A MAN who had a brush with death believes he saw the afterlife, where he was bathed in light in an otherworldly realm.
By SEAN MARTIN
Dec 23, 2020
Following an accident as a child, a man named Chris believes he was taken to the afterlife. While Chris was not clinically dead, he was unconscious for several minutes following an accident, and believes he saw the afterlife. The afterlife, according to Chris, consists of being bathed in a “formless” light where one instantly forgets about what came before.
He also said that the place he was in was “perfect” where he was no longer a physical being.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Chris said: “I suddenly found myself in a different realm. It was formless, light, and colourful. I didn’t see anyone. It was like a soft, light-bath.
“I was fully surrounded in and a part of this light. I felt at one with the light and at peace. I was definitely ‘me,’ but I didn’t’ have a body. In this place, my old life didn’t exist.
“I had no thought of the life on earth. I was just there, and ‘there’ was perfect.
“Then I felt a strange, sucking sensation. It felt like I was being pulled into and becoming something else at the same time.
“As I got closer, I could see my old life coming back to me. I suddenly remembered I had this other life with school, family, and friends.
“I had a sinking feeling of ‘oh no, not this’ and I knew I’d have to face all the mess of normal life again.
“I even had this feeling about my own family. Although I loved them, my family was imperfect and unhappy in many ways.
“The realm I visited is so hard to quantify or describe, because it was totally formless so it was purely a subjective experience. There is no way to explain it to other people
“When I came back to my body, I recognised my life with the feeling of ‘oh this thing again.’ It was as if I had forgotten about this life, but then remembered it only when I came back into the body.”
While Chris believes his experience is proof of the afterlife, researchers state that the vivid vision is actually associated with a surge in brain activity as one dies.
Researchers from the University of Michigan came to this conclusion after they clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.
The found a huge surge in brain activity in the final 30 seconds of the rodents’ life.
Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.
“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”
Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.
Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”