A near-death experience (NDE), refers to a variety of personal experiences related with impending death. These experiences may have numerous possible sensations including detachment from the body; feelings of levitation; extreme fear; total serenity, security, or warmth; the experience of absolute dissolution; and the presence of a light. Some of these sensations are not unlike those experienced during an out-of-body experience (OBE) that normally involves a sensation of floating outside of one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body. OBEs are often part of the near-death experience and have been reported to be associated with a physical or mental trauma.
These phenomena are usually reported after a person has been pronounced clinically dead or very close to death. Many NDE reports, however, originate from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased. Many in the scientific community regard such experiences as hallucinatory that may be brought on by some types of general anesthesia, while paranormal specialists and some mainstream scientists claim them to be evidence of an afterlife.
Many patients have reported dreaming while under anesthesia, and most of their dreams are pleasant and may be prompted by a conversation they hear while under anesthesia, according to a January 3, 2007, news release from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dreaming while under anesthesia is a poorly understood phenomenon and has been attributed to patients overhearing conversations and events in the OR.
A study of three hundred healthy patients ages 18 to 50 scheduled for surgery under general anesthesia were asked after recovery if they had experienced any dreams, and if so they were asked to describe their dreams. Nearly one-third of the patients reported dreaming. The reported dreams were mostly pleasant and meaningful to the patient. Although some of the dreams appeared to be triggered by surgical team conversations overheard by the patient.
Now With this all said let us try and coordinate some of this information to a near death experience (NDE). First surgery no matter if it is elective or emergency there is going to be physical and mental trauma. Second most likely you are under some form of general anesthesia. Third you here the doctor say something like come on people we are losing him or you here the heart monitor go flat line.
Now knowing that your brain doses not die as soon as your heart stops is it possible that in your unconscious mind begins to dream in a lucid form and you actually see yourself rise out of your body and float above the operating room, or are you truly having a spiritual near death experience (NDE)?
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