Near-Death Experience Research Conclusions

Bruce Greyson's photo.  

There are many possible components to near-death experiences (NDEs). The fact that many of these components are unique to NDEs and can be found many NDEs is evidence that NDEs are not merely random hallucinations or dreams. However, not all NDEs have all these components; and not every component can be found in all NDEs. Generally speaking, the more transcendental an NDE is (or the longer the experiencer is near-death), the more it will have these components. But when it comes to scientifically quantify an NDE, a scale was created by Dr. Bruce Greyson (on the left) - the professor, psychiatrist and "father of NDE studies" - at the Department of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. The "Greyson NDE Scale" measures the depth of the transcendental nature of a person’s NDE and is based upon a questionnaire and point system. The more points an NDE has - the more transcendental the NDE. A score of 7 or higher is considered an NDE for research purposes. The mean score among a large sample of NDEs is 15. You can take the Greyson NDE Scale Questionnaire on the IANDS website.

NDE Research Conclusions Index
1. Pre-Existence 10. Death 19. City of Light 28. Temple of Knowledge
2. Earth 11. Out-of-Body Experience 20. Realms 29. Music
3. Life 12. Silver Cord 21. God 30. Homecoming
4. Humanity 13. Time 22. Jesus 31. Told Not Ready
5. Soul / Spirit 14. Hell 23. Satan 32. Future
6. Religion 15. Void 24. Life Review 33. Astrology
7. Spirituality 16. Tunnel 25. Emotions 34. Spirit Guides
8. Science 17. Orbs 26. Telepathy 35. Reincarnation
9. War 18. Heaven 27. Forgotten Knowledge    

"What do I think happens when we die? I think we enter into another stage of existence or another state of consciousness that is so extraordinarily different from the reality we have here in the physical world that the language we have is not yet adequate to describe this other state of existence or consciousness. Based on what I have heard from thousands of people, we enter into a realm of joy, light, peace, and love in which we discover that the process of knowledge does not stop when we die. Instead, the process of learning and development goes on for eternity." - Dr. Raymond Moody, from his book Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife

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