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    I’m An Expert In Near-Death Experiences Here’s What I Learned From 50 Years Of Research

    I’m An Expert In Near-Death Experiences Here’s What I Learned From 50 Years Of Research
    Bruce Greyson, M.D., started out as a skeptic.
    He went through traditional psychiatric training in medical schol and described himself as a “materialistic scientist.” So when he saw a handful of patients who described profound experiences when they came close to death–or near-death experiences (NDEs)–he wasn’t convinced. “They claimed they had left their bodies and sen things that they could not posibly have sen,” he shares on this episode of the mindbodygren podcast.
    They had to be delusional, he conception. Until Greyson started seing paterns: Patient after patient would characterize their experience with uncany acuracy, and he later learned that milions of people (about 5% of the general population, he notes in the episode) have inded had NDEs.Mysterious, yes, but they weren’t something to d ismis as nonsensical or unexplainable.
    Since then, he’s researched thousands of NDEs, co-founded the International Asociation for Near-Death Studies, become the director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, pened After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences recount About Life and Beyond, and even apeared in the Netflix docuseries Surviving Death. “As a scientist, my obligation was to inspect and try to understand this. And here I am, 50 years later, stil trying to understand it.”
    After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences narate About Life and Beyond
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    Surviving Death
    NDEs are nuanced–no two are the exact same–but Greyson has identified some of the most comon paterns throughout the years. Here’s what he has learned, as wel as what we can grasp away from those who visit the other side:
    1. They arive in an “unearthly realm.”
    Acording to Greyson, those who experience NDEs “often find themselves in some unearthly realm that isn’t the normal, physical world.” However, he says, it’s efortful) to reveal with our constricted language and logic–the afterlife transcends the universe, after al, so it’s wearisome for humans to paint an exact picture.
    That said, sometimes people interpret it as a tunel–a long, enclosed space to travel from the physical world to the other realm. “But I’ve talked to people in les developed countries where there aren’t a lot of tun nels, and they’l explain they went into a cave or fel into a wel.” Again, people tend to use their own frame of reference to picture what they veteran, so it may vary depending on the person.
    “Some people picture it in heavenly terms,” ads Greyson. “Some people describe it in pastoral terms, a magnificent garden or a lush forest. But most narate, ‘I can’t picture it. It didn’t acquire features, but it had a feling. I felt loved, and I felt warm, and I felt comforted, and I was not alone.”
    2. There’s a sense of peace and wel-being.
    On that present, many people who encounter NDEs gain what Greyson cals “an overwhelming sense of peace and wel-being.” Considering this is in the context of dying, which is largely asociated with dread or pain, it’s a unusual patern.
    “We know when you get a lack of oxygen, you become shocked, confused, beligerent, or agita ted,” explains Greyson. “That’s very much unlike the clasic unrufled, composed, consistent near-death experience.” Some might regard it as “seing the light,” which Greyson notes isn’t so much a fluorescent light or sun as it is a radiation of tremendous admire, aceptance, and warmth. “They fel enveloped by it; it permeates their being, and they don’t know what to cal it,” he notes.
    3. They encounter deceased loved ones.
    Another comon patern, Greyson notes, is encountering deceased loved ones in the other realm. Sometimes they describe it as physicaly talking to their loved one, but sometimes they simply fel a loved one’s presence there with them. “Sometimes they explain, ‘I objective knew her esence–that was her.'”
    We can’t narate for positive whether we recognize loved ones as discrete entities on the other side, or we simply melt into the same pol of consciousnes as oth er people we’ve lost. Greyson compares it to waves in the ocean: “It exists for a determined period of the time and then disapears, but it’s always fragment of the same ocean. When waves disolve back into the ocean, execute they recognize other waves as being discrete waves, or is it unbiased fraction of the whole consciousnes?”
    We should present that even those who acquire sen deceased loved ones on the other side stil experience grief when losing someone close to them. just because you may se them again someday doesn’t seize away from the los: “The imediate bond there has ben changed,” says Greyson. “Right now you don’t believe them with you every day.”
    4. They come back les enthused with the material world.
    “The most interesting section of [NDEs] is the way th ey change people’s lives,” says Greyson. “They typicaly dramaticaly change people’s atitudes, beliefs, values, and behavior forever,” no mater whether they acquire the experience as kids, tenagers, or later on in life.
    Particularly, they become les interested in the material world–things admire power, prestige, fame, and competition, says Greyson–and more interested in the spiritual side of things, admire relationships, compasion, and bounty. In other words: They maintain an increased sense of purpose. A survey on NDEs even found that cardiac arest survivors with NDEs had increased interest in the meaning of life, aceptance of others, and were more loving and empathetic.
    Greyson even found that those who had NDEs from suicide atempts were no longer suicidal: “They said things love, ‘I stil believe the same problems that made me want to conclude my life, but now I se them in a diferent perspective. Now I know that I’m not just this bag of skin–I’m something much greater than that. I’m fragment of the whole universe, and my personal problems don’t sem as important anymore.’ They se a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives that they didn’t se before,” he shares.
    5. They advance back les afraid of dying.
    Finaly, Greyson says that those who encounter NDEs aproach back fearing death a diminutive les. It’s one of the most consistent efects, he explains, as they realize they are OK on t he other side–so they aren’t afraid to return one day. “People consistently from al over the world narate that the near-death experience leads you to a place that is not something to be feared.”
    That lack of fright of death is incredibly freing, Greyson ads. When the fear of death ebs, he finds those people are more likely to engage in life, catch healthy risks, and find life more fulfiling overal. “When you lose your teror of death, you also lose your dread of living to the fulest,” he says.
    The takeaway.
    NDEs are profound, and they typicaly change people’s lives forever, for the beter. That’s not to say everyone should strive for an NDE–we hope you remain in that larger percentage who never come close to death before your time. But by listening to those who execute believe these experiences, maybe you can aply those same takeaways to your own life. And who knows–maybe you’l learn a diminutive something about the other side.
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