Glimpses of Eternity: An investigation into shared death experiences (Anglais) Broché – 7 octobre 2010
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In this stunning sequel, Dr Moody returns to the area in which he made his name and provides compelling new evidence that NDEs are not the mere biological products of brains in the process of shutting down. Here, he shares the eyewitness accounts of those who have shared the experiences of the dying: the 'empathic death experiences' that occur when those gathered at the bedsides of the dying have their own visions of the afterlife.
Brimming with case studies and drawing upon a lifetime's research as well as recent findings, this important book will change the way we think about life and death. As the baby-boomer generation begins to lose those they love, and international scientific research continues in this area, Dr Raymond Moody's book could not be more timely.
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In his classic work Life after Life, Dr Raymond Moody recorded case histories of people who were clinically dead and then revived. Introducing the concept of the NDE (Near Death Experience), he revolutionised the way we think about dying. Since the publication of that multi-million copy bestseller, hundreds of thousands of people have contacted Dr Moody with their own true stories, leading to a startling new discovery - the Shared Death Experience.
Glimpses of Eternity investigates for the very first time the extraordinary accounts of healthy people, friends and relatives who have had their own inexplicable experiences at the bedsides of the dying. Discover how entire families have seen strange visions or even accompanied their loved ones halfway to heaven. Others tell of witnessing life reviews, during which they learned things they never knew about those on the point of passing over...
Dr Moody challenges many current scientific theories about NDEs; for if Near Death Experiences are simply a product of the dying brain, how on earth can so many people in good health share them? Letting the compelling evidence speak for itself, Glimpses of Eternity offers hope and comfort for us all.
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Shared death experiences were discussed many years ago by pioneering researchers Frederic W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney, and Sir William Barrett, but there has been very little, if anything, written about them in recent years. Moody and Paul Perry recount some of those old experiences after relating a number of intriguing cases Moody has collected.
In effect, shared-death experiences involve visions or experiences shared by the dying person and another person who is not near death, usually a loved one or someone tending to the dying person. While many of them happen when they are together in the same room, some take place when they are miles apart. The phenomena include seeing strange bright lights in the room or misty vapors rising from the dying person, observing deceased relatives or loved ones in the room, encountering "heavenly realms," hearing strange music, and even the non-dying person witnessing the dying person's life review or having a life review of his or her own.
"Shared death experiences deal with the notion of a variety of extra senses, including telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, astral projection, spontaneous out-of-body experiences and perhaps other that I have not yet anticipated," Moody explains.
It is all a bit mind boggling, but some very credible people are quoted. For example, Dr. Joan Borysenko, a Harvard University psychology professor and author of several popular books, tells of being at her mother's bedside as she was dying and having an out-of-body experience in which she (Borysenko) witnessed all of her good and bad deeds, including fights with her mother and mind games they had played with each other.
There are a number of stories related by fellow physicians, including one by an anesthesiologist who reported crossing into another dimension after touching a dying patient's hand, then seeing what he took to be deceased members of the patient's family.
Moody tells of his own experience involving strange happenings at the bed of his dying mother, experiences witnessed not only by him but by other family members. A number of the stories involve more than one person witnessing a particular phenomenon.
After examining and dismissing the arguments skeptics will likely have against the reality of the shared death experience, Moody opines that they tell us more about the afterlife than the NDE and that they are "the key to proving the existence of an afterlife."
This book is advertised as "groundbreaking." Actually, Myers, Gurney, and Barrett broke the ground more than a century ago, but, unfortunately, the land was vacated soon thereafter. Hopefully, some real building will start with this excellent book.
A shared death experience occurs when a healthy person accompanies a dying loved one in the initial stages of the hereafter. Research has revealed that these events consist of up to seven elements. These elements include leaving one's body, co-experiencing a life review, or even accompanying the dying person partway into a heavenly realm. Other elements are a perceived change in the shape of the room, hearing celestial music, and seeing a mist rise from the dying person's body. Like near death experiences, shared death experiences are said to be ineffable and those who have them no longer fear death.
Sometimes several people have a shared death experience during the same person's death. In the cases cited, their accounts are corroborated. Dr. Moody had his own experience when his mother died. He and three others holding hands at her bedside saw the room appear to change shape, left their bodies, and noticed a soft light in the room. They felt joy in accompanying her partway on her journey.
Anyone curious about this topic will benefit from reading this heartening book. I found it to be intriguing and at the same time comforting. The authors' purpose is to conduct a methodical and disciplined investigation of shared death experiences. Their point of view is one of scientific curiosity and wonder. Subject matter is well organized and is directly supported with compelling evidence and discussion. Subheadings punctuate each chapter making it easier to find a specific case or thought. There are several accounts of corroborating testimonies. Commonly asked questions are answered in a chapter devoted to this purpose. This an eye-opening book.
There are accounts of near death and shared death experiences from Plato, Jung, and 19th century researchers and 57 case histories told in the first person. After hearing thousands of accounts Moody surmises, "...the truth about this subject may just lie with those who have experienced it." He believes that as these studies advance "it will become clear that shared death experiences are the key to proving the existence of an afterlife." Moody admits that he can't explain why these events happen at all but adds that a "...shared death experience corroborates that an incident of supernatural dimension has taken place." He declares and I agree with him that all good scientific inquiries produce more questions than answers. I still have many questions! On this idea he reflects that,"I think it is healthy for mankind to have a hearty dose of the unexplained." It seems no matter how much we learn there is still great mystery in the universe.