Come From Near-Death Experiences
may argue that nobody brings back anything useful
from a near-death experience such as a scientific
discovery. The skeptic's argument might
resemble something like this: If people are
actually receiving unlimited knowledge during
an NDE, then why don't they bring back with
them the cure for AIDS to help humanity? While
it's nice that they have discovered humanity's
purpose in this world is learning to love others,
it would be infinitely more expressive of God's
love for humanity if someone would bring back
the cure for AIDS.
are very good skeptical arguments and researchers
have answers for them. The following is a discussion
of the scientific discoveries brought back by
near-death experiencers as told by several near-death
researchers. A complete list of scientific advances
from NDEs is available on my
NDE and Science research conclusions.
testimonies often include an encounter with
a heavenly "Light." But to my knowledge, no
experiencer other than
Lynnclaire Dennis (www.mereon.org)
has ever brought back a detailed scientific
description of the Light's complex geometric
structure and movement. First presented in her
1997 book entitled
The Pattern, Lynnclaire described in detail
her amazing NDE and description of this Light.
Many years have passed since I first learned
of her profound NDE and it remains one of the
most transcendental NDEs I have ever come across.
Her NDE testimony has graced the "Notable NDEs"
section of my website from its very beginning.
We continued to stay in touch over the years
and I continued to follow her work hoping what
she brought back from her NDE would develop
into the scientific discovery we now know it
is -- the very science of life and living. From
the very beginning, despite her religious upbringing,
Lynnclaire courageously refused to give this
Pattern of Light the ambiguous label of "God".
She prefers to simply call it "The Pattern"
and describes it as an all-connecting pattern
of Light - a three-dimensional
mandala representative of time and space,
and the energy generating matter. Because she
experienced The Pattern as pure Love, she has
always maintained this to be the reason why
Love is all that matters. In simple terms, The
Pattern is a knot; but not just any knot. The
Pattern is the simplest knot (a
Trefoil Knot) and yet most profound knot
- a never-before-discovered trefoil knot. The
Pattern became of great interest to mathematicians,
physicists, astrobiologists, and molecular geneticists
who developed from it the "Mereon
Matrix" - an algorithm representing the
unification of knowledge which relies on whole
systems both living and life-like. It is a scientific
framework charting the sequential, emergent
growth process of systems. Read more about this
in the article entitled
The Science of Life Discovered From Lynnclaire
Dennis' Near-Death Experience.
do receive higher knowledge and information
about cures for diseases such as cancer and
AIDS while they are in the light of the NDE.
Here are some descriptions:
farther forward a person is propelled
through the tunnel, the more knowledge
can be received. The mind can feel like
a sponge, growing and expanding in size
with each addition. This knowledge may
come in single words and in whole idea
blocks. Everything can be understood
as it is being soaked up or absorbed.
The mind expands and absorbs as each
new piece of information comes in. It
is receiving knowledge that was already
known but forgotten or mislaid, as if
it were waiting to be picked up on the
way by." (Virginia
light gave me knowledge, though I heard
no words. We did not communicate in
English or in any other language. This
was discourse clearer and easier than
the clumsy medium of language. It was
something like understanding math or
music - nonverbal knowledge, but knowledge
no less profound. I was learning the
answers to the eternal questions of
life - questions so old we laugh them
off as clichs. "Why are we here?"
To learn. "What's the purpose
of our life?" To love. I felt as
if I was re-remembering things I had
once known but somehow forgotten, and
it seemed incredible that I had not
figured out these things before now."
problem preventing many people from bringing
back some of this higher knowledge attained
during an NDE is that it's difficult to
retain every memory of their NDE, assuming it
can be remembered at all. This general inability
of people being unable to retain every memory
from an NDE is similar to our general inability
to remember every memory of a dream we have
after we wake up. However, this is not to say
that higher knowledge and scientific discoveries
are not attained during NDEs or dreams.
people have returned from an NDE and have been
able to successfully diagnose and heal people
- even bring back useful scientific information
- due to the after-effects attributed to their
example of this is documented in
Tom Harpur's documentary,
Life After Death. Harpur interviews a doctor
whose name is
Dr. Yvonne Kason who was almost killed in
a plane crash into a lake which resulted in
an NDE. After she recovered, she began to have
strange visions in her mind that she couldn't
explain. One of these visions concerned a friend
of hers. When Dr. Kason thought of her friend,
she would see a vision in her mind of a "brain
covered with pus." Dr. Kason knew that
this was an excellent symbolic vision referring
to the deadly disease meningitis. The problem
was that her friend was perfectly healthy at
the time, exhibited absolutely no signs of meningitis,
and there was no reason to suspect she had it.
Dr. Kason begged her friend to get tested for
meningitis. After an amount of reluctance, her
friend got tested. Surprisingly, the test was
positive. As a result of Dr. Kason's NDE,
her friend was able to get treated for meningitis
at its early stage before it had time to become
deadly. Dr. Kason continues to have such visions.
She now realizes that, as a result of her NDE,
that is now psychic. Her story affirms that
useful things are indeed brought back from NDEs.
interesting case is that of
Edgar Cayce (pronounced "Kay-see")
(1877-1945), a devout Christian who had regular
NDEs and brought back medical cures and information
on future events that ultimately came true.
In 1910, the New York Times carried two pages
of headlines and pictures in which he was declared
the "World's Most Mysterious Man."
In 1954, the University of Chicago accepted
a Ph.D. thesis based on a study of his life
and work. Cayce is also considered to be the
father of holistic medicine by JAMA, the prestigious
medical journal. I have
a complete list of the world events which Cayce
successfully foretold before they occurred.
was a wonder to the medical community because
of his ability to diagnose and specify a treatment
for gravely ill people from hundreds of miles
away while out of his body. It is also documented
that while in his out-of-body state, Cayce successful
predicted the 1929 stock-market crash more than
six months before it occurred, the Great Depression,
outbreak of the First and Second World Wars,
Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the
rise and fall of Adolf Hitler, the independence
of India, the creation of the State of Israel
fifteen years before the event, the deaths of
two American presidents, the existence of an
unknown Jewish sect called the Essenes eleven
years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found
(which was verified through archeological excavations
after his death.), invention of the laser in
1958, and his own death before his two sons
returned home from overseas. For many decades
Edgar Cayce Foundation has been around to
research the vast amount of information he received.
Cayce is much more than just an example of how
one can bring back medical cures, historical
facts, and even bring back information from
the future while outside of their body.
Dr. PMH Atwater responds to the argument
that experiencers do not bring back anything
PMH ATWATER: Not true! A fellow
in, I believe it was Sweden, went on to copyright
over a hundred inventions that have made a significant
difference in society.
Mellen-Thomas Benedict invented a glasscutter
that alleviates much hand fatigue in accordance
to directions he received in his experience.
In fact, Mellen-Thomas participated in a number
of medical research projects, and because of
the information he gave the researchers, they
were able to advance their work significantly.
He is now doing DNA research and working on
instruments that can help physicians use certain
frequencies of light in healing. These are just
a few of many.
own case, I was told in my third NDE to do the
research I do - my directions were specific
and detailed. Look at what has resulted! Hardly
trivial, I'd say. The reason you seldom
hear of people like me and Mellen-Thomas and
the fellow from Sweden is that we don't
make spectacles of ourselves. We just do our
please refer to my last three books. All of
them have a section devoted to historical figures
who had an NDE and who went on to make a significant
impact on the world - people like Abraham Lincoln,
Mozart, Einstein, Winston Churchill, Queen Elisabeth
the First, and Edward de Vere the 17th Earl
of Oxford - who may well be the real Shakespeare.
I would invite you to look beyond the so-called
popular books on NDEs, and do some real digging.
You may be surprised at what you find! Please
just read my books. I am specific and give references.
The answers to most of your questions are addressed.
you mentioned it, I have thought of a number
of experiencers who went on to do great things
Donna DeSoto and her Sav-Baby Organization,
Dannion Brinkley and his
Compassion In Action volunteer service for
Carol Parrish-Harra and the Sparrow Hawk
Village she built and the Sancta Sophia Seminary
Nadia McCaffrey and the Natural Death Centers
she is starting to construct and staff,
George Ritchie and his
Youth Corps, and so forth. The line is a
long one, no one knows how long for most experiencers
seldom seek the limelight.
to the argument that experiencers do not bring
back anything useful,
Dr. Kenneth Ring replies:
KENNETH RING: This question made
me laugh because the questioner clearly thinks
that the light, or whatever the intelligence
is that is behind the NDE, would truly be helpful
to humanity if it gave us practical answers
to the burning questions of our day. This is
like saying, if you are psychic, then how about
telling me the winning lottery number? In fact,
the light gives us very practical answers -
love, especially of the unconditional kind,
is probably the thing that could make the world
a far, far better place. It wouldn't end
suffering - there will always be suffering -
but it would help us enormously to deal with
the problems of living. We have brains to help
us solve our practical problems - what we need
and what we get from the light is something
altogether different. It is dangerous, not to
say presumptuous, to try to tell God (or the
light or Whatever) what we humans could most
use. I could probably write on this question
for several pages, if I had time, but a close
reading of the NDE literature will show what
the real value of these experiences is, and
it is not finding a cure to AIDS, etc. Nevertheless,
it is clearly not even true that no experiencer
ever brings back such answers. I give a few
examples in my book, Lessons from the Light.
the case of Ralph Duncan, who brought back a
cure for a certain kind of cancer, and then
there is the case of Mellen-Thomas Benedict
who brought back a great deal of very practical
information about biophotonics and other methods
of light-based healing, and is currently marketing
some of his devices, after millions of dollars
have been invested in his company. So, practical
answers that can definitely benefit humanity
can sometimes be obtained during NDEs, but,
to me, that misses the point.
Note: I looked up the reference that Dr.
Ring gives from his book, Lessons from the Light.
It does show some very interesting examples
of how NDErs learn and even experience cures
for diseases such as cancer.]
are examples, from Dr. Ring's research,
of NDErs bringing back scientific discoveries:
One quite remarkable instance was shared
with me by Howard Mikel, Professor Emeritus
of Religious Studies at Wichita State University
in Kansas, who investigated this case very thoroughly
and can authenticate it. The story, in brief,
involved a patient by the name of Ralph Duncan,
who in the mid-1970s was dying of leukemia.
He apparently was told he had only a short time
to live and was prepared to die. But while hospitalized,
he had an NDE, and during it, he encountered
a luminous being, whom he took to be Jesus (though
Ralph observed that it did not look anything
like the traditional images of him), and whose
eyes were "shooting fire." In any
event, there was then a telepathic communication
from this being in the form of three shot phrases,
which were: "That's enough, it's
dead, it's gone." These words, Ralph
said, were still ringing in his ears as he returned
to his body.
Afterward, puzzling about
all this, he was mystified about the significance
of the phrase, "that's enough."
But, he continues, "I do know what he meant
when he said, "It's dead." To
me it meant that the germ was dead. I no longer
have leukemia." To my mind, however, the
entire set phrases coheres meaningfully in the
context of this healing. For instance, when
the being, his eyes "shooting fire,"
says, "That's enough," it means
in effect, "I've zapped you with enough
voltage for this to cure you." And then, "it's
dead, it's gone."
The last I
heard about this case, in 1989, Ralph was still
hale and living near Boulder, Colorado.
A somewhat similar case was described by
Margot Grey. Five days after abdominal surgery,
an English patient underwent complications and
his wife as told her husband was dying. At that
time, however, he was having an NDE, and during
it he saw:
entity clothed in a colored cloak [of]
indescribably beautiful colors, and
brightness most intense. This something
stood at the right-hand side of my head,
two hands were lightly placed on my
body, slowly moved down to my feet,
and up the left side, pausing at my
head, and then was gone. I have no recollection
of anything until [the] next day. From
then I made a very rapid recovery and
was soon back with my family."
Again, we seem to have
a healing performed within the general context
of a light-filled scene.
Not long ago,
some further cases of this kind were shared
with me by my friend, Steve, who you might remember
was himself the recipient of an apparently other-worldly
stabilizing treatment rendered by a female light
being when Steve experienced a respiratory arrest
during surgery (see pp. 37-38 for the full account).
Significantly, Steve recently told me that,
as in the case of Ralph Duncan, this being had "intense
blue eyes that shined like they were on fire."
And as he felt this energy radiating into him,
she communicated telepathically to Steve with
not breathing regularly. There is some
concern that your respiration might
stop. I'm here to stabilize it,
and make sure the problem doesn't
go any further. You are very valuable,
and no one is willing to take any chances
with your life."
In some ways an even
more dramatic case that Steve related to me
involved a diabetic Mexican woman who speaks
no English (Steve is fluent in Spanish) and
who, Steve ascertained, was completely unfamiliar
with NDEs before her own experience. Here is
Prior to her experience, she
had lost the ability to see. Diabetes had taken
away her retina, and her heart wasn't supplying
enough circulation to her brain to allow her
to speak. She was in very poor shape. They prepared
her for surgery.
Open-heart surgery on
a diabetic woman of sixty-seven is full of risk.
The doctors went outside to discuss their strategy.
While they were conferring, she saw the wall
open up and a brilliant light pour out. A bearded
man in white stepped up beside her. He was made
of white light.
not ready to follow me yet ... you're
not prepared. I'm going to give
you back your eyesight. You'll need
it to finish your life. And I'm
going to heal the heart valve, so you
can speak again. You still have a few
more things to do. Your grandchildren
need you to teach them."
According to the woman's
account, he placed his hand on her chest, and
her eyesight returned. [Later] she sat in a
wheel chair, serene, full of confidence, and
smiling. Her legs were gone, but her eyes were
clear, and she was happy in a calm way. Her
cardiologist later told her:
has happened to change you body. We
don't have an explanation for it.
I personally ascribe it to be the will
of God. You can go home now. We did
nothing." (Ring, 225-226)
Dr. Melvin Morse discusses the NDE of a
man who developed over 100 patents in molecular
chemistry based on the information he received
from his NDE:
MELVIN MORSE: I recently discussed
these issues with theoretical physicists at
National Institute of Discovery Science.
This is a consciousness think tank of national
renown scholars in their individual fields.
They explained to me that science states that
reality is made of tiny nuclear particles, so
tiny that it is unclear if they are actually
matter or simply patterns of energy. All of
the fundamental particles in this universe have
at least two counterparts which have been documented
as being "real".
last for only a fraction of a second in this
reality, yet they comprise the elemental building
blocks of reality. In theory, there are at least
three possible universes comprised of the three
basic sets of subatomic particles.
again in theory, there is one possible universe
which is called the
Omega Point, in which there is no time or
space, and all possible universes coexist. This
is why physicists such as Niels Bohr said, "Anyone
who has not been shocked by quantum physics
has not understood it.
Olaf Swenson may have seen such a timeless
spaceless Omega Point when he nearly died of
a botched tonsillectomy at age 14. He states:
I rolled into a ball and smashed into
another reality. The forces that brought
me through the barrier were terrific.
I was on the other side. I realized
that the boundary between life and death
is a strange creation of our own mind,
very real (from the side of the living),
and yet insignificant."
Olaf felt he was floating
in a universe with no boundaries.
had total comprehension of everything.
I stood at the annihilation point, a
bright orange light. As I felt my mind
transported back to my body, I thought,
please let me remember this new theory
Dr. Jeffrey Long of
JEFFREY LONG: Another concern
of NDE skeptics is that experiencers do not
return with information or ideas with immediate
widespread use, such as a cure for cancer or
verifiable new scientific understandings. There
have been anecdotal reports suggesting the contrary,
but in my experience, experiencers generally
do not return with such information. Failure
to receive a specific hoped for gift is not
a valid criticism of NDEs. The gift experiencers
do return with is generally varied and spiritual
in nature, often including the concept of love
and a lack of fear of death. The gift to experiencers
of better understanding love and their purpose
on Earth is a very important gift, suggesting
these understandings are among the most important
things we can accomplish.
provide a tantalizing glimpse of what this other
reality is, and provides some clues to humankind's
deepest questions of who we really are and our
relationship with a greater reality. It is entirely
reasonable to accept the NDE in the way the
experiencers themselves almost uniformly perceive
the experience: an encounter with another dimension
Science demands verifiable
evidence which can be reproduced again and again
under experimental situations.
Dr. Jim Whinnery, of the Naval Warfare Center,
thought he was simply studying the effects of
G forces on fighter pilots. He had no idea he
would revolutionize the field of consciousness
studies by providing experimental proof that
NDEs are real.
The pilots were placed
centrifuges and spun at tremendous speeds.
After they lost consciousness, after they went
into seizures, after they lost all muscle tone,
when the blood stopped flowing in their brains,
only then would they suddenly have a return
to conscious awareness. They had "dreamlets"
as Dr. Whinnery calls them. These dreamlets
are similar to NDEs. They often involved a sense
of separation from the physical body. A typical
dreamlet involved a pilot leaving his physical
body and traveling to a sandy beach, where he
looked directly up at the sun. The pilot remarked
that death is very pleasant.
experiencers are given gifts of healing abilities,
knowledge that advances science, but even more
important, information about universal love
and life after death capable of transforming
this planet into a peaceful and loving paradise.