LIFE after death is real, according to the bizarre account of a man who claims to have briefly visited the afterlife 27 years ago.
Michael, who believes he died and came back to life in 1993, recalled his so-called near-death experience (NDE). Following a trip to Asia, Michael was diagnosed with a parasitic infection, which left him weak and struggling to eat food. One day, Michael’s body gave up on him and he collapsed onto his bed.
As he slipped out of consciousness, Michael recalled looking down a long and bright tunnel.
At the end of the tunnel, he could see the figure of a woman and a child.
But they were not human, as their bodies appeared to be made out of pure light.
Michael said: “The light was not uniform in appearance but was varied and multi-hued like it had texture.
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“There seemed to be a boundary toward the end.
“There was a beautiful woman and a young boy standing towards the end of the tunnel, looking at me with what seemed to be a compassionate gaze.
“Their bodies were made of light, and they were beautiful and radiant.”
Throughout the experience, Michael experienced true bliss and happiness.
But as soon as the two figures vanished from the tunnel, Michael awoke in his body.
He said: “The whole thing seemed to take a short time.
“I felt in a very strong loving and appreciative mood that night during the dinner party, though I told no one what happened at the time.
“I felt grateful for being there, being alive, and a very tender love and care to my friends at the party.”
In the aftermath of the NDE, Micahel has come to believe an afterlife definitely exists and there is a “next phase of existence”.
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Most medical experts, however, do not believe NDEs are real instances of a person dying.
And many theories have been put forward to try and explain the phenomenon.
The NHS said: “A more accepted definition of death is when brain stem death occurs, which is when all neural activity in the deepest brain ceases.
“While it is possible to keep the heart functioning using life support systems, a person with brain stem death has permanently lost the potential for consciousness.
“The existence of an ‘afterlife’ remains a matter of belief, not scientific proof.”
One theory suggests NDEs are hallucinations triggered by dying cells in the brain.
A similar theory suggests NDEs are caused by a lack of oxygen flowing to the brain when dying.
A third theory speculates the body has a way of releasing the psychoactive chemical DMT at birth and at death.