WHAT IT MEANS TO "DIE" and "WAKE UP"

Jan 31, 2019

Rajiv Parti MD, and the Lessons of His NDE

I have written a dozen books on near-death experiences (NDEs), four of which are New York Times bestsellers. The subject of NDEs is one I’m devoted to, and as a result I am constantly in contact with researchers in the field of near death studies as well as those who have had the experience.

NDEs are extraordinary. The idea of leaving one’s body at the point of death, traveling to a Heavenly realm and seeing beloved relatives who have passed, is truly the hero’s journey of our modern age. People who could have died are now kept alive with technology and medicine that didn’t exist just a few years ago. It is because of those advances that the threshold of death is pushed back and NDEs become deeper and the stories richer.

It is these stories that may eventually answer mankind’s greatest question: What happens when we die?

Which brings us to Dr. Rajiv Parti, former chief of anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. His is most likely the best NDE I have ever heard, not just for the experience itself, but for the transformation it led to.

In 2008 Rajiv Parti, MD, was Chief of Anesthesiology at Heart Hospital in Bakersfield, California. He derived his identity and happiness from the incredible amount of wealth and prestige his job gave him. He lived in a mansion, had several luxury cars, and was able to purchase most any material goods he wanted.

For some reason this made him feel invincible.

In August of that year - everything changed. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A routine surgery to treat it, in the...

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ASK RAYMOND JANUARY 2019 : Questions from Brenton, Sandra, and Carlos

Jan 23, 2019

Raymond Moody answers questions from:

BRENTON

Are there any published studies on the validity of the near-death experience?

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First of all, in one of his recent blogs, Dr, Melvin Morse does an excellent job of explaining the science of the NDE and offers many research studies. He will also be offering a workshop this coming weekend January 26th that sheds light on how science answers the question, "Are NDEs REAL?"

The biggest challenge for me in answering your question is in the whole notion of what it means to measure the validity of an experience that is not inherently a materialistic one.

That is, can we measure something immaterial with the tools used for measuring the tangible?  Could I, for example, use a hammer to measure love?  Are we using two different tools or realities with such different qualities that it is impossible to apply one to the other?

For example, there are research studies in which researchers use pictures on the ceiling tiles in order to determine if people who are resuscitated will see them and identify them if they have an out-of-body-experience.

This assumes that when one is dead and out of body that the same conditions for perception and awareness applies as when we are in our bodies. We do not know enough yet about how consciousness exists to fully measure it. 

As I am a philosopher, I just cannot understand how we can measure transcendence with anything in the physical world. However, gratefully, Melvin and others  have a different view and might be able to satisfy your curiosity more...

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HEAVEN: AN EXCERPT from BECOMING STARLIGHT by Dr. Sharon Prentice

Jan 21, 2019

Excerpted from Becoming Starlight: A Shared Death Journey from Darkness to Light by Sharon Prentice, PhD. Copyright © 2018 by Sharon Prentice. https://sharonprentice.com

 

SHARON PRENTICE

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Heaven. There are many different words for it in many different languages. And each day, it’s a “place” that’s referred to more than any other in the world. Why? Every single race, religion, ethnicity, and culture—members of each one believe in the concept of Heaven. Religious scholars and philosophers have debated, argued, and fought over the very nature of Heaven since time immemorial and they have written reams and reams of papers about it and stockpiled book after book on library shelves for millennia.  

But it’s not the conversations or writings of the religious scholars or philosophers that touch the true nature of “that place.” It’s the conversations that take place in the hospices, hospitals, ICU’s and funerals of the world that take us into the soul of humanity and, therefore –into Heaven. It’s in times of great personal trauma that many of these discussions take place. And, sometimes, these private moments can become very heated due to the stress and fear that exist in the trying moments before the death of a loved one. Once the word “Heaven” is spoken out loud, the underlying, unacknowledged, unspoken word that goes with it is death. Fear that death is near--especially in the waiting rooms of the ICU--prompts exchanges that are not normally heard in everyday family...

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THE CREATIVE MIND & THE SKEPTICAL VIEW with Dr. Andrew Newberg

Jan 19, 2019

ANDREW RESPONDS TO PATRICK:

Could the new musical or creative gifts that can come after an NDE be brought on by damage to the left side of the brain, forcing the right side to become more dominant?? Is the soul separate from the brain?  

It is possible that as changes occur in one part of the brain, previously dormant abilities are "released". It may not be as simple as a left vs right thing. For example, some elements of music are more left sided because of the mathematical and systematic aspects of music.

The right hemisphere tends to be the more creative side, but often needs the left hemisphere to fully express this creativity. However, the overall thought that as various parts of the brain are affected by a given injury, other parts can take over or become enhanced in their functioning, can certainly happen.

As to whether the soul is separate from the brain, that depends on your perspective of the soul. If you consider the soul the part of us that makes human beings unique, then the soul could be material and based on brain functions that enable us to have language, love, compassion, and creativity.

On the other hand, from a religious/spiritual perspective, the soul is something that is immaterial and connects us with God or some universal consciousness. If that is the case, the soul likely interacts with the brain, but is still separate from the brain. Of course, where the soul actually is may be difficult to determine given such a perspective. My field of work, neurotheology, encourages us to explore all of the possibilities and also take into account the possibility that...

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PRE-BIRTH VS. AFTER-DEATH CONSCIOUSNESS with Melvin Morse MD

Jan 18, 2019
 

DALI ASKS:

Why do we remember everything from our wider consciousness world visit, after an NDE, but nothing from our pre-birth wider consciousness visit?!

 Learn more from Melvin at his SCIENCE of NDEs live webinar on January 26th.   Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the $15 fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 
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HOW LONG DOES CONSCIOUSNESS REMAIN AFTER DEATH? with Melvin Morse MD

Jan 18, 2019
 

CHOQUERO ASKS:

Can you speculate, along with the research you've done, about what happens to consciousness with the passage of time (and by passage of time, I mean time here in the physical). 

Do you have an opinion about whether the consciousness of someone who's died goes through changes of any kind that make it no longer possible or desirable to make "contact" with those still living?

Learn more with Dr. Melvin Morse during his SCIENCE of NDE live webinar on January 26th from 1-3 pm. Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the  $15 registration fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 
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ARE THE SKEPTICS RIGHT? with Melvin Morse MD

Jan 18, 2019
 

STEVEN ASKS:

Do you believe that any of the skeptic's arguments such as the brain closing down, chemicals being released, REM intrusion, invalidate the NDE?  

Melvin will speak about all these things-- from REM intrusion to brain functioning at end of life-- during his SCIENCE of NDEs live webinar on January 26th.   Scholarships are still available for those who cannot afford the $15 fee.

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Melvin L. Morse MD is a pioneer of near-death research, especially in children. He did the first "gold standard" prospective studies of NDEs after cardiac arrest at Seattle Children's Hospital and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature. He applies the lessons of the NDE to his research in the neuroscience of spirituality, applied remote viewing, energy healing, meditation and personal transformation. His organization The Recidivism Prevention Group utilizes spiritual tools to facilitate the ex-incarcerated's re-entry to society. 

 

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GOODBYE TO ALL THAT

Jan 07, 2019

 Dr. Ring enjoys hearing from his readers. If you have comments about his blog posts, please send them to [email protected] .

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What is the bane of an old man’s life?  That’s obvious.  Naturally, it is the body.  But what is the bane of an old professor’s life?  (No fair peeking ahead!)

Give up?  I will tell you.

It’s his archive. Oy, what troubles it has caused me during this time of waiting for the end to come. Rumor has it that I will perish, but meanwhile I have been consumed with the effort to make sure that my archive survives my death.  It’s paper immortality I am going for.

Let’s start at the beginning.  What is an archive?  In my case, it’s all the professional crap I had accumulated during my forty or so years as a professor and author that I had felt worth preserving in hopes that one day an enterprising biographer would find his or her delight in trawling through it.  (If there are any takers out there, get in touch.  I’m taking applications.)  The contents of my particular archive consist mainly of records of my research, interview tapes with near-death experiencers, reprints of articles I’ve written, original copies of some of my books on NDEs, lecture and workshop notes, files of all the professional presentations I’ve given, professional correspondence, and tons of letters I’ve received from people of all sorts, mostly describing various kinds of unusual experiences they have had.  In short, the paper...

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GUIDING OUR LOVED ONES HOME by Michael and Linda Quinn

Jan 07, 2019

Soul Release Intercession &  The Journey Home: Inspiring Passages From Near-Death Experiences to Comfort the Dying  

Linda and I want to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Dr. Raymond Moody and Lisa Smartt, MA, co-founders of the University of Heaven, for inviting us to write this guest blog. Raymond and Lisa are clear evidence of NDE experiencer Dr. George Ritchie’s directive that “The central message of the near-death experience is that life is inherently sacred and must be lived with blessed intensity and purpose.” 

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A Brief Overview

Okay, let’s state right upfront…witnessing and experiencing death can be overwhelming. But it’s inevitable, like taxes, right? Ultimately, we’re all in the same boat. Nevertheless, the way in which we witness and experience death can make the difference between experiencing great stress and what can be the most sacred and beautiful experience of our life.

If you are preparing for the death of a loved one, or perhaps preparing for  your own eventual transition, a myriad of emotions are probably summoned, including fear, helplessness, loneliness, grief, even wonder/curiosity.

As hospice volunteers for many years, Linda and I have been privileged to assist numerous families and their loved ones who are dying with confronting these entirely legitimate emotions. Their pain is so VERY real.

The heightened emotional states one enters as they ponder, witness or enter into death provoke the question: “Are we helpless at this most holy stage in...

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“YOU’LL THINK I AM CRAZY BUT. . . .”

Jan 04, 2019

Enjoying Dr. Morse's blog articles about pediatric NDEs? If so, join  Melvin for  a live webinar with Raymond Moody on January 8th. Click here to find out more.

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 How Can NDEs Be Real If Having One Means You Are Crazy?

I was counseling one of my young patients  on what to expect after having his tonsils out. I was just getting to the good part where I was going to tell him that he would get to eat ice cream for a week, when his grandfather interrupted me and said vehemently, “Tell him about the tunnel”? 

“What do you mean?” I asked. “What tunnel?”

“You know,” the elderly man said, “the tunnel he’ll see after he gets his tonsils out."

“Oh don’t listen to him," his daughter (the young man’s mother) said to me. “He’s crazy. He is always talking about the tunnel he saw when he had his tonsils out when he was a child. Don’t pay any attention to him."

Even though I was already 30 minutes behind in my schedule, and my nurse was giving me the “hurry up” look, I took the time to ask the man, “What do mean that he will see a tunnel?”

The elderly gentleman sat back in his chair and said, “You’ll think I am crazy, but when I had my tonsils out, I saw a tunnel. Then I went down the tunnel. The sides of it were lined with lights like airplane landing lights. I came out on a beach, where it was so beautiful. I felt so loved, so at peace. I have never forgotten how wonderful it was. I learned that life is about trying to...

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