These experiences along with many others are collectively referred to as 'near death experiences' or NDE's.
NDE's have become so common that some researchers have sub divided them into five separate stages: peace, body separation, entering darkness, seeing the light and finally entering the light.
More people experience the first stages of NDE than the later stages.
There have been many theories of what is taking place during an NDE. Common amongst more spiritual people is that it is the transition from life to the afterlife. Many cite it as proof positive that the human consciousness can survive the death of the physical body.
Sceptics of the spiritual outlook claim that the symptoms of the NDE are caused by the brain releasing large amounts of DMT (Dimethyltryptamine, a naturally occurring psychedelic) into the system in order to prevent its host and itself from suffering further trauma and shock.
It is also noted that many of the NDE 'symptoms' are felt not just by people in life dangering events but also by people in deep meditation and those lucidly dreaming. These facts are also said to prove that NDE experiences have no link to a existence or proof of the afterlife.
However it should be understood that many people utilise meditation, lucid dreaming and the use of DMT for spiritual practices. These practices have been used for many, many years by those seeking to better experience and commune with the spirit realms.
Even if the brain itself is causing these events could it be priming the experiencers consciousness for the afterlife?
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Have you experienced an NDE for yourself?
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( Question suggested by Vanessa S )