Afterlife: Expert discusses 'feelings' in near-death experiences
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If there is anything after death remains a matter of mystery, but anecdotal evidence has suggested there might be something after life. One woman, who was clinically dead for a brief period after a dramatic car crash which saw her flung from her seat, has now described her experience.
The person, called Makaila, revealed how she entered a black room with invisible walls where she could see the Universe.
However, Makaila said she was not alone and was accompanied by a mysterious figure.
What or who that figure was has remained a mystery to Makaila, but it has stuck in her head ever since.
Makaila wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “I was in a pure black room that had invisible walls that revealed stars.
“The room was cold and dark, but it felt so nice. I felt a presence behind me.
“I felt the presence was too comforting, as if something was wrong. I was in my childhood body.
“But, I was pure white. The crease of ceilings connecting to the walls and the floor were like a shiny, overlapping, silver string.
“Due to the presence of the figure, I wanted to leave. So, I immediately got up and ran to the wall. It revealed a door to be opened.
“There was a bright light shining through the door. As soon as I went through the door, I ‘woke up’ in the ambulance covered in blood.”
While Makaila believes her experience is proof of the afterlife, some researchers believe her experience is not unique and is associated with a surge in brain activity at the end of one’s life.
Researchers from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.
They were stunned to discover brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.
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Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.
“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”
Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.
Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”
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