A MAN who had a near death experience (NDE) believes he left his body, leaving his consciousness floating around in space and being wherever he wanted to be at any point in time.
The person who only gives Gary as his name came close to death after suffering from a large Saddle Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot) between the lungs and the heart. During his brush with death, Gary said he was transported to a place where he was no longer in his body.
This place was like outer space but packed with some wild hallucinations. Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Gary said: “I went to a place where I had no body and drifted in space above a hard flat surface.
“I was a long way off the ground. I was drifting while being suspended but still wide awake and very aware of my surroundings.
“I was above a sky filled with individually coloured drops like the candy of liquorice or differently coloured candies with chocolate inside.
“There were millions and millions of them coming from the right to the left above me and filling the sky. Actually, they were the sky.
“Although I was far above, I could see each one individually as they were pushed or making their way across the sky. I could have watched them for hours and hours.
“I could move by just thinking about being somewhere different. The chocolate multi-coloured drops were moving to a point in the sky where they were falling down, like a waterfall.
“They were dropping from a long way up as a wall of multicoloured drops falling into into a large gap in the ground below me.
“I moved closer to the edge of the gap and peered over the edge.
“I couldn’t see a bottom at all, as millions of these candies fell down from the sky to the bottom of the waterfall, somewhere deep below me.”
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.
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“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.