Near-death experiences leave PTSD

Near-death experiences are more frequent than you think

Near-death experiences (NDE) research led me to a summary of the literature 😊 Do I really need to go to another reference with this article that mentions a wide range of literature, including one of my favourite books Tibetan Book of the Dead, which describes the mind before and after death). To those raised in religious cultures, there are models of explanation, or I call it different lenses….  like the medical versus psychological lens when it comes to diagnosis for observable symptomology.

The extract resonates with what I’ve been writing and saying. On Oct 21, then for 2 more nights, my blood potassium levels were a quarter of what they should be. Liquorice tea overdoses had caused beta blockers to stop the transfer of potassium infusions. On another night I felt my heart stop more than once and decided to stay sitting up. During the approximate 6- 8 week lead up, I experienced increasing heart failure from drinking too much liquorice root tea and for too many days.

To use a car engine analogy, imagine how much improvement in performance would be noticeable when suddenly four cylinders are working after limping along on one? 😊 How much energy do you expect to see in a human with a renewed burst of heart performance?

The normal level enhanced by relief, joy and gratitude for another chance at life 😊

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Scientific Evidence for Near-death experiences

Here’s some extracts from  which support what I’ve just shared:-

“Any close brush with death reminds us of the precariousness and fragility of life and can strip away the layers of psychological suppression that shield us from uncomfortable thoughts of existential oblivion. For most, these events fade in intensity with time, and normality eventually reasserts itself (although they may leave post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] in their wake). But near-death experiences are recalled with unusual intensity and lucidity over decades.”

Ch 44 of Alida Gets Life demonstrates the clarity of my recall today, as I was just writing off the top of my head, so to speak.

“sensations of pleasure and even euphoria; and short but intense dreams, often involving conversations with family

Near-death experiences
photo from ‘pearly gates’

members, that remain vivid to them many years afterward. These intensely felt experiences, triggered by a specific physical insult, typically do not have any religious character (perhaps because participants knew ahead of time that they would be stressed until they fainted).”

“Why the mind should experience the struggle to sustain its operations in the face of loss of blood flow and oxygen as positive and blissful rather than as panic-inducing remains mysterious. It is intriguing, though, that the outer limit of the spectrum of human experience encompasses other occasions in which reduced oxygen causes pleasurable feelings of jauntiness, light-headedness and heightened arousal—deep water diving, high-altitude climbing, flying, the choking or fainting game, and sexual asphyxiation.”

Perhaps such ecstatic experiences are common to many forms of death as long as the mind remains lucid and is not dulled by opiates or other drugs given to alleviate pain. The mind, chained to a dying body, visits its own private version of heaven or hell before entering Hamlet’s “undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.”

This article was originally published with the title “Tales of the Dying Brain” in Scientific American 322, 6, 70-75 (June 2020) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0620-70

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