Near Death Experiences. They seem to be the one human experience that brings both scientists and mystics to the same table. Paranormal researchers and biologists, medical doctors and mediums, energy healers and physicists each take their turn in attempting to solve a universal human mystery. What really happens at the point of death and beyond?
It has been the subject of countless books and in 1990, a horror film was dedicated to the subject in Flatliners starring Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kiefer Sutherland. In the film, a group of medical students begin conducting experiments wherein they would stop each other’s hearts and cause medical death for a short period of time. Upon being revived, they would recount their experiences. Of course, this being a horror movie, things took a decidedly dark turn.
Those who have actually come back from death have described experiences that echo one another with slight variations, and there are forums online where survivors and those interested can come together to discuss the phenomena. Let’s take a look at some of these unifying factors and what both the mystics (I will use this term below to summarize the opinions of spiritual, not science based opinion. The term is used in a respectful way) and the scientists have to say about each of them.
#1 The Tunnel of Bright, White Light
It is perhaps the one thing that everyone knows about and talks about with near death experiences. Many who come back from death describe a long, narrow tunnel filled with or made from a bright white light that surrounds them as they move through it.
#2 A feeling of peace and coming home
Many people report the feeling of being surrounded by loved ones during the near death experience. They have reported that not only were they surrounded by light, but that there were people in the light and that they gave the overall feeling of comfort and peace during the experience.
One anonymous poster on Thought Catalog said, “There are these people, some would call them maybe guardian angels, that are actually called our “spirit guides.” They follow us through our everyday life. We designated them to ensure we stay on the right “path.” They’re there when you die. They help bring you back to the “other side:” or as I like to call it, home.”
#3 The Out of Body Experience (OBE)
It is not uncommon for those who have experienced near death phenomena to have experienced a time of being out of their body, viewing the events going on to their physical body from a distance. In this state, they often report being hyperaware of what was going on around them at the time, and of events occurring while they were physically dead.
Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny had this to said of her experience, “I must say that this experience was quite unsettling to say the least. I was floating over my body. I could see and hear everything that was being said and done. I left the room for a short while and then returned to where my body lay. I knew why I died. It was because I couldn’t breathe. There was a tube down my throat and the medical staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nose. I had also been given too much anesthetic.”
It is no wonder that these stories and phenomena mystify and intrigue us. Little is known about what happens after death. That’s why many of us began our investigations into the paranormal. Mediums the world over have related what they’ve been told, and yet, due in large part to attention seekers and frauds in the field, the information is viewed as suspect at best unfortunately.
And so we investigate and dig as deeply into our findings as we can to gather information on what really happens in the moments beyond death. Will it be the scientists or the paranormal researchers who find proof first? No one can really say. In the meantime, our fascination continues so much so that films like Flatliners remain in the public consciousness. The film itself has been remade for release later this year. You can view the trailer below.
What do you believe happens? Let us know in the comments below!