Our recent post about the NDE quickly rose to the top 10. If you missed it, be sure to check it out [Near-Death Experience symposium review] - and while we are on the subject, we would like to report on a new book by Dr. Penny Sartori. Dr. Sartori practiced as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse for 17 years, where her research interest for near-death experiences (NDE's) was sparked by patients reporting such experiences after resuscitation. Reportedly cynical at first, she eventually came to see the NDE as a veridical phenomenon. She came into prominence in the field with the publication of The Near-Death Experiences of Hospitalized Intensive Care Patients: A Five Year Clinical Study, which was discussed in the BCC.
Dr. Sartori's new book, featured in the UK's The Daily Mail, is entitled The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully, presenting evidence, discussing the details of the experience (such as out-of-body experience, tunnel experience, meeting non-physical entities, life review experience), distilling the kind of transformational insights or messages that patients bring back from their NDE's and the kinds of positive changes they can produce, such as overcoming the fear of death. Dr. Sartori also ponders on what the NDE might indicate about the nature of consciousness, highlighting that consciousness does not seem to arise from the brain, but rather that the brain is a sort of transceiver for consciousness that can exist independently from it.
Not since 1975, when Raymond Moody coined the term NDE in Life after Life, has there been such widespread interest in the phenomenon. Dr Sartori's book, as well as the recent best-seller from Dr. Eben Alexander, and the UN-supported Human Consciousness Project, among others, are all helping to increase public awareness of evidence of the survival of consciousness after biological death. Often dismissed by cynics as the result of lack of oxygen, the work of NDE researchers like Dr. Pim van Lommel has shown that explanation of lacking. The phenomenological richness of out-of-body experiences, whether of the NDE or the spontaneous or intentional kind, are only reducible to optical illusion of a brain gone awry by those who have not experienced them and who refuse to admit the possibility of life after death. One does not have to abandon the scientific spirit and rigor to explore this possibility, as exemplified by Dr. Sartori's journey.
With the cooperation of community groups like local branches of the International Association for Near Death Studies, through lectures (and the publication of Demystifying the OBE), the International Academy of Consciousness continues to make in-roads into helping those who have experienced a near-death experience realize that they can have further experiences without going through a physical trauma. Through subtle energy mastery and OBE practices, they can gather additional insights and work side-by-side with the fraternal entities (Extraphysical Helpers, spirit guides) they met briefly on an ongoing basis through lucid projectability (conscious, intentional, periodic, recalled out-of-body experiences). Of course, those who have not had such experiences can also train to have them in a safe and rewarding manner: the proof is, indeed, in the pudding.