About Near-Death Experiences

  • “One of the near-death experience truths is that each person integrates their near-death experience into their own pre-existing belief system.” — Jody Long. “The largest NDE website in the world with over 4000 Experiences in over 23 Languages.” Near Death Experience Research Foundation.

 

  • “That an NDE of a person torn between two cultures should exhibit features of both suggests that it is not culture that determines NDE phenomenology, but rather that people’s NDEs reveal what their expectations are concerning what death will be like, even when these expectations are held subconsciously, or are influenced by more than one culture. Atwater (1994) has found that NDEs which manifest visions of the classical western hell are much more likely to occur in the Southeast part of the U.S., the so-called ‘Bible belt’, where the literal veracity of the Bible is often taken for granted. Christianity teaches that the only options are those of heaven and hell. For a person guided by this belief, we suggest, the choice of which they will enter happens according to the expectations created by their own feelings regarding their behaviors during their lives. Thai NDEs, with their frequent visions of hell, seem to confirm this interpretation.” Near Death Experiences in Thailand.

 

  • Kevin Williams: “Their small sample shows, Indian and American near-death experiences resemble each other in some respects but differ in others. Subjects of Indian near-death experiences do not report seeing their own physical body during the near-death experience, although American subjects usually do. Subjects of Indian near-death experiences frequently report being taken to the after-death realm by functionaries who then discover that a mistake has been made and send the person back, whereupon he or she revives. In contrast, American subjects, if they say anything at all about why they revived, mention meeting deceased family members who told them to go back, or say they came back because of ties of love and duty with living persons or say they were told it was not their time to die.” Near-Death Experiences and Hinduism.

 

  • “In our dreams, the symbols and images that appear represent archetypes of our higher consciousness. As in dreams, near-death experiences are experiences of our higher consciousness, and therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that similar symbols and images appear in near-death experiences as well. On Karen Keeley’s website, Insights into Consciousness and Personality, she provides a good explanation of how these symbols and archetypes are universal and what they mean….” Archetypal Near-Death Experiences.

 

  • “In several respects it is apparent the Indian cases differ from the Western and Chinese ones. In all three studies, Indian accounts seem strongly influenced by Hindu religious beliefs. Yamaraj, the Hindu god of death, is a well-known figure in Indian mythology, as are his messengers, the Yamadoots. So too is Chitragupta, the man with the book, who upon a person’s death is said to consult the fabled Akashic Records, in which are inscribed all the deeds, good and bad, of a person’s lifetime.” Science and the Near-Death Experience.

 

  • Many people experience “homecoming” in their NDEs. For instance, Michelle Dillon’s NDE Homecoming Experience: “And then I was Home and I knew it was Home and I wasn’t afraid. I saw lots of people I knew, some of whom I’ve since met, and a lot of whom I knew were ‘related’ but that wasn’t what mattered. What mattered was that I KNEW them and they KNEW me and we hadn’t said a word. Or, well, we had, sort of, only not SAID. But I have never since been involved in such a joyful welcome, being loved, totally loved.’Homecoming and the Near-Death Experience.

 

  • George Ritchie, M.D.: “I’m not asking you to believe anything. I’m simply telling you what I believe. And I have no idea what the next life will be like. Whatever I saw was only from the doorway, so to speak. But it was enough to convince me totally of two things from that moment on: One, that our consciousness does not cease with physical death; that it becomes, in fact, keener and more aware than ever. And secondly, that how we spend our time on earth, the kind of relationships we build, is vastly more important than we can know.Notable Near-Death Experiences (Links to 43 “transcendental” NDEs).

 

  • Bruce Davis, Ph.D.: “If the near death experiences being shared by many are really to believed, they are actually true life experiences, because what they are describing is our true life in eternity. The vast love and acceptance they are finding upon leaving the confines of body and personality describe a life experience of coming home, coming to the true life which this earthly experience is only a small part of.
  • “The many experiences of finding a realm of non-judgment, intense light, tenderness, colors so bright they dance and sing of innocence and joy are perhaps not near death experiences at all but true life experiences. Maybe these experiences are a new dawn for all of us of our true potential! What people are describing is our true awareness when we are free of the constraints of normal physical and mental life. To find this perfect home after physical death says that somewhere this love must already be a part of us. These seemingly other worldly experiences must be part of our world or they would not be described time and time again as if ‘coming home.’ This heavenly world of acceptance, expansive love must be within all of us. And maybe we do not have to wait to die to get there!” Near Death Experiences Are Actually True Life Experiences.

 

  • Massimo Introvigne: “Carol Zaleski (Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times) recognized that NDE accounts are sacred narratives similar with, but not identical to, other narratives such as visions of heaven and hell, experiences of sudden conversion, sacred dreams, apparitions of heavenly beings. More recent NDE researchers have been less cautious and have admitted that NDEs may occur even when no illness or ‘death’ is involved, and that ‘transcendent experiences’ like NDEs occur in any case of ‘exposure to otherworld dimensions and scenes beyond the individual’s frame of reference.’
  • “But what precisely is the content of NDE narratives? Despite Raymond Moody’s early claims that similar patterns may be found in many, if not all, NDEs, in fact the evidence is growing that the religious (or non-religious) content of these narratives is of many different types. Moody had already admitted that the identification of the ‘Being of Light’ in NDEs varies according to the religious background of the person interviewed. It is more common for Roman Catholics to meet the Virgin Mary and the saints, while non-Christians may meet the Buddha or a non-personal ‘Ocean of Light’. Variations ae still greater in the more detailed NDEs, where the people involved receive actual teachings. These teachings are also invariably colored by the previous religious experience of those who experienced an NDE.” From Embraced by the Church? Betty Eadie, Near-Death Experiences, and Mormonism.

 

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