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By Pim Van Lommel

As a heart specialist, Pim van Lommel used to be struck by way of the variety of his sufferers who claimed to have near-death reviews due to their middle assaults. As a scientist, this used to be tough for him to just accept: Wouldn't or not it's scientifically irresponsible of him to disregard the facts of those tales? confronted with this obstacle, van Lommel made up our minds to layout a study research to enquire the phenomenon less than the managed surroundings of a cluster of hospitals with a medically knowledgeable employees.

For greater than two decades van Lommel systematically studied such near-death reviews in a wide selection of medical institution sufferers who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers released his examine on near-death reviews within the popular scientific magazine The Lancet. the item triggered a global sensation because it was once the 1st scientifically rigorous examine of this phenomenon. Now on hand for the 1st time in English, van Lommel deals an in-depth presentation of his effects and theories during this publication that has already offered over 125,000 copies in Europe.

Van Lommel presents medical proof that the near-death phenomenon is an actual adventure that can not be attributed to mind's eye, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He additional unearths that when this kind of profound adventure, so much patients' personalities endure an enduring switch. In van Lommel's opinion, the present perspectives at the dating among the mind and awareness held by way of so much physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too slim for a formal realizing of the phenomenon. In Consciousness past Life, van Lommel exhibits that our awareness doesn't consistently coincide with mind services and that, remarkably and considerably, realization can also be skilled break away the physique.

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Yet recently I read in a study that unconditional love between human beings is an illusion. And they refuse to believe me! This is why I feel like an outsider sometimes. This is why I’m always, especially during vacations, on the lookout for landscapes, for colors and flowers that I’ve seen but can’t find again. This is why I can’t stand arguments—I want to go back to those peaceful surroundings. As a matter of fact, I’m incapable of arguing. Having made my inner journey to where I am now, I’m glad that I had my NDE.

This doesn’t seem to matter. There’s a rattling of tongs, scissors, trays, and tissues. My husband passes out and is pulled out of the delivery room and left in the corridor. Suddenly I realize that I’m looking down at a woman lying on a bed with her legs in supports. I see the nurses and doctors panicking, I see a lot of blood on the bed and on the floor, I see large hands pressing down hard on the woman’s belly, and then I see the woman giving birth to a child. The child is immediately taken to another room.

There were also some reports of a life review or the perception of a border. The third category included patients who reported a combination of the first and second categories in an uninterrupted sequence of the various elements. This was recorded in approximately 20 percent of the NDEs. The term autoscopic, as used by Sabom, is actually incorrect for an out-of-body experience. In the event of an autoscopy, a patient (usually with psychiatric symptoms) observes a kind of double of the self from the vantage point of his or her own physical body.

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