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.
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I don’t believe in reincarnation. At least, I’m not convinced. Existence is too mysterious to boil down to some human theory. There are other reasons too. But I found this lively and fun. Too good to pass up. Even if I may disagree! —MC
Spirit comes to me in my dreams. Every night we go to the center of the Cosmos right within our own self. We go back to our Source to be healed and receive guidance. Eighty per cent of our dreams are compensatory, they help to analyze and solve the problems of the day.
Sometimes they show us the future or the past. Déjà vu may be the reality that we go in our dreamtime to the place, circumstance or words that we will encounter the next day.
I know when dreams are Spiritual, they are screaming symbology. I also know that some distorted dreams are from eating too much Pizza!
I had a dream years ago where someone asked me, ‘Have you heard from your bones lately? You always call them that.’ She handed me the Birds of Paradise flowers and said, ‘Not many people want these.’ Then I was given a name, a name I had never heard of in my waking state.
Many years later before I was on a computer or the Internet, I went to the Library to look up the name I was given in my dream. I walked in and noticed a low bookcase with used books for sale. The Encyclopedia listed two people with that name. One was a tyrant, I figured that was me!
As I left the library I glanced through the bookshelf for a book I might be interested in. I looked once; I looked twice, and then decided to touch every book that was there. I came to an actual script of the Broadway play ‘Cactus Flower’ with my sisters’ name, Marjorie Battles as Botticelli Springtime! Marjorie was already in Heaven, and I knew she was tapping me on the shoulder to find that book!
Have you heard from your bones? Reincarnation, as stated in David Wilcocks book ‘The Synchronicity Key,’ shows details of famous people in the past who still have the same facial structures that they did long ago. There is evidence that cycles repeat themselves in astonishing mathematical order. His examples include Hitler who has a sticking resemblance to the face of Hannibal. The souls journey sometimes repeats the behavior from the past and other times there is an improvement of character.
David may be the reincarnation of the famous seer Edgar Cayce, when looking at a photo of the two of them side by side you can really see it.
The minerals of Earth hold the memories. The stones gather the atmosphere around them. Bones of the body are the hardest material of the human form. My belief is they reorganize and bring back with them the memory of the past.
Chi, Ki, Prana, and Orgone are all names for the Life Force. This Life Force is in every atom of space. The Chi is stored in the bones. Energy, or Life Force, never dies. The essence of who you were comes back together to once again attempt to live the ‘perfect’ life.
Our Soul, our imprint never dies. But gathers again to form the latest vehicle for Earths journey. We can bring with us the memory of the distance past. It is said that the Angel of forgetfulness kisses us above our mouth as if to say Shhh so we won’t remember our past deeds. It might be too hard to return to this place of great sorrow and great joy.
It is not easy to accept that we might have been evil before. It is all part of the drama we call Earth. Every thought, word, and deed is recorded in the ethers of earth. The Akashic Record is called the ‘Book of Gods Remembrance.’
The etheric body is the Life Force body and is an exact replica of the physical body. This is what is ‘opened’ up during treatments of Acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu®, Shiatsu, Reiki, and any type of energy work. All these modalities open up the system so that the body can heal itself.
If you want to find an answer to a question, ask your bones for help.
© 2015 Merry C. Battles
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Merry C. Battles is the author and illustrator of ‘Christmas Meditations on the Twelve Holy Days December 26 – January 6′ It is her 26 year meditation journey with the 12 holy days of Christmas. Her book can be used all year long as we travel through each sign of the Zodiac. Merry has worked in the Healing Arts since 1977. She has practiced the art of massage, cellulite massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and foot reflexology. Merry’s book can be purchased at authorhouse.com and amazon.com. Autographed copies are available at: http://www.merrybattles.com also My Every Day of the Year is Christmas Gift to you at my website, Free Ebook! © 2015 Merry C. Battles