what is an nde experience?
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NDEs Are a Mystery to Most People

Also, Read about NDEs and Children

There’s no doubt that the average person is unaware of what an NDE is and whether it is real or imagined. Those who are aware of what an NDE is, might believe it’s just an imagined  hallucination, perhaps brought about by anesthesia, medication, or just plain wishful thinking.

Since the beginning of social media, people have been sharing their personal stories with the world. As a result, individuals seem more comfortable sharing their more unusual experiences, whether humorous, sad, or strange. One experience people talk about that is stranger and somewhat off-the-wall is someone claiming to have had an NDE, better known as a near-death experience.

So, Just What Is an NDE?

Near death experiences (NDEs) are a phenomenon in which a person who is close to or clinically dead, reports leaving their body and having a powerful and life-changing experience. These experiences often involve floating above one’s body, being enveloped by a brilliant light, and moving through a tunnel.

Even more intriguing, many have recounted that they arrived in something akin to an afterlife upon reaching the end of the tunnel. There they are greeted by loved ones and friends who have already passed, see visions of breathtaking landscapes, and in some accounts, meet an important religious icon that was central in their lives. Others report feeling immense joy and gaining instant insight into the nature of existence itself.

Some People Want to Stay

Many who have had a near-death experience (NDE), recount finding themselves in a kind of heavenly realm. Sometimes they are transported through a tunnel, as mentioned, and other times they report walking into a bright light accompanied by a feeling of incredible peace.
A common thread in reports of this sense of euphoria and peace say it overwhelms them, leading them to never want to leave this state of bliss. Admittedly, while not everyone having an NDE describes it in such favorable terms, many do, feeling comforted and exhilarated by the incredible beauty of the experience. Even after coming back to life, some long to go back to this place of heavenly bliss right away. Even more astounding is that countless people who have suffered a pleasant NDE report that death no longer frightens them.

Science Claims It Has the Explanation for NDEs

Are these experience real or are they simple an automatic function of the brain when the body begins to shut down.  According to science, many things are happening simultaneously when someone is nearing death. Scientists say these may be hallucinations caused by a sudden surge of energy in the brain, similar to a stroke.

Good and Bad People and NDEs

While accounts of near death experiences are numerous, no evidence supports the conventional assumption that ‘good’ people get pleasant NDEs and ‘bad’ people have distressing ones. 

Interestingly, Catholic Saints have reported hell-like NDEs, while various criminals have experienced heavenly ones. This is proof that individual behavior does not determine the outcome of a near-death experience and our beliefs are challenged by this research. 

It is impossible to predict what kind of experience someone may have, since it can differ so significantly from one person to another. So, it stands to reasons, that  the idea of a “good” or “bad” person having a specific type of near-death experience doesn’t hold water. Instead, it appears that each individual’s unique journey, no matter what kind of person they are, doesn’t determine what kind of NDE they’ll have. Therefore, while we may like to think otherwise, it cannot be automatically assumed that “good” people go to heaven and “bad” people are doomed to eternal hell.

One Man’s Hellish NDE Experience

A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, recounts his own NDE experience. This man always believed he was decent and tried to treat others with respect. He even attended church with his family every Sunday. 

One day, a car slammed head-on into his. He describes suddenly being in the depths of hell. There he witnessed unimaginable suffering. Even more terrifyingly, he was surrounded by people screaming for help and mercy, yet it was evident that help was not coming. The only thing keeping him sane at that moment was believing that God would rescue him. Immediately upon having this thought, he was thrown back into the physical realm waking up in the hospital with his family surrounding him. The man later stated that the horrifying experience changed him profoundly. He left his job soon after and became a pastor.

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Account of NDE and a Past Life Review

NDEs often prompt individuals to reevaluate their lives and morals, leading to a deeper understanding of their purpose in an instant. In this gripping account, a man, who prefers to remain anonymous, shared his incredible encounter with his physician. As he faced an imminent collision, time slowed down, allowing him to reflect on his life in a flash. Astonishingly, he even felt a detachment from his physical body as he crashed into a truck.
While in this out-of-body state, the man embarked on a life review guided by a being filled with love and light. Immersed in profound love and compassion, he reexamined his moral choices throughout his lifetime. This transformative experience revealed to him that he was an integral part of the universe with a distinct purpose. As a result, it changed how he lived his life from then on.

Blind People Can See During an NDE

Incredibly, blind people have reported being able to see clearly during their NDE. Psychiatrist and author Brian Weiss tells the story of a blind, older woman.
A woman suffered a cardiac arrest during her stay in the hospital where Weiss was working in the department of psychiatry. He related, “The woman was unconscious as the resuscitation team tried to revive her.”
The woman later reported that during the event, she left her body and stood near the window, watching the resuscitation attempt. She watched, fascinated, as the medical personnel pounded on her chest and pumped oxygen into her lungs. 
So, while the doctors were trying to bring her back, something bizarre happened. A pen slips out of the doctor’s pocket and rolls right near where her spirit-self was standing by the window. The doctor notices, picks it up, and puts it back in his pocket. All the while, everyone else is frantically working to save her life, which they succeed in doing.
A few days go by and she drops a bombshell on her doctor. She tells him that she actually saw everything that was happening during her cardiac arrest. Of course, the doctor tried to calm her down and explained that it was probably just a hallucination caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. But she wasn’t buying it. She then related how his pen rolled to the window and other key moments from the resuscitation event. But the most amazing part? The woman had been blind since birth, so there is no plausible explanation for how she could have seen any of it!

Children and NDEs

Children are incredibly innocent but also have vivid imaginations. Sadly, many parents who’ve listened to their child’s account of their near-death experience often dismiss it as a dream.

Many skeptics have questioned the accuracy of children’s near-death experience (NDE) stories, due to their young age and lack of life experience. However, research has shown that children can be extremely reliable sources for near death experiences, as they are less likely to embellish or shape their story to fit an expected narrative. 

Interestingly, children who report NDEs often have detailed memories of the experience, and even those who don’t remember much still report a strong feeling that something remarkable happened. This could point to these stories as being genuine and not simply products of the child’s imagination. 

Children Having an NDEs Can Describe It In Incredible Detail

Furthermore, many children can describe events in vivid detail that could only be known by an outside observer, such as what doctors or nurses report during a medical emergency. Can it be that when reported by children, their near-death experiences can be believed? 

Another indication of the veracity of children’s NDE stories is the consistency of their accounts across time and cultures. Studies have shown that children from different countries and backgrounds have reported similar experiences, which suggests that these stories are rooted in reality and not just the imagination. This could be seen as further evidence of its authenticity since it’s unlikely that a child would make up such a profound story with no real impact on their life.

Consciousness and the Afterlife through Near Death Experiences

The above studies of near-death experiences give considerable demonstrative evidence of consciousness after bodily death, which is not explained by current physical laws. Nor can it be explained by the medical world, this challenges certain ideas of consciousness.



Seemingly, each person’s near-death experience is not necessarily shaped by their journey in life. And, it apparently doesn’t matter what kind of person someone is that determines the kind of near-death experience they are thrown into. Although this doesn’t make sense, many NDEs often confirm this. Perhaps, it may be a higher power that ultimately decides.

Adding to this, blind individuals and children with near-death experiences may be a more reliable source that suggests that these stories are rooted in reality and not just the imagination. 

So, if you were to have an NDE, god forbid, which kind do you think it would be?

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Carol Nicholson is thirty-five years a professional Psychic Medium and author of numerous Psychic and Spiritual courses since 2001.
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