Near Death Experiences
“Death is nothing more than a doorway, something you walk through.” Another dimension into the Unknown, a Voyage we will all go on!
Due to modern scientific technology, the number of people who have been revived from clinical death and brought back to physical life has increased tremendously in recent years. A large amount of individuals have shared amazingly similar accounts of their experience. Whereas in the past people may have been very reluctant to discuss their experiences, perhaps due to fear of ridicule of their peers, thousands are now reporting near-death experiences (NDEs). Documented observation on the subject of the next life reported by individuals who have had near-death experiences has taken this area of research beyond theory into reality.
To understand what happens to us at death, we first need to understand of what we are made. Most of us tend to identify closely with our physical bodies, but this is only part of the picture. We are not only physical matter, but also spiritual essence. It is accurate to say that we are essentially spiritual beings who possess physical bodies. When we die, we in effect take off our physical bodies as one would take off an overcoat.
While most people are prepared to admit belief in some kind of life after death, fewer accept the proposition that during our physical lifetimes we are existing in the two realms at once a material one and a spiritual one. Is there an invisible spiritual world surrounding this physical one, inhabited by those who have passed on? Because the two realms inter-penetrate each other, the spirit of a person near death can float out of the body and see oneself below. To begin to understand how we could simultaneously live in two realms and, for the most part, be unaware of it, we must remember that there are many things in the natural world that exist beyond the range of our five physical senses. For example, we cannot see infra-red light or x-rays, or hear sounds above or below certain frequencies. Nevertheless, x-rays and high and low frequency sound vibrations do exist. In the same way, even though we cannot perceive a spiritual world through our physical senses, does it exists all around us?
Just as we perceive the physical world with our physical senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell), so can the spirit world can perceived by a set of spiritual senses; which are not limited by the physical laws of nature? Because most of us are not attuned to our spiritual senses, we become aware of the spirit world only when we pass into it at the end of our physical lives. Some sensitive people who have had glimpses into the world beyond say it is a world much like our own, but having no time nor space as we think of these dimensions; it exists in a higher dimension of energy and, in its higher realms. It is a world where it is possible to be fully alive, where, for example, the whole body perceives everything so they say.
According to a 2000 article in The Lancet, between 9 and 18 percent of people who have been demonstrably near death report having had such an experience. And surveys of NDE accounts show great similarities in the details. People who have had NDEs describe. like some religious visionaries a tunnel, a light, a gate, or a door, a sense of being out of the body, meeting people they know or have heard about, finding themselves in the presence of God, and then returning, changed.But in the brains of people reporting mystical experiences and, perhaps, in death both systems are fully “on,” giving a person the sensation both of slowing down, being “out of body,” and of seeing things vividly, including memories of important people and past events.
Since at least the 1980s, scientists have theorized that NDEs occur as a kind of physiological self-defense mechanism. In order to guard against damage during trauma, the brain releases protective chemicals that also happen to trigger intense hallucinations. This theory gained traction after scientists realized that virtually all the features of an NDE a sense of moving through a tunnel, and “out of body” feeling, spiritual awe, visual hallucinations, and intense memories can be reproduced with a stiff dose of ketamine, a horse tranquilizer frequently used as a party drug in the 80′s.
Is this the different planes of existence, what we consider to be death or realms of dimensions that we go to when we die, or could it be the dreams of what we want the afterlife to be? What do you believe?
Can modern scientific technology help with the answer or we all remain in the dark until we die!
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