“Life After Life” on Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved
In another “mystery” episode, S1/Ep13 of “Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved” touched on the near death experiences of three individuals.
One case was that of 19-year-old Christine Stine in Germany who when broadsided by a truck wound up near death in a hospital emergency room. Her heart stopped, and she later reported perceiving herself to be hovering near the ceiling, observing the medical team frantically working on her body below. Following this she perceived herself to be walking barefoot in a brightly colored and friendly heavenly realm where she was greeted by grandparents whom she had previously only seen in photographs. She also met happy and healthy appearing acquaintances who had also passed on. Her grandparents then kind of guided her back to life, where she was reunited with her body and survived. The woman remained very convinced of the reality of her experiences.
A second case involved that of Dr. Eben Alexander, a Virginia neurologist. Suffering bacterial meningitis, he went into seizures and wound up in deep coma. With even his pupils non-reactive to light his survival seemed questionable, but after five days his consciousness returned, and he recounted first having disturbing afterlife experiences, then being in a better place.
A third case was that of Anita Moorjani, a woman in Hong Kong who suffered from Hodgekin’s Disease. One day in February of 2006, she didn’t wake up and appeared lifeless although she reported later that her mind was churning. During this interval, she experienced vivid memories of seeing the afterlife, where she met a deceased friend. She later came out of her coma, but claimed awareness during the comatose state. Tumors associated with her condition vanished after about three weeks.
Now end of life experiences are not well-researched, but a critical care physician named Dr. Chawla was profiled who noted that EEG spikes of two to three minutes duration occur after clinical death when the blood pressure drops to zero. Near death experiences would appear to occur during this time. About 20% of people who suffer cardiac arrest describe near death experiences (NDE’s). Death is a process, not a moment in time, and it would appear that some electrical activity occurs in the heart and brain even after blood pressure drops to zero. During this time, we may draw upon deep memories and cultural conditioning to determine what visions we see. In that the three cases portrayed were convinced that they had a glimpse of life after death, near death experiences may have real life effects…