Aug. 28, 2022

Just Who Do We Think We Are? Vol. 3 #6/What Do NDEs Teach Us About Death?

When Raymond Moody wrote Life After Life in 1975, he had collected over 150 cases of near-death experiences in which he interviewed the people who reported them and verified their statements with medical personnel and family members. Up to this time, people tended to not speak about these types of experiences except perhaps to close family members for fear of being thought to be unstable or having their story not believed. Dr. Moody actually coined the phrase "near-death experience."

Dr. Moody's work was just the beginning. He inspired other researchers, and since 1975 many more books and resources about near-death experiences have been published. I chose two NDE stories to include here because of their amazing revelations and their relatively recent publication dates.
 
One of those, Proof of Heaven, written by Dr. Eben Alexander in 2012 about his own NDE, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Dr. Alexander's amazing experience while in a coma proved to him that his consciousness exists beyond his brain, which at that time showed no activity and was deemed to be dead. The effect of the NDE was eventually life-changing for Alexander.
 
A more recent book, Knowing, written in 2018, is a report of an NDE experienced by Jeffery Olsen during an accident in which he lost a leg and his wife and youngest son were killed. It's fascinating that he describes how, during the NDE, he met and communicated with his just deceased wife who told him he had to go back to care for their surviving son.
 
Even though the people who have told their stories of dying and coming back did not go all the way into the "afterlife," we do get glimpses of what they experienced before they reached a border they couldn't cross. I believe the similar experiences of many people with varying beliefs and many walks of life offer genuine clues to the reality of an afterlife and what will happen to us when it is our time to transition.  Shari

 

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