Near Death Experience (NDE) and Out of Body Experiences (OOBEs)

Near Death Experience (NDE) and Out of Body Experiences (OOBEs)

As a nurse in Southampton’s Accident and Emergency Department, I saw a number of patients who upon successful resuscitation reported unusual experiences of the “near-death” phenomenon. Whilst I was still working at the hospital, Dr. Sam Parnia was given ethics committee approval to begin his own research into the phenomena. Amongst the staff of this large teaching hospital, a legend was born.

Meanwhile, with a long-standing interest in such events myself, I traveled to Varanasi and to the Himalayas where I engaged in a series of experiments in altered states with sensory deprivation, meditation, light and sound machines, and pharmaceutical grade ketamine.

Whilst I regard such experiences as neurological, rather than religious events, the results were both insightful and positively life-changing. Later, before it was banned in the UK, experiments with a concentrated extract from Salvia Divinorum provided similar yet different experiences.

To borrow from other people’s vernacular, whilst ketamine gives glimpses into what is beyond this universe, Salvia Divinorum takes you into the plumbing of the universe.

Whilst these drug-induced experiences are not the same, or even truly comparable to the Near-Death Experience (NDE), they can take a person into what is beyond the known, and open up all sorts of perceptions and experiences.

For those wishing to know about NDE, here are some great resources.

Dr. Sam Parnia 
Writings and Resources

Ketamine as Induction of NDE
Using ketamine to induce the near-death experience: mechanism of action and therapeutic potential. Yearbook for Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.

Near-Death Experiences and The Afterlife
A huge resource website regarding every possible aspect of NDE you’d care to imagine.

Negative Near-Death Experiences – Hell
Fascinating article on the Watchman website.

Near-Death Experience Research Foundation 
Apparently, NDERF has the largest selection of published NDE accounts in the world! Another huge resource by Jody and Dr. Jeffery Long.

The International Association for Near-Death Studies 
The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is the first organization in the world devoted exclusively to the study of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and Near-Death-Like experiences.

Susan Blackmore 
Author and lecturer, Susan Blackmore’s page on NDE.

Skeptic’s Dictionary entry on NDE.

NDE Research at Southampton General Hospital 
BBC news article about Dr. Sam Parnia research into NDE at my former place of employment.

Near-Death Experience entry at Wikipedia.

Mellen-Thomas Benedict 
An artist’s explanation of his own NDE.


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