While near death experiences (NDEs) and claims to have experienced the afterlife are nothing new, one person believes she had an extraordinary experience in which she saw God. The woman, called Kate, was severely ill and was taken to hospital to be treated. However, before doctors could treat her, Kate clinically died, meaning her heart stopped beating.
While she was temporarily dead, Kate believes she saw a glimpse of the afterlife.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Kate said: “A pinpoint of light started, and I was moving rapidly towards it.
“I was picked up by a being of light who radiated peace and endless joy and compassion, not to my body, but to my soul. I didn’t care where my body was.
“At first, I could see that the being was dressed in white, but he kept getting brighter and brighter. It seemed we were going up, but we stopped, and it was a grey area.
“God wasn’t in the grey place, but God was everywhere else. We left there, and continued moving into the brightness above.
“The farther we got up the brighter the being became until I could no longer see his face. I didn’t have a life review that I can recall.
“I had been robbed at gunpoint about a year earlier and I got the mini condensed one then.
“We got to where we were going, it was like a little garden with a white picket fence, but I could not get in there.
“They told me I had to go back. I begged and pleaded, but they sent me back to my poor pain-filled body in a rush.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
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“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
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