Part Two, But Is It Real? Series with Dr. Melvin Morse Better Understanding Consciousness Through Children's NDEs
Sometimes the accounts of near-death experiences themselves contain elements which prove that they are “real," meaning that we can trust the information gained from them.
Eight-year old Jamie Untinen nearly died from a severe brain infection. During the time she was clinically dead, she thought that she floated out of her physical body and met Jesus.
“He was very nice,” she said. She also saw a light which told her “who she was and where she was to go."
I personally resuscitated Jamie Unitinen. She was part of my study of children who survived cardiac arrest, done at Seattle Children’s Hospital under the supervision of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and the Hospital’s Human Subject Research Review Board. I know that she was clinically dead during the time that she says she was out of her body, visiting Jesus and angels, and meeting “grandpas, grammas and babies waiting to be born."
Jamie was rushed to Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington by her private physician after she went into a coma in his office. She had a form of bacterial brain infection which should have resulted in death within a few hours of presentation. Instead she lived to...
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....
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?
Was the crash a bad dream, or had I died? Had we both...
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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...
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.
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
Interested in our ongoing...
TODAY'S QUESTION: Do people choose their time of death?
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Interested in our ongoing research into people's last words?
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.”
Dr. Ken Ring in...