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The Near Death Experience and the Universal Connectivity – An Esoteric Revelation

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By TC Gopalakrishnan

Among the many important messages from near death experiences (NDEs), the one thing that stands out is the sensing of the Universal Connectivity between all manifestations.  This is in contrast to the individuation which currently drives the human psychology on this planet.   In the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung (Ref. 1), individuation is defined as the process by which the self is formed by integrating elements of the conscious and the unconscious mind.

This identification is a result of two things: 1. Limited awareness and 2. the Instinct of self-preservation in living beings.  When awareness expands, we sense the source of this limited self and talk about the Universal Self.  In Sanatana Dharma, the ancient philosophy of India, this Universal Self is called the Purusha – the source of all manifestations in the universe.  Purusha is like a primordial fire from which many sparks leave, get embroiled with the nature and, at the culmination of their awareness, rejoin the flame to complete the cycle.

Carl Sagan, the noted astrophysicist, writes in his book ‘Cosmos’ that only a cyclic process can be eternal.

In the early stages of development, human beings must have thought that the moon is self-luminant and that moonlight emanates from it.  With widening awareness, they understood that it is actually the sunlight reflected by the moon.  This metaphor can be used to explain the relationship between the limited self (the moon) and the Universal Self (the sun).  During the NDE, the human being is temporarily thrown into the Universal Consciousness and, hence, feels the source of all things.  That is the basis for sensing the connectivity between all beings during the expansive awareness.  In the next paragraph, we see the expression of an NDEer (Lori, E; nderf.org) about this connectivity.

‘We are all made of the same light, the same energy Being so connected, and seeing the similarities in myself and others has made it extremely easy for me to communicate with people and to support their journeys here on earth.  I am able to tell people with complete certainty that we are all connected, that we are all one. I know there is absolutely nothing to fear about death; it is just a transition away from the physical.’

Another NDEer, Victor Solow, has given an interesting account of his NDE in the October 1974 issue of the Reader’s Digest.  The following lines appear in it:

‘A recurrent nostalgia remains for that other reality, that condition of indescribable stillness and quiet where the ‘I’ is part of a harmonious whole.  The memory softens the old drives for possession, approval and success.’

The above perceptions are a far cry from that of the habitual neurology in which the present humanity is caught.  The very fact that sectarian practices are thriving and creating serious conflicts among the various groups indicates that the connectivity mentioned above is expressly denied by them. What is needed is a revolution in the outlook of people which is currently being guided by individuation – both in pampering the ego at the level of a person and, at the level of groups, in being at logger heads with each other through identification with a nation, belief system etc.  Many Enlightened Masters – like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus Christ, to name a few – have come and gone but, as of now, the universal connectivity is sensed only by a very small part of the human population.  In that respect, the current research on near death experiences has been playing a supportive role to that of the Masters.

The Sanskrit word ‘Athma’ is usually translated as ‘Soul’ in English. However, there is a lot of difference between the content of those words.  While ‘Athma’ is considered a spark of the Divine and so is the same in all beings, the ‘Soul’ is meant to mean a separate entity identified with each person.  For the ‘Soul’ the individuation applies.  That is how they can talk about a particular ‘Soul’ going to eternal heaven or hell maintaining its separate identity.  In contrast, the ‘Athma’ has no separate identity.  At nirvana or liberation, the spark rejoins the flame whence it came.  It is like the space in a pot merging with the expansive space outside when the pot is broken; the inner space has always been of the same nature as the outer space but the pot, by its shape, gave it an illusory identity.  Thus, the ancient philosophy of Sanatana Dhrama has emphasized the connectivity between all beings through the quality of oneness at their essence.

Truth has to be universal and cannot be the exclusive property of any sectarian group.  Connectivity also being universal, it can chime in with Truth.  Reflections on this matter of connectivity and the associated oneness can lift us to higher levels of esoteric perception.  That would make us look at all beings with respect and dignity, leading to global unity and a caring humanity.  The joy of global cooperation and international camaraderie would become a day-to-day reality.  Harmony and joy would then reign on this wonderful planet.

Related matters are covered in the author’s website.

Ref. 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individuation

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/the-near-death-experience-and-the-universal-connectivity-an-esoteric-revelation-6849435.html

About the Author

The Author: T.C. Gopalakrishnan was born in Madras (now Chennai), India, in 1941. He received his doctoral degree in Coastal Engineering from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA in 1978. He served on the research and teaching faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, the North Carolina State University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. Aside from his professional involvements, he was interested in the philosophic issues of life for the last forty years or so. This led him to the messages of Ramana Maharishi, Lao Tzu, J Krishnamurthy, UG Krishnamurthy, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Eckhart Tolle, Marcus Aurelius and similar Masters. His book entitled ‘In Quest of the Deeper Self’ is the outcome of his reflections on those and his wish to share the outcome with others.

Gopalakrishnan is a member of the International Association for Near Death Studies. He presented a paper at the 2011 conference of the International Association for Near Death Studies, Durham, NC, USA.  Functions as a freelance counselor for peaceful living.  He lives in Kodaikanal, a hill town in south India, with his family.  Now he and his wife are both retired and currently involved in developing a fruit farm at a village 20 km from their residence.

Website:  http://spirituality.yolasite.com      Blog: http://nde-thedeeperself.blogspot.com


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Near-death experiences shed light on views of afterlife

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By Steve Hammons - originally posted at Joint Recon Study Group

What happens when we die? That question has been around for a long, long time. According to many religions and philosophies, we go to a beautiful place that is closer to God. That is, if we have lived a good life on Earth.

Some people who, through illness or injury, have been clinically dead or near-dead claim to have had what are now commonly called “near-death experiences” or “NDEs.” This phenomenon has been studied by people who sometimes come to different conclusions about what the experiences are.

Is it a spiritual journey to the afterlife? Or, is it biological experience involving the brain that is a sort of hallucination?

THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

Usually, this experience follows a pattern: The person goes out of their body, often floating above and witnessing the situation. Often, their life flashes before them like a fast movie. Then, they enter what is often described as a “tunnel” that quickly takes them to a place of increasing light – a special and beautiful kind of light.

Upon arrival, they may be greeted by loved ones who have previously passed on. Or, they may meet someone that they did not necessarily know beforehand. The NDE experiencers may have interactions and discussions with these people. Also, typically, but not always, the person reports feelings of great happiness and profound peace.

Finally, the individual learns that this is not their time to pass on and that they are to return to life on Earth. Meanwhile, back where their physical body is located, medical personnel may be working to save them. Or, some other circumstances may be present that allows physical life to continue for this person.

What do these reports from reasonable and apparently sane people mean? Hallucination, neurological and biochemical event? Or, a real trip to the afterlife? Obviously, it is difficult if not impossible to prove either way. At least with the knowledge we have at this time.

Many psychics claim to be able to communicate with people who have “crossed over” to “the other side.” For some, this may be corroborating evidence that the NDE is real. It may be comforting to hear about these accounts because many of us have loved ones who have passed on. And, of course, one day we all will.

Do we just cease to exist? Here today gone tomorrow. Dust to dust.

ANGEL AGENTS

Or, if we do go somewhere, we might wonder about what those good people who have passed on are up to. Are they sitting around playing harps? Have they disappeared as individuals into a larger body of spiritual energy? Are they hanging out in a paradise? Are they working toward graduating to the status of angels or angels-in-training? All of the above?

What about all of our military personnel who pass on in large numbers from the wars past, and now in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do they maintain their military orientation when they pass on? Do they stick with some of their buddies as they get oriented in a new training and operational environment? Can they become part of a special operations force and covert intelligence network that functions from this unconventional operational platform in the afterlife?

Considering all the good people that have passed on over all of the generations and thousands of years, those who lived a full life and those who died young, that could be quite a large and significant force.

How do they feel about what is going on here on Earth? Are they far away, or closer than we might think, separated from us by a thin membrane or veil? Are some of them assigned as “guardian angels,” a sort of case officer for us? Do they whisper in our ear or come to us in our dreams at night? What other activities might they be involved in that affect Earth?

It is interesting for many of us to ask these kinds of questions and think about these things once in a while. It is the bigger picture. Maybe some of it is wishful thinking. Yet, we on Earth obviously could use some extra help. It is comforting to think that there might be angels and covert Heavenly special ops intelligence agents behind the scenes helping out. Angel agents.

A STORY TO CONSIDER

In my novel MISSION INTO LIGHT, one part of the story involves such an experience by the main character, Mike Green. On an operation in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain national wilderness area north of Sedona, Arizona, with the 10-person joint-service research team is working with, Mike is shot in the leg and another bullet grazes his skull. He instantly looses consciousness, falls to the ground, and starts loosing significant amounts of blood.

His friends immediately start to tend to him and another wounded member of the team. Meanwhile, Mike has a near-death experience:

Slowly, Mike’s awareness returns. He is disoriented. He looks below and sees his own body, unconscious and bleeding profusely from the leg and head. Another member of the group is bloody from his shoulder down to his hand, the arm of his shirt soaked with blood.

He sees his friends pinned-down by two snipers below him. Below him? Where is he? Has he somehow gotten to a high point along the cliffs?

Mike sees his Uncle Jack directly below him, firing bursts from his automatic weapon, and pulling more clips from his pockets. Near Jack lies Mike’s own body. Jack picks up Mike’s body, throws it over his shoulders, and tries to make his way down a hill, which Mike watches from above.

Slowly, the green forest below him fades from view. Darkness comes over him.

Then, a point of light becomes visible on the horizon. Mike is being drawn toward the point of light, first slowly, then more quickly, as if he were shooting river rapids in a canoe. The point of light draws closer, and Mike finds himself in a tunnel of beautiful golden light.

He seems to slow down now, like the inevitable calm water at the end of a river rapids. Mike drifts slowly through the tunnel and the golden light becomes brighter. Other colors seemed to sparkle through the golden light, like hundreds of tiny rainbows.

Ahead, he can see figures that seemed to be people. As he flows closer to them he can make out four beings. They seem to be waiting for him as he comes closer and closer.

Then, he finds himself surrounded by the four figures. He knows them. They are his four grandparents, and they embrace him. They passed on many years ago, though were a big part of his life when he was a kid. The five seem to float in the light. His grandparents communicate with him in unison.

They tell him, “Yes, Mike, this is the land of the Great Spirit. It is the beautiful place that many religions and philosophies have always taught.”

“There is constant rejoicing and peace in this land. But we feel sadness at the hardships faced by our people in your world. And we feel a longing to help the people there.”

“There are groups of beings who want to bring the two worlds together, to make Heaven and Earth one place. There are efforts underway to accomplish that very mission.”

“That work is proceeding. One day soon, that miracle will come to pass, and there will be a great celebration, a great happiness among all the people.”

“You, Mike, must return to the other world, and tell your family and friends about what you have seen.”

“We have one more thing to show you, something you have a need to know.”

Then, they help Mike take a fantastic journey into deep memories in his DNA, or maybe it is time travel into the ancient past of the Cherokee people in their Smokey Mountain homeland, or maybe both simultaneously. He learns some amazing things.

After this experience concludes, he finds himself with his grandparents again.

“Mike, you must now return to the other world. You still have many more seasons before you join us here in the Spirit land.”

They embrace him again, with happiness. Slowly, the golden light begins to fade and Mike is moving back through the tunnel of light. He sees his grandparents waving good-bye to him until they fade from his sight.

The light grows dimmer and dimmer until it is only a point on a distant horizon. And then darkness.

Mike’s next sensation is the sound of other people talking. He opens his eyes and sees a hospital room in Sedona, his friends gathered around his hospital bed.

He tries to tell about his experience.

“I was floating above the fight at the canyon, watching you scrambling for safety. I saw my own bloody body being carried by Uncle Jack down the rocky path away from the sniper.”

“A tunnel of golden light led to the land of Spirit . . . It wasn’t a dream.”

“I was in the golden light, and saw my grandparents.”

The others listen carefully as Mike tries to recall details of his journey and his meeting with his grandparents.

After he finishes his story, Mike looks closely into the faces of the friends around his bed. Some of their eyes are wider than usual. Some are expressionless, though a smile can be seen in their eyes.

The group’s commanding officer, combat veteran Air Force Colonel Tom O’Brien, standing near the door, gives Mike a knowing wink.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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New courses offered by the Rhine Research Center

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Bad Premonition by Kazimir Malevich, ca 1928-1932, Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, it’s back to school for many people. And those interested in parapsychology have no reason to feel left out! The Rhine Research Center is offering new courses for Fall.

From their website:

The Rhine Research Center continues to develop interesting online courses about parapsychological topics. One is about out-of-body and near-death experiences, and the other is about precognition. They are taught by Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone  and Carlos S. Alvarado.

For more information: http://…rhine-research-center-obes-ndes-precognition

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Pam Reynolds’ Amazing Near-Death Experience

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By Wade C. Wilson

Skeptics who do not believe in the validity of near death experiences generally claim near death experiences are the result of an over active imagination, possibly due to neurons over-firing in an oxygen deprived state, such as might occur from drug-induced hallucinations.  However, this explanation fails to satisfy the case of ‘Pam Reynolds,’ a 35-year old woman who experienced an amazing NDE, described by Dr. Michael Sabom in his book, Light and Death, recounted in summary here.

In August 1991, ‘Pam’ underwent a unique form of brain surgery to repair a weakened arterial wall in her brain stem at the base of her brain that was in imminent danger of bursting, which would have killed her immediately.  In preparation for the surgery, Pam’s arms and legs were secured to the operating table, her eyes were lubricated and taped shut, and sound-deadening molded ear inserts were inserted to continuously play a series of clicks into her ears to invoke auditory evoked potentials (AEPs).  AEPs were measured by electroencephalogram (EEG) to determine the activity level in Pam’s brain stem, the location of the failed artery.  The surgeons needed her brain stem to be completely flat lined before commencing the most dangerous part of the surgery: repairing the artery buried deep inside the stem.

The ‘uniqueness’ of the procedure was that the surgeons had to lower Pam’s body temperature to 60°F, which would induce hypothermic cardiac arrest, freezing her heart in mid-beat, and halting her breathing.  They did this by first cooling and then draining her blood from her body until it was later warmed and then reintroduced at the conclusion of the brain surgery.  Because this was brain surgery, three separate brain monitors were used, which conclusively proved she had no electrical activity in her brain during the period when her aneurysm was removed.

Following the surgery, Pam reported a classic NDE, including a veridical OBE that has been considered one of the most important in the NDE literature.  Pam had no cerebral cortical activity for at least half an hour, and the beginning of her NDE can be closely timed based on Pam’s accurate description of the first operating room conversation she reportedly overheard while in the out-of-body state.  That veridical OBE included Pam’s recollection of a complication discussed by her cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Murray, who commented that Pam’s veins and arteries were very small, complicating his efforts to shunt her blood through the oxygenation bypass machine for cooling.  This issue was noted in two doctors’ operative reports, validating the comment and marking the approximate time of the OBE event to about 1 ½-hours after general anesthesia was administered.

Pam reported that during her OBE, she viewed the operating room from above the head surgeon’s shoulder, and described her out-of-body vision as brighter, more focused, and clearer than normal.  Pam also reported three verifiable visual observations.  First, she observed that the way they shaved her head was ‘peculiar.’  Pam had expected them to shave off all of her hair, but they only shaved off a section of her scalp.  Second, Pam described the bone saw as an electric toothbrush with a dent in it and a groove at the top where the saw initially appeared to go into the handle, but did not.  Finally, Pam added that the saw had interchangeable blades, and was seated in what looked like a socket wrench case.  Each of these three observations was accurate and should not have been known to Pam when she first reported her OBE immediately following the surgery.

As the surgery progressed and Pam’s brain cortex flat-lined she heard her deceased grandmother calling to her, and felt a distinct pull to a tunnel-like passageway.  Inside the tunnel, Pam was zipped towards a pinpoint of light that grew ever larger until she finally emerged into a bright light.  Inside the light, Pam encountered beings made of light, including her grandmother, grandfather, a cousin, and other deceased relatives.  One, a deceased uncle, eventually returned Pam to her body when the doctors warmed her blood and restarted her heart.

This case is noteworthy because Pam accurately reported visions when her eyes were taped shut and she was completely unconscious under general anesthesia.  Additionally, Pam accurately reported conversations when she was, again, unconscious, and her ears were plugged with sound-deadening, molded ear inserts that were playing clicks that should have over-ridden any other sounds that might have otherwise gotten past the inserts’ baffling.  Finally, Pam’s experience could not have been the result of a temporal lobe seizure, nor any other odd electrical activity in the brain because their was no neural or electrical activity of any sort detectable in her brain for at least a half-hour, as measured by three separate brain monitors.  The only reasonable explanation left then, is that Pam had an actual near death experience that shows the human consciousness is not completely dependent on the human body for its continued existence, and does not expire at the point of verifiable death.

This case should provide hope for any who are worried about what comes next, whether for themselves or their loved ones.  Indeed, the NDE literature shows that death experiences are far more pleasant than the typical experiences we suffer through in life, and those who have returned from the other side generally feel saddened that they had to leave heaven behind to return to their body.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/metaphysics-articles/pam-reynolds-amazing-near-death-experience-6706966.html

About the Author

Wade is the author of The Hidden Truth:  A logical path through compelling evidence to discover the nature of reality and the meaning of life, available at Amazon.  The first half of the book is available for free at http://www.thehiddentruth.us, and http://www.free-ebooks.net.


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Top Neurosurgeon Claims ‘Proof Of Heaven’ – wbur.org

Boston’s all news radio WBUR has posted this extraordinary interview about a top neurosurgeon’s near death experience. For those unfamiliar with SoundCloud, just click the arrow in the orange circle to listen to the interview. It streams like YouTube. No download in some hard-to-find folder or hassles with your media player.


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DVD Review – Hamish Miller on The Parallel Community

Title: Parallel Community
Genre: Body-Mind-Spirit
Author’s Website: www.hamishmiller.co.uk
Production Company: Reality Films

Shot mostly outdoors in the United Kingdom’s beautiful West Cornwall, Hamish Miller on The Parallel Community looks at Earth energy, dowsing, near-death experiences, ancient ancestors, spiritual cleansing, alternate realities and a new global movement called the Parallel Community.

Miller, himself, appears to be a happy, likable fellow very much in tune with nature. He tells of his former life as a successful entrepreneur where conforming to the work ethic (where work is commonly understood as getting some kind of paycheck) gave him everything… but happiness.

One day while driving along in his car he came across a stunning sunset. Miller wished he had time to enjoy it and suddenly realized that he did. So he stopped his car and got out to watch the natural beauty unfold.

This and other pivotal experiences have contributed to this intriguing man’s metamorphosis from international businessman to mellow blacksmith and unofficial leader of the Parallel Community, a group of kindred spirits interested in living in harmony with the Earth.

Among his many recollections in this film, Miller’s personal account of a near-death experience is extremely convincing. Likewise, his story about a serious illness during which time he envisioned sacred beings helping to make him well again comes off utterly natural and believable.

The only reservation I have with this DVD has to do with its claims about dowsing. I’m no expert in this field but, from what I’ve seen so far, I remain unconvinced.

Although the dowsing material seems a bit too easy, this shouldn’t deter one from exploring Miller’s unconventional and far-reaching ideas. Rarely if ever do I completely agree with another person’s perspective—unless perhaps he’s Jesus Christ.

This much said, Miller is an engaging, innovative figure who just might be a herald for a better future. And The Parallel Community explores ideas that definitely need exploring in a world absorbed by the dimly lit menus of the latest technological trinkets.

—MC (with revisions from 2010)


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Review: Journey Through the World of Spirit (Trade Paperback)

Title: Journey Through the World of Spirit / God, Gaia and Guardian Angels
Author
: David L. Oakford
Media
: Trade Paperback
Publisher
: Reality Press
Date
: 2007

This review originally appeared at Earthpages.org as a voice-over video on December 28, 2007. When recording I’d prepared no notes, choosing instead to rely on my memory of what I’d just read. This gives a certain live quality to this review that I hope to preserve in this transcript.

Like the voice-over, the soundtrack was composed spontaneously and recorded moments before I did the review.

In editing the transcript some extraneous material (e.g. “ahh” “sort of”) was removed.

So here’s the original voice-over review and its much overdue and slightly edited transcript.

Original Introduction

I had a choice… spend hours trying to get something representative down in writing or have some fun doing a video review. I chose to do a video review.

This is my first video review and it’s been a while since I was a DJ but I think it gets the message across: “This is a great book…”

Transcript

This is a great book! I really enjoyed this book. I read it during the hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas shopping period. And I just found it was a wonderful way to be reminded of things I already believed in. But I think I needed a little refresher course–and this book was it.

It starts off with David’s very honest and frank account of teenage angst and disillusionment. He’s planning on ditching out on his parents at about age 19 to go find himself. He’s going to, I think, live in a tent and travel around and live on the cheap and find a deeper meaning that he couldn’t find in his teenage years.

But before he plans to leave he wants to say farewell to all his friends. So he goes to a party, a farewell party, and one of his buddies comes up to him and gives him some pretty dangerous drugs. The buddy warns David not to take the drugs until he’s instructed on how to use them but David doesn’t listen and proceeds to slip into a coma. At that point he starts to have some pretty interesting experiences.

He starts off by seeing his friends – if I remember right, they’re in a car – but his friends can’t see him. Then he’s back in the house, looking at his motionless body; and he’s still fully awake and alive, moving about the house, sort of hovering like a spirit.

He notes that he can’t move objects. His hand goes through the faucet. And Jim Morrison and the Doors are playing and the music is very irritating to David, which I found interesting because I’ve always liked the Doors — as it deals with otherworldly themes — but it all just sounded like noise when he was in this refined consciousness.

He then proceeds to bigger and better things. A spirit guide comes to help him, one of several otherworldly beings whom David claims to meet in this account. And the spirit guide, whom David calls “Bob” – [laughs] it’s just so much like this book; it’s so unpretentious and straightforward and incredibly well-written, to boot. Anyhow, the spirit guide shows David a scene of the pyramids in Egypt, how they stand today and how they stood around the time of their construction.

One thing I found very interesting about this is that David claims the past and the present interact in some kind of mysterious way, like interacting, overlapping fields.

I think that’s fascinating. To read that in a book… that kind of thing is quite rare. You find it a bit in the Jane Roberts books, the Seth Books, and you find it I believe in Emmanuel’s Books if I remember right (I haven’t looked at those for a few years).

But it’s a fascinating idea that time is interactive, and I found that present in this book. I also found the idea that the heavens are interactive with our Earthly reality. David saw, as a matter of fact (after the Egyptian experience)… his guide took him up to a spiritual city. And this spiritual city apparently interacts with our Earth, and life on Earth, in ways we don’t fully understand.

The bottom line is the spiritual beings (and David outlines quite a few of them)… their basic message is that we should love one another. And I really can’t find any fault with that message whatsoever.

On page 74 David writes:

The unvarnished truth is that I went to heaven, or at least one of them, that is connected to Earth and brought back the simple message to love one another.

You know, I find there’s no conflict here with my Catholic faith. Some of you may know that I, myself, converted to Catholicism in 2001 and some Catholics might not like this book. There are a few swipes at organized religion and I understand that perspective. I used to be like that when I was a kid, actually.

I never went to Church or anything like that. If I didn’t have spiritual experiences within the Catholic Church I wouldn’t go. The whole reason I converted is because I do have spiritual experiences. But for those who don’t have spiritual experiences in the Church I understand how they can just see it as seemingly wooden and formulaic—it’s not, it’s not just that.

And I think this is one point I would disagree on but other than that, I mean… hey, Earthpages is about dialogue so I try to look for the interesting and the good and if I disagree with something I just say so.

I would highly recommend this book. I think it’s incredibly well-written, honest and there’s such a complexity to the account that it really makes one feel that it’s not just a hallucination. Some materialist psychiatrists will say that all near death experiences are just the brain’s way of trying to make you feel good before you die but, I don’t know, I just think that this book… the complexity, detail and duration of the near death experience really tends to make one think there’s something to it.

—MC

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