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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.
I noticed a light coming from somewhere behind me. It was a peculiar light. It had feeling. When I turned to see where this light was coming from, it would remain behind me. Somehow though, I managed to get turned around so I could look right into the light.
The light was delicious. I soaked it up like a dry sponge soaks up water. I felt like I had been sealed up in a vacuum packed jar for as long as I could remember. Now the jar was opened and the pressure was gone. I could breathe again. I could feel energy flowing into me, loosening and softening parts of my being that I did not even know I had. My whole being thrilled with well-being and joy. A feeling that I had known before, though I could not remember where or when.
Time itself seemed to be softening. For as long as I could remember, the minutes, days and years of my life seemed to be fixed, like the markings on a steel ruler. Now, the measuring stick of time was becoming soft and flexible. I could return to events of my past, examining them with greater clarity and detail than when they had originally happened. But then, when I would return to where I was, it seemed like no time at all had gone by. Deep into episodes of my personal history, and then back into the light.
Centuries would condense into seconds. Millenniums would shrink into moments. The entire civilization that I was part of passed by in the blink of an eye.
Many people who die (or nearly die) and come back to life have an experience. The experiences have a lot of common elements. Many if not most of these experiences are not considered real or important by the experiencer, but there are many experiencers who consider their experience to be real and they are profoundly changed by the experience. Sometimes they want to share it with others. This page seeks to gather unbiased information about NDEs. The unfiltered collection of experiences here are from around 1997, about 20 years after the topic first started gaining interest in the U.S. The experiences seem highly varied, despite the common elements. Please keep in mind that even these experiences are filtered in the sense that those who do not think the experience carried any significance are not likely to report it.
It is a common element, unique to the NDEs experience, to report seeing deceased beings. Frequently, those seen on the other side are religious beings or deceased relatives. This study analyzes the beings that were seen on the other side. The datum is broken down into the categories of familiar beings and unfamiliar beings. Of the 302 people who responded to the survey, 29% (88) saw familiar beings and 25.8% (78) saw unfamiliar beings. Of the 166 people who saw beings, 53% saw familiar beings, while 47% saw unfamiliar beings. The highest percentage of familiar beings seen were blood relatives (25.9%), followed by religious figures (22.9%). Implications are discussed against the backdrop of consciousness and the Soulmate myth of popular culture
Researchers believe that neurophysiological processes must play some part in NDE. Similar experiences can be induced through electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe (and hence of the hippocampus) during neurosurgery for epilepsy, with high carbon dioxide levels (hypercarbia), and in decreased cerebral perfusion resulting in local cerebral hypoxia as in rapid acceleration during training of fighter pilots, or as in hyperventilation followed by Valsalva manoeuvre. Ketamine-induced experiences resulting from blockage of the NMDA receptor, and the role of endorphin, serotonin, and enkephalin have also been mentioned, as have near-death-like experiences after the use of '___', psilocarpine, and mescaline. These induced experiences can consist of unconsciousness, out-of-body experiences, and perception of light or flashes of recollection from the past. These recollections, however, consist of fragmented and random memories unlike the panoramic life-review that can occur in NDE. Further, transformational processes with changing life-insight and disappearance of fear of death are rarely reported after induced experiences.
Thus, induced experiences are not identical to NDE...
Ketamine-induced experiences resulting from blockage of the NMDA receptor, and the role of endorphin, serotonin, and enkephalin have also been mentioned, as have near-death-like experiences after the use of '___', psilocarpine, and mescaline. These induced experiences can consist of unconsciousness, out-of-body experiences, and perception of light or flashes of recollection from the past.
These recollections, however, consist of fragmented and random memories unlike the panoramic life-review that can occur in NDE. Further, transformational processes with changing life-insight and disappearance of fear of death are rarely reported after induced experiences.
Thus, induced experiences are not identical to NDE...
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
Personally, I find it all to be a bit of a relief, to be honest.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
could you provide the source link, biggie? it really matters where information comes from before I'll accept it. Nothin' personal, my man.
Originally posted by _Phoenix_
Really? you dont want to live on? Why?! I want to live forever.
Whats the point of living if you were to die and lose all memories, and be gone forever, as if it never happened, it wouldnt make sense.
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Originally posted by carnival_of_souls2047
Or maybe this happens: After you die you fall to the ground smashing your teeth out as blood runs into the thick shag carpeting. Your hands twitch as synaptic nerves are still firing, your eyes eerily opened, as you stare into the kitchen area. The cat runs by your body knocking over the potted plant that you skillfully kept alive the last 7 years.
[edit on 13-7-2007 by carnival_of_souls2047]
The VERITAS Research Program of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (formerly the Human Energy Systems Laboratory) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona was created primarily to test the hypothesis that the consciousness (or personality or identity) of a person survives physical death.