According to cardiologist Pim van Lommel, M.D., author of Consciousness Beyond Life, the main difficulty is to understand what it means to be the witness of one’s own clinical death – a phenomenon that challenges ordinary logic.
In this two-part video of a discussion with Mel Van Dusen, Dr. van Lommel explains what brought him to believe that, unlike the body or the brain, consciousness is “non local”, and why he thinks this constitutes evidence that consciousness is not the mere product of neural activity but rather has a thoroughly autonomous mode of existence.
Yet NDEs are not only a scientific enigma: their far-reaching ethical and spiritual implications remain to be spelled out.
The prospective study carried out by Dr. van Lommel in the Netherlands, in collaboration with ten different clinics, showed that being exposed to a near-death experience is likely to open up a radically different perspective on life for those concerned. Floating between life and death, one gets a glimpse of a different relationship to time, space and one’s own “self”. Dr. van Lommel explains how the feeling of unity and connection that accompanies such an experience can foster new ethical awareness and transform one’s relationship with others.
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