Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
The great inventor Edison, just hours before his death, emerged from a coma, opened his eyes, looked upwards and said:
"It is very beautiful over there."
I've had two near-death experiences (NDEs). The first one occurred in 1980, at the age of 21, when I was a college junior, while ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. My experience is vividly discussed in my book Heaven is Beautiful. The second one occurred after my heart attack in 2015.
Near-Death experiences are far more common than many people think. According to IANDS, surveys conducted in the USA, Australia, and Germany suggest that 4 to 15% of the population have had NDEs. Often NDErs do not tell others about their experience because it's ineffable (too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words), and they doubt that people will believe them, or believe that it was REAL.
The video below, Near Death Experience-Wisdom from Beyond-is a wonderful video to watch for those not familiar with NDEs. It presents a compilation of video snippets from several individuals who have had an NDE.
FOR DENIERS AND SKEPTICS
Over the years, research has been gathered from thousands of NDE accounts and conducted studies that prove near-death experiences are real and not the results of a dying brain, oxygen deprivation, medications, stress, electric stimuli, hallucination, chemical reactions, emotional and mental reactions to the perceived threat of dying. Moreover, all arguments used to refute NDEs have been disproven by researchers and NDErs (people who have had Near-Death Experiences).
Moreover, NDErs know with absolute certainty it was real--actually, it was more real than life here. There is not a single NDEr on record that has suggested their experience was anything but real. In fact, most (or all) no longer fear death and many NDErs say they look forward to returning home.
For some, it's easier to deny the validity of near-death experiences than it is to grapple with the potential paradigm shift it may necessitate. This is particularly true for those who hold strong atheists and contrary religious and/or scientific pre-judicial beliefs.
Still not convinced? See a list of NDE research studies and articles.
RESEARCHERS SAY THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUES AFTER CLINICAL DEATH
Researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center have conducted a study of patients who have experienced near-death experiences. Dr. Sam Parnia, the director of resuscitation research at NYU Langone, joins CBS News to discuss the findings of this study.
The Final Border: Peter Fenwick at TEDx
Peter Fenwick is a neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his studies of epilepsy and end-of-life phenomena. Below is his TED talk about Near-Death Experiences, which discusses his study, findings and implications.
"WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW" -Steve Jobs
Right before Steve Jobs died he looked at his sister then for a long time at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. According to his sister, Steve's final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.
Co-Founded by Eben Alexander, III, MD, FACS (a neurosurgeon)