A WOMAN who temporarily died believes she caught a glimpse of the afterlife, where she was greeted by an unknown presence.
A person known as Cindy drowned when she was younger, leading to a loss of consciousness before she was revived. However, in her brief stint of unconsciousness, Cindy believes she saw heaven.
While there, Cindy claims to have met an almighty presence who reviewed her life with her.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Cindy said: “The light was so white, it was blue.
“I arrived in a room where an unknown entity held me while I was shown a life review.
“This included the newspaper report of my death with even a clerical error of the location.
“I was then told that it was not my time yet because I had many life lessons to experience. I did not want to go back.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, agreed and wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences.
“They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.
“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.
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“That premise has served science and its handmaiden, technology, extremely well over the past few centuries.
“Unless there is extraordinary, compelling, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.
“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient faints in a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric—in other words, flat.
“This implies that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken down.”