We all die, but what happens after is a question that has yet to be answered. People have told of having out-of-body experiences and reuniting with loved ones. Although the stories aren’t new, a new study called Near-death experience may provide light on the science behind them.
The term “near-death experience” (NDE) is well-known in the United States, although the phenomenon is not limited to the Western world. Most civilizations have had a similar experience; even children have had similar NDEs.
What exactly are NDEs?
According to the researchers, 50 percent of those who had an NDE said they were aware of being dead, 56 percent said it was a good experience, 24 percent said they had an OBE, 31 percent said they traveled down a tunnel, and 32 percent said they interacted with deceased people.
According to the study, patients under the age of 60 were more likely to have NDEs, while women claimed more profound experiences. Those who had memory problems after resuscitation, on the other hand, were less likely to report NDEs, which is to be expected.
As books and films on near-death experiences become increasingly prominent, more people begin to recall or recognize what happened to them. The number will only rise as technology advances, sparing more individuals from a near-death experience.
NDEs frequently contain OBEs, which might entail autoscopy (viewing one’s body from above). Even though this appears to be a bizarre occurrence, neuroscientists know that OBEs may occur in contexts other than near-deathbeds.
For example, OBEs are common during a sleep paralysis event, which affects up to 40% of people at some time in their life. Sleep paralysis happens when a person is still in REM rapid eye movement sleep, but their brain has partially awakened.
Drugs act as a catalyst
You don’t have to die to have a near-death experience. Researchers matched groups of persons who had NDEs to those taking psychoactive substances to examine the experience. They discovered that near-death experiences and medications had more in common than drugs of the same class.
DMT, sometimes known as the “spirit molecule,” is a medication that induces mystical experiences. Researchers discovered that the medication aids in the dissolution of the ego and creates a sense of oneness, which is a hallmark of a near-death experience.
Participants and people who have experienced near-death experiences both claim to have heightened visual and auditory awareness.
Mysterious Sensations exist
The sensation is at the heart of each near-death experience. People who have experienced a near-death experience, or NDEs, have similar experiences to tell. They depict lovely locations that are devoid of time and space.
Many people who have had comparable experiences to the Christian afterlife have shared their accounts. They see their ancestors or religious figures who have passed away. In his coma, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander saw a brilliant light and encountered an angel guide. Others claim to have general knowledge and even the capacity to predict the future.
Religion is not essential
Near-death experiences have occurred in people of all genders, ages, and religions. There have been stories of atheists, like religious believers, returning from near-death experiences with their opinions changed. It describes how certain acts, such as meditation, might allow a person to enter the afterlife without dying, explaining why individuals can resurrect after death.
Science claims, however, that NDEs may be measured in terms of brain activity. Some experts believe the brain is the basis because the brain activity of those using psychedelic substances is similar to that of people having a near-death experience.
Some of the NDEs aren’t pleasant
While most of those who have had the experience express emotions of pleasure and serenity, others have had a negative encounter. According to the International Association of Near-Death Studies, negative NDEs account for between 1 to 15% of NDEs.
Those who have had the experience have seen terrifying visions, devils, and distressed animals. A person may also live every minute of their life at other times. After that, they are negatively judged by a higher authority.
After a near-death experience, it’s possible to live a meaningful
People who have had a near-death experience are more likely to understand what is essential in their lives. They know the significance of maintaining contact with their friends and family. These encounters educate us not just about the hereafter but also about how to live in the present.
We all die, but how we deal with it varies. One vital method to prepare is through end-of-life planning. We have no control over illness, cardiac arrest, or any other type of medical emergency, but we do have power over how we die and what occurs afterward. Make an end-of-life plan to communicate your wishes to your loved ones. It’s a tiny step toward a more fulfilling existence.