But Is It Real? Pediatrician Melvin Morse Reviews the NDE Research

Pediatrician Dr. Melvin Morse offers this 8-week series in response to the inquiry of one of his young patients, Chris E. The eight-year old asked Dr. Morse after having an NDE: "But is it real?"
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Chris E., age 8, asked me if his recent experience of going first to animal heaven, then human heaven, encountering a bumblebee who gave him bread, hearing heavenly music and then returning to his body was “real."
 
My team of intensive-care unit physicians and nurses had just resuscitated him after he had been trapped in the back seat of his family’s car after it flipped over a guardrail and plunged into icy cold waters. He was underwater for over 45 minutes, yet made a complete recovery.
 
He told me that during the time that we thought he was dead, he was going through a “huge noodle” to heaven. Then he scrunched up his face and had a weird look as he said, “Well, it couldn’t have been a noodle, it must have been a tunnel because noodles don’t have rainbows in them. He again said, “But was it real? Because if (what happened to me) was real, then you have to tell all the old people!"
 
As children often do, Chris quickly cut through all the noise and mental machinations about these experiences and asked the question that we all have:
 
Are these experiences real?
 
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Chasing Jesus & Finding a Christmas Tale

The photograph that runs with this column has been declared an official vision by bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt.  It consists of a mysterious spray of light coming down from the heavens directly over the church of St. Mark in Assiut, a Nile River town about 250 miles south of Cairo.  

Egyptian legend say that it was near this spot that an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him King Herod had died.  From here, the Holy Family began the return trip to Israel that would end its five year exile in Egypt, which Egyptian or “Coptic” Christians believe began when the Holy Family crossed the border from Israel to get away from King Herod who wanted to kill the baby Jesus. 

There are a few chapters in the book of Matthew about the Holy Family fleeing the wrath of King Herod, but nothing written in the Bible about what the Holy Family did nor what they learned on their flight to Egypt.  But Egyptian Christians and Muslims have collected stories over the centuries and assembled a Holy Family Trail in their country, which includes 33 sites venerated by the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The church being bathed in light in this photo is in Assuit, the 33rd site on the trail.  Like many of the others, it has been associated with miracles since it was built more than 200 years ago.  Lights have been the miracle here.  Off and on for two centuries lights have appeared to come down from the sky directly over the church steeple.  Tens of thousands of people have seen them, and many Egyptians have captured them on film....

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Apparition in the ER? What the Husband & Doctor Saw

Jeffery Olsen suffered a tragic car accident that claimed the life of his wife Tamara and their young son. In this excerpt from his book KNOWING, Jeffery Olsen describes what happened after the accident and the conversation that took place between him and his wife as they stood at the threshold of life and death:
 
I was not aware of anything beyond a few feet around me, but I knew I was in a different place. This was a place of joy. It was familiar. It was home. It felt real, but I was not injured. I was not a floating orb or ethereal energy; I was myself. The same as I had always been, only now bathed in this familiar and amazing light. My natural senses were magnified to a greater degree. There were a million questions racing through my head, but as soon as I focused on one, its answer was immediately there. There was an ancient awareness, as if I had always been in this place.

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, experimenting. There was no pain in my chest. I took another and became even more aware, as if waking up from a dream. Then I felt a familiar touch. When I opened my eyes, Tamara was right next to me. She was real, too; I could feel her. She was alive. I could feel her familiar vibration even more powerfully than her physical presence.

She looked the same as she always had, beautiful, but now I could feel her presence at a deeper level than ever before. Beyond how she looked, I was experiencing everything about the essence and power of her soul.

However, she was crying and upset.

Why were we here?
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Dr. Kenneth Ring: Laughing at Death

           Nature has symbols for her nobler joys,  
           Her nobler sorrows. Who had dared foretell  
           That only man, by some sad mockery,  
           Should learn to laugh who learns that he must die?

                      --  Wilfred Scawen Blunt 

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

                     --  Woody Allen

Not long ago, a good friend of mine, about twenty years my junior, wrote to me saying that he was already fretting about getting older: 

I have been thinking of you off and on again these days, pondering whether I should take you as my role model for how to deal with getting older. I am 61 now and quite often annoyed about the symptoms of getting older, while you often wrote things like: "There is still a lot I can be grateful for" and other encouraging things. 

 “Ah, my early sixties,” I thought wistfully, “I was in my prime then.” Well, all right, I was exaggerating, of course.

Sub-prime was more like it, I suppose, but nevertheless for me, in retrospect, during that period of my life I was still at the top of my game,...

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ASK RAYMOND #2: Absorbed into the light?

 

TODAY'S QUESTION continues our exploration of the continuity of identity.

In an earlier ASK RAYMOND, you said that after death, we are all "absorbed into the light,"  what does that mean to you?

Click on the video above to hear the answer.

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The Life Review & Being "Absorbed Into the Light"

On Monday, Raymond talked about how during the life review, people  report reviewing their lives  from the perspective of others, especially those whom they hurt during their lives.

The life review is a process of developing and deepening empathy and appears to be an important part of how we grow as "souls."

In this short response, Raymond describes being "absorbed into the light" as a process of unification that appears to occur after we die as our individual  identities dissolve in some ways while at the same time, a core identity does, indeed, remain.

Why does that individuality continue to exist? His answer is a little surprising.

This week's responses from Raymond are relatively short.

If you are left with more questions, please feel free to send them into us at [email protected] and Raymond  will get to them as soon as he can.  

You can also send questions for Jeffery Olsen and Dr, O'Driscoll to that address, so they can incorporate the answers into their live webinar presentation on  December 4.  Or you can ask your questions live that night.

Thanks, everyone!-  Lisa Smartt


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ASK RAYMOND #3: Do people choose their time of death?

 

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do people choose their time of death?

Click on the video above to hear the answer.

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Interested in our ongoing research into people's last words?  

Take a look at THE FINAL WORD, the blog of the  Final Words Project.

 

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ASK RAYMOND #1: Do our departed loved ones retain their identities in the afterlife?

 

TODAY'S QUESTIONS relate to the continuity of identity in the afterlife. 

Do people who have NDEs report that their loved ones look exactly as they did on earth? 

Is it right to think of our departed loved ones as being as we knew them when they were in this life form?  

If people reincarnate, then how would they continue to appear in apparitional form as we once knew them?

Click on the video above to hear answer to these inter-related questions.

(Note from Lisa: This segment ends a little abruptly. Some of you who watched it wanted to hear a little more about the appearance of our loved ones on the other side. Here are a few comments from me, and Raymond will respond more fully in a future blog.)

Do you know that feeling when you are in a dark room, and someone enters and you just know who it is?

 One of the things, I have heard is that when people encounter their deceased loved ones during an NDE,  often people’s kinesthetic or feeling sense is intensified, and there is a recognition of people  on the energetic level.

They can just feel others. However, that feeling is often associated with the other senses—that is, it is synesthesic. One of the qualities of afterlife experiences is that often it involves the blending of the senses, eg: “My uncle was there, and I could feel him, and it was as if he were the color blue and his voice had this silver, like the metal, quality as he spoke. I could hear him, feel him, see him in this kind of combined sensory experience.”


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ASK RAYMOND NOVEMBER 16 2019

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2018
 

Video and written responses to your questions are coming in a couple of days. We will send out an email blast to let all of you know when they are  posted!

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Margaret

My first recollection of a conscious experience takes me back to a time of sitting in my pram. I was born February 6th, 1940, so this witnessing must have been the second summer of my life.
 
As the habit was to place baby in a pram in the garden, I was strapped in safely and as I looked up, I could see little smiley faces within the branches of the Lilac tree. I also noticed next door's Sunflowers which if the sky clouded over, they would droop. Since then, they have always been my favourite flower.
 
I was brought up to attend our local Anglican church, from morning service with Communion, Sunday school in the afternoon and Evensong at six pm. Then at the age of eighteen, I attended Baptist, then Pentecostal churches, but after a year, because my Mother had some most vital evidence from a medium, I switched to investigating Spiritualism.
 
This caused my evangelical friends to pray for me most earnestly and I was warned of the Devil! When, however, I was told by another medium I came here to contribute to the "Age of Aquarius" entering in, I did not completely understand but "knew" I was due to be involved in something most important.
 
In February of 2019, I will be seventy-nine and until now it has been a roller coaster ride, from many angles and my spiritual experiences are tied up most tightly with practical, emotional encounters, some, which might say were mistakes.
 
This could be true, but it is not all cut and dried is it? Many times, although it does not seem so, these mistakes can result in being of service to others.
 
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The Great Debate: Is Death a Dead End? The Case for the Prosecution

Of course, when you’re in that in-between zone – what the Tibetans call a “bardo” – after your life is over but before you’ve died, you have plenty of time to think – to ruminate and to wonder what will happen to you when you finally cross that threshold and enter the house of death. 

Oh, perhaps before I follow that train of thought, I guess I should clarify what I meant when I wrote that line about my life being over.  Obviously, either I’m still here or a ghost is writing this.  What I meant was that the really active part of my life has finished – no more rapturous love affairs, exciting adventures, extensive travels, doing research, writing books, and so forth – all the activities that I enjoyed so much during my life until recent years.  Yes, I still have my quieter pleasures, as I have written, but mostly I am just waiting – waiting to die.  And can’t help speculating what will happen once I do.

 Lately, I have been reading a little philosophy, not about life and death matters, but in doing so, it has occurred to me that so many of the world’s great thinkers are professed atheists and are convinced that when we die, that’s it.  Poof! Death brings annihilation to our individual personalities and to all consciousness.  We enter into a sleep from which we never awaken.

 Let’s consider this roster of the world’s greatest minds who hold this view. There’s Friedrich Nietzsche, of course, who became the most influential philosopher of...

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