primate (cave man) to current man, we do see some improvement in intellect, but more retardation and ignorance in trying to conclude that what mankind thought 2,000 years ago is the ultimate in knowledge.

Religions teach man that their soul is separate from all others, instead of teaching that we are all part of the universal whole.

As a crude analogy, it is like a human brain having the capability to think more than one thought at a time, multitask, and feel more than one emotion at a time, and yet all that activity remains within the bounds of that one mind.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Yes, first of all, I do in life after death for many reasons ---that I will not go into at this time.

I can tell you I wrote about my sister's near death experience (her story is here on HubPages if you would like to read it). I know that it happened ---she has no reason to make up the experience ...

It is a complex occurrence and I agree that unless you have experienced you have no frame of reference to try to explain 0r fully understand. thanks for sharing this with us...Angels are on the way to you this evening. Shared ps


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

pstraubie:

thanks for your comments. It is difficult to NOT believe in life after death, but i can understand those who claim they do not.

My near death experience happened when i was around 7 years old. It is still vivid in my memories, like it happened yesterday.

Because of it, i have no fear of crossing over.

Yes, i would like to read your sister's story. Can you provide me the link?

Same here, when i experienced mine i had no knowledge of any of that stuff, but it was real, and what i went through was far beyond any life experiences that i had before it, that anyone could say was my imagination.

My angels are always around me. I fear no evil from the other side, for such fear is only in the minds of humans who have been taught that fear by their religious indoctrinations.

We were not put on this earth to fear the creator, we are here to learn and share our earthly experiences.

And the only cardinal rule we must follow is to never do harm to another person, or interfere in their life's journey.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a beautiful reply to comments above. I have never had a near death experience, but i do believe when we die it is only an extension to a higher degree of knowledge. Fake miracles by TV preachers is an abomination against God...........


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Always exploring:

Thanks for you comments. When i hear people trying to ridicule those who have had a N.D.E., or attempt to "explain" it away as some kind of chemical reaction in the brain, or a figment of the imagination, it saddens me that there is so much skepticism in the world.

But, unfortunately, that some of that skepticism in the world today is certainly justified by the scandals of the church, and their horrible teachings of oppression, fear, and guilt, intolerance and hatred, by religion.

When a 'child' has one, and the recall is so vivid, it is difficult to blame it on imagination when that child has never had any "worldly" experiences. I was somewhere between 7 + 8 y.o.. I did not see a T.V. until i was 21 y.o., and our access to the outside world was a radio.

I never believed a word that the old priest said when all he talked about was the eternal punishment for having sex, or even thinking about it.

The Fake TV preachers, their loud condemnation of everything, and their own sexual exploits made public, certainly have not done anything to further the promotion of religion, that's for sure.


mbuggieh 3 years ago

I do wish that I could completely believe in a "life after death", but I cannot. Oddly enough, my hope for the possibility of life after death is one that pivots on my hope for a final judgment; my hope that those who have brought goodness and good works to this world will be rewarded while those who brought evil and harm will be punished.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

mbuggieh:

thanks for taking time to read and comment. There are many who do not believe in life after death, but they cannot prove their theories any more than those of us who do can.

When i experienced my N.D.E. i had no idea what it was, and there was no point of reference to attribute it to. I can still see the white cloud like figures standing before me and telling me i had to go back to complete the task i was sent to do. I have no idea what that task was, if it has already been accomplished, or is yet to come.

I do also know somehow that we are not "punished" for anything in the spirit realm for anything that we do on this planet, other than having to return to either live the bad experiences we caused someone, or to live the life that we destroyed, in order to understand the pain we caused a fellow traveler. (People who murder - will come back to be murdered) and/or (those who persecuted homosexuals - will come back to live that persecution that they were part of), etc...

That is the true Karmic justice.

My perception of why I am back on this earth is yet to be experienced -- a brutal murder by haters. Not something i am looking forward to.

In this life time, i have never deliberately set out to harm another human being, and have given more than i have received.

Some of us are also never meant to have a loving relationship as part of that atonement. My life partner died after just 7 years together, and that loss has never been overcome. You can only guess the possibilities of the sins i am paying for from a former lifetime.

It really does not matter if anyone believes anything, or not, nothing will change for them one way or another. Our fate is sealed, the die is cast, and the show must go on.

(i never said i wasn't a drama queen) L.O.L.


mbuggieh 3 years ago

I am so sorry about your loss, but yes, the die is cast and the show does go on.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thanks, and i am embarrassed to say that that loss was 41 years ago, and still feels like it was yesterday


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

The sum total of religion amounts to a hill of beans if there is all rules and no relationship. I was thinking about Christianity last night. The sum of it can be stated as Love God and Love People. The bible is a history book and a direction guide, that helps people set boundaries for there lives. Without relationship, the bible is a dead work. That's in the book itself. After life experiences were reported by the apostles

Paul and John. Neither was permitted to say anything other than they happened. Of this I am sure. There is an afterlife. If I have followed a name called Jesus foolishly then I will find out after I die. If not, then the promises of the bible will be more than I can imagine.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

tirelesstraveler:

thanks for your comments. You are correct that what Christianity SHOULD be, is "love God and Love People". Somehow that concept has been distorted to "hate those who are different" and "let's judge everyone around us" in order to please their particular 'god' of wrath.

The bible is not a history book, and was never meant to be that. It is only a compilation of psalms, anecdotes, fairy tale stories, and false or twisted versions of what may, or may not, have actually happened.Hand picked by the Roman Government to create a religion that was designed to capture and control the people.

Its 'holiness' was by a decree of the government, and its creation - the Roman Catholic Church.

We are a civilization that is lost to the misinformation of long dead history.

If humanity needs an organization to tell us how to act civilly towards one another then we ARE truly lost.

Jesus was no more than a man that had a high disdain for the governmental repression of the people.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Did you ever see the play Godspell? It revealed Jesus' distain for the religious leaders of his time beautifully. We disagree, but that's not a bad thing. Stay well.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

thanks for maintaining civility in disagreeing. That is rare here on H.P.

I have not seen Godspell, but i will see if it is available on NetFlix.

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