wasn't part of Dee's plan. People in green scrubs and masks
hovered above her, moving fast like bees in those nature
programs she liked to watch on Sunday nights.
"What were they rushing for?"
she wondered? "What happened to her car?"
There'd been a loud noise then nothing.
Dee closed her eyes to escape the madness around her. The
beeping and whooshing sounds faded out.
There in the quiet, she noticed
a river unlike any she'd ever imagined. No water, just a
river of peace. She felt so calm. Beyond this extraordinary
river, on the other side, Dee saw people walking together
toward an amazing and indescribable light. Even though it
was blindingly bright, the light didn't hurt her eyes. In
fact, she couldn't get enough of it.
Dee heard more beeps and whooshing.
"She's back we've got a pulse. Let's
get her up to surgery now!"
Dee's family was so grateful
when she came out of surgery and eventually recovered. They
knew they'd nearly lost her. They didn't know, though, about
her near-death experience the peaceful river and the light.
She'd kept it to herself, afraid of their reaction.
Paul Badham of Lampeter University, who studies the philosophical
implications of near death experiences, said that despite
media hype, the phenomenon is quite rare. However, he says
the reports of people who have had near death experiences
tend to contain similar elements.
"It is very common for people to report
going out of their body and looking down on their body,"
he said. "Going through a tunnel is also a common experience,
as is being surrounded by light. The meeting of deceased
relatives or friends is also commonly reported. People will
also say that they feel they are in the presence of a spiritual
reality. A Christian may interpret this as Jesus. One atheist
who had an out of body experience said that he later realized
that this presence was responsible for the governance of
Professor Badham said that the
numbers of people experiencing the phenomena are rising
as medicine improves and pulls more people back from the
brink. He says that people who report near-death experience
sometimes "see" things that would have been impossible for
them to see if they had been unconscious on an operating
the experiences of a man who, following an out-of-body experience,
was later able to tell his dentist that there were two pennies
on top of a cupboard in the room. Upon investigation, the
pennies were found exactly where the man said they would
be, although they were not visible from ground level.
A hospital on the south coast of England
is currently testing the validity of near death experiences
by placing unusual objects randomly around a cardiac ward.
If a patient's near-death experience report includes the
object and its location, weight must inevitably be added
to their stories.
"Science cannot solve
the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because,
in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature
and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying
to solve." - Max Planck, one of the founders
of quantum mechanics
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