Friday, March 8, 2013

Near Death Experiences

The “Lazarus Syndrome,” or NDE, refers to a near death experience. The name originated with the biblical Lazarus who was said to have risen from the dead. NDEs have been reported throughout history by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks as well as in the Bible.

People have reportedly heard themselves pronounced dead by an attending physician. Many, including my mother, recalled traveling rapidly through a long, dark tunnel in an out of body experience. Seeing a bright light, they felt a previously unknown warmth and peacefulness. They’ve also reported being met by a friend or relative who has already passed on, and has, in the process, experienced feelings of extreme love and bliss.

In my mother’s case, she was giving birth to one of my brothers, who was born breech. She said that after traveling the tunnel toward a brilliant light, she was met by her deceased father and told her that it wasn't her time. He reminded her of her three small children at home. At that point, she struggled back to life. According to Dr. Keith D. Wilson, author of Cause of Death, some physicians theorize that the experience is nothing more than hypoxia or decreased oxygen supply to the brain’s temporal lobe. Many, however, believe that it’s a forward look into the unknown realm of death.

Carl Sagan believed that NDEs are latent memories from birth. In his book, Broca’s Brain, he says, “The only alternative, so far as I can see, is that every human being, without exception, has already shared an experience like that of those travelers who return from the land of death; the sensation of flight; the emergence from darkness into light; an experience in which, at least perceived, bathed in radiance and glory. There is only one common experience that matches this description. It is called birth.”

Well-known psychic Sylvia Browne has described the process of dying in several of her bestselling books. She claims to have spent numerous lives on earth and recalls her own demise. She says that she also traveled down a long tunnel but that the bright light seemed to radiate from her own body.

Melvin Morse, M.D., in his book, Closer to the Light, reports that the near-death experiences of young children he interviewed in the hospital were identical. Over a hundred children, ages three to nine, who had suffered NDE during surgery, all experienced the same tunnel and light as did their adult counterparts.

Morse concludes that because the children were too young to be influenced by religious teachings or preconceived notions about death, the near-death experiences hold some validity.

What do you think?

(The large print is for those experiencing eye problems.)

~Jean Henry Mead


Steven J. Wangsness said...

I'm a big believer in scientific explanations of things. Hard evidence is the way to the truth.

Jean Henry Mead said...

I agree, Steven, but there is so much out there that is unexplainable.

Morgan Mandel said...

That is fascinating. I really have no idea what to think, but it sounds good!

Morgan Mandel

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Major plot point of the recently released THE THIRD GATE by Lincoln Child.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead after 3 days, his experience wasn't a near death experience, he was dead and gone and came back. Of course I'm a Christian and I'm not the lease bit worried about what happens after. If I'm wrong, it won't make a difference to me.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

And of course I meant least--not lease.

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