Every so often I get the urge to post on belief. This time it’s been brought on partly by catching up on Ark’s anti religious blogs, which I incidentally enjoy, being anti organised religion myself, and a conversation I had with our old friend Herr Doktor a week or so ago.
It’s no secret that I lean towards mysticism. It so much more interesting than the other options available. So when Herr Doktor described his very own Near Death Experience I was intrigued.
His experience was pretty standard. He fell down a staircase, injuring himself badly, then experienced the tunnel of light – his was white and green, (out of this world colours, indescribable). He then arrived at a ‘platform’ where various people, his father for one, greeted him, asking what the ….. he was doing there, as it wasn’t his time. The vibes, as he explained them, were ….. ‘heavenly’? Pretty standard stuff. He then went on to tell us that he had felt ‘chains’ pulling him back. He resisted them to no avail then woke up in hospital with a broken back.
I asked him, as a medical professional, if he had an explanation for what had happened to him. He simply shook his head and changed the subject.
In recent weeks my ‘home page’ has been posting excerpts from a book on NDE’s, written by a doctor, and shortly to be published. Pretty much same old same old. One thing I noticed was that young children apparently also experience them This is not necessarily a good thing, as these kids can get hooked on the memory and long to return.
Personally, I have had a single ‘Out-of-body’ experience. A black out – I fainted, the only time ever. I doubt very much if it was an NDE. Pretoria on a hot and humid day – an embassy garden party. I hadn’t eaten. It could have been seriously embarrassing but I came to with the sensation of travelling, moving back into my body and I was euphoric. Couldn’t have given a damn. Followed by a serious headache. Easily explained. Lack of oxygen to the brain might well do this.
Whatever happened to me, I am able to identify with people who have experienced NDE’s. I have felt that indescribable joy.
So, I’ve been googling. Euphoria plus fainting. I got one hit. Similar. I am not alone, entirely :-).
I have also googled Distressing Near Death Experiences. Apparently they do happen. Something between 1 and 15% of these recalls are seriously bad news.
So, I’ve thought about this as length. Seems to me, which ever way you look at it – whether you believe in an afterlife or simply one big zero, dying is a pretty wonderful experience.
To be on the safe side, be good folks :-).
This post is a personal debate with myself – if you have any thoughts on the subject, please do tell me.