Because I have experienced one, I decided to do some research on Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s). Here’s what I discovered:
- The first known NDE was documented by Plato in his dialog “The Republic” around 380 B.C.
- The phrase “Near-Death Experience” first appeared in a book by Dr. Raymond Moody published in 1975.
- There were so many near-death experiences occurring that a group of researchers founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in 1981.
- Every day in America over 700 people have an NDE, with an estimated total of at least 12 million cases to date.
In addition, I found out that many people develop an unusual sensitivity to light and sound after an NDE, which explains why, all of a sudden, I had those very same problems. (I never did like hard rock music very much, anyway.)
Another physiological change that occurs is a reversal of the body clock, which, in my case, lowered my blood pressure. I had been taking 100mg of Cozaar daily for high blood pressure, and now I take 25mg every other day. Quite a difference.
Nearly everyone who has had an NDE loses their fear of death, which was the same for me, and over 98 percent of them believe in life after death. I have had a fear of death since childhood. I always knew I would die someday, and wondered what happened after death. Is that it? Is it all over? Or is there something after your body dies? I, along with millions of others who have experienced an NDE, now knew the answers to these questions.
Yes, there is life after death. Your spirit lives on in a form we don’t yet understand after your body dies. Even though I lost my fear of death, be assured that I would like to stay in this body as long as possible. I still have a lot to do.
Also, I did not ever intend to get a divorce. I could not stand to live without my wife. It is unthinkable. But here are some statistics on divorce rates you might find interesting. The national divorce rate in America is about 51 percent, but for people who have experienced an NDE, the rate is 65 percent. The higher divorce rate may be due to people re-evaluating their lives and finding out their spouse no longer fits in with their new life purpose.
As far as careers go, I was now planning to write books that help others find their way. This was sort of a career change for me. Interestingly, 75 percent of people who experience an NDE change careers. When they find out what they were meant to do, it is almost never what they are currently doing. It is an amazing feeling when you finally figure that out.