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Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nancy Evans Bush , Bruce Greyson MD

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The tinge of centuries colors the way we hear today’s near-death experiences and what we make of them. Why should some individuals tell of blissful heights of spiritual experience while others believe themselves at the depths, lost in the stars or consigned to hell? (Behind the scenes, every listener wonders: “And could that happen to me?”)
Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences, the first comprehensive exploration of disturbing NDEs and how people interpret them, is packed with solid information and first-person narratives that, although marked by dismaying and even terrifying features, turn out to have something vital to say about life itself. Sweeping from research findings to a review of the cultural evolution of hell through a thoughtful analysis of how individuals interpret and ascribe meaning to their near-death experiences, the author, a longtime researcher of these NDEs, brings study data and years of personal insights to the questions that swirl around the topic, providing a wealth of viewpoints and ways of thinking about the subject that will be new to many readers.
“Engagingly written,” as one reviewer says, the book’s breadth makes this a landmark in the near-death literature, must reading for anyone curious about NDEs, especially readers wondering how to make sense of such an experience and caregivers in critical care, pastoral, therapeutic, and end-of-life settings.
PMH Atwater says, “Dancing Past the Dark is what we have all been waiting for. …This book is masterful—a must for any experiencer of a near-death state (no matter what kind), or a spiritual transformation, religious conversion, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, mystical and shamanic breakthroughs, or any type of encounter with the numinous. Narratives are one thing, the story experiencers tell, but understanding that story, finding meaning, is all important!"

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  • Editeur : Nancy Evans Bush; Édition : 1 (9 avril 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0985191708
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wisdom from the World's Foremost Expert on Hellish NDEs 11 avril 2012
Par K. R. Vincent - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle

by Nancy Evans Bush

Nancy Evans Bush is a first-class researcher and an excellent writer. Years ago, when I was writing VISIONS OF GOD FROM THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE, I thought long and hard about including a chapter on Hell since 2 of my 75 cases had hellish experiences. Could they be just outliers? My question was answered when I read Greyson and Bush's article in the journal PSYCHIATRY presenting 50 hellish case accounts. Bush begins her book with this initial collection of cases, including her own hellish NDE at age 28 during the birth of her second child.

Bush begins her comprehensive overview of this topic with the "rosy dawn" of NDE research but quickly switches to the problem of distressing NDEs. The common understanding of afterlife --- from ancient to modern --- is that good people go to Heaven and bad people go to Hell, but there is NO evidence that people who have distressing NDEs are any more evil than the rest of us. Conversely, persons we may judge to be flawed or immoral have gone to Heaven during their NDE. So if "Hell" is not for punishment or purification, why does this type of negative experience happen and how should we deal with it? Bush has spent a lifetime researching these questions and gives us 352 pages of examples, questions, and interventions.

Part 1 of the book describes distressing NDEs and gives examples of them (more examples are provided in Appendix 2). Part 2 of the book deals with the interpretation of the distressing NDE, and Bush explores a multitude of possibilities. She recounts the negative mystical experiences of Christian Saints --- St. Teresa of Avila being a famous example. She explores the concept of Hell in world religions throughout recorded history and examines the religious explanations of hellish NDEs (including Fundamentalist ones). Bush includes a long section on Eastern and Western views on ultimate reality and notes that the "void" and "Heaven" are not opposites but different perspectives on whatever is Ultimate. The "void" encountered is not empty, as some Westerners think --- just not a place you'd look for an anthropomorphic god! Bush covers Jungian psychology "in depth" and also considers Joseph Campbell's explanation of the "hero's journey."

Part 3 of the book presents further analysis of distressing NDEs and how to come to terms with them. Bush believes that both positive and negative NDErs face the same 6 challenges with one exception: "finding one's purpose in life" (positive) is replaced by "finding a meaningful explanation of the experience" (negative). Bush's insightful "reminders" for coping during the early stages of a distressing NDE alone are worth the price of this book! Finally, her conclusions are "just the facts," including an excellent summary that presents her own answer for hellish NDEs. Appendix 1 is advice for caregivers and includes distressing deathbed visions, as well as distressing NDEs.

In my opinion, Bush has provided a comprehensive, well-written resource that will soon be accessible in hard copy for every reader or researcher throughout the world. My only regret is that Bush failed to include the relevant "fact" (previously published in the Fall 2009 issue of VITAL SIGNS) that prior to her own negative NDE, she had been "saved" twice by Billy Graham himself! Fundamentalist Christians need to know this!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fear No Evil 17 avril 2012
Par Rabbitdawg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences is important, because terrifying and hell-like near death experiences are as "realer than real" and ineffable as the blissful ones. They are also more common (up to one in five) than we may like to admit.

At the end of the day though, this is not a book about distressing and hellish NDE's. It's a book about the totality of spiritual experience itself. Here, Nancy Evans-Bush shines light in the darkness, a darkness not created by the experience, but by thirty-plus years of collectively and fearfully ignoring the Other Side. Any grade school philosopher knows how fear and ignorance intertwine.

That ignorance and fear was exacerbated by Maurice Rawlings in the early 1990's, when he came out with a series of books emphasizing the "hellish" side of the distressing NDE. On a mission to save souls, Rawlings put a spin on dNDE's that would help crush intelligent spiritual discussion for years. He used many since-discredited anecdotes, testimonies and "facts" invented out of whole cloth to sell a decidedly conservative brand of Christianity.
I like to think that most people - Christian and otherwise - would prefer to think with their mind and heart, rather than subscribe to a mind-bending dogma. If so, then this is the book for you.
Dancing Past the Dark is the only book ever written (until now), by a credible researcher that deals exclusively with distressing / hellish NDE's. I dare you to find another one. I promise, you won't.

Written in a compelling style that flows like a healing river, Nancy does more to support the the validity of every kind of near death experience than a boatload of Jeffrey Long's. I use Dr. Long as an example, because when he mentions negative NDE's in his book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, he flat-out says that they "are beyond the scope of this book". Most NDE book authors have that same move-along-folks, nothing-to-see-here approach toward distressing NDE's, if they mention them at all. Check any book devoted to near death experiences, and you might find three pages (at most) devoted to the negative ones.
The kicker is, there's nothing to be afraid of. Our fear is rooted in our ignorance.
Dancing Past the Dark is a cure for that ignorance.

Nancy starts by sharing her own distressing NDE, and the impact it had on her psyche and life. Her story, subsequent employment at IANDS, and mission to research the dark side of NDE's is a fascinating study in synchronicity and the collective unconscious. Carl Jung would have been proud. As a doctor, he would have been even prouder of her service to those that have been impacted by the Terrifying Void of No Tomorrow.

She moves on to describe and discuss the three types of distressing near death experiences - Void, Inverted, and Hellish - then builds on that foundation. Here we find an intellectually sharp defense of the veracity of the NDE itself, a detailed description of the history of hell in our culture, reporting on the pitiful reluctance of traumatized experiencers to tell their stories (who wants to tell the world they died and went to hell?) and tons of enlightening facts with insight. This leaves the reader more informed and spiritually richer at the end of the book, than than he or she was before they started.

Documented experiencer stories, their reactions and the reactions of those around them graces the book with a personal feel. The stories are not filler, though. Nancy uses them to illustrate and give life to her many, many points.
The best part, in my opinion, is Dancing Past the Dark's way of dealing with spirituality in a reductionist/materialist world swaying under the weight of bad politics and religion. It makes for a surprisingly riveting narrative.

She ends the book with an chapter and appendix that offers specific suggestions and resources for caregivers that's not only useful for professionals, but can be of great value to distressed experiencers and their loved ones.

With Dancing Past the Dark, Nancy Evans-Bush has given us a choice. We can live like the proverbial three monkeys and refuse to look at, listen to, or discuss the dark side of near death experiences, or we can face the subject head-on.
I like Nancy's method. Fear no evil. :-)
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not too Hot, Not too Cold 12 avril 2012
Par Leigh Kenyon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
My problem with many books on this topic is that they end up tasting either like cotton candy (fluffy, pink, and overly sweet) or like bad fruitcake (heavy, dark, and lumpy). Don't get me wrong, I love rainbows and I'm all about being a better person, but I'm too practical for unicorns and too broad-minded for fundamentalism. This book, on the other hand, is the perfect combination of research, personal narrative, and analysis. For those doing research, those who have experienced an NDE ("positive" or "negative"), those who work with the dying, those who have a friend or family member who have experienced an NDE, and those who are simply (or not so simply) interested in or intrigued by the topic, there's something for everyone here.
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent work, only one caveat (which has been answered) 26 avril 2012
Par A. D. Neal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is the first comprehensive study on the nature of distressing or negative NDEs and as a whole Bush does an excellent job with her subject. The other reviews on here have done a great job highlighting her expertise in the area and the strengths of both the study and the author.

The reason I feel the need to chime in is simply that there is an incorrect segment in the survey of the history of the Old Testament period while discussing Hell. Bush appears to confuse Babylon and Persia (a common mistake which my undergrad students often do as well) in her discussion of the Jewish Great Exile (or Babylonian Captivity, 587/6-539 BC - This detail is also confused as she incorrectly cites this date range as 597/6-539, but then continues the error later by claiming that the Jews went into exile in 597. It is true that there was a smaller exile a decade before the great Exile in which Ezekiel was taken, but I don't think this is what she had in mind). Somehow she slips from Babylon to Persia (which in fact released the Jews in 539 from the Exile and then took over Judah as part of that transition) and then makes the inference that the Jews picked up Persian religious teachings (from Zoroastrianism) during the Exile. While the Jewish faith did come into contact with Persian dualism, so in substance she is correct, but in historical fact she is confusing the two periods (B.Exile = 587-539, Persian Era = 539-330s when Alexander conquered Persia). While I agree with her conclusion in this section, her historical inferences are confused and this could lower her authority on the topic for those that recognize the confusion. This could be easily edited in a later edition (hopefully a print edition as well?) and is (along with a bit more editing throughout) the only reason for the one star reduction. I would contact the author with this point of concern but don't know how so this will have to suffice in the meantime.

Otherwise this is an excellent study, it simply needs to be edited a bit more.

***UPDATE*** The author has contacted me and indicated very graciously that she will correct these issues in an upcoming future edition. As an academic, I know how difficult it can be to take critical advice, but the author was extremely gracious and thankful in her communication which further validates her authority (the truly wise take criticism as a gift rather than a burden). Once again, excellent text and a much needed critical study into an otherwise obscure field, editing can be easily improved in future editions.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected 4 octobre 2012
Par William G. Yidiaris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For me the lack of actual negative ND experiences presented in the book were very disappointing. If you're looking for a history book on the concept of hell or some ways of spiritually learning from these experiences then I guess it would be for you. I wanted some firsthand accounts with details from which I could draw my own conclusions.
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