YOUR BRAIN AT THE MOMENT OF
Resuscitation expert studies near death experiences—and how your brain can give you access to new dimensions of reality.
There is a fierce and political debate in this country about when human life begins.
Some anti-abortion advocates say human life starts at conception, while others say it is when a heartbeat can be detected.
In contrast, there is little to no debate about when life ends. In its Uniform Declaration of Death Act (1980), the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine says “death
has occurred when an individual has sustained either irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory function or irreversible cessation of all function of the entire brain including the brain stem.”
Such a choked, clinical description makes death seem thin when compared to the narrative
richness of religious poetry through the centuries—from Buddhist visions of ongoing reincarnation to the proverbial meeting with St. Peter at the pearly gates.
Clinical language also falls short of the everyday experience of the millions of people who have opened that door and survived—later to
recall their encounter with death through unexplained lucid episodes of heightened awareness—that mythical light at the end of the tunnel...READ MORE