Humans tend to think of time in a linear fashion – all flowing from past, to present to future. But a woman who temporarily died believes the entire history and future of the Universe is all happening at once – and she believes in the afterlife we will get to see all of the cosmos at once. A person named Cynthia was clinically dead – cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function – following a severe asthma attack.
While Cynthia was only dead for a very brief period, she believes she saw the entire 13.8 billion year history of the Universe, all in one shot.
Cynthia now believes everything is happening all at once, with each perception of the present occurring in a new pocket of the Universe.
Sharing her extraordinary account on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Cynthia said: “I was enveloped in darkness, like all dark, cave dark, and I was still me but in an empty space.
“A minuscule amount of energy the light of a synapse, the light created from the electrical impulse of your thought.
“When I hit this light, I was shot backwards and from this energy source, the Universe was created right in front of my eyes.
“I saw everything, the whole universe from the beginning of time. And time is something humans made up, there is no such thing as time this is all a series of events.
“It was like a big paisley of cosmos being formed in front of me and I had superman vision.
“I was hanging in the dark space and our universe was below me like a teacup saucer inside of a thirty-three gallon trash bag.
“I was in the bag still. I was beyond the far reaches of the universe.
“Beyond the universe looking at it with superman vision and I could see earth and my house and inside it and all from a bazillion, gazillion, light years past the edge of the Universe. It was really amazing.”
Researchers, however, attribute visions such as Cynthia’s to a sudden surge in brain activity as one approaches death.
Scientists from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while monitoring their brain activity, and found that 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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