While it is likely that we will never have absolute proof of whether there is an afterlife or not, there are countless anecdotal stories of life after death. One woman, called Jeanette, believes she, however, does have the proof, after temporarily dying following a severe asthma attack. The attack was so severe, Jeanette believes she crossed over to the afterlife, where she possibly met a Norse God – Heimdall.
In Norse mythology, Heimdall is a God who possesses foreknowledge.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Jeanette said: “I had an out of body experience where I could see the doctor and nurse working around my body on the table in the emergency room.
“I was conscious of the fact that they were injecting medications to try and restore lung function, since other medications had failed. But I couldn’t feel anything they were doing.
“Shortly after observing this, I felt the sensation of being lifted upwards. I found myself floating in a void. I had a subconscious sensation of being in space above the Earth.
“The level of alertness I felt was beyond anything I have encountered. I was perfectly aware and more awake than I have ever been in life.
“”I also was aware of exactly what had happened during the asthma attack, going to the hospital, and seeing my own body.
“There wasn’t any real positive or negative sensation involved. I had a feeling of peace that any of the problems that I had been dealing with on Earth was finished.
“I felt that I didn’t need to worry about them, as though all of my affairs had been completed and taken care of exactly as they should have been.
“As I floated in the void, I was also aware that I was not alone. There was another presence with me. I didn’t ask who or what they were, but I received a voiceless message from them telling me that they were my ‘oldest friend.’
“He/they told me their name was Heimdall. I had never heard of that name before. He told me that I would always have what I needed. They did not explain what that meant.
“I remember asking, ‘Am I dead?'”
As soon as she asked the question, Jeanette awoke and was back in her body, to discover she has been clinically dead for over six minutes.
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.
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“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“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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