Near Death Experience (NDE) - General
Near death experience returnees have a
great deal to say about their experiences and have reported
their observations, not only on those things that fall into the
general profile, but on more important issues, those that refer
to purpose. Among those are the need for universal love and
tolerance and of acquiring knowledge of all kinds. The returnees
have also undergone instant transformation, and some have had
continued contact with those spirits they met while on the other
these pages you will find extracts from a number of books
written on the subject of the near death experience collected into
several categories. The page and book they came from are listed
for those who wish to read further.
Near death experiences have been reported
throughout history from ancient times. Plato recounts the story
of a soldier who was killed and suddenly returned to life to
tell of his story. Early Christian writings record them
also. The focus of Ancient Egyptian religion on the afterlife
may have begun with such an experience. The Tibetan Book of the
Dead has knowledge of the afterlife that must have come from an
NDE. There is a sect in India that was started several
hundred years ago by someone who drowned and was revived. His
first remarks were, that he had seen God.
Near death experiences are not new but have
always been with us. It has only been in recent times that so
many have been reported. Thanks to modern medicine, people that
die, are returned to life and are able to tell their story.
Listed below are a
number of the common elements that fit a general profile for the
near death experience. Some people have reported all of them, while others,
only a few.
1. A feeling of peace and quiet overcomes
them, a cessation of pain at this point, floating out of their
body, seeing the room they are in.
2. Suddenly they are drawn through a dark
tunnel accompanied by a loud noise.
3. They see friends, family, other
people, or angel types who welcome them and help them along while comforting
4. At the end they reach the light and
encounter a being of light that makes them feel loved and
5. At this point they have a life review,
where every detail of their life is recalled. There is no
judgment, only understanding what and why.
6. They reach a boundary or border over
which they cannot pass. They learn many things and see and hear
beautiful things, some of which are forgotten when they return.
7. Some are given the option to return,
while others are told they must return because it is not their
time. Those that refuse to return are ejected and they return to
their bodies reluctantly.
8. Disappointment upon return, pain, if
present before, returns, sometimes depression.
9. Transformation takes place in their
lives, more spiritual, less materialistic and religious. No
longer afraid of death. Some talk about it, while others keep it
The links at the top of the page provide more
detail about near death experiences. The information was
extracted from a number of books and the page listings are given in
case someone wants to pursue the subject in depth.
To continue this series, use
the links at top of page.
Other NDE web pages:
- The International Association for NDE Studies. Click
A Lawyer presents the
case for the afterlife. Click
NDERF - A research
organization for NDE. Click here
a number of personal NDE stories here. Click
NDE and reincarnation. Click