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Describing and explaining Near Death Experience (NDE), (January 17, 2009)

 

Professor in cardiology, Van Lommel, has studied for 8 years 344 cases of NDE of which 62 have seen death face to face. These de-embodiments could also occur after receiving serious injuries or when imminent death is perceived. Many Asian ascetics are ilearning to reach a stage of emotional and mental serenity that will allow them to experience these phenomena, way before they come that close to death. Usually, there is a tremendous letdown for those survivors who believed that their experiences were unique to them! Most survivors decided on a vow of silence and kept their real stories under hermetic cover for fear of being judged as crazies.  After describing versions of the NDE experiences I will offer the various chemical and biological explanations.

 

 The renowned psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, experienced the phenomena in 1944 and said that he needed three weeks to decide resuming life and could not feel like eating; to him life seemed a prison afterward and he felt extremely disappointed after his experienced state of well being.  Plutarch recounted the same phenomena at the first century in his manuscript “Moral Treaties”; the witness recounted moving slowly amid bright stars in the vast and empty universe. I remember reading a book by actress Shirley McLain where she mentioned that her friend, the actor Peter Sellers, experienced an after death de-embodiment after a heart attack and he managed to travel around the world, very fast and unimpeded, and visited places he intended to see.

 

            Many books have been written on that subject with detailed descriptions.  My early book review in June 2004 was “Life after Life” by Dr. Raymond Moody and it offered me a whiff of Eternity.  It is a book about the testimonies of those who returned to the living after being declared clinically dead such as (heart stoppage, nil breathing and no audible arterial pressure).  Dr.Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote a foreword to the book.

 

Consciousness hovering over its previous physical body, instantaneously zooming in on any person, however far he might be, understanding his thoughts before opening his mouth.  An entity carried down and fast into a dark vortex or then perceiving a pale light at the end of the spiraling tunnel, growing mightily bright and white, sending a sensation of warmth and of complete love and compassion.  It was a vivid intense light that mutely encouraged you to recapitulate your past life in a vertiginously fast chronological order, in minute details, all the emotions and critical decisions, in relief, color, and motion; a projection of holographic series of scenes. A light that gives the impression of an individual who already has all the information and is just prodding you to reflect on the important moments in your life since you were a toddler.

The memory events are not accompanied with accusations in this panoramic movie, instead “encouragements to continually learn and love people”.  It is an entity, dense less and quickly acquiring an all encompassing awareness of its past life; capable of comprehending everything being done and said around his dead body, including the technical medical procedures and medical personnel, while clinically dead.

 

An entity, helpless in communicating with the living creatures, helpless in acting on the living crowd, poking, pressing, pushing, cursing crowd in cases of fatal car accidents; helpless in acting on the nurses who were wildly sending emergency code pink calls to any living God doctor.  Nurses are artificially trying to reanimate the corpse with all means available; the corpse of a helpless entity that feels lonely and would like someone to share his new discoveries and sensations.

 

An entity that has forgotten the senses of taste and odor: senses too linked to the basic animal instincts? An entity that can understand without hearing but could hear extremely uncomfortable buzzing sounds, excruciatingly painful and well remembered after re-embodiment or, much preferably, exquisitely soothing music.

 

Medical explanations of few experiences: Oxygen deprivation to cells provokes loss of sensorial connection with the body; oxygen depravation of cells in the occipital brain lobe affects vision and the impression of intense light. The excessive liberation of glutei acid is linked to the processes in memory and emotions.  There are hallucigenous products excreted such as ketamine that attach to nerve receptors and endorphin (opium) that prevents feeling pains and other chemical products to be discovered. It is known that even a tiny nerve lesion in the temporal lobe can cause return of memories though not necessarily coherent.  It is plausible that with the limited sensorial input that the brain tries to re-construct a model of the universe.

A good alternative is to learn the languages of animals and record their testimonies; but then we will have to come to term whether animals are endowed with souls.

Inevitably, verbal explanations of NDE phenomena by people would mostly abuse of coded religious expressions that they had memorized for the interpretation of their experiences such as an interminable tunnel to the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”; or strange pigmies resembling little demons inviting the dying person to jump in the vortex; or the intense light to Christ or the Prophet Mohammad or Buddha.

 

There are many other forms describing the NDE phenomena.

  

An entity composed basically of two parts; the much larger rounder part is first to exit from the head and the smaller part re-enter from the head after the entity encounters a barrier such as a door, a gray fog, a mass of water or a limiting frontier. The re-embodiment is generally done after the coaxing prayers of loving relatives:

I assume that the prayers of nasty and hateful relatives should have no special effects.

An entity that is reunited with loved ones long gone. Some of them speechlessly responding to the entity queries of where to go next and what to do next, a stranger to flying airplanes in a vast airport with multiple exits and entrances, and some keeping quiet because the time is not yet come, because silence is gold in that critical instant.

 

I do hypothesize that humanity has experienced many of these occurrences throughout its evolution, and they were much readier than today to accept these fantastic stories. Religions flourished in every community; a few religions are still truer to their origins and are readier to accept these testimonies as real.

 

The Tibetans have “The Book of the Dead” that relates these experiences. Their book contains more details than what is confided to Dr. Moody.  The book describes the state of confusion and disorientation of the des-embodied entity, its resistance to accept what is happening and the feeling that it is keeping its own body for a while. They also tell about reincarnations into other bodies after a long time spent as a spirit. The Tibetans still perform complex rituals for their dead to prepare their souls into accepting the next phase without undue confusion and irritations.

 

I have questions: Does this phenomenon happen invariably to everyone who dies, to babies and to people afflicted with Alzheimer diseases? To people who are burned carbonized or blew up to pieces by a direct bomb hit? For how long does this phenomenon last? Would it last for an eternity? Or would it last the duration to meet their great grand parents?  Could any disintegration occur to this entity and how badly?

 

If eternal life with no degradation of performance for joy is the case, then is it incumbent upon me to procreate?  At my age it has to be done now. Would an adoptive person who never saw mother or father recognize his parents when they come to welcome him after death? Would his parents know that their unwanted child has died?  If they knew, would they be able to recognize him? Would the meeting be all love, compassion, understanding and total forgiveness? If recognition and total forgiveness of deleted children is the case, then, to procreate is my destiny in this lower form of life!

 

Would the animal life go through the same experience?  Would an animal follow a modified version commensurate to its under capacity for mischief?  If they have an after life, then I should stop killing bugs or eat any kind of flesh.

 

It appears from the testimonials that there is no condemnation or Hell whatsoever.

The acts or wrongful behavior are not at a par with the religious dogmas; thus, rules or laws prescribed by societies would be irrelevant in the after life. Let us say, it is probably of insignificant consequences.

 

The real problem is that the testimonials never revealed a murderer among them, not yet.  Apparently, soldiers were absolved for their killings in war; unless they went to war and did not get a chance to kill a single enemy, before they were shot dead, temporarily, by the enemy. A genocidal or a mass killing decision is under investigation for the after life. Hell, the usefulness of genocides is still under consideration in this lousy life!


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