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These are the 7 most common near-death experiences – by people who died

Seeing a long, dark tunnel with a light coming towards you as you die is actually surprisingly rare, according to a study of more than 1,000 people who ‘died’.Sadly, so is seeing a kindly old man playing a harp on a cloud.

Around half of the patients recalled something from their time in cardiac arrest – but many of these experiences are frightening, or involve memories of real events (from a time when the person is supposedly dead).

The researchers, from the University of Southampton, studied 2,060 patients who had been through cardiac arrest, and then come back.

Dr Sam Parnia said that in one case, researchers were able to verify that a patient had recalled real events after their heart had stopped.

1) Fear

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‘I was terrified. I was told I was going to die and the quickest way was to say the last short word I could remember’

‘Being dragged through deep water with a big ring and I hate swimming – it was horrid’

2) Violence and persecution

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‘This whole event seemed full of violence and I am not a violent man, it was out of character.’

‘I had to go through a ceremony and … the ceremony was to get burned. There were 4 men with me, whichever lied would die…. I saw men in coffins being buried upright.’

‘This whole event seemed full of violence and I am not a violent man, it was out of character”.

3) Remembering real events after death 

These are the 7 most common near-death experiences - by people who died

‘I experienced a tooth coming out when tube was removed from my mouth”

Several patients remembered real events from the operating theatre after they had ‘died’.

Dr Parnia said: ‘This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating.

4) Deja vu

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‘I experienced a sense of De-ja vu and felt like knew what people were going to do before they did it after the arrest. This lasted about 3 days.’

5) Weird visions of animals and plants

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‘All plants, no flowers.’

‘Saw lions and tigers”

6) Bright lights

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‘The sun was shining’

‘Recalled seeing a golden flash of light’

7) Seeing family or friends

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‘Family talking 10 or so. Not being able to talk to them…’

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The Many Forms of Déjà Vu And Possible Scientific Explanations

That eerie feeling of déjà vu is very common, though scientific explanation has far to go before it is able to fully explain this aspect of the human consciousness

Most people, at one point or another, have experienced a feeling of deja vu (French for “already seen”). Whether or not they even realized it at the time, or cared to give it a label, the situation is common: you recognize as familiar something which you know you’ve never seen before. An object, a person,a place, a scene, an event… it is a fairly common experience.

Perhaps in the minds of some people there is something seemingly “supernatural” or sinister and overly thought-provoking about the phenomenon of déjà vu. From a scientific perspective, however, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Different Types of Déjà Vu

Scientists who study mental phenomenon such as déjà vu have taken it upon themselves (as scientists so often do) to also classify some subcategories of the phenomenon. So, when you are experiencing déjà vu, you may actually be experiencing one of three varieties: Déjà vecu, déjà senti, or déjà visite.

Déjà vecu (“already lived through”), the most common form, occurs when there is a feeling involved in an experience – sort of an “I know that I’ve been here before” feeling.

Déjà senti (“already felt”) is fully mental, without the reliance on the visual aspect of deja vu. The idea of having thoughts that you’ve already had before.

Déjà visite (“already visited”) is perhaps the creepiest of them all. This is the one that gives little children nightmares – it is the uncanny knowledge of a person or place which has been previously unknown to the person. It is walking into a new building and knowing right where the bathroom is. Completely unexplainable, and rather rare. This is the one that is most often attributed to spiritual encounters, out of body experiences or ESP.

Possible Explanations for Déjà Vu

Most explanations agree that there is nothing strange happening in your brain when it plays these sorts of “tricks” on you, nor is there something physically wrong with you (at least nothing too important). It is just a feeling. It is your mind playing tricks on you.

This being said, there are a variety of explanations for déjà vu which do seem to be rather interesting (despite the fact that they avoid “conspiracy theories” and ESP and such things).

For instance, it has been shown that there is a link between one’s mental health and the occurrence of déjà vu. People with mental disorders often see the world a little bit differently, and are prone to such mental abnormalities as the perception of déjà vu.

In addition, certain intoxicating substances also tend to lead to heightened déjà vu awareness, though this assertion doesn’t seem particularly groundbreaking.

More interesting theories are those which deal with real, physical defects in the brain that might lead to déjà vu. Some have suggested (though with little evidence to back it up) that déjà vu might be caused by a delayed firing of neurons somewhere in the brain, inhibiting the message (or at least part of the message) for just a fraction of a second, causing the brain to process the same thought twice in quick succession.

For instance, if your two eyes both saw the same event, but for some reason the message took just a fraction longer to reach your brain from your left eye than it does from your right, there is a chance that your brain may process the same event twice, making you feel like you’ve already seen it, even if it was only a thousandth of a second earlier.

The Opposite of Deja Vu

Most people probably don’t realize that Deja vu (in all of its forms) has an opposite as well. This is called Jamais Vu (“never seen”), and it is quite interesting as well. This is that odd experience wherein you walk into a place you are very familiar with, but have a momentary feeling that you have never been there before.

It is most often suffered by those with amnesia or mental deficiencies, but every once in a while it happens to the average Joe as well. There is a moment of near panic – and then you probably realize that you were just suffering from a momentary lapse of mental functions.

And so, those are the basics of deja vu. It is a phenomenon about which scientists still have much to learn, but which will hopefully be able to offer great insights into just how the complex mechanisms of the human brain truly work.

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Reincarnation, Hypnosis, and How to Recall Past Lives

Reincarnation, like any idea based on faith, is difficult to prove but when studied in depth seems to offer many answers to the questions people have.

Basically, the theory of Reincarnation is that the soul, to use a term all are familiar with, survives the death of the body and in some future time returns as a newborn to live again.

This can happen over and over again with the soul having new experiences and learning new things with each life. The end result is the subject of many interpretations, some believe that as the soul matures it will eventually reach a plane of existence some call Nirvana, or become one with the universe or with God.

Karma

The concept is as ancient as any other belief on this planet. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all believed in some form of rebirth as do those of the Hindu faith. Today the theory is accepted by many primarily because it seems to make sense. The reasoning that something happens because “God wills it” may be comforting to some but not to others.

Reincarnationists believe that everything happens for a reason. Bad things happen to good people because at some time in a past life perhaps they inflicted some pain or suffering upon someone and are now having it inflicted upon them so that they can understand and learn from the experience.

This is known as karma and has the same result as the Christian ideal, “Do unto others and you would have others do unto you.” A person’s behavior in a former life dictates the higher or lower form one will take in their next life.

Phobias and Déjà vu

A belief in past lives can help explain many things. Why does a child, with no experience, wake up screaming in the middle of the night for no apparent reason? Are they recalling an experience from a past life? Why do people have phobias? Does one have an unreasoning fear of flying because they were once killed in a plane crash? Do heights terrify someone because they once fell to their death?

These are just some of the few theories associated with past lives: some believe that past life experiences can be responsible for development of phobias in the current life.

How many people have had the feeling that they had been somewhere before even though they know full well they never have been? There are many documented cases of people how go on vacation to a place they have never been to and yet know more about it that they should be able to know.

Why is it that you can take an instant dislike to someone you have never met before? Or perhaps you did meet them in a different incarnation in a different life and for whatever reason grew to hate them.

Some believe that this phenomenon is the result of experiences from past lives.

Past Lives

In most cases, it’s believed that people recall little or nothing of past lives; many also believe that this is as it should be for learning experiences would be colored if one had that knowledge.

It is thought that the people furthest along in their quest to the end experience are those with the strongest beliefs on reincarnation. Those just beginning the journey reject the theory outright.

Regressive Hypnosis

Much has been written about using hypnosis as a tool to delve into past lives. Many things about the subconscious are still not understood and the recalling of memories from past lives is amongst those in question.

A past life regression is a way to tap into the subconscious mind in order to retrieve memories of past lives. One of the most common ways this is done is with a past life therapist through use of hypnosis.

What Happens During A Past Life Regression?

Initially, the goal is to place a person in a totally relaxed state. This would mean sitting or laying in a comfortable position and then beginning to take some deep, relaxing breaths. Next, the past life regressionist will begin a guided, visualization process in which the person will be instructed to picture a particular scene in their mind.

This could involve descending a set of stairs, with each step allowing the individual to become more and more relaxed.

Another visualization technique involves being in some type of room or building with a series of doors, with each door representing a past life. Different therapists use different techniques.

At this point, the key is to enable a person to be relaxed enough to access memories of past lives from their subconscious mind. It is important to note that even though a person is placed under hypnosis, that individual is still completely aware of everything around them.

Once the person begins to explore a past life the therapist may ask some questions to help determine what sex a person was, where the individual lived, the type of clothing they wore, what they did for a living, and what their family was like. Some people are able to recall memories quite easily, while others may only remember a small amount of information.

Benefits Of Recalling Past Lives

Outside of curiosity or looking for proof that reincarnation exists, there are some true benefits that can come from past life regression. For example, some people have deep fears or phobias without any apparent cause.

Exploring a past life can reveal the reason for those fears. Perhaps a person has a fear of water even though they’ve never had any bad experiences associated with water.

During a past life regression that person could recall drowning in a past life. Although that memory isn’t in the conscious mind, it still exists in the subconscious mind and the fear of drowning bleeds over into the conscious mind. Once the individual is able to get to the root of the fear and understand it, the fear goes away in many cases.

Recalling past lives can also help a person have a better understanding of particular relationships within a current lifetime. It is believed that certain groups of souls incarnate together over different lifetimes.

While in this lifetime it may make no sense why a person is so against a certain family member, particularly because that family member has never done anything malicious to that individual, during a past life regression, that person might recall knowing the family member in the past whereas the family member was cruel or abusive to the individual.

How To Find A Past Life Regressionist

Check to see if there are any hypnosis centers in your area. If so, be sure there is a certified therapist trained in past life regression. A metaphysical bookstore might be able to recommend a therapist. Of course, an internet search should be able to reveal therapists in or around the area.

When seeking a professional to help with past life regression, it’s important to distinguish between a therapist who will place you under hypnosis and a psychic who will psychically tell you about past lives.

A past life regression can be interesting and informative. Sometimes, a person can become emotional while recalling certain memories. It’s worthy to note that nothing can hurt you while under hypnosis.

Whatever has happened in the past remains in the past and for most people, while recalling memories, it’s like watching the action take place on a movie screen. For those who believe in reincarnation, being regressed is like opening a window to the past.

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The Social Engineering of the Meaning of Life

Patrick J. Herbert, Patrick Herbert
Waking Times

We have been fed lies by a system designed to enslave us since birth. It uses deception as its primary means to accomplish this, and it involves institutions that we have been told to trust unconditionally. It is multi-faceted, multi-layered, and its primary means of perpetuating itself is through purposefully designed indoctrination through education. Logic and critical thinking are, by design, removed from the equation. This guarantees that we will only learn what they want us to learn, and think how they want us to think.

In detail, this system can be best described by the adage “garbage in, garbage out”. When the foundation from which a society derives itself is built upon lies, it is an absolute guarantee that the lies will permeate every aspect of that society. Over time, those lies begin to appear as unquestionable truths, and are committed as such in the knowledge base that subsequent generations are taught from.

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