Four Key Points on NDEs
- A near-death experience is an existential crisis typically born of trauma; it is also an intense learning experience. It is not necessary to have an NDE to gain liberating insights into life and death and into the expansive nature of being as typically described by near-deathers.
- The time has come to reassess the assumption of many scientists that consciousness depends upon brain functioning, given the growing body of evidence. This includes compelling evidence that "complete and endless consciousness is everywhere in a dimension that is not tied to time or place" (Pim van Lommel, M.D., Consciousness Beyond Life).
- In light of growing evidence that "paranormal" and "supernormal" dimensions of NDEs are real, our models of science and worldviews must enlarge to accommodate data for these pheneomena. All science is empirical science; perception must always find priority over theory.
- Near-death experiences can be seen as "evolutionary catalysts" that beckon us to explore the farther reaches of human nature. As individuals learn to assimilate and integrate lessons from NDEs, new opportunities open for making this information available in life-changing ways for persons who have never had an NDE themselves.