HOW LONG DOES CONSCIOUSNESS REMAIN AFTER DEATH? with Melvin Morse MD

 

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.

**************

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. 
Continue Reading...

ARE THE SKEPTICS RIGHT? with Melvin Morse MD

 

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.

**************

 

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. 

 

Continue Reading...

“YOU’LL THINK I AM CRAZY BUT. . . .”

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.

 ******************

 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...

Continue Reading...

"AND THEN I WAS BACK..." Children's NDEs with Dr. Melvin Morse

Beyond the Telling of Stories:  Studies of Survivors of Near Death

Eight-year-old Jesse Lotte nearly died of liver failure from fulminant mononucleosis. She was in the Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital for three days in a profound coma, and suffered clinical death from a total body shutdown.

Yet she survived and made a full recovery.

We interviewed Jesse as part of our research study of all survivors of near death at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1985-2000. We did not accept volunteers to our study. We had no idea whether or not the children we interviewed had any sort of experiences associated with surviving near death.

In fact, our bias was that they did not have any experiences. Our research team, comprised of the departmental heads of the Intensive Care Unit and Neurology as well as a host of medical students,  had the traditional scientific viewpoint that when you are dead, you are dead. We thought that when patients go into coma and die, consciousness ceases and they experience only darkness and then nothing at all.

We were then shocked to interview Jesse Lotte about nearly dying and hear her say that she remembered her own death. She said that she heard and saw the nurses coming into her room and bringing “that crash cart thing."  She then said “...and then I saw my grandmother (who had previously died). She was just sitting there. I was here (in her bed) and she was there (beside the bed). I was just so shocked to see her.”

As can be seen in the above picture, Jesse’s grandmother was surrounded by a...

Continue Reading...

I DIDN'T THINK YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO GOD

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...

Continue Reading...

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?"
**********
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?
 
Can we trust the information contained in them? Is there...
Continue Reading...

OCTOBER 15, 2018 ASK RAYMOND with Pediatric NDE Researcher Melvin Morse M.D.

 

Do you have a question you would like to ask? My guests, columnists, and I are all glad to answer your questions. This month we are featuring Dr. Melvin Morse who has researched pediatric NDEs and the science of intuition.

Dear Raymond:

Actually, the idea of *never* ceasing to exist, ever, not after a million billion trillion quadrillion quintillion etc etc years, sounds Hellish to me. What's the endgame here?   Are we supposed to merge back with the Creator, or...?

Thank you,

Melissa

Melissa:
Melvin and I decided to answer your question together in this short video. Thank you so much for asking it!

 ******************** 

Dear Raymond:

I have a question about the emotional state of people after they die and are in the afterlife. Do those who have passed on, forgive people whom they believe have committed real and/or imagined acts against them?

I’m asking this because I’ve had family members pass away who were always upset with other family for various and sundry slights or actions they believed were committed against them. I want to believe that those family are at peace now, having forgotten or  forgiven others. Also, it would give me peace to know they are happy.

Sincerely, 

Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN

Dear Holly:

My impression is that the life review in the experience of the dying is a sort of clearing process where all that gets sorted out and understood at another level. So, in sum, I don’t think people take grudges into the next life as they undergo a life review first.

The life review process changes the...

Continue Reading...
Close

Enjoyed this article?

Sign up and receive regular posts from Illuminating.