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Near-death experiencers recount their stories

By T.K. Randall
August 1, 2020 · Comment icon 45 comments

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Several people have recently come forward with details of their own harrowing near-death experiences.
Seeing events flashing before your eyes, observing a bright light at the end of a tunnel or feeling as though you are floating above your own body are just some of the things commonly described by patients who have had a near-death experience.

Some further examples of such experiences were recently put forward on social media by a group of individuals who had all spent time 'dead' and who each had a different tale to tell.

"I woke up in what looked like space but there weren't any stars or light," said one man who had suffered massive haemorrhaging during surgery. "I wasn't floating so to speak, I was just there."

"I remember thinking over my life, but it wasn't like a montage. More like I was idly flipping through a book and snippets stood out here and there. Whatever it was, it changed my thoughts on a few things. I am still afraid to die, but I'm not worried about what happens after that."
Another, who suffered a motorbike accident, recalled being in a 'black and quiet' environment before encountering his brother who had died several years earlier.

"The only other thing I remember is him glancing at his watch and saying something like 'They'll be here soon' and then walking away," he said.

A different experience was described by a man who had suffered a severe allergic reaction.

"I remember a feeling of being sucked backwards, extremely slowly, like being pulled through water and this blackness fading in and out," he said.

"At one point it faded back in and I was staring out at a garden. It's difficult to describe but I got the feeling I could choose if I wanted to stay or leave, but every time I tried to go back I was held in place."

"I went through all the reasons I wanted to go back, and when I told the presence I didn't want to abandon my mother whatever held me finally let go."

"I snapped back into my body. My heart had stopped for six minutes."

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Comment icon #36 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Yeah, the options for the afterlife are being a mind slave in heaven, being tortured in hell forever, getting recycled through reincarnations, or the eternal nothingness. Pick your poison. 
Comment icon #37 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
You afraid of a little necromancy? I hated her anyway. 
Comment icon #38 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 years ago
If anyone was looking for proof of life after death, NDEs are not it. NDEs take place in a near death context — a situation in which one’s life is in danger of being extinguished. They do not occur in individuals who have sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. And there's this: Not surprisingly, many have seized on NDEs as evidence of life after death, heaven and the existence of god. The deion... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Liquid Gardens 4 years ago
Can't complain, how you doing preacher?  Hopefully doing okay during the plague at least in a relative sense. I think I'd need to see better evidence of the synchronization of an NDE with the exact points in time when someone is actually clinically dead.  It's totally understandable given the nature of these occurrences that this kind of evidence would be tough to provide, but it's not something then that still shouldn't be taken into account. Part of the noteworthiness of NDEs is the semi-commonality of some of them; it seems like if everyone was having totally different wild but inconsist... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by preacherman76 4 years ago
Sup KAJ? Hope you are doing well.    I’m not saying NDE’s are absolute proof of life after death, but I gotta seriously disagree with this sites conclusions. Especially the bit about it just being a religious . So what if these experiences are shared across cultures? That I’d think would support the idea. Maybe this isn’t ed from religious belief, but religious belief is a reflection of these experiences. This article starts with the assumption that all religious beliefs are wrong.    For me, there is no way the brain is going to make up some massive crazy detailed hallucination ... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by preacherman76 4 years ago
I’m good. Actually having some level of stress. Today I started my first (hopefully last) business adventure. Working out the bugs, and placing advertisements has been stressful. It’s also pretty exciting though. I’m still working at the same time, so I’m exhausted lol.  I feel ya on that. I’ve searched tons of these. Many were very compelling, but one stood out the most to me. Unfortunately it’s been awhile and I can’t remember the woman’s name, I think Mary something. This women had to have brain surgery. If I recall correctly they lowered her body temp way below what you ne... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 years ago
I'm doing great, thanks. Hope you and your family are also well. I just read about your business venture. Wishing you great success with it! They're actually saying that because these experiences span many cultures and religions, NDEs are not likely reflections of religious expectations (although people, depending on their beliefs, may attach religious significance to them). As NDEs are not limited to religious people, how can they be a reflection of anything religious to begin with? Given the drug ketamine, brains did exactly that. Other drugs that cause hallucinations similar to NDEs are LSD... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Liquid Gardens 4 years ago
It might be Pam Reynolds, she's mentioned in the last link of kittens post at the Atlantic, it fits what you're describing.  But it also says in that article, "But none of Reynolds’s reported veridical perceptions happened while her EEG recorded a flat line. They all took place before or after, when she was under anesthetic but very much alive.".  That's the trouble with these stories, the crucial bits seem so unverifiable just by the very nature of the experience; medical personnel who corroborate the timing of things the NDE experiencer remembers are doing so after the fact and concernin... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 4 years ago
I find NDE fascinating, for two reasons, first if real there is a afterlife...then woohoo the life dont end with the body and there is Disney land for free waiting for me  or frigging Freddy Krueger  Second, regardless if real or not, they are able to crack down the process and chemically repeat it like creating a super drug that can emulate these "spiritual" experiences that would be a superbely effective drug to use for depression/PTSD ect treatment, maybe even recreational....perhaps combined with virtual reality or what else. But IMO to verify the survival of consciousness after dead, w... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by Artaxerxes 4 years ago
What a great kindness it is that we don't have to stay in our physical bodies till it is rotten, decaying, and stinking dead?  That the soul is so loosely attached to the body that when we come close to death the soul is able to move quickly away from the body so it doesn't have to experience the real horror of the actual death?   I have read so many near death experience deions where they jumped out of the body before the real impact came?   I am thankful that I won't have to stay in my body waiting for it to decay and rot in order to move on into the Light.  What a great blessing that ... [More]

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