Most near-death experiences are considered to be proof of an afterlife. For the majority the people who experience them feel reassured by the hope it gives them. However, Dr Penny Sartori believes otherwise. #WhatIs A Near-Death Experience?, explores the consciousness and how these experiences can be explained through science.
“When we consider the question of whether or not NDEs are some sort of confirmation of life after death, it might be more important to ask the question ‘What is consciousness?’ My personal beliefs are that the body and the brain are not the producers of all things. They aren’t the initiators, they don’t come first – but that life begins with consciousness. This seems to be indicated by research into NDEs. If consciousness is produced by the brain then there should be no experience when someone has a cardiac arrest. Yet hospital research… shows that people whose brains are not receiving oxygen are reporting clear… and heightened states of awareness.
One way of explaining NDEs is to explore the possibility that consciousness is primary and ‘non-local’. The heightened state of consciousness experience by NDErs is constantly around us and within us, but we are not aware of it because the brain filters it out. However, there are times in our life when our brains become physiologically impaired – for example, when we are approaching death or during a near-death event. The brain’s filter action subsequently relaxes… it merely allows this heightened state of consciousness to be experienced in its entirety.
This way of thinking about consciousness makes sense and might yet wider implications for the way we live. It opens the possibility for a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all people and things, as sensed by so many NDErs during life reviews. It is remarkable how many NDErs are inspired by their experience to examine the repercussions of their actions on other people and on the world around them.”
– From #WhatIs A Near-Death Experience? by Dr Penny Sartori.
Do you believe that NDEs can be explained through science? Or is there something deeper to consider?
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