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Near Death Experiences-Real Or Not?

Updated on April 30, 2018

A Near Death Experience is described as a broad range of personal experiences associated with pending death. Descriptions of NDE date back to early Greece in the philospher Platos life.The question here to ponder is are they hallucinations, spiritual experiences,proof of life after death, or chemical changes in the brain just moments before death?

Here's how Wickipedia defines near death experience: "A near-death experience (NDE) refers to a personal experience associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or has been very close to death. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased "

Many near death experiences have been reported in books by authors who have experienced this event in what they described as "more real than life". Many of them have profound changes in their life after their near death experience.

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What They Have In Common

  • A sense/awareness of being dead
  • A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness. Positive emotions. A feeling of being removed from the world.
  • An out-of-body experience. A perception of one's body from an outside position. Sometimes observing doctors and nurses performing medical resuscitation efforts The person feels that they are out of thier body, but are able to clearly see everything around them.
  • A "tunnel experience". A sense of moving up, or through, a passageway or staircase. This is a common experience to all in NDE. They often say that they see spritual beings or familiar loved ones that have passed
  • A rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light. Communication with the light. This is described as warmth or comfort. Some people experience it as God or the Heavenly Being.
  • An intense feeling of unconditional love
  • Encountering "Beings of Light", "Beings dressed in white", or other spiritual beings. Also, the possibility of being reunited with deceased loved ones.
  • Being given a life review
  • Being given a "life preview"
  • Being presented with knowledge about one's life and the nature of the universe
  • A decision by oneself or others to return to one's body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return They are often told that it is not thier time and they must return to thier bodies.

Reports of near death experiences go as far back as the time of Plato's Republic in 360 BC. A soldier described his soul leaving his body after being nearly killed in battle

Dismissed By Skeptics

Skeptics are quick to dismiss near life experiences as fabricated. Even though many stories are parallel in their details. However, there are too many stories to dismiss these events all together.

As medical procedures improve, more patients are coming back rom the brink of death than ever.

One book, The Handbook of Near Death Experiences: Thirty Years Of Investigation outlines 3500 different subjects who have had near death experiences.

Skeptics believe that these experiences are hallucinations of the brain as the individual is dying.

I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start with death. We are in eternity now." - Norman Vincent Peale

Scientific Explanations

Near-death experiences are tricks of the mind triggered by an overload of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, a new study suggests.In the new study, researchers investigated whether different levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide-the main blood gases-play a role in the mysterious phenomenon. "We found that in those patients who experienced the phenomenon, blood carbon-dioxide levels were significantly higher than in those who did not," said team member Zalika Klemenc-Ketis, of the University of Maribor in Slovenia. "People who have inhaled excess carbon dioxide or have been at high altitudes, which can raise the blood's CO2 concentrations, have been known to have sensations similar to near-death experiences, she saidResearcher

Lakhmir Chawla, an intensive care doctor, said: 'We think that near-death experiences could be caused by a surge of electrical energy as the brain runs out of oxygen.As blood flow slows down and oxygen levels fall, the brain cells fire one last electrical impulse.

'It starts in one part of the brain and spreads in a cascade and this may give people vivid mental sensations.'

Dr Chawla, of the George Washington University medical centre in Washington DC, monitored the brain activity of seven terminally-ill people to ensure the painkillers they were being given were working.

In each case, the gradual tailing off of brain activity in the hour or so before death was interrupted by a brief spurt of action, lasting from 30 seconds to three minutes.

Near Death Experiences

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean." - David Searls

How Do You Feel About Near Death Experiences?

Do you believe that people have died and come back to life again?

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Some Saw Heaven And Some Saw Hell, Or Did They?

As has been reported by many people, there was a great peace and a bright light that drew them in where an immense feeling of love and comfort was felt. Other have described seeing visions of demons and hell itself. They describe seeing torment and experiencing discomfort. Yet, others felt nothing but emptiness and a great void. What distinguishes these experiences?Judge for your self and weigh in after you hear what these folks have to say. Listen to some interesting statements and personal experiences These are 10 experiences that will cause to to really think about the afterlife. Read and watch them here and give some thought to what these folks have to say

What Do All Near Death Experiences Have In Common?

There is an interesting feature where many near death experiences have in common.

Many of the people who have experience describe a bright light- intense but not painful. They also claim " out of body experiences". They say that they "saw" what was going on while the event was happening.

They often said that they saw spiritual beings, including deceased loved ones.

The tunnel with a bright light at the end of it have been often described.

Could these similarities be circumstance or fact?

© 2014 Linda F Correa

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