Life and Death

What is a Near Death Experience?

Over the past few years it seems there has been an ever-evolving interest in spiritual phenomena, invisible worlds, and life beyond the current reality we are experiencing.

Mainstream media even echoes the sentiments of the desires of the collective conscious (and unconscious), with shows like Stranger Things and The OA on Netflix both exploring metaphysical subject matter, consciousness, life, death and other dimensions.

Still from The OA

Perhaps the growing tension in the world, questions of irreversible climate change, and the desire for a complete upheaval of our current political system and social construct has caused many of us to look beyond – to find meaning, in what at times feels meaningless, to find peace during turmoil, and to try to understand the meaning of life.

In searching for meaning in life, one also must confront the meaning of death, and like the yin and yang, the interconnectedness between the two fuels the eternal question of what it all means.

To know what it “all” means, is to explore “what is” – and the #WHATIS series from Watkins Publishing provides easily digestible bits and pieces into exploring the all that is.

The #WHATIS: A Near Death Experience book by Dr. Penny Sartori, elaborates on various case studies of Near Death Experiences (NDEs), and Out of Body Experiences (OBES), and examines what the implications of these experiences can mean for our understanding of life and death.

An NDE is defined as an “unusual experience taking place on the brink of death and recounted by a person after recovery, typically an out-of-body experience or a vision of a tunnel of light”, and an OBE is “an experience that typically involves a feeling of floating outside one’s body and, in some cases, the feeling of perceiving one’s physical body as if from a place outside one’s body”. 

While OBEs can happen during NDEs, they aren’t mutually exclusive – and an OBE may happen without being faced with impending death or a life threatening situation.

The most common characteristics of a NDE, as identified by Dr. Raymond Moody in the 1975 book Life After Life include:

  • Hearing the news of being close to death (or of being dead)
  • Hearing ‘white’ noise
  • Having an out-of-body experience (OBE)
  • Experiencing feelings of peace and tranquility
  • Traveling through a dark tunnel
  • Seeing a bright light
  • Entering another realm
  • Meeting those who have already died
  • Meeting a ‘Being of Light’
  • Communicating without words
  • Experiencing a ‘life review’
  • Feeling a sense of unity or interconnectivity
  • Experiencing distortion of time
  • Coming to a barrier or point of no return
  • Being sent back to life

The #WHATIS book further elaborates on how this phenomena can alter our relationship with death, release us from the fear that often surrounds it and enhance our life in unexpected ways.

To learn more about NDEs, OBEs and the wider implications of understanding these experiences may mean – be sure to click here.

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