Scientific Discoveries Are Brought Back
may argue that nobody brings back anything useful from a
near-death experience such as a scientific discovery. The
skeptic's argument might resemble something like this: If
people are actually receiving unlimited knowledge during
a NDE, then why don't they bring back with them the cure
for AIDS to help humanity? While it's nice that they have
discovered humanity's purpose in this world is learning
to love others, it would be infinitely more expressive of
God's love for humanity if someone would bring back the
cure for AIDS.
very good skeptical arguments and researchers have answers
for them. The following is a discussion of the scientific
discoveries brought back by near-death experiencers as told
by several near-death researchers. A complete list of scientific
advances from NDEs is available on my
NDE and Science research conclusions.
receive higher knowledge and information about cures for
diseases such as cancer and AIDS while they are in the light
of the NDE. Here are some descriptions:
farther forward a person is propelled through
the tunnel, the more knowledge can be received.
The mind can feel like a sponge, growing and
expanding in size with each addition. This knowledge
may come in single words and in whole idea blocks.
Everything can be understood as it is being
soaked up or absorbed. The mind expands and
absorbs as each new piece of information comes
in. It is receiving knowledge that was already
known but forgotten or mislaid, as if it were
waiting to be picked up on the way by."
light gave me knowledge, though I heard no words.
We did not communicate in English or in any
other language. This was discourse clearer and
easier than the clumsy medium of language. It
was something like understanding math or music
- nonverbal knowledge, but knowledge no less
profound. I was learning the answers to the
eternal questions of life - questions so old
we laugh them off as clichs. "Why are we here?"
To learn. "What's the purpose of our life?"
To love. I felt as if I was re-remembering things
I had once known but somehow forgotten, and
it seemed incredible that I had not figured
out these things before now."
(Kimberly Clark Sharp)
problem preventing many people from bringing back some of
this higher knowledge attained during a NDE is that it's
difficult to retain every memory of their NDE, assuming
it can be remembered at all. This general inability of people
being unable to retain every memory from a NDE is similar
to our general inability to remember every memory of a dream
we have after we wake up. However, this is not to say that
higher knowledge and scientific discoveries are not attained
during NDEs or dreams.
have returned from a NDE and have been able to successfully
diagnose and heal people - even bring back useful scientific
information - due to the after-effects attributed to their
of this is documented in
Tom Harpur's documentary,
Life After Death. Harpur interviews a doctor whose name
is Dr. Yvonne
Kason who was almost killed in a plane crash into a
lake which resulted in a NDE. After she recovered, she began
to have strange visions in her mind that she couldn't explain.
One of these visions concerned a friend of hers. When Dr.
Kason thought of her friend, she would see a vision in her
mind of a "brain covered with pus." Dr. Kason knew that
this was an excellent symbolic vision referring to the deadly
disease meningitis. The problem was that her friend was
perfectly healthy at the time, exhibited absolutely no signs
of meningitis, and there was no reason to suspect she had
it. Dr. Kason begged her friend to get tested for meningitis.
After an amount of reluctance, her friend got tested. Surprisingly,
the test was positive. As a result of Dr. Kason's NDE, her
friend was able to get treated for meningitis at its early
stage before it had time to become deadly. Dr. Kason continues
to have such visions. She now realizes that, as a result
of her NDE, that is now psychic. Her story affirms that
useful things are indeed brought back from NDEs.
case is that of Edgar Cayce
(pronounced "Kay-see") (1877-1945), a devout Christian who
had regular NDEs and brought back medical cures and information
on future events that ultimately came true. In 1910, the
New York Times carried two pages of headlines and pictures
in which he was declared the "World's Most Mysterious Man."
In 1954, the University of Chicago accepted a Ph.D. thesis
based on a study of his life and work. Cayce is also considered
to be the father of holistic medicine by JAMA, the prestigious
medical journal. I have a complete
list of the world events which Cayce successfully foretold
before they occurred.
a wonder to the medical community because of his ability
to diagnose and specify a treatment for gravely ill people
from hundreds of miles away while out of his body. It is
also documented that while in his out-of-body state, Cayce
successful predicted the 1929 stock-market crash more than
six months before it occurred, the Great Depression, outbreak
of the First and Second World Wars, Japan's sneak attack
on Pearl Harbor, the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler, the
independence of India, the creation of the State of Israel
fifteen years before the event, the deaths of two American
presidents, the existence of an unknown Jewish sect called
the Essenes eleven years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were
found (which was verified through archeological excavations
after his death.), invention of the laser in 1958, and his
own death before his two sons returned home from overseas.
For many decades now, the
Edgar Cayce Foundation
has been around to research the vast amount of information
is much more than just an example of how one can bring back
medical cures, historical facts, and even bring back information
from the future while outside of their body.
Dr. PMH Atwater responds to the argument that experiencers
do not bring back anything useful:
PMH ATWATER: Not true! A fellow in, I believe
it was Sweden, went on to copyright over a hundred inventions
that have made a significant difference in society.
invented a glasscutter that alleviates much hand fatigue
in accordance to directions he received in his experience.
In fact, Mellen-Thomas participated in a number of medical
research projects, and because of the information he gave
the researchers, they were able to advance their work significantly.
He is now doing DNA research and working on instruments
that can help physicians use certain frequencies of light
in healing. These are just a few of many.
In my own
case, I was told in my third NDE to do the research I do
- my directions were specific and detailed. Look at what
has resulted! Hardly trivial, I'd say. The reason you seldom
hear of people like me and Mellen-Thomas and the fellow
from Sweden is that we don't make spectacles of ourselves.
We just do our work.
refer to my last three books. All of them have a section
devoted to historical figures who had a NDE and who went
on to make a significant impact on the world - people like
Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, Einstein, Winston Churchill, Queen
Elisabeth the First, and Edward de Vere the 17th Earl of
Oxford - who may well be the real Shakespeare. I would invite
you to look beyond the so-called popular books on NDEs,
and do some real digging. You may be surprised at what you
find! Please just read my books. I am specific and give
references. The answers to most of your questions are addressed.
mentioned it, I have thought of a number of experiencers
who went on to do great things afterward:
Donna DeSoto and her Sav-Baby Organization,
Dannion Brinkley and his
In Action volunteer service for the dying,
and the Sparrow Hawk Village she built and the Sancta Sophia
Seminary she founded,
and the Natural Death Centers she is starting to construct
and staff, George Ritchie and
Youth Corps, and so forth. The line is a long one, no
one knows how long for most experiencers seldom seek the
Responding to the argument that experiencers do not bring
back anything useful, Dr. Ken Ring
KEN RING: This question made me laugh because
the questioner clearly thinks that the light, or whatever
the intelligence is that is behind the NDE, would truly
be helpful to humanity if it gave us practical answers to
the burning questions of our day. This is like saying, if
you are psychic, then how about telling me the winning lottery
number? In fact, the light gives us very practical answers
- love, especially of the unconditional kind, is probably
the thing that could make the world a far, far better place.
It wouldn't end suffering - there will always be suffering
- but it would help us enormously to deal with the problems
of living. We have brains to help us solve our practical
problems - what we need and what we get from the light is
something altogether different. It is dangerous, not to
say presumptuous, to try to tell God (or the light or Whatever)
what we humans could most use. I could probably write on
this question for several pages, if I had time, but a close
reading of the NDE literature will show what the real value
of these experiences is, and it is not finding a cure to
AIDS, etc. Nevertheless, it is clearly not even true that
no experiencer ever brings back such answers. I give a few
examples in my book, Lessons from the Light.
the case of Ralph Duncan, who brought back a cure for a
certain kind of cancer, and then there is the case of Mellen-Thomas
Benedict who brought back a great deal of very practical
information about biophotonics and other methods of light-based
healing, and is currently marketing some of his devices,
after millions of dollars have been invested in his company.
So, practical answers that can definitely benefit humanity
can sometimes be obtained during NDEs, but, to me, that
misses the point.
[Webmaster's note: I looked
up the reference that Dr. Ring gives from his book,
the Light. It does show
some very interesting examples of how NDErs learn and even
experience cures for diseases such as cancer.]
are examples, from Dr. Ring's research, of NDErs bringing
back scientific discoveries:
One quite remarkable instance was shared with me by Howard
Mikel, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Wichita
State University in Kansas, who investigated this case very
thoroughly and can authenticate it. The story, in brief,
involved a patient by the name of Ralph Duncan, who in the
mid-1970s was dying of leukemia. He apparently was told
he had only a short time to live and was prepared to die.
But while hospitalized, he had a NDE, and during it, he
encountered a luminous being, whom he took to be Jesus (though
Ralph observed that it did not look anything like the traditional
images of him), and whose eyes were "shooting fire." In
any event, there was then a telepathic communication from
this being in the form of three shot phrases, which were:
"That's enough, it's dead, it's gone." These words, Ralph
said, were still ringing in his ears as he returned to his
Afterward, puzzling about all this, he was mystified about
the significance of the phrase, "that's enough." But, he
continues, "I do know what he meant when he said, "It's
dead." To me it meant that the germ was dead. I no longer
have leukemia." To my mind, however, the entire set phrases
coheres meaningfully in the context of this healing. For
instance, when the being, his eyes "shooting fire," says,
"That's enough," it means in effect, "I've zapped you with
enough voltage for this to cure you." And then, "it's dead,
The last I heard about this case, in 1989, Ralph was still
hale and living near Boulder, Colorado.
A somewhat similar case was described by
Margot Grey. Five days after abdominal surgery, an English
patient underwent complications and his wife as told her
husband was dying. At that time, however, he was having
a NDE, and during it he saw:
"...an entity clothed in a colored cloak [of]
indescribably beautiful colors, and brightness
most intense. This something stood at the right-hand
side of my head, two hands were lightly placed
on my body, slowly moved down to my feet, and
up the left side, pausing at my head, and then
was gone. I have no recollection of anything
until [the] next day. From then I made a very
rapid recovery and was soon back with my family."
seem to have a healing performed within the general context
of a light-filled scene.
Not long ago, some further cases of this kind were shared
with me by my friend, Steve, who you might remember was
himself the recipient of an apparently other-worldly stabilizing
treatment rendered by a female light being when Steve experienced
a respiratory arrest during surgery (see pp. 37-38 for the
full account). Significantly, Steve recently told me that,
as in the case of Ralph Duncan, this being had "intense
blue eyes that shined like they were on fire." And as he
felt this energy radiating into him, she communicated telepathically
to Steve with these thoughts:
"You're not breathing regularly. There is some
concern that your respiration might stop. I'm
here to stabilize it, and make sure the problem
doesn't go any further. You are very valuable,
and no one is willing to take any chances with
In some ways
an even more dramatic case that Steve related to me involved
a diabetic Mexican woman who speaks no English (Steve is
fluent in Spanish) and who, Steve ascertained, was completely
unfamiliar with NDEs before her own experience. Here is
Prior to her experience, she had lost the ability to see.
Diabetes had taken away her retina, and her heart wasn't
supplying enough circulation to her brain to allow her to
speak. She was in very poor shape. They prepared her for
Open-heart surgery on a diabetic woman of sixty-seven is
full of risk. The doctors went outside to discuss their
strategy. While they were conferring, she saw the wall open
up and a brilliant light pour out. A bearded man in white
stepped up beside her. He was made of white light.
"You're not ready to follow me yet ... you're
not prepared. I'm going to give you back your
eyesight. You'll need it to finish your life.
And I'm going to heal the heart valve, so you
can speak again. You still have a few more things
to do. Your grandchildren need you to teach
to the woman's account, he placed his hand on her chest,
and her eyesight returned. [Later] she sat in a wheel chair,
serene, full of confidence, and smiling. Her legs were gone,
but her eyes were clear, and she was happy in a calm way.
Her cardiologist later told her:
"Something has happened
to change you body. We don't have an explanation
for it. I personally ascribe it to be the will
of God. You can go home now. We did nothing."
Dr. Melvin Morse discusses
the NDE of a man who developed over 100 patents in molecular
chemistry based on the information he received from his
MELVIN MORSE: I recently discussed these issues
with theoretical physicists at the
National Institute of Discovery
Science. This is a consciousness think tank of national
renown scholars in their individual fields. They explained
to me that science states that reality is made of tiny nuclear
particles, so tiny that it is unclear if they are actually
matter or simply patterns of energy. All of the fundamental
particles in this universe have at least two counterparts
which have been documented as being "real".
These particles last for only a fraction of a second in
this reality, yet they comprise the elemental building blocks
of reality. In theory, there are at least three possible
universes comprised of the three basic sets of subatomic
Furthermore, again in theory, there is one possible universe
which is called the
Point, in which there is no time or space, and all possible
universes coexist. This is why physicists such as Niels
Bohr said, "Anyone who has not been shocked by quantum physics
has not understood it.
may have seen such a timeless spaceless Omega Point when
he nearly died of a botched tonsillectomy at age 14. He
"Suddenly I rolled into a ball and smashed into
another reality. The forces that brought me
through the barrier were terrific. I was on
the other side. I realized that the boundary
between life and death is a strange creation
of our own mind, very real (from the side of
the living), and yet insignificant."
Olaf felt he
was floating in a universe with no boundaries.
"I had total comprehension of everything. I
stood at the annihilation point, a bright orange
light. As I felt my mind transported back to
my body, I thought, please let me remember this
new theory of relativity."
Dr. Jeffrey Long of
JEFFREY LONG: Another concern of NDE skeptics
is that experiencers do not return with information or ideas
with immediate widespread use, such as a cure for cancer
or verifiable new scientific understandings. There have
been anecdotal reports suggesting the contrary, but in my
experience, experiencers generally do not return with such
information. Failure to receive a specific hoped for gift
is not a valid criticism of NDEs. The gift experiencers
do return with is generally varied and spiritual in nature,
often including the concept of love and a lack of fear of
death. The gift to experiencers of better understanding
love and their purpose on Earth is a very important gift,
suggesting these understandings are among the most important
things we can accomplish.
NDE studies provide a tantalizing glimpse of what this other
reality is, and provides some clues to humankind's deepest
questions of who we really are and our relationship with
a greater reality. It is entirely reasonable to accept the
NDE in the way the experiencers themselves almost uniformly
perceive the experience: an encounter with another dimension
Science demands verifiable evidence which can be reproduced
again and again under experimental situations.
Dr. Jim Whinnery, of the
Naval Warfare Center,
thought he was simply studying the effects of G forces on
fighter pilots. He had no idea he would revolutionize the
field of consciousness studies by providing experimental
proof that NDEs are real.
The pilots were placed in huge
and spun at tremendous speeds. After they lost consciousness,
after they went into seizures, after they lost all muscle
tone, when the blood stopped flowing in their brains, only
then would they suddenly have a return to conscious awareness.
They had "dreamlets"
as Dr. Whinnery calls them. These dreamlets are similar
to NDEs. They often involved a sense of separation from
the physical body. A typical dreamlet involved a pilot leaving
his physical body and traveling to a sandy beach, where
he looked directly up at the sun. The pilot remarked that
death is very pleasant.
In conclusion, experiencers
are given gifts of healing abilities, knowledge that advances
science, but even more important, information about universal
love and life after death capable of transforming this planet
into a peaceful and loving paradise.
volume of evidence for survival after death
is so immense that to ignore it is like
standing at the foot of Mount Everest and
insisting that you cannot see the mountain."
- Colin Wilson
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