Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death by Pim Van Lommel

By Pim Van Lommel

As a heart specialist, Pim van Lommel was once struck through the variety of his sufferers who claimed to have near-death stories due to their middle assaults. As a scientist, this used to be tricky for him to just accept: Wouldn't or not it's scientifically irresponsible of him to disregard the proof of those tales? confronted with this drawback, van Lommel determined to layout a learn learn to enquire the phenomenon less than the managed atmosphere of a cluster of hospitals with a medically educated employees.

For greater than 20 years 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 research on near-death stories within the popular clinical magazine The Lancet. the thing triggered a world sensation because it used to be the 1st scientifically rigorous research of this phenomenon. Now to be had for the 1st time in English, van Lommel bargains an in-depth presentation of his effects and theories during this e-book that has already offered over 125,000 copies in Europe.

Van Lommel presents clinical facts that the near-death phenomenon is an real event that can not be attributed to mind's eye, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He additional unearths that when this sort of profound adventure, such a lot patients' personalities suffer an enduring switch. In van Lommel's opinion, the present perspectives at the courting among the mind and cognizance held by means of so much physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too slim for a formal knowing of the phenomenon. In Consciousness past Life, van Lommel indicates that our cognizance doesn't regularly coincide with mind capabilities and that, remarkably and considerably, recognition may be skilled become independent from the physique.

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Because the patient lost his or her life? Why are people no longer allowed to “just” die of a serious, terminal illness but instead are put on a ventilator and given artificial feeding through tubes and drips? Why do some people in the final stages of a malignant disease opt for chemotherapy, which may prolong life for a short while but certainly does not always improve the quality of their remaining life? Why is our first impulse to prolong life and delay death at all costs? Is fear of death the reason why?

So I kept silent. I spent years dedicated to a silent search. When I finally found a book in the library that mentioned an NDE, I could scarcely imagine that I’d had such an experience. Surely not? I had stopped believing myself. Only very, very gradually did I find the courage and the strength to believe myself, to trust my experience, and to start accepting and integrating it into my life. It wasn’t easy. Over the years I had developed a fairly successful survival strategy, or rather a flight strategy.

In life, our bodies change constantly from one second to the next. Yet we neither feel nor realize it. How do we explain the continuity of this constantly changing body? Cells are building blocks comparable to the building blocks of a house, but who designs, plans, and coordinates the construction of a house? Not the building blocks themselves. So the obvious question is: What explains the construction and coordination of the ever-changing body from one second to the next? All bodies function the same on a biochemical and physiological level, yet all people are different.

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