|The NDE and
that you are a patient in a hospital and surgery
is being performed on you. You are sound asleep.
You were sound asleep long before they wheeled into
the operating room. But while you are asleep something
very strange happens. During the operation, you
are suddenly awakened to find yourself floating
near the ceiling! Down below are the doctors working
on your body (as in the cartoon on the left). You
see a strange sign hanging from the ceiling which
says "You are dead." You watch as the
doctor puts the electric paddles on your chest.
You have a wonderful peaceful feeling which you
have never had before. The doctors give your body
a shock and you are back in your body sound asleep
again. Hours later, you awaken and tell the doctor
about your out-of-body experience and the "You
are dead" sign. The doctor smiles and tells
you, "Your heart stopped during surgery and
we had to revive you. You are part of a near-death
study and you had a near-death experience. You are
the first patient who has ever read that sign. That
sign can only be read by someone reading it from
the vantage point of the ceiling. And because you
were able to read this sign and tell us about it,
you have proven scientifically that the mind can
function outside of the body. A great scientific
discovery has just occurred. Congratulations.
This is probably
how researchers are going to prove scientifically
that our consciousness can transcend our bodies.
Someday, someone is going to have
a near-death experience and observe a scientifically controlled
test object, such as a sign like "You are dead"
which can only be seen if the observer is actually outside
of their body. However , this is only the first step. Researchers
must also do the following:
1. How NDEs Will Prove the
Survival of Consciousness After Death
Prove that consciousness can
transcend the body by perceiving verifiable events
while out of the body.
The next step is the same as
the first step except it occurs while the body is
verifiably "dead" (i.e., clinical and
Once the above can be proven,
all the skeptics will have to admit that consciousness
It may surprise some people to know
that these kind of studies are going on right at this moment.
Indeed, it is only a matter of time when someone tells a
doctor they saw the "You are dead" sign. For test
purposes, however, the sign will probably say something
more cryptic to insure the uniqueness of such an event.
2. Examples of Out-of-Body Visual
A large number of near-death experiencers
have witnessed verifiable events occurring outside of their
body. Unfortunately, such evidence does not constitute "scientific
evidence." The reason is because scientific evidence involves
replication of the experience and the existence of strict controls
over the events being witnessed. However, the example I gave
at the beginning of this page is the kind of test environment
which can provide such scientific evidence. Many examples of
anecdotal evidence of verifiable perception are provided on
this web page.
The following are
three of the most interesting out-of-body testimonies from three
NDEs which I have on my website. They are from the near-death
experiences of Dr. Dianne Morrissey, Dr. George Ritchie, and
Reinee Pasarow. They are exceptional because they are NDEs involving
an extended out-of-body phase, when the experiencer observed
events happening around their body.
3. Dr. Dianne Morrissey's NDE and Out-of-Body
"I bent over to pick up the
plastic tubing. As I began to straighten up, I accidentally
bumped the tubing on the edge of the tank. The water
suddenly squirted across my face - the pain was so sharp,
it felt as if a knife where slitting my cheek! I screamed
from the shock and pain, then felt a moment of temporary
relief as the water crossed over my molars. My reprieve
was short-lived, however, as the electrified water rushed
into my mouth.
"As my body bent over in shock,
I had the most uncanny knowledge that death was ahead
of me. I began to mourn the loss of everything I'd
known: the Earth, my home, my friends - all that I'd
been aware of, all that I loved. Everything I'd
believed to be true and lasting was slipping away from
me. I was face to face with death, face to face with
"My body was thrown backwards
and to one side by the current. My body crashed to the
floor, thrown with such force that my head went right
through the drywall, about a foot above the floor. I
never felt the injuries, however, because I was no longer
in my body. I was actually watching my electrocution
from above! How could I be out of my body and still
be alive? I wondered, astonished.
"Suddenly, I was aware that
I was inside a vast, seemingly infinite blackness. I
wasn't sure where this blackness was in relationship
to the Earth, but for some reason I was unafraid. My
blackout period was brief, for I now found myself back
in my home, but in a new form. I was transparent, yet
I still looked like me.
"How elated I felt! Now, out
of my body, I had no worries, no cares. Never had I
felt like this when I was "alive". My entire
spirit body was transparent, and I was inside a glowing
white light that extended about three feet around me.
At that moment, an awareness overtook me - I am not
my physical body! This realization made me feel so free,
so wonderful! My spirit was glowing with a white light
that illuminated the entire room.
"Then, I was up near the ceiling
again. Everything still looked the same - the furnishings,
the walls - but there was a new awareness about the
dimension to the scene - it had become transparent.
I could see everything more clearly than ever before,
and like a scientist, I found myself looking at life
through a microscope, discovering minuscule particles
of matter normally invisible.
"I was now aware of the absence
of physical sensations, yet I was feeling a heightened
sense of awareness such as I'd never felt while
alive. I knew I was different from the "Dianne"
I had been, but I also knew I was "me". It
was similar to looking at your reflection in a mirror;
you know you're not the reflection, but it does
appear to be you.
"Now, I saw that everything
was shrouded by a mist. Despite a lack of gravity, I
could easily control my direction, and when I moved
into the living room, I noticed that I had just walked
through the glass coffee table. Wow! How did I do that?
"Tuffy (her dog) suddenly entered
the den and began nipping at my face and pawing at my
arm, trying to get my body to wake up. I knew that his
relentless attempts to awaken my physical body wouldn't
work, yet I was proud of him for trying, and even hoped
his efforts might work. I wondered where his chum, Penny,
was, and suddenly I was next to her in the backyard.
I opened my mouth to talk to her and felt my tongue
moving, but no sounds came out. I could distinctly hear
my voice, and then realized it was coming from my mind.
I tried several times to get Penny's attention,
yelling, "Penny, can you see me? Penny, can you
hear me?" Apparently she didn't, because there
was no response.
"Next, I walked around my backyard.
As I looked through the walls of my house toward the
front sidewalk, I noticed a man walking down the street.
Eagerly, I flew to him, right through the walls, and
tried to get his attention. Staring deeply into his
eyes, I said forcefully, "Can you help me? I need
help." Then I tried to shake his shoulders, but
he still didn't notice me. Frustrated, I tried to
touch his shoulder to get him to look at me, and my
hand went through his upper right shoulder blade and
out his back. This startled me.
"What am I to do? I wondered,
becoming upset when I realized that the man could neither
see nor hear me. Instantly, I was back in my yard again,
Penny beside me. I noticed that whenever I felt any
apprehension, I was instantly moved to a place of greater
"On the way back to the den,
I stopped right in the middle of the wall between rooms.
I sensed that I was to look down at something fantastic,
and as I gazed downward, I saw a long silver cord coming
out of my spirit body, right through the cheesecloth-like
fabric I was wearing. The cord extended down and out
in front of me, and as I turned around, I saw that the
silver cord draped around and behind me, like an umbilical
cord. I followed it through the two hallway walls and
into my den, where I saw it attached to the back of
the head of my physical body. The cord was about an
inch wide and sparkled like Christmas tree tinsel.
"As soon as I saw that the silver
cord was attached to my physical body, my spirit body
was thrust into a dark tunnel. I moved through it with
great speed, traveling faster than I could have imagined
possible. Although the tunnel was filled with an all
consuming darkness, I felt peaceful and unafraid."
|4. Dr. George Ritchie's
NDE and Out-of-Body Perception
men let go of my arms ... I heard a click and a whirr.
The whirr went on and on. It was getting louder. The
whirr was inside my head and my knees were made of rubber.
They were bending and I was falling and all the time
the whirr grew louder. I sat up with a start. What time
was it? I looked at the bedside table but they'd
taken the clock away. In fact, where was any of my stuff?
"I jumped out of bed in alarm,
looking for my clothes. My uniform wasn't on the
chair. I turned around, then froze. Someone was lying
in that bed. I took a step closer. He was quite a young
man, with short brown hair, lying very still. But, the
thing was impossible! I myself had just gotten out of
that bed! For a moment I wrestled with the mystery of
it. It was too strange to think about - and anyway I
didn't have the time.
"I went back past the offices
and stepped out into the corridor. A sergeant was coming
along it carrying an instrument tray covered with a
cloth. Probably he didn't know anything, but I was
so glad to find someone awake that I started toward
"'Excuse me, Sergeant,'
I said. 'You haven't seen the ward boy for this
unit, have you?'
"He didn't answer. Didn't
even glance at me. He just kept coming, straight at
me, not slowing down.
"'Look out!' I yelled,
jumping out of his way.
"The next minute he was past
me, walking away down the corridor as if he had never
seen me, though how we had kept from colliding I didn't
know. And then I saw something that gave me a new idea.
Farther down the corridor was one of the heavy metal
doors that led to the outside. I hurried toward it.
Even if I had missed that train, I'd find some way
of getting to Richmond!
"Almost without knowing it I
found myself outside, racing swiftly along, traveling
faster in fact than I'd ever moved in my life. Looking
down I was astonished to see not the ground, but the
tops of mesquite bushes beneath me. Already Camp Barkeley
seemed to be far behind me as I sped over the dark frozen
desert. My mind kept telling me that what I was doing
was impossible, and yet ... it was happening. I was
going to Richmond; somehow I had known that from the
moment I burst through that hospital door. Going to
Richmond a hundred times faster than any train on Earth
could take me.
"Almost immediately I noticed
myself slowing down. Just below me now, where two streets
came together, I caught a flickering blue glow. It came
from a neon sign over the door of a red-roofed one-story
building with a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer sign propped
in the front window. Cafe, the jittering letters over
the door read, and from the windows light streamed onto
the pavement. Staring down at it, I realized I had stopped
moving altogether. Finding myself somehow suspended
fifty feet in the air was an even stranger feeling than
the whirlwind flight had been. But I had no time to
puzzle over it, for down the sidewalk toward the all-night
cafe a man came briskly walking. At least, I thought,
I could find out from him what town this was and in
what direction I was heading. Even as the idea occurred
to me - as though thought and motion had become the
same thing - I found myself down on the sidewalk, hurrying
along at the stranger's side. He was a civilian,
maybe forty or forty-five, wearing a topcoat but no
hat. He was obviously thinking hard about something
because he never glanced my way as I fell into step
"'Can you tell me please,'
I said, 'What city this is?'
"He kept right on walking.
"'Please sir!' I said,
speaking louder, 'I'm a stranger here and I'd
appreciate it if ...'
"We reached the cafe and he
turned, reaching for the door handle. Was the fellow
deaf? I put out my left hand to tap his shoulder. There
was nothing there.
"I stood there in front of the
door, gaping after him as he opened it and disappeared
inside. It had been like touching thin air. Like no
one had been there at all. And yet I had distinctly
seen him, even to the beginnings of a black stubble
on his chin where he needed a shave.
"I backed away from the mystery
of the substance-less man and leaned up against the
guy wire of a telephone pole to think things through.
My body went through that guy wire as though it too
had not been there.
"There on the sidewalk of that
unknown city, I did some incredulous thinking. The strangest,
most difficult thinking I had ever done. The man in
the cafe, this telephone pole ... suppose they were
perfectly normal. Suppose I was the one who was - changed,
somehow. What if in some impossible, unimaginable way,
I lost my ... hardness. My ability to grasp things,
to make contact with the world. Even to be seen! The
fellow just now. It was obvious he never saw or heard
"And suddenly I remembered the
young man I had seen in the bed in that little hospital
room. What if that had been ... me? Or anyhow, the material,
concrete part of myself that in some unexplainable way
I'd gotten separated from. What if the form which
I had left lying in the hospital room in Texas was my
"And if it were, how could I
get back to it again? Why had I ever rushed off so unthinkingly?
"I was moving again, speeding
away from the city. Below me was the broad river. I
appeared to be going back, back in the direction I had
come from, and it seemed to me I was flashing across
space even faster than before. Hills, lakes, farms slipped
away beneath me as I sped in an unswerving straight
line over the dark nighttime land. I was standing in
front of the base hospital.
"And so began one of the strangest
searches that can ever have taken place: the search
for myself. From one ward to another of that enormous
complex I rushed, pausing in each small room, stooping
over the occupant of the bed, hurrying on.
"I backed toward the doorway.
The man in that bed was dead! I felt the same reluctance
I had the previous time at being in a room with a dead
person. But ... if that was my ring, then - then it
was me, the separated part of me, lying under that sheet.
Did that mean that I was ...
"It was the first time in this
entire experience that the word death occurred to me
in connection with what was happening.
"But I wasn't dead! How
could I be dead and still be awake? Thinking. Experiencing.
Death was different. Death was ... I didn't know.
Blanking out. Nothingness. I was me, wide awake, only
without a physical body to function in.
"Frantically I clawed at the
sheet, trying to draw it back, trying to uncover the
figure on the bed. All my efforts did not even stir
a breeze in the silent little room.
"Suddenly I was aware that it
was brighter, a lot brighter, than it had been. I stared
in astonishment as the brightness increased, coming
from nowhere, seeming to shine everywhere at once. All
the light bulbs in the ward couldn't give off that
much light. All the bulbs in the world couldn't!
It was impossibly bright. It was like a million welders'
lamps all blazing at once.
"'I'm glad I don't
have physical eyes at this moment,' I thought. 'This
light would destroy the retina in a tenth of a second.'
"'No, I corrected myself,
not the light. He. He would be too bright to look at.'
"For now I saw that it was not
light but a man who had entered the room, or rather,
a man made out of light, though this seemed no more
possible to my mind than the incredible intensity of
the brightness that made up his form."
|5. Reinee Pasarow's NDE
and Out-Of-Body Perception
Reinee Pasarow was as a teenager
when she had a NDE after she became unconscious following
an allergic food reaction. While outside of her body,
she could sense every sound, every action and even
every thought of the persons people around her. She
observed two firemen’s frantic efforts to revive
her. All the events she witnessed while out of her
body - the conversations, the actions of the persons
involved, the hospital scene - happened exactly as
she remembered them. Furthermore, aspects of her OBE
have been reported by other people who have had OBEs
which is remarkable because this type of information
was something she did not know about at the time and
would read about later.
"Then, just like that (clapping
her hands), I became a ball of light or energy in the
midst of this crowd that was circling a body. I became
massively aware, unlike any awareness I had had during
physical existence. I was not really aware of myself.
I was aware of everyone around me. I was aware of my
mother and my neighbors, and my friends and the firemen
and what they were thinking and what they were feeling
and what they were hoping and what they were praying.
This was such a pummeling input of emotion and information
that I was all at once overwhelmed and confused, and
"I followed their attention
to something on the sidewalk and I looked at a body
on the sidewalk. I looked at the curve of the wrist
bone and I recognized it. I remember looking at it and
thinking, "That looks so much like my wrist bone."
And then I became aware that the thing on the sidewalk,
that thing that suddenly became a piece of meat to me,
was what I had identified as myself before, but had
no connection with it other than that I had been with
it for a very long time. But it had nothing to do with
me because suddenly, I was more of a person than I had
ever been before. I was more conscious than I could
ever be. I was free of the limitations of being a physical
"I looked at my body and I was repulsed
with the grief and the tumult around it and with the
very idea that I had ever considered something physical
to be my reality, to be a human reality.
with that (taps the table) again like this, I was bumped
way up, up above some light wires. From that point I
could watch everyone beneath me, but I was not as closely
associated with them, [but] I was completely feeling
everything they were feeling.
my mother and a boy come out of the house and up the
hill which I could not have seen physically. I was very
sad for my mother. I was very sad for my friend who
kept calling me. And I was very sad for the child who
had come out of the house. I was very sad that he would
think I was dead. So my concern was for them. I spent
my time observing them and calling to them - calling
to them that everything was as it should be, that everything
was fine, that I was free, that it was wonderful, that
I loved them and that they loved me and that the bond,
unlike physical bonds, would never be destroyed. I tried
to communicate this to them over and over again and
I realized that I had no mouth. I had no body. They
could not hear what I was saying to them. I would have
to leave them in the same hands I had left myself in
the process of dying. With that I turned away, just
sort of like a ball, just turned away.
attention turned away lovingly but knowing that there
was nothing I could do. I turned away from them and
began to pull up. I became aware (it was as if I were
a camera on a space ship or something) of our place,
my particular little street and then my particular little
town. I kept pulling up and up and up to a point where
I could observe the whole Earth. This was wonderful!
Reinee's visit to heaven, she returns to where her
body is located.)
a terribly hard crash, I became aware of the scene I
had left earlier - the fire trucks, and now an ambulance.
There were men who were picking up my body and loading
it into the ambulance. I was in a state of complete
grief. I felt that I had become Eve and was cast out
of the garden of Eden.
"As I was descending
down this tunnel, my heart was already attached to my
home beyond. I was begging not to leave. I crashed down
into this realm of existence and was suddenly confused
by time and space. It was as if I had never existed
physically. I was suddenly disoriented. My concern was
for my mother, because she was by herself and she was
losing a sixteen year old daughter. She knew that this
was happening because the ambulance attendant looked
at the driver in front and said, "DOA. DOA,"
which means of course dead on arrival. The driver turned
off the siren and slowed down the ambulance. Before,
he had been driving in a very reckless manner.
"We were coming out of the mountains. As we
did that, my concern was for the pain of my mother.
I simple wanted to comfort her and to wrap my soul around
her. To assuage the loss of a daughter, the loss of
a child, I found myself simply praying for her.
"I followed the ambulance to the hospital and
I watched as my body was unloaded. My mother followed
the gurney into the emergency room. I watched as the
first doctor went to work on me. I wasn't particularly
interested in the first doctor because the first doctor
had, that day, been through motorcycle accidents coming
out of the mountains. He had been through a very long
day and he was not concerned with someone who had been
brought in dead on arrival. He had no connection with
me. He didn't care and had no affection. So I had
no interest in watching what he did because my interest
was based on affection and love.
left the emergency room and was above my mother and
some friends who had followed her into the other room.
I again tried to communicate with them. I tried to let
them know that, "This is a very joyous occasion.
I am dead on arrival. Hopefully all would go well. They
are never going to be able to revive me. I was going
to be dead now. Death had become life to me. Death was
not something to be frightened of, but something to
look forward to."
"What happened then
was the first doctor pronounced me dead and was sending
my body off to the morgue. My own personal physician,
who was a country doctor and a very gruff man, stormed
into the emergency room in a tuxedo with his black bag.
He looked at the nurse on the phone who was calling
the morgue, and looked at the doctor who was washing
his hands, and looked at my [covered] body and said, "What
the hell happened here? Where is the patient?"
They said, "She was dead on arrival." He said, "The
hell she was." He proceeded to scream at the other
nurse who was sort of standing off in the corner, "I
want injections of adrenaline. Bring them to me immediately
and come over here and assist me." He began to
go to work on my body. He began to beat on the chest
and began to shock. I was simply terrified by this turn
of events and disgusted that they would treat a body
"All of a sudden I sort of
became protective towards my body, even though I wanted
nothing to do with it. I began to be protective. They
could at least be nice about it. But they were beating
on my chest and shocking my body, but I was up in the
corner of the emergency room accompanied by other essences
who were keeping me contained in that emergency room."
Reinee then described how
she finally returned to her body as a result of her
doctor's last effort to revive her. The medical
professionals she talked to did not know how to deal
with her experience.
6. Verified Out-of-Body Perception In
The "holy grail" of NDE research
is finding an undeniable answer to the question of whether consciousness
can survive bodily death. But before this can be answered, researchers
must first determine whether consciousness can transcend the
brain and function outside of it. One way is to discover this
is to examine those NDEs which are "veridical" (i.e.,
verified). Veridical NDEs occur when the experiencer acquires
verifiable information which they could not have obtained by
any normal means. Often, near-death experiencers report witnessing
events that happen at some distant location away from their
body, such as another room of the hospital. If the events witnessed
by the experiencer at the distant location can be verified to
have occurred, then veridical perception would be said to have
taken place. It would provide very compelling evidence that
NDEs are experiences outside of the physical body. NDE research
is coming very close to providing such undeniable evidence.
What follows are some examples.
|A. Pam Reynold's Verified
Dr. Michael Sabom's
Light and Death,
he includes the NDE account of a woman named
who underwent a rare operation to remove a giant
basilar artery aneurysm
in her brain that seriously threatened her life. The
surgical procedure used to remove the aneurysm is known
or "standstill." Pam's body temperature
was lowered to 60 degrees, her heartbeat and breathing
were stopped, her brain waves were flattened, and all
the blood was drained from her head. For all practical
purposes, she was put to death. After removing the aneurysm,
she was restored to life. But, during the time that
Pam was in standstill, she experienced a profound NDE.
Her remarkably detailed veridical out-of-body observations
of her surgery were later verified to be very accurate.
Pam's case is considered to be one of the strongest
cases of veridical perception evidence in NDE research
because of her ability to describe the unique surgical
instruments and procedures used and her ability to describe
in detail these events while she was clinically and
brain dead. The following is the out-of-body aspect
of her NDE in her own words:
next thing I recall was the sound: It was a Natural "D."
As I listened to the sound, I felt it was pulling me
out of the top of my head. The further out of my body
I got, the more clear the tone became. I had the impression
it was like a road, a frequency that you go on ... I
remember seeing several things in the operating room
when I was looking down. It was the most aware that
I think that I have ever been in my entire life ...I
was metaphorically sitting on [the doctor's] shoulder.
It was not like normal vision. It was brighter and more
focused and clearer than normal vision ... There was
so much in the operating room that I didn't recognize,
and so many people.
"I thought the way they had
my head shaved was very peculiar. I expected them to
take all of the hair, but they did not ...
"The saw-thing that I hated
the sound of looked like an electric toothbrush and
it had a dent in it, a groove at the top where the saw
appeared to go into the handle, but it didn't ...
And the saw had interchangeable blades, too, but these
blades were in what looked like a socket wrench case
... I heard the saw crank up. I didn't see them
use it on my head, but I think I heard it being used
on something. It was humming at a relatively high pitch
and then all of a sudden it went Brrrrrrrrr! like that.
"Someone said something about
my veins and arteries being very small. I believe it
was a female voice and that it was Dr. Murray, but I'm
not sure. She was the cardiologist. I remember thinking
that I should have told her about that ... I remember
the heart-lung machine. I didn't like the respirator
... I remember a lot of tools and instruments that I
did not readily recognize.
"There was a sensation like
being pulled, but not against your will. I was going
on my own accord because I wanted to go. I have different
metaphors to try to explain this. It was like the Wizard
of Oz - being taken up in a tornado vortex, only you're
not spinning around like you've got vertigo. You're
very focused and you have a place to go. The feeling
was like going up in an elevator real fast. And there
was a sensation, but it wasn't a bodily, physical
sensation. It was like a tunnel but it wasn't a
(Pam meets her deceased relatives
and then must return to her body.)
then I got to the end of it and saw the thing, my body.
I didn't want to get into it ... It looked terrible,
like a train wreck. It looked like what it was: dead.
I believe it was covered. It scared me and I didn't
want to look at it. It was communicated to me that it
was like jumping into a swimming pool. No problem, just
jump right into the swimming pool. I didn't want
to, but I guess I was late or something because he [the
uncle] pushed me. I felt a definite repelling and at
the same time a pulling from the body. The body was
pulling and the tunnel was pushing ... It was like diving
into a pool of ice water ... It hurt! When I came back,
they were playing Hotel California and the line was "You
can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."
I mentioned [later] to Dr. Brown that that was incredibly
insensitive and he told me that I needed to sleep more."
Charles Tart's Case of Verified Out-of-Body Perception
George Rodonaia's NDE and Verified OBE Perception
Moody's documentary entitled,
Life After Life, he interviewed a Russian scientist
George Rodonaiaa, who had a near-death experience
during which he observed an infant crying in a nearby
room. George observed that no one could figure out why
the infant was crying so persistently. But George learned
while out of his body that the infant had a broken arm.
When George returned to life, he told the infant's parents
about the broken arm. An x-ray revealed that the infant's
arm was indeed broken. This same incident is documented
in Dr. Melvin Morse's book (along with Paul Perry) called
Transformed by the Light.
The following excerpt from "Transformed by the
Light" describes George's observation of this
infant while he was out of his body. Note that in Dr.
Morse's book, he refers to George by his Russian
his NDE and while outside of his body],
Yuri could go visit his family. He saw his grieving
wife and their two sons, both too small to understand
that their father had been killed. Then he visited his
They had a new child, born a
couple of days before Yuri's death. Yuri could tell
that they were upset by what happened to him. But they
were especially distressed by the fact that their child
would not stop crying..
No matter what they did he continued
to cry. When he slept it was short and fitful and then
he would awaken, crying again. They had taken him back
to the doctors but they were stumped. All the usual
things such as colic were ruled out and they sent them
home hoping the baby would eventually settle down..
While there in this disembodied
state, Yuri discovered something:
could talk to the baby. It was amazing.
I could not talk to the parents - my friends
- but I could talk to the little boy who
had just been born. I asked him what was
wrong. No words were exchanged, but I asked
him maybe through telepathy what was wrong.
He told me that his arm hurt. And when he
told me that, I was able to see that the
bone was twisted and broken.""
Eventually the doctor from Moscow
came to perform the autopsy on Yuri. When they moved
his body from the cabinet to a gurney, his eyes flickered.
The doctor became suspicious and examined his eyes.
When they responded to light, he was immediately wheeled
to emergency surgery and saved.
Yuri told his family about
being "dead." No one believed him until he
began to provide details about what he saw during his
travels out of body. Then they became less skeptical.
His diagnosis on the baby next door did the trick. He
told of visiting them that night and of their concern
over their new child. He told them that he had talked
to the baby and discovered that he had a greenstick
fracture of his arm. The parents took the child to a
doctor and he x-rayed the arm only to discover that
Yuri's very long-distance diagnosis was right. (Rev.
|D. Dr. Pim van Lommel's
Case of Verified Out-of-Body Perception
January of 2001, near-death experiences and near-death
research earned greater scientific respect and credibility
when the findings of a particular NDE study were published.
The distinguished British medical journal
The Lancet published
an article by Dr. Pim van Lommel of the Rijnstate
Hospital in the Netherlands on the first large-scale
study of NDEs which he conducted..
His study began in 1988 and lasted
13 years. It included 344 survivors of cardiac arrest
from 10 Dutch hospitals. Of these 344 survivors, 18
percent experienced a NDE. And because Lommel and his
staff conducted follow-up interviews with these patients
over many years, they were able to rule out such factors
as apoxia, seizures, medication, etc. Lommel's findings
confirmed prior research findings conducted by other
near-death researchers. It confirmed that NDEs are real
and they cannot be explained by physiological or psychological
causes alone. Lommel also accepted the implication that
consciousness survives death and that consciousness
is not completely dependant upon the brain.
Lommel noted that only 10 seconds
after the heart stops beating, the electroencephalogram
goes dead. At this point, there is no activity in the
brain cortex and the brain cannot manufacture visions.
Within 10 minutes, brain stem activity ceases and irreparable
brain damage can occur. However, Lommel notes that some
patients still reported being conscious at this point.
One particular example cited by Lommel is a man who
came into the hospital already blue from a lack of oxygen.
The hospital staff spent 90 minutes trying to resuscitate
him, using artificial respiration, heart massage and
defibrillation, before they could move him to intensive
care where he was remained in a coma for a week with
brain damage. But when the patient regained consciousness,
he was able to describe events that occurred around
him while he was brain damaged and out of his body.
This veridical evidence comes from a coronary-care-unit
nurse who reported the veridical out-of-body experience
of the comatose patient:
"During a night shift
an ambulance brings in a 44-year-old cyanotic, comatose
man into the coronary care unit. He had been found
about an hour before in a meadow by passers-by.
After admission, he receives artificial respiration
without intubation, while heart massage and defibrillation
are also applied. When we wanted to intubate the
patient, he turns out to have dentures in his mouth.
I remove these upper dentures and put them onto
the crash car. Meanwhile, we continue extensive
CPR. After about an hour and a half the patient
has sufficient heart rhythm and blood pressure,
but he is still ventilated and intubated, and he
is still comatose. He is transferred to the intensive
care unit to continue the necessary artificial respiration.
Only after more than a week do I meet again with
the patient, who is by now back on the cardiac ward.
I distribute his medication. The moment he sees
me he says:
"Oh, that nurse
knows where my dentures are."
"I am very surprised.
Then he elucidates:
"Yes, you were there
when I was brought into hospital and you took
my dentures out of my mouth and put them onto
that car, it had all these bottles on it and
there was this sliding drawer underneath and
there you put my teeth."
"I was especially
amazed because I remembered this happening while
the man was in deep coma and in the process of CPR.
When I asked further, it appeared the man had seen
himself lying in bed, that he had perceived from
above how nurses and doctors had been busy with
CPR. He was also able to describe correctly and
in detail the small room in which he had been resuscitated
as well as the appearance of those present like
myself. At the time that he observed the situation
he had been very much afraid that we would stop
CPR and that he would die. And it is true that we
had been very negative about the patient's prognosis
due to his very poor medical condition when admitted.
The patient tells me that he desperately and unsuccessfully
tried to make it clear to us that he was still alive
and that we should continue CPR. He is deeply impressed
by his experience and says he is no longer afraid
of death. Four weeks later he left hospital as a
healthy man." (Dr.
Pim Van Lommel)
|7. Miscellaneous NDE Testimonies
on Out-of-Body Perception
The famous movie actress who starred in the
television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine
Woman," describes the following out-of-body
experience during her NDE:
"I literally left
my body. I had this feeling that I could see
myself on the bed, with people grouped around
me. I remember them all trying to resuscitate
me. I was above them, in the corner of the room
looking down. I saw people putting needles in
me, trying to hold me down, doing things."
Dr. Kenneth Ring's
he documents his research concerning NDEs in
people born blind. One of his subjects, Vicki
Umipeg, told Dr. Ring that she found herself
floating above her body in the emergency room
of a hospital following an automobile accident
and saw for the first time in her life. She
was aware of being up near the ceiling watching
a male doctor and a female nurse working on
her body, which she viewed from her elevated
position. Vicki has a clear recollection of
how she came to the realization that this was
her own body below her:
"I knew it was me
... I was pretty thin then. I was quite tall
and thin at that point. And I recognized at
first that it was a body, but I didn't even
know that it was mine initially. Then I perceived
that I was up on the ceiling, and I thought, 'Well,
that's kind of weird. What am I doing up
here?' I thought, 'Well, this must be
me. Am I dead? ...' I just briefly saw this
body, and ... I knew that it was mine because
I wasn't in mine."
In addition, she was
able to note certain further identifying features
indicating that the body she was observing was
certainly her own:
"I think I was
wearing the plain gold band on my right ring
finger and my father's wedding ring next
to it. But my wedding ring I definitely saw
... That was the one I noticed the most because
it's most unusual. It has orange blossoms
on the corners of it." (Vicki
The author of the NDE book
One with the Light
experienced the following event during his NDE:
"On an August day
in 1947, 11-year-old Brad Steiger nearly died
of multiple skull fractures after being caught
in the metallic blades of a piece of machinery
on his family's Iowa farm. He felt his "essential
self" drift away from his body. He watched
his sister run for help and realized he was
simultaneously in his father's arms being
carried from the field, and above himself, observing."
In his book,
Saved by the Light, Dannion Brinkley describes
"I began to look
around, to roll over in midair. Below me was
my own body, thrown across the bed. My shoes
were smoking and the telephone was melted in
my hand. I could see Sandy run into the room.
She stood over the bed and looked at me with
a dazed expression, the kind you might find
on the parent of a child found floating facedown
in a swimming pool." (Dannion
Kimberly Clark Sharp:
In a paper published in the
Journal of Near-Death Studies concerning
veridical NDE evidence,
Ken Ring included perhaps the most famous
case of veridical observation in NDE research
at that time.
Clark Sharp first documented the NDE of
a woman named Maria in her book,
After The Light.
"Maria was a migrant
worker who, while visiting friends in Seattle,
had a severe heart attack. She was rushed to
Harborview Hospital and placed in the coronary
care unit. A few days later, she had a cardiac
arrest and an unusual out-of-body experience.
At one point in this experience, she found herself
outside the hospital and spotted a single tennis
shoe on the ledge of the north side of the third
floor of the building. Maria not only was able
to indicate the whereabouts of this oddly situated
object, but was able to provide precise details
concerning its appearance, such as that its
little toe area was worn and one of its laces
was stuck underneath its heel. Upon hearing
Maria's story, Clark, with some considerable
degree of skepticism and metaphysical misgiving,
went to the location described to see whether
any such shoe could be found. Indeed it was,
just where and precisely as Maria had described
it, except that from the window through which
Clark was able to see it, the details of its
appearance that Maria had specified could not
be discerned. Clark concluded, "The only
way she could have had such a perspective was
if she had been floating right outside and at
very close range to the tennis shoe. I retrieved
the shoe and brought it back to Maria; it was
very concrete evidence for me." (Clark,
1984, p. 243).
Dr. Kenneth Ring:
A study on veridical perception in NDEs was
Ken Ring and Madeline Lawrence. It included
the 1985 account of
Kathy Milne who was working as a nurse at
Hartford Hospital. Milne had already been interested
in NDEs, and one day found herself talking to
a woman who had been resuscitated and who had
a NDE. Following a telephone interview with
Ken Ring on August 24, 1992, she described the
following account in a letter:
me how she floated up over her body,
viewed the resuscitation effort for
a short time and then felt herself being
pulled up through several floors of
the hospital. She then found herself
above the roof and realized she was
looking at the skyline of Hartford.
She marveled at how interesting this
view was and out of the corner of her
eye she saw a red object. It turned
out to be a shoe ... [S]he thought about
the shoe... and suddenly, she felt "sucked
up" a blackened hole. The rest
of her NDE account was fairly typical,
as I remember.
"I was relating
this to a [skeptical] resident who in
a mocking manner left. Apparently, he
got a janitor to get him onto the roof.
When I saw him later than day, he had
a red shoe and he became a believer,
too." (K. Milne, personal communication,
After Dr. Ring's
initial interview with Milne, he made a point
of inquiring whether she had ever heard of the
case of Maria's shoe [as described in the
introduction above]. Not only was she unfamiliar
with it, but she was utterly amazed to hear
of another story so similar to the one she had
just recounted to Dr. Ring. It remains an unanswered
question as to how these isolated shoes arrived
at their unlikely perches for later viewing
by astonished NDErs and their baffled investigators.
In the summer of 1982,
Joyce Harmon, a surgical intensive care
unit (ICU) nurse at Hartford Hospital, returned
to work after a vacation. On that vacation she
had purchased a new pair of plaid shoelaces,
which she happened to be wearing on her first
day back at the hospital. That day, she was
involved in resuscitating a patient, a woman
she didn't know, by giving her medicine.
The resuscitation was successful and the next
day Harmon chanced to see the patient, whereupon
they had a conversation, the gist of which (not
necessarily a verbatim account) is as follows:
"The patient, upon
seeing Harmon, volunteered, 'Oh, you're
the one with the plaid shoelaces!'
Harmon replied, astonished. She says she distinctly
remembers feeling the hair on her neck rise.'
"'I saw them,'
the woman continued. 'I was watching what
was happening yesterday when I died. I was up
Harmon, personal communication, August 28, 1992)
Dr. PMH Atwater:
The following is one of
Atwater's case studies from her book
Beyond the Light which is not only veridical,
it is highly suggestive of the survival of consciousness
after death. Atwater has stated that this testimonial
has been verified by relatives of the experiencer
involved. Here is the excerpt:
"I spoke of Margaret
Fields Kean who nearly died in 1978 after being
hospitalized for about three weeks with severe
phlebitis. A blood clot had passed to her heart
and lungs and she became deathly ill. Then she
was given injections for nausea that, due to
the blood thinners she had previously received,
caused internal hemorrhaging. Pandemonium reigned
as she slipped away. While absent from her body,
she witnessed the scene below her, then heard
and saw people in the waiting room down the
hall - right through the walls - as well as
nurses at their station. She also knew their
"Margaret went on
to have a transcendent near-death experience
in which she instantly knew and understood many
things; her future, and that she would become
a healer. This completely contradicted her vision
of herself at that moment in her life, for she
was content being a super-mom farm wife who
rode horses, taught Bible classes, led 4-H and
Girl Scout groups, gardened, canned, and baked
bread. A healer? Ridiculous!
"Yet, when Margaret
revived, she immediately began to heal other
patients in the room around her by 'reaching
out' to them. Then, she 'projected'
into the isolation room of a white boy charred
black by severe burns. She 'sat' next
to him on the bed, introduced herself, and proceeded
to counsel him about his purpose in life. She
told him it was okay if he chose to die as God
was loving and he had nothing to fear.
while continuing her recovery and still in great
pain, Margaret was attending a horse show when
a couple, hearing the loudspeaker announce her
daughter's name as a winner, sought her
out. They were parents of the severely burned
boy. Before he died, he had told them about
meeting Margaret and relayed all the wonderful
truths she had told him about God and about
life. The parents were thrilled to have finally
located her so they could say thanks for what
she had done for their son. The dying boy had
identified her by name - even though the two
had never physically seen each other or verbally
spoken in any manner, nor had any nurse known
that the two had ever communicated, nor had
it been possible that Margaret ever could have
known if the isolation room was even occupied
much less who might be there." (Dr.
Dr. Kenneth Ring:
Dr. Ring reported in a scholarly paper one of
the most interesting case of verified out-of-body
perception. In the late 1970s,
Sue Saunders was working at Hartford Hospital
as a respiratory therapist and had the following
experience resuscitating a patient:
One day she was
helping to resuscitate a 60-ish man
in the emergency room whose electrocardiogram
had gone flat. Medics were shocking
him repeatedly with no results. Saunders
was trying to give him oxygen. In the
middle of the resuscitation, someone
else took over for her and she left.
A couple of days later, she encountered
this patient in the ICU. He spontaneously
commented, "You looked so much
better in your yellow top."
She, like Harmon,
was so shocked at this remark that she
got goose-bumps, for she had been wearing
a yellow smock the previous day.
the man continued, "I saw you.
You had something over your face and
you were pushing air into me. And I
saw your yellow smock."
personal communication, August 28, 1992)
Saunders confirmed that
she had had something over her face - a mask
- and that she had worn the yellow smock while
trying to give him oxygen, while he was unconscious
and without a heartbeat.
According to Dr. Ring,
this case attests to these three important observations:
Patients who claim to have
out-of-body experiences while near-death
sometimes describe unusual objects that
they could not have known about by normal
can later be shown to have existed in
the form and location indicated by the
Hearing this testimony has
a strong emotional and cognitive effect
on the caregivers involved, either strengthening
their pre-existing belief in the authenticity
of NDE accounts or occasioning a kind
of on-the-spot conversion.
Ring, Kenneth, Ph.D. & Lawrence, Madeline,
R.N., Ph.D. "Further evidence for veridical
perception during near-death experiences",
Journal of Near-Death Studies, 1993 11 (4)223-229.
Robert Pastorelli: "I
was in excruciating pain. Then, in the next
second, there was no pain. Suddenly I realized
I was out of my body. I was floating above myself,
looking down at my unconscious body lying in
the hospital emergency room with my eyes closed.
I could see tubes down my nose and throat. I
knew I was dying and I thought, 'Well, this
must be death.' I even saw a priest giving
me the last rites. But it was the most peaceful
feeling in the world. Then I saw my father starting
to faint out of grief. Two nurses grabbed him
and sat him down in a chair across the room.
"When I looked
down and saw my father's pain it had an
effect on me. I firmly believe that at that
moment I made a decision to live, not die. The
next thing I knew I was waking up back in my
body. Later, in the recovery room, when I was
fully conscious, I told my father what had happened,
his fainting and all. He was astounded."
Children of the New
an interesting case of verified out-of-body
perception is documented about a woman named
Lynn whose observations during her near-death
experience were later proven to be true, including
the black and Asian doctors on the operating
"The next thing
I knew I was floating around the ceiling looking
down on my body. My chest was open wide and
I could see my internal organs. I remember thinking
how odd it was that my organs were a beautiful
pearl gray, not at all like the bright red chucks
in the horror flicks I loved to watch. I also
noticed there was a black doctor and an Oriental
one on the operating team. The reason this stuck
in my mind is that I was brought up in a very
white middle-class neighborhood, and I had seen
black schoolteachers but never a black doctor.
I'd met the operating team the day before,
but they were all white.
had to move on, so I floated into the waiting
room, where my parents were. My father had his
head buried in my mother's lap. He was kneeling
at her feet, his arms wrapped around her waist,
and he was sobbing. My mother was stroking his
head, whispering to him. This scene shocked
me, as my father was not prone to showing emotions.
Once I realize they would be fine, I felt myself
pulled into a horizontal tunnel." (Lynn)
remember the fear of impact (getting hit), however,
I have no recollection of the impact or having
my body become totally integrated with the bicycle,
nor hurtling over sixty feet through the air
and landing in the canal. My next memory was
quite a scene in the hospital emergency room.
It was the most unique experience of my earthly
life. Unique, because I was observing my own
body in the emergency room and all the activity
going on, except that I was not in my body.
I was above it all - looking down. I was feeling
very busy. I knew by their activity that I was
in serious trouble. There was much discussion
about how to extract me from the tangled wreckage
of my bike and/or whether they would need to
leave me in it until I was stabilized enough
to try. I could see and hear everything. It
was gruesome. It was frightening. They finally
decided they had me stable enough to get rid
of the bike and they called for a welding specialist
to bring a torch to help cut me out of the bike.
Thank God my body seemed to be unconscious.
All of this would have been quite enough for
my young mind to endure - until one nurse, whom
I knew, said to another, 'Well - it certainly
makes you wonder if it is worth saving this
"She nearly scared
me to death! At that moment, it was more than
I could stand above and watch. I wanted to run
away from this scene. I needed to escape. Quickly,
I turned, took one step through the wall so
to speak and found myself in total darkness."
David Oakford: "I
called out to my friends and nobody came. I
tried to unplug the stereo but that did not
work either. Every time I tried to touch the
cord to unplug it I could not grasp it. It just
kept on playing "LA Woman" and the
sound rattled my very being.
"I ran all over
the house calling for my friends, yelling repeatedly
that the music was too loud but I was not heard.
I pleaded for the music to be turned down. I
tried to go outside but I could not feel the
doorknob. I could see the daylight outside but
could not go outside. I ended up hiding in the
bathroom in an unsuccessful attempt to escape
the noise. I looked in the mirror and could
not see myself. That frightened me greatly.
"I went back into
the family room and saw my body sitting in the
chair. It looked like I was sleeping. I wondered
how I could be looking at myself. I got a bit
scared then because I could see me from outside
of me, from all different angles except from
the inside angle I was used to seeing myself.
"I was alone.
I was confused and very scared. I tried to get
back into my body but could not. I could not
touch the ground either. I was floating. I rose
up into a spot above my body and kind of just
hung there. I could no longer move. I called
out for help and nobody came. I tried to go
out the door but like the stereo I could not
touch the doorknob." (David
Kimberly Clark Sharp: "I
was going back. I knew it. I was already on
the way. I was on a trajectory headed straight
for my body. That's when I saw my body for
the first time, and when I realized I was no
longer a part of it. Until this moment, I'd
only seen myself straight on, as we usually
do, in mirrors and photographs. Now I was jolted
by the strange sight of me in profile from four
feet away. I looked at my body, the body I knew
so well, and was surprised by my detachment.
I felt the same sort of gratitude toward my
body that I had for my old winter coat when
I put it away in the spring. It had served me
well, but I no longer needed it. I had absolutely
no attachment to it. Whatever constituted the
self I knew as me was no longer there. My essence,
my consciousness, my memories, my personality
were outside, not in, that prison of flesh."
Dr. Liz Dale's
research subject: "Immediately
after the impact from falling forward onto the
metal grating, I felt myself floating up, out
of my body, and hovering above my body and all
the people who were watching it, and who seemed
paralyzed by shock and horror at what had happened.
I think they pretty much assumed that I was
dead. I remember looking down and seeing my
body three-dimensionally for the first time.
And it was such a shock, because we never see
ourselves except in a one-dimensional mirror
reflection, or a photograph. But I felt no pain
at all; I felt completely whole and free, and
I thought, 'This is who I really am.'
"I saw my physical
body, all crumpled and bloody and lifeless;
and this enormous wave of compassion washed
over me and I wanted to tell all of the bystanders
that everything was going to be OK and not to
be sad or alarmed.
I felt myself being pulled, literally at the
speed of light, farther from the physical Earth,
and I saw all of the people on the planet simultaneously
in that one moment. I saw people in China and
Sweden and Uruguay; I saw people sleeping and
dreaming; I saw people preparing food in their
homes and in restaurants; people traveling in
all manner of transportation, to and from work
and school and appointments; I saw children
playing together, and bankers and teachers and
factory workers at their jobs. I saw mothers
giving birth to children, which was especially
beautiful and moving to me." (Dr.
Rev. Howard Storm: "For
a time there was a sense of being unconscious
or asleep. I'm not sure how long it lasted,
but I felt really strange, and I opened my eyes.
To my surprise I was standing up next to the
bed, and I was looking at my body laying in
"My first reaction
was, 'This is crazy! I can't be standing
here looking down at myself. That's not
what I expected, this wasn't right. Why
was I still alive? I wanted oblivion. Yet I
was looking at a thing that was my body, and
it just didn't have that much meaning to
me. Now knowing what was happening, I became
upset. I started yelling and screaming at my
wife, and she just sat there like a stone. She
didn't look at me, she didn't move and
I kept screaming profanities to get her to pay
attention. Being confused, upset, and angry,
I tried to get the attention of my room-mate,
with the same result. He didn't react.
"I wanted this
to be a dream, and I kept saying to myself, 'This
has got to be a dream.' But I knew that
it wasn't a dream. I became aware that strangely
I felt more alert, more aware, more alive than
I had ever felt in my entire life. All my senses
were extremely acute. Everything felt tingly
and alive. The floor was cool and my bare feet
felt moist and clammy. This had to be real."
Dr. PMH Atwater: "The
pain ebbed by as I rose steadily upward, again
stopping at the light fixture, only this time
in the living room. I looked down, recognizing
the body on the floor as mine. There was no
confusion this time. My situation was clearly
defined. Good God, I'm dead! Time and space
ended for me after gazing for what seemed endless
minutes at my body. It made no movement. There
was no breathing. No response. When I was satisfied
that it was dead, there came a joyous euphoria,
like a prisoner being released from a long jail
sentence. I danced and danced around the light
bulb, singing like a child. It was finally over.
I was free." (Dr.
Grace Bubulka: "I
was then looking down from above the left foot
area of my bed. The distance from my bed was
as though I was against the ceiling corner.
I could see the backs of the staff to the left
of my bed and the faces of my doctors and the
Filipino nurse. I was exasperated with them
and with my futile attempt to connect with them.
I had no strong feelings about my body lying
on the bed. It was almost unfamiliar to me."
Laurelynn Martin: "I
awakened and found myself floating above my
body, off to the right side, looking down, watching
the attempts of the medical team trying to revive
the lifeless form below. I viewed the scene
with detachment. The surgical team was frantic.
The color red was everywhere, splattered on
their gowns, splattered on the floor, and a
bright pool of a flowing red substance, in the
now wide open abdominal cavity. At that moment,
I didn't make the connection that the body
being worked on was my own! It didn't matter
anyway. I was in a state of floating freedom,
experiencing no pain and having a great time.
I wanted to shout to the distressed people below, "Hey,
I'm okay. It's fantastic up here,"
but they were so intent on their work, I didn't
want to interrupt their efforts. I had traveled
to another realm of total and absolute peace.
With no physical body my movement was unencumbered.
Thought was the avenue for travel. I floated
up through blackness where there was no fear,
no pain, no misunderstandings, but instead a
sense of well-being. I was enveloped by total
bliss in an atmosphere of unconditional love
and acceptance." (Laurelynn
Josiane Antonette: "Am
I outside myself observing? I see my body and
its pain. I look at my feet; they are pale and
lifeless. My legs cannot move. My face is white
and drawn ... Now I'm on the hospital room
ceiling gazing down! Everything appears so small:
I see my bed; my body looks small and colorless;
the people around the bed are tiny. Overwhelming
grief and sorrow fill the room, and yet I feel
completely disconnected from the scene below
me. I hover nearer and look at the strange form
lying on the bed. I feel compassion beyond words.
I understand everything, but I have no feeling
of attachment to anyone. I look at each person
standing at the bedside and feel tremendous
love. I want to say to them, 'I'm all
right. You don't have to worry. I'm
all right. Look at me! I'm fine!'"
Rev. Kenneth Hagin: "My
heart stopped beating. This numbness spread
to my feet, my ankles, my knees, my hips, my
stomach, my heart and I leaped out of my body.
I did not lose consciousness; I leaped out of
my body like a diver would leap off a diving
board into a swimming pool. I knew I was outside
my body. I could see my family in the room,
but I couldn't contact them. I began to
descend down, down, into a pit, like you'd
go down into a well, cavern or cave ...
"Then, like a suction
from above, I floated up, head first, through
the darkness. Before I got to the top, I could
see the light. I've been down in a well:
it was like you were way down in a well and
could see the light up above. I came up on the
porch of my grandpa's house.
"Then I went through
the wall not through the door, and not through
the window through the wall, and seemed to leap
inside my body like a man would slip his foot
inside his boot in the morning time. Before
I leaped inside my body, I could see my grandmother
sitting on the edge of the bed holding me in
her arms. When I got inside my body, I could
communicate with her.
felt myself slipping,' I said, 'Granny,
I'm going again. You've been a second
mother to me when Momma was ill.'
heart stopped for a second time. I leaped out
of my body and began to descend: down, down,
down ... And then I was pulled up, head first.
I could see the lights of the Earth above me
before I came up out of the pit. The only difference
this time was that I came up at the foot of
the bed. For a second time I stood there. I
could see my body lying there on the bed. I
could see Grandma as she sat there holding me
in her arms.
[Here Hagin says goodbye
to his family]
left a word for each one of them, and my heart
stopped the third time. I could feel the circulation
as it cut off. Suddenly my toes went numb. Faster
than you can snap your fingers, my toes, feet,
ankles, knees, hips, stomach and heart went
dead and I leaped out of my body and began to
descend ..." [Hagin
then enters his body again and recovers from
his illness.] (Rev.
Ricky Randolph: "I
felt myself leaving my body. I was floating
a few feet in the air above the river. I looked
on my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding
from my mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle
of blood underneath me on the boulder. As I
was reflecting on the state of my body, I felt
a pulling and began to rise very fast. I was
traveling at a high rate of speed upwards through
the atmosphere." (Ricky
Rexella Van Impe:
The wife of television evangelist Dr. Jack Van
Rexella, was injured in a car accident in
Brussels in 1982. She discovered herself outside
of her body watching her husband crying as he
held her in his arms. The experience was told
in their video, "Heaven: an Out-of-Body
videotape, produced in 1992, is available through
POB 7004, Troy, MI, USA 48007.]
Chris Taylor: "On
September 1993, I was at Papworth Hospital having
my aortic valve replaced. I left my body and
watched the surgeon operating on me. He was
a bit of a maverick and had a red and white
check head cover. He was listening to Meat Loaf's 'Bat
out of hell' and invisible drumming to it.
He splashed some blood on one of the nurses.
She got angry.
"I asked him about
this and he confirmed it by stating that I could
not have seen this due to the screen around
"On November 2001,
I rushed back to Papworth with a dissecting
aorta which is usually fatal. My son had seen
me have the attack and my profound pain. He
was scared and had tears streaming down his
face. He made me promise that I would not die.
I promised him.
"I underwent 10
hours of emergency surgery at the end of which
my heart failed to spontaneously restart. The
surgeon manually manipulated my heart for 26
minutes. At some stage in the procedure I left
my body with a whooshing sound. I then was floating
toward a bright light. All around me was a gray
cloud-type thick fog. It had texture. The closer
I approached the light I became aware of a fundamental
sense of purity. I could feel my pain falling
away. I became aware of PURE LOVE, peace, tranquility.
I could hear voices that were welcoming me without
speaking specific words; but, I understood that
this was natural and normal. I also knew that
I was leaving the two people I love the most
- my wife and son.
"I was then aware
of my son to my left sitting on a chair and
sobbing into his hands. My wife walked up to
him to comfort him. He said he was scared and
my wife assured him I was strong and would live.
He calmly said, 'I'm not scared of Dad
dying. I know he will not die. He promised me
and DAD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES.
"I then painfully
zipped back into my body. Imagine being cold
and wet, longing for a warm shower. Imagine
taking off those cold wet clothes and getting
into the shower. Now imagine getting back into
the clothes. Got the message?
"When I came to,
28 hours later, my wife was told I was in a
coma and brain dead. I was so angry for days.
I was angry I had lived. That may sound weird
but that is, in brief, my story.
"Two things: This
experience has left me feeling over powered
spiritually. Secondly, I am a Police Inspector
and not prone to flights of fancy." (Chris
Nadia McCaffrey: "I
was out of my body. I floated there for awhile,
and looked down at lifeless body on the gurney.
However, the real me had become a comfortable
glowing shape. For a while, I watched on as
the nurses and doctors worked quickly to revive
me. Then, I lost interest and my attention turned
towards a long dark tunnel." (Nadia
Beverly Brodsky: "I
found myself floating on the ceiling over the
bed looking down at my unconscious body. I barely
had time to realize the glorious strangeness
of the situation - that I was me but not in
my body - when I was joined by a radiant being
bathed in a shimmering white glow." (Beverly
Jan Price: "I
remember being surprised as I observed the full
heart arrest taking place. I suppose we never
really think of ourselves as dying, but obviously
I had died because I wasn't in my body anymore.
is my body lying at the foot of the telephone
pole, covered with blankets. Without sensation,
I enter it again. My eyes open to see concerned
faces looking down upon me." (Norman
Valvita Jones: "Feeling
so peaceful and free, I started moving upward.
I realized my body was below me, and I vaguely
remember observing efforts by the medical team
to revive it. My main interest was that I was
above the room. I was not even in the room but
in the first sky. I say first sky in the heavens,
because it seemed as though there were three
heavens that I passed through." (Valvita
this infinite moment had passed, there began
a battle for my life between the angels in heaven
and the doctors on Earth. Every time the doctors
pounded on my chest, my spirit was sucked into
my body for a split second, only to be pulled
back again by the angels. They held me by my
feet, struggling to keep me from coming back.
Finally, the doctors pounded one last time.
I heard an angel say, "They're stronger
than we are," and I was sucked back into
my body, sat up, screamed, and passed out."
Caroline Sharp: "It
is now almost 34 years ago, but with amazing
clarity, I can remember the emotions I went
through as I hovered above my body. It was a
total euphoric happiness. Feeling totally unconcerned
and faintly amused, I watched the two nurses
and doctor working to resuscitate my lifeless
body. I could relate with extreme clarity the
actions they took in this procedure." (Caroline
Mrs. Walters: "When
I had my first child I had the experience of
being out of my body and hovering above it attached
to a thick cord. I could see myself on the bed
and the doctor who was in a panic. I could also
see the nurse and the instruments on a trolley
in the corner of the room. The only way I could
have seen the instrument was from the angle
I was in. I would not have been able to see
them from the bed. I remember thinking it was
wonderful to be free of that cumbersome body
and not really caring what happened to it."
Randy Gehling: "I
didn't really know what had hit me. I just
seemed to go flying through the air. And then
a really funny thing happened. A part of me
- I guess my soul - just kept flying, and I
saw my body smash into the ground. I knew it
had to hurt to land that hard, so I was happy
that I was where I was - wherever that was.
When I got a little higher, I saw that it had
been Kurt's car that had hit me. I always
told him that he drove too fast in the neighborhood."
Jeanie Dicus: "I
was floating above my body. I saw green shower
caps. The people in the room all wore those
stupid caps. There were five or six caps and
they were panicky. Their fear was so thick I
could feel it. I kept thinking, "Hey, I'm
okay, don't worry," but they didn't
get my message. This was a little frustrating.
I found myself in the right-hand corner of the
room. I lifted my arm and stretched. I had been
immobile for so long. It felt like I had taken
off a body girdle, and it was so delicious to
get out of that cramped body." (Jeanie
Peter Sellers: "Well,
I felt myself leave my body. I just floated
out of my physical form and I saw them cart
my body away to the hospital. I went with it.
Elaine Durham: "When
I got to the hospital, it was not as if I was
on the gurney look up, but I was moving, not
necessarily walking, but I was at eye level
along the right side of the gurney. And there
was my body on it, but I did not have any relationship
at all to that body." (Elaine
An accountant: "The
next thing I remember was looking down on my
body in the intensive care unit. I don't
know how I got in there, but they were working
on me. There was this young doctor in a white
coat and two nurses and a black fellow in a
white uniform and he was doing most of the work
on me. This black fellow was shoving down on
my chest and someone else was breathing for
me and they were yelling to get this and that!'
I learned later that this black fellow was a
male nurse on the ward. I had never seen him
before. I even remember the black bow tie he
was wearing. Next thing I remember was going
through this dark passage." (An
remember clearly floating up above myself, and
looking down on my body. It was connected to
numerous machines. I could see the drip and
the oxygen mask. I could see the doctors working
to restart my heart with electronic pads. I
could see that my parents were there. It felt
very peaceful, much better than where I had
been before. I was bathed in warmth and light,
and the calm was almost tangible. I felt it
was up to me to decide where I wanted to be,
up there or back in my body, but the peace was
so overwhelming that I knew I wanted to stay."
A massive load of compressed cardboard Carter
Mills was loading, slipped out of control, slamming
him against a steel pole. He remembers a sharp
pain, collapsing, being in a black void, then
finding himself floating in a prone position
twelve feet above his crumpled body. He saw
and heard people running around, yelling for
an ambulance and saying, "Don't touch
him, give him air."
His body went
from white to blue; there was no breath. The
sight filled him with awe. "I'm here,
my body is there. How did this happen?"
Not understanding how he could suddenly be airborne,
Carter attempted to reenter his body. Crawling
downward in swim-like strokes, he had almost
reached his goal when a gentle but firm hand
tugged his right arm. When he looked up, there
were two angels replete with robes, wings, bare
feet, and streaming hair - no color but opaque
white - and no particular gender. (Carter
John Star: "Suddenly
the world was calm and clear. I could see the
shoreline, still in the distance and noticed
the sun shining overhead. It seemed brighter
than usual. When I looked down I got the surprise
of my life. There was my body, still swimming
toward shore, moving as straight and smooth
as a motor boat. I watched for a while, indifferent
to the plight of my body. I was far more concerned
with trying to figure out where I was."
then something exited my chest. Its hard to
describe exactly what it was or what it felt
like but it was a real presence, a definite
feeling. Perhaps terms like "life force"
or "energy" come closest to trying
to describe what it was, but it seemed to contain
my personality as well. Again, its extremely
difficult to describe except that it was a real
sensation of something immaterial leaving my
physical body. This "force", for lack
of a better word, then positioned itself in
the corner of the bathroom ceiling (the bathroom
was in darkness) and I stared down on my own
motionless body, skinny and frail and apparently
lifeless. This force which seemed to contain
something of me certainly an awareness that "I"
was no longer in my body, then moved at an amazing
speed through somewhere black, like space in
its vastness." (Michael)
Ida Acosta: "I
was drifting in and out of my body, from darkness
into light, simultaneously. There were sounds
demanding that I leave my wonderful bliss to
come back to life. Doctors calling my name.
I looked upon it all with a strange indifference.
And I could see myself. I could hear a machine
beeping. People were slapping me, shaking me,
tossing me around, sticking things into me,
and I just didn't care. I was in bliss and
I really just wanted to die, because at that
moment I realized there was no death. It was
exactly like drifting into the best sleep ever."
Rose A.: "On
this one day I found that part of me had separated
from my physical body and had risen above my
body to the ceiling. From above, I saw myself
lying face down on the carpeting. Everything
was so clear mentally and there was no pain;
I sensed that the physical body was that which
felt pain, that which would also hamper one's
clarity of thinking. This other part of me,
a spiritual me or a soul me, was so much more
at peace being outside of the physical me. I
knew that if my mother had entered the bedroom
at that point, she would not have gotten a response
from my physical body, but I would want her
to know that everything was all right with me."
Karen Floyd: "At
this time, I had floated out of my body. I was
floating just below the ceiling of the car looking
down at myself on the seat of the car. I remember
thinking how strange it was that I was up here
when my body was still on the car seat! I could
see my friend driving and looking back and talking
to me. I also noticed that I didn't feel
bad anymore." (Karen
during the night I 'woke up' to find
myself against the ceiling. I was literally
floating and I could see myself from the chest
up. I remember feeling no discomfort, such as
heat or cold, just a nice peaceful feeling.
While I was wondering why I was able to float
against the ceiling, I looked down and saw myself
sleeping on my back. This was strange enough,
but the strangest part was how I thought of
myself on the bed. I thought of myself in the
third-person. I remember distinctly thinking, 'She
is running out of air' and 'There is
no oxygen in this room.' I did not think
this in a state of panic, more like a peaceful
concern for the body. The next thing I knew,
I was hurling toward my body." (Sharon)
Jerriann Massey: "Three
times she fought her way through the murky water
and surfaced to suck air, she said. "The
third time back under, I was out of my body.
It was like when you are wearing pants way too
tight and you take them off. Now, you can relax
and breathe. That's what it felt like."
the height of the pain I left my body. I saw
my body on the bed and tried to communicate
to those tending to it but finally gave up and
left out the roof of the hospital. I felt like
a traitor as they were working very hard on
my body but I did not want it any more. I did
not want to go back. So I left very quickly
and what was foremost in my mind was that I
knew exactly where to go. There was no tunnel
or light or anything, I just knew where to go
and went. Like going 'home'.
of my body was like going through a magnetic
field. Each magnet was attracted to the other
and then to another and another until the first
was attracted to the last and then I was free.
I knew I had just gone through the elements
of the Earth that made up my physical body.
This registered in my brain as pain but it wasn't
pain exactly but the process of going through
the elements and overcoming gravity." (Alise)
As she began to drown, Cassandra remembers entering
into a kind of dream-like state she feels was
the beginning of her near-death experience.
She states, "All of a sudden, I was out
of my body watching myself being pulled along
and thinking, 'This is really incredible.
This is really quite amazing.'" (Cassandra
Mr. Thermal: "Before
we got into the cars we had there, the lightening
bolt came through a board in the side of the
barn and got me. I felt myself falling but it
didn't hurt. Then I noticed I was above
myself looking down at me. My body was actually
smoking. I watched one guy jump from the wagon
he was on, to the ground. On his way over to
me, it seemed like it took him 10 minutes to
land. Everyone was moving so slow. I was speaking
out loud. I could hear myself, but it seemed
the others couldn't. I saw them gathering
around me trying to wake me up, but I was awake.
I was above them. I tried to look at my hands
but couldn't see them. I knew they were
there. I could feel them move. And I could feel
my feet too, but again, my body was on the ground
right beneath me." (Mr.
smile was wide and bright, as he took hold of
my left arm, and we began to drift downward.
It was comforting and safe to be with him, as
we passed by stars in the night sky, drifting
through clouds. I eventually could see my town
and the top of my house. We drifted through
the roof, entering my bedroom. At the ceiling,
I noticed my daughter, still sleeping soundly.
But then I noticed something else; I noticed
another body next to hers. When we reach the
floor, I realized it was my own. I was completely
confused. He gently lifted me, placing me back
into my body. I immediately jumped out of bed
reaching for him. But by now, his light was
escaping through the window, until finally completely
gone. I sat on the edge of my bed, still engulfed
with such joy. I took hold of my head, saying
over and over again in my mind, I will not forget,
I will not forget." (Elizabeth)
John Powell: "He
then brought me again to this Earth. When I
saw my body lying on the bed I did not want
to enter it again for I felt so happy out of
it that I could not bear the thought of entering
it again, but he said, 'Enter,' and
I had to obey." (John
Sherry Gideon: "The
last thing that happened was when I watched
my spirit descend back into my body. I could
suddenly see myself lying on my bed. I could
feel a light coming through the window that
was so powerful beyond words. As I watched my
spirit return to this body on the bed. I could
hear the last words spoken to me: "You
must help the world to understand that they
must give of themselves freely without expecting
and love is all there is!" (Sherry
Bruce Budden: "I
could see my body lying on the lawn and a few
cars and people around the scene ... The next
thing I recall is almost like energizing over
top of my physical body. I moved closer and
was hovering a foot or so over my body. I then
slowly turned over and then started sinking
down into my body. The electrical energy of
my spirit started flowing back into my physical
body. As I was doing this, this almost sense
of transformation, the feeling of being in the
pure spirit form started changing to the feelings
of the earthly realm. There was a great sense
of heaviness, I felt the physical emotions starting
to return, along with the emotions of the human
animal. The next thing I recall is opening my
eyes and seeing the lights of the cars around
me and I looked around to find the light I was
just in front of but I couldn't find it.
Then it hit me, damn, I'm back. At that
point I passed out." (Bruce
Vicki Moyer: "During
my experience, I was standing in a beautiful
garden and saw Jesus. He was sitting on a stone
bench. We both were dressed in biblical gown
and wore sandals. Jesus let me see through a
dimension to where my body being operated on
in surgery. I could see it. I remember how I
felt. I felt like my body was only a shell and
that it was not the true me. I felt like this
was me, my soul. I remember him letting me hear
my friends and love ones pray for me."
Habermas and Moreland's
Dr. Gary Habermas and J.P. Moreland documented
two cases of veridical perception in their book,
Immortality, The Other
Side of Death.
The first case was a young girl named Katie
who nearly drowned in a pool. After being resuscitated
in the emergency room, a CAT scan showed she
had massive brain swelling. She was attached
to an artificial lung to keep her breathing
and given a ten percent chance of survival.
Three days later, she completely recovered and
told a remarkable story. Though she had been
profoundly comatose, with her eyes closed throughout
her entire treatment, she gave exact details
regarding the physical features of her doctors,
the hospital rooms in which she had been treated,
and the medical procedures her doctors employed
to save her. Amazingly, she was also able to
describe, in minute detail, what her family
was doing at home, awaiting news of her status,
while she lie in the hospital! Then, Katie said
she met Jesus and the heavenly Father.
Their second case involves
a five-year-old boy named Rick who suffered
from meningitis. As Rick was rushed to the hospital
in an ambulance, he decided to stay behind.
He later reported seeing his father crying in
the car while he drove the family to the hospital.
Rick then rushed to the hospital arriving before
the ambulance. He saw hospital orderlies move
a young girl out of the room he would be occupying.
Rick's memories were corroborated by his
family, and were particularly amazing due to
the fact that he was comatose before he was
taken in the ambulance and for several days
Guenter Wagner: "Suddenly
it dawned on me that I was out of my body. It
must have happened the moment this oozing stopped.
I saw a body lying on the floor, which could
only belong to me. I was shivering and I quickly
wanted to return to my body and its warmth when
I heard someone say, 'Stop! Before going
back, see what it is like outside!'
"However, I did
not pay any attention to the voice. Although
I could not see any physical body but my own,
this voice was quite near. Then I heard it again,
this time it was begging me very earnestly, 'Please,
do not go back, I beseech you. Why do you not
want to discover your new faculties first? You
may still go back if you do not like them.'
"I hesitated. After
all, this voice was right. Why shouldn't
I give it a try? On that the voice said quickly, 'Test
your mind! If you do you will discover that
you can think in a way you have never experienced
"The voice was right
again. I could think very lucidly indeed, and
I was able to understand very quickly with a
directness that did not leave a trace of doubt.
Then I heard the voice again, 'If you are
willing to stay outside of your body, you will
make a wonderful journey and you will see many
interesting things. However, you must decide
quickly! So hurry up!'
"Eventually I began
to consider the whole situation. It was really
up to me whether I wanted to return to my body
and live the life on Earth with all its limitations
and with all its joy or to stay outside in this
condition of clear thinking. The voice again
urged me to hurry up and to tell him whether
I had made up my mind. I gave in. I decided
to stay outside and I instantly realized that
my body had to die, meaning total destruction
by decay. I thought to myself, "How sad
for my mother!'
"As for me, I did
not feel any regrets, because my body was now
only a wrapper to me, a burden of which I freed
myself the moment I had decided to stay outside.
Presently I realized that I was able to move
freely about in a way I had never experienced
before. I was floating right through the walls
of our house (I saw my mother in front of the
kitchen stove cooking a meal) and up into the
sky. In the distance, I saw a great shining
ball, which was the sun. I felt irresistibly
attracted to it by its brightness and I wanted
to go right into it. No sooner had I thought
this when I hit something that catapulted me
far out into blackness. I tried once more, but
it all happened again. I quickly learned that
there had to be an invisible barrier that I
could only approach but not overcome.
"Then the Being
of Light was gone. One of the other beings brought
me back to Earth. I do not know how. I only
heard, while being tucked back into my body,
a snapping sound like the sound that can be
heard when you put the lid on top of a mess
tin securing it with the catch." (Guenter
|8. The Out-of-Body Phenomenon
of Consciousness Expansion
Many NDE testimonies involve the experiencer
describing how their consciousness expanded until it fills the
entire universe - even beyond. This phenomenon has been described
as literally becoming the universe by near-death experiencers.
This concept of a universal and transcendental consciousness
agrees with the metaphysical notion of how the universe exerts
an influence upon us astrologically.
I have found several
NDEs on my website that provide evidence of veridical consciousness
expansion. What is interesting is how this phenomenon supports
a current theory of consciousness held by a prominent consciousness
researcher which will be explained after presenting these excerpts
from NDE testimony of how consciousness expands after death
and allows for veridical observation outside of the body to
|A. Near-Death Experiencers
on Consciousness Expansion
Mellen-Thomas Benedict: "Suddenly
I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this
stream of life. I saw the Earth fly away. The solar
system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared.
At faster than light speed, I flew through the center
of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I
learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is
bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw
many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone
in this Universe! As I rode this stream of consciousness
through the center of the galaxy, the stream was expanding
in awesome fractal waves of energy. The super clusters
of galaxies with all their ancient wisdom flew by. At
first I thought I was going somewhere; actually traveling.
But then I realized that, as the stream was expanding,
my own consciousness was also expanding to take in everything
in the Universe!" (Mellen-Thomas
Virginia Rivers: "The
stars seemed to fly past me so rapidly that they formed
a tunnel around me. I began to sense awareness, knowledge.
The farther forward I was propelled the more knowledge
I received. My mind felt like a sponge, growing and
expanding in size with each addition. The knowledge
came in single words and in whole idea blocks. I just
seemed to be able to understand everything as it was
being soaked up or absorbed. I could feel my mind expanding
and absorbing and each new piece of information somehow
seemed to belong. It was as if I had known already but
forgotten or mislaid it, as if it were waiting here
for me to pick it up on my way by." (Virginia
Thomas Sawyer: "And
in your life review you'll be the universe and experience
yourself in what you call your lifetime and how it affects
the universe." (Thomas
Jayne Smith: "I
was involved in this tremendous pouring forth of gratitude
and joy and as that was going inside me, this white
light began to infiltrate my consciousness. It came
into me. It seemed I went out into it. I expanded into
it as it came into my field of consciousness."
Josiane Antonette: "My
presence fills the room. And now I feel my presence
in every room in the hospital. Even the tiniest space
in the hospital is filled with this presence that is
me. I sense myself beyond the hospital, above the city,
even encompassing Earth. I am melting into the universe.
I am everywhere at once." (Josiane
Rudolf Steiner: "Stage
by stage we expand into the planetary spheres, like
light that has been contained within a darkened glass,
when finally uncovered and released goes out into the
boundless universe. The moral disposition we carry over
with us allows or prevents us from moving on in a conscious
manner. Seeing how we expand toward the stars and planets
after death, it's no wonder we look at the night
sky in awe with feelings of reverence and maybe even
Margaret Tweddell: "I
felt caught up in all of this to the very depths of
my being. I felt myself expanding and expanding until
I thought, "I'm going to burst!" The moment
I thought, "I'm going to burst!", I suddenly
found myself alone, back where this being had met me,
and he had gone." (Margaret
|B. Researchers on NDE Consciousness
Grof's research: "I
had my training as a psychiatrist, a physician and then
as a Freudian analyst. When I became interested in non-ordinary
states and started serving powerful mystical experiences,
also having some myself, my first idea was that it (consciousness)
has to be hard-wired in the brain. I spent quite a bit
of time trying to figure out how something like that
is possible. Today, I came to the conclusion that [consciousness]
is not coming from the brain. In that sense, it supports
believed after he had some powerful psychedelic experiences
and was trying to link them to the brain. He came to
the conclusion that maybe the brain acts as a kind of
reducing valve that actually protects us from too much
I don't see, for example, that experiences of archetypal
realms, heavens, paradises, experiences of archetypal
beings, such as deities, demons from different cultures,
that people typically have in these states that they
can be somehow explained as something that comes from
the brain. I don't think you can locate the source
of consciousness. I am quite sure it is not in the brain
not inside of the skull. It actually, according to my
experience, would lie beyond time and space, so it is
not localizable. You actually come to the source of
consciousness when you dissolve any categories that
imply separation, individuality, time, space and so
on. You just experience it as a presence. People who
have these experiences can either perceive that source
or they can actually become the source, completely dissolved
and experience that source. But such categories as time
and space, localization coordinates, are not relevant
for that experience. You actually have a sense that
the concepts of time and space come from that place.
They are generated by that place; but, the cosmic source
itself, the cosmic consciousness cannot be located certainly
not in the material world." (Dr.
from the NDE video,
Life After Death,
Episode 8, Wellspring Media)
Dr. Peter Fenwick's
Fenwick is a neuropsychiatrist and the leading authority
in Britain on NDEs who has described how the NDEs are
unique to any other state of consciousness. In the documentary, "Into
the Unknown: Strange But True," Dr. Fenwick explains:
the NDE, you are unconscious. One of the things we know
about brain function in unconsciousness, is that you
cannot create images and if you do, you cannot remember
them ... The brain isn't functioning. It's not
there. It's destroyed. It's abnormal. But, yet,
it can produce these very clear experiences [NDEs] ...
an unconscious state is when the brain ceases to function.
For example, if you faint, you fall to the floor, you
don't know what's happening and the brain isn't
working. The memory systems are particularly sensitive
to unconsciousness. So, you won't remember anything.
But, yet, after one of these experiences [NDEs], you
come out with clear, lucid memories ... This is a real
puzzle for science. I have not yet seen any good scientific
explanation which can explain that fact." (Dr.
Dr. Timothy Leary's Psychedelic
must be ready to accept the possibility that there is
a limitless range of awareness for which we now have
no words; that awareness can expand beyond the range
of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond
everything you have learned, beyond your notions of
space and time, beyond the differences which usually
separate people from each other and from the world around
After hovering around New York, Susan Blackmore floated
back to her room in Oxford where she became very small
and entered her body's toes. Then she grew very
big, as big as a planet at first, and then she filled
the solar system and finally she became as large as
Susan Blackmore believes that consciousness
and NDEs are only secretions of the brain - much like
a hallucination. If she is correct, then NDEs are nothing
more than a mass hallucinations. The problem with this
idea is that
unconscious brains do not
even if unconscious brains could hallucinate, they would
not be able to retain unconscious memories. (Susan
"What if you slept,
and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what
if in your dream you went to heaven and there plucked
a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when
you awoke you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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