New Evidence Suggests that the Near-Death-Experience is the Spirit Leaving the Body and Not Just a Dying Brain
Some scientists only believe in what they can measure (scientific reductionism). Those same scientists claim that there are many rational scientific explanations for the Near-Death-Experience. They are described as dreams, hallucinations, a dying brain trying to calm us, drug induced, effects of oxygen deprivation, light effects that come from the dying Pineal gland, etc. These explanations come from our current, but aging, scientific and reductionist paradigm. I will rebut those theories with eight very strong arguments. The new and emerging scientific paradigm is that Consciousness (the Implicate Order) precedes, is more primary than and animates matter, space and time (the explicate order).
Here is significant scientific and anecdotal proof that the NDE is the Spirit leaving the body and not just effects of the dying brain. This proof is from all the top experts in the field of death, dying and consciousness.
First and foremost is the research of Dr. Ken Ring, one of the deans of Near-Death research. In one of his books Mindsight, Dr. Ring investigated 31 blind people who had near-death-experiences and or out-of-body experiences. 80% of the respondents claimed that they were able to see when out of their bodies, even those who were congenitally blind (blind from birth). Congenitally blind people don’t even have a concept of sight; they only dream in audio. Many of these people had flat brain waves and were in cardiac arrest in hospitals. Five of them saw things that could be verified independently. I will ask one question of the scientific community. Without eyes, in cardiac arrest and with flat brain waves, what did these people see with? Unless all the participants in this study are lying, this particular phenomenon cannot be explained from the current scientific theory of material reductionism. The theory of Occam’s Razor would suggest that this is a real event.
Second, Near Death Experiencers report finding their consciousness expanding outside the boundaries of their bodies. They say that the feeling is like taking off a tight shoe or an uncomfortable suit of armor. They report that this experience is much more real than waking reality.
Thousands of documented cases prove that NDErs can see and report accurately on what happened to their bodies, in or out of the hospital, when they were clinically dead, with no brain waves and in cardiac arrest. The following example is quoted from Dr. Bruce Greyson’s article in the stunning book, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. It is about the NDE of Pam Reynolds.
"The patient's eyes were taped shut and molded speakers were inserted into her ears to emit 100-decibel clicks and block out any other auditory stimulation. After she was fully anesthetized, the neurosurgeon opened her scalp, cut the skull open with a special pneumatic saw, and opened the dura mater to expose the brain.
Twenty minutes later, her body temperature now 60 degrees F, the clicks from her ear speakers stopped eliciting a response from the brainstem, indicating total shutdown of her entire brain. At that point, the head of the operating table was tilted up, the cardiopulmonary bypass machine was turned off, and the blood was drained out of her body, collapsing the aneurysm sac so that it could safely be clipped and excised. Once the aneurysm was repaired, the bypass machine was turned on again, and warmed blood was infused back into her body, which was followed by return of the brainstem-evoked potentials and then electrical activity on the EEC. As that was happening, however, her heart went back into ventricular fibrillation, and she had to be shocked twice to restore a regular heart rhythm.
The patient reported subsequently that she was awakened out of anesthesia by the sound of the pneumatic saw, and then felt herself pulled out of the top of her head and viewed the operating room from above the neurosurgeon's shoulder. She accurately described the 20 doctors, nurses, and technicians in the room, 17 of whom she had never met, and several peculiar details of the unique pneumatic saw used to cut open her skull, the cardiac surgeon's surprise at finding the initial femoral artery too small to use, and the music playing in the operating room when she returned to her body but was still unconscious. She reported that after her heart had stopped and the blood was drained from her body, she went through a tunnel into a brilliant light, where she met many people, including several deceased relatives, who warned her that if she did not turn back she would not survive the operation.
The meticulous monitoring of this patient allows common physiological explanatory hypotheses to be addressed. This case cannot be explained by temporal-lobe seizure activity, because brain waves were continuously monitored. It cannot be explained by reconstruction based on overheard conversations during the operation, because the molded speakers in her ears blocked out any possible hearing, and her brainstem responses showed absolutely no response to auditory stimulation. It cannot be explained by reconstruction based on observations before and after she was anesthetized, because she accurately described people, equipment, and events that were not observable to her either before or after the procedure.
Individuals who have these veridical out-of-body perceptions usually claim that their mental processes were remarkably clear when they seemed to be separated from their physical bodies and become convinced by this experience that they will survive the death of their bodies.”
Third, Dr. Allan Botkin has created an extraordinary new therapy for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder and grief. The attached video (below) reveals the extraordinary efficacy of a variation of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) that he calls IADC (Induced After Death Communication). In these experiences, which can be induced in 76% of his cases, patients report receiving a clear communication from the person they are grieving. Their healing is consistently remarkable. I believe that Spirits are actually returning from the Quantum Field (Heaven) to assist survivors in their grief. His work suggests that the Mind is much more than just the brain.
YouTube link: http://bit.ly/oyZrgp
Fourth, the vast majority of NDErs experience a dramatic shift in their behavior, personalities and beliefs. No other human experience of any kind causes such a dramatic and permanent transformation. These NDE changes include: a total loss of fear of death; interest in spirituality more than religion; loosing all interest in material things; finding great interest in loving and serving others; changing careers; finding a great reverence for all living things. As an example, a Mafia hit man, who had killed seven people previously, now only gives speeches about his NDE. When in his back yard, he tries very hard to avoid stepping on ants. Once we have a direct experience of the ONEness of Life, there is no longer any fear of being alone or separate or dying.
Fifth, there is strong evidence about the validity of NDEs from a study on cardiac arrest in the Netherlands. This research study shows that medical factors including psychological, neuropsychological or physiological factors cannot account for the occurrence and experience of an NDE. In other words, all the physical explanations for this experience like fear of death, oxygen deprivation, drugs, hallucinations, a dying pineal gland, or the brain helping us die by mitigating our fear with endorphins, etc. cannot adequately explain this phenomenon.
Dr. Jeffrey Long and Jody Long have the largest Near-Death-Experience Web site in the world with over 2500 full-text published NDE accounts. It is all part of their Near-Death-Experience Research Foundation. This Web site has more evidence of the possibility of life after death than any other Web site in the world! Please don’t miss looking at it!
Other evidence that is used to try to explain this event physiologically is that some of the core experiences can be induced through physical means. These include the hypoxia that Jet Pilots get when the G-force is too high, some psychedelic drugs (especially Ketamine and DMT) and by electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe. These recollections are random and fragmented and there are rarely any permanent transformational experiences like loss of fear of death and strong new interest in spirituality that accompanies an NDE.
In addition, proving that higher states of consciousness, including NDE's, can be accessed chemically and biologically does not prove that those states (a higher dimension) cannot independently exist without a biological connection. This real and dramatic transformation only comes when one is actually approaching death.
Sixth, Dr. Melvin Morse has conducted extensive research about children who have had NDEs. Dr Morse, a pediatrician, was originally a complete skeptic. He believed the NDE was an artifact of culture and or religion only. He was certain that this phenomenon would not show up in children too young to be influenced by culture and religion. He discovered to his complete surprise that these very young children, some still in the womb and some as young as 9 days old, had memories of these experiences remarkably similar to those of adults (except they have no life review for obvious reasons). As soon as they had enough language skills, their NDE was the first thing they wanted to tell their parents about. Dr. Morse now lectures on his new beliefs.
Seventh is the work of Professor Emeritus William A. Tiller, of Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science. He spent 34 years in academia after 9 years as an advisory physicist with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories. In his conventional science field, he has published over 250 scientific papers, 3 books and several patents. His new research is scientific proof of the power of thought and the power of focused awareness, both of which operate at the Quantum level and the physical level.
In parallel, for the past 30 years, he has been avocationally pursuing serious experimental and theoretical study of the field of psychoenergetics, which he thinks will become a very important part of “tomorrow’s” physics. William Tiller’s latest rigorous scientific research is on consciousness using control groups, replication studies, Faraday cages and measured at different distances. A Faraday cage is a metallic enclosure that prevents the entry or escape of an electromagnetic (EM) field.
Using only the mental intention of four excellent meditators in Arizona with results at multiple locations around the world, the force of that conscious intention was able to speed up the gestation of fruit flies by 25% and change the pH factor of water by one full pH unit, both up and down. If your body only changed by 1/2 p/h, you would die. He calls those results very robust; I call it confirmation of my belief system.
Despite the fact that most scientists will tell you there is absolutely no proof for telepathy and or telekinesis, there are now hundreds of studies proving consistently and scientifically over the past three decades that the human “mind” can influence random number generators.
Eighth is from the work of Roger Nelson at Princeton who is actually trying to “measure” Consciousness. “The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. They collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 70 host sites around the world. The data are transmitted to a central archive which now contains more than 12 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second.
Their purpose is to examine subtle correlations that reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. They predict structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events. The data overall show a highly significant departure from expectation, confirming their prediction.
Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more direct. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.”
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