The reason behind so many NDE’s
Now that I am almost 65 years old, the thought of my death becomes more real, it does not seem as impossible as it was when I was younger. I have lost more than a few friends over the course of the last decade, so I suppose that it is only natural that the reality of my own demise is getting easier to accept, though perhaps not as much as I would like.
People who have had a powerful NDE experience, no matter what they believed before the event, tend to come out different when they return. It can often be a difficult transition for them and often some significant relationships end. Atheist often become believers, believers find that what they believed before their experience does not fit, so they have to struggle with finding a place where they will feel welcomed and understood. It is not an easy road to travel.
I try to imagine what it would be like for me to ‘die’ and then come back. To actually have an experience when my heart stopped and my brain was no longer able to function, yet I would still have an experience of a world that is more real than this one. Even though I am a man of faith, this does boggle the mind a tad. In some ways it is easier to believe that there is nothing after death, for this is the only life we know, with our bodies and yes of course our brains and mind. The mind is the key I would think. The concept of the neuroplasticity of the brain, points out for many that it is the mind that controls the brain, that the mind does not simply emerge from the brain, but is what forms it by thought and action that is chosen and then processed by the brain.
Perhaps the reason so many NDE’s are being experienced is to speak to the rest of us, who today, even if we have faith, may find it still difficult to believe on a deep heart felt level that there is actually more for us. There is a term that is used for how many of us live if not all the time, then much of the time, it is called “practical atheism”. Living as if God did not exist, even though we may profess some kind of faith or spiritual path, but do not live it or perhaps really on a deeper level, do not believe it at all.