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|Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:23 pm Post subject: Scientists study out of body experiences
|Scientists study 'out of body experiences'
People who report seeing bright lights or tunnels as they leave their bodies in near-death experiences are having their claims treated seriously in a hospital study.
By Jessica Salter
Last Updated: 10:51AM BST 18 Sep 2008
Scientists study out of body experiences
Sceintists will see if consciousness continues after brain death Photo: Justin Sutcliffe
Doctors in hospitals in Britain and the US will study 1,500 heart attack patients to see if people with no heartbeat or brain activity can have "out of body" experiences.
Some people report being able to soar out of their bodies and look down on themselves and medical staff.
The study at 25 UK and US hospitals will include doctors placing images on shelves that are only visible from the ceiling to test the theory.
Dr Sam Parnia, an intensive care doctor who is heading the study, said: "If you can demonstrate that consciousness continues after the brain switches off, it allows for the possibility that the consciousness is a separate entity.
"It is unlikely that we will find many cases where this happens, but we have to be open-minded.
"And if no one sees the pictures, it shows these experiences are illusions or false memories.
"This is a mystery that we can now subject to scientific study."
Dr Parnia said that after a cardiac arrest, where the body is technically dead, doctors restart the heart and reverse the dying process.
He said: "What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process."
Hospitals involved include Addenbrookes in Cambridge, University Hospital in Birmingham and the Morriston in Swansea, as well as nine hospitals in the US.
first of all I must admit I am not a really religous person , having thought that a real loving god would not craete so much suffering in our world!
Having said that , I died on the operating table june 17 , 2008.during a heart event.
I watched the stent prosedure on a tv monitor , when the 3rd stent went into place I saw what looked like smoke around my heart. just at that time I started to lift out of my body and realised that I was or had died.
The first thing that came to mind was should I start begging for mercy from God ? I said to my self No. I have been a good , generous , loving person all of my life , an attempt for forgiveness is wrong.
Then I realised that I was on a level area above the operating room some what cloud like . that is when I questioned where is Jesus ??? where is some thing or some one to guide me ?
suddenley I realised that to my upper right rear was some one or enity sitting on a cast iron park bench with legs crossed in a casual way. Even though I could not turn to see who it was.
I knew it was a caucasion male 30 yrs +-
Who said to me "YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DIE .."
at that instant I recall white objects w/ a silver face (2)hovering above me .
when I awoke in ccu 3 hours after the event, all was well and I realied I no longer feared death Nor did i want it.
In my childhood I had such experiences, out of body and in tunnel with an incredible speed and a smooth ride. I had my arms strait up like superman. I never reach the light because I was pulled back. Last experience I had, I was 14 yrs old. I was floating above the Earth and seen the entire N American continent (OOB). Sometime I was guided by someone but can't turn my had to see it. The most interesting moment was when I had seen a very bright light and blue angels around when I received a message, a very strange message. The voice came from center of this light and I was told not to disturb the spirits. I don't do seance but a friend of mine did and 3 months later it happen to visit him in LA. I think it was God warning for me
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