Until now, because of a lack of evidence, near-death experiences, NDEs, have been dismissed by many as non-existent fantasy, but American researchers have concluded that when a human is dying there is a dramatic raising of consciousness often accompanied by the visions reported by people who have come close to death, but who have survived. There is increased brain activity in dying animals, too, which is important to recognise.
While the scientists can explain the mechanics of consciousness at death, they admit they cannot understand the lights, the flashings, the white tunnels, the guides, the journey, the life memories and the joy which are the hallmarks of so many reported NDEs; it is good they cannot, for while this is a time of spiritual revelation, the world, the human world, is not ready for evidential proof of the truth of Spirit: that truth is so remarkable, and so far beyond the stories in the Bible, it would be shocking and dismissed.
The study on near-death reports that the brain, at clinical death, actually is more active than in a normal waking state. The researchers do not mention soul or Spirit, of course, but it is at this time that the soul is disengaging from the body, its vehicle of expression and experience for the lifetime, and is beginning to move to the higher dimensions; the individual is between life and death, earth and Heaven, and the veils which have obscured his or her spiritual memory are coming away with the raising of consciousness. The NDE visions are part of the new reality, not imagination but lucid truth.
Sceptics question the findings of the study already, of course, one “expert” saying they may apply to rats but not to humans, and another saying that it is just that the brain becomes over-excited at death. There is so much fear still about dying, life after death and about anything meaningful that cannot be explained, which is such a pity when mystery and the unknown, and the hints of the truth of Spirit, can bring such richness.
I have written extensively about what happens when we die, and the soul journey, in my book, Spiritual Wisdom
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