The Trigger of Brain Seizures:
Lisa's Near-Death Experience
researching the brain have examined the experiences of people
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
Apparently the increased electrical activity in the brain
resulting from seizure activity (abnormal electrical activity
in the brain), makes sufferers more susceptible to having
near-death experiences. This gives cause for researchers
to examine the
temporal area of the brain,
the portion of the brain that researchers refer to as the
The following near-death
experience happened three years ago to a woman named Lisa
and was triggered by seizure. After months of depression
and physical pain from systemic lupus, one day she took
too many painkillers. Her twin sister found her in the morning
in a seizure, half-flopped off of her bed. By the time she
called 911, she had fallen on the floor and was in a full
convulsive state, curling up her hands in a fetal position.
Here is what she experienced in her own words:
There was no
tunnel or light. I awoke standing upright in the back of
what looked like a large auditorium-type place, without
the chairs. The wall were gold and had jewels embedded in
them. I was far in the back at first and couldn't figure
out where I was. There were horns playing loud classical-type
music and it was a very formal-type ceremony. There were
dancers with beautifully colored flags dancing in a supernatural
sort of way. I felt my presence coming in closer, but I
didn't feel legs moving underneath me.
was a long, wide aisle with 10-15 men seated on each side
of the aisle. They were across the aisle from each other,
facing each other. They had on robes and gold crowns, like
they were kings or judges. The seats were tall, gold chairs
and at the end of the aisle was an empty chair. My presence
came in very close and then to the left side came a man
in a long, white, toga-type robe. He had short brown hair
and on his head was a wreath of holly leaves woven together
with baby's breath. He smiled and approached me with his
right hand extended.
He took my hand gently
and said, "Hi, Lisa. I'm Peter, welcome to the festival."
he opened a large door and I entered a large place that
was mostly white space. There were large white cloth-covered
tables with beautiful, succulent fruit and a large fountain
of red wine. There were just a few people there, and they
were dressed in normal clothing of today.
I flashed into a complete space of whiteness, but it was
not disconcerting like a haze of fog would be. I was seated
on the right leg of a very large, strong presence with huge,
loving arms around me.
A man's low voice
said in my right ear, "Lisa, they're working on your body,
you have to hurry. Do you want to go back? Your son needs
I remember feeling
confused like I was not aware of what I had left behind.
I didn't say anything
and then the voice said louder, directly in my ear, "Lisa,
you have to hurry, they're working on your body. Do you
want to go back?"
And even louder he
added, "Ryan needs you."
He put great
stress on my son's name. I immediately realized I had left
my 9-year-old son behind and then I woke up in the ambulance.
They later told me that I said, "I wanted to be in paradise
my experience. I'd love to hear your comments. I've not
read anything like this before. It was like a movie, almost
sounds cliche, I know.
Dr. Sam Parnia's Research
studying heart attack patients says he is finding evidence
that suggests that consciousness may continue after the
brain has stopped functioning and a patient is clinically
dead. The research, presented to scientists last week at
California Institute of Technology,
resurrects the debate over whether there is life after death
and whether there is such a thing as the human soul.
Since the initial
experiment, Parnia and his colleagues have found more than
3,500 people with lucid memories that apparently occurred
at times they were thought to be clinically dead. Many of
the patients, he said, were reluctant to share their experiences
fearing they would be thought crazy.
was 2 years old when he had a seizure and his heart stopped.
His parents contacted Parnia after the boy drew a picture
of himself as if out of his body looking down at himself.
drawn like there was a balloon stuck to him. When they asked
what the balloon was he said:
you die you see a bright light and you are connected
to a cord."
He wasn't even
3 when had the experience.
parents noticed was that after he had been discharged from
hospital, six months after the incident, he kept drawing
the same scene.
function these patients were found to have while unconscious
is commonly believed to be incapable of sustaining lucid
thought processes or allowing lasting memories to form,
Parnia said - pointing to the fact that nobody fully grasps
how the brain generates thoughts.