by Justina Hurley
What happens when we die?
Is there something more? And what about the people who have near death experiences (NDEs)? We’ve all heard the stories, the friend of a friend who knew someone who… you get the gist…
As resuscitation and life saving techniques become more and more advanced, the number of people reporting NDEs is growing.
What is an NDE?
An NDE typically includes one or more of the following:
- a sense of leaving the body;
- movement, often through a tunnel;
- being engulfed in light or darkness;
- feelings of intense and indescribable love, peace and sometimes terror;
- perceived encounters with deceased loved ones,
- unfamiliar entities and/or spiritual presences;
- a life review;
- a landscape;
- an overpowering sense of knowledge and purpose.
The effects of an NDE or related experience are often powerful, enduring, and may be life-altering.
Life after death?
In reality, these experiences don’t tell us anything about life after death as, for anyone who has an NDE, the one thing they all have in common is that at a certain point they are told that there is a stage they cannot pass if they are to go back to their lives. So the only 100% way to know what actually happens after death is to actually die!!
What NDEs can tell us though is what happens in what we could call a death preparation process. More importantly, the purpose of most NDEs seems to be to drum the message home that life is more amazing than we think and almost all NDE experiencers totally transform their lives and their life values after the experience. Getting close to that edge between life and death is intriguing and hearing about it passes a bit of the transforming effects to all of us.
The late Dr. Lloyd Rudy, a cardiac surgeon from Washington, had a patient who died and came back to life during an emergency heart valve resection. After failing in efforts to get the patient off a heart-lung machine, they declared him dead.
After 20 minutes of no heartbeat etc., Dr Rudy and his colleague, now out of scrubs, were back in the theatre discussing what else could have been done during the procedure. However they noticed that the the monitor was now showing a trace of electrical activity. They scrambled an emergency team and began life saving procedures again.
The man recovered and after a couple of days began to speak. He had no brain damage and spoke of seeing a bright light. Dr Rudy said:
“But the thing that astounded me was that he described that operating room, floating around and saying I saw you and Doctor Catanio standing in the doorway with your arms folded and I didn’t know where the anesthesiologist was, but I saw him come running back in. And I saw all these Post-Its [used for messages from the nurses]”
The man not only reported things that happened in the operating theatre, but also reported conversations that had happened outside the theatre. Listen to Dr Rudy’s full account here:
One story leads to more and following this clip, a youtube user, Michelle Gruber, comments: