A WOMAN who temporarily died has described and almost indescribable sensation in what she believes to be the afterlife.
A person aptly named Faith clinically died after suffering a car crash in Iraq. Before being revived, Faith believes she saw a glimpse of the afterlife – something which she described as unfathomable. At the beginning of her experience, Faith said she could see her lifeless body in the car wreckage, before heading to what she believes was heaven.
Writing in the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Faith said: “I was watching everything from above. I saw my body covered with blood and people were trying to take my body out of the crashed car.
“Everything I’m going to write here is beyond describing because I just can’t describe it right with words.
“I was surrounded completely in bright light. It was such a peaceful, warm feeling that others on earth can’t even imagine.
“It was such a lovely colour, just like the colours of a rainbow but much brighter and unbelievable. I was in a place surrounded with scenery like hills or green areas.
“I could hear a very soft music, like something I’ve never heard before.”
A few days later, Faith said she woke up in hospital and her experience was the only thing she could remember for a period of time.
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.
“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.”