How a near-death experience transformed the psychologist’s attitude to the world of mysticism and magic. A 68-year-old Carl Gustav Jung – then the world’s most renowned living psychologist – broke his fibula. While in hospital, he suffered a heart attack. Treated with oxygen and camphor, he lost consciousness and had a near-death and out-of-the-body experience.
Lynn K. Russell share with the Astral Institute her thoughts on the Near Death Experience. Lynn is the author of an excellent book called The Wonder of You.
THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE
Near-death experiences is a very large area of study. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to research 2500 NDEs for NDERF (Near-Death Experiences Research Foundation) and was so thrilled by the information that I wrote the book, The Wonder of You, What the Near-Death Experience Tells You About Yourself. Since then, I’ve learned much more and would like to share a bit of that new knowledge with you.
In 2001, international medical journal The Lancet published a 13 year study on Near Death Experiences (NDEs). Their findings were remarkable, to say the least:
“Our results show that medical factors cannot account for the occurrence of NDE. All patients had a cardiac arrest, and were clinically dead with unconsciousness resulting from insufficient blood supply to the brain. In those circumstances, the EEG (a measure of brain electrical activity) becomes flat, and if CPR is not started within 5-10 minutes, irreparable damage is done to the brain and the patient will die.”
Another study comes out of the University of Southampton, where scientists found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after death. In the scientific world this was thought to be impossible. The study, published in the journal Resuscitation, is the world’s largest of its kind.
Above is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the fathers of near death studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science at the University of Virginia.
In the video he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity) but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this – where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible for them to have knowledge of. Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists; as a result of it being non material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.
The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences :
Thirty Years of Investigation
A team of international experts presents the history, recent developments, and controversies in the intriguing study of near-death experience.
In Flatliners, medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives. In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.
Flatliners, which stars Ellen Page, is a follow-up to the 1990 cult psychological horror of the same name about a group of medical students who seek to find out the truth about the afterlife by subjecting each other to near-death experiences. The original film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. Sutherland will appear in the sequel.
The trailer for the new film suggests it follows a similar plot to the original, with Page and her fellow students conducting experiments on each other that prompt dangerous paranormal experiences. James Norton (Happy Valley) and Diego Luna (Rogue One) are among the other cast members, while Niels Arden Oplev, who is best known for his work on the original Swedish adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is on directorial duties.
Source : The Guardian
In Life After Life Raymond Moody investigates case studies of people who experienced clinical death and were subsequently revived.
This classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world’s leading authority in the field of near-death experiences.
The extraordinary stories presented here provide evidence that there is life after physical death, as Moody recounts the testimonies of those who have been to the other side and back — all bearing striking similarities of an overwhelming positive nature.
These moving and inspiring accounts give us a glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.