For the purposes of this blog, a near-death experience is any experience in which someone close to death or suffering from some trauma or disease might experience…and lead to the perception of events that seem to be impossible, unusual or supernatural. While there are many questions about NDEs, one thing is certain — they do exist. Thousands of people have actually perceived similar sensations while close to death. The debate is over whether or not they actually experienced what they perceived.

Most NDEs share certain common traits, but not all NDEs have every trait and some NDEs don’t follow a pattern at all. Here are the traits that “typical” NDEs share:

Feelings of calmness – These feelings may include peacefulness, acceptance of death, emotional and physical comfort.

Intense, pure bright light – Sometimes this intense (but not painful) light fills the room. In other cases, the subject sees a light that they feel represents either Heaven or God.

Out-of-body experiences (OBE) – The subject feels that he has left his body. He can look down and see it, often describing the sight of doctors working on him. In some cases, the subject’s “spirit” then flies out of the room, into the sky and sometimes into space.

Entering into another realm or dimension – Depending on the subject’s religious beliefs and the nature of the experience, he may perceive this realm as Heaven or, in rare cases, as Hell.

Spirit beings – During the OBE, the subject encounters “beings of light,” or other representations of spiritual entities. He may perceive these as deceased loved ones, angels, saints or Go

Communication with spirits – Before the NDE ends, many subjects report some form of communication with a spirit being. This is often expressed a “strong male voice” telling them that it is not their time and to go back to their body. Some subjects report being told to choose between going into the light or returning to their earthly body. Others feel they have been compelled to return to their body by a voiceless command, possibly coming from God.

Life review – This trait is also called “the panoramic life review.” The subject sees his entire life in a flashback. These can be very detailed or very brief. The subject may also perceive some form of judgment by nearby spirit entities.

The tunnel – Many NDE subjects find themselves in a tunnel with a light at its end. They may encounter spirit beings as they pass through the tunnel.


2 Responses

  1. Walt,

    No one yet has given this experience an authoritative explanation…so I offer my speculation.

    We know the subconscious mind can change the pace of time when functioning under unusual situations…as an example by seeing our whole life pass by in a few seconds during the near death experience,it can also change our orientation of space so we can perceive our self as being outside our body when faced with a similar crises.


  2. I had one of these things, not all that meta-physical though. I died on the operating table someone was holding me underwater with a mask. I backed off to view it in the third person and saw the ABC team working on me. I interpret it as “the left mind didn’t have an answer, the right mind didn’t have an answer and the supervisor took over to see that all that could be done was being done”

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