What is an NDE?
A near-death experience is a profound psychological event that may occur to someone who has physically died, is close to death, or is in physical or emotional crisis. Because an NDE includes transcendental and mystical elements, it is a powerful event of consciousness. For the record, it is not mental illness, as once was believed.
If you want to know more about NDEs, the most credible website to start with is hosted by the International Association for Near-Death Studies at www.iands.org. Here is what they say:
Most NDEs are felt as peaceful and loving, but some are disturbing. Each near-death experience is unique, but as a group NDEs display common features.
Intense emotions: commonly of profound peace, well-being, love
OBE: A perception of seeing one's body from above (called an out-of-body experience), sometimes watching medical resuscitation efforts or moving instantaneously to other places
Rapid movement through darkness, often toward an indescribable light
Otherworldly: A sense of being "somewhere else," in a landscape that may seem like a spiritual realm or world
Lucid: Incredibly rapid, sharp thinking and observations
Encounter with deceased loved ones, possibly sacred figures (the Judges, Jesus, a saint or totem) or unrecognized beings, with whom communication is mind-to-mind; these figures may seem consoling, loving, or terrifying
A life review, reliving actions and feeling their emotional impact on others
Omniscient: In some cases, a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe
Return: Sometimes a decision to return to the body
Why NDEs matter?
Persons who come back from the brink of death tell amazing stories. Near-death experiencers also bring back changed perspectives, and are changed themselves. Their perspectives have implications for business, family and religious practice.
We are all curious about what NDEs are and the meaning that can be taken from the experience. NDEs have a profound impact on the participants, but also for all humanity. Between 5-10% of the population has had at least one type of NDE. Their impact of society can and will become substantial as the medical community continues to get better and better at bringing the dead back to life.
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