of their heart and/or breathing function were resuscitated during a fixed period of time, and wereinterviewed. Through those interviews the doctors discovered who had experienced NDEs and whoha
. The advantage of this type of study is that it gives scientists a matched comparison group of non-NDE patients against which to compare the NDErs, and that in turn gives scientists much morereliable data about the possible causes and consequences of the near-death experience.Of the 344 patients tracked by the Dutch team, 18% had some memory from their period of unconsciousness, and nearly 12% (1 out of every 8) had what the physicians called a "core" or "deep"NDE. The researchers defined that as a memory by the patient from their period of unconsciousnesswhich scored six or more points on the scale published by Dr. Ken Ring in his 1980 study,
Life at Death: A Scientific Investigation of the Near-Death Experience
,. This scale includes:
A sensation of floating out of one's body. Often followed by an out-of-body experience where allthat goes on around the "vacated" body is both seen and heard accurately.
Passing through a dark tunnel. Or black hole or encountering some kind of darkness. This is oftenaccompanied by a feeling or sensation of movement or acceleration. "Wind" may be heard or felt.
Ascending toward a light at the end of the darkness. A light of incredible brilliance, with thepossibility of seeing people, animals, plants, lush outdoors, and even cities within the light.
Greeted by friendly voices, people or beings who may be strangers, loved ones, or religiousfigures. Conversation can ensue, information or a message may be given.
Seeing a panoramic review of the life just lived, from birth to death or in reverse order,sometimes becoming a reliving of the life rather than a dispassionate viewing. The person's lifecan be reviewed in its entirety or in segments. This is usually accompanied by a feeling or need toassess loss or gains during the life to determine what was learned or not learned. Other beingscan take part in this judgment like process or offer advice.
A reluctance to return to the earth plane, but invariably realizing either their job on earth is notfinished or a mission must yet be accomplished before they can return to stay.
Warped sense of time and space. Discovering time and space do not exist, losing the need torecognize measurements of life either as valid or necessary.
Disappointment at being revived. Often feeling a need to shrink or somehow squeeze to fit backin to the physical body. There can be unpleasantness, even anger or tears at the realization theyare now back in their bodies and no longer on "The Other Side."
Yes, this very much corresponds to what I have heard on NDEs. The first explanationthat comes to mind is that these are hallucinations produced by a dying brain. It seemsquite possible to me that a mind deprived of oxygen would start producing fantastic
Have you ever tried LSD yourself?
Oh, God, no!
Have you ever worked with schizophrenic patients?