Near Death Experience (NDE)
It shouldn't take a near death experience to appreciate life. But the common traits with those who survive an NDE, is a renewed passion for life and God.
Despite the many survivors that come from a wide variety of backgrounds, the thousands who have endured a near death experience, amazingly have similar tales. Not only are they comparable, the unique descriptions from their individual experiences feature narratives that portray the universe as described by both the Bible and quantum theory.
Criteria for Near Death Experiences
Keep in mind, the near death experience (NDE) accounts referenced within this webpage are not those who merely claim to have experienced an NDE, they are the documented cases of those who had endured a serious accident, a disease, or had been temporarily declared dead by a medical professional, and one way or another still survived. The vast majority of near death experiences occur in emergency rooms, at the location of a violent incident, or in an operating room.
Historical data published from a variety of books like Life After Life and Consciousness Beyond Life, and academic studies from thousands of personal accounts reveal striking trends. No two documented accounts are the same, yet, most are amazingly similar. They almost always have a varied combination of the same fourteen or fifteen elements. Most survivors witness a similar combination of elements from the list. Those who experience a more in-depth near death experience will often describe as many as nine or ten from the list of common experiences.
Typically, most witnesses will admit to encountering marvelous beings and astounding environments that consistently include indescribable multidimensional realms.
For those who have endured a NDE, there are many distinct trends and commonalities with witness testimony. Most will typically say they are not able to find the proper words to describe what they have witnessed. After contemplating this common reaction for a while, it began to make more sense. This must be because words are based on what humans can sense or imagine during our physical life. How can a human have words for concepts and experiences that were previously unknown and potentially shocking?
There are two primary categories of people who live through a near death experience.
People who were resuscitated after being judged or pronounced to be dead.
People who were severely injured or were involved in a serious accident and came very close to death.
Here is a list of common experiences compiled from a variety of studies that represent thousands of NDE survivors. To clarify, survivors are those who have been clinically diagnosed by a medical professional to have experienced a near death experience.
This list is organized, first to last, with two criteria. The first is the chronological order that the events usually occur. The second criteria is the most common in occurrence.
For those who were resuscitated, one of the most common events is hearing a doctor or nurse pronounce them dead. This has most often occurred after a cardiac arrest.
Another event that often occurs at the start of an NDE, is the individual hearing a very uncomfortable ringing or buzzing sound. Some have also referred to the sound of a bell similar to a Japanese wind chime.
Most will usually see their own body from the outside within the same environment. It is also very common to witness other people trying to help revive them.
For those who had an out of body episode, they often remembered trying to communicate with the living or touching objects to no avail.
Before long, it is typical for the individual to get accustomed to their condition.
Next, many refer to the sensation of being in a tunnel or dark room with a light or opening at the end. Some experience the sensation of moving rapidly towards the light.
They usually notice that they still have a body. But, it is not the same either. This body is quite debatable, often described in different manners by those who took notice. It is not described as a human-like body, but they did have something similar to eyes, arms and hands with very different powers and senses.
They often notice that they do not feel hot or cold. It’s as if they feel numb.
Before long, they meet other individuals or spirits. They often meet deceased relatives or those that they knew who had already died.
Amazingly, they do not hear like humans, as they can now detect the thoughts from those that they communicate with.
They can also not just see, but their sight can actually travel incredible distances, almost as if they can see wherever their own thought patterns take them.
It is also common for them to meet a very bright spirit who is warm and comforting. This spiritual being of light will often help them review important events from their lives.
At some point near the end of the NDE, they will come to a barrier or border that is possibly thought to be the defined limit between earthly life and the afterlife.
They commonly realize, or are told, that their life on Earth is not over and they must return. It is often reported that they did not want to go back to their previous life.
Intense feelings of peace and joy are the norm for those who had a very long NDE. Despite this sensation, they were obviously reunited with their bodies.
Those who have experienced an NDE event always say they have a hard time explaining what they felt, saw, and heard. The multidimensional aspects of the NDE are said to be indescribable in Earthly terms. Experiencing amazing sensations of love and peace with astounding visualizations of light and space are the most common descriptions.
Despite the amazing similarities of all documented NDE accounts (numbering in the thousands), no two are the same. Most only experience a few elements from the list above. No one is known to have experienced all of them. And no individual element is experienced by everyone.
Is there a purpose for having a NDE?
Interestingly, accounts from NDE survivors fit the narratives and accounts found in the Bible as well as quantum theory. These experiences, obviously, pose more questions than answers.
Is the barrier that is often mentioned, the same high frequency barrier between our 3D universe and the multi-2D high-frequency energyverse that mounting scientific evidence theorizes to create gravity? Is there a specific personal reason or purpose as to why certain people witness a near death experience, while the vast majority will not?
Who is this bright being of light that many claim will communicate and review one's life? Could this be Christ, the Holy Spirit or an angel that has watched over the individual during their life?
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he will teach you all things
and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
- 1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
One aspect that I find quite intriguing, is the claim that the bright being of light will often review and then question the individual about their life experiences. Those who have this encounter will say they reviewed notable situations they encountered in life. These were often events where they succeeded or failed or opportunities where they did or didn't exhibit acts of love for the benefit of others. Either way, witnesses refer to the profound lesson that is learned by their life review.
Exhibiting love is the primary message found throughout the Bible.
"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love."
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)
"Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
- 1 John 4:7-12 (ESV)
First of all, the reviews that are experienced are often very rapid. They often occur chronologically. To some, there is no temporal order, as if they are instantaneous. Most seem to agree that the experience was over in an earthly instance. Yet, the myriad of life reflections were so vivid, it was as if they rapidly relived their life in astonishing detail. Nothing short of breathtaking, the experience was very profound. Some even say they reviewed everything they have done that mattered, and now have an amazingly detailed recollection of their lives that they had previously forgotten.
Most seem to agree that their life review was educational. They learned about their successes and failures on how how to love and show compassion. Two primary themes are revealed through countless interviews: Learning to love and acquiring knowledge.
Lessons Acquired from a Life Review
Once again there is a defined list of themes for those who experienced a review of their life.
1) The review was enlightening. Witnesses almost always claim that the experience had a positive change with their lives moving forward. In other words, they learned lessons and gained a new perspective that they can now use with the issues that they now face in life.
2) They found a new purpose to their life or they now have added motivation to fulfill their previously known aspirations and obstacles with life. It was common for witnesses to mention the need to take care of unfinished business.
3) They have acquired more compassion and empathy towards others. Their perception has grown to the point that they can now see a broader perspective and sense the needs of others.
4) They stressed a greater importance of cultivating and displaying love to others. This is often due to the overwhelming amount of love that they experienced from those that they encountered during their NDE.
5) They learned that they should never stop seeing life as an opportunity to grow and acquire more knowledge. One witness said that they now understood that no matter how old you are, never stop learning. They now know that this is a process that continues through eternity.
6) Meanwhile, none of the NDE witnesses displayed a "holier-than-thou" attitude. In fact, they all appeared more sincere, displaying great humility. Many admit that they realized their own shortcomings and like everyone else, are still searching and growing.
7) Lastly, there is a profound change in attitude towards the end of the lives of NDE survivors. They no longer fear death. They now see it as a transition... Several mentioned that they see it as an escape from jail, a graduation or even a homecoming!
In closing, it seems that NDEs serve a unique purpose for those who experience them. It's as if there is something very important that they needed to understand or change about the way they are living their lives.
On very rare occasions people have had nightmarish, or even demonic experiences. For these individuals, their experience obviously served as an extreme warning to make major changes in regards to the course of their lives and how they interact with those around them.
Ironically, this adverse scenario was quite common for those who tried to commit suicide. Many of these individuals claimed that they learned from their NDE experience that the timing of their eventual death is not of their own choosing.
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple
of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.
So glorify God in your body."
- 1 Corithians 6:19-20 (ESV)
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