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Near-Death Experiences Induced By Triggers
By Kevin R. Williams, B.Sc.
 

Stanislav GrofDr. Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist and one of the leading researchers into non-ordinary states of consciousness. In Tom Harpur's NDE documentary, Life After Death, Dr. Grof explains a theory of consciousness based on these non-ordinary states. Dr. Grof theorizes consciousness to be nonlocalized and that the brain may instead function as a "reducing valve" minimizing the cosmic energy input bombarding our body. Consciousness then arises as a product of this reducing function of the brain. Whenever the reducing function of the brain is altered (through various triggers such as out-of-body experiences, hallucinogenic drugs, mental psychosis, psychic visions, etc.) or even shut down completely as in NDEs, the reduced cosmic energy input that once made up our consciousness is then free to expand. This expansion of consciousness, in theory, accounts for these various types of mental phenomena and for the many "triggers" altering the reducing valve function of the brain. From the large collection of NDEs on this website, you can see how these triggers are capable of inducing NDE related phenomena.

NDEs Induced By Triggers Index
1. After-Death Communications 9. Dreams 17. Out-of-Body Experiences
2. Alien Abductions 10. Drugs 18. Psychic Visions
3. Astral Projection 11. Extreme Gravity 19. Psychomanteum
4. Brain Seizures 12. Extreme Meditation 20. Psychosis
5. Brain Stimulation 13. Extreme Stress 21. REM Desensitization
6. Coma 14. Falling from Heights 22. Shared Death Experiences
7. Death 15. Hypnosis 23. Surgery
8. Deathbed Visions 16. Orgasm    
     
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