Near-Death Experience (NDE)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Near-Death Experience or NDE?
The Near-Death Experience is a pathological forced projection of consciousness caused by organic traumas, or physical, chemical or psychological agents. It commonly occurs in cases of terminal illnesses, survival of clinical death, and situations which involve moments of great personal risk, such as accidents, burns, traumas, anesthesia, suffocation, etc. This phenomenon is very common, and much expense and time is being spent in trying to understand it.
What reports are given by those who experienced NDEs?
They usually relate a number of sensations: that of peace; the feeling of floating above their own body; perceiving the presence of persons behind them; 360º vision; amplification of various perceptions; and travel down a tunnel that is intensely lit at the far end (tunnel effect). In this atemporal region, the NDEer perceives the presence of what most people call a "being of light", but the description of this being varies depending on cultural archetypes or personal philosophies. The boundary between the two dimensions is also that between life and death. Usually NDEers report a field, door, or lake as a landmark. These are some of the characteristic descriptions of near-death experiences.
What psychological and behavioral changes occurs in those who have an NDE?
Most of those who experience an NDE exhibit profound behavioral changes. More than 90% of those who remember having an NDE change for than better, lose their fear of death (thanatophobia), value their life and the lives of others more, re-evaluate their current life (existential recycling), and take advantage of this extension of their life (existential moratorium) in order to reorient themselves. In sum, they usually experience a great awakening and consciential maturation.
How does the medical field explain the NDE and how does Projectiology enter into this discussion?
Projectiology studies all types of projection of consciousness in other dimensions. The Near-Death Experience is one type of Out-of-Body Experience. This phenomenon is addressed in the courses given by the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology. In our lecturing and teaching trips throughout Brazil and other countries we have discussed the subject with physicians and scientists, presenting the universalist view of Projectiology. The NDE is a traumatic experienced which should be well examined by all areas of medicine without any mystical or obscuring preconceptions. Ever since researchers worldwide began discussing and analyzing the phenomenon more openly, the medical field has been forced to consider death and the survival of consciousness in a new light. And yet, there are still physicians who deny scientific explanations and attribute the phenomenon to God or some supernatural source, or resort to superficial explanations like genetic memory, lack of oxygen in the brain (cerebral hypoxia), or associate the experience to biological birth, but don't offer satisfactory explanations for their positions.
Is there literature available that can help inform the general public about the NDE phenomenon?
In the U.S., Dr. Raymond Moody Jr., Dr. Ian Stevenson, and Dr. Kenneth Ring have all written books on the subject which are considered to be classics in Projectiology, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is an expert on the phenomenon and founded an institution bearing her name which attends terminally ill individuals and their families. Also, the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) publishes the "Journal of Near-Death Studies" which is quarterly devoted to the subject.
What contribution has Projectiology made to the study of this phenomenon?
Projectiology, which is a result of the pioneering work of Dr. Waldo Vieira, a Brazilian physician and independent researcher, is a science which studies the projection of consciousness -- whether forced (pathological), spontaneous or voluntary (non-pathological) --and fills a gap in the study of this phenomenon.