I find this article
very interesting. In my book I talk about life after death and the experience I
had with it through my patients. It is nice to see science taking a great step
in that direction through near death experiences studies. Be the judge!
New Evidence Suggests that the Near-Death-Experience
is the Spirit Leaving the Body and Not Just a Dying Brain
August 2011 06:43
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.”
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.